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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Anti-Indie Pop Fascism Marches On

So basically, the other day U.S. Customs seized a hard drive that a courier was attempting to carry across the border with some new songs by Death Cab for Cutie on it.  Now, naturally, the paranoid elements of the left are suggesting that it was a case of fascist censorship, or whatever. 

It's probably worth noting that, apparently, for whatever reason the employee who was carrying the hard drive was refused entry into the United States - for reasons which aren't made at all clear in the article.  Having crossed the U.S. border many, many times at the same crossing (the Peach Arch) I feel confident in saying that, in general, the US border guards don't turn people away without a reason and insofar as there was some reason why the person carrying the hard drive was refused entry the seizure of said hard drive is probably somehow related.

But, anyways, this really stood out in the article itself:

Walla said he believed the confiscation was random, but Barsuk and some music publications hinted it may have been more than a coincidence that such a political album -- it includes songs criticizing the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war and the firings of U.S. attorneys by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- was seized.

Political protest music is one thing - but, really - a protest song about the firing of a few US Attorneys?  WTF?  Never mind that, if you've ever heard anything by Death Cab, this is all the more bizarre.

In general, this is yet another sign of the global left's descent into insane paranoia.  Is it reasonable for any sane person to believe that American border guards sit around listening to audio files on computer hard drives for anti-George Bush lyrics?  Really?  Never mind - are there no editors at the Associated Press?  No one to ask if there's a newsworthy angle in offering an outlet for the narcissistic delusions of some emo musician?

There’s no story here, other than the non-story that these people are obviously, clinically speaking, crazy.  It’s pretty hard to have a reasonable argument about anything with people who seriously believe (and report!) that the government is working overtime to attempt to suppress the revolution which might otherwise be incited by indie pop protest songs about Alberto Gonzales.

The article is worth reading, insofar as it provides an archetypical example of the "false balance" technique which the leftist media loves to adopt.  Namely - print a bizarre and entirely unverifiable allegation, then seek balance by quoting someone denying said allegation halfway through the article.  Typical.

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I am not sure under which Rock you were hiding for the last year or so, but the firing of these people has a political background, hence why this fits in rather well with the rest of the songs.

Whatever the reason may be (and none of us here can do anything but speculate), your "hook" utterly misses the point.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-18 1:00:42 AM


I don't deny that the firings were a political event - just that they're an odd thing to be writing songs (songs destined to be released next year, at that) about. It would be kind of like choosing now to release a song about, oh, Pierre Pettigrew's "driver."

Posted by: Adam Yoshida | 2007-10-18 1:04:42 AM


From everything I have read I doubt the "fallout" will be out. Considering that the Whitehouse is deeply involved in the whole thing it even makes sense to release it next year, the US having an election and such.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-18 1:19:25 AM


Get this through yer heads...there IS NO free trade...not for common folks...there is no free speech (this is just a feel-good plumb for patriotic political speeches)...there is no freedom of mobility (without the right papers)....there is no right to self defense (if you are being beaten by a state goon in a uniform)...and there is deep deep censorship of anything big brother does not like or can't control. ( if you don't belive they have lists of banned or "questionable" books/recordings/writers/authors...take a mein kampf and put it on the dashboard next time you cross) I've lived near a boarder crossing all my life and I can say with certainty the US have becime a paranoid militarized basket case the last 8 years.


I don't know what world you live, in but in the country I live in we pissed these freedoms away over the past 30 years by falling asleep as they were slowly legislated away....we felt it was in our best interests to cede our civil liberty to the nanny state.

When a population has low self esteem you get $7/HR state goons making arbitrary seizures of property and truncating free mobility...get used to the "New" freedom...get your pamphlets about it at the "ministry of truth".

Posted by: billl | 2007-10-18 7:44:32 AM


Will someone write a song about Clinton's firings of EVERY US attorney when he took office? All 97 of them.

One was investigating him in Arkansas and another was looking into a buddy of his in Chicago.

But to fire just these two would be too obvious, so he canned 97 in total.

Anyone remember the Media going nuts then? Neither do I. Of course, Billybob was a DemoRat. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 7:47:18 AM


I know obc, doesn't it seem a bit ridiculous to you? All the fuss because George Bush fired people, which he had every reason to do, and he was not required to even give reasons for.

The problem was Gonzalez' poor reaction to it. He should have said, "These guys were fired because they didn't fit into our plans for the Justice Dept. End of story."

Posted by: Markalta | 2007-10-18 8:52:40 AM


Ok for starters obc and Markalta, I am no "DemoRat" but anyone knows when a new president comes into office they replace most people who work for them, that is why no one made a big deal about Clinton. The reason it was such a big deal to fire the 11 attorneys is because of the time it happened, it didn't happen at an 8 or 4 yr term, it happened right in the middle, and no it was not illegal but man that is really weird for that to happen. Now one does not have to be a "DemoRat" to raise an eye brow to this. Argue this with Dan Rather, who is an actual reputable news anchor unlike the FOX COMMENTATOR.. I mean news source where they get their info from "some people say". Hell, this administration, and your favorite channel FOX NEWS has been criticized by the unarguably the best news anchor, Walter Cronkite. So why has Fox have not been taken off for false news you might ask? Because 1: they do not dare call themselves a reputable news source and 2: because opinions are not false. Why? because they are just opinions, nothing more and nothing less, but that is where they fool dummies like yourselves because you actually see as news and not commentating.

Posted by: DLM | 2007-10-18 12:29:10 PM


"Dan Rather, who is an actual reputable news anchor"

You mean False but Accurate Dan Rather? Put the Kool-aid down, buddy!

And Cronkite? A Leftist if ever there was one - except in his day there was NO alternate news sources.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 12:38:46 PM


Yes Cronkite may have been the only alternate back in the day, but back in the day, at least they told their sources unlike your favorite news source the "some people say" network. And why is Cronkite a leftist, because he doesn't say what you want to hear all the time? So that makes him leftist? Guess what, that is news. News is supposed to tell you things you don't want to hear just like sports news tells you your team lost. That is what I love about you people who only watch fox, anything else that says otherwise or shows the other side of the story is leftist. Well if wanting to see the whole story makes me leftist to you then so be it. I would rather hold on to my kool-aid, step outside of the box, see the whole picture, rather then hold on to your crack cocaine, stay in the box, and focus only on the part of the picture that makes me happy and ignore everything else.

Posted by: DLM | 2007-10-18 12:59:38 PM


>""Dan Rather, who is an actual reputable news anchor"

Dan Rather does have a reputation.
I wouldn't say it's a good reputation and it's about to get more tarnish on it with his lawsuit against CBS:

Dan Rather's complaint against CBS and Viacom, its parent company, filed in New York state court on Sept. 19 and seeking $70 million in damages for his wrongful dismissal as "CBS Evening News" anchor, has aroused hoots of derision from a host of commentators. They've said that the former anchor is "sad," "pathetic," "a loser," on an "ego" trip and engaged in a mad gesture "no sane person" would do, and that "no one in his right mind would keep insisting that those phony documents are real and that the Bush National Guard story is true."
FROM>
http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2007/09/27/dan_rather_suit/index_np.html

Walter Cronkite:
*Anchor and Managing Editor of CBS Evening News, 1962-1981

*Swayed outcome of the Vietnam War in 1968 by declaring it “unwinnable”

*Made “Watergate” a nightly theme on his newscast, the relentless repetition of which was used by the left to topple Republican President Richard Nixon

*Since retirement, has advocated many liberal causes, including a single world government and the end of U.S. veto power in the United Nations

"Everybody knows that there's a liberal, that there's a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents," said Cronkite in 1996, speaking to his colleagues at the Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner."
FROM>
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1795

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-18 1:00:18 PM


Speller ~

I didn't bother detailing for our troll as you did because he's obviously not rational. In his view, reporters are objective, and would never let their personal views taint their work.

Except for conservative reporters, of course who make up less than 10% of the total.

Never mind tainting the news. Jason Blair of the NY Slimes was caught manufacturing the news, and there are scores of others caught doing the same thing, just like Dan Rather & hios associates at CBS. And NONE of them worked for FOX NEWS.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 1:14:30 PM


obc,
That was just in case some other reader didn't know any better for lack of information.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-18 1:19:39 PM


Speller ~

Good point!

Your services are greatly appreciated! :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 2:12:55 PM


Hey speller, I want to thank you for backing up my view even further by posting
"They've said that the former anchor is "sad," "pathetic," "a loser," on an "ego" trip "
Yeah that little news article didn't sound like a 1 way comment. calling someone a loser is just so profesional and lets me the reader decide on which side to pick in the story.

And about Walter Cronkite, Yeah I love the added, twisting comments in this like catching a criminal was a bad thing "*Made “Watergate” a nightly theme on his newscast, the relentless repetition of which was used by the left to topple Republican President Richard Nixon " Yeah he toppled Nixon, well he certainly didn't do it by using sources like "some people say". And besides, would you dislike him if Nixon was a "DemoRat"? I am willing to bet not.
Oh yeah about making watergate a nightly theme, guess what, back then there was not this thing called the World Wide Web, you know that thing that helps you and me talk to each other and helps us get other news from other parts in the world as fast as ummmm i don't know, as fast as people post the video on you tube.

*Swayed outcome of the Vietnam War in 1968 by declaring it “unwinnable”
- um yeeeeaaaah, I am sure all of the U.S generals and soldiers watched him say that on T.V. while they were fighting that war over there and said, you know, just because Walter said it, it must be true and we should just give up and go home. And you people tell me to lay off the kool-aid.

Oh yeah, if it were true I had the lack of information and made a decision, would still not be half as bad as you who claims to have the information and still makes bad decisions!

Posted by: DLM | 2007-10-18 2:47:35 PM


DLM,
Mr. Rather failed to skew the 2004 Presidential election with fraudulent documents.
He lost big time. That makes him a loser.
When his suit against CBS goes into the discovery faze Mr. Rather will be a big 2 time loser on one big issue.


>"And about Walter Cronkite, Yeah I love the added, twisting comments in this like catching a criminal was a bad thing "
DLM

Name the specific crime that President Nixon committed.

>"*Swayed outcome of the Vietnam War in 1968 by declaring it “unwinnable”
- um yeeeeaaaah, I am sure all of the U.S generals and soldiers watched him say that on T.V. while they were fighting that war over there and said, you know, just because Walter said it, it must be true and we should just give up and go home."
DLM

"Lyndon Johnson famously said, after a critical report on the Vietnam War, "if we've lost Walter Cronkite, we've lost the country."

At that point President LBJ knew that he had lost political support for the Vietnam War among 'Middle America'.

Since the politicians take their mandate from the people and the soldiers take their directives from the politicians, Walter Cronkite did, indeed, cause America's loss of Vietnam.
Cronkite shaped perceptions with false information.

The truth, however, is that the U.S. Army won the Tet Offensive, contrary to what Walter Cronkite reported, and the Vietcong were ever after a spent force.
It was the NVA that invaded and captured South Vietnam in the '70s.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-18 3:10:03 PM


Jason Blair of the NY Slimes was caught manufacturing the news, and there are scores of others caught doing the same thing, just like Dan Rather & hios associates at CBS. And NONE of them worked for FOX NEWS.

Carl Cameron does.

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-10-18 3:17:39 PM


"Carl Cameron does"

. . . and what did he concoct from scratch - or are you referring to his joke when he thought the mike was off? Hardly misreporting a la Blair & Rather.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 4:08:18 PM


. . . and what did he concoct from scratch - or are you referring to his joke when he thought the mike was off? Hardly misreporting a la Blair & Rather.

He fabricated a story about John Kerry that he "reported" on Fox News and that he also posted on the Fox News website. Fox News admitted the fabrication and later said that Cameron was tired and under stress.

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-10-18 4:20:01 PM


And why is Cronkite a leftist, because he doesn't say what you want to hear all the time? So that makes him leftist?

Posted by: DLM | 18-Oct-07 12:59:38 PM

Yeah, that's pretty much a lot of people's opinion, if you don't agree 100% with them you're a leftoid that wants to destroy society and hug terrorists.

Welcome to the Shotgun where facts don't matter.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-18 4:20:40 PM


lotusland ~

I remember that well. It was meant as a joke - and lasted a few hours. Jason Blair spread lies for 6 months before he was caught - and eventually fired.

Meantime, Duranty of the NY Slimes received a Pulitzer for falsely reporting glowing reports about Stalin in 1937 - and the SLIMES STILL REFUSES TO RETURN THAT AWARD 70 years later.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 4:29:05 PM


lotusland ~

I remember that well. It was meant as a joke - and lasted a few hours. Jason Blair spread lies for 6 months before he was caught - and eventually fired.

Meantime, Duranty of the NY Slimes received a Pulitzer for falsely reporting glowing reports about Stalin in 1937 - and the SLIMES STILL REFUSES TO RETURN THAT AWARD 70 years later.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 4:29:29 PM


In the meantime, Rush is auctioning off that letter that 41 DemoRat senators sent his partner, asking for a retraction of comments he never made. They tried to smear him, based on Shrillery's front group Media Matters' false accusation that he called US soldiers "phonies".

But Rush turned the tables on them. The letter is on Ebay with the proceeds going to his favourite military charity.

The latest bid? $851,000 TOP BID FOR DEM LETTER

And Rush will be matching it dollar for dollar.

He challenged the 41 DemoRats to also match it, but since they really don't support the troops - they have remained silent.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 4:38:44 PM


>"And why is Cronkite a leftist, because he doesn't say what you want to hear all the time? So that makes him leftist?"
Posted by: DLM | 18-Oct-07 12:59:38 PM

From Cronkite’s first column, for the King Features Syndicate, on the subject of political bias in journalism:
"I believe that most of US reporters are liberal, but not because WE consciously have chosen that particular color in the political spectrum. More likely it is because most of US served our journalistic apprenticeships as reporters covering the seamier sides of our cities---the crimes, the tenement fires, the homeless and the hungry, the underclothed and undereducated.

“WE reached our intellectual adulthood with daily close-ups of inequality in a nation that was founded on the commitment to equality for all.”
--------------------------------------------------

Of coarse if one doesn't "agree 100%" that liberals are Leftists then disregard the above quote, eh Snowrunner.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-18 5:12:33 PM


Of coarse if one doesn't "agree 100%" that liberals are Leftists then disregard the above quote, eh Snowrunner.

Posted by: Speller | 18-Oct-07 5:12:33 PM

Man, you must be really hurting, considering how coarse you are all the time.

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-18 5:20:29 PM


A spelling error is all you can come up with, snowflake? You must be a joy to hang with.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 5:30:54 PM


A spelling error is all you can come up with, snowflake? You must be a joy to hang with.

Posted by: obc | 18-Oct-07 5:30:54 PM

You know, if he would have misspelled it once I wouldn't have cared, not even if he would have done it once or twice while "being tired", but it seems a constant thing with him, and he started to correct me first.

Yes, I admit, I stooped down to his level and I admit I was initially a bit surprised to find you there too, but on second thought, what else did I expect to find?

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-18 5:54:52 PM


Nitpickers are in the same class as nose pickers.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 6:01:12 PM


. . . and he did it too, Mommy!

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-18 6:02:22 PM


The difference between grammar and spelling is very wide, Snowrunner.

I write the way I speak and I've no doubt you do also.

And yes, I am still tired. My wife is on a purification diet and I'm supporting her by doing it too.

No carbs makes Speller a low energy guy and I'm not sleeping well because of constant hunger.

Posted by: Speller | 2007-10-18 6:53:21 PM


Meantime, Duranty of the NY Slimes received a Pulitzer for falsely reporting glowing reports about Stalin in 1937 - and the SLIMES STILL REFUSES TO RETURN THAT AWARD 70 years later.

Duranty got the Pulitzer in 1933 not 1937, and the Pulitzer Board in 2003 announced that after a review of Duranty's work they decided not to revoke the prize. The NYT's issued a statement that if the Pulitzer Board were to revoke the award they would return it.

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-10-18 9:01:51 PM


Meantime, Duranty of the NY Slimes received a Pulitzer for falsely reporting glowing reports about Stalin in 1937 - and the SLIMES STILL REFUSES TO RETURN THAT AWARD 70 years later.

I'll also add that the controversy of Duranty getting the Pulitzer was about his later reporting of the Ukrainian famine which both Malcolm Muggeridge and Gareth Jones proved had been man made.

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