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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Some funny "conservative" observations

As I get older, I find myself getting more and more conservative. Definitely not loony religious right conservative but more a fiscal and economic conservative. I would most identify myself as libertarian. In my hunger for more conservative points of view I've started reading Human Events occasionally and tuning into some conservative talk radio shows like Sean Hannity. I still find that I disagree with a lot of what is being said on these outlets and often just laugh at the sheer ridiculousness. Some of the things that have stuck out in my mind the most lately have been:
  • A caller to the Sean Hannity show a few weeks ago suggested George Allen as McCain's running mate. You may recall that Allen lost his Senate seat representing Virginia in 2006 in large part due to calling an Indian American a macaca, a racial slur meaning monkey. I am not saying Allen is not qualified but after the comments and the loss of his seat, he is forever tainted for an executive office.
  • Conservapedia is the non liberal biased attempt at creating an online encyclopedia. Apparently Wikipedia has some problems with it's content like requiring a neutral point of view and not allowing original research. First, "liberal bias"... really? I can't say that I see much liberal bias in Wikipedia but I sure do see a lot of conservative bias in Conservapedia. I had high hopes for Conservapedia (great article there) at first, especially considering one of their goals is to provide a resource for home schooled students. It has become a humorous parody of itself much like Uncyclopedia or better yet Wikiality though.
  • One of my favorites lines is "Fair and balanced". Putting on a pundit who is identified as liberal to counter a pundit who is identified as conservative does not make your content fair or balanced. Also, just because Fox News says it every break, it does not make it true. I think they hope the repetition will make the idea stick as true. Sadly I think it is working.
  • Today I heard an interview with talk show host Bill Cunningham about his recent comments before a McCain rally where he referred to Barack Obama by his full name. It is obvious this was an attempt to draw attention to his foreign roots since Obama's middle name is Hussein. McCain called him out on the comments but Cunningham said he used his full name to show respect. Cunningham then name dropped other presidents such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and JFK as proof of his respect by using a full name. Yeah, those are middle initials that they use Bill. We all see through your BS. Ah yes, and the best part was he started using McCain's full name. That was the first time I learned McCain's middle name was Sidney and that he was a 3rd.
  • Although not funny, Ann Coulter is nothing more than a witty hate monger. People like her don't help politics. She only divides and perpetuates the idea that every issue is black and white and you are either conservative or liberal.
That is it for tonight. I need to get some sleep because I've started going to Thursday morning Bible study and 6:30 am is EARLY!

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