Today in Liberal Media Bias
Anne of Althouse deconstructs the NY Times
I’m trying to read the NYT article on the shutdown, “Bitter Bickering Muddies the Path to Ending the Government Shutdown.”
The immediate cause of the shutdown, which began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday after Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a House-passed stopgap measure, was a dispute over spending. But it was a stalemate over immigration policy, the topic that propelled Mr. Trump’s political rise and has dominated his first 12 months as president, that snarled the negotiations, as the president vacillated over what approach he should take and advisers including Mr. Kelly counseled a harder line.
Wait. The immediate cause of the shutdown was… Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a House-passed stopgap measure. What’s all that other material?! The Democrats blocked the vote that would have avoided the shutdown. That’s clear, and one answer is, go to majority voting so this chaos isn’t inflicted on us. Or is the shutdown just political theater that doesn’t really mean anything? — Anne of Althouse.
Trump’s Top Ten Fake News Awards
Democrats have a lot of explaining to do
Alice Stewart on CNN: Democrats were so hell-bent on settling the fate of unlawful immigrants that they were willing to punish lawful residents who serve in our military, rely on children’s health insurance and rely on valuable government services.
Democrats losing ground
CNN poll shows Democrats’ generic lead dwindling.
Evers leads the pack with an 18-point lead
It’s Evers (29%), Vinehout (11%) and Soglin (10%) in the first publicly-released survey of the Democratic primary for governor, conducted by Public Policy Polling.
You will be censored if you disagree with the Censorious Left
Tonight I read that a conservative citizen in Madison has had her comments on a listserv “reported” for God knows what reasons. As a liberal who knows First Amendment rights are essential, and political purity is rank, I feel more than compelled to respond.
Dorothy Borchardt started a thread posting on NextDoor about the need for additional police officers in our city. The matter was voted on by the Madison City Council this week and blazed to passage 17-2. For the record I am also very much in support of our city police and added my comments to the thread as well.
But over the past few days all of Borchardt’s comments were ‘reported’ to the moderators of the listserv as somehow not meeting a certain criteria. I find that most troubling. We all should!
- Via Anne of Althouse. The L.A. Times reports:The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in [California’s] Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.
The new calculation takes into account a number of intractable problems encountered by the state rail agency. It raises profoundly difficult questions about how the state will complete what is considered the nation’s largest infrastructure project with the existing funding sources….
The sobering news about the cost increases was long forewarned, though rail authority Chairman Dan Richard has consistently rejected those warnings. About a year ago, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a secret risk analysis that said costs were rising sharply and could hit $9.5 to $10 billion. When The Times disclosed the warning, Richard downplayed the analysis….
Monthly Archives: October 2017
UPDATE: D.A. Ozanne responds to County Exec Parisi. But does not deny that the district attorneys lobbied for more pay, not more prosecutors. Here is Ozanne’s response. Is the weak link in the law enforcement chain Dane County’s district attorney? … Continue reading
‘You can’t ask … decent citizens who want to maintain the safety and dignity of their neighborhood to carry the load’
But first: Random thoughts on a No Packers Sunday, the first day of frost, Fall 2017. Not sure I’d watch if there was a game. Not because of kneeling but because of no Aaron Rodgers. Quotes of the Week “All … Continue reading
That’s what struck the brain trust here at the Stately Manor about the simmering conditions at Lincoln Hills School for Boys. Inmates at this state correctional institution ran outside, scaled one of the housing units, ripped shingles and a metal … Continue reading
Supervisor Mike Willett of Verona is one of the few left on the Dane County Board with the courage to fight back against the identity politics that has turned cops and courts into the bad guys. Is even the smaller, … Continue reading
Tell us, Don Pardo, who is today’s “Housing, not Handcuffs” winner? Squire David, today’s Derail the Jail poster boy is Cornelius Britton, age 21, for (allegedly) deliberately luring a cop to Russett Road on Madison’s southwest side on October 6 … Continue reading
‘Seriously, block his ass!’ (That ass being the Squire’s) Isthmus reporter Dylan Brogan is a reliably liberal voice but he committed some journalism earlier this month and got played The Race Card for his efforts. The incident is a Little Red … Continue reading