Fighting the herd mentality

There are no guarantees

We like to think the proprietor hereabouts retains some of what once was known as a news reporter’s objectivity. We’re skeptical but not cynical. There was only one infallible human being once long ago.

Which is why the white lab coats retch in unison whenever some of our associates pledge their full faith and trust in (say) Donald Trump. We side with Dr. Fauci on social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic but we are aware that, to a hammer, everything is a nail. Without a functioning economy, there are no ventilators, no vaccine.

Jimmy Carter launched the 55 mph speed limit to combat the fuel crisis even on the Interstate Highway System? That restriction took on new life as a safety measure. (By which reasoning, 45 mph was even safer). But rational people voted otherwise using their right foot. The trade-off, they decided, was worth it.

A lot of people did something in Brookfield

We live now in an era of “settled science” accompanied by the usual brow-beating and Deplorable-shaming. Want to reopen the economy? You racist, accuses Joy Reid of MSNBC.

Saturday (04-18-2020) in Brookfield, Midwest-nice Wisconsin protested the governor’s extension of the coronavirus quarantine for a further five weeks. Now, they may be misguided. Either way, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made certain to play up the photograph of the one idiot waving the Confederate flag before other participants told him to take it down. Fits their narrative.

Which disturbs the totalitarians at the New York Times. “Stop airing Trump’s briefings!” Charles Blow demands“The briefings are marked by Trump’s own misinformation, deceptions, rage, blaming and boasting.”

Blow dispenses with offering any evidence of the alleged “misinformation and deceptions” because he is writing for New York Times readers. It is presumed.


Rule by expert is the central tenet of progressivism, reaching its fullest expression in the Marxists’ “scientific socialism.”


Which is why we again treasure Holmen W. Jenkins Jr. The Wall Street Journal columnist calls out:

The intellectual fraudulence of so much journalism today, including TV journalism, in which anything touching on President Trump must be filtered through a fixed, pre-existing narrative. Apparently many reporters have taken to heart the admonitions we’ve heard since 2016 that the press must abandon objectivity because Mr. Trump is a proto-dictator. (At least, until Covid-19 came along. Now the left faults him for not assuming dictatorial powers.)

Indoctrination, not information

It is why my favorite morning daily newspaper here in Madison WI is now liberal-to-progressive in outlook where, in my youth, it was solid Republican. “A decline in ad dollars means the print industry now lacks its former insulation from reader prejudice,” Jenkins explains. Just imagine the boycott, subscription cancellations and vandalism if the WI State Journal endorsed Trump for re-election! 

But it’s worse. Jenkins tells it: 

It’s a preference for conformity over curiosity as a character trait. It may be useful in some professions but is the opposite of what’s needed for good journalism. It’s also a trait needed for good scholarship on the nation’s campuses where perhaps the battle for free speech and free thought is really being lost.

It’s FREE! Bernie Sanders has won!

We saw something even more alarming than Blow’s call for managing the news in the Sunday New York Times, a full page “house ad” promising:

Free access to New York Times journalism.
For every high school in America. 

Egads! Like the pusher at the chainlink fence on the playground, the first one is free! And people wonder why the news media is the least trusted source of news on the pandemic. 

Blaska’s Bottom LineHere’s the thing: if you think Wisconsin is reopening too soon, stay home. Use your best judgment.

What do YOU think?

About David Blaska

Madison WI
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12 Responses to Fighting the herd mentality

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    The greatest Environmental President EVAH (Richard M. Nixon) signed the 55 mph speed limit into law on 01/02/1974.

    The Gotch

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    • Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

      True, in response to the “gas shortage”. However, if I remember correctly (?) it was Jimmy Carter who required all States to enforce the 55 limit or lose Federal highway funding.

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  2. dad29 says:

    Free access to New York Times journalism.

    That’s easily twice what it’s worth, too!

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  3. westsidesue says:

    LMAO

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  4. westsidesue says:

    I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOU THINK! Thank you!

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “if you think Wisconsin is reopening too soon, stay home. Use your best judgment.”

    Plainly-n-simply, that’s just NOT how Lefty rolls; anyone that DOESN’T choose predetermined selections from the Lefty World View Cafeteria is persona non grata and on the outside looking in.

    Just give a read to some the Lefty morons slobbering to no end at neighborsnextdoor; a couple of particularly imbecilic addlepates posting that the Open It Up protests would be replete with KKK robes and banjo music. A unit of measure for that kind of idiotic stupidity doesn’t exist.

    *If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If Lefty doesn’t like guns, he wants guns outlawed.

    *If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If Lefty is a vegetarian, he wants meat products banned.

    *If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If Lefty is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

    *If a conservative is down-and-out, he tries to better his situation. A Lefty wants to know who is going to fix it for him.

    *If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Lefties want those they don’t like to be silenced.

    *If a conservative is a nonbeliever, he doesn’t go to church. If Lefty is a nonbeliever he wants any mention of religion silenced, unless, of course, the religion is from another culture….ad infinitum, ad nauseum!

    The Gotch

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    • dad29 says:

      a couple of particularly imbecilic addlepates posting that the Open It Up protests would be replete with KKK robes and banjo music.

      I guaran-damn-TEE you that there will be numerous false-flags at the Capitol Friday afternoon. Got a message today strictly forbidding carrying (visible) arms, Stars & Bars, yada–but real Conservatives didn’t need that lecture.

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  6. georgessson says:

    During PAST once-a-week grocery sojourns, I noticed an ever increasing number of folks kitted up w/ gloves, masks and glasses. Today, after the past news of other states’ protests, our local week-end news lead ups to the protests, and the news of the WI protests themselves, I saw some changes. Shopping today, the ratio of protected customers vs. naked was markedly lower -by huge percentage. As far as I am concerned, nuthin’ has actually changed. No real “flattening” of the curve, nor real-time decreases in new cases. Thus the Squire’s sad reference to the “herd mentality” is spot on. Facts don’t matter… Then again, it’s been years since they DID, after we look back at the dearth of actual, objective “news reporting”. Stay smart, stay safe, stay well.

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    • dad29 says:

      Only in Madistan do you have naked grocery shoppers.

      Science tells us that death % is now equal to that of the flu, about 0.01%. Maybe real men aren’t concerned about that risk.

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  7. Tom Paine says:

    facts? trends? models? science? BS. Just go fer it.
    Proles know no better.
    Montesquieu was right –> The Troglodytes deserve their fate. ( https://www.amazon.com/Western-Intellectual-Tradition-Leonardo-Hegel/dp/0880290692/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?dchild=1&keywords=Mazlish%2C+the+Intellectual+Origins+of&qid=1587444553&sr=8-1-fkmr0 )

    Been der…done dat.

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  8. A Party of One says:

    Dave, your van Gogh pic it priceless. Conservatives have the best sense of humor. Liberals have none.

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