Political principles

27
Nov

What does “off the record” actually mean and why should I care?

A news reporter may take statements off the record for good reason. The usual good reason is that disclosing the information would jeopardize the source. More off the number Porter takes the information anonymously and conceals it source, but reports it.

A reporter news outlets seldom has good cause to a sept information off the record from a public figure. Such an agreement puts the reporter in the service of the official, co-opted in a deal that prevents the public from learning the facts or issues. The reporter will often agreed to enhance his standing with the official or get advantage over the competition, but seldom to advance public understanding.

Worse yet, been pledged to secrecy, the reporter is in a bad spot if he learns of the story elsewhere, but it still pledge to secrecy. An official can’t affectively spike a story by telling it with the “OTR “pledge.

President elect Trump knows this, and he turned it to his advantage in a recent meeting with top news media people. They excepted the deal, so they cannot relate what happen without the soldering the promise, violating their odd notion of ethics and making themselves stink with the very people from home they are currying favor.

But Trump, himself, is not bound to secrecy. So he trash the room for a journalist, circulating his own version of the events, and left the press fuming and unable to answer. Serious  journalists should not go off the record with public officials!

it’s bad practice for journalist to suck up to elected officials and agree to keep her secrets. It’s part of the pattern of politicians  co-opting the press. Thank of Kennedy. Think of Obama.

The next four years and years to come will be better if the press sheds  it’s symbiosis  with government incumbency. So far, Trump is doing a service by disrespecting the cozy relationships that I’ve been aggrandizing government and dragging the nation down.

Now without an effective and trusted  “legitimate press” we have given Read more

27
Nov

Its fun to spend other peoples money!

It’s elementary to get a bad story behind you. Trump is learning that. But Hillary’s recount call means Clinton Inc. has given up on all future election prospects. Demanding a recount after dicisive vote only helps the winner, and that’s not in question. Her reasoning  well, it’s other people’s money.

by Norman Conquest

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.

27
Nov

Respect my opinion or else…

img_0200 As the grievance community makes a full-time vocation of lamenting the inferiority of non-progresses, Eric Sasson in the New Republic has identified an obsession dragging down the left, “outrage porn”. So as long as they keep at it, they’ll do little else.

Here’s the test: ask a Prius driver and a jeep driver their opinions of Ronald Ragan and Fidel Castro, and see whether you can guess what they will be. Ask a vegan about the economics of solar power.

We are in desperate need of leadership at the top, while dragging the grievance community along  to prosperity.

By Norman Conquest

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.

27
Nov

How the left created Trump in 2016

img_0199Today’s Republicans are like the Democrats of 1960 – wrong in so many ways it’s hard to join them. But today’s Democrats are just damned weird, denying reality as a core principle. In a single month the chattering class went from asking whether the Republican Party is dead  to wondering about the future of the Democratic Party. It’s time to analyze the evolution caused by a revolution. 

by Norman Conquest

25
Apr

Transgender bathrooms: First world problems and faux outrage

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Frivolous issues consume us. From time to time we confront otherwise trivial issues that some group embraces as symbolic and forces upon the rest of us — to dominate the agenda, to claim the voice of moral authority. When we yield, as often we do, the people claiming grievance move on to a next issue, edging ever further to demonize convention and the status quo. The targets of the social aggression sometimes resist, often after ignoring the nutballs becomes untenable, and thus we get the vehemence and strife. College campus speech codes and claims of “micro-aggression” are current examples. Stripping pronouns in standard English of gender is a case in which little resistance has occurred, but compliance is standard. Gay marriage was a big one. The public embrace of all manner of deviances is a pattern. Unless the deviant advertises his perversity, nobody knows, and the demand for tolerance is really a demand for approval by an unwilling society. Oddly, the Democratic Party has made the grievance agenda part of its platform.

I am looking for a copy of the Stan Dryer short story “Muskrat Fun For Everyone,” which “Playboy” magazine published in October 1970. The story is a brilliant depiction of the phenomenon of two-sided faux outrage.

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.

12
Apr

Rick Robinson: What You Should Have Been Looking At While Miley Was Twerking

This column is written by Northern Kentucky author Rick Robinson and originally appeared in The Daily Caller. It reprinted with permission.

Someday in the not-too-distant future, a music writer will author a coffee table book entitled August, 2013, remembering this moment in time as pivotal in the history of pop culture. Glossy pictures of a misunderstood female performer will adorn slick pages filled with lofty praise in tribute to the shift she caused in the paradigm of performance art.

The book will not be about Miley Cyrus’s twerking (for us old rockers, read: dry humping), or what she did with a foam index finger at the annual MTV Music Awards.  Instead, the book will highlight the life and horrendous death of singer Hyon Sung-wol.

A South Korean Newspaper reported that this week North Korea’s communist dictator, Kim Jong-un, executed a dozen members of the Unhasu Orchestra – including Jong-un’s former girlfriend, singer Hyon Sung-wol – as their relatives and musicians from three other pop bands were forced to watch. Following the firing squad, the on-lookers were all sent to concentration camps.

Didn’t catch that story on Entertainment Tonight?

Not surprising.

Which is why the public’s obsession with Miley Cyrus’ twerking instead of Hyon Sung-wol’s assassination may say more about us than it does about the teen idol formerly known to Disney Channel viewers as Hannah Montana.

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12
Apr

We love political sex scandals; there are plenty to choose from – a Top Ten

by Rick Robinson

scandalThe Americans press is all atwitter over the fact that a bunch of United States Secret Service agents and soldiers apparently engaged the services of hookers in a country where prostitution is legal.

Boorish? Yes. Immoral? Definitely. Stupid? Absolutely. The end of democracy as we know it? Hardly.

People love political sex scandals and this recent not-so-secret servicing is getting its fair share of press time. Yet, other than being the basis for future golf jokes (my foursome has more hookers than a Secret Service detail), the scandal does not even make the top 10 of American political sex scandals. In all honesty, a story about non-elected, GS employees cavorting with hookers barely ranks above Jimmy Carter lusting in his heart and way below former Congressman Anthony Weiner cyber-texting his junk.

Truth be told, “Secret Service Gone Wild” is not even the biggest sex story of the month. In a trial starting this week, former Sen. John Edwards will try to convince a jury that being the biggest a-hole in America is not a crime.

So, for purely historical purposes, here are my top 10 American political sex scandals (federal edition).

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4
Mar

I’m lost and can’t find a map!

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by Norman Conquest

Directionally challenged voters and political elite are lost and can’t find the road map. Republicans must take stock soon. Some obvious tactical lessons obtain: 1) A battle of each against all does not lead to glory; 2) primary elections place the most important decisions in the hands of the least informed. But I suggest starting with a strategic review, not tactics. We must have a goal, a positive goal, and learn from error, whereas negative goals now drive our process. Until we agree on a destination, we will never know what direction to go or when we get there. I suggest goals, let’s say, of defending life, liberty and property, rather than goals of chasing away brown people and punishing those with whom we disagree.

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.

3
Mar

Political job opening: Qualified people need not apply!

politics2By Norman Conquest
Both parties, most obviously the Republicans, should be thinking about the bizarre results of our methods of choosing presidential candidates. The Republicans have eliminated several of their best-qualified candidates, and the best candidates among the Democrats would not run, leaving us with the prospect of a demagogue facing a crook.
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3
Mar

On point: Trump vs. Clinton, hold your nose while voting!

By Norman Conquest

hold your nosePrimary voting in Nevada recently dominated the news of the moment. Other than as a barren desert, Nevada should not exist. The Mafia built it, it survives on scarce Colorado River water to the detriment of the Southwest and California, and it seduces visitors with predatory diversion for its keep. America has two generations whose entitlement mentality knows no limit, who emulate vulgar celebrities, and among whom gross obesity and sloth are becoming a norm. Visit a Kroger store, and you find 400-pound young people cruising the cookie aisle in motorized carts. Drug abuse draws more participants than church in some sets, and uncounted legions have no purpose in life whatever. Graph school performance against school costs, classroom size, or staff salaries, and you find a strong negative correlation, while parents complain less about lack of learning than at their children being inadequately coddled. Then we look to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to lead us. We need to think seriously about where we are headed.

Mr. Norman Conquest provides thought provoking political insight with a seriously sarcastic twist.