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Twitter Trolls to Block

Posted by Dan Draney on January 9, 2011

If you follow discussions on Twitter with the “hashtags” used by conservatives (#tcot #twisters #ocra #sgp, etc.), you may be wishing you could block the annoying leftist trolls trying to disrupt things. Here is my compilation of accounts to block. While it’s far from comprehensive, it does dramatically reduce the noise.

@watergatesummer, @jrbaltmd57, @libertybelle4, @johnd1967, @moodyloner, @justabrick, @garylpollard, @hardknoxfirst, @punkyp, @1oldcoot, @alottawa, @tatterd, @larrydhalstead, @zjas5, @ksquared3, @anti_fox_news, @portcitypisces, @maliheh_, @janettthinks, @ellceebee, @harmonywho, @genderconstruct, @celestialbeard, @d_hoppers_ghost, @unorigmoniker, @nojoe101, @sharoney, @spathiphyllum, @brettr4763, @bowedoak, @brx0, @bigmoney4shelly, @theladyharley, @pheco, @jolinastar, @its_our_choice, @_gregwhoward, @redscarebot, @achura, @pittgirly, @louvice, @watergirl95, @sandinbrick, @shannon_ahern, @rocky1542, @mdrfl, @wre1948, @sindad1, @thechickabides, @navdoc3rdmar, @politicalbee, @mother_rell, @socooked, @hardknoxfirst, @mccollin2010, @caregiver55, @ghostdansing, @anarchytweet, @barbiesnow, @antiwacko, @cody_k, @progressiveman7, @whumba, @salleegal, @queerjohnpa, @1kecko, @concrusher, @spreadbutter, @withyobadself, @politicalgates, @turtletears, @crystalwolflady, @otoolefan, @katieannieoakly,  @msveronicajay, @runforfun54, @molinelobo, @justgrateful @libwstcoastprof

If you are using Tweetdeck, simply copy this list. Then open your preferences. Click on “Global Filter,” and paste the list into the “From people:” box. Click “Save Settings,” and tweets from these accounts will never trouble you again in Tweetdeck. The list is in the correct format for Tweetdeck (users separated by commas). Using it in other Twitter apps may require some other format.

If you have suggested changes (additions or deletions) for the troll list, please comment on this post and/or send me a message on twitter: @DanDraney. Of course, if you are on the troll list, I won’t see your tweets.

I will update this list from time to time and keep it on the main page of the blog. So bookmark it for future reference.

UPDATE: 4/24/11 Added the Twitter usernames in red to the list. Update2: The last 3, in bold, were added after the initial update.

UPDATE: 2/28/14 Removed a person who does not seem to be engaged in any trollish behavior.

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Hacking Big Media

Posted by Ryne McClaren on March 12, 2010

Without much comment from me (because it’s a very lengthy piece) comes a great story about Andrew Breitbart from Wired: How Andrew Breitbart Hacks the Media.

For someone who claims to hate the “Democrat-media complex,” Breitbart sure knows how to work it. Few people are better at packaging information for maximum distribution and impact. He is, depending on whom you ask, either the “leading figure in this right-wing creation of a parallel universe of lies and idiotic conspiracy theories” (that was liberal critic Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America) or “the most dangerous man on the right today” (from Michael Goldfarb, Republican consultant and former campaign aide to John McCain). Breitbart is, in short, expert in making the journalism industry his bitch. “The market has forced me to come up with techniques to be noticed,” Breitbart says. “And now that I have them, I’m like, wow, this is actually great. This is fun.”

Read the whole thing, as they say.

One of the things that Breitbart has capitalized on, and I’m tracing this back to his Drudge Report days, is his ability (and foresight) to work around the media, and not within their narrow little box of what constitutes “reporting” and “journalism.”  In one short year Breitbart has changed the dynamic of reporting, for good or ill, and has rendered leftist stalwarts such as Eric Boehlert and Max Blumenthal insane with rage and hypocracy.

Andrew figured out a long time ago that a.) the media is not the non-liberal’s friend, and b.) there is absolutely no such thing as “equal time.”  The media is, quite simply, running a rigged game filled with straw men and all sorts of wacky traps for non-leftists.

It’s possible to bring the story to the people, in the year of our Lord 2010.  You don’t have to wait for the people come to you.

Posted in crazy leftists, general nuttiness, MSM bias | 2 Comments »

The Great Communicator

Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 27, 2010

Tom Maguire finds the funny in James Taranto’s takedown of Jon Chait’s Obama-as-HCR summit-Cicero puff piece.


I think maybe Mr. Taranto is being a bit unfair here.  After all, on his side Chait’s Great Communicator only had the White House bully pulpit, Congressional chairman, leading academics, and NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, the NY Times, and the LA Times.  Sarah Palin had a Facebook page, Glenn Beck had a television show, and Rush Limbaugh had a radio show, so really – how could Obama hope to break through?

I’ve always been puzzled by Obama’s oratory genius.  I mean, isn’t communicating his message arguably the most important responsibility a President has?  Until something truly exceptional happens, isn’t this speaking well just part of the gig?

A healthy dose of Bush fatigue, an economy in freefall, and a general desire for “Change” with a healthy pinch of “Hope” helped to deliver Obama to the White House.  Democrats controlled the House and Senate.  A new era was upon us.

In the year since putting his hand on the Good Book and delivering his oath of office, Obama has generally forgone lots of Hopenchange and, y’know, actually governing to undertake a psychological study in vanity, arrogance, and general dementia.

Since January of 2009, we’ve heard Barack say many times that “elections matter” and that he’s the President.  It’s also Bush’s fault, the mess was inherited, Republicans cause gridlock, and so on.

But we’ve actually yet to see Obama actually deliver… well, anything that he promised you.

Health care?  We’re in “summit” mode now, with Dems likely facing a lame duck cramdown of whatever policies they can scramble together after November of 2010.  They could have owned this son-uva-gun over the summer, but decided to illustrate for the American public the exact reason why we’ve always considered them a bunch of hand wringing ninnies.

Jobs?  Jobs are the bridge that were washed out by the stream, and Joe-Joe Biden’s bridge contractor has yet to show up.  (But you can be damn sure that Obama and Biden could line you up with a bridge!)

Wall Street bonuses and golden parachutes and other wicked by-products of capitalism?  Shee-it, them dudes is still wicked rich.

Guantanamo?  Still open.  (ed. Thankfully!)

The war in Iraq?  Still on.  (ed. Thankfully.)

Iran?  Still crazy.

North Korea.  Still crazy.

Hugo Chavez?  Obama doesn’t even want to be in the same room with the man after getting his face slapped to start off his Presidency.

The era of International Kumbaya that was to follow the January swearing in?  After Barack Obama led America back to her rightful levels of respect around the world, beloved by her allies and Euros with a squishy left-of-center?  Ha-ha!  Dude hasn’t given a formal press conference for 215+ days (if you don’t count his HCR “summit,” and I don’t).

In fact, nearly every International summit has found Obama bowing to everything besides the kitchen pantry.

Until Barack Obama can convince America — publicly! — that his Administration is simply not the do nothing, graft-prone, seedy underbelly of Chicago Machine politics that we’re starting to see and believe it is, Jon Chait’s argument that he’s a Reagan-esque “Great Communicator” is enough to make me recycle some of this cup of coffee shop White Russian right through my nostrils.

Considering that we elected a junior Senator from Illinois to the Presidency despite his lack of record, I’m not terribly surprised that he’s as feeble as he is.  What surprises me is that he’s walking and talking like a lame duck nearly 400 days into his Presidency.

Every era of politics deserves a delightfully stupid deviation from reality, I suppose.  A “novelty Presidency,” if you will.  Jimmy Carter, the first year of Clinton’s first term, and so on.  So let’s grin and bear this one, and then remind ourselves to nominate substance over style next time.

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Politics As Theater

Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 25, 2010

Just your average Democrat on Twitter

Your average Democrat on Twitter

Today found me buried in work at the office, too busy earning a living (and earning income which may be taxed) to pay attention to President’ Obama’s kabuki theater masquerading as a health care reform “summit.”

But yikes.  What a day!  There’s not much that can be said about strictly partisan politics that hasn’t been said already, so I won’t even try.  Instead, let’s recap some of the more, um, interesting bits that can be found on the World Wide Web.

  • The Drudge Report is in full siren alert, sans the actual .gif siren.  Between the HCR headlines at the top (“Pelosi: Health Reform Will Create 400,000 jobs “Almost Immediately“) and the hi-jinx of two of America’s most ethically challenged politicians (Charlie Rangel and David Patterson), it’s been something of a banner day for Mr. Drudge.
  • The Ace of Spades blog features must-see YouTube, as Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan rattles the President’s cage.
  • Tom Maguire on Obama, Lamar Alexander, and the numbers behind our awesome future premiums.
  • Tech smart guy Dave Winer is just sick and tired of Republicans being an opposition party, and would much rather have America play guinea pig to something they’re not even entirely convinced they want.
  • Joe Biden really probably doesn’t give a damn either way.
  • Dana Milbank was last seen sucking on the tail pipe of the President’s limo.
  • Sam Stein at the Huffington Post swears, by golly, that it’s time for Democrats to step up and take charge! of this wacky health care reform, despite the fact that they’ve spend the last year and one month not doing that very thing.  No more talking, sillies!
  • Shorter Slate: The Democrats fared badly today; Obama and the Republicans won.
  • General vibe I’m getting, with no link to back it up: Obama looked really great in his white shirt and blue tie next to all those little Hope and Change name cards the White House print shop made up for everyone.  He looks smart, doggone it, and that should really be enough for America.

Tomorrow, we’ll all go back to work.  And I’ll make a quick, unsubstantiated prediction: we’re no closer to any sort of health care “reform” today than we were yesterday.  In November, when a passel of Democrats are being shown the door in the mid-term referendum on Democratic policies, we still won’t be any closer.

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When $3.7 Billion Dollars Is Not A Lot of Money. No, Really!

Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 23, 2010

DrewM at the delightfully tacky Ace of Spades blog details the semi-annual MSM “ZOMG, we spend so much money on political campaigns!” news season.

Drew’s post highlights a Center for Responsive Politics post that says:

With Democrats battling to keep control of both chambers of Congress and Republicans eager to make gains, the money race is fast underway for 2010’s federal midterm elections.

By the time that every dollar is spent and every check is cashed, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimates the cost of the Nov. 2 contests will be more than $3.7 billion.

$3.7 billion dollars is, quite frankly, chump change in this era of Obama/SEIU/Soros/ACORN monkey business, considering what’s at stake in the 2010 midterms: Massive Government vs. Even More Massive Government.

The post at AoS is full of illustrations as to how $3.7B isn’t a lot in the era of Hope ‘n Change and blowout sports contracts.  Below, Drew presents us with the takeaway quote that’s worth repeating:

If you really want to see less money spent on politics, shrink the size and influence of government.

While that would be a novel approach, one that would make your humble author’s heart swell with gladness… well, I forgot what I was going to say.

Imagine if we lived in some Byzantine era, one in which every vote cast didn’t influence the selling price and production cost of, well, everything. The mind practically balks at the consideration.

By the time that Barack Obama and the Chicago Machine roll into 2012, $3.7 billion probably won’t even keep a mid-sized Florida bank afloat.  So what we need is perspective, people!

Posted in general nuttiness, Obama, regulation | 1 Comment »

None Dare Call Them Golf Carts

Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 22, 2010

LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth (proudly representing my district) has named his priority bill: LB1004.

Nebraskans would be able to drive their golf cars down residential city streets, just like the old folks do in Florida and California, under a bill that carries priority designation.

Golf cars and other slow-moving vehicles would be allowed on streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less and could cross other higher speed roads, under a bill (LB1004), named by Sen. LeRoy Louden of Ellsworth as his priority bill.

That’s golf cars, not carts.

If you’re like me, you were confused at this point.  “Golf car? Wha?”

I’m so very glad you asked, because this is the important part.

And there is a difference between, said Joe Masek, president of the Masek Golf Car Co. in Gering.

A golf cart is that “little two-wheeled thing that you drag around behind you when you are un-American and walk the course,” he told senators on the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on Monday.

The Legislature is looking at rules for golf cars, which “have a steering wheel and you drive,” Masek said.

Ok.  See?  I told you this was very important.  (And I’m not even going to touch his “un-American” comment).

But now let’s leave the study of motorized golf car lingo alone and get to the wacky.

Under the bill, only licensed drivers could operate a slow-moving vehicle, and owners would have to carry liability insurance.

The bill covers golf cars, which can go about 10 to 16 mph, and slow-moving vehicles, which under federal law can go 20 to 25 mph and must have seat belts, windshields and turn signals.

Around three dozen states allow these very slow moving vehicles on city streets, according to supporters.

Because they can’t be driven very fast, these vehicles are safe, they said.

The law would help a lot of elderly people in small towns who don’t want to or shouldn’t drive, Louden said.

Problem #1: You possess neither the eyesight nor the reflexes to operate one of those high speed cars that are all the rage.

Problem #2: You still possesses a valid drivers license.

Problem #3: Driving fast is unsafe; driving slow in and around fast traffic is much safer.

Solution: Golf cars.

I’m always dumbfounded why we believe that taking a slow moving vehicle and granting it access to the fast lane is a solution for anything at all, but there you go.  This might work if all of us were required to bump around town in our golf cars, but it’s absurd to think that you’re safer moving slow when the roadways are occupied by… texting teen drivers.

The golf car salesman (obviously) thinks this is a stroke of genius.

Village, towns and college campuses could used modified golf carts rather than pickup trucks to move light loads around if it were legal to drive on the streets, Masek said.

Don’t tell Masek, but lots of people are probably already doing these things anyway, and the Legislature hasn’t even said it’s ok yet. But perhaps once all of this is tied up, he can send out some brochures or something.

Ultimately, so long as these vehicles are properly insured (like I am, for when I run over them) and operated by people who are licensed and sane, I have no problem with the bill itself.  The only problem that I have is with swaddling this baby up in phony “public safety” clothes.

The text of this bill is far too long to read, and it could be condensed to its simplest form: We want to drive something besides cars, trucks, and motorcycles on the roads and streets of Nebraska.

Posted in general nuttiness, Nebraska, regulation, socialism | 2 Comments »

Another Funny SNL Skit

Posted by Dan Draney on October 26, 2008

This one features Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-Mars) talking to a crowd of Obama supporters in Pennsylvania. It’s just a slight exaggeration of what these turkeys actually said this week. Maybe it is time to start recording the show on the DVR so we can watch the good parts later.

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Hyper Creepy

Posted by Dan Draney on October 1, 2008

Can you watch this video without seeing visions of little children singing the praises of The Dear Leader or The Great Helmsman?

Note the prominent Obama seal in the background. Creepy with a capital-C.

UPDATE: More info on the video here.

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The Silent Scream of the Asparagus

Posted by Dan Draney on May 6, 2008

Move over PETA and make way for PETP. This would be funny if it wasn’t scary crazy. No. It’s not a joke.

The Silent Scream of the Asparagus: You just knew it was coming: At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the “dignity” of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong. This is no hoax. The concept of what could be called “plant rights” is being seriously debated.

A few years ago the Swiss added to their national constitution a provision requiring “account to be taken of the dignity of creation when handling animals, plants and other organisms.” No one knew exactly what it meant, so they asked the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology to figure it out. The resulting report, “The Dignity of Living Beings with Regard to Plants,” is enough to short circuit the brain.

A “clear majority” of the panel adopted what it called a “biocentric” moral view, meaning that “living organisms should be considered morally for their own sake because they are alive.” Thus, the panel determined that we cannot claim “absolute ownership” over plants and, moreover, that “individual plants have an inherent worth.” This means that “we may not use them just as we please, even if the plant community is not in danger, or if our actions do not endanger the species, or if we are not acting arbitrarily.”

The committee offered this illustration: A farmer mows his field (apparently an acceptable action, perhaps because the hay is intended to feed the farmer’s herd–the report doesn’t say). But then, while walking home, he casually “decapitates” some wildflowers with his scythe. The panel decries this act as immoral, though its members can’t agree why. The report states, opaquely:

At this point it remains unclear whether this action is condemned because it expresses a particular moral stance of the farmer toward other organisms or because something bad is being done to the flowers themselves.

What is clear, however, is that Switzerland’s enshrining of “plant dignity” is a symptom of a cultural disease that has infected Western civilization, causing us to lose the ability to think critically and distinguish serious from frivolous ethical concerns. It also reflects the triumph of a radical anthropomorphism that views elements of the natural world as morally equivalent to people.

You can’t make this stuff up. Read the rest of the article.

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