Monday, March 2, 2015

Breitbart & Not-So-Breitbart

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Yesterday marked the third anniversary of Andrew Breitbart's passing. The loss was immense, but  his joyously confrontational journalistic legacy is still in action - much to the dismay of the Left.

Hope n' Change isn't sure how many people will still be saying "Je Suis Charlie" in three years, but those who said "Breitbart Is Here" on countless websites meant it.

In many ways, Breitbart really changed the dissemination of news online - giving credibility to a media source which was once seen as the exclusive province of pajama-wearing nutjobs. But that being said, Hope n' Change would like you to consider the following stories which have been making noise on the Internet...

1) Susan Rice, US National Security Advisor, criticized Bibi Netanyahu's upcoming visit and said, "the US will still need to support its best friend in the Middle East, which at this point in time happens to be Iran."

2) US military officials bizarrely revealed details of a plan to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State forces in the April-May time frame, and added that the mission would be accomplished "before Ramadan" - presumably so no big ISIS parties would have to be rescheduled.

3) Millions of parents were outraged when, on a recent episode of Sesame Street, Big Bird ate an American flag.

So, do those stories make your blood boil? More to the point - do you believe them?

Stories 1 and 3 have gone viral, but are complete hoaxes created by satire websites. Story 2 is the only one that is real and actually came from highly-paid government spokespersons. But again - do you believe it?

You shouldn't. Because it now seems (surprise!) that they had no idea what they were talking about, couldn't even begin to pull off the plan they announced, and now are rescheduling the taking of Mosul for sometime in the fall. Maybe.

The point to all of the above (in case you were wondering if we had one) is that Breitbart encouraged people to question everything and look for the truth. That means searching for multiple-source verification of any news story that stirs your passions, especially if you're thinking of passing it along to others.

And when you do get a tasty chunk of truth, by all means spread it as far, wide, and accurately as you can. Because as long as that's happening, Breitbart is here.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Shekel Shackles

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Joe Biden hosted a Black History Month event at his residence on Monday ("Try the hors d'oeuvres," he insisted, "They're all made with peanut butter!") and as usual ended up with controversial comments sticking to the roof of his mouth.

After years of hearing that taxpayers want him to keep his hands off their "cotton-picking money," Joe apparently came to believe that the money really is picking cotton, singing spirituals, and being held in slavery by the evil rich.

"This cannot stand!" Biden shouted at the invitees, nearly causing his stovepipe hat to topple. "It's not fair!"

"Business experts are saying that the concentration of wealth is stunting growth," Biden continued in a clear reference to former child star Gary Coleman, "So let's do something that's worthy of emancipation!"

Presumably, Biden's idea of emancipation consists of "freeing" money from the capitalist bastards who actually worked for it and using that liberated wealth for something much more important: the funding of the Left's vast, and nearly inescapable, vote-producing entitlement plantations.

Hope n' Change finds it sadly ironic, especially during Black History month, that when our nation got its first black president, he looked at all the possible contenders for vice president...and chose to pick a ninny.

WINTER WEATHER BONUS...

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NONE OF THESE STORIES TONIGHT ON "RED EYE"...

(Insert worst expletive you can imagine here). We just found out that the immensely talented Greg Gutfeld is leaving his long-running, hilarious show "Red Eye" to work on a new weekend show for Fox News. His final appearance is tonight (late Friday or early Saturday, depending on how you view 3 a.m.)

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Not kidding in even the least, Hope n' Change feels like we've just been informed of the death of a loved one. "Red Eye" has been, since 2007, the smartest and funniest news commentary show on the air, bar none (yeah, we're talking to you, Jon Stewart). This is the show we watch to laugh at the news instead of just totally freaking out.

"Red Eye" will continue with rotating hosts and will hopefully still be a "must watch" with the many talented regulars and guests who populate the nightly panel. It's worth tuning in just to see the stylish sweaters sported by TV's Andy Levy and enjoy the regal pageant waves of Joanne Nosuchinsky.

That being said, Greg Gutfeld was the spark and catalyst for much of the delightful madness, and the show can't possibly be the same without him.  

This is, as Gutfeld himself would say, clear evidence that Obama should be impeached.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Net Loss

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On Thursday, the FCC is poised to approve over 300 pages of new Internet regulations from Barack Obama that nobody is being allowed to see. Which should be a pretty good clue about whether or not the regulations will bring more freedom of information to the American people.

The so-called "Net Neutrality" regulations would govern the Internet according to century-old utility rules (which is good news for those of you who enjoy morse code and telegraphy) and will also include oversight and input from the Federal Election Commission to help ensure that Americans won't be exposed to too much confusing political news and commentary like the cartoon below...

WE'RE HAVING SOME FUNDS NOW...

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At the time of this writing (technically, "five o'clock somewhere") it appears that Republicans are caving in their attempts to defund implementation of Barack Obama's massive "get out of jail free, never leave, and take thousands of dollars in taxpayer money" plan for several gajillion illegal aliens.

And the reason they're caving is because Barack Obama and the Democrats threatened to defund the Department of Homeland Security entirely because, in the words of DHS chief Jeh Johnson, "it's better to let terrorists in than to keep illegal aliens out."

Okay, he didn't actually say that - but damned if we can think of any other way to interpret his actions.

WHEN OIL IS SAID AND DONE...

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True to his word (except when running for re-election), Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation on Tuesday, thereby protecting Americans from a dangerous influx of jobs, wealth, and energy.

The president, who loves century-old technology when it comes to the Internet, finds pipes "too scary and untested" and so assured that oil will continue to be shipped across our heartland in environmentally friendly gas-guzzling trucks and exploding train tankers instead.

Proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline vow that they will continue the fight, and voiced confidence in their new strategy to gain presidential approval: they plan to tell Obama (and Jeh Johnson) that, instead of carrying oil, the pipeline will be filled with an unending stream of illegal aliens.

ONE MORE THING...

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