February 10, 2006

With Poor King Charles' Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm...

Hatched by Dafydd

UPDATE February 11th, 2006: See below.

All right, let's see if you can solve this conundrum. What is wrong with this picture?

Bush Reveals Rationale Behind Surveillance
by Jennifer Loven
Associated Press
Feb 10, 2006

President Bush defended his warrantless eavesdropping program Friday, saying during what he thought were private remarks that he concluded that spying on Americans was necessary to fill a gap in the United States' security.

Seems fairly innocuous, right? That is because we have become so innured to poor King Charles' head that we don't even notice it anymore.

Let's try this again:

President Bush defended his warrantless eavesdropping program Friday, saying during what he thought were private remarks that he concluded that spying on Americans was necessary to fill a gap in the United States' security.

Here is my point: what on earth makes Ms. Loven think that the subjects of the spying are Americans?

The NSA program is intended to "to monitor the international e-mails and phone calls of people inside the United States with suspected ties to terrorists overseas," in Loven's own words. Does she really believe that all -- or even the majority -- or even a substantial fraction of al-Qaeda agents inside the United States are American citizens... or even legally permanently resident aliens?

Remember, to be a legal green-card holder, you cannot have lied about the purpose of your immigration to the United States: if you really came here to conduct terrorism, you're not legal -- just as yet undetected.

Henceforth, you should notice that virtually every story about the NSA program uses two phrases: "without a warrant" and "spying on Americans."

And you should realize that this is a complete and utter canard: the vast majority of people whose communications are intercepted are non-U.S. persons... particularly since the administrative rules for this exact NSA al-Qaeda intercept program require obtaining a warrant from the FISA court in order to eavesdrop on U.S. persons (which includes both citizens and legal green-card holders), if that person is the target of the intercept.

Perhaps we should begin demanding to know from the Antique Media where this false meme -- "spying on Americans" -- began... and whether it was spread by accident or deliberately.

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that (via John Hinderaker at Power Line) Jennifer Loven is well-known as a Democratic Party flack who has misrepresented facts about Bush on more than one previous occasion. I didn't mean to imply that she was supid; just venal. She sold her soul to the Democrats and betrayed her supposed calling -- just like so many others.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, February 10, 2006, at the time of 6:41 PM

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The following hissed in response by: cdquarles


Do you really expect the big left wingnut media leopard to change his spots or tell us peasants ;) the truth?

It'd be nice if they did, though.

The above hissed in response by: cdquarles [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2006 3:40 AM

The following hissed in response by: hunter

The editors were too busy bending down before their Moslem censors to catch that little lie that bimbette slid into their story. After all, the MSM was so worried about Moslem sensitivity when they went wall-to-wall with the Abu Ghraib photos and lied about the Koran's treatment in Gtmo.
I mean, why shouldn't a 'journalist' just keep on the lie that she has ridden so far?

The above hissed in response by: hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2006 5:18 AM

The following hissed in response by: MTF

MSM writers, while actively political and overwhelmingly Dimocrats, aren't pounding this mantra only because of their political opposition to Republicans or President Bush (or "King George" as they are wont to say). Nor are their editors passing everything through Islamic censors, at least not just yet.

Why then do MSM writers so consistently say this stuff, sounding nearly like automotons when they do-- even when it's increasingly obvious few Americans are buying this BS.

The explanation is that most of these writers are simple, and easily influenced by the manners of the profession's "cool kids". Most newspaper writers and editors seem to be nothing more than morons who can write, truthfully, and these rain-men are only following the linguistic mode of their profession. They're nothing more than a bunch of Peter Griffens following editor Stewie's lead. At first, it was only a sort of ideological fashion for the journalistic intelligentsia to refer to this vital NSA program, a program that has in many cases saved their own lives since these clowns overwhelmingly live in NYC, L.A. or D.C., as "domestic spying", but somewhere along the way it became de rigeur in all such stories; so much so that they all do it now.

These writers are the grown-up versions of the kids to whom mothers had to give the "would you follow the cool kids right off a cliff, if they told you to go?" speech repeatedly-- because the answer always seemed to be, "Um...yes?".

Can you imagine the absolute amazement Joel Stein's mother must have felt when he successfully got a first job, much less became a columnist and "humorist" for a respected national publication? She probably had a stroke. I was raised to believe the best of others until proven otherwise, so I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt. You can't blame her for the dimness of her offspring, just like you can't hold Mamma Dionne responsible for little EJ or Mrs. Mapes to account for Mary.

When Dan Rather admitted his Texas Air Guard story was based on "faked" evidence but maintained the story was still somehow "true", the evident conflict (not to mention the journalistic hypocrisy) totally escaped his notice (and that of many other MSM leading lights). He thought, and thinks (!),he was justified in broadcasting the story and would do it again. Why? Because he's stupid, that's why. And, many of his professional colleagues are right in there with him!

So this bimbo a just another run-of-the-mill dummy. On behalf of her relieved mother, though, I think we can all feel some satisfaction and pride she was able to get a job. There's room in our big-tent economy for everybody.

(PS: Sorry for the length- won't do it agan.)

The above hissed in response by: MTF [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2006 7:58 AM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh

I think MTF mostly has the right of it, but this leads me into my riff on intelligence and stupidity.

While IQ is well modeled by the score on a proper IQ test, the relationship between IQ and "general intelligence" (hereafter "g") is not really well understood. Clearly IQ and g are related; but how, exactly?

Some people who score poorly on IQ tests nevertheless are so clever at various tasks (and not just idiot-savants, either) that one would have to conclude their g is nevertheless very high; and of course, all of us know people who fail miserably at everything -- except taking IQ tests.

My guess is that Jennifer Loven, if she took a standard IQ test, would score somewhere between 115 and 120: not genius level but above average. And yet she has a hard time with what ought to be simple concepts: for example, that eavesdropping on a phone call between Lodi or Lackawanna on one end and Karachi or Kandahar on the other is an example of "domestic spying," or that Mohammed Atta was an "American" because he was in the United States (on a fraudulent visa obtained via a false passport and perjured information as to his reason to be in Florida -- and expired, to boot).

Loven -- who is a Democratic flack, by the way, and clearly has an ulterior motive -- nevertheless imagines that people will accept these two memes... despite the fact that everybody knows that foreigners come to America and that if someone in the U.S. picks up the phone and calls Mexico, that is an international call, not domestic long distance.

Even given her obvious political inclinations, this is a perfect example of being "stuck on stupid." Rather than further her cause, such blatant and easily noticed misrepresentations hurt it... which is why the more real Americans hear about the NSA al-Qaeda intercept program, the more they say, "yeah, that's the sort of dot-connecting we should have been doing before 9/11; keep it up!"

Yet again, I'll bet she would do well on an IQ test, and she probably did well in school. (Though of course in a journalism major, I'm guessing; and being snarky about my guess!)


The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2006 3:14 PM

The following hissed in response by: MarkD

"Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by stupidity."

The above hissed in response by: MarkD [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 12, 2006 6:50 AM

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