Unreality 101

There’s an old computer acronym from the punch card days: GIGO. Which means “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”

The Right preys on this faculty of the human mind, continually spreading false memes, seemingly knowing that if you can plant a false idea, it becomes very difficult to change that initial impression, once it’s been proven false.

In other words: whatever lies you spread will sink into the unskeptical mind, and probably stay there forever. Witness the racist “birther” meme that scumbag Joe Farah pushes from his apocalpyptic survivalist compound in Selma, Oregon via “WorldNutDaily.” Or the “socialist” meme, the “communist” meme, the “Obama is coming for your guns” meme, the “Secret Muslim” meme, or, in the past couple of daze, the “fishing” meme.


You heard me. “Gateway Pundit” Jim Hoft of St. Louis first pushed it, then the rest of the Yawping class grabbed this cur-ageous stance from the Cuckoo Dimension. [emphasis added]

Jim Hoft, voice of (t)reason

Obama’s Latest Assault on Freedom– New Regulations Will Ban Sport Fishing
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 5:23 AM
Jim Hoft

More Hope and Change…

Obama’s latest assault on your rights– He wants to ban sport fishing.

Barack Obama has a message for America’s 60,000,000 anglers– We don’t need you.

The American Sportfishing Association reported back in October about the sweeping changes proposed by the Obama Administration in regards to the sport fishing industry:

A sweeping oceans and Great Lakes management policy document proposed by the Obama Administration will have a significant impact on the sportfishing industry, America’s saltwater anglers and the nation’s coastal communities. […]

Now it looks like the Obama Administration is going to move ahead with these restrictions.

ESPN reported: […]

We’ll pass on the ESPN report for a moment to bring you the moonbattiness of the clamoring wingnuts:

The ever-(t)reasonable Malkin, also unhinged

Obama’s war on fishing?!?!?!
By Michelle Malkin • March 9, 2010 05:00 PM

Longtime readers know I love to fish and have been at war with the anti-fishing nuts at PETA for years.

J[ammie]W[earing]F[ool]* flags a story today from ESPN about Obama regulatory maneuvers that look to limit fishing access:

[* Seldom has a self-appellation been more apropos and less ironic.]


And here is the Fool, himself:

foole (some of the people all of the time)

Obama’s War on Fishing

Is there anything this guy doesn’t want to destroy?

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is “fluid” and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn’t issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

That’s a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning….



Alas, a correction reared its ugly head today in the St. Louis River Front Times:

ESPN Retracts Article That Had Bloggers, Including St. Louis’ Gateway Pundit, Saying Obama Would Ban Sport Fishing

By Chad Garrison
Mar. 10 2010 @ 3:50PM

Does this look like a man who opposes recreational fishing?

Not to start a “blogger fight”as one commenter suggested when we wrote yesterday about fellatio and the right-wing blogger Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, but it seems Hoft has really, um, swallowed a whopper.

Posts Hoft wrote Tuesday and today have caused all kinds of fury in the conservative realms of the blogosphere. The posts have to deal with a possible limit on commercial fishing proposed by the Obama administration. But that’s not how Hoft sees it.

He views the regulation as an offense on personal liberties that will eventually keep fathers and sons from fishing for bluegill in the neighborhood pond. (The argument follows the NRA mantra, “If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.”)

Writes Hoft today:

The Obama Administration is pushing full steam ahead with their plan to fundamentally change America. When the radicals are not pushing to socialize health care, offer amnesty to illegal aliens, or radicalize primary school education, they’re pushing new UN-styled rules and regulations on the sport fishing industry.

Jim Hoft

Problem is that the ESPN article on which Hoft and other right-wingers based their scholarly research, was an opinion piece written by an angler with an axe to grind against the Obama administration. Today ESPN admitted as much when an editor was forced to print a clarification to the piece, stating that the “column was not properly balanced and failed to represent contrary points of view.”

Moreover, the Obama administration has repeatedly stated that sports fishermen would be excluded from any new regulations on commercial fishing.

So, anyone else hear any good fish tales lately?

Actually, yes, I have:

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March 09, 2010
Judge kills off Filegate suits, 14 years on
Josh Gerstein

A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the last legal remnants of Filegate, a scandal that engulfed the Clinton White House nearly 14 years ago.

Judge Royce Lamberth dispatched a pair of suits over the matter today, ruling that there was no intentional misconduct and that the acquisition of hundreds of FBI background files on former White House staffers was simply a mix-up.

The nut graph to Lamberth’s 28-page ruling :

After years of litigation, endless depositions, the fictionalized portrayal of this lawsuit and its litigants on television, and innumerable histrionics, this Court is left to conclude that with this lawsuit, to quote Gertrude Stein, ‘there’s no there there.’ While this Court seriously entertained the plaintiffs’ allegations that their privacy had been violated–and indeed it was, even if not in the sense contemplated by the Privacy Act–after ample opportunity, they have not produced any evidence of the far-reaching conspiracy that sought to use intimate details from FBI files for political assassinations that they alleged. The only thing that they have demonstrated is that this unfortunate episode–about which they do have cause to complain–was exactly what the defendants claimed: a bureaucratic snafu.

First Lady Hillary Clinton once dismissed filegate as a ‘pseudoscandal.’ It was no laughing matter to Clinton aides, who racked up huge legal bills to defend themselves in the lawsuits…

Yes. Lies destroy lives. Remember Vince Foster, who noted in his suicide note that Washington D.C. is a town where destroying people is a sport?

Too bad he couldn’t stick around to watch Joe Farah and the founder of NewsMax, Christopher Ruddy, humping his corpse for endless conspiracy theories that the CLINTONS had killed Foster and dragged his body to a D.C. park.

WND’s “assassination” cover

Maybe that’s where Farah realized what a moneymaker that hate-filled crazy conspiracy theories are.

Thus, the “birther” meme, debunked by WND, then retracted so they can sell billboard space, bumper stickers, and, probably, drink coasters claiming that President Obama is secretly a Kenyan Muslim and can’t be our (ni**er) president.

Althouse W(h)ines h/t Sadly, No

Ann Althouse, having consumed an entire box of wine, evidently, dismisses the finding by vague literary criticism of the decision, and — wait for it —  PARSING THE GERTRUDE STEIN QUOTE:

By the way the there that wasn’t there for Gertrude Stein was Oakland, California, which really does exist. She just didn’t think much of it. I’m not sure what that says about Filegate.

Ever since Gertrude Stein wrote that there was “no there there” during a return trip to her childhood home in Oakland, California, her words have been distorted to imply that Oakland was a “nowhere,” a dissing along the lines of Neil Young’s “Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere,” which was funny for Young, a transplanted Canadian singer…

Aside from its increasingly lunatic flavor, the (U. Wisconsin LAW perfesser [sic]) Althouse piece has the following, nearly generic reaction attached to its quotes, a literal manifestation of the Collective Obnoxious:

Peter V. Bella said…
Snafu? Looks like the Clintonistas beat another rap. But, hey, Hillary is the State Department now. There are all kinds of ways she cans spy on her enemies list. [sic]

Which makes the point: once an idiotic idea has been implanted, it becomes a matter of almost religious faith, and nothing can disprove it to the “true believer.”


This is how we are manipulated via the new (and formerly the old, remember, the Vince Foster sleaze was pushed PRE-internets [sic]) media.

And that is what I was talking about in the series Reality 101.

Garbage In; Garbage Out.

And, don’t worry: you can still fish.

But you can only catch non-Muslim, non-Socialist, non-Kenyan fish.





UPDATE: A story that just broke on Memeorandum makes my point perfectly. From WIRED Magazine:

By Noah Shachtman
March 11, 2010  |  9:00 am  |  Wired April 2010
… Even stories that seemed inconsequential could be framed to poke the mainstream media. Any reaction — or lack of reaction — could be bent to Breitbart’s purpose. It’s another media hack: Heads I win, tails you lose. One 2009 post featured a two-year-old video of Oscar the Grouch joking about “Pox News” on Sesame Street. When the PBS ombudsman apologized for the pun, Breitbart’s Big Hollywood blog wrote up the apology as an admission of systemic bias. Another post lambasted the White House for displaying a painting it said was a Matisse rip-off. When a critic at The Washington Post defended the work, it proved — said Big Hollywood — the desire of the press corps to “shield” Obama.

The stories don’t even have to be true to be useful. In December, Big Government’s Michael Walsh put together a list of the top stories the mainstream media missed in 2009. Number four: Sarah Palin’s claim that the health care bill included a “death panel” that would decide the fate of the infirm and disabled. Of course, Palin’s claim — thoroughly discredited — was one of the most widely covered stories of the year. But for Walsh, none of that mattered. Death panels were “a marker for the entire Sarah Palin story,” he says. “Sarah Palin makes the Left’s heads explode. If only for that, it belongs on the list.”

Well, at least they’re honest liars. Or not.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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4 Responses to Unreality 101

  1. Peace says:

    ” Somewhere Over The Rainbow….PL 107-110 NCLB ends ! “Message In A Bottle.” Ships sinking in Kansas and icebergs ahead ! Need support ! SOS ! Stop closing down our American school buildings ! American $ donation hotline for Kansas School System open yet ? “End the mandates on NCLB,it’s not working.” Hillary Clinton ! One fire truck and a marching band to Kansas ! We’ll blast the music via the fire truck speakers ! Get a permit from the mayor and tell Obama to send a stimulus check to Kansas !

  2. Peace says:

    Obama needs to fly into Kansas or do we beg for Clinton ? They may be busy but we can find Dr. Biden ! Where is Joe Biden and we’re going to “Get up and Fight !” Ding dong the witch is dead…PL 107-110 dead …” Let’s go Toto !

  3. CoolSprings says:

    Garbage In Garbage Out is the greatest phrase to live by.

  4. Peace says:

    Obama sends a blueprint to Congress this week to overhaul NCLB ! If you find a copy of this blueprint he’s sending,sure would like to read it ! Who has John Kline’s address and office # ?