Which we’re really not going to go into detail on, as our fellow O.G.’er, Jeff Goldstein, has already done so very well indeed. Short version: the NSA has, indeed, been violating privacy rules right left and center, contrary to what Barack the Bastard and his enablers have been stating all along. We know. Shocking, right? Read it.
Actually, it’s his coblogger Darleen who put it up, but while you’re there you should read everything else. Then you should put his site on your Daily Read list if it’s not there already.
Because Jeff is one of the few who, like us, aren’t afraid of kicking the Establishment in the shin and various and sundry other sensitive spots when kicking is called for. Which it is with depressing regularity. Jeff is one of the ones who refuses to let the enemy define the battlefield by surrendering to their “rules” of what you can and cannot say, he insists that words have actual meaning rather than what the OgabeMedia and the ProgNazi Message Machine (but we repeat ourself) insist that they must mean at any given point in time (according to what helps them most at the moment) and he notes, with increasing fury and anger, just like us, how our so-called “allies” on the right are all too willing to capitulate to their terms.
Which is how you lose wars. It certainly is how the ProgNazis have managed, through decades of forced implementation of NuSpeak, to thoroughly dominate any debate. Not through actual arguments or logic, mind you, but by redefining terms so they fit their agenda better. And, again, the Establishment GOP, terrified of their own shadows and unfavorable reviews in the pages of the New York Times, immediately roll over and lick the stinking taint of the ProgNazi enemy.
Because to do otherwise would be “unhelpful”, “alienate the moderate vote” and is just plain doubleplusungood “wacko bird” behavior.
More accurately, it might endanger their place at the trough in the new one-party fascist parody of the United States that we live.
So we can’t have that.
But Jeff doesn’t give a shit, and for that we praise him. Sure, it did cause him to be ostracized from the “good company” on the right when he, hobbit-like and all Visigothy, refused to back down just as they, the very same people who’d been singing his praises when they were latching themselves on to what he and the rest of us in the Old Guard had built, back when the word “Blogosphere” hadn’t even been coined yet by Bill Quick, another member of the Old Guard of Visigoths to which we’re proud to belong.
The Johnny-come-latelies to the party realized that this Blogosphere thing was going to be A Thing™ and lo did they praise and link and network with us while they were establishing their sites. But then something happened. They realized that they could turn this whole New Media into a business model, and initially they were only too happy to include the Old Guard on their rosters. Name recognition, links, traffic, it was all good. Until they also started realizing that those rebellious Old Guarders kept stirring up shit rather than compromise on their first principles to further the new “pragmatist” idea of increasing clicks and ad revenue.
And then the purges started.
Suddenly more and more members of that same Old Guard who’d built the entire foundation of conservative/classical liberal web presence found themselves persona non grata, linky love stopped, Visigoths, hobbits and wacko birds were kicked out of the new clubs that had been built and pretty soon it was as if they’d never existed. You might say that we’d outlived our usefulness.
Bitter? No, we’re actually not. We never started this site to make a living, but we’re, shall we say, a bit disappointed in and unimpressed with by our former groupies’ alleged devotion to principle. And we’re a bit leery of alleged “friends” nowadays.
But if you want to see what the “Bloodthirsty, Warmongery Right Wing Blogosphere” of those early, heady days was like and if you want to be sure that what you read is what you get, not some carefully honed, focus-polled, business friendly pablum, then you could do worse than to stick with the Old Guard.
We haven’t changed.