Low Popahirum, National Edition (2-4-14)

“More context isn’t the solution to the news; it’s the barrier to the news. Every media outlet wants to tell you what to think about an event, instead of telling you what happened. The more sophisticated organizations do a better job of dressing up their narratives by dropping longreads on the reader. David Kilpatrick’s New York Times Benghazi story was a recent classic of the genre that read like a mystery novel and was filled with selective bits of misleading contextual information leading to inaccurate conclusions.” – Sultan Knish

Detroit is what Democrats do. The last Republican elected mayor of Detroit took office during the Eisenhower administration. The decay of Detroit is not the inevitable outcome of the decline of the automotive industry: The automotive industry is thriving in the United States — but not in Detroit. It isn’t white flight: The black middle class has left Detroit as fast as it can. The model of Detroit politics is startlingly familiar in its fundamentals, distinguished only by its degree of advancement: Advance the interests of public-sector unions and politically connected business cronies, expand the relative size of the public sector remorselessly — and when opposed, cry ‘Racism!’ When people vote with their feet, cry ‘Racism!’ When the budget just won’t balance, cry ‘Racism!’ Never mind that the current mayor of Detroit is the first non–African American to hold that job since the 1970s, or that, as one Detroit News columnist put it, ‘black nationalism . . . is now the dominant ideology of the [city] council’ — somewhere, there must be a somebody else to blame, preferably: aged, portly, white, male, and Republican. No less a fool than Ed Schultz blamed the straits of this exemplar of Democratic single-party rule on ‘a lot of Republican policies.’ Melissa Harris-Perry, ‘America’s leading public intellectual,’ blames Detroit’s problems on its conservatism and small government, oblivious to the fact that Detroit maintains twice as many city employees per resident as do larger cities such as Fort Worth and Indianapolis, and three times as many as liberal San Jose. – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“As soon as I saw Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad starring Bob Dylan last night, I was pretty sure two things would happen: 1. Boosters of the domestic auto industry would lavish it with exaggerated, emotionalistic praise; 2. I would want to vomit.” – Dan Calabrese/CainTV

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hitting back at The New York Times for its ‘sloppy’ and ‘misleading’ reporting on the George Washington Bridge lane-closing controversy, according to a memo from his office obtained first by The Daily Caller.” – Daily Caller

“U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.” – Washington Free Beacon

“The latest Guttmacher Institute survey finds the abortion rate in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since 1973, with the number of abortions declining by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011.” – Breitbart

“As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Red Scares designed to impress that anti-capitalism is tantamount to treason. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Cold War-era threat of thermonuclear annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about communism and capitalism.” – Some Idiot Named Jesse Myerson/Salon

“’Why should some towns and cities and states have no standards or low standards and others have extremely high standards when the children belong to all of us and would move [to different states in their educational lives]?’ Reville said.” – The Blaze

“Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky and Senate minority leader, is tied with the leading Democratic candidate, secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the race, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports. McConnell’s Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, meanwhile, leads Grimes by four points.” – Weekly Standard

“Health officials and drug experts have started noticing that heroin use has been exploding as states crack down on ‘pill mills,’ which get people addicted to Oxycontin and other pain killers even when they don’t have a medical need for them.” – Business Insider

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