Media Shill For OWS

Journalism: A cache of new Occupy Wall Street emails shows several press types offering advice to the protesters. We’d be shocked, except the mainstream media have been openly helping the Occupy movement all along.

In one of the hundreds of Occupy Wall Street emails now posted online, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan warns occupiers that they shouldn’t issue demands. “The focus on simple shared principle and intent to align with all who agree with that principle is a unique strength,” he advised.

Dylan isn’t an activist. He’s not a PR guy, either. He’s allegedly a journalist, and one with a long list of journalistic credentials on his resume. Nevertheless, the left dismissed Ratigan’s and other journalists’ email help, noting that they are avowed liberals. Maybe so, but try to imagine the reaction if Bill O’Reilly were caught emailing tips to the Tea Party.

In any case, the real crime here isn’t a few emails from left-wing journalists, but the fact that the rest of the “unbiased” mainstream press has been overtly helping the protesters as well.

Don’t think so?

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Why Is Class Hatred Morally Superior to Race Hatred? By Dennis Prager

The major difference between Hitler and the Communist genocidal murderers — Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot — was what groups they chose for extermination.

For Hitler, first Jews and ultimately Slavs and other “non-Aryans” were declared the enemy and unworthy of life. For the Communists, the rich — the bourgeoisie, land owners, and capitalists — were labeled the enemy and regarded as unworthy of life.

Hitler mass-murdered on the basis of race, the Communists on the basis of class.

Because the Holocaust was unique in its industrialization of death and in its targeting of every Jew, including babies, for death, the post-World War II world has been rightly obsessed with eradicating racism (but not anti-Semitism!), i.e., the hatred of another solely because of race. But the world has not been obsessed with eradicating the other source of genocide: classism, or the hatred of others based on class.

The reason for this embrace is that class hatred is as fundamental to the left as the Trinity is to Christians, and the left dominates the media and education. This is dangerous because there is an ideological continuum from the democratic left to the Communist left. Making the rich into scapegoats for society’s ills unites the left.

The democratic left believes in democracy, and, before the 1970s, some of its adherents were fierce anti-Communists. But while the decent and the indecent left differ on democracy versus tyranny and on non-violence versus violence, the nicest leftists in the world agree with the indecent left about who the enemy is.

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Texas Students Required to Pledge Allegiance to Mexico by James Heiser

Should American high school students be required to recite the pledge of allegiance? This is a question which has generated controversy over the years, but rarely if ever has the controversy centered on the notion that the students in question would be required to pledge allegiance to a foreign nation. Nevertheless, this was situation at the high school in the McAllen, Texas Independent School District, where students were required to pledge allegiance to Mexico.

McAllen is only a few miles from the Mexican border, so the question of loyalty to one’s own nation is particularly poignant as drug cartels run amok only a few miles away in the Mexican city of Reynosa. With Mexico in the midst of what amounts to a civil war, the pledge of loyalty to these United States should be a matter of honor to any Texan. According to press reports, the Mexican national anthem and pledge of allegiance were required on one occasion for students in the Spanish class taught by Reyna Santos.

Several of the basic facts do not appear to be in contention. On September 16, the students of Santos’ class were required to learn and sing the Mexican national anthem and to recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The implications of this action, however, are in dispute between the school and one family which was offended by the requirement. For Brenda Brinsdon and her parents, Santos’ actions were indefensible. However, as KRGV television reported, school officials endeavored to defend the teacher’s actions:

    A spokesperson for the McAllen Independent School District says the incident involved one lesson on Hispanic culture in America. He says all students in the district recite the American pledge of allegiance every day.

    The school’s spokesperson also says the reciting of the Mexican pledge was only part of a temporary lesson leading up to the Mexican Independence Day on September 16.

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SideBear: He said it best…

Helicopter Defense: The Quantum Cascade Laser Jammer By Joe Pappalardo

U.S. military helicopters need better defenses against heat-seeking missiles, and today in the PM office we got to see one new idea: The laser jammer by ITT that uses a trick of quantum mechanics to create a powerful laser that can target missiles approaching from any direction.

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Irish Humor

Paddy McCoy, an elderly Irish farmer, received a letter from the Department for Work & Pensions stating that they suspected he was not paying his employees the statutory minimum wage and they would send an inspector to interview them.

On the appointed day, the inspector turned up. “Tell me about your staff,” he asked Paddy.

“Well,” said Paddy, “there’s the farm hand, I pay him £750 a week, and he has a free cottage.

Then there’s the housekeeper. She gets £450 a week, along with free board and lodging.

There’s also the half-wit. He works a 16 hour day, does 90% of the work, earns about £60 a week along with a bottle of whisky and, as a special treat, occasionally gets to sleep with my wife.”

That’s disgraceful” said the inspector, “I need to interview the half-wit.”

“That’ll be me then,” said Paddy.