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Dear Boston Globe

By 4.12.16

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the pathetic nature of a liberal media outlet. In this case, the Boston Globe.

They create an Onion-style front page that in fact is reflective exactly of both liberal hysteria and the bald hypocrisy that infects the left on a massive scale. The whole purpose of the satirical “Trump” front page apparently was to get people to read this editorial with the breathless, pleading headline:

The GOP must stop Trump

And why? This editorial is so rich it deserves an answer. So, letter to the editor style, allow me:

Dear Boston Globe editors:

Wow! What an amazing front page. Where to begin?

Let’s start with the editorial you wanted all of us not in the Ruling Class to read. You have given your readers so much to work with, but let’s start with that faux headline:

President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue

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Today’s Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

By 4.4.16

Centuries from now, when historians attempt to label the age in which we live, there will be no shortage of appellations from which to choose: The Information Age; The Age of Millennial Entitlement; The Genderless Generation.

But if you don’t mind, allow me to do their work for them. For we live, above all else, in the Age of the Meaningless Statistic.

While context has long been the bane of American political debate, unapologetic liberal groupthink and a clickbait-based media model are enabling the propagation of statistics that sound shocking, yet in reality mean very little—numerical plagues that spread rapidly and leave far too much damage in their wakes.

Consider, for instance, a recent statistic on the drug testing of welfare recipients that dominated this writer’s Facebook feed for the better part of a week. I first encountered it in New York magazine, apparently via the Charlotte Observer:

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The Shameful Washington Post

By 3.18.16

Appalling. One of the nation’s leading newspapers — in the nation’s capital no less — driven into paroxysms of hysteria and racial spewings, the tell-tale signs of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Consider these ravings from the latest — I’ve lost count of the number — hysterical editorial that shrieks forth from that Fortress of Delusions and Paranoia otherwise known as the Washington Post. Headline

To defend our democracy against Trump, the GOP must aim for a brokered convention

Here are a few selected ravings:

The mission of any responsible Republican should be to block a Trump nomination and election.

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Donald Trump and the Shame of Arianna Huffington

By 2.12.16

You can’t make it up. The Huffington Post, constantly bidding to become the racial sewer of Internet websites, is at it again. Its latest

A Racist, Sexist Demagogue Just Won the New Hampshire Primary

This time it was ranting and foaming in the HuffPo’s perpetual rabid racial style about Donald Trump’s victory in New Hampshire. At the end of the article the editors posted a note with links to “xenophobe,” “racist,” “repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims.”

Ah. But follow the links. 

Follow the link to Trump as “xenophobe” and you get this racial screed headlined:

9 Outrageous Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos

“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

What was outrageous? The writer headlines:

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The New Hampshire Union Leader Moves Left

By 12.31.15

New Hampshire’s Union Leader has not endorsed Donald Trump.

Ohhhhh nooooooo! Ohhhh the humanity!

Instead, it went for… Chris Christie. Chris Christie? The Obama bear hugger? What’s up with that? 

What’s up apparently is that the paper is a long ideological way from that November of 1979 when it endorsed Ronald Reagan. Case in point? In 2008 the paper endorsed… wait for it… John McCain. Yes, you read that right. The supposedly conservative paper endorsed the liberal media’s favorite Republican. The co-author of the free speech-killing McCain-Feingold bill. The man who, with Teddy Kennedy, was behind the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 — aka amnesty. 

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I Am Thankful for You, Valued Reader

By 11.27.15

Earlier generations believe that male enlistment in the military had an equalizing effect; wars brought men from all classes together to fight for a common cause. Newspapers are the modern (much less dangerous) equivalent, in that they provide a common experience for people of all walks of life, as well as a common investment. My 98-year-old mother-in-law, who has a high-school education, reads the same paper that people with letters after their names read.

A couple of years ago, I saw Newsies on Broadway, a musical based on the 1899 New York newsboys’ strike. It was odd to sit in a theater filled with young fans who were caught up in the plot about newspaper tycoon Joseph Pulitzer’s underpaying and bullying his young hardscrabble newspaper hawkers. I presume many of them wouldn’t dream of reading a newspaper, never mind paying for it. Many get their daily reports from news feeds and Facebook; their information is customized, sort of like a sandwich with the crusts cut off.

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CNBC Does the Impossible, Unites Crowded GOP Field

By 11.1.15

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a standout moment early in Wednesday night’s Republican debate when he went after, not other Republicans, but the CNBC moderators, none of whom appeared to have “any intention of voting in a Republican primary.” CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Rick Santelli later asked questions a conservative would ask, but the event began with questions from moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintanilla that reinforced Republicans’ belief that the network is in the Democrats’ pocket. The biggest loser of the night: CNBC’s credibility.

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The Situation Room, With Wolf Blitzer

By 10.16.15

This is Wolf Blitzer in the Situation Room. And we have BREAKING NEWS. Three more Republican congressmen have said the Benghazi investigation is a sham, just to bring down Hillary Clinton. Live with reaction is Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Priebus…

Priebus: Wolfe, I’m here to talk about the next Republican debate at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, not to comment on the upcoming Benghazi hearings. I didn’t even know…

Blitzer: But this is BREAKING NEWS. Here on CNN. So you won’t answer questions about these three members of Congress. Yet, you at the RNC, along with the Chamber of Commerce and special interests, backed their election. Trey Gowdy says these three have a low IQ.

Priebus: Their IQ is within range of the caucus. I support all Republican officials, regardless of IQ, marital infidelity, sexual orientation, or anything else. We are a big tenth. I mean, tent. And don’t forget Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment.

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The Taranto Principle Does Vegas

By 10.15.15

The Taranto Principle strikes again.

A Republican debate this was not. Thus far the GOP has held two debates: the Fox debate in Cleveland and the CNN debate at the Reagan Library. And whether the immediate audience was huge (with those thousands in Cleveland) or small and intimate (as it was with a few hundred at the Reagan Library), Republican candidates were in a fighting mood. They turned on Donald Trump, and they turned on each other. If there were not a single additional GOP debate the nation’s memory book has already etched Donald Trump scalding Jeb or Carly or Rand or Marco. And getting it dished back. There were Chris and Rand getting it on. And so on.

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Jorge Ramos Gets Trumped

By 8.27.15

Jorge Ramos played the race card in an Iowa press conference.

Donald Trump would have none of it. Bravo.

So as the scene unfolded on CNN, there is Donald Trump in Iowa, holding a press conference.

And from off screen comes this insistent voice — barely heard as there was no microphone for the unidentified speaker. But even barely heard it was clear whoever it was had a cause to promote — an agenda. Trump, the anti-Hillary who repeatedly talks to reporters of all stripes, all networks, all publications, was clearly in the process of calling on another reporter. The speaker was having none of this. He demanded attention from Trump — right NOW! 

As it came clear that Trump — no Bernie Sanders he — was not going to be bullied by whomever and would actually run his own press conference — the cameras pulled back to reveal the rude guy.