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John Hinderaker, Powerline:
Public Getting Nervous About Terror


Comments: 60


I for one am concerned about nervousness, and as everyone knows, the only thing we have to fear is worry.

Doctor Missus Marita

the only thing we have to fear is worry.

And also frightenedness.


I’m getting nervous about Dürer.


A touch of the angst coming on…


I have a question about the Rammusen [sic] polls. Where the hell do they hide the survey questions and breakout of results?


Terror: Bad?


I am not afraid of terror, but I am sick about illness.

The Great Liberal Pandemonium Machine

The Mexican swine flu pandemic? Oh, that’s soooo yesterday. Global Warming? All those confident “scientific” predictions are falling apart around the world, even as greedy politicians still try to squeeze the last little drops of power and money out of them. Human flesh-eating bacteria? SARS? Ozone holes? Mad Cow? The Curse of the Killer Tomatoes? Water torture? CO2? Bee Colony Collapse? It never ends. As long as scare stories sell, as long as millions of indoctrinated suckers fall for them they will never end. They’ve got you on a rat-running wheel, running scared every day, like rats scrambling to get away from electrical shocks that never actually come.

The Left rules by constant fear, but none of its predicted catastrophes come true. Ever notice that? Instead, we do have real things to worry about, all right — but half of them are the results of the Media Pandemonium Machine itself. Like one third of the little kids in our world who are now convinced — by cynical or deluded adults — that they won’t live long enough to enjoy a healthy adulthood. That is a terrible burden imposed on little children by the Left, in its never-ending grab for power.

There is an element of sadistic cruelty in the Leftist Pandemonium Machine. “Pandemonium” is the imaginary Hell of devils, and there is something truly demonic about the torrent of media madness we have to tolerate every day.

But we have to understand it as a psychological trick. Ultimately, each of us has to resist the media storm and learn to laugh at it. Only you can solve the problem of media madness by ignoring them: Turn away from the scare headlines on the daily news, turn off the radio, don’t click false-alarming websites. Every time you respond to a screaming scare story you are playing into their hands.

The Pandemonium Machine is crazy-making, quite literally. It’s a phenomenon psychiatrists encounter every day with their paranoid and borderline disorder patients, people who really have developed a lifelong talent for driving their friends and family crazy with anger, stress and worry. The Great Liberal Pandemonium Machine is spreading disease, all right, but it’s a psychiatric disease — of unjustified fear, depression, and despair. The acid-dropping hippies of the Sixties had a name for it: Mind-fxxxing. When the Left took over America, it also imposed an endless mind-fxxx on a victimized population. It is their road to power. They are still doing it.

Then there are some very realistic dangers — like terrorists blowing up a chunk of Manhattan or getting nuclear weapons. You may not happen to remember this, because our media studiously avoid the subject, but real jihadi terrorists actually crashed real airplanes into Manhattan in 2001, after slitting the throats of cabin personnel and pilots. And the same Islamist fanatics were planning to bring down the Los Angeles Library Tower and other American landmarks by hijacking six passenger planes from Heathrow Airport in Britain. They are still trying; they are happy to tell us about their ongoing efforts. They are real, all right.

But as long as they fail, the Left can pretend that terrorists don’t exist. And if they ever succeed in creating another domestic catastrophe, the Left will blame anybody but themselves. If we see another 9/11, I can just see Obama pointing the finger of blame at Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Can’t you?

Real bizzarros like Kim Jong Il have real nuclear weapons and three-stage missiles, and they are actively spreading the technologies of mass destruction around the world — to Pakistan, Syria, and Iran; maybe other places, too. Libya only gave up its nukes when it got scared enough by George W. Bush, who today is the much-abused scapegoat of all our liberal media. But all those real dangers are just swamped by the imaginary ones that the Liberal Pandemonium Machine spreads over our lives like a blinding psychic fog.

Somehow the Liberal Fear Machine never points out real dangers. The Left just isn’t good at understanding reality or defending against genuine threats.

You think maybe there’s a reason for that?

Ya think?

Remember, only you can turn off that Pandemonium Machine. Protect your kids. Defend against the crazy-making Left. Turn off the screaming headlines.

Enjoy some peace of mind.

Now watch: They’re going to try again tomorrow.

Are you going to fall for it? Again?


Anxiety, on the other hand, is a good thing, especially if you can get the ‘X’ on a triple-letter score.


Buncha bullshit, but here’s something real

Globe editorial
Small-tent Republicans

From Thursday’s Globe and Mail

April 30, 2009 at 5:06 AM EDT

The defection of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party was, like most floor crossings, motivated heavily by self-interest. But that does not make it less symptomatic of the plight of the Republican Party that Mr. Specter left behind.

“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan big tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right,” Mr. Specter said on Tuesday. Few would debate that point. The Republicans won the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 partly by relying on polarizing socially conservative politics to motivate their support base, while more pragmatic party members were isolated. And since the defeat in last year’s election of the relatively moderate John McCain – who greatly hurt his chances by selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate, to appease the party’s right wing – their leadership void has been filled by people such as Rush Limbaugh, the talk-radio host who calls for ideological purity within the party.

For Mr. Specter, who holds liberal positions on issues such as abortion and immigration, the consequences of this shift were twofold. With centrist voters in his state of Pennsylvania moving toward the Democrats – Barack Obama won that swing state by 11 percentage points – his re-election prospects in 2010 appeared grim. Hard-line Republicans did not want him to get that far, and there was a strong chance that he would lose his party’s nomination to Pat Toomey – until recently the head of an interest group that named Mr. Specter its “Comrade of the Month” because he supported Mr. Obama’s economic stimulus.

The most immediate consequence for the Republicans is that it appears they will no longer have the numbers to filibuster in the Senate, handing Mr. Obama a degree of power unmatched in many decades.

The long-term implications are worse. A poll taken last week showed only 21 per cent of Americans self-identifying as Republicans, the lowest number in decades, and that figure may shrink further after this week’s events. The regression into a rump party seems to be accelerating.

Mr. Limbaugh, unsurprisingly, has voiced his pleasure at Mr. Specter’s departure, gleefully urging him to take Mr. McCain with him. Those who believe that the most powerful democracy in the world should have two competitive parties may be less encouraged.

The Rump is fat and terrified.


Ah, Rammusen polls. Yes, right-wing, please do keep trusting them like gospel texts, listen to their soothing voices as you continue to marginalize yourselves enough that we can actually start undoing the 30 years worth of damage you did to this nation.


Public bored with ennui.

Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist

The Rump is fat and terrified.

Good point – the GOP has little to worry about by becoming a rump party, given how truly massive many of their rumps are.


Public getting queasy about nausea.


It appears that a considerable number of Americans interpret the Democrats’ backbiting and finger-pointing as evidence of a lack of resolve to combat terrorists and a failure to appreciate the nature of the terrorist threat.

It appears that a considerable number of Americans interpret the Democrats’ snarfing and whozewhatzits as evidence of flanges and farfehnuters and TERRORISTS!!1!

Also, shorter: The lack of pants-pissing among the public is the fault of the Democrats. Also.


I’m not scared of terror. I’m terrified of it, but I’m not scared.


Ongoing mystery leaves many unanswered questions


What accounts for this sudden, sharp decline? I can’t think of anything other than the Democrats’ hysteria over “torture.”

Well, that makes me feel better. I thought people were getting nervous because a bunch of rich Americans just drove the world economy off a cliff and various foreigners might want some payback.

At least if people are worried it’s only because they are starting to find out what was being done to far-off angry poor desperate armed brown people by the American government.



i, for one, and getting terrified of nervousness. also.


Public publicly public

11:00 News at 11:00


I thought people were getting nervous because a bunch of rich Americans just drove the world economy off a cliff and various foreigners might want some payback.



This reminded me of the Marines recruiting TV ad in which the telegenic black Marine recalls being “apprehensive, and scared out of my mind.” Bothers me every time. Either you’re apprehensive OR you’re scared out of your mind.


The thought of being terrified fills me with fear.



And they are enraged with anger!


And Leon’s getting larger.


I’m drunk on intoxicating beverages.


Pfft. The Public… what do they know?

Nameless Dread



I’m not nervous about terror, but I am terrified about nerves.


rasmussen poll: public, when asked about ignorance and apathy, replies, “don’t know “and “don’t care.”

The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

[Kevin Nealon] “A poll released today reveals that over 50% of Americans are in the majority, while somewhat less than 50% are in the minority. More on this story as it develops.” [/Kevin Nealon]


Diapers getting damp under micturation.

"Oh Stewardess, I Speak 'Nut"

“Just 42% of likely voters now believe the United States and its allies are winning the War on Terror . . . What accounts for this sudden, sharp decline? I can’t think of anything other than the Democrats’ hysteria over “torture.”

That, or it could be the fact that Obama-Biden decided to drop the phrase “War on Terror” as a useless relic of the failed attempt by Bush-Cheney to start a war with the entire Islamic world.


What percentage of likely voters now believe that there is no War on Terror that can be won or lost?
I mean, they did ask that question, didn’t they?


Terror Attacks Considered Harmful


I’m worried about what’s happening today, you know. And I’m worried about the baggage retrieval system they’ve got at Heathrow.

Cletus von Clausewitz

Concern about ejaculation considered premature.


I got yer bag right here.


I’m terrified of terrorism, nervous about nervousness, angst-ridden about angst, ennuied about ennui.


Looks like he’s been getting writing lessons from K-lo.

Galt's Gulch Water Board

The only thing we have to fear is feeeeeeeeeeeeeeear!


Public fealing defeated by feet.

Mr. Wonderful

“I am sick about illness.”

I hear ya, Kathleen. I, for one, am sick and tired of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Prurience linked to arousal, report at eleven ($2.99/minute).


The only thing to be askeerd of is askeerdness itself.” ~ LanceThruster


Public is sanguine about blood.

Leon Trotsky, Exile-in-Mexico

And Leon’s getting larger.

Hey! So I put on a few extra pounds! I don’t have to answer to you!

Leon Trotsky, Exile-in-Mexico


Public hopeful about hope.


Public agonized over torture?


No, but there are growing indications that the public is queasy about nausea.

Big Bad Bald Bastard

And Leon’s getting larger.

No donuts, no shakes!

Dragon-King Wangchuck

Public more open about disclosure.

Sirius Lunacy

I am petrified of wood.

Sirius Lunacy

Oh, and pets also.

Sirius Lunacy

And I’m a little shaky about earthquakes.

Dragon-King Wangchuck

I do believe that Assrocket is now entitled to the title for worst title.


I once heard someone open a Toastmasters’ speech with, “Murder bothers me.”

Galt's Gulch Water Board

Hindy seems to be also vexed by the vexatious lack of terror attacks. Curse you, all-too-successful Bush anti-terror programs!


Curse you, all-too-successful Bush anti-terror programs! anti-tiger rock!


Tomorrow on Powerline:

“Middle America antsy about buggery”


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