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June 17, 2010

The Overton Window: A Review

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 8:10 pm
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Sorry I haven’t written in a couple of days, I was pretty engrossed in this book.  I am going to do something different with this review.  First I will give you my take on the book, as usual, without giving anything away.  Then I am going into a spoiler alert to tear apart an ignorant review by our buddies over at Media Matters.  First, my review.

I just finished The Overton Window today, a FICTION novel from Glenn Beck and his writing team.  (Have to cover all the asinine criticism it’s receiving)  It was a good read.  It was very fast paced, taking place over the course of only a few days, but detailing a greater plot spanning decades.  The novel reads more like a Dan Brown thriller than a Tom Clancy, but that’s just me.  I could easily see this story in movie format, complete with fast cars, explosions, attractive women, and a buddies-save-the-day suicide pact.

The message is clear, and though it bordered on preachy, the political sermons were key to the character’s that gave them, and believable in their context.  Though this is a work of FICTION it is strewn with real-world examples, historical references, and quotes.  Enough to draw the reader into a world that isn’t much of a leap from our own.  The book is intentionally ambiguous when it comes to political parties, citing progressives as the problem along with corrupt businesses.  The book and its characters are adamant that no one group is to blame for the problems, and even the common citizen has to shoulder some blame for inattention.

Overall a good read.  I would recommend it for anyone that likes a good political thriller.  If it really burns you to know Glenn wrote it then tell yourself that the physical typing was done by his team.  The story is worth it, fan of Beck or not.

*************************************SPOILER ALERT*******************************************

Ok, now to the fun part.  See, Media Matters, hypocrites that they are, used a tactic that they bash Beck for using all the time.  They reviews an advanced copy of The Overton Window, and with misquotes, creative editing, and supposition they went on to tear it apart.  Of course, as usual they got it all wrong.  It’s ironic isn’t it, that the website devoted to correcting misinformation in conservative media uses misinformation to correct misinformation in a FICTIONAL book!

1.  Ok, I guess we should start where they do, with the infamous line “Don’t tease the panther.”  They set it up by saying ‘early in the book’ Noah and Molly find themselves in bed together.  Now I read this review for the book, and I expected this scene to happen, as they said, ‘early in the book’.  I guess almost halfway in is early to Dimiero and Maloy (the ‘writers’ of the article [see other people can do it too Media Matters]).  So, ‘early in the book’, nearly halfway through, there seems to be a paragraph where they discuss not being sexual, and then the infamous quote:

“Suit yourself, lady. I’m telling you right now, you made the rules, but you’re playing with fire here. I’ve got some rules, too, and rule number one is, don’t tease the panther.

What they fail to mention is that the entire platonic bedroom scene takes place over a couple of pages.  They also fail to mention the reason for the infamous “don’t tease the panther.”  See since they took it out of context you miss the fact that they had been joking about his lack of fighting ability just before that scene.  I guess you can imagine making the same joke yourself, a self-deprecating remark on your inability to put up much of a fight.  But wait, according to Media Matters we don’t have imaginations.

As for the misinformation, MM states that in the book she presses her cold feet against his legs.  Well, not really, she just says they are cold.  Who care if the reviewers take liberties though huh?

2.  Oh my Gods!  The delete voice mail!  Someone call the police.  Ok, so when the book is really moving Noah needs to find Molly and goes to her workplace within the company (she works at the same place Noah does) and one of her coworkers happens to have gotten a voice mail from a friend of Molly’s.  Now, here’s the horrible, unbelievable, someone should get fired plot hole.  The employee deleted the voice mail!  Of course they memorized the information, that Molly’s mom was in the hospital.  But wait…there’s more!  She knew which hospital!  Simply tore me right out of the story with that one.

3.  Of course with this one they create a clever title and find an editing mistake.  One wonders if these two clowns…’writers’ have ever read a book.  I have read a LOT of them, and these kind of mistakes happen.  The writer changes something about the story, or makes a mistake from the start.  It gets missed in editing, and goes to print.  It seems in one part that Molly says she knows who was on a catering list, then shortly after asks who was in the meeting that was catered.  Which part was supposed to be in there and which part escaped the editing.  Again, such a HUGE mistake in the plot, how can we stand it?

4.  This whole part in their article is a whole lot of insinuation and supposition.  First they say that this PR company seems to send and receive all its super-secret documents through the mail room.  Well, first off they have no control over how they receive much.  If someone sends something through the mail…it goes in the mail room.  Second, there is no mention of it being sent out that way, so…we will just say the ‘writers’ mixed that up.  After the quoted section of the book they suppose that Noah shouldn’t be surprised that Molly stole the memo, they broke into his father’s office earlier.  Well, it never said he was surprised or shocked, just that it was clear she did it.  If you read the whole scene, instead of just what MM clips out, Noah is shocked that he was scammed by Molly, used by her.  He isn’t shocked that she was capable of stealing a secret memo.  Why read the whole book though, these two goons…’writers’ I mean, have laid it out for you.

5.  Again with creative supposition they make the case that some incriminating PowerPoint shouldn’t be lying around.  Well, again if you read the scene, the incriminating part is stored on a secure server.  Even the non-incriminating part is under password.  How does Noah have the password the MM writers ask?  Well, he is an executive in, and heir to the company, that his father owns.  Doesn’t seem like the leap that these two ‘writers’ think you have to make.

6.  So there is a scene where undercover cops, or some sort of security contractors, infiltrate a Founder’s Keepers meeting and start trouble.  People get arrested, and later Noah’s father’s lawyer is trying to help him.  They lead Noah and the lawyer through the station to an interview room.  Now here is where MM ‘writers’ have a problem.  They think it odd that the ones involved in the plot would be standing in view of ‘everyone’ still dressed in their disguises.  Well ‘writers’ if by ‘everyone’ you mean their coworkers/co-conspiritors then sure.  Even Noah, the only one at the meeting that saw them, wasn’t supposed to.  If all the Founders Keepers were locked up elsewhere why would the undercovers worry about being seen?

7.  So in this criticism they actually quote the entire passage, and still don’t get it right.  They seem to think that there was no passage of time between the kiss and the conversation.  Maybe in their world people can’t go from having an intimate moment in the park to having an adult conversation.

8.  Here’s a good one.  They criticize this interaction by saying that instead of talking about their harrowing night at the Founder’s Keepers rally and jail they instead talk about Clinton.  It makes me wonder if the ‘writers’ even read the book.  They spend several pages talking about the rally, she thanked him for getting them out of jail, they talked about their history, their parents, things get serious when they talk about losing a parent, and then they decided to get off the serious topics.  THEN they get to the passage that MM quotes.  See this whole scene is when two characters that are important to the story, and each other, get to know each other.  It’s convenient that MM takes a very large conversation, spanning several pages, and cuts out one part to criticize how menial the topic is.  Way to go guys.

9.  This one’s just ignorant.  The ‘writers’ don’t even understand the use of narrator to deliver the thoughts of a subject.  They think that because the narrator gave us information, that it isn’t information the subject can have.  Guess what MM ‘writers’, those of us who read books understand this technique.  We knew that the first paragraph was giving us Noah’s thoughts, even when it isn’t italicized to make it easy for the low-grade readers.  Ahhh, maybe that’s why the MM ‘writers’ didn’t get it.  Don’t worry guys, we understand how hard it is sometimes when out of your element.

10.  Ok, this last one is so funny, and so full of garbage we have to break it down a little bit.  It involves the plot to leave New York with Molly impersonating Natalie Portman.  First off, I am a Star Wars fan as I know Glenn is, and I found this whole passage funny.  If you have ever been to a convention you would find it totally believable as well.  So…here we go.

Noah’s master plan involves buying an entire row of first class seats on a flight out of La Guardia and using his wealth and powerful name to bypass normal security procedures. But how will Molly make it through, you ask? Well, by dressing up as Natalie Portman, of course. No, really. She dresses like Natalie Portman — complete with Noah’s disturbingly accurate recollection of where to draw beauty marks on her face to complete the disguise.

First off his plan is explained pretty well in the few pages leading up to it.  It starts with him contacting a celebrity liaison at the airport and explaining that he was with Portman and she wanted to get on the plane with no one giving them any trouble.  His father is rich, he is rich, isn’t that far of a stretch so far.  They go for Natalie Portman because Molly looks like her a little bit.  I have to stop here, can you imagine how funny it would be if they made this into a move and Portman played Molly?  Natalie playing Molly, dressing as Natalie to get through security.  Noah’s disturbingly accurate recollection of where to draw beauty marks?  He is a PR guy, in New York.  Perhaps he is even a fan, he knows what type of movies she does.  You guys are reaching with number ten.

So, aside from all the lies, clipping, clever titles…oh who am I kidding.  This wasn’t a review.  It was an asinine, juvenile bashing of a book they weren’t going to like anyway.  If the book had been written by anyone else they wouldn’t have bothered.  It almost makes me wish Beck had used a pseudonym just so he could come in a month down the road and rub their noses in liking a book he wrote.  Ahh, but to sink to their level.  Not in a million years.  So kids, once again, Media Matters has proven themselves to be hypocritical, as well as irrelevant.  For what it’s worth I hope you all like the book, I know I did.  Now to quit hogging it and give it to my wife so she can read the FICTION.

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April 28, 2010

Progressives and fringe (MSM) media ignore their own double standard again

Woohooo 100th post, and my birthday yesterday!  Been a good week and month (thanks Billy Boy for all the hits two days ago).  Now on to the brain dumping.

I wrote about something similar awhile ago, so if you like here is the link.

So, if you believe the fringe media, including sites like the Huffington Post, and Media Matters, then Glenn Beck and the Tea Parties are violent, or inciting violence.  Nancy Pelosi cried at a press conference when comparing the words of the Tea Parties to those leading up to the murder of Harvey Milk.  Bill Clinton has even had the gall to suggest that the Tea Parties could lead to another Timothy McVeigh.

So, I expected them to come out harsh on one of their own when this podcaster actually used references to violence, some might say inciting it, against wall street.  This clown, David Plotz, said:

“And we shouldn’t talk to them, try to persuade them.  We should burn them down. We should go after them with pitchforks, knives, guns, clubs we find, mace – anything, because it’s appalling. You only need to read the story that ProPublica did about the hedge fund Magnetar and what they did or Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short’ or these stories about Goldman to realize these guys are corrupt.”

Doesn’t Plotz see the irony of his statement?  What’s more appalling, scamming people out of money, or talking about taking away someone else’s most fundamental right (life)?  Where are the tears Nancy?  Where’s the consternation Bill?  (You know it was your administration that McVeigh was mad at right?)  It’s funny, when Glenn says ‘non-violence’ on a daily basis to his audience, and never says anything about actually hurting anyone, he is deemed to be inciting violence.  When Tea Parties gather, with zero arrests so far, they are deemed violent.  When they have incitement right in front of them…nothing, nada, zilch.

This leads to another example.  Recently a very controversial law was passed in Arizona to allow police to uphold federal law that the federal government is failing to uphold.  You must have heard about it.  I am on the fence on this one.  This law could be abused, but again, it’s already federal law and they don’t abuse it.  Hell, they don’t even enforce it.  That’s not what I want to talk about though.  I want to talk about the protests.  The violent protests.  Again where’s the progressives on this one?  Where’s Pelosi’s tears?  I mean, the protesters used swastikas, shouldn’t that rate them as ‘astro-turf’ and at least elicit a tear?

You have a protest in which protesters are throwing bottles, rocks, and other unidentifiable objects at police, and the fringe media just touts it as people angry for a good reason.  Then you have a protest in which protesters are…well standing there, singing, talking, sometimes shouting, and no arrests, and the fringe media accuses them of violence.  Can you tell which one is which?  Probably not if you watch MSNBC.  The first group are protesters in Arizona, the second, Tea Parties.  Would it surprise you to know that there weren’t ANY police that I could see at the local Tea Party rally in Peoria?  Well, not if you read my post about it but work with me here.  Local news estimates that nearly 500 gathered on the riverfront, and not one cause for alarm.  There were even minorities present, and no one broke out in a racial fueled fight!  I even saw an Obama supporter, wearing an Obama tee-shirt and riding an electric bike!  He left alive, just amazing, I think I even saw him talking civilly with lots of Tea Party protesters.

Seriously people!  Wake up!  The fringe media, and it’s offshoot bloggers are lying to you.  They aren’t journalists anymore, they have no idea what their jobs really are.  They have no concept of free press, or journalistic integrity.  You even have citizen journalists lying about the Tea Parties (yeah I mean you Billy).  Not only do we need to start reforming how Washington works but we need to start demanding the media fix itself.  Call them out on their bias, no matter which news organization.  If Fox reports something unfairly call them on it, but don’t ignore all the others that clearly have their noses right in Obama’s backside!

February 3, 2010

Media Matters and Ariana Huffington Need a Lesson in Metaphor

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 10:58 am
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Dictionary.com defines metaphor as a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.”  Because most of us had to sit through years of english and literature classes we know that if a person starts a paragraph talking about something like say…the economy, and continues by using metaphor to describe what is happening to it, it stands to reason that the entire paragraph is metaphor about…the economy.

Well, either Media Matters and Ariana Huffington didn’t take any english or literature classes, they forgot the meaning of metaphor, or they have just plain ignored the obvious to launch another attack at Glenn Beck.  I believe it is the latter, but who am I really?  These people are intentionally attacking Beck because they just can’t stand that people are listening to him.  They can’t stand that their viewership/readership is jumping the proverbial ship.

Glenn doesn’t usually defend himself against crazy attacks like this, but this one was particularly special because one of his defenders, Ailes, defended him incorrectly.  Glenn felt the need to set the record straight, though as someone who watches his show daily I can say there was no need.  I knew what he meant, despite what the left wants you to think, Beck doesn’t make me want to attack anyone, blow up anything, shoot a politician, or any of the other violent acts that the left says he espouses.  I watched that segment and I knew he wasn’t talking about the government actually lining us up and killing us, just like I knew he wasn’t talking about a literal plane.  He wasn’t talking about the President actually being a pilot, and he didn’t mean the President was himself piloting a plane into the ground.

It is amazing that Media Matters For America, a site that claims they are “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”, and Ariana Huffington that started the Huffington Post an “Internet Newspaper” (which is seen as a threat by my malware software by the way) would violate their own high-minded sense of truth and twist things into an out and out lie.  Well, I guess it isn’t that amazing.

September 30, 2009

Arguing With Idiots: A Review

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 11:31 am
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Just finished reading Glenn Beck’s new book, and wanted to share my thoughts.  I read a few reviews on Amazon and it was funny how all the reviews from people who actually read it were positive, while all the negative reviews were just attacks on Glenn Beck.  I am a fan of his, but I do take what he says with a grain of salt.  Like many he has a point to make, so I tend to watch his show or listen to him on the radio, and when something comes up that seems way out there, I look it up.  I do some research and some reading and I find that usually he is spot on.  This book is no different.

It is typical Glenn Beck writing, full of biting sarcasm, and plenty of quotes that his critics can take out of context.  It’s what he expects so why fight it?  What it is also full of is facts, with hundreds (no joke) of cites in the back to support them.  It is a good read throughout, with plenty of his patented A.D.D. Moments to break up the text and make the read informative and entertaining.  Some of the facts were hard to swallow, especially for someone who really just started paying attention to politics in the last couple of years.  It’s almost as if an ingrained resistance to the status quo jumps up in some sections, but that’s when I stop.  Read it again.  Check the cite, and then think about it.  Usually it is easier to swallow after that.

I recommend the book to any fan, and non-fan.  I think that if people would just give it a chance they would find that Glenn isn’t as ‘radical’ as they say he is.  He offers sensible arguments that usually support nothing more than our constitution.  His book does not offer solutions, only answers to common questions that you can find on just about any website, Democratic Underground and Free Republic included.  His belief in this country, it’s constitution, and true capitalism show throughout, as does his derision for just about every politician we have had for the last 50 or so years.  If you have ever had a discussion where you knew the person you were talking to was wrong, but you didn’t know how to express it, this book is for you.  If you are someone who gets your view of the author from Media Matters or other ultra-left sites then this book is also for you, you might be surprised.

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