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A snapshop paints a thousand words this one of Yahoo tells you what the mainstream media wants you to read

This story about identity theft sounds about as exciting the next story about identity theft except that the perpetrator was not interested in stealing money or assets. Zach Edwards has been accused and arrested for attempting to steal the identity of Matt Schultz. This is still not titillating for you? Here is the headline from the story from the Des Moines Register:

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz Targeted for Identity Theft by Former Obama Staffer

Rule 13 Reversed

A funny thing happened on the way to change in Washington, some conservatives have noticed that Saul Alinsky’s Rule 13 can be used against the liberals.  In Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals – Rule 13 is:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

A couple of weeks ago I posted how the left seemed to be targeting Glen Beck for some comments he made about President Obama.  At the time of Rule 13 Redux, left-swinging groups were pressuring Mr. Beck’s advertisers to cancel their commercials during his show.  The tactic seemed to be working as many customers seemed to be leaving.

Rule 13 Redux

We have another example of Saul Alinsky’s Rule 13 being effectively used to destroy another opponent of the left.  As a refresher, Rules For Radicals – Rule 13 is:

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

The target was fairly easy to pick this time as Glenn Beck of Fox News and his syndicated daily radio show.  Glenn was probably a wise pick as he really does not fit into the strict conservative mold.  He certainly drives me mad sometimes with the gloom and doom scenarios, but there is no doubt that he is a patriot.  His book, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, is a best seller and he released the book directly to paperback to maximize its availability.  Beck also does not seem to be held in the same regard as conservative hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Mark Levin.  We should all be listening to how these hosts address Glen’s situation.

Rule 13

One of the most quoted “rules” in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals book is Rule 13.  This rule is under the tactics section of the book and that is a better way to think of this.  In this tactic, you are taught to select a specific target, a person.  Government bodies (i.e. Congress, etc.) or buildings (i.e. Washington, city hall, etc.) allow blame to be shifted too easily. 

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Rules For Radicals

Hardly a day goes by without some pundit describing the lefts’ playbook written by Saul Alinsky.  Based on the descriptions, I half expected to be treated to a barrage of 1960’s “kill the establishment” claptrap.  Being born in the early part of that decade, I was more worried about tomorrow’s pick up baseball game than world politics, but I was aware of the strife.  Much of my perceptions of the period was formed in front of the television. 

Pelosi’s Pernicious Peril

There is daily news implicating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the “scandal” over Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT).  Rep. Pelosi (D-CA) had been a long-time opponent to EITs and the practice of water boarding in particular.  In an article that she wrote for Washington Monthly in March 2008, Pelosi (D-CA) was clear in her opposition to enhanced techniques.

“The use of torture violates fundamental American values. It damages the reputation of the United States in the eyes of the international community, and it increases the risks for our military personnel, diplomatic officers, and intelligence agents around the world. Many intelligence professionals have stated that torture is ineffective: it is unlikely to produce the kind of timely and reliable information needed to disrupt terrorist plots. The negative consequences of the use of torture far outweigh the supposed benefits.”

Uncivil Marriage

There has been a lot of discussion about California’s Proposition 8 and gay marriage.  A recent post that I read lamented about the “stupidity” of the majority of Californians who voted for Prop. 8.

I would suggest that folks really look at the issue in a different way.  The people pushing gay marriage seem to want more than just the same rights as married people.  I would guess that if Californians were asked to vote on a proposition worded such that gay couples could have civil unions, it would easily pass.