sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fishwrap

Black Like Me


How do you win an election in an inner city Democratic area?  Don't tell anyone that you're white. Don't knock it, Dave Wilson pulled it off.
KHOU HOUSTON -- Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign. 
"I'd always said it was a long shot," Wilson says. "No, I didn't expect to win." 
Still, he figured he'd have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called "all the shenanigans" at the Houston Community College System. As a conservative white Republican running in a district whose voters are overwhelmingly black Democrats, the odds seemed overwhelmingly against him. 
Then he came up with an idea, an advertising strategy that his opponent found "disgusting." If a white guy didn't have a chance in a mostly African-American district, Wilson would lead voters to think he's black.
(Fox News) Wilson’s campaign website includes several photos of black people and his own biography -- which notes him having a son who served in Afghanistan, but does not appear to include a picture of Wilson. 
Wilson also aired a radio ad featuring two (inner city) "neighborhood" women discussing Wilson's political merits.
Keeping Pace with Politically Correct Terms 

The student government at the University of California, Berkeley has censured use of the term, “illegal immigrant.”
(Fox News) The resolution passed by UC Berkeley’s student government reportedly characterized the phrase as, “racially charged,” and added, “No human being is illegal . . . ‘Foreign nationals,’ ‘undocumented immigrants,’ ‘immigrants without papers’ and ‘immigrants seeking status’ are examples of terms we can use that do not dehumanize people.”
I can't help but believe that the terms, "alien" and "wetback" are still OK to use since UC Berkeley has not banned their use.

Cyrus

Flower of American youth.

Miley Cyrus - teen idol

IARPA is Looking for Better Mousetraps

IARPA was created by the US Government in 2006 to conduct cross-community research, target new opportunities and innovations, and generate revolutionary capabilities, while drawing upon the technical and operational expertise that resides within the intelligence agencies. IARPA’s structure was modeled on that of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. IARPA’s programs are uniquely designed to anticipate the long-term needs of, and provide research and technical capabilities for, the Intelligence Community. Agility is key in the IC and IARPA’s approach is to always look for, and seek out, new innovative ideas and perspectives.

What the Advanced Research Projects Agency (formerly DARPA) was to the Department of Defense, IARPA is to the US Intelligence Community. Intelligence collection is a tough business and for everyone whose mail you would wish to read - there is somebody who would rather not have you read it. And that is why I suspect IARPA exists (after a fashion).

I simply mention this in the event that you never heard of IARPA.