Welcome, one and all to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the sphere The BitsBlog Nightly Ramble
- THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE PRESS: Let’s get down to this one, right off. Both David  and myself  have commented on this already today, but this thing is so grotesque a violation of the trust of the American people and of the Constitution, it needs pointing up again. The White house’s issue with Fox News ins’t that they are not a real news organization, but that they ARE real . What this all boils down to is an attempt to control public opinion, by controlling what is given to the public in terms of information, and using the power of government to do it. Control of the press is the one solution that every despot in history has come to. This is well beyond Over-reach. What they’re after he is the overt control of critics, by way of official government power and policy. As I stated earlier today, that is a clear violation of the first amendment. 
It seems clear that this attempted control, particularly being as overt as it is , is a risky play at best. Now, why would they be taking such risks? Because their agenda is even riskier in terms of public reaction, without that control. And they’re in trouble. Obama’s seeing approval ratings drops like they’ve not seen in 50 years of taking such polls. 
Michael Allen over at Politico says that Nancy Pelosi the lacks the votes  that are needed for the most sweeping of the public and options. Same thing for Harry Reid in the senate, as noted by the New York Times . Translation; They have the votes in Congress, much less popular support, for the government takeover that the Democrats so badly want. Certainly, public opinion is already running against the agenda of the Democrats. Controlling public opinion, by controlling the information that they’re fed, is clearly the only way the Democrats see themselves winning this fight. And why is CSPAN being now barred from some meetings ? Trouble is, the attempt at control is backfiring  on the Democrats . Bigtime . I mean, really big . Even the ostensibly leftist press  has started to take notice. And gang… this isn’t limited to news, but the blogs as well. Looked at the doings of the FCC of late? Well, maybe  you better . Does anyone not think that this all out attempt at silencing anyone who dares question the left, is going to be a campaign issue in another year, and in another two past that?
- PROGRESSIVE RACISM: Ann has a point . Once again, then, we ask the question: Why do blacks vote leftist?
- OUR SYMPATHIES to the mother of the 7 year old Florida girl whose body was found in a Georgia Landfill. I suspect that her vow of not stopping until the killers are found  has more weight to it than a similar vow made by OJ Simpson.. and I wish her luck in that endeavor. But how does the rise of such happenings affect our kids today? After all, in the old days, we never really worried about such things.
- OOPS… WE MISSED: I can’t imagine a few heads aren’t going to roll on this one . What in the blink were they DOING up there anyway?