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Sarah Palin: “conservative supernova”?

In Fails, People, Politics on June 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Yes, Palin is indeed a supernova: one that has exploded and gone on to become a black hole. Evidently conservative blogger Michelle Malkin didn’t do her research when she compared Palin to a supernova:

For more than two years, Palin-bashing journalists (on the establishment left and the right) have mocked the conservative supernova (emphasis added) while milking her for headlines, circulation, viewership and Web traffic.

Michelle, Michelle,  by referring to your conservative icon as a supernova you have inadvertently told the truth that you didn’t want to tell: Palin *is* a black hole. A person who doesn’t deserve the national spotlight due to her dubious morals.  What? Quitting halfway through her governorship in order to rake in the bucks is OK with you? Hmmm.

I have to agree with Malkin on one point though: the freaking media needs to leave the Palin black hole alone! Don’t give into her enticements. Don’t care if she won’t give interviews to anyone but Faux News.

Ignore her, please?

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John King CNN Needs to be Fired

In Media, People, Politics on April 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

John King of CNN recently hosted ‘”birther queen” Orly Taitz on his CNN program and appeared to take her parallel universe seriously. Here is the transcript.  If ya have half a brain and are half-way intelligent then you know Barack Obama was born in the USA.  But King who  I’ve always suspected as being Beckian wants to place doubt in the minds of  those voters who are too dumb to know  the difference. Meh, King should be fired and then hired at FOX.

This is Why Progressives Don’t Win

In Economy, Fails, Media on April 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

The Nation has blinders. Shame on them.

The Democratic Base is an Enabler

In Fails, People, Politics on April 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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It’s pathetic that today’s Gallup Poll indicates that 80% of  Americans who identify as  Democrats approve of President Obama. Really it’s mind-blowing. The so-called Democratic “base” is an enabler and Obama knows it. The President doesn’t have to keep his campaign promises or “Change”  the government status quo because his ‘base” will blindly worship no matter the betrayal.

  His promise to assist Americans losing their homes to foreclosure (HAMP) was a joke; a complete failure. Banks were allowed to screw homeowners with impunity and the Obama administration was silent. Candidate  Obama promised there would be windfall profit taxes for oil companies: three budget plans and no mention: promise broken. How about his adamant attitude that the Bush tax cuts would not be extended for high earners? The cuts were extended in Dec. 2010 with Obama’s approval.  Increase capital gains and dividends taxes for the wealthy: sorry, can’t do. Obama promised to phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners, also failure. He said he would extend the child and dependent care credit and end income tax for seniors making less than $50,000: again, failure.

The list goes on:

Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center (huge campaign promise). Not only will Gitmo not be closed it will remain open so that detainees can be tried there instead of a court of law in the US.

Bradley Manning is being held without due process; the administration  knows about it and doesn’t care. Many human rights organizations have condemned  Manning’s inhumane treatment. Bush/Cheney lives on in the current administration.

Pres. Obama can claim his own war now and without congressional approval.

Create cap-and-trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming: nope.

Candidate Obama promised to centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters and to institute tougher rules against  the revolving door for lobbyists and former government officials. Meh, what a joke!

We Democrats must enjoy being obsequious , brain-dead idiots. Is there any other explanation for the poll that puts Obama’s approval rating at 80% among Democrats?  Glenn Greenwald  is correct :

Conventional D.C. wisdom — that which Obama vowed to subvert but has done as much as any President to bolster — has held for decades that Democratic Presidents succeed politically by being as “centrist” or even as conservative as possible. That attracts independents, diffuses GOP enthusiasm, casts the President as a triangulating concilitator, and generates raves from the DC press corps — all while keeping more than enough Democrats and progressives in line through a combination of anti-GOP fear-mongering and partisan loyalty.

The Prez is quite aware that his “base”  is not going anywhere: we’re a glutton for his punishment. The Gallup poll ending week of April 10 shows Obama’s’ approval rating among independents to be 39%;  a 4 percentage point drop from the previous week.  Get the picture? The president is nowhere near the “change agent” he claimed to be: he’s fully aware that he needs to appeal to the swing voters. After all like most powerful individuals he wants to remain in power as long as possible.

If you don’t believe that Obama has Democrats by the short hairs read this piece at Salon by Steve Kornacki who evidently believes that Democrats are exceptionally stupid.

 I doubt that most casual Democratic voters have the same passion about and understanding of most of the issues that Obama has supposedly sold them out on. Poll results on individual policy issues tend to be extremely misleading. Most voters simply don’t follow policy debates nearly as closely as political commentators do. Their feelings are often ill-formed and malleable. When presented with an isolated policy question, they’re prone to give one response, only to reverse themselves when given more information. Thus, we now see polls that show voters overwhelmingly opposed to raising the debt ceiling. Why? Because they instinctively view debt as a bad thing. Why would we ever want to raise the ceiling on it? But then ask them if they’d hold the same opinion if it meant slashing Medicare and their answers change.

Poor wittle Democrats we don’t know nothing!  Or maybe Kornacki is correct: we don’t give a damn as long as a Democrat is in the White House. Doesn’t matter if he favors the wealthy or violates civil liberties or starts a war (yeah, I listened to his speech today: *that* was Candidate Obama speaking; will he fool us again?)

What to do? The Democratic “base”; those who believed in “Change” need to demand that Pres. Obama stick to his word. I understand the word compromise but I don’t support capitulation.

Fails (Some Epic)

In Fails, Media, People, Politics on March 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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Palin’s  bipolar stick-out-her-tongue finger wag at the media:

Palin’s Quick Turnaround” I’ll Hold Media Accountable ‘MORE THAN EVER’

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon!

Caught in Libya Flip Flop, Newt Gingrich Offers Incoherent and Contradictory Defense

Just have to say it: for a Princeton grad John Stossel exhibits incredible ignorance:

John Stossel: No Group’s Been Helped More By Gov’t Than American Indians

Satire? Early April Fool’s Day Prank…Please?

Bachmann hints she’ll make it official soon

Listen here, we don’t need no reminder of the people I’m trying to destroy!

Maine again in national spotlight after LePage’s order to remove labor mural

Sez South Dakota: Women don’t have the ability to make decisions without the input of biased strangers:

S.D. governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law

DON’T move to Alaska:

Sex outside marriage should be illegal , says Parnell nominee

It’s Florida…again

Meet the Ex-KKK Grand Dragon running for mayor in Fla.

My kids don’t need to eat. Do yours?

The GOP declares hunger war

I’m speechless

GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits

Children: the captive workforce:

Proposed changes to child labor law spark concern

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Al Jazeera: Real News?

In Media, Politics, Uncategorized on March 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

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Hillary Clinton recently praised the Al Jazeera  news network for offering   “real news” to its viewers as opposed to the excess commercials,  arguments between talking heads and  lack of  content offered by US media outlets. At the time I couldn’t  have agreed with her more: the AJE live blogs regarding the disasters in Japan and the ongoing revolutions in the Middle East and Libya are timely and informative. The in-depth reports and analyses are mostly well written and provide a perspective one doesn’t get when exposed to Western media alone.

Recently however AJE has published and featured at the top of their home page opinion pieces that pander to anti-Western sentiment. These “analyses” aren’t informative or well-written; instead one pictures the authors sitting before their keyboards mulling possible topics that would appeal to the West bashing crowd. Since AJE viewership and web hits are most likely enjoying a surge due to world events a legitimate question would be: Did AJE procure these opinion pieces?

Of course Al Jazeera doesn’t want to offend Western viewers or readers too much since they are currently campaigning for and asking Westerners to appeal to their cable TV providers to carry AJE. 

While reading these “analyses” I imagine that the authors view the West as homogeneous; we are all overzealous, hypocrites, arrogant, imperialists and colonists.

And no the West doesn’t deserve to be stereotyped just as the Middle East, Muslims and Islam don’t deserve the assaults leveled almost daily from some Westerners. It is ironic that AJE publishes opinion pieces depicting the West as a homogeneous entity yet describes the revolutions in the Middle East and Libya as popular uprisings. Behind the governments of Tunisia, Egypt. Yemen, Bahrain and Libya are people tired of the status quo; they are individuals who don’t agree with their rulers. The same can be said for the West including the United States: we the people don’t always stand behind our government.

Links:

West overzealous on Libya

Published the day of the UN vote to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst discusses the pros and con of  “Western intervention”. Wow! The man can’t even wait to see what happens before questioning motives.

America’s Saudi air war

That the author chose the title of this article to inflame and pander is evident after reading. The title and the content have no relationship. The piece concerns the plan to train Saudi pilots in Idaho. In the author’s opinion,  congressmen from that state are hypocrites when they support the pilot training program yet were vocal opponents of building the so-called “ground zero mosque” in New York.   The perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were Saudi and the pilots – who will be trained on American soil – are Saudi as well. Huh? The premise of this piece is not logical: everyone should realize that not all Saudis are terrorists. And where is the “war” mentioned in the title?

The globalisation of revolution

This author is dripping and foaming with ani-western resentment.  The article’s borderline racist tone should be unacceptable to any reputable news service. The author believes that the West has taken credit for the revolution in Egypt due to our invention of the internet and social networking web sites.  Quote:

Most narratives of globalisation are fantastically Eurocentric, stories of Western white men burdened with responsibility for interconnecting the world, by colonising it, providing it with economic theories and finance, and inventing communications technologies.

(Westerners are homogenous: we are all “white men” with the same goals).  While there have been quite a few articles detailing the usefulness of Facebook and Twitter with the organization and communication of the Egypt revolution certainly any reasonably intelligent person realizes actual humans *make* a revolution.

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