Progress

Your Liberal “unbiased” “fair” Media:

As you may have heard by now, Newsweek’s forthcoming issue headlines, “Why are Obama’s critics so dumb?”

Nope. No Bias here… 🙂

Well, sure. We who who are unhappy that unemployment has increased on Obama’s watch, that over-regulation has stymied economic growth, that our children now owe a $15 trillion debt that we can’t pay–hey, we’re just dumb! We obviously aren’t smart enough to understand how devastating our economy, unemploying millions of Americans and burdening our children with trillions of dollars in debt is really a great idea.

If that’s what you think, you are a liberal and you may take Newsweek seriously. The rest of us remember when the publication sold for $1. (Powerline)

I wouldn’t insult a bird in a bird cage with this stuff!

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. “—Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day Tribute from The extreme Left:

Tea Party racism is proven by their demographics which is:

white, male, conservatives , anti birthers, anti-health care,  and of course the well known anti- I don’t want to pay my taxes people.  This presents a mirage of a viable third party which is actually a blend of GOP activists calling themselves the Tea Party.

The Tea Party faithful are also old with the major mean age group being 45 and up and there are not attracting many young voters because they have no platform and no solutions.  The Tea Party is an angry old fart party that has no direction except to be led by the GOP in some nasty campaigns to derail the democrats.   The Tea Party is being used but is hardly effective as a voice other than anger at every aspect of life.

To be a member of the Tea Party faithful you have to have a ” racism attitude” on anything that detracts wealth from the white, upper middle class of conservatives and banks that feel they are entitled to a tax free state and to enslave others to work for them. The Tea Party that seems to be a hate group on any health care reform presented by Democrats reared an ugly truth about themselves and the priorities of keeping the wealthy rich and to obtain more riches.  The racism extends to preventing the poor and the jobless to have any health care at all. Universal health care seems to be only for Iraq citizens but not for non-white Americans.

The Oscar-winning actor said that Obama’s election has made race relations in this country worse, because the Tea Party movement is “a racist thing.” “Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” the actor said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we … can to get this black man outta here.’”

“I wouldn’t characterize the Tea Party as racist,” Biden said on ABC’s Sunday morning political show “This Week.” But “there are individuals who are either members of or on the periphery of some of their things, their — their protests — that have expressed really unfortunate comments.”

In fact, the New York Daily News is informally polling readers about whether they believe racism’s to blame for the Tea Party’s attacks on Obama. As of July 18, an overwhelming 75% of respondents agree that racism is at play in the Tea Party’s disapproval of the president.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy MLK Day… 🙂

 

Global Warming Update 2011

The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen , Norway .  Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.  Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.  Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable………….

Oh God! We have to do something now or we’re all doomed!

The Sky is Falling!

The Sky is Falling!

Someone call the UN. We Need Draconian Laws now or else we’re all going to die!!!

Oops!  Never mind.  This report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the Associated Press and published in the Washington Post – 89 years ago! 🙂

http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/050/mwr-050-11-0589a.pdf

Liberals never change their spots.

Then there’s this classic from Newsweek  November 1975:

There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.

The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.

To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather. The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down. 🙂 Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. “A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale,” warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, “because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.”

A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968. According to George Kukla of Columbia University, satellite photos indicated a sudden, large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in the winter of 1971-72. And a study released last month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.

To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points out that the Earth’s average temperature during the great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower than during its warmest eras – and that the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average. Others regard the cooling as a reversion to the “little ice age” conditions that brought bitter winters to much of Europe and northern America between 1600 and 1900 – years when the Thames used to freeze so solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost as far south as New York City.

Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery. “Our knowledge of the mechanisms of climatic change is at least as fragmentary as our data,” concedes the National Academy of Sciences report.

But just like now they jumped to hysterical conclusions. Only now, they also falsify data, suppress data and openly admit to lying through there collectivist teeth. But we’re still supposed to take their doom and gloom seriously.

“Not only are the basic scientific questions largely unanswered, but in many cases we do not yet know enough to pose the key questions.”

Meteorologists think that they can forecast the short-term results of the return to the norm of the last century. They begin by noting the slight drop in overall temperature that produces large numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere. These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds over temperate areas. The stagnant air produced in this way causes an increase in extremes of local weather such as droughts, floods, extended dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and even local temperature increases – all of which have a direct impact on food supplies.

“The world’s food-producing system,” warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAA’s Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, “is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago.” Furthermore, the growth of world population and creation of new national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields, as they did during past famines.

Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.

So they’ve been at this “sky is falling” schtick for  at 90 years. Just like “universal” health care. Gee, I wonder… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

 

Scared Lizard Brains

Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson

President Obama seems to have learned nothing from the disaster of the “cling-to-guns-and-God” talk that almost derailed his campaign in 2008. He’s back at it—blaming voters for failing to “think clearly” because they’re “scared” about the economy:

WEST NEWTON, Mass. – President Barack Obama said Americans’ “fear and frustration” is to blame for an intense midterm election cycle that threatens to derail the Democratic agenda.

“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,” Obama said Saturday evening in remarks at a small Democratic fundraiser Saturday evening. “And the country’s scared.”

Scared of You, your Czars, and your Socialism,dear boy.

Obama views himself as the neocortical leader — the defender, not just of the stimulus package and health-care reform but also of cognitive reasoning. His critics rely on their lizard brains — the location of reptilian ritual and aggression. Some, presumably Democrats, rise above their evolutionary hard-wiring in times of social stress; others, sadly, do not.

Though there is plenty of competition, these are some of the most arrogant words ever uttered by an American president. (Washington Post)

This is an improvement over Obama’s 2008 “cling” speech because now Obama’s critics are scared rather than racist or stupid. There’s hope for us!

Obama told the several dozen donors that he was offering them his “view from the Oval Office.” He faulted the economic downturn for Americans’ inability to “think clearly” and said the burden is on Democrats “to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.”

Big Brother Barack is hear to save you. Cuddle up and he’ll protect you from the evil capitalists and the mean old Republicans who want your children to starve and your grandma to be homeless and eating dog food!.

Now, don’t you feel better. 🙂

Insulting voters is rarely a good way to win them over. But usually the “blame the customer” approach, as Mark Shields calls it, takes hold in the wake of an election defeat. Obama has broken new ground by moving it up to two weeks in advance of the vote.

It’s another thing to say those poor people will change when they get their jobs back when you’ve had two years to get them their jobs back and have conspicuously failed. At that point, blaming “false consciousness” becomes a semi-delusional way of dancing around your own inability to remove the root of that false consciousness. A little humility is in order. If true humility is unavailable, false humility will do.

Maybe Obama was cynically making a pitch to his immediate audience—a small crowd of Massachusetts donors who might be expected to respond to the idea that they were defending “facts” and “science” against confused know-nothings. But Obama should know, especially after the 2008 San Francisco incident, that a candidate can’t keep his words confined to a fundraiser. And this apparently wasn’t a closed-to-press event like the one in S.F. We didn’t have to rely on a donor/blogger like Mayhill Fowler to spill the beans. Reporters reported on it. Obama couldn’t have been trying to cyncially play to the donors—he’s not that naive! This must be what he really thinks.

Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

Obama seems more inclined to just tough it out until the economy recovers and the scared, confused voters become unscared and see the light. Meanwhile, he’ll spend his time in a protective cocoon.

He’ll be the child you will just sit and pout and turn blue 🙂 until he’s proven right and everyone loves him for it.

Ground your heels into the dirt and refuse to do anything until someone kisses my butt and tells me I’m the greatest thing since the evolution of man.

We thought he was a great salesman. He turned out to be a lousy salesman. We thought he was a great politician. Instead he makes elementary mistakes and doesn’t learn from them. He didn’t know “shovel-ready” from a hole in the ground, and then somehow thinks admitting this ignorance without apology will add to his appeal.

Did I happen to mention this editorial was from Newsweek? You know the Magazine famous for Cover Headlines like “We are all Socialists Now” and “Is America  Islamophobic?”

I found it fascinating. And in the end the writer said he still wanted Obama over a Republican. Even after trashing him.

Now that’s partisanship for you. 🙂

What could Obama possibly learn from voters who are embittered, confused and dominated by subconscious evolutionary fears? They have nothing to teach, nothing to offer to the superior mind. Instead of engaging in debate, Obama resorts to reductionism, explaining his opponents away.

In April 2008, Obama described small-town voters to wealthy donors in San Francisco: “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” Now, to wealthy donors in Massachusetts, opponents are “hard-wired not to always think clearly.” Interpreting Obama does not require psychoanalysis or the reading of mystic Chicago runes. He is an intellectual snob.

But intellectual disdain among elites feeds this destructive populism rather than directing or defusing it. Obama is helping to cause what he criticizes.

Obama may think that many of his fellow citizens can’t reason. But they can still vote.

And voting him out in 2012 and his buddies out in two weeks is what us scared, racist, primitive gun-clingling,  scared morons have to do.

Period.

I’m Laughing at Your Superior Intellect

The NAACP partnered with Media Matters (socialist Billionaire George Soros and others), Think Progress and New Left Media (where two guys pose as “journalism students”) to launch  a website that will specifically publish and monitor “racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement.”

Media Matters and Think Progress representatives said their content and reporting haven’t changed and that the NAACP approached their organizations seeking only to republish select content they’ve produced. The NAACP’s new website  is aimed specifically at highlighting “racism” in the Tea Party.

But don’t worry, if they can’t find it, they’ll invent it. They have to, it’s their core belief and they can’t possibly be wrong. After all, they are way smarter, more moral, and more sensitive than you can ever dream of being! 🙂

So they can’t possibly be wrong!

One “extremist” button they photographed, “I stand with Arizona”.

EVIL!  PURE EVIL! 🙂

So it’s going to work like this. Tea Partiers are “extremists”. All Tea partiers are Republicans. So all Republicans are “extremists”.

See, doesn’t that just make total sense. 🙂

“It’s called projection,” Media Resource Center’s Andrew Breitbart said. “The alliance of the left, the Think Progress, the Media Matters and the NAACP are projecting onto the Tea Party. The accusations are a projection of who the coordinated, well-funded left is. They are manufacturing the racism. They are the ones who are fomenting the violence, the ones who are the only perpetrators of violence over the last year.”
True. But it’s not like the Media or these nuts care about that.
AP’s Liz Sidoti writes about the extent to which the tea is becoming the “new Grand Old Party.”

Obviously, this is a meme that Democrats hope to exploit to their advantage; take the fringiest elements of the tea party (and yes, as with all movements, there are some) and attempt to portray them as the face of the party as a whole.


Remember yesterday’s scribe about over-generalization to paint your opponents “nuts”  as out of the  mainstream  and your “nuts” as mainstream?
And remember, the AP is supposed to be a news organization, not a propaganda factory. 🙂
Supposed to be.
Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy found 81 percent of registered voters approved of requiring people to produce documents that show they’re in the country legally.

It found that 74 percent believe police should be allowed to detain anyone who’s unable to verify their legal immigration status, and 68 percent say police should be allowed to question anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.

“A nation without borders is not a nation.” -Ronald Reagan

Oh No! More extremists! Someone call the NAACP!! 🙂
Now for a more “mainstream” view 🙂  MSDNC’s Rachael “Mad Cow” Maddow on the ‘end’ of the Iraq War and Obama’s Not-Victory speech…
“I think we shouldn’t get past how remarkable it is, how much the proponents of the Iraq war are getting off easy here.”
“To have in this speech, as combat operations are ending, to have…the President not only not addressing the circumstances in which we went to war, but these kind words for President Bush, describing his “commitment to our security” despite the recklessness with which President Bush discarded that national security  in favor of this war of choice, which only diminished our security, and is responsible, probably, for the Afghanistan war still going on today, for the deaths of people who have died in Afghanistan after the time after which that war would have ended had we not gone to Iraq — not to mention all of the people who died in Iraq.
After finally taking a breath, she continued:
To talk about him having a demonstrated “commitment to our security,” having started this war on the terms on which he started it, I mean, it’s beyond restraint from President Obama and anybody in the pro-Iraq war, pro-Bush camp who doesn’t feel like they’ve been given the greatest political present they never deserved, was not listening to this speech.” (MRC)
But don’t  think they aren’t the extremists. The Tea party and conservatives and anyone who disagrees with them are the radical extremists!
And the Media will be happy to go along with it, because they believe it too.
Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy!
From the Liberal Left  who brought you “Is America Islamophobic?” (TIME Aug 30, 2010)  Here’s the sequel:

These are the smarter than you, better than you, more moral and sensitive, more “mainstream” than you, Liberal Leftists.
Don’t you just feel stupid right now at how bigoted and ignorant you are? 🙂
And the Leftist Huffington Post asks of this cover, “So, the question is, how much more is this desperate-to-stay-in-business “news” publication going to pander to the haters and the far-right crazies as we hurtle through the mid-term sprint?”
Mind you the article is written by a Progressive Liberal. But this cover is supposed to “pander” to the “haters”.
Get it! 🙂
If one is asked to name five defining issues the Republican Party stands for, it would be easy: Lower taxes (for the rich), Pro-business (corporate welfare), Discrimination (gays, blacks, Muslims immigrants, etc.), Family Values (undermining separation of church & State) and a strong defense (dumb wars we can’t afford). I know it can be difficult to dumb down the rhetoric. But, it is better than feeling stupid on Election Day, watching Republicans trick the American people into voting against their own interests.(Wayne Besen, Huffington Post)
Gee, don’t you just feel stupid and ignorant! 🙂
These are the smarter than you, better than you, more moral and sensitive, more “mainstream” than you, Liberal Leftists.
They are your intellectual superiors and you should bow down to their vastly over-your-head superiority. 🙂
Michael Ramirez Cartoon

The Importance of Being Tennessee

I have been wondering this one for about a week now.

Tennessee, Nashville, in particular has suffered a Millennial Flood.

People have died.

Massive devastation.

The Grand Ole Opry say they may not re-open until Christmas.

Heard much about it in the new media??

Unless you’re FOX, not much.

The Oil Spill and yet another failed bomb attack are more important.

The Oil spill is a disaster, but so is much of the coverage of it.

The failed bomber, who many on the left immediately started wondering out loud if they were a “teabagger” found instead a naturalized Pakistani.

That must have been a crushing disappointment.

So now the left wants to make excuses for him. Oh, it was his foreclosure…he was having trouble making it…etc

After all, he couldn’t be a radical muslim terrorist who failed now could he. 😦

The left can’t even utter “muslim” or “terrorist” to begin with without having their Politically Correct license revoked.

But then there’s Tennessee.

A vastly more widespread and terrible flood than New Orleans.

But there are no $2500 visa cards, FEMA Trailers, and vitriolic media excoriating The President for “being too slow”.

Hell, Obama took more than a week  to even give a crap about the Oil Spill and no one in the Ministry of Truth blinked an eye.

But because, I guess, there is no constituency to exploit, and no photo-ops Tennessee gets largely ignored.

No political points to be scored.

No one screaming “racism” (at least about this) and leaving the poor to die and all the other Katrina-related screaming.

And Tennesseeans are not asking for handouts either.

And that is probably the most telling.

What does it say when 11 men who perish on an exploding oil platform, or 30 poor souls who die in a 1,000-year Tennessee flood, get less coverage than two oil-soaked birds? It says news is driven from the left.

It is to the credit of the one media outlet that reported the paparazzi-like scrums of reporters trailing rescue workers as they tried to clean off one oil-soaked gannet caught in the oil spill off Louisiana waters after a rig exploded in the Gulf on April 20. Not only did the U.S. and European media obsess breathlessly about the bird, and later about a brown pelican that followed, they seemed to be panting for more.

That’s because birds are convenient tools for driving the radical green agenda to halt all oil drilling. TV media and the national papers pounded the bird story because it served a political purpose.

It’s getting obvious that that’s the pattern: A parallel example is in the media coverage of combat deaths in Afghanistan. During the Bush years, the media reported deaths of soldiers daily because it advanced an anti-war agenda. With President Obama now at the helm, they’ve dropped coverage.

A look at the Los Angeles Times’ oil spill coverage, for one, shows birds featured daily in its blog and paper while the 11 oil platform workers have barely registered. On the blog, the news of the deaths wasn’t acknowledged until May 5, eight days after the workers’ employer identified them in a memorial Web site.

Is this important? Yes. Regardless of the worries about the birds, the workers’ deaths are more tragic and have more implications for society. But as people, they hardly serve an agenda.

The bird obsession looks even worse when one looks north to the flooding that’s engulfed two-thirds of Tennessee and its neighbors in a natural environmental disaster. On May 1, the region suffered its biggest floods in 500 years. Nashville was almost underwater. The death toll continues to climb. The regional economy will take a $1.5 billion hit.

The Associated Press has done some excellent team coverage of these events, but it hasn’t been featured much in national news, nor in major newspapers. Tennessee’s floods made a single-column story on the last page of section of the May 6 L.A. Times.

It’s a shame to see these stories buried. The news reflects the values of the media outlets, and unfortunately, a radical agenda drives it. That’s not reflective of what matters in the real America out there, however, and goes to show a disconnect between what’s important to readers and what matters to the left. (IBD)

And the left will be abusing the memory of this accident for decades to push their 19th Century agenda.

And the left will continue to demonize Oil companies gleefully.

Even if Obama and the Democrats have taken massive amounts of cash from them.

Your gasoline price will continue to rise. But it won’t be their fault.

It’s Big Oil!

The Next Demon on the Block!

Meanwhile, the people of Tennessee will quietly just rebuild their lives as best they can.

They don’t matter to the Ministry of Truth.

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA.

That’s what matters.

Or as Newsweek put it:

First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they’re also remarkably monomaniacal. In a climate where chatter is constant and ubiquitous, newsworthiness now seems to be determined less by what’s most important than by what all those other media outlets are talking about the most. Sheer volume of coverage has become its own qualification for continued coverage. (Witness the Sandra Bullock-Jesse James saga.) In that sense, it’s easy to see why the press can’t seem to focus on more than one or two disasters at the same time. Everyone is talking about BP and Faisal Shahzad 24/7, the “thinking” goes. So there must not be anything else that’s as important to talk about. It’s a horrible feedback loop.

Hmmm. The “Everyone Is Only Covering These Stories So We Must As Well” defense.

Anybody buying that?

After all, for any given news outlet, be it print or television, you could find TONS of coverage in the past week not dealing exclusively with the oil spill and Shahzad.

So this certainly doesn’t explain why possibly the biggest non-hurricane/non-earthquake natural disaster in American history got so little coverage.

The problem for Nashville was that both the gulf oil spill and the Times Square terror attempt are like the Russian novels of this 24/7 media culture, with all the plot twists and larger themes (energy, environment, terrorism, etc.) required to fuel the blogs and cable shows for weeks on end. What’s more, both stories have political hooks, which provide our increasingly politicized press (MSNBC, FOX News, blogs) with grist for the kind of arguments that further extend a story’s lifespan (Did Obama respond too slowly? Should we Mirandize terrorists?). The Nashville narrative wasn’t compelling enough to break the cycle, so the MSM just continued to blather on about BP and Shahzad.

So people drowning and losing everything they have in an epic flood wasn’t a strong enough narrative? It didn’t have enough plot twists and turns?

So what was the “narrative” and the “political hook” of the media’s months long focus after Hurricane Katrina? What were the compelling plot twists and turns?

In the end, Katrina’s narrative began almost immediately and continued until President Bush was made a lame duck less than a year into his second term: it was all his fault!

Bush Derangement Syndrome is still a rampant and seemingly incurable virus on the Left.

But when a flood happens in a highly-populated part of the nation’s south, and a Democrat President is slow to respond, that doesn’t fit the narrative for the press to be giving the coverage the story deserves?

There wasn’t a strong enough “political hook” here?

This seems particularly obvious given how the press FINALLY began reporting last Saturday on how slowly the White House responded to the oil spill. As that’s when the torrential rains began to hit Nashville, the media could have had a field day with how the Obama administration was slow on the uptake with that disaster as well.

Seems almost a slam-dunk, doesn’t it?

Or how about this for a narrative: Tennessee was one of the few states Obama didn’t win in November 2008. (NewBusters)

And he is very good to his friends and his base.

Almost exclusively.

And the Ministry of Truth has MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “tingle up my leg” response.

So if the media has no “hook” that makes their leg “tingle” I guess you just don’t matter enough.

And that’s journalism today.

It has to matter to them first. And they have to follow the pack first.

And the pack is full of Leftists.

So THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA.

Gov. Mike Huckabee, last year:  I’m sad to report today a death of a good friend to all of us…..Journalism, the once esteemed 4th estate of our nation and the protector of our freedoms and a watchdog of our rights has passed away after a long struggle with a crippling and debilitating disease of acute dishonesty aggravated by advanced laziness and the loss of brain function.
Journalism once proudly patrolled our society and sought to tell us the stories that informed and sometimes inspired us.  They also presented the news that would irritate us—and the irritation was not over the delivery, but the content as corruption and misdeeds were revealed.

Or as CNN said in a commercial in 1996, “All the News you need to know” and none of the rest.

Or as Walter Cronkite used to say, “And that’s the way it is…”

Love Labors Lost

The Honeymoon is over.

Now it’s time for the in-fighting.

A Separation?

A Divorce?

The Congressional Democrats, and even the Europeans are so over “Mr. Hope & Change” Obama.

Hope has become Nope.

He ran as something he’s not and never has been: A post-partisan centrist transformative healer. That’d be a difficult trick to pull off even for somebody with any prior executive experience, someone who’d run something, like a state, or even a town, or even a commercial fishing operation, like that poor chillbilly boob Sarah Palin.

“In his world,” wrote the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, “everything is political and everything is about appearances.” (IBD)

And those appearances have been deceiving. But when ripped off, the expose an ugly underbelly.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who supported Obama’s $787 billion stimulus a year ago, says the president needs to be much more forceful about how, where and why the money was spent if Democrats are going to get credit for attacking the recession in an era of double-digit unemployment.

“I think the administration needs to be much more aggressive, and hopefully the president will outline some of this in his State of the Union address,” she said. “We very much need leadership from the executive on this. You can’t just put money out there — even if we had it to put it out there — unless it’s going to produce an actual new job.”

The Super ultra-leftist Sen Feinstein complaining about the stimulus and jobs?

Now that’s amazing.

Here, I thought the Stimulus  was a marvelous success and the recession was over, according to Democrats. They “saved or created” over a million jobs, so they said pompously.

That is, prior to the Massachusetts Massacre.

Administration officials say they get it — with Axelrod recently admitting that Obama’s team is recalibrating and refocusing on the economy. Emanuel, for his part, is now pushing for a stripped-down health care bill that could be passed within a few weeks and force Republicans, for a change, to take a few tough votes.

That may mollify some Democratic moderates, but it will further infuriate the liberals, who insist that the lesson of Massachusetts is that Obama has come on too weak, not too strong. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman captured the left’s winter of discontent Thursday with a blog post in which he wrote that he’s “pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.”(Politico)

At the moment, the whole cacophonous crew seems to be united by the fear that no one is safe if a tea party-backed Republican can win the Senate seat the late Ted Kennedy held for nearly 50 years.

I even read that except for 1 term that seat had been Democratic since 1926.

We all pretty much knew for sure we were going to lose Massachusetts,” one person in attendance told POLITICO on Wednesday. “And yet, last night and this morning, we had absolutely no message guidance from the White House, [the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] or [the Democratic National Committee]. There was no leadership. … So all of the members today are just opining about what they think it means and whether we should move forward on health care.”

The unsinkable Titanic has hit the Massachusetts Iceberg.

But House Democrats, already terrified by the wholesale defection of independents to the GOP in Massachusetts, were infuriated when a New York Times article, apparently citing an administration source, suggested Speaker Nancy Pelosi could pass an unamended version of the Senate’s health reform bill.

“The sense was that the Obama folks were trying to say it was inevitable when it wasn’t,” said New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, a supporter of the public option who has clashed with the White House repeatedly about the issue.

“It wasn’t that they were bullying us, but it reinforced the idea that they were a little tone-deaf to what the reality inside the House and Senate really were,” Weiner added.

And they and The Congress have been tone deaf for over 6 months about the warning of the Iceberg coming.

And some still are:

Howard Fineman, the increasingly loopy editor of the increasingly doomed Newsweek, took it a step further. The truck wasn’t just any old prop, but a very particular kind. “In some places, there are codes, there are images,” he told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. “You know, there are pickup trucks; you could say there was a racial aspect to it one way or another.”(IBD)

So Senator-Elect Brown’s old pickup is a code word for Racism??

Someone want to get Mr. Fineman a white coat with the sleeves on backwards please…

But many Democrats aren’t the only ones who have fallen out of love with The Messiah.

As Paul Krugman, the New York Times’ “Conscience of a Liberal,” put it: “He Wasn’t The One We’ve Been Waiting For.” Not the once-delirious Europeans, either. As the headline in Der Spiegel put it: “The World Bids Farewell To Obama.”

When it comes to great headlines, no publication beats the (UK) Daily Mail. Wednesday morning’s edition featured a classic which dovetailed the first anniversary of Obama’s inauguration with the election of Scott Brown.  It read:  “Happy Birthday, Mr. President — here’s a bloody nose! 🙂

Financial Times Deutschland: “For everyone else in the world, this means that they will have to bid farewell to a candidate for whom the hopes were so high. They will have to say goodbye to the charisma they fell in love with. Obama will be staying home after all.”

Center-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes on Thursday:

“Obama made a serious misjudgement. Right at the beginning of his first year in office, he saved the banks, rescued the automobile industry from collapse and passed a huge economic stimulus package. He had hoped that these enormous deeds would give him the space to address those issues which are dearest to him: health care reform, climate change and investment in education.”

“Those issues, however, are clearly not priorities for people in the US at the moment. Scott Brown campaigned on two promises, both of which apparently struck a nerve with the electorate. He wants to block health care reform and he wants to find ways to reduce the enormous budget deficit. It is here where the roots of dissatisfaction with Obama are to be found. His reform agenda, in its current form, is highly suspect to Americans. And they have the impression that, if he continues piling up debt, he will be gambling away the country’s future.”

Gerald Scarfe, a major political cartoonist for the Times of London, began — at Obama’s inauguration — depicting the new President as a promising Superman.  By the middle of last year, these images had devolved into a Superman whose biceps and pecks had disintegrated and whose cape hung limply from shriveled shoulders.  In the August addition to his series, Scarfe shows Super Obama having a face first collision into a brick wall labeled “Health Care.”

Darn that Massachusetts Kryptonite!!

Or perhaps Super Obama, rather than being faster than a locomotive, could be drawn being mowed down by a runaway train called The Tea Party Express. 🙂

Sarkozy was the first European leader to turn on President Obama in 2009, describing him in an interview as “naïve.”  He had good reason to feel that way. Early in his Presidency, Obama had sent a letter to the French President going on about how well he envisioned them working together.  Alas, the letter was sent to the former French President, Jacques Chirac — not Sarkozy. The news of Obama’s diplomatic faux pax was widely reported in Europe, but not by the hypnotized American media.  This incident was followed by a bungled dinner invitation in which both Sarkozy and Obama perceived themselves as snubbed by the other.  Needless to say, the French media are no longer dazzled by the American President and they think even less of Michelle Obama’s fashion sense. (Human events)

But here’s the Best One:

But Nile Gardiner of the Telegraph will surely have to gate crash his way into the White House from now on after penning his opus: “10 Reasons why George W. Bush was a smarter world leader than Barack Obama.”  Since David Letterman is unlikely to read this top ten list, we’ve printed them here for your convenience:

(1) Bush never apologized for his country;

(2) Bush identified and confronted evil;

(3) Bush made the advance of freedom a key component of his agenda;

(4)  Bush defended national sovereignty;

(5) Bush believed in the Special Relationship (with Britain);

(6) Bush cultivated key allies;

(7) Bush understood the importance of missile defense;

(8) Bush believed in fighting a global war;

(9)  Bush did not compromise U.S. security: and

(10)  Bush did not send mixed messages in the face of the enemy.

Ouch! And he was so “European”. 🙂

Just shows to go you, a house of cards, built on shifting sand cannot last. A small, northeast, gust of wind has blown it all to smithereens. 🙂

The Scott Heard Around the World!

Kryten From “Red Dwarf”: <<Engage Gloat Mode>>

The people of Massachusetts sent a message to an oppressive government yet again.

Democrats from all over Massachusetts sent a message to Washington D.C last night, they voted for a Republican.

DEMOCRATS IN MASSACHUSETTS VOTED FOR A REPUBLICAN!!  🙂

Scott Brown, the pick-up driving (since Obama made fun of that last Sunday)  Republican is now the Senator-Elect.

And it wasn’t even close.

It was a Smackdown.

But were the Democrats in Washington D.C. and the Liberal Intelligentsia listening?

I doubt it.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the House Democrats’ campaign effort, said Coakley’s loss won’t deter his colleagues from continuing to blame the previous administration.

“President George W. Bush and House Republicans drove our economy into a ditch and tried to run away from the accident,” he said. “President Obama and congressional Democrats have been focused repairing the damage to our economy.” (MSNBC)

So it’s George W. Bush’s Fault! 🙂

Ezra Klein on the “Rachael Maddow Show” on MSNBC- He wasn’t sympathetic to the “exhaustion” he was hearing from some on Capital Hill because they were “tired of Town halls. Tired of angry constituents. Tired of fighting with Republicans…and compromising…”

He and the Host (a Former Hate Air America leftist) both were commiserating that The Democrats needed to pass Health Care Reform even more now than ever!

That the they’d spent the last year on this and to come up with nothing means they failed and to go to the voters in November as a failure would hurt them greatly.

Which to me says, they didn’t get the message.

If you pass Health Care Reform now, as it is, You’ll have a “Political Jonestown” (Patt Cadell, Democratic Pollster On “Sean Hannity” earlier in the day) on your hand in November.

Drink this Kool-Aid, it’s toxic.

Just ask the Democrats in Massachusetts I saw on FOX  (yes they were on FOX) and there was a room of about 25 of them. Every single one of them voted for Obama. Only 2 Voted for the Democrat, Martha Coakley.

They said things like “sending a message to Washington”  about their “arrogance”  “spending” and “tired of the one party rule”.

One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama’s swearing-in, the election played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, Wall Street bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

“I voted for Obama because I wanted change. … I thought he’d bring it to us, but I just don’t like the direction that he’s heading,” said John Triolo, 38, a registered independent who voted in Fitchburg.
He said his frustrations, including what he considered the too-quick pace of health care legislation, led him to vote for Brown.
(MSNBC)

And these are DEMOCRATS in MASSACHUSETTS!

Where they have had Universal Health Care since 2007 (which is also causing premiums to go up!)

Yikes!!!

But the real story is the Independents. Like me.

We have spoken!

Thank you very much. I’ll bet they can hear all this cheering down in Washington, D.C.

And I hope they’re paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken.

From the Berkshires to Boston, from Springfield to Cape Cod, the voters of this Commonwealth defied the odds and the experts. And tonight, the independent majority has delivered a great victory.

I thank the people of Massachusetts for electing me as your next United States senator.

Most of all, I will remember that while the honor is mine, this Senate seat belongs to no one person and no political party – and as I have said before, and you said loud and clear today, it is the people’s seat.–Senator-Elect Scott Brown

And the Republicans better beware of us too!

But first be vigilant on the Far-Left. There are still many who want to cram the THE AGENDA down regardless.

They want to ignore last night. Say it doesn’t matter. That they must press on.

Soldier on to the end.

Would you like some Kool-Aid to quench your thirst for power?

They aren’t going to give up this easily.

So They need be reminded constantly through November that “We are Not Amused” as Queen Victoria famously said.

Newsweek Column “The Gaggle”:  To their credit, Washington Democrats haven’t given up. The White House is weighing a plan to pass the Senate bill immediately through the House, which would, with Obama’s signature, make it law automatically without Scott Brown or anyone else in the Senate getting another crack at it. Then the Democrats would use “reconciliation” budget rules to fix problems in the Senate version with 51 votes, per the agreement Obama has been working on for the last couple of weeks. This is a messy approach but doable.

The impediment is the herd-like habits of professional politicians. So-called “Blue Dog” Democrats from moderate-to-conservative districts are desperate to get right with their mad-as-hell constituents. But killing health care now won’t help these vacillating members. Those who have already voted for it will get attacked this fall as tax-and-spend liberals. That’s inevitable. But if they now vote against it, they’ll get attacked as tax-and-spend liberal flip-floppers whose party can’t deliver for the American people — a more searing indictment. With a bill, at least Obama and the Democrats could play some offense, charging that Republicans side with the insurance companies against working people facing soaring premiums, a costly “donut hole” on drugs and the threat of medical bankruptcy.

So it’s not much of a choice, is it? Any moderate House Democrat with half a brain should vote for the Senate bill, which is much more to their liking than the House bill that many of them supported in November. Of course it’s the half a brain part that’s a cause of worry. Some of these guys are as politically clueless as Martha Coakley.

Muddling through this period (and that’s the very best that can be hoped for) requires that the President and congressional leaders accept the message of Massachusetts–that voters are mighty PO’d–without succumbing to the GOP’s interpretation of it as a mandate for No Change.

Obama plans to spend most of the year in Campaign Mode (ed: Campaign Mode is not Leadership!), not Congressional Sausage Maker Mode. That will help. So will proving that Washington can still deliver something big for the American people.

So what’s missing in this analysis is staring her right in the face: INDEPENDENTS.

But, before the Senate crammed down the Health Care Bill on Christmas Eve, had anyone ever even heard of Scott Brown??

He went from zero to hero in less than 3 weeks!

But partisanship has become so vitriolic and so black-and-white that they miss the real point.

And I think the Democrats will continue to miss it; and I hope the Republicans don’t miss it either.

This wasn’t really their victory.

It was the People’s Victory.

It’s the Independents, Stupid! 🙂

CBS: Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans three-to-one in Massachusetts, yet Brown was able to win because independents broke heavily in his favor. President Obama’s approval rating among independents has fallen to 40 percent in the latest CBS News poll, and 64 percent of them say the country is on the wrong track. Two in three, meanwhile, disapprove of the way the Democrat-dominated Congress is handling its job.

If they want to limit their losses in the midterms, Democrats must find some way to win at least some of these independents back. That could be a challenge, because their party is now widely associated with the unpopular government bailouts, as well as federal spending levels that have helped create an anti-incumbent mood. Expect to see Democratic lawmakers ratchet up their rhetoric on issues like Wall Street bonuses in the coming months in an effort to co-opt the populist mantle that has been driving many independents into the waiting arms of the GOP.

And Expect me to call them on it. Republican or Democrat.

I’m an Independent, Hear Me Roar! 🙂