All We Need Now Are The Monkeys

The great and powerful O has spoken.

I just don’t get it. Why isn’t the mainstream media calling out the President, his administration, and his supporters for the garbage they are spewing on a daily basis?

First, it was the Van Jones debacle. Well, that wasn’t really a debacle, it was a well planned, carefully executed slap to the face of every American. Where was the media? From the moment evidence surfaced that he was nothing more than a radical communist who advocated a total revolution in America, the media should have been all over the story. As you know, they weren’t.

So where were they? Even after the scandal broke and all of the evidence (in his own words, via videos available online) was uncovered, how did mainstream media handle the story? They reported that he was a ‘9/11 truther’ and that he called the Republicans a bad name. That’s it. No mention whatsoever of his radical beliefs, his desire for total anarchy in America, or the fact that all of the evidence against him came out of his own mouth.

Because of that whole mess with Van Jones, or the lack thereof on their part, it didn’t really surprise me when the mainstream media missed the boat on the ACORN sting videos either.

On September 10th the first ACORN video surfaced. ACORN employees in the Baltimore office were caught on video talking with the undercover couple about smuggling young girls into the country for the purpose of prostitution. They even helped the couple learn how to evade paying taxes.

Many people may have thought this video was a one time deal, and in light of that fact, maybe, just maybe, it could have slipped under the radar of the mainstream media. But what about the second video from Washington, D.C? Or the third from New York City?

By now even the most cynical person can see the pattern of corruption at ACORN. Apparently it wasn’t enough for the mainstream media, however, which still wasn’t convinced there was a problem that needed reporting.

I thought for sure, the fourth video from San Bernadino, California would have been “the one” because it dealt with Child Prostitution as well as a “self-defense killing”. Surely these topics would garner the interest of the mainstream media honchos, but on September 15th, Charlie Gibson, the anchor the ABC World News Tonight said he hadn’t even heard of the ACORN scandal.

On September 16th, after the Census Bureau had already terminated their agreement with ACORN and the U.S. Senate had voted to defund them, their chief executive, Bertha Lewis, announced that they were suspending operations and were no longer going to advise new clients until an independent review was completed.

Since that announcement (which also drew very little attention from anyone in the mainstream media), the fifth video from San Diego was released and the U.S. House voted to cut all funds to ACORN.

So where was the mainstream media? Why are they still failing to report it today? Oh sure, some of them have mentioned the scandal, a couple have even discussed the videos. Of course, when doing so you hear words like ‘entrapment’ and other phrases that place the blame for the whole mess on the two people who went undercover to expose the corruption in the first place.

Isn’t that what reporters used to do? Isn’t this the kind of thing the mainstream media is supposed to do? The President announced this weekend that he won’t commit to cutting federal funds from ACORN, and no one is calling him on this either!

What else is the mainstream media going to try to ignore? How bad do things have to get, and how much information has to be released before the mainstream media stops what they are doing to look at what’s really going on?

Maybe they’ll ignore the fact that the White House is using the National Endowment for the Arts to fund political propaganda? Maybe they’ll turn a blind eye to the fact that President Obama has done a 180 on his position and is ready to extend three crucial provisions of the Patriot Act?

There used to be a time when politicians would speak up and expose those who were acting in a manner that was detrimental to our country. There used to be a time when they were willing to do the right thing by exposing the corruption among them and we could trust that those we sent to Washington would actually work to make our country a better place.

There used to be a time when the mainstream media questioned those in our government and kept them on their toes. But these days, however, with the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid on the Hill, sending politicians to Washington gets us nowhere and asking someone in the mainstream media to do their job is less successful than sending a flock of flying monkeys out to grab a little girl and her dog.

PS: My apologies to the departed Margaret Hamilton for defacing her image in such a way, but I had a point to get across.

The Day The Mainstream Media Died

Today, September 6th, 2009, is the day the mainstream media in America officially died.

Many people believe it died years ago, but truth be told, it’s been on life support for quite a few years. Today, in the early morning hours, it finally flat lined. With a quiet resignation handed down in Washington while America slept, the mainstream media slipped into oblivion never to recover.

The mainstream media had let itself go for so long, being propped up by enablers with money and agendas who had no intention to help it recover, that nothing could be done to save it. That’s not to say some didn’t try.

For weeks (even months), some in our country have been offering solutions to the media in the form of honest, non-biased reporting, only to find that the media had no intention of climbing into the ambulance, or grasping the aid being tossed their way. You can’t help those who won’t help themselves, right?

A scandal arose in Washington several days ago when it was discovered that President Obama’s “Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation”, Van Jones, was a radical, a known communist, 9/11 truther, and a racist. The only person in the media who seemed to be shedding light on Van Jones was Glenn Beck who has a program on FOXNews. Mainstream media ignored the story.

I’m sure the White House wasn’t worried about the news of this scandal because the only person talking about it was Glenn Beck, and they had no reason to fear him. Or so they thought. Glenn Beck ran a special series of programs which simply asked questions about the current administration, our Congress, and the state of our nation today. Beck’s program brought in record ratings, and the news of the scandal exploded. Mainstream media ignored the explosion.

We all know that the mainstream media loves scandal. Some of the brightest spots in mainstream media’s long and checkered past involved their insatiable appetite for scandals, especially where Presidents are involved. So what happened this time? Ordinary citizens stepped up with a ferocious appetite and discovered more and more evidence, in Van Jones’ own words. Mainstream media ignored Van Jones’ own words.

Many people first learned the truth about Van Jones when Glenn Beck shed some light on his history, his stalwart belief in communism, his radical beliefs, and his founding of the organization, Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM).

Bloggers across the country picked up the story and the light got brighter. Twitter was lit up with talk about Van Jones and links to videos of Van Jones started popping up everywhere.

Ordinary citizens uncovered video of Van Jones and his racist beliefs,

and they uncovered video of Van Jones claiming white polluters and environmentalists were poisoning black people.

Then Van Jones himself compared former President Bush to a crackhead,

and he called Republicans “assholes”.

If all of this wasn’t bad enough, evidence surfaced that Van Jones is a 9/11 truther. If you don’t know, 9/11 truthers believe that President Bush and other high level officials in our own government knew about the pending attacks on September 11th, 2001, and allowed them to happen. His name appears on a petition from 2004 demanding a Congressional inquiry of 9/11 and the government’s involvement.

Like many others in Washington who love to address issues without reading them first, Van Jones now claims that he did not read the language in the petition before signing it.

The quiet resignation that was handed down in the early morning hours today was that of Van Jones. It’s apparent that it was going to be too difficult to fight the truth that anyone at the White House expected and they tossed Van under the bus.

In a classic move, knowing that the mainstream media completely missed this entire scandal, Jones decided to try and take advantage of that fact by claiming his resignation was due to a smear campaign filled with lies and distortions.

“I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.

On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.

I have been inundated with calls – from across the political spectrum – urging me to “stay and fight.”

But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.

It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead.”

Go back and watch those videos again. Listen to Van Jones in his own words, then read his letter of resignation again. The only person who smeared Van Jones was Van Jones himself. The only person responsible for the videos shown above is Van Jones. The only distraction here is Van Jones himself.

This scandal uncovers a much bigger problem in the White House and questions the credibility of our President. Did the President know about Van Jones’ history? If so, why was he allowed such access to the President? If not, who else is passing through the doors of the White House that we should know more about? The current administration is good at smoke screens and distractions, so I can’t help but think this resignation is meant to help distract us from something else they don’t want us to see. If you need evidence of this just start researching any one of the other 30 or so czars working in the White House. Once you shed light on roaches they don’t wait for one of their own to run for cover, they all scurry back into the darkness as quick as they can.

Now ask yourself, why would mainstream media completely ignore a scandal like this? A self-avowed communist and radical who called for a revolutionary movement in America and believes our own government was responsible for 9/11 was sitting at the table advising our current President and no one in the mainstream media even noticed?

A scandal occurred in our nation’s capitol from it’s very beginning all the way to completion and the mainstream media never even hinted there was a problem. Do we need any more evidence that the mainstream media has flat lined?

Reading, Smoke Screens, Agendas, And Facts

I have so much I want to write about tonight, but it includes a great number of topics. Two are related to the current health care bill, but the other two are not. Bear with me as I get some random thoughts out and see where this takes me this evening.

Thought #1

Ever since I started reading HR 3200, I have been following the action over at the Committee on Education and Labor website. Yesterday they published a post about a letter from the Congressional Budget Office regarding the savings on drug spending under Medicare as specified by HR 3200.

Premiums for drug coverage would rise an average of 5 percent in 2011, beyond the level expected under current law, and the increase would grow to 20 percent in 2019, the budget office said.

“However,” it said, “beneficiaries’ spending on prescription drugs apart from those premiums would fall, on average, as would their overall prescription drug spending (including both premiums and cost-sharing).”

The letter goes on to state the main reason why these costs will be lower for many on Medicare.

The House bill would require drug companies to provide larger discounts, or rebates, on medications dispensed to low-income people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. It would also require drug makers to provide 50 percent discounts on brand-name drugs in the doughnut hole, until the coverage gap was eliminated.

Pay attention now. The only reason many people would save money on prescription drugs under Medicare, is because the government is going to require that the drug companies offer larger discounts and rebates for those drugs. In other words, someone has to pay for the medicine and HR 3200 makes sure it’s the big bad drug companies that pay their fair share.

Are they really that stupid? Do they think we are that stupid? If the drug companies are forced to offer discounts and rebates (aka price fixing) don’t they realize that those same drug companies will have to pass on those absorbed costs somewhere along the line?

If they don’t they won’t make money, and if they stop making money where is the incentive to research and develop newer and better medicines?

The last part of the post on the Committee on Education and Labor website encourages you to read the entire article (in the New York Times) from the CBO.

Why don’t they encourage Americans to read the bill itself? Why not encourage people to read the bill so they can learn all the facts about the health care bill at the same time? Those are rhetorical questions people. We all know they won’t encourage anyone to read the bill, why would they? They haven’t read the bill themselves and they know if you read it, you won’t like what you read.

Thought #2

Word has it that President Obama is abandoning the “public option”. Well, that’s what the White House wants you to believe, and that’s what some bloggers are excited about tonight. I think it’s just another smoke screen. Why do I think that? Read this.

Aides to President Barack Obama are putting the final touches on a new strategy to help Democrats recover from a brutal August recess by specifying what Obama wants to see in a compromise health care deal and directly confronting other trouble spots, West Wing officials tell POLITICO.

Obama is considering detailing his health-care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess. And although House leaders have said their members will demand the inclusion of a public insurance option, Obama has no plans to insist on it himself, the officials said.

Of course he won’t insist on it “himself”. It’s already in the bill. Notice he didn’t say he would veto any bill containing a public option. Notice he didn’t say he would tell Congress to remove the public option before sending him the bill. Notice he tries, yet again, to absolve himself from any responsibility for anything going on around him.

On health care, Obama’s willingness to forgo the public option is sure to anger his party’s liberal base. But some administration officials welcome a showdown with liberal lawmakers if they argue they would rather have no health care law than an incremental one. The confrontation would allow Obama to show he is willing to stare down his own party to get things done.

He’s willing to stare down his own party to get things done, as long as it all gets done and there is an “incremental” plan. Let’s see… No health care plan or one that still pulls all the same strings, violates our rights as citizens, and violates the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution “incrementally”.

If you visit the source of this article at the Politico website, you will notice the caption under the photo of President Obama. The photo is from the Associated Press.

President Obama plans to detail his health care demands in a major speech as soon as next week, when Congress returns from the August recess.

What happened to the idea of bipartisan participation in Washington, D.C.? What happened to the hope that maybe, just maybe someone might get things done that mattered? What happened to the change President Obama was supposed to bring with him to the White House?

Now he’s making demands? What comes next? Foot stomping? A temper tantrum? Puhleaze.

Thought #3

President Obama is going to “address the children” on September 8th. At noon on the 8th, the President will address children (at school) across the country. Why exactly will he be addressing the children directlywithout parental supervision or permission?

Sure, he’s the President of the United States, but I don’t think even that title affords him the right to talk to my kids unless I know what he’s going to talk about first. My thoughts on this have nothing to do with being a Democrat or a Republican, it has to do with being a parent.

As a parent I would never allow a stranger to address my children without my supervision, whether he’s a homeless man on the street, a person living in a home just down the street, or even the guy living in the people’s house.

You just don’t do that unless you have an agenda, and those with agendas that include addressing children usually have something else bigger in mind as well. I get a chill up my spine just thinking about it.

Thought #4

Last, but not least, I want to talk about something I’ve noticed lately. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of love for Marxist and/or Communist leaders surfacing among certain politicians in our country.

In his book, Dreams From My Father: A Story Of Race And Inheritance, President Obama said,

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout,I chose my friends carefully.The more politically active black students.The foreign students.The Chicanos.The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets.At night,in the dorms,we discussed neocolonialism,Franz Fanon,Eurocentrism,and patriarchy.When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake,we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints.We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure.We were alienated.

Then, we have this gem from Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA).

“You can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met, and you know, the Cuban Revolution that kicked out the wealthy, Che Guevara did that, and then after they took over they went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new nation and they found, an attorney by the name of Fidel Castro.”

For those of you who are too young to know anything about the “Cuban Revolution” and for those of you who have forgotten because of age, let me remind you what Che Guevara and Fidel Castro have done for Cuba.

Let’s start with Che Guevara.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara, commonly known as Che Guevara, El Che, or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, military theorist, international statesman and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Since his death, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global insignia within popular culture.

As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was transformed by the endemic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region’s ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of monopoly capitalism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution. This belief prompted his involvement in Guatemala’s social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow solidified Guevara’s radical ideology. Later, while living in Mexico city, he met Raul and Fidel Castro, joined their 26th of July Movement, and invaded Cuba aboard the Granma with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to second in command, and played a pivotal role in the successful two year guerrilla campaign that deposed the Batista regime.

Here’s some information on Fidel Castro.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician, one of the primary leaders of the Cuban Revolution, the Prime Minister of Cuba from February 1959 to December 1976, and then the President of the Council of State of Cuba until his resignation from the office in February 2008. He is currently the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba.

He was born into a wealthy family and acquired a law degree. While studying at Havana University, he began his political career and became a recognized figure in the politics of Cuba. His political career continued with nationalist critiques of Fulgencio Batista, and of the United States’ political and corporate influence in Cuba. He gained an ardent, but limited, following and also drew the attention of the authorities. He eventually led the failed 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks, after which he was captured, tried, incarcerated and later released. He then traveled to Mexico to organize and train for an assault on Batista’s Cuba. He and his fellow revolutionaries left Mexico for the East of Cuba in December 1956.

Che Guevara worked hand in hand with Fidel Castro to topple the Batista government. No one “went out among the population to find someone who could lead this new new nation” and Fidel Castro was not just “an attorney” they happened to pick.

Guevara and Castro were the leaders of the Cuban Revolution. Rep. Watson makes it sound like Che Guevara brought down the regime then asked Fidel Castro to lead the country.

Let’s read more from the Wikipedia entry for Fidel Castro.

Once in Mexico, Castro reunited with other Cuban exiles and founded the 26th of July Movement, named after the date of the failed attack on the Moncada Barracks. The goal remained the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. Castro had learned from the Moncada experience that new tactics were needed if Batista’s forces were to be defeated. This time, the plan was to use underground guerrilla tactics, which were used by the Cubans the last time they attempted a populist overthrow of what they considered an imperialistic regime. The Cuban war of Independence against the Spanish was Cuba’s introduction to guerrilla warfare, about which they read once the Cuban campaign ended but was taken up by Emilio Aguinaldo in the Philippines. Once again, it would be guerrilla warfare to bring down a government.

In Mexico Castro met Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a proponent of guerrilla warfare. Guevara joined the group of rebels and became an important force in shaping Castro’s evolving political beliefs. Guevara’s observations of the misery of the poor in Latin America had already convinced him that the only solution lay in violent revolution.

Guevara was already convinced that the only solution was violent revolution, he just needed the means to start one. Fidel Castro supplied the means through organization and training. Let there be no doubt that they worked together to bring down Batista.

When will politicians learn that you cannot whitewash history? It’s one thing to agree or disagree with someone’s point of view, but you cannot deny the facts. The fact is, both Che Guevara and Fidel Castro were cold-blooded guerilla fighters who worked hand-in-hand to destroy the country Cuba could have become.

Wrap-Up

See, I told you I had a few random thoughts bouncing around in my head. Thanks for sticking with me while I released them all. Tomorrows a new day and I am sure there will be many more random thoughts headed my way.