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Last fair deal in the country

While on the subject of the America-hating Noise Machine (this started as a comment, but got so long I decided to bump it to a new post):

– Glenn Beck continues to use Fox News as his platform to fantasize about violent overthrow of the government, going so far as to bring on retired CIA and military officers…

They discuss a coming “civil war” led by American “Bubba” militias — Beck says he “believes we’re on this road” — and they contemplate whether the U.S. military would follow the President’s orders to subdue civil unrest or would instead join with “the people” in defense of their Constitutional rights against the Government (they agree that the U.S. military would be with “the people”)

This clown Beck really thinks he represents “the resistance”.

– Here’s Hannity’s webpage with a poll up asking “what form of armed revolt do you prefer? A) Military Coup, B) Armed Rebellion, or C) War for Secession…

Fox needs to pull the plug on this garbage. Things are bad in enough in the world as it is without these idiots glorifying civil unrest.

– Finally, I lifted that last link from another great post by Digby that deconstructs the right-wing political/media agenda:

[Bill Kristol] is arguing that Roosevelt should have been obstructed in 1933, so the scope of the [current] crisis doesn’t affect his view and the size of the [electoral] mandate is obviously irrelevant. He simply seeks to find a way to keep the Democrats from achieving anything that the people might see as a positive in their lives. Like Rush Limbaugh, he is openly advocating failure.

Newsweek goes hypo-tastic

Folks, as you may have heard on Maddow, the Newsweek cover story this week is the latest in the long deafening drumbeat of the great hypocralyse that we’ve witnessed recently as we are told we did not see what we thought we saw. What would Dick “Doo” crappy article link here.

To suggest that Obama’s got a lot to learn from Mr. Cheney ’cause he’s been soooo successful, as everyone who’s anyone in the house of W knows, the youngster Obama will soon realize that our wise dark overlord Cheney knows what’s best for keepin us from harm. As with all great propaganda, it is written from the perspective of a zealot who could not comprehend that an alternative point of view exists, God forbid actually consider it.

I have already cut the cord with the NYT for lesser transgressions. Why does this mindless rag soil my magazine rack every week? If it cost more than a penny a day I probably would have shut it down long ago…

Reality Check

I wasn’t going to waste my time bitching about Dr. Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General just on the basis of his piss poor performance vis a vis Michael Moore’s Sicko.  Then I read this and was compelled…

Why I Would Vote No On Pot

That’s the title, the rest is crap, and there’s really no point in quoting any more.  Suffice it to say, mister teevee doctor published an article in Time magazine the week before the 2006 midterm election in order to discourage residents of Colorado and Nevada from voting to decriminalize reefer. Oh yes, he’s very familiar with the medicinal properties of the miracle herb…

But I suspect that most of the people eager to vote yes on the new ballot measures aren’t suffering from glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or chemo-induced nausea. Many of them just want to get stoned legally.

Yeah, no shit, asshole.  Got anymore brain busters?  What do you care anyway?

Why do I care? As Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, puts it, “Numerous deleterious health consequences are associated with [marijuana’s] short- and long-term use, including the possibility of becoming addicted.”

Oh, addiction, riiiiiiiight…

Bottom line, there are any number of sniveling media peons who are glad to mouth whatever status-quo gate-keeping bullshit happens to be the order of the day.  Gupta seems to be happily in their number.  Hell, it’s probably why Obama picked him.  That doesn’t make him any less of a gutless asshole.  (Or, as it’s called in DC: “centrist”)

I mean honestly, to write an article in a national magazine disparaging pot on the eve of an election under the auspices of medical authority?  Were you in the running for bootlicker of the year?  If so, congratulations.  I eagerly await your expose about the unsung nutritional benefits of American beef.

And so, Dr. Gupta, you are my Hypocrite of the WeekTM.  Witness this classic performance nitpicking the movie Sicko.  Be sure to hang in there for Moore’s real-time response around the 5 minute mark…

Here’s the head-to-head on Larry King…

 As Krugman notes in the link at the top:

appointing Gupta now, although it’s a small thing, is just another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way.

Pinko Update:

Let the vetting begin!

The Israeli Controlled Media

Thankfully, we can see that if you look carefully through the forest of lies, the truth is out there. In the previous post on the slaughter of Palestinians, we discuss the obvious measure of counting the casualties. For even more info, you can read the links in the righteous comments on this post.

As the second frontier, right in the hypocrisy wheelhouse, lets take a critical look at our American Israeli controlled media. Take this yahoo swill for example.

The headline grabs you and makes you think that the Iran government seriously considers supporting suicide bombers. But all you have to do is critically read the article to see that this is not really the case. I guess you need to have really good reading comprehension, and they can rely that most Americans can only catch a soundbite at a time. Because it is clear that the desired effect of the article is to stir up anti-Iran sentiment….and if I had a dime for every time you see the pundits and news people make comments such as this I would be a rich man.

Contrast this with the Arab news.

Funny how the Arabs can get by with simply telling the facts to make their point. Or perhaps all they are doing is giving an unbiased report. Here is the point where the war hawk pundits will say that Arab news is actually terrorist news. Or again with the antisemitism accusations.

All we can do is to keep exposing the hypocrisy. Why is it that Israel leaders think that they are always the victims? Is this the story of the child who was beaten, who grows up to beat their children? Or are the Israelis taking out their aggressions just to feel that they have some power in a chaotic world? Or is it simply the military-media-complex trying to make a buck? Or just another example of people in power who use fear to stay in power? My guess is that the same themes ring true, no matter what country, the same patterns cause this death and doom.

Propaganda, American-Style

Back in April, the New York Times published a lengthy exposé about the Pentagon’s propaganda machine in which retired military officers, acting as independent military analysts, had for years been appearing on network news broadcasts mouthing Pentagon talking points about Iraq, Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, etc.

To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized.

The Times also has a nice video presentation that elucidates the story in a way that would make 60 Minutes envious.

Call it: Propaganda, American-style. On the one hand, these guys dutifully receive their talking points from the Pentagon and parrot them out into teevee land. If they fail to push the message their warlords desire, they have their precious “insider access” cut off – making them worthless to the networks. This in and of itself is illegal behavior, and the Pentagon was subsequently forced to “suspend” its program once the story broke. (I know, I too was shocked to learn that propaganda is officially outlawed in America… could have fooled me.)

On the other hand, these “independent analysts” are in fact gainfully employed by the war machine – “either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants”. So aside from their cushy teevee gigs, they have a vested interest in promoting and popularizing our various military efforts. In other words, the propaganda doesn’t merely Make Benefit Glorious Nation, it also lines the ex-generals’ pockets. (Like Joe Dirt says to the fireworks-selling veterinarian: “Someone shoves an M-80 up a bullfrog’s butt, blows him to pieces…he comes back to you to fix it. You win twice, brother. It’s good biz!”)

Again, this story broke in April. It is now seven months later and none of the major networks has come clean to its audience about its complicity (unwitting or otherwise) in this journalistic disgrace. As for the “independent military analysts” – the NY Times has another story out today, this time focusing in solely on one of the most egregious opportunists: Barry McCaffrey.

But it was 9/11 that thrust General McCaffrey to the forefront of the national security debate. In the years since he has made nearly 1,000 appearances on NBC and its cable sisters, delivering crisp sound bites in a blunt, hyperbolic style. He commands up to $25,000 for speeches, his commentary regularly turns up in The Wall Street Journal, and he has been quoted or cited in thousands of news articles, including dozens in The New York Times.

[…]

At the same time, General McCaffrey has immersed himself in businesses that have grown with the fight against terrorism.

The consulting company he started after leaving the government in 2001, BR McCaffrey Associates, promises to “build linkages” between government officials and contractors like Defense Solutions for up to $10,000 a month. He has also earned at least $500,000 from his work for Veritas Capital, a private equity firm in New York that has grown into a defense industry powerhouse by buying contractors whose profits soared from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, he is the chairman of HNTB Federal Services, an engineering and construction management company that often competes for national security contracts.

Sadly, none of this is news. The Nation did an article about Barry’s conflict of interest way back in 2003, and more recently, Glenn Greenwald has hammered both McCaffrey and Brian Williams over the same allegations. They reply that McCaffrey’s war wounds and patriotism somehow make him beyond reproach. Interestingly, McCaffrey defends himself by citing his harsh criticism of Rumsfeld. What was that criticism again? Oh yes, that he was trying to wage war “on the cheap”. In other words, not spreading enough money to his business interests. So sorry, General, how could we ever have doubted your integrity?

Bottom line: these clowns should not be allowed on television news broadcasts cheerleading the war. Let’s see how NBC ignores this report.

Not sure this should be a post….

….but what the hell, I have embed privileges now. And as far as I can see there are only four contributors to this blog….which is fine with me. This is my go-to site for news and comment.

Here is George Will taken to school by Paul Krugman on FDR and the New Deal. It’s great to watch this pompous ass looking over his shoulder. This Week is the only Sunday morning news show I can tolerate but it bugs me that George Will pretty much has free reign to make any outrageous commentary he desires and noone calls him on it. Well George, meet Mr. Krugman….

And here’s just a random nugget to keep things light. Gotta maintain that groovy post election vibe…

I was doing a little job seaching the other day and came across an environmental engineering position. Who is this handsome devil front and center?