The Associated Press Goes to Bat For the Democratic Party – Powerline Blog
From the Article:
“Since the last government shutdown 17 years ago, temporary funding bills known as continuing resolutions have been noncontroversial, with neither party willing to chance a shutdown to achieve legislative goals it couldn’t otherwise win. But with health insurance exchanges set to open on Tuesday, tea-party Republicans are willing to take the risk in their drive to kill the health care law.”
This is revisionist history; the truth is that “shutdowns” have been common over the years, usually precipitated by Congressional Democrats, and there have been several recent occasions when shutdowns have appeared imminent. But now, the AP tells us, it is “tea-party Republicans” who are “willing to take the risk.” What about Harry Reid and the Democrats? Are they “willing to take the risk”? Apparently they have nothing to do with it.
Same propagandist nonsense that’s hardly restricted to the AP. The legacy news will die out within my lifetime. I can hardly wait.
One last thing to note. You’ll see as you read through that article, the bottom line is to always paint the Democrat opinion as “normal” and the dissenting opinion as being “fringe”, “lunatic”, “irresponsible” or “crazy”. This approach has been used steadily and heavily the past few years in print, on network tv and by the mouths of Democrat officials. The goal is always the same: subtly move your perception on what’s “normal” and what’s not; what ideas are acceptable and rational and what ideas are contemptible.
Americans are more conservative than they have been in decades – Washington Post
Given the GOP’s inability to capitalize on this, I’d say it’s a safe bet that the general public has dispensed with the idea that the Republican party is conservative.
And rightly so.
The Republicans will eventually cave on Obamacare. The stakes are simply too high for Obama and more importantly, the people who tell him what to do.
To take the very health of Americans, their lives in essence, and put them under the domain of the Federal government is far too big a prize.
Valerie Jarrett (Barack Obama’s boss) has been sending messages to Senate Democrats the last two days that there will be zero tolerance for anyone speaking publically about compromise or tabling Obamacare.
They will not negotiate. They will wait, they will let the media do their work for them and then when a sufficient number of drones in this country are fired up by the rhetoric, the Republicans will cave.
Our State Department ships American made arms directly to Al Qaeda, but Republicans are the terrorists. Yep.
The only way I could see this going another direction would be if an overwhelming number of people called the Capital switchboard (202-224-3121) and demanded that Democrats compromise on this. If they were to think that there will be real consequences in 2014, they might back off. But I sincerely doubt that will happen.
Second-in-command of the country’s nuclear arsenal is suspended as he is investigated for GAMBLING – UK Daily Mail
The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Command for issues related to gambling, officials said Saturday. The highly unusual action against a high-ranking officer at U.S. Strategic Command was made more than three weeks ago but not publicly announced.
I do not have any inside knowledge on this event. I post it specifically because there has been an enormous number of top level military people dismissed in the past two years. What is going on?
Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media – UK Guardian
He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.
Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.
The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.
“It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.
“It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn’t happen any more. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.
Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.
“Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?” he asks.
Read the whole thing.
It’s important to remember that Hersh is certainly no friend of the Right wing in America so his words carry significant weight given his past disposition and accomplishments. Although it seems as though Hersh still wants to believe that newsrooms got this way out of partisanship and callowness.. Obviously those have been ingredients but the truth is considerably more insidious. Regardless, the article is a must read and Hersh couldn’t be more right, at least on the face of things.
I’ve been sick the past five days with no signs of it letting up but with the shutdown looming, I felt compelled to say something.. Coherent or not.
So, rambling thoughts about the shutdown:
-I’m surprised that Republicans like Boehner are on board for this. Boehner and his ilk in the House don’t really have much of a problem with Obamacare because Obamacare means more graft for everyone. I have to believe that internal polling must be very positive for them to do this. The Democrats will say anything (I’ll get to this in a moment) and the media will blame the Republicans for this at every turn. I’m pleased that they’re doing this, don’t get me wrong. Just surprised.
-And yes, I’m happy about it. As I’ve mentioned before, 49.9 % of me takes the “Let the fuckers have it.. Then they’ll see what their stupidity has wrought.” But the 51.1% of me knows that they will never learn. Every time progressive policies fail, it’s because they either didn’t go far enough or a boogyman is blamed. So shut the fucker down if it means delaying Obamacare.
-Yes, there is no compromise in Washington and both parties deserve some of the blame for this. But it’s really difficult to spread the blame up equally when the Democrats have moved so fucking far Left.. and honest to Christ, a big fuck you to all of the liberal douchebags who spend their lives on sites like HuffPost complaining about how “right-wing” Barack Obama is. Kill yourselves, please. The other reason it’s hard to spread the blame out equally is because every fucking time the President’s agenda is challenged by the House Republicans, it is the end of the motherfucking world. The words “Anti-American”, “Hate for the President coming before country” “Sabotage” “Act of terrorism” are thrown about with zero care or caution. Makes it very difficult to feel sorry for you commies.
-Maybe the most important thing to remember, especially for those of you in favor of government-run healthcare, is that the Republicans in congress are doing exactly what their constituents want them to. The majority of people in this country do not want the goddamn bill to be implemented. It can’t be too good of a deal either or Congress, The Senate and the Executive branch have exempted themselves from the law, preferring their executive-style health coverage instead.
Lastly, does anyone on the Left recognize the irony of Obama’s statements about the House GOP’s stance on Obamacare? “Those Republicans are jerks because they won’t compromise on Obamacare…. And I won’t either!!!!”
One can only hope that if the shutdown happens, it goes for a very long time.