Media Histrionics Reaches Historic Proportions

May 6, 2010

Even before the ink of Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature dried on Arizona’s new immigration law, the Media has been engaged in a hysterical frenzy of misinformation, propaganda and outright deception.  The relentless Media assault on this law includes accusations of racism, bigotry, and even Nazism.  Just today a headline in the Phoenix New Times reads: “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Reign of Terror Becomes State Policy…”  The one thing that I have not seen from any Media source is an honest attempt to educate America about what exactly is in the bill.  Why not read it for yourself: SB1070.  It is clear, concise, and, unlike the 2,700 page Obama-Care monstrosity, its only 16 pages.  You will see that the bill really does little more than make it a Arizona State crime to be in violation of already existing federal immigration law.  Hardly worth the Naomi Campbell type temper-tantrum that the Media is throwing.

Fortunately, there is some good that will come out of this excessive Media hysteria.  Just when you think the credibility of the Main Stream Media can’t sink any lower, it is precisely this kind of irresponsible over-reach that will erode it even further.  In a recent Pew Research study, Americans have a higher favorability rating of Fox News over the New York Times by a startling 55% to 29%.  Who would have thunk it… the “Glenn Beck School of Journalism” eclipses the “Walter Cronkite School of Journalism” when it comes to credibility!

Considering the extent of Media corruption, don’t expect any return to fairness, objectivity, and journalistic responsibility any time soon.  Although you can’t expect real ‘news’ from the Media anymore, it is a great source of amusement.  I’m waiting for stories to surface about Arizona building extermination centers out in the desert along the southern border ready to gas any and all Mexicans at any time.  Who cares about TRUTH as long as it makes a great story?  Forget about the Phoenix New Times “Reign of Terror,” I have a much better headline.  How about: “Arizona’s Auschwitz in the Sonoran Desert.”  Come on, New York Times, I’m giving you a great headline here, run with it.  I’m sure you have lots of skilled journalists like Jayson Blair that can make up a great story around this headline.

America Needs Another Paul Revere

May 2, 2010

Most Americans know the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride of April 18, 1775.  How he stood vigil watch over Boston’s Old North Church awaiting the lamp signal of the anticipated British invasion: one if by land – two if by sea.  Those revolutionary patriots stood ready to defend America’s borders with their lives, whether attacked by land or by sea.

Now, with America’s borders under siege by BOTH land and sea we could use patriots like Paul Revere again.  Few issues are more clearly defined by our constitution than the federal government’s responsibility to protect and defend America’s border.  The land invasion over America’s border by illegal aliens is not new.  What is new, however, is that finally a border State (Arizona) has grown so disgusted with the federal government’s unwillingness to fulfill its constitutional responsibility that it passed a State law making it a State crime to be in violation of federal immigration law.  Hardly a radical concept.  Opponents of the law however were quick to spring into action, labeling the other side as: racists, nazis, red-necks, fascists, and bigots, among other things.  Within days of passing the law a Sheriff’s Deputy was shot near the Arizona – Mexico border by a gang of illegal Mexican narcotics smugglers.  You can decide whether this Sheriff’s Deputy who put his life at risk to defend America against the wave of illegal gun, drug and human smugglers is a “racist, nazi, red-neck, facist, bigot” or a true American patriot.

A second siege on America’s borders, this time from the sea, began on April 21, 2010 when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.  Initial news reports were quick to point out that any environmental impact of this tragedy was the responsibility of British Petroleum.  However, before being so quick to give the Obama Administration a pass on this disaster, one should remember that the Main Stream Media did not hand a similar pass to the Bush Administration during the hurricane Katrina disaster.  That in spite of the fact that it was then Louisiana Democrat Governor Kathleen Blanco who refused initial pleas from the Bush Administration to declare a National Disaster and coordinate all disaster relief efforts.  Also, it was New Orleans Democrat Mayor Ray Nagin who delayed issuing a State of Emergency and ordering evacuations until less than 24 hours before landfall.  It is also important to remember that regardless of the cause of any disaster it is the responsibility of the federal government, as proscribed by the Constitution, to protect and defend all costal waters and our national border.

For eight long days, from April 21 till April 29 the Obama Administration did virtually nothing to stem the environmental impact of this disaster.  Instead, while millions of gallons of oil gushed into the sea, the Obama Administration simply sat on its hands and abdicated its responsibility to protect America’s costal waters and border to a foreign oil company.  Not until a full week after the explosion did the Coast Guard first suggest burning off surface oil.

Under this administration America’s borders, both land and sea, are under siege like never before.  Don’t look to the White House for a defender of America’s borders.  There is no signal for “one if by land or two if by sea.”  There will be no freedom midnight ride…  There is no Paul Revere type American patriot in residence.

Suicide By Pelosi

April 10, 2010

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase: “suicide by cop.”  This is the phenomenon when an individual intentionally acts so irrationally and provokatively toward a police officer (like pulling a gun) that the officer has no choice but to respond using deadly force.

Well, on March 23, 2010 the entire Democrat Party committed “Suicide by Pelosi.”  That’s right, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi concocted a deadly brew of “cool-aide” and every Democrat in the House of Representatives, save 34 brave souls, dutifully gulped it down.  The U.S. Congress betrayed the overwhelming will of the American people and rail-roaded H.R. 3962 the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act, aka Obama-Care through.  According to the most recent CNN/Opinion Research Poll 59% opposed this bill while 39% supported it.  Since the passage of this bill favorability ratings for both the president and congress have been plunging and opposition to Obama-Care has been consistently rising. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/polls/

As of last count, 20 States are mounting a serious constitutional challenge to the bill and more are expected to jump on board.

Politically, the bill is a disaster.  It alienates the 80% of all Americans who expressed satisfaction with both the cost and quality of their health care prior to this government intervention.  It alienates the far left in the Democrat Party who have all along demanded that any bill include a Public Option of direct government operated insurance coverage.  And finally, it has incentivized moderate Democrats and Independents who are aghast with out-of-control government spending and intervention in our daily lives to flee the Democrat Party…  High TEA, anyone?

Putting the political rancor of this train wreck aside, Obama-Care is even  more of a colossal practical failure.  If it is to work it must, by design, cut at least $500 BILLION from medicade and raise $500 BILLION in tax revenue.  It will create a monstrous bureaucracy that no one has a clue how to implement or control.  It will exacerbate high unemployment as businesses will strive to keep payrolls low in order to avoid higher employee supplemental insurance costs.  It will balloon State budget deficits as it dumps huge unfunded mandates onto already bankrupt States.  It will have a detrimental impact on the quality of all health services as health care professionals will flee the profession not wanting government mandates controlling everything from the number of patients they can treat, procedures they can use, and compensation tables they will be subject to.  It will have the most devastating impact on the “working poor,” specifically working single parents who will not qualify for a full government subsidy, and who are not covered by a spouse’s employer policy.  These people will be forced to buy government approved private insurance policies for themselves and their children, when they previously may have qualified for medicade, (sorry, not now) or were legally entitled to emergency care treatment at no cost (oops, another no, no).

The real tragedy of Obama-Care is not the devastating political impact that it is already having on the president and the Democrat Party, but of the unintended negative consequences on those that it was designed to help.  There is nothing in the bill that even attempts to address the issue of improving the quality of health care and lowering its costs.  The bill simply FORCES 32 million people into private insurance plans.  An unmitigated wind-fall for big pharma. and those evil insurance companies the president loves to vilify.

Concoct a flawed policy (possibly an un-constitutional one) fill it with tons of negative unintended consequences and cram it down the American People’s throat… that is how you commit: “Suicide by Pelosi!”

May 2010 Bring Us A Little LESS Hope And A Lot MORE Change.

December 31, 2009

Hope is way over-rated.  Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of times when hope comes in very handy.  You want hope if you are sitting at a roulette table, or a slot machine.  Hope is great if you’re opening a Christmas present or checking the weather report before heading to the beach.  On the other hand, hope is NOT such a hot thing if you’re sitting on a plane and the captain announces: “we hope we’ll be landing in Chicago in an hour and fifteen minutes.”  You really don’t want to hear a building engineer say: “I hope we put in enough rebar to support the top ten floors,” or your surgeon to say: “I hope we were supposed to operate on the left lung…”  You get the idea.

In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States on a platform of “Hope & Change.”  Although there was an unprecedented wave of ‘hope’ that swept over the nation it has thus far ushered in very little real ‘change,’ and what change has occurred has been largely unwanted.  When Obama was sworn into office the national unemployment rate was 7.6%.  In spite of his assurances that unemployment would not reach 8% (thanks to his $700 billion corporate bail-out program) the unemployment level is now over 10%.  A year ago, our National Debt stood at a staggering level of approximately $10 trillion, today it is over $12 trillion and increasing by $3.76 billion PER DAY.  In the past year U.S. casualties in Afghanistan have nearly tripled from the year before; 155 killed in 2008 and 318 killed in the first year of the new era of “Hope & Change.”  Over the past year nothing of significance has been done to slow down Iran from its determined campaign to acquire a nuclear arsenal.  For seven years, from the end of 2001 till the Obama inauguration in January 2008 there was not a single terrorist attack on American soil.  Now, in the span of less than one year, there have been three terrorist attacks on American soil:  Little Rock, AR, June 2, ‘09; Ft. Hood, TX, November 05, ‘09 and Detroit MI December 25, (Christmas Day) ‘09.

Hope is great if you’re going to Las Vegas, but it absolutely stinks as the premise for a National domestic or foreign policy!  Please Mr. President, as we enter 2010, could you keep your “Audacity of Hope” to yourself and give the rest of us more of the kind of “change” that you promised.

Strike Up The Band!

December 19, 2009

We all know the story of the Titanic.  For me, one of the most fascinating historical facts of this horrible tragedy was how the ship’s band played on, even as the ship was falling apart and plunging into the icy Atlantic.  As none of the musicians survived, we only have anecdotal reports that the final song was either “Nearer My God To Thee” or “Autumn.”  Either one, a most suitable selection.  In hindsight, the cause of the Titanic’s demise is so easy to understand that it is hard to comprehend the mis-guided and poor judgment of the captain.  The ship was doing something that it had never done before as it was on her maiden voyage.  Notwithstanding that fact, the captain had her racing at full throttle through a known ice-field in the middle of the night.  One can hardly imaging a more perfect scenario for complete and utter disaster.

The many parallels between the Titanic and the partisan Democrat-only health care bill are just too obvious to ignore.  Not even Michael Moore could write a more poignant sequel.  After months of arm-twisting, coercion, and finally, outright shameless bribery, the entire Democrat Party has now walked lock-step behind co-captains Reid and Pelosi into the USS Titanic… bon voyage!  The “icebergs” could not be bigger, more numerous, or more dangerous now than they were in those frigid north Atlantic waters on the night of April 14, 1912.  Roughly 80% of all Americans are satisfied with their current health care.  By a ratio of 60-40% Americans are against the Democrat bill.  More than 50% of all Americans now believe it is preferable to do nothing rather than jam this disastrous and unwanted bill down the country’s throat.  If the legislation is to succeed it must – by design – slash $500B from Medicare and raise $500B in taxes. The unintended consequences are just too numerous and complex to see, let alone analyze and understand.  Never mind all these “icebergs…” co-captains Reid and Pelosi have given the order: FULL STEAM AHEAD!

I don’t know if either Reid or Pelosi know “Nearer My God To Thee” or “Autumn,” if not, they can just hum a few bars, because very soon it will be time for them to strike up the band!

A Slow Motion Train Wreck

November 19, 2009

A slow motion train wreck is the most descriptive, honest and accurate way that I can think of to describe the first eleven months of the Obama presidency.  The nation is reeling from a $3.27 trillion failed stimulus program with unemployment well over 10% and climbing, each American household share of the national debt over $500,000 and growing, and bitter partisan fighting on Capitol Hill grinding other domestic initiatives to a standstill.  No wonder the Media has been so focused on the president’s failed domestic agenda.

As ugly as this slow motion train wreck has been, I’m afraid that we ain’t seen nothing yet.  To borrow a word from the administration’s talking points, the focus of the president, and the nation, is about to “pivot,” but I’m afraid it’s not going to “pivot” in the administration’s favor.  There are many ominous clouds forming on the horizon of the Obama foreign policy agenda, and unfortunately, the horizon is not far off at all.  Of obvious concern is the president’s failure to commit to his own previously clearly defined policy in Afghanistan.  Without a significant Bush-style military surge in that country, most analysts agree that the war there will be lost.  However, it is likely that Afghanistan will not prove to be this administration’s biggest challenge overseas.

Contrary to what any effective foreign policy should do, Obama’s foreign policy has thus far strained relations with our allies and emboldened our enemies.  Instead of pressuring Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program, this administration has pushed our ally Israel into a corner where soon – very soon – it will have no alternative but to attack Iran with or without U.S. support.  In a recent interview, Zbigniew Brezinski, a top Obama National Security Advisor, and former Chief National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter (remember how effective they were in dealing with Iran) said that if Israel launches a preemptive attack to take out Iranian nuclear sites that we should shoot down Israeli fighters.  Now that’s the kind of talk that is sure to engender deep trust between America and its allies.

Obama may not have a clue on how to deal with the war in Afghanistan.  He may also lack the vision and conviction to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, but as he looks on, like a deer dazed by oncoming headlights, Israel must and will act.  In responding to a direct question as to whether Israel is prepared to attack Iran if necessary, Daniel Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. mocked our president and said: “Taking words from your president, Yes we can… and yes we will.”  It is becoming increasing clear that if this administration will not step up and lead than it will be pushed out of the way, just like the aftermath of a slow motion train wreck.

Terrorism By Any Other Name Is Still Terrorism

November 6, 2009

If, on September 12, 2001, I were to tell you that in eight long years there would not be another single terrorist attack on American soil, you would have understandably told me that I was absolutely crazy.  Well, astoundingly, that is precisely what the Bush administration delivered to the American people.  Eight long years of peace and security within our borders.  Thank you, President Bush!  Now, within just one year of the Obama administration there have been two Islamic terrorist attacks in the American heartland.

On June 1, 2009, in a cold, calculated, pre-meditated act of terrorism, Abdulakim Margahid Muhammad drove up to a west Little Rock military recruiting station and indiscriminately opened fire killing one young American serviceman and severely injuring another.  Muhammad described this attack as a justified act of “Jihad” against America.  He was arrested and charged with one count of homicide and 15 counts of “terroristic threatening.”

On November 5, 2009, Nidal Malik Hasan calmly walked into a crowded personnel area of Ft. Hood, Texas armed with two hand guns, one a semi-automatic.  He reportedly yelled in Arabic: “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) and then proceeds to gun down 43 American servicemen and civilians, killing 13 and wounding 30.  Authorities quickly release preliminary information about Hasan, a Major in the U.S. military, showing that he had on numerous occasions expressed sympathy and support for various terrorist activities.  He is reported to be associated with various internet postings and blogs praising suicide bombers, among other activities.  After much of this information came out, approximately some four to five hours after the massacre, Obama made his first public comments at a Tribal Nations Conference of native Americans.  The president spent several minutes bantering with the crowd and even offered a light-hearted “shout out” to his pal, “Joe Medicine Crow” before addressing the terrorist attack.   

Obviously, neither of these horrific attacks were of the scope or scale of the terrorist attacks of 09/11, though for the innocent victims that makes absolutely no difference.  The fact remains, President Bush kept the American homeland safe from terrorist attack for eight long years; President Obama unfortunately, cannot say the same thing for even the first short year of his administration.  “Hope & Change?”  Well, when it comes to preventing terrorist attacks on American soil, all one can say of President Obama is: No He Can’t.

The Operation Was A Success, But The Patient DIED!

November 1, 2009

Nearly a year into the new era of “Hope & Change” and there is nary a sign of either.  Approximately 130,000 U.S. forces remain entrenched in Iraq; we just had our deadliest month ever in the eight-year long Afghan war; Iran continues undeterred in its ambition to develop nuclear weapons; and, Gitmo remains open for business in Cuba.  On the domestic front things are no better.  Unemployment is now over 10% and continues to inch higher; earnings, and even the Social Security Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), are frozen or decreasing; the national debt has ballooned to the point where every household in America now owes over half a million dollars to pay for our government’s incompetence; and, Washington is deadlocked in bitter partisan acrimony complete with special interest lobbyists and more opaque back-room wheeling and dealing than ever.  I can think of just one single campaign promise that the president has actually kept, and that was to acquire Bo as the new First Dog.  Woof-Woof: “Yes We Can.”

In light of the stunning failure of the first year of the Obama administration it is no wonder that Congress is determined to hand the president what it misguidedly sees as a victory in health care reform.  Unfortunately, the nearly 2,000 page bill may well prove to be not only a bitter pill for the American people, but a steak through the heart of the Obama administration.  This bill is an absolute prescription for disaster.  I’ll admit that like the vast majority of Americans, and perhaps Congressmen, I have not read the entire bill.  However, I do know that in order to succeed the bill must, by design, cut approximately $500 billion in medicaid to senior citizens, and, raise at least $500 billion in taxes.  No matter how you slice it, the combination of a huge cut in medicaid to seniors and a significant tax hike on the American people is a deadly combination.  Late last week the C.B.O. (Congressional Budget Office) projected that the bill would cost at least $1.05 trillion.  That’s already well over the maximum of $900 billion that the president has pledged to approve.  Not to worry, truth and transparency were two of the earliest casulties of the current regime, who cares about credibility anyway, right?  This is but one fatal flaw in this bureaucratic bungle of a bill.  Perhaps the biggest flaw of all is revealed in a September 2009 Gallup poll showing that an astonishing 80% of all Americans are satisfied with their current quality of medical care.  We’ve all heard horrific stories of doctors mistakenly removing the wrong organ, or amputating the wrong limb.  Well, better cover your eyes because the horror show unfolding on Capital Hill just might make “Friday the 13th” look like “The Little Mermaid.”  I mean really, either Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi already makes Freddie Kruger look like Sponge Bob Square Pants. 

Yes, the Obama administration is understandably desperate for some kind – any kind – of a policy victory.  But by rail-roading this huge bureaucratic partisan monstrosity down the American people’s throat the administration and Congress is heading down an extremely dangerous path.  If passed, the president and many members of Congress, may wake up on November 3, 2010 and 2012 and realize that: the operation was a success but the patient died.

News Media Found: GUILTY AS CHARGED!

September 14, 2009

Yes, the verdict is in and few Americans will be surprised that the News Media has been found guilty of rampant corruption and bias.  The verdict was handed down yesterday, Sept. 13, 2009 in an exhaustive ruling conducted by the Pew Research Center .  The Pew Research Center is considered the “highest court in the land” when it comes to all things Media related.  Pew is a non-media affiliated, independent, highly respected research organization considered by those in the Media industry itself to be the most credible organization of its kind out there.  Last October, just before the ’08 Presidential Election, Pew did a research study showing that there was an unprecedented level of Media bias.  That study showed that by a margin of 70% to 9% of all voters (Dem. Rep. and Independents) the Media was biased toward Barack Obama and against John McCain.  As incriminating as that study was, it proved to be a mere prelude to the most recent Pew finding.

Here are just a few shocking facts:  In 1985 a full 55% of all Americans believed that the Media “got the facts straight” compared to a disturbing 29% today.  In 1985, 34% of all Americans believed the Media “dealt fairly with all sides” compared to only 18% today.  The study concludes that the News Media today has the lowest level of credibility in more than two decades.  The study goes on to conclude that The New York Times, once the iconic standard of Media credibility, only has a current favorability rating of 29%, whereas FOX News has a current favorability rating of 55% of all Americans.  That’s right, FOX News has a higher favorability rating among all Americans than The New York Times by a margin of 26%!  I urge you to click on the link above and review the full study for yourself.

Now that the verdict is in, the public has already begun to pronounce sentencing.  It is a harsh punishment indeed.  The American people have sentenced the Main Stream News Media to “life in solitary confinement.”  The public are fleeing Main Stream News Media organizations in droves.  Where are they going?  Well, the statistics show that they are flocking to FOX News.  According to the Huffington Post, hardly a conservative-leaning news source, FOX News completely dominates cable news.  These findings, based on Nielsen Ratings, show that in the first quarter of 2009 FOX News had more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.  It also showed that 9 of the top 10 cable news shows were all FOX News programs.  Not only that, but the top 9 of the top 10 news programs belonged to FOX News.  If it were not for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” slipping into 10th place FOX News would have a top 10 sweep.  Even the late night REPEAT of the number one cable news program (The O’Reilly Factor) handily beats MSNBC’s number ten “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”  Not a single CNN news program is even close to cracking the top ten list.  It appears that the result of a rampantly corrupt and biased News Media is an absolute boom for FOX News which now has complete and total domination of all cable news.  One might even say that there is a FOX in the hen… humm, make that the PEACOCK house.

Mr. President, “You LIE!”

September 12, 2009

I am amused by the national uproar over Rep. Joe Wilson’s obvious breach of decorum during the recent presidential address to Congress.  I’m not a big fan of heckling the President of the United States, but at least there were no shoes thrown.  Putting etiquette aside, what Joe Wilson said bears repeating: the President is indeed a LIAR.  Not just any run of the mill liar, but a really, really big liar.  So big a liar, that I cannot think of a single campaign promise that he has kept.  Here’s just an abbreviated list:

  •  Campaign finance reform:  He made a unilateral pledge to campaign finance reform and broke that promise months before the election. 
  • No lobbyists in his administration:  What a joke.  Take your pick… Eric Holder, Attorney General, lobbyist for Covington & Burling; Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary, lobbyist for the National Education Association; Ron Klain, Biden’s Chief of Staff, lobbyist at O’Melveny & Myers; David Hays, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, lobbyist for Latham & Watkins; and of course, William Lynn, Deputy Defense Secretary, lobbyist for Rayteon.
  •  Withdrawal of troops from Iraq:  Obama waffled on this promise, first stating that he’d withdraw all forces from Iraq within one year, later he said he’d pull out all “combat forces” within six months.  He’s lied on both variations of this promise.
  •  Transparency in governance:  Obama specifically promised to post all pending legislation on-line so that the American people would have ample time to read and debate.  If he had not lied about this too, maybe some congressmen would have actually read the stimulus bill before voting for it.
  • Closing GITMO:  After some preliminary chatter about possibly opening a GITMO-type facility here in the U.S., the original Cuba version remains open for business and as popular as ever.
  •  Bi-partisan cooperation:  I don’t believe that I’ve ever see the political climate in this country more poisoned, fragmented, and partisan than it is today.

 This is just a partial list of promises already broken in nine short months.  Stay tuned for those that appear likely to fall into the ‘bold faced lie’ category including my personal favorites:  Any health care reform will be ‘deficit neutral,’ and, the U.S. will do everything necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

 Rep. Wilson, you definitely got the county’s attention.  Some may not like the way you said it, but it is absolutely the truth:… President Obama, “YOU LIE!”