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Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Sunday Morning Rerun: Hitting the Disgust Quota

Wrote this back on October 3, 2012. Holds up well, even if I say so myself.

The Media and Obama: Hitting The Disgust Quota

I never before have thought this way about an American president, not even the reprehensible Jimmy Carter.

I am disgusted with Obama. I can't think of another word that better captures how I think about this disaster of a president. I am, however, even more disgusted--if that's possible--with how an overwhelming percentage of the media cover for him. It is not just the overt editorial comments, or the spinning of the news, it is the outright lying on his behalf, such as the promoting false narratives and phony polling, and the stunning refusal to cover important stories that reflect negatively on his stewardship.

For any moderately informed person, the case against Obama is overwhelming. Any Republican president with a track record such as his would have been forced to decline a second term or faced impeachment.

The completely irresponsible nature of the media re Obama begins with his personal story. At a time when we know everything about Britney Spears, and, by the way, Mitt Romney, Obama's life remains off limits. Last August, I wrote that we are not allowed to ask how this self-admittedly mediocre, drug-using student from a highly dysfunctional family, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, managed to attend exclusive and expensive schools. In addition, I noted,
His political rise is shrouded in mystery. After Harvard, he suddenly moves to Chicago. Why? He becomes a "community organizer" there, and rapidly rises in the corrupt and crony-filled Democratic machine. He becomes the darling of gangsters such as Rezko, close friends with known terrorists and hate-mongers, and presto he is taking down opponents right and left and soon is in the White House. We can't ask anything about it all. To do so risks charges of racism. His ascendency is a liberal Hollywood fable and it must remain unquestioned and unexamined. He is our anointed leader. He is our Athena.The drive to cover for Obama continues. Not only does he escape blame for the disastrous and deteriorating state of government finances and of the economy after nearly four years of his prescriptions, but his administration has blood on its hands and the mainstream media refuses to call him out on it.
Operation "Fast and Furious" is simply outrageous. As I wrote before, his Department of Justice engaged in an undeclared war on the people of Mexico which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans and at least two US federal agents. This operation was not botched or flawed. It had one very clear purpose and one alone: enable the Obama administration to make a case for tightening US gun laws, for cracking down on lawful gun ownership in the United States. There was no other purpose for this operation. None. As part of this effort, the US State Department was instructed to push the line about "drugs flow north, guns flow south" and to support UN efforts to make legal trade in small arms virtually impossible. As I wrote some 15 months ago,
Never mind Teapot Dome, Checkers, Chappaquiddick, Watergate, or Iran-Contra: "Fast and Furious" is arguably the greatest scandal in American political history. It most certainly is the greatest scandal never reported by the main media outlets. Obama's misadministration sought to launch an attack on the second amendment by "proving" that lax US gun laws led to Mexico's drug-fueled violence. It decided to "prove" that by providing the guns. It was the ultimate in cop weapon throw-down or evidence planting.
Imagine if the situation were the reverse. Imagine that the Attorney General of Mexico, in order to argue for stronger anti-drug laws in Mexico, decided as a matter of policy to provide drugs to the most powerful US criminal gangs. How would we react? Drone strikes on Chapultepec Castle, anybody? I must say that the Mexican reaction has been surprisingly muted to Obama's declaration of war against Mexico.The media, with the notable and worthy exceptions of FOX and now UNIVISION, ignored the story as much as possible, concentrating instead on how Republicans wanted to embarrass Attorney General Holder, and forgetting about the bodies piling up on and near the border. The media has allowed Obama to continue to portray himself as the great friend of the Mexican people when he is the president responsible for more Mexican deaths since Woodrow Wilson, another Democrat boob-hero.
As I have written extensively before (here and many previous) Obama pursued a deeply flawed and unnecessary policy in Libya--and throughout the Muslim world. Giving in to EU pressure to act against largely defanged queen of the desert Qaddafi, Obama/Clinton got us into an absurd war in Libya. As I wrote eighteen months ago on Obama's Libyan adventure,
For reasons known only to him and a handful of dopey advisors, he has blithely sent off America's superb military into an idiotic adventure on the shores of Tripoli with no thought given to what the purpose is, or how it will end. He does this without even the pretense of consulting Congress or bothering to make a case to the American people for sending their children and treasure into war in Libya. He could at least let us in on the secret: what is this war about? The two wars in Iraq, I understood; the one in Afghanistan, likewise, but this? What is it? We fight because, supposedly, the UN, the EU, and the Arab League say we can? Does that make sense? Is that worth killing and dying for? All this to create a No-Fly Zone so that a bunch of jihadist enemies of America can take out a cranky old gangster, who for the last couple of years has been our snitch inside the terror mafia? The removal of Qaddafi, who was cooperating with us against Al Qaeda, with no real thought to what would replace him created a chaotic situation in Libya that has greatly benefitted AQ's rebuilding efforts, and, by the way, resulted in the murder of the US Ambassador and three other diplomatic staff. 
I have written a great deal about the Obama misadministration's outright lies and incompetence when it comes to the attack on Benghazi and will not go over it all again. Suffice it to say, that this is a scandal of major proportions. Despite the media's best efforts to minimize the scandal, information continues to pour forth showing a president totally unconcerned with the murder of Americans on American soil by terrorists. He is informed of the attack at about 11 pm Washington time, and goes to bed--would George Bush have gone to bed? Doubt it. Next day he heads off to Las Vegas on a fund-raiser. Then his misadministration engages in a non-stop blitz of lies and evasions about what happened. The media is trying its best to ignore it all.
Everywhere else one looks abroad one sees the consequences of this misadministration's incompetence, delusions, and anti-Americanism. They turned victory in Iraq into defeat: Iran is now the predominant player in Iraq. They have done the same in Afghanistan, allowing the Taliban and AQ to reappear after the decisive defeat administered them. In Egypt, they sold out Mubarak, and got in exchange the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim world openly ridicules and attacks us. Israel increasingly fears for its survival as Obama refuses to stand up to Iran's mad pretensions. Obama has betrayed Poland and actively sought to undermine the UK in its confrontation with the Argentines over the Falklands. In Asia, the misadministration's fecklessness re Russia and China is having serious consequences for the global economy and for key US interests and allies in the region. The insane Communist monarchy in North Korea grows evermore aggressive and dismissive of the United States. In this hemisphere, we see a deliberate stiffing of our Canadian friends, and a policy of drift and disengagement that alienates allies such as Chile and Colombia, allows autocrats such as Chavez, Ortega, Correa, Morales, and Castro a free hand, encourages clowns such as Argentina's Cristina Fernandez to drive her economy into the ground, and has turned the OAS into an anti-American sounding board. The one effective policy the misadministration had in Latin America was the selling of guns to drug cartels.

At home, the story is the same. We have had years of deficit stimulus spending that was supposed to generate jobs and "jump start" the economy. It has done nothing even close to that, and, in fact, has put us on the path that leads to Greece. Unemployment remains at record levels, despite statistical legerdemain by the government; the national debt is exploding; we can expect a new wave of home foreclosures right after the elections; food stamp rolls have increased nearly 70% since Obama took office; we have yet to see the full financial and social consequences of the horrendous Obamacare law; via decree the misadministration circumvents Congressional authority over immigration; our military is scheduled for a wholesale gutting in January; and taxes will explode next year.

There is no energy policy: simple things that would have had immediate and positive effect have not been done for ideological reasons, to wit, approve the Keystone pipeline, lift the absurd restrictions on drilling, including "fracking" on federal lands, and end policies that put our coal miners out of work. As a consequence, gasoline prices have doubled; winter fuel prices will be through the roof; we continue to ship billions upon billions of dollars to hostile regimes; and our industry, commerce, middle class, and workers suffer. The media is silent on this scandal, preferring to blather on about gay marriage, contraception, global warming, and the horror of insulting Islam.

For this misadministration and its supporters everything is the fault of somebody else. Bush is to blame. Republicans in Congress are to blame. Insurance companies and evil white rich people are to blame. Some obscure Egyptian Christian in California is to blame. Blame it on the tsunami. Blame it on Europe. Blame it on the invention of the ATM. Blame it on the Tea Party.

The media ignores or sees as cute, Biden's "gaffes," utterances that would have terminated the career of any Republican politician. Now we see a video emerge in which Obama, in 2007, engages in his classic Chicago-style race baiting and lying--he outright lies about the assistance to New Orleans post Katrina. The media tries to ignore it. On CNN's website today, tucked in a corner we saw briefly--it's now gone--a link labelled "curious conservative video." The story goes on to claim that the video is an old story--tsk, tsk--and was heavily covered at the time Obama gave his speech. A complete lie--and, by the way, CNN has turned off the comments section on that story. It was not covered, and will not be covered. It doesn't fit the narrative.

So what can we say FOR Obama? Let me see. Well, he smokes, so that shows he doesn't buy his silly wife's health spiel. He, uh, has a couple of nice daughters, so that shows he doesn't favor abortion all the time. And, uh, well, he likes basketball which shows he's not completely against good relations with Canada, since the game was invented by a Canadian living in the US.

Now we head into the debates. I can't wait to hear the media spin tomorrow. It, however, won't affect me since my "disgust quota" has been fully met.


  1. “A no-fly zone was never going to be the decisive action that tipped the balance against [Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi], even when Senator Lieberman and I called for it nearly three weeks ago,” McCain said. “But it remains the case that a no-fly zone would take one of Gadhafi’s most lethal tools off the table, and thereby boost the confidence of Libya’s opposition.”



  2. “I want to thank U.S. Special Envoy Chris Stevens and his remarkable team here in Benghazi. They are doing outstanding work, and America should be very proud of their service. ...

    “What I have witnessed today in Benghazi is a powerful and hopeful example of what a free Libya could be – a place where the dignity and the desires of all people for freedom and opportunity are respected. I challenge the critics of the international intervention in Libya to come here to Benghazi ..."



  3. The Iraqi government used chemical weapons in an attack on Kurdish civilians in the town of Halabja, northern Iraq, on March 16, 1988, killing an estimated 5,000 people. This is considered the largest chemical attack against a civilian population since German atrocities during World War II. The United States did not respond militarily to the attack. Iraq also systematically used chemical weapons against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s without a U.S. or international military response.


    (See also: Luftwaffe raid of 02 December 43 on Italian port Bari. SS John Harvey [Liberty Ship; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NonWxm4aYHc ])


  4. Reading your post reminds me that there aren't enough Duranty Awards out there.
    May I have the envelope(s) please?

  5. To a conspiracist, your conclusions on "Fast and Furious" and Libya, "so that a bunch of jihadist enemies of America can take out a cranky old gangster, who for the last couple of years has been our snitch inside the terror mafia? The removal of Qaddafi, who was cooperating with us against Al Qaeda, with no real thought to what would replace him created a chaotic situation in Libya that has greatly benefitted AQ's rebuilding efforts, and, by the way, resulted in the murder of the US Ambassador and three other diplomatic staff" gets on thinking about "Manchurian Candidate, if in fact, this administration is as smart as they think they are.


  6. Well, we have 38 and a half more months of this Clown Prince. What is the next step below "disgust quota"?

  7. Well, this comment is not going to make you happy:

    The only reason that Barack H. Obama is President of the United States is because the people of America want him to be President.

    The only reason that Barack H. Obama continues to be President of the United States is because the people of America want him continue to be President.

    There are enough weapons in this great country so that IF the people were totally opposed with Barack H. Obama, they would remove him forcefully if they wanted to - regardless of any silly election or vote count. He has not been removed, therefore he is approved. Hell, the majority of Republicans and conservatives stayed home during the Presidential elections in 2012 - obviously they didn't care enough to even vote. Likewise, they don't care enough about what he's doing to remove him either.

    1. A fair analysis but Dips subject is "The Media" and Obama. Their conduct regarding him and his malfeasance, ineptness, and down right lawlessness is a betrayal of their charge as a protected institution. Combine the two and the "disgust" level is off the charts. Journalism will be set back years once he is gone and may never regain the proper respect with the current crop of participants. They are soiled.

    2. Well, as of the last election the people of America wanted him to continue to be president. As to now, probably still, but nobody's counting.

      But the suggestion that if the American people were totally opposed to (not with) Barack H. Obama, they would remove him forcibly (not forcefully), rather than have their Congress impeach and remove him lawfully, is a slander on them--and on me, as one of them.

      I bow to no man in my disgust for the president, but if you're going to start talking coup d'état, the president and the federal forces will be delighted to unite you with your seventy-two virgins.

    3. re: "I bow to no man in my disgust for the president, but if you're going to start talking coup d'état, the president and the federal forces will be delighted to unite you with your seventy-two virgins."

      Your response sounds like you're channeling John (I am a Hero) McCain, but old John-Boy hasn't stop to think that everyone used to be something at sometime. Time erodes and changes everything, just as our Kenyan Prince is teaching us.

      The thrust of my statement, which doesn't take an O-4 to comprehend, is that the American people will accomplish what they need to accomplish regardless of any and all laws. Doubt me?

      The fools in Washington thought it was a good idea to place a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol back in 1920. Everyone remained peaceful and stopped their consumption almost immediately -- or maybe not. Guns, deaths, law breakers and lawlessness were the result for years - and the CONSTITUTION of the United States was changed. In America dissatisfaction demands action - why do you think the government is so hot to get rid of the guns?

      As for volunteering to be a virgin, don't see me - go ask your girlfriend for permission to get the operation, and visit the STD clinic for a clean bill of health "O ye mighty voice of authority, twice dead and clouds without rain!"

  8. I think 'Anonymous', above, makes a powerful point, in effect, in a democracy you get the government you deserve. However, over at 'my place' I raised the half serious possibility of a second revolution in the USA. An American commenter corrected me and said that a civil war was more likely! Others think it was ever thus in your country with all this corruption and chicanery. Are they right? Is it 'situation normal 'over there'?

    1. "Revolutions" in America are encouraged by our Founding Documents. They are good and needed as they can come in many forms...not necessarily violent. Our institutions are failing from abuse and corruption and over reliance. The institution that is the "Press" is not immune and they are bringing about their own end in this current form. There was a book released some years ago called The Fourth Turning" in which the writers pointed out that our nation has gone through several periods of years- each period roughly 75-80 years in length- and that we are at the "fourth turning" phase of the latest 75 year phase which is a tumult phase meaning that what worked before will no longer sustain us going forward. Things will change out of necessity.

      To continue dropping book titles, a new book America 3.0 is out with a similar take on this: "Today’s political regime is like legacy software, built for an earlier world.

      Institutions of the 20th Century welfare state that once looked permanent are crumbling. The old operating system has been kludged so many times it won’t work much longer. It has to be replaced.

      The time-worn liberal-progressive wisdom is simple: See a problem, create a government program to fix it.

      ObamaCare proves this approach no longer works. . . . The government shutdown, and the failures of ObamaCare, are dramatic symptoms of an old systems reaching its end.

      But this is a time of transition, not decline". Civil War in our culture is very difficult to pull off. A period of lawlessness may come but there are plenty of well armed citizens to meet it and law enforcement is also well prepared. It appears the players are all lining up to bring about this final change, and Himself just may be the spark.

    2. Neither is even slightly plausible.

      Just as well. The Federal government has the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, a million armed civil servants not excluding the FBI. The rebels would lose, promptly, bloodily, and futilely, while discrediting the opposition indefinitely.

      Sorry, buster: you have to beat them in politics or you can't beat them at all.

    3. So here it is, early Monday afternoon, and I'm sitting here scanning the news sources - and come upon this little cherry.

      "RFID Mascot Begins Nationwide Tour To Help Alleviate Children’s Fears Of Implantation" ( http://bit.ly/16h0LZr ). Just yesterday I was reading how the government intends to require 'black boxes' to be placed in all new automobiles. Several states thinks this is just 'dandy', since they can start taxing the miles a person drives - not just the gasoline they buy: money, money, money - the feed for America's lawmakers.

      SO... A transformation is happening so fast to this country, there are still adults who consider effective change can only come via politics and laws? I propose that it is becoming increasingly improbable that America will ever regain her legal constitutional heritage. Consider it in this manner, since the season is almost upon us:

      It's Christmas Eve and you are 10 years old. The tree has been up for a week, presents are wrapped and under the tree, decorations are all throughout the house, Mom has been cooking, parties attended, everyone is happily anticipating tomorrow. The real question is; "Will Santa come tonight?" Yes he will, he certainly will!

      That is the method of preparation taking place for the tyranny that is percolating all throughout our government - and has been for years. CONTROL = POWER, why else would the NSA and all the other alphabet agencies be so engrossed with spying? Control. Accumulate enough knowledge and apply the proper algorithmic analysis techniques and the rats are trapped in the maze.

      BUT you say politics are going to solve the problem? Please, stop smoking that dope - or, put down that book you bought at Barnes & Nobles from some effete intellectual elitist, regardless if he be liberal or conservative. Where exactly do you propose our general crisis originated from, if not from our political minders?

      If Freedom and Liberty were easy to obtain and maintain, every country would have the reality and not the shadow. Reality and idealism make horrible marriage partners.

    4. The way we got the Constitution that guaranteed our freedom and liberty in the first place was--lest we forget--politics.

      If you really think you have an alternative, well, I'm sure we'd all love to hear the plan.

  9. Normally, when America gets a crook for a President, it's not so bad. They are not idiots, just corrupt.

    But the Chicago boys are decided that as long as the billions in money once owned by taxpayers flows to them and their friends, it's ok for the little America hating socialist to play President globally.

    Is there someone in the mob we can contact about this? Can Obama's handler, Valerie Jarrett get a note to the bosses if we pay her?

    1. Pay her? She'll keep the money and her mouth shut.

  10. Not to be outdone by Mr. Snowden I release another tape: This shows the inside tale of our intrepid chief executive tackling the Obamacare debacle.

    1. At least "our President" is sitting in the front seat and not the back. Good clip!

  11. Mike in GrasonvilleOctober 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Belive me, the "Main stream media" is the biggest enemy this nation faces. It's time to bring them down. By whatever that entails.

    1. That entails someone else becoming more persuasive.

      If it were easy it would have been done by now.

      It it's impossible, then the republic is already gone. What we have is a mediacracy.

    2. The MSM is part of the large echo chamber but not nearly as numerous and self-serving as the government bureaucrats who will not only go down with the ship, but they'll throw us all overboard before it begins to list much further. That "little Eichmann" from the Interior Department who testified on the Hill last week is a good example of the beasts who feast on such as you and me.

      The whole world is failing and there isn't any way to stop it. A global dependence on a fiat currency is fatal for all forms of governance - "democracies" (there aren't any of those left); totalitarian democrat-socialist states where the majority depend on a handout; outright tyrannies; kleptocracies, anarchic states, and Putinopia, etc.

      The coming global chaos will bring about a large change in alliances, especially across our large continent - we do not have China's thousands of years of experience in managing large disparate groups - and there will be much deadly disorder.

      Maybe that's what Obama came for? To usher the US into the malestrom?
      We should refer to what he does not as "misadministration" but by its true name, "maladministration" purposely applied.

      For a look at what's coming, here's a good generalist:

      "UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos" by Gregory Copley


      (Amazon. The ISSA link is too pricey w/ the $8 shipping charge)

      A previous book, "Energy Security 2.0" is available in an onliine free pdf, though it won't load for me right now. Published ~ Jan 2012 and still timely. Copley was hoping Australia wouldn't pass the carbon tax. But with a socialist PM, it was pushed thru. Luckily their parliamentary system permits its citizens to change course. That PM was booted out after the disaster became apparent (finding lots of frackable gas didn't hurt). Now, the current OZ Prime Minister is calling the carbon tax by its real name: socialism:


      We bullied the rest of the world into taking on our fiat dollar as their reserve
      currency. Now they - and we - are reaping the whirlwind. Should they have colluded and stood up to the Big Bully? Yeah, but that's easy to say in hindsight. We were a bribing bully and very persuasive. Ask the brow-beaten Brits. Only they had to pay their FULL war time borrowing. The losers got lotsa money. IOW, there was more than one way to skin the English cat.

      I don't think Boohoo is going to remain in office one day beyond his allotted term, but whomever we "elect" - I mean, whichever two puppets are put up for us to "choose" from - is pretty much meaningless. Boo is off to Hawaii and eternal golf...and we will be figuring out how to survive.

      If there is still a mail service by 2020, maybe he'll send us postcards..."wish you were here"...and we will return the sentiment, wishing he were here so we could, oh, maybe say "howdy"...

      I figure two-three generations to rebuild what has been destroyed. The first generation won't be effective because they'll have too many memories of what used to be. Their children will have to work out the new...ummm, 'deal', to coin a phrase.

    3. I have no comment on what you have to say, except to take exception to the phrase "little Eichmann".

      Except to describe some subordinate executor of the Holocaust, Rauschmann for example, the phrase trivializes the Holocaust.

      The phrase gained currency from Ward Churchill--apparently it was not entirely original with him--to describe the *victims* of the 9/11 attacks.

      I will pay you the compliment of assuming you didn't mean that the way it came out. But try to do better.

  12. Mighty Wurlitzer.

    The same agencies that shrouded his history in mystery also control the lapdog media. So not very mysterious at all really.

    It's a feature, not a bug.

  13. Sounds like the media in Australia under the "wacko" government that we just got rid of.

  14. "Last August, I wrote that we are not allowed to ask how this self-admittedly mediocre, drug-using student from a highly dysfunctional family, raised in Hawaii and Indonesia, managed to attend exclusive and expensive schools. “

    Because some conspiracies are real.

    * * *

    The Founding Fathers started a revolution and an eight-year war over a tax. A tax. Say, Obamacare is a tax, isn’t it?

    "Sorry, buster: you have to beat them in politics or you can't beat them at all.”

    Another of KIng George’s men speaks his mind. Hopeless to rebel against the world-spanning empire. Let’s go home and order pizza and dream of tea without taxes.

  15. check this copy of a 1979 article about an Arab plan to create a black political cadre, funded by Arabs--

    note also that there are rumors floating around that a Saudi prince funded Obama's Harvard Law School tuition. also, several profs at Columbia College during his time there claimed that they had never seen or heard of him.

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