The Wall Street protest, which started on September 17, 2011, had been planned for months. What started as a peaceful march onto Wall Street by 2,000+ protestors last week then morphed into a sit-in, as planned. Those passionate and dedicated in their efforts to send an important populist message to Americans, as well as to Wall Street, showed up determined and prepared. However, the protest has now been turned into a violent circus by those so good at doing such things, the American corporate media.
The Wall Street protest’s message was straightforward and could be boiled down to a calling-out of Wall Street as a symbol of corporations and the rich, who (with the help of politicians) protect themselves no matter what, while displaying a shocking lack of concern over the hardship faced by millions of regular people. One of the protestors on September 17th, there at the site, clearly stated, “You need a scorecard to keep track of all the things that corporations have done that are bad for this country,” notwithstanding the fact that American corporations hold 2 trillion dollars in cash, waiting for the next election while the country suffers massive unemployment, actions that are not merely unpatriotic, but treasonous.
But right on cue, even before the march had begun the city had closed down many sections of Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. This undertaking wasn’t going to be made easy by the powers-that-be.
Initially our corporate media placed small news stories about the peaceful protest here and there, miniscule in breadth of coverage and misleading when they did occur. The media worked slowly but surely to portray people trying to make a difference as wild-eyed incoherents who were aimless and unorganized. As of this week, what was found reported in the media was, overall, negative, dismissive and superficial, and then – BINGO – came the arrests.
With those arrests came a sigh of relief from media offices around the nation, as the media had finally found its “hook”. They would now be committed to turning the public against the Wall Street protest, rather than ignoring it or simply talking the whole project down. Believe you me, they will not be letting go of this tantalizing overall theme any time soon, and it will work.
To understand media math, one only has to sum up that it takes 2,000 “Occupy Wall Street” participants to equal a tiny fraction of discontented Tea Party members at a townhall event. In fact, the bias of the reporting of the Wall St. protests, when compared to the Tea Party advertising campaign underwritten by the majority of the corporate media owners, should give anyone an additional clue that the media has, for years now, not been our friends, nor will they ever be. More important to note, what is reported is seldom by accident, but by design.
The Tea Party phenomenon, in stark contrast to the Wall Street protest, was brazenly built-up and slickly marketed by the corporate media itself. It’s debut starred Wall Street media figure Rick Santelli, who initiated a rant on the corporate media channel he worked for, CNBC. The rant he became famous for encouraged a protest centered around the fact that the Obama Administration had dared propose measures offering a lifeline to help ordinary citizens on Main Street, who were losing their homes due to the mortgage financial meltdown. Although some mistook the Tea Party rant as a call to protest the bank bailouts (which occurred in 2008), that was never its intent, and Santelli made that clear at time. Continue reading What The Media is Doing to the Wall St. Protest is What They are Paid to Do!
Well, let’s see what this week brought us all, shall we?
A satellite is falling out of the sky, but it probably won’t hit anybody. Probably. I personally got over this fear by listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “It Came Out Of The Sky” (which I heartily recommend, just on general principles).
A Republican audience booed an American soldier actively serving his country in an overseas war. Well, to be fair to the audience, I’m sure if you asked the ones who booed that they’d respond they were merely booing the soldier’s self-professed gayness. But still — a Republican crowd booed a serving soldier. Way to “support the troops,” guys!
Larry Flynt has just offered up to a million bucks for anyone who can prove that they had sex with Rick Perry — “gay or straight” (either is fine with Flynt). One assumes this offer wouldn’t include the Texas governor’s wife, since that wouldn’t exactly be scandalous. Kidding aside, though, that’s a lot of money. And Flynt’s record on taking down sexually hypocritical Republicans is well-established (after all, what other pornographer can say he forced a guy about to become Speaker of the House to resign from politics?). Had sex with Rick Perry, anyone? Can you prove it? Call the “hotline” at (323) 951-7911. It could be a lucrative phone call!
Speaking of Republican candidates for president, there was another debate last night. Gary Johnson was actually on the stage. Mitt and Rick said mean things about each other. That about sums that up.
Harry Reid is going to force Congress to do something next week, or the government will (once again) be threatened with a shutdown. This is news not for the shutdown threat (which is becoming so increasingly common it barely qualifies as “news” anymore), but because Congress is in a snit over having to work next week, instead of taking the whole dang week off. This is — to add some perspective — less than a month after Congress finished a five-week vacation. Must be nice work (if you can get it), since it involves so very little actual “work.”
In other words, it was just another typical week of the follies known as Washington politics. Continue reading Friday Talking Points  — Class Warfare? Hardly.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today continued his tradition of stunning the international community during his annual appearances before the United Nations General Assembly – and most observers agree that he’ll probably never top this one.
Shortly before his departure from New York this morning, the former Tehran mayor and longtime falafel vendor announced that he is stepping down from his position as President of Iran in order to focus his full attention on his bid to win the Republican Party’s 2012 U.S. Presidential nomination.
Later, addressing an enthusiastic throng of professors and students at the grand opening of his latest business venture, ‘Mahmoud’s Kebab House and Beer Garden’ located on Columbia University’s Manhattan campus, Ahmadinejad vowed to, “obliterate Kenyan anti-colonial socialism from the American political map.” He also added that, if elected, his first priority as President would be to, “eradicate homosexuality – not just from the military and the institution of marriage, but from the entire country.”
When asked what he would do to help put Americans back to work, the instant Tea Party sensation responded, “I will rid the country of homosexuals like I did in Iran. That will free up businesses small and large alike to hire new workers free from the fear that any of their new employees will be gay.”
The candidate, who for the next month will be touring the United States to promote his newly published memoir, ‘Any Man Who Hates Catholics, Gays, and Jews Can’t Be All Bad’, has long been considered a serious threat to win the GOP nomination if he chose to run. According to FreedomWorks founder Dick Armey, “His core values are certainly consistent with those of the Party’s base. And frankly, I think the United States is ready for an openly Muslim President.” Continue reading Ahmadinejad Resigns Iranian Presidency, Launches GOP Bid
ONE: And arrest his ass if he dares to campaign in Maricopa County!
On a hunch, I just did a Google search using the words “sheriff idiot” and six of the first 10 results referenced Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the shame of Arizona’s Maricopa County. In fairness, one of the six used the word “idiot” only to describe some protestors that Arpaio squared off against last year, and in another hit, idiot status was actually being conferred on Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, though Arpaio was heavily featured in the article.
Still, my little search is a testament to just how famously objectionable and objectionably famous Arpaio is. “America’s toughest sheriff” (as he likes to describe himself) has been offending people for nigh on 20 years now, but according to fellow idiot Jerome Corsi of WorldNutDaily, he’s just found a way to raise his game to a whole new level:
… Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate…
“This investigation does not involve politics,” Arpaio told WND. “I listen to all the residents of Maricopa County who come to my office with complaints, regardless what their politics are.”
Yes, you read that right. A county sheriff in Arizona has assembled a team to sniff President Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate. I guess the oddest thing about this is that it doesn’t seem odd at all these days. Since the right wing has devolved so far down the food chain that it now ranks below plankton, this seemed almost inevitable.
… Arpaio is responding to a complaint brought to his office by representatives of the Surprise Tea Party in Surprise, Ariz., who have expressed in writing their concerns that the voting rights of Maricopa County residents in the 2012 presidential election could be compromised if Obama were to use a forged birth certificate to establish his eligibility under Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution.
I surely do wish Sheriff Joe had been on this illegitimate president thing 11 years ago, but at least he’s on it now. His crack(ed) team consists of – whoa, not so fast, bub! Their names are secret:
The identities of the five individuals assigned to the Cold Case Posse investigation of the Obama birth certificate are being withheld from the public, in order to protect the individuals involved from both public reaction and from questions that are certain to arise from the media.
Well, whoever the hell they are, Corsi reports that the team consists of:
… volunteers with professional experience in conducting investigations, including individuals chosen because of their professional backgrounds in law enforcement, as well as lawyers who have participated in criminal or civil cases and individuals with specialized skills in fields ranging from accounting to conducting criminal forensic examinations.
Godspeed you, then, anonymous sleuths! You follow in the shambling, frustrated footsteps of intellectual titans like Donald Trump and Orly Taitz, and you are the last faint hope for all those who like their presidents 100% white.
Oh, and because this operation has 501(c)3 credentials, you can actually donate to the effort, dear reader! Corsi helpfully provides a mailing address for just that purpose. Or you could just take that money, shred it, burn the shreds, collect the ashes, put them in an urn, shove the urn off a cliff, sweep up the ashen shards, drop them down a mineshaft, seal the shaft with cement, then take the shuttle and nuke the whole thing from space. Your choice. Continue reading Take Five (True Lies edition)
The Obama administration created a new petition tool at the White House website. I don’t know whether it will have much impact but it looks interesting enough that I’ll give it a try. It encourages people to pester their friends . . . → Read More: My White House Petition: Create Clean Energy Jobs in Coal Mining Communities
The 2012 Republican National Convention is scheduled to kick off on August 27 in Tampa. Who will be the next GOP candidate to lose to Barack Obama? As the Party of No tries to answer that question, we’ll . . . → Read More: Slouching Towards Tampa (Toupee in Every Pot edition)
David Brooks, New York Times, September 19:
“Yes, I’m a sap. I believed Obama when he said he wanted to move beyond the stale ideological debates that have paralyzed this country. I always believe that Obama is . . . → Read More: TSW #23
I remember quite well the beginning of each Mission Impossible episode, way back in the day. There, on that miniature tape recording, in the phone booth with the handsome super secret agent leader, was the team’s instruction for a particularly dangerous mission, deemed impossible.
After providing all of the required background information, and the reasons why the mission was necessary to the national security of the country, the tape would self-destruct. Then the famous Mission Impossible music would cue up.
There is a reason the show was a hit with all demographics and is now a classic that represents Americana’s (ask what you can do for your country) finest. It was the recurring story of a group of fearless individuals willing to take on insurmountable odds, via a set of carefully planned actions, for the benefit of the ultimate greater good. Each member of the designated team was to utilize tried and true classic methods and/or cutting edge technology, depending on the individual’s forte. But each role within the team had a specific irreplaceable value; each as important as the next; each interconnected; and if one’s actions faltered, the entire mission could fail.
We elected a community organizer back on that November day, almost 3 years ago. Perhaps he hasn’t been much of a super-duper secret agent, as we wished he was all along. I do, however, believe that he did deliver our instructions, and we now need to get the job done. Understand that our part has to be accomplished either now or never. I’ll add the understatement that millions of lives depend on our actions, if we so choose to accept this mission.
So in calling all Democratic Activists, we have a job to do, and it involves dealing with a slew of bad guys who need tending to, and that’s our mission’s goal. Whatever role you will play in making sure that the villains and their bad ideas are destroyed, it must be executed to the best of your abilities, and in reality, to near-perfection. Once you accept the mission, there can be no turning back, no hesitation, and no slacking. This is a group mission and failure is not an option.
On that glorious election victory night, the President gave us our mission. I will now replay the tape, as I have a back-up copy in my possession. Continue reading Our Mission, if We Choose to Accept it…