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So now there is a new scandal within the now defunct obama administration (yes I do know how to capitalize proper names but since these people have never earned that I simply don’t do it).  Apparently the former administration went to court to get a FISA  warrant to wire tap a server at Trump Tower.

They were of course looking for the invisible Russians that someone on the Trump team was in contact with. Of course there was NO evidence of this.  The witch hunt has now turned around and started to bite the “dems” in the butt because after being in power for 8 years they’ve had a lot more contact then the Trump people.

Besides since when is speaking to Russians illegal?  I would think that in DC you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Russian or someone who works for them or someone who spies for them……Seriously?  After all what did they really do except tell the American people their government, the candidate for president and the lame scream media were lying through their teeth.  When last I looked telling the truth wasn’t against the law either.

IF these allegations are true, people need to go to jail.  People need to be fired and then sent to jail. G. Gordon Liddy spent several years in jail for not as traitorous actions. Ollie North lost his job and career for acts that don’t even come close to the things these people have done.

And if they were willing to do this………what else have they done.  The mind boggles.
1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one: The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission; the changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video; and the refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.

3. Keeping an eye on The Associated Press: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. Potential Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme: Federal agencies allowed weapons from U.S. gun dealers to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF summarily lost track of scores of those weapons, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

7. Potential Holder perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.

8. Sebelius demands payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for Obamacare.

9. The Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.

10. GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.

12. Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.

13. Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama Administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.

14. AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.

15. The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

16. Waging war all by myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.

17. Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.

18. AKPD not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.

19. Sestak, we’ll take care of you: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

20. I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”

(From the site Natural News.)

 

These are just the top 20.  How many more have been swept under the rug by complicit media lap dogs and sycophants?

So yep, I believe this could happen. As a matter of fact I would be surprise if it were not true.  This is what happens when the guard dogs abdicate their responsibility to guard the hen house.  It’s up to the sheep dogs to step in and protect the chickens, sheep and mindless morons who refuse to wake up and smell the humas burning.

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Scott Pelley made a speech at Quinnipiac University  in which he said “We are getting big stories wrong over and over again.”

He later went on to say, “Twitter, Facebook and Readit, that’s not journalism. That’s gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.”

Unfortunately for us, Mr Pelley journalists have abdicated their responsibilities to cover a story by presenting the facts of that story.  They have become advocates for organizations, agendas and politicians.  Don’t believe me, let’s  visit a few of the more egregious examples.

Benghazi:  This was a whole pile of bad. From beginning to end, from stem to stern. If this had happened under any other president someone would have been forced to resign and others would have gone to jail.

Vacationgate:  Formerly journalists would have embarrassed those involved into apologizing or at least ceasing and desisting.

Mass Murder Gosnell: No matter what their feeling about abortion, journalists in the 60’s and 70’s would have covered the heck out of this trial.  None of this “it’s just a local trial” nonsense.

Fast and Furious: This would have scuttled any other previous administration.  Those in charge would have been incarcerated.

Birth certificate/Social Security Number issues:  Any other politician would have been forced to explain the irregularities.  They would have been forced to provide actually copies of the forms and if they couldn’t they wouldn’t be candidates long.

Voter fraud:  How many times did people vote to assure this man’s victory.  Past journalist would have been chasing a Pulitzer.  Of course that was when getting one meant you did an awesome job researching and reporting. Now it just means you’ve articulated the administrations talking points succinctly.

So pardon us if we don’t believe you.  Pardon us if we don’t assume that law abiding citizens who’ve never engaged in terroristic activities are behind the latest disaster.  Excuse us if we don’t believe that “some white guy with a gun” is always the shooter or that a “Tea Party Extremist” is to blame.  Since there have not been issues like that at Tea Party/ Conservative  or Libertarian rallies we would point you in the direction of your Occupy Wall Street, Code Pink, Moveon.com, New Black Panther fellow tin foil hat wearing compatriots.

Since you in the media can’t be trusted to be objective, we have to get our news from other places.  Your integrity has been shredded, your lack of honesty highlighted and your agenda posted on the national billboard of the internet.  We are tired of being lied to, being castigated, being manipulated and more than that being insulted.  Most of us know we are not the problem.  We know we do not think or believe what you claim we do and because of that we are suspicious of what you claim others think or believe.  We are insulted that you think we are so stupid, so naive and so ignorant that we can’t figure things out for ourselves. That we have to be spoon fed watered down, spun, barely recognizable facts instead of being given the actual facts and being allowed to decide for ourselves.

But you’re right Mr. Pelley.  Your house is burning down.  But there is no one who cares and even less who would bother to bring a bucket complete with hole.   Good luck with that.

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FDA APPROVES MORNING-AFTER PILL FOR SALE OVER-THE-COUNTER…

So, my 17 year old son can’t take allergy medicine to school without a signed note from his doctor. He can’t have it on his person, it must be administered by a nurse.  My daughters when they were  still in school couldn’t take Midol with them to school because it’s a “drug” and must have a note signed, again, by a doctor because we’re all concerned about “the children”.   But girls as young as 15 and opponents of that want the age limit struck completely, can take a pill that will cause them to spontaneously abort any fetus that might have been there but maybe not.

So what happens when this girl, not under a physician care begins to hemorrhage or what happens if she’s allergic to this drug.  No one knows she took it except the people at the pharmacy and will they remember?   Will someone connect the dots when half of them are missing.  This is typical progressive bandaid theology.  Don’t tackle the hard stuff like making it unprofitable, unpleasant and a stigma to have sex indiscriminately.  It’s irresponsible, it’s dangerous and it’s stupid, especially  at an age where they change their minds about what their favorite color is almost hourly (some from one minute to the next) but heaven forbid we should tell the little darlings they can’t do something.

Next is without an article because the Lame Scream Press won’t touch this with a 10 ft feather boa.  Say they manage to pass a gay marriage amendment.  There is a real move to “rename” or “rebrand” marriage to fit in with it’s newer, hipper, gayer, image.  Now I don’t have any idea what they’ll call it. I want to know if the participants are going to have to find different titles.  Mother, father were gender specific.  So are there going to be two mothers or two fathers?  If not who’s going to be Daddy?  Is it going to be a permanent thing or are they going to try it on like a new pair of shoes to see how it fits? Maybe it will be a switch out kind of thing. One day one partner is Mom the next day they’re Dad?  How do those outside of the “what ever it’s called” know who’s doing what, are the partners going to wear a name tag, “Hi, I’m Andrew, I am the Dad today”?  Who gets what jobs, who get’s to be the one to tell the girls what it’s like to menstruate or to explain wet dreams to boys?  Men of course know all about menses  and women as well know all there is to know about how boys mature and what their issues and problems are.   A man can teach a daughter everything she needs to know about being a female because he “feels like a woman.”  Since he’s never been a woman how would he know????? Of course he doesn’t know. Being female is a physical state of being, you are born that way, physically. How you feel and what  you make of those feeling is totally a decisions “you” make and make up.  So please forgive me if I have very little faith that this particular social experiment is going to be productive. As with the other experiments  progressives have foisted upon us in the last 100+ years it will destroy more of the societal fabric and we will sink lower into the chaotic abyss.

City Councilmen Would Divest Pension Money  From a Potentially Koch-Owned Tribune Co.

You just can’t make this stuff up, seriously.  Here we have a company, Koch, based out of Wichita, Kansas, they have diversified their business so they own a whole host of different kinds of companies.  People flock to work for them.  They treat their employees honestly, they do business with integrity and they partner in the community to actually “help” instead of making publicity so they can market their “brand” (they let their marketing department do that- when they help they actually HELP).  The brothers have a serious Libertarian streak and they promote those who are for capitalism, freedom, liberty and the Constitutional Rights we are all guaranteed.  What they are not is a “Soros” type outfit. They don’t manipulate, they don’t prevaricate and they don’t lie.

So the Tribune Co. is dying.  Newspapers are becoming things of the past. Not because of the internet, not because of cell phones, not because of cable news.  No they’re dying because they have become so entrenched in liberalism that no one believes anyone working at a newspaper today is objective in anything they write about.  Occasionally one might find someone of a independent persuasion at a newspaper doing sports or business reporting but all the other members of the staff (90%) are  Liberal Democrats even if they aren’t  carrying the card.  It is the only thing that explains the silence on the Gosnell trial, the Benghazi whistle blowers and the mess that is Obamacare.  These disaster and more are being ignored by the “Lame Scream Press”.

I knew someone who was Conservative that worked at a newspaper.  The abuse they got made it almost a pleasure after 20+ years to be laid off.  These people are taught by liberal professors, they live in the same area’s, they go to the same events and they truly do not know anyone who has a different opinion then they do.  When you point out that they are biased they become defensive and combative and then the ad hominem attacks start. It’s a waste of time, frankly.  They couldn’t find objectivity if it kissed them on the nosey.

That’s all for now but I’ll be back soon with “Stuff you just can’t make up”.

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The internet, bloggers, citizen journalists.  Doing the job that the Lame Steam, Drive by, Professional? Journalists can’t or won’t do.

It’s Come To This At CNN.

Battle rages

Disney allows Chinese censors

Years ago I wrote an obituary for the Journalistic profession.  Sometimes I just hate it when I’m right.  This time while I hate it I must admit I’m pretty full of myself.  It’s hard to be a prophet in ones own country.  Not that I aspire to any religious seeing.  It’s just that some time ago I made what might be considered a snarky comment about the local rag.  Someone who works there took exception to my contention that journalists especially the local ones had long ago given up any pretense of objectivity and were firmly in the tank with progressives, liberals and radicals.

She harangued me, claiming that I slandered all of the people working there and who’d worked there. She then brought out the “I once worked with (my family member ) and always considered them, blah, blah, blah, and blah. I finally apologized for offending her and in reality I was sorry. I was sorry I engaged her in what I hoped would be a reasonable debate.  In the end after name calling and hysterical hyperbole (anyone want to guess on which side that was)  I just wanted her off my page and out of my life.  I  have no time for people so incredibly blind that they can not see what the rest of us see.  The way they report the news, the words they use, the stories they choose to tell convict them every single time they do it.

While the local rag has done three stories on Gosnell, the upshot is that to the “professional journalists” this is a local story for someplace far away.  People here are interested in it but don’t stir up the Anti abortion fanatics again.  After all they’re dangerous, and some of them certainly are.  Some people feel it is better they are in jail the rest of their lives if it saves infants from murder.  I believe that one wrong NEVER makes anything right but the fact that the media refuses to report on this story shows that they have abdicated their responsibility to stand as the nightwatchmen in our culture. They have now become part of the problem and a new entity has emerged. To paraphrase Ben Franklin in 1776,

“We’ve spawned a new professon here. Rougher, simpler; more violent, more enterprising; less refined. We’re a new entity. We are the new media.”

We are here.  Deal with it.

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I was turning off the TV this morning after exercising to a video when I notice a SPECIAL REPORT flag on the screen.  I paused long enough to find out that the report was about our current “ECONOMIC CRISIS” and then proceeded to hit the off button.

Why did I turn off the “talking heads”? Am I not concerned about our economic health, don’t I care about our country?  Yes I’m concerned. Yes I care. No I don’t give a rats whisker about what Charlie, Diane, Katie or the rest think.  I am done with the media and have been for years.  I’m glad the rest of the country is starting to get their collected head out of their collected (insert your own location) and have begun to, at least admit there might be a problem.

I vividly remember September 11, 2001.  I was glued to the TV.  I remember March 30, 1981 when I was pregnant with my second child, watching the drama, as the attempted assignation of Pres. Reagan unfolded.  I would watch, go throw up and come back and watch some more.  I remember my mother watching the events of November 22, 1963 unfold. I was quite young but I remember the pall more than any specifics.  Over the years I’ve watched more than my share of TV.  As an only child in a neighborhood of mostly adults I spent a lot of time in front of the tube, watching old movies, sitcoms, cartoons and sports programs. Today however my TV is a conduit through which I watch movies.  I NEVER turn on any news program, EVER.  I get my news from the internet and radio.  I like classical music so occasionally I listen to NPR, but just as long as it takes me to stop what I’m doing and change the channel.

My spouse has spent the last, about 30, years in print media and I can tell you what’s wrong with journalism today.  There are three endemic problems as I see it, some of them were also covered in the book by former CBS newsman Bernie Goldberg entitled “Bias”.

  • Journalism is peopled with individuals with the same kind of attitudes.  They come from the same social class, they live in the same kinds of neighborhoods, they go to the same schools, are taught by the same professors, they work with the same people and they have the same view on religion (it’s bad), socialism and wealth distribution (it’s good) and the average Joe (six-pack).  Not only is he stupid but he’s dangerous as well. You may find a conservative now and again but they don’t last long or they keep their heads down.  There are other more lucrative ways to make a living, without swimming with the piranhas every day.
  • Old hippies are in charge.  In the past it used to be that to get ahead in journalism you had to start at the bottom, Copy Person for instance or Cub Reporter.  No more, young skulls full of mush, taught in the majority by radical left wing professors are hired right out of college and put on the payroll as reporters.  The more rabidly liberal and anti-establishment they are the faster they rise.  One does not have to find out the facts before they write the story. One never has to worry about whether or not the reporters bias is screaming from the pages.  One has only to manipulate the facts to the agenda and off we go.  Real journalism has died from lack of use and tabloid journalism has emerged as the new model.  Reporters go with their “feelings”, not the facts.  They report on the impact they think something will have on the community, not on what actually happens.  Since they have no guiding moral compass they see no danger to those things which tear down and destroy the fabric of civilization and see history as only the articles of yesterday and consign them to the recycle bins just as they do yesterdays papers.
  • Bean counters rule all.  It isn’t quality that runs newspapers, it’s isn’t journalistic ethics (an oxy moron if ever there was one) that dive the news, it’s the bottom line.  Newspapers are bleeding red ink.  Why one might ask?  Well let’s see, more people are getting their news free on line, they are tired of the outright bias they see daily in papers.  Papers have continually tried to cover more and more news with less and less people.  So the coverage of local events in your community, if covered at all are on page C 4 at the bottom, in one inch blurbs. Advertisers are going directly to the people using direct mail and emails.  Newspapers have stopped being community centered (no more sponsorships of community events) and become simply cash cows to provide income to stock portfolios of investors.  True they aren’t doing very well any more but one of the papers in our area, up until the last five years was making a 30% profit for their company.  Gee I’d like to have a 30% profit in my budget.

There is so much more that can be said about this issue but not here and not by me.  All I can say is that the Foundering Fathers of this country felt impressed to include a “free press” in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Would that the members of all media live up to their Sacred Honor and this most important component of Democracy.  Oh right, very few even know what Sacred Honor is (see previous post).

Sorry I forgot.  My bad.

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