Archive for July, 2010

Making deals with the House Ethics Committee, why is this not a contradiction in terms?

As reported in The Hill today, a Tea Party Caucus in now officially established in the House of Representatives.

A House committee said Monday it approved the creation of an official Tea Party Caucus, headed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)…Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) has floated the creation of a similar group in the Senate.

Urge your Congressperson to join the Caucus and help combat the ruinous policies promoted by the Progressive Caucus Socialist and Marxists elements..

Hee-Haw

Hee-Haw

Supporting Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Signaling Yes On Confirmation Vote On Kagen To SCOTUS

In an interview with POLITICO, Graham argued that Kagan wouldn’t change the ideological balance on the court since she’s poised to replace the liberal John Paul Stevens, and he made the case that some of her views may actually turn out to be appealing to conservatives

In Shadow of Health Care Vote, Immigrant Advocates Keep Pushing for Change

Sen. Graham predicts Tea Party movement will eventually ‘die out’

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: Obama Is a Role Model Not a Socialist

Need I say anything other than, what an ass who’s political career is toast. Well, unless he pulls a Spector, Leiberman, or Crist trick.

Diverse news coverage in America is becoming a dinosaur in American society. If you seek that diversity from broadcast and print media, forget about it. Has media consolidation contributed to the demise of informative, accurate, and non-biased news coverage? As far as national coverage, they all have political agendas and their news coverage reflects that. It’s not about the news or anything associated with over-the-air programming and print media. Of course, with past relaxation of cross-ownership in media, we saw the market players shrink to a handful of corporate media moguls. As they concentrated the voices of news coverage, the messages began to reflect political views of the owners, and you see where it has brought them. Previous media ownership consolidation has resulted newspapers losing readership at a record pace and the national broadcast networks losing viewers likewise. They are scaring off viewers. So, their solution is further consolidation, for their customers sake.  BS. It’s all about the continued worship of their chosen religion, $$$$’s, power, and control over public opinion.

So, other than local programming, you can count on the corporate media to slant news that fits their agenda or the agenda of one of the giant corporations whose members sit on their board of directors and visa versa. An interlocking corporate orgy, if you will. Look at this report from Fair.org and you can see how deep the corporate cooperation is.  If you are interested in the current ownership concentration, stateofthemedia.org has a comprehensive list, with links for each.

Now the advocacy group National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) for “corporate media” is requesting the FCC further relax rules on cross-ownership, again. An NAB spokesperson is quoted:

“Simply put, it is untenable to maintain broadcast-only restrictions on the assumption that common ownership of stations could somehow reduce the ability of consumers to access diverse information or harm competition in the information marketplace.”

In this public announcement the NAB states:

Specifically, NAB urged the commission to eliminate the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules. The group also called for “substantial reform” of the television duopoly rule, urging the Commission to allow combinations in markets of all sizes. “Same-market combinations improve programming generally and promote the provision of news programming specifically,” NAB said. NAB also expressed its support for the continuing relaxation of local radio restrictions “in light of the increasingly fragmented audio marketplace and the financial challenges facing local stations.”

Well these are the same arguments made before the FCC prior that resulted in non-diverse, corporate-controlled coverage and opinion. So further consolidation would somehow be adventageous for viewers. Continue down this road and you will end up with “media that is to big to fail” and the Federal government stepping up to save the day and taking them over.

People are moving away from the major media as a source for fact because of the corporate control of news content. Media is losing money because people seek truth, not self-serving propaganda.  However, as self-serving as they are, the current state of affairs brings them in lock-step with the current Executive Branch’s philosophy – We can provide a government teat big enough for everyone to suck off of. How about a serving of social, economic, and ecological justice to go with that teat?

If any changes in media ownership are to occur, it should be to break up the monopolies enjoyed by the few major players left in the game. Urge your elected representative to oppose further media consolidation and enact rules to break them up. Maybe we can get back to fiction being reported as fiction and fact as fact.

So you big-government proponents think our government should get bigger? This isn’t ridiculous, it’s absurd and insane.

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I tried to find coverage of the U.S. Navy exercises off the Costa Rican coast on the major networks, but not a peep. This is no small issue and if MSM is ignoring it, then there’s more to it than currently is known. In fact, I looked for the actual authorization of this specific event through the U.S. Congress and U.S. military, and there are no announcements. The exercises run from July 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010. The only authorization I can find is from the U.S. Congressional action authorized and signed into law by Costa Rica in 1999 as described by Costa Rica’s U.S. Embassy.

While this exercise is described as a continued operation in the “War on Drugs” and in the “U.S. War on Everything”, 64 ships and 7,000 U.S. military personnel will be involved there. I find it odd that these ships seemed to have been evacuated from the Gulf of Mexico. However, after seeing this video of the toxic effect of oil dispersant chemical Corexit being used in the Gulf spill, it left me with more questions.

Then you can read the other opinions on this military exercise and then it will leave you scratching your head.

Here’s a translated web page from Costa Rica describing the event.

or the original version.

Another from Costa Rica (translated)

Another from Costa Rica

Then check out these for a little different perspective: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

So what’s the real purpose here? Having the U.S. Navy evacuate the gulf over the toxicity of Corexit? Establishing a military presence to intimidate Hugo Chavez? To show support for the puppet government of Central America (e.g. Guatemala, Honduras, etc..) or to gain support of the citizens of the these countries run by U.S. puppet government. Seeing Costa Rica has no military, is the U.S. military the de facto military enforcer for them.

I can not understand the point of sending more of our troops to foreign soil when, in fact, we need them to help secure our borders. That’s obviously not going to happen without a U.S. citizen uprising to demand the enforcement of the U.S. Constitution and our borders.

Obama is no different from the score of U.S. Presidents who have a desire to be an imperialistic force in the world. Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S government over the past 100 years, carrying different political philosophic banners, all end up supporting the same imperialistic and corporatist goals. But it also leaves the unanswered question. Who is really choosing the government the U.S. citizens live under. While I have no definitive answer to that question, I can provide one highly probable answer: It’s Not You!

Wake the hell up and take your country back.