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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Frank Gaffney Falsely Smears Muslim Leader As An Extremist
Topic: Newsmax

Frank Gaffney writes in a March 28 Newsmax column attacking Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez:

One other, particularly worrisome aspect of Perez’s record that should not be implicitly, let alone explicitly, endorsed by the Senate is his enthusiastic embrace of Islamists and their causes. In October 2011, he did so literally with such enthusiasm that he leapt onto a stage at George Washington University in order to hug the leader of the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in the United States: Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America.

In fact, Magid is no radical. As Media Matters documents:

Magid served on the Department of Justice's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, a task force formed in 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to "work with state and local law enforcement as well as relevant community groups to develop and provide to me recommendations regarding how the Department can better support community-based efforts to combat violent extremism domestically -- focusing in particular on the issues of training, information sharing, and the adoption of community-oriented law enforcement approaches to this issue."

Magid served on the Department of Justice's Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, a task force formed in 2010 by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to "work with state and local law enforcement as well as relevant community groups to develop and provide to me recommendations regarding how the Department can better support community-based efforts to combat violent extremism domestically -- focusing in particular on the issues of training, information sharing, and the adoption of community-oriented law enforcement approaches to this issue."

Magid has also been an outspoken critic of domestic violence within the Muslim community, and he has also endorsed Project Sakinah, an group that attempts to "achieve lasting change in the attitudes and behaviors of Muslims around the issue of violence within families." 

This is who Gaffney wants you to think is some kind of radical jihadist. In reality, Gaffney is engaging in baseless anti-Muslim fearmongering.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:26 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:30 PM EDT
Mychal Massie's Obsession With 'White Liberal Illuminati' Continues
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Mychal Massie has been weirdly obsessed with the "white liberal illuminati" and their purported racism over the past few weeks, an obsession he continues in his April 1 column:

To white liberals, blacks are a means to an end. They want to feel good about themselves. Helping po-po blacks is a form of religion to them. It assuages their “white guilt” and offers a means of repentance for the sins of their fathers and their personal secret feelings of superiority.

But their way of assuaging themselves of said sins is to embrace definitions of racism that are expansive to the point of their viewing verbiage such as “black clouds,” “black or dark moods” and often any other reference that uses the word “black” as a negative as evidence of racism and in some instances hate speech.

You will never hear a white liberal speak well of a black person who believes in meritocracy and who repudiates the idea that whites are guilty of anything more than working for a living like everyone else.

White liberals have with forethought and malice publicly savaged the most erudite and accomplished persons of color in the United States today precisely because they do not ascribe to self-segregation and victimology.

Of course, Massie has never been afraid to play the race card, once declaring that any criticism of Condoleezza Rice was the same thing as what Bull Connor and Orval Faubus did.

In reality, Massie's problem is that he is unable to handle criticism. His response to ConWebWatch's criticism of him was the petty action of blocking us from following him on Twitter (not that we can't figure out other ways of tracking his Buttzilla-laden tweets).

As if to further demonstrate his pettiness, Massie writes: "I recall a recent incident in which a white liberal condescendingly told me I had used a word he didn’t know – as if I should feel bad for his ignorance." As we've documented, Massie makes a habit of using big, obscure words, apparently in his own attempt at condescension. We wouldn't be surprised if the real story is that the guy merely called Massie out on lording his ten-dollar words over people.

And because Massie's sputtering hatred of everything Obama remains solidly in pathology territory, he concludes his column with this:

I am prepared to argue that the only reason white liberals bow before Obama is because he is half-Kenyan with a Muslim name who harbors the deepest of resentment for traditional America. I would further argue that the only reason they embrace his wife is because she behaves in a way that is commensurate with their low opinions of blacks.

And that's the kind of person Massie is.


Posted by Terry K. at 9:40 PM EDT
CNS' Bannister Ludicrously Claims Michelle Obama Turned Easter Egg Roll Into 'Fat Camp'
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com director of communications Craig Bannister -- the man who inspired Rush Limbaugh's three-day tirade of misogyny against Sandra Fluke -- is at it again, declaring in a March 28 CNS blog post that the annual White House Easter Egg Roll was being turned into a "fat camp":

This year's White House Easter Egg Roll has been turned into a "fat camp" to inflict exercise and the First Lady's "Let's Move!" healthy meal plans on kids who want just want to celebrate the season on the South Lawn.

An e-mail from the "Let's Move!" campaign says the Easter Egg Roll has been turned into a "Let's Move! Social":

[...]

The First Lady's "followers" will be there to preach to kids about their eating habits:

"We are inviting Let's Move! followers on Twitter and Facebook and their children, ages 5 - 13, to join the fun on the South Lawn and of course to share their experience with their followers!"

There will even be a physical activity regime, something called "sports courts," and cooking demonstrations to "educate families," the White House Easter Egg Roll web page says:

[...]

Don't be surprised to see the Easter Bunny handing out rabbit food to the little tykes. Remember, when Mrs. Obama enlisted Big Bird to hawk bell peppers as a snack?

The e-mail announcing the morphing of the egg hunt into a fitness camp comes after the White House promised the event would go on as scheduled - after it took heat for suggesting it might be cancelled due to the nation's budget woes.

And, you thought the White House Easter Egg Roll was all about rolling eggs at the White House...or Easter.

Bannister provides no evidence that any of the "Let's Move!" activities would replace any traditional egg-rolling events, and he fails to mention that previous first ladies have incorporated their policy initiatives into the Easter egg roll.

But Bannister isn't concerned with the truth; he's concerned with clicks. And his Obama-hating link-bait succeeded, getting repeated at Fox Nation.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:14 AM EDT
Fraudster Monckton Accuses Others of Fraud
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Christopher Monckton -- WorldNetDaily has started calling him "Lord Monckton" despite the fact that he has never been a member of the British House of Lords -- rants in a March 26 WND column:

This week a lifetime achievement award for services to water conservation was given to Peter Gleick, who has openly confessed that he used wire fraud to steal and then publish confidential documents belonging to the Heartland Institute of Chicago. His excuse? Well, he disagreed with its opposition to the climate hysteria that he so fervently and profitably espouses.

Gleick admitted that he had created a bogus email address in the name of a member of Heartland’s board. He had persuaded Heartland to log the new address into its server. He had posed as that board member to obtain confidential documents. He had added a fabricated document that he had not received from Heartland. He had then widely circulated the stolen and fabricated material, causing considerable damage to Heartland but little, it seems, to his own reputation.

Heartland complained to the State’s Attorney General in Illinois, who, after months of prevarication, absolutely refused to prosecute the self-confessed identity forger, wire fraudster and thief.

In the United States, which is no longer a free country, the Supreme Court has long stamped out the necessary right of the individual to bring a private prosecution when the public authorities – sometimes for improper reasons – refuse to do so.

This is pretty rich criticism coming from Monckton, who himself committed fraud a few months ago by impersonating a delegate from Burma at a global warming conference in Qatar, then using the fraudulently obtained seat to peddle his climate denier spiel until getting kicked out.

We wonder: Does Monckton think the so-called "Climategate" emails should be similarly ignored because they were fraudulently obtained? Don't count on it.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:17 AM EDT
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
MRC's Graham Wonders If MSNBC's Finney Is Dark Enough To Be Black
Topic: Media Research Center

Yes, the Media Research Center's Tim Graham really did tweet his pondering of whether "the average viewer" of MSNBC would be able to tell that newly minted MSNBC host Karen Finney is African-American and his suggestion that John Boehner may be darker:

And then he tweeted a photo of Finney so we can judge for ourselves:

We have nothing to add.

(h/t Media Matters)


Posted by Terry K. at 10:13 PM EDT
WND Columnist Perpetuates Falsehood Fox News Is Balanced
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily columnist Michael Ackley usually begins his column with a disclaimer: "Michael Ackley’s columns may include satire and parody based on current, events, and thus mix fact with fiction. He assumes informed readers will be able to tell the difference."

Well, this paragraph from his March 31 column must be one of those satire and parody things:

Fox News is not perfect: No news organization is. But I have some expertise in media and can say that among the broadcast and cable news outfits, it is the most balanced. For example, when the broadcast networks filter presidential pronouncements – with bulletins interspersing features on healthful snacks – Fox News shows the entire speech.

Just in case Ackley is not kidding, it's worth pointing out that Fox News has engaged in highly biased coverage of President Obama and his speeches. For instance, in the runup to the presidential election, Fox lavished more than three times as much airtime on Mitt Romney's speeches than Obama's. On the final day of campaigning before the election, Fox gave Romney 59 minutes of airtime, while giving just eight minutes to Obama.

Similarly, while Fox aired the entire 23 minutes of Romney's speech to the NAACP, it aired only a minute and a half of the speech Vice President Joe Biden gave to the organization.

If Ackley really thinks Fox News is balanced, one has to wonder about his self-proclaimed "expertise in media."


Posted by Terry K. at 1:49 PM EDT
NewsBusters' Sheppard Promotes Truther Alex Jones' Smear of MSNBC
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters typically dismisses alleged 9/11 truthers like Rosie O'Donnell and Toure as immediately discredited because of those views. NewsBusters has even bashed the trutherism of Alex Jones, complaining in 2011 that MSNBC was allowing Jones to promote himself and his website without mention that he "promotes fringe theories blaming the U.S. government for 9/11 and distributes a documentary about 'the chemtrail/geo-engineering' coverup."

So it was a bit of a surprise when NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard devoted a March 31 post to Jones' ranting that MSNBC is "like the Ku Klux Klan channel, but it’s from a liberal perspective. Just race, everything race." Sheppard made no mention of Jones' trutherism or crazy conspiracy theories. (Nor does he mention that his fellow NewsBusters had criticized MSNBC for promoting Jones, which suggests more than a bit of ingratitude on Jones' part.)

Apparently feeling some heat for promoting Jones, Sheppard later added this to his post:

Update: Readers are advised that this post is not an endorsement of any of Jones's crazy conspiracy theories. Instead, it was intended to demonstrate that even he sees MSNBC as a travesty.

So it's a good thing that Alex Jones concurs with the MRC on this issue? Really?

Sheppard's disclaimer rings more than a little hollow -- this is, after all, the same guy who made an appearance on 9/11 truther Jesse Ventura's cable TV show, helpfully named "Conspiracy Theory," skulking around and ranting that global warming is all about “power and money and control of the population."

For a guy who claims to disavow crazy conspiracy theories, Sheppard sure spends a lot of time promoting people who spout them.


Posted by Terry K. at 10:25 AM EDT
The Week In Larry Klayman's Failed Lawyering, 'Nuts' Edition
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Failed lawyer Larry Klayman just keeps on failing at his lawyering.

First, Phoenix New Times reports regarding Klayman's representation of a tea party group that's defending Sheriff Joe Arpaio against a recall:

Earlier this week, Klayman sent an e-mail to Respect Arizona chairman William James Fisher, saying yet again that a lawsuit was coming unless he ended the recall effort against Arpaio.

Fisher responded, "Mr. Klayman: Here is my reply. Nuts!"

This, from the famous WWII reply to the Germans from American General Anthony McAuliffe, which has a rough translation of, "Go to hell."

So, Klayman thought he'd "cc" a buddy on there, but also hit "reply" to Fisher, and Respect Arizona's Lilia Alvarez ended up in the "cc" field, too.

Klayman's response:

"WHAT KINDA NUTS IS TALKING ABOUT. DOES THIS HOMO WANT MY NUTS! HA. LETS GO TO WAR. BEST, L"

Although Respect Arizona sent us the e-mail chain, we called over there to make sure this was a real thing, and they assure us it is. Perhaps we have a hard time believing someone in Klayman's position could be this dumb.

We do too, but we keep being proven wrong.

Meanwhile, Klayman filed his latest soon-to-be-tossed-out-of-court lawsuit, accusing the Phoenix New Times and the Minneapolis City Pages of defaming him by accurately reporting accusations that Klayman "inappropriately touched" his children.

The WND article on Klayman's lawsuit, as you might expect coming from one of his most loyal clients, is very friendly to Klayman's side of the story, letting him rant against media that is part of the "radical gay, lesbian and transgender ‘rights’ and pro-illegal immigrant agendas of the far left" and who are out to get him for defending Arpaio and Bradlee Dean. WND uncritically repeats Klayman's claim that "the charges had been leveled 'for strategic purposes' by his former wife" and that Klayman “has never been found by any legal entity or agency to have sexually abused his children…”

Also, despite quoting a representative of the papers' parent stating that it "stands by the accuracy of its published report regarding the Ohio court decision concerning Mr. Klayman," WND also refused to explain what exactly was said about Klayman in that court decision -- indeed, the term "inappropriate touching" never appears in the article even though it's key to the allegations.

For the record, here's what Klayman and WND won't tell you about  what the Ohio court said on the subject, quoting from their ruling:

Klayman argues that the magistrate’s finding that he engaged in inappropriate touching of his child was against the manifest weight of the evidence.

[...]

The magistrate heard evidence from the children’s pediatrician who reported allegations of sexual abuse to children services, and from a social worker at children services who found that sexual abuse was “indicated.” Although the social worker’s finding was later changed to “unsubstantiated” when Klayman appealed, the magistrate explained that the supervisor who changed the social worker’s finding did not testify. The magistrate pointed out that he was obligated to make his own independent analysis based upon the parties and the evidence before him. In doing so, the magistrate found

on more than one occasion [Klayman] act[ed] in a grossly inappropriate manner with the children. His conduct may not have been sexual in the sense that he intended to or did derive any sexual pleasure from it or that he intended his children would. That, however, does not mean that he did not engage in those acts or that his behavior was proper.

The magistrate further found it significant that although Klayman denied any allegations of sexual abuse, he never denied that he did not engage in inappropriate behavior with the children. The magistrate further found it notable that Klayman, “for all his breast beating about his innocence * * * [he] scrupulously avoided being questioned by anyone from [children services] or from the Sheriff’s Department about the allegations,” and that he refused to answer any questions, repeatedly invoking his Fifth Amendment rights, about whether he inappropriately touched the children. “Even more disturbing” to the magistrate was the fact that Klayman would not even answer the simple question regarding what he thought inappropriate touching was. The magistrate stated that he could draw an adverse inference from Klayman’s decision not to testify to these matters because it was a civil proceeding, not criminal.

After reviewing the record, we find no abuse of discretion on the part of the trial court in overruling Klayman’s objections regarding the magistrate’s finding that Klayman inappropriately touched the children.

In other words, Klayman was never exonerated from the behavior he was accused of -- he refused to answer any questions about it out of fear of self-incrimination. Does Klayman realize that his lawsuit opens him up to further questioning about his alleged "inappropriate touching," and that a repeat performance of pleading the Fifth would be even more frowned upon as well as self-incriminating?

Somehow, despite such demonstrated incompetence and disturbing behavior, Klayman keeps getting hired as an attorney. We don't get it either.


Posted by Terry K. at 12:53 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:56 AM EDT
Monday, April 1, 2013
MRC Whines That Cesar Chavez Made Groceries More Expensive
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Reserarch Center's Culture & Media Institute weighed in on the silly controversy over Google marking Cesar Chavez's birthday over Easter by ... complaining about the price of groceries. A March 31 tweet stated of Chavez, "He isn't risen, but he did make sure the cost of our groceries have."

This tweet was apparently written by theMRC's Matt Philbin, since he has the exact tweet on his Twitter feed. If so, Philbin is a massively ignorant person. Here's how Biography.com summarizes Chavez's work:

In early 1968, Chavez called for a national boycott of California table grape growers. Chavez's battle with the grape growers for improved compensation and labor conditions would last for years. At the end, Chavez and his union won several victories for the workers when many growers signed contracts with the union. He faced more challenges through the years from other growers and the Teamsters Union. All the while, he continued to oversee the union and work to advance his cause.

As a labor leader, Chavez employed nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farm workers. He led marches, called for boycotts and went on several hunger strikes. He also brought the national awareness to the dangers of pesticides to workers' health. 

Apparently, Philbin has no problem with farm workers being poorly paid and working in harsh and dangerous conditions just so he could pay a few cents less for a head of lettuce. How selfish and nearsighted.

Then again, Philbin happily joined Rush Limbaugh's campaign of misogyny against Sandra Fluke, so being a selfish jerk must come easy to him.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:31 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 11:31 PM EDT
WND Touts Birther Challenge Reaching Court of Judge Whose Book WND Is Selling
Topic: WorldNetDaily

An unbylined March 30 WorldNetDaily article touts how failed lawyer Larry Klayman is appealing a birther lawsuit in Alabama to the state's supreme court, which is headed by right-wing favorite Roy Moore.

The gist of the lawsuit, according to the article, is to demand that Alabama's secretary of state "to verify that all candidates on the state’s 2012 ballot were eligible to serve." Never mind that, as Dr. Conspiracy points out, at least two states have for and received certifications of the facts of Obama’s birth from Hawaii, and there is no statutory requirement for the Alabama Secretary of State to verify eligibility of candidates.

In the middle of the article, WND sticks this in:

Get Judge Roy Moore’s classic book about his battle for liberty, “So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom.”

The funny thing, though: When you click on the link, it takes you to a WND online store page that states, "This item is no longer available."

There's another reason that WND is excited about Moore's court getting this case:

Moore is on the record questioning Obama’s eligibility.

In an interview with WND in 2010, he defended Lt. Col Terrence Lakin’s demand that President Obama prove his eligibility as commander in chief as a condition of obeying deployment orders.

Moore said he had seen no convincing evidence that Obama is a natural-born citizen and much evidence that suggests he is not.

Moore said Lakin “not only has a right to follow his personal convictions under the Constitution, he has a duty.”

“And if the authority running the efforts of the war is not a citizen in violation of the Constitution, the order is unlawful,” he said.

Doesn't the fact that Moore is a birther mean that he must recuse himself from this case for having expressed an opinion on the underlying issue?


Posted by Terry K. at 1:15 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:37 PM EDT
MRC's Gainor: Media Engaging In 'Fascist Propaganda' For Gays
Topic: Media Research Center

On the heels of his freakout over a newspaper photo of two men kissing, Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor ratchets up his anti-gay rhetoric at OneNewsNow's Instant Analysis site, in which he accuses the media of engaging in "full-blown fascist propaganda" on behalf of gays by airing shows in which gays aren't vilified:

Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for MRC, said from the Post to the big three broadcast networks, the mainstream media is actively lobbying the American public (see earlier related article).

“They even talk about the media component, how the media have propagandized our ‘media culture,’ in the words of [NBC news anchor] Brian Williams,” notes Gainor. “So they talk about it and they show Ellen DeGeneres, they show Modern Family clips, they show Will & Grace. They show a very tiny snippet The New Normal, which conveniently is NBC’s propaganda show.”

[...]

And Gainor tells American Family News that NBC has been the biggest violator of pushing its own gay agenda, citing its report that he says was “filled with images of TV’s gay icons.”

“That’s their strategy,” he remarks. “They’re going to have almost no voices [from the other side] because they don’t believe that anybody should have a right to think otherwise. It’s beyond bias; it’s actually I would even say beyond censorship. It is full-blown fascist propaganda.”

It's ironic that Gainor would complain about pro-gay "propaganda" to what is essentially a propaganda website. OneNewsNow is operated by the anti-gay American Family Association.

(h/t Right Wing Watch)


Posted by Terry K. at 8:23 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:24 AM EDT
Bradlee Dean Wants You to Think He's Telling the Truth
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Bradlee Dean's March 21 WorldNetDaily column is headlined "Today's youth: dying for the truth." That may be so, but they shouldn't expect it to come from Bradlee Dean.

As we've documented, Dean is little more than a lying preacher who peddles falsehoods and smears about his political enemies, mostly President Obama and homosexuals. A real preacher would have corrected his falsehoods and asked forgiveness -- something Dean has never done in regard to his WND columns.

This particular column is dedicated to puffing himself up and denigrating anyone who objects to his dubious school presentations as "socialist-minded teachers who can’t handle the fact that the students are glued to the message." Is this the way a real preacher behaves? Not that we're familiar with.

The fact that Dean is a liar who is so willing to denigrate anyone who stands in his way should be a red flag to school administrators who are thinking about inviting him to speak.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:10 AM EDT
Sunday, March 31, 2013
NewsBusters' Double Standard on Shame
Topic: NewsBusters

Matt Vespa devotes a March 29 NewsBusters post to ranting about how the website Slate is trying to shame Americans by accurately reporting the number of firearm-related fatalities since the Newtown massacre:

The liberal website Slate has taken post-Newtown commentary to a new low by tracking the amount of deaths via firearm that have occurred since December. It’s purely an emotional ploy to show how awful America, our right to bear arms, and gun owners really are, and how the perpetuate carnage.  Hence, we must act, and pass ineffectual policies like an assault weapons ban.  What’s odd is that this interactive map was posted yesterday, when President Obama testily chastised the country for Congress's failure thus far to enact his anti-gun agenda. 

Furthermore, its seems Chris Kirk and Dan Kois, the two men compiling this butcher’s bill, are lusting for more macabre news, urging readers to help them "draw a more complete picture of gun violence in America" by tweeting "@GunDeaths with a citation" of "gun death[s] in your community" that "[aren't] represented here."

Tragically, murders occur everyday, but when did we decide to make it a science project to track the dead?  Is it because the president said we should act?   Kirk and Kois should know that violent crime has gone down astronomically over the past decade. So, this attempt to paint our society as a bloody hellish abyss is craven to the extreme.

[...]

If we’re going to track murders, why just track the ones where a gun was involved?  What about knifes, baseball bats, cars, alcohol (drunk driving/vehicular manslaughter), arson, torture, rape, or strangulation?

Far from seeking to illuminate and inform, the objective here is to ghoulishly capitalize on tragedy in service of legislation that undercuts Americans' fundamental 2nd Amendment rights.  It's tasteless, classless, and cynical, but sadly par for the course for online liberal media outlets.

The very same day, by contrast, fellow NewsBuster Paul Bremmer was lamenting that women who have abortions aren't being shamed enough, which he tried to make up for with a large dose sneering contempt:

On Wednesday, ABC News posted a story on its website that is sure to send chills of horror down the spines of women all across the northern Great Plains. The state of North Dakota only has one abortion clinic – and it may soon be forced to shut down if the state’s restrictive new abortion law goes into effect. (Read the full story here.)

The story, written by political reporter Chris Good, was a ridiculously one-sided plea for sympathy for North Dakota women who have to travel great distances to kill their unborn children.

[...]

Wow. Hundreds of miles is a long way to travel to kill your unborn baby. These women must be dedicated.

[...]

It gets tiresome to see abortion-seeking women constantly portrayed as victims in the media. Forgive me if I shed no tears for these women who have to travel hundreds of miles to get to an abortion clinic. After all, the media shed no tears for the lives these women eagerly snuff out.

Such compassion, Mr. Bremmer.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:34 PM EDT
WND Columnist Invents A Secret Conspiracy That Got Obama Elected
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Unlike most WorldNetDaily columnists, Marisa Martin at least begins her March 27 column with the warning that something crazy will follow: "Though based on actual events, portions of this column are dramatized to fit speculation."

Of course, what follows is much more heavy on speculation than it is on facts:

On May 1, 1958, a group of 32 Marxist sympathizers met in a Chicago hotel, planning the future disintegration of the American States. Organized by Soviet operatives, they were artists, writers, Hollywood producers, social theorists, professors, politicians and miscellaneous, hardcore Marxists.

Somehow they managed to evade the keen eye of CIA counterintelligence head James Angleton, who had been tracking members of the operation relentlessly, revealing moles and snagging spy networks like a spider in his web. He warned of Soviet disinformation and deception campaigns, which he believed reached into the U.S. government even then – but this one, far under the radar, went undetected.

Hours and many arguments later their plans ran aground as they concluded the U.S. military was too strong for any direct assault and the nation’s mindset was decidedly anti-communist. This would all have to change.

Hashing out a long-range plan decade by decade, they hoped to change public perception, weaken American resolve and install their man in the White House within 30 years. It took 50.

[...]

But the big prize kept ripening on the stem just out of reach for decades, an open, unapologetic communist in the White House. This required intense planning and a virtual convergence of factors in their favor: willing accomplices in media and Congress, voters equally ignorant of history and the Constitution and a flexible, change agent of their own creation.

9/11 opened the gates of destabilization and national soul-searching while several guerilla-Marxist art collectives saw their chance and rushed in. Quebec-based Deoconiste led the charge aided by the disarmingly named MASS-x, Angry Fishwives, Voxb#x and TuT-tUt.

[...]

Needing a blank canvas on which to cast their collective vision, they searched for a human Tabula Rosa, and many fingers pointed to Barrack Obama.

He was young and photogenic, a necessity for the massively visual Hollywood, blockbuster-style public relations campaign they planned. Neither black nor white, Obama could play the race card both ways and read a speech well.

The best part of Obama was his formlessness, the votes he never bothered to cast as an Illinois senator, the missing Selective Service and other records and the multiple personalities and pseudonyms he amassed by a young age.

Promoted through college by wealthy Saudi benefactors and the relentless, Chicago political machine, his tutors and benefactors Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn recognized Obama’s potential to spread Marxist power even then. You could do anything with a man like that.

The 2008 presidential campaign was a giant, ongoing, social experiment on America’s citizens. Could their perception and emotions be controlled using new media, mindless slogans and repetition? Would mass public disapproval and primitive psychological punishment, shame relatively conservative citizens into electing an unknown man primarily because of his color?

Hyped through Internet experts in social trust and deception, Obama’s empty phrases and patchy background were crafted into a solidly real man. The mass of citizens were tired of war and trouble and searching for a savior. Open ended “hope” and undefined “change” were filled in by individual minds who set aside rational thought and went with along with the highly entertaining program of the first design president.

Martin then spends the rest of her column defending her Obama derangement:

The assertions I make here are largely factual, but not all the details are. Consider it fictionalized history. Guerilla art collectives, some persons, dates and meetings are speculated details, while major action and background of the recent elections are historic fact.

Why create fictionalized scripts concerning Obama’s past when there is already so much damning evidence of his split loyalties? Won’t this just be assigned to the scrap pile of conspiracy theories already clogging the blogosphere? Yes, and that’s the point.

The very blankness of the man, his interchangeable histories, religions, names and identities, work against anyone who accuses him. It’s all a “conspiracy theory,” and who could prove otherwise? A thinking person of integrity and curiosity will attempt to fill in the gaping blanks and connect the dots, coming up with any number of speculations, which can all easily be denied.

Mindless masses aren’t the Obama administrations’ concern. The people who projected all their hopes for a better future on one human being have proved they are weak and easily manipulated by media hype and propaganda.

Ah, yes, the old WND lament that anyone who voted for Obama is either brainwashed or an idiot (or both). Or, as it's known in the real world, sour grapes.


Posted by Terry K. at 4:40 PM EDT
Saturday, March 30, 2013
MRC's Graham Unhappy That Climate Change Deniers Exposed As Unscientific
Topic: NewsBusters

Tim Graham, in a March 27 NewsBusters post, is unhappy that NPR's Jennifer Ludden reported on conservative-driven "academic freedom" laws designed to force schools to teach the idea that climate change is not happening:

On Wednesday’s Morning Edition, reporter Jennifer Ludden was disturbed by what’s happening in science classrooms. Climate change “has been politicized,” and conservatives are pushing “so-called academic freedom bills” to teach both sides of that public-policy controversy.

“But critics point out there is no controversy within science. Climate change is happening and it's largely driven by humans,” Ludden announced. So then why is Ludden reporting a story on this so-called non-controversy?

Perhaps because there is a multimillion-dollar machine designed to sow doubt about the nature of climate change, despite the fact that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that human activity is a main cause of climate change?

Graham went on to write: "This is also NPR's rationale for liberal bias across the range of political issues: bringing in a conservative viewpoint is confusing to the public, so it's better to slant it toward the 'educational' advocates." Graham seems to have missed that schools should not be forced to teach a "conservative viewpoint" when that viewpoint is contrary to nearly every other credible scientific analysis of the issue.

Graham also overhooks the fact that his calling climate change deniers' arguments the "conservative viewpoint" instead of the "scientific viewpoint" pretty much shoots down his suggestion that deniers aren't trying to politicize the issue.


Posted by Terry K. at 11:55 PM EDT

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