Someone ought to tell that to Obama and Jay Carney.
EternalVigilance commented on the blog post GOP’s Benghazi Obsession Giving Cover To Actual Scandals
You have it very much backwards. It’s the AP and IRS scandals that provide cover for the much more devastating scandal of Benghazi.
Even without any understanding of the facts of the events it’s easy to see this. Notice that the Obama Administration is willing to go on and on about the IRS and AP scandals – but any discussion of Benghazi is absolutely avoided at all costs.
If Benghazi were really such an innocuous event, and the AP and IRS scandals the serious ones, we’d see Obama doing everything possible to fill the media and Congressional hearings with Benghazi testimony.
Instead it’s the other way around.
As vile as the behaviors are, that the IRS was used as a political weapon to attack Obama’s enemies, and that the US Government spies on all Americans 24×7, are scandals that will lead to no substantive changes (other than perhaps a few public sacrifices of faceless underlings).
Benghazi, if some of the more serious allegations are true, has the potential to bring down the government.
Again, just follow what people in government don’t want to talk about.
EternalVigilance commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: Our Failed FP, Noam Chomsky, Bibi, and, Iran by CTuttle.
“A ton of work” for Stevens in Libya, not in Tripoli building a new government
The Libyans have a shiny new private central bank (eliminating Gaddafi’s threat to establish a gold-backed currency for African nations to use instead of the petrodollar) – what more government do they need? Also, don’t overlook the possible staged-event-gone-wrong angle in [...]
Obama’s DOJ (which has as much to do with “Justice” as the Pentagon does with “Defense”) isn’t worried about AP or any of the other MSM. AP was always firmly in their place as one of the cheerleading court stenographers. The MSM already holds, censors, or outright spikes stories at the request of the Administration – they weren’t going to suddenly find the balls to investigate anything significant.
This action was a warning not to journalists (the few who still exist), but to any potential sources.
Much agreed and thanks for writing about this, it can never get enough coverage.
The tar sands are paying off for the oil companies, while everyday Canadians see little upside, and a whole lot of downside.
Welcome to Capitalism. :-/ But I suspect you won’t get enough outrage, organized or otherwise, until you can connect the [...]
EternalVigilance commented on the blog post Note From Boston Bomber Says Iraq War Was Motivation
What further proof would any of us need?
Only mindless wingnuts who hate President Obama and who support the terrorists require meeting archaic and impossible standards such as “proof.”
After Boston/11 we live in a post-proof world.
Nor the guns, if Con-job Law Lecturer has his way with the Second Amendment.
We need to shake ourselves free from the delusion that the Democratic party of today bears any relation to the party of FDR.
On the contrary, the Democratic Party of today bears striking similarity to the party of FDR. Far from being some populist hero, FDR was the savior of capitalism.
In 1932 the people of the United States were ready to revolt, to make real and substantive changes to their government and economy, after the Republicans had destroyed the financial system and driven the country into a ditch. The D’s ran a charismatic, well-spoken candidate who promised the people change. And while he did change a few things, for the most part what he did was protect the entrenched oligarchy from any real change.
In the end, FDR worked tirelessly to drag the country into a foreign war that killed tens of millions – but which successfully distracted people from the great national theft that the wealthy of Wall Street had perpetrated on America just a few years before.
That Democratic supporters have in their hero-worship rewritten history to deify a war criminal (golly, that sure sounds familiar) doesn’t mean that Obama and the D’s aren’t following the FDR playbook to the letter.
The AP reporting about local police (which again doesn’t stop even the local police’s behavior, and is presented by AP without any of the outrage expressed when something happens to AP) actually serves as what in propaganda and disinformation is called a “limited hangout.”
By appearing to report in a vaguely adversarial way on smaller events, but leaving the largest and most severe violations unmentioned, AP (and the MSM overall) in fact provide support and cover for the constant, nationwide surveillance of every single American by the federal government.
Funny how the AP wasn’t so upset about the U.S. government’s constant surveillance of the communications of all Americans.
EternalVigilance commented on the blog post San Francisco Pride Won’t Reschedule Meeting, Board’s Decision on Bradley Manning is ‘Firm’
“SF Pride’s decision concerning the election process of Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal being consistent with SF Pride’s long standing Grand Marshal election policy is firm. Thus, the discussion of that matter is closed for this year.”
For a town that likes to gloat over how tech-savvy it is I’m surprised they didn’t go with the more Tweet-able “Go fuck yourselves with a rake.”
EternalVigilance commented on the blog post Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt To Give Aid To Rich Ones
The colleges are without knowing it doing the poor students a favor – since were they to attend an expensive college when they graduated they’d just be six figures in debt, with the same non-existent job prospects they already have with no college degree at all.
The corporate feudalism – where the lucky are allowed to labor for a survival wage on rental property that they can never hope to own – that has been somewhat cloaked for the past 100-150 years is coming out into full view.
NEITHER THIS POST NOR THE COMMENTATORS THERETO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT APPEARS IN FRONT PAGE NEWS ARTICLES.
AND IN NONE OF MY POSTS DID I SAY THAT THEY WERE. But now that the problem is identified and acknowledged, by continuing to work for the site without attempting to change it one implicitly does approve and thus does [...]
Indeed, I believe there is much more to the Benghazi story. But FDL has a fundamental problem – one that affects not just this story but all stories, and thus everyone who ever visits the site – when the front page can pass off as news editorial comments about which stories are valid and which are not. [...]
And I’ll try again as well. The point of the original comment was, and still is: It’s going to be goddamn difficult to get anyone to search out any further coverage of any issue (in this case the very important Benghazi) when the front page of the site, in an article posted not as opinion but “news,” [...]
And please don’t confuse the coverage of events by the FDL News Desk with the in-depth treatment we try to do over here at the non-frontpaged end of the site.
The point was the contradictory nature of coverage within FDL. The question arises of why anyone would bother seeking out any “in-depth treatment” of the topic [...]
but I don’t know how you get Lanza.
I didn’t say that the government killed Lanza – I said the government’s propaganda message is much easier to push when there aren’t any inconveniently contradictory survivors. (I have no idea what happened in Connecticut, other than the official story seems as questionable as the official stories about [...]
Don’t discount Benghazi. If you are interested in Boston, you may find Benghazi interesting as well. Just because the right is going after O about it doesn’t mean there isn’t substance there.
That’s not what I read at, what was that site called again?, oh yeah – FDL:
Now, at hearing number fifty something, it has become clear [...]
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