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“Liberals” Attacking Romney from the Right

11:40 am in Uncategorized by normanb

“Liberals” Attacking Romney from the Right — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, and even some writers here at FireDogLake.com [both of which are usually considered to be hosting views from the political Left] used Right-wing propaganda from the Obama campaign, continuing to recycle the meme “gaffe.” Yes, even Amy Goodman reported that Mitt Romney’s statement of concern over a labor strike in Great Britain is a “gaffe,” a term today used widely within the Obama campaign (and apparently in the shadow campaign as well). Here’s the story from two unofficial components of the Obama campaign: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/mitt-romney-olympics-gaffe-harry-reid_n_1707996.html

My question is: Why didn’t President Obama voice any support for the abused workers, as Romney did? Why was Amy Goodman into attacking Mitt Romney for his bringing the plight of these abused workers before the world? Why was Democracy Now! not concerned with the plight of the abused workers? Why did she use this as an opportunity to campaign for Obama? Will she continue to be awarded for such work? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/sports/olympics/british-customs-workers-call-off-strike.html

And Romney brought up the legitimate concern about security, a big story over there, as cited days earlier by high-ranking officials in Britain. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/17/parliament-assails-buckles-over-olympic-security-snafu.html Why should Romney, or the news, or Obama, or anyone else, want to Cover this Up?! Speaking out on it is appropriate and correct.

Obama’s propagandists, and many people who would have us believe that they are “democrats” (or Liberals or Progressives or on the Left), apparently think that Mitt Romney should not have offended his hosts by mentioning problems. But with the security there announced as failing and falling apart just as a US Presidential candidate was heading there to take part in the Olympics [the Equestrian Dressage event], he would have been remiss not to mention the worrisome situation. These are not gaffes. I worked against Romney when he ran for Governor and I’m working against him now. These are not gaffes.

Look at this disgusting piece of Right-wing pro-Obama propaganda, from the BBC/British Government. And once they finally let you, pay attention to what Mitt Romney actually says.

 

 

What I found even more bizarre the other day was to hear President Obama attacking Romney from the Right, using almost identical words to what Republicans usually say when attacking Democrats: Obama claimed that the tax plan Romney [that tax-and-spend Liberal(?)] was touting would send jobs overseas, making us anti-competitive. He said that Romney is too Progressive on taxation. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303612804577531393388570440.html

It was ironic and duplicitous for Obama to say that Romney’s plan will create 800,000 jobs overseas, after he himself has just completed Free Trade Agreements to send US jobs to Korea, Colombia, and Panama, where workers have few rights. Note that Florida’s neo-Fascist Governor Rick Scott praised Obama for this Right-wing Atrocity. http://www.flchamber.com/print/3737

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/2011-10-12/trade-deals/50747414/1

Meanwhile Bill Maher and the HBO show Big Love have spent millions of dollars in television time convincing Americans that Mormons are disgusting and not worth trusting. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. I was kind of surprised when I learned that Romney was a Mormon. I heard it from a fellow Liberal several years ago, when Romney was first running for Massachusetts Governor. My friend cautioned me that Romney could get elected in Massachusetts, and then, use that to catapult him toward the Presidency. And he was a Mormon. http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/19122451/poll-few-think-romneys-faith-resembles-their-own

I’m only going to say this once. It’s not appropriate to discriminate against someone based on religion. (To do so is a tactic of the far-far-far-Right.)

The Left-to-Right line-up in the Presidential race is getting really crazy now. Not only are Obama and his supporters assailing Romney for being too far Left, the nation’s top Nazi philosopher former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Don Black told Cenk Uygur that both Obama and the Republicans are too far-Right for him. He said he supports Ron Paul. Congressman Paul stands significantly to the Left of both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Marijuana and peace. Then there’s (former?) Presidential candidate Rocky Anderson, who just named a running mate last week, before appearing on the weekend fake news program Up With Chris Hayes, a show hosted twice each weekend by Hayes from The Nation magazine, whose apparent job is to trick Liberals/Progressives/Left voters into voting for the extreme Right: Barack Obama. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkJb1m0o_m4

The Hayes show is actually a long commercial for Obama’s reelection. Rocky Anderson didn’t even mention that he was running for President, he just attacked Mitt Romney for not being more Obama-friendly. Hayes [posing himself as a non-biased Journalist] identified Anderson as a Democrat, and brought him back on at the end of the segment, to defend Mitt Romney against the worst charges that others had made on the show. Anderson didn’t say he was running, but was clearly positioning himself between Obama and Romney. Pundits have long told us that a plurality of voters are Independents, and that the preponderance of them are actually between the Democrats and the Republicans, Left-to-Right speaking. I dispute that. I think most voters are actually to the Left of Republicrats like Obromney on most issues. When Rocky first started running, his website said that he didn’t run as a Green because he didn’t want to be associated with the Left. They took that down, and he ran Left, for a while.

So here’s our revised Left-to-Right Presidential candidates line-up (I’ll insert the Nazi philosopher where he says he fits. Remember, while they are apparently to the Left of Republicrats, Nazis are still way too far Right to be trusted with the Presidency.)

L – Jill Stein/Green – Stewart Alexander/Socialist – Jimmy McMillan/Rent Is Too Damn High – Gary Johnson/Libertarian – Ron Paul/Republican – Don Black/Nazi – Mitt Romney/Republican – Rocky Anderson/Justice – Barack Obama/Democrat – R

As Johnny Carson used to say: “Man, that is just wild!

by normanb

Fracking Industry, Shale Pipeline, Weapons Industry, Siemens & The Nation mag (?!) Introduce MSNBC’s New Far-Right Propaganda show

10:48 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Fracking Industry, Shale Pipeline, Weapons Industry, Siemens & The Nation mag (?!) Introduce MSNBC’s New Far-Right Propaganda show — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

I just watched the debut of MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes show. Let me be the first to say, what a disgusting piece of salesmanship! The fracking commercial so authoritatively showed how fossil fuel companies intend to drill under our drinking water sources, because they’re so nice and green. Pollution/Weapons manufacturer General Electric and Microsoft/Bill Gates own MSNBC. Advertiser Siemens is also in the Pollution business.

The most striking thing about this sham pretending to be Journalism was its censorship. MSNBC and other media blacked out news coverage of the Occupation of Wall Street (censorship that Keith Olbermann complained about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4QUePfHFQY&feature=player_embedded). They blocked out the Facebook photo of the bloodied Tortured face of a protester held face down on pavement by a brutal officer. They ignored the twelve protesters massacred today by President Obama’s puppet’s marksmen in Yemen. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44650358/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.Tn3fqU9ZbJw

Of course, I’ve heard Hayes shill in the past. I saw him triumphantly glowing on the Rachel Maddow Show, reactionary to President Barack Obama’s boasts about his order for Premeditated Murder of a Muslim, a member of the Bin Laden Oil Dynasty of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. But it troubles me to see The Nation magazine endorse Right-wing propaganda. This show is another cheerleader for the Obama reelection campaign.

So, here we have a magazine that’s nominally Progressive (it does publish the brilliant reporting of Jeremy Scahill), but when faced with the magazine’s Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes’s decision to go to work for a political campaign one year and two months before the election, The [presumably nonpartisan] Nation, instead of dismissing Hayes from his post for the Conflict of Interest, wished him luck and sent a guest from the magazine for his first show, to help push the Right-wing propaganda. http://www.thenation.com/article/161562/congratulations-washington-editor-chris-hayes-msnbcs-new-host

(This is not the first time The Nation has veered off to the Right way too far for my comfort. In the 1872 US Presidential Election campaign and before it, President Ulysses S. Grant and the Radical Republicans crusaded for Black [male adult] suffrage. But The Nation magazine, newspaper publisher/Presidential candidate Horace Greeley, and the Liberal Republicans insisted that Black people who were illiterate should be barred from voting. What’s “Liberal” about that?! It’s not Liberal: Sometimes words are used to deceive.)

Most of the two-hour Chris Hayes show consisted of several guests sitting around a table pushing MSNBC’s Party line for the week. [That's the Party line of the Republicrat Party.] Hayes’s guests made the exact same points as talking heads on MSNBC’s other shows did this week. Some were the same people. Their message was “we need Obama.” The Nation‘s commercials claim that it has “Liberal bias,” but here it is supporting a far-Right candidate more than a year before the election, without even bothering to find out who the Left-wing candidates are. That’s “bias” alright, but not “Liberal bias.”

MSNBC’s shows (the ones that aren’t Right-wing propaganda about cops and prisons) all opine that Obama, with his warring against all Muslim countries, his endorsement of Slavery and massacres ignored by US troops in Bahrain, his attacks on Human Rights, his deadly criminal treatment of Haiti/Somalia/Yemen … every MSNBC show claims that only this neo-Fascist nightmare can save us from terrible stupid crazy Tea Partiers.

MSNBC’s been claiming that for a long time. Now, they’re overtly campaigning for Obama, and it’s still a year and two months before the election: MSNBC doesn’t even know who the Liberal candidates may be, but it’s forcefully trying to trick naive Liberals and uninformed college students into falling for the MSNBC/Obama Campaign: “It’s-Fascist-or-Crazy-or-Nothing!

(Wednesday evening, MSNBC was forced against its will to start covering the Troy Davis execution by firedoglake shaming them, and Democracy Now! reporting on it. MSNBC host Al Sharpton was missing from his own show at 6 pm: He was on Democracy Now!, down in Georgia, trying to save Troy Davis’s life. Here’s my MyFDL Diary on the subject at the time: “Racist Premeditated Murder Pits KKK, Obama Democrats & MSNBC against Pope, Carter, Tutu, Sessions, Barr, Basic Human Decency” http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/09/21/racist-premeditated-murder-pits-kkk-obama-democrats-msnbc-against-pope-carter-tutu-sessions-barr-basic-human-decency/ Both Rachel Maddow and Chris “the Dumb Guy” Matthews had to – “unexpectedly,” she said – come back on the air and cover the Davis Murder, during the time slots when their shows would usually re-air the earlier broadcasts. On Matthews’s 7 pm show, he had endorsed Davis’s killing. On the Troy Davis’s Death Certificate, the cause of death is listed as “Homocide.”)

The panel on the Chris Hayes show lamented the Republican crowd cheering Rick Perry’s boasts of Premeditated Murders [Capital Punishment]. But for some reason, none on the panel compared it to the Democratic crowd cheering Obama’s boasts of Premeditated Murder [Targeted Assassination] of a Muslim. (Rachel Maddow also used the Perry death cheer incident for misleading Right-wing propaganda, which I’ll cover in a different Diary.) One Hayes show graphic showed the top ten countries in executions, with the US in the middle of those. The Obama regime’s puppet far-Right dictatorships in Yemen and Somalia also made the top ten. So, instead of fifth, if you include its satellites, the US is third.

http://ourtimes.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/executions-in-2008/

Top 10 countries for executions in 2010

To be balanced, guests on the show made sure to note that the Death Penalty can be good. One panelist, Ezra Klein, noted that that the “Death Penalty doesn’t work … ” but then went on to insert Right-wing propaganda “… the way Communism doesn’t work.” He said that Communism failed everywhere it was tried. This brings me to longstanding propaganda in this country: That Communism=Left. I have here on my desk a 1940 reprint of “A Popular Essay In Marxist Strategy and Tactics” written in 1920 by V.I. Lenin. The book is titled “Left-Wing” Communism, an Infantile Disorder. Lenin obviously detested the Left.

So, Lenin, who founded the Soviet Union, was no Leftist. Stalin who succeeded him purged the Left. Later leaders locked up poets Yevgeny Yevteshenko and Alexander Ginsberg, for being too far Left. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/720049/posts “Red” China’s Cultural Revolution purged artists, free thinkers, Leftists. What was “tried” in the Soviet Union and China was far-Right dictatorship, and propaganda. I don’t want it.

No one on the Hayes panel pointed out that Mitt Romney, the candidate who beats Obama in head-to-head polls, is the one major candidate to the Left of Obama. I say this having lived under both of them for several years, Romney here in Massachusetts, and Obama here in the United States.

Romney signed the world’s first Gay Marriage bill into law. Last I heard, Obama is still against it. Romney enacted the most far-Left health care law of any state in the US (though Vermont has passed us on that by now). Obama enacted the most far-Right health care policy of any country in the world. In one of the debates, Romney spoke out against the Wars and said he doesn’t want citizens who make under $100,000/year to pay any taxes at all. Obama is a warmonger and wants citizens who make under $100,000/year to continue paying Social Security tax at a rate that’s at least ten times as high as what he and his fellow millionaires pay. In fact …

… If you paid taxes on less than $100,000 in earnings in 2009, then you paid a 55-times-higher rate in Social Security taxes than President Obama did. Oh, but Obama said he wants to end that unfair disparity, in 2019! He knows it’s unfair and he wants to fix it someday, long after he’s out of office, after he and his contributors have made money on the unfairness for almost another decade. As I said, I’ve lived a long time under both of them: Mitt Romney is far to the Left of Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, Romney like Obama is quite – how can I put this diplomatically – truth challenged. We heard two things about Mitt Romney here before he ran for Governor. People warned that he was a Mormon. But actually, that never came up in his governing at all. Others bragged of his “bringing the Olympics to Utah.” But to me, that didn’t seem like something to brag about: Utah was famous as home to a Conservative religion, but to get the Olympics people on the International Olympic Committee were Bribed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_bid_scandal (Don’t get misread me – I support Jill Stein for President.)

When Chris Hayes fills in for Rachel Maddow, one can tell that their words are exactly the same: There’s no difference. It’s seamless. They even look the same. We can see that on MSNBC, we don’t have actual reporters or journalists or editorials, we don’t have Rachel or Chris, the real person; we have someone reading a script from the propaganda arm of a weapons manufacturer, trying to manipulate us into thinking and doing things profitable to the Weapons Industry.

That reminds me, tomorrow morning on Up With Chris Hayes, he’ll talk with someone about the Constitutional Convention Conference. This Conference fills me with great hope, the reason for which I’ll write about in a separate column; but Hayes will not be reporting on how Progressives can uses Article Five Constitutional Conventions to take over. No, he’ll be talking to Koch brothers ally Mark Meckler.

The name of the show is Up With Chris Hayes. I say “Down with Chris Hayes!” What a load of crap!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44650358/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.Tn3fqU9ZbJw

http://www.thenation.com/article/161562/congratulations-washington-editor-chris-hayes-msnbcs-new-host

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/09/21/racist-premeditated-murder-pits-kkk-obama-democrats-msnbc-against-pope-carter-tutu-sessions-barr-basic-human-decency/

http://ourtimes.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/executions-in-2008/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_bid_scandal

by normanb

Karzai Assails Contractors’ “Mafia” Ties & Their Links to Terrorism, Amanpour Ignores Elephant

9:22 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Karzai Assails Contractors’ "Mafia" Ties & Their Links to Terrorism, Amanpour Ignores Elephant — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

On this morning’s edition of This Week, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Afghan President Hamid Karzai. She questioned his decision to rid his nation of mercenaries and other contractors by the end of the year. After his segment was over, Amanpour and her guests agreed that the contractors will continue to occupy Afghanistan after that deadline. Karzai said that the contractors are associated with the Mafia, and appear to be carrying out terrorist attacks. His main problem with them, he said, is their frequent murders of civilians.

Amanpour asked him about corruption rife in his Government. He admitted to it and confirmed that he had interfered to stop prosecution of one of his top deputies who was arrested this week. Karzai got the man released immediately and the charges dropped. She mentioned his brother Ahmed Wali Karzai as one of the corrupt, while the screen displayed a photo of Wali, just before the interview. The New York Times reported a year ago that both brothers are deeply involved in the Heroin trade, controlling at the source nearly all the world’s supply of both legal and illegal Opiates. Other sources had reported the same fact for many years. After NYT exposed it, the mainstream media ignored it, including This Week, where it has been mentioned that some claim H. Karzai sometimes USES Heroin.

One reason it’s hard to get honest reporting from Amanpour and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is that they are both married to President Obama’s personnel: Hayes is married to Kate Shaw, Associate Counsel to the President; Amanpour is married to James Rubin, the former Assistant Secretary of State under Pres. Bill Clinton whom Obama nominated to be UN Ambassador. Are these conflicts of interest? Can we have a free press while tolerating such conflicts?

by normanb

The Nation’s Chris Hayes filled in for Rachel M. with Right-Wing Propaganda

1:28 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

The Nation’s Chris Hayes filled in for Rachel M. with Right-Wing Propaganda — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

After her brilliant reporting from the Gulf and then Afghanistan, Rachel Maddow was on vacation, replaced temporarily by Chris Hayes, Washington Editor of The Nation magazine.

I’m not saying everything he did was right-wing propaganda. I’m saying he should not have aired any right-wing propaganda.

Two weekends ago on C-SPAN, Ralph Nader interviewed conservative-libertarian Fox News editorialist Andrew Napolitano. After analyzing President Obama’s actions as dependent totally on corporate money, both agreed that President Obama is a "Fascist," for that is what one calls it when corporations are allowed to make Governmental decisions.

So how could Chris Hayes of The Nation call Obama "Progressive," citing right-leaning Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as Obama’s fellow "Progressive?" How far to the right must Chris Hayes be to see Obama as Progressive?! Why is he lying about Obama being Progressive?

And the right-wing propaganda of Chris Hayes did not end there: He inferred that Congressman Darrel Issa’s investigations of President Obama must be stopped because they are fantasy-based fishing expeditions. But in fact, I believe Issa is correct about Obama’s corruption in the BP case rising to the level of Impeachability: Note that Freedom of the Press was suspended at the Gulf Oil spill and at BP’s facility in Texas, where police were suppressing reporters for BP as they did in the Gulf. Look at the Obama Administration letting BP strafe bomb our coastal waters with the chemical weapon Corexit. Look at Obama personnel who worked for BP. Look at the EPA’s claim that the Oil is gone, and the FDA’s claim that the Oil-soaked chemical-weapon-soaked seafood is good to eat.

Chris Hayes has submitted some good reports in the past, but WAY too much right-wing propaganda in the past two weeks.