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Roger Ailes, the bad one

From Rolling Stone magazine, the latest in a rash of negative articles about Faux News:
How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network

Fascinating look at Ailes career. One thing you learn is that political astroturf predates the Internet. Read below the fold...

Obi-Wan is dead!

Take-OUT not Take-down of OBL -- DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES!

(553 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

Pepe Escobar of Asia Times suggests the motivation for the alleged take-OUT not take-down of Osama Bin Ladin:

The hero, fully equipped, pumped up, is face to face with the real Osama bin Laden, unarmed, just out of bed, trapped in a drab room. There's no possible escape; the whole compound is "secured". This is it - the moment America has been dreaming about since September 11, 2001.

[snip] Read below the fold...

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A Feeling of Despair

[Welcome Confluence readers! -- Lambert]

Sorry folks, there is no activism today. I'm still processing my feelings about the shocking developments of last Sunday evening.

What I've ultimately settled upon, after my initial excitement has faded, is a feeling of despair. Read below the fold...

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The Donald Diversion

note - the following is my theory of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy based on sheer speculation

Going back to 2008, there seemed to be some sort of understanding between General Electric and candidate Obama. Rachel Maddow got a show (I think Schultz's show did not come until after the election.)

From GE's point of view they needed a plan B. Judging from executive stock dumping, they knew that they had driven the company off the rails and would need a bail out, and must have felt out all the major presidential contenders. Obama must have given them some reassurance. Read below the fold...

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Standard and Poor's: Bring It On!

(Author's Note: In December I posted a piece on Moody's threat to downgrade the US's Rating in International Bond markets. I argued that Moody's action was foolish. Today, Standard and Poor's actually revised the US ratings outlook from stable to negative, but continued its sovereign credit rating at ‘AAA/A-1+’. Read below the fold...

MY SHOCK & AWE: Morning Joe’s Cuppa Brainwashing Bloodlust & Banality on Libya

(585 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

I must object. Must write out my horror and anger about the callous and cavalier ... I can’t call it a discussion ... “orgy of banter”, maybe, I witnessed yesterday morning on MSNBC’s edition of Morning Joe.

My alternate title for this piece is, “Morning Joe, Ringside at the Coliseum with the Thumbs-downers”.

The topic was Libya, and to me their chorus cried, “WAR, WAR, WAR” under the pretext of examining what is happening in Libya. HAH! Read below the fold...

Soul-Dead President Walking (589 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election)

(589 Obama-dumping days left until 2012 election, Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)

Obama is a political gamesman. He lied his way into power.

Now he is determined to do and say anything to ensure a second term in 2012. That is his priority. His focus. His limited character.

Human needs and rights of others? Not so important. Read below the fold...

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It is Immoral Not to Challenge Obama and the Democrats in 2012

I seem to recall that someone, late last month, posted an entry arguing that it is immoral for Democrats not to run a primary challenge against Barry Obama in 2012, in light of the things he's done to institutionalize Bush-Cheney crimes. (Glenn Greenwald chronicled the latest violation of the Constitution by Obama on his own blog, which you can read here). Read below the fold...

Charlie Rose with Rep. Barbara Lee War-Mongers and Proves Himself Total Tool for Political and Military Patriarchy

This is written from the hip, a few minutes after watching a Charlie Rose show. I am venting for catharsis. I caught the show while channel surfing and saw that California Congresswoman Barbara Lee was the first guest so I broke down and watched her segment.

I don’t think I have ever seen usually obsequious, administrative shill Charlie so interruptive, cliche ridden, confrontative, and insistent on selling his and the neoliberal/neocon war friendly agenda not only in terms of the Afghanistan War but also pressing pressing pressing a reluctant Rep. Lee to change her position against US military intervention in Libya. Read below the fold...

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Quit Slandering “Liberalism”

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Paul Ryan's Deficit Reduction Fairy Tales: Part One

Many of my recent posts have focused on fairy tales I thought the President would tell in the SOTU and also those that he did tell. The reason for this is that I think people on the left have a greater need to be informed about Obama's fairy tales, then they do about Republican fairy tales, since they are automatically skeptical about what Republicans say given their 40 year history of systematically lying about reality every chance they get. Read below the fold...


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