As Buck Murdoch would say, “Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.”
Methinks it curious that Jon Stewart would resign his gag news gig the same day Brian Williams spiraled into terra firma in flames. (Well, a puff of smoke maybe. OK, a fart) But I digress.
In 2009 after Walter Cronkite, “The most trusted man in America,” checked out to that big news desk in the sky, Time Magazine did a poll to determine who was the new journalistic titan of trusty truth. Oddly enough, the clear winner was… Jon “fake news” Stewart at 44% – handily beating out the 2nd place contender, BS Brian Williams at 29%! Which is of course an outstanding illustration of the pathetic state of contemporary journalism. Not even good comedy.
Long ago, in a reality far far away, every night about supper time, “Uncle Walter” supposedly squeezed all the day’s newsworthy events into twenty three minutes (after commercials). But hey, when “the most trusted man in America” said, “and that’s the way it is”…well geez, not even the President is going to argue with him. In ’68 when Cronkite declared Vietnam a “stalemate”, LBJ said to his staff, “Well, that’s it. If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.” I guess the good news is according to the latest Gallup poll only 23% of Americans trust the information they get from the media. So in reality mainstream media is not even mainstream anymore. Which may in part explain the Williams/Rathergate phenomenon. In light of abysmal ratings and associated plunge in advertising revenue, network news is not even about accurate news, its all about ratings. So Williams feels compelled to inflate a helicopter ride into cataclysmic calamity, a dull dry New Orleans street into death and decay, and a pompous pundit into a puppy paramedic. Hope he can keep his health plan.
DATELINE WASHINGTOON: Breaking News at Puffington Host [sic]… where the dynamic dyslexic Howard Fineman is all in a Blue State of Mind funk – as his hopeless headline opines…
Geez, get a grip Howie. Anyone with the brains God gave a cantaloupe could answer your searing query in a heartbeat.
“Nothing.. Same lame brain empty suit y’all elected. TWICE!”
I recall some similar cognitive disjunction from Peggy Noonan – formerly the brilliant Reagan speech writer / now turned pseudo-neocon commenter for MSNBC – penning Pulitzer Prize prose about her most excellent adventure at His Highness King Barack’s Coronation/Inauguration Address. To wit…
Anything is possible in America. We decide to go to the moon and soon it’s “Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed.” We decide to cure polio and soon it’s a nation of Wilma Rudolphs, running. We struggle over civil rights and then the young black man raises his hand and says “I, Barack Hussein Obama . . .” We so rock.
Excuse me… got a little teary eyed there for a second. Shakespeare eat your freaking heart out. YET her Op-Ed a year hence should have followed through with the Apollo meme – but the gist was the same:
“Houston! We have a problem”
So it follows after writing yourself into a deep dark drool-bucket hole scribbling prolific praises of the putzy POTUS – it would understandably be hard to write yourself back up to level ground. Thus Mr Fineman concludes it was not Dear Leader’s fault – and he provides a list of excuses ostensibly exonerating the poor little putz.
Middle East (Apparently they didn’t get the memo that Obama is awesome)
Words Matter (Should have dialed back the brilliance and wisdom a bit)
Sky High Expectations (Not like he said he’d move the ocean)
The Internet (?)
The Economy (You knew Bush was in there somewhere)
Competence (Too much of it or something.)
Washington (Just too primitive to cope)
And last, and likely least… Obamamajeans himself! (His brilliance and charisma were incomprehensible to the peons) Excessive Awesomeness. Or something.
Looney Tunes on steroids. We now return you to the real world. If there still is one.
“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.” – Mark Twain
Nancy Pelosi, self-professed warrior for oppressed women, minorities, the poor and assorted downtrodden masses has done quite well as Robyn the Hood. As Speaker, San Fran Nan’s net wealth doubled the year Obama took office, then doubled again the following year, in the midst of the worst recession since 1928 – and while median net worth for the proletariat plummeted some 20%. From Open Secrets.
More gold from San Fran Nan’s hypocritical hit parade:
“As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this”
She is referring here to late term abortion as “sacred,” and implying the Catholic Church concurs – for which the church suspended her from the holy Eucharist.
“Democrats believe we must create jobs, not protect the special interests; build the economy from the middle out, not the top down.”
The stimulus is nothing if not “top down”, and here in Georgia, the average cost was about $5,000,000 per Stimulus job created. The only way to build anything is from a foundation up.
“The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history.”
Oh, gag me with a stimulus shovel. “Congressional Ethics” is an oxymoron.
The Ship of State has an idiot at the helm.
John F’n Kerry on the most explosive crisis in Europe since the Cuban Missile Crisis…
There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, come here to this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall
But alas, queue the Egg Man & the Walrus
F’n Kerry: Let me be clear, I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
Putin: See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
F’n Kerry: I’m crying.
Putin: Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
F’n Kerry: I am the egg man
Putin: No, I am the egg man
F’n Kerry: I am the Walrus.
Putin: Goo goo g’joo…
F’n Kerry: Gesundheit.
Putin: Thank you
F’n Kerry: Welcome
President Obama on the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade:
Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
The Framers of the Constitution could not in their wildest imagination have foreseen that the very protections and freedoms they endeavored to create would one day be perverted to embrace infanticide under the pretense of “women’s health” and “freedom.” Had they known, “Abortion” would certainly have appeared in the Constitution as a repugnant evil absolutely forbidden in civilized society.
President Reagan on the 10th anniversary of Roe v Wade (1983)
“Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right. Shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision, Professor John Hart Ely, now Dean of Stanford Law School, wrote that the opinion “is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.”
This idea that a woman with limited resources or support – or pursuing a career – has “no choice” other than abortion contradicts the very essence of “pro choice.” Given reality and the facts, most would choose life.
Never abandon HOPE! This evil must CHANGE!
Just last week, The “Titanic” Times – ironically never particularly passionate “Clintonistas” – suddenly found themselves desperately weaving Benghazi fairy tales of whole cloth to clear the path for the Proglodite heir apparent, Hillary “Cackles” Clinton. The addled account ignored or missed – and was in outright contradiction to – a comprehensive Congressional report published one month before the Benghazi attack:
AL-QAEDA IN LIBYA: A PROFILE. I strongly recommend reading this. Among many other things, Obama, Clinton and Congress knew a month before the Benghazi attack:
Al-Qaeda has established a core network in Libya, but it remains clandestine and refrains from using the al-Qaeda name. (Hence al-Qaeda’s “absence” in NYT’s account)
Al-Qaeda adherents in Libya used the 2011 Revolution to establish well-armed, well-trained, and combat-experienced militias.
Ansar al-Sharia, led by Sufian Ben Qhumu, a former Guantanamo detainee, has increasingly embodied al-Qaeda’s presence in Libya, as indicated by its active social-media propaganda, extremist discourse, and hatred of the West, especially the United States.
Which brings us to this week’s Grey Lady delusionary debacle – Hillary’s most prominent nemesis and contender (pretender) to her throne presents an opportunity for a ponderous proglodite pounding – for maybe, possibly having something to do with a petty political power prank in NJ. The loony line up:
“Imagining (i.e. mocking) President Christie” – “One Way or the other He Should Resign” – “The ‘I’ in Christie’s Storm” – and of course, from that loony libro ho, Mo Do, “Thunder Road.”
And if that weren’t enough – here, for your ponderous Pièce de résistance, its that Kooky Keynesian Krugman explaining how America’s investors, innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators are in fact “The Enemies of the poor.” Or something. Beam me up, Scotty.
Welcome to the New Age:
Obama’s dismal 39% approval from Gallup reflects more than his pathetic performance. The main street folks are becoming increasingly frustrated with his incessant complaints, excuses, blame shifting, accusations, innuendo, hyperbole… the whole whiney sorry sophomoric shtick. This from that radical right rag of record…The Boston Herald??
President Obama’s tanking approval rating in newly released polls shows Americans are tired of his whining, according to some experts who also see a fighting chance for Republicans to rack up coast-to-coast victories in the 2014 midterm congressional races.