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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Propaganda is Propaganda

I can't believe that people think that it's impossible to self- radicalize; the Boston marathon bombers had to be supported by elements of Al Qaeda.  There is just no other answer,the older brother probably got beyond the point of no return when he came back from Russia because he couldn’t possibly be turned in the United States.  Propaganda is propaganda, whether it comes from the extreme right or left or from foreign sources.

Today is the opening of  former President George W Bush’s presidential library and I decided that I was going to let him have his day without any sarcasm from me but unfortunately a freshman republican representative from Arkansas,took to the floor of the House of Representatives to say“I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs. Counterterrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results. In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state -- the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In the over seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask ‘why is the Obama Administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States?  I don't have to tell you that those words were unnecessary and false.  Republicans always start their sanctimonious task of keeping this country safe after September 11,2001.  The representative forgot about the anthrax attacks that were never solved the day after 9/11, but I’m glad that no Democrat took to the floor one week after the horrific event to blame President George W. Bush and his administration.  As I recall we came together as a nation after that, but I see little hope of that when members of Congress can’t wait to exploit their hate. 

Last night I saw a clip of  Sean Hannity explaining his anger to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani because the president never calls the terrorist “ radical Islamic terrorists” as if saying those words makes one an expert in the field of terrorism. Even  Fox’s liberal,Bob Beckel,  made a stupid remark when he said”I think we really have to consider given the fact that so many people hate us that we’re going to have to cut off Muslim students from coming to this country .”Yeah,that’s a great way to make friends and influence minds;stick all Muslims into the terrorist category.

We can’t have a serious discussion about drones, protecting our homeland, guns, health care or our financial problems, unless we tune out the fringe element and make them a laughing stock.  The faithful followers of Alex Jones,Infowars, Glenn Beck and others want you to engage with them, but I found out  a long time ago that laughing at them works best.  Alex Jones wants us to believe that the moon landing never happed, neither did Aurora, nor Sandy Hook and that the government was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing in order to set the stage for gun confiscation.  Matt Drudge said Alex Jones will be the “Man of the Year.” 

As I have mentioned before and Rachel Maddow said it again last night, you can be on the no- fly list, but that doesn't prevent you from buying  50 pounds of gunpowder because a background check is not required.  You can also buy a firearm because being on the no- fly list has nothing to do with a background check.  Senator Harry Reid will try to rectify that by introducing a bill that requires a background check to buy gunpowder. Senator Joe Manchin is working on a bill that will bar anyone on the no-fly list from buying a gun. Let’s see where the NRA and their puppets line up on those measures.

Although not propaganda some well established truths have to be audited from time- to -time to verify its accuracy.The self –evident truth that any country where debt debt is 90% of GDP will not have any growth has been debunked by a 28 year old UMass researcher, Thomas Herndon......Harvard's respected economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff’s study titled “ Growth in the Time of Debt"became the justification for austerity  policies in the United States and abroad. Representative Paul Ryan,Senator Tom Coburn and some conservative democrats found that " conclusive empirical evidence that [debt] exceeding 90 percent of the economy has a significant negative effect on economic growth.” It’s just another case where we hear the parts we want to hear ,so no further investigation is needed. The study proved to be flawed because “the UMass researchers reveal that the study excludes Australia (1946-1950), New Zealand (1946-1949), and Canada (1946-1950). Since these countries have high-debt and solid growth, the consequences of excluding them are clear. Canada had debt-to-GDP over 90 percent during this period — and 3 percent growth. New Zealand had a debt/GDP over 90 percent from 1946-1951. If you use New Zealand’s average growth rate across all those years, it is 2.58 percent; if you only use the last year, as Reinhart-Rogoff does, the Kiwi growth rate is -7.6 percent. That’s a big difference, especially considering how they weigh the countries.” How ironic,Joe Scarborough used to shout the names of Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff to cement his argument but lately he  been pretty quiet on financial matters.Not to worry,prominent proponents of austerity will not let the debunking deter them because they know the voters are not paying attention. They will act as though nothing happened.

A week ago, I had a lengthy three -hour discussion with a long time Republican friend who hates President Obama with a passion.  As he was leaving I said to him"I know you don’t believe half of what you just told me” and he turned smiled and with a look like the “cat who ate the canary," said, “ it’s frustrating.” Yes, I know it is frustrating because we now know that the Boston Marathon bombers intended to set off some bombs in New York but people like Rep. Tom Cotton won’t give the administration credit for deterring something that never happened. The administration will be the first to say that the FBI could not have done anything without the cooperation of Massachusetts law enforcement and people. It takes a village.


Edith Ann said...

How could you mention drones without mentioning Rand Paul and his liquor store robber?

Mike said...

The insanity continues: Those are the right were horrified when they found out that the the older brother's family (Boston Marathon bombers) was on public assistance in 2012...He was a a legal resident and the family was poor in 2012.

I just heard Rush Limbaugh say the the liberals and the WH are glad Obama's free phones weren't used to detonate the bombs in Boston....First of all...Oh,never mind laugh at the stupid fools.

Mike said...

I mentioned Rand Paul's liquor store robber in the blog before last...:-)

Rand Paul is not like the old man because Ron Paul believed the crap he was peddling and the son is just throwing out things to see what will resonate in his quest for the presidency.

Mike said...

I’m still struggling to know the difference between the killer of those 20 children and six adults in Newtown and these terrorists who killed three and injured 250 or more at the Boston Marathon…The latter were charged with using weapons of mass destruction because they used bombs. So it’s not the amount of people killed it’s their weapon of choice.

We are going to convey a congressional hearing to see where the FBI messed up and give Benghazi another platform but there’s nothing we can do about another Sandy Hook.

Mike said...

The letter by Jackie Jacquenet in this morning's paper just makes me want to follow my instincts and skip the local elections. The CC are all right- wing conservatives (or will tell everyone they are) so being to the left of Armstrong means that person is a moderate.

Jackie should read a little bit about Solyndra (President Bush was the first to grant loan guarantees to this company)and President Obama continued and enhanced the Solyndra project but that has nothing to do with a mayoral election....Now she could have stated that it wasn't a good decision to spend $55,000 on a toy.

There's an old saying that if you don't vote, then you can't bitch but that's just a saying...For example, if example,if I don't like any of the candidates, then why should I waste the time it takes to vote? Not voting is a protest vote...If I don't like either sides of an issue, why should I lean to one side, is it just to say I voted?

Jon Stewart made a good point about myths taken as truths but he used Miranda Rights to prove his point...When anyone is arrested or questioned,they already know that they have the right to remain silent and those magical words inside Miranda is just for the courts.

Lol...Barack Obama type solar energy waste of money she said....He only wishes his name could be linked to solar energy;"Around 1904, American Henry Willsie was recognized as the first person to store energy generated during the day so that it could be used at night. Albert Einsten continuously experimented with photovoltaics and solar energy for which he gained a Nobel Prize in 1921. By the 1950s, scientists at Bell Laboratories accidentally discovered the potential of silicon for use in solar technology."

Mike said...

I wonder if Capthenry ever took the " oath to protect and defend the country that I had the honor and privilege of calling my home from all enemies, foreign and domestic or he just a copy and paste patriot?