This Illustrates Where The Sympathies Lie

Closing Thought–11Apr19

About a month ago Rep, Omar made a comment about AIPAC and the MSM went batcrap crazy calling it antisemitism (actually it was not but the MSM wants to poke that toad)…..

When a true bigot and racist and bigot gets very little press, Rep. Stephen King of Iowa…..just a few of the verbage from this d/bag….

Rack up another racially tinged remark for Steve King. The Iowa representative Thursday compared Iowa flood victims to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans in 2005—and the Iowans come out a little better in his eyes, CNN reports. “Here’s what FEMA tells me. We go to a place like New Orleans, and everybody’s looking around saying, ‘Who’s going to help me? Who’s going to help me?'” he said at a town hall in Charter Oak, Iowa (see Facebook video here). “We go to a place like Iowa, and we go, we go see, knock on the door at, say, I’ll make up a name, John’s place, and say, ‘John, you got water in your basement, we can write you a check, we can help you.'”


“And John will say, ‘Well, wait a minute, let me get my boots. It’s Joe that needs help. Let’s go down to his place and help him.'” He went on to say FEMA is “always gratified when they come and see Iowans take care of each other.” FEMA, however, wasn’t quite on board: “@SteveKingIA’s recent comments about @FEMA comparing recovery efforts are inaccurate,” tweets FEMA spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow. Louisiana lawmakers also struck back, with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise calling King’s remarks “absurd and offensive,” while CNN notes that Katrina killed over 1,500 in Louisiana alone, a far higher death toll that the few victims of flooding in Iowa and Nebraska. King recently turned heads by asking how “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” became offensive terms, the Hill recalls.

King just cannot keep his mouth shut……


Congressman Steve King has been lobbying to have his House committeeships restored after he was stripped of them over incendiary comments, notes Roll Call. This won’t help. The Iowa conservative posted a jokey meme about a modern civil war. King has since deleted the post, but you can see it at various sites, including the Hill. It reads: “Folks keep talking about another civil war; one side has about 8 trillion bullets while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.” King then added his own line, “Wonder who would win,” accompanied by a smirking emoji. The image shows two robot-like figures fighting, one blue, one red, each made up of states based on their political leanings.

Both Roll Call and the Washington Post note that King apparently didn’t realize that his own state, Iowa, is in blue, not the side he would pick in that fight. King has not commented about the image or his decision to delete, but he took lots of flak almost immediately. King “isn’t actually COMMITTING treason, but he is fomenting and inciting it,” tweeted Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. “Ample reason to expel him” from the House. King lost his committeeships over a quote to the New York Times—he insists he was misrepresented—in which he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive?”

It is WRONG to equate Nationalism with patriotism.

Then King gets attacked with a glass of water…..

Iowa congressman Steve King may be used to hearing criticism over controversial statements, but that criticism took a much more personal turn on Friday. Police in Fort Dodge, Iowa, arrested a man after they say he threw a glass of water on King at a restaurant, reports KCCI. Blake Gibbins, 26, went to the table where King was eating lunch with a group of people and threw the water when King confirmed he was the GOP congressman, say police, per ABC News. Gibbins faces charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Police say the attack was politically motivated, but they didn’t mention specifics. Most recently, King has taken flak for unfavorably comparing victims of Hurricane Katrina with victims of natural disasters in Iowa, with critics accusing him of playing on racial stereotypes. Before that, he got into hot water in Congress for his comments on white nationalism.

I dislike the toad King but Being attacked in an eatery is just wrong…..you can attack him verbally but not physically….

Still waiting for a more in-depth analysis of King’s racism and bigotry……and I wait…… 

Speaking of AIPAC…..

Several Democratic presidential candidates will skip the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference this year after a prominent progressive group called on them to boycott the event.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will all ditch the conference, the Associated Press reported, and a spokesman for former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, told NBC News that he also will not attend.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will not be going, The Jewish Week reported, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro also won’t show, according to HuffPost.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering running for president as an independent, will also skip the conference, the Associated Press reported.

WE will see who gets the cash……and if these people do not then maybe the statement months ago, deemed antisemitic, is accurate.

Just a thought!

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Beto: A White Obama?

***There is nothing derogatory in this post….only that the media is looking for someone they can push like the candidacy of Obama in 2008***

The media is looking for someone that they can caudal…..they like Kamala of the announced candidates but they truly want their pick, Beto, to say he is running….the MSM has dispatched many journalist to cover him no matter what he does…whether at the dentist or in some giant arena…just about everything he says is news (remind you of anyone?).

He is going to meet with Oprah and the world waits……but what is ahead of him…president, VP, senator……or just cash for talking?

Beto O’Rourke says he hasn’t ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate, even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he’ll seek the presidency himself. Answering a question in Spanish about possibly being another candidate’s running mate after an El Paso event Tuesday, the former Texas congressman answered in Spanish: “I’m going to consider every way to serve this country. And, yes, that will include anything.” O’Rourke, who became a political star by nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November, said in English that he may yet opt to challenge Texas’ other Republican US senator, John Cornyn, in 2020.

“I’m trying to figure out how I can best serve this country—where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America,” he said in response to the Cornyn question, per CNN. “So, yeah, I’m thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else.

Beto has exciting news…..(but we already knew all this)….

Texas constituents may be disappointed to hear that, after trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, Beto O’Rourke won’t be trying the same against Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. That’s what sources said to be “close” to the former Democratic congressman told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, though a short, cryptic statement from O’Rourke may give devotees something else to get fired up about. “Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country,” the statement notes, referring to his wife. “We are excited to share it with everyone soon.”

That announcement has fueled further speculation that O’Rourke, 46, is on the cusp of announcing a run for US president, which some political observers have been trying to steer him away from due to the oversaturation of candidates, per the New York Times. CBS News reports on O’Rourke’s incremental shifts on an Oval House run, noting that he first insisted he wouldn’t run during a 60 Minutes interview before Election Day, then changed that a few weeks later to say he and his wife would “think about what we can do next to contribute to the best of our ability to this community.” He then told Oprah Winfrey in early February that he’d make a decision on a 2020 run “by the end of the month.

Me? I do not like or trust him……he reminds me too much of that other “pretty boy” Dem….Bubba Clinton.

He will be a centrist to make all the old farts happy (everyone but me) and if elected will be a disaster as Clinton was……he will allow big money run rampant to add to the suffering of the Poor and the Middle Class…..

I do not understand the so-called excitement around this “candidate”……

He is NOT the candidate the country needs at this time……the media is coalescing around Beto (and Kamala for now) all I can say is…….do not let the media pick the candidate for you…..read and learn.

Women…..A Media Smear Campaign

If you need an example that the MSM does not really hold to that old saying “fair and balanced”….those days are gone thanx to a Clinton program that allowed corporations to buy then control the news.

Since the midterms and a wealth of freshman Dem reps have entered the House most of whom are more progressive than the cowards that pretend to be so…..and now the media will do their job and try to smear these reps to keep any progressive agenda from seeing the light of day.

The MSM will emphasize the petty stories to keep the bigger stories from the airwaves.

They, MSM, seem to have their sights on 3 or 4 of the freshman representatives, the women, AOC, Ilhan, Rashida….then there is the campaign against an established rep……Tulsi Gabbard……

Apparently these women have more balls than the men in the House and the they plus the media are scared to death of strong women with plans.

Let’s begin with Ilhan and were statement about AIPAC (a statement that was NOT fact checked)…..I wrote about her statement earlier…..https://lobotero.com/2019/02/12/speaking-the-truth/

The MSM spent a couple days smearing her as much as possible…..

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has published an apology for making self-evident observations about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an immensely influential lobbying firm which, like all lobbying firms, works to influence government policy toward a specific agenda, in this case the interests of the Israeli government. She issued the apology after hours upon hours of shrill, hysterical shrieking accusations of antisemitism from the entire establishment political-media class.

https://theantimedia.com/ilhan-omar-smeared-by-political-establishment/

Like I wrote….she was not fact checked for her statement and the MSM has full time fact checkers for Trump and they could not take the time to do her the courtesy.

Next on the MSM hit list is the Palestinian-American rep Rashida….she got on the list because she called someone a MF……

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who officially became the first Palestinian-American congresswoman last week, was accused Monday of perpetuating historically anti-Semitic sentiments.

It is already the second major controversy for the freshman lawmaker. Last week — on the same day she was sworn into Congress — Tlaib triggered widespread condemnation and backlash after she referred to President Donald Trump as a “motherf***er,” asserting that she will effortlessly work to impeach the president.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/rashida-tlaib-anti-semitic-smear

I like her grit!

Ilhan and Rashida are targeted by others as well as the MSM….

Hardly anything has been more disruptive to geopolitics as usual in the Middle East than the newly flourishing relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the state of Israel.

While the newfound coziness between the two states is built largely on shared enmity towards Iran, the normalising of ties comes at the expense of the Palestinians, who have become, once again, all but ignored in the world of Arab politics.

https://theantimedia.com/rashida-tlaib-ilhan-omar-saudi-israel/

The most popular of the freshman Congresswoman, AOC, has got the MSM and the conservs running scared because of her popularity and her social media savvy….she is using it more effectively that “what’s his name”……

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a breakout star in the Democratic Party since June, when she pulled off a stunning upset in the New York midterm primaries, beating Rep. Joe Crowley, a top Democrat in the House.

And, not coincidentally, she has also become the white-hot epicenter of not just derision, but blistering, nonstop criticism from conservatives and Republicans.

Ocasio-Cortez is a part of the new left flank of the Democratic Party that is fighting both Republicans and establishment Democrats (and, occasionally, the media) in advance of the fall midterms.

https://www.vox.com/explainers/2018/8/20/17674910/conservatives-republicans-ocasio-cortez-democratic-socialist-2018-midterms

Another rep that I like a lot…..she punishes back when morons attack….no excuses….great.

Finally (for now) is the only woman of the list that has announced she is running in 2020 for president….Tulsi.

So far she is the only candidate that is an antiwar candidate (will get my support for now) and the MSM cannot tolerate a candidate that does not support our many many wars…..

Last week, as a polar vortex engulfed broad swaths of the upper Midwest, Rachel Maddow offered a chilling hypothetical. “What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo today?” she asked her viewers. “I mean, what would you do if you lost heat indefinitely as the act of a foreign power, on the same day the temperature in your front yard matched the temperature in Antarctica?”

Since Robert Mueller began his collusion investigation nearly two years ago, Maddow has emerged as one of the nation’s leading “Russiagate” conspiracists, but she is hardly alone. Days after the MSNBC host speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to freeze unsuspecting North Dakotans to death, NBC News published an article with the headline, “Russia’s propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard.” And like Maddow’s on-air musings, the report has proved no less irresponsible.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-mainstream-medias-smearing-of-tulsi-gabbard/

Four strong women representatives and the MSM like the “old guard” in the Congress especially the old white dudes are afraid and running scared as these women come to the forefront.

I am positive that the MSM is not through with the lies and the smears on these women.

******One side note……watch the media and listen……the overpaid douches on TV as pundits are scared to death of these women….they are taking every opportunity to smear them and tell just how ignorant they are, the women I mean, the MSM is SCARED to death that their policies, progressive policies will become popular and they will be in the cross hairs that they will bad mouth every turn these women talk, even the women pundits will them, like good old MIKA……do not be swayed by the fearful pundits……evaluate these women and their policies for yourself and not from slogans…..check their policies and the facts.  The country needs these women and their voices do not let the pundits, corporations and MSM silence them!******

Peace Journalism

It is no secret that I am a “peace-nik” or if you prefer an antiwar activist….I have spent the last 50 years trying to point out the obscenity of war to an unfeeling population.

The media is not what one could call antiwar….if anything they seem to promote war and conflict….

From time to time I am sent papers by grad students looking to further their education in international relations…this paper is on the need for peace journalism…..

Peace Journalism: An Evolving Concept

Peace journalism, as the name suggests, is a form of journalism committed to exploring root causes of conflict in order to “create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict” (Lynch and McGoldrick, 2005: 6). Its history can be tracked back to 1965, when Johan Galtung and Mari Ruge analysed what makes foreign news newsworthy (Galtung and Ruge, 1965). Jake Lynch and Johan Galtung (Lynch and Galtung, 2010) further developed the notion of peace journalism and argued that the media (war reporting, in particular) predominantly exhibit biases towards violence and rest on the conceptual belief that ‘conflict’ equals ‘war’. Within the field of peace journalism (Lynch and Galtung, 2010; Lynch and McGoldrick, 2005), this view was considered problematic because it prevents conflict to be considered as an opportunity for the search of a new harmony between the parties involved, via a process that does not have to necessarily develop into a war. In fact, as Johan Galtung’s theory of nonviolence and conflict resolution (Galtung, 1969) suggests, a conflict is a clash of incompatible interests amongst the parties that can be transcended in order to reach a further and deeper agreement.

https://www.e-ir.info/2018/12/23/peace-journalism-in-theory-and-practice/

This is something I would like to see one of the major news outlets attempt…..side with the innocent….side with peace…..but as long as the M-IC owns the media we will always have only one view….the Hawkish one.

Closing Thought–08Jan19

Bravo Mr. Arkin!

I know I go on and on about our reps growing a spine and standing up to the war complex that we have created….I finally have someone that I can look up to within the MSM…..NBC’s William Arkin……

A journalist with NBC has resigned from the network with a statement which highlights the immense resistance that ostensibly liberal mass media outlets have to antiwar narratives, skepticism of US military agendas, and any movement in the opposite direction of endless military expansionism.

January 4 is my last day at NBC News and I’d like to say goodbye to my friends, hopefully not for good,” begins an email titled ‘My goodbye letter to NBC’ sent to various contacts by William M Arkin, an award-winning journalist who has been associated with the network for 30 years.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve left NBC, but this time the parting is more bittersweet, the world and the state of journalism in tandem crisis,” the email continues. “My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment. And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus.”

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/03/reporter-quits-nbc-citing-networks-support-for-endless-war/

Finally someone with ‘nads to oppose the M-IC and its number tool, the MSM…..

I have found a new respect for at least one mainstream journalist…..but sadly it will not make much difference.

Watching A Presidential Speech

Tonight the President will make a “very important” speech on immigration and such….the MSM was waffling for a while whether they would carry said speech or not….they will….and like everything DC the Dems want their time in the spotlight after the president’s speech…..

Major networks are not planning to avoid running President Trump’s prime-time address Tuesday on what he calls a border “crisis” the way they did with a 2014 address by former President Obama on immigration deemed “overly political.” ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business have all confirmed that they will carry the Trump address, Politico reports. Trump tweeted Monday that he will address the nation at 9pm Eastern on “the Humanitarian and National Security crisis.” The president also plans a trip to the US-Mexico border.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer urged the networks to give Democrats equal time, the Guardian reports. “Now that the television networks have decided to air the president’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation,….for Trump will be lying as he always does. Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” the Democrat leaders said in a joint statement. Other Trump critics called for the networks to air his remarks with a delay of five to 30 minutes in which they could fact-check his statements, the Washington Post reports.

The networks need to have real time fact checking for Trump will be lying as he always does…..

A guide to knowing what to watch for in the president’s speech……

The address will air at 9 pm Eastern time and be broadcast on multiple major networks, including NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and Fox’s broadcast networks; and cable outlets such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. C-SPAN will also carry the speech.

The networks’ decision to carry the address has been some cause for consternation, as many of those same outlets refused to air President Barack Obama’s 2014 speech on a series of executive actions on immigration in November of that year after talks over a bipartisan immigration reform bill broke down. Part of the explanation then was that it was “sweeps” month (though Trump’s speech will preempt new episodes of Black-ish, FBI, and Ellen’s Game of Games), but it was also because the networks found the topic of Obama’s speech to be too partisan.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/8/18173622/trump-primetime-address-stream-border-wall-time

You could turn it into a game also….every time Trump refers to himself you could take a shot.

This speech will be the usual babbling and self grandiose rhetoric…..

Watch with me!

The Big Freak Out!

If you are old enough then in your head a tune called “the Freak Out” song by Chic is playing……but unfortunately that is not the freak out I am speaking of……this one is the freak out the MSM and pro-war d/bags are having over Trump’s decision to draw down of US troops in Syria and a slash of troops in Afghanistan by half…..

These people are pulling all punches taking shots at Trump for his decision…..I am amazed how big the freak out has been…..Right and Left has been freaking out of control…..MSM and small blogs freaking at the freaker’s ball……almost everyone with half a brain is freaking out over Trump’s decision to leave Syria and half the troops in Afghanistan…..

Open-ended war continuation has so much momentum in the US that President Trump’s announced pullout from Syria shocked the nation. Followed up the same week with a drawdown from Afghanistan, the mainstream is now completely apoplectic.

On the left and right, comfort with the status quo was virtually uniform. The arguments behind condemning the drawdowns vary depending on the side of the aisle the commenter is on, but the message is uniform opposition to ending a war Congress never authorized in the first place.

Conservative hawks are playing the usual fear-mongering about threats that have been ongoing since 2001, with suggestions that either not being in Syria, or being in Afghanistan but at a lower troop number, will lead to “the next 9/11.”

Among Democrats, the argument is a bit more confused but no less shrill, as they’ve attacked Trump’s hawkish impulses, but are now accusing him of acting hastily and arbitrarily in ending the war. That Russia has not favored the US presence in Syria is only riling up the argument that Putin is driving US policy as well.

Yet the arguments for staying in Syria, or Afghanistan, aren’t particularly strong, and it is only that both parties’ leadership have so consistently balked at exploring the question that seems to have left many with the impression that the very question was off the table.

The American public, however, seems to broadly support Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria, and to bring some troops home from Afghanistan. The White House switchboard is laden with calls of support.

(antiwar.com)

The Conservative publication National Review is part of the condemnation of the withdrawal decision…..

Donald Trump’s precipitous decision to withdraw American troops from Syria has shocked advisers inside and even allies outside his administration. Lindsey Graham called Trump’s declaration that we have “defeated” ISIS in Syria “fake news.” Graham followed up with a blistering appearance on CNN, where he indicated that Trump’s decision was contrary to sound military advice. Even his most staunch allies, men such as Mike Huckabee, were alarmed:

One of the many problems with skipping the constitutionally necessary congressional debate and authorization before launching a war is that the commander in chief doesn’t have to effectively explain the nature of the enemy, the nature of the conflict, and the scope of the mission. And when that doesn’t happen, even politically engaged and interested Americans can be left in the dark, with their understanding of the conflict limited to the occasional news story or presidential tweet. Barack Obama didn’t initiate this debate when he launched the counter-offensive against ISIS, and Trump has not remedied Obama’s constitutional defect.

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/defeating-isis-separating-fact-from-fiction/

It is amazing that the Left is along for the ride as well….even a hard Left thinker like Noam Chomsky is opposed……

The US should stay in northern Syria to deter attacks against Syrian Kurds, well-known American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky said in an interview with the Intercept last week.

“The other crucial question is the status of the Kurdish areas — Rojava. In my opinion, it makes sense for the United States to maintain a presence which would deter an attack on the Kurdish areas,” he said.

Chomsky noted that the Kurds have “succeeded in sustaining a functioning society with many decent elements” in Syria’s north.

“The idea that they should be subjected to an attack by their bitter enemies the Turks, or by the murderous Assad regime, I think is anything should be done to try to prevent that.”

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/13cf816e-8e40-41c8-bb76-d453a3261d8b

This universality of the condemnation is just fascinating….the Left and the Right in perfect harmony…..when was the last time we could say that?

I personally give Trump an “A” for his attempt…..the thought is what counts but in this case the action will count more….at least to me.

Further Reading:

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/washington-melts-down-over-trumps-syria-withdrawal/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/us-withdrawal-syria-gives-new-lease-life-1675362313

In conclusion I made two musical references in this post and being a right up standing blogger I offer the music of those references…..