Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rut Ro.. what happens when press coverage isn't supportive.

The Sacrifice of Truth to Power by Melanie Phillips

The sacrifice of truth to power
Sunday, 26th October 2008

What’s happening in this terrifying, Orwellian US presidential race is the flip side of the madness that’s been on display since 9/11 itself, when swathes of the UK population decided that ‘America had it coming to it’ because it supported Israel, and that George W Bush was the most dangerous man on the planet. After the Iraq war started this irrationality swelled into pathological proportions on both sides of the Atlantic, when the ‘Bush lied, people died’ narrative fuelled a hatred of Bush and ‘the neocons’ exceeded in its hallucinatory and murderous venom only by the truly deranged way in which the media and intelligentsia systematically either ignored evidence that did not fit this narrative or, even more astoundingly, reported it in such a way that it delivered the opposite of what was actually happening or being said.

In this way not only has history been rewritten, not only have Britain and America been to a greater or lesser extent turned against themselves and demoralised by the propaganda of their mortal enemies recycled as truth by our fifth-column Big Media, but they have been incited to an ugly and dangerous level of irrationality, hatred and hysteria which history tells us presages the twilight of freedom. It is that media class which, in refusing to tell the public what it needs to know about Barack Obama, may now finally install in the White House the man who personifies the repudiation of the American power and western values that the media and left-wing intelligentsia (of which the media is the mouthpiece) have themselves spared no effort to destroy these past seven years

As ABC columnist Michael Malone protests:

What I object to (and I think most other Americans do as well) is the lack of equivalent hardball coverage of the other side -- or worse, actively serving as attack dogs for the presidential ticket of Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Joe Biden, D-Del. If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography....

Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven't we seen an interview with Sen. Obama's grad school drug dealer -- when we know all about Mrs. McCain's addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden’s endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional media?

The absolute nadir (though I hate to commit to that, as we still have two weeks before the election) came with Joe the Plumber. Middle America, even when they didn't agree with Joe, looked on in horror as the press took apart the private life of an average person who had the temerity to ask a tough question of a presidential candidate. So much for the standing up for the little man. So much for speaking truth to power. So much for comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, and all of those other catchphrases we journalists used to believe we lived by.

So much indeed.

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Monday, October 27, 2008


It is no secret that I've become engrossed by the news coverage of the presidential election. Each day I sit, flaberghasted, by the endless twists and turns that are playing out in the media. Despite taking in all these details, I remain a big picture person. To that end, here are some key definitions that we seem to have lost sight of:

cap⋅i⋅tal⋅ism [kap-i-tl-iz-uhm]

–noun an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, esp. as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

free press  –noun a body of book publishers, news media, etc., not controlled or restricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.

welfare state  –noun a state in which the welfare of the people in such matters as social security, health and education, housing, and working conditions is the responsibility of the government.

so⋅cial⋅ism [soh-shuh-liz-uhm]

–noun 1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

Do I think Obama is a socialist? Not in the traditional sense, however, there is no question that he is for the redistribution of wealth. For me, it still comes down to this - why have the government do something for you that you can do for yourself? I don't care if it is a Republican or Democratic government, it is a bureacracy regardless.

The emotion is running high. When you vote - will you vote on emotion or will you vote for the preservation of the American dream?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Finish

There is so much to blog about these days I hardly know where to start. Have you heard? There is a big election coming up. The stock market is down. AIG is spending thousands on shooting parties in England. The US military is catching terrorists in Iraq. Gas is $2.58 a gallon. GM & Chrysler are talking merger. Merril Lynch reports a $5B loss this quarter. Barack Obama is the teflon candidate. John McCain is in love with a plumber. Need I say more?

It all comes down to this. I was truly excited about the Republican ticket with the announcement of Palin as Veep. I went to the rally. I was feeling good. I might actually have a vote for a ticket that is more to me than the lesser of two evils. Then the economy tanked. And McCain tanked. My morale hit a low. Oh, no. Here we go. McCain is going to blow it. And the debates. Lots of good hits, but no knockout. We should be respectful, but wait, Obama "pals around with terrorists". We should fight... but well, not that much.

I was feeling, well, defeated. Then Bill Kristol comes out and says its over. No way McCain can win. He needs to get angry. He needs to talk straight about the economy.

But, I have some hope. There is something holy about the American citizen entering the polling station. Something about checking that box, pulling that lever or hitting that screen... something that no media outlet can predict. Last night as I watched Fox News talk to their focus group about the Debate at Hofstra it was said very clearly. Obama may be eloquent. He may win debate after debate, but that doesn't necessarily equate in winning votes. Obama has just enough time to be over confident and lose this election. There are a lot of us out there that are charmed by his charisma.

When you enter the booth to vote- do you vote for charm or do you vote on trust? The media hasn't quite captured the pervasive wonder in the US - can Obama be trusted? That is the exact reason why Bill Ayers, Rezko, Rev. Wright, and ACORN matter. There are just enough question marks about Obama to sow the seeds of doubt about where he might ultimately take this nation. The fact is that the US is broke. Obama has no solution that doesn't include spending money. Unless the American public is ready to sign on to class warfare and the welfare state (and maybe we are), McCain has a chance still.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Xanthe's Christmas List

I know we are going to get a lot of questions about what Xanthe has, doesn't has, wants, needs and/or what Erik & Mara could live with Xanthe receiving for Christmas. So, I've started a wishlist. If you want to spoil Xanthe, here is a good place to start...

My Amazon.com Wish List

I will be adding to this list. Feel free to check back for changes.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Debates

Here she goes again....

McCain v. Obama

Obama is so polished it kills me. He really is impressive. He speaks like a east coast elite and it is like music to my ears. He is learned and polite and then my eyes glaze over........

Mccain isn't going to win any points for grace. He does not have the command of the audience, the stage or the podium like Obama.

But, I still can't get past the fact that Obama has done so little in his political career. McCain has been a civil servant for decades. He has fought for the country both on the battlefield and in the Senate. Despite his inability to adequately address the financial crisis (a big failing by the campaign in my opinion), his is still the agenda to deal with the problems facing the country. Not only will Obama's tax cuts slow the economy further, his entire agenda will have to be tossed out the window because, lets be honest, there is no money. So for all those who are voting for him because of universal healthcare, larger and wealthier social programs, or the $3Billion he promised for the Great Lakes, it aint gonna happen. I don't understand the logic that Obama gains in the polls when the economy tanks. Big government does fix a failing economy. Putting money back in the system does.

And that brings me to the VP debate:

Biden v. Palin

The two points that lead me to believe that Palin won the debate:
1. We need to return to an era of "personal responsibility". Americans are mad as hell at what is going on in the country, Wall Street, Congress... the list goes on. Everyone wants to play the blame game. Who warned it was happening... who tried to do something about it... who cares? Its done now. Lets hold these fat cats responsible and reform DC. I am in.
2. Giving $$$ back. We need to hear more about the windfall tax Palin put on the gas companies in Alaska and how she gave that money back to her constituents. Lets not add to the national debt by passing economic stimulus packages, lets give the money back to the taxpayers by way of windfall profit taxes and tax cuts.

Biden is a statesman but the comparison was clear. An old dude from Congress who has had his chance to change the country and hasn't done it vs. the young gal from Alaska who has the energy and no allegiances to special interests to prevent her from getting something done. I am okay w/ her experience level at the VP level, not at the top of the ticket. And lets face it, she still has more experience than Obama does.

My advice:

The "Straight Talk Express" needs to get out there and talk straight. McCain fumbled in his handling of the bail out plan. Make is straight and simple for the American public - be real - tell us what we can and can't do. We can STILL reform government. It doesn't take money to do that. It take balls. McCain's message got fuzzy the last couple of weeks. Time to get back to basics.

Movin On...

Before Xanthe was born, all the parents I ran into said: "it goes so fast...". When I was in the longest 9 months of my life, with each twitch, tingle or tickle causing happiness, fear or reassurance, that was the last thing I could hear. It goes so fast. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

This past week, Xanthe and I ended our nursing relationship. I am not the crunchy-granola type mom. Breastfeeding for me was a pragmatic solution - it is the best food and it is free! More than the pragmatic considerations, I found that emotionally, nursing allowed me to have an immediate physical bond. When you are pregnant, you imagine that you will feel instant true unconditional love at the sight of your newborn. The fact is, sometimes it takes time. When Xanthe was a newborn there were times when I looked at her in disbelief. Is this little girl really MY daughter? I would count the fingers and the toes... in awe. There was a getting-to-know-you time. And with each phase of Xanthe's development, there is a level of confidence, knowledge and attachment that grows. I loved her instantly but nursing helped me to reinforce what seemed unbelievable, that we did this. My love grows.

As a result, I come to the end of nursing with mixed feelings. There were several changes in our working life that necessitated the change. And frankly, Xanthe has never been a "polite" nurser. She yanks, hits, pulls, bites and lacks attention to the task at hand. Some babies are so peaceful at breast. Babies sleeping in their mothers arms, happy, content. Xanthe isn't this child. She does not need me for comfort.

We know each other well enough now to know that the relationship was changing, and I no longer need to nurse to feel like her mommy. It goes so fast.