Daily Archives: January 18, 2010

The Man Behind Fox News…

Be sure to read the entire article and learn who the key players are in this vicious circle.  I’m sure we’ll be hearings these names again in the coming years. 

I wonder, how will  Fox News spin it that Rupert Murdoch is pallin’ around with  a Muslim?  I thought all ‘real’ Americans hated Muslims? 




Filed under Media, World Politics

Politics Can Do Some Good

I happened to have watched the interview with David Gregory and I hate to admit it, but I  felt kinda sorry for GWB.  He sounded like a man with regrets when asked about Katrina.   But I do have to give Bush credit where it’s due – he did say that working with Bill Clinton was an honor.  He also said something about his mother calls Bill Clinton her 4th son.  Have you ever heard that before?




Filed under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, Republicans

Bye Bye…..

Interesting little bit of news I just read on Huffington Post.   I wonder if this the start of a trend?  Could we be so lucky?




Filed under Media, Playing Politics, Radical Rightwing groups, Republicans

U. S. military weapons inscribed with Bible passages

What would Jesus shoot?

Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company, an ABC News investigation has found.  The maker of the sights, Trijicon, has a $660 million multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 sights to the Marine Corps, and additional contracts to provide sights to the U.S. Army.

At the end of the serial number on Trijicon’s ACOG gun sight, you can read “JN8:12”, a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”



Filed under Religion, WAR

Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises

91 Kept So Far

While on the campaign trail, Barack Obama made hundreds of promises. And throughout the president’s first year in office, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Web site PolitiFact has tracked each one of those commitments.

Just before Obama took office, PolitiFact combed through campaign documents, speeches and debate transcripts to see what promises he had made. They found more than 500 individual promises and put each of them into a database to be monitored closely.

They found 91 promises have been fulfilled, 33 compromised on, 87 stalled and 14 broken. The remaining promises are designated as being “in the works.”



Filed under President Barack Obama

A Few Facts to Consider on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Economic justice was on Martin Luther King, Jr’s list and that went unacomplished with his death.  A few facts to ponder on this holiday:

*The gap between the rich and poor has reached Depression-era standards.

*Corporate CEOs now make nearly 400 times the average worker.

*African Americans earn less, die earlier and are imprisoned at disproportionate rates than whites.

*Even in the Age of Obama, young black men are more likely to be locked up than graduate from college, and the leading cause of death for black men under 30 is homicide.

*Our government has spent more than $1 trillion on the Iraq war even as our inner cities crumble and 40 million [out of roughly 300 million] Americans live in poverty.

*A new report from the Center for American Progress, The State of Minorities in the New Economy, shows how African American and Latinos are falling even further behind during the economic downturn.

Read more here.



Filed under Political Reform, Progressive Ideals

Maybe Redemption is Possible for Everyone. . .

Ted Olson, the attorney who aided George W. Bush in his selection as president of the U.S.A., is now fighting proposition 8, California’s same sex marriage ban.  Olson has teamed up with his opponent  in the Bush v. Gore battle (attorney David Boies) to undo proposition 8.  Being declared an honoray lesbian is a title Olson wears with pride.

Olson was the subject of Maureen Dowd’s Sunday editorial.  He aknowledges his emotional reaction to the case and those effected: “’I think there’s something the matter with you if you don’t care enough to feel the suffering that they’ve been through and if you’re not emotionally upset about the fact that we’re doing an immense amount of harm to people,’ he said. ‘We’re not treating them like Americans. We’re not treating them like citizens.’”

More from the editorial:  “‘The anti-gay-marriage proponents whipped up a moral frenzy in 2008, suggesting conjugal parity would harm children, summon the devil, tear down churches and melt civilization.’ But Olson argued in his opening statement that the discrimination gays experience ‘weakens our moral fiber in this country.’”

Both attorneys expressed their disappointment with President Obama’s position on this cause: “’Damned right,’ Boies snapped. ‘I hope my Democratic president will catch up to my conservative Republican co-counsel.’”

While I don’t think Olson did the nation a favor with his work to install G.B. Bush, as the title states, “maybe redemption is possible for everyone.”



Filed under GLBT Rights, Marriage Equality

Monday, 1/18/10, Public Square

Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the birthday of Rev. King who was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.  He is a human-rights icon. I Have a Dream is the popular name given to the public speech in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination.  Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986.



Filed under The Public Square

Roger Ailes is GOP leader

Republicans looking for a new leader have to look no further than Fox News head Roger Ailes, writes Newsweek’s Howard Fineman this week. “Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum—which is why God created Roger Ailes. The president of Fox News is, by default, the closest thing there is to a kingmaker in Anti-Obama America,” Fineman writes. Fox has fueled the conservative populist revolt that is overtaking the party, Fineman says, and the channel will have a front-row seat at the Tea Party convention in Nashville next month. His station’s recent acquisition of Sarah Palin gives “her a second tryout in the Bigs, while simultaneously using her to generate colossal ratings.” Nothing could be more important in the party today.

I’ve been trying to answer this question: does the Republican Party have a “leader”? Surely it’s not Michael Steele, the loose-lipped chairman of the RNC. Not Mitch McConnell, the funereal Kentuckian who heads the Senate’s rejectionist GOP minority. Not Sen. John McCain; he’s too busy watching his own right flank back home in Arizona. And certainly not the Bushes, elder and younger, hunkered down in Texas. As for the 2012 wannabes, none gets more than a fifth of the GOP vote in the early polls.  But I finally found my answer while I was watching Fox News Channel.



Filed under Republicans, Tea Party Movement, Wingnuts!