Vietnam has been on my mind as I recently listened to Tim Ziegler an author of To Set the Record Straight and read his book about the Swift Boat Vets and the POW’s and how they got together to defeat John Kerry. (Why did that man ever think he should lead the country is beyond me.

I was astounded by the amount of communist influence in the American protest movement. I knew we lost that war over here, but to read of the direct influence vs sympathetic influence surprised little naive me.

So this week is PBS’s special from Ken Burns on Vietnam. And apparently the lies continue. Once you know the truth, and I can only assume Burns looked over all the information out there, it surprises me how a person can fail to tell the truth. Again – naive. The media somehow is a giant think tank promoting it’s own views which are to the far left. Start there and things begin to make sense.

Follow this author, John M. DelVecchio for more insight. This link will take you to the 2nd episode’s review. And this link takes you to the first.

Interesting stuff.

Ebola by the Numbers

In November I wrote that the numbers the media had been reporting on Ebola looked suspect.

What ticks me off is the use of numbers taken out of thin air by folks who basically want more money. Why not be honest? The numbers are bad enough as it is.

According to Michael Fumento who wrote on this back in August, I am right.

The political chiefs at the WHO — and at our own Centers for Disease Control — were promoting hysteria in bids for more funding. They either refused to look for the facts, or ignored them.
The simple truth is this: Epidemics have been peaking and disappearing throughout history, long before there were health organizations, vaccines or effective treatments. Ebola was no different.

Crazy making.

Friday, Friday, Friday

This story on Sharyl Attkisson ought to be the big story of the day. Nothing to do with immigration, everything to do with the reign in DC.

In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA).

But it’s Friday, so a couple of photos from my walk this morning.

Anyone know what this is? When I search “weasel in Longmont”, I just get the Tasty Weasel Taphouse…..I think I have plans tonight…..DSCN0253

Snopes: No Longer the Go To Place for the Truth

A lot of the news out this week concerning Gruber and the “stupidity of the American voter” you have seen.

As an aside, here is a column about the man who actually LISTENED to Gruber and other architects of Obamacare and then got the story out – vs you know, a reporter. (ht Instapundit who notes the mild mannered investment adviser is officially a member of the Army of Davids now.)

Weinstein [the investment adviser], back at home, was stunned at the reaction. Why did he keep finding Gruber gaffes? Why didn’t the press glom onto this stuff first?

“It’s terrifying that the guy in his mom’s basement is finding his stuff, and nobody else is,” he says. “I really do find this disturbing.”

But – whatever…..we KNEW this. While this SHOULD be important to reports who should be reporting the news, the facts, the story – this isn’t news. We already knew this although the smoking gun had not been found.
So what IS new? This here:

Snopes is a member of the left wing, lying, Democrat protecting, report skewing media who’s existence is only there to keep you in the dark and to try to get you to groupthink to the left.

Anywho, let’s now take a trip over to Snopes, which decided that completely destroying its credibility was a good move for the week. First, Snopes writes up the “claim” in this way: “Claim: “Obamacare architect” Jonathan Gruber recently said Obamacare only passed due to the “stupidity” of the American voter and a lack of “transparency,” and video footage of his remarks was deleted from the internet.

Then, stunningly, it describes it as a mixture of truth and non-truth.

Click through for the vetting. Snopes is done for.

ht Ace of Spades who has gotten angry

Fox News

You all know that Fox news channel, the butt of all jokes, the station that everyone watches but no one admits to watching……

A socialist over at Salon thinks the solution to solving the problem of Maria Fox news is to give the media over to the government to run. (hat tip GayPatriot)

Imagine a world without the New York Times, Fox News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and countless other tools used by the 1 percent to rule and fool.

In a socialist society run by and for the working people it represents, the mega-monopolies like Walmart, Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, and the corporations that run the tightly controlled “mainstream media” will be a thing of the past.
………….In a socialist society a portion of the media would be reserved for news disseminated by the democratically elected governing bodies, that is, working people elected by and for working people.

But state ownership is not the only way media can represent the interests of working people, to speak with or through their voices. In most cases, the media would be owned and operated by working-class organizations—labor unions, neighborhood associations, and cultural centers.

So news (and views) in a socialist society will be brought to you by a plethora of noncommercial sponsors.

Seriously. What an idiot. Do I have to expound? I don’t think so, as my readership is smarter than I am.

I will however note this:

The state already has control over most of the media. Only it’s not control with guns, it’s control with love and pats on the back and insider tips to skew the news the way they want it. And for Fox? “No Soup For You!”

On Thursday, Greta Van Susteren wrote at her blog, “After Benghazi on 9/11/2012, the Obama administration tried very hard to discourage Fox News Channel from reporting on it. The effort was obstruction – pure and simple.”

Yet Fox is the laughing stock?


Wow – who exactly is the man behind the curtain? !! Seriously. These people did not get this on their own. AP? Journolist? Who thinks this nothing sentence is worthy?
And if they are locked in on this nothingness, what happens concerning elections? Oh, never mind.

ht GayPatriot who notes:

Keep this in mind as they all start blathering over the wonders of Obamacare, and how awesome Hillary is.

Skewed Titles to Columns

Today in the NYTimes, John Howard of Australia explains what he did in Australia after the massacre in Tasmania. He essentially confiscated all the guns there.
They removed about 700,000 guns there. (population 22,821,000). 3%.

He’s saying that’s the equivalent of 40million guns here.
But that’s beside the point. He notes this:

Our challenges were different from America’s. Australia is an even more intensely urban society, with close to 60 percent of our people living in large cities. Our gun lobby isn’t as powerful or well-financed as the National Rifle Association in the United States. Australia, correctly in my view, does not have a Bill of Rights, so our legislatures have more say than America’s over many issues of individual rights, and our courts have less control. Also, we have no constitutional right to bear arms. (After all, the British granted us nationhood peacefully; the United States had to fight for it.)

He goes on to explain how he worked with the states to confiscate the guns.

Here’s his ending:

In the end, we won the battle to change gun laws because there was majority support across Australia for banning certain weapons. And today, there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate. The Australian Institute of Criminology found that gun-related murders and suicides fell sharply after 1996. The American Journal of Law and Economics found that our gun buyback scheme cut firearm suicides by 74 percent. In the 18 years before the 1996 reforms, Australia suffered 13 gun massacres — each with more than four victims — causing a total of 102 deaths. There has not been a single massacre in that category since 1996.

Few Australians would deny that their country is safer today as a consequence of gun control.

The title of this column?
“I went after guns. Obama can too.”

Based on what??

I wouldn’t presume to lecture Americans on the subject. I can, however, describe what I, as prime minister of Australia, did to curb gun violence following a horrific massacre 17 years ago in the hope that it will contribute constructively to the debate in the United States.

How about a different title. “What John Howard did in Australia about gun violence” or “How the Australian system worked so that I could confiscate guns” or any number of other titles.

The bold in my first cut notes he’s happy he didn’t have to deal with a Bill of Rights. So how about “How the Bill of Rights can hamper gun confiscation” or “state cooperation in gun removal” or “How the Bill of Rights is making you unsafe” or any number of other titles.


From George Will: [bold is mine]

The media, which often are the last to know things because their wishes father their thoughts, say the tea party impulse is exhausted. Scores of House Republicans and seven first-term Republican senators (Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio and Tim Scott) will soon — hello, debt ceiling — prove otherwise.

Posted in MSM

Keep Spinning those Stories MSM

Today we see more on the narrative.

This column on corporations working to convince people to do what they can to avoid the fiscal cliff really tries to be neutral at the beginning even making this very good point:

And yet the calls go unheeded. The nation can’t rise above, or come together, or fix the debt, for some very good reasons. On issue after issue—global warming, tax cuts, even personal economic feeling—Democrats and Republicans see the world differently. In fact, it often seems as though they represent two different countries.

Then, it fails:

The Republicans, who still command a majority in the House thanks to gerrymandered districts, are shrinking to a rural and Southern core. (There isn’t a single GOP representative east of the Hudson River, save Peter King of Long Island, which is really part of its own universe.) The Democrats dominate the urbanized coasts and the industrial Midwest.

The more the Republicans lose, the more stubborn and obstinate they become. They don’t want to do a deal with President Obama. They don’t want to compromise on taxing. They want to rip up the safety net, except for the portion that covers those who are already receiving benefits. They have said so, over and over again, to the press, to their own leaders, to anybody who will listen. The Democrats, having won two presidential elections in a row, are in no mood to rip up the greatest achievements of generations of Democratic presidents in exchange for smaller tax cuts than would be achieved by going over the fiscal cliff. And it seems unlikely that either side will have a big change of heart in the few remaining working days.

Republicans apparently came to be elected through gerrymandering (aka cheating) while Democrats are just popular. Republicans are obstinate as they lose and “don’t want to deal” and “don’t want to compromise”. They “rip” safety nets.
Democrats are unwilling to let go of “great achievements”.

Try this one, entitled “Tax fairness and the wealthy” by unknown Ray D. Madoff. I opened it thinking it may possible be a reasonable position but look at his opener. By agreeing to let taxes go up on millionaires, this author has determined that Boehner agreed that taxes “must go up”.

While there appears — or, at least, appeared — to be some agreement between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner that taxes on the wealthy must go up, the amount of the increase remains undecided.

And just like that the narrative has changed.
The GOP agrees!!! Taxes must go up!!

Whoa Baby – the Truth Comes Out!

Right here in the big ol MSM, the truth about those evil “Bush Tax Cuts” has seen the light.

They are now the tax cuts that are an absolute requirement for the good of the country. (except for those rich people’s versions)

President Obama has put the extension of the tax cuts for most Americans at the top of his domestic agenda, a remarkable turnaround for Democrats, who had staunchly opposed the tax breaks when they were written into law about a decade ago.

Next on the MSM agenda will be approval of enhanced interrogation as multiple drone strikes result in lack of intelligence. [click through for a good list of questions that need to be asked]