Agreed: Media Accentuates the Hold of the Elite

Gore’s major accusation is that the media, especially television and its ability to manipulate with imagery,  is a major ally in the efforts of the elite to solidify their own influence and power.  There is no doubt.  Fox News , in the hands of one the world’s most ardent supporter of the dominance of the elite, Rupert Murdoch,  is always Continue Reading

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It’s All In The Presentation

 Rove and co. have a way of “pushing buttons” and manipulating everything,  and David Kuo (previously mentioned author of Tempting Faith) recognized this in Rove’s cynical manipulation of the “faith based initiative” with no apparent intention to actually implement or support such a thing (ie:  Rove to a faith based committee member who was pressing for some administrative support:”Just get Continue Reading

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How Bush Bends Over At Record Rates

 Surely politicians and presidents “bend over” and succumb to pressure.  Rarely do they so willingly and welcomingly do it;  so much so that they have “thinktanks” and media lapdogs (and in the case of Fox, “attack dogs”) to plant their “public persona” in the minds of their “victims”.  Gore ,  in his book ,  issues one of the more scathing Continue Reading

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Private Foxes in the Public Henhouse

This from Assault on Reason is a good example of the stuff I bought the book to read about: The perpetrators have clearly assumed that they have little to fear from public outrage and that very few people will learn about their misdeeds.All of them assume an ignorant public. Bush would not be able credibly to label a bill that Continue Reading

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Powell tried to talk Bush out of war – Times Online

No scoop here.  Woodward wrote the narrative on this back in his Plan of Attack in 2004.  Powell was saying to Bush over and over,  “You break it,  and you own it” THE former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes Continue Reading

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In(ter)dependence Day

 This post from Kayla over at inward-outward echoes the theme I was trying to articulate last night,  re: my July 4 question (even though the focus of my question was on the “reactions” that befit those of us in the church as we witness the human and environmental carnage of the 6 and a half years of Bush).  But INTERDEPEDENCE Continue Reading

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Olbermann is Not Amused, But How to Complain?

I watched Countdown last Monday night,  knowing that the one guy on TV News who says what many feel needs to be said about Bush.  He’s talked to Joseph Wilson and others,  and they’re all saying “Bush considers himself above the law”.  (I know,  I said I wouldn’t say much more,  but this is what I hope will be their last Continue Reading

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Olbermann: Bush, Cheney should resign

 Keith Olbermann with another scorcher on Bush, Cheney, etc. “I didn’t vote for him,” an American once said, “But he’s my president, and I hope he does a good job.” That—on this eve of the 4th of July—is the essence of this democracy, in 17 words.  And that is what President Bush threw away yesterday in commuting the sentence of Continue Reading

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Bush the "good Fella’"

The criminal George Bush is above the law.  Nuff said.   That’s what he says with his absurd defense of behavior that,  uhhh… he sanctioned himself,  along with his cohorts in crime,  Cheney and Rove.  I’ll not spend too much time on this.  Not worth it.  Scum. My only hope in this case is that it backfires on the idiot,  and Continue Reading

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Informed Comment: Bush Turns Iraq into Israel/Palestine; Gaffe endangers US Troops

 Juan Cole and others are lambasting Bush for still yet another idiotic speech. Bush said in a speech on Thursday that he hopes Iraq will be like Israel, a democracy that faces terrorist violence but manages to retain its democratic character: ‘ In Israel, Bush said, “terrorists have taken innocent human life for years in suicide attacks. The difference is Continue Reading

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Not Doing What We "Want Our President Doing"

Taling Points Memo contributor Steve Benen points out yet another claim of Bush that requires only “looking it up” to see how Bush rewrites history to cover up his unwillingness to listen to anyone outside his circle.  In November, after the election, CentCom commander Gen. John Abizaid rejected the notion of a so-called surge, saying that he “met with every divisional Continue Reading

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Picket Fences On Church and State

I have been viewing the DVD for the just released DVD of the first season of Picket Fences,  which I consider among my favorite TV shows of all time.  I remember many church folks lauding its willingness to engage in topics often avoided by entertainment media.  I just saw the “Christmas” episode from that first season,  and I noticed now,  Continue Reading

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Abandonment after Congratulations

 A story in the Washington Post indicates how this administration is all about appearances.  Once celebrated by his government, Cruz feels defeated by its bureaucracy. He no longer has the stamina to appeal the VA decision, or to make the Army correct the sloppy errors in his medical records or amend his personnel file so it actually lists his combat Continue Reading

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Seymour Hersh: The General’s Report on Abu Ghraib

From a New Yorker column by Seymour Hersh:  Antonio Taguba, appointed military investigator of the Abu Ghraib scandal, immediately became a casualty of this scandal.  The following is a disgusting revelation of what many of us already know:  that Rumsfeld,  as a member of the  administration inner circle ,  is a  disgusting charlatan,  whose public face is pure BS. In a series of Continue Reading

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