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Well, as I stated in my last post, the Main Stream Media must be exposed. They are the fifth column for the the Democratic Party and Leftist Ideals. Just how bad is it? Bad. Media is a powerful tool, and its impact can be summed up in an analogy about spreading gossip from the movie “Doubt”, a conversation between a woman “confessing” the sin of gossiping to her Priest:
‘Did you gut the pillow with a knife?’ he says. ‘Yes, Father.’ ‘And what were the results?’ ‘Feathers,’ she said. ‘Feathers?’ he repeated. ‘Feathers; everywhere, Father.’ ‘Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out onto the wind,’ ‘Well,’ she said, ‘it can’t be done. I don’t know where they went. The wind took them all over.’ ‘And that,’ said Father O’ Rourke, ‘is gossip!’
And that “gossip” can be translated to represent the lies and misleading stories the Main Stream Media perpetrates on the US population. Those “feathers” the media sends out are spread far and wide, their reach is massive, and the video below will shock you on the intensity these stories take hold. Most who will read this are “plugged in” to grassroots media knowing that the Main Stream Media is dead as a “truthful information” source. The challenge is growing our reach, change the “talking points” to a search for truth. If our struggle is to shed sunlight on the truth, no matter who is right and who is wrong, if we remain ethical and call a spade a spade no matter of their “political party,” then even with the worst odds I have faith we can succeed. I don’t know “how” yet, I only know the struggle is just. Here is the video, which is of 2008 Obama voters:
The one group that did not turn out was the main stream media, proving the group’s point.
In April, five members of Occupy Cleveland were arrested for attempting to blow up the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge. The main stream media largely ignored the alleged terrorists’ connection to the Occupy movement.
Jim Hoft, an organizer of the event and blogger at the Gateway Pundit wrote,”The goal of Occupy The Truth is to inject some honesty into the narrative of just how potentially violent the Occupy movement can be.”
Conservative favorites Dana Loesch, Michelle Malkin and Sonnie Johnson headlined today’s rally in Cleveland. Dana Loesch rocked the crowd with sarcasm aimed at the Occupy movement, the main stream media and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
Many prominent members of the democrat party, including Mr. Brown have praised the Occupy movement, despite the numerous incidents of rape and violence within its ranks, while at the same time falsely accusing the Tea Party of racism and hate.
The media have ignored or minimized most of the incidents perpetrated in the Occupy movement. As of last December at least 403 incidents have been reported involving Occupy members, but the media has failed to piece them together.
During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom the press was embedded with American troops showing regular footage to American T.V. watchers causing an anti-incumbent sentiment as it was designed. Americans saw guided bomb hits, infantry assaults, tank maneuvers.. One question remains – where are the combat reporters in Afghanistan during Obama’s leadership?
No Time magazine covers of injured soldiers? New Y0rk Times interviews with Afghanistan civilians? No huge stories on torture, Gitmo or any of the other activities that have not stopped during the Presidency of Barack Obama despite his promises?
The impeachment of the American media is incomplete. While many have asked about the rush to judgement in the Treyvon Martin shooting, the lack of honesty from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, there is more that is oddly missing and unjust.
Remember this video from CNN when we had a real President?
When was the last 60 minutes story on the fighting in the Middle East?
While CBS news is covering Pizza Hut creations in the region there is no riveting TV coverage of the fighting in the tribal regions of Afghanistan.
Is it the quiet cover for the sitting President that no one objects to? Sure, there are printed stories and 10 second quick-cover stories, but where are the every day battering of the American population with war footage that happened during a Republican presidency?
There is the current Administration’s disdain of Bush’s “unilateral” action in the region despite the press coverage of British successes and the more than 25 nations involved in the conflict. The media and re-historians even paint President George H.W. Bush as a fascist.
The previous White House also sought the approval of Congress for military actions as outlined by U.S. law – a process the Obama Administration has waved off, ignored and spoken against. Why Congress is not more inflamed that their part in our government has been lessened is unfathomable, questionable and possibly impeachable.
Congress has forgotten our fighting men and women. The press could care less about them. When it is not politically advantageous to do so, the most brave are forgotten – where is the combat footage?
The main stream media cover for the Democrat administration is not as obvious as many point out – in many cases, it is as simple as forgetting to report what’s actually going on because it suits an end.. by any means.
As we near Memorial Day, it is a behavior that Americans must deplore, outrage against and decide whether those networks deserve their time and money.
With his teleprompters present, on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, President Barack Hussein Obama attended a United Auto Workers (UAW) meeting in Washington DC. Obama’s speech, billed as a policy speech, was more like a campaign pep rally. Said Obama, “Some politicians even said we should ‘let Detroit go bankrupt!‘ You remember that?” But there is one little problem. While the November 18, 2008 New York Times op-ed was titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” Mitt Romney never said that. In fact, the Romney op-ed mentioned not a word about bankruptcy. Rather, it provided his thoughts on what the government bail-out should accomplish. Yet another example of Obama lying, playing to his audience, and the MSM covering for him.
While speaking at the UAW meeting, Obama made no mention of Delphi employees, how his bail-out deal caused thousands of non-union autoworkers to be thrown “under the bus.” Obama, when criticized that his bailout was a union payoff, said that all workers sacrificed to save the auto industry. He said, “Retirees saw a reduction in the health-care benefits they had earned. Many of you saw hours reduced, or pay and wages scaled back.” But upon further inspection, we see that the bail-out sacrifices were not distributed equally. Rather, they were redistributed politically. Consider these specific points:
- Non-union pensioners who worked for Delphi, a GM auto-parts company, lost all of their health and life insurance benefits.
- In the rush to nationalize the auto industry and avoid contested court termination proceedings, the White House auto team schemed with union officials to preserve UAW members’ pension funds.
- Dealers and suppliers faced closures based on political connections and lobbying clout.
- Bondholders were demonized personally by Obama as greedy and stingy, and while trying to protect their property and contractual rights, got cheated, got less than they invested.
Meanwhile, Timothy Geithner served simultaneously as co-chair of the Auto Task Force, board member of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBCG, the federal agency overseeing pension payments to bankrupt companies) and treasury secretary. Let’s see… Geithner was on Obama’s Auto Task Force that saved union jobs, the PBCG that saved UAW pensions, and Geithner’s Treasury Department and General Motors (GM) closely coordinated their public relations strategy and collaborated on making fraudulent claims about GM repaying all of its government loans. Can anyone say “conflict of interest?”
But the larger question is, “Where is the MSM?” Why were not any of these facts, especially the plight of the non-union Delphi employees, reported? Why did the MSM not call Obama on his lying, or at least mention that Romney’s op-ed said nothing about letting Detroit go bankrupt? They portrayed Obama’s bail-out as a success story, never mentioning any of the people and companies who were hurt.
But that’s just my opinion.
I am a loyal, and nearly every day, listener of the Rush Limbaugh Show. I have begun to wonder what is up with him and the other conservatives who so adamantly oppose Barack Obama. Rush spends 3 hours a day, Monday through Friday railing about Obama and his policies. Rush says Obama is the most dangerous man in America (not a quote) yet ignores the biggest weak spot Obama possesses, the “natural born citizen” issue.
We know that Obama Sr. was a Kenyan, and therefore a citizen of Great Britain. Article 2, Section 1, Paragraph 5 states that to be president a person must be a “natural born citizen” of the United States of America. The Naturalization Act of 1790, and an 1875 Supreme Court decision, Minor vs. Happersett (88 US 162) define the term “Natural Born Citizen”. There are other cases that have discussed this issue and have come down on the side of Obama not being eligible to hold the office of President of the United States.
A recent Georgia case was decided in Obama’s favor despite the fact that neither Obama nor his lawyer showed up, ignoring a lawful subpoena. The Judge, Michael Malihi, told the plaintiffs’ lawyers he would render a default judgment in their favor due to Obama snubbing the subpoena. But when all was said and done Malihi used a minor court decision from Indiana to find in Obama’s favor, totally ignoring an act of Congress, the Naturalization Act of 1790; and a Supreme Court decision, Minor vs. Happersett. This decision is being appealed and many wonder what happened to change the judge’s mind in only 6 days. What made this judge totally reverse course in such a short time when he had ample evidence to support a finding of “ineligible” and no evidence to refute the case presented by the plaintiffs? Was he paid off? Was he threatened? No one knows why the decision came down the way it did under the circumstances. I wrote about it at the time from the perspective that our republic is no more.
As I see this from a non-lawyer perspective I see coercion of some sort. Naturally I can’t prove anything, but when I look at all the facts at my disposal I can’t come to any other conclusion. I look at this and then think about Limbaugh, Hannity, Boortz, Levin, O’Reilly, Coulter, and all the other conservative pundits taking a pass on this issue. It makes me ask, “Why will they not even talk about this issue, other than ridiculing those who address Obama’s eligibility”?
What is there that prevents the biggest radio audience in the nation, and maybe beyond our borders from hearing Rush confront this issue head on? Why is it that the most powerful voice in media won’t touch the most important issue of our day? As painful as it is for me to admit, I find myself wondering why Limbaugh and the others, but especially Rush, take the same stand as MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, and the rest of the “main stream media”. Rush is brilliant, and I thought fearless for the cause of liberty, but his silence on this makes me wonder.
I figure Rush and the rest are aware of the situation because I cannot imagine this is unknown to any media person anywhere, and certainly cannot possibly escape a man of Rush’s abilities. I know all about it and I am not a media professional by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t get paid to find out about news stories. I do it because I care about my country, the Constitution, and the future of my grandchildren. I am not saying Rush and the others don’t care about America, but it makes me wonder where their priorities are when they can ignore the most important story of the last 50 years.
If Rush really thinks Obama is so dangerous and wants him out of office so bad why isn’t he raising this issue on a daily basis? Is he concerned about the reaction from Obama’s FCC? Does he fear the “Fairness Doctrine”? Is he concerned about the reaction of his advertisers? We saw Glenn Beck get booted off of FOX News for his reporting of the truth about Islam and the nuts who follow that pagan cult. Now we have seen Judge Andrew Napolitano get booted for hard hitting reporting on issues not to the liking of the Saudi Prince who owns 7% of FOX, and George Soros who also has his hands in the till there. Is Obama involved in Judge Napolitano’s dismissal also?
We the People only have so many resources to solve these issues. We can’t depend on the main stream media because everyone knows the leftist media is determined to destroy this nation, whatever it takes. When we can’t depend on the “conservative” media to stand in the gap, where do we go?
Allen West said, when questioned about the Obama eligibility issue, that it is “political suicide” for any politician to confront it. That tells me all I need to know about the courage of politicians, including Allen West. The only candidate running for any office that will take this on is John Dummett, a very dark horse candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination. Dummett has a lawsuit to be heard in Tennessee on February 24, 2012. Dummett also has lawsuits pending in several other states and in federal court in Arizona. If we had others candidates like Dummett, with the courage to stand for freedom first and a political career second, our nation would not be in the throes of death right now.
Rush Limbaugh, with the biggest audience in any form of media, could force the cowards in Congress to confront this issue if he would. Rush, along with others like Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and Neal Boortz could bring this to a boiling point but they won’t. WHY??????
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
February 19, 2012
The following video comes to us via WTSP.com 10 NEWS-Tampa Bay, Florida, from an article titled, Are Tampa police using tanks to threaten Occupy protestors? Day in and day out we are inundated with false-flag sensationalism-seeking “news” headlines posed as questions such as this one. To prove this point unequivocally, the article and video itself tell us NO, Tampa PD is not in fact threatening Occupy Tampa with a tank, as their headline implies.
Members of the Occupy Tampa movement say TPD is cruising by in the big, armored trucks. Pictures spread around the country over Facebook and Twitter, leading to speculation that TPD was moving in with the tanks.”I think that it’s just another brick in a larger program of intimidation,” said protestor Joe Jay.
To which Tampa PD replies that it was just a coincidence, as the vehicle was in route to the Great American teach-in event being held in Tampa at the time. Of course that doesn’t stop 10 news from trying to further the irresponsible false-flag denouncing of our honorable police departments across America, as we see in their following paragraph:
That controversy comes as officials in California investigate why police pepper-sprayed non-violent protestors on the campus of UC-Davis over the weekend.
Which has been proven to have been a pre-planned set-up to prevent police from removing Occupiers across the country who are breaking the law by paralyzing them with false charges of police brutality.
After sifting through 150 pages on Google, every one of them spreading misinformation about the UC Davis pepper spray incident, I found this headline from NewsBusters: UC Davis Student Admits Protesters Surrounded Cops and Wouldn’t Let Them Leave
As Occupy-loving media continue to express outrage over protesters getting pepper-sprayed by campus police officers at the University of California at Davis last week, a surprising admission by one of the attendees was uncovered in an interview Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman did Monday.
One of the pepper-sprayed students told Goodman, “We had encircled them [campus police], and they were trying to leave, and they were trying to clear a path. And so, we sat down, linked arms, and said that if they wanted to clear the path, they would have to go through us
In the meantime, thousands of media outlets on TV and the internet are falsely portraying these incidents as police brutality and the uninformed masses are eating it up like starving hyenas at an all-you-can-eat free buffet today. Marxist/Anarchist operational methods call for the complete paralysis of the police force to prevent them from enforcing the rule of law. This is what is behind all of these false-flag police brutality claims coming from within the Occupy protests. Beware of the irresponsible media operatives promoting the degradation of our honorable police forces by promoting the lawlessness of the Occupy protests today. While people may laugh at the ignorant buffoons in the first video trying to claim the Tampa PD threatened them with a tank, take note that the false flag News 10-Tampa article was also used as a vehicle to promote and parrot the lies about the UC Davis pepper spray incident in it. One last aspect that seems to be forgotten in all of this false-flag police brutality, is the common-sense fact that pepper spray is an approved non-lethal weapon that is nationally approved to subdue criminals with out harming them. Refute the UC Davis supposed police brutality-pepper spray lies every time you see or hear them being parroted on the internet and across America. Without laws and law enforcement we are in a world of trouble. We need to support our law enforcement officers, not allow them to be paralyzed into not enforcing our laws with false claims of police brutality by the Occupy common criminals. Support the cops, not the criminals!
2012 just can’t get here fast enough!
Open the scene at a national lame stream media newscast
News Anchor: “We have a report from the scene that Republican Candidate Herman Cain is attempting to swat a dangerous mosquito. We will be going to our field reporter later in the news cast. This is really big, a man swatting at a mosquito that could knock him out of the presidential race. This is a story that could end a bid for a presidential nomination. More later on that but for now we will take a commercial break.”
Now Behind the scenes, off air, what the viewers can’t see or hear:
Field Anchor: (Laughing) “You should see this guy. I keep telling him there is a mosquito buzzing his head but there isn’t. He’s waving, and waving. This is hilarious.”
Anchor: “You idiot, we have been hyping this story since the beginning of the telecast. We can’t go to the audience and tell them it is a fake story to waste their time and unfairly destroy a career. What are we going to do”?
P.R. Man: “Don’t worry. Just begin to talk about what a pathetic job he is doing swatting at the mosquito”.
Anchor: “They won’t buy that”.
P. R. Man: “Yes they will. Our viewers are so stupid they would believe it was snowing in hell if we had fire, snow, and a guy in a devil suit in the same picture. And we can get the Republican talking heads to agree with us because they want the air time”.
Anchor: “What about the TEA Party and Cain supporters?”
P. R. Man: “Don’t worry about them. We will just call them racists, mosquito-phobes, and Nazi’s, you know, like we usually do. Our viewers will eat that up, all 2% of them.”
Now to the report:
Anchor: “Now we go to our field reporter who is with Herman Cain.”
Field Reporter: “Thank you, anchor. I am here with Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain. He is swatting at what he thinks is a mosquito. No one has actually seen the mosquito but it has been reported by anonymous sources that one is actually hovering around his head. What is unique about this story is that he can’t seem to hit the mosquito. He doesn’t seem to be capable of swatting this mosquito because he isn’t holding his hand in the right position. Mr. Cain, you seem to be having a hard time with this mosquito.”
Herman Cain: “I don’t see any mosquito. I don’t hear any mosquito. Where is this mosquito?”
Field Reporter: “Mr. Cain, how does it feel to not be able to swat this mosquito you can’t see or hear?”
Herman Cain: “Do you see a mosquito?”
Field Reporter: “Mr. Cain, there must be a mosquito. We have reports of a mosquito hovering around your head. I don’t need to see the mosquito, it has been reported to exist.”
Herman Cain: (stops waving , frustrated by now) “Do you see a mosquito? Show me this mosquito you keep telling me about and I will swat it. There is no mosquito for me to swat.”
Field Reporter: “Well, Mr. Cain has stopped swatting at the mosquito and has yelled at me. How could he talk to me that way? Mr. Cain, has spoken rudely to this reporter. Now back to the anchor desk” (reporter breaks into sobbing)
Anchor: “Thank you field reporter. Well that was just unnecessary. Not only can Mr. Cain not swat the reported mosquito, he has been gruff to a member of the media. Analyst, what do you think of this little outrage?”
Analyst: “Well it is obvious that Mr. Cain is not very good at swatting mosquitos. Not only can he not swat a mosquito properly, he seemed to get miffed because we kept reporting on a mosquito that wasn’t there instead of listening to what he had to say about the economy. It is painfully obvious to this analyst that Mr. Cain does not realize who he is speaking to. He will learn to bow to us like the other Republicans do.”
Anchor: “Thank you, Analyst, I quite agree. Now a word from our sponsor.”
Off air once again:
P.R. Man: (Comes running in): “That was great. Everyone in every media outlet is talking about how bad Herman Cain is at swatting mosquitos. They have no idea that the reported mosquito doesn’t even exist. And our viewers are all talking about Cain’s mosquito swatting technique. By the time they figure out there was no mosquito Herman Cain will be ruined.”
Anchor: “We really pulled that one off. Everyone is talking about how a man can’t swat a mosquito that doesn’t exist. We have total control of public opinion. I AM ALL POWERFUL!!!! Now the rest of the candidates will bow down to us and be afraid to oppose anything we say. If they do, we can do the same thing to them and all the others will cower before us.” (Maniacal Laughter).
Impeached, former president Bill Clinton specifically told Morning Joe that while he does not think he should be allowed to pollute our White House again in the future, run for POTUS again, so just whom would he have in mind when he says U.S. Presidents should be able to take a little break and then run for reelection again? He tells America that we should just repeal the 22nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the above interview. Would Bill be suggesting that he would like his good friend, G.W. Bush to be allowed another shot at being our president? Not likely there, despite the media-muckers pathetic attempts to convince us that those two are lifelong buddies today. How about digging up Progressive Poppa FDR for a fifth term? He has certainly has had a good long rest. [in a graveyard where it is quite peaceful] I,m sure the progressive stage prop managers of today could find one of their Hollywood make-up artist pals to make FDR look presentable for photo shoots for another presidential campaign if they tried hard enough. No, FDR probably wouldn’t be elected to another term today, as the whole world now knows FDR died of a massive brain tumor that exploded in a stroke that killed him.( That sure explains a lot, as far as how mentally competent the author of the progressive New Deals 1 and 2, was during his time in office)
Stop the presses! What if the person to whom Bill is referring to isn’t an ex-President of the United States ? What if Bill Clinton has now come to the reality of the distinct possibility that Barack Obama will become a one and done President by being thrown out of office in the 2012 elections? Barry is still relatively young, and with a few more years of mentoring from Billy Clinton and Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, Barry just might be able to hide enough of his record to make another run for POTUS in the future. Would the American citizenry ever be so gullible and politically ignorant enough, to ignore just what Barack Hussein Obama has done to this country during his first term in office, and elect him at a future date? They certainly proved to be just that in 2008, when they elected him the first time, didn’t they?
Pictured at the left is President Obama, Bill Clinton and Chicago slumlord extraordinaire Valerie Jarrett, whom with no actual credible experience in government is now serving as a senior adviser to the President, and whom many say is the driving force behind the far left Liberal Obama policies that have plagued this nation for over three years now. We can only surmise just what Clinton was lecturing Obama about on that occasion, yet when considering Clinton’s recent calling for the repeal of the 22nd amendment on Presidential term limits, we could now draw the following caption:
“Now listen, Barry, these ignorant Americans have somehow caught on to our Socialistic agenda of transforming America into a third-world rat-hole by trampling on the U.S. Constitution and bypassing Congress by enforcing illegal laws by executive fiat, so here is what we are going to do. We will start a national propaganda campaign to repeal the 22nd amendment, so that when the American voters throw you out of office in the 2012 elections, we can reinsert you at a later date to continue our Socialistic agenda. Remember, I am the expert here on fooling the American public, just look at how I got away with saying I never had sex with Monica. Even though I was impeached, there are still enough gullible sheep who think we are the Democrats of yesteryear who actually cared about the working class and the poor. “
In getting back to the above interview with Joe Scarborough, once again Americans are being lectured by disgraced ex- President Bill Clinton, he of the “Head White House intern, Monica Lewinsky goes down under in the White House” fame. With 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain facing an avalanche of allegations of “attempted” vague sexual advances while being married, ( just as Clinton was when he actually cheated on Hillary) and the media flooding our lives with the related sensationalist headlines across America the past few weeks, we must ask ourselves why we constantly allow ourselves to be lectured by Slick Willy Clinton, the former pot-smoking-but-never-inhaling, philandering, dishonest, morally bankrupt adulterer, on anything concerning our lives today. Has America become that soullessly ignorant or so completely morally bankrupt today? Considering that the infamous “Little Blue Dress” Monica Lewinsky was wearing at the time she was showing Willy just how delicious she thought he was started a pop-culture-like worship once upon a time, yes, I,d say America is well on their way to becoming 100% morally bankrupt.
Willy refused to actually identify the actual piece of legislation that created term limits in America, while slickly also avoiding mentioning by name the Democratic President that the 22nd amendment was specifically drawn up for, to prevent future Presidents from remaining in the White House for more than two terms. That would be what many historians believe to be considered the father of the Progressive/Socialist movement in America, one Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (FDR) Not to be confused with the Grandfather of the progressive movement, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, with a dishonorable mention going to semi-Republican Teddy Roosevelt.
Past Progressive Presidents make GOP candidate Herman Cain look like an alter boy.
FDR was the President of the United States from 1933 – 1945. President Franklin Roosevelt died in the first year of his fourth presidential term. In the room with him at the time of his death was his daughter, Anna Roosevelt Boettiger, an artist doing a portrait of FDR and…. his longtime mistress, one Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd. Upon hearing of her husband’s death, Mrs. Roosevelt faced not only the disturbing news of FRD’s death, but also the fact that his mistress was with him on his deathbed in the White House. While U.S Presidential history is chock full of philandering, womanizing, morally bankrupt adulterers, (FDR, JFK, Willy Clinton) today’s progressive media hypocrites are today consumed with Herman Cain’s ”suggested” or “wishful” unfaithfulness to his wife by unnamed and non-credible accusers. Golly gee whiz Batman, imagine what they would be doing if Herman Cain actually had Bialik under the White House desk like Slick Willy did, or carried on a decades long affair with a mistress who was at his bedside upon his death right in the White House? (As Poppa-Progressive FDR did)
The last thing the American people will ever allow to happen is the repealing of the 22nd amendment of Willy Clinton’s dreams in order to allow the Marxist ideologue and lifelong Bill Ayers student, Barack Obama to slither back into the White House again. It is also immensely disgusting to see the progressive-liberal media operatives putting the perverted, unfaithful adulterer who disgraced the United States office of the Presidency for all the world to see, on national television to lecture the American people. Bill Clinton is a disgrace to this great nation, and nothing more.
2012 just can’t get here fast enough!
The pre–Labor Day holiday run up was a good week for stating the obvious in the Washington Post.
An area high school student, who shall remain nameless, concluded that outsourcing her science project to the parents was passé, so she decided to see if it would be possible to recruit an actual scientist to do the work.
The enterprising young lady emailed “three or four chemistry professors” to see if they would be interested in analyzing how much of the chemical used to dry–clean clothes remained in the clothing after it was returned to the customer.
Most of her targets ignored her — possibly because they believe in ‘global warming’ and their cleaning involves going down to the river to beat cargo shorts on the rocks — but one recipient at Georgetown University agreed.
Sure enough, after extensive cleaning and testing, the brainiacs at Georgetown discovered that dry–cleaned sweater wool retained a perchloroethylene (PERC) level “as high as 126 parts per million.”
As my lovely wife, Janet, said, “Why wouldn’t it and so what?”
For that matter, sometimes my pants return from the dry–cleaners with crumbs in a pocket and I don’t make a federal case of it. (Although after reading about this science project I doubt I’ll be eating them again.)
I’d rather have that new dry–cleaned smell on my pants than the gravy stain that was there when I dropped them off.
To add a bit of context, the feds allow wine makers a sulfite level of 350 parts per million and people are intentionally drinking vino; to say nothing of asparagus makers who cool the crop in water containing 125 parts per million of chlorine — 41 times the amount you’ll find in your neighborhood pool.
But don’t get me wrong — I’m not criticizing our girl scientist. Her idea was simple and achievable — once she recruited a major university to do the heavy lifting. It reminds me of a project my engineer roommate was assigned in college. The professor told them to improve the design of an existing product, but to keep it simple. So students were redesigning Saturn rockets, gas spectrometers and racecars. Lester, on the other hand, showed how drilling four holes in dorm soap dishes would keep the Irish Spring from turning into mush. He received an ‘A.’
The problem I have is with the coverage of the project, which proves once again you don’t have to be hysterical to report on the environment, but it helps. The Post reporter writes as if she just discovered salmonella in her sprouts.
The story moves from the analysis of PERC remaining in small squares of cloth to discussing potential devastating health effects, particularly CANCER!!!, with the usual chemical alarmists.
One heavy–breathing example: “it was difficult to say how much risk consumers might face from wearing, say, dry–cleaned wool pants for a year or breathing air from a closet full of dry–cleaned clothes.”
I can see it now — edgy high school rebels who are pushing the limits will no longer be found under the bleachers stealing a few puffs. Instead, they’ll congregate inside a walk–in closet sniffing dad’s Brooks Brothers while the au pair wonders why Brittany seems so jittery.
A worry–wart at the University of Pennsylvania thought someone “who delivers dry cleaning for a living could face higher exposures than workers in a plant.” Dry cleaning delivery? Hmmm. Oh, yes, now I remember! He’s the man who arrives each morning after the milkman drops off the 2 percent and just before the Webvan driver gets here with the rest of the groceries.
Besides the threat to imaginary occupations, there is also danger for consumers. The team used a computer model to calculate that four newly–cleaned wool sweaters, placed beside a golden retriever inside a hot SUV with the windows rolled up, might produce the dreaded 126 parts per million of PERC that exceeds OSHA limits.
But the good news is the dog’s deathbed was extremely soft.
The problem I have with that ‘evidence’ is that I don’t pile clean sweaters inside my car like a North Korean nuclear waste dump. My cleaners may be cheap, but the clothes come to me in a fume–trapping bag.
Besides the symptoms of PERC overexposure are fairly obvious. If you feel confused, dizzy, drowsy, irritated and have a headache your discomfort is not being caused by your husband’s insatiable demands for sex or a bad batch of sour mash.
You’ve simply been spending too much time in the closet with the door closed admiring your wardrobe.
Sarah Palin. Her name alone is a dichotomy of emotions, depending on who you are and which side of the political aisle you lean.
For the Conservative mom’s of America, she is a role model to be admired. She is a true lady in every sense of the word, full of grace and beauty, strong yet gentle.
For many Conservatives, men and women alike, she is a champion of the plight of the American people, who’ve been sold out by a myriad of political chess players.
Still, to others, she is a modern day Queen Esther, destined for “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)
The the feminist she is a threat, though they will never admit it. She has the strength and resolve they say all women should have, but she is despised for having. She proves the point they have been trying to make for decades, but does it with grace and style that repulses them.
To the liberal media she is a mockery and proverbial punching bag they would love to dismiss, but they just can’t seem to get enough of!
Finally, to the political establishment she is a wake up call. Unfortunately, they keep hitting the mute button. Very few people understand that she is not who they think she is, no matter how many times they think they have her figured out.
Karl Rove, one of the leading political pundits, stepped up to the plate and took the official stance that it appears as though Sarah Palin will indeed be entering the 2012 presidential race. Hold up, Karl! Not so fast! You may be a Washington Insider, but there’s one thing you seem to have forgotten: Sarah Palin is not a Washington Insider!
Her 2008 running mate may be known as a “maverick”, but Sarah Palin is the embodiment of the term.
She’s on a cross-country bus tour, standing up for the values she holds near and dear to her heart- patriotism and love for America. She makes no promises, she makes no apologies. She simply speaks from her heart.
The main stream media continues to be cast to the sidelines, not even earning the privledge of a hint of what her next move will be.
Not even her friends at Fox News, where she is a regular contributor, has an inkling of an idea what her plan is. She keeps them guessing at every turn! Just when they think they have her figured out, they find out they were wrong yet again (though they will never admit it!)
Sarah Palin and her family were thrust into the media circus during the 2008 election and were virtually ripped apart at the seams with wild-eyed scrutiny and criticism that would curl the toenails of any seasoned politician.
Never mind that Barack Obama was pampered by so-called journalists who’ve been in the business for more years than he’s been on this earth- the priority was to find any speck of anything that may appear to be dirt on the Governor of Alaska.
Oh how the mighty have fallen! Just three short years later, Sarah Palin still haunts the liberal media.
Will she or won’t she?
Now the tables are turned. No longer bound by handlers as a secondary candidate, Sarah Palin is in complete control. Every media outlet in the nation is on the edge of their seats, just waiting for the slightest hint of an official announcement.
Will it come September 3?
Sarah’s not tellin’- until she’s darn good and ready!
How sweet it is! Sarah’s got ‘em right where she wants ‘em! And the media hounds and pundits can’t stand it!
Debt Ceiling Deal and Spin
The Debt Ceiling Deal
On August 2, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Budget Control Act, hours after the Senate approved the bill. The bill will raise the debt ceiling by as much as $2.4 trillion. The bill does not cut spending – it will continue to increase, but will cut future spending increases. The bill will (hopefully) cut $900 billion of $7-8 trillion in projected deficit spending increases over the next 10 years. It also establishes a 12-member super-committee of Congress charged with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in savings. If that committee fails, the “trigger” that cuts $1.2 trillion ($600 billion from the military budget and domestic programs budget) is enacted.
Said President Obama of the bill, “a compromise to reduce the deficit and avert a default that would have devastated our economy.” The “devastation” Obama spoke of is a government that must operate on a balanced budget. Obama said after the Senate passes the bill that he didn’t really want the government to move toward a balanced budget. He said that it constituted “an important first step to insuring that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep making key investments in things like education and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we are not cutting too abruptly while the economy is still fragile.”
Democrats will use their buddies in the MSM to portray the Republicans as evil. Republicans will be portrayed as uncooperative. The MSM says that a deal will be the ultimate measure of success, suggesting that the public can now expect harmony in our government, smooth and cooperative functioning to get things done.
Many major national newspapers are playing the same tune on Tuesday as they worry about how the spending “cuts” in the debt-ceiling deal will harm the economy. From the Washington Post, we learn that the deal will avert a financial crisis, but also threaten to aggravate the problems facing the U.S. economy, including high unemployment and weak demand. The deal will lift the cloud of uncertainty over the economy. The deal could help free the nation from what is becoming a crushing national debt. The deal could endanger the anemic economic recovery. From the Wall Street Journal, we learn that the deal will cause a mild drag on U.S. economic growth in the coming year, coming at a time when the recovery remains fragile. From the Los Angeles Times, The plan will be a tough sell if the economy stalls, because reduced government spending can further slow growth. “There is nothing in these new plans to generate strong growth,” says Nigel Gault, chief economist at IHS Global Insight. “In fact, they could weaken growth,” resulting in lower tax revenues and making the deficit worse.
The Republicans will mislead you by celebrating a victory. Months ago president Obama demanded a “clean” bill that would increase in the debt ceiling, meaning without any conditions that required spending cuts. But Republicans refused to budge. They will frame a debt-ceiling agreement as largely giving them what they wanted in a debt deal. Said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday on CBS’ Face The Nation (before the deal was finalized), “I don’t think we’ve been hurt at all. The American people wanted us to do something about out-of-control spending and … the debt ceiling is going to produce what many people would believe is a complete change in the trajectory of the federal government beginning to get spending under control.”
Said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on ABC’s This Week, Republicans could declare victory given the fact that no new tax increases will be included in the deal. “From the Republican Party’s point of view, I think we can declare victory in a limited fashion. This is the first time in my lifetime that I know of that we’re paying for future debt increases dollar for dollar, and that would not have happened without the 2010 election.”
Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on Face the Nation, “Democrats have shown throughout this debate a willingness to compromise. There are people on the left who would probably say ‘no cuts,’ but they haven’t been able to have their way within our caucuses, whereas this hard right group seems to get its way all the time.”
The White House is basing this deal on the premise that they will stand firm next time on the exact same economic and political points that they were not able to stand firm on this time. Said Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) siding with liberals who focused on the cuts to programs and lack of additional tax revenue to soften the blow, “I do not believe this proposal is a fair, well thought out, or balanced deal for our fragile economy or the millions of middle-class families struggling to make ends meet.” Mrs. Gillibrand, explaining her “no” vote, complained that the deal was reached behind closed doors and that it “reduces the deficit mainly on the backs of middle class families that will see the impact of reduced federal spending.”
From The Daily Kos,
The debt deal announced today is a victory for bipartisan compromise, for the economy and for the American people. The agreement:
- Removes the cloud of uncertainty over our economy at this critical time, by ensuring that no one will be able to use the threat of the nation’s first default now, or in only a few months, for political gain;
- Locks in a down payment on significant deficit reduction, with savings from both domestic and Pentagon spending, and is designed to protect crucial investments like aid for college students;
- Establishes a bipartisan process to seek a balanced approach to larger deficit reduction through entitlement and tax reform;
- Deploys an enforcement mechanism that gives all sides an incentive to reach bipartisan compromise on historic deficit reduction, while protecting Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries and low-income programs;
- Stays true to the President’s commitment to shared sacrifice by preventing the middle class, seniors and those who are most vulnerable from shouldering the burden of deficit reduction. The President did not agree to any entitlement reforms outside of the context of a bipartisan committee process where tax reform will be on the table and the President will insist on shared sacrifice from the most well-off and those with the most indefensible tax breaks.
So, be aware of what the Debt Ceiling Deal is and that you are being spun. And the spin is going to continue for some time. And as Joseph C. Wilson, a former US diplomat best known for his 2002 trip to Niger to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase yellowcake uranium, and husband of Valerie Plame, said, “The spin overwhelms the substance.”
But that’s just my opinion!.