As one may have noticed I have a bit of a fascination with the term Freedom or Freedoms. These nouns are often a red flag for shallow thinking or nefarious agenda’s. It is a noun that comes very easily to populist politicians looking to use misdirection to drive a false or Orwellian narrative. My book devotes an entire chapter on the subject – but yet that is not enough. I spend some time discussing the Koch agenda (i.e. Freedom = Economic Slavery for the Struggling class) but not enough time. I can fill such voids by means of my blogs and my Website. I have written more about the Koch tentacles and also discussed the imperative need to understand organizations such as The American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC for short.
As a result of the efforts of many people – such topics are now getting to be in the mainstream. But I want to go to the next step and dig into new territory. Of course other people are doing this, and doing a great job—but I would like to do what I can to penetrate all this into the consciousness of as many people as possible.
Regarding the California drought, I am not saying that certain specific policies may or may not hinder efforts to alleviate the shorter term impact of such droughts. But if you want to discuss a subject sensibly, then do not indulge in non-sensible inflammatory rhetoric. No critical thinking person wants to waste time trying to weigh the views of people deeply trapped in a disingenuous, yet somewhat imaginative Alice in Wonderland Universe.
I was recently drawn to a fascinating piece of so called Journalism entitled Obama Blames California Drought He Caused on Global Warming. The Journalist who wrote this piece was Daniel Greenfield whose bio reads: Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century. An additional red flag— was in the opening sentence of this piece of investigative Journalism : “I hear Global Warming was also responsible for Obama-care, the National Debt and Obama’s poor golf game.” Humorous? No, Stupidparty is not capable of Humor.
There is so much to consider in the above paragraph. But I will start with the description of the Journalist as a fellow of the Freedom Center. I must confess that I had automatically pegged this as being yet another Koch funded foundation whose goal is to achieve the exact reverse for the “Struggling class” of America. I was wrong, the Freedom society is funded by the likes of Sarah Scaife Foundation and run by David Horowitz.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog has described it (the Freedom Center) as a far-right organization David Horowitz has numerous two dimensional views:
Horwitz added that all black people everywhere are far more racist than white people. “They’re racist, for crying out tears. They are racist. There’s no community that’s more racist in America than the black community. And everybody knows it, but nobody will say it.”
This he says while being a guest of the Phyllis Schlafly (Founder of the Eagle Forum) radio show –who has in her old age dotage recently revealed her true bigot colors:
“Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional,” Schlafly says in an interview with the right-leaning WorldNetDaily. “He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude.”
Note: Worldnetdaily was founded by Joseph Farah who collaborated with Rush Limbaugh in the book “I told You So.” is now better known for being caught while attempting to board a plane at Dulles International Airport, he was found to have a loaded .38 caliber revolver in his bag, Worldnetdaily also features editorials from the most prolific Stupidparty Pepto bismol addicted authors, and their endless angry fantasy narratives of literal and verbal diarrhea, posing disingenuously as Non Fiction—such as Pat Buchanan, Ellis “we all under Shariah Law now” Washington, Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, and Chuck “Koran Expert” Norris.
David Horowitz is also a foreign policy expert.
“No people has shown itself so morally sick as the Palestinians have. … Not only are they sick, nasty terrorists, but they’re racists. They can’t live alongside anybody who’s not … Muslim.” He added, “When you’re surrounded by Nazis who want to blow up their own children to kill you, you need territory. You need space.”
Horowitz said in a piece for FrontPage Magazine in April 2003, “Baghdad is liberated. In the days to come let us not forget that if it were not for one man, and one man alone—George Bush—the people of Iraq would not be celebrating in the streets and pulling down Saddam’s statues today. … We have entered the era of a new civil war between the forces of freedom and the powers of Islamo-fascist and communist darkness, and once again the left is clearly determined to take its stand on the other side. The good news is that America is back. Our military has performed superlatively. Our leadership has stood tall. We ourselves can celebrate over this and look confidently toward what lies ahead.”
So this leads us to Frontpage Magazine, (FPM) published by the David Horowitz Freedom Center—the source for the article blaming Obama for the California drought. I doubt if Obama will ever be their person of the year – for yes they are self-important enough to try and compete against Time magazine. Perhaps the simplest way to see into the soul of the people involved with Frontpage magazine is to see who they choose as their person of the year;
2011 “Man of the Year” was the Wounded Warrior Project. A rather controversial Charity that has numerous critics.
2010 “Person of the Year” was the Tea Party Movement.
2009 “Man of the Year” was radio and then-Fox News host Glenn Beck.
2006 “Men of the Year” Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The two United States Border Patrol agents shot drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks near the US–Mexico border and were convicted of assault with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, violating the civil rights of an illegal alien, and obstruction of justice “for not reporting that their weapons had been fired”. They had been sentenced to 11 years and 1 day and 12 years imprisonment, respectively, and were subsequently incarcerated. FrontPage Magazine considered them guilty only of “bureaucratic infractions”.
FPM’s 2004 “Man of the Year” was John O’Neill, the head of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Yes the man who somehow turned John Kerry’s confirmed war Heroism into a liability compared to George W Bush’s pampered and extremely questionable and covered up behavior in the Texas guard. Thanks Daddy.
Maybe Allen West could simply make up his mind as to whether Democrats are all fascists? “If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine.” Or are Democrats all Communists? With Herman Cain and Sarah Palin standing behind him, the right-wing provocateur came out in full force at a town-hall event on Tuesday, claiming he’d “heard” up to 80 House Democrats were communists.
It is not like this magazine is a marginal player. Their list of contributors include such Stupidparty intellectual heavyweights and Fox news (Murdoch) bulwarks as Ann Coulter, Dick Morris (the worlds worst prognosticator) Charles Krauthammer and the Ronald Reagan kid— who perhaps got shafted on the already questionable gene pool end of things—Micheal Reagan. Other intellectual contributors include:
Lawrence Auste a member of the Episcopal Church, a church he said he preferred “in the historical rather than the present tense”, because the Church’s ordination of openly gay men means “it has ceased being a Christian church”
David Harsanyi His writings on politics and culture have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard etc. He is a former editor of Human Events a publication that blamed Liberals for the Vietnam war fiasco and supported Apartheid describing Nelson Mandela as the main obstacle to peace in South Africa: “While President Botha is moving at a fast and furious pace to end the apartheid system, Mandela remains as adamant a revolutionary as ever. He’s still a Marxist, still a man of violence, still a supporter of the Communist-run ANC”. Early contributors included Phyllis Schlafly.
This was Ronald Reagans favorite read but— “Human Events, however, was no favorite of the new men around Reagan,” writes Reeves. “Baker and Darman, and Deaver too, did their best each week to keep it out of the reading material they gave the President.” “When he discovered White House aides were blocking its delivery, President Reagan arranged for multiple copies to be sent to the White House residence every weekend,” writes Edwards, who adds that Reagan took care “marking and clipping articles and passing them along to his assistants.”
1)The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy (2014) ISBN 978-1621572022
2) Obama’s Four Horsemen: The Disasters Unleashed by Obama’s Reelection (2013) ISBN 978-1621570677
3) Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children (2007), ISBN 978-0-7679-2432-0
I think it is worth lingering over the irony of virtually every word in the above titles.
I would also like to linger over his Four Horseman book. Fred Barnes, of Fox News and executive editor of the Weekly Standard * enthuses “ Harsanyi insists four more years of Obama will bring a debt disaster…” Another Author John Lott columnist for FoxNews.com,who wrote a book about America (a nation with 270,000,000 Guns) having a bias against Guns: he also wrote More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, (which in my book I quite easily prove is utter nonsense) and Freedomnomics. writes effusively “Whether it’s our exploding debt or abortion or foreign policy crises our country faces, David Harsanyi’s book Obama’s Four Horsemen paints a vivid picture of what he aptly warns is the ‘highway to hell.’
* The Weekly Standard was founded by News Corp, was kept alive by Rupert Murdoch, but once Murdoch had acquired and subverted the already Conservative all Street Journal to his massive arsenal— he felt his influence would be better served by allowing this Neocon rag to be acquired by the Oil Baron Billionaire Philip Frederick Anschutz. (Remember that name). If you are interested in business stories written with more integrity- you might want to consider The Financial Times, no relation to the New York Times or Murdoch British flagship Times newspaper.
Just for balance I will provide a more rational critique of this book:
“The author uses the tools of conceit, conflation, carelessness and craftiness to come to such hyperbolic conclusions. Currently, I don’t think that the growing list of billionaires, enormous and record-profit-making banks, Big Oil executives; nor the Plutocrats that rule us; nor real estate and stock market investors; are wringing their hands over Obama’s “unleashed disasters”.
His delusional premise is to single out; a mostly moderate U.S. President as an apocalyptic figure; out of all the U.S. history of unjust labor policies, obscene corruption, and corporate welfare. This author has lost any credibility with rational thinkers. I would hope that readers would not be taken in by this craftiness.”
The fact that these type of books get published, get reviewed, get publicity and read by morons – is all down the the circular activities of the same band of Oligarchs in waiting and their paid mercenary faux journalists.
If any Journalist calls out such repulsive deceit, such utter claptrap—they are accused of having a Liberal bias. The term Liberal bias is totally misunderstood – the fourth pillar of Democracy has been devastatingly undermined.
This one fascinates me because I have long been on the hunt for Stupidparty comedy that is remotely funny. I devote a chapter of my book to evaluating such nonexistent humor. I just had to check this guy out on YouTube. Evidently the punchline is that Liberals are invariably evil. Life is too short to listen to too much of his nonsense – but why not give him a shot – Google him and suffer for your trouble.
Bruce Thornton: who evidently wants more Jingoism and Religious tribalism?
Thornton believes that the declining belief in interpersonal ideals such as national pride and in religious ideals such as Christianity has led non-American Westerners to either substitute “political religions” such as communism and fascism into their lives or abandon having moral ideals altogether.
So now having established the fetid landscape of where truly bizarre Myth can take shape, lets bravely try and get inside the mind of a person who tries to influence his flock into believing that Obama is responsible for the California drought. Daniel Greenfield, the Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center,
The following people use him as font of Information— per his website.
This list simply illustrates the non fact based Circular Incestuousness of Stupidparty talking points:
Note: By this list I am not intending to show any Pro or Anti bias toward Israel, Arabs or Muslims – but I would point out that in most Countries— far right Groups tend to be linked with Anti Semitic activities, whilst in the USA the far right is very pro Israel and anti Arab. This is a marriage of Convenience, not love – I do not accept that either side (the American Far right or Israel) really respect or understand each other. Anti Semitic remarks are not tolerated, anti Arab comments are. I abhor the subjugation of women – and the fundamentalist wings of most religions are guilty of this. It is very sad (and a poor precedent) that individuals such as Mohammad and that fraud Joseph Smith had multiple wives. Misogynists congregate in the Stupidparty But when the far right pontificates about “Islamo-fascism” they are often guilty of making massive generalizations and show little intellectual curiosity as to how some Muslims may have become radicalized (i.e. US Energy policy Since 1953). A radicalized religious Zealot is invariably bad news. One or two of the below individuals might be rational thinkers, but they are judged by the company they keep, the sources that they use. Any one who takes a pay check from Roger Ailes (President of Fox news channel) is bound to lack Journalistic integrity as Roger Ailes simply does not tolerate objectivity.
Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Steyn (In Jewish World Review, Steyn argues “Multiculturalism means that the worst attributes of Muslim culture — the subjugation of women) Wrong! , Daniel Pipes (Guardian of Zion Award by Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies), Glenn Reynolds, Allen West, Lou Dobbs, Dick Morris, Ed Driscoll (Voices for a free America, Freedom Academy), Richard Fernandez (Voices for America, Freedom Academy) Andrew Bostom Author (Sharia Versus Freedom), Caroline Glick (Ex Israeeli Defense Force, Jerusalem post), Andrew Bolt (Lost $246,000 damages for defamation – Jury found that what Bolt wrote was untrue, unfair and inaccurate) Pamela Geller (She is known primarily for her criticism of Islam) , Tim Blair (He is critical of ‘Islamofascism‘ and those he considers climate change alarmists and hypocrites) Phyllis Chesler, Robert Spencer (author and blogger best known for his criticism of Islam and research into Islamic terrorism and jihad) , Melanie Philips (her criticisms of liberal Jews who disagree with her positions on Israel have been condemned by writers such as Alan Dershowitz,), Michelle Malkin, Victor Davis Hanson (was a strong defender of George W. Bush and his policies, especially the Iraq war), The Blaze (Glen Beck), National Review (Many of the magazine’s commentators are affiliated with think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation (partner with the Koch Foundation) and American Enterprise Institute (Big donors include the top conservative foundations, including Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Scaife Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation) Prominent guest authors have included Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin in the on-line and paper edition) and FOX News (of course)
So a man who wrote the following:
“I hear Global Warming was also responsible for Obama-care, the National Debt and Obama’s poor golf game.
Obama helped cause the drought in California and now he’s going to blame Global Warming and funnel more money to the Green Mafia over a drought that the Green Mafia thinks doesn’t go far enough – “
The readers of such moronic nonsense have to be Stupidparty disciples – and I have established elsewhere that approximately two thirds of such readers are no longer able or inclined to think critically.
Now that we have established the soil of Mr. Greenfield’s desiccated Journalistic environs, his Intellectual acumen and that of his apostles, we can now consider and marvel at his lectures regarding who is intelligent and who is not intelligent:
“Obama and his audience mistake their orgy of mutual flattery for intelligence and depth. Like a trendy restaurant whose patrons know that they have good taste because they patronize it, his supporters know that they are smart because they support a smart man and Obama knows he is smart because so many smart people support him.
The thought never rises within this bubble of manufactured intelligence that all of them might really be idiots who have convinced themselves that they are geniuses because they read the right books (or pretend to read them), watch the right movies and shows (or pretend to) and have the right values (or pretend to).
Smart is surplus when you have Gladwell sitting under a full DVD set of The Wire prominently displayed on your bookshelf right alongside a signed copy of The Audacity of Hope.
Marxists thought that Marxism was smart. Progressives measure intelligence in progressivism. Its only two qualities are “world awareness” and “progressive future adaptation”.
One thing really notable about such adjective ridden narrative and so typical of stupidparty discourse – is always the failure to support such narrative with facts. This is the constant— that can not be avoided when promoting Myth. Merely having a fertile imagination is better suited to fiction writers. Posing as a writer of nonfiction is not Journalism, it is shamalism. Shamalism is a new word, just like truthiness.
Mr Greenfield, being a New York based Journalist— it will be interesting to see his assured stance on Climate being overwhelmed by the next tidal surge that is bound to pound New York City at some point in the future—I assume he will appose all efforts to beef up flood control, strengthen utility infrastructure etc
But we are also free and duty bound to eviscerate their idiotic Myth based, money corrupted agenda. We are free to join in the movement to refuse to surrender to such falsehoods, such bigotry and not allow the power of false equivalence from diluting facts and truths— into a neutered version of itself—as demonstrated by the Cowardly Democrats who somehow managed to lose the midterms to a Congress with a 10% approval rating—by not standing tall and thus allowing Stupidity to trump Cowardice.
When will these charlatans discussed above be forced to eat their words? (when proven wrong they just change the subject). When will their paymasters be exposed? Who will help me share their true colors, by proudly displaying ours?