It wasn’t just Margaret Thatcher’s steadfast economic and foreign policies that helped to defeat the Evil Empire and to bring down the Iron Curtain. She also changed hearts and minds — and this author, who grew up on the other side of the Iron Curtain, has a personal story to tell.
As many Soviet kids did in the 1970s and 1980s, I occasionally tuned my shortwave radio to Voice of America or the BBC Russian Service, hoping to hear their alternative take on world events and, if I was lucky, get the latest rock-music updates. One of the functions of the Iron Curtain was to keep us, the “builders of communism,” blissfully unaware of the outside world. All our news had to be processed by the state-run media filter and approved by the formidable censorship apparatus.
In contrast, foreign Russian-language radio broadcasts, courtesy of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, gave us unfiltered news and commentary. These programs were to the Soviets then what Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are for many Americans today — a gasp of fresh air for some, enemy propaganda for others, and an object of demonization for the official state-run media.
Produced mostly by ex-Soviet exiles, these broadcasts never failed to satisfy my curiosity. The problem was that our government was mercilessly jamming their signal. I learned that this radio jamming was more costly than the actual broadcasting, but no expense was spared to maintain our ideological purity, paid for by our own tax rubles. Oh well, at least we knew the Motherland cared.
At times the broadcast quality was almost undecipherable: imagine trying to watch a movie while your neighbor mows his lawn. The noise occasionally trails off to the other end of the property, but mostly it hovers below your window, and you know that the lines you missed had to be the best.
A few times my friends and I tried to tape these programs simultaneously in our homes, so that later we could combine salvageable parts from two or more reels. That resulted in a much clearer compilation. We mostly did this for rock and roll programs, but political commentary would get into the mix as well — and it was just as fresh and exciting.
If we had ever been caught, we could have been easily expelled from our state-run schools (paid for by our tax rubles) and become marked for life as “politically unreliable.” But we were too young and too reckless to think about it. […]
It’s all about his trip to Cuba and his transforming and enlightening experiences there. Must’ve wrote it on the flight back to the USA. I guess Jay-Z got some eye-opening educating in that whole “Cuba education exchange” trip he and his wife made last week. And now he’s a big Cuba expert educating the rest of us on the truth. Some real prolific observations down in those lyrics…
Rapper Jay-Z released a new track Thursday in which he boasts about his recent trip to Cuba with superstar Beyoncé and says that President Barack Obama told him he’d get him “impeached.”
“I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps in “Open Letter,” which he released Thursday. “[…] Boy from the hood, I got White House clearance… Politicians never did s—- for me except lie to me, distort history… They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime.”
He later raps: “Hear the freedom in my speech… Obama said, ‘Chill you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s—- anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
“I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans. This communist talk is so confusing,” Jay-Z raps on the track, which is produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz and goes on to reference the Bob Dylan song “Idiot Wind.” “[…] ‘Idiot Wind,’ the Bob Dylan of rap music. You’re an idiot, baby, you should’ve become a student. Oh, you gonna learn today.”
I guess Jay-Z is feeling some political dissident pressure after the trip … or something.
It’s just too damn bad Cuban dissident rapper Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga had to misbehave and diss the castro government in his lyrics or he could be listening to the new fantastic release Jay-Z will be making lots of money off of. Ain’t no radio or internet in castro’s prisons, Angel. Hell, brother, ya coulda been chillin’ on the beach with Jay-Z. But no-o-o-o-o…
The Treasury Department “fully licensed” Beyonce and Jay Z’s trip to Cuba, according to Reuters.
“American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z visited Havana last week on a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the United States Treasury Department, according to a source familiar with the trip,” Reuters reports.
“Beyonce and Jay Z celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in the Cuban capital, where big crowds greeted them as they strolled hand in hand through the city and posed for pictures with admiring Cubans.
“The longstanding U.S. trade embargo against Cuba prevents most Americans from traveling to the island without a license granted by the U.S. government, though President Barack Obama’s administration has eased restrictions on travel to Cuba for academic, religious or cultural programs.”
The Treasury Department is led by Secretary Jack Lew, President Obama’s former chief of staff. […]
Supposedly this trip was viewed as a “cultural exchange”. The couple sure looked like your typical tourists to me. And let’s be honest …
How much real 21st century Cuban culture was exchanged with Obama’s buddies?
The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R’s — formerly reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling. Especially racism. Consider Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. It evidently considers “instruction” synonymous with “propaganda,” which in the patois of progressivism is called “consciousness-raising.”
And Americans wonder why their generous K-12 financing (higher per pupil than all but three of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development nations) has done so little to improve reading, math and science scores. Read in full…
Now, in a network promo touting the Maoist mentality of Lean “Forward”, Mz. Harris-Perry insists children/kids (they are only given personhood when the left needs them to be more than “things” in their heart-tugging “It’s for the children” propaganda) belong to the community, and not so much to their parents and family.
Given MSNBC’s proclivity for deeming any-given word as a racist dog-whistle, I contend “community” = “collective” = “State” … and I am not the only one reading such propaganda into this.
From what I can see on her Wiki page she has atleast one child (daughter). I’m sure Mz. Harris-Perry would be perfectly willing and welcoming to give up her parental rights and just allow the “community” (see: ‘state’) assume total control and dictates over her child.
And ‘word’ to Mz. H-P … We have (and continue to) spent billions and billions and billions on public ‘education’, and much, if not ALL, has been unchecked for legitimacy and efficiency. The public education system in this nation is far, far more “broken” than our healthcare system, financial system, and election system. We have a certain percentage of “teachers” that are from the dumbed-down public education system generation now teaching yet another generation of children who, in some cases, have been relinquished from their parents’ responsibility and involvement, and the “communities” where they roam free are irresponsible and failed as well. See Chicago and Detroit, or any inner city where democrat “progressive” leadership has been deeply rooted for generations, and where federal taxpayer dollars have been endlessly dumped. And as with the “collective” mentality, the whole is judged on the few failures, and action taken accordingly on everyone.
“The personal life is dead … The private life is dead…”
Mark Levin loved Sen. Marco Rubio’s counter SOTU speech. So did I…
The American MSM is calling Sen. Rubio’s drink of water “Watergate 2013”. Really? We have reduced ourselves, with the eager help of the MSM, to this? The American people need to wake up, look in the mirror and ask themselves why they allow the MSM to influence and shape their opinions … on anything.
Our leaders work for us. We are their boss. Even our first president, George Washington, resisted attempts to make him a king. Apparently the limo-lib elite class in this country has a problem with the rest of us parenting our own children, and making decisions about our families and our own lives for ourselves. Just because they need a script writer, a wardrobe woman, a caterer, and a director to get them through their lives does not mean the rest of us are so handicapped. As Ted Nugent says, “Will You Leave Us The Hell Alone?”
I haven’t yet decided if I will give FX’s “The Americans” any full attention. I have a hard enough time remembering to watch the one or two shows I do watch, and often times need to either wait for a re-showing on the network schedule, or find them on my cable company’s “On Demand” or on Hulu.com (if carried there). I will look for the pilot first episode of “The Americans” on one of my go-tos this weekend and watch it.
However, apparently the series has already had what I like to call a “Colonel Jessep Moment” (a few of them in the first episode alone), in that the writer and director (with “A Few Good Men” it was Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner) craft a scene intended to make someone or something look negative or bad in order to intentionally damage it or damage what it represents, but an opposite viewer reaction and perception negates that intent.
Brent Baker MRC: FX’s new series which debuted Wednesday night, The Americans, is centered around husband and wife KGB sleeper agents who live with their kids as ordinary Americans in suburban Washington, DC when Ronald Reagan becomes President. Joe Weisberg, the creator and executive producer conceded to TV Guide that “this series, to a large extent, is told from the perspective of the KGB and the Soviets. We’re making them the sympathetic characters. I’d go so far as to say they’re the heroes.”
Yet, in the 95-minute pilot aired January 30, there were scenes which should hearten conservatives who believe in Reagan’s righteousness and the superiority of the United States.
(Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play “Philip and Elizabeth Jennings,” Soviet agents who speak perfect English without hint of an accent.)
Colonel Nathan R. Jessep’s boisterous “You Can’t Handle The Truth” speech in a murder trial testimony told the cold hard truth and reality of unflinching duty in a dangerous world filled with enemies and critics in the face of the writer/director trying to make him, and by that the whole of the U.S. Marine Corps, look and sound barbaric and insane. Most people I know who have seen the movie feel that Jessep scene was written with that intention, but find it one of the best pro-military scenes ever in a movie. Jessep knew, in the end, he was going to be nailed for his personal involvement and guilt in the murder, but he would not be taking the Corps down with him.
If the series “The Americans” succeeds it will be due to good writing and acting, and not in making us commiserate with and cheer for the anti-American/pro-communist aspects of it … or the attempts to make a strong and resolute anti-communist/pro-American Pres. Ronald Reagan look and sound like a paranoid lunatic that instigated the Soviet’s defensive and offensive actions on our soil. Remember, Progressives/liberals in this country credit Soviet Pres. Gorbachev for ending the Cold War, not Reagan. I imagine that will be an underlying set-up within this series. As a matter of fact, I suspect the series will inadvertently fall into a few more “Colonel Jessep Moments” before all is said and done. Nice try…
During his tenure, no fewer than the equivalent of five RatherGates happened; and after two , three, and four of these incidents, it became glaringly apparent that Capus was the problem. Today, action was finally taken. Capus is no longer with NBC News.
Whether Capus resigned or was forced out because someone on the NBC board finally decided his moral illiteracy needed to come to an end, doesn’t matter. What matters is that a management style that either encouraged this fraud or was helpless to stop it, is out.
But the only real question is, why did it take this long.
The rap sheet against Capus isn’t troubling, surprising, or even disturbing — it is breathtaking:
4. In August of 2009, Contessa Brewer sliced and diced a photograph so it wouldn’t look like a black man attended a Tea Party carrying a firearm.
5. Just this week, NBC News maliciously edited video of a town council meeting to make it look as though Second Amendment civil rights activists heckled a parent who lost his son in Newtown.
This isn’t bias; this is committing outright fraud in pursuit of a political agenda. And it is no coincidence that every single one of these incidents aided and abetted Obama directly or whatever his agenda was at the time.
If the history of the media, and specifically NBC News, is any indicator, the new boss is going to look an awful lot like the old boss. But let’s not be completely cynical. While NBC’s irresponsible and unrelenting left-wing bias will never end, we can at least have some hope that its irresponsible and unforgiving fraud will.
Today would’ve been Andrew Breitbart’s 44th birthday. He might be gone, but his impact and legacy grow stronger with each passing day.
The fact of the matter is while Capus is responsible for what happens under his watch, the on air staff at MSNBC continue to willingly, eagerly, and gleefully pursue and carry out the Goebbels-worthy propaganda campaign unencumbered by professional ethics while the network’s higher-ups and CEOs shrug their collective shoulders at the cable network’s bottom-dwelling in the ratings tank.
Everything changed after the election, and it had nothing to do with Obama winning a second term.
For as long as I’ve been aware of the media, I have known that I live in a country with a media biased strongly in favor of Democrats. Fair enough. But there were rules in that world, one of them being that once a Democrat was safely elected or reelected, the media would do its job when it came to scandals and overall accountability.
This is why, after Obama won his second term, I thought we would finally get to the bottom of what happened in Libya, from the incompetence that left our consulate unforgivably vulnerable, straight through to the White House lying for two weeks to cover up the fact that a successful terrorist attack had occurred on its watch.
But that didn’t happen. The media didn’t revert back to being the media; the media remained at its post as a Palace Guard.
Then the same thing happened with the fiscal cliff and Sandy Hook and immigration and the debt ceiling. Even with Obama safely snuggled in for term two, the media refused to do anything that would or could damage him politically. But it’s not just Obama; the media is openly and viciously protecting the Democratic Party as a whole.
The Narrative is now: Democrats can do nothing wrong; Republicans can do nothing right.
And this is why the media will run whole hog with an unverified and ultimately false story that makes gun-rights activists look awful.
What changed after the election was that I went from living in a country with a biased media to living in a country where the media is in place to protect The State.
When you realize that’s what happened, you understand why the media had no interest in verifying whether or not a malicious lie told about Second Amendment advocates was true or not. And it wasn’t just the left-wing fever swamps who quickly and gleefully spread this lie.
When the media assumes the role of protecting The State, that’s when manufactured propaganda is allowed to become news. The provably false “heckle” story helps The State, because The State wants to restrict our civil rights. Therefore, the story is too good to check and must be spread as quickly as possible.
When the Second Amendment supporters begin to win the heated gun control debate the insatiable gun control opposition throws down the “mental illness” card. Fine and good. I agree. People diagnosed with mental illness or mental deficiencies should not have guns. We can argue all day how if a person is determined mentally ill enough to do harm to themselves or to others they will find a way. It is an imperfect world, and unless the State controls everybody with a magic little pill everyday, lobotomizing the population’s individual free thought, it will not be any closer to being the safe world utopia imagined. This is where mental illness becomes cyclical and conditional with the liberals/left. Those who are resisting the attempts to have their rights and freedoms taken from them are mentally ill. (This was and is done in communist countries, as you know.) So, given the older generations’ bitterly clinging to our common sense and our Constitutional rights, where do they (everybody asks, “Who are they?” Well, if you don’t know by now…) start their re-education and reconstruction of control?
Before I point out the obvious, let me remind everyone that in the last 30-40 years the liberals in this country have successfully phased out shame. Don’t shame a child for doing something wrong. This country’s entertainment industry obviously has no shame. Our MSM has no shame at all … MSNBC, by the way, has been caught creatively editing yet another video/audio in order to fit their crazy gun rights narrative:
No stranger to selectively edited video clips, MSNBC on Monday aired a misleading and incomplete clip of testimony given by the father of a Sandy Hook victim at a hearing before the Connecticut Legislature. The edited version of his remarks, aired on Martin Bashir’s show, make it appear as if pro-gun advocates maliciously interrupted (or “heckled” as many have said) the dad for no reason as he calmly argued against civilians owning semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. In fact, the edit was so subtle not even we picked up on it in our original story.
“It’s not a good feeling to look at your child laying in a casket. Or looking at your child with a bullet wound to the forehead. It’s a real sad day,” Neil Heslin, father of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, said during Monday’s hearing.
“I ask if there is anyone who is in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this question: Why anybody in this room needs to have done of these assault-style weapons or military weapons or high capacity clips?” he asked rhetorically. He paused and then said, “Not one person can answer the question.”
It was at this point that a few members of the audience voiced their support for the Second Amendment. “The Second Amendment shall not be infringed,” one man yelled, appearing to try and answer Heslin’s question.
As the presiding official pointed out, comments were not permitted during the testimony, however. And Bashir was quick to hop on that point.
“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth … It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue.
“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.
Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of his upcoming initiatives, but “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”
The president said he has a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that date back for generations.
He said that moving forward on the topic means understanding that the realities of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas.
He said it’s understandable that people are protective of their family traditions when it comes to hunting so “gun-control advocates also need to do “a little more listening than they do sometimes” in the debate.
Yeah, you “bitter-clingers”… For the last time, it is NOT about sports and hunting. And what don’t you understand about “Shall not be infringed”? That 50% public support on anything he plans on doing, particularly gun control, is crap, and continued polling shows it as such. So, according to Obama the GOP is being bullied into sticking with conservative principles…
Obama also said one of the biggest factors in the gun-control debate will be how it is shaped by the media.
“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he said. “I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”
The president argued that “the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word” and that party leaders, including Senate Majority Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are “willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.”
Well, yeah, if he is going after the Second Amendment, why not the First Amendment? Yet, he neglects to understand, or dares to point out, his own democrats are not supporting Dianne Feinstein’s weapons ban law proposal.
Meanwhile, the NRA continues to be demonized by the armed-guarded and rich democrats…
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Sunday called the Newtown school shooting an “epiphany” and the National Rifle Association “venal” [motivated by susceptibility to bribery -ed.] in explaining the motivation behind the assault weapon ban she’s introduced in the Senate.
“This is the hardest of the hard,” Feinstein said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “You reach a point where enough is enough.”
The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the NRA’S influence on Capitol Hill should not hold Congress back in passing the bill.
“I can see the NRA is venal. The NRA has become an institution of gun manufacturers” she said.
“One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [violent] scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains, and the chunks of intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal.”
So wrote horror writer Stephen King in a Kindle essay Friday entitled “Guns.”
“[P]lenty of gun advocates cling to their semi-automatics the way Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson clung to the shit that was killing them,” King wrote in his 25-page essay.
Not surprisingly, there was a lot of hypocrisy in King’s piece noting “to claim that America’s ‘culture of violence’ is responsible for school shootings is tantamount to cigarette company executives declaring that environmental pollution is the chief cause of cancer.”
“It took more than one slim novel to cause [these teenagers] to do what they did,” King said.
Why, it’s just that simple, you addicted fools and idiots over at the NRA. However, King’s current diatribes directly contradict what he has said in the past, and some other uncomfortable facts…
In 1977, under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King published “Rage,” a book about a Maine high school senior who kills his algebra teacher and holds the class hostage.
In subsequent years, numerous school murders occurred around the country with the assailants saying they had gotten the idea directly or loosely from “Rage.”
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
In life we are told and conditioned to not act hastily in situations, not to make emotional decisions. Our Founding Fathers clearly understood this as a keystone of governing in a representative republic. That is why they set up a system of checks and balances. But in this age of “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, which oozes with taking advantage of people who are beside themselves with terror, horror, grief, we find those who increasingly decided every aspect of our lives in great spite of our Constitutional rights are basing their decisions on feelings…
This morning, before Biden and Obama had their scripted event in front of the cameras, with “a wallpapaer of children” surrounding them, I heard a democrat Congresswoman being interviewed on FOX News Channel. She was debating with someone who is anti-gun control. (I apologize for the lack of names. I had hoped FNC would offer the clip on their site but they haven’t. The Congresswoman looks familiar, but I didn’t catch her name.) This elected Congresswoman was insisting that “we (the government) need to act” by “the feelings” of “the people” while she was discounting a poll that showed the people do not want any more gun control.THIS is how the current ‘representative’ government is now ‘governing’??? FEELINGS??? So, I suppose the Congresswoman would have had no problem if the day after 9/11 the feeling of a vengeful American people was for then Pres. Bush to nuke the terrorist training nation of Afghanistan into green glass? Note to the Congresswoman, the feelings of over 75% of the American people were AGAINST you passing ObamaCare into law, but you did so anyway. And the feelings of those over 75% were far more informed about ‘what was in the bill’ than the vast majority of you pinheaded Congresscritters because they had read the damn thing, and YOU didn’t. You took an Oath to “Protect and Defend” the US Constitution that protects “We The People”, you idiots.
However, this was the tone Obama decided to take in his speech. He decided to tap into the letters written from children across the country while shielding himself with said children in order to deflect and marginalize any opposition his “executive actions” against the Second Amendment would spark. If you listen to or read the speech it is rife with “feelings”, and the attempt to invoke them.
This will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty — not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure nothing changes whatsoever.
The only way we will be able to change is if their audience, their constituents, their membership says this time must be different — that this time, we must do something to protect our communities and our kids.
I will put everything I’ve got into this, and so will Joe. But I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it. And by the way, that doesn’t just mean from certain parts of the country. We’re going to need voices in those areas, in those congressional districts, where the tradition of gun ownership is strong to speak up and to say this is important. It can’t just be the usual suspects.
I highlighted that last line because I thought I would mention how lately the democrats are using such criminal/violent rhetoric. Whether it is equating the GOP to “suicide bombers” and are “holding the US economy hostage” because of the debt ceiling opposition, or Obama’s press conference the other day where he said the GOP was “holding a gun at the head of the American people”. This is helpful how? This is levelheaded leadership how? Because THIS is exactly the core of what is wrong with our society right now that enables the desensitizing to violence, and the cheapening of another person who simply does not agree with your views. Playing to the feelings of the people instead of logic and reasoning.
Which brings me to the 23 “Executive actions” Obama outlined today… Even the White House admits none of the 23 demands would have stopped what happened in a grade school in Newtown, or a movie theater in Colorado, or a shopping mall, or anywhere else a mad man decides to rip apart and change the lives of countless innocent people before (typically) ending his own life.
Some of it is laughable.
#4: Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
#6: Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
#9 Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
#10 Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
It is as if AG Holder’s and the ATF’s failed, bloody, illegal, gunwalking “Fast and Furious” project, that forced legal gun shop owners to illegally sell thousands of weapons to illegal alien Mexican drug cartels that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans (some of them children), and a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and a U.S. I.C.E. Agent. As Humberto would say, “Unreal!”
Much of it sounds like the typical pile-on of failed government bureaucratic redundancies (most already being addressed on the state/local/institutional levels for the past several years) and the jamming of everyone into an almighty Big Brother federal data base, amounting to roughly a half a billion dollars of more government spending. But the ones that are the most alarming are those involving … healthcare. Well, why not? I mean, ObamaCare didn’t involve healthcare. Obama gun control should:
#2 Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
#16 Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
#17 Release a letter to health-care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law-enforcement authorities.
#18 Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
#19 Develop model emergency-response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
So, what now … no more HIPAA? You know, that little privacy rule document your doctor(s) have you sign in their office every year? The one that guarantees and protects patient/doctor trust and privacy … but mostly the patient’s privacy. Oh, and having doctors ask patients if they have a gun in the home? Hell you say! My doctor owns guns. Here is more of that ObamaCare seepage:
#20 Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental-health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
Do you ever notice all the racist crap in the country comes from those oh so tolerant and inclusive “progressives” while they insist conservatives are racist? Ask Mia Love, Herman Cain, Allen West, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, or Marco Rubio, just to name a few conservative republicans of-color who have been the targets of racist liberal BS, in the political arena and in the media. And the democrat party just cannot seem to move into the 21st Century.
Two recent articles in liberal publications use antebellum attitudes and imagery in order to ostracize a region of the nation that just does not see issues, politics, and Constitutional rights the way such things are viewed on the cold, blue east and west coasts, even going so far as trying to hijack republican Pres. Abe Lincoln and second guess that his Civil War mission did not go far enough. You have even heard the liberals/left insist, after it is pointed out a republican president freed the slaves and today’s republicans pushed through Civil Rights while democrats tried to stop them, claim today’s republicans are the Old Southerm racist democrats, and today’s democrats are yesterday’s heroic freedom fighters. Yeah, right…
The only remaining serious opposition to what’s happening in the country today resides in the minds and hearts of conservatives. Nowhere else is there any opposition to this. And therefore, it is the conservatives, wherever they are found, who are the objectives. Eliminating them, reducing their numbers, depressing them, dispiriting them, getting them out of office, humiliating, embarrassing them, caricaturing them, character assassination, whatever it takes. The primary focus is to make sure that whenever a conservative speaks, everybody laughs at him. Whenever a conservative speaks, the reaction, “Oh, listen to that extremist.” Whenever a conservative says anything, “Ah, listen to that racist, that sexist, that bigot.” It’s been set up for quite a while, but there is a real full-court press on this now.
That’s what was happening here in Obama’s presser, the debt limit, he was blaming the Republicans, and he means conservatives for this, but he’ll get rid of the Republican Party, too. The one thing the Republican moderates don’t get is who this guy is. The Republican moderates are really, sadly, a clueless bunch. I don’t think they have the slightest idea of what is happening and what’s not just headed their way, but has hit them already. They don’t see it because they, too, are focused on eliminating as much conservative influence in the party as Obama is.
I mean, you’ve got Colin Powell on TV yesterday saying Republicans did not use to be this way. The GOP looks down on blacks, minorities. Look at the Senate. The only black senator is a Republican. The only two Hispanic senators are Republicans, but here’s Colin Powell saying Republicans look down on minorities. And they’re racists, and they’re using code, dog whistle language now. The titular head of the Republican Party. The Republican that everybody in the media says we all should emulate, Colin Powell, that’s what he went on TV to say yesterday. There’s a real concentrated dislike for conservatism and conservatives. The “why” is easy to understand as well. We’re talking about people that are devoted in their lives to the concept of big government, living in it, working in it, controlling it.
Conservatives want to eliminate as much government from people’s daily lives as possible. That makes them the enemy. Makes ’em the political enemy. They’ve got to be nullified. And that is what is happening. That is the way to understand everything. It’s not about policy. It’s not triumphing on policy right now. It’s not finding solutions to problems. It’s not about fair and balanced negotiation or any of that. It’s about eliminating any serious, viable conservative opposition.
Now, I’ve got this story here, and it’s not just in Washington. I have a story here from the New Yorker, by George Packer. “Southern Discomfort: The Political Isolation of the American South,” is the title of this piece. And what this is about is a very approving story from the New Yorker about the attempt here to isolate the South. To make the South an island unto itself, made up of oddballs and kooks and weirdos who have to be ignored, who also have to be defeated.
Below you will find two videos of two leftists in the MSM that many uninformed people depend on to tell them how/what to think (and vote).
First is the recently publicized stooge, CNN’s Piers Morgan, who is torn apart by Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro. A couple samples within:
Piers Morgan in reference to Shapiro’s copy of the U.S. Constitution – “Your little book…”
Ben Shapiro tries to get through the Brit’s excessively thick skull to help him understand how an unarmed population is at the mercy of tyrants (which is completely lost on Morgan) *-“The fact that my grandparents and great-grandparents in Europe didn’t fear that (tyranny) is why they are now ashes in Europe…”
Yes, the left/MSM/democrats ARE using these deaths as tools to go after our Constitutional rights. Notice Morgan tries to erase the fact that the push for gun control and the attacks on our Second Amendment right is coming from the left in this country. Shapiro, however, missed countering Morgan with the fact that the then Reagan induced first ban on assault weapons did not reduce crime.
As a young adult (and even a democrat at the time) I had to explain this concept to my Hungarian Grandmother who was disparaging Americans’ ability to own guns (she was watching the news and the city’s annual murder rate was being reported). Grandma shook her head and said in her old country the regular citizens were not permitted to own or use guns unless the government allowed you to as a “hunter”. She said only hunters should own guns, and that we really didn’t need too many hunters because we had grocery stores. I told her our gun rights were NOT written for “hunters”, and that we fought the King to free ourselves with guns and we had to keep guns to personally protect ourselves and keep our freedom, and that odds were if somebody broke into her home the intruder would likely have a gun and the set of homemade nunchucks she kept under her bed pillow would not save an 80 year old woman’s life … or anyone else’s. I then had to remind her of the story she had told me since I was a young child … The one where her Father was in America away from the rest of the family during WWI. The one where a cousin had run to my Great-Grandmother’s small farm and warned her the Russians were coming. The one where she had a handful of children to defend (two young teen daughters) all on her own from these advancing men, and all she could do was dig a hole in the barn floor and bury any of their property of value and money to keep the Russian soldiers from stealing it. The one where my very young Grandmother and her sister spent a few hours ballet dancing to entertain the drunken soldiers when they invaded the tiny farm to keep them from entertained, all the while my Great-Grandmother holding her fearful tears and silently praying to God the soldiers would not invade her pretty daughters. She was helpless to do anything else had they done so. I also reminded Grandma that in WWII (she and the family had joined with my Great-Grandfather here pomptly after WWI) all those Jewish friends, and her own Hungarian friends and family members (including my Hungarian Grandfather’s, her husband’s, family) were among those who did not have guns to fight for their lives against the Nazis … before being loaded onto trains and hauled to the furnaces of the concentration camps. I reminded her of my husband’s own Russian Grandfather, at 15 years old, fled his country as the Russian Revolution was igniting, knowing what was about to replace the Czar. My Grandmother insisted such things would never happen here in America. I told her THAT was because of our Second Amendment allowing the citizens to responsibly purchase and own guns. It is why the First Amendment insisted we had the right to speak against the government, and the Second was written to back it up. I also reminded her that there were already communists here (at the time the USSR and China were at their Cold War strongest) because of that First Amendment freedom, and I told her she should never hold a stronger faith in anything above God…