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“There is a danger that threatens everyone in the church, all of us. The danger of worldliness. It leads us to vanity, arrogance and pride.”
Pope Francis I
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Was it “vanity, arrogance, or pride” which led obama to mislead the American people about sarin gas in Syria? I think it included all three, combined with a general contempt for the American people.
Check out a new expose by none other than Sy Hersh, he of “My Lai and Abu Ghraib” fame! Hersh won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize in 1970, for “International Reporting”, so he certainly has the cred with liberals to back up his report, right?
I mean, sheesh, Hersh is sure no “TEAParty-type” which, seem to have the blog’s libs, led by Ron May, all a-twitter these days.
I will also note that Hersh didn’t win a Pulitzer Prize for any “opinion journalist” reporting, yet.
Sooo, do any of you good folks think that maybe THAT is Hersh’s angle with his comment “The cherry-picking was similar to the process used to justify the Iraq war”? Do you think he’s bucking for another Pulitzed Prize, this time in “opinion” journalism?
Let’s just add the “sarin gas caper” to obama’s escalating list of “known” lies concerning things he tells the American people. Somehow, I think there’s LOTS more to come, because you libs think obama is the smartest guy around, and if that were true, then surely he’s hidden so much more that even Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters won’t be able to uncover!
It takes minutes to learn that Hersh in essence is an iconoclast, seemingly enjoying his role of dissing anyone in power, including not only Obama but W, and even long deceased JFK. Further, his veracity has repeatedly come under criticism. In fact so much so that it seems his allegations tend more towards speculation than fact:
“In September 2013, during an interview with The Guardian, Hersh commented that the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden was “one big lie, not one word of it is true”.
In the April 17, 2006 issue of The New Yorker, Hersh reported on the Bush administration’s purported plans for an air strike on Iran. Of particular note in his article is that a US nuclear first strike (possibly using the B61-11 bunker-buster nuclear weapon) is under consideration to eliminate underground Iranian uranium enrichment facilities. In response, President Bush cited Hersh’s reportage as “wild speculation.”
and this from a Hersh critic:
“As soon as he has made an assertion he cites a ‘source’ to back it. In every case this is either an un-named former official or an unidentified secret document passed to Hersh in unknown circumstances… By my count Hersh has anonymous ‘sources’ inside 30 foreign governments and virtually every department of the U.S. government.”
and from Hersh himself:
“In an interview with New York magazine, Hersh made a distinction between the standards of strict factual accuracy for his print reporting and the leeway he allows himself in speeches, in which he may talk informally about stories still being worked on or blur information to protect his sources. “Sometimes I change events, dates, and places in a certain way to protect people… I can’t fudge what I write. But I can certainly fudge what I say.”
and even more:
“In March 2007 Hersh asserted in a piece in The New Yorker that the United States and Saudi governments were funding the terrorist organization Fatah al-Islam through aid to Lebanese Sunni Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.Following the publishing of the story journalists in Beirut uncovered that Hersh put forth the claim without any reliable sources. Hersh had heard the unconfirmed story from Robert Fisk who had, in turn, heard the story from former British intelligence agent Alastair Crooke. Crooke had only heard it circulated as rumor and no one had fact checked the claims before Hersh ran the story which prompted a variety of criticisms.”
I have no clue what politics Hersh ascribes to, but what is apparent is that if you are the POTUS then you are in his crosshairs and though he accurately reported My Lai and Abu Ghraib much of his reporting appears based on speculation and and a ton of “unnamed sources”.
On a totally unrelated topic, my wife and I had the pleasure this weekend of seeing two wonderful musical acts right here in the ‘Noke. Friday night we saw Victor Wooten and the Wooten Brothers at the Jeff Ctr. and last night saw Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle) at Kirk Ave. Music Hall. These two acts were polar opposites in terms of musical styles and stage presence but both were excellent musicians. We seem to have more and more really top notch acts coming to Roanoke so I urge anyone who likes music to check out these and other venues.
and no, I don’t work for either one of them…
Hey scott whitaker,
I found your post to be helpful.
So, we agree that Hersh employs no particular political bias in his pursuit of the truth, and that he views all presidents with skepticism. How refreshing!
That said, I doubt Hersh was fabricating his comments out of thin air, since it appears that up to this point the least accurate of his reports are based on rumor, and the most accurate of his reports result in a Pulitzer Prize.
And, in a worst case scenario, if Hersh were in fact a liar, at least we’d finally have someone dealing with obama that knows the tricks of a liar. What a world we live in.
So, heyfrank, what do you think of the myth of the American dream?
Essentially, among developed countries, only Italy and Great Britain have less economic mobility than the U.S. Pretty great, huh?
Hey gdad, I don’t know about you, but I believe there’s abundant evidence that under obama, the American dream has moved further than ever away from the American people to achieve, if one’s goal is to move up to the middle class.
New private sector jobs will help. An increase in the minimum wage might help one, but hurt two. The obumacare 30 hour/week mandate will continue to depress employers from hiring beyond what they already are.
Sheesh, gdad, I thought everyone would know that.
Why are we always trying so hard to be Europe?
#5 Why are YOU always trying so hard to live down to the Ugly American stereotype?
This is ALL developed countries, Bill. And are you suggesting that maximizing the potential to move up economically is a bad thing?
“Hey gdad, I don’t know about you, but I believe there’s abundant evidence that under obama, the American dream has moved further than ever away from the American people to achieve, if one’s goal is to move up to the middle class.”
Frank, that began AT LEAST 28 years earlier than you suggest.
Well, obama’s trickle down economics plan (five years now in it’s evolution), in collusion with the FED, has done nothing but make the rich richer, and the wealthy wealthier, and the folks’ who have their savings in stock market investments and retirement plans (like you, Dan) have giddily watched their acounts go UP!, UP!, UP!, while young black Americans have fewer and fewer job opportuniries available to them, and the poor get poorer.
That’s a pretty sad commentary on this president’s success, eh, Dan?
It’s not that hard, actually, #9. All one need do is denounce the failed policies of obama, and afterward, it’s pretty easy to get called all sorts of things by the liberals!
I’m so glad that Frank has learned empathy for young black Americans. Maybe spending so much time on Dan’s blog does produce positive results.
Job opportunites for young black Americans were so plentiful during GWB’s 2 terms, eh Frank?
Poor old heyfrank is getting really getting all frantic now about his impending self banishment. Over on the Dano thread he’s calling folks “stupid.” And over here he’s lying.
Once again I say, the only people who ever believed Obama was, is or could be perfect, were the right wingers who called him “the Savior”, “Dear Leader”, etc. We never did. We never have worshiped him like you did Reagan.
Most of us here supported a “single payer” reform of the health insurance industry.
Most of us did not support any invasion into Syria.
Most of us did not expect this dysfunctional, ignorant, bitter, hate-filled Congress to even attempt to work with Obama. Any legislation coming from such an obstructive, destructive and convulsive Congress was destined to be as flawed as any other. Where were you all when the Republicans did not read “The Patriot Act” and unleashed the NSA on us? Where were you when the debacle of Bush’s gift to the insurance industry was passed in Congress? Where were you when thousands upon thousands of Americans were dying and being maimed for life in Bush’s vanity war? Where were you when the Bush/Cheney administration added to the debt and created huge deficits? Where were you when the Congress did nothing to stop “too big to fail” and we had to bail them out? All of this BEFORE President Barack Obama took office.
Get off the high ground Frank, you embarrass yourself by trying to own it!
gdad, I’d go a little easy on Frank not going on Facebook, Judging from some comments I read on there this weekend for an RT post, there are a whole lot of people not embarrassed in the least to share their names. Most of them made Rhonda sound like she actually has a PhD.
Change that to not hesitant in the least.
Debbie is right, changing to the FB format will likely bring more right wing loons, not less.
Folks can continue to moan and groan about Fed policy, but the economy is ever so slowly rebounding, unemployment is trending down, and the deficit is shrinking. That is the other side of the coin some on this blog will not acknowledge. Are we better off now than we were 5-years ago? Most definitely, as I see it.
Maybe so, Debbie and Sandi, but heyfrank won’t be among them, unless he sets up a fake account or changes his mind. As a result, he appears to be trying to squeeze in an many juvenile insults as possible before his time is up.
Hey Debbie and Sandi,
I was wondering when the lightbulbs would turn on…
Hey Bill Perdue at #14,
Over the years, I suspect that I’ve been a LOT closer to both employed, and unemployed, black youth (as well as young folks of other races) than many on this Blog. And, the jobs paid better than the minimum wage.
Actually, what I’ve learned from being on Dan’s blog is that you libs truly are incapable of even conceptually grasping the idea of putting economically viable opportunities in front of young people who are seeking gainful employment. That very practical act, once completed, puts people on the road to economic self-sufficiency, instead of on your “empathy” road to dependency and despondency.
If you’re on Facebook for any amount of time, Frank, you learn that there is no shortage of jackasses willing to share their idiocy on any newspaper’s or magazine’s page. Just like here, only foul language isn’t barred on FB.
Please don’t try to tell me that you won’t be posting and sharing your name on Facebook because the comments from other people will offend your sensibilities, Frank.
I wasn’t on this blog back when the TBTF crap happened. And, I’ve believe I’ve made mention, probably several times, that I think more banks should have been allowed to fail.
In the past year I have listened to Hank Pausen’s informative audio book, ……………and now believe that there would have been much greater economic pain, both in this country and abroad, had the TBTF crap not been passed. However, I also believe that had TBTF NOT been implemented, our economy, and the world’s economy, would have stood a better chance of shaking off the shackles of the monster banks, than we do now.
Obama is now saddled with his having “saved” the banks (remember Tim Geithner?), and the great majority of us will be stuck in an economic malaise for years to come. Now, that’s not so bad for us old folks, but it’s tragic for our young folks.
You know it, and I know it.
This isn’t the only blog that I have posted on, Debbie.
I know what’s out there…there’s lots of steve c’s out there, aren’t there?
Oops, I forgot to put in the name of Paulsen’s book, which is, “On the Brink”.
I’m less offended by socially awful comments by themselves (jerks will be jerks), and more offended at the acceptance of them from others, simply because of political ideology, or fear. Stuff like that sort of acts like a worm in a barrel of apples, you know, and if it’s permitted, tends to make all apples, eventually, feel yucky.
I was surprised to see it on Dan’s blog.
The great thing about Facbook is that comments can be hidden, Frank.
Here’s some stuff on unemployent in young people in general, under obama. I’ll get to the specific young black unemployment shortly.
“According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, in 2012, 36 percent of the millennial generation were living in their parents’ home. This is the highest number in at least four decades, the study shows. In 2012, 63 percent of 18- to 31-year-olds had jobs, down from the 70 percent of their counterparts who had jobs in 2007.”
Debbie, The above article graphically shows the progression of unemployment by white and black populations, not by age group. The time-span include Bush’s time in office.
The below article reflect the deplorable circumstances faced by black Americans, today. Please use your deductive reasoning ability to deduce to what extent things have gotten much worse for black Americans, particularly young black Americans, under obama. Trust me, it’s not hard to see.
“Young African-Americans, 18-24 years-old, were also forced to delay their hopes and dreams as they treaded water through 2011 with a 42.6 percent underemployed rate. Generally, underemployment is a holding job beneath one’s skill level.”
“Whites in the same age group struggled with a 24.5 percent underemployment rate. Only 31 percent of African Americans 25-34 years old are working in their chosen field, compared to 57 percent of Whites in the same age group.”
What’s instructive is that our young people are getting altogether hosed by this economy, and in particular, young black folks are getting strangled. Yet, the libs on this blog don’t see it, because they have their cognizent brains firmly stuck in the ground, and are ruled by their ideological brain (obama!, obama!, obama!).
Young Americans of all races need jobs.
And, young black Americans have suffered much more from the obama-than has any other racially-constructed age group. Period.
oops…in the last sentence of the just above post, the reference to obama- should read, “obama-economy”.
Everytime heyfrank mentions my name on the blog, the terrorists win.
Minorities are smart enough to know that Obama does not create or run the economy. Too bad you aren’t Frank.
Once again, Frank at 1:23 p.m., your premise is dishonest. You want to blame President Obama for the entirety of the current economic woes of ethnic minorities when you know full well that the current economic conditions were years in the making. Your brand of dishonesty, Frank, is particularly insidious because your premises have a shred of truth – unemployment numbers for minoroties are too high and have been for a long time – and you twist that truth into a cause and effect statement beyond reason – that President Obama is solely responsible for the state of the economy. Damn right unemployment is too high, and the debt is too high, and the deficit is too high, and the impact of those circumstances touch the poor in this country disproportionately.
The article from afro.com cited continued racial discrimination as a causal factor in the current unemploment rate for black folks. Do you agree, Frank?
There is plenty of blame to go around, Frank. Waiting for your side of the debate to shoulder some reponsibility. At least we are one step closer to a 2- year budget. Hopefully, this signals a slight break in the policy of obstruction.
I agree wholeheartedly with you that Frank’s tactic’s are dishonest. I’m not sure he is, though. It very possible that he’s one — of many — victims of quite dishonest and despicable propagandists for the far right. That would suggest he’s not intelligent enough to see through THEIR dishonesty, and he thus parrots it.
In other words, he’s either dishonest or unintelligent.
Dan, I cannot go so far as to say Frank is not intelligent. Misguided, perhaps, but not unintelligent.
Why either /or ? Sounds like both to me.
Ok, Jason Perdue, you do have a point, and, thank you.
As fas as the term “casual” racial discrimination…, I’m not familiar with it. I can say, and I think you’ll agree, that employers in this day and age will do their level best to hire the most attractive applicant for a job, and I don’t mean a blond, blue-eyed, white person. I mean the best applicant, period.
Businesses owners want their businesses to succeed, and if there is any lingering prejudices out there (is that where “casual racism” comes in to play?), I’d bet those relate more to applicants’ clothing and grooming, smoking status, visible tatoos, and weight…than to race.
I’ll say it this way: The employment rates of young Americans, and in particular, the employment rates of black Amercians, have plummeted since obama took office, and have remained horrible during the five years that obama has been in office.
Since obama has been in office, please describe his plan for job creation, and how things have improved for young folks, be they black or not.
And, please, no drivel on any “he kept things from getting worse”. That’s bs, and we all know it.
I might be mistaken, but wasn’t some”job creation” duties something obama passed off to “green” jobs czar, and resident white house communist, van jones? After v. jones left the white house, who picked up his “green” jobs czar duties? Surely somebody has assumed those duties, right?
Well, how’s that person done? What’s that person done? Who’s that person?
By the way, obama HAS made it easier for young people to get relatively low-cost post-high school education loans so they can borrow lots of money, stay in school, and keep their fingers crossed that the economy will have recovered so that they’ll actually be able to find a job after graduating from college, when they will be required to begin paying back those loans, period. From what I can tell, that’s been about it. Oops, I forgot one other thing. He is allowing young folks to stay on their parent’s health insurance policies until age 26…I guess that makes sense since so many young folks are stuck living in their parents’ basements after graduating from college, you know, because they can’t find jobs.
And, please tell me what you think obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage rate will have on creating more jobs for young people?
Please don’t mix this issue in with the “college educated” young folks, ’cause they are already getting those low-cost loans to stay in school, that they’ll need to begin paying off when they get out of college. Please keep your remarks focused on the ones who don’t go the college, or fail to graduate from college.
What do you folks think he’s done to help the young folks find jobs, period?
Heyfrank tha’ clown is having the longest goodbye tour ever. Franklin, why not just make a clean break and move on instead of shamelessly attention whoring and hoping we’ll ask you to stay? You’re getting to be like the desperate ex girlfriend that keeps calling hoping we’ve change our minds but it aint happening. Hint; no one likes you. No one’s ever liked you, and in the future no one will like you, either. You’re a reprehensible waste of human DNA that makes even the most patient and accepting bloggers do faceplants into their waiting hands and vigorously shake their heads left to right. Please leave and take your hatred of President Obama, silly conspiracy theories, obsessions about my sweaty bike shorts, irrelevant links nobody clicks on and the anger management poster child DMatt with you; you won’t be missed.
ok, ok, here you go, steve c, go ahead and sink your dull canines into this!
Frank at 10:41 am, the word I used in my post was “causal” not casual. In brief response, American Jobs Act. Good day!
Frank | December 10, 2013 at 11:04 am, “Hey Debbie and Sandi,
I was wondering when the lightbulbs would turn on” Well clearly we are still waiting for yours to do so.
Jason, do you see where your kindness gets you? Bless you for still being willing to try but the cause is lost in this case.
Frank doesn’t know the difference between “causal” and “casual”!
That might help explain the cause of his casual ignorance.
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