Category Archives: The Media

Even Comic Book Heroes Turning Against American Values

I have been a fan of comic books since I was a kid.  I used to like reading the Archie comics, Richie Rich, Disney and the occasional horror genre comic.  But my absolute favorites and the ones that I still purchase today are the super hero comics.  Based on how well the movies inspired by these comics do in ticket sales, I would venture to guess that most Americans like super heros.  But lately it would seem that the comics and their heroes do not value America and her values as much as the majority of her citizens.

My eyes were first opened to this when the very American hero of Superman changed his slogan that debuted in the 50s from “Truth, justice and the American way” to simply just “Truth and justice.”  It was an indication that the marketers of Superman no longer felt that there was value in using “the American way.”  Could it be that their was shame about what that term defined?  Had Superman jumped on the Hollywood bandwagon of blame America first and focus on her faults?  Apparently so.  There was a bit of an outcry when this originally happened in 2006, but nobody is paying it much attention now.

Superman is from the DC Universe.  Could those same opinions cross over to the Marvel Universe?  Yes indeed and they have.  And what really makes this despicable is that the controversy that has erupted this week has spawned from a Captain America comic book.  This is a hero that embodies America.  Much like DC’s Wonder Woman who fought off the Nazis during World War II, Captain America was always fighting for America whether it was Nazis or The Cold War.  Now apparently, Captain America thinks concerned citizens in America are the enemy.  Marvel and Captain America have bought into the media lies that tea party attendees are a bunch of red-necked racists.

The comic depicts a scene in Issue 602 that features Captain America investigating a right-wing anti-government militia group called “the Watchdogs”.  Captain America is shown in the scene with a partner named Falcon and he explains to him that he wants to infiltrate the group.  Falcon is a black character.  The image I included with this post is an image from the scene the two characters are observing and it looks like a tea party gathering to me.  The Falcon observes that the sentiments they are watching from the “Watchdog” group are not limited to them and he wonders how he will fit in with these angry white people.  Captain America plans to have Falcon pose as an IRS agent to fuel the anger.  Because everyone knows a black IRS agent is like Satan to us tea bagging hicks. 

People like myself have been outraged by this and called for an apology from Marvel and they have issued one.  At least they pretended to apolgize.  As Yahoo news reports:

The clear implicit attack on the Tea Party Movement was first noticed by Publius’ Forum’s Warner Todd Huston.  When a minor uproar ensued, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada spoke to Comic Book Resources and defended the issue while apologizing for the panel that seemed to tie real-life Tea Party protesters to the fictional group depicted in the book.

Saying that he could “absolutely see how some people are upset about this,” Quesada said that there was “zero discussion to include a group that looked like a Tea Party demonstration,” adding, “There was no thought that it represented a particular group.”

Quesada then went on to say that Marvel would “apologize for and own up to” a series of “stupid mistakes” that led to them “accidentally identifying” one of the members of the protest group “as being a part of the Tea Party instead of a generic protest group.” He explained that they were on deadline to get the issue to the printer for publication, and in the course of sending it off it was noticed that the signs in the scene contained no words or phrases. He said the editor then asked the letterer to “fudge in some quick signs” and that in the “rush to get the book out of the door,” the letterer “looked on the net and started pulling slogans” from signs captured in photographs at Tea Party protests in order to make them appear “believable.”

Doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.

President Listens To Press, But Not The People

The press has come out in recent weeks complaining that the President has not held a press conference since July.  Obama has opted for controlled one-on-one interviews instead to keep the tough questions from being asked.  The President finally listened to the press corps (or is it corpse?) and conducted an impromptu press conference on Tuesday during the regularly scheduled White House briefing.

So the question becomes, why does the President cave to pressure from the press corps and not to pressure from the American people?  A large majority of people on both the left and right are calling for the President to scrap the House and Senate health insurance reform bills and start from scratch in a bi-partisan matter.  The President has indicated indirectly that he will not agree to a “start over”.  The GOP has agreed to attend a healthcare summit with the President.  I maintain that if the President does not start that summit by trashing both bills, the GOP must get up out of their seats and walk out and hold a press conference speaking directly to the American people about why they have abadoned the negotiations.  Otherwise, this will become a photo op for the President and a way for the Progressives to ridicule free market ideas.

One also has to question what the definition of “bi-partisan” truly is because I think it means something quite different to most of America than it does to the government.  The government tries to convince the population that getting just one member from the opposition party to agree with them makes any bill bi-partisan.  Or taking one idea from the other party and incorporating it within a bill is bi-partisan.  This is absolutely ridiculous.  We are tired of the Washington games and I would pray for snow to keep the government shut down except that apparently everyone is still getting paid because not having the government in session is costing us $100 million a day.  That seems to defy common sense, but with government one needs to suspend reality.

Rachel Madcow Pushes Tea Bagger Comments To Lunatic Edge

Rachel Madcow pushed the limits for even herself on Friday’s show as she covered the National Tea Party Convention.  Not only do the libtards like Madcow need some history lessons, but her extreme comments reveal the fear that the Progressives have when it comes to We The People in the grassroots.  Here is the transcript from the part of her show that I am referencing (h/t Newsbusters):

White House Can’t Take The Heat

The White House continues to attack FOX News with outrageous accusations and avoids appearing on the network.  One would think that if FOX News were spreading lies, that the accused would appear on the network to disprove the accusations.  Of course, the accused would not show up on a network if the truth were being exposed there and they could not dispel the reports.  And that is precisely what FOX News is reporting: truth.  FOX News actually investigates and practices true journalism, which is lacking at the other networks.  That is why FOX News’ ratings are soaring and one of the reasons citizens were out protesting media bias this weekend.

White House officials made the Sunday morning talk show rounds without including FOX news again and took the opportunity to attack FOX News.  One would think they have better things to do like create jobs, fight wars and secure the nation.  The reactions of the White House reminds me of teenagers who do not like someone being liked over them.  President Obama is Mr. Popularity – all he cares about – and so he does not like that something like FOX News is getting better approval ratings than him.  And the fact is, if FOX News was not right on their reports then people like Van Jones would not have had to step down and ACORN would still be another arm of the government.

David Axelrod appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and said Fox News shouldn’t be treated as a news organization. “And the bigger thing is that other news organizations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way…You know, I’m not concerned. Mr. Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money,” Axelrod said. “The only argument Anita was making is that they’re not really a news station. … It’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It’s really not news. It’s pushing a point of view.”  So not only is the administration not appearing on FOX programs, but now they are telling other media outlets how to respond to FOX.  This is something we already knew though since it came to light that administration officials were conducting morning conference calls with members of the media and offering bullet points.

It is not enough that the mainstream media are cheerleaders for Obama.  The administration wants the media’s help in taking down FOX News.  Rahm Emanuel claimed, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.”  And what exactly would he say about MSNBC and CNN.  Jeff Immelt, who is CEO of NBC, is a part of the administration.  Former journalists from the mainstream media are not a part of the administration.

It truly is amazing how stupid the Obama administration thinks Americans are and how easily they think they can manipulate people.  They are absolutely wrong and FOX News will continue to soar as long as the attack is on.

NBC Giddy After Al Franken Becomes Senator-Elect

The thought of Al Franken strolling the halls of Congress is nauseating enough without having to listen to supposed journalists fawn all over the former Saturday Night Live “comedy” writer.  I put “comedy” in quotes because SNL has never been a funny show and this most certainly was true with Franken’s bits.  Franken appeared on NBC’s Today show yesterday morning and Meredith Viera could hardly contain herself.  Here is the transcript with my commentary in blue:

MEREDITH VIEIRA: Now to politics and the man who will give the Democratic Party a super majority (I’m sure she was giddy inside with the thought of the left having complete power.) in the U.S. Senate. Following 239 days of legal wrangling, Minnesota’s Supreme Court now declared former SNL cast member Al Franken the state’s junior senator. We spoke on Wednesday and I began by asking him how it feels to be senator-elect.

SENATOR-ELECT AL FRANKEN: It sounds good. Senator is going to sound just a little bit better. (It makes me nauseous.)

VIEIRA: Just a little bit better. Well, this has been a long time coming. (Long time coming according to who – the man has stolen the election.  She acts like Minnesota was dying to have him and that he truly deserves this Senate seat.) You are a guy known for your great sense of humor. (Are you kidding me?!  More like his bizarre behavior and angry outbursts.) You kind of shoot from the hip a lot. Was it hard to keep your mouth shut and just let this thing, sort of, play out over the past seven-plus months? (What the hell kind of qestion is this?)

FRANKEN: Well, fortunately I lost my sense of humor right away. (You never had one.) So, I didn’t have a problem.

VIEIRA: It did get a little contentious, didn’t it?

FRANKEN: Well, I tried not to make it about that, and it, you know. Minnesota has a real process here. Minnesotans should be proud of our process. It’s thorough. We can say that. And it’s transparent, and our election officials acted with incredible integrity. So Minnesotans should be very proud. (What a farce!  Votes turning up in the backseats of cars and ballots that had more than one vote were counted.  Some votes counted and some not based on whatever random person made the random decisison.)

VIEIRA: You talk about a close election. 2.9 million votes were cast. You won by just 312 votes.

FRANKEN: Yep.

VIEIRA: Are you conscious of that as you head to Washington D.C. next week? (Meredith, what does he care – he’s in?)

FRANKEN: I’m very conscious of it. I know that there are a lot of Minnesotans who didn’t vote for me and it’s up to me to show that I’m going to be working for them. You know, there’s going to be a lot of talk and you brought it up, the talk of super majority. I don’t see myself as the 60th Democrat in the Senate. I see myself as the second Minnesota senator. (That is plainly a lie.  This guy is so left he practically falls off the charts.  He is a for sure vote for any Marxist agenda Obama presents.)

VIEIRA: And finally, are you more worried about becoming a target for the GOP or a target for Saturday Night Live, your old stomping ground?

FRANKEN: I’m not worried about either. I’m most concerned about hitting the ground running, and getting the job done.

Well, one thing is for sure, he will give us plenty of material for months and years to come.  If it was not for the fact that these ignorant sycophants were not destroying our country, I would be having a great time.  Between the President’s Teleprompter handicap and Gibb’s ums and ahs and Joe Biden’s diarrhea of the mouth and Barney Frank as himself, I have had more material to aim my irreverence towards than ever before.

ABC Responds To Complaints About Indoctrination Special

Yesterday, I fired off an email to ABC News under their “Specials” category complaining about their move to become State TV and run the President’s special programming next Wednesday, June 24th.  The entire evening is devoted to the White House and the President’s plans for healthcare.  The Evening News with Charlie Gibson and the special “Prescription For America” will run live from the White House.  Supposedly a townhall format will be used that will offer a vigorous debate on the topic, however no Republican leaders are invited to speak, nor is the group Conservatives for Patient’s Rights being allowed to purchase ad time during the special.  We all know the truth about this program: it is indoctrination clearly.  I received an email from ABC News with several links to stories they were running on the issue and one was their response to a letter received from the RNC complaining about the programming.  Here is that letter:

Mr. Ken McKay
Chief of Staff
Republican National Committee
310 First Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Dear Mr. McKay:

I am in receipt of your letter of June 15, 2009 and wanted to respond to a number of false premises you raise regarding our ongoing and upcoming coverage of health care.

I hope we can all agree that a robust debate of health care issues and potential policies is in order.

To that end, ABC News announced plans to broadcast a primetime hour from the White House devoted to exploring and probing the President’s position and giving voice to questions and criticisms of that position. We hope that any American concerned about health care will find our efforts to be informative, fair and civil.  
Second, ABC News prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers — of all political persuasions — even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum.  ABC News is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue.   ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president.  Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control.  To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience.
Third, there already has been extensive coverage of the upcoming health care debates, on ABC and elsewhere, and there will be much, much more. Indeed, we’ve already had many critics of the President’s health care proposals on the air – and that’s before a real plan has even been put before the country.
In the end, no one watching, listening to, or reading ABC News will lack for an understanding of all sides of these important questions.

Thank you for your interest.

Kerry Smith
Senior Vice President, ABC News

Do you believe them?  I do not and find myself torn about watching the program.  I want to watch to see if is indeed just more propaganda or if our voices will have changed the tone, but do I want to give ABC the ratings?  I think I will wait for the transcripts because I find it highly unlikely that ABC will cave to conservative pressure.  They are swimming too comfortably in the tank with Obama.

Obama’s Second Presidential Press Conference

The campaign trail is still burning for the President as he uses the media in every way possible (via townhalls, late night comedy shows and press conferences) to cram his unsustainable budget down our throats.  Here are excerpts from the press conference with my irreverent commentary in blue:

OBAMA: “The first step we took was to pass a recovery plan to jump-start job creation and put money in people’s pockets. This plan’s already saved the jobs of teachers and police officers. It’s creating construction jobs to rebuild roads and bridges.”  Got any numbers there Mr. President?  This is all bull.  More jobs are lost then “saved”.  And as I pointed out in a previous blog post, those twenty something police jobs saved are only set for one year.

OBAMA:  “And yesterday I met with a man whose company is reopening a factory outside of Pittsburgh that’s rehiring workers to build some of the most energy-efficient windows in the world.”  Again, do we have any numbers here.  This guy may have only ten people working in his factory. 

OBAMA:  “The second step we took was to launch a plan to stabilize the housing market and help responsible homeowners stay in their homes. This plan’s one reason that mortgage interest rates are now at near historic lows.”  This plan is the reason for low interest rates?!  What bullcrap!  The Fed had already lowered those rates long ago.  And these low rates are not work well when inflation kicks in and that is coming very soon.
 OBAMA:  “The budget I submitted to Congress will build our economic recovery on a stronger foundation so that we don’t face another crisis like this 10 or 20 years from now.”  This is such a LIE!  He better read the Congressional Budget Office report which predicts that Obama’s budget is unsustainable and will lead to a trillion dollar deficit every year for the next ten years.  That, my friends, will be a crisis of epic proportions.
 *DUCT TAPE ALERT!*  OBAMA:  “That’s why this budget is inseparable from this recovery — because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity.”   Do I really need to say anything?

Then the President ends his opening statement and goes to his list of reporters – does anyone else wonder if the questions are already prepared and that the answers are in the Teleprompter?  Jennifer Loven of the AP gets the first question and asks about the sweeping new powers and over-reach that the Treasury wants over businesses and why the public should support that.  Here is a portion of Obama’s response:

OBAMA:  “And the reason is, is because we have not obtained this authority. We should have obtained it much earlier so that any institution that poses a systemic risk that could bring down the financial system we can handle and we can do it in an orderly fashion that quarantines it from other institutions.  We don’t have that power right now; that’s what Secretary Geithner was talking about. And I think that there’s going to be strong support from the American people and from Congress to provide that authority ( not from thinking Americans who know that this move is unConstitutional), so that we don’t find ourselves in a situation where we’ve got to choose between either allowing an enormous institution like AIG, which is not just insuring other banks, but is also insuring pension funds and potentially putting people’s 401(k)s at risk if it goes under, that’s one choice, and then the other choice is just to allow them to take taxpayer money without the kind of conditions that we’d like to see on it.”  The Treasury Secretary already had unprecendented powers from TARP and now he wants more.  The question is, who will be King?
 Jake Tapper asked about the budget and the fact that Congress appears to be taking out the middle class tax cuts and the cap and trade provisions and if Obama will sign on to that.  OBAMA:  “I am confident that the budget we put forward will have those principles in place.  I think cap-and-trade is the best way, from my perspective, to achieve some of those gains, because what it does is it starts pricing the pollution that’s being sent into the atmosphere.  Tapper again asks if he will sign on without those provisions and the answer was, ” No, I — what I said was that I haven’t seen yet what provisions are in there. The bottom line is, is that I want to see health care, energy, education and serious efforts to reduce our budget deficit.”  So there was no answer, but we know he won’t let cap and trade go.
CHIP REID:  “But under your budget, the debt will increase $7 trillion over the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office says $9.3 trillion. And today on Capitol Hill, some Republicans called your budget, with all the spending on health care, education and environment, the most irresponsible budget in American history.”
OBAMA: “Yes.”

REID: “Isn’t that kind of debt exactly what you were talking about when you said passing on our problems to the next generation?”

OBAMA: “First of all, I suspect that some of those Republican critics have a short memory, because, as I recall, I’m inheriting a $1.3 trillion deficit, annual deficit, from them. That would be point number one.  (Blame Bush as always. Obama voted for TARP too.) Point number two. Both under our estimates and under the CBO estimates, both — the most conservative estimates out there, we drive down the deficit over the first five years of our budget. The deficit is cut in half. And folks aren’t disputing that.  Where the dispute comes in is what happens in a whole bunch of out-years. (Excuse me, but Obama’s promises of cutting $2 trillion in spending out of the budget comes from this same tactic of forecasting ten years down the road.)  And the main difference between the budget that we presented and the budget that came out of the Congressional Budget Office is assumptions about growth.  They’re assuming a growth rate of 2.2 percent; we’re assuming a growth rate of 2.6 percent. Those small differences end up adding up to a lot of money. Our assumptions are perfectly consistent with what blue chip forecasters out there are saying.  Now, none of us knows exactly what’s going to happen 6 or 8 or 10 years from now. Here’s what I do know: If we don’t tackle energy, if we don’t improve our education system, if we don’t drive down the costs of health care, if we’re not making serious investments in science and technology and our infrastructure, then we won’t grow 2.6 percent, we won’t grow 2.2 percent. We won’t grow.  (More debt equals more growth, right?  We have to make these investments no matter what it does to the children.)  And so what we’ve said is, let’s make the investments that ensure that we meet our growth targets that put us on a pathway to growth as opposed to a situation in which we’re not making those investments and we still have trillion-dollar deficits.  And there’s an interesting reason why some of these critics haven’t put out their own budget. I mean, we haven’t seen an alternative budget out of them.”  (Like any of these Democrats would let it see the light of day.) 

 

LIE OF THE NIGHT – OBAMA:  “But I’m — look, I’m not going to lie to you.”

Ed Henry had one of the best questions of the evening I think: “Thank you. Mr. President. You spoke again at the top about your anger about AIG. You’ve been saying that for days now. But why is it that it seems Andrew Cuomo seems to be in New York getting more actual action on it?  And when you and Secretary Geithner first learned about this 10 days, two weeks ago, you didn’t go public immediately with that outrage. You waited a few days. And then when — you went public after you realized Secretary Geithner really had no legal avenue to stop it.  And, more broadly, I just want to follow up on Chip and Jake. You’ve been very critical of President Bush doubling the national debt. And, to be fair, it’s not just Republicans hitting you. Democrat Kent Conrad, as you know, said, quote, When I look at this budget, I see the debt doubling again. You keep saying that you’ve inherited a big fiscal mess. Do you worry, though, that your daughters, not to mention the next president, will be inheriting an even bigger fiscal mess if the spending goes out of control?”  The President focused on health care reform again here.  He seems to think that everyone agrees it is our worst problem.  Did health care costs cause the housing bubble?  Did health care costs cause foreclosures?  Have health care costs caused the Stock Market collapse? Give me a break!  That was the only answer he gave to this hard hitting question, we have new health care technology, blah, blah, blah… On the AIG, he said he wanted to wait a few days to make sure he knew what he was talking about.  What a liar!

Major Garrett asked about China calling for a new currency and wanting to dump the dollar and the upcoming G20 leading the world away from our economy.  Obama’s response was a sign he is in denial – OBAMA: “I think it’s fair to say that the response that people have had to our administration and the steps that we’ve taken are ones that are restoring a sense of confidence and the ability of the United States to assert global leadership.”  The President better read “The Moscow Times”.

There were some other questions and the President ended with this statement – OBAMA: “What I am confident about is that we’re moving in the right direction and that the decisions we’re making are based on, how are we going to get this economy moving? How are we going to put Americans back to work? How are we going to make sure that our people are safe? And how are we going to create not just prosperity here, but work with other countries for global peace and prosperity? And we are going to stay with it as long as I’m in this office, and I think that — you look back four years from now, I think, hopefully, people will judge that body of work and say, this is a big ocean liner. It’s not a speedboat. It doesn’t turn around immediately. But we’re in a better, better place because of the decisions that we made.”

I believe the big ocean liner’s name is Titanic.