Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fox Lies

Purposely misleading their audience is what it's all about. In this case, they chose to use year-old footage to pretend Ron Paul was booed when he won a straw poll concerning who the Regressive candidate should be. The current year's clip actually shows he received overwhelming cheers. Watch the clip:

Next time one of your rightwing friends/relatives/coworkers needs a little proof of how they are being purposely lied to by a foreign-owned, Saudi-financed organization, send them this link as well as the following links:

  • They spliced in footage from a successful Teabag rally to prop up the crowds at a poorly-attended rally:

  • Tape of Anderson Cooper was carefully edited to make it sound like a quote he was reading was actually his own opinion presented as news:

  • They lie so much a survey shows how many issues are misunderstood:

  • Footage of peaceful pro-union protests by 100,000 people in Wisconsin was replaced by hostile, violent crowds at some other event, as you can tell by the palm trees in Wisconsin:

  • They claimed CNN, Reuters and other journalists were "used as human shields" by Ghaddafi in Lybia:
  • Edited clip to pretend President Obama wanted to raise taxes on everyone:

  • An internal memo tells staffers which inflammatory words to use to provoke viewers:

  • Graphic incorrectly states that a huge majority believes global warming is a hoax:

  • Careful editing makes Shirley Sherrod say the opposite of what she actually said:

  • Providing ridiculous, sky-high false figures on a Presidential trip:

  • "Fair and balanced", yet donates $1,000,000 to the republican party:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pro-Democracy Protesters Oust Egypt's Mubarak

The whole world watched as peaceful protesters refused to give in, and refused to resort to violence for 18 days. Even after the Egyptian police and military used force and attempted to goad the protesters into violence, millions refused to take the bait. The result: a 30 year dictator was forced to resign.

Obama Accomplishments: The First 2 Years

  • Children's Health Insurance covering an additional 4 million kids
  • Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act
  • Tobacco Regulation
  • Credit Card Reform protecting consumers
  • Student Loan Reform
  • Stimulus (Stopped the worst recession in 80 years from becoming another Depression; gave Americans the largest tax cut in American history)
  • Signed nuclear arms deal with Russia that would diminish nukes on both sides by one third
  • Signed non-proliferation initiative to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists
  • Health Care Reform
  • Wall Street Reform
  • New GI Bill
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell
  • Dismantled the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service (MMS), so the division collecting revenue from oil leases is not the same division that regulates and inspects the industry
  • Cancelled the irrelevant, outdated F22 weapons program
  • Passed the 9/11 First Responders Bill

Regressives Accomplish Nothing in First Month

They were dancing in the streets. The Regressive Republicans, with the help of the Teabaggers, won back a majority in the House of Representatives. "We're gonna balance the budget! We're gonna create jobs! We're gonna eliminate Obamacare!" they proclaimed.

Mission: Not accomplished.

What DID they do? Essentially nothing.

  • The reading of the Constitution (or parts of it). Yes, they took turns reading aloud sections of the US Constitution -- except for the sections they didn't like or were embarrassed by, like that whole "blacks are 3/5 of a person" thing, and that Regressive Prohibition amendment.
  • The pledge to have "open rules" allowing Democrats to offer amendments. Well, except for that very first bill trying in vain to repeal health care reform. No amendments were allowed. Whoops.
  • The swearing in ceremony. The oath was taken by all Regressives except for 2 who failed to show up on the very first day. Pete Sessions(R) and Mike Fitzpatrick(R), pictured above, decided to go to a FUNDRAISER instead of the swearing-in ceremony. But, get this, they claim they watched on C-Span, raised their hands and took the oath in front of a TV set! As if that counts. If that were the case, anybody who watched on C-Span, raised their hands and took the oath could have instantly become a US congressman! Morons. To make matters worse, they actually voted on issues illegally on subsequent days before being given a second-chance swearing in ceremony.

Jobless Claims LOWEST Since 2008

The economic news in the fourth quarter of 2010 was relatively good. From msnbc:

The last two indicators of the year showed a slowly improving job market and a housing market whose wounds are healing, although it remains battered and bruised by the worst real estate slump in decades.

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest point in nearly two and a half years, a sign that the job market is slowly improving. And the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in November, the fourth increase since contract signings hit a low in June.

Notice the jobless rate's substantial increase through the final year of Bush/Cheney (2008). The high point comes at the transition from Bush to President Obama. The jobless rate decreases slowly and steadily all through the first two years of President Obama's first term. Source: US Dept of Labor.

The More You Watch, The Less You Know

What channel do you think that describes? Hint: It's foreign-owned and Saudi-financed.

A recent study from the University of Maryland shows that people who watch Rupert Murdoch's "Fox News" channel on a daily basis were more misinformed than people who watched any other source of news. Any other source.

The report shows that, regardless of a person's political party, if they watched a significant amount of Fox Noise, they believed the following FALSE statements:

Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely)

Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points)

The economy is getting worse (26 points)

Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points)

The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points)

Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points)

The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points)

When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points)

And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)