Hat Tip: BB
Hat Tip: BB
Hat Tip: BB
UPDATE: According to The Dallas Observer, American Airlines has responded to the incident. Spokesperson Matt Miller wrote the following message to the outlet:
“We are sorry for the experience Mr. Beck had on a recent flight. The comfort and satisfaction of our customers are very important priorities to us and we take these matters seriously. We have reached out to Mr. Beck’s office and are actively looking into the situation.”
This is still unacceptable – the attendant in question should be fired immediately.
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
The author of the explosive book, The Whistleblower. How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power to Reemerge in the Obama White House, tells Accuracy in Media that the scheduled speaking appearance of former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday is more evidence that the media whitewash of the Clintons continues.
Investigative journalist Marinka Peschmann says, “Only in Obama’s America would Bill Clinton, who employed Betsy Wright to handle ‘bimbo eruptions,’ used lawyers to intimidate women into signing phony affidavits to cover-up his despicable history of abusing women, including rape, be recast as the Democrat savior statesman to nominate Barack Obama for President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention.”
While the major media were recently preoccupied with the question of what Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said or meant by comments on abortion and rape, Bill Clinton was personally accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick. Peschmann says the Broaddrick allegation was entirely credible: “I’ve met with her. She’s 110 percent credible and there are more rape allegations out there.” Hillary helped cover it up, and “Clinton defenders still blindly rally behind them,” she says.
In a “Smoke and mirrors alert” on her website, Peschmann has posted an entertaining video featuring some of the most notable distortions, outrageous statements, and lies told by the Clintons over the years.
Her book is the story of Linda Tripp, whose tape recordings revealed the information that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial for perjury in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton was the second president in history to be impeached. The Senate, however, failed to convict him.
Clinton, who had denied having sex with Lewinsky, a former White House intern, later admitted it, after evidence was produced of the affair. Tripp had made secret telephone recordings of conversations she had with Lewinsky for insurance purposes to protect herself from the Clintons in the event they lied again in another court case.
As Peschmann explains, “The big story the media missed or ignored was that Linda had been a Clinton team-player during the earlier investigations to keep her job serving in Hillary’s White House counsel office. She had followed orders and was still kicked out of the White House. The Lewinsky case was not the first investigation the Clintons tried to obstruct, nor would it be the last. We saw it happen again during the 9/11 Commission investigation when Sandy Berger, the Clintons’ National Security Advisor, was caught removing documents from the National Archives. But Lewinsky was the only one that had forensic evidence to expose the Clintons’ latest attempt to thwart the rule of law.”
Tripp had advised Lewinsky to keep the blue dress with forensic evidence of her sexual relations with Clinton. “Thank God, she did. Linda knew from the earlier investigations in which she was a team-player the Clintons had no problem with obstructing justice,” Peschmann said. The blue dress helped expose Bill Clinton’s lies.
In one of the more notorious statements from the scandal, Bill Clinton had tried to dodge a perjury charge by insisting that oral sex with Lewinsky wasn’t actually sex.
In the end, Peschmann notes, on his final full day in office, Clinton struck a deal with independent counsel Robert W. Ray, giving up his Arkansas law license for five years and acknowledging having provided false testimony under oath. These admissions spared Clinton a possible indictment.
Peschmann has released exclusive audio clips with Linda Tripp on her website to back up her reporting that the Clintons would not want you to hear.
Peschmann points out that the dereliction of duty by the press regarding the Clintons was so grave that, during Hillary’s 2008 failed bid for the presidency, even author Camille Paglia noted, “For all the claims of media bias and ill treatment by her male fellow candidates, Hillary has got off absurdly softly in this campaign. No one—neither her rivals nor mainstream journalists—has had the guts to explore or even list the bursting catalogue of past Clinton scandals, in which Hillary was nearly always hip deep.”
“People have short memories,” Peschmann tells AIM. “The truth is Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House in disgrace, scandal-ridden and dodging indictments—remember Pardongate? Since then they have been masterful at re-crafting and re-branding themselves as moderates compared to President Barack Obama—so effective that notables on the right are wishing for their return. That’s a huge mistake. Just like Washington Post reporter David Maraniss’ book Barack Obama: The Story cites several falsehoods from Obama’s books, Bill and Hillary re-wrote history in their books, My Life and Living History. That’s one of the reasons why I wrote The Whistleblower—to set the record straight because Americans deserve to know what happens in their White House.”
As she documents in her book, the Clinton-Lewinsky impeachment scandal was not the first time the Clintons had attempted to escape justice. “Hollywood-Alinskyite marketing tricks, intimidation and abuses of power trumped justice in the Clinton White House,” she notes. “Contrary to what the Clintons publicly contend or wrote in memoirs, in the unedited, unvarnished picture, they withheld documents, stonewalled subpoenas, and influenced testimony in the Travelgate, Whitewater, Vince Foster investigations, and in the 9/11 Commission investigation.”
Yet, they managed to escape justice along the way. Peschmann tells AIM, “If you or I were ‘factually’ inaccurate with investigators—otherwise known as perjury for everyone else or withheld evidence—we would be at a minimum charged with contempt, obstruction of justice, and quite possibly thrown in jail.” But a “special justice system” emerged which “applies to the Clintons and now again to President Obama’s administration, as we are seeing in the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal,” she adds. The Fast and Furious scandal involved the U.S. sending weapons to Mexico that were used by drug cartels to murder a federal border agent, Brian Terry.
She went on, “It’s chilling how the media refuse to hold them accountable, refuse to speak truth to power, and then wonder why America is in trouble. America is in trouble in large part because of corrupt leaders who thwart the rule of law at the expense of all Americans and are never held to account.”
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
The controversy over Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s abortion comments was started by a George Soros-funded Democratic Party Super-PAC and the “bait” was taken by Republican Party officials who wanted him out of the race for other reasons, says John Putnam, Missouri state coordinator for the national Tea Party Patriots group.
The Super-PAC, American Bridge, was started by former conservative turned liberal and homosexual activist David Brock, who also runs the Soros-funded Media Matters group. American Bridge sends “trackers” to follow conservative and Republican candidates in the hope that the candidate makes some controversial statements that can be distorted or taken out of context and used for partisan political purposes.
In this case, Putnam says, Republicans are the ones who used the material against Akin disseminated by American Bridge. “The first few days after the Democrats put out this distorted [abortion] comment, it was the Republican hierarchy that really acted like sharks in the water, striking this fresh meat,” Putnam said.
Putnam says the reason the Republican officials wanted him out of the race had nothing to do with abortion. Rather, he said, Akin voted as a member of Congress against several Bush Administration big government proposals, has a record of opposing “the party establishment,” and figures to be a Tea Party senator in Washington, D.C. if he wins the Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Putnam says he thinks the GOP establishment doesn’t want any more independent voices in the Senate Republican Caucus. “I look at the role of the Tea Party senators who have come along the last couple years. They have shifted the balance away from the more moderate Republican establishment. I have to wonder how afraid they are to elect more of these Tea Party types,” he said.
Akin, who represents Missouri’s 12th District and has been described as an “avid student of the U.S. Constitution,” voted against President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” bill to expand the federal role in education; against Bush’s extravagant expansion of Medicare through what is called Part D, or prescription drug coverage; and against Bush’s federal bailout of Wall Street after the economic collapse in September 2008.
Akin’s website describes him as “one of just 16 legislators who opposed the series of bailouts which rewarded irresponsible behavior with taxpayer dollars in 2008 and 2009.”
Putnam, who also serves as chairman of the Jasper County Republican Central Committee, said that party officials “didn’t think Akin could win” the Missouri Republican Senate primary. But he said Akin has a history of pulling upsets and, with the support of conservative Christians and Tea Party activists, did just that on August 7. Akin beat former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.
Using the flap over abortion as an excuse, Putnam told Accuracy in Media, Republican Party officials then began a “desperate” campaign to engineer his withdrawal from the race.
Putnam said that Bush’s deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, who just apologized for a joke urging Akin’s murder, had been part of an effort to persuade Akin to vote for Medicare expansion under Bush. “Karl Rove and George Bush called him on the phone in the middle of the night when they were holding the voting board open for four hours on that vote, and he never buckled,” Putnam said. Akin told the President, “We can’t afford this and it’s not the role of the federal government to do this.”
He said Akin took the same principled stand against “No Child Left Behind,” the Bush federal educational proposal backed by liberals like Ted Kennedy.
Several prominent Republicans and conservatives have urged Akin to quit the Senate race, even though the campaign against him was started by American Bridge, the Soros-funded group.
Rodell Mollineau, President of American Bridge, sent an August 28 email to his supporters boasting about the role his organization played. He said, “When our trackers caught Rep. Todd Akin in an interview talking about ‘legitimate rape,’ his invitation to the Republican Convention in Tampa was revoked. Now, news reports show that the fat cats of the Republican Party—the insider lobbyists who call the shots and fund the Tea Party agenda—have decided to sit this one out.”
Even before Akin’s abortion comments, American Bridge was targeting him on behalf of the Democratic Senate incumbent McCaskill. When former Republican Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee defended Akin, telling conservatives to stick with him over the controversy, American Bridge targeted Huckabee, demanding that Mitt Romney “drop Todd Akin-backer and Republican leader Mike Huckabee from his prime time speaking slot at the Republican National Convention.”
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times is one of the few reporters noting the key role played by American Bridge in the controversy. She reported, “What got the story out was a Democratic tracker for American Bridge, a pro-Obama SuperPAC. Ty Matsdorf, a senior adviser for American Bridge, told me their Missouri tracker saw the interview live and flagged it for his bosses. They posted a clip on YouTube and sent it around to some reporters. The explosion was just a matter of time.”
Putnam said the rush by GOP officials to jump on the “bandwagon” calling for Akin to go, created by the Democratic Super-PAC, has fractured the Republican base in Missouri, “more than what Congressman Akin said.”
“I’ve reviewed several times what he said. It doesn’t seem like anybody cares what he was trying to say,” Putnam said, calling the comments a “bad word choice” on the likelihood of pregnancy resulting from forcible rape. “If we had closed ranks behind him, this would be long over,” he said.
Citing Akin’s refusal to vote for the big government policies of the Republican Bush Administration, Putnam said he doesn’t think Akin will bow to Republican or other pressure and withdraw from the Senate race.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].
Hat Tips: MJ & Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Obama’s policies, pals, performance and the people who surround him tell the tale of who he is and where he is taking America.
We can feel the disastrous results and although some people chalk it up to Obama’s inexperience, incompetence or say that he is just in over his head, if people knew the truth about Obama, they would see that he and his comrades are deliberately doing exactly what they intended to do.
So let’s look at some of the real facts about Obama that the media will never tell you. (Part 2 will address his background, pals and those who surround him).
OBAMA ACCELERATES FASCISM IN AMERICA:
Fascism – A political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
By any means necessary, the objective is to destroy America’s free market system and relegate us to serfdom under despotic rule. Don’t believe it? Read on.
Redistributing America’s wealth to other countries is a key component to ensure that America falls and becomes ‘just one country among many’ as Obama said. (Contrary to what the media portrays about other countries, most nations on this planet do not have a “Democracy” and they are ruled by dictators).
The Keystone pipeline is one example, among many, of redistributing America’s wealth to other countries. Obama blocks tens of thousands of jobs for Americans and halts any step toward energy independence for us while, at the same time, giving billions of our tax dollars to Mexico and Brazil so that they can create jobs in their countries and drill for oil that we’ll purchase from them – at a premium I’m sure. Obama assures them “we’ll be their best customer.”
While the media spins to give cover to Obama and promote him, is America richer or poorer since he took office? Record-high rates of poverty, food stamps, a 40% reduction in American’s net worth, persistently high unemployment, a downgraded credit rating for the first time in the history of our nation, massive spending by Obama, our 44th President, that exceeds what our first 41 Presidents have spent – combined. These are just a few indisputable facts.
Shrinking the middle class, as Obama has succeeded in doing, is imperative to creating a Fascist state. Those at the top – Obama, his comrades and his Globalist Corporations – live in the lap of luxury, taking our wealth through bailouts, stimulus bills, the “green jobs” scam and monetizing our debt, while we descend further into poverty and oppression at his hand and through his policies.
Fascism is the most expeditious means of achieving America’s decline and it is storming Forward (Obama’s Marxist campaign slogan), full throttle, under the Obama regime. Crony-capitalism, Corporatism, Public/Private Partnerships and other softer terms are used by those in the media to hide what this really is. It’s Fascism straight up.
Susanne Posel, Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism, points out:
“In March of 2012, Obama signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness (NDRP) executive order that declared peacetime martial law. Obama granted himself authority over all domestic energy, production, transportation, food and water, all in the name of National Security.”
History has shown what happens when a tyrannical leader grabs power over all resources needed by the people. The people become slaves of the government. Obama has unconstitutionally grabbed that power and, via Executive Order and the NDAA, he can suspend the Constitution during peacetime. As Susanne astutely declares, “We are in the midst of a Fascist takeover of our Constitutional Republic.”
So you see… this is not a ‘right’ or ‘left’ issue. This is a ‘liberty’ or ‘tyranny’ issue. It is a ‘good’ versus ‘evil’ issue. It’s an ‘American’ issue. Obama’s transformation of America proceeds unimpeded, aided and abetted by establishment Republicans that we are fighting so hard to remove from office/power, and we must awaken more people so they will understand what is at stake and stand against Obama’s Fascist tyranny and elected officials who support him.
We used to be a Republic with three co-equal branches of government. The Legislative Branch of government, Congress, made the laws. The Executive Branch enforced the laws and the President, according to the Constitution, must “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”, and “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” The Judicial Branch, sworn to uphold the Constitution, was supposed to explain and apply the laws via legal cases.
Obama has changed all of that and the media is silent while he rules as an Imperial President, unconstitutionally legislating via Executive Order, oppressive and destructive regulations, and policy memos. Think of all that Obama has done in addition to the NDRP and NDAA, with no power granted to any US President to do these things. Here are just a few more…
Despite Obama’s complete lawlessness, iron fist and clearly impeachable offenses, neither the media nor Congress have taken steps to inform you or to stop him.
Another characteristic of Fascism that Obama has brought to our doorstep is the police state mentality and implementation. The TSA and urban military training exercises only scratch the surface. Fascism encourages neighbors, friends and children to report those who disagree with their “Supreme Leader.” Obama rolled out his DHS program called, “If you see something, say something” and there was barely a whisper of its Gestapo-style implications from the media.
Obama has also defined terrorists as those who agree with America’s Constitution and foundational principles. For good measure and legal cover, he insisted that the NDAA give him the power to indefinitely detain American’s without charge or trial. Even a Senator in Obama’s own party admitted that. What he’s done is beyond the pale, don’t you think?
From arming government employees, including the Department of Education and IRS agents, to the massive data collection efforts of the DHS that invade our privacy and eviscerate our 4th Amendment protections, to the assault on religion and our 1st Amendment protections, to stealing the money that comes out of our paychecks for Medicare in order to expand his Fascist state bureaucracy, it’s clear that the transformation of America that Obama promised is nearly complete. Four more unrestrained years will hammer the final nail in America’s coffin.
Vladimir Putin, Communist ex-KGB leader, will be dancing on our grave and Obama’s ‘flexibility’ will hand Putin and his allies (Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, etc.) exactly what they seek – the demise of America and free reign to usher in totalitarian rule across the globe. Obama’s Fascist structure will already be in place for them.
To understand this fundamental transformation of America, it’s important to first recognize what Obama seeks to transform it from. Too often, the media spews negative impressions of our foundation and makes good things sound bad, so we need to take a moment and read actual definitions to remind us of the truth about the founding principles of our Constitutional Republic and the inalienable rights we were meant to have, as granted by our Creator. Our foundation and economic structure is what made America an exceptional nation, with millions waiting at our door every year to enter – unlike any other country on the planet.
Capitalism – An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
Free Market – An economic market operating by free competition.
Competition – The effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure the business of a third party by offering the most favorable terms.
Freedom – The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another: INDEPENDENCE.
Liberty – The quality or state of being free: the power to do as one pleases, freedom from physical restraint, freedom from arbitrary or despotic control, the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges, the power of choice.
Individualism – A theory maintaining the political and economic independence of the individual and stressing individual initiative, action, and interests. A doctrine that the interests of the individual are or ought to be ethically paramount. The conception that all values, rights, and duties originate in individuals.
Contrast those definitions with a few of Obama’s transformational terms:
Collectivism – A political or economic theory advocating collective control especially over production and distribution; a system marked by such control. Emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity.
Transform – To change in composition or structure; to change the outward for or appearance of, to change in character or condition: CONVERT.
Fundamental – Serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function: BASIC.
The media will never tell you that Obama is converting the foundational structure of a free and independent society into one based on collectivist Fascism that is “controlled by a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader which imposes severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”. It is no surprise that Obama uses the Executive Branch and his propaganda media to target and/or destroy his opposition.
Getting ready for a wave of coal-plant shutdowns (Aug 19, 2011)
Hat Tip: BB
Unemployed activists and union members stormed into two supermarkets, one in Sevilla and one in Cadiz to fill up trolleys with basic food supplies in order to feed the disadvantaged. This act was organized by the Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores. teleSUR