02/26/14

Anti-Communist Revolutions are Spreading

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Left-wing “progressives” and the “libertarian” Infowars.com website of Alex Jones are having a nervous breakdown over events in Ukraine. The anti-communist revolution has the potential to reveal who is really committed to the notion of a “Free World” and seek to protect it against a resurgent Russia. There are lessons here for freedom-loving people around the world.

Ukrainian-Americans are elated. “The Ukrainian revolution has won today and it’s very emotional for me,” writes Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR who was born and raised in Ukraine. Oleg is the founder of the People’s Cube website, which exposes with ridicule the schemes of the communists and their fellow travelers, the progressives.

One of his latest entries is about the growing number of Lenin statues being toppled in Ukraine: “Despite severe weather conditions, the plan to topple Lenin statues in Ukraine has been successfully completed this month, ahead of schedule. The government of the former Soviet republic is happy to report that the quota of toppling monuments to Vladimir Lenin and other communist leaders has been met and in some places exceeded, with toppling of a number of unrelated statues in the process.”

In reality, this humorous entry isn’t far from the truth. A “Good Bye Lenin” website shows the number of Lenin statues being toppled so far. A video shows some being toppled while this photo list has pictures of the statues that have been targeted.

On the left, however, journalist Robert Parry is disappointed with the anti-communist revolution in Ukraine and the overthrow of the “pro-Russian government.” He calls it a “coup” and setback for President Obama’s foreign policy.

“As President,” Parry writes, “Obama has sought a more cooperative relationship with Russia’s Putin and, generally, a less belligerent approach toward adversarial countries. Obama has been supported by an inner circle at the White House with analytical assistance from some elements of the U.S. intelligence community.”

This used to be called “appeasement.” It still seems to be the left’s foreign policy.

Using the kind of language we see coming out of Moscow, whose puppet in Ukraine has been overthrown, Parry refers to the revolutionaries in Ukraine as “neo-fascist storm troopers,” “neo-Nazi militias” and “right-wing armed patrols.”

It appears that Parry is auditioning for a show on RT (Russia Today), the Moscow-funded propaganda network that is available on many U.S. cable and satellite systems, such as Comcast. His colleague, Thom Hartmann, described as the #1 progressive radio talk-show host in the U.S., is already on RT, doing a program called “The Big Picture.” He takes Russian money without apology, but recoils when questioned about it.

The “Big Picture” is that events in Ukraine have exposed the pro-Russian sensibilities of the “progressive” left in the United States. They do not want to see anti-communism succeed under any circumstances. If anti-communism can win in Ukraine, perhaps it can make a comeback in other countries, like Venezuela or even the U.S.!

A press release with the headline, “Ukraine: Coup with Far Right Calling Shots,” comes from the Institute for Public Accuracy, a group supported by Barbra Streisand. It offered up a commentator who has expressed alarm that the new Ukrainian government is threatening to outlaw the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Such widely-watched leftist programs as “Democracy Now!,” hosted by Amy Goodman, have insisted that the country’s “democratically elected president” has been overthrown and question the nature of the revolution in Ukraine. While Viktor Yanukovych did win an election in 2010, by 49 percent to 46 percent, he consolidated his power in an illegal and unconstitutional way, raising serious questions about whether the next presidential election in March 2015 would be free and fair. Then his police opened fire on peaceful protesters.

Part of his plan, which we are seeing unfold in the U.S. under Obama’s FCC, was to stifle dissident voices.

Freedom House pointed out, “The media [in Ukraine] do not provide the population with unbiased information, as business magnates with varying political interests own and influence many outlets, and the state exercises politicized control over a nationwide television network and television stations at the regional level. Some 69 percent of Ukrainians get their news from television, and the medium now features fewer alternative points of view, open discussions, and expert opinions than in previous years.” It added that “Pressure on independent media increased dramatically during 2013.”

The anti-freedom forces on the left have been joined by Alex Jones on the right in denouncing the uprising in Ukraine. One can find any number of stories on the Jones website echoing what the left is saying. In the past, Jones has defended the Russian invasion of Georgia, a former Soviet republic like Ukraine. Lyndon LaRouche, a convicted felon who began his career as a Marxist, was recently on the Alex Jones radio show warning about the “destabilization of Ukraine” by the West, and a “potential thermonuclear war with Russia.”

One is tempted to ignore or dismiss these absurd claims, except for the fact that Jones is taken seriously by many libertarians who have come to believe the U.S. is far more of a danger to the world than Putin’s Russia. Jones is closely associated with former Congressman Ron Paul and his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). In fact, Jones raised money for their political campaigns.

While Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) has been outspoken against Russia’s designs on Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, Senator Rand Paul has been strangely silent. “The Free World Stands with the People of Ukraine” was the headline over the press release from Cruz’s office. “The world cannot afford to be distracted by the Olympic festivities in Sochi as just next door liberty-seeking Ukrainians are brutalized by their own government.”

Meanwhile, Senator Paul was winning applause from the left by testifying in favor of voting rights for convicted felons and continuing his campaign against the NSA.

One charge we usually hear from the crowd associated with Alex Jones, designed to appeal to conservatives, is that George Soros and his Open Society Institute are somehow implicated in the revolution in Ukraine and controlling events behind the scenes. Freedom fighters in Ukraine are described by Alex Jones writer Kurt Nimmo as “Soros activists,” a smear term, and linked somehow to the CIA.

Like much of what we hear from Jones and his ilk, this is disinformation designed to confuse people and benefit Russia. Inevitably, these accounts trace back to a website, Global Research, which warns that the revolution in Ukraine could “threaten Russia.” The Nimmo story is directly sourced to an article by Peter Schwarz, a regular contributor to Global Research who is secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), which considers itself as the leader of the world socialist movement. Schwarz is also a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist website.

The fact that a “libertarian” site would link to such a source speaks volumes about the nature of the media today and the special interests manipulating international news coverage.

While it’s true that the Soros-affiliated International Renaissance Foundation is active in Ukraine, it has played a minor role. Nevertheless, it appears that Soros has come down on the right side of this conflict, for his own reasons, and that if the past is any guide he will want to take the country in a “progressive” direction.

But just because Soros has a hand in Ukraine (and dozens of other countries) does not mean that his vision for the country will emerge as predominant. That is up to the people to determine. In Ukraine, the anti-communist nature of the revolution should help make the Soros vision impossible to implement. These people have shown they are smart enough to understand and recognize the bankruptcy of Marxism.

Ukraine may serve as an example of what can be done when Marxists think they can consolidate their power and oppress the people. Perhaps Venezuela and Russia will provide more examples. Can America be far behind?

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]”>[email protected]. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

02/26/14

NBC’s Russian Propaganda on Display

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Thanks in part to some cheating in the women’s figure skating competition, Russia ended up on top in the Olympic medals count. But the real benefits to the Kremlin regime came during the closing ceremonies, broadcast by NBC and narrated in part by former Soviet propagandist Vladimir Pozner. The ceremonies were “a celebration of everything Russia,” noted The New York Times. NBC described it as “a cultural pageant for the world,” brought to the world by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime in Moscow.

New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich warned that “…history could well end up judging the Sochi Games as harshly as it does the notorious Berlin Games.” He added, “If Putin’s authoritarian agenda of harsh and violent repression keeps metastasizing in Russia, Ukraine, Syria, and elsewhere—a likely prospect once the Games are over and he is liberated from acting within its spotlight—Sochi may be remembered, as the Berlin Games are, as a giant propaganda gift bestowed on him by dupes and quislings.”

Speaking directly to NBC’s coverage, he said “…there’s a noxious fiddling-while-Kiev-burns surreality to the network’s traditional upbeat Olympics packaging when people are being slaughtered in the streets some 600 miles away from Sochi and Putin continues to brutalize dissenters of all kinds in Russia itself. You have to wonder if future generations will judge the treacly, gung-ho Sochi coverage in years hence much as they look back now on Leni Riefenstahl’s feel-good propaganda film from the Berlin Games, Olympia—as technically impressive but morally obtuse.”

NBC is owned by Comcast, which has launched a $45 billion bid to purchase Time Warner Cable. Comcast also owns cable channels CNBC and MSNBC.

Depending on the coverage which now occurs, the overthrow of Putin’s ally in Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovych, may dampen the celebration.

Putin shares the dictator’s style, but his corruption dwarfs that of Yanukovych, who is now on the run and facing arrest.

The Toronto Globe and Mail captured the Olympics scene: “With all TV cameras trained on the clapping Russian president Vladimir Putin, in a blue suit, standing next to IOC [International Olympic Committee] president Thomas Bach, an enormous Russian flag was carried onto the vast stage of the Fisht Olympic stadium. There was wild applause, followed by the Russian national anthem, sung in rousing form by the 1,000—yes 1,000—members of the Pan-Russian children’s choir.”

Pozner joined Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to comment on the ceremonies. Jim Bell, executive producer of the NBC Olympics coverage, said that Pozner was “uniquely qualified to provide a Russian outlook to our audience during the Sochi Olympics.”

AIM’s chairman Reed Irvine had regular confrontations with Pozner during the 1980s when Pozner was a fixture on American television, apologizing for the Soviet regime and appearing on such programs as NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Nightline. Irvine noted that Soviet reporters like Pozner were “all government employees, all under the direction of the Communist Party.”

While Pozner did comment critically on some aspects of Russian life, such as the effects of Putin’s anti-gay propaganda law, one of his contributions during the closing ceremonies was to point out the elementary fact that the music of the Russian national anthem is the same as the old Soviet anthem—but that references in the lyrics to Stalin and Lenin have been dropped. This may or may not say a lot about the “collapse” of Soviet-style communism, but there was no extended discussion in this regard. It would have been an opportunity to discuss Putin’s career in the KGB.

While the closing ceremonies were indeed spectacular, in terms of entertainment and fireworks, the commentators failed to note it was made possible by the looting of the Russian treasury by Putin and his cronies. The cost of the games was $50 billion, with $30 billion of that stolen and diverted into the private bank accounts of the ruling elites.

In comparison to Ukraine, where the luxurious presidential home has been exposed in a series of photographs, Russia’s elites seem to think their regime is safe from public protests. Putin is personally estimated to have a fortune worth as much as $70 billion.

The photos of the Yanukovych home show artificial lakes, a private zoo, golden toilets, a huge garage full of cars and motorbikes, and a new golf course. Meanwhile, Ukraine is going broke.

While his lavish country estate is now on display, his luxuries pale in comparison to those of Putin. The report, “The Life of a Galley Slave,” examines Putin’s lifestyle, including yachts, planes, state villas and palaces, helicopters and luxury wristwatches. The title is taken from Putin’s comment that he works like a galley slave for the Russian people. One Russian website notes, “Vladimir Putin lives like a tsar and rules like a Soviet president.”

A United Nations report, “The Evolution of Personal Wealth in the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe,” examines “the emergence of a handful of super-rich tycoons in Russia—so called ‘oligarchs,’” and the rise of inequality.

Putin crony Vladimir Yakunin, a former KGB officer like Putin, has reportedly made millions, if not billions, from the games. The report, “Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics,” states that while he was working on various Sochi-related construction projects, he “began building his own property in the village of Akulinino” that includes an owners’ residence, apartments, a guest house, a servants’ quarters, a garage for 15 cars, a sauna, a swimming pool and a prayer room.

The report notes, “The multi-billion dollar cost of the Sochi Olympics has become a matter of broad public discussion.” However, official reports have been classified “For Official Use Only” and not released.

The report goes on, “The authorities are very reluctant to discuss what will happen to the Olympic venues after February 2014. After all, no one in Sochi plays ice hockey, nor do they skate or do figure skating. You cannot find a single biathlete, skier, or skater born in Sochi. Moreover, Greater Sochi is a city with a population of half a million. The number of seats at the Olympic venues is around 200,000. It is obvious that the stadiums, except for the few days that the Olympic Games last, will remain empty…It is not hard to guess that the sports facilities in Sochi will remain empty and will, in the end, fall apart.”

The writers of the report say the problems “can only be fixed by changing the political system in the country. Specifically, we need to change Putin’s system of crony bandit capitalism and move to a system with a fully functional democracy and a competitive economy.”

At a recent event sponsored by the Institute for Modern Russia, former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky said he believes “there is no future” for the current regime and that “it is very unstable and may easily collapse.” He cautioned, however, that “many lessons of the dissident movement, the Soviet system, and the Cold War remain unlearned” in Russia today as well as in the West.

Bukovsky lamented the failure to hold “a kind of Nuremberg Trial for the Communist system.” As a result, there was “a return of some part of that communist system, namely the KGB, to power,” he said.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

02/26/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Buh Bye Piers Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Parting is such sweet sorrow – not!

Yes, Piers Morgan’s show has finally been cancelled by CNN. Not only were the ratings abysmal, but apparently, even his own staff disliked working with him.

So, CNN head Jeff Zucker had a sit down with Mr. Morgan and that was pretty much it.

Piers Morgan, of course blamed it on American audiences, but let’s face it, anyone with a Brit accent automatically gets credit for 20 more IQ points by an American audience, however unjustified. In Piers Morgan’s case, people flat out found him unlikeable, overbearing and unwatchable:

“Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” he said. “That’s run its course and Jeff and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”

Actually, I have some inside info on how Jeff Zucker is going to be using him until his contract runs out in September and I’m sure it will work out.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Ah, first off we have some important business to take care of… it’s time to celebrate Greg at Rhymes With Right’s birthday! The big day was actually yesterday, but we’ll celebrate it today:

I had this cake made up special:

For liquid refreshment, an assortment of Shiner Bock, of course.

With some nice, tender bar-b-cued brisket and my own special sauce:

Greg’s one of the few Council members who was here when I came aboard, so I’ve gotten to know him pretty well and vice versa. He’s been a good friend over the years and the Council definitely wouldn’t be the same without him. When my site was targeted by Leftards and suspended by Blogger a few years back, Greg was one of those who offered me posting privileges over at his site for the few days it took until Google got its act together, realized what had happened and put me back online. I haven’t forgotten that.

Happy Birthday Greg, give the Darling Democrat a hug and a kiss for me, and many, many more.

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THE COUNCIL IN ACTION!

Bookworm Room was cited at Ace of Spades HQ.

Liberty’s Spirit has a new piece up at the Times of Israel: Inclusion for those with Disabilities Requires Educating Society.

Nice Deb has a new piece up at Breitbart: White House Threatens To Veto House IRS Bill.

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THE COUNCIL IN ACTION!

Bookworm Room was cited at Ace of Spades HQ

Liberty’s Spirit has a new piece up at the Times of Israel, Inclusion for those with Disabilities Requires Educating Society

Nice Deb has a new piece up at Breitbart, White House Threatens To Veto House IRS Bill

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This week, The Pirate’s Cove and Tel-Chai Nation earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, without further ado, let’s see what we have this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!

02/26/14

Obama Threatens US Governors

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


US News: President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Threats and intimidation have become the hallmark traits of America’s first dictator – our lawless President. This week, Obama held a meeting with governors from across the country. He was there to play Marxist hardball and to make it clear he did not trust the governors – especially GOP governors.

To say I am disappointed in Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, who also chairs the NGA, is to make a major understatement. Disappointed, but not surprised. Her weak, watered down criticism of Obama left much to be desired. She needs to be replaced in Oklahoma by a steel-spined Constitutional conservative and a move is afoot in the state to do just that. Here’s to it succeeding. I have no patience for a conservative who wants to please the Progressives. Fallin treads very close to being one herself.

The meeting itself was a non-stop slap down by Obama refusing anything the GOP leaders offered. He set a much more aggressive tone, indicating that he had the power and could do whatever the hell he pleased. The chilling veiled threats were the norm for Obama – just ask Rick Perry and Nikki Haley:

At one point during the morning meeting at the White House, the president even warned Republicans he would strike back if they complained about potential cuts to the National Guard.

“He said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you will hear from me.,’” recalled Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a news conference at the Chamber of Commerce following the meeting. “I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president.”

”He basically said, ‘Many people in this room have asked for cuts. Now you’re getting them,’” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “He said, ‘If somebody questions it, I’m going to have to say something about it. It chilled the room quite a bit.”

I’ll bet it did. While some states are attempting to militarize the National Guard which is unconstitutional and not acceptable, the National Guard has its place. It is meant to serve in times of need and emergency, as well as “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasion.” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 15) If you cut funding to the States’ National Guard forces, they become much weaker and it will be harder to protect the individual states. Something that I personally believe Obama totally intended to do for numerous reasons and to fulfill an agenda of weakening the US militarily and security wise. He has gutted our overall military back to pre-WWII levels already and is now digging in further. When you consider the population back then was half of what it is today, you’ve brought the US to a new all-time low in military protection forces. Americans should be getting very, very nervous over this. It portends very bad things to come.

Employing typical Progressive propaganda, the meeting was portrayed as a summit to grease the wheels for partnerships with the states. Governors were told that Obama would address issues that have gridlocked Congress and work towards mutual solutions. Utter Marxist, lying crap which meant exactly the opposite of what was said. Obama had no intention of working with them. He was there to put the Governors in their place and to tell them to toe the line or face the consequences and his wrath. The Republicans walked away feeling sullied and used, which they were. A few had the backbone to let loose on Obama. Political conflict doesn’t strengthen politicians; it reveals them:

“The Obama economy is the minimum wage economy. It’s increasingly evident this White House is waving the white flag of surrender when it comes to growth and opportunity,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who led the delegation of GOP governors to the White House as vice chair of the Republican Governors Association. Jindal’s white-hot rhetoric just moments after exiting the West Wing could also be interpreted as an indication of his own presidential ambitions in 2016.

Haley, who faces a re-election campaign this year, said she is “more convinced now than ever [Obama] truly believes that government is the answer to creating jobs.”

In addition to her concerns about the Guard, she also said she was disappointed in Obama’s intransigence on higher education, recounting an exchange initiated by Jindal regarding school accreditation.

“And [Obama] actually said, ‘I can’t have a bunch of states going out there and accrediting schools and having all these bad schools out there,’” Haley said. “He just doesn’t understand that if you give us the ability, we can put good policy in place. He doesn’t believe that. He believes D.C. is the one to do that.”

But perhaps no issue irked the governors more than discussion surrounding the Pentagon’s plan to reduce the size of the Army as part of an across-the-board cut in defense.

“Democrat governors are very concerned, I would suggest to you, about what they heard today about the Guard,” said Perry, who is not running for re-election in Texas this year but has left open the possibility of another White House run.

Notice, Chris Christie couldn’t even be bothered with attending. Probably doesn’t want to offend his cuddle buddy.

The Democratic Progressives of course backed Dear Leader 100%. They goose stepped right in line, currying favor and kissing the foot of their leader. Slinking after Obama like a bunch of sycophants in Obama’s court, the name calling began. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dubbed Jindal “a cheap shot artist.” Really Governor? Is that the best you’ve got? Probably couldn’t rouse enough brain cells to be clever now that Marijuana is the drug du jour of Colorado. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy got his two cents in on Jindal immediately after he spoke to reporters, calling his remarks on Obama waving a white flag “the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.” Au contraire sir… you are nothing more than a French bureaucrat who deliberately screams that the other side is insane. I mean, for Pete’s sake… Connecticut? You are the asshats trying to enforce gun registration and criminalize the Second Amendment. You sir, already live in a padded room obviously.

Nothing but threats and ratcheted animosity came out of that meeting. While Perry seems to think the Keystone Pipeline will be approved, Jindal is correct… it won’t be. It is a faux carrot held out to make Obama look moderate, but notice how it never quite materializes. One good thing did come about from this meeting though. The partisan gloves came off and the mask was ripped off concerning any real effort on Obama’s part to work with the states. He intends to rule with a federal fist, forcing the states into compliance. He may be in for a real shocker on that count. As Obama threatens conservative US governors, he’s getting ready to get tough with the individual states. It’s long past time that the states and Americans fought back.

02/26/14

#FreeJustina Ordered Transferred to Foster Care until March 17 Hearing

By: Susan Knowles
Gulag Bound

SusanKnowles.com

UPDATE:

WHAT THIS CAN POTENTIALLY MEAN FOR THE FAMILY!

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