So apparently the (Western) powers that be have decided this freedom stuff is getting out of hand when it contradicts our plans. Hillary Clinton urges “restraint”:
MANAMA, Bahrain — Army patrols and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.
Hours after the attack on Manama’s main Pearl Square, the military announced on state TV that it had “key parts” of the capital under its control and that gatherings were banned.
The developments marked a major crackdown by the island nation’s rulers to put an end to days of protests inspired by Egypt’s revolt against Hosni Mubarak. Tiny Bahrain is a pillar of Washington’s military framework in the region. It hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is a critical counterbalance to Iran’s efforts to expand its clout in the region.
It’s clear to me that the Republican Governor’s Association came up with a plan that governors would turn down any federal projects (presumably because they would create jobs and they want people to suffer because they’re more likely to vote Obama out) and that they’d break the state employees union.
You don’t have to be a genius to see the pattern. Do the media whores think this is spontaneously bubbling up from the ground?
Dallas Green talks about the loss of his granddaughter Christina in the Tucson shootings. Very, very sad:
Green, a hunter, said he does not understand the need for weapons such as the Glock 19 used in the mass shooting.
“I guess the one thing that I can’t get through my mind is, even though I’m a hunter and I love to shoot and I love to have my guns, I don’t have a Glock and I don’t have a magazine with 33 bullets in it,” he said. “That doesn’t make sense to be able to sell those kinds of things. What reason is there to have those kinds of guns other than to kill people?”
Married to an investment banker, he worked as a securities lawyer and then as a lobbyist representing the Securities Industry Association, Wall Street’s trade association.
Appointed as a U.S. Attorney with no prosecutorial experience, his appointment was approved by Karl Rove because Christie, his stockbroker brother Todd and their wives donated a half-million dollars to Bush’s campaign. Todd also spread some cash compost around the Republican Governor’s Association, which used to money to run ads supporting Christie’s gubernatorial race.
Oh yeah. About Todd: He was one of 20 specialist stock traders charged with civil fraud for cheating customers. Funny thing, though: 14 of those traders were also charged criminally, many for lesser infractions than Todd Christie. But we can rest easy, since Gov. Christie assures us his brother got no special treatment — even though he awarded a lucrative, no-bid state contract to the federal attorney who investigated his brother after his brother was cleared. Christie insists there was no connection, and I’m sure he wouldn’t lie, right?
In a Wednesday afternoon speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called for raising the retirement age on Social Security. His willingness to tackle politically delicate entitlement programs follows his approach in New Jersey of taking on teachers’ unions and other groups. Can Christie portray himself as a teller of difficult truths and become a credible White House candidate in 2012 or 2016? Or will his YouTube-friendly shtick soon wear thin and render him largely irrelevant in Democratic-leaning New Jersey?
The fact that Gov. Christie is willing to do whatever Wall Street and the elite media tell him does not suggest that he has strong leadership qualities. If he had strong leadership qualities, he might take a moment to look at the Social Security trustees report himself, or at least talk to someone who had.
He would discover that the program can pay 100 percent of all scheduled benefits through the year 2037 and nearly 80 percent of scheduled benefits after this date for the indefinite future. After 2037 retirees would always get a larger benefit than current retirees even if Congress never does anything. Continue Reading »
In the old Knight-Ridder ethics code, there was something about sources taking you to lunch: It was “assumed” that your level of integrity was such that is wasn’t for sale “for the price of lunch.” Hah! Reporters love free food, and of course the flattery that goes along with it can certainly smooth things along; they’re human beings, after all:
A former health insurance insider turned whistleblower says that he was not only surprised at how “easy” it was to manipulate members of the news media over the years, but also reveals that he routinely “wined and dined” reporters from major news outlets – including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal – in return for favorable coverage.
In his new book Deadly Spin, Wendell Potter describes how his chief function as a senior public relations officer at two of the largest for-profit health insurance companies in the United States – Humana and Cigna – was to “perpetuate myths that had no other purpose but to sustain those companies’ extraordinary high profitability.”
But in an extended interview with Raw Story last week, Potter went further, revealing that he lunched with reporters at major media outlets for years – including journalists at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal – as well as those from local and regional media, in most cases picking up the tab, which he says directly resulted in positive coverage of the companies he represented.
In an email to Raw Story Sunday night, New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha responded, “The claims are unsubstantiated and absurd since no names of reporters, examples of stories or other pertinent facts are provided to support these claims.”
Wall Street Journal spokeswoman Ashley Huston declined comment.