Daily Archives: May 4, 2010

Once They Know Suspect Isn’t A Teabagger, Relieved Republicans Go Back To Whipping Up Hysteria

Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things. Either
(a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the rich, or
(b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring.

The above meme, written by Blast The Right’s Jack Clark tells us that the right-wing is constantly trying to create “straw men” in order to keep  the average citizen, right or left,  from seeing what’s really happening in the corporate world, which they (the GOP leaders and shills) have bought into, hook, line and sinker.

Their latest attempt at distracting us from the horrors of the gulf coast oil disaster, is to instill fear over the terrorist incident in NYC.   They don’t want Americans seeing the absolute failure of the “drill, baby drill” fiasco, so they shift to the ” terror, terror, be very afraid…” drumbeat, to distract us from the corporate disaster that BP has become. 

Since the GOP is deeply connected to the oil industry and since they advocated less regulations and supported Cheney’s private meetings with “big oil”, it would be an electoral disaster for them if the focus remained on the BP crisis in the gulf.

Instead, this is what they give us, en masse!

Crooks & Liars:

Yes, now that the Republicans and their assorted right-wing soul mates have been reassured that the main suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt isn’t a teabagger, they are (of course) back beating the drums of panic:

Yesterday, when the primary suspect in the attempted bombing of Times Square was a middle aged white guy, Republican leaders were the picture of calm, sober leadership. High ranking Republicans on committees related to national security like Pete Hoekstra and Peter King urged people not to jump to conclusions, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised New Yorkers for not succumbing to fear. Likewise, hawkish Senator Joe Lieberman, who has tended to side with Republicans on national security issues, issued a statement yesterday saying, “More than anything, terrorists want to instill terror. They want to create a wide and broad sense of fear among ordinary people. The resilience shown by New Yorkers robs terrorists of that power.”

That was yesterday. Today, as in the aftermath of the failed underwear bombing on Christmas Day, Republicans are eager to give that power back. With the Justice Department announcing the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen and Connecticut resident in connection with the failed plot, Republicans have returned to their usual script. Contrasting McConnell’s careful statement from yesterday, Rep. Eric Cantor complained that Americans really don’t live in the kind of perpetual panic that the threat of terrorism necessitates:

Cantor complained that the public “goes on heightened alert” after such incidents for “hours and days rather than permanently” and thatObama aides “tend to give these warnings due attention only in limited spurts.”

Senator John McCain, appearing on the Imus show, warned the administration against reading Shahzad, an American citizen, his Miranda rights:

“Obviously that would be a serious mistake until all the information is gathered,” McCain said during an appearance on “Imus in the Morning” when asked whether the suspect, 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan [should be read his rights.]

Not content to be merely opposed to due process for foreigners accused of terrorism, McCain wants to deny American citizens their rights to due process as well. Indeed, McCain and Lieberman recently introduced a bill that would allow the government to hold U.S. citizens indefinitely without charge. Needless to say, things like Mirandization were non-issues for McCain during the Bush administration, when more than 403 convictions were secured through the civilian justice system.

In the meantime, MSNBC reports that the suspect “told neighbors he worked on Wall Street.” In which case, I can understand the panic! After all, Wall Street bankers have destroyed more of this country than any bomb.

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Two Points Of View On Whether The Gulf Oil Spill Is Obama’s “Katrina”

Former FEMA head Michael Brown appeared on Your World with Neil Cavuto today to further the latest Fox News meme that the horrific oil spill off Louisiana is President Obama’s Katrina – but with the added twist that Obama deliberately sabotaged the response in order to advance his anti-drilling agenda. Brown did not explain why Obama would first play down the disaster in order to play it up later – was he in cahoots with BP? Did he send them a secret signal to underestimate the extent of the damage? Or did he have one of his Maoist agents (Hey, maybe it was Van Jones!) sabotage the drilling? I guess we’ll have to wait for Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck to explain the nuts and bolts of just how Obama worked his radical, socialist agenda here. Meanwhile, Brown compared himself to the Coast Guard. With video.       Continue reading »

 

No, It’s Not Obama’s Katrina - Michael Roberts (OEN)

The new talking points from the Republican, anti-Obama, amen chorus is a hilarious, vapid and senseless brew – even by Republican conservative standards. Nowadays everything that happens negatively in America from the recession, the army wacko who killed his colleagues, to the underpants bomber and the Goldman Sachs issue has become “Obama’s Katrinas.” I mean, when the New York Times, Daily News, Post and Washington Post in sync with the wing-nuts on Fox 5, CNN et al keep applying what is obviously a counter-productive case of political penis-gazing this “blame Obama for everything” is just way too other-worldly.      Continue reading >>

Here is the President speaking today from the oil spil site in Venice, LA.  This video shows how the POTUS listed everything that was done from the onset of the explosion up until now.  Watch:

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