Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the beautiful island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Wednesday morning, the twentieth day of July, 2011, another hot, hazy and humid one out there, as many look to Chatham’s cool bays for a little relief from the oppressive heat wave that has gripped most of the nation. In Washington D.C. this morning, you may hear of the three debt ceiling proposals out there, one option very draconian, and I will not waste the ‘ink’ to write about the republican plan to ’starve the beast’, bringing us to the next plan, endorsed by the President as a balanced approach to our growing national debt, while broadening the tax base, a non-starter for the House republicans who bow to Grover Norquist and his “no new tax pledge” that has been put in place to destroy this nation from the inside out, bringing forth the plutocratic vision of ‘men’ like David and Charles Koch. The third option is the fabled ‘plan b’, that will give the President the power to raise the debt ceiling on this own, with no tax increases and no spending cuts to the big three, namely Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This third option will most likely be utilized at the 11th second of the eleventh hour, averting disaster in this country and around the world. To get some kind of historical grip on this confusing ‘debt ceiling’, one could go back in time, roughly a little under thirty years ago, (September 26, 1987 to be exact) and review a speech given by then President Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of the republican effort here on planet earth, or wherever they are really from. A speech that brings to light all of the lies, horse$hit and hypocrisy the G.O.P. have been spoon feeding it’s audience on FOX NEWS or the like for all of these years… and action! Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Mr. Ronald Reagan–”Congress consistently brings the government to the edge of default before facing it’s responsibility. This brinksmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets (worldwide), and the Federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet it’s obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility–two things that set us apart from much of the world.” The American people have been polled yet once again, breaking news, and 55 percent now believe that not raising the debt ceiling would be a bad thing. A giant leap forward, as the President has done a fine job of educating those “American People” as to the lies being promoted by the polluters among us, and YA’LL know who you are! On a lighter note, I suppose it’s lighter, if you believe switching the subject from saboteurs to corrupt media moguls who own politicians, the press and institutions is moving in that general direction of ‘lightness’, however, I’ll give it my best shot. Rupert Murdoch appeared yesterday in front of a sub-committee at the House of Commons, I suppose the U.K. version of a congressional hearing, a much anticipated event that this reporter watched from start to finish, as even I jumped a little bit when the pie in the face bit took place in the middle of Murdoch’s testimony, appearing with his son James, Murdoch’s ‘number two’ if you will, with both men giving a strong performance, using his age of eighty years to his advantage, as he could not seem to remember a bloody thing–prompting many journalists around the world to chuckle just a little bit I imagine, although not all, especially those on ‘the take’, such as employees of FOX or even an occasional MSNBC reporter such as Joe Scarborough, who opened up his mouth once again this morning and took away any doubt as to his own credibility, insulting a fellow reporter from the same station, Mr. Martin Bashir, who has covered this story exhaustively and has, perhaps, a little DEEPER view than old Joe. Martin Bashir appeared on “The Last Word, with Lawrence O’Donnell” (airing every week night at 8 and 11 p.m., EDT, only on MSNBC) and gave us all a better idea of what this whole thing is all about. Said Bashir of Murdoch’s performance yesterday, “…what he could not remember were small things like dates and times, he couldn’t remember payments (huge settlements, some upwards of a million British pounds) he couldn’t remember individual staff members, what we have here is this powerful media mogul, reduced to a frail, old man who could not remember a single thing. But he could ASSERT two things–one, that he knew absolutely nothing about the illegal phone hacking, he knew nothing about paying settlements, he knew nothing about private investigators stealing private medical records of politicians and private individuals, he knew nothing about bribes accepted by the POLICE, (much like Sgt. Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes, “I see ‘nos-sing Hogan!”), yes, he knew nothing about it, he was adamant. Second, he made it clear that he is not for resigning, he believes he should stay at the helm of this company (while independent investment analysts conclude that News corp. stock would rise by 50 percent without Murdoch), and, in his own words, ‘re-establish it’s moral under pinnings’... But, I have to say that one of the things that came across today was something of a shock for British Society, collectively asking the question, ‘have we had Institutions (Houses of Parliament, police, politicians, the press, all corralled and controlled by this gargantuan media mogul?’. So it was disturbing and dramatic even without the ‘humble pie’. Murdoch’s power and control was particular and specific. He talked for example, in fact, that last year now Prime Minister David Cameron built a coalition government in May of 2010, and that he, Rupert Murdoch, was one of the first visitors to 10 Downing Street (home/office of the Prime Minister of England), he ‘entered through the back door’…now I remember reading Alistair Campbell’s diaries, Alistair Campbell being the former press secretary for then Prime Minister Tony Blair, and said in those diaries, ‘we ushered in Rupert Murdoch through the back door at number 10′. This was a man who had full and free access to the most senior individuals elected in the United Kingdom. And, he had close relationships with the editors of his newspapers, for example Pierce Morgan, who had been editor for the “News of the World” for 18 months, in his own recollection writes, “Rupert Murdoch spoke to him at least once a week…for 18 months!”. So here we have this vast contrast between a man who is sitting before a committee of the House of Commons, incapable of remembering anything, and yet, individuals who interacted with him remember absolutely everything. Is it really possible that Rupert Murdoch knew nothing? Absolutely 0. And remember he had newspapers under his control, that were delivering the most spectacular stories, stories about members of the Royal family, asking 500,000 pounds to allow people access to Prince Andrew. Another fine story he delivered was a smear campaign on Members of Parliament that he did not like, writing story after story of what MP was in bed with with what woman. These are the kind of stories his news papers were delivering, that is the kind of detail that Rupert Murdoch provided, and yet, we’re supposed to believe, after yesterday, that he knew nothing, and can’t remember anything of the criminality.” If you don’t believe that this kind of underhanded journalism goes on here in the good ‘ole US of A, please reconsider your position. This is systemic, this is real and this is the new reality of much of what goes for JOURNALISM these days–simply put…unadulterated horse$hit! Have a nice day folks and please keep the poorest of the poor in your thoughts and prayers today, those refugees on the Somalian/Kenyan border. They could use all the help you can give. Should you wish to donate, please go to www.savethechildren.org or care.org. Thank you. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
July 20, 2011
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