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Ain’t FDR’s New Deal, Nope Georgia’s Deal…

Where to begin? The Honorable Nathan Deal continues to make Georgia look like a 19th century fiefdom instead of a 21st century modern government.

Deal has excluded a news  station from his offices for reporting negatively on the governor. To his horror, they asked QUESTIONS about how money was spent. The answer summarized by former opponents in their paper.

After being served with subpoenas from the ethics office, Deal just slashes the budget, eliminates a job in the division and forces out the director in charge of investigating his office. Now that’s efficiency! No ethics inquiry AND save the state money. What have we been thinking with all this ethics garbage. Really!

Perish the thought that Deal might use some introspection and consider his ethics after canning the ethics leader. No, Governor Deal accepted “Diamond” perk from Delta after signing a $30 million tax break for Delta.

Wow! It’s good to be King…I mean governor.

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Random News and Diatribes: June 17, 2011

News you may have missed or just need to see.

Ethics? Smethics? Well, Governor Nathan Deal’s appointees and office find  themselves with their toes into hot water again…the question is will anyone do ANYTHING about it. One would think in this day and age that the Governor’s office would steer clear of any investigations and not touch that with a 10 foot pole. Not our governor, no, despite of his years of experience as a lawyer and politician, his staff and friends (appointees) are behaving like there’s something to hide.

I hope that there’s nothing lurking behind the scenes, I hope that people are just making bad choices. If anyone in the governor’s office reads this, GROW UP. Stop acting like there’s something to hide. At some point, you’ll get bitten by this behavior. You will embarrass not only yourself but the entire State of Georgia.

Weiner resigns. Please stop the jokes. He’s resigned. Now, whether this resignation is a swan song or just the show’s climax before the intermission remains to be seen. (See, William Jefferson Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, et al.)

Miranda Rights, Expanded. Children, even if they’re not under arrest, are entitled to hear their Miranda rights. I’m not sure, really, what good it would do in this child’s situation when faced with 3 or 4 adults, many of whom are charged with acting in loco parentis, as parent, for the child. How many kids would challenge the school principle? Teach you kids, ask for a lawyer.

Timeless. Here’s a summary of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s interview. Somethings are timeless and transcend class: “Do I need a lawyer?” Yes, they took you off a plane, disrupted your schedule. Yes, you moron, you need a lawyer.

Sports Rioting.I just don’t understand. Why? Canadians are so restrained.

Justice, at a price? For your consideration, “can justice be bought?

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Get a Pike

Today, the NYTimes published a scathing article about the life and times of Cindy McCain. The sole flattering aspect of the article, a photo. I believe that the fourth estate seeks pikes for their political enemies. Historically, those who challenged the king would be displayed as an example at the Tower of London. Thankfully, we don’t live that nasty England of Olde.

The media however want the proverbial ultimate sanction-literal skewering of the Republican candidates. The metaphorical impaling of the Palins and McCains just falls short for the fourth estate. The blood thirsty reporters seek and search for more raw meat, not satiated  by display on their victims’ entrails. No, these vicious cannibals seek the hearts and spleens of their victims. 

The political debate between the two candidates receives less attention than the personalities and lifestyles of the Republican ticket and spouses. Reporters will rehash old information with a new spin or, at least, a new headline. You will note that the New York Times fails to filet the life of Michelle Obama. No, why would anyone do that, she’s the wife of the media darling. Still ironic that the media cannot see their lack of objectivity. The zeal to break down McCain and Palin is matched only by their strong desire to PROTECT Obama. Sad really. 

What’s worse, the media use McCain and Palin to extend their popularity and gain status within their estate. Sadly, they don’t realize NO ONE CARES who writes the story. You are all interchangeable. Each hates McCain and Palin; I imagine that every desk has a voodoo doll effigy of McCain and Palin on pikes. At some point reporters will all realize that the venom sounds alike and negative spin run together in a vitriolic rage. You will gain no readers or popularity or more importantly name recognition. Why not find a real story to write about? After the election, you will all be relegated to boring topics. Why not be creative? Oh, that would require you to work and get NEW information.

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Why the Media Should Apologize!

Dear Politico.com:

The media should apologize for not thinking before speaking. Are questions about the candidate valid? The candidate’s record? Absolutely. You liberal minded writers have valid questions.

When you ask, HOWEVER, whether a woman should be at home raising her child instead of running a state or a corporation you have turned the clock back entirely too far and shown misogynist roots! When the teenage daughter of this candidate has made a difficult choice-why should she be vilified?

Keep on topic. Ask your questions. Just remember, no one asked if she should be barefoot pregnant but y’all came damn close. Being a sexist will get you criticized every time.

The elitist problem the media will never get over. Until you understand the intricate workings of a small town, y’all will never understand how simply elitist you really are.

Thanks for your attention.

Salmonandgrits

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You can’t be serious

The media are “hurt” by John McCain’s attacks on their credibility and ethics? According to the New York Times today  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/us/politics/04media.html that’s the case.

How dare John McCain point out that the media treat one candidate differently from another? How could he possibly expect that the media would treat a female candidate the same as the male candidates? Why that’s just plain wrong. The media should be able to personally attack anyone they choose without scrutiny or recourse, right? No one looks over their shoulder to insure quality, ethics and standards are being met because the media have no quality, ethics or standards. Who does John McCain think he is?

New Flash: The liberal media need to find a place where they can objectively see themselves and what they have become. Right now, the liberal media functions as the public relations arm of the Obama campaign. Can these people seriously say that in the 21st century questioning the ability of a woman to govern is a fair question? Can the media justify taking a microscope to the life of Sarah Palin and her family without using that same lens to examine the lives of Joe Biden and Barack Obama and John McCain? Can these biased political observers explain why the privacy of Obama is observed when the privacy of Palin is not?

If so, I’d like to hear it. The answer should not include the fact that before Friday no one had ever heard of Governor Sarah Palin. The natural curiosity of a reporter does not equate to a story that should appear in a newspaper or on the internet. The prurient interests of editors and reporters should not justify the vilification of a teenage girl who made a mistake and then a choice.

Somebody needs to find real objective standards for the media.

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Any Publicity…

Governor Sarah Palin’s family and gender provide the Republican Party with something they can’t buy: lead stories in every major newspaper in the country AND a backlash against the liberal, sexist media. The media has yet to discover that regular folks really identify with Palin. Raised to believe we could do and be anything that we wanted, regular folks do not know “their place” in society while the elitist Democrats and the yellow media continue to remind them of “their place.”

Guess what? We vote and we blog.

You yellow journalists get a clue: we don’t care. You green eco-friendly mudslingers are wasting paper and trees.

Why do you not pick on Senator Obama’s six months as a Senator before beginning his run for president? Why do you not investigate his relationship with Tony Rezko? Why do you not ask if HE should be concerned about his children’s upbringing in the White House?

Why? Because the liberal, yellow media intend to protect Obama from Obama. The liberal, yellow media have decided that Obama should be President and we the public should eat the drivel the media dishes out to us.

If the best issue the media have against Palin is her GENDER and her FAMILY, then the Democrats have a larger problem and the Republicans have the media vetting accomplished within a week. The good side: Palin-worts and all-will be out there and she will be able to address her positions and the issues.

Palin doesn’t deserve the negative press. No person does. No woman should be subjected to HIGHER scrutiny than any other person running for office. Fortunately, McCain picked a tough, strong woman who is a seasoned veteran of small town life. For you citified elitists out there, small town life is MORE vicious than anything you dish out for her.

Leave the children alone. Keep the headlines coming. The more Palin’s name is in the headlines-the less Obama’s name appears there.

Oh, by the way, I’ll now be watching a speech that I had not intended to watch and I expect many others like me will listen to her as well. The Republicans should say thank you.

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Obama Nation Abomination

Jerome Corsi wrote a book which according to reports compiles all the rumors and suspicions about Senator Barack Obama, his history, his politics and his religion. An article written by the Associate Press (AP) editorializes about the book’s contents while reporting on the 40 page Obama tome responding to and purportedly debunking the contents of the story. See the story at ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j-xORhpHhivePOAxUDF3U1xmjlAD921BGSG1. 

One must question the objectivity of the media when the widely accepted source of news writes an article  which fails to cite authority for statements and instead asserts information as a fact which the author makes sounding in commentary.

The article takes issue with Corsi’s recitation of fact. I have not read Corsi’s book and the contents of Corsi’s book are not the issue. What is troubling is that the media do not see the lack of objectivity. The AP challenges what it reports as Corsi’s  “book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a “black rage” hidden beneath the surface.” In response to this summary, the AP reports “In fact, Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.” Really? Regardless of the religion, does the AP know what is in the heart of Obama? The report should read-Obama attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for (however many) years and claims to be Christian. The author SHOULD NOT be asserting his or her opinion about anything. Further, the AUTHOR of the article asserts:

Corsi suggests, without a shred of proof, that Obama may be using drugs today. Obama has acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine as a teenager but says he quit when he went to college and hasn’t used drugs since.

Corsi makes an issue of the fact that, before he quit smoking cigarettes, Obama didn’t want it widely known that he smoked. “If Obama takes pains to hide his smoking from us, what else does he take pains to hide?” Corsi asks in the book.

Corsi also dwells on Obama’s mother marrying Obama’s African father and later marrying someone from Indonesia — whom Corsi describes as “a second man of color to be her mate.” The Obama campaign says the description is one of many examples of Corsi’s “offensive language” in the book.

 He claims Obama received extensive Islamic religious education as a boy in Indonesia, education that was only offered to the truly faithful. Actually, Obama is a Christian and asboy he attended both Catholic school and Indonesian public schools where some basic study of the Koran was offered.

He accuses Obama of wanting to weaken the military even though Obama’s campaign calls for adding 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines.”

The author only makes attribution to the Obama campaign’s response in one of the five claims above. Reporting should be as neutral as possible. This article passed the scrutiny of an editor. How is that possible?

Because the media not only fail to question Obama, they are also protecting Obama. Obama, impossibly, is above reproach in the eyes of the media.

In an on FOXNEWS this morning Corsi answered questions about the threats he has received as a result of writing and publishing this book. We do still live in a free country? Right? 

The media’s behavior is an abomination. Who monitors their ethics? Who monitors their objectivity? No one. Those would impede the free press? Maybe. Shouldn’t they just police themselves?

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