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Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 07:27 AM PDT

Benghazi's BACK, Baby

by Noamjunior

Media Matters is reporting that Fox "News"(sic) is planning (what they label) a "documentary" on Benghazi(DRINK) based on the upcoming book written by Mitchell Zuckoff  "13 hours".
http://mediamatters.org/...

Fox, the media conglomerate that brought us "Alien Autopsy", will release their "documentary" on Benghazi (DRINK) hosted by anchor Bret Baier in September to coincide with the release of Zuckoff's book, perhaps poor timing given the non-event of the recent GOP led congressional investigation, and numerous Government reports showing showing no obstruction or wrongdoing on the part of US officials.

http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/...
http://www.state.gov/...

Also given that other media outlets that have promoted the conservative, conspiracy-theory narrative of Benghazi(DRINK) have ended up thoroughly embarrassed and discredited, I got to wonder if this upcoming "documentary" will be Fox's final go-round taking a baseball bat to this metaphorically long-abused horse carcass.

http://mediamatters.org/...

See below the fold for my take on Zuckoff's upcoming book

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Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 07:35 PM PDT

No Justice No Peace Preach Freedom

by Noamjunior

Preach Freedom is a musician, songwriter, singer, producer and poet. He currently plays drums in the band Rusted Root, in addition to performing his own music in the band Preach Freedom and Connect. I thought of his song "No Justice No Peace" featured in his youtube video when I heard protesters in Ferguson chanting the phrase.

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We’ve seen this movie before: Extreme Tea party candidate wins the nomination from a more established GOPer incumbent only to lose the general election after saying something so ignorant, stupid, or mean the Democratic base gets energized and the GOPers stay home.
So in the spirit of Christine O'Donnell,  Richard Mourdock, Sharron Angle, etc. I put together this little poll to let you decide how long till Brat implodes under the weight of some really stupid quote
Before you vote in the poll, consider the following. Below the fold

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How long until Brat says something that makes him un-electable?

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The Indy Star reported this weekend that Indiana Treasurer and failed GOP senate candidate  Richard Mourdock compared the current political state of the country with Nazi Germany, saying

“The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute. And why is that? Because Germany was bankrupt.”.  Mourdock went on to say:  "The truth is, 70 years later, we are drifting on the tides toward another beachhead and it is the bankruptcy of the United States of America."
http://www.indystar.com/...

The Indystar reported that “The speech received a standing ovation from the nearly 1,700 delegates from across the state”
You may remember Mourdock’s failed  2012 U.S. Senate run when he said during a debate that when a woman becomes pregnant from a  rape "it is something that God intended."
Given his history of saying asinine things, this particular inane utterance may seem unsurprising. Yet, I am always struck by the irony by the combination of historical, economic and political ignorance that is required to make such a comparison.
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In the right’s pathological attempt to find something, anything, to discredit the president due to the release of Bowe Bergdahl, GOPers have made some wildly inconsistent, nonsensical, and straight up anti-American statements that bring up many more questions than they answer – such as the following….

Since Ronald Reagan supplied Iranian terrorists with advanced missiles for the release of Hostages in Iran, would you have been happier if Obama simply gave the Taliban advanced anti-aircraft weapons instead of releasing prisoners that were going to soon be released anyway?

If you feel that Bergdahl was unworthy of rescue because it is alleged he deserted his post, what other Americans accused of crimes do you feel comfortable turning over to the Taliban?

When the Bush administration paid off Iraqis who murdered American soldiers to stop fighting during Bush’s “Iraqi Surge”- did the Bush administration “negotiate” the amount of those payoffs with the terrorists, or just give the terrorists whatever they asked as long as they promised to stop killing Americans?

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John Stewart's recent  skit on Fox "news' (sic) outrage on Benghazi, while rightly pointing out Fox's hypocritical false outrage, ultimately does it's viewers a disservice  by promoting the false narrative propagated by  Fox "news" (sic) that Benghazi was a result of a terrorist organization's planned attack and  that the Obama administration cynically pushed false talking points downplaying  this fact. From The stewart piece...

Well, now it looks like this Ben Rhodes, a White House national security and communications aide, did add to these talking points, emphasizing that the protests surrounding the Benghazi violence were not coordinated by terrorists, but were instead somehow related to a provocative anti-Muslim video that had caused demonstrations in other countries
Stewart- after a insipid Joke focusing on Snow Dogs, goes on to say
I will say this.  From that e-mail, it sounds like the White House had politics and elections on their mind when they sent Susan Rice to the Sunday shows.  It's deplorable.
Really John? Deplorable. Well I guess it does SOUND like that, if you believe the Fox news narrative. Fortunately someone who is an actual journalist looked into this and - hey, guess what ... That FOX Narrative about doctored talking points (that you seem so willing to believe)  is BULLSHIT and SHAME ON YOU for buying into it-
follow after the fold
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Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 09:19 PM PDT

Drunk Dialing on the internet

by Noamjunior

Many things on my my mind as I type. The stories we tell and and the stories we believe... we are all mental constructs of what we want to believe. What I want to believe is that the noble path in life is a constancy of thought and actions that focuses the mind on  what is possible , standing against a conflicting narrative that some believe is reality. It is our task as humans to confront that false perception of reality and develop understanding among our fellow human beings that have been hypnotized by televised propaganda and have adopted  a false worldview encouraged by forces they dont understand. Lakoff and Johnson have articulated why people have adopted these false narrative- they are comforting and familiar despite their dysfunction.  

As people who can see beyond the false narrative, we have a responsibility  to connect with those lost admits a sea of false  information and alluring but ultimately soul-crushing  narrative. How do we connect with those lost in the abyss of fox new and Koch propaganda? a road worth travelling requires many steps and to rush the journey often causes more problems than it solves.What are we to do against a flood of easily digestible propaganda ?
that is the discussion

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what s the answer

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Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 07:53 PM PST

Thoughts on Bridgegate

by Noamjunior

Friday Night and bridge gate is in full effect on MSNBC and Young Turks.

http://www.youtube.com/...

Liked this- especially since Iadarola (the commentator) brought up a point I mentioned earlier here
http://www.dailykos.com/...

some good Kos articles and my impression of  the Friday  MSNBC news shows follows

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As a lifelong fan of Hip-hop music I remember the first time I heard Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." One of the best Hip-hop albums of all time, Millions literally gave me chills the first time I heard it- For the music and for the skillfully delivered truths about  our government and culture’s sometimes open, sometimes subtle historical hostility towards black people.

Now today, a new track by Jasiri X, and Cynik Lethal, called
“American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires”
about  Wisconsin Governor Walker’s attempt to strip public workers of their rights, gave me those  same shivers,

See past the bump for  more info and lyrics to this awesome protest song that calls out Fox news, Walker, and the GOP for shilling for Billionaires

fans of hip-hop will definitely want to check this out, everyone else- this is an inspiring video that I hope ( and really believe) will make you feel inspired, as it did me

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What do you think about American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires?

67%21 votes
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Liberal Sestak voted 100% with Nancy Pelosi

the banner ad at the top of DKOS proclaimed. Not exactly the most effective Sestak ad I’ve seen: but hey, voting with Pelosi  – that gets my vote. But wait, this headline banner ad is actually a Toomey spot on DKOS . Since banner  ads charge by click, I definitely clicked it. There’s .5 cents that Toomey can’t use somewhere else.  I’ve also seen ads for the right-wing propaganda "Newsmax" as banner ads disguised as polls to express your opinion on Obama, and Palin.

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So the new  AP poll shows that 2:1 Americans think the health care law didn’t go far enough (as opposed to too far). The support for GOP healthcare plan (no government interference or minimal) is between 20 and 25%. It seems the idea of health care reform and GOP obstruction should be a major issue for congressional dems.

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How should congressional Democratic candidates run on healthcare

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C. O'DONNELL: I'll tell you, I just came back from the Middle East, and it was refreshing. With all that is going on, it was refreshing not to be constantly bombarded with smut all the time.

That was the quote I read on Kos’s HI-LAR-I-US post,  "DE-Sen: More Christine O'Donnell, in her own words"- showing some of the completely dipshit comments by the new GOP senate candidate. OF course my first 2 questions were "where do you live in Delaware where you are being Constantly bombarded with smut?" and "can I move there?"

But I was a bit surprised that more wasn’t said about this. While Kos did throw in a subtle plug for the recent masterpiece "American Taliban" he failed to make an obvious connection. With this statement, O’Donnell is expressing support and admiration for sharia law.

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