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Date: July 22, 2010

BP Photoshops Another Official Image Terribly

I found this over at Gawker.  In one of the comments, a reader doesn’t understand why people are upset.  I couldn’t find where to add my own comment, so I figured I’d post my take here.

We’re upset because they haven’t fixed the leak and the photos BP is providing keep turning out to be cropped lies.  We need something to believe in, not another lie.

A photo tells the story of 1000 words and if all we see are the doctored photos what were seeing are stories that lie.

via BP Photoshops Another Official Image Terribly.

The Racist That Wasn’t

Have you ever walked in on a conversation and misunderstood what was being discussed?

Sure you have – we all have missed the point when we don’t hear the full story or are told the full context.

In right wing circles, they are all clamoring to find that Black racist that proves that Blacks hate Whites as much as Whites hate Blacks. They want to support the comments made by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to prove that Obama is a racist. The thought that a man who is both white and black being racist is absurd, but there are people in this nation who believe the most unbelievable things. Their own racism shows when they fear that the other side of the coin believes the way that they do.

This desire to find anti-white racism where it isn’t is probably what led to conservative blogger and activist, Andrew Breitbart, to post a “2 minutes, 38 seconds of video clips of a black federal agriculture official saying she didn’t do everything she could to help a white farmer”. He merely found the part he wanted, posted it and watched as our nation – including our White House – lose its collective mind in a mad rush to judgment.

In one day, the black official – Shirley Sherrod – has been forced to resign by an administration who should have dug deeper into the facts. She is villainized by the right wing press, including Bill O’Reily (who is usually a bit more levelheaded). The clip plays every where until levelheads prevail and it is pointed out that the words taken out of context seem racist. However; context is everything and, if you don’t hear Sherrod’s entire speech, you miss her whole point, which is decidedly not racist.

Like the conversation that starts before you arrive.

I’m ashamed that the administration has to backpedal.  Robert Gibbs made a full apology.  The administration should take some of the blame for the mess that is now out there.

But, the media, who jumped on the story like a starving man jumping on a Big Mac, should shoulder the majority of the blame.

Even Glenn Beck, who surprisingly didn’t jump on the story (as far as I can tell), said “What’s happening here is that she’s guilty until proven innocent. They fired her and now they are back-pedaling. There’s no due process here. Doesn’t an American have a right to a fair trial? They have politically assassinated this woman. No one has heard the case for or against her, they just took her out. When did we stop having the right to face our accusers?”

A rare message of reason from Mr. Beck.  He’s right.  The administration went too far, but the media led the crusade against Shirley Sherrod.  And, for that, they should hang their heads in shame.

Wake Up, America!

Here’s what I don’t understand about the upcoming elections.

We elected President Obama because he said he would bring us change.  He promised Universal Healthcare and Wall Street Reform.

He fulfilled his promises.  He said he would do it.  He told Congress to do it.  They did it.  He signed them into law.  He even managed to lower taxes for 95% of the population.  He expanded college loans and he put regulations on credit card companies that, not only, make them more transparent in their fees and rate hikes, but stops the ever moving due date.  (Ever been late because your credit card company changed the due date from the 21 to the 18th?  No?  Well, I have.)

President Obama received a country in complete and total shambles.  We had a president before him (and a one before that one) who took the bite out of banking regulation, which led to the Wall Street meltdown that, in turn, has led to Main Street’s demise.

But what those Tea Partiers keep yelling for is smaller government and less taxes.

Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And, it is a crock of crap.

Really – it is.

The deregulation over the last thirty years has led to one of the worst financial meltdowns since the Great Depression.  The lower taxes on the rich has just made them more greedy and has led to companies moving plants overseas, which has led to job loss.

All caused by Republicans.

And, now, every magazine I read, every blabbermouth on TV keeps telling me that my fellow Americans want to put the Republicans back in power.  Aren’t any of you paying attention?  Don’t you know your history?  Don’t you get it?

The Republicans have been running elections on the idea that if the Democrat fails, they win.  It worked under Clinton.  But, in their 12 years of Congressional power, the nation began it’s free fall.  They have caused the jobs to be lost, the banks to fail and the poor to become poorer.

And, they don’t give a crap about you.

Do you think Sarah “You betcha” Palin in her expensive suits and with that $150,000 shopping spree gives a rat’s butt about those of us in the the bottom 99%?

Heck no.  It’s a load of bunk.  She cares about the 2012 election, when she’s planning on running and God help us all if she actually wins.

Do you think Rush “I’m rich and you’re not” Limbaugh gives a crap about America?  No, he doesn’t.  He’s been wishing failure on Obama’s Presidency since day one.  And, you should really keep this in mind, when the President fails, so does the nation.  Limbaugh, Mr. Draft dodger himself, proclaims to be a Patriot, but when you want the nation to fail, you’re a traitor, not a Patriot.

Do you think Glenn Beck cares about you?  No, he does ads for a gold company that is under investigation for ripping people off, so there’s another one who could give a crap about real, hard working Americans.  Further, the man is against Net Neutrality, which means he is simply a total moron or he seriously doesn’t care.

Do you think House Minority Leader John Boehner cares about you?  Well, he doesn’t – he’s calling to repeal the Wall Street Reform and he wants to raise the retirement age to 70, in order to pay for the War in Afghanistan.  Does that sound like someone who gives a rat’s rear end about you or me?

I love my country.  If I wasn’t a lesbian, I would’ve served in the military.  I believe we’re the greatest nation on earth, but if we send just one of those tea party candidates to Congress, then we have truly become a country of non-thinkers.  And, if we turn Congress over to the Republicans, well, it proves that we have drunk the kool aid.

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