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Wake Up People. Vote Republican and This Is What You Get

 

Legitimate Rape.  These are the men that make all these new laws concerning women’s health.  Families first, family values, Christian Right, God-fearing, compassionate conservatives passing legislation to control women’s bodies.  What do they know about anything.  This is a return to barefoot, stay in the kitchen pregnant women of the old days.  White haired old men making choices for women.  Just so they can be victimized again and again.  I have said it before in an earlier post, what state governments are doing to women is “governmental rape.”  What they can’t do with their little pods, they do with the law.  We should know by now that the louder they are, the smaller they are.  It’s pride for them, they have to prove they have a big dick.  They used to have a big dick, his name was Nixon, who f@cked everyone.  I must stop.  I had a flashback of 1972, summer and joints, and smoke and the big dick.  I digress or recess.

Nixon proudly said:  “I am not a crook.”  Ryan proudly states stance on abortion that it should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest.  Now with this comment from Akin, it seems that they both seem to think that if a women gets raped, is ovulating she can stop the egg from being fertilized.  Amazing.  Back to the place where women and blacks had their place.  Republicans are smashing the life out of women voters including conservative women.  They will find themselves in the voting both marking for Obama and they should.  All women should be thinking about their daughters  and friends daughters.  Look into your children’s eyes and see the future that lies ahead from the republicans.  Ryan as he had done today and the past few days will lie and stand up for abortion rights.  He’s doing that now with Medicare.  “My mother relies on Medicare……”.  Which of course is ludicrous.

Of course we could all move to Massachusetts.

 

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Liz Trotta Still “Fighting for Air”

“Fighting for Air” is the title of the book Trotta wrote in 1994.  She is still fighting for air.  Only this time she has rendered herself irrelevant, and shown herself to be nothing more than a Republican whore. She now speaks of women who have been “raped too much” as one who has been.

Liz Trotta used to be brilliant.  She was the perfect example of what a journalist should be and she was.  She was the first female correspondent in Vietnam.  She served two tours of duty.  She accompanied GI’s in the jungles of Vietnam.  She says she is still haunted by that experience.    And this make me wonder if she remembers her time of being “raped too much”.  Does she speak from experience?  Really, the only woman travelling with GI’s in the jungle.  Men who haven’t seen a real woman in who knows when.  What did she expect?

You would think that her experience would be expressed in compassion and support for women in the Military or women in general who have been assaulted or raped.  Instead she justifies rape because they are in close contact with men.  That they deserve whatever happens to them.  If it is good enough for her, then it has to be good enough for the rest of us.    After all, rape ain’t rape anymore.

She was always conservative, but she never let her politics  interfere with her reporting.  Now she is a whore for the “Red” states.  She is still fighting for air.

She must long for the good old days of her youth.


Ohio Diary #16: Local Newspaper: Speaking Out Column

Today in my local newspaper, the speak-up column was on contraception.  You will find that in at least one comment, their ignorance shows.  They think this is about abortion and not healthcare.  I will reserve my comments for the end of this post:

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/SpringfieldNewsSun/?href=SNS/2012/02/11

At this link you can read these comments for yourself.  I will post a few and comment at the end.

Present Obama’s attack on Christians on the healthcare issue is just another example of his disregard for the Constitution.  It is not a doormat to be trampled on. It is to be respected and used properly.  Eight years of this man would devastate our republic.

Please help stop the hysteria and propaganda.  Someone needs to clarify to the public that allowing access to or providing coverage for birth-control products in the new healthcare bill does not force anyone to use the products.  It only offers coverage and lets women have a choice.  The word “force” is being used loosely to incite anger and fear. Let’s get the argument to the realities.

It’s a step backward for women’s rights.  Why should these places be able to impose their religious on their employees?  They don’t want women to use birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but they don’t want them to have an abortion to end it either.

I think employers should offer birth control coverage. Birth control is fairly expense and, without coverage, a lot women can’t afford it.  The women affected by this decision are the ones who are being responsible by preventing “unwanted” pregnancies. These same religious organizations and emplyers are generally against abortions, but they don’t want to offer an acceptable solution, which would be birth control coverage……..

It is not the coverage for the “birth control” that is the issue  It’s the wording within this that also allows it to cover abortion and abortion-related measures.  They should not be forced by the government by any means whatsoever.

The way this has been conflated on the right to mean “Obama is forcing Catholic schools to give out condoms and provide abortions” has been pretty hilarious to watch….

I hope the U.S. Supreme Court does hear the case and puts an end to it, once and for all. Precedent is on the side of me being able to access healthcare and decide when and if I want to have more children.  Sorry religious conservatives, but my body belongs to me. You may not like it, but I have the right to have sex and not conceive.

      The Catholic Bishops and The Catholic Church consider contraception to be immoral.  We do have to respect some matters of conscience.  Their argument that Boenher has jumped on is that this is a violation of the First Amendment, Freedom of Religion.  It is ludicrous.  No one is saying you have lost your right to worship, lost your religion, or that the government has instituted one central religion.  The Bishops mistake was to include all women and not just the Catholics is this objection.  They have no right to speak for me.  It doesn’t apply to churches themselves or their devotion arms.  It applies to religious enterprises like hospitals and university that serve secular purposes, take taxpayer dollars, employ thousands of non-catholic women, and are already required to obey many and varied secular regulations.  At these organizations, the money that pays for employee healthcare doesn’t come the

church, it comes out of the income stream they get from their customers and clients

    .  This is not about religious freedom, it is as David Boise stated on The Last Word, this is about labor laws.

The Bishops took on this fight  on behalf of all women and they have lost.  We should celebrate.  These Bishops and their supporters, who probably use contraception, should be ashamed.

 


Now for The One Million Moms: Values of Hatred, Racism and Bigotry

I have put this off for some time, but now I can’t stand it anymore.  They have written in a post that they know that they will be persecuted?  Persecuted?  Do they compare themselves with Jesus?  Jesus did not teach people to hate and vilify.  He preached love, understanding, compassion, peace and tolerance.  What really bothers me is that they believe that they can do my thinking for me.  I don’t have a mind, cannot think rationally, and decide and choose for myself.  Jesus was persecuted and murdered for his beliefs and promise of hope and salvation.  Are they willing to do the same thing?

We should thank them though.  They have made us stronger.  It has made us show them what true Christian values are.  These mothers obviously were taught from a very early age to hate.  Hatred is not born in you, it is acquired.  They learned their lessons well, to hate all the people their parents hated.  Now they have passed them to their children in the guise of protection.  Their children should be protected from their parents.  Haters inspire us.  They make us stronger.  It brings out the best in true Christians.  Jesus never condemned anyone.  Have they asked themselves the questions, “What would Jesus do?”  They can’t.  They can’t because Jesus was no hater, bigot or racists.  He loved all people.

One Million Moms is doing what other organization from our past have done. Promote hatred, racism and bigotry in the name of God.  This is their war for God.

They say they are One Million Moms, that is if you count likes as members.  For all we know this is 4 fat women in a garage trying to start-up an exercise regimen or routine to teach their “values.”  It should be an interesting comedy routine.  They are funny now, so it should be hysterical and hilarious.  I might actually look at that just for the laughs.

These Christian One Million Moms are giving true Christians and their values a bad name.  Fight back.


Republincans Have Admitted That They Can’t Win: They Are Desperate They just Can’t Swallow The Pill

I wrote a post not to long ago saying that Republicans and The Religious Right have lost their minds.  I was wrong.  They have no minds.  As long as the Republicans and the so-called Religious, Evangelical Right confine themselves to social issues in the next election they will lose.  Go down in flames.

John Boehner wants a fight in the House over contraception.  I say let him.  This fight will be the end of the GOP, the next Komen for the Cure.  They have under estimated the pure outrage on the further and continuing attacks on women’s health.  This is not about religion, Catholic or otherwise.  This is about healthcare, women’s healthcare.

Republican presidential candidates have all turned to Jesus.  They all found God to run for office.  And now they say that God, or the Catholic hierarchy will dictate U. S. healthcare policy.  The republicans, the Christian Right claim that President Obama is out of touch.  The truth is that the Vatican that is out of touch with Americans, including their own parishioners.  There has always been a difference between American Catholics and European Catholics.  The Vatican dictates and if you do not follow you can be damned.  No offense to my Catholic friends.  It simply is true that the old european, Roman Catholics are out of touch with their newer members, the Americans.

A 2011 Guttmmacher Institute survey finds that 98% of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptives.  A February 2012 Public Religion Research Institute poll finds Catholics, by a 58% to 37% margin, agreed with the statement, “All employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception at no cost.”

This is not the only issue on which the Catholic hierarchy is out of touch.  Catholics disagree with their hierarchy’s handling of sex abuse cases.  They think the practice of not reporting cases to police and transferring, rather than dismissing, offenders is wrong.  Not to mention a crime.  I guess the Vatican is against contraception, so that women can have more children that Catholic priests can sexually abuse.

The 2010 General Social Survey finds Americans nearly evenly split on allowing abortions for any reason. But all religions, including Catholics, overwhelmingly agree women should be given that right if raped, the pregnancy threatens their health, or if the fetus has a serious genetic defect.  A majority of strong Republicans agree women should be allowed to abort under those conditions.

President Kennedy vowed not to let the Vatican dictate his presidency. Neither should President Obama kowtow to the Catholic hierarchy, a hierarchy who doesn’t even listen to it own parishioners.

But all this nonsense over contraception begs the question:  Where is the provision in the healthcare bill for condoms, male enhancement?  If it were included would these pious men be outraged?  Why are they so against anything that is for better healthcare for women?

Bonehead want a fight – any fight – that allows him to sidestep the jobs issue, for which he has no solutions, no easily demagogued line, and a fastly vanishing constituency for the hings he’s said in the past [“Rich people are job creators”].

The Republican party is dead and The Religious Right will hold the funeral.


Komen and The National Review Online Fall on Their Swords: They Refuse to Tell The Truth

I had hoped that I would not have to write another post about Komen.  I now realize that the campaign against Komen must not ever stop.  We begin with the lie Nancy Brinker made public;  It was posted by Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review Online, as Salon.com wrote it was hilarious.  Try not to laugh to hysterically.

 

What make this hilarious is that the assertion that the decision has nothing to do with politics and was just a big coincidence.  Right.  But the facts don’t fit.  Komen, namely, Brinker hired a vehement anti-abortionist as director of public policy, Karen Handle ran for Governor of Georgia on a  platform  that called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Brinker being a Republican saw no conflict here.  Brinker was praised by these  so Right-to-lifers at the National Review Online.  You can take Kathryn Lopez who got all bubbly happy when Susan G. Komen would stop funding Planned Parenthood.  Se saw as a victory in the war against women’s health providers that perform abortions and provide contraception.  It complete escaped her small mind that this was not about abortion at.  When Brinker made this youtube video statement she jumped for joy.  The National Review Online was since they have been trying to shed PP.  They believe the lie, the ludicrous lie that the decision has nothing to do with politics.  Be still my heart.  When the backlash happened, Komen reversed itself [maybe] Lopez stated that Komen was victim of bullying.

Now to be fair, they were in part victims of bullying.  But not from Planned Parenthood as they protest.  Yes they blame Planned Parenthood for the demise of Komen.  Does it not tickle your imagination.  That is what it is imagination, pure fantasy.  They were bullied alright, but by their own people and constituents.  They even lie about the retractions.  They say they will fund all current grants to PP, and that PP can apply but with no guarantee they will be approved.  So the fight continues.  Whatever moral and compassionate standing the Komen Foundation may have had is now gone.  It can never be restored  to its former self.  They have layed down with mongrels and thought they could get in the “Pink“. They have become prostitutes for the for the Religious Right and the Right to lifers.

Sexual assault and sexual abuse of children it seems is acceptable behavior for their continued funding of Penn State.  The new rules issued by Komen that bans grants to organizations that are under investigation by federal, state,  or local governments.  till, Planned Parenthood is the only organization to be cancelled.  Pro-lifers just lie and fall on their swords to justify anything and to try to cover their stake in prostitution.  There are many lies many can be found in a Mother Jones article[s] http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/01/abortion-cancer-komen-informed-consent.

But the most egregious example of the right to life and religious right was given by Kathryn Jean Lopez of The National Review Online,  in her support of fake videos of sex trafficking at Planned Parenthood.  She praises Lila Rose.  She calls her the Upton Sinclair of her generation.  Upton Sinclair.  I am surprised that she even know his name, since she is unaware that what he did was true journalism and not a reality show.  That is what Lila Rose does, reality shows.  This is not journalism.  It is a reality show like Survivor, The Biggest Loser and others.  You know that they can’t be real because these people are being paid.  So was Lila Rose.  Paid $125,000 grant to make false, fake lying videos.  You can find it on her website “Live Action”  only you can’ open it or read it.  Why……..she was exposed.  She lied…..she prostituted herself for money believing she was doing good works for the Religious Right.

She ran this scheme in six states to stop Planned Parenthood.  Just consider how ridiculous and ludicrous this really is.  Think of it…..out of nowhere, sex traffickers suddenly engage in simultaneous multi-state effort openly seeking heal care for victims of their crimes, youth entrapped in a cycle of slavery, abuse and exploitation at the hand of the traffickers themselves.  If in reality these young women were raped, sexual slaves and abused, why did they not scream for help from the police; attempt to run for freedom and expose them for what they allegedly were? If these girls were in fact victims of sex trafficking and the attendant crimes that implies, then they also need sexual heal services because they are basically being raped regularly and are likely to get a sexually transmitted infections and experience unintended pregnancies.  But this is not about sex trafficking, rape victims or real actual victims,.  They may no attempt to help young girls and boys caught in a cycle of abandonment, abuse poverty and violence.  It is simply to bring down Planned Parenthood by any means necessary.

It was shown for what it was ..a trick , a hoax.  Prostitution.  Kathryn Jean Lopez states that Lila Rose, and her Live Action, should inspire us all.  I agree.  It should inspire us to vigilant against sex, lies and videotape.  She is trying to show that Planned Parenthood conspired to stop funding from Susan G. Komen simply to bring the organization down.  It is childs action.  It is ludicrous.  Prostitution is the oldest profession ever.  It can’t be stopped.  The Right to lifers, the Religious Right and God’s Republicans Army, and The Susan G. Komen Foundation have raised it to a new level.

They misunderstood what they were doing.  They had God on their side and did as their God told them.  They got down and dirty.  As I said above, they layed down with mongrels and thought they could rise up in the “PINK” which is fantasy.  I feel that the new symbol of “the Race for the Cure”  should be a dirty, tattered PINK ribbon, that you can only by at Planned Parenthood and their affiliated clinics. Continue to send funds to Planned Parenthood.  Watch Komen disappear.

I finally got the PINK  off my car.  Praise the Lord.


The Christian Religious Right Has Lost Its Mind

Don’t worry, boys, we’ll weather this storm of approval and come out as hated as ever.

Saul Alinsky, June 1972

I wrote about this before Christian Theocracy.   They have gone mad.  Gingrich is now the new King David. That is what one what one religious leader told a Daily Beast reporter.  But he only compared him as is pertaining to marriage.  But really, King Gingrich, the giant killer.  The only sling shot Gingrich may have is his jock strap, and it has to be small.  But to compare him to King David, then one has to go all the way.  David was a murderer.  He broke as many commandments as he could; thou shalt not kill; thou shalt commit adultery; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not bear false witness.  Yet, King David.  He was a Jew, non-white.  How do they align that with their theology of racism and hatred. With their whiteness and purity?

The Religious Right and Republican part has devolved into the Nazi Party or the Klu Klux Klan.  The Klan was a Republican Religious political organization.  The Klan was in control of choosing political candidates.  They championed the purity of womanhood and Christianity.  They came in as reformers.  God-fearing people.  Their hypocrisy and lies were exposed.  The Religious Right is working that same magic now.  They are trying to dominate the Republican race, align it with its theocratic vision.  It is not just about God, it is about their God.

Their God teaches that hatred of women, poor people, blacks and other people of color is righteous.  They and they mean all white people, have a right, a freedom to discriminate.  They endorse a so-called principle that permits white people to hate and discriminate.  They can do in the open air, in front of their God and for their country knowing that they have nothing to fear, no reprisals against people of color.  This so-called right is the living and breathing manifesto of white racism.  But it is not new.  They have reshaped politics and the political system.  They are saving God.

Then there is the boot licking.  Some call in pandering, but it is worse than that.  It is outright lick spital boot licking.  King Gingrich, Mittens, Ron Paul, all of them have to win them over.  They must proclaim “I am a Christian”.  The best one I know of is one I read in Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail ’72.  Hunter S. Thompson swears that Hubert H. Humphrey made the most stunning comment while running for present in 1972. While speaking to a group of Haddasah women Humphrey screamed out at one point in his speech, “Why, I was a Jew once myself!!!!”  He swears it is true.  I believe him.  They will say and do anything.  We all know it is lies, but we listen anyway and those “righties” believe them.

We have no one to blame but ourselves.  Well, not me, but those people voted out of anger.  What they got extremism.  The Religious Right has carried their anti-woman agenda further and further..and now besides being pro-rape, pro-incest-and the out of high school drop out party, bigots, racists, anti-Semite, the Republican party and the Religious Right have reached a very new low…..the pro-domestic violence party.

Like Hitler, who in the beginning wanted only to remove those who were not pure, the Republicans and Righties are doing the same thing.  Throw the dogs out.  We may all soon be able to read it.  Not the Bible.  Mein Republican.  It will be in your neighborhood Christian bookstore, along with King Gingrich key chains, tales of how “you can be white”, and stories of how “I was a Freedom Fighter for God.”

To paraphrase Steven Sondheim:  The world is a pit, and it is full of shit, and it is called Washington, D.C.


Hell Yes I am Un-American, Again

I am proud to be UN-American.  If being a good American means spreading terror, hatred, poverty, racism then hell yes I am UN-American. If being a good American means curtailing the freedoms of religion, association, speech then hell yes I am UN-American.  If as a country we find it right to brutalize, condemn unions, communists, Mexicans, Arabs, gays, peace activists and Blacks, if we find it right to detain them, fire them, illegally search them and even kill them simply because we are told they are the people we should fear, then hell yes, I am UN-American.    It isn’t easy being UN-American.   It take courage.  It takes  principle.  It takes reason.

Our history is filled with examples of courage conquering fear and hatred.  Now, I know these good Americans have no concept of history, what it means, what it is, and make it up as they go.  We survived the dust bowl, presidential assassinations, church bombings, lynchings and war.  We believed in the Constitution and what it represents.  These good Americans are cowards.  They pretend to revere the values and principles that the Constitution guarantees, the very things this country was built on.  Instead, they are blatant with their cowardice and spineless and eagerly trash sacred principle as a road to fear.  They see the Constitution as nothing more than a piece of paper that they can use only when it serves their purpose.  Just a talking point.  They find it American to take away freedoms and rights.

I have been here before.  Maybe some of you have too.  During the Viet Nam war, I/we were called UN-American, un-patriotic, communists and told to love it or leave it.  They even killed four in OHIO.  Their fear and hatred took over, they lost their reason, forgot the Constitution and reviled all of us.  Pathetically, after many years, these good Americans, Democrats and Republicans, began to look like us and talk like us.  We weren’t nuts any more.  Amazingly, they too were now UN-American.

It is a simple truth that when good Americans  judge people on the basis of where they come from, how they look, how they speak, what their religion is, gay or lesbian, black or white, it is terrorism.  Terrorism turns them into racists.  Good Americans see it as everyone is out to ruin the white man’s paradise.

I want my I Am UN-American t-shirt.  I intend to wear it as a badge of courage.  It is time for an “I Am UN-American’ project.

To paraphrase Eugene O’Neil from “A Moon for the Misbegotten”, ” It will be a mighty day for the poor and oppressed.”


9/11/01: Personal View From Europe

I have had reservations about posting anything about September 11, 2001.  The reservations are simple:  in the days following 9/11, we as a people came together and acted as one.  We now have become a hate machine.  Turning into the very thing, the very hatred that led to 9/11.  Still we proclaim during these “celebrations” of 9/11 our patriotism and love of country. Our flag waving.  We are idiots. This post is about an American in another country witnessing what happened on that ugly day, and how it affected me all those miles away.

It all began on an airplane crossing the pond for Greece.  I was filled with joy, even though I had just been there six months ago.  September is glorious in Greece.  It is still summer.  I arrived on September 9th.  It was a beautiful day.  I was with family in a country that was the beginning of freedom, of all things as we know them now.  Notwithstanding that, I had no illusions of how Europeans, all Europeans felt about America and Americans.  They saw, see us as the land where the streets are paved with gold, everyone is rich, but also a country and a people who imposes their will on other people of the world.  Our way or no way.  They feel this way with good reason.

On September 11th. my cousin and I met a friend for lunch.  It was really a surprise visit first to her shop in Athens, then lunch.  We left to make our way home at about 3:00 p.m. Athens time.  We got in the car and proceeded home and listened to the radio.  “There has been a terrible accident in New York City.”  I remember it like it was yesterday.  We thought train accident, the Lincoln Tunnel.  That was all they said.  We arrived home and started up the stairs.  My cousin lives in a three-story walk-up.  As we were climbing, we could hear the phone ringing, ringing and ringing.  I t would not stop.  We ran up the stairs.  My cousin answered the phone.  The friend we had lunch with told up to turn on the television.  As I did that, the second plane hit the second tower.  Our friend still trying to talk on the phone, and my cousin and I in shock.  Truth be told we did not believe it was real.

The rest of that day and for days following, the phone continuously rang.  Friends calling telling my cousin that they will take care of me and that I should not be afraid.  Amazingly, I wasn’t afraid.  My friends and family weren’t the only ones protecting me.  The Greek Government and other governments, swore that they would protect Americans.  They did just that.

We tried to live life as usual.  My cousin, friends and I were off to the British Consulate.  My cousin teaches English and needed supplies from the Consulate.  We got there on a hot, sunny day.  As we entered the building, they asked for passports or other ID.  I don’t carry any, I have never carried any.  I have had my pocket picked.  So in english I said, “That’s okay, I will wait for you outside.”  I went out the door,  lit a cigarette, and as I turned to wait, I found that the soldier, with his finger on the trigger of his ouzi or whatever weapon he was carrying that day, was standing six inches from me, protecting me.  We looked at each other but never spoke. There was no need.  We both knew what happened.  He stood next to me until my cousin came out, and then made sure I knew her.  When we walked away, he silently walked back into the consulate.  It was the first and only time I was afraid.  I say that, because I learned that day, I did not need to be afraid.  I was safe and would be defended and protected.

Yes I felt safe and protected.  That is not to say there weren’t protests and riots against America.  The U.S. Embassy was marched upon, protests in the streets of Athens and other cities.  There is no love lost among many in Greece and other European countries.  They tell you that America finally got what it deserved.  That it was God’s will for all our sins and deception.  It would be less than honest to say that America has not been all of those things.  I can say that how did we deserve this?  They will tell you remember Dresden? Remember the Junta of 1967?  Remember Cyprus?  Remember our starvation during  WWII while you did nothing?  They wonder why patriotism synonymous with hatred.  George W said, “Either you are with us or against us.”  Why must those who disagree with us be the enemy?

Make no mistake, I wanted justice.  Justice does not mean war.  Justice does not mean killing.  Justice does not mean blanket hatred of poor people, gay people, muslims, black people, the Irish, or those who oppose us.  Politics has become more important that human life.  Our superiority is our religion.  9/11 has become a money making machine. We have no Foreign policy. Only American policy.  We speak of democracy and freedom for everyone, but only if America can give it to them and of course it must be American democracy.  They laugh at our arrogance.

We are fighting two wars in two countries and call it protecting our freedom.  They won’t tell you they want justice, they want to bring criminals to justice or any such thing.  Our government tells us that we are protecting and defending our freedom.  That is pure bullsh$t.

The Europeans understand that.  They know we are playing games with their lives.  They don’t wish us death, but they want us to take responsibility.  Our government takes pride in its promotion of violence, extremism, destruction of America, and hatred.

My cousin was right many years ago.  She asked me why I was so sure that I was free and could do what ever I wanted?  Before I could answer, she told me that I wasn’t really free. Democracy in America was non-existent.  That we are trained from childhood to act and behave in a certain manner, read certain books, and to demand certain things, and that is why we think that we can do everything we want.  But in reality, we demand only what they, the government, is willing to give us.  Simple words, simple pictures manipulate the small child to be aware of what government wants, or teach the child to be a good citizen, and to teach the child to demand from government only what government is willing to give.  Is that freedom?

Ironically, 28 years ago, my cousin was right.  Look at us now.  We have allowed government to take our rights away, teach us to hate.  We can never bring democracy or freedom to the Middle East.  They have been killing each other since Abraham and Sarah.  The problem with the Middle East is that the killing is about religion.  Has always been about religion.  One sect of Islam against another sect of Islam.  It is not about freedom, democracy or human rights.  It is about religion.

Yes, I felt safe and protected in Greece and Europe.  So much more so than I do in my own country, America.

 


Ohio Diary #11: The Columbus Dispatch’s Fake News: Kasich Wants To Negotiate SB 5

First you must never trust your local newspaper or TV channel.  They will only tell you one side of the story, or as in the Columbus Dispatch story; just make it up.

I must tell you that there was a time, a very long time ago, that the Columbus Dispatch was an excellent newspaper.  They printed the facts and told it from both points of view.  Now, it seems that their political bias is more important.

All this past week, the Dispatch has been running a story of how regrettable and unfortunate it is that labor won’t sit down and try to work out a comprise on
Senate Bill 5.  Senate Bill 5 is the anti-union, anti-collective bargaining bill that has been passed, and signed by the Governor.  It is has yet to be implemented because it is to be on the November ballot to repealed.  It is a story designed to present Kasich as willing to compromise but labor as unbending and unyielding.  It is a fake.

Here is what the Dispatch Editorial said:

On Sunday, a Dispatch editorial called for proponents and opponents of Senate Bill 5 to reach a compromise that would require public employees to pay more for their health care and pensions but would strip away the bill’s provisions that aren’t related to controlling government costs.

Yesterday, sources told Dispatch reporters that informal discussions between two people affiliated with the defense of Senate Bill 5 and representatives from the Ohio Education Association and the AFL-CIO took place about six weeks ago, but labor backed away.

On Sunday the Dispatch’s editorial page said the offer came from Governor Kasich, but the news division subtly backed away and said it was two people affiliated with the defense of Senate Bill 5.  They weren’t from the Governor’s office after all.  It explains why labor wouldn’t consider talking to them.  Who were these two people negotiating?  How did the editorial board seem to know about this so-called deal before the newsroom? It is very simple…because the Dispatch essentially was one of the people representing pro-SB 5 interests at the meeting.  Mike Curtin, former Vice-Chairman of the Dispatch Printing Company and Curt Steiner, former OSU lobbyist, former Voinovich chief-of-staff pushed the “We Are Ohio” campaign on the possibility of working out a deal with Kasich to avoid having to have a referendum issue.

What could they promise to the unions?  They have no authority to negotiate a deal that requires the involvement of the GOP legislature and Kasich.  It was an attempt to make the unions and the “We Are Ohio” campaign look unreasonable.  It was an imaginary story.  All in the minds of Curtin and Steiner.

But guess what?  Kasich played along.  He held an alleged” negotiation meeting yesterday, and  no one showed up.   There sat Kasich and his aides, all of three people, and no one came.  Taking his lead from the Dispatch, he assailed the unions for refusing to negotiate a deal on SB 5.

In a letter from We Are Ohio to the Governor, they simply stated that they would not negotiate until the bill in its current form was repealed.  They urged the Governor to call the legislature back and repeal the law.

This is a publicity stunt on Kasich’s part.  He is trouble, polls show him in the toilet and sinking fast.  He has seen what has gone on in Wisconsin and is afraid as he should be.  He is a beggar.  He had a chance to meet with the unions in February, when the bill was being debated.  Kasich outright refused to meet with unions six months ago.  Kasich has said: “I’ve listened. I’ve heard. I’ve made a decision.” That was the end of it.  Until now that is.

Kasich is now the ludicrous spectacle that he deserves to be.  He was negotiating with himself.  He had help though.

Kasich’s arrogance shows through with this blatant attempt to attack unions and weaken support for the Democratic party.  He did not do this by himself. He had partisan support of members of the house and senate. They are equally responsible for being sheep and blindly following their leader down the path to destruction.

Back to the Columbus Dispatch.  The Dispatch tried to broker a deal on SB 5. Then the Dispatch follows up the editorial advocating for someone to try to attempt a deal with a news story that such an attempt as advocated by the Dispatch was tried, but labor walked away.  Not one time did they state that one of the most influential figures at the Dispatch just happens to be behind the effort to broker a deal and then the editorial lecturing labor to make such a deal.  It was all lies.  You might even call it yellow journalism.

Not since William Randolph Hearst and now Rupert Murdoch has a media outlet been more interested in making the news than reporting it.  It is more than just a story about a medial outlet having a political bias in its coverage of a story.  This is simply about a media outlet becoming the story.

This is  about a media outlet that lies about its role in creating the news and, in so doing, failing to disclose relevant evidence that puts that story in its proper context.

The truth is simple:  There was no offer from Governor Kasich.  There was an attempt by powerful people, Mike Curtin and Curt Steiner to try and avoid an issue that could cause lasting damage to the Republican Party in Ohio.  And when they, who had absolutely nothing to offer in the deal, didn’t get two labor leaders to immediately leap at the chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, they let loose the Dispatch on them.

The Dispatch just isn’t in the sewer for John Kasich.  On Sunday and all this week, they said they actually represent him in official government matters.

Newspapers were supposed to be truth tellers.  They were supposed to inform the people. They were supposed to be unbiased.  Those days are gone.

Now, they hack your tweets, listen to your phone messages, and make up news.

Shame on them.  Shame on us.

 

A special thanks to Plunderbund for part of this story.