The Mainstream Lapdogs Have Probably Already Written Their Stories About the First Debate on Wednesday

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The first presidential debate is two days away and  is dominating the headlines, the talking heads blabbering incessantly about who will win, how will the debate compare to past performances, what will be asked, what will the candidates wear, blah, blah, blah.

I, however, am wondering just why all the the conjecture?  Odds are those set to report on Wednesday’s event already have their stories written, in the can, set to print, the TV people perhaps having already even taped their reports.  We all know what to expect, don’t we?  Headline:  “Obama wins first debate by a landslide!  The election is over.”  Of course he does.  And of course it is.  But that will be only the beginning.  The stories will tell of a man, a president, who offers up a debate performance unmatched by any ever recorded, his oratory skills exceeding those of the likes of Clarence Darrow, Socrates, Aristotle…again, any human in any age of history.

And the questions?  Why wonder about those either?   Simply look to the past when Obama was asked, “What enchants you?”  Since that has already been answered, I would imagine we can expect from yet another of one of the interchangeable slobbering “moderators” the following”:  “President Obama, you have been a gift to this nation like no other.  On this day, I then am most humbled, most honored, most privileged to ask you, what is your favorite color?”

And for Governor Romney:  “So why did you kill that guy’s wife?”

A word of caution to those reporting on this show, just be careful not to release their stories before 8:55 pm, EST, Wednesday.  Or, better yet, go ahead.  Release them today.  We won’t mind.


Update: A Shameless Obama Jokes About the Taste of Pitbull

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Two days ago, I commented here, in regard to Barack Obama’s experience eating dog meat as a child, that this illustrates perfectly this president’s lack of understanding of America and her people.

Well, last night at the White House Correspondents Dinner in D.C., a slobbering display where mainstream media lapdogs and Hollywood hacks assemble to bow en masse to their dear leader, Obama decided to fortify my take on the true significance of his culinary adventures in canine by peppering his stand-up comedy act with a joke about his familiarity with the taste of pitbull.

The fact that Obama chose to boast about this event in the first place was bad enough, but now to joke about it….he just does not get it.  Never has, never will.  And his audience of simpering minions, many of them Hollywood types who beg the masses for donations to animal-welfare organizations they supposedly support, they did the man’s bidding, laughing on cue, clapping on cue, anything to rescue their dear leader from the jaws of embarrassment.  Those minions have worked mightily for years to cover for him —  no matter the troubling nugget leaked from his mysterious past, no matter the gaffe uttered into a hot microphone  —  and they obeyed once more last night in lockstep obedience.  As for me?  I’m not laughing.  Never have.  Never will.

No Surprises in Obama’s Reelection Bid

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On April 4th, Barack Obama announced his intention to seek reelection for 2012, after having done nothing but campaign since he took office back in January of 2010. Indeed traveling the world in high style making canned teleprompted speeches is all the man knows how to do – that and voting “present,” apologizing for America, fraternizing with radicals, dismantling America’s economy, punishing business and taxpayers, and golfing. Now he makes official his “hope” that America will keep him on the dole, ensuring that he and his wife continue to live in the style to which they have become accustomed while he carries out his mission to transform our country into the banana republic of his dreams.

And wouldn’t you know it, the very day he declares his reelection ambitions, the Obama Justice Department announces that it will prosecute accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed via military tribunal after all, scrapping the explosive plan to provide him a civil trial in New York City with all the rights and privileges of an American citizen. Ahh, the perfect plan to convince the masses that he, Obama, is a true warrior and patriot after all. We masses couldn’t possibly see through this shameless exploitation of 9/11, its victims and its victims’ families, the ideal tools for the furthering of a man’s political luxury-lifestyle agenda.

Hoping to fill his campaign coffers with upwards of $1 billion, Obama and his handlers knew they had to start early to get the network in place. His announcement sends the minions the message to get out there and start registering voters, ramp up the slobbering media coverage, and protect Obamacare at all costs.

Wasting not a moment himself, the president has planned a “town hall” at Facebook in the San Francisco Bay Area, his brain trust no doubt believing this will click with all the young whippersnappers who find Facebook so very cool.  The team probably figures, as well, that Facebook and a friendly relationship with its top tier (who may not have contemplated the potential consequences of this alliance to their brand), will play key roles in the Internet arm of the campaign.

What this American is hoping is that such tactics used so confidently the first time around will fall flat in a more somber, sadder, more jaded Obama America, an America that will not tolerate a so-called mainstream media that fails to investigate the origins and legality of campaign contributions, that ignores threatening behavior by administration-sanctioned thugs at town halls and polling places, and that vets only those candidates with the audacity to run against their immortal beloved. Meanwhile, said beloved, with his early campaign launch, will be spending a fair amount of time running against, oh, maybe George W. Certainly the Tea Party. Probably a plumber or two, a doctor, and the Chamber or Commerce. And perhaps. . .insert theme from Jaws. . . the real reason he launched early: Hillary.

Feeling nauseous in the wake of Obama’s announcement and the televised commentary that followed, I hit the channel button to escape and landed on HBO, which at that moment was airing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. At that very moment, Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore was uttering a favorite passage that I have noted here before, warning his school that “every day, every hour, this very minute perhaps, dark forces attempt to penetrate this castle’s walls.” Yes they do, Professor.  And we the people are left to decide. Will we resist those evil forces and their designs on our nation, or will we, as George Washington warned, instead “be led, like sheep, to the slaughter?” We’ll just have to see, won’t we?

Watching Them Squirm – Part 2

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November 18, 2009 | Comments
I caught Andrea Mitchell and that morning blond on MSNBC this morning. Their subject: Sarah Palin, of course.

They did seem to give it their best effort, and that couldn’t have been easy for them. Surrounded by their male cronies who, wisely, remained pretty quiet, they fought through the twin sneers on their faces, spitting and choking out words that said in effect that yeah, she is selling a bunch of books and yeah, lots of people are lining up to see her, and…yeah…yeah…okay…whatever. Though it seemed elephants were standing on their chests, they did get the words out eventually. Gotta give them credit for that.

But I won’t give them credit for their overall coverage. When they weren’t showing us the people, sometimes thousands of people, lined up to see Sarah and/or buy her book, they turned their cameras on regular people among them who unabashedly gushed that they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the book and read it (because yes, regular people do know how to read, ladies).

On its face, this coverage seemed innocent enough, but we are far too familiar with the sensibilities of those behind that coverage (“consider the source”), revealed in their arrogant commentator smirks. Once again they came at it hobbled by a severe misunderstanding of the regular oh-so-pathetic-and-inferior American people out here, who, frankly, probably weren’t watching them anyway. And again they underestimate us. What they don’t understand, is that when they laugh at Sarah and cackle about her intellect or lack thereof, when they roll their eyes in response to an effusive older woman buying the book in Alaska, or an ebullient gentleman doing the same in Michigan – we know they are actually laughing at us.

 And we don’t really care for that.

While these women — and the men who are afraid not to agree with them — sneer and spit and spin within the confines of their insulated studios, the regular people of America are sending Sarah’s book through the stratosphere in sales and attention. Indeed as we have witnessed since Sarah Palin’s name was introduced as a VP Candidate in 2008, she has clearly driven them insane.

And Sarah just smiles. Unlike shrill Hill, who would spit and cry and screech in the face of adversity (much of it self-made by either herself or her husband), Sarah grins and says bring it on. She is secure in what she believes, she is genuine in her love for America and her people, and she knows that those people, the regular people, won’t be manipulated by threats and tears and talk of doom and gloom.

And that is why the left is running scared. As Shakespeare wrote, “Methinks thou doth protest too much.” Four centuries later, we are witnessing a left wing living those words, telling us with their ear-splitting howls of protest just how terrified they are of Sarah — and, perhaps, by extension, of us.

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Watching Them Squirm – Part 1

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November 18, 2009 | Comments

I have always been a comedy nerd, from Lucy to SNL (classic not current) to SCTV to Seinfeld and Curb to live stand-up….you get the drill.  And I have to say that what we are witnessing right now in the reaction of the democratic party and the non-Fox media to the release of Sarah Palin’s book is just about as hilarious as it gets.

Every mention of the word “Sarah,” every glimpse of her image, and they seize up, their eyes bulge, their voices rise to a shriek that makes our ears bleed, and they spin off their chairs like Tasmanian devils. Poor things. They can’t help it, I guess. They have no control over what is a completely involuntary response.

When they finally run out of energy and come down for a landing, panting and sweating and exhausted, they resort to calling her names. She’s a joke. She’s a bimbo. She’s a nobody. She’s a has-been. Yeah, right. Keep telling yourselves that, and maybe it will come true – or at least maybe you’ll convince yourselves of it. Maybe you’ll even get a Sarah of your own someday, but I doubt it.

Just turn on your TV or pick up a paper and you’ll see it. I thought the right’s reaction to Hillary was heated (mine included), but we’ve never seen anything like this. Mass hysteria, is what it is. And they’re not even trying to hide it.

Inspired by the high-falutin’ journalistic precedent set by Wolf Blitzer a few weeks back when he fact-checked a once-in-a-lifetime Obama-negative sketch on Saturday Night Live, the Associated Press enlisted 11 reporters to fact-check Sarah’s book. They found a typo or two and a couple passages easily presented out of context. Time and money well spent on their part. Of course they never bothered with such journalistic nuisances when it came time to vet a presidential candidate from Chicago, but this is far more important.

Newsweek took a stab at premeditated reaction, too, featuring Sarah on its cover with a shot taken of her for a running magazine. Sorry, guys. This lame effort not only degrades your own already-endangered publication, it is a stark and obvious (not to mention pathetic) cry from Time’s and Newsweek’s habit of portraying the President on their covers as a messiah, sometimes with a halo, or at least bathed in a heavenly glow. But then, he is the President that they, like the Associated Press, never bothered to vet.

So let’s wonder for a moment, why all the conniptions over Sarah. Why the magazine covers. Why the Tasmanian spins. Why the spit and fire and screeches. She’s not the President. She’s not the Vice President. She’s not an elected official at all anymore. She’s just some woman that once ran for Vice President and didn’t win. Like Geraldine Ferraro. A former Governor. A mom (a GrizzlyMom). She wrote a book and talked about her life, her family and her experiences, like so many before her have done.

But for the left, she is the most dangerous woman in America.

Acknowledging this, and apparently following the Newsweek school of pathetic journalism, MSNBC raided the been-there/done-that vault and splattered the images of a gun-toting Sarah in a bikini to their tiny audience. Of course we all saw those shots a year ago, and we all know that they were doctored with Photoshop. MSNBC says now that they forgot that. Or, in another account, it was some staffer’s fault. And they’re sorry. Yeah, okay. You didn’t know. You forgot. Thanks for your contribution to the hilarity.

Keep it coming. I’m always up for a good laugh.

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Life in the Birdcage

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September 15, 2009 | Comments

Back in the day I was a staff writer for several well-known national pet care magazines in Southern California. A dog and horse person myself, I always found it amusing that a bird owner could place a towel or blanket over a pet bird’s cage, and Tweetie would automatically assume it must be nighttime, time for bed, good night.

Well, sorry to say it looks like there are some rather influential folks out there right now who are mistaking we the American people for pet birds living happily and blindly in a cage, assuming that they can simply throw a blanket over our cage, and we will doze off, no questions asked.

I’m talking here about what I once called the mainstream media – NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, etal – until the great Bernie Goldberg, media critic extraordinaire and author of “A Slobbering Love Affair,” reminded us all that it’s time to stop calling these outlets “mainstream,” because they are anything but. Here, here, Mr. Goldberg. I couldn’t agree more. But whatever we might call them, they are throwing a blanket over the cage, assuming that if they ignore certain incendiary stories, then we the people, their alleged audience, we will just obey their obvious superiority and assume as they mandate that these stories are not just inconsequential, but downright non-existent.

Cases in point: the Van Jones “czar” dismissal (following a steady stream of videos documenting the man’s racism and his avowed communism); the two heroic kids taking down Acorn even as we speak by proving the organization will support prostitution, tax evasion and the human trafficking of underage girls; and, of course, coverage of the massive turnout on September 12th of people of all parties, colors and ages who marched on Washington to protest the hijacking of the United States government, the American Dream and the American bank account.

Look to the formerly mainstream media for news on these events and, if you don’t hear the outright chirping of crickets, you’ll find a downplay of the events and shameless derision of the American people. You just have to wonder if the nation’s formerly illustrious journalism schools (Columbia? Northwestern? Where are you?)  – are actually teaching this birdcage technique in class: Ignore the story and the masses will fall in line behind our agenda. Huh? Agenda? Ignoring major news stories? Whatever happened to who, what, when, where and why?

Because I don’t happen to live in a birdcage and thus don’t believe that a blanket means bedtime, I easily located actual footage and images of the march on Washington elsewhere. As did plenty of other Americans, as the formerly mainstream media ratings can attest. And given those images, despite what one so-called journalist was reporting on one of those formerly mainstream sites, I didn’t for a moment believe his statement that only about 1,000 people had shown up on Pennsylvania Avenue (to her credit, neither did the anchor to whom he reported this ridiculous estimate). I also saw the people who attended – those same regular people who showed up for August’s town halls. I heard them speak, saw their signs, witnessed their genuine love of country. Sorry formerly mainstreamers, your agenda reporting….just not worthy of our attention or our time, let alone our belief. I just wish you would present material more worthy of your own vocation, your own training, your own classic traditions that used to mean something.

If we are currently enmeshed in a world where our government sadly misunderstands and dismisses the American people, the same can and should be said of the media to whom these same Americans once looked for news and information. I don’t know when and why it happened, but they have consciously turned their responsibilities over to the likes of 20-something film-school activists who are doing the necessary investigations, and for all the right reasons. Meanwhile the formerly mainstreamers spend their time promoting and covering for a left-wing government intent on destroying the very Americans they hope to see pick up a daily paper or turn on channel 2 or 4 every night at 6:00. What are they thinking?

I suppose the only answer is that there are some backroom meetings going on where government representatives are meeting with these so-called journalists, promising them that if they help further the agenda of an administration they never vetted, they will reap that administration’s ultimate rewards: solid gold health care for life; managerial positions in the Bureau of Propaganda, private-jet travel on demand, a fleet of SUVs in the garage, and an endless supply of Kobe beef and high-fructose corn syrup. Like I said: the only possible answer.

What the formerly mainstreamers don’t understand is that we in the perceived birdcage, we have access both to large-screen TVs and computers in the birdcage – copies of the Constitution are in there, too, by the way — and no towel, no blanket in the world can block those out. We resident birds have made that abundantly clear. Sorry to burst your bubble, formerly mainstreamers. With or without the blanket, as the great Ronald Reagan said back in better days, “It’s morning in America.” And we don’t intend to sleep in.

Betsy Siino | Comments