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The News Pauper: Patience, Prudence

By W.B. Dunne

The News Pauper returns to you after a long holiday weekend doing what he does to make the bills go away; namely propping up aging rockstars or coddling new ones. The blame for the light numbers attendance-wise falls on the shoulders of the talent buyers. If the promoters of these things allowed for the slightest unorthodoxy, it would bring a fresh tinge to any event. Ive seen three decades of cover sluts and has-beens and wannabes pollute the pond of public gatherings. What amazes me is that it took so long for the rubes to figure out that they were gonna get gouged by the same promoter year after year to see the same old set of songs done by the cookie-cutter cover bands. I dont believe that there is a lack of talent or innovation, I just think that there are too many talent buyers that have been too lazy to develop relationships with real talent that makes people talk for days about what they saw. The question remains, how will we regain the trust of the entertainment-starved masses?

It is good to get away from the realities of the current hoodoo over the presidents speech to the children of our nation. Honestly, there is a concerted effort to react negatively to every last move the president makes by the same cadre that gives us Birthers, Deathers, and Teabaggers. As I have stated in the past, it is a joy to watch the political jujitsu employed by the brilliant Obama. I am not among those who think that the president is failing in his strategy. Those that are already, in eight months, throwing up their arms in disgust over what they perceive to be shortcomings are not taking into account the true seriousness of our situation. We have just emerged from eight years of the worst threat we have ever faced as a nation. It will take generations to recover from the damage our America has sustained at the hands of those that continue to operate freely as we speak.

Anyone who has been exposed to a toddler in frenzy knows that the tempest will soon pass. It is the only analogy I can make for the holdouts on the right that Fox News spends so much effort to sensationalize. The epitome of the squeaky wheels, Glenn Beck, apparently in his last throes, if you will, claimed the head of Van Jones and the left is claiming that Glenn has the ear of the president and they dont. People dont see too far in front of their faces if they cant see that Color of Change isnt going away. Glenns show is losing real sponsors and no business that relies on its’ income can ignore the loss of revenue.

So, I congratulate Obama on letting the tyrannical toddlers exhaust themselves over the summer. Well see how Van Jones makes out in the private sector, as we will surely see Glenn Becks demise. We all must bear in mind at all times that the ship of state maneuvers slowly. It helps to remember that even the most virulent nutter doesnt ever mention the name of the last president, and Karl Rove claimed in his WSJ column that Obama is in deep doo-doo. We all know how great he is at predicting things, now dont we?

Email the author at WBDunne@ltsaloon.org

2009 W.B. Dunne. All Rights Reserved.

Republicans Play Grown-Up?

“Republicans, Let’s Play Grown-Up”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ Online, May 30, 2009.

“Mancow’s ‘Waterboarding’ Was Completely Fake”
John Cook, Gawker, May 29, 2009.

“Olbermann and Mancow Knock Down Waterboarding Hoax Allegation”
Jason Easley, Politicsusa.com, May 29, 2009.

The Tattlesnake Six Neocon Whoppers: Myth, Truth and Proof Edition

The Dirty Half-Dozen: Exposing Some Recent Right-Wing Fairy Tales and Deceptions

1. Myth: Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation media possessions, The Wall Street Journal and Fox News, are the only national media outlets making money and increasing audience right now. Truth: Murdoch’s News Corp. is losing money hand over fist, $6.4 billion in the last two quarters, and cutting staff as the circulation of the WSJ and ratings for Fox News decline. Proof: Here’s an excerpt from an AP report:

“News Corp., the global media giant controlled by Rupert Murdoch, said Thursday it lost $6.4 billion in its most recent quarter because of a massive write-down in the value of its assets.

“The New York-based company, which owns The Wall Street Journal and the Fox broadcast network, also forecast a 30 percent drop in operating profits for the fiscal year to June from a year ago, when it earned $5.13 billion.” […]

“News Corp. also said it had cut 800 positions across its Fox properties, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio, in moves that it expected to save $400 million a year. The Wall Street Journal said Thursday it is cutting about two dozen newsroom positions.”
— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, “News Corp. loses $6.4 billion in 2Q,” Feb. 5, 2009.

2. Myth: “Government jobs don’t stimulate the economy.” Recently Sen. Tom Coburn (R-NotOK) was promoting this bit of balderdash on MSNBC, but I’ve heard and read it elsewhere in the right-wing media as well. Truth: This is nonsense from the days of Herbert Hoover. Proof: Under Franklin D. Roosevelt such government employment programs as the WPA and CCC reduced unemployment dramatically during the Great Depression and improved the economy, as much as many neocon economists are desperately trying to rewrite history to reflect the opposite. Just like everyone else, government employees pay taxes and buy things houses, cars, food, clothes and appliances — that stimulate the economy.

3. Myth: Rush Limbaugh never actually said about President Obama, “I hope he fails.” Truth: Yes, he did and I heard it. Proof: Here’s the audio clip. He plainly says he was asked for quote about Obama and replied, “I hope he fails.”

4. Myth: “Tax cuts are the best way to improve the economy.” Truth: No, they aren’t. Proof: The last eight years of tax cuts under Bush.

5. Myth: “Free market capitalism will regulate itself.” Truth: You’re crazy. It’s like saying a basket of vipers will regulate itself into a litter of puppies. Proof: The economic collapse engendered by the ‘hands-off’ policies of Bush as well as bankers, Wall Street, automakers and other large corporations begging for bailouts to avoid bankruptcy. Then there’s Bernie Madoff, Enron, and all of the other members of the Corrupt Bastards Club, with the latest outrageous entry being the Peanut Corporation of America, who knowingly sold salmonella-tainted nuts to poor kids enrolled in school free-lunch programs while Bush’s FDA inspectors slept on the job. (Maybe they should have tried cake instead.)

6. Myth: “Bill O’Reilly and Fox News never really got anything wrong.” Truth: Yes, they have, and the list is as long as your arm. Proof: Here are some highlights and a link:

Reviewing the accuracy of Fox News and O’Reilly over the past eight years:

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