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Showing posts with label Business Insider. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Trump's Border Wall (Santorum Reaches Back To Obama)

Do you recall Santorum going there in the midst of his fail 2012 Presidential primary run? After terminating a few right-wing talking heads CNN came around to hiring the far less than credible former US Senator to provide comment from the Right even when such comment verges on out-of-this-world demagoguery.

CNN efforts to milk coverage of Trump's false issues regarding the US southern border for another visit with "BLAH" People Santorum. When asked about support for Trump's border wall or lack thereof, Santorum launched into a tirade and factless set of commentary as icing (on the cake) via the charge against the Obama Administration. 

While we recognize Santorum fills a role of conservative punching bag for CNN's viewers, we often fail to recognize Santorum also fills a role for Trump. He is a non-credible right-wing (far right) taking head who serves his dual role very well. Santorum peppers CNN conservative viewers with inane and ridiculous orator while sitting as a punching bag for rational arguments from CNN hosts and Left-wing guests. 

Watch what follows.
If you are not a conservative who refuses to accept the reality of Obama fiscal and economic policy, you might believe Santorum's demagoguery. Santorum knows better; in fact, he knows this...

Days before the nation's 44th President left office Business Insider published 10 charts which captured the reality of eight years of Obama economic policy.  

January 2017

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Job Growth 75 Months
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Stock Market
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Seven additional charts are linked via the Business Insider link above.
The Business Insider charts also offer visual proof any claims by the Trump White House of total responsibility for the US economy post the fourth quarter of this year is a "win" for Trump Policy is both shameful and ridiculous. Shameful in its utter disregard for people who actually listen to Trump and his cabal. Ridiculous regarding the level such claims are filled with outright lies and easily refutable. 
Santorum is what he is: a right-wing talking head who garners hundreds of thousand dollars spewing oratory and comment for America's right.  While we understand the CNN business model; we do not see the value in one-sided social and political comment (Left or Right), we wonder about the usefulness and quietly of CNN's staging right-wing hacks to fill airtime.
Let's close on a revealing note. What about this?
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Santorum and now federally charged Russian Operative Butina


Friday, September 21, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: The Manifestations, The Behavior And The Unbelievable

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A US President laments not firing FBI Director James Comey after he won the GOP Primaries and about the time of the RNC Convention. Problem; he wasn't even a president-elect at that time. He most assuredly was serving in the Oval Office. How could he allow his brain to move such an idiot thought to his mouth and out to the public? 

During an interview with Hill.TV, Trump spoke openly and unabashedly in a manner which should incite cause for concern among rational Americans. We have posted a link to a Business Insider report on the matter, here.
"If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries," Trump told the Hill. "I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don't want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don't want him there when I get there." 
Trump also mentioned that he is ordering the declassification of documents related to the Russia probe because exposing it as a partisan "hoax" would be a "crowning achievement" of his presidency.

"I hope to be able to call this, along with tax cuts and regulation and all the things I've done … in its own way this might be the most important thing because this was corrupt," he added to the Hill.
He went on to say that his own FBI is working against him and trying to undermine his presidency. 
"What we have now is an insurance policy," the Trump told the Hill. "But it has been totally discredited, even Democrats agree that it has been discredited. They are not going to admit to it, but it has been totally discredited. I think, frankly, more so by text than by documents."
The nation's 45th President continues to show sign of a level of instability which is not only un-presidential, he behaves like a man hiding something. While appearing off the mark or off topic just a bit it is important to remember Trump's hasn't once visited our troops in a war zone.  

Yes, I digressed.

Let's take a look and read about Trump's visit to the North Carolina post- Florence floods with a death now (as of last night) at 41 dead. Did I mention "presidential" in a paragraph above?


Have you seen anything like this since the first Halloween (series) movie? We have a model for the US Presidency. Yes, there is such a dynamic as appearing presidential.

From "nice boat in their backyard" to the most eloquent statement regarding weather catastrophe ever. What follows is a matter of intellect. The matter goes far beyond Trump. It reaches the intellect of people who can listen to Trump's daily oral oozing and believe or accept his words as that of a true leader. 

Another angle......

Another angle...

Regardless of the angle, the view is unbelievable and historically embarrassing (while dangerous).


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: America...Kids In Cages

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The United States is a nation of immigrants back as far as the late 1400s. White immigrants invaded the land of native non-white people, eventually practiced a policy of Manifest Destiny (literal genocide accompanied by land grabbing for East to West), forced slave immigration of Africans, and all while promulgating a policy of modern-day colonialism through-out its history. 

During World War II the Federal government interned Japanese citizens who lived on the West Coast in internment camps.

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Approximately one month ago Jeff Sessions and Trump's chief Whtie House enforcer appeared publicly to speak about a new policy of separating refugee (immigrant if you prefer) Children for their parents. The practice is active and disgusting even as refugees present themselves on the southern border in accordance with current guidelines.  


Kelly on NPR

When asked about the policy and practice as cruel, Kelly responded well outside the realm of past American psyche and policy.
Excerpt (Business Insider)

"I wouldn't put it quite that way," Kelly said. "The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long."

In the interview, Kelly also acknowledged that most immigrants who cross the border illegally are neither criminals nor members of the MS-13 street gang. He added that he sympathized with their reasons for attempting to come to the US but that he believed they wouldn't "easily assimilate into the United States."
"They're overwhelmingly rural people," Kelly said. "In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don't speak English — obviously that's a big thing. They don't speak English. They don't integrate well. They don't have skills."
When Trump chose John Keely, former four-star Marine General, as Chief of Staff, did you deceived yourself in it believing he would usher-in even modicum of decency to the White House. If you believed such, you was naive to the point of dagerous. Kelly would have to pass a litmus test (quite a few) and his inner core seems to well fit Trump's Paleozoic Era regressivism (and other associated "isms"). I will also suggest you have never served in the US military.

And that leads to this.... 

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Waiting to be taken from their parents or take and caged like an animal.  

If you were aware of such images from a country in Europe which practices caging immgrants from a white nation, do you think you might find the practice abhorrent? I serioulsy hope your first thought was "yes, it is disguting". As I frequently state, if you do not find the pracitce abhrorrent and well outside waht we once knew as Americana consider clinking off this page.

Here is more from last night's MSNBC, ALL- IN With Chris Hayes.

Trump ad Trumpism is a major problem for humankind. we as a nation are already on a path to irreversible horrors (socially, economically and internationally), Humankind suffers when America suffers.

America is suffering like never before in US History.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Navy Seal Dead, 3 Seals Wounded, 8 Yr Old American Child Killed

Let's hope the Trump Administration does a much better job of protecting the lives of our military troops. Especially special operation troops who rely on the utmost of planning and execution.

The first such mission under Trump failed as miserably as his handling of his comments bout Black History Month.

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Business Insider and other media are reporting on the failed raid with varying degrees of focus. Some media are focusing on Trump's "surprise" visit at the body transfer while other media are offering more in-depth reporting including the reality of causalities including women and an 8-year-old child. AOL published a report on the raid which was first published as an NBC News report.

Business Insider excerpt: 
US military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations. 
As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced Al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger-than-expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists. (read mor elinked above via "Bsiness Insider")
AOL excerpt:
Contrary to earlier reporting, the senior military official said, the raid was Trump's first clandestine strike — not a holdover mission approved by President Barack Obama. The mission involved "boots on the ground" at an al Qaeda camp near al Bayda in south central Yemen, the official said. 
"Almost everything went wrong," the official said. (read more linked above via "AOL")
Occupy Democrats also published a social media piece worth a few minutes of reading time.
Now, U.S. military officials are pointing fingers – and responsibility lies with President Trump. Our ignorant showboat of a President “approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations” according to Reuters. “As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists. One of the three U.S. officials said on-the-ground surveillance of the compound was ‘minimal, at best.‘” 
It is also revealed that the proposed raid had been presented before ex-President Obama, who had refused to give the green light due to operational reasons – meaning he wasn’t comfortable with the level of tactical information available on the target and the defenses. It goes to show how seriously President Obama took every decision of this magnitude, and how cavalier Trump was with the lives of our servicemen and women. (Read more linked above)
The Daily Kos also reports Trump may not have even joined in viewing the raid in the Situation Room.
Talking Points Memo added to the reporting via comment the Pentagon is pointing the finger squarely at the newly elected carnival barker.

Of course, The New York Daily News lays out the Trump failure as one would expect the from The Daily News: KING: Donald Trump just got people needlessly killed in military raid.

Steve Bannon's Breitbart News reported on the raid without any reference to from President Obama's administration while other media have falsely reported the raid was an Obama leftover. Breitbart accurately reported that CNN wrongly reported the raid left no civilian casualties. CNN is a sad relic of a once credible news source. The raid firefight resulted in the killing of women (some of whom may have taken up arms) as well as the 8-year-old (American born) daughter of a former terror preacher Nawar al-Awlaki.

We have to ask. Does the failed missions and reports of inadequate planning based on a lack of accurate INTEL surprise anyone, as we view the Trump Administration? 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Emotional Intelligence: Little Understood And Undervalued

I often speak of Emotional intelligence in human beings. If people would better rampage their psyches via better understanding and control of emotions we would live in a much better place.

After the infographic and verbiage, I offer the perfect example of one who should work to better control his emotions. If the person takes to Twitter, post a tweet and shortly thereafter deleted the tweet, the person succumbed to a state of soiled emotions and acted-out. 

Emotional Intelligence Isn't Being Nice To People

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is not a means to manipulation. Emotional Intelligence is a key for its user to create positive movement in the work force, at home, and just about anywhere else one might find interaction. EI is characterized by the awareness, control, and expression of one’s emotions while simultaneously acting in a judicial and empathetic manner towards others. 
In this infographic created by Business Insider, the reader will find 4 components of emotional intelligence: perceiving emotion, using emotions to help one think, understanding emotions, and managing emotions.

One must first have the capacity to be aware of themselves. Regardless of the severity of the current situation, one must be able to put themselves on pause, understand what they are feeling, and then act. Psychologist Dana Joseph tells us in this infographic that emotions are the breadcrumbs we can use to find what is truly important in the matter. You must take yourself and the other person into account to determine the cause and effect of the emotions being evaluated. Most importantly if one can manage emotions, one can effectively manage themselves and others. 
We don’t live in a vacuum. We can all benefit from strengthening our EI. Granted some professions lay in the fields where it would be most useful understanding people. If you feel like you are lacking, remember that practice makes perfect and that time is on your side. Emotional Intelligence will help you control yourself and your life–just don’t use it to control others.
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David Frum attacked Serena Williams for being a champion!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Reflections On Caution About The First Iraq War

Reflections on an issue of national importance.  

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As we relive circumstances resultant from George W. Bush's desire to perpetrate war against Saddam Hussein, we are again facing intervention into Iraq. A potential intervention that should only exist as a bad dream the minds of Americas. Yet, it is reality, it is ever-present, and it is a reverse nation killer.  We are about to follow the urging of people who literally love the prospect of war as if eagerly anticipating a Fourth of July fireworks show.  

American jingoists from the Right and accommodating Democrats simply cannot seems to exorcise thirst for war form the US psyche. From wanton slaughter of First Nation Native North-Americans through relishing George W. Bush's Iraq "Mission Accomplished," we seem to seek opportunity for war like the neighborhood kid who is best at the game of marbles. The Dreaded Marble bully!  

The war mongers have no regard for the reality of the Iraq War. In addition to a lose of international decency and GOP war policy that literally helped to rob the middle class of 80% of our wealth, we experienced other more tangible cost that were far to great a sacrifice.  

Business Insider published a piece this morning with glaring delineation of the cost of Bush's war. Once you navigate to the piece via this link, you will notice Insider focused on direct cost of the war. as stated above, the piece doesn't reach into violation international law, the outing of a CIA Agent via Karl Dick Cheney;s stooge Scooter Libby, nor does the piece tell of damage to the US and world economies. Yet, the Insider piece is brilliant in its author's close. After reviewing a long and detailed list, the reader comes to this:

"0: Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction found (though a bunch of chems were discovered)"

As part of our credo to "Never forget the past as guard against reliving it," we think it important to visit with three relevant communication marks in Iraq War History. Critical marks as we contemplate potential for following jingoist back into Iraq.

Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Hardball

.....looking back and lessons learned from one who spoke out. 

Illinois State Senator Barack Obama during the 2002 run-up to the US charge from Afghanistan to Iraq.

.......looking back and lessons learned from one who spoke out.
  Obama's Speech Against The Iraq War    

My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain. I don't oppose all wars.                                                                                       
After Sept. 11, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration's pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don't oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne. What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That's what I'm opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He's a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him. 

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history. I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaida. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars. 

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's finish the fight with bin Laden and al-Qaida, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings. You want a fight, President Bush?

Let's fight to make sure that the U.N. inspectors can do their work, and that we vigorously enforce a non-proliferation treaty, and that former enemies and current allies like Russia safeguard and ultimately eliminate their stores of nuclear material, and that nations like Pakistan and India never use the terrible weapons already in their possession, and that the arms merchants in our own country stop feeding the countless wars that rage across the globe. You want a fight, President Bush? 

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells. You want a fight, President Bush? Let's fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesn't simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil. 

Those are the battles that we need to fight. Those are the battles that we willingly join. The battles against ignorance and intolerance. Corruption and greed. Poverty and despair. The consequences of war are dire, the sacrifices immeasurable. We may have occasion in our lifetime to once again rise up in defense of our freedom, and pay the wages of war. But we ought not — we will not — travel down that hellish path blindly. Nor should we allow those who would march off and pay the ultimate sacrifice, who would prove the full measure of devotion with their blood, to make such an awful sacrifice in vain.

As the nation succumbed to Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/ Rice/Tenet and Powell WMD subterfuge, Fox News broadcast a less than 2:00 minute segment with a guest who has come to be a friend of The Progressive Influence and Facebook Friend; Walter FieldsCEO and Executive Editor NorthStar News.

.....looking back and lessons learned from one who spoke out. 

America should be careful about those who long for war.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattala Captured: Alleged Benghazi Attack Leader (Image and Video)

US captures suspect in Benghazi attacks

Alleged suspect in attack on US consulate in Benghazi has been captured. 

Multiple media are reporting President Obama gave the "go ahead" to move on Ahmed Abu Khattala last Friday. he was capture by US Special Ops and FBI operatives on Sunday.

Khattala is currently on a one was 'cruise' via the US Navy back to the United States. 

Khattala has been reported to living a care free and unconcerned existence in Libya while for time to time claiming no operational involvement in the consulate attack. In August to 2013 he agreed to and sat for an interview with CNN correspondent Arwa Darmon.

Business Insider is reporting with as much detail as we can locate over the past hour. Fox News also appears to have detailed information related to the capture. We can only hope the Fox News information is accurate. Rest assured we will update the story as the day progresses.
UPDATE:  MSNBC's Politics Nation with the image of the capture Benghazi attack leader. We have also linked and embed  the associated news segment.

BBC short BIO:

Ahmed Abu Khattala
• Native of Benghazi in eastern Libya
• Construction worker by trade
• Spent several years in Col Muammar Gaddafi's notorious Abu Salim prison in Tripoli
• Formed his own small militia during the anti-Gaddafi uprising
• Denies any links to al-Qaeda but has expressed admiration for it
• Also denies any role in the attack on the US embassy in 2012, but eyewitnesses report him being there
• US state department says he is a senior leader in Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Christe Spokesperson Attacks MSNBC And O'Donnell's Faux Commercial

Chris Christe via his spokesperson is fighting back against MSNBC's coverage of the "Bridge-gate" Scandal.  We find it truly amazing the "tough guy" governor simply will not take his "medicine" vs. throwing futile punches at MSNBC.  The network essentially has the bully governor dead-on and it appears far more investigative legal commissions are coming together  to ferret-out the truth.  

While all MSNBC evening show hosts are reporting on the governor's scandal, The governor's spokesperson has lashed out at Lawrence O'Donnell. Steve Kornacki and Rachel Maddow have broadcast far more detailed "Bridgegate" segments; O'Donnell dared to exercise development of a creative faux campaign ad with (presidential candidate) Christe as its campaign focus. Christe's spokesman Colin Reed called the ad "weird."

O'Donnell's ad appears in the first 45 seconds of the following video.

Business Insider writer Brett Loguirato published a piece that seriously reminds of Nixon Administration efforts to deflect from the Watergate cover-up. Reed refers to MSNBC's coverage "partisan" reporting. We at the TPI wonder about Reed's characterization of networks which are not covering the "Bridgegate" Scandal.  Of course, to think in such a manner is tantamount to Bill Cosby's famous quip, "Why is there air?"

The full Reed statement via the Business Insider......

"MSNBC is a partisan network that has been openly hostile to Governor Christie and almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him, even taking the unprecedented step of producing and airing a nearly three-minute attack ad against him this week. Governor Christie and his entire administration have been helping Hoboken get the help they need after Sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million dollars in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the Obama Administration approves the next rounds of funding. The Governor and Mayor Zimmer have had a productive relationship, with Mayor Zimmer even recently saying she’s ‘very glad’ he’s been our Governor. It’s very clear partisan politics are at play here as Democratic mayors with a political axe to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television."
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Nixon's attack on "the media" struck a similar tone and practice.

WIKI ...Watergate Scandal

Role of the media
The connection between the break-in and the re-election committee was highlighted by media coverage — in particular, investigative coverage by The Washington Post, Time, and The New York Times The coverage dramatically increased publicity and consequent political repercussions. Relying heavily upon anonymous sources, Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein  uncovered information suggesting that knowledge of the break-in, and attempts to cover it up, led deeply into the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and the White House.
Chief among the Post's anonymous sources was an individual whom Woodward and Bernstein had nicknamed Deep Throat; 33 years later, in 2005, he was confirmed to be William Mark Felt, Sr., the former deputy director of the FBI. Felt met secretly with Woodward, telling him of Howard Hunt’s involvement with the Watergate break-in, and that the White House staff regarded the stakes in Watergate extremely high. Felt warned Woodward that the FBI wanted to know where he and other reporters were getting their information, as they were uncovering a wider web of crimes than first disclosed. In one of their last meetings, all of which took place at an underground parking garage somewhere in Rosslyn, Virginia at 2:00 am, Felt cautioned Woodward that he might be followed and not to trust their phone conversations to be secure. Felt also planted leaks about Watergate to Time magazine, the Washington Daily News and other publications.[14]  
During this early period, most of the media failed to grasp the full implications of the scandal, and concentrated reporting on other topics related to the 1972 presidential election.[15] After the revelation that one of the convicted burglars wrote to Judge Sirica alleging a high-level coverup, the media shifted its focus. Time magazine described Nixon as undergoing "daily hell and very little trust". The distrust between the press and the Nixon administration was mutual and greater than usual due to lingering dissatisfaction with events from the Vietnam War. Public distrust of the media reached over 40%.[15]  
Nixon and top administration officials discussed using government agencies to "get" what they perceived as hostile media organizations.[15] The discussions had precedent. At the request of Nixon's White House in 1969, the FBI tapped the phones of five reporters. In 1971, the White House requested an audit of the tax return of the editor of Newsday, after he wrote a series of articles about the financial dealings of a friend of the President's.[16]  
The administration and its supporters accused the media of making "wild accusations", putting too much emphasis on the story, and of having a liberal bias against the Administration.[15] Nixon said in a May 1974 interview with a supporter that if he had followed the liberal policies that he thought the media preferred, "Watergate would have been a blip."[17]  
The media noted that most of the reporting turned out to be accurate and the competitive nature of the media guaranteed massive coverage of the political scandal.[15] Applications to journalism schools reached an all-time high in 1974.[15]
While the WIKI piece provides much archive history about the Watergate Scandal,  The Business Insider piece and the excerpt snippet above has a theme similar to the WIKI verbiage just above. Read the last two paragraphs above.

The Reed statement embodies the essence of the paragraphs. By punching at MSNBC, is Reed relishing in the fact Fox News will offer no coverage of the scandal. Or, should I write, Fox will offer no objective or investigatory coverage of the scandal?  

Notice the last paragraph above. Do Reed and Christe hope to avoid investigation beyond the "partisan" MSNBC? If there is no "competitive nature" regarding investigation via CNN or other electronic media, does Christe have greater opportunity to escape justice? Of course, they do and Reed's (and probably with legal counsel) strategic punch at MSNBC, may very well work with CNN.

MSNBC and local print media are shedding light on the Christe regime, that each of us should have known was at the core. If you are following MSNBC's coverage of the scandal, you know that Maddow and Kornacki have broadcast far more damaging details about the scandal and associated allegation than has O'Donnell. Are you also wondering why Reed and Christe are attacking comments from the Hoboken mayor with very shallow assertions of "wanting to get their faces on TV" and attacking O'Donnell's faux campaign ad?

We are forty plus years from Nixon's cover-up and eventual resignation. While, we certainly do not gave definitive confirmation of Christe's intimate culpability in "Bridgegate", we may have yet another parallel between Watergate and Bridgegate. Attack the only network that is seriously reporting on "Bridgegate, with hopes it will ward-off deeper scrutiny.

"Tis" the season of the NFL Playoffs. We will end with a sports mantra.

Is Reed and Christe following that old axiom, "The best defense is a good offense?" 

Mediaite's story    

"Gleeful Assault" 

Isn't it amazing how people one the Right poop in their pants, and immediately reach for cause to deflect and lay blame elsewhere.

Now we offer a bit of gleeful comeuppance......


Thursday, December 5, 2013

GOP "We Know..." (GOP We Do Not Believe You Know)

As news continues to show positive for the US economy, the GOP is scraping for items to political strategy. It seems all that is left is ane improving ACA website, and even that is a fading oasis. The website is factually improved (front-end) and we are seeing larger numbers of site hits, log-ins and there are reports of moderate number of registrants.

Yet, the party on the Right cannot let go of their last and trailing political crusade.  Over the past few days, the following (table below) has driveled from the mouths of GOP representatives. Moreover, the comments were spoken by GOP leadership in the House. You will also notice the drivel is straight from the pages of the House Republican Playbook. PLAYBOOK (pdf)!

GOP Mantra to start the week, as news came forth of an ACA website that showed improved functionality. 

"Millions of Americans being informed that the health care plans they liked are being canceled - despite the President's repeated assurances otherwise - and being forced to pay higher premiums, deductibles, or both, are a much greater priority than a broken website," the Cantor aide told CNN. 
House Speaker John Boehner's office gave a similar statement to CNN Sunday. 

"This isn't just about a broken website, it's about a fundamentally-flawed law," wrote Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. 

"Website is least of Obamacare's problems," echoed Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Twitter. 

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression here was terrible," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, said on ABC's “This Week.” "And I think it's going to be an unfolding disaster for the president."
Why does a major US political party and 113th GOP Congress need a playbook? During the GOP shutdown, I heard Boehner exclaim, "this is not a game..."

Well, Speaker Boehner is following a playbook. Playbooks are usually a tool for teams as they perpetrate execution of games." It is hard to convince high information voters (people) you are not playing games. When you speak directly from a playbook about a law that is critical to the well being of 48 million US citizens and you shutdown the US government to the level of $24 Billion against GDP.

Maybe we are being hard on the GOP. Lets face facts, they are working with diminishing political leverage. They cannot rail about the economy.

November Automobile sales

International Business Times excerpt via "fair use" principle.

Annual Thanksgiving holiday weekend sales events, coupled with the recent robust rebound in the U.S. auto marketplace, should have added up to a windfall for the nation’s auto dealers last month.
The world’s eight top auto manufacturers are releasing their November U.S. new-car and light-truck sales figures on Tuesday. Auto-industry analysts forecast total monthly sales to arrive at about 1.19 million vehicles, up between 4 percent and 5 percent from the 1.14 million deliveries in November 2012. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate, the key monthly metric that gauges the health of the industry and consumer sentiment, is expected to be around 15.9 million units, up from 15.5 million in the same month last year.

Gross Domestic Product

Revised numbers for 2013 3rd Quarter moved up from 2.8% to 3.6%. While I read the primary reason for the adjustment is expanded inventory, I located a graphic that shed additional light on the adjusted rate of growth.

Contributions to gdp growth

The graph legend and depiction of 2013 Q3 indicates factors beyond increased levels of inventory. Maybe, business writers assume factoring for excellent market growth during the quarter. and, it appears 'consumption is also up. While I am no economist (thank the heavens) that seems to mean people are spending. Increased spending leads to increased production and that, in-turn, leads to jobs. And, as jobs come about the cycle repeats towards an improved US economy. 

Employment (

The data is as it is, with no thanks to an obstructionist GOP. Imagine the data with a bit of cooperation towards improving the US economy?

ADP Private Sector Jobs Added November 2013
ADP Shows 215k Private Payrolls Added In November 
ADP reports that U.S. nonfarm private sector employment increased by 215k in the month of November. This follows revised increases of 184k in October and 185k in September. This was the highest month in 2013. 
This suggests a positive reading in the nonfarm payrolls number to be released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday in its employment situation report.
ADP Employment 600x375 ADP Shows 215k Private Payrolls Added In November

Industry 600x326 ADP Shows 215k Private Payrolls Added In November
We can only assume all of the lower skill and low wage jobs being added to our ailing economy are in the Professional/Business Services category.

Motor Vehicle Sales Revisited via FloatingPath
Light Vehicle Sales Increase To SAAR Of 16.41 Million
Autodata reports in its preliminary reading for the month of November that light weight motor vehicle sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16.41 million. This is an increase from the final October reading of SAAR 15.15 million as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and is the fastest rate of sales since February 2007.
The November sales rate is up 6.0% from the same period last year.
Vehicle Sales Short 600x375 Light Vehicle Sales Increase To SAAR Of 16.41 Million

U.S. Monthly Trade Deficit Decreases To $40.6 Billion
The international trade deficit during the month of October was $40.6 billion, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. This is a decrease from September’s revised reading of a $43.0 billion deficit. 
Exports for the month totaled $192.7 billion, an increase from September’s revised reading of $189.3 billion. 
Imports for the month totaled $233.3 billion, up from September’s revised reading of $232.3 billion.
Trade Deficit

Trade 600x375 U.S. Monthly Trade Deficit Decreases To $40.6 Billion

Retail Sales

Store Sales Reports Suggest Black Friday Was Strong

Both U.S. weekly store sales indexes increased significantly for the week ending November 30. ICSC-Goldman stated a less optimistic outlook despite the positive sales figures, but Redbook has called this year’s Black Friday a success. Redbook did add however that shoppers seem to be holding back on big ticket items. 
The ICSC-Goldman store sales index was up 2.5% from the same week last year, compared to up only 2.1% Y/Y the week prior. 
The Redbook store sales index was up 4.9% from the same week last year, compared to up only 3.8% Y/Y the week prior
Store Sales 600x384 Store Sales Reports Suggest Black Friday Was Strong

We will end our exhibition, via Business Insider and FloatingPath, at this point. But, only after reporting through October manufacturing as down slightly.

We remind the GOP was not supportive of the Obama Administration Stimulus. In fact, the GOP shaved the Stimulus request from $1.2 trillion to $747-800 Billion (depending on who you read).  Another area of recall is the wanton disregard for Obama Administration request for Auto Industry loans. If you look above you will see evidence of the lack of wisdom from the party on the Right.  

It is easy to see why the GOP is focusing on political leverage via the very flawed ACA rollout. Problem everything GOP they grab for straws and quickly sink to the depths of despair. How many pundits and Left leaning media personalities warned above the prospect of an improved ACA enrollment tool?   

Despite the extent to which Fox News secures interviews with people who are missing various degrees of ethics, honesty and scruples, the ACA is moving forward. And, the economy is improving.

As we reflect on our opening above, it is impossible to avoid echoing Eric Cantors early week refrain, "We know...."  Well, we have to ask, "Why would anyone place faith in what the GOP knows and says?"

And, they also are talking about "impeachment."