Posts Tagged ‘Obama scandal’

Obama’s Dance of Deceit- The Penumbra of Truth and Lies

July 30, 2008

Obama’s Dance of Deceit

Truth and Lies

One’s Character Reflected in the Penumbra

The word penumbra is an appropriate and wonderful word for describing the edges where the difficult answers reside. Penumbra has been used by The Supreme Court to describe privacy rights that are not explicitly found in the Constitution, the ones on the edges. The word avails itself to the description of pornography as “I know it when I see it.” Each person may draw the line of description in a different place. What one may see as Art another may see as Porn. Where one draws the line may reflect matters of upbringing, religion, ethics, experience, associations, knowledge of history, context, intention, and character. The shadowy region where lightness and dark meet, not quite one or the other, is the visual image that comes to mind when I use the word. It’s where the dance occurs that results in firming of our opinions of what we are seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

This image seems to work in trying to describe something as the truth or a lie – is not always an easy question. Where do Actions fit in? What if one has an interest in the outcome? How about intentions? What personal lens of experience is the viewer looking through to judge truth? For me, both an accurate knowledge of context and the actors’ intentions are critical to discovering truth. Unfortunately, both of these are hard to know for certain and are subject to manipulation. John McCain has a long history which helps. Barrack Obama has a short public history, which does not help and raises the level of investigation required from the media.

When it comes to recognizing truth, I believe half of what I see and very, very little of what I read. With today’s media so clearly taking sides regarding this election and regarding most issues, what I read must be scrutinized to discover what facts are facts, what’s the real context, what facts are omitted, where opinion is stated as fact, what is implied as fact, what is credible, what is the author’s bias. It’s such a difficult challenge that I sometimes think that I’m better off staying away from many “journalists” who have a strong command of the English language, understand its power of persuasion, and clearly intend to use it for that purpose.

I’m speaking mainly about the main stream media or “drive by media” as Rush Limbaugh calls them. The media who a clear majority sees as biased. The media’s access to thousands of digital images to reinforce and/or paint a distorted narrative is a very powerful tool indeed. We all think we can trust what we are seeing. However, the visual is so strong that we need to talk ourselves into questioning what we see. “Seeing is believing,”is what we have always been told. I need to remind myself frequently not to trust that what I am seeing is completely representative of truth with a capital T. If the context is intentionally distorted then the meaning of what one sees is also distorted and that reinforces the false context. Context, bias, intention, interest in the outcome, conflict of interest, the viewer’s knowledge about history & context all come into play regarding the dance to discover truth and lies. Only the most basic statements of what is truth can be believed. He is older. He is white. He is black. He is young. Even these have nuances that can be considered.

I do believe that there is a core to Truth and a core to Lies, defined by intention and context. However, the shadowy regions where manipulation can occur are very broad indeed, so beware.

I think that our personal knowledge of the history of John McCain makes it much more difficult for the media to be very effective when they try to distort his beliefs and values. Actually, it may be part of the reason that most can see the bias that exists. We know John McCain and media attempts to manipulate are just not as credible. They are somewhat effective when they try to manipulate what we think about is age.

If the media were not so in the bag for Obama, I really believe he would not be the Democratic nominee. They have been intentionally not looking closely at the many issues that would bring most politicians down. Things like the allegations of corruption surrounding Tony Rezko and his partners in crime. How the associations with Rev. Wright and his hateful view of America have shaped Sen. Obama? Does he have any real level of patriotism? His upbringing and birth certificate are also issues. The Senator’s association with William Ayers, a person who was involved in bombing the pentagon, is very troubling. The anti-Semitic attitudes held by several of Sen. Obama’s close associates are also deeply troubling. Additionally, the press has totally failed to investigate the allegations that the Senator and Larry Sinclair used cocaine and engaged in consensual gay sex in 1999.

All of the above have the possibility of giving us some clear insight into Senator Obama’s intentions, credibility and our understanding of the context of the Senator’s actions today. What were the Senator’s intentions when he finally goes to Iraq for the first time? What were his intentions when he failed to visit wounded soldiers there? What was the real intention of putting a prayer in the wall in Israel? What about the Senator’s image that makes it possible for him to brush off legitimate criticism? Why is the media distorting almost everything we are learning about the Senator? Are we to believe that the media is interested in Truth? I don’t think so.

Instead of having real information from the media to use to judge Senator Obama’s character, intentions, believes, and actions. We are fed a ‘fairy tale’ that paints the Senator as new, pure, wise, a messiah, the bringer of Hope. This then becomes part of the reference many misled people use to judge all of the Senator’s current actions and intentions. Intentions are presumed pure and actions authentic. People judge this manufactured credibility as supreme when comparing his history, actions and statements to those of say John McCain, Fox news, or Larry Sinclair.

However, the media is not the only culprit here. Senator Obama himself and his campaign use their enormous fortune to shape and reinforce these false perceptions about him. At the same time, Senator Obama uses his minions to attack and discredit those who question, criticize or doubt him. He is really a very dangerous, deceitful politician from the pit of corrupt politicians, Chicago.

Hopefully, by the election, the dance of deceit that is taking place in the penumbra of truth and lies will be revealed. The media manipulation of truth and image, the manipulation by Senator Obama, the distortion, the attacks against voices in opposition to Senator Obama, the use of catchy slogans that mean nothing when they are not sincere, the naiveté, the inexperience, the socialist agenda, the true nature of Obama style politics, and the true context of his life that reflects a questionable character may all come into focus and not be denied any longer. How one states their own history, accurately or distorted, speaks volumes about their character.

This is the most important election that I can remember and I hope we will not let it be stolen by Obama’s Dance of Deceit.

Obama, Impeachment, Rezko,Sinclair, Etc. -Interesting Site That is Worth a Visit

July 28, 2008

I have just today found an interesting site that presents a lot of information that the media is keeping from the public. (I found it because my blog is linked to it.) It is also interesting because it the first petition calling for impeachment of Senator Obama that I know of. That’s all well and good, but the information contained on the site and within the allegations is what interests me most. I urge you to take a look. As far as I can tell there are three connected locations:

http://www.obamaimpeachment.org/

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/obamaimpeachment/

http://obamaimpeachment.wordpress.com/

This is from the http://www.obamaimpeachment.org:

Why investigate Senator Obama?
Barack Obama was in the Illinois Senate for 8 years and was
elected to the US Senate from Illinois in 2004. Senator Obama
has been rushed to the forefront of the Democrat Party
without being vetted for his integrity and credentials to
be the Democrat Party’s candidate for president….
… If you do not know the real Obama, spend some time to
get the facts. The main Stream Media has done a poor job
of covering Senator Obama. Read the petition and ask questions.
You may have to do a lot of digging. The Obama Campaign has
spent millions to distort and hide information on the internet…
Add your name to our online petition here:

Sign Our Petition

Obama, Media, Jounalists Trampling on the Sacrifice of Our Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers

July 24, 2008

American Journalists are Trampling the Sacrifice of Our Fathers, Mothers, Sisters and Brothers

(Unfortunately, the Journalists taking part in this travesty far outnumber the headstones at Normandy)

Whether it is because the Journalist cherishes the idea of breaking a barrier such as electing a person of color (possibly their own), or the Journalist simply wants to be a part of facilitating such a history making event, or the Journalist is desperate for a change of party (possibly to their own), or the Journalist is just taking sides, or the Journalist fears criticizing the candidate out of fear of being labeled racist, or the Journalist fears repercussions from their bosses, or the Journalist fears repercussions from their community, or the Journalists fears hurting their 12 year olds feelings if they criticize the 12 year old’s candidate – if a Journalist could lay claim to all of these reasons, they would still fall incredibly short of justifying the decision to not fully undertake their professional responsibilities owed to general public during the election process for President of The United States of America.

During election years, the duty or trust owed to the public is at its highest and should be undertaken vigilantly by the Journalist. It is the duty to truthfully and comprehensively inform. So when the voter goes into the voting booth, he or she can feel confident that they have as much accurate information about the candidates as one could reasonably expect. It is a high standard that the Journalist must meet. If a Journalist is doing their job, it sometimes will hurt when information is discovered that lessens their own candidate’s chances. However, the good Journalist would disclose it as fairly and accurately as they could even though it hurt.

Why does the Journalist need to disclose damaging information about a candidate? To put it simply, it is the job of the Journalist and it sometimes requires courage. The more meaningful reason is that since the birth of this Nation, we have faced peril at home and aboard. Our Freedoms exist today because American’s of all ages, genders, colors, and ethnicities have answered when called and stood tall to defend these Freedoms. No matter what political party, or what ethnicity, or color, or gender a Journalist fits into, every Journalist stands in liberty upon the shoulders of those who have answered the call. The soldiers, the diplomats, the cooks, the farmers, the mechanics, the riveters, the men, the women, families, and yes, the Journalists – all have made extraordinary sacrifices when our Freedoms have been threatened in the past.

We would not have free and fair elections if it were not for those courageous individuals who have come before. Free & Fair are the operative words that underpin the process, it is what turns a process into one of our Freedoms. Therefore, as a Freedom, our election process surely must be protected. As we all have experienced or read in history books, the process has needed protection in years past and it will need protecting in the years to come. Fair and committed Journalists are on the front line in protecting this vital Freedom, our elections.

I realize that when I about freedoms, liberties, and other ideals that come to mind when talking about America, it can sound a bit preachy. I am not a preacher. (Depending on the issue is being discussed; I may come down right, left, center or some combination of the three.) I am however a Veteran and I have also served in other positions with government. So when I talk about service to country – it is a broad inclusive concept. For this topic though, shame is probably the only thing that has even a remote possibility of reaching our Journalists today; and even that won’t work for the one with the leg tingling issue. Regrettably, it also seems that attempting to shame someone can sound preachy. However, since this is a critically important election, so I’ll continue.

In this election, it is almost impossible to argue with a straight face, that Senators Obama and McCain are receiving the same attention, scrutiny, and criticism by the media. Senator McCain has been vetted for 20 plus years by Journalists. Senator Obama is the man of the moment who is filling a pair of shoes poised to cross into the history books. To many in the media, it doesn’t appear to matter what the Senator is actually saying. (Many fairly bizarre statements come out when he doesn’t have a script.) Journalists are not seeing, listening, or most importantly, they are not investigating. They only seem to care that this particular pair of shoes cross the line with someone in them.

When good Journalist’s do their jobs correctly, they keep their senses keen in order to discover relevant information, facts, and their implications. They investigate, probe, question, analyze, and compile findings. Finally, they report the findings fairly and accurately about the candidates. It should not matter what party a candidate is from to a good Journalist. At press conferences, they ask fair, but hard questions of the candidates regarding their findings. They don’t fall in love with either the politician or the idea of a historic event. Attraction does not matter in regards to a Journalist’s responsibility to the voters.

If rumors, facts, or allegations point to something important that voters need to know, the good Journalist must investigate and ask the questions as long as questions remain. It is not the answer so much as the asking, investigation, and verification that are critical to maintain free and fair elections.

In Senator Obama’s case, a great many substantial questions remain either unanswered, inadequately answered, or have never been properly investigated. Some of the questions that beg for a good Journalist’s skills regard: The Senator’s experience; his voting record in Illinois concerning major issues; the development and influences affecting his ideology (Marxist/Socialist?); his past associations (Wright, Farrakhan, Ayers and company, Rezko and company, etc.) and their impact on him; all possible financial arrangements, obligations, fund transfers or favors regarding Rezko and company; the allegations of Larry Sinclair involving gay sex and drug use with the Senator in 1999; the allegations of improper loans, grants or transfers of monies from any organization for which the Senator served on the board ( Woods Fund); the issues that could be reveled, clarified or resolved relating to the Senator’s failure to release his birth certificate, Illinois Bar application, medical records; etc. etc. etc.

During Presidential elections, when people who hold themselves out as professional journalists fail to do their jobs, we are all cheated and our democracy is weakened. I really don’t understand how such people, who owe both their Freedoms and professions to the courageous upon whose shoulders they stand, can look in the mirror each day.

When I think about my father’s service as an Infantryman in Patton’s 3rd Army fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, and latter as a guard at the Nuremberg War Trials of some of the Germans responsible for the Holocaust, and the effects his service had on him; I appreciate him even more. Partly because of his service, I try never to take for granted all the blessings we have just by virtue of being lucky enough to have been born in this country. There are millions of people like my father who have sacrificed for all of us. I thank them.

Then when I watch today’s Journalists swoon over, protect, fail to report damaging information, toss softball questions, and/or fail to investigate legitimate issues regarding a candidate for the Presidency; I worry that many Journalists and Americans don’t really care if our democracy continues.

And that my friend makes me sad.

Okay now I will be preachy. Remember Billy Graham events. At the end, when the guy with the nice deep voice would sing, and Rev. Graham would fold his hands and pray. Okay. That’s the scene. One difference, the audience is made up only of the Journalist’s I’ve been talking about. Rev. Graham speaks: You who are seated and feel the pull of your responsibility. You know who you are. I want you to get up right now and COME. Don’t worry about the people around you. They’ll wait. COME. I want you to come right now – down front because you can’t accept your responsibility in the dark. You must accept it in public. The Voters have been waiting on you to accept your responsibility for months now. Now is the time. Answer the call, COME. Down front you will find some Voters who you can share your information with and your commitment to do the best you can from this moment. COME. You folks seeing this on your computer screen. You need to encourage the Journalists you see making their way down the isles. Reward them with your attention. Amen

The Obama – Larry Sinclair Story and It’s Impact on Media Credibility

July 21, 2008

It is becoming increasing clear that the public is more aware of the media’s bias towards Sen. Obama.

The questions now become:

  • When will the media understand that they will be losing even more of their viewers to the internet?
  • When will the media do a little soul searching about the media’s role in reporting the news? Just a hint to today’s reporters. You are supposed to investigate and report the facts in a fair and unbiased manner.
  • Which reporter will break ranks and finally start reporting on negative issues that relate to Sen. Obama?

As can be seen from Rasmussen Reports poll, the belief that reporters are trying to help Obama is increasing. Many talk about the Blue Wall of Silence when the police close ranks to protect one of their own, -how is this any different? The silent conspiracy to shape the news and elect the media’s choice is becoming more visible. I hope I am not alone in my concern over this type behavior. A Free Press is one of the cornerstones of our democracy and to have it corrupted like this is just not acceptable.

Rasmussen’s analysis also points out another interesting fact. The poll indicates that 45% say that most reporters would hide information if it hurt the candidate they wanted to win. This is where Larry Sinclair’s allegation that he and Sen. Obama did cocaine and engaged in gay sex in 1999 comes into this story. Where has the media been? Why haven’t they asked any questions, investigated or interviewed Mr. Sinclair? It is my belief that the answer relates to what 45% of us believe about the media. They are hiding it to protect Senator Obama. So what will be the impact on the media? I believe it will be the straw that breaks any illusion of media objectivity that remains into a thousand pieces. This story has many layers and news stories that are being ignored – from the basic allegations, the cover-up, internet intimidation, forced blog removals, threats, and abuse of judicial process. Once this story does break, and it will, the public will be forced to look squarely at the media and ask: Where were you in all this?

The poll results are personally encouraging regarding the aspect of the story breaking. They indicate that Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to trust campaign information from family and friends than from reporters. Democrats are evenly divided as to who they would trust more. Who are the bloggers? They are family and friends of course. That is how Mr. Sinclair’s story will get out. The story reaches many people each day and some of those cut and paste and send it to their friends, and so on, and so on. Therefore, it is imperative that internet bloggers continue to hold the media’s torch as best we can (without formal training), spreading the bits and pieces of news items that we find. At least until the media is shamed into doing their own jobs. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that most reporters are so full of themselves that shame will not even make a blip on their radar.

Just consider the difference in the media’s coverage of Sen. McCain’s trip to the Middle East as compared to fawning coverage Sen. Obama is receiving. We need to demand better from the press.

Maybe, just maybe, if the public gets so fed up with this attempt to fix the election that voters pull the lever for the underdog who does not garner such powerful support – then maybe they will come back to their senses.

The following poll analysis is from Rasmussen Reports

Belief Growing That Reporters are Trying to Help Obama Win

The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago.

Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help John McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage.

A plurality of Democrats—37%– say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of the campaign. Twenty-seven percent (27%) believe most reporters are trying to help Obama and 21% in Obama’s party think reporters are trying to help McCain.

Among Republicans, 78% believe reporters are trying to help Obama and 10% see most offering unbiased coverage.

As for unaffiliated voters, 50% see a pro-Obama bias and 21% see unbiased coverage. Just 12% of those not affiliated with either major party believe the reporters are trying to help McCain.

In a more general sense, 45% say that most reporters would hide information if it hurt the candidate they wanted to win. Just 30% disagree and 25% are not sure. Democrats are evenly divided as to whether a reporter would release such information while Republicans and unaffiliated voters have less confidence in the reporters.

Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to trust campaign information from family and friends than from reporters. Democrats are evenly divided as to who they would trust more.

A separate survey released this morning also found that 50% of voters believe most reporters want to make the economy seem worse than it is. A plurality believes that the media has also tried to make the war in Iraq appear worse that it really is.

A survey conducted earlier this year found that 30% of voters believe having a friendly reporter is more valuable than raising a lot of campaign contributions. Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe contributions are more important and 40% are not sure.

These results are consistent with earlier surveys finding that large segments of the population believe the media is biased It is also clear that voters select their news sources in a partisan manner. During Election 2004, CNN viewers heavily favored John Kerry while Fox Fans preferred George W. Bush.

Will Our Children Be Able To Trust What “History” Says About Senator Obama?

July 6, 2008

Will Our Children Be Able

To Trust

What “History” Says

About Senator Obama?

(If It Draws From Our Media’s Representations of His Life,

How Can Any “History” be Trusted?)

If History comes from the tales of a love sick school girl (or boy), is it safe to say that we should question the portrayal? If History comes from a news commentator, who gets a tingle running up his leg when he hears Sen. Obama speak, should we question his portrayal? I hope so. If 90% of the media seems to be looking at Sen. Obama’s life through rose colored glasses, will History be likely to paint an accurate depiction of today’s reality?

We each have to answer that question.

This is such an important election, ground breaking to be sure. Surely we all want information and assertions that could legitimately impact a voter’s decision making process to be presented in a fair and impartial manner.

Doesn’t that include those stories and allegations that are trying to break through to the public’s awareness, that circulate on the internet, which have more than a remote possibility of being true?

Isn’t it the duty of the press to investigate thoroughly and report their findings as to the allegations validity?

Isn’t it?

Have we ever been able to trust History? Or is the realm of this mistrust confined to today because of the glaring failings of our media to do their jobs?

Larry Sinclair’s allegations that he and Sen. Obama used crack cocaine and engaged in gay sex falls within the purview of an allegation that has more than a remote possibility of being true. Especially, when one considers how many people Sen. Obama has thrown under the bus and explained it as (he, she, it) was not the person I knew.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a man I admire greatly, once said:

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

And therefore, I have to ask this question:

What if the History we are made by is not accurate?

What if that inaccuracy is due to the media’s own diminution of their role because they agree with Vladimir Lenin.

Sometimes – history needs a push.
Vladimir Lenin

Scary, don’t you think?

Obama- The Siren’s Promise

July 4, 2008

Obama

Allusion to the Promise

of the Siren

He whispers softly

Change You Can Believe In

Change…Trust, Trust, Trust, Trust, Trust, Trust….

I, and only I, have the knowledge you can believe in. Knowledge that will make your lives full, the world peaceful and your families safe rests in my bosom. Take my hand and sing with me my song, change is coming, change you can believe. Share my knowledge and my experience of all. All the others have been liars, there is only I to trust. Take my hand. Trust. Me. There are no rocks here in this sea, in our sea of change. Iran means nothing, nothing but a speck. Don’t worry. I will protect Israel. Islamic terror? Oh please. Where’s your faith? It’s me here. I am here. Together-together, you and I, we will make the world in our image. It will be a safe and marvelous world that we create. Take my hand. Trust – trust me. Sing with me.

I’m a f$#*ing idiot.

I’m a f$#*ing idiot.

A sheep-

To be led-

To the

slaaaaughter.

A sheep-

To be led-

To the

slaaaaughter.

Trust me. Change you can believe in. I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

Wake the f*&$ up!

My American Family is dreaming.

For me, this election has been the most frustrating and irritating in my life time. It seems that many of my neighbors and their children are so hungry for a story of hope that they will believe anything that is sung sweetly to them. And that is what it is. That’s the reality. We have a song of dreams that is professionally, maliciously, choreographed to sell the people a fairy tale.

The four Sirens (three was a Greek myth) are calling you. Soros, Axelrod, the Media, and Obama are calling. Don’t listen. Please. Wake up. Tie yourself to the mast of our ship if you have to, so we don’t go into the rocks. Look at what we know and the things that are alleged but not reported. I beg you.

If I have offended you, I apologize. We all need to do our own research about the Senator because the media reporting does not give a fair or realistic representation of who he is, ideology, or his past.

A Step Towards Respect of Our Laws and The Social Mores by Legalizing Drugs

June 29, 2008

June 29, 2008 by zachjonesishome

(An Approach to Change That Might Lessen Our Tax Burden)

By ZachJonesIsHome

Have you ever asked the question, “Why do so many people bend, break, and/or ignore the law?” I have – and I think it comes down to a pervasive belief (on some level) that many of our laws are not reasonably related to the protection of our society. Many of our laws are intended to restrict decision-making that should be strictly personal in nature. The law caudles us, treats us like children – without the experience to make informed decisions. Instead of developing only laws that address conduct that has the potential of harming others in our society, we develop laws that tell the individual adult that he or she cannot consider a decision they are facing, together with its possible consequences and then choose to live with those consequences.

As stated by George Orwell, On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”

As a result, the consequences (if you will) are that many adults will decide to do the thing they are considering (even if it is illegal) and take the risk. And from that very act, one loses a certain degree of respect for the sanctity of all laws and may become more likely to shrug their shoulders when they see someone else violating some other law(s) that could be construed as an unreasonable infringement on free choice. The individual might also feel the need to cover up his/her indiscretion. (Maybe by lying on applications to licensing boards, lying on tax returns, doing favors of position to others to attempt to cover up, lying to the courts, etc.) Furthermore, it could be argued that it would then become against that person’s best interest to voluntarily help the police by providing information to them regarding other matters – the danger being that if they get involved one might draw more attention than they want. That’s too bad, since the police have historically relied on that type of assistance in its effort to combat crime. And it is always important to remember that children are watching parents violate the law and will learn that they too should be able to pick and choose which laws they are willing to follow….

In conclusion, it is the sanctity of the system of laws that is at issue here. That system can only be respected if it is clearly, rationally related to trying to protect us from harm from others. However, it fails when the system attempts to usurp decisions from us that are clearly ours to make.

So therefore Senator Obama, you can come clean to me about the allegations of your use of illicit drugs and having gay sex with Larry Sinclair in 1999. Just do it. And where is the American media in this? AWOL. Cowards!

Read the complete article here.

NOTE

To Follow this story and for real time live information and up to date information regarding Mr. Larry Sinclair’s allegations, “Senator Obama and Larry Sinclair engaged in the illegal use of cocaine and engaged in gay sex in 1999”, see links below:

Larry Sinclair’s Blog

CitizenWell’s Blog

Obami.com Blog