Monday, January 28, 2008

Quote of the Day!

Frank J. Ranelli

“We are all atheists; some of us are merely in denial and deluded.”


Friday, January 25, 2008

Romney cheats and uses earpiece during debate!

Just like George W. Bush did during the debates in 2004 against John Kerry, Mitt Romney uses an earpiece to cheat during a republican primary debate in Boca Raton, Florida.

Listen for yourself:

The great irony is the question centered around Ronald Reagan -- who Romney has been fiercely idolating lately -- raised taxes to secure Social Security, while Romney pledges not to raise taxes. So much for Mitt "I want to be just like Reagan" Romney.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Independent Study Finds Bush "Unequivocally" Lied U.S. into War with Iraq


In perhaps the most complete and damning evidence yet that President Bush deceived a nation into a baseless war, a nonprofit collaboration of two independent organizations has concluded that President Bush used at least 532 misleading and deceptively false statements to justify military action against Iraq.

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A nonprofit collaboration of two independent, non-governmental organizations has concluded that President Bush used at least 532 misleading and deceptively false statements to justify military action against Iraq. In all, the Bush administration as a whole used a mind-numbing 935 false statements to goad America into war with Iraq. Calling their findings "an orchestrated deception on the path to war," the partnership report may very well be the first fully comprehensive investigation that incontrovertibly proves the Bush administration lied this nation into an unfounded war.

The Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism determined, through a collective study and breakdown of Bush administration speeches, press briefings and interviews, that Bush and other top officials "led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information."

According to the report, Bush alone lied more than 259 times, including 232 false statements "about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq" and "28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida." Quoting Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith of the Fund for Independence in Journalism, "It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al-Qaida." Furthermore, the shared study noted, "the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

Among the seven top officials cited, Colin Powell was the most egregious in the dispersal of dissembling and mendacious language regarding the requisite call for war against Iraq. Powell is attributed to having made 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in a two-year period beginning on September 11, 2001 and through the commencement of military action in Iraq on March 18, 2003.

As a microcosm example of at least 935 lies cataloged by the exhaustive study, Vice President Dick Cheney declared on August 26, 2002 that "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction." Bush's patently false proclamation, made on May 29, 2003, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction," has now been completed discredited. Of course, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found and George Bush, on NBC's Meet the Press in 2004 conceded, "No weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq."

In a never-ending stream of fuzzy rationales to justify war, beginning as early as November of 2001, the Bush administration began making disingenuous statements attempting to tie Saddam to the attackers of 9/11. Quoting Bush, "They're both risks, they're both dangerous. The difference, of course, is that Al Qaeda likes to hijack governments. Saddam Hussein is a dictator of a government. Al Qaeda hides, Saddam doesn't, but the danger is, is that they work in concert." However, in stark contrast, the 9/11 Commission Report was unable to establish any "evidence indicating that Iraq cooperated with Al Qaeda in developing or carrying out any attacks against the United States."

The comprehensive study also touches on and illuminates the vast failures of the mainstream media; mainly their failure to offer critical scrutiny, while chiefly operating as Bush's surrogate and disseminator in the misleading rhetoric of the dire need to take the country to war. During that critical, seminal juncture in the run up to the war, the media "creating an almost impenetrable din" that forced out nearly all dissenting views, the report revealed.

In what may be the first true, categorical "War Report Card" that separates fact from fiction, fine tunes mass distortion into utter clarity, the Center for Public Integrity makes a compelling case that "Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq."


To learn more and read the full report, visit on the web:

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Quote of the Day!

Frank J. Ranelli

“Embrace life, accept mortality, and reject religion.”


Monday, January 14, 2008

Does Chris Matthews have a problem with women?


Is Chris Matthews of MSNBC waging a hostile, chauvinist's agenda against Hillary Clinton and women? His abject track record against women says, "Yes." It's time to end the misogyny of Matthews.

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Does Chris Matthews have a problem with women? It appears so. Prominently highlighted across the blogosphere, Matthews has repeatedly utilized his show on MSNBC to resort to a one-man machination crusade against Hillary Clinton. For years, Matthews has used loosely implied sexist epithets, such as referring to Senator Clinton as “Madame Defarge" and "Nurse Ratched," to defame and disparage her.

Matthews has a lengthy and sordid history of tenuous reproach toward the Clintons; principally aimed at Hillary. Moreover, most Americans are fed up with polemic pundits and are openly outraged by Chris Matthews' demonization of Hillary Clinton. This public ire is because Mr. Matthews has a blatant problem with women in general, and especially strong-minded, independent women.

Matthews’ immense antipathy for Hillary is likely best punctuated by comments he made, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer magazine in 2001, when he thusly pronounced to a colleague, “I hate her. I hate her. All that she stands for.” However, the bona fide nadir of Matthews’ aversion to Hillary is his insane intimation that “she may be a front-runner [because] her husband messed around.”

Chris Matthews' "never-ending naked sexism[1]" is definitely grounds for MSNBC to fire him. His constant diatribes of only thinly-veiled misogynistic views is a vast hindrance to an otherwise credible news organization that needs to outshine Fox News, not emulate it. This has little to do with support for or against Hillary, but for firmly putting an end to the open and sad sexism that is still pervasive on-air and in the mainstream media.

Hillary may or may not be your “cup of tea”, but if she is to be defeated as a candidate for the presidency, then it must be on her failure to galvanize liberals and attract independents; her being out-of-step with voters on the issues, not the ranting of an imprudent, chauvinistic male talking head on television.

Sadly, Matthews distaste for women – and those chiefly in positions of power – doesn’t stop at the baseless condemnations of Hillary. Chris Matthews has also called into question Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, dogmatically describing her as “scary.” Further yet, he has astonishingly wondered aloud if she (Pelosi) would "castrate" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

NBC fired Don Imus for a singular, similar remark and now it's time to expunge Chris Matthews from MSNBC for his biased, protracted rage against woman, Hillary Clinton and his machismo sexism. It's time to end the misogyny of Chris Matthews and other such purveyors of a hostile “white men only” bourgeoisie embargo on women in our government and in places of power.

Sources: Media Matters; MSNBC's Chris Matthews problem

[1] Bob Fertik; Chris Matthews Should Debate Hillary


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Quote of the Day!

Frank J. Ranelli

Placing "God" at the front of the table as the cure to "immorality" is akin to placing Poseidon in charge of the Hurricane center to watch over and warn us of threats from the sea. Both are steep in questionable judgment and deep in foolish dogma.