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So Glad Our Outrage Hasn’t Diminished/Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

November 14, 2007
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This great column was forwarded to me this am by my friend Maddi, whose own sense of outrage continues to burn brightly. A most worthy read…

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 (SF Gate)
Outrage fatigue? Get over it/Are you sick of being sick? Suffering way too much Bush-induced nausea? Well, tough
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

I know how it is. You’ve had it up to here. There are only so many stories
about blood and death and pain you can take, only so many times you can
hear about random shootings and corporate malfeasance and how BushCo’s
squad of scabrous flying monkeys have, say, supported torture or endorsed
wiretapping or gouged the nation for another $200 billion to pay for a
failed war. Your nerves are raw and your heart is tired and the media will
just not shut the hell up already about the sadness and the war and the
mayhem and the Cheney and the doom doom doom.

It is outrage fatigue, and it is epidemic. It’s that feeling that we are
being hammered unlike any time in recent history with so many appalling
and disgusting and violently un-American incidents and scandals and
manipulations that our b.s.-detectors are smoking like an old V-8 engine
on a hot summer’s day and it’s all we can do to get up every day without
screaming.

What’s more, it’s not the mere quantity of moral insults, either. It’s the
bizarre absurdity of the subject matter, the things we are being forced to
consider, or reconsider, that seem to make it all so horrific. (more…)


FLAG PIN FLAPS AND WING NUT WACKO’S

October 11, 2007
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The flap over a flag pin dogging Barak Obama is getting O’Reilly-ized, Hannytfized…what crap. When ever someone even slightly left of center in the presidential primary campaign actually expresses outward manifestations of those beliefs, the wing nuts go literally nuts.

It’s a damn pin. A commercial article, probably mass produced in china…

It is NOT a definition of one’s Patriotism or lack thereof.

Is Obama the right guy for Prez??? I don’t know. Is he correct in his explanation of why he took the pin off??? I think so. Whenever the wing-nuts have the opportunity to change the dialog away from the War, the economy, political corruption or any one of a myriad of problems plaguing the neo-cons…they will. And the flag pin flap is just that, a distraction from reality. Same same for the General Petraeus/Betray Us ad. And, when I think about it, do I really want Sen Harry Reid bloviating on the Senate floor about dumb ass Rush Limbaugh??? I get enough from the nightly evisceration Keith Olberman does on Countdown to the whole phalanx of media wing-nuts. Sliced, disced and nailed to the floor. Isn’t there something more serious Reid should be focusing on?? Like the war, the economy?? Health care?? It’s a huge distraction. Why cater to it?

Make your point Harry, then get off the Floor. I no more want Harry Reid’s Senate resolution on Rush than I do one from Trent Lott about Olberman. It’s not the place for it. As whacked out as the wing nuts are, they are their own worst enemies. Their die hard viewers, the religious fanatics and the pathetic, mindless listeners, are a permanent MINORITY. The may splash a lot in the pool, even make some waves, but their actual numbers represent very little. and it is pretty unlikely they are going to change anytime soon…not that we should give up trying. The problem seems to me to be that the left appears to be comatose on Main Street. We are not engaged, not making enough noise, not connecting enough with real people. The wing nuts are defining a vision of America that is at odds with what I believe most people I know have. The answers may not be very clear, but the path of the neo-cons and their enablers is not the correct one, even tho it might be the “right” one…

In a circuitous way that leads me back to the Senator from Illinois and his un-pinning. I don’t give a rat’s ass if he wears one or not. There is a whole range of high level government officials hiding behind the patriotic symbolism of a little piece of metal and some paint who are, in my view, lying, thieving criminals who have plunged this nation into one of the worst crisis’s in it’s 200 + year history, and should be indicted and impeached.The pin and the ad are torch points for the right. The response of the left should be even more ardent than the noise emanating from the public agenda changin’ wing nut media darlings.

Patriotism is about what you do, what you actually stand for. The symbols, the flag lapel pins, are reflections of, or should be, of what it is we stand for, not the thing we BLINDLY stand for.

Let Rush and Bill and Sean rant away…but nail them in their lies, their corrupted view of the world. Hit them where it hurts, with truth to lies, truth to power. But not with a Senate resolution. And the pin? Like I said earlier, I don’t give a rat’s ass whether Obama or any other politician wears one or not. I want to know what they stand for, their history, what they say they are going to do with their power, for good or for evil. That’s what counts, not some pin or the lack thereof.


Dayton Politcx Launches Personal Attack on DDN Reporter

August 4, 2007
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Dayton Politcx Launches Personal Attack on DDN Reporter
Shown below is the final paragraph of a screed about Dayton Daily News reporter Lynn Hulsey that appears on local blog Daytonpolitix. [ http://daytonpolitix.com/ ] Ms Hulsey wrote a series of 5 articles in late June, early July about a secret GOP local operating fund that, among other actions, paid State Senator Jeff Jacobson $448, 196 over his 13 year stint as party chairman. In her June 28 article Hulsey quotes Jacobson as saying “First of all, the small amount of money that I got out any donation that people made versus the amount of work I performed, I think it’s not an issue. I know I was never overpaid.” Republican insiders involved with fundraising wanted to shield the names of the people who were coughing up this cash from the general public and so kept the funds donors a secret. The law on this has since been changed.
Apparently Daytonpolitx has a bone to pick with Lynn for “exposing” this information…the diatribe/rant following is typical bombast from the blog posting…

Lynn knows that the electorate are sheep. She also should know that the bulk of her readership are educated, upper middle class and predominately Republican. Why she is able to continue her sick diatribe against the very people that pay her salary is sickening. While the Dayton Daily is losing readers faster than the Democratically controlled City of Dayton is losing residents Lynn is pissing people off with her expose on Republican Donors. The editorial board equips her and gives her free reign to write whatever she wants without an objectivity. Reporting against the GOP and allowing the Dems to comment is not two sided reporting. Especially when the GOP response is buried 6 pages back. Funny how an article about the GOP features quotes from two Dems on the front page. Objective my ass.”

I have known Lynn for many years and consider her both a friend and an excellent, thoughtful and thorough reporter. There is no quibbling with the facts presented in her series…the fund existed, it was used to secretly channel big bucks into the pockets of a very few people. It is not hard to see how this could be construed as influence buying, especially when the chief Buyer is Clay Mathies, Billionaire financier of conservative causes and the primary recipient is the head of the local GOP..

The writer is both insulting “Lynn knows that the electorate are sheep” and, apparently, quite nervous “Lynn is pissing people off with her expose on Republican Donors.” Makes one wonder who these folks are that are being pissed off and why they ARE pissed off…something more to hide??

As an apologist for the power of money in politics the author has few peers. He pushes every neo-con scare button there is and ends up sounding like a sad parody of one. His facts are at best dubious and his political perspective borders on neo-fascist.

His attempt at writing is aimed at shooting the [mess]enger and covering up the mess...and sad.


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