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Holy shit…. Beck’s career is paralleling Howard Beale’s

Has it occurred to any of you that he has a martyr’s complex? He’s repeated this often enough to make me think it’s a dog whistle. He identifies with Howard Beale in NETWORK.

from wikipedia:

Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the longtime anchor of the UBS Evening News, learns he has just two more weeks on the air because of declining ratings. Weary from misfortunes and sorrowful, he is treated to a night of drinking with his boss and friend, Max Schumacher (William Holden), followed by mention of his desire to kill himself. The following night, he actually announces on live television that he will commit suicide by shooting himself in the head during next Tuesday’s broadcast.

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and, I owe it to Stephen Colbert and his segment, THE WøRD. It has been said, that when an AA meeting is so successful, that people will “fall off the wagon” in order to facilitate meetings. A ‘re-probleming”, so that there is a “better” reason for other members to talk about their struggles and success with their desire for alcohol.   In the Jan 18, 2011 segment of THE WøRD, Colbert pointed it out: Civil Rights has been so successful in certain areas, that there are those who “feel the pressing need to undo it in order to address it” They’re not bigots, just people who fell off the Equal Rights wagon.

Since WP will not permit me to embed the clip, the clip can be found here or, you can click on the post above.

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After Eric Cantor’s “treason”, can a Jew ever be President?

With the revelation that Sen. Eric Cantor (R-Va) held a one-on-one meeting with Israel’s Netanyahu and assured him

that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.

Cantor later walked this back.  But the damage has been done. Those that believe the Zionists control Washington, like David Duke,  have their evidence of the “ZOG”. Indeed, he quickly picked up onto Glenn Greenwood essay and emblazoned it on his own site: Eric Cantor’s Pledge of Allegiance (to Israel over America! ) Greenwald I’m sure would not be pleased by the addition of the last phrase to his essay title (which is the only editorializing Duke brings to the essay), but the fact this has been picked up by the likes of Duke brings to the table of suspicion a bit of “proof’ that a Jew can’t be a loyal American, but instead owes loyalty first and foremost to Israel.

from the

One-third of Americans believe that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the United States, according to figures presented to the Knesset on Tuesday by Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman. “This belief is so out of sync with everything else happening in America, with the fact that there’s so much acceptance of Jews in all phases of life – academia, commerce, media, politics,” Foxman told The Jerusalem Post.

The ADL goes on to blame Carter and others for this “shift”. There has been no shift, just as the teaparty allowed the closet bigot to be free, so has Carter allowed the closet bigot to spew his or her theories on American Jewish loyalty. Foxman goes on to “speculate” on my voice in American political discourse being quieted by fear. He does a a very small point. He is counseling in couched terms, to do exactly that and shut the hell up on Iran and other existential threats to his manhood.
and, here:

The phrase “dual loyalty,” though salient for Jews because of their history, is, according to Kelner, not appropriate to the current situation.

“I would argue that this is a case in which the history is not giving us the language that is appropriate for making sense of what’s going on,” Kelner said. “Because it is not a question of loyalty to a unitary American government or a unitary government in Israel. It’s about partisanship in Israel. It’s about partisanship in the United States. It’s about partisanship within the American Jewish community.”

In fact, those American Jews who view Obama’s push toward a settlement of the conflict as progress express no fears of being accused of dual loyalty. On the contrary, they feel their interests are now aligned with the administration’s, if not with the current Israeli government.

“I admit that there is anxiety,” said Robert Wexler, the former Florida congressman who is now the president of the Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation, a Washington-based think tank. “There are some actors in the political process that make it their business to question the motives of those who seek to end the conflict. And I think that’s a misplaced effort. A continuation of the conflict does not help Israel. Fighting two wars every three years, facing an enemy that is better armed and better equipped each time, that does not help Israel.”

In my humble opinion as a mere Citizen, Cantor undid a lot of what Wexler was talking about, and deliberately so. The American Right cannot exist on a plane where a resolution to the conflict in the middle east is achieved, as it will destroy the Christian Right’s Endtimes Game.

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Reprint: How Evangelicals & Dominoinists use Magick

All too often, I hear “oh, you CAN’T do magick to do x/y/z. it’s bad ju-ju. Listen up folks:
Do you pray? You do magick
do you cross your fingers? You do magick
Do you say Geshundeit/Salud or “bless” when someone sneezes? You do magick

There are people out there “praying for you” and it isn’t altruistc. it is MAGICK. they are praying for your conversion to whatever (FundiXitianity) they write your name on paper and “nail it to a cross”

They also prayed for non-Christian students in their school and wrote their names down on paper.
In a solemn, symbolic offering, they nailed the pieces of paper to a wooden cross, set up beside the flag pole.

This is called BINDNG MAGICK
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The Mad November Teaparty

While listening to C-Span, there was a comment about Boehner raising money for Rand Paul, yet not endorsing any of the winning teaparty candidates.  It occurred to me, that all the dire talk regarding a Republican takeover of the House may not be all it’s cracked up to be. As a lot of us have noticed, the teaparty really  comprised of sore losers, what with the defeated refusing to share stage and endorse the winning Republican candidate.  How will this shape up at the polls? Will they stay home? Will they vote “None of the above“? It feels to me, that they will stay home, since they will not hold their noses and vote for the unholy not “conservative” (i.e. radical/extreme) GOP candidate. THAT would be “politics as usual” and “surrendering”. In other words, the dodos are running a caucus race.
Alice and the Dodo caucusing Pictures, Images and Photos
This does not mean that those of us on the “Left” Progressives, Moderates and others should sit on our asses and stay home. Quite the contrary, we should be out firing up our “disaffected” peers. Democracy is a grassroots, community organized affair.

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About that “Takeover” by Los Zetas in Laredo….

Over at, where I am a photojournalist, there’s a lively thread regarding an article written by another examiner, who without citing her sources except as “anonymous” Laredo PD, wrote a piece of fiction about two ranches OUTSIDE the Laredo PD jurisdiction, being taken over by members of the Los Zetas drug cartel. One of the channel managers doesn’t seem to upset at the “reporters” lack of veracity, so, I answered with this:

According to Bob Owens, a blogger over at Andrew Breitbart’s, the Examiner who broke “broke” the story is refusing to confirm her sources to him. Now, biggovernment is itself right wing, having been responsible for the destruction of ACORN through selectively edited video by James O’Keefe,(I should also point out, that ACORN has been cleared of wrongdoing, but the goal has been achieved) and caused the firing of Ms. Sherrod again by selectively edited video. Mr. Owens, while still blaming the Obama Admin. for the hoax, still calls everyone who promoted it:

Cypress News publisher John G. Winder is sticking with the story, not because any additional evidence has been produced, but because the two sources for his version of the story, blog Digger’s Realm and’s San Diego (CA) County Political Buzz Examiner blogger Kimberly Dvorak are standing by their militiamen and anonymous police sources.

The original Cypress Times story? A re-publication of the original Digger’s Realm story.

The Digger’s Realm story? Two anonymous Laredo police sources and a San Diego California Minuteman named Jeff Schwilk who claims he got his information from… an anonymous Laredo PD officer.

San Diego County Poltical Buzz Examiner Kimberly Dvorak? She claims her information also comes from two anonymous Laredo PD sources.

Are we noticing a pattern here? Every bit of of this claim, which has now scattered far and wide across the Internet, can be traced back to two anonymous police department sources of a police department that does not even have jurisdiction where the alleged invasion is taking place.

I read a wide variety of news sources, be they rightwing or left, as it makes more informed. I also know that as a blogger, a blogger that has been cited on NPR and, I have to cite my sources if I am writing about an article I read, and provide a link back to that original article so my readers can form their own opinions.
IMHO, unless we are more scrupulous in citing sources, and not making up things our of whole cloth, will become irrelevant.
Even for me, a mere photojournalist. While I do not have to get written permission to photograph a storefront, I seek a written release if I want to shoot the interior and anyone inside. I know, that I can shoot the exterior of Prudential Arena, and there is nothing that the security can do short of assaulting me. I know, that I cannot shoot inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal, PERIOD, but it’s ok at NY Penn Station and Newark’s Penn Station. What’s the point of this? To illustrate that as reporters/citizen journalists, we have a responsibility to our readers not to gin up fears by posting fiction as fact.

You want to be a citizen journalist? Then, be one. You want to be a fiction writer? Fine, but don’t couch it as journalism

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Pray for (or Prey On) Newark?

Pray for Newark seeks not to make our streets safer, but to make Newark a Christian Theocratic city as it was in its founding in 1666. As a non-Christian, this concerns me, Mr Mayor. You have endorsed the program, but Mr. Mayor, are you aware that the program is tied to the “Kill the Gays Movement in Uganda? from a current post about PfN:

Pray for Newark was founded by Newark suburb resident Lloyd Turner, who in October 2008 spoke at an Argentina conference of the International Transformation Network (ITN), whose CEO Ed Silvoso wrote, in his 2007 book, Transformation: Change the Marketplace and You Change the World, that homosexuality is caused by demon possession and that HIV and AIDS can be cured through faith healing and prayer. According to Silvoso, the entire national police force of the Philippines is being indoctrinated in this ideology.

You are a vocal supporter of GLBT Rights, yet, you have endorsed these medival minded people?
Demon possession? Really, Mr. Mayor? or uses military language to describe the work?  That credits Jesus with the drop in crime? Does that imply that only non-Christians are dying here?

supports the “Seven Moutains” program which calls for born-again Christians to take control of businesses and governments?

here are 7 Mountains of Influence in Culture…
In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society. These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. :

Simply because almost everything and everyone “pray‐able” has an address somewhere. Your family. Your neighbors. Your workplace. Your school. Your church. Your investments. And so on.

When you ADOPT YOUR STREET, you are signing on to bless, fellowship with and minister to the felt needs of your community and those around you, and when the power and presence of the Lord touches them in some way, proclaim to them that it has a name. It’s called the kingdom of God, and it has come near to them. We call it “prayer evangelism” – talking to God about others before you talk to others about God. When you ADOPT YOUR STREET, you will be linking up with a vast army of people just like you in your own community and all around the world who are doing the very same thing. You will be able to find them on the site’s virtual map and you will be able to connect with them through comments and forums. You will never be alone.

Mr. Mayor, How can you claim to support Gay Rights, when Prayer For Newark and its ilk do not. IN fact, consider it to be “demon possession” what do they consider us non-Christians? They are very quiet about that. Mr. Mayor, if a Muslim organization came to you for support in their efforts to “take back the streets for Allah” and make them safer, would you endorse that?

“Pray for Newark” has MAPPED our city, Mr. Mayor. That means, they know where every church, mosque, synagogue, stores that sell merchandise they find “aberrant” are located. If they infiltrate the Police Department, how safe will the LGBT Community or anyone not on the 7 Mountain plan feel? They want to TAKE CONTROL OF NEWARK. CULTURALLY, SPIRITUALLY AND ECONOMICALLY.

Now, what was that about “none may buy or sell….”?

Click the talk2action link either above or here, then tell me I am wrong about Pray for Newark and the aims of Dominion Fellowship Ministries.
More on the organizations behind Prey for Newark:
Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Movement Organizing in Newark, NJ
Anti-Gay Movement Pastor Leads Graduation For 54 Newark Cops
Evangelist Who Thinks Gays Are Possessed By Demons Suggests Obama’s worldview May Be “Aberrant”

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Say WTF? Cheney fears Iraq withdrawal will ‘waste’ U.S. sacrifices

“I hope the Iraqis can deal with it,” Mr. Cheney said. “At some point they have to stand on their own, but I would not want to see the U.S. waste all the tremendous sacrifice that has gotten us to this point.

via Washington Times – EXCLUSIVE: Cheney fears Iraq withdrawal will ‘waste’ U.S. sacrifices.

Waste? WASTE?  I guess if all they were there for was to keep the “locals” from their own oil wealth.