On Tuesday, we noted that right-wing conspiracy theorist Jim Garrow — a notorious con man who now claims to be a former CIA agent — believes that President Obama blew up the missing Malaysia Airlines plane as part of a “jihad” against China.
He said the military forced the plane to “land by wire” at a base in Diego Garcia and interrogated the “nerds” aboard the jet who are working “for China designing ‘classified’ leading edge computer/internet control software and are carrying the matching hardware with them on the plane.”
Occasional Fox News guest and regular WorldNetDaily commentator Erik Rush, who frequently hosts Garrow on his radio show, laid out a very similar conspiracy theory about the missing plane on his blog and radio program yesterday.
According to Rush’s source (we wonder who that could be!), the US took control of the plane, landed it on Diego Garcia in order to interrogate technicians aboard who wanted to “abscond to China,” and then had everyone on the flight “murdered.”
Rush does add, however, that the pilots may have been protected because they are “pro-Islamist.”
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
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Pentagon & NSA officials say they want Snowden extrajudicially assassinated
By David Sirota
January 16, 2014
President Obama claims the right to extrajudicially execute American citizens, keeps a so-called “kill list,” and has bragged he’s “really good at killing people.” This isn’t bluster. Obama has backed this up with action, having killed U.S. citizens — including a 16-year-old boy - without charging, much less convicting, any of them with a single crime.
The implications are profound (and profoundly disturbing), and raise questions about Americans’ constitutional right to due process, the most basic constraints on presidential power, and our treatment of whistleblowers. Indeed, how can anyone expect those who witness executive-branch crimes to blow the whistle when the head of the executive branch asserts the right to instantly execute anyone he pleases at any time?
All of this may sound theoretical, academic, or even fantastical, straight out of a dystopian sci-fi flick. But it isn’t. It is very real. After all, only a few months ago, the chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee publicly offered to help extrajudicially assassinate NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. And now, according to a harrowing new report that just hit the Internet, top NSA and Pentagon officials are doing much the same, even after court rulings and disclosures have concluded that Snowden is a whistleblower who exposed serious government crimes.
Media Research Center is ‘America’s Media Watchdog,’ a right wing propaganda outlet that calls itself ‘The Leader in Documenting, Exposing and Neutralizing Liberal Media Bias.’ Of course they don’t tell you that by ‘neutralizing’ they mean putting out alternate and in most ways much worse propaganda than what they perceive as liberal media bias.
MRC is run by Brent Bozell, a Fox News darling and general purpose Right Wing blowhard.
MRC drives CNS News, a rabid right wing propaganda outlet that feeds daily red meat to partisan masses on Facebook. The latest tidbit: President Obama Didn’t Go To Church For Christmas. Of course this incited the Facebook hordes to comment ‘because he’s Muslim.’ Currently 1200 comments and counting, half or more of them implying or outright saying that Obama is Muslim. What did he do on Christmas Eve? He played golf (note picture of Obama on golf course). One article to incite two Sacred Cow Narratives: journalistic integrity defined.
MRC’s latest chest thumping ‘journalism’ is the ‘Best Notable Quotables of 2013,’ a list of quotes from the Liberal Media Complex deemed “The Twenty-Sixth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting.” The panel of judges is a who’s who of right wing propaganda.
The Quote of the Year is Martin Bashir’s weird comment about Palin getting crap down her throat. One of two Runners-Up is a quote attributed to liberal scallywag Thomas Friedman. Here’s his quote in MRC:
“Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men….And the best place to start is with a carbon tax.”
Wow, pretty lame, huh? Stop bombings with a carbon tax? Sounds pretty vapid, like whining about Obama playing golf. But, being incited to journalistic integrity by MRC’s core tenets, I decided to read Friedman’s entire column that MRC quoted from. He titled it ‘How to Put America Back Together Again.’ probably because it was written in the days following the Boston Marathon Bombing. But it was an article clearly about economic policy and budget negotiations still under way.
MRC’s quote of Friedman’s 1116 word editorial missed 385 words represented by those three tiny dots between ‘bombers’ and ‘carbon tax.’
Here are Friedman’s words missing in the quote that MRC deemed unimportant between ‘bombers’ to ‘carbon tax:’
UNTIL we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexample to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men. With all our warts, we have built a unique society — a country where a black man, whose middle name is Hussein, whose grandfather was a Muslim, can run for president and first defeat a woman in his own party and then four years later a Mormon from the opposition, and no one thinks twice about it. With so many societies around the world being torn apart, especially in the Middle East, it is vital that America survives and flourishes as a beacon of pluralism.
Rebuilding our strength has to start with healing our economy. In that regard, it feels as if our budget drama has dragged on for so long that it has not only been drained of all emotional energy but nobody even remembers the plot anymore. It’s worth recalling: What are we trying to do?
We’re trying to put America back on a sustainable growth track that will expand employment, strengthen our fiscal balance sheet to withstand future crises and generate resources to sustain the neediest and propel the next generation. That requires three things: We need to keep investing in the engines of our growth — infrastructure, government-financed research, education, immigration and regulations that incentivize risk-taking but prevent recklessness. We need to reform Social Security and Medicare so they can support all the baby boomers about to retire. And we need to raise more revenues, in the least painful way possible, because we can’t just cut everything. As I’ve said, you can lose weight quickly by cutting off both thumbs, but that will be a problem at work.
It was good to see President Obama put out a budget proposal that addressed all three needs. The attacks on him from the left are unfair because, ultimately, we will need to do all three even more. As Bloomberg News reported on Monday: “Typical wage-earners retiring in 2010 will receive at least $3 for every $1 they contributed to the Medicare health-insurance program, according to an Urban Institute study.” That’s unsustainable. The Republican budget plan, though, would cut so much so fast — including taxes — that it would leave virtually nothing for investing in our growth engines. That’s irresponsible.
So what to do? We need a more “radical center” — one much more willing to suggest radically new ideas to raise revenues, not the “split-the-difference-between-the-same-old-options center.” And the best place to start is with a carbon tax.
Wow, that’s totally different than ‘stop bombers with a carbon tax.’ To say that MRC was stretching to make Friedman look bad would be an understatement: it’s a pretty rank misrepresentation of Friedman’s words and commentary meant to make him look stupid touching on a favored target of the right, a carbon tax. It will be accepted by a mass of idiots too stupid or lazy to read Friedman’s editorial and understand what he said, primarily because they want to have their worldview reinforced by MRC.
MRC’s mission statements and tenets espouse intellectually facile reasoning used to justify hyper charged partisan propaganda: the other side is doing it so we need to do better if we want to save America. If everyone does it then it’s OK for us to do it too because we’re patriots.
This is the rationality of a 12 year old child. Most rational people would consider countering bias with objectivity and non-bias, fact finding and confirmation. But it appears we who desire objectivity and real balance are a smaller media market than the propaganda loving zombies.
Some hand shakes and other hair raising associations through the years.
“2012 GOP presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, shaking hands with Yasser Arafat should not be misunderstood!” pic.twitter.com/3Ln9gj0EbF
Republican President Richard Nixon shaking hands with communist “mass murderer” of all time, Mao Zedong* (1972). pic.twitter.com/cbTSau6t0t
A story today in the Wall Street Journal, Edward Snowden Talks With His Father, reveals that Wikileaks has opened a store which also includes Edward Snowden merchandise.
WikiLeaks also recently began selling Edward Snowden merchandise, including T-shirts and coffee mugs, via its online store. WikiLeaks didn’t respond to questions about the fund or allegations made by with Lon Snowden’s legal team.
Navigating to said website we find a particular item being sold by Wikileaks, Edward Snowden - Whistleblower:
The details read:
Help WikiLeaks support Edward Snowden, surveillance state whistleblower, with this great design from LibertyManiacs.com - illustration by Dan McCall. In a statement, Edward Snowden has said ‘I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.’ State spying on us all, turning citizens into suspects, surely falls in to that category. Support the whistleblowers who risk all for you!
I was able to find his Twitter account, @libertymaniacs, and quickly found Tweets such as the ones below:
Zombama Economics. Dan's working on a new piece with a cast of Keynesian zombies. Here's a preview of Obamazombie. pic.twitter.com/XHYUo4G
Items and designs at his Zazzle page also indicate a suggestion that he is a climate change denier.
Finally, we find that Snowden t-shirt designer being sold at the Wikileaks store is also the designer and distributor of a dart board depicting President Obama as a zombie with the default bulls eye placed directly on the president’s forehead.
Other Obama derangement designs of his can be found here.
It appears as though Wikileaks has found themselves their very own rodeo clown.