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Lloyd Marcus at American Thinker

Folks, I believe human beings are responsible for their behavior.  However, as America’s first black president, fair or unfair, Obama’s presidency comes with enormous responsibility in terms of its influence on black youths.  This is why it is so unfortunate that American black youths’ ultimate role model is a characterless, race-baiting political hack.

While I am not saying president Obama is responsible for the epidemic of black youth flash-mob attacks on whites around our country, his race-baiting has to be a contributing factor.  (Read more)

Lloyd really makes several valid points in this blog.  The only point he didn’t really touch on is the one I’ve mentioned here before and that Maxine (we’ll socialize your oil companies) Waters brought up in Michigan this week: lack of employment for minorities.

The fact that nothing has been done to curb the unemployment rate among Black males, especially young Black males, has had to have had a profound effect on that community. When people are working, young people especially, they have a lot less time to engage in mischief and crime.

I find it really telling too, that when these flash mob videos are shown on television or written about in the media, there is virtually NO mention that these are black kids overrunning and clearing the shelves in stores like 7-11.  It’s as though the media is afraid to admit the obvious – like the emperor has no clothes.

On the one hand the Black community has been totally disaffected by the left’s do-good, nannyism that has destroyed their families for the last 50 years, while at the same time they are marginalized by the highest rate of unemployment and empowered by the first Black president to do whatever they choose to in the name of pay-back for misrepresented racism.

The leadership and example that these children need is not coming from their president – the first place it should be coming from. But it could be coming from the Lloyd Marcus’, Allen Wests, Thomas Sowells of the world, if only these kids would pay attention to the message.

2 more examples of Obama’s Jewish contempt

A couple of news stories that might have gotten past you and many Jewish Americans:

Here’s story #1, H/t Astute Bloggers, from the NYT:

When an international flotilla sails for Gaza this month to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory, among the boats will be an American ship with 34 passengers, including the writer Alice Walker and an 86-year-old whose parents died in the Holocaust.

The Americans have named their boat “The Audacity of Hope,” lifting the title of a book by President Obama to make a point, said Leslie Cagan, a political organizer who is the coordinator of the American boat.

“We’re sending a message to our own government that we think it could play a much more positive role in not only ending the siege of Gaza, but also ending the whole occupation” of Palestinian land, she said. 

Is there any chance Obama will request they change the boat’s name? Nah. I didn’t think so, either.

Then, there’s this from American Thinker:

Mysteriously, the Office of the President has requested that a video of a Jewish singing group performing at the White House [in honor of American Jewish Heritage month] be removed from the web.

As part of the entertainment at the event, the Maccabeats were invited to sing several songs. They also did an impromptu acapella chant, with beautiful harmonies, of  “Four More Years,” which was the video posted on Matzav.com.

Believe it or not, the website Matzav.com complied with the presidential request and the song was also removed from YouTube.

Am I the only person (aside from Thomas Lifson) curious as to why the WH wanted this video removed? I’m certain that no one in the media will ask his regime about either of these stories.

Obama is going to continue to bitch slap Israel and American Jews and guess what… they will continue to vote for him.

The blog every ‘Birther’ should read – and all the rest of us on the right, too

I went looking for the blog that my good friend AFVET mentioned in another post regarding our START treaty with Russia and stumbled on this one. Everyone should read it.

Although I’ve waffled on this topic and can see both sides of the issue, mostly I’ve believed that this whole birth certificate thing is a red herring. It’s being used to set up the right as the nutwings the progressives believe we are. This is an issue that the left wants in the news, daily. And this Abercrombie in Hawaii is as stupid as a fox by using it to whip up more and more headlines in order to make conservatives look more and more nutty.

Did you know, for instance that this birth certificate thing all started with the Hillary movement, in 2008? Or that Orly Taitz (the lead attorney in this whole thing) is a democrat donor? And that a lot of this hoopla about the certificate has been fowarded by 9-11 truthers?

Well, I for one, had no idea of these things. But the author of this blog seems to have evidence to those assertions. And I find no reason to doubt his statements. And I admit to pretty much ignoring this BC topic because I believe, in the end, that it’s going to be a hammer used to beat us up and win this election for Obama.

When I read that this governor was going to “settle this birth certificate thing once and for all,” I smelled a rat. There is no way that this was going to happen without the imprimatur of the White House. Abercrombie, the self avowed socialist, was not working unilaterally. Obama’s people had to be involved in this. If the gov’s goal was to settle this, then why didn’t the WH just produce the thing and settle it?

I think it’s clear why they didn’t. They want to use the birthers to beat up on the right during this next election. Of course, the beating up will not OFFICIALLY come out of the Obama campaign. It will be a whisper campaign that will then be carried and screeched by all MSM.

The birthers want the same thing that the all conservatives want: a one term president. They need to quiet down this whole thing and let it ride until we vote him out.  Otherwise this is going to be used to beat the right – all of the right – over the head. This could change some independents minds come November 2012, who were likely NOT to vote to reelect him.

If the birthers turn out to be right, this can all be settled after we vote him out of office.

But who knows – maybe in the eleventh hour of this election, like a Hail Mary pass, someone will produce the real birth certificate, make the birthers look like wingnuts and a little thing like that could swing the election for Obama.

70 members of Congress belong to the Socialist party

Two things of note in this revelation. The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America but even more incredible, don’t mind if people find out about it.
From the Discover The Networks : “Until 1999, the Progressive Caucus website was hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations’ websites.”
As DTN also points out, the Progressive Caucus works hand in glove with George Soros funded ‘Progressive Challenge,’ which is a project of the hard left Institute for Policy Studies.

from the American Thinker.

Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) is the Arizona Congressman who said (and I paraphrase) “go ahead and boycott Arizona. We deserve it” over the immigration law that is now tangled up in court thanks to Eric Holder’s DOJ.

Is it any wonder we are in such a mess when we have this many far leftists in Congress?

The government’s transparent double standard

As Pamela Geller writes at American Thinker, the health care bill has been kept secret from the American people, designed by unknown communists and written behind locked doors but the president is now opening up all kinds of classified information to our enemies.

Isn’t this considered aiding and abetting the enemy? Does that not qualify as a treasonous act?

But it’s not just this new executive order that was signed between golf and tennis in Hawaii, the fact that we are trying terrorists in NYC, as though these guys were caught smoking in an airplane restroom, will mean that all kinds of secrets will have to be introduced in that courtroom. We are going to afford these terrorists all the benefits of the American judicial system and at the same time, provide their defense and the entire world, all our secrets. And the other side of the coin is that a lot of the information we did glean from these guys will not be allowed in court.

The government is affording these men all the rights of being American citizens (which they are not) and at the same time, keeping this health care bill a complete secret from those of us who really ARE American citizens. This government is picking and choosing what information will be available and to whom it will be available.  Foreign criminals are getting secret information but the rest of us are not allowed to see and read what congress is planning to do to our very lives.

After all the promises of a historically transparent administration, C-Span is denied access to all  health care negotiations.  Our records will no longer be our own, we will no longer be allowed our own privacy, our secrets will be owned by the government and at the same time, we cannot know what they are doing and how they plan to do it.  Furthermore, I’m not hearing an answer to where all the transparency is.

Terrorists, at least at this point in time, cannot vote. Letting them in on everything is not dangerous to the power structure in Washington. But including the actual voting citizens in the behind the scenes, back-slapping and outright bribery that is going on as part of the negotiations on health care, will endanger the ruling party come election time and they know it. By the time the bill can actually be seen by the people, it will be law and the democrats will be spinning like tops to try and make it be something it isn’t. They will do and say whatever they have to in order to protect their seats in November.

The transparency in this government is for our enemies only. The rest of us are being  kept deliberately in the dark.

Quote of the day

Once America is gone, it will be gone forever.  Nations will benefit most from the continuing existence of a strong America. Killing the golden goose will not bring balance to the universe.  Plundering American wealth will provide only a temporary shot in the arm for poor nations, and then the drug will wear off, ushering in a new dark age on a global scale.

John Griffing

Finally, someone says what I’ve been feeling

I’ve not been able to put my finger on exactly what disturbs me about TheOne. But this blog by Robin (a psychotherapist) finally says what I’ve been feeling all along about him. I’ve always felt like there was something wrong, something just not right about him. Without a script, without a playbook, without a teleprompter, Obama appears to be empty.

It’s good to know that someone else feels this same unease…

When our Military is Attacked, Obama is a Nowhere Man

By Robin of Berkeley

He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody . . .
He’s as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Nowhere Man can you see me at all?
(Lennon, McCarthy)
I used to have a friend with a few screws loose.  But you’d never know it.
Barbara dressed impeccably in designer wear, and her house resembled a museum. She was a professor, tops in her field.
But behind the impressive image, all wasn’t right. She said she loved her son, Noah, but acted like he didn’t exist. A single parent, Barbara wouldn’t hesitate to introduce Noah to her boyfriend of the month. She skipped some of his meals, claiming that she was too busy to cook.
Barbara called me her best friend. But she’d cancel dates at the last minute for no good reason. And she always flaked when I needed her.
Even though Barbara looked perfectly normal, there was something awry. Perhaps the neurons in her brain weren’t firing properly.
I’ve been thinking about Barbara since Obama came on the scene. Like Barbara, Obama professes concern for people, but treats many with utter disregard. Since both are charismatic and successful, it’s easy to get fooled.
Some would say Obama’s cool detachment is narcissism. But narcissists are charmers; they know exactly what to say and do, even it’s all hot air.
Others think that Obama is disengaged because he’s elitist, arrogant. The day-to-day grunt-work is beneath him. His motto: I’d rather be golfing.
All of the above may be true, but it’s something else: he seems off to me.
During a “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Kroft when the stock market was sinking, Obama giggled. He wasn’t embarrassed afterward, or apologetic. More worrisome than his bizarre behavior was that he didn’t regard it as strange.
Then, last week, we’re faced with a national crisis: soldiers killed and gravely injured by an apparent Jihadist in the guise of a military doctor. When announcing the catastrophe, what does Obama do?
He drones on and on for three minutes about Native American health issues, even doing a shout-out. In a monotone voice, Obama then reports that soldiers have been shot. He’s nonchalant, flat, as though he’s reporting the weather.
Afterwards, the opinions roll in. Some say that Obama looks down on the military. He views our soldiers as the great unwashed, trashy and ignorant, like Sarah Palin.
Others assert that Obama’s sympathies lie with the Muslims. Thus, he wants to avoid our burning questions: Why wasn’t Major Hasan put on leave after he made anti-American remarks and surfed the web for information about Jihad? Most importantly: what is the government going to do to keep our military people and civilians safe?
True, Obama’s disinterest could be related to all of the above. But there’s one more possibility: he may not have the foggiest idea what to feel or say or do.
He may not realize that after dozens of our soldiers are shot, he should be angry. Sad. Worried. He should feel something. Or at least pretend to.
When Obama isn’t prepped and rehearsed, he flails around like a blind man. He’s clueless, lost in space.
Obama wrote in his autobiography, Dreams From My Father, that he’s not comfortable around people. This speaks volumes about his disengagement.
People who cannot relate to humans, who are made nervous by close proximity, shut down. They isolate and hide, like a snail inside its shell.
This is when my therapist mind goes into overdrive trying to figure out what’s wrong with Obama.
Is he schizoid (a detached, asocial person)? Bipolar (manic depression)? Does he have a brain syndrome? What about Asperger’s (high-functioning autism causing a defect in social skills)?
Is something wrong medically — a hormone or blood-sugar imbalance, a head injury, too many drugs in his youth?
Or is his disconnect caused by damage from childhood, from being raised by freaky people?
Barack, Sr. was an abusive alcoholic and a bigamist. Obama’s mother, like my former friend Barbara, made decisions about little Barry that showed little parental concern, like schlepping him to Indonesia, then back to the States, then wanting to return with him to Indonesia (he stayed with his grandparents).
Obama’s grandfather Stanley was impulsive and volatile; he  was expelled from high school for punching his principal.
Stanley weirdly named Obama’s mother “Stanley” because he wanted a boy. He anointed Frank Marshall Davis, an alleged pedophile and avowed communist, as young Barry’s mentor. In his autobiography, Obama reports feeling uncomfortable at having to listen to sexually charged, drunken trash-talk between Stanley and Frank.
Did Obama start sealing himself off in childhood? It would be understandable: who would want to bond with people so disturbing? And why form emotional ties when you’ll soon be leaving?
Obama may have felt continually out of place and alien: black in a white family, American in Indonesia, middle class with average grades at a rich kids’ prep school, and child of an odd, Communist-leaning family.
In Dreams, he reveals how he started detaching. About living with his grandparents from preteen on, he writes, “I was to live with strangers.” And: “I’d arrived at an unspoken pact with my grandparents; I could live with them and they’d leave me alone so long as I kept my troubles out of sight.”
All grown up, Obama remains hermetically sealed. Although he’s been a media star for a couple of years, we have no idea who he is inside.
I’ve often wondered why people haven’t come forth to say, “I knew Barry when…” We live in a media-saturated, exhibitionist world where everyone wants his three minutes of fame.
So where are all of his school chums, best friends, and old flames? The groups he hung with? His teachers, neighbors?
Where are the anecdotes of what Obama was like, his interests and predilections? Was he friendly, funny, insightful? Did he win any prizes or trophies? Pen any papers?
Obama was president of the Harvard Law Review. Yet from his former colleagues we find no accounts of  putting out the journal together under his leadership.
He was a lecturer on constitutional law. Why hasn’t a single student come forth and offered evidence like a good attorney?
Why the silence? Could it be that Obama left no dent, not even a single footprint? Is there nothing there?
When I envision the youth of other public figures, my impressions are vivid:
Little Bill Clinton: people-pleaser, Mama’s boy, showoff.
Young Hillary: brainiac, smartest girl in school, bossy.
W: wisecracker, class clown, smart-aleck.
McCain: impetuous, volatile, ornery.
Sarah: sweet, popular, every teacher’s favorite, Miss Congeniality.
Young Barry: _________________. Blank.
Only this: stranger in a strange land.
Obama’s identity seems to have been formed when he found his clan: Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, and Bernadine Dohrn. But these are disconnected people, misfits who aren’t comfortable in their own skin. Their radical ideology arises from rage and alienation.
They, like Obama, treat people with disdain. Rev. Wright damned us after 9/11. Ayers and Dohrn bombed us, even masterminded a failed plot to kill U.S. servicemen attending a dance.
Obama’s indifference and distaste are on display every day. He golfs while unemployment surges. He pontificates after an attack against America.
Why the “let them eat cake” attitude? Is it because he’s pleased that the Left’s long-laid plan to decimate capitalism is working nicely? Is he stubborn, not wanting to do what he doesn’t want to do?
I’d say yes. But there’s something much more unsettling.
He may have a limited ability to care.
Sure, Obama loves his wife, children, dog Bo, and himself — especially himself. And he relishes his far left ideology.
But the working stiff, the heart and soul of this country? I don’t see it. The United States? I don’t think so.
And that’s why Obama should never have been elected president.
A man or woman can be a decent president without getting As in school or graduating from the Ivy League. He or she does not need to have had a Brady Bunch childhood.
The person can even lack experience if he or she is committed to working 24/7, learning the important stuff, and seeking expert advice.
But there’s one requirement that is nonnegotiable: Any viable candidate for president needs to be able to care about us.

And, frankly, I don’t know if this president is capable of it.

Quote of the day

Black Leaders Ignore Black-on-Black crime

By E.W. Jackson Sr.

Treating poor black people as victims to be “organized” has been an abject failure. They are human beings to be educated, inspired and required to take responsibility for their own lives. The tragedy here is that Derrion was doing just that and it was working, but the malignant pathology of the ghetto spread to him on that unfortunate day and ended his promising life.

National Day of Service? I don’t think so.

No one – not even the Obama – can take the meaning of this day from the hearts and souls of Americans. As far as I’m concerned, he can shove his national day of service and anyone who honors it, can as well.

He keeps offending me. And this is the ultimate offense, to date. And in fact, I can’t imagine anything more offensive than to cast aside the meaning of 9/11 for some bogus socialist “holiday.” A holiday that means nothing to the majority of Americans. And all this goes without saying how this is effecting those who lost loved ones in this terrorist attack on that infamous day.

This underscores his Marxist view of the world. To hell with the individual – the mothers, wives, husbands, fathers, brothers and sisters  who mourn every day for this horrific loss – to Obama, it’s all for the State. This is about his cold, irreverence for the grieving, for the heartbroken, for the devistated.

A great description of Obama at Kennedy’s funeral by Peggy Noonan (who I normally don’t agree with and always do not like) of the Wall Street Journal:

The president walked into the funeral and moved toward the front pews nodding, shaking hands. He hugged Mrs. Kennedy, nodded some more, shook more hands. He was dignified and contained, he was utterly appropriate, and he was cold.

He is cold, like someone who is contained not because he’s disciplined and successfully restrains his emotions, but because there’s not that much to restrain. This is the dark side of cool. One wonders if this will play well with the American people. Long-term it is hard to get people to trust your policies if they think you’re coolly operating on some intellectual or ideological abstractions.

How can someone who’s supposed to the the most brilliant president we’ve ever had, be so out of touch with the average American? He is continually out of step with mainstream Americans and continues on a path that is offensive to us.

Now here is something that a whole lot of us never knew anything about, by Troy Nelson at American Thinker:

The Tear Drop Memorial

The Tear Drop Memorial

It’s a tough world out there, an ugly world… even brutal at times. Things happen — wars, famine, storms, terror, alphabet soup illnesses ala H1N1, society-destroying debt, political systems in need of rehabilitation. We’re buffeted on the right and pummeled on the left and too often take it on the chin. Only occasionally does the world community engage cooperatively to aid or ameliorate the effects of these “bad things”. And even less frequent are enduring beaux gestes — beautiful, noble gestures, often in futile causes. Gestures that are offered without solicitation to honor those persons, those peoples impacted by said trauma. This epistle, Beau Geste, touches on 9/11 and a gracious gesture that occurred years later that is associated with America’s tragedy. We’ll set the table with care leading to the revelation of this beau geste we speak of.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now
William Shakespeare

One of the most expressive human gestures is the tear. Tears cover the full range of human expression – unmitigated sorrow, unbridled joy, burdensome frustration, unburdened relief, burning anger, contented contemplation. Tears shed from sharing these emotions with the one experiencing them gain a symbolism. Tears carry a cry for relief and tears answer back, “You are not alone, I am here.” The tear, the symbol, becomes a voice of empathy. Words intrude.

Which among us doesn’t remember where they were on 9/11? Who could not recall their emotions as a witness to the horror of those thousands dying before our eyes? I was at home that morning and I remember the call from my wife about a plane hitting a Trade Center Tower. She had just found out herself and couldn’t elaborate. She had to go. I turn on the television expecting a Piper Cub or an executive’s Lear Jet to have its tail protruding from the side of one of towers, maybe a little smoke wafting upwards. If only….

I came in on a scene from a disaster movie. There was no time to comprehend the scope of what the eye was beholding. The broadcast’s camera was zoomed in on telephoto, very tight (no sky was showing in the shot) and clearly up high on the south tower. Smoke was shooting out from every window and clinging like a shroud to the skin of the skyscraper as it flew upward. A few arms could be seen waving desperately through the smothering smoke. This is the only part of the disaster I was able to take in in about a 30 second span. I had no idea at this point that both towers had been struck.

And then something visually discombobulating took place: the smoke appeared to accelerate at a greater speed while the camera was panning upward with it. Only… the white exterior of the building looked like it was shifting imperceptibly, maybe even some small chunks coming off. It was hard to be certain with the smoke’s increased billowing.

And then the camera cut to a normal view from ground level. The upper levels of the building were racing downward into the cauldron of rising smoke… and then the roof cleared the strike line from whence the fire and smoke bellowed and was pan-caking on the levels below. Thousands perishing in that singular moment. Breath rushed out of me as if the tower was collapsing in my chest. I could only utter, “Oh, my God,” and sob. This was a plea – not an epithet – and I could utter no more. In the seconds it took the Trade Tower to buckle tears were speaking for a broken heart where lips failed. Too soon this soul crushing scene was repeated.

This column is composed to illuminate a beau geste given to honor our brothers and sisters lost on 9/11. This is written three years after the consecration of an august gesture that I had not heard of and it seems many others as well — the Tear Drop Memorial, Russia’s gift to the United States on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. The source of this ignorance will be dealt with in a moment.

The link to the 9/11 monument site is provided above so there will be only a brief comment on the Memorial itself and its artist. The Tear Drop Memorial was created by Georgian/Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli and is officially titled “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” or “The Memorial at Harbor View Park”. The monument is located at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, New Jersey, and is lined up to look upon the Statue of Liberty. The persons most likely to see it would be those coming into the harbor by boat.

The monolithic block of vertical, earth-colored stone is over 100 feet high. It appears rent in the center from top to bottom and in the gap is a 40 foot, four ton nickel-plated tear drop. The base of the monument is a multi-faceted onyx pedestal inscribed with the names of all of those that perished on 9-11-01, from Flight 93 in Pennsylvania to the Pentagon to the twin Trade Towers.

The symbolisms of this touching and costly gesture are as profound as those of our adopted First Lady, the Statue of Liberty. The Tear Drop and the Russian people deserve, in spite of whatever else they are, a commensurate acknowledgment of this moving symbol of sympathy. It’s a crime that even three years later the Russian’s simpatico for our losses has not been widely recognized by America and her leaders.

Symbolism is often an empty gesture, especially spoken symbolism. The mainstream media (MSM) and our leaders are enamored with symbolic speech. Listen the next time there is a tragedy or terrorist attack somewhere in the world. Bombastic bloviation becomes the word of the day: “We condemn this devastation, tragedy, heinous attack on freedom, this cowardliness!” the leaders bellow. Meanwhile, little to nothing is done other than more rattling of their saber tongues. The futility of this breed of so-called “beau geste” is not the tragedy or suffering being spoken of but the words themselves. The word fades as quickly as an echo if action is not following.

Beaux gestes can come in the form of a memorial. Memorials are perpetual reminders to those impacted or remain that, as was coined of an iconic D-Day photo – “To Remember”- we will not forget. A symbol reaches across the language divide. Monuments are universal and often readily grasped by all peoples of all ages. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a symbol 10,000. A beau geste? Priceless.

This is where we drop the hammer on the “lack of awareness” about theTear Drop and those responsible — the MSM. Here are some observations from researching the Tear Drop Memorial.

Until just this late spring I’d had no idea that such a memorial existed. Despite many American Thinker writers and readers disdain for the MSM it’s clear that many of us still keep an eye, critical, on their doings and reporting. I was paying attention in 2006 on the 5th anniversary of 9/11, both to print and broadcast media. I’m not oblivious. The Russian people’s Tear Drop beau geste on our own soil escaped my awareness. When even “60 Minutes” Andy Rooney, a man whose finger is often on the national pulse, says, “The Teardrop Memorial has gone mostly unrecognized,” then you know this is so. The Tear Drop Memorial just plain was not given national coverage.

Just after discovering that such a memorial existed, I was sent a link by another American Thinker reader to a web site that provided video of the memorial in Power Point (the music has since been removed). This presentation was the most touching introduction to the Tear Drop Memorial that I could imagine. It was accompanied by a composition of “Amazing Grace.” Once informed I researched the memorial and read the comment strings on many sites. It was grossly evident that a large percentage of other citizens were equally unaware, both at the time of the anniversary and even still today.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

Here’s the great rebuke that the MSM begs for by their manipulation of what constitutes “news” and thus of what we are informed of or not — searching the Tear Drop Memorial or Zurab Tsereteli gives over three pages of hits to “fact or fiction” type dot com sites such as snopes, urbanlegends, and hoax-slayer right up front. Search results are often ordered by a current hit count and the fact that “hoax or not?” sites even deal with the Tear Drop, let alone predominate, is an indictment of the MSM. Back in September of ’06 there may have been some reporting of the tribute from Russia but the fact that myriads of believe-it-or-not sites like these are even dealing with the suspicion that this memorial could be an internet fraud indicates a vacuum of factual information and reporting.

In many forums that have nascently begun to mention the Tear Drop Memorial fellow Americans lament the lack, or even absence, of press regarding this tribute. They are agitated that they have not had any exposure to this human, touching gesture by the Russian people. For every one comment saying they knew of the memorial there were 50 that plead ignorance. One commenter replied that there had been some coverage in ’06 (i.e. The New York Times, that bastion of journalistic integrity, as well as a few others). Someone responded, “Yes, but the memorial does not appear in volume. It definitely did not receive the national attention it merited”. This is nailing the definition of beau geste — “beautiful, noble gestures … often futile“. With our press it’s no wonder The Tear Drop Memorial is the epitome of a beau geste.

And that’s the crux of the issue — we get months of coverage on the Obama’s choice of pup. The MSM jumps on Carrie Prejean, who carefully and respectfully replied to a baited question about what constitutes “marriage” while participating in a national beauty pageant. We’re force-fed a tsunami of Michael Jackson saturation at his passing. There was ample coverage of Obama’s Beerfest ’09 with Harvard Professor Skip “Cry Racism” Gates and Officer Crowley.

9/11 is the touchstone of our generation just as much as Pearl Harbor was for our grandparents. And yet there has not been a proportionate acknowledging of the beauty and appropriateness of this monumental symbol indicating fidelity with America and our loss of life and the struggle against terrorism. As a matter of fact, compared to the press the Tear Drop Memorial has ever received, our own squabbling, flailing efforts years later to even agree on an appropriate memorial to the 9/11 events, let alone actually constructing a symbol to those lost, is the equivalent of War and Peace. The shame.

We have not dealt with the aspects of integrity, and irony, in the offering of this memorial by a nation that has been our opponent for decades and has dogmas that are in conflict with those upon which America was founded. That’s not for here. What is damning is that by the MSM not giving the memorial its due we have not even had a national discussion on the merits of the memorial or possible motives of its offering by the Russians.

There are articles that could be written about the injustice and unprofessionalism of the MSM on just this matter alone.

Let’s leave it at this — anecdotal as it may be, the matter at hand is a prototypical example of why traditional print and media news sources are losing broad influence. They are like salt that has lost its savor — worthy to be cast underfoot and trodden upon. The MSM jettisoned integrity years ago when it transmogrified into a perversion of entertainment and activism. As a result the press has a blind spot the size of the Titanic and resembles a blind-leading-the-blind ditch party – the more the merrier!

Indeed, it appears that conservative sites such as American Thinker, Rush 24/7, and The Drudge Report, et al, are gaining traction as legitimate sources of information and relevancy. No wonder the MSM despises and assaults the internet and non-traditional sources of news — they’re being beaten at their own game by the upstarts. The new outlets for news are actually reporting on what is newsworthy, including 100 foot high monoliths on the shores of New York harbor. Yes, there are difficulties with wild hairs using the cover of internet journalism (read “blogs” and undisciplined arm-chair “research”) but the freedom to discover, report, and editorialize facts and events has always been an unkempt, messy business… sort of like democracy. Nothing new under the sun — we’ve always had to bring a shovel to the information mountain to mine for the golden nuggets of truth.

The irony is that it is they, the ensconced journalistic Olympians, who have forced matters of journalism into seeming partisanship by their manipulation of published news, facts, and, per our Tear Drop Memorial non-reporting, events. It is the MSM that has become partisan and, through a Freudian slip known as transference, project their guilt onto others. The mainstream propagandist’s sins come by way of commission and omission. We should not let up on the press back against the manipulators of news.

How does a nation full of print and broadcast media miss a 175+ ton monolith that stares Lady Liberty in the face? Fairness Doctrines indeed!

There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil practice, whether in politics, in business, or in social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform, or in book, magazine or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful.

Theodore Roosevelt
Troy “Freeman” Nelson is an occasional contributor at AT including stirring the waters in the forum seats. He has a background in finance and powersports.