A reply to the NY Post’s OWS editorial

Posted in Classism, Propaganda at 12:25 pm by angela

[I found this published in DailyKos.]

My reply to the NY Post’s OWS editorial,.

Murdoch organ the New York Post wrote an editorial yesterday calling for Mayor Bloomberg to mobilize the NYPD to forcibly remove the OWS protesters at Liberty Plaza Park.

I wrote them back to tell them what horrible people they are. I know it probably won’t change their minds, or make it into print, but it sure helped me to relieve some anger. The letter in full is below the fold

Dear Sir or Madam,

I read your editorial, “Time to throw the bums out”. It is obvious from this editorial that you have contempt and disdain for the protestors, the constitution, and the people of this country. But that’s not why I am writing – as a Murdoch-owned publication, that’s standard practice. I writing to you about this piece for a different reason:

It is full of lies.

You wrote, “No one has greater respect for the First Amendment than this paper.” This is a blatant and sickening lie. People with respect for the first amendment do not complain when others exercise the rights enumerated under it. Instead, you desire people’s constitutionally-protected right to assemble and speak to be curtailed because you find the protestors in Liberty Plaza Park a “nuisance.” Let’s be clear: the freedom to exercise constitutional rights is more important than any of the complaints you bring up about OWS.

You wrote, “What began as a credible protest against bank bailouts, crony capitalism and the like has, in large measure, been hijacked by crazies and criminals.” When the OWS protests began you did not portray them as “a credible protest against bank bailouts, crony capitalism and the like” but rather as “crazies and criminals”. That has been your agenda from the start. But OWS is no more full of “crazies and criminals” now than it was before – they exist, but are in a clear minority.

Both the above-quoted sentences are part of the tapestry of a larger lie, which is that you have covered this matter evenhandedly and responsibly. From the beginning your paper has been set on portraying the OWS movement as a radical fringe movement, marginalizing them as much as possible to prevent having to deal with their critique of our political economy. The fact is that, as a press organ that makes up a small part of a worldwide media conglomerate, your institutional biases are obviously in favor of the corporatocracy and its ugly hijacking of capitalism. As such, it is no surprise you rail against normal people with the temerity to call out corporate greed.

The way that you have perverted the legacy of Dorothy Schiff is so horrendous that if anyone of your employees had any integrity they would have quite long ago. I do not think it would be possible for me to hold you, collectively, in higher disdain.


[Joey C]


Shocking video shows Breitbart’s true colors

Posted in Accountability, Bad boys, Blogging, MoveOn.org, neocon crackpots, Propaganda, racism, Republican party at 10:56 pm by angela

Or does it?

After last week’s propaganda debacle, MoveOn.org has released an amateurishly-edited video of Andrew Breitbart talking about his allegiance to al-Qaeda, proving that with video editing anything can be proven.

Breitbart and embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele will be appearing side by side at an upcoming Republican event, just in case you’ve forgotten who works for whom.


American REALLY speaking out

Posted in Propaganda, Republican party at 12:37 pm by angela

Republicans, teapartiers, right wingers in general have this bizarre idea that everyone agrees with them except a few left-wing extremists, despite all polling and electoral data to the contrary. They feel that all they have to do is tweak their message and the hordes that didn’t really understand it or had never heard it will suddenly come home.

The last rebranding effort of the Republican party was supposed to be a road trip around the country but turned into a single stop at a pizza place inside the Beltway. Now they’ve come up with a new idea that involves the intertubez.

They’ve taken $100K+ in taxpayer dollars and started a website for real Americans to contribute their ideas, America Speaking Out. Here’s Michele Bachmann to tell you all about it. Sorry about the width of the video, Michele Bachman needs to fill your screen.

Things are not turning out as planned. It seems that progressives and trolls, being much more web-savvy than the right wing types they were trying to attract, have basically taken over the website, or what is left of it.

There’s even a Democratic response site.

If you want to go there, even if it is still up you will get lots of overload and server error pages.

I started a profile. They give you 100 points for filling out a complete profile, which includes an email address (which must be verified) and a phone number (which you can make up). Change the email address to keep from getting Republican spam.

I never managed to post. I think the site does not work quite right in Firefox, and is optimized for IE, since I guess they bought a package deal from Microsoft. The site, if it still exists, seriously sucks functionally.

They’re attempting to filter and moderate to bring the site under control, in other words, censorship. I wonder how they are going to be able to reconcile the level of censorship necessary to bring the message under control with the fact that taking tax dollars means they aren’t supposed to be using the site for partisan politics?

But anyway, since it’s not likely the site will be up long, here are some choice tidbits:

The DARE program taught me all about the coolest drugs. And told me everyone but me was doing them. Keep it around.

I think we should bring back outing people who have had affairs. Make them wear scarlet letters again and show their sinful natures so that we can protect our CHILDREN from these sinners.

Women should be forced to have all kids they could. We are wasting life allowing them to menstruate every month. It is the same as an abortion!!!!!

Abolition of women’s rights would surely improve families strenght. Any father should be able to sell his daughter to the future husbands, as it is stated in the Bible. We should put Jesus back on our lives!

Without blasphemy laws freedom cannot exist because rights are given by god and recorded through revelation.

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Make your site work properly with Chrome by supporting open web standards. Your site looks to me like you’re using tools from Microsoft. Microsoft thinks they should dictate web standards rather than follow them. Consider HTML5. Don’t be a Microsoft Developer Tool.

You should kick all of those libertarian-leaning “intellectuals” out of the Republican party. Sure they like assault weapons, but that’s just so they can sneak in crazy ideas like legalizing marijuana and letting gays “marry” and replacing American economics with Australian economics. I don’t want to have our currency handed over to the Australians, and if they try it, it’ll be another civil war!!!11!!

I should have the freedom to urinate on fire hydrants. If dogs can do it, I should too. Let’s end this discrimination.

I am hung like a cashew and love diapers. What should I do?

Waste – how about stop wasting my time with your propaganda? How about stop wasting my $$ on bridges to nowhere — How about stop wasting my money on helping your rich buddies and big business while half the country is starving and cant find work??!!

Please cut all the bad programming from the television; my doggy is wasting his life away on the sofa.

Quit wasting time voting no on every bill submitted. You are getting paid to do a job and voting no is hardly working.

I have an open running sore that wants to run for president. Who will vote for my oozing, pus-fllled gash? It never spends any money.

Change the word “Spending” to “Splending” because it sounds like “Splendid”. Then nobody will mind anymore.

Americans buy too much stuff. I think we should make buying stuff illegal, and you have to grow/hunt all your own food and make all your own clothes from scratch, and then once everyone has learned his/her lesson then we could open the stores agian – and this time people would APPRECIATE THEM!!

So my neighbors on one side are a black family. I’m pretty sure they only come out at night like 1:00 am to 4:00 a.m., perhaps they’re vampires. My neighbors on the other side are hispanic. There are billion of them. They like to barbeque (I mean like REALLY like to barbeque) and listen to some groovy mexican (?) music. I don’t think they speak very much english. But I do like they’re music. My neighbor across the street is a white guy. He has a confederate flag sticker covering the entire back of his truck and a gun rack. I’m pretty sure he’s an alcoholic and that he beats his kid. God Bless the Midwest. (this is all true, btw)

Our dollar bills should be covered in honey so that they get stuck in our pockets instead of spent. And everyone loves honey!

The government should print a whole bunch more money. True, this will inevitably cause the currency that’s printed to inflate rapidly, which is why they should print Canadian dollars instead.

Replace “E Pluribus Unum” (which is ferner-speak) with GITTER DONE!!! The 3 examination points even make it 13 charecters to, just like the original number of discipals… or sales on the Mayflower… or whatever it was. It was danged American – I know that.

Tax the GOP

The quarter should be made from formed meat product. Then everyone would be sure to refrigerate their money.

Abolish house insurance and fold the cost into property taxes. Chances are if your house gets hit by a hurricane you’re more likely to get reimbursed by FEMA. We might as well be sending the Fed a check and help pay down the national debt.

Congress should pass an admendment that requires the federal government to include 33% of american products to be included in any money given to foriegn countries. This would be a direct flow of cash back into our economy and may aid our maufacturing sector.

Take away Mark Sanford’s passport. Or member.

A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

Raise taxes to 70% for the top tax bracket

Replace all politician’s retirement plans with social security. I’m sure the problem will be solved in no time.

Bristol Palin….I’d hit it.

Why don’t we just pack up the Treasury Department and the Fed and send them to Iraq and Afghanistan? That’s where all out tax dollars are going anyway. Maybe they can keep track better over there.

piggy banks. twins. i’m watching.

First of all, take money from the banks, wall street, and all other corporations who have taken money from the government. Get rid of the pointless spending. Get rid of ALL current Congressmen/women incumbents, Democrat AND Republican. Unless they agree with the slowing of the spending.

Balance in All Things

All government workers should be paid MINIMUM WAGE, including Senators, Congressmen, and military employees/troops. Come see how the rest of us live, welfare queens.

Get our troops out of Iraq. Put Cheney in prison. Oh that’s two ideas!

Fire all government employees and hire illegal aliens instead

Take a checkerboard, and put one penny on the first square. The next day, put 2 pennies on the next square. Next day, 4 pennies on the next square, and so on, doubling the pennies each day. After 64 days, take all those pennies and put them in the bank, you dummy!

Use moon mapping software to map the moon and community building software for community building.

The federal government needs to cut costs. The private sector cuts costs by firing those expensive American workers and outsourcing to cheaper foreign workers. The Federal government should outsource all the jobs to save money.

The Pentagon is surrounded by a giant, surface-level parking lot, which sitting in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate on the East cost. Sell the parking lot for high-density development, and use some of the proceeds build a multi-level garage for Pentagon employees to park in.

Stop wasting time during legislative sessions passing resolutions that can be handled on a State level. While it is nice to recognize anniversaries and achievements, it is best to use our time wisely when our nation needs quality of action, not quantity.

Pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan- nothing could be more wasteful than spending trillions of dollars and thousands of servicemen’s lives on lost causes.

Stop sending Foreign Aid. It is not the job of our government to be a Charity. That is why we have charities! Abolish the Foreign Aid and make ALL charitable giving 100% deductible.

Stop outsourcing our military jobs to private companies. We have wonderful military personnel who can do these jobs, do them well, and save us money.

Quit wasting time voting no on every bill submitted. You are getting paid to do a job and voting no is hardly working.

Please cut all the bad programming from the television; my doggy is wasting his life away on the sofa.

Waste – how about stop wasting my time with your propaganda? How about stop wasting my $$ on bridges to nowhere — How about stop wasting my money on helping your rich buddies and big business while half the country is starving and cant find work??!!

“Abolish the Air Force. It’s not in the Constitution.””

“The United States military must be an inexorable adamantine wave of Liberty, sweeping over the world. Rolling, without pause, over the villages of any savages foolish enough to embrace our righteous social order. It must rise like a fist over the heads of the Arab nationalists, the communists, limp-wristed social democrats, and the Islamists, driving them into the ground where they will remain buried… oh hold on, I’m coming… “

Build Iron Man suit. Privatize peace. Make-out with Gwyneth Paltrow.

One problem with terrorism is that we don’t know who the terrorists are. An idea I just developed involves an algorithm which can identify potential terrorists with 93% efficiency. The algorithm is proprietary but I’d be willing to share it with certain parties if the price is right (DoD, are you li$tening?), but it’s based on the amount of patterned cotton fabric on your head, the amount of melanin in your skin, the ratio of taxi drivers to camel drivers in your family, and other relevant information. The 7% inefficiency is a remnant from early testing where a number of babies with uniquely spelled names were mistakenly flagged. Also, we should impose legislation which abolishes uniquely spelled names.

We should pass a law that makes it Illegal to use public money to setup a website that is not good for anything except gathering internet trolls.

As a matter of ethics, we should ban sarah palin from ever being allowed to run for any public office, EVER! She’s a tax evader, a liar, a pillar of misinformation, a horrible mother, and a media grabbing, greedy, religious zealot, with ties to extremist groups such as Prayer Warriors. Her input into any political issue is only based on her self-serving agenda. Baggers, birthers and all other fanatics need to stop paying her to flap her ugly jaws. Then, maybe she’d go home to her poor feral children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s create a massive energy plant run by MILLIONS of hamsters running on their little hamster wheels. Everyone knows it’ll work, scr3w PETA.

Cheer up Republicans. We’re not laughing WITH you. We’re laughing AT you.


We are better than that!!!

Posted in humor, Political rant, Propaganda at 8:02 pm by angela

Yee-hah! This baby’s so gone viral…


Best NOM ad parody

Posted in Communications breakdown, Fraud, humor, Hypocrisy, Propaganda, Religion at 5:14 am by angela

Why do right wingnut groups come up with such bizarre self-consciously serious propaganda that people can’t help but parody it?

We could blame the failures of the school system. But it could also be that some things are just ineffable.

My little parody: