I hope this finds everyone well after the Thanksgiving Holiday, with blessings that overflow without measure. And if you traveled, I hope you are home safe and sound.
Speaking of traveling, as you no doubt know, President Obama is over in Paris at the Climate Change Summit. Oh, yes, you know, that thing that is far more dangerous than, oh, I dunno, TERRORISTS in Paris. Obama referenced that, naturally, in terms of the will of the people in Paris to continue on with what REALLY matters most right now.
Once again, Branco from Legal Insurrection nails it:
Yep, that will show those terrible ISIS terrorists whose boss, huh?
Meanwhile, speaking of ISIS and the environment, the former CIA Director, Michael Morrell, revealed some telling information about how we are conducting our fight against terrorism recently:
In case you can’t watch it or don’t have time, this is what Morrell said, from BizPacReview:
[…] “Prior to Paris…there seemed to have been a judgement that look we don’t want to destroy these oil tankers because that’s infrastructure that’s going to be necessary to support the people when ISIS isn’t there anymore and it’s going to create environmental damage,” Michael Morell said on PBS’s “Charlie Rose” last week.
“We didn’t go after oil wells, actually hitting oil wells that ISIS controls, because we didn’t want to do environmental damage, and we didn’t want to destroy that infrastructure,” he explained. ”So, now we’re hitting oil in trucks,” he observed. “Maybe you get to the point where you say we have to hit oil wells. So those are the kind of tough decisions you have to make.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Now you know, I am all about protecting the environment because it is the right thing to do. I have been concerned about the health of the environment for decades now. I live on a tidal creek, and am very conscious of what we use around the house and in the house, making sure it is as environmentally sound as possible.
But – we are talking about a terrorist group that brings in up to $3 million a DAY in revenue from selling oil. Do the math – that is a lot of green to bankroll their nefarious actions around the world. Sure, taking out some of the tankers helps, but it is, um, a drop in the bucket compared to taking out the actual oil well.
Meanwhile, back here in the good ol’ USA, Republicans are once again being blamed for some deranged maniac killing a few people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Not anyone FROM Planned Parenthood, but innocent passersby, and one police officer who was also a minister. So naturally, any Republican who has ever said ANYTHING against abortions is now considered guilty of inciting this crazed man with a violent criminal past to do more violence. Pay no attention to facts, just find someone to blame on the Right STAT.
It is to that bias that Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist writes:
[…] But many in the media believe, if their frequent references are any indication, that Dear, who lived in a parked vehicle without electricity, was motivated by undercover videos showing high-level Planned Parenthood officials talking about how to perform “less crunchy” abortions in order to preserve human organs for sale to purchasers. These videos showed Planned Parenthood executives haggling over prices for human organs procured from the hundreds of thousands of abortions they perform each year. Outcry over the videos has led to state and federal investigations into the practice of such human organ trafficking.
Many in the media believe that Dear was motivated by undercover videos.
Planned Parenthood, for its part, has claimed to have stopped the practice of taking money for the human organs they obtain as a result of their abortion practice.
Some in the media believe that talking about Planned Parenthood’s human organ trafficking — or even generally speaking against the injustice of ending a human life after it has begun — caused the tragedy in Colorado Springs. The two main problems with this argument are 1) the pro-life movement is opposed to ending and exploiting human lives and has made this argument consistently for decades; and 2) the police have been rather tight-lipped about the shooter’s motive and mental health.
Oh, why bother with facts when the media can tarnish and attack anyone who doesn’t agree with them?
It is to this mindset that Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, spoke this weekend:
No kidding, huh?
But it isn’t just the manner by which the media does not bother to wait for information about the shooter to make these broad brush stroke condemnations. It is the sheer hypocrisy in the way they cover the news, as Hemingway continues:
[…] Floyd Corkins II was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition during the shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. He later told authorities he planned to kill as many people as possible and to smear the sandwiches in his victims’ faces as a political statement. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president’s opposition to gay marriage, and the Family Research Council also opposes gay marriage.
Corkins admitted he intended mass murder because he opposed their views on marriage. In the end, he shot one guard who overpowered him and saved many lives. This story was barely covered by the media, certainly not in real-time as it happened, and with no breathless coverage about whether media coverage against those who opposed redefining marriage was to blame for this violence. What’s more, Corkins said he specifically used a map provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center to locate his victims. Even so, the same media that falsely claimed a Sarah Palin electoral map targeting a Congressional district was to blame for a mass shooting in Arizona, wasn’t interested in this story at all.
There are, of course, many other examples of how unevenly the media exploit violence to push preferred political narratives. But after months of egregiously weak coverage of issues raised by journalists who went undercover in the abortion industry, it’s particularly unwelcome.(Click here to read the rest.)
Corkins who? That is no doubt the response you would get from most people because there was not the rabid projection/conjecture/attribution of being a right-wing terrorist of him as there has been with ANYONE who engages in these heinous crimes. That is the very first thing the media says. Look back at assumptions about Aurora, Tucson, the Navy Yard Shooting, and on and on. Blame the Right first, facts to follow after damage is done.
Good grief. That is where we are post-Thanksgiving. What’s on your minds today?