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Dan Froomkin’s last blog entry at WaPo

Well, now that the Washington Post has fired Dan Froomkin, one of their most popular bloggers, I want to be sure to link to his last entry of June 18, 2009.

Don’t know what sense you make of Froomkin’s firing, but his watchdog role concerning the Obama presidency has been in line with his efforts to keep a close eye on George Bush during his interminable White House years.

And while it’s true that no one blogger can balance the juggernaut of right-wingers like Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Bill Kristol, Froomkin’s expressed views did help a little.

Historical Note: Froomkin’s sort of overview and info dissemination were once called ‘reporting’ and were integral functions of ‘journalism.’

But maybe there’s a new deal in town: that it’s becoming a bad career move to point out Barack Obama’s shortcomings as president or to critique his policies in any way, for then you become politically inconvenient and a liability.

Well, I wonder where Mr. Froomkin’s future writings will turn up? Because turn up they surely must – and this gnat of a blogger is wishing him all the best!

Press in the US

“The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.”

— Henry Brooks Adams 1838 – 1918 (grandson of John Quincy Adams, great-grandson of John Adams)

Now we may take the above quote of journalist, novelist, academician, and historian Henry Adams at surface value – until we spend hours last evening researching Mr. Adams and find that he was an anti-semite who believed that Jews controlled politics, the financial world, and the press.

Well, that’s fairly demonstrable in our era, as it turns out, but I’m not of the persuasion of detesting an entire religious body of people because of a percentage of its adherents. (Hebrew is the race, Judaism is the religion.)

I point out Adams’ anti-semitism because it explains his “monied system” reference in the above quote.

That Zionists’ interests override public policy in the US is becoming more and more clear, imo, and there are many people who would agree.

On my Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington, I remember posting last year the YouTube video of VP Joe Biden calling himself a ‘Zionist’ and I thought, uh-oh – more war even WITH a President Obama. We’re seeing results playing out now so Mr. Adams was apparently on to something.

Yet I’m surprising myself by posting the following two quotes from Mr. Adams, quotes that further illuminate a part of his character as much as his prejudices:

“With communism I would exist tolerably well…but in a society of Jews and brokers, a world made of maniacs wild for gold, I have no place.”

“I detest (the Jews) and everything connected with them, and I live only and solely with the hope of seeing their demise, with all their accursed Judaism.”

(There’s more to the last quote but I prefer to draw the line here at his vitriole. I do not promote such rhetoric normally but stay with me – there may be a point to all this.)

Before I continue on this track, how about a calmer bit of wisdom from the brilliant Henry?

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Can this be said of bloggers, too (especially considering the abandonment of the public trust by the mainstream media)?!

But let’s get back to prejudices and monied systems…

Best known for his book, ‘The Education of Henry Adams’ the man lived a seemingly charmed life in his home on LaFayette Square across from the White House, enjoying social and political connections of the exalted kind of his day. His wife Clovis Hooper, daughter of a very wealthy Bostonian, interrupted the flow, however, by committing suicide on Dec 6, 1885.

Something of an auto-biography, ‘The Education of Henry Adams’ left out his marriage years entirely! The book, awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1919, concerns the ‘birth of forces’ that he saw as ‘replacing Christianity.’

Considering his many travels to Europe – including a Grand Tour after graduating Harvard in 1858 and serving as private secretary to his father who was sent to London by Pres. Lincoln as minister (ambassador) to the UK – my intuition says that Mr. Adams came in contact with the Freemasonry-Illuminati-Rosicrucian crowd/s that permeated the upper classes in which they moved in Europe (as did Franklin, Madison, and Jefferson.)

In fact, the works of John Stuart Mill were described by Adams to have convinced him of “the necessity of an enlightened, moral, and intelligent elite to provide leadership to a government elected by masses and subject to demagogery, ignorance, and corruption.” Just like America’s founders, especially Jefferson and Madison whose presidencies he chronicled so well.

And we know of Jefferson’s high regard for The Enlightenment in Europe and the French Revolution’s early principles: Voltaire and the gang. ‘Reason’ exalting the ‘Morals’ of man, however, never live up to their idealization. My own belief is that God knows best and that we’d be nowhere without Him and the Ten Commandments. Guess I’m no humanist – look what de-regulation of the markets has wrought as Wall Street had all controls dissolved. Even forgetting celestial precepts, where were human ‘morals’ then?)

Now showing! one of my own biases when reading of anyone and anything relating to politics – the word ‘enlightenment’ always seems an ‘Illuminati’ reference to me – and their stated mission is to destroy Christianity (and all other religions), governments, and the very fabric of society so that they can build it back – or let it grow wild as a destructured ‘Utopia’ where all men are ‘free’ – aka left to their own devices – but actually to be bossed around by a select few elites at the top of the pyramid!

So does man need God’s laws in order to thrive? Or can we regulate ourselves with manmade laws and devices?

Did you know that the Ten Commandments can be read as promises as well as limits?

For example: for those who love and serve God, “Thou shall not kill” is a promise easily kept without any trouble at all, if you love and serve our Creator!

And any parent raising small children knows how things will go if they give their beloved children No Limits to go by whatsoever. It makes them not very pleasant to be around besides setting them up for a shock when others don’t find their unbridled sassiness nearly as charming as their parent may.

Well, what is my point about Henry Brooks Adams?

That no one – even the famous, well-connected, and exalted – is perfect, yet we may still learn something valuable from them when it comes to what’s going on below the surface of politics…and now one of his most famous quotes, one of my personal favorites because it is so very instructive for modern times:

“Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organisation of hatreds.”

As it remains today, Professor Adams.

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A few astrology notes on Henry Brooks Adams are available at Stars Over Washington if you dare. They’re written in English so you should be okay.

Poll: is the media bad to Palin?

Boo hoo or bad form?

Is the media treating Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, badly or with too negative a scrutiny? The charge ‘sexist’ has been leveled at some of her detractors’s critiques.

Since her candidacy for VP was announced, she’s been called everything from ‘failed beauty queen’ to ‘Caribou Barbie’ and worse, and dissed by pundits and reporters alike, including amusing fake reporters.

So what do you think? Should she be skewered as (among other things) moronic or bimbo-esque – or taken more seriously as a possible VP or president of the United States of America?

Update 10.23.08: So far no one has voted for “Sarah who?” in this poll which is not surprising considering the press’ former ga-ga status over Palin and I suspect Tina Fey and SNL had something to do with Palin as a ‘household name’…brand, don’t you?

 

Update Oct 27: so far “Out her unreadiness” is winning, with absolutely no votes at all for ‘Leave Sarah alonnne!” which is my weak attempt at parodying the squalling Britney fellow in the video.

MSM: uh…the sky has fallen…who knew?

The MSM Jumps on the Economic Bandwagon

By Kathy Sanborn

So the US economy is on the brink? Yawn. Tell me something I didn’t know at least two years ago.

Now the mainstream media have been given the green light to announce, bold as you
please, that we are in for some pretty tough times, but Internet news and blog
readers have known about our faltering financial system for a long, long time.
Now, in the mainstream press, it has become popular to state the obvious: the
country is broke.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20806.htm

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And astrologers have been telling the news for years, too!

With the massive publishing failure going on at Blogger again today (to which its owners have yet to respond or repair – perhaps they’re busy as bees now) it seems I’m fortunate to have published one entry last evening concerning Lehman Brothers crisis of 1984. Article’s link is in previous post…

This economic crisis falls under the Terror Promoters campaign – kind of a Code Chicken Yellow, would you say?

Well, at least tonight’s the night I’ll see Craig Ferguson and forget my woes for an hour or so…wish YOU, lone reader, could come!

Dems in cahoots, American Monetary Act, and a Slave Society

And did I mention mainstream media reach-arounds advancing totalitarian rule?

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The Financial Times and the “Self-Confessed Mastermind of 9/11”

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By James Petras

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In recent days there is mounting evidence of the advance of totalitarianism
in the political and media mainstream. The entire Western world, led by the
United States, has embraced a Georgian regime, which invaded South Ossetia
totally demolishing its capital city of 50,000 residents, assassinated 1500
men, women and children and dozens of Russian peace keepers.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20638.htm

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Foreign Spigot off for US Consumers

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By Max Fraad Wolff

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Alongside falling prices, rising mortgage rates, stricter credit conditions
and general malaise, the structure that supports American home ownership is
being condemned by market valuation. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have nose
dived and been downgraded toward a smaller future – and these are more
important names for your future than Joe, Sam, Kathy, Mitt, Meg …

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20642.htm

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A Master-Slave Society: Democrats in Denver Should Skip One of Their Parties and Read the
American Monetary Act

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By Richard C. Cook

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The debt this nation owes to the banks, to foreign creditors, and to each
other can never be paid off. – Nothing creates more debt than war.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20636.htm

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It’s Time for Real Change: How the Democrats Helped Bush Hijack the Country

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By Cynthia McKinney

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Our country has been hijacked and the Democrats have proven themselves to
have been in on the plan. When it came to the Constitution, the Democratic
leadership showed us that aiding and abetting illegal spying on us was more
important to them than protecting our civil liberties.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20641.htm

# An article smorgasbord for you from 9/11 to loss of civil liberites and the complicit Democrats – as I’ve been fussin’ about for ages! Now I know Cynthia McKinney has been under the character destruction microscope for years, but if you can, please give her article a try.

Noam Chomsky on mainstream media games

Hey! just posted this on my Political Astrology blog,  Stars Over Washington:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2008/03/noam-chomsky-media-plays-game.html

It has links thereupon to natal chart details for Chomsky and to info on the upcoming Saturn-Uranus opposition, a cycle which began with their conjunction in 1988 and which in turn relates to Dec 2007’s Great Conjunction of Jupiter-Pluto.

Astrology helps keep track of our Solar System’s webs and connections…no easy feat!

Now here’s a quote on the media from my main man:

“Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better that you fear the media, for they will steal your HONOR. That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.”

Mark Twain

Fred2Blue: Political ‘Insultant’

Fred2Blue is an excellent political blog just added to my WordPress Blogroll…check it out when you can. Their Political “Insultant” role works for me–esp with little or no mainstream media around to hold politicians’ hooves to the fire of truth.

Yes, we must Blog On as long as the opportunity is available to us!

Now let’s see: Bush’s approval rating is supposedly as high as 19% (in his dreams perhaps.) 

So is it still politically correct to thank Turdblossom for this trainwreck of a presidency? Did I blog that out loud?

While I’m on the Subject of George:

Since I hear that George really loathes being psychologically analyzed, here’s a previous article in which I do a smidge of just that–and he can take his whole chaos-creatin’ crew along with him as he goes:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2005/12/chironuranus-types-in-government.html

East buys West: Shari’a banking

The August Review has a must-read on the world economy to which I have linked here: http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/12/sharia-banking-near-you.html

along with a few comments of my own.

Unsettling as a world economy meltdown, undermining as a Washington politician touting terror…poles shift and East buys West while the New World Order rolls merrily along.

Will mainstream media mention it to you? No, they can’t shut up about steroid use in baseball as if everyone hadn’t known it all along. Duh.

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