By Joseph R. Carducci, January 23, 2015.
Our wonderful and amazing President Barack Hussein Obama has done it again. Really, I think he may have actually outdone himself this time. Everyone already understands that a State of the Union speech is something akin to the President bragging about himself and trying to show his accomplishments in the best light.
Obama Brags About ‘Accomplishments’
The problem with Obama is that he really has no major accomplishments to point to. In fact, almost all of the things he has done have had detrimental effects on this country. Whether we are talking about ObamaCare or his new ‘free’ community college initiative, this is a point every thinking person understands.
But to give a speech that is so full of lies really has to make people sit up and wonder. What exactly is Obama trying to pull off? That is exactly what we have seen even some liberal commentators from the MSNBC network ask. When the liberal news media starts wondering and saying that Obama is not in touch with reality, you know things have gotten bad.
Now we see an element of irony added to all of his lies and half-truths. During his speech on Tuesday evening, our President claimed that the United States has added almost 800,000 new jobs since 2010, which is more than all of Europe, Japan, and other advanced economies combined. While I seriously doubt these numbers, forget about that for just a moment.
Obama furthermore announced many Americans are now working in jobs that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago. Then he went on to specifically mention places like eBay, Google, and Tesla. I suppose we should also overlook the fact that these are big, left-leaning Democratic supporting companies.
After Obama Touts eBay, Company Lays Off Thousands
The ironic part of this is that the next day, eBay announced it was going to be laying off thousands of employees. I suppose this is what Obama considers to be a recovering (or maybe even recovered) economy. The Washington Beacon has more on this:
“Touting eBay now seems like an unfortunate choice, because less than 24 hours after Obama’s speech, eBay announced it was cutting 2,400 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce. Investors welcomed the layoffs, and the company’s stock jumped more than 4 percent on the news.
The company has spent millions of dollars lobbying the federal government, and has contributed mostly to Democrats over the years. Its president and CEO, John Donahoe, has donated almost exclusively to Democrats. He gave thousands to Obama’s campaign in 2012, and has contributed more than $90,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2006, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”
How ironic. Seriously, does anyone vet the things this idiot says or the companies he is going to give shout outs to? Certainly one of the Washington insiders in the Obama Regime could have placed a call to one of the officers at eBay and asked if they were going to be doing anything in the near future that might embarrass Obama’s praise of their company.
Remember also, this is the same President who thinks he knows best how to run small businesses. It is the same man who is so full of pride that he honestly may believe he has been responsible for reviving the economy. He even gives speeches in auto manufacturing plants that have been shut down. That’s the Obama effect for you. What do YOU think about all this?
For five years, Barack Obama has been able to count on two things. The first was a disorganized, timid GOP. The second was the sound of constant, fawning, almost orgasmic adulation coming from the MSNBC studios. While the jury is still out on Republican efforts to mount a successful resistance to Obama’s policies, it looks like MSNBC is getting tired of talking about his alleged foreign policy “successes.” In the wake of the State of the Union address it appears the “tingle” is gone.
Check out what left-wing stalwart Chris Matthews had to say about the President’s self-described foreign policy victories:
I kept thinking tonight that there’s a real world out there he didn’t really talk about, and had perhaps overambitious notions about where we stood in the war against ISIL – the Islamic State. He doesn’t want to call it the Islamic State, but that’s what they call themselves. Those two Japanese people, with no guilt on their shoulders – just staring there out of the desert – who are going to be apparently decapitated. …That reality – what’s going on in Nigeria is reality. How close was the President to reality overall, globally, tonight?
Wow. That’s actual skepticism from Chris Matthews! He must be back on his meds. Andrea Mitchell replied:
I think that on foreign policy, his projection of success against terrorism and against ISIS, in particular, as I said, is not close to reality. They have not come up with a strategy. And they built a global coalition but, again, he’s talked about Ukraine, he’s talked about Putin being isolated. Yes, Putin is isolated economically and the falling oil prices have hammered his economy. But at the same time, there’s renewed fighting in Donetsk, and we haven’t figured out Ukraine, we haven’t figured out how the NATO alliance can push back. Sanctions have not really worked, and Ukraine is going to need more weaponry, and they have not reached that point. So… you’re right, Chris, it doesn’t match the reality.
Could it be that, despite everything we’ve assumed, there actually is a breaking point for the folks at MSNBC? Has the moment arrived where, despite their love for their fringe liberal ideals, they’ve realized how ridiculous they sound when they laud this President’s nonexistent “accomplishments?”
More likely, the Charlie Hebdo attack finally stripped them of their faith in progressive invulnerability. It sounds like they’ve finally figured out that their usual plan – involving politically correct maneuvering and sympathy for the enemy – isn’t working anymore.
How sad to think that the brilliant minds at the left wing network of record were loathe to acknowledge the President’s detachment until the media became a target of radical Islam. …But it appears that may be what’s happened.
Published on Jan 22, 2015
MSNBC: Obama Touts His Victories But Doesn’t ‘Reckon With Reality’ of Historic GOP Victories (January 22, 2015)
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., says Obama administration correct not to call terrorism Islamic extremism.
While appearing on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said the Obama administration was correct in refusing to refer to Islamic terrorists as “Islamic extremists,” the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday. The reason, she explained, is that doing so would anger them and possibly cause them to engage in even more terrorism.
“They’re responsible for ensuring our national security. We have to be careful in our language and how we — I don’t want to see any more anger and hostility or violence in the world,” she said. “Our response to terrorism is a response that makes us safer that begins to dismantle and degrade terrorist organizations, not create more havoc, anger, and hostility in the world.”
Apparently, that means not saying anything that might hurt their feelings or make them angry. The Free Beacon noted that the administration’s “acquiescence” on calling Islamic terror what it is has been the subject of hot debate over the last week. “The catered response signals a fear of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their extremist allies,” the Free Beacon said.
Not concerned with the feelings of those who support the recent attacks against the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, France has strongly responded in both words and action. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, for example, said France is at war with radical Islam, jihadism and “against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity.”
“We are not a collection of communities, we are one nation, a Republic with values: generosity, solidarity, fraternity, secularism,” he added. “We must also be lucid: antisemitism, racism, hatred of the other, these things are intolerable… Journalists were killed for drawing, police were killed for protecting us, and Jews were killed because they were Jewish. This is what is intolerable. The indignation must be total and permanent.”
The administration, on the other hand, has taken a much quieter stance. While appearing to condemn Islamic terror, it has bent over backwards to remain politically correct. Last weekend, the administration refused to send a high-level representative to join 50 world leaders in a march against terrorism in Paris, choosing instead to send an ambassador. The administration later said that was a mistake after coming under fire from both liberals and conservatives.
On Friday, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh discussed the left’s refusal to call Islamic terror what it is. He encouraged his listeners to “remember everything you’ve heard over the last 20 years about liberals and bad guys. Let’s not criticize them. Let’s not demean them.” He then cited former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said Americans must “empathize with our enemy.”
While speaking at a Georgetown University event last December, Clinton said that so-called “smart power” means “showing respect, even for one’s enemies; trying to understand and, insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.” This, Limbaugh said, “is what we have brought to the State Department.”
Liberal politicians aren’t the only ones who suffer from what Greg Gutfeld called “truthophobia” regarding Islam. A number of so-called “mainstream media” outlets suffer from what appears to be a “fear of the facts,” smearing anyone sounding the alarm against Islamic extremism as Islamophobes.
Radical Muslims like Anjem Choudary, however, haven’t felt the need to restrain their speech. As we reported this week, Choudary blamed freedom for the Paris terrorism and said anyone who insults Islam or Mohammed — even the Pope — faces death. A number of people in Muslim countries around the world celebrated the attacks and called the killers heroes, unconcerned that their rhetoric would anger those who oppose Islamic terrorism.
The Free Beacon said that Lee’s comments are not surprising. “She was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization to use military force to invade Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks,” the Free Beacon added.
NORVELL ROSE — JANUARY 13, 2015
When former Vice President Al Gore in 2013 sold his stake in the cable television network he founded, Current TV, it was reported that the prophet of global warming doom made some $70 million from the deal.
In a much-publicized transaction, Gore sold his struggling Current TV to a media entity for whom money appeared to be no object. Gore’s buyer, you may recall, was Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based network financed by the virtually limitless oil money of Qatar’s ruling family.
And while Al Jazeera America (AJAM), which launched in August of 2013, was billed as a direct competitor to CNN, HLN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel, it never really gained much traction with American viewers.
Now the network’s scarce and scrawny chickens of poor performance are coming home to roost.
Headquartered and run from very pricey studios on the first floor of the Manhattan Center in New York City, AJAM tried desperately to build a liberal audience with its passionate embrace of left-wing causes, its near-constant defense of radical Islam, and its habitual bashing of Fox News.
Only recently, in a post on its website dated January 12, 2015, Al Jazeera accused FNC — the massively successful rival network — of “bigoted ignorance” and “peddling ignorance.”
Well, as breitbart.com reports, it looks like the sector-dominating Fox News Channel is getting the last laugh as Al Jazeera America collapses, eliminating all of its U.S.-originated morning programming: “Instead of producing its own programming, the basement-rated cable news network will simply re-broadcast Al Jazeera programs from its parent studio in Qatar.”
It’s noteworthy that the Qatar-based Al Jazeera has long been criticized as a “terror network” and propaganda organ, widely denounced by critics for airing and seemingly promoting messages from al-Qaeda leaders.
In his Breitbart post concerning AJAM, media writer John Nolte ascribes the network’s dramatically shrinking program lineup to its political irrelevance and its failure to gain any influence with the far left among the viewing audience.
Since its launch in August of 2013, not a single AJA story has ever had any kind of impact on the American news narrative.
Not a single interview, YouTube moment, or AJA report has ever been anything other than a tree in a forest that no one heard fall.
There’s no definitive word yet on the fate of the on-camera personalities of the cable net that bought its way into America’s TV marketplace by helping to make Al Gore a very rich man.
But it’s a likely bet that some of those broadcasters who came from major news operations at CBS and CNN might be grappling with second thoughts about their career choices.