Category: Right Wing Idiocy

Another Shutdown?


Congress is running out of time to agree on a spending plan that keeps the government open, as Republican leaders attempt to defuse the threat of another shutdown – this one over Planned Parenthood.

Dozens of conservatives in the House and Senate have already pledged not to vote for a spending bill that includes money for Planned Parenthood. But both House speaker John Boehner and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have rejected such proposals, worried that moderate and independent voters may blame the Republican party for a government shutdown.

Ya think? Shutting down the government two years ago accomplished little but had some support from the public. Shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood will accomplish nothing and have almost no support (current polling shows 70-20 opposition).

This is entirely about Planned Parenthood. The parties are in agreement on the budget, which basically sustains the fiscal path that has cut the budget deficit by 70% over the last six years. Right now, the leadership are trying to schedule a separate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Even if that passes, however, the President would veto it. And even if he didn’t, Planned Parenthood would almost certainly sue over it. Most of their government money come via Medicaid, for medical services they provide to poor women (this does not include abortion, for which funding is forbidden). So this would amount to singling them out among many providers for activities which, so far, are not illegal. Moreover, stripping this funding would not stop a single abortion, since Planned Parenthood’s abortion business is a separate revenue stream.

I have no idea where the Republican Party is headed right now. The two men leading the polls are Donald Trump and Ben Carson, neither of whom has any experience and neither of whom has shown much policy knowledge. Meanwhile, the campaign of several promising governors — Christie, Perry, Walker — are imploding. And now we’re talking about a government shutdown to stop an admittedly unpleasant abortion provider from … also providing health services and birth control. And while the GOP is flailing around like this, the Democrats are getting ready to put forward Hillary Clinton or, God help us, Bernie Sanders, as a Presidential candidate.

Give the culture cons their vote on Planned Parenthood. But once that fails, just pass the damn budget. It’s one thing to shut down over spiraling deficits. I didn’t support the shutdown over Obamacare but at least that was partially defensible. But this … this is just silliness. And with an election coming up, it could prove to be very costly silliness.

Cantor loses to Tea Party challenger in major upset

Cantor, the republican Senate minority leader, in a first ever case, lost in the primary in VA to an unknown and upstart Tea Party candidate. The NYT is flabbergasted. After all, they have been telling us that the Tea Party is dead, after all.

With just over $200,000, David Brat — a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. — toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally. The Associated Press declared Mr. Brat the winner.

Going into the elections, most Republicans had been watching for how broad Mr. Cantor’s victory would be, with almost no one predicting that he would lose.

Mr. Cantor’s defeat — the most unexpected of a congressional leader in recent memory — will reverberate in the capital and could have major implications for an immigration overhaul.

There is a lesson here for all politicians: Americans are not liking the current immigration strategy employed by either party. Amnesty for these law breaking border jumpers should be a no-go. We were already promised in the 80s it would not happen again, and here we are today with central American nations all happy that Obama’s administration has decided not to enforce immigration laws. It’s insane.

Cantor losing is about the greatest thing that could have happened right now. It will force the politicians in DC to abandon their strategy to reward criminals in order to buy potential future votes. And democrats should be even more weary about this. A large section of their voter base views these border jumpers as direct competition for their livelihood, and they will not just accept the new comers, despite what the elite hoi-polloi on the left tell them they should believe.

Good riddance, and lets make sure the amnesty plans are derailed.

Seriously? This is news how?

Gallup has a poll/study titled “In U.S., Depression Rates Higher for Long-Term Unemployed” which makes the claim that “Mental health poorest among those jobless for six months or more” as seen here:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The longer that Americans are unemployed, the more likely they are to report signs of poor psychological well-being. About one in five Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more say they currently have or are being treated for depression — almost double the rate among those who have been unemployed for five weeks or less.

These findings are based on surveys with 356,599 Americans, including 18,322 unemployed adults, conducted in 2013 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Gallup finds that unemployed Americans are more than twice as likely as those with full-time jobs to say they currently have or are being treated for depression — 12.4% vs. 5.6%, respectively. However, the depression rate among the long-term unemployed — which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as those who have been seeking work for 27 weeks or more — jumps to 18.0%.

Is this another incidence of common sense seems fleeting to these people? Look, nothing is more devastating to someone that feels pride in doing work and taking care of themselves than the ability to do that. None of the bullshit “safety nets” put in by liberals can compete with the ability to actually stay gainfully employed by people that value such a thing. Sure, if you are one of those perpetually sucking at the government teat types, depression will come when you no longer can mooch off the productive, but I fucking could care less about those people being depressed. In fact, I would love to see a whole lot more of that, and a lot less formerly productive people being depressed because economy crushing psuedo-marxist-fascist nanny state progressive government expansion have ravaged the employment landscape.

Nothing is free. No system that rewards negative behavior will ever do anything but encourage more of it, no matter how noble the intent behind it. Life is harsh. People that want to forget or mitigate that always make it worse. Ben Franklin pointed out how one should never trade freedom for security, because you would end up with less of either, but I think this philosophy applies in a far broader sense than he meant it (or perhaps as we understood what he meant).

Our current social system is broken. It doesn’t exist to serve those productive members of society that are temporarily afflicted with bad luck or circumstances that require them to seek help – in fact, it often punishes those people, harshly, requiring them to lose everything before they qualify for help – and actually exists to prop up an ever growing segment of people that feel entitled to the fruits of other people’s labor, simply by the virtue that they were born. Romney got demonized, obviously by the special interests that gain the most from the existing broken system, for pointing out that a very dangerously large portion of our population now votes for a living, but he was dead on. Unemployment compensation, food stamps, and any other such government assistance are a poor substitute for gainful employment, but you can’t buy votes from people that have economic freedom and don’t want to be ripped off by your unicorn fart sniffing cult.

The most important thing that our government should have been doing over the last 6 years was to make changes that would encourage economic growth and employment. Instead they pretended to implement things to “help” people that did the exact opposite and cost us economic growth. And that was all done while incurring massive and insurmountable new debt levels. Obamacare is the biggest economy killing government scam to come our way. We should get used to European level unemployment here, as this system can’t avoid causing that, while watching the quality, access to care, and improvement of care go down, while costs, waiting times, and pain go up. Don’t take my word for it: the horrible happenings that amount to the VA scandal, which was so conveniently removed from the public eye recently, is Obamacare as a Proof of Concept. And Obamacare has plenty of help from other economy crushing progressive agenda schemes and scams, like the recent EPA regulations that have continued to make the cost of energy skyrocket.

Unemployed, and those unemployed for a long time, are going to be depressed. They have been robbed of their dignity by a system that feels it is more important to protect those that vote to keep the nanny state big and fat than to actually help them.

Another class warrior caught manipulating data?

The left, including our own Right Thinking leftists, have been telling us how bad the income inequality has become, thus justifying their believe they should be allowed to play god, and providing data from the fabled class warfare book recently put out by Thomas Piketty director of the Paris School of Economics and a self avowed marxist class warrior to make the case for their wealth redistribution schemes.

Pickity’s work makes the claim that income inequality is at it’s highest level now and needs to be dealt with before things get worse. That means the left should pick winners and losers, and hammer those trying to join the ranks of the wealthy by confiscating as much of their income as possible. Note that the left always focuses on earnings, but never wants to go after the fortunes of the super wealthy which always, without exception, tend to be leftists themselves. Something has to be done! Can’t have the world be injust and all that.

But Pickity’s work has a big problem according to people that have taken a closer look, and now they are saying that the errors he made are not accidental but manipulations of the facts to make the case for the class warrior’s agenda.

Can’t say I am surprised. This is the way the left works. I can’t put my finger on it but there is another one of the pillars of the church of the envious and greedy classists that has been exposed as suffering from the same lack of scientific rigor. There too they manipulated data and conveniently lost it. Amongst other things, but tell us their conclusions are accurate and fact despite all the evidence to the contrary. If we go bye how the left reacted to that kick in the pants, I expect them to make the claim Pickety is right, regardless of what he has done, and that those that have shown he is full of it are at fault. Probably even sponsored by some special interests, while again ignoring that Pickity’s work serves to justify theft by the biggest special interest organizations on the planet: nanny state collectivist governments.

If the left produced it, question it. And yes, if the right did it, do the same. But do it on scientific grounds. Don’t let the people that tell you because it is funded by special interests it has to be lies frame the argument against science. And you can bet your ass that whatever agenda of the left it is, from undermining the 2nd amendment to pretending we need more class warfare, they will argue that the other side is funded by evil special interests. All while they are funded by the people with the deepest pockets ever: collectivist run nanny states that stand to benefit from these fabrications.

Left caught posturing again.

So Obama, and most of the left that now seems totally missing in action when it comes to our rights and whatever the left has renamed the action against terrorism, were then, and are now, all full of shit. Back when Boosh was president we lived in a theocratic thugocracy, with people’s freedoms violated by things like the patriot act. Back then we tortured non-American terrorists, imprisoned them without due process, and violated all the rights the left granted them, be it through the Constitution of the United States of America or the Geneva convention, both entities that shouldn’t apply to ununiformed foreign combatants, and in general were a nation led by evil people. These days where we know for a fact that the NSA and the rest of the Obama administration, all caught red-handed spying on us, consider American citizens a far greater danger. So much so that when we finally have a chance to redress the evils of the Patriot Act, evils Obama himself protested when this law was passed, one is left wondering why the Obama WH would strip out that reform:

The U.S. House of Representatives has substantially reduced the effectiveness of the USA FREEDOM Act, a surveillance reform bill that sought to end mass collection of U.S. citizens’ data. House Leadership was pressured by the Obama Administration to weaken many of the bill’s provisions. The EFF and the Center for Democracy & Technology had both given their backing to the bill earlier this month, but they’ve now withdrawn their support. CDT Senior Counsel Harley Geiger said, “The Leadership of the House is demonstrating that it wants to end the debate about surveillance, rather than end bulk collection. As amended, the bill may not prevent collection of data on a very large scale in a manner that infringes upon the privacy of Americans with no connection to a crime or terrorism. This is quite disappointing given the consensus by the public, Congress, the President, and two independent review groups that ending bulk collection is necessary.”

Robyn Greene of the Open Technology Institute added, “We are especially disappointed by the weakening of the language intended to prohibit bulk collection of innocent Americans’ records. Although we are still hopeful that the bill’s language will end the bulk collection of telephone records and prevent indiscriminate collection of other types of records, it may still allow data collection on a dangerously massive scale. Put another way, it may ban ‘bulk’ collection of all records of a particular kind, but still allow for ‘bulky’ collection impacting the privacy of millions of people. Before this bill becomes law, Congress must make clear—either through amendments to the bill, through statements in the legislative record, or both—that mass collection of innocent people’s records isn’t allowed.”

As I pointed out then when the left protested this stuff it was never about protecting our freedoms but about them assuming that given the power those in the opposition power would resort to the same abuses of power democrats would surely do given the chance. What’s that I hear out there? A drone? Oh, shit. Obama is da bomb! He is so good for us….

You look guilty to me…

As the state becomes more authoritarian and the police more militaristic, revelations like this one from our overlords sure puts things into perspective:

The backstory is this: a woman was walking down the street when a motorcycle cop approached her, asked her if she lived in the area and if she would talk to him. She says his approach made her feel uncomfortable, so she refused and continued on her way.

“I thought that maybe he was flirting,” she said. “I just thought it was odd, I thought it was odd. I wasn’t really sure but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn’t anyone around.”

She says she was worried he might not even a real cop, so she refused to stop and began jogging away from him.

“He just crept along beside me on his motorcycle and he started saying, ‘Hey ma’am! I want to talk to you. Hey stop, ma’am! I want to talk to you.’ Then my anxiety rose even higher,” she said.

This was followed shortly thereafter by the cop dismounting, chasing her down, tackling her and placing her under arrest. The police chief claims this arrest was for “walking on the wrong side of the road,” (as well as “evading arrest” and “resisting arrest”) despite the fact that the woman wasn’t ultimately charged with anything.

Even if the preceding events could possibly be dismissed as hearsay, or something tainted by false impressions and emotions, there’s the police chief’s responses to questions about this interaction.

Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton says this:

Shelton says by law you’re not required to stop and talk to an officer if there’s not a lawful reason for them to be stopping you.

But then he says this:

“Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it’s awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer,” Shelton said.

Yes, this may seem “odd” to a police officer, but it’s not all that odd for citizens, even those committing no real crime (Shelton justifies the stop with the “walking on the wrong side of the street” crap) to have no desire to talk to police officers. A huge imbalance of power makes conversation uncomfortable. Anyone who’s attempted small talk with their boss understands this. If someone doesn’t want to talk to a cop, it’s not odd, it’s normal.

Get it? If you refuse, as Cartman from South Park would put it, to respect their AU-TOH-RAH-TAY, you must be up to no good. My personal experience is that agents of the state tend to have over inflated opinions of their worth and are practically always dismissful of the fact that they work for us tax paying citizens. Not the other way around. The trending I am seeing these days, where this field, too often dominated by ego maniacs, is arming up, thinks the law applies to us but not them, and quite often don’t even know the law, worries me. When you hear stories of police officers abusing citizens just because they record them, thinking that they should be immune form scruteny, it bodes nothing but ill, too.

Look, don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating either anarchy or disrespect and active resistance to the law, but I think most of these public servants need to be reminded that they are there to serve us, not to treat us like criminals that just have not been caught in the act yet.

The liberal solution: take 125537899

In the people’s great city of Detroit, where credentialed liberal ideologues have been running the show for more than 6 decades, things have not been going so well. OK, I am fucking around when I act sarcastic like this. Detroit is a disaster of epic proportions. The left created an unsustainable model that robbed the tax payers and incentivized business to move elsewhere, while the elected officials pissed away any and all prosperity. So now that the proverbial shit is hitting the fan, they are facing though choices. There is no money. Sure, Obama sent them a few tens of millions of US tax payer dollars, to make sure they could delay the inevitable until it was less inconvenient for the democrats, but the writing is on the wall. The end is nigh.

Case in point the pensioners, which are getting gold plated payouts from a drastically underfunded, some might even say unfunded, pension system, and the looming pension cuts. There was a hard reality check that required the city to cut pensions by a minimum of a third, but it looks like the marcists found another candyland solution

Detroit doesn’t have any money. Rather, it doesn’t have enough money: It cannot both pay its debts and run the city. That’s why the city filed for bankruptcy some months back, over the outraged protests of pensioners who stand to lose a big chunk of their monthly checks.

Today, those pensioners are breathing a little easier. The city seems to have struck a deal that will leave their pensions in better shape than previously feared. Instead of cutting those monthly checks by as much as a third, the city will trim them by less than 5 percent.

How did they make such a big change? In part by assuming higher investment returns:

The city initially factored in rates of 6.25 percent and 6.5 percent for the two funds, but eventually agreed that the funds could be presumed to do better — 6.75 percent — because of an improved outlook based on the funds’ 2013 performance as compared with 2012.

The city also promises lower or no cost-of-living adjustments, and less in the way of retiree health benefits. And the proceeds from a proposed deal, not yet agreed upon, to save the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection by soliciting a mix of state and private funds to pay off the pensioners.

Yeah, this ends well, I bet. America, pay close attention: Detroit is our future with these credentialed nanny state elitist scumbags in charge.

When I say this model is unsustainable..

It is because of facts like the following:

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.

That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. “A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round),” said the Census Bureau. “For school personnel, summer vacation is counted as weeks worked if they are scheduled to return to their job in the fall.”

Of the 103,087,000 full-time, year-round workers, 16,606,000 worked for the government. That included 12,597,000 who worked for state and local government and 4,009,000 who worked for the federal government.

The 86,429,000 Americans who worked full-time, year-round in the private sector, included 77,392,000 employed as wage and salary workers for private-sector enterprises and 9,037,000 who worked for themselves. (There were also approximately 52,000 who worked full-time, year-round without pay in a family enterprise.)

So 86 million private sector workers – the ones that produce the wealth – not only support close to 17 million public sector employees, a baffling ratio of a little over 5 to 1, but also support everyone else. And while it is staggering to me to find out that there is a public sector employee for every 5 Americans working in the private sector, that “everyone else” category is the big number. Let’s break that down a bit.

The Census Bureau also estimates the size of the benefit-receiving population.

This population, too, falls into two broad categories. The first includes those who receive benefits for public services they performed or in exchange for payroll taxes they dutifully paid their entire working lives. Among these, for example, are those receiving veteran’s benefits, those on unemployment and those getting Medicare and Social Security.

The second category includes those who get “means-tested” government benefits — or welfare. These include, for example, those who get Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Women, Infants Children.

Nobody begrudges those in the first category their earnings, and that is despite the fact that in its current incarnation systems like Social Security and Medicare are both doomed. They are paying out too much and not taking in enough. The fact that money in the SS fund was spent by previous people in government or that Obamacare will cream Medicare notwithstanding, these systems are agreed upon benefits people paid for. The devil is in the details. It is a discussion we must have, if we want to keep these systems viable and around, but not what I want to focus on. The pain comes from that second category;

In the last quarter of 2011, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 82,457,000 people lived in households where one or more people were on Medicaid. 49,073,000 lived in households were someone got food stamps. 23,228,000 lived in households where one or more got WIC. 20,223,000 lived in households where one or more got SSI. 13,433,000 lived in public or government-subsidized housing.

Of course, it stands to reason that some people lived in households that received more than one welfare benefit at a time. To account for this, the Census Bureau published a neat composite statistic: There were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 who lived in a household that included people on “one or more means-tested program.”

Those 108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1.

These numbers tell a story that is dire. No society can continue like this, especially with the trend that the producers are declining while the number of moochers are rising. Even worse is the obvious reason this is happening: that crony government has destroyed the economic landscape of the country because some people are making a killing and winning big at the polls because of this painful shift.

This can’t keep going the way it is, and it will not. Eventually the whole bloated and unfair system will collapse under the weight. Of course, the marxist are counting on that, because they have positioned themselves real well to take over after that happens. The Oligarchs are well protected and entrenched. The people that will suffer will be the productive, whom then will be forced to do even more, and for nothing. What a great system this is huh?

That cure for “Too big to fail”..

The 2000 plus pages monster produced by Dodd and Frank, the crooks that put together and vehemently defended the framework that left the entire mortgage lending and banking industry open to disaster, then pretended only they could fix it, has resulted in even more emphasis on the “Too big to fail” entities:

The charts below show that both the number of US small banks (which we define as banks with $10 billion or less in assets) and their share of US banking assets and domestic deposits declined substantially between 2000 and 2008. Simultaneously, the five largest US banks’ share of US banking assets and domestic deposits increased markedly. Since the financial crisis, US banking assets and deposits have continued to consolidate in a handful of large banks. As the charts show, the five largest banks by assets now hold 44.0 percent of US banking assets and 40.1 percent of domestic deposits—up from 23.5 percent and 19.5 percent, respectively, in early 2000. Correspondingly, small banks’ share of domestic deposits has fallen from 40.4 percent to 23.0 percent since early 2000, and their share of US banking assets has declined from 35.8 to 19.5 percent.

I can’t say I am surprised. When statist fucks that think government’s job is to pick winners and losers put together a roadmap that encourages the incestuous relation between government and the big entities the statists love, I expect to see more of it. I can go into a long diatribe about how the belief system of the collectivist statists always results in these sort of “Too big to fail” entities, because of the ludicrous belief that a massive bureaucratic central planning system rather than far more responsive and effective market driven system dictates economic policy, and point back to the old USSR, old Communist China, or any other of these collectivist shitholes, and the success of said system’s central planning, but it will all fall on deaf ears for those that pray at Marx’s altar (whether they admit they do or not). The point is simple: letting Dodd and Frank provide the “fix” for the problems their meddling created in the first place was only going to result in more of the problems. So back to the stuff we learn:

Small banks play a critical role in the US banking system and are particularly important in rural and small metropolitan areas. As an AEI report details, small banks play a particularly important role in providing certain products, such as small-business loans, mortgages, and farm loans. They typically fund themselves with customer deposits. Small banks’ community focus enables them to develop and maintain relationships with customers. Through these interactions, they obtain information about borrowers that larger banks generally do not have. As a result, small banks are able to make loans to borrowers who might not qualify under larger institutions’ standardized lending criteria.

There are many factors at work contributing to the huge decline in small banks’ market share. Some of the decline is organic, in that market forces encourage combinations of small banks as a way of spreading operational costs over a larger customer base. The FDIC finds that an average of 182 mergers and 107 consolidations occurred per year from 2001 to 2011. The FDIC also shows that some small banks simply outgrew their small bank status.

Another factor, the financial crisis, is less benign. One study finds that more than five percent of small banks failed in the wake of the crisis.

Bank concentration itself is not bad. But increasing regulatory burdens force consolidation in the US banking industry for the wrong reasons. Regulatory compliance can be a particular challenge for small banks with limited compliance expertise. Regulatory expenses absorb a larger percentage of small banks’ budgets than of their larger counterparts’ budgets. Although correlation is not evidence of causation, as financial regulation has increased since 2000, so has banking concentration. The Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010, imposes a new set of regulations that are disproportionately burdensome to small banks. Moreover, by designating the largest financial institutions as “systemically important,” Dodd-Frank creates a market expectation that designated firms are too big to fail and generates funding and other competitive advantages for the largest US banks.

Go fucking figure. Of course, those of us that pointed out that Dodd-Frank was going to do this, and that these assholes should have been kept away from any attempts to correct the problems their “social engineering” vote buying schemes and meddling caused in the first place, get little joy out of being right, considering that the problems are now exacerbated. Don’t take it from me:

Since the second quarter of 2010—immediately before the July passage of Dodd-Frank—to the third quarter of 2013, the United States lost 650, or 9.5 percent, of its small banks. Small banks’ share of US banking assets and domestic deposits has decreased 18.6 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively, and the five largest US banks appear to have absorbed much of this market share. Mounting regulatory costs threaten to accelerate the shift towards big banks and away from small banks that have long been important members of the financial industry and the local communities they serve.

So basically, the statist answer to the economic disaster caused by “social engineering” economics, resulted in even more “Too big to fail” dependencies, and is corroding the very part of a system that would prevent a repeat of the crash we saw back in 2007. I told you so somehow seems not to really do this any justice, considering we have now prepositioned ourselves for an even worse fall when the sure to come repeat of the crisis happens. And please, don’t be naïve enough to think that this time the meddlers will be able to overcome the laws of human nature and economics, so we won’t have a repeat, considering they doubled down on the very things that led to the bad behavior that caused the problems in the first place.

How America has fallen..

If you doubted the IRS scandal was real and that Obama and the democrats actually used the most feared, powerful, and dangerous US agency to target their political opposition, I have some more news for you. If you doubted that the NSA and the FBI were spying on us all and passing on information to the Obama administration and democrats to target their political enemies, I got some more news for you. If you doubted that the democrat machine was robbing the American tax payer blind to buy itself elections and cement it’s power permanently with crazy schemes like the legalization of millions of border jumpers, a fake healthcare reform system that does nothing but make things worse and more expensive, which really should be which should killed or constant assaults on 2nd amendment supported gun owners, I have some more news for you. If you piss them off you become an enemy of the state. The latest, and one that is sure to cement the banana republic label for good, was the move by the FCC to put “monitors” in news rooms. This was purely political and an assault on any press agency that would dare not walk the line the Obama administration and the democrats want the press to walk. Don’t just take my word for it:

Last week, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai disclosed the existence of the FCC’s new “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” a study that would send FCC researchers (monitors?) into newsrooms across the nation to determine, among other things, whether news organizations are meeting citizens “actual” as opposed to “perceived” information needs. As designed, the study empowers researchers to not only ask a series of questions of news staff, it also provides (in pages 10 and 11) advice for gaining access to employees even when broadcasters and their Human Resources refuse to provide confidential employee information. The Obama administration FCC is abusing its regulatory authority by attempting to discern the inner workings of American newsrooms.

And what will these FCC monitors ask when they do get access? Here’s the list of questions to station owners, managers, or HR:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?

• Who is your target audience?

• How do you define critical information that the community needs?

• How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?

• How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?

• What are the demographics of the news management staff (HR)?

• What are the demographics of the on air staff (HR)?

• What are the demographics of the news production staff (HR)?

And here’s the list of questions to on-air staff:

• What is the news philosophy of the station?

• How much news does your station air every day?

• Who decides which stories are covered?

• How much influence do you have in deciding which stories to cover?

• Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management?

o If so, can you give an example?

o What was the reason given for the decision?

o Why do you disagree?

Since when is a station’s “philosophy” or its inter-office disputes any of the federal government’s business? For that matter, how is the federal government qualified to determine what a citizen “needs” to know. Are citizens not qualified to make that determination themselves?

This is just shit you expect to hear in places like Cuba, Venezuela, China, North Korea, Iran, Russia, or other communist hell holes like the ones I mentioned or France. It is absolutely mindboggling to me that the media is just going along too. Sure, for now the people in charge and the fifth column seem to be united in purpose, but these fucking idiots that pretend to be part of the LSM seem to be immune to history. Did they miss the story about the people explaining how when the Nazis came for the Jews, gypsies, and other undesirables, they all just ignored it because they agreed or didn’t give a damn, but then when it was their turn, nobody was left to protest? And have no doubt that Obama and the donkeys would fuck over any reporter they would want to if they felt slighted. It happens it happens all the time. They have already done this to friendly ones that all but offered to fellate them for access.

America is truly changing as Obama promised, but lets not kid ourselves that it is anything for the worse.