Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Entry #666 -OR- The Number of the GOP and D.C. Corporate Media Beasts

**Updated 10:03PM 7/7/2014: See below.**

The famed Exorcist Steps in Georgetown here in Washington, D.C., as seen last May -- May 25, 2011 at 1:13PM to be exact.


Blog Entry #666

**Updated 10:03PM 7/7/2014:** Content removed.


The small yard at 1819 Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:36PM, May 14, 2012.


However, I wanted to note a much-publicized April 27, 2012 op-ed in The Washington Post by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, authors of the new book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

It is entitled "Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem."

And, yes, it appeared in the very same WaHoPo -- so named because it embodies the very media problem discussed in the op-ed. Fred Hiatt must have went numb and the distempered Ruth Mother Marcus has the vapors.


"In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country's challenges.

'Both sides do it' or 'There is plenty of blame to go around' are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach."

Full article here.



Of note, the Mann - Ornstein op-ed has resulted in 5,000+ comments to this -- and, no, I haven't read any of them. I can imagine what loopy libertarians and insane GOP Teabaggers are writing. Speaking of which, lunatic GOP Death Star is plotting to blow up the country again with another debt ceiling hostage taking standoff.

Until the American electorate (or at least 45% of it disproportionately concentrated in the South and low population interior states) stops rewarding and enabling this Republican insanity, it is only going to continue. Or perhaps the corporate oligarchical overclass has to find it suddenly not in its interest.

As for Mann and Ornstein, not surprisingly, the mainstream corporate-whore media have frozen these two long-time, respected, D.C. establishment figures out from their Sunday talk shows including Meet the PressWhore, Face the NationWhore, and This WeekWhore.

And Howie "Mistah" Kurtz -- former WaHoPo media affairs writer and embodiment of all things media whorish -- hasn't had them on his show Reliable SourcesWhores.


On a related note, as ever, read Paul Krugman including his regularly updated blog and his twice weekly op-eds in the print edition of The New York Times that is also avilable online.

Speaking of Krugman's blog, I saw this Tom Tomorrow "This Modern World" political cartoon on it ...

One last item that also needs to be said: A Romney presidency with wall-to-wall GOP rule will likely result in an economic collapse into depression conditions within 2 years, but THAT'S THEIR GOAL since it helps aforementioned oligarchical overclass seize total power and remake the world into their ghastly image.

In such case, I guess I could just move down to Florida. No, not Flagler Beach with my dad but farther south. I was thinking of Vero Beach -- the climate boundary between Florida's humid subtropical north and tropical south.  Or maybe Jupiter.

A palm tree beachside in Vero Beach, Florida.


Meanwhile, back in D.C., here are some random pics that I took the past two days ...

Rain-washed morning blue sky fleeced with cumulus clouds as seen from the 1500 block of U Street NW looking west, Washington, D.C., 9:42PM, May 15, 2012.


The yard at 1901 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:36PM, May 14, 2012.


The large -- indeed, almost giant -- chestnut tree (or maybe it's a chestnut oak?) that grows in the triangular plot formed by New Hampshire Avenue and 17th and T Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 6:45PM, May 14, 2012.


As you can see in the above images, the natural world, such as it exists in the D.C. area, looks surprisingly well-watered and green given that it has been quite dry this year. However, we've had a modestly wet period that ended Tuesday with a 2-day grand total of 1.46" at DCA, 0.54" at BWI, and 1.14" at IAD, although (1) you'd never know that by all the fussing about "all the rain we've had"; and (2) region-wide we are still well below normal including:

-4.15"/9.82" at DCA;
-5.27"/9.74" at BWI; and
-5.34"/9.19" at IAD

OK, that's all for now. My next planned update will be on Friday or Saturday.



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