Saturday, May 24, 2014

Don’t Get Stuck Behind the WIC Momma At the Store!

Because if you do, you are going to be in for a long wait in the check-out line.  This week was behind a tall, chatty, athletic young woman with a cute baby girl buying groceries.  Her items were primarily baby foods.  Just then the manager of the store passed by and motioned me over to lane two and I am glad she did because as soon as I got there to upload my cart, the young mother mentioned her WIC card to the cashier.  

Oh, good thing I got out of her lane!  If you have ever been in a check-out line behind a woman with one of those assistance cards it is going to take a good 10 minutes to get out of there.  Everything that is bought with a WIC card has to meet an itemized government nutritional guide. The cashier has to make sure every item meets those requirements.  That takes time.

WIC stands for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.  WIC is a Federal assistance program for mothers meeting the Federal poverty requirements or found to be 185% below the poverty level. If a person is in other benefit programs or has a family member that is, they automatically meet eligibility requirements.  The cut off age is 5 years for children receiving this type of assistance.  As stated on Wikipedia, “Currently, WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States.”

I hate to add that this young woman did not appear to meet the Federal poverty requirements.  She was dressed nicely as was her baby.  She is white.  She was a talker in a happy sing-song way.  She seemed intelligent and gave off an appearance of being upper middle class.  Later I saw her getting into her car and driving away.  It was a recent model automobile in very good condition.  

I am not trying to imply this young mother is cheating the system over the truly needy.  If anything she is the face of contemporary poverty in 21st century America.  If 53% of babies born are receiving WIC, America is in trouble.  Some people I know are resentful of these people.  I am not.  The money is after all going to the needs of a child, an American child.  Better for the money to stay here than to enrich those that hates us.  And is not the first one I have encountered.  Not long ago I was behind a rather portly young mother with baby and it was taking so long I called over to a young man that works there and asked him to open a lane for me.  He did.  I got checked out, loaded my groceries in the pickup, put up the cart, walked a few stores down to get my lunch at the Chinese take-out.  And when I emerged from there with my Hunan chicken in hand, the mother was just loading her car up.  

So as I said, don’t get stuck behind the WIC card momma at the check-out line.  Unless of course you like reading the tabloids.  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Conservative Talk Radio Games Its Listeners

“Like fake cheese in a mousetrap, Beck’s conservative facade has managed to steer an awakening conservative public back towards the black hole that the establishment media and political machines want them lost in.”
Jack Blood, Dead Line Live

It’s coming more apparent as one goes thru life learning things that our national media is a giant psyop.  Everything we are told is a lie.  If you take the time to do some digging you’ll find it out.  As Reagan’s CIA Director William Casey once said, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”  It worked.  It happened. Everything from World War II, the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, to the attacks of 9-11. 

Whether left or right, most of what comes out of media is false.  Conservatives dominate the radio airwaves and I listen to them the most.  Two I listen via the Internet is Alex Jones and Clyde Lewis.  Despite these two men being considered fringe broadcasters they produce some of the best, most useful and in-depth reporting.  In many ways Alex Jones is considered an outcast and is shunned by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the conservative fraternity, while openingly attacked and vilified by Glen Beck.  But his online news operation breaks stories.

It has been said by some that the main purpose of the conservative talkers is to keep the public from open revolt.  You can see that with Glen Beck’s constant call for Gandhi-style peaceful civil disobedience.  With the appalling amount of lawlessness taking place in government, the lack of checks and balances on executive power, the rise of militarized police, and the continuing loss of liberty, these are indeed troubling times.  This may well be the case since few mention the slow of creep of tyranny or what we are supposed to do other than vote the bums out.  Talker Mark Levin will, to a point, mention the existence of a “soft tyranny,” but that is about as far as it goes with this lot.  

Glen Beck is now promoting the Martin Luther King non-violence approach, apparently thinking this course of, “You’ll look bad beating me up,” will actually work.  It might in some countries but it did not work against Hitler, now did it?  I now view Beck as the controlled opposition.  He portrays himself as a conservative, but a tearful, sensitive one.  But something about him doesn’t seem quite right.  As if there is some self-loathing in this man’s soul.  He has had numerous verbal battles with Alex Jones who has in turn accused Beck of plagiarizing his news articles and says Beck suffers from jealousy.  Beck’s news site, The Blaze is nicely laid out with appealing graphics but the articles rarely get a mention on the Drudge Report.  Meanwhile, Jones’ Info Wars site gets a link posted on Drudge just about every day.  It must irk Beck with the amount of hostility he send’s Jone’s way, at one point calling Alex a “piece of human garbage.”  But Beck’s Blaze is just a bunching of articles seen elsewhere with catchy titles that fail to state what the stories are about.  He has few reporters out digging stuff up like Jones does.

Franken ad on The Blaze
Original screen capture, 1.24.13

From January to February of 2013 Glen Beck's The Blaze website ran this ad from liberal Senator Al Franken attacking Citizens United, a conservative lobbying group.  Why would Beck run such an ad on a conservative leaning website?

Another disturbing trait of Beck is his statements about his Mormon faith and Christianity.  Beck describes himself as a Christian.  But Mormons believe in their theology, that Satan and Jesus are brothers.  This is of course Blasphemy 101 for any Bible believing Christian.  The Bible is clear that Christ is not a created Being while Satan is.  Beck was recently invited to speak at the Baptist college, Liberty University. Beck told the gathering at a convocation ceremony that “I share your faith” and referring to Mormonism as a “different denomination” in mainstream Christianity.  That is not true. Mormonism rejects or contradicts many basic Christian doctrines such as salvation by the free gift of Grace and not by works, that Jesus physically rose from the dead, they reject Monotheism, they believe God is an exalted man of flesh and bone, that all must stand before Joseph Smith at the Judgement, and many other Biblical creeds.  Beck then goes on to say that the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith was a martyr.  This is standard Mormon nonsense.  Smith was killed in a gunfight in which Smith killed two men.  A true martyr lays down his or her life without violence towards others.  Beck’s comment is absurd.  

Glen Beck is simply not being honest here, another reason to be wary of trusting him as real conservative.  And Liberty University practiced poor judgement in inviting him to speak.

Clyde Lewis, mentioned earlier, really doesn’t do conservative talk. He is a new favorite of mine since I can’t determine what his political views are.  Clyde doubts the official version of events we are told and I admire him for that too. Lewis is all over the board with subject matter, from conspiracy, politics and the supernatural, to UFOs.  Callers get a real conversation with him instead of a sound bite and while genial, he does seem to get his back up with people that disagree with him or criticize him.  Nevertheless, he covers topics that nobody else tackles. 

One fascinating show involved the FOX freelancer on the streets of New York the day of the 9-11 attacks.  The freelancer, Mark Walsh was telling a reporter on the street that first building collapse was due to the tremendous heat melting the steel supports.  Sound familiar?  There you have what will become the official explanation of what happened that day, before any investigation was launched.  How would Walsh know?  So that narrative is established within a few hours of the attacks.  Fast forward to November of 2013 and a shooting occurs in the Los Angles airport.  One witness appears by the name of Nick Pugh. Lewis plays the audio of both men talking, side by side.  They both sound alike because they are both the same person and each looks similar in Youtube videos.  What a hoot!   This is how we are all being played.  For suckers.

The Know More Than They Tell Us
Take the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David.  The are vilified and hated by the liberals and Democrats.  In reality, the Koch brothers fund both sides.  As investigative reporter Greg Palast has pointed out on Ground Zero, during the Clinton/Dole presidential campaign, the Koch’s gave Bill and Bob $100,000 a piece.  Dole got caught and had to return his money.  Clinton didn’t and kept his.  The fact that the Koch’s play both sides is information you’ll never hear Limbaugh, Hannity, or any mainstream right-wing talker.  But Alex Jones will.  If Jones knows, surely Limbaugh, a major Koch defender, does as well. Knowing this, we can see how important information can be covered up so the left/right narrative plays out.

However, the Democrats continue playing the public for suckers as Senator Harry Reid says on his web site that Republicans are “addicted to Koch” (pronounced Coke). if the Democrat Party is not.  

Drudge Report a Source...World Net Daily Is Not
All on-air conservatives, Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity, Beck, and so on avoid World Net Daily ( like the plague. WND was founded by journalist Joseph Farah in the late 1990s as a conservative online news web site.  The site has been highly successful and now hosts a knowledgeable group of columnists.  

I don’t know when any of the conservative talkers have ever made mention of the site or used one of their articles as a talking point.  Certainly not like they do a host of article links on The Drudge Report.  While Rush may brag he’s doing show prep for the mainstream media, The Drudge Report stands as the show prep for all of conservative talk radio–including Rush.  That is why there is a boring sameness from show to show.  They take the Drudge article links, discuss them and have callers join in the fray. Rinse. Repeat.  All day long.

But a link from World Net Daily?  Forget about it.  And Joseph Farah is a leading member of online news reporting, a pioneer in fact.  His name never rates a mention.  He might as was well be a leper to them.

It may well be the subjects they investigate that are too hot to handle such as the controversy over Obama’s birth certificate.  

The Birth Certificate
Probably one of the greatest controversies of the early Barak Obama presidency involves his eligibly to run for high office.  Early on he set up a PAC to funnel money to lawyers to make sure a divergent batch of files on Obama’s background would never see the light of day.  Not only does this include his birth certificate but educational records, passport records and so forth. Obviously it looks suspicious to spend millions of dollars fending off legal challenges to keep one’s birth records from release.  Who does such a thing? Eventually up to three birth certificates were released and there are serious problems with all of them.  

Those people who looked into this issue were labeled “Birthers” by Obama supporters who are basically made up of the mainstream press and various pro-Obama, mostly liberal bloggers.  WND ran a lot of articles from the research of Dr. Jerome Corsi who later published a book on the subject called, Where is the Birth Certificate?

All of the conservatives on the talk radio never touched this birth certificate issue.  If they had, some real hay could have been made with it.  With an army of media sources to ridicule any critic as a Birther, Limbaugh and gang ignored it as did the so-called conservative FOX News channel.  This issue might not be cast into fringe research channels and might have really taken off, if they had the guts to tackle the issue.  Fortunately, Joseph Farah published the ongoing research from Jerome Corsi at WND and I think that is why he is treated as a pariah by his fellow conservatives to this day.  The only radio show that will have him on is Alex Jones.  It’s all similar to the issue of Obama being a Muslim.  There is plenty of evidence for it but right wing radio hosts will cut off any caller that broaches the subject.

However there are some serious issues at play that CNN and other outlets should have pursued rather than portray the whole mess like one big pot of kookiness.  Just look into it and there are many serious issues here.  One stunning event occurred in 2008 just before the president election when Brian Schatz, a Democrat party official who would not sign off on Obama’s eligibility form to run in Hawaii.  As Douglass Vogt uncovered in his research the short-form birth certificate had two errors–the wrong date of issuance and a stolen certificate number.  This birth certificate is a fraud and Schatz must have known that. The false certificate number is evidence of a felony having occurred.  The subject was bumped up to Democrat party central committee and it was finally signed off on by none other, than the then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. If we had a real investigative press in this country this would have been exposed. The only place it is will be is on the Internet.

In many ways the talk radio broadcasters aid and abet President Obama just as much as his allies at MSNBC do.  Sure, they document a host of scandals but the really damning, illegal activities, some of which are really far-out, are ignored.  

Addendum  5.13.14
Today on Glen Beck’s show he mentioned meeting Al Franken.  He was amazed that Senator Franken was a different man from his public persona of being a sarcastic wise guy.  Beck described him as serious and quiet in person.

That’s all nice but as mentioned above, Beck ran ads for Senator Franken attacking Citizens United, a conservative lobbying group, on his Blaze news page in early 2013.  So is Glen Beck a real conservative or just playing one on the radio?  Of course he makes no mention of taking Franken’s ad money. 

Odd, but much is odd about Glen Beck.


Dems hating Koch brothers

Clyde Lewis, Ground Zero Media radio archives (MP3)

Glen Beck, all seeing eye shirt

Glen Beck speech at Liberty University

Douglass Vogt website and documentation

Hagman’s interview with Douglass Vogt