Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dear MSM

Dear Mainstream Media,

More fondly known as the MSM to those of us who have a love/hate relationship with you, at this point I would like to explain something.

Lately, the common buzz is that President Obama is currently feeling the rage of populist anger rising against him due to the American people's frustration at the economic crisis. Take, for instance, this gem of an article found on the Yahoo front page (pictured above, picture link goes to article) with the tag line: The president's TV event tonight is a chance to face growing public anger.

What you, the beloved/behated MSM fail to realize is that "the growing face of public anger" is not directed at President Obama. No, the bulk of their pisstivity is directed squarely at...well, You. And also the greedy bastards that make up Wall Street executives and speculators, but mostly our anger is directed at you, the MSM.

We realize that all media outlets in the US; television stations, radio stations, newspapers, cable providers are owned only by a grand total of 6 people, all rich republicans, with an industry to protect and propaganda to spin. However, those of us who were raised with the ideal of the Media being the Fourth Estate are very angry that you continue to bash President Obama over the head with all of former President Bush's failures.

It's very simple. Free yourselves from your totalitarian masters, stop looking so damn pretty, stop reading from the teleprompter and actually REPORT what the hell is going on and the real state of things.

We know that President Obama didn't insult the Special Olympics. We know that President Obama is not laughing at our misfortunes. We are on to the fact that you pick non-issues like this to focus on because for a man with literally a world of trouble at his feet and for only having been on the job two months he is doing a damn good job.

And he's doing it with you, the MSM, backbiting him at every turn, spreading the GOP message of "Obama's plans won't work" when honestly, NOTHING the GOP tried from War to well...hell anything, worked either. So, let's give the current President more than two months before we write him off as a failure, something the MSM still cannot allow itself to do in regards to former President Bush, despite the fact that the words "miserable failure" came to define his presidency.

The current economic crisis rides squarely on the shoulders of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, George H. Bush, Sr and finally, George W. Bush for being the patsy that allowed it all to go down on his watch.

Blaming it all on President Obama after a couple of months in his new gig is stupid, we'll not even talk about unfair; but it does smack of the type of shallow reasoning that we would expect those in the national news spotlight NOT to exhibit.

So just know, we're not pissed at President Obama: MSM, we're pissed at you. For the spin, better known as misdirection, half-truths, utter fabrications and outright lies. For knowing that if your lips are moving you're more than likely only giving half the news that even a 30 second soundbite could actually cover. Knowing that I'll know more about the mother who had 8 children at once and that you'll give her the disgustingly hideous and disrespectful name Octomom, reducing her to something less than human - that I'll know more about the type of underwear Bruce's Willis' new Victoria Secret Model Wife wears - than I ever will about why we REALLY went to war, and exactly WHO knew about the economic crisis looming on the forefront and WHY there are people living in tent cities in America in the 21st Century and how on God's green Earth the MSM can possibly pin the 8 years of MASSIVE FAIL that was the George W. Bush administration of this country on the humble and hardworking shoulders of President Barack Obama who is working his ass off to fix the mess they created....

Seriously, MSM, get a clue - and once you do - report about it. Truthfully, honestly, insightfully.

Then maybe you'll realize that the American people aren't angry at Obama or You, but the people who got us into this mess in the first place.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Get on BOARD!

When I'm not posting here at DebLite I'm usually busy posting my opinions on the Internet somewhere. Usually at Huffington Post or at TruthDig.

The other day I'm reading Truthdig and someone basically calls Obama's plan for the economy a wash before it even gets started.

Housing bubbles,hi-tech bubbles—have failed us. Yes, there were highs but also devastating lows. So what else for our economy? Obama’s rule of 3: energy,education, health care. Really, they don’t seem like economy-makers. Nor do the Wall Streeters who click on mice,flip papers and sell illusions through fraud.
And finally this was the comment that got my goat enough to do a bonafide post again. Because it seems to me Obama has a plan. Everyone may not like it, I really don't give a damn. It's a PLAN. Just like for the last 8 years the GOP had a plan. And we worked their plan. And it didn't effing work!

War - which in every other era has actually boosted the American economy - well not this time. The three front war - War In Iraq, War in Afghanistan and War on Terror - has cost us time, money, resources, and countless lives and limbs.

Cutting taxes - hasn't helped a damn thing. Trickle down ecoconmics (fuck you Ronnie Reagan, dead or alive) doesn't help ANYONE. When rich people get tax breaks they do not spread the wealth around. Anymore than the banks who have gotten bail out money are actually distributing that money back into the American economy. They're hoarding it for themselves.

My point of view in response to this guy:

Obama’s Rule of 3 seems like a much better option than throwing money to people who seem determined to waste it. For instance Health care: Health care doesn’t just create a demand for doctors, nurses, health aides- but it also spans to medical supplies, medicines, research and even down to clerical, janitorial, giftshop workers - volunteer opportunities- tell me, when’s the last time you heard of a candy striper in a hospital?

Wall Street and corporate America give us the same answer. Give us the money. We promise, we know best what to do with it. And then they line their own pockets, the pockets of their cronies, redecorate their offices, hop on the corporate jet and continue their champagne lifestyle.

Meanwhile the reality is, CitiGroup is making my family jump through crazy hoops, if they approve us at all, just to add another two grand to a loan I already have w/ them (and have paid down substantially) so I can get a new car to replace a 17 year old car that recently died never to recover. And we need the second car so we don’t overtax the 11 year old NEWER car we have trying to get back and forth to work and other family needs.

Is this fair? Especially considering they were given money from the American people with the mandate - use this money to help the American people.

Well hell, I am the American people. And if you think the banks or [Citi] or anyone is trying to give John & Jane Doe money for housing, transportation, food, I’m talking BASIC needs here folks - you’ve got another think coming.

Wall Street is a bottomless pit. Help the people who really need the jobs and who REALLY make the economy work. As far as I can see, Obama’s plan to create jobs by solving problems we already have is the best of both worlds if people just get over the fact that yes, damnit, he’s black already! His plan is the awesome and it’s the best we’ve got. WORK WITH HIM, not against him as the GOP is determined to do.

If you haven't already, get on the Obama train. Or you can choose the GOP route. Work against him and work against the best interest of the entire country just cuz the President is black and a Democrat.

What the hell sense does that make?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

People I Need to Pimp Slap

I Know You Got Soul

It's been a long time I shouldn't have left you
Without a strong rhyme to step to
Think of how many weak shows you slept through
Time's up I'm
Sorry I kept you
-Erik B & Rakim

Mr. Miagi told Daniel-san: When life is out of focus return to basic principle of life: breathing.

For me, hip hop is the breath of life. Hip hop describes so much in such a succinct and fluid blend of meausured poetry and prose, that to immerse oneself into true hip hop is to begin to breath. Treble, bass, flow...ahhhhhh.

I have been angry. So angry that I could not speak. And it seems that once again, as my generation has done for the past two decades, I must turn to hip hop to express the unexpressable, to give voice to what can only be described as sheer, complete and entire rage.

Of course this song does not express that. It's merely my way of saying sorry I've been gone for a bit, I've been focusing on school and simply to pissed off at the way the GOP is dominating the media discourse to speak coherently.

But I'm back and soon should have something of substance to add to the current discourse. But in keeping with my newfound pisstivity, I leave you with a list of people I would gladly slap with my pimp hand down five strong and just as gladly bear the assault charge for. They all deserve it. Every last one.

Rush Limbaugh
Sean Hannity
Ann Coulter
Karl Rove
Dick Cheney
Bush Sr.
Bush Jr.
Bill O’Reilly
Anybody that works for Fox News
Tom Delay (that's for you Jo, I got yo' back girl)