Thursday, August 6, 2009

Talk About Your "DisInformation " And New WH Spy Program

Have you seen this? I could not believe my eyes and ears:

Swastikas, Speaker Pelosi?? Really?? I have to say, this is the first I have heard of this. Now, if what you are saying is that they are making a political point about where this country is headed, some might say the hammer and sickle are more appropriate symbols. Be that as it may, these attacks on those who are acting within their Constitutional rights should not be characterized so disparagingly because they are speaking out against a proposed policy!

Oh, but wait - not just a policy, according to Senator Boxer (h/t to Ed Morrissey at Hotair for the video):

Oh, yes, Senator Boxer - that is why people are complaining - because they want "to hurt our president." WTH??? This isn't a popularity contest, and it ISN'T about President Obama - it is about US!!! OUR health care, OUR tax paying dollars, OUR government! Clearly, you have lost sight of that fact.

And WTH about them being "too well dressed"?? Are you freakin' KIDDING me?? The people who are upset must be plants because they are "too well dressed"?? Holy smokes, Senator Boxer. It really does not get through to you that regular old Americans, ones who actually know how to dress, are not enamored of this plan?? Take a little gander at the damn polls if you are so absolutely clueless. Maybe then you will stop tilting at windmills.

Add to that the White House's request for you to let them know if you get some email or something that contains "disinformation" on the Health care issue. Alert NQ reader, tzada, was kind enough to mention this request, which comes from the White House Blog, "Facts Are Stubborn Things." In it, the author, Macon Phillips, writes:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to

Just an innocent little ol' request from Ms. Phillips for you to help her and the White House out should anyone have the audacity to read the damn thing and come to their own conclusions. Ahem.

One person who is not buying that for one skinny second is Senator John Cornyn (R). He wrote a letter to President Obama telling him to stop with "the enemies list." You can read his letter to President Obama HERE. Suffice it to say, Senator Cornyn is NOT amused by the Disinformation Czar's request.

Speaking of Obama's Disinformation Czar,how many of these "czars" does he have anyway? And WHY does he have them? Oh, yeah, I forgot - because they don't have to be vetted by Congress, thus, I presume, Congress has no oversight of them, which matters on a bunch of levels, not least of which is they get huge budgets for which they answer not to anyone but Obama. Nice work if you can get it.

Another "Disinformation Czar" is Robert Gibbs, Obama's Press Weasel, who won't commit to Obama actually reading the Health Care proposal. Oh, how I wish I was kidding. I'm not. Maybe Obama, like Bush, just wants a one page synopsis of it...How can he possibly speak of this program if he doesn't know what's IN it? Hmmm. I wonder if I should report HIM to the White House?


Nameless Cynic said...

Let me see if I got this straight. In 2005, when Cornyn was told about Bush's domestic wiretapping program and he said it didn't matter, that was nothing to worry about. But when Obama fights back against liars and smear merchants, and Cornyn makes up crap about "he's gathering ISP's!", that's cause for alarm?

So real spying is OK, as long as it's done by a Republican. But imaginary spying is something to worry about, if it's imagined that it will be done by a Democrat?

Do you also believe that chick on Glenn Beck who thinks that the Cash for Clunkers website gives the government total access to your computer?

How many "forward this to twelve friends" spams do you fall for?

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Spying is wrong regardless - which is why is was so upsetting when Obama reneged on his promise to filibuster FISA and voted for it instead. And when he extended the warrantless wire-tapping program.

But hey - why bother looking at major issues (oh, and FACTS) like that when it is so much more FUN to attack someone else, right? Naive I am not, and for someone who bristles at ad hominems (according to your profile, anyway), you seem to have no problems throwing them out there.

I have never been a Republican. You might have wanted to actually read the very top of my blog before making that assumption - lifelong, left leaning Democrat until the DNC stopped being democratic in 2008. But thanks for playing.

Nameless Cynic said...

Couple of points.

I don't "bristle" at ad hominem attacks, I just like to defuse them without having to work at it. (After people throw enough softballs at you, it's easier to just get a catcher's mitt.)

But kiddo, if you're going to believe Cornyn, you aren't likely to become a Democrat again - the koolaid stains don't go away that easy.

Let's apply a little logic to the situation, shall we?

If the White House wanted to start a covert intelligence gathering operation, why would they plant themselves in the middle of it, and announce it publically? Where does that even begin to make sense to you?

Wouldn't it be easier to simply use a few of those NSA assets and plant a worm on Google, to follow people who fit certain parameters in their web searches? Or, more to the point, bug the obvious locations, like, say, this blog right here. With a little internet surveillance, that would lead to your friends, and the websites where you hang out. And, of course, they could backtrace to your home computer.

I'm not saying that there's a bigger conspiracy than the one you seem to believe in, I'm just hoping that you've heard of Occam's Razor.

Because what I've just descrbed would be a lot more effective than getting 6000 copies of the same email from FreedomWorks (Dick Armey's group), or "Americans for Prosperity" (which has been industry-funded from the beginning, and is currently chaired by billionaire David Koch).

Oh, and let's not forget "Conservatives for Patients Rights," the ironically-named group organized by Richard Scott to fight against universal health care. Funny thing about that. The group claiming that government-run healthcare will ruin America is being run by the former frontman for HCA, which was fined $1.7 billion dollars for defrauding Medicare - which makes them an enduring symbol of everything that's wrong with American healthcare.

I mean, feel free to continue to let yourself be manipulated by lobbyists for the healthcare industry, but at least be honest about whose bidding you're doing, OK?

(Oh, and incidentally, those swastikas that Pelosi mentioned? I wonder where she might have gotten an idea like that?)

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Nameless Cynic, maybe you are trying to be this patronizing, maybe that's just how you talk. Regardless, I don't take well to men patronizing me. And you most definitely are doing that.

What I've learned in all my years is just because someone tosses you a hot rock doesn't mean you have to catch it.

That is to say, you are making a number of assumptions abt me, what I think abt certain issues, all while trying to paint me as some lightweight Republican lemming, and insulting me, to boot.

What I have also learned is that no matter how much I try to correct some people's assumptions abt me, they'd rather believe what they think than what I say. So, it's not worth my time and effort to try and correct them.

And so I am letting this hot rock drop.

Thanks for coming by.