“I must say that I find it as a Scandinavian living int the US funny and frightening to see a what i thought was a very liberal and enlightened president acting more and more like a classic authoritarian.
In a climate were everybody in the media is completely in the tank for president there has to be voices that questions and scrutinizes the power.
The Fourth Estate is supposed to be a watchdog and a hounder of the powers not a lapdog at its feet. I rightly think that the hounding of GWB Bush and his disastersous domestic polices and war effort were over the top but were acceptable.
But I cannot for the life of me understand that even the mildest criticism of the Obama administration should lead to ostracism. Dangerous indeed.
It is the same. Republicans scream and holler about the deficit and Big Government only when they are not in power. Liberals scream and holler about war and the freedom of speech unless they are in power.”
Roseberry on Oct 21, 2009 at 19:45:26
“The news media in general was certainly NOT hounding GW Bush enough, or it never would have swallowed the whole pack of lies that took us into the Iraq war, WMAs included. I don't know what you were watching...”
HappyNow on Oct 21, 2009 at 17:34:37
“"...even the mildest criticism of the Obama administration!? "
I never watch Fixed News, in fact I mostly watch liberal shows - and I hear a lot more than "mild" criticism of Obama - I hear Liberals constantly calling Obama out and questioning him on everything. That's a Giant contrast to Bush, who got a free pass from the "liberal media" (what a joke) for his entire first term.”
cloth99 on Oct 21, 2009 at 16:06:15
“To work correctly, the 4th Estate has to be truthful, otherwise you get a propoganda machine (which is what Fox has become).”
justitia on Oct 21, 2009 at 15:34:41
“So in Scandinavia when people rail against the mass media for lying they are authoritarian? Is it no longer democratic to complain when somebody broadcast lies? I am dissatisfied with a lot of what mass media does in the US but unless there is a law censoring them, like in Nazi Germany and in the former Soviet bloc, there's no authoritarianism. The US media in fact is very critical of any President, Obama included. Having lived myself in a Third World dictatorship, I know authoritarianism or even just a hint of it. But you are right about the two dominant parties in the US. They still are fundamentally the same.”
“Government should not give exemptions to special interest groups period. Anti Trust laws should apply to all organizations. This is a very good first step, the next I want to see is the labor unions Anti Trust exemption being ended. After that all exemptions terminated.
Anybody against or are you just hypocrites and partisan, not for real equality of treatment?”
jinxed on Oct 21, 2009 at 14:44:38
“Why don't we just do the latter and the former will be covered as well? It would take less time by half.”
“The truth is that viewers and listeners to Limbaugh and O'Reilly are are more well educated and more well informed than viewers of Olberman.
It is not my personal opinion but research done by pollers such as Pew.
It is extremely fascinating to read the extreme left liberal mythology as regards to Limbaugh/O'Reilly/Bush.
In fact the extreme left liberal mythology is in fact a reversed when you look on fact. George W Bush had an higher IQ than John F Kerry as measured by their aptitude test for military service. GWB read over 150 books during his presidency, he had a book always on his nightstand.
An other pernicious myth is that GWB tax cuts lead to a deficit. They did not! The tax revenue increased after the tax cuts. It was instead GWBs extreme Keynsianism, his extreme expansion of the federal deficit through underfunded entitlement programs Medicare D and No child Left Behind and the Iraq war the lead to the deficits.
He also expanded the government bureaucracy to an all time high, the myth about GWB deregulating US is such bunk.
George W Bush was a disaster as a president but not for the reasons of extreme left liberal mythology.
iblogleft on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:25:44
“Fool. Ignorance on an unprecidented scale. Par for the course.”
“The tests as I understand it as well as SCOTUS understand it was as close to unbiased a possible. They had been vetted by independent organizations.
No test is perfect but these test were as close to perfect as perfect can be. To call them faulty as Sotomayor did because the percentage of Latin and African Americans were low or in this case zero is an absurd notion. SCOTUS decision was not a conservative decision it was a decision to uphold the liberal US constitution and Bill of Rights. It is a decision that any liberal left or classic can be proud of.
The US is by the way far less racist and discriminates far less than any European country. i find the allegations in the US absurd that the US is one of the most racist countries. Yes, there are virulent racists but they have no influence on policy what so ever in the US.”
“I come from Sweden and in Europe and Sweden we abide by the European Human Rights convention and for us discrimination is discrimination, it does not matter if its reverse. The Swedish Supreme Court as well as the higher EU courts has upheld this view.
Title VII might have been necessary when the Civil Rights legislation was passed, according to the original legislation it should only have been a temporary measure for 5 years. The repeal of Title VII is long overdue as is the repeal of Affarmative Action.
Title VII prohibits employers from using IQ test, cognitive tests and skill tests. It is based on the absurd notion that if a test does not qualify a certain minimum amount of minorities, the test has to be faulty. A fallacy and it disturbs me that my country of choice, the US, should have such an illiberal piece of legislation.
I employ the ones with the best cognitive abilities and most suitable personality traits. Unfortunately fewer minorities have these skill sets, these cognitive abilities and as a consequence there are fewer to employ. The proportion of skilled among minorities are lower than among Caucasian and East-Asians. This reflects whom I would employ and I therefore applaud the Supreme courts decision to ban all discrimination. Discrimination is always discrimination.
I have up until now refused to employ anybody in the US because of Title VII and the risk of persecution by Civil Rights lawyers senseless lawsuits. I will now start employing.”
NedroidPrime on Jul 10, 2009 at 15:50:35
“Well put sir/ma'am!
All this "lets throw out the test scores" is hogwash. Every individual has the capability to learn and better themselves, the only factor is motivation.
I bet if these same firefighters take the same test next time, they will study like crazy. If they still can't pass, sorry, but that is how the cookie crumbes.”