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Counting on American’s mistrust of the rest of the world, the media is fueling hysteria against Snowden to distract from his revelations.

The funniest thing about this headline is the fact that doubts are raised today if snowden was ever in Moscow. 

The karmic line from that article is

Many journalists did board the flight which is alcohol free and will last 12 hours. They will have to stay in Cuba for three days.

Please tell me that Dances-with Rove Gregory is there too!

In the old country, they were not skilled at propaganda. They never tried to disguise it as entertainment, or news or sports. It was just that: propaganda 24/7, pretty much displacing entertainment, news or sports. Everyone knew what it was, but was helpless to do anything about it.

The first time I knew I had to get out of there because it was messing with my brain was a time they decided to reduce pensions. Not stop COLA, but reduce them. I was young and couldn’t care less about that. But then I started seeing old people on TV cheering and explaining to me why this was a good thing. My threshold for absurd just exploded.

Once I came to the US, It took me a while to find the nicely packaged propaganda (about one month I would think). I comfortably kept it at a distance, along with advertising with my  superpower my voyage bestowed on me (kinda like Superman could fly because on his planet….)

But very soon, I’ll fly into the same threshold of absurdity, ironically on the very same topic: old people will tell everybody why it’s good they’ll be put on an ice floe.

Obama to Deploy Campaign Apparatus to Persuade Americans to Look Forward to More and Better Catfood

And there’s an extra layer of irony here: these are the same people who convinced enough voters that voting the guy who brought war and poverty is a good thing.

And Obama himself, in an interview with Des Moines Register on October 24 had this to say


And we can easily meet—’easily’ is the wrong word—we can credibly meet the target that the Bowles-Simpson Commission established of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and even more in the out-years, and we can stabilize our deficit-to-GDP ratio in a way that is really going to be a good foundation for long-term growth. Now, once we get that done, that takes a huge piece of business off the table,” he went on to say.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-vows-debt-cutting-grand-bargain-immigration-reform-142348400–election.html

A transcript of the whole interview has since been scrubbed. But just in case the so called “other side” didn’t get the wink wink, the campaign leaked stronger signals one day before the election

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – If President Barack Obama wins re-election, he’s expected to move quickly, perhaps within a day, to renew his bid for a bipartisan deal to avert a “fiscal cliff” that threatens to push the United States into recession, top Senate Democratic aides said on Monday.

A victorious Obama could reach out to Republicans as early as Wednesday and pledge that, with the election decided, it’s time to find common ground to deal with the year-end expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and the launch of automatic spending cuts that would suck $600 billion out of the economy in 2013.

And he did, even before staging the photo op with Sandy victims in NYC. Election time, I was sending that article to those asking me to vote Obama with the words “your thank you letter is in the mail”.

Now the same people will ask me to be happy about shopping for generic/smaller cat food.

Not sure about my super-powers against propaganda now. My head might explode after all.

Back in the 70′s this board game sported the old BP logo

“The thrills of drilling, hazards and rewards….” sounds like fun for the whole family.

The article on this find comes from UK
so the tone is rather sad about the money loss rather than outraged about the loss of an ocean

But BP Offshore Oil Strike players must also avoid the dreaded ‘hazard cards’, which state: ‘Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1million.’

Unhappily for BP, that is just one per cent of the amount it has spent each day tackling the very real Deepwater Horizon leak, which has seen millions of barrels of oil gush into the Gulf of Mexico and hit the southern US coast.

Yeah, but it was from the 70′s.

So glad to see the Brits have a sense of perspective about this.

Update

In a twisted related story

BP Will Penalize Fishermen For Not Helping To Clean Up Their Toxic Mess. Unbelievable!

this is not a game, but real

BP is claiming is that if fishermen choose not to take part in the oil spill cleanup, BP will consider that as potential income declined and deduct it from their claims.

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.As promised, the first installment in my weekly “B0b0t comment of the week” contest.

DUdies

The award is the DUdie(pronounced doodie) in a tip of the hat to their own defunct DUzies. B0botland won’t be the only source of course.

I decided to mix the idiotic with the actually sentient ones to protect my readers brains.

Who will win the first DUdie this week? So many candidates!

The runners up

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A thread

On January 20, 2009, Obama was handed a plate full of shit sandwiches

Many Democrats are upset that he’s not eating them fast enough.

Most Republicans are upset that he is blaming the chef.

the answer

1. Yeah, and he put them all in sandwich bags, and handed them to progressives.

Now he’s dining on filet mignon in the boardroom.

Next? :smoke:

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From a thread called

I’m sorry, I wanted so damn much to believe, have hope and faith America was changing direction.

9. You guys should just post some more Obama superman pictures and …

the “chill, I got this” picture. Then we can all sit back assured that everything will end up great as long as we stop fretting.

also this one

5. This is why hope and faith should have nothing to do wtih politics

I think we could all use a little more materialism (not in the consumerist sense, but in using reality, facts, and history as our guide for understanding politics and economics, rather than rhetoric and campaign promises).

Easier said than done, I know, because it’s so much easier to believe that some great person will be able to step up and make change happen. But it doesn’t really work that way, and we should know that by now instead of relearning it every 4 or 8 years…

Please take this post in the spirit intended – it’s not directed at you personally, just our overall political discourse.

.In a cheerleading thread, the PUMA standard

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we have this post

19. So, everyone who isn’t still enchanted with Obama

is a PUMA? For the record, I along with the majority on DU, voted for Obama in the primary.
NO ONE is sadder about the turn of events than we are. Or maybe I should say ‘than I am’…don’t want to speak for them.

proving loyalty and justifying opposition

43. i’ve hated the guy from jump..

hated him so much that for the first time in my life i donated cash to a presidential candidate. i hate obama so much that i bought three prints from his website. i despise the man with a passion, that’s why i purchased the shep fairey designed “PROGRESS” shirt and wore it proudly. my hatred for him is also why i purchased sam flores’ “HOPE” shirt and wore it to work on election day. my loathing for obama runs so deep that every time sticker robot released a new decal i would buy a 50 pack and distribute freely among my friends and co-workers.

yep, some people just never ever supported him.

and justifying desillusion

56. how unreasonable for me to expect a democrat would support unions..

how unreasonable for me to expect a democrat would investigate the war crimes of the previous administration.
how unreasonable for me to expect a democrat would help to enact meaningful healthcare reform rather than watered down health insurance reform.
how unreasonable for me to expect a democrat would look to put an end to DADT.
how unreasonable for me to expect a democrat would put working families interests above those of wall st.
how unreasonable for me to expect a democrat would not continue bush’s bullshit phony wars against terror.
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.From NYT, response to Krystoff

Mr. Kristoff,

While the situation in Darfur is reprehensible, don’t you think President Obama has a great deal more to worry about closer to home?

yeah, but does he worry?

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.From a thread on the MrBill of Presidents, comes this admonition

25. What are you or the auther (sic) doing to get more progressives in congress?

A serious contender to the title along with the reason “Mr Bill” thread was locked

The empressof all

It is the consensus of the moderators that this link does not offer constructive criticism of the President. We are locking it as it is not helpful to our community.

A similar thread in editorials section was overlooked

Someone is feeling under siege:

Locking

This was locked yesterday as well.

Constructive criticism of Democrats or the Democratic Party is permitted. When doing so, please keep in mind that most of our members come to this website in order to get a break from the constant attacks in the media against our candidates and our values. Highly inflammatory or divisive attacks that echo the tone or substance of our political opponents are not welcome here.

cbayer
DU Moderator

.The week is young though.

In a thread with the Palin boogie man. someone replies

I was hoping by 2010 that we’d have a better message to run on than “We’re not them!”.

in a discussion about Hillary being more popular than Oprecious

2. How can that be possible?

He is a Nobel Peace Prize winning chess playing Political genius??

Hell, just last week he put those pesky unions in their place!

Not all shopping is the same. jr.jr “go shopping better than W’s

44. It was, but it was a vaccuous shopping, a shopping the vaccuous women in his family might do.
Here we are asked to rise to support the people who are harmed in their livelyhood.

The shopping after 9/11 was not in the living rooms and kitchens of the families of the dead.

From a discussion about B0 saying sea food was safe.

Click to add this author to your Ignore list Tue Jun-15-10 04:01 AM
Response to Original message

115. He also told us Oil Rigs were safe!

In a thread about LA people saying B0 was slower than W on Katrina, one B0bot becomes exasperated with the damn LA-ers – his sig line making the irony only more blatant

. I’m talking about people like the “salty old guy” referenced in the OP.

What do people like him want?

Fuck BP, and those who enable them!
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after a lot of chortling at the just deserts conservatives of LA got, someone slaps some bait on top

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- because why on earth (or ocean) would people in the Gulf not support Oprecious?

Dream on…as long as he is a black man

the good ol boys aren’t gonna support him.

Let him and govt just do what is right. We aren’t getting the conservative white vote in the deep south for decades.

It’s been a tough judgment which one to pick.

I decided to go with the one most emblematic for the supporters of a man who worked on news management while knowing what was going on in the Gulf, a man who gave BP deal 20 minutes, but his adoring pundits gone off the plantation an hour

So, the B0bot comments of the week, for figuring out who really is responsible for the Gulf tragedy – or at least should be held accountable…

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drumroll

The DUdie goes to Cleo the Leo for identifying both the real enemy and the way it should be disposed of:

In a thread about assigning blame to other (media, GOP) – from the title, the GOP was left out of what Obama was saying

POTUS: “… the media specifically is demanding things that the public aren’t demanding

.Bobots are happy to see big bad media pay

4. I think he’s figured out who’s a** to kick.

He should take the press into receivership.

Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts)
15. lol ….. he should FIRE the press! …. replace them all with the Coast Guard

Because it’s not like the Coast Guard has anything more important to do.

Update

This is a late entry that ties the coastguard as media: Bluestateguy – congratulations!

I especially like how your signature line dramatizes how you turned into your your enemy

15. Thanking God that this man is the president

Any American who disagrees gives aid and comfort to the enemy, to BP and Al Qaeda.
Bluestateguy signature:
Because he’s the president, and it’s patriotic to stand with the president in a time of war (do I really need a sarcasm icon? I want to throw this kind of talk back in their face after 8 years)
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Whatever gave anyone the impression KO was Obama’s spokesman?

This is a moment so rich with irony, it must be fattening. (added it to my Schadenfreude list

The guy  who said someone has to take Hillary in a room and only he comes out thinks he is not Obama’s spokesperson.

The guy who praised Obama as brave for voting for FISA for standing up to his base, thinks he is not an Obama operative.

The guy who said Hillary wanted Obama assassinated as she mentioned the long RFK primary and had the Obama campaign fax his rant to all journalists think he is not an Obama operative.

The guy who, when confronted with the absurdity of this attack, defended himself “it was only for 10 minutes”

What made him have these strange delusions?

Well, it seems that when he criticized Obama’s latest bestest speech he was deluged with B0bot attack

Matthews/Olbermann getting bashed for their analysis on local

call-in shows this morning. The one show is my local call-in, the other is Bill Press’s show. “With friends like them, Obama doesn’t need enemies.” HA!

With friends like them…Someone felt entitled to loyalty. I wonder why.

So now KO is like Elephant Man screaming: I am a human being”! In his case

‘I Am Not… Any President’s Spokesman’

Sorry, Elephant Man, the appearances are so hard to get over!

The story is only made more delicious by the fact that it’s vicious Orange Cheeto training their sites on KO. And Keith, the attack dog, can’t take it. He does an Eric Cartman:

Screw you guys. I am going home!

Keith Olbermann Checks Out Of Daily Kos After Criticism From Left

here’s his huffy departure

Check, Please

Some of the funniest part, excerpted by Madiaite

You want Cheerleaders? Hire the Buffalo Jills. You want diaries with conspiracy theories, go nuts. If you want this site the way it was even a year ago, let me know and I’ll be back.

The hypocrisy. It burns. What exactly happened an year ago? They were all cheerleading – they and KO over the Heritage Foundation boon to the health insurance industry.

Concludes Mediaite

As he sticks with his ‘non-Obama-cheerleader’ position, it’s now clear there are some in this country far farther left than he is. It is a testament to the polarized American public that Olbermann would be on the outs with the Daily Kos and his liberal Twitter followers.

Concludes Not Your Sweetie: Obama managed to unite left and right with his incompetence. Jonah Goldberg, Mother Jones, Krutanhammer, Ted Rall and Keith Olberman are starting to sound the same.

Only a few loyalists remain – like W’s freepers once. Steve Colbert used to call them “backwash”

colbertirony.jpg backwash picture by Robbedvoter
Update
– Oh look, poor Keith, they took him into a room and only the Kossacks came out.
In Bobotland they have a
as the situation is so rife with irony and hypocrisy, it’s hard for me to decide whether this is a good or a bad thing.
also, a thread on the Cheetos kerfluffle
one of the more sugnificant views:
. I was surprised to see so many at DU turn against him.

Especially after so much he has done. To disagree is one thing, but to totally denounce him, definitely surprised me.
So much he has done. As a non-spokesperson, of course.
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