The Obama Image: Illusion or Reality?

“The very media, founded on communications and automata, especially television, can communicate illusion as well as reality, and that is all right as long as we know the difference.” Dr. William O. Baker, patriot genius and former leader of research at Bell Labs from a speech at Northwestern University, July 12, 1976.

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” – Barack Obama, from WhiteHouse.gov

Some folks in the mainstream media, which was largely responsible for building up Barack Obama from nothing and then provided cover for him for so long while he was hacking away at the freedoms and institutions of our great country are beginning to realize Obama is a threat to them. Join the club. But what took you so long?

Last weekend, Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief admitted,

“My big fear is that this administration has been more restrictive and more challenging to the press, more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history in terms of legal investigations and so on.”[i]

The Transparency Illusion.

The Transparency Illusion.

The description of Sharyl Attkisson’s new blockbuster book due for release on November 4th says,

“Americans are at the mercy of powerful figures in business and government who are virtually unaccountable. The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists, intimidation and harassment of opposition groups, and surveillance of private citizens.”[ii]

Attkisson is a former Emmy award-winning, Washington-based correspondent for CBS News.

Describing why she decided to write her new book, which is titled, Stonewalled: My Fight For the Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington , Attkisson said,

“It’s a look at the increasing attempts by political figures, special interests, and corporations to manipulate the images that the public sees in the news and in the rest of the media. I’ve never seen a tougher clampdown on freedom of the press and I think it’s important that someone stand and say these things and speak out about ‘em.…I think the public needs to learn to watch the news much as you do a TV commercial. You need to start thinking ‘why is that story airing, who pushed it, what special interest might be behind it and am I getting the full story.’”[iii]

“This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case.” – Barack Obama February, 2013, Google’s Fireside Hangout.

Here is the opening of a letter to President Obama from the Society of Professional Journalists dated July 8, 2014:

“Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.”[iv]

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times commented on the secrecy within Obama Administration in an interview with Al Jazeera News. This was on January 21, 2104 before she got the hatchet at the Times:

“I would say it is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.

“The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.”

The interviewer then follows up and asks, “And do you think this comes directly from the president?”

Jill Abramson: “I would think that it would have to.”[v]

In a 2013 appearance with Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Abramson said,

“The Times and our readers are quite concerned about the six active criticism leak cases that the Obama administration has pursued. That’s more than all the other administrations combined. And, you know, we are concerned that the process of news gathering is being criminalized.”[vi]

Lara Logan, an investigative journalist for CBS’s 60 Minutes is on the record as saying in 2013,

“I knew that we were being lied to and I knew that the American people were being misled.”

“…officials in the administration love to tell us today that there are only fifty al Qaeda left in Afghanistan. And the impression that we’re given is that they are one drone strike away from obliteration. And that’s just simply not true. They know it’s not true.”

“…we kept hearing the same thing time and time again is that you know there is no political reason for anybody to be talking to you about this right now because if we talk about al Qaeda in Afghanistan doesn’t that undermine the argument for leaving?”[vii]

While I’m glad some in the media are finally waking up to the stonewalling, the lies and the deceit of this administration, I‘m afraid a lot of damage has already been done to our country. The American people need to wake up too before it’s too late.

Sincerely,

An American

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” – Winston Churchill

“If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?” –John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

[i] http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-usa-today-washington-bureau-chief-rips-obamas-destruction-free-press/#p6Qxm8TzhzuhhP4J.99

[ii] http://sharylattkisson.com/stonewalled-book

[iii]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzMf2ETp5X8&feature=youtu.be&list=UUvVeMsVltaaACXhlvLoFstA

[iv] http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1253

[v] http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/talk-to-al-jazeera/interviews-and-more/2014/1/21/jill-abramson-talkstojohnseigenthaler.html

[vi] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/02/jill-abramson-doj-eric-holder-meeting_n_3375035.html

[vii] http://media.wrko.com/a/64591441/lara-logan-cbs-news-reporter-gives-a-bone-chilling-speech-about-al-qaeda.htm

An African-American Rebellion

More and more African-Americans are beginning to realize they have been lied to by the Democrat party. I am sure that some on the political left will argue that this video was funded by the Koch brothers or come up with some other delusional explanation, but the producer of the video, Jeremy Segal of RebelPundit.com says that these Black community leaders reached out to conservatives, not the other way around. They did so because their voices were being ignored by the mainstream press. As anyone who pays attention knows, most of the people who control the major TV networks and news organizations have been big supporters of President Obama and the Democrats. They are not honestly reporting what is going on in the black urban areas because they know it does not put Democrats in a good light.

You have done great work Mr. Segal by covering what the mainstream media will not report. Although I agree with much that is said on this video, one idea I disagree with is that governments needs to do more to help Black people. This is the attitude that has hurt so many Blacks in the first place. It implies governments favoring one group over another. It’s an idea that tribalizes Americans into groups and makes us forget we are all Americans first. Politicians have an interest in doing this because it helps them win elections. Don’t vote for politicians that try to divide us. Conservatism (not necessarily Republicans) will help all Americans including Blacks and other minorities build a better future. The false promises of big government liberalism will be the end of all of us.

Frotho Canutus

P.S. Hey Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Julian Bond and others who benefit from the race grievance industry, more and more Blacks are on to you.

Watch the video by clicking the picture below. 

Photo: RebelPundit.com

Photo: RebelPundit.com

A Marvelous Partial Solar Eclipse

solar-eclipse-october-23-2014.jpeg

solar-eclipse-october-23-2014.jpeg

Here is a photo I took recently of a partial solar eclipse. This happened when the moon came between the Earth and the Sun. The photo also shows a massive sunspot (12192), which was about the size of the planet Jupiter. 12192 is still active and is about to rotate out of view as the Sun spins on its axis. A sunspot this large has not been seen since 2003. I took the photo by projecting the Sun’s image from my telescope onto a screen. Of course, this was taken during daylight so it should be obvious that I photo-shopped out the distractions in the image and replaced them with the black space you see surrounding the Sun.

Here are some Sun facts:

The Sun, now a “Yellow Dwarf,” formed about 4.567 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a region within a large molecular cloud. Most of the matter gathered in the center, whereas the rest flattened into an orbiting disk that would become our Solar System.

The Sun contains 99.86% of the mass in our Solar System and has 333,060 X the mass of the Earth. Its surface temperature is approx. 9,941°F. About 960,000 Earths could fit inside the Sun. The Earth is 93 million miles from the Sun and light from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach Earth. The Sun travels 137 miles per second through space. It is 24,000-26,000 light years from the galactic center and takes about 250 million years to complete an orbit around the center of the Milky Way. The Sun rotates on its axis much like the Earth, but unlike Earth and other solid objects, the entire Sun doesn’t rotate at the same rate. That’s because the Sun is a giant ball of gas and plasma. At its equator, the Sun completes one rotation about every 24 1/2 Earth days, at its poles a full rotation takes about 36 days.

Eventually, the Sun will consume the Earth, but don’t worry, you won’t be around when that happens. When all the hydrogen has been burned, the Sun will continue for about 130 million more years, burning helium, during which time it will expand to the point that it will engulf Mercury and Venus and the Earth. At this stage it will have become a “Red Giant.”

Our current solar cycle, “Solar Cycle 24″ began on January 4, 2008 and is the 24th solar cycle since 1755, when extensive recording of solar sunspot activity began. It is on track to be the solar cycle with the lowest recorded sunspot activity since accurate records began in 1750.

“The solar cycle (or solar magnetic activity cycle) is the periodic change in the Sun‘s activity (including changes in the levels of solar radiation and ejection of solar material) and appearance (visible in changes in the number of sunspots, flares, and other visible manifestations). Solar cycles have an average duration of about 11 years. They have been observed (by changes in the sun’s appearance and by changes seen on Earth, such as auroras) for hundreds of years.

“Solar variation causes changes in space weather, weather, and climate on Earth. It causes a periodic change in the amount of irradiation from the Sun that is experienced on Earth.” –Wikipedia

The massive solar flare seen on the right side of the sun erupted on October 27, 2014 from sunspot 12192, the same sunspot seen during the solar eclipse four days earlier. Photo: NASA/SDO

The massive solar flare seen on the right side of the sun erupted on October 27, 2014 from sunspot 12192, the same sunspot seen during the solar eclipse four days earlier. Photo: NASA/SDO

Here is a close-up of the same solar flare. When massive flares are pointing directly at the Earth, major disruptions can occur to satellite communications and the power grid. Photo: NASA/SDO

Here is a close-up of the same solar flare. When massive flares are pointing directly at the Earth, major disruptions can occur to satellite communications and the power grid. Photo: NASA/SDO

Sources:

http://space-facts.com/the-sun/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun

http://www.windows2universe.org/sun/Solar_interior/Sun_layers/differential_rotation.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle_24

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle

Frotho Canutus

Enemies Within

A group calling itself the Freedom Socialist Party has been in the news lately. This prompted me to look into FSP, its values and its goals.

From their very own website:

“Welcome! The U.S. Freedom Socialist Party is a revolutionary, socialist feminist organization, dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule by a genuine workers’ democracy that will guarantee full economic, social, political and legal equality to all who are exploited, oppressed and repelled by the profit system and its offshoot—imperialism.”

“FSP’s founders….linked their own rich experiences to the Marxist understanding that only the working class has the power to take humanity to the next level.” Their world view “flowed directly from the ideas of early socialist thinkers like Marx, Clara Zetkin, and the co-leaders of the Russian Revolution, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky.”

This group idolizes ruthless mass murdering communists such as Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Russian revolutionaries Lenin and Trotsky. Why should millions of peace loving, hard-working Americans have a problem with this group of fanatics?

Let’s look at what kind of person their hero Trotsky was.

“Vladimir Cherniaev, a leading Russian historian wrote that,

“Trotsky bears a great deal of responsibility both for the victory of the Red Army in the civil war, and for the establishment of a one-party authoritarian state with its apparatus for ruthlessly suppressing dissent. As a Jacobin in spirit, he was not frightened by the smell of freshly spilled blood. He was in ideologist and practitioner of the Red Terror. He despised ‘bourgeois democracy'; he believed that spinelessness and soft-heartedness would destroy the revolution, and that the suppression of the propertied classes and political opponents would clear the historical arena for socialism. He was the initiator of concentration camps, compulsory ‘labour armies’ and the militarization of labour, and the state takeover of trade unions. Trotsky was implicated in many practices which would become standard in the Stalin era, including summary executions.”[i]

Ukranian Victims of Socialist Utopian Dreams. The murder of millions of Ukranian peasants in 1932-33 by Stalin’s Soviet regime has become widely known as the "Holodomor" , which means “to kill by means of starvation.” Of course, the policies that led to this humanitarian catastrophe were done in the name of “progress” for the “good” of the communist motherland.

Ukranian Victims of Socialist Utopian Dreams.
The murder of millions of Ukranian peasants in 1932-33 by Stalin’s Soviet regime has become widely known as the “Holodomor” , which means “to kill by means of starvation.” Of course, the policies that led to this humanitarian catastrophe were done in the name of “progress” for the “good” of the communist motherland.

 A group that looks to Leon Trotsky for inspiration is a group that is out to destroy America as we know it. The Freedom Socialist Party is run by fanatics who believe in suppressing free speech, and spilling the blood of middle class and wealthy Americans for their utopian dreams. They wish to tear down the fabric of American society and replace it with something else. These misguided people are the ideological offspring of history’s most ruthless killers. They are truly enemies within.

Frotho Canutus

[i] p. 191, Critical Companion to the Russian Revolution, 1914-1921; Edited by Edward Acton, V. I͡u. Cherni͡aev, William G. Rosenberg; Indiana University Press, 1997.

The Obama Problem

President Obama signs the mis-named Affordable Care Act in 2010. Many of these happy Democrats may not be so happy after the upcoming election.

President Obama signs the mis-named Affordable Care Act in 2010. Many of these happy Democrats may not be so happy after the upcoming election.

President Obama recently explained that although he is not on the ballot in November, the election will be a referendum on his policies. This thought made many Democrats on the campaign trail cringe. They know that Obama’s popularity with the American people is near an all-time low and they are trying their best not to associate with him (unless it is at a closed door fundraiser, of course). Several days ago, Alison Grimes, a Kentucky Democrat running for the Senate, repeatedly refused to admit that she had voted for Barack Obama. How entertaining was that?

But in many ways Obama was right; this election will be about him, about his policies, about the direction this country is heading. Why is America in decline? As long as the Progressive Left, which controls the modern Democrat party, stays in power, the country will continue to decline. The Progressive Left’s ideology is severely flawed and therefore can never succeed. Any world view that denies human nature, that denies the limits of government, that denies the laws of economics can never govern effectively. The Democrats in and out of Congress that have supported Barack Obama and his policies will hopefully get what they deserve come Election Day.

If Obama really believes the upcoming election will be a referendum on his policies, will he change course if his party gets another shellacking like it did in 2010? What a silly question! Arrogance knows no self-reflection, it merely blames others for its failures. Just ask President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

Frotho Canutus

“A rough style with truth is preferable to eloquence without it.” –Cadwallader Colden

Wanted: Democrats who believe that the America which was passed down to them is worth preserving.

Signing of the U.S. Constitution

Signing of the U.S. Constitution

The Saul Alinsky* radicals are  now in charge of our federal government. Barack Obama, Eric Holder and the other Jacobins who do not like the America they inherited are in the process of tearing it down and remaking it into something closer to their radical world view.

Of course, all American institutions are imperfect (for nothing created by man is perfect), but that does not give any administration license to turn its back on our traditions and our Constitution. It does not give President Obama and Eric Holder license to flout and ignore our country’s laws. It does not give them permission to break the law. But the Obama administration has done all of these things. The actions of this President and his team are causing many Americans to lose faith in their government. The Obama legacy will lead to a lower standard of living, or worse, for succeeding generations of Americans.

For years the Obama administration has been sending signals south of the border that illegal aliens are welcome here. This encourages illegal immigration. In other words, by his actions, by his words, President Obama encourages illegal activity. We shouldn’t be surprised then that we now have tens of thousands of illegal aliens many of them children unaccompanied by their parents streaming over our southern borders into states like Texas and Arizona – link to story here. Now we are expected to feed, house and provide medical treatment and legal services for these people. Obama has invited these people to come here on the taxpayer’s dime. The taxpayers being you, and me. Why should Obama get to decide that every hard-working American must chip in some of their earnings to support these immigrants that have crossed into our country illegally? He and many Democrats like this arrangement because it allows them to bring groups of people to this country, at taxpayers’ expense, who are more likely, if they gain citizenship, to join the Democrat party. If citizenship is not granted to this immigrant generation, Democrats still know the likelihood is that their American-born children are more apt to identify with Democrats. It will help give them power in numbers and they obviously don’t seem to mind encouraging lawlessness to achieve this goal. There can be no other explanation why the Democrat leadership continually coddles illegal aliens despite the fact that they constantly distract the American public with their deceptive rationalizations.

Why does the Obama Administration think it is ok to release tens of thousands of incarcerated illegal alien criminals back into American society? (It has done so recently - click here for link to story). It doesn’t have to be so, but only if enough good, informed Americans come to their senses and begin to stand up against the present out of control Administration. That’s a big if.

What the so-called progressives in the Democrat party seem unwilling to acknowledge is that free people, governed by the rule of law is a rare thing in the history of mankind and that it is a great thing that should be revered, treasured and protected. Of course, one such rare example is our very own constitutional republic, which, with the ascendance of Barack Obama has come under vigorous attack from the Left. This is tragic because the American legacy of rule of law, economic freedom and consent of the governed has afforded previous generations so many inestimable blessings yet is now being replaced with the rule of executive and bureaucratic whim, economic servitude, the redistribution of wealth, and a diminution of the representative branch of government. Under Obama, momentum has been in favor of executive orders, bureaucratic bullying and court decisions by unelected judges that are contrary to the perpetuation of justice and liberty for all. Under Obama, the American ideals of liberty and individual rights are subservient to the idea that a benevolent central government must confer new rights on people based on their association with certain racial, ethnic or social groups who claim victimhood status. The redistribution of wealth, the reordering of the health care system, the emasculation of our national defenses and the pillaging of our national treasury is justified by so-called “progressives” using catchy but nebulous language like “social justice” and  “sustainability.”

Here’s a link to an opinion piece by Michael Goodwin in the New York Post that is worth our attention. The most important point Mr. Goodwin makes regarding all of the destructive chaos caused by the Obama administration is that the country will continue to disintegrate because Democrats in media, in Congress, in small town America are not willing to challenge this President. Until most Democrats really begin to realize what a monster they have created the country will continue disintegrate into something very regrettable.

Frotho

*Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, is a favorite of people on the Left like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Hillary wrote her college senior thesis on Alinsky and no doubt community organizer Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of Alinsky who is the acknowledged Father of Leftist Community Organizing. It’s notable that Alinsky paid tribute in his bible for radicals to Lucifer, better known as Satan or the Devil.

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very
first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to
know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which),
the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and
did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
—SAUL ALINSKY, Rules for Radicals

An Open Letter to Rand Paul

Many of the sentiments expressed in this letter are really intended for almost every member of Congress. Unfortunately, there seems like little hope for most of them to do what is in the best interests of our country as a whole.

Dear Senator Paul:

In February of 2013 I wrote to you and said this regarding the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense:

“He clearly is unqualified and you were wrong to give your consent. I pray to God this man’s appointment does not lead to needless bloodshed or an avoidable sacrifice of American lives.

Now we know Chuck Hagel rubberstamped President Obama’s decision to exchange five dedicated Taliban jihadists for one American army deserter (and the Obama administration is now trying to deflect some of the blame to Mr. Hagel). I fear this foolish prisoner exchange will encourage the jihadists to target Americans for the purpose of ransom. In fact, I have no doubt the orders have already gone out to do so.

Would any appointee chosen by Obama for that position have rubberstamped his decision to release these five Taliban killers? Probably. But you and I knew from his performance at the confirmation hearings that Chuck Hagel was not up to the job of defending American security. You made a stupid political calculation. Some things are worth a fight and you refused to do it. (I don’t think a man of John Bolton’s character would have rubberstamped anything George W. Bush desired).

Dear Senator Paul, I still think you are one of the good guys left in Congress, but I am losing faith in you. Stop running for President, stop with the political calculations and do only what you can now to save our country from the madness of this Administration.

Sincerely,

Frotho Canutus