The Past Week: April 5-April 11, 2009 (“President Panytwaist”; A Split Among Progressives over War Spending Plan?; Smear Campaign in Britain; “Sageism”)

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Well, with Obama back in Washington, I know we can all sleep better, right???

Here’s another British writer (a society writer?) who is glad to be rid of him… courtesy Kenosha Marge:

Is it Just Me?

Gerald Warner

Barack Obama: President Pantywaist – new surrender monkey on the block

Posted By: Gerald Warner at Apr 10, 2009 at 10:20:05

President Barack Obama has recently completed the most successful foreign policy tour since Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. You name it, he blew it. What was his big deal economic programme that he was determined to drive through the G20 summit? Another massive stimulus package, globally funded and co-ordinated. Did he achieve it? Not so as you’d notice.

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Priceless!

Also from Kenosha Marge, this little tidbit on Obama’s war spending bill:

Woolsey splits with Obama on war bill

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is the first — but likely not the last — liberal Dem to blast the Obama administration’s $83.4 billion war spending plan.

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Gee, between Evan Bayh and the “practical Democrats” and Arlen Spector throwing a wrench in the card-check bill, it seems that the “Good Ship Lollipop” is taking a teeny tiny bit of water.

Meanwhile, across the pond, it looks like some of Obama’s best techniques are being copied…from the BBC:

No 10 ‘smear’ messages published

E-mails discussing smearing top Tories that led to the resignation of a senior Number 10 official have been published.

Damian McBride, the PM’s ex-political press officer, quit after the messages were picked up by a Westminster blog.

In them, Mr McBride made obscene and unfounded claims about the personal lives of party leader David Cameron and shadow chancellor George Osborne.

The Conservatives urged Gordon Brown to explain how the allegations came to be sent from an official e-mail account.

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: “This is an exceptionally serious matter and he needs to explain immediately what happened.”

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Also in the British news…women newsreaders are getting fed up with sexism in the broadcast industry.  Selina Scott, who’s now 57, won a lawsuit, it seems.  I remember when Scott was the “flavor of the month” but apparently no more:

You won’t see women going grey in front of the cameras

Female broadcasters speak out against sexism and ageism in industry

By Emily Dugan

Sunday, 12 April 2009

For female broadcasters, it is a truth universally, and unhappily, acknowledged: after the first wrinkles and grey hairs they can start counting down their days before the camera.

For male colleagues, the story is different. Grey hair and craggy skin are marks of distinction, and careers can continue to flourish.

Yesterday, concern over the disparity flared up, with a series of high-profile women speaking out against “sageism” – what they see as a toxic combination of sexism and ageism – by which competent and popular female broadcasters are shunted into the sidelines

The former Five news presenter Selina Scott said that, despite nearly 35 years of anti sex-discrimination legislation, ageism remains rife in television. Last December, 57-year-old Ms Scott won a landmark out-of-court settlement and an apology in an age-discrimination suit against the TV channel after it reneged on a deal for her to cover for Natasha Kaplinsky during maternity leave.

“Companies want to employ only young people, so ageism has gone underground,” Ms Scott said. “It has become institutionalised and it is pervasive. Like mercury, you can see its insidious manifestation everywhere, but try getting a grip and it slips away… A senior producer told me it was comparable to McCarthyism in Hollywood in the early Fifties – a witch-hunt in which anyone accused of communist sympathies had their careers destroyed.”

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Ms. Scott has a lot more to say, but who’s really listening these days?  I was just thinking today about how in my life I’ve seen a huge explosion of  progress on women’s issues only to be followed by a great deal of slippage.  It’s so disappointing!

THE PAST WEEK

Saturday Sanity: The Antidote to the Madness (April 11, 2009) Carnage in the Garden; Blossoms; Harvesting Water; Empty Clouds; Spoiled Squirrels

Here It Comes…the (Not so New) NEW Republican Wedge Issue!!!!!

Take a Ramble…

The Scanner-Politics 4/8/2009 (Double Talk; Overstaying a Welcome; Moyers Talks to William K. Black, the 1980’s Regulator Who Cracked Down on Banks–He Levels Accusations of Law-Breaking Against Obama & Company

While Obama is Overseas, Congress Sets Us Up to Go Broke…Where We Stand Now

The Past Week: March 29-April 4, 2009 (Hugo Chavez Takes Over Food Producers, Sounds Off on the G-20; A Government Bailout Special; “The Reluctant Ones”

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9 Responses

  1. I particularly liked the way that Gerald Warner took Obama apart with such precision using no vulgarities. although perhaps pantywaist is considered vulgar in GB. Whatever, he sliced and diced his Oliness in ways that we could only dream of from our presstitutes. When they aren’t bowing and scraping they might try reading some columns like Mr. Warner’s just for the education of reading articulate English.
    Something seldom seen in our dysfunctional and incompetent media.

    Of course incompetent is as incompetent does. If their intent is to act as Press Agents they do a fine job. If they are attempting to be reporters and/or journalists, they are a repulsive, reeking pile of excrement.

  2. I keep hoping that our media will grow a spine, but any time they start to question “The One”, and I begin to feel hope, the next day they retract or “explain” what they meant and say that Obama is doing what’s best for us and what a great leader he is. I swear that they are visited by the Obama thugs and given another lethal dose of kool-aide before they go back on the air.

    It’s so pathetic. 😦

  3. Unless, of course, they’re aging female journalists. I wonder if Katie Couric’s Kool Aid will start to wear off as she piles on more pancake to cover the wrinkles…

    I have always been offended that Barbara Walters is considered the “matriarch” of female broadcasters in the US (she’s such a lightweight). Helen Thomas is treated like a joke, although they do allow her to continue since she’s read and not seen. Diane Sawyer has found that a perpetual dye-job and focusing on the whimsical can keep one employed (providing you don’t ask too many serious questions). So right off the bat we can rule the women of the media out for doing any serious reporting. They have enough trouble staying employed without stirring up teh One and his posse. And let’s be serious – men are just too good at being “team players” to buck the system without backup. The few that do take a stand are quickly labeled as nut cases or deadbeats by TPTB (think Daniel Schorr and Jeff Gannon – see below for link on Gannon). So there you have it – we’re screwed.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102×1232301

  4. Happy Easter, everbody!

  5. Sorry, I meant everybody.

    I don’t have a lot to say about Katie Couric, except that I hope she gets hers. Her snide little grin went out with hoola hoops. Any woman that keeps her job by dissing other women is a disgrace to the female sex.

  6. Happy Easter, Good Passover and Happy Spring, to all !

    BTW: 2 weeks ago I called Rep Woolsey’s DC office and urged her to rethink her blind support of TehOne. I suggested that BHO wasn’t going to meet with her and the “progressives who pushed for his election” until and unless he needed their support again. (She had “mentioned” that He had not yet met with that group and she was wondering why.)

    And for all you NetFlix folks (or anyone who has a good independent video rental place nearby)… rent the UK series “House of Cards” and “The Deal” to kind of tag along with the headline:

    No 10 ’smear’ messages published

    • OOH, House of Cards was amazing!!!!

      Woolsey et al must think they are in high school…they still haven’t figured this jerk out yet????? Wondering why O hadn’t met with progressives?? IDIOTS!!!! Haven’t they seen all he’s done so far to pander to the right?? Not to mention all his ties to Wall Street???

      Woolsey and the rest need to get out more…

  7. No, they just need to get out. Of Congress.

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