Eat At Joes

Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Violence From the Left Just a Matter of Time If Censorship Continues

I am going to address this post to those who feel that anyone critical of President Bush and his administration’s policies is un-American and should as Bill O’Reilly so often says, “Shut up!” Those who agree with President Bush on all of his policies and support the silencing of those who disagree with his administration need to put themselves in the latter’s shoes or else our nation will be beset with violence from the left. Let me explain: Assume that you are someone who disagrees with the current administration’s policies. If you honestly believe that elected officials are causing harm to your nation through their policy decisions it is not only your right, but your responsibility to speak out to let others know what you know. Let’s ignore for a moment whether those who oppose Bush administration policies are right or wrong. From their standpoint they are right, and that is what they believe and know. For over four years the Bush administration has silenced those critical of Bush relegating protestors of administration officials to “Free Speech Zones” far from the administration officials appearing in public and far from reporters and their cameras. In fact the press is not allowed to interview those relegated to Free Speech Zones. No TV, radio or newspaper coverage. If someone is wearing a pin or a t-shirt with anything critical of the Bush administration they are forcibly removed from the area where Bush administration officials are present. This is especially true wherever President Bush is publicly speaking. In the lead up to the Iraq war the mainstream media refused to report opposing viewpoints. Two of the largest newspapers: The New York Times and The Washington Post have admitted this. Many reporters in major TV and radio networks have told how stories critical of the administration have been spiked (that is not run) or buried during the current administration. Those who disagree with the Bush administration policies are well aware of this. They are also aware of the fact that it is not widely known by others in the United States. Although, people in other countries are informed of this by their news media.

Now those who for whatever reason believe that the Bush administration’s policies are damaging to Americans or to America or to the world at large want their voices heard. But if they are silenced from speaking out publicly in the same setting as Bush or his officials in a peaceful manner, those of them who feel strongest may decide that a violent act may be their only means of getting their message out. Over two hundred years ago our nation was formed when British subjects living in British colonies in the New World felt that they had no say in the British Parliament. Taxation without representation was the call, and when the British government failed to listen to their grievances the people reacted violently by instigating a revolution for independence. Our nation was formed to give a voice to those who were previously denied a voice in government and the public forum. Our founding fathers realized that to deny a voice to the people will only cause a violent reaction to those in power. Our current leaders and those who support their policies including the silencing of dissenters have forgotten this to all of our peril. Since our nation was founded on this belief that those critical of government should not be silenced, to do so is itself un-American. If you believe those critical of Bush are wrong, it is in your best interest to get their criticisms aired in the public forum so that they can be refuted on an open and fair basis. Otherwise those who believe their criticisms cannot be debated peacefully will look for other less peaceful avenues of airing their views. Continuing to censor those who disagree with the Bush administration will guarantee a violent reaction. We can mitigate this risk by reversing the policies such as Free Speech Zones for those who disagree, and the media can become more willing to air news items pointing out criticisms of the Bush administration. If we do not do this violence will surely result. And once groups find that violence succeeds in getting their viewpoints out where peaceful protest does not, it will lead to an escalation of violence. It is not a question of if it is only a question of when.


Sunday, February 20, 2005

Bush Admin Admits they Favor Censorship of Critics

Bush administration officials are concerned about a novel written in Turkey by Turkish authors in the Turkish language for a Turkish audience which is critical of Bush Administration policy and has reached the Turkish best sellers’ list. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, admitted to Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul that the Bush administration wishes they had more influence on Hollywood, and that if they did, “the Bush administration would not have allowed the making of Michael Moore’s movie ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’” according to a US official who witnessed the conversation. Disney Corporation which owns the ABC television network tried hard to block the release of Fahrenheit 9/11 before the US election. Of course the reality that the Bush administration enjoys censoring those critical of them whenever they can is no surprise. What is a surprise is that they are willing to admit it in public. At least in Turkey. The story of this admission was found buried near the bottom of page 8 of Sunday’s Chicago Tribune newspaper, and merited only a passing reference.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

White House Press Corps Includes Prostitute Posing as Reporter—How Appropriate

The recent revelations (still not fully covered by many US News Sources – especially Fox News) that for two years the White House has allowed a fake reporter (for a Republican Website posing as a legitimate news agency) who turns out to be a tax evader and a male prostitute who was operating under a false name lobbing softball questions and injecting GOP written propaganda in his questioning of the White House spokesman and the President himself comes as no surprise to this blogger. Considering that for more than four years the White House Press Corps has failed to point out patently false statements made by members of the Bush Administration and also failed to give ample time and coverage to opposing viewpoints shows that the entire White House Press Corps are Prostitutes! This one merely was paid for actually having sex with men, but the rest were paid for rolling over and spreading their legs for Politicos in Power passing on their many missiles of misinformation to an unsuspecting American populace. All in all I would say that Jeff Gannon (the assumed name of the reporter caught living the lie) was the lesser villain here, and the Corporate-owned US News Media Outlets failing to alert the American people of the falseness of statements made by government officials and their paid shills are the greater dangers to US democracy.

Of course this raises issues of security since both the FBI and the Secret Service are supposed to fully investigate those allowed into the White House Press Conferences within a few feet of the President of the United States and other powerful people. It turns out that many true valid journalists have been excluded from the Bush White House Press Corps during the last four years. The White House has often claimed that this was due to the thorough background checks needed to insure that no one with a suspicious background be allowed into the White House. But it turns out that most tenured professional journalists excluded were those who were not willing to pass on false information or were willing to ask the President tough questions he was not prepared to answer. Instead the White House allows tax evading male prostitutes with no journalism background operating under assumed names to get within striking distance of the President, and holds legitimate longtime journalists who might actually dig a little deeper at bay. This marks the death of true journalism in the United States of America.

US Journalism

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Bush unsure about signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act -- If you had any doubts he is an idiot they should be gone now

"I don't know anything about the 1965 Voting Rights Act. When the legislation comes before me, I'll take a look at it, but I don't know about it to comment any more than that, but we will look at it when it comes to us."

-- The Dumbest US President in History, commenting on the upcoming renewal of what his own Justice Department calls "the most successful piece of voting rights legislation in American history". And he said it in front of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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This story was reported here and here and here and here on the Internet quoting the witnesses, but was it reported on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox (read Faux) News, or MSNBC or the thousands of Talk Radio Programs Supportive of Bush? No! And mainstream media wonders why more and more Americans are getting their news from the Internet instead of Corporate-Owned Mainstream Media (read Republican Echo Chamber) Sources! Thank God Almighty that more Americans are figuring out that US Mainstream Media News Sources are only giving them the Whitehouse Sanctioned Side of the Story, and are going after the half they are not told on their TV sets and radios. The Revolution of Regular Americans Rising Up Against Corporate-Owned News Will Not Be Televised. But the aftermath will.