Amazon Ads

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Endorsements November 2014: The Tops, the Props and those with Chops

This is the year that has proven that Democrats don't clean their own messes.  I am seeing commercials run on TV scaring the public with lies and untruths.

Here is the Hard Truth going into Election 2014 in California:  Corruption rules within the Democratic Majority.  

Now then, life (and a dead computer) have gotten in the way, but here is my Endorsement post for TODAY!



(Any ** is someone I can vote for; Any # is someone I know)

Top of Pops

Governor: Neel Kashkar**i
Lt. Gov.: Ron Nehring**#
CA Secretary of State: Pete Peterson**
Treasurer: Greg Conlon **
AG: Ronald Gold**
Insurance Commissioner: Ted Gaines**

State Assembly Candidates (Thanks RPLAC!)

AD 36 - Tom Lackey 
AD 38 - Scott Wilk 
AD 43 - Todd Royal 
AD - 44 Rob McCoy 
AD 45 - Susan Shelley** 
AD 46 - Zachary Taylor 
AD 48 - Joe Gardner 
AD 49 - Esthela Torres Siegrist 
AD 50 - Bradly Torgan **#
AD 51- Stephen Smith 
AD 52 - Dorothy Pineda 
AD 54 - Glen Ratcliff **
AD 55 - Ling-Ling Chang 
AD 57 - Rita Topalian 
AD 62 - Ted Grose 
AD 63 - Adam Miller 
AD 66 - David Hadley 
AD 70 - John Goya

State Senate Candidates (Again, RPLAC)

SD 18 - Ricardo Benitez 
SD 20 - Matthew Munson# 
SD 22 - Marc Rodriguez 
SD 32 - Mario Guerra 
SD 34 - Janet Nguyen 

Congressional Candidates

CD 23 - Kevin McCarthy 
CD 26 - Jeff Gorell 
CD 27 - Jack Orswell 
CD29 - William Leader 
CD 30 - Mark Reed 
CD 32 - Arturo Alas **
CD 33 - Elan Carr **#
CD 37 - R. Adam King 
CD 38 - Benjamin Campos 
CD 39 - Ed Royce 
CD 43 - John Wood 
CD 47 - Andy Whallon 

County Assessor

John Morris**#

County Sheriff

Jim McDonnell

Board of Equalization (Tax Board)

Board of Equalization District 1 – George Runner
Board of Equalization District 2 – James E. Theis
Board of Equalization District 3 – G. Rick Marshall
Board of Equalization District 4 – Diane L. Harkey


CA Supreme Court

(70) Kathryn Mickle-Werdegar

Appeal Courts

(80) Jeffery Johnson
(92) Nora Manella 
(95) Paul Turner
(98) Kenneth Yegan

Superior Court

Dayan Mathai
Tom Greigo




The Props

Prop 1: NO

Prop 2: NO

Prop 45: Hell NO!

Prop 46: NO

Prop 47: NO

Prop 48: NO

LA County Props

P: NO



And final prediction for the US Senate:

R: 55
D: 45

Governor Walker, Governor Scott (FL), and Governor Brownback all survive.

GO and vote!



Sunday, November 02, 2014

November 2014 Tip Jar (and an author who is a Gothy Muse)

Getting back to the Valley is hard, but I have posts upon posts hiding in the queue.

As we start at the beginning in the month, please hit the Tip jar to help.

Either hit the link or visit the sidebar.  A little support for the Valley goes a long way.

Now that the commercial is over, time to meet a Gothic Muse who can outthink you, her name is Nicole Sixx.

 She is an author, works with a famous director (This is Hollywood, discretion is best unless you live here, just like DC) and also frequents the Sunset Strip (there is a future post on the Strip coming up).  

Hip, cool and beautiful, here is the lovely Ms. Nicole Sixx!

Author AND Artist
Why You don't mess with Goths: Vampires by their side!
Nicole with Comic Writer Steve Niles
The Thin White Duke Today!
Author and Muse, the wonderful Ms. Sixx!
Here is her Amazon Page (Buy her books!) and website (and photo website)

Follow her on Twitter too!

And please hit the Tip jar!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Back From Texas

I spent the last few weeks preparing (mentally) for my Sister's and Brother in Law's wedding.

Two wonderful people.  In Honor of the new couple, they get a tag here in the Valley:

Mr and Mrs. Mozo!

A photo posted by @jsf1970 on

Kudos to the Mozo's!  Hip Hip Hooray!


Texas was a nice place with wonderful people and I saw the Alamo!

And I became an honorary Texan (Yay Lone Star Beer!)!



Now that I have returned,  time to Blog about life here in the Southland!

Saddle up!


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Hate Speech in NoHo: #KPFK and Margaret Prescod share ISIS' views on Jews and GOP

Read this:

Sojourner Truth with Margaret PrescodAugust 20 · 





Ten Suggested Discussion Points for Unity

1. Reparations for African-Americans- support the John Conyers Bill H.R.40 Now! (Coates.)

2. Stop the war of genocide against Black America! A young black male was killed by an officer of the US law enforcement agencies every 36 hours alone in 2012, according to a study by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. This is Fascism “Amerikkkan” style. Killer cops must go! Stop police killings, brutality and harassment.

3. Fight back against the gentrification against African American working class communities by “globalized” universities, hospitals, and corporate contracting interests (developers).

4. Fight back against right wing (Tea Party) takeover of state governments in eliminating the right to vote particularly for African Americans and the elderly, and attacks against public sector workers and labor. Support “Moral Monday” in North Carolina, Georgia and other places.

5. Fight to save local autonomy (democracy) from corporate takeovers, right wing assaults by emergency fiscal managers appointed by governments (Detroit, Newark, NJ).

6. End all student debt now! (Past, present, and future.) Make education from K to post PhD free – if Cuba can do it, so can the U.S. Fight for academic freedom – 1500 colleges and universities in the US. 

7. Demand freedom for all US political prisoners! End the mass incarceration of African people. 

8. Demand affirmative action now in the construction industry and related organized unions – particularly in the private sector. (Read “Black Power at work”, Dubois, The Philadelphia Negro, pg 331-332)

9. Down with Zionism! Boycott Israel – the New Nazis of the 21st Century. Cut off funding to Israel.

10. Struggle against fundamentalism of all forms – Christian, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. and Eurocentric Marxism.

And here is the Valley's response:

From the shadows of North Hollywood and the mind of a KPFK radio host, comes hate speech (again). For a person like Alan Minsky who wants to build coalitions, his morning crew seems set to destroy any chance of them.  For my candidates from San Pedro to Santa Clarita, every Democratic and Liberal candidate should learn about this "unity"

One thing I learned about "Unity," you give to get. AND don't sound like a Hater.  Look at all these requests.  Not one shows understanding of the other side. Not one amount of (as the song for her program ) "One Love,"  

Let's break a few of these down:

First, the most personal: Number 9.

How dare you Ms. Prescod?  Have you no shame?

Know who else shares your view about Jews? ISIS.

Allow me to quote:

ISIS has “not only stated intentions to form a caliphate, but named U.S. and Jewish people as targets specifically,” said John Cohen, who until earlier this year was an undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. “There’s a significant threat to Jewish communities.”

When you compare Jews and Israel protecting themselves in the ONLY Jewish State in the world to Nazi's, you share the same political bedsheets as ISIS.   Every Jew killed within the sound of your radio show is on your hands.  The blood is yours.

You did not care if Yaakov Naftali, 16, Gilad Shaer, also 16, and Eyal Yifrah, 19 died.  They were taken from their homes and killed.  You claim to care for the youth, except for Jewish ones. Except for Israeli ones.  Hamas cheered every Israeli death, so do you.  

And let me refresh your history.  Remember "Land for Peace?"  Israel gave the Palestinian the land to build and grow their own country. The Gaza Strip has beaches and already built homes.  What did they do with it?

Send missiles into Israel with it. If the Gazans want a country, all they need is to build roads, schools and have elections.  And stop attacking their neighbors.  You wouldn't like it if someone threw bombs in your backyard everyday, especially if you gave them the nice house next door.

Tea Parties and the Right Wing: We're here, get used to it!

I see in number 4 you Hate the Right wing.  You Hate the Tea Party.

But in your show,

A) You never interview a Republican or Conservative or Local Tea Party Member;

B) Every time you bring up the Republicans, Conservatives or Tea party, you get it all wrong.  Even WBAI interviewed Ayn Rand.  Are you so scared of other ideas that you refuse to call up and discuss if a rumor is true?

Apparently your Hate wants the Tea Party (Fiscal Conservatives), Republicans (usually Establishment from DC fighting against the local groups) and Conservatives (You don't even know the branches Ms. Prescod) to stop being part of the American Polity.  That means if anyone of the Right goes to your website or FB page or Twitter, your issues are moot.

If you can't play nice with others (and that goes for my side too), don't expect any give.  If you live in America, you're going to have to meet us and speak to us.

Go back to Haiti if you Hate Jews and Republicans.

Watch this video:




No Unity on Racial Issues either

1,2,3,5,7 and 8 all deal with racial issues with a slant that does not say "Unity" but says "America is horrible, let's take from it,"

Now, some good issues are addressed among them: incarceration rates among African American boys and men.  Yes, I would rather that not happen. Before the 1968 social explosion, even if you protested you wore a shirt and a tie.

But Prescod also opposes business' entering poor areas.  OK Ms. Prescod (and Mr. Minsky), hire up the impoverished (such as those on Skid Row) at KPFK.  You don't want others doing it?  Government (local, state and national) is not filled with funds

If you Hate business', don't expect anyone to give funds for the fund drive. There is cultural rot all over, how do you stop the Gangs, the lack of Fathers, and the idea that the current Leadership of Democrats that do not care about these neighborhoods to make change?

Ms. Prescod, you don't want things to get better, you want to complain. 

I'm not even going into your support of Dictators everywhere and dancing on graves of people of the Right.  But this is America, we like fair play and Democracy.

I am willing to look at these issues (as a Pragmatist; 1,2,3,5,7,8 are ideals, what gives Unity? Nothing).  But what will be given in return?

Ms. Prescod, Mr. Minsky, what are either of you doing for "Unity" in America? NOTHING.  

The hate speech on Pacifica is getting known.  Try being nice next time.

My question: Ms. Prescod is an immigrant from Haiti, yet she never reaches out to those who thinks differently.  Why? 




Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October 2014 Tip Jar (and Magickal Gothy Muse)

I'm back!

Now that I have a computer, I can Blog.  But since I need to raise funds so I can Blog, please hit my Tip jar.

Please donate here (or donate on the Right side of the screen)

As a Goth, autumn is my favorite season with Halloween around the corner; as a Politico, I know Election day comes right behind it (Hmmm....very Lovecraftian when you think about how close those days are).

So, while I ask for your donation, please meet this month's beautiful Muse:

Her name is Mila Starfyre aka Vegan Bombshell.  

The beautiful thing about living in LA is you see people rise.  She is beginning her rise as a Burlesque dancer, a painter (she uses canvas -- an Artist, of course!) and model.  When she is famous, you can say you met her here first. (I've met her, she is sweet, kind and beautiful).

And now, here is Mila Starfyre!

Bellydancing in the desert!


Looking Punk!

Burlesque dancing!

Modeling.

The Lady in Red.

Blonde Noir in LA.

My favorite picture


To follow this beautiful Muse, here is her FB page, Twitter and Instagram.

See you on the next post!

Please hit the Tip Jar!

Thanks for reading the Valley!

The 12 Monkeys in Foreign Policy: Our President is Jeffery Goines and Our Spies are James Cole

When I geeked out to Star Wars back in the 70's, I found Star Trek (The Original Series), and then Doctor Who.  What sci-fi offers is a (hypothetical for now) trip to the Stars, to dystopias, and to other times.



Twelve Monkeys (1995) has been hailed as a film that gets concept of Time Travel (and Predestination Paradoxes) correct.  The movie touches on madness, reality and fate vs. free will.  And yet, even though the plague in the movie was fake, the current fires in foreign policy are just as bad. Both threaten to engulf humanity, what happens next?



Currently, the President, a Harvard Graduate (and legacy like President Bush before him), wanted to go to war against Assad and now ISIS.  It contradicts itself.  As shown in the full 60 Minutes interview:



Throughout the Bush Administration, the Democrats wanted out of Iraq (and Afghanistan too).  They saw the Republican President going to war as end, not a means to an end.  When the failed haberdasher, President Truman helped end the war, he left troops behind to help transition Europe and Japan into functioning Capitalistic Democracies.  And because the non-Ivy League, non-college educated Truman did that, the USSR was caught in check until it fell.


When President Obama campaigned on bringing the troops home (and the Democrats all fell in lockstep with the "Rush to War" bombings of Syria and Libya), there was no "endgame," planned for the region.

So long US troops, hello ISIS! Thank you Democrats, said ISIS!

And how do the Army of the 12 Monkeys fit in?



James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to find a pure sample of the virus that kept humans off the surface.  He gets sent back to 1990 (6 years before it starts) and ends up in a sanitarium in Balltimore.  There, he meets Jeffery Goines (Brad Pitt), whose father creates diseases and Dr. Railly (Madeline Stowe), who treats him. 

He bounces through time and place eventually ending up in Philadelphia 1996.  A mysterious message was heard in the future, the most haunting scene is where Dr. Railly calls off-screen.  The quote:
 
    COLE
  You... you left them a message?
 
    RAILLY
   (impishly)
  I couldn't resist.  I was so relieved.
  Wait'll they hear this nutty woman
  telling them...they better watch out
  for the Army of the Twelve Monkeys...

 Looking at her laughing face, 
 COLE is struck with horror as he realizes the truth! 
 He starts to recite...

    COLE
  "The Army of the Twelve Monkeys --
  they're the ones who are going to do
  it.  I can't do anything more.  The
  police are watching me."

 Now she's stunned.
 She glances back and sees the phone booth twenty yards away.

    RAILLY
  You... you couldn't have heard me.

    COLE
  They got your message, Kathryn.  They
  played it for me.  It was a bad
  recording...distorted.  I didn't
  recognize your voice.

President Bush's strategy was to bottle up Iran and bring more Democracy, thus more peace, into the Middle East (When Thomas Friedman wasn't a hack, he wrote how Democracies don't make war on each other.  A theory I have always subscribed to, see Truman)  The Democrats heard the wrong message, Senator Obama was playing animal activist while the threat of the plague hung over the story.





Now throughout the Obama Administration, the President has ignored the intel briefings on the World.  Thus, any foreign policy that President Obama acted on, he had no sense of causality.  There was a plan to take out troops from Iraq, but there was no Mission Objectives in Afghanistan since 2009.  Thus, without a sense of causality or intel, the World started to burn this past summer.

Sun Tzu made it very clears that without Spies a State is defenseless  

Since the Church Commission, Democrats have made it very clear they don't trust Our Men and Women in the Dark. I do.  

President Obama thought he was smarter then the people extracting the information and only reacted when the news became bad on television. Cole in 12 Monkeys was the scientists spy into the past. 

Cole was a pawn by everyone save Railly.  They were the only ones talking Cassandra like about the danger of Jeffery Goines and the Army of the 12 Monkeys.  No one listened.  Jeffery Goines thought (due to his wealth and madness) he was better then everyone else in the movie; Whether in the Sanitarium or at the party. 


Because there are no Senator Baker's and Goldwater's in the current Democratic Party, there is no one to tell the President to read the Daily Briefing. There are no Goldwater, Rhodes and Scott in the current members of the Left.  Not since 1994. 


What is my solution?


Before the Presidential primary of either side, I would hope the members of the US Intelligence vet the candidate's foreign policy because the media did not (well, with the GOP they will).  If you are a member of that Industry, pleads note that since the Church commission, the Democrats use the members (like Cole was used by the scientists) and throw you away.  

Look here:




There is fire and embers from the Middle East, why is the President re-acting rather then taking the lead? 

My question: Can we now point and laugh at the Anti-Bush protests and Democrats and say their foreign policy endangers us all? (especially our men and women in the US Intelligence)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Future Goals and Dreams (Or the Not-Bucket Bucket List)

Later, I shall be getting the Laptop up to speed, but I need help getting back up to speed……

This is a Tip Jar Plea (The Muse pictures return after the computer rises), so please help me out for this month.  



Why is this the non-bucket bucket list?  While I love the Darkness as a Goth, I was consoled that I was too young to have one…..So thus, future Goals and Dreams.  

I have a belief if you put your dreams and goals out into the Universe, and stick with getting to them, maybe (with help from Providence) it happens.  Never hurt before.

Some relay to work (If you enjoy what you do, it is never work), others to things I want to do.  One last indulgence before I get serious here in the Valley.  



The Work Goals

1.  I want to do Appropriation Policy work in either Sacramento or DC.

2.  There is one fiction novel that wants to get out and a non-fiction book about Politics;  And a third (if I manage to do well) about being in Politics and dealing with Bipolar Depression;

3.  The California Republican Party -- Next cycle I hope to work for you!

4.  Also, I want to earn enough so I don't have to worry where the next dollar is coming from.  Lobbying is also a nice job (Los Angeles, Sacramento or DC on this)

5.  Write paid articles for The Weekly Standard, American Spectator, Breitbart and/or Townhall.

6.  Have an article written about me, as the only Active (and only partisan elected) Goth Republican.  Either in Gothic Beauty or some other Goth magazine.  Yes, I still love the deep and dark.

7. Work for a Presidential Campaign, New Media -- either here in California (Los Angeles, second biggest Media market!) or the candidates Home State.

8. I want write more consistently here in the Valley.  And I'd love to make more money off the Blog writing.  Look to the sidebar for prices.

9. My family has helped in my wilderness time since I fell in 2008-09.  One day, I'd like to give them something nice in return.  That requires (4) to happen. I know I am lucky, even my future brother in law is cool.  (Hell, I'm a Goth Republican in LA: I am as cool as a Bow Tie)

10.  Running for office here in LA or for the State Assembly or State Senate.  That is still being thought and planned out.  The decision will come if some factors come into play.  (No, you don't get to know what they are...)

The Other Stuff

1.  Travel to the UK, I am an Anglophile. I would love to work in the House of Commons for a season.

2.  Being the sci-fi dystopian, apocalyptic B movie lover, a trip to Wasteland Weekend.  "Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves!"

3.  See Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Buffett (again) and all of my friends' bands in concert.

4.  One place I dream of going to: Scrub Island with the person I am married.  (That belongs after (10) in the Work stuff).  While there, learn to ride a Sailboat and Scuba.

5. Before marrying, I want to date one of my Muses I have promoted during a Rule 5 here in the Valley.  I would be honored to treat any one of them.  And I have met more then a few. (Who knows, I could marry one of them?!)

6.  Take a trip across the United States from the Santa Monica Pier to my old neighborhood of Forest Hills out to the end of the road at Montauk Lighthouse.  The last time I was there, Agent Cooper went into the Black Lodge.

7. Create an Major Event. Political or whatever.  But something nice, here in LA or DC.

8. Take a boat ride up the Southland Coast.  Take a copter ride around LA.  Stay up and see the sun rise from the Hollywood sign with a Muse.

9. Own a condo, settle down.  Have enough funds to help the poor souls down on Skid Row.  My heart saddens that people have fallen, I could have ended up there.

10.  Learn to be content.  Have a significant other by my Birthday.

Next up, posts on the CAGOP Convention.  I will post again on Sunday, there will be news there and one other place in LA (But I'm not telling....)

My question:  What are your goals and dreams?  What do you wish for?






Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Out from the Summer's Heat, the Valley Opens!

The Heat Rises and JSF Returns!
I go away from The Valley for the summer and the World Burns.

Even worse, the World Burns and it seems there is no one running things.

Either the Universe needs my input here in the Valley (or shaping the world some other way) or my absence created a Hole in Reality that was plugged by everything going on…..

Once can only imagine.

Now, where was I, you ask?

Choose one:

1)  Running from some domestic spies because my name matched a fake name;

2)  Shutting down the Electric Church before they made Cyborgs of Everyone;

3)  Trapped at the End of the Universe looking for Utopia;

4)  Looking for another Computer because my Gateway Computer died in July, and has now resurrected as a MacBook Pro;

5)  Lost in Time, Lost in Space; or

6) Tasked to saving the world from San Dimas.

You guess, I leave with music before the next post!



I'M BACK!!!!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Happy 238 Years America! And a Short Lesson How we got the Constitution

Signing of the Declaration of Independence by Trumbell

This is the time of year, I re-read AJ Langutth's Patriot's.  It is a great re-telling of whole American Revolution. Here is the best quote of all.  If you don't feel proud today of this, maybe this poll was right....

"When members of the Continental Congress came to Jefferson's stirring conclusion, a majority thought it should include one last appeal to the power even greater then George III....They did not meddle with Jefferson's last oath, more solemn than anything they might devise:

"And for support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortune and our sacred honor'
"

"On July 4, 1776, independence was declared in language worthy of it."

And after the Magna Carta, and the Mayflower Compact, here is the next document (sequentially) the world needs to follow:





When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States

...[BREAK]...

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Now, why the lesson on the American Polity?

In modern politics, some of the mainstream complaints of the Right mirror the words of the Declaration.  Sorry, but true.  

Time for a history and Government lesson.  Sit back and enjoy!


Electoral College


How a Bill Becomes a Law

Checks and Balances

.

Signing the Articles of Confederation
We won our freedom against the Mother Country.  As the war was going on, the Second Continental Congress drafted the Articles of Confederation.  At it's heart was a weak Executive, weak trade and currency zones between the States and useless Congress.

Here is the Articles.  

Call forth Shay's rebellion and 14 year's later, even the founders had to go back to the drawing board.

Signing of the US Constitution
A more detailed lesson another day.

Enjoy the fireworks and water!



Thursday, July 03, 2014

July 2014 Tip Jar and (Cyber) Goth Muse

'Tis the top of the month, so before we go into serious Political debate and delights, I must ask for help to keep this Blog going.  

If you can, please hit the Tip Jar.  As always, I am trying to reach $300 this month.
If the link does not work, please go here ---->   


If you know my background, you've already figured out I love being a Goth (and Politico). I grew up relishing the prospects of a Cyberpunk world (Where is the off-world colonies and Replicants?)  Meet the (Cyber) Gothy Muse who brings that world to the people:

Say Hello to Shannon Chromegirl. 

An LA woman who models and create her own clubs. I have seen her around, we have (not) yet met on a personal level.  Everyone who knows her says she is smart and sweet. (The Goth Muses I have met, usually are)

Let me introduce you to the Girl of the Future (with underquotes from Neuromancer describing Molly Millions):

Steppin' Razor

Near the Jarre de The

"Crack it," She laughed. "Earn your keep for a change,"

"Welcome to the Rue Jules Verne," 

"We were in LA....
Next day, I was playing Ghost with you in Night City,"

"'Love you, Cat Mother',"
 whispered the Panther Modern's link man,"
SC at the SDCC

"No games....I'll hurt you real bad," 

"You're Street Samurai...."


"Patient like a spider. Zen spider."

Here is her website, FB page and Twitter feed.

And thanks for reading the Valley -- please hit the Tip jar.

And if you're still geeking to Neuromancer, I give you this:


The sky above the port was the color of television,
tuned to a dead channel -- First words of Neuromancer
Night City was like a deranged experiment in social Darwinism, designed by a bored researcher who kept one thumb permanently on the fast-forward button. Stop hustling and you sank without a trace, but move a little too swiftly and you'd break the fragile surface tension of the black market; either way, you were gone, with nothing left of you but some vague memory in the mind of a fixture like Ratz, though heart or lungs or kidneys might survive in the service of some stranger with New Yen for the clinic tanks.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Modern Media Mantra: With Questions @jayrosen_nyu, @GregMitch and @LATimesrainey WON'T Answer

Things America agreed upon in earlier times;
Today which freedom to defend by the Fourth estate
 depends on which Political side you're on



I might not be that old (Born in 1970 when it was bad for Presidents to spy on the public and use the IRS against Political enemies. Times change), but I remember when Newspapers had multiple editions during the same day.




Partisans say this; Not Reporters 


It did not take a degree from Harvard or Yale to understand Human nature.  

First the Mantra (written by Yours Truly) with Annotations, 
then the questions that are never answered by "Media Analysts":

A Media Mantra for the Modern Age (2014 Edition)

The job of a Reporter is to inform, not weigh in or judge;
The job of a TV Reporter is to inform, with sight and sound, but not with judgement;
The job of a Radio Reporter is to inform, with sound, but not weigh in,

The Partisan Press can be partisan, but hypocrisies are fair play here;
   It is the role of the Old and New Fourth estate
to keep the Partisans Fair.

The Role of the Old Fourth Estate is be Against those in Power,  
 Whichever Party is in Power,
The Old Fourth estate 

The Role of the New Fourth estate is to keep an eye on
    The Old Fourth estate;
The Old Fourth Estate should not Collude or bend any knee
    For ANY President, Senator or Governor.
The New Fourth Estate must learn protocol and diplomacy
   to get information from People in Power;

When the WHCD and WHCA 
 Laugh with those currently in office,
And excuse things that made them angry
Under the Last Administration.

  There are only Barbarians.

And since I might confuse those with Ivy educations working in the Eastern Newsrooms,  here is the annotations (or Cliff note's in my day):

Reporters: The baseline of who meets the people involved in the stories and then writes those stories;

Partisan Press: i,e. MSNBC, Daily Kos, the Nation from the Left and National Review, Weekly Standard, Fox News (evening) and Talk Radio for the Right (and multiple Blogs such as this one);

Old Fourth estate: Newspapers, TV and Radio News Stations, and Fox (daytime). 
New Fourth Estate: Bloggers, macro and micro; the general public watching the reporters.  Or to put it simply: Quis custodiat ipsos custodes?

WHCA: The White House Correspondents Association
WHCD: The White House Correspondents Dinner aka "Nerd Prom"

The Current Administration: The Obama Administration (D)
The Past Administration: The George W. Bush Administration (R)

Partisans: Those who fight for and against candidates and ideologies. 
It is the Partisan's job convince the public to vote for their candidate, using the information gleaned from Reporters. 
 This is not the Reporters Job! (Put this in the AP Stylebook)

Barbarians: When Rome fell, they took over.  Or the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.

 That is the endgame by not following the Mantra. 


***************

Do I have your attention Mr. Rosen, Mr. Rainey and Mr. Mitchell?

Here are my questions, any shirking of the answers confirms the End of the Mantra (A self-fulfilling prophecy, but only YOU can break it!):

How Messrs. Press, Mitchell and Rainey see themselves.
Yes, the image is correct

I.

Republicans have always felt the media actively work against our candidates (1964, 1992 , 2004 and 2012 are the Prime years they complain about).  With the rise of Fox News (evening) and Talk Radio, these activists felt they had a voice and support from News Stations.

Election Time is coming. Partisans are watching the Fourth Estate


My first question:
What has the Old Fourth estate done to mend fences with Republicans?  Why is only Fox News attacked (and by the most Powerful Man in America) and their audiences spat upon by the Old Fourth estate? 

First question, subsection A)
If fences are not mended, what do members of the Old Fourth expect to happen? 

II.

Even with High end degrees, the modern Reporter from a National Newspaper understands little to nothing about protocols, people or the differing branches within the GOP. It does not take a genius to figure out if someone likes you or not.

 There have been many stories I knew from my time in DC how Reporters like hanging out with Democrats and very warily (say, like any writer of The Atlantic magazine or the NYT -- which has not endorsed a Republican for President since 1956) visit Republicans in social settings unless they had to.

Do you have any on the ground Tea Party or GOP person as a contact?


Also, with this current Administration there is a fluidity between the Old Fourth estate and the White House,
In 2008, there was the "Journolist," and the Media Rape of Governor Palin (which no reporter, columnist or Media analyst stood up to Andrew Sullivan AT ALL.).  

My Second Question: 
When the Democrats needed an Emmanuel Goldstein, the New Yorker wrote up a story on the Koch Brothers, yet there are no stories about corrupt Democratic financiers?  Look how Leland Yee was discovered, not through any Journalist of the Old Fourth estate!

And here is the most important question, which I think an answer is deserved:

Second Question, subsection A) 
Where are the modern Woodward and Bernsteins during the First Democratic Administrations or even the First Obama Administration? Or even when the Democrats hold Power in Government? 
(No News Reporter ever cares if Minority Leader Pelosi or Majority Leader Reid are corrupt. At all.)

III.

James Fallows of The Atlantic and Media Matters  are on a crusade to silence Republicans from ever appearing or have their voices heard in the Media. This borders into 1984 and Eastern Bloc Secret Police territory. In a country that prides itself with the Bill of Rights, the quiet watchdog of the media turns into a poodle when it comes to the Democratic Party/ 

If it is bad for a GOP President to do something,
why do Democrats in Power get a free ride doing the same thing?


Third Question:  
In a bicameral Two party system, why does Fallows' call for censorship not wake up the Watchdogs of the Fourth estate?  Fallows is promoting China Communist Government tactics in America.

Third question, subsection A)
 If Reporters daily lives allows them to NOT interact with people and activists from one of the two major parties in America, why should they be trusted to report the News?

All the Major Media read and watch the same things to inform them. Epistemic Closure indeed!

Every major reporter follows the lead of the New York Times (No endorsement of Republicans for President since 1956), the Huffington Post (Founded by a Liberal), Media Matters (a Liberal check on the press), and the Daily Show (Holds Republicans accountable, not President Obama or Democrats in Congress).  See a trend, yet? 

Third Question, subsection B)
In stories about Republicans, why does the Fourth estate have NO Republican contacts? 

I have seen more wrong stories by the Old Fourth estate about Republicans then I have lived.  If Reporters cannot get intra-party Politics and personalities correct, why are they there?

Gentlemen, that is your Homework assignment. 

Please write your answers on your respective platform. No claiming false dichotomy or any weasel word cop-out.  The major media is not trusted by half of American Political activists, step up. 

The Right side of the line is doing more for First Amendment rights then you gentlemen (or the Left)

Republicans on the Modern Media. You are too scared to talk to us.

Ignoring concerns on the Right is the De Facto act when questions are put to the media.  Some of us around the country are saying "No more,"

MY question to my audience:  Your thoughts on the Modern Media Mantra?

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...