Sunday, May 20, 2007

Propaganda Quiz

Quiz: Who made the following statement:

"... the rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be esssentially simple and repititious. In the long run only he will achieve basic results in influencing public opinion who is able to reduce problems to the simplest terms and who has the courage to keep forever repeating them in this simplified form despite the objection of the intellectuals."

Circle the best answer:
a. Karl Rove
b. Howard Dean
c. Michael Moore
d. Rush Limbaugh
e. none of the above


Answer: e. The statement was made by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. From THE GOEBBELS DIARIES 1942-1943, edited and translated by Louis P. Lochner, Doubleday, Garden City New York, 1948, p.56

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Fort Dix Plot: Does it Raise Issues of Illegal Immigration?

Terror suspects were arrested for allegedly trying to plot against killing people at Ft. Dix. So far, CNN has not talked about an immigration issue related to this. No mention of three of them being illegal immigrants. A search of their web site showed only this article:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/08/fortdix.plot/index.html

On the other hand, Fox News has numerous articles including this one devoted to the fact that three of the suspects were illegal aliens:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270892,00.html

By the way, MSNBC News mentions that some of the suspects were illegal immigrants including this article:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18550502/

The BBC does as well:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6635669.stm


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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Al Qaeda Video

Al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri was seen in a recently posted video. CNN's headline says he is taunting Bush (and also Iran and Shiites).

Fox News on the other hand says he is mocking Congress (and also Bush).

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

War Funding Veto: President Bush vs. Howard Dean

President Bush vetoed the War Funding bill. I checked the two main party web sites to see what they have to say. The Democratic National Committee has a brief statement from Chairman Howard Dean. The Republican National Committee has the transcript of President Bush’s statement. I thought it would be interesting to compare the two. In the left column below, I have Dean’s statement. On the right, are excerpts from Bush’s statement that match yet counter Dean’s points. As expected, two widely different perspectives.

DNC

RNC

Chairman Howard Dean

President Bush

Congress did its job by getting a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk but President Bush’s stubborn refusal to work with Congress …

We can begin tomorrow with a bipartisan meeting with the congressional leaders here at the White House. …

The Democratic leaders know that many in Congress disagree with their approach, and that there are not enough votes to override a veto.

… has kept our troops mired in an open-ended civil war.

It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing. … . The goal of this new strategy is to help the Iraqis secure their capital, so they can make progress toward reconciliation, and build a free nation that respects the rights of its people, upholds the rule of law, and fights extremists and radicals and killers alongside the United States in this war on terror.

The President’s Iraq policies have only resulted in more violence and made America less safe.

It's true that not everyone taking innocent life in Iraq wants to attack America here at home. But many do. Many also belong to the same terrorist network that attacked us on September 11th, 2001 -- and wants to attack us here at home again.

The fact remains that President Bush’s mission is not yet accomplished and will not be accomplished until we change course in Iraq.

In the months since our military has been implementing this plan, we've begun to see some important results.

This veto ignores the will of the American people, military experts, the Iraq Study Group and Congress.

… members of the House and the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders.

It’s well past time for President Bush to work with Congress toward a solution so we can bring our brave troops home.

I've invited leaders of both parties to come to the White House tomorrow -- and to discuss how we can get these vital funds to our troops. … May God bless our troops.

Links to the statements:

http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/05/dean_president_7.php

http://www.gop.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=6924