What you missed while the media steers you to talk mosque

August 20, 2010

This month as the media steered Americans towards the mosque issue it skipped over vital information every American should have heard first and foremost.  (view frightening 5 min. video coming out of France titled, ‘Islamization’ of Paris a Warning to the West )

August 2010 news not widely reported by the media:

The media steered you away from: The US borders remain open and “unable to defend” while US military personel are currently deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with more than 369,000 of its 1,479,551 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories. View video of “fence” on the US border

The media steered you away from: Bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010

The media steered you away from: The State of Arizona and S.B. 1070 was included in a report to the United Nations Council on Human Rights submitted by the US State Dept. (headed by Hillary Rodham Clinton). The “Universal Periodic Review” stated “… our economic prosperity depend on our capacity to welcome and assimilate immigrants.”  

The media steered you away from: Foreclosure activity hits record high in third quarter — 1 in 136 homes received a foreclosure filing. Up 5% from previous quarter. Up 23% from Q3 2008.

The media steered you away from: Housing demand slowed — home sales down.

The media steered you away from: Initial jobless claims at highest level since November 2009

The media steered you away from: Auto sales saw an historic 28 year low

The media steered you away from: Bank failures hit an 18 year high (highest since 1992)

The media steered you away from: Unemployment rates raise in 14 states. Nationally expected to remain around 9.5 percent for the remainder of the year and perhaps until year end 2014.

The media steered you away from: U.S. gasoline demand jumps 1.7%; up .9% year to date. Average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline was $2.75

The media steered you away from: Trade deficit has expanded 18.8 percent in June to $49.9 billion, the largest level in almost two years

The media steered you away from: China moved past Japan into the world’s second largest economy

The media steered you towards: An early end to the Iraq war brings US troops home as “last full U.S. combat brigade” symbolically leave the country. All the while steering you away from the 52,000 troops who will remain in Iraq — coined as  “boots on the ground” to assist with policing the country comprised of specially trained heavy, infantry and Stryker brigades, as well as two combat aviation brigades. Read more at Army Times.

The media steered you away from: As of 5/25/10 there were 92,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. All other nations have withdrawn their troops. As of 8/20/10 total military fatalities in Iraq-  4,406.

The media steered you away from: Army suicides hit record in June

The media steered you away from: 10% of the 116,423 active-duty soldiers currently in Iraq and Afghanistan are “non-deployable”

The media steered you away from:  The former US commander in Afghanistan who was forced to retire after making scathing comments to a magazine about the Barack Obama administration will take a teaching position at Yale

The media steered you away from: The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the swine flu pandemic has officially ended

The media steered you away from: Fidel Castro warned a US attack on Iran would trigger nuclear armageddon

The media steered you away from: Iran retaliates against US and European sanctions by refusing to accept dollars and euros for oil

The media steered you away from: German police have closed Hamburg mosque because intelligence officials say it’s become a meeting place for extremists

The media steered you away from: The Defense Department proposes the elimination of the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va in an attempt to cut budget spending

The media steered you away from: Kenya’s  government is unhappy with the impression created by a U.S. court ruling that granted asylum to President Barack Obama’s aunt for saying she could be targeted by members of Kenya’s government if deported describe the case of Zeituni Onyango as an embarrassment and said the allegations made against Kenya were untrue and unrealistic

The media steered you away from: Iran’s leadership hailed the fuelling of its first nuclear power plant


The year the press won the election

November 4, 2008

Congratulations to the press for winning the election.

Our Media… Connecting the dots?

September 20, 2008

Here’s what the media isn’t telling you — and I may have even stumbled onto who’s controlling the media to boot…

While the fingers are being pointed back and forth from one political party to another I’m going to take the opportunity to point out a few things you may not know. I can’t stand by and listen to what’s going on without comment.

Although this is a LONG post  – I’ll be pointing out Obama’s stance on Fannie Mae; Obama’s connection with James Johnson; Johnsons surprising associations with other organizations (including the media); and finally where McCain stood regarding Fannie Mae which may surprise you.

I’ll try to highlight different areas, should you prefer to scan to that area of interest rather than read the post in it’s entirety.

The 47-year-old Senator Obama, who has campaigned with a call to “change”, has vowed to reject all contributions from lobbyists and to rid politics of corruption and self-interest.

In Obama’s short career with the US Senate, he was the 2nd largest recipient of “donations” from Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. Sen. Clinton is reported to be third.

As an untarnished newcomer who has vowed to clean up Washington politics, Obama secured Mr. James Johnson, a former chief executive of mortgage giant Fannie Mae. Johnson led the hunt for the vice presidential search back in June when “the” scandal broke. Johnson was apparently receiving favourable treatment for his home loan from Countrywide Financial while at Fannie Mae – a bank Senator Obama had sharply criticised for its role in the sub-prime lending crisis.

Obama “called Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest U.S. mortgage company, an example of what’s wrong in today’s economy and a political culture dominated by corporate lobbyists.”

Senator Obama said in a statement that Mr Johnson had resigned his campaign because he “did not want to distract in any way from the very important task of gathering information about my vice presidential nominee“.

Johnson is a strong Obama supporter who has personally donated the maximum $4,600 to his 2008 Presidential campaign, as well as $1,000 to Obama’s Senate campaign in 2004.

In addition to personal donations, Johnson is a bundler of the Obama campaign, raising between $200,000 and $500,000.

An Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight  (OFHEO) report from September 2004 found that, during Johnson’s tenure as CEO, Fannie Mae had improperly deferred $200 million in expenses. This enabled top executives, including Johnson and his successor, Franklin Raines, to receive substantial bonuses in 1998. (Raines will be addressed on this site soon)

In harsher terms Fannie Mae’s earnings were manipulated, which resulted In “maximum payouts” to executives Including CEO Jim Johnson. In other words – they cooked the books.

A 2006 OFHEO report found that Fannie Mae had substantially under-reported Johnson’s compensation. Originally reported as $6-7 million, Johnson actually received approximately $21 million.

Companies James Johnson is associated with

ZymoGenetics, Inc.,
Biotechnology (ZGEN, NYSE)
Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer


Forestar Real Estate Group Inc (2007-Present)
Property Management (FOR, NYSE)
Director, Chairman of Management Development & Executive Compensation Committee and Member of Executive Committee

Gannett Co., Inc., 2000-Present *
Leading international news and information company (
Former Director

Temple-Inland Inc., 2000-Present
Manufacture of corrugated packaging and building products (TIN, NYSE)
Former Director, Chairman of Management Development & Executive Compensation Committee and Member of Executive Committee

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., 1999-Present
Global investment banking, securities and investment management firm (GS, NYSE)
Director, Chairman of Compensation Committee, Member of Audit Committee and Member of Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee

Target Corp., 1996-Present
General merchandise and food discount stores (TGT, NYSE)
Lead Director, Chairman of Compensation Committee, Chairman of Corporate Governance Committee, Member of Executive Committee and Member of Corporate Responsibility Committee

Unitedhealth Group, Inc., 1993-Present
Four operating divisions: Health Care Services, OptumHealth, Ingenix and Prescription Solutions (UNH, NYSE)
Former Director, Chairman of Independent Committee, Chairman of Public Policy Strategies & Responsibility Committee and Member of Audit Committee

KB Home, 1992-Present
Builder of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums (KBH, NYSE)
Former Director

The Brookings Institution, Honorary Trustee

Perseus, L.L.C., Vice Chairman

University of Minnesota Foundation, Trustee

John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, Chairman Emeriti

KB Home/Shaw Louisiana LLC, Director

Cummins Inc., KB Home, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., The Brookings Institution, Perseus, L.L.C., Temple-Inland Inc., University of Minnesota Foundation, John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts, Fannie Mae, Unitedhealth Group, Inc., Target Corp., Targeted Genetics Corp., University of Washington, Forestar Real Estate Group Inc., KB Home/Shaw Louisiana LLC

What isn’t being publicized is how McCain co-sponsored a bill that was introduced January 26, 2005 called The Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005. (S.190 / 109th session).

It was a bill “to address the regulation of secondary mortgage market enterprises, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.”

The bill wasn’t met with any enthusiasm.

Legislative comments on pages s599 and s600 on record in part said:

(Sen Hagel speaks)…

This is needed regulatory reform at a critical time … . In 2003, Freddie Mac found itself treading through a wave of accounting problems and questionable management actions. That led to an income restatement of $5 billion, a penalty of $125 million and the removal of several members of its executive management. One year later, a similar surge of questionable practices was discovered at Fannie Mae. That led to the retirement and resignation of two of Fannie Mae’s top management officials, as well as last month’s ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, that Fannie could face a $9 billion income restatement.

S. 190

I urge everyone to go read the complete records on file.

*The Associated Press (AP) is a not-for-profit cooperative, which means it is owned by its 1,500 U.S. daily newspaper members. They elect a board of directors that direct the cooperative. Of the (roughly) twenty-two board members — Gannett Co., Inc. is one the board of members. Gannett is one of the largest and most influential media companies in the United States.

Equatable press coverage?

July 19, 2008

I was reading yesterday about how the three top anchors from NBC, ABC and CBS are traveling with BO overseas.

Am I the only one who feels the media is WAY biased? Am I the only one troubled by what’s going on?

John McCain took three foreign trips in the past four months, all unaccompanied by a single network anchor. Where were they when Big John went abroad?

Does anyone else see how biased the press is?

Then today I woke up to the news saying that BO had 300 – THREE HUNDRED – policy advisers.

BO wants the presidency SO bad that he’s hired THREE HUNDRED policy advisors?

BO raised $52M for his campaign in June. The press focused on his fundraising in California. Not a peep was said about his two fundraisers in China. Did YOU know BO was fundraising in China? Legally only a US citizen can contribute to a campaign.

Did you know that according to the Federal Election Commission says “If you contribute more than $200 to a committee, the committee is required to USE IT’S BEST EFFORTS to collect and publicly disclose on a financial report your name, address, occupation and employer, as well as the date and amount of your contribution.”

The BO campaign “prides” itself on all those small donations.

BO won another election by running his opponent out of funds. Will he do that again in this election?