Sean Hannity’s Double Standards

August 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm (Barack Obama, Elections, Environment, Immigration, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I decided long ago that I needed to stop listening to Sean Hannity’s radio show after I realized that I was listening to the same show repeatedly.  If it wasn’t the same show, it sure seemed like the same talking points over and over.  The first post I ever did for this blog was a couple years ago about his half truths and lies which still remains one of the most popular posts. Needless to say that he still comments on some things that I brought up in passing.  So I tuned back in after a long absence only to find that Sean is on to some new diatribes and all of which are just as asinine as the first. But now we’ve moved on to double standards which is almost as annoying.

Double Standard #1Holding Obama responsible for the oil spill.

To start, I already covered this in a post today that I too believe that Obama should show some accountability here. I’m not going to re-hash it here, but you can read my diatribe on the governments failure to handle this issue on my post BP Oil Spill – Katrina Part 2. The double standard here is that when Katrina disaster hit New Orleans, which was due to the same government regulatory failure to monitor a situation, Hannity was touting “What exactly is Bush supposed to do? He doesn’t have any control over the weather! It’s not even his department! “. Now here we are on the opposite side of coin and Hannity is being relentless in attacking Obama’s lack of response.  While I do agree, this is double standard #1.

Double Standard #2 – Drill, Drill Drill, Totally safe!

For those that recall, Hannity has been animate about drilling for oil in ANWR and touted drilling as completely safe and controllable and that those environmental nutjobs are crazy.  Along with those talking point he also frequently discussed offshore drilling as another safe alternative. Again, those granola eating windbags have no idea what they’re talking about. Anyone heard much talk about it anymore?

Double Standard #3 – Seal the borders!

Hannity regularly gets on Obama’s failure to secure the borders, but when Bush was in office the song was sung very differently. “Bush wants to put up a huge fence but no one will let him! What do you expect him to do?” For some reason Hannity is under the impression that Obama has the means to bypass those same opponents.

Double Standard #4 – Arizona’s “Misguided” Law

While I agree to Sean’s point that the law is designed to simply uphold an existing law and add an extra addendum to it, he will never understand the plight of being, um,…not white. Just like African Americans, Mexicans get pulled over for invalid reasons simply for officers of the law to investigate whether or not there’s something more that they can be booked or convicted of.  He doesn’t understand this aspect of society and that racism still exists.

We don’t care about your past and how your father worked his fingers to the bone from nothing.  All of us at one time or another faced similar adversities. It doesn’t make you the same as minorities. Illegal immigration needs to stop and if that’s what it takes, that’s fine, but don’t act as if there’s nothing maniacal here.  It simply takes what authorities are allowed to do to another level. Which is fine in my book, but annoying when you justify it as if there’s no potential problems.

And I’m sure that you have your own Double Standards of Hannity’s that have been eating away at you that you’re dying to yell, so I’ll leave space here for you.

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BP Oil Spill – Katrina Part 2

June 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm (Barack Obama, Environment, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Television, Unemployment) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So here we are with a new environmental disaster that was caused by the government and that they are doing everything to blame on everyone else and ignoring the cries of its citizens.  Just like Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, Americans are reliving a nightmare where people are suffering and the government acts as if its hands are clean.

This is yet another case of why there isn’t any difference between Democrats and Republicans when it gets down to the brass tacks.  The Democrats had their “hey day” with a then President Bush as they said that he was asleep at the wheel when Hurricane rolled up to the shores of New Orleans leaving mass destruction in its wake.  They blamed Bush for the failure to do anything about the levee and the lack of regulatory enforcement.  The end result was disastrous taking with it many, many lives.   And here we are again with an oil leak of disastrous proportions caused by the same lackadaisical regulatory enforcement of a government entity. And the shame of it is that the Republicans are participating in the finger pointing instead of trying to help resolve the issue. Basking in the glow of the failure of the Democrats who would rather watch them wallow in it than help to fix the problem.

BP has now officially spent over a billion dollars trying to do just that and even hiring fisherman who are affected by this ongoing tragedy to at least help to give them some sort of income since their livelihood has been interrupted. The government hasn’t done anything outside of sending out 1000 men. That’s like the equivalent of one Navy boat. And their involvement has been limited to being essentially on site foremen. Just watching things go very badly and reporting it back. 1000 court reporters.

This party war within the government and the never ending power struggle simply has to stop. Both parties are collectively the government that we elected, not just half of a whole.  Neither party seems to figure out that just sitting around pointing fingers is not going to resolve the problem.  The Democrats enjoyed their time as the pointer during Katrina and now they get to fully realize the awkward position of being the pointee. The sad part being is that, like children, they will not learn any lesson from these mistakes and will simply continue to act like children. They will never realize that it has nothing to do about who is in power, but that they should be striving to assure the common good of man.  And even if they had a hand-holding Kumbaya moment, there would always exist the insatiable desire to blame the other and acquire more power.  We say we will “never forget”, but it appears as if we have. The time where we stood as one is only a historical footnote.

Forget that we pay 40% of our hard earned money to support the government. Forget that we are willingly paying a percentage of our income to a social security black hole that no one under 50 will ever see. The only thing anyone needs to remember is that this is the inefficiency of government. While thousands of gallons of oil pours into the gulf every day, killing wildlife, destroying thousands of families livelihood, our President is making speeches at colleges, playing golf, with his primary concern being November elections. With his constituents slightly slack jawed in amazement as they watch their government do absolutely nothing.  Who among us in his position wouldn’t be having a coronary right now?  Would we not be on site pulling out all of the stops to somehow make this stop?

While Bush may have been late to the party during Katrina, he at least made sure that there was an immense presence to help clean up the mess.  A very stark contrast to what we’re seeing here. For a General to sit in front of cameras at CNN and brag about their 1000 men who are present at the site of the oil spill is yet another insult to our intelligence. In active and reserve, there are over a million and a half people serving in the military.   That means they we have allocated 0.06% of our resources to this national disaster. Not even 1 tenth of 1 percent to a national disaster.  If we don’t see that this is a tell tale sign of this governments priorities, I’m not sure we will ever wake up.

Someone please wake up.

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Unemployment Spikes! Obamas Fault!

May 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm (Health Care, Jobs, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Unemployment) (, , , , , , , )

Yes, I know this is old news, but I get a tad disturbed when I hear certain talk show hosts and pundits quote Obama’s unfortunate statement that the distribution of the stimulus checks would keep the unemployment rate from going over 8%.  I personally think that from a business standpoint, you should never over-promise things that you simply don’t have control over.  In this case the reasoning for the over-promising was to push the stimulus package.  But really, how stupid are you that you would believe him?  That’s like me saying, if you put my kids through college, then it will never rain when you have a picnic.

Trying to pull wool over the eyes of the public is apparently what this Administration does best. It’s nothing new. We saw it with the Bush Administration as well and they were big ones like the war in Iraq, which I won’t even begin to go into.  And of course, every Administration before it has mastered it to varying degrees.  But with Obama it has a much deeper level of depravity and it just keeps coming.  It’s simply lie after lie after lie and we keep looking down at the ground, sweeping with our feet and murmuring, “Gawrsh, Mr. B. You’re so smart.  Whatever it takes to get to that sweet, sweet change you keep talking about.”

Come on people. Does anyone take the time to think for themselves anymore?  What in the world made you believe that he would be able to control the employment rate?  It’s that same gullibility that allowed him to pass a massive health care reform filled with hundreds and hundreds of stipulations and earmarks that had nothing to do with healthcare.  To make matters worse, you should know that if you make statements like this publicly, it will be the bane of your existence if it doesn’t happen that way, because guys like Sean Hannity are going to make it one of their primary talking points. It makes me crazy when he says that over and over and over again. I can’t even comprehend what it would be like if he were actually referring to me personally. My brains would be scattered about in the Oval Office just so I could make him quit talking.

How could a stimulus affect unemployment?  If anything, it allows a person to stay unemployed longer by giving them an extra month’s rent and utilities.  What’s the rationale? They’ll get the check and then they’ll say, “Wow, I’d like to get more of these. Maybe I should get a job.'”  If you want to reverse unemployment, you funnel funding into the schools that will allow them to expand what Goodwill already does which is provide training to individuals who can’t afford it. That increases their skillset and makes them more valuable in the job market.  It also pulls more qualified teachers off of the streets which even further decreases the unemployment rate. That’s how you put a stop to unemployment.  Not by handing them a check that says, ‘Thanks for breathing. Now go buy yourself a nice TV.”

If Obama could simply stop speaking in such a reactionary way that only gets him in trouble, he’d have a lot less headaches. And by reactionary, I mean saying things like “the police acted stupidly.” and “you take your kid out to get ice cream, you can be harassed” and “passing the stimulus will keep the unemployment rate from going above 8%”.   I’m sorry, does he even have a speech writer on hand?  Or maybe he should just hire an ankle kicker.  Someone that will kick him hard in the shins when he’s about to say something that sounds only partially intelligent.  If anything, maybe it should be someone from the Harvard admissions department.

Please Obama.  Just stop talking out of personal opinion or from Cloud 8 where things are fruity with rainbows made of candy.  The position of President is a “matter of factual” position.  Time has proven over and over again that the second you utter something of personal opinion it always will bite you in the rear.  Always. No exceptions.

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Sean Hannity Lies and Half Truths

October 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm (Barack Obama, Election 2008, Elections, John McCain, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Television, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Before every Republican and right wing nut gets their panties in a bunch, let me clarify that I have voted Republican for many years, but I look at the facts and the truth and call it like I see it whether it be Republican or Democrat.  But it’s time to get the truth out regardless of the outcome and no, this is not pro-Obama rhetoric.  We’re here to talk about Sean Hannity and his radio and TV show that over the past 3 months has been like listening to a replay of the same broadcast over and over again.  The disturbing part of which is a bunch of lies and half-truths.  It’s bothersome to me that people don’t listen to what’s being said and just take is as fact, when some things are outright lies and distortions.

Distortion 1- Michelle Obama Hates Our Country

Hannity has been continuously playing the clip of Michelle Obama saying “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am proud of my country.”  Hannity neglects to play the rest of the speech where she clarifies what she meant which essentially is that America has not been the land of hope and dreams that’s advertised.  Nobody believes for one moment that she meant that she has never been proud to be an American. It was a comment that there’s finally hope for a country that’s ready for change. To distort her comment and insinuate that she is some sort of rogue anti-American flag burner is an insult to our intelligence.

Distortion 2- The Democrats Are Weak

Hannity also loves to play the clip of Biden saying that Obama will be tested in the first 6 months of his presidency. Hannity translates that comment as him saying that his candidate is viewed as weak. Yet again another if you’re dumb you’ll believe this is what he meant. This is another example of Hannity cutting off the audio and taking things out of context.  The even more annoying part is that a ton of media outlets jumped on that bandwagon. If you listen to the rest of the audio, he says “and when they do, they’ll find that he has a spine of steel”.  ANYONE that gets into the presidential office for the first time is going to be tested.  Nations are going to want to see what they can get away with under new administration regardless of who it is.  This is another case of insulting your intelligence.

Distortion 3- Obama Wants to Open Up the Borders

Hannity loves to tout the quote from Obama where he said, “give the 12 million people who are here illegally, many of whom have been here for years, many of whom have US citizens for children to make sure that they’ve got a pathway to legalization.”  This ended up being yet another talking point during Hannity’s 10 Reasons To Not Vote For Obama show on Hannity’s America where he insinuated that Obama was refusing to “uphold the law of the land”.  To me, this was an honest and humanitarian answer from Obama.  Is Hannity saying that McCain has a better plan?  If so, let’s hear it.   Finish the fence! How quaint and then what happens to those 12 million already here?  I know, let’s throw them all in jail and leave their children without parents.  That makes much more sense.  At least Obama had a intelligent answer that wasn’t mired in absurdity.

Distortion 4- Spreading the Wealth

Out of all of the rhetoric that Hannity distorts and twists, this is the one that agitates me the most. By now, everyone has heard the cut of Obama telling Joe the Plumber that “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everyone.”.  The problem is the immediate insinuation you take away from this presentation is that he was saying that “we’re going to take the money from successful people and just give it to the less fortunate” in some sort of Robin Hoodian alternate reality.  That layman view has been one of the biggest talking points of Hannity’s rantings and they’re hoping that you’re stupid enough to believe it.  The point of that comment was to say, “I want to create opportunities for those less fortunate.  Open up doors that have been previously closed.”  Why in the world would a businessman want to do anything to punish fellow business owners?

Are people that make more money going to be taxed higher?  Of course!  Absolutely nothing new.  It’s been that way under the Republicans since the dawn of time.  That has always been the case no matter who is in office.  The difference?  Republicans have given businesses outrageous opportunities to write off absurd expenses.  Who pays for those write offs?  Everyone does.  Those vacations, spa treatments, lunches at expensive restaurants that crawl into the thousands.  This is not socialism.  It’s reality.  If you make more money, you will pay more taxes.  It’s nothing new. If you pay 30% on a 1000, you’ll pay $300. But if you make $100,000, your taxes are $30,000.  That’s how math works. I’m sure there will be more insane opportunities for businesses to write off the increase somewhere.

The point of all of this is that I don’t think it serves anyone justice and especially Hannity to keep on spouting these half truths and distortions.  For someone who claims to be unbiased and works on FoxNews which is supposedly fair and balanced, these types of attacks literally push people to Obama’s camp.  If you can ramble off things that people simply know aren’t true, why in the world would they believe anything else that comes out of your mouth?

I’ll be doing a follow up piece soon about why I simply can’t vote for Obama, but why McCain is just as disconcerting to me.  But I posted a very brief synopsis of these untruths in several different places and all of which were deleted by McCain supporters.  Now is the time for people to hear the truth and to try their best to make reasonable judgments about who they’re voting for.  That’s why I can only hope that somebody considers my rantings and stands up for themselves in refusing to be led by the ear without doing their research.  And in these cases, just simply being deceived.

I am NOT an Obama supporter or McCain.  I simply have no faith in either actually and feel as if this is a choice between the lesser of two evils, but I also can’t sit back and listen to lies realizing that most people are accepting it as truth without even questioning common sense.

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