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Obama histeria watch

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[You know, it's when you start presenting actual data that people get all upset. I can't imagine why. --lambert]

Each day, we see how many items Google News finds that include the words: "Obama" and "Historic."

11/21/08: 65,687
11/20/08: 64,551
11/19/08: 65,523
11/18/08: 62,639
11/17/08: 62,297
11/16/08: 57,868

Uh-oh, here's another flea-fiddlin' apostate* — journalist/filmmaker John Pilger:

No serious scrutiny of this is permitted within the histrionics of Obamamania, just as no serious scrutiny of the betrayal of the majority of black South Africans was permitted within the “Mandela moment”. This is especially marked in Britain, where America’s divine right to “lead” is important to elite British interests. The once respected Observer newspaper, which supported Bush’s war in Iraq, echoing his fabricated evidence, now announces, without evidence, that “America has restored the world’s faith in its ideals”. These “ideals”, which Obama will swear to uphold, have overseen, since 1945, the destruction of 50 governments, including democracies, and 30 popular liberation movements, causing the deaths of countless men, women and children.

None of this was uttered during the election campaign. Had it been allowed, there might even have been recognition that liberalism as a narrow, supremely arrogant, war-making ideology is destroying liberalism as a reality. Prior to Blair’s criminal warmaking, ideology was denied by him and his media mystics. “Blair can be a beacon to the world,” declared the Guardian in 1997. “[He is] turning leadership into an art form.”

Today, merely insert “Obama”. As for historic moments, there is another that has gone unreported but is well under way – liberal democracy’s shift towards a corporate dictatorship, managed by people regardless of ethnicity, with the media as its clichéd façade. “True democracy,” wrote Penn Jones Jr, the Texas truth-teller, “is constant vigilance: not thinking the way you’re meant to think and keeping your eyes wide open at all times.”


About OHW....

* Note: unlike yours truly, this person is not, in fact, a notorious bugfucker. This is just an honorary designation for those who offer something other than the narcotized mellow of pat historicism.

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Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

655 "new" Google News links in the last 24 hours (including duplicates)
258 "new" Google News links in the last 24 hours (no duplicates)

427 new blog posts in the last 24 hrs found by Google

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Submitted by amberglow on

on tv, apparently-- PBS Ombudsman -- Some Timely, or Untimely, Ghosts? --

"...The first program I'm referring to is a repeat of the documentary that was first broadcast back in January titled "Oswald's Ghost." Part of the highly-regarded "American Experience" series, this film deals with Lee Harvey Oswald and the history, the investigations and the culture of conspiracy that continues to surround one of the most extraordinary events of our lifetime — the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

... When I asked PBS programming officials about this, I was told: "This film is timed to coincide with the upcoming 45th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination (November 22, 1963)."

Well, that certainly is a reason, but it doesn't seem to me to be a very compelling one. The 45th anniversary of anything is not marked very often and since the film made its debut in January, the anniversary link doesn't hold up well. Beyond that, there is, in the re-broadcasting, the question of judgment, common sense, and, as the writer from Minnesota suggests, the fear that "has been in the back of our minds all through the campaign." Maybe those three or four viewers who wrote or called are being overly sensitive, but I agree with them; not a good time to re-broadcast this film. ..."