The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy : AOL Turns Left

February 12, 2011

I have been a subscriber to AOL since I first bought a laptop computer way back in the dark ages of 1991. That’s right my friends I am the last person in the country who is still paying for AOL! That may end soon.

I even bought stock on in AOL way back before the tech boom of the late 90’s and wish I would have sold out long ago. As an early player in the ISP business I thought AOL could have been a market leader. They have floundered both in their business model and in their content. I kept waiting for them to find their way. It’s my optimistic nature.

AOL announced last week they were buying the Huffington Post. It was announced that Ms. Huffington, one of the greatest political chameleons of all time, would control the content.  This may have surprised a number of analysts but to anyone who has been reading the “news” as provided by AOL over the last two years it was no big deal. Little in their content would change.It would be hard for anyone to imagine the content of AOL could get more left wing than it has been lately. The following three stories are illustrative of the general tone of AOL’s recent content.

Item 1- Sportswriter Kevin Blackstone posted a piece on dumping the National Anthem from sporting events. His logic is that the singing of the Star Spangled Banner is too political! After starting his column with some non-sequitur about the singing of the National Anthem in Congress in 1955 he concludes,

“But if our lawmakers don’t sing it every day to begin the country’s business, spectators of a mere sporting event shouldn’t be forced to sit through it, either, especially during the time we are living through right now.”

It seems that Mr. Blackstone views the celebration of our nation before a large public event as a punishment to be endured. He also feels, I gather from the quote above, that when things are tough in the USA we should ignore it rather than trying to find something all American’s can agree on – we live in an awesome country! If the National Anthem is too political for Mr. Blackstone maybe the flying of the flag should be stopped as well.

Item 2- Columnist David Corn pontificates on the sanity and political opinions of conservative icon Glenn Beck. The ultra liberal Mr. Corn, who has written for every far left rag other than the Daily Worker, see Mr. Beck’s opinion that the uprising in Egypt may turn out to be more that a blooming democracy as an insane conspiracy theory. He belittles Mr. Beck’s suspicions of Acorn and the Tides Foundation as more ultra right kookiness. In Mr. Corn’s opinion the uprising in Egypt is a pure democracy movement and to consider it as anything else is unconscionable crazy talk! I only hope our President, who has show his rank amateurism at foreign policy during this crisis, has his staff drawing up some sort of contingency plans if things in Egypt take a turn for the worst. 

Item 3- Why attack just one conservative value or person when you can you can group them into bunches and deride them as a whole? Sharon Fish seem to think all Conservative women are blundering dunderheads who couldn’t hold Mr. Obama’s jacket. They lack refinement in speech and presentation. My solace is that I am old enough to remember another conservative icon that the media and elitists derided as a fool and bumbler a few years back. He was so dangerous to their ideology that even today they are trying to rewrite history to diminish is greatness. He would have been 100 this year.


The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy: Morons! I am Surrounded by Morons!

June 14, 2010


Every time Alec Baldwin opens his rather large pie hole I feel like Struther Martin in the movie “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.”  There is a scene where Butch and the Kid are riding down a mountain with Martin who plays the boss of a mining camp. They are looking for bad guys at every turn. Martin tells the guys there is very little chance of being robbed while they are going to get the payroll and them utters, “Morons! I am surrounded by morons!”

In case you aren’t familiar with some of Mr. Baldwin’s more erudite comments let me walk you down a memory lane of some of his greatest hits.  Way back in 1998 Mr. Baldwin called for the killing of a federal official. Here is the quote:

“I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all, right now, all of us together, . . . would go down to Washington and we would stone [Republican U.S. Representative] Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! Wait! . . . Shut up! No, shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death, and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families.”

He later claimed he was “joking.”

Last year he insulted two ethnic groups with one comment about getting a mail order bride from Russia or the Philippines for procreation purposes. Apparently being a big TV and Movie star doesn’t have the same sex appeal it once did. Isn’t it sad that Mr. Baldwin has gone from Kim Basinger to begging for sexual slavery on TV? The government on the Philippines was so incensed by his comment it banned him from traveling there.

He later claimed he was just “joking.”

He has also called Vice President Dick Cheney a terrorist. Here is the quote,

“Cheney… terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately.”

This time he didn’t go to the “joke” excuse. He just changed “terrorist” to: “liar” “thief” and “whore” but didn’t supply any details.

The reason I bring up this short history of Mr. Baldwin’s public remarks is as a prelude to his most recent piece of nonsense on The Huffington Post. His most recent screed is about British Petroleum, the Supreme Court, folk music and some other stuff … I think. It’s pretty scattered. Keep in mind when you go read this that it wasn’t improvised banter like his other “jokes.”  He sat down and “wrote” this. I don’t want to get too snarky here because maybe Mr. Baldwin suffers from ADD or is an alcoholic. Maybe that is why he has trouble organizing his thoughts.

Let me try to respond to just a few of them. He wonders if and why corporations have rights. Why, yes they do, Mr. Baldwin. All corporations like the one you work for, General Electric have rights and responsibilities. Just like people! That’s what the word “corporation” means.  Just like BP should be held responsible for the clean up in the Gulf, GE should be called to task for the American men and women killed in Iraq an Afghanistan due to GE doing business with Iran. Why don’t you have a chat with your boss Jeffrey Immelt about taking responsibility for that?

Mr. Baldwin slams conservative judges on the court. They are boot lickers and lackeys of the “Evil Corporations. In his universe liberal Justices Ginsburg and Sottomayor have no agendas. They are as pure as his conversations with his children.

He closes his rant with a call to boycott BP. I am going to try to tune into his psychic waves and imagine he means don’t go down to your local BP station for a few gallons of gas and a Diet Coke. How, Mr. Baldwin does that hurt the BP brass? My guess is that Mr. Baldwin is one of the few people in America with less understanding of the oil business than the President. You see Alec; the guy down at the corner is usually an independent business person. Often they are LEGAL immigrants who have put their life savings into coming to America and owning something. They buy gasoline at a wholesale price from BP and resell it. They also sell Diet Coke, cigarettes and other wonderful products. If you put that guy out of business all those evil corporations will sell their stuff to the guy down the street and Tony Hayward keeps flying around in his jet. Please, the next time you are out and about pick up a clue or two.

Mr. Baldwin also says he keeps thinking about the lyrics of the old Woody Guthrie song “This Land is Your Land.”  He doesn’t say what he is thinking.  Maybe he has some sort of telepathic powers to let his followers know his thoughts on the song. Maybe he is thinking about it because it mentions the “gulf stream waters.” Maybe he is thinking about it because of the communistic undertones of the lyric like this verse which argues against property rights.

“As I was walkin', I saw a sign there
And that sign said: no tresspassin'
But on the other side, it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!”

These days I tend to like the last verse.

                        “In the squares of the city, In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office, I see my people.
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me?”

Of course, since I am a right wing nut job my dissent is on Mr. Baldwin’s list of things to do away with.
Perhaps I should remind him of something Justice Ginsburg said, 
“Dissents speak to a future age.”