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Posts Tagged ‘Diane Sawyer’

Senator Feinstein Makes Sexist Comment During Swearing-in Interview

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 5, 2013

On January 3, twenty females were sworn in as United States senators.  That day the 20 get together for a joint interview with reporter Diane Sawyer.  Their comments go a long way to demonstrating how fractured our society has become.

male-and-female-signsOne of the interesting comments made was by long-term Senator, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California, who responded to a Sawyer question saying: “We’re less on testosterone.  We don’t have that need to always be confrontational.  And I think we’re problem solvers, and I think that’s what this country needs.”  There was general agreement with this statement by Feinstein’s 19 colleagues with Republican Lisa Murkowski saying: “Maybe it is the testosterone that you speak to, Dianne, or the ego that is attached there.

Females are not the only politicians with testosterone concerns.  Last year President Obama in a speech said: “Fewer than 20 percent of the seats in Congress are occupied by women.  Is it possible that Congress would get more done if there were more women in congress?  I think it’s fair to say:  That is almost guaranteed.”

This testosterone-troubled Blogger finds it hard to disagree with the concerns expressed.  Testosterone does the damnedest things to many of us.  It is about time society opens up to this important subject.  Maybe, us guys will get some special dispensation for our inability to control this most dangerous of substance.  At the same time with political correctness broken, we will have the opportunity to again start discussing that other nasty substance, estrogen.  What effect does this substance have on female decision-making?  We await Feinstein’s answer.

There certainly is a gender gap in Washington with only 20 percent of the US Senators being female, even though over 50% of voters are women.  Possibly we will find that estrogen gets in the way of fair voting.


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Mainstream Media Fawns over “Occupy” Rallies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 18, 2011

The mainstream media has been dominated by Leftist Progressives for decades.  For a significant portion of this period they have offered a façade of neutrality on political issues.  More recently they have come out of the closet, no longer hiding their bias.

Beginning at about the time that Barack Obama began gaining traction in his bid for the presidency, the mainstream media crossed a chasm.  Their support for Obama, first against Hillary Clinton in the primary and later against John McCain, was unabashed.  Who could forget MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saying in February 2008: “I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech.  My, I felt this thrill going up my leg.  I mean, I don’t have that too often.”  Yikes, Matthews needs a social life!

The mainstream media was sure of that the charismatic Obama would usher in a new era of Leftist domination in American politics.  Initially the media was rewarded by Obama and the Democrat Congress with a liberal agenda that included bailouts, stimulus spending, and ObamaCare.  However, this party was short-lived as the policies failed and Obama has lost much of his popular support.

While the current Presidency is clearly failing, the mainstream media is unapologetic for its unprofessional support of Obama.  They continue making excuses for Obama’s policy failures and refuse to ask this President tough questions.  They are now morphing towards a deflection mode, moving their focus and Leftist agenda to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Brian Williams of NBC news has said of the Occupy movement that: “It could well turn out to be the protest of this current era.”  A week later he added: “They share a heritage with other big protest movements in American history.”

ABC’s Diane Sawyer was made so giddy by the Occupy movement that she incredibly claimed “it has spread to more than 250 American cities, more than a thousand countries”, a video of these preposterous claims posted below.

The New York Times, not to be outdone by their comrades in television, decided to put an Occupy spokesman together with a Wall Streeter for a meeting to share their different viewpoints.  They posted an article on this “summit” last Friday titledOpposite Sides of the Protest Come Together, Briefly by Corey Kilgannon.

The Wall Streeter chosen by the Times was 40-year-old Jimmy Vivona, who grew up in a working-class family on Staten Island and has been a stockbroker for 17 years.

For the Occupy representative, the Times chose 25-year-old Edward T. Hall III.  Being a “III”, it should not be a surprise that Hall came from a well-to-do family with both parents both being attorneys.  He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Bard College in New York and is currently attending classes at Columbia University as a nonmatriculated student.  Hall has spent the past month sleeping with the protesters and claims to the one of the movement’s organizers.

Comparing the backgrounds of the two chosen representatives is revealing.  The Wall Streeter, Vivona, came from average means and today works to support his wife and two children.  The Occupy representative comes from privilege, has been a professional student most of his adult life, and is supported by his well-to-do family.  It is not hard to choose which one represents what made America great.

Mr. Edward T. Hall III, the Occupier, also has a bizarre side as shown in a YouTube video posted below.  (Prior to clicking on this video be warned that Hall uses very vulgar language.)  Clearly some in the Occupy movement have an agenda that go beyond the benevolent ones promoted by the mainstream media.

There are significant economic problems facing this Country.  Some have been created by unscrupulous Wall Streeters.  Others have been caused by inept government policies that include the historically low interest rates that led to bubbles and overuse of debt.

It is difficult to know what the Occupy movement stands for after weeks of protests.  However, one theme that comes from the protesters is resentment towards those that made significant profits on the bailouts, i.e. banks.  This anger is also shared by many aligned with the Tea Party.  However, unlike the Tea Party movement, the Occupy group has not understood the government’s key role in these flawed bailouts.  Should they connect the dots, Obama’s attempt to use the Occupy movement politically will become yet another one of his judgmental errors.

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James Clapper Directory of National Intelligence Stumped by Diane Sawyer

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2010

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack, the government created the 9/11 Commission to determine causes.  The Commission concluded with a report, which among other things criticized the poor coordination between various governmental departments and agencies charged with national security issues.

Typical of the federal government, their response was to create more government.  Specifically, a new position was created, the Directory of National Intelligence (DNI), who was charged with being responsible for coordinating intelligence between various governmental organizations.

It is illogical to conclude that a problem of coordination caused by too many governmental departments could be corrected by more bureaucracy.  However, this is the same government that believes that a problem caused by excessive debt can be cured even by more debt.

Making a bad idea worse is incompetence.  Yesterday in an interview with Diane Sawyer posted below, the DNI, General James R. Clapper, showed how out of touch he was with current terrorist threats.  At about 3:30 minutes into the video Ms. Sawyer asked Clapper about the 12 terrorists that were arrested earlier in the day in London, a story that was already on the news for hours.  After Clapper indicated that he was not aware of the threat, a surprised Sawyer asked: “I was a little surprised you didn’t’ know about London Director Clapper,” to which he responded: “Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t.

To Progressives who believe that more government is the solution for all that ills society, this is another story that proves their conclusion wrong.  But like lemmings that will follow a leader over the cliff, Progressives will not waiver even in the face of overwhelming evidence of the failure of their social philosophies.

Remember how the press attacked Sarah Palin for a blown question in the Katie Couric interview?  They should be calling for DNI Clapper’s head for his incompetence.  However, for the Leftist competence is not as important as ideology.



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