Sam The Eagle

Our Generation's Walter Duranty.


In the months following 9/11, I used to crave reading Tom Friedman's sensible and calming editorials about the Arab and Muslim world. He appeared to tell the country that everything was going to be ok, and that the terrorists were not going to be raining us with bombs on a daily basis.

However, the last few years, his writings have tended to be the same screed every week: that countries like India and China are becoming more and more affluent and will soon leave the U.S. behind. This kind of "U.S. declining" argument is nothing new. Remember the 1980's about how the Japanese and the Germans were going to dominate the U.S.?

In any event, Friedman's piece in today's N.Y. Times is more of the same drivel. This time, China's advancements in technology are threatening America's lazy and fat culture.
For the U.S. visitor, the comparisons start from the moment one departs Beijing’s South Station, a giant space-age building, and boards the bullet train to Tianjin. It takes just 25 minutes to make the 75-mile trip. In Tianjin, one arrives at another ultramodern train station — where, unlike New York City’s Pennsylvania Station, all the escalators actually work. From there, you drive to the Tianjin Meijiang Convention Center, a building so gigantic and well appointed that if it were in Washington, D.C., it would be a tourist site. Your hosts inform you: “It was built in nine months.”
As a world-famous journalist, does Friedman not understand the concept of a Potemkin Village? While the Chinese bullet train may be a remarkable technological achievement, does the average Chinese citizen ever even see it, let alone use it? Friedman conveniently ignores the fact that China is filled with human rights violations and the vast majority of its population lives in abject poverty, and never will benefit from the new technology. Also Friedman seems to have selective amnesia about deficient construction standards in China seen when schools collapse during minor earthquakes... multiple deadly mine collapses... Remember the 60-mile traffic jam???

While Friedman acknowledges China's authoritarian government, he quickly has no problem in admitting his "overidealization" of China... Of course, Friedman is not the first "useful idiot" at the N.Y. Times. In the 1930's, Walter Duranty, won a Pulitzer Prize for his positive reporting of Stalin's USSR regime. Over the years, even the N.Y. Times has admitted that Duranty was a fraud who failed to accurately report on Stalin's purges and the mass starvation experienced by the Soviets. While comparing Friedman to Duranty is a bit harsh, his reporting has eerily similar themes, especially the praise for totalitarian regimes which try to stamp out individual liberty.

Also, like any good self-loathing American liberal, he never met a "benevolent" dictator he didn't like.
Sam The Eagle

The Knives Come Out for Keith Olbermann.


As one of the more outspoken, and frankly, nasty leftist commentators, Keith Obermann has been the target of many attacks from the right-wing blogosphere for years. However, recently with news that his ratings are severely dropping, (down 44% from last year), he's being attacked from all circles, including fellow lefties. The L.A. Times' Andrew Malcolm, Boston Herald's Margery Eagan, and The Daily Finance's Jeff Bercovici. Even Jon Stewart famously took a shot at Olbermann.

Is it possible that maybe Keith Olbermann is not that nice a person, and even his fellow liberal media folks don't like him?
Sam The Eagle

Retarded Rahm.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel Apologizes for Calling Liberal Activists "Retarded"

I really can't criticize Rahm for using language I might use while in the heat of a fight, but then again, he is in politics, and I am not. However, here's the portion of the story that really freaks me out:
A White House official confirms that Emanuel made the remark and reports that Emanuel called Tim Shriver last week when the Journal story first appeared to apologize to the disabled community and the apology was accepted.
Does the "disabled community" have their own spokesperson, or did he apologize to every disabled person in the country. If it was the latter, then I am impressed that he got each person to accept his apology. I had no idea Rahm had that much time on his hands...
Sam The Eagle

My Favorite Quote from "Citizens United v. FEC"

From Justice Kennedy's majority opinion.
The law before us is an outright ban, backed by criminal sanctions. Section 441b makes it a felony for all corporations—including nonprofit advocacy corporations either to expressly advocate the election or defeat of candidates or to broadcast electioneering communications within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election. Thus, the following acts would all be felonies under §441b: The Sierra Club runs an ad, within the crucial phase of 60 days before the general election, that exhorts the public to disapprove of a Congressman who favors logging in national forests; the National Rifle Association publishes a book urging the public to vote for the challenger because the incumbent U.S. Senator supports a handgun ban; and the American Civil Liberties Union creates a Web site telling the public to vote for a Presidential candidate in light of that candidate’s defense of free speech. These prohibitions are classic examples of censorship.
For all the liberals yelling and screaming about how terrible this decision is...

Let's assume that Sarah Palin is running for President in 2012... I suddenly "see the light" and rise to the challenge of stopping her. I decide to make a film about how evil Sarah Palin is and plead to people not to vote for her, but since I'm not wealthy enough, I form a corporation to raise the funds necessary to make this film. I then want to air this film on TV: 29 days before the primary election...

Should I face criminal liability for those actions?
Sam The Eagle

Is Martha Coakley the Worst Candidate Ever?

How is is possible that a Republican could win Ted Kennedy's Senate seat? Well, with a candidate like Martha Coakley, it's almost a foregone conclusion that she's going to lose.

As Attorney General, she fought to keep an innocent man in prison.

She stood by and did nothing while one of her staffers physically assaulted a reporter on a public sidewalk.

She called Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling, a Yankee fan.

Perhaps, she should stop kissing hands and shaking babies on the campaign trail.