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Welcome. The aim of this site is simple - to rail against the slow, but steady chipping away of traditonal American values by a host of groups & individuals bent on destroying them.

“We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?" - John Page 1776

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

C B S - Crummy Broadcasting System

Dan Blather

The other night on CBS's "60 Minutes 2" Dan Rather presented a segment on Bush's National Guard service & focused on a purported memo written by his Commander which could prove damning or at least embarrassing to Bush. The next day, thanks to the power of the blogosphere & its investigations, that memo was discredited as a fake.

Since that initial discrediting, countless experts on the subject have come out & also denounced the memo as a fake. Even the liberal Washington Post & Los Angeles Times say the game is up for CBS.

However, CBS & Dan Blather, Rather I mean, have hunkered down & have defended the memo & insist it is a true copy of an original existing memo from Bush's Commander. The methodology of CBS is suspect when they 'checked' the authenticity of the memo. Suffice it to say that from what I've read, CBS either perpetrated a fraud on its viewers or were scammed. Either way, CBS should have the journalistic professionalism & ethics to find this out.

But they haven't & they won't - they are in the bunker mentality. What they had hoped would be a satisfactory bashing of Bush & a way to effect the election has turned on them. Rather(excuse the pun) than be honest & ethical & professional, they will prefer to ruin their reputation in broadcast journalism, & Dan Blather will fade into the sunset of his employment with a big dose of egg on his face & a tarnished image. They both deserve it. This is liberal media bias & arrogance at its worse.

Dan Blather made one statement to the effect that the longer it takes the White House to deny the statements in the memo(regardless whether it is a fraud), the more truthful the memo appears to be. Rather is an idiot. This is a journalist?! It cuts both ways - I can type a memo that says Dan Rather dresses up like a 42nd St. hooker in his home. Gee - the longer it takes for good old Dan to deny it, the more truthful my memo appears to be. What a jerk. Boycott CBS - the Crummy Broadcasting System. Read more at this leading blog and more at this leader.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

60 Minutes on Wednesday retracted the authenticity of he tapes. But the key matter is the story, not the documents. The confirmed details already established: Bush did not take a physical, he left for Alabama before his transfer went through, he was missing from his base for longer than the time he was in Alabama, Killian was told by superiors to give Bush preferential treatment. Yesterday, 60 minutes brought in Killian's secretary of twenty-two years who avered the facts stated above are true.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

Huh? What tapes did CBS retract on Wednesday?? They still stand by memo document as real, in a statement released Wednesday by CBS President. So you wrong there. The 500 yr old secretary said the memo was a fake, so you wrong there. It is amazing how the libnut filter to their brain works. Try cleaning it. And for all the Rathergate/memogate stuff - it is not hurting Bush - bwahahahahahaha.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So it's about the polls and not the truth of the matter?

Again. 60 Minutes retracted the authenticity if the memos. Experts on typewriting used by CBS say the memos could have been typed in that time period and stand by that statement. Killian's secretary of many years(more lucid than you if heard her speak last night) affirmed that what the memos stated was true even if the memos were not typed by her and are may be fake.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

And Again - CBS did not retract their statement that the memos are real! Geesh. They are now parsing words, saying that the content is real & glossing over the controvery about whether the typed memos are fake. The Selectric of that era that was capable of putting the subscript "th" next to "the 111th" was rare & cost $14,000 in 2004 dollars. Not likely a Guard unit would have one, since Guard units got cast off equipment from the USAF. The son & wife of the supposed memo writer denied the memo - saying he never used typewriters & never kept a personal file of memos, though CBS claims that is where they got them from. The document expert CBS hired( just one) was a handwriting expert & later admitted he had no expertise to conclude whether the memo was a fake. 2 real document experts were to be hired by CBS, but they warned CBS that the memos may be fake - instead, CBS went with the 'handwriting expert' solely. Still, CBS went on with its smear job.

But if Dan Blather says it is true - by God, it is true. Who are we to dispute the icon of news? If the memos are fake, how can they claim the content is true - stupid conclusion at best. Malicious manipulation at worse. And old lady secretary says memos are fake - she is rather biased against Bush as President as she mouths the same libnut b.s. - Bush lied, war for oil, etc - gee, maybe she is a tad biased, ya think, when she says that the fake memos still bear truth? Geesh - read a little instead of playing pac-man.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you keep glossing over what is really important here. BUSH's CONDUCT WHILE IN THE GUARD! Totally dispicable! A pampered coward if I ever saw one.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm glad that your American values are under attack. The only values most Americans have ever had are greed, ignorance, and violence.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

I just bet that you are a disgruntled, miserable person. You probably have a miserable married life & a miserable, shaky job. That's what ya get for being a libnut.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Republican. Ah. I see you have a most rosy life. Your economic wealth must astound those around you. A perfect wife -lovely and charming - a tigress in bed. Two well-adjusted children - tops in thier class - one the star quarterback of the football team - the other the head cheerleader. Both have excelled academically and are going to Ivy league universities. A five bedroom / three bathroom house on five acres of property. Three car garage. Your driving a Hummer and your wife a Mercedes. Two cats and a dog for pets. A backyard swimming pool. Vacation in Europe each year. Blond and blue-eyed - An elder in your KKK clan.

Was my description correct?

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Below is a RatherGate ABCNEWS.com story that says Guard Officer Denies Seeking Help for Bush.

( http://abcnews.go.com/sections/Politics/Vote2004/staudt_bush_040917-1.html )

Air National Guard Col. Walter Staudt, far right, is pictured with George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and an unidentified woman in this photo from the younger Bush's time in the Guard. Staudt denies he received preferential treatment.

(ABC News)
Air National Guard Colonel Denies Bush Got Preferential Treatment

Sept. 17, 2004 — The man cited in media reports as having allegedly pressured others in the Texas Air National Guard to help George W. Bush is speaking out, telling ABC News in an exclusive interview that he never sought special treatment for Bush.

Retired Col. Walter Staudt, who was brigadier general of Bush's unit in Texas, interviewed Bush for the Guard position and retired in March 1972. He was mentioned in one of the memos allegedly written by Lt. Col. Jerry Killian as having pressured Killian to assist Bush, though Bush supposedly was not meeting Guard standards.

"I never pressured anybody about George Bush because I had no reason to," Staudt told ABC News in his first interview since the documents were made public.

The memo stated that "Staudt is pushing to sugar coat" a review of Bush's performance.

Staudt said he decided to come forward because he saw erroneous reports on television. CBS News first reported on the memos, which have come under scrutiny by document experts who question whether they are authentic. Killian, the purported author of the documents, died in 1984.

Staudt insisted Bush did not use connections to avoid being sent to Vietnam.

"He didn't use political influence to get into the Air National Guard," Staudt said, adding, "I don't know how they would know that, because I was the one who did it and I was the one who was there and I didn't talk to any of them."

During his time in charge of the unit, Staudt decided whether to accept those who applied for pilot training. He recalled Bush as a standout candidate.

"He was highly qualified," he said. "He passed all the scrutiny and tests he was given."

Staudt said he never tried to influence Killian or other Guardsmen, and added that he never came under any pressure himself to accept Bush. "No one called me about taking George Bush into the Air National Guard," he said. "It was my decision. I swore him in. I never heard anything from anybody."

When he interviewed for the job, Bush was eager to join the pilot program, which Staudt said often was a hard sell. "I asked him, 'Why do you want to be a fighter pilot?' " Staudt recalled. "He said, 'Because my daddy was one.' He was a well-educated, bright-eyed young man, just the kind of guy we were looking for."

He added that Bush more than met the requirements for pilot training. "He presented himself well. I'd say he was in the upper 10 percent or 5 percent or whatever we ever talked to about going to pilot training. We were pretty particular because when he came back [from training], we had to fly with him."

Bush has repeatedly said he completed all of his Guard commitments. Critics of the president say he got special treatment because his father was a congressman and U.N. ambassador. There also have been questions about why the young Bush skipped a required medical exam in 1972 and apparently failed to show up for Guard activities for six months.

Records show Bush stopped flying F-102As in April 1972. He has said he moved to Alabama to work on the Senate campaign of a family friend. Staudt retired from the Guard in March of that year and said he was never contacted about Bush's performance.

"There was no contact between me and George Bush … he certainly never asked for help," Staudt said. "He didn't need any help as far as I knew."

He added that after retiring he was not involved in Air National Guard affairs. "I didn't check in with anybody — I had no reason to," he said. "I was busy with my civilian endeavors, and they were busy with their military options. I had no reason to talk to them, and I didn't."

Staudt said he continues to support Bush now that he is president. "My politics now are that I'm an American, and that's about all I can tell you," he said. "And I'm going to vote for George Bush."

ABC News' Ariane DeVogue contributed to this report.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have made personal comments about me instead of debating me rationally.


A Republican. Ah. I see you have a most rosy life. Your economic wealth must astound those around you. A perfect wife -lovely and charming - a tigress in bed. Two well-adjusted children - tops in thier class - one the star quarterback of the football team - the other the head cheerleader. Both have excelled academically and are going to Ivy league universities. A five bedroom / three bathroom house on five acres of property. Three car garage. Your driving a Hummer and your wife a Mercedes. Two cats and a dog for pets. A backyard swimming pool. Vacation in Europe each year. Blond and blue-eyed - An elder in your KKK clan.

Was my description correct?

If not, What does the Republican party offer you?

12:34 PM  
Blogger Francis Lynn said...

What does the Republican Party offer me? Hmm - thinking ....working on it...still thinking.. ah yes - got the answer: Sanity in an insane libnut world.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the Republican party tries to offer people sanity. But it is in the form of an overpriced ineffective pills sold by Pharmaceutical companies that donate large sums of money to the Republican party.

FDA Told Its Analyst to Censor Data on Antidepressants

By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 24, 2004; Page A08

A Food and Drug Administration medical officer was told by top agency officials to delete material on the risks of antidepressant drugs from records he was submitting to Congress and then to conceal the deletions, according to documents released yesterday at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

A bipartisan House panel said the FDA also repeatedly prevented Andrew D. Mosholder from disclosing his conclusions that the medications increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior among children, potentially delaying the issuance of a public warning. During the day-long hearing, legislators repeatedly accused the agency of obfuscating the risks, slowing action and subjecting Mosholder to harassment.

The disclosures added a new dimension to a year-old controversy over the use of antidepressant drugs in children, which led a government advisory panel to recommend last week that the FDA require a strongly worded "black box" warning on the medications. While depression itself is known to increase the risk of suicidal behavior, two FDA analyses, including one by Mosholder, have concluded that the drugs may double the risk of suicide among some children.

After revelations that Mosholder was asked not to present his findings at a public forum in February led to an outcry, the agency's internal investigative arm told Mosholder he might be subject to disciplinary action, the documents showed. He was asked whether he had leaked his findings to the news media and denied doing so.

He then prepared a sworn statement about his findings and stated that he had been targeted by the internal inquiry. When investigators working for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sought a copy of his records, Donna Katz of the FDA's Office of Chief Counsel urged him to delete material from the statement and submit a cleaned-up version.

"I don't think it's necessary to indicate this document represents a version of the earlier one by noting that things have been omitted; that simply invites the committee to ask further questions about what was omitted," Katz wrote in an e-mail to Mosholder on May 4.

Among Katz's suggested edits was a section where Mosholder stated: "I understand this statement is part of the Office of Internal Affairs investigation and have been informed that I may be subject to disciplinary proceedings."

Investigators from Grassley's committee, as well as the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, which conducted yesterday's hearing, have said they were outraged to learn that Mosholder had been the subject of an internal inquiry and disciplinary threats.

Mosholder declined to make the changes Katz requested, saying they would be tantamount to perjury. He asked instead to black out the material, which would have let congressional investigators know there had been deletions. The FDA said the deletions were required because agency rules require that ongoing investigations be kept secret.

The hearing produced new demands from legislators to know why the FDA did not respond sooner to concerns about the widely used antidepressants. Mosholder said he found as early as last September that drugs such as Paxil, Zoloft and Effexor were associated with an increased risk of suicide among children.

Agency officials praised his work but did not act on it, citing a lack of confidence in the data. Even after British regulators warned doctors not to prescribe most antidepressants to children last December, the FDA declined to make Mosholder's findings public. Instead, they had the data reanalyzed by Columbia University scientists. That evaluation resulted in a report last month largely identical to Mosholder's findings a year ago.

"Was the public health served by a longer deliberative process in this case?" asked Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

Robert J. Temple, the FDA's associate director for medical policy, defended the agency's cautious approach. He said regulators are days from issuing new warnings about the drugs and perhaps "a couple of weeks" from "probably" acting on the recommendation that the labels carry a prominent warning. Regulators are weighing whether to add to the labels information about studies that found most of the drugs to be no more effective than sugar pills.

Another document released yesterday showed that as far back as 1996, an FDA official had suggested an increased risk of suicide among children taking Zoloft. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) asked why the finding had not been followed up.

"When did the FDA first become aware of a potential link between antidepressants and suicidality in children, and what did they do to get to the bottom of it?" asked Barton, who chaired the hearing.

FDA officials acknowledged that a letter sent at the time to Zoloft's manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., is no longer in the agency's files.

Agency officials repeatedly said that they were worried that the controversy would needlessly frighten parents and families away from useful drugs. Many clinicians believe the drugs are effective against depression.

12:32 PM  
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