Our Weasel Of The Week! – 08/27/15
The Watcher’s Council
Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner… the envelope please…
NFL Hall Of Famer And Criminal Behavior Adviser Cris Carter!
Puma By Design: My WOTW nomination this week goes to NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter for remarks made during a 2014 speech t the NFL Rookie Symposium. Carter along with Warren Sapp imparted a little friendly advice to rookies on how “to get around” getting in trouble.
“Y’all not gonna all do the right stuff. I gotta teach yall how to get around all this stuff too. If you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail…I let my own boys know … y’all want to keep rolling like this, Then I need to know who’s going to be the fall guy, who’s going to be driving. Y’all not going to do all the right stuff now. I got to teach y’all how to get around all this stuff.“
Beating the message like a drum, Carter repeats “find a fall guy” “fool” Translation: Sucker.
One year later, the cat is out of the bag and the NFL in a statement is distancing itself from Carter’s remarks:
“This was an unfortunate and inappropriate comment made by Cris Carter during the 2014 NFC rookie symposium,” the NFL said. “The comment was not representative of the message of the symposium or any other league program. The league’s player engagement staff immediately expressed concern about the comment to Cris. The comment was not repeated in the 2014 AFC session or this year’s symposium.”
“Unfortunate” “inappropriate” “not representative of the message or the symposium.” Whom are they kidding? At a time when NFL players are getting into trouble for everything from drugs to rape to domestic violence to murder, Carter’s advice speaks volume as to the mentality of the NFL, from the top down to the players.
NFL players are a commodity and their brand must be protected at all costs so instead of demanding that the players straighten up and fly right, they tell them not to get caught and if it gets too hot in the kitchen, to find a fall guy amongst their leeches.
On Sunday, Carter walked his advice back to rookies on twitter (@criscarter80):
“Seeing that video has made me realize how wrong I was. I was brought there to educate young people and instead I gave them very bad advice. Every person should take responsibility for his own actions. I’m sorry and I truly regret what I said that day.”
Getting caught out there dead to right tends to have that effect.
Remember when athletes we3re actually admired and held up to young people as role models and examples of good character? Of course, even back then a lot of stuff went on behind the scenes, but they were careful to take steps to keep it that way and were very conscious that young America’s eyes were on them.
Today, many of them could simply care less. But that’s part of what being a weasel is all about. Here’s a little something for your trophy room, Cris…
Well, there it is.
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Why The Democrats Are So Desperate
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
The conventional wisdom is that Joe Biden is considering a presidential run because Hillary Clinton’s campaign is scandal-plagued, mostly over the handling of classified emails. But the prospect of Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic presidential nomination has to be regarded as even more of a serious problem for Democrats. Sanders is so loony and far-left that he could easily be portrayed by the opposition as not just a “democratic socialist,” which he claims to be, but a hard-core communist with a bizarre spiritual adviser.
On a left-wing website called Reader Supported News, writer Steve Weissmanfrets that Sanders will be the target of a “red-baiting campaign,” in the same way that Jeremy Corbyn has been exposed in Britain. Corbyn, a socialist, is hoping to lead Britain’s Labor Party. He refuses to deny being a Marxist and has the support of communists. Weissman wants Corbyn and Sanders to stand up for “twenty-first century socialism” and take on their critics.
“The fact that Jeremy Corbyn has made it onto the ballot paper for Labor leader is great news for all socialists,” says the British Communist Party. It notes that a poll on the website of the Daily Mirror found that 83 percent declared him the winner of the first leadership debate, while in a separate survey of Labor Party members “he came first with an impressive 47 percent.”
But it looks like the Democratic Party in the U.S. may have a problem with going this far in too overt a manner. It was one thing for a first-term senator from Illinois named Barack Obama to win the presidency by hiding his Marxist background and outlook. After all, the media were prepared to hide anything to make him the first black president.
It would be quite another thing for long-time socialist and career politician Bernie Sanders, who supported Soviet “peace” initiatives in the 1980s, to hide his ideology, especially when he’s running as an avowed socialist. Sanders appears to be going a bit too far in the left-wing direction, even for Obama’s Democratic Party.
But there’s another big problem for Sanders. He has been closely linked to the New Age spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson, who has made millions of dollars by claiming there are many different pathways to heaven. “The creative challenge of spiritual life is to know enough about God to be hopeful,” she wrote in one of her books. “From Jesus to Buddha to Moses to Mohammed, wayshowers have risen out of the timeline of history to draw maps and pave roads to a more perfect world.”
As we previously reported, the term “wayshower” is a reference to a spiritual master of some kind who guides humanity to a better world. But the idea of Mohammed, the founder of Islam, being a role model, is not the kind of issue that Sanders would want to explain on the presidential campaign trail. Sanders’ association with Williamson is an embarrassment.
Explaining the role of Mohammed as a spiritual hero has been made more difficult by the release of Glenn Beck’s powerful new book, It IS About Islam, exposing the nature of this religion. In contrast to Jesus, who preached love, Mohammed was a violent hater who justified war on his opponents to build an empire. This may sound harsh, but “The time for worrying about being insensitive or hurting other people’s feelings is long past,” Beck argues. His book quotes from Muslim scriptures and authoritative documents to make his case.
Beck says the “mainstream media” have “essentially ordered a blackout” of the truth about Islam. Nevertheless, the truth is getting out, and Beck has been making several important media appearances to promote his book. It is inevitable that Sanders will be asked why New Ager Marianne Williamson, who failed in her own run for a Democratic congressional seat, is backing him and writing articles about revolution on his presidential campaign website. Sanders will not be able to avoid being asked whether he agrees with Williamson’s characterization of Mohammed as a positive influence on human history. He will also be asked why he had appeared at her “Sister Giant” conference together with proponents of legalizing mind-altering drugs.
So the problem for the Democratic Party goes beyond some classified Hillary emails not being handled properly and possibly falling into the hands of our enemies. It’s that the success of her opponent, Bernie Sanders, has exposed how a significant portion of Democratic Party voters are willing to go over the edge with him by openly aligning themselves with a foreign ideology—Marxism—that would make him a certain loser in the general election.
Sanders will have to explain why he has abandoned capitalism, which admittedly has flaws but has brought more freedom and material well-being to more people than any other system in history. He will be asked why, despite his criticism of global trade, he came out in favor of putting American dollars in Communist Cuba. “American businesses are losing billions of dollars because of the economic embargo,” Sanders said. “Meanwhile, Canadians and Europeans are creating jobs through their investments in Cuba.” He ignores the fact that these “investments” benefit the Communist regime and not the Cuban people. Cuban-Americans question why Sanders wants “to partner with Castro’s monopolies and exploit the island’s captive labor.”
Perhaps it’s because Sanders is more of a communist than a socialist.
In Britain, Corbyn doesn’t have a New Age spiritual adviser like Sanders. But he does have links to a cult known as the Lyndon LaRouche movement. Corbyn gave the Australian branch of the group an interview about the BRICS process, the movement by various countries led by Russia to design an alternative to global capitalism. During the interview he spouts all kinds of Marxist gibberish about different topics, even blaming right-wingers for the socialist mismanagement of the economy in Venezuela.
Sanders talks nonsense as well, such as his attacks on the billionaire Koch brothers for making products that people in America and around the world actually use. But as we demonstrated in a recent column, Sanders has been curiously silent about the insider trading conviction and currency manipulations of Democratic Party money bags George Soros.
“I am not a billionaire,” Sanders said, when asked about GOP candidate Donald Trump. No, but Sanders is running for the presidential nomination of a political party whose activist groups have been subsidized not by one but several billionaires—Soros, Tom Steyer, and Tim Gill among them.
It would look bad for a political party backed by billionaires to nominate an open socialist for the White House. Democratic Party insiders have to understand the problem. That’s why an alternative to Hillary and Sanders must be found.
Iran Nuclear Side Deals Expose Additional Flaws
By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media
More Democrats are falling in line to support the Iranian nuclear deal, despite recent revelations further exposing the farcical nature of the inspections regime on which it depends. And according to The New York Times, nearly everyone they talk about in this article who either is or might be opposing the deal is doing so because of their loyalty to Israel, or because they come from a state where “anti-Obama sentiments” are “feverish.” It’s never based on the merits. That’s only the people who support the deal, the article implies, and those who are voting with Obama. They are supposedly the principled ones, voting out of “optimism” or based on the merits of the deal. This line of attack is right out of the Obama playbook, blaming Israel and the Jews for opposition to Obama’s foreign policy legacy, which is truly a disaster in the making.
We pointed out many of the inherent problems in this deal last month, and listed many of the reasons it should be defeated in Congress. Even though, according tothis AP article, “A congressional vote of disapproval would not prevent Obama from acting on his own to start putting the accord in place. While he probably would take some heavy criticism, this course would let him add the foreign policy breakthrough to his second-term list of accomplishments.”
This new push for Democratic endorsements for the deal comes at a time when the details of one of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) secret deals with Iran have gone public, and it becomes all the more apparent that Iran is not going to be held accountable for its past nuclear activities. It makes it all the more unlikely that Iran will face tough scrutiny from the international community, or the IAEA, under the framework’s proposed inspections regime.
The Associated Press and Fox News have reported that with the IAEA’s second of two secret side deals, Iran will, essentially, be allowed to inspect itself at Parchin. But these news outlets and others aren’t covering an equally important development.
IAEA director general Yukiya “Amano was in Washington recently to brief members of Congress and others about the recently inked nuclear accord,”reported Adam Kredo for The Washington Free Beacon on August 18. “However, he did not discuss the nature of side deals with Iran that the United States is not permitted to know about.”
“Iran apparently threatened Amano in a letter meant to ensure he did not reveal specific information about the nature of nuclear inspections going forward, according to Iranian AEOI [Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization] spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi,” reports Kredo.
Notably, many media outlets—including The New York Times and Washington Post—have not covered this threat against Amano. The Fox News and Associated Press articles covering the Parchin side deal do not mention Iran’s threatening letter.
Instead, the AP’s George Jahn gives the false impression that he broke news regarding the Parchin side deal with his August 19 article. Jahn labeled this a “revelation” that has “newly riled Republican lawmakers.” What was new was that the AP had actually seen the draft agreement, and reported based on that.
In reality, however, Senators James Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) both had confronted administration officials about the IAEA’s secret deals with Iran in July during a Senate hearing.
“Parchin was designed and operated as an explosive testing place where they designed a detonation trigger for a nuclear weapon,” said Senator Risch during that July 23 hearing. “What you guys agreed to was, we can’t even take samples there. IAEA can’t take samples there. They’re going to be able to test by themselves. … How in the world can you have a nation like Iran doing their own testing?”
Senator Menendez later asked Secretary of State John Kerry whether this was true, and was told by the Secretary that he could neither confirm nor deny that assertion. It would be better to be fully briefed in a classified setting, Kerry said. But, “The IAEA has said that they are satisfied that they will be able to do this in a way that does not compromise their needs and that adequately gets the answers that they need,” Kerry asserted.
The Times dismissed this issue in its August 20 article, focusing instead on President Obama’s pro-deal letter to Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Nadler endorsed the deal the next day.
Republicans have “pounced” on this news of inadequate enforcement, but “that issue involved a longstanding effort by the IAEA to complete a report on past Iranian efforts to develop a nuclear weapon, an important part of the international effort to pressure Iran,” argues Jonathan Weisman near the end of his article in the Times.
“It has little to do with verification of the nuclear accord between Iran and the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China,” he writes. “That verification regime is laid out in the actual nuclear accord and does not rely on Iran’s self-monitoring.”
If this side deal has little to do with the accord, then why list it within the framework in the first place? The deal requires Iran to work with the IAEA on “outstanding issues” as part of listed “transparency and confidence building measures.”
Iran, therefore, is under considerable pressure to appear to now be cooperating with the IAEA.
The Washington Examiner argues in an editorial that “Such an arrangement would give the Iranian regime effective control of the process, making inspections of this site a farce. If this is so, then the Obama administration has agreed to give Iran massive sanctions relief, amounting to $140 billion, in exchange for little more than promises that cannot be verified independently.”
Instead of increasing transparency, Iran has resorted to attempting to coerce its own inspectors. Rather than ignoring or downplaying this nation’s continued stonewalling, the mainstream media might want to reconsider their blind support for this flawed, unworkable deal.
Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Shootout In Donkey City Edition
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