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Sunday Talk : Time to Scream!

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Sometimes I think that on Sunday it would be a good idea either to go for a ride, or stay in bed later. It’s not good for me to sit in front of the television and watch professional “spin doctors” make up their own versions of events that are making news. The main problem that I have is my inability to reach into the picture tube and grab some of these people by the throat and squeeze until they stop thrashing around. That would be the ultimate release for me. My pent up emotions would finally have an outlet and maybe my blood pressure would take a nose-dive.

Today we had Condi Rice on “Face the Nation”. I would rather see her in purgatory on a show called “Face Yourself and Your Lying Ways”, but I’ll have to settle for Bob Schieffer. She was defending herself from some of the things that George Tenant, the former head of the CIA during the run up to the war on Iraq said. He says some pretty nasty stuff about Ms. Rice, and I have every reason to believe him. After all, who is more credible than the former director of the CIA?

George Tenant, who was in fact Bill Clinton’s CIA director also, said that Ms. Rice was totally ineffectual in her capacity of head of the NSA while she was National Security Advisor to the President. He also said that War with Iraq was a fixture in Bush’s plan since the day he took office. Why do I have a hard time not believing that? Ms. Rice did not deny this charge, she skirted the issue with the same talking points she used an hour later when talking to Wolf Bliztzer. She said the sanctions were “Swiss cheese” sanctions, and that Bush had wanted to put “smart sanctions on Iraq and to strengthen the no-fly zones. Funny that nobody mentioned that the day after 9/11 the President asked George Tenant if Iraq was involved, and then went on to say Iraq was involved again as if he was answering his own question. Maybe that will come out in the interview that will be on “60 Minutes” this evening.

On the lighter side, Bob Schieffer had a member of “Politico.com” (all politics, all the time) a CBS funded web site, and he asked why they had so many candidates on the debates. They both went on to laugh about the obvious candidates that didn’t have a chance, bringing up the name of Mike Gravel, the former Alaskan Senator. The man from Politico said that they should have a cut-off, like having a certain percentage of support in the polls that would “qualify” the candidates. I believe he used 5%. They both laughed and said that then people could have time to hear from the “real candidates”

Tell me fellas, just who are your “real” candidates? The ones that the MSM deems popular enough to listen to? The candidates that get the most coverage from the mainstream media? Those candidates that are largely funded by corporate America and special interest groups? Let me say one thing loud and clear to Bob Schieffer whom I happen to like very much and also to the goofball from Politico.com if he happens to read this. The reason that they had so many candidates on the debates is because that’s how many candidates there are on the Democratic ticket. I really don’t want you to “advise” anyone that we should give all our attention to the “tier 1" candidates as you called them. Let me say this also. I happen to dislike Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama and Joe Biden very much. It’s really not your job to say who should, or who should not get air time on these debates. It’s bad enough that Richards, Kucinich, Gravel and Dodd hardly get any media coverage as it is. There are people in this country that don’t want the media to select our next President. You covered George W. Bush and aggrandized him, and look what happened. We got the worst President in our nation’s history. So stick with reporting the news and stop trying to “make it”.

Like I said, maybe it would have been better if I had “slept in” this morning.
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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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