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HOWARD KURTZ’S SLAVISH ADMIRATION FOR MEDIA DINOSAURS

Howard Kurtz of FOX News regularly displays his Hadean view of the media. He slavishly cites the New York Times and to a lesser extent the Washington Post whenever seeking a media authority as if both newspapers are still “of record”. Kurtz should try to yank himself into the twenty-first century by eschewing those feeble old rags and embracing what is effective citizen journalism. To paraphrase a line out of the cult classic, Big Trouble In Little China, “The news is here, Mr. Kurtz.”

In a piece he wrote (and televised) on August 22, 2014 under the overly lengthy headline, “Obama Stands Alone: Even the media are baffled by his deepening isolation” Kurtz writes, “President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media. That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times.” From there he cites the “Times” throughout including Maureen Dowd and develops his story as if every word written in the Times should be cherished as the undeniable truth and therefore irrefutable. Why? Well, because it comes from the New York Times. Has Howard been living in a cave? Or has he simply disengaged from an America which views the New York Times like a subversive enemy in our midst?

Kurtz among other media drips is gaga over the mainstream media and he’s under the impression Americans think the same way. He’s dead wrong. According to a Gallup poll done in 2013, “77% of Americans distrust mainstream media television”. In 2012, the Pew Research Center reported that only 23% of Americans read a newspaper regularly. They added the number has dropped eighteen points over the last decade and continues to decline. More recently, Gallup reported that America’s confidence level in both newspapers and mainstream network television has sunk to all time lows of 22% and 18% respectively.  And while television is still the main source of news for Americans, ABC, NBC and CBS each account for 1% or less of viewership according to Gallup with FOX News at the top of the list with 8% of those polled responding that it is their main source for news.

The real hit is taken by Howard Kurtz’s idols. Only 6% of respondents indicated they get their news in the main from print with the New York Times sharing their rating of 1% with the Wall Street Journal. That statistic is profoundly underscored by the Times latest financial statement which is gloomier than an Obama economic report. In every meaningful category, the Times posts negatives. By contrast, three times the number or 18% of those polled indicated they go to the Internet for their news. So, why is Howard Kurtz so desperate to use the old, maggoty Gray Lady as the source for everything newsworthy? It appears because he’s like that kid on the playground who desperately wants to be on the best team only the best team has grown old and is now the worst team and Kurtz, though the glory days are over, still idolizes the codgers irrespective of their irrelevance.

When less than a quarter of Americans trust the traditional news outlets it’s not because those outlets are doing stellar jobs of reporting the truth. It’s the opposite. People don’t trust the traditional media because they’ve been blatantly lied to by it for decades. But it’s a new era. In this one there are fast and effective ways of getting to another point of view, if not the entire truth. Today, everyone is a potential journalist. Everyone has a combination still and movie camera at their fingertips. Their pictures and clips rarely lie. Moreover, no news gathering organization in the world can compete with them. It would take resources beyond any modern communications company’s capacity to be, like citizen journalists are, everywhere every time an event occurs. More than that, people are under no misconception that the media lies or distorts the truth with an increasingly overt liberal agenda. This is shown in another Pew Research poll which stated that only 26% of those polled think the media gets the facts straight, 20% think the media is “pretty independent” and only 19% said they thought the media is “fair to all sides.” In spite of it all Kurtz and others in the business continue to deflect that abundance of criticism regarding liberal bias by claiming it’s merely a perception, that the little people just don’t understand how real journalists think.

That old shibboleth doesn’t get traction any longer however. All anyone needs is a computer or smart phone to see the truth played out right before their eyes. It no longer matters that the mainstream media deliberately lies and distorts or ignores stories altogether if they don’t fit the liberal paradigm. There are millions of people who are there to fill the vacuum presenting the other side of stories or simply reporting what the traditional media conveniently ignores.

Take the latest from that paragon of restraint, Harry Reid. Speaking to an Asian-American business group in Las Vegas on August 21, 2014, Reid told the crowd, “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.” He then followed that insulting gaff with another: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight”. But it wasn’t until the Republican research group, America Rising heard of Reid’s statements and found the clip that the story was reported. The fact is, were there not people in the crowd who actually recorded the clips, the mainstream media would not have reported the incident at all. With such advancements in news reporting, how is it Kurtz keeps going back to his dying little corner of the world and acting like it’s as healthy as Jack Lalanne in his prime while audiences in general are absolutely sure he and his media buddies not only lie to our faces, but lie by omission? It’s that kind of elitist arrogance those who consume news dislike so intensely. It smacks of a singular desire for stardom and acceptance into a society of like-minded liberals rather than one for getting the untainted truth out to a public starving for it.

Listening to Howard Kurtz talk about the media is an exercise in embarrassment over his boyish enthusiasm for what he wants everyone to believe is still the fourth estate. Clearly it isn’t, not even close. The same Pew poll cited above makes the point. Americans by a large majority, 68%, believe the media should “keep leaders from doing things that  shouldn’t be done”, i.e. be the unbiased bastion of truth delivery, but in the poll respondents make it known what goes for journalism in this country is hopelessly lost and entirely unreliable, the antithesis of what Kurtz portrays as our modern media.

But it’s Kurtz’s effusiveness when reporting on the media that is sometimes difficult to watch. One can sense how he strains to subdue a desire to outrightly defend liberals and their causes, like kicking against the goads as a manifestation of liberal DNA. He flubs and flounders around the periphery of critiquing the media succeeding only in being embarrassingly deferential to it in the final analysis, especially those crippled dinosaurs, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He would be much more credible if he refrained from mentioning them at all since by the cited polls herein, only a paltry few read, watch or trust them.

Why FOX hired the man is beyond this writer’s understanding. That Kurtz’s show is relegated to the weekend is something for which we can all be grateful however. It’s when FOX slides him into other programs that I go scurrying for the remote. I’d rather watch a black and white test pattern.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 21, 2014

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Ferguson, MO.

Dear Al Sharpton, we’ve all had enough, especially of you.

The staggering number of Americans on some kind of public assistance.

There are good, bad and ugly cops.

Self-defense is the most fundamental aspect of life.

Justice by fear is no justice at all.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 20, 2014

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On today’s program:

Rho-Chalmers-TDPC-Selfie

Rho Chalmers – Dem Activist on Texas Grand Jury

The plan to “get” Rick Perry and the three people responsible.  Hint:  one is a Democrat activist who happened to be on the Grand Jury indicting Perry; one is the drunken bum who is at the center of the hatchet job and last, a Texas attorney accused of tampering with witnesses.

Next Peter discusses the Obama administration’s milquetoast, limp-wristed response to the beheading of journalist James Foley.  Another farce in a presidency meant to look good, but accomplish nothing.

Finally, the immigrant experience in America and how twelve percent of the population has been consistently left out as a result of a leftist agenda meant to re-enslave them along with all illegal immigrants pouring into the country.

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“THE BEST LAID PLANS…” WHY THE DEMOCRAT STRATEGY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL BACKFIRE

The Scottish version is, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley”. It’s taken from a poem written in 1785 by Robert Burns, the rough translation of which is contained in American John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice And Men”. He wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

This is the case for the Democrat plan to pack the country with illegal refugees. They, the Democrats, are under the impression these people will, if allowed to stay, be forever grateful to the party which championed their cause. The problem with that plan is its premise.

It is typical of liberals, they think the rest of us are too stupid and one dimensional not to think beyond what they believe about us. By us, I mean anyone who is not a part of the liberal power elite. But if you look at the immigrant experience in this country, it is clear liberals have perverted the facts to fit their fantasy world. The immigrant experience has never been one of sucking on the government nipple forever. On the contrary it has been pretty much the same for every ethnic group with the exception of black people, but that is an entirely different story with entirely different causations. The plain fact is, most of the Mexicans and others of Hispanic background who do come to this country illegally or legally, come for the same reason Italians, Germans and the Irish came, to find work and live better. That is a fact of human nature as a function of the American immigrant experience, not an exception to it.

The driving force behind similarities in the immigrant experience for these people is family. The Hispanic, Latino or whatever you want to call their culture (I’ll use Hispanic since for the most part they all have their roots in the Spanish language) is largely about family. Where there is family, there is a sense of responsibility which translates into a need to provide. The Hispanic family structure lends itself to an almost automatic establishment of rules and regulations derived from traditions which are fundamentally no different than other western European traditions. With the same exceptions all other ethnic groups display, Hispanics have a work ethic that cannot be denied. The problem is enough work for everyone who wants it, Hispanic and otherwise.

The Hispanic family tradition also extends itself to a desire for their children to have a better life than their parents. Whether it be through work, education or a combination of both, the Hispanic dream is the same as every other ethnicity’s, to earn enough to live well.

What problem we have with illegal aliens is not as much their fault as it is Democrats here at home. To encourage illegal immigration as a means of gaining and retaining power is as cruel as was slavery. Democrats are simply recruiting people to do their bidding without paying them. What is the difference between that kind of slavery and any other? And, as if encouraging illegal immigration isn’t enough, Democrats at the same time appear to be encouraging hatred for the very country into which those same illegal immigrants are so desperately seeking entry. Listen to the likes of Congressman Luis Gutierréz (D-IL), what you will hear is vitriol laced with sentences like, “It is almost as if they despise and hate all of our children.” Such statements are meant to separate Hispanics from the rest of America, it is the same tactic used by people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. In the long run, if conservatives follow through on my suggestions below, Gutierréz and rank liberal politicians like him will fail.

The fact that government has proven itself to be the absolute worst means of providing people with the necessities of life is irrefutable, Hispanics know this. Educated Hispanics like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz understand this completely. They know a liberal system of government is unnatural to Hispanics for it attempts to strip them of their intrinsic desire to work their way to wealth so as to provide for their families. That desire can only be sustained through the freedom and independence necessary for unhampered pursuit of their goal. It is a powerful reason why illegals try so desperately to remain under the radar. Being caught here as an illegal doesn’t mean they’ll be deported as much as it means they will become part of the system, the very one that takes the earnings of legitimate citizens and redistributes it to others who don’t have their work ethic or family traditions. It is bound to frustrate them as it does the rest of America.

Therefore, to suggest that the Democrat plan for packing the system with new Democrats is inevitable if we don’t shutter our country immediately is to ignore the larger picture which involves an assessment of human wants and needs and the innate desire to satiate them. And while closing the borders is an absolute must, once they are secure it is essential for conservatives to begin an outreach which demonstrates to Hispanics they will not be granted blanket amnesty, but they will be given a path to citizenship along with the Constitutional guarantees which offer the right to work themselves to wealth without assistance from the government. Then it is incumbent on conservatives to remove as much government as possible from the equation such that all people residing in the United States can be free to pursue their individual dreams. Such a plan will work if we get rid of old attitudes and rely on the fundamentals of human nature so eloquently embodied in our founding documents. After all, they aren’t specific to people from only one part of the world, they are significant for their universality. Even Muslims understand the value inherent in freedom and liberty, but they are shackled by a destructive set of religious beliefs the rest of the world understands must be defeated before they can enter the community of mankind.

One final note, conservatives must have a plan for recapturing our country. It should be designed with fundamental components in mind. First, there is a need for stealthy public relations regarding the benefits of conservatism and capitalism under our Constitution, but equally important is the infiltration of our education system. Jefferson wisely observed, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” But he could never have imagined that the system through which generations of Americans would be educated would itself be ignorant and willfully so.

Taking back our country from liberals means embracing that which we may find disagreeable today, but fighting fire with fire, propaganda with propaganda is essential to start. It will be a slow process, but we were slow getting to this point. A comprehensive plan and the patience to execute it properly is what we need.

 

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 19, 2014

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In which Peter blasts “Dear Leader”…and we’re not talking about Kim Jong Un either.

Then, as if that’s not enough, Peter turns his attention to Ferguson, Missouri.

After which he rips to shreds ISIL or ISIS or whatever the Islamo-terrorists are calling themselves today for making the ridiculous claim they will bathe in our blood.

To top off the program, Peter discusses the sham that is Rick Perry’s indictment.

It’s all good stuff.

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DON’T BUY THIS CRAPPY VODKA – VESICA

Yeah, and we don’t like Adam Bak either.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 16, 2014 – THE DON’T BUY VESICA VODKA EDITION

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As promised, a legitimate evisceration of a company and its leader for scamming consumers with a phony rebate offer.  Listen below, then read below that or read first and listen later because there’s so much more on this GIGANTIC carnival called The Peter Fusco Program.

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CONSUMER ALERT: DO NOT BUY VESICA VODKA!

Consumer Alert!

If you are considering purchasing Vesica vodka, here’s a piece of advice: DON’T. Now I’ll tell you why.

For months Adamba Imports International, Inc., of 585 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, New York 11237, 718-628-9700, a private company run by Mr. Adam Bak has been offering a three dollar ($3.00) or a five dollar ($5.00) rebaadamba_1689te on their 1 liter and 1.75 liter bottles respectively. Not a bad deal, right? Wrong. What Adamba does is offer only a one-time rebate, that is, you can only get the rebate for one bottle per person per household, yet they tagged every bottle offering the rebate. Take a look at the photos herein, both front and rear. You will note the fine print on the reverse side is so fine you have to put it under a microscope to read it.

Clearly, Adamba and its grand poobah, Adam Bak intentionally baited customersadamba_1690 by using the tags on each bottle to suggest if you bought any one, you would receive a rebate on it. I don’t know how many people read the fine print on such offers, but Adamba’s intention to con the public is so obvious it is shameful and all for a lousy three or five bucks which for certain enticed me and I’m willing to bet thousands of others to purchase more than one bottle. Shame on me? Maybe, but I’ll keep at this Bak guy until he pays me. By the way, I already sent the complaint material into the New York State Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Division. Let’s see what Eric Schneiderman will do about Adamba and Bak.

I of course complained to Adamba first, but Mr. Bak refused to return my call. And, if that’s not enough, try going to their website, http://www.adamba.com/. As you will see it’s laughable. There is no website because they don’t want to hear from anyone about anything since the vast majority of visitors would be there to complain.

When I first called Adamba I reached the receptionist who can hardly speak English. She transferred me to another woman who also couldn’t speak English. I then left Adam Bak a message, but he didn’t return my call, again for the obvious reason, but I’m not sure it would have done either one of us any good if he had since like his underlings he and English are probably also estranged.

Here’s the rub Adam Bak: You and people like you come to our country, avail yourselves of our freedoms and economic opportunities and then you screw us. To describe you the way I would if I were back home in Utica and you cheated me and others the way you have, your ears would be blistered along with every other part of you. Actually, now that I think of it, you’d be out of business as a result of several reactions, some I can’t discuss here.Luksasowa

Truth is, Adamba Imports International, Inc. is a two-bit outfit doing business from some burrow in Brooklyn. If it can be compared to a person, it’s a punk looking for a beating. But, seeing as we can’t physically beat up a company, I suppose the next best thing is to eviscerate the organization routinely and loudly everywhere possible. How I love the Internet.

Now, if you really want a great potato vodka, let me suggest Luksusowa, there is no finer. Vesica is potato vodka you serve people you don’t like in hopes they’ll leave your party because it tastes so rotten. I bought it for precisely that reason and to give as gifts to people I can’t stand.

From now on I’ll buy Luksusowa exclusively, it’s only a couple of dollars more and I’ve sort of culled my relationships to people I actually like so there’s not much need anymore for sewer water masquerading as vodka…I mean Vesica.

Hopefully this little tirade alerts you my friends of a scabby scam perpetrated by foreigners who love our money, but hate us and our country. Mr. Bak, I hope ICE catches up with you and deports you to wherever you slithered from, but there’s probably not much of a chance they will since Obama won’t let them deport anyone especially pieces of crap like you.

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THE PETER FUSCO PROGRAM FOR AUGUST 12, 2014

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1.) The world is crashing down around us and he golfs.

2.) Media overdoes it again with the death of Robin Williams.

3.) New book in need of an agent (If you know one, refer one) “The Eight-Block Rule”

4.) And so much more.

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TIME FOR US TO INVOKE THE ROMAN METHOD OF MAKING WAR

There is no proof Rome salted the ground in and around the city of Carthage toward the end of the Third Punic War, but even if legend, it is symbolic of Rome’s political, military and social culture insofar as making war is concerned. Contrary to popular belief, the Romans were not brutal by nature, they were efficient by necessity. The great monuments to that efficiency are still among us including aqueducts and roadways not to mention architecture, a science Rome brought to an art form. Rome made war the same way and it translated to the way they made peace, totally by force. In truth, the Roman method for creating peace began with war as the fastest, most effective way to create that peace. It was and remains a most efficient means.

What we are seeing across the globe is a rise in a form of madness under the guise of religion the response to which must be Roman in character and substance. The threat is that serious and different from anything that has come before in human history for its scale and fanaticism. When men and women truly believe the reward for slaughtering other people is a guaranteed slot in heaven, there is no defense except total war. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

Islam is not a philosophy. It’s adherents are not seeking to impose a social, economic or political system on us, they are intent on killing us or subjugating us under a form of religious madness. If the West continues to ignore what is clearly a threat against all humanity, we will find ourselves either capitulating to a slavery unlike any we’ve ever known or suffering through a nuclear storm. Either way, the warning signs are there, more clear than they ever were prior to World War II. At least then there was a pretense of compromise. Hitler may have been a madman, but he was not anything close to the madness of Islam.

Yet we are not at war with Islam alone. We are at war on another front no less evil and pernicious, liberalism. While not a religious faith per se, its staunchest adherents believe in it as strongly as do the most fanatical Muslims in Islam. In a way, it is more evil since liberals not only loath the other side, they loath themselves. In America and elsewhere throughout the world, it is manifested in a hatred for the very systems which allow them the freedom to hate. Like the most virulent forms of cancer, liberalism feeds off the host organism until it dies. It is more than the madness of Islam since its goal is suicide.

In a blind refusal to admit the incontrovertible fact, liberalism all over the world simply doesn’t work, not socially nor economically.  Far more profoundly, it does not work when dealing with enemies as determined as Islam since liberalism does not allow a recognition of Islam as the enemy. Instead, like Islam itself, liberals see the United States and to a similar degree, Christianity as their deadliest enemies.

If we really want to understand how we’ve arrived at a point where the world is on the edge of global war with Islam, all we need to do is look at our history over the last fifty years. The end product of American liberalism is Barack Hussein Obama and his total failure as a leader in desperate times. It is not simply a happenstance of fate that when we most need a Ronald Reagan or Winston Churchill, we have the most incompetent, feckless and weak individual in our history making decisions. It has been by design. America was sold a bill of goods by the political left and a complicit media. For fifty years and more they’ve been pounding into our collective heads how rotten we are with the intention of having us self-flagellate until we make reparations to the world for being successful and ironically its savior.

The fact that Barack Hussein Obama was a mistake and is now proven to be a disaster is also incontrovertible. But it is compounded by the inability to remove him from office and replace him not with another hapless boob like Joe Biden, but with someone who can rectify the errors they and their entire administration have committed in time to save the country.

Clearly, in this regard it is our system that needs fixing for in the final analysis the Constitution, written in an age of snail’s pace communication and an expectation of at least a modicum of national loyalty did not provide for immediate removal from office a president and administration who are leading us to ruin, perhaps purposely. The Founders wanted to force slowness on the impeachment process for fear of it becoming the weapon of choice for ill-conceived, arbitrary political vengeance. They never imagined the outcome of their purposeful impediments to quick and effective removal from office would in the 21st century be the very reason for the country’s rapid decline and potential defeat at the hands of determined enemies.

The pace of events today and in the future are increasing to the point of necessitating political rapid response. This nation and others facing the onslaught of Islam must be led by people who understand the wisdom of Rome’s war-making methodology. They must be willing to fight fire with fire for as long as it takes to eradicate the threat of Islam to the world.

As this writer has often stated in print and in speech, there is no gray on the palette of right and wrong. To this let it be added, there is no such thing as diplomacy or limited war when faced with evil incarnate. It is time we rethink our values as they apply to making war on such determined enemies as Islam and Liberalism. It is also time we resign ourselves to a basic fact of human existence, one Jesus warned us about in a rather obscure passage about the future, “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars…but the end is not yet come.”[1]

We must finally admit that peace is but a space of time between wars, that we will always be at war for it is a constant struggle of good versus evil and such a conflict has no end. If these are the end times and there is an anti-Christ, most certainly it is Islam. We must make all-out war on it or face our own extinction.

 

[1] Matthew 24:6

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