Friday, August 22, 2014

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing ♫ and various versions





other versions of the same song...
Stevie Ray Vaughan
http://youtu.be/An4uDe...

Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
http://youtu.be/XdIHxp...

Eric Clapton & Sheryl Crow
http://youtu.be/iEuVH_...

The Corrs
http://youtu.be/HVCHOR...

Derek and the Dominos
http://youtu.be/jLPHz8...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Reality Show President: Inside the White House PR Machine

Hat Tip ReasonTV

"I am who the media says I am. I say what they say I say. I become who they say I've become."
—Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope, 2006.

"Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency."
—Barack Obama, 2009.

Which Barack Obama is telling the truth here? Writing as a U.S. senator from Illinois, Obama laments that there will always be a barrier—the independent media—between him and the people he serves. As a public figure, his identity will be created by reporters and critics that he cannot control, distorted by the lenses of photographers who don't answer directly to him.

Only three years later, as commander in chief, President Obama took a far more trusting tone with the media. In his earliest speeches, he promised an administration of unparalleled openness, access, and integrity. Indeed, he asserted he was running "the most transparent administration in history" just four months before Edward Snowden spilled the beans on the National Security Agency.

"The White House has effectively become a broadcast company," says Michael Shaw, publisher of Bagnewsnotes.com, a site dedicated to the analysis of news images. Shaw explains how strategically composed photos, taken by official White House photographers, travel from social media sites that are controlled by the administration to the front pages of newspapers around the world.

The press publishes the official White House photographs because independent photographers and videographers are increasingly barred from covering the president. This practice has diminished the power of the independent media as an exclusive distribution channel while empowering official photographers such as Pete Souza, who are on the presidential payroll.

And so, says Shaw, the public has been fed a steady diet of whatever kind of president the news cycle demands. When conspiracy theorists questioned Obama's patriotism, we saw images of Obama the American everyman. To celebrate the anniversary of Rosa Parks' 1955 refusal to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, we saw Obama reenact her famous image. Time and again, we see Obama striking poses out of John F. Kennedy's repertoire. The official White House photographers have created a presidential identity for every conceivable occasion — as long as the image is flattering, and almost always, larger than life.

While presidents have always sought to control their image, Shaw and many in the press say that Obama has restricted media access to an unparalleled degree. As the AP's director of photography wrote last year in The New York Times, the Obama administration has "systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access."

Media boycotts of official photographs have been ineffective in persuading the president to live up to his promise of transparency. It is only by a tradition of public openness, not law, that photographers have enjoyed access to the official business of the president. So we could revert to the practice before the JFK administration, when photographers were mostly kept away from the inner workings of the White House.

Short of generating public outrage, there is little the independent media can do. "Because [the White House] can distribute directly through all these different [new and old media] channels," says Shaw, "there's really not much downside to it, there's not much accountability."

All over the world, heads of state are producing idealized versions of their own identities on social media, a technology that empowers leaders every bit as much as the rest of us. Heads of state and politicians are increasingly free to project their own self-image directly to the public, with less accountability than ever from an independent press. From the White House on YouTube to Ten Downing Street on Flickr to Bashar al-Assad's Instagram page, we may never see our politicians in the way that we did just a few years ago.

Runs 11:57.

Produced, shot, and edited by Todd Krainin.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rep. Mike Kelly Knows About Malik Obama / IRS Scandal

Hat Tip Walid Shoebat

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is a U.S. Congressman for District 3 in western Pennsylvania. He also sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has been investigating the IRS scandals. In a call during a town hall on WPIC in Sharon, PA, "Ben" from Hermitage asked Kelly if he was aware of the real IRS scandal involving Lois Lerner and Malik Obama.

Be sure to listen all the way to the end as Rep. Kelly gives out all of his contact information. From all indications, Kelly is one of the good guys and a strong conservative. Call, mail, email, or fax his office to encourage him to have Lois Lerner arrested as her crimes relate to Malik Obama.
Note how Kelly says that Ben is “spot-on” more than once. This means that Kelly agrees with the facts Shoebat presented here.


Back in May 2013, interim IRS Commissioner Steven Miller appeared in front of the House Ways and Means Committee. Watch Rep. Kelly filet Mr. Miller. If he was this upset over the IRS then, he should be fuming over the Malik Obama / Lois Lerner angle:

The Broken Window Fallacy

Hat Tip Learn Liberty

Does destruction create jobs? After natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and wars, some people argue that these disasters are good for the economy, because they create jobs and prosperity. As Prof. Art Carden of Samford University explains, this is an example of the "broken window fallacy," a term coined by Frederic Bastiat. When a shopkeeper's window is broken, he will spend money on a new window, which gives income and jobs for glaziers. This activity is "seen," but the "unseen" is just as important: the money spend on a new window could have been spent on other things. Wealth has not increased, but only reallocated from some people to others, and society is worse off by one window.