Posts tagged ‘Distraction’

May 3, 2014

Really? Blah, Blah, Blah is Scandalous Now? Updated with Video

by lewwaters
Nigel Jaquiss

Nigel Jaquiss

If ever there is an example of just how ridiculous Republicans make themselves appear, it is the furor over Willamette Week reporter Nigel Jaquiss seen writing “blah, blah, blah” on his note pad during a recent candidate endorsement interview.

It seems that Mark Callahan, claiming to be a Republican this time, took umbrage to Jaquiss’ writing that during an answer given by his opponent, Jo Rae Perkins over the phone.

According to KGW News, it irked Callahan enough for him to light into Jaquiss with “I see what you’re writing down there, you just wrote down ‘blah, blah, blah, blah, blah’ for everything that Joe Rae said. Joe Rae is a respectable woman. Why are you not respecting her?”

Who hasn’t either said or thought the same during some long, drawn out talking by someone else?

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November 13, 2012

The Petraeus Distraction, Don’t Fall For It

by lewwaters

It never ceases to amaze me how easily the American public is distracted, especially when it comes to government scandal and cover-ups. Just throw out some juicy sexual innuendo or accusation against some high level person and extremely important failings of an administration just start fading away.

We saw it well back during the Clinton Administration as investigators drew closer and closer to several scandals potentially involving the president, all attention was diverted to his sexual liaison with a much younger staffer, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton lied about it, Republicans jumped on it and passed Articles of Impeachment, the Senate refused to convene a trial and Clinton finished his term, becoming the darling of the Democrats and an honored former President in a very wealthy retirement.

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August 2, 2012

UPDATED: Distracted Priorities: The Great Sign Caper of 2012

by lewwaters

Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio labels it the “Crazy Season,” that time in campaigning when political rhetoric grows into a fever pitch and for some, tempers flare. Whatever you call it, it shows how divided our country is due to the divisive tactics used today by some politicians and pundits as they pit American against American, forgetting the age old admonition, “a house divided cannot stand.”

One such failed candidate from the past, seemingly trying to repair a tarnished reputation, presents the appearance of having broken the crime of the century by claiming participation in a sting to catch a campaign sign thief, aka the Great Sign Caper, and actually taping himself chasing down a bicyclist alleged to have stolen a sign on camera and engaging the alleged thief on the bicycle instead of paying attention to driving his car on a public street.

Listen to the video with your eyes closed and it readily becomes apparent that the sign theft is but the background while the thrust is about who is chasing down the alleged thief.

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