Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hypocrisy and hope, credit and blame in the Gunwalker Scandal -- the long view & a Fanfare for the Common Man. A reckoning coming.

Met at the house of the Rev. C.K. Paul, at Stourminster Marshall, Father Strickland, an English Jesuit, who said to me – “I have observed, throughout life, that a man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.” -- Diary entry dated September 21, 1863 written by Sir Mountstuart E. Grant Duff, Scottish politician and administrator of the British Raj in India, published in 1897.

There is no news. There is only the truth of the signal. What I see. And, there's the puppet theater the Parliament jesters foist on the somnambulant public. -- Mr. Universe in Serenity, 2005.

The realization of the Gunwalker Plot continues to slowly broaden and deepen in the popular culture, and to the Obama administration it must seem like Chinese water torture as they wince in anticipation of each new revelation. The one constant that they can cling to, however -- the one solace in an ever darkening gloom -- is the partisan faithfulness of the major network evening news shows, and newspapers such as the New York Times and Pravda on the Potomac, the Washington Post.

As evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the jury of history, I present the undisputed fact that on the evening news shows of NBC, ABC and CBS this week not one -- NOT ONE -- mentioned the unprecedented subpoena by a Congressional committee of information regarding the entire top echelon of the Justice Department in the Gunwalker Scandal.

Had this scandal involved John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration, does anyone doubt that the story would have led the nightly half-hour "puppet theater"? Or, that it wouldn't have been covered like a blanket by all news departments from the moment the blood of Brian Terry dried in the desert sands of Rio Rico?

Assuming the evil bad guys of the Federal Leviathan don't win this round (and it is hard to see now how they can -- the reaction to the Iranian-Zeta "Wag the Dog" conspiracy shows that even another Oklahoma City bombing event on these guys' watch would not produce the effect that they need to reverse their declining fortunes -- they simply would not be believed), the history of this WILL be written. And neither they nor their media sycophants will emerge unscathed.

A lot of you, gentle readers, are more than a little upset that David Codrea and I are not given our "propers" by the larger media that is now covering this story. I would be lying if I said that it didn't nettle us both. David in particular has reason to be resentful, for the bulk of his income stream these days, such as it is, comes from his Examiner column, which pays him by the hit.

A single link on Drudge could bring him a $10,000 day, but for all the stories that David Codrea has broken in this scandal, Drudge has never linked one -- not one. Some days, David makes $10 from Examiner. You cannot sustain a family with two sons and responsibilities for elderly parents on such pitiful gruel. The fact is that David could be forced by circumstances to actually turn away from the Gunwalker Scandal just to keep his family afloat, and that would be a tragedy. So, yeah, when he doesn't get the links from people who ought to know better it pisses him off. It pisses me off, too, especially when the slight comes from that puffed-up hypocrite Matt Drudge, who despite his much-hyped reputation for breaking stories ignored Gunwalker for many months. He's another one that the journalism history books will not treat kindly, fedora and all.

But, beyond an occasional sotto voce grumble, David does not complain.

It may be because there is a growing realization among all of us who were "in at the beginning" that this is Watergate with a huge body count, that the ghosts of Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata and thousands of dead Mexican citizens will haunt the Obamanoid gunwalker plotters to the end of their days and that, as a result, the folks like us who were in at the beginning, will, in the fullness of time, be recognized for what we did, are doing and will continue to do until justice is served upon the guilty.

I was talking to a "mainstream" reporter last night, and I told them that those of us who covered this story in the beginning would be asked to tell how we did it for the rest of our days. Asked. By other people who will actually be interested in the miracle. This will be like those Watergate retrospectives on C-SPAN where they trot out Woodward and Bernstein and their editors and lawyers to explain how they caught the big fish, Tricky Dick.

There will be documentaries on Gunwalker, and books, and feature films "based on actual events." History, if no one else, will treat David Codrea kindly.

The fight goes on, much of it behind the scenes. More revelations are coming from CBS, FOX and others, including I am positive, from David Codrea and me. The White House is battling back using its media lapdogs and professional spinners like Eric Schultz and Lanny Davis, but they will, in the end, lose. In retrospect, history will laugh at the spin just like they laugh today at Nixon's press flack Ron Ziegler. Worse, probably.

We cannot let up, though. Nor can we get cocky, for this scandal, which has always been driven from below, will continue to require the efforts of all of us.

You know, I was asked by someone recently what music I thought was appropriate for this scandal, what score or lyrics might best describe it, and I replied instantly Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," for truly it is the common men and women of this scandal, the honest ones, the "little people" as viewed by our "betters," who have broken it into the open, who have pushed our putative "leaders" to pay attention to it, and who will bring it to a conclusion of justice and yes, a reckoning.

FOX is criticized by the likes of Rachel Madcow and Media Matters for using me, an unabashed partisan, and "radical" writer of Second Amendment screeds, a "mad dog" militiaman who calls, occasionally, for broken windows, as a source, an expert on the subject of the Gunwalker Scandal.

Yet, the fact that I am is undeniable on the face of it. But, more to history's eventual point, I think, is that ONLY a radical like me, with a curmudgeon like David Codrea, and a disparate group that included a brave "common man" like John Dodson, all the other honest, stubborn, brilliant ATF whistleblowers, anonymous spooks, young and old, and other government employees who you will someday meet as well as others that will forever remain in the shadows -- only with the combined efforts of these "little people" and "radicals" could the conspiracy have been brought down.

The real story that history will want to know is how, given all human dynamics against it, did such folks accomplish the humbling of the Federal Leviathan at the zenith of its power.

I have said before, and will believe to the end of my days, that only by the Hand of God Himself could this have happened. It is, truly, a miracle, and one that I am humbled and honored to have been in at the start.

So don't give the folks who are covering this story a hard time, gentle readers, about whether or not they credit David and me in every story, or in any story. If they are advancing the cause of truth within the framework of what they have to work with, cut them some slack. History will judge them kindly, when all is known and understood.

In truth, history -- and God -- will judge us all.

That's what frightens the likes of Obama, Holder, Clinton, Napolitano, Restrepo, O'Reilly, Breuer, Newell and their media toadies. And it should frighten them. For there is a reckoning coming and they cannot avoid it.


Mark Matis said...

A reckoning for the likes of Obama, Holder, Clinton, Napolitano, Restrepo, O'Reilly, Breuer, Newell and their media toadies is meaningless unless there is ALSO a reckoning for their enablers in "Law Enforcement". For if even half of THEM had bothered to honor their oath of office, NONE OF THIS would have happened.

The treason does NOT stop at the leaders and MSM. It goes DEEP into the guts of what is passed off as "Law Enforcement" in this country. And unless it is disemboweled, the ONLY lesson learned is that one must exterminate the whistleblowers BEFORE they can 'fess up.

WarriorClass III said...

Indeed, there is a reckoning coming.


Anonymous said...

You have compelled me to expel the air from my lungs in a spontaneous and celebratory grito !

Anonymous said...

For benefit to this nation, stay the course with the communication gifts that have been bestowed upon you.

"Wherever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another's harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command to compass that upon the subject which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate, and acting without authority may be opposed, as any other man who by force invades the right of another."
-John Locke, Second Treatise on Government


Anonymous said...

Aaron Copland: admitted homosexual communist.

Myself, I'd choose another anthem.

Ashrak said...

I think it fair to point out frameworks within some can work, and cutting some slack to those who are at least trying.

I would like to submit that seeing the folks credited with their due isn't about glory for doing so. I hold high the reality that,while the money would certainly help and be nice, while the "fame" would be both welcomed and shunned, it isn't really about those things at all.

Simply stated, my personal beef with those who look past the folks who risked, and continue to risk, so much comes down to one very simple thing. Telling The Truth.

To me, that is the largest revelation of the entire GunWalker Scandal reportage. Old media and all its members, so awash with resources and contacts failed to tell the truth, while those with so little reach and even less financial stacks are quite able, and indeed willing, to do the right thing - to just tell the truth.

From my point of view, telling the truth is exactly the shot in the arm of inoculation that this nation so requires if this ship is to be righted. I believe everything from the economic turmoil to the breakdown of the family unit we witness today will continue until Truth Telling once again takes place as a matter of honor and respect.

Obviously I can't speak for others, and I make no attempt to try, but for me, there can be no greater riches than for my posterity to view that, in my time, I spoke and wrote the truth.

Many today should have to face the reality that their own posterity is already saddled with the burden of the debt they themselves trade in today. The debt that is their own chosen refusal to speak and write truth as it is, with the chips, or the coin, falling where it may.

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget Agent Zapata

thedweeze said...

Any online mention of Gunwalker gets read, not for new data, but for mentions of either you or David. Then I check the comments for the same. If there's no mention, I make a comment highlighting your contributions. You'll just have to deal with my efforts on your behalf, heh.

Whizbanger said...

You know....
I have become quite irritated at the "Obama 2012" campaign pop-ups that I have seen on my computer. The ones on Yahoo have been particularly onerous.

But I have decided to have some fun with them! I now click on them and go immediately to the "contact" button and I send a simple 4 word message:

Border Agent Brian Terry

Since Obama's illegal "fast and Furious" plan provided the gun that killed Agent Terry, I think it only fair we remind him of this.
Lord knows, no one else is..

Have fun with it!!

Anonymous said...

"In truth, history -- and God -- will judge us all.

That's what frightens the likes of Obama, Holder, Clinton, Napolitano, Restrepo, O'Reilly, Breuer, Newell and their media toadies. And it should frighten them. For there is a reckoning coming and they cannot avoid it."

I don't believe that these weasels fear a reckoning by history, the American people nor God. What they fear most is losing their power and control. It is going to get really ugly when these despicable people start turning on each other in the hopes of saving their own skins. But, what a deserving end for all of them.

Anonymous said...

As a person who eeks out a living on the web, I am ashamed of myself for not realizing that David makes his living from the advertising on his site.

Rest assured that, in the future, I will show my support for David by viewing the advertisers on his site and purchasing from them when possible.

That is one way we can support these amazing men who work so hard to expose the truth.

Anonymous said...

As I understand he gets paid for ad views on the war on guns but not on examiner. For that he needs page views.

directorblue said...

I would strongly recommend Codrea link to a PayPal donation/subscription button (like Legal Insurrection) has. I'm certain that many regular readers would make a contribution from time to time to keep him going on this investigation.

Eventually, the real history of F&F and its genesis will be written and you'll be prominent figures therein.

LeftJab said...

"Had this scandal involved John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration, does anyone doubt that the story would have led the nightly half-hour "puppet theater"? Or, that it wouldn't have been covered like a blanket by all news departments..?"

You bet your a$$ I doubt that. Moreover, I KNOW the mainstream media wouldn't have said squat because for more than eight years, the Bush Administration gave them volumes of lies, thick dossiers of war crimes, rivers of blood and mountains of dead bodies to "lead with." When they should have been investigating and reporting on all of this and more, our fascist right-wing oligarchy's "mainstream media" remained compliantly "embedded," dedicated to distraction, deliberately misleading and/or totally silent.

You know, it is simultaneously sad and funny to read your charge that TV network "news" broadcasts are "puppet theatre" while realizing that you yourself have never caught on to the play. If the mainstream media was the least bit biased against the political right (as they want you to believe and you obviously and mistakenly do believe,) right-wing pundits would be jobless, no budget-busting anti-tax trickle-down free-trade Republican would ever be elected and the entire Bush Administration would have been incarcerated before the end of Bush's first term.

If you want to talk smack about the mainstream media, Barack Obama or the congressional supermajority (consisting of all Republicans, all "Tea Partiers" and all "Blue Dog" Democrats,) I really think you should open your eyes to the fact that they are ALL on the payrolls of Wall Street Plutocrats who, in case you haven't noticed, are all right-wing radicals. That said, you should also recognize that we shouldn't sweat "Gunwalker" until the entire Bush cabal and their anti-impeachment colluders have been either locked up or executed, as is appropriate.

Until you can recognize these all of these things, you'll continue to have a serious credibility problem.

Superman Everytime said...

I read a post the other day that attempted to get into a rationale that the Obama regime had for Gunwalker, namely that it was to arm the Sinaloa cartel against the Los Zetas, much like arming the Libyan militias against Gaddafi, and so many other instances of US foreign policy in the last 50 years. If the Mexican govt was not informed it could only be, by this logic, that the Los Zetas are de facto, the Mexican govt, as many have suggested. At which point the decision to support the Sinaloa cartel ('they may be bastards, but they're our bastards') had to be made by Obama himself as an act of....I am not sure what. If this was the motivation it is real horseback adventuring way beyond anything even LBJ did - more like Teddy Roosevelt, but much, much further - and weird in its endgame - I mean, establish the Sinaloa cartel as the govt??? No matter which way you look at this it makes so little sense as a rational or even real dumb foreign policy idea that there is only one conclusion - the Obama administration sought to create a lever to suspend the second amendment at some future moment by prohibiting the sale of guns and ammunition as a matter of internal security. The complicit media would have no difficulty in such a 'temporary' move. It is no more breath-taking in scope than Obamacare inasmuch as most of the Beltway crowd sees the 2nd amendment as nostalgia at best and a threat to civil and government stability overall, the residue of a bygone era that should just go away...this strikes me as a reasonable assumption into the thinking, the rationale behind Gunwalker and the studied non-coverage by the msm. It does present a stark reality. Well, friends, as Ben Franklin said, it is time we hang together, lest we hang separately. One more connector - the post regarding the corruption of police in so many areas in this country resonated for me, namely, the police becoming simply a force for financing themselves, with a vested financial interest in extorting way over the top salaries and pensions through local pressure, paints an unappealing scenario going forward - should the Obama regime be re-elected or otherwise seek to retain power - they'll have the cops for the most part. It's the system man and it is dark, much darker than the darkest days of Nixon and John Mitchell - there will be blood.

Bird of Paradise said...

Shouldnt ERIC HOLDER be tired as a ASSORY to FIRST DEGREE MURDER for this?