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Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Media, Politics, Society | 6 comments

Cain, Koch Brothers and Media Geese

Force-feeding was an unexpected subject this weekend as Herman Cain aces a “Meet the Press” grilling while gourmands stuff themselves with soon-to-be-illegal foie gras at a Los Angeles eat-in protest.

David Gregory does little to ruffle the candidate’s smooth-as-pate patter, even as Associated Press reveals that Cain’s “economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.”

On MTP, Cain dismisses as “a joke” his electrified border fence line that has been drawing cheers from campaign crowds, but the extent of his ties to the Koches is no laughing matter. Supporters may point out that Reagan fronted for General Electric after his failed movie career, but the Great Communicator was not advocating frying illegal aliens or overtaxing the poor.

Back in what used to be Reaganland, a Hollywood version of Occupy Wall Street takes place in a high-priced eatery named “Animal” as patrons stuff themselves with the goose liver that will soon be illegal under a new state law.

Libertarians may be outraged, but the ban was passed through efforts of animal rights’ organizations, one of whose leaders belittled the eight-course foie gras meal:

“The idea of paying upwards of $100 to eat pieces of a diseased organ would be laughably funny to most people if it didn’t involve cramming pipes down birds’ throats and painfully force-feeding them.”

At the very least, Angelenos know how the delicacy some of them savor is created and how much killer cholesterol it contains, but the electoral dish that the Koch brothers are serving has more in it than the pizza and burgers that made Herman Cain rich and famous.


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  • malcontent

    Oops! Going to have to call another foul on you, Mr. Stein for leaning too far to the left.

    I don’t totally disagree with you on this one, but for the sake of being fair, did you rail against Obama for taking big money from George Soros and his PAC network, and his employing longtime followers of Mr. Soros?

    If not, I’m going to have to assess you 15 yards and loss of down.

  • JSpencer

    Dick Gregory is no Tim Russert and that’s no joke. I’m not a big fan of Obama, but we are dealing with matters of degree here and none of us is seeing the great leader we need in these times. Turning power back over to a clueless reactionary ideologue would be like throwing gasoline on the fire that is already consuming the USA. A Cain presidency would have us seeing soup lines (which may already be inevitable) in no time. All power to the 5% and screw everyone else!

  • malcontent

    JSpencer…I am on your team. Just pointing out that Obmana is bought and paid for, and so is Cain, and Romney, and Perry and all the members of Congress. Mr. Stein was giving Obama a walk adn gigging Cain. Not right.

    Go sign up for Get Money Out on Dylan Ratigan’s website and support change. Growing the numbers of malcontents behind this cause is the only hope we have.

  • dduck

    Mal, you beat me to the Soros point, but I ain’t crying fowl. Almost all of the pols have contributors and people supporting them that they don’t like to talk about. Business as usual.

  • JSpencer

    “JSpencer…I am on your team.”

    Clearly you have no idea what being on my “team” entails. 😉

  • Cannonshop

    Koch bros. on one side, George Soros on the other, at this point I think it’s time to account both of those two groups as being better than their detractors realize.

    Soros funds Occupy, Koch fund Tea Party, I know people involved in BOTH (as in same people, simultaneously), the objectives and the complaints of both groups are shared, and in opposition to the Status Quo.

    Whilst the Media (Pundits, “Reporters”, Bloggers) try their darndest to highlight and make the story about the differences, it turns out that both movements are more ‘centrist’ (from a certain perspective) than the politicians seeking to profit either from them, or from demonizing them.

    This has led me to believe that there are actually TWO “Centres” in the American Political Landscape-the Centre that is essentially “There for the power” and represents the status-quo of crony pseudocapitalists, bailouts, Wall Streeters, and run-of-the-mill political corruption, and the centre that would oppose that…

    So it’s desperately important to the status-quo “centrists” to drive the TWO grassroots movements that have cropped up in opposition away from each other by only covering the very fringe lunatics that gravitate whenever a crowd forms.

    The real threat, is that America may be waking up, so if another object of ire isn’t presented, the ‘centrist’ main political parties, and their big-money owners, might well be in real peril-the Croneys and the Corrupt might be truly endangered…so it’s key to keep beating the stereotype drum and inciting against ‘the other’ in order to preserve the Status Quo.

    (Yeah, I ran into some people who weren’t just internet handles, who clarified a few things for me…)

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