My Problem with American Sniper – Kyle Isn’t the Problem. Eastwood Is

by Scott Creighton

I hate the damn savages,” Chris Kyle

So I’m doing research on Chris Kyle the “American Sniper” and I come across an interview he did on the Conan show to promote his book. Chris is wearing a shirt with the logo for his company, a Punisher skull with the cross-hairs focused on it’s eye with blood dripping off it. Kind of a gruesome bit of self promotion, but no one ever said the guy who claims to have been the best sniper in American history was above that sort of thing.

Savage, despicable evil. That’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy ‘savages.’ There really was no other way to describe what we encountered there.” Chris Kyle

As the interview goes along, Kyle is self-effacing making light of his “accomplishments” claiming all the tech he used while in combat kind of made him just “a monkey on a gun”. He comes across as likeable in the interview while his civilian history away from the camera’s gaze is far less commendable.

At one point he calls Conan “sir” and Conan, being the ever-aware sycophant to the establishment line, stops Kyle mid-sentence and tells him “You don’t have to call me sir. I’m a talk show host. I’m here (he holds his hand 12 inches off the desk) and you’re up here (holds his other hand way up in the air)”

The audience laughs and applauds dutifully.

In another interview, Chris boasted about punching a 63 year old man in the face and “running away” because he didn’t like what he said about the war effort. As disturbing as that boast was, more disturbing is the fact that he may have made it up.

He (Ventura) told us we were killing innocent people over there, men, women, children, that we were all murderers. Then he said we deserved to lose a few guys. … I punched him in the face. Jesse Ventura, he’s an older guy. … He went down … He fell out of his wheelchair.” Chris Kyle

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We can agree that Chris Kyle was a flawed individual who benefited from the “all soldiers are heroes” propaganda which has been prevalent in the wake of 9/11 as the endless war on terror rages on from country to country, village to village.

He was made that way by a system that corrupts the patriotic and the brave so they can use them in life, use them in death, to advance the causes only the elites profit from. This in a way is the curse of this empire on the citizens it is supposed to serve. One of many.

But what Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper has done is find a way to use Chris Kyle just one more time post-mortem  for that same elite-serving purpose.

The fact that Clint himself is a multimillionaire member of that tiny 1% circle that benefits from these excursions belies the ugly nature of the man I once respected if only for his body of work.

Clint just pissed on the memory of Chris Kyle and in doing so, soiled his own legacy as an artist and a man.

Nothing anyone could write about Chris could come close to the insult Eastwood heaped upon his legacy. And whatever problem I might have with the choices Chris made, that’s my problem with the film.

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More Guardian ‘brainwashing’ on Putin

(Great explanation of how soft propaganda works)

by Jonathan Cook, from his blog

I spend a lot of time on this blog criticising the propaganda role of liberal media, including my former newspaper the Guardian. Media critics like Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman have called it “brainwashing under freedom”. Because of a long filtering process before they reach positions of influence, journalists working for the corporate media in free societies replicate many of the failings of journalists working for media in repressive and closed societies. There are differences. The propaganda in free societies is more subtle and insidious; the journalists are more likely to believe what they write; and a degree of pluralism is allowed, even while plausible and important voices are ignored or ridiculed. But propaganda it still is.

I highlight this long and prominent article in the Guardian on Putin’s handling of Crimea and Ukraine because it is a master-class in brainwashing under freedom. The paper’s Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, is presumably well-acquainted with Russian society. He has full access to Russian media propaganda, so he knows full well Russia’s side of the argument. And he has acres of space in which to set out all the various viewpoints. And yet, he never manages to give a proper hearing to Russia’s side of the argument.

Even from a casual reading of a few dissident writers on Crimea, I know that Russian leaders have made two important points: one about western hypocrisy over Crimea, and the other about the threat posed to Russian interests by Nato (read: US) expansionism. So how does Walker deal with these two arguments in his long article?

One cannot quite say he entirely ignores them, but he certainly does not present the case either. If you search the article, you will not find a mention of the terms “Nato”, “expansion” or “Iraq”. But Walker does not regard himself as a paid propagandist, so he subtly alludes to these positions without ever directly dealing with them. For if he did, we, the reader, might realise how significant or persuasive some of Putin’s arguments are. At the same time, he exploits these allusions, not to highlight issues that would reflect badly on the US and its lapdog supporters but to further undermine Putin’s credibility.

[read the rest, here]

Idiocracy – Ben Affleck Given Honorary Doctorate from Brown University for Argo – America’s Bono

by Scott Creighton

Ben Affleck Receives Honorary Degree from Brown University

personification of Idiocracy – Dr. Ben Affleck

Ben Afflect is an idiot. He’s so incredibly stupid he dated J-Lo for quite some time and nearly married her. That’s stupid, people. Way stupid. Imagine having to talk to J-lo everyday, first thing and last thing, for the rest of your life. Ben Affleck did and it seemed like a good idea to him.  That’s stupid.

He’s been given an honorary doctorate for his directing of Argo, the CIA scripted mythology of the Iranian hostage crisis which got it so wrong that CIA assets from back in the day and hostages alike have denounced it. It’s well understood that it’s simply anti-Iranian propaganda geared at ginning up a climate suitable for more sanctions and preemptive aggression to be leveled at Iran in the near future. But that doesn’t matter.

The fact that it’s historically inaccurate hate-mongering propaganda and most of the country knows that by now doesn’t matter. Ben Affleck the idiot did his part in producing the bullshit so he is being rewarded. He’s been rewarded for that as well as an entire career helping globalists with whatever project they have in mind at the time.

In other words, like Bono before him, he’s a talentless whore.

Everyone also knows what an idiot he is and they can’t have their celebrity spokesperson for all things globalist being widely regarded as an idiot so Brown University has done their part too by sullying their reputation giving that idiot a doctorate. Now he’s Dr. Affleck and all across the country and perhaps the world, market value of all doctorates just tanked a little.

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Sandy Hook Chorus to be Used for Propaganda During Super Bowl: or “Why I Won’t Watch the Super Bowl”

by Scott Creighton

Here’s another reason not too watch the Super Bowl this year: the Sandy Hook Chorus is going to sing America the Beautiful during the opening segment for CBS.

Don’t get me wrong, I like football and I like kids. So this would seem to be a good blend of ridiculous mindless commercialism distraction from the everyday grind of the shrinking neoliberalized economy and the new conquest of Africa campaign, right?

But nothing and I mean NOTHING on “AdV” with a better than crap rating can be free of propaganda these days. Anything you watch HAS to have some CIA spin-doctor’s seal of approval on it, or it just doesn’t get aired. Period.

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Oscar Unchained: Dark Thirty Approaches

by Scott Creighton

All across the country the debate is raging: gun “nuts” verses the rational, reasonable pragmatics who wish to enact gun “control” on our society in response to all the senseless violence of the past 6 months. The “liberal” left and the “moderate” right are coming together as they have in the past on issues like extending the FISA warrentless wiretapping, the Global Free Market Wars, the TARP banker bailouts plan, NDAA 2012, constant warmongering sanctions on the people of Iran, keeping Gitmo open and torture. The pragmatic center which houses the likes of Brennan and Panetta and Clinton and the Bush clan are teaming up with the Hollywood elites to push for gun “control” in order to make us a safer society. Now is the time they say to take action to end this senseless violence in America.

But while they do that, and I mean right in the middle of this push, out comes today’s Oscar nominees and what films do you think lead the pack in the category of Best Film? “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Argo” and “Django Unchained”

Two films of admitted CIA propaganda justifying horrific violence and one of gratuitous desensitizing gun violence taken too an unprecedented and even comedic level.

This is the best of the year that Hollywood has to offer a country that is sick of undeclared wars, random drone strikes killing children and mass shootings in theaters, malls and elementary schools?

All this while an early Oscar favorite, a film that received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival, garnered not one single Oscar nomination. Not one. It’s message, perhaps it’s warning, was simple and completely ignored:

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others past and present. And by each crime and every kindness we birth our future”

What are we becoming?

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Syrian Crisis Actors Bring You “Bakery Airstrike Show” – Biggest Wag the Dog Production Yet

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: I guess this is cover spin for U.S. backed Syrian terrorists using chemical weapons themselves.

PressTV has reported (more details via Fars News) that chemical weapons have been used by militants fighting Syrian government forces in Daraya, near Damascus. PressTV also reported that threats have been made against Syria’s ethnic minorities that their water supplies will be poisoned by militants – this on the heels of the UN itself warning of (and preemptively spinning) impending sectarian-driven genocide.” Land Destroyer

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The regime change coalition in Syria is spending your money (that Obama and Hillary Clinton gave them) on what appears to be blockbuster level Crisis Actors productions.

Two (that’s right, TWO!) new shaky cam/ fuzzy cam videos are out there to motivate us on Christmas day to think of the neoliberals in Syria who just want to see Hillary’s corporations given a fair shake. (Don’t forget this shaky/Fuzzy classic “Assad Uses Chemical Weapons” wow, that Assad guy must be one dumb guy to use both chemical weapons and fighter jets on his own people just at a time when those two things are JUST the justification NATO needs to attack. What a coincidence, huh?)

Just look at the production value. They took a busted up building in the street and some bodies from the morgue and presto! Regime Change Street Theater! Don’t look at it like a war… look at it, like a pageant.

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Obama Meets his Prestitute Megaphonies to Prep “Fiscal Cliff” Compromise Propaganda

by Scott Creighton

Barack Obama has every intention of betraying his base… once again, this time on the subject of crippling “austerity” measures (read as “IMF structural reform package”) that will be “needed” to avoid the ever looming mythical fiscal cliff. So he called a special meeting with some of the left-wing propaganda peddlers to have a little off-the-record meeting at the White House. The idea is to get the talking points directly to the megaphonies so there’s no communication divide while at the same time expressing to them their personal importance to the administration, capitalizing on their feelings of entitlement in order to ensure they will strive their hardest to convince their audiences that something that is in their worst interest is actually in their best interests. To lie to their fans for the president and his neoliberal agenda in other words.

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