On October 7, in Washington DC, the 9th anniversary of the Afghanistan invasion, Iraq Veterans Against the War will announce our first-ever strategic campaign, Operation Recovery: Stop the Deployment of Traumatized Troops. We recognize that we must stop the deployment of all soldiers in order to end the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, we see the deployment of soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Military Sexual Trauma as particularly cruel, inhumane, and dangerous. Furthermore, we know that without the repeated use of traumatized soldiers on the battlefield, the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan could not continue. This is how we will end these wars, by winning our Right to Heal.
So that's our peace aspect right at the start. Now we're going to move over to Kendra Marr's silly nonsense for Politico. Upfront, I don't care if you're religious or not. Upfront, I've been told since 2007 that Barack's not a Christian by his neighbors. That doesn't bother me. It doesn't even bother me that I believe he's a non-believer who pretends to believe. (I was told he was a non-believer by his neighbors. I'm being kind and not naming them. But anyone who's read this journal for very long will know exactly who the neighbors were. "Non-believer" -- not a Muslim for anyone who hasn't followed.)
But if you're going to lie, at least lie well.
Marr's bad article has Barack explaining he 'chose' to become a Christian. Uh, no. No, Barack that's not how it works. You may choose to accept Jesus as your savior in many Christian faiths; however, you are chosen by God. God speaks to your heart and that is why you become a Christian if you do. (For the record, if you haven't figured it out, I don't believe in any god. If you do, more power to you.)
So, Barack, please, please, lie better or just don't lie. On the latter, I do understand that being a non-believer can upset some. Repeating, I am not at all appalled that my understanding of Barack is he is a non-believer and he pretends to be otherwise. That doesn't bother me a bit, one of the few things about Barack that doesn't bother me.
His lying doesn't bother me. When I watched Contact, I thought, "This is such a movie." In the real world, Jodie Foster's character would have just lied and said she believed in God.
But that's a lie I can stomach.
Other lies I can't. Like Kendra Marr's nonsense:
That's Mayhill Flower. Remember that, I'll be back to it.
They wouldn't pay her and didn't love her ideas. This one would net her $2500 a month:
I pitched Arianna on covering whatever it is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is up to. Partly because of media budget cutbacks, but also because the reporters assigned to the State Department are a less-than-entrepreneurial lot, this story is not being told. I offered to split the costs. I was willing to move to Washington, D.C. to get this story and commute home one weekend a month, because I thought the story was and is important. Because travel on trips abroad is expensive, I told Arianna and she and I together would determine what few trips I would make. I wanted $2500 a month, with the understanding that after six months we would review whether or not we would go forward, and with the commitment on my part to train a younger person to take my place down the road. (I said this because I am sure that Obama will have second term.)
Are you getting that she hates Hillary? Because she does. We'll come back to the Hillary hatred in a moment. But let's note this comment first:
“I pitched Arianna on covering whatever it is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is up to. Partly because of media budget cutbacks, but also because the reporters assigned to the State Department are a less-than-entrepreneurial lot, this story is not being told. ”
Are you kidding? CLinton’s administration is probably the most accessible and transparent one in the cabinet, if not Washington. The State Dept website regularly has her answering questions, posts nearly every meeting she makes, and has regular updates from throughout the department. And it is all pretty comprehensively covered in the media as well.
I agree journos should be paid–but you also need a story. I don’t think you really pitched any.
Mayhill in reply: I believe you make my case for better coverage of Secretary Clinton. The daily press conferences at State are Orwellian. She, like most politicians, “answers questions” only in the sense that she replies with words–but those words are what she wants to get out there, her own talking points. She does not give reporters what they really want to know. And the State Department, by the way, is a world unto itself, much bigger than Hillary Clinton. It is hidebound, antedeluvian, set in century-old ways. It is an enormous bureaucracy resistant to change. The job of covering the State Department is much harder than reading press releases or event transcriptions on a web site.
I hope you paid attention above. If you need some help, the Hillary Clinton 'proposal.' Note what she said about it above. She loves her pitch. It was apparently perfect and recaptured in total to hear her tell it above.
Bobbie Garner, on September 27th, 2010 at 11:49 am Said:
I appreciate your work – but cannot imagine any business responding to your iphone email demand.
It’s too late now but why would you not ask for a face to face talk and suggest a new program or a tweak to current program? Or do the leg work and draft a suggested plan and submit? As a journalist you have to know communication is key to change – ultimatums are rarely effective.
Mayhill in reply: I cannot imagine that you are a marketer because you have not listened to what I said. Did I not outline several proposals I pitched? Can you not deduce for yourself the amount of leg work it took to come up with those proposals? So here is a piece of advice for you. Successful people in any field are good listeners.
Now she's insisting that if you read her 'pitches' (as she recounted them) then you should understand how much "leg work" went into them. Get ready because here comes the turn.
Mayhill–I’d never heard of any of this (or you or your work) before today – but since people are chiming in, a few things jump out at me –
You – “I told Arianna and she and I together would determine what few trips I would make. I wanted $2500 a month, with the understanding that after six months we would review whether or not we would go forward, and with the commitment on my part to train a younger person to take my place down the road. (I said this because I am sure that Obama will have second term.)
Me – You were asking for a $15,000 payroll for one story based on the log line – “I pitched Arianna on covering whatever it is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is up to.” She actually discussed this with you with a straight face based on that pitch?
You – “I’m not even including the opinion pieces, even though I am one of only a handful of national pundits who totally get Barack Obama. ”
Me – Did someone in charge appoint you officially as an “Obama Getter” along with this handful of other select journalists? Do you have any sense at all at how many questions that line begs?
I clicked on a piece of yours – up top i read this – “Am I the only writer with some connection to journalism who judges that the former CEO of eBay is likely to be the next governor of California? ” – “a writer with some connection to journalism”????
Mayhill, journalism is a wonderful profession – exciting, intense, frustrating, unforgettable – but to truly experience it you have to be a “journalist” – as well, a crisp, efficient writing style devoid of awkward personal commentary goes a long way in helping to establish a writer as the real deal. Good luck to you.
Mayhill in reply: Now Chris, think for a minute. Is it likely my pitch involved one line? My pieces are long enough without going into every detail. I always hope that my readers will have a modicum of deductive reasoning at their command. And my offer was not for one story. It was a pitch for covering the State Department, which would have involved my moving to DC, paying my own expenses to fly home once a month, Arianna and I sharing the cost of the foreign travel. $2500 a month works out to how much a year? Do the math. In the end, I think Arianna was simply not interested in covering State and Sec. Clinton et al. I said “six months” because I did not want either of us to feel bound to something that might not pan out. It would have been something new for Huff Post, after all. As for my comment on Meg Whitman, I stand by it. My comment about Obama was probably unwise in the moment; but I say let history judge in the long term.All of the sudden, the pitch she recounted, that recap that she insisted showed "leg work" on her part? Now she's insisting her proposal was more in depth.
She's such a damn liar. Such a Hillary Hater as well.
She's a little nobody and she always will be. She had a moment of fame and wasn't able to make anything of it because she loves Barack more than she loves her so-called profession.
You didn’t “report” Obama’s comment, you repeated it. And made yourself a name. The fact you weren’t able to profit from it more is not anyone’s fault but your’s.
Mayhill in reply: If I had wanted to “profit” from Bittergate, I could have done so. I could have hired an agent, a PR person; I could have gone on cable TV and talk radio. I did none of those things. I am not Joe the Plumber. The Monday after the Friday the story hit, I was back on the road reporting on the Pennsylvania primary.She's not Joe the Plumber. She insults a lot of people, doesn't she? A woman who can't find paid work as a writer wants to hurl stones at others? The story hit on Friday, she tells you. This was Barack's speech. His appalling speech. His insulting speech.
Her story hit Friday.
She forgets to tell you above that the speech -- which she was present for -- took place April 6, 2008 and, you can check your datebooks, that was a Sunday. She published on the speech five days later. On Friday, when the weekend mode sets in. When it's really too late to enter the news cycle.
Unless you have someone to promote the item. For example, the author of the piece. But she didn't want to promote the story.
That's why she & Huff Po buried it for five days. (In real time, Arianna was asked about the long delay and claimed it took that long for a transcript of Barack's remarks. Tell us another, Arianna.)
She sat on the story for five days, released it too late to influence the news cycle unless she was willing to promote it on TV which she wasn't willing to do.
She's not a reporter, she's a joke. She's a liar and she's a whore for Barack. She should be apologizing to everyone for the five day delay in 'reporting.'
Instead she foolishly thinks she's ever accomplished anything in her life.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):