Rehberg Brings in the Moonies to His Defense

Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s political brinkmanship and refusal to compromise to avert a national economic crisis has brought a barrage of constituent email that crashed the congressional website and switchboard, a scathing editorial from Montana’s most-read newspaper, and hundreds of critical Facebook posts from the people of Montana.

Problem is, his actions are so ridiculous that the only people he could find to come to his defense are the Moonies.  In his angry rant against the Billings Gazette for daring to point out the problems with his actions, Rehberg cites…wait for it…the Washington Times.  Not familiar with this paper? You wouldn’t be unless maybe you were a Moonie.

The Washington Times is founded by the Moonies and has been kept on a close leash by the Moonie staff:

The Washington Times is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It was founded in 1982 by Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, and until 2010 was owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate associated with the church….

In July 2010 international leaders of the Unification Church issued a letter protesting the direction the Times was taking and urging closer ties between it and the church.[41] In August 2010, a deal was made to sell the Times to a group more closely related to the church. Editor-in-chief Sam Dealey said that this was a welcome development among the Times’ staff.

UPDATE: D. Gregory Smith at the excellent blog From Eternity to Here has a good take on this too.  Go read it here.


25 Comments on "Rehberg Brings in the Moonies to His Defense"

  1. In addition to Michele Bachmann, Denny seems to be voting with this “gem” in Congress, another one who is against raising the Debt ceiling

  2. the marvel is…
    that any of you guys take the fools our corpse-rat state gives us seriously.

    • It must be nice to be insulated from the economic realities that the rest of us face.

      I have to take them seriously because i can’t afford not to.

      • no, steve, there is no “insulation”…
        but there is the reality of who the twits work for…
        and it ain’t you…
        you taking them seriously has nothing to do with the quality of your life.
        write your concerns to them…
        you won’t believe the prattle sent back.

  3. If we can ever get big money out of Politics and got a media back that that held them all acountable before and after the elections-was the 4th estate maybe we could have decent representatives, but this latest crop takes the cake.

    • lynn, you might mention when, exactly, it was that we had what you now pine for from the 4th estate.

      • Back in the Day (i’m over 50), there were several newspapers in most major towns, there was competition on who did the best investigative reporting. TV news was not profit driven, it was a “public service” Paying back the people for using their airways. It was not perfect but it was a lot better than what’s on TV or in the newspapers today.

        • sometime around the mid 90s the house hosted a hearing examining the influence of government on media…
          none of the scummies conducting the hearing pursued any investigative track…
          there was a matter-of-fact response to testimony by a cia official that an agency program called “mockingbird” paid “retainers” to major media outlets from 1951 to the time of the hearing (likely to this day).
          when asked the purpose of the retainer, the official stated that the agency reserved the right to “modify” news in the interest of national security.
          there is always the “kill” in journalism…
          nothing is written/published without prior approval.
          so any free-wheeling radical journalism has never to threaten the government status quo.
          i have no idea what a copy of pravda cost…
          but i assure you the new york times is no more free press.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 29, 2011 6:58 AM at 6:58 AM |

            Interesting. Can you provide some links? I hadn’t heard of that program before, but highly plausible. But also not necessary with Murdoch and co.

          • Additionally, after Watergate there was a definite move to kill/mame the media. They did not want a President brought down by reporter again.


            • keep in mind that these are not “party” based issues…
              doesn’t matter which party is in…
              operations continue.

              • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 29, 2011 3:20 PM at 3:20 PM |

                That’s true. But now, they’re going for broke! A complete fascist takeover. They aren’t even trying to hide it any more. I mean, look at Wis. and Ohio. It’s balls to the wall fascism, and all perfectly legal. Just like Hitler. Remember what Vonnegut used to say about bush. “The only differenc between bush and Hitler was that Hitler was elected”! Yep. That’s it.

                • your thoughts, larry, on why our people are laying down for the fascists…

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 29, 2011 5:19 PM at 5:19 PM |

                  That is a very good question that I think about a lot, and it requirea a lengthy answer. But I will try a little later when I get a chance. This is a great question for the others too, like Jed, Wulfgar, Moorcat, and even Tokarski. Jed and I can bring some historical perspective to the discussion. We’re old. We actually LIVED through the golden age of this country, the fifties. We were an innocent country back then full of promise, and ready for peace, prospertiy, civil rights, and for Camelot. But all that was STOLEN by the kochs, the bush crime family in particular, along with their henchmen like nixon, ford, johnson, etc. They unleashed the criminal element in our government, and it became institutionalized. And we are STILL suffering the results. With the complicity of the CIA, the fascists basically took over every facet of government. With the Kennedy assassination, an entire new governmental model was put in place. Hell, Jack Ruby says as much on tape. He knew, and he was right!

                  • good observations…there ares no argument against.
                    but why have the men on the street become sheep for the federal criminals…
                    hell, the statehouse criminals?

                  • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 30, 2011 10:39 AM at 10:39 AM |

                    Good place to start is here. (see link) But this still doesn’t mention the creation of the CIA and its relation to the Bush crime family (beginning with nazi Prescot) and all the OTHER criminals who infiltrated and took over the organization for the benefit of the fascists. Hell, Truman himself had great reservations about creating the CIA, and for good reasons. It became exactly what he feared it WOULD become.

                    I have no doubt that Ike and Truman both knew EXACTLY who killed Kennedy and why. And why our first coup occurred. We are still living the results.


                    • good solid info…
                      but the question remains…
                      why does joe average citizen tolerate the destruction of the republic?

                    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 30, 2011 7:48 PM at 7:48 PM |

                      Interesting article, Lynn. I think it has merit. But I also think that we are a nation of cowards. The people we elect are cowards. It’s a thankless job anyway, so most of the folks who even run are losers to begin with.

                      But overall, we are truly a nation of cowards. I would like an answer to just one question. WHERE is our Oscar Romero? We have none.

                      All our courageous leaders were murered long ago, and new ones never arose to take their places. Cowardice keeps us who we are. Romero ROSE to the occasion AFTER his priests started getting murdered. Our leaders simply slunk from the field of battle.

                    • It’s a very complex problem, part of it may be the idea that “things are better here than other countries”, an idea that’s been pushed as long as I can remember, (one of mty first memories is JFK’s murder)
                      And this idea that if you work hard enough you’d get ahead because this was America. The old Carrot and stick. Then in last 20 years people have been working so much in this country that they don’t have the time or energy to follow the news or even think about what’s going on on their lives, their too wrapped up in trying to make it thru the day. Many are so beat down they’ve given up.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | July 28, 2011 8:23 PM at 8:23 PM |

    Poor widdle Dopey Reeburp. The Gazette “singled him out”. Well, DOPEY, you’re the ONLY congressman we HAVE, dipshit! How can THAT be conscrewed as singling you OUT, you freakin’ moron? Who are they SUPPOSED to single out? Your dog?

    And really, Dopey, you joined up EARLY with the Teawankers. And is there really any OTHER group out there other than you teawankers holding the country hostage? Are you REALLY that stoopid, Dopey? (don’t answer that)

    And really, lose the bizarro talking points. You’re gonna “move the country forward”? Just what the hell does THAT mean, you moron? By causing the country to needlessly default, is THAT how you Teatards move the country forward?

    You’re an idiot, Dopey. Wear it proudly. Don’t get all indignant when even the friggin’ GAZOO points that out. You made you bed, dufus. Lie in it!

  5. Besides “influencing America” to become more like his right wing theocratic homophobic ideology, Sun Myung Moon has bragged about one of the main purposes of his propaganda paper – to gather intelligence for his movement.

    Sun Myung Moon:

    “In order to realize the world of peace which God desires, the following must be accomplished… With the Washington Times as Fourth, it has to take preeminence in the realm of media. With the Washington Times as the core, we are establishing preeminence in the American print media, a field of more than 1,750 American newspapers. By doing so we can include all fields of intelligence. Today we have in this area surpassed the liberal New York Times and Washington Post, and continually gaining important confidential information not only from America but also from other governments all over the world.”
    (“Absolute Values and The New Cultural Revolution – True Love and the Unified World.” Sun Myung Moon Founder’s Address, Fifteenth International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences, November 28, 1986. J. W. Marriott Hotel, Washington, D.C.)

    I strongly suggest watching this 1991 panel of conservative former editors of Moon’s papers to learn what the WT is all about. The editor of the WT says bluntly that the Moon organization is “subverting our political system.”

    How does Moon fund the multi-billion dollar losing intel front?

    One way is by swindling widows in Japan:

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