Category Archives: Television

The Rat and The Roach Ticket: Go Obama 2012

I must admit that last night when I heard the news that the Rat had chosen the Roach to be his VP,  I was screaming and dancing.  I was just as happy as I could be.  Democrats were handed a gift and we won.  A party that is cutting its own throat, even if it taking them a long time, they picked a man, I use that loosely, who wants to end Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as their VP.  The author of the most draconian budget in our history wants to be second in charge.  The Roach has the gall to call it The Path to Prosperity, Restoring Americas Promise, so it was called for Budget year 2012; changed it to:  The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal for Budget year 2012.  Naturally, it asks questions that be the obvious questions:  Restoring Americas Promise?  Promise for the rich; Blueprint for American Renewal? Renewal of tax cuts and destruction of everyone else.

They may have a problem:  the most prominent and partisan supporters of the Republican party have been senior citizens who both speak with their money and their vote.  they have been loud and clear “to keep your hands off my Medicare.”  The promise is that those seniors,those  Republicans will now reconsider their support, read the so-called budget and see it for what it really is, destruction and death of the poor and middle class.  That they will see lie in the statement that his Catholic faith guided him in forming this travesty.  Jesus taught us to take care of the poor.  That Jesus told the rich man to give up everything he owns, give it all away and follow him.  Must not have been part of his catechism.  His truth faith is Ayn Rand.

Then I saw this ad.  It should run on television and full length.

We cannot go back.  We can only move         

We must rise up and vote.  Ride share and take a friend.  Ohioans  get with it.  They want to stop early voting, well the we will just storm the polls.  Take a friend, family, anyone and go vote.  Tell them that we want our rights back.  Throw the elephants out.  Send the message that we know what we want, and what is good for us.  We decide what we can do with our bodies and our minds.  Tell them that all their money in elections is irrelevant.  Make it clear the BatSh#tCrazy doesn’t get it anymore.

VOTE!! DON’T BE LAZY!! TAKE A FRIEND!! THROW THE RATS TO THE DOGS!!!!!

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Lie Detector Tests for Politicians — An Idea Long Overdue

I have thought that lie detector tests were appropriate for politicians at all stages of their careers.  They lie to get elected, they lie while in office, and continue to lie when gone.  I think this also applies to the media, say NBC.  I was reminded of this by the following:

 


It Is About the Guns

Assault weapons ban does not violate the Second Amendment.  There is no prior claim that laws preventing citizens from buying weapons that fire 30 or more bullets without reloading violates the Second Amendment.  Even the most conservative judges hold that the Second Amendment was meant to protect state militias and not individual gun owners.  Banning any possession of handguns by citizens , even in the home, is the only law so far the Supreme Court has held that violates the Second Amendment.

The Right will tell you that “hunting rifles” those assault weapons, are for their personal protection.  That it is about defending themselves against the government. They consider the government more and more a threat each and everyday.   Would the Supreme Court uphold that the Second Amendments protects citizens owning plutonium, to defend themselves against nuclear attack?  Weapons are weapons.  Defending ourselves from tyranny is the justification.  Protecting ourselves, the great American value, but so was slavery.  Their argument is ludicrous.

American public has been conditioned to belief that their communities and country are more dangerous than they really are by their local news, television and other media.  Hate, violence and intolerance do well on television.  We are all watching television and being pumped full of fear.  Mostly against blacks and Latinos.  It is always the lead part of the story, ” a black man with a gun” or “a black or Latino man with a gun”.  Never, a white man with a gun.  Conditioned to fear blacks and Latinos.  The Black and Latino communities have become entertainment for the rest of society. Their response is guns and more guns.  Guns that can fire more bullets than can be imagined.  I must protect myself.  If more guns make you safer, then American would be the safest place in the world.

The simple truth is that no one wants to ban all guns.  But is it really so unreasonable to ask that it be made more difficult for individuals to buy assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition?  They even call themselves Christians.  The Sixth Commandment says “Thou shalt not kill” period.  It does not say thou shalt not kill unless I am “protecting” myself.  Just thou shalt not kill.  They call it personal protection.   The argument is stupid.  They want you to believe that Stalin lives in American if gun control was enacted.  Their fear is purposeful.  It gives them the right to kill at will.  They call it “ patriotism“.  They need to do better.

We all need to do better.  We must come together and find a way to actually protect our country, our citizens and ourselves without resorting to Constitutional murder.

I don’t pretend to know the answer.  I only know that to stop good citizens and mad men from killing innocents we must do something.  American can no longer continue on the path that if you don’t agree with me I will shot you dead with a hundred bullets.


Liz Trotta Still “Fighting for Air”

“Fighting for Air” is the title of the book Trotta wrote in 1994.  She is still fighting for air.  Only this time she has rendered herself irrelevant, and shown herself to be nothing more than a Republican whore. She now speaks of women who have been “raped too much” as one who has been.

Liz Trotta used to be brilliant.  She was the perfect example of what a journalist should be and she was.  She was the first female correspondent in Vietnam.  She served two tours of duty.  She accompanied GI’s in the jungles of Vietnam.  She says she is still haunted by that experience.    And this make me wonder if she remembers her time of being “raped too much”.  Does she speak from experience?  Really, the only woman travelling with GI’s in the jungle.  Men who haven’t seen a real woman in who knows when.  What did she expect?

You would think that her experience would be expressed in compassion and support for women in the Military or women in general who have been assaulted or raped.  Instead she justifies rape because they are in close contact with men.  That they deserve whatever happens to them.  If it is good enough for her, then it has to be good enough for the rest of us.    After all, rape ain’t rape anymore.

She was always conservative, but she never let her politics  interfere with her reporting.  Now she is a whore for the “Red” states.  She is still fighting for air.

She must long for the good old days of her youth.


Reality TV: Real Punishment

Hot sauce mom convicted and possible jail sentence and fine is on the horizon.  One does not have to imagine the promo for this “reality” segment.  You just need to read Dr. Phil’s webpage:

“Can this stressed-out mom get the guidance she needs to control her temper and reform her discipline techniques?” asked the show’s website, teasing the episode. “Can she establish a bond with her son? And, do her actions constitute child abuse? … It’s an intense Dr. Phil you don’t want to miss!”

After the segment aired in November, a new audience was found online.  Everyone wanted to see the mother pour hot sauce in the child’s mouth and then drag him to a cold shower.  She says she struggled to correct the boys bad behavior.  She was trying to be a good mother.  She did it by punishing him by pouring hot sauce down his throat, emailing Dr. Phil to be on his show for help, and sending a video of her parenting skills.  She did it for money and nothing more.

Reality shows mission is to generate conflict, and conflict generates ratings.  What did she hope her future would be after putting her private and parenting life on view for the world to see.  Did she see herself selling feminine hygiene products, hemorrhoid medicine, cereal to the mass audience.  That may sound cynical.  But the real cynicism is embodied in a TV show’s decision to treat people’s actual lives and misfortunes as entertainment.

This brand of television is the moral equivalent of those “bum fight” videos where homeless men are paid to fight on camera and the video posted online.  There is something similarly predatory in searching out these trouble people, these drunks and narcissists, these self-centered, superficial, fake and perpetual adolescents with daddy, esteem or anger management issues, and paying them to let us watch as they implode. There is something immoral in the watching, too.   We have to take responsibility too.

There has been a death too.  Remember Russel Armstrong?  He hanged himself.  He was bashed continually on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and could do nothing about it.  It made ratings.  We have had meltdown after meltdown.  Jon and Kate Gosselin got divorced. Singer Fantasia Barrino tried to commit suicide.

The hot sauce mom posted videos on YouTube.  She was becoming a video star.  All the time saying she needed help with her adoptive son.  Please.

What is really disturbing about this is that we don’t seem to notice or care.  Television has made us that way.  All television.  Even news programs are about entertainment.  It has become commonplace.  It is all we want.  Television knows that.  Each day a new “reality” series is born.  We have sold our souls.  We complain about the immorality of politicians, but don’t see our own.

These shows are ratings stars because we made them so.  We can say there isn’t anything else on television, but that isn’t true.  We have reduced human beings to fictional entities that are disposal.  We live in a disposal society.

We have trivialized life.  We celebrate the pain and anguish of other people.  We have turned it into sport.

 

 


Ohio Diary #11: The Columbus Dispatch’s Fake News: Kasich Wants To Negotiate SB 5

First you must never trust your local newspaper or TV channel.  They will only tell you one side of the story, or as in the Columbus Dispatch story; just make it up.

I must tell you that there was a time, a very long time ago, that the Columbus Dispatch was an excellent newspaper.  They printed the facts and told it from both points of view.  Now, it seems that their political bias is more important.

All this past week, the Dispatch has been running a story of how regrettable and unfortunate it is that labor won’t sit down and try to work out a comprise on
Senate Bill 5.  Senate Bill 5 is the anti-union, anti-collective bargaining bill that has been passed, and signed by the Governor.  It is has yet to be implemented because it is to be on the November ballot to repealed.  It is a story designed to present Kasich as willing to compromise but labor as unbending and unyielding.  It is a fake.

Here is what the Dispatch Editorial said:

On Sunday, a Dispatch editorial called for proponents and opponents of Senate Bill 5 to reach a compromise that would require public employees to pay more for their health care and pensions but would strip away the bill’s provisions that aren’t related to controlling government costs.

Yesterday, sources told Dispatch reporters that informal discussions between two people affiliated with the defense of Senate Bill 5 and representatives from the Ohio Education Association and the AFL-CIO took place about six weeks ago, but labor backed away.

On Sunday the Dispatch’s editorial page said the offer came from Governor Kasich, but the news division subtly backed away and said it was two people affiliated with the defense of Senate Bill 5.  They weren’t from the Governor’s office after all.  It explains why labor wouldn’t consider talking to them.  Who were these two people negotiating?  How did the editorial board seem to know about this so-called deal before the newsroom? It is very simple…because the Dispatch essentially was one of the people representing pro-SB 5 interests at the meeting.  Mike Curtin, former Vice-Chairman of the Dispatch Printing Company and Curt Steiner, former OSU lobbyist, former Voinovich chief-of-staff pushed the “We Are Ohio” campaign on the possibility of working out a deal with Kasich to avoid having to have a referendum issue.

What could they promise to the unions?  They have no authority to negotiate a deal that requires the involvement of the GOP legislature and Kasich.  It was an attempt to make the unions and the “We Are Ohio” campaign look unreasonable.  It was an imaginary story.  All in the minds of Curtin and Steiner.

But guess what?  Kasich played along.  He held an alleged” negotiation meeting yesterday, and  no one showed up.   There sat Kasich and his aides, all of three people, and no one came.  Taking his lead from the Dispatch, he assailed the unions for refusing to negotiate a deal on SB 5.

In a letter from We Are Ohio to the Governor, they simply stated that they would not negotiate until the bill in its current form was repealed.  They urged the Governor to call the legislature back and repeal the law.

This is a publicity stunt on Kasich’s part.  He is trouble, polls show him in the toilet and sinking fast.  He has seen what has gone on in Wisconsin and is afraid as he should be.  He is a beggar.  He had a chance to meet with the unions in February, when the bill was being debated.  Kasich outright refused to meet with unions six months ago.  Kasich has said: “I’ve listened. I’ve heard. I’ve made a decision.” That was the end of it.  Until now that is.

Kasich is now the ludicrous spectacle that he deserves to be.  He was negotiating with himself.  He had help though.

Kasich’s arrogance shows through with this blatant attempt to attack unions and weaken support for the Democratic party.  He did not do this by himself. He had partisan support of members of the house and senate. They are equally responsible for being sheep and blindly following their leader down the path to destruction.

Back to the Columbus Dispatch.  The Dispatch tried to broker a deal on SB 5. Then the Dispatch follows up the editorial advocating for someone to try to attempt a deal with a news story that such an attempt as advocated by the Dispatch was tried, but labor walked away.  Not one time did they state that one of the most influential figures at the Dispatch just happens to be behind the effort to broker a deal and then the editorial lecturing labor to make such a deal.  It was all lies.  You might even call it yellow journalism.

Not since William Randolph Hearst and now Rupert Murdoch has a media outlet been more interested in making the news than reporting it.  It is more than just a story about a medial outlet having a political bias in its coverage of a story.  This is simply about a media outlet becoming the story.

This is  about a media outlet that lies about its role in creating the news and, in so doing, failing to disclose relevant evidence that puts that story in its proper context.

The truth is simple:  There was no offer from Governor Kasich.  There was an attempt by powerful people, Mike Curtin and Curt Steiner to try and avoid an issue that could cause lasting damage to the Republican Party in Ohio.  And when they, who had absolutely nothing to offer in the deal, didn’t get two labor leaders to immediately leap at the chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, they let loose the Dispatch on them.

The Dispatch just isn’t in the sewer for John Kasich.  On Sunday and all this week, they said they actually represent him in official government matters.

Newspapers were supposed to be truth tellers.  They were supposed to inform the people. They were supposed to be unbiased.  Those days are gone.

Now, they hack your tweets, listen to your phone messages, and make up news.

Shame on them.  Shame on us.

 

A special thanks to Plunderbund for part of this story.

 

 


Palin the Moron

Poor Sarah has been ignored too long.  She is desparate for attention, so she goes to the extreme extreme.

Her defense of Cessationist Perry is brilliant.  Brilliant in the respect that she is trying to take credit for it.  Perry stole it from her.

We know that she had to go to 5 or 6 colleges to get a degree.  We know she does know history.  In fact she makes it up.  Palin is a moron.  She like to hear the sound of her own voice.  It is not surprising that she jumped on the Secessionist Perry’s bandwagon.  He is from Texas and God and guns works well there.  Still she is a moron, as are the teaparty, who she has made suckers out of just to get rich.  Tell them anything and they will follow.  She is a loser.  Palin made fools out of them and they thanked her for it, but they are too ignorant to realize what has happened.  Sarah got rich.  Tell us Sarah, do you need more money?  She just loves the attention and will do anything to get it.

Remember, Republicans are never so happy as when they are calling their fellow Americans traitors. But this is odd, since Republicans are traitors.

You can define Sarah Palin as you can’t fix stupid, and as Perry is stupid, Sarah joins in for a dollar or two.

It is time to stop talking about Palin and her ilk.  They are personalities that want to be television stars.

This is what we do though.  We put issues way down on the list when it comes to political parties and candidates.  We first we consider how they look, their leadership qualities, we say we just like him/her, or I like his/her politics.  Problem is is that we don’t know what their politics are.  They simply tell you what they think you want to here with no facts or policy to back it up.

We too are to blame.  We believe.  We require no truth test.  When the Republicans say they want to save God, we believe them.  We believe them, even knowing that their version of God leaves people out, condemns them and that it really can’t be God.

What we really need is Sarah Palin toilet paper so we can put her in her proper place.


Yellow Journalism Is Alive: Thanks To Oslo

As I watched the events unfold yesterday in Oslo, the first thing that occurred to me was that no one had claimed responsibility for the bombing and shootings.  Does anyone really think, not believe, think that Al Qaeda, Muslims, would commit an act so heinous and not take full credit for the act?  It was obvious that they had not does this.  Obvious that is to me and probably many of you, but not to the New York Times, Washington Post and the BBC.

These well-known, print the truth only, media and journalism giants immediately said or suggested that it was Muslims responsible for the outrage in Oslo.  The Washington Post’s column still appears with no correction or update.  It implies that Muslims were guilty.

Only it wasn’t true.  It turns out that the alleged perpetrator wasn’t from an international Muslim organization at all, but was a right-wing Norwegian nationalist with a history of anti-Muslim commentary and love for Muslim hating blogs such as Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugged, Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch and Daniel Pipes.   It seems now that the New York Times in some small way has realized that their eagerness in selling newspapers has backfired.  Still, they are trying hard to assign fault, even ultimate fault on Muslim radicals.

Terrorist specialists said that even if the authorities ultimately ruled our Islamic terrorism as the cause of Friday’s assaults, other kinds of groups or individuals were mimicking Al Qaeda’s brutality and multiple attacks.

If it does turn out to be someone with more political motivations, it shows these groups are learning from what they see from Al Qaeda, said Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism research at the New American Foundation in Washington.

Then there was this stunning passage from the NYT:

Initial  reports focused on the possibility of Islamic militants, in particular Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or Helpers of the Global Jihad, cited by some analysts as claiming responsibility for the attacks.  American officials said the group was previously unknown and might not even exist.

In other words, now that we know the alleged perpetrator is not Muslim, we know by definition that Terrorist are not responsible; conversely, when we thought Muslims were responsible, that meant – also by definition – that it was an act of Terrorism.

Are the only terrorists in the world Muslim?  If so, what do we call a right-wing nationalist capable of planting major bombs and killing scores of people for the sake of the greater glory of his cause?  Timothy McVey was a terrorist, the KKK was a terrorist, Skinheads are terrorists, the mafia is are terrorists.  None of which are Muslims.  Still, most or all or terrorists groups.

This yellow story maps and sets forth precisely how the “Muslim-did-it” myth was manufactured and then disseminated yesterday to the worldwide media, which repeated it without verifying that it was true. This article names names; it points to the incestuous,k self-regarding network of self-proclaimed U.S. Terrorism and foreign policy “experts” – what the article accurately describes as “almost always white men” who so often shape these media stories and are uncritically presented as experts, even thous they are drowning in bias, prejudice, nationalism, ignorance, stupidity, racism, and shallow or no credentials.

This is what the press, media always does.  In their eagerness to be first with the story, they leave out the truth.  They do not research or investigate to be sure that what they are going to print or say has any basis in fact.

Right-wing terrorism?  We in America can associate with that.  We’ve got Rep. Peter King, who is determined to rid of us all Muslims, Sarah Palin and her guns and God.  Good patriots all.

But they are terrorists too.

The New York Times should be ashamed.  What does it say in the corner?  “All the news that’s fit to print?”  Even if you make it up.

Thanks to Salon.com for part of this story.


Murdoch: As Commander Black Ops At Fox News

I read this story last night and just couldn’t help myself.  I will save comment for end of post.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News ran ‘black ops’ department, former executive claims

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News television channel had a “black ops” department that may have illegally hacked private telephone records, a former executive for the station has alleged.

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News television channel had a black ops department that may have illegally hacked private telephone records, a former executive for the station has alleged.

Roger Ailes talks to Fox correspondents Jenna Lee and Nicole Petallides  Photo: REUTERS
Jon Swaine

By , New York

11:07PM BST 20 Jul 2011

Dan Cooper, who helped launch Fox News as managing editor in 1996, said that a “brain room” carried out “counter intelligence” on the channel’s enemies from its New York headquarters.

He was threatened after it found out he spoke to a reporter, he claimed.

Another former senior executive said the channel ran a spying network on staff, reading their emails and making them “feel they were being watched”.

The channel, which has come under pressure amid allegations that outlets owned by Mr Murdoch might have attempted to hack the voicemail messages of September 11 victims, firmly denies all the allegations.

Mr Cooper, who left Fox News soon after its launch, provided a quote for a 1997 article about Roger Ailes, Fox News’s president, by the journalist David Brock in New York magazine.

The quote was not going to be attributed to him, but he alleges that before the article was published, Mr Cooper’s agent received a telephone call from Mr Ailes threatening to withdraw Fox’s business from all his clients.

“There are only two possible ways Ailes found out,” Mr Cooper said. “Either Brock told him or they got hold of Brock’s phone records and saw I spoke to him.”

He first alleged that the records were obtained by researchers in the “brain room” in 2005 in an article on his website about the launch of the channel.

“Most people thought it was simply the research department of Fox News,” he wrote. “I knew it also housed a counter intelligence and black ops office. So accessing phone records was easy pie.”

Mr Cooper said yesterday that he helped to design the high-security unit. “It was staffed by 15 researchers and had a guard at the door. No one working there would engage in conversation.”

Mr Cooper said he was “willing to consider the possibility” that Mr Brock named him, but added: “I assume he operates under journalistic ethics and protected a confidential source. Brock told me at the time that Ailes told him he would never work again if he wrote the article.”

Mr Brock now runs Media Matters, a Left-leaning American media watchdog. A spokesman for the group said: “He declines to comment.”

Another former Fox News senior executive, who did not wish to be named, said staff were forced to operate under conditions reminiscent of “Russia at the height of the Soviet era”.

“There is a paranoid atmosphere and they feel they are being watched,” said the former executive. “I have no doubt they are spying on emails to ensure no one is leaking to outside media.

“There is a unit of spies that reports up to the boss about who was talking to whom. A lot of people are scared that they’re going to get sidelined or even that they’re going to get killed.”

A Fox News spokesman said: “Each of these allegations is completely false. Dan Cooper was terminated six weeks after the launch of the Fox News Channel in 1996 and has peddled these lies for the past 15 years.”

The FBI is investigating allegations that journalists on a British newspaper may have tried to have September 11 victims’ phones hacked. Both former Fox News executives said they thought Mr Ailes would never have let his reporters do likewise.

I find this amazing since he can’t seem to stay awake, doesn’t seem to know what is going on around him, and swears he did nothing illegal.  If this is true, I can’t wait to see Rupert in black paint and guns a blazing.

He has hired the best defense and a good PR firm.  A most extreme measure for a king who is innocent of all wrong doing.


Rupert Murdoch Looked Asleep at Hearing

Rupert and James Murdoch denied everything.  Rupert looked as is he was napping during questioning.  He probably was.

When asked since he is the man in charge, would he resign.  The answer was NO!  He could not do the responsibly thing.  Instead, he took the road of I am not responsible, I was kept in the dark, and everyone lied to me.

That is a ludicrous statement, since Rupert in is control of every facet of his operation.

What they have done is made Rebekah Brooks the goat.  They have hung her out to dry with no safety net.

Rebekah Brooks knows where the bodies are buried. She can bring the Murdoch’s down, much further than they are now.

Instead, she will fall on her sword.

The idea that Rupert Murdoch knew nothing is a fairy tale.  But this is what journalism has come too.  This is what happens when journalism is run by corporations.  They believe that they are entitled to do whatever they want to sell newspapers and raise television ratings.

Money is far more important than the law, ethics and real investigative journalism.  Hurting people is so much easier.

Rupert and James Murdoch are dirty.  Their statement that all media use private investigators may true, most do not break the law.  That didn’t know is a LIE.

There may still may be hope for journalism.  Even if the Murdoch’s come out clean, they will be ruined.  No one will ever believe anything they print or televised.  There may be justice in the world.

I can only hope.

It is up to us, the bloggers to expose, and tell the truth.

Someone needs to confront Piers Morgan and discuss his tell all book.