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Oct 15 2013

Mr. Henry, no one really cares what you want.

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Ed Henry, paid White House whore protagonist at America's worst excuse for a TV Network, has a sad:

A visibly angry Henry walked out of the briefing after press secretary Jay Carney ignored his repeated questions. Speaking to colleague Brian Kilmeade on Monday, Henry said that, though he looked annoyed, he had to duck out to appear on television. "The briefing went on for about 40 minutes and I didn't get a question, for whatever reason," he said. "I guess Jay Carney will have to answer that. I don't know why, I guess maybe he was upset. I wasn't. I was running to do a live shot." "Does he do that a lot?" Kilmeade asked of Carney. "That hasn't happened before, ever," Henry said, adding later that the "professional thing" for Carney to do would have been to call on him.

Mr Pierce sets the good Mr. Henry straight on why Ed Henry should just suck his dick learn where his place really is in the food chain.

You work for the bilge pump of wingnut propaganda. The "professional thing" for you to do is to slink off and do five years penance reading the hog reports on a 300-watt station in west Texas before you're allowed in respectable company again. The "professional thing" for journalists with any pride to do is to spit at the mention of your network's name and to hang bells around the neck of you and all your colleagues so that we know when you're coming and can clear the room. You're lucky you have Jay Carney. Put me in that job and you're doing your stand-ups from a chicken wagon halfway down the mall. Put me in that job and your picture is in every guard shack.

Your organization is a running sore on the profession. It's what happens when a craft fails to keep its septic system up to date. You do not deserve the respect given to a schizophrenic in Lafayette Park who screams about the aliens from Zontar and the Rockefellers. I know people who staple their screeds to lamp posts in Central Square who are far more worthy of professional courtesy than you are. You work for a Chronic Ward of grifters, unemployables, and whatever else sticks to the bottom of journalism's shoes on a hot summer's day.

So tell you what Ed. Maybe you should just learn to :

 

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Oct 02 2013

What he said.

Congress imposed a government shutdown? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. The place got hit by lightning? Fuck you, pay me.

 

( All posts will start with this until the shutdown is over).

 

The President summed up the issues at play in this shutdown pretty well yesterday. Its worth listening to his entire speech, not just the condensed or ignored version that would be shown at Fox Noise. (BTW I found it interesting that Fox was more concerned with showing Netanyahu's UN address than anything else-and they have taken their marching orders from Jim DeMint and referred to the shutdown as just a "slow down".)

 

 

 

He needs to talk this bluntly a lot more. 

“At midnight last night, for the first time in 17 years, the Republicans in Congress chose to shut down the Federal Government. Let me be more specific: One FACTION of one PARTY in one HOUSE of Congress in one branch of government shut down the government. All because they didn’t like ONE law.”

“The Republican shutdown did not have to happen, but I want everyone to understand why it did happen. The republicans in Congress refused to fund the government unless we defundedor dismantled the Affordable Care Act. They’ve shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they’ve demanded ransom just to do their jobs…They don’t get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands”…

This shutdown isn’t about spending, or deficits or budgets. After all, our deficits are falling at the fastest pace in 50 years. We’ve cut them in HALF since I took office. In fact, many of the demands the Republicans are now making would RAISE our deficit. So this shutdown isn’t about deficits or spending. It’s all about rolling back the Affordable Care Act…this, more than anything else, seems to be all the Republican party seems to stand for these days. It’s strange that one party would make keeping people uninsured the centerpiece of their agenda. But that is what it is.”…..

If you buy a car, and you don’t pay your car note, you don’t save money by not paying your car note. You’re just a deadbeat. If you buy a house, you don’t save any money by not authorizing yourself to pay the mortgage. You’re just going to get foreclosed on your home. That’s what this is about. This is routine. This is what they’re supposed to do as a routine matter.”

“Congress has to stop governing by crisis. They have to break this habit. It is a drag on the economy. It is not worthy of this country.

 

This is why, I have no time for people like this-who pontificate repeatedly about how "polite" conservatives are compared to progressives. For one thing its not true. The documentary evidence of the coarseness of the denizens of Earl Grey ville is on the record-and has been ever since this bunch of selfish folks and their manufactured outrage showed up on the scene. They have played havoc with the United States, and I am NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ANGRY ABOUT IT?

Spare me your condecension! You  have no right to it.

I'm sorry. Putting a gun to someone's head and threatening to kill them unless you do exactly what they say, does not exactly qualify as a "polite" thing to do.

To be sure, what the robber demanded of me – my money – was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle….

Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored – contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong…

Fuck you, pay me.

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Jul 15 2013

The Zimmerman verdict

There is not much for me to say about the verdict. I feel about the same way I did when OJ was aquitted-shock that it happened, and no surprise that it happened exactly the way it did in Florida. Florida's gun laws suck-and the "stand your ground law" that Zimmerman based his defense on, is poorly written and unevenly enforced. 

The two key issues of the case for me are: 1) Zimmerman followed Martin-after he was specifcally advised not to.  In essence he picked a fight he didn't have to pick-and could have left to trained law enforcement officers. 2) Despite the opinion of the jury, the case for self defense here was weak at best. Because Florida's law is written so poorly-and has a lot to do with determining Zimmerman's mental state-logical burdens of proof would not and could not be met:

Contrary to popular misconception, the burden of proof lies on Zimmerman to demonstrate that he acted in self-defense, not on the state to show that he didn't. "Innocent until proven guilty" only applies to culpability for the offense in question, and no one has argued that Zimmerman didn't pull the trigger that ended Martin's life. While someone who has committed a violent crime obviously has the right to defend himself, we set a dangerous precedent if we automatically give the benefit of the doubt to the murderer instead of the victim. Not only does the victim lack a voice to present his or her side of the story, but any murderer who has been caught will naturally be inclined to argue that his or her actions were somehow justified. Because a murderer's word is obviously suspect, and because murder is not an offense which we can afford as a society to sanction without the strongest of all possible reasons, we must demand that one who is known to have taken another human life establish beyond any shred of doubt that he or she had good reason to do so — and punish them, for the sake of protecting the sanctity of human life, if their culpability can be established and their justification cannot.

Zimmerman never convincingly proved that his life was in danger. His bloody nose and the scrapes on the back of his head do suggest that he and Martin were involved in a physical altercation of some sort, but had he had his head smashed against the pavement several times (as he claims), he would have sustained far worse injuries than that. As the evidence stands, all we know for certain is that he and Martin had a fight, which does not translate into justifiable cause for thinking his life was in danger. If, for example, two men are involved in a barroom brawl, and one pulls out a gun and shoots the other, the killer shouldn't be exonerated simply because both parties were equally engaged in the act of violence; he is only justified if he can prove that he had good reason to fear the other party would have killed him if he had not acted first. A charge of manslaughter may be substituted for a more severe account, but it is ludicrous to claim that he should be entirely acquitted. Similarly, Zimmerman simply fighting with Martin does not justify Zimmerman killing Martin precisely because the only sound evidence that could have proved his life was in jeopardy — the severity of his bodily injuries — failed to meet that standard of proof. In short, there is no good reason to believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman had to end Martin's life.

What's probably more troubling are the reactions of the brain damaged individuals who inhabit the Liar's Club and those of the totally deranged at "Breitbart's Mausoleum". It is the reaction of the learning impaired at of these locations that make one ashamed of the human race in general-and Americans in particular. If you want some real evidence of the decline of American civilization and the corrupting effects of a fake news organization like Fox News-just read some of the comments there. Then take several showers to wash the filth off of you.

Matthew Rozsa summed it up well-its time for a "J Accuse" type letter to the country as a whole:

Yet millions of people have ignored the facts, and the rather basic logic that can be applied to them, because they want to take his side. Even before the photographs of Zimmerman's injuries were released, or before Martin's character was smeared by Zimmerman's defense attorneys, these same people were scrounging around for ways to defend Zimmerman and condemn the child whose life he took. For all of the talk of political correctness inconveniencing white people, the primary beneficiaries of braindead etiquette are the racists who are allowed to spew their bile and then hide behind disclaimers of their own so-called "color blindness."

I say enough. And I add to that disgust the following:

I accuse George Zimmerman of being a common murderer, for the reasons explained before.

I accuse Zimmerman's defenders of believing that Trayvon Martin deserved to die because he was a black male.

Some of them undoubtedly have deluded themselves into thinking that they aren't racist; others, just as certainly, know that they dislike black people but lie so as to avoid the stigma of being labelled a "racist." All, however, are basing their opinions on the fact that Martin was black. If both men had been white, these same people would never dream of arguing that a heavyset adult male with a firearm could be defended for stalking an unarmed child and killing him. These same people, whether they admit it or not, would rightly dismiss his claim to have acted in self-defense once the aforementioned evidence was presented to them. Because Martin was black, however, they readily bought into the stereotypes our society teaches about African American men, and formed their opinions accordingly.

Finally, I accuse our society of systematically targeting African Americans using the same logic employed by Zimmerman, his supporters, and the Florida jurors.

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Dec 29 2012

Cry me a f*cking river.

One of the most frustrating things about this whole silly "Fiscal Cliff" nonsense is that the people supporting our Galtian overlords never tell you the whole story. They just point out the things that they want you to hear-and hope that you are not smart enough, or knowledgeable enough on tax laws to spot the obvious holes in their narratives.

Take this story that appeared in the NY Post and was taunted forth by Phib.

The Post showed a chart and then told "horror" stories of how very well off people are going to "suffer". Lets look at the chart shall we?

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Oh the horror! The misery! Someone making 300,000 dollars a year might be reduced to the ruin of drinking Gallo with dinner instead of a fine French Burgundy! Oh the unfairness of it all!

It must be the fault of those goddamned moochers.

Except of course its not one bit true. The chart is one of the most misleading ones I've yet to see in the recent month-and trust me, I have seen a fair share.

Let's take a couple of the "horror stories" that are cited in Phib's post and dissect it a little more shall we?

 

“It’s that much higher?” asked IT worker Vikas Kataria, 34, who discovered that his combined household income of about $250,000 per year will cost him nearly $10,000 more in taxes. “I thought it was a couple thousand — but that’s a lot,” said Kataria, who works at Merrill Lynch in Manhattan and is married to a systems analyst for a brokerage firm. “That’s huge!”

 

With higher taxes, the couple would have to cut out on traveling and family vacations.

Give me a fucking break, you, whiny, selfish,  bastard. 

First of all, you work for Merrill Lynch and you can't get decent tax advice? Then you deserve to pay more taxes for being stupid. And second-by your own admission my dear Vikas, you are not going to see your taxes go up by 9730 dollars. Or have you forgotten that Post did not take your dependent deductions into account? Or that it also doesn't factor in many of the probable tax deductions you will take because being a high earner, you have the ability to take them. And lets not forget the Post chart has deliberately left off the tax sheltering effect of even putting the maximum allowed into your 401K-which at 250K per year should be pretty easy to do.

Factor all of those things in, I'm willing to bet your taxes only go up about 5600 or so. 400 dollars a paycheck on someone receiving a pay check of  almost 11000 every two weeks. ( Before taxes and other withholding). 21000 a month.

Yes that is the right number of zero's.

God damn it all-it must really suck to be you. Oh the heartlessness of having to make ends meet on at least  13000 dollars take home a month.

When is the last time I ever saw that much money in a month? Oh right, never. And I still take vacations and drink premium quality beer-and have a piece of my hard earned retirement stolen from me every month by a thankless, fuck less, fat shrew.

But I'm supposed to feel sorry for you and your plight. Uh-huh. Right…………………………………………….

Now journey to the top end of the scale-someone making a million dollars a year is forced by the hand of a draconian government to get by on a paltry 650,000 a year. So much for that new Lexus or my business class ticket to Paris. Good God Man, just how unreasonable can you get?!?

As Mitt Romney showed us-the odds of the 1 million dollar earner actually paying the amounts listed above are slim to none. And that's what this pointless whining fails to highlight-effective tax rates are what really matter. And those tend to be statistically higher for those in lower income brackets. Furthermore, its not going to help anyone if all the country does is continue to just hold down already low tax rates on the rich without addressing the real issues that are at stake in today's economy. And all of this tax talk ignores the fact that neither side is doing what it needs to about addressing seriously the issues of income inequality, wage stagnation, and the forces that are crushing the American middle class. This is why I am not crying any salt tears about the plight of rich people working for Merrill Lynch or business owners who are too stupid to take advantage of incorporation rules that would lower their tax liability. And I am not afraid of the "cliff" except in how it will affect the stock market. The market of course will be affected, primarily because of the whining by people who actually have a lot to be thankful for.

AND TAX RATES WILL STILL BE THE LOWEST IN THE US IN 50 YEARS.  The repeal of the Bush tax cuts will, however,  restore much needed revenue to balance the budget.

That is something these morons crying about tax cuts conveniently forget.

The social costs of an austerity agenda — and, certainly, all the available evidence from those European countries wherein one was imposed — are profound. Whether you like it or not, there has been a general political consensus for the paste eight odd decades that a social safety net is one of the legitimate products of that creative enterprise of self-government, that it is part of what we agree to when we form the political commonwealth. To have an austerity agenda imposed from above, and by a relatively unaccountable political elite, and because of the damage done to the nation's finances by an absolutely unaccountable financial elite, is to make an obvious mockery of that political commonwealth, and to do so hard upon an election in which the existence of that safety net was so directly and democratically validated, is to spit in the eye of a self-governing people. This, in turn, will engage all the worst popular instincts, including ill-directed and abandoned popular wrath.-Charles Pierce.




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Nov 24 2012

Breitbart still sucks

Charles Johnson has observed on several occasions that while the late, not so dearly departed, Andrew Breitbart was well and truly one of the United States' biggest morons-the children who write in his stead can top it.

 

Sure enough, Breitbrat Ben Shapiro’s moronic attack on President Obama’s Thanksgiving address was rapidly picked up by the rest of the right wing Fake Outrage Machine. The Daily Caller has this article based on Shapiro’s post: Obama Thanksgiving Address: Calls to Unite Behind WH, Doesn’t Thank God.

Watch how the Daily Caller’s Christopher Bedford blatantly slants the story against President Obama, saying he “urged the country to unite behind his administration” twice, even though the actual quote from Obama’s speech says no such thing.

 

And true to form-the members of the Liars Club, led by Jim Hoft; the "Dumbest Man on the Internet" picked right up on it.

John Hinderaker, Jim Hoft, William Jacobson, the Town Hall Harlot: Michelle Malkin-who is spending the weekend looking down on Wal Mart protestors for having the audacity to publicly point out the company could do more for its workers-and of course lets not forget the collective stupidity that is Breitbart. They are all contemptible people. As stupid and vile as you might expect.

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Nov 07 2012

A great day for America!

I stayed up all night drinking and watching the news. I passed out  fell asleep about 5AM.

 

Woke up to the joyous news that the USA had been saved from the selfishness of its citizens.

 

Obama won!

 

I am so happy-and so hung over.

 

God bless America!

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May 13 2012

The Liars Club

Is that group of increasingly reprehensible bloggers who make up the "professional right wing blogosphere". (Membership names listed below).  Besides the fact that they generally have their facts wrong-they are just about universally a group of douchbags loathsome group of people to be around. Their blogs are essentially interchangeable, fact free-and in general-poorly written and edited.

So imagine my surprise when , this guy paid them a visit last week:

 

NEW YORK — In an effort to reach out to conservative media, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and wife Ann met for two hours Wednesday with several dozen conservative bloggers, reporters and columnists in an off-the-record gathering at a private Washington, D.C. club, according to attendees.

Romney, who struggled with some members of the conservative media during the Republican primary, is banking on their support in his campaign against President Barack Obama, regardless of whether they were previously in his corner or not.

The attendees came from numerous conservative sites and right-of-center publications, including National Review, Daily Caller, American Spectator,Washington Examiner, Human Events, RedState, Right Wing News, Powerline, Townhall, Ace of Spades, RiehlWorldView, White House Dossier and PJ MediaRNC chairman Reince Preibus also attended.

Details of the Romney meeting did not previously leak out because of the off-the-record ground rules…

As to why he was not invited, Andrew Breitbart could not be reached for comment.

But rest assurred, his snot nosed, idiotic, children where there.

 

The meeting, which included writers from RedState and Breitbart.com as well as a list of conservative publications reported by Huffington Post — National Review, Daily Caller, American Spectator, Washington Examiner, Powerline*, Townhall,, RiehlWorldView, White House Dossier, and PJ Media (though not, as an early report had suggested, the conspiracist site WorldNetDaily). RNC chairman Reince Preibus also attended.

Notably, the meeting also included some grassroots bloggers with no real institutional ties to the Washington Republican Establishment, including the Twitter virtuoso Ace of Spades and John Hawkins of Right Wing News.

John Hinderaker and his blog Powerline, are especially vile-especially given the fact that in this election, as in the last, he is something of a special pleader:

 

[* Powerline Proprietor John Hinderaker is the newest Koch installation on the Cato Institute Board of Directors, his firm does work for Koch and the blog was prominent in the takedown of Dan Rather via blogswarm. This memory will be important below.]

 

I despise John Hinderaker-and everything he and the rest of that crowd represents. If you want a great example of why I am down on American politics-look no further than this: The GOP nominee having to grovel before this group of lunatics.

 

PS-If you want a pretty good accounting of what a loons Hinderaker and his supporters are-look no further than here.

I'm tired of seeing your vile trash everytime I open up Memeorandum.

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May 01 2012

This makes me happy!

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Rupert Murdoch has finally been recognized as the Sleazeball he is. Hopefully his hot looking Asian wife can console him when he loses his company.

Murdoch “turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications,” the House of Commons Culture Committee said in a report today that split lawmakers along party lines on critical findings. “This culture, we consider, permeated from the top throughout the organization and speaks volumes about the lack of effective corporate governance at News Corp.”

Roger Ailes should be next. He too is not a fit and proper person to run a news network. Of course, calling Fox News a “news” network is a bit of an overstatement.

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Jul 07 2011

If only this would happen to Fox News.

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Here in Europe, the news has been full of how evil the spawn of Rupert Murdoch is:

James Murdoch, the chairman of News International, which owns the newspaper, announced that the final edition would be published this weekend, citing the “inhuman” alleged behaviour of some staff as prompting the decision.

The 168-year-old newspaper will donate all this weekend’s revenues to good causes and would not accept any paid advertising, he said

Hundreds of staff now face an uncertain future. However, Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International and former editor of the News of the World, has been allowed to keep her job despite widespread calls for her to be sacked.

Sadly, when Roger Ailes sanctions similar conduct-all he gets is a bonus.

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Jun 22 2011

Crunch Time

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It is crunch time for a bunch of reasons I cannot go into right now. Mostly related to my @#$%^& Six Sigma course. ( Which blows with a capital “B”).

But-it has been brought to my attention that some folks are taking issue with John Stewart’s statement that Fox News viewers are the most uniformed in the world. So the good Mr. Stewart issued a clarification:

To heck with it-Fox News still blows.

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Mar 12 2011

Totebaggers-to the barricades!

A long post  follows. It is worth your time to read-because not everything, contrary to the opinion of many conservative bloggers-can be adequately discussed in just a couple of paragraphs.

The recent incident involving acknowledged reprobate and con man James O’Keefe, who –through a combination of almost criminal deception and conspiracy with other ultra conservative zealots(especially Pamela Gellar)- was able to obtain and edit a video recording that caught Mr. Ron Schiller saying some disparaging remarks about the Tea Party and other things that were not particularly smart to have yourself on tape saying.


Cue the outrage! The usual suspects, immediately swung into action, holding their heads up high and saying how this “proves” NPR and Public Broadcasting is nothing but a bunch of panty-waisted liberal vermin that looks down their noses at “real Murrika!”.  Phib had a recent post on his blog-that was more than a little emotional on the subject:  “ I’m not sure which I find more disgusting, the anti-Semitism, the Dhimmitude ( what the hell does that even mean anyway?), the arrogance, the smugness,…” Etc, Etc, Etc. Then close with praise for a dipshit   “citizen journalist” like O’Keefe who is supposedly “doing the job the MSM used to do”.  A cheery head nod, a  “tut, tut”, and off to the next task sure in the knowledge of their inherent goodness and high mindedness.

So much that is so wrong with that-and with the attitude of the majority of his commenter’s. Where to begin?

Let’s start with the bottom line up front, it’s not NPR that maybe smug and arrogant-it is the more than arrogant to refuse to recognize who the real villain is in this event. And that villain is not public broadcasting.  The second-and equally important point- is that the truth of the event, compared with the first reports, show that the reporting about this particular event are not accurate. In their rush to judgment, and to excoriate public broadcasting, they have ignored the evidence that mitigates NPR and provides much needed context. That’s not surprising, facts are never high on the conservative hierarchy of needs-getting the message out to the uninformed is. What’s unfortunate , to quote James Fallows, “is that it has allowed Fox and its political allies to position NPR as something it is not, and in the process to jeopardize a part of American journalism we can’t afford to lose. “ Especially now.

 I guess that makes me smug and arrogant. Oh well, that’s just a cross I’ll have to bear.  Some people deserve to be looked down upon. James O’Keefe and his mentor Andrew Breitbart are among that group. If their rotund and rather close minded colleagues in the Tea Party are offended-well -that’s just a bonus.

The Economist has summed up the major issues quite well:

Anyway. Over in America, meanwhile, there are a bunch of smart people who know how this works, too. Earlier this week, they managed to catch an outgoing NPR executive calling the tea-party movement “racist” while talking to two undercover punk-ers dressed up as Muslim advocates of sharia law. In my inbox, Tea Party Nation’s Judson Phillips celebrates:

If James O’Keefe were a liberal, he would be a national hero today. If his targets were conservatives, the liberal media establishment would be falling all over themselves to see what they could offer him.

Again, for a far-right political movement, this stuff is pure gold. The sense of aggrievement felt by tea-party adherents and sympathisers at the accusation of racism is very similar to that felt by PVVers(A european right wing party)  at any hint of a reference to Nazism. The involvement of government subsidies provides the hook one needs to turn this into a public issue. The fact that one executive of the organisation says he thinks the tea-party movement is racist becomes the trigger not just for an offensive against an organisation unfriendly to hard-right ideology, but for a further solidification of the us-versus-them recruiting strategy. (“See? The liberal media thinks we’re racists.”)

What is the scandal here? That an NPR employee said something politically charged? Not on the air-but it what was supposed to be a semi-private setting? And that it was more Democratic sympathetic than GOP sympathetic? You will hear views like this—and their mirror image from the right disparaging the progressives and unions—at almost any Washington lunch. It is just lunch. Lunch is where deals are closed. Being the facilitator of deals means you have to put up with a lot:

But we’d last about 15 seconds in the fundraising business if every time a potential donor said something crazy or offensive, we told them to shut their pie hole. When people donate money, they feel even more entitled than when they’re sitting in their home bank-vaults running their fingers through their cash. Rich people love to give their money away, but they’re always attaching strings, and one common string is “You agree with me, right?” Can you begin to imagine the bizarre string Joan Kroc, heir to the McDonald’s fortune established by Ray Kroc, must have flung around the room as she prepared to give her NPR handlers $200 million? Ms. Kroc also gave $1.5 billion to the Salvation Army and assorted millions to peace institutes. Those gifts, plus her support of nuclear disarmament, were clearly designed to raise her dead husband, an ardent Nixon-lover and hard-right-winger, from his grave. (The efforts failed. Ray is still dead. But so is Joan.) 

If I voiced my concern over every stupid thing I heard at every meeting I ever went to-I’d get nothing done. Living here in Shopping Mall, one develops a strong tolerance for nonsense.

Then again, there are still moments when I find myself saying, “They can’t really be that stupid,” or maybe, “They can’t really think the rest of us are that stupid.” People who unreservedly believe the word of James O’Keefe have me saying that.

Lets start with the lunchtime conversation itself.  Business Insider has a pretty good rundown comparing and contrasting the actual conversation from the full video to the carefully edited version (another Breitbart-James O’Keefe trademark) released. Here is an example of the lack of context from the luncheon:

Schiller’s negative comments about Republicans and conservatives have gotten a great deal of attention.

He clearly says some offensive things, while being very direct that he is giving his own opinion and not that of NPR. Still — a wildly stupid move!

But you may be surprised to learn, that in the raw video, Schiller also speaks positively about the GOP. He expresses pride in his own Republican heritage and  his belief in fiscal conservatism.

4. The “seriously racist” Tea Party

NPR exec Ron Schiller does describe Tea Party members as “xenophobic…seriously racist people.”

This is one of the reasons why he no longer has a job!

But the clip in the edited video implies Schiller is giving simply his own analysis of the Tea Party. He does do that in part, but the raw video reveals that he is largely recounting the views expressed to him by two top Republicans, one a former ambassador, who admitted to him that they voted for Obama.

At the end, he signals his agreement. The larger context does not excuse his comments, or his judgment in sharing the account, but would a full context edit have been more fair? See what you think.

 By comparing the unedited footage with the version widely circulated, the analysis concluded that that Project Veritas’ editing of the tapes was “questionable” and “deceptive” enough to be “unethical” by journalism standpoints.

Wow! I am completely shocked that someone who sucks Breitbart’s dick  mentored at the feet of Andrew Breitbart would do such a thing!

What is surprising, however, is who did the video analysis. It was completed by The Blaze, the news and opinion site founded by Glenn Beck. Wonder how long it will be before it comes down. ( No I will not link to it-as a matter of principle- it was founded by Glenn Beck).

I have a hard time with moral outrage about what the NPR personnel said without moral outrage about what is clear deception and potentially illegal actions.  NPR at least took action against its own employees-who disciplines Breitbart and his clones?  

No one it appears-and they get away scott free with what can only be described as truely loathesome conduct.

When you support acts like this, you are no longer simply encouraging a particular point of view, you are saying- by your consent- that you have no issues with people engaging in unethical and  potentially illegal acts for the sole purpose of destroying a person’s professional livelihood. Andrew Breitbart does not have a “right” to that. Anymore than I have a right to beat the sh*t out of James O’Keefe. ( Much as I would like to).

In closing, I think it would be worth remembering that Public Broadcasting fills a need-and provides a service. When the Congress cuts off funding-its not just people they don’t like that they are screwing over, it will be their own constituents.  Contrary to the idea that Phib and a lot of others want to tell you-NPR and Public Radio in general has a pretty broad based audience. Certainly more so than Fox News.

Second,  Ron Schiller’s a fundraiser, not a news director. NPR keeps a high, thick firewall between its successful development office and its superb news division.  They want it that way because they have a tradition of wanting to get their news reporting right. As James Fallows wrote a while back about the Juna Williams firing:

In their current anti-NPR initiative, Fox and the Republicans would like to suggest that the main way NPR differs from Fox is that most NPR employees vote Democratic. That is a difference, but the real difference is what they are trying to do. NPR shows are built around gathering and analyzing the news, rather than using it as a springboard for opinions. And while of course the selection of stories and analysts is subjective and can show a bias, in a serious news organization the bias is something to be worked against rather than embraced. NPR, like the New York Times, has an ombudsman. Does Fox? [I think the answer is No.]
 
One other factor affects my view of NPR. There are jobs where people are mainly motivated by the hope of big money. (Finance in general.) There are jobs where the main motivation is job-security. And there is a category of jobs where, as absolutely everyone recognizes, it makes a tremendous difference that “employees” care about something beyond pay, hours, and security. Teachers. Soldiers. Doctors and nurses. Judges and police. Political leaders, if they want to be more than hacks. And, people in news organizations. …..I have felt privileged to work at the Atlantic through, now, three decades because, among other reasons, I know that every person in every job is doing everything possible to make the magazine the best it can be. Everyone is personally embarrassed if there’s a mistake in the magazine, or if we cover a topic — and someone else does it better. In the news business, this is the spirit that characterizes any first-rate operation, from CBS News in its glory days to the Washington Post of the ‘All the President’s Men’ era to today’s great magazines (New Yorker, NY Review of Books, many others) and broadcasts (eg PBS News Hour) and, yes, web sites. I have seen enough of NPR’s operations to know that it has the same spirit.*** Most people there don’t make a lot of money. Their compensation (as with a lot of people in journalism) comes partly in enjoying what they do, and partly in being proud of being on this team. Alumni of NPR — reporters, producers, and hosts who learned their skills there — are all over the journalistic establishment.
 
We don’t have so many first-rate institutions — in general, and especially in journalism — that we can afford to let one this valuable be delegitimized. Its leadership made a mistake in its handling of Juan Williams, but people who care about the news environment should recognize how much it has done right and defend it against the current cynical attack.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

And finally-this culture of “gotchaism” is nothing more than a race to the bottom. When James O’Keefe does things like this, it will spur someone to pull a retaliatory prank. And so and so forth. It leads no where good for either side. There is actually a double standard in place now-whenever someone at NPR does anything that offends the Fox Nation, somebody gets fired. When Roger Ailes calls NPR executives Nazi’s-all he got was a bonus. Its wrong and it has to stop.

To borrow a line from Animal House, ” They are going to nail us no matter what we do”-so NPR might as well develop a spine.

But for all its flaws, consider an America without public media. Consider a society where the distortions and dissembling would go unchallenged, where fact-based reporting is eliminated, and where the field is abandoned to the likes of James O’Keefe, whose “journalism” relies on lying and deceit.

Those folks are right-and those who support O’Keefe and Breitbart are  wrong. Nuff said.

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Jan 12 2011

Well, at least it has a name now.

Published by under Why Fox news blows

I think John Cole got this one right:

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Nov 12 2010

Dear Mr. Murrow…..

We humbly apologize for what the stupidity of the average American, the greed of the companies that have bought our networks, and the relentless pace of technology ( especially with respect to video editing) has done to your once noble profession.-Skippy-san.

There are two pieces of reporting on journalism that you should take the time to read and listen to this weekend. The first is this article by Ted Koppel on how the stupidity of the consumer of news, coupled with the unrestrained greed of the network owners combined to kill “real news”.

We live now in a cable news universe that celebrates the opinions of Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly – individuals who hold up the twin pillars of political partisanship and who are encouraged to do so by their parent organizations because their brand of analysis and commentary is highly profitable.

The commercial success of both Fox News and MSNBC is a source of nonpartisan sadness for me. While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend is not good for the republic. It is, though, the natural outcome of a growing sense of national entitlement. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s oft-quoted observation that “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” seems almost quaint in an environment that flaunts opinions as though they were facts.

And so, among the many benefits we have come to believe the founding fathers intended for us, the latest is news we can choose. Beginning, perhaps, from the reasonable perspective that absolute objectivity is unattainable, Fox News and MSNBC no longer even attempt it. They show us the world not as it is, but as partisans (and loyal viewers) at either end of the political spectrum would like it to be. This is to journalism what Bernie Madoff was to investment: He told his customers what they wanted to hear, and by the time they learned the truth, their money was gone.

It’s a fascinating and depressing recounting of the truth. How our news networks, pushed by the increasing competition from “news outlets” that are hardly worthy of the name. ( Insert Drudge, just about all blogs, talk radio, and host of other examples of mediocrity here. Especially on the conservative side of the aisle). In particular I found his point about the value of having lived overseas to be very true. To form an honest opinion of America and not be swept up by the myth of “American exceptionalism”-one has to step away from America for a while.

I recall a Washington meeting many years later at which Michael Eisner, then the chief executive of Disney, ABC’s parent company, took questions from a group of ABC News correspondents and compared our status in the corporate structure to that of the Disney artists who create the company’s world-famous cartoons. (He clearly and sincerely intended the analogy to flatter us.) Even they, Eisner pointed out, were expected to make budget cuts; we would have to do the same.

I mentioned several names to Eisner and asked if he recognized any. He did not. They were, I said, ABC correspondents and cameramen who had been killed or wounded while on assignment. While appreciating the enormous talent of the corporation’s cartoonists, I pointed out that working on a television crew, covering wars, revolutions and natural disasters, was different. The suggestion was not well received.

The parent companies of all three networks would ultimately find a common way of dealing with the risk and expense inherent in operating news bureaus around the world: They would eliminate them. Peter Jennings and I, who joined ABC News within a year of each other in the early 1960s, were profoundly influenced by our years as foreign correspondents. When we became the anchors and managing editors of our respective programs, we tried to make sure foreign news remained a major ingredient. It was a struggle.

Sadly Ted Koppel represents the tail end of a dying breed. Those of us who saw them in our youth, and grew up with Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Kronkite and others, are now in no position to convey the experience to our attention deficit affected, more youthful,  fellow citizens. I remain comforted by the idea that Murrow-who I was not old enough to experience-would have been just as disgusted by Twitter as I am.

Here is the other take on the news by Jon Stewart. Its long at 9+ minutes, but it is worth your time:


You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
Knew you not Pompey?

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Nov 08 2010

The pointy haired tea bagger…….

Scott Adams imagines a world without political parties:

I’m fascinated by the fact that the freedom to organize into political parties limits our other freedoms more than most people realize.  Political parties make the government incompetent, and the result of ineffective government is that citizens are less prosperous. Poverty is the ultimate restriction of freedom.

If Thomas Jefferson sprung back to life today, and learned about the Internet, I wonder how he would recommend changing the Constitution of the United States. I think he would favor banning political parties.

One of his commenters makes a great point-that while political parties may be difficult to get rid, compulsory voting-like they have in Australia-would go a long way to limiting their damage. This because, “It would shift the focus away from the fanatical and the terrified, and force moderates to get into the game. They could still write in candidates or spoil their ballots (effectively voting “none of the above”), but they’d have to turn up and do it in person. As a bonus, it would also put a stop to most voter-suppression shenanigans.”

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Nov 02 2010

The downward spiral…….

Into intoxication.

I’m going to the kitchen, gonna fix something good to eat. I’m gonna sit right down and put a good buzz on! A good buzz on! A good buzz on!-Gonna sit right down and put a good buzz on! “-from a song by JJ Cale.

When JJ Cale wrote that song-he was referring to another pharmacological substance. ( One that hopefully,  will be legalized tonight in California). Thanks to random drug testing-I’ll have to stick to the option of getting stinking drunk tonight.

A long time ago-in a galaxy far away-I was fortunate enough to be in command of  the Navy’s finest E-2 squadron. ( The Lord took pity on me and said, “Yes little man, you may have what you want.”). We were deployed to Puerto Rico for drug operations-and a hurricane was bearing down. We were ordered to evacuate all four of our aircraft to Key West, and we were able to send about 78 of our personnel home to Norfolk for a week-while we took all the aircrew and about 65 maintainers to Key West. To “protect our spot”, so to speak-we left two officers and a small detachment behind. ( about 11 people all told-all were volunteers, great Americans each and every one!).

Anyway, the BOQ made us check out of all of our rooms-except for the two officers we left behind. So in order to avoid having to haul all of our stuff up to Key West -and not to waste perfectly good booze-we moved all of our “stashes” down to their rooms. That meant they had probably, by a conservative estimate, 15 cases of beer, 20 bottles of wine and about 9 or 10 bottles of whiskey. Plus more soda than could float an aircraft carrier. ( yes we drank a lot off duty-sue us).

So the senior man present-one of our LCDR’s decided to document the approach of the storm. He also wanted to have a little fun with us-by documenting his and the other officer rummaging through and drinking our booze. The ensuing video tape, shot over about a 10 hour period as the storm approached and passed, provided a video record of the storm-and their combined descent into massive intoxication.

I intend to do the same tonight-providing a running “stream of consciousness”  post as the country gets gang raped tonight, and I get incredibly intoxicated this evening. Started at 5, its 8:30 now, still not even carrying a decent buzz yet. Time for another beer!

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It’s almost 9-and I’ve lost track of how many times I have yelled “Go f*ck yourself”  at teabagger candidates on TV. At least the witch from Wilmington is losing. Rand Paul looks particularly disgusting. The TV coverage? It is disgusting too.

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I wish I was in a bar watching this. In 2004, I got to be in a bar in Alexandria-very crowded pretty much split down the middle between Kerry and Bush fans-waiting and watching for Ohio. It all came down to that. I remember wanting so much for Ohio to go against Bush to give him the kick in the teeth he richly deserved ( and still deserves) because of the war in Iraq. Not that I loved Kerry so much-but I hated the war in Iraq even more.  Sadly it was not to happen-and there was a visible sigh when they called it for the shrub.  Groundhog does not see his shadow-four more years of war.

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Eric Cantor is on TV now dodging questions from Rachel Maddow. Oh how I would love to be able to rip his glasses off and slam his geeky little head against that Capitol pillar he is standing front of. Spare me,  you f*cking geek,  the BS about how tax cuts save money and the old lie about how small business get hurt by letting the Bush tax cuts expire for those making 250K. Idiot. Time to change on over to ESPN. I think I need another beer.

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A man walks into a bar and asks,  “Do you have wireless?”

Barkeep: “Yes.”

    Man: “Ok, then. Lemme get two double shots of Don Julio and two fingers of your best scotch.”
    Barkeep: “Will there be anyone joining you?”
    Man: “No.”
    Barkeep: “Are you on vacation?”
    Man: “No. I’m a Democrat.”

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I am way too sober! Need another beer!

The Toomey-Sestak race is getting closer; as with Illinois. They’re nail-biters that could eventually go all night.  That said-the idea of “Senator Sestak” makes me want to puke. Its just as disugsting as Sarah Palin………. This would be a lot easier if the Dems had some decent candidates.

Speaking of Palin,  Ferraro and Palin are now competing for the female victim prize on Fox. Whores! Wait, that does real whores a severe disservice. They at least provide a service for the money invested in them.

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The Tea Party leaders keep misquoting the Founding Fathers.

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Mark Meckler, douchebag in chief of the tea party-is on TV threatening members of his own party. If you want a reason to despise the tea party- I can’t think of a better example than this piece of human excrement.  Saying Republicans have to do it ” the tea party way-you better get on board or we will kill you too.”

Listen sh*t head, it does not work that way. This is a republic, not a direct democracy. Senators and Congressmen have to be free to make decisions based on their own best instincts.  The founding fathers never intended either branch of the legislature to be beholden to a mob of stupid people. This is not Burger King asshole-the customer is not always right. Prick.

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I may have to switch to the hard stuff. Since this night calls for contemplation-out comes the Courvoisier.  Especially, since John Boehner is on TV talking about how Washington has not done what the people want-and now they will. Oh really? How long have you been in Washington you cocksucker? You have been in Washington since 1991. Now you have an epiphany? Where was your “righteous anger of the people” between 2001-2008? Where was your anger when  Bush  launched two wars without making any provision in the budget to pay for them, who proposed and won an expensive new prescription-drug entitlement without paying for it, who catered to irresponsible Wall Street firms. The hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it with a knife.

“Change course.” You’ll be hearing that a lot. And hedged compromise, it would appear. Compromise will be just as it was for the last two years-a one way street.
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As with any war-innocent people die. Ike Skelton got beat. Really sad-for a whole bunch of reasons. He’s not a liberal in the strict sense of the word-he’s done a lot for the country and his state. Him losing proves how much control of the message the White House lost and how much the misinformation of the Fox noise machine had an effect. He voted for Cap and Trade. A Republican idea-that they now disavow any knowledge of. Ah-the scent of the liquor in my nostrils is good.
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Come to think of it-this has to be the most fact free election I can recall in recent memory. Consider what the people believe versus what are the real facts:

As distasteful as it might be-TARP worked. The economy did not drop off the cliff and it is recovering-albeit slowly.

So too did the Stimulus. CBO has said that-so have most mainstream economists.

Most Americans don’t know the Obama administration has cut taxes by more than $240 billion in the last two years, including rebate checks worth up to $800 for almost all families.

The market is back to where it was two years ago.

The number of troops in Iraq are half what it was two years ago.

The voters don’t know any of that. Mostly because they pay more attention to American Idol than they do to their own country.  And yet, I am supposed to think of them as infallible. Please-the civic responsibility to know basic stuff about the economy ultimately falls on citizens. That they don’t know the facts, does not make their actions any more correct.
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And speaking of the war-it has been noticeably absent from the discussion this election. That’s hurt the Democrats more than they realize. Both wars are still failing-but the dream George Bush wanted has come true on Obama’s watch: nobody pays attention to the sacrifices being made by American soldiers on behalf of useless people. Barring a major change before 2012, this will be a fact in then too. The wars will be going on, only a few people like me will care.
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Finally, the whiskey is starting to swirl me down to oblivion. Tomorrow we will have to hear the gloating from the teabaggers and the circular firing squad in the Democratic party. So let me sum it up. In the long run-this is probably a good thing. The rage that has been seething ever since Obama’s election may have found a safety valve. Maybe that feeling of saying “there! We got you!” will help deflate the myths absurd  about Obama’s birthplace, his religion and even his absent father’s anti colonialist tendencies.

And its probably good the Democrats got this over with now. It gives Nancy Pelosi the smack down Obama never gave her ( as I have noted before-if he had he might not be in this position), it gets some new blood to the fore-and it allows the Republicans to come out from behind the curtain of no and prove if they are really serious about doing something to move the country forward. I know-from being a serious student of them, and a former supporter of many of them-that they are incapable of the kind of change needed to reconcile the US to the new world that has come to be in the last 15 years. But they now no longer have an excuse to hide behind. So long as the Democrats actually learn from this event-and the country can put the teabaggers back in a tri-corner box, some good came come of it.

One final point too-when you run people with experience it pays off. When you embrace total lunatics with no experience it doesn’t.  Had the teabaggers actual understood that-they might have control of both houses of Congress instead of one. Sarah Palin has not learned that lesson yet- I think others have.  And if this serves as the enabler to kill off Palin politically in the Republican party, then that will be the best service the defeated candidates of this evening have performed for their country. It cannot survive a fraud like her in high office-and now perhaps the GOP will have the ability to put her in her place. Which is not just in the back of the bus-but tied to the bumper and dragged behind the bus.
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Now excuse me-I have to watch porn sleep.
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