“I’ll provide the people if this city with a daily paper that will tell all the news honestly…they are going to get the truth in the Inquirer…quickly and simply and entertaingly and no special interest are going to be allowed to interfere with that truth. I’ll also provide them with a fighting and tireless champion of thier rights as citzens….and as human beings.”—The full Declaration of Principles of the New York Inquirer-Orson Welles as Charles Kane-“Citizen Kane” RKO Radio Pictures, 1941
Ads Calling for DC NFL Team Name Change Will NOT Air on CBS Radio/DC
If you’re a football fan you’re aware the Oneida Nation has been running an advertising and PR campaign designed to garner public support for a name change for the NFL’s Washington Redskins – a name the native American nation calls a “racial slur.” But after apparently signing a deal to have spots air on both sports talk WJFK-FM and hip hop WPGC, CBS Radio is telling the tribe that ads won’t air. An email from CBS Washington SVP Steve Swenson to the Oneida Nation explained the change. “The issue has been heavily debated on WJFK where we can provide a good balance of discussion, opinions and context to the issue through our programming. Our audience has reacted positively to that presentation, and we will continue to approach the situation keeping in-line with our audiences’ expectations.” NBC Washington reports a representative of the Oneida Nation calls the cancellation “unfortunate and un-American.” Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said publicly that the team’s name will never change.
I know you have seen this video. I know it sounds like a liberal preaching. And it is. But somehow between shutdowns and healthcare websites and tea parties and occupations and a million things that I just can’t get into because my arthritis is setting in my CTS-effected fingers, we have lost our way. We see tyraanies that are not there, we want laws enforced that were struck down 90 years ago. And if we can’t find a boogieman, we’ll create one out of pure cloth.
Dammit this is the country that created freedom, freed slaves, defeated the greatest evil ever created (and no, that wasn’t either Reagan or Obama…they are as close to being the anti-christ as I am being white). We created radio, television, the long-playing album, the very internet you are reading this on. We conquered the West, polio, many forms of cancer, space, and how to salt peanuts while still in the shell.
What happened to us?
While other countries are honest with their children about things, the list of things we keep forbidding for absolutely no fucking reason is longer than all of the combined 9am Monday morning lines at all 50 DMVs. Instead of curing problems we shame people for having them. We condemn people for their success, but at no time do we do anything about showing people how to be successful. We’ve turned information into entertainment, discussions into yelling sessions.
On top of that, we cower under our beds, cradling shotguns that we truly believe, based on an amendment that you probably misread anyway, will protect us from a tyrannical dictator who possesses tanks, submachine guns, enough sarin gas to take out Australia, and a fleet of drones that, if all put in the air at one time, would look like the United States invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Not to mention that you have the incredibly inflated ego to think that, for whatever reason, all of that might is coming after you. As if they cared.
On the other hand, when a legislator decides to do something stupid, we react in an equally stupid manner. Like the shitstains at MoveOnDotOrg who want the GOP leadership arrested on sedition charges. And as much as I would like to take said so-called leadership and throw them into a dark room with a pack of wild dogs, I know two things: (A) I can’t do the dog thing because it’s pretty much illegal, and (B) the sedition thing can’t happen because THE DAMNED LAW WAS REPEALED IN 1920, YOU MORONS!!!
And on top of ALL of this, so many people cry about “taking this country back,” most of us refuse to do the one thing that keeps us free. Yes, I know, big corporations and big churches and big unions and big this and big that have all the money. But you see, all these “biggies” have one thing in common. At least THEY have want-to to do something about it. It may be illegal and immoral, but at least people like the Kochs, as nauseating as they are, do something. All we are asked to do is get off our asses, trudge down to a voting booth and pull a lever. It doesn’t cost anything, but we don’t even do that.
We are NOT a great country anymore.
But yes, we can be. If we want.
If we stop looking for the latest version of Beelzebub in anyone who gets elected. If we started to trust each other. If we just step away from the -isms and -ologies that we seem wedded to, look at the problems, and find solutions. Not Progressive solutions or Conservative solutions. But solutions. 320 million people and we can’t solve anything? Try won’t.
We have to believe in “us” again.
We don’t have much time.
We need to believe that we can be a great country again. That all our kids can be smart, and all our people can good and generous and successful, and that we can do new things and fight evils and be a better country and inspire a better world, just because we want to be.
And for those who think I am leaving God out if this, I am not, because He created us to do all those things. Every prayer ever prayed has been answered because God gave us…us. I mean this may be the wrong place to say this….but he gave us a lot of abilities….including the ones we can’t talk about….for a reason.
We can be great again. All we have to do is decide to.
But then, as I have said before….who listens to me…?
from Ryan Cooper/The Plum Line
With the debt limit deadline only days away and negotiations over resolving the crisisstalled in the Senate, the tea party this weekend staged perhaps the most brazenly ridiculous rally in its short history. While it was of little significance in and of itself, it is starkly indicative of the depth of the GOP breakdown we’re currently witnessing.
The rally was also a reminder that it’s time to start thinking seriously about reforms that would make minimal governance possible in our current predicament.
So here’s what happened. Yesterday morning, a smallish rally of tea party conservatives descended on the World War II memorial on the National Mall, bashed through the barriers that the Park Service had put up, and proceeded to wallow in nuttiness. Their primary grievance appeared to be that Obama had closed down the national parks. So they marched down to the White House and piled up the barriers. CNN reported:
“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” said Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group.
Sarah Palin, as well as Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were in attendance. At least one large Confederate flag made an appearance. Some Republicans actually imagined that this rally was somehow a game changer.
The incoherence on display was truly astonishing, even by tea party standards. Recall that this shutdown/debt limit extortion crisis was the explicit plan of House Republicans. Republicans have openly admitted that such a crisis must be used to get rid of Obamacare precisely because their loss in the last election leaves them no alternative. As Paul Ryan said last month: “The reason this debt limit fight is different is, we don’t have an election around the corner where we feel we are going to win and fix it ourselves…we are stuck with this government another three years.”
And yet, these tea partiers were absolutely incandescent with rage at Obama that the national parks are shut down. This was the plan, don’t you remember? Guys? The only operating principle at work here seems to be “If X is bad, then X is Obama’s fault.”
The total disregard for even the simplest details or logic here, even according to the Republicans’ own frame of reference, underscores again that this crisis has nothing to do with actual policy differences. This is nothing but the politics of reactionary grievance. The details of the situation currently under discussion are basically trivial. Where previous governing crises revolved around fundamental questions of power and race, we’re now talking about the medical device tax, or funding the government for six weeks instead of six months.
But the threat to the country is no less dire for this being perhaps the goofiest standoff in American history. This radical fringe, by all appearances, remains in control of the Republican Party. This is thwarting a majority in Congress — and the President – from governing. And the GOP is plainly not fixing itself. I think it’s time to start taking this as a given, and start thinking about ways we might reform our system to make basic governance possible when one has a small minority of fanatically committed quasi-revolutionaries wielding so much influence.
Remember: The best case scenario is we’ll run this whole infuriating show again in a few months, and all of our chronic long-term problems will continue to fester.
Now, this is more about starting a conversation; I don’t have a fully fleshed-out plan at hand. One starting idea: we could elect House representatives South Africa-style, where instead of districts as we have now, parties submit a slate of statewide candidates, and seats are disbursed according to vote percentage. (Or, we could just go full parliamentary democracy.) Sure, real change might require amending the Constitution, which obviously would be a heavy lift. But it’s time to at least start talking about serious reform.
From AllAccess: The ANDREA TANTAROS lawsuit against TALK RADIO NETWORK has drawn yet another response from the syndicator, which sent out another statement issued by CEO MARK MASTERS forwarding an email from the company’s RON SEVARAID continuing to blame unnamed third parties for prompting TANTAROS’ suit and attempting to spirit the show away from TRN.
The statement starts with the allegation that “It is a testament to the quality of ANDREA’s performance, and to TRN ENTERTAINMENT’s investment, efforts and expertise, that a competitor could offer her and her advisers a ‘big enough payday’ if she could be convinced to try to break her contract with us - which she cannot do. Though we continue to believe that ANDREA is a victim of those who would offer her enough money to take extreme actions, we are saddened for her and our entire team as a result of her falling to this temptation.”
Going on to suggest that TANTAROS’ advisers should have called to ask if TRN would be willing to sell the show to a competitor, the statement credited to SEVARAID again blames “certain unethical competitors who would seek to harm us and falsely induce ANDREA to harm us as a method of trying to ‘cut us out; of any sale of the contract for her radio host services.” The statement calls TANTAROS’ suit “a smokescreen for non- public attempts to steal our investment under the guise of a contract dispute. Therefore, we need to make the following extremely clear - ANDREA cannot unilaterally break her contract, and we are in full compliance with the agreement. Any statements to the contrary from her attorneys or anyone else are just bluster to attempt to hide the ‘payday’ strategy.”
The statement claims that TRN is current on its payment obligations to TANTAROS, whose suit says she was not paid on time, and that it responded to TANTAROS’ letter claiming breach in a timely manner, invalidating TANTAROS’ subsequent termination notice.
MASTERS and SEVARAID’s statement threatens the third parties, who he said “inluenced (TANTAROS) and put her into this embarrassing position,” that TRN will “pursue them for their greed and other malevolent motives, so that this will be a cautionary tale, not to be repeated,” insisting that “We also like a good fight when it is for the right reasons, and this is for all of the right reasons. We are not vindictive, but we do look forward to catching the rats and finishing what they started.”
Regina getting mad at Emma for getting them lost—married bickersons on a family road trip
that entire dinner scene where Rumple talks about Regina’s fate while making ironic references to Emma Swan—this in the episode devoted to setting Regina on her path to find her True Love—come on!!!!
ever notice how Regina always seems to have the same story as the dude-LIs being thrown at Emma? Hook/Regina wanting their “happy ending” *pans over to Emma.* Neal/Regina getting “another chance” to find love. It’s the perfect cover for SQ—throw these dudes at Emma, let the shippers have their heteronormative fun, but in the end: oh hey, Regina was conveniently there the whole time! Surprise!
Regina getting ticked at Emma for going along with her “boyfriend” Hook’s plan instead of Regina’s (that’s jealousy hun!)
Regina the adorable hopeful puppy trying to get Emma to use magic with her to save their son, because she already accepts that together they’re stronger!!!!
Emma and Regina having their private moment about Regina’s history with Tink and agreeing like good Team Mommies to do what’s best for Henry in their approach of Tink
Heck just look at the sheer *amount* of Emma/Regina interaction, again, in an episode devoted to finding Regina’s love
Once again Emma’s the first to realize that Regina’s in danger, and she’s the first to demand what Tink did to Regina
Oh yeah, and Pan thinking that Henry has dark magic because he’s the grandson of the Dark One. Ahahahahah! Sorry Pan, you’ve got the wrong parent! Adam already confirmed that Henry gets his dark magic from Regina XD
And Sleeping Warrior!!!!!!! Whoa they went there, but it was still heartbreaking. It’s one-sided, but the good news it’s canon! OUAT has unleashed the gay. I repeat! OUAT has unleashed the gay!!!! All the haters can shut their traps, this show officially has a queer character, and has totally opened the door to Swan Queen. There is no way in heck that they’re going to leave one-sided Sleeping Warrior as the one and only queer story on this show. They KNOW that we would be pissed at just that. So either A) they’re going to resurrect SW later or B) SW was meant to introduce audiences to queer stories in OUAT and SQ will be the central queer story down the line (or C) Both!).
All in all I was thrilled with this episode.
Now for those who are worried about Robin Hood, I have some words of encouragement under the cut:
n the wake of the lawsuit filed by syndicated morning host and FOX NEWS CHANNEL “THE FIVE” co-host ANDREA TANTAROS against her radio syndicator TALK RADIO NETWORK (NET NEWS 10/10) for fraud and breach of contract, TRN President and CEO MARK MASTERS has responded with a statement suggesting that a “third party” is misleading TANTAROS but praising her abilities and hoping for a resolution to the dispute.
The statement reads, “Our relationship with ANDREA has been wonderful. She is a brilliant host and a talented person. Until very recently, we had an excellent relationship with her.
“We are now concerned that a third party is misleading her to their own direct benefit. This is not an uncommon problem when the host of a successful syndicated radio show has achieved such early success in our industry.
“In any event, we look forward to the prompt resolution of the matter in our favor, and to moving forward on a positive and mutually rewarding basis with ANDREA for many years to come.
“In the approximately nine months that ANDREA has been in syndication with TRN ENTERTAINMENT, the combination of our investment of our radio expertise, training, coaching, support, promotion, affiliate relations, time, effort and substantial dollars into the development of the Show and of ANDREA as a radio personality, combined with ANDREA’s growth as a radio personality, has built the Show from start-up status to the seventh largest talk radio show in the TALKERS’ rankings, and has landed ANDREA on the cover of the October talk radio issue of RADIO INK. To our knowledge, this has never been done before. It is a testament to the mutually successful collaboration between ANDREA and our team.
“Regardless of this temporary intrigue, there is no legal basis for ANDREA to terminate our contract (to the benefit of a predatory competitor), and we will require, and fully expect, her to abide by its terms. Contrary to certain reports we have heard, we are in full compliance with our obligations under the contract, and are prepared to enforce our rights.”
TANTAROS is alleging that MASTERS made false statements to induce her into signing with TRN and promised to invest millions of dollars into promoting the show, but did not disclose that TRN was suing DIAL GLOBAL and then laid off most of the staff, including TANTAROS’ show support staff and most of the sales team, and reduced the show to getting “C-list” guests and no editorial guidance or production help.
A donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs running during the federal government shutdown, National Head Start Association officials said Monday evening.
Laura and John Arnold / LAURA AND JOHN ARNOLD FOUNDATION
Laura and John Arnold’s donation will help serve more than 7,000 at-risk children while the government shutdown continues, NHSA officials said in a release. The Arnolds, of Houston, co-chair The Arnold Foundation, a philanthropic organization that was established in 2008. Laura Arnold is an ex-oil company executive and John Arnold is an investor.
Head Start programs in Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina and Missouri were closed at the end of the first week of the shutdown, NHSA officials said. Despite the Arnold’s donation, as many as 87,000 children across the country could be affected if the shutdown drags on to November.
At the 13 programs in Bridgeport, Conn., run by Bill Bevacqua, 1,000 children had been locked outahead of the announcement of the donation. Bevacqua said he’s also had to issue 313 layoff notices to employees. He wonders how they will get by.
As of this posting, the woman was shot to death by the DC Assaination Squad…errr..Police. She died. She also had a kid in the car. The kid was unharmed…physically.
But you have to ask, of all the thousands of buildings a person could drive a Ford into, why pick THAT ONE…you know, the one where a certain Mr. Obama sleeps. Especially with THIS going on…?
So you can imagine what was the first thought that crossed my mind…
Especially with the following. Now note, all of these were posted 48 hours before all this happned…
Larry Klyman, famed Clinton hunter, whose tenacious badgering of Billary made him and his Judical Watch organization a right wing favorite in the 90’s, asked us to save the date of November 19.
“[I]t is clear that we have no representative form of government,” Klayman remarked on Cruz’s inability to defund Obamacare. “As in 1776, the people must now take action to rid the nation of this new, far more evil tyrant, who makes King George III look like a Boy Scout.”Now, the only way to stop Obama’s “anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, anti-white, socialist Islamic agenda” is “to mass in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19, and to engage in peaceful civil disobedience, Ghandi and Martin Luther King style” and force Obama from office “before all is lost.”
Same day, Bryan Fischer, mouthpiece for the American Family ASSociation, mongered 7Mountains fear by saying that Obama seeks to eliminate good Xtian folk from society..
On a radio program called Prophetic Perspective On Current Events (one of my favorites…riiiighht..) Rick Joyner said this…
"There’s no way our republic can last much longer…we’re headed for serious tyranny" because the electoral system is so broken that the leaders we need who can save this nation will never win office. That is why "our only hope is a military takeover; martial law"
Joyner’s “ministry” yanked the vid off YouTube, but he stood by his outragoeus comments..
"I make no apologies for this statement, and I will stand by it. I did not plan for that program to be aired just as a government shutdown began. That is actually a gross overstatement for what is happening, and is one of many symptoms of the breakdown we are witnessing in our Republic."
The same day, Janet Mefford invited anti-Obama author Michael Coleman to discuss how the President is fueling a Syrian-style civil war…
And just moments before the DC shooting TODAY, the good folks at Right Wing Watch posted THIS little gem from Troy Newman, the current head of Operation Rescue…
Troy Newman of the militant anti-choice group Operation Rescue is pledging to never purchase a health insurance plan, and he doesn’t care if President Obama and his “health-care cops” throw him in jail! Even though the health care law explicitly says that people who neglect to pay the penalty for not purchasing insurance will not face jail time, the imaginary threat of going to jail makes Newman feel heroic and that’s what really matters.
“Today I’ve become an outlaw, a dissenter, an enemy of the state,” the anti-abortion rights activist writes in WorldNetDaily. “Left unchecked, this new health-care law is fully capable of leading the United States into becoming a police state.”
Make no mistake, behind rhetoric like this lies the foundation of a civil war against Obama and all that would be perceived as liberal and/or non-holy.
The contant drumbeats from radio folk like Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and more frequently these days Rush Limbaugh, seem to note to the average Tea Bagger that The End is Nigh, and we only have a few last days left to offer America as a gift to the Saviour. To transform America into a perverted version of a Christian nation, whether it like it or not.
And do that by any means required.
For years I have tweeted, blogged, and audioblogged my belief that there are factions on both left and, more likely, the right, who want to plunge this country into an uncivil war, or more likely, one final fight to prevent the coming evolution of everything.
It is not clear right now if the events in DC today were a part of this. But then again…
From talkers.com: The Beginning of the End of Talk Radio?
Eyes (and Ears!) on News/Talk Radio as Recent Ratings Trends Spur Criticism.
As the September PPM data continues to roll out, industry watchers and mainstream media writers and analysts are scrutinizing talk radio’s numbers – as well as its programming. Citing a perceived slow-but-steady decline in ratings for the news/talk format in general, critics are wondering if the political “right-versus-left” programming philosophy has become tiresome to all but the staunchest news/talk radio fans and is resulting in the generally lower numbers in Nielsen Audio’s PPM and diary ratings. Some high-profile cases have been cited, including KFI, Los Angeles’ decline in 6+ PPM ratings over the past year from being one of the country’s best-performing news/talk stations in one of America’s most vibrant markets. Just today (10/2), Chicago media writer Robert Feder writes about the state of Cumulus Media’s WLS, Chicago and its declining place in the ratings race. The reasons for the states of these stations are open to analysis – including, but not limited to, the possibility that Nielsen Audio’s PPM methodology is less than perfect – and could easily vary from market to market. When talking ratings, what are usually not included in the recent criticism of news/talk as a format are: the #1 showing for Cox Media’s WSB-AM, Atlanta (which carries the oft-maligned Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity); Cumulus’ WMAL, Washington’s rise in the September PPM; CBS Radio’s high-flying KMOX, St. Louis; Bonneville’s steady-performing KIRO-FM, Seattle; Cox’s WOKV, Jacksonville; and the two Milwaukee news/talk outlets that have consistently performed as two of the top six stations over the last year – Clear Channel’s WISN and Journal’s WTMJ. Constant awareness and analysis of the sound and perception of one’s stations are the hallmarks of good operators and effective programmers should care about how the format is perceived. But discovering what’s “wrong” with a format or a station is not easy and not always possible given the limited information available. In the words of TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, “The first people out there ready to proclaim news/talk radio as being dead are usually people who see the world primarily through a political lens who disagree with the ideology of the hosts they dislike. Political news/talk radio is cyclical and will always come back from the brink when there’s inevitably a new chapter in contemporary issues. Regardless, the good thing that hopefully will come out of this ratings down-tick will be some of the major operators giving consideration to different forms of talk and even news/talk that are just being ignored. There are so many potential ways of doing ‘talk radio’ it is crazy for so many stations to bunch up around one predominant style. Everyone should spread out and claim and develop new territory on the spectrum of possibilities.”