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Friday, March 30, 2012

Daily Worldwide News: Keith Olbermann Fired by CurrentTV


To be honest you I wasn’t shocked to hear that Keith Olbermann was fired by MSNBC a year ago. Even though they want to have a progressive prime time lineup. Giving voice to American Progressives and looking at the news from a progressive slant. They want to be for Progressives what FNC is for the right-wing. The rest of the NBC News operation I believe is fairly objective. And their reporting is solid. NBC Nightly News and NBC Meet the Press are excellent examples of this. But MSNBC Talk is clearly slanted towards Progressives. And Keith Olbermann is so far to the left, at least with his political commentary and anti-corporate if not private enterprise and so unafraid of offending anyone. Including the people he works for. CurrentTV owned by Al Gore, that he’ll say whatever he wants as long as he believes in it strong enough.

As much as Current my not want to be part of the corporate media and be part of the private sector version of PBS or something, they are part of corporate media. They are a business and have to turn a profit to be successful. CurrentTV has proven to not be the right format for Keith Olbermann. I’m not sure there is one, other than maybe HBO, Showtime or maybe PBS. Where he could say whatever he wants to, swear as often as he likes. This is a format that’s served Bill Maher very well and if Keith can avoid offending one of these networks, maybe HBO, or Showtime, would be a place for him.

Keith, may fit in well there or going on talk radio. Starting his own website or news organization that reflects the views of Progressives, or Democratic Socialists. Because being the lead anchor on a cable network, which is what Current is and saying things that can offend corporate media, just doesn’t work, it doesn’t fit. Keith Olbermann needs to be on a format where he can be Keith and do his thing. And not have to worry about who he’s offending. Similar to Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, but for Progressives. And there may not be a big enough outlet out there that’s also willing to put up with Keith. That can make that happen for him.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Young Turks: Ana Kasparian & Cenk Uygur- HBO's Game Change Preview


I saw the movie last night about an hour of it actually. I think Ed Harris did a good job of playing Senator John McCain and Woody Harrelson did a good job of playing Steve Schmidt and Sarah Palin was clearly not up to the job of Vice President, or President right now. But we knew that four years ago, so even the facts that were in the movie were not new. We knew that the McCain Campaign didn’t do a very good job of vetting Sarah Palin. Basically a little known Governor of Alaska, who may feel she lives in a foreign nation. Because of how isolated Alaska is with the Continental United States. But I have a hard time believing that Steve Schmidt and company would only spend 72 hours researching someone they barely knew if at all, because these people are way too smart for that. And that Senator McCain wouldn’t know how little research they did on his vice presidential nominee. The most important decision that a Presidential Nominee will make.

To take this movie at face value, you have to assume that the McCain Campaign was throwing a Hail Mary. Expecting to lose the presidential election to Barack Obama and that they needed someone who the Republican base would like personally, someone who could match Barack Obama when it comes to personality. Someone that would be seen as a political celebrity. If that’s what their goal, then they’ve more than succeeded. Because Sarah Palin is a political celebrity today, thanks to Senator John McCain. She has 100% name ID and is probably the most liked Republican in the party personally.

But McCain and company paid a heavy price for it politically. With Governor Palin not being able to answer questions that a high school or college student could answer. Like what is the Federal Reserve and making statements that a high school or college student know aren’t true. Like the Vice President being the Leader of the Senate. Julianne Moore is a fine actress, but way too upscale to not sound like an elitist. Not intentionally to play Sarah Palin. They would’ve been better off using Julia Dryfuss or even Tina Fey to play Palin. Not a very good movie and definitely a movie not a documentary. And probably light on facts as well.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rick Santroum: "Colleges Kill Religion, Push Liberal Agenda": Colleges Indoctrinating Students with Facts, how dare they




Imagine if we didn't have colleges in America or they were run by Religious and Neoconservatives. Actually we would be better off without colleges if Theocrats and Neoconservatives weren't running them. Because what are colleges for, to teach students what's going on in the World. What happened before and to teach people how to do things. To learn professions but if your a Neoconservative, you operate in a World of faith. In how you want it to be or how you believe it is and the hell with facts. Because they can get in the way of these Fundamentalist Beliefs. Because the way Theocrats and Neoconservatives see the World, its basically Fairy Land. Not in a sexual sense but its not real, its made up. So when students go to college and they learn what is actually happening in the World. And then they listen to someone like Rick Santorum, Theocrat, Neoconservative he fits in both camps. Where does Rick Santorum get his info.

Sen. Santorum is probably more qualified as a Cult Leader then a politician. College students think, where the hell does this guy get his info, does he live in the same World as I do. This is not what I see in college and the World. Not all homosexuals and viewers of pornography are immoral. Women aren't forced to go to work but a lot of them choose to go to work. I don't need a politician that lost his last Reelection Campaign by eighteen points. In a State that now has a Republican Governor and Legislature, telling me how to live my life. I find it hysterical when Theocrats and Neoconservatives who claim to love America. But they don't like Americans apparently or at least Americans who don't live in their small World.

Colleges indoctrinating their students with the truth, how dare they teach their students. How the World works, wait who said that. Isn't that what colleges are for, isn't that why they tend to cost 100K plus for a four year education. We want our college students knowing what's going on in the World. Otherwise we would just have a lot more ignorant Americans, something we can't afford.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Film Archives-C-SPAN: John Kerry- How do You Ask The Last Man to Die For a Mistake

Vietnam War Veteran-
This piece was originally posted at FRS FreeState: The Film Archives-C-SPAN: John Kerry- How do You Ask The Last Man to Die For a Mistake

Its been said that presidents who have military or foreign policy experience, are less likely to commit American troops to combat in foreign nations, than presidents without that previous experience. Because they know exactly what they are putting those troops through and what they have to go through. And the sacrifices they and their families will make as a result and perhaps even the ultimate sacrifice they may make. I’ll give you a perfect example of that. When Dwight Eisenhower became President in 1953, one of the first things he looked to was to get American troops out of the Korean War. Because he saw it as a civil war.

Ronald Reagan a World War II veteran, never committed American troops into combat. We never went to war in his eight years as President. Jimmy Carter, another World War II veteran, never committed American troops to combat in his four years either. President George H.W. Bush did commit troops to the Gulf War in 1991. But for a very limited mission. Get Iraq out of Kuwait, not to invade and occupy Iraq. A big country of twenty-five million people, a mistake that his son wasn’t able to avoid twelve years later.

President George W. Bush, who never had combat experience, or foreign policy experience. Other than signing up for the reserves to avoid Vietnam service, commits American troops to two wars within seventeen months as President. In Afghanistan and Iraq. Two wars we are now trying to get out of ten years later. We’ll never know what type of president John Kerry would’ve made on foreign policy, or anything else. And I believe that’s unfortunate, because we are talking about a Vietnam veteran from the Baby Boom Generation. Who volunteered to serve his country in Vietnam, unlike George W. Bush who did everything he can to avoid service there.

But when you here Senator Kerry talk about foreign policy as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and as a senior Senator, you know that he doesn’t take these things lightly. And committing American troops to any war is a huge deal and shouldn’t be taken lightly. And when he here presidential candidates who have no decisions to make as candidates as far as what we should be doing as a country when it comes to foreign policy and they talk about a potential war with Iran, kinda lightly like committing troops to an operation, “like this is really not that big of a deal”, as you saw Senator Kerry on his Senate floor speech about an editorial that Mitt Romney wrote in the Washington Post today, you know the difference between someone who knows what they’re talking about, because they’ve been there and someone who doesn’t, because they haven’t.

Where Senator Kerry criticizes Governor Romney’s editorial criticizing President Obama’s policy on Iran, I know as someone that’s never served my country in the military or foreign service, that talking about committing American troops to any type of foreign wars is a huge deal. And shouldn’t be taken lightly and what people say on the campaign trail and what they can do once they get to office are two different things. And that its easy to talk tough on the campaign trail. But once you’re actually in office, it’s a much different story.