Jul 31, 2010

More anti-Depressants for Glen Beck!

In a speech Friday at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, radio and TV talk host Glenn Beck urged the audience to prepare for a “very violent storm.”

Beck shouted, whispered and wept his way through a one-hour-plus monologue (showbiz) that criticized the Obama administration, journalists, unions and some of the unemployed.

“We are living in unbelievable times,” he told his enthusiastic (sheep) audience.

Beck outlined strategies to help listeners survive the storm, including a reliance on God.

“They’re not an enemy of ours,” he said, referring to people he expects to provoke political unrest after the fall elections. “They’re an enemy of his.” (Racist in Disguise)
His appearance was sponsored by NewsRadio 980 KMBZ and several local companies.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/07/30/2119105/in-kc-speech-beck-warns-of-a-very.html#ixzz0vHDtZZ1G

Radioman:  I never liked the idea of anyone being charged for 'sedition' as the Brits did back in the day, or even 'treason', which has a connotation of being 'trumped up'.  But let's face it, these right wing types, wrapped in the First Amendment and the flag for cover, are not moving our society forward.  They're moving us backwards by scaring the shit out of the stupid among us whose eyes are wide open, and that's so the banks and the big money people can lull us into taking all the REST of our money and what we've worked so hard for!  It wasn't like this when I was young.  Thieves just weren't so SLICK and wired in, back then!

Jul 30, 2010

Why Glen Beck is Dangerous....

Fm Media Matters....

On Sunday, July 18, unhinged ex-convict Byron Williams loaded his truck with guns and headed up a California highway with the intention of starting a revolution. If he hadn't been stopped by brave officers -- two of whom were wounded in the confrontation -- he could have carried out a plan to kill staff at progressive organizations, including the Tides Foundation.

What is the Tides Foundation? It's the nonprofit that Glenn Beck brags about "turning the light of day" on by constantly attacking it as part of a socialist conspiracy to destroy our government. The Tides Foundation isn't the shadowy political influence of Beck's fantasies -- it's a transparent organization known in the philanthropic community for doing good public service. Make no mistake: Beck's intention was to paint the Tides Foundation as a dangerous, increasingly powerful threat to freedom that must be stopped. And Williams set out to stop them.

It's time for those who profit from Beck to take responsibility for his incitements to violence. Beck's paranoid, dishonest and incendiary rhetoric doesn't just reflect on Beck -- it reflects on News Corp., Fox News' parent company, and its shareholders. Morgan Stanley owns nearly $300,000,000 in News Corp. stock, Bank of New York more than $175,000,000, Goldman Sachs $115,000,000, and JPMorgan Chase nearly $70,000,000. As owners of the company, they need to take responsibility for the conduct of its employees.
Demand that News Corp.'s major shareholders renounce Glenn Beck's violent rhetoric and its dangerous consequences. 

As Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert wrote:
Indeed, for more than a year Beck has been portraying the progressive organization as a central player in a larger, nefarious cabal of Marxist/socialist/Nazi Obama-loving outlets determined to destroy democracy in America. Beck has routinely smeared the low-profile entity for being staffed by "thugs" and "bullies" and involved in "the nasty of the nastiest," like indoctrinating schoolchildren and creating a "mass organization to seize power."

As Media Matters reported, the conspiratorial host had mentioned (read: attacked) the little-known progressive organization nearly 30 times on his Fox program alone since it premiered in 2009, including several mentions in the last month. (Beck's the only TV talker who regularly references the foundation, according to our Nexis searches.)

So yes, Beck has done all he can to scare the hell out of people about the Tides Foundation and "turn the light of day" onto an organization that actually facilitates non-profit giving.

And guess what? Everybody in America would have found out about the Tides Foundation last week if Byron Williams had had his way.
Demand that News Corp.'s major shareholders renounce Glenn Beck's violent rhetoric and its dangerous consequences.
Thank you again for your support.
Ari Rabin-Havt
Media Matters for America




Beck Denies responsibility

Big Universities Nailed for being a Ripoff to undergrad students

Graduating students listen to President Barack Obama speak at the University of Michigan commencement ceremony in Ann Arbor, Michigan May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Book says many U.S. universities are waste of money

NEW YORK | Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:18am EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Spending as much as $250,000 on a bachelors degree from world-renowned U.S. universities such as Harvard University and Yale is a waste of money, a new book asserts.

"Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money And Failing Our Kids - And What We Can Do About It," urges parents and students to consider colleges that spend on teaching instead of sports and which encourage faculty to interact with students instead of doing research, taking sabbaticals and sitting on campus committees.

"Undergraduates are being neglected," author Andrew Hacker, who co-wrote the book with Claudia Dreifus, told Reuters in an interview.

"Higher education has become the preserve of professors ... (who) really have lost contact with the main purpose of higher education, which is the education of students."

Hacker and Dreifus are critical of many U.S. universities, noting the cost of a 4-year degree has doubled in real dollars compared to a generation ago. But education, they say, has not become twice as good as many colleges lost their focus.

Many Ivy League professors don't teach undergraduates at all and at many colleges teaching is largely farmed out to low-cost adjunct teachers, Hacker said.

And, he said, many undergraduate degrees are vocational -- from resort management to fashion merchandising -- and vast sums of money have been spent on deluxe dining and dorm facilities and state-of-the-art sports centers. As the number of administrative staff has risen, he said, $1 million annual salaries for college presidents have become common place.

"Bachelor's level vocational education is, I don't want to say a fraud, but close to it," Hacker said.
"Undergraduate business classes ... are just a charade; 19-year-olds play as if they are chief executives of General Electric. It is a waste of time and money."


Among the examples of unnecessarily vocational degrees listed in the book -- due to be published on August 3 -- are ornamental horticulture, poultry science and ceramic engineering.

"All undergraduate education should be a liberal arts education where you think about the enduring ideas and issues of the human condition," Hacker said. "After that, go on to law school or study dentistry -- you have plenty of time."

Hacker said the high price of tuition often has little to do with teaching.

"Prices got to where they are because both universities and administrators spent like drunken sailors," Hacker said, noting Ivy League graduates often have average careers.

As well as drawing on their experience -- both teach in New York, Hacker at Queens College and Dreifus at Columbia University -- the pair, who are also domestic partners, traveled across America to find the best and worst colleges.

They list 10 colleges they like, where teaching is the priority and where students get value for money. No Ivy League college makes their list.

They recommend Arizona State University for its vibrancy and Kentucky's Berea College for its free tuition and 10-1 student-faculty ratio. They praise Notre Dame for promoting concern for the common good and Massachusetts Institute of Technology for treating part-time teaching staff well.

The book recommends colleges focus on education and strip away sports programs, trim bloated administrative budgets and spin off research and medical facilities. The authors say tenure should be abolished, that there should be fewer sabbaticals and that more attention should be paid to getting students intellectually engaged.

Hacker said the tragedy of U.S. universities is how many graduates now have six-figure loans, doled out with little regard to the students' ability to repay them.

"This is not only unique to the United States but it is new. Ten years ago students were not taking out loans this way," Hacker said, predicting a high rate of default among student loans in the coming years.

Hacker said that to keep costs down, many Americans should consider attending a college close to home to avoid paying as much as $30,000 annually for out-of-state living expenses.

(Editing by Michelle Nichols and Patricia Reaney)

Jul 29, 2010

Eww: Best Cable Anchors on Vacation

I hate it when Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are taking days off.  MSNBC just sucks when they're gone!

BTW, Only the snooty, know-it-all boring news people hold their noses when Barack sits down with "THE VIEW".  I was soo pissed I had to be gone this morning at 11.  I love seeing the President be less than "Presidential".  And yes, I think it's possible, he doesn't know who SNOOK (SNOOKI) is!  Moreover, if Snookicita looked like Rachel Ray, Chelsea Clinton or Lindsey Lohan, we'd all know who this Snooki character is. (She'll be gone in 20 minutes)

The Olbermann understudy suggested tonight Obama was being critical of the media when he answered a question about the media being preoccupied with CONFLICT" and sometimes is too quick to put things on the air without fact-checking.  Not critical, he was just being truthful, as most insiders know.

Me thinks for all the attacking that the media does, they tend to be a little thin-skinned when the light rarely shines back behind camera-- and that usually happens only when they commit worse sins that the government they criticize does!

I think the Oman did just fine.  And I still think Iran needs to walk quietly because he still might slap the shit out of them, even as he smiles with the ladies!

BTW, I found out on my own website tonight, "BEST OF THE WEB" that Ellen Degeneres was leaving American Idol.  Maybe you should browse it everyday just to stay UP on things!  Everything you care about is there, and if I've missed something, hope you'll email radiomankc@gmail.com with links I should have but don't!

Jul 28, 2010

Where has all the oil gone?????


Mighty oil-eating microbes help clean up the Gulf

Gulf focus shifts, but where is all the oil? AFP/File – People on Panama City beach search for tar balls that might be caused by the oil leak in the Gulf of …
By JOHN CAREY, environmental writer
Where is all the oil? Nearly two weeks after BP finally capped the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the oil slicks that once spread across thousands of miles of the Gulf of Mexico have largely disappeared. Nor has much oil washed up on the sandy beaches and marshes along the Louisiana coast. And the small cleanup army in the Gulf has only managed to skim up a tiny fraction of the millions of gallons of oil spilled in the 100 days since the Deepwater Horizon rig went up in flames.
So where did the oil go? "Some of the oil evaporates," explains Edward Bouwer, professor of environmental engineering at Johns Hopkins University. That’s especially true for the more toxic components of oil, which tend to be very volatile, he says. Jeffrey W. Short, a scientist with the environmental group Oceana, told the New York Times that as much as 40 percent of the oil might have evaporated when it reached the surface. High winds from two recent storms may have speeded the evaporation process.

Although there were more than 4,000 boats involved in the skimming operations, those cleanup crews may have only picked up a small percentage of the oil so far. That’s not unusual; in previous oil spills, crews could only scoop up a small amount of oil. "It’s very unusual to get more than 1 or 2 percent," says Cornell University ecologist Richard Howarth, who worked on the Exxon Valdez spill. Skimming operations will continue in the Gulf for several weeks.

Some of the oil has sunk into the sediments on the ocean floor. Researchers say that’s where the spill could do the most damage. But according to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times, "federal scientists [have determined] the oil [is] primarily sitting in the water column and not on the sea floor."

Perhaps the most important cause of the oil’s disappearance, some researchers suspect, is that the oil has been devoured by microbes. The lesson from past spills is that the lion’s share of the cleanup work is done by nature in the form of oil-eating bacteria and fungi. The microbes break down the hydrocarbons in oil to use as fuel to grow and reproduce. A bit of oil in the water is like a feeding frenzy, causing microbial populations to grow exponentially.

Typically, there are enough microbes in the ocean to consume half of any oil spilled in a month or two, says Howarth. Such microbes have been found in every ocean of the world sampled, from the Arctic to Antarctica. But there are reasons to think that the process may occur more quickly in the Gulf than in other oceans.

Microbes grow faster in the warmer water of the Gulf than they do in, say, the cool waters off Alaska, where the Exxon Valdez spill occurred. Moreover, the Gulf is hardly pristine. Even before humans started drilling for oil in the Gulf — and spilling lots of it — oil naturally seeped into the water. As a result, the Gulf evolved a rich collection of petroleum-loving microbes, ready to pounce on any new spill. The microbes are clever and tough, observes Samantha Joye, microbial geochemist at the University of Georgia. Joye has shown that oxygen levels in parts of the Gulf contaminated with oil have dropped. Since microbes need oxygen to eat the petroleum, that’s evidence that the microbes are hard at work.

The controversial dispersant used to break up the oil as it gushed from the deep-sea well may have helped the microbes do their work. Microbes can more easily consume small drops of oil than big ones. And there is evidence the microbes like to munch on the dispersant as well.

It is still far too early to know how much damage the spill has done — and may still be doing — to the environment. Tar balls continue to wash up on beaches. And the risk of a leak remains, until the well is permanently capped sometime in the next few weeks.

Dear KC Confidential!

Considering that most of your writers are big names, I'm stumped why your blog is so BORING!

Maybe you need an assignment editor who has more of a sense of what's actually INTERESTING besides your big names, themselves.  Quit stroking yourselves, get out of your trendy attitudes and go do some news that's actually INTERESTING!  You act like you're writing for some mahogany walled smoking club of boring middle agers who inherited their money!  Yawn.

  Go write about sky diving or takin your kids to Oceans of Fun or something that people will actually talk about!   You're all really STUFFY!

An EMAIL from people just tired of the BULLSHIT!

Please read the following, I'd vote for the one who wrote this, immediately, no matter which party he -- or she -- represented!  WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR  ANY     U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH?

'My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.

Since Congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq . This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria , Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR THEREAFTER It'll GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.

The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

Need help with a famine ? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France .

In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social   problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations: Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.

Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China .

I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France , and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well.

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.

A special note to our neighbors: Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.

Mexico is also on List 2. Its president and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple thousand extra tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put 'em? Yep, border security.

Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.

We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska -which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.

It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, 'darn tootin.'

Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet It is time to eliminate hunger in America . It is time to eliminate homelessness in America . To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won't forget.

To the nations on List 2, a final thought : You might want to learn to speak Arabic.

God bless America .. Thank you and good night.'

If you can read this in English, thank a soldier.

RMAN... Sometimes it's just good to see what's circulating among the regular folks via EMAIL, to know what they're thinking about.  Hope you muddled through it and got something out of it! 

Most outrageous Emmy acceptances ever

1991: Kirstie Alley accepted her "Cheers" award by thanking then-husband Parker Stevenson for giving her "the big one for the last eight years." Burt Reynolds then accepted his "Evening Shade" award by thanking then-wife Loni Anderson for giving him "two big ones."


If you lurked around Radioman's BEST OF THE WEB site, you'd maybe have seen this already.  Find hours of fun.  Quit your job.  Forget household chores.  Give up politics!  Get fat sitting in front of your computer!

Jul 27, 2010

10 Things Your Grocer Doesn't Want You to Know

10: That Cart is Dirtier Than Your Toilet

No telling what germs are on that grocery cart handle.
Sorry, but it's true. You'll actually encounter fewer germs using a public bathroom than you will using a typical grocery store shopping cart. Nasty. 

A recent study showed that shopping carts harbor more saliva, bacteria and even fecal matter than public telephones and public toilets.

Think about how many babies you see gnawing away on a shopping cart handle while Mom is busy picking out eggs. Gah! And think about that baby's diapered bottom nestled in the spot where you'll later place your apples and tomatoes.

Many supermarkets now offer sanitary wipes at the entrance of the store. We emphatically suggest you use them. And if you're a parent and worried about your child encountering yucky bacteria, buy baby shopping seat covers to keep Junior germ free.

 You'd have found this if you'd have spent some time at Radioman's Best of the Web site!

10 Things Your Grocer Doesn't Want You to Know

Casual Vestments: Pope in a Ballcap

It is not the sort of get-up you'd expect the Pope to sport.  But Pope Benedict XVI broke with tradition by wearing a baseball cap as he went for a stroll around his summer residence on Sunday.

The 83-year-old even colour-coordinated his new cap, perhaps mindful of the need for it to blend in with his white robe and white hair. Pope Benedict donned the trendy hat as he walked around his estate in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.  The cap also served the more useful purpose of keeping the hot summer sun off the Pope's head.

The move isn't the first time that the Vatican has broken with tradition this week.

It emerged at the weekend that officials have decided not to fly the Pope home to Italy on British Airways at the end of his state visit to the UK this autumn.  The decision is due, in part, to the threat of BA strikes.

It has become customary for the Pope to return home from official visits on the flag carrier of the country he has toured.   Pope Benedict will instead fly from Rome to Britain and back on an Airbus A320 operated by Italian state airline Alitalia.

One factor understood to have concerned Roman Catholic officials was the BA cabin crew strikes, which threaten to restart in September when the visit takes place.  The Vatican is determined nothing should detract from the four-day trip, the first state visit by a Pope to Britain.  He will meet the Queen in Scotland before visiting London and Birmingham.  British Airways was asked earlier this year to provide a quote to charter a 747 jet to fly the Pope back to Rome. A BA source said it offered a quote at ‘commercial rates’, but heard no more from the Church.  Airline officials assumed the Vatican had been given a cheaper quote by a rival.

Vatican sources, however, claim Church officials in the UK tried to contact BA again to discuss the details but received no response.

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Jul 24, 2010

Hazardous Beer

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Jul 23, 2010

Fox's NOT SO SECRET AGENDA... from Media Matters

This is worth the read, if you've followed the week's incredible events that has rekindled the news wars and reached all the way to the President. - truly, a network masquerading as a news operation but in truth is the Enemy Within.  --radioman

Media Matters: "Context is everything": Why you should (still) never trust Andrew Breitbart

1 hour and 39 minutes ago
Don't trust Andrew Breitbart.
It's a phrase Media Matters has been repeating ever since the conservative web publisher burst onto the national stage by coordinating the release of deceptively edited tapes purporting to show "illegal activities" and criminality by ACORN employees.
Breitbart's ACORN claims fell apart: after the media firestorm died down, multiple investigations found no evidence of criminality in the "severely edited" ACORN tapes. In other words, countless hours of hysterical news coverage did little more than promote meaningless videos, while propping up Breitbart as the leader of conservative new media journalism.
A similar debacle played out again this week, as Breitbart released another bogus tape, this time smearing (then-) USDA official Shirley Sherrod. The video, Breitbart boasted in a Monday post on BigGovernment.com, showed "evidence of racism coming from a federal appointee and NAACP award recipient" "against a white farmer," and that Sherrod's "federal duties are managed through the prism of race and class distinctions." Breitbart opened his post: "Context is everything."
Fox News and the conservative media initially lauded Breitbart's "great work." Fox Business host David Asman hailed the video from "our friend" as the "triumph of Andrew Breitbart over the establishment." Unfortunately, even members of the Obama administration gave it credence and forced the resignation of Sherrod.
Breitbart's triumph, however, was short-lived. As conservative blogger Allahpundit wondered when the video was released, "Doesn't it sound like Sherrod was building to a 'but' before the clip cut out?" The alleged victims of Sherrod's racism, Roger and Eloise Spooner, told CNN that those who were smearing her as racist "don't know what they're talking about," and that Sherrod did "her level best" to help them successfully save their farm. And on Tuesday evening, the NAACP released the full video of Sherrod remarks, which exonerated her and showed that Breitbart's descriptions were false. Sherrod was speaking about her actions 24 years ago (not during the Obama administration), and was telling a tale about learning that she needed "to work to help poor people" regardless of whether they were black, white, or Hispanic.
Breitbart, apparently operating without having "slept in 40 hours," doubled down on his heavily edited clip and even bizarrely suggested that the farmer's wife was a plant. Breitbart also offered an avalanche of false claims about his original story, like his scoop wasn't actually "about Shirley Sherrod," and that the real story is racism in the NAACP, as evidenced by supposed "applauding as [Sherrod] described how she maltreated the white farmer." Throughout his flailings, Breitbart never offered an apology to Sherrod.
Fox News similarly circled the wagons. On Tuesday, Special Report anchor Bret Baier absurdly claimed, "Fox News didn't even do the story" on Sherrod. On Thursday, Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy claimed that the "Fox News Channel" didn't touch the story "until she had actually quit." A Los Angeles Times article that day reported that Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente defended the channel's coverage by claiming he "urged the staff to first get the facts and obtain comment from Sherrod before going on air." However, Fox News commentators ran with the story before getting all "the facts," and reporters for FoxNews.com published a story based on the deceptively edited video before Sherrod resigned and without comment from her.
Even after the facts came out, Fox News personalities continued to attack Sherrod. Juliet Huddy claimed that Sherrod's "incriminating" "present tense" statements still "raise questions" about whether she should be federally employed. Glenn Beck said that Sherrod "obviously has some sort of Marxist or redistributionist qualities to her." Dick Morris said employing Sherrod is like "having Reverend Wright on staff." And Fox News contributor Monica Crowley suggested Sherrod may be among "radicals, racists, socialists" in Obama administration.
Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and Rush Limbaugh even ludicrously speculated that Breitbart and the conservative media may have been the victim of a "set-up" "orchestrated" by the White House.
After Breitbart's implosion, some -- but certainly not all -- in the media correctly noted that the case illustrates that Breitbart has no credibility. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said, "I think [Breitbart] has lost his standing to present videos to the country at any time." CNN's Anderson Cooper said that Breitbart's actions are "a classic example of what is wrong with our national discourse." Politico's Ben Smith noted, "Breitbart's sites now have a growing credibility problem."
In the end, Breitbart is Breitbart. This was not his first dishonest video, and it won't be his last.
The question is whether Fox "friend" Breitbart's scoops about supposed misdeeds will still be given prominent news coverage, and taken as fact. As MSNBC.com's First Read wrote, "you would have thought that all of us in the ACTUAL news business would have learned this lesson about Andrew Breitbart and his protégés: They're not out for the truth; they're out for scalps."
Fox News anchor Shep Smith, frequently the station's lone voice of reason, may have been speaking to his colleagues (once again) when he said on Wednesday that he declined to run the story "because of the history of videos on the site where it was posted. In short, we did not and do not trust the source."
The way to avoid another ACORN or Sherrod debacle is simple: Don't trust Andrew Breitbart.

Fox News' tea party boosterism backfires

Breitbart hasn't been the only Fox News friend to have a bad week.
On July 14, Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams wrote a "newly discovered letter" from NAACP president "Precious Ben Jealous" to Abraham Lincoln which portrayed blacks as lazy and Jealous as supporting the repeal of civil-rights laws so that "massa" would again take care of blacks. The letter was subsequently condemned by both Republicans and Democrats as offensive, and led to the expulsion of the TPE from the National Tea Party Federation. Today, Williams "completely cut his ties to the Tea Party Express" and resigned.
The uproar marks a low-point for the relatively new Tea Party Express after it shot onto the national stage thanks to Fox News (sound familiar?).
In August 2009, when the group kicked off its first tour, the TPE became the most visible tea party organization on Fox News, appearing on countless programs. Front and center was Mark Williams, then-chairman of the group. Fox News regularly gave viewers the dates and locations of rallies, with one reporter saying she wanted "to let folks know" their schedule so "they can be a part" of events. Another "reporter" was embedded on the group's bus and gave such fawning reports that a colleague called him a "Tea Party groupie." Fox News offered similarly positive coverage for the group's second and third tours in the fall and spring.
As Media Matters documented, Fox News has openly admitted being the voice of the opposition against the administration. It was natural, then, that Fox News fostered the tea party movement, and defended it from criticism for being pseudo-grassroots and pushing incendiary and racist rhetoric. But if Fox News' intention was to present the tea parties as an independent and reasonable voice for fiscal conservatism, they partnered with the wrong group. 
Politico's Ken Vogel noted that the Tea Party Express was started by Republican operatives with the intent of cashing in on the tea party movement. Vogel also reported that "even before the Express launched, [Tea Party Express's coordinator Joe] Wierzbicki worried about having Williams -- along with another PAC figure, Deborah Johns -- as movement figureheads. 'Sure wish Mark and Deborah were just a bit more sophisticated and experienced and 'presentable,' Wierzbicki wrote to a colleague last summer."
Indeed, Williams appears to come from the Ann Coulter School of Punditry, where graduates are purposely controversial in order to garner publicity and money. In recent years, Williams has claimed: Presidents Obama and Carter are "Nazis"; the NAACP makes "more money off of race than any slave trader ever"; Allah is a "monkey god"; Obama is "Our Half White, Racist President"; Obama is an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug turned anointed"; Obama is "engaging in nothing different than did mass murders like Stalin and Pol Pot"; Obama's raping the country; Obama wants death panels like Nazi experiments; voting Democrat may result in a nuclear holocaust; President Carter is a "creepy little faggot"; and -- deep breath -- Obama lacks a valid birth certificate.
Williams, who's received tens of thousands of dollars in "consulting" fees from Our Country Deserves Better PAC, appears to enjoy the attention, telling Dave Weigel in April: "I'm accustomed to being a pin cushion and a lightning rod ... That's one of the things I bring to the table." (Spouting hateful remarks has also earned Williams frequent guest spots on CNN, where Williams has defended his indefensible remarks -- then been invited back anyway.)
Yet as indicated this week, other members of the tea party movement don't enjoy the attention -- especially in the wake of the NAACP resolution condemning racist elements within the tea parties. Ironically, the very spokesman propped up by Fox News to speak for the tea parties proved that the movement has racist elements within it.
It really hasn't been a good week for Fox News friends Mark Williams and Andrew Breitbart.
This weekly wrap-up was compiled by Media Matters research fellow Eric Hananoki.

Jul 22, 2010

Alonzo: What have you done for KC Lately?

I couldn't believe that THIS year, Alonzo rehashes his one time Victory, the Precious Doe case in 2010 on network TV.

  So what has he done for KC lately?  Just resting on his one time victory with Precious Doe?  Finding the girls killer?

Not like he'd PREVENTED a child death.  Only that he solved a murder when the KCPD wasn't aggressive enough.  A lucky break for the Alonzo dude.

  Among a hundred a  year!   Every year since then.   Maybe this guy is milking his ONE TIME SUCCESS!

Now he wants to be a Crimefighting Icon in KC?  Can a guy be a personality for a ONE TIME SUCCESS for the rest of his life?  Sorry.  I don't think so.  Get a JOB!  Get a degree in Criminal Justice and go to WORK solving crimes.  Get a degree in SOCIAL SERVICES and spend your life helping people PREVENT CRIMES!  Don't coast on your one time lucky victory!

Keep in mind, dude.  You didn't SAVE Precious Doe.  You only got a one time murderer sent to prison.  He probably wouldn't have killed another toddler anyway.  So don't expect us to blow an excess amount of smoke up your black ass!

Put another way, your efforts to bring her killer to justice just doesn't' make you nearly as IMPORTANT as you would HAVE US BELIEVE.   What have you done for us lately?

Jul 21, 2010

USDA woman railroaded

This story about the woman railroaded into getting fired because of careless, incomplete reporting by the right wing media:  Briebart and Fox News.

This is not rocket science.  Breibart was careless in jumping on what it hoped was a racist story...and it wasn't.  Woe to Fox News, too eager to jump on a supposedly racist story by not checking it.

They can try to blame the Obama Administration or the NAACP, but the fact is, right wing media is at fault and their failures have caused this ENTIRE CLUSTERFUCK!

Problem is, right wing media will croak before admitting fault.  We who are more moderate understand the problem and that Fox News and Breibart is to blame... but the right wing loyalists won't accept it because FOX won't come clean.    Very sad.

I'm sad that the mainstream media is hesitant to name names.  Namely "BREIBART" and "FOX".  Instead they wang out and say it's the 'media.'   It isn't the 'media'.  It's FOX and BREIBART.  Not at ALL the media.  The "media" is way bigger.  it's RIGHT WING MEDIA, not the whole media.  We need to place the blame where it really belongs.  And they surely need to eat their responsibility!  And be revealed as the TORIES they are.

UnAmerican.  Seditionists!  Corporate owned!   They are NOT media.  They are PROPAGANDISTS for the wealthy.  Lets call them what they really ARE!  Fox is NOT a news operation.  It's a propaganda channel!

FOX News, and "Drudges' BREIBART NEWS'.  Those are the bad guys who did the whole thing!  False reporting.    And yes, stupid Obama administration for swallowing their bullshit and firing their innocent, horribly-trashed USDA employee!   BAD government.  BAD Fox News!

THE USDA Story. Who's the bad guy here?

If you've followed te USDA employee fired for a Breitbart/Fox News overreaction, and realize the black woman was fired unjustifiably... then you want her REISTATED and then want to figure out what went wrong with the MEDIA to cause t his firestorm.

Not interested in rehashing yesterday's news, faux news absurdities!  Suffice to acknowledge that some moron right winger fed Andrew Breibart false information.  He bit it because he will bite at anything that will make Obama look bad.  And FAUX NEWS (FoxNews) will ALSO bite at anything making Obama look bad, even without looking into the facts.  They just GO with it cuz Breibart ran it!  Fox didn't even bother to check it. Breibart didn't check it.  Fox didn't check it.  And so there it is, complete bullshit, never checked!

This is how a false story gets legs, and NATIONAL ATTENTION!  What should Americans think?'  We should think that today's JOURNALISM CAN'T be TRUSTED!  Especially right wing journalism who will run with ANYTHING that disses Obama`

New Starweb: Midwest Democracy Project site

Heavyweight Website in the making!  Looks pretty readable, and with some effort thrown in. KC Star links up with KU/MU Journalism Schools and this has polish right out of the box.   I'm excited.  Check this out!

Here's what they say about themselves...

About The Midwest Democracy Project

At its heart, The Midwest Democracy Project is a grand experiment to find new and better ways for citizens to get informed and engage in civic debate. Our project aims to be the go-to source for trustworthy information as we vote and discuss significant civic issues in our communities.

That information will come from a variety of sources: from local media in the Midwest, from candidates and public officials – and most importantly, from citizens themselves. The Midwest Democracy Project is a collaboration of The Kansas City Star, the University of Kansas' William Allen White School of Journalism and Communications and the University of Missouri School of Journalism and its Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The project launched July 12, 2010, but that’s just the beginning. The site will grow and become richer over time, adding widgets and databases that connect voters, highlighting pressing issues and delivering the latest and best news about the fall election and other civic issues. Social media applications, campaign finance data, videos and the latest news and commentary from across the nation and the region will be among the resources available in a flash. The goal is to create an interactive source of the freshest, best information available to make informed decisions in our democratic society

Read more: http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/about/#ixzz0uJojUcot

Jul 20, 2010

Maddow Nails Faux News for Treachery (Again!)

Update: The morning after, Faux News is just playin dumb, making shit up on the fly to cover for their journalistic malpractice. Could be that the blond bomber doing the morning show cut his teeth as a Kendoll weatherman and not a newsman?

Or is it just make shit up to make Obama look bad? Scary how many people get their news only from Faux Fiction!

Jul 15, 2010

Oh Jeez: Feds spend millions on Stimulus Signs

Doubt the Oman himself approved it but well, federal managers just don't have a lick of sense!  Today's outrage is revelation that the government has spent MILLIONS on signs advertising that projects were part of the Federal Stimulus Program.  Signs!

Here's the main story from ABC News

It's always a good idea to know that the federal giveaway to keep jobs going go for useful things.  Have you noticed on some Interstates around KC, there are 3 (count em 3) mile post markers every TENTH OF A MILE?  That's 30 signs per MILE, presumably all over the country-- one on the left, one in the median, one on the right!  Pictured here is one off of I-44.   Grandma isn't well taken care of in nursing homes, but by golly, road construction contractors are well paid putting up so many signs, while nursing homes can't afford to pay for medical equipment and decent wages for the nurse aides taking care of our parents!   Is this the best we can do with government projects?  At least during the Depression, WPA projects to keep people working built schools, dams and court houses.  But not one every tenth of a mile!

Jul 13, 2010

Memorial Day: American Military Cemeteries in Europe

Aisne-Marne France, 2287

Ardennes, Belgium, 5329

Brittany France, 4410

Brookwood England 468

Cambridge England 3812

Epinal France, 5525

Flanders Field Belgium, 368

Florence Italy, 4402 

Henri-Chapelle Belguim, 7992

Lorraine France, 10489

Luxembourg,  5076

Meuse-Argonne France 14246

Normandy France, 9387

Rhone France, 861

Sicily, 7861

Somme France, 1844

St Mihiel France, 4153

Suresnes France, 1541

American Battle Monuments Commission
The Commission administers, operates, and maintains 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,909 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries, 30,921 of World War I, 93,238 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 6,177 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City and Corozal American Cemeteries.

The National Liberty Memorial, a museum in Kansas City dedicated to The Great War, World War I,  is not listed with the ABMC.

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