Mar 26, 2015

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Mar 19, 2015

Shakeup expected on LIBERAL CABLE NEWS MSNBC.

MSNBC hit a new level of tone deaf by deciding to keep the show that viewers despise (Morning Joe) while threatening to cancel or move everything else that isn’t Rachel Maddow.

Politico reported:

Rachel Maddow -Joe Scarborough
The extent of that change could be vast: In the months ahead, MSNBC is likely to shake up the bulk of its programming, moving some shows and canceling others, high-level sources at NBCUniversal told POLITICO.

With a few exceptions — notably “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Morning Joe” — every program is at risk of being moved or canceled, those sources said. “All In with Chris Hayes,” a ratings suck that currently occupies the 8 p.m. time slot, will almost certainly be replaced. Network execs are also considering moving some weekday shows, like “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton,” to weekends. “The plan is to re-imagine what the channel is,” one high-level NBCUniversal insider with knowledge of the network’s plans said, “because the current lineup is a death wish.”
For some NBC insiders, the failure of “All In” — Hayes is a distant third place to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, both in total and in the demo — is indicative of the limits of Griffin’s reactive approach to programming.

Unlike Ailes, Griffin didn’t set out to create a partisan network because he believed in the ideology. He did it because it made sense from a business perspective. Olbermann was popular, so he gave Maddow a show. Maddow was popular, so he gave Hayes a show. The problem is that not every disciple is as good as the mentor. Maddow was a groundbreaking liberal voice, an entertainer and the first openly gay prime-time news anchor. Hayes was just a smart kid from Brown University.
It is important to note that MSNBC was never liberal due to an ideological belief. MSNBC went left because there was money to be made in serving the underserved liberal cable news audience. This change has nothing to do with Comcast. It is all about the fact that MSNBC has been losing money. Comcast would turn MSNBC into a 24-hour liberal lovefest if it made them more money.

Viewers may care about ideology, but profits are the only thing that matters to corporations.

The report goes on to state that beyond the axing of All In, Al Sharpton, and Ed Schultz are going to banished to the weekends. Chris Matthews and Hardball are among the top three most watched shows on the network, so it doubtful that Hardball will be canceled or moved.

Viewer complaints about the three-hour Republican propaganda centered around Morning Joe are always going to fall on deaf ears. The network bosses love Scarborough, so until viewership plunges even more, Morning Joe is not going anywhere. Rachel Maddow hosts the one show on the network that is capable of drawing a respectable audience. It will be interesting to see if the network moves Maddow to 8 PM as has been previously reported, or if they take a different approach to building primetime around her.

The changes that look to be written in stone are more hours of news anchored by NBC News, the shuffling of Schultz and Sharpton off to the weekends, the canceling of Alex Wagner and Chris Hayes, and it has long been suspected that Lawrence O’Donnell and The Last Word will be replaced.

The reason viewers don’t watch MSNBC for breaking news is that the network doesn’t do news. Phil Griffin took MSNBC so far into the realm of opinion that viewers stopped going there for their news.

The changes at MSNBC do not represent a failure of liberal media. MSNBC’s problem is that it has become stale and boring. The network is full of hosts who use the same format and discuss the same issues. There is nothing, outside of Maddow; that is different and exciting in MSNBC’s programming.

There is still a huge and vastly underserved audience for liberal news. The lesson that can be taken from MSNBC’s faceplant is that liberals are also people who want to be entertained. The biggest change that needs to happen at MSNBC is that top management beginning with Phil Griffin needs to be replaced.

Mar 17, 2015

Desiderata --- everyone should relisten to this from time to time. and Share the link if you like it.

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Wikipedia... History

Reprint of the poem:

Desiderata Poem   (Text Form)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

©1927 Max Ehrmann (renewed) Bell & Son publishing, LLC
Used with permission

A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation that would have provided $21 billion for medical, education, and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans. The bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and fresh penalties against Iran.
Each party covets the allegiance of the country's 22 million veterans and their families, and each party blamed the other for turning the effort into a chess match aimed at forcing politically embarrassing votes.  -Christian Science Monitor.

Here's some BETTER IDEAS from your humble blogger:

Start with ending DEFENSE WASTE, FRAUD and Abuse.Get rid of some bases only kept open to please Congressmen. Dump the F-35 fighter that doesn't fight. Stop political investigations just to torment Obama. Get rid of a bunch of lobbyist military generals and their private jets. 
Pass a law that taxes 25 percent of all campaign contributions to go towards the deficit.
Wack military aid to Israel... let them open up their OWN Charge Account with the Chinese!  And buy their OWN Iron Dome weapons in their fight to shove Palistine into the sea.

End the war on drugs, pardon all felons imprisoned for simple possession and small amounts. Protect our new MJ growing industry by drone bombing Mexican growers and smugglers.  Don't subsidize state prisons until they decriminalize drug use.
Get rid of subsidies for petroleum based industries and divert half of it to solar and battery storage R&D. Penalize states that don't get in the health care subsidies system. 

Move 20 percent of unemployment benefits to supervised adult job retraining or change the rules so they can work-study under apprenticeships for that money.
Tighten banking regulations even further and eliminate tax breaks for Wall Street.

Mar 10, 2015

Iran Offers to MEDIATE talks between Republicans and Obama!

TEHRAN (The Borowitz Report)—Stating that “their continuing hostilities are a threat to world peace,” Iran has offered to mediate talks between congressional Republicans and President Obama.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, made the offer one day after Iran received what he called a “worrisome letter” from Republican leaders, which suggested to him that “the relationship between Republicans and Obama has deteriorated dangerously.”
“Tensions between these two historic enemies have been high in recent years, but we believe they are now at a boiling point,” Khamenei said. “As a result, Iran feels it must offer itself as a peacemaker.”
He said that his nation was the “logical choice” to jumpstart negotiations between Obama and the Republicans because “it has become clear that both sides currently talk more to Iran than to each other.”
He invited Obama and the Republicans to meet in Tehran to hash out their differences and called on world powers to force the two bitter foes to the bargaining table, adding, “It is time to stop the madness.”
Hours after Iran made its offer, President Obama said that he was willing to meet with his congressional adversaries under the auspices of Tehran, but questioned whether “any deal reached with Republicans is worth the paper it’s written on.”
For their part, the Republicans said they would only agree to talks if there were no preconditions, such as recognizing President Obama’s existence.
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Mar 9, 2015

47 Republican Senators Send Letter To Iran With Veiled Threats

From "Addicting Info."

Republicans are desperate to derail historic peace talks between the United States and Iran and things are getting unimaginably ugly.

In a move that is perhaps singular in all of American history, Republicans in Congress went behind the backs of President Obama’s administration and wrote a letter to the leaders of Iran explicitly telling them to ignore any kind of nuclear deal Obama may extend. Going a step further, the group of 47 Republican lawmakers made a de facto guarantee that regardless of the outcome of the talks, they would fight tooth-and-nail to ensure that the deal never gets ratified.

Take a moment to marvel at that position for a moment: They haven’t even seen the plan, have no idea what items are being discussed, yet have dismissed even considering it out of hand. It boggles the mind.

In the letter, addressed to “the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the group does its best to condescend and offend, taking the tone of a teacher speaking to a dimwitted child.

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution – the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices – which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.

The letter goes on to painstakingly explain how the different branches of the United States government work (a process the Iranians undoubtedly already know), while suggesting that Obama has almost no power to make any kind of deal – even while experts and insiders say negotiations are actually making good headway and may be close to being finalized.

But the letter takes an even more outrageous approach when the group reminds the Iranians that “the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.” Later adding: “President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then – perhaps decades.”

The message is clear: Don’t you dare think about dealing with the president, because we will spend the rest of our lives (in some cases, quite literally) destroying you, if only out of spite.

This letter is a gesture that, if viewed by the norms of history, borders on treason, and comes directly on the heels of the Republicans last gambit: Inviting Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give a speech at a joint session of Congress without informing President Obama. Again, the move was a calculated effort to undermine any deal by inciting animosity from Iran and sending a message to the world that the Republicans in Congress will not support the president no matter what so don’t bother talking to our leader.

Dealing with Iran, and working towards a realistic deal regarding their nuclear ambitions is obviously rife with pitfalls. Any negotiation can only be described as a high-wire act that tasks diplomats with balancing a million different interests and concerns. To watch as members of Congress actively seek to undermine this historic treaty with a country that almost never agrees to come to the table is heartbreaking and infuriating.

Thankfully, there are signs to suggest Iran views Congressional Republicans as about as silly as Americans do. What’s more, their threats are ringing hollow. According to Bloomberg:

Experts who support the White House’s Iran negotiations say such threats are largely bluster, and that if the Obama administration is able to reach a deal with Iran now, it will be very hard for the next president to stand against it…
After all, said [Executive Director of the Council for a Livable World John] Isaacs, the next president wouldn’t just be derailing a U.S.-Iran agreement, but undoing the work of seven countries, including close U.S. allies such as the U.K. and Germany. If a deal is working at least reasonably well until 2017, and the Iranians are mostly complying, efforts to change or repeal it would risk putting the U.S. and Iran back on a path to war — or at least that is the argument the pact’s supporters will make.

While the deal continues despite the Republicans attempts, this most recent shameless ploy can only make things harder for the Obama administration. If talks stall, Republicans will likely celebrate, even as the country suffers the consequences of yet another failed attempt at diplomacy in the Middle East.

More from another source...

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to discuss the open letter he and 46 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate are sending today to Iranian leaders about the ongoing nuclear negotiations between their country and the U.S.

"Many Iran experts say that Iran's leaders don't understand our Constitution," Cotton said. "So they need to understand that under our Constitution, Congress plays a very important role of approving international agreements. And any deal that isn't approved by the Congress won't be accepted by the Congress, now or in the future."

Cotton said he hopes more Republicans, Democrats and possible presidential candidates also sign the letter.

"We already have four Senators on the letter who are thinking about running for president," Cotton revealed. "Rick Perry said last week that he wouldn't honor a deal that doesn't go through Congress. I've spoken privately with other presidential candidates who might join us. And for that matter, I would encourage Hillary Clinton to join us in saying that Congress must approve any nuclear deal with Iran."

"Many Senate Democrats have been strong on this issue. They think that we need to approve any nuclear deal with Iran, but the White House is putting a lot of pressure on Senate Democrats to hold their fire," Cotton explained.

Cotton said they don't know yet what the final terms of the proposed agreement are, but he does know that National Security Advisor Susan Rice has already conceded that Iran will have a robust nuclear enrichment capability.

Cotton added that the president has said that this deal will have a sunset clause, perhaps as soon as ten years.

"Those two terms alone make this deal unacceptable, dangerous to the United States and dangerous to the world," Cotton stated.

Watch more above and read the open letter below.

The Text and a list of Names...

An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.  Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.

First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them.  In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote.  A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate).  Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.

Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics.  For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.  As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.

What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.  The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.

We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.


Senator Tom Cotton, R-AR
Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT
Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA    
Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY    
Senator Richard Shelby, R-AL      
Senator John McCain, R-AZ
Senator James Inhofe, R-OK        
Senator Pat Roberts, R-KS
Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL
Senator Michael Enzi, R-WY
Senator Michael Crapo, R-ID        
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC    
Senator John Cornyn, R-TX          
Senator Richard Burr, R-NC
Senator John Thune, R-SD
Senator Johnny Isakson, R-GA
Senator David Vitter, R-LA
Senator John A. Barrasso, R-WY  
Senator Roger Wicker, R-MS        
Senator Jim Risch, R-ID
Senator Mark Kirk, R-IL    
Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO  
Senator Jerry Moran, R-KS
Senator Rob Portman, R-OH        
Senator John Boozman, R-AR        
Senator Pat Toomey, R-PA
Senator John Hoeven, R-ND
Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL
Senator Ron Johnson, R-WI
Senator Rand Paul, R-KY
Senator Mike Lee, R-UT    
Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH
Senator Dean Heller, R-NV
Senator Tim Scott, R-SC    
Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX    
Senator Deb Fischer, R-NE
Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV      
Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA  
Senator Cory Gardner, R-CO        
Senator James Lankford, R-OK    
Senator Steve Daines, R-MT
Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD
Senator David Perdue, R-GA        
Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC
Senator Joni Ernst, R-IA    
Senator Ben Sasse, R-NE  
Senator Dan Sullivan, R-AK