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Before Republicans push us into a war in Syria, every news outlet on TV should have at least one if not two or three war veterans on their shows to discuss what it is like to be in a war.
And the combat veterans should be grunts or boots on the ground types and not officers who are always looking to go to war somewhere.
The cable news outlets as well as network news shows owe it to the people who will have to fight the war and not a bunch of "talking heads" who never served in the military and haven't got a clue what it is like to be in combat
Bill Corcoran, former Cpl. (E-4) United States Army Combat Engineers, Korean War Veteran.Before Republicans push us into a war in Syria, every news outlet on TV should have at... more
CBS News is reporting the United States wasted $60 billion on rebuilding Iraq and the country is falling apart again.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57572748/much-of-$60b-from-u.s-to-rebuild-iraq-wasted-special-auditors-final-report-to-congress-shows/CBS News is reporting the United States wasted $60 billion on rebuilding Iraq and the... more
Happy Birthday to Cousin David A. Andelman! http://www.mrmedia.com/2007/11/david-andelman-a-shattered-peace-author-forbes-com-executive-editor-mr-media-interview-part-1/Happy Birthday to Cousin David A. Andelman!... more
By Susan Zimmerman
August 30, 2012
Frail,frightened and facing certain death is what was described regarding a neighborhood find according to an associate close to the Atlanta rapper/musician Lord Hector Diono whose also my boss. it's no secret that Hector never so much as check his mailbox without a firearm in his hand so imagine his surprise when an annoying sound outside his home studio in Decatur,Georgia kept finding it's way through his headphones on Thursday morning August 30. In traditional fashion Hector reportedly stepped outside to investigate the noise with a loaded handgun in his hand as his neighbors looked on in laughter to find the big bad threat to his paranoid being was a one pound kitten.
I found it hard to believe so I called our CEO myself and asked him to send me a photo because I know Lord Hector is allergic to cats and pet dander. He sent me the photo and admitted despite being allergic to cats he saved the stray kitten this morning after being disturbed by the feline's constant hunger cries outside his home studio during his morning cup of coffee. The kitten has been fed, bathed in Dawn dish washing liquid according to Hector, and has been named "Chico". It's not yet clear on when Hector will release the kitten to the proper authorities as this animal can upset Hector's personal wellness balance. On a personal note; Hector, whose responsible for creating, as well as the daily operations of the urban fashion online store "theiconshop.net" and music hits on iTunes,Rhapsody,and music releases around the world such as "Scarecrow" (The Final Chapter) ,30K, and "Mr. Predator" and I have known each other for eight years now and I know he might try to keep the animal simply because he was raised around cats thanks to his estranged mother and sister. I will try to keep you posted on this if he cares to keep me informed good luck Chico, and good luck Hector.
[UPDATE] Chico's a Girl!!!!! View recent pics of "Chicoleah Suelottie Diono™" Here
By Susan Zimmerman AP/Hood Watch Media/ Burbank CaliforniaBy Susan Zimmerman August 30, 2012 Frail,frightened and facing certain death is... more
Congratulations to "Face The Nation" host Bob Schieffer, who finally, permanently, made his case for keeping the CBS News panel show a full hour! Schieffer talked to me last December for Poynter.org when the network announced plans for a short-term, hour-long experiment. You can literally hear the excitement in his voice in this interview. http://www.mrmedia.com/2012/07/cbss-bob-schieffer-finally-gets-his-60-minutes-of-face-2011-audio-interview/#.UBaHjkQmlGxCongratulations to "Face The Nation" host Bob Schieffer, who finally,... more
by Matt Standal
Besides this story I found on the web, there is no other story of this Simplot cover-up on the ABC, NBC, ABC affiliates in Idaho.
Posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Updated today at 1:02 PM
BOISE -- The fallout from a recent Comedy Central television episode criticizing Idaho's historic J.R. Simplot Co. could hurt both the company and the state of Idaho, according to local public relations experts.
Part of that episode, which appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday, was titled "A Simple Plot." The clip featured a fake news report by comedian Asif Maandvi as he "investigated" alleged environmental damages to Idaho's rivers caused by Simplot and overlooked by the EPA and various Idaho politicians.
The Daily Show is one of Comedy Central's top-rated offerings, reaching millions of viewers across the world. What's more, the particular clip is now widely circulating on social media throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond.
At least one local public relations professional told KTVB that while the Simplot clip might be funny, its message could cause big problems for both Simplot and the state of Idaho.
Leigh Ann Dufurrena is an account manager at Boise-based Red Sky Public Relations. Duferrena said her firm does not represent Simplot, and her opinions don't reflect her company's stance on the issue.
However, she said those in Boise's public relations community are well aware of the clip.
"I hope they have a crisis communication plan in place," Duferrena said, reffering to Simplot. "As a huge corporation, I assume they do."
Dufferena says a crisis communication plan is typically a public relations tactic where a company will use a top official as a mouth-piece to deflect bad publicity.
Dufferena also told KTVB she believes the video clip could damage the reputation of Idaho's natural and political landscape as well, saying that those at the Idaho Governor's office, and EPA should also be aware of the implications.
KTVB reached out to both the J.R. Simplot Co. and the Boise EPA office, whose officials were both panned in the show.
A spokesman at the Simplot Company told KTVB that Simplot declined to comment further on the issue. Officials at the Boise EPA office were not available for comment.by Matt Standal Besides this story I found on the web, there is no other story of... more
Ted's got massive stones!
By David Ferguson
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 16:06 EDT
President Obama made the case today for the so-called “Buffet Rule,” which would mandate that the wealthy pay the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle class families.
He described for the audience the actions of one of his predecessors in the Oval Office, a president who “gave a speech where he talked about a letter he had received from a wealthy executive who paid lower tax rates than his secretary, and wanted to come to Washington and tell Congress why that was wrong. So this president gave another speech where he said it was ‘crazy’—that’s a quote—that certain tax loopholes make it possible for multimillionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10 percent of his salary.”
“That wild-eyed, socialist, tax-hiking class warrior,” he said, “was Ronald Reagan.”
Reagan, said the president, believed that everyone in the U.S. should pay their fair share, a position that would “disqualify him from the Republican primaries these days.” He even suggested changing the name from the “Buffet Rule” to the “Reagan Rule” if that would make it a little easier for Republicans to bear.
Watch this video of President Obama’s remarks, embedded via CBS news:
"Holy Makerel!!! Them's Fightin' Words!!!" =)
Please click link to view entire video... =)By David Ferguson Wednesday, April 11, 2012 16:06 EDT President Obama made the... more
By David Edwards
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:20 EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was so amused by the idea of picking former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee in 2008 that he suggested on Wednesday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney should do the same in 2012.
In an interview on CBS News, co-host Erica Hill asked McCain for his thoughts on Romney’s possible VP pick.
“Sarah Palin has said that she thinks the nominee, if it is in fact Mitt Romney, should — quote — ‘go rogue,’” Hill noted. “What’s your advice?”
“I think it should be Sarah Palin,” McCain replied, laughing.
“Do you really?” co-host Charlie Rose wondered.
“I think we have some very qualified candidates,” McCain said. “Obviously, [Florida Sen.] Marco Rubio is in the top tier. [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie, there are a number of candidates we have out there. [Louisiana Gov.] Bobby Jendal, [Indiana Gov.] Mitch Daniels. We have a wealth of talent out there, and I’m sure that Mitt will make the right choice.”
The failed GOP nominee added: “Obviously, it’s a tough decision.”
Last month, McCain defended Palin after the HBO movie “Game Change” implied that she was an unqualified candidate who was picked because she was a woman.
“I thought she was the best qualified person,” the Arizona senator told Fox News host Chris Wallace.
“What I don’t understand, even in the tough world of politics, why there continues to be such assaults on a good and decent person, Sarah Palin, a fine family person, a person whose nomination energized our campaign,” he said. “We were in the lead and they continue to attack and disparage her character and her person.”
For her part, Palin told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that Romney should “go rogue” and pick tea party Rep. Allen West (R-FL).
“Top of my list is Allen West,” she explained. “I love that he has that military experience. He is a public servant willing to serve for the right reasons. He understands the Constitution. He understands our national foreign policy issues that must be addressed. He has served. I really like him.”
Watch the video below from CBS’s This Morning, broadcast on April 4, 2012.
"Yes, Yes, Yessss!!!! Please pick Caribou Barbie!!! Man this is gonna be a PopCorn eating Beer swilling Election!!!!" =)By David Edwards Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:20 EDT Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was so... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 19:05 EDT
Former Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican who turned Democrat in 2009, said Wednesday that “cannibals” were devouring lawmakers who did not maintain ideological purity.
“Like cannibals eating their own, that’s what’s happening in Washington,” he said on CBS News. “You had a senator like Bob Bennett, with a 93 percent conservative rating, he cast one vote to support the bail out of the auto industry and he got dumped by the Republican Party.”
Specter said the same thing happened on the Democratic side with now Independent Sen. Joe Liebermann.
“The cannibals have taken over and it has produced a gridlocked Senate and a dysfunctional government,” he added.
Specter said politicians no longer care about governing. Instead, they only care about was winning elections.
He claimed even the Supreme Court had become ideological, citing their controversial 2010 ruling in Citizens United.
Watch video, courtesy of CBS News...
"I agree, these folks need to be doing their Damned jobs and serving the American People as they were elected to do, Thanks Arlen Specter!!!!"By Eric W. Dolan Wednesday, March 21, 2012 19:05 EDT Former Sen. Arlen Specter, a... more
By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 18:28 EST
President Barack Obama on Tuesday criticized the Republican presidential candidates who have openly advocated military action against Iran if they refused to dismantle their nuclear program.
He said there was still time to work on resolving the issue diplomatically, and that the new stricter sanctions placed on the country would force them back to the negotiating table.
“What’s said on the campaign trail, you know, those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities,” Obama said. “They’re not commander in chief. And when I see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, I’m reminded of the costs involved in war. I’m reminded of the decision that I have to make, in terms of sending our young men and women into battle, and the impacts that has on their lives, the impact it has on our national security, the impact it has on our economy.”
Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have all repeatedly criticized Obama for allegedly being too soft on Iran.
“This is not a game,” Obama continued. “And there’s nothing casual about it. And, you know, when I see some of these folks who had a lot of bluster and a lot of big talk, but when you actually ask them, specifically, what they would do, it turns out they repeat the things that we’ve been doing over the last three years. It indicates to me that that’s more about politics than actually trying to solve a difficult problem.”
Gingrich has said that as president he would bomb Iran if they refused to halt their nuclear program. Likewise, Santorum has said the U.S. should destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, while Romney has said the U.S. “cannot afford to wait much longer” for diplomacy to work.
“Now, the one thing that we have not done, is we haven’t launched a war,” he said. “If some of these folks think that it’s time to launch a war, they should say so. And they should explain to the American people exactly why they would do that and what the consequences would be. Everything else is just talk.”
Watch video, courtesy of CBS News...
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"Right On BO, I Totally Agree!!!" =)By Eric W. Dolan Tuesday, March 6, 2012 18:28 EST President Barack Obama on... more
By David Edwards
Monday, February 20, 2012 10:23
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday likened the upcoming U.S. election to World War II.
While the candidate’s comments to a packed First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia were somewhat vague, NBC news noted that he “seemed to compare President [Barack] Obama to [Adolph] Hitler.”
The former Pennsylvania senator told his supporters that this election was like World War II, “where our closest ally, Britain, was being bombed and leveled.”
“And America sat from 1940 when France fell to December of ’41 and did almost nothing,” he explained. “Why? Because we’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘You know it will get better. Yeah, I mean, he’s a nice guy. It won’t be near as bad as what we think. You know, this will be OK. You know, maybe he’s not the best guy.’ After a while, you found out some things about this guy over in Europe and maybe he’s not so good of a guy after all. But you know what? ‘Why do we need to be involved? We’ll just take care of our own problems, just get our families off to work and our kids off to school and we’ll be OK.’”
The candidate added: “Sometimes, sometimes it’s not OK.”
As BuzzFeed pointed out earlier this year, it’s not the first time Santorum has compared his opponents to Adolph Hitler.
During a 2005 speech on the Senate floor, the then-senator blasted Senate Democrats for complaining that Republicans were trying to stop them from filibustering President George W. Bush’s judicial appointees.
“It’s the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942: ‘I’m in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It’s mine,’” he said.
Over the weekend, Santorum also said that Obama’s theology was not “based on the Bible.” He later clarified that he wasn’t questioning if the president was a Christian.
Watch this video from CBS’s This Morning, broadcast Feb. 20, 2012.
"Is it just me, or does it look like he is wearing a Diaper under his Slacks???" =)By David Edwards Monday, February 20, 2012 10:23 Republican presidential candidate... more
February 17, 2012 12:17 PM
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in a statistical dead heat in the next big primary state, Michigan. CBS News political director John Dickerson spoke Friday with Susan Page, Aaron Blake and Jake Sherman on what happens if Romney doesn't win his home state.
"So what If, other than a bit of Egg in his Face??? They did mention Jeb Bush, how do you folks feel about that???" =)
Please click link to view...February 17, 2012 12:17 PM Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in a statistical dead... more
CBS has not only legitimized what is clearly a fringe media outlet with absolutely no credibility, it continues to legitimize a so-called 'investigative journalist' who is apparently factually inept.
http://veracitystew.com/2012/02/16/cbs-legitimizes-fringe-media-group/CBS has not only legitimized what is clearly a fringe media outlet with absolutely no... more
Having trouble using Wikipedia today? That's because the popular crowd-sourced online encyclopedia is participating in an "Internet blackout" in protest of two controversial anti-piracy bills: The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
The bills are intended to strengthen protections against copyright infringement and intellectual property theft, but Internet advocates say they would stifle expression the World Wide Web. In essence, the legislation has pitted content providers -- like the music and film industries -- against Silicon Valley.
"It's not a battle of left versus right," said progressive activist Adam Green, whose organization Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday hosted a press conference with opponents of the bills. "Frankly, it's a battle of old versus new."
Here's a basic look at the actions taking place today and the legislation causing all the fuss.
What's going on today?
The popular link-sharing site Reddit got the ball rolling for today's 24-hour Internet blackout. In addition to Reddit and Wikipedia, other sites participating include BoingBoing, Mozilla, WordPress, TwitPic, MoveOn.org and the ICanHasCheezBurger network. Search giant Google is showing its solidarity with a protest doodle and message: "Tell Congress: Please don't censor the web," but the site planned no complete blackout.
Other sites -- like Facebook and Twitter -- oppose the legislation in question but aren't participating in today's blackout.
In addition to the Internet-based protests, some opponents are physically protesting on Wednesday outside of their congressional representatives' offices. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said in Tuesday's press conference it will "probably be the geekiest, most rational protest ever."
What does the legislation do?
There are already laws that protect copyrighted material, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). But while the DMCA focuses on removing specific, unauthorized content from the Internet, SOPA and PIPA instead target the platform -- that is, the site hosting the unauthorized content.
The bills would give the Justice Department the power to go after foreign websites willfully committing or facilitating intellectual property theft -- "rogue" sites like The Pirate Bay. The government would be able to force U.S.-based companies, like Internet service providers, credit card companies and online advertisers, to cut off ties with those sites.
Why content providers want SOPA and PIPA
Content groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and business representatives like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argue that innovation and jobs in content-creating industries are threatened by growing Internet piracy. Overseas websites, they argue, are a safe haven for Internet pirates profiting off their content.
According to the Global Intellectual Property Center, which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, intellectual property-intensive sectors employ more than 19 million people in the U.S. and create $7.7 trillion in gross output. Foreign website operators currently outside the bounds of U.S. law; SOPA and PIPA would help quell illegitimate Internet activity.
In a statement, former Sen. Chris Dodd, who is now chairman and CEO of the MPAA, called the blackout day a "gimmick."
"It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests," Dodd said.
CBS Corporation, which owns CBSNews.com, is a member of the Copyright Alliance -- an industry group representing content producers that supports SOPA and PIPA.
Why Internet companies oppose SOPA and PIPA
Internet companies and their investors would readily say that they're holding the "blackout" to protect their corporate interests -- and the entire burgeoning Internet-based economy.
"The success of Reddit... is one of the smaller examples of the success that has happened in our industry -- and will continue to unless bills like SOPA or PIPA become law," Ohanian said Tuesday.
Under the rules SOPA or PIPA would impose, Ohanian and others argue, start ups wouldn't be able to handle the costs that come with defending their sites against possible violations. Such sites would not be able to pay the large teams of lawyers that established sites like Google or Facebook can afford.
The legislation in question targets foreign companies whose primary purpose is to sell stolen or counterfeit goods -- but opponents say domestic companies could still be held liable for linking to their content. While sites like Reddit wouldn't have a legal duty to monitor their sites all the time, "you might have your pants sued off of you" if you don't, said Jayme White, staff director for the Senate Finance Subcommittee on international trade.
Brad Burnham, managing partner at the venture capital fund Union Square Ventures, said his company has avoided investing in companies related to the music industry because of the copyright risks -- but under the proposed legislation, that risk would hit just about any Internet company. SOPA and PIPA, he said, "takes the risk of frivolous litigation... to the entire Internet."
That should be a concern, Burnham said, when the Internet accounts for 21 percent of economic growth among developed nations, according to one study.
The impacts could go beyond the economy, some argue. Rebecca MacKinnon, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan New America Foundation, argues that if blogging platforms are motivated to monitor their content, that could have "a tremendous chilling effect on people tyring to conduct political discourse and trying to use content in a fair use context."
Where does the legislation stand?
Opponents of SOPA and PIPA celebrated when, earlier this month, authors of both bills decided to set aside the most controversial aspect of them -- language that would have let the Justice Department force Internet Service Providers to block the domains of suspected foreign "rogue" sites. Also, over the weekend, the White House suggested it wants to see modifications to the legislation.
The Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote on PIPA on January 24.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who sponsored SOPA, said Tuesday he expects the committee to continue work on the House bill in February.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., meanwhile, is opposed to the legislation and will today officially introduce an alternative -- the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act. Issa said Tuesday he expects his bill to have more co-sponsors than SOPA has in the House and that "once members of Congress see a viable alternative... I think we can get to a consensus."
The OPEN Act would make the International Trade Commission, rather than the Justice Department, responsible for policing U.S. connections to foreign rogue sites. Placing that responsibility in the hands of one entity, rather than the whole court system, would make the process more transparent, Issa argues.
Video at link.Having trouble using Wikipedia today? That's because the popular crowd-sourced... more
On November 5th, the essayist and commentator, Andy Rooney, passed away at the age of 92. Every Sunday he came into American homes via television -to give some good ole’ common sense advice to what seemed to be a world out of control. He represented the grandfather that told you the truth when you needed to hear it. He represented that consumer that had enough of false marketing. He represented people who just didn’t understand how people can be so cruel to one another. For the people who followed that old grumpy man for many years (including myself) – we will truly miss his candor and his brand of common sense.On November 5th, the essayist and commentator, Andy Rooney, passed away at the age of... more
Lara Logan, CBS war correspondent, is embedded with 101st Airborne in this brutal and graphic video of the war in Afghanistan.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2011/10/lara-logan-cbs-war-correspondent-is.htmlLara Logan, CBS war correspondent, is embedded with 101st Airborne in this brutal and... more
Cold War and the attempted thaw.
When being a Plumber had a whole different connotation entirely.