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LOL!...This should generate some very creative suggestions for MTP........... (And yes. I swallowed my gum)
We've got a great opportunity! Politico reports that NBC News president Deborah Turness met with David Gregory Thursday to discuss how best to shore up Meet the Press:
Sources said that improvements to "Meet the Press" will be one of Turness's chief concerns on her two-day visit. The show's fourth-quarter ratings marked the lowest total viewers "Meet" has had in a fourth quarter since 1991. Its ratings in the coveted 25-to-54 demo were the lowest in the show's history.
"Meet" has made some gains since then. For the first two months of the year, the show was the No. 1-rated public affairs program, averaging 3.269 million total viewers. Still, both Turness and the "Meet" team are aware that there's much work to be done.
I'm not sure they are aware. I think they walk in a fog of assumptions, particularly about how stupid viewers are. Take, for example, the segment at the top, where Gregory sits back and lets grifter Ralph Reed pretend that Republicans haven't done any harm to the country. Not only does he sit back, he joins the filibuster to make sure the Democrat doesn't get a word in edgewise. Or his claim that he doesn't need no stinkin' fact-checks, because it's not his job. Or Chuck Todd's, for that matter.
Those of you in our C&L community know all the ways MTP fails because you faithfully read and comment on our stories every week. So let's crowdsource the solutions and send them off to Deb Turness. After all, if they want actual breathing, thinking viewers on Sunday morning, it wouldn't hurt for them to hear from a few of us. I'll start with mine: Diversify the guest list. And by diversify, I don't mean tossing Andrea Mitchell on the show and thinking you've checked women off the list. I also don't mean criminals like Ralph Reed, who should never be taken seriously enough to make appearances as a 'pundit.'
No, I mean 'diversify.' Put some progressives and people of color on the show. And no, Deb. Progressive does not mean middle-of-the-road corporate Democrat. Over 50,000 people have signed my petition already. If you haven't, you can still sign. Now you add yours and we'll put together a nice package of ideas for Deb, and send it with Nicole Belle's intro letter.
Posted by Segami | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 08:27 PM (17 replies)
Poor little Munster..... stepped into it good this time.......
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Add Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge to the list of African-American politicians who were outraged by comments that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan made Wednesday on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show.During an interview to tout a report on poverty released by his committee, Ryan decried "a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." That brought a tailspin of criticism from politicians including Fudge, who decried Ryan's remarks in a Thursday television appearance on MSNBC's PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.
Fudge told Sharpton the Wisconsin Republican who served as his party's 2012 vice-presidential nominee should be "ashamed" of his remarks and for citing the works of political scientist Charles Murray, whom she called "a known racist," to back his views. Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center say Murray uses "racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority."
"His actions speak louder than his words," Fudge said of Ryan. "He has done everything he can to derail every single program that would help the poor, that would help children, that would help the elderly. He will say that it is a dependency."
Fudge went onto criticize Ryan for denigrating people who only want "to find the American Dream" and said he "has no intention of letting them get it" because he only cares about "people who had trust funds like he did when he grew up, or the people who give money to his campaigns. He is not the least bit concerned about the poor people in this country."
"If Paul Ryan wants to talk about the soul of America, I ask him to look into his own soul," she continued. "Because if he is saying we have no soul, he certainly has a hole in his. He needs to understand that every single person in this country has a right to expect that their government will take care of them in their greatest need. And he knows and we know these programs have been effective. And if he wants to believe that the only way to cure poverty is to just get rid of all the poor people, then he has another thing coming."
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge
Rep. Gwen Moore
Chair, Congressional Black
Posted by Segami | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 02:35 PM (21 replies)
"...America is unlike any country on Earth because it is home to a substantial movement actively working to increase the threat to national security because the Kochs, Republicans, teabaggers, and evangelicals are traitors who hate America and ignore the Defense Department’s warnings to hasten America’s demise...."
The only politicians acknowledging the Pentagon and intelligence community warnings are President Obama and Senate Democrats who spent more than 14 hours around the clock Monday night to draw attention to the incredible dangers posed by climate change, and to compel congressional Republicans to stop ignoring the national security threat before it is too late. However, Democrats and the President are up against a formidable foe in the Koch brothers’ John Birch acolytes that could not possibly care less about climate change or the threat it poses to national security. The Pentagon is not the only national agency that has warned Americans about the threat climate change poses to the nation. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal Government Accounting Office (GAO) and a preponderance of climate scientists (97%) have all warned the nation’s leaders about the increasing danger to America of ignoring global climate change. However, there is little activity to combat the threat to national security and increased terrorism because a substantial number of Americans are inclined to believe the traitorous Koch brothers instead of the agencies tasked with protecting America and scientists who have warned for well over a decade that climate change is a legitimate threat to America at home and its interests around the globe.
What the report did not cite were recent examples of increasingly severe weather events as a result of climate change that already devastated entire regions in America whether it is the worst drought over the past 500 years in California, increased flooding and wild fires, or Hurricane Sandy that wreaked havoc on the Eastern seaboard precisely as climate scientists predicted 6 years ago. However, it is unlikely to sway many American’s opinion on climate change because the Koch brothers, evangelicals, and Republicans still claim climate change is a liberal conspiracy and hoax to assault the dirty energy industry, or god’s vengeance on America because gays exist, women use contraception, or Americans elected an African American man as President. The media is as guilty as the Kochs, Republicans, teabaggers, and the religious right for the threat to national security because they perpetuate the population’s ignorance about climate change and its effects the Pentagon warns threatens national security. There has been a concerted effort by main stream media to bury information about the legitimacy and devastation of climate change at the same time they promote Kochs’ misinformation denying climate change even exists. The Kochs spend tens-of-millions of dollars on conspiracy theories about climate scientist’s perpetuating a hoax on Americans, and evangelicals claim god controls the climate to punish immorality and welcome climate change’s devastation because it will bring about the end times. Teabaggers and Republicans draw from both the Kochs and evangelicals to enrich the dirty energy industry that in turn brings greater campaign contributions. Denying climate change is big business for Republicans because it equates to greater power and riches despite they are traitors for jeopardizing national security.
Posted by Segami | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 11:37 AM (2 replies)
I-O-K-I-Y-A-R ........Call out these hypocritical weasels!!...........
I wonder if there are some Republicans and conservative pundits out there today who are having some regrets. Back in September 2013, there was a lot of turmoil and disagreement going around regarding President Obama possibly looking towards a military resolution to the crisis in Syria. Many Democrats and liberals were against any military action due to basic ideology and the fact that the nation was suffering through war fatigue. However, it appeared that conservatives were against it simply because of their hatred for all things related to Obama. Therefore, when Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, many on the right rallied around the former KGB agent and asked that Obama follow Putin’s lead. In his column, Putin asked that the United States respect the United Nations and follow the advice of the Security Council (which Russia is a part of) and practice caution on any action related to Syria. Putin also stated that peaceful dialogue and diplomacy should be utilized first and foremost and that military action should only occur with a consensus of other nations.
At that time, you had members of the right-wing in this country go ga-ga over Putin. Pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Erick Erickson and Sean Hannity were praising the Russian President for his stance.[/b>] Other Republicans like Pat Buchanan and Ralph Peters claimed that Putin was providing the type of leadership that the US apparently lacked at that moment. Basically, if you tuned into Fox News or talk radio during that time, you got a whole lot of Putin hero-worshiping. In fact, the hero-worshiping didn’t stop with Syria. After that, with the Winter Olympics fast approaching, many social conservatives took up the ‘Putin is awesome’ stance due to his country’s anti-gay laws. Therefore, after a while, you had the hawks and the religious right all joining hands and displaying their mutual affection for a man who had essentially become a dictator of his nation.
Well, now that Russia has invaded Crimea and appears to be on the verge of taking over Ukraine, all without any UN consensus or ‘peaceful dialogue’, I wonder how those same conservatives feel about him today? Do they feel used by their latest hero? Can they bring themselves to admit they were wrong about taking the side of a ruthless dictatorial leader over that of their very own president?
Posted by Segami | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 12:04 PM (6 replies)
KIEV, March 3 (Reuters) - Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Tuesday or face a military assault, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry as saying.
The ultimatum, Interfax said, was issued by Alexander Vitko, the fleet's commander.
The ministry did not immediately confirm the report and there was no immediate comment by the Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea, where Russian forces are in control.
"If they do not surrender before 5 a.m. tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea," the agency quoted the ministry source as saying.
Russia has issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces in the Crimea to clear out by 5 a.m. Tuesday or face a "military storm," according to Russian state-run news agency Interfax, which cited a Ukrainian Defense Ministry source.
Aleksandr Vitko, Russia's Black Sea fleet commander, said that "ff they won't surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow (10 p.m. ET Monday) there will be a military storm on all UA (Ukraine Armed) military forces all over Crimea," Interfax reported, citing a source in Ukraine's Defense Ministry.
A Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman, Vladislav Seleznyov, told CNN that members of the Russian military are going to Ukrainian military bases in Crimea and demanding surrender. The Russian troops are threatening "harsh reaction" if the Ukrainians don't comply, Seleznyov said.
Ukraine Security Service spokesman Petro Tymchyshyn said there that Ukraine is not aware of any official Russian ultimatum.
Posted by Segami | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 11:28 AM (8 replies)
Now you know why McCain is NOT the president.
This aging reTHUG who tagged snowbilly Sarah Palin as HIS V.P. running mate is now trying to unload another massive heap of republican phlegm onto the people......Chris Christie can still win 2016......LOL!!...
Chris Christie shouldn't be written off just yet, according to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
While the governor of New Jersey must continue working to get the George Washington Bridge scandal "behind him," he still has a fighting chance, the Arizona Republican told TIME in an interview published Sunday.
"I think he’s still a very viable candidate," McCain said. "I do believe that obviously he has to get this issue behind him. I think he’s handled it quite well."
While no evidence has emerged that Christie was personally involved in shutting down lanes at the George Washington bridge, documents released last week show that key players close to his administration joked about causing "traffic problems," only this time in front of the house of a New Jersey rabbi.
Posted by Segami | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 11:08 AM (15 replies)
"..Conservatives have been bashing President Obama for telling Vladimir Putin to stay out of the Ukraine or consequences would follow. Funny how quiet they were when George Bush had a man-crush on him.."
Conservatives have been getting their freak on over the Russian/Ukraine conflict and attacking President Obama vociferously since he told Putin that there would be consequences if he invaded.
Marco Rubio offered a ghostwritten eight-point plan that the president should implement immediately.
John McCain described Obama as “naďve” about Putin’s ambitions “to restore the Russian empire”.
Charles Krauthammer claimed that Obama fails to understand that American inaction creates a vacuum.
Rep. Mike Rogers says Putin is playing chess, Obama playing marbles. That's just to name a few of the many attacks that are flying at Obama just minutes after Putin moved into Crimea.
But when George Bush was in office and waxed poetically about Putin, they said nothing. What a shock, right?
Q: As president you met and dealt with many foreign leader...you write, "I've always been able to read people." Vladimir Putin, when you first met him you said you got a sense of his soul...
Bush: I looked in his eyes and saw his soul.
The Moderate Voice has a great piece up called: Ukraine: What a Difference Partisanship Makes
As Russian troops entered neighboring territory the president of the United States, in an address to the nation, expressed his deep concern at reports that Russian troops have “invaded a sovereign neighboring state.” “Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century,” the President said.
Referring to how Russia’s actions have raised serious questions about its intentions in the region, the President said, “These actions have substantially damaged Russia’s standing in the world. And these actions jeopardize Russians’ relations — Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe. It is time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis.”
NBC News reported that, while waiting for the results of a European Union initiative, the administration and its allies are debating ways to punish Russia for its invasion, including expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of wealthy nations and canceling an upcoming joint NATO-Russia military exercise and that the President “and his top aides are engaged in urgent consultations with European and other nations over how best to demonstrate their fierce condemnation of the Russian operation.”
Posted by Segami | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 10:41 AM (3 replies)
Johnny (along with Mitt) still can't shake the fact he lost the presidency to a 'black man'.
Now he wants to play make-believe-I'm-the-President.....................................
The results are in and it is official, John McCain has succumbed to the ravages of age and his mind is no longer functioning on a rational level. He is now calling for what we managed to avoid through all of the tensions of the Cold War — war with Russia. In response to the crisis in Ukraine he has released a statement calling on President Obama to take military action against Russia, a move which is not only foolish but premature since Ukraine has already brought the issue to the U.N. Security Council which has not yet had time to attempt a resolution of the situation.
His full statement as posted on his web page says:
“I am deeply concerned that Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea may soon expand to eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, President Obama said that Russia would face ‘costs’ if it intervened militarily in Ukraine. It is now essential for the President to articulate exactly what those costs will be and to take steps urgently to impose them.
“Russia’s use of force in Ukraine is unfolding in clear violation of Russia’s own commitments to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. None of us should be under any illusion about what President Putin is capable of doing in Ukraine, especially now that he has requested, and the Russian Duma has approved, the deployment of Russian troops, not just in Crimea but in the country of Ukraine.
“Every moment that the United States and our allies fail to respond sends the signal to President Putin that he can be even more ambitious and aggressive in his military intervention in Ukraine. There is a range of serious options at our disposal at this time without the use of military force. I call on President Obama to rally our European and NATO allies to make clear what costs Russia will face for its aggression and to impose those consequences without further delay.”
As further evidence of his diminishing mental faculties he demonstrates his lack of geographic knowledge when he says that he is afraid that if we don’t intervene the conflict will “expand to eastern Ukraine,” Crimea is eastern Ukraine. McCain has not been at all adverse to speaking up to undermine the President’s foreign policy decisions giving the impression of an old man angry at having lost to the “whippersnapper” in the 2008 election but to call for war with Russia is over the top even for him. He is beginning to come off as the angry old warrior who has one answer for every disagreement — kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out. This is the stance he has taken on Iran and more recently Syria. Just a couple of weeks ago he posted graphic photographs of victims of the civil war in Syria on Twitter along with this condemnation of the President’s failure to actively intervene there:
John McCain @SenJohnMcCain
.@PressSec admits he didn’t see my remarks on #Syria today, then distorts my position w/ another excuse for US inaction - sad and shameful
4:45 PM - 12 Feb 2014
It appears that most Republicans see that his demands for military intervention are ill conceived as only a very few others in Congress are joining him in his call for action. The President has been actively seeking a reasonable solution to the problem and has called on Putin to back off and allow the people of Ukraine resolve their differences without outside intervention.
Posted by Segami | Sun Mar 2, 2014, 05:17 PM (8 replies)
How high can shit stack?....pretty freakin high!!.............
It’s an ad so misleading that even conservatives won’t back its Obamacare claims. In the Americans for Prosperity ad aimed at destroying Michigan Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters, Julie Boonstra inaccurately claims that Obamacare is threatening her cancer treatment and that it “jeopardized my health.” She said her life was on the line due to Obamacare, “Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable. If I do not receive my medication, I will die.” That’s a really strong accusation, so it drew a lot of attention, and it turned out to be more Koch brothers baloney. When called out on the facts, the Koch Brothers SuperPAC, Americans for Prosperity, and the GOP claimed people were picking on a cancer victim, as if they couldn’t tell the difference between personal attacks and fact-checking. But EclectaBlog revealed that the alleged “Obamacare victim” from the Koch Brothers ad shares property in Dexter, Michigan with former Washtenaw County GOP chair, Mark Boonstra. EclectaBlog wrote that it seems like more than just the AFP are taking advantage of Julie Boonstra:
As far as Julie Boonstra being taken advantage of, I don’t think it’s just AFP that’s involved. She owns a home property with the former chair of the Washtenaw County Republican Party Mark Boonstra, a vacant lot next to Mr. Boonstra’s Dexter home.
Dexter is a very small town outside of Ann Arbor. Mr. Boonstra is no political novice. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in applied economics and a law degree from the University of Michigan. And he’s no non-partisan. Mr. Boonstra is a member of the self described conservative and libertarian Federalists Society. In 2012, Mr. Boonstra was appointed by Republican Governor Rick Synder to serve on the Michigan Court of Appeals. This makes sense, since Boonstra is from the Ann Arbor area, as is Rick Synder. Boonstra resides in Dexter, which is just outside of Ann Arbor, and is also the location of the property he shares with the “Obamacare victim”. Boonstra was also the Washtenaw County GOP Chair.
From his bio, “Boonstra has served as senior principal for the Miller Canfield law firm, located on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, since 1985. He previously worked as a law clerk for Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.” The law prohibits coordination between a political party or candidate’s campaign and a PAC. This is exactly what got True the Vote in trouble, when the tea party group was ruled by a judge to have engaged in illegal activities by supporting Republicans in Texas. This same group then presented themselves as “victims” of the IRS, and the media sold that to the people as proof of the IRS targeting conservatives. This lie has since been thoroughly debunked. Mr. Boonstra’s close association with the debunked ‘Obamacare victim’ in the ad brings up the question of whether or not the Republican Party is coordinating their ads with Americans for Prosperity. If they are, that’s a violation of the law. And it also suggests that it’s not that easy to find someone to star in their ads full of lies.
Posted by Segami | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:13 PM (10 replies)
BAM!!- Fear Factor Host DESTROYS Ann Coulter: ‘Can You Not Just Be A RIGHT-WING F*CKING CHATTERBOX?’
During his podcast Monday, comedian Joe Rogan demolished anti-marijuana arguments made by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter. He played a clip of Coulter during an appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” where she claimed the sole purpose of using marijuana was to get high – unlike alcohol. “Yeah, I drink whiskey for the taste,” said Rogan, questioning Coulter’s mental stability. “Imagine if they came up with alcohol-free whiskey and sold it in those big Arnold Palmer lemonade cans.”
Rogan agreed when Morgan suggested that “everybody drinks alcohol to get slightly higher than they start drinking” – but Coulter did not. “People enjoy wine, they drink wine for purposes – they buy $800 bottles of wine, perhaps you have a warm feeling you can tell if somebody’s been smoking pot,” she said. “Their eyes are red, they giggle at everything, and by the way they’re incapable of carrying on the normal functions of life.”
Rogan dismissed her last claim as ridiculous. “I do jujitsu while high, I do comedy while I’m high, I’m doing this podcast high, I do almost every radio show I ever do high,” he said. “The normal functions of life? Like what? I go to the movies high all the time, go to dinner high all the time. Like, what is she talking about?”
His producer, Brian Redban, suggested that Coulter may be dating a man who smokes pot, and Rogan started riffing. “She’s dating a guy who’s willing to tolerate her, so just imagine what a f*cking idiot he’s going to be,” Rogan said. “‘Oh, he couldn’t function.’ Well, Jesus Christ, it was probably paralytic just being around your f*cking sh*tbag personality. Imagine that, imagine that woman – that’s your girlfriend.”
Posted by Segami | Sat Mar 1, 2014, 01:20 AM (19 replies)