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Friday, 31 August 2012

CBS Evening News: 1973: Death of LBJ as it Broke



The death of a President who had a big heart for the under served in America

Salon: Mitt Romney: Upstaged by an Empty Chair

Mitt Romney: Upstaged by an empty chair

Holy empty chair Batman! That empty chair at the RNC is getting more attention then Mitt Romney himself.

MASN Sports: School of Roch: Back to the Bronx

School of Roch: Back to the Bronx

How about a three game sweep at the Bronx to get back to First Place

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Turner Sports: NBA 1989: WC Quarterfinals: Blazers @ Lakers: Game 1



The Lakers were out of the Blazers league in 1989

Salon: Mike Huckabee Holds his Nose

Huckabee holds his nose

Mike Huckabee- Mitt Romney stinks but Barack Obama stinks worse

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lynxsa: Janet Jackson- Melbourne, Australia- November 2011

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Source: Lynxsa: Janet Jackson- Melbourne, Australia- November, 2011

Janet Jackson literally is one of the sexiest dancers of all-time. She has a great body, great style as far as showing off her body and great moves. Plus she has the music and that is what you get from a Janet Jackson show is a woman who is a musical dancer. She truly is a musical artist and if you're looking for a performer who sits on a stool or stands on stage and sings, but rarely moves other than to acknowledge their audience or band and perhaps their fans, Janet Jackson would be one of the last performers that you would want to go see. She's not somebody you want to watch if you're trying to fall asleep and perhaps want a slow show to finish you off and knock you out. If anything she's an extra caffeinated Dr. Pepper or Starbucks drink for people who need to study for three exams in one night. Even if you don't like her music I believe you have to at least give her credit for bringing a lot of energy to her shows and for her effort. She is someone who brings a lot to her shows even if you don't like her performances. 

Nina Davisson: Janet Jackson's Pleasure Principle- Seattle 2011

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Source: Nina Davisson: Janet Jackson's Pleasure Principle- Seattle 2011

She brings so much energy to her performances. When Janet Jackson is not performing, she must be spending all her free time in the gym working out. Perhaps she's eating energy bars all the time and has a Starbucks kitchen in her house and drink all the caffeine all she wants. I think she would've made a hell of a pro athlete had she decided to go down that road instead of music. Music's huge loss and would have been pro sports great gain. As far as The Pleasure Principle, it's not one of my favorite songs. Sure! The video is great and very sexy watching Janet dance around in those tight black Guess jeans with that body. And it's great to see her perform that song live or on video. But the song it's self I don't believe is great music. And maybe that is just me not picking up the point of the song, but that is how I feel about it as a music fan especially an R&B/classic rock fan who has been following Janet Jackson since junior high which for me goes back to the late 1980s. But she always looks and sounds great performing. 

ABC Sports: FBS 1981: Arkansas vs. Texas



One of the best rivalries in College Football

Salon: “Hostile takeover”: Ron Paul’s fans react

“Hostile takeover”: Ron Paul’s fans react

It would be great an hysterical to have a Libertarian takeover of the Neoconservative GOP for American Politics

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

WEWS-TV News: Dr. Martin Luther King in Cleveland, Ohio in 1967: The Poor People's Campaign

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WEWS-TV News: Dr. Martin Luther King in Cleveland, Ohio in 1967: The Poor People's Campaign

I wanted to write a blog about Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign that he launched in 1967-68. A few years after the Civil and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 65 respectfully were passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. But I couldn’t find footage of that campaign that was more than a couple of minutes long. But the video I did find is still pretty good. Dr. King, understood as a freedom fighter, that he was someone who fights for freedom, not the other way around.

That of course it was important that all Americans be treated equally under law for all of us to live in freedom. But for America to be a real liberal democracy, we had to do something about poverty in America. That at the time of the late 1960s, was around 25%, perhaps twice that much for African-Americans. And that these people no matter their race to truly to live in freedom, they had to have economic freedom as well. The ability to support themselves. And not forced to live off of public assistance and be forced to live in rundown ghettos, or be forced to live in rundown shacks in rural America. But be able to have a quality of life-like the rest of the country and be able to live in security.

The Poor People’s Campaign, or as I would call it the Campaign Against Poverty, was the next phase of the civil rights movement. They already established the Civil Rights Act, that no American would be allowed to be discriminated against based on their race, ethnicity, or gender. The Voting Rights Act, establishing that no American would be allowed to be denied the right to vote based on race, ethnicity, or gender. But after that was a movement to fight poverty in America. To first bring awareness to the problem, “this what we face as a country” and then hopefully come up with steps to address the issues of poverty.

They didn’t get to this part, MLK died in April, 1968. But this would’ve been the next phase of the civil rights movement. To go along with furthering non-violence, taking on the Vietnam War and perhaps fighting for human rights worldwide. This is just one example of why the assassination of Martin King was so tragic, especially at the age of 39. An early middle-age man if that. Because there was so much left for him to accomplish and work on and he simply just ran out of time because of an ignorant escaped prison inmate, who should’ve been rotting in a Missouri prison instead.

ABC Sports: FBS 1993: Sugar Bowl Intro: Miami Florida vs Alabama



Keith Jackson the voice of College Football

Salon: Tom Smith: Meet the new Todd Akin

Tom Smith: Meet the new Todd Akin

Tom Smith isn't exactly a name thats easy to forget

Monday, 27 August 2012

ABC News: ABC Evening News- 1972 VP Drama: The George McGovern Convention

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George McGovern did a lot to bring in new voters to the Democratic Party. Reaching to African, Latin, Asian and Jewish Americans. As well as women and suburban voters, after the civil rights movement of the 1960s. With a large number of Southern Anglo-Saxon Protestant Americans heading to the GOP because of civil rights. And you could credit Senator McGovern with even saving the Democratic Party. Because without these new voters, all of these new people would’ve ended up Republicans, or not voting at all.

And we would’ve seen Republican Congress’s, not just a Republican Senate, but the GOP would’ve won back the House and Senate well before 1994. Perhaps even by 1980 with the Reagan Revolution, because the Democratic Party would’ve been left with a large hole to fill. With all of those Southern voters heading to the GOP, without other voters heading to the Democratic Party. So by bringing in all of these new voters to the Democratic Party, Senator McGovern deserves credit for saving the Democratic Party. From future losses in Congress and the White House after 1972.

Democrats added to their majorities in Congress in 1974. And they won back the White House while holding both the House and Senate in 1976. But the Democratic Party paid such a heavy price for it in 1972, yes President Nixon was pretty popular. But they were a very divided party between establishment Liberals who wanted a united party to face the Republicans in the fall and the anti-war New-Left Social Democrats. That wanted to take over the party and return it to where it was in the 1960s and build on the New Deal and Great Society. And George McGovern also deserves credit for running the most disorganize convention in the TV era.

Salon: Willa Paskin Interviewing Anna Gunn- Skyler Might Kill Walt

Salon: Willa Paskin Interviewing Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn- Skyler Might Kill Walt

One of the cutest mommies you'll ever see. Skyler White (played by the beautiful adorable Anna Gunn) comes off at least what I believe as a 'babe in the woods' (great Goodfellas line) in Breaking Bad. At least in the first season. I didn't become a regular viewer of this show until the third or fourth season. And Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) doesn't start off as a criminal. He's someone who get into the meth business to save his life and get the treatment that he needs for his cancer, as well as to support his family. He's a woefully underpaid middle-age science teacher in New Mexico. And goes into the meth business to again save his life and support his family. Skyler, his wife starts off this series as a homemaker. Who other than her husband's cancer believes he's a good honest man. Living a normal life.

As the first season moves along the White Family, Walter, Skyler and their son, is essentially broke. Walt, is bringing in the only income to the family. Forty-thousand-dollars a year as a high school science teacher. 2008-09, the start of the Great Recession and when it was at its worst. No economic or job growth. Even with Baby Boomers retiring, so Skyler goes back to work as an accountant. She's an accountant, not some former stripper bimbo married to one her former clients that she fell in love with. She's an educated an intelligent person and knows her family is going to need money and a lot of it. Especially with her husband in the hospital on a regular basis getting treatment. The accountant part is key here, because she figures out her husband has extra money here. Which is where this series gets very interesting.

This is when Walt is getting is meth business going and becoming successful with his high school dropout partner. She figures out that he's in the drug business, but doesn't turn him in. Maybe she's worried about what will happen to her if she does that. Maybe she's worried about what will happen to the father of her son who has cancer. Maybe she doesn't want to lose his income from his business, because again they need the money. But their family which was pretty normal pre-cancer, now becomes very stressful and Skyler and Walt, now are arguing on a regular basis and even separate, but never actually divorce. This is really a great and funny crime drama with all sorts of great characters. And Skyler White played by Anna Gunn, is a huge part of that.

Peace Frog: Jim Morrison and The Doors Tribute Band: Roadhouse Blues



Very good voice

Sunday, 26 August 2012

AlterNet: Lauren Kelly: Bill Maher- The Only Thing You Need to Know About Rep. Todd Akin & Anatomy is That He's an Asshole

AlterNet: Lauren Kelly: Bill Maher- The Only Thing That Todd Akin Needs to Know About Anatomy is That He's an Asshole

I think to understand Todd Akin you have to understand the Missouri U.S. Senate race between Senator Claire McCaskill and Representative Todd Akin. Representative Akin, probably represents a very rural, redneck even heavily Protestant district, where his positions on rape and abortion are not just mainstream, but perhaps considered expected. The problem that Representative Akin is that even if part of Missouri looks like South Carolina and the capital of the Bible Belt, Missouri is essentially a swing state. Where you can’t be very far-right and can’t be far-left at all and expect to win statewide there. Representative Akin, might be able to get away with saying that women shouldn’t be allowed by law to wear tight outfits in public and work out of the home. In his district, but not statewide.

The problems that radicals whether they’re on the Right, or on the Left, who serve in the House and perhaps are only there because they have gerrymandered districts that represents their own views, is that when they move out of their comfort zone which might just be next door, is they’re no longer home. They are now in world where people don’t want big government in people’s personal lives. Where there’s no such thing as a legitimate rape. You can’t run a statewide political campaign in a swing state by tailoring your message to your own overly partisan gerrymandered House district. To win statewide in a state like Missouri it helps not to be very radical at all in one direction, or the other. But if you are, then you need to moderate as you try to represent the whole state.

The Todd Akin’s of the Republican Party represent not just the Bible Belt in Congress and in America, but the Saudi wing of Congress and America as well. A population of the country that might like bashing Islāmic terrorism and claim to be against it. But endorse a country like Saudi Arabia’s policies when it comes to social policy and women’s issues. Where women on a good day might be second-class citizens in their own country, but generally are treated as property of their men. They can’t even decide how to dress themselves in public. Can’t drive a car, risk getting the death penalty if they cheat on their spouses, or boyfriends and I could go on. But I don’t want to be accused of sending anyone into a depression. That is the lifestyle and how the Christian-Right wants to see for American women in the land of the free. And that is where Todd Akin comes from.

ESPN: FBS SEC 1987: Florida @ Louisiana



A lot of future NFL players in this game

Saturday, 25 August 2012

FRSCitizenJournal: Home Run Derby Mickey Mantle vs. Harmon Killebrew: The Ultimate Slugfest



Back in the late 1980s or early 90s or perhaps both, ESPN had a show called Home Run Derby, well they showed the rebroadcasts of these shows. That were on in the 1950s or 60s, I watched this show during week after school around 4-5 PM and if you like the Home Run Derby at the MLB All Star game every year. Then you watch this show because, check it out on YouTube or ESPN Classic or something and you are interested this type of thing. Because this show was the ultimate slugfest, because they would invite two of the top power hitters in the game every week during the season. When these guys were healthy and playing everyday, so they weren't rusty or anything. And the idea was literally to see who could hit the most home runs on each show and it was a home run or nothing. Everything else was an out even a line drive off the outfield wall or something. I like this show so much that my friends in the neighborhood and little brother would imitate this show or try to. Someone would throw batting practice and each of us would get three outs instead of nine. We did it a little differently but they were real outs, except for the fact that all of our hits had to be home runs or they wouldn't of count. Three strikes per out that sorta thing.

This was a very exciting show unless you hate baseball or something, because it would have the top power hitters in the game competing in it. And back in the 1950s and 60s, that meant guys like Ted Williams, Willy Mays, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Harmon Killebrew. With a guy throwing batting practice, just lofting the ball over the plate and then its up to the hitter to hit a home run or he would be out. Unless he swings at a pitch thats called a ball by the umpire. Great show to see some of the best hitters in baseball every week.

Vovan Chel: Janet Jackson- Together Again Live

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Source: Vovan Chel: Janet Jackson- Together Again Live

What I get from this song is how cute Janet Jackson sounds singing this song. The voice sounds like the voice of a little girl, but she sounds real good and looks real good singing. Like beautiful sexy women instead of a little girl. I believe that is just part of her being so adorable naturally where she can still come off as a little girl even in her forties. Very similar to Raquel Welch, when Janet is in her seventies she'll still come off as a very young woman. With her face, voice and body. Assuming she stays on course and continues to do such a great job of taking care of herself. Janet is the cutest R&B singer of her generation. And yet she's also one of the best if not the best, because she has such a sweet voice as well as a good message and is able to be very entertaining and sexy and yet communicate a great message of love and tolerance. In an era where America is so divided where you have one part of the country that is use to running everything on their own, with so many other different American emerging and ready to take their claim and be part of America as well. With the old guard not ready to lose power even as they are. 

FRSCitizenJournal: NBC Sports: NFL 1976: AFC Final: Steelers @ Raiders: Kurt Gowdy and Don Meredith With The Call



The Raiders finally knock the Steelers off their mantle

AlterNet: 7 Birthers Speaking at the Republican National Convention

7 Birthers Speaking at the Republican National Convention | Alternet

Birhers and perhaps other escaped Mental Patients will be invading the 2012 RNC

Janet Video: Janet Jackson- That's The Way Love Goes & If- Live 1993

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Source: Janet Video: That's The Way Love Goes & If- Live 1993

Janet Jackson is a beautiful baby-faced adorable woman who have never looked more than half her age (at least according to her face) with a great body and has always been proud of that. That is what I get from this 1993 performance of her. With basically wearing nothing more than a bra, to go with her tight denim jeans and wearing black leather boots as well. With dancers wearing the same thing. A very common look today with musical performers especially beautiful women, but Janet doing this in the early 1990s and not only looking this way, but showing herself off on stage in front of her audience and I bet in front of a lot of young men as well. Janet's sexuality has always been a big part for her shows, because she's always been a very sexy woman and she loves to dance and combines those two characteristics very well. A very beautiful sexy woman with a great personality, to go long with a lot of talent as a performer. And is someone who always gives her fans more than their money's worth. 

NFL Films: Crunch Time



The NFL aint for pussies

Friday, 24 August 2012

Rumor in Town: MLB 1939-World Series-Cincinnati Reds @ New York Yankees: A Look at Yankee Stadium



I think Yankee Stadium was a great place for baseball, but I’m not sure it was a great ballpark. And what do I mean by that? That when I think of ballparks I think of places that primarily for baseball and were designed primarily for baseball. To the point that if you tried to play another sport there the park would look funny because of how the seats would have to be rearranged for football are soccer to be played there. And that sight lines would look funny as well. I think of Fenway Park as the example of a great ballpark. Wrigley Field would be another one and modern ballparks like Oriole Park Jacobs Field would great modern ballparks.

Yankee Stadium was a great place for baseball, but it was a stadium a very big one at that. At one point it seated something like seventy-thousand for baseball and like eighty-thousand for football. Yankee Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium and one of the few good if not great multipurpose stadiums that were ever built. Baltimore Memorial Stadium would be another one and Tiger Stadium in Detroit would be another one as well. And Yankee Stadium the old one at least was certainly a great baseball castle, but I wouldn’t put it down as a great ballpark, because it was a multipurpose stadium instead.


Salon Magazine: “Louie’s” Masturbating Lady

“Louie’s” masturbating lady

Anyone who likes sex masturbates, get over it

Trish Byonic: Janet Jackson's Number Ones Tour in Melbourne- 3/11/2011

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Source: Trish Byonic: Janet Jackson Number Ones Tour in Melbourne- 3/11/2011

Janet Jackson Up Close and Personal Down Under. I guess that could be taken in a sexual way, because Janet is a very sexual sexy woman, but Melbourne is a big city in Australia and it is down under. Janet of course is from America where she was born and raised. (Gary, Indiana to be precise) But she's an international performer who is also popular in Europe and Asia, including Australia. She's reached the level of Whitney Houston I believe as far as how popular and now talented she is as part of that generation. Entertainers born in the 1960s and 1970s, Generation X which is also my generation. Because again because of how multi-talented she is and how physically attractive. Great singer, great writer, great dancer, very intelligent woman who is also a great communicator. A beautiful baby-faced adorable woman with great style and never afraid to show herself off and beautiful a performer she really is. And is someone who'll probably be perfuming live for another thirty-years or more if she chooses to. 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

G Irafe: Janet Jackson Concert in Melbourne- November 3rd, 2011

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Source: G Irafe: Janet Jackson Concert in Melbourne- November 3rd, 2011

To be completely honest with you I don't watch Janet Jackson in concert (well actually on my computer) because I believe she's a great singer and go out-of-my-way to see and hear her sing when I get the opportunity. I do like some of her songs like Black Cat and a few others, but what really gets my attention about her is how she moves and how she plays to her audience. How she gets her crowd involved, moves around the stage and of course Janet Jackson as the dancer. She is simply one of the most talented, sexiest and best dancers and entertainers in the business today regardless of what style of music you're talking about. She's always in great shape, she's very talented and creative as a dancer and she knows these things and is more than happy letting her fans (perhaps especially guys) see her perform on stage. People always get their money worth and they go to her shows and see her online, because she's such a great entertainer and a sexy dancer. And that is what brings me back to her over and over.

Patrick Knup: Janet Jackson- Pleasure Principle: Rhythm Nation Tour 1990 in Tokyo

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Source: Patrick Knup: Janet Jackson- Pleasure Principle: Rhythm Nation Tour 1990 in Tokyo

I think the Rhythm Nation album is Janet Jackson's best album. Black Cat is a great classic rock song is also a great video. Love Will Never Do is a great love song. (If that is what you're looking for) The tour and concerts are great (not that I ever went to one) just from seeing them on YouTube. Whatever you think of Janet Jackson and I'm a fan, but not her biggest fan, I believe you have to give her credit for being a great live performer. She's a great entertainer, because she has the voice, she looks great, beautiful, adorable, great body, she moves so well and is a great dancer. But The Pleasure Principle similar to Justin Timberlake's I'm Bringing Sexy Back song, I just don't get the point of it. Where did sexy ever go and what is The Pleasure Principle. Great video and again she looks great doing it performing it with her singing and dancing. But what's the point of the song? Or is it just some pop culture catch phrase that she was hoping would catch on and just rely on that. Instead of thinking it was a real song with real substance. 

Salon Magazine: Passing Gas is an Art and Science

Passing gas is an art and science

What's wrong with pumping gas, its a natural act

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Elle: Janet Jackson Together Again- Adelaide, Australia 2011

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Source: Elle: Janet Jackson Together Again- Adelaide, Australia 2011

Janet Jackson the great sexy dancer. That is exactly what she is, because she's always in great shape at least when she's performing and moves so well and knows exactly how to move. And always surrounds herself with other great sexy dancers and apparently isn't worried about being shown up and outperformed. And of course her great style and how she looks. A beautiful baby-faced adorable woman who has a great woman's body even if she's as cute as a little girl. A women who loves tight jeans and tight denim and looks great in them with that great body and style. And not afraid to let the world know how sexy she is and how well she moves. Whatever you think of her music and I'm not exactly the president of her fan club, because I don't like all of her songs, but she's a hell of a performer. Because she has such a sweet voice and always an interesting message and moves so gracefully and looks so sexy. She's one of the best performers not just from her generation, but I believe who has ever lived. 

Emmanuel Goldstein: Video: The Open Mind With Richard Hefner: Dr. Martin Luther King



Liberal democracy, worked pretty well in America except for African-Americans and perhaps other racial minorities. Which is why the civil rights movement was so important and Reverend Martin L. King comes along in the 1950s part of the civil rights generation that he in large part created. And concluded that for America to be a true liberal democracy, that all Americans should have their liberty and not just a special few. That liberal democracy had to work for all of us, not some of us, or we weren’t a real liberal democracy.

As President Kennedy said, we would be a country that’s half free and half slave. With some Americans with the liberty to live up to their full-potential in life and get out of life what they put into it, with everyone else being dependent on what the special few gave us. And that forced segregation and racism was wrong and unacceptable and that this can’t be tolerated in a liberal democracy. And knew how to fight back against this and mobilized people who felt the same way. Dr. King’s political skills were also very good, he understood that not all Caucasian-Americans were racists and believed in forced segregation. He also knew that not all Southern Caucasians were racists either and reached out to those people a well.

Another thing that Dr. King understood that when of this interview in 1957, that African- Americans made up roughly 10% of the American population. And for his movement to ever get off the ground, let alone succeed, he was going to need the help of other Americans. Similar to the gay rights movement today. Which is why he reached out to Caucasians, Jews, Latinos and others, especially in the media, to get the message out. And did a lot of interviews in print and broadcast. To spread the movement of non-violence, peace and equal rights for all Americans and again not just for the special few.

Thats a big part along with their keen intelligence that made Dr. King and Malcolm X so special. They both really knew how to work the media to get their message out. This is also what made people like Richard Hefner so special like this, who understood the greatness of people before they were famous. Dr. King, understood the power of the media, especially the electronic media before a lot of other people did. Similar to Jack Kennedy and knew how to use it to get their message out and spread the word of what they were trying to say and be able to communicate. Not only to their followers, but also to bring in a lot of other new followers. And had a great message to get out and communicate to America.
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Salon Magazine: Quote of the day

Quote of the day

Dr. Martin L. King the History Maker

AlterNet: Tampa: One of America's Most Screwed-Up Cities Is Home to the GOP Convention | Alternet

Tampa: One of America's Most Screwed-Up Cities Is Home to the GOP Convention | Alternet

The Adult Entertainment Capital of the United States hosting the Neoconservative GOP

Shawns Girl 69: Janet Jackson Runaway- Sydney, Australia- 5/11/2011

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Source: Shawns Girl 69: Janet Jackson Runaway- Sydney, Australia- 5/11/2011

Up Close and Personal from 2011. Janet Jackson's greatest hits album and even tribute album to her fans, as well as herself. At this point she had already had twenty-five years in the music business as a singer and already had three great successful albums. Control from 1986-87, Rhythm Nation from 1989-90 and Janet from 1993-94. She's about 9-10 years older than I am so this is first album that I got to see from her as an actual adult. What you also see from Up Close and Personal is a new style. She was big on black denim jeans and black boots in the early 1990s and even black shirts. But she really went hard-cord with that this decade and made black tight t-shirts, with black Levis, black military boots, a black studded belt, a huge part of her look. And with her body and great ability as a dancer she really makes that look fly. Where guys such as myself not only want to hear her sing, but see her move and check her out. Because she really is a beautiful baby-faced adorable woman with a  great body. And hasn't lost a thing physically in twenty-five years.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Election Wall: ABC Evening News: George McGovern and Ed Muskie 1972 Presidential Election

Edmund Muskie reminds me a little bit of John Kerry.

The Democrats didn't have anyone who could beat Richard Nixon in 1972. They also didn't have a united party that could do that as well. One of the reasons why Senator George McGovern as leader of the party for that fall campaign reformed the rules for how delegates were assigned at conventions was to bring in more Americans to the party. The party was transitioning from a Southern based party with Northeastern ties to a party that by the 1980s was heavily dependent on the Northeast and West Coast to win. As well as big cities in the Midwest. Because Senator McGovern brought in African-Americans, Latinos, Jews and Asians to the party from these big cities in the country.

George McGovern whatever you think of his politics was a very bright man. And served South Dakota very well in Congress both in the House and later in the Senate. And I'm sure at the very least knew that even if he did win the Democratic nomination for president he had not an uphill  battle against President Nixon in the fall. But more like a swimmer trying to swim upstream with one arm, one leg and one eye. But what he did in 1972 as far as changing the voting rules in the party paid off really well for Democrats in 1976 with Jimmy Carter. And perhaps helped Democrats hold onto the House of Representatives for another 22 years after 72 with all of the new voters that came to the party. But 1972 was not a year that Democrats were prepared to win back the presidency. They were in transition and way too divided.

Salon Magazine: Condi Rice’s Feminist Triumph!

Condi Rice’s feminist triumph!

Condi Rice is one of the few members of the Bush Administration that I like

Monday, 20 August 2012

ABC News: ABC Evening News: A Few Days Before The 1972 Democratic Convention

Here's a reason to watch ABC Now if you are a political junky. There was simply no way that the Democratic Party was going to win the 1972 presidential election. Even if you could get past the facts that President Richard Nixon was ending the Vietnam War, that his policies to talk to and work with Russia and China were paying off and that the American economy was still relatively healthy. But the state of the Democratic Party was the main issues for Democrats in 72. The emerging that I at least would call socialist New-Left that backed Senator George McGovern for president who went out his way to have this fringe political faction behind him. Combined with what was left of the Southern right-wing base in the party that backed Governor George Wallace. And the traditional New Deal/Great Society progressive coalition that was behind Senator Hubert Humphrey.

Democrats and Senator George McGovern were so desperate to get attention and support behind their campaign that they tried to make Watergate an issue in the summer and fall of 72. Even though most of the country hadn't even heard of the Watergate Hotel yet, let alone the burglary there. Landslides tend to happen at least at the presidential level when you have a fairly popular president which is what Richard Nixon was for most of 1972, with a large percentage of the country believing things are going well. Facing a divided opposition party like the Democratic Party in 72. That couldn't decide who their presidential nominee was going to be and which faction of the party would get it until they got to the convention itself. Opposition parties need to be united behind a leader in order to defeat the President of the United States. Which is not what the Democrats were in 72.

The DOORS: LIVE at Holywood Bowl 1968



Great concert but not the best show from The Doors

Salon: Erik Nelson- Breaking Bad: Mike Blows it

Salon: Erik Nelson- Breaking Bad: Mike Blows it

Thats one thing that’s great about Breaking Bad, is you never know where its going. This is a show that I at least perfectly believes represents the time that it was part of perhaps as well if not better than any other show ever created. Comes on the air in 2008 at the start of the Great Recession. Bryan Cranston, plays Walter White, a middle-age high school science teacher in New Mexico. Who has just been diagnosed with cancer and will need hundreds of thousands of dollars of treatment in order to survive it and beat it. The problem he has is that he’s a forty-thousand-dollar a year high school teacher. Who has health insurance from his school, but that is only going to go so far. 2008-09, pre-Affordable Care Act. You could only use so much health insurance in dollars at that point before you got cut off. His wife at the time is a homemaker and they have a teenage son.

This is where I believe this show gets real, so to speak. How many other Americans are going through similar circumstances, at least at this point. Come down with an illness that they simply can’t afford to take care of. Even though they have a middle class job that comes with real benefits. What Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) has going for him is that he’s a science teacher. And is in touch with one of his former students who is now a small time drug dealer and criminal. And they decide to go into the illegal narcotics business by making meth. So Walter can survive financially, as well as physically. And they end up becoming pretty successful in New Mexico as meth dealers even though they have to deal with so many risks, dangers and stress of this business.

Breaking Bad is about as dramatic and real as a show gets, but its like watching a comedy every week. Or at least a dramatic comedy with very funny people and not just Bryan Cranston, but Dean Norris who plays Walter’s brother in-law and Skyler’s brother. As well as Bob Odenkirk and many others. And this show gives you a very entertaining and humorous look at the New Mexico meth business. And what people might do if they’re absolutely desperate and believe they have no way out. And have to take huge risks like being caught and being sent away to prison for decades. Or being killed by sellers and dealers who want to screw you, or see you as some threat. Where there’s no one you can trust, perhaps especially your family. Because you don’t want anyone to find out.





Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Young Turks: Ana Kasparian & Cenk Uygur- Liberal Bias? CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien Accused by Right-Wing

Source: TYT- Soledad O'Brien & John Sununu-
Source: The Young Turks: Ana Kasparian & Cenk Uygur- Liberal Bias? CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien Accused by John Sununu

If you’ve followed the career of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien who’s also worked at NBC News and I’m sure other places and you don’t look at it from left, or right, but you judge her career instead, especially if you look at her documentaries and panel discussions, its, pretty clear she comes at her job from a political viewpoint. The whole series Black and Brown in America is a good example of that. I’m not saying she’s not qualified, or doesn’t do a good job, but she approaches issues from the left and would probably be better suited for being on MSNBC than CNN.

Soledad, could be the Bill O’Reilly of NBC News, who takes on people in power from both sides, but also has an ideological viewpoint. That she’s not afraid to make public, but goes after people on both sides. To give you an example of Bill O’Reilly. Back in the summer of 2003, when it was discovered that there wasn’t any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we went to war there, based on bogus evidence to put it nicely, O’Reilly announced he was done with President Bush.

O’Reilly announced he was done with President Bush and was no longer going to carry his water for him. He goes after people on both sides, but is definitely a right-winger himself, but not a puppet. Well Soledad O’Brien could be that watchdog for the left and even take on leftists. When she feels she should, which I’m sure he has in the past. She could be Mike Wallace, or Ted Koppel of CNN. Someone who goes after people in power. Not to bring people down, but to hold them accountable and make them back up their argument and policies, or pay a price for it.

As far as Soledad O’Brien’s interview with John Sununu Sr. President H.W. Bush’s Chief of Staff, as well as former Governor of New Hampshire, I think she did a good job. Politicians don’t like to be asked anything that could put them on the defensive and get them off of their talking points. When they do interviews like this, they see their role as speaking up for the candidates they support and speaking out against the candidates they oppose. And anything that’s a tough question which is what anchors get paid to do if they are news anchors which is what Soledad is.

Good anchors put politicians on the defensive when they feel they need to, so what they do instead of answering the questions, is to respond by taking it out on the anchor. For example, ‘how can you ask me that question, when we should be talking about Joe Jones horrible foreign policy. And my candidate’s great record at creating jobs and balancing budgets, or whatever.’ Soledad was quoting off of Mitt Romney’s website and wanted a response from Governor Sununu about it.

Is there a leftist bias in the media whether it’s liberal or progressive, of course there is. Just like there’s a rightist bias in the media as well coming from Neoconservatives. Which is why people who are interested in the news, shouldn’t put all of their eggs in one basket (so to speak) when it comes to gathering their news. And if you are a regular viewer of MSNBC or FNC, I suggest you checkout other news networks, so you can get all the truth, instead of part of it.


Strange Days-Doors Tribute Band



The vocalist has the Lizard King act down

FRSDailyJournal: The Caravan for Peace Calls for an End to the Drug War": Sometime you Have to Know When To Fold Them

FRSDailyJournal: The Caravan for Peace Calls for an End to the Drug War": Sometime you Have to Know When To Fold Them

Saturday, 18 August 2012

The Young Turks: Ana Kasparian & Cenk Uygur: Freaking Ridiculous Fine For Swearing

Source: The Young Turks- TYT Baby Girl Ana Kasparian-
Source: The Young Turks: Ana Kasparian & Cenk Uygur- Freakin Ridiculous Fine For Swearing

Warning! Too all of you sensitive viewers who are offended by cussing, you may want to close your eyes as you attempt to read this blog. Because it may have language inappropriate for your sensitive eyes and brain.

If fining people for what they say in public and I’m talking about what people say to each other, we obviously don’t have a constitutional right to threaten people, but that’s not what this is about, but what people say in public that’s not threatening especially when they are angry and have a right to be or are inpatient, if fining people for blowing off steam (to put it mildly) is not a violation of the First Amendment, the constitutional right to free speech, then the First Amendment is useless. And should be thrown out and we no longer live in a liberal democracy, but a police state.

Which perhaps some Americans would like us to be so we can become what we say we are against and get on other countries for being. Fines for foul language, perhaps they make sense on TV, especially for kids who don’t understand that language yet. And we don’t want them cussing out their parents and teachers and that sort of thing and hopefully vice-versa, all right. I can go along with that, but fining people for what they say on the streets, even when they aren’t cussing at anyone in particular, is fucking bullshit. And I already put out the warning so don’t get on me for that now.

For someone in my age range and generation, I don’t cuss very often. People now judge other people for how much they cuss. You’ll have a hard time finding a comedian under fifty today who doesn’t fucking cuss their ass off when performing and in general. They do it to sound cool and to be funny. For a lot of people cussing is a way of communication, that’s how they talk, you won’t find a hit fictional show on cable (and not just HBO) that doesn’t have a ton of cussing. A shit load even, (if you prefer) because they want their shows to sound cool.

And that’s how you communicate to young people today. For me cussing is a form of expression, I cuss to express anger, or amazement. Like, “holy shit that building is huge!” Or that guy is fat to use as examples. But I’m not one whose blown away by things like that very often and a pretty even-tempered guy and will say what the hell, or get the hell out of here, that sort of thing, instead of what the fuck. So when I do drop F or S Bombs, you know I meant it and not just trying to sound cool.

But just because I don’t fucking cuss my ass off on a regular basis, doesn’t mean I believe others should be fined when they do. Because that’s just plain God Damn Fucking Stupid! Is your life so fucking boring that you have to regulate what comes out of other people’s mouths, when they aren’t threatening, or libeling people, or yelling fire in a crowded place? Is your thumb so far of your fucking ass, you don’t have anything better to do with your time? And that pretty much sums up how I feel about this Massachusetts so-called public decency law.


CNN: Senator Ted Kennedy's 1980 DNC Speech: The Dream Shall Never Die

Had Democrats seen more of this during the primaries, may Ted Kennedy beats President Carter in 1980. You don't wait till the last speech of your presidential campaign to give your best speech. Especially after it's already been decided that you aren't going to win. Especially when you never figured out while you were running in the first place. Ted Kennedy, didn't want to be president. Not sure his family did either, but his supporters especially the Progressive Left in the Democratic Party, wanted him to run for president. That is why, plus the facts that President Jimmy Carter, was so unpopular politically and there was  a bad economy, a Democratic Congress, that Senator Ted Kennedy was obviously part of. Democrats were in serious trouble in 1980.

Looking back at it now, not sure if the Ted Kennedy presidential run hurt or helped President Carter. In a way it actually helped him, because the Democratic contest really got his reelection campaign going. And he just didn't beat Senator Kennedy in most of the primaries, but he trounced him. Teddy, didn't wain a major primary until March of 1980. But it hurt the President in the sense that now the party was divided between their Progressive Left and even George McGovern New-Left and their Center-Left. Their New Democratic Coalition that Jimmy Carter represented. Going up in the fall against a very united Republican Party that was all behind Ronald Reagan. And anxious to get back into power and win the White House back.

FBS SEC 1989: Mississippi vs. Tennessee: Chuck Webb Rushes for 294 Yards



Chuck Webb runs wild over Mississippi

Friday, 17 August 2012

All Histories: New Deal 1930's Government Promotional

The New Deal I believe has a mixed bag when it comes to the Great Depression as far as how it dealt with the Depression. Social Security and the minimum wage and perhaps a few other things like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, have all been success’. But the American economy ten years into the Depression which stared in 1931, or so and again the Depression took up most of Franklin Roosevelt’s first two terms as President, the economy was still in fairly weak shape. A lot of what you probably see in this video is probably true, but they’re not going to give you the whole story. Americans went back to work during the 1930s, but a lot of other Americans were still out of work. Or not making the money that they use to and perhaps now working part-time.

If you look at the American economy in the 1930s and then go up to the 1940s, there’s no comparison. The 1930s, America is either in depression, or recession most of if not the whole decade. And was looking at unemployment levels of twenty-percent or more. The 1940s, thanks to World War II and I’m sure some government infrastructure investment, is where you see Americans go back to work and working good jobs. The 1940s and World War II, were huge economic booms for the American auto industry and the American military industry. All of those vehicles and equipment that was needed to fight World War II in Europe and Japan. And you obviously need good workers to build those vehicles and that equipment. And that is where the jobs are created.

Of course any government propaganda video is going to show you the highlights of what the current administration is working on and show their success’. So this film isn’t any different in that way. Which is why people need to know the difference between the whole truth and propaganda and do their own research. Not that government will lie to you necessarily of course, at least not all the time even though the best administration’s do lie, but they’re not going to tell you the whole story. But what they want you to hear, which is really the definition of propaganda. So what you need to do is find out the rest of the story and then be able to judge for yourself what is really going on. And how bad or good it actually is.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

PBS: The American Experience- President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society

The Great Society President?
This piece was originally posted at FRS FreeStates

I give credit to President Lyndon Johnson for taking on poverty in America as serious as he did. And understanding how poverty affects not only these people, but how it affects the rest of the country. Because it limits people in poverty ability to purchase products that are made by Americans and made in America. Which reduces our consumer spending, which lowers our economic growth. Meaning less jobs are created than would be created had more people had money to spend and we have less people living in the middle class. The lover our poverty rate is, the more consumer spenders we have in America, the higher our economic and job growth is, the less people we have actually living on public assistance in America. Reducing poverty in America is good for everybody, especially employers, because they have a larger crop of people to select from in who to higher. More people graduating from high school and actually getting a good education and moving on an getting a degree at a good school. It's also good for employers, because they would have more customers who can actually by their products, including more people who work for them and produce those products.

So lower poverty and a stronger larger middle class is good for the whole country, especially for the people who were once living in poverty. Because now they have the skills and a good job to take care of themselves, but it's also good for everyone else who had to pay the taxes to be able to take care of these people. While they weren't ready to take care of themselves, this is something that President Johnson understood. That was his vision anyway. What I don't think he quite figured out that President Nixon of all people figured out and then President Clinton put into law in the 1990s, was the best way to get people out of poverty, is through education, job training and then job placement into a good job. So they have the resources to take care of themselves. The Great Society has a lot of programs in it that were deigned to financially support people while they are in poverty, but doesn't do much to help them out of poverty.

We had a 13% poverty level in America by the time President Bill Clinton left office in 2001. That didn't happen by accident and people on the right especially have made the argument, that this was a result of the economic boom of that decade. And that was part of it, but if you are a low-skilled worker or a low-skilled person seeking work, you are not going to get a good job with those skills. No matter how good the economy is. But if you empower these people by putting them back in school and into job training, they'll benefit from the economic boom as well. The only people in America that are eligible for public assistance, are retired workers and seniors and people who don't earn enough money to financially support themselves. Or who aren't retired, but aren't earning any money on their own. They're on Welfare or Unemployment Insurance. So to move people out of poverty, people in poverty need the skills to get themselves a good job and not be eligible for public assistance at all. Because they're earning enough money on their own.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

FORA-TV: Tom Friedman Interviewing Gary E. Knell- A Progressive Bias? 'NPR Seeks Balance Not Truth'


First of all, I’m not a fan of NPR National Public Radio, because their reporting does look somewhat slanted to me. Their reporters and anchors sound like a combination of both reporters and analysts and that’s not the job of reporters. The job of reporters is report on what they cover. And report the facts that come up, not make an assumption of what’s going on and report the facts that back of their case. But to actually report on what’s going on. Which is also different from not knowing anything about what you are covering, but to understand the issues you cover and report the facts that come up.

The job of analysts is to analyze what these facts mean and how they’ll effect whatever the issue is. For example a reporter would report lets say 120K jobs were created last month. And then the analyst, hopefully an economist or someone with a background in economics or business, will analyze what the jobs report means. Whether it’s a good sign for the economy or not. Or somewhere in between, what you get with NPR are reporters that have an ideological slant. People with progressive leanings who cover stories and report the facts that back up what they think about the story.

I’m not saying the NPR is the Fox News of the left, because with NPR you do get a lot of factually based info. You just don’t get most or all the info many times and you get the info that backs up how Progressives feel about these issues. Where except for a few exceptions with Fox News, you get the right-wing slant and a lot of right-wing commentary. The closest thing to Fox News from the left, would be MSNBC, but their audience is not nearly as big and they do have real reporters and anchors. Whereas Fox News except for Shep Smith and Chris Wallace, you have right-wing commentators playing the role of anchors and reporters.

And Fox News has essentially become the official mouthpiece of the Republican Party and right-wingers in America. But the difference being that Fox News is a private organization funded through advertising and the private sector. Whereas NPR is funded through tax revenue. If NPR wants to be a progressive mouthpiece when it comes to politics and current affairs and other issues they see as important, then they should be allowed to do that, but they should have to fund their own operations and business. Instead of taxpayers being forced to subsidize their progressive voice. And then we’ll truly see how much support there is out there for this type of media coverage.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

FORA-TV: Political Satirist Will Durst Takes on Mitt Romney


The best way to describe Mitt Romney the politician is to use his own gaffes, I mean words his own thoughts. He said he’s not a politician, which might be technically true in the sense that he currently doesn’t hold public office. But why is that, because he has a very hard time getting elected to anything, except in 2002 when he was elected Governor of Massachusetts. But that’s not the whole story, he ran for President in 2007-08 in wide-open GOP field and finished third. Despite having the best resources and perhaps organization. And loses a Senate election to a vulnerable Ted Kennedy in 1994.

Mitt, decides not to run for Senate against John Kerry in 1996, against another vulnerable Senator in John Kerry and decides to take a few years off from politics instead . But the man has been thinking about running for public office at least since 1992. He just hasn’t found a way to get elected except for 2002 as Governor of Massachusetts. The reason why he’s not a career politician, is because he keeps losing or can’t find an election he can win. Not because he’s only interested in being a successful businessman. He’s been thinking about being President of the United States since 2004 and started running in 2006. Its taken him six years just to win he Republican nomination.

It’s not just Mitt Romney’s gaffe that he’s not a career politician. That takes up a whole paragraph. Then there’s the one where he says he doesn’t care about the poor. Well pardon the term no shit Sherlock! Also in he news fire can burn human flesh and people can drown underwater. And concrete is hard etc, no real news made here. Here’s a good one, he’s unemployed, actually he gets paid to run for president with all he money he raised running for President. He was fired from that back in 2008 when the GOP decided not to hire him to be their presidential nominee. He did managed to get another job running for president in 2009-10, in about three months, he’ll probably be fired again.

And then of course there all the flip-flops, like not being in favor of his own healthcare law that he singed into law in Massachusetts. He figured out that’s not going to fly and has decided he’s now in favor of Romney/ObamaCare. The best way to describe Mitt Romney without using his own words, imagine a slick used car salesmen. Who has the attitude, “I need to tell my customers what they need to hear for them to buy a car from me and where I’m wrong, I’ll try to fix this in the future.” Like saying a car that’s supposed to have four doors, but it only has three will keep you warm in the winter in Wisconsin with only three doors. Thats sums up Mitt’s flip-flops. “What do I have to say to this crowd to get their support and how do I change that around to get the support of the next crowd that I’m speaking to.” He’s a slick used car salesmen which unfortunately is a great way to describe a lot of American politicians.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Gore Vidal's Fighting Words: The Humor of Gore Vidal, The Ability to Punch WIthout Name Calling



What I respect probably most about both Gore Vidal when it came to debating and their senses of humor. Was that they were able to make points without stating the obvious, they could say things, similar to Margaret Thatcher on the right. Where she said that the problem with Socialism, is that you eventually run out of other peoples money, when a lot of other anti Socialists would say things like. The problems with Socialism is that it spends, taxes and controls too much, that sorta thing. Whereas someone like a Margaret Thatcher would use humor and get right to the point of it. Gore Vidal and Bill Buckley had similar styles when it came to debating, even though they came from the opposite side of the Political Spectrum. They could put someone down or crack a joke at their expense, not to destroy them or hurt their feelings but even make them laugh as they were doing it. They could punch their opponents without calling them names, Ron Reagan same thing. He didn't call his political opponents as he called them, not political enemies which is different. He didn't call them idiots, he just said that they know so much that isn't actually true. They believe their own hype and rhetoric and actually take it seriously, which can be a problem in politics.

Thats the style of humor and debate that I prefer and practice even though I'm not perfect at it. I try to stay as close to facts as possible, especially when I'm critiquing the opposition, which for me would be Right Wingers, whether they are Republican or not. And lately when I'm critiquing the right, its been Neoconservatives for the most part unfortunately. Classical Conservatives the Bill Buckely's of the World, seem to be MIA in the Republican Party, which is unfortunate. But its not just the right that I critique but I write satires about the, lets say farther left, to not offend any of my Socialist friends. While Right Wingers have a tendency to call Progressives Communists or Islamic Fascists or any of these labels that aren't true. When it comes to Progressives, Socialist is accurate except for the Barack Obama's of the World whose not a Progressive. More of a Moderate Liberal then anything, I say things like Progressives want to take care of people by spending their money for them.

I try not to make it personal, especially when I'm critiquing the opposition and you can do that by staying as close to the facts as possible. By not name calling, not making it personal, instead of calling someone and idiot or ignorant, try saying something like they would make a great fiction writer. Which is a great way to describe most of the speeches of Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann, rather then trying to insult them by name calling.