Today's podcast is brought to you by the letter "G" for Gunloon.
For a guy who uses the words "honest" and "honestly" as Fifi LaPierre does, he sure doesn't tell the truth very often. Also, some people were whining about the dumbest thing this morning… And the pressure on our economy is tremendous due to a lack of realism.
Broadcast radio is a mess. The experiment has failed. A few huge "media conglomerates" tried to buy up all of the stations and monopolize the advertising revenue, and it failed miserably. It's time to pack it up and roll things back to where they used to be. Local stations owned mostly by local people, who cared about the community.
Now, you may argue the importance of terrestrial radio in the Internet age, but the fact of the matter is, everyone has easy access to a cheap-o AM/FM radio, and a local signal, even in a time of crisis. We need information about traffic and weather, in order to make decisions about our daily lives, and let's face it; news is an important part of our lives.
The conglomerates have completely ruined radio. Most of the content is "piped in." Most of the best air personalities are now hawking podcasts. There is far too much "sports talk," because it's apparently very being offered really cheaply. And talk radio is dominated by one point of view. That simply shouldn't be the case. It's time we went back to basics. Stop treating radio as if it's a "free market" in which anyone can own a station and do what he wants, and go back to treating broadcasting as a public trust, which it is.
This week's podcast is a tough one. But all of you folks who are excoriating Harry Reid for some sort of betrayal are missing the point, and you're starting to poison the 2014 election. If 2014 is a repeat of 2010, you'll wish we still had a filibuster.
The fight to get rid of Rush Limbaugh continues unabated, despite the fact that he’ll never actually go off the air, unless his listenership drops. The best way to do that is to make his words available to everyone. By doing that, no new listeners will tune him in, even as his old listeners die off.
We should also be really careful how we use advertiser pressure to effect change. As we’ve seen over the last year, it can come back and bite us. Consider the situation at Dial Global, which owns Bill Press’, Thom Hartmann’s, Stephanie Miller’s and Ed Schultz’s shows. They were forced to take a huge write-off, because a number of advertisers defected from all talk radio in the wake of the pushback against Limbaugh, post-Sandra Fluke. In other words, advise the advertiser of what they’re supporting, and stop making threats against advertisers and/or slagging them publicly. I mean, really; if they advertise on Limbaugh’s show, but they also advertise on every progressive talker out there, are they really “bad guys”?
To do this right, point out that Rush Limbaugh goes way beyond just being a typical right winger and Republican shill. You’ll have to show advertisers that what they are buying is something akin to a hatefest. To do this, you’ll need ammunition. Luckily, this blog is a helper. Here are some of Limbaugh’s most famous statements and tirades. Let advertisers know this is what they’re supporting when they buy ad time on Limbaugh’s program. But when they don’t respond, let it go. This is about education and enlightenment, not revenge.
Just listen to the gunloons whine. Some of them are already screaming impeachment. Why? Because President Obama used his presidential power to initiate whatever he could regarding guns. They were screaming for weeks before he actually issued these orders, directives and other actions, and they’re screaming even louder now.
There’s just one thing wrong with all of this. Obama did nothing illegal, and everything was well within the scope of his presidential power. He went to great lengths to avoid overstepping his bounds. The Constitution says the president “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” That means that, while the President can’t actually make laws, he is required by the Constitution to “execute” them.
The items on Obama's agenda that would require new law, he expressly asked Congress to address:
The next time someone tells you “both parties are the same,” show them this gallery. You can’t find a Democrat in the last 30 years who measures down to this level. And yet, these are the people whom Boehner is letting run the Republican show.
You have to be brain dead to claim “both parties are the same these days.
The first one literally says it all. This peckerwood actually uses racist terminology and racist imagery to explain why he’s tired of teabaggers being called “racist.” (the rest of the photos are still below…)
This video is a brave Democratic operative named Tyler Jones interviewing teabaggers at a gathering in South Carolina just a few days ago. Destined to be a classic…
The following photos are in no particular order, but they represent the racism, intolerance and the phenomenal stupidity of the teabagger movement.
I said it before, and I guess I have to say it again; folks on both extreme ends of the political spectrum seem to have an amazing inability to think about more than one thing at a time, and they seem incapable of considering two related concepts at the same time. We should expect this lack of critical thinking from the far right, but a similar level of cognitive dissonance has increasingly become a feature of liberal politics, and it’s coming from people who should know better.
As I noted about a year and a half ago, the debt ceiling situation brought out the loon factor on the far left more than anything in years. We were given the choice between a few cuts in Social Security and default, and a significant and loud contingent of lefties actually chose default, despite the fact that allowing default would actually do more damage to Social Security than the cuts the GOP had proposed.
The same thing has happened again, when discussing the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. Some lefties have gone absolutely insane over the inclusion of a “chained CPI” codicil in President Obama’s latest proposal to solve the “fiscal cliff.” I see so many arguments on the left, in which reasonable liberals shrug over it, and others scream about gloom and doom and insinuate that such a proposal would be nearly impossible to kill. So many libs have excoriated Obama over this proposal, it started making me laugh a few days ago. Some have even suggested that Reagan was to the left of Obama on Social Security, which is historically ignorant. I also found myself amused by the lefties suggesting that Obama holds all of the cards in this negotiation, and he shouldn’t give the GOP anything, and just let the country go off the “cliff.”
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There has been a lot of talk about the demographics of Obama’s Election Day win. He won just about every demographic group except WASP men and old people, and he won fairly decisively. Of course, this reality doesn’t bode will for the Republican Party’s future. because whites are becoming less of a majority. We won't become a minority until 2042, but let's face it; the white advantage won't end magically when we go below 50%. Long before then, the numbers will slowly dwindle, making dependence on white people alone a fool’s errand for Republicans.
But there is another, less-talked-about group that helped lead President Obama to victory, and it should have Republicans shaking in their boots. They’re called “Nones,” and their numbers are growing by leaps and bounds.
Nones have been a staple demographic among sociologsts since the term was coined, apparently in the late 1960s. An early mention of this term was made in: Glenn M. Vernon, "The Religious 'Nones': A Neglected Category," Journal For the Scientific Study of Religion, 7:2 (1968). The term refers to people with no religious affiliation. Of course that group includes atheists and agnostics, but it also includes a lot of people who claim spiritual beliefs, including belief in a deity.