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Assorted Bricks: Olbermann & Matthews and Tech Freedom

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So, PMS-NBC got rid of Olbermann, shipping his sorry liberal posterior to the nether regions of obscure TV.  And I think it was one of the best moves that MSNBC made.  Hey, I’ll give credit where due. 

So he releases a video on Al Gore’s very uninteresting Current TV, telling us all that Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the same title of the schlock show that got decimated by just about every show on FoxNews and CNN (and probably even the commercials, late night programming – even the dead space did better than Olbermann’s Countdown).

So, in response I say, yeah, so what.  Olbermann’s career is about as lively as an underwater migrating sponge, although I give the sponge more intelligence, particularly now that Olbermann is on Algor’s Glo-bull Warming network.

As Olbermann attempts to resurface with some sort of relevance, Matthews gets hacked by Pat Buchanan, citing a lack of journalistic integrity.  And this is interesting because Buchanan was on about the fact that the liberal media is covering up the entire birth certificate controversy and it was Matthews that even said for Obama to just show the certificate and silence all the silly birther nonsense.  

And the circle keeps rotating.

Now, onto this little bit regarding technology freedom.  It steps beyond the realm of conspiracy theory that there are technologies that get siloed and boxed in favor of controlling the marketplace and stifling innovation.  Perhaps it’s an appeal to popular thought that says that there are cars out there that can get 500 MPG or that there is some sort of nifty transporter technology that no one is talking about.  But this article speaks towards the problem with science, innovation, copyright, intellectual property and how the burning desire to make money is limiting our ability to innovate.  While this kind of thing may be a progressive thing for me to say, the truth cannot be denied – the fight for intellectual property has extended to the point where innovation is controlled by profit margins. 

But I also take issue with something that Jesse Jackson Jr. also said a couple weeks ago.  Turns out he was all in a huff over how the Apple iPad was killing jobs by putting publishing companies and newspapers out of business.  Yet, he is the same clown who said it would be a good idea for the federal government to provide an Apple iPad to every schoolchild.  Not sure what he means by that, but I wonder if he is still the kind of guy who believes the covered wagon manufacturers got slighted when Henry Ford started cranking out Model T’s.

Oh, did I mention Olbermann sucks?

Written by Rick

April 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

AOL’s Newest Folly and Olbermann’s Meaningless Gig

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Well, this week has seen some pretty hair-brained things with respect to how the liberal media is working to continue to position itself to spout more of its nonsense in the world.  When you get a two-fer of these things, you just gotta blog it – because it’s much like watching dirty water go down a drain.

Back in my early days of internet access, I used to use America Online.  But over time, as AOL started instituting stupid rules and it began to be less and less interesting – I got a local dialup ISP and never looked back.  Since that time, AOL has gone to the dogs – that was over fifteen years ago.

Well, now it’s gone to the Ariannas.

Specifically, I’m going on about AO-Hell buying up the Huffington Post (aka the Huff and Puff news) for $315 million.  And from that acquisition, Arianna will lead the Huffington Post Media Group which will be merging HuffPo with AOL’s content.

"I want to stay forever," Huffington told analysts on a conference call. "I want this to be my last act.

Like they ever had any of relevance.  But then, I’m really wondering here – who is really getting gypped here? 

By joining up with AOL, it may very well be your last act, Arianna.  But hey, an ultra-lib faux-news site bonding with a washed up internet company – maybe Arianna will do the next "You’ve Got Mail" in her scratchy Greek voice.  That should get the liberals raving.  More like, "You’ve Got Liberal Hate-Speech!"

One other move that I just thought was choice was Keith Olbermann’s move to the Al Gore channel.  Essentially the former Mr. (p)MSNBC, still whining and grumbling because NBC wouldn’t pay him what he thought he was worth, has gone off to Current TV?

Does anyone here even know who Current TV is?   Does anyone really care? 

Wow.  I wonder if that place where Current TV is and where Huff-AOL-Puff is going is like the esoteric elephant grave yard or something – a place where dumbkopfen liberal ideas go to die.

Oh well – *yawn*.  I’m bored now.

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February 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Fair and Balanced – I Wonder If Olbermann Agrees Now

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I’m reading the news today and found an interesting article about (p)MSNBC suspending Keith Olbermann without pay for donating to political candidates during the last election run.

The article almost makes me wonder if NBC was just looking for a good reason to let Olbermann go.  We’re talking about a pretty draconian move over $7,200 of Olbermann’s own empire.  I think the Business Insider did a pretty good job in catching that point.  I have the belief that there is something else at work, more than a fair and balanced news organization punishing someone who stepped out of bounds.

The problem today is isn’t whether news is fair and balanced, because short of a few rarities, it really never has been, it’s the fact that we have this belief that it is, or more, that it should be.

Whenever we listen to someone tell us something, we put a certain amount of value into what they say.  If we resect them and/or their opinion, we listen more to what they say (regardless of the truth value).  It goes for whether individual people talk or whether we listen to someone pontificate or “deliver the news”.  But as they speak, they speak through a filter.  Hannity does it.  Olbermann does it.  Rush does it…doesn’t matter who it is.  We need to understand that people speak from the basis of their own views and opinions.  We respect those views more when they resonate with our own and validate our beliefs.  Such is the way of the world.

Simply: communication flows from the source, through a filter, through potential disruption and interference, through another filter, into the ears of the receiver.

So then, why should we have any sort of expectation from Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, or Smalltown Channel 3 that they and theirs will give it to us straight?  Oh, because one company denies its employees the right to donate to the political groups or candidates of their choice?  I think not.

I think it comes from the fact that people have no idea what their core values are and as such, don’t know who to listen to.  So, a news organization comes in and preaches an agreeable message that keeps them glued to their TV’s (and there watching the commercials).  News, like anything else, is a product.

Ultimately, it comes down to the point that people will read the news they want to read, rather than reading to educate.  News, anymore, is not about informing anyone of anything, but rather, about numbers, about money, and about the “product” delivery to the customer.

Okay, I digressed badly.  Back to Olbermann…

I personally don’t have a problem if he wants to donate money to the candidates that he supports, even if I think they are all idiots.  That’s how our political system works.  Evidently, NBC had a problem with it and suspended the guy.  In short, he broke company policy.

So, what will Olbermann and NBC do with all of this?  Could go either way.  NBC could bring Olbermann back, particularly if there are contract issues that are too sticky to work through.  Or, NBC could fire him, since every commentator on Fox News outdoes Olbermann every night; it might work to try a new face behind the desk.

So, it’s NBC then that is trying to improve its product and now has a good justification to throw Olbermann under the bus without having to honor any contract stipulations.

Where do you think it will go?   Shoot me your comments and let me know.

Written by Rick

November 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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Feeling the Hate

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I guess the TEA parties continue to irritate and annoy the left – and it’s been shy of a week now since they took place.

1) Previously reported here on TRC, Janeane Garofolo spewed her hate and vitriol, calling the TEA parties “racist” and those who attended “dysfunctional, brain-damaged, rednecks”.

2) CNN reporter Susan Roesgen calls them “Anti-CNN, Anti-Government, supported by FoxNews”.

3) David Axelrod said on Meet the Press this past Sunday they are ‘unhealthy’. He cited the 95% tax cut campaign promise (which is nothing more than a red herring for what happens to the net gain in taxes when Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire.

4) Commentators like Keith Olbermann and Anderson Cooper cracking out the frat-house humor, referring to these events as ‘tea bagging’, not only showing their liberal bias yet again, but showing their contempt for the right standing up.

5) The New Hampshire Democrat Party leader, Ray Buckley, came out and called those that protested an ‘unhinged mob’, ‘looked like they had lost their minds’, and ‘didn’t know what they were protesting’.

What gets me about all of this is that liberals cannot stand someone who sits opposed to their view on things.  Conservatives understand that there is room to disagree, and liberals will give lip service to this notion.  When they run out of logical things to say (of which that is minimal), they get into spewing vitriol and hate, throwing ad hominem attacks.  In fact, I’ve even had it thrown at me here on The Rabid Conservative

Liberal arguments that I have seen always seem to be replete with logical fallacy, a high degree of emotionalism, and lacking in actual fact.  I have to agree with what Rush Limbaugh said on his program today, that all of this hate and rhetoric comes not from logical reason, but feelings of attachment.

These people react in personal rage and anger when I say I hope Obama fails, because their emotional link to Obama tells them that I want them to fail, too, which is just the exact opposite.  And they’re going to be hurt more every day now that Obama is revealing himself to be exactly as I have described and predicted, and it hasn’t been clairvoyance. My descriptions and predictions of Obama were based on his past and present statements, his affiliations.  You see, what happened? I happened to flush out two kinds of people when I said I hope Obama fails: those who are emotionally invested in Obama (more so than they were invested in their own views and their own country) and I also flushed out those who share Obama and Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright’s views of the United States.  – Rush Limbaugh, April 20, 2009

But to add to Mr. Limbaugh, what I also see as a driver to this liberal venom and hatred for those who dare criticize That One is the fact that these people have a belief centered in relativism and that adherence to God’s law and Jesus’ teachings is marginalized.  While not everyone on the right is biblically-centered, spiritually active (I avoid the term, ‘religious’ since that is a human condition), few people on left demonstrate little care for the teachings of the Bible or anything definitive or absolute, but rather, think they know themselves what is right and wrong.  In other words, I have never found a saved, Bible-loving and believing person yet who believes that abortion is a good thing, or that we should let the institution of marriage be thrown to the side. 

So, adding these things together, you have someone who is diametrically opposed to true Biblical Christian worldview who can’t tolerate seeing one of their own criticized (even if it’s just).  They hate all that oppose them and they aren’t afraid to show it.

And so we see the hate spewed our way, blinding people to the message that actually does bring hope and change.

Are we feeling the hate now? Or maybe we should wait until another liberal complains about how bad we brain-dead rednecks from flyover country are, ranting on about something about which we have no idea. I give it another day for someone else to crawl out of the woodwork

* Interestingly, though, I do think Carville was right in his comments when he said this is ‘damaging to Republicans’.  The GOP has done very little in the last eight years to show its distinction for smaller government and lower taxes.  The TEA parties were a non-partisan protest, aimed at tax and spend (mostly spending) policy and this is something over which the GOP is just as guilty as the Democrat Party.

Written by Rick

April 21, 2009 at 10:54 pm

TRC – Say It To My Face, Garofalo

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Hey, Janeane Garofalo, come over here and call me a racist redneck to my face.

Turns out on The Countdown with Keith Olbermann on [P]MSNBC’, Garofalo went on a tirade about how those who went to the TEA parties throughout the nation were nothing more than Obama-hating, racist, rednecks.  She told a head-nodding Olbermann how we’re all mentally dysfunctional and have no idea what the original Boston Tea Party was about. 

It’s interesting that she spouted her hate-filled rhetoric on [P]MSNBC with Olbermann (a liberal hack in his own right), rather than having the guts to come over to Fox and tell Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck that they are right-wing racist rednecks.  Instead, she chose the comfort of a liberal news show with a host who believes just like she does, a show that would actually have her on, like she had any credibility with her liberal nonsense.

Wednesday, I attended our local TEA party and while I did see a couple of rednecks there, I saw people of all walks of life standing next to me, all united on the subject of taxes.   I saw white people, black people, hispanic, asians, old, young, poor, well-to-do, veterans, homemakers, students, professionals, transients, all sorts of people there.  I saw zero evidence of racism there.  Perhaps I’m blind, but when a former senator from our region, a man far darker skinned than Obama, with everyone in the crowd cheering his words, I don’t see racism.

If you want to call me a racist, fine, I’m a racist.  I believe in the HUMAN race.  After all, if Jesus died and bled for the sins of the human race, perhaps He believes that they are worth more then what liberals think we do.  Even Janeane Garofalo.

Garofalo NixedLiberals like Garofalo are so full of hate and vitriol that they can’t see past their own darkness to understand why people would actually protest in disagreement against That One.

The one thing that I don’t get, how did Garofalo make the cut and get on 24?  Does anyone like her character?  She’s a terrible actor in her own right with so annoying a character that it makes me want to darn near start cursing the TV whenever she shows up. 

*relaxes*

Yes Janeane, God still loves you. But you are a still a pint-sized, tempest-in-a-teapot, doofus.  And you’re a racist yourself, since you seem to keep forgetting that Obama is just as much white as he is black.

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April 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

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TRC – One’s Own Words

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Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”  – Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998

This week, the news (at least the right-wing news) is all a-twitter about the latest name to the tax offender list – Senator Tom Daschle, President Obama’s pick to head up the Department of Health and Human Services.  This week, it was broke by ABC News that Mr. Daschle had failed to pay more than $100,000 in back taxes as the result of the use of a car and driver which he thought was a gift.  He’s deeply remorseful and will be refiling/paying everything back.  However, he asked for clemency with respect to 30 years of national service.

*taps on the screen next to Daschle’s quote*

Evidently, this problem is pretty pervasive these days. Take a look at this list:

Tim Geithner – Failed to pay payroll (medicare and social security) taxes from income that he received from the International Monetary Fund.  His bill, $17,230 – of course, has been refiled and paid. His title – Secretary of the Treasury…in charge of the IRS. Joy.

Rep. Charlie Rangel – Failed to report $75,000 in rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.  As reported in September, he refiled his taxes and paid about $10k. He insists he did nothing wrong, blaming the issue on “cultural and language barriers”.

Al Franken – During his Senate campaign, it was outed in May 2008 that Al Franken didn’t pay taxes from 2003-2006 while earning revenue in 19 different states. With all the interest and penalties, the bill comes to about $70,000. He attributes his problems to an accountant’s mistake, a mistake that reputable firms have gone on record to say, is a “rookie mistake”, one that “learned from the first tax class in college”.  The mistake, if you earn money in a state, you pay taxes to that state, not just the state in which you live. Duh.

ACORN – Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center did some poking around into the number of tax liens issued against the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) and found over 230 liens (75 of which have been released – the rest outstanding) of tax liability going back to the ‘80’s. These liens total more than $3.7 million.  ACORN is an activist group that, through affiliates, was paid nearly $800.000 by the Democratic National Committee for ‘get-out-the-vote’ activities for Barack Obama.  This organization has been replete with discovered voter fraud through multiple registrations and such.  ACORN has been granted around $31 million in federally funded grants since 1998.

Keith Olbermann – The liberal hotheaded commentator at P-MSNBC, Keith Olbermann currently has a tax warrant or judgment for $2269 against his personal corporation, Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc. (sheesh…this guy loves himself unnaturally).  Additionally, and even more serious, New York filed another judgment for $21,565 against Olbermann himself in July 2000. Finally, California records show another big judgment, $77, 425 filed in September 2001 brings his tax bill to up around $100,000.  This tax-and-spend liberal loves to talk about raising your taxes, but doesn’t care about paying his.

Whether these knuckleheads made honest mistakes or are lying to all of us, thinking we’re idiots, the point here is that we’re being asked to forgive and forget, yet, I would ask, if Rush Limbaugh was found not paying his taxes, or if John Boehner had a house and land that he didn’t pay taxes on, or if some other GOP/right-winger failed to pay taxes, well, he’s unpatriotic (Right Mr. Vice President Biden?). But since it’s on the left, well, they are ‘honest mistakes’.

There is a new sheriff in town, and if you are part of the D-Team, your tax problems are all good.

Written by Rick

February 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

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