Daily Archives: April 22, 2010

Sarah Palin Refusing To Give Interviews Outside Of Fox News

Is anyone surprised at this “new” revelation from News Hounds?  The woman is all hat and no cattle, as they say.  My personal description of Palin is one that my kids used to say in the eighties:  “[She's] one fry short of a ‘Happy Meal’ “

Apparently, Sarah Palin’s handey notey thing is not working out so well for her. As Andrew Sullivan noted, (h/t Mediaite), Sarah Palin is using her Fox News contract to duck any tough questions.

Sullivan gets right to the heart of what’s wrong with this picture: The problem here is not really Palin. Every delusional, ignorant nutcase should have a chance to get away with running for national office. The problem here is the system – a system that allowed someone no-one knew anything about to get very close to being a 72-year-old’s heartbeat away from the presidency, a system that deems some questions unaskable, a press that is more concerned with maximizing ratings and avoiding offence than in getting answers. This system is dangerous. If you construct a sealed media cocoon, and false narrative, and a massive money-machine, you can get further than most people imagine. And remember, presidents have been elected with 43 percent of the vote before.

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“Left Overs” From Media Matters

Media Matters has a section called Left Overs.  Today’s list was interesting enough to re-post here:

Catch up on your “Chickens for Checkups” news here.

Brazenly lying, Republicans claim they didn’t get their “permanent bailout” talking point from Frank Luntz.

Boom. Senate Majority Leader Reid starts the clock on Wall Street reform. The first vote will be on Monday.

Newt Gingrich says the Tea Partiers are the “militant wing of the Republican Party.” Scary.

Were RNC staffers forging expense reimbursement requests? Looks like it.

Rep. Quigley is taking out the trash…literally

A candidate in Pennsylvania is accusing her opponent of pretending to be bisexual to win votes.

Nate Silver looks at the potential implications of Gov. Charlie Crist running as an independent.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) made a music video. Surf’s up.

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40 Years Of Awareness – Earth Day 2010

 

Did you know…

Nearly one billion people lack access to safe water and 2.5 billion do not have improved sanitation. The health and economic impacts are staggering.

Resource for above info: http://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/facts/

What can we do to get involved in year-round Earth Day awareness? 

Huffington Post listed a few suggestions:

If you’re in the dark about the Earth Day’s 40-year history, check out American Experience’s new documentary Earth Days, about the environmental movement of the 1970s and the first Earth Day festival, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson. The documentary is available to watch online.

The Environmental Protection Agency is urging Americans to commit to five ways to go green. Whether you want to plant trees, start a recycling program at your office or start composting at home, pick your favorite five actions from their list and sign the pledge!

The average American generates 20 tons of carbon emissions each year. Use the Global Footprint Network’s Carbon Footprint Calculator to find out how much damage you’re doing and how changing your lifestyle can have a positive impact on the environment.

Species across America are already being affected by global climate change. The Environmental Defense Fund wants you to help spread awareness about the threats facing endangered species by sending e-cards to your friends and family!

The Earth Day Network is rallying Americans to honor Earth Day by signing the 2010 Climate Declaration. The petition aims to send a strong message to Congress about the need for a comprehensive climate bill.

By now, you may know that there’s a smart phone app for just about everything. This Earth Day, check out the top green apps to help you search out local farmers markets, recycled paper products and sustainable businesses.

The world’s coral reefs are threatened due to global climate change, overfishing and pollution. The Nature Conservancy gives individuals an opportunity to adopt a coral reef in the Bahamas to help fund their ongoing work to protect these ocean ecosystems.

The Rainforest Site offers a quick, daily way to make a difference for the world’s rainforests. Using advertising revenue, the website makes donations to preserve acres of rainforest around the world. All you have to do is click!

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Fox News: Megyn Kelly and Monica Crowley probe the subtle nuances of Geico-Gate

Look at how Megan Fox and Monica Crowley spin the Geico-gate  incident.  I posted something about this yesterday.

These women saw the incident totally different than what I interpreted it to be, which is that Geico over reacted in firing their spokesman, based on what I perceived to be an innocuous, albeit smarmy phone call to Freedom Works, the tea-party’s deep pockets organization, asking a question.   Watch the video:

FreedomWorks, GEICO and Tortious Interference

Update:  The guy who was fired, D.C. Douglas has posted this on his blog:

[UPDATE:  Four things need clarifying.  1) Please DO NOT call GEICO.  If you read the blog carefully, you'll see I hold no animosity toward them,  only FreedomWorks.  2) Some readers seem to miss the fact that I did apologize for my words.  Please read carefully.  3) I was NOT the gecko or the main vo tag announcer.  That was a conflation by Matt Kibbe.  4) Comments have been closed because the server can't handle it, man.  Please go here to enjoy a debate: HuffingtonPost Article.  We now return you to your originally scheduled blog post.]

I never wanted to be political in this blog.  It was supposed to be about my life in the biz.  But my biz life and personal life were recently slammed together by a political bully group.

I hate bullies. It’s a mentality that starts with children and doesn’t evolve much more in quality or nuance through the adult years.  Yes, this is going to be a huge blog post, kids.  Get your Cheetos out.

The Nutshell:

 FreedomWorks encouraged Tea Baggers to get me fired from GEICO because I left a complaint on their voice mail. (Press Release)

Oh yeah, I’m serious.  Read on…

THE PLAYERS:

Me.  An actor and voice over guy.  Not famous (except in my mind).  An American citizen.  Impetuous.  Likes long walks on the beach and nipple-twisting any idiots-in-power on occasion (but usually anonymously).

FreedomWorks.  The conservative lobbying firm headed by the Ex-Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, which has been behind the Fox News sponsored tea bagging party movement that miraculously materialized the moment the Republican party lost the Presidential election on 11/4/08.

GEICO.  A good insurance company owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway that has hired me in the past.

Now, let’s follow the drama, shall we?  The following blog is my opinion of what happened.

Prologue: The Rise of “Facts Averse” Tea Baggers

December 2007: Ron Paul supporters attempted to rent a blimp with “Google Ron Paul” on the side.  It would fly to Washington, DC and then on to Boston, where they would dump tea bags into the Boston Harbor in a symbolic protest against the big-spending of…wait for it… Republicans!  It failed due to lack of cash.  But at least they knew their facts and where the blame should go.

February 2009: CNBC’s Rick Santelli proposed a Chicago Tea Party because he was ticked-off that distressed homeowners would be getting loan modifications (he’s all heart). Thus the new Angry “bring your guns” Tea Bagger Movement was stolen, er, born. And FreedomWorks Tom Gaithens helped organize the astroturf events.  Since then, FreedomWorks has been the engine of the Tea Party, though they deny it — regardless of the facts.

Summer 2009: Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe aimed their angry mob at Health Care Reform.

The blog goes into an extensive report of how Mr. Douglas saw things evolving to what we witnessed in the news yesterday. 

Read more here>>>

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RNC Chairman Steele: African-Americans ‘don’t have a reason’ to vote Republican.

Well, it looks like Michael Steele is no longer towing the “GOP lie-of-the-day”, at least not today!   This is a paradigm shift from Steele’s usual comments about African-Americans joining the GOP.  Could it be that Steele knows he’s on his way out the GOP door and is now exacting some sort of “retribution”?  Stay tuned. 

In the mean time this piece is from Think Progress:

In candid remarks made before a group of students at DePaul University, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said African-Americans “don’t have a reason” to vote for Republicans because “we haven’t done a very good job of giving you one.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Why should an African-American vote Republican?

“You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True,” Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night. […]

“For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton.”

Of course, anytime Democrats make similar arguments, Steele is quick to accuse them of issuing “blind charges of racism, where none exist.” Steele himself claims not to “play the race card,” but in addition to his comments last night, he has said that he has a “slimmer margin for error” because of his race and that white Republicans are “scared” of him.

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