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By: Steve - April 25, 2014 - 10:00am
Fox News wall to wall promotion of Cliven Bundy abruptly ended after the Nevada rancher's racist rant was published in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Bundy's public feud with the Bureau of Land Management over his refusal to pay grazing fees received extensive support from Fox News, which devoted nearly five hours of primetime coverage to the story, including numerous interviews with Bundy and his family. Sean Hannity provided him so much positive coverage, Bundy praised the Fox News host as a "hero."
That praise fell silent after Bundy used one of his daily press conferences to engage in an overtly racist tirade, claiming black people "abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton" and suggesting that they were better off under slavery.
The day after Bundy's rant was published in The New York Times, Fox News coverage of Bundy ended rapidly.
By noon on April 24, Fox had mentioned the rancher only twice, and never covered his racist comments. On Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy drew a parallel between Bundy's standoff and the situation of two Texas landowners, and Fox's Andrew Napolitano told viewers to "forget the battle in Nevada" to focus on events in Texas instead.
While Fox News did not cover Bundy's comments, Fox host Greta van Susteren spoke out on her blog, highlighting the Times' article and noting "Let me make this plain: I condemn what Cliven Bundy said about African Americans."
While O'Reilly said nothing about it, he ignored the racist rand from Bundy.
The Wednesday 4-23-14 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - April 24, 2014 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: A Struggling Middle Class. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: A new study says that working and middle class Americans are falling behind their counterparts in Canada and even some in Western Europe when it comes to salaries.And that is all right-wing spin from O'Reilly, because the actual article he cited does not say that, here is what they found:
Three broad factors appear to be driving much of the weak income performance in the United States. First, educational attainment in the United States has risen far more slowly than in much of the industrialized world over the last three decades, making it harder for the American economy to maintain its share of highly skilled, well-paying jobs.
Americans between the ages of 55 and 65 have literacy, numeracy and technology skills that are above average relative to 55- to 65-year-olds in rest of the industrialized world, according to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an international group.
Younger Americans, though, are not keeping pace: Those between 16 and 24 rank near the bottom among rich countries, well behind their counterparts in Canada, Australia, Japan and well behind their counterparts in Canada, Australia, Japan and Scandinavia and close to those in Italy and Spain.
A second factor is that companies in the United States economy distribute a smaller share of their bounty to the middle class and poor than similar companies elsewhere. Top executives make substantially more money in the United States than in other wealthy countries. The minimum wage is lower. Labor unions are weaker.
And because the total bounty produced by the American economy has not been growing substantially faster here in recent decades than in Canada or Western Europe, most American workers are left receiving meager raises.
Finally, governments in Canada and Western Europe take more aggressive steps to raise the take-home pay of low- and middle-income households by redistributing income.
Janet Gornick, the director of LIS, noted that inequality in so-called market incomes — which does not count taxes or government benefits — “is high but not off the charts in the United States.” Yet the American rich pay lower taxes than the rich in many other places, and the United States does not redistribute as much income to the poor as other countries do. As a result, inequality in disposable income is sharply higher in the United States than elsewhere.
In other words, the main reason the middle class is doing worse is because the top 1% are keeping most of the money, by not increasing the workers wages, and not paying people enough to live on. Not all that right-wing BS O'Reilly spewed out. He cited the article that reported on the study, then lied about the cause of the middle class getting worse.
Then Stuart Varney & Susan Ochs were on to discuss it. Ochs emphasized that it's important to recognize that people who are employed and working hard are still seeing stagnant wages. She stressed that corporate profits are improving while wages are at their lowest level.
Varney said that when he moved to America you got a job, worked hard, bought a house, and had a family - this pushed you into the middle class. But as he sees it, that work ethic has now been reversed under Obama.
Then John Stossel was on to promote some lame social media show he is doing for the Fox Business Channel. Which is not worth reporting so I am skipping it.
Then James Rosen & Carl Cameron were on to slam Hillary Clinton, because they are biased right-wing hacks and that is what they do.
When asked during a press briefing, a State spokesperson couldn't come up with a major accomplishment under the Clinton State Department. Rosen said that this is a serious problem for Clinton. He claims that he has closely examined her legacy and even her closest advisors answer in vague terms when asked what she accomplished. Bringing Iran back to the table to accomplish sanctions is the best they can come up with.
O'Reilly said that the Iran deal is, in fact, a big accomplishment, but he admitted that, in general, Secretary Clinton didn't do much but gallivant around the world.
Then O'Reilly asked Carl Cameron for an update on Eric Holder and Obama trying to sell the idea that hard drug dealers are not committing violent crimes. Cameron said the Justice Department has outlined new guidelines for qualifying for clemency, which could put thousands of drug prisoners back on the streets.
And of course O'Reilly still claims that non-violent drug crimes are violent, which is not only insane, it's ridiculous. Their crimes are even classified as non-violent drug convictions, and yet O'Reilly keeps saying they are violent crimes, which is just ridiculous.
Then Leslie Marshall & Kate Obenshain were on to talk about equal pay for women.
Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly wrote a piece arguing the so-called pay gap between men and women isn't a bad thing because if women started making more money than men, they'd have a hard time finding suitable mates.
Obenshain concurred that women look to marry men who are more successful. She claimed this is a fact that's been proven in multiple studies.
Marshall called those women gold-diggers. She said women don't make as much money as men, which logically means more women are marrying men who make more money. O'Reilly asked Marshall this: does she believe the research that women would rather have a mate who makes more money than them? Marshall insisted most women would prefer to be treated equally in the workforce.
Then Martha MacCallum was on for did you see that.
She talked about 39-year-old Denise Keessee, an Oregon teacher, who was convicted of sexual abuse for having inappropriate relations with a 16-year-old boy in her special education class.
Then she talked about PETA, who is objecting to the fact that real eggs were used during the White House Easter egg hunt. Martha explained PETA's beef - 14-thousand little egg lives are tragically ended every year on the White House lawn.
O'Reilly asked if PETA has ever been to a diner. He also worried that if we can't eat chickens or eggs, it won't be long before chickens overtake the Earth. MacCallum said that PETA loses any credibility they had wasting time on this issue.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day that was not a tip, it was O'Reilly promoting a ridiculous article in the Wall Street Journal that says O'Reilly is the first black prime time cable news host. Which is not only insane, it's laughable, because O'Reilly is white, and a racist.
O'Reilly: If You Oppose Gay Marriage, You Could Get Hurt
By: Steve - April 24, 2014 - 10:00am
Bill O'Reilly became the latest right-wing media stooge to frame gay rights supporters as bullies, baselessly alleging that support for marriage equality has risen so quickly because activists have threatened to harm and hurt opponents of same-sex marriage.
Even though he can not cite one example of anyone being hurt or any violence by gay people, while gay people are beat up and discriminated against every day by straight people that simply do not like them because they are gay.
During the "Impact" segment on the April 21st O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly hosted Fox contributors Mary K. Ham and Juan Williams to discuss the controversy surrounding the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich.
Eich stepped down after facing criticism over his donation in support of the virulently anti-gay campaign for California's Proposition 8. Eich became a right-wing cause celebre, with conservative media personalities using his resignation to peddle the myth that gay rights supporters are persecuting conservative Christians.
O'Reilly echoed that narrative on his show, saying that Eich's departure highlighted how "one of the reasons gay marriage has come on so strong in the USA is intimidation."
O'Reilly claimed that gay rights activists are threatening to "harm" opponents of marriage equality:
O'REILLY: If you donate money to a traditional marriage cause, okay, we're going to hurt you. We're going to hurt you. We're going to find out where you live. We are going try to take your job. Maybe do vandalism to your home -- big, big difference, is there not?When pressed for evidence of the "harm" against marriage equality opponents, O'Reilly was unable to cite specific examples of harassment:
WILLIAMS: The only people I've heard going to somebody's house and attacking - I just heard that in the comment from that editor at The Nation, but that's not real.Earth to Bill O'Reilly, putting a name on a website is not hurting or harming anyone, and in fact, O'Reilly does the very same thing with Judges and people he does not like, as in liberals, then they get death threats and sometimes have to hire security. So it's ok for him to do it, but not anyone else.
And while it is true that the names of donors to Proposition 8 are publicly available, there's no evidence of widespread intimidation or harassment by marriage equality supporters. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), for example, has repeatedly tried and failed to demonstrate in court that supporters of Proposition 8 experienced serious "harm" from gay activists.
O'Reilly's latest insane rant even contradicts his earlier claims that supporters of marriage equality had won the battle of public opinion because of the strength of their arguments.
In March of 2013, O'Reilly conceded that "the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals," echoing his earlier statement that conservatives were losing the marriage debate because their case accusing gay activists of using violence and intimidation to advance marriage equality is part of a broader conservative narrative that depicts LGBT people as being the real bullies, even as the LGBT community continues to be disproportionately targeted for hate crimes.
And O'Reilly is doing it while claiming to not be part of the right-wing propaganda machine who does not use right-wing talking points. He even claims to be a non-partisan Independent, which is just laughable.
O'Reilly's claims of alleged violence and intimidation by gay bullies speaks volumes not only about the right-wing media's aversion to facts, but to the formidable power of media narratives - no matter how baseless.
In other words, he is spewing out right-wing lies while trying to make gay people look bad. There is no violence, the Mozilla CEO resigned after public pressure, which is how the free market works. But when it works in a way O'Reilly does not like, then he lies that the gays are hurting people they disagree with.
The Tuesday 4-22-14 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - April 23, 2014 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Drugs & Crime. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder want to change the criminal code when it comes to some dope dealers. They believe that in some cases the drug laws in America are unfair. But the act of giving another person a substance that could kill them or alter their minds so they kill somebody else is surely an aggressive action.Earth to Bill O'Reilly, just because you believe in something does not make it true, selling drugs is not a violent crime, you hand the drugs to someone and they pay you, so where is the violence? There is none, and you are an idiot. Doing hard time for selling a little weed is crazy, and you are nuts.
Even Paul Larkin of the conservative Heritage Foundation disagrees with O'Reilly.
Larkin said this: "Yes, selling narcotics to people endangers their lives, but it doesn't necessarily involve violence. It's a mistake to mistake marijuana and other drugs with poison - even if we're talking about heroin and cocaine, you're still not talking about something that is necessarily poisonous. If the best policy is to soften the laws, then that's a policy worth pursuing."
And yet, O'Reilly still insisted that selling hard drugs is a violent crime, saying this: "The important thing to look at in criminal justice is protecting human beings. I see this as a violent action because I know people who have died from this and I have no sympathy for drug dealers."
Then Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes were on to talk about Jesse Watters, who encountered one man who brought his 14-year-old daughter to the 4-20 potfest in Colorado.
Crowley said this: "I saw this segment, and I was yelling at my television. Marijuana is a gateway drug to harder stuff, and is this father going to be around if this girl gets hooked on stronger drugs?"
Which is ridiculous, because studies have shown that marijuana is not a gateway drug, proving that Monica Crowley is not only a right-wing fool, she is a lying fool.
Colmes said this: "She seemed like a mature young woman and she said she would not smoke marijuana, if she did, until she's 21. You have to know more about the family to make a blanket statement."
Then Scott Shaw, founder of a militia movement that supports Cliven Bundy was on.
Shaw said this: "My advice to him, is to stay true to his convictions. He has a problem with the government owning the land in Nevada and I fully understand that. We always hear that we're a nation of laws, but it turns out that we're only a nation of laws when it suits our federal overlords, who pick and choose what laws they're going to enforce. I wouldn't provoke a confrontation, but I would definitely defend myself if the government came and took up arms against me."
O'Reilly reminded Shaw that Bundy has broken the law, saying this: "The federal government does have the right to seize the man's cattle."
Then Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl were on, they examined Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling, which upheld a ban on racial preferences at Michigan universities.
Wiehl said this: "The court is saying, that state voters can decide that they do not want preferential treatment based on race or gender. That is the law in Michigan and about seven other states."
Guilfoyle said this: "There is no authority in the Constitution to undermine elections, and this was decided by an election. 58% of the electorate voted for this in Michigan and it's their right to do so."
Then they talked about the Arizona woman who went to a job interview and left her children in the car.
Wiehl said this: "She is charged with endangering these children, because a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old were left in the car. They were sweating and they probably were endangered, but this woman was trying to go for a job."
O'Reilly said this: "She made a terrible decision, but would I put this woman in jail? No. Would I place her under supervision? Yes I would."
Then Charles Krauthammer was on, he looked ahead to 2016 and what it would take for a Republican candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton.
Krauthammer said this: "You let reality set in. People have a fuzzy picture of her, but when reality sets in and people look at her record this is not going to be an easy run to the presidency. When people begin to examine the real Hillary and her lack of achievements, then it will be a real race. She was asked at a forum a few weeks ago to name her proudest achievement as secretary of state, and she could not answer the question. I defy anyone to name a singular achievement. Why should she be president, other than the fact that she married a man who became president? All she's running on is the reflected glory of the 90s and zero achievements on her part."
Haha, now here is some actual reality. If Hillary decides to run, she will be the next President of the United States, and no Republican can beat her, unless they cheat or suppress the vote enough for the Republican to win. Hillary is not perfect, but every year Republicans get less votes, so they have to try and suppress the vote or buy elections to win now.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day that was not a tip, it was simply O'Reilly promoting his website and telling people to sign up for paid memberships.
Fox News Idiot Sean Hannity Calls Nun A Communist
By: Steve - April 23, 2014 - 10:00am
On the Fox News Hannity special called The Power of Faith, the insane right-wing idiot called a Nun a communist. Why you ask, for simply saying the Paul Ryan budget hurts the poor, which it does, and everyone knows it.
Here is the video:
Nun Responds To Hannity Communist Comment
By: Steve - April 23, 2014 - 9:00am
And btw folks, O'Reilly has not said a word about it, but if a Democrat called a religious person a communist he would be all over it like stink on you know what.
Sister Simone Campbell said this: "Name Calling Is About All That Exists On That Side"
Here is the video:
The Monday 4-21-14 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - April 22, 2014 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: Another Victory Over Terrorism. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Today in Boston, 36,000 people ran the marathon without incident, clearly a victory over terrorism. We applaud the people of Boston who showed their true character by refusing to give in to terrorism. Generally speaking, that's the attitude of most Americans, but there is some trouble on the horizon.Remember this folks, O'Reilly and the right also predicted that there would be a big terrorist attack under Obama, and that has not happened in the 6 years he has been in office. So basically O'Reilly is slamming Mayor De Blasio for something that "might" happen in the future, according to him, which is just ridiculous. And more proof O'Reilly is a biased right-wing hack.
Then Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News was on to tell O'Reilly he is wrong.
Siblani said this: "I don't even know if there are militant jihadists in New York. It's a figment of your imagination, Bill, and I praise and I thank the mayor for his actions, this is the American way. You are elected to protect the rights of people, not to harass them. If I know of someone who is trying to hurt our country, I would be the first to call the FBI."
O'Reilly reminded Siblani that the FBI has thwarted numerous terror attacks by using surveillance, saying this: "You are terribly naive because there are militant jihadists in this country and they sometimes use mosques to spread their word. We know there are a number of militant mosques, not only in New York but around the country."
Then Brit Hume was on to talk about Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. And as usual no Democratic guest was on for balance.
Hume said this: "Clearly the law is not on the side of Bundy and the others who are resisting in his behalf, because the property where he's been grazing his cattle is not his. But 'Occupy Wall Street' occupied a square here in Washington where you're not supposed to stay overnight and there was not a peep from Harry Reid, so clearly there is a bias in his comments."
O'Reilly urged media outlets to at least be consistent, saying this: "The 'Occupy' movement and Bundy are very similar in that they don't like the system, so if you're going to condemn one you have to condemn the other."
Which is the most ridiculous comparison I have ever seen, it's just insane. The Nevada rancher is breaking the law and has been doing it for 20 years, the Occupy Wall Street protests were LEGAL. Americans have a constitutional right to protest, it's protected by the constitution. There is no comparison, and what it shows is that Hume and O'Reilly are biased right-wing idiots.
Then Juan Williams & Mary Katharine Ham were on to talk about some gay rights activists who O'Reilly claims want to intimidate anyone who opposes same-sex marriage or other parts of their agenda. To which I would say they just want equal rights and they are doing what they can to make it happen.
Williams said this: "History has a very clear pattern. Look at what happened with Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty and the people at Chick-fil-A, who now say they're staying out of politics. But it's wrong to punish people for having a different point of view."
Ham said this: "A lot of the strategy of gay activists in the past has won hearts and minds, but this was a turn in the direction of bullying and is not good for them."
Then Pastor Cory Brooks was on to talk about how over the past two weekends 82 people have been shot in Chicago, 13 of them killed.
Brooks said this: "If we continue to collaborate and focus on the problem. I have no doubt we can solve the issue we are faced with today. We're dealing with young black men who are dropping out of school at an alarming rate, one out of ten has an 8th-grade reading level. There are dysfunctional families and an economic system where young black males are unemployed at an alarming rate. This is a time bomb that is rigged to explode at any time."
O'Reilly placed part of the blame on Chicago police officials, saying this: "I don't think the Chicago police are doing the job, and if the local police can't stop this the governor should put the National Guard in."
Then Karl Rove was on to cry with O'Reilly about President Obama delaying the decision on the Keystone Pipeline and Putin. And of course there was no Democratic guest on for balance, just the two Obama hating Republicans O'Reilly and Rove.
Rove said this: "Putin made a judgment that Obama is feckless and weak. He lied and told the president that Russia has no territorial goals in Crimea, and then a week later he was celebrating the annexation of Crimea. He's made the decision that he can roll Obama, so Obama will have to surprise him by being tougher than Putin expects. That means economic sanctions and strengthening NATO."
Rove also said this: "This is about votes and enthusiasm because Democrats oppose the pipeline. And then there's billionaire Tom Steyer, who has said he will put $100-million into Democratic campaigns if they oppose Keystone. This is cynical and completely political."
And now a reality check, it's about Republicans getting money from Oil and Gas companies to support the pipeline, so their wealthy friends can get richer. It is political, all the Republicans support it and all the Democrats oppose it. O'Reilly and Rove support it, proving they are both right-wing stooges.
Then Jesse Watters was on, he headed to Colorado, where pot enthusiasts gathered over the weekend on 4-20. Which is not news and I am not going to report on it.
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day that was not a tip. It was just O'Reilly using the tip of the day segment to get another biased cheap shot in on Stephen Colbert. And the only reason O'Reilly does not like Colbert is because he makes fun of (and calls out) Republicans for their hypocrisy and lies.
4-Day Work Week At Full Salary Is Working Great
By: Steve - April 22, 2014 - 10:00am
The 70 people who work at Treehouse, an online education company that teaches people about technology, only work four days a week at the same full salary as other tech workers. Yet the company's revenue has grown 120 percent, it generates more than $10 million a year in sales, and it responds to more than 70,000 customers, according to a post in Quartz by CEO Ryan Carson.
Carson has been working four-day weeks since 2006, when he founded his first company with his wife. He quit his job to start it, only to find that they both put in seven days a week. "I remember distinctly my wife and I were on the couch one evening," he recalled, and she said something like, 'What are we doing? I thought that starting a company means you have more time and more control, but it seems like we have less time and less control and we’re more stressed out.'"
They decided to cut back by not working Fridays, and after they hired their first employee, "we decided to officially enact a four-day week and we never looked back."
Carson has since started three other companies at which he's instituted this rule, Treehouse being the latest. While it's hard to quantify, he believes his company benefits from better output and morale. "The quality of the work, I believe, is higher," he said. "Thirty-two hours of higher quality work is better than 40 hours of lower quality work."
The impact on his employees outlook is also massive, he said. "I find I just can't wait to get back to work" after the weekend, and he suspects the same is true for others. On Mondays, "everyone's invigorated and excited." He recounted a time when a developer told him that his hope was to work at the company for 20 years. In the Quartz article, he noted that a team member gets recruitment emails from Facebook, but that his response is always, "Do you work a four-day week yet?"
And recruiting people in the first place is also easier thanks to the shorter week. "We regularly have new employees choose Treehouse over Facebook, Twitter and other top-tier tech companies," he writes. And the company is able to still pull in high sales and even $13 million in venture capital thanks to instituting higher efficiency, by, for example, strictly limiting the use of email.
Carson believes plenty of other companies could follow his example. "We have 70,000 customers, and I think if we can do it... couldn't more people do that? he said. Some businesses will still need to be open on Fridays, but he suggests "rolling employment," where some people work Monday through Thursday while others work Tuesday through Friday. "Is it possible for everybody? No," he concedes. "But I bet some huge percentage of companies can do it that just aren't."
There are some drawbacks. Not working on Friday, he said, means no day of slowdown before the weekend. "It's kind of like 100 miles per hour until Thursday at 6 p.m." And he acknowledges that less work may get done with one day off.
But there is some social science to back up the practice of limiting how much people put in at work each week. Research has found that putting in long hours, or more than 60 hours a week, produces a small productivity boost at first. But after three or four weeks of working at that level, it will actually decline.
The dominant work culture in the United States is one of overwork, though. We rank at number 11 out of 33 developed countries in how many hours we work each week. For professionals, nearly everyone is working more than 50 hours a week and nearly half are putting in more than 65.
Carson isn't the only one experimenting with shorter hours. Municipal workers in Sweden's second-largest city will soon work six-hour days to see whether it boosts efficiency and reduces costs if they need fewer sick days. Six of the ten most competitive countries, including Germany, have banned working more than 48 hours a week.
Bill Moyers Warns People The USA Heading Toward Oligarchy
By: Steve - April 21, 2014 - 10:00am
Bill Moyers took on income inequality on Moyers & Company Friday, citing statistics on the income gap and studies on the subject to warn that the United States is drifting closer and closer to an oligarchic state where a small group of wealthy people wield massive control over the political system.
And I would say we are pretty much already there, the 1% already control everything, and the Republican party helps them do it. And unless we vote Republicans out of office, it's only going to get worse.
Moyers blamed an "obliging Congress" for allowing this to happen, and mocked John Roberts for taking what some would view as politicians doing favors for fundraisers as gratitude for donors.
Moyers mockingly noted how it seems like more than gratitude when politicians work to directly impact the finances of the people who give them money at the expense of the middle class.
Moyers also declared that "inequality is what has turned Washington into a protection racket for the one percent," and warned that the claims the U.S. makes to being a democracy are "seriously threatened."
He concluded that "the drift toward oligarchy that Thomas Pinckeney described in his formidable book has become a mad dash, and it will overrun us and overwhelm us unless we stop it."
Obamacare Sign-Ups Hit 8 Million
By: Steve - April 20, 2014 - 10:00am
And of course O'Reilly did not say a word about it, because he is a biased right-wing hack who hates Obama and still does not want to admit it was a good idea and it is working fine.
In a remarkable rebound from the botched rollout of Obamacare, 8 million people signed up for private health insurance via the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act since October, President Barack Obama announced during a press briefing at the White House Thursday.
March and April saw an uptick in the share of young people signing up for private plans using the exchanges. These people, who are presumably healthier, are needed to balance out the medical costs of older, sicker consumers.
About 35 percent of people who signed up throughout the open enrollment period were under 35 years old, including children, Obama said. Twenty-eight percent were between the ages of 18 and 34, according to a White House fact sheet.
The official six-month enrollment period ended March 31, but the federal government and most states accommodated people trying to complete applications in April amid a last-minute surge for subsidized private coverage and Medicaid benefits.
"This law is working," Obama said. "This law won't solve all the problems in our health care system. We know we've got more work to do, but we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans, and take insurance away from millions more."
Note: I was personally put on Medicaid on 1-1-14, and I was able to keep my same doctor. I now get free health care and my medicine co-pay is only $2.00 for each prescription.
Duck Dynasty Ratings Fall To SIXTEEN-MONTH Low!
By: Steve - April 19, 2014 - 11:00am
And of course O'Reilly has not said a word about it, because he supported Phil Robertson and predicted their ratings would go up. When he is wrong he just ignores the prediction and never speaks of it again.
Despite the enthusiastic support from fans because apparently the word "Jesus" makes you wonderful no matter what you do, Duck Dynasty is not doing so well.
For the first time in over a year, the show has dipped below 5 million viewers.
The last show averaged 4.7 million, a 16 month low. While some may note that this is still a lot of viewers, for comparison's sake-last year, the show broke ratings records with 11.7 million viewers.
It seems that public opinion is catching up with Duck Dynasty and crew.
Republican Hits Obama Doll In Ad: O'Reilly Silent
By: Steve - April 19, 2014 - 10:00am
Now imagine what O'Reilly would do if a Democrat hit a George W. Bush doll in a tv ad, he would flip out and call for the ad to be pulled and for the Democrat to be defeated. But when a Republican does it to Obama, O'Reilly not only does not call for the ad to be pulled, he ignores it and says nothing.
Nebraska Democrats on Friday criticized a TV ad showing Republican governor candidate Beau McCoy knocking a Barack Obama doll off a fence post with his hand.
The ad opens with McCoy saying, "More Obamacare in Nebraska? That is the last thing we need." He then strikes a doll that resembles President Obama.
Even though Obamcare is working, and only right-wing fools are still trashing it. He should lose the election just for being opposed to Obamacare, not just for hitting the Obama doll.
"Beau McCoy hit a new low in his ad, where he is seen striking the president off a fence post," said Dan Marvin, executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
"No matter what party you belong to, the depiction of violence displayed in McCoy's ad is completely disrespectful to the office of the presidency and sends the wrong message to our children."
Vince Powers, state Democratic chairman, called on McCoy to pull the ad.
In response to the Democratic Party, McCoy said in a statement that Nebraskans are tired of being pushed around by the Obama administration and the federal government. McCoy, a state senator from Omaha, voted against expanding the Medicaid program in the just-completed legislative session.
"We as Nebraskans know a one-size-fits-all mandate like Obamacare is the wrong approach for our state, which is why I led the charge this legislative session to oppose Medicaid expansion in Nebraska," McCoy said.
Arnold Nesbitt from Omaha Nebraska said this about it: "This ad is extremely disrespectful to the office of the President as well as the President. The striking of an image of the President reinforces the thought that violence is a means to an end and politicians will go to whatever means possible to try to win an election. This is not the type of person that I feel should represent and/or lead Nebraska."
Peer-Reviewed Study Shows The USA Is An Oligarchy
By: Steve - April 18, 2014 - 10:00am
The report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest groups, the corporations, and the wealthy, instead of voters .
The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.
The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system.
After sifting through nearly 1,800 US policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile) and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite.
The peer-reviewed study, which will be taught at these universities in September, says this: "The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."
Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favor special interests and lobbying oragnisations: "When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it."
The report also said that the interests of the average American being served almost exclusively when it also serves those of the richest 10 percent.
The theory of "biased pluralism" that the Princeton and Northwestern researchers believe the US system fits holds that policy outcomes "tend to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations."
In other words, the wealthy, the corporations, and the wealthy special interest groups basically bribe Congressman and Senators to do what they want, instead of going by the will of the majority of the people. And O'Reilly supports it, calling it the free market in action, while claiming to be looking out for the little guy and the average working American.
The study comes in the wake of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a controversial piece of legislation passed in The Supreme Court that abolished campaign contribution limits, and record low approval ratings for the US congress.
The Wednesday 4-16-14 O'Reilly Factor Review
By: Steve - April 17, 2014 - 11:00am
The TPM was called: A Low Point for Getting High. The biased and dishonest Bill O'Reilly said this:
O'REILLY: Once in a while the federal government can actually launch a successful health campaign; the anti-smoking posture the feds trotted out in 1966 has saved millions of lives. But smoking marijuana has been on the rise, as pot use is considered 'cool' in many circles and is politically correct. Now comes a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience that says smoking pot hurts your brain.Blah, blah, blah, get over it O'Reilly. Nobody cares what you have to say about smoking pot, you are just wasting tv time reporting on this story.
Then Matt Kibbe, a proponent of pot legalization was on to discuss it.
Kibbe said this: "I think smoking pot is bad, and I think drinking too much is bad and smoking cigarettes is bad. Where we might disagree is what the federal government can do to regulate and force behavioral changes."
Bingo, in a so-called free country adults should be allowed to do what they want to do as long as it does not harm anyone else.
Kibbe also said this: "I love parents and communities and peer pressure, but there are a lot of negative consequences when the federal government takes on these kinds of things."
But O'Reilly argued that a federal campaign could save lives, just like the anti-tobacco messages did, saying this: "The government is going in the wrong direction, it's not good for anyone to use pot to get high!"
Then Kirsten Powers & Kate Obenshain were on to talk about the showdown in Nevada, where rancher Cliven Bundy is defying federal agents who want him to pay fees for using federal land.
Powers said this: "He has broken the law, but why are they harassing this man? The government shouldn't be sending in armed people and setting up 'free speech zones.' I don't understand why this guy is being forced off his land."
Obenshain said this: "It's interesting that the Bureau of Land Management was able to make an exception for one of Reid's largest donors, but it can't make an exception for Bundy, who doesn't contribute to Reid. The government is choosing which laws to enforce."
Which is a lie, and made up by right-wing idiots.
Then Col. Ralph Peters and Col. David Hunt analyzed the tense situation in Ukraine, where pro-Russian protesters have clashed with Ukrainian police. And of course no Democratic guest was on for balance.
The biased Obama hating Peters said this: "President Obama is terrified of Putin, and this is already a done deal. Putin has won, the eastern provinces of Ukraine are gone, and the only question is how ugly the end game is going to be. He is not going to let go and Obama won't make him. President Obama believes you can negotiate with cancer tumors, he is a fool and a weakling."
Hunt said this: "You can't give aid to a non-existent government that is not functioning. Europe is not behind us, the American people don't want to do anything, and Putin has won so far."
The only fool is Col. Peters, he is a partisan idiot who insulted the President. O'Reilly said nothing, and if Peters does not like it he should move to Russia and hang out with his hero Putin. If he was a Democrat saying that about a Republican President O'Reilly would want to try him for sedition, but when a Republican does it he says nothing.
Then Martha MacCallum was on for did you see that, she cried about reporting MSNBC did about the Boston Marathon bombing.
MacCallum said this: "This came right after Joe Biden's moving comments in Boston. The piece never even answered the question that was posed in the intro, which was to find out some background about the Tsarnaev brothers. It talked about how kids wrestle and are raised to fight, as if that's supposed to be some excuse for blowing up people."
O'Reilly concluded with a parting shot at MSNBC, saying this: "I don't know why you would even want to do this a year later, we already had the background of these thugs. There's something wrong over there at MSNBC!"
And finally, the lame Factor tip of the day called: Woman of Steele. Billy said this: "If you happen to catch Sage Steele anchoring on ESPN, keep in mind that she is a no-spin sportscaster who had the moxie to go toe-to-toe with the ladies of The View this morning."
In other words, she is a Republican who disagreed with the women on the view so O'Reilly likes her.
Taxpayers Deliver $7.8 Billion Tax Bill To Walmart
By: Steve - April 17, 2014 - 10:00am
The Walton family receives $7.8 billion in tax breaks and taxpayer subsidies each year, and outraged taxpayers are demanding that Walmart pay up. According to a press release from Our Walmart:
Walmart workers and taxpayers in Phoenix delivered a $7.8 billion tax bill to Rob Walton, Walmart Chairman, in reaction to the news that the country's largest retailer and richest family received an estimated $7.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in 2013."Like most Americans, I work hard, pay my taxes and play by the rules. Why can't America's richest family do the same?" said Venanzi Luna, a Walmart worker who signed the bill.
"Our economy is out of balance and workers are struggling because people like the Waltons don't pay their fair share."
Walmart made a $16 billion profit in 2013, and the six Walton heirs, who own more than 50 percent of Walmart shares, saw their wealth grow to $148.8 billion, more wealth than 49% of American families combined.
Walmart takes in 18% of all food stamp dollars and generates $13.5 billion in revenue from food stamps. This isn't enough robbing of the taxpayer for the Walton family, because they also get $3 billion in individual tax breaks, and Walmart itself gets another $1 billion.
The next time Republicans talk about how America can't afford veterans benefits, or to extend unemployment benefits, they need to be reminded that a simple solution is right in front of their eyes. If Republicans would close the Walmart tax loopholes, and raise the minimum wage so that Walmart workers didn't have to rely on public assistance, the government would have tens of billions more.
Those low prices that Walmart advertises really aren't that low. Taxpayers are picking up the tab, and when one factors in the billions that all Americans have to pay to subsidize Walmart's profits those always low prices come at a very high cost to every American.
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