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New CNN host to Fox News: “I’m going to kick some ratings butt”

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 183 Comments › )
Filed under Media at October 7th, 2010 - 11:30 am

Well, well, well. Here comes another pompous big mouth Brit twit, Piers Morgan, who will be replacing the cadaver-like Larry King at CNN, promising that he’ll beat Fox News’ primetime ratings.

Yeah, whatever dude. Take another hit off the bong.

We’ve heard this claim from no-talent blowhards such as Keith Olbermann (aren’t you NFL fans glad NBC dumped that loser from Football Night in America?), Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, etc., etc. for years. And every year FNC’s ratings get higher, while yours are in the crapper, and sinking lower than whale shit.

I mean c’mon. This guy thinks Joy Bahar is talented. Huh? At what? She’s nothing but yet another in a long line of ignorant liberal big mouths with absolutely nothing important to say. The only people who watch that blithering idiot are other idiot libs.

And he wants Obungler, Donald Trump, and Simon Cowell for his first interviews? Wow! That’s brilliant! I’ll bet that’s never been done before! Why didn’t someone else think of that? There’s some must see TV! NOT!

These libs never get it, and I doubt they ever will.

The reason your ratings suck aren’t due to who’s hosting what show. The problem is with your ultra-liberal bias you’re only going to attract an extremely small percentage of TV viewers. Nobody whose politics are middle of the road or conservative wants to listen to your cheerleaders rah-rahing everything Obungler does.

CNN’s Piers Morgan Vows Format And Other Changes To Beat Fox News Competition: Promises “I’m Going To Be There To Win” And “It’s Time To Kick Some Ratings Butt”

Piers Morgan tells us that he’s planning big changes to the Larry King Live interview slot he inherits in January. “The format, everything, will change. I’m not just going to be another man sitting in the CNN studio wearing red braces.” Morgan also promises he’ll beat his Fox News rivals (see below) — but not if he expects to do that with overexposed guests like Simon Cowell and Donald Trump or what he says is his top “get”, President Obama. The production team needs to be finalised before guests are signed, he says. Morgan tells us he hasn’t locked down his show’s executive producer yet, “though we are about to. What I would say is that there will be significant format changes, and the show will look and feel different and distinctive to Larry’s. I don’t want to copy him because he’s a legend. You don’t follow Sinatra at the Sands and try and warble My Way…”

The show will be mostly filmed in New York apart from 3 months in the summer when Morgan is in Los Angeles judging America’s Got Talent. He notes, “One key change will definitely be that I will pre-tape many of the interviews so I can market and promote them in advance of them airing, which I believe will increase ratings. I’ve done this very successfully with my Life Stories series in the UK, with subjects as diverse as Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Simon Cowell, and Richard Branson.”

Morgan also tells us his mission is to help boost CNN’s sagging primetime line-up against Fox News, MSNBC, and other rivals. Larry King Live scored its lowest monthly viewer total in nearly 20 years in May, averaging just 653,000 viewers each night. And, last week, CNN underwent a management shakeup. CNN overall is a ratings mess right now and getting its clock cleaned by Fox News. So the older cable news channel brought in the guy who talent-scouted Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace, and Joy Behar to fix it, HLN’s Ken Jautz. The TV world has changed since Larry King first began interviewing 25 years ago, says Morgan, noting that back then there wasn’t any Fox News or even MSNBC. Since then, there’s been an explosion in cable TV with rapid-fire hosts like Glenn Beck who don’t do long interviews with newsmakers. “Don’t get me wrong, they’re great at what they do,” says Morgan. “But I think there’s a gap in the market. For years, Larry King has shown the power of the extended interview, which is something I’ve specialized in with my British talk shows. When it comes to my rivals, however long it takes, I’m going to be there to win.” Morgan says, “The main message I want to communicate is that I intend this show to be a game-changer in terms of how interview shows are conducted on American TV. And I haven’t joined CNN to come 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.

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183 Responses to “New CNN host to Fox News: “I’m going to kick some ratings butt””
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  1. Nevergiveup
    1 | October 7, 2010 11:34 am

    What’s he gonna do, turn CNN into the BBC?


  2. 2 | October 7, 2010 11:35 am

    Five years from now this show won’t even be on the air. CNN itself will either be radically different, or it won’t be on the air either. You have to show content that people want to watch. They don’t.


  3. Eliana
    3 | October 7, 2010 11:38 am

    He’s one of the guys from “Britain’s Got Talent.”

    He’s going NOWHERE!


  4. coldwarrior
    4 | October 7, 2010 11:40 am

    didnt cnn fire its ceo or something two weeks ago over ratings?

    is this what the new guy has come up with???


  5. Speranza
    5 | October 7, 2010 11:42 am

    Morgan was fired from the Mirror on 14 May 2004 after authorising the newspaper’s publication of photographs allegedly showing Iraqi prisoners being abused by British Army soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.[12] Within days the photographs were shown to be crude fakes. Under the headline “SORRY.. WE WERE HOAXED”, the Mirror responded that it had fallen victim to a “calculated and malicious hoax” and apologised for the publication of the photographs


  6. Speranza
    6 | October 7, 2010 11:43 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    didnt cnn fire its ceo or something two weeks ago over ratings?
    is this what the new guy has come up with???

    Yes Jon Klein -- the genius who came up with Parker Spitzer (full disclosure I’ve become addicted to that show because it is so bad, its good!).


  7. coldwarrior
    7 | October 7, 2010 11:43 am

    Speranza wrote:

    Morgan was fired from the Mirror on 14 May 2004 after authorising the newspaper’s publication of photographs allegedly showing Iraqi prisoners being abused by British Army soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.[12] Within days the photographs were shown to be crude fakes. Under the headline “SORRY.. WE WERE HOAXED”, the Mirror responded that it had fallen victim to a “calculated and malicious hoax” and apologised for the publication of the photographs

    REALLY!

    and he’s incompetent as well as a lefty!

    he will EPIC FAIL


  8. 8 | October 7, 2010 11:44 am

    @ coldwarrior:

    They are showing how much they have changed. After all, this Leftist host will have a British Accent. Change!


  9. 9 | October 7, 2010 11:44 am

    aren’t you NFL fans glad NBC dumped that loser from Football Night in America?

    Hell yeah! I can enjoy my football without him. That said, when it was Olberman and Patrick in the early to mid 90′s on ESPN Sports Center, thatw as the best show ever! Then again, those were happy years of my life, so my outlook is biased.

    Happiness, a feeling I long forgot!

    :-(


  10. coldwarrior
    10 | October 7, 2010 11:45 am

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:
    They are showing how much they have changed. After all, this Leftist host will have a British Accent. Change!

    SEC needs to look into CNN’s board and see if any are selling CNN stocks short on insider info…thats the only way this hire makes sense


  11. 11 | October 7, 2010 11:45 am

    @ Speranza:

    That is what they are counting on. They don’t care why you watch, just that you do watch. That is what affects their bottom line. I don’t give them any of my traffic.


  12. BuddyG
    12 | October 7, 2010 11:52 am

    Hairbrained scheme from CNN


  13. snork
    13 | October 7, 2010 11:53 am

    Hmmmm. A Brit taking over a formerly moribund American media thingy. Sounds like LFG. It’ll prolly end like that, too.


  14. Speranza
    14 | October 7, 2010 11:55 am

    coldwarrior wrote:

    REALLY!

    and he’s incompetent as well as a lefty!

    he will EPIC FAIL

    Sadly CNN has a monopoly on airports. There should be a CNN free zone at airports.


  15. 16 | October 7, 2010 11:58 am

    Who is this guy? A furriner I am gathering from his CV.


  16. Formercorpsman
    17 | October 7, 2010 12:02 pm

    More of the same. Extended interview, that played so well already.


  17. tanker on the horizon
    18 | October 7, 2010 12:03 pm

    Piers Morgan has the credibility of a syphilitic hyena.


  18. 19 | October 7, 2010 12:04 pm

    @ coldwarrior:

    About that Orthodox thing….

    I’m unsure of the terminology, but there’s a “Divine Liturgy” on Sunday @ 10:30, which I would assume is like the Roman “Mass”. I’ll be there and I’ll try to bring my wife, who was raised Baptist, and still insists that I’m an idol-worshiping heathen, so we’ll both feel like “strangers in a strange land” :)

    I’ll let you know…


  19. mfhorn
    20 | October 7, 2010 12:05 pm

    We’ll see what it looks like here in about 6 months, Sparky.


  20. tanker on the horizon
    21 | October 7, 2010 12:07 pm

    … Keith Olbermann (aren’t you NFL fans glad NBC dumped that loser from Football Night in America?)

    The hosebags at GE/NBC that hired Queef for FNiA are brainless dolts.


  21. coldwarrior
    22 | October 7, 2010 12:09 pm

    MacDuff wrote:

    @ coldwarrior:
    About that Orthodox thing….
    I’m unsure of the terminology, but there’s a “Divine Liturgy” on Sunday @ 10:30, which I would assume is like the Roman “Mass”. I’ll be there and I’ll try to bring my wife, who was raised Baptist, and still insists that I’m an idol-worshiping heathen, so we’ll both feel like “strangers in a strange land”
    I’ll let you know…

    ah…here ya go, again…(same answer from the last thread)

    yes, divine liturgy is ‘mass’…its about 1.5hours long.

    as a catholic you will not be allowed to take communion (rome and moscow are working on that issue) but you are encouraged to venerate the cross at the end.

    be sure to intro yinzselfs to the priest at the end (veneration of the cross).

    do you know if its an american orthodox, russian, ukraine???


  22. BuddyG
    23 | October 7, 2010 12:09 pm

    tanker on the horizon wrote:

    syphilitic hyena

    Interesting


  23. Macker
    24 | October 7, 2010 12:10 pm

    snork wrote:

    Hmmmm. A Brit taking over a formerly moribund American media thingy. Sounds like LFG. It’ll prolly end like that, too.

    You mean overweight and pony-tailed, parked in front of a keyboard, right?


  24. Speranza
    25 | October 7, 2010 12:11 pm

    m wrote:

    MSNBC’s Newest Host Forced to Apologize for Racist Remarks About GOP Chairman Steele

    Larry o’Donnell is a raging penis head.


  25. coldwarrior
    26 | October 7, 2010 12:11 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    coldwarrior wrote:
    REALLY!
    and he’s incompetent as well as a lefty!
    he will EPIC FAIL
    Sadly CNN has a monopoly on airports. There should be a CNN free zone at airports.

    i can watch fox on my phone…i dont need wall mounted tv’s at airports


  26. 27 | October 7, 2010 12:14 pm

    @ Speranza:

    I think he’d make an excellent 300 yard target for a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle…


  27. BuddyG
    28 | October 7, 2010 12:14 pm

    Macker wrote:

    You mean overweight and pony-tailed, parked in front of a keyboard, right?

    Pathetic Porn


  28. Speranza
    29 | October 7, 2010 12:15 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    i can watch fox on my phone…i dont need wall mounted tv’s at airports

    All TV’s at airports are annoying. Let me eat my over priced hamburger and read a newspaper!!!


  29. Speranza
    30 | October 7, 2010 12:16 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    I think he’d make an excellent 300 yard target for a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle…

    He is a bully and has major anger management issues. He’s perfect for PMSNBC.


  30. F
    31 | October 7, 2010 12:17 pm

    The only butts Piers will end up kicking will be his own and CNN’s when he makes the ratings of the network plummet even further and faster. The monopoly the MFM used to enjoy when they were the sole outlet is broken and gone, never to be resurrected this generation. This administration is desperate to reclaim that advantage by monitoring censoring the internet, but the people are now awake and aware of the agenda and bias.


  31. F
    32 | October 7, 2010 12:22 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Sadly CNN has a monopoly on airports. There should be a CNN free zone at airports.

    The VA hospital “health center” I frequent several years ago installed TVs with satellite in each clinic. They had to enact a policy of patrons not even being able to request a channel change so as to enforce a CNN monopoly. That monopoly changed a few months back because literally thousands of vets complained about the CNN “mandate”.

    Between the VA and airports it is not hard to see how CNN keeps its dismal ratings artificially propped up.


  32. coldwarrior
    33 | October 7, 2010 12:24 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    coldwarrior wrote:
    i can watch fox on my phone…i dont need wall mounted tv’s at airports
    All TV’s at airports are annoying. Let me eat my over priced hamburger and read a newspaper!!!

    i’m with you on that.


  33. Speranza
    34 | October 7, 2010 12:26 pm

    “I’m going to kick some ratings butt” -- how mature. What is the effer 16 years old?


  34. F
    35 | October 7, 2010 12:27 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    didnt cnn fire its ceo or something two weeks ago over ratings?
    is this what the new guy has come up with???

    Both the CNN and ABC News Division CEOs got canned.

    If this is what the new guy in charge at CNN comes up with he must be a conservative/repugnican plant with an agenda to destroying diversity so as to indoctrinate the masses into the joys of greed.

    / moonbat rant


  35. 36 | October 7, 2010 12:27 pm

    OK, you have to see this…


  36. 37 | October 7, 2010 12:27 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    I think he’d make an excellent 300 yard target for a .338 Lapua Magnum rifle…

    No no no… That is way to large a caliber… Make it a .22 short, that way it’s like the old arcade game, bing… he turns and runs one way, bing, he turns and runs the other way… The look on his face as he scrambles madly around… Priceless…


  37. Nevergiveup
    38 | October 7, 2010 12:28 pm

    Most Bars at the Airports have at least one or more channels tuned to ESPN, so ya really can avoid CNN by having a beer and turning your chair


  38. Speranza
    39 | October 7, 2010 12:29 pm

    coldwarrior wrote:

    i’m with you on that.

    If they are going to have TV’s blasting we do not need 24 hour news programs. how aobut some reruns of Gunsmoke?


  39. Nevergiveup
    40 | October 7, 2010 12:30 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    coldwarrior wrote:

    i’m with you on that.

    If they are going to have TV’s blasting we do not need 24 hour news programs. how aobut some reruns of Gunsmoke?

    How about “Sky King” or the original “Car 54″?


  40. 41 | October 7, 2010 12:32 pm

    @ Speranza:

    He is an entertainment guy, not a news guy at all. He’s probably a hard Lefty, but I don’t really know. He’s not even an opinion collumnist or writer. He is strictly an entertainment guy, about as qualified as Snookie to run a “news” show.


  41. 42 | October 7, 2010 12:32 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    coldwarrior wrote:
    i can watch fox on my phone…i dont need wall mounted tv’s at airports
    All TV’s at airports are annoying. Let me eat my over priced hamburger and read a newspaper!!!

    They could at least put the closed captioning on and shut the sound off. I hate noise. I have somewhat of a hearing loss, and background noise makes it harder to talk to whomever I’m with (or whomever I’m trying to do business with).


  42. F
    43 | October 7, 2010 12:33 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    He is an entertainment guy, not a news guy at all. He’s probably a hard Lefty, but I don’t really know. He’s not even an opinion collumnist or writer. He is strictly an entertainment guy, about as qualified as Snookie to run a “news” show.

    The Left/Progs see no distinction between entertainment and news.

    All that matters is the entirety of media promoting their agenda and viewpoint.


  43. Speranza
    44 | October 7, 2010 12:34 pm

    Nevergiveup wrote:

    How about “Sky King” or the original “Car 54″?

    The woman who played “Penny” on Sky King recently died.


  44. Speranza
    45 | October 7, 2010 12:35 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    He is an entertainment guy, not a news guy at all. He’s probably a hard Lefty, but I don’t really know. He’s not even an opinion collumnist or writer. He is strictly an entertainment guy, about as qualified as Snookie to run a “news” show.

    He is a very hard lefty with a British accent who probably is better suited to PMSNBC.


  45. Nevergiveup
    46 | October 7, 2010 12:36 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Nevergiveup wrote:

    How about “Sky King” or the original “Car 54″?

    The woman who played “Penny” on Sky King recently died.

    Really? Too bad. One of my first crushes


  46. Speranza
    47 | October 7, 2010 12:37 pm

    1389AD wrote:

    They could at least put the closed captioning on and shut the sound off. I hate noise. I have somewhat of a hearing loss, and background noise makes it harder to talk to whomever I’m with (or whomever I’m trying to do business with).

    Back in the Spring (Feb and March) of 2002 during the height of the Hamas/IJ suicide war offensive against Israel I was stuck in an airport and had to listen to CNN gloat over the daily carnage in Israel. I could not escape it no matter where I went.


  47. 48 | October 7, 2010 12:37 pm

    @ F:

    Yeah, it is all Propaganda for the Progs. That is why I don’t watch much TV at all. There is a weekly thing on guns on the History Channel, Fox, and that is about all I am interested in. Sometimes they will have something interesting on the Military Channel, or UCF, WEC fighting to watch. Otherwise, I’d rather listen to music…


  48. Speranza
    49 | October 7, 2010 12:38 pm

    Nevergiveup wrote:

    Really? Too bad. One of my first crushes

    Yeah she died a couple of weeks ago. She and “Hayley Mills” were the crushes of young boys from the Eisenhower era.


  49. 50 | October 7, 2010 12:39 pm

    @ Speranza:

    I can tell you this much: I’ll never watch him. Other than in passing in airports or the like, I haven’t watched CNN in 15 years at least. I haven’t missed it, and with Fox on now, there is just no going back.


  50. 51 | October 7, 2010 12:40 pm

    I just put another government waste story into the review queue.

    It’s “only” a billion, but then, a billion here, a billion there…

    This one doesn’t seem to be Obama’s fault…in this case, I’d blame bungling at the DoD and obstructionism by treehuggers for most of the problem.


  51. Nevergiveup
    53 | October 7, 2010 12:41 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Nevergiveup wrote:

    Really? Too bad. One of my first crushes

    Yeah she died a couple of weeks ago. She and “Hayley Mills” were the crushes of young boys from the Eisenhower era.

    ya know thinking back on it, I probably looked at her as a neat big sister.


  52. 54 | October 7, 2010 12:41 pm

    @ 1389AD:

    I think they should saw the treehuggers down with a chainsaw…


  53. Speranza
    55 | October 7, 2010 12:41 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    I can tell you this much: I’ll never watch him. Other than in passing in airports or the like, I haven’t watched CNN in 15 years at least. I haven’t missed it, and with Fox on now, there is just no going back.

    LOL! As I ahve written, I have become addicted to Parker Spitzer because it is sooooo bad.


  54. Speranza
    56 | October 7, 2010 12:43 pm

    Nevergiveup wrote:

    ya know thinking back on it, I probably looked at her as a neat big sister.

    When I was a little horny young boy I had major desires for Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) on the Dick Van Dyke show.


  55. 57 | October 7, 2010 12:43 pm

    @ Speranza:

    Left and Lefter? :lol:


  56. Nevergiveup
    58 | October 7, 2010 12:43 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Gloria Winters who played “Penny” on Sky King dies of pneumonia August 14, 2010 – 78 years old

    hum? so there was a little hanky panky on the set ha? good for her


  57. F
    59 | October 7, 2010 12:44 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    If I watch any TV shows it is old TV shows, usually on DVD. Recent stuff is too much crap.

    One nice thing about older TV shows on DVD is they are uncut so you see what the creators intended you to see, and NO commercials interrupting to boot.

    The local library is a great resource for me to obtaining old TV shows on DVD without spending a huge chunk of change.


  58. Speranza
    60 | October 7, 2010 12:45 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    Left and Lefter?

    Yes and with a Daily Plain bashing from some Hollywood lefty.


  59. Speranza
    61 | October 7, 2010 12:46 pm

    F wrote:

    @ Iron Fist:
    If I watch any TV shows it is old TV shows, usually on DVD. Recent stuff is too much crap.
    One nice thing about older TV shows on DVD is they are uncut so you see what the creators intended you to see, and NO commercials interrupting to boot.
    The local library is a great resource for me to obtaining old TV shows on DVD without spending a huge chunk of change.

    I just finished seasons 1-4 of Have Gun-Will Travel.


  60. 62 | October 7, 2010 12:46 pm

    The Obama Boom proceedeth apace:

    Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.1% in SeptemberUnderemployment, at 18.8%, is up from 18.6% at the end of Augustby Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

    PRINCETON, NJ — Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 10.1% in September — up sharply from 9.3% in August and 8.9% in July. Much of this increase came during the second half of the month — the unemployment rate was 9.4% in mid-September — and therefore is unlikely to be picked up in the government’s unemployment report on Friday.

    I don’t expect unemployment to get much better as long as Obama is in office. If he wins a second term, that’ll be six years, though if he wins a second term, I expect it will noticably worsen…


  61. F
    63 | October 7, 2010 12:47 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Nevergiveup wrote:
    ya know thinking back on it, I probably looked at her as a neat big sister.
    When I was a little horny young boy I had major desires for Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore) on the Dick Van Dyke show.

    Those Capri pants of hers certainly were not the typical fare of TV moms. Too bad the creators couldn’t get rid of the “twin bed mandate even if married” at the same time.


  62. Speranza
    64 | October 7, 2010 12:47 pm

    Nevergiveup wrote:

    hum? so there was a little hanky panky on the set ha? good for her

    The famous line about Doris Day -- “I knew her before she was a virgin”.


  63. Speranza
    65 | October 7, 2010 12:49 pm

    F wrote:

    Those Capri pants of hers certainly were not the typical fare of TV moms. Too bad the creators couldn’t get rid of the “twin bed mandate even if married” at the same time.

    Yeah she and “Rob” used to make out incessantly and then they would sleep in separate beds. even Ricky and Desi who were married in real life slept in separate beds on the show.


  64. 66 | October 7, 2010 12:49 pm

    @ F:

    The last thing I watched seriously like that was the Ken Burns series on the Civil War. I highly reccommend it, though some of the players that they quote througout it (like Mary Chestnut) are obscure unless you have studied the Civil War some. I intend to watch it again. There is a lot of knowledge there.


  65. F
    67 | October 7, 2010 12:51 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    Now we have Fed officials mulling over the idea that inflation might be a fix to the moribund economy.

    These idiots, and the rest of this administration, haven’t a clue. Doubtful they would change a thing they are doing if they were purposely trying to destroy the U.S.


  66. Speranza
    68 | October 7, 2010 12:52 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ F:
    The last thing I watched seriously like that was the Ken Burns series on the Civil War. I highly reccommend it, though some of the players that they quote througout it (like Mary Chestnut) are obscure unless you have studied the Civil War some. I intend to watch it again. There is a lot of knowledge there.

    Ha if you watch Burns you will come away with the impression that Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain single handedly won the Battle of Gettysburg.


  67. F
    69 | October 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ F:
    The last thing I watched seriously like that was the Ken Burns series on the Civil War. I highly reccommend it, though some of the players that they quote througout it (like Mary Chestnut) are obscure unless you have studied the Civil War some. I intend to watch it again. There is a lot of knowledge there.

    The obscureness of some of the people was why I really did love that documentary series.

    Hell, virtually anything by Ken Burns is going to be full of delightful surprises.


  68. 70 | October 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    F wrote:

    @ Iron Fist:
    Now we have Fed officials mulling over the idea that inflation might be a fix to the moribund economy.
    These idiots, and the rest of this administration, haven’t a clue. Doubtful they would change a thing they are doing if they were purposely trying to destroy the U.S.

    Weimar Republic


  69. wolfie
    71 | October 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    I think there is a market for the extended-interview show, but I can’t see a market for a leftist one.

    If CNN got someone who was genuinely neutral, the kind of person who was interested in really understanding different points of view, it could work.

    But leftists consider neutrality to be right-wing. The chief dogma of the MSM is that their own views are normative and that anyone who disagrees with them is outside the pale.

    The networks have a problem because the left has a problem.


  70. Speranza
    72 | October 7, 2010 12:53 pm

    F wrote:

    @ Iron Fist:
    Now we have Fed officials mulling over the idea that inflation might be a fix to the moribund economy.
    These idiots, and the rest of this administration, haven’t a clue. Doubtful they would change a thing they are doing if they were purposely trying to destroy the U.S.

    Nancy Pelosi said that unemployment insurance is a great boon for job creation.


  71. Speranza
    73 | October 7, 2010 12:54 pm

    F wrote:

    Hell, virtually anything by Ken Burns is going to be full of delightful surprises.

    The Baseball series was one long boring lecture on race.


  72. F
    74 | October 7, 2010 12:54 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    F wrote:

    Those Capri pants of hers certainly were not the typical fare of TV moms. Too bad the creators couldn’t get rid of the “twin bed mandate even if married” at the same time.

    Yeah she and “Rob” used to make out incessantly and then they would sleep in separate beds. even Ricky and Desi who were married in real life slept in separate beds on the show.

    Irony of ironies is it took a gay man to break the married twin bed mandate with The Brady Bunch.


  73. Speranza
    75 | October 7, 2010 12:56 pm

    F wrote:

    Irony of ironies is it took a gay man to break the married twin bed mandate with The Brady Bunch.

    Robert Reed was a fine classical actor who starred in The Defenders. He hated the role of Mike Brady yet it gave him 5 years of steady work plus money from residuals and he did bring a quiet dignity to the role.


  74. 76 | October 7, 2010 12:56 pm

    @ F:

    That is scary. Inflation is like a genie you let out of a bottle. Getting it back in the bottle is the problem. Great way to wreck an economy. We can be like Zimbabwe, or, even better, we can have inflation and no growth just like the fabulously successful Carter Administration. Lovely.


  75. F
    77 | October 7, 2010 12:57 pm

    @ Speranza:
    Sports bore the hell out of me anyway, especially watching. I am not an athletic supporter.


  76. Speranza
    78 | October 7, 2010 12:59 pm

    F wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    Sports bore the hell out of me anyway, especially watching. I am not an athletic supporter.

    So you are not a jock?


  77. Nevergiveup
    79 | October 7, 2010 1:02 pm

    Growing ties between Turkey, China, Iran worry Israel and U.S.
    Turkey held military drill with China, after canceling with Israel; cooperation also reflected in weapons deals, with Iran buying from China mainly missile technology.

    Duh, Ya think?


  78. 80 | October 7, 2010 1:02 pm

    @ Speranza:

    Yeah, but in a way he did. If he had caved, it is likely that the Rebels would have rolled the line up, and quite possibly won Gettysburg on the Second Day. He won the Medal of Honor for that, IIRC.


  79. Bob in Breckenridge
    81 | October 7, 2010 1:03 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Sadly CNN has a monopoly on airports. There should be a CNN free zone at airports.

    CNN pays an access fee to the owners of the airports for the rights to show their leftist garbage.

    Participating airports-

    * Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    * Albany International Airport, Albany, New York
    * Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska
    * Atlanta Dekalb Peachtree Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
    * Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia
    * Bermuda International Airport, St. George, Bermuda
    * Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts
    * Chicago Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois
    * O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
    * Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, Cincinnati, Ohio
    * Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, Ohio
    * Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
    * Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas, Texas
    * Dayton International Airport, Dayton, Ohio
    * Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
    * Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Detroit, Michigan
    * George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas
    * William P. Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas
    * Huntsville International Airport, Huntsville, Alabama
    * Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville, Florida
    * Kansas City International Airport, Kansas City, Missouri
    * Ketchikan International Airport, Ketchikan, Alaska
    * Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, Lubbock, Texas
    * McGhee Tyson Airport, Knoxville, Tennessee
    * Memphis International Airport, Memphis, Tennessee
    * Miami International Airport, Miami, Florida
    * Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    * Moline Quad City International Airport, Moline, Illinois
    * Myrtle Beach International Airport, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    * Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee
    * John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, New York
    * LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York
    * New York Long Island Islip MacArthur Airport, Islip, New York
    * Newark International Airport, Newark, New Jersey
    * Oakland International Airport, Oakland, California
    * LA/Ontario International Airport, Ontario, California
    * Orlando International Airport, Orlando, Florida
    * Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    * Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, Arizona
    * Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri
    * Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah
    * San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California
    * San Jose International Airport, San Jose, California
    * Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport Savannah, Georgia
    * Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, Washington
    * Tallahassee Regional Airport, Tallahassee, Florida
    * Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC
    * Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC


  80. F
    82 | October 7, 2010 1:03 pm

    Oh hell, the collusion of business and government to enact a monopoly continues apace:

    McDonald’s, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers

    Nearly a million workers won’t get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.

    Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald’s (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won’t be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.

    The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn’t lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.

    Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.

    The bill the American people will end up paying for this fiasco got larger.


  81. 83 | October 7, 2010 1:04 pm

    @ wolfie:

    The Left is the Problem. If John McCain had won in 2008, unemployment would be much better today. Not as good as it was in the Bush Administration, likely, but better than it is today almost certainly. And there’d have been no trillion-dollar raid on the Treasury.


  82. 84 | October 7, 2010 1:05 pm

    I’ve done this very successfully with my Life Stories series in the UK

    This aint the UK.


  83. 85 | October 7, 2010 1:07 pm

    @ Nevergiveup:

    It doesn’t look any more threatening than a few columns of troops marching into the Rheinland. What kind of trouble could that cause?


  84. 86 | October 7, 2010 1:07 pm

    Bob in Breckenridge wrote:

    CNN pays an access fee to the owners of the airports for the rights to show their leftist garbage.

    That’s freaking hilarious, CNN has to pay people to watch.


  85. wolfie
    87 | October 7, 2010 1:07 pm

    The one show I really, really miss is Firing Line. I mean the original one-hour version.
    Buckley did a lot of one-on-one interviews on that show, but whenever he had a guest on to discuss specific political issues, he always had an articulate lefty there to ask questions too.

    The funny thing is that I don’t think PBS would air a show like that anymore. Back then “liberals” were more liberal than they are today.


  86. F
    88 | October 7, 2010 1:08 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    As bad as Barry has been when you factor in the Dem control of both houses of Congress, it has been truly a shift in political thought since the mask of moderation is now off the Progs. People are finally waking up to how bad the agenda is.


  87. wolfie
    89 | October 7, 2010 1:09 pm

    Bob in Breckenridge wrote:

    CNN pays an access fee to the owners of the airports for the rights to show their leftist garbage.

    Very interesting. I had no idea.


  88. F
    90 | October 7, 2010 1:10 pm

    Rancher wrote:

    Bob in Breckenridge wrote:

    CNN pays an access fee to the owners of the airports for the rights to show their leftist garbage.

    That’s freaking hilarious, CNN has to pay people to watch.

    Of course they have to pay to get/maintain their dominance in that market because when given a free choice as is available on subscriber cable/satellite CNN loses.


  89. NoThreat2U
    91 | October 7, 2010 1:13 pm

    Check this out:

    NBC Universal and Microsoft, the parents of MSNBC.com, are holding high-level talks about a name change, something that could be a risky endeavor for the third most popular news Web site in the United States.

    The two parents have determined that the brand of MSNBC.com, a strictly objective news Web site, is widely confused with MSNBC, the cable channel that has taken a strongly liberal bent in recent years, according to internal memorandums obtained by The New York Times this week.

    Charlie Tillinghast, MSNBC.com’s president, wrote in a memo last March, “Both strategies are fine, but naming them the same thing is brand insanity.” The channel and Web site are already separate companies.

    ..

    The change is being contemplated because MSNBC and MSNBC.com are on somewhat divergent paths.

    They were founded together in 1996 by NBC and Microsoft, with the channel based in New Jersey and the Web site based at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Wash. In 2005, NBC bought out Microsoft’s stake in the cable channel, but two parents remained together for the Web site, which is a crucial provider of content to Microsoft’s MSN.com portal.

    MSNBC.com employees work closely with employees of MSNBC and NBC News. But the Web site has its own reporters, editors, producers, photographers and advertising sales staff. And those employees have at times felt like they were stuck in the shadow of the cable channel.

    In recent years MSNBC’s shift to the left — with hosts like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow — has further complicated the TV/Web relationship. This week, the channel unveiled a splashy new ad campaign and a new tag-line, “Lean Forward,” that reinforces the opinionated nature of the programming.


  90. F
    92 | October 7, 2010 1:13 pm

    @ wolfie:
    It’s not been a secret that the only way the Left can maintain a lead in the free marketplace of ideas is to enforce a crushing monopoly. FNC and talk radio truly upset the Progs.


  91. wolfie
    93 | October 7, 2010 1:15 pm

    F wrote:

    McDonald’s, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers

    The breakdown of rule-by-law. The administrative state.
    There are no fixed rules. It’s all about the political friends you have.
    Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and all that.

    Too bad we don’t have a responsible media that would expose this.


  92. F
    94 | October 7, 2010 1:15 pm

    @ NoThreat2U:
    MSNBC.com has NEVER been objective, it was just a matter of degree of a few microns of separation that distinguished the promotion of the Progressive agenda.


  93. Bob in Breckenridge
    95 | October 7, 2010 1:16 pm

    Rancher wrote:

    Bob in Breckenridge wrote:
    CNN pays an access fee to the owners of the airports for the rights to show their leftist garbage.
    That’s freaking hilarious, CNN has to pay people to watch.

    Well, they pay the access fee and get to sell the commercial time.


  94. 96 | October 7, 2010 1:17 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Ha if you watch Burns you will come away with the impression that Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain single handedly won the Battle of Gettysburg.

    That’s the impression I got from reading Killer Angels. Not singlehandedly but certainly instrumental. The Cavalry commander who took the high ground also was instrumental in the victory. Jebb Stewart’s absence was a big factor in how bad the Confederates lost, he was out trying to be a hero.


  95. wolfie
    97 | October 7, 2010 1:17 pm

    NoThreat2U wrote:

    This week, the channel unveiled a splashy new ad campaign and a new tag-line, “Lean Forward,” …

    As in “over a toilet bowl?”


  96. yenta-fada
    98 | October 7, 2010 1:18 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ F:
    That is scary. Inflation is like a genie you let out of a bottle. Getting it back in the bottle is the problem. Great way to wreck an economy. We can be like Zimbabwe, or, even better, we can have inflation and no growth just like the fabulously successful Carter Administration. Lovely.

    The Obama administration has accelerated the money printing (aka quantitative easing) process. The gov/corp alliance has painted itself into a fiscal crisis since Rubin’s ‘strong dollar’ policy. The rest of the world now knows that the US is bankrupt and is shunning US treasuries. The Chinese, with their massive US dollar surplus is running around the world buying up natural resource companies. That includes gold….the CURRENCY of last resort, as well as silver. The Chinese have always loved both and silver was a transactional currency in their history. Voting out incumbents can help break the systemic corruption in Congress, IMHO.


  97. yenta-fada
    99 | October 7, 2010 1:20 pm

    wolfie wrote:

    F wrote:
    McDonald’s, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers
    The breakdown of rule-by-law. The administrative state.
    There are no fixed rules. It’s all about the political friends you have.
    Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and all that.
    Too bad we don’t have a responsible media that would expose this.

    The media is the enemy. :-(


  98. wolfie
    100 | October 7, 2010 1:20 pm

    F wrote:

    It’s not been a secret that the only way the Left can maintain a lead in the free marketplace of ideas is to enforce a crushing monopoly. FNC and talk radio truly upset the Progs.

    Exactly.
    And that is prima facie evidence of the weakness of their ideas.


  99. yenta-fada
    101 | October 7, 2010 1:20 pm

    @ NoThreat2U:

    Hi, NoThreat!


  100. NoThreat2U
    102 | October 7, 2010 1:23 pm

    @ F:
    They are sinking and they know it. Lotsa rebranding going on these days.

    @ wolfie:
    LOL A ^5 and a +1 for you. lol lol

    @ yenta-fada:
    HI! *waving*


  101. 103 | October 7, 2010 1:23 pm

    F wrote:

    As bad as Barry has been when you factor in the Dem control of both houses of Congress, it has been truly a shift in political thought since the mask of moderation is now off the Progs. People are finally waking up to how bad the agenda is.

    To be honest, as far as legislation goes Obama hasn’t done anything other than let Reid and Pelosi do whatever they wanted. I blame Obama for our disastrous foreign policy and for losing the war in Afghanistan but not for Obamacare and Porkulus (other than his signature of course).


  102. wolfie
    104 | October 7, 2010 1:27 pm

    yenta-fada wrote:

    quantitative easing

    Oooooooh! That’s a real purty term!
    TOTUS will love it! :lol:


  103. 105 | October 7, 2010 1:27 pm

    @ yenta-fada:

    I read the other day that the Super Rich (Bill Gates, John Kerry kind of wealth) are buying physical gold by the ton. That is always reassuring. If I had the reserves (and thus could afford the risk), I would as well. I don’t like the way things look right now at all. The real estate market is totally in the tank, and it doesn’t look like it will recover in the near term at all. Everything is pointing to another recession, and I don’t know where the bottom will be for that. Obama’s mismanagement is going to put us into another Depression. I think that is what he wants to do.


  104. NoThreat2U
    106 | October 7, 2010 1:28 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    Gotta tear it all down to rebuild it in the model he wants ;) Bastard.


  105. 107 | October 7, 2010 1:29 pm

    yenta-fada wrote:

    That includes gold….the CURRENCY of last resort, as well as silver.

    Ammunition is the currency of LAST resort…

    8O


  106. NoThreat2U
    108 | October 7, 2010 1:29 pm

    Obama’s term = Marine boot camp.


  107. F
    109 | October 7, 2010 1:30 pm

    @ wolfie:
    The Progs realize that the internet is not “their friend”, so it is no surprise that this administration is so intent on clamping down on the free exchange of ideas.


  108. yenta-fada
    110 | October 7, 2010 1:30 pm

    @ Rancher:

    I do not believe that a Republican President would have made socialized medicine the primary goal of their agenda. But, I’m Canadian and we already have it. I can speak to the benefits and drawbacks of that system. Quite frankly, putting the IRS in charge of ENFORCING healthcare is DANGEROUS. We have a Ministry of Health that runs the program, not the tax collectors.


  109. mjazz
    111 | October 7, 2010 1:31 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    Dick Morris predicts a Republican majority in the Senate.
    The first thing Congress should do is repeal health scare.


  110. 112 | October 7, 2010 1:32 pm

    @ Rancher:

    Obama had to beg, borrow, and steal to get ObamaCare through the House and Senate. Remember the Cornhusker Kickback? He personally pleaded with the House to pass it, or his Administration would fail. Democrats are more loyal to Party than Country, so he got it through (barely). No, he had a lot to do with getting his agenda through. What is amazing is that he didn’t get more. Two years ago he thought he had the world by the tail. Now it looks like the world has got him


  111. yenta-fada
    113 | October 7, 2010 1:32 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    That includes gold….the CURRENCY of last resort, as well as silver.
    Ammunition is the currency of LAST resort…

    Good point. I forgot that one. The real world currencies are OIL, Gold, Drugs, and weapons. The rest are just the medium of exchange.


  112. mjazz
    114 | October 7, 2010 1:34 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    Give it time, it takes time, he says.


  113. yenta-fada
    115 | October 7, 2010 1:34 pm

    mjazz wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Dick Morris predicts a Republican majority in the Senate.
    The first thing Congress should do is repeal health scare.

    Agree. It is not too late to undo the damage. In two more years, the old system will be destroyed. btw. I LOVE seeing your beautiful dog over your nic.


  114. F
    116 | October 7, 2010 1:36 pm

    @ mjazz:
    Too bad that the incoming Congress will not have the opportunity to EXTEND the Bush tax cuts. Relegislating those should be top priority with repeal of all the Obama Initiatives second.

    YMMV, though.


  115. mjazz
    117 | October 7, 2010 1:38 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    Thanks. he’s in doggy heaven as my ex would say, but I wanted something to cheer people up a little. Thought that smile might do it.


  116. Eliana
    118 | October 7, 2010 1:38 pm

    OT -- WHO SAYS it’s not possible to be successful in the fight against terrorism! Liberals say so, and they’re wrong:

    Terrorist activity in the West Bank decreased by 97% in 2009 compared to the recent peak year in 2002, according to an IDF statement released Thursday.

    The number of terror attacks have decreased every year since 2002, with the exception of 2006, the year of the Second Lebanon War.

    Significant reduction in terror activity occurred in the West Bank between the years 2002-2003, after Operation Defensive Shield, and again in 2007.

    2010 has been a relatively quiet year with the exception of the past few weeks when violence has increased due to recent political developments regarding direct negotiations with the Palestinians.

    It’s the IDF and the Security Fence that have made such significant progress in stopping terrorism. The “Palestinians” haven’t stopped trying.

    The recent shootings mentioned in the report have to do with some checkpoint relaxations that Israel has been making as concessions, by the way. These have to stop, obviously.

    2009 W.Bank terror activity down by 97% compared to 2002


  117. 119 | October 7, 2010 1:39 pm

    @ Bob in Breckenridge:

    Also in all auto-maintenance waiting rooms , barber shops, and most bars.


  118. 120 | October 7, 2010 1:39 pm

    yenta-fada wrote:

    The real world currencies are OIL, Gold, Drugs, and weapons.

    That about sums it up. Drugs are only there because they are illegal. Black markets make their own currency, some of which may be in printed specie, most of which probably isn’t. Weapons have been trading currency as long as trading has been going on. Could be worse. We could be back to gold, rum, and slaves…


  119. yenta-fada
    121 | October 7, 2010 1:40 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I read the other day that the Super Rich (Bill Gates, John Kerry kind of wealth) are buying physical gold by the ton. That is always reassuring. If I had the reserves (and thus could afford the risk), I would as well. I don’t like the way things look right now at all. The real estate market is totally in the tank, and it doesn’t look like it will recover in the near term at all. Everything is pointing to another recession, and I don’t know where the bottom will be for that. Obama’s mismanagement is going to put us into another Depression. I think that is what he wants to do.

    IMO, the real risk is the rapid depreciation of your paper money savings. ANY tangibles will do better (except real estate). Go to Sam’s club or whatever discount place and put some of your savings into food with a longish shelf life, paper goods, and other necessities. That can be useful and will offset the lack of purchasing power of your ‘money’. Gold IS money. That’s what the super rich DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW. After they have most of it, then they will tell you it’s time to buy. Silver will probably double sooner than gold, but WTHDIK. I’ve just made a nice living trading the stocks for a decade.


  120. F
    122 | October 7, 2010 1:40 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    The old system has already been destroyed. Care providers are retiring with no replacements in the pipeline, insurers are already elevating rates, providers are already scaling back care. Even if BarryCare is repealed the system will require lots of work and money to fix.


  121. Eliana
    123 | October 7, 2010 1:41 pm

    Correction:

    The “Palestinians” haven’t stopped trying to attack Israel with terrorism.


  122. wolfie
    124 | October 7, 2010 1:41 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    I think you’re both right.
    Rancher is recognizing the fact that the actual substance of the bill was determined by Pelosi and friends. Hey, even when Obama was out shilling for it, time after time he had to admit he didn’t really know what was in it.
    OTOH, the symbolism of the bill meant the world to Obama and, without his push for it, it could never have passed.

    He made a bill he had never read the end-all-be-all of his presidency. What an ideological ass!


  123. yenta-fada
    125 | October 7, 2010 1:41 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    The real world currencies are OIL, Gold, Drugs, and weapons.
    That about sums it up. Drugs are only there because they are illegal. Black markets make their own currency, some of which may be in printed specie, most of which probably isn’t. Weapons have been trading currency as long as trading has been going on. Could be worse. We could be back to gold, rum, and slaves…

    During prohibition, booze was a huge currency. It’s a good thing to store because it doesn’t deteriorate. So, if you like rum, invest in the real thing. :-)


  124. mjazz
    126 | October 7, 2010 1:42 pm

    @ F:
    The liberals are pushing it as eliminating Bush’s tax break for the wealthy, of course. Hopefully American’s will see it as why give the government more of our money when they’ve wasted so much of it in the last two years?


  125. 127 | October 7, 2010 1:43 pm

    @ F:

    It will be interesting to see if the Democrats filibuster tax cuts in the Senate (if the Republicans have the balls to pass them in the House). Obama will veto them, no matter what. Obama wants the economy to tank, and nothing could do that better than an across the board tax hike. He tried to get cap and tax through (that would have been like taking a sawed-off double-barrel to the economy), but letting the Bush tax cuts expire is another way to do it. They’ve already floated the trial balloon to blame Bush for having allowed the sunset clause in the first place. The sunset clause the Democrats (and some RINOs) insisted on in the first place.


  126. 128 | October 7, 2010 1:45 pm

    @ yenta-fada:

    I’d drink up all my profits, unfortunately. The Old Lady wouldn’t appreciate that one bit :P


  127. mjazz
    129 | October 7, 2010 1:45 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    When I worked at the refinery they didn’t even want to take people’s silver unless their was gold in the transaction. Silver did double in price, which is a pretty good return. When the price of gold is down, they mine the stuff that is harder to get at, and when the price is up, they go for the easy stuff.


  128. yenta-fada
    130 | October 7, 2010 1:46 pm

    F wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    The old system has already been destroyed. Care providers are retiring with no replacements in the pipeline, insurers are already elevating rates, providers are already scaling back care. Even if BarryCare is repealed the system will require lots of work and money to fix.

    I believe you 100%. For all their requiring YOU to wait, Obama made those medical changes in a heartbeat as soon as the horrible bill was signed. People were trying to get out of the way of the oncoming train.


  129. Eliana
    131 | October 7, 2010 1:46 pm

    @ F:

    The old system has already been destroyed. Care providers are retiring with no replacements in the pipeline, insurers are already elevating rates, providers are already scaling back care. Even if BarryCare is repealed the system will require lots of work and money to fix.

    This is happening just as the Baby Boomers hit retirement age.

    The oldest of the Boomers are 64 this year.

    There will be a wave of people hitting retirement for the next 16 years that would have been difficult for the old health system but IMPOSSIBLE under the new one.

    This is going to be dreadful for America.


  130. Nevergiveup
    132 | October 7, 2010 1:49 pm

    @ Eliana:
    And one other point that has made life much better for Israelis. Before the West Bank Barrier was built Israel had a absurdly high stolen car rate, because Arabs from the West Bank would come to Israel and steal cars and bring them back to the West Bank. The “Authorities” on the West Bank made NO effort to retrieve the cars or punish the thieves. Since the Wall has been up, stolen cars is way down.


  131. yenta-fada
    133 | October 7, 2010 1:50 pm

    mjazz wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    When I worked at the refinery they didn’t even want to take people’s silver unless their was gold in the transaction. Silver did double in price, which is a pretty good return. When the price of gold is down, they mine the stuff that is harder to get at, and when the price is up, they go for the easy stuff.

    Ah, I remember that you worked in a refinery. When people stop getting rid of their jewelry and start hoarding it, the demand on mining will return. Mining supply already cannot keep up with world demand. You are correct about “high grading”, the process where you mine the easier-to-find stuff first. Now the miners have to go into countries where there is more political risk to explore for silver and gold. Toronto is the center for most of the financing and executive functions of most mining companies, so it’s a bit easier to study it here. The insiders make the real money, like everything else.


  132. Bob in Breckenridge
    134 | October 7, 2010 1:50 pm

    Overlook wrote:

    @ Bob in Breckenridge:
    Also in all auto-maintenance waiting rooms , barber shops, and most bars.

    My current local airport, Springfield, MO., shows Fox News on their TV’s.


  133. yenta-fada
    135 | October 7, 2010 1:51 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I’d drink up all my profits, unfortunately. The Old Lady wouldn’t appreciate that one bit

    LOL. I have the same problem cornering the chocolate market. :-)


  134. 136 | October 7, 2010 1:52 pm

    Eliana wrote:

    This is going to be dreadful for America.

    That is by intention. Everyone can see what is coming. The Democrats are doing as much as they can to make it as bad as they can. And the Republicans lack the balls to say that, so many people don’t really know it. I don’t think the Republicans can fix it, no matter what happens in 27 days. Obama has two more years, and that means two more years of flat to negative growth, high unemployment, and ObamaCare metasticizing like malignant melanoma. I saw this coming, which is why I voted for McCain. McCain wouldn’t have been a good President, but Obama is a bad one. On every level he is bad. Even his supporters are coming to understand it, except the ones who want the destruction he is bringing and the ones whose racism makes it impossible to think badly of a brother. We are fucked.


  135. NoThreat2U
    137 | October 7, 2010 1:52 pm

    Oh this is nice. Browse congressional staff salaries.

    http://www.legistorm.com/salaries.html


  136. 138 | October 7, 2010 1:54 pm

    @ Bob in Breckenridge:

    MO. I’m in CA. Explains it.


  137. yenta-fada
    139 | October 7, 2010 1:55 pm

    mjazz wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Thanks. he’s in doggy heaven as my ex would say, but I wanted something to cheer people up a little. Thought that smile might do it.

    You probably still miss that gorgeous dog. sniff.


  138. 140 | October 7, 2010 1:58 pm

    @ Iron Fist:
    I’m not saying he didn’t push his agenda, his agenda and Pelosi’s were the same. I’m saying he had zero input on what was in the legislation or even on the parameters. That might have been a good thing, had he had his way we would probably be looking at a public option in the forefront rather than having it come in through the back door.


  139. mjazz
    141 | October 7, 2010 1:58 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    People came in to watch you process their stuff a lot. Things were sealed and they recorded all the weights. A couple of them were Israelis. One lived in Texas and went around buying polishing dust, the other guy was partners with someone in New York. Interesting field, but, there is a lot of deviousness you have to watch for.


  140. 142 | October 7, 2010 1:59 pm

    @ yenta-fada:

    It is becoming not what’s in your wallet, but what’s in your basement.

    I may buy a house with a bigger footprint in the spring (if the rates are still down and a property sale goes through)just to be able to store more ‘holdings’.


  141. NoThreat2U
    143 | October 7, 2010 2:00 pm

    Check out Class vs Crass. It is everything we have been saying about FLOTUS being ghetto fabulous.

    http://hillbuzz.org/the-golden-age-of-hope-and-change/


  142. Bob in Breckenridge
    144 | October 7, 2010 2:01 pm

    From Drudge-

    MADAM: Spitzer as boring on TV as he was in bed…

    ROFLMAO!!!


  143. 145 | October 7, 2010 2:01 pm

    @ Nevergiveup:

    According to Glick, there are “no-go Arab areas” even within Israel -- similar to the no-go areas in Europe -- where the police will not enforce laws.

    The progressive zeitgeist will defeat Israel, as it will the entire Western world.

    Eliana’s numbers do not not reassure.


  144. Eliana
    146 | October 7, 2010 2:02 pm

    @ Nevergiveup:

    And one other point that has made life much better for Israelis. Before the West Bank Barrier was built Israel had a absurdly high stolen car rate, because Arabs from the West Bank would come to Israel and steal cars and bring them back to the West Bank. The “Authorities” on the West Bank made NO effort to retrieve the cars or punish the thieves. Since the Wall has been up, stolen cars is way down.

    When the security fence was first being built, Bibi (Finance Minister at the time, I believe) said that the security fence would pay for itself over time but cutting the number of stolen cars in Israel down drastically.


  145. NoThreat2U
    147 | October 7, 2010 2:02 pm

    ROFLMAO Who’s dressed better?

    http://hillbuzz.org/whos-dressed-better/


  146. wolfie
    148 | October 7, 2010 2:03 pm

    @ NoThreat2U:

    Great linky!
    I didn’t know about that site. Thanks!


  147. yenta-fada
    149 | October 7, 2010 2:06 pm

    Scott Madsen wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    It is becoming not what’s in your wallet, but what’s in your basement.
    I may buy a house with a bigger footprint in the spring (if the rates are still down and a property sale goes through)just to be able to store more ‘holdings’.

    Eventually, I believe, interest rates will have to go up to defend the currency, even though that will kill the productive economy. The answer is to start to manufacture what you need at home again. Bring back productivity from China. That alone will drive prices higher, but is better for the country. I think being as close as possible to OUT OF DEBT is good protection and keeps monthly costs down. The currency wars where they are all competing to have the cheapest currency have already started. Actually, I think they might have to have some kind of mortgage debt holiday or something like it. They can’t kick the whole nation out of their houses. Banks aren’t gaining anything with these foreclosures at the moment for a variety of reasons.


  148. Eliana
    150 | October 7, 2010 2:07 pm

    @ Overlook:

    According to Glick, there are “no-go Arab areas” even within Israel – similar to the no-go areas in Europe – where the police will not enforce laws.

    The progressive zeitgeist will defeat Israel, as it will the entire Western world.

    Eliana’s numbers do not not reassure.

    Israel DOES go into the worst of the worst “Palestinian” areas, though. Israel goes into the “Nablus” Casbah at will, for example.

    Israel goes in at night to arrest terrorists, sometimes dozens at a time without incident (unless the terrorist gets killed because he refuses to come outside so his house is bulldozed down with him in it).

    The Arab areas in Israel are touchy situations right now because the Israeli Arabs are often on the verge of their own intifada, but when it’s necessary to go into these areas, Israel will do it.


  149. NoThreat2U
    151 | October 7, 2010 2:07 pm

    @ wolfie:
    You are welcome. I just stumbled upon it myself :)


  150. yenta-fada
    152 | October 7, 2010 2:08 pm

    NoThreat2U wrote:

    ROFLMAO Who’s dressed better?
    http://hillbuzz.org/whos-dressed-better/

    Drudge said MEchelle wins the vote as the most powerful woman in the world. :-( . Great role model for the kiddies. Mooch and lie your way to the bottom of the moral pit.


  151. NoThreat2U
    153 | October 7, 2010 2:10 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    Pu-leeeze. She is an angry bitter woman with a sense of entitlement. This regime must go quickly. lol No class whatsoever.


  152. Nevergiveup
    154 | October 7, 2010 2:11 pm

    Overlook wrote:

    @ Nevergiveup:

    According to Glick, there are “no-go Arab areas” even within Israel – similar to the no-go areas in Europe – where the police will not enforce laws.

    The progressive zeitgeist will defeat Israel, as it will the entire Western world.

    Eliana’s numbers do not not reassure.

    ? I am not sure what you are making reference to?


  153. mjazz
    155 | October 7, 2010 2:11 pm

    @ Nevergiveup:
    They were stealing farm equipment also.
    The late Zola Levitt said they made lousy neighbors. They were stealing this guy’s sheep, even poisoning his dogs, and he shot one of them, and, the cops wound up holding him. This was a while back, I think the robbers shot at him first, I forget.


  154. yenta-fada
    156 | October 7, 2010 2:11 pm

    NoThreat2U wrote:

    Check out Class vs Crass. It is everything we have been saying about FLOTUS being ghetto fabulous.
    http://hillbuzz.org/the-golden-age-of-hope-and-change/

    I really, really like that one. You would have made a GREAT gossip columnist. Or a TV political ‘talking head’. :-)


  155. 157 | October 7, 2010 2:12 pm

    @ Eliana:

    “when necessary” -- defined loosely, I hope.


  156. Eliana
    158 | October 7, 2010 2:12 pm

    @ Iron Fist:

    That is by intention. Everyone can see what is coming. The Democrats are doing as much as they can to make it as bad as they can. And the Republicans lack the balls to say that, so many people don’t really know it. I don’t think the Republicans can fix it, no matter what happens in 27 days. Obama has two more years, and that means two more years of flat to negative growth, high unemployment, and ObamaCare metasticizing like malignant melanoma.

    This is extremely upsetting.


  157. mjazz
    159 | October 7, 2010 2:13 pm

    @ Bob in Breckenridge:
    I went with my cousin to the VA and they were watching an alphabet channel, so I asked them if I could change it, and left it on Fox.


  158. mjazz
    160 | October 7, 2010 2:16 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    Still do, was like losing a human. Right after the ex left too. Great timing.


  159. yenta-fada
    161 | October 7, 2010 2:16 pm

    mjazz wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Still do, was like losing a human. Right after the ex left too. Great timing.

    I bet you miss the dog more. :-)


  160. 162 | October 7, 2010 2:17 pm

    @ yenta-fada:

    I bought my pressure canner over two years ago.

    I am buying and storing everything needed to live a late 19th century exsistance if such a necissity presents itself.


  161. Eliana
    163 | October 7, 2010 2:17 pm

    @ Overlook:

    “when necessary” – defined loosely, I hope.

    Ten years ago, the Israeli Arabs started their own version of the intifada to coincide with the “Palestinians” in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as you recall.

    The Israeli police knew it was coming and they found Israeli Arabs pulling Jews from their cars to kill them while blocking the roads with burning tires so there was no escape.

    One Jewish Israeli motorist died this way but the Israeli police started shooting to kill the Israeli Arabs who were rioting and attacking.

    13 Israeli Arabs were killed and their intifada was done.

    The Israeli Arabs have been ticked off about it since then but it has given them pause about starting another intifada of their own (so far).


  162. 164 | October 7, 2010 2:18 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    yenta-fada wrote:
    That includes gold….the CURRENCY of last resort, as well as silver.
    Ammunition is the currency of LAST resort…

    Gold only becomes my currency of last resort when I run out of lead… If ya know what I mean…


  163. 165 | October 7, 2010 2:19 pm

    @ yenta-fada:

    You may enjoy this for entertainment of confirmation, which ever suits your outlook.

    http://johngaltfla.com/blog3/2010/10/05/how-the-housing-crisis-will-end-the-u-s-a-as-we-know-it


  164. Eliana
    166 | October 7, 2010 2:20 pm

    @ Scott Madsen:

    While I don’t tend to stock up on food with a long shelf life, I did buy several cases of Kosher soup mix in dry packets awhile ago.

    I would need water to eat it, but it means I could go a long, long time without shopping for anything else.


  165. 167 | October 7, 2010 2:21 pm

    yenta-fada wrote:

    NoThreat2U wrote:
    ROFLMAO Who’s dressed better?
    http://hillbuzz.org/whos-dressed-better/
    Drudge said MEchelle wins the vote as the most powerful woman in the world. . Great role model for the kiddies. Mooch and lie your way to the bottom of the moral pit.

    More like mooch and lie your way to redefining the bottom of the moral pit.


  166. yenta-fada
    168 | October 7, 2010 2:21 pm

    Scott Madsen wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    I bought my pressure canner over two years ago.
    I am buying and storing everything needed to live a late 19th century exsistance if such a necissity presents itself.

    We can’t (and wouldn’t) do that in a city condo. I believe we will still get the necessities if you are willing to ‘pay up’ for them. Things will just be outrageously expensive and choices will be more limited. Who knows, really. I think you are being prudent and others are doing the same where they can.


  167. NoThreat2U
    169 | October 7, 2010 2:22 pm

    @ yenta-fada:
    Hey I didn’t write it..I just thought it was funny enough to pass along. lol If I were popular, I would be crazier then Glenn Beck. lol lol lol


  168. Grimcargo
    170 | October 7, 2010 2:23 pm

    Hairless Reid lagging behind getting desperate


  169. yenta-fada
    171 | October 7, 2010 2:23 pm

    Eliana wrote:

    @ Overlook:
    “when necessary” – defined loosely, I hope.
    Ten years ago, the Israeli Arabs started their own version of the intifada to coincide with the “Palestinians” in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as you recall.
    The Israeli police knew it was coming and they found Israeli Arabs pulling Jews from their cars to kill them while blocking the roads with burning tires so there was no escape.
    One Jewish Israeli motorist died this way but the Israeli police started shooting to kill the Israeli Arabs who were rioting and attacking.
    13 Israeli Arabs were killed and their intifada was done.
    The Israeli Arabs have been ticked off about it since then but it has given them pause about starting another intifada of their own (so far).

    Only way to deal with barbarians is to make them fear you. Smart.


  170. yenta-fada
    172 | October 7, 2010 2:24 pm

    NoThreat2U wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    Hey I didn’t write it..I just thought it was funny enough to pass along. lol If I were popular, I would be crazier then Glenn Beck. lol lol lol

    Why do I totally believe that last statement? lol


  171. Speranza
    173 | October 7, 2010 2:24 pm

    Iron Fist wrote:

    Yeah, but in a way he did. If he had caved, it is likely that the Rebels would have rolled the line up, and quite possibly won Gettysburg on the Second Day. He won the Medal of Honor for that, IIRC.

    The real Union hero of Getytsburg ws Major General Windield Scott Hancock the commander of the II Corps.


  172. mjazz
    174 | October 7, 2010 2:27 pm

    @ Eliana:
    But when they built the separation wall they wanted to be on the Israeli side.


  173. NoThreat2U
    175 | October 7, 2010 2:27 pm

    @ Grimcargo:
    I just saw somewhere that Angle has a four point lead over him. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    @ yenta-fada:
    Because it’s true!!! lol


  174. yenta-fada
    176 | October 7, 2010 2:28 pm

    Scott Madsen wrote:

    @ yenta-fada:
    You may enjoy this for entertainment of confirmation, which ever suits your outlook.
    http://johngaltfla.com/blog3/2010/10/05/how-the-housing-crisis-will-end-the-u-s-a-as-we-know-it

    Looks like a great summary. Bookmarked and will read the rest later.
    Should be on the front pages of every U.S. newspaper.


  175. 177 | October 7, 2010 2:29 pm

    @ Eliana:

    I have jars of Telma chicken stock for such an ocassion.

    Get a hundred or so pounds of dried beans 200 of rice and a Katydyn water filter and you should be able to subsist with vegtable amendments for awhile.


  176. 178 | October 7, 2010 2:31 pm

    @ yenta-fada:

    Yup.


  177. 179 | October 7, 2010 2:31 pm

    BBL P/U kids


  178. 180 | October 7, 2010 2:49 pm

    @ Speranza:

    He was in the Center, right? He held off Pickett, but while they couldn’t quite drop rocks down on Pickett’s men (like they could the guys who scaled the cliffs at Normandy), it still shouldn’t have been a challenge to hold off Pickett. Is there something else he did that I am unaware of?


  179. The Osprey
    181 | October 7, 2010 4:24 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    coldwarrior wrote:
    REALLY!
    and he’s incompetent as well as a lefty!
    he will EPIC FAIL
    Sadly CNN has a monopoly on airports. There should be a CNN free zone at airports.

    CNN and the TSA. I don’t know which of those two things about airports annoy me more.

    And I used to love airports when I was a kid.


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