*You all will have to hang with me a little while I do this post. When it's hot like this outside I tend to rant a little bit. BTW, all of you - the earth is flat- global warming deniers can kiss my a%&. In case you didn't notice, it's 105 degrees in damn near 90% of the country. Dopes! I might not be an expert when it comes to this crap, but I know how I feel when I step outside.
Anyway, where do I start? OK, let me start with the [right] wingnut who killed over ninety people in Norway. Apparently they are calling this attacker their Timothy McVeigh. A true [right] wingnut with nationalist views. So he goes to a labor party youth camp and kills over 80 -mostly- young people. That's like a wingnut going to a DNC Youth Council convention and letting it rip.
Funny, I am looking at the *guy, and I am guessing that there is no way that he would be scrutinized while getting on a plane or buying fertilizer. Hmmm, so maybe it's not just those evil Moooslims who are capable of doing despicable things. I am just saying.
Anywhoo, as is to be expected, the [right] wingnuts are already crying conspiracy and claiming that this guy is not one of theirs. Nice try. But if it shoots like a duck....
I always thought that something stunk over at MSNBC when they got rid of Cenk Uygur so soon. It's not like his ratings were that much worse than any of the other clowns over there. And then I read the following post over at Jack & Jill Politics:
"Uygur often refused to treat members of the political and media establishment with deference and respect. He didn’t politely imply with disguised subtleties when he thought a politician or media figure was lying or corrupt, but instead said it outright. In interviews, he was sometimes unusually aggressive with leading Washington figures, subjecting them to civil though hostile treatment to which they were plainly unaccustomed.
Uygur explained that, several months ago, he was summoned to a meeting with MSNBC boss Phil Griffin and told that while it is fun and enjoyable to be an “outsider,” that is not what MSNBC is for. Instead, Griffin told him, MSNBC is “part of the establishment,” and Uygur must conduct himself in accordance with that reality. It’s perfectly fine in establishment discourse to express contempt for one of the two political parties. It’s equally fine to periodically criticize your own. But what is most assuredly not fine — particularly in a high-profile nighttime spot and without having a real power base that comes from mammoth ratings — is to be aggressively adversarial to the political establishment itself and the financial interests that fund, own and control that political system. That is what Uygur was, and while there’s no evidence that this was the primary cause of his removal, it was clearly a serious source of dissatisfaction with the station’s executives, including MSNBC’s chief.
Nobody succeeds at a large corporation without understanding and accommodating the prevailing ethos and the interests of that corporation as perceived by one’s bosses. As Uygur explains, the more important someone becomes to the success of a corporation (as Maddow has), the more flexibility they have to depart from, even violate, some of the unstated rules, but no corporate employee — including media stars — will last long if they step too far out (News Corp. even rid itself of Glenn Beck despite declining-though-still-impressive-for-his-time-slot ratings; there were multiple factors, including a successful advertiser boycott, but clearly one factor was that he had departed so far from the standard two-party-system discourse, and had become so adversarial to the establishment itself, that, despite those ratings, it was no longer consistent with News Corp.’s interests to keep him on the air)."
OK, so this explains why they stuck Rev. Al in there. It works every time: stick the black man in there to shut up those who question you.
We will miss Amy Winehouse, girlfriend is dead at 27. She had a big and soulful voice, but sadly, she just couldn't beat her demons.
FYI, if you happen to manage a rock star who likes to dabble in drugs, when they turn 27 you better spend the entire year with them or lock them in a room.
Finally, I have a question for Michele Bachmann: If god did, indeed, tell you to run for president; why didn't you ask her to cure your migraines while you had her ear?