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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Candidates On the Issues

The mission of is to provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity.

We get our information daily from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet -- it is a labor-intensive process that requires countless volunteer hours.

With that in mind, here is a smaple of the candidates on the various real issues. Please read with an open mind..

Hillary Rodham-Clinton:

Barack Obama:

John McCain:

Cynthia McKinney (Green):

Ralph Nader:

And although he is not runnimg, Jesse ventura:

Monday, April 28, 2008

Apologize? Why??


SO Hannah's a hottie. So what?

Miley Cyrus, the squeaky-clean Disney star, has accused a celebrity photographer of manipulating her to pose for pictures in which she appears nude.

The 15-year-old star of U.S. TV series Hannah Montana, which is shown on the Disney Channel, has apologised to fans for the suggestive photographs, which were taken by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.

She said the pictures, in which she appears to be topless with only a cream silk sheet wrapped around her body, were an "embarrassment".

"I was so honoured and thrilled to work with Annie," Miley, who is worth around £500million, added.

"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed.

"I never intended for this to happen and I apologise to my fans.


So let's see, you and your stage dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, knowing the reputation of Annie L., posed for the pictures.......signed off on the pictures.....including one that might seem intimate a closer relationship between you and daddy....and YOU are apoligizing??? Give me a break!

Those pictures show a young lady, blooming into womanhood, taking all the fame that has been thrust onto her will maturity and grace, and you are apologizing??

Especially after you said this??

“No, I mean I had a big blanket on. And I thought, This looks pretty, and really natural. I think it’s really artsy. It wasn’t in a skanky way.… And you can’t say no to Annie. She’s so cute. She gets this puppy-dog look and you’re like, O.K."

Manipulatied?? Seems that you were the one manipulating yourself, Miley.

Look, you are 15, you have more money than God. You are turning into a beautiful woman. You have no reason to apologize. None what so ever.

Mike Malloy on Limbaugh's Call for Riots in Denver (all 12 segments)

This is the Mike Malloy show of April 24th on Nova M. Until the beancoounters at Nova M takes this down, this shall remain here. Please listen to the whole show.

First Hour:

Second Hour

Third Hour


Denver Post:


Friday, April 25, 2008

More Operation Chaos

Limburger......errrrrrr.....Limbaugh tried this in Ohio.....and almost got his ass scorched. Fortuntaly for him, there were enough Republicans in the right places in OH to save his gi-normous bee-hind.

Ok...there IS something you can do.

  • Call the guy's show. His on-air number is (800) 282-2882. He is on from Noon-3pm ET. Flood his phone lines. You probably will not get on, but the nightmare for all talk hosts is to have to fill three hours with you and nothing else. Rush IS good at that, but two or three days if it would cause.....CHAOS!
  • Check who runs Rush here: Get information on what thier call letters are, phone numbers, fax numbers, whatever, and tell them that YOU patronize advertisers too. And any advertiser who runs a spot during Rush's show while this "Operation" going on runs the risk of you patronizing whatever competition that sponsor has.
  • There is no EIB Network. That is just a device of Rush's Limbuagh's REAL disitributor is Premiere Radio Networks, a division of Clear Channel. Thier addresses can be found here:
  • Finally, and most importantly, you can complain to the FCC. This can be done under the threat of public safety. You will need to fill out form Form 2000D.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Condemned for Swinging??

Gabcast! polyblog #26 - Condemned for Swinging?

A woman has been released from jail and her conviction for murder overturned in San Diego. But was her prosceution fueled by her swinging lifestyle.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Forbidden Love ("60 Minutes" in Austrailia)

Reporter: Peter Overton Producer: Julia Timms Producer: Hugh Nailon A brother and sister - a father and daughter. Now they're about to reveal their deepest secret, one they've always tried to hide. Their forbidden love. The psychologists call it "Genetic Sexual Attraction". When blood relatives fall for each other and sometimes do the unthinkable. And it's not a rare phenomenon, the experts say we'd be surprised at how prevalent it actually is. Nevertheless, in this country it's illegal. And many would say, immoral. Not so, the two couples in this story told Peter Overton. They claim they're just ordinary folk, normal happy families.

Texas polygamist sect is accused of "indoctrinating" girls

By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer 23 minutes ago

I was kinda wondering when we'd get to THIS

Girls in the West Texas polygamist sect enter into underage marriages without resistance because they are ruthlessly indoctrinated from birth to believe disobedience will lead to their damnation, experts for the state testified Friday at a custody hearing for 416 youngsters.

Funny.....that's what I was tought as a Southern
Baptist....without the sex part, of course...

The renegade Mormon sect's belief system "is abusive. The culture is very authoritarian," said Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and an authority on children in cults.

A-HA!!!!! The OTHER "C" word! Note, if you do not
agree with something, and you are orgianized, you are labeled a cult.
Other examples: the Muslim faith, Catholicism, Scientology, the Democratic

But under questioning from defense lawyers who lined up in the courtroom aisles to have a turn at each witness, the state's experts acknowledged that the sect mothers were loving parents and that there were no signs of abuse among younger girls and any of the boys.

In other words, they were just normal kids who got
married earlier than others. This must NOT stand!

The testimony came on Day 2 of an extraordinary mass hearing over an attempt by the state of Texas to strip the parents of custody and place the children in foster homes.

The children were seized earlier this month in a raid on the sect's desert compound — a ranch built around a brilliant white limestone temple — because of evidence of physical and sexual abuse, including the forcing of underage girls into marriage and childbearing.

Texas District Judge Barbara Walther boiled it down this way: "The issue before the court is: Can I give them back?"


Although the attorneys for the children and the parents have not yet presented their cases, they seemed to be trying to show in cross-examination that their children were fine and that the state was trying to tear families apart on the mere possibility that the girls might be abused when they reach puberty several years from now.

Only a few of the children are teenage girls. Roughly a third are younger than 4 and more than two dozen are teenage boys. But about 20 women or more gave birth when they were minors, some as young as 13, authorities say.

The judge controlled the hundreds of lawyers with a steelier hand Friday than she did the day before.

Under cross-examination, state child-welfare investigator Angie Voss conceded there have been no allegations of abuse against babies, prepubescent girls or any boys.

But her agency, Child Protective Services, contends that the teachings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — to marry shortly after puberty, have as many children as possible, and obey their fathers or their prophet, imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs — amount to abuse.

"This is a population of women who appear to have a problem making a decision on their own," Voss said.

As opposed, one would think, to the rest of society, where both men and women
seem to have that same problem...

In response, the FLDS women, dressed in long, pioneer dresses with their hair swept up in braids, groaned in chorus with their dark-suited attorneys.

Perry testified that the girls he interviewed said they freely chose to marry young. But he said those choices were based on lessons drilled into them from birth.

And what, prey tell, about the choices we who are NOT in that compound make. Are we not the product of ideas and precepts that have been drilled into US at birth.

And what if you reject those precepts....for instance
that the only way to make money is to get a decent job and pray you don;t go
broke when you die....or you must only fall in love with ONE person of the
OPPOSITE sex, no younger or older than 5 years of you, or that sex should only
be for making babies......and not enjoyable either, or every move the USA makes
is good....eve if it isn't? If you reject those precepts, aren't you
tempting fact......or eternal damnnation???
"Obedience is a very important element of their belief system," he said. "Compliance is being godly, it's part of their honoring God."

Perry acknowledged that many of the adults at the ranch are loving parents and that the boys seemed emotionally healthy when he played with them. When asked whether the belief system really endangered the older boys or young children, Perry said, "I have lost sleep over that question."

Under questioning, Perry also conceded the children would suffer if placed in traditional foster care.

"If these children are kept in the custody of the state, there would have to be exceptional and innovative programmatic elements for these children and their families," he said. "The traditional foster care system would be destructive for these children."

At that, dozens of FLDS parents applauded.

Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor, said courts have generally held that a parent's belief system cannot, in itself, justify a child's removal. He said, for example, that a parent might teach his child that smoking marijuana is acceptable, but only when he helps the child buy pot does he cross the line.

"The general view of the legal system is until there is an imminent risk of harm or actual harm, you can't" take the children, Volokh said.

The raid was prompted by a call from someone identifying herself as a 16-year-old girl with the sect. She claimed her husband, a 50-year-old member of the sect, beat and raped her. Investigators have yet to identify her among the children seized.

In fact, they have not even FOUND the alleged
16-year old girl, who is either lazing very comfortably with her 50-year-old
Daddykins on some beach in Bermuda....or sitting very quietly in the mind of the
agent who may have dreamed her up.....

And they had better find/create her, otherwise
this may blow up in thier faces if the call that started this was a hoax.
But this IS Tex-ass boys and girls, where...for instance...if they want to bust
you on drug charges, they can....even if they have to plant the drugs

Jeffs is in prison for being an accomplice to rape. He was convicted in Utah last year of forcing a 14-year-old into marrying an older man.


So IF placing all these kids in some kind of foster home would be detrimental to the welfare of the kids, and IF those who married did so willingly, and IF the kids seemed happy where there were, and IF these people more-or-less stayed to themselves, what possible reason would The Powers That Be have in continuing this nonsense.

Because those who are outside the of acceptbale society must know that you outside status will not be tolerated, and you will be compelled to conform, or you will suffer. That's why.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Polygamist Update: Now it's farce

By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer 16 minutes ago

A court hearing to decide the fate of the 416 children swept up in a raid on a West Texas polygamist sect descended into farce Thursday, with hundreds of lawyers in two packed buildings shouting objections and the judge struggling to maintain order.

The case — clearly one of the biggest, most convoluted child-custody hearings in U.S. history — presented an extraordinary spectacle: big-city lawyers in suits and mothers in 19th-century, pioneer-style dresses, all packed into a courtroom and a nearby auditorium connected by video.

At issue was an attempt by the state of Texas to strip the parents of custody and place the children in foster homes because of evidence they were being physically and sexually abused by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon splinter group suspected of forcing underage girls into marriage with older men.

As many feared, the proceedings turned into something of a circus — and a painfully slow one.

By midafternoon only two witnesses had testified, and both only to lay the foundation for documents to be admitted. One witness, a state trooper, was cross-examined by dozens of attorneys, each of them asking the same question on behalf of a child or parent.

As the afternoon dragged on, no decisions had been made on the fate of any of the youngsters.

Texas District Judge Barbara Walther struggled to keep order as she faced 100 lawyers in her 80-year-old Tom Green County courtroom and several hundred more participating over a grainy video feed from an ornate City Hall auditorium two blocks away.

The hearing disintegrated quickly into a barrage of shouted objections and attempts to file motions, with lawyers for the children objecting to objections made by the parents' attorneys. When the judge sustained an objection to the prolonged questioning the state trooper, the lawyers cheered.

Upon another objection about the proper admission of medical records of the children, the judge threw up her hands.

"I assume most of you want to make the same objection. Can I have a universal, `Yes, Judge'?" she said.

In both buildings, the hundreds of lawyers stood and responded in unison: "Yes, Judge."

But she added to the chaos as well.

Walther refused to put medical records and other evidence in electronic form, which could be e-mailed among the lawyers, because it contained personal information. A courier had to run from the courthouse to the auditorium delivering one document at a time.

"We're going to handle this the best we can, one client at a time," Walther said.

Little evidence had been admitted by midafternoon. The first attempt to admit evidence resulted in an hourlong recess while all the lawyers examined it. The rest of the morning was spent in arguments about whether to admit the medical records of three girls, two 17-year-olds and one 18-year-old.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Danny Crawford testified to DPS's discovery of a church bishop's records taken from a safe at the ranch that listed about 38 families, some of them polygamous and some that included wives 16 or 17 years old. But under repeated cross-examination, Crawford acknowledged the records contained no evidence of sexual abuse.

State officials asked the judge for permission to conduct genetic testing on the children and adults because of difficulty sorting out the sect's tangled family relationships and matching youngsters with their parents. The judge did not immediately rule.

Amid the shouting and chaos among the lawyers, who came from around Texas to represent the children and parents free of charge, dozens of mothers sat timidly in their long cotton dresses, long underwear even in the spring heat, and braided upswept hair.

In the satellite courtroom, about 175 people strained to see and hear a large projector set up on the auditorium's stage. But the feed was blurry and barely audible.

"I'm not in a position to advocate for anything," complained Susan Hays, the appointed attorney for a 2-year-old sect member.

Outside, where TV satellite trucks lined the street in front of the courthouse's columned facade, a man who said he was an FLDS father waved a photo of himself surrounded by his four children, ranging from a baby to a child of about 9.

"Look, look, look," the father said. "These children are all smiling, we're happy."

Walther signed an emergency order nearly two weeks ago giving the state custody of the children after a 16-year-old girl called an abuse hot line claiming her husband, a 50-year-old member of the sect, beat and raped her. The girl has yet to be identified.

Authorities raided their compound April 3 in the nearby town of Eldorado — a 1,700-acre ranch with a blindingly white limestone temple and log cabin-style houses — and began collecting documents and disk drives that might provide evidence of underage girls being married to adults.

The children, who are being kept in a domed coliseum in San Angelo, range in age from 6 months to 17 years. Roughly 100 of them are under 4.

FLDS members deny children were abused and say the state is persecuting them for their faith.

The judge must weigh the allegations of abuse and also decide whether it is in the children's best interest to be placed into mainstream society after they have been told all their lives that the outside world is hostile and immoral.

If the judge gives the state permanent custody of the children, the Texas child services agency will face the enormous task of finding suitable homes. It will also have to decipher brother-sister relationships so that it can try to preserve them.

Over the past two weeks, the agency has relied on volunteers to help feed the children, do their laundry and provide crafts and games for them.

Gov. Rick Perry would not say how much the case is costing the state, but said: "Does the state of Texas have the resources? Absolutely we do."

The sect came to West Texas in 2003, relocating some members from the church's traditional home along the Utah-Arizona state line. Its prophet and spiritual leader, Warren Jeffs, is in prison for forcing an underage girl into marriage in Utah.


Associated Press writer Jennifer Dobner in San Angelo, Angela K. Brown in Fort Worth, and Linda Stewart Ball in Grapevine, Texas, contributed to this report.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Join me

Hello....if I have not been so busy on this end of things, I have been putting together a group called PROGRESSIVE RADIO IN AMERICA. It is about exactly that, the type of radio that is rare to find in this country.....non-ditto-head thought on the radio. We have clips, video, and I'd like for you to join me and contribute.

You can join here:

I hope to see you there.


Monday, April 14, 2008

Randi's Back!

The first 16 minutes were a godsend. If only she didn't have to waste it playing some Melissa Ethridge deal....we wanted the Goddess!!

SHe spent her first moments thanking all of the people who moved over to Nova M with her...incuding her voice over guy (Christopher) Duffy who still voices for what Randi now calls SCARE America.

SHe spent the next few minutes talking about her suspension, which was more a contract war than anything else.

Here is how put down her first few minutes on the air:

It wasn’t about what I said it was about locking me into something that I had deserved the right not to be locked into.”

The lead in to the show was the entirety of Melissa Etheridge’s “What Happens Tomorrow“. It’s an odd choice when you think of part of the lyrics as asking why a woman can’t be president. It was written in Sept. 2007. … However, Etheridge is not a Hillary supporter and has said she will vote for Obama. (She had supported Dennis Kucinich.)

Rhodes has been off the air for about two weeks, for a variety of reasons including an Air America cruise.

Rhodes knows that “Randi Rhodes” was the most searched term on Google some time on Saturday. She name-checked Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, Willie Nelson and Melissa Etheridge as offering her support. “Do nothing out of fear, there’s nothing to be afraid of,” she said Etheridge told her.

Rhodes said she hasn’t told the story, yet. “Everyone’s biggest question is, what happened?”

Rhodes version of what she’s now calling “Scare America” can’t be trusted anymore than Air America’s version would. Somewhere in between is the the truth, but I guess there’s no confidentiality clause because Rhodes talked.

Rhodes said it was never about what she said in a standup routine in San Francisco, though she didn’t address whether Air America had paid her way there. She thought she killed at her stand-up, though even many of her fans (watching online) said it didn’t, that the timing was bad.

Rhodes said she had the right to leave on April 6 at anytime, that she had earned it.

“They aren’t radio professionals and have no radio background,” Rhodes said. “My own company fed this story to the press. … They released the statement saying I was indefinitely suspended. She had no morals clause, Rhodes said. She was “shunned and banished.”

“There had been no coverage of the event, pro or con. I called them and said, tell me what new story are you reacting to? They said they wanted to see the real value of the company and the ripple effect. What they found out was that without me they were nothing.”

“They offered me more money to stay, that’s right. … as long as I would amend my contract.”

According to Rhodes, it was a mutual decision because neither side would budge.

“I have a fortress around me and we’re good to go. I couldn’t be happier.”

The dripping, adoring callers were what I was afraid to have to listen to.

There was apparently serious feedback with the first caller, Kyle. Had to cut him short because of feedback. He was able to get through later.

Mike was next. Rhodes took a pretty hefty, unnamed, swipe at Sam Seder getting his ass kicked for being an ass-kisser (paraphrase), and the caller, Mike, right after gave a thank you to Seder for doing a good job filling in.

“By the way the idea that I should apologize, I will never ever apologize. … “I never said I wouldn’t apologize, I asked in what forum and to whom” after they cut me off. “I’m embarrassed for them.”

“I’m expensive. I cost more than everybody,” she said, in a pitch for $10-a month podcasts. A good deal for about 22 shows.

Rhodes also asked, where did my Web site go? Rhodes says she owns her Web site and if it wasn’t saved, “It’s not a civil matter it’s a criminal matter. That’s my property.” (This assertion made later in show)

“Obama got in trouble in San Francisco, too. Maybe we should agree that what happens in SF, stays in SF.”

A couple of things: Right now only leads to Randi's site on The content of that original page is still not up.

And Randi has here old number back: (866) 87-RANDI

Friday, April 11, 2008

Polygamist Update

Texas polygamist evidence includes computers, birth records and 'cyanide poisoning document'

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS — State prosecutors released court papers today showing that Texas Rangers had hauled off a major cache of evidence from a polygamist religious group's compound, including marriage and birth records and what was cryptically described as a "cyanide poisoning document."

The list of evidence, more than 80 pages long, also contained references to computers, cameras, photo albums, report cards, medical records and other personal belongings seized during Texas authorities' raid of the YFZ Ranch, a polygamist settlement outside the tiny West Texas cattle town of Eldorado.

The YFZ Ranch, which stands for Yearning for Zion, was built by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The 10,000-member sect was founded in the 1930s by religious leaders who continued practicing polygamy after it was banned by the Mormon Church in 1890 because they passionately believed it was a core teaching of Mormonism founder Joseph Smith.

Texas Rangers and child welfare officials began the raid April 3 after receiving reports from a 16-year-old girl who claimed she was sexually and physically abused by her husband, with whom she had had a child at age 15.

State officials did not find the girl. But they took state custody of more than 400 children at the compound, after discovering what they described in court records as numerous pregnant child brides and a widespread practice of men having what they described as spiritual marriages, and having babies, with girls as soon as they reached puberty.

A judge today ordered the state to keep the more than 400 children in custody in San Angelo until a hearing on Thursday. In other court filings, Texas Rangers described entering the towering white temple at the center of the polygamist compound and finding beds inside, including a bed that was unmade and had a long female hair. The affidavit claimed that a confidential informant had told Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran that men used the beds inside the temple to have sex with underage girls.

Texas Rangers stressed they tried to respect the group's religious privacy at every turn while searching for the 16-year-old girl. But after being refused a key to the imposing limestone temple, Texas Rangers forced their way inside -- and even applied "jaws of life" to the temple doors -- as 57 men from the sect cried and prayed.,0,7133413.story

Thursday, April 10, 2008


NEW YORK -- April 10, 2008: After being suspended indefinitely for calling senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a "f****ing whore" and saying the same about former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, Randi Rhodes has left Air America Radio. Rhodes made the comments in March at a KKGN (Green 960)/San Francisco-sponsored event.

A joint statement released Thursday by AAR Chairman Charlie Kireker and President Mark Green said, "Last week Air America suspended Randi Rhodes for abusive, obscene language at a recent public appearance in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air American affililate station. Air America Media was informed last night by Ms. Rhodes that she has chosen to terminate her employment with the company. We wish her well and thank her for past services to Air America."

But Rhodes may not be off the air for long: On the KKGN website, PD John Scott had early word of Rhodes' AAR exit and says, "We are bringing her back." Scott says that on Monday, April 14, "it will be our pleasure to announce the return of Randi Rhodes to the Green 960 family." Whether that return will be with KKGN itself or through a new syndication deal is yet to be determined.


By Tim Einenkel

Last week Air America suspended Randi Rhodes for abusive, obscene language at a recent public appearance in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station.

Air America Media was informed last night by Ms. Rhodes that she has chosen to terminate her employment with the company.

We wish her well and thank her for past services to Air America. We will soon announce exciting new talent and programming that will accelerate Air America’s growth in the future.

AAR has wasted no time in killing Randi's website, and redirecting it to the AAR site. They also killed the forums.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

New Bionic Woman

NBC cancelled the new Bionic Woman series. Unfortunatly, they could have kept Katie Sackoff and jettisoned the rest.

(OEN)Suspended in Suspended Animation Over Randi Rhodes' Suspension

Now that we have more facts on Rhodes’ suspension, I find my opinion suspended in a state of suspended animation on her suspension.

Assuming it’s true that Air America Radio did not sponsor Rhodes' nightclub appearance -- but rather their San Francisco affiliate -- then there should have been clear rules on how the game was played.

The bosses shouldn’t assume that their on-air host will use good judgment when speaking in another venue.

Neither should the on-air personality assume he/she can say anything he/she wants when not behind the radio the microphone.

A man who was at the event, phoned into the Bill Press Show this morning. According to “Bob”, the fund raising event was sponsored by a San Francisco radio station and co-sponsored by a martial arts studio; Air America had nothing to do with it. They neither sponsored nor advertised the event.

Bob also said her remarks were well-received and it was a friendly audience.

The parts I saw showed the same thing. I didn't hear any booing. She got laughs and seemed to be well received.

If all of the above is true, and radio stations feel their talent represents them no matter where they speak, then I repeat -- Air America-sponsored or not -- they better establish rules of the game before their on-air hosts make any type of public appearances.

If the personality feels he's being censored or held back in any way, they have to reach a compromise or go their separate ways.

Attendees paid for their tickets and had to hold listener memberships to get tickets. In other words, it was a private/sort of public event having nothing to do with Air America.

I happened to be watching when David Shuster asked his infamous "are they pimping out Chelsea" question," although a little surprised, I didn't give it much thought.

While I thought it was out of character for him, I chalked it off to a brain burp or one swig too many at the pre-show, jitters-calming schnapps bottle.

I didn't really think he should have been put out in the cold for three weeks. I really thought that the half-dozen apologies extended to the Clintons both on- and off-air should have been enough.

I thought Shuster shouldn't have been suspended, but I still can't decide about Rhodes.

Whatever. They're the bosses and -- right or wrong -- they'll do what bosses do, because they think it's the right thing to do, or it's the politically correct thing to do.

Or the most likely reason is they'll do whatever it takes, at whatever it costs someone else, to cover their corporate asses.

Sandy Sand...Yes, that's her real her mother did not have a sense of humor, she married the name. She began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a weekly publication in Canoga Park, California. In conjunction with the Chronicle, she broadcast a tri-weekly, ten minuted newscast for KGOE AM.

Follow the closure of the Chronicle's doors after serving the West Valley as a community newspaper for nearly fifty years, she moved on to be the editor of the Tolucan Times and Canyon Crier in Burbank.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Rhodes Says Air America Breached Her Contract

When John McCain was asked if it was hypocritical of him to have appeared in a raunchy movie (Wedding Crashers) filled with gratuitous topless scenes after having criticized Hollywood for its marketing of such films, McCain joked: "In Washington, I work with boobs every day." With that carefree quip, McCain's critics were silenced, and the controversy was over before it got started. By contrast, McCain's ideological foes tend to create their own problems.

In a textbook example of "progressives" undermining their own agenda, Air America has suspended its star host Randi Rhodes for telling jokes that generated absolutely no controversy until the network -- two weeks after the now suddenly objectionable comments were made in a stand-up comedy performance -- decided to remove her, at least temporarily, from its airwaves.

At an appearance in San Francisco sponsored by Air America's local affiliate, Rhodes referred to Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro as "fucking whores." It's widely understood that this epithet, delivered in the context of a well-received comedic rant, is what prompted the suspension. But Air America's terse statement on the matter offers no explanation beyond declaring it "does not condone such abusive, ad hominem language by our Hosts."

It's not detectable at this point if Air America honchos believe Rhodes was somehow supposed to have known what she said is punishable. Also unknown is the duration of her suspension. According to New York Daily News reporter David Hinckley, the network is remaining silent for now "to gauge public reaction." How principled.

Ferraro has wasted no time calling for Rhodes to be fired. The former VP candidate told Fox News earlier today, "What did they do with Don Imus when he went after the young black team who was playing basketball with kind of the same language? Treat them both the same...She's coming at me and Hillary in a ... sexist way... To incite people with language like this young woman just did on radio is very, very dangerous because ... some people take this stuff so seriously that it can affect your security."

Understandably, Rhodes is stunned and angry. About her employers she told me: "They are in breach of my contract and have damaged my hard won excellent reputation in the broadcast industry..." Rhodes added she received thank you letters from representatives of Air America, the San Francisco affiliate and sponsors praising her for the performance that now has her in hot water.

Rhodes is scheduled to speak in New York on April 28 with former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter at an event sponsored by U.S. Tour of Duty, the nonprofit project I run. It is not yet clear if the popular host will be back to work for Air America by then -- or ever. At a critical moment in its evolution, the network has put itself in an untenable position. Ultimately, does Air America, or does it not, stand for free speech? At this moment, it clearly does not. That's not very progressive.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

On the other hand......

Incest Is Best

Despite various reports and photos of the two together, Rihanna and Chris Brown are still denying that they are a pair.

This weekend, during the Kid's Choice Awards, Rihanna told MTV News that "We are best friends, honestly, like brother and sister."

Like brother and sister? Does she mean like Angelina Jolie used to be with her brother?

Ewwww.(thier words, not OURS!)

Rihanna continues, "We both started our careers around the same time. He is one of the only people in the industry … I trust and hang out with all the time. If he was a boyfriend, I would say that."

At the same event, Chris said "They keep asking me, 'What's the deal?' I'm like, 'There's no deal. No deal.' We're just friends." The singer then said, "Be yourself, and see as many girls as possible!"

Yea, he's trying to play the media but it's just not working!

Come on and admit it already.

Famiy Lovin' Update...

All of these are real, folks!

Woman Sentenced For Incest
Dunn Daily Record - Dunn,NC,USA
Connie Demetris Smith, 47, of Linden was charged with eight counts of incest. Mrs. Smith and her boyfriend, George Gerald Tart, 42, were arrested in May ...

Putnam woman charged in sex abuse case
Charleston Gazette - WV, USA
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All in one week!

Goliath Caves: Wal-Mart Won't Seek Invalid's Money(ABC News)

Retail Giant Says It Will Not Go After $400K from Brain-Injured Woman


April 2, 2008 —

Wal-Mart took Jim Shank all the way to the Supreme Court to be reimbursed more than $400,000 in medical expenses for a car accident that left Shank's wife severely brain damaged.

But when the case moved into the court of public opinion, Wal-Mart changed its mind and said it would drop its claim on the money, a claim that had threatened to push Shank into poverty and despair.

The world's largest retailer decided Tuesday that it was "moved by Ms. Shank's extraordinary situation," and apologized to the Shank family.

"Occasionally others help us step back and look at a situation in a different way. This is one of those times," Wal-Mart said in a statement.

"Our current plan doesn't give us much flexibility, so we began reviewing the guidelines for the trust that pays medical costs for our associates and their family members," Wal-Mart said.

Just last week, Wal-Mart was unapologetic for its demand that the Shanks, of Jackson, Mo., repay $470,000 in medical expenses after the Shanks won a settlement against the trucking company whose vehicle collided with Deborah Shank.

David Tovar, the senior director of media relations for Wal-Mart, told last week, "After the associate or family member receives payment from the party responsible for causing the injury or accident, then our health plan becomes entitled to reimbursement."

Deborah Shank, 52, was employed by Wal-Mart to stock shelves when the 2000 accident occurred. Wal-Mart's medical plan paid her expenses, but wanted its money back after the Shanks got a $1 million settlement from the trucking company.

After lawyer fees, Jim Shank was left with $417,000, and Wal-Mart wanted all of it despite his pleas that his wife, who is now confined to a wheelchair in a nursing home, still needs millions of dollars in medical care.

Wal-Mart says it will no longer try to collect the money and will try to help the Shanks.

"Wal-Mart will not seek any reimbursement for the money already spent on Ms. Shank's care, and we will work with the family to ensure the remaining amounts in the trust can be used for her ongoing care. We are sorry for any additional stress this has put on the Shank family," the company said.

A relieved Jim Shank told, "I'm just glad [Wal-Mart] did it, it's a huge relief."

"The money will help a lot right now, but there's still a long way to go with her care," Shank added.

Just last week, Shank was contemplating what then seemed impossible  that Wal-Mart would give the money back.

"If Wal-Mart gave the money back, it would help my life and it would help with Debbie's care," Shank said.

"But it may help just the idea that this country is not as bad as it's made to seem," said Shank. "That really American people are still out there loving and caring for people," he said.

For eight years Shank watched as his family's world tragically unraveled  first with a devastating car crash that left his wife with a traumatic brain injury, and then with the death of his eldest son, a soldier in Iraq. In an interview last week with, Shank said he had become desperate over Wal-Mart's demands to be paid, and had lost court battles that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

"From the beginning I couldn't believe that [Wal-Mart] would come after it with all the money they make," Shank told "This is a pittance to them, but they keep saying the same corporate story that they have to protect the assets of the insurance plan."

Debbie suffers from short-term memory loss so severe that her husband must constantly remind her of her son's death.

"To this day, she asks about him every time we see her," said Shank. "She'll ask, 'What happened to Jeremy? Is Jeremy dead? Why?' She'll start crying and carrying on."

Shank said that the $30,000 income he makes as a maintenance worker at the local university in Jackson, Mo., is "just not enough" to cover the estimated $10 million in medical care that Debbie will accumulate in her lifetime, and that taxpayers will end up footing the costs of his wife's bills through Medicare and Medicaid.

If Wal-Mart had taken the money, paying for college for his other two sons would be impossible, Shank said, who is also struggling to pay his own medical bills  including psychiatric help.

"I suffer from depression. My life is terrible," said Shank, who told that he's contemplated suicide. "I don't have anyone to live with, I don't have a wife. I need a companion and when things are bad I can't roll over in the middle of the night and talk to someone. It's just a pillow there."

Is Wal-Mart's Fine Print Typical for Big Corps?

The repayment system employed by Wal-Mart's health care plan  also commonly referred to as a cost-recovery plan  is fairly common for big corporations, said Daniel O'Meara, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

"These cost recovery systems can have logic and fairness to them," said O'Meara. "They're seen as a tool for employers to control employee benefit costs and allow them to secure them in the future."

"Then coverage is available for the next person who needs it," added O'Meara.

But one key element of these cost-recovery systems is that they are supposed to go into effect only when the victim of the accident is "made whole," according to O'Meara.

"Let's say, hypothetically, a victim suffers $40,000 in medical fees and lost income and the company pays," said O'Meara. "Then the woman sues the other party and collects $100,000. In that situation the company has some interest in asking for their $40,000 back."

"The victim of the accident is then still made whole, they just don't get double recovery," said O'Meara.

But in Debbie's case, the $1 million settlement is just one-tenth of what her family will eventually pay in medical bills.

An Exception

O'Meara told that there was no reason why Wal-Mart couldn't make an exception for the Shanks and that each employer has the right to "draw a line in the right place."

"I've seen employers set up provisions within [health care plans] so they have the right to recover, but can pursue recovery on a selective basis," said O'Meara. "They won't just look at the factor but also look to the size of what they can recover."

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Thanks Mr. sunovabitch!

USA 2008: The Great Depression

Food stamps are the symbol of poverty in the US. In the era of the credit crunch, a record 28 million Americans are now relying on them to survive – a sure sign the world's richest country faces economic crisis

By David Usborne in New York
Tuesday, 1 April 2008

We knew things were bad on Wall Street, but on Main Street it may be worse. Startling official statistics show that as a new economic recession stalks the United States, a record number of Americans will shortly be depending on food stamps just to feed themselves and their families.

Dismal projections by the Congressional Budget Office in Washington suggest that in the fiscal year starting in October, 28 million people in the US will be using government food stamps to buy essential groceries, the highest level since the food assistance programme was introduced in the 1960s.

The increase – from 26.5 million in 2007 – is due partly to recent efforts to increase public awareness of the programme and also a switch from paper coupons to electronic debit cards. But above all it is the pressures being exerted on ordinary Americans by an economy that is suddenly beset by troubles. Housing foreclosures, accelerating jobs losses and fast-rising prices all add to the squeeze.

Emblematic of the downturn until now has been the parades of houses seized in foreclosure all across the country, and myriad families separated from their homes. But now the crisis is starting to hit the country in its gut. Getting food on the table is a challenge many Americans are finding harder to meet. As a barometer of the country's economic health, food stamp usage may not be perfect, but can certainly tell a story.

Michigan has been in its own mini-recession for years as its collapsing industrial base, particularly in the car industry, has cast more and more out of work. Now, one in eight residents of the state is on food stamps, double the level in 2000. "We have seen a dramatic increase in recent years, but we have also seen it climbing more in recent months," Maureen Sorbet, a spokeswoman for Michigan's programme, said. "It's been increasing steadily. Without the programme, some families and kids would be going without."

But the trend is not restricted to the rust-belt regions. Forty states are reporting increases in applications for the stamps, actually electronic cards that are filled automatically once a month by the government and are swiped by shoppers at the till, in the 12 months from December 2006. At least six states, including Florida, Arizona and Maryland, have had a 10 per cent increase in the past year.

In Rhode Island, the segment of the population on food stamps has risen by 18 per cent in two years. The food programme started 40 years ago when hunger was still a daily fact of life for many Americans. The recent switch from paper coupons to the plastic card system has helped remove some of the stigma associated with the food stamp programme. The card can be swiped as easily as a bank debit card. To qualify for the cards, Americans do not have to be exactly on the breadline. The programme is available to people whose earnings are just above the official poverty line. For Hubert Liepnieks, the card is a lifeline he could never afford to lose. Just out of prison, he sleeps in overnight shelters in Manhattan and uses the card at a Morgan Williams supermarket on East 23rd Street. Yesterday, he and his fiancée, Christine Schultz, who is in a wheelchair, shared one banana and a cup of coffee bought with the 82 cents left on it.

"They should be refilling it in the next three or four days," Liepnieks says. At times, he admits, he and friends bargain with owners of the smaller grocery shops to trade the value of their cards for cash, although it is illegal. "It can be done. I get $7 back on $10."

Richard Enright, the manager at this Morgan Williams, says the numbers of customers on food stamps has been steady but he expects that to rise soon. "In this location, it's still mostly old people and people who have retired from city jobs on stamps," he says. Food stamp money was designed to supplement what people could buy rather than covering all the costs of a family's groceries. But the problem now, Mr Enright says, is that soaring prices are squeezing the value of the benefits.

"Last St Patrick's Day, we were selling Irish soda bread for $1.99. This year it was $2.99. Prices are just spiralling up, because of the cost of gas trucking the food into the city and because of commodity prices. People complain, but I tell them it's not my fault everything is more expensive."

The US Department of Agriculture says the cost of feeding a low-income family of four has risen 6 per cent in 12 months. "The amount of food stamps per household hasn't gone up with the food costs," says Dayna Ballantyne, who runs a food bank in Des Moines, Iowa. "Our clients are finding they aren't able to purchase food like they used to."

And the next monthly job numbers, to be released this Friday, are likely to show 50,000 more jobs were lost nationwide in March, and the unemployment rate is up to perhaps 5 per cent.