Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHENEVER YOU READ ABOUT CONSERVATIVE BOOK SALES

Remember that all kinds of conservative organizations buy these books by the thousands:
Senate Conservatives Fund paid at least paid $427,000 to Simon & Schuster to purchase copies of one of Levin’s books in September and October of 2013.

GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS IN THE SAME ARTICLE

POLITICO does a pretty good job of pointing out the $ connection between radio gasbags and rightwing interest groups:
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The bad news is that it perpetuates the myth that these gasbags have huge audiences:
The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics.
The link goes to Talkers Magazine and as I have shown in other posts (here, here, here and here) that Talkers isn't a reliable source of audience size.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RICK PERLSTEIN IS A VERY RELIABLE WRITER...

but this is so surprising that I had to find a confirming link:
[Perlstein] Fascinating to read the Southern Baptist press on Roe v. Wade from the time, giving lie to their claim that the decision was what politicized Evangelicals (it was actually their racist "Christian schools" losing their tax-free status...)
Rick links to this post, "Baptist Press Initial Reporting on Roe v. Wade" from May 6, 2010. I found a PDF of the Baptist Press News Analysis of January 31, 1973 in which one finds these amazing remarks:
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision that overturned a Texas law which denied a woman the right of abortion except to save her life, has advanced the cause of religious liberty, human equality and justice. At the same time ‘the court struck down a Georgia law that imposed unconstitutional procedures, in getting medical approval for an abortion…
The two decisions raise numerous other questions which Baptists and others should seek to understand. Among them:
Question: Was this a Warren type or “liberal” Supreme Court that rendered the decision?
Answer: No. This was a “strict constructionist” court, most of whose members have been appointed by President Nixon.
Question: Did the Supreme Court violate religious propriety by its abortion decision?
Answer: The Roman Catholic hierarchy insists that the Supreme Court blundered by making an immoral, anti-religious and unjustified decision. It has vowed to continue the fight against relaxed abortion laws.
However, most other religious bodies and leaders, who have expressed themselves, approve the decision. Social, welfare and civil rights workers hailed the decision with enthusiasm.
The Supreme Court itself recognized “the sensitive and emotional nature of the abortion controversy. It said, however, that “we need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus,” the court continued, “the judiciary at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.
Thus, it appears to be the view of the court that it decided a constitutional question without attempting answers to the medical, philosophical or theological problems in abortion.
Question: What is the Southern Baptist position on abortion?
Answer: There is no official Southern Baptist position on abortion, or any other such question. Among 12 million Southern Baptists, there are probably 12 million different opinions.

I CHANGED MY MIND

It's no longer "Cliven the Clown," it's now "Cliven the Crackpot."

From POLITICO:
3. Bundy doesn’t recognize the federal government. Speaking to conservative radio host Dana Loesch last week, he said he believes in a “sovereign state of Nevada” and abides by all state laws, but, “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.” (As The Atlantic notes, the Nevada Constitution says a citizen’s first allegiance is to the federal government.)

TWO FACES OF BAGGER IDEOLOGY ABOUT THE POORS

The first one I'll call the Wall Street Journal angle:
This is the Fundie version:
Bryan Fischer tells poor people: ‘Kiss the ground’ beneath the richest 1 percent

A NEW GASBAG RADIO AD

This does make tax sense if you make a great deal of money but for the average Joe, this is just a scam:
You can own an oil well right here in the United States. Not only does it offer the prospect of US energy independence, it also has the potential to provide tremendous tax advantages. In fact, savvy investors believe that oil and gas drilling funds may be the only real tax shelters left.

THIS IS A NO-BRAINER

In high finance, the most important rule seems to be that if a market can be rigged, it will be rigged.
Gold: In search of a new standard

By Xan Rice
April 14, 2014 6:01 pm
FINANCIAL TIMES

The original five bullion dealers have been replaced by five banks: HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Scotiabank, Barclays and Société Générale. But the process and traditions are little changed; had Rothschild not sold its fixing seat in 2004 the members might still be meeting in its oak-panelled boardroom with small Union Jack flags on their desks, rather than via conference call.

Every day at 10.30am and 3pm London time, the five banks join a secure conference call. The chairman – the job rotates among the banks annually – suggests an initial price, close to the market price. Each bank confers by telephone with its clients – other financial institutions and gold producers and consumers – and then declares if it is a buyer, seller or has no interest. If there are only sellers, the price is lowered, and vice versa.

Since uncovering evidence of alleged abuse by bankers of the Libor and forex benchmarks, regulators have been scrutinising other big financial benchmarks for signs of weakness. The German watchdog BaFin has requested documents from Deutsche Bank, which has put its seat up for sale, as part of a precious metals market review. Academics have questioned the fix’s fairness and suggested possible collusion. Smelling blood, US lawyers launched at least three class action suits in March alleging rigging. From being an asset of considerable prestige, a fixing seat may be turning into a liability.

SO, WHAT WAS THE REASON FOR ALL THE NSA SPYING?

As I recall, the vast data collection is necessary to keep tabs on Al Qaeda.  In the past, this hasn't worked out so well for us & last year's Boston Marathon bombing is just one example.  Now we have another one that's potentially more dangerous:
Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
updated 1:30 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MORE RATINGS TROUBLE FOR LIMBAUGH

Tom Taylor's NOW has some info on the newest PPM radio markets and Fats isn't doing very well:
San Francisco - In talk, things are really crowded, and we see that Rush Limbaugh’s still searching for his fan base after moving from Cumulus’ KSFO (2.2-2.1-2.1) to CC’s 910 and now the new “Patriot 960” KNEW, 0.8-0.8-0.7.

Monday, April 14, 2014

NORMALLY I WOULDN'T CARE ABOUT THIS REPORT

But listening to conservative talk radio ads about how gold is about to soar because China is buying makes this a bit newsworthy:
China Is Losing Its Taste for Gold
Economic Slowdown, Constrained Credit Markets Suppress Demand
By Tatyana Shumsky And Chao Deng
April 14, 2014 7:11 p.m. ET
WALL STREET JOURNAL

I WOULD HAVE BEEN SURPRISED IF THIS HADN'T HAPPENED

My post on U.S. Freedom Party didn't make it past the censor.

IS CLIVEN'S IDEA ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION A RESULT OF PROTESTANTISM?

There are at least 1,000 Protestant sects in America so I don't pretend to write here about all of them but I do know that many insist the way to salvation is through a personal relationship with Jesus.  Perhaps Cliven and others think it's OK for them to have an eccentric interpretation of Federalism because it's personal?

WHAT CREDIBILITY DOES THE BLAZE HAVE LEFT AFTER THIS E-MAIL?

This is simply the worst promotion I've seen from a conservative site:
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FATS & COMPANY IN THE 2 LARGEST MARKETS

LA is the 2nd largest radio market in the country and the ratings for the station Limbaugh & Hannity moved to (KEIB) remain dismal.  Here are the latest PPM ratings:
Jan 0.4
Feb 0.6
Mar 0.5
Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity are aired live at KEIB but that hasn't made a difference in the ratings.

NYC is the largest radio market and there the ratings for WOR are still terrible:
Jan 1.7
Feb 1.5
Mar 1.5

THESE WACKOS ARE INTENSE

I think billmon struck pure wingnuttery when he stumbled upon The U.S. Freedom Army.  Reading the comments reminds me of the wild claims of Alex Jones.  Here's a sample from the comment section of this thread:
Jeff says:

Im in… In my opinion, Benghazi was the last straw…
When O and H killed our boys in Benghazi, after H (Sometimes known as Killery Clinton) had already leaked the itinerary of our SEALs in Afghanistan to the terrorists who shot them down, and did so through her MB aid, ...

[snip]

Occam’s razor says O and H had Stephens killed for refusing to send Chem weapons to the Syrian Rebels, and then they let our boys die for coming to the aid of our Ambassador against Obama’s and Killery’s wishes… It is clear that O and H wanted to set up (Yes frame) Assad as the user of Chem weapons in that conflict…
That is just the simplest explanation in light of the amount of dis info offered up by the O Admin on Benghazi…

Trust God and be prepared…
Jeff Benton…

Sunday, April 13, 2014

LET'S FIND OUT IF THE NAME OF THE GROUP IS CORRECT

billmon tweeted about these Cliven Clowns and I left this comment about this post:

Steve J. says:

Your comment is awaiting moderation.
driving itself toward the kind of socialism we see in Europe
I hope so because that’s a better America.

I THOUGHT I COVERED THIS BEFORE

I just came across a Bagger comment that claimed Pres. Obama said that America wasn't exceptional, something gasbags like Hannity have been pounding into the Bagger listeners.  He can only get away with that because he truncates the President's remarks.  Here's the relevant full passage from 2009:
I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I am enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don't think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.

And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality that, though imperfect, are exceptional.
Hannity only uses the text marked with a yellow background.

BENGHAZI HAS NOW BECOME AN ARTICLE OF FAITH FOR CONSERVATIVES

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif. is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and he's said that the military did all it could to respond to the Benghazi attack and  Charles Krauthammer stated on FOX News that the Benghazi "scandal" was over.  That really upset a number of "true believers" so I suspect Benghazi will turn into a litmus test serving distinguish between a real conservative and a RINO.

ANOTHER REASON NOT TO VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN

This guy was serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination:
WATCH: Huckabee Says North Korea Has ‘More Freedom’ Than U.S.; Twitter Explodes
by Matt Wilstein | 5:19 pm, April 12th, 2014
MEDIAITE

One day after questioning President Barack Obama’s “Christian convictions” on Fox News, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has delivered another quote that this time appeared to rile up both the left and the right. During his speech at Saturday’s New Hampshire Freedom Summit, Huckabee reporting said, “I’m beginning to think there's more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.”

Saturday, April 12, 2014

POWERLINE COUNTERPOINT

UPDATE: Avedon meant this as a joke.
Avedon Carol shared this on Facebook:
Will we ever get past the "Jewish Bankers" conspiracy theories?

POWERLINE'S DIVIDED LOYALTIES

This screen capture is from the conservative blog Powerline:

THIS IS FUCKED UP

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the BLM is going to give back the cattle it had rounded up to Cliven the Clown.   This will only encourage the "sovereign citizens" and conservative wackos.

UPDATE: More about this mess from a Nevadan.

CLIVEN BUNDY IS STILL AN ASSHOLE

I'm glad the Feds decided to back off because the conservative media has been pouring gasoline on the situation and there was a real possibility of deadly violence.  OTOH, Bundy is still a psycho:
Bundy, BLM reach deal to stop cattle roundup

By TOM RAGAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted April 12, 2014 - 9:33am Updated April 12, 2014 - 10:15am

Rancher Cliven Bundy demanded of sheriff Doug Gillespie that all naional park service employees working on the cattle roundup operation be disarmed before 10:45 a.m.

He gave Gillespie one hour to comply, and added for the firearms to be brought to him.

Kevin Drum asks...

(h/t Atrios)

"Who started the Culture Wars, Anyway?" and to be a little pedantic, I'd say they began in the Renaissance and were won by liberals by the end of the Enlightenment because everything after that is merely mopping up the remaining pockets of dust.

Friday, April 11, 2014

CLIVEN BUNDY IS AN ASSHOLE

I heard him today on Hannity's radio show and he is obviously past his prime. Of course, that won't stop hate radio from trying to incite violence (see here and here). I was pleased to hear one caller to Hannity's radio show today state that Bundy should have kept on paying his fees to the BLM and worked within the system to address his issues and a bit surprised that she made it past the call screener. A similar caller reached Clyde Lewis last night and Clyde had to resort to calling him a fascist, a statist, a communist and other hip conservative swear words.

ANOTHER "WAR ON WOMEN" MOMENT

In addition to wack job Cuccinelli, Virgina has other conservative reactionaries:
Virginia Republican Bob Marshall stands by remarks that raise eyebrows

By David Sherfinski
The Washington Times
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Delegate Robert G. Marshall has said that disabled children can be God’s vengeance against women who have had abortions. He has described incest as sometimes voluntary, and he has questioned the sexuality of a Supreme Court justice who has favored marriage equality.

Mr. Marshall is unbowed over his history of controversial rhetoric as he seeks a seat in Congress representing Northern Virginia.

“I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public,” Mr. Marshall said Thursday.

MORE BULLSHIT FROM WISCONSIN

GOP Gov. Scott Walker is a confirmed liar and it seems the others in the GOP follow his lead.
Mike Ellis drops out of state Senate race

By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
Updated: 2:21 p.m.
Madison — State Senate President Mike Ellis dropped out of his re-election race Friday, two days after a secret recording was released revealing him discussing setting up an illegal political action committee to attack his challenger.
Here's Ellis's dishonest response:
"I don't fit in anymore," he said in an interview. "There isn't room for independent thinking and compromise...There's no room on the street anymore for people to walk down the middle of the road."
UPDATE: The infamous James O'Keefe was behind this recording and my guess is that he did it because Ellis isn't sufficiently conservative.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MEDIAITE READERS BREAKDOWN BY POLITICS

So this thread on Fats Limbaugh vs. Stephen Colbert may mean little if Mediaite has primarily liberal readers but it does show that Fats Limbauh isn't fooling most of the people.