Lesley Stahl: Typical Liberal Media Member

I give a lot of credit to shows like 60 Minutes and Anderson Cooper 360. I often yell at the TV while I watch shows like this, but I love hearing stories. Cooper gets himself and his producers on the ground, he talks about stories others glaze over. And the folks at CBS do the same with their Sunday Primetime news show, giving unique stories about interesting subjects. Tonight’s show was no different.

No different in the interesting stories and no different than we’d come to expect from the liberal media. Lesley Stahl, going on location in Switzerland (business and pleasure?), did profiles on companies “dodging” taxes by setting up headquarters in countries with lower tax rates. Here is that report:


15 seconds in, she is already saying we have a way that can “help out” the government. Read the slogan at the top of my blog. Why she is trying to bail out the government by finding it extra money to gobble up is beyond me. This report pretty much speak for itself. But in case you don’t feel the ire I do while watching it, let me tell you how I felt.

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Gloria Allred will do anything for fame

Gloria Allred is lawyer. She is also a pig. A media hound. She will do ANYTHING for attention, publicity and to keep her name relevant. I am have been utterly disgusted with her conduct before in the past, but the last couple months, she has really gone over the edge to a place I have never seen.

Let’s lay this out simply:

  • Lawrence Taylor, oft considered the best defensive player ever in football, met, paid and and fooled around with a prostitute.
  • He claimed she told him she was 19 years-old, despite actually being 16.
  • Because of her minor status, and being a victim, her name was withheld, being only known as C.F. throughout proceedings.
  • In interviews with lawyers and newspapers, she reiterated she said she was 19, as that’s what her pimp told her to say.
  • After the encounter, Taylor was arrested on major charges which were eventually plead down to patronizing a prostitute and sexual misconduct. Taylor plead guilty to those charges March 22.

Now, through all of this process, the victim was, rightly, unknown. Aside from reporters trying to get a name and pictures, the victim was largely anonymous. That was until Gloria Allred became involved and dragged the victim in front of cameras Tuesday.

I am in no way defending Taylor or his actions. In post-plea deal interviews he has said he didn’t think he’d get caught because “it’s something everyone does.” His actions have been vile. But if his attorney Arthur Aidala is telling the truth in this video, they did all they could to help and hide this victim after the crime. And Allred showed her dollar signs.

Notice Allred, in the black suit with white trim, laugh the whole thing off.

You be the judge. Did Allred do this now 17 year-old girl a disservice?

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Another example of insane union power

This will be a short post. If you showed up drunk to your private sector job, wouldn’t you be fired? Watch this video and tell me public unions do not have too much power.

There’s a provision in these union contracts allow first time offenders of substance abuse policy to keep their job?? Of course, if this driver was fired, the union would come after whomever fired the worker. You mess with unions, they will come after you.

Leslie “LV” VanBlaricom, who delivered a business community statement on this year’s teacher contract talks at a recent McMinnville School Board meeting, has lost her job as manager of OnPoint Community Credit Union’s McMinnville branch.

This lady simply read a statement from the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce (not from her, she just read it) that happened to say:

We do not want to be perceived as opposing teachers and/or education but want to stand up to the unreasonable demands of the teacher’s union given the current state, local and national economic conditions.

So what did the teacher’s union do? They went to her employer OnPoint Credit Union (formerly Portland Teacher’s Credit Union with longstanding ties to area unions) and demanded she be fired. And she was. And they were proud of it. Just another couple examples of union strong arming.

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Where is Obama??

Muammar al-Gaddafi, lunatic leader of Libya, has been winning the fight to push back rebels looking to win freedom and independence. In Egypt, the leadership did nothing, and a peaceful, fairly nonviolent victory was won.

But for weeks now, Libyans have been on their own, fighting against a national military. They have mounted a noble offensive, but are now their gains are being turned around as the Libyan military and outside mercenaries are taking back rebel strongholds. Finally today, the UN passed a no-fly zone, something bandied around for weeks.

This map is from March 7th. Gaddafi forces are pushing east toward Benghazi. Via feb17.info

Meanwhile, Japan is almost literally melting down. Their earthquake/tsunami one-two punch has left hundreds of thousands homeless, 10s of thousands dead or missing, and a nuclear plant that is getting worse by the minute.

But where is the leadership? Where on earth is our president? Sure, we aren’t privy to all

the behind the scenes discussions, but shouldn’t there be some visible action on our part? Our military is off the west coast of Japan, avoiding radiation (and all the devastation as well) on the east and nothing is happening in Lybia.

When talking to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Obama talked openly about Ireland and the ever-so-crucial St. Patrick’s day.

Overall, the state of the relationship of our two countries is extraordinarily strong. This is a wonderful tradition … St. Patrick’s Day, for me to be able to once again reaffirm the great warmth and affection that have towards the people in Ireland.

Great, awesome, fantastic. Where is that love for the Lybian people? Or candid, unprepared compassion for Japan? When asked while sitting with Kenny, Obama said “I’m

Where is Obama? Michelle doesn't even know. Via theobamadiary.com

not going to be answering questions now, I’ll be making a statement later.” His compassion even has to be read through a teleprompter.

I can’t ever knock a president for keeping up with foreign relations. But he is taking the next few days, vital in the Japan and Libya situations, and going on a South American tour, refusing to cancel or reschedule because “Mr Obama felt the visit was important to help boost U.S. jobs.” So watching basketball and doing TV spots on NCAA brackets are good for jobs too? Obama continues to be out of touch with the rest of the world and more importantly, the American people.

Lastly, in ironic news, Barack H. Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park, NJ will be shutting down effective July 1 because of fiscal issues in the district.

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Please think before you speak

Adrian Peterson!

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This man is Adrian Peterson. He plays running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He is one of the most talented football players in a long time. The NFL has had recent labor disputes with its players, and in a candid moment, Peterson told us how he really feels about making $10 Million a year:

It’s modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too.

What?!!? Modern-day slavery? Again, Peterson makes over ten million dollars. Think about the absurdity of that statement.

USA Today also said March 9th, 2010 “The NFL’s average salary for 2009 was $1.896 million, with a median of $790,000.” One year of making almost 2 million dollars and I could, with safe investments, retire. And players are not working crop fields, but playing a game. A game they allegedly love.

Slaves were whipped, beaten, maimed and worked until they fell.  They were given little if any money and were considered property. Sure, players can be traded and used for owner’s financial gains, but they are, many argue, overcompensated.

Here’s a little of what Peterson can do on the field:

These comments from Peterson just adds to the disconnect pampered athletes have with reality. Peterson is one of my favorite players. He is very fast and very strong, a rare combination. He works hard and makes spectacular plays while showing a tenacity that is unmatched.

But as his agent backtracks, we need to think about hurtful, vile things we say, before we say them. Don’t compare leaders to Hitler, he was a different kind of crazy.

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At least Wisconsin has some leaders

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I don’t claim to be the most knowledgeable guy around. But I do know when things don’t make sense and I lay my chips on the table. So here’s my take: The situation in Wisconsin is out of control and I don’t see how any outcome doesn’t involve blame falling to liberals.

I feel looking at a timeline in this situation is key. I will interject a few comments throughout.

  • 2/11- Gov. Scott Walker unveils HIS budget which cuts a bit of bargaining rights.

Mind you, Obama just unveiled his budget proposal as well. Republicans and democrats are talking about what should and shouldn’t be in there. It will be amended and voted on. This is not the end-all be-all of budgets.

  • 2/13- Protests start with 150 people at the capitol and 100 at Walker’s mansion.
  • 2/14- More union heads and members get involved and continue protests.
  • 2/15- About 13,000 protesters gather in and around the capitol as hearings of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee continue. Madison SD announces classes will be cancelled 2/16 due to abundant teacher absences (it’s about the kids huh?)
  • 2/16- Walker tapes “Meet the Press” to defend and detail his plans. No bargaining rights for public workers except for fire and police and have workers pay into their own pension and 13% of their health costs due to a $137 million budget shortfall.

Let’s pause here. Gov. Walker has been given a crappy hand and he’s doing all he can so Wisconsin can spend on jobs, not debt. Private unions got rid of sweatshops, 15 hour work

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days and child abuse in the name of capitalism. We all applaud that. But public unions and their workers, who get paid by tax dollars from all other citizens, should not be above paying a little into their own pensions and health care. Benefits and salary, teachers get very well compensated for their job.

  • 2/17- Protesters numbered around 25,000. Obama calls Walker’s budget an assault on unions. 14 democrats avoid a necessary quorum to vote on the budget and leave Wisconsin.

Another side: Protesters have been screaming and yelling for democracy, claiming Walker is a dictator. Never mind he (and a Republican legislature) was fairly elected in November, largely by those outside of Madison. Shouldn’t their voice be heard too? Democracy is about free voting, (in our country) electing representatives and debating the issues to come to agreements for the betterment of the locality. Instead, democrats elected to represent their constituents decided to flee to Illinois, making debate impossible. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan with a no nonsense take on the matter

  • 2/20- Walker says on the 6th day of sit-ins that the pressure won’t make him fold. He is unwilling to compromise.

This complicates my argument. Walker should have been willing to come to the table while still standing for some sense fiscal sanity in his state. The state the elected him to turn the budget around and end union strong arming. But all the while the “do it for the kids” teachers are cancelling class to argue for more tax payer money.

  • 2/22- States in similar fiscal circumstances see protests and more runaway reps.
  • 2/23- To put pressure on public unions, Walker says he will send out pink slips.
  • 2/25- After deal reached, both parties in the Assembly vote on the bill. It passes 51-17.

At least one side of the legislature didn’t run away from debate.

  • 2/26 -Outraged, protesters come out in force, nearly 70,000 strong.
  • 3/1- A judge ruled the capital reopened after attempts protesters were moved out of the rotunda.
  • 3/2- Republicans pass resolution finding 14 AWOL democrats in contempt.
  • 3/7- Walker refuses to meet at the state border with missing democrats.

Lost indeed: These 14 were on the lam for nearly 3 weeks.

This is a Wisconsin state problem. If these democrats wanted to talk, they should have done it in the capital where they belong. Where they were elected to serve.

  • 3/8- Walker makes concessions to keep some bargaining rights.
  • 3/9- Collective bargaining bill passes state senate through rarely used legislative channels. It now needs to pass the Assembly and Walker’s desk.
  • 3/11- Walker signs bill into law.

Now that is a long winded, yet still concise record of what happened. Democrats run from debate, people get mad, and instead of stopping progress, republicans decide to work for the people who sent them their.





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Access to the Libyan Movement

I truly believe the situation in Libya will long be a fascinating lesson for history classes to study. Not taking away from the plight of other protesters in the region, but in the face of planes gunning down citizens, Libyans have stood their ground and vowed to fight for their freedom. Unlike the relatively peaceful protests in Egypt, this battle (Civil War?) has been shown in the western media as if it happened within our borders.

First, we have to thank Al Gore for inventing the internet and allowing the free flow of
information. But in all seriousness, the internet has a been a wonderful tool for Libyans and outside media members to get news of this conflict out to the world.

Child in Kenya using a FlipCam

I mention this because of this outstanding piece of journalism given to us by the Dailymail in the UK. The pictures are stunning. The detail is tremendous. The eye-witness accounts are harrowing.

The play-by-play access and accounts we have about events half way around the world is a wondrous thing. All you need is a camera phone and someone to send it too and it could be on the news in a far away land. Like this astounding video:

As I mentioned in my About Me section, sports is one of the most pervasive aspects of my life. Analysts will tell you one of the reasons sports are so popular is genuine human emotion being displayed. But this video reminds us, sport is just a game. This is life and death.

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