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Rachel Maddow is awesome

I love, love, love this. Ok. It is MSNBC. They are biased. I don’t care. I love it. It is true. It makes me feel good knowing someone else is just going nuts about all this stuff!!!

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Oh My God! We are an atheist nation!!!

My coworker who is originally from a European country, asked me what was wrong with people. She couldn’t understand why there was so much news coverage about Obama being a Muslim. She asked me if people in this country were crazy. This is ironic as her country’s heritage includes a little thing called the inquisition.

Nevertheless, I do wonder if people have simply gone mad. It is simply idiotic to question if Obama is a Muslim. There are simply no facts to support the question, but most importantly there is no reason to even ask BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MATTER!

Not to me personally (although it doesn’t) – but to the “Founding Fathers” that the people posing such lunacy are self-purported to revere.

Can we just mention Article VI?

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

This comes before Freedom of Religion and Speech and even the Right to Bear Arms. This is at the very CORE of our foundation.

So all the talking heads, newscasters and commentators – respectable and otherwise – running long stories and postulating over the significance of the president’s faith are not reporting news. They are not being patriotic. They are not loving this country “so much” with tears in their eyes. They are a fear mongering. They are rousing up the rabble. They are dealing in slander and bordering on treasonous notions.

America is not a Christian Nation. Anyone that comes on TV and says so is ill-informed and/or a liar. This nation was founded on the very notion that government was government and religion was religion and NEVER should the twain meet. Look around the world, see what mixing the two can do. The very thing that we are so afraid of is the very thing that we are inviting when we start talking about God in the same breath as law.

This is a nation of law. Our government is an atheist. The government doesn’t believe in any god. The people in the government? They can believe whatever the hell want.


Freedom of Religion

Ok, Olbermann’s rant is not as nuanced as Mayor Bloomberg’s speech and he certainly doesn’t have the moderate credibility of the Mayor. The Daily Show coverage is wonderful – humor and satire is powerful.

But, bottom line is this. Build the damn thing! Jesus!

Or, well, maybe Alla?  See, in this country you can use any religious or mythological figure as an exclamation if you want.  Yes, you might offend someone, but you have that RIGHT – and that right can actually lead to intellectual conversations and understanding of others.


Isn’t that want this was suppose to be about?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

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Glenn Beck attempts coup

Is anyone surprised?


Glenn Beck made $32 Million Last Year!!!

There is an interesting article regarding Glenn Beck and his shilling for Goldline at Mother Jones. Com – – but the thing that shocked me was that Glenn made $32 Million last year! $32 Million!?? That is unbelievable. I say again (see Crazy Guilty Pleasure ) that he is Andy Griffith’s character in A Face In The Crowd. He is getting rich while pretending to be an everyman. He is profiting off of those that really believe him to be a newsman by selling them things they do not need.  Simply, he is gaining by selling fear.


Really Faux News

From Huff Post: Fox News video of President Obama’s speech this weekend at West Point omits cadets’ applause after the President discussed ending the Iraq War. “WestPt cadets applaud Obama, FoxNews alters tape 2 remove applause,” Michael Moore tweeted.

I watched the video from the White House site of the speech.  There is clearly sustained applause during this portion of the speech.  Huff Post allows that maybe Fox used a direct feed from the Presidents mic.  I will allow that all the cadets had on gloves and thus his mic might not have picked up the applause.  I think these are generous concessions if I say so myself.  Let me now note that on the White House video you do hear the cadets clapping with their gloves, but you also hear those on the dais clapping as well – without gloves and loudly.

All that said, this cannot be anything but Faux News.  This is pure spin for those who get their news from Fox.  It is nothing but an attempt to make it look like there was dead silence when he says our time in Iraq will end.  That is simply distorting facts.  If this was a one time event, you might just roll your eyes.  Unfortunately, this is consistent with the Fox News model.

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Don’t mess with my Newsweek!!!

I started to write a post about something I read in a magazine, when it struck me how few people are reading magazines laid out on their desk at lunch. There are still some of though who, as Newsweek editor Jon Meacham put it last night on the Daily Show, can hold a magazine without dropping it in their tapioca. I am a loyal and devoted Newsweek reader. I started subscribing in high school and haven’t quit – that’s over two decades.

During that time I have seen the magazine go through various overhauls, but the recent redo under Meacham’s reign has improved the magazine vastly. The focus has rightly shifted from trying to cover all the things that are being covered continually in the 24 hour news cycle to trying to shed perspective in longer, more in-depth coverage. I say, thank you!

So, I was obviously concerned with the announcement yesterday that Newsweek is for sale. Please!! Don’t mess up my Newsweek! I do believe that there is still a place for pint journalism – even if it is distributed on Kindles and iPads or phones. More than that, I think we all head a little bit closer to the cliff each time a serious journalistic source is eliminated. I am willing to pay for news, real news. I want journalist in the field. I want research. I want investigation. I will subscribe; I do. Come on, I know there are other people out there that read magazines besides me and my crazy friend who reads every magazine, but refused to use email. Which brings up the crux of the matter. My friend who doesn’t email, doesn’t even touch a computer is a very intelligent, well informed human. Yet, he will call me and say “did you hear…” about three days after I read it on Huffington Post. But, I’ve “heard about it”. I don’t usually “know” about it until I get my Newsweek or other news magazine. It is so easy to hear about things, honestly, you can’t help but do so. But to know requires time. To know requires sitting down (or propping the magazine across the screen of the treadmill) and reading. It requires thought and active participation.

My god, can you imagine a world without print journalism – regardless again of the medium in which it is delivered?

You can. Think Roger Ailes. Is this what we want? Entertainment based on current events and profit margins? That is not news. Without a reliable news source you do not have an informed electorate. Without an informed electorate there is no democracy.

We have got to solve this crisis in journalism. Jon Meacham may be heading in the right direction. PBS. (The only thing that mitigated my sorrow of my hero, Bill Moyers, retiring was the news that Jon Meacham would be co-hosting a new public affairs program in his stead.) We have Public Broadcasting and we have Public Radio. Why not Public Print? I’m willing to invest in that. Otherwise (shudder) we end up with cable news.