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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Implosion of NPR



Surprise, surprise, surprise! NPR is biased against Conservatives, who knew? I mean besides anybody with half a brain, who?

I'll spare you the details of the above video because you probably already know them, we can hash it out in the comments. Instead I'll concentrate on providing some documentation of the events as they have unfolded thus far. Click "read more" to read more.

The target of the first video is NPR's chief fundraiser Ron Schiller. He was scheduled to leave NPR before the scandal to go to the "Aspen Institute" but that time line has moved up and he's out. Now Aspen doesn't want him. CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation to Ron) is also out.

Now we come to part two. Here is the second video. The link for this one comes from Glenn Beck's site "The Blaze". The reason I used this particular link is because Beck has been critical of the editing. Make sure you click on his links. NPR has released internal emails to refute the claim that they would accept the donation from the supposed "Muslim Brotherhood". The emails show the conversation about hiding the donation from the IRS got farther up the corporate ladder than the meeting with Betsy Lily. Betsy Lily is the Senior Executive for institutional giving and the question I have (given her title) is, why didn't she ax the idea immediately? She has since been put on administrative leave.

This brings us to the disgracefully low journalistic standards of NPR's ombudsman Alicia Shepard. Her job is to be a disinterested third party and shine the light of truth letting the chips fall where they may. Instead she lies in an attempt to cover NPR's collective ass. She should be fired.

The sanest voice from within that I've read so far comes from board member Sue Schardt who admits: "... we unwittingly cultivated a core audience that is predominately white, liberal, highly educated, elite. "Super-serve the core" — that was the mantra, for many, many years." The full context can be found here.

Finally, the following links provide a very good overview and I'm adding them because I absolutely LOVE the names of the sites. Here and here.

If there is any justice in this world, NPR's (and word is PBS is next) public funding will be cut off and James O'Keefe will get a Pulitzer.

81 comments:

Sarkazein said...

Hardcore Liberals, riding in a stretch limo, eating high off the hog, showing Jack-like elitism, pro-Arab terrorist (Palestinians), common man (Tea Party) haters... a characteristic of today's Liberals.

Sarkazein said...

$10 says neither one of the Liberals reached for the check when it came either.

Sarkazein said...

Ron Schiller would have to "butch-up" a little if he wants to survive Shari'ah Law.

Honest Debate said...

You're a funny, funny man Sark!

NewGuy said...

Wow!

HD!

GREAT to see you!

Blogger said...

HD Great to see you back. I really missed you.

Johnny Rico said...

The liberal socialist sheep povs (notice lower case) defend organizations like ACORN or NPR even though they are about as racist as it gets.

Johnny Rico

Honest Debate said...

Thanks guys, I've just been so busy and once you get out of the loop it's hard to catch up. When this story hit I ended up on a couple of NPR blogs and the more time I spent the more guilty I felt. It was almost what it must feel like (I seriously and certainly wouldn't know) to cheat on your wife.

I won't be such a stranger.

NewGuy said...

It's not NPR - but it is closer to home.

Good article in todays News and Observer about the state funding for UNC-TV.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/03/13/1049897/unc-tv-may-feel-a-chill-in-funding.html

Liberal POV said...

Conservatives

James O'Keefe is not a journalist nor is he honest or ethical.

Ron Schiller is not a journalist but a fund rasier who only had 18 months with NPR.

Listen to the unedited tape and tell me just what NPR did wrong? NPR is very transparent and professional as you will hear in the unedited tape.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P64rmpnT32U

Find a program done by Frontline on PBS or a story by NPR an jourrnalist which you feel was unprofessional or untrue? See if any of you can find such a story?

Now contrast that to the open pragandist on AM radio or Fox News. Contrast this the the Republican witch hunt on Muslims going on in the congressional hearings.

Contrast this to demonizing teachers by Republicans.

guy faulkes said...

Liberalproverbs18:2, it might interest you to know that one of the few actual certified geniuses i know told me yesterday that O'Keefe is a national hero for his expose of those despicable conditions that you support.

On one hand, we have the opinion of a member of Mensa. On the other hand we have yours.

NPR unfunded now, Planned Parenthood in a few weeks!

Sarkazein said...

Thanks HD.

Liberal POV said...

Guy

You must be happy we're on the road back to the dark ages and anti intellectualism.

While the rest of the world is teaching their young people multiple languages and investing in education American Conservative are working to dumb down American youth.

You have little clue of todays world and you fear what you think you know.

Honest Debate said...

Lib,

You most certainly did not listen to the entire 45 minutes of the link I provided (which is the exact same one you found) or you would not make the claim. Did you even read the original post? There are two videos: Part 1 and 2. I offered both.

Now, you do have a point about the editing but that was in the first video and I'm wondering if you can articulate exactly how the editing matters. Hint: It's all in the original post.

The thing is, you can only edit in so much arrogance, elitism and hate.

Please comment on the incredibly low journalistic standards of the ombudsman.

Sarkazein said...

Elior Levy
Published: 03.12.11, 14:36 / Israel News

Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar where five family members were murdered in their sleep, including three children.///

Just like they celebrated 9/11. They are so misunderstood. Except by the sophisticated, of course.

Liberal POV said...
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guy faulkes said...

La La La La La- Liberalproverbs18:2 attacking those that would curtail forcing underage illegal aliens into prostitution.

once again, yawn..... We are aware of your sexual proclivities. We do not need you to keep reminding us.

Sarkazein said...

POV needs a journalist to tell him what he witnessed. I don't.

Liberal POV said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Honest Debate said...

Sark,

That story (the murders nor the celebration) was not reported on National Palestine Radio. I wonder why?

Liberal POV said...

Republicans

See the two deletes. That's what America's billionaires wants to do with NPR and PBS.

Truth will not be tolerated.

Sarkazein said...

"See the two deletes. That's what America's billionaires wants to do with NPR and PBS."-POV

That is an admission of the NPR agenda. You just think it is OK for my tax money to pay for your agenda. If you were paying for it like Rush pays for his show, I've no problem. My tax money paying for a left-wing agenda, murdering of the pre-born, and supporting crack habits is a big problem. What is so hard to understand about that?

Anonymous said...

I got here late and didn't see what was deleted.

But, I am pretty sure it was probably the same old crap that he has posted a zillion times befor

Liberal POV said...

Blogger or HD

I see when the post can't be honestly debated you just delete.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Blogger.

Liberal POV said...

Republicans

Post a story from PBS Frontline, Nova, or NPR Diane Reim, Morning Edition you feel was unprofessionial journalism or untrue?

Honest Debate said...

Gee Wiz, If anyone is interested in what I deleted just look at LiberalPOV's comment March 13, 2011 1:54 PM. The other comments were word for word copies. The only difference was he omitted the link and preceding paragraph because he was caught (by me) and called on the fact he didn't even read the original post. You have missed nothing. Now Lib is dishonestly playing victim. Very Sad.

Liberal POV said...

Conservative Republicans

Republicans get most of their political power from issues of ignorance, bigotry and fear.

NPR and PBS are about reporting facts not fear.

This current issue of Time Magazine has a fine article on the lies and half truth being spread by Republican presidential continders.

"There may be some fundamental anti-Americanism in this President," the radio host suggested, and Mike Huckabee

First, Huckabee said Obama had been raised in Kenya and sympathized with the "anticolonialism" of the Mau Mau rebellion. Then, backtracking, he said he simply meant to imply that Obama had a "different worldview," having been raised in Indonesia. "Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings, and our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrasahs."

To which one can only say, Ick. Of course, Obama was raised in neither Kenya nor Indonesia (where he did spend four years) but in Hawaii, by his Kansas Republican grandparents. He was a Boy Scout. He didn't attend a madrasah. There are a multitude of Rotary Clubs in both Indonesia and Hawaii. And about that anticolonialism business, isn't that why we, especially the Teasies among us, adore the Founding Fathers? But the facts aren't nearly as virulent as the insinuations. That Huckabee was able to associate the President with the terms mau-mau and madrasah on successive days has to qualify as sheer, surgical brilliance. For those of a certain age — my age — mau-mau has a certain resonance, our first association with half-crazed black militancy.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2058079,00.html#ixzz1GapbZXfe

Honest Debate said...

Did anyone accuse NPR of being untruthful? We can have that debate too, I suppose. Blatant bias and propaganda paid for with our tax dollars is an issue. An Ombudsman who acts in direct conflict with her job description is another. Yet another is the senior director of institutional giving not telling the Muslim Brotherhood to pound sand.

Liberal POV said...
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Honest Debate said...

Lib,

Your questions are already on record if anyone chooses to dignify them. Find another song.

guy faulkes said...

The wrong doing is not necessarily by NPR. It is by our government for giving this biased outlet funding of tax dollars. This is especially heinous as most taxes are paid by conservative working people and not entitlement babies like Liberalptoverbs18:2. There should be no public funding of PBS or NPR.

Fox News, Rush, Beck. Hannity, and your other favorite talk show hosts do not get public funding, you dolt.

If anyone paid attention to left wing talk shows, then you would not need NPR so desperately. The left could not survive the free market.

Anonymous said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/14/npr-sting-tape-analysis-editing_n_835384.html

Read this before you derail NPR.

Honest Debate said...

Nonny,

Thanks for the link but it is just a rehash of fear-mongering truth-hiding Glenn Beck's analysis. Beck's take is in the original post within the link that reads, "Here is the second video" with my admonition, "Make sure you click on his links". I also included the internal and somewhat exculpatory emails released by NPR. I just want you to be aware that "Honest Debate" is more than a moniker. Ideology be damned.

IMHO they would never extend the same fairness towards Glenn Beck as he has shown them. However, NPR's problems go much deeper than the first video as evidenced by the axing of their CEO. The other thing is, if O'Keefe's promises and history are indicators, there is more to come. When it does we will be fair but I'd advise NPR to kiss their public funding goodbye.

Anonymous said...

The huffington post needs to go too.

Anonymous said...

Honest Debate said...

Gee Wiz, If anyone is interested in what I deleted just look at LiberalPOV's comment March 13, 2011 1:54 PM.




Nope, HD
Not interested.

Grateful? YES! Interested, not so much.

THANKS

Honest Debate said...

All the Nonnys confuse me so I'll simply send them a hearty heartfelt "You're awesome" and "You suck". Sort it out amongst yourselves.

Anonymous said...

I have posted as a anonymous because I just dropped in a week or so back and didnt expect to stay.

It may be more addictive than I realized. If I do continue to hang out here i'll pick a name.

how bout NOTLIBERAL.POV is that taken?

Liberal POV said...

Republicans derive most of their power from misinformation, bigotry and fear.

This is why the Republicans have their own media and propaganda outlets like this blog fueled with daily emails from Newsmax spreading the billionaires message of the day.

The republican power comes from anti gay bigotry, Muslim Bigotry and anti immigrant Bigotry.

The abortion issues is hyped to the extreme not to prevent abortion but to create support to the agenda of billionaires.

NPR and PBS are outside the control of these billionaires so it must be shut down as the truth must not be heard.

Honest Debate said...

NPR and PBS are outside the control of these billionaires... -LiberlPOV

Liberal POV said...

HD

I have tried many times to engage you and other conservatives on what's wrong with George Soros and the Open Society?

Are you now ready to have that debate?

Do you want no oversite of local, state and federal government by a free press?

Do you not want transparancey?

Do you really think people like Art Pope, Kosh Brothers, Dick Cheney or the 400 billionaires who have more wealth then 150 million Americans have no agenda or that they don't tap taxpayer money for that wealth?

What suckers and fools you people are!

Liberal POV said...

HD

NPR and PBS are outside the control of these billionaires so it must be shut down as the truth must not be heard.

You're corporate welfare billionaires want to silence NPR and PBS because they can't litterally buy the media as with the corporate media you call left wing.
"FACT: Viacom owns CBS; General Electric owns NBC; Disney owns ABC; and News Corporation owns Fox Broadcasting Company. ABC's corporate parent is the Walt Disney Company.
Disney owns 10 television stations, 50 radio stations, ESPN, A&E, the History Channel, Discover magazine, Hyperion publishing, Touchstone Pictures, and Miramax Film Corp. Viacom owns 39 television stations, 184 radio stations, The Movie Channel, BET, Nickelodeon, TV Land, MTV, VH1, Simon & Schuster publishing, Scribner, and Paramount Pictures. General Electric owns 13 television stations, CNBC, MSNBC, and Bravo. News Corp. owns 26 television stations, FX, Fox News Channel, TV Guide, the Weekly Standard, New York Post, DirecTV, the publisher HarperCollins, film production company Twentieth Century Fox and the social networking website MySpace.
Currently, six major companies control most of the media in our country. The FCC could decide to relax media ownership rules, which would allow further consolidation and put decisions about what kinds of programming and news Americans receive in even fewer hands.

FACT: Since 1995, the number of companies owning commercial TV stations declined by 40 percent.

If the FCC votes to relax media ownership limits, it could further erode diversity of ownership at the local level and increase the influence of large media conglomerates. In 2003, the regulations restricting a broadcast company from owning stations that reach beyond 35% of American households were loosened to 39%."

"FACT: Major corporations, including AOL Time Warner, the New York Times, CNN, ABC News and USA Today dominate the top Internet news sites."
"FACT: The Telecommunications Act of 1996 lifted ownership limits for radio stations, leading to incredible consolidation of radio station ownership. One company alone, Clear Channel Inc., now owns nearly 1,200 radio stations across the country. Before the change, a company could not own more than 40 stations nationwide.

Several large stations owned by Clear Channel briefly banned the music of the Dixie Chicks because of their critical comments about President George W. Bush. Stations owned by Infinity have also banned certain musicians based on their political views."
"FACT: The nation’s largest broadcast companies that will benefit from looser ownership standards have given more than $13.3 million in political contributions to federal candidates and national parties since 1995. These same media giants have spent more than $68 million lobbying Washington since 1999."

http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=4923173

Sarkazein said...

LPOV- Other than GE, which in your list are funded with my or your tax money?
Not the percentage of their profit that you and Michael Moore think is a national rescource and you think you deserve some of.

Anonymous said...

Lying Ignorant Bastard thinks that just because you oppose funding something with tax dollars, then you must oppose the existence of the entity being funded.

If you don't want to give tax money to the catholic church, you must hate the pope and want to get rid of nuns.

Why even try to explain things to such a fool?

Liberal POV said...

Conservatives

The amount of tax money going to NPR and PBS is a not even measurable on a graphics chart looking at the entire US budget.
"Keep in mind $400 million is about one-tenth of 1 percent of the national budget, or slightly more than $1 per American annually."
"Until Congress can get real, raise taxes and start cutting some of the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on "defense" every year, leave Big Bird, Elmo and Ira Glass out of it."

http://www.lsureveille.com/opinion/shockingly-simple-republicans-cannot-balance-budget-by-cutting-npr-1.2510978

IF Republicans don't understand where the problems are, how can they fix the problems?

Liberal POV said...

Republicans want further dumbing of American culture with more non news programing of celebrity coverage and fluff news.

Ending NPR and PBS funding will give use more coverage of Charlie Sheen coverage and shit media programing.

"According to a survey conducted by Hart Research and American Viewpoint, 69 percent of Americans oppose defunding public broadcasting, including 56 percent of the Republicans sampled.
Respondents also ranked public broadcasting as the second-best value for their tax dollars behind national defense and ahead of Social Security, food safety and transportation. They also ranked PBS as America's most trusted institution, ahead of courts by more than 20 percent and ahead of newspapers and cable TV by more than 30 percent.
Public broadcasting provides wonderful educational programming, and journalism in an industry increasingly dominated by sensationalist garbage like Fox News, MSNBC and Larry the Cable Guy's new home, the "History" Channel."

http://www.lsureveille.com/opinion/shockingly-simple-republicans-cannot-balance-budget-by-cutting-npr-1.2510978

guy faulkes said...

La La La La La - Liberalproverbs18:2

yawn.....

Honest Debate said...

Lib,

Now you're trashing Larry the cable guy?! I mean, I realize you are more of an Elmo, Big Bird kind of guy but you've crossed the line this time.

Anonymous said...

Could someone provide the ACTUAL POLL that 69% of Americans think that public broadcasting should be funded by tax dollars?

I mean, I can find press releases from NPR or PBS citing their results, but can't find the poll with the actual questions nor can I determine who was polled? Was it NPR employees? PBS watchers?

I don't doubt that a poll commissioned by PBS could show such results, but I do doubt the validity of the poll.

The Wall Street Journal poll (http://online.wsj.com/community/groups/question-day-229/topics/should-federal-funding-npr-ended?commentid=2199634) showed almost 70% opposing taxpayer funding of NPR.

Anonymous said...

Hart Research did the poll on behalf of PBS. Doesn't make it invalid, just makes you wonder about the objectivity of the poll.


PBS press releases identify Hart Research as "non partisan"

They are not a "non partisan" organization as claimed by PBS.

They are a DEMOCRAT polling organization. Look at their list of clients on their website.

NewGuy said...

HD....I think Big Bird will be OK.
At least he won't need food stamps.

“Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 in compensation in 2008,” wrote DeMint in the op-ed. “With earnings like that, Big Bird doesn’t need the taxpayers to help him compete against the Nickelodeon cable channel’s Dora the Explorer.”

Liberal POV said...

Conservatives

Did any of you find examples of unprofessional journalism or dishonesty in any of the thirty-five plus years of NPR or PBS reporting and programing?

What's the level of professional journalism by the hate mongers of AM radio or Fox?

What you own perception of NPR and PBS professionalism?

Remember these institutions cost American Tax payers $1.30 per citizens a year.
Is this really going to solve and problems with the deficit?

The total funding of NPR and PBS would not fund the defence budget for a full day.

guy faulkes said...

As I understand it, after the Senate votes for the three week extention, taxpayer funding of NPR will be gone. Is this true?

Honest Debate said...

I haven't heard Guy but that would be sweet.

guy faulkes said...

I thought that funding for NPR was in this round of cuts obtained in the bill that keeps the government funded for three weeks. I was mistaken. However, it is coming.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/03/16/2011-03-16_house_republicans_to_hold_emergency_meeting_on_npr_funding_after_james_okeefe_st.html?r=news

Liberal POV said...

HD

"I haven't heard Guy but that would be sweet."

When NPR is gone, the world may not hear great stories like this one today.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/16/134172710/when-a-rock-historian-loves-soul-singer-percy-sledge

Sarkazein said...

POV wrote-"When NPR is gone, the world may not hear great stories like this one today."

How can you believe this to be the only source of this story?
Google " Rhino Records has just released the complete Atlantic recordings of Percy Sledge." and see how many different articles there are on this subject.
I am sure you are on the waiting list at the public library already.

Sarkazein said...

truth be told

guy faulkes said...

Sark's link needs a thread.

Liberal POV said...

No conservative here has showed ANY program where bad journalism was practice over NPR and PBS's entire history.These are the countries most professional journalist.

On the conservative cable channels and AM fear and hate radio not a day goes by without bias, unprofessional, sensationalized reporting.

All one needs to do is read the comments here to understand the level of misinformtion of AM radio listeners.

Sarkazein said...

POV- I'll give you one, I happened to be watching at the time. It was a woman's talking head show. One talking head expressed her desire for Mrs Thomas to feed her Supreme Court Justice hubby lots of bad food so he would die soon. No problem, just talking heads, but nothing happened to her. Juan Williams tells a truth and he is canned. How ignorant does one have to be to see the complaint is "don't pay for that trash with my tax money!"
Have public TV all you want, but pay for it yourself. How ignorant does one have to be to see government money is competing with private sector. There is some good stuff on public TV, but so is there on the Discovery Channel and FOX. This started back when there were 3 TV stations... turn the page.
Poor people have satellite TV now, I bet the biscuit maker at Hardee's has cable and HD in her cardboard box.

Honest Debate said...

"I bet the biscuit maker at Hardee's has cable and HD in her cardboard box."

It's getting stuffy in here.

guy faulkes said...

If NPR cannot survive in the free market, then it deserves to die.

To use the village idiot's example, there might be enough Percy Sledge fans that do not see the notice in other media to sustain it.

Well said Sark.

Reader said...

NPR said they don't need government funding...no worries Lib, they'll be there for you.

Honest Debate said...

Guy,

What did Lib say about Percy fans? I missed it. I know something about Percy fans.

guy faulkes said...

HD
Liberalproverbs18:2 linked an announcement about a release of Perry Sledge material that was on NPR and indicated the announcement was the only way to find out about it.

Liberal POV said...

Sark

"I happened to be watching at the time. It was a woman's talking head show. One talking head expressed her desire for Mrs Thomas to feed her Supreme Court Justice hubby lots of bad food so he would die soon. No problem, just talking heads, but nothing happened to her. "

You don't identify the show, you don't identify the commenter, you don't identify the position of the commenter nor do you offer what the person who may have been there with an opposing view had to say?

I repeat.


Did any of you find examples of unprofessional journalism or dishonesty in any of the thirty-five plus years of NPR or PBS reporting and programing?

What's the level of professional journalism by the hate mongers of AM radio or Fox?

What you own perception of NPR and PBS professionalism?

Remember these institutions cost American Tax payers $1.30 per citizens a year.
Is this really going to solve and problems with the deficit?

The total funding of NPR and PBS would not fund the defence budget for a full day.

Liberal POV said...

HD

This was my comment intended for you.


When NPR is gone, the world may not hear great stories like this one today.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/16/134172710/when-a-rock-historian-loves-soul-singer-percy-sledge

Anonymous said...

lpov
it really isn't a question of how much it costs each taxpayer per year, or if the defense budget costs more.

the point is, the government should not be sponsoring a network

on the other hand, most of us believe that defense is a good thing AND that it should be paid for by the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

you gotta say one thing for Air America

at least they failed on their own and didn't ask for government subsidies to underwrite their propaganda


Hey blogger, maybe you could get the taxpayers to fund your blog? After all, if it's only a little bit from each taxpayer then lib and the other socialists will not disaprove.

Sarkazein said...

POV wrote-"You don't identify the show, you don't identify the commenter, you don't identify the position of the commenter nor do you offer what the person who may have been there with an opposing view had to say?"

That is because EVERBODY but you knows the incident, and even you knew about it but much time and water has flushed it from your memory.

Anonymous said...

Don't know about time and water. Time and dope is more likely.

Honest Debate said...

Thanks Guy.

Honest Debate said...

Lib, you wrote: "When NPR is gone, the world may not hear great stories like this one today."

Why do you assume if NPR were defunded they would be gone? If the programing were so good then they could survive on their own. Ron Schiller says they'd be better off. So there's that.

On of the best shows I've heard anywhere was on NPR. It was Bob Evans doing an hour with bassist Carol Kaye. You may not have heard of her but you've heard her. The show was awesome even though Bob Evans is a flaming liberal. NPR is okay when they stay away from politics and my wallet.

As far as Percy goes, thanks for the link. I'm glad for him (and Rosa) but his story will be told with or without NPR. I am going to call him (I've been meaning to since his birthday last Nov.)and ask him about it. I wonder what he thinks about their funding.

So, without further ado at no taxpayer expense we'll help tell his story right here. That's me on keys in all of them and I'm playing Booker T's Hammond in the Durham show.

Midnight Hour
Tears me Up
Whiter Shade of Pale
Bring it on Home
Dark End of the Street

And here's a promo he did for us in a hotel room just before a show in Charlotte.

Sarkazein said...

Thanks HD

Sarkazein said...

I watched the Lauflin(sp) Group on NPR, but my favorite was the DooWop Special. I'm not sure if that was the name, but it was performances by many of the Fifties and Sixties greats. It was great except when the cameras showed the audiance.

guy faulkes said...

As someone that has an eclectic taste in music that ranges from old rock and roll to country to classical, ( about the only thing I dislike is rap because it all sounds alike to me) I too enjoy the musical portion of NPR. I detest their biased news. In either case, they should have to make it in the free market with no public funding.

NewGuy said...

Thanks for the music links HD...

I'm proud to "know" you!

NewGuy said...

Not sure if it has been discussed yet, but in case it hasn't....

The house passed H.R. 1076: To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio yesterday.

NO Democrats voted for passage.

My guess is that it will not pass in the Senate. At least everyone is being "put on record" as to what sacrifices they are willing to make to reduce our deficit!

Half way through the fiscal year and we are digging ourselves deeper into debt each day. The INTEREST we have paid on the debt so far (half way thru they fy) is around $95 BILLION! That's interest! For half a year!

And Dems so far have said they will support cutting 5 Billion a year from current levels!

FORTY percent of every dollar we are spending is borrowed money which must be paid back....and we can't even agree to stop the spending on non-essential items?

We're doomed!

Anonymous said...

NY Congressman Weiner can be funny. He's not one to take seriously on issues, but he is good for a laugh.

http://thefastertimes.com/politics/2011/03/18/crisis-averted-click-and-clack-defunded-rep-anthony-weiner-gets-exasperated-about-the-elimination-of-npr/

Sarkazein said...

Anonymous- You are right, Weiner is completely unfunny. WOW! I am embarrassed for the guy.