“We won’t have to smell the tourists anymore” — Harry Reid, Democrat Senate Leader

The brand new, $650 million Capitol Visitors Center, which opened this morning, may have tripled its original budget and fallen years behind schedule, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found a silver lining for members of Congress: tourists won’t offend them with their B.O. anymore. — Reported in the  D.C.  Examiner.

“My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway,” said Reid in his remarks. “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.” “…We won’t have to smell the tourists anymore, the new Capitol Visitors Center is sectioned off.”

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin said that?

The center also has a gift shop. How about T-shrits with Harry Reid’s thoughts?

“We won’t have to smell
the tourists anymore.” 
— Harry Reid, Democrat Senator from Nevada

Ugly racism behind the flight attendant’s lawsuit against Victoria Osteen

Victoria Osteen, the wife of Joel Osteen, best selling author and pastor of the Lakewood mega church was sued by a flight attendant. A jury returned a verdict of innocent, no incident took place.

“If I had to go through this, I could at least be an example of trying to live out what’s right, trying to stand strong and trying to just keep my faith intact,” she said. “I stood strong because I believe in the truth,” she told an AP reporter after the trial.

Victoria Osteen said she never touched Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown and a jury on Thursday believed her, deciding that the co-pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church did not “attack” the airline employee. Here are some facts that were left out of the coverage in the mainstream media.

Sharon Brown is an African American who according to co-workers was jumping on the opportunity to embarrass the Osteens into settling out of court for six figures. Brown’s attorney was most likely working on contingency.

The frivolous lawsuit was started while the Duke lacrosse team travesty was taking place.

The dirty secret that has been kept out of the reporting, is that there is in deed racism in America; the “get whitey” brand.

After the jury’s verdict, which came following a week-long trial, Victoria Osteen began to cry and hugged her attorneys and several supporters in the courtroom as she said “thank you God” and “praise God.” The 12 jurors deliberated for just 2 hours.

Brown had testified Victoria Osteen got so upset when a spill on her first-class seat’s armrest was not quickly cleaned up that she threw the flight attendant against a bathroom door and elbowed her in the left breast while attempting to rush into the cockpit.

But Victoria Osteen testified no such incident took place, as did her husband and other first-class passengers. No body saw that dramatic attack in a crowded first class section.

Brown quickly left the courtroom without talking to reporters.

She had been seeking at least $405,000 for actual damages — physical and mental pain as a result of an attack she alleged took place before the start of a December 2005 flight from Houston to Vail, Colo.

The jury’s foreman, Gilles Labbe, said he and other jurors believed what happened on the plane was not an attack but a disagreement between a passenger and one or more flight attendants.

“This lawsuit in my opinion should not have been filed because nothing happened,” he said.

“It’s a great vindication …” he said.

In his closing argument earlier Thursday, Rusty Hardin, Victoria Osteen’s attorney, dismissed Brown’s lawsuit as a made-up story concocted to land a courtroom payday.

In his closing argument, McKamie told jurors that because of Victoria Osteen’s status as a religious leader, she felt she had “favor from God.” That led her to believe she was above reproach for humiliating and assaulting his client, he said.

Besides money for actual damages, Brown had requested punitive damages amounting to 10 percent of Victoria Osteen’s net worth as part of her lawsuit. He said it’s just the sliver of the amount of a Monet painting… That’s all.

Craigslist.org single-handedly destroyed the giant newspaper classifieds

Mick Gregory

“You took over our advertising — now are you going to take over our news?” — a question from a San Francisco Chronicle journalist to Craig Newmark, founder and CEO of craigslist.org.

“We took a straw and drained your milkshake,” from “There Will Be Blood.”

Craigslist.org has dominated the classified advertising market with its free listings for everything from real estate — to jobs — to personals. Big city newspapers, like the SF Chronicle have been crippled by this new kid on the block.

How much traffic does craigslist get?
A: More than 10 billion page views per month

Q: How does that compare with other companies?
A: craigslist is #8 worldwide in terms of english-language page views

Q: How many people use craigslist?
A: More than 40 million each month, including more than 30 million in the US alone

Q: How many classified ads does craigslist receive?
A: craigslist users self-publish more than 30 million new classified ads each month

Q: How many job listings does craigslist receive?
A: More than 2 million new job listings each month

— The Q&A is from Craigslist.org

The average user/reader spends so much time on the site–about five days a month, 20 minutes per day–the site ranks a startling seventh in terms of monthly page views. This is 4 billion page views per month. A billion here, a billion there, now we are talking about real readership numbers.

So how exactly does Craigslist make money?

By charging $25 for job postings in six of its largest U.S. markets and $75 for job listings in San Francisco and by assessing a $10 fee for brokered apartment listings in New York City, according to their website.

Classified advertising was the real money-maker for newspapers. Want ads, are the little ads placed by individuals. They were not only the most profitable for newspapers on a word-for-word basis, they also generated great readership numbers, a fact that was lost on ALL of the newsrooms in America. The editor-centric news “executives” had not bothered to do any research on the readership of the ads that paid their salaries. They mocked MBAs, IT and celebrated BAs from America’s most liberal J-schools.

The arrogant editors who “manage” the entire newspaper enterprise, didn’t have a clue. They thought that they called the shots. People were paying 25  cents to read the ads just and a few pages of news and entertainment.

This just in from the Washington Post:

Let’s not bury the lead: This is a rough time for the newspaper business, a rough time for The Washington Post and a rough time for me.

No one need shed any tears for the people leaving this building. The more than 100 journalists who have just taken early-retirement packages are voluntarily accepting a generous offer as the company trims its payroll — a situation far better than at newspapers that have resorted to layoffs.

With advertising revenue sinking and classified competition from the likes of Craigslist, newspaper market values are taking a hit. Avista Capital Partners, which bought the Minneapolis Star Tribune 14 months ago, recently had to write down 75 percent of its investment. The purchase price had been $530 million; the previous owner, McClatchy Newspapers, paid $1.2 billion for the paper in 1998.

That’s just a few pieces to the puzzle of what went wrong. It’s not unlike the fall of family-owned business, where the next generation of trust-fund brats drain the profits and only find interest in the fun, ivory tower aspects of the business.

In these sob stories of more layoffs, there isn’t any mention of the marketing/advertising departments, because the editors have no interest in that aspect of the media.

If newspapers were run like real companies, there would have been “big picture” studies of trends and competition. How’s this for an idea, cut out five top level editors and buy 100 servers, two webmasters and one internet marketing guy.

What a concept.

Just when you thought it was safe for Hillary’s machine, Obama wins more delegates in Texas, then Wyoming and Mississippi

Did you see this in your mainstream media? Barack Obama has beat Hillary Rodham Clinton for Texas’ Democratic caucuses on March 4. The official results won’t be available until March 29.
Until then, the last reported results – from 41 percent of the precinct caucuses – show Obama ahead with 56 percent to Clinton’s 44 percent.

Obama won by double digits in very white Wyoming and is about to win Mississippi.

So how can Hillary Rodham Clinton say she won Texas? Where is the real journalism?
Obama has won at least 31 delegates from the caucuses and Clinton has won at least 27, according to The Associated Press count. The remaining nine delegates will be awarded after the official results are announced at the end of the month.

image002.jpgThe Texas Democratic Party gave up Monday on its effort to produce a public tally. What is so hard about reporting the vote? Is it because the outcome was not in line with the Democrat machine?

Ironically, only the Democrat allows delegates and super delegates do the voting that counts. Funny how they call themselves the Democratic party. What happened to the one man, one vote concept?

Obama Leads in Delegates and Will Win More This Weekend

Mick Gregory

Did you read in your mainstream liberal media about Obama’s lead in delegates and was there much coverage of the likely wins he will make today?

Instead there is an MSNBC reporter suspended for daring to say that the Clinton machine pimped out Chelsea to call super delegates to have them switch from Obama to Hillary (what happened to free speech?).

What a tyrant. All you disgruntled Republicans should vote for Obama. Put Clinton Inc. out of business.

NCAA Soviet-Style Social Moralists Cleansing College Teams of Indian-based Traditions. Why? To Politicize and Divide Us.

Mick Gregory —
What does Hillary say about this issue?

Liberals politicize everything. The NCAA is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Of course, the names of the city and state are not based on any tribe or Native American historical fact. The irony is amazing. My theory is the Progressive Democrats in Indy feel inferior to Berkeley and Boston, so they “try and do the right PC thing.”

But the real crime is that the PC movement looks for disgruntaled, self-annointed, distant relatives of any Native American tribe be the authority on what is or is not PC. Seek and you shall will find a loser who wants to get their 15 minutes of fame for the next liberal cause.

In fact, PC is the act of politicizing an issue.

After a 100-year-old tradition is “cleansed,” by the NCAA “Soviet Moral Authority,” that is it; the debate is over. Anyone who has another opinion is labeled a bigot, racist, or hate monger. The liberal media jumps onboard siding with the offended “victims.”

It’s a system to Balkanize the United States by rewriting history, culture and traditions. The qualites that unite us. In the case of the Illini tradition at Champaign-Urbana, the thrilling “fancy dance” was first developed by an Eagle Scout some 80 years ago, who had studied the Native American culture. The Illini “fancy dance” was a tribute.

Now its been cleansed by the NCAA and the result is dividing America with siloed semi-Americans. It is also rewriting history. Accroding to current PC rules, you can’t even discuss the subject out of fear.

Is that what America is about?

Free speech is crushed. That’s the way the Progressive Democrat machine works. Chilling.
Every aspect of Amerian life is politicized by the liberals, team sports, symbolic dance, today even the weather.

Will a reporter have the guts to ask Hillary or Obama what they think of the Illini symbol?
How about at the Indianapolis Star?

It’s up to bloggers to ask. It’s still legal to ask questions.

BY KENNETH L. WOODWARD

European intellectuals have long complained of excessive moralism in American foreign policy, politics and attitudes toward sex–the lingering effect, as they see it, of our Puritan heritage. But if they want to spot the real Puritans among us, they should read our sports pages.

Last week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it would ban the use of Native American team names and mascots in all NCAA-sponsored postseason tournaments. If a team turns up wearing uniforms with words like “Indians,” “Braves” or similar nicknames the association deems “hostile and abusive,” that team will be shown the locker-room door. Surely I was not the only reader who noticed that this edict came out of the NCAA’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Already, one university president, T.K. Weatherall of Florida State, one of 18 colleges and universities on the Association’s blacklist, is threatening to take legal action–and I hope he does. Florida State’s athletic teams are called the Seminoles, and the university says it has permission from that tribe in Florida to use that name. Not good enough, counters Charlotte Westerhaus, the NCAA’s new vice president for “diversity and inclusion.” “Other Seminole tribes,” she claims, “are not supportive.”

Keep looking, you can always find a disgruntaled person to help your cause Ms. Westerhaus.

One might suppose that any organization with an Office of Diversity and Inclusion would welcome mascots and team names reflecting the Native Americans among us put in a positive light. College teams are not showing the horrible blood letting that wiped out entire tribes.

The argument is over according to Al Gore. But not for those of us who read and think.

Mick Gregroy

I just found out that there is documentary in the UK called “The Great Global Warming Swindle.”
Try and buy it here in the U.S. It played on the U.K.’s Channel 4.

This is the film that caused all the fuss. According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn’t your fault and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Since then, two of the scientists who took part in the film, have made public complaints about the way the film was made. They claim that the way the film was edited gave a misleading impression of critical data and their own viewpoints. There has been a storm of complaint from at least 37 other scientists.

In August 2007, Mike Lockwood of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory published a study which may have put the final nail in the coffin for the anti-CO2 brigade. He has shown than since 1985, solar activity has run in the opposite direction to global warming and therefore cannot explain rises in average global temperatures. If this study turns out to the true, then the arguments presented in this film lose much of their strength.

I have a copy sent to me from friends in West London, (Chelsea).
Google it. I’m sure there are videos of it.

This just in from the founder of the Weather Channel.

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create in [sic] allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the “research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus.

Environmental extremists, notable politicians among them, then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild “scientific” scenario of the civilization threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda. Now their ridiculous manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible environmental conscientious citizens. Only one reporter at ABC has been allowed to counter the Global Warming frenzy with one 15 minutes documentary segment.

I have read dozens of scientific papers. I have talked with numerous scientists. I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct. There is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril. I am incensed by the incredible media glamour, the politically correct silliness and rude dismissal of counter arguments by the high priest of Global Warming.

In time, a decade or two, the outrageous scam will be obvious.

Kathleen Willey’s book ‘Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton’ Has Just Hit the Bookstores

Mick Gregory

Will the insider story from a former Clinton White House aide be covered by the mainstream media?
Governance

Kathleen Willey, is a former White House Aide who has accused then president Bill Clinton sexually groping her in the Oval Office the day she found out her husband was found dead in a park, (suicide similar to Vice Foster).

Her new book, Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton, contains riviting testimony and stark revelations on the Clintons has been released today. The book definitely has some negative effects on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s and Obama’s 2008 Presidential ticket.

Ms. Willey’s book contains repulsive details that could put a dent in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, including accusations of campaign finance violations and new descriptions about harassment and threats by the Clintons and their associates. Willey also identifies the person who threatened her just prior to her testimony against President Clinton — a man who turned out to be paid by the Clintons.

Last September, Willey was the target of an unusual house burglary that nabbed a manuscript for her book, while little else was taken from her rural Virginia home.
The break-in, she said, reminded her of the widely reported incident 10 years ago in which she was threatened near the same Richmond-area home by a stranger just two days before she was to testify against President Clinton in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Willey believes the recent break-in and theft were prompted by the teasers of her book’s contents published that week in U.S. News and World Report’s “Washington Whispers” column and the New York Daily News.

Willey says she wrote the book because of persistent misunderstanding about what happened 10 years ago. The truth has a way of coming out in the end.

Journalism — not just for the ‘professionals’ any longer. Was it ever?

By Mick Gregory

Instead of a lecture from a biased liberal reporter who dropped out of college, citizen journalists create conversation. How often have you heard liberals attacking Dr Laura Schlessinger‘s credintials?

How about the credentials of your everyday journalist hack?

Peter Jennings didn’t go to college. Come to think of it, how about Dan Rather? I believe he attended Sam Houston State. Not much bragging about that.

Those are liberals, that’s why you don’t hear about their lack of education.

Michael Savage has multiple degrees including a doctorate. Bill O’Reilly has a BA and Master’s Degree. You don’t read much about that in the mainstream media.

Journalism is no longer a career left just to the “professionals,” author and media entrepreneur Dan Gillmor said Tuesday at ASU.

Gillmor, founder of “the Gillmor Gang” and the Citizen Media Law Project with Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley, said journalism is shifting as digital technology allows readers to become spot-news reporters.

“We can all be media creators now,” Gillmor said. “With everyone walking around with a digital camera in their cell phone, it changes things.”

He pointed to the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota for an example.

Gillmor said many people fled the scene in the moments after the collapse Aug. 2. But others pulled out their cell phone cameras and ran toward the catastrophe to take pictures.

“That person did what I like to call a random act of journalism,” Gillmor said. “Professional journalists or not, all of us will have a chance to do these random acts at some point.”

He said digital technology has empowered citizens to document some of the most historic events in recent years. Flight passengers on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, made phone calls and sent text messages minutes before crashing in the World Trade Center.

“Just imagine if they had the technology to send video from inside the plane,” Gillmor said.

He also said the authentic sound of gunshots fired on the Virginia Tech campus were captured by a student recording with a cell phone.

“The change in media is fast and amazing,” Gillmor said.
Should citizens sit on their hands and wait for the “professional journalistis?”

He said the process and order of print journalism has already changed. Newspapers that used to hit driveways once a day now publish minute-by-minute reports online. And he said citizen or community journalists are furthering this change, with major contributions.

Gillmor defines citizen journalists as everyday people who serve as their own reporters and contribute to traditional news by setting up Web sites and capturing videos or pictures of newsworthy events.

The emergence of citizen media is transforming news from lecture to conversation, Gillmor said. Internet, cell phones, digital cameras and immediate access to computerized tools are transforming how, and by whom, news is made and consumed.

“The question we should be asking is not so much who is the journalist anymore, but more so, what is journalism?” Gillmor said.

Many of us are questioning why journalists are considered professionals? Are bus drivers and garbage collectors professionals?

Bloggers Force Mainstream Media to Identify the Race of Suspects in Crime Stories

By Mick Gregory

One of The Sacramento Bee’s practices for several years has been when and how the paper identifies the race of suspects in crime stories. There standards copied those of the stars, the Washington Post, New York Times and San Francisco Chronilce.

The paper allowed the use of race only when it is accompanied by a detailed physical description or when reporting a serial crime or when using police sketches of suspects. Which was, as you might suspect, not very often.

The rules were set by editors “to avoid racial stereotyping caused by vague or unreliable racial descriptions” provided by police, crime victims or witnesses.

Not surprisingly, bloggers have accused the paper of political correctness, endangering lives, and the issue’s volatility has ebbed and flowed, sometimes lying dormant for months only to arise anew in the wake of a particularly heinous crime.

It’s burning hot now in the aftermath of the slaying in Sacramento of a young father and his 7-month-old son and the paper’s reluctance until several days had passed to provide racial descriptions of the suspects.

Now, the paper’s policy is under review, according to Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez, who is leaning toward modifying the policy to allow the use of race as part of a general description of suspects.

And while the most recent killings have sparked the review, there also are other important factors involved, Rodriguez said.

One is the inconsistency with which the policy has been applied in stories and the other is the Internet, which provides information bypassing The Bee’s standards and thus raising questions about the paper’s relevancy.

For example, The Bee finds itself in the weird position of adhering to its policy at the same time its readers are posting online comments at sacbee.com providing the racial descriptions of the suspects taken from information released by the Sheriff’s Department.

Likewise, other local media outlets are disseminating the racial descriptions.

“It is apparent that The Bee is more interested in political correctness rather than trying to assist the community … in solving this tragic, violent crime,” read one of many critical online postings.

“Just what is the responsibility of The Bee and the editors?” e-mailed a reader who identified himself as a retired policeman from Rancho Murieta. “To give us half of a story? To protect a certain race of people from what? Or, to put the information out there fairly, let it fall where it falls, and give us the information and tools to protect ourselves?”

Said Sherryl Campbell, an El Dorado County real estate agent, in her e-mail: “What EXACTLY do the suspects look like? … Please start using real descriptions and telling us what the suspects actually look like and give up this stranglehold that political correctness has placed on our society. I have always believed that journalists should be telling the truth, isn’t that your job in our community?”

Rodriguez said he will meet with editors and reporters in re-evaluating the policy, which was adopted about 15 years ago.

He said the policy has been controversial even within the newsroom, with some staunchly supporting it and others thinking it is too rigid.

While a change may be in the offing, there remain real concerns about the value of racial descriptions when other identifying details are sorely lacking.

In the current case, for example, the racial descriptions of the two suspects provided early on by authorities were as follows: “a black male adult wearing a black hooded sweat shirt … (and) a Hispanic male adult wearing a green shirt and a green Oakland A’s hat.”

That’s a description that could cover thousands of black and Hispanic men in the region, particularly in the absence of details such as height or weight or ranges in age or other specifics, which only came days later.

As such, the descriptions failed to meet the paper’s standards to include race as a detail. And that’s what triggered reader criticism.

The paper’s initial description of the suspects said only that one man was wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt and the other a green shirt and green Oakland A’s hat.

That’s just about useless.

Rodriguez questioned how such general information, even when race is included, is truly helpful. And he said he is worried about racism and those who are more motivated with keeping a racial scorecard than in the crime.

“I don’t want to feed into that,” Rodriguez said, “but on the other hand … it’s not something we can run away from, either.”

Rodriguez said he is well aware that, from a practical standpoint, The Bee found itself isolated in its initial reporting by not including racial descriptions while everyone else, from media competitors to readers, had the information.

So, Rodriguez asked, what’s the point of holding out?

“We’re supposed to be giving all the information available,” he said.

Is it enough to stay the course for the noble purpose of avoiding racial stereotypes, which is at the core of the current policy?

“Have we succeeded? I don’t know,” said Rodriguez. In this Internet age, he said, you can’t pretend readers are clueless about finding information.

“There are so many information channels available today and that has caused me to be thinking about this for a while,” even before the recent crime brought the issue to the public forefront again.

This is an important issue for the paper, and one Rodriguez said he is giving much thought to.

Among the questions: How do you balance a paper’s responsibility to set and maintain publishing standards when the information in question is already being freely exchanged by readers and the public via the Internet?

In the world of the Web, do readers still benefit from the paper sticking to its policy? Is there a way to include racial descriptions more often in stories without stereotyping? Are yesterday’s well-intentioned standards moot today?

I would like to hear your thoughts about this via an online chat. To participate, please go to http://www.sacbee.com/public and I will post your questions and observations.

Is another major political figure a closeted gay, but this time protected by the liberal media? Is Hillary a lesbian, having an affair with Huma Abedin?

Mick Gregory

UPDATE: Now the most prestigiuos newspaper in London asks the question that the U.S. mainstream media can’t ask. Is Hillary a lesbian?

The TIMES of London published a full page photo takeout on Hillary Clinton and her beautiful personal assistant.
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“Hillary Clinton has been accused of having an affair with Huma Abedin,” reads the caption.
Now that Republican Senator Larry Craig has been outed as a closeted gay, when is the next shoe or pair of panties going to drop?

What if Hillary Clinton is a closeted lesbian? Shouldn’t she be under the same media attacks as Larry Craig?
In a free society with unbiased media, yes.

You know that there must be beads of sweat forming on the forheads of Hillary’s campaign staff.
This may be known as the September gay/lesbian surprise.

The San Francisco Chronicle and LA Times have had tips sent in from lesbian lovers and other gay/lesbian/transgender “fun times” regarding the New York Senator. Google these word combinations: Hillary, lesbian studies, Hillary bisexual, Carole Migden, lesbian, San Francisco, gay pride, Hillary lesbian, Janet Reno

I guess those are written off as coming from conservative Christians.

But the landscape has changed. It seems to matter to the media if a politician is gay and hiding it.

The timing is right for the L-word bombshell to drop. Ironically, the bimbo squad will have to be put on alert, this time to shut up bimbo lesbians with bribes and threats.

Even a life-long liberal jounalist knows that this could be his/her big break. It will be tempting. Though the reporter who does drop the L-bomb will be kicked out of the Democrat Party for life, and have a visit from the Clinton contractors.

Former NY Times writer Edward Klein, author of the new book “The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President” says it’s true.

According to an article on PageOne Q’s website, Klein’s new book has ‘explosive’ claims about the former First Lady, current Senator, and potential future candidate for President.

Klein claims such things as:

the culture of lesbianism has influenced Hillary’s political goals and personal life since she was a student at Wellesley, an elite college near Boston she ’embraced’ revolutionary lesbianism when she was young and tolerated her husband’s philandering because their marriage was a largely sexless political convenience.

Many of Hillary’s closest friends and aides were lesbians.

Now, after many years of public apprehension the controversy has been confirmed by insider sources and will soon be revealed to the public, but not by the San Francisco Chronicle or New York Times.

If the Clinton machine works its magic, they will keep the mainstream media in line and in fear.

It’s not as if there were no evidence.

Remember Bill Clinton’s former lover, Gennifer Flowers? She wrote in her book “Passion & Betrayal” of Bill confessing to her that Hillary sleeps with more woman than he does.

The mainstream media gave her no traction, but the book sold well.

Now, it’s a different climate. And outing is in again.
So this is a partial list:

A beauty in her early 30s who often travels with Hillary.
A popular TV and movie star.
The daughter of a top government official.
A stunning model who got a career boost after sleeping with Hillary.

If only a few of these rumors pan out, that’s a lot more gay sex involving Hillary Clinton than Larry Craig.

The commentator Jack Wheeler wrote: “My sources indicate that Hillary is bisexual and fools around more than her husband.” He also credits Hillary for being the force behind the “White House’s homosexual agenda.”

According to the insiders report, Hillary had sex with women during her college days at Wellesly College.

The pant suits she wears.

Chelsea Clinton was conceived as a political ploy to cover up Hillary’s sexuality. That has a ring of truth, doesn’t it?

Sex toys were put on the White House Christmas tree, i.e. dildos and vibrators. What gay festivities!

I think a very big pair of panties are about to drop.

Maybe if Hillary Obama win in ’08, the Fairness Doctrine will shut down Google.

Read all about it: Journalists urge their readers to drop subscriptions and advertisers to boycott the paper they work for

Mick Gregory

Imagine at your office, if the managers were encouraging customers to stop using your company, and they posed for pictures, putting up a banner over a highway that stated “Quit buying from my (X) company!”

Ms. Wendy McCaw is the publisher of Santa Barbara News-Press (which she over-paid the New York Times for four years ago). If you have been following this saga in the mainstream media, i.e. the LA Times, SF Chronicle or NY Times, you would think she is somehow trying to destroy her own property in just trying to manage it. But of course that is just one side of the story pushed out by the “objective journalists” who believe that the newspaper is some kind of government/taxpayer supported public service that they can use to smear the middle class and the Hollywood personalities who live in the area.

Below is the full version of Ms. McCaw’s commentary. You will get a good look at what journalists really do behind the scenes at your daily newspapers.

Earlier, the Times published in its print edition another commentary by Mr. Cannon attacking the News-Press. The Times refused to publish Mrs. McCaw’s response to Mr. Cannon’s accusations in its print edition. Times editors finally put it on the Times Web site, but only after the News-Press published the commentary along with a note about that newspaper’s initial refusal.

Dear Mr. Cannon,
The world has passed you by. Young people today no longer wear watches, no longer read newspapers, no longer watch TV news. They communicate by text messaging and in MY SPACE. They distrust the mainstream media, in large part because they distrust the decrepit ideas asserted by the old generation who claim to be “experts” such as yourself. You exemplify the basis for this distrust with your reference to “various inquiries” allegedly finding that we committed some journalistic sin.

This is the essence of irresponsible journalism and at the core of your deserved loss of reputation. Instead of relying on purposely uninformed bloggers and the biased “journalists” they support who are attempting to insert the Teamsters Union into Santa Barbara’s mainstream newspaper for supposed facts, why not roll up your sleeves and do some real investigative work? I challenge you to state a single legitimate agency “inquiry” that has found we violated a journalistic standard. None exists. It is simply more evidence why certain journalists today have committed a grave disservice to the public they claim to serve.

For decades, reporters who had no ownership interest in the product they produced were allowed to say whatever they wanted. They ran the newspapers even though they didn’t own the newspapers, with no heed paid to the bottom line. While these journalists claimed as “theirs” the newspapers by which they merely were employed, they acted in total disregard for whether the paper was profitable enough to ensure it would survive into the next year, much less the onslaught of the cataclysm of the Internet. The end result is that countless newspapers today face massive declines in circulation if not outright collapse. The L.A. Times is laying off hundreds as is the San Francisco Chronicle. Circulation is down all over the country. The time has come for the owners of these papers to step in and see to it that they are run in a proper business fashion.

The journalists, such as you, Mr. Cannon, who had nothing at stake but still exercised dominion and control for so many years over business entities they never owned, turned out to be the worst of stewards of the public’s need for a long-term journalistic presence.
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Media moguls meet at the Aspen Institute to discuss layoffs, innovations and the future of mass communications

By Mick Gregory

Aspen – William Dean Singleton and other industry leaders attending the Aspen Institute’s annual Forum on Communications and Society. This is elite society’s tony little August getaway in the boutique ski town of Aspen.

The Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS) is a dialogue to explore the societal impact of the digital revolution and to develop strategies for how the new communications and information technologies can be employed for the greater benefit of everyone in society. FOCAS seeks to do this, first by taking a critical look at how advances in these fields will impact traditional democratic values and institutions, and then by asking what policies the private and public sectors should pursue, individually and collectively, to foster a better and more democratic society. –Aspen Institue

http://www.aspeninstitute.org/

Dick Morris in his current best seller “Outrage,” goes in to depth on the liberal, socialist Aspen Institue’s agenda. They let millionaires influence politicians with all-expense-paid vacations to exotic spots to learn more about how to create a perfect democratic society.

The Democrat Congressman’s Best Friend: The Aspen Institute — the Gift That Keeps on Giving.
By far, the biggest spender on congressional trips is the Aspen Institute.
Who was the top congressional traveler funded by the Aspen Institute? Goerge Miller Democrat from Northern California who attended 26 vacation/conferences along with his wife from 2000-2006, visiting places like the Grand Caymans, Florence, Italy, Helsinki, Finland, China, Rome, Moscow, Cancun, Venice Italy, Dublin, Ireland, Honolulu, Barcelona, Spain to name just a few. Nice life. Henry Waxman, Democrat from California was also a regular Aspen traveler in the Top 10 as well and Democrat Maurice Hinchey, Democrat from New York and Barbara Boxer, Democrat from Northern California.

BTW- Hinchey is one of the Congressmen is trying to get Michael Savage off the air.
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An Inconvenient DWI Arrest for Al Gore III — It appears to be his third DWI — Will he be treated like Paris Hilton?

Mick Gregory

Here is some extra publicity before Al Gore’s Global Warming 7-7-7 Concert.
I wonder if MADD will make a comment about this little problem?

It seems to be Al Gore the Third’s third DWI and on the eve of 7-7-7. Such a shame. It must be a right-wing conspiracy.

Let’s see if Albert Gore III, the 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore will get the same treatment as Paris Hilton. He was arrested for drug possession on Wednesday after he was stopped for driving 100 mph in his hybrid Toyota Prius, a sheriff’s official said.

Hey, was that a modified hybrid? Curious minds want to know. Will a good reporter look under the hood of that car?

Al Gore III was driving his environmentally friendly car at about 100 miles per hour on a freeway south of Los Angeles when he was pulled over by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy at about 2:15 a.m.

The deputy smelled marijuana and searched the car, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The search turned up a small amount of marijuana, along with prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Soma. There were no prescriptions found for the drugs, he said. That is a lot of self medication. Can you blame him, with a father and mother like that?

Gore was arrested on suspicion of illegal drug possession and booked into the Inmate Reception Center in Santa Ana, about 34 miles south of Los Angeles, on $20,000 bail, which means a $2,000 bail bond.

Gore the third made bail and was released in a few hours., Amormino said. He will receive notice of a court date within 30 days.

Gore III has had previous brushes with the law. He was arrested in 2003 for marijuana possession and in 2002 for suspected drunken-driving. What happened with those arrests?

It’s time for a look at special treatment for powerful liberal drunk drivers.

The wife of Democrat Presidential Candidate ‘Good Hair’ John Edwards talked at the Gay And Lesbian Breakfast before the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

By Mick Gregory

The campaign appearances the Democrats don’t want the public to know about. Did you read this in your daily newspaper?

Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards received enthusiastic applause from dozens during a speech at a restaurant/bar in San Francisco as part of Sunday’s Gay Pride celebration.

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards, advocated her husband’s democratic campaign and addressed issues pertaining to poverty, lesbian and gay rights, and free health care among other topics.

As the 20 or more members of the audience held up John Edwards campaign posters, Elizabeth Edwards conveyed her and her husband’s beliefs regarding one of the most important issues to many San Franciscans: the rights of gay and lesbian American citizens. Why couldn’t her husband make it for the photo-op event? Ann Coulter may have had a point.

Will she be riding in the parade, behind Dykes on Bikes?

Everyone should have the same rights and Social Security benefits for their family she explained. “Same-sex couples should receive the same treatment (as straight couples, as in widow benefits).

Elizabeth Edwards, who has been fighting breast cancer since 2004, also declared that the country’s healthcare is “in shambles.” Smiles all around as everyone knows she means more money for free HIV/AIDS treatments.

I think it’s the gay-lesbian-transgender lifestyle that’s in a shambles.

Is it healthy? One has to ask.

In addition, Elizabeth Edwards said she and John Edwards both support stem cell research, deeming it an important part of the country’s progress toward curing many medical problems including HIV/AIDS.

Elizabeth Edwards’ speech took place at the annual Alice B. Toklas Pride Breakfast, hosted by the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel at 9 a.m.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Assemblyman Mark Leno (wearing leather) , D-San Francisco, were among the opening speakers at the event.

Referring to Saturday and Sunday’s Gay Pride celebration, Newsom shared his belief that the “magic of San Francisco” stems from the non-judgmental nature of the city.

Clad in leather pants that he jokingly referred to at one point during his short speech, Leno used his time at the podium to thank the audience for their support.

The Gay-Lesbian-Transgender voter block is a powerful force, keeping Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom in power.

“Nice ass,” was heard a couple of times from the enthusiastic crowd.

WSJ reporters find that the profit picture is over for the Star Tribune

Mick Gregory

The newspaper industry writes its own obituary.

The smartest guys in the room at the WSJ wrote a story on leveraged buyouts; specifically: “This week, investors who purchased loans backing Avista’s buyout of the Star Tribune newspaper learned that the company’s cash flow already is running as much as 20% below Avista’s original financial projections for the deal, which closed just three months ago…”

Some of the loans earlier this week dropped to around 96.5 cents on the dollar before rebounding to around 97.5 yesterday, according to data from the Standards and Poors LCD. Such levels indicate investors are worried about the newspaper’s ability to repay its debt.”

The print media can’t even cover the cost of newsprint and transportation, let alone a staff of a couple hundred leftist arrogant reporters and editors.

Make note that the WSJ wouldn’t have the honesty to investigate the finacial picture of their own media. At least not now, that the FOX empire is opening negotiations for a sale.

The same reporters should show the realistic profit picture of the WSJ; them may be able to keep their jobs.

Which will be the next major newspaper to shut down and to exist as a facade online? Better yet, when will all the newspapers be online and only a select few will continue with token print editions?

Citizen journalists will have more readership than the old media at that centerpoint, just years away, in my opinion.

Two Parties on Mondays in San Francisco–One for the success of new media at WordPress, the other about 100 layoffs of old media at The Chronicle

By Mick Gregory

It is the best of times for citizen journalists; and it is the worst of times for the old media.
Monday, Bloody Monday, As Axe Swings At SF Chronicle

The first of 100 job cuts took place at the SF Chronicle on Monday. The axe fell swiftly. Several managers were the first to receive news they no longer have a job.

Some had worked there for decades, making quite a bit over scale. Some in the six figures.

“You know times are bad when executive editor Phil Bronstein gives the boot to men and women who have been his colleagues for years — some all the way back to his early tenure at the Examiner,” writes Frances Dinkelspiel. Managing editor Robert Rosenthal left on Friday. By Monday, nine other top newsroom managers — including deputy and assistant managing editors — had been let go. They are: John Curley, Leslie Guevarra, Steve Cook, Jim Finefrock, Paul Wilner, George Judson, Laura Impellizzeri, David Tong, and Hulda Nelson.

Next in line are 85 reporters. Many have been there for decades. Many have had “tenure,” and thought they had a job for life. Many will be slugging down shots with Guiness chasers the next four weeks. The SF Chronicle will have made one of the largest newsroom cuts of any major newspaper in the modern era.

It was a somber scene Monday evening at The Tempest, the bar on a seedy side street, that serves as a favorite watering hole for the SF Chron workers. The higher paid editors visit the posh “M” on the more fashionable corner of Fifth and Mission. Phil and Rosey have even been seen in the “W.”

The Tempest is an ironic name for a bar catering to the local print media.

Meanwhile, at a cool spot in Potrero Hill, WordPress citizen journalists had a different celebration; one million blogs have been created by the highly successful new national media. And Craigslist.org has cleaned the Chron’s clock when it comes to employment advertising.

Mainstream Media Spin–Take a look at how the propganda pros do it

From: OShea, James
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 4:14 PM
Subject:
To the staff:

Today the Los Angeles Times completed a voluntary and involuntary employee separation program. The vast majority of people leaving the newspaper will depart voluntarily over the next few weeks. The total also included a very small number of involuntary departures. Everyone who will be leaving has been notified. All will receive a generous separation package that includes salary continuation and outplacement assistance.

In the editorial department, 57 members of the staff will be leaving the paper, not including a few editorial assistants whose positions are being converted to part time jobs in reorganization. We will replace a significant number of people, though, to offset the decline. We are also examining our polling operation to determine if reorganization could increase revenues while achieving further savings. We expect to complete this examination in the next couple of months.

Some highly talented people are leaving the staff and I hate to see them go. No one enjoys going through something like this, least of all me. This is a time of wrenching change at our paper and in our industry. I wish those leaving all the best. I pledge to do anything I can to help them with their futures.

Now it is time to move forward and meet the huge challenges ahead. Even after this reduction, we have a strong, large and talented staff eager to tackle the industry-wide problems that have made staff adjustments an unfortunate reality in nearly every paper in the nation.

We must move on and convert our staff into a vibrant multi-media organization that breaks news on the web and explains and analyzes it in our newspaper. These moves are well underway and will bring us success. I refuse to believe the headlines that the future of news organizations is bleak. We face a dim future only if we refuse to change and do something about it. Hundreds of committed, excellent journalists remain on our staff, producing stellar news and cultural coverage. The Los Angeles Times will remain a full-service newspaper providing the best and most sophisticated coverage of the city, the region, the state, the nation and the world.
I will be meeting with individual departments over the coming weeks to answer questions and solicit ideas about how we can make the Los Angeles Times and latimes.com an even better operation. We must show the world that, as our circulation stabilizes, we are growing rapidly on-line and our overall readership is rising, despite the industry’s problems. I truly believe the news and headlines will get better in the coming weeks and months.

Creativity, flexibility, innovation, great storytelling and smart editing will mark the road to our future. We are journalists and we must sustain and grow our ability to explain Southern California and the world beyond to the people living in this dynamic and vast region. Great journalism in print and on-line will continue to be our legacy. We must seize the future; it is within our grasp.

I look forward to working with all of you to secure a great future.

Thank you,

Jim