Who is Nancy Pelosi? What does Progressive Democrat mean? Watch Obama, Hillary and Pelosi smile and talk with Ortega and Chavez, fellow socialists



You won’t see the mainstream media reporting who Nancy Pelosi is.

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By Mick Gregory

I know quite a bit about her, having lived and worked in her San Francisco district. You won’t see the San Francisco Chronicle or New York Times mentioning that she is a multi-millionaire from earnings on her non-union Napa Valley winerey and resort hotel. Yet, the soon-to-be-crowned Speaker, gets one of the largest shares of union campaign money.

Your 68-year-old grandmother hasn’t spent as much on her home as 68-year-old Nancy Pelosi has on facelifts.
Democrats are America’s neo-progressives, better known as socialists. I lived in Nancy Peloci’s San Francisco, where transsexuals are given special status along with all the other classes of minorities and the city is a “sactuary city” for illegals.


Do you think I am exagerating? Progressive Democrats are America’s Democrat/Socialists — Google it for yourself. Why doesn’t the LA Times with it’s 950-person newsroom devote an afternoon of a reporter’s time to check into this?

Socialism in America is growing. Aided by such influential Congressmen as John Conyers, Ranking Member of the House Judicial Committee, and the one who will start impeachment proceedings against George Bush in the coming months. Nancy Pelosi is one of the stars of the nearly 60 other Democrats advancing socialism in America behind the “Progressive” label.

Here are a few excerpts taken directly from the web page of the Democratic Socialists of America.

“The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics.

“At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. We are activists committed not only to extending political democracy but to demanding democratic empowerment in the economy, in gender relations, and in culture. Democracy is not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism – a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

0. We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.
0. We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.”
Here is what “Liberty” looks like to a socialist:
“A democratic commitment to a vibrant pluralist life assumes the need for a democratic, responsive, and representative government to regulate the market, protect the environment, and ensure a basic level of equality and equity for each citizen. In the 21st century, such regulation will increasingly occur through international, multilateral action. But while a democratic state can protect individuals from domination by inordinately powerful, undemocratic transnational corporations, people develop the social bonds that render life meaningful only through cooperative, voluntary relationships. Promoting such bonds is the responsibility of socialists and the government alike.
“The social welfare programs of government have been for the most part positive, if partial, responses to the genuine social needs of the great majority of Americans. The dismantling of such programs by conservative and corporate elites in the absence of any alternatives will be disastrous. Abandoning schools, health care, and housing, for example, to the control of an unregulated free market magnifies the existing harsh realities of inequality and injustice.”
The action agenda posted on the socialists’ web site very closely parallels Agenda 21, and the recommendations of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. The web site boasts the creation of the “Progressive Caucus” in Congress, as well as the coalition that is working to promote the socialist agenda in Congress.

Now you know that the third person in line for the Presidency is a socialist.

Secret Service, please make sure that President Bush and Dick Chaney are not ever again with in a mile of each other for the next two years.

Imagine this, the Democrats impeach George Bush for invading Iraq, Dick Cheney becomes president, he dies of a heart attack within weeks because of his spike in blood pressure. Nancy Pelosi becomes the first women President of the United States, and another first of much more import, America’s first Progressive Democrat president.

Sources: http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html,

Obama gets Kennedy endorsements and doubles Hillary’s votes in South Carolina

By Mick Gregory

This is a big story being downplayed by the Hillary Clinton machine and mainstream media which they pander to. In fact, Bill Clinton tried to persuade Ted and Caroline to hold off on their endorsements.

Why hold off on their own opinions? So that the Hillary machine can try and interfere in the big rust belt states and California to put up a final firewall against Barack Obama?

Senator Edward Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for president tomorrow, breaking his year-long neutrality to send a powerful signal of where the Massachusetts Democrat elder sees his party going — and who he thinks should lead it.

Kennedy aids told the Boston Globe Sunday that the Bay State’s senior senator will appear with Obama and Kennedy’s niece, Caroline Kennedy, at a morning rally at American University in Washington tomorrow to announce his support.

This comes after Saturday’s triumphant win for Obama and very poor showing for Hillary and Edwards in South Carolina.

Obama is ahead on all convention-bound delegates awarded so far in primaries and caucuses. That’s because each state has its own method of counting votes cast into the awarding of pledged delegates. In Iowa, Obama got 38 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 30 percent, but that translated into only 16 delegates to Clinton’s 15. In New Hampshire, Clinton got 39 percent to Obama’s 37 percent. That translated into a delegate tie, with each candidate awarded nine delegates. In Nevada, Clinton got 51 percent to Obama’s 45 percent. That translated into 13 delegates for Obama and only 12 for Clinton, according to the Associated Press, a finding backed up by the chairman of the Nevada Democratic Party. That was because Obama did much better all over Nevada, while Hillary only did well in Las Vegas where her union bosses took charge. Now South Carolina gives 25 voting delegates to Obama in his landslide victory. Obama is well ahead. But is the mainstream media reporting this?
Obama is winning.

Next, the Clinton machine is trying to change the Democrat party rules in the middle of the game. She will try and win in Florida even though the party has decided against awarding any delegates to candidates in the Florida primary. That was a penalty for Florida’s delegates taking That is dirty machine politics and another blatant attempt to illegally win an election.

A long-time Hartford Courant Reporter and Democrat press secretary charged and jailed for murder

Mick Gregory
Leave the reporting and editorials to professionals like Robertson.

A career Hartford Courant reporter, editor and Democrat press secretary has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a man in his South End Hartford apartment building Thursday.

Robertson, who used the byline J. Greg Robertson for more than 20 years for the Courant, later became press secretary and chief of staff for Hartford Democrat Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry.

Police officers forced their way into Robertson’s apartment and found a handgun lying on the floor. It had been fired twice, police said. Colon was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to his abdomen. He died about 6 a.m. Friday morning. Continue reading

Now is time for all good stockholders to cut off the gravy train to the pockets of the New York Times playboys.

Shareholder Advisory Firm ISS Recommends Withholding Vote on New York Times Co. Board of Directors

Mick Gregory

A big time shareholder advisory firm, Institutional Shareholder Services, (ISS) is campaigning to investors to withhold their votes for four directors at The New York Times Co. as a way to push for corporate governance changes. The New York Times Co. is one of a very few using an outdated “robber baron” stock scheme.

The ISS report published this week, joins forces with a longtime shareholder, a Morgan Stanley investment fund, to roll back the dual-class share structure which allows the Sulzberger family to maintain dictatorial control of the company with only a minor share of the stock.

ISS analysts recommend separating the chairman and publisher roles, which are both currently held by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., “Pinchy,” as well as establishing key committees on the board that would be made up solely of directors elected by holders of the company’s publicly traded Class A shares.

The Class B shares, which are controlled by the Sulzberger family, have the right to elect nine of the company’s 13 directors. This is an blatantly undemocratic set up.

“Shareholders are left with few avenues through which to voice their opinion other than by withholding from Class A directors,” ISS said in its report. “While we do not advocate removal of the Class A directors, we believe that a strong message to effect change is necessary.”

The Times said in a public relations statement it was “disappointed” that the ISS had recommended a withhold vote for the four directors elected by Class A shareholders.

The Times’ annual meeting is scheduled for April 24. So watch for more positioning in the next two weeks.

Last year the Morgan Stanley fund and two other large shareholders withheld their vote for Class A directors, resulting in a 30 percent withhold rate. The votes are largely symbolic and are intended to signal shareholder dissatisfaction.

ISS also said that neither Sulzberger nor other managers are accountable to the company’s public shareholders “in any meaningful way.”

This is a democratic crisis. How long can the wealthy Sulzberger famiy (pronounced Sal-bur-jay among the inner-circle) soak the majority of their stockholders?

Newspapers killing Scripps profit picture

Mick Gregory

When did newspapers make 20 percent profits?

The Scripps Co. owner of several newspapers and the popular HGTV channel, sent out a press release to stock analysts stating it is “talking about options” for its newspaper division, which is dragging down the company’s stock price.

“We’ve reached no conclusions, it’s fair to say,” Chief Financial Officer Joseph NeCastro said at an investor conference late Tuesday. “But we do believe that there probably is some value to be created in looking at a structural alternative there . . . maybe some form of separating the newspapers out.”

Scripps has built its cable-networks business, which includes HGTV and the Food Network, into the company’s leading profit generator. It’s now entering e-commerce with acquisitions of Web sites Shopzilla and uSwitch.

Scripps’ newspapers are slow-growth or no-growth. In the first nine months of 2006, the Scripps Networks division, which includes its cable business, posted a 17.8 percent gain in revenue. Meanwhile, its Interactive Media division, aided by the uSwitch acquisition, grew 408 percent.

Newspapers, which account for less than 30 percent of the company’s revenue, saw sales drop by 0.1 percent in the same time period.

Compared to broadcast television, “Newspapers seem to be much more troubled, and it’s hard to call a bottom there,” NeCastro said. “I think up until this last year probably it wasn’t that clear. I think we collectively feel like there is some damage.”

The newspaper industry is in a death ride. The Knight Ridder chain sold itself last year after investor pressure, and the Tribune Co., which paid more than 8 billion dollars for Times Mirror, is now being pressured to break up its newspapers, especially by the Chandler family, (former owners of Times Mirror), to boost its stock.

Scripps’ comments cheered Wall Street, with analysts from Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs publishing positive analyses Wednesday. Scripps stock hit a 52-week high, closing up 3.8 percent to $51.92.

“We were positively surprised by the company’s comments, which indicate that management has given more serious consideration to this possibility than we had previously thought,” Goldman Sachs analyst Peter Appert said. “Elimination of the newspaper unit would meaningfully enhance the company’s growth prospects and likely translate into a higher valuation for the shares.”

Scripps has daily and community newspapers in 18 markets, including Denver; Memphis and Knoxville, Tenn.; and south Florida. Scripps is a 50-50 partner with MediaNews Group, the owner of the Denver Post, in the Denver Newspaper Agency.

Scripps executives did not say an investment banker has been hired to assist in the deliberations. But NeCastro said the company’s board has spent “a fair amount of time” discussing options.
One possibility is a spinoff, in which Scripps shareholders would receive shares in a new, “pure play” newspaper company. Investors could then choose to sell the newspaper company shares and stick with the higher-growth, new-economy Scripps — or vice-versa.
“We believe (Scripps) could spin out its non-newspaper businesses, could sell most of its papers, or likely pursue many other scenarios,” Merrill Lynch analyst Lauren Fine said.

— David Milstead, Rocky Mountain News

New York Times selling off TV stations en mass to keep afloat

The New York Times Co. stated after the stock market closed Thursday that it plans to sell its broadcast-media group, including nine television stations, to Robert M. Bass’s Oak Hill Capital Partners for $575 million.

Facing the prospect of further circulation and advertising declines and the growing threat of online competition, the newspaper giant said it needs to dispose of the properties to focus on core operations (the old gray lady).

“Over the years (the stations) have provided their communities with high-quality programming and have contributed significantly to our financial performance,” Janet L. Robinson, the company’s chief executive, said in a press release. “We believe, however, that our focus now should be on the development of our newspapers and our rapidly growing digital businesses and the increasing synergies between them.”
The lead investor for Oak Hill, Bass is part of the Bass family of Texas oil billionaires. His brother, Sid, recently held a large stake in Walt Disney Co. Robert Bass’s net worth is placed at more than $5 billion. Oak Hill’s committed capital stands at $4.6 billion, the company said.

The nine stations were expected to account for $150 million in 2006 sales, or 4 percent of New York Times’ overall revenue when the plan to sell was announced in September, spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said. At that time, 2006 operating earnings from the group was estimated at $33 million.

The stations are affiliates of ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as one member of the MyNetworkTV group, and are in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. Market sizes range from Memphis to Moline, Ill. They employ roughly 900 people, Mathis said.

While a number of media companies are disposing of assets in order to cut costs, don’t expect large newspaper companies to sell off their broadcast assets en masse like the Times has, said Steven Barlow, analyst for Prudential Securities in New York.

“I wouldn’t imagine you’ll see anything from (other media companies) on that front,” Barlow said.

Why did the LA Times ignore coverage of this hate crime?

Can a minority be a racist? Mainstream media journalists ask.
The LA Times and CNN stayed far away of this hate crime.

Again, a citizen journalist brought the truth to light.

The story broke on November 3, 2006, when an LA Web site editor William Pearl scooped other media on LBReport.com, quoting Long Beach police spokeswoman Jacqueline Bezart as saying a crowd of black attackers hurled racial taunts (“White bitches!” “We hate whites!”) at the young women, and the police were pursuing it as a hate crime.

At the Press-Telegram, reporter Tracy Manzer quickly landed an exclusive interview with the victims, introducing awkward issues of race and culture rarely (if ever) seen in California mainstream media. Said one victim, identified as Laura: “They asked us, ‘Are you down with it?’ We had no idea what that meant so we didn’t say anything and just walked by them up to the haunted house. They were grabbing their crotches — we didn’t know if it was a gang thing or what.”

Suddenly, newspaper editors, TV-news directors and other media faced an unsettling prospect of their own: If white-on-black hate crime is covered with an apologetic tone and references to the legacy of slavery, what’s the tone for covering black-on-white hate crime? Can a minority be a racist? And how can we, the media, get out of this?

As the Press-Telegram reported, three white women aged 19 to 21 emerged from a “maze” walk in a house and were confronted by up to 40 black teenagers who pelted them with pumpkins and lemons. The paper said, “The taunts and jeers grew more aggressive, the victims recalled, as did the size of the crowd. Now females joined in, and everyone began saying, ‘We hate white people, f— whites!’ ”

Notice there was not the around-the-clock coverage by CNN or any coverage by the LA Times.

Compare this “non story” with that of the Duke Lacrosse team. The alleged hate crime by a stripper and the Democrat prosecutor Nyfong.

Where will you read the followup? In the Mainstream Media?

Nearly 70 cut in Philly — Let the bumping begin!

More McClatchy fallout

There are 68 members of the Inquirer newsroom being laid off this week. Some editors called in “their people” for closed-door sessions Tuesday afternoon. Other learned by phone after work. They’re to have appointments today in HR, both those laid off and those who had to lay them off.

It’s all a little vague because the contract delivers “bumping rights” — the process may play out for weeks — potentially longer if there are legal challenges. Bumping rights are set up by the Guild so that seniority rules and someone with six more months experience than another may bump them out of their job. Sounds like something right out of the former Soviet Union.

More clear is who got the news. The NBA writer, David Aldridge, was in Denver covering the Sixers when he found out. (That was a hell of a gig). The national political reporter, Tom Fitzgerald, heard from a friend. The “gaming” columnist, Rob Watson found out his trips to Atlantic City would be on his dime now.

And now this letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer Publisher:

It seems it’s not the character of one’s writing content, but the color of one’s skin…

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Bill O’Reilly Has Taken on the Socialists in Mainstream Media

Yes, please pay attention to the aging, dumpy liberal boomers in the media behind the curtains.

By Mick Gregory

Bill O’Reilly said recently, “If FOX News is the dominant No.1 rated cable network, and our presentation appeals to millions, why are we hammered in the press? The answer, of course, is ideology.”

“We can’t find one TV critic in the United States of America, not one who isn’t a liberal or a registered Democrat. Most are committed liberals, who dislike us for giving conservative and traditional Americans a fair shot.”

You got it right Mr. O’Reilly. Let’s hope that you can keep up the campaign before they ruin you. The liberal bias and the Progressive Democrat propaganda media machine has a long reach. They really do hate you.

It’s not an exaggeration to say the Progressive Democrats make up 85-95 percent of media. It is obvious with the top tier: The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle, CBS, ABC and Hollywood. But it’s worse as Mr. O’Reilly pointed out, even the wannabe newspapers with 50,000 circulation like the Roanoke Times are run by the progressives. Their propaganda, and distortions against moderates and conservatives helped change the makeup of the U.S. Senate in November.

I’m off to shop at Wal-Mart and fillup at any station but Citgo. Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Classified advertising is the canary in the mineshaft for newspapers — and it has flopped over

By Mick Gregory

Help wanted and automotive classified advertising have been the core revenue category for daily newspapers. But the bottom has fallen out because of competition from the much more customer-centric and well-read Web portals. Craigslist.org, Ebay.com, Yahoo and Google have taken the lion’s share of revenue and listings in just five years. The classified gold mines newspapers created and held on to “mining rights” for nearly a century have played out.

One of the hidden, but major differences in operations between the Web and newspapers is interaction with the customer. With Internet sites, the customers — “advertisers” in newspaper lingo — do the classified ad writing, placement and coordination. At newspapers, a huge staff of “account executives” perform that process. But that is about to change.

AdStar Inc., provider of e-commerce software and services for advertisers and publishers, is supplying its E-commerce Platform and Web-based Ad Sales software solutions to MediaNews Group (the new media privately held company that specializes in “fire sale” newspapers.

AdStar’s approach enables advertisers to create, schedule and pay for one or more ad listings from a single application for print and Web-based publications. Most MediaNews papers converted last year to AdStar Web-based software as have several Hearst publications.

AdStar calls the latest version of its application “much more Web-centric and assumes a strong Internet bias on the part of the online consumer coming to newspapers’ online brands.” Simple Internet packaging and pricing (Good/Better/Best) replaces representations made by newspaper account executives of complex print classified packaging and shown on many newspaper Web sites. They often need explaining and the customers are a lot more savvy today.

The purpose of enterprise software such as AdStar is to make it easier for customers to automatically place their own classified ads. The big savings will come from old media downsizing their labor intensive classified and inside retail sales staffs and offshoreing the remaining human element to Mumbai or Manila for a 24/7 service.

One dirty little secret that has been hidden from newspaper classified advertisers is that the readership of the paid advertising is often higher than the shallow, formula written stories by their editorial departments. Hard to believe? It’s true. The ads are interesting, useful content. Craigslist knows that.

So newsrooms with head counts that would have even caught the attention Enron executives for budget cuts, remain bloated. The LA Times has some 950 editorial staff. The New York Times carries even more. What are the stockholders thinking?

Editorial enterprise solutions…

(I’m guessing that’s what the software companies will call it).

The next step will be copyediting Web-based systems. They are already in place at Hearst and some MediaNews Group papers. Though, right now, the only labor saving effieciencies comes from stories from sister papers. In the near future, popular stories can be placed in multiple regions for both print and Web publications within seconds. And copy editors for the entire chain of papers and Web sites can be in one central location, today San Ramon, tomorrow Mumbai.

The elitist editorial departments haven’t bothered to check the health of their canaries lately. It’s over and the fat canary isn’t singing.

As newspapers seek to cut costs in the face of sagging circulation and advertising pressures, some have started to ship jobs overseas to places like India. “More than two years ago, Reuters, the financial news service, opened a new center in Bangalore,” reports Doreen Carvajal. “The 340 employees, including an editorial team of 13 local journalists, was deployed to write about corporate earnings and broker research on U.S. companies. Since then, the Reuters staff at the center has grown to about 1,600, with 100 journalists working on U.S. stories.” Other publications are using the services of Hi-Tech Export, an Indian company with some 700 employees that offers proofreading, copy-editing and writing services to companies in the United States, France and Britain.

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Journalists and Unions — A Cause of Bias?

Newspaper journalists are union members at most of the top 20 newspapers. Wonder which political party gets the money?

Why isn’t the LA Times, NY Times or Washington Post reporting this major ethics question?

By Mick Gregory

Citizen journalists have found multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi profits from non-union wineries, restaurants and resort hotels. Yet, she is among the top recipiants of union dues every year. It’s as if the peasants willingly handed over a portion of their potatoes every season to their overlords who in turn protect them. Or it’s like a New York shopkeeper handing over protection money to the Soprano boys.

With a little more digging, we find that union members don’t have control over where their dues are being spent. The union bosses make those “lofty” choices for the rank and file.

There is a new Web site named http://www.unionfacts.com
and it’s filled with facts and detailed research that the 12.5 million union leaders and hundreds of Democrats in congress don’t want you to know.

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By Mistake We Didn’t Run Kerry’s Insult to Troops

Letter from an editor to his readers who are cancelling subscriptions today as they vote the straight Republican ticket.

We – and we alone – dropped the ball on the Kerry story

In Wednesday’s edition of North Carolina’s Star-News, we inadvertently omitted an important story (wrote the editor).

But don’t blame The New York Times.

Response to Sen. John Kerry‘s comments about our troops in Iraq set off a firestorm of controversy Tuesday. The story picked up steam throughout the evening as news talk show hosts and political pundits took him to task for saying this:

“You know, education – if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Many of you noticed coverage of the story wasn’t in this newspaper. And you let us have it – via phone calls and e-mails – with appropriate and justified agitation.

I apologize for that. We shouldn’t have missed it.

Yeah, right. That’s the kind of lie today’s sophisticated readers won’t accept anymore. Not with 24/7 coverage by bloggers who don’t get their paychecks from the New York Times and the elite, liberal crowd.

As Danny Ortega goes, so does America’s Democrats?

Daniel Ortega, the Castro wannabe who never won a fair election, is back in Nicaragua acting as if he found religion to attract conservative voters, and with a split ticket of populist candidates, Ortega is leading in early counting with about 35 percent of the vote. Hugo Chavez offered low cost gas to the Sandanista areas to help Ortega, just as he did with discounted heating oil in Democrat areas to help elect Democrats in America.

The strategy is being used by Marxists and Democrats, they must be using the same playbook. A good example of the split ticket strategy is in Texas where there are behind the scenes funding of “independents” to split off votes from Republican Perry with all the liberal Democrats voting in lockstep for Democrat Bell, who like Ortega, has lost 10 elections in a row.

But the people who vote in midterm elections are the middleclass who pay the most taxes have families, drive the economy and believe in positive future for America.

Today I can tell you that Shelly Sekula-Gibbs will win the write-in candidate house seat in Houston vacated by Tom Delay. Arnold will win in California and Brian Bilbray will win the San Diego seat vacated by Randy Duke Conningham for accepting bribes. Meanwhile what’s going on with the Democrat William Jefferson from Louisiana who was caught with hundreds of thousands in bribes in his freezer? He’s keeping his seat.

November surprise, Sequoia/Smartmatic voting machines

Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez “won” an historic 2004 recall referendum on his presidency. The former military coup-plotter supposedly got the backing of 57.8% of the electorate, with only 42.2% against him. But the reality, say observers, is the opposite: By tampering with electronic voting machines, Yes-votes for recalling Chavez got turned into No-votes allowing him to stay in power.

The machines themselves were supplied and programmed by Chavez insiders at a heavy cost to the Venezuelan state. Tellingly, they are not even voting machines. Produced by Italy’s Olivetti for use as lottery terminals, they were sold to a shady government-connected outfit called Smartmatic who doubled the price and immediately resold them to the Venezuelan taxpayers for use in the recall referendum.

This was Smartmatic’s first-ever involvement in electronic election machines. At the time of the deal, the company’s largest shareholder was the Chavez government itself. No outside auditing of the election software has so far been effectively concluded.

By Johan Freitas, in Caracas

Today we know that Smartmatic is owned by Antonio Mujica a Venezuelan and in Hugo Chavez’s inner circle. Just days before the US mid-term elections, we find that Smartmatic voting machines are in place in several states.

Not to worry, Mujica indicated that the machines’ software is certified by three distinct groups at his company.

Now we know there are a dozen “Smartcards” missing in Democrat districts in Tennessee. Smartcards are easily reprogrammed with off the shelf equipment.

“It’s not who votes, it’s who counts the votes!” — Joe Stalin, 1950

It’s Like Deja Vu All Over Again for Kerry/Dem’s

Mick Gregory

Wouldn’t you know it. Things a liberal elitist politician said when first running for office and exploiting his limited military experience, come back to haunt him, like a FrankenKerry monster.

In 1972, as Kerry ran for the House, he was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army. He declared in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft but considered a volunteer army “a greater anathema.”
“I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown,” Kerry wrote. “We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply ‘doing its job.’

Kerry fans and liberal Dems: Ralph Nader said: “Kerry agrees with Bush on the invasion of Iraq, and with the Patriot Act.”

So what will Kerry say tomorrow?

Do you know the way out of San Jose?

The Mercury News, once the flagship of Knight Ridder will axe more than 100 staffers before December 19. Happy holidays! Well, the editors and writers are mainly atheists, so why not then? The way out of San Jose, Hwy. 101 south to LA, about a five hour drive or North on 101 to San Francisco. Not much work there, unless you want to be a server in the Castro.

The San Jose Mercury News plans to lay off another 100 or so employees over the next two months to cut costs and make up for declining advertising revenue, the paper said Friday. The news came on the heels of the grim word from Philadephia of likely slashings ahead at the former Knight Ridder papers in that city.

The company will eliminate 41 newsroom positions – or about 15 percent of its editorial staff – by Dec. 19, with the rest of the cuts coming from other departments including circulation, finance, marketing and human resources, said Dan Breeden, a Mercury News spokesman. The cuts, which officials say will be made mostly through layoffs, will sever about 8 percent of the paper’s overall workforce. About 10 to 15 currently open positions across the company could be included in those cuts, Breeden said.

The company does not yet know which employees will be laid off, and all employees in targeted departments were notified about the plans.

“It’s an economic decision,” Breeden said. “We’re preparing for needing to lay off 101, but it’s really our hope that the cuts don’t go quite so deep.”

Newspapers across the country have been cutting “dead wood” as investors have increasingly demanded they maintain their profit margins amid declining revenues. Also last Friday, the new publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News told employees that layoffs are “unavoidable.”

The job cuts in San Jose come after Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc. acquired the Mercury News from McClatchy Co. in August.

It also acquired the Contra Costa Times in the same deal. Publisher John Armstrong said Friday that Editor Chris Lopez was leaving the paper, but no other layoffs were planned at this point in time.

Armstrong said in a statement to the staff that Lopez’s position had become “redundant” as the company consolidated its Bay Area news operations.

“Given the serious revenue pressures all newspapers are facing … we cannot afford any redundancy, especially at the senior management level,” he said.

Riggs said in a note to his staff that the company was required to give the 60-day notice under state law. “I understand the uncertainty these staffing cuts create for everyone, and deeply regret that we have to take this action,” Riggs said in the note. “Please know that we would not do so unless it was absolutely necessary to ensure the future.

Black Fridays Ahead for Mainstream Media

Third quarter results were terrible in a bull market
Layoffs have to hit before the holidays

By Greg Michael

The Broad Street boys are mulling over a new memo warning that Philadelphia Media Holdings, new owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are threatening layoffs even if a new contract is signed by October 31, 2006.

The memo circulated around the newsroom. One employee e-mailed it to staffers a second time with a subject line with publisher Brian Tierney’s name and the line:

“Remember that guy who said he was about to start the next great era in journalism?” it reads. “He was full of shit.”

By Wednesday the fallout was raining down. “I’ve been besieged by members who feel outraged and betrayed that Brian Tierney has gone from ‘let’s work together’ to ‘let’s freeze the pension fund and selectively lay off some of our best people,’” says Newspaper Guild president Henry Holcomb.

The new owners are negotiating with the once powerful Newspaper Guild union with an Oct. 31 deadline for a new contract, after already pushing back the deadline once in August. The two sides still face numerous sticking points. But what leverage does the Guild have?

The new management has proposed combining some newsroom functions between the Daily News and the Inquirer, meaning some editorial employees would sometimes work for both newspapers.

The ego maniacs in Hollywood who are considering buying the LA Times from the Tribune, should study this situation in Philly very carefully.

While the LA Times tries to justify their huge sale price to the Tribune Company, and the execs try to make the huge acquisition work. The LA Times is using it’s own investigative reporters to help chart the future of the newspaper both online and in print.

According to the New York Times, the LA Times “is dedicating three investigative reporters and half a dozen editors to find ideas, at home and abroad, for re-engaging the reader, both in print and online.”

Editor-centric companies like this are doomed to failure. It’s not the newsgatherers who created the innovations that opened up Craigslist and Youtube. In fact, it’s not the editors who generated the 20 percent profit margins that newspaper monopolies once enjoyed.

The editors typically look down on the marketing and advertising staff for creating advertorials and special branded sections on travel, homes or automotive. Those in the editor class actually despise MBAs and tech geeks.

Based on horrible sales of several major newspaper chains in the third quarter, it appears that total automotive classified revenues for the year may tumble to as low as $4 billion, a level last seen in 1996.

Auto sales fell 15 percent to $1.8 billion in the first half of this year, as compared with $2.1 billion in the same period in 2005, according to the Newspaper Association of America, the industry-supported trade group.

Classified ads contributed nearly 40 percent of the industry’s $47.4 billion in print sales in 2005. Since the mid-90s, and the rise of such low- and no-cost Web competitors as Monster, eBay and Craigslist.org, the erosion has been swift.

The broadcast media is also losing power to the Web.
NBC announced it will shed up to 700 jobs — 5 percent of its workforce. The changes will be felt from Secaucus, N.J., where MSNBC will shutter its headquarters, to television sets around the country, which will soon begin tuning to game shows and reality programming in the 8 p.m. time slot. NBC said it plans to phase out costly dramas and comedies during the first hour of prime time.

It appears The Chicago Sun-Times, after being stripped of valuable downtown real estate, will be put on the block next. Were the buyouts (layoffs) at the Morning News and Plain Dealer enough to get them back to 20 percent profit margins?

Today, the new owners of the San Jose Mercury News (‘Lean’ Singleton, CEO of Media News Group/Garden State Newspapers, a privately held group of marginally profitable newspapers) announced layoffs.

From: [San Jose Mercury News publisher] Riggs, George
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 1:11 PM
Subject: Staff Reductions

October 20, 2006

Dear Colleagues

A few weeks ago, I wrote to everyone about the challenges our business faces, both over the past six years and going forward. Since then, our business outlook has worsened and we have completed our budgeting process. Given continued declines in revenue, we need to reduce expenses significantly, and thus have no alternative but to implement a reduction in work force.

We plan on eliminating 101 positions by December 19th. The process of identifying individual employees subject to layoff is not yet complete. Under California law, if an employer lays off fifty or more employees within a thirty day period, it is required to provide the affected employees with sixty days advance notice of the layoff. This is known as a “WARN notice.” Since our planned reduction involves more than fifty employees, we are providing employees who may potentially be affected with the required WARN notice. Please understand that employees who are potentially affected include all employees in those departments where layoffs are necessary. However, not every potentially affected employee receiving the notice will ultimately be subject to layoff. But in order to meet compliance requirements, notice will be given to a larger number than the 101 employees.

There are some things that could favorably impact layoff plans should they occur. Any significant upturn in advertising revenue would, of course, have an impact. We are seeking additional commercial print work, which would also increase revenues. We are working with our production unions (Pressmen, Mailers and Drivers) to be better positioned to accomplish this. Price reductions in newsprint have been rumored recently, and could lead to expense savings should they occur. Lastly, we have three open union contracts we are negotiating (Guild, Composing and Pressmen) and, depending on the outcome, they may also lead to further expense reductions. All of these could reduce the ultimate number of positions eliminated.

I understand the uncertainty these staffing cuts create for everyone, and deeply regret that we have to take this action. Please know that we would not do so unless it was absolutely necessary to ensure the future viability of our newspaper.


George Riggs

Meanwhile, the Hearst’s San Francisco Chronicle is privately held and can afford to pay $1,000 a day in court fees for refusing to show sources in its Barry Bonds/BALCO case. That’s enough to pay for five staffers. And shows the power of being privately held. Another good example: The Poynter Institute which owns the St. Petersburg Times is hiring and happy with its profit margins even when they dip below that of oil companies. But there is much more to their success than just private ownership.