We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Glenn Beck just got started on FOX and is pulling more at 5:00pm then some of the primetime greats. He's beating Nancy Grace by 1 million viewers after leaving her network when he had the time slots right next to her. Something about FOX sells and/or something about MSNBC & CNN stinks.
I'll catch hell for saying this here, but there's a marked difference in attitude between right-wing and left-wing pundits that makes the former much more watchable than the latter.
On-air conservatives seem to make more general pleas to the public that what they believe is good and right, and that people will come around to "see it their way", but there's no assumption that the conservative way of looking at the world (which can be intellectually complicated at times) is obvious or that someone is especially evil for opposing that viewpoint. They're like tele-evangelists asking their audience to come to Jesus and that they'll be blessed if they do, but they're not necessarily screaming hellfire and damnation if you don't believe what they do.
Liberal/Progressives pundits, on the other hand, seem to take a lot for granted in what they're proposing, and whom there proposing it to. American conservatives have made some intellectually complex arguments--based on economics, theology, history, philosophy, and observance of human behavior--why they oppose universal healthcare, welfare, affirmative action, taxes on the wealthy, gay marriage, etc. There are virtually no attempts at intellectual counterarguments from liberals based on the intellectual framework of how conservatives frame their arguments. Instead, the entire conservative way of looking at the world is flawed.
E.g. It's wrong for the rich to be taxed, not because investment of tax dollars in society will add to their wealth in the long run, but because they have "enough" or "too much" and they have a moral duty to "pay their fair share". Some even go as far as saying a wealthy capitalist lifestyle is destroying the earth.
E.g. Fundamental Christians aren't wrong on abortion or homosexuality because they're misapplying scripture, they're wrong because scripture is false. (Here's a trick: try quoting to religious anti-abortion people Exodus 21:22, then say it's the reason Orthodox and Conservative Jews don't believe abortion is categorically murder.)
Liberals pundits don't argue (or at least argue enough or earnestly enough) that liberal policies would be good for conservatives, but assume that what liberals believe is categorically good, and anyone opposing them is categorically bad and acting out of bad motives. More to the point, it seems at times that the talking heads on MSNBC are openly hostile to large demographic chunks of the country and want to see these groups fundamentally defeated and removed in some fashion from political power. Most of the TV watching public--righty or lefty--don't want to hear that kind of talk day in and day out.
I noticed that a former blogger who was doing technical work for Maddoff has gone back to blogging. Maybe a sign the end is near. Not that I paid her much attention (maybe cumulative 5 minutes since she's been on the air) but she's certainly an improvement over Olbermann.
Wow, and I thought I was the only person who ever heard of Exodus 21:22. I've mentioned it in passing (my mistake was recollecting seeing it in Leviticus) and been scorned for such. The elephant in the room that no one wants to discuss seriously because both sides are entrenched in an absolutist prespective that neither will admit has any flaws.
Years ago, I laughed at these people calling for prosecution of former US heads of state. Several years ago, I started paying attention to where these trends were going. Today, I see that acrimonious speech coming from the ultraleft (have you ever heard a Republican state former administration officials should be prosecuted) may cause harm that will take a generation to heal. They should remember an old legal theory, "what goes around comes around'." Perhaps they hope to so destroy any opposition there will never be any meaningful retribution against them.
GE is up to more than just the lousy NBC Universal trashcasting --they recently bought into Clear Channel Radio in San Antonio (the midwestern gateway city to Latin America and a city [and state] remarkable for normal friendly latino-anglo race relations), and went right to work sponsoring events featuring Mexican seperatist agit/prop troublemakers La Raz Unida.
Lefties just can't leave a good thing be. They have to ruin, so they can rule the chaos.
Tar & feathers be in the (hopefully near) future.
PS --search Jeffrey Immelt's associations --the foundations that are involved with with building Obama's "youth corps".
One such is the Robin Hood Foundation. You know, the guy who "stole from the rich to give to the poor"?