CNN reassigns reporter from Israel over “scum” tweet
Jul18

CNN reassigns reporter from Israel over “scum” tweet

Those who work as newsgatherers in the news media and those who’ve worked in the news media know the problem: if you have a bad experience with someone you’re covering and your reaction looks too personal there’s a chance you’ll be pulled from that assignment if a)there is a major furor over you showing your ire (covert anger is safer than overt anger) b)your news organization fears that your future reporting...

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Inaccurate Political Rage is All the Rage
Jul18

Inaccurate Political Rage is All the Rage

Do you have personal issues? Do you want to seem intelligent, well informed and on-top-of-it-all without having to bother to put in any effort or time to see whether your assertions are accurate? If so, then join the trend that’s all the rage in the 21st century: show indignation now and worry (or, more likely, don’t) about accuracy later. And, for heaven’s sake, never EVER worry about “nuance.” The...

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Gallup Poll: Clinton Is Best Known, Best Liked Potential 2016 Candidate and GOP Most “Electable” Candidates Poll Poorly
Jul18

Gallup Poll: Clinton Is Best Known, Best Liked Potential 2016 Candidate and GOP Most “Electable” Candidates Poll Poorly

A new Gallup Poll has good news for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and bad news for some Republicans long believed to be the most “electable” nationally: Clinton is the best known, best liked potential 2016 candidate the those considered the strongest national candidates polled lousy numbers: Hillary Clinton is currently the best known and best liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates tested in a July...

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Life imitates bad joke: Arizona politician mistakes ‘Y’ campers for migrant children
Jul16

Life imitates bad joke: Arizona politician mistakes ‘Y’ campers for migrant children

There’s a very old joke about the stupid racist who goes to a rally against illegal immigrants from Mexico and yells “Go back to Africa!” or the stupid KKKer who goes to a black church and yells “Go back to Mexico!” And now we have this tidbit from Arizona: a politician who got all excited about positioning himself to show the world (and the voters) that he opposes migrant children settling in his...

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Is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel  in big political trouble?
Jul15

Is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in big political trouble?

So much for having him being seen as a political whirlwind who’ll easily serve many years as Chicago’s mayor. Rahm Emanuel has hit a political speed-bump. Part of it is due to the blood-fest that descended on Chicago on the 4th of July. And part of it is because no one has ever accused his political style of being endearing or even in power-politics terms utterly irresistible. But the bottom line is this: one new poll has...

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Should Democrats’ theme song for Obama be “They Call the Prez Pariah”?
Jul14

Should Democrats’ theme song for Obama be “They Call the Prez Pariah”?

The musical “Paint Your Wagon” has a classic song called “They Call the Wind Maria.” This election season President Barack Obama’s theme song might be “They Call the Prez Pariah,” since Democrats are avoiding him and fleeing in political terror at being photographed with him. In this political season, Hope and Change has been replaced by Hope the Voters Think We’re Estranged. The Hill...

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Signs are Chris Christie is running for President: Rhetoric Veers Right
Jul13

Signs are Chris Christie is running for President: Rhetoric Veers Right

There are now signs that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is gearing up to try and get the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. And if you don’t believe me, well, then let me tell you a convincing story about how major traffic on a famous bridge linking New York and New Jersey was completely caused by a traffic study and then exploited by a totally blameless Governor’s ruthless political enemies. Christie, who has been...

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Robert Stein, veteran journalist, magazine editor, book editor, blogger and TMV co-blogger dies at 90
Jul12

Robert Stein, veteran journalist, magazine editor, book editor, blogger and TMV co-blogger dies at 90

Robert Stein, the veteran Greatest Generation journalist, magazine editor, book editor and, later in life, superb blogger, has passed away. He was a co-blogger here at TMV, admired by its writers and readers. I also had the pleasure of visiting him for a few hours at his Connecticut home about 7 years ago. His son Keith put this post on Bob Stein’s blog Connecting the Dots: SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014 Robert Stein: March 1924...

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Is America’s Political Center Out to Lunch?
Jul10

Is America’s Political Center Out to Lunch?

DEAR COLUMNIST: I have written you before. I am now 10 years old. Some of my little friends say America’s political center is on the verge of collapsing, is now meaningless, and that moderates and independents no longer really exist. P.S. I told my Dad I was writing to you. He too said there are no moderates or independents, just liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans who deceitfully play pretend. VIRGINIA SCHMIDLAP 285...

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Sarah Palin Calls for Obama Impeachment — and for Impeachment Support to be Political Litmus Test
Jul09

Sarah Palin Calls for Obama Impeachment — and for Impeachment Support to be Political Litmus Test

Bad news for the Republican Party: its already D.O.A. blueprint for “rebranding” that was summarily rejected by conservative talkers and Tea Partiers, and hopes that Republicans won’t continue to spend their time going after other Republicans now seem more hopeless than ever. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a quintessentially political “celebrity” who nonetheless has the ability to influence GOPers and...

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Internet Cell Phone Abbreviation Overload
Jul08

Internet Cell Phone Abbreviation Overload

OMG I get a kick out of people who use all the internet and cell phone abbreviations LOL but it has been quite a day I was on the line 45 minutes waiting to talk to Social Security SOS and finally had to hang up BS and then had to order a CD on line but learned Pocket Songs went out of business CRAP and talked to an LA company and the guy I ordered it from had a real attitude SOB now since I got FAT from eating at KFC I’m going...

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Who’s to blame for America’s almost chaotic crisis coping? Obama, Congress or the Media?
Jul08

Who’s to blame for America’s almost chaotic crisis coping? Obama, Congress or the Media?

There seems to be a pattern in the United States’ crisis-coping. NBC’s First Read nails the multi-fronted problem. The question is which of the likely causes is t-h-e cause. Or as America moves further into a noisier, media and partisan saturated 21st century are we witnessing a series of factors converging that foster damaging constraints on how America responds to crises? First Read looks at three factors. The Obama...

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“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)
Jul07

“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)

I’ve met a lot of young people who are fascinated with the era they see depicted on “Mad Men.” No song better epitomizes the era than this swaggering 1960s version of Pennies from Heaven by singing legend Frank Sinatra with jazz legend Count Basie and his Orchestra. The genesis was a “historical” album Sinatra did in 1962 with Basie. The two had long admired each other and that was their first team-up...

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Mid East Crisis Worsens: Autopsy shows Palestinian Teen Burned Alive
Jul05

Mid East Crisis Worsens: Autopsy shows Palestinian Teen Burned Alive

The crisis in the Middle East has now gotten even worse: the kidnapped Palestinian teen believed killed in retaliation for the kidnapped and killed three Israeli teens was burned alive, an autopsy now shows. This all is apparentely part of the Bibical and now cliched “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” but the barbareity of kidnapping and murdering kids to make political statements has now been taken to a new (low)...

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Dr Oz’s Dead End Brick Road
Jul04

Dr Oz’s Dead End Brick Road

Pity poor Dr. Mehmet Oz. He gets big bucks hosting the popular Opra Winfrey-syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV. But now he’s come under fire in Congress, in the media, and on the Internet for promoting health supplements that sold big due to his effusive recommendations — products now considered by many to be largely useless. How did he respond? With a technique we’ve seen used all too often by...

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
Jul04

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

From all of us here at TMV to you and yours: Have a HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! graphic via...

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On the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America (VIDEOS)
Jul04

On the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America (VIDEOS)

July 4 is a good day to reflect on various renditions of The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America — captured on videos. From August 2010: Well, yes, the Star Spangled Banner is a hard song to sing. But we wanted to start off your day with our national anthem with a bang. SO: OK…maybe that wasn’t quite it…so let’s try someone famous like Michael Bolton (who was a friend of my brother’s when we...

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Quinnipiac Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II
Jul02

Quinnipiac Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II

Get ready for the inevitable denunciations about polling methodology. As I note on many posts about polling, partisans will tout polls they like then denounce or question the methodology of polls they don’t like. Quinnipiac’s polls are highly respected, but I won’t even bother reading many blog posts on this one: conservative blogs will hype it, and many liberal websites will bury it or question it. But what is...

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Israel Launches 34 ‘Terror Targets’ Attacks in Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Kidnapped by Hamas Found Murdered
Jul01

Israel Launches 34 ‘Terror Targets’ Attacks in Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Kidnapped by Hamas Found Murdered

A parent’s worst nightmare came terriblytrue for three Israeli families: their teenage sons, kidnapped by Hamas while hitchhiking on June 12 were finally found — murdered. And, in retaliation, Israel has responded with 34 precision attacks on terror targets in Gaza: The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called “precision strikes” on 34 “terror targets” in the Gaza Strip overnight, and a...

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Mississippi Federation of College Republicans chairman resigns, joining Democrats
Jul01

Mississippi Federation of College Republicans chairman resigns, joining Democrats

It isn’t only Reagan Democrats, (increasingly extinct) moderate Republicans, independents and traditional conservatives who are being turned off by Tea Party Republicans and the more extreme parts of the party’s talk radio political culture. It’s also some young Republicans. And now there’s a bit of news that is bad “branding” for far-right conservatives: a top young Republican in Mississippi is...

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