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The Perils of Rush Limbaugh

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  • At long last, it appears that Rush Limbaugh has run out of steam.
  • Part 1: Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins  
  • Part 2: Has Rush Limbaugh Finally Reached the End Of The Road?

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Rush Limbaugh Is In Ruins

 

Bad News Coming From Every Direction - Including The Right

 

Leslie Salzillo, Daily Kos

 

taylorasses.jpg Apr 18, 2014 | It's been a very bad week for talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, and a very rewarding week for the millions of Americans who have protested his extreme hate speech for decades. Two years ago, newer groups like BoycottRush/FlushRush/StopRush began a massive national boycott movement that is exposing Limbaugh and crushing his career.

 

Here are four new recent developments:

1. Politico published an article revealing that Tea Party organizations (some created by the Koch brothers) have contributed millions to Rush Limbaugh. What does this mean? For Rush it means they helped sustain him while thousands of sponsors pulled their ads. It means this may lead to an investigation to see if the funding was done legally. According to the FCC, if you receive money from an organization that pays you to promote their propaganda, without telling your audience, it may be considered 'payola' - and it may be illegal.

Leslie Salzillo is a member of Daily Kos

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Part 2: Has Rush Limbaugh Finally Reached the End Of The Road?

 

Rush (has been) getting by on fumes for some time now.

Rick Ungar, Forbes 

 

rush-limbaugh-cartoon.jpg Apr 15, 2014 | Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history.

Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could produce.

Until now…

Rick Ungar, a Senior Political Contributor at Forbes and the official 'token lefty

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

"Garcia Marquez is speaking about all the people who are marginal to history, who have not had a voice," Chilean novelist Ariel Dorfman says. "He gives a voice to all those who died. He gives a voice to all those who are not born yet. He gives a voice to Latin America."

Mandalit Del Barco, NPR

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Admirers ask Gabriel Garcia Marquez —€” seated alongside his wife, Mercedes Barcha €— to sign books in Santa Marta, Colombia, in 2007. Alejandra Vega/AFP/Getty Images 

April 17, 2014 | Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.

His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.

As a general assignment correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit Del Barco has reported and produced radio stories and photographed everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art).

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The Triumph of Law over Justice

  • The law, sir, is an ass. --Bill Clinton, Charles Dickens, Dr. Samuel Johnson, Samuel Pepys
  • Ode To Florida Mothers: If you're tempted to leave your kid in the car / On a typical 90-degree day, / You're better off killing the kid instead. / You'll get less jail time that way. --Lawyer Unknown
  • Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

William Annett, The Oyster World

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/justice190v.jpgMarch 22, 2014 | As a Central Florida court finally, last summer, inched into its initial session with the George Zimmerman Murder Trial, one couldn't help recalling the Casey Anthony Follies that played out within a stone's throw of this venue just over three years ago. The Law in Florida is alive and well. Justice? You be the judge.

Instead of dispatching a bus to Arkansas or Kansas to collect an impartial group of yokels who knew nothing, of the case, two weeks were devoted to selecting six white womenjurors from some 40 screened candidates, all of whom had been saturated for two years with the case consistently headlined, but professed that they never heard of it. Trayvon Martin, the deceased teen-age victim, was black. Zimmerman, whose Daddy was a retired judge, looked pretty good in a different sartorial outfit each day, sitting there with his three attorneys.

William Annett has written six books, including a page-turner on mutual funds, a send-up on the securities industry, three corporate histories and a novel, the latter no doubt inspired by his current occupation in Daytona Beach as a law-abiding beach comber.

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Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population, Ed Griffith, New Progressive Alliance

  • Search  on the internet "police brutality" or "police excessive force."  If you search YouTube, there are many videos of cops acting WAY beyond their limits.
  • Jim Hightower | The Absurdly Dangerous Militarization of America's Police

Someone teach John Kerry about history!

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  • There's a reason why Putin makes Kerry and the president look clownish: He understands the history others forget
  • Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons

Patrick L. Smith, Salon

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/john_kerry1-620x412.jpg Secretary of State John Kerry (Credit: Reuters/Lefteris Pitarakis)

 

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 | Many Americans flinch from the latest turn in the Ukraine crisis now that Vladimir Putin has taken control of it. It was the same in Syria last autumn, you will recall. The Western powers whip themselves into a dither, and the Russian president then makes some simple, galvanizing move that puts everything on a different course.

In Syria, Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov jumped on an offer Secretary of State John Kerry made but never intended to: Within two days of Kerry’s much-noted press conference in London last autumn, Moscow had Bashar al-Assad surrendering his chemical weapons stockpile. The U.S. threat of a missile strike melted, and Putin had wrested the initiative in the Syria crisis from Washington’s grip.

Patrick L. Smith is the author of “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century” was the International Herald Tribune’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo from 1985 to 1992. During this time he also wrote “Letter from Tokyo” for the New Yorker. He is the author of four previous books and has contributed frequently to the New York Times, the Nation, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications.

Related:

Barack Obama Pulls A George W. Bush: Lies, Misinformation and Chemical Weapons, Patrick L. Smith, Salon

  • Remember the almost-war in Syria last year? An amazing new report -- which our media won't touch -- is a must read.
  • Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect

Truth ToTell: Community Cable Under Siege

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Now, most cable commissions and cities are in the throes of second and third rounds of re-franchise negotiations – and again they want to reduce the number of channels, stop funding these channels altogether and/or stop supplying the production and transmission equipment to sustain these important community links to the cities throughout the Metro and well beyond.

Andy Driscoll and Siohbhan Kierans, Truth to Tell, KFAI-FM | MN

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TTT-KFAISM.thumbnail.png Monday, April 14, 2014 | The so-called cutthroat “Cable Wars” of the early 1980s throughout the Metro Twin Cities as core cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul – along with clusters of groups of suburban cities banded forming joint powers –issued requests from proposals for the essential exclusive franchise to supply municipal huge new systems offering upwards of 60 channels of television programming.

The several cable company competitors for each of these franchise awards begged, hired local power figures and promised the moon to the cities or joint cable commissions – PEGs (public, education and government) channels anywhere from three to seven channels of community and public access programming. Even after all the cable company investment, they actually received a license to print money and to string their cables alongside telephone and power lines throughout the service areas under the jurisdiction.

cable_shooter.pngThis came with huge annual funding and capital equipment supplied by the winning cable company – and with at least a guarantee of 15 years of a franchise. With time, channels added to the tiers of cable television and more money came in – and still they want to take back those channels they “gifted” to the cities and communities – except that these cable outfits pass through their costs assessing per-subscriber fee. That tells you how profitable each of those public access channels could be if they brought back into the commercial corral – while the cities and nonprofits and just plain folk would lose their ability to program to supply the meager information and services over the channels. Why must they re-capture those channels?

Now, most cable commissions and cities are in the throes of second and third rounds of re-franchise negotiations – and again they want to reduce the number of channels, stop funding these channels altogether and/or stop supplying the production and transmission equipment to sustain these important community links to the cities throughout the Metro and well beyond.

Andy Driscoll and Siohbhan Kierans talk with some of the Metro cable access organizations ad advocates to highlight the importance and future of community programming channels and nonprofits serving our local cities.

Guests: 

  • Coralie (Cor) Wilson, Executive Director, CTV North Suburbs Community Cable Programming, Roseville (based)
  • Chad Johnston, Executive Director, St. Paul Neighborhood 
  • Mark Hughes, CTV Staff & “Disability Viewpoints” – Roseville Channel 15

Broadcast: in Minneapolis/St. Paul KFAI-90.3/106.7/Streamed @ KFAI.org<http://www.kfai.org/truthtotell> 9-10AM, Monday, April 14, 2014.

Archived: Click here.

Watch us in Studio 5! TruthToTell is now seen live on Livestream and later on Blip.tv.

Hosted by veteran producer Andy Driscoll and co-hosted by Siohbhan Kierans, TruthToTell (TTT) is weekly a public affairs radio show that features multiple perspectives on a wide variety of critical local, state and regional issues.

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Special Report | NSA Spying: Week Ending April 13, 2014

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  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • 8 New items including:
    • Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear
    • In Times of Government Surveillance, Whose ‘Security’ Is at Stake?
    • Petitions with 100,000+ Signatures Call for Snowden's Passport to be Reinstated
    • Whistleblowers: Snowden’s A Hero; Intelligence Community’s Out Of Line
    • The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?
    • Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress,
    • CIA caught spying on US Senate
    • German Television does first Edward Snowden Interview

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear, Adi Robertson, The Verge

  • "President Obama likes to parade around as some sort of King Solomon figure in between the excesses of the NSA and those who are raising concerns about it," he says. "The reality is that he presided over this out of control system for five years … I think he is one of the obstacles to reform, not a vehicle for it."
  • "I don't feel confident I can protect source material in the United States."
  • The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform?

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In Times of Government Surveillance, Whose ‘Security’ Is at Stake? Noam Chomsky, In These Times

  • International relations scholar John Mearsheimer writes that 'The Obama administration, not surprisingly, initially claimed that the NSA's spying played a key role in thwarting 54 terrorist plots against the United States, implying it violated the Fourth Amendment for good reason. This was a lie, however.'
  • The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever.

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Petitions with 100,000+ Signatures Call for Snowden's Passport to be Reinstated, Ray Baker, The Real News Network 

  • After President Obama announced a proposal to end bulk metadata collection, Snowden supporters call on the government to reinstate his American passport and allow him to seek political asylum without government meddling 
  • Whistleblowers: Snowden’s A Hero; Intelligence Community’s Out Of Line

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Whistleblowers: Snowden’s A Hero; Intelligence Community’s Out Of Line, Katie Rucke, Mint Press News

  • Bold statements go a long way for whistleblowers calling Edward Snowden a hero and bringing attention to the fact that the U.S. intelligence community has simply gone too far.
  • The House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform? 

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one-nation-under-surveillance.jpgThe House's NSA bill could allow more spying than ever. You call this reform? Trevor TimmGuardian (UK)

  • Obama's proposal isn't much better.
  • Special Report | NSA Spying: Week Ending February 16, 2014

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Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress, Sabrina Siddiqui, sabrina.siddiqui@huffingtonpost.com, Huffington Post

  • 03/11/2014 | Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a staunch defender of government surveillance of ordinary citizens, took to the Senate floor Tuesday with the stunning accusation that the Central Intelligence Agency may have violated federal law to spy on Congress.
  • Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, railed against the CIA for compromising the legislative branch's oversight role -- a theme echoed by many of her Senate colleagues throughout the day. The outrage was palpable among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and some suggested CIA Director John Brennan should resign if the allegations are true. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has stuck up for intelligence agencies in the past, declared a potential war.

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CIA caught spying on US Senate, Tom Carter, World Socialist Website

  • The revelations of CIA spying on Congress underscore the fact that America is run by an unelected, unaccountable military/intelligence apparatus. It is this apparatus, in conjunction with the corporate-financial elite, that dictates official policy in Washington, irrespective of which political party is in power.
  • Senators Okay With Spying On Citizens, But Outraged It Happened To Congress

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German Television does first Edward Snowden Interview, Edward Snowden, OpEdNews

  • German Television Channel NDR does an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden.
  • Coleen Rowley About Meeting with Edward Snowden in Moscow

 

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American - Strong!

 

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