Mucking up the Main Stream Media?

This video has been going around the web this morning, and it’s interesting to watch. Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe on MSNBC, asking, “Can you name any Republicans running any news shows on the networks?”

The whole 20 minute segment is interesting, but you could skip to about the 10 minute mark for that part of the discussion where you see the Democrats on the panel squirming in their seats with Scarborough’s uncomfortable statements.

This is brought up all the time on the conservatives shows, but almost never on a channel like MSNBC.

This could be the beginning of an interesting revolt against the main stream media.


Taking hyperbole to the trillionth degree

In case you didn’t already know, State Senator Ernie Chambers is a strange bird.

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson gave an opinion that Omaha’s MECA should abide by the Open Meeting laws for other entities.

MECA could contest this in court, and get a regular ruling, as is their right. But Chambers doesn’t want them to do that.

As a matter of fact, Chambers said that if they do exercise their right to contest the AG’s opinion, that

“I will be in my vendetta mode, and they’d rather have a gasoline-soaked jacket running through Hell than to have me in my vendetta mode on their trail.”

Um…Who talks like this?!?

A gas-soaked jacket in Hell?
If they go to court about open-meetings requirements?

Always reminds me of when Kent Brockman said, when reporting of the day-camp takeover by Bart Simpson:

I’ve been to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq; and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them put together.


Carly for Nebraska

In the political endorsement realm, Unicameral Speaker Galen Hadley, State Senator Jim Smith and Omaha City-Council member Aimee Melton all endorsed Carly Fiorina for President.

They joined 1st District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry on the Carly bandwagon.

I like Fiorina. A lot.
But I’m not sure I see her pulling this out.

After the second debate she clearly shined. And she did well in the last one too, even racking up the most minutes of any candidate.

But…she is currently polling around 6% nationally, and 7% in New Hampshire, her best early state. And that’s down from the 15% she had a month or so ago.

Polls will go up and down of course. But I’m just not sure I see her breaking out.

An interesting point:
A pundit noted that she made an excellent point in the debate before last about the abortionists, providing the visuals of the dying baby on the table. However, that is the image voters then think of when they think of HER. Carly = Dying baby.

In theory it shouldn’t be that way, but that’s the way our brains work. And it will make it difficult as she keeps campaigning — and the polls may be showing that.

That being said, she may be solidifying her hold on a VP gig.
But that’s a long ways off.

But considering her current state in the polls — that she isn’t really registering after pretty solid performances in the debates — it’s an interesting move by Hadley, Smith and Melton to decide to publicly endorse.

But frankly, I like it. It’s nice to see pols taking a stand.
Like Ricketts (with Walker) they may have to adjust. But that’s OK. It’s hard — and pretty rare — to always pick the winner.


What a night…

Hey, how about those former Omaha Storm Chasers!
How about those 2014 American League Champs??
How about those 2015 Word Series Champion Kansas City Royals!!!

As I told the boy last night, savor this championship.
It may not come around for another 30 years.
(Or 100…)

(Woulda been nice if someone had mentioned this to me around 1997. Oh, and I will agree that the Shawn Eichorst email sent today to fans is a zero.)

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  1. Mark Andrews says:

    Re/Eichorst: would it hurt to have an AD who is believably athletic and not a goddamn lawyer? Present company excepted.

  2. Sparkles says:

    Re Scarborough’s question:
    “Can you name any Republicans running any news shows on the networks?”

    Hey Joe… can you say.. free market?
    With the exception of PBS, all media networks are for profit corporations. Each with the ability to hire, fire, evaluate and promote… TALENT. I guarantee the media heads don’t care if that talent is red, blue, purple or pastel.
    Talent that will generate REVENUES.
    Bring any one network head a Proponent of all things Republican who can sell advertising, and they’d each wage a pitched battle over who can sign him/her.

    Or may the GOP believes big gubment should regulate who and what we see on T.V.?
    Is that it?

    There’ve been 3 GOP debates –
    1) Fox News hosted.. come on GOP.. this is YOUR OWN team!

    2) CNN – at the Reagan Library, w/Ronny Rayguns AirForce 1 as a backdrop! A debate moderated by Jack Tapper, who by nearly all accounts did a commendable job. A job for which there were virtually zero complaints.

    3) and CNBC – an undeniably, supply-side, right leaning mouthpiece for Wall Street and Big Corporations. A network prominently featuring, daily,Rick “The Father of the Tea Party” Santelli, Jim “Profits over People” Kramer, Larry “I have a pic of Reagan tattooed on my hiney” Kudlow and Joe “GOP” Kernan. Kernan has been the big cheese of Squawk Box for 20 years! He rules the roost for 3 HOURS EVERY MORNING, hammering on a supply-side bible with vigor. Never missing an opportunity to insult our President or lambast a Democratic proposal. Kernan is possibly the most unapologetic cheerleader for Ayn Rand and the Republican party in all of television!
    And, lest you forget, Fox Business Network is now RUN BY two former hosts that Fox swooped in and stole from CNBC – Neal Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo.

    The problem isn’t the moderators.
    The problem is the GOP contenders all say crazy, indefensible $%^& – all the time.
    The problem is each one is running on vacuous, rehashed, economic, foreign, military, healthcare and domestic positions and policies that wilt under even the weakest scrutiny.

    But please, I’d love nothing more than 10 GOP hosted by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Ann Coulter, O’Reilly, Mark Levin, Alex Jones, Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Joe Scarborough, Tom Delay, Dick Morris et al.
    200 hours of fact-free pablum, flag waving and self aggrandizement. By all means, let the freak flags fly!

    It should make for the perfect set up for when the real questions are presented, in nationally televised debates, that include real questions about real issues, as the GOP nominee faces off with a merciless, remarkably well informed and incredibly well prepared HRC.
    That should make for quite the spectacle.

  3. Ed Stevens says:

    Good post, Sweeper, but ….

    According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “shone” is used to indicate the emission of light, nearly always in the intransitive form (“her eyes shone”) but very rarely in the transitive (“I shone the flashlight into the dark cellar”). “Shined” is used to refer to making something to appear bright by reflected light as in “He shined his shoes”, meaning “He polished his shoes so they would shine.” “Shining one’s shoes” implies something different than “shining a flashlight”.

    Just sayin’ ….

  4. Sparkles says:

    Carly Fiorina…
    “she made an excellent point in the debate before last about the abortionists, ..”

    Of course the image she referred to had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood, thereby rendering the “excellent point” she made a display, on her part, of:
    1) gullibility
    2) confusion
    3) crass pandering

  5. Sparkles says:

    Imagine if Ernie Chambers were to say something like this:

    “As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone,”

    • “Sparkles”,
      Nearly everyone has done something dumb while a teenager.
      Even Neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, M.D. (from whom that quote comes).
      Few will admit that, or say it in public, like Dr. Carson did.
      But the truly bizarre are those who keep saying this stuff into their 70s and 80s.
      (But, nice try!)

  6. Macdaddy says:

    There used to be a time when Nebraska had outstanding students who were model citizens that we could all be proud of. And they won on the field. Eichorst is trying to blow smoke up the boosters’ asses. He’s talking about the future when the reality is that these players had 9 wins last year with a much tougher schedule. Riley clearly does not have the hearts of the players. It will take 4 more years before the last of Pelini’s recruits is gone. Are we to expect 4 wins next year? Five after that? Then six? Should we wait 4 more years to become Chico’s Bail Bonds Bowl eligible? What is Riley’s plan to get these players to commit now? They are not motivated. They are not worried. They play without passion. This is the fault of the coach. Maybe Shatel is right and firing him now would make us radioactive, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fire the AD, the idiot who panicked and rushed into hiring Riley in the first place.

  7. Oracle says:

    As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers. And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone,

    Dumb? I’d call it sociopathic behavior!

  8. Peanuts says:

    It is foolish to suggest Fiorina is low in the polls because she is too effective a Pro Life advocate.

    Fiorina brags about holding one job, CEO of HP, yet she was fired from that one job. That however is her problem. Our problem is the fools we elect in NE who have endorsed her.

    Like Ricketts endorsing Walker, Fortenberry, Hadley, Smith and Melton endorsing Fiorina have all chosen to gamble away their political capital via a slot machine pull in a presidential race. That was stupid of them. And it is wrong of us to co-opt, downplay or excuse such behavior in these our NE officials. They deserve, indeed require, scathing rebuke. Or they will do it again.

    Internationally and domestically, every leader who isn’t inside Nebraska wants to suck every Nebraskan dry in ever deal. Those we elect to govern us are in office to out-negotiate those who would leave us sucking hind teat. So what do our elected leaders do? They endorse like giddy school kids and thereby reveal their lack of vision, bad judgment, and a willingness to gamble ineptly.

  9. Anonymous says:

    My gosh, trying to stab someone when he was 14 – let alone everything else he mentioned?!? That’s doing something “dumb”? Yikes.

  10. Macdaddy says:

    We’re talking about something a 14 year old did when just 6 years ago, a person who certainly is old enough to know better, made the conscious decision to put our nation’s secrets at considerable risk just so she could circumvent Freedom of Information laws. Nice try, Saul.

  11. Sparkles says:

    TransCanada surrenders!

    Jane Kleeb wins!
    The Ogallala Aquifer Wins!
    Generations of Nebraskans Win!

    Lee Terry’s amazing track record of a quarter century in politics without a single, solitary accomplishment remains unblemished!!

  12. Bluejay says:


    Nebraska loses jobs and tax money.

    Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia win.

    The useful idiots that follow the debutante Kleeb will be sorry when gas is $5.

  13. Bluejay says:

    And Sparkles. When Carly is President KXL goes sailing through.

    Looking forward to seeing you and Jane in the York County jail.

  14. Bluejay says:

    Bigger issue.

    Will Bold Nebraska declare victory and disband?

    If not, I hope Jane attacks fast food and starts with Burger King. She is, after all, the Burger Queen heiress.

  15. Sparkles says:

    A couple great lines:

    On the inability of GOP contenders to handle a couple CNBC moderators:
    “Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried,”

    On climate change denial:
    “If you go to 100 doctors, and 99 of them tell you have diabetes, you wouldn’t say, ‘Ah, that’s a conspiracy. All 99 doctors got together with Obama to keep me from having bacon and donuts,”

    Lame duck my a…

  16. bynd says:

    Unfortunately, under Obamacare, you can’t afford the deductibles to see 1 not to mention 99 doctors.

    The CNBC moderators were handled fine. You would think the lefty in charge could pick someone who could ask intelligent, tough and relevant questions. But alas, then they would have had conservative moderators. As is usual for you, you blame the wrong party. Ever consider intellectual honesty? Even know what that is? It is the left that embarrassed itself by what happened.

  17. “Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried,”

    It’s a measure of his permanent state of delusion that Obama thinks he ‘handles’ the Russians and Chinese. What exactly have the Russians not done that they wanted to do, because of Obama? Ditto the Chinese. They build islands to grab vast parts of the South China Sea, and we sail a destroyer 10 miles by.

    “Lame duck my a…”

    This is probably some sort of weird proposition.
    And, as many people have pointed out, Obama himself refused to debate on Fox.

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