October 20, 2014

These are must reads

Chuck Todd had 3 minutes on Ebola worth watching

Ebola Statistics

A sensible discussion on Ebola Chuck Todd and Meet The Press finally put on a substantive program that showed a few rays of what good journalism could look like. The discussion on Ebola was mostly substantive. There were a few instances where political reporters showed their lack of objectivity and journalistic decency however. The experts effectively squashed their flawed reasoning. Chuck Todd had two unbiased experts on the show. Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer prize-winning science journalist/writer and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Gabe Kelen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Director of the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), and Director of the Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER). Early on Chuck Todd showed an important table that put Ebola into context. Ebola as an actual killer in America is rare compared to many other diseases, activities, and … [Read more...]

Disjointed private healthcare guarantees more Ebola


 The Ebola scare is just the tip of the iceberg We all love our freedoms. We created civil societies by giving up some of those freedoms for the overall well-being of us all. Society creates a degree of order. We must pay taxes to build roads, maintain a military, protect our environment and much more. While there will always be a fight about how much taxes we want to pay, how much military we really need, healthcare is a no-brainer. We want a very controlled healthcare system because many diseases are very difficult to control. The current Ebola hysteria must be placed into context. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is a private hospital. Had that hospital emergency room behaved like a hospital concerned with healthcare as opposed to the bottom line, Thomas Eric Duncan would likely be alive and two nurses would likely not have been infected. Mr. Duncan had a 103+ degree fever with headaches but  no insurance. Texas did not accept the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare and as such their hospitals are … [Read more...]

Watch Bill Maher teach Democrats how to win the White vote (VIDEO)

Bill Maher, Democrats, Whites

Is Bill Maher stereotyping the White working class voter? Bill Maher attempted to bring in another story on the evils of Islam early in his show Real Time. He relayed yet another anecdotal story about a Pakistani woman that was sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. It was obvious he was still feeling the sting both he and Sam Harris got for their Islamophobic stances from several shows back. Bill Maher quickly changed the subject as he started getting push back from two of his guest, David Frum and David Miliband, who showed much more prowess in the subject than he did. Bill Maher proceeded to concentrate on what he does best on this week's show, political satire. True to form he was very good. "Before they lose the midterm any worse than they already are," Bill Maher said. "Democrats must learn to speak to the one group of people who actually vote in the midterms, Caucasians. You hear a lot about Republicans' inability to reach minorities.  But what about the converse. Have … [Read more...]

Watch Jon Stewart slam GOP Mitch McConnell as architect of government failure (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart, GOP, Mitch McConnell

Jon Stewart hits the nail on its head Jon Stewart once again hits the nail on the head. Most importantly he got to the core of the government dysfunction and the genesis of this iteration that started just before President Obama's inauguration. A few weeks ago President Obama gave a speech where he stated that while he was not on the ballot, his policies were. The snippet got a lot of attention and was placed in the ads of many Republicans. Because of the lack of spine and fortitude of Democrats, that statement while true turned a reality into a liability when taken out of context. The snippet from Jon Stewart's skit above illustrates this perfectly. It is the timidity of Democrats, a failed traditional media, and a Republican Party that has no fear of being called out for lies, misinformation, and policies that materially hurt the middle class that is at fault. Jon Stewart shows McConnell being asked about Kynect in his debate with Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kynect is the very successful implementation … [Read more...]

Watch President Obama reassure Americans that Ebola crisis is under control (VIDEO)

President Obama, Ebola

President Obama reassures Americans Ebola crisis under control President Obama gave a news conference on the Ebola crisis. He wanted to reassure Americans that the Ebola crisis was under control. President Obama postponed today's campaign trip in New Jersey and Connecticut in order to meet with his "cabinet agencies coordinating the government's response to the Ebola outbreak.” In the news conference the President first expressed concern for the two nurses that contracted Ebola. "Our nurses and healthcare workers are absolutely vital to the health and well being of our families," President Obama said. "They sacrifice for us all the times not just in this case but in the case of other illnesses that affect us. They are selfless. They work hard.  They are often underpaid. So our thoughts and prayers are with them. And we have to make sure we are doing everything we can to take care of them." President Obama said they are reviewing exactly what happened in Dallas. They will use what they find to … [Read more...]

Watch Chuck Todd blame candidate for his journalistic screw up

Chuck Todd Alison Lundergan Grimes

Chuck Todd donated the sound bite Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to provide Chuck Todd does not get it. Once he becomes the news in this manner he has failed as a journalist. A few days ago Alison Lundergan Grimes was interviewed by the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board. They asked her whether she voted for president Obama in 2008 and 2012. She justifiably refused to answer. The talking heads and pundits claimed she was not prepared for the question. The lack of sophistication of the traditional media is astounding. It was evident that she was prepared for the question and she intended not to answer it. It was evident that her team likely thought the downside was worse if she answered. Chuck Todd in another case of irrational verbal diarrhea said that her answer 'borders on disqualification'. One wonders how not answering an inconsequential and silly question borders on disqualification yet he never said such on the various substantive lies and misstatements by Mitch McConnell (e.g, implying … [Read more...]

Watch Elizabeth Warren tell Bill Maher real reasons 2014 Election matter

Elizabeth Warren, Bill Maher, Student Loan, Election, 2014

Elizabeth Warren knows exactly why the 2014 Election matters and student loans a big part. Elizabeth Warren was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher a little over a week ago. She was actually the most substantive guest on the show but it got little attention because of the Islamophobic exchange that occurred between Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and Ben Affleck. The gravity of that exchange and the implications it had on an entire community needed to be justifiably challenged. Bill Maher earlier on asked Elizabeth Warren why more Democrats do not speak like she does. Democrats do not provide the full throated populist positions that Elizabeth Warren has been articulating for some time. Her positions and her ability to articulate America's economic ills and unfairness is the reason many think that she ultimately has a better chance of being the president the entire country could rally around. Bill Maher notes that while there is an election coming up in a month or so, many seem oblivious to it. … [Read more...]

Not even a much improved Obama economy can save the middle class (VIDEO)

President Obama Economy Middle Class

 One had to chuckle after reading Jed Lewison’s article “President Obama plagiarizes Mitt Romney's economic pledge ... two years ahead of schedule” mostly because it reads like poetic justice. It seems Obama has been able to fulfill Republican policies. He does them with a twist of our Democratic values. It is also ironic that President Obama's economy has outperformed Reagan's economy with absolutely no fanfare. Last week President Obama gave a speech highlighting all the economics accomplishments of his administration. They are real. He was frank in highlighting a sad reality. While in the aggregate his numbers surpasses those of most presidents, most of the gains for his accomplishments went to a select few. He knows the game is rigged. We know the game is rigged. Unfortunately, given our corporatized economic system with a bias towards capital, President Obama is powerless. Absent a revolutionary change in our economic system math is against the working middle class. Corporations constantly tell … [Read more...]

Don’t vote, Democrats & Moderate Republicans Lose and Middle Class decimated further


A few days ago the article “Lone Star Rising: Voter Registration Soars Across Texas” was blasted in emails throughout many Texas mailing lists. In effect voter registration is on the rise and exceeding past years. Well this week, the Lone Star State got its first indicator of whether the coordinated efforts of BGTX, Texas Democrats and other groups have made any sort of difference. It is not unfair to say that many around the country may be in for a shock.  Here’s what’s going on, starting with the Houston Chronicle… The number of Texans registered to vote in the state’s five largest counties increased by 2 percent since 2012, a reversal of the decline in total voter registrations that was seen before the last midterm election. Nearly 150,000 more Texans in these counties are eligible to vote in November’s election between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis than could vote in the 2012 presidential election, according to tallies released by Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis counties midday Monday, the … [Read more...]

Chuck Todd steps in it again with poor political analysis of Alison Lundergan Grimes’ response on Obama vote

Alison Lundergan Grime

Anyone listening to political analysis coming from the national talking heads is likely constantly pulling hairs out or slapping their heads if they are bald. The lack of consistency and deep thought is simply astounding. It is like they are playing political checkers instead of chess. Alison Lundergan Grimes answered the question appropriately The narrative Friday was that Alison Lundergan Grimes was caught off guard when asked if she voted for President Obama. Here is how she answered the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board on Thursday. Editorial Board: Did you vote for President Obama 2008 20012? Alison Lundergan Grime (D-KY): You know, this election isn’t about the President. It’s about making sure we put Kentuckians back to work. Editorial Board: Could you answer it? Alison Lundergan Grime (D-KY): I was actually an 08 delegate for Hilary Clinton. And I think that Kentuckians know I am a Clinton Democrat through and through. I respect the sanctity of the ballot box and I know the … [Read more...]