Archive for November 30, 2011
Woohoo! Here’s the new, new thing:
Engagement Rings for Men
Engagement rings are a symbol of commitment and they’re not just for brides-to-be anymore. Although it’s not a common tradition, modern men who want show their devotion prior to the ceremony can take a cue from Brazilian and Argentinian couples who typically have a plain band for both the future bride and groom. Men’s engagement rings are also great for same-sex couples who both want to wear a ring.
See the “Best Men’s Engagement Rings” here.
Geez Louise. There’s no end to the things the corporatocracy wants us to think we ah, “need.” Ka-ching!
Ouch, ouch, OUCH! Ron Paul is out with a new ad that eviscerates Newt Gingrich. (I agree, the word eviscerates is used too often and too loosely, but not in this case.) Wow, as political ads go, this is a masterpiece.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued this statement today regarding the Los Angeles Police Department removing American citizens — OccupyLA protesters — from City Hall Park, which they own:
Last night, we witnessed perhaps one of the finest moments in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department.
After 58 days of the Occupy LA protest, 1,400 officers enforced the closure of City Hall Park. The closure, conducted in a professional and restrained manner, was meticulously planned and involved coordination with multiple city departments. Over 200 people were arrested with a minimal use of force and with no major injuries to the police or to protesters. The activists’ fundamental rights were respected. This was a peaceful and orderly conclusion of the encampment at City Hall.
Today, the LAPD stands as a shining example of constitutional policing.
Although we expect further protests as Occupy LA works to broaden its movement, we will work hard to ensure that the City handles these actions with the appropriate restraint. I hope that the Occupy LA activists will do the same.
The movement’s message of restoring the balance to American society is too important to be lost amid clashes and conflict.”
“Restoring the balance to American society…?” Why don’t you send the LAPD to the Citigroup offices and arrest them? That would restore some balance.
I heard someone say the other day that Villaraigosa, a Democrat, has gone over to the side of the 1%ers.
Oh, and what the hell is “constitutional policing?” A new, Orwellian phrase we’ll no doubt be hearing more of.
Back in the fall of 2009, the honchos over at the Fox “Business Network” hired Don Imus to do a weekday morning show in the hope that he would attract more than the 300-some regular viewers. Seems that people who want business news see CNBC as far more credible than Fox. Gee. I wonder why.
Anyway, that grand plan isn’t working:
Don Imus‘s morning show has never been on more radio stations than it is today — more than 80.
But the cowboy boot-wearing jock is having a hard time finding his footing on TV. In the just finished November ratings period, “Imus in the Morning” was the least watched FBN program in A25-54 viewers, averaging 6,000 from 6-9am. An improvement from the 5,000 who watched last month, but down -50% from the 12,000 average in Nov. 2010, when the mid-term elections were the big story.
By comparison, CNBC which is available in 40 million more homes, had more than 10x the A25-54 viewers with 70,000 watching “Squawk Box”. The gap narrows in total viewers as Imus drew 92,000 to CNBC’s 175,000: and both shows grew their Total Viewer numbers year-over-year.
Since May, (5/5/11 – 11/25/11) when Connell McShane took over for Charles McCord, the show has seen an -18% drop in A25-54 viewers. And despite crowing about an occasional win against “Squawk Box”, Imus has not logged a win in the 6-9am block this year, in either Total Viewers or the demo.
It seems to me that adding Imus to the lineup only reinforces the notion that FBN isn’t a “real” business news network. (His show airs for three hours beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET and ending at 9:20 a.m. ET, ten minutes before the “opening bell” at the NYSE.) I’m not surprised the show is a dud. The non-business audience (Imus’ potential viewers) is watching Fox News and people who want business news are watching CNBC.
Poor FBN. They just don’t get it.
During a town hall-style gathering last night in Newberry, South Carolina, an audience member asked Newt Gingrich a question about insuring that everyone with HIV gets treatment. He wasn’t prepared to answer the question so he asked the questioner to forward the information to his staff. Then he concluded with this:
I’m certainly sympathic to what you just said but one of the real changes that comes when you start running for president as opposed to being an analyst on Fox is I, you know, I have to actually know what I’m talking about. It’s a severe limitation.
I’ve always said that Fox thinks its audience is stupid — throw anything at them and they’ll buy it — and this pretty much proves it.
Wow, this is a revealing statement by 1%-er Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York:
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
The moto of the New York Police Department, as inscribed on the side of NYPD police cars,
is: Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect. It, like all other police departments around the country, was established to protect and serve the people. The department is funded by tax dollars paid by the people of the city of New York.
Mike, you work for and are paid by the people of the city of New York too. The NYPD is not your personal army. You should disabuse yourself of that notion inmediatamente.
I love this story:
A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter were just moments from being evicted from their home Tuesday, when sheriff’s deputies and the moving company hired by the bank decided not to go through with the action.
At just three weeks shy of her 104th birthday, Vita Lee has shared her home on Penelope Road in Northwest Atlanta with her daughter for 53 years.
“I love it. It’s a mansion,” Lee said about her house.
Fulton County sheriff’s deputies and movers showed up at Lee’s home Tuesday after Deutsche Bank planned to kick the two women out.
The moving company and the deputies took one look at Lee and decided that would not happen.
“I saw the sheriffs, who came to put them out, take off and leave. I gave all glory to God,” community activist Michael Langford said.
The house and case have been in the court system for years. Possible eviction seemed too much for Lee’s daughter Tuesday. She was rushed to the hospital.
Bravo to the sheriff’s deputies and the movers. Nice to know there are still people in this world who have blood in their veins, not ice.
This would be the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank in June, 2009:
This morning, Dana Milbank, Amanda Carpenter, and I appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources, hosted by Howard Kurtz.
It was a spirited affair and folks can draw their own conclusions. Here’s the video.
The only thing that surprised me was when Dana turned to me after our initial sparring and called me a “dick” in a whispered tone (the specific phrase was, I believe, “You’re such a dick”).
And this would be be Milbank in August, 2009:
Ridiculous, panty-raiding Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is partaking in further jackassery on behalf of the legendary paper yet again, now making videos where he’s calling Hillary Clinton a “mad bitch.”
Being the arrogant, insulated, inside-the-beltway egomaniac that he is, this would be Dana Milbank today: