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Showing posts with label Robby Sobel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robby Sobel. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Examiner: Rush Limbaugh: Democrats don't recognize 'authentic' blacks without slave roots



Robby Sobel, The Examiner, explores the intricacies of the Right-wing controversy of President Obama's ethnicity.  It is impossible to explore such bigotry without focused on the GOP ideology leader: Rush Limbaugh. We like Robby find it both perplexing and horrid that we have to even "go there". But, we react to the environment which we live.  A must read.....

Cross posted from www.examiner.com



Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh


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One of the biggest critics of President Obama and the work done by Ancestry.com was conservative radio show host, Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show this week, Limbaugh attacked the study done by Ancestry.com and ripped the history of African-Americans.
"You can't, in the Democratic party, be an authentic black unless you can have ancestral traces to the deep south and slavery, causeyou not down for the struggle otherwise. If..if you don't have a provable, documentable genealogical trace to slavery, then you are not down for the struggle, and questions of...Well, yeah, you have to be marching, too. I mean that was qualifier number two, you had to march. But a lot of people marched that were not with slave blood. Heston marched. James Garner marched. A lot of people who weren't alive then marched. Just listen to them tell you. By now, everybody, every white liberal marched. Every white liberal in Hollywood marched, but, anyway, I'm getting distracted here."


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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Examiner...... A look back: How Republicans fell off an economic cliff over the last century

Cross posted from the Examiner Dot Com

A look back: How Republicans fell off an economic cliff over the last century


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It wasn't too long ago that the Republican party looked much different than it does today. Compared to the current incarnation, the men and women who represented the Republican party of yesterday might not even be welcomed in today's GOP. As the years have gone by, conservatives across the country have taken steps to the right of the political spectrum and today are nearly falling off a cliff.
The current Republican party is no longer a party that relates to the average American. Whether it's economic or social issues or foreign policy, the Republicans take a far right stance with nearly every position. After the stock market crashed on October 29th, 1929, following three straight Republican presidencies over a 12 year period, President Franklin Roosevelt was sworn into office in March of 1933 and over the next 12 years got the United States back on its feet. Following the guidelines in his "New Deal," which included the creation of the Social Security program, Americans found themselves getting out of poverty and back into the workplace. After leading the country into a position to win World War 2, President Roosevelt passed away on April 12th 1945. His vice president, Harry Truman, became president and less than a month later, finished the war and the United States and their allies were victorious.
When the stock market crashed, the top tax rate was 24%. The top tax rate in 1923 was 56%, but was lowered to 25% in 1925 and pushed down further leading to the destruction of the American economy only a few years later. One of the main reasons the United States was able to bounce back was because the country was receiving more revenue from its citizens. The top tax rate was increased to 63% in 1932 and by the time President Truman left office in 1953, the top tax rate was 92%. When Republican President Dwight Eisenhower took office in 1953, the country was doing well. It was common place for only one parent in the household to work, easier to raise multiple children and a family could afford to send their children to college without having to worry about massive debts holding them down for years to come.
In the 1950s and 1960s, unions were strong, workers made a living wage and pension plans and vacation time were normal. Not everything was perfect in the 1950s as civil rights for African Americans, women and minorities were being fought and the horror of what was going on in the streets of America was disturbing. While the country had its ups and downs, both parties seemed to be able to sit down and have a conversation with each other, unlike in Washington today.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Examiner: Rush Limbaugh compares President Obama's immigration policy to Nixon's Watergate


Cross posted from The Examiner.com

Rush Limbaugh

On Friday afternoon, President Obama walked out to the Rose Garden at the White House, stood in front of reporters and officially announced the suspension of deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. Met with a positive response from his supporters and heavy criticism from his detractors, President Obama gave the United States a story heading into the weekend.
After trying to pass the DREAM Act, a landmark immigration reform bill, for the three years he's been in office, President Obama had to do something to excite the Hispanic community leading into the 2012 election. With a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and enough in the Senate, the president and the Democrats have had no chance of passing the DREAM Act. Taking matters into his own hands, President Obama made his move.


"40 years ago Richard Nixon was hounded out of office, supposedly for his illegal actions, and I'm telling you whatever Nixon did pales in comparison to just this move today. Obama declaring amnesty for 800,000 illegals based on their youth status. Just the stroke of his pen. It's...It's not constitutional" 


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Exminer Dot Com: 5 Worst GOP Governors

Cross posted from the Examiner.com 

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GOP Governors

 In the United States today, the political climate is very divided. As the Democrats seem more willing to come to the center and compromise, the Republicans in office take giant leaps to the right pulling their entire party and voting base with them. The Occupy Wall Street movement came along and pulled some Democrats in a more progressive direction, but were the country goes in the long run is difficult to predict. The good news for America is that as each protest continues to grow, the anger towards income inequality and standing up for the middle class is a message that has been generated throughout the country. They say that all politics are local and when you come down to a state level you see that the Governor of the state has more power then you might think. Here is a list of five of the worst Governors in the country today.

1. Rick Scott (Republican-Florida)- Ah, the sunshine state. Florida has always been known as a "swing-state" in elections, but with the Tea Party wave running its way through the country in 2010, Florida was no exception. With a strong conservative base, especially in Central Florida, Governor Rick Scott was able to defeat the Democrat, Alex Sink in a tough election. One could only wonder how Scott was even able to get into office in the first place. Rick Scott helped create and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Hospital Corporation in the late 1980s and then merged with the Hospital Corporation of American in 1989. Fast forward to 1997 and Scott was forced to resign as CEO when his company was charged with the largest Medicare fraud in US history, $2 billion, while pleading the fifth 57 times in court. In addition to his issues before being Governor, Scott has shown that as Governor he has been just as bad. While giving massive tax breaks to the wealthy, Scott is requiring over 600,000 government workers to contribute 5% more to their retirement while cutting over $2,000 a year for public teachers to offset the lack of revenue coming back into the state government. Rick Scott also turned down $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to build a high-speed rail that would have created nearly 25,000 jobs over the next decade. The icing on the cake for Scott is he has proposed completely cutting support for historically black colleges and universities and is shutting down state agencys that help minority small businesses.

2. John Kasich (Republican-Ohio)- The idea of a labor union is very important. Unions are a united voice for workers to create a fair environment with the top owners and executives of a company. Public unions are put together to create the same situation, but instead of collectively barganing against a corporation or business, it's done with the government. In the current economic state that the country is in, it's not unfair to ask everyone to contribute in getting the economy back on track. The main issue with Governor Kasich is that he doesn't handle the situation fairly. While claiming to fix the budget for Ohio, Kasich has asked union members to take a cut in pay and contribute more to their pensions and health care, at the same time giving massive tax breaks to the most wealthy citizens in the state. Not only has Kasich ask unions to take a pay cut, he always wants to take away the ability of the unions to even bargain. If this isn't enough, Kasich is the first Governor not appoint an African-American to a state cabinet post since 1962.

3. Scott Walker (Republican-Wisconsin) - Like his Republican friend in Ohio, Scott Walker has been known for his anti-union and anti-worker stance in his policies. Walker, like the Republican ideology, stands by the rich and puts his foot on the throat of the rest of economic class. For what seemed like months, thousands of Wisconsin citizens occupied the state capital in protests over Walkers anti-American plans for getting his budget under control. The reason that these workers were protesting wasn't simply because they had to contribute more out of their paychecks, but because the wealthiest citizens of Wisconsin didn't have to contribute much of anything.

See numbers 4 and 5 at The Examiner.com



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Monday, June 11, 2012

The Examiner: Top Romney adviser blames President Obama for public sector job losses



When Ronald Reagan famously spoke, "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem," it planted the seed of an ideology for future generations of Republicans to run on. Over the last three decades, conservatives across the country have promoted the idea that everything the government does it bad, and everything the private sector does is good. Key Mitt Romney adviser, Bay Buchanan, once again echoed the rhetoric from the Republican party.
Appearing on CNN, top Mitt Romney adviser and former Treasurer of the United States under President Ronalad Reagan, Bay Buchanan, pointed her finger directly at President Obama and blamed him for all the recent public sector job losses.
“He had to take some responsibility for the economy that his policies have created after three and a half years. Take a little responsibility. Show a little leadership.”

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Friday, June 8, 2012

The Examiner: The Republican attack on public education and unions


Cross posted from The Examiner Dot Com
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(UPDATE- 6/8/12) The true foundation of a person is their education. Whether it's in the classroom or knowledge that is gained throughout life, the education of a person is important. In the United States, it seems that education is under attack as public schools see their funds cuts by conservative lawmakers, and many college and university tuitions are rising faster than people can keep up with.
At over $1 trillion, The USA Today reports that student loan debt is now greater than credit card debt in the United States. In 2010, over $100 billion was given out in student loans. According to a report by credit.com, the average college debt held by students when they graduate is over $25,000. However, before students can get to college they get educated in elementary school, middle school and then high school. While college tuition is increasing, public education is under attack by Republicans across the country, putting children in America at a severe disadvantage.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Exploring a Network Cancer Part II: The Examiner.com....CNN analyst and radio show host compares union bosses to plantation owners


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Cross posted with permission from The Liberal Examiner

Scott Walker able to hold on in the Wisconsin recall election, Republicans and conservatives across the country are gearing up for the November election and are prepared to attack union workers more than ever. Conservatives often attack unions and their workers because the union demands fair wages for the employee. Private sector unions negotiate with the business owners to create a balance of equal pay and treatment in the workplace. Public sector unions negotiate with the local governments to create the same fair balance between worker and employee, in the public sector case, the state and local government.

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Exploring a Network Cancer: CNN's Affinity for Dana Loesch (Part I)



He surely leaves a legacy  Loesch, his legacy will include unethical video editing and outright editorial lies.

Why does CNN continue to employee Dana Loesch?  Loesch has a past that involved active Tea Party membership and she is an active participant in the Far-Right domain of AM radio. The Examiner.com's, Robby Sobel, has written a piece about  Loesch's her use of a metaphorical reference to slavery in her right-wing radio broadcast. The domain of AM radio is truly the relam of older whites who for the most part support the GOP and conservative values. Loesch's latest  mis-step is right out of the mouth of Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter and Maulkin. If we explore a bit it is not hard to see why the aforementioned demagogues influence minds on the Right.

Can you remember ever hearing a Left-leaning radio host? If you can remember one, is the host still on the air? The Left-wing radio host are an extinct species. They just do not represent a social and political paradigm that draws listeners.

Progressives simply do not spend hours upon hours listing to Radio broadcast.  Example, I am a prolific listener of NPR, but only if I am in my automobile. A bit of information about news viewers and listeners before I move to a great screed from the Examiner.com's Robby Sobel (The Examiner.com , Part II).  A Fairleigh Dickinson University study reported on people who view of listen to US national US media. The survey is linked via an article on Poytner.org.

Cybercollege.com publish and April 2012 article on radio listeners, format preferences and listener choices.  The article includes  a brief reference to Talk Radio.
News/Talk
>>Overall, the largest share of the overall radio audience today listens to news/talk stations. (These are also referred to as "News/Talk/Information" and "News/Talk/Personality.") 

The overwhelming majority are considered conservative in their perspective and they have gained popularity primarily by attacking political parties and politicians they deem as "liberal."



The popularity of Talk-Radio among the nations conservatives is no surprise, if one considers talk radio listener demographics.

Stateofthemedia.org


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Robby Sobel, Examiner.com, screeds Limbaugh the buffoon!


Sometimes searching around the Internet generates screeds that are dead-on. One such piece was discovered as I visited the examiner.com. Apparently, Limbaugh has stoops a another low in challenging the credibility of a person who Romney formerly abused, and I believe the person is now deceased. 

If you have not read the Robby Sobel piece here is an excerpt.

Rush Limbaugh was discussing the upcoming presidential election between President Obama and Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, and started his normal rant against the president. Limbaugh claimed that President Obama doesn't have anything to run on against Romney, and unlike previous Republican candidates, he believes Romney has a clean personal history. 
"The biggest problem Obama has in this reelection is that Romney hasn't been divorced and so there aren't any hidden divorce papers. There's no hidden prenup, there's no dirt there to be found on Romney. I mean, that's why the Washington Post went out and tried to create some dirt 50 years ago, that's it, that Romney bullied some long haired, maggot infested, dope smoking type kid back in prep school. And that was it, that's the typical Obama campaign, it blew up on him, it didn't work."
Yes, Limbaugh is a piece of work. he is also a very dangerous man due to his reach and impact among the nation's conservative minions who lust for his every word.  (Note: many conservatives are as also disdainful of Limbaugh)


Sobel adroitly addresses his demagoguery and the extent of its scope.  I have personally seen video of him espouse the need to return to segregated schools (or school buses) based on an infraction between a young white kid and a small group of black school mates. The black school mates were in the wrong, but it was way over the top to tickle his absorbing audience with a longing for segregation. 


He is, factually, a sterling example of why so many find fault in far-right America. He is the lighthouse that guides many of the souls; and no countering souls from the right dare speak-out against him.  


I think between Sobel's screed and my last statement, we have identified the classic example of a bully. He is also a bully one could easily lavish with disparaging adjectives, as his past is laced with colorful examples.
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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Did Santorum make a Freudian Slip (almost)?

Is this the candidate who quipped about President Obama's use of a Tele Promopter?"
I awakened this morning very typically, reluctantly, but clear necessary.  After a cup of my favorite java (Kenya AA),  my morning routine  got under way with a check my news sources.  After running through my standard linked super heavy weight news links (Huff Post, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Guardian.uk, Reuters, and yes, AOL.com, Addictinginfo.org), I noticed a partially hidden headline from the pages of The Examiner.  The headline led me to an article by Robby Sobel, writer for The Orlando Liberal Examiner, with the following headline:

Did Rick Santorum call President Obama the N-word? 


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