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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ruffling the Feathers of my Democratic Friends Again

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Written by Larry Benjamin of Random Thoughts Blog


First case came when I posted a satirical blog declaring Obama was to serve a third term. This was shared on the Bill Maher fan page on Facebook and resulted in angry responses from many. I had to go back and explain it was intended to be satire to calm the stormy waters.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

America's Real Fears!!

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Written by Larry Benjamin of Random Thoughts Blog

Much has been broadcast in recent network and cable news outlets regarding ISIS and the threats they impose on America. It is blasted at us on an almost daily basis.

Well listen up my friends, we do have things to fear in America. Things that are much more fearful than the 20,000 or so Sunni fanatics raising hell in the Mideast.

Number one fear should be the semi-stable neighbor that has an arsenal in his spare bedroom. They are out there my friends and they are in your neighborhood. They have the full support of the NRA and to a lesser extent the Republicans. This does not excuse the Democrats, they also fear the NRA and remain silent on the issue of gun control.

Another fear would be the various radical groups that have grown in both number and support since Obama was first elected president.

The Oath Keepers is just one of these groups and should bring fear to all. This group of current and former military and law enforcement officers believe they can disobey any orders given if they violate the U.S. Constitution. Based on their interpretation of the constitution.

This group falls in line with Libertarian thoughts that the Federal Government is an evil empire. A thought that received the support of Saint Ronnie. “Government is not the solution to our problems, government is our problem.”


In the small community of Oakley, Michigan the local police chief came up with a novel method of funding his force. He sold police reserve status to people for various amounts of money. This reserve police status gave the holders the right to carry concealed in areas otherwise off limits. Churches, schools and any other restricted location.

This is still being investigated but the thought of various people with various backgrounds entering churches and schools with concealed weapons brings fear to me.

The SPLC has identified 939 active hate groups in America in 2013. My home state, Michigan has 18 such groups and one of the group’s leaders has been elected to our state congress. On the Republican ticket, if that makes a difference.

Here is a link to the listing of groups if you want to look up one in your neighborhood. ;)

So in conclusion let me say. Yes we do have things to fear in America and the fears we should be focusing on are the threats from within. The mid-east should be left to settle their problems, we must work on the cancer within our boundaries.

A couple of interesting side notes here.

The identities of the reserve police of Oakley, Mi. are currently not being released. They claim fear of ISIS attacks is the reason for their desired secrecy????

In talking to a lady last week regarding the growth of hate groups in America she replied. “Democrats started the KKK.”?????



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

(Video) What Is Independent Underground News and Talk: The Real, True "Underground" Difference

Photo Credit - IU News & Talk  Michigan's Only True "Underground" Progressive Left Radio Network is Independent Underground Radio LIVE, ran by Monica RW since 2010
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 Michigan's Only True "Underground" Progressive Left Radio
Network is Independent Underground Radio LIVE, ran by Monica RW since
2010
Often imitated, never duplicated -- Independent Underground News & Talk along with Independent Underground Radio LIVE & The IURL Affiliate Network of Shows is Michigan's TOP Independent Progressive Left - Urban Politics News, Commentary and Informational site.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Op/Ed: How the Midwest Was Won for the 1%: Right to Work for Less

Photo Credit- The Stand.org - MLK was against Right to Work for Less
Photo Credit- The Stand.org
MLK was against Right to Work for Less
This piece will be a bit reflective but not too long in nature. To start, in the readers mind let us travel back to a time where all the core Midwest States supported the rights for workers to unionize.

It would be the year two thousand eight. Slightly prior to the 2008 election of America's First African-American President, Barack Obama.


What are the Midwest Core states of the historical Northwest Territory: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois. 
Photo Credit -SD4History.com - The Original Northwest Territory
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Two of these states in the years since 2008 are now Right to Work for Less - or widely known as Right to Work. The States are Michigan and Indiana.

In the other three states it appears RTW is literally around the corner from being enacted.

Especially in Wisconsin where non-college graduate Governor and budding Presidential candidate Scott Walker (R) is pushing for the state Assembly to pass RTW before the end of February, or by no later than early March.

Photo Credit - Daily Kos- Illinois  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner
Photo Credit - Daily Kos- Illinois
 Republican Governor Bruce Rauner

Rumor has it Illinois Republican governor Bruce Rauner will do his very best to push some version of RTW through, despite a Democratic Legislature.

Gov. Rauner has signed an recent Executive Order allowing 
for Illinois state Government employees to "opt-out" of paying union dues.

"Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order earlier this month that effectively created a right-to-work system for government employees in the state," reported by Justin Glawe of Al Jazeera America on February 22. "But the move — which bars public-sector unions from automatically collecting fees from nonunion workers — is just the latest and boldest step in what union leaders say is a mounting assault on Illinois’ labor movement."
Full implementation of Rauner's RTW for State Government Employees has been blocked albeit very temporarily by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) and the States' Comptroller Leslie Munger.

Munger has thus far refused to enforce the Governor Rauner's Executive Order, and A.G. Madigan appears to be readying for a legal battle making a beeline right to the U.S. District Court of North Illinois.

"Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sided with Munger and declared the order unconstitutional. In anticipation of this, Rauner filed a federal lawsuit the same week as his executive order asking for a ruling on the fees’ constitutionality," the Al Jazeera article cites. 
"A decision on the case, before the U.S. District Court in northern Illinois, would override Madigan’s position."

Meanwhile, driving the Tri-State Tollway up for Illinois to Wisconsin, it more than appears
Governor Scott Walker (R) is ready to declare the Badger state Right to Work for Less.

Walker, a Republican vying to strangely become President of the United States without a
Photo Credit - Crooks and Liars- Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker
Photo Credit - Crooks and Liars- Wisconsin
Republican Governor Scott Walker
college degree to speak of mission appears to be pulling himself as far possible to the right, in a vain effort to win the Republican Presidential nomination.

And at least in the early GOP Caucus state of Iowa, it's working....

"Walker is leading a crowded field of potential presidential candidates in Iowa with 25% of likely Republican caucus-goers throwing their support to Walker in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The Iowa caucus will be the first test for presidential hopefuls and while the last two GOP winners didn't get far in the primary process, the caucus is a crucial test of conservative credentials and can help signal some candidates off the campaign trail," according to CNN. 
"Libertarian favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky came in second in the poll with 13% of support while former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 caucus winner, and Tea Party darling Ben Carson closely followed with 11% each," CNN cited. Walker also topped the list of second picks, with 13% listing Walker as their second choice.
Why RTW for Governor Walker? Why now when he could have easily made RTW his core Governmental mission in 2012, like Walker's twin Republican Governor to the East of Lake Michigan, Rick Snyder did that same year?

As Walker says or will boast on any corporate media news channel allowing the college dropout to grace his presence, Walker "winning" three elections since 2008 in Wisconsin --including a recall effort-- has embolden his ego to believe he can do anything.

Especially if Walker has the Koch Brothers American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Bradley Foundation, State Policy Network and a huge Right Wing War Chest of never ending funds, behind him.

"The Bradley Foundation, with nearly half a billion dollars in assets, regularly hands out $30 million to $40 million a year. One Wisconsin said the organization is among the largest right-wing funding foundations in the country," reported on the Wisconsin Gazette. Additionally, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the State Policy Network took in over $200,000 in 2011 and 2012 from the effort. Nearly $500,000 went to the anti-organized labor Center for Union Facts and the National Right to Work Legal Defense Fund. 
Bradley also gave $140,000 to the Koch brothers-aligned Americans for Prosperity Foundation that partnered with the Wisconsin MacIver Institute to run a multi-million dollar ad campaign that declared "it's working" in relation to the jobs and economic policies enacted by Walker," the Wisconsin Gazette article cited.
Rolling the opposite way from Wisconsin on I-94 passing into Indiana and Michigan, neither state has seen the bold claims promised in job creation by Republican Governor's Mike Pence (Indiana) or Rick Snyder (Michigan) in 2012 with Right to Work for Less.

In fact, after enacting RTW and cutting to near non-existence business taxes, Michigan faces a over $600 million dollar plus deficit.

"News broke today that the Snyder administration knew about the state’s massive budget shortfall last October while Gov. Rick Snyder campaigned on the premise that he had consistently balanced the budget," Progress Michigan cited in a Press Release on February 18. 
Photo Credit - MLive- Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder
Photo Credit- MLive-Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder 
Lawmakers were told that the state’s tax liability through Michigan Economic Development Corporation MEGA tax credits is $9.38 billion, according to MIRS News, which is almost the entirety of the state’s General Fund Budget during the fiscal year," cited Progress Michigan. 
The state is on the hook for the tax credits through 2031 at varying levels, topping off at $607 million by 2029 and declining after."
“With the MEDC doling out budget-busting tax credits and Gov. Snyder being aware of the situation, but not disclosing it to voters, it’s time for some much-needed transparency across the board,” Progress Michigan Director Lonnie Scott continued. “Giving huge tax credits to corporations without any accountability to the public is clearly a problem — and Gov. Snyder knew it. It’s time we opened up the books, disclosed lobbying and allowed the public and the media to dig into the actions of the MEDC.”
Also RTW Michigan has not created the promised "jobs" either.
“You need 10 years before you can reasonably measure any impact of the adoption of right-to-work law in any state,” said Michael LaFaive, director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy told the Detroit Free Press.
Ten years? Seriously!

Over in Indiana no new business job growth and drop in the median wages of workers that
Photo Credit - Politico - Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence
Photo Credit - Politico -
Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence
take place in a RTW states, makes the Hooster state similar to Michigan in more ways than one.

"It has not impacted us one single bit,” said Chet Fincher, business manager for Carpenters Local 615. “The biggest thing about Right to Work is it was a union-busting effort. I don’t believe it brings in business. I don’t believe a lot of the statistics they give to prove their point. The thing that Right to Work does is it puts a stigma on the state," reporter Pat Munsey wrote for the Kokomo Perspective. It means people don’t have to pay union dues, but that doesn’t mean contractors suddenly can do what they want. 
“Wages drop in a Right to Work state. Training drops in Right to Work states. It’s amazing that people think it’s a free-for-all to infringe on people’s rights. All this did was pad some politicians’ pockets.”
Ohio is not RTW yet. However Governor John Kasich is feeling the pressure from 1%
Photo Credit - Hey Miller.com - Ohio Republican Governor John Kasic
Photo Credit - Hey Miller.com -
Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich
percenters to do so before the end of 2015.

"Ohio proponents will use Michigan and Indiana as examples when they advance their right to work legislation next session (in 2015). 
Two versions of the bill introduced this year will die with the end of the year, but Greg Lawson, a policy analyst at the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, said he expects right to work to return in 2015," a Washington Post article cites.
"Right to work advocates learned their lesson from the 2011 battle over Senate Bill 5, Lawson said, and they plan to lay a more comprehensive foundation to avoid a public relations backlash once their measure is introduced," reporter Reid Wilson wrote.
“It’s going to take a lot of tilling of the soil,” Lawson said. 
"Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is one patch of soil that will need some attention. Kasich told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s editorial board this year that he hadn’t heard any complaints about right to work laws from CEOs looking to open facilities in Ohio," the article stated. Still, he did not say definitively whether he would support or oppose any legislation that might land on his desk."
In the end, although the Midwest five states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin are not all totally won yet.

However, workers in each of these states who have not enacted RTW for Less - Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin-- need to be keenly aware the agenda of 1% percenters include ending your rights bargain for fair wages and benefits, along with weakening the power of any organized union group to do so for you in the near future. 




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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Community Members Stand With Washtenaw County Only African-American Judge Fight To Stay On Bench

Photo Credit - IU News & Talk Community Members in Washtenaw County gathered at the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan to pray and express support for Judge J. Cedric Simpson, the County's only remaining African-American Judge
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk
Community Members in Washtenaw County gathered at the Brown Chapel A.M.E.
Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan to pray and express support for Judge J. Cedric Simpson,
the County's only remaining African-American Judge.
Members of the Washtenaw County Community filled a meeting room at Brown Chapel African-Methodist Episcopal Church on Monday evening in a vow to stand behind the Honorable J, Cedric Simpson, 14-A District Court Judge fight to stand on the bench.

Simpson, Washtenaw County's only remaining African-American Judge faces March 30 hearing before the Judicial Tenure Commission after a formal complaint was filed against him in mid-November 2014.

Judge Simpson who attended the event with relatives, was moved to tears by the
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk
14-A District Court Judge J. Cedric Simpson
attended the Community Support Informational event on
his behalf with relative and gave brief remarks
overwhelming attendance of community members, groups and organizations during the event, offered brief remarks.

"This has been a spiritual battle," Simpson noted while his speech was seemingly broken by hand claps of supporters at the Church location. "Yet I will have my say when I need to have my say."
The complaint filed by an unknown accuser, is centered a September 8, 2013 arrest of a former intern of Simpson, Crystal Marie Vargas.

Vargas, a pre-law student at Cooley Law School out of Ann Arbor, Michigan was selected by Simpson and his staff for a internship program, and worked extensively the Judge on a high-profile case, that led to the conviction of a former Ann Arbor Attorney on sexual assault charges.

According to Friends of the Honorable Cedric Simpson group spokeswoman Leslie McGraw,
Photo Credit - Leslie McGraw Friends of the Honorable J. Cedric Simpson group spokeswoman Leslie  McGraw
Photo Credit - Leslie McGraw
Friends of the Honorable J. Cedric
Simpson group spokeswoman Leslie
McGraw
Simpson's upcoming hearing before the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission has not received the proper amount pre-investigation necessary before requiring the Judge appearance in front of the body.

"First of all, there is a lack of understanding certainly with the general public because he (Simpson) received this complaint with the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commision that is who the complaint came from," McGraw shared during an exclusive January 2014 interview on Independent Underground Radio LIVE. 
 "The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is nothing more than a vehicle to publicly or formally file a complaint. So someone else had to file the complaint."  
"The allegations were not completely vetted. Basically they state there is enough of a discourse here, that we need to investigate further, McGraw stated. "These alleged allegations were treated as if they were hard-in stone, factual pieces of information."
According to a Another Ann Arbor December 9, 2014 article on the Vargas incident, written by the Friends of the Honorable J. Cedric Simpson spokeswoman Leslie McGraw, the allegations against Simpson are on the morning of Sunday, September 8, 2013, Vargas called Judge Simpson at 4:20 am ET after she collided with a tow truck while turning at a blinking red light.

Upon arriving at the location of the accident Simpson learned Vargas has been drinking while driving. Arresting Pittsfield Township Police Officer Robert Cole impounded Vargas vehicle after the intern failed sobriety tests at the scene.

Officer Cole after placing the Intern under arrest stated, "We'll see if we can work on somebody to get your car so we don't have to impound it," then proceeded to place Vargas in the police car for arrest.

Video from the incident shows Officer Cole walking over to Judge Simpson to ask Simpson, McGraw accounted in a written article, to take Vargas car keys due to the intern having no one else available to take possession of the vehicle, and to assist Vargas in avoiding impound fees. Simpson refused to remove Vargas' car from the scene. After the Simpson left, a decision to "crash tow" instead of impound the car was made.



Video Credit - MLive.com

When the vehicle arrived at the impound facility, a impound fee was applied according to McGraw's article on Another Ann Arbor. Several credit card attempts made by Vargas to pay the impound fee balance, failed.

Simpson next paid the tow balance, which Vargas reimbursed the next day. Simpson reported Vargas' arrest and the accident to Cooley Law School, contacted former Pittsfield Township City Attorney Victor Lillich to receive the police report and confirm Vargas' blood alcohol level, for he could make a final decision about the her internship position according to McGraw.

Members of the Washtenaw County community attending Monday evenings informational
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk Washtenaw County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson expressed strong support for Judge Simpson during Monday evenings informational session
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk
Washtenaw County Commissioner
Ronnie Peterson expressed strong
support for Judge Simpson during
Monday evenings informational
session
meeting expressed deep shock and dismay based on known facts of incident, how and why Judge Simpson will face any charges before the Michigan Tenure Commission.

"We should have enough respect for Judge Simpson from knowing him personally, or having relationships with him professionally to know his integrity and honesty goes without question," Washtenaw County Commissioner for District 6, Ronnie Peterson said at the event.  
"Whatever the process is and wherever the process end, we are going to stand by him," Peterson said referring to the upcoming March 30 Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission hearing for Simpson. 
Despite Vargas' accident, arrest on September 8, 2013, and later conviction of driving under the influence along with any questions involving any of Simpson's actions immediately thereafter, the complaint by an anonymous accuser was not filed with the Judicial Tenure Commission officially until November 12, 2014 -- one year and nearly three months after the incident.

Local news resource M-Live Media Group wrote an article on the allegations November 13, 2014 authored by reporter Ben Freed. The article highlighted out a large number of text messages and phone calls between Vargas and Simpson from August - November 2013, to imply some other type of personal relationship existed, in spite of Vargas accident occurring September 8 of the same year. 

"Simpson initially denied that he had a "personal" relationship with Vargas, the two exchanged approximately 10,000 texts and phone calls between Aug. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2013," as it was reported by Ben Freed of MLive.
"The pair allegedly exchanged seven phone calls, including one that lasted for 26 minutes, on the afternoon and evening of Sept. 7, 2013, less than eight hours before Vargas was arrested for drunken driving," according to the MLive article. 
The phone calls and text messages took place well after the court's business hours and as early as 5:30 a.m., the complaint states. Simpson said in his answers to the commission's request for comments that he never socialized with Vargas individually, that his relationship with Vargas was a "professional relationship related to her internship duties" and that his contact with Vargas was only in group settings," the MLive article stated.
MLive's November 14, 2013, article failed to include any statements from Simpson, his supporters in defense, or further explanation about nature of the text messages and phone calls between Vargas and Simpson until nearly a month and two weeks later in a December 22, 2014 follow up piece.

Friends of the Honorable J. Cedric Simpson spokesperson Leslie McGraw offered some insight on why the group believes MLive's reporting was questionable in this case in a exclusive January 2014 interview.

"On the one hand I do feel strongly that it was not reported accurately. But then, on the other hand I also know as a reporter, you create the narrative on what you are given. The second thing is there we need diversity in reporting," McGraw a media journalist stated in an exclusive interview with Independent Underground News & Talk.
"As a reporter one thing that I notice is why the lack of reporting is not a singular event is the changes in how newspapers and media operate."We do not get paid very much, And so it is like the new face of volunteering has become White," she said.
"So has Journalism because you have to have such a strong passion for doing what you do that you are okay with no maybe making as much. Some people are substanize because they are really young or they have support from parents but reporters do not make a lot of money," said McGraw.  
Also, there has not been a lot of positive stories about black men in the press, period. And that is a problem."
MLive did not have a reporter staffed in attendance during Monday evenings informational gathering given by the Friends of the Honorable Judge J. Cedric Simpson group.

Despite what can be perceived as negative press on Simpson's behalf, community members including religious leaders, attorneys, activists, civil rights officials and attending Monday evenings event pledged to stand by Washtenaw County's only African-American remaining Justice, Judge Simpson.

"Judge Simpson without question has been an outstanding member of the 14th District Court. He has been an outstanding community and civil leader," Washtenaw County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson stated.

"It is important that we the community express its support and make sure those that are engaged know that we are 100% behind him all the way."
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk
Ann Arbor NAACP President William V.
Hampton spoke on why the Community
should support Judge Simpson. 
Support for Judge Simpson also was express by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti/Willow Branch, in addition to the Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association and Michigan Citizens United organizations.
"We can't be selective about being active. We have to be activates for justice. That justice applies across the board," said Ann Arbor NAACP President William V. Hampton. "It's not just our friends or our relatives, it not just Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, It's everybody that needs justice. And at unless we stand up for somebody, nobody will stand up for us." 

Simpson's hearing before the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is scheduled to take place March 30, 2015 at the Washtenaw County Courthouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Op/Ed: Lean Forward, Going Left for MSNBC/Comcast Will Switch to Lean Back, Drive Right GOP Position

Photo Credit - www.isthatbaloney.com MSNBC Vows the network will take a Conservative Right stance going forward into the 2016 Elections
Photo Credit - www.isthatbaloney.com
MSNBC Vows the network will take a Conservative
Right stance going forward into the 2016 Elections

Saying this was predictable is an understatement. 


Photo Credit - Business Insider Former MSNBC Host Keith Olbermann was driven off the network by Comcast in 2011.
Photo Credit - Business Insider
Former MSNBC Host Keith Olbermann
was driven off the network
by Comcast in 2011.
Comcast, the Republican leaning corporation they are, goal was to drive the Firebrand of MSNBC off the channel -- that was and always will be Keith Olbermann.

Then, allow for his "replacement" Rachel Maddow to try and fill K.O. shoes. This has never happened and they knew this in advance. 


Next, the goal was built a series of parrots ---oops folks who sounded similar to Rachel around her --can one say overkill, and drive the quasi "Liberal Network" into the ground. 

That is exactly what has happened and it was designed just that way. 

See the point was to drown America or at least the America that watches MSNBC faithfully -- which has been falling by the day since the 2012 Elections-- with so-called "News Anchors". In reality the network Commentary Hosts continue to the same ole', same ole' tired rhetoric from program to program, similar to sheep walking in a line to the barn. 

Viewers and particular the ones who watches less and less MSNBC by the day, have became ever so growing sick to death of the lack of original thought, fiery yet critical when necessary Progressive Stances, and a complete inability to stop toning the lines of Corporate Democrats like "Hillary is a shoe-in" --- a day after the 2012 Presidential Election) and since.


Photo Credit - Extreme Tech Comcast purchased 51% of MSNBC in 2011
Photo Credit - Extreme Tech
Comcast purchased 51% of MSNBC in 2011
Now the chickens have come home to roost, for lack of a better catch phase.

The Big Money Comcast donors next quest is to flood the airwaves with Republican Presidential Candidates, talking points, Citizens United Money --- you name it.

With such, Bye-Bye to "Lean Forward" and Hello to "Drive Right".


From The Daily Beast on February 19:
“Everybody in the food chain from top to bottom understands that the Olbermann era is over,” said an MSNBC source, referring to the glory days during George W. Bush’s administration when incendiary liberal Keith Olbermann regularly attracted a million viewers—many of them seeking refuge from White House and Republican talking points.  
The MSNBC source said, “Going left was a brilliant strategy while it lasted and made hundreds of millions of dollars for Comcast, but now it doesn’t work anymore...The goal is to move away from left-wing TV.”
And BAM --- she drops the mic!  Told ya. 

In the end, MSNBC/Comcast with Billions upon Billions of dollars of post Citizens United money will keep Rachel, however look for her "reporting"/commentary to change BIG TIME. 

Chris Hayes will soon move from show host, back to correspondent and eventually back
Photo Credit - Frankly Curious Rumor has it that MSNBC "All In" Show Host Chris Hayes are numbered
Photo Credit - Frankly Curious
Rumor has it that MSNBC "All In"
Show Host Chris Hayes are numbered.
writing for dollars with The Nation. Joy Ann Reid clock is ticking just like Ronan "Ole" Blue Eyes alleged son Farrow as the duos former show hosting gigs, now correspondent days are numbered. 


The Cycle's three bobble heads with the exception of Ari Melber, who's the smartest one of that bunch, will go back to blogging or Abby Huntsman back on Granddaddy big bucks--Jon Huntsman, Sr. payroll. 

Melber likely will be tapped to fill the 9:00 pm slot as Rachel's last stand will be placing her head to head with the O' Reilly Factor at 8:00 pm ET. Yet, Maddow will be kept until after the 2016 Election cycle for if nothing else the corporate media critics can discuss how bad her ratings will be against Brian Williams II in faux, completely made out of lies stories, Bill O'Reilly. 

Alex Wagner might keep 4:00 pm ET slot as rumor has it she is Phil Griffin's Favored Person ever.


Photo Credit - IU News & Talk MSNBC self-described "Civil Rights  Activist" and show host poses for picture with GOP Firebrand Sarah Palin at the SNL 40 Anniversary event.
Photo Credit - IU News & Talk
MSNBC self-described "Civil Rights
Activist" and show host poses for
picture with GOP Firebrand Sarah Palin
at the SNL 40 Anniversary event.
Al Sharpton will move onto weekends then nothing. By the way, moving Sharpton to nothing on network television eventually will not be a lost after his Glamour Shot at SNL 40 with no other than Sister "Valley Trash" Sarah Palin -- who has called the sitting President of the United States -- a Boy. 

As for redhead liberal Ed Schultz, well he would be well served to fire back up his daily radio show as there is a chance to two Schultz might be next on the chopping block of MSNBC's "Drive Right in the 2016 Elections stance".  

Next the Republican talking points show of Morning Pluke and Stepford Wife Mika will
Photo Credit-The Slate MSNBC Hosts Mika Brzezinski and  Joe Scarborough posing for  questionable "leg photo" shot
Photo Credit-The Slate
MSNBC Hosts Mika Brzezinski and
Joe Scarborough posing for
questionable "leg photo" shot.
expand to four hours in the morning taking over for true news anchor Thomas Roberts "Way Too Early" spot, according to the Daily Beast. This action alone equals four hours of straight un-watchable "Drive Right TV" to start a day.

Yep, MSNBC will be the new Faux News light indeed.  


Despite the ever-growing facts, there will be those who continue to place their heads in the sandbox to boast, "No MSNBC is not going to change. They will keep "Leaning Forward" and other feel good phases like that". 

For these individuals, feel free to make the blind familiar with this "Well Placed" MSNBC source statement to the Daily Beast on February 19, 2015 --as it needs to be repeated often:
The MSNBC source said, “Going left was a brilliant strategy while it lasted and made hundreds of millions of dollars for Comcast, but now it doesn’t work anymore...The goal is to move away from left-wing TV.”
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Labeled "The New Voices of Progressive
Talk Radio" the IURL Affiliate Radio
Network started in late 2014. 



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Who knows! 






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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What do Stories Like This Do to Benefit Mankind?

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By Larry Benjamin of Random Thoughts

These links and stories bring a sadness to my heart.


A link from a right wing friend had this

In this case the author is bemoaning the death of a white teen at the hands of a black teen. Not actually the death but rather the fact that media did not go bonkers over the event. Insinuating, I suppose, that media looks askance at black on white crime while over playing white on black crime.

As you all should know by now, I am against any killing, even innocent critters in the fields.

But, the Conservative Tribune piece above appears to be not against the killing but more interested in pouring fuel on race relations in America. This type of action does absolutely nothing to advance or improve race relations and should be condemned.

And another site spoke of the recent death of Kayla Mueller in this way.

"No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead," conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel wrote on TuesdayX, under the headline,

"Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch."

More provoking of racial and ethnic hatred for sure.

Just today I received another meme. This one showing what appears to be a mid-eastern mother strapping a suicide vest on her young son. This came from a “minister” who apparently skipped school the day they were teaching Matthew 7:12
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Do these people have no conscience? Or are they just too ignorant to know what they are doing?

Ignorance, in my opinion is not at fault here, rather a designed plan to foster anger and hatred among the races of the world. If we are fighting among ourselves we develop a blind eye to the real evils of the world. The oligarchs controlling us and our governments.

We must all join together to wrest control from these greedy thugs. Do not let them divide us!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Op/Ed: Rev. Al Sharpton: It's Time to Turn In Your 'Black Civil Rights Leader' Card

Photo Credit - Rev. Al Sharpton Verified Facebook Page
MSNBC Host and self-proclaimed Civil Rights Leader Al Sharpton takes a photo
with Fox News Commentator and self described 'Mommy Grizzly" Sarah
Palin 
Kid you not. This writer was on her way to sleep in bed as the time is mighty late in arctic cold Michigan this early Monday Morning then....

The above picture landed right on our Independent Underground News & Talk Facebook page. At first, the usual initial thoughts came to mind: Photoshop Bomb, Facebook Hack, One Big Facepalm Moment in Time Event.

However, it appears none of this is true, and worst -- the picture is likely real as the quote says:
"On the red carpet with Sarah Palin at the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live #SNL40," described on the Rev. Al's Facebook page."
Oh My!

Believe it or not, the picture has been linked for five hours now on the Official verified Facebook Page of the Reverend Al Sharpton -- self proclaimed "Civil Rights Leader" and President Barack Obama chosen media resource -- or so Sharpton says.


Well, let us hope our first African-American President will cease and desist this relationship immediately after Revenend Al's at least as evident by the photo -- cozy relationship with no other than Sarah Palin.

Remember, this is the same Woman who stated God --yes God -- wants President Obama impeached, among her other negative tirades about the sitting Commander in Chief including calling the Constitutional Scholar an "Overgrown Boy".


Allow us to round up our thoughts about this photo, shall we....

Again, this now famous photo is linked on the Reverend Al Sharpton Facebook Page, which is VERIFIED with the little blue circle verification icon -- so that ends ALL CLAIMS of the Photoshop Bomb was planted.

Second, this should indeed tell anyone with the brain God gave them -- EVERYTHING they need to know and more about the Reverend's true motives.

Third, there is no way in ever, never-ever any staff member of IU News & Talk would take WILLINGLY a picture with this piece of Wasilla, AK Valley Trash. Palin described herself as Proud Valley Trash by the way with a T-Shirt.
Photo Credit - The Huffington Post
Sarah Palin former Governor of Alaska wearing
a "Proud to be Valley Trash" T-Shirt 
Four, what the heck is he WILLINGLY again taking a photo with this Slime Filled, Fox News Loving, Bottom of the Barrel Scrapping Woman, unless -- it is a Pot Calling Kettle Black Moment here.

In the end, the Rev needs to turn in his so-called "Black Civil Rights Leader Card" as he has in this photo shot rightfully been exposed, and completely disrespected any connections he had to Black History Month now or in the future. 


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