“Well, if enough LMPEs don't come, Arizona certainly will care. The last boycott (over MLK Day) cost the city of Phoenix alone 170 conventions and $300M. But if Arizona wants to kiss that money goodbye, I'm sure California or New Mexico will be more than happy to see LMPE.”
“The Palinistas who view her show MAY make it a hit, after all, it doesn't take much on cable to make a "hit", especially on the channel formerly known as The Learning Channel. But I'd be willing to bet the rest of the time those folks will be watching Faux News, the 700 Club, the fishing channel, the hunting channel, whatever.
However, I'd be willing to bet the base of the Discovery Channel's viewership has completely antithetical views, and while not all will boycot their channels, a substantial (and vocal) minority will. And it will impact their ratings across the board. And a subtantial if vocal segment will contact and lobby the sponsors of the channel in general, not just the specific program, and start pressuring them to drop the network. After all, a number of Faux News' erstwhile sponsors dropped the network after Glenn Bleck's various antics and statements. It is fairly easy to scare a company away from a certain channel if enough public pressure is applied.”
“Stargazer13, I feel your pain, I was laid off in November (so my lovely former employer could avoid paying me for holidays or a Christmas bonus). Then they had the nerve after laying me off in November to urge me to find another job quickly because it would be much harder to find one as Thanksgiving approached, when what they really cared about was the longer I was unemployed, the more money they had to pay to California. I had already decided to leave that job, was wondering how I was going to job hunt without being found out, so problem solved. ;D
No matter how little money you have, there are still good reasons to move it. It will cost the big bank time and money to close your account. The more customers who close their accounts and tell the big banks its because they are evil and won't lend money like local banks will, it will get their attention -- eventually. Most importantly, If we give our money to local banks, and enough of us do it, it will increase lending to local businesses, which should increase hiring, which indirectly may result in us getting jobs. Plus customer service at the big banks s u c k s anyway.
My money was already moved, but I'm happy to report my local bank is listed on the solvent bank list for my area code, so woo hoo!”
stargazer13 on Dec 29, 2009 at 22:48:25
“Good Luck to us all in this fast approaching NEW YEAR !!
May The Sun Always Shine Warm Upon You And Yours ! For as Long as The wind Blow,s”
“Heard on MSNBC a little while ago that his people were notified about the voice mail message several DAYS ago...well in advance...and that it would become public. So he had the opportunity to be proactive and tell the truth well in advance of the latest sordid details becoming public, and chose to continue lying and prevaricating, and then when they were made public, gave a half hearted less than contrite non apology apology.
Doesn't seem genuinely contrite to me. And not particularly smart.”
“Yes, seriously. Morality isn't dictated by "legal obligation", its a higher standard.
As for police leaks and you're privacy, if you wrap your car around a neighbor's tree at 2:30 a.m. and they have to call 911 to get the police and paramedics out to tend to you, you've already waived some of your expectation to a right to privacy.”
“A couple of days ago a guest on one of the MSNBC shows said who cares about this stuff, we ought to be a heck of a lot more outraged that Tiger Woods was asked to speak out against I don't remember, something like prison labor or child labor or something no-brainer like that, and he refused to do so.
I'm actually thankful in a way that he's a bad cheater so at least his wife knows the truth (or a reasonable approximation) and can act accordingly. I find the cheating offensive, on behalf of his wife and children, but there are other issues out there that I find equally or more appauling and reprehensible. Like repeatedly lying (to the point of seriously insulting the collective intelligence of the public), and then when the first shoe drops, half-admitting, half concealing the truth, until the next shoe drops, and having to make another half-baked semi-confession. And not cooperating with the police investigation -- that's the biggie for me, and I should think, for his sponsors.”
“Tiger is the one who made this whole sordid mess go beyond the family bounds. As for what he is or is not admitting, technically, he didn't admit an affair, or affairs (plural), but what other transgressions that let his family down that he regrets with all his heart could he be alluding to? Not filing his tax return on time? Puhlease.”
“You're right, it is very sad -- at least for the wife and kids, who are the true victims. As for him, he deserves whatever he gets. He purportedly has been messing around with one woman for two years, he had plenty of time to regret and stop, or better yet, not do it in the first place.
If he were truly contrite, he wouldn't have been calling up the girlfriend and trying to hide the affair from his wife, he would have been man enough to admit it. If he were truly contrite, he would have taken his lumps and cooperated with the police. If he were truly contrite, he would admit exactly what he's done, rather than this politicians non-apology apology.
He can rail against the press' invasion of his privacy, and that the public has no right to know the sordid details, but first, he set himself up for it, with the affair(s), his clumsy concealment attempts, and his evasion and transparent lies, and second, by saying anything -- it would be one thing if he kept silent and said nothing, and let the public think the worst -- but by reacting to successive public revelations with further prevarication and half-truth admissions, without complete disclosure, clearly, shoes are going to continue to drop. Lying and covering up always make it worse.”
“Having morals, a sense of responsibility/duty towards your family, and a good character also makes being faithful to your spouse really easy.
They also make it a no-brainer that you're going to cooperate with the police, too.”
Mantle on Dec 2, 2009 at 18:07:44
“Seriously? If I"m not legally obligated to share details with police why should I. I don't quite understand the morality or sense responsibility about gabbing my private affair to the police. As I understand, once I speak to the police, I can't expect or receive any sense privacy. It never happens - things always leak.”
Sheldongirl on Dec 2, 2009 at 18:05:13
“I like your stmt....I replied to this with a similar stmt but for some reason it didn't post.....”
lynettema on Dec 2, 2009 at 17:47:00
“Woods complied with Florida law. Implying otherwise is disingenuous. Being poor doesn't automatically make one the moral equivalent of Mother Teresa.”
“I certainly hope for the sake of Alaska that the incoming Governor promptly fires every single Palin appointee and political or personal crony who was appointed to a job they weren't qualified for just because they were a friend or supporter of the Palins. If he wants to clean up some of the taint, the corruption, the egregious cronyism, that's where he should start.
As for Palin, I bet she didn't even give that a thought, what's gonna happen to her friends and pals that she put in high places and that could be removed by her successor just as quickly.”
“Not at all. Even though supposedly the kid was asking to be tasered, he wanted to know what it felt like, as the adult he should never have done it. But the appropriate means of dealing with that is through the divorce court, and child custody issues. It is not exploiting your position as an official of the State to try to pressure folks into firing the guy for illegal reasons 'cause he divorced your sister. I don't sympathize with terrorists either, but I don't believe we should torture them. I don't support any abuse of power.”
“Maybe some of those Alaskans who filed those ethical complaints saw them as their own form of Tea Bag Protests, trying to get their Governor to do her job and follow the rules. Its democracy in action, Mrs. Palin!”
“Many Republicans only want less government when it means a social safety net, universal health care, punitive damages for prescription drugs' side effects and environmental poisoning, a woman's right to choose, and Democratically appointed judges.
If it means warrantless wiretapping, paying for abstinence only education, faith based programs, school vouchers, trying to save Republican owned auto dealerships, overpaying through the nose for anything Halliburton does, and trying to stifle free press and free speech through lawsuits, now THAT kind of big government they're all for.”
“Its not just about getting money. Its about trying to stiffle public criticism and people who say things she doesn't like. Everything I have read about her, from being Wasilla mayor to now, suggests she has a vindictive, retributional character. Didn't support her for Wasilla mayor? She fired you when she won. Divorced her sister? She tried to get you fired. Didn't fire the ex-BIL when she wanted you to? Then she fired YOU. Wrote blog entries she didn't like? Then she threatens to sue you. Problem is, slander and libel cases are hard to win, especially when writing about political figures, and especially when there may be some truth behind the rumors.
Where can we contribute to the blogger's defense fund?”
NomadicView on Jul 5, 2009 at 03:45:45
“Disagree. It is all about the money. Rupert Murdoch has reportedly signed a multi-million dollar contract for her autobiography and this is PR stunt. Faux news is throwing its slimy support behind her. Just can't imagine how they are connected. The more trouble and bluster she stirs up, the more coverage, and in turn, the higher the sales of the book. And the beauty of it? She is asking the gullible to donate money to pay for her legal fees!
Cheney's attacks have been motivated for the same reasons. He is the last of the top Bush people to come out his personal spin, i.e. a book.”
“Lemme see...even assuming her claim to be TRUE....which would you rather have as president....
Former beauty queen turned sportscaster turned Alaska governor who MAY have superior running endurance but attended five colleges in six years, couldn't name a single newspaper or magazine she read, and apparently still can't come up with a plausible explanation why being Governor of Alaska gives her foreign policy experience, or the guy who attended Harvard, got a law degree, outsmarted the Clintons, and could probably outscore Palin on an IQ test by about 40 points.