Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Truest statement of the week

Obama’s former lawyers at United to Protect Democracy understand that Americans demand only that politicians use pretty words to justify the barbarities committed in their name. If you stick with the formula, the template, and make Americans feel exceptional, then you can bomb the hell out of the rest of the world, at will.

-- Glen Ford, "Criminal Nation: Obama and Trump Both Should Be Jailed for War Crimes" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).
















Truest statement of the week II

Obamacare is now history because Obama himself and the rest of his party refused to enact Medicare for all, which is what the country needs and wants. Instead, they jerry-rigged a hodge-podge of insurance and Big Pharma bailouts and called it healthcare. Arguing that Obamacare is better than nothing or better than the Republican plan which will rob millions of people of their coverage is an example of how the Democrats have been wiped off of the political map from coast to coast.

-- Margaret Kimberley, "Freedom Rider: Democratic Party Death Spiral" (BLACK AGENDA REPORT).

















A note to our readers

Hey --

A Tuesday..






Let's thank all who participated this edition which includes Dallas and the following:



The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.

And what did we come up with?


Another truest for Glen Ford.
And another for Margaret Kimberley.
There is no future in Iraq without political reconciliation.

Ava and C.I. examine the TV landscape.

No, he didn't.  This our effort to emulate big media by ignoring real issues of this administration that need to be followed to instead invent  falsehoods to attack Donald Trump.
Oh, Corrine, you're as crooked as your wig.
Weighing in on some comics.
Good job.
Be sure to check out BLACK AGENDA RADIO.
What we listened to while writing.
Important article from SOCIALIST WORKER.
Press release from Senators Isakson and Tester.
Repost from BURN PITS 360.

That's what we came up with.

 Peace,






-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I











Editorial: Where's the reconciliation?


Iraq: Forces have surrounded ISIS in Mosul's Old City, leaving ISIS in control of only 10% of western half of city.


209 days of The Mosul Slog and counting.

When will it end?

More importantly, what then?

The Islamic State took hold in Iraq due to the persecution of the Sunnis.

When is that addressed?


Because it was supposed to have been addressed in 2007.

That's when Bully Boy Bush came up with his 'benchmarks' for success.

And the Iraqi government was supposed to meet those benchmarks in order continue to have the support -- money and military -- of the United States.

Ten years ago and they've still not moved towards political reconciliation.

The US government?

It looked the other way under Bully Boy Bush, it looked the other way under Barack Obama and it's looking the other way under Donald Trump.

Either national reconciliation takes place or every few years there's another ISIS -- maybe with a different name, maybe not.

The answer is reconciliation.





















TV: The Bell Tolls For Diversity

Last week's real massacre took place as the broadcast networks culled their line ups.




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The biggest casualty was diversity.

As usual, no one in The Water Cooler Set noticed.

2 BROKE GIRLS was a CBS utility player, yes, that could be placed anywhere on the schedule and pull in viewers.

It was also a show with a diverse cast which included Chinese-American Matthew Moy and African-American (and original SNL cast member) Garrett Morris.  More to the point on CBS -- where Joel McHale, Matthew Perry, Judd Hircsh, Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc are among the many men given sitcom leads by the network in recent years -- it starred Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.

With the cancellation of 2 BROKE GIRLS, the only sitcom led by females is MOM starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney.

Four new sitcoms will air on CBS next fall: BY THE BOOK, YOUNG SHELDON, 9JKL and ME, MYSELF, AND I -- all revolving around male characters.

Diversity also took a huge hit when ABC cancelled the sitcom DR. KEN starring Korean-American Ken Jeong and which also included Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Krista Marie Yu.

But ABC's biggest diversity hit was with LAST MAN STANDING -- a show that found its footing in season two and ended its sixth season as ABC's 2nd highest rated sitcom and 3rd highest rated scripted show.


LAST MAN STANDING was the only sitcom ABC had -- the only one on any network -- that revolved around a lead character who was conservative.

We'll come back to 2 BROKE GIRLS and LAST MAN STANDING, but for now let's note THE GREAT INDOORS.  This was a strong season one show -- and strong in the ratings.  But the Joel McHale sitcom got the axe because CBS forgot that their biggest sitcom hits tend to blossom in seasons two and three -- see THE BIG BANG THEORY, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, etc.

NBC's cancellations included THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION.  As we noted, hurting the show was the decision to keep the identity of Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) a secret from Scottie (Famke Janssen).  The audience knew she was his mother and the show would have zipped along faster if they'd let Scottie in on the secret -- as it did in the final two episodes.  Lesson for future show runners: Plotting is important, have more than one plot point an episode.

FOX needs to learn a lesson too.  PITCH?  Not a show we honestly cared for.  We liked the cast.  We were so-so on the scripts.  But we did appreciate and acknowledge the fact that families loved this show.  Instead of cancelling the series, they should have considered moving it to the first hour of prime time on Sundays.  This has traditionally been a strong berth for family fare even if it's been years since the networks remembered that.  An hour lead-in to THE SIMPSONS, BOB'S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY would leave only one troubled half-hour for the network to fill.


Though the network elected to renew LAST MAN ON EARTH, that show is doing worse than ever with many episodes of hitting record lows this past season.  In fairness, we should also point out that the show has improved and is often funny but how do you convince the people who sampled the show long ago to come back and give it another chance?


No amount of marketing is going to help SUPERSTORE.  NBC's failed sitcom will move next fall to Tuesday nights and follow THE VOICE.

Why?

The so-so ratings of season one disappeared in season two as the show tanked non-stop.

It might make sense to keep the sitcom if you were pinning its poor second season performance on being teamed with THE GOOD PLACE -- an unfunny sitcom that ended its season with half the viewers that showed up for its premiere.

However, THE GOOD PLACE is not just being brought back, it's being moved to Tuesday nights with SUPERSTORE.

Fall was supposed to be NBC's big comeback.  WILL & GRACE will return for 12 episodes.  This is a smart move (one we hope is also smartly executed).  But despite boasting that they're attempting to return Thursday nights to must-see-TV, WILL & GRACE is the only multi-cam sitcom they're offering.

Which brings us back to 2 BROKE GIRLS and LAST MAN STANDING.

They're multi-cams.

And they're doing well in syndication.

The way NBC's sitcoms did -- when they were multi-cams.

SEINFELD, FRIENDS, etc still do well in syndication.

When NBC moved to single-cam, they ran their audiences off with crap like MY NAME IS EARL, THE OFFICE, etc.

All those shows?

They have no syndication life.

People are rushing to offer excuses for why 2 BROKE GIRLS and LAST MAN STANDING were cancelled.

It's not really a secret.

CBS cancelled 2 BROKE GIRLS because it hates women, it always has hated women.

Lucille Ball solo?

They were forever hoping she'd crash and burn in the ratings.  At one point, they brought Doris Day to the network with the hopes that it would allow them to get rid of Lucy.

THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW?

What kind of a network doesn't call a meeting to try to keep a hit sitcom?

MAUDE, KATE & ALLIE, DESIGNING WOMEN, MURPHY BROWNE, THE NANNY, CYBIL -- even non-sitcom CAGNEY & LACEY -- CBS is the network that hates women.

Always has been, always will be.

Which is how it cancels 2 BROKE GIRLS without breaking a sweat.

Tim Allen's sitcom?

ABC cancelled it because of Tim's politics.  Not just his character's politics, but Tim's politics.

People can debate like crazy but ABC didn't want to meet with 20th CENTURY FOX about cost-cutting -- or about anything.

They wanted to dump their third most successful TV show because of Tim's politics onscreen and off.

That's not right.

The lie is that they axed it because they didn't own the show.

Really?

That's the argument they want to make?

Because we remember the US government ruled that studios couldn't make films and own theaters -- it was considered a monopoly.  A similar anti-trust action led to the break up of MCA UNIVERSAL.


So is that really the argument that various critics want to make?  That ABC killed a successful show, an audience favorite, because the network did not own it?

If that's the case they want to make, we say it's time for more anti-trust actions.

ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey grasps where this path leads which is why she quickly backed away from it in a recent interview ("I wouldn't say that was the deciding factor") and insisted that "the network has shows from multiple independent studios."









Trump murdered Helen Taft Manning

Now it can be told, before he became President of the United States, Donald Trump murdered Helen Taft Manning.

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At the time, Donald was longing to be president and to own the Plaza Hotel in NYC.

February 21, 1987, he entered the nursing home and killed Helen Taft Manning.

For decades, it has been thought that the daughter of former President William Taft died of pneumonia.

But the murder was among one of many plots cooked up by Donald and social overlord Lynda Bird Johnson.

With the 1987 pre-party for The International Debutante Ball, Donald and Lynda plotted how they would take over NYC.

Though the daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson was successful in urging Donald on his crimes, Lynda's own road to success was ended when she committed the worst crime of all: Crimes against fashion.

At the ball, Lynda showed up in a horrifying black monstrosity that features lace around the neck and shoulders fading into black netting for the arms, with a bulging black top, a huge (waist emphasizing) ribbon followed by a pleated skirt worn over an a-line skirt.

Remembers debutante Lucinda Robb, "It was so appalling, as though she had no idea what she wanted to wear so she asked a seamstress to tack on everything."

After that insurmountable faux pax, Lynda became social pariah and Donald avoided her except for a brief farewell dinner in August of 2981 at Bellini by Cipriani.

Remember aspiring character actress and professional server Trish Van Barnicle, "They made a big show of ordering the lobster salad after rudely cutting me off when I attempted to describe the day's special.  Yet when I brought them the check, they both attempted to ignore it.  They then argued over who had invited whom and who should pay.  All at once, they both attempted to dash and dine, however, Trump tripped Johnson and we managed to catch her as he high tailed it out of the restaurant.  She was then forced to pay."


How true is the above account?

It came to us in our dreams the night after a very satisfying enchilada dinner.

And since making up s**t about Trump is all the rage these days, we didn't want to get left out.










Corrine goes down

Do you know about Corrine Brown?

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As the US Justice Dept. noted last Thursday, "Former U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown was convicted by a federal jury in Jacksonville, Florida, today for her role in a conspiracy and fraud scheme involving a fraudulent scholarship charity."

Sweet justice.

Corrine Brown was a crook.

She served 12 terms in Congress and she was a crook.

She wore bad wigs and she was a crook.

She couldn't navigate the English language and she was a crook.


Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco declared, "Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown violated the public trust, the honor of her position, and the integrity of the American system of government when she abused one of the most powerful positions in the nation for her own personal gain. She shamefully deprived needy children of hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have helped with their education and improved their opportunities for advancement, and she lied to the IRS and the American public about secret cash deposits into her personal bank accounts.  The Department of Justice is committed to fighting corruption and fraud wherever we find it, at all levels of government, regardless of their power and influence."

In February of 2014, filling in at Trina's site, Ava noted:

The 67-year-old woman showed up Wednesday night at the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing both to defend the VA and to show off her latest wig.

This one appeared to be a homage to Della Reese's pioneering dual wig wearing on Touched By An Angel with one short wig appearing to piggy back on a long one.

Brown's bangs were off and the wig tilted to the right.

When she opened her mouth did she decry the veterans made to wait weeks and months for treatment?  Did she note Barry Coates?

No and God no!

Barry Coates is the veteran who testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee last month.  He went for medical attention because he had symptoms -- including bleeding -- that should have raised flags.  He waited and waited and waited for medical attention.  And, in a year, what was early stage cancer had progressed to stage-four cancer.

When Coates shared that story -- pay attention stupid idiots of Women's Media Center (they stupidly said that noting Brown's wigs was sexism -- no, it's noting cheap and ugly wigs that need to be washed) -- Brown felt it was her role to insist that he needed to stop being so gloomy, stage-four colon cancer isn't so bad, cheer up!

Corinne Brown is a cheap little whore.



She is that.

But where's WOMEN'S MEDIA CENTER?

Gloria CIA Steinem, no words on Corrine's conviction?

Done whoring for her, are you?

NPR reported last week:


Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has been found guilty of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from a charity that she and her chief of staff had passed off as a scholarship service for students. The Florida Democrat had faced 22 counts ranging from conspiracy to tax fraud; she was convicted of 18.

Of the more than $800,000 she and Elias "Ronnie" Simmons raised for One Door for Education, member station WJCT reports that just $1,200 actually went where they told donors it would: students' education. In roughly five years, prosecutors say, the charity distributed just two scholarships.





That's Corrine Brown.






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If you missed it, Batwoman is back, in case you missed it.

One of the most visual titles has returned and you won't want to miss it.

In fact, it's long past time for either a BATWOMAN TV show or film.

WONDER WOMAN finally has a film and it debuts June 2nd.

In the meantime, you've got two Wonder Women to choose from.

You can check out her own title and follow the latest with Cheetah and a witch or, if you prefer the Lynda Carter version, check out the issue of BATMAN '66 entitled "Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77."












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