Hey. I'm a good liberal and a big fan of Rachel Maddow. I love her show and her point of view. But I think she took a shot at me on national TV this week.
Marshall County School administrators are wondering if homework should be optional. Personally, I think homework is important--but I also think some teachers don't realize how many other activities kids have after school. Nor do they recognize that some homes don't have computers and some parents just aren't involved in their kids education. Should those students be penalized when they can't handle homework as well as those better-off? Vote in our poll to the right.
WV Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is up in arms overpossible fraud in testimony in a federal court case heard in Wheeling. Steve Cohen and Richie Heath were on the show. I don't often agre with them, but they're good guests.
Elle Ratner is on the Queen Mary 2 in the middle of the Atlantic. Called in to chat today. Had a fun interview with the boat's hotel manager, too
Dick Cheney says he has formally requested the CIA declassify documents that prove torture worked.I agree. Because I want to know if we actually got real saved-a-city-just-in-time-we-had-no-other-way-get-it, Tom Clancy-Jack Bauer ticking clock last-minute-save information. Or if we picked some intell, pieces of the puzzle, maybe-we-would-have-got-it-another-way information. Hoppy Kercheval and I kicked this around on Statewide Talkline.
"Obama's plan-White Slavery"
Just one of the many delightful signs you may have seen at some of the Tea Party protests around the country this week. If you would like to see more of the looney toons that took part, click here for pictures compiled by the Huffington Post but be warned some are really offensive (the one with our President licking the Saudi "royal jewels" gives you a glimpse into how respectful these folks are for the office of the American President).
While there my have been some "average Americans" fed up with the defecit budgets, much of these Turf-roots parties involved the wacko right wing fringe groups.
But Columbia University professor Daniel Sinker--also in HuffPo-- points out that those of us on the left went through a wacko fringe period before finding the path to power again as well. So he cautions that today's teabaggers could be tomorrow's majority if we don't deliver on our promises as the new controlling majority.
Obama releases the torture memos and says he will not prosecute those who tortured in good faith. Lots of conflicting thoughts.
Media got a tour of the Capiol Music Hall
Mojo not sure he's going to sign the mental health bill
More talk about why so much of what was said at many of the "tea parties" was just...well...wrong
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There is a Tea Party in town tonight. 7pm at Heritage Port.
Billed as a "grassroots" protest by average Americans upset with the wild-spending ways of President Obama, the TP's are, in fact, a well-organzied and well-funded effort by partisan players.
Despite these attempts to make the “movement” appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded, and are providing all the logistical and public relations work necessary for planning coast-to-coast protests.(ThinkProgress)
I am sure that there are a lot of folks who will take part that are truly "average citizens who are fed up". But they are pawns in a partisan game.
I asked a local organizer on my show today why the PAST 8 years of wild, runaway spending hadn't sent them to the streets. She said they just weren't "fed up enough" then.
I guess they only became fed up when the federal government decided to start to spend money to fix the mess the GOP Congress and administration left us in.
We are not a Fox News affiliate (even though an angry e-mailer accused us being one).
Glenn Beck is on a competing station.
So I hate to give competitors publicity....but this video of Shep Smith lampooning the buffoonery of Beck is just too good not to share.
Media in the Valley already generating a buzz.
WTRF interviewed me earlier in the week. I'm not sure how Mr. Ney will feel about the headline: "Ney joins forces with Howard Monroe".
WTOV does a goood job of pulling together some of Ney's background (the highs and the lows) as well as talking to some people on the street.
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The truly sad part is that the couple was stopped--twice--by local police. Once by the Monroe County Sheriff and once by Shadyside cops. The Bridgeport, WV pair was driving only around 30MPH as they wandered trying to find their way to Kent, Ohio. They were stopped for driving too slow. But they were then allowed to go on their way.
Evangalist Henry Mooney has a short 2-minute meditation each day on The Morning Show--right after the 8:30 news.