Was watching Reliable Sources today and on the panel they brought up the sexual insults that were made about tea party protesters like myself. Anna Maria Cox defended herself saying that this is how she does things.

They hit MSNBC on this but he never brought up Anderson Cooper’s similar take.

I would be very interested in knowing if Mr. Kurtz was told not to or if he neglected it or if he actually didn’t know about it.

…ah Napolitano plays the “regrets” card:

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says she regrets that some people took offense over a report warning that right-wing extremist groups were trying to recruit disgruntled troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s a pretty game let me give you an example: I regret that some people take offense over my stand against Gay marriage.

Does that say I think that I’m wrong on Gay marriage? Nope. Does it say that I’m thinking of changing my opinion? Nope. All that says I wish people were not offended by my position, in other words I wish they thought like me.

I regret that people are foolish enough to fall for that nonsense.

…who have absolutely no sympathy for the Pirate Bay guys.

What they were doing was clearly illegal. They knew it was clearly illegal and decided to do it anyway.

It isn’t a question of if the law is right, wrong or stupid. That is a question for another day.

The question is should anyone be shocked or angry that a group of people who knowing the law choose to willingly violate it for years are punished for it.

I say nope.

It’s like the limewire business. I’ve been warning people for years about the dangers of P2P but the thought of paying .99 cents for a song is just too much to bear. So their systems get infected and if they are lucky enough not to get identity and information stolen they still end up paying $100+ dollars to clean it up.

I’m happy to clean these systems but people you are doing this to yourself.

It would be nice to be able to have everything we want for free. It would also be nice to be able to walk down the toughest street in town at 2 a.m. with a full wallet and a beautiful lady on your arm and not have to worry about being robbed or mugged however it is just as realistic.

Wonderful story not withstanding and wise insights acknowledged why do I get the feeling that the media is just waiting for the chance to crash and burn on this lady?

She has a strong faith so that will help her cope when it happens but I have the awful feeling that the press can’t wait for her to fail. Maybe I’m cynical but I think the strong faith is one of the reason why for some he MUST fail.

All I can think of is the song Mr. Tanner. I sure hope I’m wrong.

Don’t get me wrong the Nato commando’s freeing the hostages is a wonderful thing but Capturing the pirates and then LETTING THEM GO:

NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes, speaking on board the Portuguese warship Corte-Real, said the 20 fishermen were rescued after a Dutch navy frigate on a NATO patrol responded to an assault on a Greek-owned tanker by pirates firing assault rifles and grenades…

…He said the hostages had been held since last week. The commandos briefly detained and questioned the seven gunmen, he told Reuters, but had no legal power to arrest them.

“NATO does not have a detainment policy. The warship must follow its national law,” he said.

“They can only arrest them if the pirates are from the Netherlands, the victims are from the Netherlands, or if they are in Netherlands waters.”

That’ll put the fear of God into them. Hot Air says it best:

Sweden was tougher on The Pirate Bay this week than NATO was on actual pirates.

I just can’t wrap my head around this.

At least that’s what I thought after watching Red Dwarf back to earth online.

It had some decent parts and some really good lines. I thought the interaction between the crew and the public was a bit odd, but then again perhaps the British public is very different with their stars than we are.

Only the really funny jokes rose to the top to make me laugh, the others sort of bounced off. It was a lot like the McHales Navy movie from the mid 60’s. It was funny but the lower end jokes, without the help of a laugh track just didn’t do it.

If you are a fan It is incumbent on you to see it, if not start with the actual season one and move forward or you will find it lame.

Oh and BTW someone on Youtube took two scenes and added a laugh track to them. Once you have finished watching the show, watch this and compare. You will find the laugh track really makes a difference.

Sorry about the lack of posting today, but as Glenn would say I’ve been busy having a life, and a lot of good has been happening:

The oldest got his first car. (My 88 year old aunt flunked her eye test and gave it to him. Michael Graham will be cheering that she is off the road.)

He also got a Son’s of Italy scholarship, that will take care of books and the like.

The youngest has been doing well both in school and with his girl and I’m pleased to say some rather responsible decisions have been made and discussed by him.

A good prospect has come up that might mean employment next month.

And you know what, just sitting here at the computer and watching the wife in the next room. 21 years hasn’t made her any less cute.

What more could a guy ask from life than all that?

In the end political moves can annoy me how can they make things bad when I’ve got all that going for me?

And that doesn’t even count the friends. Some of them are very far left, but as far as I’m concerned they are all right with me. I wouldn’t trade them for a two term Palin presidency!

Yesterday many blogs took MSNBC and CNN to task for using crude oral sex jokes to refer to the tea party protests. The idea that a major media network would do this was unthinkable just a little while ago.

Now today hot air complains about Janine Garofalo appearance on Olberman.

These complaints are irrelevant, as are the ratings numbers. I think that MSNBC has made a business decision and is sticking with it.

I think that MSNBC believes that it would take too much time effort and money to overcome Fox’s lead. If a new personality manages to get a following then they will give them a shot but that’s it.

By catering to the far left they have a ready made audience base that if not a majority is solid. We are talking real true believers. The only attempt they are making to get any kind of non-liberal base is in the morning drive and even then you might notice the most conservative segment always seems to be a 6 a.m. hour.

It doesn’t mean MSNBC will not make a profit it just means it won’t make as much as fox. Long John Silvers doesn’t make the money that McDonald’s does but they make a living and a profit. Their primary customer base is fish based. It is not as large a base as a burger based one but it is a profitable customer base.

Fox is right leaning although it will give some voice to the left to play off of. Their willingness to give that alternate voice a shot and their respect for religion is the reason why they will always outperform CNN and MSNBC. (I think the decision to go full Hannity is a mistake.)

This actually puts the squeeze on CNN. They have always leaned left but are not as unabashedly left wing as MSNBC. That means the “true believers” on the left won’t choose them over MSNBC and the people on the right like myself don’t trust them. The arguement that most people are in the center may or may not be true, but even if it is true that center aren’t news junkies. News junkies have beliefs and opinions. The moderate center would rather watch something else.

So that leaves CNN with the people who believe the “Fox is evil” hybe but are not far left enough for MSNBC. That also include the people who have watched CNN for decades (they were first you know) and watch it out of habit. That is not a growing market.

So we can get angry at MSNBC it won’t matter. This is their business decision that is where their profit comes from.

Our anger will just increase their ratings. The people who would get offended have already left.

Will lightly blog morning joe while fixing the ipod and getting ready for the Carpenter.

7:06 a.m. Story one is Georgetown. Tim Kaine is first.

7:08 a.m. Kaine dodges it but then Johnathan confirmed that it was requested.

7:11 a.m. Rationalizing the veterans “threat”.

7:13 a.m. He is not hesitant about Coleman backing down, some things are more important than others.

7:37 a.m. Oh local news? Such as not reporting on 1000+ people protesting on the Boston Common? Good thing we have that Boston Globe eh?

7:39 a.m. Would you pay for the NYT online? I wouldn’t.

8:02 a.m. I wonder if they reviewed Levin’s book?

8:09 a.m. Actually we are paying for Carter letting the Islamists in.

8:11 a.m. Castro is a bridge too far for Matthews. Matthews thinks the cold war was a good war. He is going on about Castro is the bad guy.

8:12 a.m. The NYT trying to defend Castro and the cold war. Matthews is defending Reagan. Am I actually awake?

8:20 a.m. Hitchens had himself waterboarded so he can speak with some authority on this.

8:26 a.m. His big worry is an attack pulled off by an ex-gitmo person.