Tuesday, November 30, 2010

'Punkin Chunkin' is a ratings bonanza for Discovery

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The Thursday, November 25 world premiere of PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2010 posted a record cumulative 1.98 HH / 1.51 P25-54 between a Discovery Channel and Science Channel simulcast. PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2010 was the highest-rated program on Discovery Channel since SHARK WEEK’S Into the Shark Bite on August 1, 2010 (+150% vs. Nov ’09 Prime, 0.54 P25-54). Earning a 1.72 HH / 1.35 P25-54, the 8-10PM special premiere telecast was the #1 non-sports telecast among ad-supported cable networks during primetime among P/M25-54 and P/M18-49. It was also the #1 ad-supported cable telecast among W25-54 and W18-49 (excluding sports/movies). 
Driven by tune in for PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2010, Discovery Channel was the #3 cable network in delivery during primetime, among P/M25-54 and P/M18-49 (no exclusions), ranking only behind NFLN and ESPN, both airing football.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Latino Leaders consider forming a Tequila Party

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Latino leaders in Nevada and nationwide are quietly debating whether to sever their traditional Democratic ties and form an independent grass-roots political group.

The idea, born of frustration over the party’s inaction on immigration reform and fears that as a voting bloc they’re a political afterthought, Latino leaders have discussed the idea among themselves locally and in conference calls with colleagues across the country.

The unlikely model for the movement they would like to launch is the Tea Party — not in substance, of course, but in its grass-roots organizational style. Acknowledging the source of their inspiration, Latino leaders have dubbed the proposed movement the “Tequila Party.”

These Hispanic leaders have noticed that while the Tea Party has had spotty electoral success, it has called attention to its concerns and values and put the establishment on notice.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Maine Gov appoints Tea Party activist to transition Team

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Pete Harring, perhaps better known as Pete the Carpenter, is a Tea Party leader, owner of the Maine Refounders Web site, and one of the angriest and most inflammatory people in Maine politics.

He's also a part of Governor-elect Paul LePage's Transition Advisory Team, which, according to a post by George Smith here at Down East "will interview candidates for administration positions in state agencies." LePage announced Tuesday at a press conference that the advisory team members themselves will also be eligible for these positions.

Will Tea Party Candidates dare oppose Farm Subsidies?

Probably not.

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WASHINGTON -- Many Republicans who swept rural Democrats from office are now confronting the reality of a promise to reduce spending: Should it cover the farm subsidies that have brought money and jobs to their districts - and directly benefited some GOP lawmakers or their families?

That's the dilemma facing South Dakota's Rep.-elect Kristi Noem, one of 13 Republicans to defeat Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee Nov. 2. Now she, and other Republicans who focused their campaigns on cutting spending, will have to balance pressure to include farm payments in the budget cuts.

They will face it soon. Congress is expected to begin work on the next five-year farm bill before the 2012 election.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Citizen's Open Meetings Victory in Tennessee

Thank you Linda Noe for following and blogging this important court decision.

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The 3-page Final Judgment in Holden v. Swann was signed on October 1, 2010, finding that the Defendants (Hamblen County Ethics Committee, Joe Swann, Stancil Ford, Bill Brittain, James Harrison, and Jack Cartwright) violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act.

The Judgment enjoins the Defendants from future violations of the Open Meetings Act and provides that the County pay all court costs ($282.50) in the matter and pay $1500 for attorney fees and discretionary costs incurred by Ms. Holden.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Massage Robot: Just the thing after Thanksgiving dinner

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Voter anger fuels support for “Repeal Amendment”

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Rapidly growing support for the “Repeal Amendment” – a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a vote by two-thirds of the states to repeal an act of Congress — symbolizes the intense level of anger Americans have with Washington, according to observers.

In September, Virginia stood alone as the only state where leaders in the state legislature had shown an interest in passing the amendment, but that number has now grown to nine states.

State legislators in South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Indiana, Texas, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Georgia have since expressed interest in the amendment.

Obama Releases 500,000 Men From U.S. Strategic Bachelor Reserve

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Alan West "doesn't admire anyone in Washington"

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The crowd of a few hundred had been bored by a series of dry speeches, West recalled, and the organizer asked him to say a few words. With three minutes to compose his thoughts, West took the microphone and shouted: "You better get your butts out there and understand it's a fight, and you better fight for America."

Marion Barry says welfare is a "miserable failure"

and he wants to limit TANF benefits to 5 years in DC. The bill will probably never see the light of day but kudos to Marion Barry and Yvette Alexander for actually caring about people trapped in generational poverty.

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The proposed five-year benefit limit, sponsored by council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), would bring the District in line with most other states, but the proposal is drawing warnings from advocates that it would lead to more homeless families, hungry children and crime.

"For far too long, we have cradled a large part of the population, and our cradling has actually handicapped people," Alexander said. "Many of our residents view government assistance as a way of life, and in my opinion we are actually hurting our residents instead of helping them."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Washington Post hires conservative blogger

Oh thank YOU oh great journalistic profundity, we are humbled to bask in your light.
I'm delighted to announce that Jennifer Rubin will be joining The Post with the launch of a new blog next month. Jennifer will provide critical news coverage and commentary, with an exacting eye on conservative policy-making and Republican campaigns, pundits and politicians. From a conservative perspective, she also will cover a wide range of foreign and domestic issues and media controversies. We imagine her blog in some ways as a companion to Greg Sargent's Plum Line, though of course with its own style and blend of reporting and analysis. With a Republican majority moving into the House and the 2012 Republican primary cycle gearing up, there couldn't be a better time to bring Jennifer's fresh perspective and insightful reporting to our readers.

Shout it from the rooftops..JOBS are created by PROFITS!!

Politicians DO NOT create jobs, Government DOES NOT create jobs, jobs can ONLY be created when private sector businesses have enough extra cash to hire new people, they call them PROFITS! 

Healthy Profit Growth Will Lead to Jobs

66% favor 10% cut in Federal Salaries

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Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters nationwide favor a proposal to cut the federal payroll by 10% over the coming decade. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that just 22% are opposed and 12% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Earlier surveys found that 46% believe government employees make more money than comparable workers in the private sector. 
Only 15% say government workers make less than similar private sector workers.
In addition to believing that government workers are paid more, voters overwhelmingly believe those on the public payroll have more job security but don’t work as hard as their counterparts in the private sector.

Oops, Al Gore made fools of Congress

but what is new....our Congress always wants to be "relevant" when, in fact, the greatest and most valuable gift they can grant us is their irrelevance.

U.S. corn ethanol "was not a good policy"-Gore

Monday, November 22, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Monday November 22

A Sampling of National Tea Party News Headlines

Daily Beast: The Tea Party's Whiny Takeover
http://goo.gl/JViu2

A Tea Party Senator’s Hard Line on Debt Utah’s Mike Lee says 'No Way'
http://goo.gl/AtYJW

WSJ: GOP Ranks Fray on Vote to Raise Debt Limit
http://goo.gl/Hf6qb

AZ 'Tea party,' Republican incumbents clash
http://goo.gl/Igs1b

Rollcall: K Street Mixers in the Age of Tea Party Purity
http://goo.gl/GLB29

Politico: Angle's campaign sank candidate
http://goo.gl/0i58v

Bachmann: Tea Party will leave GOP over spending
http://goo.gl/21chy

Jim DeMint still battling to keep Murkowski from Senate
http://goo.gl/juvSG

Maine’s GOP star burns hot
http://goo.gl/rutxY

Tea party meets Tuesday (FL)
http://goo.gl/dWZzc

Washington already waffling on deficit reduction
http://goo.gl/WRmpD

Sunday, November 21, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Sunday November 21

A Sampling of national Tea Party News Headlines

Tea Party maps destiny in Staten Island, NY's political life
http://goo.gl/JJtwC

Video: President George H.W. Bush Thinks Tea Party is “Alright”; But “Confused by It”
http://goo.gl/JVniP

Tea Party dogma seeps into Nevada libertarianism
http://goo.gl/hlnwc

DallasNews: Debt limit will be test of resolve for GOP freshmen from tea party
http://goo.gl/IHWjS

Tea Party founder traces roots to Bogalusa (LA)
http://goo.gl/QFiNX

WashPost: Political divide between coasts and Midwest deepening, midterm election analysis shows
http://goo.gl/ioRUl

"tea partier" KY GOP governor hopeful takes in $500K
http://goo.gl/36D7a

Author Chip Berlet to speak on ‘TeaParties, White rage & right-wing populism’ at UWM
http://goo.gl/yWx2z

GainsvilleTimes: Tea party intends to keep heat on officials (FL)
http://goo.gl/4RlMK

DeMint-Murkowski spat a sign of divide in GOP
http://goo.gl/vTl3J

Virginia's tea party focuses on building sustained political presence
http://goo.gl/y8nkB

Book Review: 'The Whites of Their Eyes': Tea party's fundamentalist streak
http://goo.gl/avYaJ

Election complaint cites N. Kentucky Tea Party ad
http://goo.gl/hw6Uo

Can the tea party’s influence move beyond elections? (ID)
http://goo.gl/GxyPe

E. J. Dionne: Compassionate conservatism may be tea party's real target
http://goo.gl/8T2q6

Mary Matalin on Don Imus on Tea Party
http://goo.gl/cfGMN

Saturday, November 20, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Saturday November 20

A Sampling of National Tea Party News Headlines

Florida Gov.-elect Scott reaches out to tea party for his aides
http://www.news-press.com/article/20101120/NEWS0107/101119063/1075/Florida-Gov.-elect-Scott-reaches-out-to-tea-party-for-his-aides

Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio and the New Latino Leadership
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/11/19/susana-martinez-marco-rubio-and-the-new-latino-leadership/

Michael Steele Attacks Establishment, Stakes Claim As A Tea Party Voice In The RNC
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/michael-steele-attacks-establishment-stakes-claim-as-a-tea-party-voice-in-the-rnc.php

Anti-Fed Tea Party Rally
http://www.wrva.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=128979&article=7863990

Pistol-Packing Texas Governor Had a Tea Party ‘Eureka Moment’
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-19/pistol-packing-texas-governor-had-a-tea-party-eureka-moment-.html

Michele Bachmann’s Popularity Puts G.O.P. on the Spot
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/us/politics/20bachmann.html

Cornyn Takes Aim at DeMint, Tea Party
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/11/19/nrsc-chair-john-cornyn-takes-aim-at-jim-demint-tea-party.html

Tea Party gathers signatures for referendum on trash pickup
http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/11/19/20101119fountain-hills-tea-party-signatures-referendum-trash-pickup.html

Minnesota's Bachmann finds herself atop tea party movement
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/19/AR2010111902931.html

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's GOP Fan Club Grows but No Bigger Plans Yet
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/19/new-jersey-gov-chris-christies-gop-fan-club-grows-bigger-plans/

Subway Series with Tea Party Senator Mike Lee
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/subway-series-tea-party-senator-mike-lee-12196534

Rep. Etheridge hits 'distortions' and 'dirty politics' in concession
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/130181-rep-etheridge-hits-distortions-and-dirty-politics-in-concession

Friday, November 19, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Friday November 19

A Sampling of National Tea Party News Headlines

Tea Party favorite tapped to lead freshman class
http://amfix.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/18/tea-party-favorite-tapped-to-lead-freshman-class/

Delaware's Mike Castle Offers Some Praise, But a Warning for Tea Party
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/11/delawares-mike-castle-reflects-on-consequences-of-tea-party.html

Tea Party founder Bachmann on Palin and US politics
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/9210246.stm

Poison vote looms for tea party freshmen: Raise the national debt limit?
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/1118/Poison-vote-looms-for-tea-party-freshmen-Raise-the-national-debt-limit

N.J. tea party group vows to bring Sen. Robert Menendez recall effort to U.S. Supreme Court
http://www.northjersey.com/news/111810_NJ_tea_party_group_vows_to_bring_Sen_Robert_Menendez_recall_effort_to_US_Supreme_Court.html

Tea Party Proposes Decrease In State Sales Tax
http://www.localnews8.com/news/25844458/detail.html

Democratic pollsters: Ignore the tea party
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/18/democratic-pollsters-ignore-tea-party/

Tea Party moving U.S. towards fascism: Fidel Castro
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2010/11/18/16202016.html

Will Tea Party settle for anything less than full repeal?
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/11/will_anything_less_than_full_r.html

Jim DeMint: Leading the Right's Rebel Brigade
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2031971,00.html

Howard Dean ’71 talks Tea Party, Obama
http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2010/nov/19/howard-dean-71-talks-tea-party-obama/

Why Sarah Palin Is Silent on Tea Party Candidate Joe Miller’s Loss in Alaska
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/11/why-sarah-palin-is-silent-on-tea-party-candidate-joe-millers-loss-in-alaska.html

Tea Party may stall rail projects under Scott
http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=532342

Tea Party activists prepare for 2012
http://www.radioiowa.com/2010/11/19/tea-party-activists-prepare-for-2012/

Video: The Tea Party Sentiment
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4425131/the-tea-party-sentiment

Thursday, November 18, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Thursday November 18

A Sampling of National Tea Party News Headlines

Donald Trump 'thinking about' taking on Sarah Palin in presidential bid
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/11/donald-trump-thinking-about-taking-on-sarah-palin-in-presidential-bid-/1

Tea party aims to avoid Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle repeats
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45207.html

Ohio Tea Party splits with Boehner on ethics
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/129855-ohio-tea-party-splits-with-boehner-on-ethics

Fearing Tea Party Ax, Orrin Hatch Ups Tax-Cut Ante
http://blogs.investors.com/capitalhill/index.php/home/35-politicsinvesting/2230-fearing-tea-party-ax-orrin-hatch-ups-tax-cut-ante

Tea Party puts a half nelson on GOP leaders
http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/108672139_Tea_Party_puts_a_half_nelson_on_GOP_leaders.html

Is the Tea Party out to banish Bush-style conservatism?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/17/AR2010111705313.html

GOP freshmen feel Tea Party pressure
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/129533-freshman-republicans-feel-12-pressure-from-tea-party

Poll: Dems, Tea Party 'more committed' to innovation than GOP, MoveOn.org
http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/129641-poll-dems-tea-party-more-committed-to-innovation-than-gop-moveonorg

Cincinnati Archdiocese nixes tea party speaker
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20101116/NEWS0108/311160114

The Tea Party Targets... Sustainable Development?
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/tea-party-agenda-21-un-sustainable-development

St Louis Tea party critical of Sen.-elect Blunt on earmarks
http://newsok.com/tea-party-critical-of-sen.-elect-blunt-on-earmarks/article/feed/214077

Mass goes after citizens for not buying health insurance
http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20101117health_panel_brings_out_big_guns_1/srvc=home&position=0

Palin says she could beat Obama in 2012
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/8342739/palin-says-she-could-beat-obama-in-2012/

Tea Party May Stall Rail Projects
http://www.theledger.com/article/20101117/NEWS/101119865/1002/sports?Title=Tea-Party-May-Stall-Rail-Projects

Tea Party to set goals for county (NC)
http://mtairynews.com/bookmark/10358822

Tea party criticizes citrus tax
http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2010-11-18/tea-party-criticizes-citrus-tax

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Wednesday November 17

A Sampling of National Tea Party News Headlines

Palin a hero to many in Tea Party, but not their pick for president
http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/17/palin-a-hero-to-many-in-tea-party-but-not-their-pick-for-president/

Tea Party on patrol in Tallahassee
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/tea-party-on-patrol-in-tallahassee-

Tea party sets its sights on local elections for next two years
http://watchdog.org/7344/tea-party-sets-its-sights-on-local-elections-for-next-two-years/

Ga. Tea Party announces opposition to county's SPLOST
http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/10342644/article-Ga--Tea-Party-announces-opposition-to-county-s-SPLOST

Boehner Challenges Constitutionality of Health Reform Law
http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/11/boehner-challenges-constitutionality-of-health-reform-law.html

Fed May Hesitate on More Easing After Critics Question Mandate
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-11-17/fed-may-hesitate-on-more-easing-after-critics-question-mandate.html

NYTimes: The Plain Network
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/magazine/21palin-t.html

Santorum positioning himself as 2012 tea party candidate
http://iowaindependent.com/47493/santorum-positioning-himself-as-2012-tea-party-candidate

Ron Paul will not join the Tea Party Caucus
http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/16/thedc-exclusive-ron-paul-will-not-join-the-tea-party-caucus/

Tea party groups aim to hold new legislators to campaign promises
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/15/AR2010111507696.html

Second Bipartisan Commission In A Week Warns of Deficit Disaster
http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/11/17/second-bipartisan-commission-week-warns-deficit-disaster

Weigel : No Regrets for "Phonegate"
http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2010/11/16/no-regrets-for-phonegate.aspx

Tea party kept out by GOP, activist alleges (OH)
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2010/11/16/tea-party-kept-out-by-gop-activist-alleges/

Tea party activists, conservative groups warn Republicans not to cross them in new Congress
http://www.the33tv.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-tea-party-republicans,0,5834363.story

Before the Tea Party, There Was the Tea Party
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2031687,00.html

Bean concedes 8th Cong. District seat to Tea Party's Walsh
http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/2900184,bean-concedes-tea-party-walsh-111710.article

Harrell expected to retain SC House post despite Tea Party Opposition
http://www.heraldonline.com/2010/11/17/2621596/harrell-expected-to-retain-post.html

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

National Tea Party News Headlines for Tuesday November 16

A Sampling of National Tea Party News Headlines

Tea Party goes high tech
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/16/tea-party-goes-high-tech/

Sarah Palin’s ‘Refudiate’ Named Word of the Year
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/11/16/sarah-palins-refudiate-named-word-of-the-year-medium-cancelled/

Tea Party's First Legislative Victory: McConnell Backs Earmark Ban
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/11/15/tea-party-s-first-legislative-victory-mcconnell-backs-earmark-ban.html

Tea Partiers Turn Against McConnell: Angry New Jerseyans Edition
http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/79192/tiffany-stanley-storming-mcconnell-office

Prankster sends penny donations to Tea Party campaigns
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/penny_prankster_dirty_trioks_campaign_G3PGzz8TsOAYlLKgG74HWP

Tea Party Influence Next Congress Hard To Predict
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131331723&ft=1&f=1014

Sen.-elect Mike Lee asks for public vote on earmarks
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/15/AR2010111503471.html

Virginia Thomas stepping down as head of Liberty Central
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/15/AR2010111502982.html

Senate GOP Leader McConnell endorses earmark ban
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/15/AR2010111504207.html

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Delivers 4.96 Million Total Viewers for TLC; Best Launch in TLC's History
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/11/15/sarah-palins-alaska-delivers-4-96-million-total-viewers-for-tlc/72073

Bachmann: the Tea Party should be on Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover
http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/15/bachmann-the-tea-party-should-be-on-time-magazines-person-of-the-year-cover/

The Coming Tea Party Civil War
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/11/tea-party-civil-war

Pat Buchanan: Tea Party's Winning Hand
http://news.yahoo.com/s/uc/20101116/cm_uc_crpbux/op_3316030

Library panel reconsiders guidelines after tea party complaints
http://www.redding.com/news/2010/nov/15/library-panel-reconsiders-guidelines-after-tea-par/