I Love A Good Rant

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I usually love a good rant. Unfortunately, this one is just deranged:

This may be the richest country in the world but the riches are hoarded by some pretty selfish individuals and we don’t seem to be able to get our act together to force them to give up their loot for the greater good.

A little ray of hope came through yesterday when I saw that some television content providers are breaking away from the package deals offered by cable companies to allow viewers ala carte channel selection. That’s great because eventually I will no longer have to subsidize right wing propaganda from Fox News or be forced to pay for Fox to mislead unsuspecting American viewers. I’m betting that a lot of like minded individuals across the country will drop Fox from their lineup the second they are able to do it.

But the damage may already be done. The Senate may fall into Republican hands this November and in the next two years, the predators who have been stalking us since FDR got us out of the Great Depression will finally be able to finish us off. The willfully ignorant elderly and angry white males will finally stick a fork in us, and allow the extremists to carelessly destroy Social Security, roll back women’s rights and plunge us back into recession with unrestrained austerity. The only thing that will stand between the power extremists and us will be Barack Obama. That right there is a very depressing scenario. But maybe he will have the courage to stand aside when we finally pick up our torches and pitchforks.

We have been living a myth of our greatness. We’ve been in denial about how government works. We have told ourselves lies about how we can “starve the beast” that once made our country a formidable force of good around the world.

I’m only glad that the ebola crisis here will be under control before the next session of Congress begins and before the gung-ho, American exceptionalists who take over show us just how unexceptional we are to the hunters who prey on the young, old, and weak.


Unrestrained austerity? WTF is that?

The idea of being able to get cable channels ala carte has been gaining in popularity lately. It sounds nice, but let’s not forget about the Law of Unintended Consequences. I suspect that if it ever becomes reality that it won’t turn out quite like anyone expects.

As far as Fox News, it will probably survive because it is a subsidiary of Fox Entertainment Group, the crown jewel of Ruprecht Murdoch’s media empire. Not to mention the fact that Fox News gets more viewers than the other cable news networks combined. CNN and MSNBC are far more likely to get the axe if ala carte becomes reality.

As for that bit about the Republicans, I’m just gonna leave that steaming pile there for you to think about.


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126 Responses to I Love A Good Rant

  1. The Klown says:

    I fell asleep at my keyboard again. A hungry Tigger woke me up by rubbing his furry butt in my face.

  2. The Klown says:

    How deranged does a person have to be to think that Obama is our only hope of salvation?

    • lyn says:

      LOL. Barack Obama is one of “the power extremists.” Both parties are corrupt. When all voters see that, that’s when our country will change for the better. Only voters have the power to give our ruling class term limits.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        True Lynn and since Congress will never allow that.. We The People must do it at the voting booth. 🙂

    • Constance says:

      That rant is by a person whose only expectation of Obama is that he be black. So long as his skin doesn’t fade they are satisfied. They don’t see their savior is corrupted by power and money I guess they feel his skin color is corruption protection. And the crap about taking away the loot of the hoarders…Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, two of the richest white men in the world, have given most of their wealth to foundations that attempt to better peoples lives around the world. Would more be accomplished by taking their wealth and giving it to corrupt governments and politicians? I doubt it, if the government had their money they would use it to purchase more Solyndras from politically connected shysters.

  3. Somebody says:

    I agree with you Fox will not only survive but thrive. I see you’ve been trolling again. You’re one of those people that slows down to look at wrecks on the highway too aren’t you?

  4. The Klown says:

    As he prepares to leave office, Governor Deval Patrick is quietly transferring 500 of his managers into the state public employee union, a move that will qualify them for a series of 3 percent raises and insulate them from firing when the next governor takes over.

  5. HELENK3 says:

    most of the rant I just figured ok she will wake up some day with one hell of a hangover but the willfully ignorant elderly really got me POed. We have lived the good the bad and the ugly and most of us have learned through experience. this silly twit has been indoctrinated and is easily fooled and to make a fool of. If that is the future of this country we are all screwed

  6. HELENK3 says:

    here is a version of the Star Spangled Banner that I really like stolen from rev amy’s place

    • Somebody says:

      PLAY BALL!!! LMAO!

      That was cool, but he either should’ve edited it better or just take the plunge and get a tommy gun so he doesn’t have to reload.

  7. Cynthia Ruccia says:

    that rant was beyond deranged!! I know you and the author have been through alot of “stuff” so to speak, and I wasn’t really engaged by your differences other than to splinter off with you. HOWEVER, I never took her views to be in the “nutbag” category. Consider me corrected. It’s as if the things I used to like about the Dems have not only been kidnapped and subverted, they have also been sliced, diced, and minced into something unrecognizable—–zombified. I am particularly struck by the tone of the rant against American exceptionalism as if it were the worst tasting epithet EVER. My Dems loved their country and refrained from the self-loathing. Oh well, best to stop what could become my own rant……

    • The Klown says:

      It is one thing to disagree with a political point of view, but it is a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish to have paranoid delusions about an entire political party.

      • Somebody says:

        Meh, there are a lot of paranoid delusions on both sides of the aisle. There is a lunatic fringe in both parties.

        Speaking of paranoia, I’m off to see the rat. I’ve packed 10 bottles of hand sanitizer, that’s one bottle a day per person with a spare. Technically 4 spare because I always have one hanging on my purse, one in my purse and one in my van. Today won’t be a big deal because we’re just checking in and chillin at the condo.

        I’ll probably read TCH and comments on my phone, but I don’t know if I’ll be commenting from my phone…..never tried that.

        I hope you all have a good week!

  8. Cynthia Ruccia says:

    well put Klown. Shame she’s taken such a turn and lost her mind….

    • The Klown says:

      I don’t think that either side has diabolical plans to destroy the country. I think the basic goals of both sides are well-intentioned, even when misguided. I think that when people gain wealth and power they want to not only keep it but extend it. The rich want to get richer and the powerful want to become more powerful.

      If you concentrate all the power in one place, then whoever controls that place controls that power. Big government and freedom are mutually exclusive. You can have one or the other, but not both.

      Our Founding Fathers were very wise men who saw that power corrupts so they came up with a system that spread power around. In doing so they created a system that spread wealth around too.

      It is no accident coincidence that as political power has become more concentrated in this country so has the wealth.

  9. HELENK3 says:

    http://americanthinker.com/2014/10/racial_revenge_infected_immigrants_as_human_smallpox_blankets.html

    OK this guy seems to be right in some things and over the line in others

  10. Lulu says:

    This other person’s rant looks like one of the five stages of the stages of grief. Denial and isolation are accomplished. Now comes the anger or fury in extreme cases. Anger has to have a target even if it makes no sense. Hopefully bargaining and depression will be brief. But then again some people never make it to that stage. The whole country seems to be going through some variation of this.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Great analogy to the stages of grief ! I think I’m still stuck in denial from the day after Obama was re-elected. I just couldn’t believe this great country gave that snowflake another 4 years! Even the old PUMA crowd voted for him over “ewwww, an icky Republican”. Wasn’t sure if it was because I thought Romney was the better choice for our country at the time or the anti-Obama Dems blew a chance to rebuild their party and take it back from whatever absurd Team Obama was in control of it.

  11. Kathy says:

    Logic was never her strong point–that and any ability to self reflect

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Bless her heart. Had she not been so angry since 2008, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party have been “ranting” about the same thing all these years……and were vilified. Then came the “whacko birds” (like Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Lee et al) who were told to sit down and shut up by the establishment GOP and called terrorists by the Obama Admin. She’s really missed so much by wanting to be right about everything. Minds are like umbrellas, they only work when they open.

    She needs to read Dinesh D’Souza and Dr. Ben Carson’s fine books, then wonder why the Obama administration and IRS targeted them for destruction. They are on her side afterall.

  13. The Klown says:

    • The Klown says:

      Look, I get it. The best way to succeed in this country to to have wealthy parents. Your chances of success are better that way than any other method.

      The basic premise to Progressive ideology is that we can use government to make life fair.

      • 1539days says:

        Everyone can’t be rich. However, if a society is equitable and the government distributes the resources and wealth just right…

        They can make everyone poor.

        • Constance says:

          It is often said if you collected all wealth and divided it evenly in a few years the same people would again have most the wealth and the people who are poor now would again be poor. I tend to believe this.

          • The Klown says:

            Not necessarily the same people, but if you made everyone equal in wealth they would soon become unequal again. The key to widespread prosperity is to keep the system as open as possible. Don’t allow the government to regulate prosperity, because that is a closed system.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I recently read an article claiming that the Obamas’ personal net wealth has grown 435 percent since he took office. So I’d say they’re the only ones who figured it out 😉

  14. HELENK3 says:

    when I was a kid I got scarlet fever. was quarantined for 30 days. I remember my uncle had to bring food because my mom could not go shopping. Now if they had sense enough to quarantine over 50 years ago why did they not have sense enough to do it today. common sense should have told everybody who was in contact with patient zero should be quarantined not only while treating him but for a certain time after he died

    • 1539days says:

      These are the same idiots who think Republican budget “cuts” from one budget stopped an Ebola vaccine that doctors have been working on for 4 decades.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Lena Dunham makes my head explode. More and more finger pointing that she’s made the whole “rapey” thing up to sell books.

    http://victorygirlsblog.com/lena-dunham-refuses-to-file-charges-makes-excuses-for-rapists/

  16. driguana says:

    A number of years ago I did a panel discussion with James Howard Kunstler (Geography of Nowhere) among others and offered the suggestions that “spiritics” has become the missing link of the recent American mix. That is, the role that good spirit plays in the attitude of a city and country. There is no good attitude any longer…no “spiritics”…I am so sick of listening to these left wing, regressive holier-than-thou losers spout off about how everything is the fault of Republicans/Bush/Limbaugh/Palin/conservatives or Fox news. As a fierce independen, I personally can’t see anything positive that Obama has done…seriously….the man has no spirit…and he is going to save us?

    As a retired city planner, I would have welcomed an urban policy from Obama….any such thing even in the wings? Nope. Oh right, that great infrastructure plan that conservatives shot down. And since this is the Sunday morning rant that you seem to be encouraging, the one thing that really pisses me off about our confluence neighbor is the picture of the Pittsburgh confluence!!! I grew up in Pittsburgh in the late 50s and early 60s when there were belching steel mills, sweat and ethnic groups from every corner of the planet and great music and…..yes, spirit.
    There were lots of disagreement on lots of issues but the city prospered…because of spirit. She ain’t no Pittsburgher!

    Thanks for the rant.

    • 1539days says:

      Yeah, but she did have to come back to PA after New Jersey didn’t work out.

    • mothy6767 says:

      I think Charlie Daniels had something to say about the Burch awhile back

    • Kathy says:

      Wow–my daughter is an urban planner and loved it until city budget cuts ended her job…no need for that Masters now..she doesn’t want to move because of boyfriend here..a shame

      • driguana says:

        You know it’s a very interesting profession. I started in the early 70s and it was very exciting and I had the privilege of working on some very fun and significant projects all over the country. I have an MPA in Public Policy/Urban and Regional Planning from Indiana University and I think I hit everything at the right time. When I retired 3 years ago the political ideology and political correctness of the profession made me want to scream! Planners are getting offed everywhere because no one plans any more. But I suspect the time will come again with better leadership….she should hang in there. “Sustainability” is the big planning thing these days.

        • Kathy says:

          I will tell her what you said and thank you….she got her masters on a scholarship from Georgia Tech and Bachelors in Design from Florida..now she’s working for an NGO here doing health research and community planning….she doesn’t love it like she did city planning but it pays the bills. Sounds like you enjoyed your work and that’s what makes a difference.

  17. HELENK3 says:

    Carnival Cruise Lines says US Coast Guard flew out to retrieve a blood sample before Texas health care worker disembarked from ship, sample tested negative for Ebola virus – @Reuters
    Read more on reuters.com

    • votermom says:

      If she wasn’t having symptoms then the test would be negative even if she was infected.

    • Constance says:

      As I understand it the woman on the cruise is a lab tech not a nurse. Lab people are not around patients anymore. It’s nice of authorities to include them in their Ebola monitoring but they can work in hoods, they have bottles of bleach water and alcohol for cleaning, they always wear protective clothing and gloves, there is absolutely no food or drinks in the lab area, and they always treat all specimens as if the person had as yet undiagnosed deadly disease. Plus at all time they worry about exposure to chemicals, radioactivity, flammables. I doubt any lab person will get Ebola at work.

  18. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9364

    state tells Christian ministers they must perform same sex marriages or face fines or jail.
    now here is where I have a rant. there is a separation between church and state in this country. there are many state laws that are not the same as church law. you may get married legally in a state but a church because of their belief would not marry you. The Catholic church will not marry a divorcee if their first marriage was in the church. they would not give my mom the last rites because she was divorced and remarried. Legal in the eyes of the state but not the church.
    wonder if they would require the same of a muslim iman and just how far they would get with that.
    The founding fathers were against both religious and state tyranny

  19. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.tpnn.com/2014/10/17/video-things-are-still-out-of-control-in-ferguson-so-an-area-walmart-has-taken-drastic-measures/

    and al sharpton wants more protests on Halloween weekend. that man is not going to be happy until there is more killing. I guess he has not gotten enough people killed in his lifetime

  20. HELENK3 says:

    http://www.youngcons.com/the-12-unspoken-rules-for-being-a-liberal/

    I think this explains the young lady’s thinking

  21. cynic says:

    It’s quite the coincidence that you would link to her writing today. I spent a good deal of time reading old posts of hers, from Aug. ’08 to Feb. ’09 yesterday. I never really followed politics til the day of the market collapse, and didn’t find her blog til about early ’09. It was a time when she started banning any mention of Palin.

    Yesterday was the first time that I went back to reading her old posts. She hates what Obamabots did to Hillary’s followers, but she hates the Republicans more. Republicans, Religion, Fox News derangement Syndrome is what fuels her. She is smart, a good writer, and passionate. Unfortunately, the hate triumphs everything.

    I don’t like the establishment GOP either, and I can see with my own eyes (locally for sure) that their job is to take down the Rand Paul’s, Sara Palin’s Ted Cruze’s. The more I watch/listen/read, the more I know that it really doesn’t matter what we nobody’s think. We don’t have the money/power.

    I saw your frequent comments there, Klown. What happened to Pat Johnson? Any others here, that were regulars there?

    • HELENK3 says:

      I was until I was called a republican and made to feel not very welcome. Funny thing is I was a democrat for almost 50 years and after 2008 became an Independent. I do not think the republican party is all that, but compared to today’s democratic party I do believe that they want what is best for the country.
      I will remain an independent with the hope that the democratic party some day will again be a party that I can respect. I do not respect it now. I do not ever want a one party system in this country

    • Constance says:

      I used to read Confluence all the time. One day I put up a comment deemed “Republican” and then none of my comments would show up. So I was essentially banned which is her right on her blog but I see no reason to go back. I can cope with people telling me I’m wrong or they wish I would just shut up for once, but censoring comments reminds me too much of CNN and MSNBC in 2008.

      • cynic says:

        What really surprised me in one of those posts was the conversation that some other blog blocked THEM! She turned around and did the very same thing. If we can’t have civil discussions, we are in trouble.

        RD is very defensive. A while back I posted something to the effect that the TV has corrupted our way of thinking. HGTV shows repeatedly tell us that our homes are worthless unless our kitchens have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
        Sex In The City made us want Jimmy Choo shoes, etc. She became quite defensive over those comments, and it wasn’t even directed at her.

        She needs to let the anger go. Life is short.

        • Propertius says:

          I hear granite’s out now. You need to rip out your countertops and replace them with something even *more* expensive.

          • cynic says:

            My ‘new’ kitchen is suddenly 20 yrs. old. (How did that happen??) I have a very large kitchen, with a tremendous amount of countertop. I was surprised to see wood coming back. (remember butcherblock?) Not going with that either.

    • The Klown says:

      PJ splintered off with Gary, Mawm, MadamB and that crazy broad whose name escapes me at the moment. There were some others involved too. They started a new blog that soon disintegrated. I lost track of them long ago.

      The second big split was when the Mean Girls left in a Huff. They’re still there.

      Most of what was left came over here when RD completely lost her shit.

      When I read old comment threads at TC I am sadly reminded of all the blogfriends that drifted away over the past 6 years. They didn’t say goodbye, they just disappeared.

      I enjoy a healthy discussion where everyone doesn’t agree. Unfortunately that is rare on the internet. Online political disagreements always seem to turn personal in a hurry.

      • HELENK3 says:

        there were some good people on her blog, but if you did not follow the party line and had a thought of your own, you were not part of the in crowd. grown ups really do not like that

      • HELENK3 says:

        how can you learn if you do not hear different view points? You do not have to agree but be willing to listen and discuss and cite ideas and reasoning. We were lucky enough to learn that in school

        • Lulu says:

          I was on her blog commenting intermittently. I think I got tired of the immaturity and intolerance. She is also a regional-ist and quite bigoted about places of which she has zero knowledge. I gathered finally that it had to do with religion and her presumption that everyone in some areas are fundamentalist even if they claim to be atheists they cannot be because she saw a television show about snake handling in 1987 on PBS. Or something. Irregardless of how smart and talented someone may be you get tired of the abuse and ignorance. I followed Klown here and most of the more mature and curious people followed. And like you Helen I LIKE dissenting opinions from honest people and I learn a lot from them.

  22. The Klown says:

    Pathetic Privilege

    Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship therapist when she fought with her mother; constant visits to homeopathic doctors, and visits to child psychologists three times a week; having a summer home on a lake in Connecticut, and complaining about it; writing a “voice of her generation” memoir in which ordinary life events among members of her generation, such as making student-loan payments or worrying about the rent or health insurance, never come up…

  23. The Klown says:

    One thing I have no ideological problem with is capping inherited wealth. Not the size of the estate necessarily, but the amount any one individual can inherit.

    So you made a billion dollars, but you can’t leave it all to your only child. There is no right to inherit huge wealth. On the other hand, government has no right to it all either.

    Cap the amount each person can inherit, but allow unlimited amounts to be donated to charity.

  24. HELENK3 says:

    stolen from a commenter at no quarter

  25. HELENK3 says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/221178-obama-hits-the-links-with-espn-host

    he appointed a czar to spew the BS and now he can go golfing. it is all good in backtrack’s world

  26. DeniseVB says:

    True story 😀

  27. The Klown says:

    Taggert (Tag) likes to nurse on a blanket when he gets sleepy. Today he is nursing on Tigger’s abdomen. Tigger seems to be enjoying it.

  28. Kathy says:

    Time to burst the Lena bubble

  29. The Klown says:

    #WarOnWomen RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Verbally Abuses A Woman On National Television:

  30. DeniseVB says:

    😀

  31. alice says:

    After the hot mess that was 2007-08, I lost all tolerance for ideological boxes. I think I quite sincerely lost the receptors to absorb them — and I was in quite the lefty, prog ideological box before that. Now, I can’t see the world in those manichean terms.

    I do agree with the danger of unchecked and concentrated power, wherever it operates — government, business, party. That does strike me as a root cause of political corruption. And to launch some canned and slightly unhinged rant again Fox News or Sarah Palin or whatever doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of that more complicated problem.

    There are weird fanatics on all parts of the political spectrum right now.

  32. 1539days says:

    Just to continue the rant on a la carte, I do understand the implications and that’s why I’m not so keen on it. There are two kind of people with cable, those who watch a lot of TV and those who don’t. I fall into the watch a lot category even though I’m only watching maybe 15-20 hours a week because I watch a lot of different channels and I have a lot of searches set up for programming.

    My Time Warner Cable is 100+ channels. I’ve watched something like 85% of them. The channels most people don’t watch aren’t very expensive. Many of them have a carriage fee of 1 cent per subscriber per month. The high volume channels like USA, TNT, TBS, ESPN and FOX have carriage fees of a few dollars per month. However, they have contracts where they will pull their popular channels if cable companies won’t carry their unpopular channels.

    What happens if you bust up the deals and say each channel has to stand on its own? Most channels like National Geographic or DIY and other learning and lifestyle channels will go under. The channels that survive will be mostly rerun channels like the aforementioned and ESPN. Will your cable bill go down $20-30 like proponents claim? Probably not. The cable company will charge a flat fee just to run service to your house, regardless of the number of channels you have. So, you could end up paying a la carte for channels and $50 a month for a cable box.

    The free market has resolved much of this. If you don’t mind being a season behind, many shows are available on Netflix. If you want to pay per show, Amazon has a lot of shows on the next day. Many network websites stream their shows for a couple of weeks after airing. My solution was to tweet the cable company. This year, I am paying a substantially lower rate.

    • Constance says:

      If the cable bundles reflect what people want to see then the cable companies have nothing to worry about because consumers will of course sign up for the bundle of channels. And your selected set of channels may well be more expensive under a la carte. But my selected channels would be far cheaper because I don’t watch sports. What has been allowed to happen is all channels chase the male viewer age 15-55 (even though studies show women make 80 of all purchasing decisions). There isn’t anything on TV that women like as much as men like sports. So women will cancel the bundle and go with the few channels they actually watch which are cheap, or more likely women will buy individual shows. I for instance watch Outlander from STARZ but I don’t see anything else on that channel worth paying for so I wait awhile and watch Outlander for free. With the current system women are forced to subsidize a one size fits all males very expensive package. I want a la carte.

      • Constance says:

        Frankly I can’t wait for the cable companies to threaten women consumers with the fact that under a la carte Oxygen, Lifetime, WE and E! will go out of business. I doubt you can find 10 women who give a rats ass or would pay for them individually. For some reason the “women’s content” in the cable bundle doesn’t appeal to women viewers however the “men’s content” in the bundle does appeal to male viewers. I wonder why that is?

      • 1539days says:

        By the way, I am male and the last thing I watched on ESPN was billiards. There are also women who like sports, or so Title IX proponents tell me. A channel like ESPN can still dictate a price per subscriber and the cable company will pass it on as a service fee. They have to do it, because the second cable tries to fight with ESPN they’ll leave and 20% of the customers will call DirecTV the next day.

        The main reason I don’t like a la carte is that it will kill cable TV. Women may make out by buying all those low cost channels, but those channels tend to disappear as soon as they aren’t tied to a more powerful broadcaster. I also suspect that cable companies will get around a la carte by charging up the ass for each channel then offering substantial discounts for volume purchases.

        If you look at broadcast channels, cable companies offer about 13 channels for $12 or so. They charge about $60 for the other hundred. That means you’re paying 50% more for channels that you could get with an antenna because they are not part of a package.

        • Constance says:

          Any channels people don’t want will go out of business and they should go out of business. If I owned cable channels/advertising venues I would start testing my shows on the audience I wanted to attract and clean up my act right now while I still could extort payment for my channel.
          Another issue with women and cable is parental controlling 100’s of unwanted channels/advertising venues. I have never heard a man discuss this issue but I know many women who are mad that it is dumped on them. It is too much work to keep informed and block all content that is not appropriate for children on a zillion garbage channels. The ratings system is a joke. It’s just easier to take only a few channels who guarantee their content is rated for families and not waste your time and money.

          Time is almost up for cable bundles. When kids move out they don’t subscribe to cable. They get shows online and then plug their lap top into the big TV to watch it. I actually think cable missed the timing for selling cable channels also. Young people buy one show not one channel. I’ve started going to the library and checking out their TV DVDs.

          • 1539days says:

            People who don’t watch much TV love a la carte. The irony is that it seems like a choice in some libertarian sense. The reality is that it is asking the government to control a private service. Cable didn’t get outrageously expensive until the Congress decided to tell cable companies what they could charge 20 years ago.

            What we have now is truly the libertarian solution. If you don’t like cable, don’t buy it. Why chop it up and select a few pieces if you’re not much of a consumer? Satellite has family-friendly packages and it is available all over the country. With an aerial antenna, 90% of Americans can get high definition local affiliates which air 90 out of the top 100 shows. I don’t think there’s any scenario where a la carte doesn’t kill cable faster.

          • Constance says:

            Once again, cable companies tell us that what is on cable bundles is what consumers want. If this is the case they have nothing to fear from the OPTION of a la carte because everyone will sign up for cable bundles. If cable companies are truly giving people what they want no one will cancel the bundle when given the choice of a la carte.

            The fact that cable companies are worried tells you they know what they offer is not what customers want.

  33. HELENK3 says:

    since the people here told me about Roku , I watch more on that then on tv channels. since the programing anymore seems to be 6 shows and then off or for no reason postpone them for a few weeks in between. tv has become harder to watch and I have the patience of a flea. there are maybe 10 shows that I watch

    • I have cut the cord and learned to love streaming TV. I can also hook up my laptop to the TV and find almost anything you can find on cable. I can watch what I want when I want. I can watch Breaking Bad continuously from the first episode to the last start to finish. Right now, I’m watching Walking Dead from the 1st episode.
      Between Netflix and the other streaming channels I can find any movie which is what I prefer to watch anyway. I don’t even have to go rent a DVD.
      What I’ve discovered is that I don’t waste time flipping channels. I also don’t end up watching cable news anymore and read my news instead so no talking points which has made my life less stressful. If there’s anything relevant new-wise, you guys usually link to it. Thanks Helenk3.

  34. Propertius says:

    What’s particularly bizarre about RD’s rant is that she castigates Fox while ignoring the political contributions of Fox’s parent company, News Corporation:

    http://www.opensecrets.org/usearch/?q=news+corporation&cx=010677907462955562473%3Anlldkv0jvam&cof=FORID%3A11

    News Corporation was a top contributor to such right-wing fanatics as: Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Emmanuel Cleaver, John Conyers, John Dingell, Patrick Leahy, Hillary Clinton (!), Henry Waxman, and Ted Kennedy. It has been a major donor to the Democratic Party, the DSCC, and the DCCC for years.

    Of course, they also donate to a lot of Republicans (because corruption is an Equal Opportunity endeavor).

    • 1539days says:

      This just shows that Murdoch likes money. Fox News makes a lot of money just by showing both sides. Of course, GE likes money, too. They lose millions on MSNBC, but they make billions in administration supported tax breaks.

      • Propertius says:

        Precisely.

      • cynic says:

        Once, I made a comment on facebook like this: “Goodbye Morning Joe, I’ve had enough.” A friend commented, “Get your head out of the sand. Turn off Fox.” I was like, huh? I asked her three times where she gets her news/info, and she couldn’t tell me.

        I think the left has turned Fox, Rush, TEA Party into a new McCarthyism. They read and hear constantly on left-wing sites that they’re bad, and they repeat it. I’m not backing everything they stand for, but the left’s obsession with them makes me shake my head. I’m a moderate, but start my day watching MSNBC. I also used to watch “Up With Chris Hayes” every Sat. morning. I just like politics, and listening to both sides.

        I would never dream of telling someone to turn off a tv program.

        • 1539days says:

          There’s been a war of escalation in media. Rush Limbaugh started the idea that someone could come out and say he believes something different than the rest of the people in media do. Liberal ideas were kind of woven into editorial content making it look like the rational idea. Then again, this is a realignment from about the time of LBJ. Republicans were the first party of progressives. Nixon was considered a liberal. Carter ran on Christian values, talking about feeling guilty for lusting in his heart.

          Fox News came out around the same time as MSNBC, but they had more hosts who touted traditional values. There was still room for cordial debate. I think there was a real sea change in 2000 when Bush won the election and Democrats felt the power was “stolen” from them. The party became hard and began to justify all kinds of shady things as long as it won elections. By 2003, MSNBC put down their marker as the anti-Bush channel and then the anti-Republican channel.

        • The Klown says:

          When I watch television news it’s because of some breaking big event. Sometimes I catch some local news by accident when the show I was watching ends and the news comes on.

          I can find and read 2-3 different versions of the same news story online in the time it takes to watch one clip on television. Best of all I can skip over ads and the bullshit jawboning that fills up at least 90% of television time.

  35. HELENK3 says:

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/rally-attendees-leave-event-after-obama-began-speaking/

    WOAH no more fainting just fast exits when he begins to speak
    things they are a changing

    • 1539days says:

      Next comes projectile vomiting during the speeches.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      That was for the D candidate for governor of our fair people’s republic of Maryland deep in the heart suburban DC – Kool-Aid central.

      Russia and the UK say the crowd walked out while Obama was still speaking/onstage.

      The NYT seems think they wanted to beat the traffic.

      The die hard Ds are claiming people were not leaving just going to the restroom. It is just the horrid media that is not doing its job of supporting Obama the greatest president in the universe.

  36. DandyTIger says:

    Back on the crazy rant, I love how austerity during a massively expanding debt is thought of as crazy. Of course some economic theories say spend yourself out of a recession or depression. Some say the opposite. But spending out of recession seems to have worked with Reagan, though some will argue with that. But here’s the thing, we haven’t been in a recession for around 6 years now. We just keep spending money and even printing money, with no end in sight. And some idiots think this is austerity. WTF? Will 20T debt be too much? 30T? 50T? Now that China has passed us up at the #1 economy, and needs us less and less, what happens when they call in their loans? What happens when they, the oil countries, and others, decided the US dollar an’t so hot. Here’s what will happen, poof, we go boom.

    • 1539days says:

      Reagan geared budget money towards making things like bombs and tanks. This added money from the steel mills to the trucks carting the products to the military bases. Obama spent the Stimulus keeping union workers employed. All that did was keep new people in the workforce from getting jobs.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Reagan spent tons of budget on Darpa and related tech. development, which funded silicon valley, me and my career. But he also raised the debt higher than all of his predecessors combined. Despite that debt and lots of policy differences, it’s hard to complain too much. Obama spending would be easier to handle if it created new economic opportunities, esp. game changing future economic development.

    • The Klown says:

      The Stimulus money disappeared without a ripple. Obama couldn’t show any stimulation so he started going on about “jobs created OR SAVED” which was an imaginary stat.

  37. mothy67 says:

    I would dump ala carte in a heart beat, but one of the consequences might be fewer quality programs from some of the cable stations(FX, AMC) 90 million cable households times a quarter a month is a pretty penny. The price for cable doesn’t bother me as much as being forced to subsidize channels I will never watch(Oxygen, Lifetime, Logo, Spanish Language, Sprout, Al Jazeera, MTV and on and on) I would be fine with Sports package, FX, AMC, Syfy, FOX, CNN, home improvement and a few kids channels. If FX gets a quarter a month I’d be willing to pay fifty cents for that to dump the others.I do not see why I have to give oprah a dime every month.

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