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Posts by ExNewsExSpook

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  • Mediaite: New management at MSNBC may drop the axe on 3 shows

    05/04/2015 1:56:18 PM PDT · 26 of 46
    ExNewsExSpook to Dilbert San Diego

    Your question is obviously rhetorical...Reverend Al may have ratings that are microscopic, but his place at MSNBC is secure, thanks to his little arrangement with Comcast, which acquired NBC a few years ago.

    Sharpton and his fellow “activists” could have challenged the Comcast deal, costing the cable operator millions in legal fees, while further depressing the value of its newest properties. Instead, Comcast donated at least $155,000 to Sharpton’s organization, while the good reverend went to bat for the cable company with federal regulators. And voila, Al gets a nightly platform to spew his ignorance and venom:

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/revealed-last-mystery-al-sharpton-got-msnbc-gig-just-solved/

    MSNBC could go to an “all polka music videos” format and Sharpton would still have a show.

  • 'This is a war': The woman behind anti-Islamic Muhammad cartoon contest and her long history ...

    05/04/2015 6:19:26 AM PDT · 42 of 66
    ExNewsExSpook to ErnBatavia

    She’s still pissed that Roger Ailes elected not to renew her contract, and replaced her on the weekend morning show with the younger (and much more attractive) Anna Kooiman.

    Alisyn spent 16 years at Fox; was passed over for anchor and news reader spots on the weekday morning show at least three or four times, and never got her own show as part of the daytime lineup. Meanwhile, a number of female anchors (including Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and Ms. Kooiman) joined the network and rocketed past her.

    Now she works for The Network No One Watches. And she’ll be canned at CNN within 3-4 years because the ratings won’t move. Then, she has to interview a guest who won’t follow the liberal MSM narrative and eats dim-witted anchors for breakfast. No wonder Alisyn seems pissed.

  • America, Wake The Hell Up

    05/04/2015 6:06:23 AM PDT · 22 of 43
    ExNewsExSpook to SatinDoll

    A little fact that our “leaders” in D.C. don’t want you to know:

    Average annual salary of each job lost in the 2007-09 recession (which is still continuing in much of the country): $70,000

    Average annual salary of each “new job” created since the recession: $30,000

    Thousands of good jobs were swept away when the market tanked, and (predictably) many of them were moved overseas. Reduction of labor costs is one reason that a lot of companies have done very well since the recession. Much leaner workforce, and if you can save major bucks on high-cost functions like IT (by shipping it overseas, or importing lower-cost labor), the bottom line will look that much better.

  • ‘Well known by FBI’: Suspect in Garland shooting ID’d as Elton Simpson; Update

    05/04/2015 5:57:05 AM PDT · 27 of 53
    ExNewsExSpook to PghBaldy

    Better yet, how many White House representatives will be sent to his funeral? What sort of outreach will there be to the Islamic Community in Phoenix? And how long before the DOJ comes down on the Garland PD?

  • Who is your favorite rock band ever?

    05/02/2015 9:40:51 AM PDT · 91 of 245
    ExNewsExSpook to cyclotic

    Nice combination...Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire have toured together in the past. I saw Chicago in Virginia Beach about four years ago, and they seemed to have lost a step. Of course, it was an outdoor venue, at the end of a long tour, so the band was probably tired and the acoustics were less than optimum. They will be back in the area in early September (with Earth, Wind and Fire) and I’ll definitely be in the audience.

  • The B-52 bomber turns 60

    04/26/2015 4:06:01 PM PDT · 46 of 65
    ExNewsExSpook to I cannot think of a name

    According to current Air Force projections, the last of the B-52s will be in service after the B-2 fleet is retired. Amazing.

  • Brian Williams Can’t Stop Lying

    04/26/2015 1:05:46 PM PDT · 30 of 35
    ExNewsExSpook to Carl Vehse

    I agree; was merely referring to his ability to read off the teleprompter.

  • Brian Williams Can’t Stop Lying

    04/26/2015 11:18:49 AM PDT · 18 of 35
    ExNewsExSpook to nickcarraway

    Hardball time...NBC deliberately leaked these latest revelations, in an effort to get Williams to resign and avoid a messy dismissal. But according to various media reports, the network will still have to pay somewhere between $20 and $30 million to get rid of their lying anchor.

    However, don’t count Williams completely out. Lester Holt’s ratings have been slipping and ABC’s David Muir is expanding his lead in the desired, 18-54 demographic. Holt is a competent news reader, but he can’t hold an audience, and NBC doesn’t have anyone waiting in the wings. There are enough morally corrupt TV execs who would gladly put Williams back in the anchor chair if they thought he could get them back to #1.

  • Free meals feed hungry Watsonville students, but compete for class time

    04/25/2015 8:36:03 PM PDT · 13 of 20
    ExNewsExSpook to artichokegrower

    Saw this more than a decade ago, when I worked as a middle school teacher after retiring from the military.

    I quickly learned that the most important moments of the day occurred at 8:45, 11:30 and 3:30, which coincided with the three meals offered under the school nutrition program. As teachers, were told that everyone had to go through the cafeteria line for breakfast, and no student enrolled in the after school program could be held past final bell for instruction, discipline or any other purpose. The reason? Much of the federal funding a district receives is tied to participation in the school lunch program. In my school, every kid qualified, so it was paramount that we maximized participation every day, so funding wasn’t affected.

    Academically, the school was a disaster; most of my seventh graders couldn’t do three column addition or subtraction. Functions involving factions were beyond comprehension, and there wasn’t a single student who could handle pre-algebra, the “normal” math course for that grade level.

    In 21st Century America, Johnny and Suzy can’t read, write a simple sentence or handle basic math, but they are well fed.

  • How to Save $1 Million In Your 401(k)

    04/25/2015 9:58:46 AM PDT · 32 of 45
    ExNewsExSpook to TurboZamboni
    Want a million dollars in your retirement account? Become a mid-level bureaucrat (or higher) for the federal government or the state where you live. Public pensions are exorbitantly generous. Lois Lerner, the corrupt IRS official who made a career out of persecuting conservatives, has an annual pension of $110,000 after 30 years of federal service.

    And the gravy train gets even better at the state level; in California, a woman who began as a low-level clerk in the BART system back in the 70s retired as a senior manager a couple of years ago. Her yearly pension tops $350,000. And that doesn't include healthcare and other benefits.

    Trust me, few of these bureaucrats actually "worked" for those lavish benefits. But the taxpayers are on the hook for every dime.

    To illustrate the absurdity of the generous benefit packages, I remember listening to Bob Brinker's weekend financial advice show. He took a call from a retired Michigan state trooper. One of the "bennies" from his package was the right to transfer his health care benefits to his daughter, no medical exam necessary and no questions asked. Daughter never worked a day for the state, but the folks who pay taxses in Michigan will be paying for her healthcare for years after her father is gone.

  • Former Airman, Playboy Model Plans Demonstration for US Flag

    04/22/2015 7:04:11 PM PDT · 27 of 31
    ExNewsExSpook to Tennessee Nana

    The former SSgt is late to the game.

    Just saw a report from WAGA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Atlanta. They’ve had a crew in Valdosta since the controversy began, and report that hundreds of people have been driving around town—and the Valdosta State campus—waving the flag and countering the protestors who desecrated Old Glory last week. Fox 5’s reporter also told Megan Kelly that the “lead” protestor is now being sought by authorities for threatening to shoot counter-protestors.

    This is about jump-starting Ms. Manhart’s celebrity career which has been stalled since she posed for Playboy while an active-duty USAF military training instructor back in 2007. She knew it would jeopardize her career and bring embarrassment to the Air Force, but did it anyway.

    The good folks in Valdosta have the situation well in hand. Ms. Manhart is free to join their effort, but she doesn’t need to lead a demonstration.

  • Hanging with David Koch and Bill O'Reilly at the TIME 100 [knows why Koch likes Scott Walker]

    04/22/2015 6:31:30 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    ExNewsExSpook to Cincinatus' Wife

    I’m still amazed that anyone lists The Perky One, Katie Couric, among “the most powerful women in the world,” or continues to offer her seven-figure gigs.

    She was the queen of media when she left the Today show, but since then, her career has been a dumpster fire. Absolute failure during five years anchoring the CBS Evening News; followed that debacle with an afternoon talk show, and a huge contract from Disney/ABC. Her attempt at being the next Oprah lasted less than two years. Now, she’s some sort of global correspondent for Yahoo News, collecting another massive paycheck, but delivering nothing in return.

    If any FReepers have misguided children who are pursuing a career in the MSM, you should offer this advice: it no longer matters if you have any talent to get hired by a liberal print, broadcast, cable or on-line outlet. Just suck up to the right people and keep kissing their backsides. You can make a lot of money, and if you’re lucky enough (like Katie and David Letterman) you can make a career out of it. The downside is you’re flushing your integrity and honor in the process, and a lot of these outlets are going to disappear, sooner rather than later.

  • Huckabee Is Ted Cruz’s Nightmare: How the former governor’s populism could upend the GOP field.

    04/21/2015 12:48:51 PM PDT · 36 of 74
    ExNewsExSpook to 2ndDivisionVet

    Someone told me—half jokingly—that Huckabee has delayed announcing his “decision” until May so he can beg Roger Ailes to take him back.

    The early launch by candidates like Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush is pressing a lot of donors and campaign talent to make an early decision. True, Huckabee gained a lot of recognition with his Fox program and various radio shows (and he can still count on some of his supporters from 2008), but I don’t see him overtaking any of the front-runners.

    It’s deja vu all over again. The Huckster will peak in Iowa, get crushed in New Hampshire, and be a non-factor by the time South Carolina and Florida roll around. I think the biggest concern Huckabee poses is pulling the same stunt he did almost eight years ago. Get enough delegates in the early states to establish himself a minor kingmaker, then deliver them to the candidate who’s willing to make Huckabee the best deal.

    Remember West Virginia in 2008? Don’t put it past Huckabee to do it again, although I don’t think he’ll get as many delegates this time around, given the large number of candidates in the field.

  • The Bridge Of The HMS Prince Of Wales Is Straight Out Of Star Wars

    04/21/2015 7:44:31 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    ExNewsExSpook to mulder1

    One of the great ship design mysteries of recent years; as others have pointed out, one of the islands is devoted to the direction of air operations, the other is for controlling the ship.

    I am not a naval architect, but the history of carrier design proves it is quite possible to have a single island with more than enough room for the teams running flight ops and those directing the ship.

    Interestingly, on the newest U.S. carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, the island is about 20 feet taller than on Nimitz-class carriers, and shifted 140 feet closer to the stern. With that design feature, the Ford has more deck space for aircraft; use of an electromagnetic launch system (versus steam catapults) creates even more space, so the carrier can embark more than 100 aircraft, and generate 25% more sorties per day.

    By comparison, the new British carrier will have an air wing of 50 aircraft (or less) so space isn’t as much a concern. It would also be interesting to compare the RCS of the Ford and its British counterpart. The Ford is designed to have a much smaller RCS than the Nimitz-class ships (although you can argue about just how “stealthy” an aircraft carrier can be. Adding a second island to the design doesn’t exactly help your radar cross section.

  • University Cops Detain Military Veteran Trying to Stop Flag Desecration

    04/21/2015 7:15:11 AM PDT · 34 of 40
    ExNewsExSpook to Travis McGee

    I’m probably the only person on this board who is an alumnus of Valdosta State (I picked up a graduate degree while stationed at nearby Moody AFB). Very conservative school, with a large number of students who are military, retired military, veterans or dependents of service members. When I heard about the protest, I was stunned. Not long ago, I think the demonstrators would have been met by an angry crowd and the protest would have ended on the spot. But liberalism has thoroughly infected the academy, even places like Valdosta State.

    Looking at these members of the “victim class,” I wonder how many are attending VSU on a Hope Scholarship, the taxpayer funded program that pays for 127 semester hours of tuition at a state college, university or technical school. The Hope Scholarship is now a $600 million line item in the state budget; the vast majority of recipients never earn a degree, they simply waste their time and the taxpayers’ money. Still, it’s rather remarkable that the “slaveholders” in the state of Georgia are willing to invest so much in an education program that can directly benefit students like the protestors at VSU.

    As for Ms. Manhart, I believe her heart is in the right place, but there are a couple of things that bother me about this episode. First of all, she isn’t a student or staff member at VSU; her sister “alerted” her to the situation and the former SSgt rushed onto campus, daughter in tow and cellphone camera grinding away.

    Why was it necessary to record the incident? Was she worried about possible legal repercussions, or was she aiming at generating some attention or publicity? Apparently, her career peaked with that infamous Playboy spread, and she strikes me as someone who likes the limelight. If that was the case, she accomplished her mission; I’ve seen her on a number of media outlets in the past few days.

    IMO, Ms. Manhart could have been far more effective in challenging the protestors on their ludicrous ideas. Looking at that sad group of demonstrators, I doubt any could do more that spout Democratic party talking points, so it wouldn’t be that hard to illustrate just how bankrupt their ideology really is. And better yet, why not spend a few more minutes and organize your own counter-protest? In Valdosta, Georgia, it wouldn’t be hard to find a 50 or 60 people who would be willing to show up and peacefully confront the protestors.

    Maybe I’m a little too old-fashioned (and still bleed Air Force blue), but I believe Ms. Manhart lost some of her credibility and self-respect when she decided to pose for Playboy. If she was that anxious to pose nude, all she had to do was get out of the military and show off her assets for any magazine willing to pay her. But that wouldn’t have quite the impact of an active-duty service member, so took the easy money and quick fame from Playboy, and deliberately trashed her Air Force career. It’s that kind of specious thinking that makes people question her current motives.

    I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt, but when someone throws away a 14-year Air Force career to help Hugh Hefner make a few more dollars, it’s easy to question their motives when they re-enter the public eye.

  • ISIS camp just a stone's throw from U.S. border

    04/18/2015 6:09:07 PM PDT · 37 of 43
    ExNewsExSpook to HomerBohn

    Seems abundantly clear something is going on just south of the Rio Grande, and it likely involves ISIS. A new commanding general took charge at Fort Bliss late last summer and put an immediate emphasis on installation security:

    http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2014/09/at-border.html

    As noted in the blog post MG Twitty announced his security plans about the same time the first reports of ISIS infiltration began to surface. And he was concerned enough to bring outside experts onto the post for an assessment of base security measures. Billions were spent at Bliss over the past decade to accommodate thousands of new troops and their families, but virtually nothing was spent on new entry control points and similar security measures. But, when MG Twitty arrives—amid reports of local ISIS activity—security becomes the top priority.

    Hardly a coincidence.

  • SECURITY ALERT: What I witnessed today at an Army Reserve Center was deplorable.

    04/18/2015 4:31:26 PM PDT · 19 of 39
    ExNewsExSpook to don-o

    Here’s another example, from just over a year ago. A convicted felon somehow got a job as a truck driver, and occasionally made deliveries to military installations in the Hampton Roads area. He had prior convictions for manslaughter and intent to distribute crack cocaine, but still obtained a transportation from the TSA—all perfectly legal, as long as you’ve been out of prison at least five years.

    One night in late March last year, the driver, Jeffrey Savage, decided to go postal. Normally, the TSA credential would not be enough to get him onto the base, but the DoD civilian police officer at the gate waved him through. Savage parked his truck near the pier where the USS Mahan was docked, made it through another checkpoint and onto the vessel. He was confronted by the female petty officer of the watch (who was pregnant); Savage overpowered her and took her weapon.

    She might have died if not for the actions of Petty Officer Second Class Mark Mayo, a master-at-arms who was on patrol in the area and followed Savage up the gangway of the Mahan. Realizing the petty officer of the watch had been disarmed and was lying on the deck, Mayo put himself between the shooter and the watch-stander. He was hit and mortally wounded, but returned fire, hitting Savage and killing the assailant.

    To my knowledge, the DoD civilian cop who waved Savage onto NS Norfolk has never been punished. This week, the Navy announced the Lt in charge of pier-side security has been reassigned, and it’s a fair bet he received some sort of career-ending non-judicial punishment as well. Not saying the junior officer didn’t deserve some sort of sanction, but the civilian cop needs to be fired. Had he done his job, Savage would have never made it onto the installation.

    Just another example of lax security at military bases and believe me, ISIS is taking notes.

  • Kate Upton's 'Game Of War' Ads Were Unbelievably Effective ($1m Revenue Per Day)

    04/09/2015 12:53:38 PM PDT · 91 of 111
    ExNewsExSpook to drewh

    I can think of at least two reasons to hire Kate Upton for a commercial...

  • Kate Upton's 'Game Of War' Ads Were Unbelievably Effective ($1m Revenue Per Day)

    04/09/2015 12:50:53 PM PDT · 89 of 111
    ExNewsExSpook to drewh

    I can think of at least two reasons to hire Kate Upton for a commercial...

  • TORNADO WATCH 41 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT FOR (N IL, SE WI)

    04/09/2015 12:46:54 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    ExNewsExSpook to UB355

    Shaping up as an busy day; second tornado watch is downstream from the first; looks like the Storm Prediction Center expects the threat will continue across Illinois, Indiana and lower Michigan well past sundown. So far, they haven’t issued a PDS watch, but there is a moderate risk of EF-2+ tornadoes in the latest watch box.

    Also, it looks like a severe thunderstorm watch will be issued from the ArkLaTex region across central and eastern Arkansas. The crew at the Weather Channel must be in full hysteria mode by now.

  • Direct TV Pulls Rob Lowe Ads After Comcast Complaints

    04/09/2015 12:36:49 PM PDT · 23 of 80
    ExNewsExSpook to drewh

    Rather odd that Comcast complained about Lowe’s “exaggerations” in the ads; after all, Comcast allowed Brian Williams to “lie on demand” for years.

  • Hillary bloodied Bill Clinton...after learning of Monica Lewinsky affair

    04/07/2015 1:13:10 PM PDT · 52 of 60
    ExNewsExSpook to afraidfortherepublic

    The most incredible part of this story is Bill and Hillary sharing the same bed. I have it on good authority (former White House staffer) that Bill spent his first night in the White House with one of his girlfriends, and Hillary was in another bedroom with one of hers. That was pretty much the pattern for their years in the White House.

    Bill Clinton sleeping on the couch in the White House after being “banned” from the bedroom by Hillary? Another contrived tale, spoon-fed to a friendly reporter and aimed at women voters.

  • US Bomber Crew Shot Down Over Japan Dissected While ALIVE In Horrific WW2 Experiments

    04/07/2015 1:00:45 PM PDT · 23 of 70
    ExNewsExSpook to drewh

    If I’m not mistaken, the medical school included the live dissections of our POWs as part of an exhibit listing its many “accomplishments.”

    Much of World War II has been completely airbrushed from modern Japanese history. They concentrate on two days in August 1945, with no mention of Japan’s actions that caused the war and ultimately led to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    One more reason the Japanese are hated to this day in much of Asia, particularly by those who lived through World War II. When I was stationed in Korea, you could find a number of older Koreans who chastised Americans for not celebrating the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan.

  • "American Odyssey" on NBC - spoilers

    04/06/2015 4:19:24 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    ExNewsExSpook to pabianice

    I made the mistake of watching the entire episode, and I won’t do that again. When I saw them making heroes out of the “Occupy” crowd, I knew the mini-series was in serious trouble. Nothing more than a classic hit piece on big business and the military; I fully expect a Dick Cheney-like character to appear in the next couple of weeks.

  • US officials: Iran's militias just failed in Iraq because they can't shoot or coordinate

    04/02/2015 11:57:34 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    ExNewsExSpook to SeekAndFind

    As a former Air Force member, I’m hardly an expert of marksmanship, but if you watch some of footage that is typically looped on FNC and other news channels, I can see why the militias (and ISIS terrorists) are such poor shots. Their basic technique seems to be “pray and spray;” hold down the trigger until your clip is empty and hope you hit something.

    Also worth noting that the Shia militias were “advised” by members of the Iranian Quds force, which is supposedly the cream of their military crop. If this vaunted “fighting force” needed a month to take Tikrit, you can imagine how long it will take them to re-capture Mosul.

  • 'Spirit in the Sky' Singer Norman Greenbaum Hurt in Crash That Killed Motorcyclist

    03/31/2015 3:58:02 PM PDT · 38 of 64
    ExNewsExSpook to Boogieman

    Absolutely true...he heard Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner sing a gospel tune on Porter’s syndicated TV show and tried to see if he could write one. He did, and as you indicate, it was the only hit he ever had.

  • New 'Daily Show' Host: Jews are Hateful and Warlike, Calling Jews "Untermensch" is Okay

    03/31/2015 12:30:17 PM PDT · 31 of 42
    ExNewsExSpook to BigEdLB
    Yeah, I'm wondering how many suits at Comedy Central will wind up getting fired over this one. He made all of three appearances on The Daily Show before getting the host gig, and no one bothered to even look at his social media rants.

    Of course, the same execs who hired this guy support his world view and they're stunned when “the viewers” won't endorse unbridled anti-Semitism.

  • Andreas Lubitz's girlfriend Kathrin Goldbach 'is pregnant with Germanwings killer co-pilot's child'

    03/29/2015 6:48:51 PM PDT · 49 of 69
    ExNewsExSpook to EternalVigilance

    Poor child...hasn’t been born, and will face a lifetime of harassment over the psychotic actions of his/her father.

    The mother would be well advised to put the child up for adoption. Hopefully, the records can the sealed and the child would have the opportunity for a normal life with another family.

  • We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night

    03/25/2015 2:15:37 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    ExNewsExSpook to Biggirl

    Kudos to the Army for having the guts to do the right thing. Obviously, there was enormous pressure on the service to let Bergdahl off the hook, and slither out the door.

    You can expect a wave of firings and dismissals over this one, beginning with the officers who conducted the investigation and the generals who approved their findings.
    And you can bet there are a number of careerist JAGs and military judges who will do everything in their power to avoid this case.

    In a normal world, trying Bergdahl for desertion would have been a slam dunk; hell, in a sane world there would have never been a deal and when the deserter got tired of his Muslim “brothers” in a few years, he would have been met with handcuffs when he returned home—if he made it back alive.

    However, if you examine the handling of deserters from the Korean War, you’ll find that few served more than a couple of years in the brig. Robert Garwood, the Marine turncoat from Vietnam received a BCD, but no confinement. I can see Bergdahl getting a similar slap on the wrist.

  • The Myth of Netanyahu’s Racism: He actually got his best numbers among Arab voters.

    03/23/2015 8:34:11 AM PDT · 2 of 14
    ExNewsExSpook to SeekAndFind

    Bedouins and Druze have served alongside Jews (and other Israeli citizens) in the IDF for years.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8303634.stm

    They have no problem defending their homeland from the terrorists of Hamas, Hizballah, ISIS and the Palestinian Authority.

  • Female passenger on British Airways flight arrested after performing sex act on herself during trip

    03/23/2015 6:57:00 AM PDT · 10 of 54
    ExNewsExSpook to Gamecock

    I’ve heard of in-flight entertainment, but that’s a bit much.

    We need mug shots to determine guilt.

  • Chuck Bednarik, Hall-of-Fame Linebacker, Dies at 89

    03/21/2015 7:12:32 AM PDT · 9 of 51
    ExNewsExSpook to Perdogg

    Bednarik also flew 30 combat missions over Europe as a B-24 waist gunner during World War II—before his 21st birthday. The odds of completing your combat tour (at the time) were about 30%.

    After seeing a lot of his buddies blown apart by flak and German fighters, the NFL must have seen relatively tame.

    One of the toughest guys who ever wore the uniform, in the Army Air Corps and the NFL.

  • (Vanity) Failure Obama has time for ESPN, Refuses to Call Netanyahu, Media Drools

    03/19/2015 5:48:43 AM PDT · 7 of 23
    ExNewsExSpook to Cincinatus

    And on a related note, did you see the article in the Washington Free Beacon about Obama’s brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, and the lousy job he did as head basketball coach at Oregon State? When he was fired a year ago, Robinson left the cupboard virtually bare; the new coach inherited a team with only one returning player who averaged more than 4 points a game.

    Somehow, the coach managed a winning record, despite having to hold open tryouts to fill some of his roster spots. In fact, the new coach is up for a national coaching record (with only a 17-14 record) because his peers recognize the magnitude of the dumpster fire he inherited.

    Meanwhile, Craig Robinson got a $4 million buyout from Oregon State and has been working as an analyst for ESPN. He’s also in the running to be the new head coach at Holy Cross, where he could achieve similar results.

  • Bill Kurtis: ‘For us, Greed Has Been Good’

    03/15/2015 7:14:09 PM PDT · 9 of 13
    ExNewsExSpook to rdl6989

    Kurtis’s famous words were “for God’s sake take cover.” Pretty direct—about what you’d expect from a former Marine Corps officer. But it brought him to the attention of CBS and got him a slot at WBBM in Chicago. Paired on the anchor desk with Walter Jacobsen, they dominated local news ratings in Chicago for more than a decade. In fact, it wasn’t until WLS-TV hired Dennis Swanson as a news director that Kurtis was dethroned. Swanson’s strategy was to recruit his own team of legends, bringing Floyd Kalber back to anchor the 6 pm news and hiring John Drury for the 10 pm show.

    Kurtis is a legend in the business and as WBBM slipped in the ratings, he began to devote more time to his production business. Smart move.’

  • Tom Cotton picked apart by Army general over ‘mutinous’ Iran letter

    03/13/2015 2:59:05 PM PDT · 41 of 139
    ExNewsExSpook to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    This is all you need to know about General Eaton:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2954838/posts?page=1

  • IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older

    03/10/2015 7:19:37 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    ExNewsExSpook to knarf

    Of course, no one dares ask the obvious questions:

    - How many of these folks are still collecting a social security check, thanks to greedy relatives who never report their deaths to the social security administration? In one infamous case, Uncle Sam was still paying a monthly check to a man who was 117. In reality, the man had died decades earlier, but the man’s son kept collecting his check. The scam wasn’t discovered until the son died in his 60s. As I recall, the son collected his father’s check for about 30 years after his death.

    - How many of these folks are still on the voting rolls and cast a ballot for Obama in 2008 and 2012?

  • Now University of Oklahoma sorority comes under fire over female students heard cheering along [tr]

    03/10/2015 7:12:38 AM PDT · 14 of 47
    ExNewsExSpook to C19fan

    Here’s something that has puzzled me since my own days as a college student back in the late 70s, and as a military ROTC instructor 20 years later:

    Why do colleges and universities, the very paragon of inclusion, tolerance and political correctness, still allow all-white and all-black fraternities and sororities? Go to almost any college campus and you’ll find that Greek row is the most segregated place on campus—and no one says a word.

    Hypocrisy at its finest. On some campuses, the frat and sorority houses are actually owned by the college, so students pay a premium price to live there and it helps the institution’s bottom line. In other cases, influential alumni were “Greek” during their student days, and want to see the system preserved.

    Personally, I don’t have a issue with fraternities and sororities on campus. But when the group photos of most chapters look like a meeting of the White Citizens Council or the New Black Panthers, I’d say the Greeks—and the host institution—have a problem. It’s more than ironic that many of the same students who turn out to protest a campus appearance by Ann Coulter or John Bolton then go back to a frat or sorority house that is more segregated than Alabama in the 1950s.

  • Buried Lede: Brian Williams Killed Stories Damaging to Obama

    03/09/2015 8:11:21 AM PDT · 26 of 29
    ExNewsExSpook to laconic

    Among the more interesting factoids about Williams: He attended three colleges, yet accumulated only 18 hours of credit. It takes real effort to achieve an academic record that bad; either BriWi is a very dim bulb (quite possible), or he spent his college days partying, or both.

    Without a college degree, he landed his first TV job in Pittsburg, Kansas and was fired less than a year later. But somehow, his next position was as a White House intern under Jimmy Carter. Very few “blue collar” families can get their ‘ner-do-well son onto the White House staff.

    From there, the TV news failure lands a job with WTTG in Washington, the leading independent station in that market. Then, he convinces the female news director to tutor him as an on-air talent and within five years, the guy who got canned in market #149 is anchoring Panorama, WTTG’s flagship news/talk program.

    As my FReeper handle indicates, I spent some time in the broadcast news business before gravitating to the military and launching a real career. The odds of seguing from a failed TV news gig to the White House are incredibly long, and persuading a news director in a Top 10 market to tutor you are decidedly slim as well. By the time you reach a market at that level, you’re expect to be a polished performer. Even in the early 80s, most news directors would laugh at a request to train one of their production techs to become an anchor.

    Twelve years after joining WTTG, he was at NBC News and being groomed as Brokaw’s successor. Saying he has led a charmed life (until now) would be an understatement, and it’s not the kind of meteoric rise that most blue-collar kids can make, especially when your credentials are as skimpy as those of Brian Williams. Make no mistake: lots of kids have risen from humble circumstances to the top of their profession, but the vast majority worked a lot harder than Brian Williams.

  • Buried Lede: Brian Williams Killed Stories Damaging to Obama

    03/09/2015 7:54:29 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    ExNewsExSpook to knarf

    What sleep schedule? Williams never anchored the morning show, and staffers at NBC report he never showed up for work until early afternoon (about 4 hours before his 6:30 pm ET newscast) and he’s out the door as soon as it’s over. All that “work” for $8 million a year. Brian Williams is hardly overworked.

    However, the anchor who held the record for the shortest workday (as far as I know) was the late Floyd Kalber, who spent the last 14 years of his career at WLS-TV in Chicago. Mr. Kalber was one of the legendary anchors in that town and he was hired by ABC to do one show: the 6 pm newscast. He usually arrived at the studios around 5, did the show an hour later, and was on his way home by 7.

    Of course, Floyd Kalber had long since paid his dues, and there was no questioning his popularity. Within a year of joining WLS, the 6 pm newscast was #1 in the ratings and he was still on top, by a comfortable margin, when he retired in 1998.

    As far as I know, Mr. Kalber never “slow-jammed” the news or traded quips with a late night comedian. He was a professional who helped invent local TV news in Omaha and Chicago. Just before he left Omaha for the Windy City, he hired a recent college grad named Tom Brokaw as his replacement. Barely 15 years later, Kalber was the newsreader on Today, anchored by Brokaw.

  • No Promotion Unless A Commitment To Diversity Is Demonstrated, Air Force Sec Says

    03/07/2015 4:41:55 PM PST · 57 of 69
    ExNewsExSpook to The Working Man

    Never knew an E-4 with a spotless record who could stay for 20 years in the Air Force. If I remember correctly, enlisted members had to reach E-5 by the 13 year point, or they faced involuntary separation.

    The Air Force has long had the slowest promotions among its NCO Corps. Naturally, the needs of the service come first (as you learn from Day One of basic training). But the size of your career field/AFSC also plays a factor. If you’re in a small speciality or career field (in terms of manning) your advancement may come at a glacial pace.

    I know this from personal experience. During my enlisted days, I was a unit historian, now the 3H0X1 career field. During my tenure, there were less than 150 airmen in the AFSC, and there were only two E-8 and one E-9 slot in our career field. Additionally, a number of us had our bachelor’s degrees, so everyone tended to do well on their promotion tests.

    In other words, the Air Force didn’t need to promote very many historians to keep the career field balanced and it was a very competitive group. As a result, the cutoff scores for E-5 and E-6 were often 90-100 points higher than other career fields. Over the course of a typical year, it was common for a couple of individuals to make SSgt (E-5); one person made E-6 and another would advance to E-7 (MSgt). Typically, the historians who got promoted had the most time in grade, and you could determine where you stood on the list.

    I was lucky; my test for E-5 came before I earned my five skill-level in the historian career field, so IAW Air Force policies, I tested only on the professional knowledge portion of the exam. Many of the questions were weighted to USAF history, customs, organization—topics everyone in the career field were intimately familiar with. As a result, I made E-5 in three years and nine months, which was meteoric by Air Force standards. After that, I made the decision to apply for Officer Training School and (fortunately) I was accepted. If I had remained in my enlisted career field, I faced a 6-7 year wait for E-6 and a similar wait (beyond that) for E-7.

    By that tine,a lot of the fast burners in large career fields and low cutoff scores would have been pinning on SMSgt (E-8) or Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). My career advancement prospects as an officer were much better than as an enlisted historian, even though I loved the job and would have gladly spent my career in that vocation.

    As a rule, Air Force enlisted promotions are slow, but in some of the very small AFSCs, the pace is snail-like.

  • No Promotion Unless A Commitment To Diversity Is Demonstrated, Air Force Sec Says

    03/07/2015 4:29:38 PM PST · 55 of 69
    ExNewsExSpook to The Working Man

    Never knew an E-4 with a spotless record who could stay for 20 years in the Air Force. If I remember correctly, enlisted members had to reach E-5 by the 13 year point, or they faced involuntary separation.

    The Air Force has long had the slowest promotions among its NCO Corps. Naturally, the needs of the service come first (as you learn from Day One of basic training). But the size of your career field/AFSC also plays a factor. If you’re in a small speciality or career field (in terms of manning) your advancement may come at a glacial pace.

    I know this from personal experience. During my enlisted days, I was a unit historian, now the 3H0X1 career field. During my tenure, there were less than 150 airmen in the AFSC, and there were only two E-8 and one E-9 slot in our career field. Additionally, a number of us had our bachelor’s degrees, so everyone tended to do well on their promotion tests.

    In other words, the Air Force didn’t need to promote very many historians to keep the career field balanced and it was a very competitive group. As a result, the cutoff scores for E-5 and E-6 were often 90-100 points higher than other career fields. Over the course of a typical year, it was common for a couple of individuals to make SSgt (E-5); one person made E-6 and another would advance to E-7 (MSgt). Typically, the historians who got promoted had the most time in grade, and you could determine where you stood on the list.

    I was lucky; my test for E-5 came before I earned my five skill-level in the historian career field, so IAW Air Force policies, I tested only on the professional knowledge portion of the exam. Many of the questions were weighted to USAF history, customs, organization—topics everyone in the career field were intimately familiar with. As a result, I made E-5 in three years and nine months, which was meteoric by Air Force standards. After that, I made the decision to apply for Officer Training School and (fortunately) I was accepted. If I had remained in my enlisted career field, I faced a 6-7 year wait for E-6 and a similar wait (beyond that) for E-7.

    By that tine,a lot of the fast burners in large career fields and low cutoff scores would have been pinning on SMSgt (E-8) or Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). My career advancement prospects as an officer were much better than as an enlisted historian, even though I loved the job and would have gladly spent my career in that vocation.

    As a rule, Air Force enlisted promotions are slow, but in some of the very small AFSCs, the pace is snail-like.

  • Bush v. Webb

    03/05/2015 7:52:37 AM PST · 18 of 48
    ExNewsExSpook to sitetest

    Absolutely no one in the Democratic Party is lining up behind JIm Webb, and that includes the money boys (and girls) who could finance his campaign.

    Webb served honorably in the Marine Corps and he is a genuine war hero (recipient of the Navy Cross). But his public service career has been a study in opportunism. He rode the Reagan wave into positions as the VA Secretary and later, Secretary of the Navy, but he had to resign or face the humiliation of getting fired by Ronaldus Magnus. The reason? In barely a year on the job, Webb managed to piss off virtually everyone in the Navy’s senior leadership AND his superiors in the Pentagon.

    Two decades later, he capitalized on a weak campaign by George Allen (and national dissatisfaction with the GOP) to win a Senate seat in Virginia. As a Senator, same story. Webb wouldn’t compromise with anyone, and became dismayed over the partisanship and factionalism in the Senate. Pretty amazing for a man who has spent most of his adult life in the halls of power in D.C. So, he decides not to run for re-election and the idiots in VA elect an ever bigger weasel, Tim Kaine, to replace him.

    Now, he wants to be President. Unfortunately, “One Term Jim” doesn’t realize his party has moved so far to the left that few Democrats would actually vote for him. His targeted constituency: white, working class voters, was written off by the Dims decades ago. Guess Mr. Webb didn’t get the memo.

  • Martin O'Malley sticks with Plan A: try to upend Hillary Clinton

    03/04/2015 1:49:08 PM PST · 11 of 36
    ExNewsExSpook to McGruff

    Yes, he can. Just as liberal as Hillary and almost as cunning. What’s interesting is O’Malley’s (apparent) decision to keep working on a presidential bid. Securing the Dim nomination for Mikulski’s Senate seat could have been his for the asking. He smells blood in the water, and so do a lot of other libs.

  • Sen. Barbara Mikulski to retire, longest serving woman in Congress

    03/02/2015 9:54:41 AM PST · 16 of 28
    ExNewsExSpook to HomerBohn

    So Mikulski can now nap at home, versus the Senate chamber or a committee room. How quickly does the O’Malley for President exploratory effort become a Senate campaign?

  • Obama Threatened to Shoot Down Israeli Jets Attacking Iran

    03/02/2015 9:51:43 AM PST · 55 of 55
    ExNewsExSpook to Hulka

    Disagree, on a couple of points:

    First, regarding strike package generation/launch. The IAF jets will be uploaded in their shelters—won’t be detected by satellites. The load-out/marshaling/launch will be conducted against the backdrop of a major exercise; dozens of jets, launching, conducting various types of training and recovering over a period of several days. How do you detect the strikers when they’re using call-signs/IFF squawks similar to other IAF units?

    As for the tankers, given them a commercial call-sign/squawk (probably for an air charter). They follow commercial flight corridors; the fighters switch comms and emitters “off” before joining on the tanker and go resolution cell, flying in a tight formation so radar paints a single return—and since most tracking is based on IFF, the only squawk will be from the tanker.

    The IAF has a long history of conducting ops that we’re not aware of until the bombs start falling. Examples include the long-distance raid against PLO HQ in Tunis (1985) and the strike on Syria’s nuclear complex in 2008.

    Most importantly, it is highly unlikely the IAF would route their package through Iraq. A flight path across southern Turkey or over northern Saudi Arabia is more likely (particularly if Riyadh is cooperating), or all the way around the Arabian peninsula.

    We have good intel coverage of the region..but the key is being able to detect unusual activity that is designed to look routine, as practiced by an organization (the IAF) that has few rivals in tactical deception.

  • Obama Threatened to Shoot Down Israeli Jets Attacking Iran

    03/02/2015 5:29:04 AM PST · 8 of 55
    ExNewsExSpook to HomerBohn

    A hollow threat, at best:

    http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-hollow-shoot-down-threat.html

    The IAF has the ability to generate a strike force and get it into Iran without U.S. detection. And, if the Israelis utilize some of the basing options available to them, Obama would face the challenge of “attacking” other U.S. allies to interdict the IAF operation.

    More importantly, the Israelis—and everyone else in the region—know that Obama is making a meaningless threat.

  • CBS News Releases Video Referenced in O'Reilly Dispute

    02/23/2015 7:32:42 PM PST · 19 of 29
    ExNewsExSpook to Steely Tom

    On his program tonight, O’Reilly interviewed Don Browne, who was NBC’s Miami bureau chief for many years and supervised that network’s coverage of the Falklands. He supported O’Reilly’s version of events, noting that the the demonstrations grew larger (and more dangerous) with each passing day.

    Incidentally, Mr. Browne had a long and successful career at NBC. He is highly respected, both as a news executive and a broadcast manager. From the Miami bureau, he went on to serve as VP/General Manager of WTVJ, the NBC owned-and-operated station in Miami; executive vice president of NBC News (where he helped turn around the Today show in the mid-90s) and finally as President of Telemundo. He retired from NBC/Universal just before the Comcast merger in 2011.

    Don Browne doesn’t have a dog in the fight and no reason to distort his recollections of what happened. On the other hand, Eric Engberg, the retired correspondent who has accused O’Reilly of lying, has his own past problems with the truth. As I noted on another thread, he was the reporter for the infamous 1996 “reality check” segment on Steve Forbes and the flat tax, a report that was so blatantly biased that Bernard Goldberg—his CBS colleage—was inspired to write that famous WSJ op-ed, highlighting the obvious distortions and fallacies in Engberg’s report.

    How did Engberg—a longtime friend of Goldberg’s—respond? When Goldberg called to explain why he had written the opinion piece, Engberg said “f-— you,” and hung up the phone. He hasn’t spoken to Bernard Goldberg since that day. He strikes me as an angry, bitter man; O’Reilly’s success must be particularly galling, given the fact that the former junior correspondent is now the highest-paid talent in cable news, While Engberg never rose past the second tier of correspondents at CBS.

    Incidentally, Engberg now has his own production company in Sarasota, FL, where he retired after leaving CBS. But it looks like the website hasn’t been updated in seven or eight years and there is no listing of projects of clients for the company. Looks like Mr. Engberg isn’t exactly in demand, except as an accuser of Bill O’Reilly.

  • Oscar Ratings Hits Seven-Year Low, Viewership Worst Since 2009

    02/23/2015 2:30:34 PM PST · 73 of 99
    ExNewsExSpook to Enlightened1

    Guess who won’t be back as host next year.

  • Oscar Ratings Hits Seven-Year Low, Viewership Worst Since 2009

    02/23/2015 2:29:23 PM PST · 72 of 99
    ExNewsExSpook to Borges

    You’re giving her too much credit...a woman who has appeared in countless TV shows and films over the course of her career, with an annual income in the six and seven-figures, has no right to lecture anyone on income equality. If she wants a bigger paycheck, Ms. Arquette should demonstrate that she can bring more people into the theater.

    As an actress, she appears to have two assets. She’s lucky to have had a career that has lasted this long; most members of her profession never earn enough to support themselves. If she’s really for income equality, perhaps she should donate half of her weekly salary on CSI:Cyber (well over $100,000 per episode) to he unemployed peers.

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.

  • "Birdman" Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

    02/23/2015 7:34:48 AM PST · 49 of 72
    ExNewsExSpook to LibsRJerks

    Yeah, you can add Neil Patrick Harris to the list of one-hit wonders as host of the Oscars. Quite frankly, there hasn’t been a decent emcee since Billy Crystal retired from the gig.

    Rumor has it that Kevin Hart will host the 2016 telecast. With an all-white list of acting nominees this year, Hollywood’s racial guilt is at an all-time high, and doncha know, they’ve got to do something to get more people of color in front of the camera.

    At least Mr. Hart would be a lot funnier than Neil Patrick Harris. I always find it amusing that the hosts get slammed for material that was written by someone else. The best hosts (Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson) were comedians who know what would work (and wouldn’t work) within the confines of the show. The worst hosts are actors like Harris who are only as funny as their material. Mr. Harris should fire his writers—right after the academy announces their “new host” for next year.