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Meet The Press : Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Roundtable: Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ralph Reed (Faith and Freedom Coalition), Ron Fournier (National Journal) and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).
Face The Nation: Former Vice President Dick Cheney; Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Former Secretary of State James Baker; Retired Marine Corp. Gen. Jim Jones Roundtable: Rich Lowry (National Review), Margaret Brennan (CBS News), Peter Baker (New York Times) and Jeffrey Goldberg (Bloomberg View).
This Week Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Roundtable: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro, Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal) and Former Obama White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe.
Fox News Sunday: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rana Foroohar (TIME).
State of the Union: Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken; Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R D); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, A.B. Stoddard (The Hill) and Conservative Radio Host Ben Ferguson.
60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Ukrainian oligarch and revolutionary leader Petro Poroshenko (preview); a report on the multi-billion dollar "data broker" industry (preview); and, a report on a new $1.3 billion radio telescope that is allowing scientists to see parts of the universe they've seen never before (preview).
On Comedy Central... Jon Stewart examined the right wing's love affair with Vladimir Putin.
The Daily Show
Monday: Paul Taylor (Pew Research Center) Tuesday: Andrew Napolitano (Fox News) Wednesday: Actor Jason Bateman Thursday: Professor/Activist Anita Hill And Stephen Colbert explained why women can't be president.
The Colbert Report
Monday: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Tuesday: Ronan Farrow (MSNBC) Wednesday: TV Personality Maria Shriver Thursday: Simon Schama (PBS)
via Silly Rabbit on DKos
I've always heard that Ben Franklin, a major hero in my book, was the inventor of daylight savings time. I still believe it just as I still believe that Pluto is a planet although there are newer attributions, including a scientist in New Zealand and the German Army in World War I.
Read more here.
Whoever came up with the idea, the basic principle still holds: Spring Forward Fall Back!
Please note: this video is from 2013. The Daylight Savings Time change this year is tonight --> tomorrow - i.e., March 8th to March 9th - at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, not on the 10th as it says in the video.
Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other.
Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Hiding under a rock with Li'l Lindsey?
Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talk Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.
This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.
And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?
ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Ted Cruz (R); Sen. Rand Paul (R); Rep. Mike Rogers (R).
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Cardinal Timothy Dolan; former U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder.
CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Dick Cheney (R); Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R); Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. (R).
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken (D); Lithuanian ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis, Estonian ambassador Marina Kaljurand; Charlie Crist (D- or so he claims).
It’s time to do the math:
Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…
Total: 6 Rs, 2 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.
There it is: Your librul media at work.
I mean you can't make sh*t like this up. And of course, it happened in my native Massachusetts, so there's no doubt in my mind it's true. We produce police corruption like it was baked beans.
The details are simple. A cop is on his phone, illegally working a security detail. He's swearing and using the "F-bomb" incessantly. A nearby neighbor sitting on his porch across the street was offended by the language so he approached the cop and asked him to please watch his language. The cop did what you'd expect. He swore at the guy, called him names and told him to scram.
The citizen returned to his own house, sat on his porch and heard more foul language. He took out his iPhone and recorded the cop. The cop saw this, then came over and arrested the citizen sitting on his own porch for wiretapping.
If that wasn't enough, the phone was confiscated by the police and held by them as evidence. Two days later, the recording on the phone is discovered erased-- while in police custody. They cops are now blaming the arrested man who didn't even have access to his phone. This evidence, by the way would have supported the accused man's case.
This is Beantown Madness, and not the kind that comes with a Red Sox World Championship.
Watch for yourself.
There is a potential Democratic ticket that's being floated around that has Hillary Clinton nervous. Not because she doesn't think that she can win the general election if she gets the nomination, she fears the primary battle. A really hard fought primary battle.
If you flip back to 2006, Hillary was, as she is now, considered to be a shoo-in for the nomination. It was a done deal. Her inaugural dinner menu was already being planned. And we all know how that turned out for her. The bruising primary battles with Barack Obama showed she had backbone and strength. She was a good candidate. Obama was better, plain and simple.
Now we're approaching 8 years from her prior "inevitability." And whispers in the wind are that there's someone who might run who could conceivably capture the Democratic nomination. And coupled with his name is a running mate. Someone who's most compatible and would give the Democrats a dream ticket without the Clinton baggage.
The "potential candidate" is not a Democrat. He is an Independent. And his name is Senator Bernie Sanders (I - Vermont).
Take a moment to digest this. TIME MAGAZINE has:
Sanders, who is the longest-serving Independent in congressional history, would have to officially register as a Democrat before he could run in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. But he says he hasn't yet made up his mind for sure if he’ll run, and he has time yet. One thing he is sure of: He’d make a better President than Hillary Clinton.
You may ask who or why? Anyone in the political circles, Republican or Democrat, knows that Bernie is a man who speaks his mind and is filled with common sense more that a a need to fall in line with political dogma from either party. He's got America on his mind -- something the two major parties seem to clash over time after time -- and with disastrous results. Bernie just calls it as he sees it. And he sees it with compassion and practicality.
Sanders caucuses with the Democrats so his pick wouldn't be a far-fetched bit of chicanery. His reason for running he puts this way:
Clinton, he says, “is a very, very intelligent person, no question about it. But, I don’t know what her political future is, whether she’s going to run. I don’t know what she’s going to say. But, if you talk about the need for a political revolution in America, it’s fair to say that Secretary Clinton probably will not be one of the more active people.”
Senator Sanders knows what he's talking about. Clinton is a really well-rounded pick, but she's very willing to make compromise at the expense of Democratic policy. She's worldly, bright, articulate and an insider's insider. Is that what we want though? No one is more beholden to big money than the Clintons -- on either party's radar.
Here's the kicker to the Sander's potential for running. It paves the way for Senator Elizabeth Warren to run as Veep. If Hillary runs, the Dems won't put up an all-female ticket. Sad but true. And nobody, and I mean nobody comes close to standing up for consumers and against Wall Street's onerous practices than EW. In second place would be Bernie S. Together America wins.
Time will tell, but there's more and more chatter. Despite it being an all-New England ticket, it's most formidable. It's early and with Hillary playing games as she did in 2006 hemming and hawing about her running, she may be tricking herself once again. This time there's a potential juggernaut ready to take her on. If she announces she's running and Bernie still steps to the plate, look for one of the most amazing presidential primaries in the last hundred years.
Unlike the Republicans who have nobody running who can win the general election, the Democrats could have two major players, each qualified and each good for America. And if Democrats go with the fresher face of Bernie Sanders, he's less controversial, he's brilliant and he's got Elizabeth Warren at his side to groom for the Presidency after Bernie's 8 years.
Don't say I didn't warn ya!
The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
As an old friend used to say, the odds are good, but the goods are
odd. So what do we have this week here in the world of books?
Well, this is odd, because I don't think I've ever linked to a Parade
Magazine article. And odd because some of these books seem odd to me
as the most popular read books in the various states. What would be
the most read book in your state and, do you believe it?
Moira Redmond at the Guardian has some peeves about some authors and their narrative mistakes. I have to agree about some pop culture references. If you are going to make them, do it subtly.
And then there's this from Bored Panda. The forty worst titles and book covers ever. This is probably not safe for work. (By the way, I remember Eating People is Wrong as a Flanders and Swann tune; I didn't realize it had once been the title of a book.)
This past Monday was Read Across America day. In observance, HuffPo offered up 19 quotes that may inspire you to keep reading, as if you needed them.
Recently John Le Carre talked about the real life model(s) for his most famous character, George Smiley. Apparently there is some controversy and he was defending his creation, who is, after all, fictional.
Speaking of George Smiley, I do enjoy re-reading the Karla Trilogy from time to time. I know that there are some people who think re-reading favorite novels is a waste of time. I disagree, of course.
I mean, really, you don't re-watch movies you enjoy. In any event, Kit
Steinkellner argues for visiting old book friends again at the Book
I recently talked about the banning of Wendy Donigers' book The Hindus: An Alternative History in India. Ms. Doniger talks about the experience here in a piece for the New York Times.
Ever read a novel that ends in mid-sentence? They do exist and Gabe Habash examines the whys and wherefores at his blog from Publishers Weekly.
I have not watched True Detective on the teevee machine as of yet, and will have to wait for when it shows up on Netflix. But everyone seems to love it. Buzzfeed has this reading list for understanding some of the subtext for the series, and for the Southern Gothic genre.
Tyler Coates had this article at Flavorwire not too long ago, of 15
writers reading from their own work. And it is very cool. Be warned
some of the videos are pretty long, so you'll need a relaxing
afternoon if you want to enjoy them all at once.
Wishing everyone a good weekend, filled with books and reading. And
just what are you reading today? Let us know.
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