RANDOM NOTES: March 7, 2011.

– We got hit with snow in Ashland last week.  And I got footage of the snowaggedon on the way home from the job.

As far as I’m concerned, any snow that falls after December 26th is a waste of my time.  Yeah, it looks pretty.  But I have to walk in it.
Also, just let me say that after having seen Robert Altman’s “Quintet”, I always have this image of my dead body being torn apart by dogs in a snow drift.
Yes, one of my most potent personal images of my death comes from a bad Robert Altman movie.  That is how my mind works.

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal publishes a story saying the Wisconsin Senators are coming back…

Sen. Mark Miller said he and his fellow Democrats intend to let the full Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair” bill, which includes the proposed limits on public unions’ collective-bargaining rights. The bill, which had been blocked because the missing Democrats were needed for the Senate to have enough members present to vote on it, is expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber.

He said he thinks recent polls showing voter discontent with Mr. Walker over limits on bargaining rights have been “disastrous” for the governor and Republicans and give Democrats more leverage to seek changes in a broader two-year budget bill Mr. Walker proposed Tuesday.

A few hours later, a report from “Talking Points Memo” says that it ain’t necessarily so…

In addition, state Sen. Chris Larson released this statement:

Sen. Miller’s comments are taken out of context in the Wall Street Journal article just released. Dems will return when collective bargaining is off the table. That could be soon based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans. Unfortunately, the WSJ fished for the quote they wanted, skipping this key step in logic: we won’t come back until worker’s rights are preserved.

The theories are these.
1. The “Wall Street Journal” got it wrong.
2. The “Wall Street Journal is shilling for Walker.
3. One of Sen. Miller’s colleges whacked him upside his head and said, “Schmuck, what are you doing?  We got the fucker on the ropes! Walk it back!”.
Your guess is as good as mine.

-Well now. It looks like Glenn Beck’s association with Fox News may be coming to an end…(Via David Carr at “The New York Times.)

But a funny thing happened on the way from the revolution. Since last August, when he summoned more than 100,000 followers to the Washington mall for the “Restoring Honor” rally, Mr. Beck has lost over a third of his audience on Fox — a greater percentage drop than other hosts at Fox. True, he fell from the great heights of the health care debate in January 2010, but there has been worrisome erosion — more than one million viewers — especially in the younger demographic.

He still has numbers that just about any cable news host would envy and, with about two million viewers a night, outdraws all his competition combined. But the erosion is significant enough that Fox News officials are willing to say — anonymously, of course; they don’t want to be identified as criticizing the talent — that they are looking at the end of his contract in December and contemplating life without Mr. Beck.


Many on the news side of Fox have wondered whether his chronic outrageousness — he suggested that the president has “a deep-seated hatred for white people” — have made it difficult for Fox to hang onto its credibility as a news network. Some 300 advertisers fled the show, leaving sponsorship to a slew of gold bullion marketers whose message dovetails nicely with Mr. Beck’s end-of-times gospel. Both parties go to some lengths to point out that that the discussion has nothing to do with persistent criticism from the left.

I wish I could say I was happy about this but I’m not.
Yes, getting Glen Beck off of Fox is a triumph of activism by Color of Change and StopBeck.com, both of whom have done much to starve the beast by getting advertisers to drop him.
And if this were the eighties, Beck’s career would shrivel and die like Morton Downey, Jr’s did.
But as Carr points out in his article, Beck still has his radio show and his website, “The Blaze” and his stage show.  Like it or not, this bugfuck crazy genie is out of the bottle and there’s no way to shove it back in.
Ignoring it is not an option.  Fighting it with facts and bravery is our only hope.

More later.


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