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Victor Edward Swanson,


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    Daily, I do a bit of work on my television history files, and I also do a bit of research on things related to a former icebreaker of the U.S. Coast Guard on the Great Lakes known mostly as The Mackinaw WAGB-83, and some of the research on the icebreaker includes doing research on Air Station Traverse City (of the U.S. Coast Guard), Traverse City, Michigan, and recently I have been looking up facts and such about helicopters used at the air station (though it is not as if I did not already have information about helicopters).  On Thursday, October 16, 2014, while I was listening to the nationally syndicated radio show entitled The Mark Levin Show, I was looking for more information about the "HH-65A"-type helicopter, especially photographs, and at one point, Mark R. Levin made me aware of a new news story about "weapons of mass destruction" that were in Iraq around the time of the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. military under the direction of U.S. President George W. Bush in 2003 (an invasion that had been agreed to by the U.S. Congress, even many "Democrats" of that entity).  The push in to Iraq (which was then a country headed by Saddam Hussein) was made in part because intelligence agencies around the world had information that there were chemical weapons in Iraq, and after the invasion took place, it looked as if there were no chemical weapons, and for years, the Democrats pushed out the idea that George Bush lied to the U.S. Congress and the American people and that the war was unjustified and an "illegal war."  (Keep in mind--For months before the invasion would take place, the U.S. signaled to the Iraqi people and Saddam Hussein that the U.S. was probably going to invade Iraq, giving Iraqis time to move things.)  Since 2003, information has slowly been getting out to the public that there were indeed chemical weapons in Iraq, and one reason is some people (soldiers) who were in Iraq between 2003 and at least 2011 are finally being listened to, and also other people are making enough noise about what is fact and are being listened to.  For example, The Wall Street Journal for June 19, 2014, had information for readers about "ISIS" (a terrorist group) having gained control of some chemical weapons in Iraq [I made a note of the incident at the open of T.H.A.T. #123, which can be reached through this T.H.A.T. #123 link].  On October 16, 2014, Mark R. Levin read an article published by The Daily Beast ["Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq's Real WMD."  The Daily Beast, 16 October 2014] about the chemical-weapons-in-Iraq idea tied to the Iraq War.  The article noted that the federal government--the George W. Bush administration--did indeed find chemical-weapons stockpiles in Iraq after the invasion had taken place (though not immediately), but the George W. Bush administration kept quiet about the chemical-weapons stockpiles.  After the invasion had taken place and no chemical weapons had been quickly found, the George W. Bush administration looked bad to the American public, seemingly having lied about chemical weapons, and the article noted that, after the George W. Bush administration had lost the argument about chemical weapons in the minds of Americans and then it had really found chemical weapons, the George W. Bush administration decided not to report finding chemical weapons in Iraq over the years that followed, and the article noted that it was Karl Rove (a "Republican" big wig and an advisor to George W. Bush) who pushed the idea that they should "Let these sleeping dogs lie" and not tell the American public (it was all in the past and passé); for instance, around 2004, U.S. Senator Rick Sandorum (a Republican and a "conservative"), who had received proof of chemical weapons, was rebuffed by the George W. Bush administration, and even around 2005 and 2006, evidence found by U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra was not acted upon.  The George W. Bush administration did not tell the truth about the chemical weapons between 2003 and 2008, and because it did not, the Republican Party was attacked continually, and I argue that, because the facts were kept quiet, the Democratic Party was better able to win the presidential election of November 2008, allowing Barack Obama, a truly rotten man, to become the U.S. President, and because of the Republicans' keeping quiet about what was found between 2003 and 2011, the Democratic Party had less trouble getting Barack Obama elected to the U.S. presidency for a second time in 2012 than it could have if the facts about the chemical-weapons finds had been reported to the American public.  The idea of not telling the American public about the found chemical weapons shows the rottenness and idiocy of a number of people, and one is certainly Karl Rove--whom to me, based on a lot of incidents, such as putting down "conservatives" regularly in the press, seems to be working secretly on behalf of the Democratic Party (made up of socialists and communists and black racists and other enslavists).  My learning of the not-telling incident exposes even more of the stupidity of the "Bush family"; George W. Bush, for instance, believed the nonsense that the world was going to have an economic crash around 2008, pushed along by Democrats, and then authorized "TARP", and George W. Bush did not do much to secure the border between Mexico and the United States of America, and Jeb Bush (who was a governor of Florida and is being pushed to be a U.S. President) has pushed out his belief that giving amnesty to illegal aliens is a good idea because, for one, it will be good for the economy, and now it has become public knowledge there were indeed chemical weapons found in Iraq.  After Mark R. Levin read the article over the air, listeners started calling in, reporting what they had seen (as soldiers) in Iraq; for instance, a man called "Steve" passed along information about the finding of chemical weapons, and a man called "Chris" (who reported he had won a Bronze Star) talked about seeing chemical weapons.  The decision to not tell the American public about the found chemical weapons shows off the rottenness of the thinking of many of the upper-level members of the Republican Party today--Karl Rove, George W. Bush, et cetera.  And the rotten thinking led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, when Barack Obama made no real effort send rescue help, led to the deaths of Mexicans and one U.S. border agent related to the "Fast and Furious Scandal," led to corrupting of bankruptcy laws related to the Chrysler bankruptcy, led to the imposing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010--a rotten law--upon the country, et cetera.

    On October 16, 2014, and October 17, 2014, I was not in the Detroit area, so I could not spend time seeing whether or not the Detroit-area television stations reported anything about the chemical-weapons story, though I could have wasted time seeing newscasts over the Internet, but I bet they presented nothing, which is standard business for them.

    TMZ and TMZ Live are syndicated daily television programs, which are tied to a website on which they are offshoots.  The television programs focus on entertainment things--news and whatever--and, of course, the shows mostly are made up of bits focusing on celebrities, who are often seen in video clips caught by staffers of the shows or the "TMZ" entity.  On October 10, 2014, I was shocked by a story about Gwyneth Paltrow (a well-known actress) that the website had [TMZ Staffers.   "Gwyneth Paltrow: Celebrity Event Sullies Presidency."  tmz.com, 10 October 2014, 6:20 a.m. PDT.].  The story noted how, on the previous evening, Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a fund-raising event for Barack Obama--with, for instance, Barack Obama as a guest--at her home in Brentwood, California.  At one point during the event, as reported by TMZ staffers, Gwyneth Paltrow said--"...It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man [Barack Obama] all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass...."  Through the statement, Gwyneth Paltrow once again showed she is a really stupid and defective women, and she is a dangerous woman.  She was promoting the idea of communism or a dictatorship for the country.  By the way, keep in mind it is well known Barack Obama is a rotten man (as I have shown in documents available at the website for The Hologlobe Press on the Internet).  I say more fully that that means Gwyneth Paltrow was promoting that a rotten man should be given to power to act like a dictator.  I have yet to state why I was shocked about the story.  Well, TMZ actually was putting down Gwyneth Paltrow, noting that she showed her "...ignorance, and contempt for, the Constitution and separation of powers....".  At least this time, I give much praise to the TMZ entity and the staffers for passing along such truth and such an important idea.

    Today, there seem to be no actual "television reviewers" anymore; television reviewers began to disappear in the 1990s.  Today, people who write television reviews are really only promoters--at least based on the reviews that I see.  I am a television reviewer who reviews television shows, and some of my skill has come from reading all the television reviews in Variety between the 1972 and 2007 and seeing most between 1946 and 1972.  This edition of Television History and Trivia has some more reviews of prime-time television shows on the broadcast networks.
    On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, NBC-TV pushed out the first episode of the new series called Marry Me, which had been getting a lot of hype as being great.  It was crappy.  Look at some of the reasons.  Casey Wilson plays Annie (the main female in the series).  Not once did Casey Wilson (or Annie) look pleasant in the episode.  Near the opening of the episode, Annie was hoping to get a marriage proposal from her guy, Jake (played by Ken Marino).  The entire scene--Annie became upset that she had not received a marriage proposal--was phony, and during her upset moment, she never faced Jake once, and it came off as staged and fake--Normally a person who is angry looks at the person that the anger is directed at.  Generally speaking, all the main characters and some secondary characters in the episode were unlikable; for instance, a blonde friend of Annie's was unpleasant to look at (the actress is in no way pretty), and a blonde waitress had an irritating voice.  During a bar scene, there was karaoke singing, and all the singers had irritating voices (singing "I Will Always Love You" and "I've Got You, Babe").  The producers pushed out the theme of gays and lesbians.  In the series, Annie's mother is a lesbian, who got pregnant through artifical means, and Annie has two dads--they are both gay, and one is black.  A character called "Gil" came off as gay because the work of the actor playing the part, though the character is recently divorced (I did research on the actor playing the part--John Gemberling--and it seems he is "straight" but he sounds gay and his mannerisms are gay like), and if Gil is not supposed to be gay, then the actor failed since the character came off as gay.  There was a crappy line in the episode that had no place to be in the episode (it came off as a political attack--"...Paula Dean and the 'N' world....".  At one point in the episode, Annie tells Jake to avoid eating at a restaurant because the owner does not support gay marriage.  Marry Me is crappy, and it is something that no good person will want to see in twenty years.
    After Marry Me was done on October 14, 2014, NBC-TV then pushed out About a Boy.  I have not much to say about the series.  I talked about it in a past edition of T.H.A.T., related to the first season.  The first episode of the second season came off a crappy--no wonder many boys are growing up to be women like.
    On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Fox TV gave viewers the first episode of Mulaney, another so-called comedy.  The show features John Mulaney as the main character--Mulaney.  Mulaney comes off as a rip-off of Seinfeld (or The Seinfeld Chronicles).  One difference between Mulaney and Seinfeld is the Cosmo character of Seinfeld has been replaced by a quirky elderly gay (who is played by Elliott Gould, whose performance came off as a phony and shallow and fake--a straight guy doing a bad performance as a gay).  Oh, on page 61 in TV Guide for September 15-21, 2014 (which was the "Fall Preview" edition), it is noted that the stand-up routines in each episode of Mulaney might make people think of Seinfeld, but the writer of the piece in TV Guide (the preview piece) tried to make people think the stand-up routines are like the commentaries by George Burns in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (of the 1950s).  The idea is nonsense.  I did not think of George Burns.  At least, George Burns was pleasant.  Martin Short plays Lou Cannon in Mulaney, and Lou Cannon does not come off as likable, but, of course, it is very, very rare when Martin Short comes off as pleasant in anything he acts in or when he is in public.  Mulaney is not something worth seeing from week to week.
    While I am on the subject of unpleasantness, I have to talk about the first episode of the new series called The McCarthys [Note: Did the producers of the series or CBS-TV choose the name of the series because the name might remind viewers of Melissa McCarthy, one of the featured players in the CBS-TV-aired series known as Mike & Molly?].  One of the main performers in The McCarthys is Laurie Metcalf (a lesbian), who became famous through the TV series called Roseanne.  Not once did Laurie Metcalf look pleasant in the episode!  Basically, the first episode of The McCarthys was a half-hour cliché piece focusing on a gay guy, and the episode came off as forced and faked.  Why would anyone want these characters to show up every week?

   Announcement for the novice again: To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, go to Fox News Channel, WorldNetDaily.com, "The Drudge Report," and CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama, as do CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV (to learn about bad journalism, you might tune in to CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV from time to time to see how they differ from the Fox News Channel and those mentioned with it in presenting political stories and events, and you should discover CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV avoid covering things that make Barack Obama look bad or show his true nature, which could harm you).  If you are unclear of my intentions, I say in different words that you should boycott CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV and hope they lose more ratings and advertising revenues, since they are expendable, and it is time for you to find the guts to be mean and heartless and cancel them--since they are hurting you.

    I have been conducting my regular fall survey of the news teams of the Detroit-area television stations.  If I combine all the blocks of news (so-called news) put on by the local television stations, there are more blocks than there were about one year ago (one reason for that is WXYZ-TV bought WMYD-TV in June 2014, and WMYD-TV now has a lot more time devoted to news (or so-called news)).  There are some new faces--those that I did not have in the survey last year.  For example, WJBK-TV has a black cutie named Ingrid Kelly, who is a street reporter, and WXYZ-TV has an Asian-type cutie named Jane Park.  "Cute" does not mean crap!  Also WXYZ-TV has a street reporter named Alexis Means, who was not in my survey last year, and WJBK-TV has a Derek Kevra, a weatherman who was not in my survey last year.  One day when I was gathering names, one of the top stories for a newscast focused on a robbery, and the story mostly focused on a stolen dog (given all else that was going on in the world, it was useless information for almost everyone in the viewing audience and the world).  I say in jest--"Wow, the people involved in the local television newscasts in Detroit are so important and are doing such a good service for the community."  I note that Lee Thomas (WJBK-TV) struggles to read the teleprompter (it is a slow and labored presentation), and Anquette Jamison (WJBK-TV), who looks lost or brain dead without the teleprompter, comes off as shallow, and JoAnne Purtan (WXYZ-TV) still comes off as ugly and phony often.  I once again report that Stephen Clark supports the ways of communism.  Ron Savage (WJBK-TV), when he is anchoring a newscast, always comes off as if he is a Bill Bonds clone [Bill Bonds promoted Coleman Young (when the mayor of Detroit) as good, and that shows Bill Bonds was a rotten guy].  Boy, Robin Schwartz (WJBK-TV) has turned more ugly since last year.  Charlie LeDuff (WJBK-TV) always comes off as a creep.  Since last year, Ben Bailey, who does weather reports, has jumped from WJBK-TV to WDIV-TV.  Jeff Vaughn (WXYZ-TV) comes off as a arrogant jackass.  By the way, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, I watched the 90-minute news block (5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) on WXYZ-TV, and several times, the newscast passed along crap, such as in the first hour when it was reported that the Michigan unemployment rate was 7.2 percent and that the national unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, and Jeff Vaughn and JoAnne Purtan were anchoring, and neither noted the numbers are faked by the federal government (based on a shrinking job universe), and they had a stupid story about a discrimination study, and Jeff Vaughn noted--"...Don't talk politics at dinner."  I say that, if more families talked about politics at dinner, maybe more of the communists and their rotten political ideas would be exposed for their rottenness.  Also, by the way, on October 15, 2014, in the 6:00 p.m. newscast, WXYZ-TV (Carolyn Clifford and Stephen Clark) passed along the crap story about Michelle Obama's recent video posting--Michelle Obama supports a rotten man, her husband, and that makes her rotten, and yet WXYZ-TV promotes her as good.

    I say in jest--"Yeah, those local television newscasters are just so important."  I bet they did not cover the idea that the new "Ebola Czar" (Ron Klain), who had been given the job on October 17, 2014, has no experience in medicine, and I bet they did not report that Ron Klain was chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore, who is a liar and a pusher of the lie about manmade-climate change, and was the chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, another communist.  In addition, I bet the local television newscasters are unaware of the article entitled "The Centers for Everything but Disease Control," which was written by Michelle Malkin and published at creators.com recently; it is an article that shows things that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or the CDC) is involved with that it should not be involved with, such as funding for, as Michelle Malkin noted in the article, "...anti-gun screeds, anti-smoking propaganda, anti-bullying lessons, gender inequality studies and unlimited behavior modification programs....", and Michelle Malkin also talked about in the article such things as a universal motorcycle helmet law for the country that the CDC is working to get imposed on the country and "shoddy bookkeeping practices" of the CDC.

    I choose to be informal here.  The CDC is filled with doctor types and bureaucrats, and it is just another entity made up of people who think of themselves as elite thinkers who are really not, and the CDC, which--I say--has done rotten thinking in relation to ebola--makes me think of people in the "National Academy of Sciences."  On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the National Academy of Sciences held an event focusing on climate change, and some of he participants were Anthony Janetos (a professor of Earth and Environment of Boston University and Kristi Ebi (a professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington). ["Earth and Environment" and "Department of Global Health"--these titles make me suspect they are tied to rottenness and communists and pseudo knowledge.]  I state--It was a gathering of rotten people, who claim to be, for instance, scientists, as I show here.  Stop!  Let me make an aside.  Someone many, many, many, many, many years ago discovered a way to make fire, which could be used to, for instance, keep the someone warm during cold weather and to cook food, and that someone when making fire caused carbon dioxide--which plants need to live--to be released in to the air.  By the way, any time there is an eruption of a volcano, carbon dioxide is one thing pushed out in to the air.  At the meeting tied to the National Academy of Sciences, a panel pushed out the idea that greenhouse gas emission must drop to zero.  Over the years, some idiots and rotten people have been able to get "carbon dioxide" regarded as a dangerous greenhouse gas, though it is not.  To have zero emissions of carbon dioxide in to the air, every person on the planet would have to disappear from the planet--yes, even those who make wind turbines, which while being made result in carbon dioxide being pushed out in to the air.  In essence, the members of the panel at the meeting were serious about getting others to get involved in having carbon-dioxide emissions brought down to zero.  First, that is impossible!  Remember--Every time you breathe, you give off carbon dioxide.  Second, it is idiocy!  To get to zero, there would have to be no industrial action, such as the making of drugs to fight diseases and the making of cars to get people of the National Academy of Sciences to places to speak.  [Of course, it seems to me they know "zero" is not possible but killing the industrial industry of the United States of America to kill the United States of America is possible--you only have to get enough people to take up killing, for instance, the coal industry in the country to kill the country.]  I bet the local television newscasters in Detroit never mentioned that idiocy--that "news"--that came out of the gathering of people related to the event put on by National Academy of Sciences on November 4, 2014.  ["Meyer, Ari.  "National Academy of Sciences Panel: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have to Drop to Zero." CNS News, 4 November 2014, 7:10 p.m.]

    Two of the performers in the television series entitled Breaking Bad, which is no longer in production, were Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.  In late October 2014, each man showed of his nature as a truly rotten man.  Around the third week of October 2014, a toy store called "Toys 'R' Us" removed from shelves Breaking Bad action figures; the store had decided to remove the toys because of complaints from women and men who disliked the theme of the figures [Hanson, Holly.  "NAMES+FACES: 'Paul Fights Back.'"  Detroit Free Press, 25 October 3D.].  Remember--Breaking Bad promoted illegal drug use.  At least one action figure had or has "...a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth...."  I say that such an item should not be sold in any store where children can roam around freely, but Toys "R" Us has the right to sell them if they wish.  However, Toys "R" Us has the right to pull the toys.  For Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to get angry, which they did, at Toys "R" Us for pulling the toys (which can be sold in so many other ways and at so many other outlets), it shows off the rottenness of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, given they support toys with "meth bags" being sold in a store in which children can very likely see the toys in some way, such as, at a counter or register, when a customer is buying the toys.  By the way, one woman who pushed to get the toys taken out of Toys "R" was Susan Schrivjer of Fort Myers, Florida, and Bryan Cranston said, in relation to Susan Schrivjer--"...I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest."  See the crap that Bryan Cranston is?

    Remember: The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan was a television show that was produced across the pond and shown on CBS-TV in the late 1960s, and I urge you to find The Prisoner on DVD, maybe from a library, and watch it, and you should show it--all the episodes--to teenagers, or buy it as a present for teenagers.

Stay well!


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Date published: November 10, 2014

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