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On March 3, 2011, U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann publicly
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- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 83 - - -
Well, it is time to surf through the channels or flip through the channels or dial through the channels again, and which applies to you depends on your television set or television system--yes, some people yet dial through the channels if they have an old set with dials and want to see the low-power television stations or even, for example, television stations from Canada. This edition of T.H.A.T. can be likened to all the channels that you can find on your television set, since it has a wide range of topics. Even here there is no channel one on the dial or the remote or whatever.
I begin by presenting news that you probably did not get from your favorite television newscast, and it is a "for-the-record" section, and it something that should be taught to children in your school--your home.
Between Tuesday, February 15, 2011, and at least Friday, February 18, 2011, protests were going on by teachers and bused-in other people in Madison, Wisconsin (some of whom were bused in by the Barack Obama-related "Organizing for America" entity, which is tied to the Democratic National Committee and is a highly left-wing entity), and the protesters were protesting, for one, the possible enacting of a Wisconsin bill that would require teachers in the future to pay for some of their health care and some on their retirement plans. At the time, the average pay for a teacher in Wisconsin was about $56,000, and that figure did not include a really high-quality benefit package, which, by the way, was about fifty-percent higher than the norm in the country in 2006. Wisconsin had a budget deficit of about three-point-six-billion dollars, and the governor of Wisconsin--Scott Walker--and other politicians were trying to cut back on spending, given that they had to meet a balanced-budget law for the state. Teachers, who generally work only about nine months of the year, were not losing regular pay, and then Scott Walker and his associates were not working to fire teachers, and yet the teachers were protesting, while other people in the state were having hard times, such as by losing jobs and homes because of, for one, the policies of Barack Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Congress. Thousands of teachers called in sick in the period so that they could protest, which attracted national attention and drew at least one public comment by Barack Obama. On February 17, 2011, Barack Obama showed that he was supporting one particular side of the conflict--that of the teachers--and Barack Obama even hinted that what Scott Walker and his associates were trying to do was an "assault on unions" (I note that it is not the job of a U.S. President to take sides in such a local manner, and Barack Obama showed once again why he is a bad U.S. President and bad for the country). Some people around the country--Democrats--likened Scott Walker to Hosni Mubarak, the man who had recently been forced out of office as the president of Egypt and who had been like a dictator in Egypt for about thirty years, and even on Friday, February 18, 2011, Reverend Jesse Jackson--a supporter of Barack Obama, the communist--showed up.
I say that the protesters helped show more of what Barack Obama is, and what Barack Obama is is shown in such documents of mine as THE CRUD AROUND BARACK OBAMA: My Rule---"Like Minds Get Together", which can be reached by using this Crud link, and A Little History of Barack Obama Events: A Show of Deconstruction, which can be reached by using this History link.
Let me show you, here, the mind of one of the supporters of the Barack Obama and the teachers, and the mind belongs to Reverend Jesse Jackson, and what Jesse Jackson said is telling, and it shows the nature of what the protesting teachers believe and what Barack Obama believes--Marxism. Bill Osmulski was able to sort of interview Jesse Jackson on the street in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, February 18, 2011, and the interview was for the MacIver News Service. At one point, Jesse Jackson said: "Help to show support. Came to inspire workers. To stand with workers. Because all around the country, we've seen...fifty-nine-million Americans, they have no health insurance. Insurance fees are still rising. Forty-nine-million Americans are in poverty. Ah, forty-four million are on food stamps. We give the, the wealthiest Americans a tax cut at Christmas Time and now layoff public workers. It's not right, and workers ought to fight back. And they are fighting back, and they're gonna win." and "Keep the pressure on them till the bill is killed. Keep the pressure on until the bill is killed!" The material of Jesse Jackson's is filled with lies and nonsense; for example, there are not "fifty-nine-million Americans" with no health-care insurance (you should see my document entitled National Health Care and Mass Failure: The Reasons it is a Dead Issue, which can be reached by using the link at the end of this document). Now, remember the previous paragraph about what teachers in Wisconsin were making for doing their jobs. Now, keep in mind the protesting was not being done by people who were making only pennies a day, as if they were working in some Third World country. Here is what Jesse Jackson also said to Bill Osmulski, who wondered if the protest in Madison could be likened to those that had gone on in Cairo: "I mean it's the same spirit. I mean it's, it's a massive non-violent discipline response to economic insecurity. And that is what the people...Cairo, that it was a non-violent...fight tyranny. It was about economic security, economic justice. Here, it's the same way. And I think that spirit of fighting back to close the north-south gap between...the surplus culture and the suffering culture. We see that fight now emerging in Ohio and all around our nation. It's not going away...." Jesse Jackson's thought about "surplus culture and the suffering culture" is truly nonsense, since, I have shown, the teachers In Wisconsin are not part of any "suffering culture." "The surplus culture and the suffering culture" idea is equal to that Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx's idea of the fight between the bourgeois and the proletarians in The Communist Manifesto, which is nothing more than a book that pushes a way of life in a country in which a few thugs rule the masses, and it is a garbage book and a garbage idea. Yes, Jesse Jackson, through what he said, helped define more clearly himself, the teachers--those "workers" as a communist would call them--on the protest line, and Barack Obama.
Yes, I do bet your favorite television newscast did not cover what I just presented to you.
Note: By the way, the Jesse Jackson quoted material is missing a few words and may not be correct, and I use "..." to show missing pieces, and the reason that the material is not complete is Jesse Jackson talks like a street thug and speaks in a sloppy manner, as if drunk.
Note: To learn Scott Walker's side of the story, you are urged to see my document entitled Patriots of the U.S.A. and the Counter-Counter Revolution, which can be reached by using this link: Patriots.
So, Leslie Wong, the president of Northern Michigan University (in Marquette, Michigan), was a guest by telephone on The Frank Beckmann Program (a weekday radio show on WJR-AM, Detroit, Michigan) on Thursday, February 10, 2011. The main topic of the conversation was the 4G WiFi system at the university, which involves only three towers but has a range of about thirty miles, and the day happened to be the day that Barack Obama was going to show up at the university for a publicity event that was going to focus on that 4G "infrastructure" system, which can, for example, allow students and faculty members to spend a lot of time watching streaming video.
Maybe, the students and faculty members will do what I did one day in early February 2011--I went looking for video of some old cartoon series. I started by looking for a cartoon about a rabbit, and I found the first episode. Before I tell you the name of the cartoon, I will tell you that, in the first episode, this little rabbit hears a radio report that makes him think Texans are going to get rid of all the jack rabbits in Texas, and so he sets out on a rescue mission, which begins by getting a sidekick, a tiger name Rags. That is the first episode of the made-for-television cartoon called Crusader Rabbit, which was produced in the late 1940s and was shown on television stations for several decades. Crusader Rabbit was a black-and-white filmed series that had episodes that lasted around four minutes or five minutes. After I saw the first episode of Crusader Rabbit, I looked at the second episode and the third episode, since I had to to see how the continuing story was playing out. One reason I wanted to see some episodes of Crusader Rabbit was I wanted to see some credits for the series, but the episodes showed almost no credits. I did see that the series was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Jr, who, I had learned while doing research in Variety in the 1970s was involved in creating and getting used by producers of prime-time series in the early 1950s a three-camera production system. The episodes of Crusader Rabbit that I watched were available on YouTube. When you see YouTube offerings, you are given other choices of clips to see. On this day in February 2011, I looked at an episode of Colonel Bleep, which was a cartoon series that I had watched when I was a boy in the late 1950s and in early 1960s, and the episode told the story about a bad guy who created a "Lunar Luger," which he hoped to use to defeat Colonel Bleep (a space guy) and his associates--Squeek and Scratch. Both Colonel Bleep and Crusader Rabbit were syndicated series in which, in essence, a narrator was used to pass along the story and characters said nothing or nearly nothing. On this day, I also came across clips from Fractured Flickers, which was a 1960s syndicated series that was hosted by Hans Conried, and one clip that I saw had Barbara Eden as the guest. Unlike Crusader Rabbit and Colonel Bleep, Fractured Flickers --at least one portion of an episode--offered some ending credits, and I was able to see who put the series together, and I was reminded that the guys who produced Fractured Flickers had been involved in making Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, some of whom were Jay Ward, Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, Hans Conried, Chris Hayward, Bill Hurtz, and George Atkins, which covers the range from producers to writers to actors (who did voice work). Watching the stuff was more fun than watching almost everything shown in prime-time television today.
Here is an extra fun part, which the guys at Northern Michigan University might try. One of the offerings listed by YouTube when I was working with Fractured Flickers was a clip of Barbara Eden singing "Spinning Wheel." She was also dancing in a costume that showed off her shape. Yippie!
Commentary: During the broadcast of Super Bowl XLV (on February 6, 2011), Fox TV aired a commercial featuring places in Detroit and the musical artist called Eminem, and over the next week or so, television programs, such as Michigan Matters (a weekly series shown on WWJ-HD, Channel 62, Detroit), and radio programs, such as the The Frank Beckmann Program (on WJR-AM, Detroit), debated whether or not the commercial should have been made or not and whether or not it was good or not, and even national radio shows covered the topic. Most people seemed to like the commercial, and some people did not like it, such as Mark Styne, who talked about the commercial and Detroit as a substitute host on The Rush Limbaugh Program (a nationally syndicated radio show) on Monday, February 7, 2011. I say that the commercial was well produced, and it was a good-looking commercial. However, on Monday, February 7, 2011, I did not know what the commercial had promoted till I was reminded what the product was--a Chrysler vehicle. So, I say that the commercial failed, since the commercial did not sell the product--a car. Generally speaking, the commercial pushed an image--a false image--of a city, which is Detroit, and that means taxpayer money--the federal government is involved in the ownership of Chrysler--was used to make a commercial to push a lie. (You are urged to see my document entitled Detroit and Death: A Future View of the United States of America, which can be reached by using this link: Detroit.)
On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, PBS aired the first episode of a short-fllight series called Pioneers of Television, which would be shown weekly over six weeks. The first edition of the series was subtitled: "Science Fiction," and it was a passable enough episode, but I have to point up some problems with the episode. The episode focused on the old television shows known as Lost in Space, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone (or Twilight Zone), which were, in essence, made in the 1960s, though one was started in the late 1950s. Before seeing the episode, I thought it might cover the early science-fiction shows on television, and when it did not, I thought the title of the episode should have been: "Science Fiction: Lost in Space, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone". That title that I present would have been better for viewers. During the show, Peter Graves was shown in a clip, and it was hinted that during the 1960s, there were a lot of movies in the movie theaters that focused on giant insects, such as ants, but that was really something that happened in the 1950s. In the episode about science-fiction television shows, William Shatner was involved in segments related to Star Trek, and, at one point, he noted how Star Trek had two pilots and how that was something he never heard of before and did not hear about happening again, but I know there have been occasions when television series have had two pilots or have had the first pilot reworked a lot, such by changing a number of actors. By the way, in essence, The Dick Van Dick Show idea had two pilots, the first of which was a half-hour production starring Carl Reiner and entitled Head of the Family; the second pilot--The Dick Van Dyke Show--(featuring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore) premiered on CBS-TV on October 3, 1961, about five years before Star Trek would debut. A big problem with the special could become one of those trivia bits about errors that people could talk about for decades. During the special, there was a reenactment scene in which Nichelle Nicholas (played by an actress unknown to me) signed a letter of resignation to Gene Roddenberry, which was a real event that took place during the first season of production of Star Trek, and while the Nichelle Nicholas' name was being written out on the letter, the name was spelled incorrectly--the first name was spelled as "Nichele." Oops!
Let me continue on with Pioneers of Television, and the focus is on one particular episode--the one entitled "Local Kids' TV." The episode was shown on PBS on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. I have a review on the episode, and I have supplemental information to the episode.
Generally speaking, this episode of Pioneers of Television focused mostly on some shows and hosts in Washington (D.C.), New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, but it did refer to shows and hosts in some other cities (such as Soupy Sales of Detroit), and I will say that the show gets about a "C" grade. One big defect with the show is it was not all about "local TV"; the show spent time talking about Bill Cosby's Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (or, later, Bill Cosby's The Adventures of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids), which was not a local show, and I say that show, which began to be seen on CBS-TV on a weekly basis in September 1972, should not have been talked about or should only have been hinted at so that more time could have been used to talk about "local kids' shows" (by the way, before this Fat Albert series appeared, there had been a special called Hey, Hey, Hey - It's Fat Albert, a half-hour one-shot show that had been shown on NBC-TV on November 12, 1969). Also, the episode of Pioneers of Television spent too much time talking about Sesame Street, which has been a PBS-presented weekday show since 1969, and I say that the time devoted to Sesame Street should have been used to talk about or hint at more "local shows." And the program lacked enough graphics that would identify the correct names of shows and roughly when the shows were on the air when still photographs were shown.
Note: It was nice to learn Albert Einstein was a fan of Time for Beany, which got started in 1949 on WTLA-TV, Los Angeles, California.
Now, let me show a thing that PBS did badly. When the episode was done, and the end credits were gone, PBS did a "roll call" of some local television hosts, and what PBS did was show a photograph with the name of each person on the roll-call list and the name of the city. PBS failed to note the correct name of the show from which the photograph came, the station on which the show was shown, and the years that the show was broadcast. That is sloppy work.
"For the record," I note here those who were listed in the roll call: Sherri Lewis (New York), Jim Henson (Washington, D.C.), Fred Rogers (Pittsburgh), Willard Scott (Washington, D.C.), Vance Colvig Jr. (Los Angeles), Mary Ann King (Los Angeles), Pat McCormick (San Francisco), Traynor Halftown (Philadelphia), Patti Hewitt (Johnstown), Dwight Bruce (Atlanta), Daryl Laub (Minneapolis/St. Paul), Ed Scott (Tampa/St. Petersburg), Socorro Serrano (Los Angeles), Ulysses Carlini (Evansville), Milt Boyd (Rock Island), Steve Powell (Oklahoma City), Angel Casey (Chicago), Jerry Haynes (Dallas), Jim Patterson (Charlotte), Charlie Baxter (Miami), Walter Bamberg (Montgomery), Charles Amesbury (Tucson), Gene Moss (Los Angeles), and Bob Smith (Honolulu).
The program had a lot of time devoted to The Wallace and Ladmo Show, which was shown in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1954 to 1989, and the program talked a bit about Puppet Hotel, which was shown in New York City in the 1960s and was hosted by Chuck McCann (who became a nationally known comedian and had guest roles on prime-time television shows, such as The Rockford Files), and it hinted at a number of other shows, such as Garfield Goose and Friends (of Chicago) and Kini Popo Show (which was shown in Hawaii and had Adam West, who would go on to play in Batman, as the featured performer), and the program talked about Romper Room, which I now want to talk about. Romper Room got started in Baltimore, Maryland, on WBAL-TV in 1953, and the first host was Nancy Claster, and the format of the show was sold to television markets all over the country over the next several decades, and in each market, a television station would produce its version with a local host. The episode of Pioneers of Television had several women who played hosts--"teachers"--of the series making comments, and they were Mary Ann King (Los Angeles), Socorro Serrano (Los Angeles), and Marlene Manderfield. In the 1970s, I did a lot of research on television in editions of Variety, the weekly entertainment newspaper, and I took down a lot of notes about shows, and to write this paragraph, I went to my files to see what I had listed for Romper Room, and although I have never really focused on locally produced children's programs that were not made in Detroit for my files, I found I had some information about Romper Room in cities other than Detroit. Claire Coleman hosted Romper Room on WFIL-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, around the summer of 1954. In October 1954, Rosemary Rapp began to host Romper Room on WGN-TV in Chicago, Illinois. Gloria Flood (at age 26 years) hosted Romper Room on WABC-TV, New York City, New York, in 1955 (the premiere date was February 28, 1955), and, by the way, on the show Felix the Cat cartoons were shown). In July 1957, Connie Sullivan was hosting Romper Room on WCDA-TV in Albany. By the way, Romper Room had such names as Romper Room and Romper Room School. In the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s at least, Romper Room had a syndicated version, which was hosted by Sally Rogers, and at the same time, the production company was still offering materials for locally produced versions (you see, the production company, in essence, Bert Claster Productions (and later Claster Television) made songs and other materials for the locally produced shows).
Romper Room was shown on television stations--in a locally produced version--over the years in Detroit, and here is some information about Romper Room that Detroit-area viewers had. The first Romper Room showed up on Channel 4, WWJ-TV, on September 20, 1954, and the hostess was Miss Ardis (Ardis Keneally) and it was shown on a weekday basis for one hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. (it was followed by Ding Dong School). On Monday, June 27, 1960, the franchise moved from Channel 4 to Channel 9, which was then called CKLW-TV and which was located across the Detroit River from Detroit at Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and now the host was Miss Flora (Flora Asseltine. (There is more to the Romper Room story to tell, but I stop here, and I note a book entitled From Soupy to Nuts! A History of Detroit Television notes that the CKLW-TV version started in 1959, but that is wrong, and I note I have found problems with From Soupy to Nuts! A History of Detroit Television that I have noted in the past, such as in T.H.A.T. #71, which can be reached by using this link: T.H.A.T. #71.)
Over the years, it was Nancy Claster and Bertram H. Claster--a husband-and-wife team--who were the driving forces behind Romper Room. Bert Claster died at age 73 on March 11, 1984; he had created the show, which premiered on WBAL-TV on February 9, 1953 and was hosted by Nancy Claster. Nancy Claster, who had married Bert in 1938, died on April 25, 1997.
Here is some side information. The episode of Pioneers of Television showed a photograph of a show called Garfield Goose and Friends, which started out as a locally produced show for Chicago and later was picked up by the ABC-TV network (on August 23, 1954). In my files, I found that Garfield Goose and Friends got started on WBKB-TV in September 1952 (as Garfield Goose and Friend), and some of the performers were Frazier Thomas (who was seen on screen and was also the producer), Lee Weimer (who was a puppeteer), and Roy Brown (who did sketches or drawings), and the program was originally sponsored by Sara Lee Foods.
Also, the episode of Pioneers of Television talked about Bozo the Clown, which got started, as the episode of Pioneers of Television noted, as a record product with a sing along/read along feature in the late 1940s, and then a man named Larry Harmon bought the rights to the idea and created other products, such cartoons and the general format for a live-action "Bozo the Clown" franchise for television stations. It was Pinto Colvig who did the voice of Bozo for records, the first of which was issued in 1946, and Larry Harmon, who died on July 3, 2008, appeared over the years as Bozo, but, really, a couple hundred men played Bozo on television stations over the years. For example, Bob Bell played Bozo in Chicago on WGN-TV for about 25 years, first in 1959 and mostly in a show called Bozo's Circus; Bob Bell died on December 8, 1997, and he was 75 years of age. From 1961 to 1976, Ned Locke played the ringmaster on Bozo's Circus on WGN-TV; he died on February 4, 1992. Over the years, WGN-TV aired some specials about Bozo, only a few of which I note here. On September 7, 1986, actor Tim Reid (who was known nationally) hosted The Bozo 25th Anniversary Special, which had such guests as Joey D'Auria, Norm Nielsen, Ray Brown, Todd Bell, Don Sandburg, Bill Murray, and Wally Phillips. Bob Bell, Ned Locke, and Don Sandburg took part in Bozo's 30th Anniversary on September 8, 1991. Bozo: 40 Years of Fun was shown on July 1, 2001, and one guest was Ian W. Livingstone, who created Bozo. The last locally produced Bozo show went off the air in 2001--and it was the Chicago version.
Now that I have done that, I present an overview of some of the children's program that were produced locally in Detroit for Detroit-area viewers from the 1940s to the 1970s. In the late 1940s, starting in 1947, Kay Harrison hosted a show that aired on WWJ-TV, Channel 4, on various days called Circles in Clay, and Kay Harrison showed viewers how to make things. On November 14, 1947, Jane Durelle started hosting a show called Fun and Fables on WWJ-TV, Channel 4, and the show had Jane Durelle telling stories, as she would in Our Story Book, and the show had illustrators, such as Jane Young and "Uncle Phil." In May 1949, WWJ-TV, Channel 4, began to air Famo, the Magician, which was popular with children, and Karrell Fox played Famo, and, by the way, on Wednesday, June 15, 1949, the show did what could be called a super disappearing act--for one day--when the transmitter for the station went on the blink (the scheduled episode had to be rescheduled). In December 1950, Clare Cummings began to play a character called "Milky the Clown" on Detroit television, and he would play the character on shows for three stations, and one show was called Milky's Party Time, which was shown on WWJ-TV, Channel 4, and Milky's shows had games for children to play and showed cartoons, and Milky was on television for nearly two decades. Around 1953, WWJ-TV, Channel 4, had a show called The Glenn and Mickey Show, and it was hosted by Glenn Gregory and his puppet, and one of the regulars was Sonny Eliot, who went on to host At the Zoo (a program focusing on things at the Detroit Zoological Park) for many years. Around 1954, Toby David, a local disc jockey, hosted Uncle Toby David Reads the Comics, in which Toby David actually read comics from newspapers on CKLW-TV, Channel 9, and Toby David went on to play "Captain Jolly" in television shows, such as Popeye and Pals, that played Popeye the Sailor cartoons and even some Mr. Magoo cartoons in the early 1960s. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a man named Ted Lloyd played a cowboy named Sagebrush Shorty on some television shows, such as Cartoon Classroom and Sagebrush Shorty and His Friends, which showed such cartoons as Felix the Cat and The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole. Soupy Sales hosted Breakfastime with Soupy Sales on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, on weekday mornings from October 1958 to November 1960. WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, aired Action Theater on weekday afternoons from September 1962 to December 1962, and it was hosted by Johnny Ginger and Ricky the Clown (who was played by Irvin Romig and who died in May 2010), and the show had local skits and comedy, and it also aired syndicated shows, such as Wire Service, Riverboat, Cimarron City, Clutch Cargo, Dick Tracy, and Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse. In December 1962, The Larry & Jerry Show, which featured Jerry Booth and Larry Sands, began a short run on CKLW-TV, Channel 9. Several actors played Bozo the Clown on Detroit television stations, and when one of the actors had to stop playing Bozo in 1967, when the Bozo franchise moved from WWJ-TV to CKLW-TV in 1967, the actor--Bob McNea--started to play "Oopsie! the Clown." From May 1967 to September 1971, Tom Ryan played "Sergeant Sacto" on the weekday show called Captain Detroit, and the show, which was shown by WKBD-TV, Channel 50, featured such syndicated cartoons as Little Lulu, Q.T. Hush, Dick Tracy, and Quick Draw McGraw (there had also been a Captain Detroit show on WKBD-TV from December 1965 to June 1966).
In the Pioneers of Television episode, it was noted that the federal government created a federal act that outlawed local television show hosts from selling products on television, but, really, it was the Federal Communications Commission's "Children's Television :Programs Report and Policy Statement" of October 24, 1974, that stopped hosts of children's television shows from mentioning products, and, today, I think that was nonsense, given that, for example, Sesame Street has done more to hurt children than all the local television show's selling products--today, because of Sesame Street and other PBS shows that try to teach, children seem to think, to learn, teachers have to make everything fun, and that is bad, since if the learning is not happy happy fun and it gets to be hard, children who have been groomed on such shows lack the stamina to push on.
Oh, when I was in kindergarten in around 1959, I got at least two puppets that were based on characters tied to Detroit-area-produced shows featuring a Jerry Booth playing "Jingles" (such as Looney Tunes and Jingles in Boofland, Jingles and Pinocchio, and The Jingles Show), and the puppets were Jingles (the jester) and the dragon, and I remember I had them in class at least one day, and I think--I think--they were bought by my mom and dad through milk-carton advertisements, maybe on small milk cartons bought at school each day. (No, the government did not pay for the milk--mom and dad paid for the milk.)
Around the country, in the 1950s and 1960s, television stations had many nationally distributed shorts that they could use in locally produced television shows for children (I am talking about in this instance syndicated material that stations could use and not half-hour cartoon series, such as Huckleberry Hound or shorts that had originally been syndicated in half-hour cartoon series, such as Yakky Doodle). Crusader Rabbit got started in 1949 and was used for decades. Two of the early animated series that were shown around 1950--at least on a few television stations--were Adventures of Pow Wow (which focused on an Indian boy and had Muriel R. Silver as the executive producer) and Jim and Judy in Teleland (which focused on two cute children). A space alien known as Colonel Bleep and his friends--Squeek and Scratch--were super heroes in a cartoon series of the 1950s. In the 1950s, stations could begin using Clutch Cargo, which was a cartoon in which a guy named Clutch Cargo flew around in an airplane from place to place to solve problems, and his traveling companions were Spinner (a boy) and Paddlefoot (a dog). In the late 1950s, Bozo: The World's Most Famous Cartoon cartoon shorts showed up on television sets, and the main purpose of the cartoons, which were from Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation, was as featured material in "Bozo" television shows produced at television stations around the country, and each "Bozo" show had a local person playing Bozo the Clown. In the very late 1950s Trans-Lux released Joseph Oriolo's produced Felix the Cat shorts that were made for television; Felix the Cat had already been shown in cartoons produced for movie-theater versions for years. Around 1959, children might have seen editions of Bucky and Pepito, which was a cartoon series made of up shorts that featured a boy named Bucky and is friend, Pepito. In the 1960s, there was Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse, a cartoon series in which two super heroes took on the crook known as "The Frog," who talked like E.G. Robinson (the famous actor). In a past edition of TH.A.T., I talked about the cartoon series called Dick Tracy, which was on television in the early 1960s (see T.H.A.T. #81, which can be reached by using this link: T.H.A.T. #81). In the early 1960s, Popeye the Sailor cartoons that were made for television began to be used; the character called Popeye had been seen in cartoons made for movie theaters from about 1933 to 1957, and these cartoons had been issued for use on television stations in the 1950s. In the 1960s, UPA offered stations Mr. Magoo cartoon shorts. Another series of cartoon shorts that was distributed in the 1960s was Q.T. Hush, which featured a private eye call Q.T. Hush and his partner called Shamus, who was a dog, and the bad guys were part of The Scavenger Hill Mob. Today, the Retro Television Network is playing on Saturday mornings cartoon shorts that were part of the 1960s series called Tales of the Wizard of Oz. And in the 1960s, many space-themed shows were produced, such as the cartoon series of shorts known as Rod Rocket.
And that should do it, though I have not listed all the locally produced shows for Detroit viewers, but that should give you supplemental information about local children's television shows that began with my talk about the series known as Pioneers of Television.
Advertisement: In March 2009, a book called Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which had been written by Mark R. Levin, was published. Through the book, Mark R. Levin talks about how tyranny has been creeping into the country, and he also talks about how the country has been changing from a representative republic, which has a constitution as a basis, to something, yet to be defined, and although Mark R. Levin says that it is the statist who is causing the change, especially those who are a part of the Democratic Party and in government jobs, I say that it is communists, socialists, would-be dictators, and Marxists, such as Barack Obama, who are making the changes, such as by discarding The U.S. Constitution. I urge you to see and read Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, and pass it on to others, especially teenagers and young adults (and consider listening to The Mark Levin Show, the nationally syndicated radio show, on a regular basis).
Now, the topic is travel and television. On Friday, February 11, 2011, at 8:00 a.m., I saw an episode TheTravelingTrio on the Retro Television Network, and it was the first episode that I ever saw, and it may have been the first to be shown on the Retro Television Network. Based on what I saw in the episode, I determined the series has three young siblings traveling to different places in the world in each episode--it is a weekly series--and in the episode that I saw, they visited Warsaw, Poland. The hosts were Ingram Gray, Everett Gray, and Olivia Gray. The episode had a copyright date of 2010, and the series was credited to the LBTJ Group and Big Red Hat Productions. The executive producers were Lora and Clark Gray, and the producer was JB Thomas. Some of the other credits were: Lora Gray (editor), Lora Gray (writer), and Lora Gray (director of photography). Although TheTravelingTrio is a low-budget, you might look at it and see if it is worthwhile for your children to see.
It is review time On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, Fox TV began to run on a weekly basis a series entitled Traffic Light, and on Monday, February 14, 2011, which was a Valentine's Day, CBS-TV began to air on a weekly basis a series called Mad Love, and both series fail a main rule that I use to judge the worthiness of a series. For both series, I asked myself--Do I like these people and do I want to have them come and visit me every week? The main actors in Mad Love are Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Judy Green, and Tyler Labine, and the main actors in Traffic Light are Nelson Franklin, Aya Cash, Kris Marshall, Liza Lapira (an Asian-type gal), and David Denman, and a few of those actors and actresses I know well, such as Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, and Liza Lapira (who I will say came to fame as a semi-regular for one season on NCIS), and although nearly half of the performers should be familiar to regular watchers of prime-time television and me, I say that I was not inspired to see any of their characters and faces from week to week, and I do not care about them. Yes, I can report that, generally speaking, the traffic light on love was out for Traffic Light and Mad Love.
By the way, many of the people working on Mad Love behind the scenes in "above the line" spots were familiar to me, such as Matt Tarses and Jamie Tarses, both of whom were credited as executive producers, and off the top of my head, I can say that the production people on Traffic Light were unfamiliar to me, so I can note that the experienced and the inexperienced in prime-time TV came out equal, and I say in jest to give this section some humor--"Being equal, is that not what the people should be in Barack Obama's communist utopia?"
On February 16, 2011, CBS-TV began to run the weekly series called Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and to me, it was just another angry dark cop show, but the focus here is not necessary on the show--it is on Janeane Garafolo, who is one of the regulars. In the scenes of Janeane Garafolo that I saw on the first episode of the series, Janeane Garafolo always looked mean and angry. That does not surprise me, since Janeane Garafolo does not appear to be a happy woman, based on what I have seen of her over years, and, in fact, she seems to be a really, really angry hard-line "liberal," which is why I will not watch the series anymore. You should see my document entitled Never Forget These Media Darlings ?: A Guide for the Individual in the United States of America, which can be reached by using this link: Media.
Oh, if I were making a prime-time network series, I would not hire Janeane Garafalo to be in the series, because she is a hard-line liberal and seemingly anti-U.S.A., and she would taint my series, but the producers of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior hired her, and that makes me suspect the minds that make Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, such as those of Mark Gordon, Edward Allen Bernero, and Deborah Spera who are the executive producers.
On Sunday, February 20, 2011, the newest edition of Amazing Race series began to run, and at the opening of the first episode, the producers gave viewers wonderful shots of hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines, and they showed them and they showed them. It was as if everywhere cameras were pointed, the wind turbines were there. The producers just could not stop showing those dang wind turbines. The wind turbines where everywhere. You just cannot get away from them. I say in jest, "Are they not wonderful?" Oh, by the way, the setting for the opening of the episode was Palm Springs, California, and to me, there is a place that is no longer a pretty place to visit.
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 noticed the USA network ran an episode of Fairly Legal on February 24, 2011, at 10:00 p.m. The topic of the episode--an inventor lost rights to an invention--made me think of something. Barack Obama is often pushing, and that is that the government should be involved in "investing" in innovation. I wonder if Barack Obama pushes that idea so that, when the government puts money into innovation, the government gets control of what gets invented--leaving the real inventors with nothing. If you are a potential inventor, be wary about taking money from the federal government to help you invent something. Remember: Philo T. Farnsworth and Alexander Graham Bell are two inventors who were not funded by the federal government to make what they invented.
On Saturday, February 26, 2011, I was flipping through the broadcast channels in the Detroit area, and I was reminded of some things and found some things to pass along to you. I remembered I had yet to note that, last year, WUDT-TV shifted from analog to digital, and it is now on Channel 23 in digital form. If you have not run a scan through for channels, it is time to do it again. WUDT-TV is an affiliate of Daystar, which is, for the most part, a religious-based network. On Saturday, February 26, 2011, I noticed again that Daystar has the program called ACLJ: American Center for Law & Justice on the air at 9:30 p.m. (Detroit time), which runs on a weekly basis and runs for a half hour. On this day, the hosts were Jay Sekulow, Jordan Sekulow, and Thann Bennett. The topic for the episode on this day was "Sharia" and "Radical Islam," which are highly anti-United States of America. The hosts noted that they were offering a free DVD informally entitled The Export, which is designed to show the evilness of Sharia and Radical Islam, and how those who follow Sharia and Radical Islam are working to make Sharia the way of the world--especially the way of the United States of America. The hosts also talked about a free booklet about Radical Islam and Sharia. To get the free DVD and the booklet, you can call 1-877-989-2255. Since this document that you are now reading focuses on television, I now use it to note that ACLJ: American Center for Law & Justice is a low-budget show, so you may see that it looks a little cheap visually, and I also note that I use the title ACLJ: American Center for Law & Justice, though at one point in the show it was called Jay Sekulow Live, which was never shown on the screen.
Oh, I see that the National Geographic Channel showed Suburban Jihad on March 1, 2011, but I did not see it.
Public Service Announcement: If you wish to avoid giving a donation to nonprofit groups that support "manmade global warming" legislation or "manmade climate-change" legislation, such as the very bad American Clean Energy and Security Act (which is also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill), give to something better--particularly the Heritage Foundation and the Landmark Legal Foundation, which are organizations that support The U.S. Constitution and are working to defeat Barack Obama's plans to take over the country. (You should see my document entitled "CAP AND TRADE" and Carbon Dioxide Facts and Nonsense, which can be reached through this link: Carbon.)
Well, February 2011 is gone, and when February 2011 ended, I looked back at the month to see how many new specials were shown; February is an important ratings month, and it used to be a time when viewers could expect to see a number of good specials. This year, CBS-TV gave viewers Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2011 (which was hosted by Jim Nantz and Lara Spencer) on February 4, 2011, and NBC-TV gave viewers Saturday Night Live Backstage on February 20, 2011. That is it, and Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2011 was a lame annual production, and Saturday Night Live Backstage was another one of those filler shows based on the mostly unfunny and highly liberal-oriented Saturday Night Live containing much repeat material. (Note: I did not consider awards shows.)
A reminder (updated): Remember to tell your children and grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any president, which was a topic in T.H.A.T. #58, and remember to tell them to not blindly "believe" in leaders, and that is a lesson in this edition of T.H.A.T., as it was in the past and will be in the future. By the way, remember, in the "Presidential Video," which is one topic of T.H.A.T. #58, one male says, "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama."; one female says, "I pledge to be a servant to our president." And make sure your children and grandchildren are not singing songs at school that praise Barack Obama, which has been done by children at some schools around the country since January 2009, since children should never sing songs that praise any politician, especially a megalomaniac and narcissist like Barack Obama.
On Monday, February 21, 2011, WTVS-HD, Channel 56.1, aired a local production entitled Our Vietnam Generation, which was a 90-minute presentation that mostly had comments from U.S. military from Michigan who had been involved in the Vietnam War. "For the record," here are some credits--Keith Famie was the executive producer, the director, and the director of photography; Bob Gillette was the co-executive producer; Joe Grant was the producer and writer; Nick Hrycyk was the editor; Alicia Famie was the associate producer; and Maryellen Clinton was the producer for Digital Image Studios. The production was credited to Visionalist Entertainment Productions. Some of the people--former military persons who had been in Vietnam--who made comments were John Todd (a professor of Business Law at Rochester College), Robert Bezotte (the Sheriff of Livingston County, Michigan), Arthur Penhallow (a former disc jockey at WRIF-FM, who had been an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force), John Pappageorge (who had been U.S. Army colonel), Keith King (who had been a U.S. Army specialist), Paul Palazzolo (who had been a U.S. Army staff sergeant), Bill R. Ewald (who had been a U.S. Army colonel), David "Doc" Maloney (who had been a U.S. Marine corpsman), Elizabeth Allen (who had been a U.S. Army nurse, Captain), John Kulhavi (who had been a U.S. Army helicopter pilot, brigadier general), and Mike Omstead (who had been a U.S. Marines corporal).
The documentary noted the good times and the bad times and talked about the protests against the war, and it even noted that former military personnel believe the media undermined the soldier during the war and, as one man--Keith King--said, "...And what the media did is it painted the war as bad, but it also painted the warrior as bad...." The documentary presented several clips of Bill Bonds (a former news anchor for WXYZ-TV, Channel 7), and two clips of Bill Bonds talking were: "I know that there are a lot of people who say that one of the reasons that we didn't win the war in Vietnam is the American news media, that the American news media didn't get it right, that the American news media is not objective." and "You sit down and write the lead story with your two brothers on your mind, and you are as confused about the truth as probably a lot of people at home were. War's tough, and it ain't easy to report on it. That's the honest truth!"
Super special commentary: Today, it is clearly evident how biased most of the members of the main media are, and, today, Bill Bond is still a big liberal, as he was all those decades as a television news anchor in Detroit, such as when he was a big supporter for Mayor Coleman A. Young Sr. of Detroit, who helped kill Detroit, and when I heard Bill Bonds' words in the document, I thought--"Go suck on dry wall, Billy boy!"
Special commentary: I have two main topics here.
Around mid-February 2011, the general manager of WTVS-HD, Channel 56, Detroit--Rich Homberg--was being shown in a SPA on the station and promoting the idea of people contacting their U.S. Congress representatives to urge them not to stop funding for PBS, which, he implied, Republicans, wanted to do. In the Detroit area, WTVS-HD is the only television station using its main channel and its two subchannels to present programming. Of the seven main commercial stations, only three are using both the main channel and a subchannel, and the remainder are only using the main channel (at one time, WXYZ-TV was using both subchannels--in May 2010, it stopped using the second subchannel to show color radar). I can argue well that the marketplace in Detroit cannot support commercial stations using both subchannels and the main channel, so why should WTVS-HD continue to spend money--certainly some of which comes from the federal government---to run two subchannels and the main channel. (WTVS-HD is not the only PBS-associated television station in Michigan that uses the main channel and two subchannels to present programm--for example, WCMU-HD, Mt. Pleasant uses a main channel and two subchannels). One subchannel for WTVS-HD, like one subchannel for WCMU-HD, has nothing more than repeat programming of the main channel. (So at least two television stations in Michigan that are associated with federal-goverment money are wasting money to run programming on a subchannel.)
Around mid-February 2011, people, such as Mitch Albom, were complaining about the proposal by the new governor of Michigan to cut back on the tax credits given to movie makers and television-show makers who come to Detroit to make productions (Mitch Albom hosts the The Mitch Albom Program on WJR-AM on weekdays and writes for the Detroit Free Press). On February 9, 2011, the Detroit Free Press published an article entitled "'1-8-7' Hopes Show Will Go On" (Hammerstein, B.J. "'1-8-7' Hopes Show Will Go On." Detroit Free Press, 9 February 2011, p. 1A.), and the topic was Detroit 1-8-7, a television series that was in production in Detroit from roughly the summer of 2010 to February 2011. The article noted, on each episode of Detroit 1-8-7, the producers--the production companies--saved about one-million dollars because of tax breaks, and the idea of tax breaks for producers of movies and television shows bothers me, so I put together a document that talks about the bad of tax incentives, and to see that document, which is entitled Film and Television Production Tax Credits: The Bad Side of the Issue, which can be reached by using the link at the end of this document.
Special note: Here, I show more crap from people at the Detroit Free Press, and, in particular, it comes from a woman--Rochelle Riley--who used to be a regular on a WTVS-TV-produced weekly television show informally entitled Am I Right?, which is still in production. On Sunday, February 20, 2011, Rochelle Riley had a piece entitled "Time to take your own oath to the U.S." published in the Detroit Free Press (Riley, Rochelle. "Time to take your oath to the U.S." Detroit Free Press, 20 February 2011, p. 6A.). Look at a portion of the piece: "I've said it before. There ought to be some kind of refresher course on being a good American, a regular test of citizenship that, like a driver's test, would be administered every four years to ensure that we not only understand how America works, but know how to fight to make it better...." Later, in the article, Rochelle Riley presented what she had for an idea for an oath, and a portion of it was: "...I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely pledge allegiance to the world's great country; that I will rebuke any efforts to smear the U.S. Constitution or the U.S. president, no matter who is in the office...." Hey, Ms. Rochelle Riley, Barack Obama is piece of crap of a man, and he is a bad man, and he is a communist, and he supports Sharia, and he is pushing through terrible laws and economic policies, et cetera. Incidentally, Ms. Rochelle Riley, have you not noticed Barack Obama violated The U.S. Constitution, such as by ignoring the federal judge who ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is unconstitutional and by going against federal court order and being ruled in "contempt of court" in relation to oil drilling. Ms. Rochelle Riley, your pledge on a lot of levels is a piece of crap, as you are. Yes, you are just another purveyor of crap. I show up crap, I do not remain silent about crap, I do not pledge to support crap!
Much of the two previous sections were made--typed up--around the time that This Week with Christiana Amanpour was airing on my television set (the program is a weekly production of ABC News that is shown on Sunday morning on ABC-TV), and the day that I am talking about here is Sunday, February 20, 2011. The round-table discussion on This Week on that day had a panel of four guests: George Will, U.S. Representative Steve Southerland (a Republican related to Florida), Jonathan Karl (a reporter for ABC-TV), and Donna Brazile (a Democrat and a strategist). At one point, when the topic was the federal budget, Donna Brazile said: "This is difficult. And we all recognize that we have to begin to cut spendin' as Jonathan mentioned--the House Democrats, ah, the Senate Democrats. The President has submitted a budget, eh, eh, the 2012 budget that, that will slow the rate of growth and bring down, ah, the federal deficit to three percent of GDP by 2015. Yeah, President Obama has a little bit of fiscal conservatism in him. But the point is that this is primal-scream politics. Sixty-one-billion at the current spending levels is draconian. It cuts essential vital necessary services. George, it's, it's people, it's student who are in college right now with Pell Grants that will have to face significant cuts. It's, it's, it's, ah, pre-schoolers and Head Starts that may not be able to go to school on the morning after May Fourth if we don't continue to, with the continual resolution at 2010 levels. So I think this is draconian. It's, it's, it's, it's bad for the country. It's bad for the economy, and it slows down economic growth when things are finally movin' up." The quotation is filled with crap--Yes, Donna Brazile is another woman who is a liar and speaks crap and is crap. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget bill for the remainder of the 2011 that, for one, would cut the already known budget deficit for the year by about sixty-one-billion dollars--the total estimated budget deficit for 2011 is fifteen-hundred-billion dollars. To remove sixty-one-billion dollars from about fifteen-hundred-billion dollars is not much, and it is certainly not draconian. Even if sixty-one-billion dollars gets removed, there is no reason that it is going to hurt students, since there are so many other things that the government spends money on that could be given reductions. By the way, notice that Donna Brazile said "...may not be able to...", which means Donna Brazile did not necessarily mean and probably did not intend to mean "will." The proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year--as formed by Barack Obama--is estimated to have a sixteen-hundred-billion-dollar deficit tied to it. Barack Obama does not have "fiscal conservatism in him"! Barack Obama, a communist, has yet to show anything that can be called "fiscal conservatism," which is against budget deficits! Over the last two years, Barack Obama has attacked business people and doctors and others publicly, and evidence of that exists all over the place, such as in documents of mine that exist at the Web site for The Hologlobe Press, and the evidence shows Barack Obama is anti-business. Yes, Donna Brazile is another piece of garbage of a woman and, most certainly, another Marxist pushing for Barack Obama to succeed with his defective ways. (Oh, Donna Brazile does not even speak well, as you can see by analyzing the text for her talk that I have presented.)
I let us look at some of the "defective" people who host the weekday morning how on WJBK-TV, Channel 2--Fox 2 News Morning. On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, I happened to be watching the show when these hosts (only some of all the hosts) were on camera--Jason Carr, Kam Carman, and Lee Thomas, and Jason Carr brought up the subject that Rush Limbaugh talked about Michelle Obama's figure on his radio show and, in essence, Rush Limbaugh noted Michelle Obama was not practicing her own dietary advice, and the morning hosts played an audio clip of Rush Limbaugh saying, for instance, "...The problem is--and dare I say this?--it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary dietary advice. And then we hear that she's out eating ribs at fifteen-hundred calories a serving with a hundred-and-forty-one grams of fat. I'm trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue...." You have to keep in mind the federal government recently enacted a federal act (the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010) that now allows the federal government to determine, for one, what food your children are allowed to buy on school property, and the federal government can even--if it wishes--determine what types of food will and will not be sold at bake sales at public schools, and the federal government can now determine how many bake sales a public school can have in a year. And Michelle Obama has been making a lot of public appearances and getting a lot of press related to telling parents what they should and should not feed their children, and she has been inspiring state and local governments to enact laws that set rules about food, such as whether or not toys can be sold with Happy Meals.
After the three hosts finished running the clip of Rush Limbaugh, here is what the hosts said:
Jason Carr: "But he's the picture of virility...."
Kam Carman: "Right! Look at him! He's...."
[They were chuckling or laughing at Rush Limbaugh, a picture of whom had been shown while the audio clip was running, a photograph that had been taken before Rush Limbaugh's recent big-time weight loss.]
Jason Carr: "Rush called Mrs. Obama a hypocrite for encouraging people to eat cardboard, tofu, and tree bark while she doesn't follow the same advice."
Lee Thomas: "He's knows how to have those incendiary comments, doesn't he?"
Kam Carman: "You know. And..."
Lee Thomas: "...goes from subject to subject, and--boom--right in there."
Kam Carman: "Just loves to fire people up."
Jason Carr: "Stir the pot."
Kam Carman: "Right. And so the less we get angry about him, the better."
Jason Carr: "There ya are."
Kam Carman: "Jerk!"
What the segment showed is how stupid the three persons are, and, really, they showed themselves to be stupid about what Rush Limbaugh was talking about and the significance about what Rush Limbaugh was talking about. Unlike Michelle Obama--being the wife of Barack Obama--Rush Limbaugh cannot get laws passed that allow the federal government to tell you what you may and what you may not do with your children, and Michelle Obama is directly tied to a man--Barack Obama--who has been instrumental in passing truly bad laws, one of which is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which on January 31, 2011, was ruled an unconstitutional law, and Michelle Obama's Barack has made friends with dictators, such as Hugo Chavez, and Michelle Obama's Barack has discredited doctors and businesses operators in public, and Michelle Obama's Barack is a perpetual liar, and Michelle Obama's Barack is a communist, and Michelle Obama's Barack has discredited the United States of America when in other countries, et cetera. Yes, Jason Carr, Lee Thomas, and Kam Carman showed that they support crappy people---Michelle Obama and Barack Obama--and, most certainly, Jason Carr, Lee Thomas, and, especially, Kam Carman showed themselves to be more of the crap on Detroit television today. Let me single out one particular person of the three and make it especially clear: "Kam, you are a piece of crap!"
You have to keep in mind: Kam Carman can act as a news anchor on the show, and a news anchor--at least on the air--should not be involved in calling people "jerks" on the air, especially when the word does not fit the situation.
Local television--in Detroit--has surely gone to crap since 1946.
Oh, I bet Kam Carman failed to cover this story, being too busy chuckling. On February 23, 2011, U.S. Representative Michael Capuano (a Democrat related to Massachusetts) made this statement (which I present in text form): "Today is a great day for all of us. But let's be serious. It's not just about one rally, not about a couple of nuts in the background who want to take it all away from you. I'm proud to be here with people who are willing to stand up. I'm proud to be here with people who understand that it's more than just sending an e-mail to get you goin'. Every once and a while, you gotta get out on the streets and get a little bloody with necessary...." The comment came to me through the entity known as The Right Scoop (www.therightscoop.com), which had it attached to a video clip entitled "Dem Congressman To Unions: Time To Get A Little Bloody" on the Internet. Yes, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives worked to incite violence, and The Right Scoop covered it and presented it to the public, and Kam Carman probably never did, too busy being a "jerk."
No, I am not quite done showing up crap. On Friday, February 25, 2011, I happened to catch a bit of Need to Know (a weekly show) on PBS-associated affiliates, such as WTVS-HD, Channel 56.1, Detroit, which ran it at 11:00 p.m. When I began to see the program, the program was already into running a climate-change piece, and the report dealt with, for one, flooding near the Atlantic Ocean shoreline for a few persons in Norfork Virginia, and it noted how over a million dollars had been spent to raise a short bit of road--about a quarter mile of road--and such up a little over a foot (about eighteen inches). When the recorded report was done, the hostess--Alison Stewart--did an interview with a man--Mark Hertsgaard--who wrote another climate-change scare book, which is entitled HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, and the Mark Hertsgaard noted how the oceans are going to rise three feet in the next few decades, how the climate-change debate is long past and ninety-nine percent of the scientists agree that there is global warming, and how we have to deal with climate change now. Basically, Need to Know put together a segment filled with lies and deceptions, and that is not surprising to me, since I have already talked about Need to Know in an edition of T.H.A.T. and have shown it is a communistic propaganda entity. To Richard Homberg, I say, "Need to Know is a good example of why PBS should get its budget cut--it pushes crap." I urge you to see my document entitled "CAP AND TRADE" and Carbon Dioxide Facts and Nonsense, which can be reached by using this Carbon link so that you can see what Need to Know is keeping from you so that Need to Know can push socialism and communism on the United States of America. Avoid Need to Know!
Note: I once again have to report, there is something highly likable about Alison Stewart of Need to Know--her personality shows through.
Commentary and news: On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was testifying before a subcommittee in the U.S. Senate, and here is what Hillary Clinton said to U.S. Senator Ronald Johnson (a Republican related to Wisconsin) at one point: "...Al Jazeera has been the leader in, that are literally changing people's minds and attitudes. And like it or hate it, it is really effective. Viewership is going up in the United States because it's real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you're gettin' real news around the clock, instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff we do on our news, which, you know, is not particularly informative to us let alone foreigners...." A person might think that Hillary Clinton is putting down the America media, but that is not quite what a person should read into the quotation, since Hillary Clinton is at least a socialist, and Barack Obama is a communist and has shown his support for those who push Sharia, and so I think what Hillary Clinton did is support and promote an Islamic-based news service, which--I know--cannot be trusted, and I add that she was probably also trying to indirectly discredit Fox News Channel and other "conservative"-based news sources--given news services in this country that support her, such as the well-known Politico and The New York Times, which are left-wing entities, probably understand she was not focusing the attention on them. By the way, the more time Americans spend watching Al Jazeera (English) the less time they will have to pay attention to news about the United States of America from other sources, which will leave Americans less informed about the United States of America.
Note: You are very much urged to read my document entitled Sharia Law, Shariah-Compliant Finance, Radical Islam, and Barack Obama, which can be reached by using this Sharia link, and you should see it because it shows information about another person involved in security for the U.S.. who promoted Al-Jazeera, and it notes how executives of Al-Jazeera went to Comcast in late February 2011 to urge Comcast to carry Al-Jazeera on cable systems in the country.
On Sunday, March 6, 2011, in the evening, some people watched Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 on PBS-associated stations, which ran for about four hours, and some people watched other shows on other networks. On the same night, ABC-TV gave viewers an episode of a new series, and it gagged me, and the show fits in what looks like an increasing trend. The prime-time show is Secret Millionaire, and the theme of the series has "rich" people living the poor life, such as living in a poor community on forty dollars a week. By the way, the first episode featured a woman named Dani Johnson, and she was the only reason to watch it, having a nice "chest." For some time, CBS-TV has been running Undercover Boss on Sundays at 9:00 p.m., and an episode of that series was shown by CBS-TV on March 6, 2011, and the show fits in that trend that is making me gag. To me, both series are "socialistic" crap, being pushed to, for example, show up the bad of bosses who run businesses and influence the so-called rich into giving up money to others. The trend is setting up the idea in the minds of many that rich people must--must--give back a lot of money to the community or they are bad, and to me, that is a crap idea. People who run businesses gamble with their lives to create something, and they, for one, help give jobs to others, and people who run businesses are not always rich, and there is much more to the story. These television shows also set up the idea in the minds of some people--to me, that means many who have been weaned on communism and socialism, such as many in Detroit, which is a dead city--to think they are deserved something from those who have done something or have something. In addition, then, some people in the audience will come to expect--expect--that they should have a so-called rich person come to their neighborhood and give to them, though those some people are actually are being hindered by Barack Obama and like crappy people who are following in the Democratic Party ideology, which, since at least the 1960s, has helped kill the black family in the country because of hand outs. It occurs to me--I do not care how much money Dani Johnson has, and I am glad I do not know Dani Johnson, though she has big breasts, since she actually took part in that crap show called Secret Millionaire, and that means to me her mind is fuzzy. Yes, from time to time, so-called rich people can be bad people, as poor people can be, and that is the nature of man.
Note: Anyone who takes part in Secret Millionaire or Undercover Boss as a featured subject is a socialist or communist or is stupid (being willing to be used in a hideous concept).
Let me nearly end with something that was good. It was on Saturday, March 5, 2011, that I saw Rock, Pop & Doo Wop, another "My Music" presentation, on PBS-affiliate WCMU-TV, Michigan. The show was a well paced and a fun fund-raiser for PBS stations, and it had what can be called new performances by Carl Gardner's Coasters, The Cleftones, The Chantels, the Marcels (eight guys for this show), Johnny Claude Gummoe, The Jarmels, Kathy Young, Barbara Harris & the Toys, Sonny Turner, Len Barry, The Orlons, Jimmy Clanton, Shirley Alston Reeves, Jay Black [of Jay & the Americans] & the Alley Cats, Ronnie Spector, La La Brooks, and Kenny Vance & the Planotones. Also within the roughly two-hour presentation were old clips of The Rays, The Crests, The Monotones, and The Silhouettes. The hosts were Jon "Bowzer" Bauman and Ronnie Spector. Making the show possible and presentable were, for example, TJ Lubinsky (the executive producer and director); Henry J. DeLuca, Neil Mahrer, and Paul Brownstein (the co-executive producers); Jim Pierson (the series producer); Sean McDonald (for sound recording and mixing); Tom Moulton and Tom Lawler (for audio production); Susan Faith Locke (the assistant director); and Rob Sellers (for staging). Although the production was good--from the sound recording to the staging to the singing--the end credits were weak or poor or, really, bad (at least for a television historian like me to see)--since almost none were shown.
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.
P.S. #1: The telephone number of the U.S. Congressional Switchboard is: 1-202-224-3121. (Use it to fight against the creation of a national-health-care system, especially a system pushed through law by a defective thinker, a man who has created nothing, and a man whose history is mostly filled with tearing things down, a man who continually puts down the U.S.A.--Barack Obama. By the way, one of the more recent events in which he put down the entire business community of the country took place on Wednesday May 13, 2009, and you should see the second entry for Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in the document entitled Nonsense Statements and Quotations of Barack Obama).
P.S. #2: Do not forget that, since late 2008, I have put within editions of Michigan Travel Tips information about "green technology," "global warming" stuff, and "climate change" stuff, and to get to the catalog for all the Michigan Travel Tips publications, use this link: Travel.
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