Month: February 2014

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 2/26/14 – Gov Brewer Vetos Religious Freedom Bill

Just before air, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, which amends the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to better ensure personal liberties. As Tony discusses, the problem with the bill is that so few people read it before deeming it “anti-gay.” What’s more important – what a bill says or what the media says a bill says?

There are more and more cases of police brutality and abuses of authority in America. Police officers are telling citizens they lose their rights on the spot. And, of course, there is the case of Justina Pelletier in Massachusetts. Tony talks about rights, and who wants to take away yours.

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Sen. Rand Paul Seems Up To The Fight

Because pollsters and pundits don’t often know what to do with their free time, the rest of America is subject to polls, articles, columns, soliloquies, conjecture and random grab-assery about who will be the GOP nominee in 2016. Often discussed – in both positive and negative light – is Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

It’s too early to discuss 2016. Potential candidates may be delivering vague hints as a way of building up donations (see, war-chest) and then deciding their options, but the more pressing need is 2014. Republicans need to take the Senate and secure the House before thinking about how to deal with the electoral deficit that faces them every four years.

Sen. Paul is, clearly, one of those potential 2016 candidates. He has, for a while now, been speaking about the presumptive Democrat nominee, former Secretary of State and fake bullet-dodger Hillary Clinton. He has done so through his references to President Bill Clinton and his conduct as both president and governor of Arkansas, referring to him as a “serial philanderer.”

Sen. Paul said on Fox News Wednesday of President Clinton’s extramarital activities:

We have a lot of conservative Democrats in our state who go to church each week and really don’t approve of his behavior, what he has done with sexual harassment in the workplace [referencing the Monica Lewinsky scandal]…A lot of Democrats in our state don’t approve of that kind of behavior.

I think really having him as some sort of role model for the Democrat Party, it’s something they ought to rethink because there are a lot of people who don’t agree with those kind of values.

Comments like this have elicited a wide array of negative responses from Democrats and Republicans.

Fox News contributor and key Bush 43 perfunctory Karl Rove said, “Frankly, Rand Paul spending a lot of time talking about the mistakes of Bill Clinton does not look like a big agenda for the future of the country.”

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated, “I don’t think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president…I think her record is what will be judged upon, not the record of her husband.”

The problem here is that Rove and Romney are losers. They may be good people. Enjoyable people. One of whom I would have preferred as president over President Obama, but they lost.

In the 2012 election cycle, Rove raised over $300 million dollars with his group American Crossroads, and went 7 for 15 in the races he backed. As I wrote at the time, he’s the Charlotte Bobcats of politics. Romney won the first presidential debate by a wide margin. He chose, then, to be a gentleman in debates two and three. If he had treated Obama in those debates the way he treated Newt Gingrich in Florida, he’d be President Romney today.

Why are either of these men deciding, in February of 2014, what the strategy should be for victory in November of 2016? Should I check what Bob Shrum thinks as well?

Chris Cillizza, of The Fix at the Washington Post, also questioned Sen. Paul’s “attacks:”

Whatever the reason for Paul’s focus on Clinton’s private life, it’s a reminder (although we didn’t need one) that the Kentucky Senator operates under a different code of conduct than his colleagues and the people he will compete against for the 2016 nomination. It’s what makes him intriguing — and dangerous.

What wonderful amnesia of history! It was then candidate Obama, and his team who used the race card against President Clinton in South Carolina in 2008. According to the New York Times (yes…THE New York Times!) President Clinton “accused Senator Barack Obama of Illinois of putting out a “hit job” on him.”

In 1996, the late, great Jack Kemp was the vice presidential running mate of Sen. Bob Dole. The two men never liked each other. Kemp was once quoted as saying, “In a recent fire, Bob Dole’s library burned down. Both books were lost. And he hadn’t even finished coloring one of them.” Bush 41 referred to President Reagan’s economic philosophy as “voodoo economics.”

And who can forget every word ever said about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin? Is it so far back in history that we can’t remember that we were told that her own son was not really hers? That she was referred to as “Caribou Barbie?” That her face was added to a photo of a bikini-clad woman holding a rifle?

Even after the election it continued. She was held responsible for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson. David Letterman made a “joke” about the rape of her daughter by a New York Yankee. Hilarious. Really.

For Cillizza to state that Sen. Paul operates under a “different code” is nonsense. It’s an attack on a man who came to the knife fight with a gun (clearly, he has been listening to President Obama on some issues.)

People can agree or disagree with Sen. Paul’s comments, but they have no right to decide the strategy.

The strategy for winning is that everything is on the table until it’s not. Everything is fair game until it’s not. Everything is a conversation until it’s not. Politics isn’t pretty, and it makes no sense to walk into the arena with your options limited by what losers and the historically blind think are appropriate.

Rand Paul may not be the nominee, but he knows how to fight. That alone makes him desirable, and should have other potential candidates taking notice.

This article originally posted at Rare.

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 2/24/14 – Amb Power’s Fantasy, Piers Morgan’s Reality and Let’s Get High

Tony is back in studio, and back live! He takes to task UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s deluded thoughts on jihadists and why Daniel Pearl was killed. Amb. Power is under the opinion that personal accountability is what’s needed to deal with murderers. Tony disagrees.

Piers Morgan is out at CNN. According to Morgan, its an amicable split. But what does it say about America, about media and about Morgan himself? He claimed in an interview that he had trouble connecting with viewers on “slow news days.” As Tony stated, and wrote at Rare, there hasn’t been a slow news day since January 20th, 2009.

Finally, Indiana is moving a bill to legalize industrial hemp. NORML wants to know why Indiana won’t legalize marijuana? It’s a good question, until their chairman makes a statement that blows the mind.

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Democrat Congressman Attempts to Silence Cancer Patient over Obamacare

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is sending letters from his lawyer to a local television station to get them to stop running an ad about Obamacare from Americans for Prosperity.

Peters claims the ad is misleading. The letter demands that the station require AFP to provide documentation to prove their claim from a mother and cancer fighter who has lost her healthcare for the sake of, “FCC licensing requirements and the public interest.”

Yes, Rep. Peters has threatened a TV station over running an ad opposing Obamacare.

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The ad focuses around Julie Boonstra, a resident of Dexter, Michigan who claims that her fight against leukemia has been stifled because of Obamacare. Because of the rules and regulations of Obamacare, her insurance has been cancelled. Without the medication, Boonstra says in the ad, “I will die.”

Boonstra goes on to say, “I believed the President…I feel lied to.”

This is the feeling of many Americans, who believed President Obama when he said if you like your plan that you can “keep” your plan. As the ad points out, this was Politifact’s Lie Of The Year in 2013.

Boonstra then directs her words at Rep. Peters, who voted for Obamacare:

Congressman Peters, your decision to vote for Obamacare jeopardized my health…It’s time to listen to me…This is serious. Its not a game…Congressman Peters, Obamacare is not the answer.

Through his lawyers, Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., Rep. Peters claims that the ad is unsubstantiated, and demands that AFP provide documentation to prove their claims and those of Boonstra:

Specifically, there does not appear to be any evidence that the Affordable Care Act has made Ms. Boonstra’s plan, or health plans generally, “unaffordable.”

Ultimately, as the Washington Post concludes “a fuller accounting is necessary is AFP is going to run ads like this.”

Unlike federal candidates, independent political organizations like AFP do not have a “right to command the use of broadcast facilities.”

Moreover, you have an obligation “to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising.” Licensee Responsibility With Respect to the Broadcast of False, Misleading or Deceptive Advertising 74 F.C.C.2d 623 (1961). Failure to prevent the airing of “false and misleading advertising” may be “probative of an underlying abdication of licensee responsibility” that can be cause for the loss of a station’s license.”

Translation of Rep. Peter’s lawyers – That’s a nice TV station you’ve got there. It would be a real shame if anything bad happened to it….you know, unfortunate or something. Luckily, I know a way you can keep your station safe and sound. Wink. Wink.

Recently, the FCC floated an idea of putting monitors in radio and television newsrooms to see if they are providing the public the right information. Rep. Peters, via his lawyers, thinks old school threats are far better plan of action.

AFP has responded by putting together a protest at Rep. Peters residence. According to the release:

With some of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan’s most dedicated activists supporting her, Boonstra will stop by Gary Peters’ residence in Bloomfield Hills today in an effort to confront him directly about his attempts to intimidate and silence her. The media is invited to attend.

Luke Hilgemann, COO of AFP, when asked about Rep. Peter’s actions, stated:

Attempts by Congressman Peters to silence Julie are despicable and low. As if it wasn’t bad enough that he continues to support the Obamacare disaster, he now resorts to bully tactics and dispatches his lawyers to put a muzzle on strong women like Julie who have the courage to speak out. The Congressman owes Julie – and the thousands of other Obamacare victims – a very serious apology.

It is worth noting that the same level of scrutiny that Rep. Peters and his capos want put to an advertisement is exactly the scrutiny they sought to avoid in passing Obamacare. A “fuller accounting” would have led to the understanding that millions would be cancelled, lose the ability to keep their doctor or end up paying higher deductibles and premiums.

If Congress had an obligation ”to protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising,” they would have talked openly about the part-time economy Obamacare would create. They would have been forced to speak out about the “like your plan, keep your plan/like your doctor, keep your doctor” lies. Certainly, there would be a more complete analysis of how much taxpayer money was wasted to build a website that doesn’t work.

Rep. Peters has no interest in his culpability. His move here is to intimidate a television station, slander 2.6 million American activists and silence a woman fighting for her life.

This article originally posted on Rare.

Piers Morgan Out at CNN; An Important Lesson For America

After three years and an editorial selection process that engaged ideology more than reality, CNN and Piers Morgan have decided to part ways. His last show is scheduled to broadcast in March.

Morgan was known by American audiences as that host from America’s Got Talent. You know, the guy on the panel who wasn’t David Hasselhoff. Morgan took over from living legend Larry King, and his show Larry King Live.

From the start, Morgan didn’t connect. But when he decided that his show would be about his hate and disdain for the Second Amendment, and those who support it, he lost the support of American audiences.

In his own words:

“It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he said, adding that although there had been times when the show connected in terms of audience, slow news days were problematic.

As a radio host I can say, without hesitation, that there has not been a slow news day since January 20th, 2009.

Taking a bigger view of Morgan’s collapse, what is the message that America can take from it? It seems clear that Morgan wasn’t just wrong about his point of view connecting with American viewers. He was, as Evan Sayet would put it, “as wrong as wrong could be.”

In Sayet’s book, The Kindergarden of Eden; How the Modern Liberal Thinks, he illustrates how on every major subject the Leftist is on the side of evil over good, of injustice over justice. Applied to Morgan, this plays out perfectly. At every turn, Morgan sided with insulting lawful gun owners, attacking the Second Amendment and shaming those who would dare attempt a cogent argument on his program.

(As a side note, I have — for over a year — advocated that conservatives, Republicans, Independents, libertarians and moderates should not do his program. If they had, Morgan would have been off the air long ago.)

Morgan’s dismissal from CNN proves that the leftist is wrong as wrong can be. That for all of their screaming and anger, they have misjudged the American people and their view of the Second Amendment. Americans, it turns out, believe in lawful gun ownership, and won’t be bullied into giving up their rights.

Americans have said, through their lack of viewership, that Morgan was wrong. Where Morgan saw “slow news days,” the American people saw an ideologue who was unwilling and unable to talk about the real problems in America — targeting of American citizens by the IRS, the administration lying about what led to the death of four Americans in Benghazi, the failure of Obamacare, spying on citizens, massive debt, just to name a few of the slow news day subjects.

Morgan’s failure is of his own doing; he failed to be an active participant in reality. CNN allowed this failure to continue, indicating that any tears they shed over losing Morgan belong to crocodiles. For the media, this is a cautionary tale. For America, this is dangerous warning.

The media can now see that pushing ideology over honesty will not be rewarded with viewership. America can now see that pushing ideology over honesty is condoned by CNN (and mainstream media,) and they’ll keep on doing it until the very end.

This article originally posted on Rare.

The Gap and The Minimum Wage War

Clothing retailer Gap has unilaterally decided to raise wages for employees to a minimum of $10 per hour. The move will affect more than two-thirds of Gap employees and will be phased in over a two-year period. One may ask why they made the move, but others will wonder whether they took President Obama’s cry to heart and decided to “Give America a Raise.”Gap’s CEO, Glenn Murphy, told the Wall Street Journal “We are investing in our workforce because we think going forward stores and the service our workers provide will be ever more important for customers.”

I couldn’t agree more; investing in your workforce is critical. I also agree that a company should make the decision that is best for them. If Gap feels that paying its employees more will give them a competitive edge, then I’m fine with it. Then again, I’m not a stockholder and I’m not waif-like hipster, so I don’t shop there.

But is this move about business, or is this move about being pre-emptive? Ten dollars is a nice round number, but it’s so close to President Obama’s desire of $10.10 that the coincidence can’t be ignored. Could Gap be taking a bet on whether the feds will raise the minimum wage on every business, and are hoping to be ahead of the curve? Or, has the minimum wage already been raised regardless of federal actions?

California now has a law that forces a $10-per-hour minimum wage by 2016. The city of San Francisco requires a minimum wage of $10.74 per hour citywide. Reporter Steven Greenhouse noted:

Gap will help avoid a checkerboard of different wages in different states in which workers with several years’ experience might be earning $8.50 or $9 an hour and wondering why they earn less than new hires in California who will be earning a minimum of $10 an hour.

Translation: Gap isn’t being charitable. Gap realizes that it’s already been screwed by states and municipalities, and now has to pay way too much to find people to fold T-shirts. The least they can do is make their accounting easier.

Companies like Walmart have not made the move Gap has. Rather, they are weighing whether they will support a government-mandate minimum wage. Translation: We have no plans of putting our company at a competitive disadvantage. But, we’ll put our serious clout behind backing the federal minimum-wage hike so all of our competitors will be hurt as well.

Cheering the wage increase by Gap may be the knee-jerk reaction, but it’s not the right reaction. This move is not a response to market demands; this is a response to the muscle of mammoth government — and that’s a problem.

This article originally posted on Rare.

China Naive On Their Own Horrors

Recently, China criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his words regarding the Communist nation to engage Internet freedoms, along with his support of human rights.

China’s Foreign Ministry called Kerry’s comments “naive.” He may be on many subjects, but in this case, clearly the pot is calling the kettle black.

Kerry spoke to a group of bloggers assembled in Beijing when he made his remarks. China was quick to rebuke the Secretary, attempting to use — of all devices — sarcasm and claimed that the U.S. had “no right to pass judgement and misunderstood the real situation”:

If China’s Internet had not gone through enormous development in the past few years then where would these bloggers have come from?

Where, indeed, could China find a group of people to assemble under threat of jailing them or their families, or killing them or their families? The only thing easier in a Communist nation is for Kim Jung Un to find someone to feed his dogs, literally.

The spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, continued:

China’s affairs must be decided by Chinese people based on their own national condition. Using methods like this to push China in a direction of change they want, isn’t that rather naive?

I would be one to agree with that; China’s affairs must be decided by Chinese people. But that’s not what is happening; China’s affairs are not decided by Chinese people. China’s affairs are decided by a few Chinese elites and are then dictated to the Chinese people under threat of jailing them or their families, or killing them or their families.

Isn’t the naive thing, here, not knowing the utter fabrication of Chinese life that you are attempting to sell the world?

China, for all their manufacturing of iPhones and bed sheets and children’s toys and game consoles is an oppressive regime. They seriously monitor and control online activities, they have labor camps, oppose any real reporting (and will rough up journalists for no reason.)

As Commentary Magazine stated:

China is not quite the totalitarian nightmare that it was under Mao as free enterprise has blossomed there, but neither is it remotely free. Political and religious freedom doesn’t exist there. Nor can private property truly be safe in a system where there is no rule of law. For all the talk about the lunacy in North Korea and other tyrannical nations, the scale of human rights abuses in the world’s most populous country dwarfs anything happening anywhere else.

It’s all together odd that China would oppose Kerry’s “pushing” of freedom and human rights through a speech to bloggers. Is it really wrong to speak openly about the importance and fundamental desire for freedom? Perhaps Kerry should have done it the China way, with torture and fear.

How naive he is.

This article originally posted on Rare.

The Republican Problem With Messaging

Twitter aggregation site Twitchy has highlighted a series of tweets from comedian and activist Stephen Kruiser. In the micro-blogging rant, Kruiser took to task the outdated, outmoded and out of their mind establishment Republicans for their latest mailer which featured a message from the face of the establishment Republicans, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

More than a mailer, it’s a fundraising letter for the Republican Party. Nothing could more show how out of touch the party is than using the fierce hawk and failed Republican presidential candidate Sen. McCain. The Arizona candidate is not a draw on any level, except for those who want to learn to hold on to power regardless of how many get hurt and who gets ostracized in the process.

McCain was the guy who wouldn’t say Obama’s name on stage while running for President in 2008. McCain was the guy who thought the proper course was to suspend his campaign in order to “fix” the financial crisis.

After losing, McCain was the guy who decided to attack the Tea Party and Tea Party members with every fiber of his being. He called members “hobbits.” He deemed Tea Party favorites likes Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas,) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) were nothing but a bunch of “wacko birds.”

As Katie Pavlich wrote:

Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Obama in 2008, is stepping up to the plate and offering fig leaves of compromise on everything from illegal immigration to increases in the debt ceiling. He’s proud to stand by Democratic Senators like Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer while calling conservatives like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz “wacko birds.”

So when Kruiser –  a long time Republican activist and an original Tea Party founder in Los Angeles – received a fundraising letter from McCain, he hit the roof. Among his tweets:

Yes, in February of 2014 the RNC thinks a fund raising letter from John McCain is a good idea. Because or something.

That perfectly sums up why I think party hacks who support the GOP status quo are booger eating morons.

Avoiding conflict for an entire legislative year to avoid negative press while the Dems run unchecked isn’t “strategy”, it’s myopic weakness

Those advocating weakness & caution to win the majority will then advocate weakness & caution to keep the majority. It never ends.

Take note, Republican leadership: you’re doing it wrong. You can’t get the next generation (nor the current generation!) to join you when you prop-up those who clearly are not on the side of the people. You can’t expect to get donor dollars and major support when you highlight people who condemn and insult those who are most likely to donate and lend their grass roots support.

Yes, Republicans, you’re doing it wrong. While you work hard to build out your technology assets (and bravo to you!), you need to reassess your human assets. McCain is not a draw; McCain is a repellant. Anything that doesn’t highlight Sens. Cruz, Paul or Lee isn’t worth sending out.

Or Stephen Kruiser. At least his name won’t make people throw out your mailer, or throw up on it.


 (This article originally appeared on Rare.)

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 2/20/14 – Stacy Washington is the Guest Host

The week is almost over, and Tony Katz is almost done with his venture into morning radio on WIBC. Tonight, KFTK radio host Stacy Washington fills-in for Tony.

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Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 2/19/14 – Cameron Gray and Seton Motley of Guest Host

While our fearless leader Tony Katz is filling in for mornings on WIBC, the fill in hosts for Cam and Company on – Cameron Gray and Seton Motley – fill in for Tony Katz Tonight.

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