December 21st, 2014
By Barry Secrest
Call it Karma? Years after Glenn Beck was canned by Fox News for being just a bit too radical, Beck's highly successful "the Blaze" channel is now being shown in place of Fox News, to a very large number of Dish TV-Fox viewers.
Unfortunately, while Beck's programming offers an entertaining alternative, highly popular Fox personalities including Sean Hannity, Meghan Kelly, and Bill O'Reilly have vanished from their fans' TV's, prompting some very angry responses from Dish customers.
One customer who wishes to remain anonymous called into Dish customer service and warned that Direct TV, a Dish competitor , might soon have a Direct TV dish setting atop her roof, in place of the Dish receiver, and just in time for Santa.
The last time a major news vendor , in that particular case CNN, was blacked out by Dish, it took over a month to get the programming back in its slot, however, Fox News enjoys a much larger audience than CNN, leaving Dish TV significantly vulnerable to a loss of fiesty viewers.
A report from the Associated Press explains the ruckus between Fox and Dish TV, further:
"Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels were taken down as part of contract negotiations.
The Fox blackout is just the latest skirmish as cable and satellite TV providers fight with networks over subscription fees. Dish Network just settled disputes that led to the temporary blackout of some local CBS stations and a separate blackout related to Turner Broadcasting channels — including Cartoon Network, CNN, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.
Dish has more than 14 million satellite TV customers.
Both sides in the latest spat are blaming each other. Englewood, Colorado-based Dish Network Corp. said in a statement that 21st Century Fox, Inc., was blocking access to the two chancels as part of contract negotiations. New York-based Fox said Dish shut down the server at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, 10 minutes before the contract ended.
Dish blamed Fox for introducing other channels into negotiations despite those not being included in the contract up for renewal.
"It's like we're about to close on a house and the Realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well," Warren Schlichting, Dish's senior vice president of programming, said in a statement "Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract."
Fox said Dish was to blame for prematurely shutting down the network "in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations."
"It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider," Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution for Fox News, said in a statement. "Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."
December 21st, 2014
US soldiers back embattled Iraqi forces in Anbar Province; retreating ISIS denounces Kurds as 'dogs of Israel.'
By Ari Soffer
US ground forces are reportedly being deployed in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, according to witnesses in the war-torn country.
A report in Al Jazeera Sunday cited residents of the city of Al-Baghdadi, in Iraq's western Anbar province, as claiming they saw Humvees with American troops moving in to reinforce embattled Iraqi army forces fighting jihadists in the area.
Police First Lieutenant Muneer al-Qoud later told Al Jazeera TV that the US soldiers had come from the al-Assad military base.
US officials have denied their ground forces are involved in the fight against ISIS. A US-led air campaign against the terrorist group has succeeded in killing several senior ISIS leaders, and enabled Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to make major gains, but the US and its coalition partners say they have no appetite for "boots on the ground".
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters continue to battle ISIS around the city of Sinjar Sunday, after finally breaking the Islamists' siege of the Sinjar mountain range and rescuing roughly 1,500 Yazidi families stranded there.
Photos show Peshmerga soldiers celebrating and tearing down ISIS flags as they continued to make gains in the area. One picture released by the Kurdish Rudaw website shows how retreating ISIS fighters left graffiti denouncing the victorious Kurds as "The dogs of Israel"....
But Iraq's national army has fared much worse, and its troops were facing significant difficulties in repelling ISIS's offensive against the al-Assad base in particular.
The latest reports of US troops backing their Iraqi counterparts corroborate earlier claims in Iraqi media outlets last week that some of the roughly 100 US "military advisers" in the al-Assad base were aiding Iraqi troops in defending the base from ISIS. US President Barack Obama recently approved doubling the number of advisers, trainers and support personnel in Iraq, according to US media reports.
Meanwhile, Kurdish YPG fighters - backed by Peshmerga and a small number of Free Syrian Army fighters - have gained ground against ISIS in northern Syria.
The Kurds have advanced in six neighborhoods of the besieged town of Kobane, which has been at the center of a bloody struggle against ISIS, with YPG forces holding out against a jihadi onslaught for months before counterattacking.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed YPG forces in Kobane killed 10 ISIS fighters in clashes over Saturday.
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December 21st, 2014
'Our real enemy' reads the caption of the Philadelphia paramedic's posting. According to the black paramedic's own words, the photo was published out of anger towards police officers.
By Barry Secrest
A search of most stories within the mainstream media yields little if anything on the identity or race of the paramedic in question who posted an outrageous photo on social media sites.
However, a trip to the UK media tells the entire story.
Had the ideological situation been reversed, no doubt we would have a name, an address, family photos and phone numbers of the offending party.
Under investigation: Officials are investigating Salters' conduct
His name is Marcell Salters, and despite all of the dangers which brave paramedics routinely encounter, depending on police officers to provide them with protection in crime ridden areas, Salters suspended logic by most celebratorily publishing a photo of a white cop with two blacks, guns to the cop's head.
Salters later apologized for the incident; however, the apology was tendered under duress. Salters should be immediately released from his post so that he can run with the thugs he quite obviously admires and prefers.
Philadelphia officials are rightfully in an uproar.
The rest of the story from the UK Daily Mail:
A Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has sparked outrage for posting a photo to Instagram showing two black men pointing guns at a white cop with the caption: 'Our real enemy.'
Marcell Salters has now apologized for posting the image and the caption, which continued: 'Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other & at the ones that's legally killing innocents.'
Police Union President John McNesby slammed the post as 'despicable' and defamatory, Fox29 reported.
The image, which shows two black men with guns raised at a white police officer's head, is from a rap video by Uncle Murda and Maino called 'Hands Up', which they wrote after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who were both died at the hands of officers over the summer.
December 20th, 2014
By AARON KLEIN
TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow.
This past week, the U.S. and E.U. adapted tighter sanctions on the Russian economy, including restrictions on investments in the Crimea, with emphasis on Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism.
The official said there is information Russia in recent weeks successfully shipped to Hezbollah a large convoy of Iskandar ballistic missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were received, despite Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria targeting Russian-shipped weapons earlier this month, the official said.
The official said Russia has not made any decision about agitating a Hezbollah attack on Israel, but views a possible conflict in the Mideast as a card it can play in its confrontation with the West, particularly in Ukraine....
December 20th, 2014
Hamilton County Juvenile court heard testimony on whether suspect Diontae Smartt was fit to stand trial. Attorneys had to establish whether it was likely Smartt could commit the crime.
Going before the judge was emotional for the teen and his family. Alleged actions of teen have him facing hard time as an adult if convicted.
"That's my son. We get along good. I love him. We're a family," said Kamilah Smartt, the suspect's mother.
Smartt, his family and the victim were all in courtroom, and hours of testimony led Judge Robert Philyaw to conclude that Smartt was fit to stand trial and to be tried as an adult.
A special education teacher said Smartt has a learning disability and speech impediment.
"In the special education program, we monitor to see if they are making progress, as far as credits, and he is making those gains," said Megan Giesel, the special education director at Red Bank High School, where Smartt attended school.
Though he's a student, the teen is accused of committing a serious crime. Chattanooga police said Smartt raped a 69-year-old man out jogging in the North Chattanooga.
"Where was he supposed to be the morning this happened? Where were you at?" questioned prosecutor Jason Demastus. Smartt's mother answered, "He's old enough. He sets his own clock. He gets his own self up, he goes out the door himself."
Attorneys before Judge Robert Philyaw said the boy had discipline problems at school.
"In my memory, I think he was compliant. He was not disruptive. Some children can be mouthy, disrespectful. He never came across that way to me. He understood the rules of probation," said Carl Miller, a juvenile court probation officer who oversaw Smartt.
Smartt's defense attorney Jason Fisher asked, "Has he ever damaged anything, or punched a wall?" Kamilah Smartt answered "I mean, yeah. With him and his little brother, when they fight, yeah, they got holes in the walls."
Judge Philyaw wrapped up the hearing to say all of the evidence supported premeditation and aggression. The judge said he didn't think 18 months was enough time to really change Smartt's behavior in the juvenile court system. Philyaw said there were too many problems at his school to consider.
Smartt was transferred to the Hamilton County Jail, isolated from the general population, and he will be held on $10,000 bond. If he makes bail, Smartt will have to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from North Chattanooga.
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