March 12th, 2012
March 12th, 2012
The media is trying mightily to bring Rush Limbaugh down for voicing his opinion on contraceptives Activist Sandra Fluke and her desire for free birth control at anyone's expense, but her own. We take issue with the ongoing misdirection of calling Obama's actual Attack on Religious Freedom, the now historically revisioned war on women.
But there is a way that we can take action.....
March 12th, 2012
Voters in Switzerland have rejected a proposal to give themselves more annual leave in a national referendum.
The plan would have given workers six weeks off a year, but business groups warned about the cost to the economy.
In other referendums, voters in Zurich agreed to the creation of "sex boxes" where prostitutes can work. In Geneva, residents voted to tighten restrictions on street protests.
Referendums are a key part of Switzerland's direct democracy system.
The Swiss frequently have their say on changes to laws, budgets, or any issue that 100,000 citizens say they feel strongly about.
Democracy in action
Two-thirds of voters reportedly rejected an increase in the country's minimum annual leave from four weeks to six, which would have brought it in line with most other West European countries.
But a proposal to construct what have locally been referred to as "sex boxes" for prostitutes got the green light from voters in Zurich.
The plan would see the creation of special parking spaces with walls between them where sex workers can ply their trade away from suburban areas in Switzerland's biggest city.
Residents in Geneva, meanwhile, voted for tighter restrictions on unauthorised demonstrations and tougher fines for violators.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, the International Committee of the Red Cross and numerous other major international organisations are based in the city, making it a focal point for protesters.
March 12th, 2012
BLS note: Remember, Berkley is a bastion of Liberal, Left-Wing think, which makes it even more remarkable that the Black Student's Union found the racist, divisive, anti-Semite message "inspiring." How many Liberals or black leaders of the left will we see come out and condemn the speech? Don't hold your breath.....
BERKELEY, Calif. —
Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a speech to hundreds at the University of California Berkeley Saturday and some students took issue with parts of his message.
Minister Louis Farrakhan opened the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference at UC Berkeley Saturday, bringing together black students from colleges across the state.
The 78-year-old minister urged the 600 or so students to depend on themselves for jobs and learn more about black history. He also pushed a controversial book that alleges Jews dominated the slave trade.
"(He said) that Jews control the government and that you need to be their friends in order to be successful, that Jews control the media. To me, that was just so hateful and horrible," said Noah Ickowitz, a UC Berkelely ASUC Senator.
"This is not hate, this is actual facts," Farrakhan said.
Outside Wheeler Hall, a few students passed out petitions expressing their discontent with minister Farrakhan's presence on campus.
"I believe the (Black Student Union) had every right to bring Farrakhan, but we are hurt by Farrakhan's words," Ickowitz said to students outside the auditorium.
The minister condemned the opposition and even discouraged dialogue between Jews and blacks.
"I personally don't care if I ever get along if I've got to hide the truth to win a friend," Farrakhan said to crowd.
UC President Mark Yudof decried Farrakhan as "provocative" and "divisive" following his speech at UC Berkeley.
"Louis Farrakhan is a provocative, divisive figure with a long history of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic speech," Yudof said. "It was distressing in the extreme that a student organization invited him to speak on the UC Berkeley campus."
"But, as I have said before, we cannot, as a society or as a university community, be provoked by hurtful speech to retreat from the cherished value of free speech," Yudof said.
But members of UC Berkeley's Black Student Union said the overall message was inspiring.
"What I got out of it was how we as black students can take our education and utilize it to build the black community back up," said Stephan Montouth. "We're looking at the minister's statements in terms of how to empower the black community not all of the other controversial things that he may have said in the past."
March 12th, 2012
By Newsmax Wires
Reports this weekend that as many as 98 major advertisers are asking not to air their ads on conservative radio shows are "totally bogus," a source close to Premiere Networks told Newsmax Sunday night.
Premiere Networks syndicates top-rated shows like those hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck.
This past weekend, news reports on sites like Politico and the Huffington Post are suggesting that as many as 98 major brands and major businesses are asking that their ads not run on such conservative talk programs. The reports suggest the advertisers are taking the action in the wake of comments made by Rush Limbaugh about a female Georgetown law student.
"The fact is that these advertisers, with a few exceptions, have never been advertising on Premiere's conservative shows," the source said.
It is well known that major companies and brands often shun both conservative and liberal shows and outlets, as Madison Avenue advertising firms keep "do not buy" lists of programs they believe may upset their client's customers.
"Most of these 98 firms don't air on liberal MSNBC or radio shows like Ed Schultz's. There is nothing new here," the source said.
Why the controversy then?
Last Friday, Radio-info.com published an internal Premiere memo it said offered a list of 98 companies that did not want to air on conservative talk shows.
According to Radio-info, the list of advertisers include "carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway)."
"These companies for the most part never advertise on Rush, Hannity and other conservative talk shows," the source said, adding, "And they usually don't advertise on liberal shows either."
The Premiere memo being cited actually is just a reminder to stations of long-standing policy telling their ad traffic managers not to fill unsold ads in conservative talk radio programs with such brand advertisers.
"The media is trying to create the impression -- one being propagated by the liberal Media Matters -- that there is mass movement against conservative shows," the source said. "But it simply isn't true."
The source also told Newsmax that several major advertisers who have dropped Rush have already indicated to Premiere they plan to come back on his show, and other Premiere shows like Hannity and Levin have seen strong ad revenue growth.
An excerpt of the Premiere memo follows:
“To all Traffic Managers: The information below applies to your Premiere Radio Networks commercial inventory. More than 350 different advertisers sponsor the programs and services provided to your station on a barter basis. Like advertisers that purchase commercials on your radio station from your sales staff, our sponsors communicate specific rotations, daypart preferences and advertising environments they prefer… They’ve specifically asked that you schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity). Those are defined as environments likely to stir negative sentiment from a very small percentage of the listening public.”
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