Sunday, December 21, 2014

Maher to Berkeley Grads: Avoid Groupthink! Fight Climate Change!



Maher to Berkeley Grads: Avoid Groupthink! Fight Climate Change!
by Joel B. Pollak21 Dec 2014
Comedian Bill Maher delivered his long-anticipated and controversial speech at the University of California Berkeley winter commencement on Saturday–and it turned out to be a rather conventional liberal address. Though much debate surrounded Maher’s views on Islam, he largely avoided the subject, instead telling students to make climate change their generation’s priority. “I hope all of you here today consider the environment to be paramount among the many challenges we face.”

Ironically, Maher would later tell students to think for themselves. “Be a free thinker. One reason our politics is so screwed up is that everyone has become so tribal. As you go down the path of life, ask what’s true, not who believes it. Be unique. Stay vigilant for busting yourself for falling into groupthink,” he cautioned. He also referred to “victims of police brutality,” drawing applause from students on a campus where protests against police have dominated public life in recent weeks.

Maher’s speech was self-consciously liberal, taking the occasional jab at Republicans and describing his own upbringing in a liberal home during the 1960s. “In my house, the only thing we did not have tolerance for was intolerance. You don’t have to be a liberal, but if you call yourself a liberal, you have to fight oppression, from wherever oppression comes from, especially of women, gays, minorities and free thinkers,” Maher said, interrupted by applause. “That’s what makes you a liberal.”

However, Maher did acknowledge that liberals had become less liberal than they perhaps once had been. He referred to his own reputation as an iconoclast, and thanked the university for inviting him to address the commencement on the 50th anniversary of Berkeley’s iconic Free Speech Movement.

“Never forget that we are lucky to live in a country that has a First Amendment, and liberals should want to own it the way conservatives own the Second,” he concluded, to loud applause.

Bill Maher
Bill Maher was a contributor for Priorities USA Action, is a friend of Seth MacFarlane, and the host of Real Time With Bill Maher.

Note: Priorities USA Action was a super PAC supporting the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, and is supporting the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.
Seth MacFarlane is a friend of Bill Maher, and a director at People for the American Way.
Lear Family Foundation was a funder for People for the American Way.
Norman Lear is the president of the Lear Family Foundation, a director at People for the American Way, and was a donor for The Climate Project.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for People for the American Way, the Climate Reality Project, and the Brookings Institution (think tank).  
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
The Climate Project is a merged organization with the Climate Reality Project.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was a donor for The Climate Project.
Albert A. Gore Jr. is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the chairman for the Climate Reality Project, and a senior adviser for Google Inc.
Sheryl K. Sandberg was a VP at Google Inc., and a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
David H. Romer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and married to Christina D. Romer.
Christina D. Romer is married to David H. Romer, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and was the council of economic advisers chairman for the Barack Obama administration.
John P. Holdren was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the White House science adviser for the Barack Obama administration.
Michael L. Nacht was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the assistant defense secretary for the Barack Obama administration.
Barack Obama is the president for the Barack Obama administration, and was the candidate for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign.
Priorities USA Action was a super PAC supporting the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, and is supporting the 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign.
Bill Maher was a contributor for Priorities USA Action, is a friend of Seth MacFarlane, and the host of Real Time With Bill Maher.
                                                                                                                   








Fox News dropped by Dish Network



Fox News dropped by Dish Network
Satellite company pulls No. 1 cable channel in contract dispute
WASHINGTON – No. 1-rated Fox News Channel was unceremoniously dropped by Dish Network Saturday night – surprising viewers who were told Fox had pulled the programming from the satellite TV system.

Fox climbed to the top of the ladder in cable news by offering what it calls “fair and balanced” programing – and what many progressives, including Barack Obama, call biased.

Dish used the pretext of stalled negotiations over a new distribution deal to pull the plug on both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network – two favorites of conservatives and independent thinkers.

Dish, which has for weeks been negotiating a new carriage contract for the 21st Century Fox channels, said the channels were blocked after Fox introduced fee increases for other sports and information channels not part of the original contract.

“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.”

While officials said they offered a short-term contract extension to keep the channels on the air, Fox claims Dish disconnected the channels “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 at Fox News Channel, said in a statement. “Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”
Molly Line of the Fox News Channel

Carry’s statement pointed out Dish similarly dropped CNN, Turner Classic Movies and other channels in October – restoring them only after an extension was agreed upon in negotiations.

Dish has 14 million subscribers.

Fox said the deal it offered Dish has been accepted by other major pay-TV distributors.

“They did not want to accept terms and commitments that have become customary in a Fox News renewal,” said Carry.

Disagreements over programming fees have become common among pay-TV services. As more consumers opt for other methods of entertainment, including streaming services such as Netflix Inc., pay-TV distributors are pushing back against content companies’ demands for fee increases. Programmers counter that their costs are rising, too, and they need increased subscriber fees to pay for sports and entertainment.

Besides negotiating fees and additional channels, Fox and Dish were also reportedly trying to resolve a legal dispute over Dish’s digital video recorder, which includes a special commercial-skipping feature. Dish is also seeking rights to Fox-owned channels for a new Internet video service it is launching.

Note: Readers can email Dish CEO Joseph Clayton here.

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Media Matters monitors Fox News.

Note: Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for Media Matters, the Center for American Progress, and the Committee for Economic Development.
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a supporter for the Center for American Progress.
DISH Network Corporation was a funder for the Center for American Progress.
Joseph P. Clayton is a director & president & CEO for the DISH Network Corporation, and a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development.
Donna S. Morea was a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development, and the EVP for the CGI Group Inc.
CGI Group Inc. was the Obamacare contractor that developed Healthcare.gov web site.
Obamacare is Barack Obama’s signature policy initiative.













Bratton Praises 'Two of New York City's Finest'



NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were gunned down shortly before 3 p.m. while sitting in their marked police car in Brooklyn. (NYPD handout)

Bratton Praises 'Two of New York City's Finest'
Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 09:40 PM
By Todd Beamon
http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/bratton-praises-finest/2014/12/20/id/614275/
The New York City police officers killed in what Commissioner William Bratton described as an assassination were Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

Liu, 32, had been on the force for seven years. He got married two months ago, Bratton said at a news conference.

Ramos, 40, joined the department in January 2012. He had previously worked as a school safety agent, which falls under the agency.

He was married and had a 13-year-old son.

"Two of New York's finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation," Bratton said at a news conference. "They were quite simply assassinated and targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe."

While the officers worked out of a different police precinct, they were assigned to the Brooklyn neighborhood as part of a critical response unit because of an increase in shootings in a nearby housing complex, Bratton said.

Liu and Ramos were stationed outside the complex, sitting in their marked squad car when Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, approached them at 2:47 p.m. and fired through the passenger-side window.

He struck both officers in the head, Bratton said. Ramos was sitting in the driver's seat. Liu was on the passenger side.

"Officer Liu, and Officer Ramos never had the opportunity to draw their weapons and may never have actually seen the assailant or murderer," Bratton said.

Brinsley killed himself not long after the ambush on a nearby subway platform as he was pursued by police. He had shot his ex-girlfriend earlier Saturday in her apartment in suburban Baltimore, Bratton said.

She underwent surgery and was expected to survive.

"This is not the first time the department has seen violence," Bratton said, noting that partners have been killed together seven times since 1972 — "often in senseless, mindless assassinations without warning.

"Our officers know this from memorial walls in precincts and at headquarters," the commissioner added. "They hear it from the stories they hand down.

"Nevertheless, they do what we expect of them. They grief and mourn, but then they go out on the streets of the city and work to keep it safe every day and night.
"We will forget that mission," Bratton said. "We will never forget the two young men who lost their lives today."

Police
William J. Bratton was the Boston (MA) police commissioner, the Boston Metropolitan Police superintendent, the Los Angeles (CA) Police Department chief, is the New York City Police Department commissioner, and a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Note: Raymond W. Kelly was the New York City Police Department commissioner, an honorary president for the Police Athletic League of New York City, the Interpol VP for the Americas, and is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Chuck Wexler is an executive director for the Police Executive Research Forum, and a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Kenneth Canterbury is the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Lee H. Hamilton is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, David F. Hamilton’s uncle, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
David F. Hamilton is Lee H. Hamilton’s nephew, and was a canvasser for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Sidley Austin LLP was the legal adviser for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now was the plaintiff in ACORN vs. Illinois State Board of Elections.
Barack Obama was the attorney for ACORN vs. Illinois State Board of Elections, an intern at Sidley Austin LLP, and Obamacare is his signature policy initiative.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.                    
R. Eden Martin is counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory A-Z (Past Research)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013       
Newton N. Minow is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and was the chairman for the RAND Corporation.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Brookings Institution (think tank), and the Harlem Children's Zone.
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone.
and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.
James B. Steinberg was a director, foreign policy studies for the Brookings Institution (think tank), the deputy secretary of state for the Barack Obama administration, and an analyst for the RAND Corporation.
Leonard D. Schaeffer is a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a trustee at the RAND Corporation.
RAND Corporation was a funder for the New York City Police Foundation, and is a contractor for Obamacare.
Michael R. Bloomberg was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, the New York (NY) mayor, is the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, and a co-chair for Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Thomas M. Menino was an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety, a co-chair for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and the Boston (MA) mayor.
William J. Bratton was the Boston (MA) police commissioner, the Boston Metropolitan Police superintendent, the Los Angeles (CA) Police Department chief, is the New York City Police Department commissioner, and a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.