Saturday, January 16, 2010



leno-rhinestone-cowboyJay Leno took some members of the media around the set for his new show, and he revealed the secret of his historically high ratings. What is it? Is it spending extra time crafting jokes? Going to comedy clubs to see what subjects make people laugh hardest? Nope.

Partly joking, partly not, Leno noted networks study minute-by-minute ratings reports to try to determine which elements of a late-night talk show work. One rule of thumb: Prudishly dressed celebrities don’t go over well.

If the first guest on his show is an attractive actress wearing a pantsuit and her shirt is buttoned to her neck, Leno said, viewership will drop the moment she walks out. Or if a well-known actor is wearing a beard that makes him unrecognizable, ratings will likewise go down.

“I can walk into the Green Room and see what a celebrity is wearing and go, ‘We’re screwed,’” Leno said.

Okay, I’m going to try to be fair. That makes perfect sense, and it’s the sort of thing you learn when you do “The Tonight Show” for 17 years.

A large door allows Leno to drive a car directly onto to the set, which is something Leno intends to do, albeit infrequently. The color scheme is rich and contemporary (“We’re putting a PF Changs here,” Leno joked).

One unique element is a full embrace of Leno’s love of classic automobiles. There’s artful photos mounted in various spots along the frames of the stage of his car collection (usually closeups of parts, such a speedometer). [THR]

Yup. Cars and clothes. That’s why Leno’s the best.



I hate you, NBC. I hate you so very much. All I wanted to do this weekend was enjoy some football.

All I wanted to do was watch Jay Cutler throw four picks, see the Bears run an inexplicable fake punt (called automatically by the long snapper, who was apparently not coached to consider factors such as time, score, or field position), see Lovie Smith challenge that call in a futile attempt to reverse his own idiocy, and then hear Cris Collinsworth express shock at just how retarded Lovie Smith was for challenging that call.

That's all I wanted. I just wanted to watch a mistake-filled, hilariously played football game.

But YOU. You fucking people… you had to paint the broadcast from top to bottom with your annoying Jay Leno promos. Fuck you. No, I mean it. FUCK YOU. I'm really sorry that an entire football game had to interrupt your Jay Leno infomercial. Perhaps you could air the game on another network somewhere, one that isn't as cheaply run as your average fucking airline.

All goddamn night, I had to sit there and be bombarded with your fucking promos for a fucking show that no American under the age of 55 will ever deign to fucking watch. OMG! COMEDY AT 10PM?! UNHEARD OF! I've never watched comedy at that hour, ever! Unless I'm watching a movie that night. Or I'm watching South Park. Or I've recorded a comedy program that airs at another hour and decided to watch it at 10PM. Just to be a REBEL.

I've never done that, NBC. I've never known what it is like to laugh at that hour. I am not sure I'm biologically equipped to handle it. I'm so used to setting that hour aside to watch doctors fuck each other and then perform open-heart surgery at that hour. That hour is not meant for laughter. It is a dark, intense 60 minutes of each day. All I want to do at that hour is brood, and look over corpses for forensic traces of the Miniature Killer's calling card. Comedy? At 10PM? I DON'T KNOW IF I'M PREPARED FOR THE REVOLUTION.

It's not my fault you people decided to put all your eggs in one basket. It's not my fault you people are too goddamn cheap and uncreative to produce five hours of scripted programming. It's not my fault your business model revolves around a comedian who stopped being funny two decades ago and fat people losing weight to Nickelback songs. YOU made that decision all on your own. No one in America asked you to do that. No one in America asked to be eye-raped by promo after promo of Jay Leno walking out to a unrealistically enthusiastic crowd populated with unrealistically young and attractive people. I've seen Jay Leno's real audience, NBC. They're the people who couldn't get tickets to The Price Is Right. Many are still wearing sweatshirts bearing the name of the small town in Indiana in which they were born, and in which they will die.

It's not my fault Jay's signature comedy bit is something he ripped off from Howard Stern, and you are now banking on it to save you from insolvency and irrelevance. It's not my fault you decided to treat Conan O'Brien like a deformed child chained in a fruit cellar. Again, you did all that yourself. It's not my fault your network must be secretly run by Lovie Smith. I didn't deserve any of this. All I wanted was to watch a football game in relative peace and quiet.

So no, NBC. I will not be watching at 10PM tonight when Jay Leno reinvents television… by doing the same boring fucking show he's done since 1993. Maybe I'm just not ready for comedy at 10PM. Or maybe it's because I've gone from being indifferent to your network to actively hoping you fail, and that Ben Silverman is forced to one day suck the marrow out of bones he found in a Popeye's dumpster for sustenance. I am not ready to laugh. I am ready to kill. Take Jay Leno and shove him up your peacockhole.

Things I Hate About TV: Jay Leno

Things I Hate About TV: Jay Leno

If you like Jay Leno more than David Letterman, we probably wouldn't get along.

That's a big general statement, but it's what I've believed all these years. It goes way back. First Leno replaces Johnny Carson (yeah, I know, Carson quit, but still, Leno is the one who replaced him) and at the same time kinda screwed Letterman out of the job he probably deserved after so many years in the 12:30am slot at NBC. So right off the bat I have a dislike for Leno.

But it goes deeper than that.

The guy just isn't that funny. Is the monlogue the best part of his show? Yeah, it is. But I think that has more to do with quantity than quality. Leno and his staff are famous for their late night sessions of joke writing, and the monlogues are much longer than those of all the other late night hosts, so you're bound to get some good ones. But beyond that (and Headlines, which is kinda funny but has nothing to do with Leno), the show is a disaster. The sketches are lame, John Melendez is a horrible choice for announcer, and Leno doesn't even seem interested in his guests half the time.

Maybe it's an age thing. I spent my late teens and throughout my twenties loving Letterman, from his short-lived (but underrated) morning show in the early 80s to his NBC show to his current show at CBS, which he started in '93 after he didn't get the Tonight Show gig. But it's more than an age thing. Leno went from good standup comic to showbizzy, late night hack. His jokes are forced, his oversells everything, and the show just isn't that fun. I won't even call it The Tonight Show anymore, as long as Leno is hosting. You'll notice that in my Talk Talk columns, I call the show Jay Leno. Because what he's hosting isn't The Tonight Show.

Leno has been winning the ratings race every week for years. This used to tick me off, until I realized why it happens (it's much too long to get into here). But it doesn't matter. Letterman is and always will be the heir to the Carson throne.

Howard Stern to Letterman: Jay Leno Sucks

Howard Stern to Letterman: Jay Leno Sucks

Jay Leno has left The Tonight Show for a new prime time series, but that was not about to stop Howard Stern from making his feelings about him known.

In summation, the shock jock ripped Leno during his appearance on last night's Late Show and vowed to help David Letterman take down Conan O'Brien.

"We gotta beat this Conan. For God sakes, how are you feeling that Jay left late-night television and now we got a new guy we gotta compete with?" the admittedly disgruntled, bitter old man Stern asked an amused Letterman.

"And I wanna say something to this audience about loyalty ... Dave put me on national television many, many years ago before I was known. And I have stuck with Dave ... I didn't like Jay. I never liked Jay. I can't stand Jay."

No arguments here - or from the studio audience that greeted the 55-year-old radio host's scathing, somewhat odd comments with big applause!

And Stern, who later talked about other important topics, such as his wedding to Beth Ostrosky, wasn't finished with Leno there by any means.

"Let me say something. I never seen anybody who behaves like a robot like this guy," he continued. "I watched his final show. He says goodbye to The Tonight Show. He says goodbye reading it off a teleprompter for cryin' out loud."

"Where's the emotion, and where's the humanity?"

Stern recounted his one and only appearance on The Tonight Show, when he "showed up with two lesbians," which naturally turned off Leno:

"He's shocked. He walks off his own show. I knew it wouldn't last."

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By delphinias

Jay Leno is the worst type.

He makes a habit of showing off to America how rich he is with all his expensive cars.

Leno is the ultimate sell-out – Leno has no common touch with the common man. Yet, Leno thinks he has that common touch.

Leno is a sell-out because he represents big corporations and spouts the corporate mantra.

Leno is taking work from REAL Hollywood labor by sucking NBC cock and putting out cheap crap.

Hey, Leno. How often can you make fun of regular people? You make millions by ridiculing Americans – showing everyone that Americans are ignorant?

Is THAT what you believe?

REAL comedians create comedy that makes a point.

The only point Jay Leno has is that Americans are stupid.

And he makes millions from those stupid Americans.

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Jay Leno sucks and FOX can't get with it...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jay Leno sucks and FOX can't get with it...

First things first, the television season is starting to really see some cancellations. It's not like the olden days when the networks saw what happened during the rerun season. These days, if you can't get an audience, you get the axe. That's what's going on.

Kelsey Grammer's latest project, Hank, has been cancelled after only five episodes.

According to the NY Times, they were working on the 10th episode when the announcement was made.

The network said it would halt production on the series after work is completed on a 10th episode. Five episodes have been broadcast, and ABC has not yet announced its plans for the five remaining episodes it will have on hand. “Hank” is the second short-lived series for Mr. Grammer, who played the unctuous Dr. Frasier Crane for 20 years on “Cheers” and “Frasier”. His sitcom “Back to You,” on which he and Patricia Heaton played rival television news anchors, ran for one season on Fox in 2007-8.
Dollhouse, a low rated show on FOX, is also a goner.
According to multiple insiders, Fox has informed Joss Whedon that it will not be ordering additional installments of his low-rated drama beyond the current 13-episode order.
Back to the Jay Leno experience, it has been a failure for NBC. Anyone could have told NBC that this would happen. Were they expecting that people would watch him 90 minutes earlier? I would certainly not think so.
When it came to ratings, the network's goal was modest because the show costs almost nothing to make compared to average 10pm dramas. But what's going to happen to the great Jay Leno experiment now that the show isn't even garnering the tiny audience NBC expected for it? Up against juggernauts "Monday Night Football" and "CSI," Leno's last two Monday night shows have dipped way below even their modest goal. To make things worse, other NBC shows and local affiliates are starting to complain that Leno's unpopularity is dragging their own ratings down, too. The phenomenon even has a nickname: "The Leno Effect," and it's turning into a disaster for other NBC shows.[...]

"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," for example, was building an audience and holding its own against David Letterman before Leno's show debuted. But now with a poor lead-in, "Tonight's" ratings are so dismal that Letterman beats Conan soundly night after night. Similarly, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," which was a moderate success when it debuted last spring, can point directly to Leno for its own ratings dip. And even NBC staple and fan favorite "Law and Order" is suffering because Leno's show stole its classic 10pm time slot. The producers of these shows are no doubt grumbling in-house, where Leno is probably not very popular right now. But making some very definite noise are NBC's local affiliates around the country, who are finding that nobody is watching their post-Leno local news shows because by the time they air, the audience has long since changed the channel.
Take a look at what Mark Harris had to say on the matter.
It’s easy to enumerate how dire things are for the network: The fourth-place finishes, night after night, in both total viewers and the 18-to-49-year-old demographic that still serves as TV’s gold standard. The absence—for the third year running—of any new hit show. (For the week ending November 1, NBC placed exactly one series in the top 30.) The continued attrition of the network’s Thursday-night lineup, which throughout the eighties and nineties was the bedrock of both NBC’s wide appeal and its yearly Emmy tally and now has only The Office and 30 Rock keeping that old tradition-of-quality candle burning. And the fact that the network’s one big prime-time ratings success—Sunday Night Football—goes off the air in early January, making the season’s second half, particularly after the Winter Olympics, even bleaker.

And when you step back for a broader view, things get even worse; they devolve from “What’s wrong with this network?” to “Why own a network at all?” Because this isn’t just about the new sitcom with Chevy Chase and the guy from The Soup pulling in only 5 million viewers, or Trauma failing to become the next ER. This is about a company that has lately seemed to hold in contempt the very idea of a broadcast network, and that has become a symbol of the death of ambition in an industry that, in its glory days, attempted to program for both mass and class. Without that goal, a network is nothing but a basic-cable channel with a gloomier business plan and an uglier balance sheet.[...]

And then came the Leno move, for which Zucker was so intent on the cost-per-hour benefit to NBC that he failed to anticipate the collateral damage. With its wee audience—around 5 million people per night—Leno has robbed the network of viewers that could be watching promos for its following evening’s lineup, which means that, except when it airs football or The Biggest Loser, NBC tends to start each evening’s prime-time schedule with an already diminished audience. Handing 10 p.m. to Leno has also hurt ratings—severely in some cities—for the late-night newscasts of NBC’s affiliates. That, in turn, has dinged the Tonight Show, which, in the shaky hands of Conan O’Brien, now loses to David Letterman (who, even mid-scandal, seems to be having the time of his life). And that weakens NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and helps CBS’s Craig Ferguson. Back in prime time, NBC’s highest-rated scripted series, the durable warhorse Law & Order: SVU, has suffered because of its eviction from its longtime 10 p.m. slot. And on October 26, a humiliating report in Advertising Age revealed that NBC has been able to charge an average of only $57,486 for a 30-second ad on Leno, in contrast to CBS’s $127,000 for a new hit like The Good Wife and ABC’s $240,000 for a demographic blockbuster like Grey’s Anatomy.[...]

But these days, with its lineup zigzagging from football to low-end cheapo reality like The Biggest Loser to botched onetime hits like Heroes to media pets like 30 Rock, NBC’s brand is scattershot. The face of the network, by virtue of sheer omnipresence, is Jay Leno, who, at 59, is not any network’s demographic ideal. He may not be killing NBC, as TV Guide recently speculated, but it’s beginning to feel like he’s participating in an assisted suicide. One thing’s already clear: Remaking an entire prime-time lineup in his familiarly peevish image was a Hail Mary pass, not a long-term business strategy. And one suspects the network knows it. With Jeff Gaspin already working hard to repair NBC’s relationship with the creative community by signing deals with high-profile producers like Jerry Bruckheimer and J. J. Abrams, it’s hard to imagine that he and Zucker are not beginning, very quietly, to consider a Plan B. That could involve paying off Leno and canceling his show, cutting it back to three or four nights a week to give the grid a little more flexibility, or even returning Leno, “by popular demand,” to the Tonight Show. Start sweating, Conan; Leno recently told a trade reporter he’d take that deal if he were asked to—a seemingly offhand comment that sounds a lot like the beginning of a gigantic face-saving maneuver. In any case, even if, as media watchers gossip, the 44-year-old Zucker is unlikely to survive for long under Comcast, the various regulatory hurdles the deal has to clear will give him at least a year either to right the ship or sink it.

Jay Leno sucks, Conan getting the boot?

Jay Leno sucks, Conan getting the boot?


NBC – you SUCK. This is just a crappy move, if you ask me. NBC is giving Jay Leno his 11:30 time slot back, since he failed so miserably in the 10:00 slot. They’ve told Conan “take it or leave it” basically. See below, from TMZ:

NBC has given Conan O’Brien the option to either do his show from midnight to 1 or leave the network, sources tell TMZ.

As TMZ first reported, after the Olympics, Jay Leno will get his 11:30 PM time period back. We’re told network execs have told Conan they will let him decide if he wants the midnight to 1:00 AM time slot. If he does, Leno’s show will only be a half hour. If Conan walks, Leno will get a full hour, informed sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say Conan has not decided what he wants. We do know he’s pissed, because he was given no advanced warning this was coming. Conan’s people told NBC they are considering the offer. Translation: Mr. O’Brien — I have Rupert Murdoch on line one, Stephen McPherson on line two, John Landgraf on line three, Jeff Wachtel on line four …

We’re told if Conan gets another offer, even though NBC could block the move, they will let him go and give Leno the full hour.

9 Responses to “Jay Leno sucks, Conan getting the boot?”

  1. C:K Says:

    could you post more Robert Pationsson news please? haha..I know I sound obsessed..but uhm, yeah.

  2. Erin Says:

    Just when you thought they couldn’t be any stupider. Leno is ok but Conan is hilarious they will lose a lot of viewers. I hope Conan jumps networks and takes the rest of their viewers.

  3. Kevin Says:

    Leno is no better than a spoiled child. Things didn’t work out in favor because he sucks. So now he finds the need to step on the efforts of Conan to regain some spotlight? I hope Conan jumps networks and Leno continues his downhill trend.

  4. Lobster Says:

    Leno sucks. Conan’s HILARIOUS.

  5. tfry Says:

    Doesn’t Leno have enough money to freaking retire already!!! I can’t stand him.

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  7. bill c Says:

    the ONLY reason jay wants back on at 11:35 is because then people are half asleep and dont realize how much he SUCKS. at 10 pm people are awake used to watching GOOD drama’s see him for the HACK he is and if it wasnt for the band leader LEADING the laughs the audience would be crickets……..

    jay should drive around the country in his steam car and let the rest of us move on…..

  8. Jeff Says:

    Leno is smart funny, Connan is retarded funny, I guess there are a lot of retards in the USA! They all seem to be rallying behind Connan.

  9. Laylo Says:

    Here’s what: BOYCOTT LENO.

    Pass it on!

Jay Leno Sucks

‘Jimmy Kimmel’ appearing as ‘Jay Leno’

In case you missed it, catch the recent “Jimmy Kimmel Live” episode in which ABC’s late-night host appeared as late-night NBC veteran Jay Leno – chin and all. This eventful show re-airs this MONDAY, JANUARY 18 at 12:05 a.m., ET on ABC.

Kimmel takes the stage by giving high-fives to the front row of his audience, interacting with his band leader Cleto Escobedo during the monologue as if he were Leno’s longtime sidekick, Kevin Eubanks, and presenting his version of Jay’s signature “Headlines” segment. Comedian Chevy Chase later surprises the audience as he walks out wearing a Conan-inspired wig.


(source: ABC)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010


by Ann Coulter
January 13, 2010

The recently released book "Game Change" reports that Sen. Harry Reid said America would vote for Barack Obama because he was a "light-skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

The book also says Bill Clinton called Sen. Ted Kennedy to ask for his endorsement of Hillary over Obama, saying of Obama: "A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee."

And we already knew that Obama's own vice president, Joe Biden, called Obama "articulate" and "clean" during the campaign. (So you can see why Biden got the vice presidential nod over Reid.)

Democrats regularly say things that would end the career of any conservative who said them. And still, blacks give 90 percent of their votes to the Democrats.

Reid apologized to President Obama, and Obama accepted the apology using his "white voice." So now all is forgiven.

Clinton also called Obama to apologize, but ended up asking him to bring everybody some coffee.

Now the only people waiting for an apology are the American people who want an apology from Nevada for giving us Harry Reid.

Reid will be the guest of honor at a luncheon in Las Vegas this week hosted by a group called "African-Americans for Harry Reid." That's if you can call two people a "group."

They used to be called "African-Americans for David Duke," but that was mostly a social thing. Now they're doing real political organizing.

If this gets off the ground, "African-Americans for Harry Reid" will be a political juggernaut that cannot be denied. Their motto: "We Will Be Heard -- As Soon As I Get This Gentleman's Coffee."

Reid has also picked up an endorsement from the United Light-Skinned Negro College Fund. And Tiger Woods is considering endorsing him. He is the one light-skinned half-black guy right now who's thrilled with Reid's comments.

Reid's defenders don't have much to work with. Their best idea so far is that at least he said "Negro" and not "Nigra."

Liberals are saying that since Reid was pointing out Obama's pale hue in support of his run for the presidency, it was OK to praise his skin color and non-Negro dialect. (Reid is denying reports that in 2007 he said to Obama: "You should run. You people are good at that.")

In fact, Reid didn't endorse Obama until after Hillary dropped out of the race. It turns out, he also admired Hillary for her light skin and the fact that she only uses a Negro dialect when she wants to.

In the alternative, liberals are defending Reid by claiming he said nothing that wasn't true, though he may have used "an unusual set" of words -- as light-skinned Reid-defender Harold Ford Jr. put it.

As long as we're mulling the real meaning of Reid's words and not just gasping in awe at the sorts of things Democrats get away with saying, I think Reid owes America an apology for accusing the entire country of racism. A country, let us note, that just elected a manifestly unqualified, at least partially black man president.

On the other hand, Reid couldn't have been expecting Republicans to vote for a Democrat, so I gather Reid was accusing only Democratic voters of being racists.

I don't disagree with that, but I'd like to get it in writing.

I think the Democratic platform should include a statement that the Democrats will not vote for dark-skinned blacks with a Negro dialect. Check with Harry Reid on the precise wording, but something along the lines of "no one darker than Deepak Chopra."

The "whereas" clauses can include the Democrats' history of supporting slavery, segregation, racial preferences, George Wallace and Bull Connor -- and also a precis of their treatment of dark-skinned Clarence Thomas.

BREAKING NEWS: Hoping to curry favor with the African-American community, Sen. Reid was arrested late this afternoon after breaking into his own home.

Democrats couldn't win an election without the black vote, but the Democratic Party keeps treating blacks like stage props, wheeling them out for photo-ops and marches now and then but almost never putting them in charge of anything important.

President Bush appointed the first black secretary of state and then the first black female secretary of state. Meanwhile, the closest black woman to Bill Clinton was his secretary, Betty Currie.

The one sitting black Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas, was appointed by a Republican.

The head of the Republican National Committee is black -- medium-skinned, but liberals treated Michael Steele like a dark-skinned black when they threw Oreo cookies at him during the Maryland gubernatorial campaign in 2002.

After the 2000 election, Democrats had a chance to make one of the rare smart Democrats, Donna Brazile, head of the Democratic National Committee. Brazile had just run a perfectly respectable campaign on behalf of that bumbling buffoon Al Gore.

She also happens to be black. Again, blacks give 90 percent of their votes to the Democrats.

But the Democrats skipped over Brazile and handed the DNC chairmanship to the goofy white guy in lime green pants, Howard Dean.

UPDATE: Harry Reid has just apologized to the light-skinned people of Haiti for the 7.0 earthquake that hit them Tuesday afternoon.

The single most insulting remark made about blacks in my lifetime was Bill Clinton's announcement -- after being caught in the most humiliating sex scandal in world history -- that he was "the first black president."

He did not call himself "the first black president" when liberals were dancing and singing to Fleetwood Mac at his inauguration. He did not call himself "the first black president" when he was feeling our pain and being lionized by the media. He did not call himself "the first black president" when he was trying to socialize health care or passing welfare reform.

Not until he became a national embarrassment did Clinton recognize that he was "the first black president."

At least he could finally get his own coffee.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator's Final Speech - (Oct.1940)

"Speak - it is our only hope" "Hope - I'm sorry but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my business - I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each others happiness, not by each others misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned man's souls - has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me I say "Do not despair". The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people , will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish. . .

Soldiers - don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you - who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate - only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers - don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty. In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written "the kingdom of God is within man " - not one man, nor a group of men - but in all men - in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.

Soldiers - in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting - the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality. The soul of man has been given wings - and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow - into the light of hope - into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Amish and Other Religious Groups Exempted from the Individual Mandate

Amish and Other Religious Groups Exempted from the Individual Mandate

January 11, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Since the 1930’s, the Amish have been exempt from paying Social Security taxes. The Watertown Daily Times, which is from a region of northern New York that many Amish families call home, notes that under Congress’s health care bills, the Amish would also get an exemption from the mandate to have “acceptable” health insurance or pay a tax penalty if you don’t:

Federal health care reform will require most Northern New Yorkers — but not all, it turns out — to carry health insurance or risk a fine.

Hundreds of Amish families in the region are likely to be free from that requirement.

The Amish, as well as some other religious sects, are covered by a “religious conscience” exemption, which allows people with religious objections to insurance to opt out of the mandate. It is in both the House and Senate versions of the bill, making its appearance in the final version routine unless there are last-minute objections.

Although the Amish consist of several branches, some more conservative than others, they generally rely upon a community ethic that disdains government assistance. Families rely upon one another, and communities pitch in to help neighbors pay health care expenses.

Both the Senate and House bills use the old Social Security language (Sec. 1402(g)(1) of the tax code) to determine who will be eligible for a “religious conscience” objection to the insurance mandate. Specifically, the bills would provide exemptions for adherents of “recognized religious sects” that are “conscientiously opposed” to accepting benefits from any insurance — private or public — “which makes payments in the event of death, disability, old-age, or retirement or makes payments toward the cost of, or provides services for, medical care.” To qualify for the exemption, the sect would have to have been in existence continuously since Dec. 31, 1950.

The language is very limiting. Christian Scientists, for example, would not be eligible for the exemption because they are not conscientiously opposed to having health insurance. “Some [Christian Scientists] have health insurance, and most probably have life insurance,” says the FAQ page of the official CS church website. “Every Christian Scientist makes his or her own financial and health decisions.” It’s limited essentially to the Amish and Old Order Mennonites

But the Senate bill adds a new religious exemption beyond what already exists for Social Security taxes and beyond what’s in the House bill. It would allow members of “Health Care Sharing Ministries” to be exempt from the requirement to have “acceptable” health insurance.

What exactly are “Health Care Sharing Ministries?” According to the bill, they are non-profit organizations that “share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and share medical expenses among members in accordance with those beliefs and without regard to the State in which a member resides or is employed.” The Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries website explains that members pay a monthly fee that is pooled and shared to members that have medical bills. A monthly publication lists the medical bill needs of its members and tells who received payments that month. “The personal approach of need sharing ministries facilitates Christians to bear one another’s burdens in a very tangible way,” the site explains.

Photo of an old Amish farm house kitchen by csyork65 used under a CC license.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mercury Liquid metal

The element MERCURY (Hg) is a metal which is liquid at room temperature! Mercury is a bit like LEAD but it's liquid. You can hold it in your hand. (Not recommended - it's toxic!) Heavy (density 13.6), in fact so heavy that objects such as bricks, cannonballs, and lumps of lead or iron will FLOAT in Mercury. Gold doesn't float in mercury - it behaves more like sugar in tea! Mercury does NOT stick to magnets, so if it gets into your carpets or under your floorboards it will be a long-term problem. Mercury vapour makes nice bright lights but is not for breathing.

The highly reflective surface of the Mercury, or Quicksilver as it is sometimes known, makes it the stuff of mirrors. It's also used for thermometers, barometers, electrical devices, etc. However the problem is the cumulative poisonous nature. In the pure metal form it's relatively inert, so not so deadly, but in compounds such as mercuric chloride it's skull-and-crossbones stuff!

Snooker/Pool ball floating on liquid metal mercuryAlthough mercury is a liquid it is NOT WET. It has a negative coefficient of surface tension, which means that the meniscus on the surface is the other way up from normal, or to put it another way it does not soak into material but more runs off in the style of "water off a duck's back".

Some more information about Mercury exists at Xyroth's mercury page

Anyway, WHY is mercury a liquid at room temperature?

One of the most commonly asked questions about this page is where can I get some mercury? followed very closely by How can I get rid of some mercury?! Seeing both of these questions together may help to give a clue on how to solve them both. However, so I can avoid ending up as a kind of mercurial dating agency I have written up both sets of instructions and hope to avoid confusion. That is, apart from the confusion already caused by mercury in the first place!

If you spill liquid metal mercury, one method for neatly removing it is to freeze it with dry ice and then pick it up with tweezers. This clean, safe, and quick method was sent in by someone with some experience of mercury and dry ice. Thanks!

If you spill some mercury, even if you have no dry ice, you should still pick every bit of it up. Using pen tops, plastic spoons, jars, etc, is effective and should eventually see the last globules of mercury extracted from the situation of the spillage. Don't panic; just pick it all up and put it in a jar with a good lid. By the way, you can't soak it up in a cloth, because it's a liquid that's not wet. However, you can use the surface tension to your advantage by making the globules combine. (Looks a bit like something in the final scene of Terminator 2). Even if you are worried about being poisoned slightly on one day picking the mercury up, it's better to avoid the long term health risks of the vapour from having it left around.A pint of mercury weighs 17 pounds

If you find all this stuff interesting, useful, worth knowing about, or even worth contributing to... [response]

Safety notice: Being as silly as this with deadly substances is not recommended; you do what you will at your own risk. Zyra is a qualified mad scientist.

Mad as a Hatter? A great many hatters were mad in the old days because mercury was used for part of the process of felt hat-making. Copies of Alice In Wonderland can be downloaded FREE at Project Gutenberg

Other physical properties:

Mercury freezing point: -38.72 degrees C(-37.696 F)

Mercury boiling point: 357 degrees C (707 F)

Mercury density 13.6

Other mercury links:

It's a bit late for lessons on personal finance

Labour wants children as young as five to be taught how to manage their finances, how to save, how to avoid debt.

Question one, kids. When you’re badly overdrawn – running a deficit of 12.6 per cent of your GDP, say – should you a) try to spend less or b) aim to spend a great deal more? Here’s a clue.

What a pity these classes weren’t available at Gordon Brown’s primary school in Kirkcaldy in the late 1950s.

Someone ought to tell the PM that you can’t spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.

Television licence

A television licence (or broadcast receiver licence) is an official licence required in many countries for the reception of television (and sometimes also radio) broadcasts. It is a form of hypothecation tax to fund public broadcasting, thus allowing public broadcasters to transmit programmes without, or with only supplemental, funding from radio and television commercials.

[ csl - this means that public transmission in these countries is not held up by viewer/listening support, and the content has no substance, any lunatic with a socialist idea can 'jump on the mic'. as an American my opinion is Fuck That, and no i don't watch the lions eat the innocent. just imagine if npr's tripe ruled the airways. this goes to show the means in which communism and fascism in Europe is disguised as democracy. personal note: for being English, they spelled program and license incorrectly. ]


Pronunciation: \kən-ˈsər-və-tiv\
Function: adjective
Date: 14th century

1 : preservative
2 a : of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism b capitalized : of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: as (1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions (2) : progressive conservative
3 a : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional b : marked by moderation or caution c : marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners
4 : of, relating to, or practicing Conservative Judaism

con·ser·va·tive·ly adverb

con·ser·va·tive·ness noun


Pronunciation: \ˈli-b(ə-)rəl\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English lēodan to grow, Greek eleutheros free
Date: 14th century

1 a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts b archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth
2 a : marked by generosity : openhanded b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way c : ample, full
3 obsolete : lacking moral restraint : licentious
4 : not literal or strict : loose
5 : broad-minded; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
6 a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives

lib·er·al·ly \-b(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

lib·er·al·ness noun

synonyms liberal, generous, bountiful, munificent mean giving or given freely and unstintingly. liberal suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given liberal with her praise>. generous stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift generous offer of help>. bountiful suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing bountiful presents>. munificent suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes munificent foundation grant>.


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