NBC Rejects Catholic Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad

Sadly, NBC rejected an uplifting pro-life Super Bowl ad produced by CatholicVote.com. The excuse given is that NBC and the NFL are not interested in advertisements involving “political advocacy or issues.”

This ad is a project of the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy and represents the first release of a national media campaign. It is entitled “Life: Imagine the Potential” and you can watch it below.

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This post was written by PonderstormMike on January 31, 2009

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Prediction: Economic News Will Be Reported More Positively After January 20

There is no question that most of the mainstream media is swooning over President-Elect Barack Obama. I find it sad that so many of them can’t even muster a positive word about President Bush — remember, against stunning odds, he has successfully kept terrorists on the run for 7 years now. Meanwhile, the blame-Bush crowd has been filling the news with negative economic data and slanted stories in an attempt to bury him.

With this in mind, I offer the following prediction. Within 24 hours, I predict there will be a noticeable reduction in the amount of negative economic news reported. In fact, I expect we will actually see some positive headlines and success stories. I also predict that virtually all negative economic news that remains over the next few years will be wrongly associated with Bush. Meanwhile, sweeping parallels to FDR will be made of Obama (and, oddly enough, they may be warranted since FDR actually prolonged the Great Depression due to his tax and spending policies).

So, while I am hopeful of a good Presidency for Obama and wish him (not most of his policies) well personally, I am realistic in knowing this nation faces a liberal onslaught that will be unlike anything ever seen. An unrestrained Democratic Party majority is a recipe for disaster, I feel.

I will pray for Obama and support his efforts for what is good and right. Likewise, using my “of the people” rights as an American, I will oppose what is wrong.  I will continue to call for the protection of unborn babies (including helping their parents), the recognition of marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman only, and the right to keep and bear arms. On these there can be no compromise.

I recognize the historic nature of this election and tomorrow’s inauguration and rejoice in a nation that was able to overlook race. I never doubted that we would reach that place as a people. I am saddened, though, that in this historic process, as a people we also overlooked traditional moral values and expressed a willingness to trample on the weak among us.

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This post was written by PonderstormMike on January 19, 2009

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Why Traditional Media Companies are Going Bankrupt

Three Ways to Reverse that Trend

The news came out today that media conglomerate Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and other properties, filed for bankruptcy protection today. They are $13 billion in debt!

That news flash came about the same time as the New York Times Company’s announcement they are planning to borrow up to $225 million against their mid-Manhattan headquarters building. This new quest is in addition to their two revolving lines of credit with a whopping $400 million each.

As a business owner myself, I have a few suggestions to help these companies turn things around and avert disaster. Now admittedly, my company is nowhere near as large as these; however, there are a few axioms of business that apply to companies no matter what size. If these companies take my advice, I am confident they will become profitable again and reverse these trends.

Furthermore, I feel traditional media companies can improve their fortunes in the Internet Age which many (mostly incorrectly) blame for their downfall. Such an improvement, though, will require significant change and retooling. Unfortunately, for most long-standing traditional media companies, such change is not something they are willing to do. They have demonstrated this unwillingness by ignoring their shareholders and customers and allowing such staggering piles of debt to choke them to almost certain death.

Enough about the problem. Now for some solutions. Basically I see three major needs that have to be addressed as follows.

1. Cut expenses now.

It is unsustainable for any business of any size to continually spend more revenue than they earn. That has to stop now. Need I say more?

Doing this is hard but it forces a business to look at their priorities carefully. Re-examine everything and put a value on it. Start with what is essential and look for ways to reduce and economize that. With what is left after this step, look for ways to maximize the “bang for the buck” by carefully evaluating all expenditures. Don’t automatically roll over budgets, contracts and annual expenditures. Review. Evaluate. Re-negotiate. Look for alternatives. In short, shrink the need and live frugally within your means.

2. Produce a product that consumers want to buy.

Most traditional media companies are failing, in my opinion, because they are not producing a product the consumer wants. Instead, they are trying to sell the same thing to people who don’t want it anymore. That doesn’t work, isn’t working and is suicide.

I have two thoughts on this. First, most traditional media companies like the ones named above are very liberal. Most Americans are “center right” but most traditional media companies are left or even far left. As such, millions of customers have quit buying the editorials and news stories containing leading questions and slanted sources that produce a liberal outcome. These once loyal customers now have alternatives and they are running to them. This brings me to my second point — the Internet.

The Internet has forced the hand of traditional media companies by being able to deliver the same content faster and for less money. Think about this. Why spend (waste) all those resources printing and delivering newspapers when the customer can download the latest news and opinion faster and for less money? For consumers it’s a no-brainer what makes more sense.

But most newspapers haven’t innovated and migrated to the Internet properly. Many produce “mini newspapers” on the Internet instead of offering other more preferred formats. They should be looking for ways to replace paper by encouraging their content to be automatically downloaded to electronic devices and other venues used by customers.  The technology exists but the major movers aren’t moving in that direction. Instead they are locked in an old mindset of printing ads and delivering liberal papers to paying subscribers. Both of these models have to change or these companies are dead.

3. Stop doing what doesn’t work and do more of what does. Build a contingency fund.

Basically the first two points say Read More…

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This post was written by PonderstormMike on December 8, 2008

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The Barack Obama We Don’t Know

Compared to John McCain, we know very little about Barack Obama’s past. (For example, how many know that Obama has smoked cigarettes this year on the campaign trail? Watch his own admission.)  He seems to have simply burst upon the scene with a well-branded, well-funded and carefully honed message of change. It seems highly strange, though, that somebody could make it past the massive Clinton Machine and to the Democratic nomination without some kind of backing. Who is really behind Barack Obama and why do we know so little about him?

This collective ignorance is partly because he has refused to release his medical records, college transcripts, birth certificate and many other basic details that could clue us in on his character, experience and judgment. This collective ignorance is also because the mainstream media has been incredibly uninterested in Barack Obama’s past and has simply not investigated or even seemed interested. (They are very interested in Sarah Palin and ‘Joe the Plumber’ though and have dug and dug — in some cases perhaps illegally.)

Here are a few things we know about Barack Obama. I’m quoting from a report by Maxim Lott entitled “Obama’s Education Groups Funded Controversial Organizations in the ’90s, Tax Returns Show“:

The Annenberg Challenge and the Woods Fund of Chicago funded numerous controversial groups while Barack Obama served on their boards between 1995 and 2002, an analysis of their tax returns shows.

In 2001, when Obama was a part-time director of The Woods Fund of Chicago, it gave $75,000 to ACORN, the voter registration group now under investigation for voter fraud in 12 states.

The Woods Fund also gave $6,000 to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, which Obama attended. The reason for the donation to the church is unclear — it is simply listed as “for special purposes” in the group’s IRS tax form.

It gave a further $60,000 to the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University, which was founded and run by Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of domestic terrorist William Ayers and, with her husband, a former member of the 1960s radical group the Weather Underground.

Other controversial donations that year included $50,000 to the Small Schools Network — which was founded by Ayers and run by Michael Klonsky, a friend of Ayers’ and the former chairman of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), an offshoot of the 1960s radical group Students for a Democratic Society — and $40,000 to the Arab American Action Network, which critics have accused of being anti-Semitic.

There’s more:

When Obama co-chaired the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which calls itself “a public-private partnership improving education for 1.5 million urban and rural public school students,” it gave to some of the same groups — partnering with ACORN to manage funding for schools and giving over $1 million to the Small Schools Network.

It also gave nearly $1 million to a group called the South Shore African Village Collaborative, whose goals, according to Annenberg’s archived Web site, are “to develop more Read More…

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Emperor Obama Has No Clothes: Why It’s Not Politically Correct to Oppose Obama

As I noted in my polling post yesterday, we are witnessing an unprecedented amount of pro-Obama bias in the mainstream media. The bias is so widespread that in many circles it has become politically incorrect to even voice support for John McCain. This peculiar political scenario reminds me of the fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen.

As the story goes, the emperor cares about little more than clothing and always wants to wear the best in the land. One day he is approached by two swindlers who promise him the finest suit from the most beautiful and amazing fabric in the world. This fabric, the emperor is told, is visible to only the wise. In short, anyone who is either stupid or unfit will not be able to see the fabric.

The weak-minded emperor is flattered by the swindlers and, when shown the magical “fabric” does not want to admit he cannot see it. So, to not appear stupid or unfit as emperor, he vainly pretends the fabric is beautiful and authorizes the suit be made at once. Similarly, none of the emperor’s ministers want to appear unfit or stupid so they also pretend to see the fabric and proclaim their admiration.

After much supposed labor, the swindlers tell the emperor that the suit is finished. The emperor, still not admitting he cannot see a stitch of clothing, is “dressed” in the suit. Those around him applaud and gush over the tailors’ workmanship and how good it looks on the emperor. The emperor in his vanity enjoys the attention and proceeds to parade through the capital in a special procession to show off his new “clothes” that only the wise can see. Everyone in the kingdom succumbs to the pressure to not appear stupid. They lavish admiration for the beautiful “clothing” that is fit only for the emperor.

During the parade, however, a small child cries out, “But he has nothing on!” At that moment the crowd no longer withholds their better judgment and admits that the child told the truth — the emperor really is wearing no clothes! The emperor, though, not admitting his foolishness, holds his head high and continues to proceed through the town without clothing.

I feel this nearly 200-year old fairy tale fits our times very well. I offer the following analogy: The emperor is Barack Obama who has been swindled into thinking he is “the change we can believe in” and a few other foolish, empty campaign slogans.

The mainstream news media, much like the emperor’s ministers, don’t want to appear foolish in front of the emperor since he has a rock star-like following among the young and the elite. Instead of researching the fabric (and noting its flaws, including lack of executive experience, radical associations, ACORN fraud, “spread the wealth around” socialism, give 95% a tax cut when only 65% pay any income taxes lie, etc.), the media swoons over the emperor’s fabric and overlooks the obvious. Meanwhile, they busy themselves microscopically researching the fabric worn by John McCain, Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber and others not associated with the emperor.

The American people, not wanting to appear stupid, feel compelled to go along with the adoring ministers (mainstream media) and likewise admire the fabric. In droves they also overlook its obvious flaws and enthusiastically proclaim its greatness. When asked, however, few can explain why they like the fabric. Instead they loudly proclaim that we need the emperor because he talks so well and looks so good to the world. Besides, what he is wearing doesn’t matter.

The rest of this analogy will be written on November 4th. Hopefully a child will step forward and tell the voting crowds that the emperor has no clothes on. When the crowds hear that child will they open their self-imposed blinded eyes and admit that Obama is an empty suit and unfit to serve as President? Only then, when voters realize the emperor is naked, will it be politically correct to oppose Barack Obama.

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This post was written by PonderstormMike on October 23, 2008

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