Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2-17-15 Expert Guests for Your Show

1. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: What is ObamaNet and Do We Need It?
2. James Hirsen: The Darkest Shade of Grey
3. Joe Messina: Obama's Failed Policies
4. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Patriot Act, Part Two
5. Bill Tatro: Civil War - Ours AND Theirs
6. John LeBoutillier: This Week on Political Insiders

What is ObamaNet and Do We Need It?

It’s been called "Obamacare for the Internet."  It’s been called a "solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn't exist using legal authority we don’t have" that will create "billions of dollars in new taxes."  It’s been called "ObamaNet."  What is it and do we need it? ObamaNet is what will be left of the Internet after all the proposed new regulations and new taxes (that have been suggested by the government) are implemented. Remember those Obamacare promises we heard: If you like your doctor, you can keep him.  If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.  Healthcare premiums will drop by $2,500 per year. Now we hear terms like "Net neutrality" - an open, fair, and free Internet.  Neutrality, openness, fairness, free.  They all sound great.  BUT...  [more...]

The Darkest Shade of Grey

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" novels, already "mainstream" in their appeal, had readied conditions across the cultural landscape for a perfect storm of the cinematic kind. The film adaptation of the initial "Grey" book has just broken box-office records. It has also severely chipped away at society’s common conscience and established a deeply disturbing baseline for societal norms. With regard to media entertainment, the digital age truly changed circumstances across the societal board. Not only has the technology that provides access to media entertainment transformed our cultural viewing habits, it seems to have simultaneously altered our ethical essence. [more...]

Obama's Failed Policies

Once again, this week many of Mr. Obama’s failed "policies" started to close in around him: military, economic, healthcare, and immigration to name a few. Mr. Obama has, again, submitted a plan to defeat ISIS... ISIL terrorists. He wants a three-year war powers authorization to finally defeat "the enemy." But it still doesn't include boots on the ground. Really? Even after many of his military advisers and many of the allies that we have left in the Middle East say it won’t work without boots on the ground. This plan comes from a man who continually ignores the experts, a man who probably hasn't ever played a game of "Battleship," let alone care about our military as a whole. [more...]

Patriot Act, Part Two

It’s no secret that President Obama and Congress do not see eye to eye. And because he knows he’ll never get them to pass his bills, Obama is once again using them as an excuse and his position’s power to take executive action. Obama argues that he is doing this for the people’s protection. Perhaps he is, but his strategy to target hackers is ultimately making his own citizens' sensitive and private information more available and therefore us more vulnerable to exploitation by other entities - especially our own government. Let’s call it the Patriot Act, Part Two, because in reality what Obama’s latest executive order will do is expand and extenuate the number of establishments that can access mass amounts of private and sensitive data. This data will be compiled and contained in our motivated government’s vast spying contraptions that have become infamous for focusing on U.S. citizens equally as invasive as it does so on foreign threats. This authoritarian-like action will, in turn, further deteriorate our country’s core belief in personal privacy. [more...]

Civil War - Ours AND Theirs

Most recently it seems that Libya, Egypt, Syria and the Ukraine have been playgrounds for our State Department. We pick a side in the civil war and then support it, both overtly through the mainstream media (usually Sunday morning talk shows) and covertly with CIA tactical support and military industrial hardware. Our justification is usually that the bad guys, those we aren't supporting, would do more harm than good to the poor people by staying in power; therefore, in most recent times, a regime change was necessary. Problems arise when the weapons of one group that we are supporting somehow find their way into the hands of a group that we are trying to eliminate. It makes for a very confusing situation when we are involved in many civil wars at the same time. No wonder our State Department has doubled its strategy section in the past few years. [more...]

This Week on Political Insiders

On this week's POLITICAL INSIDERS, we discussed the worldwide chaos that seems to be spreading - and the total lack of American leadership to combat it; the dysfunction of the GOP leadership up on the Hill; and the so far unimpressive 2016 campaign. Watch our shows here: Sunday Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. [more...]

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