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George Carlin on "The American Dream". The greatest 3 minutes of his career. The PTB are aggressively trying to keep this video off YouTube and Google, so I thought I'd upload it so it can't get deleted as easily. Everyone needs to watch this!
Comcast Cable has signed a deal with CBS to continue carrying their programing for ten years, including CBS, Showtime and related sports and news channels. The ten year deal is in part to mitigate against fears that Comcast acquisition of NBC, which could potentially lock out CBS if there was no solid deal. CBS is the largest network and the only one almost entirely dependent on advertising revenue. The deal includes a guarantee that a fee paid for carrying the networks will remain in place, as a cushion against periods of poor ad sales. ABC (Disney) and Time Warner Cable are in a similar negotiation.
Members of the unofficial "Friends of Abe" Republican Hollywood Elite club Kelsey Grammer, left, and Dennis Miller (Getty)
Most politicians make their Hollywood debuts at lavish fund-raisers or intimate house parties. But Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO now running for a U.S. Senate seat in California, made her entrance at an event organized by the Friends of Abe.
For those unfamiliar with the highly secretive club of conservatives in the entertainment business, the name refers to iconic Republican Abraham Lincoln, not Abe Vigoda. Mostly meeting informally at the West Hollywood greasy spoon Barney's Beanery, the GOP-leaning crowd held its annual blowout in mid-June at a sprawling horse ranch near the Ventura County line. Hosted by "CSI: NY" star Gary Sinise, hundreds of actors, directors and craftspeople came out for the right-wing Woodstock.
The Friends of Abe have been around for a few years now, and conservative frustration with the Democratic control of Washington might be helping them flourish. Indeed, as politicians on both sides of the aisle court such nontraditional groups as the Tea Party and Netroots, the conservative Hollywood clique is hoping for real relevance as Election Day nears.
As one of the group's biggest names, "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer's presence at the gathering was deemed essential enough to be beamed in via video. Former "Weekend Update" anchor Dennis Miller from "Saturday Night Live" delivered sharp Barack Obama wisecracks, Lee Greenwood performed his patriotic brand of country music, and Oscar winner Jon Voight helped emcee. There were Tea Party activists like Andrew Breitbart, Fox Newspersonalities including Greg Gutfeld, politicos like House minority whip Eric Cantor of Virginia and even gay Republicans like "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry.