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Monday, November 21, 2011

Richard Trumka, American

Note: This blog is pro-union and from time to time will be blatant in its support and promotion of union performers. The AFL-CIO is assisted AFTRA and SAG in crafting a new union for entertainers of the 21st century and beyond. I have met and been impressed with Mr. Trumpka.

If you read this blog for other reasons, feel free to skip this story. However I do believe that for the arts to exist artist must be compensated for their training, time, talents and hard work. Without a union to protect working artists, all artist would suffer.

-Art Lynch
The American worker has been getting thrashed for thirty years. Jobs leaving the country, wages flat, his boss getting rich. One coal miner from Pennsylvania knows exactly what to do about it.
By John H. Richardson

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Richard Trumka stands at the podium like a man with his foot in the doorway of history, relaxed and confident and grinning at the audience. Wisconsin? The attempted murder of public unions? That was actually a win, he says.

A big beefy guy with a bristling mustache and Blagojevich hair, Trumka started life as a coal miner. His grandfather was a union man. His father was a union man. He became a union man and put himself through college on the midnight shift, leading many bitter strikes in the coal patch where rock-throwing miners confronted guards with machine guns, scenes from an epic American history few people remember. Two years ago he rose to the top of the American labor movement, president of the AFL-CIO, where he represents twelve million firefighters, teachers, nurses, miners, electricians, and entertainers. He came in with a lifetime's worth of dreams for reviving labor and saving America. So when Governor Scott Walker this year took away the right of collective bargaining for government workers in Wisconsin, the law of the land for seventy-five years, Walker didn't just aim a dagger straight at the heart of American labor, he aimed it at Rich Trumka's heart.

But Trumka is grinning. "We've been trying for three decades to get a national debate on collective bargaining. Scott Walker gave us the national debate we were looking for."

By national debate he means thousands of angry citizens marching in the street. Occupying the state capitol. Mounting recall elections. That's the kind of national debate Trumka thinks America needs.
"Now 70-some percent of Americans think every worker, public or private, ought to have the right to collective bargaining."

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JFK, Dallas, November 22, 1963

48 years ago tomorrow (Tuesday November 22, 1963) we our youngest president in history, one who promised change and delivered optimism for America.

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy About this sound pronunciation (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

After military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boats PT-109 and PT-59 during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts's 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat. Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. Kennedy defeated then Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election. He was the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43,[2][3] the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), and the first president to have been born in the 20th century.[4] Kennedy is the only Catholic president, and is the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.[5] Events during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the African American Civil Rights Movement and early stages of the Vietnam War.

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but was shot and killed two days later by Jack Ruby before a trial could take place. The FBI, the Warren Commission, and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin, with the HSCA allowing for the possibility of conspiracy based on disputed acoustic evidence. Today, Kennedy continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings of former U.S. presidents.[6]

"JFK", "John Kennedy", and "Jack Kennedy" redirect here. For other uses, see JFK (disambiguation), John Kennedy (disambiguation), and Jack Kennedy (disambiguation).

From Wikipedia (click here).

Wanted: Toys for Las Vegas Children

Happy Holidays from the College of Southern Nevada Police Department!

2nd Battalion 23rd Marines Fox Company of Las Vegas
and the College of Southern Nevada Police Department
are reaching out to the CSN community to help with donating toys
for the boys and girls in the Las Vegas Valley.

Toys-For-Tots Toy Drive: November 21st- December 16th, 2011

Bring a new unwrapped toy to the designated drop off sites located at any one of the following areas on the Charleston, Cheyenne and Henderson Campuses:

Public Safety, CSN Police or Student Government offices.

If you would like a representative to pick up your toy donation from your office please call our Public Safety non-emergency numbers:

Charleston 651-5613, Cheyenne 651-4055, and Henderson 651-3113.
We hope you can be part of this great opportunity to spread joy around the valley with a gift!!

Ron Paul, JFK, Martin Luther King

Yes, I know, another Ron Paul video, but JFK, and MLK are two of the greatest speakers in my opinion our country has ever seen. I dont understand why the my generation arent more politically aware, when its voting is one of the greatest rights we have, heres the link. btw this video has actually been removed from Youtube I believe- Here is the link, it inspires me to change this "WERE BIGGER THAN YOU" complex we as Americans have adopted.

Bryan Lowe

Barack Obama Is Now The Biggest Tax Cutter In American History


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Beneath all of the Republican and Tea Party grumbling about taxes, one key fact continues to be ignored. According to the Tax Policy Center, Federal taxes are lower than at any time since 1955. Obama has now reduced taxes by more than any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

According to the Orange County Register, “For the past two years, a family of four earning the median income has paid less in federal income taxes than at any time since at least 1955, according to the Tax Policy Center. All federal, state and local taxes combined are a lower percentage of per-capita income than at any time since the 1960s, according to the Tax Foundation. The highest income-tax bracket is its lowest since 1992. At 35 percent, it’s well below the 50 percent mark of much of the 1980s and the 70 percent bracket of the 1970s.”

The problem is that the tax cuts have not promoted economic growth and have caused the federal deficit to explode, “Those lower taxes have helped give the U.S. government the lowest revenues as a percentage of gross domestic product of seven industrialized countries surveyed in 2010 by the Congressional Research Services. (The other countries were Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France.) The U.S. also had the lowest spending as a percentage of the GDP. But with the biggest gap between revenues (31.6 percent of GDP) and expenditures (42.2 percent of GDP), the U.S. also posted the largest deficit as a percentage of GDP – 10.5 percent.”

Hawaii Stars in Dark Family Dramady, Deal or No Deal, Stars Testify against FOX/ NewsCorp, Twilight dominates pre-Turkey Day weekend,

The Descendants grossed 1.2 million dollars this weekend
From the LA Times Company Town Blog (click here for the latest entertainment news)

"The Descendants" has earned George Clooney some of the best reviews of his career. Will it become one of his bigger box-office successes as well?

The Alexander Payne-directed movie opened in 29 theaters this weekend and collected an impressive $1.2 million, according to an estimate from distributor Fox Searchlight. That works out to $42,150 per theater, the sixth-highest per-screen average of the year, behind independent releases "Midnight in Paris" and "The Tree of Life," each of which had its opening weekend in fewer venues than "The Descendants."

Searchlight opened "The Descendants" in five theaters Wednesday to spread positive buzz about the film, so its gross so far is $1.3 million.

In the movie, Clooney plays a single father struggling to take care of his two daughters. Many award pundits believe that the movie — which on Sunday had a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes — could earn an Oscar nomination for best picture and that Clooney could be nominated for best actor.
Sheila DeLoach, Fox Searchlight's executive vice president, said the film is so far appealing to an older crowd.

"The positive reviews have certainly sparked the interest of the sophisticated adult audience, which is why they came out in droves this weekend," she said. "I think their reaction was, 'We’ve finally got a good picture we can go see.' It’s a quality adult film, and there really hasn’t been anything like that in a dismal fall."

Searchlight plans to expand "The Descendants" to about 425 theaters Wednesday.
Deal or No Deal? It appears that Time Warner and Endemol may be playing a real-life version of "Deal or No Deal."

Almost three weeks ago, Time Warner Inc. made an unsolicited bid of $1.4 billion for Endemol NV, an Amsterdam-based television production giant that specializes in game and reality shows, with credits that include "Wipeout," "Deal or No Deal" and "Fear Factor." Time Warner made the bid at a sensitive time for Endemol as it works with its creditors to restructure its heavily leveraged balance sheet.

On Monday, word surfaced that Endemol had told Time Warner thanks but no thanks for its offer. Though the company has declined to comment publicly on the status of Time Warner's bid, a person close to Endemol said the focus was on fixing its balance sheet, not finding a new owner.

If Endemol is in fact passing on the bid, it is news to Time Warner, an insider there said. Time Warner has received no official rejection of its offer for Endemol, this person said and is not throwing in the towel on its push to acquire the programming giant.

Like Endemol, Time Warner declined to comment publicly on the matter.

There are some inside Time Warner who think Endemol is trying to see if any other buyers emerge so it can set up a bidding war. However, a person close to Endemol with knowledge of the matter said no other offers have come in since Time Warner's unsolicited bid.

Lots of bite. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" chewed through the competition at the box office with a take of $139.5 million. While the latest installment of the vampire saga didn't break the opening-weekend record set by the second movie in the series, it easily crushed everything else. Met with a chill was "Happy Feet Two," which took in $22 million. As for me, I saw "The Descendants," which was good, but not exactly the feel-good movie of the holiday season. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Her? Netflix has struck a deal for new episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy "Arrested Development," which ran on Fox for three seasons before being canceled because of low ratings. The show, which has a small but loyal following, will return in 2013 and be available on Netflix's streaming service. The entire cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera, is also expected to be back. This move may bring Netflix a few new fans, but it is unlikely to be a game-changer. More from the Wall Street Journal and Variety.

A format for success. Former NBC executive and William Morris agent Ben Silverman made his mark years ago finding successful shows abroad and selling versions of them here. (He was responsible for the American incarnations of "The Biggest Loser" and "The Office.") Now the practice of acquiring formats has become a norm of the television business. The New York Times looks at how the push to buy formats is picking up steam again.

Star-studded lineup.  A British inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that took down News Corp.'s News of the World tabloid is hearing from celebrities. Also appearing before the panel was the family of Milly Dowler, the murdered girl whose cellphone was hacked by News of the World when she was still missing. An overview from the Associated Press and up-to-the-minute updates from The Guardian.

Daytime still the place to be. While many media observers look at daytime as a dying arena because of the demise of soap operas and shrinking ratings for talk shows, Vulture offers some contrary thoughts. "The most positive sign of daytime's health, however, may be the fact that so many giant conglomerates are planning to invest heavily in its programming over the next year. In just the last few weeks, a flurry of production studios have locked in plans to launch syndicated talk shows next fall, most with big- (or at least, medium-) name talent attached," wrote Joe Adalian.

RIP Forstmann. Ted Forstmann, who made his name as a Wall Street dealmaker before taking over sports marketing and management firm IMG, died of cancer on Sunday. On his watch, IMG grew from sports to fashion. Appreciations from the New York Post and Sports Business Journal.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Silent movie "The Artist" doesn't need dialogue to get a lot of buzz. Senior NBC executive Marc Graboff, who has been involved in much of the business operation of the network, is exiting.

-- Joe Flint

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Photo: Robert Pattinson, left, and Kristen Stewart in a scene from "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment.