Thursday, July 26, 2012
As durrati at DailyKos noted, a Telegraph columnist wrote today: Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.
But we can expect that reaction to be off Fox’s Romney-cheering/Obama-bashing radar screen, too.
Source for above: newhounds
Source for below: The British Guardian Newspaper
Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full
Boobs, blunders, clangers – whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them. And he's really outdone himself in London
On the Olympics: 'There are a few things that are disconcerting'On Wednesday, the day he arrived in London, Romney was interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams. In a softball warm-up question, Williams asked Romney about his wife's horse, Rafalca, which will be in competition in the dressage, and whether Britain looked ready to host the Olympics. Easy, surely? Not for Romney.
"There are a few things that were disconcerting," Romney said of the event which has been 15 years in the planning and is expected to cost over £9bn.
"The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials – that obviously is not something which is encouraging."
It put a bit of a dampener on Romney's meeting with David Cameron on Thursday. "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world," the prime minister said, pointedly. "Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere." (Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Ciy, Utah.)
Red-face rating: 8/10. Take that, Romney! Now get that horse out of my sight.
On Ed Miliband: 'Mr Leader'On to a meeting with the leader of the opposition Labour party, Ed Miliband – a man often criticised for being awkward and lacking a common touch. They should have got on famously. But Romney seemed to forget Miliband's name. "Like you, Mr Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning," Romney said.
But he reeled it right back in, British-style, with some spontaneous patter about the weather. ("Could not be better. Fortunately the sunshine is out. The warmth is here.") And Miliband's team smoothed it over, recognising that American politicians often refer to each other by their titles.
Red-face rating: 3/10. You're not in North Korea now, mate.
Arizona Game and Fish Department as a training file for their Firearms Safety Course. John Wayne introduces the film and takes part in the naration. The rest of the naration is done by, then, Chief Firearms Safety Instructor Jack Ellison. This film is not generally credited in the fimographies for John Wayne, but was an important film none the less. It was certainly important to many young hunters who attended the Firearms Safety courses put on throughout the state of Arizona in the 1970's and '80's. And, while the film is old, and somewhat the worse for wear (it appears to have been copied from one of the old 16mm prints), the message delivered is just as pertinent today as it was when the Duke and Jack Ellison told us how dangerous "This Little Bullet" really is.
NBCUniversal has sold more than $1 billion in advertising time for its coverage of the London Olympic Games, which officially begin Friday.
The network said Wednesday that this year's haul is approximately $150 million more than it collected for commercial sales during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, NBC's previous record for Olympics coverage.
Still, coverage of the Summer Games is expected to be a money loser for NBCUniversal, which is now controlled by Comcast Corp.
NBCUniversal nearly a decade ago agreed to pay $1.18 billion for the TV rights to the London Games. The company is spending at least $100 million for staffing and equipment to televise the events. The media giant has nearly 3,400 people working on its Olympics coverage.
David Joyce, a media analyst with the investment firm Miller Tabak & Co., last month predicted that NBCUniversal could lose more than $100 million on the London Games. NBCUniversal has declined to divulge its bottom-line estimates.
"We are not done yet and will continue to sell during the Games,” Seth Winter, executive vice president of sales for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement.
NBCUniversal's $1-billion total includes ad sales across all of its various platforms that are broadcasting the events: the NBC and Spanish-language Telemundo broadcast networks; cable channels NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo; a 3-D channel; the NBCOlympics.com website; and mobile phone and tablet applications.
NBC credited its decision to live stream every athletic competition — more than 3,500 hours, including all 32 sports and all 302 medal events — for increasing the volume of commercials sold.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment that is a credit to the hard work of our entire Olympic team and speaks to the long-term benefits of our Olympic investment,” Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group, said in a statement.
“The proliferation of our digital, mobile and tablet Olympic content, including the decision to live stream all sporting events, played a vital role in reaching this extraordinary milestone.”
NBC said digital ad sales for London have topped $60 million, nearly three times the total for 2008, when events were streamed on one website, NBCOlympics.com. There were no mobile or tablet apps for the Beijing Games.
National television ad sales represented more than $950 million, up approximately $100 million from the level sold for Beijing, NBC said.
“This feat is a testimony to the quality of Olympic programming and the unparalleled way NBCU presents, produces and covers the Games,” Winter said. “It also demonstrates the power of the Olympics. No other property has such a diverse group of sponsors."
NBCUniversal plans 5,535 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, 2,000 more than it provided for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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Cellphone carriers are having a hard time finding places to build new towers, so they're making deals with churches to put antennas in steeples. The Baltimore Sun reports that the churches get more than $1,000 a month for each antenna. A half-dozen congregations in the Baltimore area have now leased out their bell towers.