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The Republicans are S.O.L.


With all this talk about the sequester, and with Obama apparently wanting to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of income tax in America by giving us more of it, I’m finding myself pretty close to giving up. It’s just way too hard to make sense of any of this. The inmates are actually running the asylum.

I was listening to a local radio broadcast today. It’s actually the Nate Shelman show – which I usually find at least minimally entertaining – but, today it was being hosted by another guy (didn’t catch his name). He started in on the sequester, and how Republicans can’t get their message across (the same mantra that all the conservative talk shows have been repeating lately), and it got me to thinking and wondering. Why are they quite obviously losing ground?

Well, it seems pretty obvious to me at this point. They have no chance in the current political climate, and may never have a chance again -ever. It’s obvious. The liberals, and the left, have built themselves an impervious voting block of people who want nothing to do with Republican values. It’s as simple as that.

With close to 50% of the country on the public dole, and with them enchanted with the idea of having Big Brother taking care of their every need, what can the Republicans (and conservatives in general) possibly offer them? Opportunity? They don’t want opportunity – it comes with risk. Freedom? Nope, then they have to be responsible. Deregulation and lack of government intrusion? Well, maybe the druggies would like to be left alone, but the rest apparently think the nanny state knows best. Economic freedom? Ha! In their minds that means, “sure, I’ll take free stuff!”.

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I recall another talk radio host from a few years who called himself the “Black Avenger”. Ken Hamblin was his name, and exposing liberals was his game. He always said slavery was alive and well in America – slavery to the government’s liberal agendas and the welfare state in general. Unfortunately, back then when he talked about it, the “slaves” (welfare recipients) had no power – simply because they didn’t vote. Who had the time when you were standing in line waiting for your welfare check and food stamps and other government subsidies?

That has all changed now. We weren’t watching closely enough. Under the guise of efficiency and empathy, we let the “slaves” get state issued debit cards and automatic deposit of their welfare checks, and now the left has a grateful voting block that will cater to their every whim – because the “slaves” see great benefit in voting for their slave masters rather than against them.

We then let the state raise the bar to the point where they started assimilating (like the Borg) more and more members into their “club” of government dependence. These new members were previously on “the bubble” – not willing or inclined to accept government help, but not really feeling included the middle class.  Removing the stigma of being on the dole made it much easier to join the “new poor”. Result: the new left-leaning voting block.

It was brilliant, really. While the right was handing out tax cuts, and assuming everyone shared their economic and political philosophies, the left was wooing the disenfranchised individuals who “couldn’t quite make it” in the previously Republican world. Wow.

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So, what can be done? At this point, I don’t see a solution.

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    • Anonymous
    • December 13, 2013

    How Quickly Will The Fairness Doctrine Be Re-enacted And How Soon Will Conservative Talk Radio Be Off The Air? I believe that the Fairness Doctrine will be re-enacted within a few months of January 20th and, hopefully, take effect immediately.

    How long will it take after it become effective for the conservative talk shows to be canceled for lack of sponsors?

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      • Admin
      • December 13, 2013

      Jan 21st

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    • Tompkins_spann
    • January 6, 2014

    Why Is No Audio Offered For South Carolina Football Games This Year From Yahoo? Last year nearly all games were broadcast on Yahoo, syndicating the local radio station so that fans not living in Columbia could listen to the games. However this year no audio is available, making it difficult for non-local fans to follow non-televisied games.

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      Not sure why that is but i know when i cant watch the gamecocks play i watch play by play on hope that helped. go cocks!

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    • Ken
    • February 6, 2014

    Local Artist Radio Play?

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      Ken Do not really know what your question is. If you are trying to get your song on radio try going this way.
      Start recording some songs and put them on the web for free. Try telling as many people as you can about it and get people to listen. Try submitting to some of the many online radio stations out there and see if someone will start Internet broadcasting your stuff. If you’re lucky, a commercial station might be interested enough to pick it up.

      ~ Don ~

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    • Anonymous
    • February 23, 2014

    Why Are Liberals Whining Over Conservative Talk Radio….? Why are liberals whining over conservative talk radio shows ? It is a free market system – everyone can participate. The problem is, liberal talk radio shows do not have an audience…..they fail, go under, and that cannot be blamed on anyone but the talk shows hosts themselves. Why is it lliberals whine rather than take responsibility for their own failures ?? Is it a maturity thing or an ego thing ?

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      • Admin
      • February 23, 2014

      When Liberals speak, it is only with themselves. If you watch most shows on MSLSD(I mean MSNBC), you’ll see that they never seem to have any Conservatives or Republicans on to offer a differing opinion. So they are only talking to themselves. This gets old fast. Turn on FOX news(highest rated cable news channel) and you’ll see both sides of the argument.

      Liberal talk radio has NO audience. They try to succeed at what Conservatives do naturally, but offering sound valid interpretation of reality is just too foreign for them to comprehend. The answer to your question about Liberal whining and finger pointing…it as essential to their survival as eating and breathing. People want to hear THE truth, not the LIBERAL truth(Liberal truth=the opposite of truth).

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    • CarroBarrato
    • February 27, 2014

    Who Is Smartest Conservative Radio Talk Show Host? 1) Doc Savage
    2) Hush Dumbo
    3) Sean Stupidity
    4)Chalkboard Glenn

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      • Admin
      • February 27, 2014

      If I had to chose among these four I guess I’d have to go with Doc Savage. He is actually capable of talking about things beyond the political sphere and is a fairly good story teller. He is wrong on so many things it is ridiculous but he is entertaining. Dumbo is pathetic and boring. I challenge anybody to actually sit through an entire three hour broadcast without falling asleep or scoffing yourself to death and that goes double for Stupidity’s show. Stupidity is the dumbest of the four. Chalkboard is just creepy. His whole shtick is an appeal to people’s emotions. Nationalism, religion, founding fathers, disconnected conspiracy stories. He is the biggest embarrassment of the four.

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    • Will You Take The Red Pill ?
    • March 2, 2014

    Any Other Republican Dissapointed In Our Conservative Talk Show Host ? I.e. basically leaving out certain canidates when a caller calls up asking about someone they hang up on him.I had gotten old enough to enjoy talk radio , to find out its as biased as tv.
    there are a couple of canidates not being covered … personally I am a ron paul supporter .. but didnt want to come off biased by mentioning a name ,

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      Which one?
      Which candidates are you referring to?
      Our candidate has been chosen by the media… arguing over this is rather pointless.
      The RNC has, essentially, decided to take a more socialist/leftist approach to elections while most democrats are running more conservative.
      So basically, we have the RNC running moderate and losing and the Democrats running conservative and winning… what better object lesson is needed?

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    • Stark_raving1
    • March 27, 2014

    Why Have So Many Local Radio Stations Gone To Syndication? We used to have such a warm and friendly format to our main local radio station, with all local personalities and snappy informative banter interspersed with middle-of-the-road talk and even some nice adult standard music. Then about ten years ago, the station was sold. Not much changed then, the same local personalities were kept with their own brand of entertainment, but a few syndicated programs were added, mainly to the mid-afternoon and late-night slots. However, about 3 years ago, another broadcast company acquired the station, fired everyone but the morning show host and has a continuous in-your-face syndicated talk format. Even the morning host has changed his persona form a fatherly icon to an abrasive and abusive loudmouth. What’s going on the the radio business?

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      It’s a combination of things. Radio operators begged the FCC to allow them to own more than the old 7-7-7 standard of no more than 7 stations and/or newspapers. The FCC finally gave in and passed the telecommunications act about ten years ago, allowing almost unlimited ownership of radio stations. Be careful what you wish for.

      Anyway, they all “went public” and now have to answer to Wall Street. So they have to constantly show revenue growth to keep the stock price high and the Wall Streeters happy.

      Enter Steve Jobs with iTunes. Enter Sirius & XM with commercial-free music for $13/month, Enter internet radio. Whoops, radio’s in trouble.

      They try everything to keep the revenues: cut down on contests, put one person in charge of 7-8 radio stations and consolodate them under one roof destroying any competitive spirit.

      They spend more on salespeople than talent. Establish a central studio at corporate HQ and syndicate from there to save money on local DJs and announcers.

      They also pay other companies to provide content if they feel it will bring them more money than their own syndicaton.

      They see AM as a complete drag and FM as the solution. They completely screw up the HD potential. So they put talk shows on their AM properties because it requires no local talent. If it works, fine, if not – the younger people (who bring in the ad dollars) will listen to their FM stations.

      Now, fully messed up and Hoist by Their Own Petard, they are desparate – that’s what’s happened to radio… but don’t get me started.
      -a guy named duh

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    • Solomon
    • April 22, 2014

    Why Do Republicans And Conservatives, Blindly Follow Limbaugh And Talk Show Pundit’s?? I have noticed, Republicans, and conservatives constantly appear on talk show pundants like Limbaugh, Hannity,Beck and Weiner’s show..(Savage)Are these people their role models..Help me to understand.. These people share most of these charactoristics; divorced,recovering alcoholics,drug abusers.. Why do they let themselves be led,by people purportedly not like how they portray themselves ??

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      It’s a good question–and one that cries out for more study by social scientists. I can give you some information, though. A caveat, however. Although the great majority of Americans–moderate conservative to liberal, do a much better job of thinking independently, you do see a few groups on the left that are just as prone to behaving as mindless sheep.

      Please be patient–I need a couple of paragraphs to set up for the answer if its going to make sense.

      In the US today, however, the overwelming majority fo such people are on the right. Specifically, most are members of the segment of our society loosely called the “religious right.” This includes those who are not especially religious–they still are part fo that social group and have similar socio-cultural backgrounds.

      To specifics. Historically, the religious right (about 10-15% of the population) have theriir historical/cultural roots and values in a subculture that originated in the Jim Crow South of the e late 19th-early 20th century. For the most part, these people were uneducated white tenant farmers or mill workers. Hard working, but basically ignorant. A combination of events–the Depression and then the lure of war jobd in the Second World War, led millions to migrate out of the South, jsut as did millions of African Americans. However, while blacks migrated mostly to the north, with some heading to California, the majority of the white migrants headed west. (as described in Steinbecks’s classic “Grapes of Wrath”) If you want to see the pattern of migration, just look at a map tha t shows the relative strength of these conservative religious groups in different areas.

      Now, what does this have to do with the current pattern of self-subordination on the part of the right?

      In the South, these whites were subordinated almost as much as blacks. In mill villages, for example, owners not only had virtually absolute authority in the mills, they supervised all aspects of life, school–and religion. In particular, the owners paid for churches, and hired preachers who would preach subordination to authority.

      When the migrations started (and for those who remained in the South), the result was generations of indoctrination to blindly follow authority.

      Because the migrants were outsiders (and the poor whites left behind were nearly as marginalized) they banded together for mutual support–with the “fundamentalist churches” as the key social anchor. Mistrustful of outsiders and of dissent (having been conditioned to view any independant thought or speech as a threat apt to bring reprisals) they continued and exptend the pattern of indoctrinating members to uncritical submission to any authority figure duly approved of by the religious/political leadership of their communities. Departure from the stated social norm of subordination was–and is–sanctioned, whether in the cntext of social or political action and views, in work contexts (e.g. they’ve carried with them the anti-organized labor mindset inculcated by businessmen in the South,with current corporations only too happy to reinforce and perpetuate this attitude).

      But why pick such obviously tainted role models (Limbaugh and such are trash, by anyone’s standards, conservative or liberal).

      Thisis a basic pattern of political sociology. Whenever you have a social elite (here “conservative” religious figures and businessmen) that can engineer a situation in which followers will not critique their actions, that leadership exempts itself from the standards of behavior it imposes on the rank-and-file. Not pubically–rhetorically, the leadership espouses the set of standards of the community. Out of the public eye, anything goes. Without the check of an independently thinking body politic, they have no reason to toe the line.

      Hence, the endless parade of “conservative” public figures being exposed as pedophiles, adulterers, corrupt bribe-takers, drug users, etc.

      Limbaugh and others like him are low-level but useful members of the conservative elite. The average membrer of the right does not “choose” them–they are told these are the people they are to listen to and not ask questions. Most of them have been indoctrinated from birth to do jsut that. They do as they are told.

      It is sad. Most of the followers of the right-wing leadership are basically decent people. But they are poorly educated, on average, and have been brought up in a manner that destroys their capicaty for individual thought.

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    • American Superman
    • April 29, 2014

    Why CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIOS Are Doing So Well But LIBERAL TALK RADIO “AIR AMERICA” At The Bottom Of Rating ?? FOX has the highest rating…
    so does the CLEAR CHANNEL, conservative talk radio…
    DOESN’T THAT SHOW LIBERALS CAN’T DEBATE RATIONALLY which is talk radio and Bill O’Reilly are all about ???

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      Talk radio is about debate.
      conservatives are better at it because they are rational and factual.

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    • Robert G
    • May 20, 2014

    Where Is A Good Radio Station To Get Weather Information And Warnings? Is there a radio station or a radio that I can buy

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      NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

      Working with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an “All Hazards” radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards - including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).

      Known as the “Voice of NOAA’s National Weather Service,” NWR is provided as a public service by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), part of the Department of Commerce. NWR includes 1000 transmitters, covering all 50 states, adjacent coastal waters, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Territories. NWR requires a special radio receiver or scanner capable of picking up the signal. Broadcasts are found in the VHF public service band at these seven frequencies (MHz):
      There are a lot of Radios that you can purchase that have NWR programed in to them from the manufacturer.
      Here are some links as to where you can buy them. it is buyer choice as that the NWS does not endorse any manufacturer.
      I personally have a NWR radio that is specifically for the purpose of receiving NWS Advisories, Watches and Warnings I also recommend that if you get a NWR get one with SAME technology.

      SAME, or Specific Alert Message Encoding allows you to specify the particular area for which you wish to receive alerts. Most warnings and watches broadcast over NOAA Weather Radio are county-based or independent city-based (parish-based in Louisiana), although in a few areas of the country the alerts are issued for portions of counties. Since most NWR transmitters are broadcasting for a number of counties, SAME receivers will respond only to alerts issued for the area (or areas) you have selected. This minimizes the number of "false alarms" for events which might be a few counties away from where you live. (Public Alert (TM) – required)

      Radio Retailers
      or you can google search “Where to buy a NOAA Weather Radio”

      Any of your news stations are good resources but the first warnings will go out over the NWR

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    • Biscuit
    • May 21, 2014

    Examples Of Conservative Talk Shows? Tell me some?

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      Oberman and Madow. LOL, just kidding. They are nothing but sarcastic parrots being trained to talk by Obama and his cronies. Oh yea, Bye-Bye Barnie Franks, your pals will soon be joining you in the unemployment line.
      Give me Hannity, Cavuto, any day. At least they allow the Dems on their shows to have their say and then get blown out of the water by the hosts because they debate how they are wrong, and win the day. At least the propaganda spewing Dems get their time on Conservative TV.
      Fox is the only conservative “fair and balanced” network.

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    • May 24, 2014

    How To Become A Local Radio DJ? Im 17 love music done alot of online djing

    but the question is what do you need to study in collage i know media but is there a certain media course and were could you start off ?

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      Step1Take speech, drama and English courses in high school and college. Make tapes of your speaking voice and ask your speech and drama teachers for their opinion of your vocal projection.

      Step2Consider working part-time while you are in high school as a mobile disc jockey at parties. Observe experienced mobile DJs and you’ll learn what’s good vs. what’s unprofessional. Find out from them what equipment you need. If you’re really good, you can eventually advance to more formal affairs, such as weddings. The experience will be priceless.

      Step3Ask your guidance counselor for a list of colleges and universities that specialize in broadcasting.

      Step4Apply to several schools that offer a broadcasting degree with a radio emphasis. Although it’s not always necessary for a DJ to have a degree, it will give you a major advantage within the broadcasting industry.

      Step5Gain experience at your college radio station by doing any work that will teach you about radio broadcasting, a station’s equipment and the problems associated with airtime. Offer to be the DJ or radio announcer at the station during unusual hours. Then make a tape of the show and include the experience on your r?sum?.

      Step6Get an internship of any kind at a local radio station while you’re in college. It can sometimes lead to a permanent position. Realize that you will most likely be doing office work initially, not talking into a microphone or running the board. But you need this experience.

      Step7Consult your broadcasting adviser about the availability of entry-level radio jobs through the college.

      Step8Consider a radio job at a small community station after graduation if the opportunity presents itself. You’ll probably begin with an entry-level position to learn the ropes, but your chances of speaking on the air in the near future will be far greater than in a larger market. The large markets want you to have had several years of on-air experience.

      Have Great Day !


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    • Hannah-Elizabeth
    • June 1, 2014

    Radio Station…..Help? Howdy,
    So, basically I’m 15,
    I have over a year of internet radio experience, and I’m planning on getting a degree in broadcasting once I’m in college.
    But, my issue is that i don’t want to wait until past college to start gaining experience in stations.
    I already saved a list of links of some local college stations that I’d want to start out at, but the thing is, i have no experience with the large sound-boards and technology they would have at the campus.
    I am a fantastically quick learner,very hard worker, and I’m excellent at working in a group.
    I just don’t know crap about being even a board op.
    Since I’m sure all campus’s won’t have the same switchboards, obviously i can’t look up how to use each one.
    So, just wondering if ya’ll have any clue about what i might do, what to say to them, how to ask.
    Because frankly, I’m a bit lost..
    Any advice is mucho appreciated =D

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      Why dont you try to get a job at a local radio station for any postitions and while your working there you can tell them that you want to be a a radio person and maybe they’ll show you some stuff and you’ll gain expeirence while your working there.

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