400 Advertisers Refused To Do Business On Glenn Beck Show, FAUX News Drops Him

I guess that little boycott worked…Glenn Beck’s show has been dropped by FAUX News, and he will stop using his little chalk board later this year.  Who gets the chalk board you ask, well, some on FAUX News are musing about that too.

Nearly 400 advertisers who do business with Fox News refused to advertise on his show. Beck’s ratings declined the most of any Fox News show in the first quarter: down 37 percent with viewers ages 25 to 54, and 30 percent among all viewers, compared with the first quarter of 2010.

Remember these types of stories from 2009….well…it worked!

Eight more Glenn Beck advertisers, including Wal-Mart — the world’s largest retailer — have confirmed to ColorOfChange.org that they pulled their ads from the controversial Fox News Channel broadcaster’s eponymous show. Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services), Best Buy, Broadview Security, CVS, Re-Bath, Travelocity and Wal-Mart join the dozen other companies who previously distanced themselves from Beck.

Gay Caveman Found

I am waiting for gay extraterrestrials.

Czech Archeological Society believe they have unearthed the remains of an early homosexual man. The remains date from around 2900-2500 B.C., on the outskirts of Prague.

That claim stems from the fact the 5,000-year old skeleton was buried in a manner reserved for women in the Corded Ware culture: its head was pointed east rather than west, and its remains were surrounded by domestic jugs rather than by hammers, flint knives and weapons that typically accompany male remains.

“From history and ethnology, we know that people from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake,” Vesinova said at a press conference.  “Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transsexual.”

Unbathed Congressmen If Government Shuts Down

I knew one member of the Wisconsin State Legislature who slept in his office.  He was, to be blunt about it, disgusting.  Instead of using per diem for the purpose given this central Wisconsin legislator slept in his office and showered, from the smell of it, only when he returned to his district.  He also had a habit of scratching himself……just really disgusting.

Look…..if you collect per diem in Wisconsin use it for what it was intended. 

And for those dudes in Washington who sleep in their office….get a girlfriend with benefits (shower) and a life while you are at it.

So when I read the following I had to swallow hard….

 Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser: “Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, whose office oversees the Senate’s doorkeepers, said elevator operators would be among the nonessential staff furloughed … House Administration Committee spokeswoman Salley Wood confirmed that the gym would close, stranding the dozen or so Members who sleep in their offices and rely on the facility’s showers.”

What The Rich Pay In Taxes…

I have some ideas on how to fund our government….

Bloomberg Businessweek cover, “The More You Make, The Less You Pay,” by Jesse Drucker: “For the 400 U.S. taxpayers with the highest adjusted gross income, the effective federal income tax rate fell from almost 30 percent in 1995 to just under 17 percent in 2007, according to the IRS. And for the approximately 1.4 million people who make up the top 1 percent of taxpayers, the effective federal income tax rate dropped from 29 percent to 23 percent in 2008. It may seem too fantastic to be true, but the top 400 end up paying a lower rate than the next 1,399,600 or so.”

Senator Randy Hopper Has A Mountain Of Voters Who Want To Recall Him From Office

What it must be like to be an elected official and walk through your communities and know a huge swath of your constituents want to kick you from office. 

Was it worth it, Randy?

State officials received paperwork Thursday for a second Wisconsin Senate recall election.

The State Democratic Party said petitions were filed with the Government Accountability Board to hold a recall election against Republican Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac.

Organizers filed over 30,000 signatures – about twice the number of valid signatures needed to call the election. Petitions have also been filed for a recall vote against Senate Republican Dan Kapanke of La Crosse.

FAUX News Staff Joke About Departing Glenn Beck

Really, none of these folks should be poking with sticks…after all they work at FAUX News too.

Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier joked about Glenn Beck’s imminent departure from the network on Wednesday.

Fox News and Beck announced that Beck will be ending his daily show later this year, and will instead produce specials for the network.

Baier and Kelly were talking about the fight over the budget, and tossing around lots of numbers.

“Maybe we need a chalkboard” to sort the math out, Baier said. “I don’t know, it’s not usually my thing.”

“Where could we get one?” Kelly joked, grinning. “I don’t know!” Baier said.

“One may be becoming available,” Kelly said.

Kelly previously said in an interview that “some of the allegations” against Beck “may have foundation.”

How Recount And Possible Legal Fights In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race May Play Out

Most strongly suspect that a recount is coming in light of the extremely close election results for Wisconsin State Supreme Court. 

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg claimed victory over Justice David Prosser after an unofficial tally showed her holding the thinnest of leads. According to an unofficial tally by The Associated Press, she was up 204 votes out of nearly 1.5 million cast – a margin of 1/100th of a percent.

There are a number of twists and turns and possible ways to navigate in the days and weeks to come.    Here is a brief primer of where we might be headed.

Hang on, it is going to be  a bumy ride.

Here’s how the process would work in the coming days:

By 4 p.m. Wednesday, municipal clerks were to have delivered all their materials to the offices of county clerks around the state.

By 9 a.m. Thursday, county boards of canvassers have to start meeting and making an official report on ward-by-ward vote totals. Those reports will be sent to the Accountability Board.

The Accountability Board technically has until May 15 to certify the results, but Kennedy said a recount could begin by next week.

Once official statewide results are in, the losing candidate has three business days to decide whether to request a recount.

If a recount is requested, the Accountability Board would issue an order that it start simultaneously in counties around the state. Workers would sort through all the voting materials, double-check that they have the proper number of voters in each area, and recount ballots.

Observers could challenge ballots, which would then be set aside for further review.

About 90% of ballots are counted by running a paper document filled out by a voter through an optical scanner, Kennedy said.

Once counties complete their work on a possible recount, the new official totals would be sent to the Accountability Board again.

After any possible recount, the issue could still go to the courts.

In one twist, state law calls for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to appoint the state judge who would hear the case if the loser of a recount in a statewide election goes to court over the outcome. Abrahamson and Prosser have clashed on the court. Prosser’s private remark calling Abrahamson a “total bitch” was the subject of a recent political ad attacking Prosser.

State law says the trial judge in the case should be a reserve judge if one is available.

“The chief justice picks the reserve judge, which of course would add controversy to what is already controversial,” said Janine Geske, a former Supreme Court justice and now a professor at Marquette University Law School.

Once there is a ruling, it may be appealed to the Court of Appeals based in Madison, a court made up of five members: Margaret Vergeront, Brian Blanchard, Gary Sherman, Paul Higginbotham and Paul Lundsten.

None of the five judges on the appeals court endorsed either candidate. Blanchard and Kloppenburg shared the same campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken.

The statute says the appeals process outlined above is the “exclusive judicial remedy” in the case of a recount dispute. It does not explicitly say whether the finding of the Court of Appeals could then be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

But Kennedy of the Accountability Board said he understands the law to mean that a decision by the court of appeals on the race could be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Under Supreme Court rules, Prosser alone would decide whether to hear a case if it came before the high court. If he steps aside, that would leave six justices to hear the case and raises the possibility of a 3-3 split. In that case, the ruling by the appeals court would stand.