Senator Jim Webb has it right and Senator John McCain has it wrong when it comes to "support the troops."

Jon Stewart interviews Virginia Senator Jim Webb about his proposed G.I. Bill which would support the troops after their service for a better life. McCain interestingly voted "no". Video lasts 6:33. As usual, I get better news from The Daily Show than from the major networks who barely covered this issue.

Jon Stewart mocks the vacousness of the media. Great critque.

Jon Stewart mocks the vacuousness of the media. What a great critique. It lasts 6:41 and every student of the media should watch it.

I don't pay for cable TV because most of it is so stupid. It has very little value. I worry that our democracy is in peril if people rely on this media for their information about what is important in our society. Thank god there are critics like Jon Stewart who bring our attention to how ridiculous it is. His mockery really is funny and the joke is on us.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist got it wrong on STDs and HIV+

George Stephanopolous grills Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist on whether tears and sweat transmit HIV. Stephanopolous also grills him on abstinence based programs' effectiveness.

The country's public health is safer with this guy gone and his Republican cronies and their cockamamie policies based more on religious and ideological beliefs than good public health research.

This is leadership at its worst. It is malpractice and irresponsible.

Video lasts 3:03.

Hillary can drink right along "with the boys" according to Terry McAuliffe her campaign manager

There's something wrong when Terry McAuliffe, Hillary's campaign manager starts bragging about how much Hillary can drink. Video is 70 seconds and worth watching if you want to watch pure unadulterated bull shit. Since when did "belting down boilermakers" become a characteristic becoming of a presidential candidate?

Deceit and manipulation by corporate media is undermining our democracy. Are Americans smart enough to see through the propaganda?

Brave New Films has a brief 4 minute video on how Fox News has distorted the record of Barack Obama. It is very interesting not just because of the lies that they have tried to spread about Barack, but the techniques they use to distort, spin, spread untruth through innuendo and false hoods.

The video is interesting to watch not so much for the content but for the technique. Do you think Americans are smart enough to see how they are being manipulated and deceived by the corporate media?

Americans are addicted to TV.

Kill_your_tv Americans are addicted to TV. This is Turn Off TV week, April 21-April 28. 2008.

First you've heard of it? Did you expect to see this on TV? Of course not. Advertisers would not pay for advertisements if no one was supposedly watching them. The materialistic, capitalistic enterprise that we have come to know as American democracy would be cut off at the roots for a week.

The majority of Americans could not go a week without TV anyway. We have become so addicted, TVs now appear in our restaurants, sports arenas, camping grounds, shopping malls, churches, everywhere. If someone were to swear off TV like an alcoholic swears off alcohol, where could you go where your addiction would not be triggered?

There are real withdrawal symptoms. The kids become irritable and fight more initially. Mom and Dad are out of sorts and their anxiety and tension goes up. Cravings become pronounced the first few days as your mind is full of vivid images of your favorite shows and you become distressed about what you are missing.

If you doubt my statement that Americans are addicted to TV, I encourage you to test the statement for a week and shut the TV off. Let me know how it goes.

Here is a brief video on how to break TV addiction. It lasts about 1 minute.