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Fox Network, not Fox News, has two new bosses, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. First, it is never a good idea to have two bosses regardless of their understanding when it comes to power sharing. Second, these two are apparently so removed from reality they are foisting on the American viewing public a program that cannot succeed. Mr. Murdoch should be scratching his head since the appointment of Walden and Newman must have been preceded with a great deal of promise much like Barack Obama only to be dashed once the real work began.

Walden and Newman are putting all their eggs in a basket called, “Empire”, a series about a black mogul and his wife etc. He is apparently at the top of the recording industry and from there wields the power of a Mafia Don. It’s a terrible premise from the start. The recording industry is on its face. Technology, especially the Internet have turned the entire industry upside down. The amount of pirating that goes on effectively reduces the entire business to a kind of “What’s the use?” status. The latest statistics bear out the industry’s malaise. If there is a mogul in the business, he or she made their fortune long ago and are presently riding on the fruits of their investments rather than their contemporary profits. Besides, how much power can a recording industry mogul have? It’s not like this guy can wave his hand and have the world drop to its knees because he is capable of restricting the free flow of a necessary commodity. It’s a stupid record company, if it went out of business tomorrow, no one would know much less care.

There is an additional flaw to the reasoning behind “Empire”, it speaks to a small segment of the population, too small to be of significant interest beyond an aging hip-hop generation.

The problem with people like Walden and Newman is their tendency to buck the realities in hopes of breaking out, being noticed and commensurately rewarded. They actually believe they are doing something that has never been done before. Truth is, no one will be watching “Empire” because it is simply another bad copy of those shows which have already been done to death. If we wanted another “Dynasty” or “Dallas” someone could easily press restart and get them, but no one has for a very good reason: Been there, done that, am sick of it all.

It is laughable to assume a show will be popular simply because it features a black dynasty in a business that supposedly makes a great deal of money when the reality is, the industry is struggling to survive. Change the people around and all you have is another version of myriad shows with the same premise, all boring to tears. How many times can you watch Romeo and Juliet before you get the idea that there are such things as star-crossed lovers who pay with their lives for love? The iterations are mind-numbing as is the concept of “Empire”.

There is another aspect of Walden’s and Newman’s incredibly bad judgment, television as we have come to understand it is dead. Like newspapers and magazines, the industry is passé. It can no longer compete with the advancing technologies. If you want my attention, you’d better give it to me via the Worldwide Web, and you’d better give me what I want, choices, so I can pick and choose not only what I want to watch, but, depending on my mood, have it tailored to interest me on a personal level. Hackneyed premises with mindless, pointless story lines will no longer do. Even if the show is masterfully written and performed, it won’t survive. Like “Mad Men”, as good as it was in the beginning, it flailed and failed after awhile becoming so ridiculous it offended the most primitive minds.

The first question any television executive should ask himself or herself when considering a new show is, “Who cares?” The next thing is to ask the viewing public the same thing. In this case, it’s almost a sure bet the answer will be, “I don’t.” FOX should fire both Walden and Newman for their spectacular inability to do something relevant.


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Some years ago I wrote an article the subject of which was Islam’s ultimate demise. My reasoning was based on a philosophical/religious point of view that Islam is fundamentally flawed as a faith insofar as it defies logic, if logic can be considered an adjunct of faith. God as God and Creator would not, that is not to say could not, but would not authorize the destruction of that which He created by any other means than His own hand. And He certainly would not authorize one set of His people to force another set into believing in Him in any other way than their free will designs. Thus, Islam is not only the antithesis of sound religion, it is flagrant blasphemy by any means of interpretation.

Christianity on the other hand assumes a God of love. Think about that for a minute and in that minute you will come to understand more fully why Islam blasphemes the God of us all. To pervert the essence of God is to deny His complete and total authority over the universe and all that is within and without it. Such a perversion separates us from the true God in a way that curses mankind as it blasphemes the sacrifice of His own Son. Such a thing cannot happen. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ can never be set aside, not by man and not by God Himself. Any attempt, whether willful or through ignorance of the truth condemns those who perpetrate such actions to eternal damnation.

On a more practical side of the matter, Islam is doomed because it will push itself to the brink, anathematizing its most violent adherents and by extension its rank and file. People are fast becoming fed up with Islam. The murders in Paris and the backlash over them have cast an eye on all Muslims, innocent and guilty. Adherents will ultimately find themselves unwanted anywhere in the civilized world. They will be chased from countries which once welcomed them and be relegated to those regions where they are more or less the indigenous people. There they will starve for that which keeps them alive as sure as the sun rises in the morning, will run out or no longer be useful, that is oil.

Where will they find allies? For what reasons would any nation ally itself with them? Russia doesn’t want them. China will use them, but never trust them. India, even with its enormous Muslim population will not tolerate them much longer. Europe will expel them sooner or later. And the United States will never be a haven where they are welcomed as it has welcomed immigrants in the past.

Rooted in the Middle East as they are, Muslims will find themselves alone and friendless, the enemies of all. Their oil will not be enough to sustain them and they have little else to trade. The end will come when they obtain nuclear weapons at which time the world will utterly destroy them even if in the process it commits suicide.

Islamic leaders should be aware of the above scenario. If they are not, they live in a cloistered fantasy world in which their faith lulls them into a belief that the twelfth Imam will come to the rescue. He will not come. He doesn’t exist. They will be broken.

Were I an advisor to the power-elite of the Muslim world I would tell them frankly that they must begin policing themselves, reining in those sects so devoted to murder in the name of God. If they don’t, the world will do it for them.

Barack Obama will not be president much longer. The mistake that was making him president will fade into the background as a new president with the support of the American people will finally take this fight to the heart of Islam. The rules of war will be happily suspended, there will be no prisoners taken, only death and destruction on a scale heretofore unknown to the human race. That is how desperate the world is beginning to feel as a result of Islam’s murderous rampage. It is coming, and when it begins, it will not stop. Muslims should be shaking in fear for their day is about to dawn poorly.


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Those brave souls who voted against John Boehner for Speaker of the House of Representatives:

  1. Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  2. Rep. Brian Babin (Tex.) voted for “present”
  3. Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  4. Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) voted for Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  5. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) voted for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.)
  6. Rep. Curt Clawson (Fla.) voted for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
  7. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)
  8. Rep. Jeff Duncan voted for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
  9. Rep. Scott Garrett (N.J.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  10. Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.) voted for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
  11. Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  12. Rep. Louie Gohmert voted for himself
  13. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  14. Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  15. Rep. Steve King voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  16. Rep. Tom Massie (Ky.) voted for Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
  17. Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  18. Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  19. Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) voted for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
  20. Rep. Bill Posey (Fla.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  21. Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  22. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  23. Rep. Randy Weber (Tex.) voted for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
  24. Webster voted for Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.)
  25. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) voted for himself

Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who this web site has mentioned as a possible future president, apparently missed his flight due to weather and was conveniently prevented from voting. He stated however, ”Had our flight not been canceled, I would have voted for our conference nominee, John Boehner.” Our estimate of Mr. Gowdy has been significantly diminished as a result of that statement.



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As if you needed any more evidence than your own intuitiveness, the major moving companies, Allied Van Lines and United, published their “To-From” lists. They don’t call the lists by that name, but it amounts to where the largest number of people are moving and from where they are leaving. Of course Illinois, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are at the top of the “I have to get the hell out of here!” states.

Thanks to for reporting the story, but it doesn’t go far enough, at least as to reasons why New Yorkers, especially Upstaters leave in such droves. It isn’t because it’s cold during the winter. It isn’t because it’s so gloomy or so terrible a place to live. On the contrary, I challenge anyone top show me a finer place than Upstate New York for its mountains, rivers, lakes and everything else. Upstaters leave for one reason, there is no economic hope.

Two weeks ago, Andrew Cuomo announced that he and his Department of Environmental Conservation would not allow fracking on the Southern Tier or anywhere in the Upstate region for that matter. For those of you who have not read the several posts here on the subject, fracking is a means of extracting oil from shale formations deep underground. It has been used for over 65 years without one negative event. It is not only safe, it was and reamins a godsend at a time when the United States was bleeding huge sums of money for oil to nations who hate us.

Wherever there is fracking in the United States, there are jobs, and not just low-wage jobs, but big paying jobs. The known deposits in those areas, such as the Bakken formation which lies beneath Montana and North Dakota is producing over 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The workers both in the fields and in ancillary positions in support of operations are making huge sums in comparison to the rest of the country. But consider, the Bakken formation which estimates put at 4.3 billion barrels of oil is miniscule in comparison to the Marcellus formation which sits atop an even larger field known as the Utica formation. Those formations, as far as geologists know at this time (they could be larger, but not smaller) cover about a third of eastern Ohio, the majority of Upstate New York, virtually all of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and then extend into Maryland, Virginia and parts of Kentucky and Tennessee. Go here to read all about it. You will be astounded. According to Ohio’s EPA, “the Marcellus Shale alone could contain as much as 363 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.” That’s just the beginning since the Utica formation is by the latest estimates, at least twice the size of the Marcellus.

The jobs estimate should the Marcellus and Utica formations be opened for exploration and development would be commensurate with those created in North Dakota as a result of developing the Bakken formation, only on a far greater scale. North Dakota’s unemployment rate is about 3%. We are absolutely talking about hundreds of thousands of high paying jobs in places where they are so necessary, without them those regions will be scattered with ghost-towns in a decade.

Andrew Cuomo effectively relegated the Southern Tier specifically and the rest of Upstate to permanent poverty. The refusal to allow fracking was driven by Downstate politicians who are in lockstep with radical environmentalists who put their eco-religion before not only the facts, but their neighbors. They spent millions in fear-mongering with distortions and out and out lies to make it appear as if fracking is not only unsafe, but a precursor to Armegeddon.

For years I have been calling for Upstate to separate itself from Downstate. The marriage is toxic, it no longer works. One partner thrives while the other starves, but my admonitions are to little avail. And there is a pretty good reason why. I received two standing ovations for a speech I made on this very subject in December of 2012 before the Upstate Conservative Coalition. Subsequently, though I asked for their help, there was little action. It didn’t take me long to figure out why such an enthusiastic crowd lost their enthusiasm so quickly. Those in attendance at the meeting were by and large older New Yorkers who, while the spirit is willing, the flesh is not only weak, but somewhat satisfied with their present condition. Retirement has a way of sapping the soul of whatever fire might still flicker within. But not me. I refuse to go down without at least making an effort. And I’ve been making it for years although like St. John the Baptist, I feel like one crying out in the wilderness.

It takes money. In order to rally Upstate to the cause of separation from Downstate, it would take a multimillion dollar campaign lasting years. In the background, the machinations necessary to make the split would be put into motion just as they were before, during and after the American Revolution. It can be done, anything can be done if there is the will and the money to move it along. If you live in Upstate New York, join me. Send me an email at editor at pjfusco dot com.


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It is January 5, 2015. The time is 10:37 AM. Up until a few minutes ago Glenn Beck was in the background making a pitch for the removal of John Boehner as Speaker of the House and replacing him with Texas Representative Louis Gohmert. Beck is urging people to call the Republican Congressional office in Washington at which time they are to tell the collective representatives if they do not replace Boehner, the caller’s relationship with the Republican party is over. Not so much at Beck’s request, but of my own volition I called, but was denied access. Like Rush Limbaugh before him, Beck managed to shut down the Congressional switchboard.

I tweeted Representative Chris Gibson from my area that he was originally sent there to make the changes we the people wanted. He failed us on several occasions, most notably voting “yes” for several CRs instead of doing the right thing. I told him he should vote for Mr. Gohmert, that it is the right thing to do in view of the reasons his supporters put him in office in the first place. Since he’s not my representative (mine is a liberal Democrat), I don’t suspect he will be as responsive as he would someone who might vote for him, but that doesn’t mean I won’t move to Gibson’s district and actively campaign against him. After all, I am the author of “Running: How To Design And Execute A Winning Political Campaign”.

The point is, we have a chance to make significant changes to a government that has largely failed us in so many ways they are hard to number, much less collate by priority. Listening to Louie Gohmert on Beck’s program outline his plan were he to become Speaker revealed that to an issue he is precisely in line with what the overwhelming majority of voters made clear in the November 2014 election. We want Obama stopped. We want a stripping of the Executive’s power back to the prescription levied by the Founders in the Constitution. We want the federal government itself to be significantly reduced in both power and structure. We want a fair tax system. We want massive border security. We want illegal aliens to pay the price for violating laws the rest of us have to obey. We want every Executive branch scandal investigated and those directly and indirectly involved prosecuted and imprisoned. We will get none of these things if John Boehner remains Speaker.

There are several Republican members of the House who by their talk and actions have made it clear they stand for what is outlined above. Tomorrow, when the vote is taken to name the Speaker it will be put up or shut up time. The magic number is 39.

Here are the Congressmen who scored in the 90s and those who reached 100 on the FreedomWorks list. These are supposedly the people we can count on to vote against Boehner:

  1. Justin Amash (R-MI)
  2. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
  3. Michael Burgess (R-TX)
  4. Steve Chabot (R-OH)
  5. Doug Collins (R-GA)
  6. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
  7. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
  8. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
  9. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
  10. Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
  11. Louie B. Gohmert (R-TX) (Running for Speaker)
  12. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
  13. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
  14. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  15. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
  16. Walter P. Jones (R-NC)
  17. Jim Jordam (R-OH)
  18. Raul Labrador (R-ID)
  19. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
  20. Cynthia M. Lummus (R-WY)
  21. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
  22. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
  23. Tom McClintock (R-CA)
  24. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
  25. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
  26. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
  27. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
  28. Reid Ribble (R-WI)
  29. Dana T. Rohrabacher (R-CA)
  30. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
  31. Mark Sanford (R-SC)
  32. David Schweikert (R-AZ)
  33. Austin Scott (R-GA)
  34. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
  35. Marlin A. Stutzman (R-IN)
  36. Randy K. Weber (R-TX
  37. Roger Williams (R-TX)

Then there are the new Republican freshmen who have no real allegiance to anyone as yet:

  1. Alex Mooney (R-WV)
  2. Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
  3. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)
  4. Brian Babib (R-TX)
  5. Bruce Paliquin (R-ME)
  6. Bruce Westerman (R-AR)
  7. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
  8. Cresent Hardy (R-NV)
  9. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
  10. Dave Brat (R-VA)
  11. Dave Trott (R-MI)
  12. David Rouzer (R-NC)
  13. David Young (R-IA)
  14. Earl (Buddy) Carter (R-GA)
  15. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
  16. Evan Lenkins (R-WV)
  17. Frank Guinta (R-NH)
  18. Garrett Graves (R-LA)
  19. Gary Palmer (R-AL)
  20. Glen Grothman (R-WI)
  21. French Hill (R-AR)
  22. Jody Hice (R-GA)
  23. John Katko (R-NY)
  24. John Moolenaar (R-MI)
  25. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
  26. Ken Buck (R-CO)
  27. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
  28. Mark Walker (R-NC)
  29. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  30. Mia Love (R-UT)
  31. Mike Bishop (R-MI)
  32. Mike Bost (R-IL)
  33. Mimi Walters (R-CA)
  34. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
  35. Rick Allen (R-GA)
  36. Robert Dold (R-IL)
  37. Rod Blum (R-IA)
  38. Ryan Costello (R-PA)
  39. Ryan Zinke (R-MT)
  40. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)
  41. Steve Knight (R-CA)
  42. Steve Russell (R-OK)
  43. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
  44. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
  45. Will Hurd (R-TX)

Which brings us to a possible 82 members voting to oust Boehner. It is eminently doable, especially in light of Gohmert’s promise to revamp the House of Representatives system which would deemphasize the year after year force feeding the public political hacks like Boehner with no possibility of removing them. Gohmert’s plan includes a biennial vote of confidence or no confidence in the leadership. This allows for new blood and new direction when the country demands it. It is not a radical, but reasonable move for the present system is simply broken, serving no one but those in power.

This is the time, make no mistake. We are in need of a totally new direction politically, morally and otherwise. If tomorrow’s vote keeps Boehner in the Speaker’s chair, we will have lost the fight we started in 2010 before it even has a chance to really begin.





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On December 27th, 2014, North Korean leaders voiced their fury and frustration over America’s retaliation against the Sony hack job by shutting down the Communist country’s entire Internet. In their tirade they compared Obama to “a monkey in a tropical forest”.

Normally, a show of cyber-force like the one the Obama administration displayed would have been enough. It would have and indeed did make the world aware of the United States’ ability to fight fire with massive fire. But Obama was apparently not happy with a singular response for only a short while later North Korea’s Internet was shut down again. But that apparently hasn’t satisfied “Dear Leader”…ours that is.

Now the Obama administration is placing extra sanctions on North Korea, but it isn’t clear why. For hacking SONY Pictures? It isn’t a national security issue, it’s not even a small problem for the country as a whole. It’s a movie studio for heaven’s sake, one that thought a film about assassinating the North Korean leader would be good fun. And maybe it is, although I won’t pay a nickel to see such drivel because it, like most of the stuff coming out of Hollywood is brainless pap that shouldn’t interest an intellect beyond the ten year old reading level.

This is Obama’s MO when he is or feels personally insulted. The retaliation against North Korea has now escalated to additional sanctions, not that they aren’t deserved, but they are being placed because Obama is taking it all personally.

The “monkey” comment, while reprehensible, should be responded to by saying Kim Jong Un looks like a fat, nearsighted Pooh Bear. Obama should stand at a podium and say, “I am reminded of Winnie the Pooh whenever I see Kim Jong On, a little fat clapping, happy bear who will do anything for a jar of honey.”

That’s how serious this whole matter should be taken. The great Oriental tradition of face is where Obama should be aiming his guns, not at economic sanctions which have a tendency to involve other, more important countries.

Obama’s famous thin skin and irritable nature are on worldwide display in this affair, but he looks like a child at the seashore in a “Nya nya, I’ve got the bigger pail” argument with the kid right next to him building sand castles. All for his ego.

So he was called a “monkey” by some tin pot fat ass dictator, so what? Take a lesson from the Godfather Mr. Obama, it’s not personal, it’s business.


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