Dish Network Drops Fox News Due To Contract Dispute

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Millions of Fox News fans who subscribe to Dish Network were shocked Sunday morning to find their favorite news channels – Fox News and Fox Business – blocked on their television sets.

Fox is no longer being carried on Dish Network due to a failure to come to terms on a new distribution contract.

This marks the third time in the past couple of months, Dish Network has blocked popular programming from its customers due to a dispute with a channel owner.

CNN and other channels owned by Turner Broadcasting were blocked for one month, this Fall, weakening CNN’s ratings. The Turner Broadcasting channels returned to the Dish lineup on November 21. Earlier this month, some CBS channels briefly went dark on Dish until the companies agreed on a new contract.

Now the most popular cable news channel in the United States has disappeared from Dish’s lineup because their contract with Fox News was allowed to expire.

Via Fox News St. Louis:

Early Sunday morning, the two sides traded barbs about the reasons for the blackout, and Fox News urged its fans to switch to another television provider.

Dish replaced Fox News with The Blaze, the relatively new cable channel owned by Glenn Beck. It replaced the much smaller Fox Business Channel, which was also blacked out, with CNBC.

In its 18-year history, Fox News has never been blacked out by any major television distributor. This dispute will be particularly interesting to watch because Fox has an extraordinarily loyal audience — a “base,” so to speak, that might be motivated to drop Dish.

That’s what Fox says it wants.

“Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations,” Fox News executive vice president of distribution Tim Carry said in a statement early Sunday morning.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

“It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming.

Fox said the deal it offered Dish has been accepted by other major pay-TV distributors.

“They did not want to accept terms and commitments that have become customary in a Fox News renewal,” said Tim Carry, the Fox News executive in charge of distribution.

I’m sure there’s a bit of hardball being played on both sides, but seeing as this is the third time in the past couple of months Dish has blocked major channels from its viewers, it seems to me that there is a serious deficiency in their negotiating acumen. I don’t know how they could let something like this happen.

What I do know is – if Fox News isn’t back on my  television sets by Monday, we’re dropping Dish – and I suspect – millions of other subscribers will be dropping them, too.

 

 

 

 

Your Sunday Hymn: Divinum Mysterium

I just love this ancient Latin hymn Divinum Mysterium – also known as “Of the Father’s love begotten” sung here by The Sons of Orpheus, Houston’s Premier Male Vocal Ensemble.

This Celtic instrumental rendition is also gorgeous – (and gives you a truer sense of the lovely melody):

Of the Father’s Heart Begotten alternatively known as Of the Father’s Love Begotten is a Christmas carol based on the Latin poem Corde natus by the Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius, from his Liber Cathemerinon (hymn no. IX) beginning “Da puer plectrum,” which includes the Latin stanzas listed below.[1]

The ancient poem was translated and paired with a medieval plainchant melody Divinum mysterium. Divinum mysterium was a “Sanctus trope” – an ancient plainchant melody which over the years had been musically embellished.[2] An early version of this chant appears in manuscript form as early as the 10th century, although without the melodic additions, and “trope” versions with various melodic differences appear in Italian, German, Gallacian, Bohemian and Spanish manuscripts dating from the 13th to 16th centuries.[2]

Divinum mysterium first appears in print in 1582 in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones, a collection of seventy-four sacred and secular church and school songs of medieval Europe compiled by Jaakko Suomalainen and published by Theodoric Petri.[3] In this collection,Divinum mysterium was classified as “De Eucharistia” reflecting its original use for the Mass.[4]

The text of the Divinum mysterium was substituted for Prudentius’s poem when it was published by Thomas Helmore in 1851. In making this fusion, the original meter of the chant was disturbed, changing the original triple meter rhythm into a duple meter and therefore altering stresses and note lengths. A later version by Charles Winfred Douglas corrected this using an “equalist” method of transcription, although the hymn is now found in both versions as well as a more dance-like interpretation of the original melody.

Lyrics:

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Former NYPD Commish Bernard Kerik: Sharpton and De Blasio “Have Blood On Their Hands”

Two police officers were shot - execution style – as they sat in their patrol car, Saturday afternoon –  5 days before Christmas.

The gunman approached the passenger side of the patrol car and took a shooting stance, witnesses told police. He opened fire several times, striking both officers in the head, Bratton said.

They were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton told reporters. “They were quite simply, assassinated.”

The gunman was found dead in a nearby subway station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Saturday night on Fox News, Judge Jeanine Pirro covered the latest and interviewed former New York Police Department commissioner Bernard Kerik, who said the killings reminded him of the radical days of the ’60s and 70’s when NY cops faced executions (by radicals) and declared that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Al Sharpton both “have blood on their hands.”

Kerik accused de Blasio of “inciting” protesters who chanted “kill the cops” during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday.

“I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, [Al] Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands,” Kerik said on FOX News. “They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying ‘kill the cops,’ well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted.”

“I think back two weeks ago, when he was inciting these protesters, when he was calling the NYPD and other cops around the nation racist,” Kerik also said.

Former NYPD police detective Bo Dietl joined Kerik in the discussion, adding details about what cops like him faced in the early 70’s.

“We lost 13 cops, one year, 11 cops the next year – they were assassinated the same way. This was with the PLA,” he explained, referring to the Black Liberation Army.

Dietl told Pirro that gang members have been threatening to kill cops in social media for the past week and he excoriated Mayor De Blasio who he called “a disgrace”  and “this punk Al Sharpton” who led the demonstration in NY, last week, where protesters chanted they wanted dead cops. “Well they got two dead cops!” Dietl exclaimed.

He threw in this shot at De Blasio; “you know what? This guy went to Cuba in 1994 – he should take his wife – De Blasio – and go back and live there.”

Dietl said the city should recall “the bum.” Asked by Pirro if he should resign, he said De Blasio should “resign tomorrow because he cannot do the job.”

“He should go,” Kerick agreed. “He can’t lead the city. The men and women in the NYPD don’t respect him. They’re never going to respect him.”

Here’s video of NYPD officers turning their backs on DeBlasio:

Via Twitchy: 

Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Jesse Jackson, the Ferguson Action Coalition and even the family of Michael Brown issued statements Saturday on the horrific killings.

Obama finally weighed in at 12:00 am Eastern after he finished his golf game in Hawaii:

It’s odd that the president of the United States felt it was necessary to “unconditionally condemn” something that so obviously needed to be condemned. Was there reason to believe his condemnation would be conditional? Why make a point of saying “unconditionally”?

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy:‘Can they breathe?’ Execution-style killing of two NYPD officers celebrated; ‘Salute the shooter’

Obama/Sharpton/Holder/DeBlasio fellow travelers weigh in on Twitter.

Saturday Movie Matinee: We’re Number Two!

Bill Whittle, Truth Revolt: We’re Number Two!

Full Interview Man Who Interrogated KSM A 9-11 Mastermind – Megyn Kelly & Dr James Mitchell

Pres Obama Criticizes Sony For Pulling “The Interview” – Charles Krauthammer – Hannity

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Gateway Pundit: Sony Fires Back at Obama: Actually We Did Call the White House – Several Times (Video)

Sony fired back at Obama after the press conference saying they had several conversations with the Obama White House before and after the movie was canceled.
Via The Hollywood Reporter:

After President Obama criticized Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview’s release after theater chains decided not to show the film, the studio has issued a statement elaborating on the move.

“The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film,” the statement said. “This was their decision.”

A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that Sony was surprised by the president’s comments and did, in fact, have many conversations with the White House both before and after the movie was pulled Wednesday. That would fly in the face of President Obama’s claim that the studio never approached him for advice on how to handle the threats of violence that invoked the 9/11 terror attacks.

Krauthammer: Obama Is Appeasing Tyrants for Nothing in Return:

Jon Karl Grills Earnest: If U.S. Can Normalize Relations with Cuba, ‘Why Not North Korea?’:

Marco Rubio: Rand Paul ‘Has No Idea What He’s Talking About’ on Cuba

Ed Henry: Barack Obama MISLEADING on # of Executive Actions:

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USA Today: Obama issues ‘executive orders by another name':

President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the “Do Nothing Congress” almost seven decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.

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Lindsey Stirling- Christmas Medley Celtic Carol LIVE at Rock Canyon Studios:

The O’Reilly Consort: Rorate Coeli Desuper!

Known as The Advent Prose, Rorate coeli (or Rorate Caeli) is from the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah 45:8) in the Vulgate: “Drop down ye heavens from above.”

Rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum

(Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just)

Aperiatur terra et germinet salvatorem”

(Let the earth be opened and send forth a Saviour”).

The Council Has Spoken! Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.” – Barack Obama,

“Barack Obama is like the old joke about boats. The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.”- Howie Carr

“None of what Barack Obama is doing or wants to do to this country is anything the rest of the world hasn’t seen before and already failed at.”
- Rush Limbaugh

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This week’s winning essay,Nice Deb’s -Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together” Is her astute take on an interview with Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee concerning race relations under President Obama. Here’s a slice:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question, “Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged. “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate, noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter Townhall with Nothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession submitted by The Razor . It’s a fascinating look at what things would be like in Blue America and Red America decided on a mutual peaceful parting of the ways, with a nice side order of Schlichter’s wry sense of humor.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Obama Spouted Communist Propaganda In Cuba Speech

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Rumor has it that since the 2014 midterm shellacking, Obama’s felt “liberated” and “ready to be the president he’s always wanted to be.”  It should not be surprising, then, that the rhetoric of the already far left president has swerved even further to the left into Communist territory.

In his speech announcing the normalization of relations with Cuba, earlier this week, he repeated Commie propaganda about “American imperialism” oppressing the Cuban people.

Addressing the Cuban people directly, he said: “Some of you have looked to us as a source for hope, and we will continue to shine a light of freedom. Others have seen us a a former colonizer, intent on controlling your future…..Today I’m being honest with you – we can never erase the history between us but we believe that you should be empowered to live in dignity, and self-determination.”

Hannity had Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Wednesday night, to discuss Obama’s speech. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, has been all over the news lambasting the president’s latest unilateral move to normalize relations with Cuba, and was baffled by the president’s line about US colonialism.

The Senator stated that he had no idea what Obama was talking about. “During the Spanish/American War the US fought on the side of the Cuban people for their independence from Spain. The US remained after that for a period of time, and in 1902 turned the country back over to the Cuban people – which they had until 1959 when Fidel Castro took over..”

He continued, “I don’t know what he’s talking about. The United States tried to colonize Cuba? I don’t know anyone who seriously believes that. That’s a talking point of the Castro Regime. In fact, that was a term that Raul CAstro used in his address today to the Cuban people, that this is walking away from the era of colonialism. I have no idea what he is talking about when he says something like that. It’s an outrageous statement.”

The left-leaning Wikipedia agrees with Rubio:

Cuba remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, after which it was briefly administered by the United States until gaining nominal independence in 1902. The fragile republic endured increasingly radical politics and social strife, and despite efforts to strengthen its democratic system, Cuba came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952.[16][17][18] Growing unrest and instability led to Batista’s ousting in January 1959 by the July 26 movement, which afterwards established a government under the leadership of Fidel Castro. Since 1965 the country has been governed as a single-party state by the Communist Party.

You know who does spout nonsense about American imperialism in Cuba? People like this:   The Revolution Newspaper (The voice of the Communist Party in the USA) wrote in 2006 of “U.S. Domination Over Cuba” – equating United States military involvement with its close neighbor as “the domination of US imperialism.”

Cuba came under the domination of U.S. imperialism as a result of the Spanish-American War of 1898. The Cubans had been fighting for their independence from Spain, but the U.S. seized on the situation to turn Cuba into a neo-colony.

Cuba achieved formal independence in 1898. But in 1901, the U.S. Congress passed the Platt Amendment. This amendment, which was incorporated into the Cuban constitution until 1934, set conditions for U.S. intervention in Cuba’s domestic affairs. And the U.S. landed marines in Cuba in 1906, 1912, 1917, and 1920. The amendment also established a U.S. military colony in Cuba—the Guantánamo naval base—that is now used as a detention camp and torture chamber in the U.S.’s war on the world.

One might ask why would the president of the United States send a message to the Cuban people, basically affirming communist propaganda against the United States?

One of Obama’s former Chicago pals Bill Ayers, and his adorable wife, Bernardine “Dig it!” Dohrn have been heavily involved with fighting “American imperialism in Cuba” for the past 50 years or so.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s Ayers’ SDS offshoot,  “the Weathermen served as the Cuban DGI’s(Directorio General de Intelligencia) top U.S. recruitment officers.”

They accomplished this recruitment primarily through their sponsorship of the then famous Venceremos Brigades.

During that  heady Age of Aquarius hundreds of starry-eyed college kids were volunteering to “help build Cuban Socialism” and “fight U.S. Imperialism,” mostly by joining these Venceremos Brigades (many via the Weathermen,) making their way to Cuba and joyfully cutting Cuban sugar cane.

“The ultimate objective of the DGI’s participation in the setting up of theVenceremos Brigades,” says an FBI report declassified in 1976 “was the recruitment of individuals who are politically oriented and who someday may obtain a position, elective or appointive, somewhere in the U.S. Government, which would provide the Cuban Government with access to political, economic and military intelligence.

According to former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl (October 13, 1947– July 18, 2013) those “politically oriented individuals” were sent to Cuba to be trained in “domestic terrorism, political propaganda and other necessities of the urban guerrilla terrorist.”

The Venceremos brigades still exist today and it is noteworthy that while its purpose is supposedly to help the Cubans harvest sugarcane, in fact certain members are taken out of the group were they receive this training. This organization, the Venceremos brigade, represents the domestic terrorists continued ties to communist Cuba and the hope and intent of the communist regime to bring terror to the United States.

It is also interesting to note that while President Obama is considering the total lifting of travel restrictions to Cuba, terrorist fugitives from the United States continue to live there openly with no fear of extradition. One example of this is Joanne Chesimard, who escaped from prison with the help of the Weathermen. Chesimard was convicted of murdering a police officer and now lives freely and openly in communist Cuba. The really important message here is that the Venceremos brigade, which has been in existence since the late 60s, is still sending individuals to Cuba to be indoctrinated and train in terrorist activities. I believe that Chesimard, who now goes by the name Assata Shakur, is in Cuba to help train selected members of the Venceremos brigade who continue to travel there under the pretense of chopping sugar cane or “educational” missions.

It is important to note that Chesimard is not the only fugitive who is taken refuge in Cuba. Currently it is estimated that there are at least 70 individuals who are fugitives from United States justice and who are under the protection of the Castro regime. Some of these individuals were part of the terrorism that devastated the United States during the late 60s and into the 70s and even 80s. I think it is safe to conclude that these individuals have no love for the United States and no doubt are eager to participate in the indoctrination and training of future terrorists who come to Cuba as part of the Venceremos brigades.

In their 1974 book, Prairie Fire, Obama’s fellow travelers Ayers and Dohrn wrote that “Socialism is the total opposite of capitalism/imperialism. It is the rejection of empire and white supremacy. Socialism is the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie, the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and the eradication of the social system based on profit.”

The next couple of years should be interesting given the mask has fallen almost completely off and Obama now feels “liberated” to be the president  dictator of the proletariat he always wanted to be.

Video: The Worst of MSNBC 2014

Via those incorrigible rascals at Washington Free Beacon who actually seem to enjoy keeping an eye on the basket-cases at PMSNBC (so we don’t have to.)

Megyn Kelly told Jimmy Kimmel the other night that at the White House Christmas Party, there were a couple of other Fox News reporters (Brett Baier and Ed Henry) at the event, but the place was swarming with MSNBCers.

KIMMEL: Is there a separate section for Fox News where there’s no food and dirty forks or something like that?

KELLY: You mean there was something other than outside in the rain, others were, they were inside the building?

KIMMEL: Do you ever feel any kind of discomfort when you go into a situation like that?

KELLY: No, but it was funny because last night, we went in and I mean the White House looked beautiful. It was spectacular. And I was looking for some Fox News colleagues because this is for broadcast news. And I saw a couple, I saw Bret Baier, I saw Ed Henry, our Chief White House Correspondent. And then, boy, oh, boy did I see a lot of MSNBC anchors. I mean you couldn’t take two steps without hitting one.

KIMMEL: Oh really?

KELLY: I think they got a few more invitations than we got.

It only makes sense that the far-left, unpopular, activist network, would be the personal favorite of the far-left, unpopular, activist president.

Speaking of the “activist president…”

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Hot Air: White House aides: Obama feels liberated and ready to be the president he always wanted to be

“This certainly has been our most productive year since the Republicans took over,” the Obama aide said, calling it, in the context of what happens in any presidency, “an excellent year.”

His “excellent year” involved every Democratic incumbent in the country running away from him and his low-40s approval rating, only to see them wiped out anyway in a mammoth nationwide anti-Obama backlash. You could understand him feeling liberated if Democrats had run on his policies and outperformed expectations; he would have pointed to that, not unjustifiably, as a mandate. Instead, “liberation” to Obama meant postponing virtually every major initiative until after voters were safely out of the way. He saved net neutrality for the week after the election; he saved executive amnesty for two weeks after; and who knows how soon the Cuba deal could have been struck if Obama wanted it done before November 4th. What he feels liberated from, in other words, is democratic accountability, which is not the sort of thing you want to hear from a guy who’s already blazed new unconstitutional trails in executive lawmaking. If this is what he’s doing in the first flush of “liberation,” what’s he going to be doing in the homestretch of his presidency in 2016, especially if Hillary has a safe-ish lead against her Republican challenger? You trust a man who’s reflected wistfully to his inner circle that it’d be easier to be president of China, don’t you? Especially with a sympathetic media cheering on his dubious, just-try-to-stop-me “winning streak.”

GAWD help us.