Episode 6 on WAAM 1600 AM: Pepsi, Susan Rice, and Syria with Guest Carol Roth [podcast]

Posted on April 9th, 2017 by Tracy Connors


This week, Pepsi managed to pull off the impossible. Left and right have temporarily put aside their differences and are now united by outrage over this commercial:

Pepsi pulled the ad when the internet wouldn’t stop mocking its inane premise,

dissecting it,

and remixing it.

How much did Pepsi spend on this disasterpiece of an ad? According to experts (read: persons who can convincingly deliver budget figures they’ve pulled out of their asses to a writer at People)

“At least $2 million, but probably more like $5 million, including Kendall’s fee,” the official says, adding the the media buy would be “roughly $100 million for a campaign like this.” A longtime production coordinator notes: “Kendall was likely paid a one-time fee for the ad. I’d guess anywhere from $400,000-$1 million.”

Ooops. That’ll leave a mark.

Moving on.

Mike Cernovich, who just two weeks ago was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment on “fake news” that was nothing more than a naked attempt by CBS’s Scott Pelley to try to undermine Cernovich’s credibility by lumping him in with people who traffic in clickbait stories that have zero basis in reality. The segment backfired in spectacular fashion on Pelley who ended up looking like an easy mark for anyone looking to push a pro-Democrat narrative.

This week, Cernovich has once again triumphed over the lying media hoaxsters once again by publishing a bombshell report about Susan Rice. On Sunday night Cernovich broke the news that Rice is behind the unmasking of names of Trump transition team members. In a post on Medium Cernovich wrote:

Susan Rice, who served as the National Security Adviser under President Obama, has been identified as the official who requested unmasking of incoming Trump officials, Cernovich Media can exclusively report.

The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.

Cernovich’s reporting was backed up (but not credited of course) the following day by Eli Lake at Bloomberg:

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”

Come Tuesday, Susan Rice was back on television, doing what she does best lying and dissembling with a healthy assist from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Here’s the full interview:

The most interesting part of the discussion takes place beginning at the 3:15 mark. Transcript via Real Clear Politics (my supposition about Andrea’s inner monologue throughout in italics):

MITCHELL: Within that process, and within the context of the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, did you seek the names of people involved in — to unmask the names of people involved in the Trump transition, the Trump campaign, people surrounding the president-elect —

Excellent question Andrea, Susan will have no problem shutting this line of questioning down.

RICE: Let me begin —

Oops that was too open ended, must interrupt her with a question that will solicit a definitive NO!

MITCHELL: — in order to spy on them, in order to expose them.

That’s a nice big softball for you Susan, I’ll step back now and let you hit it out of the park.

RICE: Absolutely not for any political purposes, to spy, expose, anything. But let me —

Ugh, why didn’t she just say NO! absolutely not. Let’s try this one more time… 

MITCHELL: Did you leak the name of Mike Flynn?

RICE: I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would.

Excellent work Susan! That grammatically incorrect mess of a sentence will be the only soundbite from this interview that anyone remembers. Success!

And so it was. Susan Rice didn’t leak nothing to nobody, which is not an answer to the question: are you responsible for the unmasking of the names of Trump transition team members? became the soundbite of the week. Spin like this works perfectly in a cable news interview with a friendly anchor, but I have my doubts about its effectiveness when the venue is a Congressional hearing where the questioners are former prosecutors. Best of luck with that Susan, can’t wait to see how you fare!

Carol Roth joined us to talk about the current state of the economy and her work with Microsoft Office Small Business Academy helping entrepreneurs with tips and best practices to help them realize their goals. Carol also returns in our bonus segment to drop a few f-bombs and talk sports with Fingers.

Finally we come to the latest news out of Syria. According to Western news reports, President al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in a bombing raid on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. These claims are being disputed by Assad and the Russians who have been providing military support to the Assad regime.

Syrian military forces have been making slow but steady progress in their fight against the rebels, and President Trump and other administration officials including Secretary of State Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley have been signalling that the US isn’t interested in regime change in Syria. So, from a common sense standpoint, the Assad regime has nothing to gain and everything to lose by using chemical weapons at juncture in time.

BONUS CONTENT

Carol Roth stuck around to swear and discuss the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, and the HBO series Big, Little, Lies.

That segment is almost as important as our brief discussion about the US missile strikes that hit a Syrian airbase on Thursday evening. The base that was hit by 59 Tomahawk missiles is the supposed origination point of the chemical weapons laced bombs that were dropped by Syrian military forces earlier in the week.

What happened to this Trump?

Has he already become a swamp creature who blindly believes intelligence reports about WMDs? I have to wonder if he’s ever seen this reporting from Seymour Hersh about the 2013 sarin attack that almost resulted in the US going to war. It contradicts the accepted narrative that Assad was behind those attacks and instead points the finger at the Turks.

There is no time to wait for an investigation to be done, because there are dead children! Have you no heart?!

And what’s this from the Pentagon?

Note the part about giving the Russians a heads up. If the Russians were forewarned, surely they let Assad know what was about to go down. What the hell is going on? Was this strike just a minor show of force, to show that Trump won’t bother drawing red lines, that he’ll take military action on his own without Congressional approval? Surely, there are better ways of making a point.

I’ll let Alex Jones play us out…

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Just asking questions with Carol Roth and Ashe Schow [podcast]

Posted on August 24th, 2016 by Tracy Connors

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ENOUGH ALREADY PODCAST EPISODE TWO

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Tracy Connors

The Week that was:

Last minute Easter candy shopping meant Fingers’ children were stuck eating white chocolate bunnies, the horror. Fingers got a deal on new washer dryer but he didn’t realize it would include a fireworks display thanks to some DIY rewiring. This naturally led to a mini rant about the insane liquor laws of our respective states, Indiana and Pennsylvania. Let our liquor go dammit!

Speaking of booze…

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Team Hillary is refusing to debate the Berning Man in New York ahead of their April 19th primary, unless Sanders changes his “tone”. According to Hildo hack Joel Benenson,

“This is a man who said he’d never run a negative ad ever. He’s now running them. They’re planning to run more… Let’s see the tone of the campaign he wants to run before we get to any other questions.”

 

I think it’s time for #FlashbackFriday, yes I know it’s only Tuesday, but what difference does that make?

But the attack that received the most pop, on cable television and blogs, came after a photograph of Mr. Obama in ceremonial African garb appeared on the Drudge Report, and the item’s author, Matt Drudge, claimed that the image was provided by a Clinton staff member.

Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, said that the Clinton campaign had “engaged in the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party.” It has not been independently verified that the photograph came from the Clinton campaign.

Mrs. Clinton’s new campaign manager, Maggie Williams, recently appointed to bring a tougher hand to the operation, issued a withering reply, not taking responsibility for the photograph but attacking the Obama campaign for suggesting that the photograph amounted to fear-mongering imagery.

“Enough,” Ms. Williams’s statement began. “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.”

“This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry,” she added. “We will not be distracted.”

Clinton advisers said the attacks were partly an effort to knock Mr. Obama off balance before the debate on Tuesday.

I don’t recall a big hubbub at the time about Hillary’s tone, but 2016 is a different ballgame. Watching the Sandernistas swarm to twitter and push back on latest, “LEAVE HILLARY ALONE!” with #ToneDownForWhat was wildly entertaining.

Here are some of the highlights:

 

The Week Ahead

There aren’t any big primaries this week so we had to dig deep to find something to speculate wildly about. As luck would have, some dufus over at Politico thinks that Hildo should tap Al Franken to be her running mate.  Sorry BernieBros your boy Blue! doesn’t have a chance at getting the nom. It’s time to give it up and help us figure out if there is anyone alive that could help the old bag beat Trump, cause Franken ain’t it. I think we’ve come up with the best answer, the only person on the planet that could drag old Rodham over the finish line and into the Oval is….

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It’s time for some ASHE KICKING!

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First an update about America’s favorite rape hoaxer Jackie! Even though everyone is painfully aware that Jackie lied about every single aspect of her story, she and her lawyers are attempting to shield Jackie from having to turn over her communications with UVa Dean Eramo and Rolling Stone, by claiming that as a victim of sexual assault, she’s entitled to certain protections. Um, yeah, here’s the thing, she’s not a victim of anything, SHE MADE IT ALL UP!

Then it was on to New Jersey, a decent state with insanely inane gun laws. Did you know that you need to have a permit for an Airsoft gun in New Jersey?! Well you do. And not knowing is no excuse, go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

 

CAROL ROTH was kind enough to grace us with her presence! 

We got the skinny on the new Mark Burnett, who’s that? asks Fingers. Seriously dude haven’t you ever heard of Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice, Shark Tank Unreal, anyway, so Carol is bringing all of her badassness to the small screen for the new reality competition series America’s Greatest Makers which premieres on Tuesday April 5th at 9 pm EST on TBS. She gave us a sneak peak of all the awesomeness that awaits.

We chatted about Cuba and what free markets could do to change the lives of its citizens. Notice I wrote could, not will. There are a lot of ifs involved, so no, you shouldn’t be running out to invest in a McDonald’s franchise in Havana.

Then we had to get serious for a minute and talk about the current state of the US economy. Long story short, it isn’t doing so hot, but compared to the rest of the world it looks pretty good. Now, if you were Carol, you might refer to this phenomenon as the equivalent of being the skinniest kid at fat camp. And that ladies and gentlemen is why we love having Carol on the show! If you’re interested in more fabulous one-liners mixed in with some invaluable business advice, I highly recommend checking out Carol’s book The Entrepreneur Equation.

And that’s a wrap! Thank you all for tuning in. A new episode will drop next week. All episodes will be posted to SoundCloud. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunesStitcher and TuneIn. Check the feed often, you never know when we’re going to drop an Enough Already Bite.

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Snark Factor With Carol Roth

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by Fingers Malloy

Carol Roth of CNBC joined the gang to talk about Oil and gas prices, trouble in China and Donald Trump bringing the USFL to its knees.

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Snark Factor with Carol Roth and Jason Howerton

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Fingers Malloy

CNBC financial guru Carol Roth stopped by to talk about the new Apple Watch and Starbucks.

Jason Howerton joined the Snark Factor crew to discuss some of the stories burning up The Blaze.

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