About EJHill

Thirty years in television production. Living in a midwestern city in the productive custody of his wife and four children (Baby Girl, Marine, Future Tony Winner & Xerox). Unrelenting, unrepentant conservative. Needs a better temperament that equals his photoshop skills. Will probably die broke but believes more in freedom than the welfare state.  

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Today is my youngest son’s last day of instruction in our local public school system. We have made it to the end of this part of the journey, four kids and 23 years later, and for the most part with four fairly well-adjusted adults. It didn’t come easy. There was a lot of due diligence […]

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The Franchise Continued

 

ID? Damn straight. Here you go…

Within the last hour my youngest child exercised his right to vote for the very first time in the Ohio primary. At 17, he has the ability to vote on party choices for the November general election. He was the only under-age voter in our precinct to take advantage of the opportunity. The poll workers were thrilled to have a young man come into the voting station. Half of them were crushed to find out he was declaring as a Republican.

Why Have a Democracy?

 

(Photo: Eliot Cohen by Eric Gibson/ New America via Wikipedia)

Eliot Cohen is a Never-Trump, former Bush Administration State Department official who was interviewed on the “Limited Liability” podcast released April 13 by Jewish Insider. Assessing the situation in Ukraine, Cohen heavily criticized all three of the post-Bush 43 Administrations. But this quote is what stood out for me:

Let’s Talk ‘Treason’

 

Treason is one of the few crimes specifically mentioned in our Constitution. And the courts have been very specific in what constitutes the offense. In Cramer v US the 5-4 majority declared:

A citizen intellectually or emotionally may favor the enemy and harbor sympathies or convictions disloyal to this country’s policy or interest, but, so long as he commits no act of aid and comfort to the enemy, there is no treason. On the other hand, a citizen may take actions which do aid and comfort the enemy—making a speech critical of the government or opposing its measures, profiteering, striking in defense plants or essential work, and the hundred other things which impair our cohesion and diminish our strength—but if there is no adherence to the enemy in this, if there is no intent to betray, there is no treason.

Half-life of the Olympics

 

Variety reports this morning that the opening of the 2022 Games was down 43% compared to four-years ago. The opening of the Tokyo Summer games last year was down 40% over Rio in 2016. At this rate the 2028 Games will be getting pummeled by standard-def reruns of The Golden Girls. (That will set up one of those DirecTV Stream ads rather nicely: Bea Arthur. Transgendered Weight Lifter. Bea Arthur. Transgendered Weight Lifter. Bea Arthur. Transgendered Weight Lifter…)

We’re Zucked

 

Allison Gollust got Zucked by the boss (Photo: CNN)

CNN President Jeff Zucker has resigned. It was revealed this morning that Zucker has been carrying on a longtime affair with a subordinate, Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gollust.

Reportedly it was an open secret within the network but those in the know were afraid that if they were identified saying anything Zucker would exact revenge. It only came to light because of an outside law firm’s investigation in L’affaire de Chris Cuomo. In a previous life, Gollust had been Comms Director for none other than former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. And before that, she worked in publicity at NBCUniversal.

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I spent almost four decades in the television production business. My greatest professional accomplishment consists of one local Emmy and years and years of making people sit on their rear ends watching a piece of their furniture. It is not the makings of a great obituary. Great people can have all sorts of parents: good, […]

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The internet is both a wonderful and an awful thing. It can be wonderfully awful, too. There are rabbit holes out there just waiting to suck you in. Lately I’ve tumbled down a time waste called World Radio History and it features vast runs of broadcasting industry periodicals including Broadcasting, Billboard, Radio Daily and others […]

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What Was Worse Than 1/6? Every Day Afterward

 

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

With the end of hostilities in sight, Abraham Lincoln stood on the steps of the Capitol for his second inaugural and began, what he hoped, would be the beginning of American reconciliation. Forty-two days later, he fell to an assassin’s bullet. There is no telling what the Reconstruction period would have looked like under Lincoln and not his successor, Andrew Johnson. But the tumult that followed showed that bridging a chasm within a nation is not easy, that radical approaches beget radical approaches, and that there are limits to revenge politics — often to the point of achieving the opposite of one’s stated goals.

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On the whole I’ve always had a pretty good opinion of our local hospital. That changed last Thursday night. My daughter is home for the holidays and yes, she’s come down with Covid. Because emotion can be a pretty effective trigger for those with asthma, around 5 hours after failing the home antigen test she […]

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Robert Dole, Senator and Presidential Nominee, Dead at 98

 

Republican Presidential candidate Senator Robert Dole of Kansas delivers his stump speech to members of the Republican party during a brief campaign stop in Gaithersburg, MD (March 3 1996 – Shutterstock)

Robert Dole, who overcame severe war injuries in the Italian campaign during WWII to become the Republican nominee for President in 1996 has passed away at age 98, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation has announced.

Dole was often at odds with his own party. Newt Gingrich infamously once called him “the tax-collector for the welfare state.” Dole blamed Gingrich’s unpopularity as one of the reasons he lost the Presidency to Bill Clinton.

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“Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” Seems I suddenly have a new son. Well, almost. He’s my youngest son’s best friend. He’s a good kid but he has […]

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Yes, it’s that time again. Bing is back on the radio, Big Bird is looking for a place to lie low and the supply chain is bringing WWE and MMA to a strip mall near you 7-nights per week. Hannukkah (or Chanukah if you prefer), the celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in […]

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