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RetroTweets – What If They Had Divisional Play and Wild Cards Starting in MLB in 1901?
 
“What if” is a fun exercise.  In a series we will call “Retro-Tweets”,  let’s examine some “what ifs” about baseball history.
 
Let’s start with the Deadball Era, 1901-1919.  WHAT IF the 8 team AL and 8 team NL had been split into AL East and NL West Divisions, and each year there had been two wild cards, so that every year there was a full seven game wild card round followed by an LCS round, followed by a World Series?
 
First, the American League.
 
 
John J. McGraw – fiery Manager of the New York Giants, former Baltimore Oriole 
 
The American League in 1901 had the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles in it.   The Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers would only play in the AL in one season, 1901.  They would move in the following season & not re-appear again until 1954 and 1970 respec?tively.  
 
One of them would move to New York and become the New York Yankees—do you know which one?
 
In AL, this is how the East and West divisions might logically have been split up:
 
 AL East
Philadelphia Athletics
Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles
Washington Senators
 
AL West
Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Cleveland Indians
 
[Note:  some of these team nicknames were different back in 1901; Cleveland was known as the "Naps", Boston as the "Red Stockings" and so forth, but for purposes of this article we'll stay with the modern franchise tags.]
 
In the National League, this is how the East and West divisions might logically have been split up:
 
NL East
New York Giants
Brooklyn Dodgers
Philadelphia Phillies
Boston Braves
 
NL West
Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds
 
Well, now that you look at it, these divisions make excellent geographical and logical sense.  
 
 
Big Ed Delahanty – HOF LF for the Phillies – batted .400 twice, hit 4HR in a game, hitting the dead ball in the dead ball era.  
 
Now lets look at the actual results from 1901:
 
1901 American League Team Statistics and Standings AL Detailed Standings RetroTweet – Divisional Play
American League East 1901
Rk
Tm
W
L
W-L%
GB
GBsum
R
RA
Rdiff
SOS
SRS
pythWL
Luck
Home
Road
1Run
vRHP
vLHP
≥.500
<.500
2
79
57
.581
4.0
4.0
5.5
4.4
1.1
-0.1
1.0
82-54
-3
49-20
30-37
14-14
57-37
22-20
40-38
39-19
4
74
62
.544
9.0
14.5
5.9
5.5
0.3
0.0
0.3
72-64
2
42-24
32-38
16-15
62-51
12-11
35-41
39-21
5
68
65
.511
13.5
32.5
5.6
5.6
0.1
0.0
0.1
67-66
1
40-25
28-40
14-14
46-47
22-17
34-41
34-24
6
61
72
.459
20.5
67.5
4.9
5.6
-0.6
0.1
-0.6
59-74
2
31-35
30-37
12-16
44-58
17-14
44-53
17-19
 
Avg
67
67
.500
   
5.3
5.4
     
67-67
 
39-28
28-39
15-15
50-49
17-18
37-47
30-20
 
American League West 1901
Rk
Tm
W
L
W-L%
GB
GBsum
R
RA
Rdiff
SOS
SRS
pythWL
Luck
Home
Road
1Run
vRHP
vLHP
≥.500
<.500
1
83
53
.610
 
6.0
4.6
1.4
-0.2
1.2
84-52
-1
49-21
34-32
15-12
56-41
27-12
44-34
39-19
3
74
61
.548
8.5
13.0
5.4
5.1
0.3
0.0
0.3
72-63
2
42-27
32-34
21-15
57-44
16-17
38-37
36-24
7
54
82
.397
29.0
118.5
4.8
6.0
-1.2
0.1
-1.1
54-82
0
28-39
26-43
12-17
41-56
13-26
34-64
20-18
8
48
89
.350
35.5
164.0
4.6
6.0
-1.3
0.2
-1.2
53-84
-5
32-37
16-52
17-18
40-59
8-30
29-70
19-19
 
Avg
67
67
.500
   
5.3
5.4
     
67-67
 
39-28
28-39
15-15
50-49
17-18
37-47
30-20
 
Summary:   The Red Sox win the AL East, the Chisox win the AL West.  The two wild cards would have been the Philadelphia As and the Detroit Tigers.  Tigers v. Bosox and Chisox v. As, Wild Card round, then ALCS round.   The Bosox were very good and would have beaten the Tigers, while the Chisox had better pitching than the As, so the Chisox win.  Chisox v. Bosox in ALCS is very close—both fine clubs—probably a tossup, slight edge to Chisox, but the Bosox of 1901 were a fine team.  
 
1901 National League Team Statistics and Standings –
National League East 1901
Rk
Tm
W
L
W-L%
GB
GBsum
R
RA
Rdiff
SOS
SRS
pythWL
Luck
Home
Road
1Run
vRHP
vLHP
≥.500
<.500
2
83
57
.593
7.5
7.5
4.8
3.9
0.9
-0.1
0.8
83-57
0
46-23
37-34
26-23
70-49
13-8
38-42
45-15
3
79
57
.581
9.5
11.5
5.4
4.4
1.1
-0.1
0.9
81-55
-2
43-25
36-32
23-18
66-49
13-8
41-38
38-19
5
69
69
.500
20.5
50.5
3.8
4.0
-0.2
0.0
-0.2
66-72
3
41-29
28-40
27-24
57-58
12-11
31-49
38-20
7
52
85
.380
37.0
133.0
3.9
5.4
-1.5
0.2
-1.3
49-88
3
30-38
22-47
14-19
42-68
10-17
31-66
21-19
 
Avg
69
69
.500
   
4.6
4.6
     
69-69
 
37-31
31-37
20-20
56-57
12-12
37-49
32-19
 
National League West 1901
Rk
Tm
W
L
W-L%
GB
GBsum
R
RA
Rdiff
SOS
SRS
pythWL
Luck
Home
Road
1Run
vRHP
vLHP
≥.500
<.500
1
90
49
.647
 
5.5
3.8
1.7
-0.2
1.5
92-47
-2
45-24
45-25
17-16
70-43
20-6
47-32
43-17
4
76
64
.543
14.5
26.5
5.6
4.9
0.7
-0.1
0.6
79-61
-3
40-31
36-33
22-19
62-47
14-17
42-38
34-26
6
53
86
.381
37.0
133.0
4.1
5.0
-0.9
0.1
-0.8
58-81
-5
30-39
23-47
17-22
46-71
7-15
32-67
21-19
8
52
87
.374
38.0
140.0
4.0
5.8
-1.8
0.2
-1.6
46-93
6
27-43
25-44
18-23
40-73
12-14
34-65
18-22
 
Avg
69
69
.500
   
4.6
4.6
     
69-69
 
37-31
31-37
20-20
56-57
12-12
37-49
32-19
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 8/1/2013.
 
Summary:  The Phillies win their first division title in the NL East in 1901, while the Pirates win the NL West going away in 1901.  The wild cards are the Cards in the West and the Brooklyn Dodgers (Superbas?) in the NL East.  So Cards v. Phils and Dodgers v. Pirates Wild Card.  This playoff is much easier to predict—the Pirates really did have the best team in the NL in 1901.  They were stacked both offensively and with great pitching.  The Phils had offense but not much pitching, similar to the Cards.  The Phils would probably edge the Cards, while the Pirates would flatten the Dodgers, then the Pirates would beat the Phils in the NLCS.  The World Series would have gone to the Pirates.
 
 
John Frank “Buck” Freeman – Slugging RF and 1B for the Boston Red Sox – hit 25 HR in 1899 - In an 11-season career, Freeman was a .293 hitter (1235-for-4208) with 82 home runs and 713 RBI in 1126 games, including 199 doubles, 131 triples, 92 stolen bases, a slugging percentage of .462, and a .346 OBA.   Born Catasauqua, PA, 1871, died Wilkes-Barre, PA 1949 age 77.  
 
OVERALL:  This is fascinating.  The Phillies waited until 1950 to win anything in eight team NL league play.  The Cardinals did not win a pennant in eight team NL league play until the 1920s, but here they get into the playoffs via the wild card.   The Brooklyn Dodgers, who would win only one pennant in the 1910s and then wait until 1941, get into the wild card their first year.  On the AL side of the ledger, it’s more of the same old same old, except that the Chisox walk away with a division title their first year.  The As were uniformly excellent in the dead ball era through 1914.  The Tigers likewise, especially after they picked up that young kid Cobb “the Georgia Peach.”  And the Boston Red Sox, well, the curse of the Bambino had not yet hit, and they were as fine a ballclub as you would want to see in 1901–pitching, hitting, defense–the Red Sox had it all in 1901.
 
Come to think of it, these are playoffs we’d want to see today. In the deadball era, every player knew how to bunt; every player knew how to steal a base; stealing home was a common occurrence; the hit and run play was scientifically executed; players routinely played for one run at a time, but there were also guys who could hit home runs and long doubles and triples. Everyone in the lineup, including the catchers, could run, and no one swung from their heels on every pitch.  Strikeouts were rare and everyone tried to keep the ball in play.  Some fielders were superb while others were pretty awful, so you never knew what might happen on a ball hit to the field.  And the distances to the outfield–were gargantuan–500 feet to CF, and often 400 feet or more to the alleys.  Some parks were 400 feet down the lines, or were uneven, 400 to one field but only 325 to the other field.  And fans during playoff games stood in the outfield behind a rope–if the ball went into the crowd, it was a ground rule double.  It was baseball, but not the baseball of today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ty Cobb – 4,191 Hits, .367 lifetime BA, 11 Batting Titles
 
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Samantha Power to the UN Ambassador Post
 
 
 
Samantha Power
 
 
I’m ambivalent about Samantha Power being elevated to UN ambassador.  
 
On the one hand, she’s very well qualified academically.  
 
On the other hand., she’s not a conciliator–she’s more of a molotov cocktail you throw on a fire.  
 
She’s been outspoken on IRA rights (I support a free Ireland also, but she has taken some radical positions)
 
Her book on genocide devoted 15 pages to the Armenians, 200 to the Serbians, and zero to the Muslim terrorists who are our true enemies of the US.  She is reportedly pro-Palestinian because she has been reportedly pro-IRA.  
 
In fact, she’s a lot like Andrew Young, Jimmy Carter’s 1970s UN Ambassador, whose views she pretty much shares, and whose stint at the UN under Jimmy Carter was controversial.  
 
Finally, she broke up Cass Sunstein’s relationship with Martha Nussbaum, and Sunstein ended up having to leave U Chicago.  Power was the “younger woman” in a love triangle.  Messy, messy, messy.
 
I think there is certainly a place for Samantha Power in the foreign policy establishment, but the UN just isn’t it.  Unless, of course, she intends to go there and vote the US alongside all of the nations which are currently condemning Israel each and every day for the very fact that they dare to exist, breathe and cultivate the soil upon which they have a God-given birthright as set forth in the Old and New Testaments.
 
But what do I know?  It’s just her and some wild-eyed terrorists against the Word of God.  
 
Admittedly, a Pascalian wager, but I’ll take my chances with the afterlife.  I support Israel, unconditionally, and if they carved out a Palestinian state in Mississippi and relocated the current residents of that state to a reservation in Oklahoma to make way for them, well, I’d consider that as a policy proposal better than some of the ones involving removing hard working Israeli families from the West Bank of the Jordan.  
 
It’s important to note that Samantha Power is not an American–she is Irish from Ireland.  
 
John Kerry is Irish-American, and also, like Ted Kennedy, has been in the past, known to have pro-IRA views, which have lead him inevitably to have views consonant with Palestinian statehood.
 
This result follows because if the Irish are entitled to statehood, then so, too, are the Palestinians.
 
Not sure how Cyprus and a dozen other countries (like Quebec) got left out of this mix, but there you have it.   Especially since Cyrpus was a country, but then got invaded by Turkey, and no one is willing to get the bully and their troops out of there for going on forty years now.  
 
In a nutshell, Kosovo is the spiritual homeland of the Serbian people.  In Power’s view, the IRA is justified in killing people to liberate Ireland because Ireland is the spiritual home of the Irish people.  That to her is justifiable homicide.  
 
But when the Serbian people engage in similar actions to liberate the spiritual home of the Serbian people, where there are Serbian Orthodox churches standing since the 10th 11th 12th and 13th centuries, Power condemns this as genocide.  
 
Well, my retort is, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Or as Rage Against Machine sang, “Killing in the Name”.  
 
Killing in the Name of country, creed, race, etc. either it’s justified or it’s genocide, but it’s still killing, and to God, it’s murder.  It’s killing.  And it’s wrong.
 
How can she countenance the IRA while condemning the Serbians?  This makes absolutely no logical sense at all.  Also, as we see below, she actually comes close to endorsing killing by the PLO, Hamas and other palestinian terrorist organizations.  
 
Again, for Power, whether killings are genocide really depends for her, on who is doing the killing.
 
If Irish Catholics or Muslims are killing, it seems ok with her.  But if it’s Serbians, she’s not ok with it.  Perhaps that’s why her chapter on the Armenians is so short–she doesn’t want to get her Muslim friends riled up.
 
But maybe this is all just Irish blarney.
 
I’m not saying that the UN Ambassador should be a natural born citizen, but I cannot remember the last time an important foreign policy post went to anyone foreign born since Kissinger and Brzezinski, but no one is alleging that Power has their brilliance or their accomplishments.  And, both of them had mixed records on their watches, Kissinger with Vietnam and Cyprus, and Brzezinski with Iran. And then there’s that infernally annoying daughter of his on Morning Joe.  When are they going to replace her with someone less annoying?  Has a brilliant man ever had a stupider daugher? She actually wrote a book for 400 pages–about eating.
Well, newsflash–people on TV NEED TO BE RIDICULOUSLY THIN.  So yes, Mika, we understand why you have an OCD compulsion to be thin.  It’s actually in your contract that if you gain five pounds, you get fired.  It’s not like you’re actually talented, like Oprah.  
But please spare us the sharing, please?  I’d read about fifteen boring policy books by Kissinger before I read this gargantuan kindling for the fire work by Mika B. of Morning Joe.
 
But perhaps I digress.  Can Samantha Power–can that actually be her real name?
 
It should be noted that Power has recanted her views, and that Profs. Dershowitz and Peretz have backed her up in recent days, saying that she really is a friend of Israel, although the fact that they need to drum up those kind of statements from such close friends of Israel sort of leaves you scratching your head as to whether there is still a problem, especially when the President himself has come under fire for not being friendly enough to Israel.  Here’s some notes from Wikipedia about Power’s anti-Israel views:
 
Some individuals have accused Power of being hostile towards Israel, largely on the basis of statements she made in a 2002 interview with Harry Kreisler. When asked what advice she would give to the president if either the Israelis or Palestinians looked “like they might be moving toward genocide.” Power said that the U.S. might consider the deployment of a “mammoth protection force” to monitor developments between the Israelis and Palestinians. She characterized it as a regrettable but necessary “imposition of a solution on unwilling parties,” and “the lesser of evils.”[19] She clarified that remark on several occasions, including in an interview with Haaretz correspondent Shmuel Rosner in August 2008.[20] Many strong supporters of Israel have dismissed the charge that she is not a friend of Israel, including Alan Dershowitz,[21] Rabbi Shmuley Boteach,[22] Martin Peretz,[23] and Max Boot.[24] Boteach, who recently ran as a Republican congressional candidate in New Jersey, recalled that “she rejected utterly the notion she had any animus toward Israel [during their conversation]. She acknowledged that she had erred significantly in offering hypothetical comments that did not reflect how she felt.” In an article that he published after her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the UN, he stated that “as a Jew I am in awe of Samantha’s achievement in emerging as the foremost voices against genocide in our time and I absolutely believe in her strong commitment to Israel’s long-term security.”[25] According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “[a]fter joining the Obama team in 2009 as a member of the National Security Council — a post she left in February — she assuaged many concerns [about her commitment to Israel], first by joining [Susan] Rice in taking the lead against the singling out of Israel at the United Nations. It was Power’s call, ultimately, to keep the United States out of Durban II, a 2009 reprise of the 2001 conference on racism in South Africa that devolved into a festival of Israel bashing.”[26] Power’s best known book, A Problem from Hell, does not discuss Israel.
 
notes 19-26 are here:
 
  1. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/short-decade-old-youtube-clip-likely-to-dog-power-confirmation-as-u-s-ambassador-to-un.premium-1.528003
  2. ^ Obama`s top adviser says does not believe in imposing a peace settlement by Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz, August 27, 2008.
  3. a b Alan Dershowitz, “Samantha Power Will Wow Them at the United Nations,” Huffington Post, June 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Shmuley Boteach, “Samantha Power Clarifies Her Comments on Israel,” The Algemeiner, April 11, 2011.
  5. ^ Martin Peretz, “Samantha Power Is A Friend of Israel,” The New Republic, December 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Max Boot, “Defending Samantha Power Again,” Commentary Magazine, February 29, 2008.
  7. ^ Shmuley Boteach, “Defending Samantha Power on Israel,” Huffington Post, June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Ron Kampeas, “In new White House role, Israel will still keep Susan Rice busy,” JTA, June 5, 2013.
 
 
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The Al-Jazeera America Network
 
http://arthurjohnkyriazisgoogleblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-al-jazeera-network-comes-to-america.html
 
Al-Jazeera America Network.  Anti-Israeli Scholar Stephen Walt.  A Marriage made in Hell?  
 
Well, I’m going to try to be fair about this.  
 
 
Al-Jazeera America Has as it’s First Guest Noted Anti-Israel Scholar Prof. Stephen Walt.  They are making Fox News look Fair and Balanced. 
 
 
I Have a Point of View on This
 
First, let me say, I have a point of view on this.  And that is, that we are not merely in a land air and sea war with Al-Qaeda and the people who brought about 9/11, but also with the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Shi’ite Islamists who brought about the Iranian Revolution and took our American diplomats hostage back in 1979 and insulted America so badly that Jimmy Carter was hounded from office, with Hamas and other radical organizations funded by the Iranians, with a nuclear Iran, with the forces which destabilized Lebanon and killed our Marines back in the 1980s, and with those who are our enemies now in Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, and anywhere in the Middle East, who do not UNQUESTIONINGLY SUPPORT US POLICY.  
 
Al-Jazeera is arabic for “the island” or “the peninsula,” referring to the Arabian Peninsula, where the holy cities of Islam, Mecca and Media are located.  The Title of the Network is clearly aRELIGIOUS reference to Islam and/or a POLITICAL reference to pan-Arabism.  Or Both.  Yes, they know Semiotics, Derrida and Symbolism in the Middle East. 
 
Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose
 
If this were World War II, would the FCC allow Tokyo Rose or Axis Sally to have a Radio Network in the United States?  or a TV Network, if there were TV in 1942?  I should think not.
 
Al Jazeera Arabic Has a Track Record of Anti-Semitism and Hate Speech
 
“The most troubling thing is that it has to be admitted from the outset that Al Jazeera in Arabic carries a lot of what we would call hate speech,” he concedes. Perhaps he is thinking of a 2000 appearance by the mufti who said “there can be no peace with the Jews because they suck and use the blood of Arabs on the holidays of Passover and Purim.” Or maybe he is referring to the on-air comments of Samir Ubeid, “an Iraqi researcher,” who charged last October that Nobel Prizes encourage Muslims to commit heresy. Noting that the awards have gone to 167 Jews and only four Arabs (all of whom, including Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he dubbed “traitors”), Ubeid darkly warned that “the prize stems from the core of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
 
http://www.momentmag.com/david-marash-a-jew-in-al-jazeeras-house/
 
The network whose broadcasts have been called “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable” and “perfectly willing to lie to the world” by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The network that Middle East Forum Director Daniel Pipes has described as “Islamist, anti-Semitic and pro-terrorist.” The network whose Baghdad bureau was bombed by the United States early in the Iraq war. Many Americans would just as soon see a permanent glitch knock the new network off the air altogether.
 
id.
 
Make sure you read that again.  The Baghdad bureau of Al-Jazeera was targeted for bombing by the United States during the Iraqi War.  They were considered the Enemy, and an Enemy Combatant.
 
How have we arrived, eleven years later, to having the enemy in our midst, broadcasting to our children, on cable TV?
 
 
The Thesis – The FCC Should Do Its Job
 
The express thesis of this article is that:
 
1)  The FCC should ban Al-Jazeera Media Network and Al-Jazeera America from the American Airwaves;
2)  All cable companies in the US should not carry these networks on their standard programming packages;
3)    The FCC should regulate their content for speech content;
4)    The FCC and Homeland Security, the FBI and CIA should closely monitor the ties between AJMN, AJA and known terrorists and known enemies of the United States. 
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera_Media_Network
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jazeera_America
 
Who Are These Guys?
 
Al-Jazeera Media Network (“AJMN”) is allegedly a private network owned in Qatar, and Al-Jazeera America (“AJA”) is allegedly an american cable network launced by AJMN out of Qatar with American offices.
 
It should be further noted that the seed money for AJMN was  @$350 million dollars from the Sheikh of Qatar back in the 1990s; the original company was public; but after it was succesful, it went private, so it files no public 10Ks or 10Qs with any securities regulatory agency of any kind.  We really can’t find out about their ownership.  They own subsidiary broadcasting companies in the Balkans, in Turkey, in Europe, and now, in America.  
 
If you flipped the Radio Free Europe operation inside out, you’d have AJMN–it’s essentially a widespread operation meant to convey not just arab language programming, but a point of view–a pan-Arabist and pan-Islamic point of view–worldwide.  Just as Radio Free Europe was meant to convey the American view of pan-worldwide democracy and pan-worldwide freedom and capitalism.  
 
We’re going to lose this battle, because our programming is not ideological, and it’s not religious.  It does not focus on the values of our forms of worship, our freedom to worship, our freedoms in general, or on the defects of Arabic customs and rule–their lack of freedoms for women, for christians, for jews, for anyone who is different or who is not an islamic male.  
 
These are fundamentally clashing views of civilization, to paraphrase the late Prof. Samuel S. Huntinton.  
 
Does AJMN or AJA have Ties to Terrorists?
 
Having said that, I find it hard to believe that none of the 900 employees or any of the on air talent at AJA and at AJMN, their holding company, has absolutely no ties at all to any known terrorists or known enemies of the united states, and the notion that they are an impartial news organization as opposed to a fifth column working against the national interests of the United States has to be seriously questioned.
 
Certainly it is the duty of the FCC and Homeland Security, the FBI and CIA to investigate this matter.
 
After all, they are monitoring every email and every phone call in the entire US looking for this very thing.
 
How about monitoring the one broadcast network in the world we KNOW has a point of view potentially antagonistic to the US of A? and which routinely puts known terrorists, hatemongers, anti-semites and crazy terrorists on their affliated networks routinely?  How about monitoring them instead of invading the privacy of people who have done nothing wrong?
 
How Al Gore Created Al-Jazeera America and Made a Small Fortune For Himself and His Two Partners in the Process
 
As a parenthetical note, AJMN created AJA by purchasing a controlling interest in the Current TV Network, in which Al Gore had a controlling share.  That network was failing, losing money, failing badly.  No one was watching them, they were losing money, and their roster of talent consisted of newscasters who had been fired by CNN, MSNBC or FOX that no one else wanted or needed.  If you were on Current, well, you had reached the end of the line.  Or worse.   
 
The main shareholders in Current were Al Gore, Joel Hyatt and Ronald Burkle.  Current TV was notorious for two things: 1) they had two journalists captured in North Korea in 2009-2010, who were eventually released and pardoned due to intervention by Bill Clinton (the network did nearly nothing for them) and 2) hiring Keith Olbermann when no one else would.  
 
The North Korea incident was a debacle.  Al Gore let two of his journalists rot in a North Korean jail for months because he did not want to offend the North Koreans.  A real journalism company would have come in, sending lawyers guns and money to get those guys out, come hell or high water.    Gore just sat back and let former President Bill Clinton do all the heavy lifting, and it was done diplomatically, so Gore’s consulting and VC practices would not be affected.
 
Allegedly, Gore, Hyatt and Burkle were paid a cool $500 Million ($500,000,000) by AJMN for their rights to Current TV, a cable network that had virtually no viewers and was bleeding cash from every orifice conceivable.  Obviously, AJMN overpaid because no one else was willing to sell to an Arab-based media company, except of course, Al Gore.
 
Al Gore, Shame on You
 
Al Gore, shame on you.  You placed money ahead of your country.  It’s a good thing the Supreme Court made George W. Bush President instead of you, because in light of this transaction, the fact that you divorced your loyal wife Tipper, and other disgraceful acts, we see that you are not the person of character that we thought you were.  And you walked away with at least a hundred million dollars.  More bling for those young girls you’re seeing over in the West Coast.
 
It’s not like Al hangs out in Tennessee anymore.  If he’d of carried Tennessee in the 2000 election, of course, he would not have needed Florida.  But his own state and his own people rejected him.  This is the same guy who finished third behind Mike Dukakis and Jesse Jackson in the Super Tuesday Southern States Primary back in 1988.  Third in the South.  In a Democratic primary.  
 
Current TV – No One Staying for AJA
 
If you look at who’s staying and who’s going from the current TV roster, Cenk Uygur, who is Turkish, was about the only noted commentator who really expressed an interest in hanging around with AJA.    He’s been fairly impartial, but on the other hand, we don’t know where his views might go if he’s on Arab-owned network that is Muslim-owned and operated. 
 
The Aquisition from Gore   
 
On January 2, 2013, Al Jazeera Media Network announced that it had purchased Current Media, LLC and would be closing down the Current TV channel while launching a new American news channel titled Al Jazeera Americausing its distribution network.[38][39] Prior to the sale, it was believed that Al Gore and Joel Hyatt each owned approximately twenty percent of Current Media, business magnate Ronald Burkle owned about twenty-five percent, andComcast and DirecTV each owned more than five percent. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.[40] According to Forbes and The New York Times, the purchase was about $500 million USD.[7][41][42] The purchase by Al Jazeera occurred after an attempt by TheBlaze to purchase the media company was rejected in 2012.[43][44]
Immediately after the announcement, Time Warner Cable, which broadcasts Current TV to nine million American homes, announced that it would be dropping the channel,[7] but stated that it would consider airing Al Jazeera America.[45] It was previously reported in April 2012 that Time Warner had been considering dropping the channel due to ratings.[40] Al Jazeera America is still expected to replace Current TV on ComcastDish NetworkVerizon,DirecTV and AT&T.[42]
Defending his decision, Current TV chairman Al Gore wrote: “I am incredibly proud of what Current has been able to accomplish. But broadcast media is a business, and being an independent content producer in a time of increasing consolidation is a challenge.”[41] In a news release, Al Jazeera Director General Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani said, “By acquiring Current TV, Al Jazeera will significantly expand our existing distribution footprint in the U.S., as well as increase our newsgathering and reporting efforts in America [...] We look forward to working together with our new cable and satellite partners to serve our new audiences across the U.S.”[39] The Al Jazeera network also expects to increase its U.S. based staff to a total of more than 300 employees and retain most of Current’s staff.[39]
In addition to ending the Current TV channel, Al Jazeera announced it was scrapping the channel’s programming lineup, as well as its brand.[7] On January 2, Cenk Uygur, host of the weekday Young Turks with Cenk Uygur, stated that the Current TV show would continue for at least three months and he is open to staying with the new network.[46] That same day, Jennifer Granholm, host of The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, announced that she would leave the channel as a result of the acquisition,[47] as did Gavin Newsom, host of The Gavin Newsom Show, who was reported to have planned on leaving the network earlier.[48] On Sunday, January 6, Eliot Spitzer announced that he had left the network and his weekday show Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.[49] It was announced in an article in Politico that Bill Press doesn’t expect to continue his show with Al Jazeera once the change officially takes place. Press also doesn’t expect Stephanie Miller to continue her show on Al Jazeera, but Cenk Uygur wanted to continue with Al Jazeera if given the chance. Later in a Los Angeles Times interview Uygur remarked about the loss of the television show that he feels “relieved” that he can move on and focus on his web show and site and that he “was exhausted from doing the two shows at once,” also that “The future is overwhelmingly online” and he is excited to turn his energies there. It was also mentioned that after the acquisition of Current, he had brief talks with Al Jazeera America about whether there would be a place for him and the show, but both sides agreed that Uygur, known for political rants, would not fit well with the company’s plans to build a news source with a more neutral tone.[50] Press said he would look for TV coverage to replace Current but expected having trouble finding a replacement.[51] On August, 1st, Press announced that his show’s simulcast would move to Free Speech TV on September 3rd, 2013.[52] In a 22 January article in Politico, Al Jazeera spokesman Stan Collender said the network’s launch would be pushed back to within six months, and would create “multiple hundreds of new jobs” and new bureaus around the country. They announced the hiring of 105 total jobs for the new network, with 98 in New York and seven in Washington D.C.[53] On July 3, 2013 Ali Velshi announced on his Twitter account that the network would replace Current on August 20, 2013.[8]
The final item to air on Current TV, before the debut of Al Jazeera America, was a short VC2 documentary titled “Jumper”. “Jumper” was the first program to air after Current TV’s launch on August 1, 2005, thus “bookending” the network.[54]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_TV
 
Is this an opinion or is there evidence?
 
One of the main root elements of American Foreign Policy, and indeed, one of the bedrocks of the United Nations, since 1948, has been the independence and existence of Israel as a sovereign people and a sovereign state.
 
And yet, as their very first interview, AJA chose to interview none other than STEPHEN WALT, one of the most ardent anti-Israeli authors and speakers.
 
 
Profs Walt and Mearshimer, the Authors of “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy” 2006, an Anti-Israeli Book.  Prof. Walt’s views have grown increasingly anti-semitic and anti-Israeli, and he was Al-Jazeera America’s first interview guest.
 
Even though Prof. Walt is a professor at Harvard, he is notorious for having written a book in 2006 entitled “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy” which was highly critical of Israel and the pro-Israel lobby in the United States.  
 
Walt has been described as an “ultra-Nixonian realist” by no less than the New Republic, meaning that he would willingly sacrifice Israel, the Israeli people, and the Israeli State, just to placate the Arab States and assure America’s flow of oil.  
 
Prof. Walt does not believe in human rights, in the right of the Israeli people to exist, and does not believe in their divine right to be in the Holy Land as the Chosen People of God.  Quite the opposite, he wishes to expel and destroy our only ally in the region and replace them with our enemies.  
 
Prof. Walt is a superb example of what too much thinking and not enough experience will lead a man with too much academic time on his hands–to absurd and ridiculous conclusions.
 
For after all,  good men can allow evil to triumph, if they simply do nothing at all.  
 
Osama Bin Laden, before his death, endorsed Prof. Walt’s book in one of his tapes to his followers, saying it was required reading for all on how the Zionists had influenced American Policy against the righteous Arab Peoples.  Prof. Walt compounded this by actually seeming to endorse the endorsement of bin Laden, America’s #1 enemy:
 

Endorsement by Osama Bin Laden[edit source | editbeta]

Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda and self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks,[87][88] recommended the book in one of his audiotapes, saying that “after you read the suggested book[s], you will know the truth, and you will be greatly shocked by the scale of concealment that has been exercised on you.”[89]
In response to queries from friends as to how he felt having bin Laden endorse his book, Stephen Walt responded that he did not feel the same gratification he felt when others recommended the book “given what bin Laden has done in the past and given what he stands for.”[90] Walt then conjectured that Bin Laden’s endorsed the book “because he understands — along with plenty of other people — that the combination of unconditional U.S. support for Israel and Israel’s brutal treatment of the Palestinians is a source of great resentment in the Arab and Islamic world. This is hardly an original insight on his part either.”[90] Walt added, “Ironically, bin Laden’s ‘endorsement’ of our book could even be a self-defeating gesture. If enough people were to read our book and U.S. policy were to evolve in the manner we recommend, bin Laden’s call to arms would fall on deaf ears and he’d become even more irrelevant than he is today”[90]
David Rothkopf, Walt’s colleague at Foreign Policy, attacked Walt’s response to the bin Laden endorsement saying:
“Walt’s response gets really good when he then goes so far as to suggest that Osama’s embrace of his book only proves his point that the Israel lobby … is used as a justification by terrorists. Blind to the irony all his book did was weave precisely the kind of fabric of partial truths and old biases that are used to dress up the hatreds of demagogues everywhere, Walt actually has the chutzpah to try use the news that the most evil man in the world is reading his work as a soap box from which to once again sell his argument (and books).”[91]

SOURCES:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Israel_Lobby_and_U.S._Foreign_Policy

http://www.newrepublic.com/blog/jonathan-chait/79829/nixon-disallowed-jewish-advisors-discussing-israel-policy

 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Israel_Lobby_and_U.S._Foreign_Policy
 
http://freebeacon.com/al-jazeera-americas-first-guest-conspiracy-theorist-stephen-walt/
 
 
http://freebeacon.com/un-official-praises-al-jazeera-america/
 
http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/01/07/al-jazeera-usa-not-good-for-the-jews/

Al Jazeera America’s First Interview: Anti-Israel Author Stephen Walt

 
JNS.org - The newly launched television news network Al-Jazeera America , which has stated that it aims to present more objective coverage than its Middle Eastern counterpart, featured noted anti-Israel author Stephen Walt as its first guest.
Walt, a professor of international affairs at Harvard University, gained notoriety for co-authoring the controversial book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” which uses long-held anti-Semitic conspiracy theories of Jewish manipulation to allege that pro-Israel Americans manipulate U.S. policy to serve Israel’s selfish interests.
In his interview on Al-Jazeera America posted on YouTube by the Washington Free Beacon, Walt was critical of Egypt’s past and current rulers—Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military—calling them all “stupid.” He concluded his interview by noting that the U.S. provides military aid to Egypt mainly to protect Israel.
Al-Jazeera America is a new venture by the Qatar-based television network Al-Jazeera. In January, Al-Jazeera announced it had purchased former Vice President Al Gore’s strugglingCurrent TV to serve as a distribution network for its foray into the American media.
But some have been openly critical of the new network’s ties to the government of Qatar.
“To Americans, Al-Jazeera purports to be the equivalent of CNN or Fox or MSNBC—an independent purveyor of news. Yes, Americans know that most media leans left and a little bit of it leans right, but the networks themselves are generally free of government manipulation. Al-Jazeera, however, is a wholly owned arm of the Government of Qatar,” Shoshana Bryen, a Middle East analyst for the Jewish Policy Center, wrote for the Gatestone Institute.
While Qatar is officially a U.S. ally, its ruling royal family has forged close ties with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Last month, nearly two-dozen Al-Jazeera staffers quit over what they called pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias in its coverage of events in Egypt.
Some Famous TV Shows in American TV If They Had Been on AJA
1)  I Love Lucy – Lucy and Ethel are stoned to death for disobeying their husbands in the very first episode.   Fred and Ricky get four wives each and teach them to be subservient, good, Muslim wives.  
2)  Leave it to Beaver – The Beave is stoned to death for disobeying his father.  This upsets his older brother, but the older brother then goes on jihad to fight the Devil Satan Israel, and dies a glorious death in the third Arab-Israeli War.  The parents celebrate at the mosque their son’s ascent to heaven and his attainment of 73 virgins.
3) All in the Family – A white man in Queens is shocked to find that an Arab man has moved next door to him and exhibits racism and hatred against him.  The Arab man straps a bomb to his chest and blows up the white man’s house in Queens in episode #3 blowing up the entire block, because there are many Jewish neighbors.  A service is held at the mosque, praising the Arab for his service to Allah and his ascent to heaven.  
4)  MASH – Set during the crusades, the brave exploits of an all-male team of Islamic Medical Experts who use the knowledge of Aristotle to treat not only their own, but the crusaders soldiers as well, nursing them back to health, so that they can be executed properly and stoned to death as heretics unless they convert to Islam.
5)  The Simpsons – A typical Iranian family in which the father works at a secret Iranian Nuclear Power Plant by day, and works in a jihadist terror group by night.  His son is an adventurous spirit, who dreams of travelling to America and one day destroying large buildings in New York City in suicide runs after taking over commercial jet airliners.  The daughter is a proper muslim daughter who brags to her schoolmates about her clitorectomy.  The four wives on the show are funny about how they can never cook enough for their husband and how they can’t sit far enough in the back of the mosque.  
 

Al Jazeera America’s First Guest: Conspiracy Theorist Stephen Walt

 
 
 
 
BY: 
August 20, 2013 6:04 pm
Al Jazeera America dashed the hopes of journalism-hungry Americans in only the first hours of its existence Tuesday, airing an interview with disgraced conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt on the crisis in Egypt.
The head of AJA, Ehab Al Shihabi, had promised just two days earlier that “Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news.” Another AJA executive added, “We’re here because we think our journalistic mission has something to offer America,” predicting that “American viewers want a PBS-like news channel 24 hours a day.”
“President Mubarak was ill-informed and stupid,” Walt retorted on the air. “Then the Muslim Brotherhood was quite stupid,” he continued. “And now I fear the Egyptian military is being stupid.”
Walt rose to prominence as co-author of a conspiracy book about Jewish manipulation of American foreign policy and has been referred to by prominent liberal journalist Jeffrey Goldberg as someone who “makes his living scapegoating Jews.”
AJA has boasted of the additional airtime it will provide guests such as Mr. Walt — AJA will not be “cluttering the news with commercials,” said one executive — so that they may explore current events in a nuanced, balanced fashion.
Walt concluded his interview by noting that the only reason the United States provides aid money to Egypt is to placate the Jewish state.
 

UN Official Praises Al Jazeera America

Says news channel is the one ‘Americans deserve’ right now; does not comment as to whether or not it’s the one they need

 
 
 

Melissa Fleming / AP

 
BY: 
August 23, 2013 3:45 pm
The United Nations’ refugee arm’s top spokeswoman warmly welcomed Al Jazeera America to the U.S. media scene.
Melissa Fleming, the chief communications and spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), could not contain her excitement over the arrival of Al Jazeera America, which launched on Tuesday.
“Welcome! @AlJazeera America: the news channel Americans deserve,” Flemingexclaimed via Twitter on Thursday evening.
Al Jazeera America, which bills itself as a neutral news station, is funded and operated by the Qatari government, which has used the Arabic version of Al Jazeera to back the Muslim Brotherhood and other violent Islamist groups.
Al Jazeera America’s first guest was conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt, the notorious coauthor of The Israel Lobby, which accused U.S. Jews and others of perniciously manipulating American foreign policy.
Al Jazeera’s Arabic station has come under recent fire for airing what critics say is the staged death of a Muslim Brotherhood protestor in Egypt.
Fleming’s comment caused ire among some pro-Israel officials, who said that the endorsement of Al Jazeera is a sign of the U.N.’s institutional bias.
The U.N. and many of its bodies are routinely criticized for having an anti-Israel bias.
“The UNHRC is an organization dominated by despots and tyrants, which gets blasted every few months by U.S. officials for its obsessive anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity,” said one senior pro-Israel official.
“Melissa Fleming is a woman who has shilled not only for the UNHRC, but also for the [International Atomic Energy Agency] during those years when it looked the other way while Iran raced to acquire nuclear weapons,” the source said. “It’s no surprise she would drool over Al Jazeera America, a network that launched by interviewing disgraced conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt on how Jews were corrupting America’s stance toward Egypt.”Image

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