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>NY Times: Inside the Playbook Challenge

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If anyone is interested, the New York Times has a neat feature this week, it’s called the Playbook Challange.
 If you register with the Times, you will be able to fill out an interactive NFL Playoffs bracket to test your knowledge and skill at picking the NFL playoff games and the eventual winner of the Superbowl. 
 You have too not only pick the winner of each game but  the margin of victory each team will win by.   
After you complete the form you are issued a unqiue “url” that you can email or display to others so that they can follow your picks     

“The New York Times Inside the Playbook Challenge allows you to pick the winners and margins of victory for each round of the N.F.L. playoffs, including the Super Bowl. Save your picks, compare them with other readers and test your N.F.L. savvy against New York Times reporters.”

If anyone is interested here is my url:

Let me know what you think of my picks and we can compare notes. 
One catch however, registration ends today so don’t wait, sign up fast and lets see how well everyone picks the winners of this weekends NFL playoffs and all then all of the games right through to the Superbowl. 


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NY Times: Inside the Playbook Challenge

If anyone is interested, the New York Times has a neat feature this week, it’s called the Playbook Challange.
 If you register with the Times, you will be able to fill out an interactive NFL Playoffs bracket to test your knowledge and skill at picking the NFL playoff games and the eventual winner of the Superbowl. 
 You have too not only pick the winner of each game but  the margin of victory each team will win by.   
After you complete the form you are issued a unqiue “url” that you can email or display to others so that they can follow your picks     

“The New York Times Inside the Playbook Challenge allows you to pick the winners and margins of victory for each round of the N.F.L. playoffs, including the Super Bowl. Save your picks, compare them with other readers and test your N.F.L. savvy against New York Times reporters.”

If anyone is interested here is my url:

Let me know what you think of my picks and we can compare notes. 
One catch however, registration ends today so don’t wait, sign up fast and lets see how well everyone picks the winners of this weekends NFL playoffs and all then all of the games right through to the Superbowl. 


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>Analysis: Republicans struggle with race issue

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By Reid Wilson- the Hill

As minority voters abandoned the GOP in droves this past cycle, those who will vote on the next chairman of the Republican Party are struggling with the difficult issue of race.

The Democrats are seen as having advantages: Traditionally they have won more minority voters, and now the party will be led by the first African-American president. And, for Republicans, race proves to be a particularly thorny issue that can cause problems for even the most adept political operators.

The most recent example came when former Tennessee GOP chairman Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD with a parody song called “Barack the Magic Negro” to RNC members. First reported by The Hill, the CD set off a wave of criticism and elicited sharp rebukes from several prominent voting members.

That incident came on top of a number of gaffes throughout the 2008 election. In September, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) told The Hill he thought then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was “uppity,” a racially tinged word. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ken.) apologized in April for referring to Obama as a “boy.”

At rallies held for the Republican presidential ticket, media focused on attendees who called Obama a “terrorist” and emcees, most famously Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham, who frequently invoked Obama’s middle name to rile up a crowd.

Finishing Reid Wilson’s article >>> Here


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Analysis: Republicans struggle with race issue

By Reid Wilson- the Hill

As minority voters abandoned the GOP in droves this past cycle, those who will vote on the next chairman of the Republican Party are struggling with the difficult issue of race.

The Democrats are seen as having advantages: Traditionally they have won more minority voters, and now the party will be led by the first African-American president. And, for Republicans, race proves to be a particularly thorny issue that can cause problems for even the most adept political operators.

The most recent example came when former Tennessee GOP chairman Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a CD with a parody song called “Barack the Magic Negro” to RNC members. First reported by The Hill, the CD set off a wave of criticism and elicited sharp rebukes from several prominent voting members.

That incident came on top of a number of gaffes throughout the 2008 election. In September, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) told The Hill he thought then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was “uppity,” a racially tinged word. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ken.) apologized in April for referring to Obama as a “boy.”

At rallies held for the Republican presidential ticket, media focused on attendees who called Obama a “terrorist” and emcees, most famously Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham, who frequently invoked Obama’s middle name to rile up a crowd.

Finishing Reid Wilson’s article >>> Here


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Fox Allows "Magic Negro" Scroll To Be Broadcast During New Years Celebration

Here’s just another example of the  “fair and balanced” news that is broadcasted by the Fox News Channel. Whomever allowed this scroll message to slip by should be held accountable.

Throughout last night’s New Year’s eve broadcast, Fox News Channel allowed viewers to send in New Year’s greetings and wishes via text message. The messages were then scrolled across the bottom of the screen, replacing Fox’s normal crawling news headlines. While most messages were cordial, Fox allowed at least one racist message directed toward President-elect Obama to be broadcast. The message referenced Rush Limbaugh’s “Barack the Magic Negro” song:

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND LET’S HOPE THE MAGIC NEGRO DOES A GOOD JOB. LOVE JEN AND JOHN C.

See for your self, watch the video

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Fox Allows "Magic Negro" Scroll To Be Broadcast During New Years Celebration

Here’s just another example of the  “fair and balanced” news that is broadcasted by the Fox News Channel. Whomever allowed this scroll message to slip by should be held accountable.

Throughout last night’s New Year’s eve broadcast, Fox News Channel allowed viewers to send in New Year’s greetings and wishes via text message. The messages were then scrolled across the bottom of the screen, replacing Fox’s normal crawling news headlines. While most messages were cordial, Fox allowed at least one racist message directed toward President-elect Obama to be broadcast. The message referenced Rush Limbaugh’s “Barack the Magic Negro” song: 

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND LET’S HOPE THE MAGIC NEGRO DOES A GOOD JOB. LOVE JEN AND JOHN C.

See for your self, watch the video
 

 

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