Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bill Clements

Bill Clements interviewing Dr. King, 1966
Has anybody here seen my old friend Bill?

When my uncle Bill Clements died unexpectedly in August of 1983, thirty years ago this week, Gregory E. Favre, the managing editor of the Chicago Sun Times, wrote these words in tribute to his colleague:

"No, there won't be any movies about Bill, but there ought to be. There ought to be a place for a story about a man who inspired others by his actions; a complete professional who loved the truth and honesty; a man whose faith in God and in himself was never shaken; even in the tough times when he was a target because of what he was writing."

Bill Clements was my mother's younger brother. He and Aunt Sheila were vacationing at their summer place at Beaver Island on Lake Michigan on August 7, 1983. He was wading waste-deep in the water when he was stricken with a fatal heart attack. They found his body several hours later. He was only fifty.

I was living and working in Syracuse, NY at the time. Early the next morning I was atop three sections of scaffolding when the superintendent of the building yelled up to me, "Are you Tom Degan?" When I admitted that I was (never an easy thing - then or now) he said he had a call for me. I climbed down to the second level and he reached up and handed me a cordless phone. I knew instinctively that the person on the line had bad tidings to bear. Sure enough, my dad was on the other end. He broke the dreadful news to me as gently as he possibly could. It was almost as if I had been slammed in the gut by a pickup truck going at full speed. I loved the man that much. 

In addition to being a beloved uncle, Bill Clements was known primarily as an "investigative reporter" for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Sun Times. But as Mr. Favre noted in his tribute, the words "investigative" and "reporter" are kind of redundant. After all, what is a reporter if not an investigator? Whatever term you wish to use, he worked hard at his craft and was better at it than anyone - Woodward and Bernstein be damned. It was his mighty pen that sent former Illinois governor, Otto Kerner, to prison in 1974 in a bribery scandal. Again, in the words of Gregory Favre:

"Bill worked the mean streets of corruption and fraud and lies, but there wasn't a mean streak in his body."

Bill at Sheila's prom, 1954
Oh, and did I mention the fact that he was one of the funniest men who ever lived? In fact, on more than one occasion he was mistaken by strangers as being Tim Conway. For a couple of years in the nineteen-fifties he lived in nearby Chester, NY, at the home of my widowed, paternal grandmother, Anna Degan - exactly seven-hundred miles from his native South Bend, Indiana. One of the summer jobs he held while he lived here was as a Goshen's Good Humor man. It was a job perfectly suited for Bill Clements; the man had good humor to spare. I can just picture him....

When Bill married Sheila in August of 1958, my parents missed their wedding because they were expecting me. That was the first time that I threw a monkey wrench into a family function, It wouldn't be the last.

I bonded with Uncle Billy quite early, spending  the entire summer of 1963 living with him and Sheila at their home in Dayton, Ohio. At that time he was working for the Dayton Daily News. One of his friends, also employed by that paper, was another aspiring journalist named Phil Donahue. I'd like to be able to tell you that living with Bill Clements and his family for so long a period wore off on me (When you're five-years-old, four months is a very long time indeed). I think that it did. I can say with total candor that no person I ever knew made a larger impact on my life. He is the standard against which all others are measured.

In 1981 he and fellow-reporter, Gene Mustain, broke the story that ironically made him and Sheila (who was at the time a beloved fourth grade teacher at a parochial school) pariahs among their fellow Catholics in Chicago. It involved the financial corruption of the late John Cardinal Cody. My cousin, Bill Clements, Jr., is today a reporter in Minneapolis. He remembers all-too-clearly that gut-wrenching time:

Cousin Bill Clements, Jr.
"The Cody series was a jaw-dropper: The stories accused Cody of stealing money from the church to support a woman and her son–and it intimated that Cody was the father of the son. The Sunday after the series first hit, Mom and Dad and my brother, Mike (the youngest and only kid still at home), attended Mass at St. Luke as usual. But this was not a normal Mass. The pastor, our family friend, denounced the stories and my Dad personally from the pulpit that morning."

Immediately after receiving communion, they quietly slipped out of the church. From that day on they  would worship at another parish "where nobody knows us", as he said to his wife and son. During this same period Mike was attending a Catholic high school in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago ten miles to the west of the city. One day he overheard a teacher telling another one that the evil reporter who wrote such a nasty smear-piece about their beloved Cardinal Cody would go straight to the pit of hell. It was that kind of time in the life of the Clements family.

Here is where I must relate a personal story of my devout uncle's relationship with God and his church:

Bill with his father and Bill, Jr.
I lived with Uncle Bill and Aunt Sheila during one more extended period of my life - in the Spring and Summer of 1977. By this time their family was complete - with four, very nice children (Billy, Julie, Katie and Michael - Hi, cousins!). Every Sunday morning it was the same ritual: Attend nine o'clock mass, then come home and sit down for breakfast - and I don't mean hanging out in the kitchen, halfheartedly munching on sausages and toast - I'm talkin' about a grand meal in the dining room, with their best china and silverware. Sunday breakfast at the Clements home was like freakin' Thanksgiving. For the record: Grace was said before every meal - breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

One fine Sunday morn, I skipped out on the family and missed the traditional mass and munchies. At the end of the day he confronted me on my way to bed. The conversation went like this:

"Did you ever get to church today, Tom?" 
"I didn't,  Sorry 'bout that." 
"I dunno, Uncle Bill, I just didn't feel like it."

He almost ran me out of town on a rail. As you might imagine, while I lived under his roof I never missed mass again. 


Bill (right) with my parents and Jack
Goshen, 1957
Bill Clements was the most devout Catholic I ever knew. He once told me that he hated writing the Cody series more than any other of his career - but he wrote it - and you'd better damn-well believe that it's the truth. Case closed. Once again from Mr. Favre's eulogy:

"No, they won't make a movie about Bill Clements. But then they don't make movies about a lot of people who are our real heroes.  And, besides, it would take someone like Spencer Tracy to truly play the role....and we don't have any Spencer Tracys around anymore either."

I have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Favre on this one point. The story of the Cody reporting alone would make one heck of a movie! Spencer Tracy has passed into eternity? No problem - George Clooney as Bill Clements; Now that sounds like a plan.

If he heard a statement or an idea that he found preposterous, he had a habit of saying, "That's goofy!" It challenges credulity to think that it's been thirty, very long years, since I've heard that wonderful voice of his - and that I'll never hear it again - at least not in this lifetime. That's pretty goofy, too. I often say that for every person that goes before me I fear it less and less. There must be one fantastic party happening on the other side of that unknowable void. Having a family member like him was better than winning the lottery. I still miss my uncle Bill. This is more-than-likely a permanent condition on my part.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY 


A big thanks and a hug-and-a-half to cousin Bill Clements for the details on the Cardinal Cody series.


Here's a link to read some of the journalism of my cousin, Bill Clements, Jr:
Like father....

Photo of Uncle Bill and Dr. King courtesy of cousin Bill Clements. That's a keeper! 


At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Dave W said...

I am an old American radical who believes from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs! We will have Democracy in Amerika only when we are free from the Koch brothers and the undemocratic, powerful, corporate oligarchy! Corporations are not people!

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...


Thanks for sharing your insight about your Uncle Bill Clements. I wonder if, with his drive to report the news and not to create the news, he could find work with today's Main Stream Media? Based on what you said he understood the difference between reporting the news and expressing his political opinion. Plus there was the issue of his devout Christian faith. That's the second strike against him.
The AP has just admitted they covered up the President's mistake he made on the Jay Leno Show. The issue isn't so much his mistake, but the fact that the AP was willing to run cover for the President. What follows is a report out lining these events.

During his Wednesday appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show,' President Obama made three factual gaffes; one of them involved the claim that cities not found along the Gulf of Mexico are. Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours. Not only did most of the media ignore or downplay these gaffes; the Associated Press went so far as to cover one of them up.

Your Uncle would not have stood for this!

"In its coverage Thursday, rather than point out the president's geographical error, the wire service made it look as though no error was made. Here is how the AP memory-holed the gaffe:

If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. – if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs.j
Obama did not say "and in."

The AP did it for him.

Today, buried in its correction section, the AP owned up to covering for the president:

In an Aug. 7 story on President Barack Obama's comments on the need to deepen U.S. harbors, The Associated Press wrongly inserted an interpretive phrase in parentheses into a quote by Obama:

"If we don't deepen our ports all along the Gulf - (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. - if we don't do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we'll lose jobs," Obama said.

Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville are not Gulf ports. It wasn't known if the president was suggesting they were. The AP should not have added the phrase in an effort to clarify his statement."

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts said...

It's sad to the slow demise of journalism as corporate media define their role as stenographers to power. FOX(R) and the New York Times' Judith Miller's parroting of Dick Cheney's lies about Iraq tell us all we need to know about corporate media.

Say, when's "Dave W." going to tell us the name of his private prison union?

Maybe "Chuck Morre" can help "Dave W" with an answer.

At any rate, his brain dead, yet maliciously intended, repetition is a tribute to Goebbels. The real Charles Moore and Dave Dubya were never that irritating, and much brighter.

"They" do however seem to be attempting "their" own little application of "Alinsky's Rule # 5".

Immature, dishonest and idiotic, but probably quite cute to the cult. Another good reason the ridiculous need to be ridiculed.

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."

Always reminds me of:

"And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need".(Acts 2:44-5)

Christians were the original communists. How about that?

Thank "Chuckie Koolade" for pouring a big gulp of the "liberal media" Big Lie of the extreme Right.

Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours.

Yup, this gibberish is still spewed about a corporate media that eagerly repeated the Right wing lies that duped the nation into invading a country that didn't attack us.

Are con-servatives so stupid or hateful to think Obama doesn't know where those cities are? Yeah, the same dolts who also believe Obama thinks there are 57 states.

What else can we expect from the doofus brains who think Obama said "You didn't build your business".

And none of them have even been sent to one of their mythical, yet effectively indoctrinated, "death panels" yet.

They practically BEG to be ridiculed, don't they?

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Just the facts said...

Just the Facts

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At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...

Uncle Bill would never have fallen for this tripe!!
AP could use him now.

The Associated Press issued a formal retraction of a photo it published that claimed to show that a large lake had formed at the North Pole due to global warming.

In its retraction, the AP admitted that not only was the “lake” simply a small melt-pond but that it was natural, not due to global warming. The AP also admitted that the “lake” wasn’t even at the North Pole, explaining that the monitoring station where the photo was taken had drifted hundreds of miles to the south.

UPDATE: Full AP retraction

Editors, photo editors, and photo librarians – please eliminate AP photo NY109 that was sent on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The caption inaccurately stated that “the shallow metlwater lake is occuring due to an unusually warm period.” In fact, the water accumulates in this way every summer. In addition, the images do not necessarily show conditions at the North Pole, because the weather buoy carrying the camera used by the North Pole Environmental Observatory has drifted hundreds of miles from its original position, which was a few dozen miles from the North Pole.

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Chuck, what does your propaganda and whining have to do with the original subject?

At 10:29 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...


My posts have the more to do with the original subject than yours has.

You just don't like Tom's Uncle Bill for what he stood for and believed in. I do.

Get over it, deal with it.

Thank you Tom for sharing. I didn't realize that even though a devout Catholic, Bill Clements fearlessly Investigated Cardinal Cody of Chicago and then reported his findings of same.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts said...


For calling out his propaganda of his myth of "liberal media" indoctrination, while getting in his anti-science indoctrination about climate change, you are the one accused. Yes that's the pattern of Righties, accusation, as usual. Thus, "You just don't like Tom's Uncle Bill for what he stood for and believed in. I do."

This is typical, illogical, BS posturing, obviously. He's lamely attempting to steal the moral high ground.

Retraction of errors is what good journalism is about. NEVER retracting anything, like FOX(R) and Limbaugh, is how propaganda operates.

When has Rev. Chuckie Koolade ever admitted being in error? Even when debunked by just the facts?

See what I mean?

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous You could have been someone said...

Andrea Shea King
This week’s column takes us surfin’ to some blogsites that over time, have become my favorites.

Their veracity is never in doubt because they double/triple check their sources, issue citation links to original documents and conduct their own interviews.

Example: From the day of the shooting and throughout the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial, The Conservative Treehouse team revealed the ugly underbelly of corruption and racially-motivated shenanigans associated with the media coverage and the trial. In no small measure, their investigative journalism led to a grand jury indictment against Florida State Attorney Angela Corey for “intentionally withholding photographic evidence of the injuries to George Zimmerman’s head in the warrant she allegedly rushed to issue under oath, in an effort to boost her reelection prospects.”

With help from reader donations, Treehouse spent from their own pockets to travel to Sanford, Jacksonville and Miami to interview those involved, make long distance phone calls, and file Freedom of Information requests for documents that helped expose the game players in this racially-motivated courtroom drama.

As recently as this past Sunday, Treehouse published yet another exclusive, this time exposing decision-makers at the Orlando Sentinel newspaper who deliberately slanted or played the Trayvon/Zimmerman coverage. The expose’ also showed that investigative journalism, with rare exception, is no longer practiced in the media marketplace.


For insightful political commentary, the ascendancy of Bill Whittle who hosts a weekly video commentary titled “Afterburner” for, is remarkable to witness. He is among, if not the best.

Increasingly sought by top conservative organizations to speak at their events, Whittle, a pilot, author, screenwriter, editor and director, points out in logical, rapid-fire bursts, the absurdities and fallacies of our political system and social problems. His video commentary about the Trayvon/Zimmerman case titled “The Lynching” attracted close to two million views, and his “Virtual President” vids are among his most popular. Watch this soft-spoken pilot kick in the “afterburners” and punch through the firewall. He’s going places.

Snarky fun

For sheer entertainment of a politically intellectual bent, here’s a partial list of my favorites:

I Own The World – Readers’ comments are often funnier than the blog. Visual puns, quizzes and cutting edge contests drummed up by blog host and graphic illustrator “Big Fur Hat” and his sidekicks “Mr. Pinko,” “Irony Curtain” and “Cardigan” keep readers enthralled, engaged and entertained. Well, maybe not enthralled. … Caution: Frequent (but hilarious) adult content.

Michelle’s Mirror – For pure snark, this award-winning blog takes a clever look at the First Lady from the perspective of her mirror. Featuring “Bo the Dog,” “Won the President and the Wee Wons,” “Michelle’s Organic Garden,” “The Boob Belt” and so much more, this is a must-read for Flotus “fans.”

The People’s Cube – Satire of America as seen through the eyes of a former Soviet agitprop artist. Snark straight from the heart of Marx. Part-time workers, unite!

In his latest commentary headlined “Obama Says Russia Better Get Some Gay Olympic Athletes if They Want a Good Team,” Powers writes, “Putin and Medvedev must spend at least a couple hours a day laughing at this guy. … If reality avoidance were an Olympic sport, Obama would take home the gold.”

Sites worthy of a bookmark

The Gateway Pundit – Jim Hoft and his team typically have the news. First.

Weasel Zippers – Scouring the bowels of the Internet so you don’t have to.

Director Blue – Doug Ross, keeper of such things as The Complete Benghazi Timeline; The Complete IRS Scandal Timeline; Obama’s Complete List of Historic Firsts; and The Top 150 Conservative Websites.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...


I hereby challenge you to refer us to where I said I "didn't like Tom's Uncle for what he stood for and believed in"

I simply said there was no reason to make this great heartfelt story into a political rant.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...


You are a joke!

Comparing the true reporting standards of Bill Clements to the AP failures to report the truth is so over your head in so many ways.

Your two posts to date make that argument for me. The truth is not important today, if that truth discredits the President or Man Caused Global Warming.

What would Bill Clements do if he was reporting on either of those today? Would he report the truth, dammed the consequences and be accused of whining political propaganda? That's the question and you have answered with yes he would be accused of whining political propaganda. What amazes me is you don't have a problem with AP reporting failures, and ignore the consequences of their doing so.

I do find it interesting that both you and JTF do not attack AP for their failure to report the truth, but me for bringing their failures to your attention! But personal attacks on those who disagree with your positions is the norm for liberals.

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts said...

But personal attacks on those who disagree with your positions is the norm for liberals.

Projection again.

You just don't like Tom's Uncle Bill for what he stood for and believed in. I do.

This is what is known as an unfounded accusation. Typical Right Wing behavior.

A retraction IS reporting the truth. Again, when has FOX(R) retracted any of its falsehoods?

The truth is not important today, if that truth discredits the President or Man Caused Global Warming.

The truth is there is overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. Real journalists report that. When has FOX(R) reported that?

We all find it interesting that Chuckie Koolade doesn't attack FOX(R) for not reporting the truth. Well, not really. He's incapable.

The truth is Obama is not so stupid to think those cities are on the Gulf coast. He's been there for God's sake.

This is simply more of that "You didn't build your business" BS.

Chuckie Koolade is so full of cult indoctrination he couldn't see the truth if it bit him.

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Just The Truth said...

"The truth is Obama is not so stupid to think those cities are on the Gulf coast. He's been there for God's sake."

And there are 57 States in the United States.
And unemployment will be at 5% buy August of 2013.
And your health care costs will not go up with Obama Care.
And you will still be able to keep your Dr under Obama Care.
And Obama Care will save the Govt money.
And in Obama’s campaign, he promised to “eliminate entirely” income tax for seniors making less than $50,000.
On an interview on The Today Show Obama claimed he won the Michigan & Illinois Primaries,
which is a lie. (Yup, sure fire thing, after all he's been there.)
Claimed “My father served in World War II” His father was 9 years old when WWII ended.
Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk
"No more Illegal Wire Tapping of American Citizens” Obama promised in 2007
Said he would Walk the Picket Line if Workers are Denied the Right to Bargain
Promised to Close Guantanamo Bay and End Torture
Obama Claims Border Fence ‘Basically Complete’ but It’s Only 5% Finished. But he's been there, right?

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Just The Truth said...

Lies During Obama's Fourth Year not reported in the news.

“The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”

“Mitt Romney raised nursing home fees eight times.”

“Mitt Romney called the Arizona law a model for the nation.”

“Planned Parenthood provides mammograms”
Spero News

“We got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system”

Benghazi violence was caused by an internet video & demonstrations
State Department

“Mitt Romney Plans to fire Big Bird”

“Under Gov. Romney’s definition … Donald Trump is a small business.”

Because of Obamacare, “over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it’s true — but they’ve gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.”

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration”

Romney and Ryan will gut pell grants for low-income college students.

My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years.

“I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days,” he said while in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.”
House passed bill on August 2, 2012 (Paul Ryan voted yes)

The American automobile industry has come roaring back…So now I want to say what we did with the auto industry, we can do it in manufacturing across America. Let’s make sure advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs take root here, not in China. And that means supporting investment here. Governor Romney … invested in companies that were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to outsource. I want to insource.
Forbes- Outsourcer-In-Chief: Obama Of General Motors

“You Didn’t Build that”
A few examples

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous Chuck Morre said...

"on more than one occasion he was mistaken by strangers as being Tim Conway" In one of the photos you shared with us, I think he looks like Jack Parr!

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Chuck, you really have to get back on your meds. I think you are about to have a seizure.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Anyone still going on about "57 states" needs to find some new material. Do you REALLY want me to list all the gaffs by Bush? And don't fall back on the old "Bush isn't president" excuse. The man and his cronies nearly killed this country.

Nothing, you are just whining.

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts said...

Well looky thar, Ol' Chuckie Koolade wants us to believe the "liberal media" with his plagiarized copy and paste.

Lies During Obama's Fourth Year not reported in the news.

Well now, that's a lie right there.

So the "liberal media" is in the tank for Obama? Yet where did these references come from?

Someone's telling lies, and it's not just politicians.

Typical Right wing fanatic wants it both ways, of course.

Obama lied and how many died? Bush lied and tens to hundreds of thousands died. Which liar is worse?

Yup, Obama may have spoken some untruthful things, alright.

But did Chuckie Koolad actually read any of the "liberal media" articles?

Don't bet on it. A lie is a deliberate false statement intended to deceive. To mis-speak is common to all of us. It's just not tolerated by the radical Right if it comes from the black guy.

Also ignored is the whole truth.


“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration”

Want the whole truth ?

There is one mitigating factor, however: A program similar to Fast and Furious did go forward under the Bush administration in 2006 and 2007. That program, called Operation Wide Receiver, also attempted to track suspicious weapons. Allowing gun sales to go forward even when the ATF had probable cause to believe the sales were unlawful has come to be known as "gun walking."

But it's only bad when the black guy does it, right?

“My father served in World War II”

It is obvious he meant grandfather, but not to the crazy cult.

“You Didn’t Build that”

A few examples

Didn't build what? Infrastructure or your business? Who's the deceiver there?


So let's hope Chuckie Koolade can sort out the "liberal media" lie from actual reporting of accurate information.

I wouldn't bet on it.

One statement is correct and one is propaganda. The cult says national media are liberal. Reality says the national media are corporate.

Poor Chuckie Koolade will never figure it out. Even as he quotes his "liberal media".


At 11:27 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

Just The Truth "Lies During Obama's Fourth Year not reported in the news.
“I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days,” he said while in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.”
House passed bill on August 2, 2012 (Paul Ryan voted yes)"

First, kudos on the copy-n-paste from other sites.
The 2012 Farm Bill didn't pass the House on August 2, 2012. The Aug 2 vote was on H.R.6233, Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 (a bill that was only necessary because the Farm Bill was stuck in the House). An emergency extension of the 2008 Farm Bill passed at the end of December, 2012, but the 2012 Farm Bill never passed the House.

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Just The Truth said...


"Unease at Clinton Foundation Over Finances and Ambitions" New York Times

Reporting that would have made Uncle Bill proud!

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Just The Truth said...

And the runner up for the Honesty in Reporting Uncle Bill Award(HRUBA) goes to:

By Lisa Myers and Carroll Ann Mears
NBC News

Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington is very frustrating to me,” said Loren Goodridge, who owns 21 Subway franchises, including a restaurant in Kennebunk. “I know the impact I’m having on some of my employees.”

Thank you Ms. Meyers and Ms. Mears for having the same belief in honest reporting regardless of the personal cost as Uncle Bill Clements had.

Uncle Bill would be proud of you!

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts said...

Hey Chuckie Koolade, is that the "liberal media" or the corporate media you're quoting?

At 2:34 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts said...

A great interview with Elbert Guillory who says Harry Reid’s latest race-based attacks on Republicans are device and stupid. He said that since Eisenhower he’s criticized every American president and they’ve all been white and he’s always been black and it’s never been racist. Ha!

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Just the Facts, formerly the Original Chuck Less said...

Hey Chuckie Koolade, is that the "liberal media" or the corporate media you're quoting?

No answer? Figures. Never happens.

Now Chuckie wants to be "just the facts".

Doesn't he just reek of...ahh, whatever is the opposite of integrity and honesty.

Or is he mentally ill, with a severe split personality disorder?

I don't think so. Best go with the opposite of integrity and honesty.

Mozart, being called a joke by such a cult clown is a badge of honor.

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Just The Truth said...

AP Reporter: Are Obama’s Policies in Syria and Egypt Worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner?

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki curtly replied Thursday to Associated Press reporter Matt Lee that the policies of the Obama administration regarding Egypt and Syria were in fact worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

LEE: All right. And then my last one — and I will stop, I promise, after this — do you think or is the administration confident that the steps — that the policy that you have pursued thus far in Egypt and also in Syria are worthy of a president who not so long ago won the Nobel peace prize?

PSAKI: Yes, Matt.

Well that settles it for me!

Great reporting Matt, you have just won 3rd place in this weeks
Honesty in Reporting Uncle Bill Award(HRUBA)

At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wonder if Uncle Billie would have wrote about the Rodeo clown who put on a mask of the current Ass clown we have for President.

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oliver Stone blasts Obama as a 'snake,' throws support behind Edward Snowden

The former Obama supporter, and director of films such as 'JFK' and 'W.' came down on the President during a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, saying 'we have to turn on him' regarding the continuing of 'Bush-style eavesdropping' and surveillance techniques.

Stone also said there still are some Marxists like Dave Dubya and Tom Degan who have their heads so stuffed up Obama's ass that they can't smell the daisies!

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

I love how conservatives blasted Oliver Stone for supporting the idea that Oswald did not kill JFK, calling him a "conspiracy theorist" and a "raving lunatic", but NOW they support his because he critisized Obama. The final "quote" was fiction, so one wonders about the first one. more LYING from Anonymous.

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how liberals believe that 911 was an inside job but do not have a problem with NSA spying on them by reading their emails.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Juat the Facts said...

I the facts that don't support my position

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

I am a liberal and I don't believe 9-11 was an inside job. In fact I know of no one other than a tiny few internet loonies that does. I DO think the Bush administration LIED about who did it and why, and I think that invading Iraq and trying to justify it by connecting them to 9-11 was a criminal act.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous I'm an internet liberal loonie said...

internet loonies, one of Dave Dubya (a.k.a. Just the Facts) best liberal buddies! Used to post here all the time, and not one none - liberal internet poster ever challenged his 9-11 inside job position. Which would lead most posters to believe that the other liberals agreed with him that 9-11 was an inside job!

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Right Wing Nut Job said...

Which would lead most posters to believe that the other liberals agreed with him that 9-11 was an inside job!

Amazing, we now have foolproof logic! You got 'em there! Woo hoo!

Now we have proof ALL liberals are commies, AND they all think 9-11 is an inside job.

And all liberals kick puppies as they swear their loyalty to Alinsky. Liberals also hate Mom and apple pie, too. They only love Alinsky and borscht.

Not to mention all liberals hate America. Yes that's it, they all hate America what with their evil Marxist Constitutional taxes and regulation of commerce. Oh, and that evil Marxist Constitutional "promote the general welfare" part. Grrr... That makes me crazy!! We need a Constitution that says the rich should have all the power to rule the country. Controlling the Senate and House and White House is not enough. Thank Mammon Obama is going to appoint Larry Summers to head the Federal Reserve. What a stupid liberal Marxist Muslim Kenyan! He's playing right into our hands.

Liberals are evil commies for supporting the Constitution, and wanting expanded voter rights instead of restricting voter rights.

Yup, no doubt about it. Liberals with their Marxist Constitution hate America. We've proven it, 'cause Rush says so.

This is why we need a one-party Republican dictatorship. It's the final solution we "good con-servative" Americans want.

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right Wing Nut Job
Matthew 15:18 "what comes out of the mouth, comes out of the heart."

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Just the Facts, formerly the Original Chuck Less said...

"what comes out of the mouth, comes out of the heart."...But calling liberals America hating Marxist commies is OK, right?

This would explain the heartless con-servative comments.

"You're on your own" is their ideology as they do their best to support the Party of Mammon, restrict voting, gut Social Security for the elderly and injured, and gut Medicare and food stamps for the poor.

"We are in this together" is the liberal answer.

Now for what Liberalism is really about:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; ...

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

- Section 8, US Constitution

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mark 12:17

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. - Mathew 6:24

And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. - (Acts 2:44-5)

The Party of Mammon is in direct conflict with all of the above.

Got another sermon for us, Rev.Rush?

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Dave W said...

Religion is an opiate for the masses!

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property!

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs!

Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money!

Corporations are not people!

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Harley A. said...

The comment section has become unreadable...

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:47 PM
Anonymous Just the Facts, formerly the Original Chuck Less said "Now we have proof ALL liberals are commies, AND they all think 9-11 is an inside job."

Anonymous response to the above.

Thanks for sharing with us, Just the Facts, what you really believe about liberals.
Matthew 15:18 "what comes out of the mouth, comes out of the heart."

Say, while your at it, where I can get my free stuff from you as you, sell your "possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need". - (Acts 2:44-5)"

I need a new cell phone and a new flat screen t.v. and I wear a size large hoddie.

Now if you want to keep more of what you have worked for and earned and do not provide me with these "possessions and goods", you realize you are a racist since I am a minority, and I expect you to do your Christian duty to provide for the least of these. (that would be ME, Mother fxckxr!)
Get to work!

BTW, don't expect me say thanks, it's your fault that I don't have processions and goods in the first place.

At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Right Wing Nut Job said...

You liberals....You're nothing but...but...a bunch of...evil...Constitution-supporting,...evil...bleeding heart Do Gooders...who want dirty lazy brown people taking all my stuff!

ALL of it!

Grrr... Why, I outa....

I'll tell

You dumb libs, all you know is... Alinsky! Alinsky! ... yeah, Alinsky.

Take that!... Oh, and death panels! Death panels!...

...Did I say Alinsky??

Why, you're nothing but...but... dirty,...sputter, sputter... Marxist... fizzle, fizzle,... commie....phfffft, phffft...

Brown people taking MY stuff!


Liberals hate America!

Liberals are commies!

Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right Wing Nut Job said nothing worth of any value, again.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Cirze said...

Love the story, Tom,

You are he.

Writ loud.



- Good friend of Dave Dubya

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Cardinal Sins" was a novel by Fr. Andrew Greeley, a diocesan priest and columnist for the Sun-Times. He died 5/30/13. The book was about Cody and his follies, and earned the scoff of the Chicago Catholics as a "renegade priest". I enjoyed Greeley as I would have enjoyed your Uncle Bill. Bob Elkins


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