“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Telepromter Inventor Dies - White House Has Flag at Half Mast

Teleprompter inventor Hubert Schlafly dies at 91


A key member of the team that invented 

the teleprompter, which feeds scripts to actors, politicians and newsreaders, has died at the age of 91.
Hubert Schlafly Jr died last week in the US state of Connecticut after a brief illness, according the funeral home that handled the arrangements.
His funeral was held on Tuesday in town of Greenwich, where he lived.
Schlafly was working at 20th Century Fox film studios in 1950 when he developed the teleprompter.
He had been asked by the company to build a device that would help actors remember their lines.
Schlafly's prototype teleprompter, which debuted on the set of a US soap opera, was placed beside a film camera and used a motorised scroll of paper inside a suitcase to assist the show's actors.
The device was soon adopted by politicians and was used at the Republican Party's national convention by former US President Herbert Hoover in 1952. It has been employed by every US president since that time.

'Most innovative engineer'
Schlafly helped to start TelePrompTer Corp and eventually became the company's president, accepting an Emmy Award on its behalf in 1999.
Schlafly, who held 16 total patents, also won an Emmy in 1992 for his work in creating the first cable system to permit subscribers to order special programmes, said a friend, Thomas Gallagher.
"Hub Schlafly was the cable industry's most innovative engineer and, at the same time, one of its ablest executives," Charles Dolan, the chairman of Cablevision, said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Whether you were his friend or competitor, he was always congenial and supportive and probably had more friends than anyone."
Subsequent upgrades to the teleprompter, which have allowed lines of script to be superimposed on to the front of cameras, are still in use today, assisting entertainers, politicians and newsreaders.
Schlafly himself delivered a speech using a teleprompter for the first time at the age of 88.


  1. It’s easy enough to see why this particular narrative has endured. Not only does it position the president as a Muslim Manchurian candidate with longtime ties to agents of the caliphate, but it also assures resentful whites that this seemingly brilliant black man isn’t so smart after all.

    In that sense, it’s of a piece with the right-wing obsession with Obama’s use of a teleprompter, and with the widespread suspicion that he didn’t really write the eloquent Dreams From My Father, a claim Trump recently made at a Tea Party rally. Obama, in this view, is both sinister and stupid, canny enough to perpetrate one of the biggest frauds in American history but still the ultimate affirmative-action baby.

    Trump is clearly not as intelligent as Obama, but he’s not an idiot, either. When he blows this particular dog whistle, he knows exactly what the Republican base is hearing.

    Conspiracy Theory

  2. This was just some coverage of an Obama telepromter malfunction

    Plus, after the break they will talk to a Philadelphian who "knows all the best places to get murdered."

  3. Explain that to me again…...(CNN) -- A toddler shot and killed his mother, the boy's father told South Florida police, who say they will talk to the 2-1/2-year-old.
    The father, who called 911, told police he was trying to take the firearm away from the child when it discharged.
    The boy's mother -- Julia Bennett, 33 -- was shot once in the back and died from the injury, said Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
    "What we do know is that last Wednesday, shortly after 7 o'clock, we received a 911 call from a gentleman stating that his 2-1/2-year-old son accidentally shot his mother -- the boy's mother," Rues told HLN's Vinnie Politan.
    Rues said investigators will talk to the toddler about the shooting, but that "due to the age, we're not expecting to get much."
    The boy's father has not been identified by police. They said he has cooperated fully with the investigation, which started with a 911 call he placed on April 20.
    In that roughly 4-1/2-minute call, a man's voice can be heard asking the dispatcher what to do. He speaks with a thick accent and seems overcome with emotion as he tries to explain what happened.
    "My son picked it up and I tried to grab it," the man said about the gun. "Oh God, I can't believe this."
    Rues said the State Attorney's office will decide whether to file charges. The boy's father could face charges of negligence, she said.
    Bennett and the boy's father were not married and did not live together at the time of her death, according to Rues.
    "This should serve as a reminder to all parents out there to not leave firearms accessible to children. Even if you believe the firearm is not loaded, it's just not smart. It's not safe," she said.

  4. And more from our resolute Allies in Afghanistan:

    KABUL (Reuters) - Several people were killed and wounded in a shooting between an Afghan Air Force pilot and foreign troops following a dispute at the airport in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said.

    The shooting follows a string of attacks by Afghan security forces against their NATO-led mentors carried out either by "rogue" soldiers or by insurgents in uniform who have managed to infiltrate their ranks.

    Such incidents highlight the challenge for U.S. and NATO forces as they try to prepare for a gradual handover of security responsibilities that is scheduled to begin in July and end with the withdrawal of all foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.

    A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said there were casualties among its troops after the Kabul airport shooting but could not disclose whether any had been killed.

    "We can confirm an incident took place in the Afghan Air Force compound within the airport involving small-arms fire. We do not know what started the incident and we believe the incident has now concluded," the ISAF spokesman said.

    "Yes, there are ISAF casualties," he added.

  5. $330,000,000 today and everyday in Shitshackistan.

  6. And in case you needed more proof that you landed on the dumbest planet in the Galactic System

    Sony has revealed that the personal information of 70 million PlayStation Network members may have been stolen by hackers.

    Yes, fellow Space travellers, at any moment, there are potentially 1-70,000,000 assholes playing with their Playstations.

  7. Quelle trag├ędie, all that priceless information lost from the 70,000,000!

  8. .

    Ron Paul decides to run for president in 2012.

    Hardly an ideal choice, he is still better than most of the people (in either party) that are currently being considered as potential candidates.

    If he ever got nominated, there's a good chance I would vote for him.


  9. Part of the exit strategy is the raising and training of an 80,000 man Afghan Army and National Police force. An impossible feat given the lack of faith or political longevity in the Karzai Government . Short of fighting an invasion , there is not much you can get the Afghans to rally around. An Afghan Army for Karzai is not going to happen. Either we Exit, get rid of Karzai or drop the Afghan Army requirement.

  10. The President has rolled out the lastest Photoshop of his Birth Certificate.

    (PDF alert for all you Microsuckware users)

  11. The White House just released Barack Obama's long form birth certificate.

  12. It does show US, rufus, that Mr Obama does not meet the "Natural Born" requirement of the Constitution.

    His father, being a Kenyan, plainly stated.

    But no one cares about that detail.

    Misdirection, well done.

  13. Yeah, they'll have to come up with something else.

  14. Read the fourteenth amendment again, DR.

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

    My father was born in the Philippines, but I was born in Vancouver, Washington, so I'm an American citizen.

  15. Obama was born on the USA. Next question, when did he start using barry soetoro as his name?

    When he went to Indonesia was it on an Indonesian passport?

    When did he legally change his name?

  16. The American people are hard to figure, sometimes, but I've never seen anyone get traction trying to demonize a politician for what he might have done, or not done, before he was thirty.

    We've all been young, and we've all been stupid. Politicians are, generally, too target-rich an environment to waste your ammo on what they might have done in College, or before.

    The average voter, out there, is starting to realize that we need some serious action on some pretty big problems, right now. That average voter could care less about Obama's grades at Hahvahd, or a school he attended, or a trip he took when he was a teen-ager.

    They made their decisions on that two years, ago.

  17. Dear Ms T,

    You certainly are a US citizen.
    There is no denying that.

    You are not, however, a "Natural Born" US citizen.

    The Constitution creates different classifications of citizenship.

    No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States ...

    No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States ...

    No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President

    The Framers knew what they were writing. They knew the difference between a citizen and a natural born citizen. Or they'd not have mentioned that natural born requirement, as one of the qualifications for President.
    Especially as it was omitted for Congressmen and Senators.

  18. I just can't believe my eyes, rat is arguing the NBC line, which I swear he ridiculed when I brougt it up long ago.

    I'd just like to see the Supreme Court rule on the issue.

    Congrats, rat.


  19. The only question to be answered, what did the Framers mean by "natural born"?

    Is a "C"-section baby born naturally?

    Obviously a naturalized citizen is not "natural born".

    boob posted volumes that indicated that "natural born" referred to the citizenship of parents. That both needed to be US citizens, for the child to be "natural born".

    Now, boob's many references could be incorrect in their historical thinking and subsequent conclusions. It could be that anyone born in the US is a "natural born" US citizen.

    That would include, of course the ever famous "anchor babies".

  20. I never ridiculed it, boob.

    I just said that no one, to include Chief Justice Roberts, cared.

  21. Ron Paul decides to run for president in 2012.

    Hardly an ideal choice, he is still better than most of the people (in either party) that are currently being considered as potential candidates.

    If he ever got nominated, there's a good chance I would vote for him.

    More evidence we've landed on the dumbest planet in the Galaxy.

    He's not even pretty.

    Walked into the clinic with a cup of McDonald's coffee in my hands. This pissed them off. Any cream or sugar in that? nah If there had been you'd a been out, today. And, we don't like coffee either. But they are going to take me in another 45 minutes. Maybe my blood will be green.


  22. That birth certificate is a forgery.

  23. yes, yes, hmmmm, well yes,duh, that is what the question is

    And I do think you're right they don't give a shit and the courts have failed us.

    I am glad you are up to speed on one topic.

    Remember where you learned it, at Daddy Boob's knee.

    I go now. See if blood is red, see if blood is green. I take wagers. I show results. I always bet on Red. heh


  24. An obvious forgery.

    All birth certificates have Dr Klaron on them, just like mine.


  25. That's the trouble with trying to communicate in this medium. I couldn't tell whether deuce was being serious, or not.


  26. boob posted volumes that indicated that "natural born" referred to the citizenship of parents. That both needed to be US citizens, for the child to be "natural born".

    The flaw in that theory is obvious:

    Assuming that Natural Born means both parents must also be US citizens:

    George Washington, could not have been validly elected President in 1788, because there was no United States when he was born in 1732 for him to be a natural born citizen OF.

    He was born a British subject.

    Case closed. Next!

  27. Wife says it's an obvious forgery and she is never wrong.


  28. You're misreading it, T. There were TWO ways to be eligible.

    1) To be a Citizen At That Time, which Georgio surely was, OR

    2) Be Natural-Born

  29. and durable manufacturing grew at an annualized rate of 16%, so along with today's Census report, it's clear that the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to lead the economic recovery as the "shining star" of the U.S. economy.

    Manufacturing IS doing pretty well - Carpe Diem

  30. Jeebus, Wholesale Unleaded is Flying today. Up $0.08 to $3.44.

    Add seventy cents to that, and we're at $4.14, fairly soon.

  31. I swear to God, I'd rather have a sister working in a whorehouse than a brother trading commodities.

  32. Oops, misread it; it's "only" $3.42. For a retail price of $4.12.

  33. Blood test showed high on testosterone, kryptonite imbalance, rat smell detector factor extremely high, b.s. factor detecrtor extremely extremely high, and rationally factor normal, color, bright red. I think the kryptonite imbalance might account for the only normal rationaity factor, ass usually I'm Spock with a hard on.

    She was just joking Rufus.


  34. I think it's interesting that the birth certificate lists Obama as "Africa". They show his mother as Caucasian.

    A comparison to contemporaneous bc's for that hospital could be in order to see whether the race is listed as Negro or African.

  35. Greece, Ireland and Portugal enjoyed no respite as investors grew still more reluctant to hold their debt, taking the yields, or returns, offered by the governments' bonds to new highs.

  36. Standard and Poor's, one of the top rating agencies, warned the cost of rebuilding could hit 50 trillion yen (£366bn) as it downgraded the outlook for Japan's debt rating from "stable" to "negative".

  37. While many economists expect growth to rebound after slowing in the first quarter, lofty petrol prices have rapidly become the most dangerous headwind. National average gasoline prices rose to $3.799 per gallon this week in the US.

    Policymakers are likely to have taken some comfort from a survey by the Conference Board on Monday that the slowly improving labour market was enough to push consumer confidence levels higher this month.

    The Fed’s decision to hold press conferences – which it will do four times a year – aligns it with the policies of the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan.

    Cuts Forecasts


    My crack about Spock with a hard on was kinda a private joke to me. Kinda coincidence of opposites, as found in Eliade and others, and in memory of a philosophy professor here - we always used to name the profs at the Nobby Inn Bar - this guy taught logic or something similar and had some sordid affairs, hence, his earned nickname. We also had The Ferret, a mathmatics prof, short little bastard with beady inset eyes a ferret nose, and an attitude. At one council meeting he didn't want Mr X to testify cause "he makes his living hauling trees out of the forests." There were others, not to be mentioned.

    I'll do anything to keep ethanol at bay for a day.



    The Ferret Song



  40. Four people were killed late on Sunday and nine wounded, including a four-year-old girl shot in the head, residents and medics had said on Monday.

    Security sources said pro-Gaddafi fighters tried earlier on Wednesday to enter Tunisia at a point about eight kilometres south of Dehiba in a bid to sneak up on the rebels, but were stopped by Tunisian forces.

    Fighting was subsequently heard around the town of Nalut, about 50km east of Dehiba, according to civilian and military witnesses.

    Gaddafi Forces

  41. There's a tiny country in the Pacific Ocean selling Royal Wedding commemorative stamps with the preforation down the middle between Bill and Kate (just in case).

  42. Photoshop Expert says Birth Certificate is a FAKE.

    Gives instructions on how to see it.

    T, take a look at this. Tell us what you think.

  43. The Obama Administration couldn't Photoshop a LOLcat.

  44. What a lovely post, I just don't see what the relevance of Michelle hula-hooping has to do with tele-prompting. But hey, whatever tickles your fancy. I also think using dear old Mr. Hubert Schlafly's death, which happened over a week ago, to make fun of our wonderful president is definitely not kosher.

    While half the country is pointing out all the flaws in the so called birth certificate, it's most likely authentic, and the Republicans should be using better strategy than trying to prove its not if they want to stay in the game. As far as Donald Trump goes, that arrogant piece of shit can kiss my white Democratic ass.

  45. Aw, Shit; You gotta see this. This thing Is A Fraud!

    Layers upon layers

  46. As soon as I looked at that , I saw a fake. Obama was born in 1961. The proper word for race was Negro not African. The mother's race is stated as Caucasian not European. In 1961 there would be no social stigma to the use of the word negro.

    When we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also declare that the white man does not abide by law in the ghettos. Day in
    and day out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and
    regulations; his police make a mockery of law; he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions of civil
    services. The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the white society; Negroes live in them, but they do not make
    them, any more than a prisoner makes a prison.

    Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1967.

    This is from the New York Times

    July 16, 1967

    Newark Riot Deaths at 21
    As Negro Sniping Widens;
    Hughes May Seek U.S. Aid
    New Blazes Flare
    Fire Captain is Killed - Governor Scores `Insurrection'

    Special to The New York Times [please check this]
    EWARK, Sunday, July 16 -- The Negro districts of Newark erupted again last night and early this morning. Four persons were killed during the night, bringing the total to 21 as the fighting went into its fifth day.

    Incensed by the slaying of a white fire captain by Negro snipers, Gov. Richard J. Hughes said he was considering an appeal for Federal help in capturing the terrorists.

    Two Negro women were killed in clashes between snipers and the National Guard and the police, and a looter was killed as he ran from a store. Terrorists ranged outside the ghetto and gunfire - including bursts from machine guns - resounded in downtown Newark. There was a renewed outbreak of arson. A guardsman was critically wounded.

    Although most of the [firing?] was concentrated in Negro areas, the police reported sniping in every section of the city. The police used so much ammunition that 20 cases of rifle cartridges were borrowed from nearby Union City.

    The Birth Certificate is a fake.

  47. "The Irish were not wanted here. Now an Irish Catholic is President of the United States. There is no question about it, in the next forty years a Negro can achieve the same position."
    - Attorney General Robert Francis Kennedy, 1962

  48. Well, by the fact that the man was actually from Africa . . .

    Deuce, I remember people making that distinction. It sounds bizarre, but . . well, it is what it is.

    However, look at that video I posted. Man, that guy peels that phony mess back, layer by layer.

    You gotta go look at it.

  49. I just did. It is a clear fraud. I thought so when I looked at iyt this afternoon and did not have to go into the reason why. I use photoshop and downloaded the pdf and took it to 1200%. Every typed word had a halo. The video shows it in illustrator and there is no denying it is a fake.

    i remember Obama hurrying to Hawaii right before the innauguration or election, probably to 86 some family photo albums.

  50. Rufus, I posted your youtube video.

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