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What’s the Right Number to Steady Unemployment? (PCNC)

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm
What is the number of jobs created that keeps the American unemployment rate steady? The GTTP Panel discusses on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

What is the number of jobs created that keeps the American unemployment rate steady? The GTTP Panel discusses on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

PITTSBURGH (September 4, 2015) – The Get To The Point Panel of award-winning financial adviser Lou Stanasolovich, Dr. Risa Kumazawa from Duquesne University (PA), and Dr. Nan Li from California University (PA) talk with Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point”) talks about the latest American economic numbers and the correct number of added jobs needed to steady unemployment during this segment of the popular PCNC program, “Get To The Point”. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with re-broadcasts on Sundays at 10pm and Mondays at 5pm.

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1st, the “New Normal”; Now, the “New Superb”? A Threat to the American Dream

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

“…(perhaps) we live in the time of the ‘New Superb’, where yesterday’s mediocrity is today’s excellence…”

PITTSBURGH (September 4, 2015) – In the shadows of the scare from China and with the scenery of the ‘New Normal’ around us, we stare at a reality that challenges our definition of the American Dream: that we live in the time of the ‘New Superb’, where yesterday’s mediocrity is today’s excellence…complete with lowered expectations for your children, extended timelines for your retirement, and economic limits on the middle class and aspiring Americans.”

Host and political commentator Lenny McAllister coins the term, the “New Superb”, as a perspective that is taking over the narrative concerning the state of the American economy and the American Dream during this “Starting Point” commentary.

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McAllister’s monologue started the September 4 episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point.” McAllister asks if America has moved the goal-line in defining success, progress, and prosperity after years of Main Street troubles after The Great Recession.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with re-broadcasts on Sundays at 10pm and Mondays at 5pm.

Why An “Aye” Vote is the Wrong Vote for the Iran Deal

In Articles on September 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm
Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

Bi-partisan opposition to the Iranian Nuclear Deal will boil down to discussions once Congress re-convenes.

There are options other than war and a bad deal in the fight to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon

by Lenny McAllister

When Mike Doyle, Keith Rothfus and others reconvene on Capitol Hill, America will face another historic moment, one that determines our role as a force for good and a protector of peace for our nation and our allies.

Right now, Iran has the resources and the know-how to produce several nuclear weapons. Setbacks originating from the Stuxnet virus 5 years ago and fairly recent assurances from the Obama Administration that Iran was not readily “breakout-capable” have not deterred Iran. Neither have strong international sanctions, as Iran has been capable of maintaining nuclear progress including covert operations at Fordow while enduring hits to its economy.

America and our allies share a primary goal that must not be overlooked in the quest to secure any deal in lieu of a good deal. We must prevent Iran from destabilizing the Middle East and beyond with its support of terrorism throughout the region and its long-standing, hate-filled opposition to Israel and America.

Any agreement that focuses on checking off one box of an agenda without securing the overall mission fails us and our friends around the world.

Feedback on this proposed agreement has united “strange bedfellows” in a manner that few issues have. Israeli leaders – fresh off of a competitive and turbulent election – have come together in opposition to this deal. Saudi leaders have denounced it, leading to concerns that nuclear proliferation in the region may emerge. Democratic leaders in the US Senate, including former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez and potential minority leader Chuck Schumer, both oppose the deal along with their Republican colleagues, leaving President Obama scrambling to find the votes to finalize the agreement.

Looking at assumptions made in the deal, it is not hard to see why it is a tough sell. Terms include a commitment from Iran to not develop nor acquire a nuclear weapon. On its face, this sounds good, but the term comes with the caveat that Iran does not need to disclose its past nuclear activities, including those that occurred at facilities discovered through Western surveillance, not Iranian open disclosure. Another condition supposedly imposes a permanent ban on Iranian development of weapons capabilities. Yet, without knowing the scope of Iranian progress to date, we are left in the dark about where Iran truly is with weaponization and, thus, left in the shadows of uncertainty. With roughly $140 billion – over 20 times the annual budget of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – available immediately if the agreement is confirmed, more uncertainty for America and our allies in the region is not a position we should advance.

Mr. Doyle and other supporters state that the agreement will block paths to enrichment for weapons use. However, the deal does not keep the Iranians from procuring the necessary know-how to produce advanced centrifuges, thus allowing for future enrichment. This allows Iran to be able to move forward in developing technology required to eventually reach breakout status.

Supporters of the deal lean on Iran’s pledge to aid monitoring and inspection of its facilities. It was often repeated that we would have “24/7 access” to ensure compliance. Yet, we now know that access can be delayed for weeks under this deal, allowing Iran to continue to keep key components of their nuclear advancement off-radar, just as they did with Fordow. Former IAEA Deputy Director-General Olli Heinonen stated that this loophole is a “recipe for cheating … (considering so) … much of this equipment is very easy to move.”

This, coupled with technical know-how, creates a recipe for disaster.

Further, both sides of the deal are at odds over how “openness” and “access” are defined by the deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan have said that Iran has the right to deny access to military sites for nuclear inspection as part of the agreement. Delayed access to nuclear facilities coupled with lack of access to military sites yield a problematic duo for upholding the tenets of this proposed deal.

Even the promise of “snapback sanctions” are interpreted vastly differently by the two sides. Zarif has already stated that the flood of foreign companies into Iran after this deal is finalized will nullify the impact of any future sanctions. Countries such as China and Russia – nations that have been aggressive militarily in their own regions recently – have already lined up deals with the Iranians, including projects related to nuclear energy. “Snapback sanctions” would likely yield sagging results.

Senator Menendez noted that the deal is based on hope, not verification. Both Mr. Rothfus and he are right to oppose this deal . Mr. Doyle is wrong to support it. Iran has escalated tensions with us since 1979. They remain hostile to our nation and our allies. Congressional failure to enact further sanctions earlier and the promotion of this unsettling deal currently put us in a compromised position. We have seen this repeatedly with the Obama Administration, with foreign policy missteps with ISIS, Libya, and Yemen. Obama’s implicit belief that the only alternative to this deal is war lacks nuanced negotiating or foreign affairs foresight, as we experienced in 2011 with Iraq. Just recently, the Administration incorrectly calculated the amount of Iranian centrifuges at hundreds, not thousands. Continuing down this path would be wrong for our allies, wrong in the fight against global terrorism, and wrong for the prospect of long-term peace. Bad deals do not keep bad men from committing bad acts. We are not in a position to allow bad agreements with bad men a chance to work some good. We ended that costly lesson 70 years ago in 1945. We must not re-learn that lesson now.

Lenny McAllister, a former RNC operative under Chairman Michael Steele, is a Republican strategist and talk show host on PCNC and Newsradio 1020 KDKA.

Mr. Doyle’s position for the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

Mr. Rothfus’ position against the Iran Nuclear Deal can be found HERE

How Far Does #BlackLivesMatter Go? How Far Should It Go?

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
"Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say - the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

“Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say – the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) –Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) asks how far should the #BlackLivesMatter sentiment extend for the sake of improving the conditions African-Americans face in the United States in 2015. He uses this “Starting Point” commentary at the beginning of the show to challenge the audience and the GTTP (Get To The Point) Panel on how the activist-led movement is going in the days ahead and how widespread this hashtag-driven agenda will extend as a movement in the coming months and years ahead for equality for Blacks in America.
Catch this “Starting Point” commentary from the July 31 edition of “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Who Won with Iran Nuke Deal? The GTTP Panel Debates

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:03 am
Tenured diplomat Ambassador Dan Simpson discusses the Iranian nuclear deal with the "Get To The Point Panel" on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel

Tenured diplomat Ambassador Dan Simpson discusses the Iranian nuclear deal with the “Get To The Point Panel” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Photo: Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (July 24, 2015) – The ”Get To The Point” Panel talks with Lenny McAllister about the details and possible impacts of the Iranian nuclear deal from the perspectives of the USA, its allies (including Israel), and Iran during these segments from “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel. The GTTP Panel for this episode includes noted diplomat Ambassador Dan Simpson (of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Gregg Roman (former staffer with The Knesset in Israel), and Dr. Joshua Forrest (chair of the political science department at La Roche College in Pittsburgh).

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9), the sister station of the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI, on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

View this conversation from “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Mid-Year 2015: Is the State of the American Union, “Disunity”? (June 26, 2015)

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

PITTSBURGH (June 26, 2015) – Host Lenny McAllister (“NightTalk: Get to the Point”) ask the question, “what is wrong with the USA at the mid-point of 2015?” He uses the question to prompt a mid-year conversation with his guests on the Get To The Point Panel this week: radio host Rose Tennent (“Rose Unplugged”), TV host Ellis Cannon (“NightTalk”), and political strategist Olivia Benson.

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Obama & The N-Word (Huff Post Live) (June 22, 2015)

In Video on August 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm
"...it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say 'n*****' in public..." - - President Barack Obama

Was President Obama’s comments concerning racism in America too strong and “unbecoming of an American president” or well-timed and appropriate for today’s tensions?

NEW YORK CITY (June 22, 2015) – (Courtesy Huffington Post / HuffPost Live) In a recent interview, President Obama used the N-word when making a point about racism following the Charleston shootings. Does the attention and criticism he’s getting over the use of this word prove his point about race in America?

Host: Alyona Minkovski

Guests for this Segment:

Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Pittsburgh, PA)Former Republican Congressional Candidate; TV Host, ‘NightTalk: Get To The Point’; Radio Host, ‘The Lenny McAllister Show’

Jody Armour @NiggaTheory (Los Angeles, CA)Law Professor, University of Southern California

Mychal Denzel Smith @mychalsmith (Brooklyn, NY)Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. @cnicolemason (New York, NY)Executive Director, Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI)

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Was President Obama’s Use of N-Word Appropriate?

In Video on August 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Was President Obama’s use of the “N-word” timely or inappropriate for an American president? Lenny McAllister debates this on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

TORONTO (June 22, 2015) – (Courtesy CBC) Political analysts Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on PCNC and “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) and Sam Fullwood (Center For American Progress) debate President Obama’s use of the N-word during these 2 segments with Carole McNeil on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC).

Please watch the segment that was broadcast throughout Canada by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Starting Point – Jan 23, 2015 (PCNC’s NT: Get to the Point)

In Video on January 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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New Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) addresses the crowd during his January 20th Inauguration in Harrisburg.

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (January 23, 2015): “Profound leadership is capable of identifying and capturing key moments of time to inspire communities to noteworthy action, all for the sake of changing the course of history for the better. It takes a tone that elevates past rhetoric and wish lists – partisanship and apathy – broken trust, broken promises, and a broken past…Being a high-profile public speaker and being an orator are two different things. One communicates ideas – one inspires positive change.”

 

Political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) uses his “Starting Point” commentary to start of the PCNC Friday evening show to discuss the challenges addressed by the new governor of Pennsylvania and the lame-duck President of the United States during their January 20 speeches.  

 

McAllister’s Starting Point from the Jan 23 episode can be found HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

 

ICYMI: “News One Now” Talks Cuba Relations (December 18 2014)

In Video on January 5, 2015 at 11:27 am
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As President Obama looks to “normalize” relations with Cuba over time, host Roland Martin (“News One Now”) discusses the president’s latest moves with Lenny McAllister, Kim Brown, and Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever.

 

Washington, DC (December 18, 2014): Roland Martin discusses Obama’s decision to recalibrate relations with Cuba on this episode of “News One Now” on TV One. Martin interviews Roland Roebuck along with panelists Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, Lenny McAllister, and Kim Brown.

 

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