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SUNDAY NEWS PROGRAMS…THE FEAR AND THE SPIN

January 25, 2017

I spent Sunday morning triple flipping. That’s what I call it when I take in the political lies and spin from three TV stations at once. I tend to change channels between CNN, FOX and one other. Often the third is MSNBC but depending on the time, it could be a broadcast station. This week it was Media Buzz on FOX, Meet the Press on NBC and Reliable Sources on CNN.

This week, the three stations listed above had quite a spread of topics. I was particularly interested in the discussion on CNN. Thus, I spent the majority of my morning viewing time with them. All the while triple flipping, however. They (CNN) spent the better part of the program (I estimate about 24 min. air time) talking about nothing other than honesty in the Trump administration. The panel discussed how they expected information would be shared with the press and the American people and how reliable it might be.

The gentle diatribe seemed to center around how they would interpret and interpolate what came to them in briefings and what they were able to glean otherwise through their (chuckle, chuckle) reliable sources. It sounded much like they were afraid that if they tried to spin too fast, too hard or too much they might actually but unwittingly and undesirably present the truth. Whoa, careful, careful!

Of the entire discussion, I heard not one utterance regarding the lack of credibility of information they received over the past 8 years. Not one word. Nobody brought up Fast and Furious. No one offered dialogue about “If you like your doctor…” or “…no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase”. My hearing deficit may have precluded me from hearing anything about the myriad scandals (within the “scandal free”administration), coverups and lies about them that these stations, and almost all others, ignored. But that might be because President Obama said in 2013,“This is the most transparent administration in history”.

Politiks is politiks! There will always be things happening within our government that may never be known until we’re all long gone. There will be leaks from and about virtually every event by almost every department. Some of those leaks will be for real and some will be purposefully misleading. It’s a matter of how we receive, and personally analyze what we receive, that can leave us with knowledge. Or, we can rely on the opinions of the powder-faced journalists, reporters and pundits to guide us through life.

For myself, I choose to see what happens. Prejudging what may occur and trying to alter the perception of what actually does occur to meet my preconceived allusions is too difficult.

The coming four years is unquestionably going to be different from the past eight years. It well might be a disaster, but I’m willing to see and judge it for myself…on what happens, not what is said about what might happen. If it all goes to pot, there’s always impeachment and removal from office. With Republicans in charge of the congress, and not afraid to be labeled racists, it could happen. President Trump could also make America great again.

I’ll be attentive and not at all hesitant to be critical of anything I see, read or hear coming from Washington, D.C.

AGAIN WE HEAR ABOUT THOSE NASTY, EVIL RUSSIANS

October 24, 2016

I am not a Putin lover. I do not agree with his abusive, aggressive and repressive methods of ruling. However, I do not blame him or his government for the world’s ills any more than I blame Obama. That may be a toss-up! I do accept that there may be some involvement in hacking emails to obtain government secrets.

They may even be complicit in the information Wikileaks is sharing regarding Hillary’s unlawful email interactions and information storage. However: “What difference, at this point, does it make” if it is the Russians, Guccifer, the NSA, Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Dorothy and Toto who hacked the emails? It’s about the content, not who obtained it, how it was obtained or who shares it.

This is all distortion, distraction and misdirection. This finger pointing is typical liberal cookie theft. This is the Alinsky method taught to the upcoming socialists in the 1960s and 1970s; the politicians, teachers, and journalism professors of today.

I’m sure you remember the school yard bully who would come up from behind and excitedly yell, “Look, over there”. As the object child and those around looked off in the distance to see nothing, the bully would take off. Like him, the yummy chocolate chip cookie that mom lovingly baked would turn up missing. Everybody suspected who had done it but, because everybody was distracted, nobody could prove it. None the less, the cookie was gone.

The email scandal, like so many other administration crimes associated with it, is portrayed as some fault other than the actual perpetrator’s. It’s not Hillary’s or Podesta’s or Huma’s fault that this stuff was said or written. No, it’s the fault of the “Ruskies” and Wikileaks for receiving and sharing the nasty stuff. It’s also the fault of FOX News for talking about the leaked emails and other subjects that the MSM discards to protect their own.

And if you believe there is fraud in the election process, you must be un-American. That’s the kind of stuff that happens in dictatorships and banana republics, not in America.

You can’t believe anything coming from Project Veritas because James O’Keefe was prosecuted for presenting truth in a media universe otherwise devoid of it. He uses deceitful methods to garner the truth from deceitful lawbreakers. He then presents unedited questions and responses in video format similar to any broadcast news story.

ACORN, Planned Parenthood and the DNC don’t actually do the things their corporate heads, employees and contractors say they do because O’Keefe’s employees didn’t tell the personnel they were being taped. Thus, the left claims his videos are subject to question.

If we’re going to shoot messengers, it should be those who present lies and distortions for personal, corporate or political gain, not those who convey the truth. Give investigative journalism a break. Establishment news disseminators no longer bother with research and few expend the effort to even verify that which comes to them bundled.

Corruption is corruption even if the Russians find out about it and Wikileaks publishes it.

TRUMP, TAXES AND CORRUPTION

October 4, 2016

As readers of my words will note, I am not a fan of Trump for president. Wasn’t from the beginning and ain’t now. I have said it might be time to have a president who understands business which isn’t but might sound like an endorsement.  I’ve also said I believe it should be mandatory for anyone sucking down my tax dollars as an elected official to first serve in the military. That, alone, would eliminate about 80% of today’s politicians.

So, after reiterating those qualifications, let it also be said that I am wholly against corruption in government, business, the military and in people’s personal lives. Therefore, I am not in favor of lengthy terms in any or all government positions. Remember, initially, serving in government was a patriotic duty, it was not a lifelong career to enrich those “serving” the citizens in positions of responsibility.

This brings us to our current federal government, the citizens and others within the country. Just a few rapid examples of corruption are: Lois Lerner, John Konsinen and the IRS; Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch and the DOJ; James Comey and the FBI; Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, Email gate and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Of course there can be no greater corruption than Obama, his pen and his phone.

We have a rather ugly election rapidly approaching. Name calling, finger pointing, dirt digging and mud slinging are commonplace in politics now, but this round goes even further. It involves beatings, burnings and destruction. Not only is the mainstream media instrumental in the political malfeasance and civil unrest, they are complicit. If there were any justice, jails and prisons would not be holding marijuana dealers and video producers, they would be filled with “journalists” and politicians.

All this brings me back to talking about Donald J. Trump and his tax returns. Recently, it was revealed by the New York Times that Trump declared a capital loss of nearly $916 million in 1995. Trump is a capable businessman with stellar CPAs and tax attorneys in his employ. The Trump financial staff was able to use the tax code which is so convoluted that even the IRS auditors cannot follow and understand it. Much, if not all, of his income over the following eighteen or so years offset the loss. We now learn why he is in constant audit. He literally “turned the tables” on the IRS (tax tables that is).  He embarrassed them!

This article calls to question where the corruption really is. The New York Times could have only gotten the tax records from the IRS. I doubt that Trump offered them. That leads to the internal workings of the IRS once again. Were the records leaked by a lowly clerk or gushed forth by the top brass to place Trump in a less than favorable light? Were they reviewed by Valerie and company before release?

Meanwhile, the IRS, FBI, DOJ, NSA and every other government alphabet agency all refuse to conduct a serious investigation of the email fiasco or the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The foundation alone might bring about a plethora of indictments.

Political news is no longer written or broadcast. There is no “news” coming to you and me. Virtually every outlet is now somehow involved in spreading opinion. Left, right and those claiming neutrality all offer a bias. The White House commands what is spun to us, the peasants, the proles, the governed. It is not just this White House. It has been going on for as long as I am aware. When Republicans control the government, the news is filtered to look less than rosy. When the Democrats are in charge the spin revolves happily left. What is portrayed as I watch, read or listen to the “news” appears to be about the dangerous and extreme right wing or the benevolent and caring moderates.

At this point, we only have two choices. Please research information beyond that which is cast at you and choose wisely.

THERE’S THE BLACK GUY, GIT ‘IM

October 12, 2015

For those of you who are yet unaware, Dr. Ben Carson is the bane of the left. He is exactly the stuff from which conservatives are made and the left doesn’t know how to react. Young Ben grew up extremely poor in Detroit. Dr. Carson is a conservative. He is black. He is educated. He is extremely intelligent, capable of and uses, independent thought.

To the left this man is a plethora of contradictions. If you are born to wealthless parents, you are expected to remain poor and dependent on the government. If you are born to parents of meager means, your education is meant to help you become literate, but not educated. If you are raised by a single mother, surely you are expected to piggyback on every possible entitlement. If you are black, well, you have to be a Democrat, the party that can keep you poor, uneducated and of group-think mind.

Dr. Carson is seeking the Republican nomination for president. That, combined with the above description, infuriates the left. The media doesn’t know how to question this man because his intellect is so far superior to any journalist, he or she can’t understand his explicit and forthright answers. The vocabulary of his explanation is beyond their comprehension.

Here’s an excerpt from a typical interview of the man by a, shall I say, left-of-center interviewer.

Ryssdal: All right, so let’s talk about debt then and the budget. As you know, Treasury Secretary Lew has come out in the last couple of days and said, “We’re gonna run out of money, we’re gonna run out of borrowing authority, on the fifth of November.” Should the Congress then and the president not raise the debt limit? Should we default on our debt?

Carson: Let me put it this way: if I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget. Absolutely would not do it. They would have to find a place to cut.

Ryssdal: To be clear, it’s increasing the debt limit, not the budget, but I want to make sure I understand you. You’d let the United States default rather than raise the debt limit.

Carson: No, I would provide the kind of leadership that says, “Get on the stick guys, and stop messing around, and cut where you need to cut, because we’re not raising any spending limits, period.”

Ryssdal: I’m gonna try one more time, sir. This is debt that’s already obligated. Would you not favor increasing the debt limit to pay the debts already incurred?

Carson: What I’m saying is what we have to do is restructure the way that we create debt. I mean if we continue along this, where does it stop? It never stops. You’re always gonna ask the same question every year. And we’re just gonna keep going down that pathway. That’s one of the things I think that the people are tired of.

Ryssdal: I’m really trying not to be circular here, Dr. Carson, but if you’re not gonna raise the debt limit and you’re not gonna give specifics on what you’re gonna cut, then how are we going to know what you are going to do as president of the United States?

Carson: OK, let me try to explain it in a different way. If, in fact, we have a number of different areas that are contributing to the increasing expenditures and the continued expenditures that are putting us further and further into the hole. You’re familiar I’m sure with the concept of the fiscal gap.

“A candidate who knew what they were talking about would have answered yes or no to this simple question. Since Ben Carson seemed to have no idea what the debt limit is, his answer turned into a stumbling expedition for an explanation”. (comment by Jason Easley of American Public Radio’s “Marketplace”)

Biased reporters really shouldn’t ask questions if they can’t understand the answers. Either Ryssdal refuses to hear the explanation or he is incapable of understanding it. Perhaps he didn’t understand his own question.

I understood Carson say that he would not allow the continued deficit spending and certainly not escalate the debt through increased deficit spending (increased budget).  Instead, he would reduce wasteful spending and use the savings to service and perhaps even pay down the debt.

Dr. Carson is not privy to all the internal minutia of government fiscal manipulation at this point.  Thus, it is impossible for him or any candidate of either party to be explicit as to where necessary cuts might be made or in what amounts until he has that insider line. The attempted gotcha question didn’t work well.

Ya just gotta love the understanding, caring, tolerant, inclusive, diverse pool of thought shared by the left.  If this had been Obama or any liberal of color, the screams or racism would have begun as soon as it was aired; perhaps even as soon as the producer scheduled the interview.

The full interview can be found here.

THE TRUTH, EVEN WHEN IT HURTS YOUR CAUSE

November 26, 2014

Here’s the perfect explanation why Jonathan Gruber called American voters stupid. It’s because, for a majority, the “news” they hear is directed for purpose. The major networks generally follow a very liberal theme and refuse to present anything they find contrary to that agenda.  Sharyl Attkisson lost her job at CBS for her truth in journalism efforts.

It is true that far too many people are aware of what is happening that commands and directs their lives. However, that might be because they are tired of the influenced or non-presentation of news. Benghazi, Fast and Furious and the IRS scandal got little play in the main stream media due to the dim light cast on Democrats. Almost nothing is heard about Harry Reid letting bills promoting employment or securing the border before issuing green cards languish into antiquity because they are presented by Republicans.

Jonathan Gruber is not the only liberal who occasionally speaks the truth when being filmed.

http://conservativevideos.com/chuck-todd-ebola-isis-staying-news-hurts-democrats/