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ANDERSON COOPER AND THE DESK DUMP

June 27, 2017

A few weeks ago, Anderson Cooper made a comment in earnest. “If he took a dump on his desk you would defend it,” Cooper said. “I mean, I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend!”

It may very well have been true that Jeffrey Lord (the CNN guest to whom Cooper was speaking) would have had a sheltering response for any comment no matter how true or ludicrous about our current president. Isn’t that the point for bringing a staunch supporter in front of the cameras? All the stations do it. They do it just to show the differences between their viewpoints and those on the other side of the aisle. Fox does it, CNN does it and most assuredly MSNBC does it.

In fact, MSNBC producers must winnow through the same asylum halls their hosts return to each night in search of interviewees. It takes a special kind of stupid or someone with a chemical lobotomy to sit with a host and be abused for having a different take on politics. MSNBC is able to find not only hosts but guests teetering on that fine line of medicated to the point where comprehension is lost but speech is not slurred. The ability to manage drooling without ridiculing and embarrassing the host is a prerequisite. Yet, even the most skilled producers sometimes mistakenly book someone who will take their dollars and still voice a rational opinion.

It’s hard to believe that the followers of one party or the other can debase themselves such as they do when attempting to defend the indefensible. There’s got to be a point where a person says, “Hey, you’re right, he/she is completely off the wall. I have to agree with you”. Can you imagine Katy Perry saying, “Yeah, I know Hillary is a lying, conniving piece of crap, but she’s my kinda crap”. Katrina Pierson would never concede, “Mr. Trump really needs to quit reading tweets at midnight and responding off the cuff, it makes him look like a fool”.

Personally, I’d like to see more of the honesty in conversation like Anderson advanced. When a guest responds with a statement that is incomprehensible to anyone with a modicum of intellect, what is wrong with a host responding, Can you even hear yourself? Did you misread your talking points? It doesn’t have to be a loud, vulgar or nasty response.  Pointed is perfectly okay, however, to express a ridiculous statement.

And, after being honest with one’s thoughts there should be no apology the next day or three days later. That diminishes the honesty of the statement as well as the impact no matter what pastel is offended.

A GROWING BODY OF INNUENDO

May 30, 2017

 

Facts are facts. News is news. Allegations and innuendo are neither facts or news. Yet, due to electronic transmission, there is a confusion generated and allegations are accepted as truth.

It was about two weeks ago that I read an article about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson considering a run for the presidency. This article was generated from a GQ interview in which he answered questions rather ambiguously but without denial of the thought. He’s having a ball with it. The story has made it through the web and back meaning he is seriously looking into it. It’s beginning to generate a donation flow to a non-existent campaign.

I laughed knowing, at least hoping, that it was not a sincere consideration as I read through the drivel. I don’t know anything about The Rock’s political acumen or his knowledge of history or world affairs. He might be quite knowledgeable in all those areas. He may also be ignorant. He’s an entertainer by trade. He’s a celebrity. Those attributes make some people send checks to his manager. Me? Eh, not so much.

However, just for fun, I chose to share the “news” verbally with a friend to see what kind of response it might evoke. I was prepared to be called a fool for believing it. To my surprise, there was no questioning, not even an eyebrow raise. It was readily accepted as true and something to hope for (anybody to get us away from Trump). I honestly don’t know if it was carried any further. In any case, I doubt that any research was done to verify or deny the veracity of the idea. The idea was implanted.

Newscasters try mightily to make their presentations believable by quoting an “anonymous source close to” the origination of a story. That anonymous source might be the aide to a congressman who was actually present when a third person phone call took place. That aide might have conveyed their understanding of what was discussed based on a perception of that half of the conversation. From there it became news as a fourth or successive person shared it with a reporter who shared it with the public.

It is foolish to believe anything you read or watch on the one-eyed idiot box. There is an agenda for everything these days. If you like the agenda, you are likely to accept it as true otherwise it is summarily rejected. That’s the way we’re programmed. Innuendo becomes truth. When repeated enough times, it is undeniable fact.

BTW, President Trump was seen eating some bacon and picking his nose with his right hand on Air Force One just before landing in Saudi Arabia last week. He didn’t bother to wash or even wipe it before shaking hands with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. 

That’s the truth!

 

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.