Posts Tagged ‘Honesty’

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.

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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.

TOO BIG TO SUCCEED

June 8, 2013

Largely due to misleading advertising, fraud, irresponsible lending, gross mismanagement and uncontrolled employee salary and benefits, the auto industry and financial institutions entered a financial meltdown.  The bank and auto bailouts cost the American taxpayers just shy of one trillion dollars.  For our money, no arrests occurred, no “C” level executives lost their jobs (other than perhaps one or two who did not contribute heavily to the DNC or Obama campaigns).  In fact, many of the executives responsible for the boondoggles received multimillion dollar merit bonuses from the inflowing funds.  The liberal administrations of both a Republican and a Democrat deemed the recipient corporations “too big to fail”.

The current administration felt it necessary to oversee those expenditures of borrowed taxpayer money by creating czars and oversight bureaucracies.  The more money given to the corporate thieves, the more federal man power oversight and accompanying administrative staff was required.  The government grew. 

With each new government employee came a burden, of not only paid salary, but also an inclusive benefits package, topping for many, 50% of their paid salary.  Additional training, team building conferences, travel etc. also apply to new employees.  The costs grew.

The snowball is gaining size, mass and speed as it travels downhill with the American democratic republic encapsulated.  The more government grows, the more it costs and we can no longer afford additional unconcerned wastefulness associated with the new bodies. 

The country that people of the world longed to enter in the light of day for opportunity is now invaded under the darkness of night by those demanding benefits to which they should not be entitled.  The country that was, not so long ago, revered by the other nations of the world is now reviled and ridiculed by the same for laughable policy changes attributed to our representatives.

From 1981 thru 1989, Ronald Reagan refused to take off his suit jacket while in the oval office.  Just a few years later, in 1997 and 1998, William Jefferson Clinton wore his pants around his ankles while being orally serviced in the same room.  Honestly, it has never been revealed if he wore his suit jacket while he sullied Monica’s dress.  And it’s all been downhill since then.

We the People have lost contact with, and faith in, our government.  The government, originally formed to serve the people is now self-serving.  Multi-million dollar jet away conferences, held at luxurious resorts, offer relaxation to the bureaucrats who become too stressed to handle their overpaid positions that demand forty or more subordinates.  Some attendees occasionally take time away from a midday facial, massage or Jacuzzi social and actually sit in on a seminar or two.

Congress passes laws read by no members.  In the event that someone finds out what is being proposed, an immediate exclusion for all congressional members and presidential cabinet members is appended to the bill before passage.

Often two and three bureaucratic agencies duplicate anachronistic and unnecessary functions.  Our government has created (often redundant) bureaucracies which have grown so large that those at the top, those with the greatest pay and most bountiful benefits, claim not to know what happens in the agencies for which they are responsible.  They claim not to have recollection of the most memorable events of their jobs when sitting in front of a Congressional Investigative Committee.  However, they can recall in detail and even present photos and videos of the extravagant conferences.

We now have a government too big to succeed.