Closing Thought-30Apr18

When you turn your TV on to your favorite news channel you get very little actually news and a whole lot of opinion……and every day a whole line up of experts to ask questions to and allow to give their paid opinion….we see lots of “experts without expertise”……

The strong ratings of the first episode of the revived Roseanne set off an avalanche of commentary. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, for instance, John Podhoretz, a columnist for the New York Post, called the show’s success a “wakeup call for Hollywood.” Given how well it had done in Middle America, he said, the lesson was clear: for those who serve underserved Donald Trump voters, there are “riches to be reaped.”

Anand Giridharadas, a Brooklyn-based writer and MSNBC analyst, saw a broader truth: “Working-class white people may claim to be against identity politics, but they actually crave identity politics.” They want to be “seen and witnessed” in the same way that women and people of color do. With its glimpses of Maxwell House coffee and kitchen towels stitched with football logos, the show made an effort to pay respect to the details “of a certain demographic’s life.”

This is the problem I have with most news organizations……there are a couple of “fake” experts that give a fake look to several very serious subjects.

Plus there have been terrible comparisons that are nothing more than a variation of “fake news”……

After the justified uproar over pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcast Group forcing its scores of affiliates to humiliate themselves by reading an on-air script condemning “misleading” news, one would think other media outlets would be a little more careful not to mimic such behavior. Nonetheless, MSNBC—which rightfully tore into Sinclair Broadcast (4/2/18) for having its news reporters read off a corporate script—did a toned-down version of the same thing last Friday on Morning Joe (4/20/18).

Comcast corporate forced its nominally independent pundits and news anchors of Morning Joe to air a cultish 8-minute commercial for Comcast’s “Comcast Cares Day,” the lowlight of which was MSNBC host Al Sharpton comparing Comcast to Nelson Mandela:

“This is, I think, the way we can bring the world to where Mandela wanted us, where corporations don’t become expansive and influential just for personal wealth, but for a purpose, so that we have the ability to do good.”

http://theantimedia.com/comcast-msnbc-nelson-mandela/

It is no secret that I have been a staunch critic of the corporate media……where news is just propaganda.

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Closing Thought–25Apr18

Trump has been at odds with journalists ever since he announced he was a candidate in 2016…..he has daily Twitter storms about this media or that journalists…….usually those that do not agree with him on his many and varied opinions.

And recently Trump stated that journalists, at all, should be jailed and forced to give up their sources…..apparently he is not knowledgeable on the Constitution and the First Amendment……

Amid more salacious talk and other key interactions—including discussions of “golden showers”; how President Trump claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged to him that Russia had the “most beautiful hookers in the world“; and a request by the president for the then FBI director to “let go” of the investigation into national security advisor Michael Flynn—a revealing moment contained in the contemporaneous memos of James Comey, redacted versions of which were released Thursday night, is when Trump suggests jailing journalists and then having them sexually assaulted as way to force them to “talk” about their sources.

http://theantimedia.com/trump-journalists-jail-raped/

Interesting, yes?

For someone that claims all this patriotism to mention anything that impedes a persons First Amendment rights is just silly…..and a bit scary.

Let’s Go To The Speculation

For decades I have bitched about the endless speculation by the media when our elections roll around…..their predictions have been really wrong in the past….the last couple of elections have proven just how wrong they can be…..I Have witnessed it first hand and so have most Americans yet they allow the MSM to dictate to them or better yet they allow the confusion to keep them from exercising their right to vote…..

The WaPo has decided to cover this tactic in a recent article…..

Where were you on the night of Nov. 8, 2016? If you’re like many political junkies, you were watching election night coverage and wondering not whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would win but might Clinton do so well that she’d win in places like Texas and Arizona.

When she lost, many on both sides of the aisle were shocked. After all, forecasters gave her odds of winning that ranged from 70 to 99 percent. These statistical win-forecasts are increasingly prominent and widely shared — thanks in part to the work of sites like FiveThirtyEight, the Huffington Post, the New York Times Upshot and the Princeton Election Consortium.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/03/22/how-election-forecasts-confuse-americans-and-may-lead-them-not-to-vote-at-all/

We are only a few short months from the mid-terms and the MSM has been bombarding the airways already…all in prep work for the vote….I agree that all this speculation is turning off people from voting……I mean think about it…..about 49% of the voting public actually votes anymore…that is a sad stat….DO NOT let the endless speculation turn you off from voting…..exercise your right and maybe then we can get a government that we can be proud of…we have seen what happens when we allow crap to be elected.  DO NOT allow it to happen again!

Please do not depend on the media and its speculation when you vote…you see what we got this last general election….weak minds produce candidates like Trump…..

Closing Thought–26Mar18

Into A Stormy Night!

The much anticipated interview with Stormy Daniels has come and gone…..the of a tell-all was not the case……

In her much-anticipated interview with 60 Minutes, Stormy Daniels recounts a threat she received in 2011 about staying quiet regarding her alleged affair with Donald Trump. Daniels told Anderson Cooper that the threat occurred in the parking lot of a fitness center in Las Vegas, a few weeks after Daniels had for the first time agreed to tell her story to a gossip magazine for $15,000, per CBS News. “A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’ ” Daniels said. “And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.” The magazine, a sister publication of In Touch, never ran the story because Trump’s lawyers threatened to sue.

Daniels says the matter largely ended there until Trump won the presidential nomination five years later, and media sites began approaching her. That’s when she says she accepted $130,000 from Trump attorney Michael Cohen to sign a non-disclosure agreement. “They made it sound like I had no choice,” Daniels said. She added that there was no threat of physical violence. “The exact sentence used was, ‘They can make your life hell in many different ways.'” Anderson asked who she meant by “they,” and she replied, “I’m not exactly sure who they were. I believe it to be Michael Cohen.” She said she agreed to the deal “because I was concerned for my family and their safety.”

I think this interview fell to the floor with a very loud “thud”…..Daniels answers to the soft ball questions were generalized and not as telling as the interview had been billed.  Cooper missed several opportunities to expand this conversation and he was shooting blanks. What did we learn?

Photos and messages? Daniels declined to confirm whether photos or text messages that back up her account of the affair exist, the Washington Post reports in its list of five takeaways from the interview. She said her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, recommended she not discuss such things. When Cooper told Avenatti he could be bluffing, the attorney said: “You should ask some of the other people in my career when they’ve bet on me bluffing.”

he wasn’t attracted to Trump. Unlike former Playmate Karen McDougal, Daniels said she wasn’t physically attracted to Trump, who was 33 years older than her at the time of the alleged encounter in 2006, USA Today reports. She added, however, that the sex was consensual and she wasn’t “a victim.” The adult film star told Cooper she had sex with Trump once, without protection, in 2006 after he told her he might be able to get her on The Apprentice. She said when she asked about Melania Trump, who had given birth to Barron a few months earlier, Trump told her they had “separate rooms and stuff.”

The spanking. Daniels said she spanked Trump with a magazine that had his face on it, but it was more playful than erotic. She said that when she joked about spanking him with the magazine he had been boasting about, “he turned around and pulled his pants down a little—you know, had underwear on and stuff, and I just gave him a couple swats.”

A cease-and-desist letter. After the interview aired Sunday, Brent Blakely, a lawyer for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Avenatti, complaining that he had been linked to the alleged threat, the New York Times reports. Cohen “had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident, and does not even believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred,” the letter stated.

“You remind me of my daughter.” Daniels told Cooper that Trump told her she reminded him of his daughter, the AP reports. “He was like, ‘Wow, you—you are special. You remind me of my daughter,'” she said. “You know—he was like, ‘You’re smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you.” (This is just creepy)

Silence from Trump. The president has remained silent about the interview on Twitter and in person, ignoring shouted questions from reporters as he returned to the White House from Mar-a-Lago Sunday night. The Hill notes Melania Trump has decided to stay in Florida “for spring break” instead of returning to Washington.

Is she telling the truth?  That is not for me to decide….that is going to be a legal decision….but the flames are being fanned……

I’m guessing that this situation is far from over and will be used for awhile until they find something else they can milk for speculation and sensationalism…..

Sex, Lies And Bullsh*t

Sex, sex, sex……Flynn, Flynn, Flynn….taxes, taxes, taxes……say goodbye to Al Franken…….that was last year and in the mean time people are dying of disease in Yemen, nukes may go to the Saudis, Jerusalem has been made the capital of Israel……and the world continues to turn…..and in a slow burn thanx to the American president……

Let’s look at say Franken (my example du jour)……he has resigned because of his events prior to his election to the Senate and yet there is a good chance that a pedophile could be elected to the Senate from Alabama(he was not)…..my my how far we have come…..for in 1987 a candidate was forced to resign because of a photo of a young woman sitting on his lap….Don’t hurt yourself….the candidate was Gary Hart.

And today we can just say that it is “fake news” and all is okay and the candidate could skate to a win.

Lies….lies….lies…..our society is awash in lies…..lies about immigrants….lies about sexual antics of politicians…..lies about international situation…..but the biggest source of lies in our society is from the one person that needs to be truthful…..the president.

So far in August 2017 the lies are running rampant……

As of August 7, 2017, Donald J. Trump will have been in office as president of the United States for 200 days. This period of time will largely be remembered for the rancor and distrust sewn between his administration, the media, and the general public, as well as any numbers of investigations, scandals, and gaffes of various size and degree (occurring both on Twitter and in real life), but what stands out in perhaps the highest relief have been the falsehoods. (And his unconscionable perversion of the exclamation point.) Without further ado, a trio of Vogue contributors list what they believe to be Trump’s greatest hits: his most memorable, notable, or otherwise mind-boggling lies, from crowd size to James Comey. Follow along to see if your favorite made the cut!

https://www.vogue.com/article/donald-trump-lies-200-days

Of course the “fake news” machine will have a field day trying to push back on the lies.

Now for the bullsh*t portion of this post…..

The hatchet job that Trump TV (FOX News) is doing on the FBI……while I personally have no love for the FBI I have no doubt that they are honorable and hardworking….the lies about the FBI has been taken up  by the cowards in the House and Senate…..these toads are regurgitating everything thing that FOX throws at the political wall.

The hard working bloggers that carry the torch for Trump continue to make excuses for Trump’s lack of any governing skills…..stock market is the Deep State that is after Trump….there is NO deep state ……..we do have a president that probably cannot pick his nose without doing harm or checking with FOX first.

Watch any “bad” news for Trump and the chorus like a Greek play, starts trying to make the case that someone somewhere is pulling the strings around Trump.

Nunes, Media Mogul

The Lapdog is fighting back!

If you do not like the news then make it up…..something the GOP excels at doing.

Trump’s own little boot licker has started a way to fight Fake news…….

Devin Nunes isn’t just complaining about what he sees as liberal “fake news.” He’s created his own media company to fight back, reports Politico. The Devin Nunes Campaign Committee has provided the money behind a site called the California Republican, which promises “the best of US, California, and Central Valley news, sports, and analysis.” (It was slow to load on Sunday, perhaps because of increased attention; it also has a Facebook page.) Two sample headlines: “CNN busted for peddling fake news AGAIN!” and “Understanding the process behind #ReleaseTheMemo.”

The latter is a reference to Nunes’ efforts as chair of the House intelligence panel to release a memo alleging bias by the FBI and Justice Department in the Robert Mueller investigation. Nunes has long complained that pretty much all coverage about him and his ally President Trump is tainted by bias, and a spokesperson emphasized the point when asked about the media company: “Until Politico retracts its multitude of fake stories on Congressman Nunes, we will not go on the record.” But Vox noticed that the California Republican seems to have issued its first tweet in the wake of the story: “We are real news, POLITICO.”

This whole thing is getting silly and yet pathetic…..if I do not agree with these types then everything I write is Fake News and everything they write is Fake News…

Calling something Fake News simply because you do not agree with the subject is silly…..but convincing people is as simple as taking to Twitter and calling stuff Fake News.

Speaking of Fake News……a historical look-see……..

Before Facebook, there was the coffee house. In the 17th-century, panic gripped British royal circles that these newly established drinking salons had become forums for political dissent. In 1672, Charles II issued a proclamation “to restrain the spreading of false news” that was helping “to nourish an universal jealousie and dissatisfaction in the minds of all His Majesties good subjects”.

Now, 350 years on, legislators across the world are seeking to do the same. Last week, the House of Commons digital culture, media and sport committee flew to Washington DC to grill representatives of big tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google. The title of their session echoed Charles II: “How can social media platforms help stop the spread of fake news?”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/11/fake-news-long-history-beware-state-involvement

Back to this person….this Nunes tool…..is in support of a person….not the nation….he deserves NO respect and should be arrested for violating the oath he took to become a Congressperson…….he is not protecting the rule of law……instead he is protecting a person.

Dumbing Down America

For years during my writing career I had been saying that America was getting dumber….then the movie “Idocracy” came out and I thought then that it was very prophetic….and then in 2016 and the election and all doubt was removed……

The MSM has done an excellent job of making the American public dumber just the way the |leaders” want them to be……

This presentation focuses on the myriad ways in which the powers-that-be in the United States have been systematically dumbing down Americans as a society for a very long time – all by meticulously calculated design. Originally the term dumbing down was used as a slang expression in 1933 by film screenwriters to mean “revising [the script] so as to appeal to those of lower education or intelligence.”

The most obvious example of how Americans have been dumbed down is through this nation’s failed public education system. At one time not that long ago America reigned supreme as a leading model for the rest of the world providing the best quality free public K-12 education system on the planet. But over the last many decades while much of the rest of the world has been passing us by, it seems an insidious federal agenda has been implemented to condition and brainwash a population of mindless, robotic citizenry that simply does what it’s told, and of course the brainwashing commences early in America’s schools.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dumbing-down-of-america-by-design/5395928

I know that  there will be those that disagree…..and that is fine…..even the NY Times has a similar outlook……

Of course there are some of my right wing brethren that will see this all too different…..so much “Fake News” but that all depends on where you stand as to whether this is fake news or not….personally I see it as a “good call”.