Closing Thought–08Aug18

You know sometimes the best thing to do is say nothing or in Our Dear Leader’s case….do not Tweet.

But he has done a smart thing……he will not take questions from the press as he stumbles out to Marine One…..

Recently Dear Leader made a Tweet as he always does but this time it was not some mindless rant…it was admitting to collusion (BTW it is not a crime to collude but obstruction is)…..

The White House announced on Monday that President Donald Trump would not take any questions after he admitted on Twitter that his son may have colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

In a tweet over the weekend, Trump reversed course on his explanation of a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower. The president had originally claimed that the meeting had been about adoptions. But in his Sunday tweet, Trump admitted that the purpose of the meeting had been to get damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/white-house-shuts-press-availability-says-trump-wont-leave-white-house-tweet-admits-collusion/

Ya know…..an old saying comes to mind….”It is better to be thought of as a moron than opening mouth and proving it” (That may be a paraphrase)

You know wearing your feelings on your sleeve will bite you in the ass every time.

I realize that most politicians hate the media….for not one of them wants to be held accountable for their actions or words….and in a recent study some within the GOP would close down the media…..

According to a new poll, a plurality of Republican voters want President Donald Trump to be able to shut down media outlets if he decides they have engaged in “bad behavior.”

The Ipsos poll, first reported by The Daily Beast, found that 43 percent of Republicans believe “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Thirty-six percent of Republicans surveyed said that the president should not have the power to silence the press.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/nearly-half-republicans-say-trump-authority-close-news-outlets-behave-badly-poll/

Illustrates that the GOP embraces our rights as long as they can control what we get as rights…..I have been calling the GOP liars for decades and now we are seeing just how bad they really are…..

A closing joke……

To confuse a MAGA supporter…..put 3 shovels in a corner and tell them to take their pick.  (rim shot)

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The Media Did It!

Closing Thought–03Aug18

Our Dear Leader has said on numerous occasions that the MSM is the only purveyor of “fake news”….and the Penn rally was NO different……

“Whatever happened to the free press? Whatever happened to honest reporting?” Trump asked, pointing to the media in the back of the room. “They don’t report it. They only make up stories.” Time and time again, Trump denounced the press for underselling his accomplishments and doubting his political rise. He began his rally speech with a 10-minute remembrance of his 2016 election night victory, bemoaning that Pennsylvania wasn’t the state to clinch the White House for him only because “the fake news refused to call it.” “Only negative stories from the fakers back there,” the president declared. With each denunciation, the crowd jeered and screamed at the press in the holding pen.

I do not agree but I will say that they do have a tendency to try and control the conversation.

For instance the latest mash up of whether the president will meet with Mueller and answer questions……they keep teasing us with maybe he will if conditions are right…..truth is Dear Leader will never meet with Mueller because even Trump is not stupid enough to go into a legal situation and lie under oath.

Why do I say that?  Trump cannot go a day with multiple lies on Twitter or in one of his campaign rallies….I mean 4229 lies in 558 days in office…….does anyone think Trump is crazy enough to lead his own demise?

He, Dear Leader, is right about one thing……collusion is not a crime but conspiracy and obstruction are….I mean death is not a crime but murder certainly is…..

And then his legal team with the help from Newt keep talking about the perjury trap being set up by Mueller to entrap the president…..let me help out…..he can beat this trap being set up….how?  By telling the truth and the whole truth…..and there is the rub……a person who cannot tell the truth.

Keep an eye on the MSM……listen to their stories…..all are nothing more than speculation to drive the cycle not a lot of actual news.

Speculation is not news……

While I do not agree with the MSM on many things…..I refuse to attack the free press but I will criticize them…..maybe something the alt-Right should try it would make them look less foolish than they really are.

Plus these attacks on the media by Dear Leader is the only thing he has going for him…..infantile attacks on people that were mean to him.

I gotta know……Trump said in his Penn speech that Russia is very disappointed that Trump won the election……tell us why that is?  Anybody?

Closing Thought–31Jul18

Propaganda is used everyday here in the US and the best place for this stuff to get to the normal American is through the one outlet that they cannot resist…social media.

AS an example I give you the newest meme…..

I’ve been noticing videos going viral the last few days, some with millions of views, about Muslim women bravely fighting to free themselves from oppression in the Middle East. The videos, curiously, are being shared enthusiastically by many Republicans and pro-Israel hawks, who aren’t traditionally the sort of crowd you see rallying to support the civil rights of Muslims. What’s up with that?

Well, you may want to sit down for this shocker, but it turns out that they happen to be women from a nation that the US war machine is currently escalating operations against. They are Iranian.

https://theantimedia.com/war-propaganda-social-media/

A few years back I gave my readers a couple of posts so they could identify propaganda…..

In case you did not take my advice and print them out so they would be a quick reference….I do it again……

https://lobotero.com/2013/01/11/what-is-propaganda/

https://lobotero.com/2014/01/06/propaganda-2-0/

Also there is the ever present “Fake News”….just how can one spot this stuff?

Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past.

Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers themselves are the best defense against the spread of misinformation.

https://www.factcheck.org/2016/11/how-to-spot-fake-news/

Americans are starting to believe what they are told and ignore what they see and hear…..perfect illustration of how propaganda is winning over truth and fact.

You have all the tools are your finger tips….if you get sucked into the BS world of propaganda then you have NO one to blame by yourself.

I hate that I have to keep harping on this subject….but apparently that is how Americans learn……repetition until it becomes common knowledge….so allow me to repeat…..(first turn printer on then go to top of page and start over)……

Why Not Yemen?

For several years now the Saudis have been killing Yemenis at an alarming rate….they call it a conflict against aggression of a Houthi minority…..it is nothing more than a rich monarchy at odds with a poor country to its South……..a country they could possibly end this war in a couple of days if it wanted to….but instead continues to bomb civilians that have no connection to the would-be “bad guys”……

Never a mention on the media….or for that matter nothing being said by our politicians….so this conflict is out of sight out of mind……

Speaking of the media……Stormy Daniels has had 400+ stories and Yemen none…..

On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to what Adweek (4/3/18) calls “the network of the Resistance,” which has since its last mention of the US’s role in the destruction of Yemen found time to run over a dozen segments highlighting war crimes committed by the Syrian and Russian governments in Syria.

By way of contrast, as MSNBC was marking a year without mentioning the US role in Yemen, the PBS NewsHour was running a three-part series on the war, with the second part (7/3/18) headlined, “American-Made Bombs in Yemen Are Killing Civilians, Destroying Infrastructure and Fueling Anger at the US.” The NewsHour’s Jane Ferguson reported:

https://theantimedia.com/msnbc-stormy-daniels-yemen-0/

Children trapped in cave warrants massive coverage…..children dying from Saudi attacks warrants zip….zilch….nothing….bumpkus…..

Hundreds of thousands of people showed up across the United States at more than 600 gatherings three weeks ago. They came out to protest Donald Trump‘s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in highly choreographed, Democratic Party-affiliated “Families Belong Together” rallies and marches. Liberal celebrities marched and spoke. Local, state, and federal Democratic Party politicians and office-holders gave passionate speeches denouncing Trump’s separation of Central American migrant children from their parents at the southern U.S. border.

Marchers carried signs expressing their concern for children and families. Here are some of the messages written on the posters displayed at these gatherings:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/20/no-liberal-rallies-yet-for-the-children-of-yemen/

When did the murder of children become acceptable?

Apparently when the media tells us it is acceptable…..

Closing Thought–17Jul18

Last week we had the great news that all the kids and their coach had been rescued from the cave in Thailand…..the news was every where and the atta boys were constant…..

The out pouring to love and good wishes was amazing…..but with all that I was wonder after years of conflict why the news media seems to ignore the plight, the suffering the death of the children of Yemen…….

Thanks to a major international effort, a Thai youth soccer team has been successfully rescued from the cave where it has been trapped for nearly 15 days. The boys’ plight and the efforts to rescue them have captured the world’s attention for several days, dominating news headlines throughout much of the world. Ultimately, most of the boys were rescued thanks in large part to an international collaboration as divers from several countries united to save them. Indeed, the rescue team was composed of five foreign divers paired with five Thai Navy SEALs as well as a team of 70 support divers, 50 of whom were from other nations.

The successful rescue of the Thai youth team undoubtedly stands as a testament to how international collaboration stemming from international awareness – thanks in part to in-depth news coverage – can overcome impossible odds to save the lives of children and others in need. Yet, while the now-rescued Thai youth recover out of harm’s way, children elsewhere whose lives are also in danger cannot expect similar treatment.

http://theantimedia.com/thai-boys-yemen-children/

Do not misunderstand…I am thrilled that these kids were rescued from the rising water in that cave….I just do not understand why one group of kids is more important than another…..we can thank the media for this situation…..they alone decide who is important.

Why cannot the media with all its resources do something about all the suffering in Yemen?  Why is there NO stomach for an effort in Yemen?  Why are starving children Yemen less important than kids trapped in a cave?

Coming Together In Peace

That is the feeling that we get from some of the news reports on the outcome of the Kim-Trump “summit”….and yet not everyone is on-board with this feeling…..

An implicit coalition of corporate media, Democratic partisans and others loyal to the national security state are actively hostile to any agreement that would endanger the continuation of the 70-year-old Cold War between the United States and North Korea.

The hostility toward Donald Trump on the part of both corporate media (except for Fox News) and the Democratic Party establishment is obviously a factor in the negative response to the summit. Trump’s dysfunctional persona, extremist domestic strategy and attacks on the press had already created a hyper-adversarial political atmosphere that surrounds everything Trump says or does.

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/06/21/an-elite-coalition-emerges-against-a-trump-kim-agreement/

I think that the meeting was a good idea….since we are not privy to what was actually said in the meeting of the personas I will give them the benefit of the doubt….I think that the media is giving this “summit” too much credit…it was a meeting for two leaders and that is all….any progress toward peace will be made or not in the negotiations that are to come.

So was this meeting a success?  You betcha.  The photo ops were worth their weight in gold as they say…..and it gave enough speculation to the media to keep them going for awhile or until something new grabs their attention….and it has.

Let’s Go To The News

Sunday and I survived another  week without ever having a Facebook account….go figure!

We live in an age of fake news….and social media is one of the best spreaders of manure…..Facebook and Twitter.  The rise of fake news came from the use of people of FB and Twitter for their news and abandoned traditional forms of news….

With the problems with social media these days is it possible that people are losing their interest in social media as a news source?

When you try to imagine a media diet consisting only of retweets, random blogs or the Facebook posts of family and friends, you grasp the value of journalism created by professional media organisations. Traditional news organisations aren’t perfect, but they are not fake. Nor are they as readily manipulated as we know social media can be. Professional journalism’s longstanding skills of access to sources, verification, presentation and dependable distribution remain an essential element of what nourishes democratic societies.

That insight, sharply conveyed in images accompanying this column, informs a new campaign to promote the well-regarded Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), a not-for-profit magazine based at the graduate school of journalism at Columbia University, New York. The campaign’s assertion of the importance to a healthy democracy of the public sphere – alongside the private, of course – coincides with two new reports that, in different ways, affirm the same. However, the emerging picture is not clear yet.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/17/facebook-news-publishers-accuracy

There are many reasons that fake news is popular…this is just one of them….we have a ways to go to get away from the news that sucks.

I was given some good advice many years ago…..”ignore the propaganda and focus on what you can see”….everyone should subscribe to this dictum