Archive for ◊ March, 2017 ◊

Who’s Dispensing ‘Fake News’?
Friday, March 31st, 2017 | Author:

Update

Today we call it fake news.  It was all fake news during the Obama Administration but there was a difference.  The media had transformed into something different, worse, and more insidious.  They became active Obama-collaborators.  They stopped conducting themselves as the fourth estate.  The media didn’t report on the most obvious corrupt administration in U.S. history, or the failures of Obama and his administration.  Instead, numerous reports indicated Obama had one the most scandal free administration ever.  The media and Obama were hand-in-glove, committed and organized to undermine the U.S. Constitution, destroy the rule of law, and attack common sense and American culture.

 

December 18, 2016

As a user of Feedly as my daily news reader, I am able to efficiently aggregate multiple news sources of my choosing.  Hence, I subscribe to over 200 sources (ranging from mainstream media to obscure special-interest blogs) from around the world.  This provides me with a wide range of viewpoints on newsworthy topics.  Over time, I’ve come to observe many common trends or ‘flavors’ of how these sources interpret events.

I must say that I see tons of irony in hearing the mainstream media calling out “fake news”.  These ubiquitous organizations (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times) have been behaving as an American version of Pravda for more than 20 years.   As Bill Whittle recently observed:

Maybe all this fuss is to turn us away from the realization that EVERYTHING we hear from the main stream media, from the earth is dying hysteria to mom-and-pop bakeries in Oregon is ALL fake news, reported by, presented by, edited by and spun by the mainstream media, which has devolved into the publicity department for the Democratic Party in General and the progressive movement in particular.

I think it’s fairly safe to observe that the ‘democratization’ of information via the Internet is finally having the appropriate impact on the news monopolies.  The recent election results have shown these organizations that their spin on the news no longer has the influence that it once had.

Any Contradictions Here?
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 | Author:

Do you see any logical contradictions in these positions?

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Democrats and ‘Feelings’
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 | Author:

Do these people ever make sense?

During the Senate confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, several democrats suggested that Trump’s nominee was unfit to serve because he believes in the Constitution. Seeing as how the job of Supreme Court Justice is to determine the Constitutionality of things, this seems like a pretty bizarre argument, but democrats aren’t known for being rational. Speaking of which, California democrat Kamala Harris says she won’t be voting to confirm Gorsuch because he bases his decisions on the law instead of feelings

Source: Kamala Harris Won’t Vote For Gorsuch Because He Rules With The Law Not Feelings

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Long-Held Views on Socialism
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Say what you will, but political and economic systems perform better when based on the reality of human nature, rather than the fallacies of how we’d like to believe that people behave. A great quote from more than 70 years ago:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

Sears Moving Towards Bankruptcy?
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Update

More on the downfall:

Sears Holdings Corp. suffered its worst stock decline in more than two years after acknowledging “substantial doubt” about its future, raising fresh concerns about the survival of a company that was once the world’s largest retailer.

Source: Sears Plummets After Filing Sparks Concern That End Is Near

 

January 4, 2017

It appears that Sears/K-Mart is on a downward spiral.

Hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert has pumped an additional $1 billion into his years-long effort to revive Sears, but the CEO’s latest financing likely is just another short-term fix for the struggling retailer.

Source: CEO Lampert Pumps Additional $1 Billion Into His Sears Bet

 

December 8, 2016

The venerable Sears retail stores, a mainstay of America for more than 100 years, is running into major financial problems:

It has lost more nearly $10 billion since 2010 and the retailer has sought to plug that with the sale of countless assets like some of its best stores, its stakes in Sears Canada and Lands’ End. It is currently trying to find buyers, investors or partners, for its remaining crown jewels, its Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard brands.

Source: Sears Says It’s Likely to Close Many More Stores

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Sports and Politics
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 | Author:

It used to be reassuring that you could avoid political viewpoints and just focus on the purity of the sport…  no longer:

It’s become more painful to watch TV sports analysts than the gladiatorial hits of the game itself: Aging veterans seek to recapture their cool by passing themselves off as political pundits who contextualize interceptions and fumbles in terms of abstract politics.. They’re oblivious that, in the court of identity politics, the NFL is itself found culpable: According to the logic of “disparate impact” and proportional representation, about 12 percent of the population is “over-represented” through its nearly 70 percent membership on NFL teams.

During the Cold War, Soviet-athlete propagandists who talked of the masses at least had a gun to their heads; today’s ESPN jocks who play-act as NPR talking heads mouth Democratic-party platitudes as a form of career enhancement. Life is short, so when Sundays are no relief from the daily frenzy, an increasing number have pulled the plug on sports.

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NCAA Basketball Tourney at UD Arena
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 | Author:

Missy and I are about ‘basketballed-out’.  Between all of the games on television as well as our attendance at four games the past week at UD Arena, we’ve grown weary of watching the bouncing ball.  The photo below shows the view from our seats at the First Four.

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Great Quotes About Beer
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 | Author:

Good humor courtesy of StrangeCosmos:

“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” ~ Henny Youngman

“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.” ~ Stephen Wright

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” ~ Dave Barry

 

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Great Quotes About “Fools”
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | Author:

1. A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. ~ Douglas Adams

2. You don’t have to fool all the people all of the time; you just have to fool enough to get elected. ~ Gerald Barzan

3. A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him. ~ Nicholas Boileau

4. A man who cannot reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, and a man who dare not reason is a slave. ~ William Drummond

 

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Do American Jews Care About… Jews?
Monday, March 13th, 2017 | Author:

Great comments from Dry Bones… It’s hard to argue with his observations:

American Jews are on the march!!

They seem to demonstrate for everyone except American Jews and against every injustice except threats to American Jewry!

The anti-semitic threats against JCC’s, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, neither has brought an angry Jewish community to the streets. Is American Jewry a “pushover” or does it just seem that way to me?

Source: Is American Jewry a Pushover? 

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