The Long Version

Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

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Socialism Explained for 8 year-olds

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President Obama loves to talk about fairness but fails to include everyone in that conversation.  How can there be fairness when one segment of the population is used to provide “fairness” to another.

Even if you’re older than 8 watch the video and marvel at the common sense of it.

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April 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Vetting Sandra Fluke Not a Fluke.

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Sandra FlukeSandra Fluke became the center of media attention at the end of February when she appeared before a group of Senators to share her story and feelings about Georgetown University and it’s student insurance which does not provide free contraception.

Since her controversial testimony on February 23, Sandra Fluke has been called a slew of names, from a heroine to a “slut” the now infamous word used to describe her by Rush Limbaugh. But the truth is, she may actually just be a fake.  Gateway Pundit and Hot Air suggest that may be the case, citing a post by Jammie Wearing Fools that says:

“For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving “coed”. I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student. It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women’s right advocate. In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown’s insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn’t cover contraceptive services,  she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy. During this time, she was described as a 23-year-old coed. Magically, at the same time Congress is debating the forced coverage of contraception, she appears and is even brought to Capitol Hill to testify. This morning, in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, it was revealed that she is 30 years old,  NOT the 23 that had been reported all along.”

Fluke is really 30 years-old and has been a women‘s rights activist who not only didn’t get caught without contraception at Georgetown, but specifically knew the university didn’t cover it and chose to attend anyway so she could fight against the policy.

The idea that Fluke is herself an unwitting victim of Georgetown’s policy on contraceptives is now apparently a ruse. In several interviews, especially following Rush Limbaugh’s attack, Fluke has implicitly included herself in the group of women who allegedly unwittingly suffer as a result of Georgetown’s policies. This is a key point for the Democrats supporting her, for if Fluke did happen to read Georgetown’s insurance policy before coming and decide to come anyway, that would, at best, undermine her spokeswoman status and at worse make her a fraud.

Hmmmmmmmm…

I don’t have to agree with a person’s right or reasons to protest and seek changes to policies or laws or whatever they are not happy about, to respect that right.  I just want to know that its genuine and they are who they claim to be and the thing they claim to be an injustice is legitimate, at least in their eyes, and above board.  I can respect that.  What I can’t deal with is a fake.  A liar.  Someone who manipulates and twists the truth in a way to exaggerate their case or try to make their ideas or opinions more consequential.

This is a fairly damning report, especially when combined with the knowledge that Miss Fluke was also being handled and represented by someone at the progressive PR firm SKDKnickerbocker, where Anita Dunn — the former Obama communications director — is a managing director. This was reported last week by Bill O’Reilly on his Fox News program.  O’Reilly flat out says he believes the Sandra Fluke controversy was manufactured to divert attention away from President Obama and his unconstitutional mandate and attack on religious freedom.

While I don’t agree with Rush Limbaugh’s portrayal of Miss Fluke, this new information also makes the attack on Limbaugh by the left and mainstream media look even more hypocritical and more like a witch hunt to silence a very successful and influential conservative voice.

You can read a full report on Fluke and these interesting revelations about her HERE at TheBlaze.com.

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March 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

The Tea Party is to Blame!

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That’s the new mantra of the left.  Blame a fledgling political entity that is barely 3 years old for all the ills of this country.

Political activist and conservative Kevin Jackson hits the nail on the head, strikes the bullseye, rings the bell, and any other cliched analogy you can think of!

Of course the Andre Carsons, Maxine Waters, and Jesse Jacksons of the world will simply call Kevin Jackson an Uncle Tom which immediately devalues and discredits any black human being that disagrees with their views.  The problem for these elites is the black community isn’t as dumb and stupid as they think they are.  They are beginning to see through the facade these black leaders have built over the past 50 years.  They are beginning to ask questions and the answers they get from the liberal left are not resonating any longer.

Welcome to the truth and thank you to people like Kevin Jackson who are not afraid to speak it!

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September 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

Mainstream Media Can’t Be This Stupid…Can They?

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Let me begin by stating that I am not a blind critic of the media. I worked in Television News as an Anchor, Reporter and News Director for over a decade and was involved in electronic and broadcast media for nearly 15 years. I loved my profession and my job. I left the industry for a number of reasons one of which included the change I was seeing in how the news was being delivered and what I call the “commercialization” of news.

I had the unpleasant experience of having a general manager of one of the stations I worked for try to kill a revealing and negative story about a local merchant who also happened to be one of the station’s biggest advertisers. After much consternation and debate the story won the day but with a compromise that a particularly damning sound bite not be used on air.

It was then that I realized how much money and politics could effect the news content of the day even at the local level.

It’s been more than 5 years since I left the business and I can only say things have gotten worse not better.  The news is skewed and leaning hard left. Except over at FOX which leans hard right.  Unfortunately this doesn’t help the situation and does not provide balance it simply gives the two sides a place to go for THEIR news.  Not good.

All of that leads into a story I read today from a financial guru and investment adviser named Bob Wiedemer.  Wiedemer appears to be a conservative minded individual but what he says is neither conservative nor liberal.  It’s simply the truth and for some reason our watchdogs of the 4th estate can’t seem to grasp it, or is it something else.  I don’t want to go as far as to imply that facts are intentionally being misreported, but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck….

The economic recovery being touted as “under way” by the media is simply a bunch of hot air.  Boloney.  Hogwash.  Bullshnike…  It doesn’t exist and the numbers prove it.  And here they are.

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The “recovery” is made up of only stimulus funds.  It is a result of massive government borrowing and spending.  Here are those numbers.

In 2007, the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) totaled $14 trillion.  In 2010 the GDP totaled $14.6 trillion dollars.  A net increase of $600 billion.  Viewed on its own, $600 billion in three years is not very good, but on the bright side, its a rebound that tracks above inflation, slightly.

Compare that however to the increase in government borrowing. In 2007, the U.S. government borrowed and spent $163 billion.  In 2010 it borrowed and spent almost $1.4 trillion, a net increase of over $1.2 trillion.

The spending binge (on borrowed dollars) is also what’s propping up the stock market i.e. printed money the quantitative easing strategy of government bond buying, the second round of which ended June 30th.  The fact is when the Fed prints new dollars the market responds with an upswing.  When the Fed stops printing dollars it drops.  The stock market recovery is as fake as the economic recovery.  Driven by unsustainable irresponsible government idiocy.  It’s not based on hard-nosed analysis of the economy and its underlying capacity for growth, it’s based on printed money pushing up stock values beyond any true economic recovery.  You want a glimpse of the future of the stock market?  Look at the housing market.

The golden question?  Besides the obvious, why is the media ignoring the real story; how are we going to pay back all the borrowed cash?  The answer: we can’t.  Not even if every dollar earned by every American taxpayer was paid in taxes for the next decade.  The bubble economy is about to pop and when it does inflation, the crash of the dollar, and, heaven forbid, the elimination of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.  None of it good.

But you won’t hear that from those friendly smiling faces on your TV screens.  Nope.  They’re too busy admiring the Emperor’s new clothes.

Information for this blog post was found in the Financial Intelligence Report a monthly financial news letter.  You can subscribe at moneynews.com  This blog does not endorse or represent moneynews.com.

A Favorite Winston Churchill Quote with an Example

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“Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.” ~ Winston Churchill

Ideologues always come from one of two arenas, the anything-goes world of youthful inexperience or the cocoon of lifelong academics.  Neither has much if any real world experience, yet if you have the misfortune of sitting next to one on an airplane and striking up a conversation you’ll soon discover they have all the answers.  Just don’t ask them to show any practical applications to said answers, that’s a job for someone else.

Liberalism sounds nice.  It exudes passion and presents itself as the compassionate choice.  It paints a canvas covered with scenes of a utopian paradise where worries fade and troubles disappear, where the collective good is spread around and all are covered in the pleasant glow.  It wants you to believe its just like your mom and will love you and take care of you no matter what.  It is an attractive presentation I will admit.

Then you grow up, get tossed out of the house and have to fare for yourself.  That’s when, as Churchill implies, you get your first dose of reality, aka, conservative principles, work ethic, self reliance.  Those who don’t get that “liberating” shot of reality end up on a street corner with a tin cup, on the public dole, or back in their parent’s basement (if they’ll have them) or if they “know” someone perhaps they can slip back into academia to continue filling new heads with the dream, and building the status required to know all the answers.

Conservative media titan Andrew Breitbart explains how he went from liberal ideologue college grad, to conservative media mogul and the bane of the Liberal media‘s existence.  He’s a clear example of the wisdom and truth in Churchill’s words.

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April 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm