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Media Bias…

I discovered this morning that someone signed me up for emails from RedState.com – the Conservative Blog founded in 2004. The way I discovered this is I found their Morning Briefing in my inbox. It happens. I am also on the mailing list for the GOP. I don’t know who the person is that keeps putting my name on Republican and right-wing mailing lists, but the joke’s on them, since I don’t care.

Anyway, in the email was the following header:

Feds Force Ex-Navy SEAL To Pay $6.6 Million Over Bin Laden Book

Below it, in smaller type was this:

The Justice Department isn’t disputing the story. They’re just punishing him for telling it.

This makes it sound like the Justice Department is doing something wrong, doesn’t it?
This headline intrigued me, so I clicked on the article. The very first paragraph states this:

A former Navy SEAL who was involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is now being forced to pay the government $6.6 million for failing to get the book approved by the Department of Defense.

That paragraph is enough to piss anyone off, isn’t it? It makes it sound like the government is out to get Matt Bissonnette (the man behind the pseudonym of Mark Owen and the book “No Easy Day”).  I’m a little miffed at the thought of the government making a Navy Seal pay out his royalties for the book. Matt Bissonnette is, after all, a man who risks his life to ensure our freedom around the world and deserves our respect and thanks.  Why would the government do this?

A little further down comes the answer:

As a Navy SEAL, Bissonnette signed a non-disclosure agreement that would prohibit him from releasing sensitive information from his time in the military. His book, the Justice Department claimed, contained sensitive and classified material. Under the agreement made, Bissonnette will acknowledge his mistake of not submitting the book for review. Between that and the payments, the U.S. Government will not pursue more liability claims.

It turns out that Bissonnette not only released “sensitive and classified material”, but he had signed a non-disclosure agreement. Oh, so he broke the law and released classified information and, basically, this is what will keep him out of jail. I learned this last part when I did a search to see what was really happening here and found a Christian Scientist Monitor article released the same day. It’s first paragraph is as follows:

The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared by the Defense Department, according to federal court documents.

See the difference? This one doesn’t play on your emotions. It merely states the facts of the case and let’s you know what’s up. Bissonnette violated the non-disclosure agreements and did not receive the proper clearance from the Defense Department. (Personally, I would think that his publisher would have looked into that before publishing, but that’s just me.) The article goes on to say that it is illegal for a violation of a non-disclosure agreement, it goes against the ethics of the Seals, based on this tenet: “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”

My point in all of this is to watch what you read (and watch).  Don’t just rely on one source.  Maybe after reading the Christian Scientist Monitor article you’re still outraged, but at least you have all of the information, laid out for you.  In the Red State blog, you don’t.  I don’t even believe you should just read these two articles or even my blog.  You should try to read everything you get your hands on.

I should say that I’ve completed some research on Red State and I have to admire their tenacity in their refusal to back Donald Trump.  Based on that (and their defense of Megyn Kelly against Donald Trump), they appear to be leaning toward the Conservative of old: reasonable and fair.  I miss those guys.  On the other hand, their banning of Ron Paul supporters as bloggers leans a little bad, but since I’ve only read that in one source, I’m not going to make a judgement on it.

Blessings!

Commuting with Julie — Media and Tragedy

By now most of you have probably seen the newscasts about the Police Shooting in Milwaukee over the weekend.  It’s disheartening.  A young man lost his life, while another young man has to live with the knowledge that, while he did what he must, he took another life.  Add in a volatile community, already reeling from multiple shootings across the country, an irresponsible media, and an oppressing class who bark things like “Why don’t we do something about black on black crime” and you have a recipe for disaster.

Let me get one thing straight, right up front, depsite Fox News and their “expert”, this is not President Obama’s fault.  How could it be?  He has not committed one act that denounced the police.  He has not created an environment of distrust between the Police Departments and the Black Community.  This has been going on for generations, not 8 years.  We had a lull where we didn’t hear of these types of things very often, but with Facebook, the Internet, Twitter, and 24 hour news; we hear of these tragedies nearly everyday.

Sadly, racism is alive and well in this country and we only have ourselves to blame.  Distrust on both sides – black and white – needs to be mended.  Not all blacks are lazy thugs and not all whites are oppressive, ignorgant masters

I don’t have the answers.  But, I know looking to the media for the answer isn’t a solution.  They’re not in it to make it better, they’re in it to sell it.  Discord, distrust, and riots in the streets sell news and make money.

Blessings

Donald Trump – Time for him to Go

I’ve been steaming about Donald Trump ever since he said that John McCain isn’t a war hero.  He claims that nobody was insulted, well, I was insulted.  I’ve always thought of Donald Trump as nothing but a blowhard with more money than sense and, with his campaign for President, he’s proving me correct.  With even non-Republican friends saying things like, “I admire his honesty”, I thought I should write this blog to add some facts into Trump’s veneer.

While John McCain was flying missions over Vietnam and a POW,  Donald Trump was using Daddy’s money and government deferments to attend Fordham University and, then the University of Pennsylvania.  Once Trump graduated, he had a job at his father’s real estate company waiting for him and $200,000 in his pocket, according to a Washington Post article.  Trump makes himself out to be a self-made man, but the truth is – he didn’t do this all on his own.

Hell, all of us could be rich if we started with family connections and $200,000 in our pocket.  He isn’t someone to be admired.  People who should be admired are the ones who started with nothing and rose to the top of the heap.  People like Kenny Troutt (the founder of Excel Communications), Ralph Lauren (founder of Polo), Larry Ellison (Oracle founder), Oprah (like I have to tell you), Ursula Burns (CEO of Xerox), and John Paul Dejoria (co-founder of John Paul Mitchell) are the people to be admired.  Each one of them started from the very bottom and they worked their way up into Billionaire status and (as far as I know), unlike Trump, not a bankruptcy among them.

It’s time to relegate Trump and the blowhards like him to the ignore zone.  We shouldn’t be putting boys like him on pedestals and walking around clamoring like he’s worth our time.  His comments regarding immigrants from Mexico pander to the lowest of Americans, whom we should really leave behind.  Racists have no place in American society and, if Donald Trump wants to be their leader, let him do it outside of the view of TV cameras.

 

Separation of Church and State

“Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person’s life, freedom of religion affects every individual. Religious institutions that use government power in support of themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths, or of no faith, undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of an established religion tends to make the clergy unresponsive to their own people, and leads to corruption within religion itself. Erecting the “wall of separation between church and state,” therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.” — Thomas Jefferson

The Other Little Soldier – Josh Gracin

America – Waylon Jennings

Are the Good Times Really Over for Good – Merle Haggard

Glory Glory Hallelujah / Battle Hymn of the Republic – Judy Garland

Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin

This Land is Your Land

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