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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!

Lesbian Bloggers

If you’ve been paying any attention to the news in the blogsphere the last couple of days, you couldn’t miss the shameful truth. The missing gay girl was really a healthy man. This morning I saw a headline that another lesbian blogger was revealed to be a man. So, in the interest of full disclosure, I have an announcement to make:

I am a lesbian, Christian, loud mouth, political junkie, college educated, SQL Developing grandmother to five beautiful boys woman who lives in Racine, WI. The only men I sleep with are two male cats and a fluffy white dog. I am faithful to my wife of ten years and if you find a picture of me naked on the web, it means my father is posting my baby pictures.

Whew! I’m glad I finally got that off my chest.

Have a good day.

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Poorly Written Headline…

I see this twitter post from @dailydish: Paul Ryan, Fraud?: I have to say that Paul Krugman made a very strong case that the young GOPer is still drinking …http://bit.ly/cvjOfy.

Paul Ryan is my congressman.  My first thought is, “Oh, crap! Another political scandal!”  Seriously.  The last thing we need in America is a political scandal.  Since I think Ryan is a good – if sometimes misguided –  Congressman, I certainly don’t want anything to befall his political career.

So,  I click the link.  No fraud – thank goodness.

@dailydish is merely pointing out that Ryan’s road map for America has a pothole in it.

But, I wonder, what if I hadn’t clicked the link?  What if I hadn’t read the article?  I would’ve been very mislead.  Perhaps, we should expect bloggers and journalists to create responsible headlines?  And, should I be saying this?  I’m sure I haven’t always been responsible.

Just a thought.

National Organization for Marriage Video

Last week, I posted a video about the National Organization for Marriage.  I took some quotes from the National Organization for Marriage website and some information from a post over at the Bilerico website.  Well, today I check out the Bilerico website and what do I see?  A little write up about my video!

Please take the time to check out the Bilerico site and, if you have time, the mention about me!

Thanks, Bil!

Moderation of Comments

I used to not moderate comments, but in recent days, I’ve noticed a lot of comments with links to products and that are more generic than actually commenting on the topic at hand.

If you post a comment and add a link to your blog, as long as the comment is relevant, I will allow the comment to post.  In other words, it must actually sound as if you read the post.

I will make every effort to ensure that all comments are posted, especially if I disagree.  If your comment is deleted and you think I made a mistake, contact me.  I’ll put it up.

We all know that people who just want to place a comment that doubles as an ad, won’t contact me.

Andrew Breitbrat says she’s racist

New Audio Blog and some changes!

WordPress allows phoned in audio blogs. Unfortunately for me, they don’t allow them for self-hosted sites. I’m sure I could set something up and create them at home, but there are times when I get an idea for a blog and I’m not near a computer in order to post it. I signed up for a WordPress.com hosted blog and boom! I’m now able to phone it in. This morning, I posted my first audio blog. Please check it out.

Also, this beautiful rainy morning, you should notice a change in the look of the site.  I made these changes to give all my blogs the same look and feel.  I’ve put up links for the audio blog and online comics.  You’ll be able to easily move from one blog to another.

I hope you enjoy the changes.  The front page of Top Of My Head will have a couple of changes as well before the weekend is over.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday!

Base8

Do you ever wonder just who is behind an anti-gay measure?  Who provides the money for the ads?  Who is at the top of the anti-gay food chain?  The website Base8 provides this information. 

According to the FAQ, Base8 “is an ever-growing, ever-evolving, human-edited, searchable database of donors to political campaigns and related causes, both for and against equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”
I wanted to pass this great resource site on to my readers.
Have a great day!

Comments

You know, I don’t trust anyone who moderates their comments before they allow them to be posted. I think it’s rude. I read the comments written and, I haven’t had a need as of yet, I plan on removing/deleting any cuss words. This is a family friendly site. Now, I’m not like some bloggers who believe they are being stalked. They even go as far as to prevent people from writing comments. Yet, they will comment on the deleted comment, which I believe is wrong.

I don’t believe anything until I can see it for myself. If you just tell me that the rant was off-topic and disgraceful, how do I really know that? I don’t. Heck, you could really write the comment yourself and just say it’s from a liberal / conservative that is stalking you.

So, anyway, I wrote a comment on a blog I’m not mentioning whose. But, I’m pretty sure that I wrote a comment larger than what ended up there. But, I’m not positive. So, this time, I kept a copy for myself. (See below.) If it is edited for comment, I’ll know and I’ll let you know just who censored it.

Origninal, with “moderator’s” comments are in bold:
Just a quick question…Why delete a liberal’s post, unless you are editing for foul language, what’s the point?

RV: The point has been made clear a thousand times, Julie. And I delete the childishness of cussing people out, degrading veterans and commenting off topic.

If they are truly ranting for ranting’s sake, aren’t they just proving your point?

RV: My posts say time and time again that they’re proving my point. Do you read?

New Comment:
“Okay, but how do I, someone who did not read the post you deleted, know that they are proving your point? I didn’t read the comment myself.
I can understand censoring out words that cannot be used in mixed company, but why not just x-out those words and let the rest of the rant stand?
And, yes, I can read. I’m pretty good at it, despite my public school education.

Oh, I should mention that I have actually deleted comments left on one of my blogs, but they weren’t comments, they were ads.”

I should note that before I decided to post this comment, I went back to see if my above comment had been added — it hadn’t. So, I thought maybe something was wrong and I’ve re-sent it.

God Bless.

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