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Media Bias…

I discovered this morning that someone signed me up for emails from – 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.


Fox Nation VS Huffington Post

Talk about battling headlines!  Two different websites discuss the new Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated” with two very different takes:

Palin Film Opens Strong, Theaters Packed

Sarah Palin Documentary Premiere: Film Opens To Nearly Empty Audience

The first headline comes from Fox Nation. The article below it clarifies that the theater in Grapevine, TX sold out. That’s pretty impressive, I guess. Grapevine has 46,000 residents and the AMC Theater has 28 different screens – 5 of which are showing Harry Potter.

The second headline comes from Huffington Post.  The article below this headline comes from the Atlantic and other sources.  However; the main gist is about a theater in Orange County, CA.  I wouldn’t expect anyone to show up for a Sarah Palin documentary in Orange County, CA.  That is definitely not Palin Country.

Anyway, I think both of these headlines just show how far we’ll go to spin a story.  Remember when the media would’ve told both sides of the story in one article?  A headline stating, “Palin Documentary Has Mixed Turnouts” would be more appropriate. Don’t you agree?


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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Fox News – What a Waste

I’m glad that Jon Stewart and his staff over at the Daily Show watch Fox News so I don’t have to do so.  It takes about five seconds of listening to these bumbling anti-intellectuals to set me off.  These people would sell out their own mothers to make a right-wing point that isn’t.

On Wednesday’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Mr. Stewart pointed out yet another one of Fox News’ making a mountain out of a molehill because President Obama invited Chicago rapper and poet, Common, to the White House.  Apparently, back in 2007, Common wrote a rap that critized then President Bush – as is his right under the first amendment, so now the talking heads don’t think he should be allowed to go to the White House.  You can watch the whole show here.

Below is the clip from Huffington Post.  Watch until you see Sean Hannity, that’s the sequment about which I want to write.

Did you notice all of these white talking heads “discussing” this with black people? Sean Hannity is expecting the two black gentlemen to defend this decision and the rap, but he doesn’t let them speak. He keeps cutting them off.  Quite frankly, I don’t know why anyone of a race other than white would even bother with Fox News.

But wait, there’s more:

You know what? My work here is done. Trial over. If you watch these talking heads on Fox News, you really don’t have the ability to realize how many brain cells you’re losing over a bunch of guys who are just making things up.  It explains a lot about why you can’t have an intelligent conversation with someone who watches Fox News.  They believe what they want to believe and no facts or figures will change their minds.

It’s actually a little scary, really.  Millions of Americans rot their cognitive abilities every night watching this channel.  They can no longer decipher fact from fiction.  They’re holding on to ideals that are no longer realistic.  They really believe that corporations are people.  It’s just really sad.

Sex Dolls are not Floatation Devices…

This article was sent to me by a friend.  Australia is suffering from costly and life threatening flood and these two intellectually challenged people decide to go white water rafting – except they don’t use a raft – they use two sex dolls. The article didn’t say if both dolls were female, as the intellectually challenged were a male – female couple.
I guess this proves that there is someone for everyone.

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Guest Blog: Democratic Talk Radio 2010 Heroes and Villains Awards

This year we had great difficulty in making our selections. We had multiple winners in both categories.  We could have given many more awards but finally narrowed it down to just these few.

Heroes are former Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) and former MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. Both won because they routinely spoke truth to power even when it was unpopular.

Grayson was targeted by huge amounts of corporate and Far Right money in the 2010 elections because of his honesty. He has not gone silently into the night. Like the true hero he remains, we can count on Alan Grayson to continue speaking out on behalf of working Americans being abused by corporations and the super wealthy interests who control the Republicans in Congress and state governments around the nation.

Many of us learned about Grayson’s efforts on the cable news commentary program run hosted by Keith Olbermann. In the darkest days of the Bush Administration, Olbermann was really the only voice on TV willing to expose and condemn the creeping fascism of the Republican Right. He defended the American Dream when nearly everyone else was fearful and silent.

Democratic talk Radio hopes he will quickly return to our television screens. American Democracy needs Keith Olbermann.

While nearly every Republican in Congress qualifies for the DTR 2010 Villain Award along with Fox News, the Koch brothers and the Tea Party movement, the winners are the 5 Supreme Injustices on the Supreme Court. They are Alito, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Kennedy.

With their crazy and evil Citizens United ruling, they created out of thin air the greatest legal/political threat to our American Dream that has ever existed. They have ruled that corporations are people with the ability to spend unlimited amounts of shareholder money to influence politics. They did not even require in the ruling that shareholders must approve the way is spent or the amount of money by corporate executives.

Corporate executives run corporations. Corporations are organizations of money not people. Corporations do not die like all people do.

The 5 Injustices deserve to be impeached for abuse of office. Since corporations were able to buy Congress in the last elections because of the Citizens United ruling, this will not happen this year if ever. The best we can do is give them our Democratic Talk Radio 2010 Villain of the Year Award.

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Ted Williams & the Death of Decency

I saw this story on Huffington Post.  Apparently, Ted Williams – the homeless man with the smooth voice – was delayed in being reunited with his mother because NBC and CBS were fighting over which one of them could film and broadcast the overdue reunion.

What is wrong with you people?  Seriously?

I can understand journalists having to take a microphone and shove it in someone’s face after a tragedy to get the story or hounding a politician.  However; this is really too much.  Didn’t these network executives go to kindergarten and learn to share?

Why didn’t you morons both film it and both air it?  Let the people decide which network they wanted to see it on.  Loyal Today Show viewers would’ve watched it there – Loyal Early Show viewers would’ve turned on CBS, but in either case – and the most important item in this – Ted would’ve been reunited with his mother sooner, rather than later.  Two people would’ve been able to work on the special bonds between a mother and her son.

And, I would’ve given them a lot more credit for doing the right thing.  What do you think?

What the “Right” Means to Me.

It dawned on me this morning, as I was writing a piece on Net Neutrality, that I throw terms around and it is possible that my readers wouldn’t understand them.  For example, the Right.  I say it quite a bit and it is possible that people could misconstrue whom I mean.

When I say the right, I don’t mean true blue conservatives.  I don’t mean the educated people who can quote William F. Buckley, Jr.  I mean these new right.  Those people who watch Glenn Beck and actually agree with him.  Those people who have Palin 2012 stickers on the back of their cars.  Those people who do not understand the difference between conservative, liberal, socialism and libertarian.  Those people who think every liberal idea is wrong and every conservative idea is right.

You know who you are.

The ones who blame Obama for the mess we’re in because they’ve never taken an economics class and don’t understand how the real world works.

The ones who rally against big government, yet don’t want to lose Social Security and Medicare.

The ones who vote against their own best interests.  The ones who only get their news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

The followers of the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage and the Westboro Baptist Church.

That’s who I mean when I say the right.  Not the respectable conservatives that used to have a voice in this nation.  Not the people who know that Reagan and O’Neil would meet in the middle to hammer out legislation.

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 …

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.

Woman finds out about Husband’s double life

On the day after a Federal judge struck down California’s Prop 8 (which bans gay marriage), news comes out about a wife discovering that her husband had married another woman.  I wonder if that will lead to divorce or if the right wing, anti-gay groups will still claim that gay marriage is bad for straight marriages?

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