Thursday, February 25, 2010

To my Democrat friends (yes I have some):

You are right. Conservatives are up in arms about the amount of money being spent by this administration. There were no Tea Parties during the past administration when spending was out of control.

My question to you is where were you?

Don't we need to start somewhere?

It would be a real shame when Republicans gain control of the house and senate again if the Tea Parties disappeared.

This country is caught in a vicious circle of political corruption on both sides and someone needs to break that cycle.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Misquote

I am a regular listener to Rush and Beck. I am also a regular reader of Media Matters and The Cincinnati Beacon. I watch MSN and Fox News.

We all know that good ratings equal extreme rhetoric. Both ends of the political spectrum hold very different views on every issue. It seems that there are enough sound bites that could be taken in context to illustrate a point.

Lately, it has been the norm to take sound bites out of context and use them to create public outrage. Rush used the word retard on his show last week. In context he was taking a poke at Rahm Emanuel using the word retard. Surrounding the comment he joked that it would become a sound bite that would result in him getting in "trouble" with the media. He was correct.

With technological capabilities there is no longer an excuse to misquote someone. There is no longer an excuse to take things out of context in error. Today misquoting is deliberate and malicious.

Some sites are based entirely of sound bites and misquotes. Media Matters is an excellent example of this practice. I read several articles about Rush's retard statement- along with the string of comments posted in response. I also heard the live broadcast of the actual statement in question. The disparity in facts was almost alarming.

It is time for us as intelligent Americans to take responsibility for the "news" that we are ingesting. The resources are readily available to check sources and the context of statements. If we are not doing some quick research we are just being lazy and contributing to the problem.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

How many examples do we need?

Danny Williams the Newfoundland Premier is coming to the US for heart surgery this week.

I believe that the United States has the best physicians and hospitals in the world. Apparently so do many world leaders. Premier Williams is on the first to come to the US to receive healthcare, it happens everyday.

What will happen if we go to a single payer system? Will people still flock to the US to have complicated procedures done? Will we have room for them? Will we have room for our own citizens?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


With so much to say about the state of the country it is difficult to pick a topic. For today this will have to do.

With unemployment numbers climbing, national debt on the dramatic rise and discontent with both parties one would think that his approval numbers will continue to drop. Only those who blindly cling to the man and the party line will hang on.