Category: Politics

June 16, 2012

Where the news is

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Social networkingComments Off on Where the news is

Over the last six months the way I get my news has changed.  I used to be a devotee of Fox, but the cancellation of Judge Napolitano’s Freedom Watch was the end of a slow change.

Napolitano’s show was the one I would watch faithfully.  Fox’s cancellation signaled a shift by Fox toward a more main stream media ideology.  In hindsight, I think Napolitano’s advocating for Ron Paul and Gary Johnson and his highlighting of corruption in government and the failure of our legislators to stay within the parameters of the Constitution and Bill of Rights factored into the show’s fate.  Napolitano spoke the unvarnished truth, something not very palatable for those with a big government preference or belief in the GOP’s status quo.

I announce my disaffection with Fox like it was a drop dead moment and it wasn’t.  Shep Smith’s broadcasts where slowly turning more socialist and pro government and when he came back after his illness/diagnosis, his broadcasts were increasingly angry, bitter and more slanted.  The news is grim enough without the festering overtones of an angry broadcaster and my life is stressful enough without adding to the burden.  So I stopped watching Shep.  That left me with Cavuto and Napolitano and, if I could find something to fill the time, Brett Baier.  When Napolitano’s show was cancelled, there was an awkward pause between the other shows I watched.  It didn’t take long before I stopped watching Fox regularly.  It no longer had the draw for me without Napolitano’s show in the lineup.  That was the piece that caused me to watch the other two if I had time.  Without the Napolitano draw, the Cavuto/Baeir bookends didn’t have enough appeal on their own to draw me to the TV.  Before long I stopped watching Fox altogether.  As Fox was the best of a bad lot, I wasn’t filling the gap with any of the other networks as what they presented was even more biased/slanted/filtered.  I was temporarily news-less.

So, where am I getting my news?  The same place others with internet access do, via a tailored RSS feed, news aggregate websites and the New Media.  I have a folder on my tool bar for Daily News.

Now that I get my news from many sources instead of one, I’m finding the news I’m getting is more fully rounded.  I’m also getting much of it three days faster.  Wadly will tell me about a story he saw on Fox and I’ll tell him I read it or saw a video on it three days before.   That tells me there’s a three day delay before Fox shares the story with its audience.  It occurred to me the days long delay is just long enough to make any viewing audience action moot.  By then, the story’s pretty much cold.  With a three day delay, how much effect would anything you do or say have?  In most cases, not much.

When you add to that all the news the main stream media doesn’t cover, stories big and small . . . all the Ron Paul rallies, the delegate fights, the stuff going on with climate change, the failure of wind farming, the crashing of the Euro, all the big and small Tea Party activities and the growing libertarian movement in young and old . . . it didn’t take long for me to understand the media was censoring what it wanted its audience to know.  And with the development of New Media, that’s becoming more and more apparent.  If you’re getting your news from the main stream media, have you even heard of New Media?  Do you know what it is and how it came about?  That, in itself, is pretty telling.

So if you’re relying on television news for your updates, you need to be aware your news is arriving late and is being filtered through the lens of the network.  Rather than support my case by giving you examples, I challenge you to spend a week comparing internet news to main stream media news.

And the beauty of getting the news over the internet is the flexibility with which it can be accessed.  I’m no longer stuck in front of the TV at a certain hour of the day to make sure I get my news.  On the internet, it’s there 24/7 and in much more detail, with many more viewpoints and opinions.  I can absorb as much of it as I have time/inclination.

April 20, 2012

Making connections

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Making connections

This morning I received an emailed article about the Obamas that elicited the following response.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I wish it were a more intelligent rant, but it’s just a rant; not memorable, not pointed, just a generic rant about disrespectful communists.  That it comes from a black man isn’t even particularly notable.

It wasn’t that I didn’t agree with the content.  By my estimation, it was all true.  I couldn’t figure out why it bothered me until I talked with Wadly.  I then realized why it left me feeling the time spent reading it was a waste of time.

The article didn’t teach me anything new.  It was a restatement of things I already believed.  It made no new logical connections and it had zero quotable content. To me, if it doesn’t have something that gives me some sort of “aha” moment or elicit some emotion other than boredom, it’s a waste of time.

I’m not looking for affirmation. I don’t need somebody else to jack my self-esteem or make me feel part of a group. I want new  ideas, concepts and connections. I want to read the leaps of logic and the new perspectives, not retreaded old tires.

So my question for you is, why do you read what you read?  Do you do it for affirmation?  Or do you do it for education?

April 4, 2012

Assigning homework

by Nori — Categories: Government, Politics, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on Assigning homework

If you’ve been following the news, you know SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) had hearings last week on three things involving the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act.

On day one they heard arguments to determine if they could hear arguments . . . it was one of those “it’s a tax!”, “no, it’s a penalty” things that involved defining the parameters of the argument based on past legislation and the wording of the law.

The second day had arguments about the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate (you MUST buy health care or pay a penalty).  The most profound bit of that was the question “can the government create commerce so they can regulate it” and that whole thing didn’t go very well for the government.  Their guy came across as far less than competent and prepared.  The final guy arguing for striking down the mandate was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.  I’ve listened to this bit more than once.  The guy is brilliant.

The last day was on another bit in the legislation involving Medicare/Medicaid.  That didn’t go so well for the defense either.  In all, as CNN attested, the current administration got their collective butts kicked.  It made me smile.

So POTUS (President of the United States) got all officious and up in the face of SCOTUS and said there was no precedent for SCOTUS to reject what the legislators had created, that it was totally constitutional, any rejection would be completely politically driven . . . blah, blah, blah.  The next day he backtracked a bit but essentially said the same thing, how dare SCOTUS take into question the constitutionality of this “essential” piece of legislation.

This political faux pas caused great humor, commentary and apoplexy (2)(3)(4)(5) among the constitutionally more savvy set as they compared POTUS’s history as a student and professor teaching the Constitution against the completely false assertion that SCOTUS has no power to overturn legislation that lacks a constitutional base.  In all, I find it pretty amusing.  If you want a sampling of what’s out there beyond what I’ve listed here, plug this into your search engine and start reading obama constitution professor supreme court.

POTUS’s inadvisable comments caused another court to exercise a little judicial outrage.  The federal judge in another case assigned the administration some apparently much needed homework.

…a federal appeals court judge in Texas — troubled by Obama’s remarks about the propriety of unelected judges striking down acts of Congress — ordered a Justice Department attorney to give him — within 48 hours — a three-page letter, single spaced, specifically referring the president’s statements and what they mean.

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith said he wants to know the position of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department on the concept of judicial review.

“I want to be sure that you are telling us that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice do recognize the authority of the federal courts through unelected judges to strike acts of Congress or portions thereof in appropriate cases,” Smith said.

The judge made the request during oral arguments in a separate challenge to another aspect of the federal health care law…

So we’re all waiting to see what the administration submits, if anything.  More hilarity is sure to ensue.

April 1, 2012

Still riding the “ain’t no such thing” global warming horse

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Energy, Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Wising upComments Off on Still riding the “ain’t no such thing” global warming horse

The rain can stop any time now. If it doesn’t, I’m considering ark building as a potential hobby.

There’s lots going on in the global warming debate. Much of the steam has seeped out of the global warmists’ engine. Poland, among other EU eastern border countries, has told the rest of the EU to eff off, they’re going to continue to use their plentiful coal to produce the energy needs of their country. While that was a big thing when they started spouting it at the initial upswell of the global warming debate, now the figurative flipping-off is causing nary a ripple.

India and China are building thorium nuclear power plants patterned on research the US did middle of the last century. As a country, our failure to embrace our own research and our inability to be nimble in retrenching to a better/safer/cheaper nuclear technology is leaving egg on our faces. It’ll be interesting to see what Japan does over the next 10 years.

The EPA has backed off on its suit against a gas drilling company in Texas. It seems the methane in the drinking water was a pre-existing condition. Who knew?!  <rolls eyes>  I’m hoping the ruling against the EPA on the Sackett case in the Supreme Court was a bit of a wake-up call but I’m wasting zero time and energy holding my breath in anticipation. Governmental arrogance is a well established trait unlikely to change.

I read a really good article on Climate Realists this morning about past warm periods/droughts (decimated the Roman population) and wet periods (people literally had limbs and digits falling off) and plague (fleas brought in by the rat migration due to drought). I need a time machine so I can send those who think we actually have any influence on climate back in time. I’ll even let them pick ice age or drought! See how generous I am?! And no, I’m not bringing them back. I envision this as a one-way trip. I see it as their civic duty to reduce the current population’s influence on the climate by engaging in a little population reduction, a nice little bit of forced altruism.

So, today we’re testing to see if you’re up on the facts on CO2. Yeah, that’s me, poking people through the bars of their cage.  <evil laugh> I have to get my ever-so-cheap thrills where I can. It is, after all, still raining.

So, pick one.

  • I think ALL of the CO2 in the Earth’s Atmosphere is from man.
  • I’m not sure how much “Man Made” CO2 is in the Earth’s Atmosphere.
  • There is .04% CO2 in the Earth’s Atmosphere and of that “Man” has added an extra 4% (1 part in 62,500)

If you pick the first, the time machine line forms to my left. If you picked the second, I’m a little surprised you stayed awake long enough to read all the way through this post. You can go back to sleep now.

March 27, 2012

On Nancy Reagan and Jane Fonda

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, PoliticsComments Off on On Nancy Reagan and Jane Fonda

Does it bother you at all that avowed socialist Jane Fonda is slated to play the iconic Nancy Reagan? I have to say . . . it bothers me a lot. Not only because I don’t want the nation’s memory of Mrs. Reagan soiled by being associated with such an un-American person, but because I don’t think Fonda is a good enough actress to pull of the quintessential and beloved First Lady and wife of one of our most successful Presidents ever.

March 24, 2012

What’s in it for me?

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Wising upComments Off on What’s in it for me?

Are you a fully actualized citizen? You can determine your status by answering one question. When you reflect on the federal government and ponder “what’s in it for me”, what are your expectations? What is it you expect the government to do for you?

If you haven’t really studied government, how it was designed to work by our founders, how it works now, how the changes impacts the citizenry and the direction our country’s headed, you may not see the pitfalls before us. Let me give you just a little food for thought.

In my view, a fully actualized citizen is one who, when questioning the role of government and what they have to gain, thinks about the natural rights of liberty and property as defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They know to get ahead they must work harder AND smarter, but they expect to be able to benefit from their efforts and sacrifice. They expect to bear the penalties of their mistakes. They have embraced their freedom and revel in it.

Someone who has not yet reached full maturity in their citizenship is someone very concerned about “fair”. Any benefit they could potentially receive by direct action of the government are perceived as rights to which they feel entitled . . . right to health care, right to a job, right to a house. The catch-word for this class of citizen is “fair”, I want my fair share, he has more than I do that’s not fair. They have no concept that “fair” is actually “fair and equal under the law”. It isn’t “you get the same”, it’s “you get treated the same”, a wholly different thing.

The only thing we are truly entitled to beyond the liberties and freedoms defined in the Constitution and Bill of rights is freedom of opportunity. Anything or anyone who reduces this right is negatively impacting your natural right to success as each of us defines it.

This country used to be about freedom, the right to work hard . . . or not, the right to strive to better your existence . . . or not, the right to think and dream and live to the best of your ability. This is the ideal of advanced citizenship as defined by the Constitution and Bill of Rights!

I read a really interesting article last week which resulted from the parasite woman in Boston wanting her birth control paid for by taxpayers. I posted the link to that article in a previous post. Sometimes things click and this morning the entitlement mentality, feminization of manly men and the dependency of women (see aforementioned article) all coalesced into a whole in my mind. Our country is made up of those who are philosophically women/children who want/need to be taken care of by others. These people don’t want to think for themselves or sacrifice/strive to the degree necessary to care for themselves. They are a sub-class of citizenry, the philosophically dependent.

Our country is also comprised of citizens who embrace our freedoms and celebrate the independence that goes with it. These citizens emulate our founding fathers in their desire for self-actualization. They work hard, they play hard, they sacrifice and suffer to achieve. They understand true freedom means being independent to succeed or fail. They understand failure isn’t the end, it’s just a lesson for what doesn’t work. They don’t turn to the government to fix their failure but retrench and start again. These are the advanced citizens.

March 17, 2012

Parasites

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Politics, Social networking, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on Parasites

Have you had days when you didn’t feel particularly nice?  I think we all do. Now that I’m older, I generally try to rein in the chaos-generating waves, where in the past I would have let my pencil fly.  So, here is the kinder, gentler take on Sandra Fluke and the argument she’s put forth.

Has the Sandra Fluke thing bothered you at all?  I have to say, it’s bothered me on a number of levels.  I’m wondering if her last name isn’t a signifier.  You do know what a fluke is, don’t you?  It’s a parasite which leeches your nutrients and weakens you.  It’s a bit ironic that Ms. Fluke is studying to be a lawyer, a totally different kind of parasite AND shares the name of a class of parasites.

So why do I have trouble with Ms. Fluke’s stand on the taxpayers paying for her birth control?

  • The entitlement mentality (“you owe it to me”).  This is just wrong, but it is what we get when we raise a generation of citizens with an absence of ethical self-actualization.  This is the “easy path” generation.  They are not an accurate reflection of the ideology that built this great nation.  The French, they are among us.
  • Since when did women’s “rights” include me paying your bill?  A woman has the right to equal opportunity, not the right to be turned into a dependent of the taxpayer.
  • It embraces the socialistic ideology of equality without effort.  While she is fully capable of finding an extra $9 a month to pay for her own birth control, she feels she should be entitled to someone else picking up the tab.  It does not speak well of her that she’s unable to budget her resources sufficiently to handle this herself.  Sadly, she’s of an age where she will probably never gain that degree of ethical self-actualization.  A parasite is born.

Maybe the movement chose the wrong person as front person.  To choose a lawyer in training who shares a name with a common parasite may have just been a wrong move.

Here’s a psychotherapist’s take on the whole affair. If you read nothing else about the Sandra Fluke affair, please make the time to read this.

February 1, 2012

Pay no attention . . .

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Politics, Wising upComments Off on Pay no attention . . .

. . . to the man behind the curtain.

I’m pretty sure everyone’s seen the ad with the cartoon characters representing the tapped out Federal Reserve with Ben Bernanke and Obama hiding in the vault with all the government IOUs.  You get a real feel for the slight-of-hand going on in our government.  I don’t know about you, but I find it really distressing.

Yesterday I watched a video about a company Romney managed that was deeply engaged in Medicare fraud to the tune of massive amounts of money.  Politifact judged the video to be mostly true.  Romney managed to divest himself and Bain Capital of the company at exactly the moment the Feds descended on the company with warrants.  Romney was either a clueless manager and the timing if the divestment was fortuitous or he is one clever bastard willing to countenance fraud in search of a better bottom line for Bain Capital.  Let’s call this a smoking gun and move on.

Then, this morning the CATO Daily Podcast was on Romneycare.  The podcast is mostly about the fact checking of Santorum’s claim that Romneycare increased free-ridership five-fold, but that’s not the most illuminating piece of the podcast.  Right at the end of the podcast is the real jewel.

Listen all the way to the end and then tell me what you think.  Clever bastard or ignorant dupe?  After you finish the podcast, you should have a clue what I think.

December 3, 2011

Just when you thought the TSA couldn’t possibly get any stupider . . .

by Nori — Categories: Government, Politics, Wising up4 Comments

. . . they do.

Teen's purse prohibited on plane because it's a "replica" of a gun.

The whole story is here => http://reason.com/blog/2011/12/02/the-fashion-police-aka-tsa

For those of you needing a definition of “replica” . . .

replica
n : copy that is not the original; something that has been replicated [syn: reproduction]

Now compare that to bas-relief.

bas-relief \Bas`-re*lief”\, n. [F. bas-relief; bas law + relief raised work, relever to raise: cf. It. bassorilievo.]
Low relief; sculpture, the figures of which project less than half of their true proportions; — called also bassrelief and basso-rilievo. See Alto-rilievo.

Now which do you think is the correct term for the gun on her purse? Yeah, I’m still rolling my eyes at the idiocy of the TSA.  They evidently have no idea how to use a dictionary in addition to being very poorly trained.  That’s our government at work folks, “protecting” us by being stupid.

December 1, 2011

Quinntessentially mutable

by Nori — Categories: PoliticsComments Off on Quinntessentially mutable

mutable
adj : capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature; “a mutable substance”; “the mutable ways of fortune”; “mutable weather patterns”; “a mutable foreign policy”

I watched the Ron Paul ad highlighting Gingrich’s flip-flops this morning and thought . . . Gingrich is the mutable candidate, possibly even more so than Romney.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s a lot to admire in Newt Gingrich.  His marital morals and ego notwithstanding, Newt’s not a bad guy.  He’s smart, well informed and he did a tremendous job as Speaker for which he got little wide-spread credit.  He did, in essence, a presidential job as Speaker by limiting spending and working toward a balanced budget.  But anyone spending any time working in politics or for political entities cannot possibly come away unsmudged and the Ron Paul ad certainly highlights the most glaring of the smudges.  Reason Magazine takes a whack at a bunch more advocating infringement of civil liberties.  <wince>

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