Sometimes we get away from politics and other things of interest. Sometimes we like to do our civic duty and in this case, we are disgusted that we have to warn people about this.
Police across the country are warning consumers of a new scam that tricks people into buying unwanted goods or services.
Here’s how it goes:
You get a call from a phone number in your area or maybe you don’t have caller ID and the name and number doesn’t show on your phone. You answer the phone and because you are a polite person, when the person on the other end says “can you hear me?” you answer “yes.”
Or perhaps they ask if you have a dog and again you answer “yes.”
As we said, you’re a polite person and you do this before telling the person to go away / leave you alone / remind them that you are on the “Do Not Call” list before you hang up on them.
Walt was a bit of a character to say the least. He had played Triple-A baseball. He liked to drink – perhaps a bit too much sometimes – but he never drank and drove. Walt was the most mechanically incompetent person we ever saw. Walt could not figure out which type of screwdriver to use on a Phillips head screw. It baffled him.
Once Walt bought a sandbox for his son. He brought it home early Saturday morning. The neighbors began to wager on how long it would take for him to put it together. He never did. After 10 hours of work, the sandbox was more like a piece of modern art than something that would hold sand, much less play in.
The following day, we sneaked out with our dad and in about 45 minutes, we had the sandbox together and fixed. Over thirty minutes of that time was undoing what Walt had done.
Walt was so bad with mechanical things that after buying a new electric lawnmower, he knocked on our door and asked our dad where the handle to pull start the motor was.
This is not to say that Walt was not intelligent. Not at all. Walt had a great memory and his personality and memory made him successful in his chosen field. He was great at what he did.
Walt was a big nosed Pollock. That’s not our description of him. That was his description of himself. He and our father would sit out on the back porch on Friday nights drinking a “Natty Bo” and listening to the baseball game on the radio. Walt would tell Polish jokes which were all the rage at the time. These were jokes that made fun of the supposed lack of intelligence of people of Polish descent. Walt loved ’em. Often his first words were “hey, I heard a great one today…” He would laugh at them and laugh at himself. He sometimes laughed so hard that he couldn’t tell the entire joke.
His wife would come out of the house and talk for awhile and she would tell a “blonde joke” and laugh. She was a very intelligent, competent and an extraordinary woman who was also a blonde.
She and Walt shared the characteristic of being able to laugh at themselves. We loved them for that.
Within that laughter was a deep devotion and caring not only for each other, but for Walt’s neighbors as well. (more…)
We don’t know how many people in the US aren’t familiar with comedian Jeff Foxworthy and his shtick of “you might be a redneck if…..” Over at the website Ace of Spades, they took the concept to another level with “you might be a Democrat if…..”
(We edited some of the NSFW ones out and highlighted some of our favorites.)
If you can listen to Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Lady Gaga complain about how Trump degrades women and not burst out laughing…
If you think a person’s gender is fluid but sexual preference is permanently fixed…
If you’re against the death penalty but are OK with abortion…
If you think the NY Times is biased in favor of conservatives…
If you believe Russians hacked the election, but there’s no need to investigate the possibility of voter fraud…
If you believe Russians hacked the election, but have no problem with the Clintons making deals to sell American uranium to Russian oligarchs…
If you believe shouting down conservative speakers is ‘free speech’…
If you believe throwing rocks at police officers and breaking windows is ‘free speech’…
If you believe that the Palestinians are entitled to a homeland, but the Israelis aren’t…
If you punch someone in the face while you’re wearing a “Love Trumps Hate” T-shirt…
If you want the government out of your bedroom while demanding free birth control…
If you can voice your presidential assassination fantasies in public without fear of consequences…
…. you might be a Democrat.
They then opened the comments to suggestions and the commenters did not disappoint: (more…)
That sentiment was later expanded to read “never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.”
Twain’s point was that in a world where newspapers controlled what the public read, understood and discussed, a person doesn’t want to get into a fight where their voice is much smaller and not nearly as loud as that of newspapers.
Certainly, that advice seems to have been heeded by people, including politicians during the golden age of radio and through the age of television where basically three networks controlled what people saw and heard as news.
It is therefore puzzling somewhat that President Donald Trump would begin a war – or maybe it is better said that he responded to a war launched by the media – with the media itself.
A. F. Branco’s cartoon below illustrates the fight somewhat.
It would seem that there is no way that Trump can win this war with the media. In addition, we have read on other blogs and from other people that even trying to fight such a war is beneath the “dignity of the Office of the President.”
A decade ago, we may have agreed with the assessment that it is better to make nice with the media than pick a fight with them.
But with Al Gore’s invention of the internet, a shift has occurred. People no longer are getting their news strictly from newspapers and the networks. Blogs and other online outlets have millions of readers and perhaps even more important, millions of eyes watching out for newsworthy items and writing about them. Social media – for better or worse – has become a source of information as well.
The result is that trust in the traditional media is at an historic low.
In fact, trust in the media is lower than Trump’s approval rating (which ironically the mainstream media continues to label as “horrible,” “abysmal,” etc.)
Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Trump’s approval rating according to the same source is 46%)
This follows a report by Joe Scarborough saying that a major newspaper admitted they were in the tank for Hillary Clinton: (more…)
All 50 state secretaries of state are urging the Trump administration to rescind a last-minute Department of Homeland Security directive calling state election systems “critical infrastructure.”
Many state officials fear this is the first step toward a federal takeover of state-run elections, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.
While deep political discord may be found on other issues, state secretaries — who oversee all election machinery — appear completely united against the former administration’s attempt to insert the federal government into state-run elections.
Then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson surprised and outraged state election officials with his Jan. 6 action, just two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump was to assume the presidency.
Johnson tried to portray his move as part of the Obama administration’s effort against Russian government hacking of Democratic Party emails during the presidential campaign.
We are unsure how the hacking of a private group has anything to do with the hacking of an election. It is not as if there has been any link or evidence of hacking by a foreign government into hacking voting machines, tabulating machines, etc.
This may be the most stunning video we have seen in a long time.
Apparently, Sally Boynton Brown, who is running for the DNC Chairperson position, thinks that all while people are prejudiced – even Democrats.
Instead of actually trying to engage in a debate or a discussion, Boynton Brown says her job is to shut dissenting voices down when they disagree with her.
It is hard to argue with the mindset of “we want to have a conversation which means you have to shut up and listen.”
Years ago when the Palestinians and the Israelis were really going at in battles, we were part of a faction that believed there are people who don’t want peace in the Mid-East. There are people who know the strife there gives them a power and authority they would not have if people could learn to live together.
The same is true of the Democratic Party. They have become the party of division. They seem to grasp that if Americans unite, they will lose their authority and power. Oddly, they will lose the privilege they claim others have. (more…)