Friday, August 31, 2012

Election Year Shenanigans aka The Bullsh!t You see on TV

Now as some of you know, tonight the Republican National Convention is going on and you might be wondering if I am going to talk about that in my piece tonight. Well rest-assured, I don't honestly care about that particular Dog and Pony show for the simple fact that unless you are a GOP faithful, you're probably not going to watch anyway and nothing ground-breaking is likely to occur.

What I wanted to talk about tonight is something that occurs every American election cycle that is often ignored as "business as usual" and tolerated because sadly it seems, folks simply accept that political candidates spreading lies via the media is "OK". Well I got news for those folks, it's not "OK", not by a long shot.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

FoxNews on Akin's Story: Where's the Coverage "Fair & Balanced"?

In the past I have commented on the ridiculous idea that ANY major media outlet in America is non-partisan, especially in the cases of MSNBC and Fox News. There is numerous examples of how most of the major networks are either blatantly biased one way or another (or in the case of CNN, just desperate for ratings) so I won't waste any one's time with that just yet (don't worry it's coming)..

What I do want to talk about tonight is a rather sad and outright idiotic story out of the great state of Missouri; more specifically concerning its Senate race between Dem. Senator McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin. What makes this race so newsworthy you ask?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jon Stewart Rips Media Reaction To Paul Ryan Pick

Jon Stewart Rips Media Reaction To Paul Ryan Pick

Jon Stewart really hits this one on the head for me personally. The media's reaction to Mitt Romney choosing Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate has been so all over the place with some saying he brings real credibility to the presidential campaign while others have at the SAME TIME compared his arrival on the Presidential scene to that of Sarah Palin four years ago...Which is probably the dumbest thing I've heard all week (mind you its only Tuesday so the week is young!).

Long story short, Paul Ryan has one very key difference between Sarah Palin and himself. Paul Ryan actually knows what the hell is talking about when he speaks!

Now to be fair, both Palin and Ryan did bring some energy to the party faithful when they were chosen by their respective candidates and neither were considered the "safe" choice for VP..But that's pretty much where the comparisons end. Ryan is well known about the GOP faithful and the party leadership whereas Palin was largely unknown to her own party! Not only that but he has bravely (though not so successfully) put himself out there with his various budget plans that offered at the very least bold changes which gives him credit with a lot of folks since it takes real political guts to create a controversial budget plan(s) and show it off to the world not fully knowing if even your own party will accept it. Kudos to him for that.

I hope to publish a piece later this week on my thoughts on Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his VP nominee so I won't go into anymore depth for now..

But I will say this, at least when it comes to the media, Mr. Ryan has certainly made a splash.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Most OVERBLOWN Political Story of the Year..Are you Freakin Kiddin me?!

First I want to apologize for my absence as of late, life has gotten rather busy for me lately and I don't always have the time to think out a piece but today was I was pushed over the edge by what has to be one of the dumbest and most overblown stories of the year. And that story is the "Chick-fil-A controversy".

Now here's how it all started..

On June 16 of this year, Chief Executive Officer of the Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy stated the following on The Ken Coleman radio show:

"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage'. I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about." (1)

Now the fact that this statement caused controversy is not in all surprising..How much controversy it started is what bothers me the most. Anytime someone of public stature makes such a strong stand on an issue that is a major arguing point in this great nation of ours is bound to make the news and rightfully so, but what happened afterwards is the really troubling part. But before I get to that, this is another interesting tidbit to this story. In January of this year it was reported that members of the leadership at Chick-fil-A had been major contributors to several organizations that oppose gay marriage including a charity ran by the company called the WinShape Foundation has made their policy to not allow gay couples to participate in marriage retreats sponsored by the group. Now if you combine that little bit of information with Mr. Cathy's statements one can get a better idea of where some of the anger that followed came from. But to me, that still doesn't explain let alone justify the events that followed.(2)

I'm of course talking about how the mayors of Boston and Chicago (and to some extent the mayor of San Francisco) not only denounced Chick-fil-A's stance on the issue (which alone is fine, they have the right) but also threatened to boycott & even ban the restaurant from their cities! (3) Ridiculous right?

For obvious reasons, these threats from the mayors are as empty and idiotic as they come..because you can't punish a company for the religious or political beliefs held by its employees/owners let alone ban them from your city. It's as clear a violation of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as can exist. So boneheaded is this stance by the mayors that politicos from both sides of the ideological aisle came to Chick-fil-A's defence..Hell even the UCLA (largely hated by conservatives) came to their defense!

But so bad was the firestorm against Chick-fil-A that Mike Huckabee (aka Huckleberry as I lovingly call him) called for a nation-wide day of appreciation for the restaurant chain to show their support and thousands of Americans actually came out specifically to support them.

Now I want to stop for a second and clarify something. I am not saying what pro-gay groups and the mayors of those three cities did isn't newsworthy or just outright moronic. I am just saying that THEIR reaction to the CEO of Chick-fil-A statements is so overblown it's almost not worth writing about. In other words, their actions MADE this into a big story and I hate it when that crap happens..

Also, before the pro-gay rights folks get all bent out of shape with me for thinking so little of the stance Chick-fil-A took on the issue of gay marriage, I was just want to clarify something. To be 100% honest, the issue of gay marriage is not one of my priorities. It is an important issue no doubt, but my exact opinion of the subject is somewhat complicated and I don't want to spend half this piece explaining it. Long story short, I think a fundamental change is needed to fix how both federal/state governments treat the institution of marriage to "solve" this issue, if that's even possible.

But the most fundamental element of this story is this..Mr. Cathy is entitled to his opinion on this issue (and any other for that matter) and efforts by the mayors of Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco are not just childish and idiotic, they are outright unconstitutional. IF and only IF Mr. Cathy and by extension Chick-fil-A decided to not serve gay/lesbian customers would what they said be "wrong" in the legal-sense.

But this story gets "better" and even dumber IMHO.

Not too surprising, many wondered how the two candidates for the highest office in all the land (President Obama and Mitt Romney) felt about this controversy. And both candidates were asked about it and guess what? Neither commented, with both simply making statements that made it clear they wanted nothing to do with it..And they were absolutely right in doing so. Here's why.

For one, such a STUPID and OVERBLOWN story is hardly a national crisis and has NOTHING to do with the election in November and is in my opinion beneath anyone running for that office to even respond to. Think of it this way, does it make sense to ask about such a controversy in an election-cycle that is centered on our shaky economy and rapidly changing world around us? Of course not. There are REAL issues we should be asking the candidates about, not some idiotic controversy started by the moronic actions of three mayors and pro-gay rights groups. But it gets worse, because some conservative groups are honestly outraged and disappointed by the fact that Mitt Romney chose to ignore this issue and actually focus on the issues (God forbid right?). (4)

Now I can understand their disappointment I supposed but some are making it out to be some big turning point for his campaign against President Obama and this could come back to haunt him...You have got to be kidding me! Honestly, what are social conservatives going to for somebody else? Of course not! Now if there was a more conservative alternative candidate for SOCONs to vote for then maybe Romney would have something to worry about..but they don't so for better or worse they are stuck with him. The only real risk is SOCONs using this issue as a reason to simply not show up and vote but considering how much they DISDAIN the President, does that sound very likely to anybody?

Moral of the story, while what the mayors of those three cities did was stupid and certainly worthy of the evening news, that doesn't mean you waste everyone's time by asking how the two candidates for the HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND feel about it..



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