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Online News or Big House News

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

One of the things that drives me nuts is the Main Stream Media houses, aka Big House, calling themselves unbiased when presenting the news. That is the biggest case of Bull . When it comes to political reporting all you have to do to prove my theory is tune into Fox News or MSNBC to prove my point. Fox News is obviously Conservative Republican leaning in most of its political reporting. MSNBC News is just as guilty with a left leaning Democrat bias. Isn’t that a shock to your system?

How can you call Hannity or Olberman unbiased when covering any political event? You can’t! Over at Reuters they have the latest poll on where Americans get their news from…

More Americans turning to Web for news
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:48am EST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly 70 percent of Americans believe traditional journalism is out of touch, and nearly half are turning to the Internet to get their news, according to a new survey.

While most people think journalism is important to the quality of life, 64 percent are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities, a We Media/Zogby Interactive online poll showed.

“That’s a really encouraging reflection of people who care A) about journalism and B) understand that it makes a difference to their lives,” said Andrew Nachison, of iFOCOS, a Virginia-based think tank which organized a forum in Miami where the findings were presented.

Nearly half of the 1,979 people who responded to the survey said their primary source of news and information is the Internet, up from 40 percent just a year ago. Less than one third use television to get their news, while 11 percent turn to radio and 10 percent to newspapers.

More than half of those who grew up with the Internet, those 18 to 29, get most of their news and information online, compared to 35 percent of people 65 and older. Older adults are the only group that favors a primary news source other than the Internet, with 38 percent selecting television. - Reuters

How can you trust any network television news broadcast that at one event has the reporters commenting on what is supposed to be a debate and then the next show on the same news channel has the same reporters blasting candidates in that debate because they simply can not stand one of the candidates personally? That isn’t political reporting its someone with an axe and a soap box into millions of viewers homes.

It does not shock me or I’m sure many of you reading this Blog that I don’t trust the Big Houses when it comes to political reporting. Just like politics in itself, depending on which news broadcast you watch on television or big house online reporting, polls are done day after day and they tell you where the pulse is in the latest political race for President. Pick a poll that has numbers to your liking and report what fits your demographics.

Blue collar workers in any poll could mean they only polled unionized plumbers with a loaded amount of push poll questions. Middle class voters (Somebody define that for me please) in any poll could be anyone making $30,000 per year to $250,000 per year and depending on that vast income gap is a huge difference of opinion.

Pick a news source and every single Big House is guilty of putting numbers out there that I no longer believe. In pretty much every race in every state but a few they have been way off.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a huge need for great reporters in politics that actually report the facts just as they are. Not tweaking the facts so it fits your readership is what is needed and that is a page out of the old school of reporting. People that ask the right questions to the right people and follow up with real research to back up their stories. That is what real reporting is all about. I can think of just one journalist that fits that mold and of late he too has become somewhat biased because that is the direction of his political news network. Reporting the news is not entertainment and the two should never be confused.

Rush Limbaugh is no more a reporter of the news than Bill O’Reilly, Keith Olberman, Chris Matthews, or Sean Hannity. They are more entertainers than go to sources for any news. If you want to hear your political line of thought reinforced then by all means tune in to their respective networks. Otherwise, log on to the internet and find every website your can with a real life persons thoughts on how this election is really going. Be aware that all Main Stream Media outlets are guilty of bias just as a simple blogger like my self is. The difference in blogging about the news and reporting actual political events is that people know that I am in the tank and I do not hide that fact. I just don’t have tens of millions of viewers.

For the record so you know this is a go to site for honest political opinion news, latest polling numbers for Papamoka Straight Talk show that 100% of deceased Americans that were once politically active prior to 1800 have not linked too or read this site. +- 0% margin of error. Finally a decent polling number you can trust!

Papamoka

Originally posted at Papamoka Straight Talk

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The Seven Dirty Words Live On

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Old LadyComedian George Carlin used to do a gag called, “Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV“. He used the words prolifically to make the point that they were simply words - not bombs nor bullets nor anything else that might cause lasting harm. In fact, I’d say that 99% of the adult US population has used at least one of those words at some point and the remaining 1% are liars.

So here we are, several decades down the road. We’ve weathered wars, natural disasters, terror attacks, and dozens of other momentous events, but we’re still apoplectic when poppa says a bad, bad thing. In fact, a bad word slipped just this morning. It was the word that begins with a “c” and ends in “unt”. It happens to be the title of one of the monologues in the Vagina (not “va-jay-jay“) Monologues and that is exactly how Jane Fonda used it when she let it slip on the Today Show.

And That Goes Double for F*ck
Fonda isn’t stupid. She knew what the reaction would be. It appears that she simply didn’t parse the word carefully before saying it and the NBC censors didn’t hit the 10-second delay button in time. NBC cut the offensive language in the west coast edition of Today and apologized to viewers for the slip up. There was a similar stink, and attendant apology, last month when Diane Keaton inadvisably said f*ck on the air. One would think those apologies would be sufficient, but of course, that would be much too simple.

Conservatives are p*ssed and jumped on the story like flies on sh*t - NewsBusters and right wing diva, Michelle Malkin to name two. Newsbusters put it this way, “Besides her left wing activism, famous North Vietnamese propagandist Jane Fonda spouts foul language on morning network television, when some children almost certainly saw it.”

Um, yeah. I wonder what word the commenter uses to describe Fonda in private?

Oh, Go F*ck Yourself
True, children could have seen it, but they also could have seen or read it on the NewsBusters and Michelle Malkin websites, both of which carried the monstrous offense to humanity verbatim. The kiddies could have also seen more traumatic fare, like death footage from Iraq, but I didn’t hear the moth*rf*ckers pis*ing and moaning about that.

I’ve toned the words down in this post out of respect to those who find them offensive, not because they offend me personally. But I have been known to say, co*cksu*ker when I’m aggressively cut off in traffic or the word t*ts in the throes of passion. I’m not perfect and neither are those who choose to make an issue of it, not even Dick Cheney. After all, he delivered a pithy message to Senator Patrick Leahy on the floor of Congress a few years back.

The Big Dick told Leahy to, “go f*ck yourself” (NSFW).

‘Nuff said.

 


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Bush outlines his plan to kick start the economy

Friday, January 18th, 2008

As I sat and listened to the Idiot-in-Chief, I wondered if he actually believed what he said or just hopes to hell that we believe it.

He wants the tax cuts for the top one percent to be made permanent, but the ones he is outlining for the rest of America should only be a one-time deal.

Of course the following part really jacked my jaw: Folks at the extreme bottom of the economic rung shouldn’t get squat..because that is considered welfare.

Fark you Frat boy.

Here it is, what the Jackass-in-Chief wants and what lies and half-truths he spewed. Some lowlights:

The economic team reports that our economy has a solid foundation, but that there are areas of real concern. Our economy is still creating jobs, though at a reduced pace. Consumer spending is still growing, but the housing market is declining. Business investment and exports are still rising, but the cost of imported oil has increased.-Ok, the December report on how American’s spent their money showed it was in the toilet, the worst since 1991. The New York Times stated: Strong evidence is emerging that consumer spending, a bulwark against recession over the last year even as energy prices surged and the housing market sputtered, has begun to slow sharply at every level of the American economy, from the working class to the wealthy.

Sorry Bush, but your full of bat guano on that first point right out of the box. The way the government fixes it’s statistics on job growth have been crap for years. Too many variables that should be included in that statistic aren’t.

Wages are stagnant and good paying jobs disappear while the income of the top one percent of Americans that don’t actually work for a living and that love their stocks and hedge funds has continued to grow. To say we are growing and jobs are being created might be true..but what is the average wage of those ‘new’ jobs? The NYT article linked above shows how the lifestyles of average American’s has changed drastically:

One consequence is an upending of the traditional pattern, in which middle-aged children take in an elderly parent. As $15-an-hour factory jobs are replaced by $7- or $8-an-hour retail jobs, more men in their 30s and 40s are moving in with their parents or grandparents, said Cheryl Thiessen, the director of Jackson/Vinton Community Action, which runs medical, fuel and other aid programs in Jackson and Vinton Counties.

The Economic Policy Institute, EPI tells you and shows you graphs and charts on how wages have suffered for the working part of America:

With the release of today’s consumer price index for December—up 0.3% for the month and 4.1% for 2007—we can now examine how real hourly and weekly earnings did over the course of last year (comparing this December to last December).

As shown in Figure 1, both hourly and weekly earnings fell in 2007, a sharp reversal from the gains in 2006. After growing by about 2% in 2006, both hourly and weekly earnings fell, after adjusting for inflation, by about 1% last year.

More from The Shrub’s speechifying:Passing a new growth package is our most pressing economic priority. When that is done, Congress must turn to the most important economic priority for our country, and that’s making sure the tax relief that is now in place is not taken away. A source of uncertainty in our economy is that this tax relief is set to expire at the end of 2010. Unless Congress acts, the American people will face massive tax increases in less than three years. The marriage penalty will make a comeback; the child tax credit will be cut in half; the death tax will come back to life; and tax rates will go up on regular income, capital gains, and dividends. -Notice that he really wants to keep those on top of the foodchain safe, but not anyone else. God forbid their taxes go back up in the form of capital gains, dividends and the estate tax.

For the 99% of American’s that actually work for a living, their income isn’t growing like the income for the wealthy at the top of the economic food chain. From the latest data that is complete:

From 2003 to 2004, the average incomes of the bottom 99 percent of households grew by less than 3 percent, after adjusting for inflation. In contrast, the average incomes of the top one percent of households experienced a jump of more than 18 percent, after adjusting for inflation. (Census data show that real median income fell between 2003 and 2004. Average income is pulled up by gains at the top of the income spectrum; much of the 2.3 percent rise among the bottom 99 percent seems to largely reflects gains by households in the top decile of the income spectrum. In contrast, trends in median income capture the experience of households in the middle of the income spectrum.)

 

The top one percent of households (those with annual incomes above about $315,000 in 2004) garnered 53 percent of the income gains in 2004.(emphasis mine)

Sadly the reality is..it’s worse than that. The CBPP explained that the enormous gains at the top of the income foodchain caused a rise of income as a whole. But average income dropped between 2003 and 2004, and has not risen appreciably since then. In short, while the top one percent get richer, the middle class is shrinking, as economist Paul Krugman pointed out in a speech earlier this year:

By the time World War II was over, we had become the middle-class society that the baby boomers in this audience grew up in. We had become a much more equal society. That high degree of equality began to go away — depending on exactly which numbers you look at — during the late 70’s, maybe a little earlier than that. And at this point we’re basically back to pre-tax and transfer to the levels of inequality that we had in 1929.

What happened in 1929? The Stock Market crashed and burned.

The final blurb from our Frat Boy in the White House: In a vibrant economy, markets rise and decline. We cannot change that fundamental dynamic. As a matter of fact, eliminating risk altogether would also eliminate the innovation and productivity that drives the creation of jobs and wealth in America. Yet there are also times when swift and temporary actions can help ensure that inevitable market adjustments do not undermine the health of the broader economy. This is such a moment.

I don’t really want to call our Decider-in-Chief a delusional moron or better yet a lying sack of crap, but if that shoe fits… you hold him down and I will stick it on his foot, while I put the other one where the sun doesn’t shine, otherwise known as his behind.

One man, one march to Pelosi’s office

Friday, December 7th, 2007

I heard about this 60 year old’s walk from Fanueil Hall to DC from a commenter at AngryBlackBitch’s blog. His name is John Nirenberg, and here is a little about him from his blog entitled MarchInMyName:

What makes this 60 year old, slightly overweight believer in the system take to the street? What makes this life-long servant of the establishment more at home in comfort than in conflict spend an inadequate retirement savings to seek the President and Vice President’s impeachment? What exactly shook me awake from my trance of complacency?

My name is John Nirenberg. I was born in the midst of the Nuremberg Trials. I grew up conscious of that place as both the beginning of the hate and violence that destroyed all of Europe, and the trials that confirmed a powerful moral sense of what is acceptable and unacceptable even in the depths of war.

That’s a long-assed walk this time of year for a guy in his later years. How many of us would do this? How many of us care about our country this much? Not many..and I include myself in that list. He is going to DC to see Nancy Pelosi. He wants Impeachment back on the table. I agree and many of us here agree too, but how many of us care enough to do what he is doing?

Please check out his route, if he is walking through your town, or near you..please show up and give him your support..its the least we can do my dear reader.

Marijuana, Cannabis, Bootleg Drugs

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Legitimizing any mind altering drug is nearly impossible unless you are a pharmaceutical company or distributor for any alcohol product readily available down at your local liquor store.

Personally, I can’t stand the smell of Pot burning in any form. It gives me a headache and thus I’m not a user. No pills, no crack pipes or whatever else it takes to get a break from reality in this house other than a six pack of Budweiser for yours truly. I like them cold and I like them fresh with a recent born on date. Some folks can not stand the smell of beer or any form of alcohol that causes that little reflex in the back of their throat that lets them taste lunch all over again. I’m not one of them.

I have recently found the pleasure of reading a local blog in Worcester Mass a two sticks called the Worm Town Taxi and the site and writer has a unique perspective. This is what he has to say on the endless money pit or battle on drug trafficking from a local perspective…

Saturday, December 1, 2007

California’s Biggest Cash Crop

If they made grapes illegal, then grapes would be California’s biggest cash crop.

And if there were a set of regulations to legitimize the production and sale of this naturally occuring weed, then we wouldn’t have this problem. But we do have small problems like that, in addition to much larger problems involving overcrowded jails, increased crime, and large scale embedded infrastructure that costs upwards of $50 billion a year in tax dollars.

The War On Drugs has never impeded any flow or usage in this country, something that rarely finds its way into the news.

If drugs were legalized and regulated, I still wouldn’t use them. I don’t even take aspirin. But the fact that California’s annual $14 billion cash crop of illegal marijuana surpasses every other crop legitimately grown in that state really ought to tell you something very important and very basic… there are enough people making so much money on illegal drugs in this country that it would be a real blow to all of them if these commodities were suddenly legalized and regulated. - Worm Town Taxi

Jeff has the right thought when it comes to taking the drug trade in Marijuana out of the closet and making it a market driven product with all the same tax dollars that cigarettes have tacked on to them. Maybe it is time that we stop looking over our shoulders when a friend or yourself is smoking a joint or taking a hit on a bong. With our jails being overcrowded in every state for possession or intent to distribute is a joke. I think those cells could be used for far more dangerous criminals like pedophiles, rapist, killers, and cop killers.

Reality and legality is a funny thing in America. Many amongst us are taking a hit but none of us will ever admit it because the law of the land says that you should not do so. “But I did not inhale” is a classic quote of someone that tried it but didn’t like it. This non crisis issue is concerning pot is so large that our government spends billions of dollars a year to stem the flow of illegal drugs like marijuana coming to our shores. Umm, somebody let them know that it is a naturally growing product in all fifty states. Even George Washington grew hemp and for all the crap he had to go through I’m betting that he was stoned half of the time as a General and our first President. I don’t think I need to mention that he had his own distillery running at Mount Vernon but he did. That fact is not common known but it is a fact. You just have to love a party animal like George Washington.

This is not the days of prohibition but then again it is. Drug testing for a job is now common place but it is okay to have every prescription mind altering drug in your blood but if cannabis or hemp as they called it in the 1700’s shows up in the results you do not get the job. Jack Daniel’s is good, pot is bad?

One thing you will not find is any seriously taken political candidate talking about this issues simply because the people that use pot do not vote for the most part. Or do they?

Ergo, the issue is for the most part politically dead.

Papamoka

Originally posted at Papamoka Straight Talk


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