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What party?

March 24, 2008

Kwame

I have written moratoriums on the media before and I have probably mentioned this before but I thought it deserved a post all by itself.  As you may have heard today, the mayor of Detroit was charged with perjury.  In this article, from USA Today, there is no mention AT ALL of what party he belongs to.  Funny, huh?  No mention he is a Democrat. 

When the whole Elliot Spitzer thing came to light a few weeks ago, you had to read down to the middle or end of most articles to find out he was a Democrat. 

Why?  When it is a Republican, it is usually the first line.  Usually they have something such as “Mark Foley, Republican…” or something of that nature.  You usually don’t have to read and read and search and search to find what party he belongs to.

Can we get a moratorium on crap like this? 

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Media Catch Phrases

July 21, 2007

 

“Controversial”  If they don’t like what you do or say that’s what they call it.    Such as “Controversial talk show host” or “Controversial GOP candidate…”  Why is it that Conservatives are the ones who are always controversial yet Liberals are always “Underdog” or “Compassionate” or “Award winning…”?  How come Rush is controversial yet Dan Rather, who tried to take down a sitting President is “Retired News Anchor”?  You also hear things like “Failed” put in front of certain people but perky Katie doesn’t get that in front of her name even though she bombed and is still dredging the bottom of the lake with her ratings.

“Critics say” you also hear.  Just who are these so called “critics” and why don’t they ever reveal exactly what they say?

The media also throws words like disaster, tragic and shocking around far too easily.  They say things like “This shocking home video of a deer running loose in a Target is coming up next.”  No.  Shocking is a Mother killer her child or something like that. 

Anyway, once again, can we get a moratorium on the idiots that make up the media and especially the left leaning ones (that would be 90% of the media)?

The Wussification of America

May 31, 2007

 nowimps

What is the deal these days?  It is as if any sort of backbone that America had was thrown away.  People these days in America, and the world for that matter, simply have no backbone or, to put it more bluntly, no cajonies.   They are offended at everything, never want to take a stand and simply let people walk all over them.

These days a big personification of a Wuss is the President himself. George W. Bush.  The guy can’t seem to do anything without apologizing for it.  The Liberals will out and out lie about him and he does nothing.  In fact, he usually just apologizes for nothing.  Take the current flap about Federal Attorneys.  So he fired them.  SO WHAT?  Clinton fired ALL of them.  A President can do that.  What did Bush do?  He apologized for how it was done.  Illegal immigration?  Bush talks about amnesty.  Sandy Berger steals top secret documents from the Federal archives and Bush does nothing and says nothing.  Get some balls Mr. President.

Liberals are not much better.  They only want appeasement for anything and everything.  Clinton pretty much did nothing whenever we were attacked in the 90’s.  Bin Laden even said that because of what the U.S. did not do in the 90’s was why he saw attacking us as the perfect opportunity.  He knew that these days the U.S. is just a bunch of wimps.   The first sign of trouble in a conflict and Liberals want to surrender.  They are worse than France!

Jimmy Carter has turned into probably the biggest Wus of all the Presidents.  No dictator can do anything wrong.  He goes and has tea with Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-Il, among others.  We all saw how well Carter handled the Iranian Hostage crises.

The media plays a big part in this as well.  15 British sailors are kidnapped by Iraq and do you see the media saying anything negative about them?  They are  praising Ahmadinejad and the Iranian people.  Not a thing was said of Iran’s violation of the Geneva Convention.  The media also never seem to condemn anyone.  Shortly after  9/11, Reuters news service announced they would no longer use the term “Terrorist” when talking about,  well, Terrorists.  What a joke. 

Speaking  of those 15 sailors….what did Britain do?  NOTHING.  Tony Blair = WUSS.  The Islamic Terrorists around the world are going to get more and more emboldened and know they can do pretty much anything and the rest of the world will do nothing.

Now, with all that being said, I am not advocating war or aggression for no reason but come on…can’t we at least say SOMETHING and not just get walked all over by everyone?  Can we at least speak softly but carry a big stick instead of apologizing for talking too loud and then appease appease appease?

I didn’t mean for this post to be so political, I wanted to write more about things in every day life as well.  I mean, they seem to call counselors into schools and work places at the drop of a hat.  Suck it up!!!  These days people go see Shrinks as much as they change their underwear.  I’m not saying they aren’t needed…at times…but it has been taken to excess.   These days if you DON’T have some “problem”, “issue” or “wound” and go to a shrink and get drugged up then you are not normal.   If you do mess up all you have to do is  apologize, cry, go to rehab and then admit that you were bullied on the playground when you were little and you get a pass.  HEY!  Suck it up, take some responsibility and move on.  The world doesn’t revolve around you!!

TV is not much better.  People don’t like it when Simon is so mean to people on American Idol.  Hey, if they suck, they suck.  Deal with it.  The very fact that so many people  get caught up and sucked into watching this show says a lot about our society.  It says, in big lavender letters, GAY! (Don’t anyone say anything about me watching America’s Next Top Model either because there are hot chicks on that show!) 😉

There is a phrase I use with my kids all the time.  “Dry it up”.  They fall down and start crying I first make sure they are not hurt then I tell them to dry it up.  I don’t rush over and make a big fuss over them and coddle them.   I am hard on my kids.  I push them to go beyond what they think they are capable of.  I want them to look back when they are older and know that I pushed them to exceed.  I tell the story often that when my daughter was 2 or 3 she didn’t want to go down a slide.  I made her because I knew she would have fun.  She was scared but then loved it.   I did the same thing when teaching her to read.  When she wanted to stop I kept going.  I showed her what was beyond her limits.  I expect a lot out of her and don’t apologize for it.   As I said before in my overprotective parents blog it’s the feminization of our society approach that I don’t want to see come near my kids.  Go mess someone else’s kids up.

These same wimps want to get rid of things like Dodge Ball or even Tag at school.    My friend at work said he can’t even cheer for his kid as his little league game because they don’t want to create a “negative atmosphere”.  In fact, some cities are banning “chatter”at baseball games so you can’t yell the old “Heeeeeeyyyy Batter Batter Batter SWING Batter!”.  GIVE ME A BREAK!!!  That has Liberal weenie written all over it.  The same wimps who say things like “Everyone is a winner so let’s not keep score” or “there are no losers so everyone gets a trophy!”.    These are probably the same people who want to stop having a Valedictorian or a Salutatorian at graduations.

So, let’s all dry it up, get some balls and deal with these things as they should be.  If we don’t, if we keep going down this road, in 20 years we will have no country to call home because we will have given it over to Islamic fascism and wimps because we simply don’t want to offend anyone.

 ***UPDATE***

Now, over in Britian they are proposing that kids don’t raise hands to answer questions in class.  Education Secretary said “We need to make sure that no one is left behind at any point…”  Yeah, that’s right.  Don’t praise kids who study and are actually smart!  What a joke.  Remember, it’s all about “fairness”.

Breaking News

February 22, 2007

This Moratorium is actually not mine but I wish it was.  Dr. Mark Elrod of Harding University, whose blog I browse from time to time, has a VERY good one.  You can read about it here.  The point of the article is how tiresome it is to hear “Breaking News!” and then it be followed by things such as these that Dr. Elrod points out:

  • A court hearing concerning the corpse of any deceased Playboy Playmate;
  • The shaving of any pseudo-celebrity’s head;
  • A slow-speed chase involving a police helicopter;
  • The arraignment of a serial killer;
  • An announcement that any celebrity, athlete or politician is going into rehab;
  • Any combination of the above.
  • Excellent.  We need a moratorium on this pronto! 

    Funny thing is that last night when I got home the wife was listening to the radio and they did a breaking news update on Anna Nicole.  I referenced this moratorium and her response was “Well, on shows like Extra or ET, things like this ARE breaking news!”.   

    When some future Edward Gibbon writes about the history of the decline and fall of the American Empire I am sure he will reference shows as Extra and ET as being the prime culprits!

    Asking Questions

    February 21, 2007

    Why is it when you ask questions about something it is automatically viewed in the negative by so many?  Have a question about the war in Iraq?  You don’t support the troops and don’t love America.  Question a Police shooting?  You must hate the Police.  Question authority? You are a trouble maker.  I’m really sick of this.   Unless we want to live in a dictatorship, questions need to happen.  We need to be asking questions then questioning the answers.  I have seen far too many times where an elected official gets all upset when his policies are questioned.  They must be hiding something if they don’t like you asking questions.

    Can we please have a moratorium on ripping on someone who is simply asking honest questions?  Oh, and when you get an answer don’t be like the stupid reporters of the Washington Press Corp who ask the same question again once they get an answer. 

    This moratorium is in two halves.  The second part of it is ASKING questions.  I am sick of Liberal reporters constantly asking question after question after question to Conservatives but Liberals…just little softballs with no follow up.  Can someone point to me an instance when Hillary was asked any hard hitting questions?  Please..someone show me one interview where she got the kinds of questions that the President gets.  Bottom line is she doesn’t.

    So, let’s also have a moratorium on more questions being asked…fast pitch hardball ones.

    Reporters

    February 16, 2007

    This moratorium is when more camera time is spent showing the interviewer than showing the interviewee.  You get this with folks like Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Keith Morrison quite a bit.  They have 4 or 5 cameras set up for the interview with 3 of them on the reporter.  That way, they can go back and edit it so when a question is answered the camera can show Diane with her finger on her lip listening very intently or with Keith shaking his head in disbelief about something they said. 

    Look, I am watching your stupid tripe to hear what THEY are saying, not to notice your new brow lift or toupee or to see your feigned interest or your canned laughter.  I don’t need to see you bow down to the Oprah or tear up when talking to Angelina Jolie about some new crusade she is on.  Heck, with Angelina, I just want to see HER period (I can always mute it when she starts preaching).

    We need a 20 year moratorium on having to watch these smug, self-righteous people interivew people.

    Snow/Cold Weather

    February 15, 2007

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    What is wrong with people??  It’s winter.  WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?????  The media is treating all this snow in the Midwest and northeast as if aliens came down from Mars.  Up in Michigan I read and hear people complaining about the snow and how cold it is.  YOU LIVE IN MICHIGAN.  IT GET’S COLD.  THERE IS SNOW IN WINTER.  Isn’t that partially why you live there?  I can understand if you get transferred there for your job (sorta) but for those people who grew up there, you have NO excuse.  

    Consequently, I live in the South.  It gets mighty hot in the summer and I hear the same thing when the tempature rises close to 100.  Weather people freak out and people start to B&M.  Give it a rest.  It’s one thing to comment about the heat or cold but quite another to freak out and complain endlessly about how much you hate the cold/heat and can’t wait for summer/winter.

    Oh, and have you heard the latest….snow and cold in winter is due to Global Warming.

    Give me at least one or two years moratorium on over hyping the weather.

    Misleading and Misrepresentation

    February 4, 2007

    Nothing bothers me more then when the media misleads someone with a headline or a story.  This is not about the Liberal media (that will be a separate post later on) but just a small footnote on that.  Of course, a footnote is at the bottom but this is my blog and I’ll do it my way and make the footnote before the actual reference.

    Take a look at this:

    The article states “Global warming sees polar bears stranded on melting ice”.  What a bunch of garbage!  Polar Bears can swim over a hundred miles before even needing a rest.  I know this because not only does this article state it (“Swimming 100 miles is not a big deal for a polar bear, especially a fat one,” said Dr Ian Stirling of the Canadian Wildlife Service”) but also from watching wildlife shows with my kids.  However, if you didn’t bother to read the article and just read the headline and saw the picture you would begin to panic and buy into all this Global Warming crap (another post on that later as well). 

    Another wonderful note about this article is this:

    “Scientists say the survival of polar bears may rely on special conservation areas, but even that seems a forlorn hope with a United Nations report expected to say that sea levels will carry on rising for over 1,000 years even if greenhouse gases can be curbed.”

    So, we don’t stand a chance anyway.  We can’t do anything because now it’s gonna be 1000 years of this.  1000 years!!!!!  They can’t even predict the weather for the next 24 hours with 100% accuracy yet they can for 1000 years from now??? 

    Anyway, this just stuck in my craw.  Thought I would share.  Hmmm..maybe I should rename this site to “Stuck in my craw!”.  

    How long should this moratorium be?  How can you put a time limit on something this stupid and bias?