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Do You Get Your News From the NY Times? You are NOT Getting News!

If you are one of the majority of Americans who gets their news from what is commonly called the “mainstream media” (NYTimes,WAPo,ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN…), then you are NOT getting news.  You are getting opinion.


Here is what the mainstream media are actively preventing you from knowing (data provided by RealClearPolitics):

OTL’s approval ratings are low, and going lower.  The RCP Poll AVERAGE is Approve: 41.2%, Disapprove: 53.8, a spread of Negative 12.5%.  Way back in the distant past, when President GW Bush’s ratings were low, the media harped on it all day and night long, contributing to the low ratings!  Now, when their own creation is tumbling in the ratings, nary a peep!  Watchdog?  Nope!  More like lapdog (see cartoon above).

In a “generic election” poll, where respondents were asked if they would vote for a Democrat or Republican ticket, 42.7% of respondents said they’d vote a Democrat ticket, and 46.2% said they’d vote a Republican ticket, giving the R’s a 3.5% advantage!  Do you hear about this in the media? Nope!

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An Open Letter to Columnist Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times

Dear Danny-

I was interested to read your column in today’s Times, entitled “Relying on The Bus Foolhardy in Seattle”.  Since the majority of Seattle residents are of the liberal persuasion, and often advocate getting people out of their cars, I was amused by your experience this summer, trying to get everywhere by bus.  “What’s it like to get around Seattle these days on the bus?…What’s it like to depend on the bus for making appointments, for after-work errands, for just living in the city?  Answer: It’s terrible.”  Too bad you had to ride through the part of Seattle where people actually work for profit-making businesses (“Amazonia”).  Too bad you had to wait at bus stops while too-full buses passed you by.  You neglected to mention how it was taking the bus to the grocery store, and getting your purchases home (I’m betting that’s because your wife does the grocery shopping in her car).  You did get lucky, however, in choosing the summer where we had much less rainfall than normal, and whole months full of sunny warm days.  Try it in the pouring rain sometime.  You did mention the statistic that 84% of Seattleites own cars, as distinct from New York, where only 44% do.

So, here are a couple of facts for you. One is,  SEATTLE IS NOT NEW YORK!  The majority of Seattleites live in, and prefer, single-family homes with garages, and fenced yards for their children to play in (when they have children).  Very high numbers of New Yorkers live in high-rise apartment buildings, or row houses, and garage or on-street parking is hard to come by.  New York also has a nearly-100-year-old subway system for those carless people to ride.  Danny, you cannot have MASS Transit without the MASS.  And the vast majority of Seattleites have demonstrated that they do not want to live in high-rise apartments.  As much as you liberals yearn to get everyone out of their cars and onto (non-existent) mass-transit, most of you don’t want to do that yourselves.  Isn’t it lots of fun to have to build your life around someone else’s schedule?  And stand outside in the rain or hot sun to wait for the transportation?  And miss the last bus home if your schedule changes at the last minute?

Now, you said something about the enthusiasts of “shedding the shackles of automobiles”.  You might think that an automobile resembles shackles (things that tie you to something).  However, to me and most of the people I know, MY CAR IS MY FREEDOM.  My car allows me to live on MY schedule, go where I please when I please, and carry home huge sacks of groceries that I could not carry in my two hands.  My car allows me to go from my house in Everett to a professional association dinner meeting in Bellevue, 25 miles away, in around 30 minutes.  And if I wanted, I could stop at the local bar for a drink on the way home.  Or not.  MY CHOICE.  Public transportation takes away choices.  My car gives me my choices.

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Taking Kikyo, the Black Cat, to the Vet

Kikyo, the Aristo-Cat

Kikyo, the Aristo-Cat


It had been over two years since our sleek, black kitty had been to the vet for a well-pet exam.  I wanted her to meet Doctor Lora, the vet who just happens to be the daughter of my best friend.  And miraculously, she was scheduled to be working on Saturday!  So I washed the towel for the pet-carrier; threw in Kikyo’s favorite catnip toy, and managed to stuff her into her carrier for the drive to Cats Exclusive.

Needless to say, she was not exactly thrilled to be shut into a plastic carrier with a mesh door, and carried out to the car.  In fact, she protested vocally, all the way to the vet’s office.  I talked to her and tried to reassure her that nothing bad would happen, but it’s really hard to reason with a cat.  We arrived in time, checked in with the front desk, and sat down in the comfortable lobby to wait to be called.  On the floor across from us was another similar-sized pet carrier, with a very calm big gray cat inside, who didn’t utter a peep.

After a few minutes, the technician called her name, and we followed into a neat exam room.  I opened the door of the carrier, but Kikyo did not want to come out.  It took the tech’s holding the carrier upside-down to make her come out.  Once out, Kikyo wandered around the room, meowing and sniffing out the unfamiliar space, while the tech asked me all the usual questions about how she was doing, whether she had any health issues (nope), and what she ate.  The tech managed to pick her up to put her on the nice digital scale to get her weight, but kitty did not want to sit still!  The tech was very gentle, and managed to get Kikyo to sit still long enough to get her weight, which was pretty close to what it had been the last time.  Our kitty gets lots of exercise, and we don’t over-feed her, so she’s pretty svelte.

The tech finished the preliminaries, so she left to go get the doctor.  While we waited, kitty wandered around the exam room, exploring every nook and cranny, and getting dust on her nose.  I picked her up, and placed her on the bench beside me, where she sat up and walked on the narrow ledge-she is really fearless!.  Dr. Lora finally arrived, and she conducted a very thorough exam, checking her eyes, ears, and teeth, and holding her tightly to feel her internal organs.  The verdict: One young, healthy, pretty cat.  Lora was glad to finally meet her, and she complimented Kikyo on her beautiful soft black coat.  She told me that my cat was in great health, and that I was feeding her the right food in the correct amounts.  She said that our cat looked and acted young, even though she’s about five years old now.  And the doctor said that Kikyo was a pleasant interlude in a day that had been filled with very sick kitties.  Dr. Lora is a great vet, and it’s worth it for me to take Kikyo a few miles out of our way to see her at her clinic that treats only cats.  And they have something for people too, their “Store for Cats” where you can buy all kinds of toys, food, leashes, and cat furniture.  They even have a good selection of cat greeting cards!

All that was left was to give her a vaccination against feline distemper, which now comes in an “intra-nasal” form; and to clip her claws.  Kikyo really doesn’t like to have her feet touched, so when I take her to the vet, I have them do it.  The tech came back and gave her the vaccination, and I held her while the tech clipped her “points”.  And it was time to go home.  Funny, after her exam, it was no trouble at all to get her back into the carrier for the trip home.  We stopped by the front desk to pay, and we were off again.  She still wasn’t too happy to be in the car, but she didn’t protest too much.  And once we got home, she came right out of the carrier and demanded dinner.  Cats have NO short-term memory!  And I was glad to get a clean bill of health for our beautiful cat, who more than pays for her upkeep with soft fur, and loud purrs.  Everyone should be owned by a cat.

If you visit my YouTube site, you can watch a video I took with my old Flip Video camera, just after we brought her home in July of 2010.

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Which of These Presidential Statements Doesn’t Belong?


Edit:  Thanks to GOPUSA for the cartoon


1. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.

2.  “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

3.  “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”.

4.  “We don’t have a strategy yet”.


Which Commander in Chief would YOU want to follow into war against a ruthless enemy?

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Could the Worldwide Media Help Stop Terrorists?

Here’s an idea.  How about if ALL the world’s largest media entities simply stopped publishing any pictures or video of terrorists.  No YouTube, no Facebook, no Twitter, NO PICTURES OF ANY KIND.  They would still publish stories, but no pictures would show Islamic Butchers beheading journalists, blowing up mosques, or shooting their machine guns from the backs of jeeps.  Google, Twitter, Facebook, and every other social network would agree to immediately take down ANY terrorist videos, pictures, or blog posts.  What would happen if every terrorist group simply lost their world stage?  Their activities would be reported on only in plain-vanilla words.  They might have a harder time recruiting, if no one could access the bomb-building instructions online.  I have always wondered why it’s so easy to get pictures of terrorists doing their evil work-if we can take the pictures, why can’t we simply blow them up?

BBC, NY Times, Bloomberg, Sky News, Wall Street Journal, CBC, Associated Press, Washington Post, Times of London, Reuters, YouTube/Google, Facebook, Twitter-DO YOUR PART TO STOP TERRORISM.  And no BS about “freedom of the press”.  Press freedom also includes freedom NOT to publish.

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How About Some Facts About the Ferguson Situation

It seems to me that the majority of media and bloggers have been operating from a position of immediately jumping to conclusions, based on inaccurate and biased information.  The standard narrative has been “a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black teenager”.  Unspoken are the assumptions:

That the cop shot the teenager without provocation (the “killed for being black” assumption).

That the teenager was by definition weaker than the cop, and was simply walking down the street when shot.

That the witnesses’ stories were accurate, including those that said the teenager was shot in the back, or he had his hands up and was trying to surrender.

That the many protesters who rioted and looted businesses in Ferguson were local residents.

Let’s counter some of those assumptions.

Michael Brown was  6 feet 4 inches tall and over 300 pounds.  He was a rather intimidating presence, certainly much bigger than the policeman.  He didn’t need to be “armed” to be a threat.  And, from photos widely released, it appears that he and his “witness” friend Dorian Johnson, had just robbed a local convenience store.  Innocent?  Possibly not so much.  And why is there no mention of the POLICEMAN’S INJURIES?  He was punched in the face by the unarmed teenager, sustaining terrible fractures.


Also widely distributed are pictures of the “protests” that took place in Ferguson after the shooting.  What these pictures and videos show is that, along with some local residents, there were large crowds of New Black Panthers and Revolutionary Communists, inciting the crowd to looting and violence.



And there’s the way the Press covered the incident.  How about the National Media saying that it’s okay for the upset blacks in Ferguson to destroy and loot local businesses?  Yes, this story appeared in the Washington Post.  And here’s another one.

And this from a Ricochet friend who says it better than I can:

It does not look like the poor young man in Ferguson, MO made the choice to be good. His path, like that of so many like him, pointed elsewhere. The cop who killed him may well have overstepped, or not, that is being investigated. But the dogma of the left remains exposed once again. These young black men, like Travon Martin and Michael Brown and the host of other young black men who die on the inner city streets of America, have accepted the liberal dogma and denied their own hand in their own choices. They do not choose to be good, to do the best with the opportunities afforded them and the hucksters give them cover. The result is yet another chapter in an unending tragedy.

So, everyone, don’t just believe everything you see or hear.  Get the real facts.  Don’t jump to conclusions about the standard Liberal narrative that the big, bad cop shot the poor, little, innocent black teenager. It did not happen that way at all.  And I give a huge shout out to the Gateway Pundit, whose reporting from the local scene has been invaluable.  Thanks!


<One final note.  If you are wondering why in the mostly-black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the majority of their police force is white, the reason is Unions.  The Police Union has garnered very high salaries, and generous pensions for its members.   As a result, there is very little turnover in most police departments, with most policemen working  many years to build up their pension benefits.  This causes their ranks to reflect the community demographics from 25-30 years ago.  They don’t reflect the population, because the population changes much faster.>


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