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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

I really don’t understand how a twitter account can get hacked. Specifically, a twitter account of a major news outlet like the Associated Press. How does this happen? The results could have been really, really catastrophic. Yesterday, the Associated Press mistakenly tweeted that the White House was bombed. Wall Street went berserk. Even if it were for a short period of time, this could’ve been a real problem.

Dow Jones industrial average yesterday

Late last week, I was having lunch with my brother and my sister in Dallas. Our waitress was one of those smiley, bubbly twentysomethings who was very pleasant. After small talk and reviewing the menu, she decided that she could “talk” to us. She then launched into the fact that she belonged to some group that is fighting abortions. She stated that the media was not covering the fact that there was some doctor who is performing late-term abortions “legally.” She also said that ObamaCare was going to cover late-term abortions. Well, she was half right. There was a doctor who was performing late-term abortions. He was not doing this legally. The media really wasn’t covering the story until recently. Doctor Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for several counts of murder. If he did half of what he’s been accused of, he deserves to be locked away for a very long time. As far as the waitress’s other allegation that ObamaCare covers late-term abortions goes, she was wrong.

Many people are currently still trying to digest all of the news that happened last week. They are looking at the Boston Marathon bombings as well as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Which disaster was worse? I’m not gonna play the equivalency game here. Instead, what I will say is that the explosion in West, Texas, I believe, will be found to be 100% preventable. I believe this will turn out to be a problem with adequate regulations that are poorly enforced. I believe that we will find out that what happened in West, Texas is probably happening in hundreds, if not thousands, of small towns throughout the United States. These small towns are 100% dependent upon these companies because these companies hire a quarter to 50% of the town’s occupants. Industry, not just the fertilizer industry, has been lobbying for years to weaken or remove necessary legislation, complaining that these rules are overly burdensome and expensive.

This is an interesting case surrounding the FBI’s probably investigation of the wrong man in 2011.


By |2013-04-24T19:37:51-04:00April 24th, 2013|Economy, Terrorism|Comments Off on Wednesday Morning News Roundup

The Craziness of Donald Trump

I was on call last night and somewhat busy. Because of a boatload paperwork in my office, I did not get an afternoon nap, so I have been up for more than 24 hours. I hope I can make some sense. If my post is completely thoughtless, let me know, I’ll fix it when I get up this afternoon.

About a year ago, I picked up the game of golf. My wife and I have been taking lessons. We play and practice together often. Because I’ve taken up golf, I have discovered the Golf Channel. Never really looked at the Golf Channel before. I guess I had no reason to. There is now a show on the Golf Channel that really is dedicated to the “greatness” of Donald Trump. The show revolves around Donald Trump opening new golf courses in Florida and Pennsylvania and somewhere in Scotland. Now, I am not a Donald Trump fan. I think that he is an egotistical knucklehead. He will do whatever is necessary to seek the limelight which is probably why he is now dabbling in politics.

Trump may be a disciplined investor, but he doesn’t seem to be all that disciplined with what comes out of his mouth. Just last month, he informed the conservatives at the CPAC convention that Rand Paul was not electable. While that may be true, I’m not sure it’s the best strategy to use in a room full of young Republicans who were drifting to Doctor Paul’s message of libertarianism.

Ever the publicity hound, Donald Trump, yesterday, released his birth certificate. Or, well, it sort of looks like a birth certificate. He released it to the conservative news outlet Newsmax. Unfortunately, that was not Donald Trump’s “official” birth certificate. Several news outlets have contacted the Trump empire and have yet to get a decent response. I find this whole incident amusing. Donald Trump’s purpose for releasing his “official” birth certificate was to try to whip up some support from the birthers. It didn’t work. Like much of Donald Trump and his persona, he tries too hard to make a splash. Unless Donald Trump can turn himself into George W. Bush, he is not a viable candidate. He flies off the handle too much and too often. He’s also ridiculously rich and flaunts it. It’s okay to be rich, but Americans don’t want you to flaunt it; at least they don’t want their president to flaunt his own personal wealth.

By |2011-03-29T07:27:36-04:00March 29th, 2011|Elections, Media, Obama administration|Comments Off on The Craziness of Donald Trump

Why FOX News isn't a news organization

Look, it really doesn’t matter that you or I disagree with FOX News. It doesn’t matter that the “news” that they choose to highlight really isn’t newsworthy (remember the mainstream media covered the balloon fiasco ad nauseum for more than two straight hours). Instead, what distinguishes FOX from a real news outlet is its promotion of events to oppose and overthrow the legitimately elected Barack Obama government. Again, it is not their support, but their willingness to fund, organize and market these events. So the fact that Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are blowhards doesn’t bother me (although I do like taking their factual errors and non sequiturs apart).

That the mainstream media cozied up to FOX News and supported their cause just points to the fact that the mainstream media is owned by large corporations who believe that money is more important than anything else. This is not vindication that FOX News isn’t an advocacy organization. Instead, this is the old guard not wanting things to change. The fact that the Obama administration caved to pressure illustrates that the White House doesn’t seem to want to stand up for their principles.

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By |2009-10-24T19:04:18-04:00October 24th, 2009|Media, Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Why FOX News isn't a news organization
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