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Archive for March, 2019

March Rantness

By on March 28, 2019 in See It Here

(1) Donald Trump works to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and has no replacement.

(2) We watch Congressional hearings where committee members speak longer than the person testifying before the committee.

(3) SUV’s parking in the right lane of a two lane road.

(4) SUV’s period.

(5) People who don’t understand they say “awesome” to the point the word has become meaningless.

(6) Add “thoughts and prayers” to #5

(7) Parents using the excuse “I’m too busy” and then blame the school.

(8) It should be required that soon-to-be-married couples take a class about how to deal with arguments, questions they need to ask eachother before the ceremony, understanding the entire idea may be stupid and the class taught by people who are divorced.

Ego We Go?

By on March 19, 2019 in See It Here

New Zealand’s prime minister has told her country she’s not going to use the name of the guy who killed 50 people worshiping in a pair of mosques in Christchurch. He even used Facebook Live to stream the murders, something Facebook says was seen by at least 200 people, none of whom bothered to contact the social media giant to say “something’s wrong with this picture.”

I’m not sure I would have either as I watched amid the many “WTF?” moments going through my head.

But the bigger picture is how can this dangerous stuff be stopped? The First Amendment voice in my head says everyone has the right to post what they want which is countered by the Responsible voice saying there are no absolutes.

Yes, it should never be available for viewing, as is true with a number of other topics.

Which, then, makes this a technology question: can something so horrible be kept offline? Is there a visual algorithm that hits “stop” when a gun is shown or when gunfire is made?

I think the NRA is knocking on the door…

One other issue: I agree with the prime minister about not using the idiot-wacko-nitwit’s name but, it was released by police. A former FBI profiler friend has told me the clowns have egos in need of applause from other clowns. No name-No applause.

That said, idiocy usually overrides “look at me.”

Debates Debate

By on March 16, 2019 in See It Here


The Democratic National Committee has set a dozen debates for those wanting to replace President Trump in the White House on November 3, 2020.

It’s been announced Fox News will not be hosting any of these debates, in part because of a New Yorker article outlining how President Trump confers with Fox News hosts as well as the numerous interviews he does with the outlet at many of the MAGA rallies. There is also concern about reports Mr. Trump was fed questions as a candidate in previous debates. And in keeping with the way Fake News is not supposed to operate according to someone we all admire, former DNC operative Donna Brazile fed questions to Hillary Clinton prior to a CNN debate.

Obviously, the President is pissed. Which means he had to tweet that he won’t participate in any debates held by “Fake News” when both parties have candidates next year. He expects to be the one from the Republican party which is a pretty good expectation.

It’s also something we see all the time from Mr. Trump: you did this to me so I’m going to do this to you. Maturity isn’t in his skill set, among other helpful characteristics.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is the best of any Sunday talk show questioners and he would have been terrific in trying to get a candidate to actually answer a question, something he does every Sunday. 

Democratic National Committee co-chair Tom Perez may say that Fox News viewers will tune in and not listen to anything because each loves Mr. Trump so it’s a waste of time. I say, it’s one moment when a responsible DNC could provide an example of talking to the other side, a reason we have debates in the first place.  And, it will be first step in making ideas work instead of finger-pointing news conferences.

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