Things that make you go, hmmmmm

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Elections, The Economy, The Media, Thoughts on the Day
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  • Ever since 2010 the U.S. deficit has been decreasing BUT 90% of Americans think it is going up.
  • The GOP is trying to fix elections under the guise of wanting to voting reform. Several different states (for example, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia) have the state GOP pushing to divide state electoral votes according to congressional districts. Why? Because of gerrymandering, the current layout of congressional districts favors Republicans–i.e., rural districts with low populations would have an equal say with urban districts with high populations. If those proposals are passed into law, then it will be that much more difficult to elect a Democratic President in the future. What’s missing from the proposals? Actual voting reform.
  • The NRA is against background checks because they will lead to gun confiscation. Yep, they don’t care if child molesters or bank robbers or crazy people buy a gun. That’s brilliant!
  • Ashley Judd, of the famous Judd family, is acting like she will be a candidate for Senator in Kentucky for the Democrats. Right now, Kentucky’s Senator Mitch McConnell’s popularity in his home state is the lowest in the entire nation. Polls to show a match of McConnell and Judd, show turtle boy losing. I haz a happy over this.
  • MSNBC hired two former White House staffers.  So much for objectivity.



  1. mhasegawa says:

    Ya know, MSNBC was never designed to be really objective and the better hosts do push the Dems and the President more than Fox ever questioned any Republicans. I do wonder, however, what the deal is between Axelrod and the Pres. That is a hummmm.

    • drangedinaz says:

      Well, I considered MSNBC to be closer to the ideal of objectivity than Fox. MSNBC never claimed to be “fair and balanced” and then just did the total opposite with every single show and person on their network. The only one that actually says anything remotely objective and only does it once in a blue moon is Shepard Smith. But on MSNBC Rachel Maddow is an excellent example of an investigative journalist who doesn’t cut anyone any slack including President Obama. Cenk Ugyur used to be on MSNBC and he has been highly critical of this administration. Chris Matthews got all tingly over Sara Palin and actually spouts some fairly centrist views. I honestly think one of the reasons MSNBC appears so liberal is because Fox and the fringe Republicans have pushed their party soooo far to the right that anyone to the left of them looks like a liberal.

      All that being said, I am torn. In one sense I want a liberal media to combat the 24/7 screeching from Fox. On the other hand, I don’t think the polarization is good for the U.S. in the long term. But I don’t have any ideas as to how to stop Murdoch’s campaign of poisoning the hearts and minds of average conservatives. Ultimately, that is my main concern.

      • mhasegawa says:

        The New York Times is selling the Boston Globe and Murdoch is mentioned as a potential purchasers – God help us. But the Times has said they won’t just sell to the high bidder, but to an appropriate one. Boston already has a conservative paper – the Herald.

        And I agree fully on Maddow as a good investigative reporter.

        • drangedinaz says:

          The fact that our news industry is in the hands of a small cabal of rich, influential, and selfish-pricks is what is driving the systemic deterioration of the Fourth Estate. Which makes me think….labeling them as monopolies and breaking up those empires may be our only hope.

          • mhasegawa says:

            I think the Globe will actually be sold either to the former owners, the Taylor family, or to a big time car dealer and Democratic party supporter. At least that’s the handicapping for now. This would keep at least one independant paper!

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