Monthly Archives: February 2020

NEWSFEED TUESDAY: Democrats Headed for a British Labour Party Disaster

J Robert Smith

  • Feb. 25, 2020
  • 3 min read

Some of the most astute analysis of Labour’s thumping loss has come from Lisa Nandy, member of Parliament for Wigan, who resigned from Corbyn’s shadow Cabinet in 2016 over his management and her party’s Brexit position. Nandy is an outside shot for the leadership, but she has impressed with her straight talk on where the party went off the rails. Speaking about feedback from voters, she says:

“There was just a general sense that at the top of the Labour Party we don’t speak for people like them anymore, a sense we don’t have skin in the game, that we’re not rooted in those communities, and we’re just not like them, and we don’t come very often to just ask people what they think and to listen to what they’ve got to say.” [bold added]

Bloomberg, via the Japanese Times, January 12, 2020

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NEWSFEED MONDAY: Bernie’s Never-Ending Fidel Castro Crush

J Robert Smith

  • Feb. 24, 2020
  • 3 min read

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders told Anderson Cooper.

Fox News, February 24, 2020

Castro’s End: With Fidel Castro’s death at 90, the encomiums are rolling in, especially from what remains of the American Big Media. But in fact, Castro during his 58 years of dictatorship was an evil man, a communist who tortured, killed and imprisoned with no remorse, a tyrant who tore a once-beautiful country apart and sent its finest citizens into exile.

Investors’ Business Daily, November 26, 2016

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NEWSFEED WEDNESDAY: Democrats’ Choice: A Plutocrat or Avowed Socialist for President

J Robert Smith

  • Feb. 19, 2020
  • 3 min read

“What Mini Mike is doing is nothing less than a large scale illegal campaign contribution. He is ‘spreading’ money all over the place, only to have recipients of his cash payments, many former opponents, happily joining or supporting his campaign. Isn’t that called a payoff?” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

The Hill, February 18, 2020

Stop Bloomberg. He’s showing billionaires how to buy the presidency and it’s dangerous.

Jason Sattler, USA Today, Headline, February 18, 2020

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Even If A Politician’s Lips Aren’t Moving, They’re Probably Still Lying

Rob Meyne

  • Feb. 10, 2020
  • 4 min read

As we are surrounded by more information every day, it’s more important than ever to look at its source, validity, and the biases of those who put it forward. If you see a post on Facebook or a political ad that says the sky is blue you ought to get confirmation from at least three additional sources.

It reminds me of the guy who heard his mother-in-law had died. His direction to the funeral home was “Embalm, cremate, and bury. Take no chances.”

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NEWSFEED WEEKEND: Pelosi, Buttigieg Have Appointed Themselves God’s Agents

J Robert Smith

  • Feb. 7, 2020
  • 4 min read

Oh, I can hear your reply before you even open your mouth, Mr. Buttigieg. It is as predictable as the sunrise. “You’re missing the point” you say. “This is not about sex. It is about marriage.” Well, aside from the transparent incongruity of this claim, let’s cut to the chase and close with this: What gives you the right to redefine a sacrament of the church? You don’t get to make up your own Christianity. You also don’t get to make up your own Jesus, and in case you missed it, He is explicitly clear on His definition of marriage: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Everett Piper, Washington Times, April 14, 2020

Pelosi, D-Calif., who is Catholic, said in an appearance that day on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that church leaders for centuries had not been able to agree on when life begins. [snip]

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Can You Like Someone’s “Like?”

Rob Meyne

  • Feb. 7, 2020
  • 4 min read

In the information age, one would think we would be better informed. Duh. But are we?

We have access to more information than ever before. Yet humans only pay attention to what interests them. With a world of information just a click away, have we raised the bar of civilization by going en masse to absorb the wisdom of Euripides, Jung, or Chaucer? Not so much.

The top U. S. web sites include many that lead elsewhere. Google or DuckDuckGo are paths to another destination. On the other hand, when you go to Pornhub it’s not because you’re trying to order tennis shoes.

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NEWSFEED TUESDAY: The Great Rush Limbaugh

J Robert Smith

  • Feb. 4, 2020
  • 2 min read

Liberalism is a scourge. It destroys the human spirit. It destroys prosperity. It assigns sameness to everybody. And wherever I find it, I oppose it.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, interview, Playboy, November 2011 (via Notable Quotes)

THE TAKE

Rush Limbaugh announced yesterday on his show that he has Stage 4 lung cancer. The diagnosis is grim and the prognosis, iffy. But this isn’t a eulogy. One thing you learn about Rush: he’s a man of great optimism. Listening to his show for three decades, as I have, you know he’s fighter, not a quitter. If anyone can beat the odds, it’s Rush.

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