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Back from the Dead? Journalism at its Worst

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Rep. Giffords

News of Rep. Gifford's death, then lack thereof, circulated the news sites.

I don’t know whether Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will ultimately pull through and live or not, but I know that the mere fact that she is alive must be nothing short of a modern day miracle. For what was over an hour, if not two, she was dead today. This, according to the journalistic efforts of new outlets such as MSNBC.com, who started sending me breaking news alerts of her death. Within hours, I received yet another breaking news alert indicating that a surgeon thinks she will live; while the headline on MSNBC.com remained that she had died.

My rant here is not about her death, or lack thereof. This was a tragic event–one that no American should ever embrace. The fact that a 22 year-old man shot her and killed five or more other people, including a nine year old girl, at a political speech in a parking lot is dispicable. While the event in and of itself is horrible, it is magnified by shotty journalism, which is what I really feel like ranting about. Journalism in the United States has turned from telling the story to making the story. Journalists no longer need to have facts or know the truth — it is merely a race for ratings. Be the first to report a story and put a notch in your belt. Who cares if the story is right or wrong; just be the first to report it.

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MSNBC broke false news about Rep. Gifford's fate.

I see no signs anymore on MSNBC.com that Rep. Giffords is, or was, dead. The headlines were wiped and the story vanished into the abyss after learning that she has lived. I don’t know if the reporter, editor, publisher, or anyone else will pay for reporting bogus news, but in the end, it no longer matters. Regardless of which news site you get your breaking news from, chances are they are making, not breaking, the news. And this, my friends, is a major problem. Sadly, a problem I don’t see going away anytime soon.

Dan Rather

One would think journalists would have learned from Dan Rather's firing. But they didn't.

Flashback to Dan Rathers, who was fired from CBS for reporting false information about former President Bush’s military service. A “big gun” took a bullet. Other media outlets would certainly learn from the event, wouldn’t they? Apparently not, as today, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was killed. Then was alive. Just leaves us to wonder if it was a born-again experience– a modern day miracle, or was it journalism at it’s worst. I think the latter.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Giffords and all of the victims of today’s horrid tragedy in Arizona. I pray for speedy recovery of those who did not perish, and for the familes and friends of those who did. I don’t yet know if this was a politically motivated shooting, as I suspect it was, but there is no justification ever for turning to violence. I probably don’t support much of what Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stands for politically, but I will turn to my keyboard and never to a gun. I do wish outrage over shotty media would prevail and those reporting the news would do just that: report it, don’t make it.

–RE

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The Speaker Changes, but Little Else

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Pelosi is out

My favorite moment of the week, though purely symbolic.

Yesterday began the 112th Congress of the United States, and with it came a change in the Speaker of the House. Yes, Nancy Pelosi is out, and Republican John Boehner received the gavel. This coming after a sweeping victory for the Republicans in last November’s election. While the Speaker of the House has changed, little else has. A new party (yes, the party I am a member of) took control. But despite the promises to the contrary, only the party changes when it comes to dirty politics. Now, the embarassement of how our government operates today continues. Business as usual….

The first two days of the new Congress has already yeilded the following:

  • Multiple members of the new Congress vote, despite not being sworn in.
  • A nothing more than symbolic effort to repeal the health care reform begins.
  • Republicanss figure out quickly that the promises of the campaign season won’t become reality.

What does that mean for us? Well first, since Texas Rep. Pete Sessions and Pennsylvania Rep Mike Fitzpatrick decided to be at a party when the oath was delivered, yet proceeded to vote on legislation later, votes that took place may have to be redone. Wasting time (and money)… business as usual. Now, Republicans have to spend time drafting a rule to allow the duo’s “TV” oath to count, but it is unlikely Demcorats will agree, so it’s likely after the posturing is over, the votes from the first two days will get redone. Oh, and by TV oath I refer to the fact that the dynamic duo saw that the oath was being given while seeing it on TV, so they participated virtually. Yeah, that’ll do it. Time to repeat the oath and votes.

Once the full Congress is finally legally sworn in, the leaders of my party have decided it is time to try and repeal the health care reform. Hey, I am all in favor of this being repealed, but even if some sort of repeal happens in the House, it’s highly unlikely it will in the Senate, still controlled by the Democrats. So in the end, I believe it will be just a big waste of time. This, coupled with the fact that the Republicans appear to be headed down the path of using the same underhanded and dirty tactics we whined about when the Democrats used them to pass it in the first place, it once again will be business as usual. It is a complete and utter joke. And yes, I am talking about “my” party. Why not get down to real business; real reform. Cut spending (eliminate pork). Quit wasting time (and thus money). Do something real.

And seriously, are we not going to be able to do those wonderful campaign promises we made to assist in regaining control? Really? We’re not going to be able to cut spending by $100 million like we said we would. Go figure, right? And using an up-down vote, denying the Democrats (or Republicans, for that matter) to propose ammendments to the repeal health care legislation being drafted is yet another broken campaign promise. Two wonderful examples of how “my” party is hypocritcal and how little more than the person holding the gavel has changed.

While I love the symbolic change of one of my least favorite political figures office sign coming down, just two days into the 112th, I am embarassed and disgusted at the whole thing. I wish there was a realistic option of government reform, but in reality, little will change besides the faces. So excited it’s time for 2012 election promises to begin. So excited… For what? The only thing I can think of that will be worse than the start of this Congress would be my party offering me this….

No Palin, Please

Please, please, please, not Palin

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Midterm Elections

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Feeling quite a surge of red today. The results and predictions are just now starting to come in, and I am anxious to see how well my favorite prediction site holds out. ElectionProjection.com is a site I have watched for the past 6 years and I am blown away at how accurate it seems to be. In the 2008 presidential election, it did miss two states.

This morning, the site showed the Dems and Republicans each with 49 seats in the Senate and 2 for the Independents. It is pretty aggressive to think that’s how it will turn out, but we shall see. The house showed Republicans gaining 62 seats, well more than enough to keep Pelosi from sitting behind the President in his speeches yet to come. Even if the Republicans fail to get the majority in the senate, I think it is quite obvious people are not happy with how the past two years of change have gone.

Thus far, three senate seats have been called (msnbc.com). Kentucky is the first call to go from blue to red, and Rand Paul is the projected winner. ElectionProjection.com did call this changeover. In fact, so far all three have been predicted correctly.

More later. Am definitely excited to watch this unfold tonight.

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Two of my Favorite John F. Kennedy Quotes

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I do understand why the Dems hold Kennedy in such high regards. He actually made some sense:

“It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now … Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.”

– John F. Kennedy, Nov. 20, 1962, president’s news conference

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“Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues to the federal government.”

– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 17, 1963, annual budget message to the Congress, fiscal year 1964

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Free At Last! Free At Last!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Now we can quit our jobs and pursue our passions! I am so thankful. Thanks, Nancy!

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The Great Open Debate

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Thankfully we have that open and transparent government of change we heard so much about.

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Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I guess it’s only Christmas Eve right now, but nonetheless, Merry Christmas to you. I hope you and your family have a safe and joyous Christmas Eve and Day.

In just a few hours, Rebecca, Braelyn, Brody, Spencer and I will head to a church service and then home to open up presents. While this will be Brody’s first Christmas, I really think this is going to be the first Christmas where Braelyn will just absolutely have a blast opening all of the presents, or “pretties” as she likes to call them. She understands this Santa Claus guy this year, but doesn’t quite realize that Santa is coming tonight to bring her plenty of toys and clothes. I know when she sat on Santa’s lap, when asked what she wanted for Christmas she whispered to him “can-e and toyz”. I wish I could have been there, but it happened while I was out-of-town for work. Anyway, tonight is going to be a blast, and then she’ll wake up and have another gift or two that Santa might put under the tree for her.

Brody will get his share of goodies, too… he just won’t really comprehend since he’s only a few months old. Next year I am sure he’ll grasp it, as I am quite certain his big sister Braelyn will explain it all to him once the tree goes up next November.

The biggest question I have is will Santa be good to Spencer? I suspect so, since Spencer has been, for the most part, a good little boy this year.

It will most definitely be a quieter Christmas… just the 5 of us, plus Hoover and Sophie. It will be sad not to experience it all with my family or Rebeccas, but that is what living in different parts of the country do for you. Rebecca’s family is scheduled to come up tomorrow for Christmas lunch, but those plans are in jeopardy as Old Man Winter plans on making an appearance tonight. Actually as I sit here in my home office and look out the window, I notice the wind has picked up (making me feel like I am back in Casper), it is drizzling rain and approaching freezing. Supposed to turn to snow after 5pm tonight, and they say we’ll get anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow. It will, most likely, be a White Christmas. They say that there hasn’t been a Christmas Day with 1″ or more of snow accumulation since 1969 here in the Kansas City area. That is crazy to think about. Sure there has been snow on the ground on Christmas Day, but actual snow fall on Christmas Day, not since 1969.

Crazy to think that this year is almost done… and a decade, as well. Just think, ten years ago we were all wondering if the world was coming to an end with the Y2K issue. Now, the same thoughts go through our heads, but it’s the government we need to worry about, not some potential computer hiccup. Yep, thanks to Santa Reid, a crazy version of health care reform passed vote this morning. I still hold out hope that the Senate and the House won’t get a compromise, but seems likely they will. Funny to think that Santa Reid has clauses (yes, pun intended) in there to prevent any future congress from removing parts of his bill. At least we can all be thankful that this congress knows so much more than all others before them and that will come after them. Thankfully, I am sure the courts will probably not allow some of this garbage.

Man, I guess it’s sad that I can’t even post a Merry Christmas blog without going down the PoliTICKS me OFF route. Sorry folks.

Anyway, to you and yours, have a Merry Christmas. I hope the real Santa Claus brings you everything you want.

Peace.

–RElledge

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DMB, Vegas, the Wife and a Birthday

Monday, December 14th, 2009

First, happy belated birthday to my wife Rebecca. She turned 3X last Friday (Dec. 11), and we spent her birthday and a few days surrounding it in Sin City. While what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, I will share a bit.

On Thursday and Friday, we enjoyed two Dave & Tim shows. This was the first time Rebecca has experienced Dave & Tim… and the two nights were awesome. We heard Angel from Montgomery, which was the first time Dave or the full band has performed it since August of 2001. That was a nice surprise. On her birthday, we heard Rebecca’s two most-desired Dave songs: Crash and Satellite. Yep, she walked down the isle to the riff of Satellite when we got married, and we enjoyed our first dance as a married couple to none-other-than Crash. We also heard a new, never-before-played song by Dave: After The Gold Rush. Dave played it on piano. When he went over to the piano, I was certain he was playing Out of My Hands, but no… he had a surprise for us! It was awesome. Dave said he screwed it up, but since it was the first time ever playing it, who was to know? The concerts were definitely great. I wish I had been at the Saturday concert, as I would have gotten to hear A Christmas Song, which was the one song I really wanted to hear. Oh well, we enjoed Mystere, the Cirque De Sole show. Second time I have seen it, but the first for Rebecca and Eli & Heather Bowman, our friends who joined us on the trip.

Ok, since I am often asked, that makes my 68th Dave show. It may actually be a couple more than that, but I think I have captured all that I can remember on DMBAlmanac.com’s website. Click that link if you want to see the exciting stats of my shows.

On Thursday, we had a wonderful… and I mean WONDERFUL… dinner at Prime, a steakhouse in the Bellagio. Our table overlooked the fountains. While expensive, it was a great meal no doubt.

Eli told me on the trip that they say you should walk 10,000 steps a day for health. I am healthy for the next few months based on our excursions in the bitter air in Vegas.

Well, that’s enough for now. Happy Holidays… and by that I mean Merry Christmas… to ya’ll out there (sorry, Obama… America is a Christian country, no matter what you say). Excited to see what changes 2010 will bring… 2009 has been a somewhat up-and-down year for me. Definitely up from a family perspective, mixed on the work side of things, and down on some other items which aren’t exactly things I want to post about. I am just thankful I have a great job in this economy, have the most awesome baby girl in the world, was blessed with the birth of my son this year, my step-son is doing better in school and is an awesome big brother to Braelyn and Brody, and my wife is the best (wrinkles and all!). I am also blessed to have such a great family and for all of my friends.

Here’s to a great 2010, including another “change” in Washington DC that will hopefully offset some of the change we’re seeing from the current mess in the corrupt capitol.

Peace.

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I Don’t Feel Well

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Not sure at all why all of the sudden, I am not feeling well. I think I have a cold, as does Rebecca, Spencer and Braelyn. I hope it is a cold and nothing but a cold. I also hope that the little man Brody doesn’t get it. Right now, he seems to be the only one in the house without, excluding Hoover of course. I guess it’s fitting that I would be sick on the day the senate will vote on its health care reform bill. Wait, I mean on the day of the NIGHT that the senate will vote on it. Call me crazy, but I think the mere fact that a vote is being called after hours is a bit telling. Call me even more crazy but a bill that people haven’t had the chance to read in its entirety and which has unclear price tags associated with it is also a bit telling.

I think a new change and a new hope will sweep the 2010 elections.

Our political system is corrupt and embarassing. Yep, I think that sums it up quite nicely.

Tomorrow, lil man Brody will fly on his first airplane ride. At just over two months, he, along with Rebecca, Braelyn, Spencer and I, will embark for windy Wyoming. I looked at the forecast for Casper for next week and the temperatures look like they will be okay, but I presume the small smudgy icon on a few of those days indicates wind. Oh, how I sure hope so! I do miss the wind. Anyway, it will be nice to get to introduce Brody to the rest of my family. He has met his grandma and grandpa, but now he is in for a complete treat… one full week of constant attention by his aunts Stephanie and Wendy, his uncles Mike and Tony, his cousins Brandon, Nate, Ashley, Courtney, Keegan and Stephen, and his great grandma Dorothy. Of course, g’ma and g’pa will probably give him a little attention, too. I must remind the Elledges, Lovatos and Lechers, though, that Princess Braelyn will be arriving as well, and should be showered with attention as well. Something tells me that won’t be an issue.

We will be in Casper Sunday afternoon through the following Saturday, and I do look forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with the family. Holidays are great. Just hope the plane rides with two under two’s will go ok. I suspect the rest of the passengers will hope the same….

Busy day today. Need to attempt to finish hanging the Christmas lights [holy cow, did I say Christmas instead of holiday? How dare me….] Squeeze in an abbreivated guitar lesson at 12:30 instead of a full hour at 2pm, as at 2pm we will be hauling some 300+ pounds of custom built baseball lockers up to the lil man’s room. Hopefully we can just strap them onto Hoover’s back and he can do most of the work for us. I am anxious to see the lockers… they have been being built for six or seven weeks now by a guy I found on Craigslist. I hope they look as good in his room as they do in my head….

After that excitement I will probably need to do a little packing [right… that will probably take place 30 minutes before we leave tomorrow]. We shipped a bunch of stuff to Casper earlier this week for $14, box included, so we don’t have to check much in the way of luggage at $50 per bag round trip. Oh, Southwest Airlines, why don’t you fly to Casper?

Well, my early morning of blogging is coming to an end. I need to go refill my coffee cup. Rebecca and the kids are still in bed… I am only up because I couldn’t get back to sleep and I wanted to check in on a few auctions on Swoopo.com. If you haven’t been to Swoopo.com, you should check it out. It is an awesome concept. I wish I had thought of it…

Have a great Thanksgiving, all.

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Quick Politicks Me Off Moment

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

All that keeps going through my head right now is the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update skit on Really? With Seth and Amy.

I mean, REALLY? It’s now ok for Massachusetts to fill a vacancy by an interim appointment now that the late “great” Ted Kennedy is dead? Really? It wasn’t okay in 2004 and 2006 for then Republican Governor Mitt Romney to fill vacancies with interim appointments, but now in 2009 it’s okay for a Democrat governor to do so? Really? I guess this is the change promised by Obama… Really… interesting… really.

I would love to hear from the left how this is right….

–Relledge
In God We Trust

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