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Monday, April 19. 2021
The most recent one to implode is "the 1/6 insurrection led to the death of a police officer." That is now absolutely not true. Assuming you believed that (or the "insurrection" meme) is what happened. Being a natural skeptic, I didn't believe much of the official nonsense 'news' that was shared. After all, I knew many people who were there that day, and none of them were in the Capitol, all were outside protesting. While appalled at the few who did rush the building and do damage, they all said it was a small number by comparison to the group outside, which was peaceful.
Other Progressive narratives are breaking down, too, though. Progressive stronghold Portland is still a hot mess. Pulitzer Prize winner Andrew Cuomo's mismanagement of Covid is set aside for a more Progressive-friendly sexual misconduct. Maxine Waters has in the past, and is now, inciting 'insurrection' and won't face impeachment. Gaffe Machine Biden keeps putting his foot in his mouth. His son is on a make-nice tour answering softball questions to clear his image. Wikileaks published emails showing Dominion's legal firm offered assistance to the Clinton campaign in 2016. All this dirt is readily available and very little is going to make the mainstream news (frankly, I'm shocked the Russian bounty story's dismissal made it to the mainstream, as that was one of Biden's memorable hot buttons).
It's hard to understand why anyone pays attention to mainstream news. DeSantis' treatment is such that one can only shake their head in wonderment at the brazen nature of the lies and deceit. Living in one of the few (there really aren't many - just look at the map of popular votes for all the blue sections) bastions of Progressive thought, I am often stunned at what people are willing to listen to and believe. Comfortable lies rule the day.
Say what you want about alternative news sources being 'fake news'. Determining what's real in the supposedly 'credible' media is a feat in itself.
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Well said.Goes for both sides of the fence,me thinks.
I am often stunned at what people are willing to listen to and believe. Comfortable lies rule the day.Bulldog,2021
Determining what's real in the supposedly 'credible' media is a feat in itself.Bulldog,2021
I've always said there's a place for the media but they haven't dug it yet. ~Tommy Docherty, 1980
Mark Twain (I think) said " if you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read it, you are misinformed"
Holds up pretty well today.
Wasn't it also Twain who said that it was easier to fool someone than to convince them they were fooled?
The MSM has been hot garbage for years — absolutely untrustworthy,, best ignored and ridiculed.
Do not believe any of it. Not even the 2% that might be sorta-kinda true. That part will shake out over time, and that’s good enough.
And that goes back to AT LEAST Duranty and his Pullitzer with the Gay Lady!!!
At least there's one good thing about this, it sharpens your critical thinking skills.
For example, I just read an article that the Biden Administration used some back channel communications to express to Israel their disapproval of the recent attack on an Iranian nuclear facility because it interferes with their attempt to restart non-proliferation agreement talks with Israel.
Now, given that these were supposedly secret "back channel communications", why am I reading this in the news? Somebody obviously leaked this to the press - why? Just some altruistic devotion to truth and transparency? Don't make me laugh. Somebody leaked this to the press in order to put some spin on the news, steer the narrative in a certain direction, and the press isn't going to tell you what that spin is, they're going to pretend there's no spin there.
Only a small percent are critical thinkers, the majority are in
la la land.
As I watch all this play out here and around the world, I think China has a good chance of reaching its world domination goal
If a person with dementia & a questionable women are in charge of the USA anything is possible.
“Why you fool, it’s the educated reader who CAN be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they’re all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the high-brow weeklies, don’t need reconditioning. They’re all right already. They’ll believe anything.”
— C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength
A member of Congress cannot be impeached. Impeachment by the House is reserved to members of the Executive and Judicial branches.
Article I, section 5 of the United States Constitution provides that "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."--Wiki
I've pointed out to some acquaintances that Officer Sicknick died of natural causes. It has no impact: their attitude is that the Capitol building trespass put him under "stress," so it's the same as murder. This is not a standard that will hold up well if they ever try to apply it evenhandedly and broadly, but it doesn't matter.
The fact that the news reporting on this event has been consistently and (I would argue) deliberately misleading is lost on them. Misleading news is OK if it's useful--another standard that will not hold up well in their future, but again it doesn't matter.
Leftist Narratives Imploding, Still Doesn't Matter
Leftist Lies exposed, still doesn't matter. FIFY.
Global warming is the gold standard for this. 10 or 12 years ago the entire hoax was revealed in the leaked emails and yet the global warming juggernaut continues unabated, totally unaffected by the revelations.
I don't have the answer for it.
People believe what they want to believe and the facts be damned. I don't have a problem with that. It is what it is. I have a problem with imposing the lies on the unwilling.
Here's my New York Times story.
Back in the 1980s a relative (25-year-old male) was struck and killed in the subway. Late at night. No witnesses. His watch and wallet were missing.
I contacted the Times and told them the MTA/NYPD automatically claim "accident" in late-hour unwitnessed track deaths, ignoring the likelihood of homicide. A reporter expressed interest, said he had his editor's support, and asked me not to contact any other media. A few days later he said he was ordered to drop it.
I established a site to highlight similar suspicious deaths.
Result: a complete news blackout by the NYPD of such deaths.
Read this: "the 1/6 insurrection led to the death of a police officer."
It's a shame that somebody got killed, but the fact that it was a police officer has no meaning. If a dentist or a plumber had gotten killed, it would have been the same thing. Government employees are not more important than other people. But we are constantly assaulted with "Front Line Worker" and "First Responder" propaganda. In truth, people aren't supposed to wait around for a government employee to arrive. They're supposed to handle every situation themselves.
Did you ever wonder why "Super-Heroes" wear a mask? Because enforcing the law may only be done by cops and judges. Not honest men. So the honest men have to hide their identity, because they are the real criminals. And the police are the real heroes. Therefore, citizens will no longer need guns:
That's too bad, because the blacks are planning to attack everyone who can't defend themselves. So remember: If a guy is trying to kill you, be polite and call the Police. That's all you can do.