Love Affair

TRUMP LOVES PUTIN

From CNN Politics

“Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”

“It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond. 

“I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius.”

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RUSSIA LOVES TRUMP

From The Daily Beast: Olga Skabeeva, the host of 60 Minutes, the most popular news talk show in Russia, predicted:

“A Republican majority in the Senate won’t allow the president whom we elected, wonderful Donald Trump, to be sent off. It’s impossible. He has 90 percent support in the Republican Party.”

From AlterNetKaren Shakhnazarov, another prominent Russian media figure, said:

“They say Trump is making Russia great. That’s basically accurate. The chaos brought by Trump into the American system of government is weakening the United States. America is getting weaker, and now, Russia is taking its place in the Middle East…. So when they say that Trump is weakening the United States — yes, he is. And that’s why we love him…. The more problems they have, the better it is for us.”

And from the same source — Dmitry Kiselyov, Russian television host, recently voiced his support for Trump, describing Biden as the U.S. president’s …

“most dangerous rival” and urging him to “keep digging in Ukraine for the sweetest kompromat of all: proving that Ukraine — not Russia — interfered in the U.S. elections.”

Ain’t love grand?

Is Your News Source Biased?

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

I daresay most of us read or listen to “the news” most everyday. In fact, some might even describe themselves as being a “news junkie” — while others simply keep up with with current events via headlines in the local paper or TV newscasts.

I would describe myself as being in the middle. I do check the latest headlines on my computer a couple of times each day, and I also read entire stories or articles that either affect me personally or that I find interesting. Or upsetting.

One of the news sources that I especially like is NPR. According to this website, they have one of the highest ratings in factual reporting (VERY HIGH). However, I must be totally honest. The website also states NPR leans slightly left.

Overall, we rate NPR (National Public Radio) Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans slightly left and Very High for factual reporting due to thorough sourcing and very accurate news reporting.

Even so, in a nation with news sources that are notably either hard-left or hard-right in their reporting, it’s refreshing to find one that only leans slightly left.

But beyond their (slight) partiality, the really important part to me is NPR’s reputation for accurate news reporting — meaning they aren’t coloring the news to promote their bias.

We all know that partisanship is a major factor in politics — and when it comes to what we read and/or listen to, most of us tend to choose the news source that supports our personal position.

As a result, it can sometimes be a bit unnerving when we come across a news story that goes against our leanings … only to discover what we’re reading or hearing is not only accurate, but neutral. In other words, the news source has not “taken sides” but is simply sharing something they believe their readers will find interesting …or “newsworthy.”

Of course, in order to have confidence that what we’re reading is truly neutral, we need to do a bit of research. This means being open to other sources of information that may (or may not) coincide with our personal opinion.

I urge readers to visit the Media Bias/Fact Check website and take a look at a listing of news sources that are considered to be the “least biased.” Then while you’re there, check out the news sources that you tend to favor and see where they rank.

If you’re up to it, share with the rest of us the news source(s) you personally prefer.

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Four Pinocchios

I subscribe to the Washington Post “Fact Checker,” an email newsletter that usually arrives about once a week and includes brief articles rated by “Pinocchios” as to accuracy — with four of the characters indicating pretty much an untruth.

The following was in the issue I received today.

Eric and Don Jr. each get Four Pinocchios

President Trump left his sons, Eric and Don Jr., in charge of his global business empire upon taking office.

Like their father, the sons have been criticizing former vice president Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for his business dealings in China and Ukraine during the Obama administration. It was all very unseemly and wrong, they charge.

But, wait a second, Eric and Don Jr. run a business that profits from foreign deals while their father sits in the Oval Office. Trump’s ethics filings show his foreign assets have generated more than $100 million in income since he became president. So what’s the big idea?

“When my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business,” Eric Trump claimed on Fox News. “The media said, ‘Oh, you’re enriching yourselves.’ We’re like, ‘We literally stopped,’” Don Jr. said on the same network.

Wow. That’s a Four Pinocchio claim. Trump properties in Ireland and Scotland are gearing up for large expansions. The Trump Organization sold land in the Dominican Republic for a reported $3.2 million. A Beverly Hills mansion was sold for $13.5 million to an Indonesian billionaire. The list goes on and on. (The Trump Organization says all its foreign business merely builds on deals that were inked before Trump took office. )

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Here’s a link to sign up for the Fact Checker.

A Unique Halloween Message

The following is a message I received from my DEMOCRATIC Senator. I thought it was pretty clever. 

Halloween is special. From the Jolly Rancher to each Sour Patch Kid kid out there, everyone enjoys setting aside their cares, spending a bit of their hard-earned Payday to spread a little Almond Joy to their friends and neighbors.

 

This year, however, I have to admit, I’m a little distracted. Because our country has Mounds of Goobers who are putting our future at risk.

 

That’s why 2020 is so important. We must take back the Senate together, with Whatchamacallit — grassroots support. Take 5 and chip in before the stroke of midnight.

 

Let’s connect the Dots:

 

Climate chaos is melting the Sno Caps, threatening to turn our world into an Atomic Fireball.

 

Trump’s Airheads Xtremes are putting a Crunch on the Constitution.

 

The Republican spending Spree on the ultra-wealthy defies Riesen.

 

The Whoppers get worse by the day.

 

That’s why we need a few Life Savers right now, Nan.

 

We don’t need 100 Grand from one Mr. Goodbar.

 

We just need a little Bit O Honey from all the Nerds and Smarties out there — each and every American worried about the Rocky Road ahead.

 

Let’s do this together. Let’s take back the Senate and change course in Washington D.C.

Happy Halloween!

 

“Today Was A Good Day”

Yes, today was a good day. A man described as the “most-wanted human rights criminal in the world, responsible for the murder, torture, rape and oppression of tens – even hundreds – of thousands of people” was eliminated.

HOWEVER, it was not, as President Trump asserts, by the action of U.S. Forces. Rather, it was by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s own hand as he detonated the suicide vest he was wearing. While there is little doubt he was forced into this action as the result of a raid on his compound, it was not a direct kill.

No, this man ran for safety. And when he knew he was cornered, he took his own life. Sadly, there were children with him … and they also died.

Yet, as always, Trump has reveled in his own self-praise as he’s told the world how HE directed the kill of a major terrorist. (Although in true Trump style, he did direct a word of thanks to his buddy, Vladimir Putin.)

Undoubtedly, Trump and his sycophants will now claim the world to be a safer place without this man, but we must ask … is it?

As this article proclaims:

The Islamists are not going to disappear or give up just because Baghdadi is gone. Indeed the very same vainglorious Donald Trump who took obscene personal credit for his death has put Isis back in business by his withdrawal of American forces from Syria and giving Erdogan the green light to beat the hell out of America’s Kurdish allies. Now hundreds of hardened, trained, ruthless and cruel Isis fighters have been let loose in the region, at liberty to attack US forces and their allies wherever they find them, and to take fresh terror campaigns into Europe.

There’s little doubt that Trump believes the action he took to eliminate Baghdadi was a far bigger and more prestigious deal than that which was carried out by President Obama when he terminated Osama Bin Laden. However, what he fails to realize is that neither he nor former presidents have eliminated the hydra of militant Islamist terror and aggression.” Just because Baghdadi is gone does not mean the Islamists are going to disappear or give up. Another leader will soon arise. To think otherwise is foolish and misguided.

The referenced article concludes:

Depressingly, we also know that Trump will milk the death of Baghdadi for all it is worth, all the way to polling day: A great day for his country, Trump said, though he meant a great day for Trump. The war on terror is not over – let alone won.

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