THE PARABLE OF GEORGE AND MR. TOAD

I have pointed out previously that journalistic bias is evidenced by comparing the number of times a journalist will interrupt a conservative during an interview compared to the number of interruptions of a liberal. It was on full display today. George Stepinapileofdufus tossed softball after softball to Tim Kaine allowing him all the time he wanted to opine on the questions and wander off on other talking points – all without interruption. Then George interviewed (and I used that word loosely here) Trump’s campaign manager. It seemed like he interrupted her every sentence. She had trouble even completing a sentence.

Next up was Meet The Press with Chuck Toad. I can’t even remember who the liberal was. It might have been Mookie the Mook. But it was the same deal as with George. One softball question after another with all the time he wanted to make little campaign speeches. Then he talked to Mike Pence. Interruption hardly seems an applicable description. Chuck did more talking than Pence did. The Toad would actually ask a question and then challenge Pence before he could start his answer.

The most amazing thing is that some members of the media still have the chutzpah to pretend that they believe there is no bias in the media except for some conservatives like Limbaugh and Hannity.  Not that I’m signalling you out, Matt Liar.  Not at all.

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I PREDICT…

I just saw a political ad on TV in which a woman who claims to be a Republican says that she cannot vote for Trump because he shook his hands around like (she says) something that people with Autism do.  So she is going to vote for Hillary Clinton.  She says she doesn’t always agree with Hillary, but she thinks she’ll be better than Trump.  I have said many times in this Blog that Trump may be a disaster, but Hillary will absolutely ruin the United States of America.

If Hillary becomes President we will start down a road that will take guns away from everyone EXCEPT the criminals.  Pastors who preach in their churches against homosexuality, same sex marriage and, in fact, anything that the Bible says is sin will be arrested.  You will eventually witness adults marrying animals and children.  Clinton’s answer to the deficit problem will be to pay our creditors with cheap dollars.  For all you nitwit halfwit liberals out there, that means severe inflation.  We will withdraw our support for Israel and turn against her and that will invite God’s wrath.  More important, Hillary’s election will symbolize the completion of the process started by Democrats in the early 60s that I have tried to document in this Blog of turning our back to God.  I do not know the mind of God and how He will respond to that, but I know what happened in the past when Israel turned its back to Him.  Even though the Jews are God’s people and are the object of God’s eternal promise to Abraham, when they turned their back on Him he withdrew His hedge of protection and His blessings from Israel.  And they suffered terribly.  Like many others I believe that America’s success over the first 200 years was the result of how our Founders’ words and writings honored God.  We were not perfect and certainly not His people like the Jews, but we did honor God.  Are any of you dumb enough to think that He will be more lenient on us than He was on His own people?

Turn back to God before it is too late.

TRUMP’S ELECTION PROCESS CONCERN

In the latest Wikileaks release Clinton Campaign official John Podesta actually says it is OK for illegals to vote if they have a driver’s license.
Trump says the system is rigged.
Then we see this email the next day.
John Podesta: I think Teddy’s idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated.
On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a drivers license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections.
LAST YEAR ALMOST HALF OF THE DRIVER’S LICENSES ISSUED IN CALIFORNIA WERE TO ILLEGAL ALIENS.
INDIGNANT DEMOCRATS HAVE “WHINED” THAT IT IS UNHEARD OF TO SUGGEST THAT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS MIGHT BE CHALLENGED. I GUESS THEY’VE FORGOTTEN THAT DEMOCRAT ALGORE DID EXACTLY THAT IN 2000.
BTW, I’ll bet a dozen donuts you haven’t heard this Podesta email mentioned by Matt Liar, Chuck Toad or George Stepinapileofdufus.  Have you?

ADVICE FROM OUR HALLOWED POTUS

I’m a little surprised that our hallowed POTUS Obama has criticized Trump about “whining” that the election balloting is “rigged” to help Hillary. I don’t remember that advice being shared with Bernie when he said exactly the same thing. For that matter, he might offer the same advice to himself as he has said previously that the “system” is rigged against the little guy. To be fair, though, he has been quite busy suppressing the various investigations of Hillary. That’s a full time job right there.

TRUMP’S “UNSUBSTANTIATED” CLAIMS

I cannot be the only person who has noticed that TODAY SHOW host Matt Liar always describes Trump’s charges of “rigging” as “unsubstantiated.”  He never feels the need, however, to apply that word to Hillary’s and Kaine’s matter-of-fact statements that Russia is behind her incriminating emails.  On the issue “rigging,” the Trump campaign has stated that it is referring primarily to the media’s undeniable bias in trying to assure the victory to Hillary.  If memory serves, I believe Bernie Sanders made the same charges.  Charges which were, it turned out, “substantiated.”

When New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas appeared as a panelist on the Sunday Today Show with Willie Geist he found himself unable to speak clearly for a moment.  After some mumbling and stumbling he managed to get out a few phrases about journalistic responsibility and integrity and bias. He had trouble sticking words together in a coherent sentence. Obviously he wanted to say something, but was having trouble expressing himself.  I can translate for you and tell you exactly what he was trying to say. What he wanted to say was, “Donald Trump is such a threat to ‘constitutional order’ that the media was duty bound to abandon any pretense of reporting the facts in an unbiased fashion and do whatever may be necessary to elect Hillary Clinton. Forget about journalist integrity.”  Had I been there I would have advised him that most journalists had long ago forgotten about integrity.

On the subject of ballot “rigging” I would like to point out that there is substantiation.  No serious person would deny that voter intimidation is common in the city of Philadelphia.  Or, that there have been precincts in which the number of Democrat votes exceeds the number of voters in that precinct.  Part of the problem with “substantiated” vote fraud is that it occurs in Democrat dominated areas.  Chicago seems a good example.  In Baltimore City’s most recent primary there were charges of voter fraud made by Democrats against Democrats, but after the election they were quietly dropped in the name of Party unity.

CHRISTMAS IS A COMIN’

Many years ago when my nephew was 7 or 8 years old he saw a segment on PBS about a local (if the Hereford zone is local) Christmas Tree farm where you could go and cut your own tree. For some reason he found that just the greatest idea in the world. Now, I regularly purchased my tree from the Optimist Club because they had a good selection of trees, they used some of the money for charity work and they truly were local. I would guess they probably display about a hundred trees at a time and I roam around looking for the best one I can find often taking an hour to pick one.

Anyhow, my nephew started lobbying (aka pestering) me to go to this farm so we could cut our own tree. When his mother began talking about what a great experience it would be for him I finally relented. It has been a long time ago so my memory is fuzzy, but I think it was over 50 miles. We arrive and pull into the parking lot – or should I say parking field – where a million other cars have parked in the previous couple of weeks. The term “sea of mud” comes to mind especially as it goes so well with the terms “cold and blustery” We trudged, slipped and slid our way to the check in/out desk. Of course, we had to buy some hot cocoa the farmers were selling. The deal was you go out and find the tree you want and you cut it down and when you see the tractor pulling the tree wagon you get their attention and they come over and put it on the wagon. Then you walk back to the check out desk while the tree wagon carries your tree to the same spot. I can’t remember if they had a baler or not, but they would take the tree back to your car if you wanted and help you tie it on.

The check in/out spot was slightly elevated so you could look out and see a good chunk of the farm – though definitely not all of it. What you have to understand about a tree farm is this: they don’t display a hundred trees – they display thousands. There was the helpful fact that the various varieties of trees were segregated in different sections. I don’t remember what variety I went after, but we trudged through the mud to the appropriate section. And that section had hundreds and hundreds of trees. By now my sneakers weighed well beyond their normal weight – carrying as they were a halo of thick mud. This despite the fact that I was periodically scraping the bulk of the mud from my and my nephew’s shoes with the edge of the saw I carried.

So I start my routine. I walk around the tree to determine the best side. Looking for voids that must be hidden. Looking for a nice even layering of branches – the way the artists on PBS always draw or paint evergreens. Some trees take only a few seconds to reject. The ones worth considering can take several minutes to evaluate. About 15 minutes and 5 or 6 trees into the process my nephew begins a series of announcements “I’m cold.” “Can I get some more cocoa?” “I’m cold.” “Can we go now?” “I’m cold.” “I have to go to the bathroom.”

OK, here’s my advice on tree farms. It can be a wonderful experience if you adhere to the following principles. Don’t go within a week of significant rainfall. Go on a sunny day. And whatever you do, don’t take any kids with you.