Harp, harp, harp

I know it. I know I’ve said enough about the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and their suffering from Irma’s effects. But man alive, our news media stinks sometimes. On the Evening News from both CBS and NBC their reporters in the Florida Keys repeated the same phrase: “Here, where Irma made its first …

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Lies in the desert

Trump’s nonsensical speech at his rally in Phoenix could have been titled that. What lies could I mean? Well, Trump expressed frustration with efforts to negotiate with Canada and Mexico to improve NAFTA, saying he was more likely to terminate the deal. He also blamed “obstructionist Democrats” for standing in the way of funding for …

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Charlottesville — VICE Documentary

On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester, and two police officers – and many more injured. “VICE News Tonight” correspondent Elle Reeve went behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including …

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Breitbart’s World

If you’re not a Republican, watching Republicans react to the news can feel a bit like witnessing a mass hallucination. Even more so when some emissary from the alternate Republican universe like Kellyanne Conway teleports onto CNN or another mainstream outlet to state her case. That’s from an article in the Sunday New York Times …

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Shoulda stood in bed

Hmm. Who had the worse week, Pepsi and its now-pulled “Kendall Jenner joins the demo!” ad? United Airlines and its “re-accommodation” of a passenger because it needed the space to send four of its employees to Louisville? Or Presidential flack Sean Spicer and his multiple missteps about Hitler and chemical gas usage? I think I’m …

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Gimme some of that pie!

I think I’d like some Schadenfreude Pie. What’s the occasion for my hunger for such a dark and dangerous pie? This lovely news story. Bill-O losing advertisers, Fox losing revenue. Couldn’t happen to a nicer organization. O’Reilly and Fox have had to pay out $13M over the years to settle sexual harassment cases brought against …

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Traditions, Part One

For years the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “As It Happens” program has broadcast Alan Maitland’s reading of Frederick Forsyth’s “The Shepherd” on or about Christmas Eve. Here’s the story behind the tale: Forsyth created this original work as a Christmas gift to his first wife Carrie after she requested a ghost story be written for her. …

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