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Good article by Conrad Black...sums things up rather well, imho.

https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/10/the-sinking-ship-of-the-democratic-media-alliance/

The Sinking Ship of the Democratic-Media Alliance

"Almost no one seems to grasp the colossal irony of the current American political condition. The uniquequality of it is that the country is divided between two political forces which, in the tedious hyperbole of contemporary political jargon, view each other as an “existential threat to democracy.” The Democrats can’t sell the bunk that January 6 was an “insurrection;” they can’t wish away concerns about the integrity of the 2020 election. All they have is the tired claim that Trump is a threat to democracy, and in their advocacy of that falsehood, they have made themselves the threat to democracy. "

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13 hours ago, FireFox said:

Good article by Conrad Black...sums things up rather well, imho.

https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/10/the-sinking-ship-of-the-democratic-media-alliance/

The Sinking Ship of the Democratic-Media Alliance

"Almost no one seems to grasp the colossal irony of the current American political condition. The uniquequality of it is that the country is divided between two political forces which, in the tedious hyperbole of contemporary political jargon, view each other as an “existential threat to democracy.” The Democrats can’t sell the bunk that January 6 was an “insurrection;” they can’t wish away concerns about the integrity of the 2020 election. All they have is the tired claim that Trump is a threat to democracy, and in their advocacy of that falsehood, they have made themselves the threat to democracy. "

I agree.  A very well-written (Even for Black) summation of the current situation.

 

 

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18 hours ago, FireFox said:

...sums things up rather well, imho.

Especially that "war to the political death" part. I simply can't fathom why people are so willing to embrace the self inflicted pain that goes along with all of it.

It's the testing of those pain threshold limits that I want to see, the level of commitment people are willing to maintain in support of their chosen narrative and how the narrative will be modified over time by the pain experienced.

The downside in this experiment is that a lot of long term damage can take place in the two years it seems to be taking to unravel the truth and separate propaganda from fact. Right now, the government controls the media, the media controls what people think, and the government then legislates based on what people think, charters and constitutions be damned. Did you ever wonder how Japanese internment came about?

But there's a practical limit here too, note that CNN and MSNBC have shed high double digit percentages of viewers recently, as a result, their reporting will either evolve, they will lose more viewers, or they will go bankrupt at some point in the future. The trouble here is that REINIT always occurs following component failure, if you have the same luck I do, component failure always occurs at the worst possible moment, in the worst possible weather and it's always dark. 

In any case, pain is forecast to continue until the cycle is broken, it will only begin to ease afterword. Voting based on policy is the only antidote and demanding supportable policy is the first step toward having something worth supporting.

Self licking ice-cream cones might sound good to people on a diet but I don't see the point of them.

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We are just seeing a continuation of the policy of obstruction by the republican party that was ramped up to epic levels during the Obama administration.

Now that republican congressmen are talking about secession, get out the popcorn, it's going to be an interesting show.

https://www.salon.com/2021/10/09/a-new-confederacy-and-the-have-already-seceded/

ou know which ones they are: Nineteen states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder for people to vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Fifteen states made it harder to apply for a mail-in ballot. Four states limited mail-in ballot drop boxes. Four states imposed stricter mail-in ballot signature requirements. Eight states imposed harder voter ID requirements. Seven states made it easier to purge voters from the rolls. Three states reduced the number of polling places and voting hours. Three more states reduced the number of days or hours of early voting. Five states made it harder to vote for people with disabilities and two states made it a crime to hand out water or snacks to voters waiting in long lines to vote.

Nineteen states have enacted a total of 106 new laws restricting a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Twelve states enacted outright abortion bans, and Texas enacted a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is effectively a ban on abortion since most women don't even know they are pregnant at six weeks. Twenty-five states require a waiting period, usually 24 hours, before an abortion can be performed. Twelve of those states effectively mandate that women must return to a clinic twice over a two-day period before obtaining an abortion. Eighteen states require "counseling" before abortions, including notices of a purported link between abortion and breast cancer, the alleged ability of a fetus to feel pain, and the unproven long-term mental health consequences of abortion.

 

Twelve states have refused to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, leaving as many as two million people without health insurance. Three of those states have Democratic governors who have attempted to get their legislatures to go along with Medicaid expansion but have been stymied by the state legislatures. Six states that recently expanded Medicaid coverage did so only after citizens forced the issue with ballot measures. All had governors and legislatures that had previously refused to extend coverage.

All of the states that refused Medicaid expansion and have passed restrictions on voting and abortion are controlled by the Republican Party. Many of those same states have also passed bans on mask and vaccine mandates, and nearly all of them have endured more cases per capita of COVID-19, more hospitalizations and more deaths from the virus. In effect, without any states (yet) seceding from the Union, we already live in two Americas.

One of those countries-within-a-country, in the words of the esteemed lawyer and Harvard professor Laurence Tribe, "has no set of constraints, no belief in the norms, no commitment to the Constitution or the rule of law, while the other side is trying to observe the rules." He said this on Wednesday night on "All in With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC, while discussing the challenges we face going into the 2022 and 2024 elections.

 

Even the subject of that show seems quaint at this point, because I don't think we are able to hold what we have always thought of as "elections" in this country anymore. If politics in the United States were a basketball game, the rules of the game along with fouls and penalties would apply to one team, the Democrats, and not to the other, the Republicans. The game, in the immortal words of Donald Trump, has been "rigged." It's not possible for the Democratic Party to win elections, because the Republican Party has decided it won't recognize Democratic victories. The only "wins" that are "legitimate" are Republican wins. 

That's what these so-called audits have been about. I mean, just take the Arizona "audit." It was conducted on the orders of the Republican-controlled state Senate, but they didn't order that the entire election held in Arizona be audited. No, they just ordered that one election in one county be audited: the presidential contest in Maricopa County (which includes Phoenix, by far the state's largest city). They didn't audit the races for the state Senate, which they won. They just audited the election for president, which their candidate lost, in the largest county won by his opponent, Joe Biden.

 

Similar audits are planned for other states carried by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Republicans are trying to have another audit in Georgia, another state Trump lost. Are they auditing the elections won by Republicans who ran for Congress or the state legislatures? No, they aren't, because the Republican-dominated legislatures are run by Republicans who won elections. No need for an audit! 

It's like counting all the baskets made in a game by one team and not counting those made by the other team. There is only one way to win the game: If you're on the team whose baskets get counted, i.e., the Republican team. If you're on the Democratic team, your points don't go up on the board.

Which is exactly what Donald Trump did way back in 2011 when he set out on his years-long challenge to the presidency of Barack Obama. Trump's "birther" campaign was the seed-corn of what we're seeing on a national level with the Republican Party today. What Trump was effectively saying was that Obama couldn't have won the game because he wasn't on the right team. He wasn't one of us. He wasn't one of us in religious terms because he was Muslim, and he wasn't one of us as an American because he wasn't born here, he was an immigrant. Therefore, his points don't count. He's not really our president. He is illegitimate. (To be clear, Obama isn't a Muslim or an immigrant.)

 

Tucker Carlson's "replacement" theory, which he now pushes almost nightly, is just another birther campaign like Trump's. Brown people and Black people and immigrants don't count, and their votes are no good because they're playing for the wrong team. They can't "replace" us because they're not "real" Americans. Hitler did the same thing in Germany in the 1930s when he declared that Jews were not real Germans. Then he passed the Nuremberg laws and formally stripped Jews of their citizenship. Then he took their wealth and businesses. Then he took their lives. Republicans have already made plans to challenge birthright citizenship. It's past time to wonder what they plan to do next, because they're already doing it.  

The laws restricting voting that have been passed largely in Republican states apply to others, not to us. We've got our IDs because we own cars and have drivers' licenses. They take the bus; they don't. Their points don't count. We live in neighborhoods with a lot of precincts and voting locations. They live where there are far fewer voting places and more rules. The long lines they stand in to vote mean their points don't get on the board. They don't count. 

We don't pass laws against vasectomies because we have dicks and we might need them. Laws restricting or outlawing abortion, on the other hand, are about women — and we're not women, we're Republicans! We can do whatever we like in the game out there on the floor because we're on the correct team! We don't get a foul called because of six weeks or 15 weeks or waiting periods, because the rules don't apply to us, they apply to them. Our points count. Theirs don't.

This is what I mean when I say that Republicans have already seceded. They're a white party and they're forming a white country with white laws and white companies and white jobs where white votes count and others don't. They can live in the states that comprise that country, but they can't survive there without our money. It was the same way with the South before the Civil War. They lived in their states with slavery, but they couldn't survive without the economy of the North, so they started a war. They never intended to "secede." They intended to win, and run the new country, which would be the South writ large, with slave-owners in power and slavery everywhere. 

That's what Republicans and Donald Trump are doing right now. They know they can't win legitimate elections. There aren't enough of them. So they are engaged in a war, with the aim not of winning elections, but of taking over and exercising the power that, at least until now, came from winning elections. Republicans can't rely on doing that, so they have transformed their party from one that participates in democracy to a fascist party engaged in a takeover of the United States of America. 

Democrats may or may not "win" in 2022 and 2024, but the elections are already over. Republicans have declared that only their votes count. Unless we get together and stay together and use our numbers to protect our democracy, we will end up living in their fascist country ruled by their dictator. 

 

LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV

Lucian K. Truscott IV, a graduate of West Point, has had a 50-year career as a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He has covered stories such as Watergate, the Stonewall riots and wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the author of five bestselling novels and several unsuccessful motion pictures. He has three children, lives on the East End of Long Island and spends his time Worrying About the State of Our Nation and madly scribbling in a so-far fruitless attempt to Make Things Better. You can read his daily columns at luciantruscott.substack.com and follow him on Twitter @LucianKTruscott and on Facebook at Lucian K. Truscott IV.

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What exactly did you think was going to happen? 

All push leads to pushback and Newtons third is governing here:

Whenever one object exerts a force on another object, the second object exerts an equal and opposite on the first.

At some point you will be forced to vote on policy, that threshold is what makes this interesting for me. I want to see how many times around the mountain with a full pack that's going to take. And since I love training, I'll be right there rooting for ya... 

 

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

From my POV it certainly seems like the two philosophies at play are irreconcilable.  The only constant is change.  If the US does break along Democrat and Republican lines I expect Alberta and Sask will agitate to split and join the Red Team.

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2 hours ago, Seeker said:

From my POV it certainly seems like the two philosophies at play are irreconcilable.  The only constant is change.  If the US does break along Democrat and Republican lines I expect Alberta and Sask will agitate to split and join the Red Team.

I completely agree.

Should the current trajectory continue unabated, peaceful separation with mutually advantageous trading and border controls is the best that can be hoped for.

Democracy and freedom takes effort, force of will, compromise and vigilance to maintain. I sense none of that here.

When you look around you can readily see that many citizens of the world simply aren’t up to the task and the results they achieve speak to that lack of effort. The comments on NP and CBC articles alone place us in their company. The authors would have aggressively recoiled had I suggested 3 years ago that they would be making the comments they now make in the context they now make them. This is how it happens. 

I still believe people should have what they want assuming they are willing to pay for it (a big problem with liberal values IMO). But, since the divisions are already there and growing stronger by the day, it may be best to embrace them peacefully while that option still exists.

There's one thing I remain confident about, those who say "it can't happen over here" have never actually been over there. Those with the vilest of opinions (at least in my experience) have never been to vilest of places and never had to shake hands with the devil. 

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7 hours ago, Seeker said:

The only constant is change.  If the US does break along Democrat and Republican lines I expect Alberta and Sask will agitate to split and join the Red Team.

I've lived in Alberta for four years now & presently, I don't really see that happening. Sure, there is a lot of posturing on the part of SOME folks about it, but I believe that's few & far between. Take the separatist party in the last Federal election...the Maverick Party (formerly known as the Wexit Canada Party. They only got 1.3% of the popular vote.

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20 minutes ago, FireFox said:

I've lived in Alberta for four years now & presently, I don't really see that happening. Sure, there is a lot of posturing on the part of SOME folks about it, but I believe that's few & far between. Take the separatist party in the last Federal election...the Maverick Party (formerly known as the Wexit Canada Party. They only got 1.3% of the popular vote.

Could be but I don't see that as an accurate measure.  During the federal election the focus is on defeating the Liberals (that's the goal in every federal election if you live in Alberta) but run a referendum on separation as a separate event - that would e the test and I think it would run significantly higher than 1.3% - significantly higher!

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You can only pile horse **bleep** so high before the pile falls over on top of you :Dancing-Chilli:
Fox News tops ESPN as most-watched cable network while CNN sheds nearly 90% of 2021 audience

Fox News has outdrawn CNN and MSNBC combined for 21 straight weeks

 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/fox-news-tops-espn-most-watched-cable-network-cnn

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The pearl-clutching liberal elite in the legacy media revisit their favourite topic – accusing Donald Trump of creating every problem under the sun and pretending that everyone who supports him is a racist far-right terrorist. 

On today’s episode of Fake News Friday on The Candice Malcolm Show, Candice and True North journalist and producer Harrison Faulkner try to parse out the logic in a series of anti-Trump derangement screeds over on the Globe and Mail editorial page. 
 

 

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Trust in governments around the world is collapsing, especially in democracies, Axios Media Trends author Sara Fischer writes from a new global survey. 

  • Why it matters: People don't think government, business or the media are telling them the truth. This suspicion of societal institutions is pushing people into smaller, more insular circles of trust. 

Government leaders and journalists are the least-trusted societal leaders, according to Edelman's 2022 global "Trust Barometer," a survey of 35,000 respondents in 28 countries. 

  • A majority of people globally believe journalists (67%), government leaders (66%) and business executives (63%) are "purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations."
  • Around the world, people fear the media is becoming more sensational for commercial gain and that government leaders continue to exploit divisions for political gain.

Go deeper: Explore the "Trust Barometer" ...

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Where has the media been on this?

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/liberals-ask-conservatives-to-reconsider-stance-on-winnipeg-lab-documents

And where have they been on on the NS shooting or the Danforth shooting for that matter? We are now beginning to see covid statistics and hear those dissenting voices we should have included in the conversation a year and a half ago.

That can only happen when the government owns the media.

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12 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

Where has the media been on this?

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/liberals-ask-conservatives-to-reconsider-stance-on-winnipeg-lab-documents

And where have they been on on the NS shooting or the Danforth shooting for that matter? We are now beginning to see covid statistics and hear those dissenting voices we should have included in the conversation a year and a half ago.

That can only happen when the government owns the media.

 

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Quote of the day award:

When asked about the life-threatening situations that Ontarians are facing due to cancelled surgeries, a Ministry of Health spokesperson said "we know this difficult decision can be distressing for people requiring hospital care."

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It seems that NBC has been wholly unsuccessful in accomplishing their stated mission. Noah should stick to building boats and chasing butterflies.

The term "advocacy journalism" could only be invented or used by a person (or organization) who self identifies as such. No one else would even think of it.

A simple test: if you want to know what an organization is, what they're doing or what they plan to do, simply look at what they say they are not, what they say they aren't doing and what they say they would never do. If it's an individual (especially a liberal), ask if they are willing pay for that good idea. If they say the rich 1% will pay they're lying to you (and they know it): 

NBC News president says his network does not do 'advocacy journalism'

Noah Oppenheim says NBC News's mission is to 'hold the middle ground and be objective and nonpartisan'

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

It seems that NBC has been wholly unsuccessful in accomplishing their stated mission. Noah should stick to building boats and chasing butterflies.

The term "advocacy journalism" could only be invented or used by a person (or organization) who self identifies as such. No one else would even think of it.

A simple test: if you want to know what an organization is, what they're doing or what they plan to do, simply look at what they say they are not, what they say they aren't doing and what they say they would never do. If it's an individual (especially a liberal), ask if they are willing pay for that good idea. If they say the rich 1% will pay they're lying to you (and they know it): 

NBC News president says his network does not do 'advocacy journalism'

Noah Oppenheim says NBC News's mission is to 'hold the middle ground and be objective and nonpartisan'

https://www.allsides.com/news-source/nbc-news-media-bias

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Canadian Trucking Alliance condemns protests by unvaccinated truckers

Previously posted in another thread but worthy of note here too.

Consider the assumption being made in the headline. Not only is it wrong (IMO), the paper knows it's wrong and the alliance does too.

It's a transparent attempt to split a like minded group united by the fact they viscerally dislike bullies and/or being bullied. Bully tactics may work on the majority of people but when applied to that last 10%, it only strengthens their resolve.

While 70% of Canadians may favour draconian action against their unvaccinated neighbours, I doubt there are to many drivers, cowboys, forestry workers or soldiers in that group. I don't think the majority of people realize how deeply those who gravitate to such occupations resent being pushed around. 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing if my assessment plays out here. Regardless though, I think the headline speaks to the fact that the alliance is concerned about it.

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Go to the comments section and behold the arrogance on display from some of those 70%.. As with any homogenous group, as the demographic sample drops below 10% you enter the domain of those whose resolve should not be underestimated. If you're short of time here's an example of what I mean:

Bring on autonomously driven trucks asap please. I'll take my chances on them before I would on truck drivers that are too stupid to get vaccinated.

This is just about a bunch of losers getting others to pay them to drive around looking like idiots while enjoying a few beers with their friends. Doubt half of them could spell freedom!

 https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-trucking-alliance-condemns-protests-by-unvaccinated-truckers

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