Learned watching cable news, #6

Week of February 20, 2012

When asked about the “big picture” for the 2012 election (Hardball, 2/24/20120), Major Garrett said:

If Obama wins re-election, he consolidates that which he has put in force his first two years, the health care law, Dodd-Frank, the architecture of a new relationship between the federal government and the American people.

Cut the Crap

Really?  If Obama has created a new relationship between the federal government and the American people (a new architecture), shouldn’t Garrett explain how it came about and what it looks like, what it feels like?  I must have missed it.  My relationship with the federal government is the same as it was before the Obama election.  Can Garrett point to one thing that is different?

Dodd-Frank has not affected my life.  The new health care law covered my 26-year-old son under my policy for an extra year.  And, because my wife is employed as a health care consultant, she has worked around the country.  Just think of how many jobs that has created for airlines, restaurants and hotel people.

These talking heads just make things up.  “New architecture?”  “New relationship between the federal government and the American people?”  If you search on the National Journal website for explanations of this new relationship or architecture, you won’t find any because these descriptions exist only inside the talking heads’ heads.

The O’Reilly Factor, 2/24/2012

Later that night O’Reilly claimed California is a “nanny state.”  Radio personality Leslie Marshall likes some of California’s rules and regulations, but radio personality Janine Turner moved from California to Texas to avoid them.

Cut the Crap

I boarded a flight for California the next morning.  It was delayed out of Asheville, NC, because the pilots arrived late the night before and had to complete the required rest period.  I was happy for the federal regulation that made me leave 3.5 hours later than scheduled.

When I arrived in California, it felt the same as in North Carolina.  Maybe I didn’t feel California’s oppressive rules and regulations because I was still grateful for having rested pilots on the first leg of my journey.

Our 24-hour cable stations have to talk about something, so they make up phrases like “nanny state.”  O’Reilly, Marshall and Turner are just like Dennis Miller, John Stossel, and Ron Paul. The Libertarian rally cry seems to be, “We like the rules we like! We don’t like the rules we don’t like!”

Without public airwaves, libertarians could not hear John Stossel and Ron Paul rail against oppressive government ownership and rules.  I love irony.


Learned watching cable news, #1

Week of January 9, 2012

1.  Mitt Romney and I have one thing in common (CNN).  Neither of us cares about his family dog.

2. Libertarian Ron Paul and I have one thing in common (Maddow, MSNBC).  We are against the regulations we don’t like and for the ones we like.

3.  According to O’Reilly and Ben Stein on Fox, Republicans are ridiculed by talk show hosts because Hollywood is biased against Republicans, not because Republican talking points are easy to ridicule.

Democrat talking points are easy to ridicule, too; but Democrats aren’t as disciplined, unified, and uniform as Republicans.  You gotta love Republican discipline — following the orders of Rove, Cheney and Norquist for eight years, culminating in the crash of the American economy.  Republican presidential candidates are now claiming they know how to improve the economy.  I must have missed their knowledge about how to build and maintain a thriving economy, when they were in power between 2000 and 2009.

4.  Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Maher, HBO) thinks urination-gate reflects poorly on her belief that we are “the greatest country in the world.”   She condemned the Marines’ act, saying  she wants the world to know she represents many fine 18-year-olds in her Florida district.  Did she look at other countries and determine that they have fewer fine 18-year-olds or more corpse urinators?  Or is her belief that “America is the greatest country in the world” just a belief?

Where do beliefs come from? #2 of 5

Plain and simple, beliefs come from experience.

Some like to make it complicated.  They want to distinguish between beliefs that are based on reason and facts, and those that are not.  Is that important, if all beliefs come from experience?  Are one person’s experiences more legitimate, or worthy than another’s?

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