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Do They Even Teach Journalism In Journalism School Anymore?

Hat Tip to Guggi:

I was directed to an article which ran in today's Washington Post. After reading the article, and then the source material used as the basis for argument, I was forced to ask this question, do professional journalists have even a passing interest in the facts pertinent to the subjects on which they are reporting?

Here's the headline of the offending…


Added by John Wiseman on August 28, 2014 at 12:32pm — 6 Comments

Cryptozoologists Spot Conservative Democrat In Georgia!

Well, as Cryptozoologists from all over the nation flock to Georgia with the latest sighting of a mythical beast known as a Conservative Democrat, we must all face the realization that we knew that Georgia would at some point in time be the location for such. In this particular instance, the make believe creature, a female, poked her head out of her hiding place and took stock of the political winds. Having done that, she announced that she'd be an independent voice that wouldn't simply fall…


Added by John Wiseman on August 27, 2014 at 12:41pm — 6 Comments

Yeah, Turns Out Those Emails Aren't Missing After All.

I would call this a prediction come true, except it wasn't exactly born of psychic ability. Not believing at all in psychic ability, I must also state that it did not even involve a trick of any sort. All it took to see through this bit of attempted chicanery was the smallest bit of high school statistical analysis taught as a part of my pre calculus junior year math curricula. In other words, about 2 seconds of thought, and I could tell that all players involved were lying.

For the…


Added by John Wiseman on August 26, 2014 at 12:08pm — 21 Comments

Another Day, Another Major US Corporation Getting Out Of Dodge.

US-Canada corporate tax rates

Well, here's another one from the, "see, I told you so," page. It would seem as though Burger King has declared itself to be the latest US company to announce intentions of leaving our land for lower tax burdened shores. What's striking about this particular company ditching the Bamster's lets-soak-the-rich path to restore American glory of course, is that…


Added by John Wiseman on August 25, 2014 at 2:46pm — 18 Comments

Want To Know What Causes Islamophobia? Islam Causes Islamophobia!

As a public service announcement, and because I haven't done it in a year, I'd just like to remind everyone that when you see this bumper sticker on an automobile,

Get your camera out and contemplate asking the vehicle's driver for an autograph. You're in the presence of museum grade stupidity.

Now, on to my point.…


Added by John Wiseman on August 22, 2014 at 2:03pm — 24 Comments

The Real Question In Texas: Why Did It Take Rick Perry Fourteen Years To Shut This Down?

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

There exists in Texas, something of a bizarre situation in regards to the state politics. What happened, several decades ago, when the Democrats ran the place, was that the Austin County Prosecutor's Office became vested somehow with a state authority to prosecute politicians for various infractions. The Travis County District Attorney's Office is partially funded with revenues collected from the entire state, and they act as a, "watchdog," group for all of Texas. As far as…


Added by John Wiseman on August 20, 2014 at 2:47pm — 14 Comments

Ferguson Proves One Thing, It's Not Open Season On Black Youths, No Matter How Hard That Narrative Is Pushed.

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

As Ferguson consumes the new normal in terms of news cycles, one crisis dominating a two week period of time, wiping the continuing crises from our collective consciousness, (remember, the border crisis, Gaza, Ukraine, and Isis are all still out there,) some things have struck me over the last few evenings of riotous stupidity. One, I'd like to formally welcome the strange and logic defying anarchist/communist alliance to the mix. You'll remember this group of fun loving…


Added by John Wiseman on August 19, 2014 at 12:04pm — 22 Comments

Generation Narcissus: How The Left So Expertly Uses Emotional Blackmail

emotional blackmail cartoon humor: 'If you don't talk to me, Murdock, we'll turn you over to the social workers!'

Some things in life work like a swiss watch. At least twice per week, I'll read on my Facebook's bad news feed, a post which begins with something similar to the following, "we'll see who my real friends are by whoever reposts this desperate appeal for attention." The implication is clear. "Are you out there world, do you care about me?" Every time I read one of these posts, my original thought is, "where did we as a society go so horribly wrong, how did we create an entire…


Added by John Wiseman on August 18, 2014 at 3:11pm — 4 Comments

You Knew This Would Happen Sooner Or Later. Jews Blamed For Rioting In Ferguson!

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

I've stayed away from the mess in Ferguson for several reasons, chief among them is the fact that the fuse on this powder keg remains an event about which no actual facts are yet known. That hasn't stopped the usual suspects from swooping down upon the town of twenty-one thousand and running amok. Ferguson, a city with a little more than 50 cops, has been forced to contend with more outside hooligans rampaging through their streets than the actual population that their tiny…


Added by John Wiseman on August 15, 2014 at 10:57am — 9 Comments

Forfeiture Jackpot: Is Your State Playing This Exiting Budget Fixing Game?

I saw this one yesterday at Hot Air. It immediately reminded me of a statement made by IronFist over at The Blogmocracy. "Our police have ceased being peace officers and have become simple highwaymen, incorporated into municipal revenue schemes." I may not have gotten the quote exactly correct, but in paraphrasing, I believe that I've…


Added by John Wiseman on August 13, 2014 at 5:07pm — 7 Comments

No Cold War To See Here, Move Along, Move Along

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Two of my pet peeves in life have long been the substitution of cliche for coherent statement and snark for debate. These things represent the scoundrel's way out of a losing hand. They're deflections, illusions, misdirections, or more to the point, simply dishonesties, all dressed up and placed into the arena meant for ideas, as if they really belonged there. The perfect example of snark being substituted for debate would be President Obama's statement to Mitt Romney that…


Added by John Wiseman on August 12, 2014 at 1:15pm — 7 Comments

The Religion Of Peace Strikes Again In Iraq

In almost every forum on the web, the battle rages on, as it has since chat rooms and the quicker web based forums have existed, is Islam a religion of peace, or a religion of blood lust and savagery? Somehow, tiny Israel, no matter what the circumstance, has found herself dragged, (often times by the most tenuous examples of logical gymnastics,) into the debate. An example of this is the argument which states that the only reason why Muslims ever commit any acts of savagery, which is not…


Added by John Wiseman on August 11, 2014 at 3:40pm — 19 Comments

More On Common Core, And Quite Frankly, All You Would Ever Need To Know

The reason why I suggest that this is all you'd ever really need to know about Common Core has less to do here with what it's all about, or what it's really about, or what each side says about the other's arguments or facts or what have you, than who it is that is speaking out in this particular video. During the entire Common Core creation and implementation, there had only ever been the involvement at any level, two actual experts in education within their respective fields of subject…


Added by John Wiseman on August 8, 2014 at 12:25pm — 9 Comments

A 72 Hour Cease Fire: I Just Hope Israel Accomplished What She Needed To Accomplish

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Those of you who have played the game of Hearts will understand this sentiment. Once you've started down the path of, "shooting the moon," you'd better succeed. Make no mistake about it, Operation, "Protective Edge," represents, in a very real sense, Benjamin Netanyahu's, "shooting the moon," and he's already swallowed the queen of spades. He can not afford to leave a single heart on the table.

The good news in all of this is that unlike his predecessors, Bibi…


Added by John Wiseman on August 6, 2014 at 2:54pm — 6 Comments

Cryptozoologists Cheer As Two More Mythical Beasts Sighted

It's most definitely that special time during the biannual cycle where one specific type of mythical creature gets itself sighted with greater frequency than all others combined. The headlines are woefully short of Big feet, Yetis, Loch Ness monsters, Abominable Snow Creatures, and Chupacawbras. Conservative Democrats however, have been sighted so far in Arkansas, Alaska, and now also in Colorado, along with West Virginia.…


Added by John Wiseman on August 5, 2014 at 11:42am — 7 Comments

Can You Think Of A Better Way To Destroy America?

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

So this morning, while just beginning to plug back into the world, I noticed that the news reports are focusing in on the effects of severe budget cuts to that one piece of our government the political left is more than willing, we'll call it down right eager, to cut, our military. Defense spending for those of you who have not read the document, is one of two items of expenditure mentioned specifically within our Constitution. The other is a National Postal Service. Active…


Added by John Wiseman on August 4, 2014 at 4:11pm — 11 Comments

How, "Never Again," Is Much Better Than, "#StopFiringRockets,"

This is one of those instances where I'll hear someone, or a couple of people, state a Universal truth in such a manner that it makes even better sense to me, and helps me to clarify my perspective. I've written before about the sheer idiocy of the, "proportional response," a term invented by our friends who reside on the left side of the political aisle. This is the concept that says, regardless of the fact that side A initiated the hostilities with an unprovoked act of violence, the…


Added by John Wiseman on July 24, 2014 at 2:55pm — 14 Comments

Remarkable To Behold, Like Swiss Watches Are Our Socialist Friends

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

I caught this one on my news feed yesterday, and I seem to have remembered reading it before. In fact twice before. The first time was in the Spring of 1980, and the second time during the Clinton Presidency. I remember vividly the 1980 story, because Mr. Ruthers, my history teacher at the time graded a report I did based upon that Time Magazine piece. (I was a flaming liberal in those days of life without consequence.) The main crux of the argument went something like…


Added by John Wiseman on July 23, 2014 at 3:44pm — 7 Comments

The IRS Has Openly Flipped Us The Bird America. What Should We Do Now?

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

I was all set to do something on Fauxcahontas' Eleven Commandments for America's future today, and then I saw this one. So now it seems as though 19 IRS computers magically crashed, obscuring incriminating emails and other proofs of nefarious communication betwixt Lois Lerner, and basically everyone she communicated with.

From the Daily Caller…


Added by John Wiseman on July 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 26 Comments

Saturday At The Movies: Bill Whittle's, "What We Believe," Full Version

So, here's this weeks submission for a replacement hour of network television over your weekend. Think of it as an alternative to that hour long conservative bash fest that all Hollywood produced crime dramas seem to have become. It's all seven of the excellent Bill Whittle, "What We Believe," videos put together in one shot. Personally, I'd not seen all seven previously, as I missed one or two of them. As the sunspot activity this week is actually something that's been labeled an, "All…


Added by John Wiseman on July 19, 2014 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

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