Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Media Madcap Misadventures

The media is at it again...

 keeping alive the University of Virginia "rape" story as reported in Rolling Stone, which led to suspension, restriction and nationwide condemnation of college fraternity life, despite being completely debunked...

 * perpetuating the "hands up, don't shoot," narrative from the Ferguson, MO, shooting, even though found entirely non-existent by the Eric Holder Justice Department...

 * fully supportive of the White House condemnation of the 47 Senators who posted a letter (on a web site) to Iranian leaders all the while applauding the President's similar televised address...

 * condemning those same Senators (i.e. words hurt) while simultaneously saying absolutely nothing about the Ayatollah's "Yes, Death to America," statement shortly thereafter...

 * standing (and applauding) Hillary Clinton as she continues her obfuscation, obstruction and lack of transparency, which they would condemn if practiced by any other politician, Republican or (even some) Democratics (they hate it when you call them Democrats)...

 * not leaving out the sports media, and their condemnation of Pete Rose betting on baseball while simultaneously promoting nationwide betting on Major League Baseball...

 * hypocrisy being nothing new for baseball writers as they are the same entity who turned their collective backs on steroid use in the game when it suited their purpose, only to condemn it years later after the tides turned...

 * and of course, the national media's obsession with Global Warming and calling out those who disagree (even to a degree) as being deniers...as if there can be no varying degrees of Climate Change...

 * and last, but not least, since the media "cause du jour" appears to be Global Warming and how man can only contribute to destruction and not reparation (that is, unless you buy Al Gore's carbon offset scam)...here's my favorite take on the subject...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjmtSkl53h4



Friday, March 20, 2015

Eeeeee-ventually? Sure...but first, another award...

All right, all right...I'll get to it...eventually...that is, my post defining the motives behind the Left's full-speed-ahead charge into this warped Capitalism/Socialism hybrid and MediaCopp's prescription for helping each of us survive this imminent (and what I believe to be detrimental) change...but there's too much happening right now. We have the Republican Party's disrespectful end around the President in order to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political soapbox...and NOW, President Obama's own (I'll show 'em, I show 'em all) speech to the Iranian people.


I know exactly what I would say if Bush (I didn't bring him up, the President himself has blamed Bush for the rise of ISIS)...if Bush did something like this to a Democrat-controlled Congress...I would say, "stop crying and start leading." Of course I can't say that today, lest I be labeled a racist hater. So instead, I will again, tell the GOP to take the high road. If...and that's a big IF...if your way is the correct way, it'll be known (to all) sooner rather than later if...another big IF...if you stop your obstructionist ways. GIVE THE PRESIDENT WHAT HE WANTS!!!


"What the hell are you talking about? He wants to give Iran the bomb! You know, a nuclear bomb...and the Iranians have said more than once they want to fly their flag over the White House." Buck? Is that you? Come on, Mr. Conservative, even you understand hyperbole...the Iranians would be bombed back to the Stone Age if they set off a nuke on ANYONE. We would never allow that to happen...you know it, they know it, and the world knows it...


"Yeah, but the president himself said there are factions in each country (US and Iran) who don't want negotiation and would rather have war." Wait a minute, Buck? Wait, Norm, is that you? Norm, you should crawl back in your UC Davis classroom...I don't know about Iran, but I don't think you'd find too many people opting for war over trying to negotiate a good deal, including sanctions, etc., should the Iranians not negotiate in good faith.


"So that's it? That's your brilliant post for the week? Support our president? What are you, some sort of commie-sympathizer?" Norm? Buck? No? Goldberg...it's my old friend Goldberg. I know you believe the President is leaving you hanging out there...but come on, you were born in Queens, not Tel Aviv...our President and newly re-elected PM Netanyahu will find a peaceful two-state solution to end all mid east problems. No, no...don't say it, Goldberg...don't say it...


All right...I will...a Nobel Peace Prize for everyone!




Friday, March 13, 2015

MediaCopp? For Net Neutrality? Nooooooo...

I really have no idea what to write this week...I am sad...very sad for this country...I believe we are more divided than ever and I don't see how we can ever come to any sort of resolution...well, actually, I do...but I wonder if we are at a stage where we'd be willing to put in the hard work. I don't see how more marches are appropriate, as our president mentioned in his Selma speech last weekend...especially not after two more police officers were shot (non-life threatening, thank God) just last night as they stood in Ferguson, MO to protect the peace during another demonstration.


I'm not even sure if it's appropriate to articulate my ideas for bringing the country together...I fear it will be ill-received by both sides. Actually, that's the main problem...both sides...there needs to be ONE SIDE...until we understand that, I fear even my musings will be as ineffectual as our president's. However, not being one to shy away from presenting my point of view, I will continue...


First of all, the media...the media needs to stop stoking the flames of hatred and division.  There are ways to sell your "product." But there are also ways to present facts without "product." Maybe THAT should be the government's job...there are PIO's (public information officers)...who present facts in a non-partisan, non-opinionated way...just put it out there WITHOUT any commentary. Then, at the same time, ALL other "news" outlets become entertainment programs (they pretty much are anyway), with NO HARD NEWS OF ANY KIND.


Why should CBS, NBC, ABC, etc. be given ANY sort of credibility over or above any other entity? Same goes for CNN, PBS, Fox New, or (even) MSNBC...they aren't news sources. At least as a country, we can agree on this, can't we? Now, many would say I'm putting the cart before the horse; that the media is simply a reflection of our divisive society. Maybe 20-30, even 40 years ago, that might have been true...but in this (instant) information age, I think it's media outlets which form, even conjure, the news to fit their own agenda.


"Agenda? What the hell kind of agenda would a bunch of cub reporters have?" Buck, this isn't the Daily Planet and these "reporters" aren't Clark Kent and Lois Lane. These are multi-national, multi-faceted mega-corporations who answer solely to their investors and stockholders, with little if any regard for truth, let alone public information. They will not be dissuaded from continuing their agenda driven, hyperbolic-laden content until we ALL...COLLECTIVELY...decide they are no longer news, but simply entertainment...


There's that word again...collectively...I know I've railed against our loss of individual freedom and autonomy in deference to the collective...but here's your chance to show me how wrong I am...and how collectivism is the way to go...even Net Neutrality...if it's truly a means of removing ideology from information, who could be against that? Unfortunately, when government gets involved in picking winners and losers in the name of fairness (and in this case neutrality), they usually end up making things far worse.


Even I, me, myself, have several friends with whom I regularly exchange ideas, discuss topics, etc. through Facebook, Twitter, even this blog. For the most part, these discussions are lively, oft-times heated, but generally respectful. I believe THIS passes for news better and more efficiently than what is called "news" today. At the very least, they (we) should be on the same plane, with no more legitimacy and certainly no less legitimacy than the networks...oops, there I go again, talking about the individual...sorry...




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jon, you'll never have to say you're sorry ever again...

It seems as though I've tried to write about the word, "eventually" for several months now...I've given my word to try and help my readers navigate our "new" economy; however, each week, something seems to get in the way. Some of it is self inflicted (my vacation in Mexico), others because of my variety of interests (I just can't write about what bores me), and still other times it's because something happens in the news which I simply can't ignore...this week, that's certainly the case...


Today, I want to give highly regarded kudos to the abrupt retirement of the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. He will be missed and, even though his comedy was very politically partisan, he was usually able to keep comedy ahead of politics. As you know, Stewart is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the four-times-a-week, half hour comedy (fake news) show on Comedy Central cable/satellite television network.


Many have said I'm envious of Stewart (and to a lesser extent Stephen Colbert, the former Comedy Central host soon to take over the Letterman gig), because people care what they think. No, that's not why...yes, I am envious...you bet... they get to do what I and almost every blogger would love to be able to do...give your opinion and, if everyone agrees, it's all good. If they don't, just give a quick wink and a nod and say, "hey, I'm just a comedian." But, even though it would be nice; that is, to get away with what they do, well, it's just too easy...and I get bored easily...


Could I do what Stewart does? Probably not...number one, I don't have that elitist mind set...and...I don't attempt to sway any person or group to my way of thinking...or to join my elite group. Many would say it's unfair to categorize Stewart as intentionally setting out to convert others, however I never claimed it was intentional. On the contrary, when Stewart took over the Daily Show , I'm sure he had no idea the show would become such a Cult of Personality.


Stewart is no Jim Jones...although quite frankly, a huge part of his audience DOES drink the Kool-Aid...and while Stewart is funny and thought provoking, he all too often goes for the easy laugh... I always imagined being a writer on the show must be, well, a lot of fun for sure, but also one of the easiest gigs imaginable. I'm sure the formula goes something like this...#1a, go for the "wink and a nod," for anything liberal and; #1b, go for the jugular if it pertains to conservatism...if the requisite laughter is not elicited, then #2a, re-emphasize your faux-outrage (and disappointment) or; #2b, blame the Republican Party...then if the response is still not up to standards; #3a, blame Fox News and; 3b, blame Fox News...


On more than a few occasions, Stewart has had to apologize for allowing his ideology to overtake his comedic purpose. He has even appeared on Fox News, and insisted "it's just a little comedy show," all the while ignoring that Fox News is just cable news and nothing compared to the major networks. Most of all though, if Stewart's show is just a little cable comedy gig...and his purpose IS only comedy, why would he have to apologize? After all, the magic of liberalism IS never having to say you're sorry...




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Maybe we ARE turning it around...

Just got back from two weeks in Merida, Mexico...and yes, a good time was had by all, especially my readers (both of you) since I really didn't have time to put together a post. Well, I suppose I could have, but I didn't feel like it. First, I didn't bring my lap top, just my I-phone...second, I wanted to avoid any semblance of media, social or otherwise...and lastly, I was just having too good of a time.


Where's Merida? It's in the state of Yucatan, the peninsula area just off the Gulf of Mexico...the closest resort city would be Cancun, a place we avoided like the plague. About the closest we came to sunglass wearing, Birkenstock clad tourists was at Chichen-Itza, the Mayan ruins, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We attempted to get there early, but soon the tour buses rolled (in).


We also went to Uxmal, another set of Mayan ruins, where you could actually walk among the ruins and not just among a bunch of tourists behind roped off partitions. We were lucky to go there because in a few years, I fear it will be much like Chichen Itza and overrun by tourists. The rest of our trip was exploring small towns and villages, including the Yellow City (Izamal) and beach communities, Celestun and Campeche, the latter being located in the adjacent state/province of the same name.


We rented vehicles to explores these towns and countryside...and yes, we DID look like a bunch of tourists and therefore were soon singled out by any number of "law enforcement professionals." The Mexican government doesn't mess around...they "mad dog" every passing vehicle for any sign of "non-native" passengers or content and if you don't "appear" to belong, or fit the, ahem, "profile," you are soon "encountered." Their weapons are a bit intimidating, however, for the most part, if you're cooperative and happen to have a few thousand pesos, you're soon on your way.


Like I said, they don't mess around...we DID have to get our wallets out a few times and only came close to being turned back (Campeche) once, but overall you've got to believe, if this is what our own (US) government wants; that is, to be just like and certainly no better than any other country, well, it might not be such a bad thing. For instance, here's what you NEED to apply for a temporary resident visa in Mexico:


Original and copy of statements as proof of investments or statements of bank accounts with a monthly average balance equivalent to twenty thousand days of general minimum wage in Mexico City (67.29 MXP for 2014), approximately $103,500 USD for the past twelve months


                                                                        OR


Original and copy of bank statements with a monthly income or pension (free of liens) greater than the equivalent of four hundred days of general minimum wage in Mexico City (67.29 MXP for 2014), approximately $2,100 USD for the past six months.


Like I said, THEY don't mess around...




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maybe never?

This week, we were going to attempt a more upbeat post and articulate our position that everything will be fine...eeeeee-ventually. However, after the less-than-earnest State of the Union address last Tuesday evening, and the resulting (idiotic) responses from the GOP, well, let's just say we are less than optimistic. Certainly, we've been left with more questions than answers. When will we even acknowledge the questions, let alone seek the answers? Maybe never?


One very large question is, how can two points of view regarding one subject (the economy) be so diametrically opposed. Listening to the president, we have turned the corner and all economic indicators are trending upward...conversely, the GOP (response and later commentary) says we have little for which to be hopeful. Of course, it's somewhere in between and we here at MediaCopp try to lean toward the positive, but this week, it's difficult...


How are we going to make (any of) this work? Even on education? We the people don't agree that Community College for all is a right and hell, we can't even agree that it's a good thing. I WAS hoping we'd be able to start there--that it could indeed be a good thing--but the president, as is his right, went straight for the "rights" argument. Of course, he can't be blamed...the Republicans hear any type of proposal from the president and immediately say "no."


So, let me be the arbiter? Let's agree that college is a good thing. Okay? Now, let's also agree that everyone who wants to go to college should be allowed to go to college. Still with me? All right. Next, can we stipulate the poor should be allowed to attend college for free, if they fulfill ALL the requirements? Oops, so we've got a few "Negative Nellie's" out there? Well then, what would it take to get you on board...NOT that we need to do anything since poor people already get free college. A buy-in of some sort? I mean, besides showing up. Mr. President? How 'bout it? Good...


Now, let's move toward the "free college for all" portion of today's game. What would it take for you, Mr. Republican, to agree to this...and how we pay for it? Oh, you don't want to tax the rich, because you say it will trickle down to the middle class...and you also don't want to add to the National Debt to accomplish this. All right then, how about another buy-in, this time a public/private partnership with folks who sign up under the middle class section of the program also commit to employment in the sector to repay the middle class enrollee's "sponsor?" Sound good? Good...


Now isn't that better than being the party of "no?" Or being an out-of-touch, fuzzy math President? What do you mean, "when Hell freezes over?"

Monday, January 19, 2015

State of the...

This week, President Obama will give his State of the Union (SOTU) address...and many believe he has a lot for which to be proud. He has been able to accomplish much of his agenda despite the Democrat Party only holding full legislative control for the first two years of his presidency. The GOP was able to thwart action on many pressing national issues, like immigration, tax reform, and minimum wage, but he was still able to get the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed which altered the national landscape and many say will be his signature achievement...


"What the hell are you talking about? He's done nothing...we're still fighting overseas, wages remain depressed, he hasn't even closed Guantanamo like he promised." Norm...is that you? I guess I should introduce you...Norm is another one of my alter egos, a progressive living in Davis, CA, who works for the University (and yes, he drives a Prius). Thanks for chiming in...but you know a transformation doesn't occur overnight. You should pay attention to what he has to say Tuesday night and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


Much of his big ticket items have already been leaked and there has been grumbling from the GOP. As I explained last week, it will be useless to oppose the "Free Community College for all," plan.  One only need look at the last six years to see the futility of such a tact.  For instance, the "party of no," will immediately say we can't afford the program all the while allotting another increase to the Pentagon for more overseas adventures...and the media will take note...and attack...


A better approach would be to agree that everyone willing to put in the time and effort deserves a chance...this also goes for the other items on the president's agenda, including paid family leave, mandatory sick leave for "workers," and low interest loans for the poor and others who might not be able to qualify for a conventional mortgage.


"I am nothing if not a fair-minded liberal, but didn't we already do that...I mean, the home loans for the poor? Didn't that lead to the 07-08 meltdown?" Remember, Norm, that was the banks' fault...and big business, you know, Bush's recession...the government was not involved in the slightest, except for when the GOP deregulated the industry, causing the entire economy to collapse. We have a much better leadership team this time and won't let the Republicans get their evil talons on any part of this...the president has his veto pen and he will not hesitate to use it. This time, he is even proposing tax hikes for the wealthy...to insure there won't be another collapse...


So, there you have it...the president will provide the answers Tuesday evening. Don't worry...even if he can't get a majority to see the vast improvement these policies will have on all Americans, it will at least get the discussion started...after all, Rome wasn't built in a day. Have no fear, this national transformation will eventually come to fruition...yes, eeeeee-ventually...


To be continued...


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