Growing up everybody, for the most part, trusted and believed what you read, heard or saw in the news. Then there was a trust and respect that was earned by journalists and reporters for most of us it was the only source and contact with the outside world. Then things evolved as TV brought us live video from the Vietnam War and from there we’ve been on the technology express.
Now we get breaking news breaks online, we hear about a lot of major events only moments after it happens. As a result for the past ten years or more public trust in the traditional news sources has dwindled. “Public trust in traditional media has fallen to an all-time low as people increasingly favor their friends and contacts on the internet as sources of news and truth”, according to Financial Times earlier this year.
Case in point goes back to the 2016 Presidential election where the media’s reports were the other candidate won the election. The media along with the other party blamed the loss on Russian interference. Mainstream media and celebrities spent a shocking 75 percent of their time since then discussing Russian/Trump collusion theory.
It has now been proven to not only be false but the FBI has revealed that President Obama and Hillary are guilty of Russian collusion. Surprisingly the media hasn’t mentioned this news except for a minute of time and print. Trust is a difficult thing. The saying “fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me” is evident. What does the future hold for the networks?
This past weekend I opened my local newspaper and on the front page, I saw not one but two glaring typos in the sub-headings. These were words that were irrelevant to the heading and were not caught by spell check. It sent out different messages to me. First I had to guess at what the correct word was they were looking for in order for it to make sense. Don’t reporters review their work anymore? How could an editor allow these kinds of mistakes?
I worked for a newspaper twenty years ago. My editor had words with me on a regular basis about how I didn’t adhere to Associated Press standards. When I wrote for magazines the editors said they didn’t have to change a word. Regardless, it’s obvious that this kind of standards has been thrown out the window in favor of anything to sell a paper. How can you have any respect for those that just do what they want?
AP says transparency is critical to their credibility. Today sources quotes are taken out of context and used to fit their agenda. How many times are anonymous sources used when AP is adamant that those sources only be used if:
- The material is information and not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the news report. That would hinder sales.
- The information is not available except under the conditions of anonymity imposed by the source. lol
- The source is reliable, and in a position to have accurate information. LOL again.
Millions of Americans now find other sources for information because the Mainstream Media cannot be trusted. The great Walter Cronkite would be appalled by the media today. Wake up media and report the news, the facts and not just those that fit your monologue.
In everyday life, we all encounter pests now and then but how many of these pests are actually part of the natural wonder? Take the butterfly, for example, it is regarded by many as a pest because they may eat their crops or leaves in the caterpillar stage. This pictured one is amazing in that the stones/decorative rock are only a half inch or so in diameter. It’s truly a small beautiful wonder among us regularly.
Everyone knows the metamorphosis story how the caterpillar turns into a cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly. A really beautiful story. The real question is why do so many people view the butterfly and virtually all the creatures and natural environment as so pleasing to the eyes?
Science can’t answer that question because it goes beyond the reaches of science. Man can’t answer it, in fact, mankind has done so many awful things to destroy the wonders of nature. The progress of mankind comes at the expense of nature. Strip mining for example and other mining have taken their toll and of course Wars on the planet.
The answer to why we find nature so beautiful lies deep in your heart, mind, and soul. Look there and you’ll find the answer. The great Louis Armstong said it best in the song “What a wonderful world”.
As a fan, I’ve laughed a lot over the years at the man who is notorious for comedy. You know who he is kids know him as Santa Claus in the comical Santa Claus movies. Even more of us recall him as “Tim the tool man Taylor” from the TV series “Home Improvements” and/or a host of other movies like “Wild hogs” and “Big trouble”. ABC shocked America with news that their second most watched show Last Man Standing is canceled!
Tim’s latest //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js“>Tweet said, “Stunned and blindsided by the network I called home the past six years.” That being said, the Fox network is working to find a place for the blockbuster comedy show. The show isn’t simply a comedy it features family, moral values, and everything that has been an American heritage. ABC claims the show wasn’t canceled because of political reasons but it seems all too apparently not true. It’s considered the biggest, hit sitcom since “All in the Family.”
Allen’s character Mike Baxter was a staunch conservative along with one daughter stood against the Obama tirade of government overreach etc. Baxter aside from his one daughter had his wife and other two daughters along with a son-in-law that were liberals so the show had it all. The irony was Allen’s prior successful TV series he had three sons whereas here he was surrounded by women. Several of those stars made appearances on this program.
Perhaps things are working out for the best as FOX would seem to be a better home for his conservative brand of comedy. Regarding living in Hollywood on Jimmy Kimmel Allen said, “You gotta be real careful around here, you know. You’ll get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes, it’s like ’30s Germany.”
As the voice buzz lightyear alway said, “To infinity and beyond.” As the captain in Galaxy Quest said, “Never give up never surrender.” Real words to live by.
It’s amazing how most everything has a pattern to it. You can look at clouds and how they form a pattern to look like this or that which we recognize. Nature has patterns all around us that we marvel at every time we stop and think about it. It’s equally amazing how we find all these patterns around us to be so pleasing to the eye. That’s a compelling argument for creationists that God created these things and they were good.
Digging deeper when scientists look at our genes they see the pattern in our DNA. Again, something amazing in itself. Patterns aren’t limited to mother nature. I’m looking at this beautiful knitted blanket that my mother made it’s always been a pleasing pattern that reminds me of her. Mankind has made its mark.
Patterns aren’t limited to physical objects they’re also prevalent in our speech, writing, and music of course. Observing patterns in some fields of interest are a full-time job. People seldom stop to take time to see the patterns in this or that, they don’t have time to “stop and smell the roses” and that’s sad. We rush through our hurried life trying to get here and there and miss all the beauty around us.
Do yourself a favor and stop and smell the roses or observe the way your kids are playing. It could be enlightening to you and can only be of help in those relationships with nature and the ones that we love.
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Trust can apply to everything. Trust begins with loved ones and friends on to relationships with associates, acquaintances and on up to the media and your government. It’s now 240 years ago when our Forefathers warned us against the government becoming too big and more concerned with itself than with the concern of the citizens. It comes as no surprise that the Congressional approval rating and Presidential rating is the worst in history.
The early American newspapers were the most trusted and objective in history. With time the media has decayed to the point where under ten percent of Americans trust what the media has to say. Big business and their lobbyists have dictated what is reported with the spin they want to see. That amounts to propaganda akin to the papers they used to criticize years ago.
Media is all around us but the people don’t trust what they say in favor of their own findings from the internet. Seeing this trend our government has taken steps to regulate the internet and more. Does that increase or decrease your trust in the government?
Trust is a necessary ingredient for a relationship. Trust includes faith which is another element that’s been under attack by the powers that be. Faith was a cornerstone of which this country was built on that’s been abandoned. The absence has left a void from which the government continually fills with more useless government. Trust is a difficult thing to regain. The big question is does the media and our government know or care about our trust?
This week was a quest for my very life! No joke. Early last Friday my wife and I found ourselves about to give the largest of our rescued (December 2015 kittens) a necessary bath in the kitchen sink. In what seemed to be the longest minute of our lives we fought and struggled to soon see the sink bottom red with blood-our blood. Scotchy was a biting scratching machine every micro-second of that minute. At least we got all our blood washed out of his tail before we let him go.
After letting him go we gazed upon each other bewildered at what just happened. My wife received several bites and numerous scratches on both arms and hands, mine were confined to primarily my left appendage that appeared to be his “chew toy” for the moment. We both went to urgent care independently that day, I went early she went later. Over the weekend her wounds appeared to be healing while the one on my knuckles were not. By Monday morning I was in our doctors office on a different antibiotic and instructions to follow. That night she took me to the emergency room.
After a day in the hospital with an IV and little improvement I went into surgery. I was released late Thursday night and saw the hand specialist this morning again. It turns out that the bite went down to the tendon and joint where no amount of antibiotics would be able to reach. Infections can be life-threatening. I know after witnessing my Mother and my wife both having close calls with death from tiny infections and now firsthand from mine.
The moral of the story if you will is a few things: Never grab a cat by the tail as Buck Owens said in “I’ve got a tiger by the tail” I won’t be much when you get through with me. Don’t assume a feral cat will respond like a domestic one. Take precautions and remember that water is the greatest fear of most cats.
I was deep in prayer as I fought for my life and many friends were also keeping me in their prayers during this perilous time and it’s not over yet. I’ll be on antibiotics for nearly a month yet and start physical therapy next week because I’ve been unable to move the two center fingers since the incident. Several people are telling me that’s an expensive cat you have there and “get rid of it.” But he doesn’t realize he did anything wrong; how can you blame him?
One might think the two words are synonymous with another but not really, in fact with time over generations it appears that one or both of these basic instincts are no longer part of our leaders though process. I’m not going to rail on about this because it’s obvious to the rest of us. But the mainstream media is another story.
There are times that they have “a tremendous command of the obvious” like when they cover a fire or something of that nature. The disturbing fact is how selective the media is. Just this week the media was silent on the ties of an aide to “radical Muslim” which is something we should all know about concerning our national security. “Common sense” a great piece of work by one of our Forefathers-dictates that we the people should know the facts for liberty’s sake. For the press to do otherwise becomes propaganda which is used by fascist countries.
Have you ever felt like one of those students in Pink Floyd’s the “Another brick in the Wall”? With almost 170 million views on YouTube-it’s popular. If you haven’t felt it ever, perhaps its too late for you. You maybe marching in line oblivious to the manipulation of your mind. Still, if you’re reading this you aren’t one that’s marching blindly to an institution that says “you do this and that and that but none of the above applies to those directing personally. To sum it up I like the Who’s version of I’m free. Be free.
A mere 70 years ago America was engaged in a genuine dogfight for our very freedom. The attack on Pearl Harbor put us smack in the middle of WWII. Those freedoms that were fought and won at the cost of thousands of soldiers lives have been slowly slipping away. Our flag for example was so highly regarded then but now despite the $1,000 fine and imprisonment, which isn’t enforced, is trampled in videos by terrorist types. Whereas the fine for duplicating a movie is like $250,000 and imprisonment-demonstrates our values.
American values have eroded with time to where last Friday H & M named transsexual Caitlyn Jenner as their sportswear spokesperson. That wouldn’t have been an acceptable “role model” after WWII. At least Charles Barkley was quoted saying, “I’m not a role model.”
Did you know some public schools are teaching Muslim’s Islam beliefs when the beliefs of our Forefathers is banned? Where’s the separation of church and state? The mores of this country and the financial structure have been sliding the wrong direction for some time now as we near $20 trillion in debt. Freedom is worth fighting for as the patriots knew long ago. How can we regain respectability, a AAA credit rating and a balanced budget?