Today James Wilson and I celebrate 15 years of being a couple. I think only once in your life does someone find another who can completely turn the world around. James did that for me and there is not a day that goes by I do not feel the full awareness of what love means and how much it is to be treasured once found. Thanks for the shared journey down our road of life, James. I love you.
I am opposed to the idea that civil rights should ever be placed on a ballot. Having said that I am pleased however that Ireland has seen the wisdom of making same-sex marriages legal. The first official results released, from eight of Ireland’s 43 constituencies, showed voters backing same-sex marriage by around 60% to 40%, with turnout a little over 60%. Full results will be known soon.
Meanwhile the United States will be the next nation to allow same-sex marriage in June when the Supreme Court hands down a much anticipated ruling.
There is a certain demeanor and composure we expect from our presidential candidates and those who ultimately sit in the Oval Office. Unless one is looking to impersonate the Richard Nixon White House tapes there is little to recommend in the following from Chris Christie as a model for how candidate should talk.
“Gov. Chris Christie, assuring reporters that he is still planning a 2016 presidential campaign, delivered a profanity-laced tirade about the New Jersey press corps on Wednesday night at the annual New Jersey Legislative Correspondents Club Show … Christie told reporters at the dinner that he ‘just doesn’t give a s—’ about them. … Christie, now in his seventh year as governor, seems to have tired of the event. ‘Anything that gets me off this f—— stage next year, I’m willing to do anything,” Christie said. ‘Why do you think I might run for president? Cause I don’t know what primary is in May 2016 next year, but if I’m at 1 f—— percent, I will be there.’ Christie joked about how candid he was being. ‘I can be like this tonight on the record because [Christie Communications Director] Maria Comella is not here, because let me tell you everybody — I’m as scared of her as all of you are’.”
I always ask people one question after hearing them expound with very illogical assumptions or stress to me they have ‘facts’ which I need. ‘Facts’ which I know full-well are completely wrong.
“How do you get your news?”
The answer in these type of conversations is always the same. Almost gleefully they respond with “Fox News.”
It is simply stunning to me in a time when so many news options and sources of information exist that people chose to be fed misinformation and pure schlock. I watched the coverage of the massive political protest marches regarding union rights in Wisconsin (ACT 10) on national media to see how they were presented. It was Fox News who continually betrayed any sense of journalistic integrity and lied about violence and upheaval in Madison. None existed during that time. Placing a film image of what Fox News wanted to portray to the nation about the dreadful things happening in my city they decided to use footage of some location with a palm tree. I can assure all that no such trees can be found in Madison in winter!
Over and over Fox News allows for a harsh conservative set-of ideas to lead them to betray what should be the higher calling of a news operation. That is why those who watch Fox News are not informed news consumers or ready to talk with others about the issues this nation and world face. I feel sorry that so many are duped.
James Fallows comments on a detailed study by Bruce Bartlett called “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.”
“Bartlett’s accumulation of detail showing (a) that Fox’s core viewers are factually worse-informed than people who follow other sources, and even those who don’t follow news at all, and (b) that the mode of perpetual outrage that is Fox’s goal and effect has become a serious problem for the Republican party, in that it pushes its candidates to sound always-outraged themselves.”
Bruce Bartlett: “Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant –and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.”
Fallows: When will Republicans who care about winning national elections, or actually governing, stop thinking of Fox as a help and start viewing it as a hindrance, and what will happen when they do?
One of the effects of seemingly having anyone with a resume seek the Republican nomination for president is how to place them on a stage for a debate. I sincerely feel that if someone does offer themselves as a candidate and can be proven to have a certain poll rating based on the averages of a number of credible firms they should be able to debate with other such eligible contenders. For the record I was one of those who wanted John Anderson in the presidential debates in 1980 as a matter of fairness.
But even having presented my view of how one gets on the stage still means that for the ever-expanding number of Republican candidates it will take a very large stage and also a very long time period to allow everyone to have their say.
Do you leave some out, including current and former governors and senators? Or do you hold two different debates in one night — with nine candidates in one hour, and another nine the next? Those are all questions after an earlier suggestion that Republicans might cap the first debate to nine to 12 participants, which would mean that some prominent names might be excluded. National Journal reports that the Republican National Committee is walking back the talk about a cap. “RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer … told reporters: ‘There’s no cap.'” But if there’s no cap, that means that either 18 candidates share the same stage, or that you have to divide them up into different heats.
If you have any doubt the world has changed then please check out this map which shows how President Obama’s first Twitter message spread around the globe. And to think that just a few days ago on May 10th I was reading that back on that date in 1877 President Hayes had the White House’s first telephone installed in the mansion’ s telegraph room! That we have Twitter and also the ability to show how such a message can be mapped by readers around the globe is just impressive to see.
President Obama launched himself into the twitter world on Monday. As such the following was too funny not to post.
President Obama ?@POTUS: “Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.”
@billclinton: “Welcome to ?@Twitter, ?@POTUS! One question: Does that username stay with the office? ?#askingforafriend”
@POTUS: “Good question, ?@billclinton. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in ?@FLOTUS?”