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Live Blogging Election Night

by John on 10/29/2014

This is an invite to be a participant and not a spectator on Election Night. I will be live blogging election night on the Informed Not inflamed Facebook page. I will be watching all of the critical races in the Senate and the House. I will probably get more information on the North Carolina Senate [...]

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US Politics Broken: How About National Referendum

by John October 28, 2014

We bemoan voter apathy. We hate what our politics has become. David Brooks nailed it when he writes about the damage of “partyism” on our country. When schools, community groups and workplaces get defined by political membership, when speakers get disinvited from campus because they are beyond the pale, then every community gets dumber because [...]

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Cable News: Bad News Saying This and That

by John October 28, 2014

The great line from Happy: “Here comes bad news saying this and that.”   Well here’s the bad news for cable news. People are not watching as much anymore.   Here’s why.   The first reason is the creative destruction by the new digital media. People can get their news from mobile on the Internet [...]

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Extremism Here To Stay

by John October 23, 2014

The Canadian terrorist attacks of the past few days brings home some tough reality. This extremism isn’t going away. It is existential. It is now living in a larger portion of the world’s population. Granted, this extremism with this type of violence is probably in less than 1% of the people on this earth. But [...]

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Fantasy Sports Is A Game Of Skill

by John October 20, 2014

A few states prohibit fantasy sports saying it is gambling, a game of chance – not a game of skill. But watch the recent episode on fantasy sports on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel along with an interview with Carl Quintanilla who reported the story. You will quickly understand that fantasy sports is a [...]

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Why GOP Congress Control Not So Bad

by John October 20, 2014

No I am not backing either side in the mid-term elections. Vote your conscience or based on the issues that hit home with you. Remember whether you vote for the Democrat or the Republican, both of them have taken donations from special interests which, in my mind, is bribery not freedom of speech. Still, I [...]

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Walmart Worker Benefit Story Misses Bigger Points

by John October 9, 2014

Alternet, a liberal news site, recently posted a story about Walmart’s growing profits and its decision to drop or reduce health care benefits for their employees. Sure, it’s an inflammatory story for the left. But it is also a story that screams for ideas that most media outlets – liberal and conservative — can’t or [...]

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Euro US Cup In The Books Preserved On Tape

by John October 3, 2014

The Euro US Cup is an international gathering of golfers who play in a Ryder Cup style event each year. I was invited to play on the US team in this year’s 15th celebration. It was a great event for me. I met 14 guys from around the US and the world I would have [...]

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Video Insight, Distortion, Heat

by John September 10, 2014

The Real TV show open was: “Video cameras are everywhere… you never know where you will find Real TV.” And we found some great stuff. But we also might have gotten a few things wrong. One video we aired was from a cop camera. It shows a traffic stop where the trooper is issuing a [...]

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Ferguson, MO: Cable News and You

by John August 16, 2014

The situation in Ferguson, MO after the death of 18 year old Michael Brown is going to be tense for some time. Be careful with your tweets and posts. But watch carefully for the news and different posts you see. First, we don’t know how the exact circumstances of how Michael was killed or how [...]

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