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A Warning Should Go Off When You Hear Stuff Like This on Cable News

by John August 7, 2017

Jim Enright from Planet Boomerville had me on for a podcast about media bias and how to spot it. It got me thinking that a lot of us might need warning signs. You know, like your smart phone goes off to alert you.  Too bad smart phones can’t detect media bias. So, instead, on occasion […]

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Bannon Genius: Devil’s Bargain; Rolling Book Review 1

by John August 2, 2017

I’m about 1/3 through Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green . It is a fascinating, easy read; well written.  Granted, you have to be a political junkie to want more of this.  It is also a good re-telling of the historic 2016 campaign; there is plenty […]

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Rolling Book Review: An American Sickness Part 2 Solutions

by John July 26, 2017

I just finished this great book, An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal. Clearly, most doctors, hospitals, and drug companies won’t think the same.  They don’t want you reading this because, as Rosenthal pointed out earlier, a lifetime of treatment creates more profit rather than a cure. Rosenthal explains what is wrong with our healthcare system: […]

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The GOP Presidential Candidate in 2020 Should Be…

by John July 24, 2017

Joe Maddon. That’s right. The Cubs’ Manager should be the Republican standard bearer. Yup, the Party of Lincoln should go to the bullpen in the proverbial first inning before things get way too out of hand. So, you’re going to argue that a reality show host is better? Is this tongue in cheek?  Maybe, but […]

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Book to Increase Heart Rate or Blood Pressure! Part-1

by John July 18, 2017

This is a rolling book review of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal. I am half way through.  Here’s why you should read it: It can be especially helpful during the Congressional funfest known as repeal and replace that shows neither political party […]

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If Congress Controlled How Baseball Was Played

by John July 13, 2017

Since you are without baseball for two days, and you are stuck with political drama on cable news, imagine if Congress had control of the rules of the baseball. The game would look like this. The team in the field would only have a pitcher and a catcher; no fielders.  The team at-bat would get […]

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Trump Tweet About Junior Says More About Our Daddy Complex

by John July 12, 2017

In the midst of the last episode in the Trump-Russian crisis Donald Trump tweeted this. My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad! As a father can you blame him?  I would probably do the same if it […]

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Latest Observations on New Trump-Russia Story

by John July 11, 2017

(This has been updated at 1:56 PM Eastern) As usual, CNN and MSNBC are featuring the story  while FOXNews is featuring Donald Trump Junior’s denials. But the latest revelation about the emails Donald Jr. received seem far more explosive.  But, as horrible as this looks, we need to hold judgement.  We may all be getting […]

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What If Britain Sided with the Confederacy? Maybe A New TV Episode

by John July 10, 2017

In Destined for War, Graham Allison mentions an historic anecdote that never happened. But what if it did? In the 1860s, Britain considered intervening in the United States Civil War on the side of the Confederacy. Granted, the home of the Magna Carta siding with slave owners?  But with some geopolitical foresight, Great Britain could […]

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Consider The Source: How Media Bias Charges Make Media Bigger

by John July 8, 2017

Many of you offer some great insight on my pages, which I thank you.  But I also see comments like this. “Consider the source.” It is usually a reference to a New York Times or a Fox News story from someone who is partisan one way or the other. They’re quietly shouting, “Media bias” or […]

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