The Pardu

The Pardu
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Showing posts with label liberal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label liberal. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah Does Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf's visit to the White House Correspondents Dinner has sparked much discord. If you are liberal, progressive or be to humor you loved it. If you are a thin-skinned conservative or Independent who didn't show one sign of angst about Trumps slandering all who he cared to disparage, you hated Wolf's performance. The performance lasted full 19 plus minutes, I have posted a 3:32-second encapsulated version via the Washington Post.

A Google search yielded far more positive remarks about her performance than negative reactions, but who knows maybe my data trail yielded liberal Google links. The following Comedy Central The Daily Show video is classic: Intelligent, unemotional and poignant...


Monday, February 13, 2017

Carefully Consider Potential Divisiveneess

Jon S. Randal

Rambling thoughts here:

I've been noticing a very disturbing trend where some people are sharing links comparing tragedies, such as "What makes the deportation of an illegal alien who has been here more than 21 years more important than the Flint water crisis?" My opinion is that they are both important, they are both tragedies which we must continue to be aware of and share our frustration and discontent about what is happening in this country. This is not a competition.

I have a feeling, however, that these posts and links may be a conscious effort to divide the people, to dismantle piece by piece any opposition to policies and actions that are detrimental to the health of this nation. History has proven that neither wealth, power, nor hate can defeat a people united for a common cause, but, this strategy which seeks to divide allows whoever is in power to retain that power with only splintered opposition.

Just look at all the divisive events in the past few years - how certain groups have been pitted against one another to think that if you are for one group you must be against the other, prime example, i.e., if you support Black Lives Matter, you must not support police. It is not a competition, it's not either / or. You can care for the lives of both, for all, it does not mean you wish for the deaths of anyone - although, some extreme voices have pushed this agenda, which is just wrong.

And, don't get me wrong, I don't think the people in your circles who may be sharing these posts or links are doing it intentionally, so don't go bashing everyone who does it, they may not fully understand what is going on, which is why we need to understand, and, if need be, we need to explain what's happening.

Support Black Lives Matter. Protest the Flint water crisis. Show your horror at the deportation of immigrants who are essentially "citizens" by virtue of their standing in their community and the years they have been here without harming anyone. Protest DAPL. Support LGBTQ rights. There are so many attacks right now on civil liberties and other rights that it is difficult to see the Big Picture - which is . . .

WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. We can iron out the details later, right now many groups are under attack, we can't be attacking each other as well. This is why we are in this situation in the first place because we fell for the "divide and conquer" strategy, and now many groups which had previously been allies are against each other. This is why we are arguing with family and friends. This is why we are so divided. Ask yourself who benefits from all this division? That's where the focus should be.

Both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez both knew the importance of including other groups who also have been oppressed, allowing them to march with them and to support them when needed. Dr. King advised a Native American group, Chavez spoke at a Gay Rights protest.

As Martin Niemöller said:

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

Lincoln's birthday was yesterday, and he said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Tomorrow is Valentine's Day - let's try to stop fighting and instead show a little bit more love. Just my opinion.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Look Back At Lingering Anti-Obama Propaganda From Dick Cheney

Last August Fox News Sean Hannity gave Dick Cheney opportunity to propagandize against President Obama as the nation moved towards the November General Elections.

"Obama is a terrible president." Cheney railed.  And he did so without one iota of evidence to support his false diatribe.

Time for a bit of perspective.  Perspective is critical as we move away from  April 25, 2013: Bush Library day.  Yesterday, Pew Research published a Daily Number piece.  The piece includes approval  rating data from the Bush inauguration through his departure from the Oval Office in 2009. The data and focus of the piece is George W. Bush with respect to the dedication of his library and his public perception as he left office.  Dick Cheney is included in on chart as he was culpable in administration of the verifiable worse presidential administration in recent US History.

We at the TPI have written and published many pieces about Bush/Cheney actual job performance (policies, practices, malfeasance and failures). Let's take a very brief peep at Cheney's approval ratings.  We offer approval ratings based on the data as a true measure of credibility from the perspective of voters and polling survey respondents.

A Case of Credibility

Addictinginfo Dot Org

By CBS News (article excerpts)

(CBS) President Bush will leave office as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in history, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll showing Mr. Bush’s final approval rating at 22 percent.  

Seventy-three percent say they disapprove of the way Mr. Bush has handled his job as president over the last eight years. 

Vice President Dick Cheney also leaves office amid negative perceptions, as his approval rating stands at just 13 percent.

As Fox News trots-out the aging and increasingly inane Dick Cheney, the network fails to care that data trials exist. Data trails that place Cheney's rambles and self-serving drivel in true perspective.

Cheney just before the 2012 elections, "Obama is a terrible president", did not move voters to casting vote for Romney. The Hannity interview has other implications.  As the Bush Library was dedicated on April 25, 2013 (to open in May), the one-day politically correct drivel and oozing about Bush was disingenuous and frankly sickening.

Data Trumps Emotion And Propaganda

It only takes a few minutes to locate 2009 data indicating President Obama's economic team's success in stopping the nation's slide into an economic depression. A depression that would have proven disastrous for most of us who live in the American Middle and lower income strata.

President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Stimulus) was signed into law February 17, 2009 (Q1 2009). as you view the following sets of data, it is important to keep in mind many economist felt the Stimulus should have been approved at the request $1.2 Trillion Vs. the GOP shaved $787 billion dollars. Additional Stimulus could have proven even more effective at turning around the critically ill Bush economy. (The financial and economic mess left for Obama and the democrats)

Market Commentary: October 29th, 2009: 10 am (PST). Posted by Manu Walia
“Today’s moderate increase for third quarter GDP should provide some psychological lift for consumers and businesses since it is the first positive growth for the overall economy in just over a year. And financial markets are likely to like it since it is all about expectations and the advance estimate topped expectations. Real GDP in the third quarter rebounded an annualized 3.5 percent, after declining by only 0.7 percent in the second quarter. The third quarter boost came in above the market consensus for a 3.0 percent increase.”

GDP Q3 Oct 29 2009

“Jobless claims are not offering a clear indication of what to expect for the October employment report. Initial claims held steady for a fourth straight week, edging 1,000 lower to 530,000 in an Oct. 24 week that was not skewed by special factors. The four-week average is at 526,250 and does show improvement, down about 20,000 vs. this time last month. Continuing claims, where the latest data is for the Oct. 17 week, fell substantially, down 148,000 to 5.797 million and, for the first time since April, bringing the four-week average below 6 million at 5.961 million.” 
Jobless Claims Oct 29 2009