Where is MY Press Pass?


Is it Friday the 13th?

For those of you who didn’t take out lots of $$$ in student loans for law school, “5th Amendment grounds” means “due process.” Don’t worry, this isn’t over. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

What a crock of shit. Where is my press pass? The Constitution says I am entitled to one.

WHERE IS MY PRESS PASS???

There is actually a lot to unpack in this case. In addition to an appeal, the White House has lots of options. This was a TRO hearing, but there will still be a contested hearing unless the White House drops the issue. But they can also institute a new set of rules for anyone wanting a press pass, including all the current pass holders. IOW – they can (and should) create a process for issuing and revoking passes so that they can give Acosta due process the next time he acts out during a presser.

Meanwhile, in other news, I seem to have my internet service restored. We’ll see how it goes.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.


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So I went to the Movies, Nice Break, ya’d think?

We need to stop being so depressed here, take a break from politics and media, don’t leave we’re all we have ….. go to a movie.  Like…

 

Okay, that movie never played the full  Bohemian Rhapsoday, bummer.  So here it is…

 

 

Saw this one too….

 

Wow, I thought, I might have 2 movies in the game for Oscars.   Enjoyed them both!  So what movies will Oscar disappoint you too?  I try 🙂

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We need to make all beaches “Shark Free Zones.”

David “Attention” Hogg, Pencilneck, FL

That boy shoulda oughta stayed in school.

If we made all the beaches “Shark-Free Zones” only law-abiding sharks would pay attention.

BTW: Why don’t sharks bite lawyers?

Professional courtesy.

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Ask Not For Whom The Fat Lady Sings

If you watched the national news on television you might get the impression that the entire state of California is burning to the ground. But if you watched our local news shows you’d know that your impression is correct. It’s just a biblical thing. Apparently, God has passed judgment on the former Golden State. The fat lady has sung.

Here’s a bit of local news:

A Democrat has all but officially won what’s considered one of the most important local races this election, as Republican Rob Poythress on Saturday conceded to Democrat Anna Caballero in the race for the Senate District 12 seat.

With an acknowledgment that there are still votes left to count — and implying most of those votes could likely favor his opponent and flip the red seat — Poythress took to Facebook to let his supporters know, “It’s evident Anna Caballero has won the election and I would like to congratulate her.”

Caballero issued a statement later Saturday, thanking her volunteers and supporters. “The outcome tells me the message and vision of our campaign was the right one for rural California and the district’s voters,” she said.

“I will work hard to make sure that the needs and interests of rural California on health care access, education, clean water and clean air, affordable housing, and agricultural production are taken seriously by the legislators and politicians in Sacramento, most of whom represent big cities.”

A former Assemblywoman, Caballero led the race with 52 percent of the vote to Poythress’ 47 percent, according to the Secretary of State.

Once her victory is sealed, Caballero would give Democrats in the state Legislature a supermajority in both houses, just as the state also elected Democrat Gavin Newsom as governor.

With a supermajority, Democrats would have the power to override vetoes without Republican votes.

The handful of Republicans in Sacramento have the easiest jobs in the world the next couple of years. They don’t even need to show up for work. Best of all, when California breaks off and falls into the ocean nobody can blame the GOP.

And don’t blame me, cuz I voted for Poythress. Blame Mom, cuz she voted for Caballero.

So if you ever wondered what it would be like to live under total Democrat dominion and control, this is what it looks like:

Welcome to Paradise!

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Have A Very Trumpy Christmas


This was advertised on Fox. Some people aren’t sure if it is real or a spoof.

I don’t care, I just want one.


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No, Dumbass, That Is Not Your Job

America’s Least Wanted


I guess if you don’t know what the fuck your job is you can’t be expected to do it right.

How many times have you heard a member of the news media say that it is their duty to hold government accountable?

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is taking a stand in response to President Trump’s public slamming of CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Wednesday.

“The President of the United States is undermining American democracy,” said NAHJ president Hugo Balta. “Our association will commit to holding this administration accountable for any harm they cause to all journalists by these types of incessant attacks.”

The associated continued to say it condemns Trump’s constant harassing of journalists.

“Following two relentless years of rhetoric in an attempt to cause distrust for political gain, there is no indication Trump will lessen his affronts on the media. As journalists we must continue our commitment to our freedom and an unwavering pursuit of truth. We have a duty to hold government accountable and cannot tolerate those that target our journalists who are upholding the First Amendment.”

Orly? Where does it say that in the Constitution? If you have a duty then who holds YOU accountable? Can you provide a few examples of journalists who were punished for failing to report a story? It’s hard enough to get a reporter held accountable for getting a story wrong. If you are a politician in most cases you can’t even sue them for defamation when they publish lies about you.

Ruben Navarrette Jr.:

Let me tell you something you already know: At the moment, the media are a mess.

It’s time to send out a search party, because we’ve completely lost our way. We went from covering the world to thinking the world revolves around us. We used to hunt for the story; today, we make ourselves the story. Our primary job is to hold the powerful accountable when they do wrong, but never before has there been such a need to hold us accountable for what we get wrong.

Oh, Ruben, you were so close. Missed it by *that* much. YOUR PRIMARY JOB IS TO REPORT THE NEWS.

It is only a job if you are getting paid to do it. And if you are getting paid to do it then whatever duty you may have is owed to your employer, not the people. Reporting the news is either an occupation or a hobby, it is not a profession. You do not belong to a priesthood. You are not given any special privileges nor is anyone obligated to answer your questions.

Theoretically, voters hold politicians accountable. Judges and juries can also keep politicians in check. Sometimes other politicians can take action. Voters can hold politicians accountable primarily by voting them out of office. The tools available to voters for enforcing accountability include:

1. Elections
2. Recalls
3. Donations and/or endorsements.
4. Lawsuits
5. Protests

But journalists can still play an important role in holding politicians accountable. That role (still not a duty) is to observe and report. They can also report the observations made by others. In order to fulfill that role, journalists have to be objective, accurate, and thorough. If a reporter receives conflicting information he either needs to resolve the conflict or present all sides fairly. If a journalist is given 10 different versions of what took place it is not his/her job to decide which one is telling the truth.

Last but not least they need to separate facts from opinion. As Joe Friday always says, “Just the facts, ma’am.” But since most journalists are human they all have biases and opinions. The best way to ensure accuracy is an adversarial system like one used by our legal profession.

The weak link in all human affairs is humans. No human should ever be given power unless they can be held accountable for when, where, and how they wield it.


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Semper Fi! Saturday Open Thread

Let’s celebrate something to take a “short”  break from all the sad news about wildfires, ballot recounts and MObama’s book coming out.  Happy Birthday Marines ❤

Okay, now party on !

 

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