Jeopardy

John McCain waits to deliver speech in Denver,...

John McCain waits to deliver speech in Denver, Colorado on May 27, 2008 regarding nuclear security.http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/News/Speeches/e9c72a28-c05c-4928-ae29-51f54de08df3.htm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the John McCain version.

The category is small countries.

The answer is bomb it.

The question is how do you solve any conflict in a small country?

On Meet the Press yesterday, John McCain advocated military action in Syria because Assad has WMDs and if he hasn’t used Sarin against his own people, John McCain knows that he will. Since McCain is opposed to boots on the ground, he supports aerial attacks in support of the rebels. Since that is what he knows and what he did in the US Navy, that is what McCain always supports.

McCain is against the atrocities in Syria. What about closer to home such as the atrocities in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut? McCain opposes increased gun safety. And when it comes to democracy, McCain and the GOP favor democracy abroad imposed by our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he and many members of the GOP support making democracy harder for some right here in the US.

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History in the making

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del...

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes amid all the political blather, you may witness a moment of truth and courage on live TV that you know will be repeated and discussed ad infinitum. A true moment in history and it is a thrill to see/hear it as it happens.

Ronald Reagan in Berlin calling for the tearing down of the wall.
Candy Crowley correcting Mitt Romney about Benghazi during the second debate.
President Obama talking to the parents and the nation about the violence at Sandy Hook.
Colin Powell on Meet the Press calling out the racism of the GOP.

At the opposite end of the scale, anything from Donald Trump or Sarah Palin, and the incoherent attempt yesterday by Ben Stein to defend the GOP on FOX’s Greta Van Susteren.

Meet the Press

Mitt Romney - Caricature

Mitt Romney – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Mitt Romney will be the guest on Sunday September 9, 2012. I hope and trust that the questions will be more probing than they are FOX News. This will be Mitt’s first appearance on Meet the Press during 2012. Let’s hope he is ready and that the questioners are persistent in demanding answers, not evasions.

P. S. It is Sunday afternoon now and Mitt didn’t say anything of consequence in response to David Gregory’s questions.

Trust and technology

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Ill...

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Illinois, right after Biden was formerly introduced by Obama as his running mate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is now possible to alter any electronic recording of sound or video. The technology that makes information sharing so easy in today’s world can be used by the unscrupulous to try to mislead for financial gain. I no longer trust what I see or hear on the web or TV. It is much too easy to edit raw data to support a specific point of view. The only senses I trust are my own. I must actually be a witness at an event to fully trust what I see and hear.

I first became aware of slanted presentation when Gerald Ford was president. The liberal media was actually liberal at the time and they portrayed Ford as a physical bumbler when he actually was a skilled athlete. Every sliced golf swing or trip or stumble was reported to give the impression that they were typical of the man; they were not.

I watched neither speech, but recently both Joe Biden and Cory Booker have been portrayed negatively. Joe Biden spoke  in Ohio and commentators I trust praised his speech as very effective. On the other hand, FOX and others showed a few selected clips and then proceeded to condemn the speech. Cory Booker appeared on Meet the Press and condemned all the negative political advertising. Now his words are being used out of context by the GOP to attack the Obama campaign.

Ronald  Reagan said, “Trust but verify,” about the Soviet Union. In today’s computerized media world, vigilance is a necessity before granting trust to media reports.