Rant

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English: Bill O’Reilly at a Hudson Union Society event in September 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On yesterday’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly began with an angry rant laced with statistics that he claimed showed that blacks in America are to blame for their own position at or near the bottom of the economic ladder. I distrust statistics because they can be used to prove or disprove anything. Race relations between black and whites in America is a complicated subject that I believe O’Reilly does not understand. He confuses causes and effects, perhaps not able to understand that the statistics he embraces so warmly relate to effects, not the root causes.

Lincoln was gay?

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Was Abraham Lincoln gay? We know that he read Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, who was a gay poet. Gays read poetry, real men do not. No one ever saw the two men meet, bur they both lived in Washington during the Civil War and sometimes could be seen acknowledging each other during walks on the streets near the White House. What went on between the two men outside of public view? Whitman wrote an emotional poem about Lincoln after his assassination called O Captain, My Captain. Was Lincoln’s marriage a real

marriage?  Were Lincoln’s children adopted?

Only three assertions above are true: Lincoln read Whitman and nodded to him on the street, Whitman was gay and Whitman wrote the poem, O Captain, My Captain. The rest is all vile speculation. This resembles the speculation and tissue of lies that Barack’s critics produce on a daily basis. I have read perhaps a dozen books by critics of Barack Obama by people who appear on radio and TV, and/or write newspaper columns and books. All of them offer opinion, sometimes on the slimmest of evidence, as truth. Then that opinion takes on a life of its own as it is repeated over and over again. The BIG LIE technique. Repeat something so often that some will accept it as fact.

As this election season shifts into higher gear, websites critical of the President are popping up like mushrooms. Some seem to exist only to repeat messages that originate elsewhere, on other blogs or in the form of YouTube videos. False information is being propagated widely and feverishly. There is much work to be done by the Barack Obama Truth Team.

Please see Barack Obama Truth Team | Saving America | 3 scenarios for 2012

Too many videos on political blogs

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Rather than taking the time to think about a subject and then blogging about it, I am noticing a trend to just posting You Tube videos that someone else has made. It takes too long for these videos to load and play making it difficult to determine who is thinking and saying what. I do not include in this complaint people like Wild Bill for America who makes and promotes his own thoughts. I don’t agree with most of what he says, but at least he is not repeating someone else’s material.

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Third party

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Some bloggers have already posted written or You Tube warnings to Ron Paul not to run as a third-party candidate. They profess fear that a Ron Paul candidacy will cost the eventual GOP nominee the election. In contrast, I am encouraging Ron Paul to run if he decides he should. Barack is going to be re-elected regardless, and a Ron Paul candidacy will be a convenient scapegoat for the GOP to blame.

Some arguers against a third-party candidate cite 1992 when Bill Clinton won with less than 50% of the vote. Others go back to 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt split the GOP vote and Taft, the incumbent, finished third behind Wilson and TR. I enjoy pointing out that the GOP was a third-party candidate in 1856 when the Whigs were a fading power. The 1860 campaign was a 4-party race. I do honestly believe that the GOP will be replaced as a major party in the near future if they do not start supporting the 99% instead of the 1%.

As Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Please see  3 scenarios for 2012

Other sites

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At the bottom of each blog page on my site I have added two groups of links, news and opinion. The news sites link to sites with which I mostly agree and the opinion sites link to sites with which I mostly disagree. Why do I provide links to the opinion sites? There are several reasons. Convenience is one. Another is that I want to know what other Americans are saying about topics that I am interested in. Everyone is entitled to an opinion even if I disagree.

I often contribute my comments to posts that I feel strongly about. I don’t expect to change minds, but I like to think that I should make alternative opinions available to the readers of the other sites. Lastly, I sometimes get ideas from what is written and I have the chance to hone and refine my arguments. Reading the opinions expressed on the other sites and writing replies makes my writing more effective, IMHO.

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