Dear Canada

Dear Canada,

You have so graciously shared your talented citizens with us.  We have truly enjoyed many of them, even proud   to claim them as our own. Educators, humanitarians, actors, musicians, and comedians.

Canada we salute you.

And, Canada….

ONE LAST THING….

Please keep Ted Cruz for yourself.

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HERE’S YOUR RECEIPT——> cRUZ bRITH cERTIFICAT

Sincerely,

America

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BLOGGERS BEWARE: YOU ARE not JOURNALISTS

Democrats gone WILD. 

And, when a Democrat is WRONG, we WILL report it.

 FEINSTEINPersonal note: For the most part, I respect  Dianne Fienstein as a politician, although, I don’t always agree with her opinions, policies, or practices.  This is one of those times that I must publicly disagree with her.

Eric Boehm, www.watchdog.org reports:

In a proposed amendment to a media shield law being considered by Congress, Feinstein writes that only paid journalists should be given protections from prosecution for what they say or write.  The language in her proposal is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to leave out bloggers and other nontraditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet.

McClatchy reported:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wondered whether it could be used to provide protections to employees of WikiLeaks, an organization that allows anonymous sources to leak information to the public. “I’m concerned this would provide special privilege to those who are not reporters at all,” she said.

SchumerChuck Schumer :  “The world has changed. We’re very careful in this bill to distinguish journalists from those who shouldn’t be protected, WikiLeaks and all those, and we’ve ensured that,”  “But there are people who write and do real journalism, in different ways than we’re used to. They should not be excluded from this bill.”

GONZO

 “The best kind of fiction is truer than any kind of journalism.”-Hunter S. Thompson

two centsThe internet has facilitated  a new age of journalism; Fact vs. Fallacy/Opinion vs. Truth.  Today, the writer has the ability to share information with a broader audience, with a clear  caveat : the burden of truth  has shifted to the reader.  A good journalist or blogger will cite their sources of information-and it is up to the reader to consider/validate the source. (I learned the importance of citing sources in High School, Undergrad studies, and the importance of citing scholarly sources in Grad school).   Information, news, blogs, journals, postings of any nature should be disregarded unless the sources are referenced; even then, it is imperative to verify the sources to distinguish between special interest groups posing as news machines, manufacturing propaganda.

I fear that Feinstein’s efforts are essentially throwing out the baby with the bathwater; And, although  countless instances of inaccurate reporting by unpaid bloggers AND paid journalists is a fact, the benefits of being able to responsibly disseminate information without recourse is my  constitutional right that I will defend with my life.

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References:

Hunter S. Thompson Quote via :‘Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’’ (1979)

 WatchDog

McClatchy

Popular Resistance

 

Cross Posted on All Things Democrat

TRUMP SUED FOR GET RICH SCHEME

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Michael Gormley of the Associated Press Reported:

ALBANY, N.Y.New York‘s attorney general sued Donald imagesCA4SSSQRTrump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships….The $40 million he seeks is mostly to pay restitution to consumers.

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No, seriously, aspiring Gordon Gekko’s paid to sit at the Capitalist Guru’s feet to learn “Art of the Deal” ,”How to Get Rich” and , “Think Like a Billionaire.”

Gormley continues:

State Education Department officials had told Trump to change the name of his enterprise years ago, saying it lacked a license and didn’t meet the legal definitions of a university. In 2011 it was renamed the Trump Entrepreneur Institute, but it has been dogged since by complaints from consumers and a few isolated civil lawsuits claiming it didn’t fulfill its advertised claims.

Trump responds to allegations saying that the “Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suit is politically money_bagmotivated. Claiming that Schneiderman is angry that the Donald has been stingy with his political donations…

State Board of Elections records show Trump has spent more than $136,000 on New York campaigns since 2010. He contributed $12,500 to Schneiderman in October 2010, when Schneiderman was running for attorney general, records show.

imagesCAOW0X3R    Mmkay. The Donald‘s hair seems to be interfering with his brain activity, acting like a “tin foil” conspiracy deflector. He simply cannot wrap his brain (or hair) around the concept of justice. According to WISE GEEK:

According to WISE GEEK:

A state’s attorney general is responsible for enforcing the law in the state where he or she was elected.

It would appear, that Schneiderman is acting within his scope of authority…. investigating FRAUD COMPLAINTS.

Wait for it…

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Cross posted at All Things Democrat