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A Fox News for the Left?

Left-wing news outlets keep failing

Will require "serious funding" or it won't work

Columbia Journalism Review reports

The lamestream media told you:

Columbia Journalism Review, a formerly highly respected centrist commentator on the state of journalism, and now an integral part of the left-wing media produced at an alt-left college, is incredulous at the inability of leftists to maintain healthy numbers in cable and talk radio, where conservative voices hold sway.

CJR, March, 2017 -- "Between the nation's number one cable news network, a vibrant talk radio circuit led by Rush Limbaugh, and a bevy of websites ranging from the "alt-right" nationalism of Breitbart to the conspiratorial fever-swamp of Infowars, conservative media has found sustained success in ways liberal outlets have consistently failed to match. In a piece co-published by CJR and The Nation, Mark Hertsgaard argues that the left needs to find a response.

[Hertsgaard overlooks the virtual lock liberals maintain on print, broadcast TV and film.]

"It is past time to build a countervailing independent-media infrastructure -- not to mimic Fox and Friends' delivery of propaganda disguised as news or to slavishly carry water for any political party or cause, but rather to bring professional, truth-telling journalism to large numbers of Americans, many of whom trust neither Fox and Friends nor the mainstream media to tell the truth," Hertsgaard writes.

[Hertsgaard overlooks the delivery of propaganda disguised as news from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS, or how they slavishly carry water for any political party or cause -- if it's left wing.]

"It's not as though the left hasn't tried (see below), but any attempt to replicate the success of Breitbart, let alone Fox News, requires serious funding and the sort of breakthrough success that has so far eluded liberal outlets."

[Hertsgaard recognizes that serious funding, and not free-market results, is needed.]

CJR summarizes some of the failed almost laughable attempts, which confound the left, including the failure of Air America, with an obituary from the New York Times.

Air America, the long-suffering progressive talk radio network, abruptly shut down on Thursday, bowing to what it called a "very difficult economic environment." NYT 1/21/10 "It would be a shame if the world sees the failure of Air America as representing the failure of progressive talk radio," said Michael Harrison, the editor of Talkers Magazine, a talk radio publication. Company's chairman, in an unusual statement for a left winger, said, "our company cannot escape the laws of economics." The broadcaster had a role in the careers of Rachel Maddow and Al Franken, both of whom hosted shows there before it failed.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

CJR and this writer lack even a glimmer of awareness that the left’s continued failure here has something to do with their audience, and its inability to hold up their end of the news bargain, not the content. If you’ve debated with these people, you’ve found they can’t think in a straight line, or at least not for very long, they have trouble connecting dots, change subjects whenever anything gets even slightly uncomfortable, can’t grasp concepts greater than a triangle and sometimes not that.

Listen to the few left-wing outlets out there -- it’s like listening to Bizarro in a Superman comic. The pathetic thing is people who have this mental incapacity tend to congregate together, and you get the heart of that party -- and listenership. Of course it fails. Gather enough and yes you can elect candidates -- to everyone’s detriment -- but run a financially sound, audience-dependent information-based broadcast... different problem.

Disarm Annoying People -- Enacted

Empower relatives and friends to declare anyone unfit

"It could save lives."

Violations of journalism ethics ignored

Violations of due process and constitutionality ignored

Californians basically like it

The lamestream media told you:

The New York Times, in its unending legacy of anti-gun-rights editorials (June 1, 2017), is now praising a California gun law as "particularly important because it gives standing to concerned family members, not just the police, to seek a court ruling against possession of a gun by a violent abuser." (Violent abuser includes an annoying person*.)

Citing numbers from (unidentified) Michael Bloomberg's "gun-control" group, the paper claims of 156 mass shootings from 2009 to 2016, clearly an awful lot, 54% were traced to domestic violence, also a lot apparently. Support for the numbers, as usual is not provided, though Everytown for Gun Something gets plugged by name.

Doing the math shows 22 total events claimed per year, or 1 per month (54%), statistically insignificant. All unintentional death is of course tragic, a point on which everyone agrees, and which the Times makes repeatedly, sometimes several times in single sentences.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Everything has a cost. For whatever expense goes into preventing the single monthly event the Times appears so concerned about, funds are unavailable to address, for example, the 100,000 annual deaths multiple sources continue to report occur from iatrogenic death -- what the industry calls medical misadventure, or what the public calls doctor's mistakes. (And don't overlook nosocomial disabilities and death, maladies you catch in hospitals.)

The new California law would allow relatives and family members to disarm people by just asking a court to do so, without adequate representation for the person subject to the rights denial, in the hope the disarming would do more good than harm. Charging anyone for the 100,000 annual "mistake" deaths is virtually impossible. Californians are well known for their strained far-left anti-gun biases, where a good gun is no gun. Family members, under the new law, includes people you have dated, or ever stayed at your place.

California already enforces removal of Second Amendment rights for people charged, but not convicted of anything. If the Times was concerned with saving lives, and not disarming the public as critics claim their reporters stand in violation of their ethical oaths, it's obvious the paper might have a different focus.

The Times accepts mountains of expensive drug company and other medical advertising. They take no advertising from the firearms industry. But I digress.

*What you must claim against people in California to have their guns and ammo confiscated (Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 527.6): "...a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose...

Savage Attack on The Left from its Ally

Stalwart Hillary supporter tripped up

The lamestream media told you:

They actually gave you the whole story, but with their spin, and context, most folks probably missed the gist.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

A deep and insightful description of what's happening to the masses on the left ran front and center recently across most "news" media:

"Many feel left behind, left out, looked down on. Their anger and alienation has proved a fertile ground for false promises and false information. Their economic problems and cultural anxiety must be addressed or they will continue to sign up to be foot soldiers in the ongoing conflict between 'us and them'," this insightful critic observed.

"In the years to come there will be trolls galore, online and in person, eager to tell you that you don't have anything worthwhile to say or anything meaningful to contribute."

The blunt democrat critic said democrats have been flinging charges at the Trump administration, which are concocted and lack factual support. The speaker warned of "an all-out assault on truth" which is "necessary for democracy to survive."

Now, everyone awake already understands the left-wing media abandoned truth and honest reporting a long while ago.

These left-bashing statements and wake-up calls were in the speech delivered by... Hillary Rodham Clinton on May 27, 2017, who appeared unaware of the deplorable underpinning of her remarks. The media missed it too. If you didn’t know better, at times you might swear she was talking about herself and her supporters.

Ms. Rodham-Clinton spoke at the commencement at Wellesley College, an gender-segregated all-girls elite private school, which she attended in her youth. Lamestream reporters noted her prior attendance, but failed to point out that the school bans men from attending, yet has not been charged with discrimination. The all-female graduating class repeatedly cheered Rodham-Clinton's comments. The dim-light hypocrisy was almost late-night humor.

Law Firms to Gang up on Constitution

"Firearms Accountability Counsel Task Force"

$1,000/hr. lawyers will attempt to unravel Second Amendment

Joint effort to stop "gun violence"
(at the expense of rights you currently enjoy)

Old familiar left-wing gun-control dialog --
but with fresh blood, legal eagles and "novel" strategies,
the same misconceptions and prejudices,
plus tens of millions to spend (dark money?)
on "free" legal support.

Gun owners and local laws are their prime target

Stymied at federal level, they're targeting courts

The lamestream media told you:

The New York Times offered up one of its Sunday front pages and an entire back page to applaud the introduction of an army of elite law-firm lawyers, supported by fees from their clients, to do "free" work attacking the current status of the Second Amendment.

Diminishing rights Americans have didn't rise to the awareness of reporters or editors who produced the piece. They displayed instead hoplophobic blinders, obscuring their preoccupation with what they call gun violence, misdirecting attention from criminal behavior and crime.

The Times, literally gushing at the possibilities, lambasted the "gun lobby" for doing such a successful job in protecting the right to keep and bear arms at the local, state and federal legislative and judicial levels, then predicted a campaign of destruction for gun rights at the hands of the high-powered coalition of firms, allied with the usual anti-gun-rights suspects, naming many of the firms and their leaders.

Arnold & Porter, Richard M. Alexander, chairman
Brady Center to Promote Gun Violence, Avery Gardiner, chief legal officer
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, Eric M. Ruben
Covington & Burling, represented D.C. in Heller
Everytown for Gun Safety, Michael Bloomberg, financier (did not join)
Hogan Lovells
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Robyn Thomas, executive director
Mayer Brown, Counsel to Brady Center
Munger, Tolles & Olsen, Brad D. Brian, co-managing partner*
O'Melveney &Myers, represented D.C. in Heller, Charlie Lifland, Partner
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Brad S. Karp, chairman
Ropes & Gray, Counsel to Brady Center
Skadden Arps, Counsel to Brady Center

Note: Mr. Brian makes a familiar "but" statement in the article, "... recognize that the Second Amendment is an important part of our Constitution... responsible gun owners... but... an epidemic of gun violence... law can save innocent lives without infringing..." Additional easily recognizable left-leaning gun-speak permeates the story.

Continue reading "Law Firms to Gang up on Constitution" »

Leftists Dominate Navy News

Naval ship commissioning attracts one party

The USS Gabrielle Giffords, a coastal waters ("littoral") combat vessel, named for the former congresswoman who was shot by a crazed mass murderer and survived, was commissioned recently in Texas, as it is set to begin operations.

The highly contentious nature of the vessel's naming is underscored by the fact that congresswoman Gifford's main claim to notoriety, aside from being the victim of a mass murderer, is her role as the poster child for anti-gun-rights campaigns funded in large measure by anti-rights bigot Michael Bloomberg and his cohorts. Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, cooperates with the civil-rights discrimination efforts and appearances.

The partisan nature of her activities and the ship's commissioning were emphasized by the other notables at the event, including former second lady Jill Biden, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, and the most divisive figure in American politics today, the woman who singlehandedly set the political left on fire when her corrupt effort to gain the presidency met with stunning defeat, Hillary Rodham Clinton. No notable republicans attended the event, according to published reports.

This naming of this $350 million vessel set an odd precedent, for reasons that were unclear at press time. For the Navy to name a vessel after a person who campaigns to disarm the American public is a disgrace, according to experts familiar with the situation.

We have been unable to verify reports the USS Giffords will be the Navy's first "weapons free" ship, serving a vegan menu, featuring numerous safe spaces, unisex uniforms and more. The rest of this report has been verified.

Is Science Now Decided By Voting?

Note: This is not satire, just bizarre

New Continent "Discovered" on Earth (near New Zealand)

Only if science promo effort successful

Media has relinquished its roll of calling BS on BS

The lamestream media told you:

Science News is reporting "a long-hidden continent called Zealandia" but since no scientists are "officially" in charge of "rubber-stamp" naming new continents, a team of geologists is pitching the case for a new continent in a science journal, GSA Today. Zealandia is around 1.892 million square miles of continental crust, according to the report, about the size of the Indian subcontinent. But it's 94% underwater, surrounding New Zealand. So who knew.

"If we could pull the plug on the world's oceans," one researcher named Mortimer said, it would be clear this is a continent. The editors note "the landmass faces an uphill battle for continental status, though." I'm not making this up. Maybe if outside dark money funding poured in, the uphill battle could be more easily won. [OK, that was satire.] The main advocates say they'll just have to start using the name "and hope it catches on." A Vermont scientist notes how this illustrates "the large and obvious can be overlooked in science." And in journalism. The case for Zealandia has been built for more than a decade. For now Earth still has seven continents.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Science traditionally requires experiment, observation, evidence, reproducible results, double-blind testing, formulation and testing of hypothesis, all generally under the pseudo-defined scientific method -- not voting in an opinion poll and campaigning for favored terms, definitions and results. Doing so should disqualify a person from using the label "scientist," but since no scientists are "officially" in charge of "rubber-stamp" naming new scientists, the term can get used with some slacktivism.

The planet Pluto, you may recall, was voted out of our solar system by a slim majority of a small number of voting astrophysicists who couldn't agree on the science of the matter. The vote was 237 for removal out 424 voting, or 55.9%, in what now passes for science. The "news" media dutifully carried the story, giving "scientists" credibility, while sacrificing what little credibility the media had left.

Scientists today, some so bereft of reason and viable subject matter they are literally contemplating their navels, are getting funding for studies and work no rational person would ever justify, and publishing results scientists themselves are starting to question. Sometimes. Naming continents no one can see is a candidate for an award that has yet to be named. No indication of funding for this ten-year and ongoing expense was revealed in the report, but surely someone paid for it, or real work sat idle. Like serving fries with that burger.

Constitutional Carry Sweeping Nation

Promised bloodbath fails to materialize, media, opponents, fail to apologize.

"It was paranoid delusion," experts say --
Freedom to Carry is safe.

The lamestream media told you:


Beyond the usual guns are bad, if people have them they'll casually kill each other, it's crazy to "let" people carry loaded guns around, as if someone has legitimate power to "let" you exercise your rights, and without carry permits, which we don't like anyway, and no training at all, you've got a formula for wholesale bloodshed disaster OMG my hair's on fire.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

24 States are planning to introduce or have already introduced Constitutional Carry laws in their legislatures:

-- Alabama
-- Colorado
-- Georgia
-- Indiana
-- Iowa
-- Kentucky
-- Louisiana
-- Maine
-- Michigan
-- Minnesota
-- Nevada
-- North Carolina
-- Ohio
-- Oklahoma
-- Oregon
-- Pennsylvania
-- Rhode Island
-- South Carolina
-- South Dakota
-- Tennessee
-- Texas
-- Utah
-- Virginia
-- Wisconsin

In addition, America now has 14 states with enacted Constitutional Carry, for a total of 38, listed here with enactment date details. Is your state one? Learn how to move your state toward this freedom, like now:

Constitutional Carry restores the right to keep and bear arms to the public, by removing government interference with the exercise of this bundle of rights. It puts the identical requirements on buying, owning and possessing firearms as Americans face when buying or preparing food, purchasing clothes, going to religious institutions, riding bicycles, visiting friends, reading books, speaking publicly, obtaining knives and axes, or even having and raising children, namely, none, in a process called liberty. America is famous for it. Tell your legislators to support Constitutional Carry.

Tell your legislators to support
Constitutional Carry.

Gabby Giffords Pulls Off (another) Miracle?

Laurie Roberts Column

The lamestream media told you:

Laurie Roberts, Arizona Republic (Gannett) -- Phoenix -- "It was great to see Gabby Giffords at the state Capitol on Thursday. Great to see the former congresswoman, a long-time supporter of the Second Amendment, continue to fight for sensible gun laws." [emphasis added] Giffords was here with former astronaut husband Mark Kelly to launch Arizona Coalition for Common Sense, which plans to push for "sensible changes" in the state's gun laws. 3/22/17

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Words no longer hold their familiar meaning when used in the "news" media. Giffords and her husband are the leading opponents (not supporters) of everything Second Amendment supporters seek. The Giffords-Kellys are poster children for every anti-gun-rights program in the nation, admired exclusively by the left.

In a short puff piece praising the pair, a handful of vague proposals were either explicit or implied, familiar phrases from the anti-gun rights movement. Mixed in were 11 demeaning slurs aimed at citizens who keep and bear arms.

The concepts these falsely labeled gun-rights supporters propose, according to Roberts' article, include: sensible gun laws, sensible changes, enact reasonable restrictions, and introduce some sanity to our gun laws. A batch of snarky one-liners about bills introduced to expand and protect the rights of citizens tipped the balance off the charts.

Among the slurs hurled at innocent Americans who appreciate their rights this writer Laurie Roberts dislikes are: packing a pistol in their pants, nothing short of crazy, worships at the altar of the armory, you can't reason with these people, and what the gun lobby wants.

Arizona has been ranked first in the nation for good gun laws for three years in a row, by Guns and Ammo, the leading magazine in the field. Those people are among the nation's leading experts, in stark contrast to the unlicensed perpetrators who think they know something in the so-called "news" paper.

How Hot Is Habitable?

Unresolved: The bulk of the science community, flooded with taxpayer cash for any study or activity remotely related to global warming/climate change/climate disruption/carbon pollution (the name is in flux), generally predict disaster for humanity if our planet's average temperature varies by fractions or a few degrees in the course of a century.

Astrophysicists, searching for and finding exoplanets in the "Goldilocks Zone," worlds unfathomably far away but believed to be just massive enough and just distant enough from their suns to be within a range that could support life, don't parse out habitability to fractions of a degree. Is human life so fragile that our Goldilocks Zone is vanishingly small, but worlds elsewhere can be declared habitable from thousands of light years away?

Should the alarmism infecting the new field of "climate science" apply to analysis of distant planets too? Or does it have anything to do with keeping funding flowing, changing our lifestyles to pre-ordained standards described by people with low esteem for American values, as so many people claim—who are then ridiculed and dismissed as deniers by people in white jackets?

USA Today Publishes Phony "Photo" on Page One

Continuing its long history of blatant deception and hopelessly phony reporting, now popularized as "fake news" by the current president, USA Today ran a cartoon on its cover (June 21, 2017) and made it appear to be a photograph of a planet hundreds of thousands of light years away. The technology for making such an image is not even a pipe dream, no matter what's in their pipes.

The Kepler spacecraft, capable of detecting a wobble in a distant star's orbit, believed to be indicative of a nearby orbiting planet, just sent back data showing it has found 219 new wobbles, called "planets outside our solar system," by Traci Watson, the reporter. No one has ever seen such a planet. She reports, that scientists report, that 10 of these could have the right "qualifications for hosting life," a wildly speculative statement with no scientific basis other than hopeful hope that we on Earth are not alone, and that math "proves" there must be others "out there" because the universe is really big.

The search for life in the universe, while a fascinating pursuit, is an egocentric-driven effort that conveniently attracts billions of dollars on which countless scientists live. TV programs on PBS, National Geo channel, History Channel and elsewhere now almost constantly promote the idea that life must exist elsewhere, disregarding even the most basic principles of scientific investigation, and filling the airwaves with entertaining poppycock.

If other civilizations do exist, the chances they might crush us like ants and take everything this planet has to offer are 50/50. If they're subject to any of the interpersonal forces and politics we experience (e.g., angry, hungry, wicked, stupid), the odds are more like 90/10. Our defense against a race capable of getting here and hurtling large chunks of rock at the planet from space are zero. Our defense against more sophisticated forms of attack are lower.

This is not a photo, it is a drawing.
No such image is possible. The caption is as it appeared on page one.
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