The Media’s Big Scoop: Hillary may be Unethical

There have been times, believe it or not, when I have been accused of being too hard on the media and the Democrats. I’m hard on the Republicans too, but no one cares about them.

I admit that I view the media and politicians as bumbling, exasperating, and ultimately dangerous threats to the Republic. Americans have installed both the politicians and the media as safeguards for our Constitutional liberties. In terms of a hiring decision, it rates somwhere between employing an army of Golden Retrievers to guard a collection of Faberge eggs and that time we got scammed into a discounted 3-hour tour with Gilligan.

Take the latest twist in the Hillary Clinton scandal du jour. This email scandal has been going on forever but if you are unfamiliar, here’s a summary of the whole scandal in 63-words. This week, the Inspector General released a long-awaited report, restating what everyone has known for months: Hillary’s arrangement was unsanctioned and unnecessary, and her recklessness put U.S. security at risk.

Who would have seen this coming?

Who would have seen this coming?

Hillary supporters have their own reasons for supporting her. Perhaps they are feminists who feel their candidate has paid her dues and is entitled to the presidency, that she has the best resume, the best gender, that her agenda is similar to theirs, or maybe they are just anti-Trump or anti-Sanders. But whatever their reasons are, none of them seem to labor under delusions that Mrs. Clinton is an ethical, truthful public servant.


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The University of Orwellian Nightmares

Approximately 24,125 very special snowflakes attend the University of Oregon. UO invests an obscene amount of time, effort, and funding to ensure staff, learners, and faculty adopt a uniform set of beliefs and values, and that they are protected from different points of view. The Bias Response Team, or BRT, as it is affectionately called, is part of this effort; their role is to police speech on campus.
Whether you’re attending school, teaching, or working in the cafeteria, the BRT awaits your report of inappropriate/insensitive behavior that you witnessed. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to be “reporters” who inform on one another anonymously.
Thank goodness the BRT stepped in to resolve the situation with clip art

Thank goodness the BRT stepped in to resolve the situation with clip art

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The Republican Establishment, the Media, and the Left find a common enemy in Donald Trump


“The system is rigged!” Donald Trump shouts.

And there it is: possibly the only issue of importance that voters of all stripes agree upon.

Both major parties are controlled by a small group at the top, who determine the platform and select the party nominee. The challenge both parties face is portraying the selected candidate as having been democratically elected. Democrats created superdelegates to override their voters; the Republican system is more complex.


The GOP and What Passes for Normal 

Each election cycle, disappointed Republican voters are puzzled when the nominee is announced. Yet the Republican presidential nominee profile is as predictable as it gets.

  • romneyGender: Male
  • Race: White or Hispanic
  • Height: Tall
  • Demeanor: Distinguished, commanding
  • Issue focus: Fiscal and foreign policy
  • Experience: Governor (preferred); senators and corporate executives considered
  • Known as: Unrelentingly dull
  • Support: Tepid

The primary process is deliberately confusing, and it comes down to 2,472 individual delegates. A candidate needs the support of at least half of the delegates to win the nomination. Each state has its own rules but in most cases, the delegates go to the convention and vote for the person who won the popular vote in their state or district.

Usually the nominee is a foregone conclusion and the convention is used to introduce the running mate. However, if no candidate has a majority, some of the delegates are unbound (i.e., they no longer have to vote for the candidate who won their state or district) and they re-vote. More delegates are unbound with every vote, until someone has enough votes to win. Gifts and promises of future influence are lavished upon the delegates by the candidates for months prior to the convention, just in case of a close vote. Thus, you have McCain/Palin 2008 and Romney/Ryan 2012.


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