Last week in a blog post, I issued a challenge to myself when using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The results was a somewhat underwhelming mixed bag. There were differences but none of them were major or Earth shattering. Early on, I was thinking that I was going to be getting responses from... Continue Reading →
I am not a morning person by any definition. It is so bad that some mornings I consider it a major victory if I make it out the door wearing pants. Often, I have weird thoughts based on strange twists of logic. The vast majority of these thoughts are not worth even sharing with myself... Continue Reading →
A symptom of the media become propaganda outlets for the political parties is that it no longer seeks to inform or challenge is readers or watchers. Rather it seeks to create and promote narratives that that furthers its agenda. I’m a political cartoonist. I often hear from editors who receive my pitches who state my... Continue Reading →
The first amendment of the US Constitution explicitly states that the government cannot abridge the rights of the free press. However, this has not stopped politicians and the courts from trying to see just how far they can challenge those rights. In recent news, the government has been accused on trying to abridge these rights... Continue Reading →
Some tips for adding one of the most common themes in works of art.
by Jacqui Murray
How do we characterize love in your writing?
Because, if you’re a writer, you must. It doesn’t have to be sex but it has to take readers that direction, right to the edge of the cliff. Yes, you can leave the lurid details out, but let readers peek over the edge.
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To say Fox News has changed political discourse would be an understatement. However, they have pioneered turning journalism into state sponsored propaganda and poisoning of people's minds. This is entirely anecdotal, but after O’Reilly’s departure was announced, I thought about who among my conservative friends watches O’Reilly. The only person I could think of was... Continue Reading →
Please note the name of this blog before proceeding. 🙂 If you like stories of government incompetence, this will be right up your alley. First some background, we have a foster kid in our care and every so often we have to undergo an intrusive process of certifications. This is not what I have a... Continue Reading →
Some good tips for anyone wanting to create a character that is not sane. Nothing beats a good insane character. They’re unpredictable, obsessive, totally spellbinding … and hard to write. Their arcs and motivations can differ completely from ordinary characters. Saying you’re going to write an insane character, however, is like going to a steakhouse... Continue Reading →
This weekend marked a combination of productivity and laziness. To make a long story short for Sunday, we went out to one of my favorite restaurants (contrary to what my family thinks, it is not Bob Evans). This restaurant is pricey; every time I read the check, my eyes about pop from my head. Plus,... Continue Reading →
When learning how to solve a problem, we need to look at the root causes and understand why it is a problem in the first place. What if society is responsible for the creation of this very monster that is destroying it? It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all... Continue Reading →
Like most people, I spend way too much time on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I will even admit that I am not above wallowing in the mud in comment sections of political articles. I have decided that instead of my usual pontificating, I will ask questions instead. Would anyone care to speculate... Continue Reading →
Welcome back everyone. This week we got to see Operation: Shut Up about Russia escalate even more. The theater of operations has increased to three fronts by adding Afghanistan and North Korea. Some people, including yours truly, are beginning to wonder if the goal is to start World War III. The week began with Senator... Continue Reading →
Lately, there seems to be a rash of incidents with turkeys in Indiana. No, I am not talking about the state house in Indianapolis. I am talking about real turkeys that live in the wild. Yes, these are the same birds that we used to trace our hands in kindergarten and color in November. A... Continue Reading →
Ever since the ACA was signed into law by President Obama, the Republicans have made it their primary promise to the country that they will repeal the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare). As a result of the election in November 2016, the Republicans are in full control of the government. There is nothing... Continue Reading →
I have to admit sometimes my brain comes up with some strange thoughts. While this question is not one of the exteme examples it is something that has perplexed me today. Is it possible to write or report about politices and to be positive? In most cases, Google provides me with the answers to most... Continue Reading →
This article is an analysis of the story behind the United passenger's background story. There were some things that the paper that broke the story could have done better. In this context, the story is not as nefarious as it appeared. It didn't take long for the latest incident on United Airlines to become a... Continue Reading →
For certain, this was a very explosive week for the Republican regime in more than one ways than one. There was a lot of triggering happening and I am not talking about the left's reaction to Pepsi and Nivea ads. Say what you will about the white is purity thing but I will never eat... Continue Reading →
Some more useful information... When you’re finding amazing content to share on social media—the kind of thing that grabs attention and gets people to click, share, and comment—one of the most valuable, most original places to turn is your own blog and the content you personally create. So the questions become: How to create amazing... Continue Reading →
Against my better judgment, I'm going to go ahead and share this. While Media Matters is a highly biased site, this articles does make some interesting observations. For most of the last decade, the flow of misinformation was often easy to track in media, with right-wing media often forcing mainstream outlets to follow the stories... Continue Reading →
Swamps are dark places where it is easy to hide things. Rather than draining the swamp, the Republican regime is using it to hide information. Some called it a Friday night news dump, but it was more like a frustrating trickle. One by one, the White House began slowly releasing financial disclosure reports Friday evening... Continue Reading →
This article is cross posted from Factually Challenged Nation. Claim: During the Presidential primaries Marco Rubio accused Donald Trump of having small hands. During the Republican primaries, Marco Rubio accused then candidate Donald Trump of having small hands. Officially, his campaign's position was that Trump was not someone who could be trusted. Unofficially, pundits were saying... Continue Reading →
Republicans. No, sorry, more than that. A hell of a lot of status quo bias as well. And powerful, intense interests with narrow, but substantial benefits. Loved this Planet Money episode on how incredibly stupid our tax filing system. In the rest of the modern world, tax returns are simply not a big deal. Most voters have straightforward taxes and the government already has the key information on file. You get a pre-filled tax return and you can check through it to make sure everything is in order, and that’s that. Not so, as you well know in America. Instead, here we waste millions and millions of hours– not to mention the frustration– and spend lots and lots of money (to the benefit of HR Block, Turbo Tax, etc.) to so something that is a cheap, straightforward function of the government. Yeah, America!
The Planet Money story is about a…
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