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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Cuban Affair by bestselling author Nelson DeMille is a realistic portrayal within an action-packed story. DeMille participated in a Yale University-affiliated educational tour that provided him with an insider look at Cuba, including the culture and history. Drawing from this experience, he has created a novel surrounding accurately portrayed facts.

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...Yet DeMille shows the direct opposite: overwhelming poverty, a police state, and a violator of human rights.

Through his characters, DeMille points out how "[i]n Cuba, guilt or innocence is not important. Politics are important. Let me remind you that your compatriot Alan Gross received a fifteen-year sentence for spying and spent five years in prison, and he was innocent."


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Monday the high court has adopted much of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's textualist judicial reasoning.

Kagan was speaking to an audience at the Chicago-Kent College of Law when she said that Scalia's judicial reasoning has come to dominate the court, the Washington Examiner reported.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Why don't the stories say: "President Trump Faithfully Executes Affordable Care Act"?
In report after sky-is-falling report, the journalism wing of the media-Democrat complex castigates the president over his decision to -- as the New York Times put it -- "scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out of pocket costs of low-income people." These subsidy payments are "critical" to sustaining the "Affordable Care Act." Without them, the Grey Lady frets, "President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement" could "unravel." To add insult to injury, the paper implies that Trump's "determination to dismantle [Obamacare] on his own" is a malign attack on the rule of law, coming only after Republicans reneged on their vow to repeal it by legislation.

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What Trump has actually done is end the illegal payoffs without which insurance companies have no rational choice but to jack up premiums or flee the Obamacare exchanges.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Leaving Twitter means people send you articles about others who leave Twitter, so I saw the story of a NY Times reporter leaving Twitter, and then the follow-up analysis of what that means. That analysis article ended with these helpful guides:

*Consider your role: If you are a journalist and not a columnist your bosses may expect you to keep your opinions to yourself because they inevitably reflect on your newsroom.

*Be confident you can support your comments with reporting and facts. That's good advice for columnists and editorial writers too - though, as Robert Schlesinger managing editor of US News' Opinions points out, for editorial writers and columnists, "Bias is a feature, not a bug."



My reaction was:

Congrats to the NY Times reporter!

That the bullet points need to be stated is sad.

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Journalism is broken. No necessarily out of bad intentions, but because many journalists don't understand how bubbled they are...


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

David French, National Review: President Trump's call for NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to be fired was a troubling assault on free speech -- and it put the league in an impossible position. Americans do not and should not worship idols. We do not and should not worship the flag. As a nation we stand in respect for the national anthem and stand in respect for the flag not simply because we were born here or because it's our flag. We stand in respect because the flag represents a specific set of values and principles: that all men are created equal and that we are endowed with our Creator with certain unalienable rights. read more


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