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    Since I was an insurance underwriter for more than 25 years, I have developed a highly tuned "bullshit" detector that comes into play when I come across a story that stretches credibility.

    This morning, I received a note from ChristianHeadlines.com that claimed that Chick-fil-A would soon be the 3rd largest restaurant chain in the country (after McDonalds and Starbucks) despite being closed on Sunday.

    https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/chick-fil-a-to-become-3rd-largest-restaurant-chain-despite-being-closed-on-sundays.html

    Since I found that hard to believe, I did further research, and found a couple of sites with more information.

    Wikipedia provided a list of all of the restaurant chains in America. Even allowing for the fact that the list may not be entirely accurate, Chick-fil-A has significantly fewer locations than many other chains. KFC, for example, has TEN TIMES the number of locations as Chick-fil-A, and Burger King and Dunkin' Donuts also have far more locations.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_restaurant_chains_in_the_United_States

    If you went just by sales volume, Chick-fil-A is still far off the pace. (They were #8 in 2017), Surprisingly, Chick-fil-A does top KFC in terms of sales volume.

    https://www.foodandwine.com/news/top-25-restaurant-chains-in-america-sales

    If you click on the "about" tab on the ChristianHeadlines page, you'll notice that they are owned by the Salem Web Network, which also happens to own Daily Caller, which generally carries some very wacky articles:

    https://townhall.com/

    Christian Headlines, of course, is very fond of Mike Pence.

    Not all religious news sources are bad, of course, but it doesn't take long to figure out which ones consistently put our nonsense for their gullible readers.

    Remember - always consider the source.

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    Arizona; yes correct. I always compare, what they say here and what they say overseas; we have the major Dutch newspaper on the internet every day. Lots of things are different portrayed then here.

    But I guess we both agree that here lots of "fake news" is presented, but that does not change my mind that "political" speaking it is here an total mess, because of lack of "up to date" laws as well solid limits of the powers for Presidents etc..

    Also the "media" is so enormous partisan which is an horrible source to get things the "honest" way; like FOX and Sinclair.

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    NBC just announced the 5 moderators for the upcoming Democratic debates. The press announcement from NBC is straight to the point, and completely absent of any bias about the moderators.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/nbc-announces-five-moderators-first-democratic-debate-n1016106

    In contrast, Townhall paints a much different picture.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozellandtimgraham/2019/06/12/nbc-names-debate-moderators--or-celebrators-n2548015

    Maddow, of course, is "a leftist, Trump-hating Russiagate conspiracy theorist."

    Lester Holt - "But there was not one single, solitary challenge of anything Hillary Clinton said. In fact, there were no questions about Benghazi or The Clinton Foundation or anything scandalous. The New York Times loved it. Say no more."

    "Chuck Todd has interviewed Sanders umpteen times in the last five years and has never disclosed that the direct-mail fundraising firm run by his wife, Kristian Denny"

    We best remember Savannah Guthrie for assisting sleazy author Joe McGinniss on the "Today" show in 2011

    "Telemundo fiercely editorializes against any policy restraining illegal immigration."

    "Biden proclaimed to the audience that the moral fabric of America is being "shredded" by President Trump, and that as president he would work to "restore the American creed."

    "The fabric that's been shredded here is the notion that NBC or MSNBC can be perceived by anyone with a brain wave as neutral moderators in our political debates.

    Townhall was started by the Heritage Foundation in 1995, but is now owned by the Salem Media group.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townhall

    Townhall features more than 80 columns (both syndicated and exclusive) by a variety of writers and commentators, who often appear as guest commentators on the Fox News Channel. The website also publishes news articles from the Associated Press.

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    Did you ever see an real good moderator? Look at the Trump/ Hillary "show" ; they never jumped in to say that Trump should not stand right behind Hillary's back as an clown. etc. Nor interfered when stupid things were said.

    Just let the "circus" begin as always; the clowns get the most attention.

    I've never seen in any other country an circus like the elections here.

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    I recently stumbled on a website titled "mediabiasfactcheck.com that evaluates the "slant" of various news sources. I checked a few of my favorites just for fun, and discovered that the Des Moines Register was actually one of the more "neutral" newspapers.

    Media Bias/Fact Check also has published a list of the MOST RELIABLE "fact checking" sites, and you'll recognize most of them.

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/2016/07/20/the-10-best-fact-checking-sites/

    I've been relying on Snopes for YEARS, but don't check the site very often. When I took a quick look this morning, this message popped up, and you could have SLAPPED me silly.

    https://www.snopes.com/enough-is-enough/

    I was not familiar with the acronym SLAPP, but it stands for strategic lawsuit against public participation, and its purpose is to suppress freedom of speech, a commodity that is in danger under the Trump administration. Snopes has apparently been attacked by a group called Proper Media LLC, which is based in San Diego.

    participation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_lawsuit_against_public_participation

    If you are interested in helping Snopes survive, the company has set up a GoFundMe site that is listed in the second link above.

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    Arizona; I think your B.S. detector will tell you that just about everything "political' speaking is B.S. The B.S. gets only bigger if "elections" are at the horizon and we have an "B.S. dictator" with B.S. people surrounding him.

    Sorry to say even "honest" media can't catch up on it. Such as Pompeo who claims things without any proof, which could start wars. Let alone what our "dictator" spews out day after day.

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    As I mentioned on June 13, nearly ALL news sources have a bit of a slant, and very few are truly neutral.

    One of the newspapers I read every day is the Washington Post. Since the paper has won LOTS of Pulitzer Prizes (66) over the years, I consider it to be a reliable source.

    Today's paper had a headline that "raised my dander" a bit:

    "Trump to name Tomas Philipson , a health care expert, as his next chief economist".

    Since the vast majority of Trump's appointments are not qualified for the positions they hold, my thoughts were "here we go again!".

    Fortunately for all of us, Philipson actually IS qualified to be Trump's chief economist. I'm not going to summarize all his credentials, but a review of his bio shows that Trump FINALLY picked the right guy for the job:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomas_J._Philipson

    Trump actually appointed him to become one of the members of the Council of Economic Advisers of the White House in August of 2017, so he is not totally new to the Trump administration. (The other members were Richard Burkhauser and Kevin Hassett. Tyler Goodspeed replaced Burkhauser in 2019).

    Philipson will actually be replacing Kevin Hasset, who announced his departure on June 2.

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    A few days ago, one of our Trump-voting relatives sent me an article titled "Under President Trump - America is respected again". The source was 1600 Daily.

    According to mediabiasfactcheck, "1600 Daily" has a strong bias to conservative news.

    Here is their summary:

    1600 Daily is a part of the Whitehouse.gov website. 1600 Daily gives news each day about what is happening within the White House, including the President’s schedule. Everything on this page is pro-Trump and pro-Republican. Essentially, it is an official looking propaganda arm for the President. 1600 Daily also publishes news stories from outside sources. Some of these sources have “mixed” factual reporting ratings. One example is a link to a news story by the Daily Caller, which is right biased and has a mixed factual reporting rating due to false claims confirmed by fact checkers. This website is useful for checking out White House schedules, but not necessarily for factual information

    Are we "the most respected government in the world"?

    To quote an old Hertz ad, "not exactly".

    We actually rank at #22 of the top 25.

    Here is the summary for the United States:

    So lets get the negatives out of the way. Although the United States’ reputation abroad was slightly improved under the Obama administration, due to continued wars, spying, and a general sense of overreach/imperialism, the United States has managed to isolate even some of its allies. Furthermore, it has a reputation for violence, lack of safety, poor healthcare coverage, and massive inequality. With that said, the United States is still seen as the “melting pot” and “land of opportunity”. So, although there are 21 countries that are seen as more “respectable”, the US still has a lot going for it. And given the amount of immigration, the world seems to have cast its vote with its feet.

    The list below is interesting to read. To save you time, though, the most respected country in the world is Canada.

    https://list25.com/25-most-respected-countries-in-the-world/

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    “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” --Adolf Hitler

    "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." -- Adolf Hitler

    Sorry to invoke Hitler on this website, but the similarities are increasingly harder to ignore. I'll go back and sip on some more South African wine.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” --Adolf Hitler

    "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." -- Adolf Hitler

    Sorry to invoke Hitler on this website, but the similarities are increasingly harder to ignore. I'll go back and sip on some more South African wine.

    Yes Schmidt, remember what I said in the past? Trump had an copy of "Mein Kampf" on his night table. I guess the only book he ever read.