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Last Friday, KTVU San Francisco made a mess when they rushed to report the names of the pilots aboard the Asiana flight that crashed, without checking their facts.

Just in case you missed it, here’s the report:

Be honest – it made you laugh, didn’t it?

I know there’s nothing at all funny about a plane crash.  I know 3 people are dead and 180 injured.  That is a sad and tragic event.

But as a standalone event, the KTVU report is funny.  And let me ask you to be honest again – when you heard it, was your first thought that it was racist?

Asiana Airlines apparently thinks it was, and they are planning to sue KTVU for their racial insensitivity.  Gee, if I had to guess who might have a good lawsuit in all this, it would be the families of those who died when the Asiana flight crashed, and maybe those who were injured, possibly because of the negligence of those pilots.

And if Asiana sues the TV station, the TV station will probably sue the NTSB, since that’s where they say they got confirmation of the fake names.  That means that any monetary award would be paid by the federal government who gets their money from you and me.

Gee and I wasn’t anywhere near San Francisco that day!

Of course, the NTSB has blamed all of this on a “summer intern.”

OK, I’ll wait while you laugh again.  I know, this story just gets better as it rolls along, doesn’t it?  I’m sure the NTSB will be getting rid of the intern in question.  I suggest he check for openings at the IRS.  He would probably be a good fit there.

As for that lawsuit that Asiana has threatened, please, can everyone take a breath and get a grip?  Does everything have to be about race?  Is everyone’s skin so paper- thin?  Do we all have to carry a rule book and check before we open our mouths?

We would be a much happier and healthier society if we all lightened up and learned how to laugh at ourselves.

Shake it off, Asiana.  You have bigger things to worry about.

And it was funny.

No lawsuit can change that.

-Kathy

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Did George Zimmerman get away with murder?  Did he abuse our legal system to get away with killing a young, black man simply because he’s obsessed with race?

From the look of things, we may be discussing that for some time to come in spite of what a jury has determined.

But there are other culprits here who are truly guilty of hideous crimes.  They are the many members of the old media who engaged in storytelling that they passed along as news to the rest of us.  The media wanted this case to be about race, and they wanted it so badly that when the facts didn’t support their preconceptions, they simply made them up.

Zimmerman was falsely accused of having made racially charged statements right from the beginning.  The accusations were reported and repeated across the board.  So it was rather surprising when we learned that Zimmerman was not white, but Hispanic.  Well, that didn’t fit what we were being told.

The remedy?  They created a new classification of hyphenated Americans – White Hispanic. By this standard, are we now to refer to the President of The United States as a White African American?  And what are we supposed to call all the other Hispanic people now?

Perhaps the most egregious of the lies came from NBC in late March of 2012, just a month after the incident when the 911 tapes were released.  They recklessly edited the 911 tape, so as to paint Zimmerman as the racist they wanted him to be.

This is the sort of thing you can’t take back.  It’s toothpaste you can’t put back in the tube, no matter what reluctant apology you issue quietly, days later.  In the racially charged atmosphere the press was creating, the damage was already done.

Breitbart.com has put together a good collection of the lies the media has handed us regarding this incident, including those of Al Sharpton who fanned the flames of the very racial divide he claims he wants to end.  If you are not familiar with the list, I urge you to have a look.

These outlets have no credibility left.  They should not be permitted to call themselves news organizations.  They no longer give us news, but instead feed unsuspecting viewers their own twisted ideas of how the world is and how they think it ought to be.

Zimmerman’s attorneys have filed suit against NBC for broadcasting their shameful editing of the 911 tape.  I’ll watch that case closely to see what possible defense they’ll put up.  I hope they are made to pay dearly for their deception.

I never met Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman.  I’m sad that one young man is dead and the other’s life is changed forever.  I have compassion for their families.  But the truth is that none of this affects my life and tragedies like this one happen every day that I never hear about.

You and I know about this one only because the media wanted us to.  Sadly, young, black men are killed in alarming numbers, but NBC and the others don’t tell us about those.  I have no idea what inspired them, but they decided that this one was more important than the others and that this one was all about race.  They were wrong about that part, but it didn’t matter to them.  They made it what they wanted it to be.  And in the process, we’ve become a little more divided and a little more suspicious of each other when we need not be.

For me, this trial was all about the media.

And this jury of one finds them guilty.

-Kathy

Breitbart’s timeline of media lies

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Francois Murad is a Catholic priest who was murdered in Syria last week.  With his hands tied behind his back, he was beheaded with what’s beingFrancoisMurad described as a kitchen knife.  A mob of men and boys chanted “Allahua Akbar” as Father Murad and two other men were brutally decapitated.

Many in the crowd had smartphones and used this modern technology to record the archaic,barbaric acts.  The pictures and videos are easily found online.  I won’t post any of it here.  That’ll be your own choice to view or not.

The murderers, the barbarians, are part of the group that Western news agencies and the Obama administration are referring to as “Syrian rebels.”  These are the people we are planning to support with cash, weapons and military training.

The Obama administration is also considering bringing Syrian refugees here to America.  Taking into account the current state of our immigration policy, and our government’s inability to determine friend from foe, that sends a chill down my spine.  Jihad – coming soon to a town near you!

Here’s what it looks like in Egypt right now.

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The Obama administration, with plenty of support from the old, establishment republicans, was firmly behind the Arab Spring.  Their cheerleading and support helped oust a dictator in Egypt and install a Jihadist in his place.  And the people of Egypt are out in the streets again, in bigger numbers than ever.  And Egypt is just the latest and loudest of the unrest spreading across the entire region.

Does any of this deter our leaders from continuing their meddling into the affairs of other nations that they clearly do not fully understand?

Many of the “Syrian rebels” are Al Qaida members who fought against American soldiers in Iraq.  And while we’re arming them, supporting them as they decapitate Catholic priests in the name of Allah, the Russians are arming the Syrian government.

My God, what are we doing?

-Kathy

Full story on Father Murad at The Blaze

Update 7/4/13:  It is now being reported that Father Murad is NOT one of the men decapitated last week.  We are now being told that Murad was shot (eight times) and that news reports from the chaotic region became confused.

Updated story at CNS

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Paula Deen spent most of last week begging for forgiveness for admitting she uttered the N-word sometime in the past.

The trial of George Zimmerman has captured the national news.

And a New Jersey mom is violently beaten in her home while her 3 year-old watches.

So is Paula Deen a racist?  I don’t know.  I’ve never met her.  She seems nice enough.  Is she the only public figure who has ever said the N-word?  Certainly not.

I’m not an aficionado of rap music, but I have heard the word used by black and white rappers.  They use other nasties too, usually directed at women – bitch and ho.  Does that make them misogynists?  Is it racist when they say the N-word?  Should they grovel like Deen is doing, begging for forgiveness for their words?

And what about Zimmerman?  Is he a racist?  I’ve never met him either, so I don’t know.  The sad truth is that the trial is about race and not about Trayvon Martin’s death.  Hundreds of young, black men are killed each year (mostly in Chicago) and no one outside of their families cares very much.  They don’t make the evening news except for being included in the statistics.

The sad, sad truth is that the only reason you know Trayvon Martin’s name is that his killer was not another young, black man.

Is the sociopath in the video, who beat the NJ mom a racist?  Does he hate whites?  Maybe he hates women.  Maybe he hates white women.

Or maybe he’s just a crazy person who needs to be locked up so he can’t hurt anyone else.

Was it right for the Food Channel to cancel Paula Deen’s show?  They are free to choose what they want to do as a private company, aren’t they?  But should someone lose their source of income and have their reputation ruined because they admit they used a racial slur sometime in the past?  Bob Bryd was a member of the Klu Klux Klan and held the office of “Exalted Cyclops.”  He apologized and went on to be a United States Senator and member of the Democrat party for over 50 years.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this one.  But I sure would like to meet the person who claims to be perfect.

Our elected leaders are about to pass a new immigration bill that is a disaster.  It is going to cause havoc to our economy and will have a profound effect on our culture.  They know all this.  They are lying about the bill and making believe it’s going to be great.  We all know better.

But members of Congress know that anyone who opposes the bill will be called a racist.  And they so fear that label that they are willing to jeopardize the welfare of the nation to avoid it.

It’s my personal experience that relations between the races have never been better out here in the real world where most of us live.  But the issues of racial divides and discrimination have been very profitable for some people – those in government and their cronies.  If we are all getting along nicely, their source of wealth dries up and they don’t want that.  So they go to great lengths to perpetuate the division.

There is still too much fear to stand up to the Al Sharptons and the La Razas of the world.  Until we do, celebrities will be punished for their words, we’ll focus on the neighborhood watch guy instead of figuring out why young, black men keep killing each other and government will pass bad laws so that dishonest politicians can “prove” they care.

Several years ago, Attorney General Eric Holder said that we are “a nation of cowards” regarding the discussion of race in America.

It’s pretty much the one and only time I have agreed with Mr. Holder.

-Kathy

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I know I have been on the subject of the amnesty bill for days.  But there’s a lot at stake here and I fear our leaders are about to do something that will be very destructive to the country and which they will not be able to undo.  Today I just have some questions for the “gang of eight” that remain unaswered, some even unasked (by the media.)

How do you know we have 11 million illegals here?  Can you prove me wrong when I say it’s more likely 20 to 30 million?

You say we need to bring these people “out of the shadows.”  Well, what about those who do not come out and sign on to your plan?  Wlll you look for them?  If so, what will you do when you find them?  Why can’t you find them now?  Will you deport them?  If you don’t plan on looking for those who don’t come forward, what’s the point of all this?

What about “wet foot, dry foot?”  Will all people who come here illegally be treated the same or will we still have special classes of illegals?

We passed a law in 2006 that said you had to build a fence at the border.  Why isn’t it done yet?  Why is it part of negotiations now?  Aren’t you already reguired by law to build it?

Aren’t you bound by your oath of office to protect the nation from all invaders?  Why won’t you do it?  Why is your main function part of negotiations?  Why do American citizens have to give up anything in order to get you to do what is already your job?

You claim this law will prevent illegals from recieving federal benefits.  What about state benefits?  Is this a sleight of hand to fool us?  Do you think we’re this stupid?  Many illegals are already recieving benefits, especially those whose children have been born here.  Will you take those benefits away?  Will they be turned away from emergency rooms if they can’t pay?  Will children here illegally attend public schools?

We’re still waiting for the enforcment of our souther border that was promised to us in 1986 when we gave amnesty to the illegals here at that time.  When can we expect you to fulfill your obligation under that law?

Considering your track record, why should we believe that this time will be different and that we should trust you?

-Kathy

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Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled against the voters of Arizona, who supported a requirement that people provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.  They said that state law is trumped by federal law which simply requires an applicant to swear they are a citizen, but doesn’t require any proof.

There’s a lot of legal mumbo jumbo flying around about the decision, but it really boils down to the integrity of one of our most basic rights – free and fair elections.  In the current climate of government distrust, this is simply pouring fuel on the fire.

Consider all the things you do that require you to prove who you are – cash a check, get on a plane, see a doctor, borrow a library book, apply for a loan…  Yet, to register to vote, all you have to do is say you are a citizen.  No evidence is required.

But who is checking up?  Prior to the last election, my governor, Rick Scott, tried to clean up our voter rolls and he was challenged from all sides.  He’s a racist, was the claim, and simply wanted to prevent poor minorities from exercising their right to vote.

All this while the Obama administration and Congress are working diligently to provide amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, pulling their “rights” out of thin air and using that tired charge of racism against any of us who object.

Gee, if only they had the same level of interest in actual citizens who are currently on the receiving end of real abuse from the IRS, the NSA, the FBi….

Other recent news:

An eight-grader in West Virginia is in trouble for wearing an NRA  t-shirt to school.  The incident got a bit out of hand and now the young teen has been charged with obstruction and faces a year in jail.

CBS correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reported on the presidential election in Iran.  Speaking of the candidates she said they were all very conservative and “in U.S. terms it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the tea party.”

Hmmm, so the tea party is like radical Muslims who want to wipe Israel off the map and kill Americans?

Speaking of the tea party, they have planned a big rally for tomorrow at the Capital.  Did you know that?  It hasn’t gotten much notice in the press.  They are calling their event “Audit the IRS.”  Sounds like a great idea to me.

President Obama is planning to send arms to the rebels in Syria.  The problem with this is that the rebels are now largely controlled by Al Qaeda.  Oh, and the Russians are backing the Syrian government.  Does this mean we’re in a de facto war with the Russians?

Here’s a shocker – Project Veritas has caught phone company employees handing out Obamaphones to people who said they would be selling them to pay for designer handbags and illegal drugs.

I guess that’s enough.  I don’t know about you, but that’s about as much catching up as I can stand for now.

-Kathy

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Like you, I have a life beyond the BS that goes on in Washington.  I was living that life over the weekend, while keeping an eye on the news that was drippingEdwardSnowden out about the NSA spy program, PRISM.  By the time the whistleblower, Edward Snowden, came forward I was thinking to myself that this is a historic moment in time.

I tried to think of events in my lifetime that matched or exceeded this one.  The attacks on 9/11/01 came to mind of course.  I can’t come up with anything else.  It certainly dwarfs the Watergate scandal, which is considered a mile-marker in our history.

And I wondered of course, what the media and the politicians were going to do about all this.

This morning we started with the local news as always.  Gotta check the weather first!  The local station’s report on Snowden was about 30 seconds long.   OK, I thought, the networks are going to ignore this as best they can.  Low information voters won’t pay attention if we don’t make a big deal out of it.

Switching to the cable news and the blogosphere, there was much more and there seems to be a great divide on what people think about Snowden exposing what the NSA is doing.  One side, including a lot of the big government types, is calling Snowden a traitor.  Some in this group fell just short of offering him a blindfold and a last cigarette.

On the other side Snowden is being called a hero.  They say what the government is doing is wrong and they’re praising Snowden for exposing it all.  Power to the people, man.

So who’s right?  As regulars here might expect, I’m on the Bravo Mr. Snowden team this morning.  The idea that my government thinks it is entitled to snoop into my private life under the guise of providing my safety is repugnant to me.

But the other side says it’s a necessary evil and that what they do actually does keep us safe.  Do the facts support this?  I would point to two recent events to argue that point.  As I mentioned last week, the Russians called on an old fashioned telephone to warn us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Our intelligence agencies say they investigated him, found nothing serious and had no more reason to follow him.  Months later he killed three and maimed dozens at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

And there is Nadal Malik Hasan.  Those charged with evaluating his training in the US military repeatedly voiced concern about his Islamic views, yet repeatedly promoted him all the way to the rank of Major, until finally he killed 13 and wounded 29 at Fort Hood.

And even as witnesses confirm he yelled, “Allah Akbar” as he fired, our government has classified the attack as “workplace violence” – you know, he just went a little postal.

In both these cases, there was no need for super-secret surveillance.  The terrorists were in full view.  And yet, those charged with keeping us safe failed.

I think those claiming that PRISM and any similar efforts actually keep us safe have to provide some evidence to back up their claims.  And even then, will any of it rise to the level that we’re all going to be willing to forfeit our privacy as a tradeoff?

I’m willing to keep an open mind.  Guarded, but open.  Perhaps more information will become public that might sway opinions.

But we are still learning the extent of what the IRS is doing to American citizens, based on political beliefs.  With this fresh in my mind, and wondering what is next in the drip, drip, drip out of Washington, I am not willing to hand over another inch of my Constitutional rights in exchange for the promise of security from a government that struggles to simply say the word terrorist.

-Kathy

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