I Will Not Ask You To Register

I’m curious about just about everything. I’m skeptical of just about everything. It’s easy to see the politics in everything, if you’re looking at it at the right angle. Even things that are not supposed to be, ie. Google, Facebook, sports, charities.

When Google gives you suggestions, or sites to visit per a query that you typed in, you should get an unbiased view of what you’re looking for. Over and over, we’ve seen that not be the case regarding this election cycle. Trump not being listed as a candidate, Hillary’s scandals not showing up in searches, ect. Facebook was showing only what they wanted to in the ‘trending now’ section of the news feed, and disregarding things that go against what they want their readers to believe.

What brings this up today, actually has to do with WordPress. I haven’t seen any bias here from WordPress. Everything I read, is from other users. Not WordPress itself, so I cannot call bias here. But, something that was suggested to me, brought this to mind again.

I was encouraged to put a ‘Register to Vote’ link on my page. I’m political here. Those of you that are reading this, know that I am.  There is something that keyed you to check my site out. Trending topic, you followed me from other posts, whatever. If you’re reading this, you’re already politically involved.

What drives me crazy, is the fact that Google, Facebook and others are forcing this. When you turn 18, you have a choice to register to vote. It’s not a requirement, but a right. If you choose not to be involved, that’s up to you, and you can change your mind at any time.

You cannot miss this year’s election cycle. It’s everywhere. From comedy to music, sports and general pop culture. If you still haven’t decided to register to vote at this point, you don’t care. You’ve decided to disengage yourself from politics, and not know what is going on with it.

That’s fine. That is your purgative, and choice. Why should I encourage people, who have no idea of what’s going on, to vote? We have enough uneducated people voting already.

This next point is going to be very unpopular.

Voting is a right. Your duty as an American. It’s also your duty to make yourself informed to make a wise decision. Far too many people cannot tell you the views and positions of their selected candidate. They simply going to vote because there is an R or D next to the name.

While there are many times that I end up voting party line, it’s not because I blindly choose them, it’s because I believe in what that candidate stands for, in relation to what I believe.

I’m going to propose something that was eliminated many years ago, for being racist. It was then, but is not now.

When blacks were first given the right to vote, in the South, they were given a test, to prove that they were smart enough to vote. Completely wrong! At the time, in the segregated south, most blacks were not given the opportunity to learn in school. Most could not read or write. Given the opportunity, if the whites were given the same test at the time, they would have not been able to pass either. Blatantly racist, and absolutely wrong!

In 2016, I wish there were a similar test. Not excluding anyone. In order to vote, you have to take a test. Not of general knowledge of course, but of what the candidates stand for. 4 questions for each candidate. Answer 80% or better on their positions, and you can vote. Anything less than that, you should be deemed an uneducated voter, and not allowed to vote.

Study for this test! Have it via computer at the voting site. Make it available via phone while you’re at the voting site. Can’t read? No problem. Have it available audibly. Make people truly understand what they are voting for. Not the garbage that is being spewed by both candidates, trying to make the other look bad. Make your arguments based on policy. Let people understand what they are voting for. Then make the population prove it.

Of course this won’t happen. It’ll be deemed racist, sexist, homophobic or some other –ist somehow. The establishment doesn’t want an informed delegate anyhow. They’ll end up being called out for their corruption.

So, in conclusion, if you’re educated on the issues, you’re already registered to vote. If you’re not informed on them, who cares? You’re not going to vote anyhow, or at least shouldn’t.  I will not be asking anyone if they have, or if they would register.

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Media Bias

Thanks for checking in, and reading my posts. Generally speaking, it’s about things I’m concerned about, or am thinking about on any particular day. Hopefully you find it interesting, and thought provoking. Thanks to my wife for proofing my writings. She’s pretty fantastic.

I touched on yesterday, about media bias, slanting heavily towards Clinton. In my eyes, as someone who watches no news, can see it. I wake up every morning, scan through a few websites, listen to the news on my local radio station, get to my office, turn on national news radio, and read up on some things that caught my attention when I woke up. It’s the same thing, every day.

There was a story last week, talking about whether there is a bias in the media, on my local radio station. This isn’t a station that talks about national issues, without getting it from ABC. It was the lead story, and they had interviews throughout the morning about the subject. Web poll, message line, ect.

The interview that caught my attention, was with a ‘journalist’ from ABC, who was insistent that there was no media bias, and everything that was reported on from ABC, was neutral, with no opinion added.

The news anchor (news reader) on my local station, made a statement that there was no way that there was a bias in media, because he would have seen it. He, of course, has been part of the media for the last 45 years.

Here is the kicker I got from this conversation. Immediately after the interview was over, the news reader who just claimed his unbiased nature, read a story, slamming Trump for something, and applauding Hillary for not doing it. I don’t remember what the situation was.

What I do remember, is that, Hillary had some more damning evidence come out, THAT DAY, regarding her email scandal. What was reported about this, is that there was no reason for her to be concerned about this, because it is old news.

A quick search on Google, you can find a whole list of issues with the Democrat’s nominee. Here is a quick list, if you need to get caught up. 22 biggest Hillary scandals. Do your research, of course. No one source should be trusted.

Moving away from strictly politics here, we need to look at the media as a whole, and their bias, and pushing stories the way they want them to go.

Michael Brown, who was shot by a uniformed police officer, was immediately shown as “The gentle giant.” His parents had told the media how much of a great kid he was, and how he was so great to everyone. It was the white police officer who screwed up.  He was out looking to kill a black guy. Brown had his hands in the air, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Shot for no reason.

Never mind the fact that he had just knocked over a convenience store, shoved the employee to the ground, was being sought for that robbery, and went after the cop when confronted. That part doesn’t matter.

More recently, Keith Scott, was shot and killed by an officer, serving a warrant. There is video of officers telling him to put down the gun. His friends went to the nearest camera, and told everyone how great he was, and that he was just reading a book, peacefully, in his car. Shot for no reason.

Never mind the fact that he had a gun, was told repeatedly to put it down. Don’t worry about the past felony convictions, the fact that he had used a firearm in the past for crimes, or that he was on parole. That part doesn’t matter.

Both instances resulted in riots. This is not uncommon anymore in this country. The media shows it as out of control cops, looking to kill. Black men are being persecuted for being black. Executed for being black.

But the truth is rarely reported. Weeks, even months later, after all the violence after the fact, it may be touched on. They pushed a narrative that they wanted to push, let the repercussions happen, then walk away.

Of course, anyone who wants to actually know what happened, can go find it. There are enough sources out there, that can be found. However, there are too many people, who don’t care what else there is.

Freddie Gray was killed by police in Baltimore for being black. Riots ensued. The prosecutor in Baltimore, charged all 6 officers involved with murder or manslaughter. Not one was convicted. Every single charge was thrown out, because there was zero evidence to show any intent to kill, or indifference to his conditions.

All of these stories, were headline news for weeks. It started every newscast. Print, radio, and video. When the false story had produced what it was supposed to, the media slipped away, briefly mentioning the truth that they couldn’t wait for, weeks or months later.

I’m biased. I know I am. I tell everyone. My thoughts and opinions clearly show how I think. I don’t mind if people are biased. I really don’t. It’s what makes us unique. However, when I’m gathering information, I want to know who is biased, and in which direction.

When I read the news in the morning, I read a story that interests me. Then, as I should, I read the opposing view. Or the same story from a site that confirms, or refutes the story I just read.

My father told me when I was young. Don’t believe anything you hear, and only believe half of what you see. That’s stuck with me for 25 years. Take that advice the next time the news comes on, and tells you what is going on around you.

Taxes and Tax Avoidance

Because this country encourages, or at least used to, entrepreneurism. As a person who wants to make more money, more often, I have ambitions.

This election season has brought this idea to the forefront. It happens to be on my mind often. As an individual who makes a decent living, I think about taxes more than most people.  Looking at a post I wrote last week (Here), you can see that taxes drive my thinking.

Over the weekend, the New York Times decided to print Donald Trump’s taxes from the 1990’s, show almost a Billion dollar loss. Thus, he not paying taxes for 16 years.

What drives me crazy this morning, is that, that’s all I see this morning on my Facebook feed. Every other person has posted this, like it’s some terrible crime, and he’s an awful person.

The problem with this, of course, is that everything he did was perfectly legal, and justified. Not only did he have a horrendous year, losing almost a billion dollars, but was public about it! He told the government what he did, and used the tax code to make sure he was covered.

I have a small farm on the side. Its brand new, and I’m hoping to make something out of it. I hope to make a lot of money, selling apples and hops. (Odd combination, I know, but they are both fun and profitable) In my first year, as is common, I took a loss. I had purchased a tractor, planting equipment, trees and plants. I bought fertilizer, weed control, and deer repellent. As with any perennial crop, it takes a bit to get going. The first year is never a success. And for apples, I’m looking at 5 years before I really am able to see any return.

Because this country encourages, or at least used to, entrepreneurism. As a person who wants to make more money, more often, I have ambitions. The government has written these in to encourage business building.

The fact that Mr. Trump’s tax returns were (illegally) released, is an attempt to show how much he has absconded the taxes he is supposed to pay.

Too many people in this country do not know enough about politics, the candidates, or the law that they are trying to pin to Trump. And this is why the New York Times can get away with this.

Make no mistake. This is a hit piece, from a newspaper who contends that they are neutral, giving only the news you need to know. Zero Hedge and others have reported that Hillary Clinton has used the same tax avoidance as Trump did. LEGALLY!

Breitbart has reported the New York Times hasn’t paid taxes either. Why? Because they are losing money. And when you lose money, you don’t pay taxes. That’s the law. Millions take advantage of this every year.

But, the New York Times hasn’t told their readers about themselves not paying. They haven’t told their readers about Hillary using the same tax code. They simply put out one side, and expect it to be passed on as gospel. Which it has been in a lot of circles.

So, why doesn’t the New York Times feel it’s necessary to tell people what others are doing? Why do they feel the need to break the law (or at least bend it very close to breaking) to try and discredit someone?

I can understand if you don’t like a specific candidate. I can understand if you want to promote someone, or discredit someone. You’re a citizen, with opinions. Makes complete sense. I do it every day.

As a news organization, don’t give me the story you want to push, unless you’re clean on the other side. If you, as the New York Times, had paid “your share” of taxes, then I wouldn’t be writing today. But you didn’t. Keep losing money, and not paying into the tax pool. Until then, I’m not sure you’ve got the right to jump on Trump, for using the laws that are written.

Finally, when piling onto Trump for all the evil he has done to this world, perhaps you should look at how you treated him before. Even after he had filed bankruptcy, and built himself back up, you were there for him, New York Times, to laud him. You called him ‘The Comeback King.’

Don’t worry about that part. It’s just now, that he’s evil for doing the business that he’s done. You can read that here, and see for yourself.