It says perceptions are reality.
Too often true, but I don't see how it applies to this particular case?Would you care to expand?
Well FreeThinke I shall elaborate. Of course I see more several possibilities.1) imaginative innocent children untarnished by corruption2) a biased negative swipe at the POTUS3) a biased negative swipe at the MSMThe message, many people as they path through life allow themselves to succumb to groupthink. Tis better to think for oneself and avoid paralysis by analysis.
Where in that cartoon did you find "a biased negative swipe" at President Trump, Aninnymouse.? I DARE you to find it. The "CORRUPTION" hunted at in the 'toon is based ENTIRELY in the [ene]MEDIA.It cannot be considered "biased" to denigrate and denounce the ENEMEDIA as BIASED, when it is a proven FACT that somewhere between 93 and 97 percent of the bastards who comprise its membership are SWORN enemies of the right, and SWORN supporters of the LEFT.
Could you enlighten me as where I might find credible sources supporting the 93%-97% claim.I agree that the media, especially television, is biased. To some degree it always has been. However, the degree of editorializing now being engaged in by so called News programming is extreme.Navigating through the bias to the facts is a challenge. More so today than at any other time during my adult life.So FreeThinke, I do agree what there is bias in the media.
It says to me, "Obsessing over politics ruins the enjoyment of life."
I would say the same, Silver, except that the sentiment belies the activity. From where i sit and from what I've observed, talking about politics, –– especially in irate, acrimonious, cynical, contemptuous terms that betray an obsessive-compulsive preoccupation with negativity –– has replaced baseball –– and even ROCK CONCERTS (:-o –– as The National Pastime.
Further, it never ceases to amaze me as much as it disappoints that people almos tNEVER seem to "get" the messages I try to send in the spirit with which I impart them.I feel more and more as though I must be writing in a language utterly foreign to the parlance familiar to my readers.It works two ways, of course, Often, I am mystified at-what-appear-to-be deliberately CRYPTIC frames of reference known only to an "in" group that everyone but me seems –– or feels compelled to pretend –– to understand.Could I be SO old that what I was carefully taught in school and by my parents has ALREADY gone the way of Chaucerian Englyssshe?'Twould seem, Alas! to be the case.
Jason MacDowell saidI'm afraid that what you said is true, FreeThinke. Either that or you are just too honest for your own good. People pay lip service to the need for honesty and sincerity all the time, but what they really mean is "only when it supports their particular viewpoint." You are a maverick. It's hard to know which camp you belong to, because it's obvious that you think for yourself, and don't accept any kind of orthodoxy on any subject. That makes you suspect in the minds of most members of the great gray brotherhood. It's got to be lonely for you, but I hope you never give in to the pressure to conform and start to go along to get along the way most do.
FT, In this case, you simply posted a cartoon as invited commentary (a much better effort than my turgid death marches). This is a good way to spur some conversation.What did you want me to say? Trot out the same tired comments about how the media indoctrinates people? How stupid progressives are?In my personal case, as AOW said, "Obsessing over politics ruins the enjoyment of life."I agree with you that it appears many Americans are entertained by the endless controversy.
My fondest hope, Silver, is that "SOMEDAY"some delightful, mythical "SOMEONE" will appear out of the ether and approach one of these more lighthearted items in the same spirit that caused me to want to share it.I love parables, fables, proverbs, symbolism, quotations from literature, and important historic figures, and above all SATIRE –– that attempt to shed light on these same old situations with candor, freshness, color, piquancy and yes –– at times –– HUMOR.The age-old PROBLEMS are very, very, VERY, VERY "TIRED," indeed, but the issues never go away just because we've grown weary of hearing about them. As I believe we both know, "There is nothing new under the sun."Ergo, we must constantly attempt to put new life into the conversation by rephrasing, paraphrasing, attempting to find fresh imagery, and by explorng the way others have tried to deal with these things with CURIOSITY instead of a harsh, stern JUDGMENTAL approach.Tryng to explain WHY I posted this cartoon –– or any other item –– is like trying to "explain" a JOKE to someone who doesn't "get it."Ponderous, pointedly didactic explanations take all the FUN out of the joke, and render it useless.I'm as guilty of stilted commentary as the next man. I –– like everyone else who makes a serious effort to comminicate meaningfully –– have invented my OWN set of cliches and stock opinions that I'm sure I've used too often.My belef that these things tell the TRUTH may be irrelevant, since people prefer to be "ENTERTAINED" rather than ENLIGHTENED.We all have the same or similar faults –– because we are HUMAN ––, but that doesn't we should abandon the attempt to understand what has motivated and created the indredible series of errors, misconceptions and deadly blunders that comprise our history as a species.
Apparently, "my fondest hope" is not to be realized any time soon. (SIGH!)
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What do you call this?FreeThinkeOctober 19, 2017 at 3:59 PMP____F____A____U____G____H____!
Not that it's any of YOUR business, Anon, since I know perfectly well that your purpose in questioning me is only to try make me look insincere, ––or worse ––, but "PFAUGH!" isa singularly appropriate expression of contempt and disgust that I posted to another –– entirely different –– sort of blog that permits itself to be used as the moral eqivalent of an untended, uncleaned PUBLIC TOILET –– a place where any and all attempts at honest, serious conversation are routinely DROWNED OUT by catcalls, guffaws, insults, slurs, snide innuendoes, and vicious attacks and sheer unmitigated STUPIDITY.This is MY blog. I hold it to an entirely different, MUCH higher standard.What i say and do when I go "slumming" is frankly none of YOUR God-damned business.I am not –– and never have been –– out to win any sort of popularity contest. I don't CARE what others think of me. I'm too old to put up with petty nonsense of which there is a super-abundance in the bogusphere.If I attained popularity with the sort of people who infest most of the blogs with odium, I would lose any claim I have to self-respect and proper self-esteem.GOT THAT?
Grandpa Bill on the Hill saidThe BOGUSPHERE, eh? Oh, FT, you really are a genuine wit.I nearly split my sides on tbat one.
This also says to me the following:Even in a divided household, wherein the mother and father hold opposite political views, children and their imaginations can still flourish.
Good One FT !
007 saidBANG BANG! This blog is dead.
Much as i regret having to say it, 007, the same thought has crossed my mind –– many times. (:-xI keep going just to prove the army of trolls and morons have not succeeded in their mission to destroy –– yet.
FT,Strong willed -- as am I.
Perhaps not so much after all, AOW. I decided the next day, as all have seen, to withdraw from the arena fro an indeterminate period of time.The reason?The Game no longer seems worth the candle –– to use an old-but-still-perfectly-valid expression.
Beverly Aston-Martin saidI first noticed just how despicable Democrats could be at the Paul Wellstone memorial service. They turned it into a campaign rally and booed Republican Senators who came to pay their respects. There is no grave Democrats won´t dance on for votes. They are beyond despicable but I cant find a word tadequate to expresse my contempt for the way President Trump and now General Kelly have been treated by Congressional Democrats and the enemedia!
Durward K. Schlessinger saidThe day the Left is exposed for what it really is –– a death cult –– it is done.For the sake of humanity, we must do everything possible to hasten that day.
Sven Kierkegaard-Halvorsen saidThe left, the liberals, the Marxists have finally answered the question, "To what end?" for Ken Kesey and Jerry Garcia´s LSD tests, justifying their vacuous idiocy with, "Well, the government started it so don´t tell me it´s wrong." When musicians, authors, and pretenders take their talents to the ultimate end, the Weinstein´s, Clinton´s, Obama´s, et al are exposed but ever-s-gently and then given total unquestioned credibility by the nation´s brain dead voters.
Francis X. O'Beirne, III saidSince we're supposed to be talking about the difference between perception and reality [that IS the conversation you were trying to persuade us to have, isn't it I had a hearty laugh this morning when I read in my leftist bulletin (sometimes known as my local paper) about the Television Star, who has revealed to the world, now that it is popular to do so, that she was "sexually abused by a parent at the age of 9."I just want to say that I DON´T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT, and the daily confessions of "abuse" (by the endless parade of amoral bimbos), are cheapening and disrespecting the rare cases of REAL abuse that occur. All these cheap Hollywood narcissists garnering publicity at the expense of honor and decency are disgusting. A pox on them all!
Amos Alonzo Ameche saidMuch if not most of leftism is guilt-driven virtue signaling, usually with other people´s money. Being seen as a "liberal" (a term that applies to most people here more than it does to Democrats, which is why I usually use leftist) or as more tolerant of anything strange unlocks the generosity of the so-called creative classes in places like Hollywood. For some actors, directors, and producers, their political tolerance also unlocks the legs of certain desirable women, especially for good-looking actors like, say, George Clooney. Being a leftie means getting more than one´s fair share of quality sack time. Bottom line: it´s about money and power, which lead to sex.What explains Weinstein’s identification with progressive causes? Perhaps it was all about cozying up to power, the thrill of being a friend of Bill Clinton?Perhaps it was all about moral absolution, in the same way that lists of corporations-that-care always turn out to be led by outfits like Walmart, Goldman Sachs and Exxon-Mobil. In the world of the wealthy, liberalism is something you do to offset your rapacious behavior in other spheres.Big corporations´ willingness to fund this leftist nonsense evinces their hollow philosophical cores. Like the libertarian Kochs, they need a rock solid ideological foundation but can be coaxed away from reason by agitators.FTA: (T)his strain of liberalism also attracts hypocrites like Harvey Weinstein, with his superlative fundraising powers and his reverence for “great artists....”The "great art" Weinstein mentions has by and large both titillated and desensitized the public, and drawn them further--and farther--away from virtue and the Almighty.
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