Author Archives: Ken Carman

Inspection- Prayer and Guns?

by Ken Carman

 Tis the season of silly pushed by those I’m sure would claim to mean well. But no one is laughing at the silly: dead children remain dead, school shooting rates soar, the number of grieving parents, brothers and sisters increase geometrically, while memes, Facebook Inspectionposts, pundits, pols and appointees blame it on still not enough guns, Ritalin, too many exits, too many entrances, abortion, we need to “harden the target,” the schools are too old, everyone entering at the same time, or my fav: Barney. Damn that Barney, purple terrorist that he is since he was dragged off the stage because he kept singing I Love You to little kids. Perv.
 But the one that gets to me, because I have a very personal experience with it, is because prayer was taken out of schools. Read more

Inspection- Short Story for a Country Short on Time

Let’s hope all this is no more than a short story. It is a reoccurring narrative that has been running through my head lately.

by Ken Carman

 How easy you have made it for us. At first we thought we’d have to inspire a race war like InspectionTimothy tried in Oklahoma. Revenge for Ruby Ridge was only a very small part of the many glorious reasons for the explosion that day. But, after the sacred event, instead of turning on each other you huddled together, became supportive, less combative. That was a lesson we have built on. We had to find other ways to sew the discontent, inspire hatred across class and racial lines, whatever will serve our cause.
 A few of us still shot up churches, occupied state lands; using the old model. They listened to the talking heads who sing our tune, inspire us, and decided to take action. But most of us wised up. Rebranding helped; connecting with like-minded folks, like White Nationalists. Read more

Inspection- The Problem with Purity

by Ken Carman

 No, this isn’t about the 2016 election, or Hillary, or progressives, or Putin, or Russia, or conspiracies, or…
Inspection I suppose, like a class in college where students toss out interpretations, one might argue about how the final analysis here extends to all those and more. But I will leave all that to English 101 courses, professors and the odd collection of dedicated readers who know me all too damn well; maybe even a tiny, tiny few since 1972.
 You’re out there somewhere, Steve Mocko, I know you are!
 The recent, quick, resignation of New York State’s AG: Eric Schneiderman, is problematic, at best. I make no claims as to what he did, or didn’t, do. I’ll leave that to the courts, if there ever are any court cases. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are few, if any. I think the desired damage was achieved, the goal reached, the humiliation more than adequate. As Mueller gathers steam suddenly Mueller’s ace barely up his sleeve is gone.
 It also reminds me of the less serious accusations leveled against Al Franken, and what followed.
 I do find Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comment about his replacement: Barbara Underwood, problematic:… Read more

Inspection- There is NO Such Thing as ‘Fake News’

by Ken Carman

 If it is news, it’s not fake. News is a measurable quantity. The two terms are mutually exclusive, but together not as clever as some seem to think. In fact those who use it the most, use it frequently, are often purveyors of what some call Inspection“fake news.”
 Actual ‘news’ reports who, what, where, when. Motives, if mentioned at all: most of the time shouldn’t be because that’s highly speculative therefore not ‘objective,’ need to be reported declaring what different sides claim, not one side. What one side, or any side, actual ‘intends,’ or speculation regarding hidden agendas: not news. The most polite term would be “framing.” The more accurate term head us into Goebbels/Pravda territory.
 But before we get to that let’s repeat what I have already shown…

“News is a measurable quantity.”

 Back when we had more objective news we could measure news that way: how objective is it. Not so much now. What we have now is more a free for all masking itself as news. Even what used to be considered the gold standard: evening news, is at best heavily spiced with speculation and tainted by partisanship. Read more

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