Author Archives: Ken Carman

Inspection- Election 2020: a Warning

 Or, “Suspicion IS warranted.” Not saying this will absolutely happen, just seems beyond likely to me. I am saying checking into it makes sense then doing what you think you might have to do.

by Ken Carman

 Real ID was a 2005 law, but there has been a lot of talk about it in some states, especially red ones. Could be innocent. I suspect NOT.
Inspection I must admit there is a slight edge of paranoia and suspicion to my personality. I have always been able to either dismiss most of the vile fungus that sprouts from that trait. Mostly I just keep it down to a lingering, conscience tingling, state of, “Well MAYBE…” Because, unfortunately, it has served me all too well so many times. When I just ignore it is usually when worse happens.
 I find this one an all brainer. I resisted using “no brainer” because Democrats not using their brains; or at not least acting on the obvious, is why we keep getting caught up in election fraud tactics.
  Good rule: if they can get away with eliminating voters who tend not to vote their way the right will seek out and implement multiple ways to do it in any state they dominate all across the country. Most of it based on the hordes of illegal voters voting conspiracy theory they have no proof of. This year we need to make sure we brainstorm what new tactics they will use. This is my first offering. Read more

Inspection- An Intentional Smorgasbord of Stupidity, Ignorance and Idiocracy

 If Jesus had had the news media we have today, all the talking heads, and Golden Corral delivered, the last supper would have overwhelmed any final lessons he might have wanted to pass on. So much news that covers topics in a shallow fashion, too little underneath that we talk about… hence the need to look at more than just the overwhelming smorgasbord.
             

Beyond the Noise

by Ken Carman

 Any legitimate talk show should offer a segment we could call Beyond the Noise, not that there really are many anymore. Beyond the Noise would have hosts and callers talking about the skullduggery going on behind Inspectionthe scenes while everyone is distracted. The more drama, the more hyperbole, the more likely misdirection is being used to divert attention away from what’s even nastier. Or to distract from what’s underneath: the bigger, most toxic, parts of the iceberg. Icebergs intended to Titanic our freedoms, our rights, lives.
             

Colleges

 It’s worse now, but I understand the loan burdens of today’s college students. The whole “you can pay off the interest if you don’t have a full time job when you graduate” scam they sell you on. Back when I did it in any single month you’d pay more than if you just paid one monthly installment. Check that out: otherwise it will cost you more both in the short run and the long run.
 The wider question: why would how much money someone has access to have anything to do with being college worthy? Read more

Inspection- What “News Media?”

Two angry friends or roommates arguing and threatening in the living room at home


by Ken Carman

 It’s been a long hideous path from a more civil and objective news media to “Here is what the _____ REALLY want” (whatever goes into the blank). It’s been a long hideous path from the civility expected at the wider gatherings of Inspectionfamily and friends, to Trump, Junior, encouraging the right to trigger the left during Thanksgiving dinner and the bloodbath that drowns a free nation in the rising flood of politically triggered mass shootings.
 But I think these are all symptoms of a virus grown in the huge Petri dish created by the deregulation of the media. The fantasy that deregulation is a cure for everything is a nasty nightmare, and the deregulation of the news media has created a toxic virus; especially when it comes to how we handle discourse and our anger, our fears, when we aren’t getting our way politically.
 Right now we have little to no true news media.
 One Facebook poster commented on one of the pages I visit that he found The Young Turks covered the news better, more fairly, than MSNBC or Fox or… I resisted the temptation of answering back with the confrontational, “YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!” or “REALLY???”
 Confrontational, as studies have shown, does nothing to make anyone “think.” People get more protective of their views, even get more extreme.
 So instead I offered a commentary explaining why there is very little to no news media these days. Almost all is news-based entertainment, or newsfotainment. TYT is a strongly partisan source but the others often are too: either worse or somewhat watered down. People rarely hear what might challenge them to rethink their stances because newsfotainment has helped turn us so partisan too many people just dismiss everything else. We also don’t hear it because we have multiple channels that tells us what we want to hear, follow the newsfotainment format. Seems everyone has their personal partisan, sometimes little more than propagandist-driven, Nirvana. Read more

Inspection-Redefining Corruption


by Ken Carman

 The reaction on the left to what Rudy Giuliani said about Marie Yovanovitch being “corrupt” seems to miss an important point. Rudy, Trump and the right are redefining the term ‘corruption.’ According to standard definitions used for many years of corruption what Marie Yovanovitch did was anything Inspectionbut. It was anti-corruption. But Trump and company are trying to shift the definition of corruption. To provide a few examples: by the old definition corruption would be when a politician attempts to use their office strictly for personal gain. Corruption would be attempting to use one’s office to enrich oneself while in office: even if that enriching is not monetary. Using public funds assigned for other purposes to to assure reelection: corruption. Using public funds assigned by congress for other purposes to destroy a potential political rival: corruption. Read more

Inspection- Please Impeach the ‘Daisy!’

by Ken Carman

 As everyone knows Donald Trump is a pure of heart gentle soul who has been nothing but harassed by the FBI, the CIA, New York State, his own appointees, the Clintons, the Bidens, of course the Democrats, less than perfectly loyal InspectionRepublicans: all who do nothing but name calling all aimed at the innocent as a new born lamb president. All he wants is the best for everyone and is never concerned with himself or his riches, whatever they may or may not be. As innocent as a single daisy growing in a field of foul corruption: none of his own doing.
 Stop laughing. Stop. STOP IT!!!
 I am a slow reader these days. Eyes grow less perceptive with age and I hate wearing readers. Reading quickly achieves the state of sleepy. So, unlike my English major turned Communications major college days, I read a page or two a night, at most a chapter. It’s a slow, yet deliberate slog,
 The Mueller Report, like any political-based document, adds a lot of extra slog to the usual legalistic sludge. It is dry, tiny type; snooze inspiring prose using a flow-less font. And I understand why Democrats decided not to lean heavily on it impeachment time. Reading the Report is sometimes like watching a really bad lawyer desperately squirming in court: trying to find anything to excuse; or at least marginalize, his client’s guilty as hell behavior. Read more

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