Category Archives: Inspection

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

Inspection- Boris and Natasha Politics

by Ken Carman

 Meet Boris and Natasha, two dimensional cartoon characters with the usual one dimensional personalities that cartoon characters had. To be honest: content-wise, Boris and Natasha were closer to three dimensional than many cartoon characters back Inspectionthen. You knew exactly what Yogi was going to do, or Astro the dog, Tom and Jerry. Cartoon characters like Rick and Morty have far more personality these days so maybe now some toon characters are closer to three dimensional.
 Our politicians: especially election time, hardly qualify to be as three dimensional as Rick and Morty or the Griffins in Family Guy. Could how we paint our pols, especially election time, make even Boris and Natasha seem more three dimensional? Read more

Inspection- Back to Black BS

  “Would Democrats be okay if the NRA got half-a-billion a year? Would they let that stand?”-Diane Black,Tennessee U.S. Representative running for governor complaining about Planned Parenthood funding.

by Ken Carman

 In some ways I hate to pick on poor Diane Black from Tennessee. Her current campaign is lagging behind because she is unsure what flavor BS to spread at the moment. Many from her own party have attacked her Inspectioncredibility, her sincerity; how she has jumped sides on issues. You know, pumping extra chunky BS when it suits her political needs, then slathering on extra smeary BS when that seems to suit the political moment?
 Yet her statement that led off this column displays not just her clueless-ness; but total clueless-ness that infects so much of the right these days. Would we be “okay?’ Well, if it had similar restrictions as Planned Parenthood funds do, and their audited books showed none of this funding siphoned off elsewhere to encourage more guns, more violence… Yes. Read more

Inspection- How Far Down This Path Should We Go?

by Ken Carman

 I only started watching Morning Joe recently. Only because I was no fan of his choice as a host. I know enough about Pensacola politics that I suspect there may have been more to his dead intern on the floor problem than we will ever know. Even if Inspectionnot, let’s just say that if it had been a leftie; like local lawyer Mike Papantonio, he would have been in prison quickly no matter how innocent.
 Don’t get me wrong: I love the Emerald Coast, but if extreme right wingers were aggressive killer bees everyone else in the area would have been dead long ago.
 This morning they were talking about Stormy and her lawyer and how they “get” what all his Republican opponents and Clinton’s team didn’t get. The way to defeat Trump, they said, was to out Trump Trump: in your face all the time with aggressive name calling, aggressive nasty framing. Never give him time to rest. Read more

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