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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Get me pissed off, and I'll tell you the truth.

   By Donna Cole. MediaPolitical Editor at Large, Passionate Pachyderms Senior Editorial Columnist. 

 As a media critic, and a journalist, I have discussed many times in posts about ethics and integrity. I have discussed the difference between off the record, and on the record, and how sometimes you have to weigh things, whether or not at times one should just eat things and when it is in the better public interest to just lay it out there. These are not easy decisions to make, and because I was recently put in one of these positions I have decided to make what I feel is the right choice, and lay it out there. In thinking about this, it opened me up to a broader topic, and that is why I made the final decision to openly discuss this subject.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Freedom of the Press, President Obama, and the Truth

   By Donna Cole, MediaPolitical Editor at Large

 The Committee to Protect Journalists, a worldwide organization that usually covers things like Third World dictatorships imprisoning reporters, has just released a scathing special report titled "The Obama Administration and the Press" on the relationship between the two. This is not a partisan news organization, so it is not a right wing hit piece. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hail to the Redskins No More

   By Donna Cole

  The Washington Post editorial board sends we peasants a message from their perch on the heights of moral superiority. An editorial characterizing their unhappiness with the name of the local D.C. professional football team, the Washington Redskins. Like Iron Eyes Cody crying in a 1970s anti-littering public service announcement, they are despondent that team owner Dan Snyder has said as long as he owns the team the name Redskins will remain, and the ultimate decision is his and his alone.

 The Post board are happy N.F.L. commissioner Roger Goodell has changed his tune on the name of the football team. It is clear the P.C. nanny squad has gotten to Goodell who last June wrote with regard to the Redskins, "the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect". Now, just a few months later, Goodell, in what The Post calls a "nuanced pivot" says, "if we are offending one person, we need to be listening and making sure that we’re doing the right things to try to address that."

 Ah yes, the 'ole if just one person is offended to hell with want the rest of you think contrivance. I understand that it is wrong for white people, but not blacks, to use the "N" word, and if a white person does then it is a real problem. But these things also must be taken in full context. I am not hearing about all these problems with white people running around calling indigenous Americans redskins. I grew up a Redskins football fan, I never thought of the name being a slur, if anything, I thought it was an honor to the first inhabitants of this great land. Is the name dated ? Yes, but it has a long football history that is part of it too. And I do not put the word redskins on the same level with the "N" word, as far as racial slurs go, they are on totally different planes.

 I am sure the liberal crowd will say because I am white, besides inheriting some mysterious privilege that I've yet to be able to tap into, I certainly didn't have affirmative action to get me into Harvard or anything like that, I am born a racist simply because of the color of my skin, and thus I cannot ever fathom how offensive these things supposedly are. To me, that thinking is far more racist than the name of the Washington football team, and just a cheap liberal trick to dismiss dissenting opinions and will of the majority. I will also remind you that while we hear all this talk of human equality and a colorless society from the left, it is in fact they who always bring up race as a measure of a person and use it to pummel their political opponents with false accusations of racism.

 The most perplexing thing of all is that white liberals tell me I am a racist because I am white, and even though we share the same skin color they are not. They say they are not racist because somehow they, and only they, have achieved some enlightened state of post-racial consciousness. How they made this transition from the racist Siddhartha to the all loving Buddha has never been explained to me. Like faith in a higher power, which most liberals reject, we are expected to just take their word for it.

 Putting all that behind, these two sentences are what bothered me the most from The Post's editorial; "We understand that changing the name is not a trifling matter. There is a cost (estimated by some to be as high as $20 million), but surely the owner of the NFL’s third-most valuable franchise can afford it."

 Now I see where the board members coming from. Dan Snyder is made of money, he cannot use the cost as an excuse. He can afford $20 million bucks to change a name he does not want to change. Why that is mere chicken scratch for a man who owns a football team, he probably has the cash in his desk drawer. So, what's the big deal here ? Cough up the cash, change the name, and we will quit dragging your name through the mud on the pages of our newspaper.

 The pompous arrogance of The Post's editorial board on the money issue is more nauseating than their stance on changing the name. Obviously, they are so disconnected from reality up in their ivory tower they do not understand a football team is a business, and businesses do not make $20 million expenditures without good reason. Just because The Post, along with a few A.C.L.U. liberal types and the Indian tribes they ginned up, claim they are offended by the name is not a good enough reason to change it.

 I hope Mr. Snyder has the fortitude to remain strong in the face of these politically correct nagging ninnies and not cave on the name Redskins, but I fear in the end he will. Perhaps changing the team's name to the "Washington Honky Crackers" will appease The Post and calm their delicate sensibilities.

Monday, September 9, 2013

For Lynn and friends, on Liz Warren

   By Donna Cole

 Yesterday, my Facebook friend Lynn, and some of her left leaning friends, had a discussion about a post I made on Massachusetts' Senator Elizabeth Warren. They did not agree with my opinions of Warren, like she is a near Marxist nut job, even nuttier than most liberals (meaning she is way out to the extreme of leftism). Lynn et al. said I had no evidence to base my thoughts about Sen. Warren on and challenged me to produce it. That is why I am here. Let us begin.

Friday, June 7, 2013

A Democrat To Vote For

   By Donna Cole

 The following is a speech I prepared in anticipation of being invited to speak at the Wisconsin Democrat Party Convention in Oconomowac this weekend (June 7-8). Sadly, the invitation never came. Probably a clerical error. So, I share my prepared remarks, which I worked very hard on, with you. Note: This speech was written to be delivered in a high energy style. Please read it that way for full effect.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Long reads

   By Donna Cole

 Here are the better long reads and essays I have ran across in the last week or so.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekly Top Long Reads

   By Donna Cole

 MediaPolitical tries to avoid politics as much as possible on the weekend and do my long form reading on other subjects I find interesting. These are the better articles, reviews and essays I came across last weekend, and I thought I'd start sharing them. Some of the stuff linked here is borderline political, and it's all lefty stuff, but I like to understand how my adversary thinks. So, if you see something here that might interest you and have time for a long read, give it a shot. Remember: Read, it makes you smart. Read stuff out of your normal comfort zone and it makes you even smarter.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Benghazi Facts and Fiction

    By Donna Cole

  The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler looks at the most recent Benghazi hearings and tries to dig out what is new and what is not. While Kessler is one of the better fact checkers in the media, many times what are facts can be quite subjective when put in the wrong person's hands. So, what did Kessler find out? And what does it all mean?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Goodbye Jodi

   By Donna Cole

 I am SO glad this Jodi Arias trial is over. My husband won't admit it, but he loves Nancy Grace on Court TV (or whatever they call that channel now). I tease him about it and talk about what a wacko she is, and that is an insult to other wackos, but she gets ratings by saying holier than thou over the top nonsense. That aside, I knew nothing about this trial, other than it was going ON and ON and ON, and Nancy was ranting and raving for what seemed forever.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I knew this would happen.

  By Donna Cole 

 Wait a minute. The way I understood things when Obama's Pentagon decided to let women into full combat rolls, being in the infantry, like Marines or 101st  Army Airborne, was that the deal was they had to carry the same load, hack out the same training, and at the end of the day be just as bad ass as the men.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Love, Egyptian Style

   By Donna Cole

 Luckily, I have never had the need for marriage counseling, but if I did I would hope to get better advice than what passes for counseling in Egypt today. When the so called Arab Spring spread from Tunisia to Egypt the liberal media fawned over what they believed was a flowering of democracy in the autocratic nation. The same liberal media that bends over backwards not to be critical of Muslim society. President Obama remained silent and offered no support for America's long time loyal ally, Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, as his secular regime fell.

  The American left falsely believed some sort of liberalization was happening in Muslim society, and held up what was a relatively peaceful transition to a democratic process in Egypt as proof this was happening in the Islamic world. Those on the right were more skeptical of what democracy might bring for those countries, warned to be careful what you wish for, and questioned just how democratic those elections were. Tunisia is no better than before, Libya is a mess that we all know about, Syria is a bloodbath, and Egypt is, well, you can decide.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Government Funded Fraud

   By Donna Cole

 "Doctors at the prestigious John Hopkins Medical School have breakthrough genetic research that could lead to a quantum leap in cancer treatment published in the esteemed scientific journal Nature." That headline sounds like the makings of a Nobel Prize winner, and it probably had a good chance for one except for the fact that the research is fraudulent. In other words, the books were cooked.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The past explains the present, and the future.

   By Donna Cole

 Many on the right thought that due to the dismal state of the economy that had shown no improvement under President Obama's leadership, and his failed policies leading to a bleak future outlook, the Republican candidate would win the 2012 election. No president had ever won reelection with such terrible economic numbers and after four years voters would no longer blame former President Bush is what they believed. While I had high hopes, and my prediction was that it was really possible for Romney to win, I knew it was a long shot and wouldn't be surprised or stunned if Obama won. And I wasn't.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Like Noonan, Like Parker, Like RINO

   By Donna Cole

 In her latest Washington Post op-ed, Kathleen Parker proves again what I have long said of her, "She is a Peggy Noonan Republican." That would be the former Reagan speech writer and current somewhat liberal for a conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Parker's column is on the new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and the outrage over her decision to end telecommuting (working from home) by telling workers they have to come into the office and do what they get a paycheck for at the place that signs those paychecks. The people most upset, and thus most vocal, about this are work at home moms.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Zielinski Unglued

 By Donna Cole                                                                                                                

    This morning it was announced that the two and a half year long politically motivated John Doe Witch Hunt investigation of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by the over zealous liberal Democrat Milwaukee County D.A. John Chisholm finally ended with no witches being found. Gov. Walker was cleared, and said to have done no, or been involved in any, wrong doing. This after D.A. Chisholm wasted millions of the county taxpayer's funds dragging in so-called witnesses before his not so secret grand jury, then allowing those witnesses names to be leaked to the Milwaukee Journal, which had it's own political motivations, and smeared on the this rag's pages.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eat your peas. NOW!

   By Donna Cole

 First Lady Michelle Obama has taken to the pages of The Wall Street Journal with an op-ed telling the business world that it is good business to sell healthy food if you know what is good for you because she would hate for anything to happen to this nice business you have here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

ACU's Wisconsin Congressional Ratings

   By Donna Cole

 The American Conservative Union (ACU) has released it's yearly Ratings of the United States Congress (pdf) leading into next months Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) beginning March 14th. These rankings are for last year, 2012, the second session of the 112th Congress. ACU uses a 100 point scale, and ranks members based on their voting record. The higher the number, the more conservative the member is.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch discrimination accusations; Answers and more questions

   By Donna Cole

 Last Friday (Jan.25th), Milwaukee Journal political watchdog reporter Dan Bice broke a story on his No Quarter blog that Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's ex-chief of staff, Jeanne Tarantino, accused her former boss of age and sex discrimination. The accusation came in Waukesha County court, under oath, while being questioned by the lawyer for Mrs. Tarantino's ex-husband back on Dec. 28th, 2012. Upon review of the court documents, the case is all part of long drawn out divorce with money and support as the central issue.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

May The Force be with you.

   By Donna Cole

 Yesterday, it was reported by several media outlets that someone had created a new petition on the White House website "We the People." On this site folks can start a petition and if they get more than 25,000 signatures supposedly President Obama will address the issue. This new petition called on the government to build a Death Star, like the one in the movie Star Wars. They said it would be good because the project would create a lot of jobs (among other things).

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MediaPolitical Predictions and other election stuff you need to know

   By Donna Cole

 Last week, Charles Krauthammer summed up what this presidential election is about in one nice tidy sentence, "At stake is the relation between citizen and state, the very nature of the American social contract." While every four years we hear "this one" is the most important ever, this election is special because with an Obama victory the relationship Krauthammer wrote about will be fundamentally and forever changed. Taking this into account, let's take a look at the state of the race and what MediaPolitical knows, believes, thinks, or doesn't think, will happen. (Yes, some simple math is involved, you have been forewarned.)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MediaPolitical's thoughts on MSNBC's post debate coverage

   By Donna Cole

 My first analysis of tonight's debate from watching the post debate coverage is that the liberals at MSNBC are beyond excuse making, or hair on fire, they are angry. Public displays of anger is one of the hallmarks of liberalism, and they are publicly showing their rear ends tonight. As a pundit, MediaPolitical is embarrassed how they are behaving.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Red Meat

   By Donna Cole

 After the fire had just died down to a smolder over Mitt Romney's comments on President Obama's response to the attack on our Libyan consulate the left wing media's hair is ablaze again over what he said to a donor at a private $50,000 a plate fundraiser about the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income tax. They are high with delight and giddy with glee over their latest big gotcha.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Obama the War Criminal ? No, it can't be.

   By Donna Cole

  MediaPolitical found an interesting little editorial in Saturday's New York Times. It seems the Obama administration has tried to deny some prisoners at Guantanamo Bay access to their lawyers and a Federal Judge smacked down the Constitutional lawyer who also happens to be our President.

Friday, September 7, 2012

What was learned from the Democratic National Convention?

   By Donna Cole

 Thursday night, President Obama delivered his less than awe inspiring pitch for re-election and the 2012 Democratic National Convention came to an end. The liberal pundits were certainly for the most part let down with the President's speech, their reactions to it went from the speech was a dud, to the president was modest in his goals and didn't want to over promise, to it was adequate and this was a safe speech by a man confident he has re-election in the bag. But by all accounts, this speech will probably not be on Obama's greatest hits album, if it is, maybe the ninth tune on the B side.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Some thoughts on the Wisconsin senate race.

   By Donna Cole

 In May I wrote a column supporting Mark Neumann in the Republican senate primary. As time has gone on and we get closer to the primary, I must admit I have wavered somewhat in my support of Neumann. The reason is because I have gone from supporting the candidate I personally like the most to asking which one can beat Tammy Baldwin ?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Your future is trash.

   By Donna Cole

 Want to see the our economic future ? You don't need a crystal ball, just look in the garbage. Actually, you need to look at the number of rail carloads of garbage hauled as calculated by the Association of American Railroads. Economist Michael McDonough produced the following chart showing the correlation between waste carloads and GDP growth, and he used this methodology to predict the near 4% growth rate in 2010. (Credit to The Fix as my original source for this chart.)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Polls with a little psychology thrown in.

   By Donna Cole

 MediaPolitical has been digging through some recent polling data on the presidential race looking for interesting trend shifts and we found a few things worthy of deeper examination. The main two sets of data I am using are from the most recent Washington Post/ ABC News poll from 7/8/12 and the New York Times/ CBS News poll from 7/11-16/12.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Democrat Economics 101

   By Donna Cole

 It seems I have caught Ezra Klein at Wonkblog telling a fib. You know Ezra, the liberal economic wunderkind, Democrat business expert (who has never actually worked a day in the business sector), and sometime fill in host for Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show.

 We at MediaPolitical always find it humorous that the only so-called experts on economics, business and regulatory policy, that liberals can put forth are ones who never actually worked in the fields they are supposed to be experts in. They all come from academia, journalism, or some political background. Klein himself has a B.A. in political science, and besides working for Howard Dean's failed presidential bid in 2003 his whole career is in liberal biased journalism and left wing punditry.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

So, you want to be like France ?

    By Donna Cole

 The NY Times' Paul Krugman was on CNBC's Squawk Box yesterday (7/11) talking about his ideas of what the government should do to fix the economy (video, runs just over 13 minutes). Krugman is probably the loudest voice of Keynesian economic theory in America, if not the world. He advocates things like massive government spending in times of economic trouble with governments taking on massive amounts of debt in order to get the cash to spend, then worry about that debt later when the economy improves, and high levels of taxation to support a welfare state. Keynesian economists always have this pay it later attitude, or as Keynes himself famously said, "In the long run we are all dead." He was basically saying not to worry about debt.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dependency Day

   By Donna Cole

 Even though President Obama and Congressional Democrats claimed their Obamacare legislation was not a tax, we now know from the Supreme Court's ruling that it is in fact a tax. Of course the Democrats knew this all along, they just couldn't call the law a tax because they would have never been able to pass it. But Obamacare is more than a tax, and now that it has been ruled as Constitutional liberals have no problem calling it what it really is. Like calling it a tax, they would have never said these things before.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Racine Voter Fraud Exposed

   By Donna Cole

 Let's examine some of the known questionable things that happened in the 21st district recall election of Republican Sen.Van Wanggard, who was challenged by Democrat former state Sen. John Lehman.