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  1. TWEET AFP is withdrawing this story. The author of the report has clarified that his figures do not represent the number of children currently in migration-related US detention, but the total number of children in migration-related US detention in 2015. ARTICLE So the United States has “the world’s highest rate of children in detention.” Is this worth reporting? Maybe, maybe not. Nevertheless, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, and Reuters did report it, attributing the information to a “United Nations study” on migrant children detained at the US-Mexico border. Then the two agencies retracted the story. Deleted, withdrew, demolished. If they could have used one of those Men in Black memory-zappers on us, they would have. Sheepishly, the two news organizations explained that, you see, the UN data was from 2015 — part of a border crackdown that had begun years earlier. We all know who the president was in 2015. It wasn’t evil, child-caging monster President Trump. It was that nice, compassionate, child-caging monster President Barack Obama. Zap. The story made Obama look bad. Hence the story was removed. Not updated or corrected, removed. I know it’s a heavy news environment. Who can keep up? But try to remember this one, because it’s instructive. People think news organizations flat-out fabricate stories. That isn’t often the case. Fake news is a problem that pops up here and there, but the much more systematic and deeply entrenched attack on truth is the casual, everyday bias of reporters. AFP and Reuters deleted a story that was, in a narrow sense, true — that a UN study claimed the United States had some 100,000 children in migrant-related detention. The United Nations is horribly biased against America and the West. Still, on the level of lazy, news-release-driven journalism, the locked-up-kids story was minimally valid. At any rate, what the agencies didn’t seem to like was the story’s changed implication: That Obama, rather than Trump, locked up a lot of children. This is what’s important: Not that AFP and Reuters deleted a story, but that the implication of the story meant everything to them. Every time you read something from AFP and Reuters (and CNN and the Washington Post), you should be thinking not “This is fake news” but: “What’s the agenda?” To paraphrase Chuck Schumer’s infamous, and instructive, comment on the CIA, news outlets have six ways from Sunday of getting you to think what they want you to think, none of which involve making up stuff.
  2. On the Today Show this morning Dolly Parton said the following of her new Netflix series, Heartstrings: ”Ever since I was young I thought, ‘I would love to see my songs on the screen as movies,’” QUESTION: What song lyrics (of any artist) would make for a great movie?
  3. Vince is not former even though loads of wrestling fans wish he was.
  4. Trubisky should be a starting XFL QB by 2021.
  5. WOW! Serious question: Did you have to register that thing as a deadly weapon?
  6. Normal person poll. So minus the political forum frequenters and the moderators. Please let this stand mods. I want to see how normal people think. Not how the uber-political people think. Fell free to share nudes.
  7. I’m the exact same way. I’ve never hunted and I likely never will. With that said, I can’t understand such an unnatural reaction to something so natural. Does that father not understand that he probably wouldn’t be alive to berate the hunter had his ancestors not hunted?
  8. I’m not sure how it started. I haven’t seen any back story on the incident. I presume that your plausible take on the situation is likely what happened.
  9. Behold the unrighteous behavior of the morally righteous...
  10. Good call. Even if Otis was a bit cold, cold never bothered me anyway.
  11. Completely the norm for nearly the entire history of mankind, and remains the norm in most cultures throughout the world today.
  12. That’s why I posted this. I can see both sides of the argument. Gun to my head, though, I’ll side with the sheriff’s attempt to protect children. I wish he would disaggregate the sex offenders, though, and apply his methods only to the pedophiles and hebephiles since they’re attracted to the age range of Trick-or-Treaters.
  13. Then I have something in common with your taste buds.
  14. Mozzarella is one of the most flavorless cheeses. Fine on pizza. Useless by itself.
  15. In Trudeau’s defense he wears cool socks and has great hair. Electable.
  16. 🤷‍♂️ Seemed like fair points by The Big Guy. That’s why I noted that it’s not as simple a situation as one would think upon hearing the parties involved.
  17. Who do you agree with more in this sex offenders v. sheriff battle? (Perhaps not as easy a choice as it would seem given the parties involved.) LINK A group of registered sex offenders in Georgia is suing a county sheriff's office for placing signs in their front yards warning residents not to trick-or-treat at their homes on Halloween. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long's office placed the large white signs in the offenders' yards last Halloween and had plans to do it again this year, but the federal class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Macon, Georgia, hopes to stop it. The posters include images of two stop signs, the "no" symbol plastered across a Halloween bag and the message: "WARNING! NO TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THIS ADDRESS!!" According to the lawsuit, one deputy told an offender he could be arrested if he removed the sign before Halloween night. The suit, which says it is on behalf of all of the registered sex offenders in the county southeast of Atlanta, contends that the placing of the signs violates laws against trespassing on private property and the plaintiffs' constitutional rights against forced speech. The sex offenders also claim in the suit that they were left humiliated and embarrassed by last year's signs. They are asking a federal judge to declare the practice by the sheriff's office "unlawful and invalid." State law gives the sheriff "many legal avenues by which he may publicize the name, address and even photograph of every registered sex offender in Butts County, but unless and until the Legislature authorizes it, coming onto their property to force them to display signs is simply not one of them," attorney Mark Yurachek, who represents the plaintiffs, said in a statement. Sheriff Long posted a statement on Facebook saying he put the signs up to "ensure the safety of our children." He said the department will argue at a hearing in federal court on Thursday that his office is "protecting our children and following Georgia Law by placing these signs." "Regardless of the Judge’s ruling this Thursday, I WILL do everything within the letter of the Law to protect the children of this Community," he posted. The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial and damages.
  18. First Trump and now Otis. Please show some support for the curds.
  19. My first impulse was “Hey Ya!” by OutKast. That song was everywhere.
  20. Doc, I know you're up to your normal evening routine of hitting the bottle and starting i-fights, but this thread is about Koya's feelings. Sidetracking this thread with a pointless i-fight takes away from the focus. Please respect Koya's feelings.
  21. For the past several years when Conservatives shared their concerns, Liberals ruthlessly derided them as racist, xenophobic, and evil. Now that Liberals have concerns you expect us to be sympathetic? Maybe if Liberals had been more sympathetic you'd get sympathy in return. But since Liberals were not only unsympathetic, but also condescending and dismissive you can go pound sand. See how that works? Liberals made this bed, now lie in it. Tim, will be over to tuck you in.
  22. Sorry about all the emoticon responses, but you said you weren't looking for a back and forth on your post, just emotive thoughts.