Inspirational Quote of the Day: One by A Woman Preacher

Barbara Brown Taylor is one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Watch a biograpical video of Barbara Brown Taylor at PBS.

Wikipedia

Barbara Brown Taylor (born September 21, 1951) is an American Episcopal priest, professor, author and theologian and is one of the United States’ best known preachers.[1][2] In 2014, the TIME magazine placed her in its annual TIME 100 list of most influential people in the world. [3]

Inspirational Quote of the Day: One About Resisting Tyranny

Wikipedia

Ezra Taft Benson (August 4, 1899 – May 30, 1994) was an American farmer, government official, and religious leader who served as the 15th United States Secretary of Agriculture during both presidential terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower and as the thirteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1985 until his death in 1994.

Benson’s interest in politics could be seen in the subjects he chose for his biannual addresses at General Conference. In 1967, for example, he asked David O. McKay for permission to speak on “how the Communists are using the Negros to … foment trouble in the United States”.

Benson was an outspoken opponent of communism and socialism, and a supporter, but not a member, of the John Birch Society, which he praised as “the most effective non-church organization in our fight against creeping socialism and Godless Communism.”[6] He published a 1966 pamphlet entitled “Civil Rights, Tool of Communist Deception”.[7] In a similar vein, during a 1972 general conference of the LDS Church, Benson recommended that all members of the church read Gary Allen’s New World Order tract “None Dare Call it A Conspiracy”

Inspirational Quote of the Day: A List of Buddhist Quotes

Inspirational Quote of the Day: One by Mandy Hale

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Releases Statement Warning Against Fake News

Haha. This is great stuff here.

CNN, famously called out as fake news by President Trump, posts a story denigrating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s advice to the public to be very skeptical of fake news.

Rosenstein seems to flip flop back and forth between undermining President Trump and helping him.

This statement could have been written by Trump, it’s so Trump-like.

CNN

Washington (CNN)Late Thursday night, seemingly unprompted, deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — he of the James Comey firing memo and the appointment of Bob Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation — put out a very odd statement on just how terrible anonymously-sourced stories are.

Here it is in its entirety:

“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-standing policy to neither confirm or deny such allegations.”

Er, what?

This statement is 62 words long but it really could have been just two: “Fake news.”

Rosenstein, according to CNN’s Evan Perez, was not asked by the White House to release the statement. But it comes directly from President Trump’s playbook: An attempt to discredit any negative stories that rely on anonymous sourcing.

A quick word on that: Anonymous sourcing is not ideal. As a reporter, you always try to get people to attach their names to pieces of information or quotes they are providing you. But that isn’t always possible — particularly when you are dealing with negative information about the President of the United States, like, say, that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. Anonymous sourcing is an imperfect tool but one that has helped expose all sorts of important stories over the decades.

Trump seemed to take a swipe at Rosenstein — anonymous leak statement notwithstanding — in a Friday morning tweet. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted.

The Rosenstein statement isn’t just strange because it seemingly came out of nowhere. (My guess is what prompted it was back-to-back Washington Post stories on Wednesday and Thursday about the obstruction of justice investigation and the fact that Jared Kushner’s finances are now part of the special counsel investigation.)

The oddest part of it is when Rosenstein warns people to be skeptical of anonymous sources “particularly when they do not identify the country … with which these alleged sources supposedly are affiliated.”

Unless I am misunderstanding Rosenstein, what he is suggesting is that some of the stories that have been written of late using anonymous sources rely on officials from foreign countries who might have ulterior motives — like undermining Trump — when they decide to share information. I suppose that’s technically possible but seems very, very far-fetched to me. (Following Rosenstein’s statement, the Post noted “US officials” had told them about the investigation into Kushner’s finances.)

If Rosenstein suspects that sort of disinformation campaign from a foreign government, I think he should tell us more about it as soon as possible. As in, if a foreign government is actively leaking information about the Russia investigation to US reporters for the express purpose of disrupting Trump’s presidency, that’s a pretty big damn deal. Right?

The rest of his statement is the standard sort of stuff that comes out of the Trump White House regarding anonymous leaking. “Caution” is necessary. “Skeptical” is the right view Americans should take. And so on and so forth.

The message from Rosenstein — while oddly timed — is clear: A lot of the stuff you see on TV or read in the papers attributed to anonymous sources is wrong. And the leakers likely have nefarious motives — and might even be from foreign countries!

That Rosenstein put out a statement at all is weird. That it was this statement is even weirder.

Styx advises getting your news from alternative sources on the Internet. He also explains how fake news is damaging to society.

Thousands of swamp creatures have a motive to leak false info to damage Trump. The press has a motive to publish that false information. Rosenstein did good this time.

Drain the swamp, President Trump!

Inspirational Quote of the Day: One About Revenge

While this one has a great shot of two Grizzly bears fighting, the quote seems to me to encourage cowardice.

Maybe this one is closer to the truth?

Actually, bears often run away.

Legalzoom Pulls Ads from Rachel Maddow Show in Response to Conservative Advertiser Boycott

Small victories add up. With so much fake news it’s hard to know how to respond, so why not start with Rachel Maddow.

Losing an advertiser or two isn’t going to turn Maddow into an honest, heterosexual woman, but it might cause her to lose a little sleep.

The (((media companies))) are prepared to lose millions of dollars by subsidizing money-losers like CNN and MSNBC. But as one of the comments at the source site notes, we can help take down the stock prices of these companies, which is more powerful than turning a few advertisers away from them. Stock price declines can cause management to lose their jobs, so it does get the execs attention.

Media Equalizer

Boston, MA – Upon hearing that LegalZoom.com has decided to pull their ads from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Melanie Morgan, Co-founder of the Media Equality Project, thanked the thousands of volunteers who have been calling, emailing, writing letters and cancelling their accounts.

“We’re fighting fire with fire and we’re winning! It’s so gratifying to hear LegalZoom.com understands how Rachel Maddow’s dishonest and biased reporting doesn’t resonate with their customers. Thank you to all the Stop the Scalpings volunteers who made their voices heard,” said Morgan.

Stop the Scalpings has posted the contact information for every advertiser on MSNBC’s flagship show on their Facebook page (now 103,000 strong) and on the MediaEqualizer.com website. Every day, volunteers focus their efforts on a different company and share their feedback.

Co-founder Brian Maloney added, “When left-wing smear organizations attempted to remove opposing voices from the airwaves, they should have known it would compel a strong response. While we’re not for censorship, we do believe moderates, conservatives and independents can choose to patronize businesses that correspond to their own values. LegalZoom has recognized this new environment.”

The Stop the Scalpings (STS) online effort launched in April 26th to counter the Media Matters campaign against Fox News host Sean Hannity’s advertisers. In a matter of days, tens of thousands of volunteers coalesced around the effort, persuading some of Hannity’s advertisers to rejoin him.

Using social media to disseminate advertiser contact information, volunteers have turned their efforts to include corporate supporters of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow; CNN’s Kathy Griffin and Don Lemon; and the Public Theater in NYC. STS has been successful in persuading sponsors of the mock assassination of President Donald Trump during the ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ series not to fund the production. Delta, Amex and Bank of America pulled their sponsorship after the campaign began.