Government grants: It is what it is

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I don’t know about you but I’m certainly getting tired about all the news on TV talking about Comey. So the guy, the head of the FBI, got himself fired.

Right or wrong elections have consequences. Donald Trump won the presidential election. Deal with it. I’d much rather receive reports of what our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and around the world are doing, laying their lives on the line, in order to make our world safe for the democracy that we enjoy here back home.

We had an interesting experience in Omaha this weekend. Driving down a four lane highway in traffic I detected the rumble of a flat tire. Haven’t had one in years and years. Slowed, sorted through traffic and found a safe place to change it. Now figuring how to run the barely adequate jack that comes with a new car, figuring how to lower the spare tire, working with the awkward tools that come with the package is a challenge but we got ‘er done. No tire shop open in Omaha on Sunday, so we drove back to McCook and my favorite tire store made the fix first thing Monday morning. Good to go.

The Gazette carried an article about diverting some $75,000 from Motor Vehicle Tax funds for construction in McCook’s “Industrial Park.” The $75,000 is the carrot to attract a $500,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads. No mention of using the funds to construct paved streets which would/may be a boon in attracting new industry to the area. Economic development.

This sometimes-politician has a distrust of grants in the first place mainly for the strings attached to get the money. Then, too, grants come from tax money, yours and mine.

Tax money that is extorted from us and over which we most times have no say in how it is spent. In my mind, gas tax, motor vehicle tax and the ilk should go to those things that enhance the tasks that we use our automobiles and trucks to accomplish.

Using gas tax money to build walking trails just doesn’t seem right.

Grant money to be handed out is attractive to politicians who when running for re-election are happy to point out to prospective voters, “Look I got you $$$$ to build an ILS for your airport (Ben Nelson)” or “Here is $$$$ to pave your walking trail.”

Giving out grants is unfortunately much easier than having to justify a proposed bond to pay for some needed project and then letting the public, those who get to pay the taxes to pay off that bond, decide if that project is worthy in an election. Realistically, though grants are the political climate at present and if we want to build for a better future we must consider getting government grants to fulfill our dreams. It is what it is.

Then on page one of that same Gazette, May 12-14, 2017 there is a comment by our own local Department of Roads District Engineer Kurt Vosburg, man of good sense, commenting “We’ll get by with what we get.” Refreshing! A realistic spender of tax money stating the obvious that we have to live within our means.

No different than what you and I have to do with our own personal budget. Good on ya Kurt.

Incidentally the Department of Roads will soon be part of the Nebraska Department of Transportation NDOT. Roads and the Department of Aeronautics were combined as of the first of May. We will see how NDOT works out but it is actually the same practice as the Federal DOT.

That is how I saw it.

Dick Trail

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    My,my,my,Mr. Trail, Comey didn't get himself fired, your boy fired him, after asking him to kill the investigation into Flynn, and Comey refused to break the law. I think you took the same oath that all of us that have served our country and there is not one word about blind loyalty to the president. Especially to the point of breaking the law. Comey refused the Trumpster and got fired for having ethics, something Trump does not have.

    Then Trump goes and leaks classified information that was once above Top Secret, to our enemy! Come on, Trump is in way over his head, hopefully for the good of the country that he claims he wants to make great again, he will resign. I sure hope the spy that gave us that information does not lose his life over the stupidity of our so called president. You say the election has consequences, yep it sure does, like breaking laws even when you are the president does have consequences!! I was going to ask you what you would have to say if the same thing had been done by our previous president, but I already know the answer to that. You would be pounding the impeachment war drums a long time ago, not telling us you are getting sick of hearing about it.........

    Yep, we all know how you feel about grants. This one that the city is going after, would pave streets that need to be done in order to attract industry that is badly needed in this town. I know for a fact that money will go somewhere in this state, if the city does not apply for it, some other city will gladly take it off the states hands. Cut your nose off to spite your face comes to mind. By golly I will show the state, we won't apply for that money, just give it to some progressive thinking city that will use it to attract a business to their town.......by golly that will show 'em.

    You call yourself a sometime politician. In my humble opinion we need some younger blood in the commissioner position you have applied for, someone that looks into the future and not into the past. That's the way I see it.......

    -- Posted by fit2btied on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 9:59 PM
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    Fit2BeTied,

    Trump won't resign. He'll imagine there will be yet another escape, like has happened his whole life of failure.

    There will be no saving him, but there could be salvation for his minions, if they start down the difficult road of recovery:

    Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over Trump — that our lives had become unmanageable.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Tue, May 16, 2017, at 10:58 PM
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    ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Explains Trump’s Lies To Kids: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jimmy-kimmel-donald-trump-lies-schoolhouse-r...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Thu, May 18, 2017, at 8:37 AM
  • I don't know what it is but I'm tired of "career politicians". Let someone knew get their feet wet with new perspectives for a bright future for our County. Step aside Dick.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 8:16 AM
  • None of the Trump/Russia, Trump/Comey stories have been verified. They remain unconfirmed from anonymous sources.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 7:28 PM
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    Keep your head in the sand, #DesperateChunks! You'll ride him all the way down. Good, little sheep.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 7:56 PM
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    Trump Brags To Russians About Firing Comey, "He Actually Thought it Would Stop the Investigation" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENg6jQ0xXqE

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 7:58 PM
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    Here's a story #DesperateChunks can surely relate to:

    Anderson Cooper OWNS Jeffrey Lord, "Trump Could Take a Dump on His DESK And You Would Defend Him" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_DJ8CvjIFc

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 8:07 PM
  • OK hashtag, AKA Gurn Blanston, you offered no counter argument. You linked Washington journalists who proved they are offended by the mere presence of President Trump. And they brought nothing to the table that proves their premise.

    But please hashtag, entertain us more.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 9:01 PM
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    #DesperateChunksOfDenial, I offered no counter argument as I am not arguing with you. You see, you live in a bubble devoid of facts, so there is no need to refute what is not real. It's like trying to convince someone who believes the Earth is flat that it is round.

    Science.

    Reality.

    I know this stuff upsets you, but when your bubble bursts, you'll be found drooling in your closet.

    For now, I will honor your request for more entertainment:

    Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'person of interest in Russia investigation' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/jared-kushner-russi...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 9:27 PM
  • Yeah hashtag, thanks for the entertainment. Another dead end story. I'm actually laughing out loud! One of my doctor's is Russian, do you suppose I'll come under investigation too? Lol.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 10:01 PM
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    Pop! (soon)

    I Don't Know it For a Fact https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Siftu72DfJI

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 19, 2017, at 11:32 PM
  • Good one hashtag! Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 8:22 AM
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    I knew you'd appreciate that, #DesperateChunks! So, do share - whom will you blame for Cheetolini's impeachment? Anyone but yourself, right? Do tell!

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 1:13 PM
  • I'll probably have to blame myself. I inadvertently gave my doctor all my medical information which may or may not reveal my political allience. Also I know things.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 2:47 PM
  • Ok, if not me, then it won't happen. The Comey angle is degrading rapidly. The Russian angle is all but a Washington media joke. I don't know, maybe it will come down to me. Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 3:29 PM
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    That's OK. This is your chance to publicly disavow yourself of Trump and the disaster that has become the GOP. I'll be your advocate if you do. The more on the right side of history, the better!

    Hey, did you see her, I mean, him, curtsy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEiU56mw90w

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sat, May 20, 2017, at 4:05 PM
  • I saw him stoop, he is 6'4", to allow the prince place a necklace on him. But he did not beta-male himself like the previous pansy masquerading as a president did.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Sun, May 21, 2017, at 8:54 PM
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    Yep. He sure stooped. Then he curtsied.

    Do you just ignore what's literally right in front of your eyes?

    Wait, yes, you do - you voted for and still support Trump.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sun, May 21, 2017, at 11:22 PM
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    #DesperateChunks, forgive me, but I forgot to share this with you before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP9J9u2CO5o

    I know your cognitive dissonance, intentional or symptomatic of a larger issue, prevents you from perceiving let alone understanding reality. That should clear it up for you, although I suspect it won't.

    I try!

    :)

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sun, May 21, 2017, at 11:27 PM
  • Lol

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 7:26 AM
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    Cognitive Dissonance is no laughing matter.

    Just in case you are also a Flat-Earther, which might well be the case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4WjyTV98lg

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 10:46 AM
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    Flynn to plead the Fifth Amendment: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-flynn-senate-intelligence_us_5922ea6...

    Flynn criticized the technology specialist who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server for invoking his Fifth Amendment rights during a court case. https://twitter.com/GenFlynn/status/745944681331122180

    Trump also blasted Clinton associates for pleading the Fifth, arguing, “If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/trumps-2016-remarks-slammed-people-refusing-to-...

    Still clinging to your Flat Earth "Ain't no fire here" fantasy, #DesperateChunks?

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 11:13 AM
  • LOL!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 10:24 PM
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    #DesperateChunks has nothing. Empty. Like its mind.

    If you voted for or support Trump, or the GOP, are you waking up yet? Let trolls like #DesperateChunks and #DesperateDennis be mere cautionary tales.

    This is How Low the Trump Apologists Will Stoop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5AM-UUeCXI

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 10:29 PM
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    Trump can run, but he cannot hide.

    Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-asked-intelligence-...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Mon, May 22, 2017, at 10:40 PM
  • Haha hashtag! Washington Post=fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 7:25 AM
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    #DesperateChunks, you lost long ago. The fake news you speak of is what you consume blindly, without critical thinking. It is what your masters, the Corporatocracy, feed via the usual channels where you hide, Fox, Breitbart, InfoWars, and the slew of propaganda websites: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/fake-news-origins-grew-2016/

    You probably still believe in PizzaGate, which is physically impossible as there is no basement in the pizzeria. You do still believe in that, correct? It illustrates how uninformed you are.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 11:19 AM
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    Hey, #DesperateChunks (you too, #DesperateDennis), show your true colors. Out of the following ten tenets of your so-called ideology, how many do you still believe? http://politicaldig.com/10-blatant-lies-trump-supporters-think-true/

    Be honest!

    :)

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 5:20 PM
  • Smh!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 7:40 PM
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    As expected.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Tue, May 23, 2017, at 9:10 PM
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    Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript

    Mr. Trump placed the call and began it by congratulating Mr. Duterte for the government-sanctioned attacks on drug suspects. The program has been widely condemned by human rights groups around the world because extrajudicial killings have taken more than 6,000 lives without arrest or trial. In March, the program was criticized in the State Department’s annual human rights report, which referred to “apparent governmental disregard for human rights and due process.”

    Mr. Trump had no such reservations. “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” he said. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/politics/trump-duterte-phone-transcript-ph...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 12:17 AM
  • Oops hashtag, fake news!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 8:17 AM
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    How The Right Co-Opted ‘Fake News’

    To Donald Trump and the right, any news or facts they don’t like or disagree with are labeled fake news, leaving us in a world where the truth becomes just a matter of opinion.

    Jake Whitney

    JAKE WHITNEY

    02.18.17 12:01 AM ET

    When Donald Trump berated CNN’s Jim Acosta during Trump’s first press conference as president-elect, it proved to be a bellwether for the way he would wield language against his media critics. As a candidate, Trump’s political speech was cynical, reckless, and frequently peppered with falsehoods, but nine days before his inauguration, there remained a chance Trump would turn, as he once promised, “so presidential you won’t believe it.” But Trump refused to let Acosta talk. “Not you,” he scolded, as Acosta shouted a question. “You are fake news.”

    Ever since, conservatives have hurled the term “fake news” around with relish, typically aiming it at news they consider biased, but also at stories that make mistakes or that simply don’t support their viewpoint. Trump has led the way. Last week he tweeted that a New York Times story was “major FAKE NEWS” because it didn’t mention a phone call he’d had with China’s Xi Jinping (the call had only been made public late the night before). Trump also attacked CNN’s interview with Sen. Richard Blumenthal as “FAKE NEWS!” because Trump thought Chris Cuomo didn’t ask Blumenthal about his non-existent Vietnam service (it was the first question). And at his combative press conference on Thursday, Trump repeatedly fired off the term, directing it again at CNN, but also at any reporting on his Russia ties, which he described as “all fake news.”

    Far-right media were among the first to weaponize the term, and Trump may have adopted it from them. In December, after the U.S. intelligence community agreed that Russia attempted to hack our election, Breitbart News labeled the charge “left-wing fake news.” Around the same time, Rush Limbaugh said “fake news is the everyday news.” But it wasn’t until Trump’s hammering of Acosta that the term became a conservative talking point. It’s been used widely on social media ever since, and by an increasing number of Republican pols. When hearings were set to debate Trump’s travel ban, Sen. Thom Tillis posted on Facebook: “Dispense with the fake news. Listen live to oral arguments…” Rep. Mo Brooks last week dismissed a Washington Post article about his voter fraud claims as “a fake news hit piece.”

    But none of this is actually fake news, of course. Fake news, you might remember from the campaign, is news in which the thrust of the story is intentionally and completely false, written by unknown people for a faux-newspaper site in order to garner page views. It was so ubiquitous before the election that Facebook has since cracked down on it. An analysis of these stories showed that while they were aimed at both right and left, twice as many were designed for a conservative audience. Charlie Sykes, the conservative radio host, has blamed Republicans’ embrace of fake news for polluting the discourse on his show (he eventually quit) as his listeners began assigning greater credibility to unsourced conspiracy theories than to New York Times articles. Sykes said his listeners accused him of being a sellout for not “repeating these stories I know not to be true.”

    This is the big irony in the right’s efforts to co-opt the term. Real fake news, if you’ll pardon the oxymoron, has been far more rampant on the right than the left. The most famous fake news story is “PizzaGate,” which claimed Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a D.C. pizzeria. The story caused a man to travel hundreds of miles to “self investigate” and then fire his assault rifle into the kitchen.

    In November, NPR tracked down a fake news creator named Jestin Coler, a Democrat, who said he was stunned by how easily conservatives believed the fabrications. He tried to write fake news for liberals, he said, but “it never takes off.” Sykes, in a recent Times op-ed, discussed the right’s hijacking of the term. “Mr. Trump and his allies in the right media” have exploited our “post-factual political culture” to turn the term against its critics “essentially draining it of any meaning.” “Now,” he added, “any news deemed to be biased, annoying or negative, can be labeled ‘fake news.’”

    As Sykes has also noted, however, the mainstream media has done its share to erode its own credibility. When Trump deems unfavorable polls to be fake ones, he can point to all the pre-election polls that predicted his loss (though they got the popular vote correct, something Trump never acknowledges). A Time reporter mistakenly wrote that Trump removed an MLK bust from the Oval Office, allowing Trump to cite it as more evidence of the “dishonest” media. And when all else fails, there is always WMD to prove the MSM is fallible.

    But while some skepticism is healthy, rejection of the MSM is not. But rejection is sure what Trump is hoping for. In creating an equivalency between fake news and critical news, the president is attempting to further delegitimize the press and create a climate where objective facts don’t exist, just opinions. In such a climate, it becomes his word versus everyone else’s, and thus easier to propagate outlandish claims—like crime is at its highest rate in 47 years (not even close), the media is ignoring terrorist attacks (ridiculous), or that three million illegal immigrants voted in the election (no evidence of this). In making these assertions, Trump is using the oldest trick in the demagogue’s playbook: attempting to scare people into handing him more power.

    In Mark Thompson’s recent book, Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong With the Language of Politics?, Thompson offers a rationale for why conservatives may be more susceptible to conspiracy theories. Increasingly, our two parties are drawn to different styles of political speech: Liberals lean toward what he calls “rationalists,” and conservatives toward “authenticists.” The split hasn’t always been by party, but Trump’s perceived authenticity was his biggest selling point. “Authenticists prize simplicity of language,” Thompson writes, “because they associate simple expression with honesty of emotion.” Where rationalists venerate facts, almost to a fault, “authenticists often find them suspect,” denigrating them in order to “distinguish them from the bigger ‘truths’ they prefer to promote.”

    Coler, the fake news creator, bolstered this point when discussing one of his biggest “successes”: his phony story about the mysterious murder-suicide of an FBI agent suspected of leaking Clinton’s emails. Nothing about the story was true, yet it garnered 1.6 million views because it matched the right’s narrative that Hillary Clinton was evil—“Killery” to many on the right. “The people wanted to hear this,” Coler told NPR, and after he posted the piece to several pro-Trump Facebook groups, “it spread like wildfire.”

    To authenticists, Thompson declares: “What matters most is not argument but story… The facticity of a given claim matters less than its fit with the narrative. If something feels true, then in some sense it must be true.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/18/how-the-right-co-opted-fake-new...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 4:58 PM
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    40 Shady Things We Now Know About Trump and Russia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6OVwwS5vBo

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 5:11 PM
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    Sassy Trump: Donald of Arabia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9nL6AeRraI

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 8:32 PM
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    More real news from the actual world:

    "Trump Should Be Scared" Says Comey Friend; "He Has a Story to Tell and it Must Be Done in PUBLIC"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vIvFmB-tLI

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Wed, May 24, 2017, at 8:34 PM
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    Advertisers Pull Ads From Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show

    And so it begins...

    By Lydia O’Connor

    Companies started pulling advertisements from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Wednesday as he continued promoting a conspiracy theory about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich’s death.

    Cars.com, the automotive classifieds site, was the first to release a statement on its decision to remove ads.

    “The fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make out advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.”

    At-home exercise company Peloton followed suit later Wednesday afternoon, saying it decided to pull advertisements from “Hannity” in response to complaints on Twitter.

    @_elissa_johnson @naretevduorp @seanhannity @FoxNews We directed our media agency to stop advertising on Sean Hannity’s show. This will take a few days to take effect.

    — Peloton (@RidePeloton) May 24, 2017

    Numerous other companies also pulled ads from Hannity’s show. Hannity has been in hot water for continuing to peddle a conspiracy theory linking Rich’s unsolved killing to WikiLeaks. Washington, D.C., police say they they suspect Rich was shot during a robbery attempt while walking in his neighborhood. There’s no evidence his slaying has anything to do with leaked DNC emails published by WikiLeaks, which U.S. authorities have blamed on Russian hackers.

    Leesa Sleep, an online mattress retailer, became the third advertiser to drop out.

    “We adjust our media buying every day and we can confirm that we are no longer advertising on Sean Hannity,” a spokesman said.

    Casper, another online mattress retailer, also confirmed it was shifting its Fox News ad buys.

    Late Wednesday, three additional advertisers said they would no longer run ads on Hannity’s program. Ring, a video doorbell company, told BuzzFeed News its ads “do not indicate Ring’s endorsement of the content that runs on a show,” but said it would cease airing any ads on Hannity’s show effective immediately.

    USAA, a financial services company for military members and their families, said on Twitter the company had changed its policy and would not run advertisements on opinion shows. Crowne Plaza Hotels also told BuzzFeed ads that ran on Fox News appeared in error and there would be no more airing in the immediate future.

    “Since we learned of the airings, we addressed the issue immediately and terminated our relationship with [a third-party] agency,” the hotel chain said. “We have no plans to advertise on Fox News for the foreseeable future.”

    address@email.com

    Fox News retracted its thinly sourced story promoting the conspiracy theory on Tuesday and removed it from its website. But Hannity was still pushing the story on Twitter shortly before the network issued its statement. He later continued promoting the conspiracy on his radio show, which is not affiliated with Fox News, hours later.

    “And all you in the liberal media, I am not Fox.com or Fox News.com. I retracted nothing,” he said.

    The move by Cars.com and Peloton to pull advertising mimics the start of a massive advertiser boycott that plagued Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, who was unceremoniously ousted from the network last month after after allegations of him sexually harassing female colleagues prompted protests and eventually led more than 50 companies to remove advertising from his show.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hannity-advertiser-boycott_us_5925d4b0e4b062...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 1:01 AM
  • Yup, all fake news hashtag.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 7:24 AM
  • As in all fake news stories, just scroll down about 2/3 to 3/4 down and you'll the such words as; "There is no corroborating evidence", or "Anonymous sources say". When you see these quotes, give it about a day and see the news organizations run from there own stories. That's fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 12:11 PM
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    #DesperateChunks, you have no argument whatsoever.

    Your previous trolls ended, fortunately, so now all you have is:

    "LOL"

    and

    "SMH"

    and

    "FAKE NEWS!"

    You are just a troll. You add nothing substantial, reality-based, to what you call a "debate."

    I'm only here to make sure readers recognize a troll for a troll, propaganda for lies, and in Trump's own words, "I am the only one who can do it."

    I invite readers who occasionally chime in here against the propaganda and trolls to ramp it up. Like the ex-wife of the other troll who pointed out his "SAD" hypocrisy and now he thinks twice before embarrassing himself further.

    Your degraded trolling is evidence you are running on fumes.

    Even #DesperateDennis now sticks to the positives.

    Feeling the burn, huh?

    Trump's imminent collapse will only be good for the nation, and I will be pleased to keep reminding you and the readers of the good news.

    Get used to it.

    :)

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 3:09 PM
  • Sad. 😟

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 3:48 PM
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    Yes, you must be, but you can evolve. Here's how to begin. Out of the following ten fallacies, which do you still believe?

    http://politicaldig.com/10-blatant-lies-trump-supporters-think-true/

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 6:44 PM
  • At least you're consistent hashtag, more fake news.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 6:59 PM
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    #DesperateChunks, I apologize. I forgot that you don't know how to follow a source. I'll paste the ten points below:

    1. Millions voted illegally

    2. Trump is a devoted Christian

    3. The economy is improving because of Trump

    4. The investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia are bogus

    5. Immigration is off the rails and illegal immigrants are all violent criminals

    6. Trump should have the power to overturn judicial rulings

    7. Trumpcare is great and Obamacare is awful

    8. Barack Obama was not born in the United States

    9. There’s a war on gun owners

    10. Trump is honest and trustworthy

    So, which of these ten do you believe, #DesperateChunks?

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 7:52 PM
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    Jared Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia investigation

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/25/fbi-jared-kushner-russia...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Thu, May 25, 2017, at 9:18 PM
  • There's five on your list that are solid. The other five are Washington media fairy tales.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 6:25 AM
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    Name the five that you believe are "solid."

    I dare you to go on public record as to how in touch with reality you are, #DesperateChunks.

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 10:07 AM
  • 1. Yes

    2. No

    3. Yes

    4. Yes

    5. No

    6. No

    7. No

    8. No

    9. Yes

    10. Yes

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 4:41 PM
  • I want to wish all who served in our military a wonderful Memorial Day extended weekend. Best wishes to all.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 5:18 PM
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    Sweet. In the past you've waffled on your "stances," so just to clarify, let me first know the following is what you believe, before I respond.

    #DesperateChunks believes:

    1. Millions DID vote illegally

    2. Trump is NOT a devoted Christian

    3. The economy IS improving because of Trump

    4. The investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia ARE bogus

    5. Immigration is NOT off the rails and illegal immigrants are all violent criminals

    6. Trump should NOT have the power to overturn judicial rulings

    7. Trumpcare is NOT great and Obamacare is NOT awful

    8. Barack Obama WAS born in the United States

    9. There IS a war on gun owners

    10. Trump IS honest and trustworthy

    This is going to be FUN!

    Thanks for the best wishes, by the way. Safe to assume you never served?

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 7:32 PM
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    Hey, #DesperateChunks! Did you read the latest news?

    Kushner Is Said to Have Discussed a Secret Channel to Talk to Russia

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/politics/kushner-talked-to-russian-envoy-a...

    Now before you cry foul again, that "anonymous" sources suggest "Fake News," read up on your history, specifically Watergate. You do understand the leaks are coming from Trump's administration, correct? That is why they need to remain anonymous, for now. In due time, during or after Trump's impeachment (yay for America!), you'll catch up.

    I know. I know. I am already debunking one of your silly propaganda pillars of alternate reality, but I thought you might enjoy that article. Odds are the "news" sources you cling to did not share it. I wonder why...

    :)

    Hey, I promise to get to your adorable laundry list ASAP, probably tomorrow night, but first, I still need you to confirm:

    #DesperateChunks believes:

    1. Millions DID vote illegally

    2. Trump is NOT a devoted Christian

    3. The economy IS improving because of Trump

    4. The investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia ARE bogus

    5. Immigration is NOT off the rails and illegal immigrants are all violent criminals

    6. Trump should NOT have the power to overturn judicial rulings

    7. Trumpcare is NOT great and Obamacare is NOT awful

    8. Barack Obama WAS born in the United States

    9. There IS a war on gun owners

    10. Trump IS honest and trustworthy

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Fri, May 26, 2017, at 11:46 PM
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    How strange that #DesperateChunks has not confirmed the above. Not really strange. Expected. Painted into a corner, one born every minute, expected.

    That’s cool.

    I’ll share my grading and links (all are objective sources, for the intellectually honest among us) below.

    1. Millions DID vote illegally

    FALSE: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2016/nov/18/blog-posting/no-3-mi...

    2. Trump is NOT a devoted Christian

    TRUE: http://www.beliefnet.com/news/articles/a-christian-case-against-donald-trump.asp...

    3. The economy IS improving because of Trump

    FALSE: https://qz.com/986803/the-trump-trade-is-over/

    4. The investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia ARE bogus

    FALSE: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335332-trump-and-russia-a-timeline-on...

    5. Immigration is NOT off the rails and illegal immigrants are all violent criminals

    TRUE: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/25/as-mexican-share-declined-u-s-un...

    and

    TRUE: http://www.businessinsider.com/immigrants-commit-less-crime-than-native-born-ame...

    6. Trump should NOT have the power to overturn judicial rulings

    TRUE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/05/constitutional-crisis-...

    7. Trumpcare is NOT great and Obamacare is NOT awful

    TRUE: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/trumpcare-vs-obamacare

    (I should note your stance on Obamacare now is much different than when you whined about Obamacare before

    here http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2407542.html

    here http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2407542.html

    here http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2397153.html

    here http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2397153.html

    here http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2397153.html

    and finally here http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/2272494.html)

    (Kudos on your journey back to reality!)

    8. Barack Obama WAS born in the United States

    TRUE: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/15/politics/donald-trump-obama-birther-united-states/

    9. There IS a war on gun owners

    FALSE: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/worldwide-gun-control-...

    10. Trump IS honest and trustworthy

    FALSE (be sure to read all seven pages of his proven lies): http://www.politifact.com/personalities/donald-trump/statements/byruling/false/

    OK, so I have some good news and bad news. Let’s deal with the latter first.

    Dear, dear #DesperateChunks, I know this is a bitter pill to swallow, but as a true friend and fan of yours, it is my moral obligation to give you a 5/10, or 50% score for this #FakeNews assessment. That would be an “F.” If this were a driving test, you’d not be allowed behind the wheel, so you no longer are allowed to bellow #FAKENEWS! any time a pesky fact pops your alternate facts bubble.

    That means your propaganda worker’s card is officially revoked.

    You done played yourself, kid.

    Sorry.

    Hugs.

    Now for the good news!

    Although you failed, you still got half right!

    Awesome!

    Wait… do your friends and family know? I mean, the people in your small circle, the ones who also are duped by the Corporatocracy and their media channels, the REAL fake news merchants?

    Nah.

    Let’s keep this a secret between us!

    Like I thought, this was FUN!

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sat, May 27, 2017, at 11:33 PM
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    Trump Just Humiliated Himself During Final Stroll With G-7 Leaders http://washingtonjournal.com/2017/05/27/trump-just-humiliated-final-stroll-g-7-l...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sat, May 27, 2017, at 11:42 PM
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    Trump Just Humiliated Himself In Front Of The G-7 With A Shameless Lie http://washingtonjournal.com/2017/05/26/trump-just-humiliated-front-g-7-shameles...

    I am saddened that his failed jaunt across the pond has ended. It was such a delightful source of comedy. Wait! Since he was in the Middle East, doesn't the Muslim Ban apply to him, preventing him from reentry? I think we should keep him there, "until we find out what the he!! is going on!"

    :P

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sat, May 27, 2017, at 11:49 PM
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    As the FBI continues an investigation of Trump's top associates and as he reportedly considers a White House staff shake-up, the president's attorneys have urged him to lay off his habit of aggressive and impulsive tweeting — lest it make matters even worse for him.

    So what did Trump do upon returning to his embattled White House?

    He went on a Twitter rant.

    Of course.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/28/trump-returns-home-fro...

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Sun, May 28, 2017, at 11:20 AM
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    Hey, #DesperateChunks, you're unusually silent.

    Care to discuss your failed #FakeNews assessment?

    Meanwhile in the real world:

    Trump's actions have 'weakened' the West, German foreign minister says http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/29/europe/angela-merkel-uk-amber-rudd/

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Mon, May 29, 2017, at 12:31 PM
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    Dan Rather's open letter to the President-for-now, urging him to take notice of the heroes killed by a Christoterrorist in Portland. https://t.co/jUXUHn7fen

    -- Posted by Gurn Blanston on Mon, May 29, 2017, at 1:10 PM
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