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Early Right Stuff columns fall short of stated goal

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From page A8 | May 19, 2014 |

I welcome The Right Stuff’s series of columns that promise to “promote thought and ensure accuracy in political issues.” But, darn it, accuracy today is a sticky wicket.

I already disagree with some of the facts in the lead-off columns. My friend Rod Keck complained that “elected legislators . . . blindly, and in lock step support all [Obama’s] actions.” C’mon, Rod, does the obstructionist House of Representatives follow in lockstep? Not for the past four years.

Rod is certain that President Obama is “exceeding his authority and violating his oath of office” unconstitutionally. I’m no constitutional scholar, but if Obama actually did something unconstitutional, I’m sure the rabidly anti-Obama Republicans would bring impeachment action immediately.

Dark intimations of unconstitutional actions are just propaganda.

Like many conservatives, Rod complains about Obama’s foreign policy. I have some complaints, too; maybe I’ll write about them some day. But “failing to support Georgia’s appeal against Russian takeover” isn’t one of them. That happened on George Bush’s watch.

And “surrendering European security by canceling the missile radar defense program in Poland” isn’t one of them, either. Lots of conservatives missed the full story because Fox “News” didn’t cover it. Obama moved one of the sites to Romania and upgraded the missiles.

Rod says we “violated the American treaty to protect Ukraine from Russian invasion.” He is probably referring to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum in which the U.S. and Russia agreed to “respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” We haven’t violated the memorandum, Russia has.

I was particularly startled by the assertion that “Obama disregarded history and removed our defensive forces in Iraq immediately after winning control.” The tragic fact is, Obama almost begged Iraq to allow us to keep residual forces there to back up the new regime. But Iraq refused to sign the agreement. I’ll bet they regret that now.

Rod Keck is a concerned patriot. He keeps abreast of the news and is distressed about what’s happening in the world. I salute that. But like most conservatives, he seems to get his facts from conservative sources only. That leads to problems because there are two sides to everything.

For instance, when your daughter came home from school whining about the bad teacher and what outrageous things she said to your daughter, did you immediately rush down to the school to confront the teacher, or did you say, “Well let’s phone Bad Teacher and see what she says.”

“News” has to be “fair and balanced,” citing both sides of any incident. Fox News and MSMBC aren’t really news sources. They’re soap operas. They’re bread and circuses. They set up a good guy and a bad guy. Good guy hits bad guy over the head. Bad guy goes down for the count. We cheer. We go to bed and sleep soundly knowing that justice reigns supreme in the world. It’s fun.

But it isn’t the truth, because “the rest of the story” is missing. Rod – everyone, really – should take note.

If you want the news, tune into The News Hour or CNN. If you want to feel outraged about what the Bad People are doing, tune into Fox or MSNBC. Or listen to those “newsmen” who call themselves “entertainers”: Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage. They’ll raise your blood pressure.

But remember, it isn’t the news.

Jack Batson is a former member of the Fairfield City Council. Reach him at jsbatson@prodigy.net.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 19, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Wonderful column, Jack. It's good to see you fighting against the terrible column to the right. I hope we will see you here much more often, there's work aplenty trying to unconfuse the bubble dwellers. Great page layout, D.R.

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  • Bob LivesayMay 20, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    They are by far left leaning Liberal Socialist.

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  • CD BrooksMay 19, 2014 - 6:22 am

    Well said Sir but the analogous behavior you cited will appear here in protest. Very sad indeed.

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  • More Partisan Garbage.... Republican/Democrat same sameMay 19, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Cleaning House Peggy Scott-Adams 1984 Mardi Gras ..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uRDtUsSYY

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uRDtUsSYYMay 19, 2014 - 6:49 am

    More partisan Garbage.....Cleaning House Peggy Scott-Adams 1984 Mardi Gras

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  • Rich GiddensMay 19, 2014 - 7:01 am

    Jack Batson is as comfortable as a pig living in it's own excrement with regard to the status quo of the worsening of relations and diplomatic failures with Russia, Obama's destruction of the transatlantic alliance, the loss of the war on terror and all the economic / social disasters we face at home. Good for you Jack. You would make a great replacement for Obama, Pelosi or Reid.

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  • Bob LivesayMay 19, 2014 - 7:26 am

    The onkly way a Liberal can comment is to bash a writer they do not agree with. CNN? Please.

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  • CD BrooksMay 19, 2014 - 7:52 am

    Mr. Livesay, the beatings will continue until those of the Republican ilk begin exhibiting some form of understanding. We're not holding or collective breath.

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  • CD Y don't you go visit LibyaMay 19, 2014 - 8:00 am

    and see what our oh so kind and caring Obama has done for those people? They are preparing for war against American citizens, he will do the same for us as he did for Libya?

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  • Bob LivesayMay 19, 2014 - 8:10 am

    I suggest yoyu keep your eyes open on national elections in 2014. California is a wonderful state but at the same time has become a very Liberal Socialist state in many ways. Liberals do not like to see both sides of an issue. They are only agenda driven on their ideals. Without a solution or a promise to work together. California will by about 2030 start to balance out politically. Until then this state is going to be hurt financial and all the tax increases and fees will mean nothing.

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  • CD BrooksMay 19, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Mr. Livesay, I will be watching, I think we have different expectations?

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  • JagMay 19, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    I agree with you Bob but I think it will take longer than 2030 if ever and CD I think it you hit the nail on the head, It is expectations that is the perfect word, tomorrow is a huge day for us, Matt Bevin is running against Mitch McConnell in Kanas I think that will give us some insight on expectations on our side

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  • KenRMay 19, 2014 - 11:41 am

    He didn't bash, he clarified the truth. You bashed the writer. The right is the one that denies truth.

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  • BalancerMay 19, 2014 - 8:51 am

    Dear Jacko: Do you mean the CNN whose Vice President and Deputy White House Bureau Chief Virginia Nosely is married to Tom Nides, until recently Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State?

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    On this powerful Monday, May 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the latest in sheer criminality and corruption coming out of Washington, D.C. Former NSA chief Keith B. Alexander is once again trying to justify the vast monitoring of millions of Americans by claiming that the odds for a future terrorist attack are increasing. Also, the Washington Times is now covering Operation Choke Point, the Justice Dept.'s ambitious new plan we reported on several weeks ago in which the DOJ is attempting to shut down gun shops by making it harder for them to perform financial transactions. On today's show, the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Alveda King, talks to Alex about the modern day black genocide as millions of African-American babies are aborted and what we can do to restore the sanctity of life in America. Alex also takes your calls to hear your take and more!wwwinfowarscom

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  • Rich GiddensMay 19, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Although I've been attacked by both entities, your chances of being attacked by a local porker pig cop is greater then being attacked by a Muslim terrorist. General Alexander needs to go get a real job now that he's been booted from the traitors down at the NSA.

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    A string of scandals involving the federal government is further demonstrating the illegitimacy and hypocrisy of the power structure. Historical cycles point to massive upheaval. Ordinary Americans are being targeted while known terrorists are escorted through security. Kidnappers, rapists, and murderers are being released from prison; an action sanctioned by the President of the United States. The BATF allows guns to find their way to Mexican drug lords, while the federal government is fighting to disarm American citizens. Mega-banks launder billions of dollars worth of drug money. No, this isn’t a dystopic nightmare; This is our present day reality that we all must face. The establishment is behaving like a crazed psychopath that knows he is about to be brought to justice. Nearly every agency of government has acquired some form of armaments in the past several years. Police departments across the country are getting mine resistant vehicles. Homeland Security is acquiring billions of rounds of ammunition. The Department of Agriculture recently requested body armor as well as sub machine guns. Many other instruments of war have been stored and deployed.

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    Ho hum

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  • Today Tuesday on InfowarsMay 20, 2014 - 9:51 am

    On the Tuesday, May 20 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down charges that Chinese officials hacked American companies to steal trade secrets, allegations which have led the Chinese to denounce the US's hypocrisy in light of its own recent NSA domestic spy revelations. Alex also examines the ongoing militarization of police forces throughout the U.S., as more military vehicles used overseas in places like Iraq and Afghanistan come home to occupy rural and city streets. On today's show, Alex invites nutritionist, GCN radio host and registered pharmacist Ben Fuchs to discuss the different factors impacting epigenetics, the best methods to influence ideal early human development and the extreme importance of breast milk consumption for infants. We'll also look at the amnesty debate, the VA debacle and other NSA news, as well as take your calls on this worldwide transmission.wwwinfowarscom

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  • http://www.infowars.com/the-plan-to-kill-the-internet-uncovered/May 20, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Google....The Plan to Kill the Internet Uncovered 10 ways web freedom is being butchered worldwide by Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones | May 20, 2014 ...... Please read the entire piece.....1) The Death of Net Neutrality………… 2) Intelligence Agencies are Manipulating the Internet With Deliberate Disinformation…………………….. 3) Governments are Paying Trolls to Sway Public Opinion……………… 4) Mainstream News Websites are Killing Comment Sections………………. 5) The Obama Administration’s “Cognitive Infiltration” of the Internet……………….. 6) False Flag Cybersecurity Attacks as a Pretext to Increase Web Regulation………………. 7) Fairness Doctrine for the Internet…………….. 8) Homeland Security’s Internet Kill Switch…………… 9) New Taxes and Regulations Set to Stifle Communication & Sales on the Web……………. 10) SOPA, CISPA & The FBI’s Internet Backdoor....WAKE UP PEOPLE

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  • rlw895May 20, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    Looks like Lonely Person has discovered another crowd.

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Jack is a friend and a retired history teacher who actually checks sources. He also reads peer-reviewed foreign affairs articles. Elevated stuff. He does us a service debunking the limited view from the other side of the page.

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  • Mike KirchubelMay 20, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    I also appreciate Jack's honest work and hope that he will continue to write his column every week to help combat the blatant right wing propaganda found here. D.R. readers deserve to be well served.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 20, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Wow! Is there a full moon, or are the libs on this board huffing Ronsonol? What is going on today with these folks? Commentarily (new word?) speaking, they are off the charts. I kind of dig it, though. Beats StR's cut-and-paste gibberish.

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  • rlw895May 20, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Are you supporting Rod?

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  • Rick WoodMay 20, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Rod is finding out how hard it is to be original when you limit your sources to an echo chamber. Jack wrote is article in response to Rod's FIRST column from, what, four weeks ago? That's why it ran before Rod's column online and on the same day in the print edition.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 20, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    I would love to write a column opposing another column and have them run side by side on the same day. That would be the ultimate thrill for both me and the D R. Readers. What say you, D. R.?

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  • Today Wednesday on InfowarsMay 21, 2014 - 11:37 am

    On this Wednesday, May 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the unfolding drama and political time bomb that is the Veterans Administration scandal. As Infowars.com reports, a new scandal within a scandal has appeared as a VA supervisor states older vets should be shot in the head to save the government money. Alex also covers more evidence the Obama administration considers opponents as not mere dissenters but dangerous enemies of the state. On today's broadcast Alex talks with Mike Howard, KnoxTalkRadio host of “The Rude Awakening.” Mike Howard has a diverse background as an actor, comedian, entertainer, and public speaker. Alex takes a look at the latest breaking news and other important national and international developments on today's show.wwwinfowarscom

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