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Brian Williams and NBC- The Nonfactual Broadcasting Company

Brian Williams and NBC- The Nonfactual Broadcasting Company

Feb 6, 2015

In the network’s proud tradition of reporting news that never happened, NBC Nightly News reported in 2003, and again last week, that a helicopter in which anchor Brian Williams was a passenger, was hit by an RPG. In fact, it was a helicopter in which Williams wasn’t a passenger that was attacked. It’s easy to understand how such a mistake could have been made. Just the other day a vehicle in which I wasn’t a passenger was involved in an accident. I did see the cars with the dented fenders on the side of the road, and as I drove by, I thought, “How will I ever forget this day when there was an accident in which I wasn’t involved?” On the other hand, when I recounted the story to a friend, I felt no compulsion to say that my car had been damaged. Williams’ could have easily avoided the controversy created by his nonfactual story. After all, he does work for the same network that planted incendiary devices on GM trucks, filmed the resulting damage, and then reported that the explosions were caused by impact on side-mounted gas tanks. The network clearly had the technology to create explosions suitable for filming years ago, and obviously has no problem using such technology to create nonfactual reports. To preserve his reputation as a “trusted” reporter, Williams could have arranged for a few incendiary devices to be attached to the side of his helicopter and detonated after he had disembarked. Then his report would have had a shred of credibility as the helicopter in which he was riding would have actually had signs of damage. Williams’ spin on the incident is equally disingenuous. According to a post on the NBC web site, “In a piece last week on Nightly News, Williams took Sergeant Major Tim Terpak, who just retired with three bronze stars, to a New York Rangers hockey game, where the vet was honored with a standing ovation by some 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden. In honoring Terpak, Williams told the story of his helicopter being hit by an RPG, but that wasn’t accurate. On Wednesday’s Nightly News, Williams admitted, “I made a mistake...

Veterans’ Day Transformation

Veterans’ Day Transformation

Nov 13, 2014

Snellville sets a new standard for celebrating Veteran’s Day.

Jason Carter- One Fell Out of The Peanut Tree

Jason Carter- One Fell Out of The Peanut Tree

Oct 21, 2014

For reasons that are beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, the race for Georgia’s governor’s seat is said to be as tight as a penny-pincher’s grip on a dollar bill. Incumbent Nathan Deal is being challenged by current state senator Jason Carter. Carter’s biggest asset appears to be that he is the grandson of the nation’s most ineffective president, former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. As evidenced by Carter’s record as a state senator, the apple, or perhaps more appropriately the peanut, doesn’t fall very far from the tree. (Non-indigenous Southerners may be surprised to learn that peanuts grow on bushes,  not on trees. Hence the previous inference of a  “peanut tree” is a creation of poetic license.) Carter’s latest validation of his peanut tree heritage is his criticism of Deal for his 2011 appointment of then-current state senator Jim Butterworth (a former captain in the Air Guard) as leader of the state National Guard unit. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carter alleges Deal, “put politics first instead of placing people where they should be. Economically, it’s a serious issue for us and in terms of respect for the National Guard it’s a serious issue.” Serious issues –Not Worth a Vote? Carter found these issues so serious, that when legislation came before the state senate, (to change the law that enabled the appointment to be made) he FAILED to vote. He didn’t vote against the bill, he simply couldn’t be bothered to vote. Not bothering to vote, or changing his position on issues aren’t the only hallmarks of Carter’s campaign (and career).  During a debate in Perry, Georgia, Nathan Deal asked, “Senator Carter, you have been in the State Senate the entire amount of time I have been Governor of this state. You’ve never passed a bill, you’ve never been voted to a position of leadership within your DeKalb delegation, and you’ve never been elected to leadership within the Democratic Caucus of the State Senate… Why would anybody decide that you have the leadership skills to lead this state?” Carter’s response was the rhetoric of avoidance, completely devoid of substance. “I knew you were going to ask that question. … Right now, what we need...

Obamacare- Hitting One Iceberg After Another

Obamacare- Hitting One Iceberg After Another

Jan 8, 2014

The desire to provide health insurance for every citizen is a noble one, but can only be achieved if people who can afford insurance pay the premiums for those who cannot. Consequently, it is an economic impossibility for Obamacare to be implemented without significant additional taxes plus cost reductions in other areas. One of those areas is Medicare which will experience a $700 billion reduction in funding- euphemistically called “cost containment”, by the administration. And that’s just the tip of the latest iceberg. For more, click the link below....

An election Perspective- Snellville City Council

An election Perspective- Snellville City Council

Nov 4, 2013

A little over 4-1/2 years ago, I was appointed to the Snellville Planning Commission. At the time I was a newcomer to municipal volunteer work and had never previously met any of the City Council members. In fact, I met then-mayor Jerry Oberholtzer for the first time when I attended the meeting at which the City Council was going to vote on my nomination. Shortly after my appointment, Barbara Bender and Tod Warner, who were then Council members, introduced themselves to me. A month or so after that, Tom Witts attended a Planning Commission meeting and introduced himself to me and the other members of the Commission. He was not yet a member of the Council and had stopped by to inform us he was running for office. At the time, I was unaware of the history of individual Council members and of their allegiances. It didn’t seem to matter because the Planning Commission is non-political (in theory) and frankly, I didn’t much care about politics. As a Commission member, my job was to evaluate zoning applications and recommend for or against those applications based on the City’s Code of Ordinances. After a few meetings, I noticed a distinct pattern; some members of the Council regularly attended Planning Commission meetings, others didn’t. And invariably after the meetings, Tod Warner, Barbara Bender and Tom Witts would converse with members of the audience as well as Commission members. From the conversations, it was obvious they were seeking more information about whatever had been discussed, so that they would be better informed when the issue came before the Council. For the entire two years that I was on the Planning Commission, neither Kelly Kautz nor Mike Sabbagh ever said a single word to me. I also found that their conversations with other members of the Commission were limited, if they existed at all. That seemed strange because Planning Commission members can provide a wealth of information that enables Council members to make more informed decisions. While this experience may seem to have little to do with the current election, it does in fact provide a valuable insight into the reasons that I support Barbara Bender, Bobby Howard...

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