Is Doug Jones from New Jersey?

In Alabama there is a hotly contested Senate race right now.

Saturday I was watching TV in my living room.  A bright young man in his 20’s comes to my front door.  I open the door and greet him. “Are you Red Skelton?”  he said to me (He used my real name). I involuntarily said ‘yes’ before thinking about the intrusiveness of his question.  How did he know except that someone had bothered to scour a database and attach names to house numbers in preparation for his visit?

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Demise of Journalistic Standards

by Michael Goodwin  (see bio below)

Mr. Goodwin puts feet to my thoughts and I didn’t have the words.  I respect him and his background.  I am trying to be a good independent.   Journalism and writers are making it harder and harder.

I’ve been a journalist for a long time. Long enough to know that it wasn’t always like this. There was a time not so long ago when journalists were trusted and admired. We were generally seen as trying to report the news in a fair and straightforward manner.

I often found myself telling my students that the job of the reporter was “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I’m not even sure where I first heard that line, but it still captures the way most journalists think about what they do.

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Islamists Won’t Thank Liberals

Hirsi Ali, who was raised Muslim in Somalia but has renounced her former religion, said the Islamist playbook is simple: indoctrination, intimidation, and force.

She said Western efforts to appease Islamism can have the perverse effect of fueling extremism, because many view it as “God’s hand” and evidence their movement is succeeding.

“Islamists want a Sharia compliant society,” she said. “Whoever is in their way is their enemy. And it doesn’t matter how nice the liberals are, how accommodating or obliging they are.” Hirsi Ali added that “if you don’t understand that I don’t think you should be in the business of legislation.”

More here.

Buzzfeed Shames HGTV Stars

Buzzfeed Shames Popular HGTV Stars for Attending Anti-Gay Marriage Church

From Town Hall:

Regular readers are by now well-acquainted with the fact that I have a thing or two to say about the Left’s outrage mob, which operates a graceless, weaponized political correctness racket designed to “win” political and cultural debates by preventing them from happening. As we’ve chronicled over a period of years, this silencing strategy is often most ruthlessly employed in skirmishes over gay rights and same-sex marriage — e.g., Brendan Eich’s ouster from Mozilla and the Memories Pizza debacle in Indiana.  Dissenting from the prevailing liberal orthodoxy of the day — often a moving target — is too often cast as ‘bigotry,’ worthy of shaming, bullying, and various forms of social sanction. To wit, Buzzfeed has published a story that blows the lid off of a red hot scoop: Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-hosts of the wildly successful “Fixer Upper” home improvement program on HGTV, attend a church whose pastor opposes homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Continue reading “Buzzfeed Shames HGTV Stars”