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LOU from Wi.

07-25-2013 10:32:33

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Yep. Bury ones head in the sand makes it O.K. Never need to know thats going on in this country. sure as he-- it's turned into a DOG AND PONY SHOW.but I do need to know whats being done to our CONSTITUTION. Just maybe I can be of service to protect it. Otherwise I can bury my head in the sand and un-plug the T.V. Yea right. I considered my stay in the military a payment for protecting this Great Nation and the Constitution. Never went overseas like most others did, but was available if needed. LOU.

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Ultradog MN

07-25-2013 11:47:56

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 Re: OT Rant. in reply to LOU from Wi., 07-25-2013 10:32:33  
Not trying to get your goat here Lou.
I've been without a TV for most of my adult life.
Yet I stay informed about the news in the world far better than anyone I know - especially those who own TVs. Too easy to get distracted by Sports, dramas and other mindless "entertainment". Then there's that other pathetic thing they call TV news which is mostly focused on keeping people uninformed. If you rely on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN, et al for your news you are basically a low information voter.
In the past I always read a couple 2-3 newspapers a day where you can get a sense of what is going on around you. Nightly news gives you a little cotton candy but no meat or potatos.
Now days with the internet I can scan a dozen or more news papers from around the world and can dig deeper into issues that the nightly news can't even give 15 seconds to.
And I've read a lot of great books in my life because I wasn't glued to the TV.
History, classic literature, religion, philosophy, etc - all of which help a mind synthesize the flow of information it's bombarded with - without those pesky infomercials.
Look at the evidence here at YT how people can not have a rational conversation or debate without getting hot under the collar. TV watchers are totally unprepared to defend their opinions because they aren't trained to formulate their own opinions. They get them handed to them by the big news orginizations.
TV is the worst thing to ever happen to the collective intelligence of this nation.
Granted, I'm only 60 so still have time to buy a TV and get dumbed down like the rest of the country but I don't see that happening.
As for being in the military giving us some kind of rights; all I can say is be careful saying that as there are a heck of a lot of veterans on this board.
Being a vet sure doesn't entitle them to complain about the programming on TV when they can so easily shut the blasted thing off.

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LOU from Wi.

07-25-2013 14:16:55

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 Re: OT Rant. in reply to Ultradog MN, 07-25-2013 11:47:56  
It's a desperate grab for any worthwhile news information. I'll concur with your assessment of all the networks. However being almost out of eyesight, there is no radio worth listening to that is news worthy.It is getting real difficult to maintain reading the computer unless my son magnifies the print or is kind enough to read and type for me. Old age is deafening too. I'm not exploiting my military stint nor do I mean to offend those who served, only to clarify my service. Growing up in this country gave me the reason to serve and to protect the constitution as best i could. No apology necessary/. Now for complaining about the television networks selling air time for sponsorships to their product lines, I have a right to complain if the infomercial becomes overbearing.Part of free speech. I can stand on a soapbox and complain about the lack of honesty, broken promises, false information lies and cover ups all day long. again Free speech . No one has the right to shut me up if they disagree on what I complain about. I would welcome a good news outlet to hear but I would be doubtful about which way they are leaning to promote any agenda.News papers are noted for just that scenario. No news is trustworthy in todays market. Selling advertisement is the name of the game. would be great if just one newspaper could be rely ed on for the truth ,however they are as guilty as network television. sorry to burst your bubble but I respect your right to comment after all thats was my intent. LOU

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