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An unexpected sighting in Scott Adams’ YouTube tour of his home.

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A Facebook friend, Jose Miura, sent me a Scott Adams (the Dilbert cartoonist) YouTube he thought I might be interested in. I started watching it a day or so ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43oV01a6qY8I posted comments about it then before I had finished reading it. I just resumed watching the last half of it and discovered the SPECIFIC part that caused Jose to do that. I mentioned in my initial remarks that I had sent a copy of my novel the Unelected President to Adams at his home address.At 17:16 in the YouTube tour of his house, he shows some books he has...

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The Left’s innuendo-apalooza referencing alleged Russian connections with the Trump campaign

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The Russia accusations against Trump are a classic opportunity to see innuendo in action. Indeed, this is the second such use of Russia, the first being the McCarthy era, which Dems belatedly opposed. McCarthy was a Republican.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyismBelow I list the verbal tools of the intellectually-dishonest debate tactics known as innuendo and insinuation:24. Innuendo: an indirect remark, gesture, or reference, usually implying something derogatory. 25. Insinuation: a sly, subtle, and usually derogatory reference https://www.johntreed.com/…/60887299-intellectually-honest-…• Where there’s smoke there’s fire. (#11)• This does not pass the smell test. (#11)• Trump, Flynn, etc. have ties, connections, possible contacts, entanglements, etc. to Russia. (#11)•...

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Democrats call for special counsel to investigate Republicans is not news

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I am a journalist. Have been since 1976.The first rule of journalism is “get your facts straight.” The second rule is “only do man bites dog stories, not dog bites man stories.”Somewhere down the list is “get both sides of the story.” But that does not, in my opinion, trump the “man-bites-dog” rule.So why do the media report stories with the following general themes?• Democrats criticize Trump• Democrats call for investigation of Republicans• Democrats call for appointment of special counsel to investigate Republicans• Democrats allege “ties” to [insert bad guy here]• Democrats allege smoke that must mean Republican scandal fire•...

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I don’t think the outsourced India phone answerers really speak and understand English

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My wife liked the Shari’s Berries cookies I sent her for Valentines Day. So I tried to order the same for Mother’s Day. The guy in India, or so it sounded on the phone, asked me three times what I wanted to send. Three times I told him same as Valentine’s Day.He said he did not know what it was. I pointed out to him that his web site had an order history tab, but that I could not get it to work. He said again he did not know what I ordered on Valentine’s day.These guys send me multiple...

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Hillary’s excuses and blaming; Trump’s victory

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I am watching discussion of Hillary’s blame-Comey-and-the-Russians tour on Fox’s MediaBuzz.The Clintons could save themselves a lot of criticism not to mention time if they would just adopt the West Point answer to the question “Why did you screw up?”No excuse. West Pointers David Petraeus and Bob McDonald (VA head) used it when they screwed up. Flynn did not use it, or attend West Point. The commander of the US submarine that killed Japanese fishing students when it crashed surfaced to impress VIPs who were on board went to Japan and apologized saying it was my fault he made no...

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