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Hello! Knock knock

Is anyone home?

I suppose it wouldn't hurt to verify a few of the Watchblog Editor's links and email addresses, yes?

Pick one and send them an email. If it comes back unknown, let us know in a comment.

Why not, right? What do we have to lose?

Posted by Weary_Willie at July 5, 2020 8:13 PM
Comment #457101

I’ve been contributing to my Facebook page and Disqus through It’s not the same as WatchBlog because my comments on those sites disappear into the crowd until someone responds. I miss the anticipation of receiving replies from those who have populated WatchBlog over the years, decades!

I want WatchBlog to come back to what it was; vibrant, combative, educational, and frustrating, also. It’s obvious we all have nothing to lose as far as WatchBlog is concerned. It seems to be dormant. It can only get better, right?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 8:29 PM
Comment #457102

We all should consider cultivating conversations we can distribute to our social media sites of choice. We have to have a conversation first, right? I’m open to far fetched ideas that sound … stunted, I guess. Anything out of the ordinary. How to create a soup out of Nettle weeds, would be a suggestion. Not much politics involved, but who knows?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 8:49 PM
Comment #457103

We could talk about how to use commas, also. I’ve failed to understand them. I think they changed the usage over the years. For instance: A list; Me, Myself, and I.

I think I wrote that correctly, but some would say it should be Me, Myself and I.

I don’t agree. My way segregates each subject and assigns it a separator. Me has a comma, Myself has a comma, and I have a comma.
The other interpretation separates 3 subjects into 2 groups. One group is Me, and the other group is Myself and I. That creates a division of the whole. I think it is improper.

Am I correct?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 9:04 PM
Comment #457104

Does anyone think we should educate people on the use of the words “then” and “than”?

Boy, that’s a touchy subject on social media sites. It’s so trivial! It doesn’t need to be brought up it’s so trivial. It’s like a guilty politician, yea? Nothing to see here…

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 9:28 PM
Comment #457105

Woah! Tough crowd.

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 9:29 PM
Comment #457106

One thing is for certain. If WatchBlog disappeared, close to 20 years of my life would disappear with it.

Isn’t there something here on WatchBlog you’ve said that you’ve never said on any other social media site?

Can you abandon your thoughts?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 10:06 PM
Comment #457107

Why don’t we start by cleaning up the links on the right side of each column? Let’s find out if the links are valid. We can’t expect one person to do this, so we need to organize a procedure we all can use to verify these links.

Who would consider taking this on?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 10:11 PM
Comment #457108

OK, fine! I’ll do it.

Click on a link. If it is 404, put it in a comment and post it.

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 10:12 PM
Comment #457109

I clicked on Globally Rational, the first link on the list to the right.

I received an internal server error. Not a good sign we’ll be hearing from them, is it?

How about y’all? Have you done some clicking on your favorite link?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 5, 2020 10:19 PM
Comment #457145

WW - As a liberal/progressive commenter, I still return to WB in hopes to find that we will emerge from the desert where conspiracy theories, alternative facts, and hyperbolism are weighted more heavily than journalism, fact-checking, and reasonable discourse. But I suspect that at this point the divide is just too great. I start with the premise that we are all patriotic and thoughtful but with different points of view, and I’m invariably disappointed and let down as pro-Trump independents as well as those who are politically conservative (and some on the liberal side also) resort to name calling, assume bad motives, and support it by citing unverified “news sources”. I think the chasm is just too great to have a reasonable dialogue if journalistic reports out of Reuters, NY Times, WSJ, etc.. are “trumped” by reports from Fox opinion, Breitbart, and other unreliable news sources. Mainstream journalism may err more often than we like, but when those errors are uncovered, they are corrected and new controls are put in place to prevent it from being likely to occur again.

I’m happy to try again to participate in the dialogue and talk about my perspectives on Black Lives Matter or the constitutionality of a governor’s stay at home order, or the messaging coming out of the current presidential campaigns. But I don’t expect I can go very long without being called a “libtard” or having my patriotism questioned or being told that a well researched piece of journalism is fake news. But I’ll take a swing at it!

Posted by: Stalking Horse at July 6, 2020 3:05 PM
Comment #457174

Thanks for your return to WatchBlog, Stalking Horse.

“Yellow Journalism” isn’t a 21st century phenomenon. It’s been shaping history for decades, perhaps centuries. I think the push back is coming from an increase in the access to information the internet provide, both good and bads.

I have watched Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and others and I find it hard to tell if they are journalists or pundits. The words they use, the inflections in their voices, the subject matter, all seem to be based in opinion and emotion, not facts. I remember when my niece had a high school assignment concerning a news story. I told her then that news is based on emotion, not facts. This was when black people were becoming “victims of society”. She’s over 40 now and it’s only gotten worse.

I’m glad you’ve come back to comment. I’m looking forward to others returning as well, from both sides. What good is a debate if only one side shows up, right?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 7, 2020 2:47 PM
Comment #457217

I agree - there are plenty of commentators and broadcasters that have a strong or subtle bias in their TV and radio broadcasts. There are a few that tend to do better (Fox News Chris Wallace comes to mind). That is why I generally favor forming my opinions around written journalism, scientific journals, peer reviewed or edited research, etc… I enjoy watching Rachel Maddow, for example, but I wouldn’t cite her as a sole source for my opinions. I’d rather base my views of economics on the works of economists, climate change on climate scientists, and my interpretation of current events on sound journalism.

That said, I largely believe I am right and you are probably wrong on a whole host of topics, starting at the top with the direction our current president is leading our country. The decision to withdraw the U.S. from the WHO is top of mind for me right now. The perfect should not be the enemy of the bad, and our job should be to help lead the WHO to be better, and not simply take our toys, go home, and let China and other world powers fill in the void of global leadership.

Posted by: Stalking Horse at July 8, 2020 9:47 AM
Comment #457246

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Posted by: pick the coupon at July 9, 2020 2:26 PM
Comment #457250

Rachel Maddow has admitted she is a commentator, not a journalist. I can see how you could confuse this. All of CNN’s personalities are commentators, not journalists. They all have inflections in their voices that translate into a bias. The words they all use project a bias. They may claim to be journalists, but they aren’t. They must toe a line, and that line is drawn.

I’ve been thinking lately that I am so tired of hearing about this virus. I listen to a lot of news and most of it is centered around this pandemic. The stock market is affected. The economy is affected. People’s daily routines are affected. There isn’t anything involving the public discourse not effected by the virus’ influence. The virus has taken over the news cycle.

My concern with this is it allows the nation to NOT hear of Trump’s successes. The MSM is lacking in reports of progress in daily economic condition. Earlier, Trump visited an auto manufacturing plant in the Midwest. The MSM focused on his not wearing a mask. Can you tell me what manufacturing plant he was at? Can you tell me what city he was in? Can you tell me if he wore a mask?

When the WHO is found to be so incompetent, how can you defend criticism of Trump’s actions? You are defending a submissive position! You’re saying it’s fine you can lie to us, manipulate us, allow blame to be avoided!

Trump wants accountability. How else can he get it? He must use monetary pressure. It’s the only weapon he has. WHO must be accountable to the truth.

One thing I am concerned about is how this virus is monopolizing the public’s attention. There is little focus on the workings of the congress, or the progress of the administration. The fear of something killing someone is crowding out the otherwise mundane workings of the U.S. Capitol. Those mundane workings used to be entertaining enough. That’s not so any longer. This virus is letting things slip through the cracks that will not be known until they’re used.

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 9, 2020 7:09 PM
Comment #457274

I had not heard that the WHO has been objectively found to be incompetent across the board. My understanding is that WHO played a critical role in coordinating the worldwide (and US) response to Ebola and Zika. I agree that we can point to some errors in the current pandemic, some early on in the “fog of war” and even now with an overly conservative approach to integrating emerging evidence into their guidance. That is by no means a reason to simply abandon the organization, especially in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

Given the daily death count, localized failures of our healthcare system, and the extraordinary impact on the economy, the daily/hourly media attention is justified, if repetitive. I frankly don’t care much about the president’s public appearances, but I find it problematic that his idea of leadership is to actively ignore the public health guidance coming from his own administration, and therefore influence Americans in joining him in ignoring his own recommendations. I’m very grateful that I no longre have public school aged kids as we approach the next school year…

Posted by: Stalking Horse at July 10, 2020 8:46 AM
Comment #457280

Some of the reactions to the virus are frightening. People are being killed in disputes over wearing a mask. There are many instances of people being attacked violently by mobs for not wearing a mask. This behavior, in my opinion, is paranoia caused by the relentless and constant exposure to news about this virus from the MSM.

I truly believe the nationwide push to demand people wear masks in rooted in the media’s need to see Trump wearing one. I am sure that if he does wear a mask the media will crow about it for months and they will call Trump a hypocrite and claim he was forced into complying with the media’s demands. They will make his wearing a mask worse than his not wearing one.

The double counting of cases is becoming obvious. The relationship to the rise in the number of cases and the increase in tests being done is being ignored. The spikes are being attributed to Trump rallies and social gatherings that defy orders from Governors, but for some reason the rioting and protesting by thousands is not effecting the numbers at all.

With the media’s obsession with the virus, along with the riots and protests, it is made to seem the federal government is at a standstill. Local governments have done little to quell these violent uprisings, and blame Trump for not reacting to them at the same time criticizing him for using the National Guard to protect federal land. Governors have criticized Trump for not doing enough and at the same time ignore his ever present offer to help.

I do not believe these occurrences are random or coincidental. I believe after the bus video didn’t take Trump out of the campaign, after the Russia collusion scenario fell apart, after the impeachment failed, those holding on to power have resorted to creating this condition to continue the push back against Trump’s presidency. They have been undermining his administration from day one and before, and they have failed at every turn. Blue state Governors, World leaders, and global organizations such as WHO are arrayed against Trump and this is what they are capable of doing. They will pull no punches to protect their power and position and they must resort to these extreme measures because every thing else they’ve tried has failed.

To be honest, I believe the shutdown was supposed to be a threat only. I believe those who proposed it had no intention of it ever happening. The thought process may have been to demand Trump shut down his economy and they assumed his ego would never let that happen and they were going to blame him for every death afterward. Then Trump called their bluff and initiated the shutdown. They had no choice but to step up the resistance with riots and protests. Is it possible the killing of Floyd was orchestrated to cause the riots? The cop and the victim worked together. Was there an underlying motive to have Floyd removed by the cop to cover nefarious activities, and a highly publicized murder was used to light the fuse?

I can understand the notion these ramblings could be the makings of a wandering mind looking for conspiracies. But the questions stem from the irregularities and inconsistencies that demand answers. Without answers, the mind will wander.

Ask yourself, is it you can’t believe it, or you refuse to believe it? They are two separate questions. One is certain it couldn’t happen, one is a possibility it could happen and you choose to deny it.

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 10, 2020 5:29 PM
Comment #457285

WW, I appreciate your effort to raise WB from the digital graveyard.
I, too, find facebook less than satisfying and I don’t tweet. FB allows one to rant and rave but there is no or little response so you feel like your pissing in the wind.
I recall some good give and take back in the day of Rhinehart and C&J and so on …
But, that was well before Trump took on globalism and half the citizens went crazi.
Recall how we got to the edge of the cliff? Recall when Bush forced the North American Union down our throat? Recall how, when the deplorable rejected his NAU plans he implemented it under the table, in total secrecy, culminating in the Security and Prosperity Plan (SPP) or some such…
Clinton, Bush II and Obama followed suit while the deplorables remained the silent majority.
Then, Trump came down the elevador and the globalist/open borders folks couldn’t become a silent majority. All hell broke loose and it remains so today.
We all know, or should know, that the truth will set you free. When the President of the USA goes on national tv and tells the world that Obama and Biden attempted a soft coup against him and his administration one can be assured that he is telling the truth. To believe otherwise one would have to be a loon, an idiot or maybe a communist.
Now that we are getting rid of China, NAFTA, illegal immigration, WHO and a host of other globalist ventures one would think that some normalcy in relations, communications, would return. But, hell no, after several failed attempts the globalist aren’t giving up on overthrowing this President. They are hell bent on stealing the election thru the use of mail in ballots. This is no smarter than Russia Russia Russia, impeachment, destroy the economy, et al.
The globalist, are playing with the fire of socialism/communism. They might could get away with it but nobody I know wants to ride that train with them, Cuba, China, Venezuela, Russia, N. Kor., and so on …
What fools they be …
I’d like to return to blogging on issues like continuing Trumpism, the hydroxy $20 treatment and so on …
Meanwhile, I’ve joined a militia, working to start one in another county and working to get a Sanctuary 2A ‘freedom rally’ ready for later in the summer. Should the globalist win in November we need to be ready …, IMO.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at July 10, 2020 8:22 PM
Comment #457325

For those of you that are unaware, John Matel passed away a week ago last Wednesday. He was doing what he loved. He was at his tree farm riding a quad when it overturned, and he did not recover.


Posted by: Rocky Marks at July 11, 2020 3:03 PM
Comment #457349

Thank you for the grim news, Rocky Marks. The circumstance of Jack’s passing is tragic. However useful, people fail to realize how unsafe those vehicles are. It is evident by how many of them are purchased as toys for their children.

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 12, 2020 7:55 AM
Comment #457350

And so it begins:

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

A spokesman for the Biden campaign cast the president’s action as too little, too late.

“Donald Trump spent months ignoring the advice of medical experts and politicizing wearing a mask, one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of the virus,” spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. “Rather than taking responsibility and leading, he wasted four months that Americans have been making sacrifices by stoking divisions and actively discouraging people from taking a very basic step to protect each other.”

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 12, 2020 7:58 AM
Comment #457351

Here is CNN’s bias and emotional opinion on the subject:
Trump gives in to the mask but takes new risks with schools

His concern about safety does not apparently extend to schools, which he’s pressuring to reopen, potentially putting millions of Americans at risk. His delusional view of the virus — mainly that it’s “harmless” — serves his political agenda of getting the economy moving and the country back to “normal” ahead of the fall election. But if he’s going to win back any of the suburban moms the Republican Party lost so badly in the 2018 midterms, he may want to reconsider using America’s children as chips in his political games.

Notice the use of the words, apparently, potentially, and delusional? How about this “objective” comment?

… he may want to reconsider using America’s children as chips in his political games.

CNN has taken an obscure act by the president (wearing a mask) and framed it around what? CHILDREN! Just who is using America’s children as chips in political games, CNN?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 12, 2020 8:13 AM
Comment #457352

Using children for political games is SOP for CNN.

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Comment #457660

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