Facts, Fact Checkers, and Out Right Lies …

Just when you thought you had a reliable place to ago to check on what you suspect is, for example, a political exaggeration…

From the Heritage Foundation (a 2 minute read): https://www.heritage.org/public-opinion/commentary/the-facts-about-fact-checkers

It is a “posting” from 2018, but I’m thinking it remains very accurate today.

What lead to this blog entry? I enjoy reading CNN’s “5 Things”, an email that I receive to start my day, just to see, “Whatsup”. This morning, April 20th, I find this:

President Trump said testing is a local problem that the federal government shouldn’t be handling. He also said the country was testing “millions” per day when the actual number is around 150,000 per day. 

I did not fact check it… I had a feeling I didn’t need to…!

And this from the “Independent”, April 2019

Now, on his 801st day, the count stands at 9,451, according to The Washington Post’s Fact Checker’s database that analyses, categories, and tracks every suspect statement the president utters.

9,451 suspect statements… and that was a year ago!

If all this is just half right… !

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I find it incredible, but maybe I would say not so surprising, to see how many people and organizations are stepping up to help in so many ways.

A volunteer nurse wearing a mask tends to homeless individuals 

There are many.  Personal donations, financial and services assistance from corporations, and public displays of support for front line workers who are at the highest risk. And, personal time donated to support many activities to help those in need. And professional athletes, actors, and musicians helping to shrink the space caused by social distances. Just some efforts that are very visible and just keep coming. 

And, even support from some countries who are other than our allies…


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Stupidity at the Helm

I try to avoid politics on this blog. Sometimes I just can’t avoid it!

You should send this link to everyone you know… https://successnexcess.com/?p=1142

… another continuing example of the dolt we have leading the country.  So Trump appoints a New Press Secretary, from his 2020 Campaign, who said earlier this year in a campaign statement that “under Trump’s watch the virus would not threaten American shores.”

CNN 4 8 2020: The White House is in a state of flux. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was moved out of her position without even giving a single briefing, and was replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump 2020 campaign’s press secretary. McEnany is the fourth person to hold the position. In the past, she has downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus, saying that under Trump’s watch, the virus would not threaten American shores. Trump also removed acting inspector general for the Defense Department, Glenn Fine, from his post. This means Fine will no longer chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, sparking concerns over who will supervise the disbursement of the $2 trillion in emergency coronavirus funding. 

I would like to see in all national news publications, papers, and e-media publications / sites, an informational posting, in bullet format, showing all Trump’s leadership errors, rescinded appointments, bad appointments, staff and key player resignations, misleading and inaccurate statements, etc.

If the Dems had their “stuff” together, they could win by just publishing that! For the record, I don’t care who’s or what party is in the leadership seat as long as he/she is a leader! 

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‘Have We Learned Nothing?”

From Politico Magazine, 3/25/2020:

“Have We Learned Nothing?”

You would expect that there is “pork” as it’s called in the $2 Trillion stimulus package and this article from the Magazine surfaces some of that…more money that could go to families, hospitals, first responders, medical equipment, protective equipment, etc. 


….. and it is not just democrats!

I suspect those fools see $35 million for the Kennedy Center, for example, as beer money.  It may not be the Kennedy Center, but that kind of stuff — it is in there.  Maybe they would be good enough to publish a line item list!  Oh, wait, they couldn’t do that as “it would not be in the best interest of national security!”

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