Luis Gutiérrez leaves SOTU in protest!

So Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) got up and walked out in protest when Republicans started to chant “USA, USA”. I think some knee jerk reporters got duped in to attacking him over this.

What really happened?
Breitbart said he “stormed” out. Not really sure about that. Maybe he was just in a hurry. They did mention he was leaving to go do an interview for Univision. Of course, it doesn’t help that Gutiérrez denounced President Trump as being “explicitly racist” after that interview.
Ben Shapiro says that he can’t deal with people chanting “USA” so he left. I usually agree with Ben, but this time I have to wonder.
Gutiérrez’ office just said he was trying to bet the crowd. (Nothing to see here.)

It sure doesn’t help that Gutiérrez keeps saying that President Trump is a con artist.

Let’s address one of the most idiotic comments that I’ve seen repeated over and over again on YouTube and “news” websites:
Gutiérrez is not an American. Yes, he is. He was born in 1953 in the U.S. Please check the facts before tearing in to him. The fact that he opposes the President does not make him un-American. In fact, what could be more American than a person whose ancestors are not from the US who rises up to become a State Rep and protests against a President who used to be a reality TV Star. It does say something very sad about society today when Gutiérrez he is forced to give little soundbites for the nightly news rather than make a cogent argument.

So while I lean right, I can’t fault this gentleman for protesting just because he left during a Republican President’s speech. I don’t agree with making accusations without giving some evidence. Even if he walked out in protest, that’s his decision. He takes the risk or reaps the reward for that move if, indeed, it was a protest. I buy the explanation that he was going to do an interview with Univision. Poor scheduling, to be sure. And his timing, no doubt, was lousy. But Un-American? How dare you?

Thoughts from the echo chamber – SOTU

A FaceBook post caught my attention today. On the heels of President Trump’s SOTU address, somebody wrote this:

This is what you start to see if you only read liberal media, and why I try read writers who support a spectrum of viewpoints. Let’s break this down.

By most accounts, the economy is strong under President Trump.
The Spectator says that the economy is “roaring.”
Vox says that stocks are up, but that only benefits the ultra-rich.
Fortune probably gives the most comprehensive report card.

But the overall consensus is that the economy is up, so the first part of this is not true.

The whole idea of destroying everything they touch is too vague to address.

But does the very presence of the GOP incite damage and destruction? I don’t see pro-lifers who want to put America first doing any damage. A strong America is good for the world. I’m so glad to see the return of pride in America, patriotism, and love of country. It’s healthy. It’s good. Loving your country doesn’t mean you hate others.

This is one reason I support free speech, especially for people I disagree with. It allows them to bring their thoughts out of the echo chamber and expose them to the light.

God Bless America!

Why Clickbait Fake News, Part I

First, let’s start with clickbait.

An example of clickbait is a link that appears on a website with a catchy title that arouses your curiosity and makes you want to click on the link.

How does clickbait work? People surfing the web click on the link. The owner of the web site gets paid by advertisers who place their ads on the clickbait web site.

An even more insidious type of clickbait is the one that has you click through multiple pages of the website to get to the end of a story, building anticipation that there will be some type of emotional payoff for continuing to click. You’ve see them. “This father and daughter took the same picture for 30 years. Try not to cry when you see the last one.”

Who wouldn’t click on that? You want to see a proud father holding his little daughter, the little girl growing up, graduating high school, etc. And you expect to see the last one with a 30 year old woman holding her father’s ashes in a box or some other type of tear-jerking picture.

Well, if you’ve clicked on one these stories, you’ve taken the bait

Disclaimer: This site is clickbait.