ALTERNATIVE FACTS

Alternative facts. Not lies, but alternative facts. Welcome to the Republican administration on Day 3. Don’t believe me? HERE.

On to ODD. Have a great day. Don’t forget to wear your silly hat. Cheers.

 

 

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  1. Rex Renard January 24, 2017 at 6:08 am #

    Meanwhile the mayor(one of my bosses) of my town keeps makeing frontpage news on the mainland for driveing an unregistered vehicle without a drivers license around town, because his hand picked village administrator/police chief (my other boss) refuses to charge him with anything. My coworkers and I are hopeing the state takes action soon and arrests/removes both of them.

    • Jeff P. January 24, 2017 at 8:39 am #

      My greatest complaint again all “politicians” is that they tend to think of themselves as important and above the law when the average person is the reason they were elected in the first place. Good luck!

  2. The Fan January 24, 2017 at 8:35 am #

    Meanwhile China thanks Trump for killing the TPP…

  3. Jeff P. January 24, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    While I do not agree with the terminology at all, I have to side with the Trump administration. Conway chose to react to something without thinking about the wording. Any idiot can realize that Spicer was correct, the inauguration was probably the most watched one in history. No, the crowd wasn’t the largest, and the TV ratings don’t reflect it, but I know tons of people who watched it, including me, streaming from one web site or another. That data doesn’t get tallied.

    So yes, you’re right. “Alternative Facts” was definitely the wrong thing to say. But then again, she’s been in the job position for a few days. Everyone makes a mistake when they are new. The media is to blame for most of the troubles these days in my opinion. let’s talk about all of the “Alternative Facts” that Obama and the Clintons spread. “It wasn’t a ransom. We just owed them a bunch of money and they just happened to release prisoners the same day we paid them the millions of dollars. Just a coincidence, nothing to see here, move along.” or maybe Hillary’s tale of landing “Under sniper fire” that was a bald faced lie.

    I take it all with a grain of salt as the old saying goes. I think the Republicans could have come up with a better candidate, but Trump is the type of person America needs, someone who will do something, not just sit around or go play golf. We’ve had our fill of those types.

    • ODDMAN January 24, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Jeff,

      There are 2 problems with the administrations’ number watched the inauguration.

      First, that is the spin almost 2 days after the inauguration. The original dispute was the number of people on the mall. A provable lie was the administrations response to a picture. It was a typical, “My dick is bigger than yours” moment. It was a deliberate lie to make Trump look greater. FCS, he won so move on and govern. I actually blame his team on this one and not Trump.

      Second, I read nowhere that the FaceBook, Twitter, tumblr, Snapchat and other social media numbers used by the administration were from official sources. Spicer backed down on the Washington Post transit numbers tally as the numbers he used were from an, ahm, “an outside source”.. Even if the numbers are correct, Tweets don’t count as a watched person unless they were watching a live feed for the ceremony. That applies to all of the social media formats as well. A simple reading of a post isn’t engagement. A lot of the social media wasn’t prevalent or even around when Obama took office so that argument is meaningless. Boots on the ground mean more than a 20 second look on social media.

      Press Spokesman Spicer states that there will be disagreement about facts that they believe to be true in the future. What a crock of crap. Belief does not make something true. Period. If something is true, it can be backed up. Saying that you believe something is true is nonsense. What it means is that you have no possible way to actually prove what you’re saying is true, but trust us.

      You had a terrible choice between the two candidates. There is going to be a lot of damage done by this administration.

      The throwaway comment about playing golf, well the President has to let off the pressures of the job. And that’s for President’s from both parties. Trump will find a way to do the same, though it may not be golf. There has to be stress relief or they would all die in office from a heart attack or stroke.

      Time will tell who is right. Trump has two years until the next round of elections. That will be a telling grade on his team’s approach to governing. So we wait.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/jan/23/sean-spicer-white-house-press-briefing-live-updates

      • Jeff P. January 24, 2017 at 10:54 am #

        I agree with you Odd One, just because you believe something does not mean it can be proven.

        Damage from this administration? I’m not so sure that I agree with that statement. Damage to whom is the question. As the old saying goes, if you’re going to make an omelette you have to break some eggs. So yes, there will be damage done, but I firmly believe that something better will come from tearing down some of the old things an building them back better.

        Everyone involved in government lies, it’s just a matter of catching them at it and exposing the truth. Something the media will not do, in order to get higher ratings. Unemployment numbers come to mind. The media wants to report that unemployment is lower than it has been in years, but that’s not the truth. The Obama administration has toyed with the numbers. If you lose your job and can’t find another, then stop looking for a job, you’re no longer unemployed. Not the truth.

        I hope I am right, I hope that the current administration can do what they say and make things better for Americans. Only time will tell.

        • ODDMAN January 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

          I hope you realize that that the omelette that gets made will also include cracking some US eggs. The rest of the world will move around the US policy changes and develop even more trade amongst themselves. Your prices on most manufactured goods will rise unless you pay China, Bangladesh and Vietnam wages. Most of the newly made jobs will be filled by robots, with a few engineers running them. Overseas markets for US goods will decrease in retaliation for limiting other countries access to the US market. I’d like to flick the on/off switch a few times for our Quebec and Ontario hydro to get Trump’s attention. Your eastern US seaboard will go dark. Trump would probably call that a declaration of war.

          Trade agreements are to be mutually beneficial, not one sided. Why would anyone negotiate away everything to the other party? That is not sane.

          I find it amazing how the right talks about the left wing media as evil. What does the right think is a fair media source? Fox News, Breitbart News Network. Glen Beck, or the people who blog without having any reporters on staff. and nobody to fact check. The left does this as well. Most of the news in the US is not news, but opinion pieces dressed up as news. Our former Prime Minister tried to relax our actual news regulations to include reported opinions as news. It was not allowed. It was done for the now defunct Sun Network, the right wing news channel for the then sitting Conservative Party. Opinion pieces must be labelled as such. Yes there is always a slant, but the basic news must be there.

          Ratings matter. Catching government people lying, the ones that we elected to govern us, gets ratings no matter what the party affiliation is. The fact that our/your/everyone’s elected officials shouldn’t be lying or breaking the law seems to be beyond the point of responsibility of an official. When do you hold someone accountable for their actions? Only if it’s the other party?

          I hope that Trump is better than I expect. After slagging Hillary for paid speeches to Goldman Sach’s, Trump places 4 Goldman Sachs alumni executives into his cabinet. Nothing changes.

  4. Deacon January 24, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    In politics everyone lies…..eventually…..and if it isn’t an out and out lie then it’s a bold faced manipulation of the ‘facts’. Personally I don’t care one iota if Trump had 10 people there or 10 million……he just didn’t have me. Why in any form of good conscience would someone even want to watch someone like Trump smile like a buffoon and gloating that he bullshit enough people to get elected? I refuse in my own little way to give him that satisfaction. Maybe people watched like crowds watch a car race in hopes of a ‘crash’. Hoping for that one renegade individual in the crowd?….or the invisible 1000 lb grand piano that suddenly falls from the sky?……or, well there are a ton more possibilities. I thought about those but I figured if it happened….then I’d see it repeated from a 1000 different angles in the media for the next year. So based on Las Vegas odds I felt the best choice was………not watch…..and as it turned out I missed NOTHING. There was nothing memorable, or decent, or just, or admirable, or sane about the whole affair.

    I am still amazed at the people who feel the USA needs Trump. They remind me of how confident they felt about the election of Baby Bush and as it turned out he was as corrupt and a liar as one could find. With the thousands and thousands of innocent deaths on his hands he should be in a cell. Now the same people have raised Trump up on the same fanatical pedestal. Seriously…..come back in 4 years and like Bush, admit you were wrong. The sad part is all the people who already know you are wrong have to live with this scumbag for 4 years. Trump is no different than the guy who shows up at someone’s home and says he and his crew are working down the street paving someone’s driveway and they can do yours for a HUGE savings. Then you let them and they take your money and leave you with an inferior job that doesn’t last a year. Translation…………don’t be so damn gullible.

    Back to how many people showed up…..it shows how petty Trump and his minions are. A smart representative would have said to the media “yes I don’t think we had near as many as others in the past but this has been a difficult dividing election, but people will see in the future how great President Trump is”. But no……his dumb as a bag of nails representatives have to argue with the media because Trump hires a truck load of infants just like himself.

    But I’m not going to argue about Trump and the many other aspects of this spoiled brat. The future will tell the tale. You will see Trump and his gang set the USA back decades. You will see other countries grow to hate the USA even more and what their reactions will be is anyone’s guess. You will see him destroy trade and in doing so he will destroy companies. He may add a 1000 jobs to one big manufacturer but put out of business small companies and take away 5000 jobs. Then there is my big worry……his childish spoiled attitude and in this world one wrong comment and it can set off a fire storm and if anyone is capable of doing that………..it’s Trump.

    I’m disgusted with Trump and I always was even before he decided to run for office. He is everything I despise in an individual….up to and including his spawn. As far as I am concerned the faster he is out of office the better for everyone and the faster he is off the planet even better. Long ago there was a movie called the Ugly American and if anyone wants to see that personified….simply look at Trump.

  5. Bill Harrison January 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Okay, first it turns out that the crowd pictures at Trump’s inauguration that everyone has been using to compare were taken 3 hours before his swearing in. CNN has just released a megapixel shot taken during Trump’s speech which shows crowds the entire length of the mall , including people packed in tight all the way at the Washington Monument, 1.5 miles away. Please take a moment to look at them, and then compare them with the photos everyone has been talking about. You can see them here: http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2017/01/politics/trump-inauguration-gigapixel/.

    Notice that it’s CNN, not some goofy right-wing bullshit site. Track all the way back to the far end of the mall and see what I mean.

    As to trade, you’re missing the point. Trump and his people are not at all against free trade. They’re just in favor of FAIR trade. We have no tariffs on Chinese goods, but they place a 35%-40% tariff on all US imports to China. They also keep their currency about 30% lower than it ought to be through currency manipulation. This results in an enormous trade deficit, and needs to be fixed. We have similar trade relations with a number of other countries.

    The US government has used trade policies as political rewards for decades. Years ago, when the Chinese were just beginning to lean towards capitalism, the US government believed that it was greatly to our advantage to have them move strongly in that direction and away from communism, so it was decided to generally allow them to get away with breaking all kinds of trade rules, the kinds of things we would never let a European country get away with, just to encourage them to move toward capitalism.

    And it worked.

    We’ve taken the same tact with a number of other developing countries, especially in Asia. By bringing them out of the world of command economies and into the family of capitalist countries we’ve improved their standards of living and given them a strong vested interest in peace and good relations with the US, the world’s number one consumer market. We’ve made the political decision that the loss of a few million jobs in the US and the concomitant leveling off of our standard of living was a strategic plus in the long run.

    But these violations have become the norm. Many US and global companies have taken advantage of our blind eye relationships to move their manufacturing out of the US and Europe. Countries like Japan block US imports through manipulation of their zaibatsu system. Trump’s position is that it’s time we ended these lop-sided trade relationships and put things on a more balanced basis. The key is fair trade.

    Trump is an ass-hat and as a human being he’s a good argument for neutering. But he’s willing to address economic and trade issues that have festered in this country for decades where nobody else is.

    • ODDMAN January 24, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

      Sorry Bill but that CNN picture looks like a lot more people than what are actually there. Reuters shows that pic from the top of the Washington Monument but it faces to opposite direction, looking towards the stage. CNN’s pic is what you when you skew camera angles. It’s all about the angles showing the crowd. Also read in the article about the actual times when Obama’s inauguration pic (2009) was taken and when Trump’s was taken. It’s within about 15 minutes. There are also video taken along the mall showing the lack of people. The NYT also had pics with 1/2 hour of 2009 and 2017.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/24/fact-check-inauguration-crowd-size/96984496/

      It’s an interesting read. I think that I have to revise myself, I do blame Trump for this idiotic escape of crowd size.

      You are also not recognizing the absolute greed for profits and the requirements of double digit profit increases by hedge funds. The last 20 plus years profits have been as a result of moving manufacturing jobs to China. Now Bangladesh makes t-shirts cheaper as their wages are less than China’s. So is Vietnam’s wages. As China’s standard of living increases their manufacturing jobs are moving out of country too.

      CHina is also large enough to have a closed economy. Also, China has bought most of the US treasury bonds so as to keep the American government running. What if they stop and start demanding repayment? Is Trump going to declare bankruptcy when there’s no new money to keep the US afloat?

  6. Bill Harrison January 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    I remain unconvinced about the photos, although I agree it’s a ridiculous argument for Trump to bring up. I completely agree that Wall Street demands have driven a lot of manufacturing jobs to China, which in fact I alluded to when I mentioned US and global companies taking advantage of our blind eye policies. That doesn’t change my contention that we have allowed China to violate trade norms to a degree and an extent that we shouldn’t, and can no longer afford. China tried a closed economy and it was failing miserably, and they have half a billion more people to provide jobs for than they did a few decades ago.

    China is sitting on a pressure cooker. They need to provide jobs for their hundreds of millions of people or they face massive unrest. And remember, the US won’t be looking for unfair advantages… just a more level playing field. As I pointed out before, there are little or no tariffs on Chinese goods in the US, but there is a 35%-40% tariff on US goods in China.

    China directly exported half a trillion dollars worth of goods to the US last year. Billions more ended up in the US via other countries. If you make a living selling hay to your neighbor so he can feed his goats, the last thing you want to do is go kill his goats. Other countries can sell us hay. China needs us more than we need them.

    BTW, I love your site. I get up every morning, pull on my jeans and sit down at my computer. The first thing I do is open Oddman. It puts a smile on my face to start the day.

  7. sharpiepen January 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    Dragons!!!! So that’s how dragons get their flames. *the more I know rainbow* haha Wooo..I need that dragon statue in my life!

    How did you know? Are you following me around? LOL That is a cute and probably something that I would consider doing ^_- Speaking of crocheting, currently making an giant granny square afghan for my brother and his family. It’s going to be awesome! That reminds me I need some red yarn..woo yarn haul this weekend! ^_^

    My mom does that all the time not only to my dad, but us kids too and she wonders why we “apparently” don’t listen to her. Well maybe a little bit of the time we don’t….shhh! don’t tell her..never mind she already knows..;) (#I got the best mama ever!)

    Have a good one,

    Sharpiepen

  8. nevada January 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    those Motorcycle boot treads are amazing.

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