This is Good/This is Bad

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. – George Washington Carver

Today I take a little different look at some of the stories I’ve recently read – dividing them into “This is Good” and “This is Bad” categories.

The topics today are veterans, President Trump, healthcare, a Facebook post, the National Anthem, and fallen soldiers. You’ll have to read the column to see which is good or bad. Enjoy!

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The Commander-in-Chief and Bergdahl

It was disclosed yesterday that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would be pleading guilty to desertion and to endangering the American troops sent to search for him.

The New York Times reports that the guilty plea could mean a five-year sentence for the desertion charge, and the charge of endangering troops carries a potential life sentence. He is due to be sentenced October 23.(WaPo)

I’ve written several posts about Bowe Bergdahl here at The Western Word. I wanted to see a full investigation into the matter before jumping to conclusions.

Leading up to the last Presidential election, Donald Trump should have toned down his hatred toward Bergdahl (not to mention others who were captured) and wait for answers. Of course, Trump did not.

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The Sunday Message

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. – Winston Churchill*

Winston Churchill died in 1965. As you may know, he was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1940s and 1950s.

The quote from Churchill (above) was long before we had social media.

Here we are in 2017, so that “lie” can probably get around the world 10 times “before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

That’s because of social media.

We hear a lot about “fake news” these days which may be news the person it’s directed at does not agree with, or maybe it is actually fake. There are people who spread the sketchy stories about people or issues mostly because they want to harm that person or issue.

Sometimes they don’t check on what they are posting or they actually believe it. Some probably don’t care.

There are several websites out there which will help you find out if the story is true or false.

The internet is a wonderful tool to help us stay in contact with family and friends. It is also a wonderful tool for learning. We just need to make sure what we are learning and passing on is fact and not fiction.

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. – Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)

Have a great week!

*A friend pointed out that this quote did not come from Winston Churchill.

The Website has this to say about the quote:

Jonathan Swift can properly be credited with the statement he wrote in 1710. Charles Haddon Spurgeon popularized the version he employed in a sermon in 1855, but he did not craft it. At this time, there is no substantive support for assigning the saying to Mark Twain or Winston Churchill.


Caught My Eye…

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. – Charles de Gaulle

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Trump & Obamacare, Gianforte’s Mugshot, Life is a Highway (Sign), Eminem’s Freestyle, Trump & Weinstein, ALCS/NLCS, and One More Thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. – Blaise Pascal

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Senate and House fundraising, Glacier National Park, unemployment, the VP’s trip, High Tech Job Summit, Thursday Numbers, Keystone XL Pipeline protests, Trump & nukes, playoff baseball, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Fagg, NFL, & Soccer

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. – Fran Lebowitz

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Russell Fagg Announcement
  • National Football League
  • U.S. Men’s Soccer Team

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