The News Media and a Jaded America.

Here’s my question. Jus How the Hell did we get to this place where we, the American Public, became so Jaded.

We trust no one! NO ONE!

Accept it, you’re just like me, we don’t believe anything that anyone says, especially the media, or as a result of the twisted news shows, even a Presidential Candidate.

The major media machines have spent so much of their resources  attempting to debunk every word from every candidate, as well as everyone who supports them that we, the people, scoff at everything we see on our TV or Smartphone.

Congratulations CNN, etal, you have done it. You have taken investigative journalism from true journalism, right through common sense commentary all the way over to the point of “giant Killer”. I’m not just picking on you CNN, I did say etal. Perhaps you should look it up.

Admit it, you really don’t care about the truth anymore, only the sensational ound-bite.

Come on, you prove it every day, YOU DON’T CARE!

You know, I remember the day when, in a newspaper or magazine, if a person’s words were quoted they were captured within two quote marks, and looked at by the world as being sacrosanct.

And, if parts of the quote were ever eliminated, there was this little string of dots “…..” that signified a part of the quote was left out.

Today, in our world of instant video presentations, I guess the media doesn’t know how to verbally insert those little dots.

They once meant so much to any educated reader. They said that this is only a piece of the original words, and we have shortened it here, for one reason or another.

Now though, a politician or a supporter can go to a small town for a meeting with voters, and talk for an hour or so.

But in this world of ours today, the media can set up a camera and record the whole conversation and then instantly scan it for a collection of words spoken that they can then present to America.

Typically, the presented words were taken totally out of context and reassembled to present to us, the public, simply “for affect”.

In other words, they do not reflect the actual meaning of that hour of back and forth talks with numerous questions and answers, but rather they are reassembled (or used for “sound bites”) that can then be used to “attack” the candidate.

Oh, and of course, this happens to both presidential candidates. Any slip of the tongue is fodder for a “news flash” across the TV screens of Americans.

In my opinion, it’s really a form of “truth rape” and we, the public have become so used to it, so jaded by it, that we just shrug our shoulders at pretty much anything the news media says to us anymore.

So, I watch as any honest but loose-lipped candidates sit with me, on the sidelines, watching this new form if entertainment. Should in the vein of the old game shows of the fifties and sixties, should I call it “Dare to tell the Truth” entertainment?

Jaded but still watching,

Don Bobbitt, 2016

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A Summer of Camping, Links to our ADVENTURE, Days 0 thru 49

Our adventures as campers this Summer are available online on my other site Rvandcamper.org..

My wife and I have been doing this for many, many years and we would like to share our experiences and knowledge with our fellow campers.

These are our personal experiences, of course, but we have also included a lot of TIPS for CAMPERS, as well as some useful information about the areas we visit and things we find to do. We provide these Tips to help you when you go camping.

As we travel, and camp, I am recording our travel days and what happens each day in posts on my blog RV and Camping. You can just click on this link and go directly to all of the articles about our camping adventure, or you can just scroll down this page and click on a link to a specific days story.

To make it easy to go to each of these specific blog posts, feel free to click on the appropriate days link and a page will open with the post on that specific day of our travels, what we do, and what we see.

I hope you like this approach and enjoy our travel dialogue.

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Camping Adventures, Days 0 thru 49 and the end of the trip.

 

High Points of our trip:

  • It must be Rainy season here, or so it seems with the constant showers.
  • I took my camera downtown and got a number of pictures of some of the remaining old architecture on Main Street Lynchburg that I used on a Hubpage article. Worth checking out, I think.
  • I get some writing done during the rains and we both read some books when the weather was at its worst.
  • I spent some time concentrating on cleaning up my Satellite TV connections in our RV.
  • More Days of Rain and the occasional storm, interspersed with July Fourth Fireworks,
  • cookouts at our campsite.
  • Visits from family, and a trip to the City Market for fresh vegetables.
  • Making Jalapeno Poppers,
  • A gathering of family and friends,
  • A visit to the Appomattox Surrender Grounds.
  • Much running around town, trying to get in those little things on our bucket list for our Lynchburg stay.
  • Alternating between; Just Chillin’ at our campsite, visiting friends, and doing a little research on the area we will be traveling to next.
  • Campgrounds a growing flock of Geese.
  • A great dinner with my brother and his wife; homegrown tomatoes and mayonnaise on white bread. Yum!
  • Preparing to leave Lynchburg the next day.
  • Travel to our next camping site near Williamsburg. Making our camper safe for the trip.Unhooking from our Lynchburg Campsite, dumping tanks and driving to our next campground.
  • Site selection at the Williamsburg campground, coping with a poor site selection, setting up in  one that was very narrow and poor satellite service.
  • Camping is often about making concessions, and making the best of what we had.
  • A day of exercise in the Pool and just being lazy.
  • Some experimenting with our satellite TV reception.
  • A fantastic Dinner before relaxing in our campsite.
  • Days of sporadic rains, and still searching for thing to do in the area.
  • Visitors to our Camper, entertaining them and seeing the sights.
  • Fresh Produce stands, and the lack of entertainment information.
  • Restaurants, Tiki Bars, Flea Markets, first visit to Old Towne Williamsburg VA.
  • Lazy days of just wandering around the Williamsburg area.
  • More heat and more things to do, in Williamsburg, VA, after some serious searching.
  • We finally figured how to take advantage of the heat itself and the very next day the weather changes.
  • And, we ended up spending one afternoon making a nice visit to a local Winery.
  • The last days in Williamsburg VA and our hops back to Florida.
  • Then, once at home, our shutdown  of the Camper before putting it into storage.
  • Then, of course, the beginning of our planning for our next adventure.

 

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Again, Muslims, Heal Thyself!

After the latest senseless killings in our country by a self-avowed follower of ISIS, I spent a few hours over my Coffee, earnestly trying to think of how this kind of “Islamist Radicalism”  can be eliminated or at least reduced.

Oh, I know, there are a lot of people around the world, much smarter than myself, who are also spending sleepless nights on this same problem. But, the personal concern doesn’t go away just because this is a recognized problem for the world.

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Twenty Years ago Today, and I Woke up again!

Twenty Years ago today, my brother gave up a Kidney to save my life.

That’s right, twenty years. His gift has kept me alive and functioning for this extra time so that I could; keep watching new Sunrises, travel around the world and see new sights, and live these extra days with my wife and family.

You see, twenty-three years ago, I was been lying in a hospital bed and was told I had an almost incurable disease and the probability was that I only had days to live.

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Presidential Primary Process, entertainment for the masses?

I don’t know if this is going to be one of my rants or not, so here goes.

You all know that we are a number of months into the craziest and strangest presidential primary process ever seen in the history of American Politics.

If you don’t know what’s going on right now then you truly qualify as being “OFF THE GRID”.In fact you have to be so far off the Grid that I wonder why I’m thinking about you at all. You obviously do not receive any communications, at all from the rest of the country.

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I’ve worn my Political Correctness out, and I’m just damned tired of posturing pundits.

First of all let me admit that I am from the South! I mention this because, it seems to be something that twists the thought patterns of non-southerners,

You see, once I put on my “Redneck” badge, and stand up to speak, the rest of the world, and especially those raised North of the Mason-Dixon line begin making assumptions about myself and my fellow southerners.

Family mores, religious studies, university lessons and more importantly, the lessons one learns in the varied life of a traveler seem to be thrown out the door as soon as my first; Ya’ll or Aint escapes my mouth.

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I WAS JUST THINKIN’ – Why can’t my Taxes be used at Home to Help Americans first?

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I originally wrote this in April, 2013. Looks like I’m seeing my predictions blooming right before my eyes!

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It doesn’t take much for me to strike verbally at our existing government flunkies. That has to be obvious from so many things; but particularly from my attitude and disappointment with our leadership in Washington.

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SEAGULLS – Rats of the Sea! – Observations from a Tiki BAR

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If you live on or near enough to the oceans of the world, it doesn’t take long to develop a loathing for Seagulls as a species.

If you regularly; lie or walk on the beaches of the world, or just sit at a TIKI Bar attempting to relax and have a good time with friends, you will soon see why so many of us just don’t like these pests.

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Politicians should be changed like diapers – plus a joke.

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Our politicians today are a privileged group of self-serving individuals that would not hesitate to sell anyone down the river to get what they want.

One of the problems we have today is the fact that the two political parties have polarized themselves so far to the two extremes of ideology (liberal and conservative) that they have become ineffective and basically in need of being replaced by people who believe in the goals of our original government; to serve the people, and not just themselves.

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Florida builds Mountains out of Garbage not mole hills.

One of the first things I noticed when I first visited Florida was the propensity of towns and cities to build mountains out of their garbage rather than process it.

This used to make me wonder, until after a little research, I realized that they had done something potentially good with their garbage.

Click below if you want to read my article on HubPages on this phenomenon.

Florida’s garbage Mountains

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Why should I pay for your college student loans? TANSTAAFL!

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There are more and more instances of the Millennial generation showing up in public situations and demanding that their enormous college loan bills be paid for by our tax dollars.

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Just Say Whoops, or Oh, I’m Sorry! But don’t act proud when caught lying.

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That’s one of my big problems with Mr. Cruz, in these ongoing state political primaries.

His arrogant disregard for the truth is outrageous.

OK, stop right there, I know ….. All politician tell lies.

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OK, Let’s talk Beer Glasses!

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This damnable weather will soon end, and we puny warm weather humans will be able to get back to our favorite habits in life. One of my fun things to do is finding a nice Tiki Bar and  enjoying a cold beer, occasionally.

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