It's Not Good to be Neutral: CNN

Barack Obama

I guess you just can’t be in the middle when you’re covering news: “CNN, founded in 1980 and now owned by Time Warner Inc, has tried to hold the middle ground in its news coverage, a position that some blame for its ratings erosion, while ratings have risen for competitors Fox News and MSNBC, which blend news with opinion and political commentary.”

 

James Holmes Isn't All That Smart Afterall

When the news media learned that James Holmes majored in neuroscience, they might have automatically assumed that he’s pretty smart. His family bragged about his academic achievements and one of his college friends said that he did well in tests without taking notes in classes. Because he’s socially awkward, he also behaves like a typical nerd.

 

A Portrait of the James Holmes from Longtime Friend, Community, and Video

James Holmes

The Los Angeles Times interviewed a friend of James Holmes, who has known him for more than ten years. According to Richie Duong, he seems like a normal nerd: really bright, hangs out with a select group of friends, and does stuff that your average guy likes to do - play cards, watch movies, and play video games.

 

Republicans Are To Blame for "Do-Nothing Congress"

A Young John Boehner

Barack Obama quietly got a lot of stuff thing done in Congress during his first two years: 2009 and 2010. According to the Associated Press, the 111th Congress is “the most productive in nearly half a century.” What did he get done? He passed an $814B economic stimulus package that averted the U.S.

 

Jon Huntsman Joins Jeb Bush in Criticism of Their Party's Partisanship

It’s good to hear prominent Republicans calling out their party’s partisanship. Why are House Republicans wasting their time repealing the Health Care bill a second time, when they know that it would fail in the Democrat-controlled Senate? Why aren’t they working with Democrats to create jobs and improve the economy? It’s because the Republicans are taking a “my way or the highway” approach.

 

Slicing & Dicing Last Friday's Job Reports

Generally speaking, last Friday’s jobs report was nothing to brag about - even though Barack Obama did it anyway - but the Wall Street Journal found some “hidden good news.” Here are a couple of quotes and my comments:

 

Why Mitt Romney Flip Flops So Often

Mitt Romney

Dean Obeidallah of CNN has an interesting take on why Mitt Romney, as a potential CEO of America, flip flops so often. The headline is misleading because Obeidallah does agree that Romney is a flip-flopper, he merely justifies why he does it so often. This gist of it is that Romney is constantly rebranding himself to appeal to his customers - the voters. Obeidallah goes through Romney's history of flip flops pretty thoroughly. Here's a quote:

 

Removed Virus, Lost Internet Connection

Internet Connection

Late last year, I had a virus on my Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows XP. It’s been awhile, so I’ve forgotten what the virus was, but I think it’s the one that redirects search results to malware. I’m always surprised when I get a virus because I rarely download videos, music, or software. I’m mostly surfing websites for research for blog entries and whatnot. I have AVG Anti Virus installed and running. Still, every so often, I’ll get a nasty virus that’s difficult to remove.

 

Obama Tells Clinton to Shove It with Latest Attack Ad on Romney

Remember when Bill Clinton told Barack Obama to stop attacking Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital?

"There's no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office and basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold," Clinton said.

 

The Circle of Ads: Zynga Using Facebook Ads

When I first saw the headline “Facebook Places Ads on Zynga” on The Wall Street Journal, my mind almost fell into an infinite loop. You see, Zynga is already buying ads on Facebook to promote their games. I had thought that headline meant that Facebook is returning the favor by buying ads on Zynga to bring on more users.

Nope.Turns out Facebook is testing out their own ad network on Zynga. Yes, looks like Facebook will be launching an ad network to compete with Google’s Adsense.

 

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