Oh, What a mess we have in 2016.

Though Campaign 2016 ends the first Tuesday in November 2016, we have already been exposed to more election related stories this year than in any other year.

It’s a grade-A disaster.

Not only do we have shootings and other crimes of infamy flooding our airwaves and cable channels, we also have the circus that is the greatest show in America…The Donald Trump circus of the Idiots.

Obviously, Donald Trump is not only a shrewd showman, having had success in NBC’s The Apprentice and his real estate empire, but he is having fairly decent success in the campaign so far.

But my question has been, as it is now, “Mr. Trump, are you serious?  Will you continue the campaign long after the opponents rip you about your viewpoints?  Will you keep going even if the tide turns against you?”

One part of my brain knows from experience that the answer could very well be no.  He’s dropped out of the race the last time he ran for President.

But another part of me says that he could very well carry the Republican Nomination, but not be successful in becoming elected.

When Donald Trump announced he was running, I thought it was part of a publicity stunt for The Apprentice.  As the race has continued, and NBC seems to have distanced themselves from the now outspoken candidate, I’m not so sure that it’s a stunt at all.

The one thing I can say, even with the hoopla, is that we should educate ourselves and not rely on talking points in the evening news and news programs.  Read the website, get their unfiltered viewpoints, and get to know them.

When will “anonymous” sources have the guts to put their name to wild rumors? (UPDATED)

As I write this update in italics, I found this post and remembered that this all started with an overzealous media wanting to put who they want in the hot seat, not who is best qualified.  Four games into the 2016 season, Les Miles was fired by LSU, and I couldn’t help but think the same now as I did when I first wrote this piece.  

All weekend, news outlets all over the nation, and ESPN as well, fanned the flames of a possible disposition of employment of Louisiana State University Tigers head coach Les Miles.

Of course, now ESPN backtracks and says that the rumors of Les Miles career demise are greatly exaggerated.

All of the reporting surrounding this situation was citing “anonymous sources” or otherwise, the people who wouldn’t put their names on it.

Some Loyalty.

Now, Les Miles can do what Tommy Tubberville did at Auburn after the Board of Trustees tried to get rid of him at Auburn.  Miles, like Tubberville back then, now has carte blanc to really get what he wants at LSU.  Though, it does come with one caveat…

Miles must strike a balance between getting what he wants and potentially bankrupting the college and boosters.

LSU has more than just Miles’ career in consideration.  They now have to deal with who let out the rumors and caused the situation that played out on sports talk and television.

The key now is who was responsible for the rumors.  Who should go for potentially causing a very bad public relations nightmare for the University?

The way I look at it is this.  Never say anything that you can’t put your name to.  If you can’t go on the record, don’t say it.  And if you’re going to say it, put your name with it and take responsibility.

“Anonymous sources” clearly makes the issue hard to grasp, so when I do become a journalist, I will not use anonymous sources except in critical situations, not the potential change of a head coach’s job, but something more real of a clear and present danger.

Stop hiding behind “anonymous” and start having strength to put your name where the “facts” are.

 

EDITORIAL–For the Love of All things safe, STOP AT THE RAILROAD CROSSINGS!

Yes, I treated this headline for this editorial with the yelling I wanted to do from behind the camera as I was capturing some everyday rail traffic in LaGrange, GA.

I saw something disturbing, NO ONE for a full 2 minutes before the train got to the crossing took regard for the gates.  They drove around the gates, taking a huge gamble with their lives and cars, trucks, and vans.  I have it on videotape, and I will post it.

I don’t know who you are or why you chose this day, March 27th, 2015, to cross the tracks with the gates down and the train coming down the tracks, but I want you to think for a second about what you’re doing.  I want you to think about who you will leave behind if you lose the gamble next time.  If the train were to crash into your car it would be your fault since you disregarded the safety barriers, gates, flashing lights, and other necessary precautions to get to your next destination.

Still, the railroad gets the bad reputation because they are in the way.  Think about it, how much of your grocery items came by way of Truck, Train, and other methods of transit?  Pretty much every bit of it.  They have not perfected the Transporter yet from Star Trek, so it’s going to be a long, long time before anything gets sent by way of intergalactic technology.

Railroads OWN the right of way, and they put crossing gates and lights for YOUR safety, so YOU can stop and know a train that OWNS its’ right of way is coming through.  Too many stories I’ve seen recently about people taking a gamble with trains and losing have brought me to the point of making this statement.

So, find the Youtube video below, and see your car making the crossing while the gates are down, and then think about it.  When the train collides with your car, who will you be hurting the most?  Your friends, family, the community, yes, because it is a SENSELESS tragedy when a car gets hit by a train for such negligence of the driver’s part.  Your part!

The automobile is a great thing, but your life is even greater.  Please think about it before you cross through that gate next time.

James M. Barcus

Anchor/Managing Editor/Blogger
The News with James Barcus

 

EDITORIAL–What is deliriously wrong with this picture?

Thanks Judge Roy Moore for inserting yourself back into the moral fabric, and soiling it.

That’s right!

I said it right here and now…

America’s moral fabric has been soiled and stained with the ineptitude and hypocrisy of judges who claim to act from the Biblical principles that supposedly guide them…when in reality, it is the Southern Baptist Convention and their lobbyists (and their dollars, too)

Two issues drive me to this point…and both have to do with the law.

One issue is the supremacy clause in Article VI, Clause 2, of the Constitution of the United States.

Editorial–If you have no income and you’re older than 26, You’re just out of luck…Obama-Care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as “Obamacare” has been a favorite punching bag of Congress.

What about for the Americans who have been out of luck, especially in Alabama where Medicaid Coverage has not been expanded, where college students don’t have many choices for the healthcare they need.

I’m type II Diabetic, and I can’t afford the $75 per visit, nor can I afford the emergency room bill every other year just to get the care I need…frankly, if I were to take the most drastic measure, I’d be better off Dead under “ObamaCare”.

And my experience with the help center in the Healthcare.gov website has been so far from lackluster it’s not even funny, it’s grotesque to be more precise in my disgust with the whole situation.  Frankly, I say fire the whole crew and start over from scratch.

Obviously, the health care system was broken to begin with, but people like me deserve so much better than what we are getting, which is a lot of impotent politicians throwing copious amounts of hot air out and contributing to Global Warming…hell, it’s London Broil by now.

Congress is obsessed with deflating, defunding, and dismantling “ObamaCare”, but until a better solution that is more accommodating for those of us who have no money to get plans through the private way, unless we sell our organs on the black market to pay for it, there is no other way out than the way we have had PRIOR to “ObamaCare”.

While we are on the subject, there is one hospital that needs to be taken over and owned, and that is Randolph Medical Center’s former location on Highway 22.  Regional Medical Center has a golden opportunity to help the people of Roanoke by operating this location as a satellite ER and facility to RMC in Anniston.

Will John Boehner grow a pair about Michael Grimm? (EDITORIAL)

Instead of a New York 1/Time Warner Cable News reporter being thrown from the balcony in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building like he threatened, it seems that Michael Grimm has taken his career over that balcony instead.

Personally, I have deep concern about the behavior of Congressmen who have gone wildly out of control of their ethical behavior.  The decent and honorable thing Michael Grimm could do is to step away, serve his sentence, let the nation move forward, and try again after some time to think of the consequences of his decisions.

Michael Grimm came to infamy when he threatened the NY1/Time Warner Cable News reporter stationed on Capitol Hill during the State of the Union Address.  It was over a request for comment on the allegations surrounding Grimm in a very contentious tax evasion case, the same case he plead guilty to.  The New York Times released a video stream behind the scenes from NY1.

Clearly, Congressmen Gone Wild is not the most flattering title to cobble video of temperamental Congressional delegates.  But as long as Grimm doesn’t resign, the image of the TEA party being the passionate patriots of this nation is seriously put in question.

I implore you, Congressman Grimm, please do what is right for our Nation, and resign.  You can’t serve your time in both Congress and in prison.  One or the other would have to give way.

James M. Barcus
Anchor/Managing Editor
The News With James Barcus

Cleveland Officers and City of Cleveland sued by Rice Family

PDF of the Lawsuit filed by estate of Tamir Rice

(VARIOUS SOURCES)  Managing Editor’s Note:  I wanted to bring the full document of this lawsuit up top for a format change.  –JB

The family of Tamir Rice has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers who confronted him and the City of Cleveland.

Among the charges alleged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback are use of excessive force, deprivation of civil rights, and failure to secure medical attention for Rice in connection with the November 22, 2014 shooting.  The lawsuit also alleges that the City of Cleveland hiring practices failed to address serious deficiencies in training and supervision of the officers.  The Complete lawsuit is available in the link above.

This makes the third municipality where police officers have targeted African-Americans in lethal force.  The New York Police Department has dealt with the death of Eric Garner for months after Garner died from a chokehold by an officer and Ferguson, Missouri has had businesses burned because of the verdict in the grand jury investigation of now former Officer Darren Wilson, who resigned days after the Grand Jury could not indict him based on the evidence and testimony presented.

All three situations have caused the Justice Department to release new guidelines regarding racial profiling.  The full memorandum is available here.  The new memo “supersedes” a 2003 memorandum sent out under the term of former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Both Wilson and the NYPD officer were not indicted, and that caused protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

Critics are asking why Police Departments are considering those whom they are sworn to “serve and protect” as their enemy.

Federal Investigations are underway still in Ferguson, Missouri; New York, New York; and now Cleveland, Ohio.  They involve Civil Rights and Police Procedures.

Stay Tuned to this story as it is a developing situation and will be updated as details are provided.