Hypocrites silencing those in dissent. (EDITORIAL)

Last night, during the debate on the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions, (R) Alabama as Attorney General of the United States, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was effectively silenced as she quoted from a letter written by Coretta Scott King.  The letter was written before Sessions became Senator and while he was being nominated for a Judicial Position back in the mid 80’s.

Rule 19 was invoked by Senator Mitch McConnell, (R) Kentucky, to silence Warren, who has been an outspoken advocate for full and fair debate on all things.  Specifically, Item 2 in Rule 19 states:

2. No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

If Warren’s words caused injury to anyone, it caused injury to the Republicans who had a desire to shoehorn Sessions into office as Attorney General.  While I believe in having a fully operating cabinet for the President, I also believe that our Founding Fathers desired that the litmus test be administered fully and without preferential treatment.  That Litmus Test includes full and impartial debate to lead to a full and fair vote.

If that vote were to take place now, not all the facts would be out and not everything would be fought over on this in a civil debate, and you can’t have that while partisan silencing of the minority party takes place.

If anyone is divorced from reality, it’s the Republican Party for not facing their choices in the mirror.  Talk about hypocrites silencing dissent.


Redmond, Washington…We have a huge problem…

Recently, Microsoft pushed Windows 10 to all who have not installed it yet.  While the one computer I had installed Windows 10 in was working correctly, recent glitches have forced me to revert my traveling laptop with touchscreen to Windows 8.1.

I have spent many months trying and failing to get Windows 10 to work properly for the professional laptop, but having (until tonight) success with the touch screen laptop running it.

Now that I have seen it fail miserably, I fail to see why Microsoft would push such a crappy product into consumers’ PC’s.

To me, Microsoft has lost its’ vision, and should go back to the drawing board for the most comprehensive transformation of an operating system from one that is begrudgingly purchased with several expletives said about the purchase to one that consumers would really enjoy.

Windows 95 was a great OS, so too was Windows 98, 2000 was OK, from what I have heard.  Meanwhile, Windows ME was a disaster, XP did fairly better, Windows 7 is phenomenal, Windows 8 was the belly flop, Windows 8.1 did OK…and 10 did good until several glitches took hold of the registry and decided to crap totally out.

After a rebuild of the Operating system, I will not update to Windows 10.

Frankly, if I could turn both machines to Macs, I would.

I’m sure I’m not the only one to want to do that…

New Year, New Look, Same Focus

Hi, Everyone!  Welcome to a new year and this is a new look…I hope you like it.

I’ve been super busy the last month.  Filming railfan locations and now writing contributing articles to TrainLoversHangout.com does occupy a good chunk of my day.

I did not want to leave this page neglected.  So, I decided to spruce things up with a new look.  I cleaned out a few things that I felt weren’t needed anymore, but this still is a great page to send news to.

I’m doing good, and it’s been a financial struggle with college, so I am back home in Alabama for now until I can get more financing straightened out.  I also intend to change my major, so I will be focusing more on Weather related items in the future, in fact, I could make it “The Weather with James Barcus” and still do fine with it.

But, The News is here, and so am I.


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.


Residents: $750,000 Water Fountains In Inwood’s Isham Park Don’t Work

Money at work…or lack of work…

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It cost $750,000 to install two water fountains in Isham Park in Inwood, and now the fountains don’t even work.

As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, people at the park in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood said something does not add up.

Nearby residents said they were thrilled when the city Department of Parks and Recreation decided to slake their thirst for two much-needed water fountains in the park. They are the only water fountains anywhere in the historic park, located west of Broadway between approximately 211th and 214th streets.

But after years’ worth of construction at the cost of three quarters of a million dollars –- which also included some irrigation systems for park maintenance – nobody was happy that the fountains were not working.

“Water, please come out,” Juiek Buttgench of Inwood said as he bent over the fountain. “We need the water.”

And that is…

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