360- The Maxim of Understanding

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For the first time in two decades I am watching from afar as California burns. This year has been particularly bad and it breaks my heart... SEGMENT - FAKER NEWS Last Sunday morning, a story was released by CBS Sports and quickly went viral which reported that Colin Kaepernick had decided that if he were to play in the NFL again, he would stand for the National Anthem. Reaction was about what you would have expected it to be, from outrage to sarcasm. The problem is - as we learned a few hours later - the story was completely fake. Well... that's a misnomer. It wasn't completely fake. CSB Sports DID report the story. It was from a reputable reporting source and it had the logo and gravitas of CBS behind it. The problem was the reporter himself, simply made it up. But.... why did the story get believed in the first place? Two reasons. First, confirmation biases were working on overdrive. This was what many people wanted to hear him say. Second, nobody was applying the Adams Rule... Recently, two events made the news for all the wrong reasons. A gay Coffee Shoppe owner "threw out" some "Christians" and refused to provide them services. Then, Vice President Pence "walked out" of the Indianapolis Colts game. Now, one could, and Rush Limbaugh did, argue that turnabout is fair play. That doing this is just giving the left a dose of its own medicine. It might be and it might make us laugh and feel good. but does it actually demonstrate what we say we say we believe? SEGMENT - THE STATE of JEFFERSON RECONSIDERED I have said, and I will continue to say that under the current political climate, the State of Jefferson is a non-starter. It won't happen; and those who continue to say that because it has happened in the past that this is a done deal are being intentionally misleading as well as Constitutionally illiterate. Having said that (again), what if there was a way to make the State of Jefferson politically neutral? And might Hurricane Maria caused a scenario in which both the State of Jefferson and Puerto Rico could be admitted as States? SEGMENT - THE MAXIM OF UNDERSTANDING We've seen various reactions to the attack in Las Vegas, many of which once again, blur the line of the 1st Amendment. At least two business owners have gotten into hot water over their comments about the dead, along with the CBS (wait a sec...) News Executive who used Twitter to destroy her career. Odder still are the AHT's making the rounds, which once again prove the Adams Rule is in effect, but also add the Maxim of Understanding. That is, Just because you don't understand something, doesn't make it impossible... SEGMENT - BASEBALL HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME Dave is enjoying the baseball playoffs and really, really hoping for a special World Series...

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