Tweet Checking

ID-100144408David Smalley at Dogma Debate put out this tweet today:

I went and took a deeper look at the data the website has published. I agree that all news networks tell whatever they need to get the required ratings. I compared the FOXNews hosts with the MSNBC hosts from the website David Smalley referenced with the following results.

MSNBC Hosts True Mostly True Half True Mostly False False Pants on Fire Total Statements
Mika Berzinski 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Joe Scarborough 1 1 2 0 2 0 6
Thomas Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Diaz-Balart 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Tamaron Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrea Mitchell 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
Ronan Farrow 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Joy Reid 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Alex Wagner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ed Schultz 0 1 3 3 1 2 10
Al Sharpton 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
Chris Matthews 1 1 2 1 2 0 7
Chris Hayes 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Rachel Maddow 3 5 3 6 5 1 23
Lawrence Odonnell 1 3 0 2 1 0 7
Sum 6 13 14 15 12 4 64
Percent 9% 20% 22% 23% 19% 6% 100%
Fox News Hosts True Mostly True Half True Mostly False False Pants on Fire Total Statements
Megyn Kelly 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Sean Hannity 3 2 3 1 3 0 12
Bill Oreilly 2 4 2 2 5 1 16
Greg Gutfeld 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juan Williams 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Dana Perino 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Bob Beckel 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Kimberly Guifoyle 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Ainsley Earhart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heather Childers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Kilmead 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Elisabeth Hasselbeck 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Steve Doocy 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Bill Hemmer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Martha MacAllum 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jenna Lee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Scott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sandra Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gretchen Carlson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shepard Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neil Cavuto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harris Faulkner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sum 8 7 6 4 17 3 45
Percent 18% 16% 13% 9% 38% 7% 100%

As can be seen the total sample is small with some big names at Fox not even having one fact checked such as Neil Cavuto and Sheppard Smith.  It also shows that  they are not very different when it comes to honesty.  Foxnews had 47% as half truth or above and MSNBC had 52%.

The article claims that they sampled 83 Fox claims and only 15 had some truth but have no supporting data.  No criteria was given as to how they picked the claims.  They also claimed that MSNBC had factual claims at a rate of 31% but do not tell us how many were completely true as they did Fox at 8%.  My only conclusion is that they added claims by guests at least on the Fox side to get to the 83 claims (most probably politicians).

The website says this:

“Though I’m sure any conservative who might run across this article, or the Punditfact profiles, would simply dismiss the results as “liberally biased lies.” – See more at: http://www.forwardprogressives.com/fact-checking-site-finds-fox-news-tells-truth-18-percent-time/#sthash.ntzXMdAP.dpuf

Yeah, I dismiss the findings but based on at least some research I did on your site.  I wonder how many claims are made in a day on these stations.  Probably a lot more that 45 or 83 which they claim is a large sampling.

So look at the numbers for yourself and decide.  And yeah in this day and age where message is everything above truth I am reluctant to believe that a site named “Forward Progressive” is going to find Fox as anything but dishonest just as I would distrust a conservative biased site.

Thanks for ALL that Serve!

ID-100204763Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodsteam.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ~ Ronald Reagan

Veterans Day is a great day to honor the people we know that did serve in America’s armed forces.  They have sacrificed time with friends, family and even spouses to frankly, keep this country free from tyranny in many forms.  I hope that you thank a veteran today if you know any.

There are families and friends of service members that should be thanked as well.  Children that grow up with a service member parent need our thanks.  Spouses of service members need our thanks.  They need thanks for the time spent away from the people they love and sometimes  dealing with the toll on the service member once they return.

I also want to thank all citizens that work hard, obey our laws and teach our younger generations about what it is to be free.  These things are also serving our country in a real way.  Our teachers that dedicate their lives to teaching all our youth are serving our country well.  Freedom can only be had by an educated and civil people.  Our ethical business people who work hard to keep our capitalistic system going and strong contribute to our freedom as well. An economically unstable or uncertain economy can threaten our national sovereignty.

There will be some that will choose today to rant about how our country is and has not been at its best.  Oppressing certain people while hypocritically advancing values of freedom for all.  I agree America has not lived up to its values all the time.  But, only in a free and capitalistic society can these things change for the better and they have over the years.  Free people protesting the government and society on its violations against freedom and causing change is much of America’s history.

There is always a younger generation that will cause change and make society into what they think is fair and equitable for all and so further push how we act further toward our ideals.  This strengthens our society and maintains our freedoms.  So definitely thank a veteran today but don’t forget to thank people you see serving our country in other ways as well.

 

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A Dad Should…

ID-10029129I asked my kids recently to come up with a top ten list of things they think a good dad should be doing. My kids are 13, 10 and 3. This is the great wisdom I received in no particular order:

A Dad Should:

1. Love us.

2. Love our mom only. (I think this comes from their understanding of the 7th commandment)

3. Make money for us. (This sounds like my very mature 13 year old daughter. I think this can be rephrased into take care of our financial needs)

4. Wrestle with me. (From my 3 year old son I bet)

5. Love Jesus.

6. Spend lots of time with us.

7. Don’t get divorced. (Unfortunately they have many friends with divorced parents, kids worry about this these days, see #2.)

8. Go camping and fishing with us. (We go regularly)

9. Help us on our homework. (Algebra revisited, I am back in school with them.)

10. Write letters to us. (I write letters to them on special events and randomly, they love it and I recommend doing it)

What I got out ot of this list is they want us dads to love God, love our families and spend time with them. Something any dad can easily do but sometimes we lose site of what our family really needs from us dads. I will try to remember these things as I continue on my journey of being a dad.

 

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Common Interpretive Pitfalls

B141030Common Interpretive Pitfalls

by John MacArthur

Every paratrooper knows precisely where he is supposed to land, but no paratrooper will jump without also knowing the surrounding territory. To do otherwise can leave one disoriented and lost, which can have disastrous consequences. In the same way, to randomly parachute into Bible passages, trying to glean spiritual gems devoid of context, can lead to wasted time and stunted spiritual growth.

Regular Bible reading according to a strategic plan is the right foundation for successful Bible study. And the principles of accurate interpretation will take that Bible study to the next level of spiritual blessing and benefit.

Reading God’s Word answers the question: What does the Bible say? But interpreting it answers the question: What does the Bible mean by what it says? Proper Bible interpretation is a critical element of successful Bible study. The reader does not have license to decide what it means. He has to learn what it means.

Paul’s pastoral counsel to his protégé Timothy was clear: “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13). He told Timothy to read the text, explain the text (doctrine), and apply the text (exhortation). You don’t read it and jump right into application. You read it, then explain it, and then apply it. That’s what “accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) is all about. Otherwise, misinterpretation is the likely result, and misinterpretation is the mother of all kinds of mania.

The Mania of Misinterpretation

Misinterpretation causes all sorts of problems, ranging from ridiculous errors to dangerous heresies. “The Daniel Plan” is a popular Christian weight-loss plan based on the prophet Daniel’s decision to eat only vegetables and water (Daniel 1:12). But this new “Bible-based” weight-loss program completely ignores the fact that Daniel’s diet was meant to display God’s supernatural sustenance in spite of inadequate dietary intake. Worse still, the laughable punchline to the whole story is that Daniel actually gained weight by following “The Daniel Plan” (Daniel 1:15)!

Prosperity preachers teach that John’s warm greeting to “prosper and be in good health” (3 John 2) expresses God’s universal desire for Christians to always be healthy and wealthy. Such “theology” makes a mockery of the hardships, poverty, and untimely deaths suffered by the apostles and those who succeeded them (cf. Hebrews 11:35–38).

Some factions of Mormonism believe that since the patriarchs practiced polygamy, so must we. One group even decided to refuse anesthetic for women in labor since the Old Testament teaches that pain in childbirth is a part of the curse. Jehovah’s Witnesses often refuse blood transfusions due to a faulty understanding of commands to abstain from blood (Acts 15:28­–29).

Those misinterpretations cover the spectrum from the ludicrous to the hazardous to the damnable. But they all are the natural extension of a failure to understand what the Bible is really saying, and the context in which it was written. They are misinterpretations that can be easily dealt with by avoiding three major interpretive errors.

Don’t Make a Point at the Price of Proper Interpretation

In other words, don’t make the Bible say what you want it to say. Don’t follow the example of the minister who preached that women shouldn’t have hair pinned on top of their head. His text was “top knot come down” from Matthew 24:17 (NKJV) where it says, “Let him who is on the housetop not come down.” That’s obviously not what that passage is teaching!

Another fatal path is to be like the preacher who says, I’ve already got a sermon; I just have to find a verse for it. He starts with a preconceived idea and then gathers some verses to support it—a case of the tail wagging the dog. True biblical sermons don’t drive the biblical text, they are driven by the biblical text. I know if I try to manufacture a sermon, I wind up forcing Scripture to fit my ideas. But when I try to comprehend a passage, the message flows out of that understanding.

Using God’s Word to illustrate a personal idea actually undermines biblical authority. Start with the text, find its true meaning, and then get out of the way and let Scripture speak for itself.

Avoid Superficial Interpretation

Second, as you study the Bible, be careful not to buy into the modern mantras of “to me, this verse means …” or, “What does this verse mean to you?” Instead, learn what it actually says.

Unfortunately, a lot of Bible studies are nothing but a pooling of ignorance—a lot of people sitting around and sharing what they don’t know about a verse. I am all for Bible studies, but somebody has to study to find out what the text really means so they can lead the others into understanding, and then they can discuss the application. Paul instructed Timothy to put in the hard labor of rightly handling God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15).

Don’t Spiritualize

Third, don’t spiritualize the straightforward meaning of a Bible verse. The first sermon I ever preached was a horrible sermon. My text was “An angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone” (Matthew 28:2). My sermon was “Rolling Away Stones in Your Life.” I talked about the stone of doubt, the stone of fear, and the stone of anger. That is not what that verse is talking about; it’s talking about a real stone. I made it into a terrific allegory at the expense of its plain meaning. On another occasion I heard a sermon on “they cast four anchors…and wished for the day” (Acts 27:29 KJV); the anchor of hope, the anchor of faith, and so on. Those Acts 27 anchors were not anchors of anything but metal.

I call that “Little Bo Peep” preaching, because you don’t need the Bible for those kinds of sermons. Someone can get up and say, “Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep”—all over the world people are lost. “And can’t tell where to find them. Leave them alone and they’ll come home”—so they will come home after all. Then you tell a tear-jerking story about some sinners who came home “wagging their tails behind them.” It’s so easy to do, and a lot of people do that with the Old Testament. Don’t spiritualize the Bible; study it to gain the right meaning.

Context Is Key

Avoiding those three errors—conforming the text to your own predetermined agenda, superficial interpretation, and inventing spiritual metaphors out of passages that speak plainly—will create a far safer environment from which to study Scripture. But avoiding error is only one half of the interpretive equation. There are also principles of true interpretation that must be embraced.

Most interpretive challenges can be resolved through studying the passage within its wider context. “God is not a God of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33) and He does not have a problem explaining Himself. The problem is usually with us—whether it be a personal objection to what Scripture says, a cultural gap between us and the text’s original setting, a refusal to obey, or a lack of broader biblical knowledge. Whatever the case, skills in Bible interpretation can be acquired and applied. And I’ll explain how in the days ahead.

(Adapted from How to Study the Bible)

Common Interpretive Pitfalls

You Can Still Complain if you Don’t Vote

ID-10099587Go ahead, try it if you like. Don’t vote tomorrow and then go complain to someone how bad the country is. It can be done. In Fact it is one of your options as a U.S. citizen to use your vote any way you legally wish. You can vote for someone with the best hair, biggest car or http://aopinionatedman.com  told you to. It is your vote. Actually for all non-presidential elections both republican and democratic parties are comprised of mostly nonvoters.

No one can take your right to complain which is your right to free speech against the government. It is just a stupid thing to say, I know, I used to say it.

Not voting is saying something in itself. It could mean you don’t care or you don’t like anyone among other reasons. It is becoming more and more apparent that democrats and republican candidates do not reflect what the voters want represented, so nonvoting is a necessary option.

So I am not advocating not voting. I am also not advocating voting. I am advocating doing what you want with your vote and then go complain!

 

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Perturbed when Pumping

ID-10016007Why in the year 2014 do we still have gas pumps operating with what seems to be 386 processors and some kind of funky DOS operating system? All gas pumps these days are so slow that if you put in your information too fast it will cause an error. But if you swipe your card too slow like just under the speed of sound it cannot read your card. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

Then when you get your payment arrangements made with the pump you are asked 50 (or so) questions.

Do you want a car wash? No, I want gas.

Do you want a fuel additive to save your car from sure ruin? No, I want GAS!

Do you want a good deal on nachos and cheese? No you stupid machine I want GAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! (I was actually asked this once)

Do you want to upgrade your fuel to premium? No, for the love of everything holy just give me some gas.

Press button for fuel type and start pumping. Finally, some gas.

Sorry but this pump is now out of service. (This happened to me today, thus this post)

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

 

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Happy Reformation Day!