I believe that the "honest reporter" still exists out there in the American hinterland.... "flyover country".... but too many of them lose sight of what it means to "report" (or they never had it to begin with) when they get to Washington DC. At some point, "getting access", which is necessary to their profession, becomes "getting cozy".
Good morning my peeps. Despite my political inclinations in one direction, I still have friends who incline in other ways. I want to say right up top that I am no longer a republican, nor a democrat. I am a libertarian-leaning conservative independent who holds political parties in general in suspicion, and the republican and democrat parties in particular in something bordering on contempt. As one of my friends puts it, I am a Liberative Conservatarian.
The shoot down of Malaysian Air flight 17 by Ukrainian rebels is a perfect example of what happens when you arm rebels with sophisticated systems, without training them in the use of those systems. It isn’t enough to know how to “pull a trigger”. ANY idiot can do that. But to take the firearms analogy even further, the 4 basic rules of firearms safety are: