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Mr. O’Reilly’s resume aside from being a contributor to Faux news is a writer dedicated to writing book about “killing” Famous people. the post below gives his outline for production of these books.MA

By Erik Wemple October 24 at 3:11 PM

Bill O’Reilly. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)
Over the past 10 days, the Erik Wemple Blog has written two posts questioning a key passage in the 2015 book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, “Killing Reagan.” The passage posited that then-ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson confronted President Ronald Reagan at a photo op on Aug. 1, 1984, at his Rancho del Cielo in California. In classic “Killing”-series hyperbole, the authors wrote that after Reagan stumbled a bit on a question, Donaldson “smells blood” and then moves to “full confrontational mode.”
An Oct. 15 post on this blog noted that Donaldson claims he wasn’t there for this alleged confrontation. Instead, he was in Santa Barbara with other members of the press corps; a small pool of journalists were at the ranch for the photo op. Charles Bierbauer, who covered Reagan for CNN, told this blog that he was the fellow asking these “confrontational” questions of Reagan. Then, last Thursday, we posted another item with video of the incident plus an ABC News transcript from 1984 supporting Donaldson’s recollection that he wasn’t there for the Q & A session, let alone its protagonist.
On Friday night, O’Reilly addressed the matter on his Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor,” a moment that was paired with a written response from co-author Dugard on the website of the book’s publisher. Through it all, the Erik Wemple Blog was able to glean a full-fledged Bill O’Reilly Code of Journalistic Ethics. Here goes:
Rule No. 1: Deprive your viewers of details, the better to keep them in the dark. On his show Friday night, O’Reilly said the following about this issue:
And finally tonight, “The Factor” “Tip of the Day”: Recently I told you, it’s better to ignore small, annoying stuff. Remember that? So now, I’m following my own advice. The Washington Post pays a guy to blog who simply attacks Fox News all day long. All right? They pay the guy to do that. But the problem is, sometimes his garbage — and it’s garbage — [gets] picked up by other outlets. Latest is an attack on “Killing Reagan.” And I’m ignoring it but Martin Dugard, my co-author is not ignoring it. So, if you care it all, and I’m sure you don’t, you can go to, and link on over to the Marty’s response which is publishers website.
Who’s this “guy”?
Rule No. 2: Stonewall for as long as possible. We began seeking comment from O’Reilly & Co. on Oct. 14. No response. We published the first post on Oct. 15. No response. Five days later, we published a new post with the video. Other outlets picked up on it. Finally, O’Reilly responds, though not directly to the Erik Wemple Blog. The pattern? Ignore unwelcome and unflattering attention until it becomes impossible.
Rule No. 3: Conspiracy theories always beat actual reporting. In his letter to O’Reilly responding to the allegations, Dugard supposes that the Erik Wemple Blog is doing the bidding of Washington Post Publisher Fred Ryan Jr., who is chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, “a body dedicated to the veneration of Ronald Reagan.” “Killing Reagan” argues that the March 1981 assassination hobbled the president for the rest of his life, a contention that Reagan scholars and backers have contested. Accordingly: Dugard writes of this blog’s motivations: “No doubt the focus of his reportage is either directed by, or an attempt to pander to” Ryan.
Had Dugard contacted the Erik Wemple Blog, he might have discovered the real provenance of this blog post: A phone chat with Donaldson that started out with a focus on coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, only to drift into “Killing Reagan” territory.

Rule No. 4: One anonymous source is more reliable than two on-the-record sources and documentary evidence. We have two on-the-record sources plus an ABC News transcript to show that Donaldson was, in fact, not the fellow who was asking questions of Reagan on that long-ago summer day. Here’s the sourcing for “Killing Reagan,” as articulated in Dugard’s letter: “As for who asked the questions, I take full responsibility for naming Sam Donaldson as the interviewer. My source is a well known veteran journalist. I will not drag this individual into this, knowing Mr. Wemple will only utilize that to further pursue an attack on Killing Reagan that is trivial at best, and at least a year past its expiration date,” writes Dugard.
As for the bolded part, don’t worry, Dugard: O’Reilly & Co. generate enough idiocies every week to keep this blog plenty occupied.
Rule No. 5: Obfuscate. In the session with journalists, Reagan had no answer for Bierbauer’s questions, at which point Nancy Reagan suggested one sotto voce. A mic picked up her words, and Reagan repeated them verbatim. This part of the episode is explained accurately in “Killing Reagan,” and this blog has never taken issue with that aspect of things; we’ve only contested the assertions in “Killing Reagan” that Donaldson was asking the questions and that it was an out-for-blood exchange. Even so, Dugard attempts to cloud the issue: “To be clear: This incident occurred. I am not sure if Mr. Wemple is trying to prove President Reagan did not have a slip, or that the moment never took place, but the video is irrefutable proof.”

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In case you need to know or not.

An inspection won’t always reveal the state of your plumbing, especially if it’s inside a slab and walls.

A major home repair can tax any budget. But you don’t have to be surprised when something in your home goes kaput.

It’s possible to know, more or less, how long most home components are likely to last and plan for their replacement. Plus, knowing the life span of appliances and home fixtures can help you decide when to repair and when to replace.

The most expensive components of a home are generally the roof, electrical system, plumbing, furnace and air-conditioning systems. The stakes are high for homeowners because replacing any one of these systems can mean a bill of four or five figures.

“The main systems are 90 percent of repairs of a house,” says Cannon Christian, president of Renovation Realty, which repairs and sells homes in Southern California. “Everything else is pretty much minor.”


Exactly how long your heating, plumbing, roof, air conditioning, water heater and other home components will last varies, of course, based on the quality of the items, how well they’ve been maintained and where you live.

Knowing the life span of home components is also helpful if you’re looking at homes to buy. A home that needs all its major systems replaced can cost you a lot more than the purchase price. That’s a reason to get a thorough home inspection, pin down the age of major systems and then negotiate from there.

“Each of these things is really ammunition for buyers,” Christian says. If systems are old, ask for concessions or a lower price. “Are you going to get everything you asked for? No. More than likely, you’re going to get some help buying it.”

An inspection won’t always reveal the state of your plumbing, especially if it’s inside a slab and walls. But if a home was built with galvanized pipe, used in most homes before the 1960s, anticipate that it will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. “You can’t tell what’s going on until you notice something” is beginning to fail, Christian says of plumbing. “As soon as you do, you want to correct it immediately.”

Before you replace your air-conditioning system, furnace, water heater or appliances, see if your utility company offers any rebates or incentives, Christian suggests. Kansas City Power & Light, for example, offers rebates on air conditioning systems and Energy Star-rated refrigerators and freezers. You can check for rebates at your utility company or at the Energy Star website.

In general, if an appliance is more than six or seven years old, and the repair will cost more than half the amount of a new one, it’s better to purchase a replacement, advises Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.

“Replacing an appliance with a newer, more efficient one can also save in energy costs,” Hicks wrote on the Angie’s List website. Angie’s List has an info graphic giving the average cost of appliance repairs, average maintenance cost, cost of a replacement and some advice on deciding whether to repair or replace.

The National Association of Home Builders did a survey of manufacturers, trade associations and researchers in 2007 and produced a report called “The Life Expectancy of Home Components,” with estimates of life spans for everything from appliances to windows. Based on the association’s research and the research of others, here is how long you can expect these 10 home components to last.

Roofs: Slate, copper and tile roofs can last more than 50 years. Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years, the NAHB found. Climate and weather conditions, such as snow, hail and hurricanes, can cut the life span of all types of roofs.

Air-conditioning system: These last 10 to 15 years. Having your unit serviced every year or two, keeping filters clean and trimming bushes around the outdoor unit can keep your it working longer, but eventually the components wear out.

[Water heater: A conventional electric or gas water heater typically lasts about 10 years. If you have a tankless water heater, expect it to stick around for about 20 years.

Appliances: Expect most popular appliances to last no more than 15 years: refrigerators (six to 15 years), ranges (10 to 15 years), washers and dryers (eight to 12 years) and dishwashers (eight to 10 years), Angie’s List reports. The NAHB estimates the life span of a microwave to be nine years. In its report, the NAHB also noted that appliances are often replaced before they quit working because consumers want new styles or technology.

Furnace: A furnace lasts 15 to 20 years. If your furnace is nearing the end of its life, upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model can also cut your heating bills.

Decks: Because of weather, the life span of a deck varies. In optimal conditions, a wood deck can last 20 years, the NAHB study found. A deck can last 20 to 25 years in dry areas, but is likely to last only 10 to 15 years in the South, where there is more rain and humidity.

Doors: Exterior doors made of fiberglass, steel and wood will last for decades, or the lifetime of the house, as will closet doors, according to the NAHB study. Screen doors last about 40 years, and vinyl doors typically last about 20 years.

Floors: Wood floors last 100 years or more, as do marble and slate floors if they are maintained well. Tile floors can last 75 to 100 years, and terrazzo lasts more than 75 years. Linoleum lasts about 25 years and vinyl up to 50 years, while laminate floors have a life expectancy of 15 to 25 years. Most carpet needs to be replaced every eight to 10 years, even if it’s maintained well.

Gutters: Aluminum gutters last about 20 years, while copper gutters last about 50 years.

Windows: Wood windows can last more than 30 years, while aluminum windows are expected to last 15 to 20 years.

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It has occurred to me that many of us have been buried in the entertainment and hype of “mainstream” news. I listen to NPR stations daily and have found that the information (I pay for) is more reliable than the fluff and tinted information on the Mainstream stations. If anyone of you who is interested in the real facts and the most reliable sources of that information you need to subscribe to you local NPR stations (the Government local and Federal) no longer support public radio station for the most part. Many stations are part of Universities or associated with them. The good thing about this is what you receive as information is as honest and factual as you could receive unless you are at the place where the information is first released. I would encourage all of you to contribute what you can to NPR and by all means listen to your local station. No information source is perfect but reliability counts for a lot. Try it.

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In a country with less freedom of speech and expression, the following people would be in jail for life:

Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Charles Krauthammer, Rush Limbaugh and a few others.

We have as many “terrorist” type groups in America as anyone else, some have the potential to do as much harm  as any others but fortunately a lot more people have no desire to broadly embrace them and their ideals (?). If we look at religion, we have as many sects and sub sects as the middle east fortunately we are not killing one another off because of the assorted interpretations of the known religious texts. The Middle east has within the Muslin umbrella of religion has alewites, Sunnis, Sufis, Shi’as, Wahhabis, Ibadan and these are just a few of the subsets which vary from country to country. To express an idea that does not mesh with the Government line  in many other parts of the world puts ones life in danger. In America that is not the case but sometimes the talking heads need a reality check and their forums reduced to a smaller audience. The freedoms of America allows for these diverse opinions and ideas which opens the door for more investigation in the basis of these ideas and opinions which in turn lets us see that the real basis is: notoriety with no foundation in truth. The worst thing about this is we have “conservative  Christians  who want to deny the rights of others because of their personal beliefs and often the misreading or interpretation of the Bible. These Christians  are no more than religious bigots with enough backing to gain the attention of like  minded followers who are for all intents and purposes terrorists with the same zest for punishment as any Radical Muslim cleric. In My Opinion!

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Conservatives as defined modernly appears to be people who espouse reducing government controls over the US citizens is no more than dictatorship cloaked in “Americanism”. If let to continue un restrained could lead to the end of  public works, medical care for all and an increase in the poverty level of the United States. We should be extremely concerned now that John Boehner has stepped down and will be leaving the Senate. The young conservatives who feel victorious will eventually run us into the ground or put us in a place where we  do not want to be. If they achieve their goals we as a country will be in a position that will take us years to correct. One of the mainstreamers , Ted Cruz was  Born in Canada, Naturalized in US in 2005 and recently renounced his Canadian citizenship (that’s scary in itself). Ordinarily this would be a non item but here is a man who started off with a secret (no matter how minor).  The Dupublican party has so many rifts as to be dysfunctional and using every means to gain a foothold in the Congress. It is quite easy to make pronouncements about what’s wrong and to assert what they will and could do if they were in command but leading is a lot harder when you are actually leading.  The conservatives (fueled by huge money donors whose sole purpose  is have lawmakers do what is best for their interests) who plan to dismantle Affordable care act, deny funding for Planned Parenthood based on a made up video (which was better than anything Hollywood film makers could produce). If these people gain control of our government , even a portion of it ,we will be in a long winter of  decline which will weaken our Government and by extension our world status. It is easy to cite what is reported in the media but a bit harder to actually pursue the truth by reading as many sources as are available to gain a well founded perspective. We have had people talk about terrorists (primarily related to Muslims) but we have had for years several separatist groups within our borders. They are all American citizens but anti government non the less and not opposed to violence if necessary. This is not to say they are completely wrong but they do have some extreme  ideas about how things should be. Unfortunately some are Racist, anti religious, super religious (cultish) and totally anti government (while living under the auspices of that government). It important to remember where we as a nation started, the first colonists clashed with the natives who existed here in good ways and bad ways, once established they began to push the natives out of their ancestral lands with no compensation other than death. It’s just in recent history that reparations began for them but the damage was done and will take years to assuage, meanwhile their languages and cultures are diluted to the point of extinction. We should keep in mind the  “wars” we have been involved in since the end of WWII, all of these actions have cost millions of lives to no good end but greatly benefitted the military industrial complex sanctioned by our Congress with  information gathered from sometimes flawed intelligence. All of this is due in entirety or  in part to the so called conservatives whose conservation efforts are directed to their own well being and thus to their handlers.

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After years of avoiding it, I have had to upgrade to a “smart phone”. My wife and I both took the “plunge”. We both have the same phone so we can learn together. Being a “hands on” and adventurous, I did what the “instructions” required and activated the new phones however that was just the beginning of the issues. The instructions were meant for smart phone users who have had one for a while not for “newbies” like us. We ended up going to the local phone company store to have the contacts transferred and have the phones working as they should. My wife’s worked OK (still learning) but my phone was caught in the vortex of almost done. So now I am near the end of an hour-long online session with a technician who is activating (enabling) my phone. At the end of this I hope to be up-to-date texting and calling with the “best” of them?

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The Dupublican owned Senate and House are preparing to do nothing again. Speaker Boehner is going for the Benghazi issue. Mr.. McConnell is talking about stopping action on any nominations the President proposes. This is all due to  the Presidents Immigration reform order, which the Congress has been dragging their feet on forever. How is it correct to delay doing your job because you want to get “even” with the President? These two Dupublican “leaders” do not have the interests of the “American people” they are so fond of citing as their reason for doing or not doing the job they were elected  to do. Now Mr. Boehner has invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address  Congress outside of the normal diplomatic lines. This is not a bad thing but it highlights how little will change in Congress as far as moving forward in a cooperative way with the Whitehouse. This has more to do with the easing of sanctions on Iran than anything else. We must remember that there are radicals on both sides (Israel and Iran). In order to get the United States out of the Middle East and allow the area to attempt  to work out their issues we need to allow the ordinary people in these countries to live and grow,  easing sanctions would allow that to happen. Then there’s the Keystone XL pipeline – This excerpt from USA today: As we have written before, the U.S. State Department’s analysis says that during construction there would be approximately 16,100 direct jobs, which would include construction jobs, and 26,000 “indirect and induced jobs,” which would include the purchase of goods and services by the construction contractors and employees. Of the 16,100 direct jobs, the State Department says “approximately 3,900 (or 1,950 per year if construction took 2 years) would comprise a direct, temporary, construction workforce in the proposed Project area.” The reports says the construction jobs would be in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. It does not mention Hoeven’s home state of North Dakota, which has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 2.7%. After construction is completed, the pipeline would require 50 jobs to operate: “35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors,” the State report says. Hoeven is also correct that the State Department estimated that the project would contribute $3.4 billion to the gross domestic product, but to put that in perspective the report also pointed out that it would add 0.02% to the GDP. All of this because our Congress ( did you know that a group of Baboons is not called a Congress? , what a lift for the Baboons) cannot get beyond politics and do the job they have been elected to do. The recent SOTUS left many Dupublicans scrambling to respond and almost all responses were from the ridiculous to the sublime in their message. Again instead of doing what is required for us (the oft cited “American People) Congress is still politicking  looking ahead to 2016 elections. So we have the Same Old. .

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I have a red jumpsuit I purchased to do work around the house however being red I was concerned that it would be construed as “orange” as worn by inmates. I am pondering the idea of trying to alter the color with a shot of brown or black clothing dye. After considering this, I have decided that the red will stay as is and will be used as is. The suit was made originally for the German army (fireman squad) but became surplus somehow. The down side is that in summer this suit is stifling hot and in winter not quite warm enough without additional layers of clothing. The red suit may be just the thing  for “Xmas?” Maybe the time for this suit is when ever I need to use it and not when it is appropriate. I am thinking that at some point with the advent of changing oil in the riding mower, lawn mower, cleaning the burn pit and painting the house-the color will not be really red for long. Aside from all of that, it does not have the letters D.O.C , Sheriff, county or any other identifying markings so maybe its just a red jumpsuit, I bought cheap to do work around the house.

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Recently I came to a conclusion that many probably come to at some point and others not at all. The conclusion is that mentally I am 20 but physically I am my real age of 72. I work for a retail company as a pricing specialist (this just means I price items that have increased or decreased). This involves very little heavy lifting, however twice now due to incorrect scheduling I have had to assist in unloading trucks. These incidents left me cuddling a bottle of Ibuprofen for several days after. I wonder if this is an indication that my body is going down hill but the mind is going uphill. Perhaps I need to investigate some moderate weight training to keep the two in sync.

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Here is an email sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.Dear Mr. Page…

I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in

Congress.Here are some other politically correct issues to consider: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional

football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward. Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.  If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic

war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go.  We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.

As a die hard Oregon State fan, my wife and I

think, with all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “The Beavers.”

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