Sites of the Week: September 2, 2012

“We are not here to curse the darkness; we are here to light a candle. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.”

From John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s nomination acceptance address, now commonly referred to as “the New Frontier speech,” delivered at the Democratic National Convention, July 15, 1960, in Los Angeles

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.  The Republican National Convention just ended and the Democratic National Convention begins on Tuesday.  Consequently, I’m going with a political theme this week. The first site is new and the next two are timely reruns.


If you’re interested in political news and predictions for the outcome of this presidential election, this site is for you. I believe my friend Ralph told me about this site 4 years ago when it accurately predicted the election 2008 results. The site includes polls, news, opinions, analysis, the Electoral College Map and much more. This site receives 6 million unique visitors per month.



With all of the attack ads from both sides, this site is essential because it lets you easily check the accuracy of political reports. The site also includes a FactCheck quiz to test your knowledge. FactCheck is “…nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” Their funding comes from Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania (APPC), grants from the Flora Family Foundation and since 2010 from individual members of the public. FactCheck has never accepted, directly or indirectly, any funds from corporations, unions, partisan organizations or advocacy groups. 



PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times. For example, you can learn that it’s true that “Fifty-one percent — that is, a majority of American households — paid no income tax in 2009. Zero. Zip. Nada” and that it’ mostly true that “By the end of his first term, President Obama will have added as much debt as all the prior 43 presidents combined.” Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on their Truth-O-Meter: TRUE – The statement is accurate and there’s nothing significant missing; MOSTLY TRUE – The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information; HALF TRUE – The statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context;  BARELY TRUE – The statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression; FALSE – The statement is not accurate; and my personal favorite PANTS ON FIRE – The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim. The site also rates how well politicians do in keeping their campaign promises.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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