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Sunday, September 28, 2008

That's Cold, Man

Odd. I don't remember reading about this in the mainstream press:
Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son's Bracelet... Where is Media?
By Warner Todd Huston, Newsbusters

Barack Obama played the "me too" game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire and a soldier that lost his life in Iraq in 2006. Obama said that he too had a bracelet. After fumbling and straining to remember the name, he revealed that his had the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin.

Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son's name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family. (link)
Abusing our honored dead to score political points. It doesn't get much lower than that.

Hat tip to Carl at Spark It Up!!!

Hey, Fool

We here in Southwest Virginia suffer from a host of maladies. The implosion of the manufacturing sector being at the top of the list. But it's those maladies that are self-induced that piss me off. Starting with the oxycontin and meth epidemics. To the scourge of broken families. To the general lack of interest in the quality of education of our youth. To an annoying acceptance of - resignation toward - our woefully inept political leadership in this region.

Most irritating of all? You people ever heard of the concept of ... GARBAGE CAN?
Volunteers Clean 5½ Tons Of Trash From Beaver Creek
By Amy Hunter, Reporter, Bristol Herald Courier

Nearly 200 people joined forces early Saturday and heaved 5½ tons of trash from the creek that runs through downtown Bristol.

“My best find was an old sleeping bag,” said Tom Hanlon, who came to the 9th annual Beaver Creek Cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday with a group from Rivers Way Outdoor Center. “For me, it was a very satisfying moment – ’cause it was a big hunk of junk.”

Groups from various Bristol clubs and schools participated in the annual event put on by Keep Bristol Beautiful, said Genette Patton, who helped organize it. And despite the rain, Patton said this year’s turnout was even better than the year before.

“It’s been wonderful – in spite of the rain,” she said ... (link)
Wonderful? 5½ tons of refuse picked up along a short stretch of Beaver Creek? Picking up after those who were thoughtless enough and uncaring enough about their community to toss garbage into the local stream?

Wonderful ain't the word that pops into my mind, babe.*

A social psychologist will be able to relate the trashing of Southwest Virginia with the trashing of Southwest Virginians' personal lives. Whatever. I'm not of that profession.

All I know is this: Laws should be passed allowing for the police to shoot on sight anybody who blows his nose and tosses the booger-laced kleenex into Beaver Creek. Think we won't get people to better discipline themselves? (Well, those who survive the education process anyway).

Maybe then those same lowlifes will learn to get their kids to school on time. And maybe they'll quit smoking crap - and injecting crap - snorting crap - that impedes their ability to be human beings. Maybe they'll see that their children are properly fed and clothed. And maybe they'll start asking their congressman why he's been taking our money for two decades and has nothing to show for it? And maybe they'll start their own small businesses. And maybe there'll be a brighter future ...

* Sorry. I got carried away. She's doing the Lord's work.

Dan Doesn't Get It

I had my fingers poised over the keyboard, all ready to pound out a weblog post that would be in agreement with Dan Radmacher, editorial page editor of the Roanoke Times.

But, alas ...

There is a part of his opinion piece in this morning's fish-wrap (See "The state of the media") that I do agree with - newspapers are dying, and that is not a good thing. He writes, "... [T]he press is a fundamental institution and the public should have grave concerns over the gutting of that institution currently taking place." That's a fact. And I worry (in a very small way) about it.

Worse yet, I - the guy with all the answers - have no solution to the problem to offer up. Dan tells us that readership of America's newspapers remains strong; it's the profitability issue that's killing print news organizations around the country. And that's true.

Here's the dilemma - one I've mentioned before: How do you build a future around a business model that calls for your giving your (expensive) product away for free? If there was a scheme that allowed for papers to be sold on the street corner for 25¢ (it has always been the tonnage of advertising revenue that makes or breaks a paper, not that paltry 25¢), then how do you make that work in an internet environment? Does anyone look at the ads on the Times website? No.

So papers are laying off employees right and left and selling their assets to large chains, etc. in response to a problem that - to this point in time - has no clear solution.

Dan's fear, I'm sure, is that when all our newspapers are gone, we'll have to rely on Katie Couric for our information. A fear we share, believe me.

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Of course, Dan couldn't leave well enough alone. He had to take his otherwise thought-provoking op/ed piece and veer off into a rant about the lies being told by McCain and Palin. Why? And do I need to share with him the list of lies told by Barack Obama and that nitwit he has for a running mate?

I roll my eyes every time I read a Charleston Gazette (Dan's former employer) editorial - pick the subject - and the goofball who wrote it can invariably be counted on to include mention of that "unnecessary" war in Iraq. Same with Dan and his growing delusions relating to what the rest of us call politics.

Did these guys not go to editorial writing school? A reminder to those who have strayed from the editorial reservation: Pick a subject and stick to it.

There will be plenty of time to write about Iraq. Same with McCain's "lies." And the good thing about the internet, with typeset now measured in tetrabytes, they've got all the available space in the world to devote to their silly notions.

Discipline, Dan, discipline.

No. No Bias Here.

Well, let's see what's going on in the world this morning, at least as seen through the eyes of the snakes at the Washington Post. Today's headlines:

McCain Ready for A Change Of Subject

For McCain, Days of Chaos, Improvisation and Drama

For Obama, Dialogue Drove Week's Work

Palin's Stand on Mining Initiative Leaves Many Feeling Burned

Obama, Biden Turn Attention To Outer Suburbs in Virginia

And I haven't even turned to the OPINION page yet.

Fair and balanced? You decide.

Gov't To Throw Money At Problem

Nothing has been resolved:

Breakthrough Reached in Negotiations on Bailout

Just tell me how much I make my check out for.

Does anyone think there has been fundamental change to the system that gave us this mess?

This New York Times photo ought to be a clear signal that money is changing hands and cronies have been rewarded, but there will be no change of course. None.

More government ... more problems ... more taxes ... more government ... more problems ...

Paul Newman Dies

I didn't even know he was ill:

Hollywood legend Paul Newman dead at 83

Great actor. Too bad his legacy will be clouded by his left-wing politics. Perhaps history will be kind to him and quickly forget that part of his otherwise exemplary life.