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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Takes One To Know One

The Roanoke Times delivers the Democratic Party line this morning in response to Sarah Palin's visit on Monday:

Palin wows 'em with the party line

They expected her to give knitting lessons, I guess. Or something.

The Obama Effect

Did you wake up this morning full of hope that a trail will become a reality in Montgomery County? Apparently someone did:

Hopes remain high for Hucklebery Trail grant

"Hopes." Plural. Apparently there's more than one person who clings to this silly notion.

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Say What?

Can this woman be only two heartbeats away from the presidency?

Nancy Pelosi on the possibility that the Democrats will soon control the House, the Senate, the executive branch of government, and the Supreme Court:

"Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan."
If Democrats gain the overwhelming majority of seats in Congress, it'll ... be more ... bipartisan?

Is she dense or diabolical? You decide.

Here's My Suggestion

There has been much discussion - especially in newspaper company boardrooms - about how to establish a business model that will bring about profitability. So far, few papers have found one.

The latest bad news in the news sector:
Mourning Old Media’s Decline
By David Carr, The New York Times

It’s been an especially rotten few days for people who type on deadline. On Tuesday, The Christian Science Monitor announced that, after a century, it would cease publishing a weekday paper. Time Inc., the Olympian home of Time magazine, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated, announced that it was cutting 600 jobs and reorganizing its staff. And Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the country, compounded the grimness by announcing it was laying off 10 percent of its work force — up to 3,000 people.

Clearly, the sky is falling. The question now is how many people will be left to cover it.

The paradox of all these announcements is that newspapers and magazines do not have an audience problem — newspaper Web sites are a vital source of news, and growing — but they do have a consumer problem. (link)
Here's the problem, in a nutshell: Newspapers are widely read on the internet. That viewership is, in nearly all cases, free to the consumer. Strike two comes with the fact that advertisers - especially local advertisers - haven't kicked in to pay for ads on internet news sites. So readers (viewers) are dropping the local hard copy in favor of the internet version of their favorite paper - in droves - and migrating to the internet, where the companies make no money.

Here's a thought (actually two): First, "national" newspapers like the New York Times are doomed. They're going to close their pages. Say goodbye.

But for the local paper, get off the internet. At least until it becomes ubiquitous and the sole source of news and advertising. Consumers - shoppers - still want their ads (Sunday in particular) and will pay for them. Advertisers want desperately to accommodate them. There is no upside to providing free news today. Abandon the effort. Flee. Be a local paper to local patrons. Give them what they want and need in hard copy form. Make them get it in hard copy form.

It's your only hope.

My opinion ...

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Oh, and get your lips off of Barack Obama's ass every now and then.

Well, Obama's Not Fooling Some People

This is a rather brutal assessment. Particularly since it comes from a leader of a European nation:
Sources: Sarkozy Views Obama's Stance On Iran as 'Utterly Immature'
By Barak Ravid, Ha'aretz

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel's government.

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate's stance on Iran as "utterly immature" and comprised of "formulations empty of all content."

Following their July meeting, Sarkozy repeatedly expressed disappointment with Obama's positions on Iran, concluding that they were "not crystallized, and therefore many issues remain open," the Israeli source said. Advisors to the French president who held separate meetings with Obama's advisors came away with similar impressions and expressed similar disappointment. (link)
A naive pushover is how I'd describe Obama. And he may soon be going up against some very desperate, very ruthless, very bloodthirsty enemies.

May God have mercy on us.

Fun Time Had By All

Roanoke RnR has more photos up of Sarah Palin's visit to the Salem Coliseum. Y'all go over and take a look. Especially since she froze her buns off to get them.

I wonder: Is this the largest crowd to have ever turned out for a politician in Southwest Virginia? A V.P. candidate, no less?

(By the way, Roanoke RnR also advised that Joe Biden's recent visit to Martinsville drew a monstrous crowd of ... 300. Compare that to the 16,300 folks who turned out in frigid temperatures and a brisk wind to see the future president of the United States on Monday.)

Great stuff.