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Awash in a sea of noise


Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

I never thought I would be agreeing with Spiro Agnew or Dick Cheney, or even G. W. Bush. They and others have over the years railed against the print, radio, and TV media about not sharing what they consider to be the good or accurate news.

Of course, they were trying to make us forget the "bad news". None the less, I have to agree that the press, radio and TV folks can and do present to the public what they think we want to know, or at least what they think, in the words of the New York Times, "all the news that is fit to print".

Think about that. What the Times is saying is that they will present to their readers what they believe is appropriate on a daily basis. Now, I must admit that I will buy a copy of the Times any chance I get. Why? Because in my view, it is as thorough and as balanced as a newspaper can be. Some may disagree. Still, one has to take all of the stories given for public consumption with a grain of salt, even from the Times. In the case of folks like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, and Keith Oberman one might need a pound rather than a grain of salt.

Think for a moment about how the media describes the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. The same adjectives are used over and over until they take on a life of their own as if they were really true. Hillary Clinton is painted as too harsh or too polarizing. Barack Obama is too young or too inexperienced. Rudy Giuliani has been married too many times and is out of touch with middle America. Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper and perhaps a bit too slick. John McCain is John McCain.

I suppose the candidates themselves have to take some of the blame for this. If one watched even part of the televised so called debates you would see and hear the candidates taking issue not so much with their opponents' positions as with their opponents life style, experience or lack there of, how they may or may not have voted, or who they may have employed to work in their garden.

My guess is that us just plain folks want a bit more substance and a lot less noise from the candidates. I also guess that we would like a real debate on topics of importance, not a question and answer session played by the candidates as who can give the best sound bite answer. When these debates are over, the media follows with a score card of sorts as to who won and who lost. They pick the winners and losers based not on whose answer made the most sen .....
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Henny Penny the sky is falling

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was released last Monday. There are some astounding facts associated with its findings. They mostly make me believe it will be a long time before other countries will take our word about intelligence findin ..... 
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America, the benevolent dictator

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Joseph Broz, aka Tito, was one of those more benevolent dictators - using a bit of carrot and stick to hold the ethnic stew known as Yugoslavia together.

"No one questioned 'who is a Serb, who is a Croat, who is a Muslim (Bosniak)', we were ..... 
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If I were a true patriot

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If I were truly patriotic I would be demonstrating on our streets and carrying placards calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

How is it that I can stand by while President Bush has amongst many other things:

Violated the Uni ..... 
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Do the right thing with recycling

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Every day we are faced with the same dilemma: to recycle or not to recycle.

My recent trips to the gas station seem to be pressing this issue on my subconscious mind. I reach down to grab the bag of garbage when I eye a plastic pop bottle sn ..... 
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Irrelevant?

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Two recent headlines concerning Mr. Bush have me on more tenterhooks than usual. I am really getting tired of being insulted by someone so intellectually incurious and inexact. The first in the Washington Post was "Bush Deplores American Timidity", ..... 
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Bankrupting America

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

It used to be that the U.S. Dollar (USD) carried some weight overseas. Working and travelling in Asia several years ago, I knew that there was always two prices for a product - one in local currency and one in U.S. Dollars.

"Dong or Dollar?" ..... 
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Truth as we know it to be

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Truth might be defined as an accepted fact or reality. And yet, as we have seen all too often there are varying interpretations of the truth. Truth comes in different forms. There is my truth, your truth and the "real" truth. Some examples of accept ..... 
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Beware of monsters

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

German philosopher Frederick Nietsche said, "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn't become a monster."

Which made me think immediately of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield and all the neo-cons surrou ..... 
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