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Random News; June 6, 2011

Oh, Dear Lord, save us!!!!!!!!

Do these people vote? Palin’s idiot fan club works to revise history! Dear Heavenly Days. Someone save us from these morons! Revere!

Pay your taxes. At least file your taxes. Wesley Snipes loses his appeal.  Must say I hate paying taxes. Would love to know how much the appeal cost.

Caffeine. What have you done? Today, we’re being warned about the legal vice that’s doesn’t carry a special tax. Somebody’s taking all the fun out this existence, I think.

Newest innovation…Malware for Mac. Beware! Some wonderful creative person has chosen to burden Mac users with the worry we previously avoided, Malware. Hmm…Wonder what horrible fate awaits them in hell.

The sprouts did it? Such fun the hunt for E.coli first it was the Spanish cucumbers, now it’s the German sprouts. I’m ok with that. I dislike sprouts.

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A Revisionist History or Ill Informed Talking Head?

Sarah Palin reportedly enhanced, I suppose, Paul Revere’s motives in the famous midnight. His ride per her statement, and now reaffirmation of this fiction, intended to intimidate “the British.” Yes, that makes perfect sense Revere wanted to tell the sympathizers to the Crown that a civil war was neigh so that the Crown sympathizers could warn the Red Coats. What kind of strategy is that?

Please, please, please do not make this talking head the leader of our Military. We will be surely doomed!

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Random News: June 3, 2011

In case you missed these interesting stories…

Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00. Apparently the city of Riverdale, Georgia, wants a piece of property repaired, demolished or otherwise rehabilitated. Bank of America denies ownership of the property. Funny how that works. Property ownership should be clear and on record. Odd how Banks want their payments but they can’t be bothered to care for the properties with which they find themselves when everything falls apart. The Bank branch manager faces a contempt finding, though, I doubt the branch manager has the authority to make any decision about the property. That person is being subject to incredible amounts of stress and threat of jail because his/her employer failed to represent and take care of him/her. Sad, really.

A Beautiful Day. Talk about dumb luck.Pick up a hitchhiking Bono on the side of the road, get back stage passes to U2. Pretty cool.

Pushy sales pitch leads to arrest. Apparently these entrepreneurs need to find another market for their product. For some reason, I am always intrigued by stupidity of this level. Even in Athens, someone called the police to complain about pushy pot dealers. Perhaps he should take some business classes and learn how to target his market better. Wow!

Witness Credibility Measured By Jury, Not Media. A ticket fixing scandal damages credibility, i.e. believability, of officers involved in a DWI in the Bronx, NY. This case may not be a sensational murder or a spectacular show trial, but the result serves as an example for anyone willing to pay attention. The thorough discussion of jury deliberations would serve as informative for people who are quick to jump on the “send ’em all to prison” bandwagon. Simply because an individual is arrested does not mean they are guilty. These jurors indicated that the officers’s testimony was inconsistent, the jurors questioned the officers’ ability to tell the truth. These issues cannot be adequately addressed by media who seek headlines, not truth. Verdict in latin means truth. The media, who sensationalize crime, seek readers, not truth. The wider public would do well to remember that.

Truth is stranger than fiction. Having worked as a criminal lawyer for more than 10 years (both prosecutor and defense attorney) the story and suffering of Jaycee Duggard falls squarely into the category of “the truth is stranger than fiction.”

Don’t know much about economics. The segmentation of all concepts annoys me. I truly don’t know much about economics but the reports that reduced job growth makes the economic growth sputter seems one sided. The U.S. economy does not exist in isolation. Perhaps something about the economy, say increased gas prices during last month or increasing food prices, prevented more job growth. No one looks at the economy as a whole, no, our attention is focused to headlines that look at limited statistics in isolation without looking at the entire picture of the economy or quite frankly using common sense to find a broader answer.

Isn’t it just too damn early for this mess? Really, announcing candidacy for president in the 2012 election in early June of 2011, Mitt Romney. Covering the other talking heads who might be diminishing the spotlight for the guy declaring his run for presidency. Sarah Palin and Rudy Guiliani on speaking tours or at least media spotlight speeches. Do these people have real jobs? Why are funding this lunacy?

USDA’s new food guide, I guess. Still not clear why the government should tell us what to eat and how to eat, but the USDA’s new icon for telling people what to eat makes more sense than the revamped weird food pyramid. Again, less processed more real food in it’s original condition. Duh!

Not my fault, blame the job. In the era of abdication of responsibility, the LA Times presents the following headline “Too fat? Blame Your Job.” Really? How about take responsibility! Besides, I encounter many obese people who do not work, collect disability checks, and generally do not do anything to care for  themselves. The study shows that sitting all day creates a problem for workers. Good point. Though, my back tells me when I’ve been sitting too long and I expect most other people suffer from the same or similar issues. Here’s my suggestion: buy a standing desk (very expensive) or purchase an Ikea Bistro table (they sell 2 seater or 4 seater versions) and use that as an alternate standing desk. Much more cost effective and good for the body. Just do yourself a favor, don’t BLAME your job. Take responsibility for yourself. You are the only person who can take care of yourself.

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Get a Pike

Today, the NYTimes published a scathing article about the life and times of Cindy McCain. The sole flattering aspect of the article, a photo. I believe that the fourth estate seeks pikes for their political enemies. Historically, those who challenged the king would be displayed as an example at the Tower of London. Thankfully, we don’t live that nasty England of Olde.

The media however want the proverbial ultimate sanction-literal skewering of the Republican candidates. The metaphorical impaling of the Palins and McCains just falls short for the fourth estate. The blood thirsty reporters seek and search for more raw meat, not satiated  by display on their victims’ entrails. No, these vicious cannibals seek the hearts and spleens of their victims. 

The political debate between the two candidates receives less attention than the personalities and lifestyles of the Republican ticket and spouses. Reporters will rehash old information with a new spin or, at least, a new headline. You will note that the New York Times fails to filet the life of Michelle Obama. No, why would anyone do that, she’s the wife of the media darling. Still ironic that the media cannot see their lack of objectivity. The zeal to break down McCain and Palin is matched only by their strong desire to PROTECT Obama. Sad really. 

What’s worse, the media use McCain and Palin to extend their popularity and gain status within their estate. Sadly, they don’t realize NO ONE CARES who writes the story. You are all interchangeable. Each hates McCain and Palin; I imagine that every desk has a voodoo doll effigy of McCain and Palin on pikes. At some point reporters will all realize that the venom sounds alike and negative spin run together in a vitriolic rage. You will gain no readers or popularity or more importantly name recognition. Why not find a real story to write about? After the election, you will all be relegated to boring topics. Why not be creative? Oh, that would require you to work and get NEW information.

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On Fairy Tales and Role Models

As Sarah Palin’s nomination continues to foment in the media, many people comment both on the internet and in media about her qualifications, record, and personality. What strikes me about the commentary is not the content but what commentary is publicized by the media and whose opinions go unpublished.

Matt Damon’s very public comments calling Palin’s life a bad disney movie aired on cable news outlets. What distinguishes Damon’s opinion or John Voigt’s opinion from regular folks? How are these individuals more qualified to comment than the rest of us?

They are not. Conveniently for celebrities cameras seek them out and beg for comment. The educational background, political expertise and credibility of these folks remains unmeasured just like regular people. But the American public now sees the reverse of photog media frenzy that drove Brittany Spears to a mental hospital (among other things), the exploitation of the photog media frenzy by the subjects of the frenzy. Any famous person (usually of the liberal persuasion) now seeks out the cameras and the media to unload political diatribes.

How should the public respond to the foisting of political ideology from untested sources onto their election consideration? Any product or book mentioned by Oprah flies off shelves before the episode concludes. Senator Obama may not have received the same treatment from Oprah devotees as Oprah’s food guru. How does that translate to other celebrities? Hollywood packages characters for instant purchase at the local mall. Look like them, smell like them, you could even talk like them.

Do we really want to vote like them? What criteria make celebs a better political advisor than say the man who runs the convenience store down the street? Nothing. Celebs just look pretty and exercise for a living instead of punching a clock and attending to family matters.

At what point do you draw the line between seeking similarity and defining individualism? At what point, does one decide for themselves whether such a thing as a “good” disney movie exists and whether Palin’s political rise is a “bad” movie or just hokie in way that many regular people idealize?

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Choice Considered

Oprah, Hillary, and Sarah do not plow new ground. Each makes a choice based on standards and principles NOT based on how their choices will affect women as gender.

In the last 30 years, the visibility of women in U.S. popular and political culture has risen dramatically. As a grammar school student, I distinctly remember the importance of newly sworn in Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole and Astronaut Sally Ride. These three women held a place in my world because they were women on a stage where men dominated. These ladies provided hope for those who saw more men than women in politics, even for a 7 year old. Perhaps I could not articulate that at 7 but I do recall the roles they played in the world.

In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro cracked another glass ceiling. Amazing even to a 10 year old that Ferraro’s name appeared on all those signs with that guy who was running for president. Incredible.

Today, the media highlights a controversy between one of the richest people in the country-she happens to be a woman- and the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate-also happens to be a woman. Efforts to enlist a former presidential candidate-yep, a woman- to fight claims by the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate met luke warm success. How’s that for amazing.

Oprah Winfrey made a calculated choice to support Senator Barack Obama, after his several appearances on her show. Winfrey openly raised money for and introduced Obama to the world before he was a household name. Winfrey’s power to effect the choice of her viewers and devotees has been established by sales of any product, book or thing Oprah mentions favorably. I seriously doubt that Oprah will change her position related an interview for an active female Vice Presidential candidate.

Why would Oprah refuse such a lucrative, high profile interview? Oprah is a savvy public relations agent for Obama. An Oprah interview for Palin increases Palin’s exposure exponentially. Palin is personable and engaging. In Oprah’s format, Palin will be a rockstar. Oprah chose to endorse and monetarily support Obama. Oprah will not provide that platform for the McCain-Palin ticket.

The conundrum for Oprah will be what to do if Obama’s poll statistics are negatively impacted over the long haul. Oprah’s response to an overwhelming outcry to see Palin on the Harpo sofa: my show will not be used for politics. Does that position change when Obama needs a boost? How will viewers respond if she changes this position to help Obama? Based on news reports, some viewers have already tuned out. Others may follow suit and choose to tune Oprah out when there is no Palin interview.

Sarah Palin’s appeal and personality translated well during her initial introduction to the nation the day following the Democrat Convention. Should Palin accept an invitation to Oprah world? I’d say no. If Oprah would change position and invite Palin on her show, Palin would not receive the regular Oprah embracing interview. That is not to say Oprah would be rude or impolite, but this interview would not be the same style interview to which we are all accustomed. An Oprah interview with an uncomfortable Oprah would be a much larger crap shoot for Palin than regular Oprah. Palin, even if invited, would be well advised to decline that interview.

The assistance of Senator Hillary Clinton, now a reluctant partisan of Senator Obama, has been recruited to dig out of the sexist hole into which Obama and his campaign fell. Unfortunately for Obama, Senator Clinton sees the larger picture. In her speeches, Clinton fails to condemn Palin’s perceived flaws and rumored misdoings. Why? Clinton understands that the gender- and family-based mud she slings against Palin will be returned to Clinton like a boomerang the next time she runs for office. Clinton’s family life has never been perfect. The life and times of the Clinton union, memorialized in “Bloodsport,” showcases a life with human flaws. Clinton will not sink to the level Obama wishes, if only avoid equal treatment later.

Palin will need to answer tough questions. Oprah’s couch won’t be available until after the November election. Perhaps that’s how it should be. Tough questions posed by an unbiased, impartial interviewer might better serve the public and Palin herself.

The issues raised this week highlight another remarkable change in American society. Women speaking their minds either by feedback to Oprah or interviews with the media. Senator Clinton chooses what to say and how to present it without the necessity of following orders from Obama. Oprah makes all her own choices and articulated her reasoning behind those choices. Palin’s choices to challenge Alaskan establishment show her capacity for making her own decisions. Women dominate the media coverage of politics and it’s not just because they are women. Ain’t life grand!

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Why the Media Should Apologize!

Dear Politico.com:

The media should apologize for not thinking before speaking. Are questions about the candidate valid? The candidate’s record? Absolutely. You liberal minded writers have valid questions.

When you ask, HOWEVER, whether a woman should be at home raising her child instead of running a state or a corporation you have turned the clock back entirely too far and shown misogynist roots! When the teenage daughter of this candidate has made a difficult choice-why should she be vilified?

Keep on topic. Ask your questions. Just remember, no one asked if she should be barefoot pregnant but y’all came damn close. Being a sexist will get you criticized every time.

The elitist problem the media will never get over. Until you understand the intricate workings of a small town, y’all will never understand how simply elitist you really are.

Thanks for your attention.

Salmonandgrits

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