The Seattle Times; Keeping It Classy

sIn the frenzy leading up to the U.S. Open, Craig Smith, writing at the Seattle Times, compares the excitement of a major sporting event being held in Seattle’s “backyard” (I’m sure the residents University Place just love that characterization) to a natural disaster that killed 57 people – the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980.

But if you allow yourself, you can share the excitement of having one of the world’s major sporting events held in your backyard. It’s like when Mount St. Helens erupted. If you were around in 1980, you probably felt like an insider when East Coast friends called to ask about it.

The Seattle Times is no stranger to insensitive reporting on Mount St. Helens, publishing, if memory serves me, a photograph of two small boys in the back of a pickup truck, where they had first stripped off their clothes trying to keep cool in the intense heat of the blast, and ultimately perished, only to be stripped again… of the dignity they should have been allowed in death.

If that photo was meant to engender empathy on behalf of the victims, it doesn’t seem to have worked with Mr. Smith, whose memory of the event is, apparently, dominated by the excitement and sense of importance he felt when given the chance to fill in details for distant friends and family. Rather than the sadness and awe normal people would feel at the loss of life and the unfettered power of Mother Nature.

How shallow. “Watch the U.S. Open your best chance to feel like an insider since Mount St. Helens erupted!”

So, yeah. Keep it classy, Seattle Times. Keep it classy.

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Obama Vetoes Shovel-Ready Jobs For Americans

keystone-pipelineAnd all but eight Senate Democrats think that’s just jim-dandy as the Senate fails to overturn the veto.

Read all about it.

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The Smuggest Man in America

Pictures1I mean, really, look at that face. Have you ever seen anyone look more self-satisfied?

That’s the face of a man who thinks he’s so much smarter than you poor miserable mouth-breathers that you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever figuring out that he’s lying to your faces.

And if, from the comfort of your mother’s basement, or the trailer park, one of you did manage, after endless bumbling and stumbling about (drunkenly, probably) and an healthy dose of luck, to figure it out…Well, hey, he’s got no worries because his friends in the media will circle the wagons (here and here) to fend off any attacks from Right Wing Nutjobs. Or Teabaggers. Or both.

So the next time you sit down for the evening news, keep in mind what your betters in the media think of you and the other troglodytes watching.

 

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Brian Williams is a Lying Liar Who Lies About Lying

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News you can trust. Except when they’re lying.

Brian Williams has apologized for making a grievous “mistake” in which he remembered and repeated, over the course of, what, 11 or 12 years, an event that never happened.

As he “remembered” it:

“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”

So, yeah. That never happened.

What did happen, you might wonder, for Williams to misremember it so badly?

This:

Williams and his camera crew were actually aboard a Chinook in a formation that was about an hour behind the three helicopters [that had previously come] under fire, according to crew member interviews.

[William’s] Chinook took no fire and landed later beside the damaged helicopter due to an impending sandstorm from the Iraqi desert, according to Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried the journalists.

“No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” he said Wednesday.

So nothing. The entire story is a product of William’s imagination.

During his explanation, Williams said, “I would not have chosen to make this mistake. I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”

Wow, I guess somebody needs to see a neurologist to figure out what’s going on in that brain of his! Or a psychiatrist.

Pfft! Let me clear things up for you, Brian. This thing called “lying” caused your mistake. Lying is when you say something you know to be false. You lied to make yourself seem heroic and more important. Also, don’t think you’ve apologized for lying; for an apology to be sincere, there needs to be some sort of indication that the person doing the apologizing recognizes his own wrongdoing on some level. I’m not seeing that here.

Read the whole story at Stars and Stripes.

Update: Also fabricated? Makes you wonder, doesn’t it.

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When Will You Fight?

It's Only Words:

Oh, hey, look at me…I’m reblogging my own post. What will it take for this Administration to recognize that we need to fight? I mean really fight, like our children’s lives are on the line. When they burn an American hostage alive? When our daughters and granddaughters are wearing burqas? When they’re crucifying, beheading and burning people alive on the streets of our cities? Do you think it can never happen here? If you do, you are wrong.

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Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; 

If you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly;

You may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.

There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves. 

~Winston Churchill

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Whoever Fights Monsters

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Rose Beyond The Wall

Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by the morning dew,
Shedding it’s sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing it’s fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive–
The rose still grows beyond the wall,

Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forever-more.

~A.L Frink

Please take a moment to remember Elaine Cillo, Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.

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