Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

Nearly as Good as Last Year…

TFrank-L1.3cw_000[1]I heard Thomas Frank tonight at the Watermark Book Store.  I saw Mr. Controversy and Capn America at the event – nobody else I recognized.

Frank’s message was almost as moving as last year’s.  In some ways more so.

He seems to want to forgive Obama for not doing more.  I am not so sure about that approach.  His attacks on the far right were more pointed and sincere that ever before.

Frank’s father was there at the meeting.  When asked questions about his father’s political persuasion, Frank dodged those questions.

Wish more of you could have been there.



Filed under Political Reform, Wingnuts!

Bush Biography Paints Unflattering Portrait of POTUS 43

George%20W%20Bush[1]“Why did I sign on to this proposal, if i don’t understand what it does?” George W. Bush is quoted by Matt Latimer in his new tell-all book, Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor.  Allegedly, Bush asked this question when it almost dawned on him what the bank bail out proposal was supposed to do.

Bush’s stupidity, sounds more astounding than even I had ever imagined.  See a brief review here.  Thanks to Lilac for this post idea.



Filed under Book Reviews, George W. Bush

“Conservative” vs. “Mainstream” Media

Politico published this story on the differences in coverage between mainstream media and Fox News.  Notably, Glen Beck indicates that Fox News had from beginning to resignation 51 stories on Van Jones, while CNN had 9 stories, MSNBC had 2 and the New York Times had 1.  On the ACORN corruption case (where ACORN advised reporters posing as a prostitute and pimp on how to avoid housing laws) Fox reported on it 133 times, CNN 90 times, MSNBC 10 and ABC 2 times.

Major network spokespersons indicate that they have to be more selective when filling 20+ minutes of time as opposed to cable’s 24 hours.  It was noteworthy to me on how the many conservative posters on the BTSNBN knew about the ACORN story while I had not not heard anything about it.  I don’t have cable and when I spent three nights in a motel with cable recently, I was exposed to cable news.  I think my quality of life would suffer if I had to listen to that crap more often.



Filed under Media

Wednesday, 09/16/09, Public Square

intrnl day for toleranceIn 1995 the 16th of November was declared The International Day for Tolerance, an annual observance to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

I didn’t know this date existed as an official declaration, but it’s easy to see the need  for positive measures to promote tolerance in our societies, because tolerance is not only a cherished principle, but also a necessity for peace and for the economic and social advancement of all peoples.  Take time to read through the wiki page linked above, and think about the noble goal of encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction.



Filed under The Public Square