Today I am flying home from a business trip to Huntsville, Alabama. Only Monday, I posted Nothing To Do But Write from the DFW airport, complaining about business travel, particularly by air. The business went well, in spite of missed or late flights, missing visit requests, and endless meetings. We were up early to catch a flight to Dallas today on a regional jet, meaning a plane with even smaller seats than usual. I’m tired, my back is sore, and now I’m crammed into the exit row with two other broad shouldered guys. There’s not room for the three of us to sit back, a situation in which the passenger on the aisle usually loses. That would be Older Eyes, leaning into the aisle.
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I will confess, I have never read a newspaper from cover to cover. Or a copy of U.S. News and World Report either. I avoid most TV news programs like the plague. I don’t which is worse, some bozo reading, In Kansas, thirty five people died in a tornado, with an insipid grin or someone acting as if they are horrified by the same news, only to turn into Pollyanna when reading the next report about some celebrity I’ve never heard of. I sometimes get my news from the radio, mostly from talk radio shows. I know they are mostly biased, but they admit it up front, unlike most other reporters these days. And another station is a button push away. I don’t worry about missing anything of significance, particularly if it’s horrifying, because in these days of social media it will make it’s way into my consciousness somehow. But my main source of news these days is the news apps on my tablet. My favorites are the Google news app (which extracts it’s pieces from many sources), USA Today, and Fox News. I really liked the Washington Post app but after finding for several months that it lets me read only ten articles a month before asking me if I want to subscribe for $14.95 a month, I deleted it. They are certainly entitled to make money in these difficult times for print media … they are just not going to make it from me. Yahoo News has also been deleted … too many celebrity bullshit articles and ads posing as news. At least the other apps put that kind of crap in one place so I can avoid it. (more…)
I’ve looked at love from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow … it’s loves illusions I recall. I really don’t know love at all – Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now
This post isn’t about music … or about amazing songwriters (a category in which Joni Mitchell is, in my opinion, near the top). It is about having an informed opinion in this sound-bite, get-your-information-on-Facebook and sound-off-on-Twitter world in which we find ourselves. But Both Sides Now is a perfect title for this post … and if I’m going to borrow from Joni, I thought it was only fair to pay homage to one of her loveliest lyrics. But it also gives me an opportunity to make a point on opinions. No matter how much I opine on Joni’s prowess as a singer-songwriter, if you don’t like her sometimes warbley singing style or quirky phrasing, you’re not going to like her as a performer. I get that and you get that. We just say, We like different things. (more…)
It has become my habit since buying a Google Nexus 7 Tablet a year ago to begin the day by making my coffee and breakfast, then settling at the kitchen table to read the news on one of the news apps available to Android. I usually with start with the Fox News app, which might make you think I’m a staunch conservative. Politically these days, I’m not a staunch anything but I’m a stauncher libertarian than anything else and the right seems a bit more libertarian than the left. Worry not … I read a variety of pages in search of a balanced view. I like to have a sense of what’s going on in popular culture, too, even if I choose not to participate in most of it, so I usually check out the Yahoo Home Page. All you have to do is scan the Yahoo headlines to realize that their so-called news department has mostly abandoned serious news for Entertainment-Tonight-on-steroids fluff. Examples from this morning? How about Mila Kunis and Aston Kutcher Attend Her Brother’s Wedding? Meet Ryan Seacrest’s nerdy older brother? Pregnant Megan Fox’s Baby Bump Peeks Out From Fitted T-shirt? Jeez.
The New York Daily News recently reported that on March 1, Josh Welch … seven years old at the time … was suspended for chewing his pop tart into the shape of a gun in the cafeteria of a Maryland Elementary School. Josh said that he was really trying to duplicate the shape of a mountain, which figured prominently in a recent drawing he made. School officials said, The fact that he wasn’t trying to make a gun doesn’t reduce the danger (I made that up). Wednesday, May 29th, Josh received a lifetime membership to the National Rifle Association and a standing ovation at a Republican fundraiser (I didn’t make that up). A few days ago, the New York Post reported that 100 high school students on a field trip to Atlanta were thrown off an Airtrans flight because they wouldn’t sit down and turn off their cellphones after repeated requests and a warning from the pilot. I’d be applauding except that the airline also got them seats on later flights and gave them travel vouchers for their inconvenience. And Rabbi Seth Linfield, executive director at school, defended his students, saying they weren’t behaving that badly then playing the religion card by saying they were treated like terrorists because they were Jewish. And according to Yahoo News in Calgary, Briar MacLean went to the aid of a classmate being bullied when he heard a knife open, pushing away the knife-wielding student. Briar was reprimanded by the school, which said, the school doesn’t “condone heroics” and a teacher should always be called in such situations. By the way, according to the federal website Stop Bullying, There are a few simple, safe ways children can help the person being bullied get away from the situation. However they do it, make sure the child knows not to put themselves in harm’s way. It recommends that a child create a distraction. Bullies, you see, are actually just seeking attention. They only appear to want to kick the crap out of little Johnny. (more…)
If you had asked me six months ago whether I support offshore drilling, I would have said yes. Now, looking at pictures of sea birds, covered with oil, dying, the answer isn’t so obvious. Nobody would call me an environmentalist or a tree-hugger and I simply hate the whole I’m green mentality but if you’ve been coming around here for a while, you know I love animals and beaches … and both are at risk in the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve been looking the other way, not wanting to see the beaches and wildlife destroyed or politicians who have no clue as to a solution making a show of their outrage at BP officials who don’t have a clue either. But it’s Top Sites Tuesday #65, and BlogDumps’ blogmeister, Wolf, has chosen the topic as The Oil Crisis in the Gulf. So, I’ll look. (more…)