Pertinent Words

Pertinent, if not insanely obscure words, which I will try to tie (not in vain I hope) to the recent news from Tucson.


Cacospectamania: The obsession of staring at something which is repulsive.

But enough about me looking in the mirror at my ugly mug…  🙂

There’s been a lot of ugly around the U.S.of A recently, and it seems that we’ve been doing a whole lotta staring at it.  Haven’t done much to address the reasons behind it, but we’ve been looking at it.  It’s a start.  Whether we can finish what we start, and make ourselves better as a people is still up in the air.


Sophophobia:  A fear of learning. 

Continuing with the concept I started with above, I’m not sure we, as a people are really going to learn anything from this.  I am torn on the subject of gun control.  On the one hand, I am pro gun, pro second amendment.  I want to have the capacity to protect myself with whatever I choose to protect myself with, within reasonable boundaries.  I don’t think I’ll ever need anti-aircraft weaponry, but I don’t want to be told I can’t have a simple Smith and wesson .38  to defend myself because the law says I can’t.

On the other hand gun massacres in this nation are far too common a thing.  Columbine.  Virginia tech.  Fort Hood.  The litany of stories that exist of guns falling into the hands of fools and maniacs are legion.  The insanity that hits individuals cannot be fixed with laws.  If you can’t  make crazy illegal, something has to be done to make it harder for the crazy bastards to get their hands on guns.  This happened in a state where open carry is legal, and 6 people are dead and 14 more were wounded.  So much for making everyone capable of having a gun making everyone safe (a basic tenet of the right’s thought processes on guns).  This happened because of lax gun laws mixed with insanity. 

A truly lethal mix. 

One which our society seems to be predisposed towards.

Gun violence, between crimes, suicides and accidents, kills 30,000 or so people a year. 82 people die every day. And we do nothing.  And we learn nothing.  Freedom is great, but the choices it provides sometimes paralyze us into improper inaction.


Viddy of the Day: Violent rhetoric in Politics.


If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.

And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights — the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation — the right to breathe air as nature provided it — the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

Both quotes by John F. Kennedy, American University Speech, 1963


Ludibrious:  Ridiculous, sportive. 

Some of the stuff that has been spoken of about this young nut Loughner is ludibrious.  There.  I even used the damn word in a sentence! 


Srsly though, He’s a liberal?  He’s a conservative?  Have any of you idiots gotten sick of your bullshit yet? He is a PSYCHOPATH.  NUT. LOON. MANIAC.  HEARTLESS FUCKING ASSHOLE.  Any statement beyond those is BULLSHIT. 

Any questions?  No.  Good.  Now shut the fuck up about his political affiliations. 


Malversate:  Appropriate fraudulently for ones own use.

In order to make this article work, I had to malversate several words from the grandiloquent dictionary and  I use that sentence because I’m not the $5 word kinda guy, I’m sure you pretty much caught it already though. 

Well, there is another way to use this word.

The right wing lame stream media (hey, Sarah Palin uses that glib crap line, why can’t I use it just once?) seems to be trying to malversate the events in Tucson to garner some political…something from the dead there.  That’s my take, why else pound the gavel so hard in judgment against people rationally explaining that there has been an awful lot of use of violent imagery, and a constant barrage of anti-government rhetoric, especially from Limbaugh, Beck and Palin?

What they are trying to do is garner sympathy, so as to look like they are victims of the vicious left wing here, despite the left doing what is good and honest and right by the American people, and point out the negativity that the right has heaped upon the world, seeing how similar that negativity is to what the shooter felt and wrote of.

The martyr thing doesn’t really gibe well with the tough, hard, strong, proud, individualist image the right wing of America tries to portray.  They haven’t cried yet though, I’ll grant them that much. 

A VERY quick Aside:  Beck cries for the Constitution, Boehner cries for the kids.  Where are the tears for Tucson?


That’s it America, I’m done for another night.  I’ll write to you tomorrow.  Football picks or 12 notes, not sure which.

Five Hundred Eighty Words That Mean Nothing

Words are easy.  They are manifestations of who we are, what we think when we think them.  They are the shadows of who we are, and what we have been and will be, and think we should be.  What is more difficult is to simply be what the words represent, because often times the words represent less what we are and more what we want to be. Sometimes what we want to be is different than what we are capable of being, and shows we are guiding ourselves with the shadows of what we think we are.


Good things don’t always happen to good people, and we are all good people.  Bad things happen to good people, but that is just life.  The amount of good and bad in your life really doesn’t affect the good and bad things that happen, or can happen.  If only good happened to the good people in this world, wouldn’t there  be more good people in the world? More good things in the world? More goodness? Less crap?


Would life be better if we got all we dreamt of?  What we dream shows the essense of who we are, and how much of that essense are you willing to show the world? How much of your naked greed,  your ambition, your unbridled want and wild excess are you willing to show a cruel and mocking world? How much worse would life be if we got all we dreamt?


Speaking of dreams, what are mine?  At least one I’m willing to show the world? To have enough to have a better place to live, and to help all my family, parents,  brothers, in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles, to have enough money to concern themselves a little less with the day to day grind that is living in this mad world.  To have enough money to get land enough to build a house of my own, from the bottom up, from my own blueprint, my own plan. 

With several acres of woods in the back.  That’d be a nice touch.


What happens to dreams?  They get beaten down by reality, by the cruel unfeeling world that says you are not paid to believe in the power of your dreams, you are paid to work, so get to it.  And what do we do? We work, not because we love it, but because we must.  We like work, we all really do want to feel productive,  but that particular like, that want,  is turned against us, we are not given enough for what we do, and not just money-wise and we are told that we are wrong for wanting more, that we should accept less for the work we do. 

There is much wrong with that.


Work is good.  I like working.  I like working hard, really getting my back into my work, breaking a sweat.  I want to work, but here I am not working. So I try to make up for it, by running, by exercising, by pushing my body, hard, as hard as I can with what I have to push it with, to make up for feeling like I’m not doing anything.  The running and whatnot helps me get through my day easier, feeling like i’ve done something worthwhile, keeps me sane, or as sane as I get, anyway.


And my day is done.  I’ll write next when I can, tomorrow I and the wife am out travelling.  I’ll write to you later, America.  Have a good night.

July Random Thoughts

Once a month or so, I clear out some of the pages and place them here on the blog to make room for fresh content on those pages.  This article contains all the content from the “Random Thoughts” page from the month of July.  Enjoy!


Found an old blog that I haven’t used since I started writing here.  Shouldn’t say found, more like re-discovered.  I’ve posted there twice, It is going to be for all the stuff I am not sure I want to say here. I won’t give the URL here just yet though, I want to make sure I am happy with what I am writing there, make sure it isn’t pure unadulterated crap before I start planting links to it here.  I’ve begun writing fiction there, and I am not sure I like it. (7/1)


Anagram: June Random Thoughts / John mugs donut hater. 

I like my anagrams, and any anagram that involves a mugging is alright by me.  🙂  (7/1)


I am pushing back, for a few hours, my job hunting so I can get some food shopping done.  Cats need food, and the wife and I need a few things.  Seeing how the only calls I get are from debt collectors, I don’t think waiting at the phone for a call that will not come makes much sense.  And I can send resumes whenever, it being Friday, and the calls I have to make, I have to make before 5 pm, so I have a few hours to play with, it being quarter after eleven in the morning now.  (7/2)


Happy Independence day!  Show some Independent thought today dammit, that’s what freedom is all about!  And also…don’t go blow your arm off celebrating, that would suck.  Don’t go blowing shit up unless you have a degree in blowshitupology or sumthin!!      (7/4)


Anagram: Patriotic American/ Top Maniac Criteria (7/4)


It’s 98 degrees On Staten Island right now, at 2 pm, and it’s expected to go up to 100 tomorrow.  Both numbers either tie or exceed record temperatures.  Both are 15 degrees above normal, and those kind of numbers were around yesterday and the day before and the heat wave is expected to last until at least Wednesday.  Ooof.  I wonder how much the people who were laughing at global warming because it snowed in winter, not because it was actually colder than normal (it wasn’t), are laughing now.  Just curious.  (7/5)


Ron Paul and Barney Frank are calling for cuts in Military spending!  YAY!   We are the world’s policeman, and we have been since before I was born.  The military industrial complex runs the Pentagon, and has it’s claws deep in the White House and the rest of the civilian government.  With all the talk of cutting wasteful government spending. it makes sense to cut the pentagon’s budget, the military’s budget, especially if we want to fight terrorism and not break the bank.  How many nuclear subs do we need to fight terrorists? How many nuclear armed carriers? (7/6)


For those who pay attention to these things, I added a widget to the sidebar here on The Rhino Report, it’s for a thing called socialvibe, and it helps raise money for a variety of different charities, and the one I chose is the leukemia and lymphoma society.  I know all you rhino heads out there are more than willing to click and help people in need, and if you could find it in your heart to donate, well, that would be about the best thing you could do for these kind people.  Any help is greatly appreciated. (7/7)


I really don’t care where Lebron James and his really annoying pre-game show are going to go….

That said (this subject being on everyone lips today, I have to write a lil bit about it), why the hell would he go to a shit organization like the Knicks?  He wants to WIN, and the Knicks haven’t had a winning season since 2000-2001.  Hell, even I, Mister Optimistic sports fan, who roots for the New York Rangers, and has hope they’ll go deep into the Playoffs, EVERY YEAR, despite the fact that that douchebag Dolan and that shithead Sather keep scuttling the teams chances by simple Being attached to the organization, gave up on the New York Bricks, years ago.  No way Lebron goes to the Knicks.

He’s sticking with the Cavs.  That’s my bullshit story and I’m sticking to it.  (7/8)


Anagram:  LeBron James/ Men Jab Loser (7/8)


Ya, know, the more I read about Sharron Angle, the more I think she is Bozo the Clown.  A slush fund, Mrs. Angle, are you serious? I especially like when she says “the caller and I should not have used the term slush fund, that was incorrect”.  Like the caller made her use the term.  He used it, yes, she could have used a different one, but she didn’t. 

She thinks money put aside for those hurt by the disaster in the gulf is a slush fund. We all know what a slush fund is, right? The textbook definition of a slush fund is:  A fund raised by a group for corrupt practices, such as bribery or graft. So, Mrs Angle, the $20,000,000,000 put aside to pay for the damage done by biggest environmental disaster in human history is a slush fund?  Paying for what you have done is corrupt, Mrs Angle? Is that Bribery, Mrs. Angle?, or Graft, Mrs. Angle?  Really?

This is the same clown who called for the privatization of Social Security and Medicare. And she backtracked on that, too. 

Honk your nose for us, Bozo! (7/9)


Anagram: Responsible Thinking / Bleeping Rhino Stinks (7/10)


After a few days writing articles here, and roaming the wild green yonder, and looking for work, I am a wee bit tired.  The job thing still is not working out, but I am only just beginning to send in applications for writing jobs.  I’ve sent in one for a sports writing job, one for a blogging gig on Examiner, and one for a temporary research assistant over at media matters.  The Media matters job looks pretty good, but it might be tough, because they would want me in office there once a week, and their offices are in Washington D.C.  I think I can handle it though. (7/16)

______________________________________  Hang with Das Rhino.  Tis  a good place with good people and good music.  (7/19)


My wife just won a contest from XM/Sirius.  We have been invited to the Hard rock Cafe on Wednesday at noon to hang out with, among other people, Maurice Jones-Drew and Jeremy Roenick.  Nice!  Gonna go call Roenick a shithead.  ROFL!  (7/19)


Never went to the thing at the hard rock.  Ah well.  I was looking forward to annoying Jeremy Roenick.    (7/20)


Anagram:  Andrew Breitbart/ write barbed rant / A bent drab writer/ retard want bribe/ ten rabbit reward (7/21)


It is only a matter of time before I get a job.  I have been sending in, on average 3 resumes a day, and making phone calls when the opportunity avails itself.  I am using the department of labor resources available to me, and every other source I can get my mits on.  The only real problem is that there really isn’t all that damned much out there that I am qualified for.  My old job, copy machine operator, seems as a class, to have almost completely dried up.  There just isn’t any more copy work out there.  I still put in for it when and where I can.  I’m pushing hard, and I am optimistic, long term, but there just isn’t a lot out there right now. (7/22)


There is a lyric in the song  Territorial pissings : “Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you“   Odd lyric, but it feels at least somewhat fitting today.  I just got a letter from the department of labor in New york saying that my former employer Sotheby’s was challenging my claim for unemployment, due to the fact that I never worked there. 

Curious… I have vivid memories of being at Sotheby’s, at 1334 York Avenue, filing out paperwork, including a w-4, working for several months, and getting paid for it.  I have the pay stubs to prove it.  The NYSDOL asked for copies of pay stubs, so I sent them 4 of the nine I could immediately find, (the other 4 are around here somewhere) one from each month I worked there.  Let them argue with the paystubs. (7/24)


Been going through my old baseball card collection, to see what I can sell and just what the going price on some of the cards I have is.  I was pleasantly surprised by a few, and saw price drops from the prices I paid 20 years ago on others.  Best?  My 1959 Ernie Banks has more than doubled in value, and I paid $60 when I got it.  I have a fair number of cards that are worth over $50, some as high as $125 -$150.   The Jerry Rice rookie cards are worth a fair bit, as is the 1964 Hank Aaron.  Nice. 

Selling them all.  Want something? Drop me a line! (7/25)


Sent in 9 resumes so far today.  That is pretty damn good!  I haven’t found that many potential job openings, that many job opportunities in one day in a very long time.  Been sending resumes for 3 solid hours.  Lately the trail for job leads goes cold after about 3 sends, which takes about an hour to dig up and find.  Not finished yet either.  Will run when done.  Nice.  I love feeling like I’m doing something to move myself forward.  Feels good.  (7/26)


I’ve sent in 3 or four resumes since i wrote that last bit on Monday.  Not because i haven’t been trying to find work though, I just haven’t seen all that much out there since Monday. But I have contacted xerox, a place I used to work at, and dropped a resume on Kelly services.  Maybe getting a staffing agency involved will help.  It hasn’t before, but that doesn’t mean it won’t this time. (7/28)


Anagram: Tea Party Patriots/Tasty Ape Portrait (7/28)


Anagram:  Copy Operator/ Or A Poetry Cop/ YO Trap Cooper/Poor Actor? Yep. / Coy Rapper, Too/ A rectory poop  (7/29)

I Am Going To Shoot This Computer

 I have bought this wonderful machine- a computer. Now I am rather an authority on gods, so I identified the machine- it seems to me to be an Old Testament god with a lot of rules and no mercy. 

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth 


The proper tool to reprogram the unruly computer in your life.


As I begin here, I must tell you that it has taken rather longer to just get to this point in this article than it should have.  After I turned on the computer and logged on, I opened up both IE and Firefox.  On Firefox I had Facebook running, and On IE, I had WordPress, Google, Wikiquote and Youtube running.  I’ve not ever had a problem doing what I was doing.  This time however the damn thing decided to run so slow that it made me snarl and nearly threaten it, then thought better of threatening violence in the general direction of an inanimate object. Better to just beat the damn thing and be done with it. 

It had issues that caused firefox to stop responding, despite the fact that I had it running in the background and wasn’t using it.  I presumed that I used too much memory or something.  Maybe it was something else entirely, but that isn’t the point.  The point is that the puter took a giant shit that even affected stuff that I wasn’t using at that point in time.   

Now when I went to look up quotes, not exactly the most memory exhaustive thing one could do on a computer, it took way too long to just pull up a simple page with a few quotes on it.  Youtube? Forget it.  That was a waste of time.  This viddy isn’t. 

So I rebooted the computer.  Or I tried to.  The damn thing seized up on me at that moment.  Expletives began flying here, enough to get my wife’s attention, who normally ignores me when I tell the computer to fcuk off.  Apparently I was in full throat tonight.  🙂  She asked if everything was alright.  I think I snarled, cursed a bit, and said the damnthing wasn’t working.  When the computer is working its “The Puter”(pronounced “pooter”), when it has a fit like tonight, it’s “the Damnthing”.  

I hit Ctrl-alt-del.  Nothing.  I hit it again.  Nada.  I hit it a third, fourth, fifth time.  Nein!  As you can tell, at this point I am angered just a hair here.  I must be fun to watch when this happens, because I believe I heard my wife giggle when I pointed at the screen and told the damnthing to “cut the shit or I’ll beat yer ass”.  Admittedly from my current vantage point, yes, it’s silly and its funny and it’s stupid, but I gotta tell ya I was in no mood for anything at that point. 

It finally opened up the screen that gave me options to get to the Task manager.  Which decided to simply not open.  CTRL-ALT-DEL DAMMIT, 

At least I didn't have to look at this crap.


CTRL-ALT-DEL.  I tried to open the task manager again.  I opened this time.  And it said everything was working.  No “not responding” no nothing.  Puter thought everything was A-OK. 

I wasn’t fooled.  I had it shut down the computer.  Which surprisingly worked.  Left it off for a minute, more for me than the evil computer of doom that had thwarted me from simply watching a viddy and getting a quote from wikiquote.  I seemed to have defeated the evil puter monster. 

And then when I went to go put the video here that I wanted.  The damn thing would not work.  I tried it several times. I f5’ed the screen.  Nothing.  I closed the tab and reopened youtube in another tab.  Nada.  I closed down all the tabs, reopened IE (which is probably the issue to begin with, just using IE) Nein. 

At which point I just gave up with the video.  Which was from, which is titled “Internet politics: Can blogs discourage activism?”  I was going to disagree with the point, but at this point, the only thing I don’t disagree with is that I will, at some point in my life, shoot this computer. 


The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he, by peddling second rate technology, led them into it in the first place, and continues to do so today. 

Douglas Adams, 1995 

I haven’t watched this viddy, yet.  I will later.  Leo Laporte is a good host, and the Windows Weekly shows he does with Paul Thurrott are always a good listen, when I get a chance to listen to it.  It’s from the TWIT network, which means it’s techy, and it’s good. And it’s here because it has the words “HE’S GOT A GUN” as part of the title.  I like that! 

…And Furthermore…

Yesterday I wrote about how Thomas Paine’s most celebrated work here in America, Common Sense, is less than perfect, and pointed out a few pieces as examples of his imperfect positions and thoughts.  I think I need to expand on that concept somewhat.  I don’t think any person’s work or thinking is even close to perfect, there is no such thing as perfect.  Even works I fall head over heels in love with when first read, over time and other readings find themselves under my microscope, with all flaws and weaknesses scrutinized thoroughly.  But this isn’t a bad thing, for either the works or me, no harm in it at all.  It does not, however, diminish my love for those works.  The flaws paint the authors as human, makes them more real, gives them flesh and blood and bones and gives their work more weight by making them more human, closer to my fallible self, more real.

Which doesn’t mean I excuse the failings.  I don’t excuse failings anywhere, In me or others.  To begin doing that now would be, to my mind, heresy of the highest order.

I see problems in, for example, the Constitution. An example;  

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18: To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Tell me you don’t see the problem here.  It’s a plain as the nose on my face.  It grants the federal government nearly limitless power.  That was the argument given by Patrick Henry when he argued against it when Virginia was ratifying the Constitution, one which I agree with completely.  When Alexander Hamilton (that asshole) created the first national bank, it was argued that it was outside of his power and indeed the power of the Constitution to do so, but this clause was cited as the basis of the banks constitutionality.   This clause, and Hamilton’s actions, paved the way for everything from the Fed, to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and a host of other GSEs, to the war powers act and warrantless wiretapping.  It touches everything. 

The ideals in much of this great document may have been egalitarian, but this part of it is very much the opposite, very authoritarian in nature.

If the Tea Party “Patriots” really want to find the people responsible for their pain, they need not look to the current administration.  They should look no further than the founding fathers themselves, the men who stood arm in arm with the first tea party patriots in Boston, whose own creation is responsible for the governmental authority under which they chafe so furiously. 


All that said, I think the constitution is a very excellent document, one of the best ever written.  Click here to read a link which explains why.  Ben Franklin had his head screwed on straight when he made the above linked speech.  I think I’ll dissect one line, if only a hair, and put it into current political context.

“Much of the strength and efficiency of any government, in procuring and securing happiness to the people, depends on opinion, on the general opinion of the goodness of that government…”

How can the current administration hope to work if this is true? Is it me or are the people unhappy?  They are, and rightly so. Billions and billions of dollars going to keep multi billion dollar conglomerates afloat, so the mechanisms of capitalism can be maintained and running as smoothly as possible.  But one must put the truth to this statement, It is not just this administration,  but the last as well, and both parties in both the house and senate that must be faulted for the current morass we find ourselves in.  A $14,000,000,000,000 hole just doesn’t up and appear out of nowhere. It took YEARS to create.  It will take years to undo.  And until the work is finished, the people will remain unhappy.

Much of the anger is both real and legitimate though.  And both parties are at fault.  The democrats are, to my mind anyway, doing what they can to fix it.  They are not the party of no.  But is the effort to fix this economy strong enough?  Enough enough?  That is uncertain, only time will tell.  There is one thing certain from my perspective, though.  The Democrats currently own the concept of “fixing it” and owning it.   Am I Biased in this? Damn right.  I am Democrat. If you think different about any of this, by all means, let me know.  Just know that I am going to dismantle your statement word by word if you do, so choose your words carefully. 

And, Ben said “MUCH of the strength… of government”, not all of it.  The current administration will be fine, given enough time to work, and patience on the part of America.  That second bit, the patience, needs a bit of work though, doesn’t it?  🙂


Except for the second viddy, that’s it from here.  Later!


Today’s nuggets, from Bertrand Russell’s “A Free Man’s Worship”, via  But the beauty of Tragedy does but make visible a quality which, in more or less obvious shapes, is present always and everywhere in life. In the spectacle of Death, in the endurance of intolerable pain, and in the irrevocableness of a vanished past, there is a sacredness, an overpowering awe, a feeling of the vastness, the depth, the inexhaustible mystery of existence, in which, as by some strange marriage of pain, the sufferer is bound to the world by bonds of sorrow.

Brief and powerless is Man’s life; on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark. Blind to good and evil, reckless of destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way; for Man, condemned to-day to lose his dearest, to-morrow himself to pass through the gate of darkness, it remains only to cherish, ere yet the blow falls, the lofty thoughts that ennoble his little day.

Plato By Dim Light

      It is quarter to 2 in the morning.  The room I sit in is in near total darkness, as is my wont this time of night.  I have a string of Christmas lights on, but they add little light.  I like that, and that is why they are still up.  I should have taken them down a while ago, but simply chose not to.  Again merely personal choice.

    While I sit here writing in the glow of those Christmas lights (and the computer screen) I sit here listening to an audio book recorded last year, a book that was first written over 2000 years ago.  Plato, The Republic.  So as I write in the dark, I illuminate my mind.  I prefer darkness in some ways, but light in others. 

   The book talks much of justice, and the arguments given in the portion of the Republic I am at this point very early on, Part 2 of book one, are still setting up exactly what justice is, and they are shooting down certain laughable concepts of the term. Tis basic stuff, and most of you have already read this and know the silliness that goes on about justice early on.   When I was a teenager I thought the arguments both a bit stiff and stupid, seeing how each and every argument seemed to be one thrasymachus or some such making incredibly dense blanket statements and then having holes shot in them by Socrates.

    Arguments made here are arguments trying to create a perfect world to prove a point about the good moral life being the greatest reward.  The prefect world cannot exist, for there are no perfect men, but he is right about the moral life.  This book  shows the struggle of a mind trying to comprehend the creation of just such a world.  The words brilliantly futile come to mind, but I digress….

   Perhaps more on this book later.  It is getting late and I am tired.  There is darkness and there is light. They both surround me, now as always. 

    You will excuse me, Glaucon awaits. For a little while longer this night anyway.

   Sorry about the viddy, it goes blank at the 7:02 mark. 

    An FYI, this show, great books, when it was on TV, was one of my favorites, and whenever it was on, I made a point of making sure I watched it.  If you are a fan of classic literature, this stuff is MUST watch material.


    It is now after 2:30 in the morning, and I am, after turning it off for a few minutes to listen to the viddies, back listen to the Republic.  And on that note, I am going to call it a night.  Next post I’ll do my Superbowl picks.  From Plato to smash-mouth defense and aerial assault.  There’s a 180 for ya!     🙂


Today’s nuggets, from Plato’s “Republic”, via Wikiquote:  Truth should be highly valued; if, as we were saying, a lie is useless to the gods, and useful only as a medicine to men, then the use of such medicines should be restricted to physicians; private individuals have no business with them.

Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.

Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.

Small Journalism

Found these words On line a few days ago, thought I would share them with you, and then talk about the person who posted them.

We stand foursquare with the Founders. We believe in the First Amendment, not just for we, but also for thee. We believe the phrase, “Congress shall make no law…” could not possibly be clearer. We despise “political correctness” and everything it represents. We will not be told, “you can’t say that,” because to accept that stricture means we cannot think it, either. We believe that freedom of inquiry, freedom of opinion and freedom of expression are the fundamental liberties upon which this country was founded. And we will fight to defend them.

We are one with the poet, John Milton, who wrote in his great essay on press freedom, the Areopagitica: “I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race…” Truth is always to be put to the test, or else it becomes dogma. And the battle never ends:

Good and evil we know in the field of this world grow up together almost inseparably; and the knowledge of good is so involved and interwoven with the knowledge of evil, and in so many cunning resemblances hardly to be discerned, that those confused seeds which were imposed on Psyche as an incessant labour to cull out, and sort asunder, were not more intermixed. It was from out the rind of one apple tasted, that the knowledge of good and evil as two twins cleaving together leapt forth into the world. And perhaps this is the doom which Adam fell into, of knowing good and evil, that is to say of knowing good by evil.

In other words – if I may be so bold as to translate Milton – it is the spirit of free inquiry that makes us fully human.

Sounds like a goodness right?  But answer me a question, what side of the political fence is this person on?  His words are very much in line with everything I believe in.  I am fairly certain that they are in line with everything you, my fellow Americans, believe in.

Is there a way to tell?  No, there isn’t.   This person claims that his side of the political fence, and journalism are one and the same, or close enough as to not make a difference.  This person believes that the other side of the political fence controls the media, and alter facts to fit what they want, thus sullying the concept of journalism.  This person claims that objectivity in news is and has been under assault, by journalists, and journalism.    Claims this started back over 20 years ago, after Reagan won in 1984, and talks much in that bit of his blog about Ollie North and Iran-Contra.

And he is a conservative, despite what he said above about freedom of inquiry and expression.

   I don’t think this man is right about the media, and I’ll tell you why.  Objectivity cannot be assaulted without opinion, and if you are stating an opinion about a subject you have ceased to be a journalist, and have become a commentator.  You are no longer reporting on the news.  If it is commentary, opinion he dislikes, he is allowed to state such, but ethics should have stalled his attempt to pin the problem on journalists, when journalists aren’t the problem.

I am happy for the man that he has found the fight he wants to fight, that is always a good thing.  But the problem I have here is that he is pointing at a problem he sees in one area, opinion, and calling it a problem in another, journalism.  And where has he chosen to fight this?  Blogs.

More curious is the spurious messages this person puts out.  Claimed that it was only on the 15th of January that the MSM finally got on board with the fact that the Fort Hood shooter was in fact acting as a terrorist.   I remember hearing that on MSNBC (the only network this man mentioned by name in the above block-quoted posting) three days after the event, and on CNN as well.  Curious that he, and his entire organization of “journalists” missed that bit.

He also points out that a certain newspaper was biased in favor of Martha Coakley, despite the fact that the instance of bias he pointed to, and the articles he pointed to, were in every way an even handed accounting of the good and bad in both the Coakley and Brown campaigns. I did like the pic at the bottom of the piece. I did a similar one of the Republican party a year or so ago. Thieving bastard.

He has a problem with Journalism, and then attacks it by skewing the facts to his own point of view.

Pot, meet kettle.

Oh, and the website in question? It is called Bigjournalism.  The reason it caught my eye was the fact that the man who is the chief propagandist “editor” and I share first and last names.  He does me harm by using my name so publicly to perpetrate such an amazing fraud.

If you, Mister Walsh,  stand “foursquare with the founders” why are you ethically abusing freedom of speech in such a wanton manner?  You do despise political correctness, and ethical considerations as well.  If you are trying to be about journalism, why are you spouting political commentary, which you claimed was such a horrible thing?

I believe in much the same things you state you do, sir.  However, unlike you, I am an ethical creature.  You put truth to the test, by pushing to see how little of it you can put out and still call yourself,  in your own mind, a journalist.  You, sir, have no integrity.  Your claimed assault on MSM is in truth an assault on truth.  You titled the piece that I block-quoted at the beginning of this post “Welcome to the Fight”

If it’s a fight you want, son, you came to the right place.

You quote the Areopagitica, yet do not realize that you are more guilty of abusing the freedom of the press that you are claiming you defend than those you accuse of said abuse.  And the Areopagitica may be against intrusions on free speech, but it isn’t necessarily against censorship, something you seem to have missed.  But there be none of either here.  Or one, or possibly both of us would not be writing here, correct? Stands to reason.  You make it sound like the MSM does not include your voice!  What about breitbart? You know, the people who write your paycheck! What about Redstate? What about Fox?  What about Beck and Limbaugh and the hundreds of other conservative writers and radio voices on your side of the political fence?  The MSM has two sides, plain and simple, and it is cute that you seriously think you can foist the lie that you and your ilk  are somehow without a voice while at the same time using that voice!

You, mister “Bigjournalism” are full of shit from top to bottom and everywhere in between.  John Milton is turning over in his grave at the sordid use you put his words to.

That’s it for now, more later.

Today’s nuggets, from the Areopagitica by John Milton, Via wikiquote:  Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolized and traded in by tickets and statutes and standards. We must not think to make a staple commodity of all the knowledge in the land, to mark and license it like our broadcloth and our woolpacks.

There is yet behind of what I purposed to lay open, the incredible loss and detriment that this plot of licensing puts us to; more than if some enemy at sea should stop up all our havens and ports and creeks, it hinders and retards the importation of our richest merchandise, truth.