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The Media’s Denial

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Jared Loughner is a mentally disturbed individual.  There seems to be a consensus on that point.  But the questions of why Gabby Giffords, and why now, seem to be less important to our national corporate media.  To the extent that they’re bending over backwards trying to downplay, dismiss, and even deny that cause and effect might have come into play.

On the Today Show, Monday morning, after showing the clip of Pima County Sheriff  Clarence Dupnik voicing his opinion that “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous”, Matt Lauer took exception to these words and said that he didn’t think there was any cause and effect here.  This saddened and angered me, because before even knowing what might have been Jared’s motivation we’re being told that there is no cause and effect.  He (Jared) was/is just a paranoid nut-job.  End of story.  And then, seconds later, the lovely and lanky Ann Curry is fawning all over Matt Lauer, agreeing with him.  Meredith and Al also nodding their heads in approval.  What was up with that?  Is Matt Lauer THAT powerful that he can’t be disagreed with?   Or . . . did this directive come down from the head honchos at GE, and were they all just playing their parts?  At least Charlie Rose raised his eyebrows and questioned the assertions of Ezra Klein, who also said that there was no cause and effect.  And, even Diane Sawyer asking Sheriff Dupnik, in disbelief, “That it is somehow linked???”  Why is there so much resistance to to a very plausible possibility?  Dupnik didn’t name any names, or cite any specific rhetoric.  But boy, was there ever swift condemnation of his words.  And where did this come from?  From the right-wing pundits, whose very bread and butter is vitriolic rhetoric.  Now, the sheriff is forced to respond to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sara Palin, because they are threatened by his opinion.

The corporate media loves the tawdry, tragic and sensationalistic.  That’s what grabs the attention.  That’s what sells.  Careful contemplation, as to what are the underlying causes, is besides the point to them.  With the Jared Loughner case I’ve even heard some reporters say: We may never know.  Really?  Is the guy dead?  Did the police cut his tongue out?  Why deny cause and effect?  And why set up the premise that ‘we may never know’ what his motivation was?  They will milk the story for all that it’s worth, without really telling us anything new or substantive.  They need to be ready to jump onto the next shocker of the moment.  What seems to matter most to the corporate media is the hype, the sincerity (acting job) of its anchor people, and – bottom line – the ratings.

None of us live in a vacuum. To a large extent, we are all products of our environment.  This is true of the sane, and the not so sane. When the Glenn Becks of this country say that “Barack Obama has a deep-seated hatred for white people” and that he’s a “racist”, or the Bill O’Reillys and Sean Hannitys keep saying President Obama is a “socialist”, it resonates with all sorts of people.  When Sara Palin puts out her Congressional map with gun-sight cross-hairs on certain districts, and says things like “don’t retreat, reload” most people pick up on the shooting references . . . one way or another.  The sane, but gullible, eat it up and regurgitate it.  Who knows what kind of catalyst these words of violence and hatred might be to the not so sane!  We do know that this very kind of rhetoric has inspired some to kill abortion doctors over the years.  So, why be so dismissive, of the effects that words of hate might have, in this instance?

No one is saying there is a straight line, from any specific piece of vitriolic and hateful rhetoric, to the actions in Tucson last Saturday.  We don’t know, yet, why Jared Loughner did what he did, and why he targeted Gabby Giffords.  Even if his lawyers go with an insanity defense it’s very likely that we will, eventually, know those whys.  To completely rule out the possibility of some kind of cause and effect, at such an early stage of the story, by our corporate media, is more than irresponsible, it’s downright . . . reprehensible.


My name is Peggy! Yes?!

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(Do y’all think I should accept this, as a legitimate Comment?  Or, should I hold off until he/she completes his/her ESL class???  Ho, ho, ho!!!  You just can’t make this stuff up!  Better luck next time, bucko!)   — YUR

New York Newpapers’ Shame


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A truly remarkable – once in a lifetime – event happened yesterday, in the world of Major League Baseball Playoffs.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter.  It has only happened one other time in the history of post-season play.  And that was 54 years ago, when Don Larsen pitched his perfect game, in the World Series, against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

So, you might think that this would would garner all the fanfare and hoopla that this momentous occasion should receive.  Well, apparently NOT in many of the New York area newspapers.  In the New York Daily News, The Journal News (Westchester and Rockland) and The Record (Northern New Jersey) they think the game one victory of the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins deserves the bigger headline, and the bigger photo.

Now, I can see being a “Homer”.  I like to root, root, root for the home team as much as the next guy.  But, there is a time and place to set aside such childishness, and to give the proper acclaim to the greater achievement.  These New York area newspapers did their readers a great disservice by stroking the local egos, in favor of true baseball history.  They should be ashamed of themselves.

The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles.  11 of them coming just in the last 54 years.  I have no way of knowing how many individual playoff games they’ve won, but I figure it has to be, at the very least, 350 games.  Maybe more.  They have figuratively owned the Twins, in both the regular season, and in the playoffs, for years.  Was their winning game one, last night, with their 21 game winning ace, C.C. Sabathia, really that big of a deal?  Really???  Isn’t THE most storied team in all of baseball kind of expected to win?

I realize that there are many question marks regarding the balance of their rotation, and they might not get another chance to celebrate, as they are so accustomed to do, but couldn’t these newspapers have shown some journalistic integrity?  I’m not a Phillies fan.  Not by a long shot.  But, I am a baseball fan.  And, I appreciate when a player accomplishes something rare and special.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in a playoff game.  It was nearly a perfect game.  He walked only one man, and that came on a full count, in the 5th inning.  He also pitched a no-hitter during the regular season, back on May the 29th.  And, that one was a perfect game.  So, Halladay is the first pitcher to throw a regular season AND a post season no-hitter, in the same year.  This is legendary.  This deserves better coverage than what the majority of the New York area newspapers gave it.  What a shame.

Surprisingly, there was a New York newspaper who gave Roy Halladay his due.  And, that was The New York Post!  They celebrated this wondrous, historical moment on both their back page – where you expect sports headlines and photos – AND on their front page.  This is how it should be.  Congratulations to The New York Post.  You guys got it right!

You other guys ought to be ashamed.


Prove Ahmadinejad Wrong – How?


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It’s really very simple.  And, it’s something that millions of Americans have been asking for, for a very long time.  Conduct an independent, non-partisan, impartial investigation of the events of 9/11/2001.

They did not treat the World Trade Center, or the Pentagon, or Shanksville PA as they should have – as a CRIME SCENE.  No.  President Bush and Co. decided it was much better to DECLARE WAR on the “systematic use of terror as a policy” in order to forego what is expected in a modern democratic society.

The “investigations” – if you can honestly call them that – that they did do were far from independent.  They ignored many questions, and did not adequately answer many others.  And, even these “investigations” were done under duress.

Instead of relying on the hollow rhetoric of Ahmadinejad’s  remarks being “inexcusable”, “offensive”, and “hateful” –  and walking out on his speech in a gesture of mock outrage – why not prove him wrong?

Maybe . . . because they can’t?  It’s more likely that they just can’t afford for him to be proven correct.


Steven Slater Slam?

Update!  08/13/10:

AS IF yur uncle needed any vindication for writing the truth . . . look who’s (trash)talking Steven Slater now!  None other than the poster-boy for Corporate American Greed . . . Donald J. Trump!  Apparently, he’s slammed Steven Slater as a “horrible” employee.  Big surprise?  Only if you’ve been living under a rock for the last 25 years.  And many/most of the related Google searches are coming up with the word “Wacko”.  Does anyone think that this is just a coincidence?  I think there is a concerted effort here to land some knock-out blows here before this kid even taps gloves.  Fair fight???  Not if they can help it!   —   YUR

It looks like our friends in the Corporate Media have received their marching orders on this guy.  Have you seen how the network “news” is trying to spin this “Flip Out” story, today?  They are bending over backwards in their attempt to stem the tide of this guy’s overnight sensationalism.  And why?  Because actions like his pose a threat to the way corporations control things.  He’s a maverick.  A working man’s counter-culture hero.  They desperately don’t want any copy cats, that is for sure!

Initially, when they reported the story, it was purely a bizarre human interest piece.  Then they HAD to play up the potential for “danger” that he posed by deplpoying the emergency slide.  But, they didn’t really go after him at this point.

But now that his Facebook fan page has more than doubled over night they are starting to go right at him.  They’re “reporting” that passengers are saying that he was the one acting strangely, from the beginning.  And Jeff Rossen, of NBC “News”, is really going out of his way to point out that Steven Slater got into his “boyfriend’s car”.  Wow!  I bet none of you suspected he was gay, did you???

Supposedly, from some accounts, his knock to the head happened either prior to take off, or very early in the flight, and not after it had landed.  Yet, I haven’t heard any of the “reporters” suggest that any of his alleged strange, or bad, behavior could be related to some kind of blow to the head.  You’d think, while not excusing the alleged behavior, but possibly explaining it, that someone might have raised this as a possibility.  (Maybe FOX did!  They’re Fair and Balanced, right?)

This is so pathetic, the way the media toads are trying to take this guy down a peg, or two.  At least his ex-wife, and life-long friend, has come out to support Slater.  She is helping to counter the media slam, by saying how professional and courteous he is, and that he loves his job.  Good for you, girl!

I didn’t really have much of an opinion on this story until I witnessed today’s attempt to take him down.  Then, it just kind of pissed me off.  I don’t like to be spun.  Do you? 

—   Your Uncle Rave 

Happy Birthday, Jerry Houser!

OK!  Maybe NOT the greatest actor in the world, but the guy has certainly carved out a niche for himself in the voice-over industry.  Plus, he was in one of THE greatest sports movies of ALL time:  “Slap Shot”!  (Dave “Killer” Carlson)

He somehow had an early shot, as a toddler, in an episode of “I Married Joan”.  Then had a normal childhood until the age of 18-19 when he landed the role of Oscy in “Summer of ’42”.  After that he’s had very steady work in both the movies and especially in television.  Lacking in leading man looks, he has been *gifted* with a fairly high-pitched voice, which allows him to sound, very convincingly, like the perpetual teenager.  He has also been the voice of one of the Keebler Elves (not Ernie) since 1980.  AND, the lucky stiff got to marry the girl of my  (and millions of other guys) dreams, Marcia Brady!  Not too shabby!

Here’s to you, bro!

Additional birthday wishes go out to Stan Shaw (“The Boys in Company C”) and Eric Laneuville (“The Omega Man”).  Both of these guys ARE very good actors, and have had very steady careers.  They both had some recurring roles on one of my favorite television shows “Hill Street Blues”.  Eric is actually enjoying a second career, and is in great demand, as a television director.

And, how about Chris Cross of Ultravox!?!?  (“Reap the Wild Wind” and “The Voice”)

All these cats are 58 years old today!  I wonder what was going on around Thanksgiving 1951???


He’s baaa-ack!!!

Tiger says: Lay’s.  Get YOUR Smile On! No One Can (discr-)Eat Just One!

(Mostly Bad) Tiger Woods Jokes

Received via e-mail:

Q. What’s the difference between a car and a golf ball?

A. Tiger can drive a golf ball 400 yards.

Headline from another UK paper:  “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hydrant”

Phil Mickelson contacted Tiger’s wife to pick up some tips on how to beat Tiger.

That’s no way to treat the caddy after a win.

I hear the argument started over Thanksgiving dinner when he asked his wife if he could have another piece of white meat.

Tiger crashed his car because he was in a rush to move on to the second hole.

I made it out of my driveway this morning, now I can finally say that I can out-drive Tiger.

Tiger is bringing out a new rescue club called the “Elin”

Q. What were Tiger Woods and his wife doing out at 2:30 in the morning?
A. They went clubbing

Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide between an iron and a wood.

One thing that Tiger proved is that even the best golfers hit trees.

Rave’s Random Ramblings – Volume 2

Massage-ynist, maybe:

Imagine!  Someone calling me a misogynist, just because I don’t find Cathy Guisewite funny?!?!  (Probably some feminist bi . . .  oops, just kidding.)  I have nothing against female cartoonists.  On the contrary, one of my newly favorite cartoonists is a young woman named Hilary B. Price.  She draws/writes the nationally syndicated comic strip “Rhymes With Orange”, and I find it extremely clever.  She’s fresh and intelligent, she is relevant to modern society, and she doesn’t pound the same tired joke into the ground . . . for weeks on end . . . like some (ahem!) better known cartoonist previously mentioned.  (One similarity of the two strips is that they’re both drawn simply.)  Most importantly is that Ms. Price seems to have a keen interest in words!  She plays with them, has fun with them.  Also, she’s careful in not making her subject matter political, or controversial.  So, “Rhymes With Orange” can be run in a newspaper that features “Doonesbury”, or in one with that Wrong-Wing Daffy Duck wannabe character!  (I forget his name.)

“Rhymes With Orange”, by Hilary Price — very smart!

Thought for Today:

We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship.”   — James Harvey Robinson, American Historian

This is so true.  Most “beliefs” aren’t necessarily a matter of actually believing in something, because usually there is very little – to no – choice in the matter, whatsoever.  Beliefs are traditionally ingrained in us by our parents from a very young age.  Sometimes even before we’re out of the womb!

This quote reminded me of a humorous piece by Time Magazine’s Joel Stein, written about 6 months ago.  He was terribly conflicted over whether he had the right to have his new son circumcised.  He wanted to honor his religious beliefs (and his wife’s wishes), but felt guilty about being responsible for physically removing a part of his son’s anatomy.  I remember thinking what Joel really should be agonizing over is:  does he really have the right to impose the belief system – that was imposed upon him – to his son.  To me, that is a much bigger issue than worrying about keeping, or parting with, a bit of foreskin.

Something as important as one’s beliefs should truly be an issue of free will, and not one of indoctrination.  But, most of us seem perfectly happy in just maintaining that old status quo . . . all in the name of tradition.  We are very strange creatures, we humans.


Respite from Fort Hood, etc., etc.

Whenever  we get a few days, like the last few days,  where there are such horrific stories (Fort Hood Massacre, Orlando Office Shooting, Ohio Serial Killer, etc.) that make you question the value of “human nature”, you just need some way to regain some sense of humanity.  It is one messed up, sick world we live in, but there is still the other side of the coin.  We are not always so desperate and depraved.  Occasionally, some of us DO do the right thing.  To remind myself of this fact I have bookmarked the following story.  It’s nothing on a par with a Mother Teresa, or anything that ultra-virtuous.  It’s just a simple story of compassion, class and sportsmanship that resonates with me.  Hopefully, it will touch you, as well.

(This isn’t a YouTube video, so please be patient with the obligatory commercial)



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