Archive: November, 2009
There are many people in the world who really don't understand, or say they don't, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin.
I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
-- then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama, Oct. 2, 2002, in a speech on the possibility of war with Iraq.
It's shame that Elton Brand isn't a jerk like Chris Webber or Derrick Coleman, as he joins the Sixers' pantheon of overprice and underperforming late-career power forwards, a long-running void that's one of a number of reasons that Philadelphia has been unable to take it to the next level in the NBA, outside of the charmed 2000-01 season. To that contrary, Brand is one of the classier individuals in the league, a team player who also gives back to the community. None of that is a reason to give the team's most highly paid and best-known star more minutes, not when it would be at the expense of the young up-and-comer Marresse Speights.
Last night, the second-year Speights almost single-handedly saved the Sixers from a defeat to the NBA's worst team right now:
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about "fake newscaster"/comedian Jon Stewart and his epic "Daily Show" takedown of bogus business reporting and misleading hype on the business news channel CNBC, and I wondered why it took someone like Stewart to report what the mainstream media seemed unable or unwilling to tackle. I said there were valuable lessons for traditional, so-called "serious" media in Stewart's brand of -- dare I say it -- journalism. I advised my newsroom colleagues:
Tear down this wall...of pretending that the media itself isn't a major player in American society, and isn't a factor in most big stories. Sure, there were greedy bankers and their pocketed politicians working in unintended tandem to take the Dow from 14,000 down to 6,600, but these popular TV pundits were there every step of the way, as "The Daily Show" revealed, and their contribution was consequential. Mainstream media, after all these years, has a hard time understanding that one of the major political forces in this country is mainstream media, something the audience knows all too well.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage|
Lou Dobbs finally quits CNN. I wonder if he's headed for the F (as in "Fox") Troop.
I don't know if Dobbs is really that critical a figure in American history, despite the convulsions on the blogosphere and in the Twito-sphere and every other sphere. It would be great if CNN -- which needed to lose Dobbs to have even the slightest credibility in positioning itself as the "objective" news channel -- used that long-wasted hour for actual investigative reporting. The chances of that are slim and none.
Here's what America's silent majority -- that same folks who overwhelming support a government health-insurance option -- says in response to the Fort Hood shootings:
The headline on the new Rasmussen poll is this: “60% Want Fort Hood Shooting Investigated as Terrorist Act.”
It's been fascinating to watch the reaction of Philadelphia to the Phillies' loss of the World Series -- after a day or two of baseball-style mourning, the whole town is talking in an upbeat, can-do fashion about how do we get back, and how do we win like we did in 2008. (Eagles? Who dat?) Both the actual news and the rumors are fast and furious; it looks like what will happen will be an expensive upgrade at 3rd base and new additions to the bullpen and the bench; what probably won't happen is a deal for Toronto pitching ace Roy Halliday or, even less likely, getting Halliday or another starter by trading away 25-year-old enigma Cole Hamels.