Archive for November, 2007
Here’s what a British newspaper has to say about Fox News:
” Britons may be familiar with Rupert Murdoch, but I don’t think the UK has a beast quite like the American Fox News Channel. Celebrating its 11th year on the air, Fox is a breathtaking institution. It is a lock, stock and barrel servant of the Republican party, devoted first and foremost to electing Republicans and defeating Democrats; it’s even run by a man, Roger Ailes, who helped elect Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush senior to the presidency. And yet, because it minimally adheres to certain superficial conventions, it can masquerade as a “news” outfit and enjoy all the rights that accrue to that.”
This isn’t the first time somebody has noticed that Fox News sure shows a lot of skin for such a conservative station. Check out the website: FOX News Porn or just watch this clip.
In the New York Times on Sunday, Frank Rich discussed how we have gotten used to “Democracy lite” in this country; i.e. we have learned to accept the erosions of our liberties. Kind of like Dori Monson saying we have to suspend some rights in order to fight terrorism, ignoring the fact that if we have to give up our rights perhaps we have already lost the war on terrorism.
Rudy Giuiliani, a leading candidate for the Republican nomination for President, is a case in point. Shortly after 9/11, Guiliani’s term as mayor of New York was expiring. The election was to be held in November. At this point, Guiliani decided that because of the terrorism emergency he should stay on as mayor for another 3 months or so. Or maybe even another term.
The scary thing was that the Republican candidate, Michael Bloomberg, and one of the Democratic candidates, Mark Green, actually agreed with him. Fortunately for everybody, wiser heads prevailed. The other Democratic candidate, Fernando Ferrer, begged to differ and the rest of the government then came to their senses. The election went on as scheduled and New York City did just fine.
Our country, however, is now faced with the prospect of Rudy Guiliani doing the same thing to the country as a whole. One wonders if there is another terrorist attack if Rudy Guiliani would try to pull the same thing on the entire nation. In such a dire situation, he would say, we cannot afford to have another election. We need him too much!
The entire story is reprinted here: New York Times
Glenn Greenwald of Salon today discusses the Wall Street Journal’s editorial column calling for an end to the “hatred of George W. Bush.” Kind of like calling the kettle black, he says, discussing the endless speculation the Wall Street Journal ran during the Clinton Administration, such as:
Treating Whitewater as if it was a real scandal, tantamount to Watergate.
Asking who killed Vince Foster.
Speculating that Clinton ran a drug-running operation out of Arkansas.
For the masters of hate speech (just listen to all the things they are now saying about Hillary) to call us “Bush-haters” is disengenuous to say the least. At least we have good reasons if we do hate George Bush, for what he has done to this country and this world.
Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz has always been a prominent citizen of Seattle, never more so than when he purchased the Seattle Supersonics basketball team. Last year he decided he wanted some money from the city and state to expand the facility the Sonics play in, Key Arena; when the government and voters dragged their feet, he sold the team in a fit of pique to a group of millionaires and billionaires from Oklahoma City.
Today, to nobody’s real surprise, the new owners announced they planned to move the team to Oklahoma City.
I am not going to cover all the issues in this blog. Suffice it to say this is a nutty idea. The Sonics have been in Seattle for 40 years and it makes absolutely no sense to move it to a much smaller city in the middle of nowhere, namely Oklahoma City.
There is a lot of blame to pass around, and the situation is definitely not yet decided. After all, Seattle has a lease with the Sonics for another 3 years. Today a group of rich Seattle people said they wanted to purchase the team and keep it here. There is much more to come.
I blame Howard Schultz, and I plan never to go to Starbucks again. Or Seattle Best Coffee, which is owned by Starbucks.
Tully’s is the place. Or independent coffee shops or even better, my own expresso machine at home.