Monthly Archives: September 2003

Let ESPN Know This Is Unacceptable

Rush Limbaugh goes and does what ESPN is paying him to do – encourage controversy at others expense. But guess what – I’m not tunning in. And I will encourage my friends and family to tune out in protest. Get this quote:

“I don’t think he’s been that good from the get-go. I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL,”…”The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well; I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team, that he really didn’t deserve.”

Better yet: See it for yourself.

What bullshit is this?!? Read the rest by Les Bowen in The Daily News.

Phil Sheridan, in the Inquirer, lets Rush have it in one of the best takedowns of him I have read anywhere.

Here’s your mistake, Rush. You stepped out of your radio comfort zone, where “Dittoheads” either echo your twisted view of America or you can cut them off. You stepped into a place where your bluff – and that’s all it ever has been – is easily called.

The only thing tough about this is deciding where to begin. How about with “the media”?

Conservative sleight-of-hand artists like Limbaugh love to use the label “the media” (alternately “the liberal media”) as a kind of blanket insult. Well, guess what, Rush? You’ve got a nationally syndicated radio show. You have your own Web site. You had a national TV show. Now you’re on ESPN every Sunday morning.

You.

Are.

The.

Media.

Was that slow enough for you to grasp? You are the media. You’re a part of them, anyway. Just like this paper and the others that have covered McNabb since he came to the Eagles in 1999. Just like the radio stations that thrive on Eagles coverage and just like ESPN, which has set the bar for overpromoting athletes so high that no other outlet will ever come close to hitting it.

More at Atrios, Paddling to New Zealand, and The Rittenhouse Review.

Make sure to Let ESPN know how you feel! While he has a right to pontificate, you have a right to let the station know how you feel.

Blogosphere Abuzz – Mainstream Media Buries

Oh, it’s in some papers (WashingtonPost), but it’s not registering on TV. Website postings are not enough.

There is meat to this story:

rc3.org
The Pennsylvania Gazette
Oiliver Willis
Daily Kos
Talking Points Memo
Political Wire
slacktivist
suburban guerrilla

Will the mainstream pick it up? Not simply as website updates, but during prime-time network news? Indepth? Or will it be a blurb to that comes and goes? Tonight will be telling.

Poverty on the Rise

I realize to some that this news is a few days old, my weblogging schedule not what is once was. There is something you should know, if you are not aware…

The poverty threshold for a family of four is $18,392. For individuals the amount is $9,183. The percentage of people in severe poverty, those with incomes below half of the poverty threshold, increased to 14.1 million from 13.4 million.

That “threshold” is ridiculously low. In whose pipe-dream world is a family of four, earning $25k a year, no, even $30k a year, not in poverty?!? A family of four can live off of $18,392? What world is this? Oh – yeah – the third world!

The first thing any compassionate conservative should do is raise that threshold to a reasonable level. I would expect no less from any true liberal. If there are any anymore.

Read Nickel and Dimed for a dose of reality.

What Intel has to say for the U.S. workforce

Answering to the news that “the United States is about to cut the number of employment visas it offers to highly qualified foreign workers from 195,000 to 65,000, Patrick Duffy, attorney in the human resources department at Intel Corp., said,

“We expect that we will continue to sponsor H-1B employees in the future for the simple reason that we cannot find enough U.S. workers with the advanced education, skills, and expertise we need,” he said.”

How about more investment in public education?

I am very impressed with Microsoft’s commitment to fund a High School here in Philly.

Calling all Philly Weblogers!!!!

Let’s do a get together October 11th in Willow Grove.

The Sleeping Angel Fund is holding it’s second annual Beef & Beer. Sleeping Angels provides assistence, including memorial stones for parents who have lost a child and are experiencing fincancial difficulties.

The fund is driven by my brother and his wife who lost their son, Hunger James to SIDS, September 15th 2001.

I was there last year and I will be again helping out this year. There are two pics of me at that link if your curious. Won’t tell you which. You’ll just have to come.

A Canticle For Leibowitz

I recently finished reading, for what will become the first time of many I hope, “A Canticle for Leibowitz” by Walter M. Miller. I tend to look at anything called “classic” with suspicion, but for once – the critics are right. If you like science fiction, or fantasy, or just love fiction that helps to expose the human condition – this book is for you in a big way.

It consists of three small, separate, but in order, stories that revolve around a monastery in a post-apocalyptic world. The first story takes place relatively near the event. Civilization no longer exists in a recognizable sense. A new dark age. Learned people are hunted down and killed. The second occurs during a time of renaissance and rediscovery (or new discovery as one of the characters thinks it is). The third in a new nuclear age, far more advanced then our own (they have starships and off-world colonies), with laws and organizations designed to prevent a new apocalypse. The story is told thru a set of characters you can’t help but care about.

At Slashdot there is a great book review and discussion thread.