Showing posts with label CNN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CNN. Show all posts

Monday, January 18, 2010

quote of the day

"We have socialized risk and privatized gain."
-Eliot Spitzer last night on GPS with Fareed Zakari. I do not generally watch anything on CNN or like GPS. However they had Eliot Spitzer and the guy from Freakanomics on so it was interesting.

The guy is a first rate jerk by pretty much every account. His use of the obscure Martin Act as NY Attorney General was described as "the most egregious and unacceptable form of intimidation we've seen in this country in modern times." Basically my understanding is that he would just mess with people until he found something to convict them on or they were just ruined in legal fees or had their reputations permanently tarnished. Also as a special bit of irony he went after people for the (essentially victimless) crime of high end prostitution. One might find it amusing that he spent about a hundred thousand dollars on prostitutes, most notably Ashley Dupre. Any group of people who are foolish to elect him back into office truly deserve what they get.

In any case none of that matters because the quote is dead on.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This Outraged Me

So I am sitting enjoying my favorite part of the work day, well my favorite part except driving home at the end, sitting in my chair drinking a cup of coffee between cleaning up from PT and heading back to work. I am watching CNN because AFN does this rotating news thing between all the full time news networks (donated so we can watch US news) and I heard something which outraged me. Some girl  (well a hippy dippy 20 something) was talking about the organization she works for. What they did really doesn't matter but when she was describing the kids they help she used a phrase, "court involved" which just stuck out to me.

She didn't say juvenile offenders or parolees or even felons. She used a vague phrase that is completely blameless, in fact it goes as far as to push away any sense of possible blame. Heck if I have to go down to the courthouse to fill out some paperwork I am in a sense court involved. This is at least as bad as "undocumented workers" if not worse.

My big issue with this is that when we take away blame for peoples actions we take away responsability. Responsability is the lynch pin to just about everything productive and good in society. I don't particularly look down on felons or parolees as a group. Some of them are total scumbags but then again some like say, Randy Weaver are probably decent folks albeit ones who made a mistake. As one guy on one of those prison investigative shows once said "You are all one messed up day from being right here" and he had a very good point.

My issue is that if people, particularly teens and those in their early 20's are told by people they value and respect (like the upper middle class hippy dippy 20 something working with them) tell them that their actions are not their fault they will internalize that and keep doing the same dumb stuff.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Living in Germany 1: Initial Impressions

This doesn't have a whole lot to do with any of the blogs core topics but since it is also an extension of my life and life experiences it is going to come up here. At the end of the day I write about what I want to. I move a lot for work and this has trickled into the blog starting with the rv living series and then going to my chronicles on living in The South. I will stick with the tried and true good, bad and ugly format TOM suggested so long ago. Well maybe not so long but I have moved 4 times since then so it seems like forever. This post is just going to be initial impressions as I've been here for a few days.

The Good: Lots of trees, very clean, the people are nice, the food is great, the beer is great, the houses and stores are cool looking. It is set up so walking is practical. It is all new but I am really enjoying it a lot so far.

The Bad: We are at least temporarily out of the loop on most everything as we do not speak German. It is a lot better now that we've got an internet connection. On the tv at our hotel there is only one channel in English and it is CNN. Sort of a random international CNN I think. They use the Euro here and at about 1.4 dollars to 1 euro things are more expensive than in the good old USA. I make a good living so it will not be a big issue but we will probably notice it. (much more on this later) The 19% VAT tax is sort of lame also. The time difference will also be a barrier for communicating with folks back home.

The Ugly: Nothing really.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Erin Andrews

To start with, I haven't seen this newest celeb tape... And I don't plan on going out of my way to watch it. To be blunt, I don't really care. However, this is typical of a society which takes its celebrity way, way, way to obsessively.

I don't watch ESPN. I didn't know who Erin Andrews is until this story came out. All I know now is that FoxNews has talked about it for almost a week. CNN wont shut up about objectifying women, and the damage this has done to her reputation (really, she didn't have anything to do with it, so it can't damage her reputation, and shit, I didn't know who she was before, so it has upped her in my book).

All in all, we need to leave each other alone. She's cute, but so are a lot of other people. But when stuff like this happens, its not the end of the world. Lets all take a big breath, and step back.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Good News

Recently TheOtherRyan pointed out that people are starting to get shell-shocked out of blogging because of the large amounts of bad news which seems to be the world nowadays. I thought I would share some of the good news, or at least silver lining, I have seen recently.

Story 1: California talks about legalizing pot
To start with, I am not a pot smoker. Personally, it makes me paranoid (more so than normal, which is a fairly high start point) and I am just not a fan of sitting around staring at the walls. However, that doesn't give me the right to tell other people who seem to enjoy it what to do. People say its a gateway drug, ect... And they might be right. However, people using (or abusing) liberty is one of the things that living in a free society provides. I think this is a huge step forward on the personal liberties front in the war against insane government. A few years ago, this proposal would just be another crazy idea, from some crazy guy from San Fransisco, in the crazy state of California, and would quickly disappear. This time around, with California's budget deficit making GM look solvent, it might actually deserve a second look.

Story 2: CNN warns of gun rights being taken away

Last night, Lew Dobbs again raised the hue and cry about the attacks on the second amendment last night. Now this is a case of silver lining. Downside, the government is determined, post Heller v. DC, to see how far they can go. Sliver lining, when even CNN is running pro-firearm pieces, there has been a fundemental shift in at least that media source, and, I think, this is a good thing. Now, for the most part, CNN has its issues, but in the past, I cannot remember a time when they had a pro-gun stance. This might be the beginning of a shift in public perception about firearms.

Story 3: Monkey Cartoon and the First Amendment
Now again, this is a silver lining case. Last night CNN ran a couple stories about how Rev. Sharpton is trying like hell to punish the NY Post over its monkey cartoon, and is trying petitioning the SEC to start an emergency investigation, in retribution for the cartoon. If he wants to protest, fine, go with God. If he wants to bring in the federal government to punish a news paper for printing something he doesn't agree with, that's a constitutional violation. The silver lining, again, even CNN is calling what he is doing insane, and an attack on the fundamental freedoms in the first amendment. I never thought I would see the day where CNN was at odds with the NAACP and Rev. Sharpton. This is defiantly a move in the right direction.

On a personal note, its Ash Wednesday, so I was at mass at 7 this morning, getting ash put on my forehead. Thus far, people have been staring at me all day in school, pointing out the I have some shit on my face, and asking what the ash is all about. I didn't know that Ash Wednesday was such a well kept secret. If you don't know why all the crazy Catholics are walking around like idiots, check this out.
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