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Current gov’t gridlock

Why can’t they get anything done?  My answer to this puzzle: cable news.  No politician wants to do anything, say anything, make any decision because there are multiple stations devoted to dissecting their every move.  Everything is on record.  Everything is analyzed ad nauseum.  No one has the political will to get anything done because they’re worried about how the constant media coverage will affect their re-election.  Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in freedom of information and government transparency, but the 24-hour news cycle is overwhelming.

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Tonight’s way too late political thoughts

A Tea Partier spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and called him the n word; another called Rep. Barney Frank a “faggot.” A number of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim and a foreigner. Chris Matthews guest Dana Loesch insisted racism and sexism have nothing to do with their objections to healthcare reform and the rest of the Obama agenda. If that’s the truth, they better come up with better arguments than ugly ad hominem attacks. She also denied that Tea Partiers ever suggested secession. Even Fox News reported talk of secession at an anti-tax rally with Texas governor Rick Perry. While trying to defend Tea Party views, she shouted and talked over the host and other guest. Sorry, Ms. Loesch, I’m not buying it.

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Is someone trying to “out” Anderson Cooper?

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I made it onto the radio yesterday

I left a message on the Conversation Feedback line on KUOW about this cartoon:

Read about it, hear my comment, listen to the whole program here.

Of course they only played the beginning of the message I left, making me sound like I was basically saying nothing. Listening to the entire show, I realized pretty much everyone was saying the same thing that I did: Yeah I get that it’s satire, but what about the people who don’t get the context? Will people believe that The New Yorker is supporting various rumors about Barack & Michelle Obama?

Considering that this morning, I once again thought about something I’ve pondered a few times. I find it offensive enough that people think Obama is lying when he says he’s a Christian, but the deeper problem is the concern that he’s a Muslim. So what if he is? Not all Muslims want to participate in violent jihad. A 2007 Gallup poll showed that Muslims worldwide and Americans equally believe that attacks on civilians are unjustifiable. I’m also amused by the idea that someone trying to hide that he’s Muslim would decide to portray himself as a member of a church with a pastor who spouted “Africentrism and black-liberation theology.”

While looking for a picture of the cover to post here, I found this article which seems very similar to my blog post–only more eloquent and informed.

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Catching the guy who catches predators

chrishanson.jpgMy friends and I like to play with the idea of meeting Chris Hanson.  We would go to teen chat rooms and try to get invited to kids’ houses.  We’d go to the houses and wait for the girl to say something like “I’ll be right back after I put in this laundry” or “hang on, I gotta let the dog out.”  When they didn’t do that, our heads would drop, “Chris Hanson isn’t here is he?”

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ombudsman update

I got a reply from her office yesterday. In part:

“Making decisions about covering the events that impact our everyday
lives is never easy. We make every attempt to ensure that the segments
and stories you hear on NPR programming, and the attention devoted to
them, are valid and appropriate.

We welcome praise, as well as criticism, and your thoughts will be taken
into consideration.”

I know they can’t cover everything that ever happens in the world, but I thought they could at least take a minute’s break from their perpetual election coverage to mention a horrendous hate crime. After reading that reply, the first thought in my mind was “they don’t think this impacts many people.”

At least Ellen thinks it’s important.

And I agree with her that this is tragic not just for Larry and his family, but also for his murderer Brandon. Honestly, as a society we’ve let Brandon believe that being gay is so wrong and awful that it’s okay to kill someone over it. You become a murderer at age 14, what’s your life gonna be like?

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and I like to think I am on top of the current events

So how does a person who listens to NPR every second they’re at work miss the news that a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head at his school by a classmate for being gay?? This happened February 12, and I only found out about it today by seeing that a friend had joined a Facebook group about it.  I searched NPR.org for his name (Lawrence King) which only yielded one relevant result.  And really that story was about tolerance and only mentioned Larry briefly, it wasn’t like it was a news story about his murder.  I’ve emailed NPR’s ombudsman asking the same question.  I’ll share her reply if I get one.

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