Arabian Nights: King of the Black Isles by Maxfield Parrish
I’ve had a week or 2 of “just too much.” Too much information and too many events that are too depressing, too frustrating, too sad that I just had to walk away from it all for a while. There are some things I can’t walk away from, in my personal life. But there are things in the news that make me want to cry or scream at the stupidity and callousness of people.
I hate neglecting my blog and I really hate neglecting the blogs of my fellow bloggers, although I know they understand all too well how we all get overloaded on occasion.
Everyone feels information overload now and then, especially in these days of instant news.
One thing that’s really getting under my skin is all this polling nonsense. I don’t want to see anymore polls about hypotheticals. I don’t want to see anymore of those “if this person were running” what the outcome would be stats. If they’re not officially in the race, I don’t care. Let them do their own internal polling to decide if they should be in or not. In fact, it’s all too early to judge and we all have our own personal favorites. Intentional or not, this kind of polling news shapes the mood of the country.
I’m tired of the distortions and double standards in the news, primarily from the left. When will someone ask a democrat politician if he disavows Ed Schultz’ slut rant about Laura Ingraham? They ask the same stupid questions of republicans over anything that Rush Limbaugh says, although the worst I’ve ever heard Rush call a liberal woman is a FemiNazi. Why anyone should be expected to condemn the opinions of another is beyond me, but they do it all the time to republicans and conservatives. Why not ask a democat/liberal that same question?
What we see happening in the south with the flooded farmland and the tornado destruction is so heartbreaking. I don’t see the feds or the president in there doing a whole lot to help those people. Just a lot of lip service from TheOne. Most of those people, though would prefer that the feds stay out of their problems. They’d rather take care of themselves and their own. That’s the mentality of Americans in fly-over country. They are the originators of “YES WE CAN do it ourselves and better, thank you very much!” And they do and will.
You know, I’d rather write about Maxfield Parrish. He’s one of my favorite artists/illustrators. My daughter was born on his 110th birthday.
NPR can go the way of AirAmerica unless their so much smarter audience can keep it afloat. And they need to be worried about defunding because that should be and might be at the top of Congress’ hit list.
After the firing of Juan Williams, a couple of weeks ago, because of statements he made that he felt uncomfortable when he saw people dressed in “Muslim garb,” there have been loud calls for the defunding of NPR from the public and from Congressional members. NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said “If defunding to public broadcasting were to occur, it would be devastating to public broadcasting. That’s a fact.”
While NPR headquarters only receives about 1 percent of funding from tax dollars, member stations receive about 9 percent of their funding from tax dollars, Schiller said. She said that the 9 percent NPR member stations receive from taxpayer dollars is essential for them to stay on the air.
“For small stations, and even for large stations, that’s a big chunk of their revenue,” she said. “It’s been a critical part of keeping those stations vibrant and, so, we take these calls for defunding very, very seriously.”
Then Schiller goes on to praise her smarter-than-the -average-redneck-hayseed-Fox-News audience member:
Two of the posters to NPRs balloon boy blog (I love alliteration) calculated the weight. air speed, gravitational pull and lift (okay, not all that but close) required to get this balloon off the ground with a small child on board and they contradicted each other. But they did it in a polite and civil fashion, unlike posters on other blogs who do nothing but “yell at each other.”
But let me tell you, I went to it’s blog regarding the firing of Juan Williams and I posted on it. There were many people there who were less than polite to each other over this topic. And there was some “yelling” between those who commented.
Schiller wants to paint her audience as more intelligent and elite. If that’s the case then they are intelligent enough to find the funding to keep it on the air without the need of our tax dollars.
Arlene, I think this is important for all to know. Hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing it on my blog. People need to understand that our free speech is under attack and being slowly dismantled. It’s been well documented that Google (owner of YouTube) is very cozy with the White House. None of this should come as a surprise but so many people are unaware of what’s going on.