Archive for June, 2009

A Vindication of Part of “Eh”

Posted in media failure, politics, racism, tv with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by vagabondsaint

Once I’d woken up and gotten a bit settled today, I read that an elderly man had started shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., killing one guard.  Tragic enough in its own right, but then it comes out that the shooter was a military veteran (albeit an 89-year-old veteran) and a racist, anti-Semitic white supremacist.

In other words, a right-wing extremist.

And again, I was reminded of the Homeland Security report, warning of right-wing extremists, and how scandalized that poor, innocent, and entirely correct report was.

And finally, finally, someone on the right – specifically, Shepard Smith of FOX News (along with Catherine Herridge, who appears to be the black sheep of the Fox Family) – admits that the report was right.

It isn’t often I find myself in agreement with so much as FOX News cameraman (their angles suck), so finding myself in agreement with Smith was a shock.  At least he was able to admit a mistake in scandalizing that report.

And that’s about all the shocks I can handle today.

VS – 6.10.09

Eh

Posted in politics, reproductive health with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by vagabondsaint

I know, I haven’t blogged a word in just over a month.  Let me reassure my faithful reader that I am, in fact, still alive.  There’s just not much of interest to me going on in the world.

I know all about Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the US Supreme Court.  I’ve watched the right-wing pundits nitpick over the factual details of her career, looking for any reasionable grounds to oppose her and making up unreasonable ones when none have appeared.  Bored now.

The murder of Dr. George Tiller?  Reprehensible, shameful, and tragic; everyone says so, including the same right-wing pundits that did everything but call for his execution (looking at you, Bill O’Reilly, and regretting having to look at you).  That’s the expected reaction, along with people like O’Reilly and Glenn Beck vigorously denying that their inflammatory words had anything at all to do with any actual violence.  They’re just talking, after all.  Again, completely expected, completely predictable, and completely boring, though no less reprehensile, shameful, and tragic.  There is one facet of tye story that is of particular interest tio me, though:  the controversial Homeland Security report from two months ago that warned of a rise in “right-wing extremist activity.”  The report was instantly condemned by, of course, right-wingers, who even had the nerve to call for new HS head Janet Napolitano’s resignation.  Out of curiosity, now that one right-wing extremist killed three Pittsburgh police officers and another has murdered a doctor in cold blood, where are the public apologies and the hung heads admitting that maybe that report had a bit of truth to it?  Too busy trying to block an eminently qualified judge from getting to the Supreme Court or fighting much-needed financial and health-care reforms, I guess.

American Idol?  Don’t care.

NBA playoffs?  Don’t care.

Obama’s Cairo speech?  Awesome.  But not much to add or react to in it.

Anything done by Republicans? Super don’t care.

Backlash against Sacramento shock jocks?  Good to hear ignorant hate speech, masquerading as “humour,” being cracked down on.  Now go try FOX News, which doesn’t even pretend to be funny. Though, to be fair, neither do I.

Truth be told, there’s just not much on the stage catching my attention right now.  When something does, and I have something worth saying about it, I will.

VS – 6.08.09