Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
HOORAY! The Fourth of July. America's celebration day for our freedom from British rule. Well, at least from the unfair taxes their King George imposed (all comments on the currrent King George are welcome).
As you may have guessed, I'm a bit of a patriot.
And I love the Boston Pops Orchestra. So? Well, I watched the New York show first. Great fireworks and some decent entertainment. Then time for the Boston show. Their fireworks display was amazing. Absolutely mouth gaping fabulous. The entertainment featured some CW singer whose name I don't remember. Trying to mix guitars and real musical instruments is doomed to be a failure. It was.
Then we switched to the Washington D.C. show on PBS. Someone there needs to find another job. The "host" was an old, worn out, so-called comedian who was showing his affection for either the bottle or that crystal stuff. He was clumsy, out of pace and really looked like a few months in a recovery center might help him. That wasn't bad enough apparently. I don't know whether to hold the director or the producers responsible, but they kept jerking the cameras around until it became impossible for the viewer to keep his attention on the fireworks. And what really ticked me off was that they did it with money I had donated to them. Well, a part of the show, anyway. Some people's heads need to roll over this fiasco.
All in all, being the war monger patriot that I am, I still loved the very thought and the huge turnouts at the events. This is, after everything is said, the country I volunteered (at one time) to defend from the bad guys.
As long as I have talked about TV in this post, I might as well air a couple of my complaints. too. First off, I resent having to pay to have stations broadcast to me in a language I cannot read, write nor speak. Why should my money go to them? They are of no use to me. It's sort of like my buying a semi truck and trailer rig and parking it my yard. Then I can get to pay the registration, insurance, DOT fees and maintenance. For something I cannot drive, cannot do anything with and have no real use for. I'd like to thank the FCC for their thoughtfulness. Oh, yes and Comcast Cable (the biggest cable company in the US) for forcing me to do this. Unhappily, I cannot switch to dish TV cause I can't aim a dish at the satellites.
Another thing that is irritating is the unreasonable time spent on commercials. Eighteen to twenty two minutes of a one hour show spent showing me the latest ladies deodorants and gas guzzlers does not sit kindly in my mind. And speaking of commercials the TV networks (stations) now think it is good for them to underlay the picture one is watching with advertisements for coming shows. Oh, joy. See if you can find something else distracting and pleasure killing please.
Supposedly, the FCC has decreed that sometime in the future (I've forgotten when) the cable and satellite suppliers will have to allow viewers to pick which channels they want to pay for. That day can't come soon enough for me. I really have no use for the Game Show station G4 (a station bought by Comcast. Originally, it had been named Tech TV and a group of young, talented people had gotten together and created a truly useful site (after you learned to ignore the almost porn) that made them popular. Comcast turned it into a site that does not help anyone with computer problems, has eliminated all the free software they used to feature and has created another boring piece of crap for the semiliterate.
Another thing bothering me. A friend asked me when I was going to get an HD TV. Well, we already have three of a size we find adequate. None of them are HD ready, I've been told (Whatever that means.)
I looked him in the eye and asked him the already prepared question: "When you show me what TV show is worth three thousand dollars to view." The silence was astounding. The subject was dropped and he looks at me in peculiar way now.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I'm sort of astonished. "Scooter" Libby got away with it. I'm sure he had some help (read: George Bush, Dick Cheney) with his appeal.
When politicians can ignore court decisions with impunity, we are in big, big trouble fellow Americans. And only we can do something about it.
Without trying to bore you, I will point out the successes of others who had the power to change court decisions. People like Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Idi Amin, Muammar al-Qaddafi, King Mswati III of Swaziland, Isayas Afewerki of Eritrea, to name few.
For what it is worth, my opinion is that "Scooter" could have been given the death sentence for what he did. Giving aid and assistance to the enemy in time of war is nothing short of treason. And it was, indeed, treason.
Consider: he deliberately leaked the full name of an agent assigned to gather information in war time. After that, the agent had no choice. Resign or take your chances with hit squads and/or kidnappers. I don't blame Valerie Plame Wilson. After all, her assignment was to locate Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Yes, a journalist, Robert Novak, printed the story and name and he needs to take some blame, too. But without clandestine information supplied by Libby, she would still be safely doing that job. Her husband, Joseph Wilson, has resigned as an Ambassador.
I do not consider a $250,000 fine and two years probation as a fitting punishment for this man.
Wilson: Springing Libby Shows Administration Is "Corrupt to the Core" New York - Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, tonight ripped President Bush's decision to commute the prison sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA leak case. Appearing in an audio interview on MSNBC's "Countdown," Wilson called the move the latest evidence that the administration is "corrupt to the core." He added that it meant that the president was now participating in the "obstruction of justice." Wilson called on both the president and Libby's former boss, Vice President Cheney, to "come clean" on their roles in the leaking of his wife's name, now that Libby has been spared prison. He called the leaking of the name "treasonous." Asked by host Keith Olbermann if there was a "quid pro quo" - Libby would remain silent about crucial details of Cheney's role in the case in exchange for a pardon or commutation - Wilson answered, "absolutely." Libby was convicted of several counts of perjury and obstruction of justice. Wilson warned that the message of the commutation might lead to fewer people being willing to risk their lives as covert CIA operatives. He vowed to continue the civil suit with the aim of getting Cheney and Libby on the stand. And he called on Americans to protest the move by contacting members of Congress. Democratic leaders quickly condemned the Bush act.
I'm including a page sent to me. Enjoy and don't forget to click on the header.
My America I celebrate my country everyday that I live, everyday that I wake up free to do as I choose, go where I please, worship in my way and speak my mind without fear of reprisal. I am awed by the overwhelming splendor and beauty of my America. We are a people joined together by love, duty and friendship. When other countries in the world suffer catastrophic disasters, we Americans are the first to respond to a call of help. With unselfish love and caring hearts we share our money, food, time and prayers to those in need. I celebrate the goodness and glory of this great country. The glory we would not have but for the many men and women who so proudly serve and defend this land. I humbly salute them and those who have lost their lives in honor of America. I celebrate the vast number of cultures in this country, a people as varied right here in America as in the whole world. I celebrate and honor the Native American Indian who has sacrificed and suffered for so many years. I celebrate the great institution known as family, where love stems and flows forever. From Mom's apple pie and wisdom, to Dad's wealth of knowledge and guidance . We gather together in love and laughter…and freedom. I celebrate our wonderful holidays! When family and friends gather togetherto share our many blessings. My heart is full to bursting with love for my country!
Have a great Fourth.