Showing posts from January, 2007

Where's the Truth? Big J to the Rescue

It all started as I was grinding my teeth yesterday, listening to RWR (right wing radio). Senator James Inhofe was a guest on the Sean Hannity program. Inhofe is the "flat earth" senator from Oklahoma. He was saying environmentally-oriented people worried about global warming "want us to give up our cars, stop building new homes and buildings, sacrifice our way of life for this hoax they call global warming." Etc.

So I was thinking, what's an uninformed person to think? Probably "Is this true? Damn those lefty tree huggers."

I mean he IS a U.S. Senator. Would he lie? Well you betcha, but unless you know his history, how would you know?

Can you believe, for instance, when a critic of the Iraq war says there has been huge fraud and theft by war profiteers? Maybe they are all liars, righties and lefties, saying whatever it takes to make their points.

I still believe that solid Journalism is the antidote to this kind of debilitating cynicism. The Wall Street …

Murder, Inc.

[From]440,000 Deaths per YearBy Jason SzepBOSTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The amount of nicotine that smokers typically inhale per cigarette rose by 11 percent from 1998 to 2005, perpetuating a "tobacco pandemic" that makes it harder for smokers to quit, a Harvard study said on Thursday.……….."Cigarettes are finely tuned drug delivery devices designed to perpetuate a tobacco pandemic," said Howard Koh, the school's associate dean for public health practice and former Massachusetts commissioner of public health. …………."The end result is a product that is potentially more addictive," the study said. ………….The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers cigarette smoking the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. About 440,000 people die each year from lung cancer and other diseases related to tobacco use.Whole story at:…

Reminder from a peer


A very self-important college freshman at a recent football game, took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his own.

"You grew up in a different, actually almost primitive, world," the student said loud enough for the whole crowd to hear. "We young people today grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, man walking on the moon, our spaceships have visited Mars... We even have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light speed processing ....and uh.."

Taking advantage of a pause for breath in the student's litany, the "wize senior citizen" said, "You're right, Son....We didn't have those things when we were we invented them...... you arrogant little shithead!!!

Watch it, WATCH it….

(From The Wall Street Journal – my favorite newspaper)"...The worried industries and their trade groups are responding by hiring new lobbying talent, planning mass-market ad campaigns and, in some cases, focusing on getting goodies attached to legislation that they would rather see killed but know they can't stop.The petroleum industry, for example, is preparing an ad campaign that seeks to justify oil companies' huge size -- and profits. The drug industry is weighing a mass-media counterattack of its own, emphasizing the good performance of the Medicare prescription-drug program. Student-loan titan Sallie Mae is rallying grass-roots support from college administrators. Small-business representatives are talking up tax breaks to offset what appears to be an inevitable increase in the minimum wage...."That excerpt from:Business Mobilizes to Defend TurfFirms Plot Campaigns to Counter
Effects of Democrats' Agenda
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