Thursday, January 26, 2006
Humor Has It... that The Wapoo has pooped again over the so called ombudsman Debra Howell and the huge firestorm of her not retracting her inartful lies about Democrats and Indian Tribes, then having the .post blog deleting, replacing, deleting, half ass replacing the comments that poured in over her article. Instead of outright addressing the fault of the issue which belongs squarely on the WaPoo and it's lack of journalistic ethics, it was more convenient to twist the story to blame the bloggers and everyone who noticed then rightfully complained. Now we are -ahem- "uncivil" for practicing our right to dissent and demand ethics and truthful reporting. *gasp* Imagine that. Now I know truth and ethics are quite quaint and rather archiac these days amongst most of Old Media, but enough is enough.
So Jim Brady decided to invite his butt buddy Glenn Reynolds (whom I refuse to link in)to poorly attempt to abuse and manhandle our lovely heroine Jane Hamsher in an online panel called "Interactivity Ethics" yesterday. What a joke! Those guys will find out karma is a boomerang.
At first this 'panel' was invited to go to D.C. but that was soon cancelled as being much too dangerous to have to take on the formidible Jane in person, he hastily switched it to a tightly controlled online chat to try to marginalize her. Go read for yourself what happened there.
Jane has issued a challenge to Brady for a real live Combat Chat, and has more of the story here and here. If he's a real man he'll show up.
Graphics love to Jesus' General, he has
Friday, January 20, 2006
My lovely friend Mrs. K8 that comments over at my fave blog Firedoglake has come up with a great idea and project to put some pressure on the MCCM (Mainstream Corporate Co-opted Media) that perpetually practice Yellow Journalism, especially the blatant water carriers for the rightwingnuts and the Republican Corrupted Administration. They don't seem to care if they deliberately spread lies, propaganda, falsehoods, misinformation, or any manner of dishonorable, sloppy, unfactual reporting, as in "what journalistic ethics?" Whether it's on TV, online, radio, or in print it's time to do even more to remind them that they have ethical standards to uphold, and not be lead around by the hand, nose, and pen to do the Republican's bidding at beck and call.
Mrs. K8 hopefully will come up with some type of official kickoff to showcase this wonderful idea to help get us Progressives, all over, onboard with this program. In the meantime I have lots of time on my hands with the new blog to give this Yellow Feather Postcard Project some wings, and want to help Mrs. K8 get the word out as much as possible.(Note: I don't have the official name of it yet) Mrs. K8 briefly outlines her project here :
My updated idea is to get yellow card-stock to cut into post-card shapes. [You know there are plenty of cowards and yellow journalists out there, deserving to hear from us.]
I will find a pen-quill clip-art image, to print on the card-stock post-card. The message on the card will make it clear, too. The beauty of the post-card is that it doesn't frighten the cowards -- no envelopes to open with the dreaded fear of "powder" inside. In addition, the bright yellow post-card itself will be starkly visible to all who handle the mail, and who might take a gander at the message.
It's very simple really, send mail (or fax instead) to deserving wayward journalists, pundits, editors, and TV anchors with yellow feathers or yellow postcards, or yellow postcards with an imprint of a feather on it with your message of some noble sort to get a clue on. Let them know their inartful lies are unacceptable! Let's help make this a symbol of being put on notice that higher ideals and honesty are expected and demanded of them. Another possible name to use could be Yellow Media Project for short? Let's mindstorm then mailstorm when needed.
I'll be back with some updates on this as soon as I know more. Blessings to Mrs. K8. It would be cool to add on all of them as a clarion call something that we've discussed before -
"The Constitution: Are you for it - or against it?"
UPDATE: A commenter 'notjonathon' at FDL alerted us to "Operation Yellow Feather" via Political Cortex. Following the links lead me to the original article dated 11/22/05 over at Booman Tribune posted by Boston Joe. He says about his Operation Yellow Feather :
[..] You can help. Please print off one of the protest forms below and send them to the offices of Rep. Schmidt and Rep. Bubp. Take the time to write a personalized note on your form, explaining that the "chicken hawk" tactics of the Republican party will not be tolerated. Let's bury their offices with "chicken hawk" feathers, so that the next time they feel like squawking in public, they will remember that we are watching them.
Here are the forms: (My warning- small PDF's)
Lost Your Chicken Hawk Feather?
The Chicken Hawk Unit Patch
The Classic Yellow Feather (Make sure to explain)
The Ugly Chicken Hawk (Fill in the voice bubble)
[..] You are welcome to share this information far and wide on the Internet. In fact, we hope you do so. We hope to keep these lovely people warm with piles of "chicken hawk" feathers. It is getting awfully cold for Republicans in Ohio about now.
Humor Has It... that great minds really do think alike. Granted 'Operation Yellow Feather' is geared more towards the War Chickenhawks and we want to target the Hack Journalists/Media with the 'Yellow Feather Postcard Project', both have the same underlying premise to gladly promote as a bright yellow sunny wake up call.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Robert Wilkerson has written an excellent article called Some Political Predictions for 2006 that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's inspiring and uplifting, and gives us a peek of what we can hopefully expect in 2006. Some of my favorite excerpts:
Last year was "business as usual" blowing up in the faces of the arrogant, and America's secret torture and spying operations are now out for all to smell. While there will be much we don't know, expect 2006 to bring about a widespread call for justice, equilibrium, fairness, and openness. When that happens in the body politic, it usually accompanies a "throw the bums out" tidal wave that grows stronger over months and results in fairly large political changes. Incumbancy will not help those who seek re-election in 2006.
Another factor in the 2006 election will be an increasing number of calls for more transparency in voting, including greater scrutiny of electronic vote machines. The companies that make the machines will soon not be able to steal elections as they have in the past due to calls for paper trails and recordable and verifiable records.
All in all, by this time next year it will be seen that 2006 is going to be a fairly radical year, and progressive and just policies more important than the exclusive, secretive policies of the past two years. The signs of a long range political revolution will begin to emerge this year, and those who are liberal or progressive will be a lot more bold and outspoken. There will be fierce defenses of alternative views, and the status quo will no longer be favored. Thus reform policies will gain traction, with more focus on practical tasking and less ideological crowing.
Again, there will be increasing outrage against injustice, with the usual fault finding as teams are formed to accomplish more than has been thought possible up to now. The political tide is definitely turning, and revolution will be in the air. The drums of war will diminish, and we may expect an atmosphere of confidence and optimism, and temporary improved economic conditions. Humanitarianism, justice, and devotion to higher ideals of service and loyalty will be more in evidence. Those who are insincere or noncommittal will be very frustrated this year.
New solutions will be found for long-standing problems, including environmental ones. There will be substantial breakthroughs in science and technology, helping fuel capital markets, R&D, and overall investment. Security tech will go through the roof, as will medical, with big pharma sinking under its own weight. Stock markets will be volatile, with overall gains due to new companies fueling increases while obsoletes shrink, fracture, or are absorbed into larger groups. The insurance industry will continue to reel from losses due to increasing numbers of natural disasters. Expect them and other malfunctioning sectors to seek more governmental protections.
This will be a year of fire and vitality, with sincerity, enthusiasm, and working for a better world valued more than previous years. Dirty tricks and dirty politics will continue to fall out of favor, and the collective memory will awaken to what a more ideal world would look like.
Go read the rest and may we all pray that things will shape up this year to bring fairness and justice, build bridges of sanity, and improve the world for All. Thanks Robert.
*Graphic of the Mackinac Bridge connecting the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan.
Humor Has It... that I run across alot of funny shit on these here Internets which I will want to share. Especially in the comment sections I see everywhere, I'll be highlighting and linking to any that make me laugh. Keep your Eye out for any that deserve a special Humor Has It... "Spew My Drink Award", please email me the entry with the links to any that you find to be showcased here. That includes great graphics, there's some brilliant photoshop artists around.
Humor Has It ... that I'm getting a crash course in PHP language, thankfully I know CSS. I'm having a blast tweaking the template, colors, and getting some basics in the sidebar. Much more to come soon.