We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
All The President’s Men solidified this idea of journalism that “makes a difference” in the heads of a generation of journalists. It not only encouraged a lot of what is called “Pulitzer bait” — the five-part series — but it generally attracted to the business a lot of liberal do-gooders who thought of themselves as superior to their readers.
Last year, there was a certain news story that caused Ace of Spades to erupt in fury: “Stop telling me what to think!” (I wish I could find that post, because it was good.) Nobody wants to do the straight-ahead Joe Friday “just-the-facts-ma’am” news story, because there is no prestige in that kind of basic reporting.
A fascinating little side note on sharks and dolphins: my husband wrote a book on sharks that was published a few years ago. Among the fascinating species within the genus was a shark called the 'cookie-cutter' shark which does attack other denizens of the sea from smaller whales to dolphins. The 'cookie-cutter' cruises up to the side of a dolphin, opens its round mouth and takes a neat, round chunk out of the hide of the other animal. Just like a cookie. If the animal is big enough, it doesn't kill it. Later on, if the animal is killed some other way, it may be found with numerous 'cookies' taken out of various parts of its hide.
There's an analogy here, I think. Wanda Sykes, who has discovered that it's lots easier to pick on the Big Guys who aren't even there at the party than it is to take on some really Big Guy who's tougher than she'll ever be, but too courteous to respond to her cookie bites, could learn something about decency from this.
Gangster Government, I like that phrase. Very interesting with whats going on with Chrysler. Fiat, Italians in Italy don't even like Fiat's. Who gave them first dibs on Chrysler, and where is Fiat going to get the money.
The bond holders of Chrysler are going to take it right up the bun hole. Don't think for one second that the bond market isn't watching.
Any one know who appointed the bankruptcy judge in this case?