The media, both print and electronic, has historically been the public's only source of real information. In the past, while keeping in mind the tenet "don't believe anything you hear," one could amass a consensus of information from these various media formats to make an educated decision.
I am disturbed lately by the "spin" currently being used by different news organizations as to the veracity of things that occur daily and especially in the world of politics. To put it in simple terms, if the color of a car is scientifically termed blue in the color spectrum, then the various news agencies could easily describe the color as midnight blue, sky blue, dark blue, etc., and still be considered to be accurate. If, however, one news agency calls the color black and another news agency describes it as green, then something is wrong. Therein lies the dilema. In today's media, there are many news agencies who seem to have an agenda. They report the news with their own particular slant, which promotes any gains or aspirations that suit them, either financially or as to their own doctrines. This disturbing behavior is troubling and can have a very profound effect on the future of the media, the supposed last bastion of truth. With the knowledge that everyone sees things in their own particular light and their reports will reflect that concept, it insults my intelligence when a thunder storm is called a hurricane by one particular news agency and another news agency calls it a light rain. So, what's it going to come down to? Is this the future of journalism? Will the news agencies become the same as churches and you go to your own particular agency to hear the news that you want to hear? Will the news agencies use the largest power in the land to promote their own particular monetary or political goals?
It is time for the American public to rise to the occasion and demand the straight truth from accredited national news organizations without slant or distortion.
On a similar note, my cat Shithead, author of Possum's Journal, made an entry on Saturday wherein he inferred that I came home late Friday night (Saturday morning) from my trek to AREA 51 and suggested that I went to sleep in my recliner. While I did, in fact, return home late that particular evening and I did, in fact, spend time with my pals (including the esteemed Johnny W. Black), I chose to watch television in lieu of going directly to bed and there were times that I closed my eyes.
While Mr. Hemmingway may refer to that as sleeping (or midnight blue), I refer to it as merely checking my eyelids for holes (or sky blue). This, again, depending on which of the two journal-media sites you chose to believe, borders on slander. This irresponsible report is because Possum S. Hemmingway is out of touch and unstable. He is also behind in the polls. You may read Possum's Journal by clicking this link. http://pshemmingway.blogspot.com/
This Date In History 1811 Spanish doctor and theologian, Michael Servetus, is burned at the stake, on orders of John Calvin, for heresy and blasphemy against Christianity. 1967 The Abortion Act is passed after a free vote in the House of Commons, meaning that abortions can be performed legally at up to 28 weeks' gestation. 1971 President Mobutu Sese Seko changes the name of the Republic of Congo to Zaïre in order to return the country to African authenticity.
Picture Of The Day Halloween is on its way and the Friday night party in AREA 51 should be rather interesting. Although some of the regulars have been accused of wearing their Halloween costumes year round, I look forward to the party and the costumes.
Birthdays James Cook, naval officer, cartographer, and explorer 1728, Niccolò Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso 1782, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States 1858, Roy Lichtenstein, American painter 1923, Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist 1932.
The Hits Just Keep On Coming My thanks to my pal, Garnett, for the following story...
A bald man with a wooden leg is invited to a Halloween party. He doesn't know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg so he writes to a costume company to explain his problem. A few days later, he received a parcel with the following note:
Enclosed please find a pirate's outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover your bald head and, with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate.
Ace Costume Co.
The man thinks this is terrible because they have emphasized his wooden leg and so he writes a letter of complaint. A week goes by and he receives another parcel and a note, which says:
Please find enclosed a monk's habit. The long robe will cover your wooden leg and, with your bald head, you will really look the part.
Ace Costume Co.
Now the man is really upset since they have gone from emphasizing his wooden leg to emphasizing his bald head so again he writes the company another nasty letter of complaint. A few day's later he gets a small parcel and a note, which reads:
Please find enclosed a bottle of molasses and a bag of crushed nuts. Pour the molasses over your bald head, pat on crushed nuts, stick your wooden leg up your ass and go as a caramel apple.
Ace Costume Co.
That's it for today, my little trick or treaters. More on Wednesday.
Stay Tuned !