Friday, April 02, 2004

Are we done yet?

Now Condy Rice is testifying next week in the 9/11 hearings. While this is a good move by the Admin. (she is eloquent and will blow Clarke out of the water), it perpetuates these hearings, which are a joke and should end now.

NO ONE could have predicted 9/11. NO ONE could have stopped it. The structure of our intelligence services is so flawed that there was no way to bring together all the information that was contained in hundreds of bits and pieces. But this problem was known about shortly after 9/11. So why the hearings?

Blame. As usual in Washington, the two parties have decided to try and nail each other to the wall. The problem is this time they are doing so while using thousands of needlessly slain people as the hammer. This is what it has come to. Rather than working together to fix the problem, the GOP and Dems are using the memory of the slain to score points off the other side. It's disgusting, crass and vile. These hearings should stop now and everyone whose been involved should apologize for their participation. Starting with that jackass Clarke, who used the hearing to cover himself in glory. If you hate Bush, fine. You're well-known for your ability to hold a grudge. But don't use 9/11 to get your revenge.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

'Hot Air America'

Well, the new Liberal talk radio network is live now. Air America is spanning the globe...the nation..well, four major cities. They have prominent hosts...b-list hosts...well, they have Franken, Garofalo and one of the Kennedys no one cares about.

I am betting this will be radio at its worst. They won't have anything original to say. Basically, take what is said on Limbaugh and flip it 180 degrees. Now you have what Franken will say. It's essentially Bizzaro-world talk radio. I doubt Al or Janene will lay into anyone on the left side of the street. Of course, it's not like Rush and Co. are lashing fellow GOPers either.

But the main reason Air America will not work is not because of the insipid commentary or the AA-league hosts. It's because their viewpoint already gets major exposure. Their viewpoints on Iraq, Bush and taxes are already on the airwaves via Pacifica Radio and NPR. It gets carried in print via the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the L.A. Times, the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, the Washington Post and a slew of other papers. Right-leaning talk radio developed because of this abundance of left-thought in the media. It's still there. So what inequality is Air America trying to rectify?

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Catching up

A bug has been infecting the entire Pine Tree state, so I've been off-line for a couple of days. So let's do a quick recap.

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