Nov 30, 2010

About tasteless sexual blogs, Katie's reported divorce, and other stuff

Boycott TKC for tasteless personal - specially sexual-- attacks.  Well, I angrily decided to boycott writing comments on TKC this week.  That's giving up a lot because he has enough topics going, I like talking with his commenters, some of whom I consider both good friends and foes.  But he refuses to delete tasteless, sexual trash against female politicos-- just hurtful anonymous personal attacks... and for that, I protest and don't want my name associated in the same place with such un-chivalrous behavior.

Hence, I'm giving up something that I love very much.... in protest.  Will I give in and post despite my angry promise?  Maybe.  For I hate to give in what I like to do so much.  But not under my handle, fer sure.

Stupid people say 'censorship' and that's not what deleting tasteless messages in a private blog actually IS, but that's a debate that was long concluded.  Is it a First Amendment right for someone to trash your daughter's honor on Facebook?  I don't think that's what the Founding Fathers had in mind with "Congress shall not...."  They were talking to LAWMAKERS, not ordinary folks like us privately blogging/talking among ourselves!!

I hope those who find undeleted personal attacks going past your own acceptable line, BOYCOTT HIS BLOG and EMAIL with your tips and withhold your comments to his he sees a noticeable DROP in statistics for a few days.  May not have to last forever, but he needs to see that you think there's a line of dignity he should NOT cross if he hopes to keep Kansas City readers like you!

Anyway, he's gone too far and his room, while still popular, starts looking like a Roman prize fight between the Christians and the Lions and my view is that it's crossed the line and I'm not buying a ticket to the room.  Besides, I spent too much time there.


Katie Divorce?  Nother case where Tony has no understanding of humanity... maybe without love in his life he can't understand how devastating how love LOST could be.  Sympathies to Katie and family too...she seems so passionate on the air about her work.  I'd not make brainless hay about trouble in the nest as Tee does.  He's clueless.  This isn't E!   Half of everyone is divorcing.  Let it go.   If you can't diagnose a relationship enough to TEACH US HOW TO BETTER LIVE AND LOVE EACH OTHER, what good is your reporting?


Federal earmarks.  As are too many politicians whose greed and power would sell out the country.  Here's what I wrote to a national site about the Senate's inability to ban "earmarks", which are clearly bribes for politicians to win reelection.
I don't care if the earmarks ban doesn't pass right now.  It will come.  Right now, the lame duck session has a tax cut on the middle class to pass and get into law.  And leave the republicans out there with no alternative but pass a bill to reward the rich.

I don't think it will pass and I'm sure the President won't sign it.   Hope the dems don't waste time... they have little time left.  Now lets get some legislation passed while Boner doesn't yet have to power to blow up the government.

Lets see some lame what's right rather than what's philosophically purist.  We're in deep shit.  They're gonna make it far worse, if they can.  We need a Wikileaks on the GOP.  I wanna find out what their talking points are, the day BEFORE they all start miming them!

C'mon media.  Quit just taking soundbites.  Do some RESEARCH!  We've wasted too much time.


Clay Chastain.  About that moron from back east shilling for a short line train to nowhere back... now saying he's going to run for KC mayor?  Eyes rolling.  Worth no further comment.


Government to try WikiLeaks founder for espionage?  I'm for it.   Media should not be exempt from Justice just because they call themselves 'media'.  They're no different than individuals and the First Amendment was never intended to exempt people for treasonous acts just because they commit it using "Speech".   That was not the point of the Amendment.  Hope the courts can figure this out.  I do subscribe to the notion that every case is independent of every other... otherwise why would we need courts to decide individual cases?  Disseminating secret government documents should not be protected any more than kiddie porn is.   Those are different than opining for political reform, which surely IS protected.  I read he's a foreign national...and that the Swedes are after him.  Good enough, I guess.


Wikileaks.  One thing about the leaks...I can't say I'm unhappy with the Obama/Clinton actions.  They're doing what I expect they should do.  While it make make them squirm, as what Hillary said she was told, "Don't worry about it... you should hear what we (foreigners) say about YOU!!"   I don't see this as a political disaster for the Obama administration at ALL.  While I am heartened by our work, I would rather not know so they can be more successful.  Unlike the moronic Becks of the world, I know that our elected officials are patriots.

Beck and his ilk surely test our dedication to protect a free press!  We can only hope that Americans are too smart to believe these demagogues!   BOTTOM LINE THOUGH... take WikiLeaks to court.  Lets get some caselaw on how far 'media' can go to be treasonous to our enemies.  IN WWII, the media didn't TELL what day D-Day would be.  Today, the media isn't pro-American so much as it's pro_PROFITS.  Let's just see through laws and courts, how much Disloyalty For Profit we're willing to tolerate!


Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  Sigh.  Much (Republican) ado made about nothing.  We're way past this, even if they hope to keep appealing tho those who aren't to stay in power!


Dream Act.  Well lets be practical.  The Mexicans who are here, if they choose to stay here in this horrible economy, fine.  GET IN LINE.  It'll happen.  America will not tolerate an undocumented society.  Play by our rules or accept being treated as criminals.  This isn't rocket science.  It's common sense.  I'm fine with work permits that can't be forged.  And a path to citizenship.  But learn our language, pay your taxes and become American, not Mexicans.  Give up your birth loyalties or go back there!  As the REST of us immigrants have!

TV News: If it's a VISUAL story, we've got it covered in wide screen HD!

Just goes to show you how preoccupied the media is with KC and KCMO's 'handout news' policy.  But not in Raytown, which evidently doesn't have a public relations apparatus to do TV news' research for them.  After almost a week, they announced it to the media, which apparently doesn't cover Raytown.  Worse... NO VIDEO!

From the PitchMichael D. Givens was stabbed during a fight in the parking lot of a Raytown McDonald's on November 18. Six days later -- on the night before Thanksgiving -- the 19-year-old died from his wounds. 
On the night of the stabbing, Raytown police took a Kansas City man into custody at the scene of the fight. However, the man was released, and no charges have been filed in the case.

A commenter on the Star website reports they know who killled Givens, allegedly a drug dealer out partying it up afterwards.  One must presume Raytown doesn't have a case good enough to prosecute.  Guess there's no CSI Raytown?  And most media is satisfied to just use the police statement.

Fires are different, though.  Last night KMBC ran wall- to- wall, way- too- much coverage of a Johnson County fire.  (Fires are always very big and no matter how controlled, they get team coverage including helicopters--because they're made for TV news.)  Yes, it was good story... but maybe not quite interrupting network news and going on and on.   Here's what three whiner TV commenters-- who likely don't work for Channel 9-- said on the TV msg board:

Posted on November 29, 2010
I watched channel 9s team coverage of this fire and it was just crap.
Just constant speculation with no facts. They kept going back and forth between the reporters saying the same thing OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
Sample line- " It looks like they putting water on the flames here Larry."
"That wind sure is strong Larry."
"It looks like a fire from here Larry."
"Still burning Larry."
Repeat endlessly.

I know it's relentless.
Yep Larry its still burning. Let's go to Peggy. Yep It's still burning.
This is bad. Thank God at least one station is not contributing to this worthless type of overkill coverage.
Just wait until tomorrow when you have to watch KMBC's fire promo....
First on the scene.
First with team coverage
First to report the fire was contained
TV news is terrible and this is a wonderful example of why.
Broadcast Masterbation!
Let's teach them a lesson and all turn to which ever station is NOT covering the fire.

Is KMBC SO OBSESSED about being first that they're cutting into national news programming so that tomorrow or the next day or the next week they can air yet ANOTHER PROMO about how they were first and only? I can recite it for you right now:

"KMBC 9 News continues to prove why we're Kansas City's most trusted and number one source for news! A massive fire at a historic Overland Park golf club and ONLY KMBC gave you continuous updates and live reports of the fire. *cut to a few pieces of the talent speaking lines that actually make it seem worse than it really is* So when news breaks, REMEMBER, KMBC 9 News in Kansas City's MOST TRUSTED SOURCE! KMBC 9 News, giving you Coverage You Can Count On!" 

 Yup, with their live technology, if it's BREAKING NEWS... they'll fix it-- wall-to-wall.  (Rman didn't get to see much of it tho, he was sitting on the floor trying to wire up the monster Christmas present he got himself -- so at least he can see the next fire in bigger HD.)

Nov 28, 2010

Army Private Possible US Traitor-- one PFC Bradley Manning

US Army PFC Bradley Manning is accused of leaking diplomatic cables and other classified documents to WikiLeaks.

A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

The possibility that a large number of diplomatic cables might become public has been discussed in government and media circles since May.

That was when, in an online chat, an Army intelligence analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, described having downloaded from a military computer system many classified documents, including “260,000 State Department cables from embassies and consulates all over the world.” In an online discussion with Adrian Lamo, a computer hacker, Private Manning said he had delivered the cables and other documents to WikiLeaks.

Mr. Lamo reported Private Manning’s disclosures to federal authorities, and Private Manning was arrested. He has been charged with illegally leaking classified information and faces a possible court-martial and, if convicted, a lengthy prison term.

Some of the cables, made available to The New York Times and several other news organizations, were written as recently as late February, revealing the Obama administration’s exchanges over crises and conflicts. The material was originally obtained by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to revealing secret documents. WikiLeaks posted the first installment of the archive on its Web site on Sunday.

In July and October, The Times, the British newspaper The Guardian and the German magazine Der Spiegel published articles based on documents about Afghanistan and Iraq. Those collections of dispatches were placed online by WikiLeaks, with selective redactions of the Afghan documents and much heavier redactions of the Iraq reports. The group has said it intends to post the documents in the current trove as well, after editing to remove the names of confidential sources and other details.

The damage is released... From Drudge
250,000 State Dept. cables cover Iran, NKorea, Putin... MORE
Reveal: Dangerous standoff with Pakistan...
Gitmo became game of 'Let's Make A Deal'...
US to Slovenia: Take a prisoner if you want meeting with Obama...

Reveal: Clinton Orders US Diplomats to Spy on Other Countries at UN...
Reveal: Iran obtained missiles from NKorea -- capable of striking Europe...
WIKILEAKS: We've been hit with 'mass distributed denial of service attack'...
Reveal: China conducting computer sabotage...
Saudis are chief financiers for al Qaeda...

Reveal: Saudis repeatedly urge US attack on Iran...

From Britain's Financial Times.  Such a sweet boy when he started out.    Sadly his deed is done, so too late to feel remorse for his misguided, disloyal acts.   More on this dumb ass.

What should happen to him?

Nov 27, 2010

Sarah Palin Wants Government to Help Make Your Kids Fat

This week Sarah Palin waded clumsily into the food and obesity issues this country faces while on a radio talk show, and chose the First Lady as her target. No, she did not call Michelle Obama "fat," though what she did say in an interview on the Laura Ingraham show was equally uniformed:
Palin: Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I'm going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.
First of all Mrs. Palin, I suspect you would not be telling Laura Bush eight years ago to let government keep our children illiterate. Her literacy program was a noble effort, as is Mrs. Obama's anti-obesity program.
More importantly, you should know that the government is already telling us what to eat, and most of it is crap. Through a subsidy system both parties have supported for decades they are seeing to it that our food is awash in cheap food that is bad for us while healthy food is more expensive.

That is one of the key reasons that we now live in a world with a billion people starving and a billion people overweight and undernourished. It is the reason we live in a country where one in three children born after 2000 will develop early-onset diabetes before they are old enough to vote. Among minority children that ratio rises to one in two.

Are these statistics because of bad decision by the parents? The kids? The government? Probably all three, but we do have a say - as a nation - about one of those three, and whatever our government says or does about our food it ought to be in favor of better, cleaner, healthier food. We can start by passing the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (and then improving it next time).

Then we can turn our attention to the 2012 Farm Bill, which ought to more properly be referred to as the Food Bill so that the other 98% of the population that it affects will pay attention to it and can have a say in it.

While we're at it, we can move the school lunch program out from the auspices of the USDA and move it to a joint venture of the Dept. of Education and HHS, so that the health of the children takes precedence over the health of Tyson's bottom line.

Follow that with moving lunch from the maintenance column to the curriculum column in our schools and use lunchtime as a teachable moment, so that our kids don't get one message in Health class and another in the cafeteria.

You see, Mrs. Palin, contrary to what President Reagan once said, government is not the problem, nor is it the solution. Government is a tool, like a hammer. And like a hammer it can be used by people to build things up or tear things down. I would choose the former, and you would choose to throw the hammer out the window.    More on Palin's Rantings, including video and Comments...

-- Guest Editorial from Huffington Post's Food Editor. 

Nov 26, 2010

Telling the North Koreans to behave or Get Nuked by our Submarines!

radiomankc says (to a major South Korean Web blogsite, most assurely monitored by the North:)

As a former vet, one of millions from the US… My view is to say to NK to give it your best shot.

You attack the south, you’ll have about 20 minutes before North Korea/Pyongyang is PAST TENSE.

My view, having served 30 years ago, is to TAKE YOU OUT. I’m tired of you, your son, your bullshit. Take you out. We will. Youre people are starving already, so if we take out Pyongang, what the difference? Other than that we dont’ need to FUCK with you anymore?

We Americans just don’t have the patience to deal with your ego. You piss us off enough, I’d say you’d have about 30 seconds before your bullshit capital will reach about 10,000 degrees. Then you won’t be a problem anymore. You’re the perfect bullshit 3rd world country to teach the world we’re tired of your ANTICS!

Koreans are just fine as a people. But you northern types, don’t get too big for your britches. We dont’ like goose stepping soldiers. We’d take you out and not bat an eye. An young hash-sha mika, motorpool! What a joke you are!

Piss off the world too much, we’ll just take you out and FORGET about you!

Nov 24, 2010

A Warm Thanksgiving Wish

Ya know, you're planning to eat one of my distant cousins.  Have you thought about ham this year?

Nov 22, 2010

Alonzo... please come to St Louis. We need a CRIMEFIGHTER

Fm St Louis:  we here across the state from KC need Alonzo to help us since we've been named the MOST DANGEROUS CITY!  Obviously KC doesn't appreciate you!

And New York's pissed too.. here's THEIR write-up!

St. Louis Named America’s Most Dangerous City, New York Not Even in Top 200

St. Louis Named America’s Most Dangerous City, New York Not Even in Top 200
According to a new study analyzing cities based on their FBI statistics for murder, rape, robbery, and assault, St. Louis is the most dangerous city in America. The Gateway City was followed by Camden, New Jersey; Detroit, Michigan; Flint, Michigan; and Oakland, California. Erica Van Ross, a rep for the St. Louis Police Department, called it "irresponsible" to use crime data for the sole purpose of making listicles. In any case, New York City is the 269th most dangerous place in the United States, though danger is perhaps all relative. [CQ Press via Newser]

Like our sports teams... we never seem to end up in the MONEY.  Even in crime!  Now St Loo beats us (up) again.  Hard to have pride.  Get rid of Alonzo...low KC crime is HIS fault.  Below... CQ's top 50 leaves KC way down at 21.

Nov 21, 2010

Video: SNL Nails TSA! Oh Yeah!

What do ya bet TSA had planned to grope Americans for months, but told "not until after the election"?    Take it from this experienced flier... make TSA jokes HERE, but not at the airport!

Nov 20, 2010

KC SCOUT Cameras... What good are they but for TV stations???

 From the local TV blog: Posted on November 20, 2010 at 07:49:32 AM by WGAS
KMBC did a piece about the new Bond Bridge opening up but kept showing the scout cam from I-70 and Pittman rd.
Funny stuff... given that the newly opened Bond bridge is way up north across the Missouri River from downtown!  The Scout cams have primarily just been a boon for TV stations' morning newscasts... not much use for drivers.   When accidents or tie-ups happen within camera range, stations get some video for their newscasts without actually sending a photographer to the tie-up... but likely no drivers are watching TV, right?

The overhead message boards haven't been used very often except to tell drivers how far it is to the next landmark... which regular drivers of those roads already know.

The taxpayers have been TAKEN. And their use in the media has pretty much been a promotional ruse. Like most TV station liveshots.  You wont see TV stations doing a story on this, but it would be interesting to know what was promised and how much these boondoggles cost us.  

I DO know that police don't use them to divert oncoming traffic away from the tieups before people get caught in them.  They happen anyway.  So....uh.  What GOOD are the cams, the signs, and the network except for newscasts which drivers can't watch?

That's Entertainment!

Nov 19, 2010

Waters trial delayed: "House Ethics" is an oxymoron.

Waters accuses Ethics of having weak case after calling off her trial

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) accused the ethics committee of having a weak case that is unraveling after the panel abruptly cancelled her upcoming public trial. 

“The committee’s decision to cancel the hearing and put it off indefinitely demonstrates that the committee does not have a strong case and would not be able to prove any violation has occurred,” she said in a lengthy statement Friday reacting to the announcement. 

She also said she was disappointed the committee once again postponed the hearing and said it showed “a complete disregard for due process and fairness.”

More from "THE HILL" 

Rman Comment:

Given that we have the best Congress money can buy, MILLIONS being spent— some of it under the table— by business to "contribute" (bribe) congressmen for sweetheart votes… what a bunch of … of… HYPOCRISY for nailing a couple house members for LITTLE stuff.

"House Ethics" is an oxymoron. They want to nail everyone who commits ethical violations? Why not just read the House and Senate Members ROLLCALL????

Rangel and Waters are just sacrificial lambs. And Clinton for a little deal with Lewinsky. How about some campaign reform???? Lets vote NO again in two years, and throw em ALL out! Both Parties. Hose the place down.
BY radiomankc on 11/19/2010 at 18:44
True enough.  And a good idea to comment about national issues on national sites like this one.

Texas Gov Advocates Strikes into Mexico!!!!!

YESS!!  What'd I tell you?  "Clear and Present Danger" with the Drug Cartels.  See, that Radioman's not so dumb!  Now the governor agrees with me.  (I was just trying on an Alonzo ego-claim to see how it feels.)

What a weird place Texas is.... first succession, now military incursion into Mexico.  Maybe he's starting to think his state's being invaded and wants federal help, no less!!

To wit:

AUSTIN — GOP Gov. Rick Perry, who continues to insist he's not interested in the presidency, is nevertheless always ready to tell the federal government how to do a better job on such matters as border security — including indicating the U.S. should be open to sending military into Mexico to help fight the drug war.

Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Perry was asked, “Would you advocate military involvement in Mexico on the Mexico side of the border to help Mexico in this drug war?”

Perry answered: “I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have, including the military. I think you have the same situation as you had in Colombia. Obviously, Mexico has to approve any type of assistance that we can give them.

“But the fact of the matter is, these are people who are highly motivated with money. They are vicious. They are armed to the teeth. I want to see them defeated. And any means that we can to run these people off our border and to save Americans' lives we need to be engaged in.”

Perry has long called for more federally paid National Guard troops on the border and has cited the state's efforts to try to fill the void caused by what he describes as the failed federal effort on border security.

Thursday's answer reflected a difference in tone, though not in substance, from one he gave in an interview this summer with the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, when he was asked whether the U.S. should consider sending the military into Mexico as it did in 1916 after border violence.

Perry said then, “I would suggest to you in that almost 100-year period of time, that idea of loading up and riding across the border to clash with the cartel members might be ill-conceived. In the late '80s and early '90s, the United States, in a coordinated effort with the Colombian government, we were able to defeat the drug cartels in that country to a great degree. Hopefully, Mexico understands that 28,000 of their citizens murdered since 2006 by the drug cartels is unacceptable. If they are responsive to our assistance, then I would think our federal government should give them that assistance.”

Truth Watch.  Rman, you're acting like Tony and Faux News.  Perry was only ASKED a question.   Now quit chirping over nothing-- a REAL war on drugs isn't gonna happen.  We have two wars going already.

Nov 18, 2010

Military Gets Around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!!

They're going to have TSA pat down recruits.  Anyone with erect nipples or other junk will not be allowed to go on to basic training.

Watch out kids... if you pop a bird boner, TSA sends that to your Facebook page!  (All this just because they REALLY, REALLY want you to choose the scanner option where your very LARGE or very SMALL junk will be posted on the TSA's facebook page-- your "Permanent Record"!! )

Nov 17, 2010

Don't Expect Aunt Mabel and her Pre-Teen Kids to Fly in for Thanksgiving

But there IS one guy planning to opt for a public patdown and acting like he enjoys it... just to get on You Tube.

Speakiing of Aunt Mabel...can TSA agents tell when women and girls are on their periods?

Nov 13, 2010

Takin out the Trash: Alonzo "Look at ME" police snitch and egomaniac

If you didn't know what a butt hole our local innercity 'community playuh' is, well let him describe himself... as told on Tony's KC.  Click on THIS TKC Link to see what local reporters learned...stay ta hell away from this guy who is way too big for his britches and a discredit to the race he loves to tout! 

He's not a cop.  Not a reporter.  Not a community leader.  Just a local character to be avoided.  There's one or two of these noisy birds in every grove of trees.  He's ours.

Nov 12, 2010

No Babytalk Allowed in First Grade

A group of kindergartners were trying very hard to become accustomed to the first grade. The biggest hurdle they faced was that the teacher insisted on NO baby talk!

You need to use 'Big People' words,' she was always reminding them. She asked John what he had done over the weekend?  

'I went to visit my Nana'.

No, you went to visit your GRANDMOTHER. Use 'Big People' words!'  She then asked Mitchell what he had done.

'I took a ride on a choo-choo'.  

She said. 'No, you took a ride on a TRAIN.  You must remember to use 'Big People' words'. She then asked little Alex what he had done?

'I read a book' he replied.

That's WONDERFUL!' the teacher said. 'What book did you read?'

Alex thought real hard about it, then puffed out his chest with great pride, and said,'Winnie the SHIT'

Grin.  From the beaks of baby birds!   Bonus for those of you completely bored out of your minds.  Something AWEFUL (Curtis gets Hit by a White Teacher in KCSD).   Leave breadcrumbs... I'll come find you if you don't come back by dark.

Read it: Suburban KC Teens Doing Heroin

Heroin snaring more of suburbia’s youth

Stolen from:

In Blue Springs, police dealt with five cases of heroin and youth in October after half a decade of seeing none.

In many cases, the way was paved by other opiates, the Oxycontin or Vicodin painkillers, often swiped from a medicine cabinet. But parents have become more alert to possible misuse.

While painkillers can run to $40 to $60 a pill, a bag of heroin, which produces a more intense high, is $5 to $10.

No trips on Interstate 35 to either Kansas City were necessary. The daughter said her dealer lived two blocks from Kristin’s upper-middle-class home in the 66062 zip code.

Read it:   (above: filephoto)

Here's one that's way better to not ever START on then to try to get OFF of.  Sadly, kids don't listen anymore because adults talk about all drugs being the same, including marijuana.  They aren't.

Nov 10, 2010

See it: FDA gets Graphic On Cigarette Warnings. This might DO it!

 From Fox News
Corpses, cancer patients and diseased lungs: These are some of the images the federal government plans for larger, graphic warning labels for cigarette packages.

The images are part of a new campaign announced by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday to reduce tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.

The number of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically over the past 40 years, but those declines have stalled recently. About 46 million adults in the U.S., or 20.6 percent, smoke cigarettes, along with 19.5 percent of high school students.

The new prevention plan is part of the law passed in June 2009 giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco, including marketing and labeling guidelines, banning certain products and limiting nicotine.

The law doesn't let the FDA ban nicotine or tobacco entirely.

Unlike booze and drugs which might kill you, Smokes WILL kill you.  And its pretty miserable going out when you can't breathe.  At the end, only morphine will stop the horrible gasping.  Slow way for birds to go.

Why news sucks... Bloggers trying to fill the News Vacuum

Before reading MY story, please read MO RAGE's on what use are bloggers in today's news environment.

I was, at one time, intimately involved in newsgathering for I was at one time or another, an investigative reporter, an assignment editor, and a beat reporter on most major city beats - industry, education, medicine, business, utilities.

I've reported on things news operations simply don't report on.  In part, the times are different.

No Cameras!  Reporters Keep Out.

Governments and private enterprise have learned how to shut out the media.  Today, they often hide behind newer privacy laws.  Hippa for medicical industry and general privacy to keep the media out of schools and safely away from both the children and those who are responsible for them while their parents are off working.

For TV, there was less emphasis on nightly ratings... and instead of "if it bleeds, it leads", stations had beat reporters to cover the segments of society, assuming people would sit through a great story only some people are vastly more interested in.

They don't do that anymore.  It's too expensive, having six beat reporters and especially in a city where there are two state governments and 2-3 dozen city governments... and all the school districts.

  • For example.  Do a story on how schools HAVE to serve nutritional meals in Blue Springs.  Will SM or Lees Summit households watch them?  Will the schools even let them a cameraman in without a PR escort "minding" them like a North Korean soldier, so not to make the schools look bad?
  • Do schools now say you can't shoot any video of a pupil without a parental permission slip?  If so, you can forget about showing kid after kid throwing away virtually ALL of their lunches in the trash barrel.

  • Or overweight kids choosing only the free breakfast biscuits and gravy.   Or rambunxious kids wandering the halls when they should be in class.  Or kids more interested in drugs and sexting than turning in their homework.  (How much home work actually IS there?)

  • Or at a hospital, get some bills and some doctors together and see how many tests and services costing $1-5,000 that really aren't needed... but are part of the profit center for doctors and hospitals?  How many times have you had an X ray at your doctors office and theys hoot another one just like it at the hospital.  Only more like six of them, plus an MRI?   Those big machines are expensive so hospitals need to keep them busy, whether most patients need them or not.)
  • How much do you want to pay for a nice hospital employee cafeteria...hidden in your insurance premiums, which your insurance company pays.... though they won't pay for tests YOUR DOCTOR wants.  (Because it's not in their 'book' of acceptable charges for your "Diagnosis")    This is why there's supposed to be Obama-care but nobody sold it right.  How much DO you pay a month for insurance?
  • Or quiet layoffs at one big company after another, maybe by opening an overseas plant or just cutting jobs.
  • Or price fixing on the part of milk suppliers at all the grocery stores?
  • Or the high number of consumer complaints to "Call for Action" TV station hotlines about car dealers which make their money up-selling unneeded repair services?   TV stations just don't do hit pieces on their big advertisers!  So in those cases, they won't even run locally filed lawsuits against them!

Yes, things have changed.

Stations and papers, and even bloggers don't have good sources for they're understaffed.  And whistle blowing employees know they'd be fired if anyone found out they were feeding reporters INtel that was bad for business.

And for TV, if they can't get pretty pictures, well it may cost us all millions, but it's not a 'suitable television story'.  Money stories, the ones most important, are the ones we need to know.  But TV is satisfied shooting police cars outside drug murders at 31st and Prospect.  They can SELL commercials for that stuff.

Fact is, unless somebody files charges down at the courthouse... and the Associated Press covers it, nobody's going to know about it, much less run it.  And bloggers, especially one man band bloggers can't possibly cover news... hence we mostly just steal last night's stories from TV newscasts.

Who's screwing whom at city hall?  

Well let's just remember while the TV networks were talking about stains on Monica Lewinsky's blue dress, Arab men were learning how to fly jetliners into buildings.  (Lesson shoulda been learned:  Govt people should mind the peoples business, not be distracted by the supermarket sabloids and dirt for the next election.)

I remember what CNN was running on the evening of Sept 10, 1991.  It was yet more speculation on whether some Congressman was screwing missing intern Sandra Levy.  Story disappeared at 8am Eastern the next morning!

Didn't resurface until someone arrested her killer, who was NOT a government politician.

Much more on this topic from my essay which was at one time a must read for broadcast journalism students... years ago.  But little has changed, alas.   TV News: What Local Stations don't Want you to Know. 

News is in a transition.  I'm sure the internet will have a lot to do with that transition.  And remember, journalists don't dig up news for FREE.  Like you, they have families to feed!

Rman wrote this originally as a Comment to MoRage, who was talking about it.  Go over THERE to discuss, it's his story!

Even Lawyers have nagging wives!

      An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed.

      As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about, 'What time of night to be getting home is this? Where have you been? Dinner is cold and I'm not reheating it'. And on and on and on.

      Too shattered to play his usual role in this familiar ritual, he poured himself a shot of whiskey and headed off for a long hot soak in the bathtub, pursued by the predictable sarcastic remarks as he dragged himself up the stairs.

      While he was in the bath, the phone rang. The wife answered and was told that her husband's client, James Wright, had been granted a stay of execution after all. Wright would not be hanged tonight.

      Finally realizing what a terrible day he must have had, she decided to go up stairs and give him the good news.

      As she opened the bathroom door, she was greeted by the sight of her husband, bent over naked, drying his legs and feet.

      'They're not hanging Wright tonight,' she said.

  He whirled around and screamed, 'FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WOMAN, DON'T YOU EVER STOP?!'

Nov 9, 2010

Must See TV: Marine Stuns Tea Party

I can't say I agree The Tea Party should have handed America off to the corporations last week, but honestly I don't doubt their patriotism.  Watch this.

Good stuff.  I just hope they get rid of that bird-brained idea that America only belongs to THEM!  I didn't see a native among them!

Nov 8, 2010

Star's Ancient Columnist Speaks Frankly, but Too Late

This surprise from the Star's ancient sage, C.W. Gusewelle, author of some reminiscing book about his old 56 Buick.  He's always reminded me of a couple characters in the Muppets and the last time I actually waded through one of his Dead Sea Scrolls, he was lamenting about 2nd or 3rd generation computers being thrust upon him at the old Star building.  They probably made him give up his antique manual Royal portable, and that destroyed the productivity he probably first honed somewhere in France during the Great War.

Anyway, he was lamenting about the stolen 2010 election, and he probably would have made deadline, a couple weeks ago when it would have done some good.  But these days, he has to write his first drafts by hand and send them to the Star office to be typed.   Belatedly, here it is:

Many share blame for liberals' losses

It is depressingly clear, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s midterm elections, that the key to political success is effective coalition-building.

Created through the ceaseless, strident repetition of patent untruths, a coalition of the uninformed, the misinformed, the racially bigoted and the obscenely privileged has made serious progress toward its goal.

The objective is to roll back America’s clock to the ruinous policies of the George W. Bush years: ungoverned financial recklessness, wars of choice and tax relief for the very richest among us.

Obviously there is blame to share. 

Liberals appeared slow to understand that the tea party phenomenon was not merely a raucous curiosity but a real danger, and that civility was an inadequate reply to ranting.

History’s lesson is that the Big Lie can only be defeated by vigorous, relentless proclamation of Big Truth.

Probably Barack Obama is to be faulted for imagining at the outset of his presidency that bipartisanship was an actual possibility, given the vindictiveness arrayed against him.

And without question the Supreme Court is culpable. Its decision allowing giant corporations to pour limitless millions into campaigns has dangerously, perhaps fatally, transformed the political landscape.

It means that U.S. industrial combines, pooling their resources, can influence U.S. elections no less surely than soldiers with guns do in many Third World countries.

And finally, the business of journalism cannot be given a pass.

My wife has likened political news coverage — especially on network television — to the noisy broadcast of a football game.
 There’s some thoughtful analysis, to be sure. But it’s largely drowned out by the shouted hyperbole of the play-by-play announcer.

Similarly, it has become a TV fashion — perhaps in the hope of appearing objective — to sit political foes together before the camera and allow them to scream at one another, with any hope of balance or useful insight getting lost in the racket.

Does “objectivity” require giving reason and lunacy equal time?

There’s a bit of often-cited counsel for politicians that some have attributed to the man from Independence, Harry S. Truman: “If you want a friend in Washington,” the advice goes, “get a dog.”

Archivists at the Truman Library insist he wasn’t the source. And I have no way of knowing.

But I do have my own turn on that quote: “If you want a dog in Washington, get a bigot, a know-nothing or a birther. Or maybe a moose shooter or a bouncing pig.”

If that offends you, I’m sorry. This doesn’t pretend to be news. It’s an opinion column, and that’s my opinion.

As you know, much worse has been said about the decent individual a majority of Americans sent to the White House two years ago — hoping he could undo, in unrealistically short order, the damage left for him by the man who preceded him there.
Posted on Sat, Nov. 06, 2010 10:16 PM