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A Special Quote of the Day Super Bowl Sunday…

Good afternoon, Netizens…

Normally long before now an automaton bot would have selected the quote of the day automatically and put it in my outbound queue to be posted in Community Comment. However, today, for various reasons, I decided to find a quote which best summarizes my opinions about Super Bowl Sunday. It is:

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.

Norman Douglas, South Wind, (1917-1952) British writer-in-exile for part of his life, South Wind was one of his most-popular books.

If you were an utter stranger to this land, and were seeing America for the first time, what impressions would form in your mind while watching the incredibly-expensive (205 million dollars worth) advertisements during the Super Bowl? How would those first impressions compare to what you see today?


Where did the money go?

Good morning, Netizens…

I think perhaps this is one of the David Horsey cartoons upon which we will all agree, when he asks the unspoken question, “Just where the dickens did all that money the government gave the banks go?”

It seems each time I consider the bail out, and the potential for additional money thrown after the bad, I get more irate, little good that it will do me. Here, presented without additional fanfare, are some pretty straightforward rules that I feel should be obeyed before any more funds are dispersed to bail out ailing banks and/or other American institutions:

No more “golden parachutes”. Let the insufferable pricks that run these failing banks do without their bonuses or other special recompense. In fact, let them live on the same economic platform where most Americans are attempting to survive: no bonuses, no health insurance or no other benefits. Let their retirement funds and 401k’s apply to the debts they caused. Can we say minimum wage?

How about full accountability? I was extremely furious the other day watching several bankers testify before the house subcommittee, when they denied any responsibility for their failing banks. If they aren’t responsible, who is?

Cancel the orders for the new Lear jet, if you please. For that matter, not only cancel the Lear, but no more limousine rides, rental cars or other high-end transportation. Let them ride in whatever junkyard cars that seem most fitting, given the amount of bail out money they are requesting.

Of course, if any of these rules were to be applied, it would stand to reason that nobody in their right minds would ever want to be bank Presidents, now would they? Would that be an improvement? I wonder if by trading one greedy corporate type for another, we haven’t simply created a multi-generational problem that still will not be cured. After all, if you’ve seen one corporate-type, you’ve seen them all, no?

What is the solution?


Nonsequitor’s cartoon comment…

Good morning, Netizens…

Per a request, here is this morning’s Nonsequitor cartoon in direct response (almost in my opinion) to David Horsey’s Cartoon I posted earlier. Comments, anyone?



When it is time to say Goodbye…

Good morning, Netizens…

In my so-called quiet time this morning, I have been contemplating the potential sale or closure of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among the many other noble newspapers that are currently up for grabs nationwide. Once again, David Horsey has struck a pose with elegant discernment, perhaps even issuing the strident warning that the Founding Fathers of this great country intended for us to have a strong Fourth Estate to counterbalance government. If that is what they intended, what is going on?

Granted, the traditional business model of the printed American newspaper as we have known it to be for most of our lives, is in jeopardy. The combined costs necessary to place a hard copy newspaper on our front steps each day has simply overwhelmed the revenue it generates in an economy that has descended into a stygian wasteland under the George Bush presidency. More and more once-grand voices of journalism in print have fallen sadly silent as massive layoffs have become the order of the day, even at our own beloved Spokesman-Review. Some of the greatest newspapers in the United States are dying as we speak. If he were alive, even San Francisco’s late-great Herb Caen could face a layoff notice in this economic climate and you can count me as one of his true disciples.

When such dire events occur, people by human nature want to point a finger at someone to blame simply because, I believe, it is easier to appoint blame than it is to understand and rectify the underlying problems. Although true financial figures are in short supply, it does seem plausible that the business model of the online newspaper may not only supplant the revenue of traditional printed newspapers, but allow them to survive to face better financial times. Perhaps that business model, based upon online revenues may even become the standard of the future. Nobody knows for certain.

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