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Riled up Over the AJC January 22, 2009

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Okay, so I had to comment on this a bit further.  For those of you whom are my Facebook friends, you probably saw this note topic this morning, and some of you may have seen the ensuing comment thread.  Here is the short version – the main front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, considered a major newspaper because of the population that it serves, I guess, had a photo of ex-president George W. Bush in the middle of a crowd with the headline, “Hello, Texas.”  Now, with due deference, there was, apparently either an inauguration insert or an outer inauguration wrapper, depending on which version of the paper you received.  However, when looking for the full print edition on-line, the front page of the AJC had a picture of Bush with the headline of him being back in Texas.

I took note of this while, again, watching “Morning Joe” while getting ready for work.  They were flipping all of the main pages of the major newspapers around the country, all of which had a photo and coverage of yesterday’s Inauguration.  When the AJC flipped by, though, I almost dropped my cereal.  There was “W.”, in a throng of people in Texas, with “Hello, Texas” across the top.  Now, first my own thoughts.  I think it is absurd that any “major” newspaper in this country would make the “editorial” decision to put Bush anywhere close to the front page the day after a new President was inaugurated.  Next, even if they thought, hey, no one else will be covering this story…yeah, I can’t even come up with an excuse for that because I can’t even imagine they would be that crazy.  Finally, I could understand this headline in Dallas, given that’s who got stuck with him.  But, I think that the other responses were much more interesting, especially given the passion with which some reacted.

Several folks seemed to be of like mind with me, that not putting the inauguration on the official first page was a substantial lack of judgment.  Others were quite vehement about Georgia being a red state and the paper marketing to red state readers.  While I believe that is giving way too many residents of this metro area for reading the AJC, I understand the argument.  However, there are some stories that are news, and others are not.  It was known from January 20, 2005, that yesterday would be the day that George W. Bush left office.  It could be assumed that he would go back to Texas.  It was well-known for months that he would be moving into a neighborhood in Dallas that originally would not let owners sell to balck people.  All of these were givens months ago, and they were givens yesterday afternoon, and they were OLD NEWS when the paper came out this morning.

So, my point is, they put something on the front page that was in no way, shape, or form news.  Hell, a full page on Michelle’s dresses would’ve been more newsworthy than “crowd meets ex-President in his home state.”  Wow, really?  That is staggering.  As residents of a major metropolitan area, we should really expect more from our hometown paper.  Yes, I know, they may not be around that much longer, but while they are, it would be nice if they were actually doing their jobs – being journalists and coming up with actual news.

Bailout: Open Letter to The GA Congressional Delegation September 24, 2008

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If anyone reading this is so inclined, please feel free to plagiarize me or take this and work it up in your own way.  I have emailed the below to Senators Chambliss and Isakson and my Representative, John Lewis.  I was prompted to write this by this article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/22/dirty-secret-of-the-bailo_n_128294.html.  Please let your Representative and Senators know how you feel.  This is too important to trust the system.

Dear Senator Isakson,

I am writing to request that, absent safety protocols and oversight provisions put in place, including the possibility of judicial review, that you vote NO on the current financial markets bailout package proposed by Secretary Paulson and the Bush Administration.

I will be forthright, sir, I did not vote for you, but this current request by the Bush Administration and Secretary Paulson for $700 Billion of unfettered and unaccounted for taxpayer dollars that we do not currently have is beyond the pale.  I agree that some action must be taken, but certainly not in backroom deals with no Congressional oversight or potential of Judicial review (see Section 8).  The current proposal to take on yet more powers into the Executive Branch would not only be an abdication of responsibility by Congress, but would further undermine the Constitutional system of checks and balances that makes our government work, such that it does.

Our economy is not built on government ownership of such a large and unprecedented amount of assets.  I agree with both Senators McCain and Obama in calling for an oversight board or commission on how these funds are spent, a stake of ownership that will be paid BACK into the government (taxpayer) coffers should these instruments make a profit in the long-run, and a hard cap, including any bonus and separation packages, of the CEOs, Board members, and Officers of banks and other corporations that seek assistance from this fund.

I understand that measures need to be taken quickly, but the right measures must be considered and evaluated, not rushed to completion.  Work smart, work hard, and work with your Democratic counterparts.  We have seen the utter failure of trickle-down economics when times are good, but continual failure and lack of oversight of these institutions may solve Wall Street’s ills, but they will not make their way down to those of us with jobs and mortgages to pay.  As a constituent and a very concerned citizen, I ask of you, please, sir, use your voice and your vote so this does not happen.  Public faith and trust have been placed in you by the citizens of the State of Georgia.  Please let all of us know that it was deserved.  I will be sending the same letter to Senator Chambliss and Representative Lewis.

Thank you,

Scott Griffin, Atlanta

Told ya somone would say somethin’ stupid… September 12, 2008

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A friend of mine sent me this quote from the McCain campaign: “She’ll hold interviews when the press decides to show her respect and deference.”

Um, what??  This irks me, and here’s why.

One of the pundits said something that I think is an axiom – people like to be ASKED for their vote.  If you consider it an honor to serve in elected office, then you better prove, and state WHY, you deserve for me to vote for you, period.  This whole Rovian, “how dare you question us and our decisions” shyte is the antithesis of “putting the government back in the hands of the people.”  If they were really so concerned about that, they would have Govenor Palin in front of cameras every day, recognizing that it’s the public that gets to decide who they give deference to and who they don’t.  The media and “journalists” are the vehicle for the average american to do his or her vetting.  So, the fact that they are saying give her “deference and respect,” they’re showing the people that they represent the exact opposite of what they’re telling them.  The Obama campaign is exactly right.  This.  Is.  The.  Same.