All the News That’s Fit to Print Friday, December 24, 2010

Sometimes I get tired of reading the daily newspaper. I haven’t made the jump to online news yet but I’m getting damn close. Two-thirds of my paper is filled with ads and most of the remaining third is just re-hashed news. And if I keep getting my paper with the front page covered by a partial page of advertisements I’m done with daily delivery! Do they really think that hiding a portion of the front page behind some bull shit ad is going to make me read it, let alone buy the product? Hell I never look at those misplaced ads anyway, I just tear them off and throw them away. It’s a matter of principle.

Today’s Times had another tired Obama headline. I’m so sick of reading about Obama’s recent bipartisan victories and how tough he’s going to have it for the next two years. If he’d done a quarter of the thinks he promised he wouldn’t be in this mess. And where is our fearless leader headed for Christmas? Well Hawaii of course, according to the Times, it’s become a holiday tradition! Who cares! And who the hell cares about some Times food critic getting asked to leave a restaurant, obviously the Times does!

Honestly, about the only thing worth reading in today’s Times, was the the storm coverage! Okay, okay, that’s not entirely true there were a handful of decent articles like the one on the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy and the one about the last minute bills okay’d by the Senate, but there was also a lot of filler (like the food critic piece) and the full page ads for Verizon, Bloomingdale’s and T-Mobile or was it Sprint? I’m not really sure. I do think that Macy’s must own the Times, they had a couple of full page ads and smaller ads on every other page! Incredible!

Now the best piece of writing was a piece on page two dealing with Governor elect Brown and the state financial situation. This is a “must read.”The worst article was found in the sports section titled “Vick hounded for Desire to get dog.” Now this writer tries to be funny about Vick’s desire to own a dog.and as far as I’m concerned failed miserably.Consider his opening sentence:

“My dog is as dumb as a stick, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a bad person.” Huh? What the hell kind of opening is this? Really? a bad person? I mean I love dogs but-okay, I like dogs and have been a dog owner for years, but I don’t consider my dogs to be people! Maybe his dog could have written a better article. But enough already! Calling for a ban on dog ownership is going too far. Yes, there are some dog owners who are calling for a lifetime ban for Vick! Ridiculous! Even the courts didn’t go that far!

I don’t condone what Vick did, but hasn’t he been through enough? He did the crime and he did his time,23 months in prison! He’s currently doing his probation. So he wants a dog, so what! He’s got kids who would like to have a dog around the house. Kids love dogs! Is it really fair to his little girls? I think not. Vick is currently receiving psychological counseling and performing a public service as a spokesman against dog fighting. What more can he do? There are some who say that Vick saw an opportunity to make some easy money and took it. They say he simply made a poor business decision. Yes, apparently a very poor one. Reminds me of a line from the “Godfather, “It’s just business, nothing personal.”  Sounds to me like maybe somebody “made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

JS

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