Friday, May 8, 2009

Soles'n'Bowls

  • You know those Do Not Resuscitate orders? Can you get a "Do Not Rebaptize" order? I'm just thinking of Mormons baptizing Obama's mother into Latter Day Sainthood. Helpful helpful Mormons.
  • I'm the last guy that you want on a turkey hunt with a beautiful turkey call on a lanyard around his neck. I am the first guy, however, who will get his musket's stock fouled up in said lanyard, possibly also dislocating the insulin pump infusion set, causing deck damage. Personnel also, maybe. (Lucky that I've eschewed the piratey stuff so that I don't have the hoop earring, eyepatch strap.)
  • So I leave the handling of such articles and pastimes to better mates than I. Outdoors Addiction ("Whispers of the Forest") is an outfit that makes stuff that -- let's face it -- may be the only way some former hedge fund managers and realtors get Thanksgiving dinner next year.
  • Regular readers of this Journal might even recognize some of the fine handiwork.
  • As someone who worked in the wireless industry last century, I'm always entertained by the make-believe terror of something called "The Fairness Doctrine," also known by those who are terrorized by it, as "the complete and utter destruction of radio by liberals who want to kill Rush Limbaugh, take away your guns, and force your younguns to listen to communist clock-watching book-larnin teachers say things about how the earth goes around the sun."
  • Listen: there are some things in the world that are fair. (Well, actually, even-handed.)
  • The other problem is with people who load the term fair with all sorts of ideological and moral weight. Which, come to think of it, is sort of not fair.
  • A regulated industry, by definition, isn't anarchy, and that's what a relatively benign FCC ruling says. Not that one side is right and the other wrong. Just that, if you operate on the public airwaves, you have a minimum requirement of allowing airtime (and not even equal airtime) to both sides of an argument.
  • Not that one "side" is more correct than another these days (never mind that the definitions of fact and opinion seem to have been reversed for radio and certain newspaper online comment sections.) Just that you can't operate something that the government allows you to operate in such a manner that only one side is represented. And they don't even use phrases like "for the public good" anymore.
  • "Lowest common denominator" seems to be the phrase most easily term that springs instantly to mind, remembering that "common" also means "second rate, lacking refinement, coarse'"
  • The battle for worseness has become more important than the battle for fairness.
  • Radio has become, for me, one of those freaky wordless "Henry" comic strips that has no compass or discernible order. I think this one just goes backwards. But the top two seem to correlate, but the bottom two are out of sync, so bottom right to top left to bottom right to bottom left... no... wait.. no...
  • Good thing "Henry" isn't still around. But I sure would appreciate some of his silence.

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