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panem et circenses

Postby Shapley » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:39 am

Bread and Circuses. With all that is going on in the world: Obama fiddling while Afghanistan burns, leaked e-mails pointing to serious problems with global warming research, the nation being threatened with a second stimulus even though they still can't point to the effectiveness of the first (not to mention that, if it has been successful, no second stimulus should be needed), Social Security collapsing under its' own weight, Medicare following suit, the nation in danger of being burdened with a health care bill that is despised both by those who want universal care and those that oppose universal health care, and the fact that terrorists are are being protected within our military by our desire not to anger the already-angry factions that support them; what are the news organizations all abuzz about for the past few days?

Is Tiger Woods having an affair?

Bread and Circuses.

And the Obama administration has lashed out at Fox News because it's not a news organization in the way CNN is a "News Organization", like that's a bad thing...

Here are CNN's headlines under "US News" for this morning:

Woods' crash still under investigation
Will crash hurt Woods' career?
Army town reacts to Afghan plan
2 Gitmo detainees transferred to Italy
Thai farmers claim slavery in U.S.
What's on Jimmie Johnson's iPod?
WWII plane resurfaces from lake
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby jamiebk » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:52 am

And what did I get when I clicked on Fox News "Top Stories" on the home page??

Obama, a Science Buff, Is Washington's Mr. Spock
Iran Threatens to Punish 5 Detained British Sailors
- Watchdog to Probe Iran's Uranium Enrichment Plans
Israel Court to Keep Prisoner Swap Details Secret
Chelsea Clinton Engaged | SLIDESHOW
Switzerland Defends Ban on Mosque Minarets
- Domestic, International Critics Slam Minaret Ban
Alleged Nazi on Trial for 27,900 Deaths | SLIDESHOW
- Demjanjuk's Trial Marks End of an Era | TIMELINE
Study Claims Loneliness, Like Flu, Is 'Infectious' Soldier's Mom Sues Over Letter Stamped 'Deceased'
Leaked E-Mails Reignite Climate Change Debate
- EXCLUSIVE: U.N.'s Environmental Power Grab
Man Forced to Choose Who to Save: Wife or Son
Senate Health Bill Would Raise Premiums for Some
- FOX FORUM: Obama's Health Care Endgame
Dems Run Into Doubts About Benefits of 2nd Stimulus
H1N1 Flu Strain Found in Canadian Turkey Flock
- How to Avoid H1N1 | FULL COVERAGE
Beauty Queen Dies After Plastic Surgery on Buttocks
LIVESHOTS: Is Knox Cold Killer or Girl Next Door?
Pop-Up Stores Creating Jobs | ON THE JOB HUNT

Top Stories on the US news tab included "Tiger to miss tee time".
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:59 am

Obama, a Science Buff, Is Washington's Mr. Spock

I like that one best. Is he getting the ears and the eyebrows soon?
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Shapley » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:00 am

Since I posted that, I see that Tiger has moved to the top slot at Fox. But only the number 1 headline, not the number 1 & 2.

Tiger Woods' Injuries Sideline Him for Golf Tournament
'Armed and Dangerous' Texas Inmate on The Loose
Aunt Jemima Cartoon Angers Supporters of Ohio Lawmaker
Iraq Soldier's Mom Sues Over Letter Stamped 'Deceased'
3 People Found Dead Inside Arizona Home
Arkansas Cop Who Used Stun Gun on Girl, 10, Fired
Cops: 3 People Rob Dying Pa. Man in Hospital


When I began typing that, Tiger was not in the Number 1 slot. Perhaps Fox is trying to be 'News organization' in they way that CNN is a 'News organization'. :(
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Shapley » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:02 am

Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:
Obama, a Science Buff, Is Washington's Mr. Spock

I like that one best. Is he getting the ears and the eyebrows soon?


I think he's more like Dr. Spock.

Dr. Spock, Dr. Spock,
leads a peace march down the block
all around, everywhere you look
are the kids he messed up with his book!
- Mad Magazine -
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Shapley » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:09 am

12 Days, 3 Networks and No Mention of ClimateGate Scandal

Apparently, they've been too busy following TIger Woods and 'fact checking' Sarah Palin's book to realize that real news is happening.
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Shapley » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:12 pm

House Committee May Subpoena White House Aide In Party Crashing Incident

I'm sorry, but I really don't see what business it is of the Congress who attends a White House Dinner, invited or uninvited, unless they are a national-security threat. The Congress has, or should have, more important matters on their agenda. If they don't, they should declare a recess and go home.
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby jamiebk » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:28 pm

Shapley wrote:House Committee May Subpoena White House Aide In Party Crashing Incident

I'm sorry, but I really don't see what business it is of the Congress who attends a White House Dinner, invited or uninvited, unless they are a national-security threat. The Congress has, or should have, more important matters on their agenda. If they don't, they should declare a recess and go home.


Talk about a tempest in a tea cup....sheesh... :roll: they crashed the party. The secret service owned up to it. Regulations are tightened up...end of story.
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Haggis@wk » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:19 pm

jamiebk wrote:
Shapley wrote:House Committee May Subpoena White House Aide In Party Crashing Incident

I'm sorry, but I really don't see what business it is of the Congress who attends a White House Dinner, invited or uninvited, unless they are a national-security threat. The Congress has, or should have, more important matters on their agenda. If they don't, they should declare a recess and go home.


Talk about a tempest in a tea cup....sheesh... :roll: they crashed the party. The secret service owned up to it. Regulations are tightened up...end of story.


I agree. But I would like to see them in jail. This was no prank and could have had serious consequences. Besides they're just tacky :rofl: and should be held responsible. It would certainly send signals to others with similar ambitions.
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Re: panem et circenses

Postby Shapley » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:33 pm

If tackiness were a crime, most of Washington would be rotting in prison, including several presidents, past and present...

..hmmmm. Maybe you're onto something.
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