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JOURNALISTS have less chance of dying at work than truck drivers. But it depends on where you are writing, and who you’re writing about…
And how many journalists today actually do any reporting? And which is the riskier: going to a war zone to report, or living in the war zone you’re reporting on?
The big media enterprises have so far ignored the John Edwards story told by the Enquirer. It’s become widely known beyond the Enquirer’s 1 million readers, however, through the online Drudge Report. Last week, Jack Shafer in Slate.com dissected the media bias that last summer led reporters to pounce on creepy Idaho Sen. Larry Craig‘s arrest in an airport bathroom for importuning, while reporters are now ignoring the Edwards love child story a year later. Shafer concedes the analogy is not exact, but it’s close enough to reveal vastly different standards in treating these tawdry tales.
A minute and a half that changed the world…
BATMAN is not an Italian. He has never been an Italian. And he will never be an Italin. He is the all American:
The Batman story is also an interesting quasi-libertarian commentary on the shortcomings of government Like the Mafia portrayed in The Godfather, the necessity for Batman’s sometimes dubious methods arises because of the government’s failure to protect people and their property against predation. This point is effectively emphasized in both The Dark Knight and Batman Begins. In that respect, Batman is similar to The Godfather in conveying skepticism about government, its motives, and its ability to effectively fulfill even the core “minimal state” function of protecting the public against violent crime.
In two important respects, Batman’s message is actually more libertarian than that of The Godfather. While the latter portrays private protection firms (such as the Mafia) as being basically similar to government in their predatory nature, Batman’s crimefighting activities are depicted as being both more noble and more effective than those of the generally incompetent and corrupt Gotham authorities.
Batman is not an ethnic. He’s no immigrant like Superman. Batman is what America wants to be…
WELCOME aboard BWI – (but will it arrive(. Fasten your prayer books…
Securvol.fr has grouped airlines into five categories – good, OK, with reservations, avoid and banned in the EU – as blogged about last year. It is updated every time there is ‘an incident‘, apparently.
A Levy County man accidentally shot his wife in the leg Friday morning, killing a fox that had locked its jaws onto the woman, deputies reported.
After the fox was pried off the woman’s leg by paramedics, she was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, where she was listed in stable condition later in the day.
The animal’s carcass will be tested for rabies due to its unusual behavior, said Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan.
Release the hounds…
JULKIA Hollander, the mother of a child she gave up, who wrote a book about it, which upset India Knight, also wrote a book about Indian Folk Theatres, is a green campaigner who shunned air travel, until she gave it up.
Now read on:
At the outset, I thought I could persuade (friends) to join me — if we all stop flying, I urged, we can radically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions… (and) avert terrifying climate change.
Passions flew… I became tearful. When one long-haul addict scoffed that volcanoes rather than aeroplanes were to blame for global warming, I lost my rag — ‘I hope your children will be the first to starve to death!’
HEAR ye. Hear ye:
Global warming may boost kitten population – Chicago Sun Times
ON stupidity and Americans:
If Obama could go to Germany and give a speech in English and be not only understood but well-received, why does he say we all need to learn another language? – Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review
And she’s the online editor.
Mr Wagner is appraising the condition of a lawnmower belonging to one Keith Walendowski, a 56-year-old man from Wisconsin.
Mr Walendowski is believed to have become concerned when his mower did not start and attempted to bully it into action by shooting it with a sawn-off shotgun.
A PLUMBER hs found the image of the Virgin Mary in a floor drain. Or it really her? Here’s a video…
NEW Labour is the shooting party:
Having stunned them, could it please use live ammo for the mercy shot?
Run, Gordon, run…
JOHN McCains does not look a day over 63 on Fox:
MSNBC’s Dan Abrams was all smiles on Thursday as he aired what he described as proof of Fox News going over the line in an attempt to make Republican presidential candidate John McCain look good.
“If you have any question whether Fox News is in the tank for McCain,” exclaimed Abrams, “this should wipe any doubt from your mind. Fox is actually trying to make John McCain look younger.”
MSNBC and Fox have recently been at war over their respective coverage of the presidential campaign, with Fox being particularly critical of Keith Olbermann’s apparent partisanship. Earlier this month, Fox anchor Chris Wallace accused MSNBC of being “in the tank” for Obama — and Abrams was clearly thrilled at the chance to hit back.
Over a “Beat the Press: Fox Anti-Aging Fix” graphic, Abrams urged, “Take a good look at the senator and the video they use.” He then showed a clip in which Fox ran video of a strangely youthful and vigorous-looking McCain at a campaign rally to accompany a story about McCain’s current campaign schedule. However, the video also prominently features a sign reading “www.mccain2000.com,” which at one point is even waved in front of McCain’s face.
“Fox is actually using eight year old video to discuss today’s activities,” Abrams marveled. He concluded cheerfully, “They report — you decide.”
John McCain is 23…
JESUS needs a tetanus shot:
University of Minnesota professor Paul Z. Myers made good on his pledge to desecrate the Eucharist today. According to his statement on the subject, “I pierced it [the Host] with a rusty nail (I hope Jesus’s tetanus shots are up to date). And then I simply threw it in the trash.”
Saying he did not want to “single out just the cracker,” Myers also tore pages from the Koran along with a few pages from Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and nailed them to the Host. He then said, “They are just paper. Nothing must be held sacred. (His emphasis.) Question everything. God is not great, Jesus is not your lord, you are not disciples of any charismatic prophet.”
He’s still alive… for now…
THE health of the planet is improving…
TORI Spelling puts her children to work..
OBAMANIA Watch – Anorak’s look at Barack Obama in the news
STUDENTS in New Zealand students are offering a reward for a citizen’s arrest on Condoleezza Rice during her visit.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits New Zealand today, where a group of students who oppose the Iraq War have offered a $3,700 reward to anyone who makes a citizen’s arrest of her.
The Auckland University Students’ Association charges that Rice oversaw “the illegal invasion and continued occupation” of Iraq,” AP reports.
Rice cannot be arrested by conventional methods…
HEY folks, September 11 is coming up faster than a jihadi in a 747. It’s a sad day for Amerika (drops head; wipes tear; grits teeth) but you can restore pride in the US of A with this commemorative medal-sized coin:
The National Collector’s Mint makes history with the release of this Government Authorized Non-circulating Liberian legal tender September 11th commemorative. This $20 Silver Leaf Coin-Certificate is payable like a silver certificate in coin-of-the-realm.
And why $20? Because 9 plus 11 equals:
This Coin-Certificate displays a standard $20 denomination on one side. But on the other side, it’s the first time ever that two separate denominations have been used to add up to the full $20 face value – it uses 9 and 11 to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy.
And, at no extra cost to you, nor your country:
Each 2008 September 11th Silver Leaf Coin-Certificate comes with a Certificate of Authenticity confirming it’s non-circulating Liberian legal tender currency, struck in .999 pure silver leaf. Each is individually numbered. Earliest orders get the lowest registration numbers.
Number 911 wins a signature of the 911th person murdered on 9/11…
God bless America…
IN Los Angeles, they will one day run their big cars on the fat taken from the fat:
An LA City Council committee has made a unanimous decision to ban new fast-food restaurants in South LA for one year; the decision goes to the full council and the mayor this week. Spearheaded by Councilwoman Jan Perry, the ban would “prevent fast-food chains from opening new restaurants in a 32-square-mile area, including West Adams, Baldwin Village and Leimert Park. The moratorium would be in effect for one year, with the possibility of two six-month extensions.”
Perry’s reasons are two-fold: first, the near-monopolistic hold of fast food restaurants over the area’s retail eateries. Small business owners and supermarkets have no incentive to invest in an area where Big Macs are prized above Mom’s apple pie. Second, Perry cites concerns over “the health issues associated with fast food, such as diabetes and obesity.”
As LAist has rightly pointed out in the past, it might be easier to buy a gun in South LA than to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. But as our previous editor also pointed out, why should South LA’s citizens be protected from themselves? If fast food restaurants are flourishing in these areas, and providing important jobs to low-income communities, who are we to push our liberal-organic, HFCS-fearing agenda on an area of the city that seems perfectly happy to hug their hamburgers to their mountainous bosoms and call it a day? So what if they don’t have a “choice” — they don’t have the “education” to tell the difference anyway!
Let’s get fatty…
THE New York Times, the top newspaper brand in the world is on the slide:
NEW YORK (Standard & Poor’s) July 23, 2008–Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services
today placed its ratings for The New York Times Co., including the ‘BBB-‘
corporate credit rating, on CreditWatch with negative implications.
“The CreditWatch listing reflects an accelerating pace of total revenue
decline and a rate of decline in EBITDA in the first half of 2008 that
indicates the company may have difficulty achieving our expectations for the
current rating,” explained Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Emile Courtney.
“This is notwithstanding our understanding that The New York Times is
attempting to lower its cost base by more than $130 million in 2008.”
The Anorak will beat them all…
“I MEAN you see dogs licking kids on the face and things like that, I mean it’s just one of those million-in-one chances, it’s like the bird flu, you know, how did it hop from bird to human?” says Julie McKenna from Mildura in Victoria.
McKenna was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital last year after her small terrier licked a superficial burn on her left foot.
It sent her into septic shock, weeks later.
While the former nurse says her case is rare, she thinks people need to be careful around dogs and cats, especially where there is broken skin…
“Definitely changed my life, it’s changed my life in every aspect, having no fingers and no, well amputated leg and half a foot, it’s everything, you have to think twice about how to do things.”
Burns specialist Dr John Greenwood says pet owners need to be careful.
“Dog bites, dog licks, they’re never benign, they’re always potentially horrendously infective.”
MAX Mosely, yer hunour:
Mr Mosley was awarded £60,000 damages after the News of the World claimed he took part in a “sick Nazi orgy”.
The president of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) had asked for the paper to pay both compensation and a cash sum high enough to teach tabloids a lesson – known as punitive exemplary damages.
But there was no award made for the latter.
And the best quote.