After a referendum in Berkeley CA to enact a sit-lie law was narrowly defeated, Mayor Tom Bates brought up a variation of the issue of who should sit where by requesting that the seating chart for the city council be adjusted so that his colleague and political opponent councilman Kris Worthington would not be sitting next to the Mayor.
When the local web site Berkeleyside asked the Mayor why,
his quick quip answer ("So I don't strangle him.") brought renewed intensive
journalistic scrutiny to the Berkeley City Council. Mayor Bates told a local TV crew "It was just
In the Go-go era, would an independent citizen journalist
have been able to report the possibility for an ecological disaster because of
the gold mining efforts in the Pascua Lama area before the BBC ran a similar
item about that business story from South America?
What about beating the New York Times with mentions of the 1939 BMW replica motorcycle, smoking bath salts, and pointing out that the opening statement by the lead American prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials crippled the Bush supporters "he didn't know" argument? Do they count as "scoops"?
The famous, fictional San
Francisco cop, Dirty Harry (Cling Eastwood) said: "A man's got to know his limitations." In the new era of overextended news staffs,
rogue pundits who report information which will appeal to liberals has got to
expect that conservatives will disparage any items that don't fit the
conservatives' narrative and they will marginalize any such independent commentators.
Could the Myth Busters TV program be plotting an expose that makes the assertion that the World's Laziest Journalist works very hard to maintain his laid-back, happy-go-lucky ersatz Gonzo style of column writing?
The conservative critics who think that the Ã¼ber-cynical
World's Laziest Journalist is being led astray on his path to an eternal reward
will be glad to learn that he has been provided with an autographed copy of
"Turtle on the Fencepost: Finding Faith
through Doubt" (Richard B. Patterson Liguori Publications) and will read every
word of it.
Back when Sean Connery was slipping into the role of James Bond and the Rolling Stones were trying to land a deal with a recording company, we were trying to improvise a plan that would deliver a life consisting of: meeting interesting people, seeing interesting sights, and witnessing interesting events. As this column was being written CBS radio news ran an item noting that the film "Casablanca" opened on November 26, 1942, and we were delighted to realize that would give us plenty of conversational opportunities to resort to this comment: "I've been to Casablanca and I've been to Paris -- I prefer Paris." Sometime between now and the 2016 Election Day, we will write a column that will go under the headline: "Raspberries, Jim Morrison's grave, and the missing sewer tour."
The road to the 2016 Presidential Election will be a tough
slog so why should a freelance pundit bother to make that journey? Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream offer bumper stickers
that advise "If it isn't fun, why do it?"
According to the philosophy of Ben and Jerry and the guiding principles
of Gonzo Journalism, if it looks like fun then have at it.
Robert Louis Stevenson, in "An Inland Voyage," wrote: "To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."
Now the disk jockey will play Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road," the Beatles' "Long and Winding Road," and Johnny Cash's "I've been everywhere." We have to go and prepare to attend the "Winter Pow Wow." Have a "Why do we do this, Buzz?" type week.
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