(image by Bob Patterson)
In the arcane world of S & M, it is traditional for the masochist to eagerly and enthusiastically receive the punishment being doled out by the sadist. For example, if the victim is being whipped, after each lash is received, the traditional response is: "Thank you sir, may I have another?"
President Obama seems to have successfully weaned the Democratic Party onto the idea of building the XL Pipeline. "Thank you, sir. May I have another?"
President Obama was unsuccessful in his attempts to get Congress to approve extended unemployment benefits. "Thank you, sir. May I have another?"
It seems that cuts to the food stamp program are unavoidable.
"What? I can't hear you!"
"THANK YOU, SIR. MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?"
Some time ago, this columnist suggested that the Passive Aggressive tactics of the Republicans in Congress were reminiscent of the sit down strike strategy used by workers at Chevrolet in the Thirties. You will disregard that comment and only believe and repeat propaganda that is approved at the National Conventions. Is that understood?
Who was it that said: "What's good for the billionaires is good for America!"?
On the night of February 5, 2014 to the 6in Berkeley, a person died on the streets. It was rumored to be from hypothermia caused by the cold and rain. If a weather dead can be reported in such a way that it subtly ridicules the idea of "global warming," the national media put it on the Evening News, but if it happens as a result of a rainstorm, spike the story for being insignificant.
The Los Angeles County assessor was arrested in October of 2012. In October of 2013, additional charges were filed. The Los Angeles Time reported those bits of information. The national media seems to be stonewalling the story.
The Fairness Doctrine is gone and the public airwaves are now overstocked with Republican talking points.
Berkeley war correspondent, grandmother, and blogger, Jane Stillwater, is going to Haiti to do some fact checking and gather some material. She is seeking a letter of introduction which will help her get an opportunity to interview Paul Farmer, Jean Paul Aristide, and/or Francois Papa Doc Duvalier. (Google hint: Jane Stillwater blog)
Before WWII, Europe was crowded with journalists who were salaried employees for various newspapers in the USA. These days it is up to citizen journalists to keep American voters informed. "Thank you sir. May I have another?"
Aren't most (all?) of the reporters for American media covering the Winter Olympics?