Monday, August 30, 2004

Mark makes 50

Mark is 50 years old ! Posted by Hello

Buddy Hazzard Band Posted by Hello

Party Girls ! Posted by Hello

Greg Dancin' Posted by Hello

Mark and DJ hosted a fun party for Mark's 50th birthday. Mark plays guitar for the Buddy Hazzard band and they had the party go'ers dancing up a storm. Hey Greg, here's a link to Bonzer

New Skates Cheap !

K2 Mod 8 skates $50.00 Posted by Hello

I just got these new skates at The skates were only $50.00, originally $300.00 when they came out in 2001, too good a deal to pass up !

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Letter Published

This is a piece I wrote that appeared in the Record Searchlight on 8/23/04. I wrote this after reading, for the upmteenth time ,in a letter to the editor that stated President Bush was appointed by the supreme court. Some people just don't live in the real world.

Dear Editor,

We all have heard a lot lately the phrase " freedom is not free". Well, I believe that "freedom of the press" is also not free. Journalism requires a due diligence to report the facts in an accurate and unbiased manner. If the news is not reported in an unbiased manner, it is just propaganda. It is incumbent upon journalists and editors to uphold these standards in order for " Freedom of the Press" to have the desired effect as intended by the framers of the constitution.

I believe the print and electronic media have been for a long time, slowly but surely, letting biased reporting creep into their stories and reports. I first noticed the editorializing on network television news ,the eyebrow raised here, the smirk emerging there. Subtle voice inflections are also used to convey opinion and taint stories. The frequency of reporting on a certain story can distort the actual relevance or impact the event had in the first place. The practice of running stories over and over with minutiae added to each edition is usually just exploitation (for profit) at best and pushing an agenda at worst. I won't give examples here, as I'm sure everyone reading this has conjured up their own.

The types of bias pointed out in the previous paragraph also occur in the print media. Subtle voice inflections are replaced by the subjective qualifers added to someone’s name or actions. The print media usually has an editorial section, where opinions belong. However the print media fails in the editorial section too often as well. To quote Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." Very often you will see, in the letters to the editor section, letters containing statments of fact that are not fact at all, yet they are published anyway. The misstatement of facts can mislead and sway public opinion or push a particular agenda.

If we do not have a free and unbiased press, reading the “paper” or watching the “news” is a worthless endeavor, if your intentions by doing so are to become informed. No logical conclusions or decisions can be based on what you read or hear in a biased media. Leave the opinions for the opinion section of the paper and the opinion shows on television.

It is my opinion that you editors and reporters should take your responsibility to heart and remember that it is not your job to make the world a better place (in your opinion), but to report on the world as it is.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Puttin' out the Fire

Posted by Hello

We watched from our front deck as we listened to the Air Attack command on the scanner. By listening in on the scanner we know exactly where the fire is headed!

Fire !

Wow, we had a fire break out near our home on Sat. 8/14. It was close enough that we packed up all the pets and valuables and were ready to evacuate if necesarry. The fire fighters and pilots did a great job of not letting it get out of hand. There was alot of air support in the area because of the other fires in the vacinity and they hit our fire hard to stop it fast. We're moved back in and back online! and glad of it.

Friday, August 13, 2004

New Surfboard

Robert August and Me ! Posted by Hello

I was buying this Robert August surfboard in Huntington Beach. While I was waiting for the sales kid to put on the fins Robert August walks up ! He signed my board and let me snap this photo, talk about serendipity. Robert was one of the surfers in the movie "The Endless Summer" if you don't know.

Kerry Joke

Just a test post.

I just thought of this Joke,

What's the difference between John Kerry And Scott Peterson?

Scott Peterson has NOT admitted to committing atrocities !