John Murtha (D-PA) used to sing a different tune. His classic recordings had a quality to it that is definitely more listenable than his newer stuff. Like the timeless character of Motown itself when heard in contrast to today’s version of Rhythm & Blues. The syrupy similarity of the R & B music produced nationwide these days doesn’t in any way approach the quality, character and diversity of the recordings that was produced in one Detroit Basement.
But it’s Murtha’s latest tunes that get all the airplay, formulaic as they are. It quickly grows tiresome with the endless rotation on every station on the airwaves. John’s old stuff, poorly recorded on scratchy old hardware still reveals more of the true Murtha than the digital revolution’s absolute cleanliness does today. Perhaps it’s fatigue from the countless over-dubs, “second takes”, or perhaps he’s simply suffering from overproduction which befalls many of today’s recording artists. We here at the ’Blog thank columnist Robert Novak for reminding us how great those classic recordings are.
Al-Jazzera subsidy, The New York Times has once again cautioned terrorist organizations that they are being monitored. The Times’ Editors suggest the “public’s right to know” is a good enough reason for them to run the story. It was just scant months ago that this same stinkin’ commie rag was rippin’ the Administration for failing to “Connect the dots”. So ’Shrub & Co start a ’dot collection program’ and the ’Times rats it out. The fact that the program is out of the scope of Constitutional purview doesn’t seem to make a difference with Times Editors who also let terror types know that the NSA was monitoring overseas phone calls. We here at ‘The Blog are going to make a concerted effort to ’source’ our news and editorial commentaries from other sources.
Tenured Professor of Fraudulent Practices at the University of Colorado got the bum’s rush from colleagues Monday afternoon. Ward Churchill, famous for fraudulently portraying himself as a “native-American”, a “professor” and a “learned-man” was fired by Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano after the recommendation was handed down by a panel of Churchill’s peers assembled by University Regents to look into the matter. Churchill got himself into trouble when he penned an article in which he referred to victims of the 9/11 Trade Center attacks as: “Little Eichmanns”. A very patient college stood by Churchill on several occasions citing his trash-talking papers and speeches as protected by the “1st Amendment”. Ward’s big mouth simply got others curious and after a little digging, it turned out that Churchill lied not only about his “Native American” heritage, but much of his research was either plagiarized, or bunk BS to maintain his tenure at the University. A note to New York Times reporters looking for news to fill your pages: A Google search for this story turned up few sources: http://www.NewsMax.com and the Hawaii Reporter.
It’s a relief that at least one crappy “professor” in higher education is getting the boot. Considering the big bucks that parents (and taxpayers) cough up to send their kids to these ostensible institutions of “higher learning”, one faintly hopes that tenure requirements will now be examined for content rather than page count.
Anyone recall the mainstream-media cacophony after the Corpus-Christi Times scooped them with the story of VP Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting? The press speculation that followed was of how “news” organizations were “shut-out” signaling a “cover-up?” Instead of the “village” media focusing it’s ostensible “investigative” lens at the fraud Ward Churchill was perpetrating upon the nation’s “children” the press would rather help Al-Qaeda cells avoid detection by the CIA, NSA, and the FBI.
If candidates for Public Office could be as forth-right and honest as North Carolina’s Vernon Robinson we’d all look forward to campaign season with much more enthusiasm and zeal.
Back home here in Michissippi, unemployment and real estate foreclosures are the state’s number one products. Dem Governor Jennifer Granholm’s taking a beating in the polls from gubernatorial challenger GOP candidate to be, Dick DeVos. Granholm so far has remained silent, and the Freep and News are both encouraging her to get into this fight. Considering that both newspapers have kicked dozens of their own to the curb during Granholm’s never ending “downsizing of Michigan” campaign, you’d think they would be hopeful on the future. This poll shows that while Granholm’s negatives are high, those polled blame Bush and former Gov. John Engler for Michigan’s plight. With unemployment here at almost 8%, it was probably an afternoon’s work for ”Strategic Vision” to find 1800 Michigan residents available to talk about the state’s plight.
Last but not least: The GOP US Senate race in Michigan has a pulse! The primary battle will feature the Reverend Keith Butler squaring off against Jerry Zandstra, and late comer Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. In the eyes of the media, Bouchard is the one to beat. He distances himself from both Butler and Zandstra in name recognition, being that Oakland County Sheriff is a fairly high profile occupation that gets him a few law enforcement news stories each month. The state GOP, fearing a collapse from Butler and getting only a faint pulse from the Zandstra campaign, pulled Bouchard from his hospital bed in an attempt to bump out the weak and caustic Debbie Stabenow. Stabenow has made a name for herself in Washington as the: “Senator most likely to hold the door for other Senators”. Stabenow is as invisible as Jennifer Granholm’s economic plan and has been less than helpful in getting Michigan’s name mentioned even by the hotdog vendors outside Capitol Hill. Her Democrat partner Carl Levin was last seen dumpster diving outside the White House failing not only to find documents implicating the Bush Administration in something bad, but failing to find his map of Michigan as well.
We here at ‘The Blog’ like both Bouchard and Butler. We like Butler’s unequivocal moral conviction. Butler also displays a passion and certainty for conservative positions that don’t sound practiced but come to him naturally. Bouchard on the other hand, has name recognition, solid relationships with the GOP political machine, and being Sheriff bolsters the GOP’s image in the “Law & Order” department. Bouchard still has to tell us why he wants the job.