Ted Stevens Goes Down the Tubes

July 31, 2008

Senator Ted Stevens (R – Alaska) was indicted this week on seven felony counts.  He received more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from an oil contractor that lobbied him for government aid.  He’s also accused of lying on his Senate financial disclosure reports. 

Stevens is also known for his support of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere”, which has become the poster-child for unnecessary and irresponsible government spending.  Stevens threatened to quit Congress if the funds were diverted from the bridge construction to relief for Hurricane Katrina.

Nowdays, a Senator being indicted for corruption doesn’t really catch my attention, but Ted Stevens has made a name for himself Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News Will Tell You What’s Acceptable

July 28, 2008

I know that you can’t expect any sort of legitimate news coverage from Fox News.  Nor can you expect them to report on something without adding a little opinion at the end of a story.  This type of “reporting” and it’s bias goes unnoticed because cable news has become so opinion-oriented thanks to the talking head shows that litter the networks.

I flipped on Fox News, only because it is channel 39 and the Cubs were on channel  40.  They were doing this story about a guy from Orlando, Florida who is selling his body for a tattoo on Ebay to any corporation willing to buy his ad-space.  He seemed like a decent enough guy.  He recently got laid off and is married with 2 kids and another on the way.  He talked about how he has turned in his resume to 30 employers and has not gotten a call-back. 

So, at the end of the story, they go back to the “newscasters”.  This is how they end the story:

Woman: “I wouldn’t buy his body.”

Man :  “I don’t know about all that.”

Woman:  “Yeah, I mean, get a second job”.

Man:  “Yeah, I hear McDonald’s is hiring”.

So first, let’s explore the fact that apparently the woman did not even pay attention to the story.  He lost his job, that’s why he’s trying to make ends meet by allowing some corporation to tattoo their logo on his body.  This was not some dude looking for publicity.  In fact, he tried to keep it a secret and somehow it got to the media.  But yeah…common sense tells you that you can’t get a second job until you have a first.  Plus, she was obviously commenting Read the rest of this entry »