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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
A final rambling (08/01/13)
For those who don't know, or haven't seen the job opening ad, I am leaving Spencer to move back to Ohio. Normally, I stay away from writing about personal events in this space every week but it seemed like the right thing to do now. Let's see. I arrived here in a hurry and now leaving in a hurry, but that's life in the end. ...
Stupid expectations (07/25/13)
For some reason, this country has become fixated on body image. So much so, people expect a mother to be back in shape a day after giving birth -- as if there is a treadmill next to her hospital bed she can jump on and run that baby weight off. On Monday the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to her son George, and on Tuesday she emerged from the hospital in full makeup, nice hair, and a polka dot dress resembling Princess Diana. ...
Tribune, news business problems (07/11/13)
Journalism, or the news business rather, is taking another hit. No, a major paper hasn't gone out of business again, though that could be the case if the situation takes a turn for the absolute worst. On Wednesday, the Tribune Co. -- which owns the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times -- announced that it wants to split its outlets. They want to split up their print and broadcast assets, to capitalize on the growth of broadcast media...
Supreme Court defends gay marriage (06/27/13)
This morning news of the United States Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 hit the newswires. For a quick recap: The Supreme Court struck the two down. Now this is just a small step for gay marriage and the gay rights movement, but it is a step nonetheless...
Journalism takes a tragic hit (06/20/13)
Journalists are a tight-knit bunch. Even though we are spread out around the world, cover different markets and report on a wide array of issues, we understand each other and the problems we face everyday. Because of that, journalists offer praise for each other's accomplishments and mourn together when one of us is killed. It's hard not to become close to the people whose writing you read everyday, you see at conferences and compete with...
What's a president to do (06/13/13)
It all started with reports on the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi coming out, the Department of Justice seizing phone records of journalists and the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups. Adding to the pile is the recent revelation that Americans have been spied on by their government...
Bill could change No Child Left Behind for the better (06/06/13)
To be blunt, the American education system is terrible. It relies too heavily on standardized tests to not only gauge how well the students are doing, but teachers' jobs are on the line with them. A wonderful teacher can be fired because she has students who don't learn from filling in bubbles on a scantron sheet...
What's next for Bachmann? (05/30/13)
You remember Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), right? The woman who mixed up "The Duke" John Wayne with John Wayne Gacy. Whose husband "cures" homosexuality. Who suggested people in Congress be investigated for being anti-American or pro-American. And for being a little out of this world at times...
She pleads the fifth (05/23/13)
You don't give an opening statement, claiming you have done nothing wrong and then invoke your Fifth Amendment rights. If anything, the action suggests something wrong has been done. That didn't stop the Internal Revenue Service's Lois Lerner from doing just that on Wednesday in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform...
Lions and tigers and Benghazi, oh my (05/16/13)
Before I begin, President Obama must be the least informed president in history because whenever a scandal breaks, concerning his administration, his response is "I heard that on the news." Shouldn't someone whisper in his ear about these things every once and a while? Politicians should take ownership of events. Probably the last time such ownership occurred involved Richard Clarke back in 2004 at a 9/11 Commission hearing...
YouTube trying out a new revenue system (05/09/13)
The Internet is a wonderful place - if you are in the proper places - and it is full of free content. From videos, music and movies, it can all be found on the web. When a website that had free content decides to start a small subscription fee, users rise up in arms saying they won't pay to view said content. But in the end those who raised the rebel flag return to the site for the quality content...
Paul Ryan is taking baby steps (05/02/13)
Things are changing when it comes to gay marriage and equality for gay couples. Politicians who were against the idea of gay marriage are coming out in support now, and it seems that something big might be on the horizon for this civil rights issue...
The publishing industry is safe (04/25/13)
The publishing industry is in the same boat as the newspaper industry. Both are dealing with digital formats that are quickly changing the way people read and consume content, but neither industry has quite figured out how to utilize that digital aspect to a full extent. When those formats are ironed out the industries will be just fine. Neither books nor newspapers are going to go away...
Senate shoots down background check proposal (04/18/13)
It's hard not to talk about the events that happened in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was a horrendous event that placed a dark cloud over a great event that people from around the world enjoy. But I will let the national news outlets take care of that coverage, even though they have jumped the gun on information in the last few days...
The way of today's politics (04/11/13)
In the state of Kentucky it is legal, though maybe not ethical, for one person to record a conversation even if the other person or persons don't consent to the recording. I bring this up because a recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was published by liberal magazine Mother Jones this week. For those who don't remember, Mother Jones released video and audio of Mitt Romney late in the presidential campaign that contained the now famous "47 percent" comment...
Newspaper paywalls good or bad? (04/04/13)
So in the newspaper business, online content is quickly becoming the norm. In most cases a reader can get his or her eyes on a story before it hits news stands because it's been put on the Web. Since newspapers and magazines were putting up content to the Web for free, money wasn't being made. ...
Iowa rep. goes after Obama children (03/28/13)
For some reason, conservative politicians are attacking President Obama and the vacations he and his family have taken. Michele Bachman did it at CPAC, even though her facts were wrong, but the most recent outcry came from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday during his appearance on the Mickelson in the Morning radio show...
Republicans are starting to get it (03/21/13)
A report written by the Republican National Committee released Monday claims the party is "increasingly marginalized" on the federal level, and out of touch. It is about time. The report also says that changes need to be made if a Republican wants to win the next presidential election. ...
A strange donation (03/14/13)
When a non-newspaper person buys a media company with prominent newspapers across the country under its umbrella, it is a strange move. That is what happened back in 2007 when Sam Zell, a real estate billionaire, bought the Tribune Company. After Zell purchased the company it began to fall apart, quite literally. ...
The struggle of a freelancer (03/07/13)
In today's massive digital world it's becoming harder to wade through all of the blogs and websites that anyone can create. Because of that it is becoming harder for journalists and writers to find jobs. Publications all over the country are losing money and having to lay off huge chunks of their staff just to stay afloat financially. This has been going on for a few years now...
Republicans coming out in support (02/28/13)
A few weeks ago I talked about how the Republican party has run out of steam and needs to turn things around if they want to have a chance in the next presidential election. Well, it seems that some Republicans are figuring out that the old ways aren't working and are starting to support issues normally reserved for Democrats or Independents...
Apple has fallen from the tree (02/21/13)
Apple has been in the news quite a bit lately. Apparently, Apple systems were hacked, their product assembler, Foxconn Technology Group, stopped hiring employees, company stocks have fallen and a new product, the iWatch, has been reported on by numerous publications...
Republicans need to rally (02/14/13)
When Mitt Romney lost in November, the Republican party was left scratching their heads. He ran the gamut from being moderate to heading to the far right, but he wasn't able to capture votes. Say what you want but Romney wasn't able to get votes from women, African Americans, Hispanics and the gay community. ...
Fraternity gets suspended for party (02/07/13)
As someone who spent four years on a college newspaper staff, I am a huge fan of student journalism. There is something special about it. Student journalists are still figuring everything out, they aren't afraid to try new exciting things and most of them show promise for the future of journalism itself. Since most college newspapers are independent, the students have the ability to do some great investigative news stories without the administration putting the hammer down on them...
Video games aren't the cause (01/31/13)
While it was exciting Wednesday when BlackBerry came out with a brand new operating system and two new cellphones that run on the OS, all of the news rotating around the gun issue in this country wasn't. Let's recap. On Jan. 17, President Barack Obama introduced his new proposals for gun laws. ...
Trump in the newspaper business? (01/24/13)
Real estate mogul Donald Trump is interested in getting into the newspaper business. Yes, that isn't a misprint. The New York Magazine reported Tuesday that Trump "has engaged in more than one meeting to discuss how he might buy the Grey Lady." What would this mean if the billionaire with bad hair bought New York Times Co.? It would mean one of the last great staples in journalism, and newspapers, is dead completely...
Introverted Ramblings (01/17/13)
What was I doing with all these guns? My angst began to fester as the gun control argument raged closer to home. More and more people began telling each other that the gun was the ultimate cure for what ails us, the American Way - Hunter Thompson With the gun control debate raging throughout the country, I thought I would throw my own hat into the ring...
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Introverted Ramblings