Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Target, the superstore, has announced that it will no longer allow the Salvation Army to solicit donations at or near its stores at Christmas time in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Has the Grinch won?

Last year the Salvation Army collected $750,000 at these stores to help the hungry, homeless, and despairing of society. Target does not want these people helpled, evidently, but it does want them as customers. Will Target donate $750,000 to the poor and hurting?

Picking on the Salvation Army? The most charitable and decent organization in the US?

Target customers should respond with a boycott of Target stores. Maybe feeling the financial pinch will bring Target management back to decency. Merry Christmas, Target!

Sunday, September 12, 2004


Do you remember last year when Janet Jackson was exposed on national prime time television during the Superbowl halftime? Well, now the FCC plans to fine CBS $550,000 for boraodcasting the scene.

What about fining CBS for broadcasting a story about President Bush and the Texas Air National Guard based on "documents" it knew were faked?

Do you remember, years ago, when CBS was a serious news organization? When did it become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee? More to the point, why?

Saturday, September 11, 2004


People wonder how Dan Rather's career can survive with CBS. He appeared to participate in a fraud to influence the result of an election by publishing that story about President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard on "60 Minutes". Everyone knows that Rather has served as the media conduit for the Democratic National Committe for years. But this is the first time he seems to have participated in fraud. It is no longer a matter of bias. It is now potentially a criminal case!

His bosses at CBS cannot tolerate this! The public certainly will not!

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