Friday, July 10, 2009

Confirming Link to Cape Cod Lighthouse

Here's a link to my blog Cape Cod Lighthouse.

One reader reported that the blog didn't exist,
so I'm providing a link which worked for me, so it
should work for you.

Lighthouse Keeper

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Thinking About A Different Approach

I've been wondering about the value and usefulness of this blog, and also whether it is still the appropriate forum for what I want to express .

The title, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness, suggests that I am one who knows better and by my crying out can wake people up to what is going on, like the know-it-all, pain-in-the-ass prophets of old.

To say that such a view is egotistical and narcissistic would be an understatement. On the other hand that blog title might have brought in some traffic.

I'm considering using a different blog address which might be a more appropriate venue in which to share my thoughts.

For the time being I will go back to using an earlier blog, Cape Cod Lighthouse.

Here's the address:

I'm grateful for the feedback you have provided here. On average 3 people visit per day and read on average 2 posts, according to Sitemeter.

Please visit me at The Lighthouse. I hope to hear from you there.

Thanks for your consideration and support.


Waiting For Robin Hood

Here's a must read column by Frank Rich in today's Sunday Times. Echoes of Tom Brokaw's, "The Fleecing of America".

The frustration is in the recognition that the man I voted for as president because he projected an honest and honorable image, has surrounded himself, in the financial crisis, with Geithner, Summers and who knows who all else, who were, and still are, too tight with those they were, and still are, supposed to regulate.

A couple of years ago, during the campaign, I opined that we shouldn't really expect much change in Washington, regardless of who won. Sadly, it seems I was right.


Enough is Enough; When Oops as a Defence Becomes Indefensible

That's it!

This article is about the Washington Post cancelling the pay -to- play dinners which the publisher should have known would have genuinely offended all journalists worth their salt.

Adding insult to injury, in the July 2nd edition, the Neocon, Israeli and AIPAC apologist, John Bolton, was awarded top billing in the Opinions section, in which he advocates for Israel attacking Iran. This member of what Patrick Lang, of the important blog Sic Semper Tyrannis, calls the Neocon Scum is one of those who, because he needs, and actually gets off on the need, to wield a hammer, sees every and all impediments to his simplistic and militaristic view of life as a nail.

A week ago WaPo fired Dan Froomkin who called it the way he saw it more objectively than many columnists. His employer defended the action by pointing to a statistic that proved to them that his column was no longer a sufficient source of revenue.

These are just three examples of why I have come to the view that what WaPo publishes is no longer easily distinguishable from the neocon propaganda of the Washington Times and Fox News Network I can no longer read it without suspicion, looking for and expecting a right wing bias on the front page as well as on the editorial page.

I hope that Gene Washington, E.J. Dionne, and perhaps Richard Cohen and David Ignatius, Ruth Marcus, even Michael Gerson and David Broder, whose overall left versus right orientation is not hard to deduce, but who are not as rabidly one sided as Will, Krauthammer, Kristol and Bolton, will look for and find a more objective forum from which they can continue to inform us.

I hope they will not be the Colin Powells of Journalists.

Update: The Publisher and CEO, Katherine Weymouth, wrote an apology in the Sunday, 7/5 edition, which appears in the Opinion section. Her apology, like so many people who have been caught, included the usual CYA "buts". She insists she didn't sign off on the flier that caused the stir, 0thers do this stuff all the time; and that's just for starters.

I joined the many commenters who piled on, calling for her resignation and to take Fred Hiatt, her editorial page editor with her.

It's sad and a crying shame what's become of the Washington Post since the death of Katherine Graham, it's respected, admired, even revered longtime journalist and publisher.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Gershom Gorenberg Makes Sense

Here's a good piece, and a sensible one, by Gershom Gorenberg at The American Prospect on the the most likely "arrangement" in Israel/Palestine.

He doesn't think the word "solution" is appropriate, believing that political moves rarely result in solutions, just arrangements.

Like M.J. Rosenberg at the Israel Policy Forum, Gorenberg is a realist, and one who understands the huge gulf between two peoples. And like Rosenberg, he supports Obama's approach, and has pretty much complete disdain for Netanyahu.


Mark Shields Exposes the GOP Health Care Hypocrisy

Here's a really good piece by Mark Shields, our favorite guy on the News Hour.

GOP members of Congress are more than happy to have a gold plated health care provided them by the government, but are against any government health care for those who elected them.

Just who are the real and actual public servants?


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cartoon Truths

Here's a cartoon which "says" it all.

Pass it on.