Friday, September 22, 2006

my friend lecram sent me this link. he thought it might be something i would find interesting. indeed. not only interesting, but riveting, thought provoking and i could could only say a hearty "thank you, brother" afterwards. if you find keith olberman to be the devil or the antichrist or (worse) an appeaser or terrorist sympathizer and you would rather listen to the vile spew of ann coulter or rush limbaugh or bill o'reilly (because you care not for truth and decency and the american right to dissent), then move on to someone else's blog.
if you hate politics and the very thought of thinking outside your protective little bubble of ignorance, then you, too, should walk to the next window.
if you are so deadset against anything president bush has done or not done or stands for or doesn't stand for and can't for one millisecond suspend your hatred for him or those he chose to prop him up for the last almost seven years, then you as well might want to click out and on.
for keith olberman gives a damning and sobering commentary on the state of our ground zero, our nation and our very existence as we advance to the future on the shoulders of those giants who helped create this very country, whose visions we reap the benefits of.
but if you still give a damn about us, about our nation, about our history, present and future, then perhaps you might give this link a listen.
in the end you may still feel as you did before (agreement or no agreement).
in the end, you may curse keith olberman. you may curse me for getting you to listen to him. you may banish my blog and never visit it again. but it would be worth that small price if only to have you listen to what he says and maybe (just maybe) consider that there is a truth here that exists outside what we are told to believe by our government and by the majority of the large media and that there is a man who is not afraid to say it.
however, this post is not about keith olberman. it is, rather, about the words and ideas he expresses in this most poignant and pointed commentary. words and ideas delivered without partisan rancor, without personal attack, without reduction to libel and innuendo. it is emotionally charged, personally felt and judiciously laid out in a professional and reasonable format. but with no quarter given.
click on this, give it a watch and a listen, then keep on living with or without the message he imparts. for this is what it is to be free.

as an addendum, i found this quite lengthy editorial round-up in the washington post, which gives a rundown on what really went on as the republicans wrangled over the new terror torture legislation. and a tidbit about karl rove promising an "october surprise". as we should all know by now, that phrase when uttered by rove means something very unpleasant and most likely untrue in order to scare our populace into voting for his party.
oh, and it's been leaked that our military has been alerted to a deployment in or by october to iran in order to start a blockade of that country.


Mintzworks said...

thanks to you and lecram. it's on my blog also.

This is the kind of journalistic commentary reminiscent of Edward R. Murrow, and tho I loathe Keith Olberman, wow, what a great script, what a great delivery.

And well foreworded by you...I included that into my blog as well.

scarysquirrelman said...

you know what blows me away, steph? either no one is reading my blog besides you or no one cares enough to chime in. while you "loathe" olberman you had (at the least) the energy and gumption to make your comment. why you loathe olberman is your thing. but you care enough about the topic and situation. sad that so many others don't.

Mintzworks said...

yeah, I too have NO comments on that blog.

It really is the best social commentary of the last 20+ years.

But we reach out to a very young, selfish crowd...and they needed to do THEIR things, and haven't silly time for a nine minute video.

Oh, wait, did you see that new group and their treadmill music video!?!?! Oh, I did, let's forward that to 30 million people, how cool!!!

And I thought 1968 was the saddest year in our history. At least people cared then...

airplanejayne said...

SSM -- sorry I didn't reply earlier. I agree with keith 100% -- Bush should be impeached (as well as tarred and feathered) -- along with most of his office.

and it infuriates me that 911 is tied -- by BOTH war protesters and supporters -- to IRAQ.

And I use "Monters Are Due on Maple Street" in my classroom. Bradbury at his best.

rant on, McDuff. rant on.

marypoppins/privateeye said...

I love Keith..... I don't always get to watch him, though. So I go to his site to see if he has any new "special comments". I have actually written him and thanked him on behalf of my children. We need a hero in the media to speak out daily. So far, he is the only one doing it on network news.
Do you listen to Democracy Now? I wish everyone did. If you don't know about it, it is on Free Speech radio, FM 88.1 at 6 and 9 AM. You will hear news there that you won't hear on the networks. Try it out!

scarysquirrelman said...

amy goodman is awesome in her bulldogedness, but the leftie screeching sometimes makes me just as irritated as the right wing condescension.