Thursday, April 26, 2007

Breaking News

After two days of messy weather, rain and tornado alerts, the sun is out today and it is a magnificent looking day.

So, do you ever ponder about who it is that thinks breaking news is actually important enough for a specific news alert to the audience? After yesterday's spectacle of the earth stopping news that Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View, well, what could have been more important than that piece of news?

A small town in south Texas that was destroyed by a tornado? A house on fire in New York after shots were fired from within? General Petraeus briefing Congress on the progress in Iraq? Silly me.

The fact that Barbara Walters and ABC kept Rosie on for as long as they did speaks volumes about the debasing of American culture. She is a nasty woman consumed with anger and bitterness. And, who are these women watching this show anyway? I saw a clip of the audience applauding Rosie as she defended her pal Alec Baldwin and his tirade on his 11 year old daughter. They actually laughed and applauded as she said she yells at her kids and curses at them when she loses her temper.

What a role model, huh? And the sheep that follow. It made me proud to say I have only seen the show a couple of times and only because I was at someone else's house.

Grandma MiMi didn't have time in her busy schedule, being Rosie the Riveter, after all, to meet with General Petraeus yesterday. She did manage, however, to speak with him on the phone. All the Dems yesterday came away from their briefings with the General declaring no military solution was possible. All the Republicans came away from their briefings with the General declaring there is some progress in Iraq.

General Petraeus declared there is progress in Iraq, even with only half of the troops committed to the new strategy in place. Civil violence is down by half. al-Sadr is marginalized now. The Sunni clerics are demanding their people work with the new government. All of this is good news, except to the Dems so deeply committed to defeat.

Harry Reid declares the war is lost. Senator Lindsey Graham asked a good question yesterday on the Senate floor. So, who won? Do we declare al-Queda victorious? The Sunnis? The Shiites? Iran and Syria?

Creepy voice Harry didn't say who the winner was but he did say this: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war. Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding", just so we know exactly where he is coming from. Keep your eye on that prize, Harry.

Party before country.

A little bit of comforting news from Iraq that wasn't widely reported, because it was good news: After the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week, students in Baghdad hung a banner of support at Baghdad Technology University. It read:

"We, the students of Technology University, denounce the attack at Virginia Tech. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims who faced a situation as bad as Iraq's universities do. The sanctity of campuses must be protected around the world."

Nicely done. They referred to the Virginia Tech student body as their brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge.

Hope springs eternal, despite the efforts of the party of surrender.


jmp5329 said...

My girlfriend gets Fox News Alerts on her cell phone -- she sent me the one about Rosie, asking me why did they bother.

srp said...

In this day of instant news... even things that would normally be a local event such as a police chase, have become "breaking news" nationally. Therefore we really don't have NEWS anymore, just sensationalism.