It is no doubt irrelevant that I’ve been struggling all day to write this. But write this I must. You see, Donald Trump and the Republican Party have taken an ugly and dangerous turn and in in doing so demands that it and its leaders be called out.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, a website specializing in covering government, feted the upheaval at
City Hall. The so-called reporter didn’t do any original reporting. He used all
secondary sources, including the local propaganda sheet also known as the Amarillo
Of course, in doing so, he perpetuated the local propaganda favoring the Wallace Bajjali-inspire downtown plan, but he also overlooked the entire back story, a legitimate shift in power and direction at
. I wrote him the following
email: Amarillo City Hall
Friday, October 2, 2015
I have often either quoted or paraphrased the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan about opinions and facts: “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
So, once again, the Amarillo Globe-News has decided to ignore facts to twist an editorial position into its own perverted worldview. The editorial laments that Congress didn’t show the same stupidity and crassness that the right-wing propaganda rag does on a daily basis. Look, the publisher, Les Simpson, and his main editorialist, Dave Henry, are entitled to their puritanical ignorance. They are even entitled to impose their retrogressive views on their readers. But here is the important part:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Many may have wondered why the city of
Amarillo and those pushing the Bajjali-Downtown
Amarillo Inc.-Amarillo Globe-News plan for downtown have given such short
shrift to Route 66 as an economic driver. And my interest in this matter came
up because an advocate of the Wallace Bajjali plan spread some false
information on Facebook.
Here is the text of the post and link to Facebook:
One of the reasons I’ve not attacked Paul Matney about his support for the Wallace Bajjali-Downtown Amarillo Inc.-Amarillo Globe-News ballpark is that at the base of it, I judged him an honorable man. And, he proved himself that today by resigning from the DAI board.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Not too many years ago, corrections or retractions of articles in a daily newspaper were rare. And less
The Sept. 20, 2015 version of the Amarillo Globe-News offers readers two examples that should have never seen the light of day.
The first is the long and winding editorial, about defunding Planned Parenthood and the videos that purported to show that the organization is “hit with a scandal involving the sale of aborted baby parts.”
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Nick Gerlich, a professor of marketing at West Texas A&M University, posted in his blog a discussion of the Amarillo Millennial Movement, comparing these youth to the Baby Boomers who protested the Viet Nam War. Gerlich portrays these youth as victimized by the older generation because the some of their elders are not taking them seriously.
But, Gerlich is as misguided as this youthful friends. Herewith is a deconstruction of his blog post.
A Different Voice
I am a Baby Boomer. Born in 1959, I was one of the later ones to call this cohort mine. We were a rambunctious group of ne-erdowells. We played our music loud. We protested the View Nam War. We indulged in the free-loving culture of the day. And we wore our hair and clothes in ways that made our parents cringe.
I am a pre-Baby Boomer, technically, with a 1945 birthday, but see myself more of a Boomer than a pre-Boomer. That said, Nick, I also didn’t like the Viet Nam War (maybe the View Nam War refers to it as the first real war brought into the nation’s living rooms on TV. Quite the Freudian slip for you.) However, wearing clothes and listening to music that outraged our elders was not the exclusive domain of Boomers. It’s always been a generation thing. Do study history.