Monday, May 30, 2016

Be careful what you wish for

The 2016 presidential race has become, more than ever before, a lesser-of-two-evils/be-careful-for-you-wish-for race. The Libertarian Party’s candidates are the latest entry that could lead this nation into a dystopian future. Former governors, Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts, will carry the banner for their party — both converts from the Republican Party.

The Albuquerque Journal’s story on the tense nominating convention and what the Libertarians stand for is illuminating.

On social issues, it’s a hands’ off policy. Those positions on abortion, same sex marriage and others are sure to alienate the evangelicals who Donald Trump hopes to woo. And, what Johnson characterizes as fiscal conservatism is really a corporatist agenda disguised as financial responsibility.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Wallace Bajjali double speak -- and look who's complicit

Here is a good example of the Wallace Bajjali double-speak. I found this rummaging through some old files.

The ethical bankruptcy of everyone on this email is obvious. Congrats to to the old city commission on being country bumpkins.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

BigPharma and more deception

I have ranted about BigPharma and the lack of ethical grounding in the direct-to-consumer advertising. That part of the health care industry spends about $5 billion a year on convincing consumers to pester their doctors for the “latest and greatest” drugs, some of which are not only less effective but also less safe than the old and cheaper pharmaceuticals. The negative effect of permitting DTC advertising has finally triggered the American Medical Association’s ire, with a recent statement condemning the practice.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl 50 - Was it a real contest?

Oh, yes, I am going to be quite the curmudgeon about the Super Bowl. And not because of the outcome of the game. I didn’t have a horse or cat in that fight. No, my beef is with the entire spectacle and the corporatist bread and circuses nature of the event.

First, I have to ask if this is a real football game because it is played with a different set of rules. The 40-second play clock at the Super Bowl is even more irrelevant than during the normal season. Why?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Interesting Letter

It took me a while to figure out how to get this online, and it is, of course, late. But this is one other thing in the background of the recent election.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AA baseball for Amarillo?

ABC7AMARILLO has learned plans are in the works to bring the San Antonio Missions baseball team to Amarillo. Watch for team coverage on ABC7AMARILLO at 5, 6 and 10.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bread and circuses

Louisiana’s big media are devoting about as much time and space to the fate of Louisiana State University’s head football coach, Les Miles, as they have to the recent gubernatorial election. Reports on the NOLA.com/Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate websites seem as sharply divided about whether Miles will stay or go or be forced to go as are the commenters after the Tigers’ game today against Texas A&M.

Here is some perspective from someone who went to LSU in the early- to mid-1960s.