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The FreeDumm-ies Of The Press

Published January 26, 2011 by glaumland

It’s been a while since I have read Animal Farm by George Orwell. It’s an amazing story and one that should be required reading for all (I know, that isn’t exactly freedom).

But perhaps as important as the story is the preface that was not printed with most editions of the book. How telling is that? Here’s an excerpt, thanks to Wikipedia:

“The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary. … Things are kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervenes but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact.”

Now replace ‘England’ with ‘United States’ and ‘British’ with ‘American.’ Unfortunately, Orwell’s observation about the Brits during WWII is just as accurate about the Mainstream Media today. Whether the story (or absence of one) is about the economy, sharia, Obama-care, Sarah Palin, climate-change, abortion or many other topics, the MSM is out to promote their agenda, not to report facts. Just look at the TV line-ups and you see how much time is devoted to ‘opinion journalism’ from left and right. Where it used to be that an opinion of a publication was delivered on the editorial page, these days it seems that most journalists feel that it is their opinion of events, and not the facts, that are important.

Now I see a report that PBS Newshour is the most trusted source of news. Yeah, right. Personally, I figure since my tax dollars pay to keep Public Television on the air, it is good to keep an eye and ear on them. Imagine my surprise (silly me, I actually was!) that there was no coverage of the grand jury indictment handed down against Kermit Gosnell of the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society. It is a big story, and bound to bring the issue of abortion to the national forefront. But I guess PBS isn’t interested. Not even a whisper on their show or website. And according to Brent Bozell over at Townhall.com, ” “CBS Evening News” had one story, NBC’s “Today” “offered 50 vague words and ABC couldn’t be bothered. Rachel Maddow anchored an entire hour-long special on the shooting death of abortionist George Tiller, but a Nexis search finds no one on MSNBC could even whisper the name of Kermit Gosnell. (CNN and Fox News each followed the story for a few days.)” Is that journalism?

Specifically, my take on the Gosnell story is that it isn’t even right to call this man a ‘doctor’ as physicians take an oath ‘to do no harm.’ How he got away butchering babies and women for decades is something I don’t understand. Here’s another quote: 

Associated Press reported, “Prosecutors described the clinic as a ‘house of horrors’ where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions.”

 I’m not a proponent of medical lawsuits, but I think that the administrators for the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, and the Philadelphis Health Dept. should be liable for damages. In whopping big amounts. Maybe there should be some convictions of public officials, as well. Hopefully the PA attorney general pushes this until the very end, not only convicting the people who did wrong, but also putting the fear of God into others who might think this is acceptable behavior. Read this post from Michelle Malkin for more horrific abortion scandals: http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/26/beyond-the-philadelphia-horror/. The press better wake up soon because this is set to explode into a major national controversy.

I don’t believe abortion is right and I don’t believe it is a right. I was ambivalent about this issue when I was younger, thinking everyone should decide for themselves. However, my views were crystallized when we lost our first child at 14 weeks of pregnancy. The OB-GYN didn’t even realize the baby was gone, and a nurse talked about our ‘spontaneous abortion.’ That’s the medical term for miscarriage, but it is too many letters to write in a chart, so the abbreviation ‘SAB’ is used instead. To be told I had aborted my child, even with the qualifier of ‘spontaneous,’ was too much. Unfortunately, we lost that baby and two others. And I began to realize exactly how precious life is, especially those little lives. To some they may be ‘fetal tissue’ or a ‘cluster of cells’, but to me they are a miracle of creation, genetically unique from all other life.

But back to the main issue of this blog, which it the freedom of the press NOT to report news. When did it happen that journalists elevated themselves & determined that they should give us the stories that are important to them? Why do they think that their opinions are of any interest to us? Where do they get off preaching to us? How will this end?

Huh, isn’t that funny. I just asked the most important questions in journalism: Who, What, Where, When & How. And that’s all I ask; give me the facts and let me decide for myself what the news means to me.

By the way, here’s some other news that hasn’t made the news:

Staff Sargeant Patrick Zeigler was shot in the head 4 times by Major Hasan during the Fort Hood shooting (more aptly termed Act of War or Act of Terrorism, but you won’t see that in the MSM). Sargeant Zeigler has endured multiple surgeries to repair his head wounds, and has made tremendous strides in his recovery. His fiance and now wife Jessica has charted their journey at http://patrickjessica.blogspot.com/. Why is it that we’ve gotten moment-by-moment updates on Congresswoman Giffords but hardly any reports about the victims of Ft. Hood? Because it fits the message of the journalists.

Christians are being slaughtered by the scores in “moderate, peaceful” Middle East countries. (Oh, and let’s not forget Russia or China as well) Here’s a recent article in Big Peace: http://bigpeace.com/ipt/2011/01/16/the-middle-east-christian-onslaught/. I see that Al Qaeda is not only posting plans for making bombs on their websites, but now, for the sake of convenience  I’m certain, they are also posting the locations of Christian churches. Sure, I know that Islam is a peaceful religion. Sure, I know that I can’t use words like ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist’ or ‘crusade’ because I might offend someone. Sure, I know that it isn’t right to profile people who prefer Arab dress. How do I know all of these things? Not because I decided they were true, but because the MSM told me so!

Lee Stranahan @ http://leestranahan.com/ has been doing extensive work on the Pigford Fraud. It looks as though our tax money that was set aside to compensate black farmers for discrimination has been wasted through excessive attorney fees and payments to people who aren’t (or weren’t) farmers. Lee interviewed two gentlemen that had aired their frustrations with this situation to Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop (yeah, THAT Sanford Bishop, of the Congressional Black Caucus). In response, depending on the time of day and who he was talking to, Bishop reported that a) sure there was fraud but policing it wasn’t in his job description, b) he’s surprised to hear about any fraud and those gentlemen must surely be doing too much drinking, and c) sure there was fraud and that is why the legislation had anti-fraud provisions, and oh by the way, those gentlemen are just disgruntled. What a load of PIGCRAP from a man elected by Americans and paid by Americans to be in service to America. So what does the MSM have to say about this? (…Crickets…)

Ok, this turned into a really long post and rant. But my overall message is this…get out on the web and look at lots of news sites and really find out the stories that should be in the news. Take your opinions and your thoughts back from the MSM journalist and make up your own mind. It’s time we all started thinking and talking. Evil can’t survive in the sunlight.

Until next time…


Don’t Misunderestimate The Power Of Petard

Published July 1, 2009 by glaumland

One of the most challenging aspect of my profession as a veterinarian is communication. Imagine that! I never really understood that, until I realized that pets don’t carry credit cards. Ha!

As is turns out, as a learner I am very visual, as well as tactile. I’ve got to see it and feel it to understand it. If you’ve ever seen me explain things to clients, I’m constantly scribbling on the back of paper or gesticulating wildly in trying to get my message across. I think (hope) that this works for most people, but it definitely works for me: I really enjoy the education part of my job.

Sometimes when I’m trying to talk to clients, I get stuck on trying to NOT use the super-long 50 cent per word term that they won’t understand. Then the goal becomes to find a word that is understandable AND professional. But sometimes I wonder if it just can’t be done.

{One of my children’s favorite PBS shows “Wordgirl.” My idol is Lady Redundant Woman. I’ve learned never to misunderestimate her ability to do evil! (Maybe I should become Dr Redundant Vet – has a nice ring to it!)

Gooey. This is one of my tough words. When I say this to anybody, they know exactly what I mean (some sort of a liquid mucoid discharge). Then there is soupy, which is liquid with stuff in it but not as thick as gooey. If we add a -y to the end of pus, you get another type of discharge that we will write on the charts but not say out-loud. Heaven forbid we have blood in this mix, and we have to try to explain to clients about the mucopurulohemorrhagic dischage – that’s worth at least $1.75, even if the client goes ‘huh?’ Just so much easier to tell them that it is a brownish, gooey, soupy pus. They get the idea.

(Describing smell that go along with discharges can be even more fun, but only for those clients who have strong stomachs. Most fun of all is when you get the discharge all over the place – hooo-ee!) Are you with me here?

Former President George Bush 43 was often maligned for waterboarding words. He had some real doozies, but you do have to understand – that’s the way TX people talk. At least, real TX people talk that way. But far from browbeating him about his lovely words, he should have been heralded as a great communicator. After all, the most important thing about words is the person you speak them to understands them. Otherwise, it’s just jibberish.

Some people like to use fancy words that no-one understands (and sometimes not even them!). Several weeks ago Obama mentioned that Democracy and its freedoms are not things to be hoisted on other countries. (Bold words are exact). You can hoist a flag, hoist a beer, and even hoist a petard, but I hardly think we want to put American ideals so high that they can’t be obtained by anyone else.

So perhaps Obama meant foisted, which means to get someone to accept something by using deceit. Rather that clearly explaining that clearly so that everyone could understand, he tried to show off his Harvard education. A mistake like that would have meant an ‘F’ in my high school composition class.


And speaking of hoisting petard, I bet less than 5% of America understands Shakespearian English, but who knows what a petard is, anyway? A petard is an old French word for a small bomb that was used to blow up gates and walls. Unfortunatelly for the hoister, he usually got blown up himself. The funniest bit about petard is that it is derived from the older French, Latin and Greek words meaning ‘to break wind’ (farting for you and me!).

So to get hoisted with your own petard – that would mean getting blown up by your own bomb, or possibly gaining altitude following a big bowl of chili. Some people know how to foist their petard though, and have many ways to leave their gas issues for someone else to deal with.

One of my favorite Bushisms is the word ‘misunderestimated.’ He got lots of flackfrom the media for that one. But they, along with the Democrats, should really have figured out by now what it means. After all, the Obama administration has made an art form out of misunderestimating unemployment and deficits this year, so I’m thinking they already seated a ‘Misunderestimation Czar’.


Another one of my favorite words is ‘disinclude.’ Many purists would just say to use the word ‘exclude.’ but we can’t learn anything from that word other than something or someone gets left out. But if we ‘disinclude’ someone, that means we thought about including then, and then decided to purposefully leave them out. See the difference?

Lately as I have pondered words and communication, I realized that it isn’t about using fancy or even ‘correct’ words; it IS about having your audience understand what you are trying to say. So when I say that Obama has alot of semi-half-baked ideas, you should understand that not only was the idea not properly thought through (the cake was still gooey inside) but it didn’t even have a proper beginning point (the stove never got turned on). Do you see what I mean?

Words have power: the power to share thoughts, ideas and feelings.  We must all use our word power for good and not evil. So says Dr. Redundant Vet.

 Until next time…

Tag – You’re It!

Published January 17, 2009 by glaumland

Well, it’s been the end of a good day with family. Didn’t get a whole lot accomplished, but I guess we did it all together.

Little girl is taking karate classes. She’s had a couple classes and already looks comfortable and more confident. This is really good for her. Can’t wait until little boy can do it as well. DH wants so bad to do it, I can tell, but doesn’t think he is ready for it yet. Maybe soon…

DH is trying to talk me into getting a calf – nooooooo! Give me goats any day. They are fun. Mozzarella was out with the kids today and carrying on running and jumping around. Now DH thinks he can make money with goats. Oh, no…

But I shouldn’t complain because DH was able to put a pre-signal booster on the new attic antenna, so our DTV converter box has more channels and better signals – it’s almost like cable! WOW! Now we’ll really be hitting the PBS shows more often.

I’m going to try to start using tags when I blog. Just another way to spread info.

Although why anyone wants to hear my thoughts and ideas is beyond me, but maybe someone is crazy enough to want to know about my crazy little world. For my friends it would be a great way to keep up with me.

Well, I’d better close this down…family in bed and tomorrow’s church.

Until next time…