Thursday, February 18, 2010

Objective Honesty Regarding Rejecting Objective Reality

The Atlanta Progressive News has fired senior staff writer Jonathon Springston due to Springston’s desire to report the news objectively, and the Atlanta Progressive News (APN) can’t have that going on.

At a very fundamental, core level, Springston did not share our vision for a news publication with a progressive perspective. He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News. It just wasn’t the right fit.

The above quote is taken from an APN statement sent to the blog Creative Loafing which was attempting to determine the truth of the matter, and yes, it is true.  How progressive, and unreal.

Via a Diana Hsieh Link-O-Rama.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 04:56 PM
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Joe Stack - Patriot or Terrorist?

An Austin, Texas building, which evidently housed an IRS office has, apparently, been intentionally struck by a small airplance, piloted, again apparently, by an individual by the name of Joe Stack.  One headline on the story, linked via Drudge, reads Texas Small Plane Crash Might Be Intentional Act, Officials Say.

This is not unlike the events of 9/11.

The Smoking Gun (TSG) is following this story, and notes that Joe Stack left an online letter addressed to the IRS, and posted it on their website.  TSG titles their posting of this letter Plane Crash Suspect’s Online Diatribe.

I’ve read through Mr. Stack’s letter to the IRS, and it does appear that this letter would self indict Mr. Stack as the pilot crashing the small airplane into the Austin, TX building.  I find Mr. Stack’s letter far less than a diatribe, unless one considers diatribe’s archaic meaning as the most accurate description for Mr. Stack’s letter, rather than the more common meanings associated with the word.  Mr. Stack’s letter is for the most part rational, and it expresses, quiet eloquently I think, many of the frustrations freedom loving individual Americans, who desire autonomy and relief from crushing taxation, internally harbor.

Now, as an individual I eschew violence, random destruction of property which is not my own, and the unprovoked killing of individuals.  With that said, how should Americans be viewing Mr. Stack?  Of course Mr. Stack will be portrayed by the press and the State as a scoundrel, a potential Timothy McVeigh or some other manifestation of evil.  But is he?  Is Mr. Stack a patriot, or a terrorist?

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 03:02 PM
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Depositing Cash? - You May Be Suspect

Karen De Coster relates a recent credit union banking experience wherein she was depositing cash, $5,400.00 bucks worth of cash, at her local credit union.  A credit union which she had been a member of since the tender age of 5 years old.  Karen’s depositing of cash caused much whisperings, mulitple countings of the bills, and notifiying of the credit union manager.  She must’ve looked rather suspicious, what with her blonde hair, polite manner and expressive smile.  I wonder if she was wearing her biker leathers or something?

How the State Destroys Your Banking Relationships

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 10:16 AM
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Federal Weatherization Program, It’s A Failure

According to the LA Times, Obama’s push to weatherize homes, you know, to save the environment, money, and redistribute wealth in a manner which is less offensive than simply handing out wads of cash to the alleged poor, is so wasteful, to the tune of a $57,362.00 cost, on average, to winterize one home, you could buy a home here in Michigan.  Here are 978 homes, for 60K or less, just in the Western Michigan area alone.

Have Obama’s federal government weatherize your home for only $57,362 each

Posted by John Venlet on 02/18 at 09:18 AM
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