Anyone looking for The Other Cheek can find Tina at her new fancy URL: www.othercheek.net… lookin’ good, sis! 🙂
I just finished the last two panels of “The Super Dudes” (no, I didn’t forget… just no time with all this War Coverage I’m doing.)
I learned something new in the newspaper biz lately. You would think something monumental like a war would be good for us, right?
While circulation goes up, advertisers pull their ads faster than you can say “Saddam Sucks”. Within hours before the deadline for Saddam to go INTO exile, advertisers were calling in to pull their ads. Customers see advertisers as ghouls at times like these, trying to cash in on a tragedy. (They get angry letters like “How dare you sell cars/cell phones/houses while people are dying???” )
Why do you think September 11th coverage went commercial-free after a while? Public service FROM the tv stations, or all the advertisers pulled their ads? You tell me.
Most of our revenue comes FROM ads. Newspaper sales is really just pocket expenses.
I plucked this great quote FROM Robyn:
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
– President Theodore Roosevelt –
The Warbloggers and their “agree with us or you’re stupid/a traitor/blind/[insert degrading remark here]” has pissed me off for the longest time now. It makes me not even want to read blogs anymore. Whether it’s the same narrow-minded arrogance, or the responses of the people they’re alienating on their blogs.
Not agreeing with going to war does not make me any less of an American or a patriot than anyone else. It doesn’t mean I don’t have the utmost respect for the men and women of our armed forces.
For protestors to destroy 9/11 memorials or berate people who have family in the service is just as deplorable.
I can sit here for hours, trying to come up with something nice to say about Saddam Hussein.
The best I’ve come up with is “disgusting”, “vile”, and “despot” so far. The world is better off without him (So there’s the “bright side” in all of this). Maybe then we’ll get back to silly mundane things like, oh, our ailing economy, hunting down Osama bin Laden, crushing Al-Qaeda once and for all? This Orange alert stuff is REALLY getting on my nerves.
I’ve stated my thoughts on this war many times. I see no reason to repeat it over and over like the warbloggers do. I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re trying to convince *themselves* of their bullshit more than anyone.
It’s been a strange couple of weeks.
I just pray for a swift end to this madness, and our troops can come safely home.