***I must add something since I first posted this blog entry: I have received everything from threats to my personal safety, profane and vulgar personal attacks, and generally ignorant and violent language from right-wingers who think the material below is liberal or left-wing...PLEASE check out all the signees whose websites are listed below; some of them are conservatives, Republicans, and right-wingers. Everything that does not mimic the sewage of Limbaugh, Hannity, et al is not liberal or left-wing.***
As you ponder the ongoing tragedies surrounding the victims of Hurricane Karina, as you get angry when you think former President George Bush thought it was enough to fly over the disaster and go "tsk, tsk," as you ponder what will happen when the next disaster hits the U.S., consider the following. After reading the quotes below, you will get the connection, but the American media missed it entirely. The media focused on Brad Pitt and other celebrities walking around the ravaged neighborhoods, TV and newspapers pondered the inability of the levees to handle the hurricanes surge, but nothing was said about the lack of sufficient National Guard help in New Orleans. Where was the National Guard?
As Susan Boyle walked out on the stage of Britain's TV show similar to "American Idol." she looked to many that she didn't belong in such a venue. The three judges sat stoically. Ms. Boyle looked frumpy, unpolished, older, the antithesis of Vogue magazine. In the U.S. we were quick to be told that she had "never been kissed."
When will America ever mature? Our lack of civilized behavior is showing...
Among my academic credentials is a M.A. degree in history from a university of some note. Therefore I am more aware than the average person of what scholarship is. I clearly know the difference between opinion and primary source material. I distinctly know the difference between opinion based at least on some factual information and support, and blatant distortions of truth. I know the difference between Fox News and the New York Times, or between NPR news and Rush Limbaugh, or between Rupert Murdoch and the BBC. When one enters the blog world or cyberspace generally, these differences begin to blur to various degrees. People think that if it is on the 'net it must have some basis in fact; it often does not have even a remote connection to fact. The Encyclopedia Brittanica states clearly that it intends to present information based on fact as much as is possible, Wikipedia states up-front that its source material is from questionable sources. If you do not know the clear difference in the aforementioned, you live in a world fraught with ignorance. Period.