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Journalist, Celebrities, and the First Amendment

Journalist, Celebrities, and the First Amendment

I’m a regular listener to NPR, but really didn’t know much about anchor Bob Edwards beyond his nice delivery and occasional quips. But this editorial, adapted from a lecture he gave at the University of Kentucky, struck me as remarkable (if not a little meandering). Media conglomeration, suppression of dissent,...

Ryze and Shine

Ryze and Shine

Online networking comes in many shapes and sizes. Longtime tech dude Burt Lum — yes, he of the suspiciously familiar homepage designs — has pointed me at Ryze Business Networking. A simple, organic design, useful cross-links for subject areas, contacts (including a personal profile), and the like, with growing networks for Hawaii,...

Visitors

Visitors

The in-laws are coming! The in-laws are coming! Actually, a whole bunch of in-laws are coming. Both Jen’s parents from Florida, her aunt from Boston, and her sister-in law and her niece and nephew from Virginia are all arriving tonight. And with Jen’s brother Mike already stationed here, it’s not...

Who’s Next? Take the Test!

Who’s Next? Take the Test!

The architects of the New World Order need your help to determine which nations are ideal candidates for action under “The Bush Doctrine” of pre-emptive action and liberation by force. Please take a moment to complete this questionnaire, and submit your results to the applicable information minister. How Does Your...

I’m Melting!

I’m Melting!

Egads am I sick. Sicker today than I was over the weekend, when I thought I was getting better. Every joint aches. My head is throbbing. My nose is either too plugged up for me to think straight, or running so fast not even Jackie Joyner Kersee could grab a...

Silver Lining

Silver Lining

The number of people dependent on news coverage aired by our local Hawaii Public Radio stations — from NPR to the CBC to the BBC — cledarly sees explosive growth during wartime. HPR started its “Spring Fund Drive,” but unlike the usual rolling start to pledge calls, General Manager Michael Titterton was...

Lucky Bastard

Lucky Bastard

It was nine years ago to the day that I asked Jen if she wouldn’t mind, terribly, perhaps maybe being my girlfriend. I’m still not sure why she said yes. (Maybe she thought it was an April Fool’s prank.) But I’m glad she did. I love you, kitten.

Wrong Number

Wrong Number

How’s this for a bizarre way to start off a week? My cell phone just rang with a call coming from the 732 area code (New Brunswick, New Jersey, according to this lookup site). I picked it up and said, “Hello, this is Ryan.” “Hi,” came a woman’s voice, obviously...

Fair and Balanced?

Fair and Balanced?

FoxNews biased? No surprise, really, there. Still, makes this little piece of satire taste extra nice. [MeFi] Myself, I’m still a little irked at Joe Moore, who irks everyone, on some level, all the time. No sooner had I read about media consultants advising outlets against appearing too negative on...

On the Homefront

On the Homefront

Okay, given the war, my latest letter to the editor published in the Star-Bulletin seems a bit trivial. But I did write it three weeks ago, before the madness began. War talk, though, has pretty much clogged the editorial pipes at newspapers everywhere. Besides, at least I got another dig...

Familiar

Familiar

Hmm. I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… (It’s okay. Burt’s a friend.)

Chicago’s Finest

Chicago’s Finest

Amy Partridge posts a brief account of being arrested and detained for over 20 hours for peacefully protesting in Chicago to the Chicago Indymedia site. “As with all of those around me that got arrested I did not want or intend to get arrested,” she writes. “At least three women...

Not Insane

Not Insane

Man, I should’ve joined that Saddam dead pool. Soon after watching the “live” address by Saddam Hussein following the unexpected target-of-opportunity strike on an Iraqi bunker (some 26 hours ago), I posted a theory to MetaFilter that the target was Saddam himself, that he was already dead, and that the...

MC Pee Pants

MC Pee Pants

Oh, god, how I love Aqua Teen Hunger Force. I don’t care if, technically, they’re an AOL property. That show’s a highlight of my week. It’s impossible to do anything else when it’s on… and the Danzig episode had me laughing so hard my ribs ached. “That is very wrong!...

Morons

Morons

Your tax dollars at work. Does swapping “Freedom” for “French” defame the French, or equate the French with Freedom? And why would the French care if we took their name off a food product they have nothing to do with in the first place?  [MeFi] How much more ridiculous can things...

I’m Okay, Eh?

I’m Okay, Eh?

Forgive the USA Today link, but this piece — yet another article addressing how poorly America, if not Americans, are being received beyond our borders — had a quote that I relished. In Ugly sentiments sting American tourists, Vince Vaughn recounts an encounter he had with some girls in England. They flirted...

Doing My Duty

Doing My Duty

During the (long) drive home yesterday, I was listening as usual to Marketplace on Hawaii Public Radio. During the show, former Maine Governor Angus King called in with his regular report from the road (he and his family are touring around in a RV), this time from “Big Bend Country”...

Says She

Says She

Check out the new review of the Dixie Grill Bar-B-Que & Crab Shack by my beautiful wife. She’s qualified, and is turning out to be a more reliable writer to boot. Hey, at least something on this site got updated…