So can my friends and relatives who support this administration possibly comment on the following debacle? For the life of me I can't understand why there are still people who think that Bush and Company are right when so much of what they do is desperately wrong.
So did you hear about the American taxpayer-funded Arabic language television station that is supposed to win over the hearts and minds in the Middle East, but has been actually presenting pro-terrorist and anti-Semitic messages because the Americans who run it can't speak Arabic?
ABC News has the story on its web site here dated May 22
It seems the Bush Administration has allocated $63 million a year to the station but doesn't have a clue what it's broadcasting.
Amazing, isn't it?
How would you use $63 million a year? More cops on the street? More recovery efforts for New Orleans? More teachers?
And what about the border patrol guard on the Canadian border who apparently ignored the message he was to detain and isolate that idiot attorney running around the world with damn near incurable tuberculosis?
Which one of them has the least regard for public safety?
Do you wonder why we are so paranoid about the Mexican border, but the Canadian border gets scant attention from a homeland security status? Maybe it will now.
I hope someone is going to do a sociological study of the baseball cap soon as I find it amusing that on one end we have guys who carefully preserve the metallic stickers on the bills of the hat, while on the other we have kids spending $40 or more getting a hat that is pre-worn.
Can you imagine the sweatshop in China where they make perfect hats in one section of the factory and then another unit takes a sander to them? What the heck do you think those workers think of us?
For that matter I wonder what these folk think as they make all of the "decorative" stuff one finds in dollar stores or the Christmas Tree Shop? What are they thinking as they're spray painting garden gnomes?
You know I've been wondering if people who watch local television news really want to be scared all the time? Everything on their tease commercials is somehow a threat or an answer to a threat.
Life is scary enough just with day-to-day stuff. Do we really need more fright?
Conventional wisdom is that sex sells, but if you're afraid of FCC fines, then I suppose the next best thing is a little homegrown terror.
In the spirit of cooperating with my electronic colleagues, allow me to make some suggestions when a slow news day threatens:
"Is your dog thirsty? We'll tell you how a filled water bowl can make a difference."
"Experts say pasting a $20 bill on your forehead and walking through an urban center at 2 a.m. is asking for trouble. We'll tell you how to avoid that danger."
"Looking both ways before crossing a street saved this local boy's life. Find out how turning your head and looking could save your life, too."
© 2007 by Gordon Michael Dobbs