"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday, 4 November 2012

History Repeats

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Who Will Buy, My Sweet Scented Lavender":

Ration your use of Times articles, Evelyn. When you hit 10, the hammer falls. We tried to explain about a computer on the blink and they weren't having any of it.

Everyone knows I am a social media neophyte. But I have  the comfort of knowing I am not alone. 

Does reading the New York Times  mean "using" and   a "hit".that brings down the hammer after the number 10. 

Or is it making a reference to an article in the New York Times.
If it does, when does the number 10 kick in?

I watched "The President's Men " last night.A classic film. 
Robert Redford ,Dustin Hoffman and a cast of excellence.

A scene shows Redford and Hoffman  walking side by side through the newsroom . 
Redford took  long measured strides, Hoffman short quick steps.
There wasn't much difference in  their height.
 As there isn't between Obama and Romney. 
Hoffman's character was chain-smoking, agitated ,notes on multiple paper scraps, shoved into pockets everywhere
Redford  was the calm organised, clean and tidy, intense thinker.    

I was at a conference in Niagara Falls with my family when the news came  that  President Nixon would resign. 

We drove. listening to the car radio, to be in The States at Seneca Falls for the  historic event. While we watched on television, the kids were outside  in a heated  pool floodlit on the inside walls .

Nixon made the comment. the media wouldn't have him to kick around any more.

Always ready to blame others for scandal created by  himself alone. Does that sound like someone we know?

I just read a news story about Conrad Black fighting to keep his Order of Canada.  The Order  has been taken away  from others for 
reprehensible  behaviour.
Better they were never given than shown to be so meaningless.
How can a jail bird hold the Order of Canada. 
Puts the whole concept  into disrepute.    


Christopher Watts said...

I've been following the adoption of paywalls, most recently the Toronto Star has announced their plan to enact one next year.

NYT restricts access to 10 articles per month:

It has just restored its paywall after being down during Sandy:

As for Black his temporary resident permit is valid until early May, 2013,

For someone who refers to our great nation as a "a Third World dump run by raving socialists" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_v._Chr%C3%A9tien )
he certainly has taken his sweet ass time packing up and retreating to the UK.

Maybe he is recognizing that he isn't going to be as well received as he there as he once expected: http://www2.macleans.ca/tag/conrad-black/

If you're looking for a good follow up political film that also stars Dustin Hoffman I'd suggest the 1997 film Wag The Dog.

Anonymous said...

You can get around it by having a friend who isn't interested in such things get you a copy on their computer. I would send Maureen to you but I don't know how. Maybe you shouldn't read it - the misery is clear in her voice.

Anonymous said...

There you have it in a nutshell. I totally agree with Mr Watts about Lord Black's personality. But I think he should be allowed to remain in Canada. His wife's health is fragile and she has paid a heavy price for him.

Anonymous said...

Re Conrad Black, it strikes me that many other wealthy men such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffetuse a great deal of their wealth for good.
Our Conrad seems to be obsessive about spending most of his money on trying to convince us that he was "done wrong" in being duly convicted of a feloney.
Such narcissism and self-indulgence is so sad. He is a midget among wealthy men.

I hope he is stripped of his Order of Canada and his peerage in the UK and never regains his Canadian citizenship.
He is a blight on our national landscape and a shameful excuse for a man.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous, 1:28
No need to feel sorry for her. I am sure she still has the tens of thousands (or perhaps it was even hundreds of thousands) of dollars to indulge herself and squander on a lavish birthday party before he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Also don't forget that she too has a venomous tongue.

Anonymous said...

Not feeling sorry for her. Just stating facts. No need to keep beating the same dead horse. They aren't going to be a cost to the government.