Monday, September 26, 2005

Katrina's Aftermath From A Minister's Viewpoint

David Millican is a retired preacher in McComb, Mississippi

To my friends and family:

What I have seen since Katrina:

The poor and the wealthy hurt by the storm.
Black, White, Hispanic, Oriental and Indian all hurt by the storm.
Christian people giving, giving, giving.
Churches going all out to minister in Jesus' name.
Neighbors going door to door helping one another.
Thugs and hoodlums going door to door looking for someone vulnerable.
Ice and water being fought over as police tried to keep the peace.
People coming up from New Orleans taking over empty houses because shelters are full.
Out of town volunteers coming with food and staying for now a week still serving it.
The Churches all over this part of the country doing what Christians do in a crisis.
FEMA doing a wonderful job in getting help to us.
The Red Cross doing a great job in the shelters.
The Salvation Army doing a great job in the community.
Four Hundred crewman from everywhere bring back the power to our homes, churches and businesses.
Lines at service stations a block to a mile long National Guardsman patrolling the streets of McComb along with Kentucky policemen protecting us from the hoodlums and
thugs of McComb, Pike County and New Orleans (the most dangerous city in the world before Katrina.)
Drug dealers working outside shelters.
Doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel working tirelessly, even sleeping in the hospital to do the job God called them to do.

WHAT I HAVE NOT SEEN:

The ACLU setting up a feeding line.
People for the American Way helping in the shelters.
The NAACP doing any work whatsover.
The American Atheist organization serving meals in the shelters.
Jesse Jackson directing traffic at the gas stations.

I could go on but you get my message. It’s the Christian people with love and compassion who do the work. The gripers in Congress should come on down
and get in line to pass the water and the ice. Are you listening Hillary, Chuck, Teddy and all the sorry loafers we call Senators and Congressmen. They don't
have a clue as to what this life is all about here on the gulf coast.

Boy I feel better now.
David A. Millican

PS From Tonto-G

What Mr. Millican is, also, unlikely to see in McComb us the likes of Daniel Ruth. Especially since TBR has a strong distaste for things Christian and all of the flawed individuals that profess Christianity. You see TBR has great dislike for Southern people and the Southern culture. He won’t have much to say about the distress in McComb other than to call them “cracker colonels of calumny” (his words). You see TBR never met a southerner he really liked—or anyone else for that matter.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Can You See Me Now? Good, Real Good

In this article TB Ruth reveals to us what he thinks of you if you happen to watch cable television or surf the Internet.

Cable Television:  TBR Quote.

That converter box was originally supposed to take the viewer into a brave new world of culture, information news on demand.
What has it become?
Once you get past the cheesy home shopping channels offering cubic zirconium gee-gaws and reruns of the “The Andy Griffith Show” and Larry King interviewing a “Baywatch” cast reunion, most of cable has been reduced to people talking dirty to naked people.   (Comment:  How would TBR know this if he doesn’t watch cable television?)

On the Internet:  TBR Quote.

     What has it become?
     One vast parallel universe of right-wing crazies, left wing crazies, Nazis, white supremacists, religious fanatics, paranoid bloggers, hustlers, hackers, real estate speculators, drug pushers, gambling come-ons and somebody trying to sell you a Rolex watch.
     Then there are the sex sites—teenager, grandmother, lonely housewives, gays, bisexuals, lonely Christian singles who still have needs, lasses named Julie looking for a buddy, and, of course, naked Paris Hilton videos.
     Can you really call this the Internet, or is it really one, all-encompassing cyber groping.   (Comment:  How would TBR know this if he doesn’t surf the internet?)

End of Quotes

Well, there you have it folks.  This is what TBR really thinks of the rest of us.  This guy would have us believe that he is a paragon of perfection while the rest of us are all of the above.  

This is the same guy that chain-smoked and whopper gobbled himself into by-pass surgery.  This is the same guy that has dealt in name-calling, slop-jar journalism down through the years.  This is the same guy that works for a newspaper that accepts advertisements from many of the detestable folks that TBR cites in his quotes above.  This is the same newspaper from which TBR draws a handsome salary to support his digs down on Rome Ave.

The facts of his own foibles do not concern this guy.   He is, after all, one of the anointed –as Dr. Thomas Sowell calls them.

Tribune Hyprocrisy and Daniel Ruth

Below is my letter to the editor of the Tampa Tribune dated September 25, 2005. (Not likely to be published)
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Ah, the self-righteous hypocrisy of the editorial staff of the Tampa Tribune--again. In the Saturday, September 24, 2005 edition the Tribune lectures its poor hapless readers with a list of six ways to “Saving Fuel”. Now mind you none of us could have ever reached the conclusion of the Tribune on our own that turning off a light when leaving a room could save fuel. But now that the Tribune quivering lips have enlightened us the light in our brains suddenly comes on. (Oops! We must turn that light off in our brains to save even more fuel!)

So where is the hypocrisy? Well in the same issue the Tribune published an article in the “At Home” section, replete with color photographs, an article titled “Legacy on the Lake”. This article extolled the palatial digs of Emilio Dominguez and Lowella Esperanza on Egypt Lake. Not one word was mentioned in this article of the editorial staff’s perceived excesses of a 6500 sq. ft. living area and the additional 3500 sq. ft. add-ons. How much energy and resources have been concentrated into just one home that houses just one family? Where was the Tribune’s indignation about those excesses that are so obvious in the article? Well, there was not one comment!

Does this mean that I take issue with the amount of money and resources that these people put into their home? Certainly not! It’s their money and they can spend it in the manner which they decide.

My issue is with a newspaper that would lecture the great unwashed to “limit unnecessary trips” and then publish an article about opulence—all in the same issue. For next week’s lecture is the Tribune going to publish a list of unnecessary trips so that we, the unconcerned and uncaring, will know the difference between necessary and unnecessary trips? Perhaps you can turn the task over to that lover of humanity hack Daniel Ruth which you employ as the Tribune’s alter ego!

I know that it may be a shocking revelation to the Tribune editorial staff to realize but your readers are not as uninformed and inept as you indicate in your “Saving Fuel” editorial.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Details Could Derail Norman's Edifice Complex (9/23/05)

Carnac of Hillsborough County
Criswell of Kennedy Boulevard
Jim Norman’s Field of Schemes
Amazing Kreskin of the County Center

These are some names that TBR used to describe Hillsborough County Florida commissioner Jim Norman.  I don’t follow Mr. Norman’s political activities all that closely but I know he has been elected several times by his low life constituents (in TBR’s opinion) so he apparently does some things that they like.

TBR goes on in his article to make this statement, “Ironically, one of Norman’s biggest boosters was none other than ultraconservative gadfly blowhard Ralph Hayes who collects politicians like so many charm bracelet trinkets.”   Did you catch that folks?  TBR actually called somebody else a blowhard.  Look at all the name calling he has done down through the years and then fancy him calling someone else a blowhard.  This yellow shirted cubicle denizen could open his own university and offer advanced degrees in the art of blowing.

This guy fancies himself to be a modern day Will Rogers.  But what he actually turns out to be is the Tribune’s alter ego hack that is a neurotic coward hiding out behind a word processor keyboard.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

A Concert Experience To Die For? (9/18/05)

Below is my letter of September 18, 2005 to the Tampa Tribune. Think it will be published by them? Well, it's being published here!
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With each column Tribune attack dog Daniel Ruth manages to display his hypocrisy in a new way. In today’s column he speaks of the two participants in a recent Tampa Ybor City nightclub incident in which one man was stabbed to death by the other. Ruth goes on to say, “If only Laskas had been given an extra 20 minutes of life, he and Payne might well have wound up having a beer together—and two futures would have been spared.”

All of this compassion from a man who has made a career of penning incessant name-calling columns filled with hate speech. A man who has an attitude of, “It’s me against them and it doesn’t matter who ‘them’ happens to be”. A man who goes out of his way to impress upon others in the community as to how little regard he has for their attitudes, opinions and viewpoints. And all of this has been accomplished under the aegis of the Tampa Tribune, which, in itself, has become the “paradigm of hypocrisy” in Florida newspapers.

Through his columns Ruth has helped create an atmosphere of incivility in the community. Is it any wonder that victims of his bile take notice of his disregard for them?

Is Ruth so naïve that he can’t make the connection between his own incivility and the incivility that might be found in a Tampa nightclub? I think not! It’s hypocrisy on display—pure and simple

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Just Give Us The News (September 17, 2005)

Below is a letter written to the editor of the Tampa Tribune in the September 17, 2005 edition.  Observe what its author has to say about objectivity in news reporting.  Contrast this with the Tribune’s enabling of Daniel Ruth (a.k.a. TBR) to so viciously attack those with whom he disagrees.  As Boogie man said TBR is the Tribune’s alter ego who states the true sentiments of the Tribune editorial staff.  They achieve the statement of those sentiments through hacks like TBR.

Just Give Us The News (September 17, 2005)

It’s not enough that the Tribune editor has the front page and the editorial section to present the news as she sees it.  Now she’s taken over “Citizen’s Voice” besides!

As for her former editor who told her it was wrong for journalists “to use objectivity as a shield to separate us from the stories we write,” he gave her bad advice.  We, the newspaper readers, don’t buy papers to find out what to think or to be told how to interpret the news.  Give us the news and we’ll take it from there.  Besides, once a reporter lets passionate belief overcome objectivity, the line between news and opinion is inevitably blurred and the subscriber soon discovers he cannot depend on his paper for reliable information,

In today’s world, with so many other sources of information available, that reader may choose to become a former reader.

Anne Clark
Tampa

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tribune Editorial "Barbara Bush Should Apologize" (9/13/05)

This is a letter I sent to the Tribune on 9/13/05. Think it will be published? Doesn't matter. It's being published here.

"On today’s op-ed page (9/13/05) you wax indignant and declare that Barbara Bush should apologize for her remarks about the New Orleans slums. This was done in an unsigned editorial. But then, on the other hand, the Tribune enables its resident attack dog Daniel Ruth to accuse the President of being a murderer when he said, "The body bags stop at the Oval Office”. My, my! Aren’t you folks just a fine kettle of hypocrites down there on Parker street!"

Monday, September 12, 2005

TBR - The Man Who Never Met A Man (Or Lady) He Really Liked.

Interesting headline on TBR’s column this morning.  (Thank Gawd The Niceness Has Ended!!! 912/05)  Since he doesn’t believe in God he has to thank Gawd.  Why would he feel the necessity to thank himself in public?  He lambastes the Tampa City Council members and trashes the entire Hillsborough County Commission as being, “…more dysfunctional the cast of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.’”

He wants to say some good things about Mayor Pam but just can’t bring himself to do so.  He says that Mayor Pam, “..has probably never given so much as a nano-second to contemplating the governor’s mansion.”  We’ll see about that one.   You can be sure that Mayor Pam  has given and is giving a lot of thought to the governor’s digs!!

Anyway this column was boring and was much ado about nothing.  But it did show us, once again, that TBR is a man who has never met a man (or woman) that he really liked.  No one knows this better than his family members.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Handicapping Blame Game Point Spread 9/9/05

Well, folks, we’ve been waiting for this article and he finally came through.  I urge to read the Tribune screed from TBR today.  Nothing exemplifies the true nature of  this Tribune flounce.  In this article he hurls vindictive insult after vindictive insult at good people who are trying to deal with a monumental national disaster.  

Not once—no not even once--did he offer even the slightest suggestion as to how to best heal the wounded souls in the Katrina aftermath.  Did he get off his tubby posterior and go up and help?  Nah! That’s far beneath his view of his importance.  Besides, he can’t get that far away from his favorite Whopper palace.   Instead he sits in his cubicle down at the Mommy Trib munching on his Twinkies and mentally masturbating himself.   He does so by impugning the integrity of good people whose only fault is that they do not share his grand view of the universe.  This man has been invaded by a dark and empty soul.  It is beyond me how the Tampa Tribune continues to harbor his venom.  But, on the other hand, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at all.  Do ya think!