Wednesday Open Thread
Second, Alarcon is officially running -- or has at least filed the papers to raise money. His nickname, so you know, is "Rocky," because of the ads portraying him as a boxer. Don't mix him up with the other Rocky's.
Third, be sure to check the cartoon du jour at my personal blog every single jour, as Mr. Favhre would say. Today's cartoon is about the fire fighter's lawsuit. (It's WalterMoore.blogspot.com.) The L.A. Times likewise has a story, but nary a cartoon, re the same subject, explaining how the broadcast media disclosed the facts adverse to the fire figher's case that the Times had not deigned to publish. (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fire22nov22,0,7017023,full.story?coll=la-home-headlines)
Fourth, remember the story, "The Emperor's New Clothes?" Well, what they never tell you is what the emperor did to the little boy right after the latter pointed out the former's nudity. It was analogous to what happened on Monday to the reporter who dared on Sunday to point out the Mayor's Munchausen syndrome -- no, not the medical syndrome, the literary one. A very detailed article appeared, not about the Mayor's life, not attacking the article on the merits, but instead attacking the reporter himself. That's what we call, in the trade, an ad hominem attack. If you can't prove the mayor tells the truth, then instead attack whoever points it out. If you can't show the emperor is wearing clothes, likewise, then simply hang the little boy who points out as much.
Now blog away, but blog responsibly. Let's be careful out there to avoid dangling any participles, splitting those infinitives, and ending any sentences with a preposition. Remember: actual children may stumble into this discussion, not just adults behaving like children.