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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Wednesday Open Thread

First of all, do you even pronounce Wednesday correctly? Or do you transpose the "d" and the "n" to make it easier to say, the way people transpose the "r" and the "v" in "Favre?" Yeah, me, too. (Note the strategic obstruction of the "r" and "v" in the poster to help gloss over this sleight-of-tongue.)

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.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There were more facts supporting the article on the "journalist" than there were in the article attacking MAV

November 22, 2006 7:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

dailynews.com
I knew it was only a matter of time the blacks would come out as they always do and complain about the Pierce case. Now they're saying this city is racist and cite Michael Richards use of the word N..ger, Pierce being black and humiliated and yes you got it OJ not having the opportunity to show his side of the story. Are they for real? All they've been doing for the last 40 years is complain, complain, complain and people are afraid of them because they've proven if they don't get their way they will burn down the city. It about time this city showed some guts and told them to shut the hell up and do something positive like go after the gangs who are killing their own people.

November 22, 2006 8:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Delgadillo throws down with Council
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, through chief deputy Rich Llewellyn, has asked the City Council to waive its attorney-client privilege and divulge what it was told about the hazing case involving firefighter Tennie Pierce. In a letter to the Council, Llewellyn says he has been "disappointed" by the public statements made by some members about the evidence they saw

November 22, 2006 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The dastardly ol' split infinitive.. To boldly go where no blogger has gone before...I guess we should say: to go boldly where no blogger has gone before. I still like the first one.

Some noteworthy "splitters" include Ben Franklin, Honest Abe and Samuel Pepys. No soup for you!

November 22, 2006 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Was this Pierce case a clouncil setup?

Does the firm who represents Pierce have any affiliations with clouncil members?

November 22, 2006 10:17 AM  

Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (looks down at lap): I didn't think my participle was dangling. Bugger my dangling participle.

In re what happened to the young man who told the truth about nudity. There is a reason Playboy models look good, savvy? If you're going to be nude then at least have the decency to look good. Imagine what would happen to magazine sales if bunnies had droopy titties? Although in all fairness, my own dear housecat has hooters at the ripe old age of 7 and the neighborhood toms still think she's a sexpot. But I digress.

However, there is another story and that is The King With The Dirty Feet. All that is really needed is a simple solution, and I think we all know what that is, savvy? Unfortunately, that does not help Mr. Castro. I would say to Mr. Castro that the naked truth always hurts, and one must endure pain for beauty. One cannot fault you for telling the story as you see it and yes, someday gravity will catch up with the subject of your article. Even egos are not immune to the pull of gravity unless, if you will, there is nothing in them but air.

I will be at me mum's house in CD14. Red Spot of Reason, I'll hoist a glass in your honor. The rest of us will be in CD's 13, 2, 6, 5 and 9. Oh, and Mr. Dogg, before I forget. Me and the crew wish you the very best and want you to know that there are more of us who are thankful for you than you know.

November 22, 2006 12:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Captain Jack,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I wiil toast you with a brew of "HOPS, BARLEY, and WATER". Also to all in the "BLUE SEA OF GOVERMENT DEPENDENCY" It is not too late to join the crew of self-determination.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS,

RED SPOT OF REASON IN CD 14

November 22, 2006 2:45 PM  

Blogger joseph mailander said:

Walter, as you know, Tony Castro doesn't fit into his old dresses anymore, either figuratively or literally...it was a courageous article he wrote, and, what's more, the Daily News is standing by it. Conversely, I don't know who's standing by that nakedly retaliatory attack piece on Tony that followed it, but I don't imagine there are very many.

Have a great holiday, all you Samdanistas!

November 22, 2006 2:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joseph,

You have been right on with your comments on the attack of Tony Castro. Wonder if the "LA ANTONIA TIMES" defender of the "CROSS OF JOURNALISM", "KIM IL RUTTEN", will find the time to respond to this blatten attack upon a fellow journalist in his MEDIA MATTERS space. I have to say that I have been a daily reader of LA OBSERVED. But now I have to question the objectivty of K-ROD after this favor to the "POLLONISTAS".

November 22, 2006 3:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:45

Where do I sign up. I'm drowning in CD 14.

x,
Purple Haze

November 22, 2006 3:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam and Walter Moore word on the street is that Kevin Roderick is PISSED you pointed out his attack on Castro. He's the one that keeps posting comments slamming castro and praising antono.

November 22, 2006 5:02 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

It's fun until someone gets hurt . . . and then it's hilarious.

November 22, 2006 6:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't even like Antonio, but that article about his upbringing was lame. Like how his father didn't REALLY name his son from his 2nd family the same name - after all, he gave him a different MIDDLE name. Or that the new family says "oh our husband/dad is so gentle, he isn't violent". Uh, like haven't we heard enough domestic abuse victims protect & defend their attacker over the years to know they're unreliable? Like they'd actually say "Oh yeah I married a real wife-beater!". Who cares if Antonio's mom remarried so she wasn't "permanently" a single mom? Unless you've lived the life of having your father abandon you and watching your mother struggle to raise a family, shut your pie hole. I personally don't care if his mom was only single 6 months, it's not up to me to say what effect that had on a young boy. People who say "oh his or her childhood wasn't so bad" or "they weren't THAT poor" are assholes, plain and simple. They put their personal spin on someone else's life and trauma. Like I said, I'm not AV's fan, didn't vote for him, hate the illegal crap he spews - but that piece of shit article was a piece of shit article. A crap childhood is nothing to laugh at, and nothing to be judged by someone who didn't go through it with you.

November 23, 2006 3:01 AM  

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