Thursday, January 16, 2020

Afflict The Comfortable

 One of the more re-used aphorisms about "newspapers" or media in general states that it "...comforts the afflicted, afflicts the comfortable,..." It is one of my favorite twistings of language, which I believe I first encountered in "Inherit The Wind". How I wish the media still saw this as their mandate, instead of searching for and forcing sound bites. If only we could get back to the place where news was a loss leader. When News divisions didn't need to make a profit, we all profited.

Chicago humorist Finley Peter Dunne wrote a popular syndicated column featuring the distinctive voice of Mr. Dooley, using an Irish dialectical speech and spelling. The following appeared within a 1902 column titled “Mr. Dooley on Newspaper Publicity” Here, I've adjusted the original dialectic speech and spelling:

    "The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted, afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead and roasts them afterward." *

In November 1902 an Albuquerque, New Mexico newspaper printed a description of the jocular bylaws of a new secret society, which I am including for strictly geographical reasons:
    "In the line of benevolence they comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Don’t pay any old debts and let all the new ones get old as fast as they can. It is against their interest to pay principle and against their principle to pay interest."

* the original Irish dialectical quote:
"Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, conthrols th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward."

Source: Quote Investigator

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The American President

I keep watching it because that's the kind of President I wish we had. Some of it is Hollywood silliness, fun but inconsequential. Much of it will give you a glimpse into the political process. There is one part that gets cited frequently; the speech toward t end of the movie when Michael Douglas says things that I would love to hear our President say like,

"America is advanced citizenship; You've gotta want it."

Andrew Shepard's Speech

A Million Moms, Really?

OneMillionMoms is in the news again blasting Burger King for using "damn" in one of their ads.

So who are these 1,000,000 Moms? This from their FAQ page:
" is a ministry of the American Family Association"

The AFA is a super right "Christian", LGBTQ hating organization and are a driving force behind invented controversies like people being forced to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. They are based in Mississippi and that should tell you all you need to know. (P.O. Drawer 2440 Tupelo, Mississippi 38803)

"... (OneMillionMoms) is basically One Meddling Mom with an agenda, and no company should be giving her the credence she so desperately craves. Her name is Monica Cole. In the decade that I have been aware of One Million Moms, she is quite literally the only staff member I have ever heard anyone name. She is the one and only person who appears on their petitions, as well as the one and only person who speaks for them to the media. She is the mom. Her. Solo. One person, supposedly representing one million."
GLAAD - December 15 2019

"On Twitter, @1milmoms (created in February 2010) boasted a grand total of 4,525 followers... On Facebook, the page had a far bigger following than it did on Twitter. In fact, 98,649 people liked the page as of December 17 2019; a lower 93,533 followed the page for updates.
In their individual efforts, petitions to “pressure” various groups seem to garner slightly less than 15,000 signatures."

As Ellen said, ",,,They are rounding up to one million..."