CHURLISH TRASH-TALKING CULTURE

Embarrassing Unrefined Persons
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By Harry M. Covert

Vulgarians are at the gate. Their desire is to repeat dirty words often enough that the general public won’t blink at their constant and offensive use. Go ahead. Invoke the constitutional right to say whatever and whenever you want.

This business of the nastiest words in the American language, née English, so prevalent and discourteous and disguised as comedy, is out of control and insidious in shaping good minds and conversations. I’m not dignifying them with initials.

Many of the professional talkers like to hide behind the idea of “pushing the envelope” to coarseness beyond the pale.… Read More

School Fear, Royal Wedding Joy

Good Morning Texas

By Harry M. Covert

The bulletin crawled across the bottom of the screen early in the morning. Alerts were immediate on my iPhone. Reports of a Texas high school shooting. No information available at that moment.

Uh oh! Immediately thoughts and prayers were liftced. I knew what was coming. At the early hour no facts leaked. Moments later the Associated Press noted a young coed was shot in the leg. Nothing else.

Most certainly the news subject was set for the day. I had planned to wax a bit eloquent here about Saturday’s Royal Marriage. I’ve visited Windsor Castle several times in recent years and figured I could describe walking through St.… Read More

THE ADMIRAL MIKE BOORDA STORY

The Sad Failure of Jon Meacham and Company

‘The technological society is a system of domination.’

C. Wright Mills, “The Sociological Imagination”

By LADSON F. MILLS III

America is a technological society with domination having become it’s defining characteristic. We no longer attempt to convince but eradicate those with whom we disagree.

Sinclair Broadcast Group recently found itself under fire for a decision to direct its local affiliates to issue a statement concerning fake news bias; especially in social media. Sinclair’s statement made it clear their intent to concentrate less on editorializing and more on reporting.

             Admiral Mike Boorda

One might safely conclude that such a move would be overwhelmingly welcomed especially by a professional journalist.… Read More

THE SAD AND SORDID AFFAIR

Is it Really Russia, Mr. Mueller?

By Ladson F. Mills III

The moral attitudes of dominant and privileged groups
are characterized by universal self-deception and hypocrisy.’
— Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society

A nation that embraces insanity as its defining ideology is a nation descending into chaos. There is nothing more indicative of this emerging insanity than what has erupted since the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The primary purpose appears to be a dirt-digging expedition for any evidence that would link President Trump to an impeachable offense.… Read More