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From the Editor: Olympics to conventions, Bee is there
By Melanie Sill - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Story appeared in CALIFORNIA FORUM section, Page E1
"I admit it, sometimes I hate the media.
I'm speaking of "the media" the way many Americans do, without separating one news outlet from another. What I'm really talking about is the effect of more news channels, Web sites and blogs than ever seeming to recycle a few story lines endlessly across the Internet and over 24-hour cable shows.
This effect has made many people weary already of the upcoming political conventions, which begin this week with the Democrats in Denver and continue later with the Republicans in St. Paul, Minn. Some reports have concluded the major-party conventions don't matter at all: "Like the Super Bowl, minus the game," pronounced an Associated Press report.--Sunday, August 24, 2008
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Are you a good sport?
The only escape for me, I thought was sports. So I practiced and practiced basketball until I received few athletic scholarships included West Point but I decided to attend the University of California at Berkeley, in 1970. I was on the honor roll and was voted first-team all-Northern California freshman in basketball, Captain and Most Valuable Player in 1971 and still hold the freshmen rebound record of 17.3 per game but still my life was empty without the Lord! I felt pressures on many sides to really put out all my time and energy towards becoming a basketball star in college and pressing toward a professional career. On the other hand, deep within my heart. I felt that there was something wrong with all this! I felt caught between two worlds,one with the teachings of Jesus and His commandment to love thy neighbor,while in the other world, I was told to gain a near-manical desire to win and to physically punish my opponent in a defeat!
Ted Rudow III,MA
by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Sunday Aug 24th, 2008 10:18 AM
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind has written,The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism. Suskind reports that in 2003 the White House ordered the CIA to forge and disseminate false intelligence documents linking al-Qaeda and Iraq. While much of the attention on the book has focused on the forged letter, Suskind also reveals that the Bush administration and the British government knew prior to the war that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
Every few days Bush thinks up something new, some new reason why the U.S. should get in there & make a big mess & slaughter tens of thousands of people, maybe hundreds of thousands. So how many has Bush killed & been directly responsible for killing!--Although he didn't have to actually pull the trigger, Presidents of the United States have done the same--and even worse! The clever subtlety of this regime--what smooth, suave, scientific and reasonable patriotic excuses it had for everything. They thought all very logical and obviously supposed to be very good for you and good for everyone, good for the Country and even for the rest of the world.
Many pundits were almost convinced yourself--into believing what they were doing was right and for the common good,and even necessary, so that you felt little or no resentment or resistance. It was hypnotic: You moved along as though in a trance, as though drugged or dreaming, unable to speak out, unable to contradict, and much less able to rebel against what was called "the Truth", although all the time you realised subconsciously that it was some kind of big, horrible, and monstrous lie, but you were afraid not to believe it.