Friday, February 09, 2007

The Big News This Week

What the mainstream media decided to focus on tells us a lot about the population they serve.

This week started with wall to wall coverage of a deranged, diaper wearing, hammer wielding, NASA astronaut in love. They rode this story for at least 48 hours, until the untimely death of a celebrity, famous for marrying well, and posing nude (and little else).

And we wonder why our nation is screwed up.

Thank god we don't have real news to worry about, like national debt, or a two wars, or national health issues, or our educational system or our retirement systems or climate changes.

Because it is vital that we understand what would drive a NASA astronaut to drive nonstop from Houston, to Orlando, and it is urgent that we learn how Anna N. Smith (who greatest contribution to society may be her death, which did get the anoying NASA love triangle story off the air) died.

3 comments:

BadTux said...

The not big news this week, covered by nobody except their hometown newspaper: Centcom released the names of the following casualties in Iraq

Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Minjares Jr. 31 Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing El Paso, Texas One of two sailors killed in a helicopter crash in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 7, 2007
Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell 20 Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Bel Air, Maryland Died while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 7, 2007
Petty Officer 3rd Class Manuel A. Ruiz 21 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Federalsburg, Maryland One of two sailors killed in a helicopter crash in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 7, 2007
Sgt. Joshua J. Frazier 24 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Spotsylvania, Virginia Died while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 6, 2007
2nd Lt. Jonathan Carlos Bracho-Cooke 24 Company C, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment Hove, England Died of injuries sustained during a roadside bomb attack against his patrol of Warrior Armored Fighting Vehicles in Basra, Iraq, on February 5, 2007
Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Van Parys 20 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force New Tripoli, Pennsylvania Died while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 5, 2007
Staff Sgt. Ronnie L. Sanders 26 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Thibodaux, Louisiana Killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, on Feburary 3, 2007
Chief Warrant Officer Jason G. Defrenn 34 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Barnwell, South Carolina One of two soldiers who died of wounds suffered when their Apache helicopter was forced to land during combat operations in Taji, Iraq, on February 2, 2007
Staff Sgt. Terrence D. Dunn 38 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Houston, Texas One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 2, 2007
Capt. Kevin C. Landeck 26 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Illinois One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 2, 2007
Spc. Alan E. McPeek 20 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Tucson, Arizona One of two soldiers who died of injuries sustained when they came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq, on February 2, 2007
Chief Warrant Officer Keith Yoakum 41 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division Hemet, California One of two soldiers who died of wounds suffered when their Apache helicopter was forced to land during combat operations in Taji, Iraq, on February 2, 2007
Pvt. Matthew T. Zeimer 18 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Glendive, Montana One of two soldiers who died of injuries sustained when they came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq, on February 2, 2007
Pfc. David C. Armstrong 21 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Zanesville, Ohio One of two soldiers who died of injuries suffered from a vehicular accident in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 1, 2007
Pfc. Kenneth T. Butler 21 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command East Liverpool, Ohio One of two soldiers who died of injuries suffered from a vehicular accident in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 1, 2007
Hospitalman Matthew G. Conte 22 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Mogadore, Ohio Killed during combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 1, 2007
Gunnery Sgt. Terry J. Elliott 34 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force Middleton, Tennessee Killed while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 1, 2007
Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille 44 134th Brigade Support Battalion West St. Paul, Minnesota Died of a non-combat related injury at Camp Adder, Iraq, on February 1, 2007
Cpl. Richard O. Quill III 22 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Roswell, Georgia Died of a non-hostile cause in Anbar province, Iraq, on February 1, 2007
Spc. Eric R. Sieger 18 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Layton, Utah Died of wounds suffered when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over in Buritz, Iraq, on February 1, 2007

But a washed-out old Playboy model is front page news, yessiree! We gotta have our priorities straight, after all!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

John said...

I could not have said it better

dancewater said...

hey, no energy issues to worry about either.

yep, our press cannot tell the difference between a family tragedy and a national tragedy.

and they aim to keep us stupid!