Thursday, September 23, 2004

Do they really know so little?

I wrote this a while ago but left it in "draft." It's not a perfect post but I guess I'll throw it out here anyway:

I know lots of ya'll have been reading up on that news guy (I'd Rather he'd a left awhile ago) but what gets me is this: Why does it seem like most news people ("most" as in many that I've heard or seen when they aren't actually "reading" the news) really don't seem to know too much? About real things in real life, I mean.

These folks, most of 'em anyway, went to college right? (Dan Rather, Sam Houston State U. alum - go tigers!, er bears, er lions, or is it skinks? Wait a minute, here it is - it's a Bearkat.) Any way they did go to college, a lot of them did anyway. Yet when you see them outside of their own environment, they don't really seem to know anything REAL!

Look at the "assault weapons" debate over the past 12 years or so. If you know anything about guns, you know these people don't. And if they do, they're not letting on 'cause it sounds like they think we don't. I've given up yelling at the tube or my radio when one of their over the top stories about Uzi's or AK-47's or whatever. That reminds me, I've been meaning to pick up one of the Hungarian AK's recently imported. Nice pieces. And now that magazines are reasonable again.....

Anyway, back to the reporters. Again, they just seem so clueless outside the control of their producers. Hellson, Dan got his start standing in the Gulf during Carla. How smart is that?

UpdateAnd this doesn't even begin to address the Reuters Lebanon faux photo incidents. Sometimes I don't know if it *is* cluelessness, or something much, much worse.

Pay no attention

I changed the clock so it doesn't look like I'm posting from that nihilistic bastion of "look-at-me" liberalism that's doomed one day to join Hawaii as an island destination (and Las Vegas will be a coastal resort). Anyhoo, gotta check the post order. Later, ya'll.

Well, let's get started here.

What's all this blog stuff, anyway. Who is this InstaPundit fellow and why are these people wearing pajamas? I guess I'd better get my 2 cents in and get in on the ground floor here before this thing really takes off.

What's the deal with the pool name thing?

For those of you that have them, you probably don't realize this, but an above ground pool is considered to be kind of "lowbrow" by many, many folks. Mostly these folks live in neighborhoods with deed restrictions or covenants that forbid such things. These neighborhoods are referenced in a very famous song.

On the other hand, those of you who live in trailer parks know that one of these pools can be used to hold that "prefab," "manufactured," "mobile" home to the ground in case of a "twister."

If you live here in southeast Texas like I do, you know that above ground pools, trailer parks, and snooty neighborhoods are all a part of our common culture. As lowbrow as it all might be, that's just the way it is. And if you've ever taken a swim in the sparkling cool waters of an Above Ground Pool in the heat of a southeast Texas August, you know that it's not too bad. Not bad at all.

And that's what this blog is about. Commentary, questions, and rants on current events, southeast Texas goings-on, lowbrow culture, and snooty neighborhoods as I use a pool as a metaphor for my point of view.

Later ya'll, I think I'm going for a swim.