American Idol is Worthless Television

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the January 21st, 2007

Ever since the beginning of “Reality Television”, I’ve been disinterested. However, with American Idol returning for its 6th Season, I can’t help but wonder, “Do people actually enjoy this?” Obviously, it is wildly popular with extremely high ratings recently. An article at highlights some of the interesting qualities of the show, particularly their excessive broadcast of poor auditions.

However, here is a television show that is obviously mocking and belittling those that either 1) really need to work on their singing or 2) are fake auditions that simulate the first possibility and pass as entertaining and condescending entertainment.

I’ve not watched American Idol for more than a few minutes at a time, but I recognize that the show seems to have some value when they actually show people that can sing near the end of the season. But at the beginning of this season, it is embarassing to see that this kind of programming is so popular among Americans.

Is this not the kind of behavior we are taught while young to avoid and overcome as we grow and mature? To belittle and ridicule those that cannot do something others or ourselves can? Most of all, like all reality TV, this simply insults my intelligence and I refuse to watch it. So should most Americans.

National Anthem Project

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the January 7th, 2007

Reading the Wikipedia article on the National Anthem Project was interesting. It never ceases to amaze me to what extreme people will go to to attack a central or core element of patriotism.

Of the 3 sub-sections of the actual article, the final one, titled Controversy, dominates in length. The following sums up the core of the “controversy” apparent to the biased author(s) of the article:

Some even believe the National Anthem Project may qualify as a mild form of war-time propaganda (psychological operations), militarism, or at the very least, selling out within public education.

What a foolish accusation.

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

May the flag and anthem ever stand as symbols of this great Nation.

Hook, Line and Sinker

Posted in Iraq,Media Bias,War on Terror by Ryan on the January 4th, 2007

Prominently featured as the main article on yahoo!, this article consists of an interview with Ehren Watada.

First Lieutenant Ehren Watada still refuses Iraq deployment orders, calling the war illegal. A six-year prison term could result. Preliminary hearings are set for Thursday.

Some of his unimpressive answers were silimar to the following:

SITES (journalist): Tell me how those views evolved. How did you come to that conclusion?

WATADA: I think the facts are out there, they’re not difficult to find, they just take a little bit of willingness and interest on behalf of anyone who is willing to seek out the truth and find the facts. All of it is in the mainstream media. But it is quickly buried and it is quickly hidden by other events that come and go. And all it takes is a little bit of logical reasoning.

Indeed, it is so available to the seekers of truth that even you, Watada, cannot give a tangible description of the “facts.”

All I can say is, “Great job Democrats! You got this guy hook, line and sinker!”