PewDiePie and the Death of Old Media

Before you go off and say that I am doing what everyone else has been doing and mining what has happened for clicks, hear me out.  I got me degree in Journalism and Public Communication.  I have an understanding of this medium better than most.  And it is because of that that I feel a great sense of shame and pity for what has happened here.  Everything about what has happened was a sign of how the medium that I grew up loving, who was supposed to be the vanguards of democracy, is failing.  And there is no coming back from it.  But here’s the thing – we all should have seen this coming.  From a long ways off, this was apparent to me.  It’s happened before, and it now it is beginning to happen again.

Where did it start?  You could make the argument that it most recently started with the Wall Street Journal putting out a video which was an unfounded hit-piece on the YouTube personality PewDiePie.  There was no defending that video.  None.  It was such blatant bullshit that you felt ashamed of yourself watching it.  To think that a news outlet that was once believed to be a very respectable source could make an attack video against a YouTuber for a video where he was blatantly satirizing the people calling him racist and making a joke about finally giving in and becoming a Nazi.  It was all so obvious, and the Internet tore the Journal to pieces over it.  But that isn’t where it started.

Maybe it started back in 2014, with a little uprising known as GamerGate.  Indeed, the parallels between what happened to Felix and that instance are rather shocking.  We have a corrupt press colluding together to take on an Internet culture that is clearly a threat to their industry, and now we see the beginnings of a new culture war.  And just like with the “Gamers are Dead” articles, now we have every major media outlet releasing a barrage of articles lambasting Felix and his politics.  Also just like GamerGate, this is blowing up in the media’s face so badly that not one person involved is walking away clean.  I don’t think this is where it started either.

The first time I truly got a taste of the downfall was looking at a video on NPR.  I didn’t believe what I was seeing.  There was a link to a video that was, quite literally, an unboxing video.  That’s right, NPR, one of the most respected journalism outlets who does some truly biting work from time to time examining critical issues. was doing an unboxing video.  It was of a PS4.  A lot of people tried to make the argument that they were trying to talk about unboxing videos.  That’s wrong.  It wasn’t a video about unboxing.  It was a fucking unboxing video.  I was so embarrassed for them at that point.  However, that most certainly wasn’t where it started.

So where was it?  Where was the great downfall of the media’s beginning?  The beginning of the Internet?  Getting closer, but still no bueno.  It was actually around the time when Princess Di was killed.  The news at the time wasn’t talking about the facts of her death.  Instead, they were creating narratives.  It couldn’t be enough that a great woman died.  No, the narrative had to be that a wonderful, fantastic woman died.  And her passing needed a good catch phrase and sad music to be played over it.  It was when cable news decided to come into the picture and turn the news from a discussion about the events of the day that transpired, to a narrative telling their audiences how to think about the news.

Here’s the thing – this idea of unbiased reporting is bullshit.  There is no such thing.  You can strive to be as unbiased as possible, have a rigorous vetting process to remove the scruples of bias to whatever extent you can.  But the cold hard truth is that you still have to deal with the fact that bias exists, and it will always be there.  Edward R Murrow admitted his bias, but his way of counter-manning it was to let the other side have its day.  He let Joseph McCarthy come on his show and give a very passionate defense of his position, where he called Murrow and his ilk all sorts of unprofessional names.  In giving his stage to his opposition, Murrow did more to cement how right he is in the eyes of the public.  Still, Murrow was biased.  The best minds are.  Walter Cronkite told some harrowing stories about the war in Vietnam, but he did so with an agenda to get the troops out of there.  He had a bias, but he had enough dedication to his craft to make sure to get people to the truth as close as he could.  It wasn’t hard to sell people on the war in Vietnam being a bad idea.

PewDiePie is the victim of a medium that is lost.  Print media is dying.  I feel it all the time.  I am just one of a thousand blogs that are ignored by the masses.  My audience is still pretty awesome, but I realize that I am part of a bygone era.  I don’t have video-making chops.  This is the best I can do.  Like all animals that feel their end coming, the media is lashing out.  PewDiePie makes for an easy target.  His popularity cannot be overstated.  Traditional media has to work very hard for all of their stories.  Felix basically just gets in front of a camera and plays video games, then he makes millions.  He makes astronomical amounts of money just by exaggerating his expressions while playing video games, and now making more original content.  Of course the media who has to work hard to make any content would despise such a person.

And for those who will say “it’s not anything to do with that!  It was the fact that he used Nazi imagery in his videos!”  First, the video they went after was so cherry-picked and avoided context where Felix showed that he has no love for Nazis, but decided to give the media who attacked him to no end what they wanted.  They do everything they can to take his videos out of context.  And when the Internet took them to task for it, the media overall decided to try and make it in to a big deal about how context doesn’t matter.  Actually, dumb fucks, it does.  It really does.

Old media is dying, and its final death throes will not be pretty.  But I don’t miss them.  Sure, the person who spent $40,000 on a degree like me would be pissed that some guy on YouTube can make boatloads of money.  But I don’t see any of them trying to make a niche for themselves.  I mean, when a high school dropout can become the biggest atheist channel on YouTube and last for longer than anyone else on the site, that means that if you can keep a fresh idea and change up for your audience enough, then you can make a new brand for yourself.  Media has to change with the times.  Its refusal to do so leads to some unbelievably sad things.

Until next time, a quote,

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

Peace out,



Who the F*ck Cares about Miley Cyrus?!

My news feeds today are being flooded, absolutely flooded, with one of the stupidest things that I have ever been subjected to – analysis of Miley Cyrus’ ass.  Only in America.  Only in America do we put such priority on this girl’s ass.  For real, she does some sex-stuff at the VMAs and everyone is just flipping their shit.  Why the fuck do we care?!

This story, and the media flipping its shit over this is something that needs to be analyzed, because it ties into something else I read about recently.  There was an article in Broadcast and Cable magazine, which I stock at my job, about how TMZ, the network that is literally the worst thing that humanity has ever made, is looking to expand.  They want to create more shows, all centered around the miserable people who watch their shit.  For real, they have ideas for mom-centered shows, teen-centered shows, all sorts of things for the lonely and pathetic people who are wasting every single ounce of potential that they could ever have when they turn on that insipid crap.

It’s like America is such a needy fucking country that we have to have something to absolutely whore out to push people’s buttons in order for us to care about anything.  Lord-knows, we haven’t cared about anything else lately.  NSA spying on people?  Whatever.  Chelsea Manning being imprisoned for 35 years for showing when our country does wrong?  Some other time.  How the cost of living is sky-rocketing and wages are stagnating, causing poverty to be a curse on at least 70% of this country?  That can wait.  Miley Cyrus doing something sexual at the VMAs?  Well, we have to talk about that!  This is important fucking shit!  Let’s get all the greatest minds together and analyze this so that we can come to a consensus!  This is important, dammit!

I am a journalism major.  I am going to be graduating at the end of this academic year.  But every time I look at the news these days, I am starting to think that I wasted my time.  The field of journalism in this country is becoming such a joke that I am literally ashamed to call myself a journalist.  Time was, I believed that this field meant something.  I looked at my greatest icon – Edward R. Murrow, and what he believed.  I was in awe.  This man stood up to power and helped bring down a man who was using his power to go on a nation-wide witch-hunt, in the name of rooting out Communists.  I want to give you a quote from this man, which I think perfectly encapsulates what I mean about modern society.

We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

The general public in this country is probably the stupidest group of people who has ever been.  We are needy, ignorant, complacent and only get truly interested in the mundane.  Why is this?  You ask me, it’s because the people of this country never had to work for anything.  For real, when was the last time that a genuine cultural movement happened?  People were fighting against the war in Vietnam, and along with it came a cultural movement that shaped a generation.  A generation got involved in the war against racial discrimination in this country.  Movements have come and gone that has shaped us and changed us.  Now, we are directionless, apathetic and worse – uninformed.  All of the ugly things about society wouldn’t be so bad if we were just able to recognize when we do stupid shit.  But maybe I am giving our species too much credit.  Maybe I expect too much.

After all, we decided to talk about this for an entire fucking day.

Until next time, a quote,

“I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us. Just once in awhile, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night, a time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan, is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education. And a week or two later, a time normally used by Steve Allen, is devoted to a thorough-going study of American policy in the Middle East. Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged? Would the shareholders rise up in their wrath and complain? Would anything happen, other than a few million people would have received a little illumination on subjects that may well determine the future of this country – and therefore the future of the corporations?

To those who say people wouldn’t look, they wouldn’t be interested, they’re too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply — there is, in one reporter’s opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate – and yes, it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.”  -Edward R. Murrow, Good Night, and Good Luck

Peace out,


Russian Asteroid Impact = How is Your Space Program Doing?

One of the areas that I am horribly mean-spirited about my government is how we have treated NASA.  I may call myself a liberal, to a point, but I didn’t hear many liberals decrying the absolute raping of NASA’s budget, in support of tax cuts for the rich and to continue America’s war machine in the Middle East.  And now we are starting to have our war machine surround China.  A fact that I am sure that the Chinese are aware of.  It’s like this government forgot that in one fell swoop, China could completely destroy America’s economy.  It’s like we have forgotten that China pretty much owns us.  Meanwhile, America is still falling behind the rest of the world in almost every single area, and now, we have gotten a rather gruesome reminder of why our falling behind in our space program is so completely fucking stupid.

Russian MeteorFor the 1 person who doesn’t know, there was a meteor impact in Russia.  It did massive amounts of property damage, and injured over 1,000 people.  This was a terrible incident, but as bad as it is, this should have been a wake-up call to this country.  It should have been a wake-up call to the entire world.

There is a reason far-beyond cost and benefit that this world needs a space program.  I don’t know how many of you are aware of how many asteroids have hit this planet.  Over the 4.5 billion years of this planet’s existence, it was created and formed by asteroids.  There was an asteroid that ended the millions of years of reign of the dinosaurs.  Meteors too many to count are hitting this planet every single day.  What happened in Russia is terrible, but it is something that is guaranteed to happen again.  Yet, despite all the news coverage, and how horrible an event this is, do you know how many people I hear in our government demanding a better space program?  None.  Not one.

Not one of the incompetent pseudo-celebrity jackasses that we have voted to lead this nation will say the smart thing.  Though I suppose that I probably shouldn’t be surprised.  They can’t get the brain-dead simple stuff like universal health care or legalizing pot (at the very least) right.  How should we expect them to get the unbelievably complicated stuff like guaranteeing a future to our species right.  You hear me.  Our government is too fucking stupid to actually do something that would give the human race a guarantee of a future right.  That reality should make all of you want to cry.

Another impact could be a week or a few years away.  We may not guarantee that future in time.  We may only get a couple more shuttles up into space.  But dammit, I ask you this – when we have a military industrial complex that is more of an anchor around our neck, and the last wars in the Middle East having cost more money, by leaps and bounds, than the entire running time of NASA, what the fuck are we doing by doing nothing?!

Neil DeGrasse Tyson made this amazing statement about the budget of NASA –

I’m tired of saying this, but I’ll say it again – the NASA budget is 4/10 of one penny on a tax dollar.  If I held up the tax dollar, and I cut horizontally into it, 4/10 of 1% of its width, it doesn’t even get you into the ink.  So I will not accept a statement that says, ‘we can’t afford it’!

As an addendum to that, he also had this to say –

If you double NASA’s budget, right now now it’s a half a penny on the dollar, make it a penny.  Go ahead, make it a penny, go ahead.  Be bold.  That would be enough to go to Mars, soon, with people.  And back to the moon.  And on to asteroids.

You hear that?  A penny on the tax dollar, and we can do this.  What about a dime?  Or maybe two dimes?  What then?  Imagine what we could be capable, if we gave that to NASA.

We need to start seriously thinking about our future, people.  We need to start seriously thinking about where this country is headed.  We need to start thinking about where our species is headed.  This asteroid should have been a wake-up call.  Our complacency as a species needs to end, or there will come a point where we are so busy playing with our phones and yelling at TV that we don’t notice a far bigger, far more destructive force coming to this planet.  One that we cannot hope to destroy.  One that we cannot survive.  One that ruins this planet for us.  Not like the petty things that my very PC liberal compatriots think will destroy it, like too much exhaust or throwing away plastic bags.  Earth will survive that.  Life will survive that.  But our species doesn’t have another asteroid impact in it.  The dinosaurs didn’t survive that, and neither will we.

We should be on Mars by now.  We should have a stable space colony or two.  We should have plans in the works for an orbital elevator.  For my PC liberal friends, we should be thinking about how to harness space for solar energy purposes.  We should have wrangled us an asteroid or two, for mining operations.  So many things that should be done, and how many of them are being done?  Oh, right, none.

I think I will close this post out by a speech from a famous hero of mine, Edward R. Murrow.

Until next time, a speech,

“This might just do nobody any good.  At the end of this discourse, a few people might just accuse this reporter of fouling his own comfortable nest.  And your organization might be accused of giving hospitality to heretical and even dangerous ideas.  But the elaborate structure of networks, advertising agencies and sponsors will not be shaken or faltered.  It is my desire if not my duty to try to talk to you journeymen with some candor about what is happening in radio and television, and if what I say is responsible, I alone am responsible for the saying of it. Our history will be what we make of it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred year from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes of one week of all three networks, they will there find, recorded in black and white and in color, evidence of decadence, escapism, and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. We are are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable, and complacent. We have a built in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information; our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses, and recognize that television, in the main, is being use to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture, too late.

I began by saying that our history will be what we make of it.  If we go on as we are, then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp in catching up with us.  Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information.  Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night, a time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education.  And a week or two later, a time normally used by Steven Allan, is devoted to a current going study of American policy in the Middle East.  Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged?  Would the share-holders rise up in their wrath and complain?  Would anything happen, other than a few million people would receive a little illumination on subjects that may determine the future of this country, and therefore the future of the corporations?

To those who say people wouldn’t look; they wouldn’t be interested; they’re too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter’s opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.”  -Edward R. Murrow

Peace out,


The Circling of the Drain of News in America

There are times when I watch the news and I think to myself – this is great reporting.  This guy or gal got the best information.  They weren’t worshipping the false god of objectivity, instead, they were trying to rationalize it out, and give the best information that they  believed the people needed to know.  Every once and a while, I get that feeling when I think to myself – that is just what I want to do!  I want to be that person, sitting in that chair, or on that screen, or in that radio booth.  I think to myself, I’m majoring in this, god-dammit, so why can’t I do stuff like that.

But then I turn to a different network, and I see some poor schmuck who is talking about the most worthless stuff.  I turn to Yahoo news, and on their little reel, they have stories about things like “Christina Aguilera’s alarming outfit,” or “12 year old YouTube hit now a HS star.”  This is what the modern world of journalism has become.  It has become a war.  This war is being fought with words, speech, TV, radio, the web, and every weapon that people can find.  It is something that should never have been a war in the first place.  And while this war goes on, the world of journalism is slowly circling the drain.

Ted Koppel wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post.  In it, he talks about how the death of “real news” is happening.  This is an unfortunate false dichotomy that journalism students like me are at war with.  There is a professor here at UAA who believes in the false god of “objective journalism.”  I pity her.  I pity her greatly.  She has a whole cadre of followers who run the various news groups here at the college and are all totally blind to the fact that journalism, good journalism, has never been “objective.”  Getting information and feeding it to people like a computer is a worthless effort.  It demeans the intellects of those who watch it, read it, or hear it, and it makes the reporters look like spokespersons for the groups they are getting their information from.

The great journalists, in my opinion, are the ones who take all the relevant information, and come to their own conclusions.  Great journalists do give you facts, but offering conclusions that they find in evidence isn’t a bad thing, so long as they allow you to come to your own conclusions.  So long as they tell you where their information came from, and show you just where you can go to get it, so you can judge for yourself.

It is one of the reasons why I am such a fan of Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann.  Both of them, when they are showing something, put up information of where their information came from.  They let you come to your own conclusions, but are not afraid to say what their conclusions are.  And where was it written that having an opinion is a bad thing?  FRONTLINE does it all the time!  They give more information in their broadcasts than any other network on television!  But don’t think for a second that they haven’t come to conclusions.  Don’t think for a minute that the people doing those stories hasn’t taken the time to really think clearly about what they believe the inherant truth of the story to be.

And when people like the professor here or Ted Koppel weep for this ideological falsehood like “objectivity,” they are reminding me every single day why news in this country is almost dead.  The great journalists like Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers, H.L. Mencken, Edward R. Murrow, they did what most people try and fail to do – digest as much as they could, and tell people what they believed to be right!  Don’t believe me, here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth –

For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate. This summer’s almost certain standoff will either end in real give-and-take negotiations or terrible escalation; and for every means we have to escalate, the enemy can match us, and that applies to invasion of the North, the use of nuclear weapons, or the mere commitment of one hundred, or two hundred, or three hundred thousand more American troops to the battle. And with each escalation, the world comes closer to the brink of cosmic disaster.

That was from a nightly news broadcast that Walter Cronkite made in 1968.  He spoke about something that all of America was thinking, and anybody who said was labeled a terrorist, communist, traitor.  And what did he get for saying the truth?  He was ridiculed by those in power, and so are those who carry the banner today.  Here’s another look at a great journalist saying what those who were in power didn’t want them to say –

Prohibition has not only failed to work the benefits that its proponents promised in 1917; it has brought in so any new evils that even the mob has turned against it. But do the Prohibitionists admit the fact frankly, and repudiate their original nonsense? They do not. On the contrary, they keep on demanding more and worse enforcement statutes — that is to say, more and worse devices for harassing and persecuting their opponents. The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they exhibit their genuine motives.

Journalism is circling the drain because at the end of the day, those who do this are making the choice that rather than ask the tough questions, than to be allowed to do what they should do and judge the situation.  Whether they judge it as a non-issue that doesn’t really matter, like what outfit Christina Aguilera is wearing, or whether they judge it as a massive problem that affects our entire country, like the protests on Wall Street that Mayor Bloomberg has promised to crack down upon.

Journalists have a duty.  In fact, all of those who have the rationality to think have a duty to get those who are not blessed to have that power to do the same!  They are required to help make the world a better place, because the rest of the mindless masses are content to do nothing, to not care about anything outside of their little world.  That is the way that the world works these days.  Journalism is circling the drain because those who make that tough choice are being ridiculed, while those who choose to do nothing, who choose to turn a blind eye and simple rely on “facts” are being misled by those who want to keep the information out of the public eye.

Humanity help those who end up being blamed because they will say that they were “objective,” when they should have been honest.

Until next time, a quote,

“I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.”  -H.L. Mencken

Peace out,


I Picked the Wrong Effing Major

So, I am a journalism and public communications major.  I am really starting to regret having picked this major, because honestly, looking at it critically, I am probably going to be one of the millions of Americans who are barely scraping by.  I am probably going to be one of those people who can barely manage to keep it together, payingo ff my college debts, because I don’t make hardly any money, if any at all.  My field is rapidly dying, and the online market, which is where I am working to expand in, is nothing but pennies in the bucket to the written market, which is dying fast.

I have always been good at anything that I have set my mind too, but skill really doesn’t matter in this country anymore.  Greed, deviousness, and cleverness get you infinitely further than skill.  Emotional intelligence plays a role as well.  It has been determined that a person who has vast amounts of emotional intelligence is more likely to do well financially than any other area that can be determined on a standard IQ test.  I do have a lot of that.  I inherited that feature from Sally.  But in the end, if I can’t find any open doors, what is the point?  Living in Alaska doesn’t help.  The print journalism field is dead, absolutely dead.  A professor here at UAA, Edgar Blatchford, is trying to bring two newspapers back.  I wish him luck.  If he can’t make them big on local issues, his newspaper will go down in flames.  Both of them will.  It is an unpleasant thing anymore.

With online journalism becoming the hub for the new generation, why would people want to wait for a newspaper to tell them what NPR, PBS, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox can tell them instantly online?  It is the Catch-22 that The New York Times, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other big-time newspapers that are still faring well are facing.  Charging for stories is one avenue.  NYT did it, and they are doing well because people are paying.  That is a newspaper that has a reputation for being good, so people will pay for what they can get.  However, for small-town guys like me, the chances aren’t great to get into a good job.

Plus, most of what I like to do is to examine politics.  Now, I don’t agree that there is such a thing as “objective” or “straight” journalism.  I am with Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers, and Edward R. Murrow on this.  It is literally impossible not to have a bias.  And all those who say that guys like Murrow, Koppel, and Cronkite never had any bias.  They had plenty.  They went out of their way to report the things that they believed needed to be reported on, and they were rightly lionized for being good reporters, but they weren’t afraid to say the things that needed to be said.  But it is good that we are having this debate.  But for me, I don’t mind injecting some opinion into things.  My belief as a reporter is that if you present as much information as you can, you have your own opinion and say what it is.  Since you’ve given information, let the public decide what they believe.  If we had a smarter public, that might just be a very good option.  As it stands, America has an unbelievably stupid public that is kept stupid by the fact that the corporate media doesn’t give as much info as possible.

But the field that I have chosen is oddly dead.  I am starting to think that maybe it was a mistake to pick this major.  But I can’t help it.  I love this stuff. I live for this stuff.  Looking at the political and cultural issues, as many as I can, and being part of the discussion is part of what keeps me whole as a person.  I believe that people who hate politics don’t seem to understand that this is stuff that affects your future.  I am a misanthrope, I hate this and the people who are a part of it, but I keep watching because honestly, I don’t think we have another choice.  I have to know what is going on.  We all do, because when the public stops caring, when all opinion is heading in one direction or ignored, that is when it will feel like fascism to me.

In any case, I may not be able to do anything with this.  I wish I could get some advertisers to my blog, either this one or my professional blog.  That would be a good start.  The inevitable goal would be to find a platform where I could talk about the things that I have interest in, and find a way to make money doing it.  Talking is overrated to some, but to me, discussion is an absolute must for any society to function.  And so there must be a place for one such as myself.  It must be a rational discussion.  This discussion must not be just two or more people screaming at each other.  Another part of the problem in modern discourse is that most of what we talk about is nothing more than a ballet of people who are screaming at one-another.  So, when I say that people like Bill O’Reilly are what is wrong with this country, I am talking about the fact that these people are part of a system of people who will lie and not admit it.  NPR, PBS, BBC, and several other areas of media are able to do what I believe works – talk about the issues that matter, and do so in a rational manner that allows others to disagree.

So, I think I may have picked the wrong major, not because of a values or what I want, but because making money does come first.  Bummer, but that is how it is.

Until next time, a quote,

“I don’t know if what I am doing is right.  I am trying.  I have to, because whatever that was before, we have to fix it!”  -Keith Olberman, Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Peace out,