Sunday, 10 November 2013

Simply Observations

There's hardly a day when more crap over the Affordable Healthcare Act tends to fall.  I've come to this one simple observation.  There's a life lesson here.  It's for kids, teenagers, college students, political figures, ministers, business people, Presidents, and even farmers.  When you intend to do something in a colossal way.....with immense goals, mountainous expectations, and complex features.....it tends to be a failure in almost all cases.  Sadly, this lesson has been around for 2,000 years.

Andrew McCarthy wrote a piece over at the National Review....detailing how a CEO would be fired by his board, and likely taken to court by some state or federal prosecutor....if they openly lied to their customers and consumers to the nature that the President did.  I would disagree....lying in politics....generally isn't a firing offense or the kind of action to get you in legal trouble.  Maybe it's wrong ethically....but Presidents don't get fired for lying.

Noticed since the 3rd week of October.....with only weeks to act and create a new budget deal in Congress....virtually nothing has been reported in the news media?  No CNN reports.  Nothing from the Washington Post.  All quiet, with barely any whispers?  Yet, by mid-December....there has to be a new budget deal, and everything passed by late January.  It's like the news crowd is trying to avoid the subject and just wait until the five-hundred-pound guerrilla enters the room again.

Folks around America...would pay $12 on pay-per-view, to watch the University of Alabama and LSU play weekly....twelve Saturdays out of the year.  It's hard to imagine.....an entire season of these two....continually playing each other, and everyone being entertained by it.

Some German government health guy came to a brilliant moment of analysis.  He basically said that a bottle of beer (note: he meant German beer, not Pabst-Blue-Ribbon)....was sometimes better than treatment by some mental health professional.  Naturally, this offering of advice has been taken badly by the German mental health folks, and the medical profession.  Beer is never supposed to be "treatment" for anything.  The official?  Well...he spoke to the idea of beer at night around bedtime, to help a guy or gal settle themselves into sleep.  The medical association hates this idea, and would rather dose you up on some pill, and have you come by to admit you fantasize about wicked French women, dream of riding a train to China, or confess you like abstract art with no defined lines.  My advice?  A liter bottle of German beer (5.5 percent alcohol) is a lot cheaper than pills and regular visits to a doctor to confess your inner most thoughts and such.

Simplicity in Words

One of the better commentaries of the year....comes from Chuck Raasch over at RealClearPolitics.  The discussion?  Writing true-to-life descriptions of events has dissolved over the past one-hundred-fifty-odd years.  We are a lesser society because of it.  If you have five minutes, the read would be worth the effort and lead you to pondering.

Up until the 1920s, we were a society that generally passed information around by word of mouth, by written notes, or by newspapers.

Newspapers tended to hire people who weren't journalists.....they were merely people who knew a good story, how to tell it, and kept it within the view of the reader.  Today?  Newspapers tend to hire journalism-degree individuals, who have been impressed by their professors over some mythical way of leading the reader around to some view, some direction, or some vision.  The story might not be accurate or plainly descriptive, but it sure does read good.

A Tale of Two Cities is a wonderfully built story, with imagery and simplicity.  Charles Dickens wrote around twenty such stories.  He wrote to the reader....giving them a vivid picture of what was going on.

Dickens leads off in the story with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way."

That was an introduction that carried the bulk of the rest of the story.

In WW II.....Ernie Pyle was sent off to cover the war in Europe for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain.  Prior to the war, Ernie got a reputation as a traveling journalist who simply walked into the middle of something, asked questions, and then wrote a five-star piece on a apple stand at the junction of two highways, and the success of the apple stand.

People were entertained by Ernie's style of description.  Ernie could have written a 88-word piece on the refreshing taste of a Coke on a hot July afternoon in Jacksonville.....leading the reader to smile over simple words, wit, and vision laid out.

Ernie went off to Europe, and for months...wrote of the war, American soldiers, their daily dilemma of sore feet, bad chow, the humor that survives even in the worst of situations, and the acknowledgement of guys passing on in a noble effort.  Folks believed in Ernie's words and descriptions.

Today?  Most of the big-name guys for journalism or the news media....make money off politics.  No one interviews farmers much.  No one can ask forty questions of a tugboat captain and captivate the nation with a two-hundred line story.  No one from CNN can arrive at a bar-fight in Orange Beach and tell a terrible woeful tale of two dead guys that all started over a NCAA football argument.

Yeah, it's true.  We were better off in 1865 in telling a story....than we are today.  Sadly, we've become less, instead of more.