Carnival of the Liberals #95, at Neural Gourmet

July 18, 2009

Liberals in America struggle as they try to deal with the little bit of success in the last elections.  Used to sniping from the sidelines for the past eight years, and unused to having a president who doesn’t make them pull their hair out at least once a day, liberals might be excused for breathing a massive sigh of relief and taking a few weeks off.

Oh, but that few weeks’ vacation did serious damage to the liberal presence on the internet.

The Carnival of the Liberals is back in a new and improved constitution, with an eye on working for liberal, patriotic ideals with a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and a president who might actually do some of the things that need to be done.

Carnival of the Liberals #95, at Neural Gourmet

Typical liberal concerns, you know:  Taxesfamily values; how to make torture work; waving the flag.

More seriously, there are some good articles there.  Go check it out.  The new format looks promising.  Liberals need to get back to the kicking and shoving that make politics work.

Alas, that’s the way it is: Walter Cronkite dead at 92

July 18, 2009

You can’t explain the influence of Walter Cronkite to a high school kid today.  They don’t have any experience that begins to corroborate what you’d say.

Walter Cronkite in the last decade - Texas Parks and Wildlife photo by Richard Roberts

Walter Cronkite in the last decade - Texas Parks and Wildlife photo by Richard Roberts

Along with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC, Mr. Cronkite was among the first celebrity anchormen. In 1995, 14 years after he retired from the “CBS Evening News,” a TV Guide poll ranked him No. 1 in seven of eight categories for measuring television journalists. (He professed incomprehension that Maria Shriver beat him out in the eighth category, attractiveness.) He was so widely known that in Sweden anchormen were once called Cronkiters. (from the New York Times)

I’m saddened at the death of Cronkite.  One of the things that saddens me is that he probably could have anchored for at least a decade past when he last signed off.  Nothing against Dan Rather, at least not from me — just that Cronkite was one of a kind.  He won’t be missed by too many people alive today who never had a chance to see him work.

So, go see him work. Media Decoder has a series of YouTube pieces showing what Cronkite could do, what Cronkite did.  It’s history go see.

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