“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Friday, March 20, 2009


I hardly know where to start with this article, but how about with this interesting line: "Also, to embrace the transition from print to online, there will be a computer displaying the Globe-News Web site, amarillo.com, so visitors can read the paper when they visit." Did the reporter inadvertently let the cat out of the bag, or is it just more unclear writing? The latter is always possible with the Globe-News, and it certainly must be considered in this article; the online version ends with a paragraph consisting only of the words "Take the AGN" and no terminal punctuation. What the heck does that mean? Was there supposed to be a Henny Youngmanesque "--please!" after those words, or is the Globe-News reduced to begging for subscribers in news stories?

I don't know why they're having such a difficult time. After all, as Les Simpson reminds us in the article-- yet again-- the Globe-News once won a Pulitzer Prize! Of course, it was 1961 and neither Simpson nor Morris Communications were anywhere in sight. Amarillo had an Air Force base and the best-lighted main street in America. The paper that won the Pulitzer had two editions-- the morning Daily News and the afternoon Globe-Times, so I'm having a little trouble making the connection with the meager stack of newsprint that wastes two minutes of my time each day.

If a fifty-year-old Pulitzer is all that stands between the Globe-News and the final whimper (they certainly won't go out with a bang), I think Les Simpson should stop laughing and start packing.