October 20, 2004
THE PINK POODLE AWARD
the First Pink Poodle Award; given to those organizations who
display wanton disregard for the well being of the public. Awarded
to companies whose mission should be that of the public watchdog,
but whose efforts have fallen far short - to
salaciously sedated lapdog status.
Unlike a watchdog who is standing guard over the public trust,
the Tucson Media is content to be silenced by the prostitution
of the advertising dollar. They suborn their status to that of
a fat French poodle who does not even need to bark, let alone bite.
Afraid of hurting advertising sales they don't cover dissent against
those who spend with them.
One used to be able to rely on the media to cover stories which
impact the community. Reporters used to dig for stories on their
own. Now, owned by major conglomerates that have their own political
ax to grind, (Sinclair, Rupert Murdoch etc.) reporters are turned
in to nothing more than news readers. Profits and the bottom line
are the most important factors in covering events. The media watchdog
has lost its edge. They don't inquire, they don't investigate.
Like a media cow, they regurgitate what they are fed. They are
the quintessential lapdogs of journalism.
GRAND PRIZE - KVOA Channel 4*
FIRST PRIZE - Fox
Arizona Daily Star
* KVOA's News crew passed us twice during our protest and while
they stared not once did they stop to ask questions. Has a frontal
lobotomy taken out their natural inquisitiveness? Or was the fact
that KVOA was a media sponsor of the SAHBA Home Show the overriding
factor in coverage? Fox 11 news crew also passed us by. We'll report
the hypocrisy, you decide.
October 18, 2004
In essence SAHBA is nothing more than greedy white rich business owners that want protection against the consumer. They call themselves an association but in reality they are nothing more than a union. Of course that's a bad word to this association - unions are associated with Democratic principles - an association - now that sounds Republican.
SAHBA insulates themselves from the consumer by achieving SUPER-PAC
status and pooling money to donate to legislative initiatives and
candidates. SAHBA's contributions to political coffers, buys them
influence in the city councils , to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors
to the Arizona State House. and all the way up to the Governor.
Not content with just pushing legislation, SAHBA also develops
a slate of "pro-builder" candidates for each election that have
the builder/developer interest at heart. The consumer isn't ever
in the election equation.
Pushing for a voice for the consumer is one of the reasons we
protested the SAHBA Home Show this past weekend. Over all our protest
at the TCC was uneventful. The most exciting event to happen, was
a surplus Army Troop Truck decked out in Bush/Cheney paraphanalia.
The only things missing from the truck, were a replica of Betty
Crocker baking a fresh apple pie laced with Jesus juice, and a
picture of Christ manning a 50 caliber machine gun and saying "Hey
Boys! Follow me!" Was this truck there just by chance? Or did a
SAHBA member sponsor it? If someone knows the answer they can contact
us via one of Geroge W. Bush's "Internets."
In the next few weeks our national political commentary will appear
on this page. As has been said before, "All politics are local." The
presidential election this year, perhaps more than any other in
history, will shape everything from the state of our environment
all the way to the make up of the supreme court. Never before has
our vote meant so much - never before have we as a people been
So much for Compassionate Conservatism - instead they display
such bravado. Why is it that one member of the team was hiding
out in Alabama when he had his chance to be a warrior and his side-kick
took five deferments rather than serve because he had "other priorities?" Neither
one however, will hesitate to send your son or daughter to war.
(Unless of course you happen to be really rich) Instead of real
solutions to problems they won't even admit they have, Bush/Cheney
pander to fear, 9/11, and all the security moms. They should
be ashamed at such a vulgar display.
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