Friday, March 31, 2006

Letters to the Editor (an offer)

If you BCC trp_topeka@yahoo.com on your submissions to letters@cjonline.com and they're not in poor taste, germane to nothing at all, a total grammatical or syntactical train-wrecks, or defamatory or libelous, I will post them to this site on a weekly basis.

It's important that you use BCC. I need to see that the original recipient was letters@cjonline.com and you need to have the fact that you sent it to me be private. If you don't know what BCC is, ask a computer geek.

I hear that it can be pretty difficult to get a letter published in the paper. As the letters I post here appear in the paper, that will be noted retroactively.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another lunar eclipse.

Just when I think Chris Moon can't generate yet another blog item, the immense shadow of his own bias blots out the rays of his last glaring act of partisanship.

Today, Moon reported on the controversy surrounding Representative Jim Ryun's (R-Kan)Washington DC home purchase involving what may prove to be $61,000-saving sweetheart deal from a Jack Abramoff front operation.

Ryun says home buy wasn't sweet deal
Published Thursday, March 30, 2006

Moon did nothing but give Ryun an opportunity to defend against the charge without any critical examination of the facts on their merits and compounded it by making no effort to examine Ryun's claims, simply giving them an uncritical airing.

This will get tiresome before it gets funny. Mr. Moon, cut it out.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Discontented reporter strikes again

My dear C-J, please make Chris Moon a columnist. He's clearly unhappy as a reporter. He can't resist commentary, though his commentary never rises to the level of analysis.

How does the paper justify the second graf in today's lead story?

Senate to take up schools
Sebelius would 'happily' sign funding plan OK'd by House
Published Tuesday, March 28, 2006


The snide, single sentence that makes up this paragraph reads:


"Never mind that the Legislature hasn't figured out a way to fund the proposal."


How would you characterize this? Snotty? Me too.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Well, at least it's not illegal.

Congratulations to the C-J Business section for it's willingness to deem any scummy, money-making scheme as praiseworthy as long as it's "entrepreneurial."

More than memories
Entrepreneur turns profit by giving product away
Published Sunday, March 26, 2006


You can read the glowing puff-piece about the successful vanity press with a marketing model that falls somewhere between a dope dealer (the first hit's always free) and that of Ryan O'Neal's "Paper Moon" bible grifter, and about how schools have been enlisted to help leverage the exploitation of familial devotion, for dollars.

What's next, a Religion piece praising the Church of Scientology for helping get kids off of Ritilin?

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