I am still in the process of organizing pictures and stories of my recent absence which was, in fact, a brief Jamaican vacation. That, however, will be a different thread.
One event that DOES stand out (other than the unexpected poolside partial nudity of European sun worshipers who shall forevermore be known as "Eurotits") was my attempt to locate suitable reading material for the nearly 3 hour flight from Baltimore to Montego Bay.
Dig's note: NEVER fly Air Jamaica if an alternative is available.
So I was standing in front of the Hudson News magazine wall at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport faced with an almost overwhelming choice of glossily covered publications. I subscribe to 3 major car monthlies so I had already read those. HOT ROD and car mags of that ilk have lost my interest as they seem to do every ten years or so. I needed a break from sports so those were out of the question. I despise PEOPLE magazine and all of its clones. PLAYBOY and the like seem pointless on a daytime flight regardless of the amount of free champagne to be served.
My thoughts turned to Qube's "need to burn animal flesh agonizingly slowly"...wait that's not right...
My thoughts turned to McBear's "need to burn commute time" so I went to the national news section, thinking perhaps TIME, NEWSWEEK, THE NEW YORKER or something might prove interesting when I came face to face with Sen. Obama on the cover of NEWSMAX
and a much younger Mr. Obama on the NATIONAL REVIEW
(yes, I now know that it was WFB's baby). I thought to myself that I had a perfect opportunity to update my wetware while trapped in transit so I bought them both. I still haven't had a chance to read the NEWSMAX but as we waited for them to announce the flight (see Dig's note above), I started in on the NATIONAL REVIEW.
Now let me say that there were no signs indicating the slant of either of the magazines so I was going in cold. Perhaps I should have skimmed a few of the pages inside but I figured that I would be in this for the long run so I went by their covers.
The NATIONAL REVIEW, I now know, is a right oriented publication (and I have discovered that NEWSMAX is as well). I read every article, in order, from cover to cover. Having spent the last couple of years here, I could tell when the writers were leaning a bit too extremely but I found quite a bit of it informative.
The cover story, "The Organizer - What did Barack Obama really do in Chicago" by Byron York (who is, no doubt a cocksucker at the altar of Bushism who dipped the pigtails of the little girls of Democratic parents in inkwells of blood spattered pus in school).
Basically, York went to Chicago, specifically Altgeld Gardens to find out who and what Mr. Obama organized as a young, ambitious 24 year old. He tracked the roots of Mr. Obama's need to join a Chicago area church and how it turned out to be Trinity. There were two fairly large successes which are advertised in that commercial from a recent thread (which I, by chance, saw on TV today).
- He brought jobs to the AG community by getting an office for the City of Chicago's youth summer job program opened in the AG area so the kids didn't have to take the bus to wherever the other offices were.
- He successfully got an asbestos cleanup started.
Now when I say he did these things, I am loosely referring to what York describes as Mr. Obama's organizing of local folks to take action on their own behalf. He told them what the problems were and what they needed to do to get them fixed. Then he sort of coached from the sidelines.
Then he realized that organizing community action groups was not enough for what he wanted from life so he left and went on to greater things.
The rest of the stories were similar, not really way out there in the manner of Limbaugh, Hannity and others but definitely conservative in nature. There was a page of political cartoons lampooning the Clintons and other assorted left related issues. Book Reviews. Other errata. All in all, a pleasant read. The NEWSMAX awaits in the 'library' (Hey, I was in Jamaica ferchrissakes.) but I don't think it will meet the standard of the NR, to which I believe I will begin to subscribe.
What I am seeking now is a companion magazine that will match the tone and readability of the NATIONAL REVIEW but with a liberal slant to bounce them off each other like I do with CAR AND DRIVER and ROAD & TRACK.
Suggestions? MAD Magazine? What? Speak words, people.