Friday, February 08, 2008

Friday Beagle Blogging

Baxter enjoys sleeping sideways in his bed. It's not that he shifts around to get into this position. He'll walk over to the bed and purposely lie down this way. Perhaps in this case it was to catch the little bit of sunshine on his head. They say you can keep your feet warm by keeping your head warm. Wise old beagle.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Childhood Memories

I remember when this photo first appeared in newspapers and news magazines. The iconic 1960s photo of a Vietnam War protester placing flowers in soldiers' gun barrels at a rally was taken by Bernie Boston. The retired newspaper photographer has died at age 74.

Boston's photograph, "Flower Power," was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. He took the picture at a war protest in Washington on Oct. 22, 1967. He covered every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.

It's a pity we don't have similar anti-war protests today. The war is out of sight, out of mind for far too many people. Heck, I produce a daily newscast and rarely include war news stories. How dramatically different than previous wars.

Friday, February 01, 2008

News Tip

If you want news media to take you seriously and cover your event, make sure you have correct information in your news release. Received the following just moments ago:

PRESS CALL: Fixing the Housing Crisis
Housing experts and economists to discuss solutions to the current crisis

WHEN: Monday, February 1, 2008 at 12:00 PM EDT

(emphasis added)
So is the event on Monday, or on February 1?

Friday Beagle Blogging

Must keep Granny and Strannix happy!

The boy likes to patrol the yard as part of his daily job, which is to keep the elephants out of the neighborhood.

And no, the photo was not taken this week. Baxter doesn't care for the snow, thankyouverymuch.

The Surge is Working?

News item from the BBC caught my attention:

Two bombs in busy Baghdad animal markets have killed at least 64 people.

An Iraqi official said the devices were attached to two women with learning disabilities, and detonated remotely.

Maybe I've missed it, but the use of "women with learning disabilities" to likely unknowingly carry bombs to be detonated remotely is new to me. If this behavior is what the surge has produced I think the world would be better without it.