....LMB: "Ronnie's Last Ride"....

June 05, 2004

Big news of the weekend is the death of former president Ronald Reagan. Following American media tradition, Reagan's life will be presented as one long heroic voyage. I'll bet that Reagan treated his family and friends with love and care, and that they'll miss him to the end of their days. But that was on a personal level. On a political level, I think he did tremendous damage to this country and to people in other countries.

I was born in 1975. I was young during Reagan's reign. Because I grew up with him in office, he is what I've come to expect a president to be, image-wise: kinda old, kinda handsome, kinda rugged, kinda kindly, and kinda stupid.

But overall, when I think Reagan, I think (the sham of) trickle-down economics. I think busting the air traffic controllers union. I think demonizing the poor as "welfare queens." I think the Iran-contra. I think Latin American death squads.

I imagine in the coming days I'll find a nice comprehensive article that sums up the Reagan years, but in the meantime, you get this nice piece by Steve Gilliard.

Posted by Jake at 06:08 PM | TrackBack (1)

You remember what the biased liberal media has drilled into you. Do you remember 16% interest rates, 14% inflation, 10 % umemployment, and no growth. Do you remember a very powerfull and geo-politically aggressive Soviet Union? Reagan saved this country from the incredibly awfull economic malaise inflicted by liberal politicians/socialists. His policies and leadership started the long economic boom we are still experiencing. He defeated the Soviet Union in the cold war and freed Western Europe. Wake up.

Posted by: Mike Carpenter at June 6, 2004 05:53 AM


If you mean that the liberal (/radical) media that I have to dig up on my own-- Chomsky books, unpopular political mags, activist radio stations, etc.-- drilled Reagan's negative legacy into my head, you might have a point.

If you mean the "liberal media", that CNN and USA Today and the like have been brainwashing me into thinking that Reagan as an evil, union-busting, death-squad supporting despot, then you obviously have fallen through a dimensional portal into Bizzaro World, and we all pray for your safe return.

Posted by: Jake at June 6, 2004 09:51 AM

And hopefully you remember how 70,000+ died of AIDS on his watch while he ignored them. Unforgivable.

Posted by: Amanda at June 7, 2004 08:02 PM

Lest we bring up the "war on drugs" he orchestrated and the invasion of Panama.

Posted by: Lauren at June 9, 2004 07:18 AM

Unbe-fucking-lievable. 'biased liberal media'?

Once again, label it and then you don't have to examine its contents. You can assume all kinds of things as long as you know going in that something is liberal/conservative, whatever.

Ronald Reagan was a B-movie and television ACTOR (not dissimilar to the current Governator), who was really good at reading the scripts he was handed by the military/corporate junta that hand-picked him to be their candidate. This is the same regime that keeps you hooked on oil and controls your media. Or did I sleep through that free election where we choose Colin Powell's kid to run the FCC?

Most of this current corrupt administration has the same junta-members from Reagan's administration, (the same Rummy who sold Sadaam his WMDs in the first place - you know, the ones he used to 'gas his own people - gasp!') Why wasn't the freaking *biased liberal media* reminding Rummy of that during his press conferences as he treated them with contempt during their run-up to this war? http://www.emjournal.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/a0006.html

Ray-Gun's 'Star Wars' plan to enrich California defense contractors (among others) is still chuging along just fine. Perhaps you've visited the Military Space Command headquarters in San Diego recently?

And I just love how the *liberal* American media and its revisionist historians keep handing Reagan the "Defeator of the Soviet Union and Destroyer of the Berlin Wall" crown. (Ingore the fact that Bush the First was in office when it actually occurred). I don't recall a single American troop in Russia or Berlin spearheading that revolution or 'shock and awe'-ing them into freedom and democracy. I didn't see Ronnie dancing on top of that wall. Our own CIA didn't even see it coming (they are just sooooooooo effective!!) The citizens of those countries were the ones who threw out their own corrupt leadership - Too bad the citizens of the US are too brainwashed, obese and baffled by bullshit to throw out their own corrupt leadership. Baa-baa.

Posted by: DC at June 9, 2004 10:38 AM

Here, here.

Posted by: Eric at June 14, 2004 10:18 AM

Hope there weren't too many people who get their pay checks in the mail since the post office decided to shut down on Friday. In death, Reagan continues to screw "some" working people over.

Posted by: Eric at June 14, 2004 10:23 AM
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November 16, 2004

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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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