An Open Letter To Alex Jones

Dear Alex,

The alternative media, in which you’re a major player, and its credibility, are crucial if this wayward American ship is going to get back on course.  It’s vital that poorly researched and poorly proofed inaccuracies aren’t presented to the public as incontrovertible facts. One substantial mistake undoes a multitude of paradigm changing truths.

That’s why it pained me to hear you, on your Sunday (9/30/12) broadcast, recite an erroneous list of presidents and the number of Executive Orders each was responsible for.  A small part of that mistake laden list can be found here on one of your sites, reachable via a tab entitled “U.S News“.

Two more accurate snapshots, taken at different points in time, can be found here and here.  The first is from the Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index from the government itself (a link you yourself post alongside numbers that, oddly, don’t reflect the more authoritative link).  The second is from The American Presidency Project.

The incorrect statement you made both on-air, and in the graphic on your site referred to above, relating to President Reagan’s 5 Executive Orders versus Obama’s hundreds, may well have been obtained from Wikipedia, which states in a small font that its list is incomplete before listing 5 of President Reagan’s EO’s.  Reagan clearly had over 300, which was easily discoverable had someone checked a bit more thoroughly than a list that Wiki itself declared “incomplete”.

I’m no fan of the president, and have stated as much many times, in a number of different forums.  But I submit that the case against him (or against his opponent, for that matter) is hurt when blatant misstatements are hurled irresponsibly, as they can boomerang and impede the progress, traction, and credibility of the emerging new media.

Sincerely,

RS

 

 

Three Pre-Apocalyptic Wishes

Okay, it’s the end of the world according to Nostradamus, the Mayans and the Alex Jones Infowars channel.  Thinking about being ended this year made me realize that initially at least, I have the capacity of being a shallow, pathetic dope.

I asked myself what I would do if this was it. If I knew for sure that say by next Wednesday everything was just gone.  My immediate bonehead ideas were 1.  Buy the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport…the fastest car in the world – and drive it as fast as it can go , which is 253 mph.  2. Buy the L115A Long Range Rifle – the best sniper rifle in the world, and shoot a bunch of Taliban guys just as they were getting ready to rape someone.  3.  Move next door to Angelina Jolie and take her for a ride in my new Bugatti.  And 4.  Drive Angie and me to NYC to find Donald Trump and punch him in the face.

Now of course, all of that is just simple self-entertaining nonsense, and I fully realize that I would do none of those things because none of those things have any true meaning.  But then comes the puzzle – why bother with meaning if this is all over – including my inherent awareness of myself?  And then that irritating God thing comes up and I have to start all over.  Was it the fear or love of God that kept me from just letting go of all restraints and tearing through this life like a mad dog?  Or was there some gene plugged in during mom and pop’s coitus?  The truth – at least my truth when giving this some heavy thought, is that one dies like one lived.  I believe that having gone so many years traveling what I assumed to be the correct path, the right thing to do, the way to be, and so on, has been so deeply deposited into my psyche that even now, knowing that Wednesday next is the end of everything, I would behave in exactly the same manner I did all those hundreds upon hundreds of past regular Wednesdays.

And so, if the Mayans are in fact correct, there will be people stealing, raping, killing, and doing all kinds of bad stuff. But I believe that those people have been struggling with keeping themselves under control all along.  The majority of us will just sit, realizing there is nothing else we can nor need to do.

As for me, my Bugatti -Jolie imaginings washed away for the comical absurdities they were, I would gather my family and try to keep them from the panic and fear that accompanies any unknown.   I would hold them close, and laugh and cry and run through memories and even discuss what is next for us since we all, my family that is, have a belief in an afterlife.  And whether that afterlife is man made fodder created to keep everyone from cracking up at the thought of death, or a mystical, spiritual truth doesn’t matter.  Hope is what has helped me and my loved ones through this life.  To drop it now would be as illogical as shooting up the Taliban.

Still, there is a tiny part of that sniper thing that gives me a smile.  Gonna have to talk that over with God next Wednesday.