Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Wonderful things ...

So far the Great House Re-siding Project has uncovered about 60 pounds of old spiderwebs, coal chips, three forlorn mugs mysteriously framed into an addition, 5 rotten boards, an assortment of large, aggravated spiders .... and a newspaper.

I don't know if it was left deliberately, or as a humorous attempt at insulation. It's a copy of the Seattle Times from June 8, 1950. Insects did some editing of the contents but I managed to extract some useful information. Did you know the yearly rogue elephant roundups in the Belgian Congo are dangerous? Well, now you do. Or did. Haven't checked lately, and I'm pretty sure it isn't the Belgian Congo anymore, and where was I? Oh yes. Sorry. I was distracted by finally learning the secret of flying saucers. According to David Zaslavsky, "hatchet-man for the Soviet newspaper Pravda" (yes, that is a direct quote). He goes on to say "Behind the 'mysterious saucers' there are real flights of American pirate planes in the air over foreign territory". This will be a terrible disappointment to all the alien-worshippers and crop-circle fanatics, but the truth must be told.

The best part (at least, that I could read without insect ellipses) was an editorial that proved, if nothing else, the Seattle Times editorial slant hasn't changed much in 55 years.

"... a tendency has been noted in the administration to whip up a sort of saber-rattling jingoism, which does not become us, with less emphasis upon the leadership for peace to which we are obligated by our traditions and our World War II aims ... This manifests itself in increasingly bitter exoriations of Russia, with no longer any differentiation between her people and the rampant crew in the Kremlin; in increasing emphasis on arms as the only resort to achieve peace, and by a cynicism about peaceful overtures of another sort and about the United Nations ..."

Man, that sounds familiar! It's an editorial complaining about McCarthy. Yes, that Senator McCarthy. And the Seattle Times is complaining because his little antics are "putting a damper on moves toward resolution of our differences with Russia." That's the only problem they can see. Oy.

UPDATE: I swear I didn't know about this before I posted the above. That's my Seattle Times, always going the extra mile. Yes, they are now comparing Rove's comments about liberals to McCarthy's insinuations about Communists. What are they smoking?


Anonymous Cricket said...

Your old newspaper.

9:04 AM, June 30, 2005  
Blogger Barb said...

ROFL! Cricket, yer a Hoot!

BCR - when you told me about that editorial, it just made my afternoon ... *grin*.

And Just Think -- the PI will go out of business, which way will the Times drift?? (3 guesses, first two don't count)

7:58 PM, June 30, 2005  

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