Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Embarrassing Myself

I have managed to embarrass myself for the first time here at Ignoring the Barking Dogs. Being a complete novice, I went into the “Comments” section of the “Dashboard” and thought I would clean out what I thought was something like an “Inbox” of comments. Imagine my displeasure to find out that deleting those comments in that area ended up deleting them entirely from the blog.

For those who had posted comment, I must apologize. For those that may be thinking of starting your own blogs, learn from my mistakes. Believe me, I will probably make more and like Howard on RV Dreams, I’m honest enough to let people learn from my mistakes. Please bear with me through this whole learning process.

While I have other thoughts about the Arizona shooting, I don’t wish to express any of them until I have had an opportunity to study more about the whole sordid affair. However, from what I have seen so far, I must change a term that I have used for a long time.

I have long referred to the “Main Stream Media” as being those who are supposed to be in the news business, but instead write stories and articles from a very subjective viewpoint. In an earlier part of my life, I wanted to be a journalist, so I kind of have a good working knowledge of how news should be written.

Since I’m NOT seeing good, intellectually honest journalism, what used to be called the Main Stream Media will from now on be known as the “Lame Stream Media.” It is sad that an enterprise that is supposed to be the protector of truth and is protected by the Constitution in the form of the 1st Amendment, should become such a profound embarrassment. I’m sorry that I ever considered that as a profession.

In fact, given my conservatism, had I become a journalist earlier in life, I would certainly need to leave that profession for something with a bit more honor. Oh, you know, something like being a gigolo. (Not meaning to bad-mouth gigolos with that comment, I apologize to them.)

For those interested in a good book to demonstrate the sorry state of the Lame Stream Media, I recommend the book entitled, “Bias” by Bernard Goldberg. He used to be a journalist with CBS.

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