Thursday, November 22, 2007

Say WHAT, again?

There is an interesting article in the News & Record today about two Greensboro Police Officers suing the Rhino Times.

I'm puzzled by some of the comments made by Rhino editor John Hammer. According the the News & Record article,
Hammer allowed that the articles contained errors but said none were significant or defamatory.

"It validates the series. ... They found very minor mistakes," he said. "If you write 180,000 words about something, you’re going to have some minor errors in there."

Here are my questions:
How many "minor errors" are permitted per word count? Is there a formula that's used?
How does one determine whether the "errors" are minor? For example "not" is a tiny, little word and the exclusion of it might be considered by some to be "minor." However, if left off in a sentence that says, "He was found guilty," the meaning of the sentence changes significantly. Who is in charge of "minor," versus "major" mistakes?
Is there someplace where we can learn what, exactly, the "errors" or "minor mistakes" are? Or do we have to guess?

I'm just trying to understand, if the EDITOR of the Rhino admits the article contains "errors" and "minor mistakes," (because, you know, "If you write 180,000 words about something, you're going to have some minor errors in there.") how we are supposed to accept anything written in the Rhino as credible. The Rhino has published a LOT of words over the years. How many other "minor mistakes" have there been?

Just wondering.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


They say you should sing like no one's listening.

I think what that's supposed to mean is that one should be less inhibited. It means to be free. To be honest.

Uh, no thanks. When you do that, THIS happens!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

The difference is?

How do you tell the difference between Democrats, Republicans, and Southerners?

Answer - Pose the following question:

You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges.

You are carrying a Glock 40, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.

What do you do?

Democrat Answer:
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? Should I call 9-1-1? Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior. This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days and try to come to a consensus.

Republican's Answer:

Southerner's Answer:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click....(sounds of reloading). BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click. Daughter: "Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips??