Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ignorance and a Mural

Come with us into the heart and soul of a daily newspaper in 2010, as journalism slips into the randpm mire--the "city room" where 10% of the staff has just been cut.

Our investigator has a slick new print of Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph of seven U.S. Marines raising the Stars and Stripes on Suribachi, the volcanic ash mountain on Iwo Jima.

This was the act that signaled to the world that Japan's World War II effort was in vain.

No image from that war caught so much attention, and no image in that war is better known throughout the world. It is on a U.S. postage stamp.

It used to appear regularly in textbooks. Entire photojotnalism COURSES have been "built " on it.

Now the "journalists" are asked to identify what is happening and where it happened.

Andrew Breitbart carried the story and photographs on his news website Tuesday night:

One of the modern neshawks properly says: "It';s World War Two I think..."

"Oh, yes" another intones, "It;s D-Day in France somewhere..."

Follow the link to the story.

The whole discussion led our intrepid investigator to a student painted mural splashed on a wall adjacent to a high school that mimicked the Rosenthal photograph.

But instead of Old Glory, the vaguely uniformed central characters in the image are rasing a...what IS it ??? Oh, Now I see...

It is a brand spanking new WINDMILL !

Like the ones Teddy Kennedy would NOT allow them to "plant" at a "wind farm" near The Kennedy Compound at Cape Cod.

The kind of windmill that NOAA uses on the weather web site to indicate windy forecasts.

Al Gore's prescription to cure America's dependence on petroleum.

Welcome to the wussification of American Grandeur, the culmination of third rate education in nexus with lazy political correctness.

Honest tears are appropriate.

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