Posts tagged ‘media’

January 28th, 2013

Sex in the Suburbs

by Christopher O'Brien

Suburban Adventure Blog, a part of the Independent Media Network

I got passion in my pants and Im not afraid to show it….Im sexy and I know it.”   LMFAO

This song that was playing in my kitchen as I made my way downstairs this morning.  My Bose radio is set to WKTU- thanks to Giavanna-  We love music in our house, so there there is frequently some variety playing in the background.  I try to turn the channel every time I hear words that are clearly suggestive of sex but it is a great challenge. The word sexy is thrown around everywhere today. Giavanna is only nine years old and sort of understands the meaning of the word. Im not a prude it’s just that it seems to me that the bombardment of sexuality in our culture is a little too much for everyone.

I took Christopher to a PG movie last month  and almost all the previews were close ups of some sexual encounter as are most commercials. Our children hardly…

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December 17th, 2012

Obama Mourns In Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

A woman kneels outside of Newtown High School | Christopher O’Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Chris O’Brien | IMNCT
NEWTOWN — President Barack Obama said the reaction of the Newtown community to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting inspired a nation, but it also left us with some hard questions.“Can we honestly say we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?” Obama asked. “If we’re honest with ourselves theChristopher O'Brien

answer is, ‘no.’”

Since he’s been president, this is the fourth time he’s visited a grieving community following a mass shooting.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end and to end them we must change,” Obama said, acknowledging that change won’t be easy.

Satellite trucks parked in  Sandy Hook center photo:  Christopher O’Brien

The families of 15 of the 27 families who endured loss took their places at Newtown High School after meeting privately with President Obama. Other residents joined them for the interfaith service and in adjacent overflow room. Unfortunately, some town residents couldn’t make it inside as hundreds flocked the town from as far away as New Jersey, feeling the need to ‘feel close’ to the tragedy.

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September 18th, 2009

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by LonSeidman

Welcome to the Whisper. As you may have read in an ad in the Wolcott Community News, this blog is maintained by Christopher O’Brien. The purpose of the blog is a mix of reasons. First and foremost, to make Wolcott more informative. Sometimes rumors abound and we’ll investigate them. Other media often doesn’t look into what’s going on like they used to. Often we leave town for work and shopping, but don’t know what’s going on with our neighbors. I’m trying to help bridge that gap. Honestly, I don’t think I can do it without some help.

Two, it is meant to keep Wolcott residents informed to things happening in Wolcott’s town government. If roads are being paved, schools suddenly close, taxes are being raised, etc, you’ll probably want to know because sometimes these things impact your family, your budget, or your child’s education. The blog is meant to be politically- neutral so that you can decide for yourself what a decision should be. Facts will be presented strictly as they occur or figures will be provided with reference. Sometimes a commentary may be written about a particular subject from a particular viewpoint, but all view points are welcome and encouraged.

Third, it is the hope that you, the reader, might also be able to contribute. Whether you simply have a comment or thought on a particular post or have an event you want to advertise, please contact Mr. O’Brien. If you want to write about a particular event or topic, you may also contribute that. (writers are solely responsible for their content).

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August 13th, 2009

AARP: What’s Their Stance?

by LonSeidman

Last night (Wednesday) the CBS Evening News presented a fact vs. fiction segment on the healthcare debate. They examined the three draft bills that have passed House Congressional committees to see if abortion would be federally funded, if the debt would increase, etc. The answers to me were surpising and quite balanced. Actually, some of the answers were unclear baased on the bills passed, but the viewe could tell that there was a possibility that the concerns addressed could be true.

Finally, the CBS news reported how Barrack Obama noted that healthcare reform had been endorsed by AARP. They noted that AARP apparently has officially taken “no stand” on healthcare reform.

I found this surprising since there is YouTube video of a AARP town hall forum – which was abuptly cut off after attendees questioned the potential changes. Oh well, maybe they decided to change their stance from endorsing it to not because of the backlash. Fair enough.

In fact, their media director told Fox News that their “Listening Tour” forums will continue across the country and they “want to hear dissent”.

Then I turned on the TV this morning. An ad caught my attention – mainly because it had an ambulance driving down the street with cars cutting it off and performing maneuvers in front of it. Gosh… the scene is actually very realistic! In fact, quite accurate!! (at last, my job has been accurately portrayed on TV!!)

The ad continued explaining that the ambulance has some place to go – your emergency destination at a hospital. But the health insurance companies – the cars – re getting in the way. Cars cut in front of it, back in front of it, cut it off, tailgate closely, weave almost striking the sides of the ambulance… anything they can do to cut off the ambulance with its siren screaming.

Guess who sponsored the ad? Yep. AARP.