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The “Sun” also sets, We got trouble with a capital T 
and it rhymes with D and it stands for Dumb, Holy Cats! 

by Vice President Knight Allen 

Originally published on February 08, 2018 - reprinted with permission

            Some thoughts on "A note from the Sun."
For those of you still getting a hard copy of the newspaper every day it has been impossible to miss Brian Greenspun's "A note from the Sun” detailing his financial woes trying to produce a newspaper in what continues to be a very difficult environment for print media.
His "Note" has been running on the front page of the Sun every day since at least 1/11/18. Basically, he is cutting off full, free access to the Sun's web page ( and replacing it with what he calls a "metered paywall." What this means is that while some content remains free, for example section fronts, there will now be a cap of 10 stories per month that you can read start to finish. After that in order to read the Sun in full in all its New York Times News Service glory you will be required to subscribe at a cost of $8.99 per month.

Now, whether you believe the Sun is providing "fact based, quality journalism..." is absolutely up to you as is the choice to send Mr. Greenspun your $8.99 a month.

    It is irritating though to read that the bulk of the Sun's problems are the direct fault of the Review-Journal. It seems that after years of declining profits the RJ is now losing money like so many print media companies are and that has resulted in what Brian must have assumed would be a lifetime annuity to the Sun drying up. It is a central tenet of today's elite to play the blame game. Whenever something goes wrong it's always someone else's fault. In this case the ownership and management of the RJ is simply not living up to its responsibility to provide cash flow to the Sun.

    The "Note" runs every day. It's like opening your mailbox and getting a solicitation from a charitable group seeking your help to fight hunger or to help children with life threatening illness or to help our wounded veterans or to stop animal abuse. Except in this case you're being asked to donate your money to a multi-millionaire capitalist with other business interests with cash flow that could support the Sun for the next 50 years.
Personally, I'd go for the hungry, kids, vets and animals before the multi-millionaire.

      As the song from "The Music Man" said, We got trouble, right here in River City."
The Annenberg Public Policy Center recently took a poll. The results are pretty disturbing:   Almost 75% of Americans cannot identify all three branches of the federal government. More than a third of Americans cannot name even a single branch of government. More than a third of Americans cannot name any of their rights under the First Amendment. "Multiple surveys find that Americans, particularly younger Americans, are increasingly ambivalent, or downright hostile to free speech  and democracy"  -Jonah Goldberg LV RJ 1/7/18
If this country goes down it won't succumb to external forces like North Korea, ISIS or the Taliban. We will fall to the most negative force on the face of the earth - ignorance. 
Ignorance breeds arrogance, elitism and a sense that things will be so much better when the "right people" get control of the reins of government and can herd the mass of people toward their vision for the greater good and the general welfare. And if you don't want to be herded? Don't share their vision?
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, practiced, and handed on to them to do the same or, one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free." -Ronald Reagan, March 1961

   Any cat lovers out there? Have you heard about the new business enterprise revolving around our feline friends? They're called Cat Cafes and the headline in the Wall Street Journal 1/10/18 read; "Catty question: Who thought this was a good idea?"

    The idea is to provide a place where stressed out humans can interact with mostly shelter cats. Believe it or not there are about forty of these Cafes around the country, The folks running these places have found out that while the thought may be good, the execution has some serious problems:   One store had a brick thrown through their window by a dog lover. Some landlords are dog people and flat out don't want to rent space to cats.

    These obstacles are minor compared to the day to day problems with the "Staff." For example, it is not a good idea to try to belly rub a staffer unless you are looking to get bit and scratched. One cat took off for two weeks (vacation?) and then one day just came back to "work." One really big problem is that the staff is unpaid and will simply not take orders. Why? "Because they're cats." Also, they sleep 12 to 16 hours a day creating a real productivity problem. I don't know but it seems to me the business model is fatally flawed, and some folks have thrown in the towel. But, it’s important to remember these are cat people and most of them are soldiering on. They better hope the staff doesn't unionize. 

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