Saturday, January 19, 2013

Whose Headline Focuses On The Important Issues? You Decide!

The following headlines from some of the major news media outlets gives an indication of what they consider the "HARD NEWS" of the day. These major headlines took place on Saturday, January 19, 2013. They give a real tell as to what some of these so-called news agencies think their viewer and readership want to know about the world surrounding them. What do you think?

ABC NEWS: "(Lance) Armstrong Tearful Over Telling Kids Truth"

CBS NEWS: "Armstrong turns emotional in 2nd part of interview - Lance Armstrong loses his composure when Oprah Winfrey zeroed in on the emotional drama involving his personal life"

CNN: "House GOP plans vote on short-term debt measure"

Drudge Report: "STOCKS HIT 5 YEAR HIGH"

Fox News: "Twice as Many Americans Favor More Guns Over Banning Guns"

Politico: "Red State Dems complicate Obama's second term"

The Huffington Post: "NO CLOTHES - GOP Offers 3-Month Debt Extension... PELOSI: NO... Demands Clean Increase... Top Republican: GOP's 'No Budget, No Pay' Proposal Unconstitutional"

MSNBC/NBC News: "OFFICIALS: ONE AMERICAN KILLED, 2 ESCAPE ALGERIA HOSTAGE CRISIS

National Review Online "THE DEBT - Trillion-Dollar-Coin Fever"

News Busters: "Disgraced Journal News Removes Gun Owner Map"

Newsmax: "Nationwide High Noon Rallies to Oppose Obama's Gun Grab - Pro-gun activists plan to rally across America on Saturday to protest President Obama's proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Rallies are planned in 49 state capitals, all at high noon"

The Weekly Standard: "Economic Face Off"

The Los Angeles Times: "Backyard nuclear shelter? $78,000 please"

The New York Times: "Terror, Prayer and Gunshots: Escapees Detail Sahara Ordeal"

The Washington Post: "Escaped hostages recount horrors in Algeria"

The Washington Times: "Obama administration eases path for ‘Dreamers’ to get behind the wheel"

The Guardian: "Last group of jihadists hold out in Algeria gas plant"

The Wall Street Journal: "American Is Killed in Algeria Siege"

BBC World News: "Hostage nations' Algeria concern"

The Jerusalem Post: "Hamas’s star rising in the West Bank"

Finally I add this one for pure fun and try to scan at least once per week just to tweak my OMG brainwave: Before It's News: "Bank Of America, No Guns Or Ammo Purchases With Credit Or Debit Cards,You Have To Hear This! Video"

This is just a smattering of the U.S. and various world news agencies that I read daily. From the looks of what they each consider "hard news" worthy of their top headline spot it becomes pretty obvious which should be given greater attention in a world where time is becoming the most important commodity available.

If you are a news junkie like myself, which of those listed above capture your attention as worthy of your daily perusal?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Youngest Schindler's List Survivor Dies

Leon Leyson, the youngest surviving member of the famed Schindler's List group of Jewish holocaust factory worker's has died of lymphoma at the age of 83.

Leyson, age 10 when Nazis stormed into Poland taking him and his family to the infamous Krakow ghetto, was one of 1,100 Jews saved from Nazis atrocities by businessman and righteous gentile Oskar Schindler.

One of several children that Schindler told Nazi authorities he needed to clean the small crevices in equipment used to further Hitler's war machine, Leyson was so small for his age that he was required to stand on a box just to reach the machinery he needed to clean. Schindler took notice of Leyson and called him "Little Leyson." After the war and defeat of Nazi Germany, Leyson, like many in his small band of Schindler survivors sought refuge in other countries. At age 20 Leyson made his way to the United States where he lived until his death this week. He took the experience he gained in Schindler's factory and earned his master's in education at Pepperdine University. He spent his life in California as a teacher of industrial arts in one of its high schools for nearly 40 years. Rarely speaking about his ordeal under Nazi oppression, after the 1993 release of the Steven Spielberg film "Schindler's List" he was called upon often to speak openly of those years. Of Oskar Schindler, Leyson only had the utmost respect and gratitude. "He put everything on the line (for us all)." Even though Leyson lost two siblings during the Poland invasion his parents and two other siblings survived with him.

Asked why he thought Schindler, a gentile, womanizer and German businessman would risk everything for the sake of 1,100 people the Nazis considered lower than swine Leyson said, "He did it because he was a decent human being."