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Ravings of a Mass Media Madman

Ravings of a Mass Media Madman
Posts from December 2013

No Goofy Headline, Just a sincere thank you.
My style of editorial writing is usually to leave the word “I” out; to keep from saying “I think” or “in my opinion.” Words just flow better that way. But today, it’s not going to happen that way.
I hope everyone had an excellent Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza/Festivus (Have I mentioned enough to be politically correct? Probably not.) And I also wish everyone a very happy New Year: may your resolutions stick as strong as duct tape.
2013 has been a good year for the Tiller clan. Most importantly, my wife and I welcomed our son Avery James in August. It’s also been the first time I’ve held a job for a calendar year, I think ever; and I’ll be honest, I’m very happy to be in Vincennes.
Vincennes has been good to my family. I’ve had the pleasure for the last two years of working alongside some excellent news people and learning about the community. I’m truly blessed to be here and be able to serve the people of Knox County.

No, I’m not leaving; just in case you were wondering (or hoping). I just really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had with The Original Company and I’m looking forward to serving the people here for as long as the Good Lord will allow me to be here.

It’s testament to the good people of Knox County that a young native Kentuckian can come here and feel welcome (I guess it helps that I’m a Louisville fan.) What’s even more impressive is that as I’ve gotten to know those I come in contact with, they really make me feel like I’m part of the community. I genuinely believe some of the greatest people of the world live in Knox County.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.
Now if we could just merge with Adair County Kentucky, I’d never want anything ever again.

Jason Tiller is a news reporter for The Original Company. He's also a soda Aficionado. Ask him about SKI and it's roots in his hometown. You can contact him at
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Mass Media Musings: A Heaping Helping of News Tpoic Goulash
Note: The following blog entry is the original work of the author and in no way reflects the opinions and views of The Original Company.

A lot of stuff has been going on in the news the last few days and there’s so much to write about it’s overwhelming. It’s hard to stick to one topic when so much is going on that would make interesting op-ed subjects. So instead of just sticking to one, here’s a delicious goulash of musings from the last few days…
  • The world has gone green crazy. Everywhere you look it’s energy efficient this and green solutions that. One could argue this is a big marketing campaign designed to have people buy more expensive versions of things they already have. The green movement for me is largely exhausting and less than feasible for the common man.
             However, it’s nice to see that Good Samaritan Hospital is on the bandwagon and trying to save a little money. That can only end well for the residents of Knox and surrounding counties. The more money they save, the more money they have available for hiring physicians and that’s a good thing. If they can improve healthcare and reduce costs at the same time, go for it. Huzzah to Good Sam.
  • The people of Freelandville are getting the shaft. Knox County Survey Dick Vermilion has been trying to get the Postal Service in Indianapolis to understand Emergency Services are walking a slippery slope because of the physical address fiasco. Read the story here:
             Vermilion said Postal Service Official Sharon D. Blinks used the excuse “This is happening all over the Country.” Well if that’s the case then it’s time they listen to local people and fix the problem. Get off your unionized high horse and listen to the people whose lives you’re endangering. It’s only a matter of time before emergency personnel get called to Edwardsport when they are supposed to be in Freelandville and someone dies. When that happens someone should be held criminally responsible; and it shouldn’t be anyone local.
  • It’s nice to see school districts across the country taking student safety so seriously. It’s a darn shame it’s in the wake of a tragedy like Sandy Hook. But still, better late than never, right? Kudos to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Vincennes City Police for finding funding whether grants or otherwise for putting School Resource Officers in our Schools. I like the idea of having an armed guard at every school in the county. It will make some idiot think twice before trying to kill some innocent kids.
             Although, It’s getting old, and frankly, annoying that our leaders are using this as political leverage to infringe on our second amendment rights. Maybe we should look to parents to teach their children about the value of human life before we try to ban guns. By the way, tell us how that gun ban worked out for the people of Chicago. *Cough* highest gun violence statistics in the country *cough*
  • This last one is not local, but it’s interesting. As a disclaimer, I would just like to say; this in no way represents my feelings about same-sex marriage or homosexual people in general. It’s just an observation about our government leadership.
             The Olympic delegates for Sochi include 2 gay athletes. The speculation around the blogosphere is that the president is sending a message to Russian leadership about the country’s treatment of homosexuals; which is bad. Russian law says gay people aren’t even allowed to be open about being gay. It goes as far as to prohibit “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.”
             Also, for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games, the President, First Lady nor Vice President will be attending the games. Some see it as a strong message to the Russian government. I see it as poking a sleeping dragon in the eye. It’s probably wise of our top leaders not to make the trip.

Jason Tiller is a news reporter for The Original Company. If you don't hear from him in a few days after reading this, It's probably nothing and you have no reason to believe it might be something.  Have a nice day.
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You Can't Stop A Train Wreck
The following blog entry is the opinion of the author and in no way reflects the opinions of the employees and management of The Original Company as a whole.
The federal government doesn’t care about the people. Especially in the current administration, the only thing they care about is padding their own pockets and getting votes so they can keep their cushy “do-nothing” jobs.
            Knox County Farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock is in the news today. He’s asking the federal government to continue to use ethanol in gasoline. The Obama administration has decided that the corn-based additive in our fuel is not working the way it was supposed to and they’re getting ready to scrap the whole system.
            This means farmers across the nation and possibly the world are going to take a hit in the wallet. Villwock said the price of ethanol has already dropped since the information was leaked in October. That means a lot of farmers have already taken a hit.
            It makes sense to use ethanol in our gas; it burns cleaner, it’s cheap so it helps keep fuel costs down. In fact, one would think since it’s more environmentally friendly, the current administration would be all for keeping it.

            But here’s the problem and it’s a dirty little secret of politics. Every politician on the national, state and even to some degree the local level are all about themselves regardless of party affiliation. They don’t care about the American working man. They really don’t even care about the “entitled” who believe they shouldn’t have to work.

            Politics is all about making money, getting votes, getting on the taxpayer gravy train pension plan and retiring early.

            So how does all that relate to ethanol? Well, it’s simple. For two years now, there have been reports about how the federal and state governments are regretting their push toward fuel efficiency because they aren’t getting as much gas tax. The government has band-aided this with “Wheel Taxes” and starting next year a raise in fuel tax. But that’s not enough. Our leaders, whom we’ve all elected, want more and it won’t be enough until there’s nothing else for them to take. Even then they’ll want more.
            By using less ethanol in gasoline, it’s going to create a surplus. The market will be flooded and the American farmer will lose money. But it also drives the price of crude oil up because there’s going to be more of a demand for it. And since the Administration is against off-shore drilling, fracking and anything else that can drive gas prices down, the cost of gas at the pump is going to go up.
That means more money for the federal government because more money is being spent. The bottom line is their pockets are going to be padded while the rest of us struggle to make ends meet.

            Villwock is urging farmers across the Hoosier state to join him in pleading with the government to forget this idea. But as with Obamacare, Shovel-Ready jobs, No Child Left Behind, Solyndra, and the countless other failed government ideas from over the years, they’re minds are made up and to heck with how it will affect the American people.
The saddest part of the whole situation, it will stay this way until someone finds a way to hold them accountable for their actions.
Jason Tiller is a news reporter for The Original Company. In his spare time he sits on the street corner playing harmonica for spare change.
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I'm here to buy a TelvisiAHHHHHH I'VE BEEN SHOT!
This is a little late, but it needs to be said…
Black Friday will be one of the biggest contributing factors in the decline of Western Civilization; right behind Miley Cyrus, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and every variation of a Kardashian Show.

People freaking die on Black Friday. They die. D-I-E. Die. Since 2006 there have been seven shopping related deaths on Black Friday. There have been 90 injuries.
This year alone, there was one death as a teenager in North Carolina camped out all night to shop on Black Friday fell asleep at the wheel on her way home. Some will say that could happen to anyone, but if she hadn’t been up all night camping out at her local retail store it probably wouldn’t have happened.

In a New Jersey Wal-Mart, one shopper pepper sprayed another over a TV. In New Boston Ohio, an 11-year-old girl was trampled and another elderly woman was taken to the hospital for a similar situation.

In Carlsbad California, a man was stabbed in the stomach outside of a shopping mall. A Wal-Mart Employee in Arkansas was injured after an anxious mob of shoppers backed them into a corner and they fell (the employee was lucky he or she didn’t die).
Riots broke out in Northern Ireland. There was a Black Friday related shooting at a Kohl’s in Romeoville Illinois. In that same incident, the suspect drug a police officer behind his car. A Virginia man was stabbed over a parking space. A knock-down-drag-out brawl in Rialto California sent police officer to the hospital. And in Las Vegas, a shopper carrying a TV home from Target was shot.

Media Reports say it was a “calm” Black Friday. All in all 1 death and 15 injuries were reported this year. And that’s considered CALM!?

It’s at this point humanity needs to evaluate whether that Tickle-Me Elmo is really worth someone’s life. Here’s a hint. Black Friday deals really aren’t that great. Everything is way cheaper closer to and after Christmas.

It’s absolutely amazing and absurd that society has championed a lady who wears a meat dress to an award show as one of the biggest advocates of the anti-bullying movement, but not a word is said about the violence created in search of the best deals on crap none of us actually need.

God help us all.

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