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The Torture of Will Ferrell -or- What Lies Beneath the Surface

Updated: May 3

I just awoke from an amazing dream. I dreamt that my wife and I were on a cruise ship for our anniversary and Will Ferrell had the cabin next to us. Throughout our cruise, I inadvertently annoyed Will Ferrell with both my clumsiness and my crassness.


But to my surprise, Will Ferrell wasn't a normal human being. Come to find out, Farrell used his mental illness to become famous. Will Ferrell had Dissociative Personality Disorder and whenever you made him mad, he would really turn into one of his famous characters like Jackie Moon or Mugatu. At any given time Ferrell could slip into any character based on his level of rage.


My brain had seemingly concocted an evil version of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent with Will Farrell as the titular character instead of Nic Cage.


And at the end of my dream, Farrell tried to throw me overboard the cruise ship. As an enraged Farrell carried me through the ship, a beautiful version of Octopus' Garden played underneath. A slowed down and playful duet between Dolly Parton and Ringo Starr....


I woke up and realized that I hadn't written anything for Beacon of Speech in a week.


 

Editor's Note I: What's Bugging You?

Last week, I wrote a mostly well-received article about the Cleveland Browns and in it, we asked for real coverage of the Browns, not the slanted, team friendly coverage from the local corporate mouthpieces Nathan Zegura and Mary Kay Cabot. We didn't pussyfoot around, we specifically named their names.


Well this week, the Browns replaced retiring voice-of-the-Browns, Doug Dieken with -

Nathan Zegura. Despite having a, minimum, of 20 better candidates, the Browns went with the most team friendly one.


Also this week, Mary Kay Cabot was nominated for the Bill Nunn Jr Award. What's the Bill Nunn Jr Award?

The award recognizes a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through their coverage. - cleveland.com

How did she get nominated for that? Advance Local, Cleveland Branch (aka The Plain Dealer) has business ties with the Cleveland Browns. Mary Kay Cabot has mastered the art of soft criticism coupled with preserving revenue streams for her employer. In the classic newspaper model, sportswriters were guided by their own ethos. Today they are guided by....what's a nice way to put it? How about 'preserving relationships.'


Editor's Note II: What's Really Bugging You?

Long story short, at some point Beacon of Speech has to become its own entity. My day job needs to be BOS, not the current employment arrangement. I cannot be handcuffed here because of ramifications there.


Editor's Note III: What's Really, Really Bugging You?

There's a school....

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at the edge of town.....

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called Pathways to Success.....


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and.....



there's more to the story about a recent incident that didn't get reported....

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(you know what, I swear I will tell you the rest of that story...but not today.)


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