Take Charge of the News You View

This morning MSNB preempted the rebroadcast The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, don’t know if there was an O’Donnell in its regular time slot earlier since I always DVR the rebroadcast in avoidance of the news crawl, anyway, the preempted program was fast forwarded by me enabling me to notice that it ran the ‘breaking news’ banner for the entire hour, adding to its over use as a harbinger urgency…also it displayed the annoying news crawl, so, my avoidance of it would have been in vain if I had chosen to watch it. If anyone is going to enjoy watching the news the only option open to you is to take personal charge of your viewing of the news any way you can…

Had Enough, Yet?

President Donald Trump claimed he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not “lose any voters.” Today this failing American President, figuratively, stood up one more group of Americans and shot them. How much longer will the Republican Party stand for this steady erosion of some part of the American citizenry? Before loudly proclaiming, this is enough, not one more group…

Recalling Past Experiences

Growing up, every summer vacation my family would spend about two weeks in the birth state of my parents, Virginia. Traveling by train was a wonderful experience in those days, some even dressed up for the occasion, a well-dressed family walking down the street was either going or coming from church or traveling out of state. Before the purchase of the family automobile, Pennsylvania Station was the place of embarkation, I can still sometime remember the sight, sounds and smell of the place, hoping to someday return to bathe in that memory in real life, in real time, over the years I have forgotten about that desire, until last Sunday. While watching Treasures of New York on Public Television I learned that the old Pennsylvania Station is no more, having been done in by the soon to take a firm hold on the city in the era of Urban Renewal, reasoning that it was cheaper to demolish the old then to maintain them, never taking into serious consideration the memories that will be taken away, destroyed along with the demolition. I don’t mean to go on so, however, thanks to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, any declared historic building now has a fighting chance of survival…

Someday I hope to publish a post describing the five stories walk up in which I was raised, two apartments on each floor an unheard of seven rooms each, the one and only one on the block, you could fire a pistol in one apartment, only hearing a little thump in the next, compared to my current building where a little whisper can be heard on every floor, to say “they don’t build them like they used to”, you ain’t just whistling Dixie…

Three Media Actors

Two actors on Fox Businesses Varney & Co., Ashley Webster, let’s just say who is over fifty, seem to be sporting just a little hair dye on top these days while another noted side kick, Elizabeth MacDonald, also over fifty who has always been relied on to provide her continuance of aged hair in denial, with an hair extension, seem to love their current shade of Orangutanian orange that is in vogue all over the air ways on display on the heads televised news anchors and contributors, which in their networks way of thinking make them more watchable in appearance then with any of their remarks alone would ever be able or hope to achieve…On today’s program featured dark haired and fiftyish Jason Chaffetz, late of congress, now a Fox contributor, hoping to make more coin there without the benefit of government and its long term bennies, but nevertheless, the chance of media advancement with super stardom in his eyes like so many who have made the transition before him and made good… One last point, if you don’t want bloggers like me writing about your hair dyeing, don’t do it, there are hundreds of congressional and media types that have not stupidly taken to dyeing their hair, not one word has ever been written about them not dyeing their hair and so it could be with you, now? no, it’s already too late you have already taken the plunge there is no walking back this deceit…

Broken News

Note to radio and television news broadcasters, the life of any breaking news item is at best fifteen minutes to an hour, any longer than that it will start to seem excessive, in this age of Trump, a breaking news item can last as long as a whole week, after which the most loyal news hound, myself included, begin to wonder, is this the same old story with a new missed spin or not and how many times I have heard this story reported before it starts to stale and die on the vine, as boredom takes a upfront seat, that can then easily be labeled fake news. Don’t think I’m exaggerating but I’ve seen the breaking news banner stay locked on the television screen though out the life of a half hour local news broadcast, then go on to become the lead story on the network news program that followed. Japanese broadcasters have found a cure all for the breaking news malaise with the banner, ‘developing story’, that I guess can be employed with reference to the same story for a month or more without becoming repetitive. Anyone watching a regularly scheduled news broadcast will always find items not known, that is the nature of a news broadcast that is as it’s supposed to be, news, unknown news, is news, but for items to be labeled breaking news, as the boy hoax lying crying wolf it will soon lose all its urgency and bite, and be ignored as if it was never or ever was breaking news…

From Spicer to Scaramucci

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, not sure after spending the last six months being the mouth piece of this American President grooms him for another position like this one since few would require being well schooled in the expertise the verbal art of the descriptive dodge. As for incoming fifty-three-year-old, Anthony Scaramucci, who seems to have started dyeing his hair way before allowing this job to gray it in plain sight.

Tap or Bottled?

Once a week, on Thursdays, a convoy of heavy duty trucks can be seen clogging up parking lots outside most high-rise buildings employing a cadre of mostly men wheeling hand trucks making their way to weekly deliveries of large amounts of heavy bottled water to the enclosed tenants, sometimes at great expense to some that cannot readily afford the extra expense of the personally delivered disinfected H2O being provided free of charge or minimally by city government. Also, since 1950, added fluoride, a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay in children, I’m not certain that it’s a part of the content in all purchased bottled water. Are these high-rise buildings located in some remotely arid, parched, water deprived land somewhere way out in the hinterland, no, in the heart of New York City? So, what do these weekly purchasers of bottled water know that the rest of us don’t, nothing, nothing at all, except having been heavily marketed to by doomsayers without any verifiable proof of an impending water calamity either present, past or future.