Pardon Me

At almost every White House turkey pardon ceremony, if there is a juvenile in residence, if not some are bussed in, a point is always made to have children present, of the recent clips I have seen of this event few of them seem to enjoy it, after all what’s there to enjoy, as if this is a kid event, like The Annual Easter Egg Roll or the lighting of The National Christmas Tree. Saying a few words of pardon, announcing the bird’s names, like Drumstick or Left Wing, then the event is over, so, what’s so kid friendly about this event? I invite your comments…

Prime as in First?

This Sunday at 9p MSNBC will re-broadcast America in Prime Time which has sent this blogger to be wondering if it will include their customary annoying news crawl and their gigantic corporate logo on the screen, and oh yes, where have I seen this programing before? So, let’s just ask Wikipedia… reprinted below…

“America in Primetime is a 2011 four-part documentary series, focusing on television in the United States. Originally produced for and broadcast by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the series is a production by The Documentary Group, in collaboration with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and WETA-TV. The rights to the series were purchased by the United Kingdom’s British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 2013. The episodes were re-edited and clips of Alan Yentob introducing different segments, shot on location in different areas of America, were added. Exploring both old and new television series, each episode centers on the evolution of certain character archetypes – such as female and male archetypes, misfits, and heroes – in primetime TV. The series features interviews with a wide variety of influential people in television, including actors, creators, writers and executive producers, talking about their own shows and others. The documentary features a lot of footage from the programs discussed”.

The above program is well worth watching again to anyone interested in television as a history, but with marketing commercials this time thrown in is indeed a head puzzler…

Check Your integrity at the Studio Door

You are a female newly cum laude graduate journalism student from one of the most prestige’s universities in the world assigned to participate in a political Sunday morning chat show for the first time, upon arrival its noticed all the female panelist are in blond dye streaking hair; what do you do for your next appearance next week. Dye your hair too, dance the minuet without music? To get along go along? Yes, to all the above. And if asked to, synthetic hair would not be refused. It’s no longer a fad it has become a custom, practiced by all employed in broadcast news before the camera, part and parcel of a uniform, few if any questions are asked, it’s the accepted norm, so get over it, get with the program as if born to it, your new way of life before the cameras, transferred to your everyday true to life personal self, you are, have become an oddity without portfolio…

Now cue the background dancers…

Not a new movie, but.

Just viewed a 1994 movie as they say, ‘ripped from today’s headlines”, based on a Michael Crichton novel, screenplay Paul Attanasio, directed by Barry Levinson, starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, “Disclosure”, enough said, except for the urgency and recommendation to catch it anyway you can before the subject fades from the headlines.

“You Look Marvelous”

I remember visiting a Manhattan office pursuing employment to do some writing for a marketing firm, was struck by the glamour of all the females present at the front desk and as far as could be seen. Later that month was told to report to the back offices to pick-up my check, was struck by the contrast between the appearances of the females at the front of the office and those visible to me now at the rear of the office. As in television broadcast news it seems the more attractive, those that appear on air, or at the very least those that can be made up to look attractive are out front while the less so are not, can be found laboring in the back offices, perhaps they even joined the station with the hope of work in front of the cameras are now confined to off camera work seemly based on their perceived unattractive appearance. So, the next time you tune to watch your favorite news program know that what you will see is the best-looking faces that station or network has to offer, even if synthetic or hair dye must be employed to achieve that goal… In short you will find there is little or no diversity in body shapes, skin tones, or hair textures, but a lot in hair shades explosive on the lighter side of the spectrum that photograph and present a more positive presentation before the cameras leading some ethnics to lighten their hair presenting an oddity not found in nature. Did I just hear someone shout, ‘cookie cutter’ in the flesh…?

Hey, Stupid

The lead story, or what I have come to know, the A block, of the DVR’d rebroadcast of the 11/14/2017 edition of The Rachel Maddow Show was so compelling it caused a nightmare, I awoke in a cold sweat, had trouble returning to sleep, this program seemed to declare the U.S. is in and has been in continuing danger of being infected by a foreign power…

“It’s the economy, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “The economy, stupid”, which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush.
Carville’s original phrase was meant for the internal audience of Clinton’s campaign workers as one of the three messages to focus on, the other two messages being “Change vs. more of the same” and “Don’t forget health care.” Excerpted from Wikipedia…

Venezuela has been sitting on an economic toilet, paused to be flushed, once one of the well-off countries in the Americas shows just what a one market economy coupled with failing mismanagement can do.

And now Zimbabwe, a country that has never in the eyes of most economist, had a stable economic environment since the first years from Rhodesia to Robert Mugabe becoming Prime Minister in 1980, kicking out the established economic land owners in favor of some unskilled countrymen, at long last seem to be on the verge of some sort of a coup, that was ripe for one many years ago.

There are some in the U.S. that believe that despite his low approval ratings, it’s the up-tick of the stock market that is keeping this American President afloat, as soon as there is a market correction, his political fortunes may then turn down ward without the recovery of likability to stabilize him, the end may be close or near. For as long as earnings are up, nothing else matters, but put a hole in American pocketbooks, well that’s another question to be pondered… Remember it’s the economy stupid…

One last point of view, Americas future is not in some “make American great, again” 1950’s mentality but in the future looking policies demonstrated by China’s green energy policies and Germany’s immigrant welcoming affairs, world leadership is slowing passing to either Asia or the not so old world of Europe once again… remember, you read it here first…