Dear Sir, More Trump Please…

Just in case anyone has forgotten what the President of the United States looks like can look forward in the next few days to find that all the cable news outlets will be running hundreds, no make that thousands of clips and still images of him that will be married to current news stories, even more, I fear than they did during the last presidential campaign…

Its Just News

I overheard some avid local television news viewers, say why they stopped watching a news program, because some of the on-air men were bald, some with a thinning hair line or wore cheap looking hair pieces, some of the on-air women were old and haggard looking with aging gray hair. So, the very next day, switched to a news program that featured handsome Hollywood type men some with full bodied blond hair, women that looked like somebody’s trophy wife or a little like a busty super model with straight shoulder length hair with a part in the middle. Blond dyed streaking female ethnics, not notable for blond hair with pouting greasy red lips. No mention can be made of the excellent writing or the outstanding news reporting on the switched news program, since there was none of that, after all, it was reasoned, appearance is everything on a news program, content is just as good as the best window dressing that money can buy or some equivalence there of…

Dear Mr. Hannity

Today on Sean Hannity’s radio show he engaged in one of the oldest tricks in the book of deceit by playing past statements that some Senators made years ago to support of their vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act as being in contradiction to their intention to vote no on TrumpCare. My dear Mr. Hannity, have you not ever heard of the phrase, “that was then, this is now”, I pause for a reply…

Lost in a Cloud of Logos

Most people that watch a lot cable television don’t know or care what network their program is a part of but I do. On the Scripps Network Interactive, some programs include the Food Network, HGTV, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and Great American County. On Discovery Channel some programs include, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Wings, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Life, Oprah Winfrey Channel, Discover Channel, TLC and Velocity, so why all the above, well Reuters is reporting that Discovery and Scripps are in the early stages of merger talks. I love the type of programing that each network offer, what I don’t like are distracting network or program logos on the screen that must be endured along with the programing which is more than enough for me not to watch any of them, my lost, I guess…

Run Venezuela

Hey! Matilda, Matilda, Matilda, she take me money and run Venezuela.
Once again now!
Matilda, Matilda, Matilda, she take me money and run Venezuela.
Five hundred dollars, friends, I lost:
Woman even sell me cat and horse!
Heya! Matilda, she take me money and run Venezuela.
(Songwriter, Harry Thomas, rumored to be a pseudonym for the combination of Harry Belafonte and his guitarist, Millard Thomas)?

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a federal presidential republic consisting of 23 states currently at war within and with each other and the legacy of its late president Hugo Chavez, if this nation is to move forward from its recent past it must first and urgently discard this overwhelming shadow of the Chavez bequest. Its current economic crises stem from a number failed economic policies and its one-party rule which does not allow for any fresh outside thinking since there is none forthcoming from within the party. Under Chavez, Venezuela suffered the worst case of Dutch Disease, The Free Dictionary by Farlex describes it in the follow excerpt: “(Economics) the deindustrialization of an economy because of the discovery of a natural resource, as that which occurred in Holland with the exploitation of North Sea Oil, which raised the value of the Dutch currency, making its exports uncompetitive and causing its industry to decline”. After the death of Chavez, his heir apparent, Nicolas Maduro, President since 2013, continued to wallow in Dutch Disease as if it’s some sort of economic cure all, which it’s not closing and cloaking any new ideas with the fear of losing power as if it is more important for him to remain in power then for another individual with more governmental skills to run the government, even for the continued sake of the country, we have seen this before throughout the world, a kinda, me or the highway…a vindictive mentality, if I cannot fix this no one can. To make matters even worse, if that’s possible, as of this posting the Trump administration is preparing sanctions against Maduro’s Socialist party that would be like soaking gasoline on a house already on fire that now can spread its flames throughout the continent of both south and north, so be aware… be very aware…which can then be free to blow back engulfing every nation in the region…

Meet Benny ‘The Arnold’ Trump

George Washington slept here, if only the first American president knew that he could increase the value of his estate to pass on to his descendants simply by sleeping around. Something the current President knows all too well by sleeping around in his many demesnes increasing their value with every hour spent there, such is the marketing value of the office he holds that has increased since being elected and will continue for a long time after he leaves office. I regret that few will be pointing with pride at the many Presidential retreats only that they exist noting the added real estate value to be enjoyed by his posterity. Unless he manages, which seem very likely that he will proceed to tarnish his name so severely that it ends up, to borrow a phrase, on the trash heap of history never to be spoken of in polite company only in the recounting of a tragic time in American history something like a Benedict Arnold. I reference here the urban dictionary top definition… When you “pull a Benedict Arnold”, you sell out your side and join the stronger side of a situation out of fear, not honor. And I may add, personal gain…

Persuasive Marketing

It seems every month or so one of the news networks does a story on the heavy weights populating society by showing torso clips of both males and females waddling down a city street. Which has given rise to so many weight reducing commercials playing on television, each seem to feature ‘all you can eat’ programs by displaying some of the most delicious looking dishes even a full stomach would crave. Are these commercials aimed at the problem eaters who just eat too much of the wrong foods or those with a medical fat metabolism problem? Some of the aids are so appealing even the skinny would not mind giving such programs a try. Another group populating society are those that have a problem with alcohol, will we soon see commercials addressing their problem with ‘all you can drink’ programs featuring such exotic cocktails as ‘lime rickey’, ‘pink lady’, ‘bloodhound’, or ‘salty dog’ or worse, only time will tell or if a very inventive marketing manager has a crack at baiting the persuasive among us.