Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar

Let us admit a certain truth by asking; what does a dish washer do? a dish washer uses soap to wash dishes. Now, let us consider a lobbyist, by asking; what does a lobbyist do? a lobbyist main job is to influence legislators to make a favorable vote toward a cause, most times to engage in the promotion of a company, country, or even a product by the dispensation of funds. With the public acknowledgement of the above, a certain truth can now seemingly lead to damnation or censure in the press and/or in Congress…And what ever you do, never mention the words ‘apartheid’, Palestinian Arabs, or even The West Bank in the same sentence, or the phrase fair disposition concerning the governance of the occupied territories, once the inhabited have been branded terrorists for not acting in a word I just made up, in a (meekish) manner.

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd”, the author of the above quote remains somewhat of a mystery to me.
To be against the President’s funding of the southern border wall is to be for open borders, to be against the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association, is to be against the first amendment, or the Constitution, to want to curtail or be critical of the financial lobbying efforts of Congress on behalf of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is to be labeled, an anti-Semite, all the above would be a grave stretch in identification…and let us not forget, to be critical of female greasy-lipped, blond dye head news contributors, is to be called a chauvinist pig…on this International Women’s Day, 2019…

And now for the latest Miss Omar’s ‘trope’, concerning her pretty face remark centered around President Obama, has he reached the point of a ‘deity’, of which no ill can be spoken of, I hope not…at least not yet…

The Over Thirty Class In 2030

Never trust anyone over thirty, was once a rallying cry of some under thirties, pointing with damnation to the ruling class of the then over thirties, for engaging them in generational petty wars and the burdensomeness effects of excessive financial debt, for them, it seemed an easy call. Now, this is just as an easy prediction, in the years after, say the 2030’s, the rallying cry may very well be, never trust anyone that dyes their hair…’trust’ being the operative word…which has grown to mean, a ‘betrayal’ of any personal trust…

Many of us will after digesting a piece of print media, whether magazine or newspaper, ever wonder, what did the journalist look like, it was the journalism that sparked and captured our quest for news. In 1990, at the New York Daily News, ten unions went on strike, halting publication, placing many journalists out of work for about a month. From my point of view, that was an excellent time for New York television stations to stock their newsrooms with the most competent journalists ever to report the news, and that was true, but only up to a very shallow depth, and that my friend is painfully in existence to this very day, an example soon became clear, nobody would want to watch a potbellied, half balding, gray haired male journalist on television, no matter how effective their news reporting and writing. Which has given rise to the dye head central casting type of television journalist in view across every television news network and local stations too. Its even possible for some real shabby news reporting to make the air-ways, as long as the advertising dollars keep rolling in, keeping viewers tuned in to the pretty newscasters, youngish, blond dye head females, along the their never aging male blacktop, head dyed counterparts. Televison news and some of its reporting has been lowered to its lowest standards of, trashy look-alike Hollywood sketch news reporting, in brief bite size segments, that is not too long and without any depth, as in, ‘catch and keep them before they lose interest’, and tune to another station or network.

Deng Xiaoping is supposedly to have said, no matter the color of the cat, as long as it can catch mice, or something like that, ‘maybe true’ in some walks of life, but in televison advertising, and news reporting, it’s of most importance. Anyone once celebrated in any industry, can find a second successful life on television, with a liberal dose of hair dye and if necessary, some cosmetic surgery. Just look at all the elderly, kicked out of the industry where they once made their living, now pitching related or unrelated products on television. And if they can develop the skills, to read well written news copy aloud on televison, and get away with it, whether a once sport figure or politician, the act is all the same, a successful second career can be had on televison, but only with viewer acceptance, which is seldom served with any rejection…

Finally, nothing rejuvenates one’s personal appearance than the marketing of self, along with one’s well written book on television…even one that has been ghosted…

“Can I Get A Amen”?

With an admiring eye toward the Kennedy-Nixon debate, and ever since the winning Kennedy Presidential candidacy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in tribute to his win on appearance, and how he was able to pull it off, during every presidential campaign season, the American people have been subjected to a sequenced of beauty contests of candidates, this season will not be an exception, it must be remembered, it was during the last round, it could not have been predicted, that a faked blond dye head, hair sprayed, seventy something would be a winning nominee, presidential candidate, then go on to be elected President…and yet, here we are. Now its for us, the current voting age population, not to fall victim, head on, into a fierce presidential marketing campaign, laced with hair dye, and make that same mistake again…here’s hoping that, that hard lesson has been learned, by choosing quality and sound stated reasoned issues, and not some high toned fiery, “pie in the sky”, type political rhetoric over beauty… and the beast…”can I get a amen”?…

Blond, Black Topped & Wigged

It has become impossible to watch as little as five minutes of televison without viewing a woman with dyed hair, with males, a little longer, but not by much, these males can be simply called, ‘black tops’, because that is how they appear in all their fakery, they are either journalists or company leaders or spokespersons appearing in a commercial. Then there are those that find the full ‘black top’ dye a bit excessive, will opt for the half-dye, black top dye with ‘gray-white wall’ sides, taking fakery just not as far down the road, hoping for that Hollywood distinguished look. Some gray hair is tolerated on male heads, absolutely not on any female heads, their ticket to ride is to be called, ‘blondie’.

It’s been almost fifty-years, since a New York area televison reporter was pressured to either cover her Afrocentric natural hair, with a scarf or wig, or forfeit her stations press credentials to cover the wedding of the President’s daughter. Since 2008, a wigged, Wendy Williams, has hosted a televison talk show, even her publicity head shots of her are wigged, with many industry insiders, speculatively, if not wigged, would her appearance have made some viewers uncomfortable, as it was reasoned, some White House wedding guests might have felt. Miss Williams has recently been absent from her show because of illness, of the few times I tuned in, if a female guest host was a person of color, to be ‘dressed for broadcast’, meant in a wig also. Miss Williams’s ‘hot topics’ talk show has generated a lot of imitators and look a-likes in wigs, just as ABC’s The View has done for greasy candy cane red lips and dyed hair. On the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, the center anchoring chair has always been a dye head blond female. There are currently at least one dye head female on every newscast, anchoring or appearing as a news contributor or as guest panelist. I recently heard one unnamed male chauvinist remark, women are currently lucky to be included on any news programing at all, since all they have to do is just appear rosy cheeked, attractive to bring in viewers, while we males do all the heavy lifting, as we deserve the higher pay too. Women seem to spend more time in the make-up chair before broadcast than doing program prep. You see they have to have their eyes and their hair done just right, which is why they have to arrive hours before us males each day.
In conclusion, if the hair is dyed, as for a ‘cosmetic’ approach, like for the elderly female journalists to appear younger, which is often the case on televison, is a marvel to behold, however, or to dye the hair as in a, ‘costume’, like for the younger female journalists, to put in an appearance on televison, and hope to be invited back, both can and do, generate laughter to all who observe, for whatever the reasoning, must also suffer, along with the risk that is in the hands of the bearer, if they don’t mind, why should we…lets face it, in television, your hair can make or break a career…And as for politicians, it pains me to write this, all the above seem to include them as well, weighing their political worth on their appearance and with dyed hair…

Greasy Lipped and Dressed for Broadcast

The award-winning song, “Shallow”, as performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the movie, “A Star is Born”, could so easily be performed by members of Congress and the journalists that cover them, who seem to think by dying and hiding their age-related hair adds credibility to their expressed views and news reports, for congressional members it’s not enough to be on the right side of an issue, for journalists, its not enough to report a raised issue correctly, their appearance must also be faked, and by so doing, greatly diminishes their credibility, perhaps forever in some eyes of their constituents and televison viewers. Shallowness, is all right, we don’t mind, we’re used to it, so, just carry on…confirming fakery as the new, no make that, the old, normality…in action…

Man Made People…an Update…

Your standard mobile device contains over sixty elements and minerals, the mining of and discarding of them after use, that currently pose a more dangerous threat to the earth’s fragile environment than centuries of plastic use, and is almost impossible, and too expensive to fully re-cycle.

In 2019, we, you and me, currently live in the most civilized time the world has ever known or seen, its laden with the highest technology no one would want to willingly give up. And yet, it has been estimated by some, we are all doomed by some naysayers, because of civilization and the technology we have developed, that the earth in its current state and in its continuum, cannot, does not have a long and healthy future. Let me try to explain the dilemma as I see the world currently in, by a quick look see of the earths past inhabitants. After thousands of years, if the then indigenous peoples, suddenly vanished from earth, there would be nothing left behind as evidence that they ever existed, they made nothing new, only made use of everything that already existed and lived long successful, enduring lives. On the other hand, we, the civilized lot, if suddenly vanished, there would be so much man made toxic contaminated material, that over time the earth would soon become uninhabitable, why just one man made material alone that will never die, only become smaller, are plastics, there a so many others, if you did the research you could certainly include many more. Environmental degradation is on the menu with every new technology that can make someone rich, environmental safeguards, would cost money, are seldom employed, as if to just kick the can down the road for the next generation to clean up, if ever they do, and with that begets a contaminated earth. What if just a little extra consideration was considered after a new product in development and a review of its long-term use, I don’t think plastics would have ever have grown to play such a dominating role in our current life style, and we would be carrying groceries home in baskets of straw, and our bodies would be free of the minute particles of plastics, now earning us the true title of, ‘plastic people’…birthing plastic men…

Marketing, In Vain Only

If one ever wants proof of just how shallow, we have become have only to look no further than any of the typical thousands of television commercials the average person views weekly, as advertisers employ the services of personalities that have made their mark in society in other medium, to influence us to use or buy a product, take for example, Joe Namath, resurrected to pitch a product on televison. One would think that if Mr. Namath recommends something, that would be enough for most people, after all he is Joe Namath, but no, they have to add the indignity of presenting this seventy-five-year-old former football player in dyed hair, making his appearance not only unbelievable but an insult to viewers intelligence. Now transfer that marketing ploy to the average news broadcast, where everyone on camera is all tidy, dark haired or blonde dyed, looking so forever youngish, again, further insulting our intelligence… again and again seemingly getting away with it every time. And oh yes, if on book tour, appearing as a sixty-three-year-old, gray less, Michael Beschloss, can go a long way to sell a lot of books too…