That's "Campana-stan" or ''Land of Campana." It reflects the Weltanschauung of Michael E. Campana, President-for-Life of the Republic of Campanastan. Welcome to Campanastan - no passports or visas required!
The Way of Water Oregon State University Geography PhD Student, Jennifer Veilleux, records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about transboundary water resources development in the Nile River and Mekong River basins. Particular attention is given to Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Laos' Xayaburi Dam projects.
Thirsty in Suburbia Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
This Day in Water History Michael J. 'Mike' McGuire, engineer extraordinaire, NAE member, and author of 'The Chlorine Revolution', blogs about historical happenings in the fields of drinking water and wastewater keyed to calendar dates.
WaSH Resources New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Water 50/50 From Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine. Fifty lectures in fifty weeks: The 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship. A global lecture tour delivering the message about our changing water cycle, groundwater depletion, and the future of freshwater availability.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
Watering the Desert Aptly-titled blog by CJ Brooks, a lawyer-hydrologist-geologist from Tucson, AZ.
Watershed Moments: Thoughts from the Hydrosphere From Sarah Boon - rediscovering her writing and editing roots after 13 years, primarily as an environmental scientist. Her writing centres around creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and nature writing. The landscapes of western Canada are her main inspiration.
WaterWired All things fresh water: news, comment, and analysis from hydrogeologist Michael E. Campana, Professor at Oregon State University.
Watery Foundation Tom Swihart, formerly of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, tells all about water management in the Sunshine State.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
Just found this in a 2010 issue ofThe Economist. It is based upon a survey of drug-harm experts. Be sure to read the brief article, which contains the usual caveats.
In a related vein, I heard Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, promoting his upcoming special 'Weed' (11 August 8 PM EDT), explain that he has done an about-face when it comes to medical marijuana:
Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not.
I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.
Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."
Well, I am here to apologize.
I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
With one week left until tax day in the USA, here are some thoughts.
1) Mad Men's season 6 premiered last night. You can read variousexpert opinions hereandhere. Thoughts about people of color here. Not sure what I think about my once-favorite show. I do know one thing: I'm liking Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) more and more. And where is Betty (January Jones) headed?
2) I'm not the world's greatest moviegoer but I always enjoyed the late Roger Ebert's reviews and
disagreements with the late Gene Siskel, whom he delighted in criticizing and belittling. Rest in peace, Roger.
3) Sad to hear that original Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello, died today at age 70 after a quarter-century battle with multiple sclerosis. She got her start on the iconic Disney TV show, and progressed to a recording career and starring with Frankie Avalon in those 'beach blanket bingo' movies. Annette, you have no idea how many boys imagined you as the object of their affections. Wonder if Roger Ebert ever reviewed any of her movies?
4)Margaret Thatcher, the 'Iron Lady', former UK PM, died today at age 87. Fascinating
person who remade Britain. For better or worse? Don't ask me, but I suspect it was a little bit of each. Seems like many people either loved her or hated her; I'm in neither camp. Factoid: she was originally trained as a chemist.
5) Ah...morons! Power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z (no, they are not the morons) celebrated their fifth anniversary by heading to Cuba, that evil island of '57 Chevys and the Castro brothers. BFD, right? Well, no. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Republicans who are Cuban-Americans, have inquired about the nature of the couple's trip.
surprise me, as the two Miami Morons are still fighting the Castro brothers and supporting the USA's cockamamie embargo that has empowered the Castros and their fellow travelers. Thanks to people like the Miami Morons and their ilk, Fidel became the darling of misguided lefties all over the world. The embargo prolonged his oppressive dictatorship and brought misery to the Cuban people. And yet the Miami Cuban-Americans sent money home to Cuba, which helped prop up Castro. Way to go, guys!
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't." - Margaret Thatcher
This gem (read the other gaffes from Billy Packer and Bob Knight) aboutDoug Gottlieb from the folks who run the swimsuit issue:
In a cringe-worthy introduction on Thursday night, the CBS analyst dropped
an odd reference to race when he was introduced by host Greg
Gumbel. Said Gottlieb: “Cream rising to the crop. I don’t know why you guys asked me, I’m just here to bring diversity to the set here. Give the kind of white man’s perspective on things from the point guard position.” Colleagues Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith laughed awkwardly while Greg Anthony looked at Gottlieb in a similar manner that U.S. officials look at North Korea. Gottlieblater apologized for the statement, saying, “It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize.” Barkley bailed him out as well. ” I want to say something about Doug Gottlieb. He made a joke earlier tonight and people are going crazy. All those idiots on Twitter, which I would never ever do. Listen: me, Kenny and Greg Anthony and Greg Gumbel did not take that personally. So all you people at home who’ve got no life and are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb, get a life. It’s over with. It’s no big deal.”
His bit is funny because it shows how people can be using the same words but talking about two different things, depending upon their perspectives.
I recall this phenomenon in spades. About 30 years ago I had a conversation with an older colleague about something new called 'CDs'. We spoke to each other for five minutes before we realized that I was talking about 'compact discs' and he about 'certificates of deposit'.
"Workers insist that they are not disgruntled. They are very gruntled." -Kevin Nealon
Suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal? Will Mary find solace in the USA? Will the Dowager Countess indulge her cougar tendencies? Is Matthew really impotent? Will Cora's ne'er-do-well brother Farley muck up the Abbey's placid facade? (I made that last one up.)
"How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains? Well, if coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we’d have been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind. You better believe things had been different. I’d have gone pro in a heartbeat. I’d be making millions of dollars and living in a big ol’ mansion somewhere, soaking it up in a hot tub with my soul mate." - Uncle Rico
"Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it." -- Oprah Winfrey
The Huffington Post has a collection of the eleven best Beck video parodies.
''I went to the movie this weekend with a gun. And surprise, surprise, I didn't kill anybody!'' -- Glenn Beck
''This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture....I'm not saying he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.'' -- Glenn Beck, on President Obama, sparking an advertiser exodus from his FOX News show, July 28, 2009
Ira reports from Glynn County Georgia on Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams and how she runs the drug courts in Glynn, Camden and Wayne counties. We hear the story of Lindsey Dills, who forges two checks on her parents' checking account when she's 17, one for $40 and one for $60, and ends up in drug court for five and a half years, including 14 months behind bars, and then she serves another five years after that—six months of it in Arrendale State Prison, the other four and a half on probation. The average drug court program in the U.S. lasts 15 months. But one main way that Judge Williams' drug court is different from most is how punitive it is. Such long jail sentences are contrary to the philosophy of drug court, as well as the guidelines of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. For violating drug court rules, Lindsey not only does jail terms of 51 days, 90 days and 104 days, Judge Williams sends her on what she calls an "indefinite sentence," where she did not specify when Lindsey would get out.
We hear about how Brandi Byrd and many other offenders end up in drug court, and we hear how one model drug court participant, Charlie McCullough, was treated by Judge Williams. (25 minutes)
Here are some comments on Judge Williams froma local paper.Here is her re-election WWW site.View this video by Joe Iannicelli about corruption involving Judge Williams and her son Nathan, also an attorney.
Gee, and she looks so sweet!
Word to the wise: don't get busted in Glynn County!
“Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just." -- Blaise Pascal
For the past several months Beck has taken to lambasting Frances Fox Piven, a 78-year-old Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the City University of New York. Piven and her late husband, Richard Cloward, wrote an article for The Nation in 1966 in which they outlined a plan to help the poor of New York and other big cities to get on welfare.
To Beck, this makes her one of the most dangerous people in the world. From the NPR story:
"Let me introduce you to the people who you would say are fundamentally responsible for the unsustainability and possible collapse of our economic system. They're really two people," he said, "Cloward and Piven."
For about the last three months, week after week, Beck's been hammering away at Piven and her husband. From their 45-year-old article, he sees a vast conspiracy to overthrow the American financial system.
Theirs, he says, is a plan to "overwhelm the system and bring about the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with impossible demands and bring on economic collapse."
Beck says their approach is the main strategy employed by the far left ever since, applying it to everything from the Wall Street collapse to the health care law to climate change.
Soon after Beck made her infamous, Piven says hundreds of death threats poured into her e-mail account and conservative blogs. Things like, "'May cancer overtake you soon!'" Piven says. She ended up asking the FBI and state police for help.
"It's a lunatic story, but it's a story that nevertheless is clear," she says. "You can get your hands around it. This woman is somehow responsible for the upsetting changes in your small town where the factory closed down. I don't blame them for being upset. It is upsetting. But I blame Glenn Beck for telling them a factually untrue, crazy story about why those changes occurred."
Stewart sat down with Terry Gross on Sept. 29 in front of a live audience at New York City's 92nd Street Y to discuss his time on The Daily Show, his role in the media, and the upcoming rally — which is being billed as "Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement."
On Oct. 30, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will host dueling rallies on the National Mall. Called "The Rally to Restore Sanity" and the "March to Keep Fear Alive," respectively, the two rallies closely mimic Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor Rally," also held in Washington, D.C.
"I think Jon Stewart's a bigot. I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine." -- Rick Sanchez
"He's a reaction to what he feels like is the news, and so are we. We actually share quite a bit in common in terms of, not point of view necessarily, but reason for being. We're both in some ways an op-ed. We consider ourselves editorial cartoonists in some respect. Not him, but the show. Op-ed cartoonists, or the Messiah. We're both different. I very much wanted to avoid the idea that [the march] would be a reaction to him. 'Cause I don't think that'd be fair to him and it's not meant to ridicule activism or the Tea Party movement or religious people." -- Jon Stewart, on similarities between himself and Glenn Beck
For the second time in a couple of months I need to give a shout-out to Glenn Beck. Yep, Beck was one of the first to get it right on Shirley Sherrod. Even the New York Times said so in an editorial:
The administration’s haste to fire Ms. Sherrod was unfair and unseemly. She told of how an agriculture under secretary phoned her to demand she resign instantly via her BlackBerry. The official anxiously cited the likelihood the furor would “be on Glenn Beck tonight.”
By the time the conservative commentator took up the issue, the full transcript of the speech was out and Mr. Beck was citing Ms. Sherrod — but as a victim of administration recklessness. This time, he was right.
You go, Glenn!
The Obama administration seems to be in a contest with Dubya's to see whose is populated with more idiots.
Wonder if we can expect Andrew Breitbart to undergo the same kind of conversion as did Shirley Sherrod. Somehow I doubt it.
But he now has been immortalized in the language:
Breitbartv. - To intentionally make something appear to be its opposite for political ends. The pundit breitbarted Shirley Sherrod. (from Robert Creamer)
How ironic. The group that was virtually impossible to hear on radio in the 1960s - except for perhaps WBAI in New York City, and college radio stations - is now on radio. Took long enough.
I remember in 1967 at WCWM when I was going through some of the freebies that record companies sent us. I found I Feel Like Homemade Shit by the Fugs, played it, and was blown away. I played it once on the air but a listener called the dean and I was called on the carpet and told not to play it again, lest we lose our broadcasting license.
I played it a few more times.
After disbanding in 1969, The Fugs re-formed in the 1980s and have toured and recorded ever since then.
Here is what co-founder Ed Sanders says in the story:
"We were not the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," co-founder Sanders says of the group's controversial lyrics. "We were not The Beach Boys. We were The Fugs. And we had our own pizazz and energy and elan, especially early on. Those old records just scream and steam with fun and joy and raising our fists to the sky to demand a new type of American reality."
Perhaps their best known song was Kill For Peace, a tune that got FM airplay.
Right on, guys!
"The only gook an American can trust Is a gook that's got his yellow head bust." -- The Fugs, Kill For Peace
Good friend Bob Jarrett sent me this email he received from the Sojourners.
This time, he’s crossed the line.
Last week,Fox News commentator Glenn Beckurged Christians to leave churches that use the words “social justice.”
Then today, on his morning show, Beck said social justice was a “perversion of the gospel” and complained that social justice and economic justice were code words for Communism and Nazism.
Considering that the Catholic Church, the black churches, the mainline Protestant churches, and more and more evangelical and Pentecostal churches all consider social justice central to biblical faith, what’s he really advocating? A complete disregard of the gospel and millennia of Church teaching?
Of course, Christians may disagree about what social justice means in our current political context. And that’s an important debate. But the Bible is clear: From Moses to the Hebrew prophets to Jesus, social justice has been an integral part of God’s plan for humanity.
Beck said that, if his church were about “social justice,” he would report his church to the church authorities. What authorities? Church bodies as diverse in their theology as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals have explicitly endorsed social justice as a biblical imperative.
Because Sojourners’ mission is “to articulate the biblical call to social justice,” our founder and CEO Jim Wallis was the first to “turn himself in.” Since yesterday, we’ve had more than a thousand other Christians join him.
What about you? We invite you to “turn yourself in”to Glenn Beck as a Christian who believes in social justice. And while you’re at it, invite some friends. Let’s send him thousands of names.
Sure, you’d think the chief executive officer of a company struggling to emerge from bankruptcy and desperate to salvage an $8 billion buyout-gone-bad would have better things to do than pester his underlings with crazy proclamations. But in the case of Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels you’d be wrong.
Randy Michaels? Sounds like a 196os Top 40 DJ's nom de plume.
The man at the top of the troubled media empire took time out of his real job this week to issue a list of words and phrases — 119 of them, to be exact — that must never, ever be uttered by anchors or reporters on WGN-AM (720), the news/talk radio station located five floors below his office in Tribune Tower.
Believe me, I’m not making this up.
You can see a list of the offensive words and phrases at the bottom of Feder's post. Note that Michaels confused 'moot' and 'mute.' Duhhh...
In other news, stay tuned, because in our top story tonight, some really good (or bad) news: as expected, in a surprise move yesterday, informed sources say, a world class icon, diva, mother of all motorists, and famed undocumented alien, lauded for putting area residents at risk and in harm's way, but at this point in time behind bars for allegations that -- according to sketchy details that, to be fair, have officials and authorities under fire for speaking out -- he reportedly engaged in shower activity with all of you folks at 5 am in the morning, underwent surgery, utilized an undisclosed vehicle in torrential rain in a near miss manhunt when it was time for a break, literally fled on foot, completely surprised his mother with a clash with bare naked police behind closed doors, definitely possibly completely destroyed a medical hospital under false pretenses, and is lucky to be alive after, the fact of the matter is, he lent a helping hand to a legendary incarcerated pedestrian lone gunman (the perpetrator who over in a neighboring state, perished in a perfect storm of no brainers and things that went terribly wrong, and was plagued by killing sprees in which he gave 110% only to have his senseless murders marred by the untimely deaths of guys and folks whose fatal deaths came in the wake of auto accidents, and while it may be a mute point, let's everybody touch base on the fact that he was under seige in the wake of unrest after shots rang out in close proximity of the best kept secret on the campaign trail which had authorities reeling up in one place and down in another, and going forward, the alleged aftermath of the death toll for youths behind the podium exceeds those out there, down there, and out in that other place by a two to one margin), is seeking white stuff for those of you that want it, and thus, we'll explain what he did when we'll be back -- we'll be right back, after the break and after these commercial messages, and we say "we're back," "welcome back," or "welcome back everybody."
"The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it." -- Laurence J. Peter
Tony Kornheiser, fellow sexagenarian Long Islander, former sportswriter, self-described 'troll' and sarcastic ESPN commentator, had his PTIwings clipped for two weeks by his Bristol bosses for uttering this critique of ESPN colleague Hannah Storm's wardrobe (see photo):
"Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She's got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt. Way too short for somebody in her 40sor maybe early 50s by now [Note: Storm is 47] . And she's got on her typically very, very tight shirt. So she looks like she's got sausage casing wrapping around her upper body. I mean, I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't ... But, Hannah Storm, come on now! Stop! What are you doing? ... [She's] what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point."
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better." -- Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R-SC)
"I think I know the cause of your heart trouble. You don't have one." -- Jon Stewart, on Rush Limbaugh
"It may be a blessing in disguise. ... Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other." –Pat Robertson, on the earthquake in Haiti that destroyed the capital and killed tens of thousands of people, 13 January 2010
“Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”-- Rush Limbaugh
CHICAGO—The season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show unleashed a surprise for viewers Monday, when host Winfrey presented her studio audience with an unexpected gift: eligible men.
"Everybody gets a man! Everybody gets a man!" said Winfrey, almost drowned out by cries of disbelief as 276 men, one for every member of the studio audience, filed onto the Oprah set.
Hoping to top last year's season-debut surprise, when members of the studio audience received free cars, Winfrey watched elated as the men knelt before their awestruck new mates and delivered gallant kisses and professions of undying affection.
Hand-picked by Winfrey and her staff, the men range in age from 29 to 63 and were described by assistant producer Sally Heffernan-Ross as "great catches" with semi-professional to professional careers and stable personalities.
"Oprah showed it can happen: You can get that man of your dreams, or at least of your minimal expectations," Heffernan-Ross said.
The men, dressed in fresh chinos and polo shirts and bearing single red roses and gift baskets from Bath & Body Works, emerged moments after audience members were instructed to reach beneath their chairs, where they found inlaid boxes containing keys.
The keys, Winfrey explained, unlocked the doors to the men's individual domiciles.
"He's yours! He's completely yours!" Winfrey said to one speechless young woman who appeared stunned by what was going on around her. Assuring "no months of awkward dating" or "questions over who's going to make the first move," Winfrey said her man giveaway had totally eliminated the guesswork of romance.
The men Winfrey gave away are guaranteed to enjoy snuggling, to find the few extra pounds gained over time "cute," and to have read at least three books by the poet Maya Angelou.
"Oh, I love Maya," said one of the giveaway men, 32-year-old electrical engineer Doug Jefferson, who also enjoys warm, comfy sweaters. "I think she's very brave. Heck, I love poetry in general. Who doesn't?"
Winfrey had to reassure several of the more timid studio-audience members.
"Don't worry, ladies, they won't be going anywhere," Winfrey said. "Kiss him! Give his behind a little squeeze! It's okay—he's your man!"
As with 2004's Pontiac G6 giveaway, the man giveaway came as a complete surprise to audience members, many of whom said the men arrived just in time.
"I was beginning to think it was never, ever going to happen," said Karla Drozdowicz, 34, an unmarried bank teller from Superior, WI who won radio-sales executive Chris Iredell. "I'm totally thrilled to get Chris. He's not what I imagined from my romance stories, but I'll love him just the same."
Another audience member, Gwendolyn Havers, said her years of watching Oprah instead of dating had "finally paid off."
"My mom says my 'wallflower' personality keeps me from meeting men," Havers said. "Well, if I wasn't such an Oprah fan, I wouldn't have gotten tickets to her show, and I wouldn't have won [part-time assistant tech-support manager] Eric [Fitzgerald]."
Heffernan-Ross said the audience members were selected from a pool of "hundreds of thousands of single, lonely women" who had put in requests for show tickets.
"Unlike the selection process for the men, finding unattached women was very easy," Heffernan-Ross said. "All we had to do was stick our hands in a big barrel of letters, and voilá, our perfect audience."
Harpo Productions, Winfrey's production company, assured the winners that their prizes are guaranteed to "be into [them]" through 2010, and agreed to pay all local and state taxes relating to the men, as well. However, federal income tax and expenses such as meals, movie tickets, motel stays, teddy bears, plush slippers, and commitment rings will not be covered.
Audience member Karen Schoenegge, 38, who was awarded 41-year-old collections-department supervisor John Zimmerman, said several drawbacks have emerged since the show's taping.
"Well, as soon as we got back to the hotel, I found out that John doesn't give backrubs," Schoenegge said. "He's also weird about me walking in the bathroom to pee while he's in the shower. I mean, it's not like I'm looking at him. He needs to loosen up a little. But I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. I really, really needed a new man."
The seven audience members who declined their men, saying that they were too insecure about their weight to feel confident in a romantic relationship, were instead treated to all-expenses-paid weekends at the Omni Hotel in downtown Chicago.
I dredged up this great satire by The Onion (for which I am grateful) from several years ago.
Enjoy, and don't eat too much!
"Watch Oprah sometime and look at the sad pathetic husbands in the audience. It makes you wonder how bad somebody is trying to get sex from their wife to actually agree to go to a live taping of Oprah." -- Unknown
Soupy Sales, the guy who got my classmates and me to rush home from Chaminade High School in the 1960s and plunk ourselves down in front of the TV at 4 PM to witness trademark pies-in-the-face, cheesy props, inane sketches with Pookie, Black Tooth, and White Fang, corny jokes, and pie fights with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Trini Lopez, Sammy Davis, Jr., and all the rest, has finally joined the big pie fight in the sky. He died yesterday of cancer in New York City at age 83.
Soupy Sales, born Milton Supman in North Carolina, was a legendary TV kiddie show host in Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York City. By the time he got to NYC, the 'kiddie show' moniker was a stretch, as the show often contained double entendres and off-color comments. Of course, that's why we Catholic HS boys loved the show!
Here is a clip from one of his shows. It concludes with his dance, 'The Mouse'.
He also had another famous dance, "The Soupy Shuffle". Who needed The Twist?
Last night, as Mary Frances and I watched 24's Jack Bauer deal with murderous terrorists, venal government agents, effete elected officials, impossible situations, and that intractable Washington traffic, Mary Frances made a perspicacious observation:
"I'd love to see Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K)take on 24."
What a thought - Mike, Crow T. Robot, Cambot, Tom Servo, and Gypsy riffing their way through 24 episodes. "We're running out of time!" -- Jack Bauer
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I just caught Fareed Zakaria's new CNN foreign affairs show, GPS, and enjoyed it. Zakaria makes a lot of sense; his perspective is always welcomed in our house.
He started the show with a panel of experts, which included CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour and former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith. Former UK PM Tony Blair was the main draw, and the interview, while good, struck me as more of a Larry King-type cream puffer.
But after Blair's exit Zakaria showed an unflattering video from the UK comedy show Dead Ringers, which lampooned Blair and Bush (mainly the latter). Here it is from YouTube.
Finally, Zakaria noted that CNN first broadcast 28 years ago today.So what were the stories being reported on 1 June, 1980?
High oil prices;
Iran and Iraq (they were going to war);
Arabs and Israelis; and
a terrorist bombing in London.
And people wonder why one of my all-time favorite protest songs is P.F. Sloan's Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire. This particular video has some disturbing scences, but then what would you expect?
By the way, I just finished Dereliction of Duty, H.R. McMaster's excellent tome on the early days of the Vietnam War and the lies and "misinformation" that spewed forth from Johnson, McNamara, Taylor, the Bundys, and the rest of the crew.
Wonderful group. Reminds me of some others I know.
"Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose." -- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, 1849.
No, it's not just New Hampshire primary day, but the birthday of show-business legend Milton Supman, aka Soupy Sales. Yes, the man who honed pie-throwing (and receiving) into a science, celebrates his 82nd birthday today.
When I was in high school Soupy had an afternoon "kiddie show" on WNEW-TV full of pratfalls, puns, cheesy props and sets, jokes with the TV crew, hand and arm puppets, and pies galore. Occasionally famous people - Frank Sinatra, Tab Hunter, Sammy Davis, Jr., Trini Lopez - would drop in for silly sketches, insults from Soupy, and the inevitable face-plant into a pie.
His sidekicks Pookie the Lion, White Fang, Black Tooth, Herbie the elephant trainer with Bertha and Bessie, et al. , were key elements of the New York show, as was Frank Nastasi. "Soupy Sez" featured some inane saying, whose meaning Soupy would then try to expalin to the viewers, often to the snide comments of the crew.
And who could forget his dances, "The Mouse", and the "Soupy Shuffle".
Soupy came on in New York at 4 PM weekdays, and I (and many classmates) would often race home from high school to watch him. Ostensibly a kiddie show, The Soupy Sales Show had a wide following among cognoscenti and ignoramuses alike. When my Harvard-educated father was home he'd watch it and guffaw along with us (we all also enjoyed The Three Stooges). My mother did not share our enthusiasm until she learned that Soupy was a fellow Tar Heel - born in Franklinton, NC - then he became okay.
Many "urban legends" surround Soupy's show, such as infamous double-entendres and smutty jokes that would get him suspended for a week or so. He denies any dirty jokesbut on New Year's Day 1965 he did ask kids to send him "funny green pieces of paper" from their parents' wallets. He supposedly was caught on camera after a commercial spitting out a mouthful of that foul-tasting drink Ovaltine, exclaiming, "God, that stuff tastes terrible!" He was off the air for a week. And yes, Ovaltine did taste terrible.
After his NYC show went off the air in 1966, Soupy headed back to Los Angeles where he often appeared as a panelist on game shows. His "kiddie show" returned for just one year in 1978. He showed up recently on the WNBC-AM radio in New York.
What a character! Happy Birthday, Soupy!
"Show me a novel caught up in a tornado and I'll show you a book that is 'Gone with the Wind'" -- Soupy Sales
Nahool the Palestinian Bee, star of the TV show Tomorrow's Pioneers on the Hamas-controlled Gaza TV station Al-Aqsa, is back in the news.
Recall that Nahool replaced Farfour the Mouse, who was murdered on the show by an Israeli (see my 20 July 2007 post). Mohammed Ramadan, who played Farfour, also plays his "cousin" Nahool. Farfour was written out of the show because of copyright infringement issues - he was a ringer for Mickey Mouse.
The 20 August 2007 Christian Science Monitor has a story by Dan Murphy, not just on the bumbling bee, but also on the Hamas "start 'em young" approach to jihad bytraining and educating children so that they learn the "Hamas way" and do not forget the injustices perpetrated by the Israelis.
The article also describes a summer camp where Palestinian children learn some paramilitary training and get integrated into "the right way of life". Teen-aged boys undergo more rigourous training that includes hand-to-hand combat and exhausting exercise.
Sounds like fun.
"It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way." -- George W. Bush, 28 April 2005.
On 1 July 2007 I sadly reported that Farfour, the intrepid Palestinian mouse who starred on the TV show, Tomorrow's Pioneers, had been murdered by an Israeli. His poor sidekick Saraa suddenly found herself alone, without a partner to assist her in spewing anti-Israeli, anti-West vitriol aimed at Palestinian children.
Well, Hamas has conjured a replacement for Farfour - his "cousin", Nahool (or Nahoul) the bee, who debuted last week. One thing is for sure: Hamas needs to bone up on biology.
On the 19 July 2007 The Daily Show Jon Stewart announced the coming of Nahool, and speculated that the Israelis might counter with a kiddie show of their own, "Dr. Bagelman's Hour of Hate", featuring two hateful bagels - the title character and his cousin, Rabbi Wallenstein.
Ah, Hamas...what can I say?
"I couldn't imagine someone like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." -- George W. Bush, 10 December 2001.
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