kamagra sehr günstig kaufen medrol kaufen nachnahme ranitidine serpafar kaufen keftab 20mg filmtabletten kaufen epivir hbv kaufen in der türkei alavert tabletten gegen lippenherpes mentat original ohne rezept in welchen ländern bekommt man chloramphenicol ohne rezept sominex 500mg preis sinemet tabletten rezeptfrei schweiz terramycin bulgarien kaufen generika zu azulfidine dolo septilin super aktiv kaufen lexapro schweiz illegal kaufen cozaar hexal tabletten cafergot oral jelly seriös kaufen levitra 10 mg kaufen rezeptfrei bartenstein lipotrexate preis kaufen prometrium 20mg top avana pflaster generika ich will avapro kaufen cleocin gel generika schweiz kaufen npxl tabletten dosierung in welchen ländern gibt es decadron ohne rezept digoxin kaufen mit paypal bezahlen lozol apotheke ohne rezept septilin billig online kaufen kann man plaquenil ohne rezept in der apotheke kaufen dramamine auf mallorca kaufen levothroid preisvergleich online apotheke serevent online per nachnahme bestellen inhaltsstoffe von lincocin tabletten voltaren kaufen strafbar brahmi online apotheke deutschland gute online apotheke metoclopramide billig abana deutschland suhagra c20 kaufen finpecia generika schweiz kann man rumalaya in spanien rezeptfrei kaufen diabecon in berlin kaufen clozaril tabletten und antibiotika 1 tablette lady era kaufen benzac guenstig rezept terramycin generika schweiz kaufen kann man calcium carbonate ohne rezept bestellen cholestoplex in österreich rezeptfrei kaufen estrace 90 mg filmtabletten preis mestinon 10mg preis ohne rezept naltrexone generika in europe kaufen amoxil 400 tabletten und pille kosten alli apotheke chloromycetin 20mg preis deutschland diflucan rezeptfrei und günstig kaufen ranitidine generika online kaufen österreich aciclovir in venlo kaufen maxalt 300 heumann preis anwendungsgebiete cozaar tabletten torsemide 20mg rezeptfrei kaufen aciphex creme oder tabletten für was sind propranolol tabletten aygestin 20mg 12 stück generika kann man aciclovir in der apotheke kaufen ohne rezept mircette ohne rezept überweisung ab wieviel jahren kann man fosamax kaufen tofranil generika mit rezept nicotinell generika rezeptfrei bestellen 1 tablette lukol kaufen super avana kaufen online rezept sildalis lilly kaufen biaxin- 1a pharma wechselwirkung pille depo-alli online kaufen cabgolin 100 kaufen ohne rezept eurax in dänemark kaufen skelaxin 5mg generika preis gefälschtes rezept abilify kann man lexapro in luxemburg kaufen vantin 500 mg kaufen atorlip tab 8 preis florinef günstig ohne rezept zanaflex online rezept bestellen aleve generika erfahrungsbericht ebay hyaluronic acid kaufen erfahrungen mit ralista generika norvasc von lilly kaufen billig abilify kommt xeloda tabletten bei akne digoxin allergy kaufen pariet ohne rezept günstig kaufen erythromycin ohne rezept kaufen erfahrungen aceon 100 online kaufen hyzaar online kaufen paypal lopressor oral jelly kaufen erfahrungen confido ohne rezept preis viagra frankreich preis darf man glycomet ohne rezept kaufen avana generika bestellen ohne rezept temovate günstig auf rezept motrin in cz kaufen kosten für silagra mit rezept terramycin lotion kaufen atarax online günstig antiviral-therapie mit abana-tabletten forzest zäpfchen oder tabletten doxycycline hexal 1000mg tabletten trimox generika packstation acivir pills letrozol kaufen ciplox schweiz rezept benzac kaufen frankfurt forzest kaufen phuket gyne lotrimin tabletten wirkung dapoxetine 400 tabletten packungsbeilage ventolin tabletten österreich rezeptfrei aristocort kaufen tulsi sleep wasser kaufen avodart tabletten und die pille ajanta avana kaufen sinemet original ohne rezept bestellen tinidazole online apotheke com erfahrungen amitriptyline kaufen wo saw palmetto tadalafil rezeptfrei kaufen carbozyne kaufen express kaufen-lipitor 69 erfahrungen aciclovir professional kaufen meclizine 45 preis anwendungsgebiete sominex tabletten trental kaufen erfahrung grifulvin v im internet kaufen erfahrungen erfahrung mit phexin generic ceebis erfahrungen toprol xl online dutas spanien rezept zetia kaufen in deutschland nachnahme advair diskus generika ohne kreditkarte dapoxetine generika sicher bactrim guenstig kaufen diclofenac gel oral jelly in wien kaufen lasix tabletten mit alkohol inhalt zyrtec tabletten hautausschlag dipyridamole tabletten celexa malaria tabletten preis zestril oral jelly oder tabletten flüssiges crestor kaufen kann man mestinon kaufen forum zyrtec holland ohne rezept proventil generika nachnahme tegretol generika schweiz kosten prednisone apotheke remeron 5 mg auf rezept brauche ich rezept für citalopram braucht man in frankreich ein rezept für lukol cefixime 400 wechselwirkungen pille baclofen oral jelly kaufen per nachnahme deutschland-online-apotheke.de decadron norvasc 8 tabletten furosemide 2.5mg kaufen npxl 400 tabletten kaufen tulsi sleep brasilien kaufen hytrin 120 mg und pille pyridium hexal 300 preis dutas kaufen paypal top avana kaufen.ch keppra online rezept skelaxin oral jelly kaufen schweiz chloramphenicol 400 rezeptfrei kaufen forum lisinopril online kaufen alavert generika wien detrol wechselwirkung zur pille ceftin jelly billig kaufen antivert online günstig kaufen cafergot 20mg kaufen ohne rezept lamictal tabletten bei lippenherpes abilify 8 tabletten nitrofurantoin sicher im internet kaufen günstige inderal online kaufen kann man in spanien ventolin kaufen erexin v ohne rezept österreich doxycycline oral jelly kaufen hannover cefixime preis rezept alavert 2.5 mg kaufen lamictal rosuvastatin kaufen erfahrungen mit rogaine generika depakote preis österreich diltiazem generika seriöse anbieter promethazine guenstig rezept requip generika per nachnahme bestellen vasotec online bestellen wo rogaine brausetabletten preis hörsturz pyridium tabletten antabuse generika vergleich ceftin 60 mg kaufen aktueller preis für dapoxetine antibiotikum zyloprim wechselwirkung mit pille lady era generika günstig zoloft generika potenzmittel venlor tabletten katze myambutol generika ohne rezept kaufen colospa kaninchen kaufen zoloft generika bewertung precose berlin kaufen finax ohne rezept kaufen forum clozaril 5mg filmtabletten 28 stück preis metformin cipla kaufen luvox kaufen phuket bupropion generika in polen kaufen darf man eldepryl rezeptfrei kaufen azulfidine frankreich preis diovan in holland kaufen aspirin generika kaufen holland buspar packungsgrößen preis calcium carbonate pflaster preis benzac tabletten schnelle wirkung luvox aus indien kaufen kann ich dostinex ohne rezept in der apotheke kaufen toprol xl 1a pharma 500 mg und pille procardia generika vorkasse glucotrol xl tschechien ohne rezept plendil 300 ohne rezept dutasterid silvitra kaufen lopid 800 ohne rezept liv 52 100 mg und pille avapro auf rezept kaufen billig seroflo aus thailand periactin schwarzmarkt preis eldepryl 80 preis proscar online bestellen lastschrift anafranil online bestellen deutschland abilify online bestellen deutschland amaryl oral jelly oder tabletten neurontin ohne rezept seriös zetia inhalationslösung preis erfahrungsberichte clindamycin online femara tabletten abhängigkeit ralista 20mg bester preis indocin online bestellen erfahrungen speman rezept bekommen seroflo pflaster kosten zoloft hamburg kaufen albendazole deutschland preis tenormin hexal preis diarex generika einnahme betnovate generika expresslieferung femcare generika schneller versand erexor schmelztablette ohne rezept ventolin serpafar kaufen china colchicine kaufen blaue pille lotrisone maxalt hexal preis bystolic bestellen mit rezept eulexin wechselwirkungen pille shuddha guggulu kaufen usa floxin kaufen rezept trental tabletten bei gürtelrose erfahrung pyridium online apotheke beconase aq generika von bayer 1 pille brahmi bestellen nootropil 10 mg bestellen ohne rezept mycelex g tabletten schweiz differin frankreich rezept triamcinolone tabletten preis apotheke carafate kaufen apotheke florinef 600 kaufen benicar 800 tabletten beipackzettel ranitidine 20mg kaufen hyaluronic acid online kaufen österreich ceftin generika deutschland bestellen helfen keflex tabletten bei zahnschmerzen olanzapine generika belgien chloromycetin 300 heumann tabletten erfahrung tretinoin kaufen unisom generika in frankreich kaufen günstig acticin ohne rezept kaufen lynoral oral jelly kaufen preis diclofenac basics 500 und pille geriforte syrup tabletten fehlgeburt kosten zestril tabletten lamisil 5 mg 14 stück kaufen shatavari in bulgarien kaufen kann man in ägypten levlen kaufen bekommt man bactroban nur mit rezept aspirin kaufen amazon benicar generika aus indien female clonidine kaufen kann man in tschechien confido kaufen erfahrungen rogaine online bestellen lopressor online empfehlung günstig lipitor generika flüssiges crestor preis nizagara generika ohne rezept aus deutschland generische evecare erfahrungen glucotrol xl 20mg 12 stück generika calan gel ohne rezept kaufen erfahrung vantin online kaufen pariet serpafar kaufen chloroquine generika beipackzettel generika von cefixime lanoxin salbe kosten celexa gel ohne rezept rogaine generika wirkung fluoxetine nachnahme kaufen voveran 5mg 84 stück kaufen septilin generika rezeptfrei erfahrungen deutsche online apotheke liponexol rezeptfrei norvasc once kaufen phexin orodispersible ohne rezept beipackzettel lioresal dispers tabletten kann man tadapox kaufen schweiz generische kemadrin bestellen erfahrungsberichte sinemet online kann man lariam einfach so in der apotheke kaufen cardizem internet kaufen antivert online paypal bezahlen etodolac kaufen in usa blaue tabletten bupropion doxazosin mit rezept kosten anwendung ventolin tabletten pariet im internet kaufen für was nimmt man plaquenil tabletten robaxin generika 10mg preis kemadrin oral jelly per nachnahme kaufen torsemide ohne rezept im ausland fincar generika lastschrift antibiotikum vantin und pille kann man vermox in apotheke kaufen beeinträchtigt trandate pille kosten shallaki tabletten cholestoplex kaufen in nrw ventolin tamoxifen kaufen brauch man für rosuvastatin ein rezept hydrea kaufen in türkei cleocin gel 20mg apotheke preis benzac 10 mg filmtabletten ohne rezept buspar spray kaufen unisom zum kaufen tadalis sx 200 wirkung pille probalan kaufen in österreich zocor 200 tabletten beipackzettel kosten alavert österreich diltiazem online rezeptfrei kaufen finasteride lanoxin kaufen kosten keppra schweiz temovate tabletten wie lange einnehmen uroxatral per nachnahme ohne rezept plendil tabletten haltbarkeit 4 haldol kaufen abgelaufene motrin tabletten geschichten rund um bactrim lamisil 20mg filmtabletten ohne rezept nimotop generika kaufen deutschland tamoxifen oder tamoxifen generika duphalac 20mg preis 12 stück lexapro creme oder tabletten fosamax 20mg kaufen schweiz probalan generika in deutschland zithromax rezeptfrei spanien kaufen vytorin kaufen günstig kosten cafergot türkei augmentin kaufen legal kytril in dänemark kaufen lgb eldepryl kaufen diarex m balance flüssig preis aciclovir generika 5mg preisvergleich generika für tetracycline mups bystolic kaufen phuket lexapro 1g und pille vermox basics und pille colospa curtis schmuck kaufen lukol 800 tabletten preis kostenübernahme estrace krankenkasse cipla dilantin kaufen entocort oder entocort generika bupron sr 200 und pille hilft bentyl um länger zu können rumalaya in istanbul kaufen diclofenac kaufen in österreich ampicillin hustensaft kaufen imitrex preis rezept kann man in thailand dilantin kaufen bentyl ampullen preis alternative zu arava tabletten eulexin kaufen ohne rezept auf rechnung omnicef packungsbeilage online lithium ra preis pariet black kaufen ampicillin online kaufen empfehlung cholestoplex ohne rezept auf rechnung alternative antivert ohne rezept erfahrungen mit benzac tabletten alesse oral jelly kaufen seriös adalat 20mg von lilly preis antibiotikum flonase pille kann man in holland moduretic rezeptfrei kaufen ciplox generika testberichte reglan in phuket kaufen norvasc oral jelly wo kaufen himcolin 60 und pille mentat 5mg 28 stück preis actoplus met venlo kaufen zantac ohne rezept in österreich arcoxia generika überweisung lipitor ohne rezept aus holland alavert jelly rezeptfrei kaufen cholestoplex kaufen bremen forum wo retin a kaufen trandate roche preis retin a eu kaufen sominex+wechselwirkungen+pille generika florinef in deutschland kaufen doxycycline 160 preis ciplox tabletten in schwangerschaft lamisil preise mit rezept confido 400 ohne rezept atorlip generika per nachnahme kaufen meclizine bestellen kaufen celebrex deutschland kaufen empfehlung bentyl online kaufen luvox kaufen in polen billig zestoretic preis lopressor basics kaufen zyprexa in münchen kaufen fluoxetine in ungarn kaufen geriforte generika packstation hyzaar kaufen verboten dostinex generika belgien kann man in holland flomax ohne rezept kaufen kann ich in holland zestril kaufen urispas packungsbeilage tabletten generika von nizoral mups chloroquine mit rezept kosten ventolin tabletten helfen nicht sinequan online empfehlung lotrisone ohne rezept in deutschland kaufen ersatz für dulcolax tabletten differin online apotheke seriös clomifen lincocin kaufen danazol generika zuverlässig suprax direkt in holland kaufen braucht man für caverta ein rezept in österreich haldol kaufen ohne rezept günstig terramycin dura 10 mg tabletten nebenwirkungen confido rezeptfrei im ausland kaufen bekommt man lamictal nur auf rezept herbal zyloprim kaufen sinemet online bestellen tipps sinemet günstig kaufen singulair kaufen illegal epivir hbv mit rezept preis in welchen ländern micardis ohne rezept generika atrovent günstig abana mit rezept bestellen diflucan kaufen visa vasotec kaufen auf rechnung furosemide generika packstation naltrexone 20mg rezeptfrei kaufen generika fincar bestellen periactin kaufen frankreich 1 tablette lamisil kaufen urispas tabletten apotheke cefixime kosten rezept günstig reminyl oral jelly kaufen neurontin kroatien kaufen omnicef 100 ohne rezept lasuna 10 mg filmtabletten ohne rezept dipyridamole clomifen kaufen kann man in italien serpina kaufen darf man tetracycline im ausland kaufen lamictal kaufen in nrw norvasc generika ohne zollprobleme kaufen xenical generika per bankeinzug ginseng kaufen express paroxetine basics 250 und pille synthroid ägypten kaufen vytorin ohne rezept günstig kaufen ashwagandha generika per nachnahme prevacid ohne rezept italien empfehlung zyban online kaufen super avana 625 preis acivir pills al 800 kaufen metoclopramide online bestellen erfahrungen bester preis medrol clozaril 5mg 84 stück kaufen codeine metformin kaufen benötigt man für penegra ein rezept lanoxin oral jelly online kaufen erfahrungen darf man tadacip online kaufen anwendungsgebiet viagra tabletten lioresal tabletten bei lippenherpes pristiq 320 preis naltrexone potenzmittel kaufen amitriptyline tabletten darf man alkohol trinken arcoxia 10 mg ohne rezept kaufen zyvox 200 kaufen cefixime generika 10mg kaufen viramune 100 heumann tabletten preisvergleich diltiazem rezept online bayer trazodone preis betapace serpafar kaufen lotensin original ohne rezept bestellen requip tabletten 800 beipackzettel generika actoplus met günstig kaufen erexin v in verbindung mit pille urispas 100mg oral jelly günstig kaufen
Monday, July 24, 2017
   
TEXT_SIZE
The Boiling Frog

The Boiling Frog

It is said, drop a frog in boiling water and he’ll jump right out but allow him to hang in the water as you turn up the heat gradually and he’ll succumb.  Follow the Frog as it unearths political and societal struggles, trying to stay afloat and keep cool in a boiling brew.

Website URL: E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Come on Man! The New Orleans Times Picayune called it tough talk from the Mayor but is sounds like suspended reality for everyone who finds the crime wave in New Orleans totally unacceptable.  The Mayor's statement is more of the same from a guy who finds his comfort zone sitting in the crowd complaining about crime from the outside instead of getting the right people in position to bring the professionalism he so often says is his hallmark.  The failure of this New Orleans city administration to wrap up crime and send it packing says volumes about how the mayor views crime and his role in general. The City has had more than its share of crime and an education system that left little resources on the table for under served populations.  But as crime often does, its creeping shadow into neighborhoods of privilege have prompted the mayor to ridicule his city as having a "culture of crime." Come on man! Statements like this may be psychologically comforting and it may be politically smart to play like one of the people by criticizing "the City" for its culture but that is far from leading.  Killings on Canal St, the French Quarter, the Lower Garden District, Bywater, Marigny, New Orleans East, are THE agenda not fodder for political rhetoric. These shameful acts of violence didn't measure priority status when they were in the realm of run down tenement slums and where the killing was confined to seedy zones. But it did bother professionals and big business decades ago, who left in droves to built their corporate skyscrapers in Houston and Atlanta, places where they could encourage a strong education to lift all of society, while undergirding strong, diverse andy prospering economies.  Not everyone grew up like the few who remain in the city and send their kids to schools behind walls. Smart cities build mass transit, and better neighborhoods and erect ladders to success for all, yes, even for minority populations who, when all else fails, kill us and kill each other.  Smart cities are not about tall talking but on the ground action. That is what leadership is all about, not whining with repeated rhetoric about what a culture of crime we face by the city's fast talking mayor.  Quite frankly, saying that we are all in this together and rolling out school yard examples to fight crime misses the "feel good" boat and makes the frog boil.
I read a really disappointing USA TODAY front page story, "A Decade of War," that missed the point that we have been at war for generations, not a decade. There can be no honor in older generations sending their young into endless battles to die. As a nation, we have resorted to justifying a legacy of war and no one seems to have the guts to pull the plug on the enormous human and financial suffering brought to America by war. in a perverse view of patriotism, war has been linked to homeland security and loyalty, where questioning the budgets of either is positioned as unpatriotic. With runaway spending for so-called security, we pay taxes to limit our freedoms at home and create a cloud of anxiety. My view is that a peaceful nation is honorable. We have to be smart enough to quit apologizing decades later for the the heartaches caused by foolish warring. We are on a path to the dark side of history again, and the best way to honor our fallen countrymen is to build a living monument, a future free of war for which we can all be proud. Why can't we just push the pause button and start doing the honorable thing? It makes the frog boil.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011

BANDITS OF A BAD ECONOMY


As we share compassion for our fellow man being mugged in a bad economy, save your tears for one profession cashing in at the bank of the ruined economy.  The misery being spread by our elected “leaders” is funneling millions into the lobbying shops of Washington and state houses. 

 

To be a lobbyist when nothing is getting done and there is heightened tension and partisanship is like being a pig in slop.  Fear brings out the checkbooks of the big forces in our down economy, health and pharmaceuticals, banking and financial institutions, manufacturing and public works, labor unions and big business… and it never stops. 

 

If you are a really top-flight lobbyist, you’ve scared the hell out of your fat cat clients and convinced those without representation that they need to be on the inside through your contacts and influence in high circles.  So, you rake in the loot while copying and pasting daily reports from Capitol Hill are receiving pay back from those staffers that you’ve fattened up over lunch or if not allowed by spending limits (even better for lobbyists bottom line), at the bar.

 

One thing we must credit Obama for is knowing that the world of the lobbyist is a hidden, dark and scary place, where moles of the system have junior clerks or former agency staff crank out the sheets of legislative language that serve those who pay them most.  The paper walks it way into the capitol and suddenly bills and amendments appear.  Oh, they didn’t teach you that part in civics?

 

How can that be?  I’ve heard lobbyists boast in some cigar clubs that they have one airline, five manufacturers, one railroad, several cities and a country.  It’s like monopoly on a grand scale.  There are few rules and, if you want to hear a snicker, ask for their rate sheet.  That is usually determined by the fear index, right?

 

So what do you think the rate sheet is for our current financial crisis, where nothing good will come to any of us?  What do you think the rate sheet was for creating the language for laws that lead to hedge funds and the financial meltdown?  What do you thing the rates were for keeping the Iraqi war in gear and adding two more wars to boot? 

 

We are in trouble, folks, while a cynical gang of Republicans and Democrats find glee, often together in the same firms who really want it all, and toast their good fortunes of our bad fortunes.

 

So, get smart and put the puzzle pieces together in an age of billion dollar campaigns, manipulation of election finance laws to allow multiple ways of bringing big bucks into incumbent campaigns, and the toxic waste of partisanship that undermines the American dream. 

 

Meanwhile, the Frog is boiling.

Monday, 29 November 2010

DEMOCRACY’S DEMOLITION DERBY

From film's celluloid closet, the often spoofed scene where windows are thrown open and common folk scream, "I'm mad as he'll and I'm not gonna take it anymore," fits an America awash in greed, cynicism and selfishness.  A nation founded on puritanical ideals has managed to fuel hate by hijacking Christian values in order to ensure a house divided. It is with relished glee that partisans vie to say hateful things about our democracy, all the while clamoring for TV and radio jock time to spew venom disguised as patriotism.  Even Obama appointees like former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, can't help but use his "respected" voice to undermine confidence in our nation. 

 

Paul Krugman writes in his New York Times column, "So here’s what the very serious Mr. Simpson said on Friday: ‘I can’t wait for the blood bath in April. ... When debt limit time comes, they’re going to look around and say, ‘What in the hell do we do now? We’ve got guys who will not approve the debt limit extension unless we give ’em a piece of meat, real meat,’ meaning spending cuts. ‘And boy, the blood bath will be extraordinary,’ he continued. Think of Mr. Simpson’s blood lust as one more piece of evidence that our nation is in much worse shape, much closer to a political breakdown, than most people realize."

 

The recent shellacking of Democrats said more about political arrogance than anything in our history. Minnesota Congressional fixture for decades, James Oberstar, who had his House keys taken away, said,  "I guess we just weren't listening enough." Well, fiddle de dee fiddle de dumb; Rome burns while you play that same old tired love song. And as a going away token, those left standing in your party decide to gift the nation by reelecting former Speaker Pelosi to another term to all but prove that cronies in the party of asses need a box of Q-tips.

 

Republicans are clueless and snug, lining up with their plastic talking points like some army preparing to attack their fellow citizens. If the Democrats are a party of unabated cronyism, then the Republicans are the standard-bearers of a hateful ideology and dialogue.  Look throughout history, people, and you will find that fundamentalism is a strangling force whether used for personal power or to divide and conquer.  Both political parties denounce it as radical, subversive, destructive on the international scene, but revel in its adherence for their own sordid purposes and use against their fellow Americans. 

 

America's flirtation with being independent is an unwavering patriot instinct, not a move to hysteria by a gang of Fourth of July masqueraders. People are registering independent for two reasons - Republicans and Democrats. They are failing, strangling our country for their personal and political gain while tearing our country asunder. They are using fear as a tactic.  Sound familiar? They are creating mass anxiety? Who fits that bill? And both parties are spending us into oblivion whether justified on a war(s) or saving the scalp of big, powerful interests.   

 

Politics should not be a blood sport.  It is not the NFL.  It is about our nation, born of a view that all are created equal and have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Quit killing the American dream. Stop taking our freedoms away from us, because we, not you, are paying the price for your infidelity and we're boiling mad.          

 

Sunday, 13 June 2010

THE FALL OF HELEN

For longer than I can remember I have been watching Helen Thomas hail zingers at Presidents and White House Press Secretaries.  The slight woman with the sharp tongue and hair right off the rack of a second hand store was the dean of the press corps and as such got the first question.  Hers was a unique role no one else occupied and rare in these days where age is insignificant.  But poison words would eventually be her suicide, giving her politically incorrect personal ideas about the Middle East and having her first chair taken away.

 Poor Helen, it was bound to happen in an age where reporters have quit asking the questions but also trying to answer them. I can just imagine her going home after being booted from her life’s work and sitting down to watch the news.  She has to wonder why blabbermouth James Carville with limited political clout gets to stay on assignments after years of inane   commentary from the skeleton figure of questionable accent who nearly leaps out of the TV and scares you to death.  Why, I’m sure she muses, do we allow the likes of Glen Beck to be acceptable, spewing hate and taking unforgivable cheap shots at good people and their families while becoming an icon of hate in our country akin to days in Germany we would rather forget.  And, she must be sick that her reign is ending when egotists like Nancy Grace and Bill O’Reilly, two screaming idiots so self involved that they speak of themselves more than subject matter, are stars in the new age of TV journalism.Too bad Helen.  You got sucked in by these gasbags who lured you into their seedy world, where anything goes to get attention and make a quick buck.  You thought that you could say whatever you wanted and get away with it.  The fact is, you occupied the first chair in America and not the gutter.  And, like those who have honor bestowed upon them, you were a standard bearer of journalistic values in an industry that has “gone to hell in a hand basket,” as you might say.Your mistake Helen was not so much what you said, but that you felt you were important enough to say anything you wanted.  So your punishment is really the disappointment from all of us seeing one of the last fixtures of a substantive press corps bite the dust.  You will go the way of newspapers and magazines and quietly disappear under the thunder of pseudo news profiteers stepping over everyone and American values to rip the nation apart without shame or conscience.  Go find Dan Rather and have a drink.  Reminisce about the days of quality, objective reporting and think about the millions of us who view your departure as the sad end of an era. 
Wednesday, 10 March 2010

THE BIG JOKE

For some time I have been wondering how long it would take to get someone funny on late night TV. The format of the shows seems a bit forced in our less washed world and, well, hairspray for men is so 80’s. 
 
Over time we’ve heard some doozies on the late night talk show circuit but no joke is bigger than the one with this punch line: Conan O’Brien got $32 million plus to exit. 
 
Okay, in the midst of a whacky world, heartbreaking stories from Haiti and Chile and a severe financial crisis, NBC fires someone and gives them nearly $35 big ones. According to rival CBS, “ The biggest immediate plus for NBC in buying-off O’Brien…is that the jokes at its expense will finally stop…”
 
It’s not so much that the big hair goof ball isn’t that funny, it is that we seem to be a nation out of whack with reality. Either that or we have a system of rewards where one of our highest values is paying the biggest bucks for those who sit around and take swipes at everyone and oftentimes cross the lines of integrity themselves. What’s funny about that?
 
Even the cross current of jokes about the whole sordid episode seems twisted. Take this from the other character in the midst of this big deal drama, Jay Leno. “The rain (hitting California in recent days) couldn’t have come at a worse possible time. Today was the day NBC was supposed to burn down the studio for the insurance money.” 
 
Now, we add fraud to greed. Ha, Ha, Ha…the frog isn’t laughing. 

LAProgress

BLOGGERS LOGIN