Sunday, August 19, 2012

Politics, TV Networks, Etc.

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According to Saturday's Washington Post online the Sunday Morning TV News shows will feature the following:

NBC’s Meet the Press: Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.); Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.); Chuck Todd, NBC; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Ted Cruz, Republican U.S. Senate nominee; E.J. Dionne, The Washington Post and Brookings Institution; Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal.

CBS’s Face the Nation: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate majority whip; Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor; Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress.

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Mass.); Neil Barofsky, former special inspector general of the Troubled Assets Relief Program; Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Obama Council of Economic Advisers; Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal; Kevin Madden, Romney senior adviser; Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager.

I am growing more and more disappointed with these shows. That's probably because I am now convinced that the majority of guests interviewed never tell the truth but only repeat variations on their Party's policy. Even the panelists and the roundtable participants are so steeped in party priorities that the loyal viewer almost always knows what each of them is going to say.

And as for the politicians being probed, well, I am a firm believer that the term 'honest politician' is an obvious oxymoron. And an elected official is first and foremost a 'politician.'

Most of the reporters and other media-based mini-celebrities in attendance to discuss the latest news events who are supposed to be unbiased are actually as closed-minded as the politicians. Except, of course for George Will, who is quite obviously a conservative but is always able to focus on and explain his view, forcibly make a valid point, whenever, that is, he is not interrupted by some pushy, loud-mouthed know-nothing party hack.

Oh Good Gravy! Here I go again, doing what I keep telling myself not to do: not to write about politics or religion, the two subjects one can never change another's mind about, no matter how right I am or how wrong my listener might be.

Will I never learn?

Well, you can't go wrong when reading George Will's column. His latest at The Washington Post is titled Why doom has not materialized and as always, it makes the reader think, and to question the sanity of the human animal.

George Will's Column






Noodling is fishing for catfish using only bare hands, practiced primarily in the southern United States. The noodler places his hand inside a discovered catfish hole. Many other names, such as catfisting, grabbling, graveling, hogging, dogging, gurgling, tickling and stumping, are used in different regions for the same activity.



Bill Clinton

Born Aug 19, 1946
Age: 65 years old.

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III) is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation. Clinton has been described as a New Democrat. Many of his policies have been attributed to a centrist Third Way philosophy of governance.

Willie Shoemaker

Born Aug. 19, 1931
Died Oct. 12, 2003

William Lee "Willie" Shoemaker was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record of number of professional jockey victories.

   Gene Roddenberry

Born Aug. 19, 1921
Died Oct. 24, 1991

Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer and futurist, best known for creating the American science fiction series Star Trek. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, California where his father worked as a police officer. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war. He later followed in his father's footsteps, joining the Los Angeles Police Department to provide for his family, but began focusing on writing scripts for television.

Matthew Perry

Born Aug 19, 1969
Age: 42 years old.

Matthew Langford Perry is a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as Chandler Bing on the popular, long-running NBC television sitcom Friends. While known primarily for his comic roles, Perry has carved out a career in drama as well, particularly in his portrayal of Associate White House Counsel Joe Quincy in Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing.


"I only make movies to finance my fishing."
Lee Marvin

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