As I go through my month of October Terribles, a term I apply to the wreck that is my erstwhile posing schedule due to medical issues; I have lots of time on my hands because I only answer to medical appointments. Appointments have left me more time to visit the WordPress Reader and look over favorites that I had “archived for later reading” during my employed life. I even read a few “positive attitude” posts and found them to be outstanding. ( I usually run from these types of posts). I am sure I will post credits for these as I reference their advice in the future.
I look to humor for positive input. Unintentional humor and smart humor are my favorites. I find that in days of (almost) enforced TV viewing; news channels are my favorite. As I have heard from presenters on every channel.”You can’t make this stuff up.” Of course, I want to know about events, but the language and presentation styles of those who provide the news interest me. I find I want to comment on these features. I have time. Here goes.
CNN has an annoying amount of self-promotion. It is like the searching viewer is constantly landing on a static never-ending blog page rather than a posts page. My thumb on a mute button remains one of the most reliable parts of my body. Nevertheless, sometimes a gem gets through, and it never gets old. My favorite:
CNN’s Anderson Cooper is interviewing the Man-Who-Would-Be-Potus and says (paraphrase)
“but that is the argument of a five-year-old.”
Reply from T-man, “They started it.”
It still airs embedded inside a promotional blurb.
Never gets old.
The downside of listening to the news shows is that some presenters get things so wrong in the pursuit of being trendy and attracting followers. Chris Cuomo of CNN is not one of my favorites because of his clipped, abrasive New York speaking style. Still, Cuomo gets knowledgeable guests and, when he lets them speak, useful information comes out. I have only criticized his tendendency for muzzling some guests by overriding their speech a few times; it was necessary only once. Gagging the incoherent and 180-degree contradictory dribblings of Giuliani was a good idea.
A couple of days ago, Chris Cuomo made me furious. I even posted a tweet and sent a “direct message.” My habit is to use Twitter only to forward my book review posts. For me to attempt to “Tweet” was an exercise I am sure my son would have appreciated. I didn’t ask for help from my son.
Cuomo was relating the Bone-Spur-In-Chief’s latest military genius move of withdrawing from Syria without any warning to Syria, Turkey, our Kurdish Allies, our European allies, any allies, or our forces.
Cuomo said (repeatedly over the next few minutes) that BS-in-Chief was fulfilling a campaign promise by “bringing the boys and girls home.”
If you have sent your sons or daughters from your family to foreign adventure, you are qualified to say, “Bring our boys and girls home.”
As a retired US Army veteran having served in one major conflict and a few minor ones, I served aside good men and women. We were not a collection of boys and girls sent to play in the sandlot until suppertime, only to be recalled by a benevolent and caring father. That last image set me off even more. Smoke rising from the brainpan.
Humanize things and make them personal, Mr. Cuomo. The public wants to hear why they are just as crucial as the Emperor with no clothes.
And then Don Lemon comes in with his Serious Silences. There might be some smirking occasionally, but I can appreciate the reporting at lower decibels. Nice balancing act.
And this is my take of the day. This blog will remain focussed on books, but I will allow myself distractions during this time of hospital enforced limited internet use.