Andrew Stiles article Hillary Clinton Is George Costanza makes some good points. But comparing Hillary with Constanza is somehow off just a bit.
George Costanza was the character played by Jason Alexander in the "Seinfeld" TV series. The reruns of the series are continual, so they're hard to miss. The Costanza character was a good one, and Alexander's portrayal of him was superb. Alexander may have been the best actor on that series.
Costanza's main objective throughout the series was to get laid. That wasn't easy for a bald guy with no money, no job, and who lived with his parents. But he did it. And when he did get into a relationship, his new goal became getting out of it.
Actually, Bill Clinton would make a better comparison with George Costanza. They both wanted desperately to get laid. And once they scored, they became weasels to get out of the trouble it caused.
Clinton: "I did not have sex with that woman ...".
Costanza: "Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell ya I gotta plead ignorance... ."
Hillary is better compared with Izzy Mandlebaum, the egotistical, over the hill athlete who was in complete denial about any infirmity.
Or maybe Hillary is more like Newman -- government employee, self centered, uncaring, conniving, vindictive. Yeah, Newman's more her speed.
There's a TV commercial now airing for Acura TLX featuring non-Asian non-speaking actors portraying proud, happy, and exited car builders. The accompanying music is a punk rock version of "I Did It My Way."
Here's the thing. If you do it your way, don't you come up with your own song instead of redoing some old song you found on a top ten list from years gone by?
Maybe the message is that the Acura contains nothing new. And if you read the lyrics -- see the text at the Youtube site -- you might wonder if it's even appropriate. To wit:
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.
They bit off more than they could chew, and ate it up, and spit it out. Yeah, that's what we want in a car manufacturer.
It's almost as ironic as the Mercedes commercial a few years back that featured Janice Joplin's "Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz" -- the satirical hippy jab at the people present day hippies would call "the one percent."
Just about a year ago we learned that Breaking Bad creators were planning a spin-off featuring Saul Goodman, the flamboyant yet shady lawyer who represented some of the main miscreants of the show.
Now we get some details -- see 'Better Call Saul,' the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff, plots a way to bring back Walter White. The show will skip around in time so that they can use some of the Breaking Bad characters who met their ends before the series ended.
Saul became an important part of the Breaking Bad story as he provided ideas, advice, legal defense and illegal escape for some of the lead characters. And he was such a character himself. Bob Odenkirk made that store front lawyer bigger than his billboard.
Here's the treat. The new show has so much potential it has already been renewed for a second season without having aired once. That's the reputation those guys have. "It's over when I say it's over," as Walter White was fond of saying before it was over.
It should be fun to watch, however it's best not to get our hopes too high. The Executive producer Peter Gould says, "We could never dream of the kind of success that ‘Breaking Bad’ had and the love we got from the fans." Well, if they get the chemistry just right ...
There was a TV drama in 2012 called Political Animals about a former first lady serving as Secretary of State. By the way, her ex-husband, the ex-president, had a reputation as a womanizer and brilliant political strategist.
Sound familiar? To those of us not in camp Hillary it looked like an attempt by show biz biggies to make that fictional Hillary Clinton look like the greatest thing for our country since Windows 8.
There was only one season of the show, and it ended with lots of questions in the air about whether she would run for president. I suppose they're waiting to see whether Hillary will run. If she doesn't, that'll be the end of "Political Animals."
But wait. What's this? Madam Secretary -- a different cast and crew, but with a lovable and efficient Secretary of State. They don't miss a beat. If "Political Animals" didn't do its job, you can be sure "Madam Secretary" will do it's best to get get this fictional multi-tasking Super Secretary imprinted in the minds of impressionable voters.
Fargo, a TV show that premiered a couple of weeks ago is a spinoff from the movie "Fargo." One of the main features in the movie was the snowy landscape of wintery Minnesota, and we get that in the TV show, too. We also get some similar characters, for example, Martin Freeman plays a character similar to the William H. Macy character in the movie. There are other similarities to the movie but also some big differences. Unfortunately, there's no Steve Buscemi character, at least so far, unless it's supposed to be Billy Bob Thornton's character.
Thornton plays an underhanded problem solver for hire who moonlights as a transient serial killer. So when a bunch of murders occur just after this stranger comes to the small town of Bemidji, MN, some of the townsfolk are suspicious.
Law officers and vengeful mobsters ask around about this stranger, and they got a fairly decent physical description. But it's an icy country. And the temperature is so cold there that it must freeze that portion of the ear drum that detects regional accents. Because no one seemed to have noticed that the mysterious stranger spoke with an Arkansas accent. But the credits say "this is a true story" in all caps, so we have to accept some inconsistencies.
First two episodes: One frozen corpse, one head bludgeoning, one shotgun murder, one brain stem stabbing, and one live person dropped in hole drilled in frozen lake.
So it got off to a good start. Check it out Tuesday nights on FX.
A year ago we got word that Carl and Elisabeth Crum were going to make a "One Square Mile" documentary to air on PBS featuring our humble community of Midland, Texas.
Well, they did it. And it came out quite nice. It's supposed to be broadcast on February 27th at 7:30pm on Basin PBS in Midland/Odessa. But why wait? Watch a sneak preview right now right here!
Here's a quote from one of the interviewees who summed up Midland rather succinctly.
I heard a report not too long ago that Midland has the lowest unemployment rate in the whole nation. But there's really not a lot to see. Pretty deserty. Uh, pretty dry. Really windy. I can't imagine anyone coming here other than work. I really enjoy it here; this is where I call home.
Well, we have a very large beach but without the inconvenience of an ocean.
The third season of American Horror Story is currently showing on FX, and this one, called Coven, is about a pack of witches ranging from immature vindictive brats to mature vindictive brats.
Jessica Lange plays the lead role as "The Supreme," the witch designated by committee to be the head mistress of a school for young witches. Lange has a lot of acting range and does a good job with it as she rages at some lesser witch, uses her mind to toss someone across the room, or sobs in self pity at the frailty of her own human life form.
The story reflects an atmosphere of misandry, with the males in the show either being lying philanderers, self mutilating necrophiliacs, or crazed zombies. (It's probably politically incorrect to think about it, but one has to wonder what's up with the creators.)
But never mind the misandry, there's witchy misanthropy all throughout and demonstrated aptly when Jessica Lange's character, Fiona Goode, boasted that she voted for Obama, not once, but twice. A person would have to be pretty evil to want to give him so much power over the normal humans who populate America.
Oh great witch Fiona, release us from thy evil spell!
There was a time long long ago when there were businesses called "game rooms" wherein patrons would put their coins in machines and play pin ball where a real ball would roll around and ring bells and make lights go off. Or maybe the customer preferred more high tech games like Pong or Pac-man.
Those games to today's gamers are like horse shoes or washers were to the hipsters who used those game rooms.
These days games like Grand Theft Auto V keep seem to keep the kids busy for hours. There must be others besides me who see TV commercials for such games and wonder, "How the heck to they do all that with just by pressing a couple of buttons?"
Well, along comes Conan O'Brien with a series called Clueless Gamer in which he attempts to conquer video games with jokes. Check out Conan O'Brien Reviews "Grand Theft Auto V" which really is enlightening, at least for this video game simpleton.
And if you watch it you'll figure out the answer to how they do it with just a couple of buttons. Practice, practice, practice.
P.S. Be nice. Some day those kids will be using video game controllers to take out your prostate, conduct war, and audit your taxes. -- Robo-ed.
At the moment the funniest commercial airing on TV, imho, is the one for Geico featuring the hump day camel with the big mouth. The instant he walks into the office the workers start rolling their eyes. Then he finally gets some hapless worker to admit it's hump day. What a hoot!
My only gripe is that they play it on days other than Wednesdays, but that's OK. Watch it at this Youtube link.
Who could possibly do such a perfect camel's voice? It's Chris Sullivan. Click the link to see what else he's done. What a versatile actor he must be.
One of the funniest TV lawyers to float across the small screen in the past few years is the "Breaking Bad" lawyer, Saul Goodman, played by comedian and former SNL writer, Bob Odenkirk. Goodman's fake TV ads are hilarious:
Face down in the dirt with a cop standing over you because the meter reader got a big surprise? If you've been arrested for having an illegal tiger in your back yard, Better call Saul.
That had to be a narrow client base. The big bucks, at least as it's told in "Breaking Bad," are from the big league Meth business. But here's some good news for Saul. There might be a "Breaking Bad" spinoff featuring Saul Goodman. From thewrap.com:
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan says he and writer Peter Gould are moving "full speed ahead" on their potential spinoff of "Breaking Bad."
With the final eight episodes of the AMC series set to begin airing Aug. 11, viewers can take comfort in the possibility of the spinoff, built around Bob Odenkirk's scheming criminal attorney Saul Goodman.
There's certainly a lot of potential there.
Bill Maher has been a slave to political correctness since his days on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher in which he played up to his progressive following. But today we see two separate and baffling headlines.
He's been hammering Christianity forever. But it appears at first blush that he's figured out who the real enemy is. Does he finally get it?
And here's the other one, this one about Paula Deen who was targeted by the race industry and sacked by The Food Chanel for using the "N" word: Bill Maher Sort Of Defended Paula Deen On ‘Real Time’.
There's an old saying, something like, "If you aren't liberal when you're young, you don't have a heart. If your aren't conservative when you mature, you don't have a brain." Maybe Bill Maher has matured. Or maybe he had a spell of temporary sanity.
The season for the TV show Grimm ended recently. That's one of the shows I watch while I ride my stationary bike -- enough action to keep the adrenalin up but not compelling enough to want to rewind to catch missed dialog.
So the season ended the other day on a cliff hanger with this cute message: "To be continued..." Then the next frame was even cuter with these additional words, "Oh come on. You knew that was coming."
If only we could talk back. Many viewers might be tempted to say, "No, I didn't know you would end with a cliff hanger rather than wrapping up the series with a satisfactory closing. Instead, you've given away a clue that you are aware that the writing is too weak on its own to bring viewers back."
But, we may be back next season, who knows? It depends on what else is on.
That said, there was a relationship developing toward the end between Rosalee (a Fuchsbau) and Monroe (a Blutbad) which was rather touching.
The Following is a TV show on Fox that's just about to close out its first season. It's a cat and mouse thriller in which FBI agents pursue a serial killer with a cult following. It's a decent enough show, but it's one of those bits of fiction that either requires the viewer to suspend reality while watching or teaches things heretofore not obvious. Let's give it the benefit of the doubt and say it's teaching us new stuff.
Having watched all the episodes except the finale, which hasn't aired yet, here are ten useful life lessons the show has taught me, so far:
1. A psychopath with a British accent can be so charming that he can attract dozens of cult followers who are willing to maim, kill, kidnap, or commit suicide for him. Handsome men, pretty women and law enforcement officers, seem especially vulnerable to that charm. African Americans seem to be immune.
2. Convicted killers have access to prison computers with which they can secretly recruit cult followers.
3. Convicted killers in prison have direct contact with visitors. Conversations with visitors are not recorded. Some day prisons might have stations in which visitors will be separated from inmates by protective glass and talk via telephone. But that day has not yet arrived.
4. Be cautious when entering into a romantic embrace with a cult member. You might get lucky. But there's a fair chance a sharp blade will enter your body somewhere between your navel and your chin.
5. Satellite phone calls routed through foreign countries are untraceable.
6. In a there's-only-one-man-who-can-solve-that-case scenario, a low level FBI supervisor can deputize and arm a former rogue agent without the need of approval from higher-ups.
7. Listen for ominous music. You can rummage through the bomb making material of a cult member without fear UNLESS there's ominous background music. In that case there's a villain hiding nearby who'll lunge when you turn the next corner.
8. The innocent wife of a serial killer is as likely to hinder as help with the rescue of her own kidnapped son.
9. Some FBI agents and cult leaders are so resilient that they can be beaten, stabbed or shot and be back on the job before the episode ends. Innocent bystanders and minor characters who experience the same thing are DOA.
10. Law enforcement perimeters have more holes than Bonnie and Clyde's last car.
11. A renewal for a second season is a sure guarantee of a cliff hanging 1st season finale.
Main characters include:
Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy
Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews
Shawn Ashmore as Mike Weston
James Purefoy as Joe Carroll
Annie Parisse as Debra Parker
Valorie Curry as Emma Hill and
Nico Tortorella as Jacob Wells.
Last night as the local TV news was about to give us the weather report both NBC and CBS burst in dominating the news with reports of shots fired in Boston. And there were the star anchors filling time until the real news broke.
Granted, once the real news came an hour and a half later, it was real news of the second bombing suspect's apprehensive.
In the meantime, the star anchors had to keep blabbing away and injecting themselves into the news story. So we got to hear an NBC field reporter telling about having heard gun shots. Celebrity anchor Brian Williams interrupted with what could be the most inane question of the day.
"Did it sound like fully automatic or semi automatic gunfire?"
That question was extremely out of place. The odds that either of those kids would have a fully automatic weapon are extremely low. And if Boston law enforcement was using automatic weapons in a residential neighborhood that would be startling news. So there's only one reason for Williams' question.
He was showing off. Two months ago news celebrities were using "automatic," "semi automatic" and "fully automatic" interchangeably -- they're anchormen, how could they have known there was a difference? But now Williams knows, and anyone who still gets news from NBC knows he knows. And that was the real point of the question.
Yeah, thanks Brian. We get it. Now get off and put "Grimm" on.
There was a teaser in the Midland, Texas, City Council wish-list that showed up in the paper the other day.
On the first day, the council came up with a list of ways to make the city more technologically advanced. The council listed possibilities such as public Wi-Fi, electronic site plan submittals, a better smartphone app and televising City Council meetings.
With record dollar amounts rolling into the city coffers through property and sales taxes the money is burning a hole in their pockets. They'll spend it, that's for sure. Unfortunately, they'll probably make long range commitments on the assumption that the good times will last indefinitely.
The cost of televising City Council meetings is pittance compared with what they'll spend, but there's still a way to do it economically. The city already owns some cameras, there are employees and volunteers who either know or could easily learn how to operate them, and Suddenlink provides a government access channel to them. (That channel currently broadcasts a pretty black screen with a pleasant white noise.)
I stood up in front of the council on two occasions asking if they would televise the meetings but got a cool reception both times. So I can't complain if they finally do it. If only they weren't so accustomed to doing everything the most expensive way.
Oh sure, they're murderers and they want to destroy the United States, but they love children.
It's the FX show The Americans about a sleeper cell of Soviet spies operating in Washington, D.C., in 1981, the year Ronald Reagan was inaugurated. But these spies weren't sleeping, they were very active.
In each episode so far the commies murdered someone or came close to it. For example, a Soviet spy who defected had to be murdered. And in order to get a maid to plant a bug in an administration official's home they surreptitiously poisoned her college age son with an umbrella tip and withheld the antidote until she complied.
The latest episode involved the newly discovered wife and newborn baby of a dead spy. He had fooled her. She thought he was a drug dealer. But she figured it all out after his comrades kidnapped her to find out how much she knew. So she had to die, too.
But they had a good side. They didn't kill the baby! The Soviets shipped him off to live with his grandparents in Donetsk, Russia, but at least he was alive when that episode ended. They should name him Elian Gonzalez.
The series is not without its cliches. The main guy spy is hotter than James Bond, at least to a blond bombshell he recruited to spy for him. She's blindly in love with him, and he endures it for Mother Russia. To everyone else he's an average looking guy. And although he never trains and doesn't look very threatening, he's a super MMA fighter who can render two larger opponents unconscious in a half minute's time. Now we're talking serious spy movie stuff.
Meanwhile, Ron Radosh sniffs out the motive behind this homage to cold war commies:
The show was created by Joe Weisberg, the brother of liberal journalist and editor-in-chief of the Slate group Jacob Weisberg. Its producers evidently want American audiences to root for the Soviet agents to win! Executive producer Joel Fields actually told The Hollywood Reporter that “it might be a little different to believe and get used to, but we want you to root for the KGB. They’re trying to get the Soviets to win the Cold War.” As the trade paper commented, believe it or not, the creative team behind the high-profile launch expressed a confidence that more than enough time has passed for American audiences to not hold a grudge.
"The Americans." Only in America, folks. Only in America.
Received an email from Mr. Carl Crum about a PBS TV show about to start filming (or whatever they call it now) a television series featuring stories from within designated square miles in various Texas cities. The image you see on the right shows Midland's square mile.
From Mr. Crum:
We are not looking for tourist's perspective of this square mile, but rather a first person perspective of what it is like to live in this community on a day-to-day basis.The five themes we will be filming in this square mile are:
Community - What role does community play in this square mile. How do residents interact and socialize? Is community involvement centered at the school, the barber shop, the cafe or the home?
Family - What is the role of family in this square mile? What is it like to live, grow up or raise a family in this square mile?
Work - How do people earn a living in this square mile?
Food - How is food a part of the culture in this square mile?
Future - What is the future of this square mile?
We are looking for the obvious and the obscure. Anyone within the community can make a suggestion on the OSMTX website at:
OK, no fair answering every question with "Walmart."
It's Sunday afternoon, the TV is on, and I'm thumb surfing through channels. And right there on the small screen is little Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) doing some target practice with a pump action BB gun 20 minutes into the Christmas favorite, Home Alone.
All I could think was how grateful we should be that he didn't have access to a real gun. He would have dispatched those two burglars the first time they stepped into the house. The movie would have been over in about half an hour. And worst of all, there would have been no "Home Alone" 2 through 5 or the video game. The horror.
All in the Family was a sitcom from decades ago featuring a lovable curmudgeon at odds with his hipster daughter and son-in-law. Norman Lear gave us a TV show to serve as a primer on political correctness, and Archie Bunker was presented as a caricature so as not to leave any question about which side was the correct side.
These days Lear is pulling out scene from the show in an effort to ridicule gun owners. Link.
In the scene the audience sees a spot Archie did on a public access channel about gun rights. The audience gets a good laugh, and Norman Lear wants to remind us of that now with this remark:
[Archie] finds himself suggesting that the best answer to avoid skyjacking is to "arm every passenger" and the audience erupts in laughter. You can see the clip:
Can we possibly have any other reaction to Wayne LaPierre's similarly insane idea to provide armed guards for every school but to laugh? Or cry. I find myself doing a lot of both lately.
Lear, who is old enough to have been shocked by the Tate/LaBianca knife murders, is probably no stranger to armed guards himself.
Lear has overlooked the fact that many of the people who laughed along with him back then have grown up and now look with deep suspicion at the progressive causes he promotes. Taking rights away from the people and giving more power to government is not progress.
"All in the Family," by the way, was a knock off of a British TV show called, Til Death Us Do Part about a working class conservative and his socialist son in law.
Al Gore has been rightly criticized for selling his TV network to Al Jazeera. But give the guy a break. By selling to the highest bidder he was trying to teach his fellow Americans that greed is good. By beating the tax hike he was merely demonstrating good business sense separate from political propaganda. By accepting oil money he was only demonstrating that U.S. dollars are the same color whether they come from green energy or black gold.
Forbes lays out an issue not so obvious. The Real Problem With Al Gore's $100 Million Payday From Selling Current To Al Jazeera. Excerpt:
For a channel available in 60 million households, Current has a tiny audience ...
Almost all of its value, therefore, was tied up in its reach. That distribution to 60 million homes was what underlay Al Jazeera’s willingness to spend a half billion dollars ...
Distribution is dear because it’s hard to build. So how did Current succeed in building so much so fast? Through “a combination of personal lobbying and arm-twisting of industry giants” by Gore himself, according to Brian Stelter of The New York Times. Gore “leaned on” Rupert Murdoch, then in control of DirecTV, and other operators of cable and satellite systems, not only to carry Current but to pay it a carriage fee out of proportion to its actual viewership.
If Murdoch et al didn’t push back too hard, it’s because they knew they could simply pass the carriage fee along to their subscribers
Al Gore has certainly proved that he is a good business man. One has to wonder, has there ever been a President or Vice President who parlayed his former government job into a greater profit?
My holiday reading consisted of the novel by William R. Forstchen titled "One Second After." The title was obviously a nod to The Day After, the made-for-TV cold war movie about the horrors experienced by survivors of a series of nuclear bomb strikes on the U.S. That movie surely caused nightmares across the country the day after it was broadcast.
"One Second After" is about what happens to the inhabitants of a small community in North Carolina following an EMP explosion high above the U.S. The effect was the destruction of everything electrical, sparing only components built before the circuit board became a part of practically every electrical item manufactured. With no electricity or hope of rebuilding the generators and replacing the lines, things went to hell in short order. With no trucks bringing in food, the severe rationing of available food stock brought on starvation. Medicine for the entire community was in short supply, anyone with a medical dependency suffered or died, and epidemics became deadly.
Oh yeah, large armed gangs roamed the countryside taking over communities to steal what food they might have and/or cannibalize the inhabitants.
"One Second After" ends one year after the event with a community of survivors transformed by the loss of 80% of its population. But hey, it was a very good book. Just scary.
So could something like that really happen? Many people think so. See North Korea EMP attack could destroy U.S. — now in which Peter Vincent Pry lays out credible reasoning that North Korea currently has the capability to deliver and explode an EMP bomb over the U.S.
For more background see the Commission's first Executive Report from 2004 which contains the quaint suggestion the cost of improving our security over the "next 3 to 5 years is modest by any standard." Too bad we haven't done it. Further, "We must persuade nations to forgo obtaining nuclear weapons or to provide acceptable assurance that these weapons will neither threaten the vital interests of the United States nor fall into threatening hands." That the current administration seems more intent on taking guns away from the citizenry than protecting against this type of threat seems laughable in light of what the fictional characters of "One Second After" endured.
"The Honeymooners" just came in as the 2nd funniest TV comedy of all time in at a poll reported by NYPost.com.
One of the cable channels is running the old Honeymooners shows in the early AM, and I've been recording and watching them. And they really are funny. A viewer can actually have some real laughs at those shows, unlike the comedies of today which sometimes don't even earn a smile at their best.
One that played the other night showed how the Kramdens and the Nortons celebrated Ed Norton's birthday. Ralph and Alice took Ed and Trixie out to a movie for the evening. A night at the movies was the cheapest thing Ralph could come up with, and he managed to place all the credit on that decision on Alice. But that just led up to the big joke.
Cut to the movie theater entrance. The foursome exit the theater pushing a big TV set that Ed won by holding the lucky ticket. Since Ralph purchased the tickets his reaction is predictable. But the buildup is true comedic art. You can see Ralph moping around in the background, barely holding back his rage at the unfairness of it all. You can see the joke coming a mile away, but Jackie Gleason's timing is terrific. And they pull off a very funny joke.
Watch it to see if you agree. Youtube link.
Nothing says Christmas in Washington quite like a performance of Gangnan Style by a South Korean performer who is now back-tracking from hostile remarks toward Americans.
Hey, he apologized, didn't he? Obama was of the same state mind at the time of Psy's anti-American remarks, so he certainly didn't need that apology. But Obama knows the value of famous fans, so none other than the President of the United States himself was supposed to be in the audience at the filming Sunday night. Don't be surprised if we learn Psy and the president had a meeting.
Meantime, while we wait for Obama to apologize to Americans for what he's done to the country, enjoy this Obama Style parody.
It's an ad for Suddenlink Internet. Viewer see two adolescent boys who find an aerosol can of Easy left behind by the cable guy.
"What should we do with it?" "Let's get girls to pay attention to us." "Yeah!"
The boy holding the can sprays them both, and presto! They turn into horses. Girl comes in and exclaims, "Ponies!" Commercial ends. Viewers scratch heads.
What exactly is the message here? Boys using Suddenlink internet will turn into animals? Girls like boys transformed into domesticated beasts of burden?
Click to watch it on Youtube.
[You could just say "neigh." Robo-ed]
It's hard not to laugh at TV reporters sometimes, especially in hurricane season.
They are so earnest and exited. Newcomers to hurricane prone territories become jaded by about the second season they are there. That's the case on the Gulf Coast, anyway. Sometimes it pays to get exited, but usually most of the gusting wind comes from the reporters' mouths.
Now granted, hurricane Sandy did bring a large amount of water on land. But in the midst of it the streets of NYC looked damp but not flooded as people strolled in view of the Times Square web cam.
Back to the TV. I don't remember which network it was, but there was the typical hurricane reporter standing out in the wind and rain talking to the camera. And he remarked about all the other people out and about as the hurricane was just off coast and how they should not be there. He was so quick witted he immediately recognized that he himself was violating his own advice. But it was OK because he was a trained reporter. Hilarious!
Dan Rather blazed the hurricane reporting trail, and intrepid reporters have been following the soggy footprints of that questionable roll model ever since.
There's a TV show in its first season called Revolution which is supposed to depict a time 15 years from the day someone cast a magic spell across the planet which acted as a universal "off" switch shutting off everything that ran on or used electricity.
It looks like another of those serials that goes on for season after season with sympathetic characters in an endless quest for some holy grail of electrical power, which somehow involves a dozen magic medallions.
Anyway, the citizens of the former United States become unwilling subjects of a militia run by a ruthless leader. But take heart, there are some revolutionaries out amongst the people. And our handsome heroes and beautiful heroins have teamed up with them.
And here's the reason for this particular post. In the latest segment one of the revolutionaries connects with a fellow revolutionary by way of a pass phrase which assures each of them that the other is a brother/sister. Here it is:
"I'm looking for a biography of Joe Biden."
Hilarious. Gold plated irony.
Good fiction has to be believable. And this was one of those moments that strained credulity to the breaking point.
It was a laughable attempt by the writers to dabble in today's politics, and here's why it's so funny. The revolutionaries in the show are supposed to be the good guys. And the rulers, with their harsh anti-gun rules, suppression of opposing ideas, and disregard for the U.S. Constitution, are the bad guys. That describes the current administration. And Old Joe is a big part of that administration.
The script writers are supposed to be injecting propaganda for "Obamacare" into their shows, but maybe they just couldn't fit Obamacare into the script knowing that it required a bureaucracy bigger than anything else so far revealed in the series. So "Joe Biden" was the best they could come up with. It's every bit as out of place as the scene in the last episode of Life on Mars when the hero is told that one of Barack Obama's daughters is president in the year 2035.
It's almost enough to make a TV viewer yearn for a blackout.
Today is their 25th birthday. Media Research Center has made a major contribution to the public discourse by exposing media bias in a way that gets noticed as well as providing a voice for those who are disgusted by it.
Unfortunately, the reporters MRC highlights are usually so biased they are unable to recognize it in themselves. Or more likely they just don't bother to hide it anymore.
Last week MRC had its 25th Anniversary Gala and 2012 DisHonors Awards program. Among those dishonored along with their awards were as follows:
Click the link to watch the clips.
"Obamagasm Award" winner was Chris Matthews.
"Vast Right-Wing Knuckle-Draggers Award" winner was Thomas Roberts (daytime MSNBC host).
"Damn Those Conservatives to Hell Award" winner was Ann Curry.
"The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity" winner was Sean Penn. (David Letterman was a runner up. Better luck next year, Dave.)
"Worst Reporter in the History of Man" winner was Katie Couric.
This next one was a genuine honor:
"William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence" was awarded posthumously to Andrew Breitbart.
Happy b'day MRC! And thanks for continuing to lampoon those reporters who can't stop sucking up to Obama and belittling people who don't agree with them.