Monday, September 28, 2009

An apology to Fareed Zakaria

When I did my last post critiquing Larry King and Fareed Zakaria on their recent interviews with heads of states not popular with Americans, I hadn't watched the whole interview of Moammar Khaddafy by Zakaria. I remedied that. I now apologize to him for what I said when I had only watched a portion of the interview. It still wasn't the best work he has done, but it was way better than the portion I had previously viewed. At least he was a little more probing and not condescending. My abject apologies, Mr. Zakaria, you are still one of my favorite interviewers.
My opinion of the Larry King interviews still stand, however! Note to CNN bosses, never send an older uninformed man to interview Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadenijad again. He just ended up looking silly and outclassed. My opinion!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The end of the world (as we know it)

When CNN has foreign leaders of countries interviewed by Larry King (Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran) and Fareed Zakaria (Moammar Khaddafy of Libya) you have to wonder if the world is coming to an end. It didn't take long to put my fears to rest, however. Before I begin to critique these interviews, let me state that I never watch Larry King, because he usually interviews brainless celebrities and couldn't ask a smart question if it bit him. I do watch Fareed Zakaria quite a bit and have a fair amount of respect for his questioning style. I am usually not a tv viewer except for a few of my favorite people, like Bill Moyers on PBS, and pride myself on investigating both sides of any story or interview I watch. I have always believed that you should know how both sides of any issue feel, and then make your decision based on your own feelings and experience.
So when I heard that Hugo Chavez was going to be on Larry King, I decided to watch it. We have been brainwashed in the U.S. to think that anyone who isn't American is lacking in intelligence. In my reading about Chavez, I have found him to be highly intelligent and have come to admire him. Needless to say, Larry King was not only overmatched by Chavez' calm and measured answers to the questions, but also upstaged by Chavez, who knows how to play to the camera. Larry King had obviously thought Chavez would be a pushover for his list of questions right out of the mouths of American politicians. Boy, was he wrong! I laughed as Hugo led him around like a puppy on a leash.
Then came the interview with Ahmadinejad. By that time I almost felt sorry for Larry King. Who at CNN had roped him into this assignment? By the time he kept asking the president of Iran if he believed the Holocaust had happened for the umpteenth time, I no longer felt sorry for him. His question had been answered by Ahmadinejad when he said that it makes you wonder why politicians fixate on an historical event and fear any investigation of it. Larry King was too dumb to realize that by calling it an historical event, Ahmadinejad had already acknowledged it was, indeed, real. Not to be thwarted in his attempt to "trick" the president of Iran to give him an answer, King repeated it yet again. And again. And again. Again he was outclassed by the calm, measured demeanor and speech of a man who wouldn't be tricked. Larry King should just stick to Interviewing celebrities, at least then he won't come off as a network mouthpiece and can still keep his ratings safe. He looked so frustrated, which made him look silly next to the mild-mannered soft-spoken president of Iran. He was so calm, like Chavez, he made good use of the camera. He definitely has a point when he asks what the Palestinian people had to do with the extermination of millions of Jewish people by the Germans in Europe. Absolutely nothing.
Next was the interview of Khaddafy by Zakaria. I didn't finish watching the whole thing (I did watch the whole speech that Khaddafy gave to the U.N.Assembly) because it became apparent to me that Zakaria had been influenced by his boss at CNN or someone, to only ask questions that would make Moammar Khaddafy look even more bizarre than he did on his own. If you ever need a hairdresser, please don't ask Moammar Khaddafy for the contact information for his! The guy is so flamboyant he gives a whole new meaning to the word. Anyway, I thought that Khaddafy has made some good points in his speech to the U.N. Assembly about the imperial overreach of our own government and others, and had hoped that Zakaria would zero in on some of that, but it soon became obvious that it was just another network hatchet job. I have seen Fareed Zakaria do some good work in the past, but this was not his finest hour. It was like watching a drunk get beat up. Sorry, that's my opinion.
We Americans need to start doing our own investigation and our own thinking. Don't let tv pundits and commentators color your outlook on the world. If you read something written BY these three interviewees instead of something written ABOUT them, you will get a much more accurate picture of their beliefs and values. Just because they're not American doesn't make them stupid. However, believing everything reported on tv as gospel truth could certainly make you run the risk of being duped! Use the brain you have, don't give others the power to make your mind up for you. You may even find out that Americans are not as all powerful and smart as they think, humility can be a great tool for learning about the rest of the world. Go on, make up your mind all by yourself! Now, that's power.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Milk of Magnesia for Constipated Party of No

If you want to read my feelings and thoughts about 9/11/2001, please go to my other blog at www.oldwomanwaits, Thanks!
What I feel compelled to address in this post is the feeling I was left with after watching President Obama address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening. As you know, the address was on healthcare insurance reform. As usual, he was masterful in the art of persuasion through rhetoric. I found myself almost buying into it, call me cynical if you like, but I'm getting a little too wise to his rhetoric anymore to fall for it right off the bat. What was much more instructive to me was watching the expressions on the faces of our illustrious opposition party of no, formerly called Republicans. At first, I thought that they looked like some crazier version of the Stepford Wives, even though most of them are of the male persuasion. As I scanned their faces, My gaze finally fell on the suave, tanned visage of John Boehner. That's when I finally realized what their collective problem was. To a man (with a few females sprinkled in for diversity) every single one of them looks constipated. For you laymen(women), that means that they are full of crap and are unable to take a dump! The only way we can expect them to rejoin the human race and become healthy again is to give each of them a massive dose of milk of magnesia, which will clean them out so that they can feel better. I suggest a full week of this dosage taken daily, because as plugged up as they are, it will take some perseverance to clean them out. A lot of the Democrats look like they could also benefit from this regimen. Namely, Harry Reid and Max Baucus come to mind. You can't possibly look that uptight unless you have a major case of constipation. A few Democrats like the former Republican Joe Lieberman will take at least a two week program of milk of magnesia to clear him out. I'll bet that any uninsured member of the public would be more than happy to send a complimentary bottle of m.o.m. to his or her own elected official, as we can't expect them to pay for their own medicine! Those who won't cooperate by taking the laxative should be fed the medicine by force, if necessary.
Just visualize all of them crapping their guts out and tell me that doesn't make you smile. My state of Wyoming elected Senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Representative Cynthia Lummis will probably fight the dosage, but since Barrasso is a doctor, he can probably figure out a way to make money out of powdering their poor sore butts after all that elimination. Now, that's what I call public service!
End constipation in Washington, D. C., send your elected official a bottle of milk of magnesia. Then, maybe they will be able to understand what it feels like to be a common citizen barely able to afford toilet paper. Or decent healthcare. Or proper food to eat. Or a decent place to live. All the things that these sorry, constipated assholes never worry about because we citizens take better care of them than we do ourselves. Sounds like a movement to me!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fire it up! Get it going!

I happened to watch Obama's speech to a Labor Day rally today, and was quite amused at the story he told regarding the lady who got him started using the expression, "fire it up!" I have lost so much faith in him of late, that It made me feel a little better to hear him tell that story. The truth be told, he had better reach out in humility and take that lady's advice to heart! During the campaign which resulted in his being elected President of the United States, we citizens "fired it up" and got him elected. Then, it seems, he promptly forgot how he got there. I even went back and looked at some campaign stuff I saved that trumpeted a call for single payer government run health insurance for all who subscribed to it, equality and inclusion for all citizens regardless of gender, monetary worth, government accountability, an end to the Iraq war, etc. As I browsed through the campaign materials, I didn't know if I should laugh or bawl my eyes out. I am not naive enough to believe all the things politicians promise during a campaign, but to realize that we are actually in worse shape as a nation than we were back in November, 2008, was pretty sobering.
We are close to 10 percent unemployment, that equals about 30 Million people without jobs. Wall Street is still being treated like royalty and Main Streeters are being played for suckers. Foreclosures, bankruptcy, lack of health insurance and adequate health care, global climate warming, the service economy, a Congress out of touch with reality, hate spewing pundits, the list goes on, continue to grow without anyone in power even showing a single concern. What is a citizen to think?
Wednesday, Obama is supposed to address a joint session of Congress about health insurance reform. I hope before that day, he revisits the advice that good lady gave him. "Fire it up!" "Get it going!" We citizens are more than a little tired of lackadaisical leadership. We want the man who promised to stand up for us to do just that! If we wanted Republicans to be in charge of things, we would have elected John McCain! We took you at your word and got you elected. Now is the time for you, President Obama, to live up to your billing. "FIRE IT UP!" Don't take no for an answer, get the public option for the American people. We backed you when you needed it, now return the favor. We don't mind sacrificing for the public good, but we want the insurance peddlers to sacrifice too. They have had us at their mercy for too many years. Repeat after me, "Fire it up!" Don't take no for an answer! That's what I hope to hear come Wednesday.