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Welcome Back George Will!

March 19, 2017

I was very pleased to have George Will back on Meet The Press.   I truly admire Will for his grasp of policy and politicss.  I absolutely love how he talks, his word choice, his use of grammar and his ability to argue a point.  He is one of my favorite conservatives.  I usually always learn something from his appearances on news shows.  That is why I thrilled at the news from host Chuck Todd.

Syndicated columnist, George Will, he’s making his 52nd appearance on Meet the Press, but it’s his first since 1981. Where’ve you been? You know, I don’t know, have you been on some other show that I never, don’t think about?

 

Long Live Rock-And-Roll With Chuck Berry

March 19, 2017

There is a feel in your gut that comes with the guitar licks that takes one back in an instant to the first time Chuck Berry was heard.  It need not be when Berry was first aired on the radio or making his introduction to America.  That sense of musical freedom Berry captured in his music can happen for any kid in any decade.   Yesterday Berry died at the age of 90.  But nothing ever really ends.  The music continues.

“Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ‘n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90. The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.

“While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.””Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ‘n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90. The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.”

No Visas Allowed For African Trade Meeting

March 19, 2017

Stunning, sad, pathetic.  This is what happens when undereducated people vote their top choice for the White House.

“Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. … ‘This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened.’ [event organizer Mary] Flowers estimated that she lost about 100 attendees, including speakers and government officials. The countries affected included Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa. ‘I have to say that most of us feel it’s a discrimination issue with the African nations,’ said Flowers. ‘We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent.’

Twenty-Somethings! Grrr…

March 18, 2017

Today was a great day.  James made a fantastic lunch and a married couple who grew up in Iran and are now American citizens came for a late lunch at our home and we spent the entire afternoon at our dinner table talking about history, religion, and politics.  It was my type of perfect day.  I mention this to underscore I was in a good mood and smiling as later in the day I stopped in for fuel at PDQ.

Also wanting a car wash I paid for it and thought to pre-wash my windows just a bit to loosen up a bird dropping with the aid of the liquid and brushes alongside the pumps.  There were multiple pumps but the plastic bins at each one of them was bone dry.  How could that be?

With a bounce in my step I walked into the building and light-heartedly informed the male worker–about 22 years-of age I suspect–that there was no liquid in the containers.  I did not ask for any for myself but just let him know they were empty.

“What I am supposed to do about it?”

I admit to being a bit taken aback by the comment and said matter-of-factly “you might want to fill them”.

“It will not be done until tomorrow”.

Since the sun had not yet set in Madison I, still with a good day in my heart, said, “I am sure there will be others wanting to use the squeegees.”

“I can not do anything about it.”

It was not just the words but the dismissive tone that made me lose my light-hearted touch.

At this point I thought back in my mind to the filling stations of my youth where guys his age did not sit with his phone/tablet on the counter as he had placed in front of him, but would have pumped the gas, wiped the windows, checked the oil, and if asked checked the tire pressure.  And smiled!

I ended the conversation with simply saying “This is not the way to treat customers”.

This twenty-something seemed not to even once think that customer service is really still a desirable thing or what one might say to a guy who comes in with a nugget of news about an aspect of your business.  This young man could not have cared less about the place he worked or the paycheck he receives from his employer.  While I understand he is not making the salary of a rocket technician I also know that the time-honored way of doing your best at whatever job you have still has a place in this nation.

At this point I thought it useless to then inform him there were no paper towels for drying hands in the men’s room.    His manager may care when I call on Monday.  But this young man must have felt that it was  just enough for him to show up to sit alongside a cash register for the afternoon.

I hear from college professors, managers in state government, heads of department stores and others that many who now fall into the pampered 20-something crowd are often real ‘prizes’.   The most I encounter of this age group are grad students who live in our neighborhood and on the whole I find them smart and engaging.   But I am aware from conversations that there are many out there like the one I talked with today.

As I turned to leave the counter at the PDQ a lady met my eye and said “I agree with you”.

And so it goes.

 

Hawk Hunting Near Lake Monona Shoreline On Madison Isthmus

March 18, 2017

James yells from the living room, “You have to see this!’  So with camera in hand I get into sandals and catch some awesome photos of what I believe is a Cooper’s Hawk. I love when they hunt along the Lake Monona shoreline.

Angela Merkel Not Grabbed By Donald Trump In White House

March 17, 2017

Donald Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s in an Oval Office photo op, a courtesy usually extended to foreign leaders visiting the White House.  It was a shoddy display from Trump.   Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op.

“Very good,” Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. “Lots of things.”

“Very good, thanks,” Merkel said in German.

But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn’t move in for a handshake.

Given what Trump likes to grab on women I think Merkel came out on the winning side.

Saturday Night Live To Tackle Donald Trump Live Across Entire Nation Four Weeks In A Row

March 17, 2017

I am 54 years old and as such recall Saturday Night Live from their early days when I was a teenager and laughing in my bedroom to the hilarity of Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, and many others.   The show has been a part of my life–for most of my life.

As we all know SNL is in the midst of its most-watched season in 24 years thanks to Alec Baldwin’s turn as Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s appearances as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.   The news of the day pretty much writes the weekend scripts.  Who can not split a side laughing at McCarthy displaying Ivanka jewelry while mimicking Spicer at a press briefing with the QVC prices on the bottom of the screen?

Now SNL is trying to keep that momentum going by airing the final four episodes of the season live in all time zones.  The final four episodes—each airing for the first time in SNL history cross-country simultaneously—kicks off with Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon as host on April 15, followed by Chris Pine (May 6), Melissa McCarthy (May 13) and Dwayne Johnson (May 20).  In the Mountain and Pacific time zones, which will air the show at 9:30 and 8:30 p.m. respectively, there will be a rerun in the show’s usual time slot.

More than 11 million viewers are tuning in to SNL on a weekly basis, once live-plus-seven-day ratings are factored in. On the demo front, the show is averaging a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. If you tossed it in with the prime-time lineup, it would tie as the No. 6 non-sports telecast on all of TV.   Eat that Donald Trump–who we know is addicted to ratings and stated SNL was a failing show!

NBC also recently announced plans to extend the run of the show into the summer. Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will also get a limited run in prime time in August when NBC airs four half-hour broadcasts of the comedy newscast.

Hobble Trump at every angle and in every means possible.   Hats off to SNL!

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