Wednesday, October 16, 2002
This really sums it up.
"Demme said one witness told police the shooter used an AK-74 rifle to kill 47-year-old FBI analyst Linda Franklin on Monday night outside a Falls Church, Va., Home Depot store. Police said the weapon can fire the .223-caliber round recovered from some of the shooting scenes.
To recap: you can tell what kind of gun it was, but you can give nothing descriptive to help find the shooter. I think that's because nobody on TV has told you what the shooter looks like.
Wednesday, June 05, 2002
I broke my hand a couple of weeks ago, thus the interruption. Too hard to type, you know.
Plus, who can keep up with all this sexiest blogger poll stuff? Honestly, people, it's like watching public nervous breakdowns.
Thursday, April 18, 2002
What? Vol. IV:
The oil companies themselves would like to have the ban on exploration in the refuge lifted. But their support is not particularly enthusiastic, because of the high cost of producing oil and gas in the remote area. The issue has become a touchstone, on the other hand, for conservatives generally and the Bush administration particularly.
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Commenting on media coverage of the pro-Israel rally yesterday in DC, Glenn Reynolds relates, via Virginia Postrel's email, that the "Israel rally was all over the TV news... It's providing the major visuals of the day." Glenn goes on to note, "I should hope so. I guess if I ever watched TV I'd know."
Come on, Glenn. That sounds snobby. Blogging is all about breaking down barriers to accessing opinions and viewpoints, and it encourages people to read everything they can. We should treat TV the same way. I think it's crappy most of the time, too (I'd link here, but I can't get my stupid archives to work), but I don't stop watching. Once you're older than 7 and your brain is fully formed, you should watch everything you think you can learn something from: Hardball, This Week, Larry King (hilarious!), Crossfire, WCAX TV's "Across the Fence" (brought to you by the Chittenden County Extension Service), The Simpsons, Letterman, Conan, Jiminy Glick, Meet the Press, any SCTV you can find, "A Region in Conflict" with Ashleigh Banfield (that is the best title for a TV show ever), the local news, O'Reilly (shudder), Sportscenter, Face the Nation, McLaughlin, Asian Entertainment . . . . the list is endless. If it's not elucidating, it's generally entertaining, even if not intentionally so.
Except don't watch network sitcoms. They suck.
Thursday, April 11, 2002
Ken and Dan, or Tom, or Tomorrow, or whatever we should call him are having the kind of discussion that elevates this Diversion for everyone. And they're not sniping at one another. Go read it.
When you guys do get together for drinks in LA or NY or wherever, for God's sake will you please let me know? It'll be my treat.
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
I don't agree with Rod Dreher at The Corner all that much. But I'm very happy to see that he too is down with Dr. Jack and the lovely Rexella.
Monday, April 08, 2002
What? Vol. III. "Bathtime Constitution?"
Many moons ago I thought that as political trials go, September 11 was perfect for 43. I just didn't see how this would be such a tribulation for George W. Bush, as many thought it would. After all, you'd be hard pressed to find a more cut-and-dried scenario of good vs. evil than the terrorist attacks. What the President had to do was act presidential, listen to his advisors and keep reassuring the American people. Even to someone like me, he did a really good job at it.
Now, however, things aren't that easy. You can see the President struggling to find his way through this mideast mess, where there are infinite shades of gray and nothing is ever as clear as it seems. This is the real test. It will be interesting to see how it will play out, and how the President's handling of an increasingly difficult situation will ultimately affect accomplishment of the clear goals he established at the end of 2001.