Writing Wrongs

Just finished the novel Golden Hill by Francis Spufford. Manhattan 1746. Richard Smith, a young handsome man, appears at a counting house after a long voyage from London. He has a note for an extremely large sum to be paid to him in sixty days. Everyone is wary because his plans for the money are secret. Smith finds New-York gritty and dark where a sense of morality seems out of place. During the days he awaits payment, Smith has many misadventures as a result of bad luck and bad choices. Especially his love for a combative clever girl. But in the end. He rights some wrongs. Historical redemption. A beautifully written read.

Speaking of horrific wrongs. Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is named for a journalist who turned activist protecting the Everglades. As with the shooting in her eponymous school, journalists converged to report the story. Yet they lost objectivity and immediately became anti-gun activists, even going so far as to exploit students in shock. It’s okay to have opinions. Editorialize. Show sadness in the face of tragedy. But do it after the story has been reported. And tell your audience that it’s an opinion piece. Not news.

Broken Rings

More complaining about the Olympics. Johnny & Tara are the only entertaining part of the coverage and they don’t give them any airtime. Now they’ve added a chaperone to keep them in line. And. The stands in the skating arena are empty. How does that happen?

Speaking of rings. Trump’s alleged extramarital affair with a Playboy model is a big surprise. Not. “Rat Pack relic” that he is. And speaking of the Rat Pack, is there any question that Ronan Farrow is Old Blue Eyes’ aka Frank Sinatra’s son? None.

Speaking of broken. If incessant mass shootings were so-called “terrorist attacks” would there be more response? Of course. The NRA is a far more destructive and dangerous terrorist organization to our homeland security than ISIS is any day.

Valen Tines

Stick a fork in it. Valentine’s Day. Cancel the chocolates and roses. Creepy onesies and life-sized teddy bears. No cuddling allowed. Without a lawsuit. #MeToo = #KillCupid? Well. Maybe not totally. But if you want to be safe. Instead of steak and champagne at overcrowded overpriced bad prix-fixe dinners. Go get ashes. Wear a hairshirt. Give up co-ed lunches for Lent. And. Hey. Laissez les bontemps roulez!

Board Games

Boring Olympic Games. Pretty much. Aside from a triple axle and the hilarious Schitt’s Creek sibling-esque duo of Johnny & Tara in figure skating. Not exhilarating. The only USA gold medals are in snowboarding so far. Two of the three 17-year olds. That’s cool.

Meanwhile. Like the game of Risk. Pence promises diplomatic potential with Kim Jong Un. Or his sister. As Israel places tokens all over the map from Syria to Iran. Back at home. Congress is still playing two-dimensional checkers. Chess anyone?

Winter Lames

No USA! Medals today. Our team is so lame that anchors are Brits. Couldn’t get Americans to cover the luge or ski jump events either. Only snowboarding & Johnny & Tara. Downhill down. On the local front. South Korea has interesting food choices. No comment.

AT&T Pebble Beach much more entertaining. Bill Murray in his screaming highwater bell-bottoms. Josh Duhamel. Tony Romo. On the links or anywhere. mAdBen just up the coast hanging in San Fran at his cousin Jamison’s restaurant Duna. Better to be there.

Snooze Parade

When mainstream media is covering Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother as a serious news story, you know we’re in for the big sleep. Wife beating has taken center arena as well. Rand Paul’s narcoleptic budget fit made overnight C-Span must-see TV.

As a lively diversion how about the Winter Olympic Games for some fun. Wrong. Mike & Karen Pence look bored. Even North Korea fat boy’s sister is rolling her eyes. No one else seems to be at the Opening CeremoniesLow energy snore parade. Let’s get back to Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski trashing figure skaters with their hater remarks. Please.

More Yellin’

Janet Yellin left the Fed Chair chair and then sent the markets reelin’. She just spoke the truth. From her it was tellin’. Markets are overvalued. But. February 6, 2017 stocks were at 20,000. So.

More yellin’ about pets on airplanes. Broken record alert! Thanks though to David Leonhardt in the NYTimes for makin’ the case so well. ” It is one of the downsides of a modern culture that too often fetishizes individual preference and expression over communal well-being. ”

Poor Gronk was robbed! Insult to injury. Maybe somebody’s tellin’ him to retire. And what was Chris Christie doin’ in the beach audience of Live with Kelly & Ryan at the Atlantis?