Good Bad Ugly 2018

Good

World Cup Soccer
World Series- even if Red Sox won
Tiger rising
Walks in Central Park &
Tavern on the Green with family and friends
at the outside bar- every season
Oxbow Tavern UWS
Get A Room with Carson & Thom
Parkland Students
Caught dolphins jumping out of the sea in Amagansett

 

The obvious Bad & Ugly

Petulant Adolescent President
Media’s overreach &
obsession with him
Kavanaugh confirmation hearing
Emojis murder words
Yanny & Laurel
Joe & Mika
Korea Olympics
House of Cards final season
Guilty until proven innocent
#Toxic Misandry

Pets have taken over the world
Stores restaurants airplanes hotels


Sad   
Art Bell
Tragic   Anthony Bourdain

Leftover Libs

What to do with all those leftovers? Boomer libs, that is. NYT columnist David Brooks contemplates the dilemma of the traditional liberal, now a relic at Thanksgiving dinner. College kids embrace anarchical progressivism, tilting at socialist ideals. Trumpian types are unrecognizable to the Ivy League alums as even those country club Repubs. Nothing seems familiar anymore. The old school lefties earned their way up the academic and jounalistic ladders. They got the top jobs. Yet. Today feel weak and beleaguered in the wake of a new wave.

Neither red. Nor blue.

Whining & Opining

Cable So-Called News. It always makes me laugh when I see talking heads’ hair on fire over something Trump did or said. So. Like every minute of the day. Broken record alert! Journalism is dead. Opinion-tainment has replaced reportage. Fake news? More like produced panels with a ranting slant. They each throw in one lame counter-point of view.

Bob Woodward has it right regarding CNN’s Jim Acosta law suit:

“In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump. Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged. The remedy isn’t a lawsuit,” he argued. “It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”

Divide & Profit

In Alexandra Pelosi, The Speaker’s daughter, I find a kindred voice. Her travels around “real America” revealed a country very different than the one portrayed on cable news everyday. Pelosi’s documentary Outside the Bubble is on HBO.

“If I hear the term ‘blue wave’ one more time, I am going to personally walk up to MSNBC and punch someone in the face,” she joked, in the HBO cafe overlooking the New York Public Library. “Yes, there’s a blue wave coming out of Manhattan and Los Angeles, where people are sitting home knitting their vagina hats. There’s no blue wave in Alabama. There’s no blue wave in Ohio.

If bridging today’s partisan chasm seems an Augean endeavor, Ms. Pelosi believes cable news is to blame. “There’s too much profit being made right now on the divide,” she said. “How many people in those cable news studios ever really go spend the night in America, not just in the Four Seasons in wherever Trump is at the moment, but I mean really go to somebody’s house, have dinner and talk to them?”  New York Times, October 24, 2018