Do the Lighten Up

Make America laugh again. Journalists are such easy prey. They take themselves so seriously that any jab puts them into supercillious overdrive. Get a grip. Stop swinging at low hanging fruit and do some real reporting. Stormy. Really? And. Of course. Dennis Rodman would love to join the Rocket Man summit. Why not?

Speaking of light. Two out of three books so far fit the bill. The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen. Not sure why this took two women to conjure it. Disturbed families. Vulnerable adults. Worth a few hours on a wintry Saturday. Mrs., Caitlin Macy. Upper East Side moms. Nothing more than trite. However, The Woman In the Window, by A.J. Finn is not light at all. Dr.Husband reports depressing and tedious. So nope. Won’t read that one.

Apologies to Archie Bell & the Drells. Go Tiger!

Rocket Man Summit?

Unprecedented deal according to South Korean security advisor. Diplomacy over missiles. At least that’s tonight’s announcement. Little Rocket Man to meet Big Rocket Man by May. Is Dennis Rodman lurking in the background? I’ll buy tickets to that show.

But. Hey. Tear down that wall! Credit to sanctions bloviating and bluster. Press corps taken by surprise. Stormy and Russia obsessions off the cable news panels for a few minutes. Priorities.

On to Top Chef finale.

Silly Season

Gridiron Dinner. Old white guys in formal white tie as they stroll through the lobby of a tacky D.C. hotel. Short stubby geezers dragging their tails on the floor. Navigating luggage racks and tourists from Ohio. Silly. And. The elderly women with flabby arms and necks. Haven’t you heard me yet? If you are over a certain age. Long sleeves and collars please! Taking the escalator down to the basement conference room for skits and hilarity. High school prom-y.

Later on SNL. Alec Baldwin had some great lines. But. From what I read. Trump had good joke writers himself. “Who will be the next to leave? Miller or Melania?”

Then tonight. The Oscars. #MeToo replete with plunging skin and slits. Twirling for the cameras. Ridiculous. Who will snub Ryan first?

Changing Screens

Ubiquitous host on multiple television screens, Ryan Seacrest is teetering on the brink. American Idol, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Red Carpet, Live With Kelly! employees must be shaking in their boots. Lots of paychecks at stake if he gets yanked.

Screening gun sales. A hot topic at today’s meeting with Trump and lawmakers. Support for a bill that expands background checks to include gun shows aiming to help thwart the wrong hands on firearms. Unfortunately. They also seem to believe that the answer to Americans having too many guns is more guns! Wild Wild West mentality perseverates.

Look for Hope Hicks as the newest Fox Bot on your cable news screens.

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.

Memo to Congress

As bridges crumble and roads crack, Congress is obsessed with a war of memos. Dueling over editing, redacting. Trading accusations and barbs while whining and complaining. A trumped up excuse for each side to feed its base. The end game obstruction of justice or derailing the whole Russia thing. As bridges crumble and roads crack. And generals are hatching plans to bomb Syria or mount a North Korea attack. Memo to Congress. Get real and govern.

I know. That’s fantasy political football. Go Eagles!