Names Interchange

Media talking heads seem to have a problem knowing the preferred pronunciation of prominent peoples’ names. From veterans like Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd to more likely culprits at FoxNews. They all say “Steen” and “Stine” interchangeably. Often in the same paragraph. It’s Rod Rosenstein (STINE). Harvey Weinstein (STEEN). Carl BernSTEEN. How can these people cover the news so incompetently? It’s their only job to know these things.

There is no excuse for anyone to mispronounce the esteemed Senator from California’s surname. The most seasoned brilliant fair-minded person in government. As they’ve been doing all day. For the love of God. It’s Dianne Feinstein (STINE)!!!

Go back to 1983. William Safire agrees with me. How I miss his On Language column.

This is BNN

Okay. It’s all set. Bannon News Network. Now that Bannon’s out of the White House. He’s free to wrangle Breitbart editors he likes plus liberated Fox friends Bill O’Reilly, Bill Shine, Sean Hannity, to form the Alt-CNN communications network. A clear offensive against the Alt-Left, especially the Left Overs in the White House- Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, Ivanka & Jared, General H.R. McMaster. Game on. Old White Men’s Last Stand. Yup. House of Cards will seem tame.

Byrning House

Burning Down the House. No. Not Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s Donald Trump dilemma.

burning down the houseA new novel by Jane Mendelsohn. Her work combines David Byrne’s classic Talking Heads songs with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre in a new Broadway musical. Sounds cool. Right? Too bad it’s a minor aside to the main plot. What? Yup. Never a clear connection to the story of anti sex-trafficking causes. I don’t mind a political agenda. Just don’t pose it as a fictional work. Other that that. The cover attracted me to the depiction of the San Remo on the Upper West Side. Problem was. Everyone in the book lives either in the Village or on the Upper East Side. Calling all editors. Anyway. Liked the cover. Love David Byrne.

FolieAge

Government still shut down. Reason Cruzified. Sebelius should be. Whatta mess.

Nevermind. Dad mAd family photo contest fun. Results to come. Muted rusted tones this year. Lots of leaves on the ground. Nuts have been banned in Amherst. Gonna be an empty town. Sightings… GemQueen at The Mark with Bruce Willis and young honey, not Barbara Walters… Brasserie Ruhlmann Hoda Kotb…A-Man with Janis Joplin on his bday…PithyV stalking gourds at Fairway Market in Stamford…Joey3 wearing Hernandez jersey in Foxboro. Uh oh. Quelle folie.

GoneFishin’

Not really. Don’t fish, camp or hike. Off the grid for a few. Did anything happen? Tiger won a tournament as son Charlie cheered him on. Weiner hasn’t shut down his hot dog stand. Al Qaeda forced global embassy closings. Or, PR for NSA and drone policies? Amazon will now deliver your Washington Post. Red Sox snagged the Globe from Yankees’ hometown Times. Obama anglin’ for air time as Congress takes five week vacay, leaving empty nets.

Oh yeah. Finally entered the 21st century. Flipped my clamshell for an iPhone5. Back on the grid. Big time. Now just have to figure out how to use it. Siri?

ArrestedDevelopment

Never a show fan, its reprise seems apt. Everyone in government is infected with the disease. Including the White House. IRS chief, Lois Lerner, pleaded the 5th on our local law school commencement speech the day before. Whatta mess.

Weiner’s name a deal-breaker. If that’s your moniker, pick a different deviant behavior than package tweets. Can’t even say he played stick ball.  Jodi jury deadlocked. How are they going to seat a new one that hasn’t seen her on every television outlet? And, how do you say ‘fried chicken’ in Spanish, Sergio?

Good arrested development. Cancer patients’ survivor longevity and improvements in post-treatment care. Congrats to E. Gould on 5 years as patient editor of MSKCC’s award-winning Bridges newsletter.