Friday, 03.21.08 Posted by: Mebz
Greetings from a flooded Missouri. (Send Boat!) Happy Good Friday and early Easter to everyone!
Usually, I’m a purest. Particularly with my Peeps, the yellow have been good enough for years. But I recently had the new green variety, and I must say they are tasty. Anyone else have opinions on the expanding color palette of Peeps? Good? Horribly wrong? Or am I the only one who cares about these things?
Okay, moving on… Millie put the pressure on me to do a good job today and then proceeded to steal the subject I was going to cover i.e. John in Jerusalem. So I went hunting through the archives and found a few things to share with you today.
I found CNN’s Election Night Blog from 2004 and it’s amazing how primitive it looks compared to today’s CNN blogs. John has a few posts on it, however the one I really wanted to share with you is from Karl Penhaul (IMO, one of CNN’s best, yet under-utilized reporters.) In light of the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war you have to ask yourself, besides the names, how much has changed?From Karl Penhaul, Video Correspondent for CNN, reporting near Fallujah, Iraq
“One Marine, just about old enough to vote for the first time, shook his head and said to me: “Out here this is politics of the rawest kind.” He was a grunt, not an officer. He didn’t mean Republican-Democratic party politics or even Bush-Kerry personality politics. Clausewitz (“war is an extension of politics”) or Chairman Mao (“political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”) have written about the kind of politics this Marine was talking about. He didn’t know those names maybe; he certainly hadn’t read the textbook theory. He just sensed it, a world away from the fancy gloss-wrapped, shrink-wrapped vacuum-packed TV debates, party spin doctors and expert opinion polls. This marine, when he’s ordered, will simply go out and do politics of the rawest kind … kicking in doors, blasting away with an M-16 assault rifle. The outcome on the extreme edge of his political frontline isn’t about Bush or Kerry. There’s no vote and no recount, just life or death.”
If you didn’t see AC360’s Shock and Awe special last night, you missed a very fine hour of television.
Moving on. John tidbits:
Ever wondered what a Canadian thinks of our Election coverage? National Post‘s Jian Ghomeshi likes John’s electronic thingy: “Whiz-kid King stands at a massive computer map — stretching and seducing it, taming and testing it..” Thanks for taking me down THAT road, Jian.
And from the JOPLIN GLOBE (Joplin, Mo.- Which is on the OTHER side of the state from me.) By Mike Pound: “That Wolf guy and some guy with good hair named John King stood in front of a large computer screen and talked. While they talked, John King played with a map of the United States on the large computer screen. I’m not sure exactly what John was doing with map on the large computer screen but apparently it had something to do with the election. Wolf, though, was so impressed with what John was doing with the map on the large computer screen that he told the viewers that they could go to the CNN Web site and be “just like John King for the night.”
Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video
Wow, that really was irrelevant.
Weekend Discussion Question: Favorite Holiday for candy? Easter? Christmas? Valentine’s Day? Discuss!