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A slightly inebriated critique of the 3rd Presidential Debate.

Thursday October 16, 2008 Posted by: Mebz

Happy Almost Weekend Everyone!  How’s it going?  My week has SUCKED!  Busy and stressful.  But at least I’m not running for President.  (Although I should.  I would make a wonderful Commander and Chief.  And John King would TOTALLY be my Press Secretary)  Anyway, I’m off tomorrow, I have broken out my flannel pajamas, Kenny Loggins is playing and am half-way through a bottle of white wine.  Things are looking up.  (Of course, if I finish this bottle everything will be looking up, because I will be on the floor…  Hey AC, you still have cardboard Anderson around somewhere?  This is turning into a party.)

The alcohol is responsible for all things following.

It’s nice to know that CNN takes to heart all of the well-intentioned advice that I give free of charge on this blog. (Sarcasm) Example, the notion that perhaps they should use both sides of the table.  Exhibit #1:


They have so many people on that set that they ran out of chairs!  Let poor Roland Martin sit down!

Dana and John’s heads make a nice frame for Andy, don’t you think?

Mebz’s favorite quote of the evening:  Anderson Cooper: “How does the race change now for John McCain?”  David Gergen: “Beats the hell out of me.”  Probably the most honest answer of the evening.  The Gerg, rocks.

Proof that JK was in Missouri this week:


I’m playing with WordPress’ new poll option:


The bottle is two drops short of bone dry.  And I’m tipsy… who am I lying, I’m drunk.  Any mistakes in spelling and/or grammar is due solely to this fine Australian wine.  Maybe I’ll proof read this when I’m sober.  No promises.  Later, all.




Filed under Election 2008, Election Debates

Just Another Manic Monday…

Tuesday, 04.01.08 Posted By Millie

Update: John is hosting TSR again this afternoon.

John made a couple of appearances Monday on his regular tour of duty: first, he guest-hosted The Situation Room.


He began the show with the news about a new economic overhaul proposal, the largest of its kind since The Great Depression. THE GREAT DEPRESSION!!! OMG! That in itself should tell you how dire things are really getting. I’m not an economist, and much of it just goes over my head, but at least those in charge are realizing that something needs to be done to fix our current economic woes.

I just saw a report this morning on CNN about how independent truckers are really being hit hard, with diesel now averaging over $4.00 a gallon! Jiminy Cricket! Rusty Dornin interviewed some truckers who pay over $1,000 just to fill up their tanks. No wonder some of them are going on strike…

Here are a few more video caps of John hosting TSR Monday afternoon:




I’ve mentioned this before, but it is worth repeating. Candy Crowley is looking very good! Especially in the above picture. Kudos to her for the weight loss and sharp-looking appearance!

Next, John was a commentator on AC360 later Monday evening, along with David Gergen, for more political analysis about the elections.



I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m all politically tuckered out when it comes to watching CNN’s coverage of the election lately. Sorry CNN folks, even though I think you guys are doing a fantastic job as always, I seem to lately tune out the political talk and analysis because at the moment nothing really is changing from day to day. I hate to admit it, but “I’m just not that into it”.

April 22nd seems like a LONG way off!!! Hopefully after that Primary date, things will be more clear as to the outcome of the Democratic contest… and then watching CNN election coverage will become interesting again!

And of course, as ya’ll know, I always try to plug my hometown of El Paso whenever I get the change (lol), so here’s an article from The El Paso Times titled, “Obama Camp Investigates El Paso Convention” Seriously folks, when will all this madness end??

In closing, here is a music accompaniment to the title of today’s blog, sung by none other than The Chipmunks! Enjoy your Tuesday everyone and take care!


Filed under Current Events, Election 2008, Guest Hosting

More On Benazir Bhutto’s Death

Friday, 12.28.07

(Note: Sorry that I have no visuals for you today, my photo software and uploading systems have been acting goofy today.)

Of course the main news of the day yesterday and much of today has been the Bhutto assassination. I read somewhere that, to the citizens of Pakistan, her death is equally as tragic as the Kennedy assassination was to the United States.

Today, new information has come out that she was not likely killed by a bullet or shrapnel, as first had been reported, but rather from after-effects of the bomb itself going off. Regardless, she lost her life and her country is left in shock and mourning.

Last night AC360 was more of a “hybrid” hosting situation. As Mebz pointed out, it was AC250 & JK110. Lol! John and Anderson took turns leading the program, with Anderson starting out by providing the headlines and John later picking up during the 360 bulletin as well as moderating a guest panel with Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations President) and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen.

There have been mixed opinions about having all the Presidential candidates immediately comment upon the situation but I for one am of the opinion that it is a good thing. We need to know how the candidates feel, how they react, what they say and what decisions they will make.

These are the kinds of world events our next President will have to deal with, and to make an informed voting situation in November, we need to know how they will handle the international events effecting on our country and other countries around the world. (*ahem* I’ll reserve commenting on who I personally thought addressed this situation the best and the worst yesterday.)

On to something more light-hearted…

Has everyone made their New Year’s Even plans yet? Guess what?? I have to work! Until midnight!! Whoo-hooo! Happy New Year to me!

What are everyone else’s plans? Feel free to share what you’ll be doing at the stroke of midnight next week on New Year’s Eve…

Thanks for visiting johnthenewsking today and see you soon.


Filed under Current Events, Holidays

Breaking News And A 360 Review

Thursday, 12.27.07

I woke up this morning and as is my usual routine, I turned on my ‘puter to check out what is going on over at cnn.com. Imagine my sadness when I realized that breaking news was splashed all over the webpage about Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the subsequent crisis situation brewing in Pakistan.


I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert in international policies and politics, but I know enough to realize how much of an impact this is going to have in the face of current mid-east turmoils and upcoming elections in Pakistan.

Anderson Cooper’s 360 web page does mention this story will be covered tonight. Will John be providing the coverage for 360 or will Anderson? Don’t know that yet but we shall of course find out soon. However, ATA mentions that Anderson is cutting his vacation short to come back to work in light of today’s developments.

John blogged this morning about learning today’s news while he was getting ready to report on election politics for American Morning. He also blogged about how tight security is in Pakistan, specifically recalling a time when he traveled to the country in March of 2000 with President Clinton.

Like most everyone, I’ll be staying tuned to CNN throughout the day for updates and analysis on today’s tragic turn of events.

Last night, John hosted AC360 from New York. It had been a while since he subbed for Anderson, as he has been on the road for an extended period of time this month. But it was great to see him back in the studio after all those weeks in the freezing snow.


The program started out with the horrible Christmas tragedy at the San Francisco Zoo. A tiger escaped his habitat, killing a zoo patron and injuring several other bystanders. A good chunk of the program was devoted to covering this story.


As John said, “Who would ever imagine such a thing?” He spoke with the communications director of the Miami Metro zoo, Ron McGill, about this tragedy.


McGill stated that at this point, there is still so much speculation and here-say about what actually happened, as well as what caused all this to happen, so we should wait for all the facts to come out before drawing any definite conclusions about the safety of the exhibit as well as the safety of other similar exhibits around the country.

Next up was the first of two 360 bulletins with Erica. She discussed her upcoming New Year’s Eve plans with Anderson Cooper in Times Square. John slid in this this tidbit: “Sounds like fun. I’m sneaking on a quick snowboarding break with Hannah and Noah King, but we will tune in.”


(Of course this isn’t them but I would imagine that’s what they are gonna look like having fun out in the snow!!)

Next up was a round table discussion with Dana Bash and Gloria Borger, who were both in Iowa, and with David Gergen who was in Boston. Topics discussed were Huckabee’s hunting practices and his “likability” over Mitt Romney, as well as more woes for Romney (his conservative credentials are apparently “under attack” by several leading conservative organizations.)

We had a quick Raw Politics with Bill Schneider (Should the time Hillary Clinton spent in the White House count?) and then a return back to Gloria and David for more analysis and commentary.

Next, John had this to say for a lead-in to a piece by Jeffrey Toobin about how caucuses operate: “By now you’ve probably heard the word ‘caucuses’ more times than Britney Spears had mocha frappuccinos”. He then quipped , “The caucuses might sound like much mumbo-jumbo to you, until now. Trust me and CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.”

Yup, we trust ya John, we trust ya Jeffrey!


For Toobin’s crash course on this Iowa political tradition, check out his “Caucus 101” report right here.

After a second 360 bulletin, the shot of the day was aired: a van crashed into a mini-mart in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The incident was caught on tape from four different camera angles. Here is one of them:


John signed off for the evening requesting viewer’s shot ideas. I’ve never sent in one myself but who knows? Maybe I will someday come across something CNN will deem interesting enough to air.

We’ll be checking in tonight to see if John will again be hosting 360, and of course at the same be watching out for new developments in the Bhutto assassination story.

Have a great Thursday, folks! One more day and then the weekend will be here!


Filed under Breaking News, Guest Hosting

Another Nor’easter, Another Debate…

Friday, 12.14.07

John reported yesterday night live from the set of AC360 in New York. As if the rough Iowa weather wasn’t enough for him! The storm that pounded the midwest has now traveled east…

I watched the news this morning and apparently there are concerns about another Nor’easter forming up and down the east coast… I am watching all of this from the comfort of my Houston home where it is dry as a bone and I am wearing a t-shirt, short pants and flip flops… ah, you gotta love this southern weather.

*Attempts best Scarlett O’Hara accent*

I simply don’t know how I could ever survive up north.

But -ahem- I digress…

Yesterday, the Democratic candidates debated in Iowa. Like the Republican debate earlier this week, it was the last chance for the candidates to present themselves to voters before the ever-important caucus coming up in just a few short weeks.


On AC360, Anderson Cooper described the debate as not a “slugfest” but a “lovefest”. Candy Crowley (who’s looking pretty good lately, I might add) said, “You have never seen six such agreeable people”.

Maybe the Democratic candidates – along with the Republicans – have figured out that the backlash from the negative debates in the past has caught up with them and now they want to do something about it! Whatever the reason, thankfully yesterday’s debate was a civilized affair.

John appeared on AC360 last night with his analysis of the debate.


He was back in the New York studio and sitting alongside Joe Klein. David Gergen joined them via video to complete the roundtable.



John said Hillary Clinton used to have advantages over her rivals when it came to the bigger issues, but now as the campaign is going on (and on…), voters are seeing that the differences are really not that big after all.



He says that philosophically, all the Democratic candidates are generally coming from the same mold. However, he says what voters really are looking for is someone new and different. While Hillary may not be new or different, candidates such as Obama and Huckabee are. They are the ones to watch because voters are “tired” and want change.

Personally, I’m not exactly tired yet of the campaign season. (Ask me oh, in half a year or so, and I might answer differently! lol!) Kidding aside, though, now is when things are going to get interesting, when we will be seeing how the candidate field on both sides will be narrowing down in the next few weeks and months…

Isn’t it around then when you can safely say, “They are dropping like flies”?

Ah, it’s Friday and I’m doin’ the TGIF dance! Have a great start to your weekend, everyone!!




Filed under Climate and Weather, Election 2008, Election Debates

A Three-Peat

Thursday, 11.22.07

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


I was planning on taking a break from posting today, but since John hosted 360 yesterday for the third night in a row, I decided the only thing a girl can do is blog about it! lol!

The program opened with some new developments in the Natalee Holloway case.


Authorities now have three suspects in custody – the same three individuals who were held previously in connection with Natalee’s disappearance: Joran VanDerSloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. Apparently there is “new evidence” in the case against the trio, but as Susan Candiotti reported, this evidence is not being revealed yet.

John spoke with VanDerSloot’s U.S. attorney about the developments. Joe Tacopina really didn’t reveal much other than that the “new evidence” is insignificant or irrelevant.


Next, John covered a subject he knows all-too-well: campaign-o-rama! He explained how Billy Gardner, New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, finalized his state’s primary date. Here is the master calender as it stands now:



This means John will likely be on the road for a long stretch in January! After reading what he blogged about on his travel experiences, I’m sure that he’s got the routine down pat and can do it in his sleep. After all he’s only going on his, let’s see, 6th election season now?

Next, David Gergen was a guest on the show to discuss former Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s new book and allegations that the Bush administration was not forthcoming to his Press Staff with information about the Valerie Plame identity-leaking case.



It was pretty disheartening to watch archive footage (from 2003) of Scott McClellan at the press podium saying the following about Scooter Libby and Karl Rove:

“They’re important members of our White House team, and that’s why I spoke with them, so that I could come back to you and say that they were not involved. I — I had no doubt with — of that in the beginning, but I like to check my information to make sure it’s accurate before I report back to you. And that’s exactly what I did. “

Yikes. If that leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I can only imagine that it probably makes journalists who cover the White House want to just cringe even worse. If his allegations are true, it sure does leave a big stinky cloud over the White House pressroom briefings.

On a non-stinky note, Anderfans were treated last night to a segment of Cooper’s Glenn Beck interview. Beck is promoting his new book “An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World’s Biggest Problems”. He sat down with Anderson for a discussion of the book’s topics, including, among other things, issues such as illegal immigration, corporate greed and the war on drugs. Here is a YouTube video of a portion of that interview in which Cooper asks Beck a series of both personal and political “Rapid Fire” questions:

For last night’s “What were they thinking?” segment, a video was aired in which a Venezuelan lawmaker angrily decks a journalist. Iris Varela barged onto a live TV set and slapped around a reporter who had done a story several years ago about the death of her infant son. She accused him of slandering her in the story – and knocking him around on live TV was her payback! You can watch the video here. (Click the video button to the right of the story.)

John added, “I’ve been cussed at by politicians. I’ve been glared at by politicians. I’ve never been slapped or thumped with a microphone. That’s all new — a whole new world for me.”

Chad Meyers was up next with another holiday travel update. This was his third appearance in a row on AC360 – something he normally does not get to do.

In the “Keeping Them Honest” segment, David Mattingely reported on Hospital mixups in medication dosing, which has received some attention in the news lately after Dennis Quaid’s newborn twins were given an overdose of the medicine Heparin, an anti-blood clot formula.


Quaid’s twins are thankfully recovering, but Mattingley goes on to report that there have been documented cases of death in situations were 1,000 times the dose were administered! The cause? Poor labeling of the concentration strength. This was an alarming story but it’s one that David Mattingley did a excellent job of reporting on.

On to Raw Politics…it was all pie and turkey!



Last but not least, The Shot of the day was truly comical last night. It started with John talking about the traditional blowing-up of Macy’s parade balloons.


Then, Erica piped in, “I’ll see your inflatable animals, and I will raise you some ‘Dramatic Animal Video.'”


The next image was of an 85-pound turkey (!!!) submitted by a viewer in Minnesota.


John’s reaction to the size of that bird was rather cute!


That’s all folks, for today. Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving Day with all its blessings and thanks for stopping by!


Filed under Current Events, Guest Hosting, Holidays

An Unexpected Encounter And Back-To-Back Guest Hosting

Wednesday, 11.21.07

(programming note: John is hosting AC360 again tonight!!)

I work in downtown Houston. This afternoon, while walking along the city sidewalk to run an errand at my bank, I passed by Shell Plaza and happened to notice a shiny, jet-black Lincoln Towncar parked in front of the building. A uniformed police officer was sitting behind the driver’s wheel. “Hmm”, I thought to myself, “Now, that’s odd.” Unless this was the new model for Houston police cars, I figured the officer must be waiting to pick up someone important. Sure enough, not 5 seconds after I had that thought, who should walk right past me but Former Secretary of State James Baker!!!

At first I had to do a double take… then it dawned on me it had to be him because he was walking towards the parked Towncar. Strange, though, he didn’t have any entourage with him – he was all by himself as he walked out of the Shell building.

I stammered, “Hello Secretary Baker” and he smiled and said hello. He then disappeared into his waiting car and it sped off… I stood there dumbfounded for about a minute or two afterward. It all happened so fast, I didn’t get a chance to tell him, “By the way, that was a nice interview you had with John King earlier this year.” lol.


On to last night’s AC360 review…

The program kicked off with yet another crime story: an American international student caught up in a murder mystery.


Amanda Knox, a college student from Seattle, was living in Italy in an apartment near Rome with another student, Meridith Kurcher. Knox had a secret dark side, as chronicled on her online blog. After involvements in sex and drug crimes, Meridith was found dead in their aparment, apparently after fighting off a rape assault from Amanda Knox’s Italian boyfriend.

It is interesting to see how the Italian media are responding to this scandal. Apparently it is a big story over there – the media is swarming all over it and they don’t appear to have any sympathy for this American student.

Chad Meyers and Ali Velchi were up next, discussing again travel delays and oil prices, respectively. John said that with these prices, he would walk back to Washington!

He then spoke with Larry King regarding last night’s LKL program about Donda West, Kanye West’s mother. The doctor who performed her plastic surgery, Jan Adams,was to be interviewed but he left the set, live on air – he agreed then disagreed to be on the show! Supposedly there were some last-minute legal developments which prompted him to make this bizarre departure.

This was a first for Larry King. “It was kinda weird” he said. Larry talked about people fighting on his show, and even a live fire on the set – but never a live walk-off. John told Larry he handled the live situation “cool as a cucumber”!

David Gergen and Hank Sheinkopf were guests for political analysis on the program.


Hillary And Barack are jabbing at each other over expereince in foregin policy. Does living overseas for a few years during his youth give Barack Obama foregin policy experience? Hillary thinks not. They are both neck and neck in Iowa.

John reported that in New Hampshire, new polls show “Senator Obama narrowing the gap among likely voters, with John Edwards gaining about an inch of ground since September. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, on the other hand, doubling his support in New Hampshire since then.”

Warren Jeff’s sentencing was next discussed with Gary Tuchman. Jeffs was sentenced to 5 years to life, with 7 years being the average for his type of crime. He will be serving out his time in a Utah state prison, but he’s expected to stay there for only a short time due to the fact that the state of Arizona is also planning on putting Jeffs on trial.

“Keeping Them Honest” focused on Dennis Hasterts’ early departure from congress. His retirement will cost the citizens of Illinois. The state will have to conduct a special election in order to have someone filling in the last few months of Hastert’s term, costing every county in his district over $1 million.

The program closed with RawPolitics and The Shot of the day:



The Shot came from Missouri – a deer on the road crosses over a deputy’s car and doesn’t even touch the hood. What an amazing feat of perfect timing!

I was planning to break from blogging tomorrow for Turkey Day, but since John is hosting tonight, I nonetheless want to post a re-cap of the show. I’ll just take a quick break from the food tomorrow and sneak in some time to write the review!

If you are traveling for the holidays, I hope you have a safe and wonderful trip! (Just watch out for flying deer, lol)

Enjoy your turkey and have a blessed holiday!



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