Exhilaration –a brief reflection (Thanks to Jon Stewart and his good-humored but relentlessly cutting sendup of FOX News’s ongoing use of ‘talking points’ as demonstrated on this evening’s Dail Show (2.28.2012) [This is Part One of two parts.]

February 29th, 2012 Comments Off on Exhilaration –a brief reflection (Thanks to Jon Stewart and his good-humored but relentlessly cutting sendup of FOX News’s ongoing use of ‘talking points’ as demonstrated on this evening’s Dail Show (2.28.2012) [This is Part One of two parts.]

Tonight’s Daily Show showed off the great powers of satirist Jon Stewart. Clearly he is one who follows not just the news but the extraordinary partisanship with which it is almost always presented.

Trying to follow “the news” on ANY channel, but especially on Fox News, in this political season of Exalted Polarization can be deeply dissatisfying –even depressing when one thinks of the pathetic level of ‘reality’ that the public, with its generally restricted sources, is being offered. Those of us who do it rather more than probably is good for our mental health have long felt the presence of the hidden subtext of Talking Points that are circulated.

As an example, Fox has recently begun using the phrase “soaring gas prices”: one hears it seemingly –and relentlessly– everywhere. All Fox announcers are trained to attach a “This is Obama’s fault” subtext to this.

Tonight Jon Stewart demonstrated in a matter of 2 or 3 minutes this relentless repetition. Stewart is a master of the meter and cadence required for truly effective satire, and Fox was not spared. And he has a fine grasp of The Light Touch.

Added to this was the fact that one of the Fox announcers –Steve Doosey (sp?)– went too far and actually referred to the existence of said Talking points, which the announcers are NOT supposed to reveal (–I assume, to maintain a last vestige of supposed spontaneity.)
His colleague, Gretchen C. , did a double take at Steve’s breaking of the Rupertian-Rogerian First Law of Talking Points, to wit, Thou shalt never even ADMIT to the existence of Talking Points. Her transfixed ‘stuck pig’ expression when she heard Steve’s “for all the world, utterly casual” mention of “Rising Gas Prices”, was a priceless detail for Stewart to have caught, and then presented to us –and REPEAT it, and then HIGHLIGHT it.

Jon Stewart’s sharp intelligence, matched with the extraordinary technology of Modern Vide-ology (Is that a word? It is now! ) is a formidable tool in this Year of the Votecatcher.

[TIP to FOX: Hey, Fox, you’re always griping at the ‘mainstream media’ –of which you of course are a primary member– partisan ship. Why not give Satire and Humor –oh, and The Light Touch– a go?
Of course, when I think of my Radio Boys Rush-Sean-Mark with their daily high-pitched 9-hour Anti-Obama bombast –together with their shameless insults– LIGHT TOUCH is not what one thinks of with this humorless gang of sneerers.

There is no humor in the hapless sneer (–nor can there ever be.)

[I will make a couple of points on the subject of Exhilaration in the next posting, which follows immediately.]

The Republicans and The Conservatives: all dedicated angry, victimized, blamers of President Obama. The latest effort –the C-PAC convention over the weekend was the latest –and shrillest– demonstration of this syndrome. (Everybody has yet to discover that their own best interests are not served with partisan divides, but with people-power –99% power.

February 13th, 2012 Comments Off on The Republicans and The Conservatives: all dedicated angry, victimized, blamers of President Obama. The latest effort –the C-PAC convention over the weekend was the latest –and shrillest– demonstration of this syndrome. (Everybody has yet to discover that their own best interests are not served with partisan divides, but with people-power –99% power.

Conservatives blame Republicans.
Republicans blame Conservatives.

CSpan televised the whole depressing C-PAC show. One panel of five young ‘tea-partiers’ hurled a high-school level of nyah-nyah-nyah invective at Occupy Wall Street –which has been extraordinarily effective (I have in the past quoted the OWS examples of getting people –650,000 of them– to move their accounts, worth $4.5 billion, from large banks to credit unions; and scaring The Bank of America and Verizon, among others, into not raising their fees.)

Yes, we are entering a new world, where the voice of the people will not be silenced.

Sad to think that so many tea-partiers could so easily discover their kinship with OWS, if they could get over that right/left divide.

Fixing the future is not a partisan issue.
It is a people issue.
A 99% issue.

Chris Christie: Savior of The Nation? Or just Governor of New Jersey?

February 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Chris Christie: Savior of The Nation? Or just Governor of New Jersey?

[NOTE: I drafted this short piece about NJ Governor Chris Christie a short while ago. Now I will only note here –as I publish it– that Christie, who attacks President Obama for his alleged “destruction of the nation….and his toxic effects on it” is a member of that small elite group of A-Team Republican (definitely several cuts above the Romney-Gingrich-Santorum-Paul lot) who frequently insult and degrade President Obama, BUT –who all have refused to step in and “save the country that they love above all other things”.

Christie-Mitch Daniels-Jeb Bush etc etc. Put up or shut up time has gone by, and you have refused to come forward.]

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[Here now, my earlier draft:

A word of advice to New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie:

You are Obama’s angriest, harshest, most derisive critic.
Obama, you say, is destroying the nation!

… Many Republicans in despair turned to you,
Default Saviour of the Nation. They implored, they beseeched you to run.

But you TURNED DOWN the chance to save us all!
Why? More important things to do? Not the best time for you right now? Spend more time with the family (–around that Christie table!)

(Or –perhaps– afraid you wouldn’t win?)

You reveal your true self in your actions –and inactions.

My advice, Mr. Christie:
Put a sock in it. And a few more notches in that belt.

[Oh, and, by the way –well done in New Jersey.]