G21 - The World's Magazine of News & Commentary
|11 - 18 SEPTEMBER, 2000 -- EVENT 232: LOCK & LOAD|
Election TV: No Joke!THOMAS HART
The Punditocracy was all up in arms when they learned that lots of Americans, especially young Americans, get most of their political news from The Daily Show (Comedy Central,) MTV, and late night talk shows. Don't surprise me none! After all, CBS's David Letterman told ole George Dubya --- when baiting him to appear on the show --- "The road to the White House runs through me."
And if you judge by the News-o-Meter on most late night talk shows, ya'll, the Biggest Story of the last couplah weeks was the Smirking Shrub calling that there New Yawk Times reporter a "... mayor league asshole."
Leno was a little more discreet than most late night folks and said that the Dubya used "...well, folks, a word that rhymes with blast hole." Then he went "He-heheh," like he always does. Jay Leno has got to be the one comedian who gets more fun out of his own jokes than his audience does.
Last Tuesday night, ole Dave Letterman used that word "ass(insert network 'bleep')" on his danged show about 18 times. It cracked the danged studio audience up. He didn't even have to mention the name George W. Bush for people to get the danged joke.... More
The Kohinoor Diamond & The Elgin MarblesKEVIN CAREY
Last month a team of archaeologists in Turkey, working against the deadline of a dam inundation, unearthed a spectacular 1st Century BCE stone tablet. They photographed it carefully in situ and then transported it to a local laboratory prior to depositing it in a Turkish museum. This is what the boring, worthy, politically correct --- but nonetheless admirable --- manuals of good practice advocate. In this small matter at least, we are making good progress.
During the same week an intermittent campaign was renewed to restore the Kohinoor Diamond to its 'rightful owners'. The Kohinoor, tourists will recall, resides in the Tower of London among the Crown Jewels of the House of Windsor. It was acquired by the British in 1849 after the Second Sikh War. Here the manuals of good practice have little useful advice.
The Diamond, possession of generations of Moghuls, had a brief sojourn in Persia and was finally acquired by the Sikhs. To complicate matters, the battle after which it entered British hands took place on territory now claimed by Pakistan, so we have three irreconcilable claimants. No matter what the laws of booty and restoration, the Diamond is best kept where it is, for the time being at least. Its return to any of the three claimants would only exacerbate an already inflamed mandala of contention. More
The Thespian-in-ChiefSTEVE VIVIAN
|CARTOONS BY GASPIRTZ: Award-winning cartoonist at his best. OLIVER GASPIRTZ.
MY GLASS HOUSE: No matter how good a juggler you think you are, sometimes it seems like you might have too many balls in the air. That's how Yours Unruly feels this week. Like I have TOO MUCH going on. Projects launching at my Day Job at Andover.net, now called OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPERS NETWORK (osdn.com,) The World's Magazine's collaborative project with the MediaChannel.org on international conflicts, assessing the value of bringing two new sites under the G21 umbrella, getting my glasses adjusted, wondering when I'll finally do the X-rays and tests my new physician keeps haranguing me about, the next phase of The Writer's career which is prodding me to let itself emerge. SHEESH!
I'm getting too old for this crap. (Don't laugh!)
AND the Holy Days are looming once again. Do you think it was a coincidence we ran that Holiday Shopping Poll last week? Man-oh-man, I'm am so not ready for the holidays!
And I --- maybe under pressure --- find myself making more re-write requests and rejection notices these days. I'm starting to focus on the Next Version of the World's Magazine and what I want out of it. THIS WEEK we're supposed to have the Flash Project completed --- three weeks behind schedule... ROD AMIS "Kvetch Sessions" -More
RECOMMENDED DAILY REQUIREMENT: A couple week's back, Thomas Hart's piece, "The Police" ran as an RDR, and expressed two ideas which, sadly to me, seem to be the opinion held by many people:
I realize Mr. Hart's articles are largely satirical, so I'm not "on" him for mentioning this common opinion or perception. I just have a problem with the the absolute of "NO" being applied to these occupations. For the benefit of non-American readers, it should be noted that Mr. Hart lives in the only state, of the gun-crazed United States, where it is legal for an ordinary citizen to carry a loaded, holstered firearm in an open, public place. More
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