Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wow, I finally get to guest-post the show and have the actual titular host! The show was broadcast from St. Petersburg, Florida, site of tomorrow's YouTube debate for the Republicans.
I'm not one to start off with (or even mention, actually) the sartorial selections, but... Don't get me wrong, usually I admire Anderson's suits, but I have to admit, the one he wore tonight is never a favorite. The close pinstriping makes my TV screen vibrate, and that ain't pretty. Add that to the crazy-busy background they use for the debates, and I was reaching for the Dramamine!
The first story was, of course, about the candidates. John King did a quick video rundown of them (it still amazes me to hear Guiliani referred to as a moderate) and then he and Gloria Borger joined Anderson on stage for a little discussion.
Now that pinstripe, I like! It stays where it belongs and... Oh, sorry. Talkin' about the clothes again. *ahem* Although, do you think John forgot to pack a tie? Not that I'm complaining, mind you; I happen to like the casual look on him, it's just... Okay, okay, back to the substance.
Next up, the Mideast Peace Summit at Annapolis. I think it's wonderful that Condi finally realized that Bush's legacy will also be HER legacy, but it really is about seven years too late to jump on this particular horse and expect a substantive resolution in *checking watch* 13 months. Especially since Bush has exactly zero credibility in the Middle East, so anything that comes out of this effort will be viewed with even more suspicion than most. There may be a couple of things that Bush hasn't yet done that could make him -- and us -- more reviled in that part of the world (bombing Iran comes to mind) but he hasn't exactly painted us as benevolent keepers of peace and promoters of democracy.
My point, and I do have one (thank you, Ellen!), is that I think David Gergen inhaled when he said we should give Bush credit for this. I was glad Anderson called him on it.
360 Bulletin: the story of the British schoolteacher in Sudan who may be given 40 lashes for allowing her students to name the class teddy bear Mohammed is just mind-boggling. I mean, I admit that if I heard a bunch of kids asking to name their teddy Jesus or Israel or Buddha, I probably would try to talk them out of it. But lots of boys are given the name Mohammed, maybe they were naming the bear after someone else? I don't know, but this certainly seems crazy. I hope they either drop the charges or end up just expelling her from the country.
And from that to the light-hearted WWTT segment. The beauty queen lied?! Gasp! Oh no! Seriously, even yesterday when we thought it was legit, everyone looked at those pics and said, she had hives? That face is swollen?
John Zarella did the update on the Sean Taylor story. My initial reaction to the "random or targeted" question was, who burglarizes a house they think is empty, discovers someone actually is home, and then kicks down a door to get to them? I'm no criminal genius, but I would think they would run out of there as fast as possible. It just feels like they were after this guy, for whatever reason. Such a shame. Thank God his girlfriend and baby were not killed.
Not exactly sure when we got a "Crime and Punishment" segment added to the show (prior to last night) but tonight's segment is another one to make you grind your teeth. This is one of those stories that you just know will be turned into a "ripped from the headlines" TV episode soon... Well, once the writers' strike settles, anyway.
Iceland the best place to live? Glad Anderson doubts that as much as I do. (No offense to any Icelanders who may be reading this!) And I thought the teddy bear toss was absolutely charming... just as long as none of them were named Mohammed.
There is an amazing commercial that runs locally here. First time I saw it, I puzzled all the way through as to what they were selling. See if you can figure it out:
And finally... well, there must have been some cosmic alignment happening this week back in 2005, because not only was ATA started then, but I first saw Michael Ware two years ago tomorrow on 360. Well, heard, actually, since it was an interview done by phone; but his startling honesty at a time when so much of the media was still reporting that things were hunky-dory in Iraq just left me speechless. I'm uploading a few changes to the site tonight -- some just cosmetic, others structural -- but thought I'd leave you with the Very First Clip:
Have a great night, enjoy the debate, see you Friday!