Saturday, December 31, 2005


Well the girls are all gathered around the television waiting for their favorite newsman, Anderson Cooper, to host CNN's New Year's celebration from Times Square in NYC. May you have a safe and healthy New Year and enjoy tonight's party.

Anderson Cooper 2006 calendar:

Friday, December 30, 2005

Another Great Night of 360

Another wonderful show. Maybe it's because Anderson has had some time off or because he's only doing one hour, who knows, but the last two shows are beginning to remind me of the good old days. There were several hard hitting news stories that were both well written and presented. Sanjay's piece on Pakistan was so heartbreaking. Pakistan is a beautiful country with gentle people and Sanjay brought that across beautifully. And Anderson's New Orleans piece about 2 men finding their mother, after 4 months of government inaction, was incredible. How can the greatest nation in the world abandon their own people?
Add to that some cute banter with Erika, a little self deprecating humor and a recap of the year's best internet music videos and it was an enjoyable evening. Here's the link to the website for some of the videos. Huma huma is on there and many more that didn't make 360.
Oh yea, and it was haircut day for Anderson. As usual a little tight on the sides. Got to love him!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

2006 Anderson Cooper Calendar

Well he's back and better than ever! Even with just an hour live last night I'm still smiling this morning. We were treated to most of the regulars Erica, Chad, Sanjay and Gary. Anderson must have realized how long the Anderdraught has been for us, his loyal followers. Besides some excellent news we also got some information on the lineup for New Year's Eve. We'll be treated to John Mayer, Bare Naked Ladies, Brooks and Dunn, James Brown and Harry Connick, Jr.
BTW the screen cap is courtesy of still life over at Anderloads. I need to be better about giving credit. Apologies all around to those who give us the Anderbeauty and don't get any praise. You know who you are and how much we love you.

I've had some time to get creative over the holiday break and so I have a little gift for all of you. I've uploaded an Anderson 2006 calendar. The file is 34 MB so it will take a while to download but IMHO it is worth it. Hope you enjoy and have a Happy New Year.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Where in the world is Anderson Cooper?

It's looks like we may not get our Anderson back until Saturday. Without inspiration how's a girl supposed to write? So, until it's time for our man to return to the small screen (or large, if Santa was good to you) I'll leave you with some Anderbeauty. Hope your Christmas was more than you dreamed of and the New Year brings peace.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Christmas Poem by Phebe

with acknowledgment to Clement Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the loft,
not a creature was stirring, 'twas all quiet and soft.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Anderfans were nestled at home, in their beds,
while visions of Anderson danced in their heads.
And Andy in his PJ's with Molly on his lap
had just settled in for a long winter's nap.

When outside the loft there arose such a clatter,
Andy sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Thinking a news story was about to be broken,
He knew what to do, no words need be spoken.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave just enough light to broadcast a show,
he'd need a film crew, there must be a way,
But wait, what was that, a miniature sleigh?

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
Andy thought for a moment it must be St. Nick.
But he knew he was wrong the closer they came,
Who was that whistling and shouting out names?
"Now Miles! Now Larry! Now, Erika you vixen!
On, Rob! On, Chad! On Sonjay, Wolf Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
Anderson knew what to do from watching the sky
so up to his penthouse the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and oh my God, Aaron Brown, too!

And then, in a twinkling, Andy heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As he drew in his head and was turning around,
down the chimney Aaron came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of resumes he had flung on his back,
and he looked like an unemployed newscaster just opening his sack.

His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
Aaron asked if newspaper headlines were still being read ,
AC said no, that and Nth degree are gone, buried, dead.
The bump music has changed, as have the sets,
Aaron smiled and said "All is good, I've no regrets".

My golf game is aces since I've been put on the shelf,
and Andy laughed when Aaron said that, in spite of himself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Let Anderson know he had nothing to dread.

Aaron said with a sigh "I'm still out of work,
but don't you feel bad, it's Klein that's a jerk."
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

Sunday, December 18, 2005

The 12 Days of Keeping Them Honest

All Things Anderson was begun because of a deeply felt admiration and respect for CNN reporter Anderson Cooper. Some Anderfans discovered AC during his coverage of hurricane Katrina, others many years earlier. Irregardless of when you became a fan, the common denominator between us is valuing news coverage that is honest, factual and as balanced as possible. In this spirit, a campaign has been created to support a cause we became aware of through CNN's continuing New Orleans coverage. This campaign is not asking for your money but your support for the victims of hurricane Katrina through action. Please take a minute to log onto the website, discover ways you can get involved and help in this effort to make a difference.
Thank you.
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Saturday, December 17, 2005

November 3, 2002 The Nth degree

This Nth degree was broadcast the night after the Presidential election.

Tonight taking fatigue to the Nth Degree. So are you punchy? We're punchy, everybody we know is punchy. Very little sleep. Strange dreams. I feel as if I spent the night standing up in front of weird wallpaper that kept changing trying to make sense of a lot numbers. Something about electing a president. I heard disembodied voices in my ears every few minutes and Wolf Blitzer kept appearing before my eyes without any warning at all. Yours too? Scary. Remember seeing people up against plate glass, a lot of people at first, politically enthusiastic seeming people, and then fewer and fewer the later it got. And not so much politically enthusiastic as just people hanging out way too late banging on a window. What does that mean, do you suppose? And something must have gone really wrong with the telephones because everybody kept saying too close to call, too close to call. Maybe only long distance was working and you couldn't get through to the guy right next to you. So too close to call. You stay awake through the whole thing? I believe I recall Wolf shutting the lights saying out of air or off the air or need some air, I don't know, something like that. And then it was morning. Of course none of that actually happened, but, boy, I could have sworn. Thanks for watching 360. I'm Anderson Cooper.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Our future journalists....

As a tribute to my favorite journalist I thought I'd post some analogies and metaphors found in high school students essays. We should be very worried about the future of journalism. But first a picture!

Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.

She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM.

From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.

The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

Her eyes were like limpid pools, only they had forgotten to put in any pH cleanser.

She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.

It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it.

And finally my personal favorite:

The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

Tonight we had the trifecta!

Anderson covered the post election process and gave us some insight into how our troops cope with life in Iraq. Although AC did look a little less tired some Anderfans have been saying they are sure he has a cold. I don't know about that, but I do know that he mentioned that they were having a dust storm. That can play havoc with the sinuses.
I tried to post a cap of Rob from the ice/snow report tonight but I couldn't figure out how to turn a bmp into a jpg so you're stuck looking at his headshot from the CNN site. Rob looked so cute in his knit stocking cap tonight. Sorry if you missed it.
And the highlight of my evening (besides you know who) was Michael Ware. Between the accent, the dimples and those eyes he's almost as scrumptious as AC. Talk about a trifecta, both these men have brains, talent and compassion. What more can a girl want in a newsman? When Ware reports Anderson really listens and so do I. You just get the feeling that he really knows what he's talking about. AC mistakenly said several times tonight that Michael works for CNN, and then corrected himself and called it wishful thinking.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

This from today's Jossip. I don't agree with what it says but it was a good excuse to post somemore Anderbeauty.

Wed / 14 Dec 2005
Anderson Cooper leaves no opportunity to dramatically stare behind


It's so pleasant to see Anderson Cooper has gone from the note-taking, puffy-jacketed journo we knew him as just last week to a more serious "here is where the heartland is" image in just a matter of days. Who ever did the media buy on this campaign deserves an under-the-anchor-desk blowjob.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Just because......

Just because I'm having a shitty day I thought I'd cheer myself up with Anderbeauty.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Been there, done that!

I just came across this reporters notes article by Anderson posted today on the CNN website.

Anderson's article brought back memories of a similar experience I had in the Philippines when they were under Marshal Law. My flight arrived very late at night and my husband and I had to pay an exorbitant amount to get a cab to take us to the hotel. Halfway there we were stopped by men in military uniforms, we weren't sure if they were legit or not, but they did have a lot of firepower with them. They told us we needed to surrender out passports so they could verify them and supposedly they would be returned to us in the morning. The one thing you learn when you're traveling in unstable countries is never be separated from your passport, it's the only thing that can get you the hell out of there if necessary. I will never forget my husband arguing with them and giving them what was left of our money so we could proceed. One of the most frightening experiences of my life. Anyway sometimes I miss my exciting former life so I'll live vicariously through Anderson. Here's his full article.

'I had my first gun pointed at me today'
By Anderson CooperCNN

Monday, December 12, 2005 Posted: 2151 GMT

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- We arrived in Baghdad this morning. Caught the first flight in from Amman, Jordan. It's a Royal Jordanian flight, but the crew is South African, because contractors are the only ones willing to take the risk.
At the airport, there are long lines of people waiting for visas. Reporters and Iraqis, former military guys now working for Halliburton, shaved heads, duffel bags, drawn by the lure of money. War is hell, but it's also an opportunity.
The first thing you do when you step out of the airport is slap on a bulletproof vest. The road from the airport used to be considered one of the most dangerous in the world, but not anymore. The United States has tightened its grip, increased patrols in surrounding neighborhoods. The Iraqi National Guard has posted checkpoints on all the road's on-ramps.
The Iraqi police and military are all over the streets. They've started to shut the place down in advance of the elections. I'm surprised how many troops and cops they have on the ground. I don't know how good any of them are, but what they may lack in quality, they seem to be making up for in numbers.
I had my first gun pointed at me today. We were in a car, waiting for an Iraqi patrol to pass by. The Iraqi police ride around in these tricked-out pickup trucks with 50-caliber guns mounted in the back. It reminds me of Somalia and the technicals.
Anyway, you've got to feel for the Iraqi cops. They have no armor on their vehicles, and they are all crowded into the pickup, one on top of the other, totally exposed. It's no wonder they are kind of tense.
This guy pointed his machine gun straight at my car. He was telling us to stay back. We waited until they were about 50 yards ahead before we started on our way. No reason to take any chances.
I went over to Yarmouk Hospital, a place I've visited every time I've come to Baghdad. The place was crawling with Iraqi security forces. There had been an attack earlier, and a half dozen or so Iraqi troops were injured.
They took over the emergency room, made sure the doctors gave them their undivided attention. We weren't there to videotape them, but they freaked when they saw the camera. After about 10 minutes of shouting, we were all great friends.
We interviewed a young doctor about what has and hasn't changed. It was interesting. He asked my producer, who speaks Arabic, to only speak to him in English. Turns out he didn't want the Iraqi police stationed at the hospital to hear what he had to say.
He doesn't trust the cops who are there to protect him. He worries some of them are connected to the insurgents, and he's afraid they might rat him out.
Welcome to Iraq. The cops dress like insurgents, and the insurgents dress like cops. Nothing is easy. Nothing is what it seems.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

September 17, 2004 The Nth degree

Tonight, risk taking to "The Nth Degree." You know that phrase throwing caution to the winds. Well, the phrase suddenly makes a whole lot more sense to me, because that's exactly what my CNN and other TV colleague's and I did for about 24 hours, throwing caution to the winds. There we were, the lot of us, ignoring our own very good advice to everyone else to flee or take shelter. Talk about not having sense enough to come in out of the rain.See, trying to do the best live TV you can, and genuinely inform people about storm conditions, sometimes involves undertaking things that are, well, let's not say stupid, let's just say, the opposite of smart. But I did learn a lesson, up against a great wind, you might as well be candy wrappers. Even weeds are better equipped than we are to deal with hurricanes, they have roots, whereas we, on the other hand are just very lightly set down on the crust of the Earth, flat-footed and teetering, and easy to blow away. It's a miracle we mostly aren't.Standing out in a hurricane is a bad idea, but good for the humility. It makes you wonder why human beings spend so much time strutting their stuff the planet Earth as if we're such substantial creatures. Tell you what, we're not.

November 13, 2003 The Nth Degree

Tonight, taking sex tapes to the "Nth degree." Yesterday we told you about Paris Hilton, the 22-year-old hotel chain heiress. She and her family and her ex-boyfriend Rick Soloman and squadrons of lawyers are embroiled in a fight over a tape she made with Solomon having sex, giving sex, receiving sex, talking about sex and then having more sex. The tape has been duplicated faster than NBC cranks out "Law & Order" spin-offs. But, in a report disputed by Solomon's lawyer, "The New York Post" says there is a whole catalog of sex tapes. Now, the first one is readily available online. You probably know that. But isn't it only a matter of time until we can all get subscriptions to Paris Hilton's sex tape club. If you want to receive subsequent tapes, act now. You can continue to receive a brand new tape from the prestigious Paris Hilton/Rick Solomon sex library each and every month. If at any point you aren't completely satisfied, return it. Otherwise do nothing and you'll be billed later on in hell.

Friday, December 09, 2005

June 17, 2004 The Nth degree

Since Anderson is on his way to Baghdad I dug up some old Nth degree transcripts and I'll post them for the next few nights. God's speed Anderson.

Finally tonight, taking the word last to the "Nth Degree." Recently we reported on the death of Alberto Martin. Ms. Martin was supposed to be the last Civil War widow when she died at the age of 97. Now, we learn, there is yet another one still alive, 89-year-old, Mauri Cilia Hopkins family revealed her story after they heard news reports of Ms. Martin's death. Hopkins married confederate veteran William Cantrell back in 1934 when she was 19 years-old and he was 86.So far as we know, Ms. Hopkins is the last, but will the be the first to admit the word last in the case of Confederate widows should be used this way. Boy, those Confederate widows sure do last.


Anderson was on air for 3 hours or so tonight anchoring the coverage of the Midway plane accident. Since he was only on screen for a few seconds I missed seeing those baby blues so here are a few pictures of Anderson.

One of my favorites, from The Mole season 1

Taken December 2004 during AC's tsunami coverage in Thailand.

This picture is from Esquire February 2004

This was done by gizmotc21 at Live
Text is from Lord Byron's 'Don Juan'

Thursday, December 08, 2005


JLD119 at Live Journal posted this cap tonight and it pretty much sums up the show. Not too much to comment on, actually I sleep through most of it. The pinstripes, the purple tie and the uncut hair were the highlights of the show.
Next week Anderson's anchoring from Iraq which should keep me awake.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Anderson's going to the dogs.

My sweet puppy is enjoying Anderson's dog segments as much as I do. I tried to get her to smile for the camera but she was annoyed that I disrupted her Anderviewing.
In Tuesday's show the face transplant story was reexamined. It was mentioned that the women's own dog had mauled her face, prompting the surgery. Anderson then interviewed a dog expert about training and socializing your pet.
I was not pleased to hear that Anderson sent Sanjay to Jakarta, Indonesia. That place is hell on earth. Dr. G did do an interesting report on how the CDC is trying to keep a lid on the spread of bird flu. Seems almost an impossible task with the primitive conditions in Southeast Asia.
Also included in tonight's show was an interview with John Belushi's widow and Dan Ackroid. They've written a new biography on John that has to be better than "Wired", the Bob Woodward book written shortly after John's death. Gave me a great idea for a Christmas present for my husband.
Last thing for tonight is a congratulations to Anderson for being named 2005 Media Person of the Year.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Great start to a new week.

Well if you missed Monday night's show slap yourself upside the head right now! It was one of the better of the new, expanded 360s. We had Rob in a snow storm, Dr. Sanjay doing 2 segments and a live, very angry Michael Ware in Iraq. Only thing missing was the lovely Ms. Hill.
First things first, Anderson did not get a haircut over the weekend, as I predicted he would. He just loves to prove me wrong. He looked very GQ in pinstripes with a white shirt and a lavender tie. Hard to concentrate on the news with all that Anderbeauty going on. But I managed and here's my take on the night.
John King did the New Orleans update with AC tonight. It is clear that Kathleen Blanco is in so over her head, why beat a dead horse? She has neither the ability nor the resources to save her state and nothing short of replacing her (and we know that is not going to happen until the next election) is going to fix the problem. Since AC is so frustrated that she won't do anymore interviews with him, I've got an idea. Anderson should do what Leno used to do with Clinton. Show a pic of Blanco with a 360 staffer's mouth superimposed. AC could then ask questions till the cows come home and everyone would be happy (especially Blanco, since he'd get off her back). {Eww, really ugly visual just popped into my head}
Sanjay provided the medical expertise in two segments last night. First on the barbed thread facelifts. So interesting, so something I'd do when the time is right. Second segment was the face transplant lady. This was a bit of a stretch, Dr. G was worrying about the skin graft not taking based on discoloration as shown in a photograph from the front page of the newspaper?
Two wonderful segments on sexual orientation issues. First was a young lesbian who was outed to her parents by her school principal. She's suing and being represented by the ACLU. The second segment was about an intersexual who's being featured in an HBO show this week. Interesting stuff.
Lastly, we have the laughing dog piece done by Jeannie Moos. Jeannie's segments are always off beat and highly enjoyable. She seems a little underappreciated AC, show her some Anderlove. And of course Anderson revealed that Molly does indeed laugh. But of course, if I were his dog I'd be laughing too.
Anderword of the night "huggle". If only.......

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Where's the snark?

Where is the snark? A few years ago, ok probably more than a few, a fast food chain ran a campaign with a little old lady asking 'where's the beef'? Taking my cue from that, I'd like to print some picket signs, recruit some fellow Anderfans and march up and down the sidewalk in front of CNN asking 'where's the snark'? Snark is one of those intangibles that draws me to just about anyone. It is especially palatable when combined with news ie. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert (ok pseudo news) and Keith Olbermann. Newsmen are a dime a dozen but a newsman with brains, good looks and snark now that's what I'm looking for. Anderson had snark, he was oozing in it, but it appears to have disappeared along with Aaron Brown. Was it part of Aaron's severance package? There are some recent, rare Andersnark sightings, almost always in Miss Hill's presence. It must still be there, I need it to still be there. Please Anderson show us your snark.
On to more tangible issues. Last nights show was another delve into the weird, wacky world of Scientology. There was an interview with a sheriff who had visited the underground Scientology site and provided some firsthand information. Nothing earth shattering, but interesting. Then there was the segment on the face transplant. CNN said they couldn't show the women's face because of privacy issues. I switched over to my local news and there she was, stitches and all, looking really good. CNN scooped by an affiliate, how odd. In keeping them honest Anderson interviewed a lady who, thanks to CNN's intervention, finally received an insurance settlement for her NO property. Maybe Anderson and CNN should just solve one Katrina victim's problems every night, it might be faster than relying on our government.
In last night's show Anderson mentioned 3 different people or organizations that didn't respond to his requests for interviews. It's the same 3 that have been avoiding him as often as possible, Mayor Ray Nagin, Governor Kathleen Blanco and Scientology. I sense Anderson's new approach to establishing a dialog with uncooperative sources is to be tenacious in exposing them to his viewers. I'm not sure if this approach will force them to cooperate but it sure is fun to know who Anderson is pissed off at on any given night. He closed the show by wishing all a good weekend. Right back at you Mr. Cooper.

Friday, December 02, 2005

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The much anticipated Bill Clinton interview.

The more I anticipate something the more I am usually disappointed. This proved true again with last night's 360. First, the small plaid of Anderson's shirt made crazy color striations on my TV screen all night. He should know better then to wear small plaid, after all isn't TV what he does for a living? But the main reason I'm cranky is I fell asleep and missed most to the much anticipated interview with former President Clinton. I never fall asleep during 360 but I think the 1st hour has been slowed down or dummied up (damn those demographics) to the point that my sorry ADHD ass can't stay focused. The only thing that got me through the first 15 minutes was the bitch fight among the attorneys that AC refereed. By the way, he seemed entirely too interested in the attractive attorney who was in the studio with him. Smart and beautiful, guess that gets his juices flowing. Hummmm, maybe if I showed off my intelligence in a blog he'd notice.....oh yea, I've tried that. Anyway to get back to Mr. Clinton I did watch the interview on tape later and I found it fairly disappointing (do you see a pattern here?). The former President really seems to be in lock step with George W. on how we should exit Iraq. No highly hoped for pot shots here, probably because he knows how it feels to be a President that's being kicked when he's down. One last very random observation, Mr. Clinton's upper lip area didn't move when he talked, sort of looked like he's been shot up with Botox. Say it isn't so , Bill. Still he's one fine look'in man.

Separated at birth?

Thursday, December 01, 2005


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Best Exit Strategy Ever

I'm not leading with Anderson today, probably the only time that is going to happen. My other favorite news source, Keith Olbermann, had the best show ever last night. Besides Bill O'Reilly being named last night's worst person in the world, Keith's show also had one of the best exit strategy lines in history. Howard Fineman, MSNBC's Iraq expert, said that George W. will never cut and run but he might trim and tiptoe. TRIM AND TIPTOE! Brilliant!
Last night was not even close to the best of the newly expanded 360. Lots of rewarmed interviews and Tom Cruise, Scientology stuff (I'm so over Tom Cruise). But the thing that made my night and gave me hope for a better tomorrow is that the powers in charge have finally listened to our cries for better music. We heard some Radioheads in the background along with other new and highly enjoyable music. At one point AC said Jeffrey Tubin would be playing bass and Erika should get out her tambourine. He does listen. Now I've got my fingers crossed that he will do the interview I requested with Robert Dreyfuss author of "Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam" . Fascinating subject and perfect for those deep thinkers who watch 360.
I'm really looking forward to tonight's show with Bill Clinton. Can I listen to what those two are saying or will my mind focus on all their gorgeous grayness?