Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Up On The Roof

Tuesday's AC360 found Anderson Cooper back on the roof of the CNN building in Los Angeles. Most of you know that AC is in LA for an appearance on Wednesday's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Tuesday's program began with an update on the murders in Cheshire, CT and a discussion of parole. How disgusting that the perpetrators both had been convicted of at least 20 crimes each. And to have law enforcement be so lazy as to not present complete records to the parole board is unconscionable. I think if I was the father/husband who survived I'd consider a lawsuit against the State of Connecticut.

The report on government subsidies was not as fair and balanced as I would have hoped. Sure the rich should be ashamed of themselves for taking the money,but there are hundreds of farmers who wouldn't survive without the assistance. There was barely a mention of them. I couldn't help but wonder if AC would ever be invited back to do Letterman after exposing Dave's $8,000+ in subsidies.

I'll be skipping coverage of the next section of 360. I cannot bring myself to watch Dick Cheney or his boss. I guess I'm not very fair and balanced either, LOL. Next up was Mick (it's not easy being green) Ware. I joke, but I really worry about any journalist on an embed. MW said, "There is progress and that's indisputable". If the US would have taken the Sunni's up on their offer 4 years ago many lives could have been spared. It's a terrible way to win this war, but it now seems the only way. So our grand experiment of introducing democracy to Iraq is a grand failure since the only way to establish peace is now to ignore the government we put in power.
I love Gary Tuchman for keeping the polygamy story alive. It was also encouraging to see a polygamy story with a happier ending than most. Picture leaving you home and your family and going where you know no one. And then living among people who you've been told are evil and do evil? It's just hard to imagine how Kathy Jo and those like her gather the courage to follow this path. Soon the FDLS will probably move on and name a new profit. And the cycle will begin again.
I've been singing James Taylor's 'Up on the Roof' all day today, I wonder why?

When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space

On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below don't bother me

When I come home feeling tired and beat
I'll go up where the air is fresh and sweet
Far away from the hustling crowd
And all the rat-race noise down in the street

On the roof, that's the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so

At night the stars they put on a show for free
And, darling, you can share it all with me
Up on the rooof, up on the roof

I keep on telling you
That right smack dab in the middle of town
I found a paradise that's troubleproof
And if this old world starts a getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof...


ACAnderFan said...

I liked 360 last nite. It's always nice to see Andy up on the roof.

When I heard that the two guys in CT had been convicted previously of at least 20 crimes I was like why were they released??? I mean that's just wrong.

The whole subsidies thing...I'm wondering if anyone should be taking the money. I mean I know the rich shouldn't take it at all, but should anyone??? I mean you know going into it that farming might be hard esepcially if the weather dosen't do what it should.

Gary Tuchman's pice was so fascinating. Kathy Jo has alot of courage and I am glad that she was able to get out of the FLDS.

Phebe, when I saw the title of this post in my head immediateky began singing this song but not by James Taylor (I didn't even know he sang it) I had the one by The Drifters playing oin my head. I think I listen to the 60's Channel on my XM Radio too much...LOL!!!

FanGirl moment: How pretty did Andy look last ntie??? I loved the tie it looked very nice on him and made him look super handsome. And his looked realy really really nice last I wanto to reach through my TV an touch it...LOL!!!

Evelyn said...

Love the screencaps Phebe! I was so happy when I saw Anderson's tie, it might be my favorite one :)

I thought the subsidies story was one dimensional as well. Yes it's outrageous that some of these people are getting this money, but there a farmers that truly need it as well. My college roommate freshman year, who is now one of my best friends, comes from a small Iowa town and her family runs a farm and without those subsidies, they would go under.

I noticed that our Senator Grassley was on that list of rich people getting some subsidies as well. I realize that he more than likely doesn't need the money now, but he came from humble roots as a farmer and I think his son still maintains the farm today. One of Grassley's crowning achievements for his constituents is that he gives Iowa farmers a voice in Washington, and that's how he's been re-elected so many times. I guess that's my rationalization of his chunk of the's more deserved than say, Scottie Pippen's share.

I can't even imagine having to through what Kathy Jo went through, glad to see she came out stronger because of it though.

"Up On The Roof" is such a good song! I didn't even think of it haha Thanks for reminding me Phebes :)

Anonymous said...

"Up On The Roof" was originally recorded by The Drifters -- Taylor's version was a pale imitation.

Anonymous said...

I have never posted a comment on this blog but I read it everyday. Last night I was particularly interested to see how the segment on government subsidies was presented. Like you I wasn't pleased to see that they didn't mention how much the subsidies have helped millions of farmers who would have been facing bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc. I have worked for the USDA/FSA for 12 years and have issued many of those payments. Granted there are times when I wonder why so and so is applying for the benefits because "why would he need them?" But at the same time I know if I was entitled to those same benefits you can best bet your last dollar I would apply for them! But the many times when I know we have practically saved a farmer by issuing those checks those times when I have been mad about making someone "richer" have been outweighed by the good times of helping those who really need it. I really wish they would do a follow up report on this subject and take the time to really investigate the good many of the programs we offer have done.

Jennifer said...

I wouldn't want to have been in that girl's place living a life like that its your whole world even though you don't like it at least she had courage enough to leave even though she had to leave her family behind.
All polygamy is, is a cult!
I would have done the same thing as the girl did. At least her mother got out of the cult also. They should put all the men in the cult that keeps living that kind of life style in jail. that's is my opinion.

It is always very informative to see him on 360 . He is very smart guy and knowledgeable. I Hope he stays safe over their.

How does Tom Foreman keep coming up with such witty and informative things he is very good of what he does.

Anderson and Erica are so funny birth control for pigeons who would have thought. Anderson said he didn't see any pigeons they said because maybe it's already working LOL :)

Anderson sure did look nice tonight, WOW!!!!!

imagine said...


I have an extra ticket to see Anderson on the Tonight Show tonight. If you are in the LA area, and wish to go, please call me asap at 818 426 0726.

You'd need to be there between 1 & 2 to secure our place in line, seating starts at 3, the taping at 4.

I hope someone can use the ticket.

Anonymous said...

"Up on the Roof" was written by Carole King and her former husband Gerry Goffin. Just want to give credit. :)

Anonymous said...

Not to be mean spirited, but could we refrain from calling Anderson pretty? I'm not against the fangirl moments - not at all - I have them every day, but any word other than pretty to describe a 40 year old man would be better. Handsome, gorgeous, dignifed, even cute......but please not pretty!! Sorry....

Sapphire said...

@ Imagine - God why am I not in LA GRRRR.....Have alot of fun this afternoon, we will all be watching

m.minkoff said...

You know. I've wondered about Anderson's height myself. Supposedly 5'10" is about average for an American male, yet nearly every male he stands next to on tv seems to be taller than him. He definitely has a very slight build. I read that when he was in college he lost a lot of weight to compete in crew - sorry, don't know the correct terminology for the sport. He got down to about 125 lbs. (must have been emaciated), so I figure he must have started at about 145, 150. I guess that would be about right for a skinny guy who is 5'10".

imagine said...


I'll try my best to get in. Even with a ticket, you're not guaranteed to get a seat unless you get there really early, and I'll be coming from work. Ugh!!!! Keep your fingers crossed!

ACAnderFan said...

@Anonymous 10:36am, I'm sorry I called Andy pretty. It's just what comes to mind. I don't mean it in a bad or negative way. It's just the word that I use.

Unknown said...

Just wanted to let everyone know that Anderson blogged today and he mentioned his Tonight Show appearance tonight. Have a look :)

Evelyn said...

@m.minkoff: In his book Anderson stated that he was a coxswain for the Yale crew team. The coxswain is the person sitting at the stern of the boat and I think their primary job is to motivate the rowers. You're right, coxswains are usually very thin, they need to be as thin as possible since they sit at the end. My friend Katie is a coxswain for our college crew team and she literally weighs 95 lbs. She told me they test to see if you're small enough by seeing if you fit through a wire hanger!

Evelyn said...

Hey all, I just saw a commercial for Friday's 360: "Anvil of God" Special about a battle in Iraq. It sounds like one of those SIU specials on the Iraq war that Tom Foreman did, like "Ambush at the River of Secrets". I'm also taking this to mean that Anderson will more than likely not be live on Friday...

sydney said...

For some reason I just couldn't get into the show last night. Nothing really grabbed my attention. Although I can't get enough of that damn prairie dog! When I found that on YouTube a while back, I just sat and watched it over and over and laughed like an idiot.

I agree, Mac. As much as I like JT's other songs, it's been the Drifters' version that has been running through my head all week.

Anybody send any jokes to Anderson? :-)

aries moon said...

Add me to the list of those who prefer The Drifters original version of Up On The Roof, it's a wonderful song and it always makes me feel good and relaxed when I hear it. That screencap of Anderson on the roof is fantastic, I saw that shot last night and was hoping someone might catch it. He looks so sophisticated and classy.

Leigh said...

I keep singing Elton John, Your song... "sat on the roof, and I kicked up the moss...." good times good times!

Em said...

Anderson once said he wears 32 X 32 Levi's. That is what Mr Em wore when I married him. He is 6'0, weighed 147, and was very slim.

Of course, I was glued to Kathy Jo's story. Many of the young people leaving polygamist families have no resources and no clue about life outside the compound. It isn't uncommon for them to fall prey to the problems Kathy Jo did. We have had some terrible tragedies here lately involving young people who left Jeff's compound. I am so glad to see that Kathy Jo has found peace and is able to share that peace with her mother and brother. Last week there was an article in the local paper about a women who married into the Jeff's clan later in life. Her older children had been kept from her for almost 20 years. Her daughters finally got to visit their mother at the cemetery when they buried her last week. It was a heart breaking story.

"Up on the Roof" is an all time favorite of mine no matter who is singing it!