I don't know who made this, but it is just too funny, whatever you political preference might be. Click the Play button.
On this "Not My Job" segment from the NPR comedy-quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant is country music star Trisha Yearwood, who plays along with host Peter Sagal, asking questions that have nothing to do with her profession (though have an odd, meaningless connection.)
Today's 3rd & Fairfax podcast from the Writers Guild of America has an interview with screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszweski. The team has had a long career writing well-regard films often based on real-life events and people. Most recently, they've written The People vs. O.J. Simpson, but their earlier credits include Man on the Moon (about Andy Kaufman), Ed Wood, Big Eyes (about painter Margaret Keane), and The People vs. Larry Flynt. They also wrote the Problem Child series of comedies, and co-wrote Agent Cody Banks and the thriller 1408. Also, Scott Alexander played softball with him in a weekend league, though for some reason that's not on his resume.
The podcast includes a discussion about credit arbitration, for thems what are interested in such things.
A bit more on Garry Shandling. Here is a touching, interesting monologue by Conan O'Brien last night about his close friendship with Shandling that overlapped at an important time in Conan's life with a little-known story, along with a memorable video.
This evening on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, which reruns on the Antenna TV channel, they are running the first appearance on the show by Garry Shandling, who passed away yesterday at age 66.. The time will vary depending on your time zone, but in Los Angeles it's on at 8 PM and repeats at 11 PM.
You can find what channel Antenna TV airs in your location by checking here, on the website's, Channel Finder. Just enter your area code in the Search box.
"She helped create ISIS. Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of ISIS.”
-- former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani .
In fairness, former Mayor Giuliani is right. Hillary Clinton "could" be considered that. Provided the person doing the considering is accepted as being wrong. And in equal fairness, in all other matters here, the former mayor is wrong. So, overall, his "wrong to right" quotient is pretty high. Like 100%. Given a margin of error of +/- 0.
It's certainly possible that since there was no actual use of the concept "9/11" that Mr. Giuliani could employ, he got befuddled. That said, he has tended to get very twisted and befuddled when using "9/11" for pretty much everything, so I guess it can be excused, or at least understood.
The former was appearing on "Fox News" at the time (shocking, I know, but yes, he really was...!). And after making his outlandish charge, he was asked by host Bill O’Reilly to explain why this all made her responsible.
Mr. Giuliani did his best. Yes, I know that it was an uphill battle given the impossibility of the task, but at least he tried:
“By being part of an administration that withdrew from Iraq. By being part of an administration that let [former Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki run Iraq into the ground, so you forced the Shiites to make a choice. By not intervening in Syria at the proper time. By being part of an administration that drew 12 lines in the sand and made a joke out of it.”
Okay, let's look at the reality. This is really easy.
First, the United States withdrew from Iraq under an agreement signed by George W. Bush.
And second, by all accounts -- all, as in all -- ISIS was formed after Saddam Hussein was deposed, and his army had their guns taken away from them. They reformed as dissidents, and that group became ISIS.
As I said, really easy.
And the thing is, not only does this show clearly that in No Way could Hillary Clinton be considered a "founding member of ISIS" and having "helped create ISIS" -- in fact (really), but Mr. Giuliani's own logic, it is George W. Bush who "helped create ISIS" and "could be considered a founding member of ISIS."
To be clear, George W. Bush is not a founding member of ISIS, nor can he be considered so (unless one wants to continue the Giuliani Theorem of Wrongness), although Mr. W. Bush's actions did help in creating in. But I'm just using Rudy Giuliani's logic here. If "logic" can be considered the right word.
Sometimes you just want to give Rudy Giuliani a big hug and say, "Yes, yes, I know you thought you were going to be president one day, and it just didn't come remotely close to happening, and so you're really sad about it and pretty bitter, but you'll be okay. Especially if you remember the admonition of the man who can be considered the founder of your own party, Abraham Lincoln."
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."
Maybe that should have been the Quote of the Day...
I sent this out last week --
It was not just meant as a quip, but underneath it all, an actual question. And so, it was with a certain amount of pleasure that three days ago, a news story was released that, shock of shock, the FBI says it might not need Apple's participation at all to unlock the cell phone in question. Instead, an outside source has provided law enforcement officials with a technique that might provide it with the access it wants.
"Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook's iPhone," lawyers for the Justice Department wrote to the court, in requested a postpone a hearing their motion. "If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case."
Gee, who would have guessed??!
Greetings from the tropical Windy City, where lush breezes blow.
It is 32-degrees today and snowing.
Yes. Snowing. Not much, but still... It's March 24, and the baseball season starts in 10 days. You're really not looking for any snow. "Not much": doesn't figure into the equation.
As you might imagine, the Elves taking care of the homestead are laughing their heads off. Sure, it's easy to laugh when you're warm and snug.
It's 72-degrees in Los Angeles at the moment. But you can't ice skate or ski there. And if you get an ice cream cone and go out for a walk, it will melt. And the air is crisp here and invigorating. So, all in all, it's fine.
It's time again for a new "The Writers Workbench" tech review column. This month, we take a look at portable external drives -- though not just standard ones, but those that use the new USB 3 protocol.
Not to worry, it's backward compatible, so if you computer isn't configured to use USB 3, the drives will still work. You just won't be able to take advantage of the benefits of USB 3, which is basically that copies data faster. Though it turns out that there is a wide range on that, which the article explains.
Why have a portable external drive? Lots o' reasons, but mainly if you travel for business, it gives you significantly more storage to take with you.
As I always mention, it's very convoluted to format the article with all the graphics and hyperlinks, so rather than do so here, you can almost as easily find there article here on the Writers Guild website.
I was sorry to read about Ken Howard's passing today, five days from his 72nd birthday. I had a few tangential passings with him, only one in person.
The first was when I was visiting a friend at CBS Television City. As I was leaving, I was asked if I'd like to participate in viewing a proposed TV series and then offer comments. Sure, I said. I had the time.
The show was about a white basketball coach at an all-black high school. The series, as many of you have probably figured out at this time, was to be called The White Shadow. I really don't remember precisely what I said at this point, 35 years after the fact, but I do recall liking it, but having some qualms about certain aspects of it. Whether there was any later editing or recasting, I don't know. I don't believe the show went on the air soon after, but it took a little while. So, perhaps there was some additional work on it.
What I do remember clearly, though, is that I was the first person to be asked a question. And I answered it with such specificity and analysis -- more, I'm guessing, than they were used to -- that the CBS employee there asked me the second question. And the third, and the next one, and the one after. In fact, I can't swear that they asked anyone else any questions, though they probably did at the end. What I also recall is that as me left the room, one of the other visitors at the table,, who hadn't spoken, came up to me and said, "I'm glad you got asked those questions because you said everything I was thinking, but didn't know how to express it."
And the show eventually did get on the air.
The second time was actually in person. He had been one of the co-stars of a little movie we were releasing at Universal Studios when I was in the P.R. department. It was called Second Thoughts, with Lucie Arnaz in the lead and also a fellow named Craig Wasson. It was not terribly good, and wasn't successful, but was a passable romantic comedy. Ken was doing some promotion for the film, and I was assigned to be with him one day. He'd been playing a round of golf at the Rivera Country Club, and the interview would be held afterwards in one of the rooms there. I met him on the course, and we had a nice visit as we walked through the grounds. No real memories of any specifics what was said, but it was a pleasant conversation, which wasn't always the case under those circumstances . And he also seemed very tall, for good reason because he was. Standing 6'6".
And finally, my first path-crossing with Ken Howard was when I went to my very first Broadway musical on Broadway. It was 1776, and he played Thomas Jefferson. Not a bad start. (Oddly, he had previously just been in Promises, Promises, which I also saw on that same trip, playing a small role as, I believe, a bartender, but he left the show when he got hired for the far-better role in what became the Tony-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning show. Very good choice.) And wonderful show -- and he was terrific in it. A role which he repeated in the film version.
Here he is with William Daniels as John Adams, and Howard DaSilva as Benjamin Franklin from 1776 with the song, "The Egg."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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