Monthly Archives: January 2006

Quote of the day…

From the Huffington Post: “Inviting Tim Russert to keynote a conference on journalistic ethics is like having Jack Abramoff keynote a conference on lobbying reform.”

I thought it might be fun to conjur up a few more on this topic…anyone?

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I just don’t know what to think. Years ago, I was a Dennis Miller fan. I have seen his “Live from Washington” performance so many times, I think I could recite it word for word. It really made me laugh. His show, (on HBO) was great, and I may be the only person on the planet that enjoyed his brief acting career. Of course, I was disappointed by his sudden conservative shift. I still am. I watched his new comedy special last night, and it was easy to tell that he has little or nothing left. Most of the show wasn’t funny. So, in this interview,
when he states that he is just a comedian, well he just confuses me. I think occum’s razor applies here. I think Mr. Miller has aged, and grown conservative since he has much to protect. There is no more edginess in his comedy, in fact, last night’s show felt a little like a tired sermon. Or, it could be that he has tried, unsuccesfully, to tap into a new audience by pandering to the fears of most conservative Americans. He took ridiculous positions on immgration (build a wall!) Global warming (the sun is hot, right?) and drilling in the Anwar.(you know you are never going to Alaska) I just think he is out of original material. A personal note to Dennis…If you ARE going to pander to uninformed, semi-illiterate audiences, you may have to change your whole routine. The obscure cultural and historical references that set you apart from other comedians is lost on this crowd…trust me.

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I had this whole “New Beginnings” theme running around in my head to kick off the revival of this crappy blog, but instead, I opted for something that made me laugh. I do find myself looking at art more lately, and I have saved some stuff I found while belly-boarding the web. (I never could surf) Anyway, a friend recently sent an email titled “Catharsis”, which was funny because that’s what I have decided blogging is really about. I’m sure a friend or two will wander by and occasionally leave a comment, and that’s cool, but I think just the act of sitting and banging out an idea is in many ways healing. So, expect all manner of random crap in here, and if something strikes home, leave a note on the door. For now, I think I would like to call attention to my friend’s newest adventure.
He was foolish enough to invite me to contribute, and I am mulling it over, cuz I’m certain I will offend at least as many as I reach….but there’s great reading in there. Be well.

Mack

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