Sunday News Shows, May 13, 2012

Of course, the top story for the Sunday News Shows was Obama "coming out" in favor of same sex marriage. There was a lot of equivocating about whether or not this was a net negative or net positive for Obama. Pat Buchanan, on McLaughlin Group, said that it was a huge political blunder by the administration that will cost him the election. I think Pat gets carried away with high hopes sometimes.

Obama courageous for coming out in support of same sex marriage

Today, after several days of media focus after VP Biden's statements Sunday about same sex marriage, president Obama made a statement today saying that he now was supporting same sex marriage, not just civil unions.

McLaughlin Group tonight very republican

McLaughlin is letting his republicanism show a little too much. His obvious bias in picking his panels and his comments during the show are detracting from the show and threatening it's credibility. I mean, having Eleanor Clift to sit there and argue against 4 hostile, conservative males is just not right. I thought for awhile that Ms. Clift was too partisan toward the democrats, but I don't think that anymore. I think she is justified in being a little defensive. Come on Mr. McLaughlin. Have a little sense of fairness!

Romney needs to be careful in politicizing China situation

I haven't seen any of the clips, but I've heard on NPR reports that Romney was criticizing Obama for what is happening in China to the blind amateur lawyer activist. I think that Romney should be very careful in where he treads on this, because there is a lot that is very fluid.

Obama's speech tonight on Afghanistan

Kristi and I watched Obama's speech from Afghanistan and about the longer term agreement between Afghanistan and the U.S. I have no idea whether such an agreement can last how many ever years it says - but things seem pretty, um, can I say, fluid over there.

Al and Viv were special people

Today Kristi and I went to visitation to honor the death of Vivian Puckett, a friend of ours. She was 80. Her husband, Al, died maybe 6 or 7 years ago. They were good friends of ours. They spoke truth to power.

Merle Haggard plays Paducah: A Good Vibe from the Stage

Kristi and I ushered at the Carson Center in Paducah for a show of Merle Haggard and the Strangers band last night. This wasn't the first time we had seen perform there - we ushered a show of his maybe 4 years of so ago. One thing is clear as a bell to me, both through my experience country singing and going out to hear music over the years, and that is Paducah is a country music town, and loves Merle Haggard.

More Spring Bird Things

This morning, much to my delight, I heard a Tennessee Warbler, a Wood Thrush, and Black Throated Green Warbler. I unfortunately had to come to town but I'm sure there will be more arrivals today and in the next few days.

More bird things

I looked at past entries I have made in other years, and I guess that maybe it isn't that late this year, although in past years I think that the migration has been a little earlier in past years. And the fact that it has been very warm for a long time makes it odder that this year is later.

more spring things

It sure seems like the "neo-tropical" migrant birds are, all in all, late getting here. There really isn't a lot to report since the last posting I did several days ago. Since then, like 3 and 4 days ago, I heard some great crested flycatchers, but i'm beginning to think that maybe they were just passing through, because, even though I heard them for a couple days, haven't heard them in the last couple days.

Sunday News Shows: Earth Day dead?

"Earth Day" is tomorrow. It has been observed since 1970 and is supposed to be an annual reminder that our impacts on the planet matter. There apparently isn't time to think about that these days - much more important things to report about.

Secret Service problems no surprise to us

Kristi and I actually had an experience with two guys who claimed to be with the secret service way back when that leave us not surprised at all about what is going on with the agency now.

Sunday News Shows, April 15, 2012

It was a better than average day for the news shows, although I wouldn't say that they were great. Meet the Press had a conversation between Rep. Michelle Bachman and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand let Bachman run over her, either intentionally or not.

McLaughlin Group tonight

McLaughlin Group tonight had the lead story as Santorum getting out of the race. I think that was a bit of old news, but since he leans republican, I guess he felt obligated to put it first. And, no doubt, Santorum did surprise people with the support he got from the right. But didn't that say more about where the republican party is at than how good of a candidate Santorum is? Of course, the republicans are patting him on the back and saying that he has a future with the party. But I think this was his flash in the pan. We'll see.

Obama again going public about Supreme Court

There's been a controversy going a lot of this week as a result of some public comments that President Obama made about the Supreme Court. I read the entire transcript of the comments he made about the Supreme Court, which were not so seemingly far out as if you took the couple sentences that the media, as they often do, chose to snip off the speech and remove it from it's context.

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