Thursday, 22 April 2010

It's Really Not That Funny

My patience to sit and watch an hour with CNN's Larry King kinda ended five years ago. I consider the show to be ok for about fifteen minutes...and then it's time to hit the mute button or head toward Animal Planet. Whatever magic Larry had....is long gone.

This week....we got another comical ten seconds of Larry on Tuesday night. Larry brought up a guest (I'll even leave her name out but it's a comedian who does mostly negative comical stuff to please her audience).

At some point, she tried to make a joke whether on whether Sarah Palin should pose for Playboy. The comic said "I think she should go for it."

I watched the clip of the episode. It was really funny (1-star gut-humor at its best)...and the stuff you laugh at once you've gulped down six beers.

Larry then responded...."Agreed."

I'm not even sure if Larry was mentally alert enough to grasp the joke or attempt at humor.

But then we come to the funny business of the week with Larry. After his wife accused Larry of playing around with her sister and chatting up the possibility of divorcing him...we then learn that Larry's wife was screwing the Little League manager for her two kids. In fact, Larry's wife bought the Little League manager a BMW and had a nifty schedule worked out...so she got her man...while Larry was interviewing folks at night.

Yep...so as Larry probably sat there uttering his "agreed" to the suggestion of Sarah Palin posing nude....Larry's wife probably was getting "homer" and "out" tips from Karl the Little League dude. Meanwhile, Karl was driving back home in the BMW that Larry's wife gave him for excellent stud services.

There's a good joke in this blog....but it has little to do with Palin posing. And somehow.....Larry is a part of the joke.

The DC Game

It's kind of a puzzling thing. We are on the surge toward marijuana being legalized (at least in the medical form) in DC. The city council is hot on this....and some folks think the city could get a massive "Amsterdam" thrust into the tourism market....where people would have yet another reason to visit DC. But there was a hint of a problem yesterday.

Apparently (and I'm not the expert on this)....there are only a couple of companies that manufacture medical marijuana (at the level and grade required to call it medical marijuana). Some say three....some say five. Well...the city council's bill, which has passed.....has some stipulations about how this works. The business folks who have examined the bill and the actual method that this works....say that no company will have any interest in the method that they've been told to operate. The profit margin is too low to attract interest.

The city council isn't saying much. And you can tell that they really don't have the slightest idea of how this will actually operate. Someone else is writing the bill and telling them what to say.

My guess is that they will have to write an addition to the original bill.....and allow massive home growth of medical marijuana to make any of this actually take place. No one is sure that this is the best or right idea over this entire mess. If you simply open the door and say one group can grow large-scale....for legal sales.....then why not large-scale for open-street sales? You can see where this is going.

If I were a betting guy....I'd say that this is not going to turn out too well. DC political folks are about the last group that you'd trust to get something right. Yesterday, for example, there was the suggestion that they are considering a 10-cent gas tax.....to pay for mass transit. What few gas stations still exist in the District....will likely fold up at this point, and shift operations over to Virginia. Nobody is going to volunteer to pay another $1.50 per tank just to run the mass transit system.

Just another day in paradise.

The Litmus Game

Somewhere in the vast bit of news today....someone came around to the President and asked more intensive questions about his Supreme Court pick (yet to come).

So he responded: "You know, I am somebody who believes women should have the ability to make often very difficult decisions about their own bodies and issues of reproduction. I don't have litmus tests around any of these issues but I will say that I want somebody who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women's rights".

Then he added: " Part of what our core Constitutional values promote is the notion that individuals are protected in their privacy and their bodily integrity, and women are not exempt from that."

I sat there for a moment...almost buying into this. Then I asked myself...where exactly in the Constitution were these women's rights? I know where the people's rights are listed.

Once you start to buy into his argument, then you are left to ponder where exactly will you list the stupid people's rights, the rancher's rights, the doper's rights, the peanut farmer's rights, the business owner's right, the property owner's rights, the organic farmer's rights, the senator's rights, and yes....even the homeless guy rights.

So once you grasp all of this, then you ask yourself how he can avoid not having a litmus test. The answer is....he can't. He actually is foolish enough to think that he can word it this way, and most folks won't be smart enough to grasp the meaning of his statement. So you need to word the question in the right way...."How would you avoid using a litmus test, if you needed someone really into women's rights, but not people's rights?"

As long as people isolate themselves in a state of naive nature.....they can avoid this entire question and just worry about Channel Nine weather weather reports, and the purpose of pink flamingos in the front yard.

Just An Observation

I have the privilege to stand in a room and listen to a Air Force Lt Col and a Marine Major discuss management concepts. Then I proceed down the hall to listen to a Army Captain discuss management concepts with a Marine Gunny Sergeant. Then I can stand by the exit and list to a GS-14 discuss management concepts with a Army Captain. Then I proceed out the door and stand in the Pentagon hallway to listen to one janitor discuss management concepts with another Pentagon janitor.

The sad thing is....that I could take one janitor and inject him into the Marine Major's meeting, and the janitor would use all the right lingo (timelines, suspense, cost margin, and dual-purpose delivery)....and actually could run most of the same programs. I don't want to suggest the vice-versa situation....because things would start to fall apart then. We sure don't want the toilets in the Pentagon messed up because of bad management concepts from some high ranking folks.