Friday, 15 April 2011

Hot Mics

At some point on Air Force One today....Jay Carney, who poses as the White House press secretary, wanted everyone to know that the President was happy with his comments caught on a open microphone last night.  Jay's all the same....whatever he says in private is ok in public, and vice-versa.

The quote from Jay: “There’s nothing he said that contradicts anything he said in public. I think what he said in that session you’re talking about and the things that he’s said in more public forums have been entirely consistent.”

Apparently, this was all against the Republican budget deal and he just wanted folks to know what he was thinking.

I sat and pondered over this.  Up until the 1960, you just didn't have this 'hot microphone' thing to ever occur.  Presidents could say anything they wanted, and it pretty much never got repeated unless it was a honest to God speech.

You can imagine George Washington this modern age....talking with a hot mic.

"Damn, that whiskey from Jefferson's stock is pretty stout".

"Martha doesn't know nothing about politics, and its best to keep it that damn way."

"I spent eight days riding that lame horse over to Jefferson's house....and the best welcome dinner I could get was some pork and cabbage?"

"Those damn British don't know nothing about taxing whiskey".

I'm guessing that George Washington probably said an awful lot of things that folks would be shocked about today....and it's best that we never had that hot mic issue during his years.

A State of Relativity

Our government financial experts sat around and analyzed the Republican cut of $39-odd billion on the national budget, and finally said today that the real savings....was only $352 million (with a M).

Most all of the politicians stood around and just grinned.  America is the only place in the world where $39-odd billion is relative and equals $352 million.

It's like saying that a Porsche is relative to a Honda Civic.

It's like saying that Alaska is relative to Rhode Island.

It's like saying steak is relative to tofu.

It's like saying Edward R Murrow is relative to Katie Couric.

It's like saying King Aurthur is relative to Donald Trump.

As for the method that some financial wiz comes to note $39-odd billion equals cuts of $352 million?  It's best that we not ask this.  I'm guessing that it's a method that came from the Harvard Business School and we know how their methods helped the Goldman Sachs folks.

China and Reality

It's an odd piece out of China today.  The Chinese are going to enforce some new rules which affect TV shows and movies within the country.  Basically, if you were a Chinese TV have orders to avoid story scripts which have anything to do with "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

Yeah, that takes out Star Gate, Star Trek, and even Frankenstein.  Seven of Nine with her lusty nature?  Forget it.  How about Indiana Jones?  He's probably out as well.

I sat and pondered over this.  There's a bunch of guys at the very top of the leadership chain in China....who probably smoke Camel cigarettes, drink their Scotch straight, watch Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, and mostly chat about the finer points of tuning an outboard motor.  The more I thought about it....the more I liked the approach of these 75-year old Chinese guys who run China.

In 1966....there just wasn't much in terms of fantasy, time-travel, mythical stories, and reincarnation for TV shows or movies.  When Shane or Marshall Dillon shot were pretty much dead.  The only mythical stories you got around to were King Arthur's Court.  The idea of a fantasy show like Lost?  The best we had was Mr Ed.

Yeah, I'm kinda leaning toward a Chinese concept here.  Sorry, I didn't want to rock the boat on you folks who need vampires, time-traveling lusty women, and alien invasions.