November 11, 2012



  1. . . . Paula Broadwell said, “I was embedded with Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan.”
  2. . . . Good choice of words.
  3. . . . The director of the CIA and four-star general issued a statement last Friday acknowledging that he had an extramarital affair (during his command in 2010 and 2011) with the co-author of a (flattering) biography (“All In:  The Education of General David Petraeus.” It was a research project she did for her doctoral dissertation.
  4. . . . I guess she got to know him very well.
  5. . . . RUNNING CONNECTION.  She interviewed him while they jogged together in Afghanistan, “unusual access,”said The New York Times.
  6. . . . That reminded me of the access filmmaker Rielle Hunter had to John Edwards during his campaign for president, but I digress.
  7. . . . But look what happened to him.
  8. . . . Broadwell went on a book tour and did a guest shot on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” to plug her tome and talk about the general and explain what type of man he is.
  9. . . . She seemed ready for her closeup, looked TV-ready.
  10. . . . She wore outfits baring her shoulders and biceps, like many female anchors do.
  11. . . . The FBI nabbed him, exposed the relationship by investigating e-mails.
  12. . . . Done in by the Internet.
  13. . . . Be careful when you hit that “Send” button.
  14. . . . A Republican friend of mine said, “Every woman wants a four-star general, a real man,” somewhat in defense of Broadwell.
  15. . . . So it’s the story of another “fall from grace” due to . . . ahem, sexual appetite.
  16. HOW MUCH MONEY DO THEY NEED TO MAKE?  Now there’s gonna be a Pre-Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving and some major retailers (Walmart, Target, Sears, Kmart, HH Gregg), will be opening up early beginning that night at 8 in order to “beat the crowds on Black Friday.”  (Best Buy, Kohl’s and Macy’s wait until midnight to open their doors.)
  17. . . . Reportedly (by ABC’s Tanya Rivero) employees of the stores are up in arms about having to cut their dinners short because they have to get to work early to get the stores ready for opening up.
  18. . . . Will it be enough time for everyone to digest their dinner?
  19. . . . I guess they’ll be burping up stuffing and gobble-gobbledygook.
  20. . . . Better get out the Alka-Seltzer.
  21. . . . And don’t forget “Shop Small,” which happens Saturday, between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  22. . . . That holiday was created in 2010 for small businesses for their chance to shine in the retail sun.
  23. . . . REQUEST.  Please don’t create another holiday for Sundays.  I need one day to rest, thank you God.
  24. The RoomStore is having a close-out sale.  They’re going under.
  25. . . . I guess that means goodbye for the red-haired pixie girl that always said, “We don’t cut corners, we cut prices” ad infinitum-ly.
  26. . . . One of the many slashed items up for sale are grandfather clocks.
  27. . . . “My  grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf . . . ”
  28. SKYFALL.  The new James Bond movie.  All it is a lot of explosions and one-expressioned Daniel Craig (Bond) running around in a tight suit.
  29. . . . NOT worth the hype.
  30. . . . JUST ASKING. Are we teetering on a fiscal cliff?
  31. . . . Will we all be “Thelma and Louise”-ing?
  32. . . . ABC’s Diane Sawyer, “in an exclusive interview,” talked with the watery-eyed John Boehner (Speaker of the House) about the financial situation the country is threatened with and asked, “Are we headed for a cliff.  Are we going to the brink?”
  33. . . . ”I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
  34. . . . TREAT? The Today show did a segment the other day called “Ideas to Spice Up Thanksgiving,” which featured a recipe for pumpkin pie pops (icles), but you could make them in other flavors if you wanted to.
  35. . . . Helpful hints from morning TV.
  36. . . . And to think that the Today show is part of NBC News . . .
  37. . . . “I have listened to you.  I have learned from you and you have made me a better president,” said Obama in his victory speech in Chicago.
  38. . . . Some may doubt that.
  39. . . . Liz Crenshaw, local investigative reporter for News4 Washington, the NBC affiliate, did her feature “Does It Really Do That?”on the “painless and effective” ‘No! No!’ hair remover product for women and men.
  40. . . . It’s designed with “patented Therminol technology” and delivers a gentle pulse of heat over the skin to   immediately crystallize and remove the hair,” claims an announcer.
  41. . . . “I don’t have to worry about my mustache coming through or my sideburns . . . ,” testifies a young woman (bearded lady?) in the frequently info-mercialed product.
  42. . . . Crenshaw interviewed a woman who demonstrated the device and spoke glowingly about it.
  43. . . . CONCLUSION:  The ‘No! No!’ really did do that.
  44. . . . TV PROMO.  Michael J. Fox . . . on the next all-new Katie,” says the announcer.
  45. . . . I hope it’s new.  The show’s only been on since September, for crissakes.
  46. . . . Hanalie, dog in the neighborhood, likes to lick the ears of housemate kitty Bucky, who sits there and purrs while the hound gives her a bath.
  47. FLY IN THE OINTMENT.  There seems to be some dissension on the Weekend Today show.  Sunday co-anchor Jenna Wolfe has been big-footed by newly-arrived (from CBS, and former CNN Anderson Cooper foil) Erica Hill.
  48. . . . Wolfe has now been designated as “newsreader” for the program – pushed aside, an obvious demotion -- but she still tries to grab the spotlight and sometimes take over, like an anchor would do.
  49. . . . It’s noticeable to the home viewer that she, Wolfe, is not happy but she’s grinning and bearing it.
  50. . . . She’s not going silently into the night.
  51. . . . People are comparing it to what happened to Ann Curry and how she was treated by the network.
  52. . . . Incoming anchor Hill doesn’t dress like a sexpot and expose sculpted biceps like her predecessor, who made a habit of often showing off her in-shape body.
  53. . . . Hill dresses more conservatively -- at least for now -- until some producer asks her to sex it up a bit, show some more skin.
  54. . . . Among other changes with the show:  It seems to be copying ABC’s GMA by using more hosts and co-hosts appearing on camera together, both at the anchor desk and on the couch.   One big happy family.
  55. . . .Today,” as they like it to be called -- eliminating the bookending of it between “The” and “Show” – is buckling under the pressure of ratings to emulate the competition.
  56. . . . A twosome morning anchor team is old-hat now.
  57. . . . BATTLE CRY.  Get as many people in there as is humanly possible.
  58. . . . Let ‘em all trip and stumble and fall over one another.
  59. . . . ABC has Robin Roberts (on medical leave now) and guest-shot hosts who sub for her, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion.
  60. . . . The Today show has Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker and Natalie Morales and now Willie Geist, who officially co-anchors the 9 a.m. hour of the franchise along with Morales.
  61. . . . CBS’sThis Morning” has three anchors:  Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King.
  62. . . .Fox & Friends” has three anchors:  Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade.
  63. . . . MSNBC’s got Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and Geist, who reportedly still does that show’s 6 a.m. hour despite his new appointment as a Today show anchor.
  64. . . . CNN just has lonely Soledad O’Brien who anchors “Starting Point” by herself.
  65. . . . It’s a lotta talk.
  66. . . . UH . . .Everybody’s Talkin’”– Harry Nilsson, 1969, on RCA Victor Records.  It became the theme for “Midnight Cowboy.”


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