June 13, 2010

Queen - Somebody To Love

Everyday - I try and I try and I try -
But everybody wants to put me down
They say I'm goin' crazy
They say I got a lot of water in my brain
Got no common sense
I got nobody left to believe

I am an optimistic person by nature, I really am. But I think that I have reached a point of uncharacteristic despair over the state of the world. I had hoped that we would reach a certain level of sanity after the Orwellian Bush/Cheney years, but instead the crazy has amped up to all new bewildering levels. And unfortunately, our media has failed us miserably by playing into the crazy without ever calling it that.

And we're going to have more of that this Sunday. The oil spill in the Gulf appears to be boring the Villagers with Coast Guard Commander Thad Allen appearing only on Face the Nation, which will also feature the Republican governors of the Gulf states. What's a little generational catastrophic environmental disaster to the Beltway Bubble? Navel gazing and sweeping pronouncements on the health of the majority party after the primaries of last week is a much more fun discussion, with Steny Hoyer and John Boehner on This Week, James Clyburn and Mike Pence on State of the Union, and Carly Fiorina on Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday. In the "What possible relevance do you have to be on a news show" category, GWB's non-Jenna daughter, Barbara Bush, is also on Fox New Sunday.

ABC's "This Week" - House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Govs. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., Haley Barbour, R-Miss., and Bob Riley, R-Ala.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - White House senior adviser David Axelrod; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.; Carly Fiorina, the Republican nominee for Senate from California.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" - Panel: Savannah Guthrie, John Heilemann, Rick Stengel, Helene Cooper. Topics: How Obama Can Take Charge of the Gulf Oil Crisis. Is the Rise of the New Right Making Regular Republicans Harder To Elect? Meter Qestions: Will President Obama Pass An Energy Bill This Year? YES: 6, NO: 6; Will the political damage to the President over the handling of the spill be long-lasting? YES: 5, No: 7.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Riley; Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Mike Pence, R-Ind.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - It's the worst oil spill in US history and the media seems to want one thing from Obama: to see him get mad. In "Fareed's Take" this week, Fareed gets mad -- at the media's absurd demand that the President "show some emotion" instead of dealing with the many weighty issues on his plate. Plus Paul Wolfowitz, and the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister who says the activists onboard the flotilla had ties to Al Qaeda.

"Fox News Sunday" - Fiorina; Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush.

So what's catching your eye this morning?

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