Saturday, October 25, 2008

Why should I believe you?

I was a huge fan of Tim Russert. I watched politicians on all sides of the aisle sweat under the hot lights of his show. He was thorough. Did his research and I perceived him as fair.

After his death, I was really impressed with the poise his son, Luke, showed. Clearly he's intelligent, mature and well-spoken.

But, is he qualified to be a political commentator for MSNBC? I saw him on the cable outlet this week discussing which states the presidential candidates were likely to win. Does he really know the answer or did some MSNBC staffer feed him the data?

I know this happens in newsrooms across the country. Journalists can't be expected to know everything. But, what makes me bristle is the fact he's being painted as an expert. Luke just graduated from college in May with a degree in history and communications. Is he really qualified to speak with authority on the presidential election?

I'm not slamming Luke for being young. I wish him success. And, if he aspires, I hope he reaches the level his dad did. But, his lack of experience raises a good question: In an era of bloggers and a 24-hour news cycle, at what point do we take a critical eye to the experience of those reporting "news?"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Duh, Dyson

Dear Dyson:
This may shock you but it's not 1952. And men, they vacuum too!

So, why, in your ad I saw last night while getting my "Friends" fix, does it only show women vacuuming? And, here's another shocker: Most women (people) don't vacuum in heels.

For a company that touts the latest in vacuum technology, it seems you have an antiquated view.

Gotta run. The boss is calling. Time to get his coffee and pick up the dry cleaning.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

You're so lame, you probably think this song is about you.

A special thanks to Carly Simon for that song and to Ryan for reminding me that it's a "sequins dress" not a "sequence dress." (See Revelations)

I'm so lame.

(Regardless of how you spell it, I still want the dress. And, I will wear it to Home Depot.)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Undecided Network

For the five Americans left who have yet to make up their minds about the presidential election, I have a proposal.

Let's create a special cable channel called The Undecided Network. At TUN, these five folks can listen to as much rhetoric and watch as many political ads as they can stomach.

And, the rest of us can get on with our lives.


Last night's Tina Turner concert revealed one thing to me: I need a sequence dress. Not want. Need.

I already have the high heels and red lipstick. I just need the dress.

Where would I wear it? Church. Jiffy Lube. The library. Home Depot. Everywhere.

I need a sequence dress.