Wednesday, May 09, 2007

CA Fire, Alleged Terror Plot, Evolution Debate, Raw Politics, A Pollock Painting?, And Richard Quest Returns To Amuse Us (Tuesday's First Hour)

Hi everybody. We're starting things right off the bat with some BREAKING NEWS. California is on fire. Again. Ted Rowlands has the latest for us in Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills. He tells us they're dealing with a very hilly, large stretch of land and as amazing accompanying video plays, we're told of an incident in which firefighters had to take shelter under a bridge as a wall of fire came at them. They're okay, but that video certainly looked scary. Ted also tells us that the LA Zoo had to be evacuated of non essential people. For now the animals remain, but there is a plan in place if they need to be evacuated too. As far as the cause, it's unclear at this point, but there's been one report that the fire started when a golfer threw his cigarette out. Anderson, who clearly has not been listening, asks if it was arson and if there are any suspects. Then Ted basically repeats everything he just said a minute ago. After this they try to talk, but Ted can't really hear him and that's about it at the moment for the fire stuff.

Next up we have a piece from Deborah Feyerick about an alleged plot to kill at least 100 soldiers at Fort Dix Army Base in New Jersey. We learn that "investigators discovered the plot more than a year ago, when a store clerk told them he had been asked to copy a video showing 10 men shooting assault weapons, militia-style, and calling for jihad." And this pretty much tells me everything I need to know. This is crap. This is just like those yahoos from Miami who were supposidly going to attack the Sears Tower. We're suppose to be scared of guys who took their jihad video to a photo mart? Anyway, a paid FBI informant infiltrated the group and told them he could get them all these weapons and stuff and...isn't that entrapment? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure these guys are up to all kinds of no good or are just flat out crazy, but a big terror bust? Doubtful. After the piece Anderson asks if there is any known connection to al Qaeda. Deborah unshockingly says no, but they were inspired by them. Good on 360 for not going crazy with this. I mean, my God, it's not like the city of Boston was suddenly covered in Lite Brites.

Transitioning now to Anderson telling us that it's come out that Giuliani made donations to Planned Parenthood on at least six occasions during the 90's, which to some conservatives is kind of like writing a check to Satan himself. Ruh-Roh. To discuss this we're joined by democratic strategist James Carville and republican strategist Ralph Reed. Hey, I wondered where Ralph Reed would land. Don't let the baby face fool you, folks. Some might remember that Ralph's Rovian-like career hit a little stall due to an Abramoff problem. And now he's on CNN. Oh joy. Seriously people, are there no scandal free right wing republicans available? So Anderson brings up the Giuliani donation and Ralph pretty much downplays it, saying that will be a debate within the party. James can't leave it at that though and makes sure that we all know Planned Parenthood performs abortions. And now we're kind of in bizarro world because normally the democrat would be focusing on all the things Planned Parenthood does for woman's health-not all the abortions they perform. Ah, politics. Ralph then starts going on about the partial birth abortion ban and how 75% of Americans support it. Yes, well, I'm guessing 90% of Americans don't understand it. Most people think partial birth abortion equals late term abortion. Then Ralph claims no candidates support public funding for abortions, which is totally untrue when it comes to Giuliani and James call him on this. BTW, we completely lost Anderson like five minutes ago. Next Ralph starts blathering on about conservative judges and I'm done with this.

Moving on now to a new segment called "America Divided: God & Politics," and tonight we're talking about evolution due to the three republican candidates that said they didn't believe in it. Actually I can solve this real quick. Evolution and creationism? Not mutually exclusive. There. What should I solve next? Okay, perhaps it's not going to be that easy. We've got James and Ralph back and oooh I wonder what side of the debate they each fall. Ralph thinks the whole not believing in evolution thing is a plus for the republicans, but since democrats are the ones who going to allow their children to evolve, I'm not so sure about that. James pretty much states that the democratic position is that religion is taught in church and science is taught in schools. Oh and they believe in gravity, in case anyone was wondering. Anderson wonders if it's going to be two different battles when it comes to a republican winning a primary versus the general election (and this is the last time we hear from Anderson in this). Ralph wants to leave it up to local school boards and starts going on about how the issue is academic freedom. James rightly says that's ludicrous. He notes that the country is falling behind in math and science and can't afford to subscribe to anti-science. Ralph then tries his academic freedom schtick again, which is so completely ridiculous. Just because the crazy guy down the street thinks the sun actually revolves around earth doesn't mean he should be able to get the school board to accept that as a teachable theory. As James notes, science needs to be backed up by facts and this is all just a fancy way to get religion in the classroom. I don't even mind religion in the religion class. Not in science class.

Next up we've got "Raw Politics" with Tom Foreman and the computer shot is gone. Oh well. First up we learn that 54% of Americans disapprove of the Bush Iraq spending bill veto. Well yay then, because he always listens to the American people. Oh, wait. From there we learn the democrats have decided to get all outraged about gas prices and republicans are asking what they're going to do about it. Probably not much, but if there's hearings again can we at least swear in the oil guys this time? Sheesh. Next Tom tells us that Michelle Obama is doing some solo appearances and Romney actually has the lead in New Hampshire. Interesting.

Transitioning now to the piece Anderson did for "60 Minutes" on the possible discovery of a Jackson Pollock painting. Truck driver Teri Horton bought the painting at a thrift shop for $5 (after she haggled it down from $8) to give to her friend as a gag gift. However, it wouldn't fit through the door of her friend's trailer so it ended up in a yard sale where an art professor informed her it looked like a Jackson Pollock. To which Teri replied, "Who the f*** is Jackson Pollock?" Terri, BTW, is awesome. She soon found out her painting might be worth $50 million if she could get the art world to back it as a Pollock. Easier said than done. It seems art people are snooty and she was roundly dissed. Then she tried the forensic route and a fingerprint on her painting matched one off a Pollock paint can. You'd think that would be good enough, but the art world apparently doesn't understand fingerprints. Maybe she needs the Biotracks program from yesterday's Jeffrey Toobin piece. However, Teri did get one offer for $2 million and that's no chump change, but she's holding out for what she believes is the painting's true worth. You know, I don't get it. Even if it is a Pollock, how is that worth millions of dollars? It's paint splatterings! I can appreciate art, but I do not get this. Maybe I'll have the art school-attending sister explain it to me, but I suspect this is one of those things that can't be explained. Like why Paris Hilton is famous.

As we go out to commercial Richard Quest pops up (yay!) to tell us he's going to quiz Anderson and then he reads one of the questions. Oh, you can't do that! Now he's totally going to google during commercial. Anyway, back from break we've got some Queen talk. Anderson brings up Bush's faux pas yesterday and asks if the media is making too big a deal. Richard thinks they are and then plays a clip of the Queen's toast tonight, which began, "I don't know whether I should start this toast with saying, 'When I was here in 1776,' but nonetheless." Ha! That was actually funny. Richard then asks Anderson if he's ready for his "ritual humiliation." The first question is how many presidents has the queen had dinner with. Anderson isn't sure, but confirms with Richard she came to power in the 50's. Richard then impatiently rushes him along as he does the math in his head until Anderson just blurts out 10. And wouldn't you know it? That's right. Yeah, he totally googled. Except Anderson seems genuinely shocked and excited he's right and we all know he can't act, so maybe not. The next question is what president was the only one not to eat dinner with the Queen. And Richard must have a hot date or something (perhaps with the Queen) because he hardly even lets Anderson think about it before telling him it's Johnson. " Anderson, I'm going to leave you here in Washington, " says Richard. Aw, man, don't leave us. Then he gives us a toast. Seriously, he has all the stuff there. It's hilarious. I don't think Anderson knows quite what to say, so he just giggles his way through the rest of the segment. We'll miss you, Richard. At least now there's something to look forward to when William gets married.

Erica's got the headlines tonight and when she's done she does a little book pimping for Anderson. It seems his book is out in paperback now with a new bonus chapter and everything. "Yes, yes," says Anderson. "Let me shamelessly plug here for a moment, if I may." I suppose you may. It's your show. Erica tells Anderson she's going to run right out and buy it. Anderson tells her he was going to send her one, but frankly he wants the money. Oh, he's not going to like what I'm going to do then. I plan on just going to a bookstore and reading the new chapter. No purchase necessary. Or if I don't feel like doing that I'll just someday have someone tell me what it says. Because I'm lazy like that. And poor. Hey, I've got the hardback. Well actually I don't have it right now because someone borrowed it last summer and still hasn't given it back. You know who you are. Anyway, Anderson's all embarrassed by his book pimping and suggests that they "have a thing on the bottom of the screen, saying, 'Shameless Plug.'" They totally should. It's not like the graphics aren't completely out of control anyway. That reminds me of my suggestion during the Anna Nicole coverage. I thought they should warn us with a "Ratings Whoring Alert". The Shot tonight is before and after views of Greensburg, Kansas, the town basically wiped off the map by that tornado. Horrible. Slightly off topic, but what do you think the blog guy has on Anderson that he's blogging every day now? I swear, it's feast or famine with him. For a while there was nothing and I was imagining poor blog guy quietly muttering, "Blog, damn you!" So anyway, I think it's nice. I mean, if Brian Williams can do it everyday I think so can Anderson Cooper. The show was pretty good. B+


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If evolutionists want to end the arguments all they need do is, get their brilliant heads together and assemble a 'simple' living cell. This should be possible, because today they certainly have a very great amount of knowledge about the contents of the so-called 'simple' cell.

After all, shouldn't all the combined Intelligence of all the worlds scientist be able the do what chance encounters with random chemicals, without a set of instructions, accomplished about 4 billion years ago, 'according to the evolutionists,' and having no intelligence at all available to help them along in their quest to become a living entity. Surely the evolutionists scientists of today should be able to make us a 'simple' cell.

If it weren't so pitiful it would be humorous, that intelligent people have swallowed the evolution mythology.

Beyond doubt, the main reason people believe in evolution is that sources they admire, say it is so. It would pay for these people to do a thorough examination of all the evidence CONTRARY to evolution that is readily available: Try The evolutionists should honestly examine the SUPPOSED evidence 'FOR' evolution for THEMSELVES.

Build us a cell, from scratch, with the required raw material, that is with NO cell material, just the 'raw' stuff, and the argument is over. But if the scientists are unsuccessful, perhaps they should try Mother Earth's recipe, you know, the one they claim worked the first time about 4 billion years ago, so they say. All they need to do is to gather all the chemicals that we know are essential for life, pour them into a large clay pot and stir vigorously for a few billion years, and Walla, LIFE!

Oh, you don't believe the 'original' Mother Earth recipe will work? You are NOT alone, Neither do I, and MILLIONS of others!

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