Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 17th, 2011 4:35 am by HL
Sunday Talking Heads: April 17, 2011
April showers… Happy Morning! Here are the talk show listings. Come by for Book Salon, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Movie Night Monday is The Lazaruz Effect. And Susie Madrak and Eve Gittelson are Virtually Speaking.
April showers… Happy Morning!
Here are the talk show listings. Come by for Book Salon, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Movie Night Monday is The Lazaruz Effect. And Susie Madrak and Eve Gittelson are Virtually Speaking.
And now a word from Scarecrow:
If it’s nice outside, go for a walk Sunday Morning. If you stay in, read a book or listen to music. But no matter what, please, please do not watch any of the Talking Heads shows this week. They feature economic officials who range from grossly negligent to criminally responsible for the financial crisis and who were not only asleep at their regulator posts but on of them actually encouraged Americans to take out bad loans issued by banks, whose officers should be in jail, at the height of the housing bubble. These men are not merely incompetent; one of them should have the grace to apologize and never appear in public again.
Ironically, one of them will be asked to explain why it would be stupid to threaten to cause a default of US debt. He will be followed by four clueless Tea-GOPers who are stupid enough to threaten to cause a default on the US debt. Next week, the issue will be whether the earth is flat, followed by a discussion of why Australians do not float off into space every night.
Another show will feature a former head of the CIA who will not be able to answer why the CIA has been caught completely flat footed and unprepared with democratic, anti-authoriatian revolutions in 10 countries in the last 4 months. Unfortunately, the host will likely not ask him why his agency has become useless in its central intelligence function. Nor is the host likely to determine why the CIA , with its cowboy contractors and criminally atrocious behavior has managed to completely alienate the entire nation of Pakistan, never mind Afghanistan, the Middle East, North Africa, etc, even though Pakistan is supposed to be our strategic ally and whose cooperation was supposed to be essential to our Afghanistan policy, which he won’t be able to explain either.
Another show will interview the Tea-GOP’s budget flim-flam man, but the interviewer will have no idea why Mr. Ryan has earned that name. The flim-flam man will lie at least a dozen times on this show, but there will be no one to correct this, meaning that if you watch this show, there is at least a 50% probability you will be substantially misinformed. You would be better watching an hour of commercials by the oil companies and the guy who promises to fix things with the IRS.
So go out for a walk; take your kids or the dog to the park, read a book, do anything but watch these shows. They should be shut down. All of them. Pitiful.
ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Then, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on the debt ceiling. Roundtable: George Will, Alice Rivlin, Matthew Dowd, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA).
CBS’ Face The Nation: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA).
Chris Matthews: Why Is Raising Taxes On The Rich So Tough? What If There Is No Hell?
CNN’s State of the Union: Budget with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Anthony Wiener (D-NY). Libya with former CIA Director, Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.). Then, the price of gas and oil with the former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister. It all ends with the second part of the interview with Donald Trump.
Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Fareed on Obama. Then, PepsiCO’s CEO Indra Nooyi on America’s economic future, Washington politics, PepsiCo’s move towards “healthier” foods, and women in the workforce. The New York Times’ East Africa bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman on Libya. Followed by Lord Malloch Brown, the former deputy secretary-general of the United Nations and former British Minister of State, explains why Obama is viewed as follower and not a leader and more.
Fox News Sunday: Sleeping air traffic controllers, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Ranking Member, Budget Committee. Roundtable: Dana Perino, Nina Easton, Kevin Madden, Juan WIlliams.
NBC’s Meet The Press: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Roundtable: Fmr. chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan; Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI); author Jon Meacham; and author of the new book “Fail Up,” PBS’s Tavis Smiley.
Newsmakers: House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said that while he understands the need to make cuts in the federal budget, the Defense Dept. budget should still be conscientious of what programs are curtailed…
Q & A: Andrew Ferguson, senior editor at The Weekly Standard. Mr. Ferguson discusses his new book, “Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College.” The book humorously follows him through the process of getting his son accepted into college…
60 Minutes: Greg Mortenson – He’s written inspiring best sellers, including “Three Cups of Tea,” but are the stories all true? The case of Beckett Brennan – The government recently sent out guidelines on how college judicial review boards should handle the rising incidence of campus sexual assault. Beckett Brennan says the University of the Pacific’s board bungled her case, spurring her to come forward to say she was sexually assaulted by three of the school’s athletes. The Co-founder – Lesley Stahl speaks to Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen in his first interview about his upcoming book in which he criticizes his Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates.
To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Will the military allow women to serve in combat units? 2- How child labor laws affect teen girls; 3- Fitness expert Jillian Michaels on the importance of mental health. Panelists: Former Canadian Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell; The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood; BlackSnob.com Editor/Creator Danielle Belton; and Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer.
Univision’s Al Punto: Raul Plascencia Villanueva, President of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission; Katherine Vargas, Press Secretary, “National Immigration Forum” and Juan Jose Gutierrez, President, “Vamos Unidos USA”; Francisco Pineda, Founder and President of the Environmental Committee of Cabañas; Eugenio Derbez, Comedian and Actor.
Virtually Speaking: Eve Gittelson and Susie Madrak discuss the developments of the week, 9pm ET.
FDL Book Salon: Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World. “James Carroll’s urgent, masterful Jerusalem, Jerusalem uncovers the ways in which the ancient city became, unlike any other in the world — reaching far into our contemporary lives — an incendiary fantasy of a city.” Come chat with author James Carroll, 5pm ET.
FDL Movie Night Monday: The Lazarus Effect. Director Lance Bangs answers questions about his experience making this incredible film about the transformative effect of ARV (anti retroviral) treatment on those living with HIV in Africa. Lisa has more. Watch online then join in, 8pm ET.
Directed by Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng). Produced by Leon Schlesinger. Story by Michael Maltese. Animation by Richard Bickenbach, Gerry Chiniquy (uncredited), Manuel Perez (uncredited), and Gil Turner (uncredited). Layouts by Owen Fitzgerald (uncredited). Film Editing and Sound Effects Editing by Treg Brown (uncredited). Voices (in alphabetical order) by Sara Berner (Mother -uncredited); Mel Blanc (Prince, Tom Thumb, Giant, Goose, Baby, Grasshopper, Ant, Aladdin, Boy who cried Wolf, and Dog – uncredited); and Frank Graham (Narrator and Wolf – uncredited). Original Music by Carl W. Stalling (uncredited). Musical Direction by Carl W. Stalling. Orchestration by Milt Franklyn (uncredited).
Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?