Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
In The Spot Where I Want To Be
May 16, 2002
"Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep"
Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth"
I learned today that the new Counting Crows CD "Hard Candy" won't be out until July. Guess I'll just have to be patient for it. From all indications, it is as deep as previous efforts from the Counting Crows, and the tracks I've heard in live concerts are outstanding. Should be good.
The weekend is waiting right around the corner. Very nice. This week has flown by, surprisingly so. There's been some behind-the-scenes turmoil that I can't really elaborate on here (it doesn't directly affect me), but beyond that it's been a relatively low-stress week at work (knock on wood).
I try not to talk too much about politics on here, particularly because of the position I have as a news producer, but I have to give a big thumbs down once again to Senator Joseph Lieberman. His latest pretentious grandstanding involves college drinking. Everything that man seems to do politically disgusts me... and to think, he was almost Vice-President. Good gawd. Don't think of this as a Republican vs. Democrat thing -- Republican Senator John McCain out of Arizona rubs me almost as bad as Lieberman. But the active pursuit of age discrimination against young adults is something that serves to continually infuriate me. Instead of establishing a system where personal responsibility is king, we have the likes of Lieberman saying states should do more to curtail the freedoms of young adults. And don't give me a line about some idiot 20 year old who drinks one too many and falls down the stairs and cracks his head open. That's Darwinism at its finest, if you ask me. If that same 20 year old pulled out a glock and started mowing down people, you wouldn't go out and say how he's the victim or how it's the systems fault. Well, maybe some sleazy low-life trial lawyer would, but I disgress. I've probably already said too much. But what's that line about all evil needs to triumph is for good men to stay quiet?
But there is good news. ABC has finally pulled the plug on Politically Incorrect. Is there a more smug TV personality than Bill Maher? I don't see how people can sit through an entire episode of P.I. Instead of letting the guests on the show discuss their views and debate, Maher always insists on getting his warped opinion out there, usually in a rude and pointed matter. Not that I have a beef about anyone speaking their opinion. But Maher does it in such an abrasive and irritating style that I find it absolutely unwatchable. What gets me most about Maher is that he charades as a libertarian, which is an absolute joke. That'd be like me doing what Maher does on his show and then telling interviewers that I'm a socialist (and cite my thoughts on protecting the environment as justification for such an outlandish claim). ABC has done some pretty ass-backwards things (killing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, cancelling My So-Called Life after one season, etc.), but on this move I give them a standing ovation.
Three weeks from tomorrow I leave for Cali. You don't know how pumped I am for the trip. And as it is, next week is just a four-day work week for me, as I have next Friday off as a Memorial Day comp day. Should be nice.