Leftovers are over. And remember that “Black Fridays Matter,” it’s The Hanging Shad’s “Apropos of Nothing”:
1. If you are disturbed by the preceding line, please blame my fraternity brother (Sigma Chi, Syracuse) and friend comedian John Alston. He is available for parties and bar mitzvahs.
2. The perils of live TV sports were on display when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers screamed “F***” when he center snapped the ball on the ground and past him in a Thanksgiving Day game. Ironically, it’s the same thing I yelled when the Packers (who I had in my pool) had four chances to win the game in the red zone and came up empty. 3. THIS would have sounded the presidential death knell for Michael Dukakis faster than the tank and Willie Horton combined. Gross.
4. Speaking of the f-bomb, a French official dropped one on Christiane Amenpour when CNN was broadcasting live from Paris. (Warning: f-bomb falling):
Gotta say, the French accent softens the blow.
5. My friends at CTNewsJunkie.com have shut down their “comments” section because of the nastiness of the statements. One, CTNewsJunkie is the premiere source of original, political news content. Two, it’s sad that people hide behind their anonymity online. This outlet is better than that and should be congratulated for taking a stand.
6. Have you wondered why columnists use the plural “we” instead of “I” in their text? For example, the estimable former newsman Dean Pagani writes items for the Laurel. They’re great. But when Dean wrote about my friend Av Harris getting the boot from the Secretary of State’s office, Dean wrote, “We’ve also learned…” Who is “we?” Is Dean collaborating with someone? And if so, why isn’t their name(s) on the byline? It always appeared to me that writers are afraid to use “I” in case they screw something up.
7. I’m not one to complain about things like Christmas lights going up too early or stores putting out holiday displays pre-Thanksgiving. But what does grind my gears is when companies take traditional holiday songs and change the lyrics to sell their product. We are just a step away from, “HI! I’m Baby Jesus…On my birthday I’d like a new, shiny Toyota during the Toyotathon year-end sale!”