Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sam Donaldson Speaks

This week Sam Donaldson, the venerable ABC News White House Correspondent, was the interviewee during a session I moderated at Oasis in Albuquerque.

We had a blast!


For a good 90 minutes the stories roared like the mighty Rio Grande.

Discussion topics ranged from our early day media experiences (Sam in El Paso, your scribe in Taos) to memorable and teaching moments during Sam's lifetime of traveling the globe in search of truth, justice and the American Way.

We talked about Watergate, the Carter and Reagan presidencies (and presidents), and a whole lot more.  

As best we could tell, only 4 folks got fed up with our meanderings and left before it was all over.

Their loss.

By the way, Oasis has some great programming for folks who are looking to spend some time living and learning.   Give them a Google.   Oasis Albuquerque - you'll find them. 


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Russia is watching

Lest we get all hung up in all the jibbing and jabbing about impeachment, collusion, and all the rest.

The former FBI Director, one Robert Mueller, said on May 29, 2019:



“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments — that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.  That allegation deserves the attention of every American.”  

Are our elected officials in charge of election operations doing what they should be doing to enhance voter security?   Or, are they waiting "for someone else" to act?

Just wondering?    

Is the media going to ask any of those elected officials about that?  


Monday, May 27, 2019

Nuevo Vidanta

Our May getaway was spectacular.

A) We didn't hear too much about El Trumpo (the TV only received CNN International, a number of FOX stations, RT (the Russian American network), and gobs & gobs of Mexican TV stations.

Well, were were in Mexico - the lack of ABC, NBC, CBS, might have been a retaliatory reaction to El Trump vs Mexico - one never knows down there, one never knows.

Anyway, we spent the better part of 2 weeks at Vidanta - a massive (and growing) adult version of Disneyland on Banderas Bay.  It's wonderful.

There was apprehension, some had told us, "once you get in, you're a captive"!  Not true - if one chose to go elsewhere, take a cab - and it's easy.  The challenge- "wanting to go elsewhere".

There ar multitude of restaurant choices on site. Entertainment, golf, pools, wandering about in a neatly manicured man-made jungle.

What is missing, is the "real Mexican environment" feel. My guess is, Vidanta figured long ago that Americans and Canadians aren't all that comfortable with the "Mexican feel" - and the thouands of Mexican who will take summer holiday there in June and July are looking for escape.

Good for all.

Here are a few pictures of our adventure with our multi-year (30 or so) traveling companions - The Mathers!


Havana Club



The grounds



A pool


Another pool


Finding the way





And, George Clooney has found work as a doorman, seen here saying "hasta" to the Mathers!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Russians Spying

 I'm just wondering.

Having returned from a week on the high seas of the Caribbean, I've spent some time catching up on a report issued by this fellow Mueller.

Now, I haven't read it...and don't intend to.  I'll just do like the majority of Americans who care, and listen to talking heads on TV to keep me on the straight and narrow!

I'm assuming that the President of the United States, and the republican leaders in Congress and across the country are rising to proclaim that the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming - protect the wives and children. The Russians are coming!

I'm counting on them to get fired up because the communists are infiltrating our good land.

Oh wait?

What?

They ain't said nothin!

Didn't they get all fired up with Hillary had some e-mail problems and the security of the country was threatened because she was using an electronic device that could have been hacked - and our secrets could be stolen?

I don't think there was ever any proof of that, just some hollering. 

But, in 2016, all those Ruskies did was infiltrate and compromise the bedrock of our democracy, the election.

But, what about those Hillary e-mails?  We need to investigate what happened.

Jeez, Louise!

And now, the little guy from North Korea is meeting with Vlad.

Oh my, oh my.














Monday, April 1, 2019

The People's People

Well...well...well...

Here we are, about 18 months away from "the most important election in the history of the republic" - aren't they all - and, as Jackie Gleason said in his long ago TV series, "Away We Go"!

But a way is hard to find.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the republican from Kentucky, as a story in Politico says is:

"faced with his own reelection and defending a tough GOP map in 2020, has no incentive to work with House Democrats on their domestic agenda.

A Senate blockade will deny Democrats tangible winds to tout on the campaign trail, while keeping vulnerable Senate GOP incumbents from having to take difficult votes.  Republicans are also intent on shielding President Donald Trump from potentially awkward veto fights on legislation that polls well."

To which I say, a fine kettle of fish.

Who's looking out for the country, when the elected politicians are, first and foremost, looking out for themselves? 

The cynic in me says votes are taken, for the most part, based on what our elected folks think is best (better) for their own political future - and the folks back home, be damned.

What's happened to the people's representatives in government?  Does it still exist - or is that a bit of fiction that I read about in school?

Hey, folks - we're out here - think of what's good for the country - not your political future.  


  


Monday, March 25, 2019

Onward to 2020


Good Morning New Mexico!

It's time to get on with it and start telling the story of a presidency that is failing to fulfill the American dream for so many people. 

This, as the powers that be should continue their inquisition into his wrongdoings. 

People all across this country are hurting.  Farmers in the Midwest, those who drink water in Flint, factory and blue-collar workers throughout the rust belt – and our neighbors and extended family who must rely on Medicare, Medicaid, government cheese, and SNAP to feed their kids, all need our help.

The best way, to help, kick that miserable guy out in 2020 and begin to Make America Proud Again.   

We need it, our neighbors need it, the world needs it. 
  
Maybe, maybe the media – or what’s left of it – will spend more time telling the story of the heartache of middle America – instead of the latest poll results from some unknown college or biased polling organization. 

We need fewer live shots from a front rooms in Iowa where 5 people are eating cream corn and butterscotch pudding – listening to another candidate drone on and on. 

And, we don’t need anyone to have any more town halls -or debates.

And, some left wing, liberal, hippie pinko can’t be the nominee.   It’s going to take a middle-of-the roader - who tilts a little toward the left - to carry the day.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Hot Seats

As the New Mexico legislature reaches toward the end of the 60 day session comes this headline in The New Mexican - a Santa Fe based newspaper that does a great job of covering the news:

New Mexico Senate nixes school bus air conditioners 



You have got to be kidding me!


There are arguments that such decisions about air conditioners on school busses should be made at the local school board level. 

I'm wondering, does New Mexico state law, or federal law  require that a school bus to have a heater?

Isn't it the same thing?

Come on people!

I can see the lawyer advertising already.  Has your child suffered from excessive heat, unable to concentrate on home work after a 1-hour to and from school?  If so, Call 1-800-HOT-KIDS. We're here to help!  

That's more than can be said about members of the New Mexico State Senate!

Start the chant: 

Cool The Kids   Cool The Kids   Cool The Kids