Friday, December 15, 2017

Farolito vs Luminaria

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KOAT-TV Throwback

Here's a selfie shot by Dick Knipfing after the participants in this photo had a spirited discussion about the good ol' days at Channel 7 - KOAT.

Dick, of course, was anchorman, news director and general guiding light for that operation for years.

Sterling Grant played a significant role in getting our news programs on the air, he guided from "the booth" - pushing buttons, flipping switches, and I'll always remember Sterling hollering into the head set, "ab-lib, ab-lib" when things just didn't go according to the script.

And then there's Neil Murray, The Priest from The East, who was a significant media type in Albuquerque after UNM Track experiences.  Neil went on to spend time in Minneapolis TV, and continues to spin a good tale - even though there's not an outlet right now for his vast catalog of vinyl records.

And, I was just along for the ride, anchoring weekends, chasing car wrecks and politicians.  I continue to be amazed that people will still stop me on the street (people with white hair) and ask if I've retired from TV.   I did that back in the early 80's.  That tells you the impact TV news had back in those days when there were only 4 stations on your telly!

Thanks for the memories...


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Throwback

This is a throwback Thursday posting - that throws back only a month.

Don't throw this fellow back, either.

Don't know his/her name, but sure is cute.  

Witnessed while on a stroll at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC - your nation's capital.

The wonder of it all.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Shoot'em Up -- Again

So, news circulates that there has been another "mass" shooting - this one is not so massive, it only involved 3 people - not 51 or more.

It was closer to home - only about a 3 hours drive away.

Someone killed 2 kids in a school.  That someone ended up dead, too.

Elected public officials immediately offered "thoughts and prayers" to the victims, their families, and anyone else who wanted to accept the offering.

Heard this before?

How many times will we hear it?

To do nothing, and offer thoughts and prayers, while the NRA and the gun toting chuckle heads refuse to admit that there's a problem with gun ownership by the wrong people - come on. 

DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN TALK!

Sleep well tonight, Mr. LaPierre (the NRA front face), you should be proud of your work!

Good God! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Notes

It's been almost a month since this post was updated.  It's not like a lost month - it's been a busy month.

Observations -

The ongoing political games continue.

I couldn't help but notice that POTUS blew into Salt Lake City, signed some papers reclaiming land "for the people" and taking it away "from the people" - the "adjustments" to national monuments.

He flew in, signed papers, and flew out.

It's a real shame he doesn't have the patience to understand this country.    Had he taken a few hours, flown in our government's aircraft down to the monuments, actually gotten out of the helicopters, had a little dust end up on his Gucci shoes, and then taken a Jeep ride into the outback, coupled with a quick low-level fly over of the Grand Canyon - he might appreciate this country more.   It's more than concrete and steel and glistening gold.

He ain't got a clue what it's all about.

Morning Joe, just his morning, talked about how New York City developers don't negotiate, they demand - if the demands aren't met they take their money and move on.  That's what the Donald is doing - hub-ub this and hub-ub that - if he carries the day, he's winning.  If he doesn't carry the day, fold the cards and move on to something else. 

There's no big picture of what this country and the people who inhabit our lands are all about.  Because, it's all about him.  SAD!

As I recently visited the FDR monument in Washington, DC - only a short distance from the government housing that Trump now occupies at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -

I thought to myself:  "He should come down here sometime and walk around - stop and listen.




 He should walk over to the Vietnam War Wall and look for names that he might recognize 




and the Korean War monument, what a more timely time than now


and then look at the huge MLK statue - and just think.

He can't do that.  He's not big enough to think of our country.  Because, it's all about him.  SAD!

Anyway - after DC it was on to the beaches of Mexico near Puerto Vallarta.  We made it down and back, didn't see a wall - and came back ready and refreshed for the holiday season.

Only to be overwhelmed with more talk and blabber from DC.

YIKES!




Monday, November 6, 2017

Killing Fields

Trump's full quote on Texas

"I think that mental health is your problem here. Based on preliminary reports, a very deranged individual, a lot of problems for a long period of time. But this isn't a guns situation."

Mr. LaPierre and his pals at the National Rifle Association speak again!

Why does any private citizen need an assault rifle in their possession?   The last I heard, deer, elk, turkeys, antelope, and even bear don't shoot back!

Let the sportsmen play, that's OK.  

But, let's start now and outlaw assault rifles for personal purchase.  Leave those killing devices in the hands of the professionals.

The NRA will be saying, if they haven't already, it's a good thing that guy in Texas took a shot at the shooter - he saved lives.   Well, yes.  But the good guy with a gun didn't have an assault rifle.



Friday, November 3, 2017

Trump telling the truth

Finally we hear Donald Trump tell the truth:

"Let me tell you, the one that matters is me, I'm the only one that matters because when it comes to it that's what the policy is going to be,"

Take that America!