Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Shaun blurts out a question about attractiveness for marriage in newest episode of "The Good Doctor"

The Good Doctor” resumed new episodes on Monday March 12 with “Pain”.
Shaun treats another man from his past, who has become paralyzed in an accident that broke a neck vertebra.  Recent pain may suggest a tumor. But ironically the nerves may reheal and the man may walk again.
Shaun asks, in front of other doctors, why a woman would want to marry a man already paralyzed, with the girl friend present.  OK I’ve had those thoughts but wouldn’t blurt it out now.
At then end of the episode Shaun is playing video games with a friend (perhaps gay) at the apartment.

There are two more new episodes this season, and the series resumes with a second season fall 2018.  When will Shaun's cat return?  

Monday, March 12, 2018

CNN series: "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History"

Sunday night, CNN premiered its new series: “Pope: The MostPowerful Man in History”. 

The one hour pilot present Pope Frances as having to soften the absolutism of Catholic doctrine in the past.

It also gave a history of late Rome, as the empire split into pieces with a Greek Orthodox church several hundred years after Christ, after the promotion of Christianity by Constantine the Great. The standard of living in Rome itself declined.
The documentary also depicts the Crusades, where Muslim communities in Jerusalem and the middle East were sacked, often with multiple home invasions, helping set up a motive for radical Islam today.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018

"The Kennedy's" in CNN's "American Dynasties"

The Kennedy's” as part of the “American Dynasties” series on CNN premiered Sunday night.
Jack Kennedy’s heroism in the PT109 is questioned;  he was quite weak physically, and may  have mishandled the battle, and was thought left.

Joseph Kennedy was at one time though of as a “fascist” by FDR.

JFK’s younger sister Rosemary was permanently disabled by a barbaric lobotomy in the 1940s;  the operation was to continue until she stopped singing.  
Earlier Sunday night, the Van Jones show hosted "candidate" Oprah Winfrey. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

NBC interviews Vladimir Putin on Dateline

In an NBC New Special, Megyn Kelly sits down with Russian president Vladimir Putin for an interview, with translation.  Here is the link.

Putin denies directing any hacks against American social media and any attempt to throw the election to Donald Trump. However Putin notes that private individuals and private companies could have decided to do so (which contradicts his own control of the media).

Putin faces re-election very soon.

The spirited Russian national anthem played at least once.  

And Putin, shirtless with a hairless body, on horseback, appears.  Frankly, he looks like he is starting transition.

And yet, the broadcast recalls the idea of a KGB agent tough guy.

Picture: The Philadelphia Orchestra recently performed the Shostakovich Symphony #7, the “Leningrad”, at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Adam Rippon looks sharp hosting the Today show this week

Openly gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon helped host the Today Show on NBC Thursday, March 8. 
Rippon discussed his trip to the Oscars and buying a tuxedo (like “The Good Doctor” in a recent episode).  Rippon is said to be one of the older skating finalists, although he looks younger than 28.  (Well, Will Ripley on CNN looks younger than 37.)

Rippon would obviously be credible as an anchor for a daytime network lifestyle or broadcast show. 
He also has said that now could be a good time to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and make amends for past squabbles over homophobia.  This would also look good now since President Trump will soon meet with Kim Jong Un.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

SNL taps into the talent of Leslie Jones, without Milo's permission

Leslie Jones (or her doppleganger) appeared on SNL last night. (You may need to turn off https to make the embed work.) 

She made fun of the winter Olympics, and especially of the fact that the Koreans are physically short.  That reminded me of Will Ripley’s encounter on the beach on CNN.

I could imagine someone making a doppleganger of Milo Yiannopoulos for SNL, and pitting the double against Leslie with Ghostbusters in the background.

Of course, the North Korean nuclear crisis is nothing to make fun of.  But they could do a caricature of Kim Jong Un and his deliberate weight gain to look like a god king. Let Milo’s double do the fat-shaming.
Why is it that that SNL always presents Sean Spicer as trans? Trump would have banned Spicer from the military.  Spicer is in the Naval Reserve.

Monday, February 26, 2018

"The Good Doctor" is pressured to buy a tuxedo for a pricey fundraiser

The Good Doctor” continued new episodes with “Heartfelt” tonight.
Shaun is pressured to attend a hospital fundraiser, and not only that, to buy a tuxedo for it.  A gay colleague recommends he just rent one, but that doesn’t seem to be good enough. I’ve never worn a tuxedo in my life.  Here we go with the radical Left, demanding workers join their specific causes, even to the point of demanding formal wear!  I do remember employers insisting on United Way participation, and trying to nudge blood donations (a sensitive issue), PACs, but never formal ware for a party.  (We actually had a seven course dinner back in 1988 for a small company.)

There are some other oddities.  A model prisoner is brought to a hospital for an organ donation, and winds up committing suicide.  And a teenage girl takes a chance with risky heart surgery so she doesn’t have to remain an invalid.  And a new colleague tells Shaun in surgery that she doesn’t respect him.