Sunday, February 08, 2015

For the Week Ending February 7, 2015

Celebrity Watch
I don’t read People magazine, but I get their three top headlines on my home page. I think some of their headlines show shallowness of entertainment folk, and what its readers apparently want to read. It also shows the low bar for achieving “celebrity.”

Behati Prinsloo Gets Piece-y Bangs: Are You Loving Them?

Vocabulary Watch

1. A stupid person.
2. A hunter.
Not much respect for hunters


Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year

The Department of Defense spent more than a half a million dollars on the male enhancement drug Viagra last year, according to government contracts.

The Washington Free Beacon reports the Pentagon issued 60 contracts worth $504,816 for the drug in 2014. All 60 contracts were awarded to Cardinal Health Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company based in Dublin, Ohio.

It’s good for soldiers to have a stiff upper lip.

NBC's internal probe is also looking into reporting by Brian Williams in the aftermath of Katrina.

It didn't take long for the scandal enveloping Brian Williams to prompt fresh scrutiny of one of the most formative reporting assignments of his career: His time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Did Williams really, as he later claimed, see a corpse float by his hotel in the French Quarter?

Skeptics noted that the French Quarter was largely dry after the devastating 2005 storm, casting doubt on Williams' account.

But that fact-check quickly drew its own fact-check.

Photos turned up Friday showing that there was indeed water surrounding the Ritz-Carlton, where Williams stayed. Individuals who were also in the area at the time have confirmed the flooding.

Dr. Gregory Henderson, a pathologist who stayed at the Ritz during the storm, told CNNMoney that he recalled waking up the morning after the levees were breached to see floodwaters that were "waist-high."

"If the question is was there enough water around the Ritz-Carlton for a dead person to float, the answer is yes," Henderson said. In a 2006 interview with former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, Williams described the horrifying scene in post-Katrina New Orleans.

"When you look out of your hotel room window in the French Quarter and watch a man float by face down, when you see bodies that you last saw in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and swore to yourself that you would never see in your country," Williams said.

This could be Brian’s next scandal. Would it be enough to take him down?
This is how the New Orleans media turned this into a local story. Shameless.

I don’t embellish my military career. Its highlight was as an aircraft mechanic during the Cuban missile crisis. I pulled out the chocks on many plans flying reconnaissance over Cuba. It was from Belle Chasse LA.


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