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News Roundup – Rangers fail, Kevin McCarthy cannot speak, Watching Failure

It is unclear how it could have been much worse. The Texas Rangers reportedly have one of the best bullpens in major league baseball. They are leading 10-6, at home. It is the top of the ninth inning. The Texas Rangers and their fabulous bullpen give up five runs and end up losing to the Los Angeles Angels, 11-10. It was an epic failure. It is unclear how a team comes back from such a devastating loss.

Kevin McCarthy is running for John Boehner’s old job. He has made several recent television appearances which simply did not go that well. His speaking style is somewhat difficult to understand. I am not sure whether he has dyslexia or has word-finding difficulties or what. He is difficult to understand. I mean, he really cannot speak the English language. This begs the question, how did he get elected to Congress if he cannot communicate effectively? Personally, I find it sad that he cannot communicate. He did manage to mumble and bumble himself into a huge pickle when he stated that the Benghazi Committee was specifically formed in order to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.

There was a time when we really did not focus on failure in the United States. We could watch television and look for excellence. The Gong Show was the first show that I remember in which Americans would wait for contestants to fail. That was funny. That was riveting. Now, with reality TV, we look for people to fail all the time. Sure, American Idol can find some absolutely fabulous talent, but at the same time many Americans tune in to those early shows to watch folks crash and burn on national TV. There is this new show on the NFL network called Undrafted. In this show we follow NFL hopefuls. These folks were drafted and, for the most part, their prospects for making the NFL are somewhere between slim and none. I am sorry, but I do not find this compelling TV. I find it sad. On the Golf Channel, we can see the same type of thing. Web.com participants battle low-ranking PGA participants for 50 PGA cards. We can see young and up-and-coming golfers make it on the PGA tour but at the same time we can see somebody like Jhonattan Vegas, a one-time rising star who is battled injuries, struggle and then flame out.

What's going on – Evening News Roundup

Tuesday Evening News Roundup

  • The charges were dropped without explanation for five detainees in Guantánamo Bay. Remember, we were told that those being held at Guantánamo were the “worst of the worst.”
  • Ford Motors just lost 5% of its value.
  • There are literally 700 billion different polls. 538 does a great job at explaining the different inner workings of the eight different national tracking polls. It is outstanding reading.
  • Four years ago, when I was struggling to put together a book that was fair but critical of the Bush administration, I could not imagine the change and havoc occurring in the country these days. The Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is in a world of trouble. A new poll from SurveyUSA reveals that McConnell is in a tie with his Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford (48-48). Very sweet!
  • Representative Robin Hayes (Republican — North Carolina) has said that “liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.” The good news is that Larry Kissell is a great Democrat who barely lost to Robin Hayes two years ago. Larry needs our support. I contributed financially two years ago and have again this year.
  • A new poll shows that McCain’s biggest problem is exactly what he thought would be his biggest asset six weeks ago — Governor Sarah Palin. No matter how much she smiles and winks and waves, she somehow seems to put her h foot in her mouth, high heels and all, every time she’s asked to give an impromptu answer. A third grader at a local Colorado elementary school asked the vice presidential candidate, “what does a vice president to?”  Now I know what you’re thinking. I thought the same thing. There should be no way for her to screw up this simple question. Oh, how wrong we would have been. Governor Palin said, “They’re (vice presidents) in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the Senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon (the third grader) and his family and his classroom.” If this were the Gong Show, it would be time to hit the gong right now.
  • The federal reserve has agreed to lend up to $540 billion to help stabilize money market mutual funds. I guess the amount of money that we have to “stabilize” different aspects of Wall Street is practically endless. NOT!(Just remember that it is the McCain-Palin campaign calling Obama a socialist.)
  • 26 newspapers that backed President Bush in 2004 are now backing Senator Obama.

Radio Forerunner Of Gong Show

I read the following in E.L Doctorow’s novel World’s Fair, which is an account of growing up in New York City in years just before American entrance into W.W. II —

” …Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour, a radio program. Aspiring musicians were contestants on the program, and if they were no good, Major Bowes would ( bang a gong) to stop their performance. It made you laugh even though it could not have been funny to whoever it was who might have been rehearsing for weeks to be heard on the radio and hoping to win a professional contract from the appearance.”

While this is from a novel, the show did in fact exist.

This is pretty much the same as The Gong Show that ran in the late 70s. I enjoyed The Gong Show as a kid but today I’m sure I would find it very mean just as I find many so-called reality shows. However, I might still watch The Gong Show because it was absurd. I think I would watch it but not admit that I do.

I’m sure plenty of people knew The Gong Show was an imitation of another show. But I never knew.

Here is what is says in the Bible: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Here is a link to the Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour.

Here is information about Edward Bowes.

Here is information about The Gong Show.

Here is information about Gong Show host Chuck Barris.

Here is a review of World’s Fair.