Tuesday, June 22, 2004


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"I think [President Bush] would be more kindly remembered because he hasn't had as many scandals [as Clinton]." --Republican Shannon Miller, giving her opinion in a poll in which respondants were asked which President they would rate higher. (Sources: AP and Yahoo! News)

Guess that depends on what your definition of a scandal is:

Clinton - Whitewater, which led to Lewinskygate and the pardoning of Mark Rich (suspected embezzler, money launderer and friend of international terrorists).

Bush Jr. - Abu Ghraib prison and coverup; torture of prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay; the fabrication of reasons to go to war in Iraq; VP Cheney's ties to (and profiteering from) Halliburton; the exposure of a CIA-agent by administration officials (through Robert Novak) and escorting the bin Laden family out of the country on 9/11.

Pretty striking difference, but then you're reminded that Clinton was president for eight years, Bush has been in charge for 3 1/2 and it gets a lot more striking.

But at least he keeps his pants zipped (maybe even when he goes to the bathroom). Ah, the ability of people everywhere to see only exactly what they want to see...

My Day As An Emmy Voter

Today, I got the opportunity to have an impact on that most moribund of the "Grand Slam" entertainment awards shows, the Emmys. (In case you're wondering, the other three of that slam are of course the Oscars, the Tonys and the Grammys. The Tonys are the least watched but probably the classiest, the Oscars are the Super Bowl of awards shows, the Emmys are like your best friend's ugly sister who's pretty smart, but you still wouldn't want to see naked. The Grammys are the boorish nephew you wish would just go away, even if you're sometimes fascinated to see what he'll do next.)

But I digressed--I voted by proxy for an actual Academy member who was busy recovering from a stroke and so, while able to watch a lot of TV in the past year, they were unable to communicate their choices or fill out the ballot adequately. This is sad, but since I'm never at a loss for an opinion, this was a dream come true, even if I only got to vote in the "Best Show" categories!

On the ballot, you're allowed to nominate ten choices in each of the following categories comprised of nearly 400 eligible 2003-04 shows:

Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Reality Programming (Competitive)
Outstanding Non-Fiction Programming
Outstanding Variety, Talk Show
Outstanding Special (Variety, or something like that)
Outstanding Original Movie
Outstanding Miniseries
And A Bunch of other Categories I Didn't Pay Much Attention To And You Wouldn't Either

The top five votegetters in each category become the nominees with the top votegetter taking the winged lady home in September.

As best as I can remember them, since I'm sure you're waiting with baited breath, here were my choices in the Big Three categories--Drama, Comedy and Reality - Competitive, with my choice for the Best Show in parentheses:

DRAMA nominees - The Sopranos, The Shield, The West Wing, The Wire, Deadwood, CSI and 24. (The Sopranos by a smidge over The Shield. It had a really good year and has, along with the ineligible Six Feet Under, the best all-around cast of any of the other dramas. I wish they'd get rid of Lorraine Bracco though).

COMEDY nominees - Arrested Development, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Girlfriends, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Bernie Mac Show. (Every single one of these shows had a somewhat off year, but if I had to pick the Best Comedy Series, I'd go with Sex and the City, even though it seemed more like a soap at times last year. I suspect Frasier is better than either Arrested Development or Bernie Mac, but who am I kidding, I haven't watched that show since 1997.)

REALITY/COMPETITIVE - Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, America's Next Top Model, American Idol. (Believe it or not, I only regularly watch ANTM, so that would be my choice, although I'm sure the hearty, well-cast competitors of Survivor are more likeable).

Have I bored you yet? I'll find out how many of my choices make the final nominee cut in a couple of weeks. But just like Decision 2004, it's always nice to make a difference.

A Note for Future Blogs

Soon I will be taking my entertainment and sports related observations (including film reviews) and starting a new blog through Blogger.com (they're free people, get in on the act!) When I have it set up, I'll let you know if you're curious.

Another Quote from Orwell

This one is used effectively by Michael Moore in Fahrenheit 9/11:

"The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous."

Until next time, thanks for your time. You know who you are... :-)