Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekend reflections

Pop Culture Über Alles.  A recent WorldNetDaily article noted now CNN is now beating Fox News (and business) in the Nielsen ratings primarily because of coverage relating to the death of pop culture figures.  The key rating statistic was the 4 PM ET slot, because Fox News has the venerable and trustworthy business programme Your World featuring Neil Cavuto, who was one-thirds of what has been declared the best debate moderating team among all who led the “glorified press conferences,” as the late Tony Snow mentioned 20 years ago in an early Fox News broadcast.  (Gerard Baker and Maria Bartiromo were the other members of that trio.)  But to see how CNN trounced Fox in that slot shortly after a pop star's death showed how the country has become more Entertainment Tonight than "The Chase for the Presidency," let alone Wall Street.  Isn't hating Wall Street a popular “sport” among those what oppose Messrs. Trump or Cruz?

It's in the (rule) book!  The mocking of Sen. Cruz over his use of the term “ring” instead of “rim” forgets the most important factor of all.  “Rim” is not used in the rule book, “Ring” is the correct term in the rule book of basketball.  For an attorney such as Mr. Cruz, who pushes for a nation of laws by the book, and not by the feelings of a few people, it makes perfect sense for him to use the term “ring”.

Here is an example – NBA Rule 7, Section II, Paragraph c, “24 Second Clock:  Starting and Stopping of 24-Second Clock”:

c.  A team must attempt a field goal within 24 seconds after gaining possession of the ball. To constitute a legal field goal attempt, the following conditions must be complied with:
(1) The ball must leave the player's hand prior to the expiration of 24 seconds.
(2) After leaving the player's hand(s), the ball must make contact with the basket ring. 

We Remember.  8:17 AM EDT, May 1 always means, sadly . . .

Consider that the recent rash of celebrity deaths on the news recently will never reach the level of mourning that occurred of that moment.

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