Not Jerry Rivers!

According to TV Week’s Michele Greppi “A Current Affair” has been canceled.

Sources say that Twentieth Television’s “A Current Affair” is over, six months after it was resurrected, and will be replaced on Fox-owned stations that carried it by a show hosted by Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera from New York.

Twentieth Television President and CEO Bob Cook reportedly delivered the news of the cancellation, which will not come as a surprise to the syndication community, late Wednesday afternoon.

Twentieth Television was not immediately available to comment on the report.

Details of Mr. Rivera’s new show and when “Affair” will leave the air were not immediately available.

Now I could care less about “A Current Affair”. Geraldo Rivera, him I care about.

When I first started going to college in New Paltz, I could get the news from both Albany and New York City. Most of the time, I ended up tuning to WABC-TV, Channel 7, in NYC with Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel. The show featured an aggressive, impressive young reporter named Geraldo Rivera, who helped break a scandal involving deplorable conditions in nursing homes.

This is before Geraldo (who has briefly Anglicized his name to Jerry Rivers) was finding nothing in tombs, and turned into the hot dog he is now. Trust me on this: once upon a time, Geraldo was GOOD. That he’s turned into this bellicose, self-serving twit makes him harder to watch than the other bellicose self-serving twits because he had such potential.

The Homeowner Gene

I rented my dwelling place for all but the last six years of my life. My parents rented (from my maternal grandmother) until I went to college. Yet, I thought I would automatically develop a homeowner gene. I developed a parent gene, after all, and I’ve been a parent for even less time than I’ve been a homeowner.

Allow me to elaborate on this devasting affliction:

The homeowner knows how to fix stuff. i don’t know how to fix hardly anything. Can I change a light bulb? Well, sometimes. But there are two fixtures in the hallway, and on one, I turn the bulb. The whole fixture turns with the bulb, but the bulb never comes out.

The homeowner keeps the lawn neat and trim. I mow the lawn infrequently, and only because I don’t want to hear from the neighbors. If it were up to me, I’d let it go wild. Or maybe rent a goat.

There is a point where if I am to cut the grass, I MUST cut the grass, based on the height of the lawn. This is because I have a push mower. I don’t mean gas-powered push mower, I mean Roger-powered push mower. Last year, we actually bought a gas-operated machine, but returned it three days later when it kept stalling out.

Wthe grass in the front of the house grows mostly slowly, because it was dug up in to fix a broken sewage pipe that was backing into our basement. The attempts to regrow grass has been slow, despite mighty, enthusiastic efforts on the part of my wife and my mother-in-law, and less than enthusiastic schlepping on the part of their husbands. My vertict: Yeah! Less to mow.

I’ve noticed, and this is also true at work, that maschines just don’t like me much. There is a schedule to replace all the computers in my office every few years, and I always screw up the rotation, because my computer has died first with some mysterious disease that even our fine techies cannot explain. I think my body emits some sort of field that slowly devastes electronic equipment.

The homeowner is clever. The first month we lived in this house (May 2000), I was clearing out the timber that was in the back yard. I stepped into the pile when I discovered a nail. Or rather, the nail discovered my foot, right through my Chuck Taylor sneaker. I pulled the nail out, then hobbled to the front of the house (because I didn’t want to bleed all through the house). I hopped up to the front door and yelled, “Carol! Come here!” She said, “I’m upstairs!” I KNEW she was upstairs; surpringly, I didn’t really care at that moment. She took me to an urgent care placewhere the doctor removed pieces of sneaker from my foot and gave me a tetanus shot.

There are other examples, but one does want to embarass oneself only so much publicly at one time.

Last day of summer short takes


“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.” “Libraries are the cornerstones of our democracy. Libraries are for everyone, everywhere. Because libraries provide free access to a world of information, they bring opportunity to all people.” – American Library Association, Library Bill of Rights. All of this to note that this Saturday marks the beginning of Banned Book Week. Participate, and find out about current attempts in our society to restrict the flow of information to legitimate users.
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And speaking of books: I had ordered a couple CDs from Amazon recently, and was shocked to get a package from Amazon today, given the fact that i received the confirmation of the CD order only yesterday. But it was the book Tales from Fish Camp: A City Girl’s Experience Working in an Alaskan Fishing Village by Danielle Henderson. I won this in a contest run by Greg Burgas. Thanks, Greg! I read the (short) first chapter, and think I’ll be liking this.
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So, I go to Greg’s page to thank him. I can’t remember when this contest was exactly, so I figure I’ll go to his page, search the word “contest” on the Search This Blog feature. But no, I get a bunch of references to contests from all of the blogs. (As Greg might say, “Stupid Blogger!”) So I look anyway. Here you can draw a lion and win a cash prize, reportedly.
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My friend Don wrote a a review of a new book about the Beatles.
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My bud David Brickman will be doing his next art criticism spot on WAMC (90.3 fm) tomorrow (Thursday) at 9:48 a.m. The topic will be two shows of paintings, one at Skidmore, one at Sage. By the way, for the out-of-towners it is possible to listen online at wamc.org (live only – not archived).
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If you’re going to the DC rally this weekend, you might check out this page.
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Hurricane Rita picked up strength Wednesday as it churned toward the Texas Gulf Coast and was upgraded to a Category 4 storm with winds topping 135 mph.
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And on the issue of hurricanes, it appears that Former FEMA Chief Brown Bought Votes in Florida. “Michael Brown, the embattled former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to published reports.”
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I was reading the Wall Street Journal from last Tuesday (it’s an occupational hazard), when I came across this headline: “Wage Winners and Losers”. The average worker LOST 0.4% from July 2003 to July 2004, adjusted for inflation. Somewhere on the linked page is the National Compensation Survey.

In last Thursday’s WSJ, this piece: “After Katrina, Republicans Back a Sea of Conservative Ideas”. It suggested that on the “list of Katrina initiatives backed by Republicans” will be:

  • Temporary exemptions from environmental laws
  • Suspension of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage laws
  • Streamlined approval process for oil refineries
  • School vouchers for displaced students, even those who had been going to public school
    Sure enough, I get a couple e-mails this week:
    Bush Suspends Affirmative Action for Gulf Contractors. The announcement by the Labor Department came the day after President Bush announced the suspension of a law that requires employers to pay the locally prevailing wage to construction workers on federally financed projects.
    Bush Proposes Private School Vouchers for All Displaced Students. Under President Bush’s plan to cover most of the cost of educating students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, parents could enroll their children in a private or religious school this year at federal expense, even if they had gone to public schools back home, administration officials said yesterday.
    Outpouring of Relief Cash Raises Fear of Corruption and Cronyism.
    It should be no surprise that the people who brought you the USA PATRIOT Act and the Iraq war in response to 9/11 should bring in some “add-ons” in light of Katrina.
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    Fortunately, Robert B. Reich has written Bush Administration Paradox Explained. “The White House’s strategy to make John Roberts the next chief justice has been the very model of meticulous planning, by contrast to its utter clueless-ness in dealing with Katrina. Robert Reich states that no White House in modern history has been as adept at politics and as ham-fisted at governing. Why?”
  • Mixed Bag CD Blog-Roger


    Do you think I’m actually going to review my own CD? Nah, it’s here for completeness sake.
    NAME: Roger Green
    BLOG NAME: Ramblin’ with Roger
    NAME OF CD: Travelogue USA #1: New York-Texas
    NUMBER OF CUTS: 16
    RUNNING TIME: 61:38
    COVER ART: Standardized computer fare
    SONG LIST: Here
    ALREADY REVIEWED BY: Nat on July 8; Gordon on July 21; Eddie on August 6
    GENERAL THOUGHTS: TREMENDOUS! STUPENDOUS! MAGNIFICANT! (I kid.) Actually, I like it. I actually play it from time to time. It’s grown on me.
    THINGS I PARTICULARLY LOVED: That Petty is almost unrecognizable.
    ON THE OTHER HAND: I agonized over changing the last track from Garth to the Harshed Mallows’ version of U.S. Blues. BTW, both songs make reference to flag-waving, but they have very different sentiments.
    OFFICE FRIENDLY: Yes
    ONLY VAGUELY RELATED: I’ve been in every state represented in this collection except Mississippi; my Alabama visit was VERY short.