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A reminder to all of How It [WHCD] Is Done . . .

No, I wasn't impressed in the least with Michelle Wolf.

Posted by markpkessinger | Sun Apr 29, 2018, 02:01 AM (6 replies)

The sad case of Rudy Giuliani . . .

, , , is that if he had exited public life when he was truly at the top of his game -- that is, when he was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York -- he would have secured his place in history as a brilliant federal prosecutor who had taken down some of the most powerful figures in organized crime. As it now stands, he will be remembered as a political thug, tabloid personality and presidential also-ran, who became ever more a caricature of himself as he grew older.
Posted by markpkessinger | Fri Apr 20, 2018, 04:22 PM (23 replies)

I rendered a crazy person speechless today . . .

I managed to render a crazy person speechless today. I got on the elevator to come up to my apartment, along with another guy who lives in the building who . . . well, let's just say he "has issues." I was looking at messages on my phone, when the man said, kind of quietly, "I am Mike Tyson's nephew." Not really seeing any reason to respond to that, I continued reading. Then he said it again, a bit louder this time. So I sort of nodded, and continued reading. That apparently was not enough for him. He said, "DID YOU HEAR ME? i AM MIKE TYSON'S NEPHEW AND I LIVE IN THIS BUILDING." Realizing that he wasn't going to be content without some kind of verbal acknowledgement, but not really knowing what to say, I looked up and said, "Congratulations! And I am Loretta Keifer Swisher Harner's nephew!"

At that point, he had arrived as his floor. He left the elevator,, silently shaking his head as he left.
Posted by markpkessinger | Mon Apr 9, 2018, 02:28 PM (3 replies)

NYPD Ad -- How to Make a "Charm Offensive" Offensive

So, while watching a movie today on the streaming site, Tubi TV, i saw this ad. It is part of the NYPD's "charm offensive" ad campaign known as Build the Block." Starts out inoffensively enough, with various, mostly non-white ofticers talking about how "cops are people, too." But near the end of the ad, speaking of those who distrust the NYPD, a white officer asks, "How can they help us if they don't trust us? How can we help them?" Nowhere in the ad is there any recognition of the roots of that distrust.

Also, notice how the officer who asks the question about trust frames it first as citizens' obligation to help police, and only secondarily, almost as an afterthought, mentions the obligation of police to help the people they serve.. I was left me speechless.

Posted by markpkessinger | Sat Mar 31, 2018, 11:17 PM (2 replies)
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