that is not news
such stories are ENTERTAINMENT. i personally don't give a rats ass who jennifer aniston dates, and i ignore the tabloid photo stories entirely, but, sure, have at it if it floats your boat while standing in the supermarket checkout line. it's certainly not getting better since "reality tv" has taken over, but the urge for gossip has bedeviled the human race since antony dated cleopatra and far far beyond. fair enough.
but that is not news.
neither is, i am reminded today, a state official complimenting a federal official for doing a good job. our government OUGHT to do a good job. it's the least they can do with all the money we pay them. perhaps if someone has some information on a job not being done well by a government official, we'd all benefit to know so as to demand some improvement. yeah, yeah, perhaps a job SO well done deserves note so that we can reinforce the behavior via praise and exhort other government officials to copy the behavior, but, see, i'm figuring we should at least be waiting until the job is done before we conclude about its relative quality.
so why is it that the "news" headlines this morning include a "story" about chris christie, governor of new jersey, saying nice things about barack obama, president of the united states? is it because federal fuck ups related to katrina were so bad, that an absence of "so bad" becomes newsworthy? hardly. it's because chris christie is a republicrat, and barry obama is a demican. or, is it that chris cristie is a demican, and barry o is a republicrat? i really have trouble telling the difference...
that is not news. over 100 homes are burning in queens. the nyc subway may not become operational again for a week. certain coastal airports the same. millions are without power. and some state civil servant says that some federal civil servant has been really good on the phone? really?
put out the fires. re-open the transportation hubs. restore power to those without. and mourn the dead, of which there have been far too many.
but spare me the stupid public interest pieces about cats laying down with dogs. that is not news.