Morning Joe

When I’m in the USA, I start my day with Morning Joe. I love politics as much as sports. Ever since I played Abraham Lincoln in a grammar school play, I’ve been hooked on the to and fro of democracy painfully working its magic. I stay up all night watching election returns even for the mid-term elections. So with the Yankees finished for 2011, and the Giants and Jets off to sputtering starts, and Chelsea an ocean away, and another Presidential election campaign underway, I’m totally committed to Morning Joe from 6am to 9am ET every weekday morning on MSNBC.

Morning Joe is hosted by Joe Scarborough, a boy’s boy former conservative Republican congressman from Florida, who has evolved into an eclectic, independent, right-leaning moderate as the Republican Party has moved dramatically to the right over the last several years. Joe is balanced against co-host Mika Brzezinski, left-leaning champion of the mommy issues and daughter of former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose principal role is to drive me mad and remind me that, in a democracy, other people get to vote too. Joe and Mika are joined by co-host Willie Geist, a Vandy grad and avid sports fan (sound familiar?), who keeps things moving while adding some youth and humor.

The format is three hours of relatively unstructured free-flowing chat and interviews about politics with some regular guests of multiple perspectives (a unique phenomenon on MSNBC!) periodically sitting in to join the fray. So if you like politics, or just want to keep up with the mood of the country, come join me every morning for a cup of Joe. (See also Morning Coffee).

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People tell me that blogging is egotistical. Well, no kidding! Why else would I be sitting here writing this if I didn’t think what I had to say wasn’t important enough for you to waste two minutes of your day on? Why else would I be posting pictures of myself at all ages, weights and haircuts for your amusement if I didn’t think I was pretty damn cute? Why else would I be telling you about my family if I didn’t think they were special? Why else would I be writing about movies, books, theatre, music and restaurants if I didn’t think you cared what I liked? But most important, why are you still reading this if you think I have an inflated view of my self-importance? And why are you smiling?

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The Versatile Blogger Award

A nice compliment from a new reader. See

The Versatile Blogger Award.

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The Endless Book

I am getting tired of my Kindle. I feel like I’ve been reading the same book for two years. I never feel like I’m getting near the end. Actually, I’ve read about twenty books on my Kindle in the last two years, but they all blur into one endless monotonous book. Somehow, it seems like Andre Agassi has been searching for a murderer during the construction of the Panama Canal while constructing schools in Afghanistan despite the collapse of the global economy. I long for dog-eared pages, suntan lotion stained covers and indexes that I can quickly flip back and forth to. I long for the feeling of 900 hundred pages in my left hand and only 20 in my right. And the Kindle doesn’t look very good on my book shelf either.

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X Factor

Check out my daughter’s blog post on the UK’s new season of X Factor which started last night. See Live the London Life.

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The King of King’s Road (16)

(continued from The King of King’s Road (15))

That evening the homeless man packed up his belongings and left the shelter. He did not return to his special place on The King’s Road. He was never seen in Chelsea again. 

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Pitching is Everything

The Yankees season ended tonight. Despite coming into the playoffs with the best record in the American League with 97 regular season wins, the Yankees failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs, losing 3-2 and leaving 20 runners on base in their pivotal fifth and final game against the excellent pitching of the Detroit Tigers. Many Yankee fans will, of course, point a finger at Alex Rodriguez who hit .111 in the series, struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and then struck out again to end the final game. But the real story is the pitching of the Detroit Tigers, who came into this series with Justin Verlander, the best starter in the American League in 2011, and Jose Valverde, the American League’s best closer, who finished all three Tiger wins in the series. Detroit’s pitchers consistently delivered clutch performances in tight situations throughout the series.

Tonight ended an excellent season of baseball in the Bronx that was most notable for the landmark career achievements of Derek Jeter, who became the first Yankee to reach 3000 hits (see Jeter), and Mariano Rivera, who became the all-time MLB career saves leader. Tonight’s game also marked the probable goodbye for Jorge Posada, who went out proudly hitting .400 and drawing four walks in the series. At the same time, we saw the emergence of Robinson Cano as the next Yankee legend, the break-out year of Curtis Granderson as next in a proud line of Yankee centerfielders, and the debut of young pitcher Ivan Nova, a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. Time marches on. Four months until pitchers and catchers report for spring training.

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