Sunday, May 02, 2004

This coming Thursday is the end of "Friends" on NBC. I, for one, am glad that these overgrown adolescents will be going bye-bye this week. Sure, the show will and still exists in syndication, but after the show is gone, all I can say is GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!! Please take the show and all of the NBC-GE corporate hype and just flush it. The only person from the cast that I will in any way miss will be Jennifer Anniston and that's only because I liked her performance in "Office Space".
I never saw the show, so maybe someday if I'm feeling REALLY bored, I might watch it in syndication and MAYBE figure out what all the hype was about. Let me see...four single people having sex outside of marriage and apparently not working either somehow hanging together for 10 years. I think what has irked more than anything has been the needless, senseless hype that has come with the show. Does anyone seriously think that any of the cast or crew would reveal juicy bits of info from behind the scenes to either Matt Lauer or Katie Couric?
I have been inundated constantly on NBC's affiliate about the cheap drama that has spawned from the set of a blasted sitcom. Give me a break. When did the show change from a sitcom about 4 seeming adults to some cheap melodrama about 4 overgrown adolescents.
If it wasn't for "Friends" going to syndication purgatory, it would be "Frasier" getting the hype. Note to NBC: Thank you for mercifully killing off a spinoff that had outlived its shelf life. If it wasn't for "Friends" I would get swamped with Kelsey Grammer's mug in some sitcom-spinoff-turned-cheap melodrama that, hey, is shockingly (sic) similar to...."Friends". Imagine that.

On a different note: I was watching the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and they played some clip of John MacNammera talking to then President Johnson on the phone about the Viet Cong in the mid 60's. The implication from Mr. Williams' lead was that our involvement in Iraq was a repeat of Vietnam. There you had the Secretary of Defense saying that the Viet Cong in a particular location and saying "there are only about a couple thousand" and trying to convince the President that this was some small operation. The implication from the "news" was that Rumsfeld is basically repeating the same mistakes that MacNammara made some 30 years ago. There are some similarities between the Viet Cong and the rabble rousers in Fallujah. The biggest similarity is that a foreign country is helping the uprising that we are involved in. In Vietnam, it was the Soviet Union and China. In Iraq, it is Iran and Syria. We have an uprising in Fallujah just like the Viet Cong in 1968. The problem with all of this is that Iran and Syria ARE NOT a world superpower like the Soviet Union. Had the dissent not been so vocal and heated, we might have stopped "playing pattycake with the terrorists" in Fallujah and could have really put down this uprising and secured Iraq.
Of course had Donald Rumsfeld had his way, things might have been much more stable and secure for us and Iraq with the training and use of Iraqis in the liberation of their country to chasing the terrorists into both Syria and Iran. Had the 4th Infantry Division been allowed to come down from Turkey, the region around the city would have been subdued. Had our State Department shown some truly independent thinking, our policies even now might be different. It isn't too late to change course, but it will take A LOT of work and effort on everyone's part.

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