Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday Newsday?


Rumor has it that if you don't have something to say, you should stop talking. No one else follows that guideline,  so why should I?

This weekend,  chump that I am, I've turned on the news daily only to find a shocking absence of news.  Each and every time,  I took the informational bait in the form of clever,  enticing taglines like "news at eleven." Liar, liar, teleprompter on fire. 

Warning: this is neither the first nor the last time I'll rant on this topic.

Daytime news is fluff punctuated with new and exciting ways to perk up your barbecue game or how many newts are thriving in the mountain streams. Granted, I care about newts as much as the next guy, assuming that next guy is a hardcore newt-ologist aching for updates. Okay, to be honest, I probably care more about barbeque; I claim it.

The show Sunday Morning did a hard-hitting piece on a certain adhesive bandage strip company. Their product ranked high on the list of inventions that benefit bleeding, blistered or scuffed mankind; good to know. My cousin was on Jeopardy; it COULD happen to me, too, and I might use that tidbit of biomedical knowledge. Even more noteworthy was the fact that they had made enough "bandaids" to circle the world twelve times. Interesting...but not news (and I hate to get off topic, but if that is true then why does everyone ask ME where the bandaids are? Seems like you'd never be more than a few steps away from one. Look around, people; look around!)

Here's a human interest piece: a certain blogger goes out of her way not to use the name "bandaid" then gives up and says it four times 'cause she is too lazy to type "adhesive bandage strip" four times.

Remember when the idiom was "no news is good news?"  It needs to be changed to "no news is prevalent." It's on three times a day. Don't miss it. Fire up the DVR.

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On a serious note:

Rodney and his sister, Claudia
On Friday, the Rockett family tragically lost their son, Rodney, aged 28. This was a shocking loss and they were unprepared for the financial burdens of funeral arrangements. 

A GoFundMe account, the Rodney Rockett II Memorial Fund, has been established at http://www.gofundme.com/rodneyrockett to help the family lay him to rest with a proper memorial. If you can contribute, I know they would be thankful for your assistance. Sharing this message and sending it out to your blog followers would be appreciated. 

COPY, PASTE & SHARE: http://www.gofundme.com/rodneyrockett

34 comments:

  1. Oh that is so sad and he is to young. This is something the parents must find unbearable so my prayers are with them. As for news-the biggest thing I heard in the world today was that Kim Kardarshian is pregnant again (sigh) and her step dad-Bruce Jenner has been unveiled as Caitlin on Vanity Fair and he is prettier than me!

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    1. Unfortunately, Rodney's mother passed away much too young, also. Keep those prayers coming, my friend.

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  2. 28 is so young! How tragic. How good of you to post a way to help out with things.

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    1. Thanks, Geo.! There's not much that can be done to comfort them right now.

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  3. 28? Wow. So sad. Perhaps it's a good thing that there's no news to report. That means only good things are happening in the world.

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    1. I like your attitude (this sentiment is also not news...I've always liked your attitude).

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  4. That is way too young. Prayers for the family.
    Now, where are the BandAids?

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    1. They've got to be somewhere close by...I hope they're not doing their 12 wraps at the Equator...too far to walk for a bandaid.

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  5. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    That was a jolting end to a humorous post. My heart goes out to Rodney's family. Thank you for doing your part to help them raise money for final expenses.

    I also want to thank you again for being the great friend you are. ("I Wanna Testify.") There is a certain "body language" to blogging and yours speaks volumes to me. It was such a pleasure to come home late last evening weary from my travels and find your kind and supportive comment on my post, even better when I realized a while later that you returned to see if I had made it home yet and were there with me in real time as I wrote replies. In blogging, that's as good as it gets. Again, thank you!

    I enjoyed your news (or lack thereof) rant. By the way, did you hear that Kathie Lee & Hoda have replaced Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite as the two most trusted names in news? :) I hear ya about bandaids. When I'm bleeding like a stuck pig I can never find one, but every time I have lunch at my local greasy spoon, I find somebody's used bandaid in my chicken salad sand.

    Thank you, dear friend Cherdo, and enjoy your Tuesday!

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    1. Everybody gotta watch out for everybody else (the playground mantra of my favorite teacher). She was right. :-)

      And a return "thank you" for your steady support and daily presence. The thing people forget is that no one HAS TO do anything at all and when you fail to recognize that little piece of information - you start to take things for granted. In this season of my life, I'm weeding out all the things in the garden that choke out the things I want to grow and nurturing the good stuff. You're good stuff. :-)

      Thank you, today and always, my friend!

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  6. Cherdo, I choose to read blogs instead of looking at any News on the daytime television. You are right that there is nothing noteworthy on daytime....maybe the reports just aren't fed enough info, or there is so much that needs to be saved for the evening. Our TV normally doesn't turn on until evening anyway. So sad for the loss of the young man, only 28. The family must be devastated.

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    1. Yes, it was a shock for them, as you can understand. It totally came out of the blue, I believe. Keep the prayers coming for them, please.

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  7. 28 is very young, sad news indeed.

    And ugg, nothing but clickbait most news stories now a days.

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  8. Oh no! So sorry for your friends loss. The news is so depressing now too. I really have to turn it off sometimes because I just cant take so much sadness. Especially with our 60 days of rain and gray skies. I need sunshine and good news please!

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    1. My allergy prone dog hasn't had a bad episode in two months - that is good news!

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    2. We don't have rain in the forecast for the next few days either!! woohoo

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  9. I've always disliked watching the news. In the morning, it's fluff - the latest fashions and puppies. I get that, people don't want to be bogged down with misery right before heading to work. But then in the evenings twenty people were killed by a roadside bomb and your street could be next. Why you should keep your children no more than three feet from you at all times - danger lurks at every corner. Fear tactics. It's no wonder insomnia is so prominent. I just don't watch the news. I get anything about current events online or through the grapevine.
    /end rant
    I'm so sorry about your friend's loss. If I had money to spare, I would donate, but I hope just posting about it on my twitter will be enough. :(

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    1. I think that it would be perfect if you can just share the message! Thank you so much.

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  10. I do watch my local news but not the entire show. For example, I watch the first 20 minutes or so, just enough to see the main events and the weather. There is just too much negativity, and let's face it, many of the events that happen in the world we can do nothing about. I find that people complain too much, and about things that they can't do anything about. Example...weather. "It's too hot," "It's too cold", blah, blah, blah. Yeah...so deal with it! LOL! :)

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    1. It's frustrating because there really IS a lot going on in the world. Why do they ignore it or only report it if it serves a platform? Crazy.

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  11. Sorry, I got caught up in my own rant. LOL! This is sad news...and as everyone says, so young.

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    1. Especially feeling bad for Claudia; hoping the prayers will help in some way.

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  12. You will see the newt news 5 or 6 times that day plus 5 or 6 more times that week.
    RIP RR.

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    1. You got that right.

      Thanks, Mike!

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  13. I like the CBS Morning news. They actually report what is going on.
    Then the last part is their fluff but interesting fluff today it was author Judy Blume (?)
    Sunday was Bob Schieffer's last day on Face The Nation. I will miss him.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I think Bob Schieffer's birthday was more newsworthy, ha ha.

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  14. One of my newsie pet peeves? While I like FOX News, I absolutely HATE it when EVERYthing merits a "FOX News ALERT!!"
    When EVERYTHING is an alert, NOTHING is an alert.
    Hmm...that'd probably go good on a coffee cup.
    And THAT merits an ALERT!!!

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    1. I'm thankful that you ALERTED me! I needed that info...stat! LOL.

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  15. I shall donate and share the information. That young man was the same age as The Hurricane. I would be lost without my children. I don't watch the news. If something important happens,The Hurricane or Willy Dunne Wooters will inform me. The Hurricane knows what I need to know. She told me when Osama bin Laden had been killed. She has told me other important things, and we have no alerts. I am so sorry for the Rockett family.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you so much, Janie! I appreciate your kindness, my friend.

      Believe it or not, I see more news on the log in screen of my regular email first - long before the paper. And I'm the gal who wants news in print!! I can't win. :-)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo