May 27, 2015

A WARM START ON MSNBC

As you enjoy summer, and maybe the sun of a beach, at the crack of dawn on MSNBC, 5:15 Eastern, I'll show why I too am known as the son of a beach. Or something like that.

May 25, 2015

TRULY MEMORIALIZING MEMORIAL DAY

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
TRULY MEMORIALIZING MEMORIAL DAY
BY BOB FRANKEN
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I admit it, I read my Facebook newsfeed. On frequent occasions, I am moved to tears by the video of a member of our armed forces surprising his loved ones as he returns safe and sound from a combat zone. What a happy occasion, even when it’s arranged by a ratings-hungry local TV station in conjunction with military public affairs. It usually makes its way from the news to YouTube to social media. We share in the emotional exhilaration as the missing soldier comes back unharmed to his life at home.
What we see much less of, almost none of, is the homecoming of those who have been severely maimed in combat. Occasionally, we are allowed to show the coffins arriving at Dover, Delaware, but it’s rare that we see those returning who will spend the rest of their days with a debilitating injury.
They are the ones, and there are thousands, as we know, we need to remember as we mark the Memorial Day period. They are the casualties we need to remember the next time we hear some politician trying to score sound-bite points with seemingly carefree but careless calls to march off to another war.
Many of these blowhards are the same ones who now admit that the action in Iraq was a mistake, a tragic waste, as they say, of American lives and treasure. Even the brother of the president who ordered the invasion (at the behest of his vice president), even Jeb Bush had to admit that it might not have been a good idea. Of course, he had an embarrassing struggle spitting out the words, but it doesn’t matter. This is not about election positioning, it’s about making a momentous, disastrous decision that was about politics, with little regard to the human consequences.

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May 24, 2015

NO DAY OFF ON MSNBC

I'll be starting out Memorial Day on MSNBC at 7:00 AM Eastern. If you aren't awake at that hour on a holiday off, you can DVR it and later play the commercials and roll through me.

May 21, 2015

PLATITUDE ATTITUDE

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BOB FRANKEN
FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
PLATITUDE ATTITUDE
BY BOB FRANKEN
How many times have we been told that it is essential to have an optimistic attitude? Well, guess what, folks: If you read the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (assuming your subscription is paid up), you’ll find a study conducted by three professors who conclude that a perennially positive outlook might just be overrated. As one of them told The Washington Post: “As a rule, you’ll get the advice that it’s better to be optimistic. But the truth is that it makes no difference.” In fact, according to co-author Don Moore, “Sometimes, it’s even worse.”
That’s because overconfidence can lead to debilitating disappointment and a big waste of time. Sometimes, Debbie Downer is right. Sometimes, the silver lining has nothing but clouds.
There now. Has this added a bounce to your step? Maybe not, but a can-do attitude must always be mixed with realism. As a matter of fact, it’s probably useful to put many of our expectations into perspective.
We are incessantly reminded to take care of ourselves, but what’s also healthy is this dose of truth I saw somewhere: “I eat a proper diet, exercise and get plenty of sleep. But still, I die.” That is not to say that we should lead a toxic lifestyle, but there is so much pressure to stay up late and be couch potatoes pursuing flabbiness that the motivation for being in shape is elusive.

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