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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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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May 20, 2015

BAD TIME ON MSNBC

Don't miss still another Thursday morning at 5:15 Eastern for me on MSNBC with comments that range from inane to mundane to outright insane.

May 18, 2015

NOBODY CARES


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NOBODY CARES
BY BOB FRANKEN
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Is anybody the slightest bit surprised that, according to the investigator, it was “more probable than not” that an NFL team and its star quarterback were cheating? Professional athletes cheating? Be still, my heart. At least Tom Brady more probably than not came up with a novel way to do it instead of going the usual chemical route. His nonsteroidal offense was to order his minions to pump a little bit less air in the team’s game balls in a playoff game, because apparently squishy footballs are easier to throw and catch. That’s why the league has rules about that. But, it’s more certain than not that I don’t give a rat’s sass about “Deflategate.”

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