Note of August 21, 2016: I received a comment yesterday that the program would be on Sunday AM. I thought I had posted that comment, but apparently TypePad puked out on that. This AM, the program was on. I have it recorded and will look at it later. What I saw of it reminded me of the first days of the program. The panel members at the start were John Mclaughlin, Pat Buchanan, Robert Novak, Morton Kondracke, and Jack Germond. (links are to Wikipedia). What I saw of it was a good reminder of the past issues that Sabbath gasbags focused on years ago and still waste too much time on. A neighbor refers to the media that chases a wisp trying to convert it into a major issue as hyenas. Too often that seems too appropriate. Perhaps that is the legacy of the McLaughlin show, but I think it is unfair to blame too much on the program or the panels. Right now, I am wondering what PBS will do to replace the show.
Coming up in about 15 minutes on SDPB-TV at 8PM CDT and 7PM MDT is a special on John McLaughlin who died a few days ago. I suspect this might be interesting and worth watching. Check it yourself. For all I know, it may be rebroadcast very late tonight or Saturday AM or Sunday. If anything interesting turns up, I will complete this post later.
Well, not much turned up. Technical difficulties apparently. A few minutes of an old show. I remembered the image of the press building and the old faces on the panel. I called SDPB, but answering service had no clue if or when the whole program might be broadcast. Suggested I might call back during regular business hours on Monday.
So, the real news right now is that the local Winner temperature dropped from 97F yesterday afternoon to around 65F when rain started around 6PM. The north wind worked as predicted. We got just shy of 1.2 inches. Some places near here got less and some two or three times as much. It was a good and needed rain. At 9PM on Friday the temperature is around 55F . Almost chilly out there.
*** Stay tuned even if I won't put a McLaughlin video on here--- Doug Wiken