Water Cooler — March Edition

Welcome to CNH’s Water Cooler, where fellow Hubsters commiserate and comment on current events, or whatever you like, while our boys Jon and Stephen are away.

Hey all! Hope you are having a great week so far. Although the studios are dark on 54th Street in NYC, the news cycle keeps a churnin’, with the Puerto Rican primary on Sunday inching Mitt Romney that much closer to the nomination. The primary coverage also allowed us to check out a shirtless Rick Santorum, something we ladies have been dying to see. Tuesday is my home state of Illinois’ primary, which is being seen as the tipping point, make-or-break state…of the moment. Of course, the backdrop to the Republican’s continued march forward to the nomination is our President Obama, who is quietly ramping up his campaign mega-machine (as anyone on his email list can attest), and also, endearingly, enjoying Guinness with the Common People in our country’s capital on St Patty’s Day this past Saturday.

George Clooney was sexily arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy in D.C. on Friday, ostensibly protesting that government’s treatment of its southern region and the ongoing humanitarian crisis there. I give him props for using his celebrity to highlight a worthy cause that he is passionate about….there’s another guy I know who does that…hmm….I think he is staring at you at the top of this page.

The situation abroad is very dicey at the moment, with unrest and bloodshed in Afghanistan, Syria, and France dominating the headlines. Not to bring the mood of our friendly chat down too much, but I am sure these stories would be affecting the show’s relative perspectives this week.

Now it’s your turn — I posit the following to the Hubsterdom:

What stories do you think Stephen and/or Jon would cover right now? Was there anything that happened this week which prompted you think, “Stephen would have totally talked about that”?

 
Feel free also just to chat around the CNH office’s Water Cooler. Fandom is also friend-dom.

  • Katt

    I can’t believe they didn’t use proper handcuff’s on Clooney!! They’ve gone and ruined all of my sexy fantasies now!! At least it got my creative juices flowing. I made a T-Shirt to commemorate the event [Link]

    Not at all related to anything the boys will cover next week, (though I am sure Romney’s Illinois victory will get a mention) I got to examine a fossilised Diprotodon (Giant PreHistoric Wombat) tooth in my Archaeology class. I was so excited, I simply had to tell someone. I clearly have not gotten over the Dinosaur phase yet!!

    • CN Helper

      I wish I could do something cool like examining fossils at my university. Mine was more like attempting to examine the lecturer presenting over 1,000 people’s heads- at least that’s how it felt at times. But not that I am bitter or anything like that.
      I am definitely liking the T-shirt. Could you make something Che-Guevara-like, with his grizzled good looking face peering out at you?

      • Katt

        I can’t say I’ve ever tried a Che Tee before, but I can give it a crack!!

    • lockhart43

      First, that Clooney shirt is awesome. Second, thanks for telling people to support “The Enough Project.” :D

  • Mr. Arkadin

    Thanks for doing this again, CNH!

    Frankly, what I’d most like to see next week is a “Word” about this “Stand your ground” law in Florida. I think “The Word” is the perfect avenue (if not the only avenue) to deal with this horrific crime. This way you can attack the murderer, the criminal way the case has been handled by the police, and the egregious law itself. Without, in any way, shape, or form mocking Trayvon Martin.

    • CN Helper

      After I wrote this I had the same thought as you — that the Word would be perfect for the Trayvon Martin case and the awful, convoluted “Stand your Ground” law.

      I really feel like this case is similar to Neda’s death in Iran, in that it is a shocking death that really serves as a wake up call to some screwed up stuff happening in our society and culture. This is a case about paranoia, racial profiling, racism in general – and state legislatures that legitimize criminal intent with vague, open-ended laws such as “Stand your Ground.”

    • karenatasha

      I’m right with you, Mr. Arkadin (and CN Helper). I think both Jon and Stephen have got to handle the Trayvon Martin case, and for Stephen, the Word is the way. I think it could be really brilliant, but most important, it would be a way to draw attention to the case. The police have GOT to arrest the murderer. If Jon handles it, he will be able to be more directly sincere and outraged. This is definitely the story I want them to take on.

  • Caroline

    I would also like to see Stephen and Jon do something on the Trayvon Martin case. Fortunately, it has been getting a lot of attention in the past few days. There was a huge “Million Hoodies” march in NYC yesterday – Trayvon’s parents were there and spoke. And about an hour ago the police chief who has been (mis)handling the case “temporarily” resigned!

    • karenatasha

      I’m glad this is getting the attention it deserves. I would have been at that march if I weren’t out of New York City at a conference. I wish I had been able to go.

      • Caroline

        @karenatasha – Me too! I’m in upstate NY right now. Sounds like they got a big crowd.

      • Caroline

        Just found out Albany, NY is holding a Million Hoodies march tomorrow (Saturday) I’m going to try to go. If you want to protest the Trayvon Martin case, check out if your local area is holding a march, too.

        • karenatasha

          Still in Boston–and giving my paper tomorrow. I will be there is spirit, and doing whatever else I can do. President Obama has spoken out, saying that it touched him because if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon.

          I’m trying to be hopeful that justice still will be done. If not, at the very least, we’re sending a message to Trayvon’s parents that people care.

          Hoping so very much that Jon and Stephen will address this. I do believe they will.

          • Erika

            I bet Jon will especially since he is more likely to cover the serious topics.

            • Caroline

              Just a follow-up on the march for Trayvon Martin in Albany, NY today. It was amazing. There were several hundred people. If anyone is interested, here is an online album of my 21 best photos from the march: http://bit.ly/H2Ltdi

  • Erika

    Since the things I like covered already were mentioned, I would just like to add that I’ve been waiting and hoping every day that Stephen might show up on Fallon’s show…. I think the withdrawals have been harder than usual this week, for some reason, and the chance of seeing him at all got me all worked up hehe. Since he mostly shows up on Fridays I haven’t given up hope, but he may be back in South Carolina for a bit of a vacation or something like that so if that’s the case he will probably wait until next week.

  • karenatasha

    Oh, oh: another thing for them to cover! Did you hear about Geraldo Rivera blaming the hoodie for Trayvon’s death and saying it’s as responsible as the shooter? WTF?!?! Apparently, Rivera later had to admit even his own son is embarrassed that he said that. For Jon and Stephen, those words will be like blood to a shark, because one of the easiest ways for them to deal with a tragedy on their shows is to focus on the reporting.

    • Caroline

      Geraldo Rivera never ceases to amaze me. What a buffoon! There are already pictures on Twitter of Geraldo doing weather stories in what looks like a hoodie. But maybe he is allowed to wear one since he is isn’t that dark-skinned! (and he is old)

      Fox “News” ignored the Trayvon Martin story for days. Now that they feel forced to cover it, I see they’ve put their best man on the case.

  • lockhart43

    Other than the other stories mentioned, I saw this on the Yahoo! crawl yesterday and immediately thought of Stephen: “NC, SC state line isn’t where folks thought it was”

    Surveyors re-drew part of the North Carolina, South Carolina border to narrow it down as much as possible. I guess it’s not so much a funny story as it is a story about a large number of people upset about possibly being a part of another state: “But for the owners of 93 properties who suddenly find themselves in another state, it’s a bureaucratic nightmare. The state line determines so much in their lives — what schools they go to, what area code their phone number starts with even who provides them gas and electricity. Small utility cooperatives in South Carolina are banned from extending services across the state line. Most of the properties in question are near Charlotte, N.C.” So if anything, it would be an opportunity for Stephen to jab at North Carolina.

  • Mr. Arkadin

    If any of my pinko, lefty friends haven’t seen Bill Moyers’ interview with Andrew Bacevich, I encourage you to go to billmoyers.com and check it out. And if you watch that interview, stick around and watch the video essay, “The Dangerous Road of Wishful Thinking.” Here Moyers takes a hatchet to recent TCR guest Robert Kagan and the book he was promoting, “The World America Made.” Their both fantastic! And it’s an antidote to the recent warmongering about attacking Iran in general and the notion of power through militarism in particular.