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Life Lessons From Kissinger, George W., and Randy Jackson: Studies in Crap and Fox News are Going Places

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Going Places: How America’s Best and Brightest Got Started
Down the Road of Life

Author:
E.D. Hill, former host of Fox News’ “I Have Nothing Else To Live
For So I May As Well Watch This” Morning Show

Publisher:
The
Regan imprint of HarperCollins, the same people who brought you O.J.
Simspon’s
If I Did
It

Date:
2005

Discovered
at:
Thrift shop

The
Cover Promises:
Thin,
airbrushed blonde, tanned liked a baked potato, showing plenty of
chest in a cherry convertible? Is this the
Playboy
Channel?

Representative
Quote:
I
was six months pregnant with my fifth child when I first met Donald
Rumsfeld. Maybe it was my hormones talking, but I’ll confess I was
shocked at my reaction. Yes, he’s interesting, witty, wry, and
confident, but he’s also so incredibly handsome. Those blue eyes make
your knees weak!”

Here’s a surprise! Turns out that E.D. Hill, the former Fox &
Friends
host who left the network last year after suggesting that
the Obamas bump fists like terrorists, was News Corp’s answer to
Studs Terkel. Instead of collecting the true, on-the-ground stories
of American lives, Hill transcribes inspirational homilies about how
the system rewards hard-working dreamers.

One of those hard-working dreamers is Steve Forbes. His secret?

Find
your own adventure . . . if you let others try to shape your life,
you’re just going to be frustrated.”

This would be capital advice if it weren’t for this statement two
paragraphs down: “I
took over the company after my father died in 1990.”

Step
One to
Going Places:
Be
born a billionaire.

Next, Hill presents the accumulated wisdom of George W. Bush:

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Over
the course of his two paragraphs, a philosophy emerges: “Broaden
your horizons.”
You see, back in the seventies #43 was wrestling with the toughest
decision a young man might face: whether or not to cowboy up
and enroll in Harvard Business School. #41 sat him down and said,
“This is the perfect opportunity to broaden your horizons.”

Bush continues the tale:

I
can still hear him saying that phrase – ‘broaden your horizons’ –
to this day. As a result, I went to Harvard Business School, where I
not only learned about business, I also gained a new level of
confidence to embark upon a business career. As you know, I am the
first president to hold an MBA, and try to use what I learned there
to keep my administration disciplined and results-oriented. My
father’s advice taught me to push my boundaries and to never stop
learning.”

Step
Two to
Going Places: It is brilliant and courageous of you to allow family connections to get you into Harvard.

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Woman-melter Donald
Rumsfeld advises, “Try to work with people smarter than you are.”
Considering his co-workers in the Bush administration, this suggests
that Rumsfeld must suffer from a monumental stupidity, stupidity you
can see from space, stupidity that leaves him unfit to lug a halfwit’s
shit bucket.

Rumsfeld adds,

“You
shouldn’t weaken the government by commanding people to do things.
You lead by persuasion, and you can’t persuade people if they don’t
trust you.”

Step
three for
Going Places:
“Persuade” thousands
of U.S. troops to jaunt off to the desert without body armor.

Hill’s most illuminating interview is with Henry Kissinger. His advice? “Be
Honest.”

See, in 1969,
Kissinger almost refused Nixon’s offer of the National Security
Advisor gig! Kissinger had been a Rockefeller man, actively
organizing
against
Nixon for over a decade! So, brave Henry Kissinger did
the right thing: he told Nixon the truth and then assumed his place at the right hand of a man he
thought unfit to be president.

Kissinger adds,

I
lost all my friends, including those from Harvard. I didn’t lose them
for taking the position; I lost them for carrying out the policies of
the president.”

Step
Four to
Going Places:
Honesty might lose you some friends, but maybe — just maybe!– it
might allow you a chance to kill hundreds of thousands.

Shocking Detail:

The strangest thing I’ve ever seen in my life was Paul McCartney,
Alec Baldwin, Penny Marshal and Lorne Michaels all sitting together
at Yankees Stadium.

This photo tops that:

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A new Rat Pack! And do you
know what they were talking about?
Going
Places!

Pop Quiz!

Some of the following advice comes from terrible music enthusiast
Randy Jackson. Some come from face-lifted TV-movie star Kenny Rogers.
And some come from Studies in Crap All-Star Bill O’Reilly. Can you tell
the difference?

[To make it harder, your Crap Archivist has added “dog” to all of
them.]

A. “Don’t confide in a lot of people, dog.”

B. “Even if you play an instrument badly, dog, play it loud and
proud!”

C. “Dog, Tantra is a basic way of viewing life; it holds that
whenever a negative thought enters your mind, you should accept the
thought instead of fighting it.”

D. “There are two words in show business, dog. Show and business.”

E. “I never read the stupid self-help book about ‘The Art of War’
from some lame guy [dog] who said you had to kill your enemy.”

And Now a Very Special Announcement:

Going Places
marks the third Studies in Crap appearance of Bill O’Reilly. This is a
remarkable first. How does one man have so much crap in him? It’s like
he’s some giant infant, and the world is his diaper.

To honor O’Reilly’s rich contributions to the field, your Crap Archivist is proud to
present this, the first-ever Studies in Crap Certificate of Freedom.
Bill O’Reilly, we salute you!

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(Pop Quiz Answers: A, C, E are O’Reilly. B is Jackson and D is
Rogers.)

[The Crap Archivist lives in Kansas City, where he originates his on-line Studies for the Voice‘s sister paper, The Pitch.]

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