Supergirl saves lives: The numbers may be inflated

I happen to like “Supergirl.” It’s one of my favorite new shows on TV. But i think CBS went a little overboard on this bit of trivia:


So they’re saying she’s saved over 40,000 lives so far this season. I don’t get it. Sure, she’s saved a lot of people, but not a baseball stadium full. Seems like a lot of rescue inflation to me.

Still she’s doing a better job than her cousin did in “Man of Steel.”

Jesus, Clark. Take the fight into the middle of the city, why don’t you?

Ol’ Blue Eyes is 100

Frank Sinatra, who died at 82, would have been 100 years old today. He was the Justin of his time (Timberlake or Bieber in terms of making tween and teen girls first think about the day they’ll go all the way).

Now, this is my favorite Sinatra song. It was orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. There are a couple of impressive live versions, especially one arranged by Quincy Jones. And I’ve heard other studio versions with a slower tempo that just don’t work for me. Who’s idea was that, anyway?

But this version makes me feel like I’m kicking back in a private room backstage in Vegas with Dean, Sammy and Angie. We’ve all have a martini in one hand and a cheroot in the other. But not Angie, because she has class. And we know Pete will show up later, because he brings a few more broads with him. And don’t forget to call Joey, cause he’s always good for a laugh.

Ring a ding ding!


(And while I’m thinking about Nelson Riddle, he had this great earworm back in the early ’60s.)

(I wonder if Tod and Buz ever found the end of the highway?)

An extra passenger, mid-flight

I don’t know how you can be this pregnant and think a 19-hour flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles is a good idea.

The focus of the story, though is about the doctor:

A Los Angeles doctor on an overseas flight was coming home from her honeymoon when she delivered a baby on the plane.

While 30,000 feet in the air, the mother went into labor six hours into a China Air flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles.

Flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board when UCLA resident physician Dr. Angelica Zen and her husband were on their way back from their honeymoon in Bali.

“My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” said Zen. “I was a little bit nervous.”

Zen had never delivered a baby by herself, but she didn’t hesitate to help.

Good thing the doctor was on board, but again, how do you decide to fly 19 hours when you’re that pregnant.

The story says the flight diverted to Alaska and hints that the baby would be an American citizen (the parents are Chinese) since the plane was in U.S. airspace. Are Donald Trump and Jeb Bush watching. Sounds like one of their anchor baby scenarios?

But I saw an episode of “Bones” (the TV series about the hot forensic pathologist with a personality disorder) that involved an oven murder on a U.S. carrier’s flight to China. The resolution was that since the plane was American territory, Booth, an FBI agent, could arrest the murderer and take him back to the U.S. instead of handing the guy over to Chinese authorities.

So by “Bones” logic, the baby is Chinese since the plane is Chinese territory.

I mean, TV crime shows wouldn’t lie to me about jurisdictions, would they?

A Fox News background check

More from Fox News fantasy land:

Wayne Simmons claimed to be something of an American James Bond, and if you watched TV or ran his name through Google, you’d have no reason to doubt him. In his public speaking engagements and frequent appearances on Fox News, the purported former CIA operative spoke authoritatively about terrorism and clandestine intelligence operations, which he claimed he helped run for nearly three decades.

“Nobody knew who I was,” Simmons said at one event. “Nobody was allowed to know who I was.”

But according to federal prosecutors, Simmons had never worked for the CIA, and it was only by repeating falsehoods that he was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years.

On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Simmons and charged him with making false statements, major fraud against the United States and wire fraud.

Let me get this straight. Fox News brings on a guy as a expert in security to criticize the Obama administration’s moves to battle terrorism. But the expert is really a con man and just making up shit?

Just a reminder:

new study shows that viewers who get their news from Fox News are the most misinformed in the country.

World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false.


Jimmy Olsen died

Jack Larson, the Jimmy Olsen of my youth in “Adventures of Superman” died in California Sunday at the age of 87.

87! I remember when he was just a kid!


The obituaries all point out how he was typecast as Jimmy forever after playing the cub reporter with the geeky bowtie at the Daily Planet from 1952-1958. But what I didn’t know what that he was also a playwright, and had done the libretto for an opera.

He was also a “confirmed bachelor,” having been a lover of Montgomery Cliff and sharing his later years with producer and director James Bridges.

I remember his first appearance as Jimmy:

But the second episode was all his:


This is from the 1952 episode “The Haunted Lighthouse.” Jimmy goes to visit his aunt at the shore, but strange things happen, including the plaintiff cry in the distance:

I’m drowning!

Yep, that episode of Superman, seen many times in reruns in the early 1960s, freaked my baby mind out. I don’t think I watched the full episode without hiding my eyes until decades later.

But anyone who remembers the days of George Reeves (Superman/Clark Kent), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane season one), Noel Neill (Lois Lane the rest of the series and the preceding movie serial) and John Hamilton (Perry White) knows that the first season of “Superman” was really scary. (Remember the two-part Mole Men story, or the guy who trapped Superman in the chamber and tried to electrocute him, or the deserted village with the people in the gas masks? Freaky, right?) The show wasn’t really geared toward kids until the second season.

Jimmy was always getting into scary situations, but the first season it was out of curiosity. The later seasons, he was just goofy.

But that’s probably why he appealed to kids. He was just like one of us.

Here he is in a savings bond commercial with Lois and Clark:

He did appear in another Superman movie years later:

I guess this means Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill are the last survivors of the series?