Archive for July, 2010

THE “CHILE, PLEASE” AWARD

July 31, 2010

This week’s award goes to former Republican Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania for saying he’s “mulling a run for the presidency”. The very audacity of his even thinking he has a chance let alone saying it publicly makes me laugh out loud. I mean, it’s not like he was a two-term incumbent who was defeated 59% to 41% in the 2006 U.S. Senate election by Democratic candidate Bob Casey, Jr. in the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent Senator since 1980.

Quotes of the Week

July 31, 2010

“Well, in the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle and Sasha and Malia, and we went on bike rides and hikes, and the girls are gettin“Well, in the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle and Sasha and Malia, and we went on bike rides and hikes, and the girls are getting old enough now where they’re not quite teenagers yet, so they still like you (AUDIENCE LAUGHTER), but they are full of opinions and ideas and observations, and it’s just a great age. Malia just turned 12 and Sasha just turned nine, and it couldn’t have been a better couple of days.” – President Barack Obama responding on The View to Barbara Walters asking, “In the last month what has been the rose?”

“I want to assure all of you that the Recovery Act funding provided for transportation infrastructure projects is ‘out the door’ and making a difference. Of the $48.1 billion provided in the Act to support transportation improvement projects, nearly $38 billion of these funds has been obligated on more than 14,800 highway, transit, aviation and shipyard projects in every State of the Union, the District of Columbia, and several of the U.S. territories.” – Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation and former Republican congressman from Illinois on July 27th.

“The poor in our country are enormously better off than the rest of the world.” – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul to a group of voters in Kentucky recently.

“Who are they taking America back from, and who are they giving it to?” – Reverend Al Sharpton in Time Magazine talking about Glen Beck and Sarah Palin’s Take Back America tour earlier this year.

“Some adults will spend their money foolishly, but it is not the purpose of the federal government to prevent them legally from doing it.” – Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), on a proposal in Congress to tax internet gambling.

“Sixty years ago I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea, and as a result I wrote a book saying that I hadn’t had a bad day since. Today, I have to reassess that statement.” – Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) after House ethics committee detailed 13 charges of ethics violations against him.

“What’s clear is that while the President took bold action to pull our economy out of the ditch that Republicans had left it in, the GOP sat on the sidelines playing political games that didn’t do a thing to help American families. So, thanks, but we’ll pass on advice from a party that spent more time helping the Southern California sex club economy than the American economy at large.” – DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan responding to the RNC’s latest ad against the president.

“Nothing Obama does will ever make you f**king happy.” – Daily Show host Jon Stewart responding to those who said President Obama shouldn’t have appeared on The View.

Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010

QUOTES

“Well, in the last month the rose has to be a couple of days we took in Maine with Michelle and Sasha and Malia, and we went on bike rides and hikes, and the girls are getting old enough now where they’re not quite teenagers yet, so they still like you (AUDIENCE LAUGHTER), but they are full of opinions and ideas and observations, and it’s just a great age. Malia just turned 12 and Sasha just turned nine, and it couldn’t have been a better couple of days.” – President Barack Obama responding on The View to Barbara Walters asking, “In the last month what has been the rose?”

“I want to assure all of you that the Recovery Act funding provided for transportation infrastructure projects is ‘out the door’ and making a difference. Of the $48.1 billion provided in the Act to support transportation improvement projects, nearly $38 billion of these funds has been obligated on more than 14,800 highway, transit, aviation and shipyard projects in every State of the Union, the District of Columbia, and several of the U.S. territories.” – Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation and former Republican congressman from Illinois on July 27th.

“The poor in our country are enormously better off than the rest of the world.” – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul to a group of voters in Kentucky recently.

“Who are they taking America back from, and who are they giving it to?” – Reverend Al Sharpton in Time Magazine talking about Glen Beck and Sarah Palin’s Take Back America tour earlier this year.

“Some adults will spend their money foolishly, but it is not the purpose of the federal government to prevent them legally from doing it.” – Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), on a proposal in Congress to tax internet gambling.

The GOP/Tea Party Contract: DNC Chair Tim Kaine, DNC Vice Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and other Democratic members held a press conference on Wednesday to introduce what they say is the “Republican-Tea Party Contract With America.” These Democratic leaders, DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan told MSNBC’s First Read, “will present the American people a handy 10-point blueprint for how the Republican-Tea Party would govern, based on actual positions taken and held by Republican-Tea Party members.” The blueprint includes: repealing the health-care law, privatizing Social Security or phasing it out altogether, extending the Bush tax cuts for the well-off, repealing financial reform, and abolishing the Education and Energy Departments.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Congressman Charles B. “Charlie” Rangel is a decorated Korean War veteran – Purple Heart and Bronze Star – has been a member of Congress since 1971 and is the senior member of New York’s congressional delegation. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, a former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and has served his Harlem NY district well over the years. I say all of this to say that I hope and pray with all my heart that the congressman is able to come to a settlement on the very serious ethics charges he currently faces and does so in a way that allows him to leave office with dignity and doesn’t give the GOP another talking point for the important fall elections.

As the summer congressional recess approaches, I can’t help but think about last summer’s scream-fests disguised as Town Hall meetings and wonder what this August will be like considering what’s at stake in November.

How is it that the same person who once denounced Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as “agents of intolerance”, who reduced Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a sputtering rage with his efforts to ban soft money from campaigns, who opposed George W. Bush’s tax cuts, and who stood up to Dick Cheney on torture is the same one who picked Sarah Palin as his running mate and now proclaims that “I was never a maverick” after running on exactly that identity?

Lindsey Graham has gone from being John McCain’s understudy to his replacement in the role of “current sane Republican Senator not from the state of Maine”.

The ideologically pure Ronald Reagan that so many Republicans now revere, barely resembles the more pragmatic Reagan who actually ran the country.

It must be killing the Reverend Jesse to see the Reverend Al on the cover of Newsweek and open it up to find a mostly positive story inside.

Elisabeth Hassellbeck of The View puts the D in dimwit, the L in lame-brained and the S in stupid.

Is the Arizona immigration law that state’s way of saying “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!”?

Isn’t Sumner Redstone too old for this “s**t”?

What does it say about our nation’s intelligence when Jersey Shore is a hit and the people on it are considered “stars”?

I can’t be the only person totally uninterested in Chelsea Clinton’s wedding this Saturday, can I?

If I were Adam Sandler, I would have cast Salma Hayek as my wife in Grown Ups too! That’s one of the perks of producing your own movies.

Is it just me or is Russell Simmons too damn old to still be wearing baseball caps EVERYWHERE?

The A-Team must have really been a terrible movie because not one single “independent DVD distributor” in my area has it for sale.

Changing Times – Amazon announced last week that they are selling almost twice as many digital books as they are hard copy.

Only In America. 30 TV ads – one per team – produced by Major League Baseball as part of a campaign with First Lady Michelle Obama to fight childhood obesity. Unfortunately, 19 of those teams also have all-you-can-eat sections in their stadiums. Can you spell hypocrisy boys and girls? I knew you could.

Well, now we know why the Washington Nationals were being so careful with prized rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg. Maybe sportswriters, radio talk show hosts and those in the blogosphere will let teams run their business without a bunch of hot-air from those without a clue.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the Carolina/Duke basketball rivalry isn’t real. Coach K of Duke was on the Dan Patrick Radio Show Thursday and in response to a question about signing autographs if he were out to dinner at a Chapel Hill (home of the Tarheels) restaurant, he said, “I will never go to Chapel Hill [except when we play Carolina.]”

THE “CHILE, PLEASE” AWARD goes to former Republican Senator Rick Santorum for saying he’s “mulling a run for the presidency”. The very audacity of his even thinking he has a chance let alone saying it publicly makes me laugh out loud.

I hope that the universal love that Lorenzen Wright has been receiving since the sad news of his apparent murder in Memphis is in some way, a comfort to his grieving family, friends and former teammates everywhere.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 2010

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QUOTE OF THE YEAR  

“It’s a combination of being against what Obama is for, and also giving certain specifics of what we are for. Having said that, I don’t think we have to lay out a complete agenda, from top to bottom, because then we would have the national mainstream media jumping on every point trying to make that a campaign issue.”  – Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on July 15th responding to radio host Bill Bennett who had asked, “Is it enough for Republicans to say we are opposed to what [Obama’s] doing — stimulus, health care, we don’t like what he’s doing with the government, and look at the job situation — or do we need to have meat on the bones? And say, this is what we are for? Do we have to have positive proposals?”

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“I go from being in a Toyota to a Bentley. It’s a beautiful thing.” – NBA player Al Jefferson on being traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Utah Jazz.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Make no mistake about it: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is running for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination as his upcoming trip to the Iowa State Fair clearly indicates.

What I like most about Florida Governor Charlie Crist is that he never once backed down from or apologized for his support of the stimulus bill and his welcoming President Obama to Florida shortly after the bill passed last year. His welcoming the president, his public support (and hug) at a public event basically cost him the GOP nomination for the Senate and caused the lunatic fringe of the GOP and Tea Party in Florida to “refudiate” him and frankly, it’s probably the best thing that could have happened to him and his campaign.

I can only speak for myself but, I think “Master Chef” is going to be even better than “Hell’s Kitchen”!

First it was Angels’ first basemen Kendry Morales who suffered a season-ending broken left leg when he leapt onto home plate after a walk-off home run back on May 29 which led to the Angels and a few other teams changing the way they celebrate come from behind wins. And now, I’m guessing the Florida Marlins will be changing their celebrations after reigning NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan was hurt while delivering a pie in the face to teammate Wes Helms. Coghlan, who plays left field for the NL east team, is headed for the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and could need surgery.

I like to think that I’m a fairly compassionate person, but I must admit to feeling pretty good hearing the news that Jack Tatum died Tuesday (27th) at the age of 61. I met Daryl Stingley in Chicago in 1990 and can never forgive Tatum for being so callous after his hit in an exhibition game left Stingley paralyzed from the neck down. RIH (Rest In Hell) Jack Tatum.

Now that Terrell Owens has signed with the Bengals, will there be enough oxygen in Cincinnati for both he and Chad Ochocinco?

Any NBA fan knows that the Lakers will have a bulls eye on their back whenever they walk into an opponent’s arena this year as the back-to-back champs, but will it be as big as the one the Heat will be wearing on theirs? It will be interesting seeing how Chris Bosh, who played in the media outpost of Toronto and just two seasons  ago was posting videos on YouTube asking for All-Star votes, handles the increased scrutiny.

The Lakers doubled their tattoo total with the signing of forward Matt Barnes.

Sorry, I was reminiscing about the “Tony Rich Project Era”.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY “They keep on trying to take us back.” – President Obama on the GOP agenda Monday.

Two Very Telling Quotes “We’re very comfortable where we’re at; we have very few members who feel endangered. We feel like we are reflecting a broader mood of dissatisfaction. Right now, the American people want us saying no.” – Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.) a veteran Republican and a deputy whip in the House.

“Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera? God, what am I supposed to do?” – Ken Buck, in a primary for U.S. Senate in Colorado, tells a “supporter” who turns out to be a Colorado Democratic Party tracker with a tape recorder in his pocket.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Will/Has Afghanistan become this president’s Viet Nam?

While the 2008 election was a choice between Barack Obama and John McCain, this fall’s midterm elections are a clear-cut choice between going backwards (George W. Bush’s failed policies) or moving forward (Barack Obama’s vision for America) and if a virtually all-white party (GOP) still has relevance in the multiracial, multicultural country that America has become.

I really wish that Charlie Rangel would make a deal with the House Ethics Committee and retire with as much grace as is still possible. I hope he understands that in this tough political climate, the Dems will cut him loose with the quickness.

Meg Whitman seems to have a legitimate chance to defeat Jerry Brown for the governorship of California, but Carly Fiorina seems to be fading fast in her quest to defeat incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer.

How can some people criticize what the Clintons are spending on their daughter’s wedding? It’s their child, their money, their business. Geez, get a life.

What is Ford doing so right that GM and Chrysler aren’t? Was the key bringing in a CEO (Alan Mulally) who had been a success in another manufacturing field (Boeing Aircraft) who had fresh ideas? Of course, the new Mustang sure hasn’t hurt!

From The “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” Category

I was at the Central Avenue Jazz Fest with my good buddies Leroy and Antwine on Sunday afternoon and while they went to get some food, I overheard two motorcycle club members – in leathers and club colors – talking and one of them said, “Well, as Ken was saying on John and Ken the other day…” If you’re from LA, you know my surprise because John and Ken are as conservative as they come and these two looked more likely to listen to anyone BUT John and Ken.

The Pitt/Jolie clan is a walking, talking Benetton ad!

Which happens first: President Sarah Palin or a “Bachelor’ or “Bachelorette” of color?

Be still my heart. Amanda Byrnes has unretired!

Am I the only one besides Sinbad surprised and disappointed that Sade didn’t tour this summer?

I get that many of today’s young NBA players look up to LeBron James. I just don’t know why they do.

Fun Fact That Might Interest Only Me

Already a veteran of the Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, newest Laker Matt Barnes this fall would become the first player to have suited up for all four California-based NBA teams.

Everybody BUT Lance Armstrong is lying about him using PEDs? I think Floyd Landis is about to become the Jose Canseco of cycling.

If USC head coach Lane Kiffin set a goal of pissing off the entire state of Tennessee, he’s off to a great start. I mean, when was the last time an NFL team sued a university? Never would be my guess.

Could the NFC East – Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins – be the toughest division in the NFL this season?

I love the fact that Cowboys’ rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry veteran receiver Roy Williams’ pads after practice on Sunday. “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads”, Bryant said of the tradition where veterans hand their pads to a rookie after practice. I hope Bryant’s the one who gives his fellow rookies the strength to stand up to and end the stupid, outdated “hazing” practices prevalent in professional sports. Tony Dungy, as classy a man who ever played and coached in the NFL, did not allow hazing on either the Buccaneers or Colts when he was the head coach.

Shaq and TO looking for jobs. Isn’t this a sad statement on what two future Hall of Famers’ careers have come down to, especially Shaq’s? If he signs with another team, it will be his SIXTH and TO is practically going around the NFL with a sign that says “Will Play For Damn Near Anyone Who Will Have Me”. While neither man has ever been in any serious trouble off the court or field, Shaq has been known to burn bridges every time he leaves a team and TO, well, he’s TO.

One thing I know about big-time sports teams owners is that they hate not having control. So, I look for the NBA to definitely attempt to regain some control over free agency moves and trade “requests” in the next collective bargaining agreement.

Sorry, I was reminiscing about the “Jon B Era”.

Random Thoughts

July 26, 2010

When politicians like Michelle Bachmann, John Boehner and Sarah Palin stand before virtually all-white crowds and say things like “We need to take back our country”, that’s playing to racist attitudes.

The presence of a thoughtful, competent black man named Barack Hussein Obama at the helm of the world’s most powerful nation seems to frighten the GOP so much that they are willing to run on the failed policies of George W. Bush in an attempt to regain control of Congress this fall.

One thing that President Obama doesn’t get nearly enough credit for is his willingness to meet and talk with those who have opposing views. One of the most shameful points in George W. Bush’s presidency, among many, was his refusal to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iran, because she opposed the war.

Say what you will about Republicans in Congress, and God knows I despise them with every ounce of my being,  you have to give them credit for party discipline in opposing the president. This is something Democrats could and should definitely learn from.

I wonder how different things would be in Arizona right now had Janet Napolitano remained governor instead of becoming Homeland Secretary in the Obama Cabinet.

Minnesota’s nut-job of a representative, Michelle Bachmann, said last week that if the GOP regains control of the House in the fall, “I think all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another and expose all the nonsense that has gone on” and House Minority Leader John “The Orange Undertaker” Boehner, who would become Speaker, added that he would immediately repeal health care reform as it “not only ruined the best health care system in the world, it’ll bankrupt the country.”Well, I sure hope Democrats heard them loud and clear and start playing “tit-for-tat” and reminding voters what life under Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be like.

What in God’s name has Sylvester Stallone done to his face?

I recently saw a TMZ story on Tracy Morgan and he was walking down the street in NYC with his and all I could think was, damn, Tracy Morgan has a posse?

Can anyone tell me what it is that Michael Lohan does for a living or why Jersey Shore is a hit TV show?

To those sportswriters who are bemoaning a Shaq-less NBA if he doesn’t sign with a team soon, I have this to say: there was an NBA before Shaquille O’Neal and there will be one after him.

Fact That Might Interest Only Me – O’Neal is the last active NBA player to have appeared on the Arsenio Hall Show.

While you haven’t been paying attention, the Dodgers first baseman James Loney has very quietly become one of the best at the position in the National League.

Sorry, I was reminiscing about the “Troop Era”.

Ten Things You’ll Never Read or Hear Said

July 26, 2010
  1. Richard Simmons is a man’s man.
  2. And the Nobel Prize for Peace goes to Osama bin Laden.
  3. Gee Congressman Boehner, you look a little pale today.
  4. Ladies and gentleman, your NBA champion Los Angeles Clippers.
  5. Knight and Day is a great movie!
  6. Wow, Mary J. Blige stayed on key for the whole song.
  7. Those Kardashian girls sure are a classy bunch.
  8. And the Academy Award goes to Tyler Perry.
  9. Welcome to Israel Minister Farrakhan.
  10. President-elect Sarah Palin.

HOW DEMOCRATS CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER

July 25, 2010

“This is where we were then; this is where we are now.”

Those twelve words should, no, must be at the core of President Obama and the Democratic Party’s message and platform for this fall’s crucial midterm elections. It would be the equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” from his 1980 campaign against Jimmy Carter in that it would starkly frame the difference between the Democratic and Republican visions for America.

Ronald Brownstein, one of the most respected political writers of our time, recently wrote in the National Journal that “If the economy produces jobs over the next eight months at the same pace as it did over the past four months, the nation will have created more jobs in 2010 alone than it did over the entire eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.” I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

Granted, Brownstein’s words probably ring a bit hollow if you’re still seeking meaningful employment. But, what he said cannot be discounted and it must be a part of every Democratic candidate’s message this summer and fall – Things are not perfect but they’re nowhere near as bad as they were when President Obama took the oath of office in January 20, 2009 and they’re nowhere near as bad as they would be if John McCain had won and he and Sarah Palin were running things with a Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

TAKE A BOW LINDSEY GRAHAM

July 25, 2010

I hope with all my heart and soul that his colleagues in both chambers of Congress listened to and understood Senator Lindsey Graham’s thoughtful and measured words before the Judiciary Committee’s recent vote on Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I hope that they will recognize the statesmanlike tone and content of what Graham said. Much like Colin Powell’s brilliant remarks prior to his endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008, Graham laid out his case for confirming Kagan’s nomination in clear, precise language that few could disagree with.

But don’t think for a minute that Graham was or is throwing in the towel in opposing the president’s policies that he doesn’t agree with.  He said that except for John McCain, no one spent more time trying to beat President Obama than he did. He made it clear that Kagan was not someone he would have chosen.  But, there was meaning in Graham saying that “I’m going to vote for her because I believe the last election has consequences” that should resonate far beyond the walls of the room in which the Judiciary Committee met to question Kagan and vote on her nomination.

Graham was sending a message to his party that Democrats would be wise to heed as well. On one hand, he was merely stating the obvious fact that Republicans are the minority party. On the other, he was reminding them that the upcoming midterm elections are of paramount importance to their stated goal of overturning the policies and laws that the Obama administration has been able to implement.

Elections have consequences. Lindsey Graham clearly knows this and so should everyone else.

Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010

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QUOTES

“I’ve told my team and I told my agencies that we have to make sure that we’re focusing on doing the right thing instead of what looks to be politically necessary at that very moment. We have to take our time and, and think these issues through. … If there’s a lesson to be drawn from this episode, it’s that rather than us jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers at each other, we should all look inward and try to examine what’s in our own hearts.” – President Barack Obama talking about the Shirley Sherrod situation to Elisabeth Leamy, “Good Morning America” consumer correspondent.

“If we want to be clear with the American people, we have to acknowledge we didn’t do it right when we had the majority the last time.” – Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) citing earmarks and excessive federal spending as areas in which Republicans failed to practice fiscal discipline. Mr Ryan, it’s very “clear” to the American people that you [the GOP] didn’t do it right when you last had the majority.

I owe Ms. Sherrod an apology for not doing my homework, for not putting her remarks into the proper context. [Based on how my own words have been taken out of context in the past] I well understand the need for honest reporting.” – FOX News talk show host Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor”. Of course, that didn’t stop O’Reilly from attacking Ms Sherrod later on in the same broadcast. But, I digress.

“I’ve got real empathy for those who are unemployed, as most of you know I’ve got 11 brothers and sisters. I know that three of my brothers lost their jobs, I’m not sure whether they’ve found jobs, yet, so I’ve got a lot of empathy for those caught in this economic downturn.” – House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio on Wednesday. Gee John, have you thought about picking up the phone and calling them? 

RANDOM THOUGHTS

For anyone who has any doubts about where Republicans stand to today, read this column by

Paul Krugman of the NY Times – “Addicted to Bush”: http://nyti.ms/azLTXv

The Shirley Sherrod situation is something that should have never reached the point where President Obama had to get on the phone with her. This type of incident is something that should and could have been handled better and should have never reached the Oval Office. Example: the CEO of a Fortune 500 company doesn’t have to get involved with something this far down the food chain.

Once we get past the Sunday morning talk shows, the Shirley Sherrod story will fade into the background even though she’s trying to extend her “15 minutes of fame” by stretching out her decision about taking the new job she’s been offered.Yes, I know it’s because of the whole meida storm and all but, considering what’s going on in this country and the world right now, this is piddling s**t that if I were POTUS, I’d be p****d off that I had to deal with it. AND, my chief of staff would hear about this from me! Now, tell me I’m wrong.

Are we supposed to believe that no one on the Bell, CA City Council knew how much their city manager, police chief and others were making until last week? How is it possible that City Manager Robert Rizzo makes almost twice as much as the President Obama ($787,637)?

I think most people will agree that political campaigns go on far too long these days and based on that, anything can happen between now and November in this 24/7 media, blogging world we now live in. But, right now, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, thought to be dead in the water just a few months ago in his re-election race in Nevada, is starting to put some distance between himself and Republican challenger Sharron Angle who may be nuttier (if that’s even remotely possible) than Rand Paul.

Speaking of Nevada, a group is running ads against Reid for, get this: not bringing enough stimulus money to Nevada after campaigning AGAINST the bill last year. Add this to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, this week saying that GOP elected officials tell him in private that the same stimulus funds that they voted against and continue to denigrate as failing to stem unemployment are in fact, creating and saving jobs in their districts and one has to shake his/her head in sad wonderment.

I hope Democrats heed the words of crazy as bat-sh*t Michelle Bachmann – “I think all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another and expose all the nonsense that has gone on” – and John “The Orange Undertaker “ Boehner – repeal both the healthcare and financial reform bills – when they said what Republicans will do if they regain control of the House in the November elections.

Whatever happens in the upcoming House Ethics Committee proceedings against him, it’s really a shame that Charlie Rangel’s otherwise distinguished and long career has come down to this.

Who do you think would sell out Staples Center faster if tickets went on sale Sunday at 10am? Jesus, Michael Jackson or Justin Bieber?

Andy Capp still makes me laugh.

Just how cringe-worthy would a Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston “reality show” be on a scale of 1-10 with 10 be absolutely off-the charts horrific? A 12? A 15?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m looking forward to Gordon Ramsay’s new show, Master Chef , which debuts on Tuesday.

Maybe I missed it in all the fuss over Shirley Sherrod but, I don’t think an NFL team has said they don’t want Terrell Owens in about three days now.

Lance Armstrong’s performance in this year’s Tour de France has done nothing to squelch the rumors about his alleged past use of PEDs and steroids. If anything, they are increasing each and every day.

If any more former Yankees die this summer, the team will run out of space for memorial armbands and patches before Labor Day.

Speaking of the Yankees, A-Rod is on the verge of becoming the 7th player in major league history to hit 600 home runs in his career and yet, because of his admitted past steroid usage, it just doesn’t seem like a time of celebration.

Four words that are overused in sports today: “Future Hall of Famer”. I realized this when some reporters, talking about Chris Paul’s rumored trade request, referred to him as such. And as for Paul being traded to either the Blazers, Knicks or Lakers two years before his contract is up, I’ll believe it when I see it. Whether he knows it or not, his involvement with CAA’s William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley and Lebron James’ LRMR marketing company run by Maverick Carter, are putting a totally unnecessary strain and stain on his career. I wonder if he’s actually thought through what could happen if the Hornets refuse to trade him.

What the hell has happened to the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise since they traded Kevin Garnett three years ago? They’re making the Clippers look like a paragon of success.

I hear that Shannon Brown has had to put off getting any new tattoos until he signs with a team.

Dodger fans can be mad at Giant’s skipper Bruce Bochy’s knowledge and use of the rule book being the impetus for Tuesday’s loss when he forced the umpires to call out replacement manager Don Mattingly for making two trips to the mound resulting in the sudden removal of closer Jonathan Broxton all they want. But, I remember an incident from August 12, 1995 when the Dodgers defeated the Pirates, 11-10 in 11 innings, with the help of an unusual play. With the potential winning run at third base, Mitch Webster of the Dodgers swung at a pitch in the dirt. When Pittsburgh rookie catcher Angelo Encarnacion casually fielded the ball with his mask, Lasorda appealed, citing the rule which awards a runner two bases if a fielder uses his mask to touch a thrown ball. The umpires agreed and allowed the winning run to score.

In case you care, and frankly, I can’t imagine why you would, the WNBA season is still going on.

I love the Internet!

COMMENTARY ON OBAMA AND THE TEA PARTY

Personally, I don’t think there’s a bit of difference in how white Americans see Barack Obama from the campaign until now. Look at photos from 2008 and look at them now – it’s pretty much the same reaction when he’s out in public or hosts big events at the White House like the Easter Egg Roll or July 4th celebration – they love him.

If anything, positions have hardened along the same lines as they were in the campaign. No matter how many “tokens” the Tea Partiers parade before the cameras, Obama haters remain virtually lily-white and his supporters cover the spectrum of the multiracial, multicultural, multigenerational society America is today.

And, sad to say but, Obama will most likely be the only African-American president of our time. Don’t believe me? Well, look at how many years we went between female VP candidates (24). Obama as president isn’t a trend, it’s a one-time thing in that he is a singular person at a special time in American history. There simply isn’t another African-American politician out there with his unique life story and abilities. Hell, Harold Ford Jr couldn’t get elected senator from Tennessee and neither will Kendrick Meek in Florida this year.

A “perfect storm” in both the Illinois senate race (Alan Keyes) and 2008 (John McCain/Sarah Palin and the financial crisis) helped propel Obama forward and the odds of that happening again are very, very slim.

And, I predict that he will be elected to a second term because there’s not a better candidate out there and that’s why the Republicans are trying so hard to retake one or both chambers of Congress in November. They know they can’t beat him so they just hope to be able to keep filibustering, etc as much as they can until 2016.

Sorry, I was reminiscing about the “Keith Washington era”.