Friday, 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”.

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