Friday, July 30, 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 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.


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.


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