Archive for August, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29, 2010

Today is the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the city of New Orleans. Let us never forget those who lost their lives because of it.

THE FOOL ON THE HILL

“Attention white people of America. Don’t be fooled by the black people you see onstage today. It’s all a part of my plan to take back OUR country. I’m just using them (paying them) to fool the media. Don’t show any racist but true signs, don’t attack any ‘coloreds’ and do your best to clap in time to the music when the gospel choir sings. We will contact you telepathically upon your return to your caves, trailer parks and hovels. That is all for now. White power!”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“This is our day and we ain’t giving it away!” – Reverend Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Council.

NEWS

National Mall, Glenn Beck rally: Glenn Beck, others exhort conservatives to action at Washington rally – latimes.com

GLENN BECK, to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” re a Beck-Palin ticket in 2012: “Not a chance. I don’t know what Sarah is doing. I hope to be on vacation. I have no desire to be president of the United States. Zero desire. I don’t think that I would be electable. And there are far too many people that are far smarter than me to be president. I’d like to find one with some honor and integrity. I haven’t seen them yet, but they’ll show up. … My feeling right now is the country is in trouble. And I don’t see a political solution, because I think we’re too divided. … I think both parties have sold their souls. … So let’s take [the country’s founders] as people who knew what they were talking about. What do you say we give the whole ‘let’s turn back to God’ thing a try and see what happens?”

–Beck, asserting Obama’s “viewpoints come from liberation theology”: “[L]ook, I’m a Mormon, and most Christians don’t recognize me as a Christian, so who am I to say? I’m not judging. I’m saying most Christians would look at collective salvation — which is … my redemption is incumbent on what the collective does, so I can’t be saved unless the collective is saved. Well, that is a direct opposite of what the gospel talks about. Jesus came for personal salvation. It’s like people say, you know, you just accept Jesus and you’re saved. That’s not what my church teaches. … [T]hen you also … got to get in there and plug. You got to change your heart as well. OK. That’s what I happen to believe. … I’m not demonizing [Obama’s view]. I disagree with it.”

AL SHARPTON, in his rally remarks: “They may have the Mall, but we may have the message. They may have the platform, but we have the dream. …Just ’cause you got the spot, don’t mean you’re standing up to the dream. … We don’t have to be at the spot – all we have to be is who we are. We can dream from jail cells. We can dream from hospital beds. We can dream wherever we are. … Somebody said that there’s going to be trouble today. There’s ain’t no TROUBLE. We wouldn’t DISGRACE today by allowing you to PROVOKE us, no matter you say, no matter what you do.”

 Glenn Beck rally drew a crowd. But how big?  According to CBS News Glenn Beck Rally Attracts Estimated 87,000, it wasn’t nearly as a big a crowd as he hoped for.

Glenn Beck says not to look for 2012 Beck-Palin ticket That collective groan you just heard was the nation’s late-night TV show hosts lamenting the loss of a treasure trove of potential material for jokes.

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Fox News Rejects Media Matters Ad Highlighting Its $1 Million GOP Donation, Admits News Corp Opposes ‘Democratic Candidates’ Really? I would have never guessed.

GOP tide could reduce the ranks of women in Congress  

SEPTEMBER SURPRISE? Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, to Ed Henry, filling in as host of “State of the Union”: ‘We’re going to be rolling out an FHA refinancing effort to help borrowers who are under water in their homes get above water … And … we’re launching an emergency homeowners’ loan program for unemployed borrowers to be able to stay in their homes.” http://bit.ly/bENWal

Frank McCourt’s donation to L.A. police is to protect (his tarnished image) and to (self) serve  

Levi Johnston makes 6th visit to CBS morning show

NEW YORK – Levi Johnston chose one of his favorite television venues, CBS’ “The Early Show,” to declare on Friday that he lied when he previously said he had lied about Sarah Palin. The people at CBS News don’t even pretend to be “fair and balanced” when it comes to Levi Johnston and the Palins. Sometimes,  I get the feeling that if he said, “Sarah Palin has three breasts”, Harry Smith wouldn’t even blink before nodding and saying, “Okay Levi, describe them for us please.”

 Effective teachers in L.A. get little recognition from district 

 Zenaida Tan brims with innovative ways to reach limited-English students, handle discipline problems and keep the kids engaged. “I do a lot of singing, games,” says the teacher at a San Fernando school. Many of her students are immigrants like her.

Zenaida Tan brims with innovative ways to reach limited-English students, handle discipline problems and keep the kids engaged. “I do a lot of singing, games,” says the teacher at a San Fernando school. Many of her students are immigrants like her.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

If there are as many “angry Americans” as Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and the rest of the GOP/Tea Party claims, shouldn’t there have been 300-500,000 at yesterday’s event? After all, Beck promoted it on his radio and TV shows since last November.

The America that Sarah Palin seeks to “restore” simply doesn’t exist anymore. Thank God. Pun fully intended.

I wonder how many times Beck climaxed (cried) during yesterday’s “show”. Five? Ten?

Glen Beck trying to link himself to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr is like Robert E. Lee trying to take credit for ending slavery.

As I watched Chris Wallace interview Glenn Beck ON FOX News Sunday today – he wanted to call Beck crazy so bad you could see him biting his tongue – it hit me right between the eyes: Beck is making up his S**T as he goes along!

You know people are just hating on President Obama when you read something like this: Poll: Bush handled Katrina better than Obama dealt with oil spill  I mean, really? Better than the guy who said, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” as people were dying in the flood waters of Katrina?

Speaking of Katrina: is it just me or do you see people, especially black people, in New Orleans saying things like “As long as we can party…” and say to yourself, “There’s your problem right there.” I’m not hatin’- just asking.

Let’s say the GOP retakes either or both chambers of Congress this fall and continues to oppose and obstruct President Obama’s agenda and launch investigations ad nausea as they’ve already promised to do. Would two years of Washington gridlock hurt or help the president’s chances for re-election? After all, Bill Clinton had to face a Republican controlled House and Senate after the disastrous mid-terms in 1994 and look what he did against Bob Dole in ’96 to win his second term.

Reading that Carly Farina, the Republican former businesswoman who’s running against Democratic incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer in California, is taking her first trip to Israel so that she can prove to the Jewish community that she “stands with them”, reminds me of when Sarah Plain tried to get foreign policy “experience” by meeting and shaking the hands of a few  hand-picked world leaders at the UN in 2008 – “Hi, I’m Sarah from Alaska, what weird country do you come from?” Hey, did I mention that Boxer is Jewish? – “Alex, ‘I’ll take the real Jew over the ‘friend of Jews’ for a hundred please.”

Family Values – I saw an article about Al Gore the other day and it got me to thinking – while both Al Gore and John Edwards were put out there as the “anti-Bill Clinton” in regards to being faithful, loving husbands, they are now both separated from their wives. Meanwhile, Bill who never pretended to be anything other than who he is, is still married to Hillary.

Call me crazy but it really annoys me that I could go to Vegas today, get drunk – if I still drank alcohol – meet a woman and get married on the spot but, two people in a long-term, committed relationship can’t just because they happen to be the same sex. How the f**k is that right or fair?

If I had one wish today, it would be to get inside one of those GOP/right-wing “strategy” meetings when they’re trying to come up with new ways to attack Barrack Obama – “Let’s see, there’s no dirt on his marriage, he’s not a drunk, his kids love and adore him, no scandals about taking money or gifts under the table. Hell, he and his mother-in-law get along so well, she lives in the White House too. Anybody got any ideas? Yeah, Larry, what you got?” “Well, sir, how’s about we say he’s a Muslim on the ‘down-low’ who likes to play basketball?” “Brilliant idea Larry, absolutely brilliant! Because we know basketball is a ‘black game’ and that’s when he can hang out with all his other secret-Muslim friends and plot to take over America from good, hard-working white people. Yes Jim, you’ve got something to say?” “Well sir, the guy plays a lot of golf too.” Murmurs from around the room. “Excellent point Jim. Anyone have any ideas how we can spin that?” “I know sir, how about we say his playing golf is his way of fooling people into believing that his half-white side is in control of his body and mind while he and his Muslim friends do their dirty work?” “Great, I love it! Everybody gets a bonus today. Now, let’s get out there and tell our people some more lies, excuse me, some more ‘facts’ about Barrack Hussein Obama that will scare them into voting for us in November. WHITE POWER!”

If Diana Ross released I’m Coming Out today, that song would have a whole new meaning.

Tiger Woods’ crash last November is the most expensive single-vehicle accident in history.

Why do I get the feeling that Joe Torre misses NYC, the Yankees and George Steinbrenner?

Is A-Rod Aging Before Our Eyes? It wasn’t that long ago that Alex Rodriguez was considered a sure bet to break Barry Bonds’ career home run record. And in fact, before his own steroid usage came to light, many in and out of baseball fervently hoped that he would. However, he’s now 35 and his batting average and home run numbers have dropped in each of the last three seasons and when he went back on the disabled list last week, his .265 batting average is the worst since his rookie season.

Who says Brett Favre needs training camp? He threw two interceptions, one for a TD, against the Seahawks Saturday night that were simply breathtaking.

It’s not like I need extra reasons to hate St Louis Cardinals manager Tony Larissa – I hate his arrogance, the way he treated Ozzie Smith during his last season in 1996 and his defending Mark McGwire – but his appearance yesterday at Glenn Beck’s “Crapalooza of Hate” is just icing on the cake.

Well, that should just about take care of James Toney’s MMA “career”, such as it was.

AND THE “CHILE, PLEASE” AWARD GOES TO…Alveda King, niece of the late Martin Luther King, Jr, who spoke at the Glen Beck event on Saturday. Ms King said, “My daddy, Rev. A.D. King, my granddaddy, Martin Luther King, Senior — we are a family of faith, hope and love. And that’s why I’m here today. Glenn says there is one human race, I agree with him. We are not here to divide. I’m about unity. That’s why I’m here, and I want to honor my uncle today.” 

NOTICE

The fall semester begins for me tomorrow (Monday)and with a full load of classes – 16 units – I won’t be able to post as often. But, from time to time, I will hit you with a few “Random Thoughts” in your email box. Thanks for your continued support and comments. Please spread the word about THE FREEMAN FLYER!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 28, 2010

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QUOTES

“I actually think it will be even worse than what happened to Bill Clinton because of the animosity they already feel for President Obama. – Lanny Davis, a former deputy White House counsel who lived through Clinton’s trials, talking about the GOP’s plan for a wave of White House probes if it regains control of the House this fall.

“If Republicans go on an investigative witch hunt when and if they gain power in November, then their power will be very short lived. The American public wants Congress to work together, not to investigate each other.” – Mark McKinnon, a former George W. Bush adviser sympathetic to Obama.

“I accepted his [Ken Mehlman] decision. We agreed to disagree on the issue of same-sex marriage. But proponents of same-sex marriage within the Republican Party have gained an effective advocate.” – Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie on “Good Morning America.”

“There are now more and more Republicans, and conservative Republicans(such as Laura Bush and Dick Cheney), who have talked about this issue [same sex marriage] through the prism of being an equal rights issue, and being an issue that should not define the conservative movement and the party.” – Former McCain presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who was a spokesman and strategist for George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign.

“As a candidate for this office, I pledged I would end this war. As President, that is what I am doing. … Like any sovereign, independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course. And by the end of next year, all of our troops will be home.” – President Barack Obama in his weekly radio/You Yube address.

NEWS

GOP plans wave of White House probesElections have consequences people; VOTE!

Town hall rage subsides

Democrats have largely avoided a repeat of the headline-grabbing brawls of last summer.

Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin Rally: A Martin Luther King Nightmare

It’s still King’s moment

Glenn Beck cannot diminish Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream.

Stewart RIPS Glenn Beck’s Civil Rights Rally: ‘I Have A Scheme’ (VIDEO)

GOP Family Feud Rages In Florida: Defeated Republican Says ‘No’ To Unity

Republican Civil War Breaks Out In Alaska

Alaskan Senate Race: Pressure on Murkowski Third Party Run  

From NBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg
*** Surviving the Tea Party’s takeover of the GOP: One of the more profound changes in American politics is how much more conservative the nominees inside the Republican Party have become. The Tea Party and Jim DeMint are now closer to the representing the center of the GOP, not George W. Bush and his “compassionate conservatism.” This has presented longtime Republican moderates/centrists with a dilemma of what to do, and we’ve seen three different responses so far, which were on display in some form this past Tuesday. One path was demonstrated by John McCain, who decided to shift his positions (on immigration, Supreme Court judges) just enough to the right. He easily won his primary on Tuesday. A second response was exemplified by Lisa Murkowski, who essentially stayed as she was. She appears headed for a defeat in the too-close-to-call GOP Senate primary in Alaska. And a third trail was blazed by Charlie Crist, who decided to leave his party. He’s currently engaged in Florida’s three-way Senate contest. Who charted the right course?

Congress elections: An embattled Democratic incumbent runs on his record.  

His hometown is a Republican bastion. Double-digit unemployment grips the area. “Tea party” conservatism is spreading like wildfire. For Rep. John M. Spratt Jr. (D-S.C.), a member of his party’s national leadership with a voting record to match, the midterm election has put a bull’s-eye on his back. But unlike many other senior Democrats in his perilous position, Spratt has decided to fight rather than quit.

Ken Mehlman Gay Revelation: GOP Shift on Same Sex Marriage? I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a shift.

Paterson Misled Inquiry Over Tickets, Report Says

Gov. David A. Paterson misled investigators about how he got World Series tickets, an independent counsel said.

Kristi Noem, Rising GOP Star, Under Fire for 20 Speeding Tickets

“I just feel disheartened we’re spending time talking about my poor driving record when we could be talking about the economy and jobs,” said Noem.

Social media: Social-media use nearly doubles among people 50 and over – latimes.com

Facebook  As of May, 42% of Americans age 50 or over were using social-networking tools such as Facebook, a Pew Research Center survey shows. In April 2009, the figure was just 22%.

Judge praises Chris Brown at probation progress hearing Chris Brown is doing EVERYTHING the court ordered him to do, but he doesn’t get the kind of media attention for adhering to the judge’s orders that Lindsay Lohan has gotten for doing the polar opposite.

Will Forte (MacGruber) will not be returning to new season of ‘SNL’ I guess he has to get ready for making more terrible movies based on marginally mediocre ‘SNL’ sketches. 

Katy Perry’s Today Show Performance: Candy & Sparkles (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

 Hornets make play for present in trading for Trevor Ariza

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The Hornets traded for Trevor Ariza, a 6-foot-8 swingman who played a key role in the Lakers’ 2009 title run. Dell Demps formally took over the Hornets the day Chris Paul reportedly asked out. Now, about a month later, Demps has given CP3 one major reason to buckle down, says Lee Jenkins

MY LETTER TO LA TIMES SPORTS SECTION – PUBLISHED TODAY

Colletti, Torre, Bowa and Schaefer have a right to call Matt Kemp (or any other player) out for what they perceive as a lack of preparation, hustle and execution. It would probably be best if they did so in private, especially in the case of Colletti and Schaefer, who never played in the major leagues. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time around professional athletes over the years and I’m pretty sure that while Kemp doesn’t mind the things that Torre and Bowa have said, he probably resents the other two calling him out in such a public manner. After all, he’s not the only reason why the Dodgers have played poorly this season.

I’d hate to see Kemp leave the Dodgers because he has the tools to be a great player for a number of years. But, if Joe Torre and his staff are here next year, it’s probably best for both he and the Dodgers to part ways this off-season.

Charles L. Freeman, Baldwin Hills

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Something to remember about Barack Obama from the 2008 campaigns and the battle for the healthcare reform bill: He is a closer!

It will be very interesting to see how many and which Republican from the House and Senate actually show up onstage next to Glen Beck in Washington, DC today.

Jimmy Carter’s success in getting an American prisoner released from North Korea makes President Obama two-for-two in using former Democratic presidents to deal with this country on humanitarian missions.

Forget his gracious concession speech – which he didn’t write – on November 4, 2008. The “real” John McCain will never, ever work with the man he angrily called “That one!” during a debate.

Since you’re supposed to be a citizen to vote in this country and it takes a minimum of 5 years under most circumstances to become a naturalized citizen, is it too much to ask that all ballots be printed in English and English only?

There is no off-switch for genius. Unfortunately, there’s not one for stupidity either, which explains the on-going appeal of Sarah Palin.

Just because Matt Taibi writes it in Rolling Stone doesn’t mean it’s right.

Why doesn’t Toyota just recall every car and truck they made in the last 7 years and get it over, once and for all?

I wonder when and how Sandra Bullock is going to break things off with Jesse James’ kids now that she’s adopted son Louis as a single parent? I understand she grew close to them during her marriage to their father and they want to be around her and Louis, but the longer she maintains contact with them, the more that means she’ll have to deal with James who has moved to Austin. I expect Bullock will spend more time in Louis’ hometown of New Orleans than Austin until James gets the message and moves back to So Cal.

Blair Underwood is Hollywood’s go-to black actor when it comes to interracial relationships and Eva Mendes is their Latina choice to hook-up with black men in films. Sooooo, why hasn’t some studio put these two together in a movie yet?

As a big TV fan, I’m looking forward to the Emmy Awards on Sunday.

I’m warning CBS: they’d better not mess up the revival of Hawaii Five-O because if they do, I will take them down.

Something Even Ray Charles In His Current Condition Saw Coming – Bristol Palin to do Dancing With The Stars(talk about stretching the definition of the word “star”). 

If the song that plays in the Pristiq anti-depression medication TV ad was released as a single, I’d buy it.

Why do I hate Lady GaGa but love Katy Perry?

Did you know that Regis Philbin turned 79 this week? Philbin, who interviewed Noah right before the flood, has the world-record for being on more hours of television than anyone else. That’s easy to do when your high school science teacher might have been Philo T. Farnsworth.

Red Sox 3B Adrian Beltre is having his best season at the plate since 2004 when he became the first LA Dodger to lead the National League in home runs. Any coincidence that like ’04, this is the last year of his contract? I’m just saying…

It’s ironically fitting that the Cincinnati Reds are unable to hold a ceremony honoring Pete Rose’s record-breaking 4,192nd career hit on September 11, the 25th anniversary of the play, because Rose, a convicted felon for filing false income tax returns not showing income he received from selling autographs and memorabilia, and from horse racing winnings, has an appearance scheduled at a casino that day.

Whenever I see something like this Ozzie Guillen’s son takes aim at White Sox via Twitter , I can’t help but wonder if the son is saying things that even his father, as crazy and outspoken as any major-league manager today, won’t dare put his name to. I mean, if Ozzie really wanted his son to shut up, wouldn’t he make the kid stop? I’m just asking.

Alex Rodriguez may have been the better defensive shortstop and yes, he’s hit more home runs and won more MVP awards but, the biggest difference between he and teammate Derek Jeter other than the number of World Series rings (5-1 in Jeter’s favor) is the lack of clutch moments in his careers. While I, like most serious baseball fans, am hard-pressed to name any of A-Rod’s, Sports Illustrated has composed a list of Jeter’s top ten, most of which I easily remember. Derek Jeter’s top 10 clutch moments  

Words That If Said Out Loud Should Get Any NBA General Manager Fired – “You know, Adam Morrison has two rings from his time as a Laker. If we can figure out a way to get him under the salary cap, we just might have a shot at a title.”

Don’t think for a minute that CAA Sports, Leon Rose and “Worldwide Wes” Anthony, Nuggets look ready to part ways aren’t going to be a big part of the upcoming NBA collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

You read it here first: NBA Comeback Player of the Year – Gilbert Arenas.

How To Tell Emmitt Smith Wasn’t A Math Major In College

“Now I’m completing the other half of that triangle.” – Smith during his speech after his recent Pro Football Hall of Fame induction where he joined former teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin as members. The three players were popularly known as “The Triplets” when playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Isn’t it time for a Dwight Gooden DUI arrest?

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

President Obama at Nancy’s Restaurant on Wednesday in Oak Bluffs, Mass., during his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The hostility between the administration and Fox never wore me down, but of course it made my job more difficult. . . . I’d be a liar if I said otherwise…I was a conscientious objector in that war. I never fought it.” – Fox News WH correspondent Major Garrett on Wednesday after announcing that he’s leaving the network to become a congressional correspondent for the National Journal.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Maybe it’s just me but, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Tea Parties and Palin power are just new names for an aging, white, undereducated, anti-government Republican base.

68 days to the mid-term elections. Primaries are totally different from general elections and that’s when we’ll find out just what the so-called “Tea Party” movement really means.

Another Campaign Promise Kept

As a candidate, President Obama made a commitment that most thought wouldn’t come to pass — that by the end of August of 2010, our combat troops would be gone. And now it is happening.

Nowhere is “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” better practiced than in the GOP.

He may have won big, but the fact that John McCain had to spend $21 million to win a primary two years after running for president is telling.

Shouldn’t Sarah Palin, a very popular governor for most of her self-truncated only term, be able to influence a statewide election in her home state?

Things just got a little tougher for Kendrick Meek in Florida Statement: FL Teamsters Endorse Charlie Crist for Senate  with this endorsement of Charlie Crist.

Speaking of Florida, State Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a less-than-magnanimous concession statement describing his Republican gubernatorial primary opponent Rick Scott as a “multi-millionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records”. A tad bitter are we Mr McCollum?

I’ve never met the man but Joe Biden strikes me as the sort of person I’d like to work for or go to a ball game with.

For those who say a First Lady shouldn’t be out on the campaign trail during mid-term elections: Laura Bush campaigned for 39 congressional candidates in 2006.

I’m all for diversity on the Sunday morning news shows , but I thought Jake Tapper did an excellent job as interim host of ABC’s This Week. Speaking of Tapper… JAKE TAPPER, on Martha’s Vineyard, used a bite from a sit-down with MARK KNOLLER, “the White House press corps’ unofficial record-keeper,” in a piece for last night’s “Nightline” on the politics of presidential vacation, including the “mythology” they attach to our first families. Knoller said Obama “has accumulated 46 days of vacation since taking office … At this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had been to his ranch on 14 occasions, spanning over … all or part of 102 days.” – From Politico Playbook

Crawford, Texas or Martha’s Vineyard in August? Damn straight the media likes Obama better than Bush 43! LOL

Cocky, Arrogant or Downright Delusional – You Make The Call

“Man, they talk bad about Jesus. So they talk bad about him as much as he did right, I can only imagine how much they gonna talk about me.” – Rapper/Actor Clifford “T.I.” Harris

You know you’re a media whore when reports of an armed intruder at your home – Paris Hilton – makes people say, “I wonder if this is a publicity stunt?”

Claudine is a classic.

OF COURSE the divorce took an emotional toll on Tiger Woods. And his wife too. Think about it: would you want your personal problems spread out across the world’s media for everyone to see?

I wonder if Brett Favre would have come back last week if he knew WRs Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin would be stricken with a hip injury that required surgery and debilitating migraine headaches respectively. After all, those are the top two receivers on the Vikings.

Brenda Warner recently tweeted that she’d like to see Denzel Washington play her husband, former NFl quarterback Kurt, if his life story was ever filmed. I’m guessing she was joking – Kurt said it would be “Denzel’s greatest challenge as an actor” – but it got me to thinking about other interesting casting possibilities: Pam Grier as Margaret Thatcher. Blair Underwood as George W. Bush. Sofia Vergara as Laura Bush. Lindsay Lohan as Condoleeza Rice. Chris Brown as Bruce Springsteen. Beyonce as Marilyn Monroe. Taye Diggs as Clark Gable. Whoopi Goldberg as an attractive woman. Shaquille O’Neal as Gary Coleman. Ed Marinaro as OJ Simpson. The possibilities are endless I tell you. Endless.

$59.6M high school stadium price not too big in Texas  I wonder what they spent on the science, math and computer labs this year.

Is this season an aberration or is it the start of Albert Pujols’ decline from “Superstar” to merely great?

If GM Omar Minaya and field manager Jerry Manuel are in the same jobs with the Mets when spring training opens next year, I will walk from Los Angeles to New York for their first game with the Dodgers.

Goodbye Manny, don’t let the door hit you in your dreadlocks on your way out of LA.

An 18-game NFL season is a baaadddd idea.

Matt Leinart is not a starting NFL quarterback.

Let’s clear this up once and for all: Deion Sanders was the last true “shut-down” cornerback in the NFL.

Something for Laker fans to consider: The odometer keeps rolling. Now that Kobe Bryant’s turned 32, how much of a decline can we expect in his game over the next few seasons? [When Michael] Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls late in the 94-95 season — at 32 — he’d played only 778 NBA regular season and playoff games. By comparison, Kobe Bryant has already played a whopping 1,219 games, 57% more than Jordan at the same age. Kobe is clearly the NBA version of a Ferrari with high mileage. …

I have a confession to make: I like Katy Perry’s California Gurls. Please don’t tell anyone.

Hey, whatever happened to Octomom?

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Tuesday, August 24th Bonus Edition

August 24, 2010

 

Manny Ramirez

Whomever the next owner/s of the Dodgers may be, I hope they take a page out of the New York Yankees handbook and say, “You want to wear our uniform and take our money on the 1st and 15th? Okay, that means you will cut your hair, shave your beards, not wear earrings on the field and look and act like professionals at all times.”

QUOTES

“The Republicans drove our economy into a ditch, and the irony here is that Boehner would fire the very people who helped make the tough decisions” [on the economy]. – WH Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton responding to House Minority Leader John Boehner’s saying that the president needs to fire his economic team.

“Mr. Boehner, after months of promising a look at his party’s agenda for his plans for America — their economic agenda — he made what was billed this morning as a major economic address. And his chief proposal, when you look at it, was apparently that the president should fire his economic team. Very constructive advice, and we thank the leader for that. (Laughter.)

But let’s take a look at the rest of his advice… Let’s review a little bit of history here. For eight years before we arrived in the West Wing, Mr. Boehner and his party ran the economy, and the middle class literally into the ground. They took a $237 billion operating surplus, inherited from the Clinton administration, and left us with a $1.3 trillion deficit — and in the process quadrupled the national debt, all before we literally turned on the lights in the West Wing, before we did one single solitary thing. They gave free rein to the special interests to write their own rules at the expense of everybody else, not just the middle class. And the sum total was the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression — a crisis that wreaked havoc upon American families and businesses all across this country, a crisis from which we are still digging out.’ Vice-President Joe Biden firing back at House Minority Leader John Boehner at an event today promoting the economic stimulus.

“I look at this as a SMOKING-the-drapes moment for John Boehner, not a measuring-them. I mean, he really is smoking the drapes if he thinks the policies that they adopted – that they championed, that drove us into the ditch — are the ones that we should return to, and that Americans, when given a choice, are going to say, ‘Yeah, that’s EXACTLY where I want to back to! Let’s backslide toward the Bush era.” – Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) on Monday’s DNC conference when Steve Brown of Fox News asked, “Do you take a look at this speech in Cleveland as a measuring-the-drapes moment?”

“If we want to cut off funding to the terror mosque, we must, together as a nation, stop watching Fox.” – TV show host Jon Stewart explaining how the “terror mosque” is funded by Prince Alwaleed, despite being a co-owner of Fox News, and therefore funding terrorism.

“I’m just happy to be here.” – Fantasia on GMA Tuesday morning.

NEWS

John Boehner To Obama: Fire Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Extend Bush Tax Cuts

FROM FIRST READ:

*** Boehner’s big speech: The other big political event today is House Minority Leader John Boehner’s economic speech, which he was scheduled to deliver at 8:00 am ET at the City Club of Cleveland. Per an advanced copy of the speech, Boehner calls for extending the Bush tax cuts, cutting spending, and eliminating uncertainty for businesses. But a quick read of the speech reveals that it contains more rhetoric than actual policy proposals; it doesn’t really list specifics about how he plans to cut spending and the debt, especially if you extend the Bush tax cuts. He talks about running the House differently, but he doesn’t say how exactly. The one bit of news that the wires is running with is Boehner’s call for the resignation of Obama’s economic team. There’s also one intriguing policy proposal he mentions that a “Speaker Boehner” could find common ground with an Obama White House — tax-code reform. “We need to take a long and hard look at the undergrowth of deductions, credits, and special carve-outs that our tax code has become,” he is expected to say. Our question: Why is Boehner giving this speech now in late August? Is he testing out what could work?

*** The Dems fire back: While it might be late August, Democrats aren’t holding back their fire at Boehner’s speech. Yesterday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz participated in a DNC-sponsored conference call, saying that Boehner would be proposing a return to George W. Bush’s policies. The DNC also has released a Web video whacking the House minority leader. And the White House has blog post pre-butting the speech. “Today, Ohioans will hear an argument for a return to the economic policies that turned a surplus into record deficits and helped create the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”

From Morning Fix:

Palin has endorsed 13 candidates in primaries since June 8 and has just three wins (Tom Emmer in the Minnesota governor’s race, Mary Fallin in the Oklahoma governors’ race and John Koster in Washington’s 2nd district) to show for it. Her candidates have lost high profile governor’s races in Georgia and Wyoming during that time.

Palin won’t likely get the credit she deserves for stabilizing McCain and will get more blame than is fair for Miller’s expected loss. But, with the narrative already being built that her endorsement power is waning, a defeat in her own political backyard won’t be helpful to her 2012 prospects.

Mitch McConnell’s tax cut lies – Joan Walsh

Arizona’s Accidental Governor: Jan Brewer’s Reinvention – TIME

Michael Steele Distances GOP From Arizona Immigration Law

Shirley Sherrod Declines Offer To Return To Ag. Department

Williams Gets Obama

Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah team up for movie musical

Now, there’s an unlikely duo. Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are set to hit the big screen together in a “musically-driven feature that tells the story of an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town Gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down,” according to the press release. Joyful Noise will feature some songs penned by Parton, who showed off her acting chops in previous films like Steel Magnolias and 9 to 5. I pray to God that this is shot in 4-D!

NO JOKE: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Supports Gay Marriage, Finds Obama ‘Incredibly Cool’

Nick Cannon Coy On Mariah Pregnancy Rumors

Mariah Carey Pregnant  

Mariah: “Thank you baby.’” Nick: “My pleasure.”  Mariah: “Mine too.”

Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t it seem a little bit late in the game for this Kroenke’s son tries to woo Anthony considering how long Melo’s been a Nugget?

Marcus Jordan Is Just as Bad a Gambler as His Dad, Apparently  

A baseball love story veers off the base paths

McCourts

In happier days, Jamie and Frank McCourt mingled with fans before a Dodgers game.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

If I met a genie today and he granted me three wishes, Tamron Hall of NBC News would be the second one. The first one would be enough money to afford her!

Why do so many Republicans who profess to hate Washington, DC want to be sent there?

Since when does the House Minority Leader get to tell the President who he should fire?

Isn’t it time for Howard Dean to go sit down somewhere and just shut up?

While Sarah Palin continues her Facebook and Twitter campaign endorsement strategy and making random, unintelligible rants against the president, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are quietly building their campaign organizations for 2012.

Speaking of Palin, what happens to her “brand value” if the decision to wade into Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (Palin hates her) primary election fight by endorsing conservative challenger Joe Miller goes to naught with a loss by Miller?

Before the egg recall, I had no idea the industry was controlled by so few producers.

CALLING ALL STRIPPERS, SKEEZERS, SKANKS AND HOs! Tiger Woods is a free-agent once again. Let the panties/thongs get to dropping!

You know your ex hates you when she asks the court to return her maiden name during divorce proceedings.

Not that I’ve been around that many suicide attempt survivors, but Fantasia sure seemed pretty upbeat on GMA this morning considering all that’s happened to her recently. So upbeat in fact, that I couldn’t help but wonder if the “suicide attempt” wasn’t all part of a media strategy. I know that’s probably a terrible thing to say, but it feels that way after seeing her.

Based on the poor box-office results of most of her movies, would Jennifer Anniston be better served in doing what her good friend and fellow Friends co-star, Courtney Cox Arquette has done, and return to a TV sitcom? I’d have to think that any network would LOVE to have her.

If a studio put Jennifer Anniston and Jennifer Lopez in the same movie, would it be the first negative box-office tally in history?

As soon I saw the headline that Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah are going to co-star in a movie, all I could think is that they MUST shoot it in 4-D!

I wonder what would have happened if instead of Quincy Jones, Maurice White had produced Michael Jackson.

Jerry Butler is the Frank Robinson of male soul singers: vastly underrated.

Major League Baseball, and not the cities of Miami and Tampa, are to blame for the stadium situations in those towns. Both are expansion teams who should have never been allowed to start play without new, baseball-only stadiums.

I said it in the spring of 2009 and I’ll say it again: The Dodgers should have never, ever re-signed Manny Ramirez.

Eight words that hurts to type: The Dodgers should have never traded Juan Pierre.

You read it here first: Brett Favre won’t last the season.

This just in: Greg Oden is still alive!

Now that Michael Jordan has brought Kwame “Hands of Stone” Brown to Charlotte, can his other terrible first-round choice, Adam “DNPCD” Morrison be far behind. (DNPCD stands for “Did Not Play, Coach’s Decision”).

The Jordan boys, Jeffrey and Marcus, should have some verrrrryyyy interesting “What I Did This Summer” back-to-school essays this fall.

I’m not sure which revelation this summer was the most stunning: Amar’e Stoudemire is Jewish, Laurence Fishburne’s daughter wants to be a porn star or Lindsay Lohan isn’t a drug addict. I mean, I haven’t been this surprised since, well, never.

Early Date To Target On NFL Schedule

Sunday, September 19 – Patriots @ Jets

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

 A MAN OF FAITH

Obama

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they say.”

SAY GOODBYE LOU

Lou Piniella

NEWS

CULTURAL WAR

Ron Paul Breaks With Son, Rand Paul On Islamic Cultural Center Opposition

Beck PRAISED ‘Good Muslim’ Imam Rauf In 2006

Dems urge Obama to take a stand

The billionaire Koch brothers’ war against Obama : The New Yorker

Wyclef Jean: I’m not giving up my bid for prez yet

GOP’s Fundraising Handicap Raises Election Concerns

Gop Fundraising  “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout no money!”

Democrats’ ‘mama grizzly’ vs. ‘the next Sarah Palin’
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As South Dakota’s lone House member, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) wants each of her votes to reflect the wholesome, conservative values of this rural rectangle of a state. So she has artfully tailored her record: no on the health-care overhaul; no on the Wall Street…

From First Read – The New York Daily News: “‘The president says he’s a Christian. I take him at his word,’ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘I think the faith that most Americans are questioning is the President’s faith in the government to generate jobs.’ But McConnell’s carefully worded remark raised eyebrows among those who felt the statement was intentionally cagey.”

“Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But it turns out there are parts of the document he doesn’t care for — lots of them,” the AP writes. “He wants to get rid of the language about birthright citizenship, federal income taxes and direct election of senators, among others. He would add plenty of stuff, including explicitly authorizing castration as punishment for child rapists.

This hot-and-cold take on the Constitution is surprisingly common within the GOP, particularly among those like Broun who portray themselves as strict Constitutionalists and who frequently accuse Democrats of twisting the document to serve political aims. Republicans have proposed at least 42 Constitutional amendments in the current Congress, including one that has gained favor recently to eliminate the automatic grant of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.”

Housing Fades as a Means to Build Wealth, Analysts Say
Many economists now believe that the days of banking on an asset that could only rise in value are gone for good.

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush Plan Joint 9/11 Anniversary Event

 

Spike Lee continues New Orleans story

Spike Lee’s return to New Orleans for the follow-up of his sprawling post- Hurricane Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem…

COUPLES IN THE NEWS

 First Couple Steps Out For Dinner At Sweet Life Café On Martha’s Vineyard  

Obama Sweet Life Cafe

The First Couple 

 Wanda Sykes & Wife Step Out  

Wanda Sykes Wife Alex

Mrs & Mrs Wanda Sykes

Beyonce & Jay-Z’s Portofino Vacation

Jayz Beyonce

Mr & Mrs Shawn Carter

Savvy Situation: MTV star turns fame into fortune  

An Interview With An Author: Pam Grier Goes From Blaxploitation Queen to Advocate of Truth  

Sandberg would be a fresh, familiar face for Cubs  

Redskins: Haynesworth vs Shanahan going into OT

Tomlinson Shows Hints of His Old Form

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson sent a message that there was something left in his 31-year-old legs after nine mostly stellar seasons and 12,490 yards with the Chargers.

Classic mix-up — Amar’e never talked to Isiah about the Knicks

“Oy vey. What do you people want from me? It sounded like Amar’e to me, okay? After all, I’m the same guy who thought it was my daughter who was passed out on my kitchen floor last year and it turned out to be me instead.” 

Juli Inkster disqualified from LPGA Safeway Classic   

LPGA Director of Tournament Competitions Sue Witters said a viewer noticed the device [rules infraction]from the television broadcast of the event and contacted tournament officials. I’m no expert on golf rules but, if the tournament officials doesn’t catch the infraction when it occurs, why should somebody watching TV have that kind of influence on the outcome of an event? And, how does the average fan watching at home get in contact with LPGA or tournament officials that easily? Can I call the NFL the next time a team gets away with something against my beloved Chargers?

Mariotti charged: Jay Mariotti, a panelist on ESPN‘s Around the Horn and FanHouse.com writer, was released from jail on $50,000 bail Saturday in Los Angeles after being booked on a felony charge. Mariotti was arrested early Saturday morning after what police say was a “domestic incident” and booked on an undisclosed felony charge at 5:45 a.m. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said “we are not commenting until this gets sorted out.” Said FanHouse editor Scott Ridge: “We are in the process of gathering the facts and have no further comment.”

Mariotti wouldn’t be on-air this week anyway, given the Around the Horn shows will be replaced by Little League World Series games and he would seem replaceable given the show’s various panelists.

At least one media critic —Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco— suggested in a tweet that he’s looking forward to seeing how ESPN handles the situation: “Holy jail time Batman, another ESPN analyst has been arrested, Jay Mariotti, let’s see if they crucify their own like they do us.”

Ex-NBC NFL analyst and NBC News reporter Tiki Barber, reports Newsday, will appear on yahoo.com’s online studio shows and on a new fantasy-football show this season. Says Barber, looking back on his time with NBC: “I don’t think it was horrible.” He’s probably the only one who feels that way. 

 RANDOM THOUGHTS What if Wyclef and Rod Blagojevich ran as a ticket in Haiti? Nobody wants their phone to ring after they’ve gone to bed because it’s usually bad news of some sort. So imagine what must go through Barack Obama’s mind when his phone rings after midnight. Every time I see Spike Lee in his Yankees gear, I can’t help but wonder when he became such a big fan of the team from the Bronx. I mean, he wore a Jackie Robinson jersey in Do The Right Thing and I distinctly remember his wearing a Mets cap in many photographs early in his career.  Speaking of Lee, he has a prominent role in the excellent ESPN 30For30 documentary on the Knicks/Pacers rivalry of the 1990s – Winning Time. In this program, Lee reveals the real reason behind he and Reggie Miller’s “feud” during those days. By the way, one thing comes through loud and clear in this program: the NBA was a LOT rougher and more physical and fights between teams were far more commonplace then compared to now. You might not have been paying attention but Mike Shanahan Vs Albert Haynesworth in the Redskins camp just keeps getting worser and worser with Haynesworth announcing over the weekend that he has no intention of attending NEXT YEAR’S off-season conditioning program. Never mind that he hasn’t made it through this season yet and that there might not be one in 2011 (potential lockout coming). This is like a man telling his wife, “I cheated on you this year and I’m going to be cheating on you again next year so you might as well get ready for the heartbreak now.”  

Congratulations to Tony Dungy for not backing down one iota on his “no-profanity” stance during Sunday night’s NBC football game broadcast. Talk about “Longshot Odds” – After Sunday’s loss, which gave the Reds their first series win at Dodger Stadium since 2004, the Dodgers trail San Diego by 12 games in the division and Philadelphia by eight games in the wild-card standings. To reach the postseason, they have to win 27 of their last 37 games and hope the Phillies have a losing record the rest of the way…And the Phillies haven’t had a losing month this season.

How can Steve Harvey and I be the same age and I’ve got plenty of “salt” to go along with the “pepper” in my moustache and his remains as black as West Virginia coal? And don’t get me started on Lionel Richie and LA sports reporting legend Jim Hill, both in their 60s and not a speck of gray anywhere! 

The best unintentionally funny show on TV is the 4th hour of TODAY with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Quotes

August 23, 2010

“The debate should have provided the conservative defenders of property rights with a perfect example of how the right to own property also protects the 1st Amendment rights of assembly and religion by supporting the building of the mosque. Instead, we hear lip service given to the property rights position while demanding that the need to be “sensitive” requires an all-out assault on the building of a mosque, several blocks from ‘ground zero.’

It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society–protecting liberty.” – Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) on the controversy over the building of a mosque blocks from “Ground Zero” in New York City.

“Over the last ten years, the Democrats, particularly the Democrats in the House, have put together one of the most powerful grass-roots coalitions that I’ve ever seen. So it’s not a given that the Republicans are going to win all these seats this year, because the Democrats have had a grass-roots organization to help stave off a lot of their losses.” – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Fox News Sunday.

“These are the baby-on-board parents, highly invested in their students’ success. They do a lot of living vicariously, and this is one manifestation of that.” – Houston Dougharty, vice president of student affairs at Grinnell College, on parents who linger too long at freshman orientation.

“The game of baseball, I love with all my heart and soul. I found in the deep recesses of my mind that I did not want to sever the relationship. I just love it so much. It’s like a very good marriage. I found when push came to shove, I just did not want to leave. My wife understood it, God bless her. She said, ‘If you love it, do it.’ So I love it and I’m going to do it.” – Legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully saying that he will return next year for his 62nd season with the Dodgers.

“Next year, I’m not coming either.” – Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, after what he deemed was an insulting move by coach Mike Shanahan — making him play in the third quarter of the second preseason game, when the field is full of backups. He referred to his plans for next offseason, when he said he will duplicate what he did this offseason, which is to not show up for the offseason program. This infuriated Shanahan.

“One thing for sure that is clear to me is that Albert has gotten away in the past with playing without practicing. That will not happen under this regime. If he’s going to play, he’s going to practice, and that is the same with every player here. The days of him playing without practicing are over. And that, to me, says it all.” – Mike Shanahan, to AOL FanHouse’s Thomas George on Sunday.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23, 2010

A MAN OF FAITH

 

“CHILE, PLEASE!

Blagojevich

EDITORIAL CARTOON

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QUOTES

“There’s a guy selling fish. He’s got a fish cart. He’s cooking fish. And there’s a watermelon stand and then there’s an electronic store right next to it, and people are everywhere. And I’m sitting in traffic and I’m going, ‘Man, this is unbelievable.’ That’s a victory parade for me.” – COL. ROGER CLOUTIER, on conditions in Baghdad.

“The president says he’s a Christian. I take him at his word. I don’t think that’s in dispute.” – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Meet the Press host David Gregory on Sunday.

”He [Albert Haynesworth]wasn’t going to play with the first or second team for obvious reasons. He’s going to have to earn his way to play with that group.” – Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan talking to reporters after Saturday’s pre-season loss to the Baltimore Ravens in which veteran defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth played in the 3rd quarter with third-string players.

“Third quarter … I’m a ninth-year pro, I don’t think I should have been out there in the third quarter.” Redskins player Albert Haynesworth talking to reporters after Saturday’s game against the Ravens.

NEWS

GOP SENATE LEADER: I TAKE OBAMA ‘AT HIS WORD’ THAT HE’S A CHRISTIAN

Armey calls for GOP ‘courage’

Tea party leader dares Republicans to stand up.

McConnell: Tea party ‘entirely positive’

Willie Brown: State’s man

The Honorable Willie L. Brown

The legendary former speaker of the California Assembly discusses the state budget, his relationship with Schwarzenegger and more.

House minority leader contemplates a leap up

Republican John Boehner would be speaker of the House if his party retakes enough seats in November. The Ohio congressman has shaped his party’s response to Obama, but as leader, he’d face a dilemma.

Haley Barbour and the rest of the hilarious GOP 2012 contenders

The list of Republicans with a shot at the presidential nomination grows more ridiculous by the day.

Lindsey Graham Supports Drawdown Of U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Next Summer

Lindsey Graham Afghanistan  “I tell you, it’s lonely being the only Republican male in the Senate with the sense God gave a seedless grape.”

Rod Blagojevich: I Have A Political Future There’s no doubt in my mind that ex-governor bad hair can be elected cell block president when he gets to prison.

Wyclef Not Giving Up Bid For Haiti Presidency Despite Ruling 

Sarah Palin Attacked By ‘Mama Grizzlies’ From EMILY’S List

Reagan’s first term offers measuring stick for Obama
Throughout this long year, President Obama’s advisers have sometimes looked to Ronald Reagan for comparison and inspiration. If the Gipper could survive a deep recession, low approval ratings and an adverse midterm election in his first two years and win reelection handily two years later, then…

“60 MINUTES”

Deepwater Horizon’s Blowout, Part 1 – 60 Minutes – CBS News  Deepwater Horizon’s Blowout, Part 2 – 60 Minutes – CBS News

Harold Dow DEAD: Veteran CBS News Reporter Dies Unexpectedly

Harold Dow 

OBAMA HAS HAD FEWER LEISURE DAYS THAN BUSH, per CBS News’ Mark Knoller: “This is Mr. Obama’s 9th vacation since taking office. … [H]e has spent all or part of 38 days on ‘vacation’ away from the White House. He has also made 14 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 32 days. It brings his total time away to all or part of 70 days. It’s less than the ‘vacation’ time taken during the same period by his immediate predecessor. (Former President George W. Bush gets the quotation marks, too.) As of this point in his 1st term, Mr. Bush had made 14 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 102 days. He also made 40 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 123 days. His ‘vacation’ total at this point in his presidency was all or part of 225 days away.” http://bit.ly/aJ8Hal

Obama Can’t Escape The Presidential Entourage, Even On Vacation

 Sylvester Stallone stomps on box office rookies 

 Naturi Naughton: Hanging With the Boys in ‘Lottery Ticket’

ESPN Personality Jay Mariotti Arrested In Del Rey

Mike Shanahan lays down the laws with Redskins  

Albert Haynesworth Sounds Off During Postgame Rant  

Chargers happy Cromartie is gone

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers next season

The Dodgers announced early Sunday that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return next year for a 62nd season behind the microphone. Has anyone seen more baseball games than Vin Scully? I think not.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

While I subscribe to the theory that “anything is possible” – except for the Clippers winning the NBA title in my lifetime even if I live to be 150 years old – I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Haley Barbour will never, ever be elected president of the United States. We very well may have a Republican president after Obama, but I guarantee you it won’t be the guy who could have worked his way through college as a stand-in for “Boss Hogg”. And…

There’s a better chance of Andrew Breibart receiving the President’s Award at next year’s NAACP Image Awards than there is of Newt Gingrich or Rick “I’m Still Mulling” Santorum being elected president either.

Don’t you think that Barack Obama has known all along that he might not have majorities in Congress after the mid-term elections when he decided to go after the big things on his agenda – stimulus bill, healthcare and financial reform, etc – during the first half of his term? This is a very smart politician – ask Hillary Clinton and John McCain – who knows what he’s doing.

I think former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich got his “P” words mixed up on Sunday when he said that he as a “political future”. I think the newly convicted felon – a nice companion to his being impeached and thrown out of office last year – meant to say “I have a prison future.”

I’m this close to putting MC Michael Steele’s picture on a milk carton.

When will studio executives learn that Jennifer Aniston just can’t “open” a movie (her new romantic comedy “The Switch” came in at No. 8 this weekend with $8.1 million)?

Half of my interest in the upcoming US Open just dissolved with the report that Serena Williams has withdrawn due to her recent foot injury not healing in time for her to play in the tournament that she’s won three times.

Somebody needs to tell Redskins player Albert Haynesworth that he’s fighting a battle with new head coach Mike Shanahan that he can’t win.

When Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens said in a recent interview, “I’ve matured”, all I could think was, ‘What’s the rush? You’re only 36 years old’.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how ESPN and Jay Mariotti handle his recent arrest on a felony charge of domestic violence, especially considering how harshly Mariotti has come down on athletes and celebrities under similar circumstances in the past.

If you’re not laughing at the new Direct TV NFL ads, then you need to call the police and report your sense of humor stolen.

In case you care, and frankly, I can’t imagine why you would, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm set a record by going 17-0 at home this season. And I know what you’re saying right now: “The WNBA is still in existence?” Yes it is. And it will be until the day NBA Commissioner David Stern wakes up and decides, “Well, enough of propping up a women’s pro basketball league in America.”

The Emmy Awards are on Sunday and in one of the most ironic twists in recent television history, deposed Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien, whose new show debuts on TBS in November, and his short-lived version of the show are nominated in four categories while Jay Leno, whose pre-departure and subsequent return versions, isn’t nominated in any. Throw in the fact that this year’s show isbeing telecast on, drum roll please, NBC, and we’re looking at the very real possibility of Conan O’Brien and his writers taking the stage to accept awards for a show deemed so terrible that they lost their jobs.

And, even though the favorites in the categories are Jon Stewart and his Daily Show writers/crew, these are industry awards and most of the industry was firmly behind O’Brien during the whole Tonight/Leno mishegas so, an O’Brien win isn’t out of the question. As O’Brien himself said with tongue planted firmly in cheek when the nominations were announced a few weeks ago: “Congrats to my staff on 4 Emmy nominations. This bodes well for the future of ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.’ “

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21, 2010

 President Obama waved to a gathered crowd on Friday as he left a Vineyard Haven bookstore with his daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia.

President Obama waved to a gathered crowd on Friday as he left a Vineyard Haven bookstore with his daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia.

EDITORIAL CARTOONS...

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QUOTES

“What we’re having here are debates about first principles. A lot of people think he’s trying to transform the country in a liberal direction in the way that Ronald Reagan did in a conservative direction. This is not the normal push and pull of politics. It gets down to the purpose and meaning of America.” – Pete Wehner, a former top official in the George W. Bush administration and a social conservative thinker, describing the resistance to Obama as “beyond politics.”

“On Nov. 3 … there will be in Washington, D.C., a Democratic majority in the House and a Democratic majority in the Senate. That will be the case. If it weren’t illegal, I’d make book on it.” – Vice-President Joe Biden in a speech Friday to the Democratic National Committee.

“The president didn’t send me over here to seek a graceful exit.” – General David Petraeus, commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

“I do not believe President Obama’s religion has any impact on the need for jobs in Ohio’s 13th district. According to the White House, our president is a Christian and I have no reason to believe otherwise.” – Ohio GOP congressional candidate Tom Ganley.

“Well, I would say the difference between last year’s vacation and this year’s is that since his vacation, the automotive industry is back on its feet, health care reform has passed, and the economy is now moving in a different direction than it was moving in before. But his goals for his time here are the same.” – WH deputy press secretary Bill Burton on Friday when asked by a reporter if there Is any sort of different aim for this presidential vacation in comparison to last year’s.

“They weren’t trading assets. There was no quid pro quo, to trade residential property for the Dodgers. That would have been absurd. No one would have ever done that.”- Dennis Wasser, attorney for Jamie McCourt who’s locked in a bitter divorce battle with her estranged husband Frank for ownership of, among other assets, the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that my friends, is the very essence of this dispute: if the judge believes that Jamie McCourt, or anyone else with the sense God gave a seedless grape, would do such a thing without a loaded and cocked gun placed at their head.

NEWS

The new battle: What it means to be American

Demonstrators hold signs at a tea party rally in Philadelphia. | AP Photo

Conservatives are worrying more about the role of government under the administration than social issues.

Obama’s winning streak

Obama’s achievements have been kept quiet, but he is on a winning streak.

Joe Biden: ‘Republican Tea Party’ Will Be REJECTED By Voters In November

Republican primary bruises not healing quickly – USATODAY.com

With consumers slow to spend, businesses are slow to hire

Dr. Laura’s dinner with gay, black friends – Yahoo! News Sounds like the start of a bad joke: Dr Laura, a black and a gay walk into a restaurant…

When it comes to praying, Obama prefers privacy

As he flew aboard Air Force One to Chicago on his 49th birthday earlier this month, President Obama dialed three Christian pastors to pray with him.

Wyclef DISQUALIFIED In Bid For President Of Haiti

Wyclef Jean Haiti Disqualified  “There’s got to be a bad song I can get out of this. I got it! I’ll call it, ‘Haiti Got No Love For The Clef.’ Yeah, and I’ll get Sean Penn, P. Diddy, Justin Bieber and Rhianna for the video. Then, I’ll donate the proceeds, well, at least some of them, to my charity.”

RUT-ROH – BROKE LATE LAST NIGHT – “RNC has just $5m for final push,” by Jonathan Martin: The RNC “has just over $5 million in the bank for the final stretch of the 2010 mid-term election campaign, according to an unannounced filing with the FEC disclosed Friday night. The report also indicates that the national party headed by embattled chairman Michael Steele is carrying just over $2 million in debt. … It indicated that the committee brought in slightly more than $5.5 million in July – less than half of what the DNC raised – while spending $11 million. The RNC’s money woes have many party leaders and operatives deeply worried about whether the GOP will be able to take full advantage of an otherwise promising election cycle. Of most concern are get-out- the-vote activities that are typically funded by the national committee. … The DNC released its July fundraising numbers earlier this week, reporting that it had just over $10.8 million on hand while also carrying $3.5 million in debt.  

–“The RNC’s struggles come as other Republican committees show signs of momentum. The National Republican Congressional Committee outraised its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $8.5 million to $6.2 million in July. The DCCC, however, has just under $36 million in the bank while the NRCC has about $22 million. The National Republican Senatorial Committee appears to be closing the cash gap on its Democratic counterpart, raising $4.2 million to the Democratic committee’s $4.4 million in July. These committees each have more than $20 million heading into the fall. Meantime, the Republican Governors Association has about $40 million to spend on the fall elections, significantly more than its Democratic counterpart. http://bit.ly/d0WQNj

Good Saturday morning. WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS READING – POLITICO’s Karin Tanabe: “With the web atwitter with news … that President Obama had purchased Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, ‘Freedom,’ … POLITICO began to wonder how, exactly, POTUS was able to get his hands on a book that isn’t being released until Aug. 31. Turns out Obama … was given an advance reading copy by the folks at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore … ‘We as book sellers get advanced reading copies, and we had an ARC. We had it in our back room and gave it to him as a gift,’ said store employee Katie Hakala. … According to Hakala, he purchased the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Tinkers’ by Paul Harding. Store employee Leroy Hazelton also noted that Obama bought Brad Leithauser’s ‘A Few Corrections,’ too, after Hazelton recommended it … Jayna Richardson of Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Washington said that ‘Freedom’ — and the other books Obama and family picked up today — will definitely get a sales boost. ‘Last summer, when he was reading four or five books on vacation, sales of all those shot through the roof.’”

AP’s Mark S. Smith and Glen Johnson: “For the girls, the president bought … ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘The Red Pony’ by John Steinbeck.”

Mariah Carey as ‘American Idol’ judge?

Nick Cannon has said that his wife Mariah Carey would make a great American Idol judge. And now E! says she’s in the running.

Former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis says Andy Pettitte’s testimony was critical to Roger Clemens’ indictment – ESPN New York

Cromartie blames ‘Hard Knocks’ producers for kid-naming trouble – Shutdown Corner – NFL  – Yahoo! Sports – He needs to “shutdown” his d**k for a while.

THE BEST PHOTOGRAPH EVER!

“Let’s see, I got a daughter named Tequila. No, wait, that’s my dog’s name. Or is that the stripper from Magic City? My head’s hurtin’ from all this remembering and s**t. ”

 

 

 

News Analysis – Rodriguez’s Chase Offers Chance to Re-examine Aaron – NYTimes.com

According to this recent article, A-Rod will have to be more like Aaron than Mays if he hopes to break Barry Bonds’ career HR record.

Bill Simmons: Why Shaq signed with the Celtics … and other theories – ESPN

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that the people who say they think President Obama is a Muslim were the very same ones calling for him to denounce Rev Wright as his pastor two years ago.

Did you know that the president’s “low approval ratings” are higher at the same point in his presidency than those of both Reagan and Clinton, both of whom served two full terms in office?

As soon I heard that the fugitive just captured in Arizona was with his cousin who’s also his fiancée, I knew he was a white guy. You know, like when the news came out that a caretaker had been killed by a grizzly bear at a private “zoo” in Ohio. Hell, that’s a job that not even the most desperate illegal immigrant would take – “No senor, I not that crazy or hungry.”

Hell, Wyclef couldn’t even get the Fugees back together, so why did he think he was qualified to be president of Haiti? Now he can get back to doing what he’s done best in recent years: making terrible records (except the one with Shakira) – maybe he can get Sean Penn to be in the video – and not paying his taxes in the USA.

Once I saw the dismal July fundraising numbers for the RNC (see in News above), I fully understood why the party’s number one “token”, MC Michael Steele has been so quiet the last few weeks.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel a little sorry for Dr Laura. All she was trying to do was point out what a horrible injustice it was that Black people get to say the n-word and white people don’t and now she’s being forced to reclaim her 1st Amendment Rights by quitting her radio show at the end of the year. I guess it’s true: it’s hard out here for a n-word loving racist.

Mariah Carey on American Idol could get me to watch that show. She’s wayyy more talented and knowledgeable about singing than Paula Abdul could ever dream of being and the possibility for goofy, diva-ish behavior would be off the charts. And let’s be frank about this: Simon was as much a diva as anyone could ever be on that show and the interplay between Steven Tyler and Mariah would be so insane that Randy Jackson would have to literally bark like a “dawg” to be heard.

I tell you what would have been flat-out hee-la-ri-ous: if HBO had asked Antonio Cromartie to match the mothers’ names to his kids’. I’m guessing that he’d still be sitting there – “Mmm, let’s see, I’m pretty sure one of their names is La-something or other.” Or this…

Moderator: Antonio, spell the word “condom”.

Cromartie: Condom? Can you use it in a sentence?

Moderator: Sure. “Con-dom”. I used a condom so I wouldn’t get my girlfriend pregnant.

Cromartie: Ummm. I’m not sure I understand.

Moderator: Just spell the word.

Cromartie: I’ll try but I’m not promising anything. Let’s see. C. O. N… Sh**, all this thinking about getting a girl pregnant is making me hot and bothered.

For those of you out there hoping that A-Rod breaks Barry Bonds’ career HR record, you might want to take notice of how his body is starting to break down. Which is exactly why many thought it was stupid of the Yankees to sign him to a ten-year contract two years ago.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

 President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are pictured. | AP Photo

President Barack Obama and daughters Malia (right) and Sasha stop in to pick up some things at a store while on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard last year.

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“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” – Chief U.S. district Judge Vaughn Walker, in overturning California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8.

“They’ve either taken leave of their senses or their principles.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on Republicans looking to review birthright citizenship privileges granted in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

“This is madness. There are elements of our party that are marching through the fevered swamps of ideology.” – Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and a former Republican congressman from Florida.

“He’s clearly the top political strategist and political operative of his generation. He is without peer when he is raising money.” – Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a former RNC chief of staff, talking about Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.

“We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer, so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.” – Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle who has avoided reporters, discussing her media strategy with Fox News.

“You remember our slogan during the campaign ‘Yes we can’? Their slogan is ‘No we can’t.’”  “I bring all this stuff up not because I want to re-litigate the past. I just don’t want to re-live the past.”  “I have pollsters. I know when things don’t poll well. But I wasn’t sent to Washington, you did not send me to the Oval [Office] to just do what was popular. You sent me there to do what was right.” “You notice that when you move forward in your car, you put it in D; when you want to go backward, you put it in ‘R’? Back into that ditch! Keep that in mind in November. That’s not a coincidence.” – President Barack Obama on the campaign trail this week in Washington state, Ohio and Florida.

“We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.” [But Lott said he’s not expecting a tea-party sweep.] “I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people.” – Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott on the Tea Party Senate candidates that Jim DiMint of South Carolina has endorsed and contributed to.

“It was like, ‘Here’s a manual, go fly the Space Shuttle.’” – Steve Wlodek, a juror, on the complexity of the charges against Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois.

“A chance to go to the postseason, it’s hard to pass up.” – Former Chicago Cub Derek Lee, who last month rejected a trade to the Angels, after being dealt to the Atlanta Braves this week.

NEWS

 Obama visits a different Ohio

The president focuses on the economy in a fickle state where the tide appears to be turning against once-popular Democrats.

 The most powerful Republican in politics 

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

Ed Gillespie: Mosque Debate Will ‘Recede’ As An Election Issue        

Joe Scarborough Takes On Newt Gingrich Mosque Comments: ‘It’s Deplorable, It Is Sick Politics’ (VIDEO)

FROM “MORNING FIX” @ washingtonpost.com

There is widespread — and growing — confusion about President Barack Obama‘s religious affiliation with one in five Americans now saying (incorrectly) that he is a Muslim, according to a new national poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. At the risk of sounding like a cynic, I predict that between now and November, we’ll see several photos of the Obamas worshipping at church in both DC and at Camp David.

GQ correspondent Lisa DePaulo, on Joe Scarborough (“Thank You for Not Screaming”): “[H]e’s the conservative liberals suddenly think is swell … Morning Joe has become the best and most buzzed-about political show on television … The show was entirely Joe’s idea. He had this crazy notion that viewers wanted something more civilized than the usual screamfests … Everything was a battle, including the hiring of his best friend, a talented producer named Chris Licht, as executive producer. … ‘At every stop [on book tours],’ says Joe, ‘they just thank us. They say, ‘Thank you for just talking. Thank you for not screaming.’” With Louis Burgdorf cameo http://bit.ly/cH2oC4

joe scarborough Joe Scarborough

Dr. Laura Breaks Down Racial Rant (VIDEO) | Roland S. Martin Blog John King of CNN cuts her no slack whatsoever.

Leery of Washington, Alaska Feasts on Its Dollars
No state benefits more from federal largess, but a senator voted against the stimulus bill and the governor decries “intrusive” policies.

Slideshow from President Obama’s road trip http://nyti.ms/ddQfFH

TATTOO LOVE –THE BEST NEWS SANDRA BULLOCK COULD EVER GET!

Kat Von D: Yes, Jesse & I Are Dating!  

Kat Von D Jesse James Dating

Frank McCourt’s lawyer: ‘Jamie’s case is a loser’ | Dodgers Blog | Los Angeles Times Well, what do you expect him to say – “Wow, Mrs McCourt just blew our case out of the water. I guess we’ll just give her what she wants now.”?

Roger Clemens Indicted On Federal Perjury Charges 

Here’s the PED/steroids toll so far: Bonds – the all-time career and single-season HR record holder, Clemens – 354 wins, 7 Cy Young Awards, McGwire – broke Roger Maris’ 37-year old record for most HRs in a season, Palmeiro – one of only four in MLB history with 3,000 career hits and 500 HRs (the other three are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray who are all in the Hall of Fame), Sosa – one of only 7 in MLB history with 600 HRs and the only player with four 60 HR seasons. Throw in Pete Rose (all-time leader in hits) and his situation and you’ve got six of baseball’s biggest stars who will most likely never be in the Hall of Fame.

Jets’ Rex Ryan speaks ‘man-to-man’ with Tony Dungy – NFL – SI.com

NY Jets Coach Rex Ryan Profanity Update

How many times Rex Ryan drops F-Bombs in “Hard Knocks.”

Week 1: 10

Week 2:

I Bet You Didn’t Know that not since 1999 has the National League most valuable player come from a team other than the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies or St. Louis Cardinals. That might change this year with the season that Joey Votto of the Reds is having.

Antonio Cromartie Tries to Remember Names of All His Kids — Back Porch FanHouse  This fool has THREE 3 year olds and another about to turn 3! This clip reminds me of the time during the ’08 campaign when John McCain couldn’t remember how many houses his family owned: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday (8/20/08) that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own. “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.” For the record, the final total, including a ranch in Sedona, AZ was eight.

Brenda Warner, wife of Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner, tells Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic that if plans for a movie about her husband’s life come to fruition, the actor she’d most like to see in the lead role is Denzel Washington. Notes Brenda, “It would probably challenge Denzel in ways he’s never been challenged before.” Gee, ya think? The only role more challenging would be Emanuel Lewis starring in “The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Story”. Speaking of former Lakers…

Former Laker Kareem Rush Music Video And surprise: He’s not rapping!

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Forget about the so-called “Ground Zero” mosque. Forget about gay marriage. Forget about repealing the healthcare reform law. Forget about the 14th Amendment or anything else. The November elections are about one thing and one thing only: the economy and whether or not the country wants to go back to the policies of George W. Bush that led us into the abyss we’re trying to get out of or if it wants to keep forging ahead on a new path to a new economy. That’s it.

You know what’s really scary about the flap over comments on the so-call “Ground Zero” mosque from people like Newt Gingrich and other right-wing Republicans? There’s virtually no push-back or repudiation from what one would call the “responsible adults” of the party like George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Olympia Snowe, etc.

Palin Power? For those keeping score: With Clint Didier’s (Washington state) and Rita Meyer’s losses (Wyoming), Palin-endorsed candidates for statewide office haven’t fared so well recently.  In fact, in the last few weeks, Palin’s candidates have lost more primaries (Todd Tiahrt in KS Sen, Karen Handel in GA Gov, Bob McConnell in CO House, and CeCe Heil in TN House) than they’ve won (Tom Emmer in MN Gov and John Koster in WA House, who had a very strong showing in the jungle primary).

NY Jets coach Rex Ryan can say what he wants but I guarantee you that the criticism he’s received from his mother and Tony Dungy had an effect on his language from Week 1 (10 F-bombs) to Week 2 (2 F-bombs) or, HBO was asked to edit his language much closer. I know that the NFL’s official stance is that they haven’t said anything to the Jets or Ryan about his language but I’ll bet you everything I don’t own yet that behind the scenes, word went out from the commissioner’s office to ”Take it down a notch.”

I’ll be extremely disappointed if Dungy backs down one iota from his original statement. He was asked a question, he answered it honestly and at no time did he ever disparage Rex Ryan in any way. I also hope that Dungy doesn’t get played” by Ryan and the Jets when he visits their camp soon. Dungy is very well respected both inside and outside the NFL and in my opinion, Rex Ryan is just trying to use this media-drive “incident’ to get more publicity for himself and the Jets.

Brett Favre’s final season — or so he says — could turn sour quickly, with three of the Minnesota Vikings’ first five games against the New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

If for no other reason than his ridiculous excuse for testing positive for HGH usage – “I worked out so much that I had ‘Overtrained Athletic Syndrome’ ” – Brian Cushing of the NFL’s Houston Texans didn’t deserve a reduction in his four-game suspension which commissioner Roger Goodell upheld on Thursday.

The irony of the Roger Clemens indictment for lying to Congress is that unlike Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa, Clemens wasn’t subpoenaed to testify; he volunteered to speak to them!

I LOVE the new Mercedes Benz TV ad with the kids.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010

EDITORIAL CARTOONS

Obama No Regrets Mosque

In Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday

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“I do believe that people of all religions have a right to build edifices, or structures, or places of religious worship or study where the community allows them to do it under zoning laws and that sort of thing, and that we don’t want to turn an act of hate against us by extremists into an act of intolerance for people of religious faith. And I don’t think it should be a political issue. It shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic issue, either. I believe Gov. Christie from New Jersey said it well, that this should not be in that political, partisan marketplace.” – Former Bush Solicitor General and 9/11 widower Ted Olson (his wife Barbara aboard American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that was hijacked and flown in the Pentagon).

“I’m amused with their comments about obstructionism.  I wish we had been able to obstruct more.  They were able to get the health care bill through.  They were able to get the stimulus through.  They were able to get the financial reform through.  These were all major pieces of legislation, and if I would have had enough votes to stop them, I would have.” – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

“There are very smart media members and plenty of dumb asses. Same in my profession — some very smart people and some dumb asses. By far my biggest frustration is what I see as a hypocrisy. The media wants us to be accessible, honest and forthright. But when we are, we get destroyed. It’s like you want us to talk so you can kill us. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind if people kill my ideas. I think it’s interesting when people disagree. I mean the people who say I should just shut up and coach. Fine. Then don’t ask us any questions.” – Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

“I would not. I personally don’t want my players to be around that. I don’t want to be around that. It’s hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn’t hire someone like that. Now, I’ve been around ‘F’ bombs, so it’s not like it’s new. But I just don’t think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your points across.” – Former NFL coach Tony Dungy when asked on Monday’s Dan Patrick Show if he would hire Jets coach Rex Ryan, known for his frequent use of profanity when addressing his players.

“They still have to kiss the ring.” – Laker owner Jerry Buss making it clear that despite his daughter Jeanie being completely in charge of the business side of the Lakers and his son Jim having about 80% of the input personnel decisions, he remains the ultimate decision maker for the team that he’s owned since 1979.

NEWS

Dr. Laura To END Radio Show After N-Word Rant

“Me and a couple of my girlfriends were out in Vegas a while back and we were partying at Tao. We’re sitting there getting our groove on, knocking back shots of Patron, when this really huge ‘N-word’, – I think he was a NBA player but I can’t be sure, they all look-alike – came up to me and said, ‘Hey baby, you want to see what a big N-word d**k looks like?’ And I said sure, you big Mandingo warrior, that’s exactly what the doctor wants. So, I took him up to my suite and let me tell you, that ‘N-word’ gave the doctor a good dose of his medicine, if you know what I mean. Like Jay-Z says, ‘I got 99 problems but a big d**ked ‘N-word’ ain’t one. Holla!”

Obama’s mosque duty

A president has duties to the citizens he serves — including Muslim citizens.

Ted Olson, Former Bush Solicitor General And Husband Of 9/11 Victim, Backs Obama On ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

WATCH: Scarborough Takes On Gingrich Mosque Comments: ‘Deplorable, Sick Politics’

Obama: ‘No Regrets’ Over Ground Zero Mosque Comments

Fox News Parent Donates $1 MILLION To Republican Governors Association

Greta: Beck ‘Should Move’ Rally Planned For MLK Anniversary

FROM MAVERICK TO ERRATIC: McCain’s Most Glaring Flip Flops Over One Election Cycle

Sarah Palin’s ‘Cackle’ Stretches Boundaries Of English Language

Calif Palin Contract

“Can anyone tell me what it says on my hand? I can’t read my own chicken scratch!”

Jerry Buss says this might be his best Lakers team, and that’s saying a lot

The Lakers owner is looking forward to squaring off against the reloaded Miami Heat with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. ‘Quite honestly, I think we can beat them,’ Buss says. I’m not going to argue with the good Doctor but, these are my favorite Laker teams under his ownership: 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers Roster and Statistics | Basketball-Reference.com – Went 12-2 in playoffs (first round bye due to best record in Western Conference) and Los Angeles Lakers 1984-1985 Regular Season and Playoffs, Summary and All the Scores – 62-20 in regular season and beat the Celtics in Boston to win the title.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Well, that $1 million donation from News Corp (parent company of Fox News) to the Republican Governors Association should clear up any lingering doubts about the validity of “fair and balanced”.

Whenever I see Sarah Palin trying to answer any question that doesn’t come from a friendly Fox News “reporter” or anchor or an adoring supporter, she reminds me of an unprepared high-school student trying to bluff her way through an oral pop quiz. Her incoherence, surpassed only by her ignorance, is an ongoing testament to the wide gulf between her self-righteous confidence and knowledge of factual material. She not only revels in her stupidity, but she’s openly contemptuous of those more intelligent and educated than she can ever hope to be.

Why do I get the feeling that people like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh don’t believe even 10% of the crap they say over the airwaves and are just laughing themselves to the bank?

Until last week, I had no idea that “Dr Laura” was still on the air and I’ll bet not many others did either.

I applaud Tony Dungy for what he said about Rex Ryan’s profane language.

It’s starting to look more and more that Lance Armstrong may have to change the name of his foundation from “Livestrong” to “Liestrong, Lielong”.

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