Sunday, August 1, 2010


“I’m going to call them on their bluff.” – President Barack Obama talking about Republicans who denounce the federal deficit but reject proposals to cut it in an interview that will run on CBS’ Sunday Morning” and “The Early Show” on Monday.

“What is great about America and particularly New York is we welcome everybody, and if we are so afraid of something like this, what does that say about us?” – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, on a proposed Islamic center two blocks from ground zero.

“Pit bulls? Mama grizzlies? Pink elephants? Palin’s politics are like a trip to the zoo, not a serious forum for voters of any party.” – Time Magazine reader George Vinson of Turlock, California commenting on the July 26th story, A Foot in the Race.

“They’re making more than the president!” – Cory Christ, a resident of Bell, CA, population 40,000, where the recently resigned city manager and police chief both made more than President Obama’s $400,000 annual salary.

“If I did, I wouldn’t tell you. So, there’s the answer.” – Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter when asked by a reporter whether he had or was planning to pay his respects at Steinbrenner’s mausoleum while in Tampa for a weekend series against the Rays.


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 and especially since both parties have issued “playbooks” to their members.

It was Joe the Plumber who John McCain touted during the financial crisis in ’08 even though his name really wasn’t Joe and he wasn’t a licensed plumber and now the RNC is using “Snooki” from Jersey Shores in an ad attacking the president even though that’s not her real name and she’s not from New Jersey. Man, I can’t wait to see who the GOP rolls out in ’12!

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 for years 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”.

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that the same Republican senators who say they oppose Elena Kagan because they feel she will be an “activist liberal justice” would support her if they thought she’d be an “activist conservative justice”.

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.

The same people who are criticizing the president for last week’s appearance on The View conveniently overlook Bush 43’s appearances on Deal Or No Deal and Dr Phil (along with his wife).

Looks like Al Gore dodged a legal bullet up in Portland, Oregon. Maybe he should stop getting massages in hotels when he’s traveling. I’m just saying…

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 sexual harassment “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 who was totally uninterested in Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, 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.

Q: What did this week’s new movies and ESPN’s X Games have in common?  A: Very little for the average black person.

I don’t know who has more fun spoofing their old roles, William Shatner or Adam West but both of them are hilarious at doing so.

The new movies Dinner With Schmucks and Middle Men look to be entertaining.

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

Two full months in the regular season and neither the Angels or the Dodgers made any significant upgrades before the non-waiver trade deadline Saturday. Could this be the year neither team makes the playoffs?

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 Tarheels/Duke Blue Devils 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, “Dan, I never go to Chapel Hill [except when we play Carolina.]” When Patrick expressed doubt that he meant it literally, Coach K repeated his statement and added, “Why would I want to go to Chapel Hill?”

Does Patriots WR Wes Welker get more publicity because he’s the rare white player at this position?

I wonder how Mike Tomlin and the Steelers will handle things if say, the team goes undefeated or 3-1 while Ben Roethlisberger is serving out his NFL-mandated suspension. Will he be the starting QB when he’s eligible to play or will he have to wait for the starter to either fail or get injured? Could be an interesting point in the Steelers’ season. Stay tuned.

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that you’ve never heard of a Cleveland Indians pitcher named Jake Westbrook who’s making ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS this season!

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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