Archive for September, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010

“SENATOR MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY”

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina 

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“I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t – frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.”  – President Barack Obama, in a rare discussion about his religious beliefs, described himself on Tuesday as a “Christian by choice” who arrived at his faith in adulthood because “the precepts of Jesus Christ” helped him envision the kind of life he wanted to lead when he was asked, “Why are you a Christian.” The question was posed by a woman at a backyard conversation in Albuquerque, NM, part of a series of meetings Obama is holding to talk informally with Americans.

“I’m doing this because I know there are a lot of Megs out there who are mistreating the Nickys who work so hard for them.” – Former Meg Whitman housekeeper Nicandra Diaz Santillan who claims the Republican gubernatorial candidate knew she was an undocumented immigrant when she worked as a housekeeper for Whitman’s family.

“As soon as we found that she was an illegal immigrant, we did what we had to do as an employer and let her go. All the documentation that we had said she was legal…. We absolutely did what we needed to do as an employer.” – Meg Whitman in response to charges that her family knowingly employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper.

“I would have suspended him [Jets receiver Braylon Edwards] for this game [against the Dolphins on Sunday] because of a pattern of behavior. He was there with Donte Stallworth drinking with him the night Stallworth ultimately ended up killing someone driving home that evening (actually, it was around 7 the next morning). He was there in the Cleveland nightclub [Edwards would be placed on probation last January after pleading no contest to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct]. … And now the DUI on top of it. My question would have been, When are you going to understand this? When are you going to understand that you have to take responsibility? From this football team’s standpoint, they would have been better served had they gone ahead and suspended him for this one day.

Now, on top of the Hard Knocks, on top of the female reporter incident, I think this was a great time for Rex Ryan and the Jets to have taken a stand, saying, ‘Listen, I know what the CBA says. Maybe we lose this case ultimately on appeal, but the New York Jets are going to take a stand and we’re going to take it right here.’ ” – NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, on how he would have handled Edwards’ situation after he was arrested last Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated.

NEWS

President Obama takes his attack on Republicans to Eric Cantor’s district

DeMint Has Had ‘A Standing Hold’ On All Legislation For Past Two Years: Dem Senator

Obama: Fox News Has A Point Of View That ‘Is Ultimately Destructive’ For America

OBAMA MAY GIVE RAHM A ROSE-GARDEN SENDOFF – Chicago Tribune A12, “Emanuel departure possible Friday,” by Katherine Skiba and Hal Dardick: “The long-rumored departure, which might be staged as a Rose Garden event featuring President Barack Obama, likely will see Emanuel saying he plans to ‘explore’ a run for mayor … The announcement also could come early next week … An official announcement of Emanuel’s candidacy wouldn’t come until later, after Emanuel embarks on a ‘listening tour’ next week to hear what Chicago residents are concerned about.” 

DNC video, “Now, That’s Funny”: “First, the tobacco industry came calling and Republican John Boehner did their bidding. When his friends on K Street came calling, Boehner did THEIR bidding, too. When Wall Street came calling, that’s right: Boehner did THEIR bidding. He’s been in Washington for decades. He knows how the game works — he CREATED the game. And he’s taken millions from special interests And now John Boehner wants to talk about reforming Congress? [Laugh track.] Now THAT’S funny.” CHYRON: John Boehner Wants to ‘Reform Congress’? Now That’s Funny. YouTube http://bit.ly/dzsI9P

Whitaker to Star in Film Funded By Qaddafi Family Has anyone in recent history had a stranger post-Oscar career than Forest Whitaker?

Jaguars’ Kassim Osgood flees from gun-wielding attacker  He’s 30, she’s 19. What, he didn’t get the “Steve McNair Memo”?

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I can’t be the only one who thinks Rahm Emanuel’s departure from the WH is a good thing, can I?

Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman. That’s like deciding between crack or heroin to get hooked on.

Gloria Allred is the cockroach of attorneys. I mean, if Meg Whitman can produce written proof that she and her husband believed that Nicandra Diaz Santillan was in the country legally and had documents that showed that, and that they fired her only after Santillan admitted that she’d lied to them, what else could they have done? As to the former housekeeper’s claims that she was “exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused”, those seem to be separate issues to me. By the way, I hate Gloria Allred, just in case you were wondering.

Why are Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher working so hard to prove that they’re still happily married? Why not do like Angelina and Brad and just live the way you want to live and not respond to rumors and innuendos. On the other hand, no woman’s coming out with alleged “tweets” from Brad. So far.

As a long-time Angeleno, I’m disappointed that neither local team, Dodgers or Angels, will be in the playoffs next week. However, as a baseball fan, I’m excited by the teams that have qualified or will this weekend.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak seems upset that Andrew Bynum’s not ready to play after knee surgery this summer while coach Phil Jackson seems very relaxed about it. I wonder if this is an aberration or a subtle sign of discord among Laker management.

Just in case you’re wondering, Greg Oden is still alive. He’s also still not ready to play because of injury. In other words, he’s a future Clipper.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

September 24, 2010

Obama Fineman

“Chicken or fish for lunch? Man, that’s a tough one.”

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“If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public. But I also know that anybody — anybody — can make a huge difference in this country without a title, without an office, just being out there as an advocate for solutions that can work to get the country on the right track. And that’s where I am now.” – Sarah Palin responding to Greta Van Susteren’s question about the possibility of a presidential run.

“Bill, Fox is so far right, you’re left-wing [there].” – Daily Show host Jon Stewart to Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday’s The O’Reilly Factor”. O’Reilly will be Stewart’s guest on Monday.

 NEWS

 GOP ready to make ‘Pledge to America’

House Minority Leader John Boehner unveils the GOPs "A Pledge to America"

House Minority Leader John Boehner unveils “A Pledge to America,” a new Republican governing agenda for Congress, at Tart Lumber Co., a family-owned small business in Sterling, Va. “You can tell how serious we are by the fact that we’re not wearing ties and except for the one idiot who apparently didn’t read  the entire memo, or jackets and our sleeves are rolled up.”

PLEDGE” – THE SHIRT-SLEEVED ROLLOUT: Dan Balz on A1, “THE TAKE: From ‘party of no’ to ‘party of ‘stop’?”: “[T]he Republicans’ ‘Pledge to America’ represents a promise to stop Obama in his tracks — stop the economic stimulus, stop the financial bailout program, repeal and (try to) replace the health-care law, stop other spending and stop the elimination of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. GOP leaders hope their proposal will show voters that they have plenty of ideas. … House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders, in shirt sleeves and open collars, traveled 40 miles outside Washington to a hardware store to avoid any association with the Capitol.” http://bit.ly/9RSF5S

As staff exodus begins, Obama faces a season of transition  

N.Y. POST PAGE SIX: “It’s not business, it’s personal. Don’t expect senior White House advisers David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel at former Obama budget director Peter Orszag’s wedding this weekend at Capitale on the Bowery. … ‘Basically they want to show a unified front, that they are not hanging out with the enemy,’ a source told The Post’s Mark DeCambre. Orszag … is tying the knot with stunning ABC News correspondent Bianna Golodryga.”

PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: Valerie Jarrett is going to Attorney General Eric Holder’s mom’s memorial service tomorrow, then spending the day with him and his family. Valerie did not know what time Mrs. Holder’s service would be, and did not want to cancel on Peter at the last minute if the events overlapped. So she cancelled weeks ago. The attorney general is a dear friend, and Valerie adored his mom. Valerie had to choose between the two, and chose the one that she thought needed her more. She had no idea whether Axe or Rahm planned to go.

But the snub is pretty Captain Obvious. Orszag was already hated (suspected of leaking to Jackie Calmes and others). Then the inner circle was livid at his debut N.Y. Times column, which they thought undermined the president’s position on a middle-class tax cut. A top official even asked us to run a contest: “Who is the more disloyal former staffer: Peter Orszag or Steven Rattner?” The correct answer was (a).

BEHIND THE CURTAIN — “Bill Clinton: The sequel,” by John F. Harris: “This week’s New York extravaganza was a reminder that the widely written Clinton obituaries of two years ago were not merely premature but divorced from history: Clinton’s life for decades has been marked by familiar cycles of victory, disaster and recovery. ‘There will be good times and not-so-good times,’ Clinton said Wednesday in a wide-ranging POLITICO interview. ‘I have loved the life I’ve had since I left the White House.’ … Over 10 years, Clinton and Douglas J. Band, 37, the man who has become by far his most powerful aide and among his closest confidants, have succeeded in turning the 42nd president into a global brand – one that at times seems to operate as a kind of free-floating mini-state. The brand resides partly in the realm of good deeds, as in Clinton’s earthquake relief work in Haiti or his foundation’s efforts against AIDS in Africa. It resides in the realm of money, specifically his success in making himself worth at least tens of millions of dollars through speeches and investments after leaving the presidency deep in debt from legal bills. The brand resides partly in the realm of celebrity, as when Clinton and Band watch the World Cup in South Africa with Mick Jagger and Katie Couric in their suite. And, it goes without saying, it resides in the realm of politics, as Clinton jets off to far corners of the country to raise money and stump for Democrats.

“It was during [the aimless first days of the post-presidency] that Band was enlisted to help Clinton. The University of Florida graduate … was the last of four personal aides … to work with Clinton at the White House. … The Clintons prevailed on Band to give up a job offer at Goldman Sachs to stay with the former president. Recalling that period now, Band said in a POLITICO interview that he is shocked to think of how threadbare Clinton’s operation was: ‘He has this whole new life, but the apparatus of the presidency is completely gone.’ Band said it took time for Clinton and the people around him to conceive a strategy for leveraging an ex-president’s assets – mainly fame and the ability to command an audience with virtually anyone on the planet – into a formal operation. ‘He’s one of the most recognizable and important people alive,’ Band said, adding that while this creates opportunity, ‘the burden and the challenge of it is significant. … You have to create the organization, you have to raise the money, and you have to build that enterprise from scratch.’ … A series of rivals to be Clinton’s top staff aide gradually fell by the wayside. In practice, if not title, Band became something like the chief operating officer of Clinton’s life. These days, Band is sometimes treated as a principal rather than a staff man. He sits on Coca-Cola’s international advisory board and is involved in efforts to recruit the World Cup and America’s Cup to the United States. He was invited to Vernon Jordan’s birthday party this summer as a guest.” http://bit.ly/dmCPLp

How Palin Is Challenging the Republican Establishment  

Sarah Palin: I’ll run if nobody else steps up  

Flat-screen TV Prices to Plunge for Holiday Season  

JAY Z The Business Side, With Forbes

Boris Kodjoe’s ‘Undercovers’ to Test NBC’s Investment in Black Lead Roles   

Blacks on Fall TV Lineup 2010

Houston Texans overtake Dallas Cowboys as best in state  

Texans vs Cowboys

Bud Selig’s stance on expanding replay and adding more teams to the postseason mix  

Smart move for Warriors to replace Nelson  

 PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Gop Pledge  “And, as a bonus, the first 250 callers who order a copy of our pledge, will get my super, duper, top-secret ‘Tanning For Dummies” tips.”

Sarah Palin President 2012  “And then, Todd did this thing with his tongue that he learned from watching our Huskies, and let me tell you girlfriend…”

John Boehner Social Security  “Is Michael Steele hitting on my wife?”

Rep Shelley Berkley Speaks At The Nnss Ceremony  “I’m Congresswoman Shelley Berman of Las Vegas, Nevada. I just happen to look like an aging cross dresser.”

Al Sharpton  “Damn! She’s not wearing any panties!”

Frank McCourt attorney's admission sets the stage for a possible settlement  “I just hope the judge leaves me enough money to hire a killer to take care of that dumba** attorney who screwed up everything.”

Sean Rodriguez, B.J. Upton  “Yeah baby yeah!”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Okay, we now know where the GOP stands on things and what they want to do if they regain control of Congress in November. It will be interesting to see how Democrats respond on the Sunday news shows.

When GOP leaders held their Pledge To America press conference at a hardware store in Virginia on Thursday, there wasn’t a single person of color among them, not even party token MC Michael Steele.

I don’t care why Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to donate $100 million of his personal fortune to the Newark public schools system, I’m just glad he did. Here’s hoping other billionaires will do the same in other cities across the country, like Los Angeles where the LA Unified School District is an abject failure in many parts of the city.

Jerry Brown’s probably telling the truth in his “At this stage of my life…” TV spot but, it’s so damn depressing compared to Meg Whitman’s, “Hell, I ran eBay, surely I can run a state!” spots.

I have no idea if he’s guilty of the things he’s been accused of but, to paraphrase the late, great Desi Arnaz, “Eddie [Long], you got some ‘splaining to do!”

Are Indians (from India) the new “blacks?”

The new Cash Call ad with the white woman “dancing” is the worst thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s so bad, I hear she’s being considered by the folks at BarelyEntertainingTelevision as the host for their new show, White People Still Can’t Dance.

The world’s oldest man celebrated his 114th birthday earlier this week. I’m guessing that we’ll have a new titleholder before too long.

I haven’t heard one single child – not that I know that many – complaining about Katy Perry’s cleavage in her now canceled Sesame Street appearance. In fact, now that’s it on her website and other Internet sites, I’m sure more little boys have already drooled over Katy’s “girls” than would have ever done so on the show itself.

Say what you will about him as a person, but R. Kelly is one hell of a singer.

Here’s hoping Week 3 of the NFL season is as good to and for Michael Vick as Week 2 was.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21, 2010

” We’re going to church. A Christian church. With white people. In public. As a family. And we’re walking. Like Orthodox Jews. Happy now?”

Christine Odonnell Wiccan Community

“My favorite TV show as a kid? ‘Bewitched’, of course.”

Palin

“Welcome to my gun show!”

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“I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I am one of those people. And I’m waiting, Sir. … I don’t feel it yet. Is this my new reality?” – Velma Hart, the chief financial officer of AMVETS in Washington, describing how the recession has taken a toll on her family at a Monday town hall meeting in Washington, DC.

“I understand your frustration. My goal is not to convince you that everything is where it ought to be. It’s not. Still, we’re moving in the right direction.” – President Barack Obama responding to Velma Hart.

“There were a number of people who made terrible decisions. They turned the Justice Department into the laughingstock of the country.” – John McKay, a former U.S. attorney for the western district of Washington state at a forum held by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

NEWS

Middle-Class American To Obama: ‘I’m Exhausted Of Defending You’

Obama Cnbc  “Could have stayed in the Senate and cruised. But nooo, I just had to be the first black president.”
Obama To Tea Party: ‘Identify, Specifically, What Would You Do?’ Besides send you[back] to Kenya?
Health Care Reform Splits GOP: Republicans Divided On How To Replace Law

Health Care Summitt  “Michael Steele’s on the phone for me? What the f**k does the ‘token’ want now?”

Contract With America’: House GOP To Unveil Election-Year Agenda This Week

Contract With America  “Everybody now, repeat after me: White is right, white is right, white is right!”

Republicans under a spell

Excerpt: O’Donnell is where the GOP has been heading for some time. The party’s leaders have steadfastly refused to take a stand against any idiocy, even suggesting they agree that Obama might not be a Christian. Their intellectuals have supported and advanced the know-nothingness of Sarah Palin. Nothing to them is beyond the pale. This party is not fit to govern. It would support the Joker but not Batman, who hangs too much with Robin.

Think Progress » Steve King Demands ‘Blood Oath’ From Boehner To Shut Down The Government

Clinton Chides GOP For Pushing A New Government Shutdown: ‘It Didn’t Work Out Very Well’ In 1995 

Jan Brewer Stands By Belief That Undocumented Immigrants Are ‘Drug Mules’, Insists She’s Not ‘Racist’ (VIDEO)

Jan Brewer Durg Mule Comparison  “Somebody get some pliers over here pronto! My face is stuck again!”

Fired U.S. Attorneys: Bush Administration ‘Turned The Justice Department Into The Laughingstock Of The Country’

Us Attorney Scandal  Gonzalez: “Look Mr President, it’s that qualified Democratic lawyer who tried to get a job at the Justice Department.”  Bush: “Que?”

Lisa Murkowski: Republican Leaders Turned Their Backs On Me

Lisa Murkowski  “For the last time: I’m not ‘June Cleaver’s’ secret love-child!”

Haley Barbour: GOP, Tea Party Unity Spells Defeat for Obama  

Excerpt: Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost the GOP primary in Alaska to Joe Miller. Now she’s launched a write-in campaign to get re-elected. There is no excuse for this campaign, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was right to demand her resignation from the GOP leadership.

Wiccan Community Upset With O’Donnell, Calls Witchcraft Comments “Teaching Moment”  Oh no! Christine O’Donnell has lost the “Wiccans” in Delaware! How will she replace those crucial 15 votes? Should her opponent seek their endorsement and ask them to cast a spell over the voters that would ensure him victory? I’m only half-joking here. Sort of.

Republicans, bewitched

Christine O’Donnell’s confession to have ‘dabbled into witchcraft’ explains what’s happened to the GOP.  Humor me for a moment or two: Imagine if you will, we’re back in the summer of 2008 and in the midst of the presidential campaign. Let’s say that one of the candidates, we’ll call him Barack Obama, during an interview or appearance, admitted to having “dabbled into Islam” during his high school years. How huge of an uproar, on a scale of 1-to-10 with 10 being ‘shouting from the mountaintops’, from the right do you think we’d have seen? I’m guessing it would have been at least a 15.

The Republican plan to turn back time – How the World Works  

Restaurants put obesity on the menu

KFC’s Double Down sandwich: two pieces of bacon, two slices of cheese and “Colonel’s Sauce,” with two thick filets of fried chicken functioning as the bun, almost qualifies as health food compared to these chain restaurants’ offerings.  And, it looks nasty too!

Alice Walker’s Estranged Daughter Makes Startling Revelations About ‘Color Purple’ Author   Call me a “the glass is half-full” kind of guy it you will, but something tells me that Alice and Rebecca Walker won’t be spending the holidays together.

Unemployed-over-50-fears-of-never-working-again: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance

Patricia Reid, 57, lost her job at Boeing four years ago and has struggled to find a new position.  Stuart Isett for The New York Times  Patricia Reid hasn’t received a single offer since losing her $80,000-a-year job four years ago.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Compares O’Donnell Witchcraft To Rev. Wright (VIDEO)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck  “C’mon you guys. Stop making fun of my self-righteous stupidity. You know I can’t help myself.”

 THE ALL-TIME KING OF BASKETBALL SHOES

Michael Jordan stands in his Air Jordan shoes in a 1986 game.

The NBA, A-through-Z: Jordans – Ball Don’t Lie

RANDOM THOUGHTS

The GOP hates that Barack Obama is POTUS and the Democrats control Congress so much that they’re willing to back a former potential wiccan, Christine O’Donnell, in Delaware. Think about it for a minute: the party of “Family Values” is putting their money on someone who “dabbled in witchcraft” as a teenager. Hell, I LOVED me some Bewitched as a kid but I never, ever thought about leaving Bethel Baptist Church to hook-up with a coven or whatever the hell a group of witches is called these days.

Anyone who’s read the Flyer on a regular basis knows that I’m a big supporter of gay rights, especially same-sex marriage because I feel it’s a matter of civil rights. But, is “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” really the political issue the gay community should be focusing on right now? I mean, are gays and lesbians looking to join the military to eliminate unemployment in their community? And, is Lady Gaga going to join up too?

Can anyone explain to me how El DeBarge can look and sound that good after being hooked on drugs for years and spending time in jail?

Wyclef Jean released a statement through his spokesperson today that he’s ending his run for the presidency of Haiti. Frankly, I didn’t know he was still running.

When will judges stop treating Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan with “kid gloves” and throw their dumb-a**es in jail?

Detroit 187 isn’t just the title of a new ABC drama that debuts tonight – it’s also the number of the city’s remaining white residents.

After opening the season 0-2, Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips is listed as being a “game-time decision”.

If Eagles head coach Andy Reid insists on starting Kevin Kolb at QB instead of Michael Vick on Sunday, he needs to be drug tested.

Turns out that I was really, really wrong about Shannon Sharpe being gone from CBS’ NFL studio show. I can’t help but wonder how much he paid to make that pesky little restraining order in the ATL go away last week.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS – Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 19, 2010

 PUBLIC ENEMY #1

Sarah Palin waves to the crowd in Iowa. | AP Photo

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

There’s a fight going on for the very soul of this country and if you don’t believe me, read this: JIM DEMINT OP-ED IN SUNDAY WP – “An earthquake election”: “For years, conservatives have been told that the only way to create a big-tent party was to support big-government candidates who were ‘electable,’ rather than principled. History suggests otherwise. Majorities are built on principles, not the other way around. … Now it’s time to give the Democrats a heartbreaker election in November. Obama’s honeymoon is over. … I’m praying for an earthquake election in November that will shake Washington to its core. I’m doing all I can to make it happen. And everyone who has been working toward this goal should trust me: All of Washington can hear you now.” The writer is a Republican senator from South Carolina. http://bit.ly/cbPNDc

If the Democrats think for a single, solitary second that some of these so-called Tea Party candidates can’t win in November, they deserve to lose control of Congress.

I’m not sure how effective a campaign slogan this may be Dems to voters: You may hate us, but GOP is worse, but apparently it’s the best Democrats can come up with at this point.

Okay, I’ll admit it: I was wrong, wrong, wrong about Sarah Palin fading into political oblivion after November 4, 2008 and my good friend Steven Ivory was 1000% correct when he said she wouldn’t. Here we are almost two years later and the question Is Sarah Palin the Next Barack Obama? bears close scrutiny. Because while it’s clear that she very well may run (I, for one, don’t think she will risk devaluing her very lucrative “brand” with the possibility of a primary loss – “I know that you can make a big difference in America without even having a title.” – Palin after her speech in Iowa Friday night), it’s far from clear how a presidential campaign from one of the most unpredictable and unlikely national candidates we’ve ever seen would proceed.

Speaking of Palin, what do you think the reaction from the right would be if, any Democratic leader said this Sarah Palin Calls On Fox News To Help Republicans Campaign For November in reference to MSNBC helping Democrats this fall?

Even though no one has run a successful write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate since Strom Thurmond in 1954, what does Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have to lose by pursuing a write-in bid to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller?

A Look at The “Real” Glenn Beck

“Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America,” by Dana Milbank (out Oct. 5; Doubleday; 261 pages): “When he finishes his regular-guy routine at Fox studios in Manhattan, Beck hops into his chauffeur-driven sedan and takes the drive home to New Canaan, Connecticut … The man who has just described himself as a ‘serf’ rather than a ‘landowner’ disembarks and steps into his sixteen-room neo-colonial mansion on Ponus Ridge, … which he purchased in 2005 for $4.25 million. … He showed up at the New Canaan Zoning Commission office in 2008 with his wife and his bodyguard and his lawyer, demanding an exemption from zoning laws to allow him to surround himself on all sides with a six-foot barrier: a four-foot stone wall topped by two feet of wood fencing in the front, and a six-foot wooden barrier elsewhere. The lawyer explained to the town elders how a portion of the wall had ‘already mistakenly been built.’ Oops! … Beck’s lawyer explained that Beck was a hunted man. The barrier ‘won’t stop them but it will slow them down,’ the attorney said.” $16.47 on Amazon http://amzn.to/bSAmJC

THE SUNDAY SHOWS:

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Former President Bill Clinton; former Secretary of State Colin Powell

ABC’s “This Week”: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, the New York Times’ David E. Sanger, the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart and Delaware GOP Chairman Tom Ross

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Former President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE)

Fox’s “Fox News Sunday”: U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE); former Bush adviser Karl Rove; roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, Fortune’s Nina Easton, former State Department official Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); DNC Chairman and former Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA); former NRCC Chairman and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn

C-SPAN: “Newsmakers”: (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, questioned by the Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Reuters’ Susan Heavey … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): Yahoo! Policy Vice President and Head of Privacy Anne Toth, questioned by National Journal’s Juliana Gruenwald … ‘Q&A’ (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Washington Post Cars columnist Warren Brown

I don’t have anything against her or her children, but why should the people of California have to bear the costs of this woman’s stupid decision to have 14 children? Octomom is going on welfare  

I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga by any stretch of the imagination but this was funny Kate Walsh wears sushi dress as ‘homage’ to Lady Gaga. I’m surprised someone hasn’t written a great romantic comedy for Walsh. Hey, maybe I should do that.

Why do I get the feeling that Brandy is going to reboot her career in a big way on Dancing With The Stars.

Why wait until next year for Don Mattingly to start managing the Dodgers? Does anyone think the players are listening to Joe Torre now? And speaking of Mattingly, I’m not saying that his total lack of managerial experience means that he can’t or won’t be a successful manager. What I am saying is that this isn’t the kind of get a cheap newbie for the job kind of move a franchise like the Dodgers should be making. I mean, Mattingly played and coached for the Yankees and when they fired Torre after the ’07 season, they hired Joe Girardi, who had managed the Florida Marlins, instead of him. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: I will never spend another dollar of my money on the Dodgers as long as anyone named McCourt has anything to do with the franchise.

Totally unacceptable – Matt Kemp struck out in the sixth [Thursday night]to match his career high of 153 also done in 2008. Until Kemp shortens and quickens his big, looping swing that occasionally results in a home run, his potential will remain just that.

Just when you hoped it would be safe to watch the Super Bowl half-time show again, word comes that the Black Eyed Peas are the headliners in Dallas next February.

If Urban Meyer was a black coach or not winning a lot of games and making Florida a LOT of money, none of this Urban Meyer addresses Gators’ staggering arrest rate would be acceptable. But since he isn’t and they are, he gets a pass.

Well, the Phil Mickelson Vs Tiger Woods era was fun. Speaking of Tiger, which happens first: his winning another major, Chris Tucker making a non-Rush Hour movie or the Clippers winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy? I’m putting my money on the Clippers.

I’ve got to be honest with you, I never saw this coming Lamar Odom thrives as secondary leader with Lakers, Team USA and neither did most Laker fans.

I hope Kobe, LeBron, ‘Melo, D-Wade, et al aren’t just given spots on the 2012 Olympic team after what the guys on Team USA accomplished in Turkey this summer.

Proof positive that Mark Cuban needs to either stop taking drugs or start taking them. Cuban sees no threat in Lakers

So, is USC going to return the BCS money they got from the 2005 season? You know, the one when Reggie Bush “didn’t” win the Heisman Trophy. Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Sir Charles Barkley said what most fans of big-time college football and basketball believe to be true when he admitted that he received money from agents at Auburn.

I don’t know which saddens me more about two future basketball Hall of Famers – Gary Payton’s radio ad for the gambling service BET US or the reports that Allen Iverson is heading for China to continue his career.

Whatever happened to “Reverend” Terry Jones after he went to New York City last Friday? it’s as if he never existed. Wait a minute, was this all a dream like the “dream season” of the hit TV show Dallas many years ago?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

Obama Economy Speech

“Say what?” 

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“In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation’s schoolchildren, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served. Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our party today. My children and I look forward to the president’s speech.” – Former Florida state party chairman Jim Greer, who opposed President Obama’s speech to America’s schoolchildren last year, in a written statement about the president’s speech on Tuesday.

“As disappointed as I am in the outcome of the Primary and my belief that the Alaska Republican Party was hijacked by the Tea Party Express, an outside extremist group, I am not going to quit my party. I will not wrap myself in the flag of another political party for the sake of election at any cost.” – Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, in her statement Tuesday that she won’t run as a Libertarian but is still mulling a write-in bid.

“Good luck out there with your new leader.” – Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.), after formally accepting his defeat at the hands of Tea Party-backed Christine O’Donnell.

So I think, again, he is eating some humble pie and he is just trying to restore his reputation.” – Tea Party-backed candidate Christine O’Donnell took aim at the GOP and top party strategist Karl Rove after her come-from-nowhere win in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary.

“A lot of their candidates today, they make him [George W. Bush]look like a liberal.” – Former president Bill Clinton to an enthusiastic crowd at a downtown Minneapolis hotel as he campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton on Wednesday.

“I’ve been in the majority with Republicans who didn’t have principles, and we embarrassed ourselves and lost credibility in front of the country. Frankly, I’m at a point where I’d rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause.” – Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), one of the Tea Party’ biggest supporters among elected officials, to ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

“Let me not mince words, and say that yesterday’s election results were DEVASTATING – devastating. Not for me, because I’ll be fine. And not even for Fenty, because he’ll be fine, too. It was devastating for the children of Washington, D.C. [applause] … The biggest tragedy that could come from [the] election results is if the lesson that people take from this is that we should pull back. … That is NOT the right lesson for this reform movement. We cannot retreat now. If anything, what the reform community needs to take out of yesterday’s election is: Now is the time to lean forward, be more aggressive, and be more adamant about what we’re doing. – D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, during an on-stage roundtable after the screening of the new documentary on public education, Waiting For Superman, about Mayor Adrian Fenty’s defeat on Tuesday.

“If I owned the Steelers, hear me loud and clear, you would not be a Steeler.” – Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, chiding suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for hanging out at college bars and “disrespecting” women, said Sunday on Fox.

NEWS

TIME cover, “It’s Tea Party Time: How conservative rebels are rattling the Republican establishment,” by Michael Scherer: “It has no charter, no published manifesto and no governing council. Yet from Nevada’s high desert to Kentucky’s rolling coal hills, this movement has upended the elite of the Republican Party in 2010 and set its sights on remaking the U.S. Congress-and, in 2012, the presidency. … Not since Barry Goldwater thumbed his nose at country-club Republicans in 1964 has a rebel movement created such a crisis of legitimacy among the GOP establishment. And like that rebel movement, this one may spur an evolutionary change in the party that could last a generation. … It now has a chance to send as many as seven new Senators to Capitol Hill with their dreams of a radically smaller government, unfettered financial markets, defanged regulation and shrinking federal entitlements.” Cover image http://politi.co/aCyzWN

“The New GOP Money Stampede,” by Michael Crowley: “While the 2010 campaign narrative has focused on grass-roots Tea Party activists defying the Washington GOP establishment, a potentially more important story involves that establishment’s quiet creation of what amounts to a new kind of unofficial but totally coordinated national Republican campaign machine. … Running [American Crossroads’] day-to-day operations, with a staff of about 10, is a GOP establishment insider named Steven Law. A silver-haired, genial veteran of Republican politics-he is a former chief of staff to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell-Law sits behind a tidy desk as he boasts about his group’s grand plans. They include a fall advertising blitz that in the past month has already targeted Democratic candidates in at least six states, including Colorado, Nevada, Missouri and California, as well as a monster $10 million national get-out-the-vote campaign that will include 40 million pieces of political mail and 20 million phone calls to voters in key states. ‘I catch my breath every time I say it,’ Law says of the huge numbers.”

“Mark Halperin’s Take: The Party of Palin and DeMint”: “The [GOP] was unable to resist the influence of Tea Party activists who parroted Fox News and talk radio, crowded town-hall meetings to attack the Democrats’ health care plans and refocused the party on the debt and deficit. All that positioned the GOP for huge gains in the midterms ¬but spells danger for its long-term future. Only a few Republicans have spoken out about the risks of turning the party of Lincoln into the party of ¬Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint. If the GOP doesn’t find a way to build a bigger tent, it will pay a huge price in November when it tries to beat Obama in 2012.” 

“Rebel DeMint sparks GOP civil war,” by Manu Raju: “Behind closed doors Wednesday, Republican senators tried to assess the damage. Several senators at the lunch, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, raised concerns that the party has sent a message that it had no room for moderates, even from left-leaning states … [South Carolina Sen. Jim] DeMint was pressed by several of his colleagues … to pony up money from his high-spending political action committee to boost O’Donnell’s chances against Democrat Chris Coons … ‘In other words, put your money where your mouth is,’ said a senior Republican official, who characterized the exchange as cordial. DeMint agreed that he would – and tried to play the role as a peacemaker. ‘Every Republican senator has a responsibility to help Christine build the resources she needs to win in November,’ DeMint told POLITICO. …

“Even though some Republicans were looking to make DeMint a scapegoat for Castle’s shocking loss, some downplayed his late endorsement, which came after O’Donnell gained momentum from tea party activists. ‘I don’t think Sen. DeMint put Christine O’Donnell into office,’ said National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas. ‘I think it was the primary voters in Delaware.’ … DeMint, Cornyn and McConnell signaled that they were unified behind GOP candidates across the country: The NRSC quickly gave O’Donnell $42,000 in campaign money, and McConnell contributed $5,000 more.” http://bit.ly/bF2wtB

“Meet Christine O’Donnell,” by Tim Grieve and Andy Barr: “Kristin Murray, a Republican who served two months as O’Donnell’s campaign manager in 2008, called the candidate a ‘complete fraud.’ Murray said she quit working for O’Donnell in 2008 after discovering that she didn’t have a college degree, had failed to make payments on her mortgage and was using the campaign debit card for personal expenses. … As the Associated Press put it Wednesday morning, O’Donnell ‘hasn’t had a steady job in years but has instead made an avocation of running for Senate.’ She finished third in a three-way Republican primary for Sen. Tom Carper’s seat in 2006 and then lost to then-Sen. Biden in 2008. She has claimed in the past that she won two out of the state’s three counties in the 2008 race but she didn’t — she lost all three, dropping the state at large by more than 100,000 votes. …

“Four years ago, O’Donnell’s campaign website identified her as a ‘graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.’ In fact, O’Donnell officially earned her college degree from the New Jersey university just two weeks ago. … O’Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran said O’Donnell ‘fulfilled the last course requirement this summer. It was just a general elective course.’ But earlier this year, O’Donnell told the Delaware News Journal that she had already finished her coursework at FDU. The university, she said then, was withholding her diploma because she still had student loans to pay. History was apparently repeating itself: As the News Journal has reported, the school sued her in 1994 for around $4,000 in unpaid tuition. The paper said O’Donnell satisfied that debt in 2003.” http://bit.ly/a0djpe

WashPost col. 1, “’Tea party win in Del. is message to the GOP,” by Karen Tumulty: “The end of the primaries normally is a time when parties try to close ranks, but O’Donnell’s win fueled another spasm of recriminations. After … Karl Rove said Tuesday that O’Donnell was unelectable – echoing the assessment of, among others, Delaware Republican Party Chairman Tom Ross – he came under fire from a battalion of conservative commentators. ‘I’ve never heard Karl so animated against a Democrat as he was against Christine O’Donnell last night,’ said Rush Limbaugh, whose radio show Rove had recently guest-hosted.” http://bit.ly/ctTAqH

USA Today cover story, “Tea Party’s wins fuel a ‘civil war’ within GOP: Republicans, seeking to oust Dems, face their own insurgency,” by John Fritze and Kathy Kiely: “’It’s official: There is now a civil war within the Republican Party,’ said Mark McKinnon … ‘The good news for Republicans is the Tea Party is capturing the anti-establishment energy in America. The bad news is that includes the Republican establishment.’” http://usat.ly/9guolt

The (British) Guardian, top of p. 1, “She’s the new star of the US right,” by D.C. bureau chief Ewen MacAskill in Dover, Del.: “Dubbed the new Sarah Palin, she is one of the most ultra-conservative candidates running in the US. … [S]he is even too rightwing for Republicans such as Karl Rove, George Bush’s former political strategist, who described her views as ‘nutty’. … ‘The Republicans have lost their way,’ she said [in an interview]. ‘They have abandoned the principles on which our country was founded. The party establishment died last night.’” http://bit.ly/bJxs08

FROM THE MORNING FIX

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin demonstrated her political magic touch in a pair of primaries Tuesday night — watching while former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and Delaware businesswoman Christine O’Donnell won their respective primaries due, at least in part, to her support.

But, new polling from the Washington Post/ABC News suggests that Palin’s effectiveness of a surrogate is limited to a relatively narrow swath of voters, meaning that she may be out on the campaign trail less this fall for Republicans than she was during primary season.

Overall, 20 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate that Palin campaigned for while 36 percent said a visit by the 2008 vice presidential nominee would make them less likely to back a candidate. Forty two percent said a Palin appearance would make no difference in their vote.

Not surprisingly, self identified Republicans are the most likely to say a Palin campaign appearance would improve the chances of them voting for a candidate (39 percent) and Democrats are the least likely (nine percent).

But, go even deeper into the numbers and an interesting split is revealed among self identified conservatives regarding their views of Palin.

Among those who describe themselves as “somewhat conservative”, 29 percent said that a Palin visit would make them more likely to support a candidate while 23 percent said it would make them less likely.

Among the “very conservative”, the numbers were far more favorable for Palin; 39 percent said a Palin campaign appearance would improve the chances they would vote for a specific candidate while just 12 percent said it would make them more likely to oppose the candidate.

What those numbers suggest is what smart political observers have long suspected: that Palin’s support is deep but not terribly wide. Palin, herself, seemed to acknowledge that fact in an interview with Fox News Channel on Wednesday. Asked whether she would be campaigning for O’Donnell in Democratic-friendly Delaware in the fall, Palin replied: “I’ll do whatever I can. I want to help, though, and not hurt. And, you know, sometimes it’s a double edged sword there if my name is connected to anybody.”

That’s not to say that if she ran for president in 2012, Palin would not be a serious contender. After all, the composition of the electorates in the Iowa caucus and South Carolina primary has tended toward the “very conservative” end of the spectrum — a group rightly understood now as Palin’s base.

Michael Steele Defends Gingrich’s Comments That Obama May Have A ‘Kenyan Anti-Colonial Worldview’  

Michael Steele  “Father, forgive me for being a traitor to my race, but you and I both know that  I don’t have a clue as to how to make a living otherwise. Amen. Oh yeah, I could use a few more Steve Harvey suits.”

Michaele Salahi: I have MS I’m rooting for MS to win this one. (Yes, I know I’ll probably go to hell for saying that).

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

 Sarah Palin

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 “Yeah, but if I were Chris Rock, it’d be this big.”

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“You get a perm! You get a perm! And you get a perm! Whoopi Goldberg gets a perm! Hell, EVERYBODY gets a perm today!”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Forget the “sainted” Ronald Reagan; the GOP today isn’t even the party of George W. Bush. This is a party bent on an ideological purge being led by Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Note: DeMint is the only one of these people currently running for office and the opponent for his senate seat in South Carolina is the pathetic Alvin “Action Figure Man” Greene.

Speaking of Alvin Greene, is he still “campaigning”?

Words and Phrases I Would Love To See Eliminated – The Race Card, Post-Racial, Teachable Moment, Taking It To The House, It Is What It Is, He’s/She’s The Next…, White People Do/Say It All The Time, Baby Daddy/Baby Mama, “My credit is so bad…” jokes by black comedians (I’ve yet to hear a single non-black comedian do one). 

Any day now, I fully expect Joe or Katherine Jackson to sue Michael Jackson for dying.

Reggie Bush did the right thing. Finally.

Any GM that even thinks about signing Manny Ramirez next season should be fired as soon the words leave his mouth and then committed to a mental health institution immediately if not sooner.

Why do I get the feeling that Matt Kemp is playing his final games as a Dodger?

With Stephon Marbury returning for a second season and reports that Allen Iverson and Steve Francis are considering playing there, is China becoming the new destination for washed-up NBA players? That could make for some very interesting press conferences – “After careful consideration, absolutely no interest from any NBA team, and a delicious lunch at Larry Wong’s Mandarin Mansion in Monterrey Park, I’ve decided to take my talents to Beijing Beach.” But seriously, is Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Famer, so desperate for playing time/money that he needs to do this?

QUOTE OF THE DAY – SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

September 15, 2010

“We’re for preserving Social Security, tax cuts for the middle class, and making it in America, as contrasted with Republicans who want to privatize Social Security, tax cuts for the wealthy, send jobs overseas. Our message is we’re fighting for the middle class and we are not going back to the failed policies of the Bush administration.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

WHO’S THE SMILING BLACK MAN?

September 15, 2010

Republicans Put All Their Chips On The Tea Party Table

“I wonder how much longer I have to stand here and smile?”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14, 2010

Obama Fairfax Virginia Economy

“Listen to me people, the Republicans don’t care about you!”

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was a one-man quote machine on Monday. Here’s a sampling:

To Harry Smith on “This Morning”: “We ought not use the middle class as a political football.”

To George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America”: “We’re going to have to see what Congressman Boehner does and says today. … But I think Congressman Boehner was fairly clear yesterday in outlining a position that the president outlined last week.”

To Meredith Vieira on “Today”: “Your poll showed that the second most potent idea against somebody running for Congress would be returning to the Bush policies. We’re going to take the next 50-some days to convince people that that’s exactly what the Republicans are going to do.”

On John Boehner – “We welcome John Boehner’s change in position and support for the middle class tax cuts, but time will tell if his actions will be anything but continued support for the failed policies that got us into this mess.”

To George Stephanopoulos on Newt Gingrich’s saying “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? … That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.” “I don’t even have – quite frankly, George – the slightest idea what he’s talking about. … I think Newt Gingrich knows that he’s trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don’t believe the president was born in this country. You would normally expect better from somebody who held the position of speaker of the House. But, look, it’s political season. And most people’ll say anything. And Newt Gingrich does that … on a regular basis.”

Quote of the Day: “Where does he [Gingrich] get his material?” – Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough.

Did John Boehner Fall Into A Democratic Trap?

“Boehner vs. His Party … [S]hortly after his original statement, it became clear that Republicans remain intent on holding tax relief for middle class families hostage.” http://bit.ly/cea5o1

–WSJ editorial page hits “Boehner’s Tax Bungle: The House GOP leader steps into Obama’s trap”: “Republicans scrambled yesterday to regain their footing … [T]his stumble on the easy issue of taxation in the best GOP year since 1994 makes us wonder if he’s ready for prime time.”

–But Rush Limbaugh gets Boehner’s back: “[T]he CBS ‘Slay the Nation’ show … – obviously working with the Democrat Party – tried to get Boehner on the record for being against tax cuts for the so-called middle class.” http://bit.ly/cmPvSk

“YOUNG GUNS: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” – by House Republicans Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy – publishes today. Aides organized a three-day NYC news cycle – despite less than 24 hours on the ground — by starting with “Today” and continuing with radio and TV pre-tapes, and online and print interviews, all hitting the air/street/Web at different times. Appearances include Fox, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, N.Y. Times, National Review, ABC Radio and WOR radio. Real-time Twitter updates at @YoungGunsGOP. $10.20 on Amazon http://amzn.to/dbq6IZ

Something I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know – RECORD NUMBER OF INDIAN-AMERICAN HOUSE CANDIDATES (6) – USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “A seventh Indian American, Nikki Haley, who was born Nimrata Randhawa, is the Republican nominee for South Carolina governor. … All but Haley are Democrats. The uptick illustrates a political coming-of-age for Indian Americans, who … are among the most affluent and well-educated immigrant groups in the United States. Nearly 38% of Indian Americans held advanced degrees in 2008, compared with 10.2% of the U.S. population.” http://bit.ly/993Sju

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but nothing less than the short-term future of our nation is at stake in the midterm elections.

What if, instead of attacking the president’s economic agenda and positioning himself to run for president again, and if he loves the country as much as he says he does (even though neither he or any of his five able-bodied sons have ever served it in uniform, but I digress), why hasn’t Mitt Romney, a very succesful businessman in private life, put in a call or two to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and offered his assistance?

I didn’t need a study to tell me that the Sunday morning news shows’ guests are overwhelmingly white and male. Hell, even Ray Charles in his current condition can see that!

Why isn’t there an effort to recruit and train young African-American candidates for political office, particularly at the nation’s HBCUs?

PAGING MC MICHAEL STEELE! It’s time for your regularly scheduled stupid-ass comment of the week!

No one thinks that kids should go to school in decrepit buildings or conditions, but over HALF A BILLION DOLLARS for a school complex in Los Angeles is a tad bit REE-DIC-U-LOUS! 

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed that once the “Reverend” Terry Jones was interviewed on Saturday’s Today Show, he seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.

Was there a groundswell for a remake of Hawaii Five-O that I somehow missed?

Let’s see if the tabloids try as hard to drum up a romance between this season’s Dancing With The Stars partners Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy as they did last spring with Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke.

What if Montana Fishburne and John Edwards did a sex tape together?

You read it here first: Simon Cowell picked the right time to leave American Idol. The bloom is off that rose and bringing in Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez won’t stem the sliding ratings.

I must be getting old. There used to be a time when I looked forward to MTV’s Video Music Awards Show and this year, I didn’t even know when it was.

If the Cowboys and Jets are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, we could be in for a terrible game in February.

I don’t care what anyone says, if you suffer a concussion, you should sit out the next game (NFL) and at least five days in any other league.

Speaking of concussions, Eagles coach Andy Reid must be suffering from a severe one if he continues to keep Michael Vick as second-string.

When did scoring a touchdown become “taking it to the house”?

Reports that the Miami Heat are hiring some of LeBron James’ “people” to, as team president Pat Riley put it, “Help keep him [James] in his comfort zone” disgust me. Isn’t a “max” contract enough of a “comfort zone” and speaking of that $100 million contract, why can’t James pay his “people” out of that?

Anyone thinking that Kobe Bryant hasn’t been “laying in the cut” this summer, taking notes and writing down (saving) who wrote what about whom (Kevin Durant, Miami’s “Big Three”), is fooling themselves.  A Kobe Bean Bryant with a chip on his shoulder is a dangerous Kobe Bean Bryant.

Is the Dodgers’ season over yet?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PRESS CONFERENCE THIS WEEKObama Press Conference

“Hold your horses pal, I’ll get to you when I’m good and ready!”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“This country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights. And what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, you could build a synagogue on a site, if you could build a Hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site. We will not give in to their hatred. As Americans, we will not or ever be at war with Islam. ” – President Obama on religious tolerance.

QUOTES

“If all my critics spent less time worrying about what Michael Steele is doing and more time worrying about how they’re going to help Republicans win in November, I think we’d be well down the road to securing …control of the House and the Senate this coming November.”  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in a Fox News interview on Friday.

“I saw something that I hadn’t really wanted to see before: Losing wasn’t an end for her. It was a beginning.” – Meghan McCain, in her new book, Dirty Sexy Politics on her feelings soon after her father had made his 2008 concession speech at the Arizona Biltmore and she saw Sarah Palin waving to the cameras. 

NEWS

Obama Shows Annoyance at Republicans Over Tax Proposals

 Rep. Lynn Westmoreland eyes government shutdown  

A Republican Stimulus That Just Might Work  

 Steele: It’s not about me

 A Call to Action for Public Schools
Decades into America’s fight over how to improve education, a new documentary makes a compelling case for urgent reform on behalf of kids. Why Waiting for “Superman” is not just a movie but a dispatch from a revolution.

Fall Entertainment Preview
The days are getting shorter, but there’s still plenty to do. Take a spin through the best of the coming season.

Four years after his death, Levert hits album charts  

Phil Collins goes “Back” to Motown favorites

Riley takes exception to way some have ripped Heat

The Wizards will be staying up late to start the season   I would so be there if the Clippers did something like this!

Floyd Mayweather Jr. jailed in Vegas domestic case   If his mission is to prove that he’s the craziest member of his CRAZY-ASS family, Floyd Jr is succeeding.

 PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Terry Jones  “Of course, I’m crazy. What’s your point?”

Lisa Murkowski John Cornyn  “Sarah who?”

Steele “And that’s just my ‘soft’ measurement.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Every time someone like the “Reverend Terry Jones” comes along, I find myself wondering, “What Would Jesus Do?”

“Reverend” Terry Jones and his assistant fool were on TODAY this morning and I kept waiting for Carl Quintanilla to say something like, “What the f**k is wrong with you?” But, to my profound disappointment, it never happened. SIGH

The GOP has been saying “No” to practically everything that he president and Democrats have been proposing since January 20, 2009 so, why is it taking them so long to reveal their new Contract With America? Here we are less than two months before election day and we still haven’t heard their plan to “take back our country” other than ‘Obama and Democrats bad, GOP good, trust us’ and it makes me think that maybe, just maybe, they really don’t have a plan. Or a clue.

A Huge Flyer “Welcome Back” to former CBS Morning News weatherman Mark McEwen who gave the weather on that network’s Early Show this morning (Saturday). It was his first on-camera appearance since recovering from a near-fatal stroke five years ago.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

Where are the Christians and right-wingers who so loudly denounce “Islamic Extremists” now that a “Christian Extremist”, the so-called Reverend Terry Jones, says he’s going to burn 200 Qurans this Saturday?

And speaking of the so-called Reverend Jones, to paraphrase “Djay” in Hustle & Flow, I pray with all my heart and soul that somebody, ANYBODY, “whomps that fool” between now and Saturday.

How is it that the same people who claim to be “pro-life” – GOP and right-wingers – are so damn “pro-killing” (wars that never end)?

I sure hope the Democrats’ theme song this fall doesn’t turn out to be the Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams (now that was an unlikely duo!) classic Too Much Too Little Too Late.

Not to sound cynical or accuse the president of playing “election-year politics” or anything like that, but wasn’t there an urgent or pressing need for infrastructure spending before now?

So, you want to be Speaker of the House, John “Agent Orange” Boehner? I think President Obama is going to have something to say about that. Obama Blasts Calls Out John Boehner

Say what you will about GOP members of Congress, they know how to stay on message and in lockstep opposition to the president and his agenda unlike Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado who’s come out against the proposed $50 billion infrastructure program.

Overlooked observation by Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Cynthia Tucker on last weekend’s Chris Matthews Show, “It’s the fear of a future non-white majority in America that’s at the core of the Tea Party and Glenn Beck’s appeal.”

According to Ed Garland, a defense lawyer for T.I., his recent arrest in West Hollywood, CA was an “unfortunate occurrence” for the rapper/actor. Gee Ed, ya think?

David Spade – TV star. Go figure.

I sure hope the Saints put a serious beat down on “Old Man River” (Brett Favre) tonight.

Every time I see former New England Patriot Richard Seymour in a Raiders jersey, I feel sorry for him. Oh sure, he’s making millions but he has to play for the devil aka Al Davis to do so.

Jets coach Rex “Slim” Ryan is writing checks that I hope his team can’t cover this fall.

The Ravens adding wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh after he was cut by the Seahawks is a move that could pay off big for Baltimore’s Super Bowl hopes this season.

Matt Leinart’s failed career in Arizona points out just how important the right coach and system is for an NFL quarterback. Unlike his former college teammate Reggie Bush who’s a running back and landed on a team that doesn’t need him to be “the man” and has had the same coach throughout his time with the Saints, Leinart never fit in with the Cardinals after Dennis Green was fired as coach.

Speaking of Reggie Bush, hepassed up a great opportunity to gain some much-needed good press by not voluntarily returning his now-tainted Heisman Trophy before the Heisman Trust repossesses it. Somehow, he still just doesn’t “get it” and as a fellow San Diegan (his mother and I graduated from the same high school), that saddens me. On the other hand, he did date Kim Kardashian for a while so we know he has poor judgment skills off-the field.

“Sometimes, I’m convinced that everybody’s nuts but me, and I am the only sane sumbitch on the planet.” – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.