Saturday, September 4, 2010

THE BURDENS OF THE WORLD ARE ON HIS SHOULDERS

Barack Obama (AP)

President Barack Obama

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I don’t believe that things come out in proper context in an adversarial atmosphere. I think it’s pretty defined what [Democratic challenger]Terry Goddard stands for and what I stand for.” – Gov. Jan Brewer (R) putting the kibosh on all future debates with her Arizona gubernatorial opponent Terry Goddard (D), after her rather embarrassing display at Wednesday’s debate. Brewer also said that only reason she participated in the debate in the first place was to claim “$1.7 million-plus” of “public funds for her campaign.”

NEWS

TRYING TO TURN LEMONS INTO LEMONADE 

Mideast Peace Talks

Obama: “Okay fellas, how about this: the Jews keep Wall Street, Hollywood and delicatessens and the Arabs keep oil and hummus?”

THE SECRET TITLE FOR BOB WOODWARD’S FIRST OBAMA BOOK, currently on Amazon as “Untitled on Obama Administration: Cover to be Unveiled,” will be announced shortly after Labor Day. Bob’s interviewees tell us that his book, sober in tone, focuses on the administration’s debate over Afghanistan-Pakistan policy: A young president takes on this huge, inherited problem, acclimating himself to the military (and vice versa) as internal disputes rage. But they’re just guessing, of course. Book is out Sept. 27. $18 on Amazon http://amzn.to/cBf91I

AP’s Liz Sidoti, “Is the tea party becoming the new Grand Old Party?”: “The tea party has taken hold in the Grand Old Party, unseating lawmakers, capturing nominations for open seats and forcing Republicans to recalibrate both their campaign strategy and issues agenda. Out is talk of delivering federal dollars back home; in is talk of fiscal discipline.” http://yhoo.it/c6wMA7

–WSJ’s Jonathan Weisman: “With Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s concession late Tuesday, more than a half-dozen tea party outsiders have won GOP Senate primaries, in part on promises to transform the way a Senate designed for collegiality operates. That has raised the prospect that the Senate could grind to a halt as an alliance of outsiders forms to change the deal-making culture of the upper body.” http://bit.ly/9XJSZ6

–David Wessel’s Capital column in WSJ: “To the quiet discomfort of a few GOP politicians and several who advise Republicans on economics, this year’s campaign, so far, has little of the substance that accompanied the 1994 Republican renaissance with then-House leader Newt Gingrich’s ‘Contract with America.'” http://bit.ly/bQvrRw

John Boehner: The Next Speaker of the House?  

Baird: Blacks, Whites, and the Happiness Gap  

Alter: How Obama Can Fight the Lies  

Alter: How Obama Can Fight the Lies  “I could have stayed in the Senate and kept getting re-elected without even breaking a sweat, written a few more books, made some easy cash in the stock market, but noooooooooooo…I just had to go and make history.”

The GOP’s new fake racial history

  “Let me at that half-N-word!”

Discovery Channel hostage-taker hated programming

I’m guessing the folks at BarelyEntertainingTelevision must be breathing a sigh of relief right about now.

Glenn Beck’s Attacks Prompts White House Defense of Obama’s Faith

Beck Rally Attendee: ‘We’re Not Crackpots’ 

Glenn Beck Rally

 

 

 

Lady: “Obama never wears an American flag shirt so he must not be a real American.” Reporter: “How would the president wearing a flag shirt make him any more of a ‘real American’ than he already is?” Lady: “Well, even if he did wear the shirt, he still was born in one of them, there fo-reen countries.” Reporter: “His birth certificate clearly states that he was born in Hawaii.” Lady: “Exactly! That’s what I just said.” Reporter: “Um, you do know that Hawaii is the 50th state, right?” Lady: “Since when?” Reporter: “Never mind.”

Glenn Beck Admits Lying: ‘I Thought It Would Be A Little Easier

Glenn Beck  “We are full of sh*t, we are full of sh*t, we are full of sh*t, todayyyyy.” (To the tune of “We Shall Overcome”)

washingtonpost.com/thefix
Larry Sabato predicts a Republican House majority
1. In a report issued this [Thursday]morning, University of Virginia political handicapper Larry Sabato estimated that Republicans will pick up 47 seats in the House on Nov. 2, more than enough to restore the party to majority status at the start of the 112th Congress.

DAVID PLOUFFE “READY” TO COME BACK – His rollout begins on “Meet” on Sunday — “Obama’s campaign manager waits for a call about 2012,” by McClatchy Newspapers’ Steve Thomma: “Plouffe, who was the manager of Obama’s 2008 campaign, says Obama hasn’t yet given a thought to winning a second term, and that the president hasn’t started to build the massive campaign machinery he’ll need to compete against whoever the Republicans nominate. … This month, Plouffe will kick off a seven-state tour promoting the new edition of his book about the 2008 campaign, ‘The Audacity to Win.’ … ‘If the president wants me back at some point later this year or next year, we’re ready for that,’ he said in an interview.” http://bit.ly/bepKOH I read the original; can’t wait to see the updated version!

–PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: In case you click on Thomma’s link, he gets one big thing wrong. He says Plouffe would “run” the campaign. No. Plouffe is almost certain to take a post-midterm position with the White House or reelection campaign. But top sources tell us he WON’T be the manager again. Been there; done that — tough to top Obama for America. Instead, Plouffe will be a senior adviser, consultant, strategist, counselor, etc.

THE SECRET TITLE FOR BOB WOODWARD’S FIRST OBAMA BOOK, currently on Amazon as “Untitled on Obama Administration: Cover to be Unveiled,” will be announced shortly after Labor Day. Bob’s interviewees tell us that his book, sober in tone, focuses on the administration’s debate over Afghanistan-Pakistan policy: A young president takes on this huge, inherited problem, acclimating himself to the military (and vice versa) as internal disputes rage. But they’re just guessing, of course. Book is out Sept. 27. $18 on Amazon http://amzn.to/cBf91I

AP’s Liz Sidoti, “Is the tea party becoming the new Grand Old Party?”: “The tea party has taken hold in the Grand Old Party, unseating lawmakers, capturing nominations for open seats and forcing Republicans to recalibrate both their campaign strategy and issues agenda. Out is talk of delivering federal dollars back home; in is talk of fiscal discipline.” http://yhoo.it/c6wMA7

EXCLUSIVE – RNC Chairman Michael Steele sends RNC members a memo headlined, “An Historic Opportunity”: “The Republican National Committee has made it a priority to build upon the RNC’s traditional Victory program and expand its reach into all 50 states through the Delaware-to-Hawaii (D2H) Victory plan. … We witnessed the success of the D2H Victory program with groundbreaking wins in Virginia and the traditionally Democratic states of New Jersey, Massachusetts and Hawaii. Our D2H Victory program has built an extensive get-out-the-vote operation that will consist of 310 Victory centers in 44 states and over 300 paid staffers on the ground to aid House, Senate, Gubernatorial and state legislative races. Republican volunteers can expect to find at least one Republican Victory Center and a paid staffer in each of the 118 targeted Congressional districts, including 100 districts held by Democrats (chart attached). … To date, the Victory program has made over 9 million volunteer voter contacts in 2010, nearly three times the 2.7 million voter contacts made at this point in the 2008 presidential cycle. … We look forward to working with all of you on the campaign trail as we fight to Fire Pelosi.” Read the six-page memo http://politi.co/coPxyx

THE BIG IDEA – WashPost Outlook cover story, “How to survive the midterms, Reagan’s way,” by Jim Kessler, vice president for policy at Third Way, a progressive think tank: “’We are going to lose the House and the Senate.’ Those were the opening words of a memo that I faxed to my then-boss, Chuck Schumer, … on Labor Day in 1994. Schumer was still in the House, I was his legislative director … My phone rang at 11 p.m. Without so much as a hello, Schumer said: ‘I read your memo. I think it’s right. We need a plan.’ The next evening, we sat down with House Speaker Tom Foley. Schumer began by saying: ‘Mr. Speaker, I’m worried about the November elections. I think we could lose the House. I’m even worried about your race.’ Despite the fact that Schumer had been in the House almost 14 years, Foley didn’t really know him (he called Chuck ‘Charlie,’ for one thing). The speaker rolled up a magazine, … launching into a story that continued for 15 minutes and involved … a ceremonial headdress he had received from a Native American tribe outside Spokane. Finally, he slapped Schumer on the leg with the magazine and said, ‘So, Charlie, I’m not concerned about the House or about my race.’ … Foley became the first speaker to lose his seat since 1862. …

The economy was tepid in 1994; it’s truly awful now. Even so, there is a model for Democrats: Ronald Reagan’s triumph in 1982. … With the country shaken by a series of recessions and foreign policy setbacks, he rallied Americans behind his optimism … and faith in American exceptionalism … If Democrats are to hold on in November, they must follow Reagan’s tack, sketching a vision for the future that has the United States leading the globe with the world’s strongest economy — one fueled by private-sector growth and a successful middle class. And they must resist the temptation to succumb to a populism that portrays members of the middle class as weak, powerless victims. … Our recent poll found that voters approved of a hypothetical candidate who supported Obama’s economic policies by 15 points over one who wanted to go back to Bush’s economic policies. … Americans realize that the economy is in crisis, and they don’t expect it to turn on a dime. But they want to know that Democrats have a vision that appeals to their highest aspirations and seeks to restore our nation’s economic greatness and mantle as the most powerful economy on Earth.” http://bit.ly/9MEAi9

Joe Miller: No Social Security For Future Generations

Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party Senate Candidate, Hammered By Delaware Republicans

Vanity Fair’s Sarah Palin Profiler: ‘The Worst Stuff Isn’t Even In There’

Ariz. governor’s primetime fumble 

 Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in a televised debate on Sept. 1, 2010.  (KAET Horizon PBS in Arizona)  “For the last time: I am NOT Joan Rivers’ younger twin sister!”

GOP Will ‘Descend Into A Brawl’ Upon Taking Power: Top Strategist

The Haley and Mitch Show

Green revolution comes to urban neighborhoods

Obama To Hold First News Conference Since May

Obama News Conference  “Yes you, the white guy with his hand up.”

Drama Above Ground as Chilean Miners Await Rescue

As Yonni Barrios awaited rescue along with 32 other miners, his wife and his mistress met each other thousands of feet above, at a vigil for the men stuck in the mine. It’s hard out here for a trapped Chilean miner.

Rapper T.I., wife arrested on drug charges  

I don’t know if they’re guilty or not, but doesn’t it seem that once you’ve gotten out of federal prison, got your career going again and get married, the LAST thing you’d want to do is give the cops ANY reason whatsoever to pull you over while you or someone in the vehicle with you MIGHT be smoking weed? Is this the sequel to the DMX “career”?

Gordon Ramsay on Prepping Chefs, and Reality Empire – NYTimes.com

 Jay Leno ratings dip below Conan O’Brien’s  

Conan Announces Name Of New TBS Show

Conan Obrien  “It was going to be called, ‘Let’s See How Long It Will Take For Jay Leno To Try And Take This Show From Me’, but it turned out that David Letterman already owns that. So we’re just going to go with ‘The F**k NBC Show’.”

Bristol: ‘I’m Stepping Out Of My Element’ Being On ‘Dancing’  

She’s from a small town in Alaska, isn’t pretty much EVERYTHING out of her “element”?

Actor Brian J. White’s Marriage to a Latina Receives Negative Twitter Response  

Regina King: The Emmys: As White As Ever

Lisa Rinna’s Bikini Tweet Homage To Demi Moore

 

STARTING SEPTEMBER 13

Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey

Owner rankings, Part 1: Brown makes ’em laugh – NFL

Owner rankings, Part 2: Split decision at top – NFL  

Bill Simmons: Ranking the war-readiness of the NFL’s QBs  

 Tiger Woods takes out $54 million mortgage on new property  That’s not a typo folks.

 Byron Scott waiting to rebuild Lakers?  

Byron Scott , Getty Images  “Sorry, I was thinking about where I’m going to buy a new house in LA.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I don’t profess to be a religious scholar but, from what I recall from my Sunday School lessons from long ago, one must accept Jesus Christ as his/her savior and repent their sins to gain entrance into heaven. If that’s true – and I believe it is – John McCain must repent for the sin that was his turning Sarah Palin loose in the Lower 48 if he wants eternal salvation.

Glenn Beck and his perverted view of what a “Christian” should be, is exactly why I bet you dollars to donuts that God sometimes sits in front of his 1,000sq in Super Duper Triple-HDTV and mutters to himself, “I should have just worked through the weekend.”

I have a pretty good understanding of how politics and politicians work but, I’m really hoping that we don’t suddenly see the Obama family in church every Sunday in response what Glenn Beck has been saying. 

Republicans and the Tea Party – Their stance of embracing the so-called Tea Party only when it works to their advantage, reminds me of something Paul Mooney said on The Chappelle Show: “Everybody wants to be a nigger but nobody wants to be a nigger.”

While I don’t know if the loving couple that is T.I. and Tiny will be found guilty of anything, what I do know is that if you’re a felon who’s been released under the conditions of: “Not to commit another federal, state or local crime while on supervised release, or to illegally possess a controlled substance” and can go back to prison if you do any of the previous, it’s probably not the best or smartest idea to hang an illegal U-turn (according to the LA Sherriff’s Department) on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood if you or someone else in the car with you is smoking marijuana (allegedly).

Am I the only one wondering why there hasn’t been a single actor of color rumored to be in the running to replace Steve Carrell in The Office next fall? And, while I’m pissed-off about that, why hasn’t an actress of ANY color being considered either?

Are Frank and Jamie McCourt the “Bruce McNall” of the 21st century?

Bud Selig and MLB bear a great deal of responsibility for the financial abyss that the Frank and Jamie McCourt Era have plunged the Dodgers franchise into. Selig and MLB rebuffed an African-American , Donald Watkins, with far more real resources than the McCourts  – Watkins tried to purchase the Minnesota Twins in 2002 for $150 million. He offered to build a new $350 million retractable-roof ballpark and entertainment district in Minneapolis without taxpayer funding as part of the deal, but questions about his ability to raise the cash led the team to drop out. In April 2003 he offered $200 million for the Anaheim Angels (flying out from Birmingham, Alabama on his own Gulfstream private jet) – but allowed the McCourts to finance the purchase of one of the game’s historic franchises based on a Boston parking lot and a convoluted shell-game that has the Dodgers on the verge of financial Armageddon.

Think the Yankees don’t love them some Jay-Z? First, he and Alicia Keys performed “Empire State of Mind” before game 2 of last year’s World Series and then, he joined the team on one of the team’s buses during the victory parade. And now, he and the team are joining up for special Yankees/Jay-Z branded merchandise to sold exclusively at his two concerts this month (with Eminem) at Yankee Stadium.

Does new Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott have an “Opt-Out” contract clause that would allow him to take the Lakers job after Phil Jackson finally retires? I say “finally” because despite Jackson’s saying that the upcoming NBA season will be his last with the Lakers, if they 3-peat, how does he walk away from a chance at becoming the only coach besides Red Auerbach to win 4 consecutive titles? I say that as long as the Lakers win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, PJ will be their coach.

At some point, and I think we’re there now, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has to call Chad Ochocinco into his office and say, “Boy, stop your foolishness, shut up and just play the gosh-darned (Lewis doesn’t curse) game!”

It turns out that boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr may actually be the craziest member of his crazier than a flock of loons family. And considering that includes his lunatic father Floyd Sr and even nuttier uncle Roger, that’s saying something.

If you haven’t tried the “Supreme Garlic” A.1. Steak Sauce, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s Scrum-Dee-Lishous!

Who do you think will retire first, Brett Favre, Brent Musburger, Regis Philbin or Vin Scully?

THIS WEEK’S “CHILE, PLEASE” AWARD GOES TO:

(tie) Glenn Beck for lying through his teeth at last Saturday’s rally in Washington, DC and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for being a total airhead AND liar.

A VERY SPECIAL FRED G. SANFORD “YOU BIG DUMMY!” AWARD goes to T.I.

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