Labor Day 2010

 Obama Polls

“Well, at least I’ve got a job.”

EDITORIAL CARTOONS 

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QUOTES

“There’s no quick fix for this recession. The hard truth is that it took years to create our current economic problems, and it will take more time than any of us would like to repair the damage.” – President Barack Obama

“People are discussing what is the alternative if we don’t belong here. There are jokes: When are we moving to Canada, when are we moving to Sydney? Nobody will go anywhere, but there is hopelessness, there is helplessness, there is real grief.” Imam Abdullah T. Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, on anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

“It’s a lot easier to have harder conversations when I ‘roll the robot.’ ” – Mike Beltnzer – of Toronto, director of the Web browser Firefox, who uses a mobile robot to conduct performance reviews with employees in California.

“I just feel that he [rapper/actor T.I.]makes a lot of poor decisions when it comes to the people that he surrounds himself with. “ – Singer/producer Ne-Yo to the Associated Press.

“You know you’re out of shape when you have a heart attack when you’re watching television.” – Comedian Robert  describing the circumstances of a mild heart attack he suffered in 2000. Schimmel died on Friday in a Phoenix hospital after suffering injuries in an automobile accident in on August 26. He was 60.

NEWS

Department Of Labor Launches New Website To Help Unemployed Americans 

 SUNDAY MORNING NEWS SHOWS RECAP

 –David Plouffe, to David Gregory on “Meet the Press”: “They drove us into the ditch. And if we give the keys back to the people who did this, it’d be like giving HERBERT HOOVER the keys in the mid-1930s. … In the Senate, they’d have to run the table. I don’t see any evidence of that, and we’ve got people running strong campaigns. We’ve won a lot of special elections in the House, because our candidates are running great, localized campaigns – really focusing on turnout, and making that a choice between two individuals. Now, this is a turbulent political environment. We have big majorities. So of course we’re going to give some of that back. But I think we can maintain control in both chambers if we make this a choice between two people, in districts and states. And we have to make sure Democratic turnout jumps up. Because right now, the Republicans are coming out at a very high level. We shouldn’t expect that to abate.”  –GREGORY: “Can you rule out, based on actual information, that Secretary of State Clinton would not pursue the presidency again, would not challenge President Obama?” — PLOUFFE: “…Listen, they’re a team, and a great team for America.”

–DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” about Dems running against the Speaker: “I think if you run away from who you are – that’s you’re a Democrat, and you’re proud to be a Democrat – it’s foolish. And the reason it’s foolish is you got a lot to be proud of. … People ought to be proud to be Democrats right now. We’re a happy warrior party, and this Congress has every reason to be very, very proud of the heavy lifting they have done.”

–Laura Tyson, from East Hampton, N.Y., to Harry Smith on “Face the Nation,” on extending the R&D tax credit: “I don’t this is something that has as immediate a job impact as, say, movement on the current tax credits for the unemployed, or … a payroll tax holiday of some sort. But I think it’s very important in terms of job creation over the longer term. So if we’re thinking about growth and long-term good jobs, research is important.”

–Sen. John McCain, on “Fox News Sunday” from Arizona, told Chris this could be “a seismic election.” When Wallace asked his reaction to a new economic plan from Obama this week: “My reaction is that we always like to see death-bed conversions. But the fact is: If we’d a-done this kind of thing nearly a couple years ago, we’d be in a lot better shape. Look, they’re just flailing around.”

–Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to David Gregory, on whether Democratic control of the Senate is in jeopardy: “Yes. I think if the election were held tomorrow, it would be.”

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – NSBA president endorses Obama’s jobs bill, presses for tax cut extension.

John McCain: Republicans Need A New Contract With America, Refuses To Endorse Paul Ryan’s Budget Roadmap, Social Security Cuts

WATCH: Lindsey Graham Gets It Wrong On The Stimulus 

Lindsey Graham  

I can’t tell if someone off-camera is pointing a gun at Graham or if he’s just constipated.

Speaker-in-waiting Boehner balances GOP factions – Yahoo! News

John Boehner could walk down most American streets without turning a head. Only if they’re used to orange-skinned people living amongst them.

For G.O.P., Tea Party Wields a Double-Edged Sword

The Tea Party fervor is expected to help Republicans in November, but it may also create problems for them.

Top 10 what-ifs of the midterm elections

POLITICO looks back at the midterm cycle’s most influential roads not taken, including those of (from left to right) Arlen Specter, Mark Sanford, Sarah Palin, and Scott Brown. | AP Photos

L-R Arlen Specter, Mark Sanford, Sarah Palin and Scott Brown

Congressional Charities Are Pulling In Corporate Cash

N.Y. Times endorses Rangel opponent

The paper backs Joyce Johnson, one of the four Dems trying to topple Charlie Rangel.

American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong?
The furor over a proposed center near ground zero has many worried about their place in American society.

Amid economic hardship, a chance to live old dreams
Many struggling with recession have time, incentive to pursue aspirations

JetBlue: Flight attendant’s big exit was for good  

Dr. King’s Newest Marcher
By Taylor Branch
Why Glenn Beck is in sync with the ideals of the civil rights leader.

The Poodle Speaks
By Maureen Dowd
Tony Blair on W., Dick and the mess they made in Iraq.

The Obama family’s summer highlights

The man behind the Sherrod affair

Andrew Breitbart

 EARTH, WIND & FIRE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

On Friday, September 3, 2010, Earth, Wind & Fire returned to the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since 1975. Along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Friday’s show featured a rare appearance by the band’s founder Maurice White who no longer tours with the band because of Parkinson’s Disease.

The Many Iterations of William Shatner
The strange and multifarious career of an actor who always seems to be with us.

A staple of American pop, finding a new musical family
Mavis teams with Wilco frontman for 13th solo album, ‘You Are Not Alone’

T.I. Arrested: Could Rappers Drug Arrest Put An End to His Comeback?  

And Then There Was One – Fox: Kara DioGuardi departs ‘American Idol’

Revis and Jets Agree on New Contract  

Questions abound about Derek Jeter’s slump, contract situation and possibly changing positions

Shaquille O’Neal stars in ‘Wedding Crashers 2’  

No joke — Ron Artest to speak to children about mental health   This is a good thing.

WHAT’S ODD ABOUT THIS PHOTO OF NBA PLAYERS? (Answer in Randm Thoughts)

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L-R Rudy Gay, Tyson Chandler, Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon

RANDOM THOUGHTS

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if a Republican House and a Democratic Senate might be the best thing that could happen to President Obama and the country because the GOP could no longer just run around saying “No!”. They’ve have to actually propose legislation and work with Democrats to shape it and because the president would still have veto power, some good might actually come out of it.

Something tells me that after the recent flap over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”, the WH is going to be very careful about where and how the president commemorates 9/11 this Saturday.

It’s up to the people of Arizona to decide but, if Governor Jan Brewer can’t handle a simple debate against her opponents, why should they vote her into the office (she was the secretary of state and became governor when Janet Napolitano became Secretary of Homeland Security)?

I’m not saying that I’m voting for Meg Whitman BUT, damn, we can’t do better than Jerry Brown on the Democratic side?

I was visiting a friend of mine this past weekend and he told me, “Man, you are so lucky.” When I asked him why he said that, his reply was that if I wanted to, I could run off to Vegas this weekend and get married to any woman I wanted to but that he and his partner of 15 years couldn’t. As I was driving home, I was thinking about what he said and I got mad. I respect people’s feelings and positions on same-sex marriage, especially those who say they oppose it on religious principles. However, I seem to remember from my Sunday School days that Jesus reached out to EVERYONE and maybe, just maybe, some of those out there who wear their “WWJD” bracelets, really need to think about that. Oh, and by the way, gay rights are civil rights!

Oh, so now Kayne West realizes he was an A-hole last year when he ruined what should have been a beautiful moment for Taylor Swift? I wonder why he’s revealing this now. Oh, right, he’s got a new CD coming soon.

Speaking of artists with a new CD, Fantasia sure seems to have made a miraculous recovery from her recent “suicide attempt” with appearances on Good Morning America and this past weekend’s Tom Joyner’s Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida.

Speaking of Joyner, I really wish I could hear his show in Los Angeles without having to use the Internet. Nothing against Steve Harvey, Joyner’s got the better show – “Nephew Tommy” is no match for J. Anthony Brown – plus, Joyner has commentator Roland S. Martin (I wonder if Tavis Smiley ever regrets leaving) and plays more music each day.

Watched NBC’s fall season preview on Sunday and I must say that I’m very intrigued by Undercovers.

There’s not a crane big enough that can get Randy Jackson out of his American Idol judge’s seat before his contract ends.

Of course “State Dinner Crasher” Michela Salahi is going to pose for Playboy she and her husband are broke! I just wonder how they’re going to protect the money she gets from their many creditors.

I’ve never thought of slugger Jim Thome as a “Hall of Famer” but, as of this writing he’s 9th on the all-time career list with 584 home runs which puts him only two behind Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and, considering that Thome has put up his numbers during the “Steroids Era” and hasn’t been tarred with that brush, I might have to change my mind about him.

Only Manny Ramirez could manage to get himself released on waivers and claimed by a team (Chicago White Sox) that plays his other two old teams – Cleveland and Boston – in his first week with them and in the same order that he played for the other teams. How does that happen? Oh, just in case you were wondering, Manny’s back to doing interviews in English again.

At the risk of going straight to hell in a hand basket, the news that Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia may need season-ending foot surgery makes me happy and brings joy to my heart. Correction – I’m f**king ECSTATIC at the news! Why you may ask? It’s simple. Ever since his rookie year in 2007, he’s been an officious jerk and borderline A-hole. If my wish comes true, this will be a career-ending injury. Seriously. I hate this guy. If my hatred for Pedroia was a country, it would be China and India combined. Okay, maybe not career-ending but at least as bad as Bill Walton’s.

When Antonio Cromartie heard about teammate Darrelle Reavis’ fat new contract, he probably said to himself, “Shoot, if I had that kind of money, I could hire somebody to remember all my kids’ names for me.”

We’re about to find out just who Matt Leinart really is as a person and football player.

The TV commercials for the Sunday Ticket package on DirecTV just keep getting better, the way Miller Lite commercials did back in the day.

I don’t know about you but, I can’t wait to see Tiki Barber’s next career move!

I wonder if OJ Simpson is in a prison NFL fantasy league. After all, he’s been living in a fantasy world since June of 1994 (“I DID NOT kill those two white people!”).

Speaking of OJ, has anyone seen or heard from his fellow wife murderer (allegedly) Robert Blake lately?

The longer he stays in the league, the weirder the stories about Shaquille O’Neal are getting.

As a Carolina fan since the days of Charlie Scott, the first black basketball player in the ACC, I can’t stand anything about Duke. BUT, I have to say that I have a lot of respect and admiration for Coach K. Now, let’s hope that coach Roy Williams never, ever sees this.

For all I know, Marcus Jordan may be in the Witness Protection Program now. He’s been that silent since his ill-advised tweet about how much of “Air Daddy’s” money and he brother Jeffrey spent/lost in Vegas two weekends ago.

A-Rod may have fired him as his agent recently, but if I’m on my deathbed and need someone to get me more time from the man upstairs, I want Scott Boras negotiating on my behalf.

Answer for NBA players photo: Except for Tyson Chandler, there’s a remarkable lack of visible tattoos on the other players.

COMMENTARY

I know he’s on the downside of his illustrious career but, I don’t want to see an off-season divorce between Derek Jeter and the Yankees. I don’t want to see him in another uniform. I want to remember him like Troy Aikman, Ernie Banks, Elgin Baylor, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Larry Bird, George Brett, Roberto Clemente, Tony Gwynn, Michael Irvin, Magic Johnson, Sandy Koufax, Dan Marino, Reggie Miller,  Cal Ripken Jr, Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Jerry West and up to now, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – one great career in one uniform.

Jeter is the Yankees career leader in hits and after Sunday’s game, he is 104 hits short of becoming the first career Yankee with 3,000 career hits. I know it’s a business and there’s usually no room for sentimentality in business or sports. BUT, this is different and I hope both sides will realize that one more year (2011) of Derek Jeter in a Yankees uniform is worth it and he deserves to achieve this milestone and finish his career in front of the fans who’ve cheered for him his entire career and in the only major league uniform he’s ever worn. 

TANK McNAMARA

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