RANDOM THOUGHTS – Saturday, September 18, 2010


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“How ya like me now America?”

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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


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?


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