Archive for October, 2010

THE NBA – WEEK 1

October 31, 2010

KING STERN

In the spotlight

“And another thing, I don’t want to hear any bitching and moaning about my suits this season. Capiche?”

Mark HeislerPossible NBA contraction? Tighter rules against player complaints? That’s just small, restricted thinking

Quotes of the Week

LeBron James, on the jokes in his Nike commercial: “Well, none of them was jokes.” Not even the one aimed at Sir Charles Barkley?

OK, ASIDE, FROM THAT…

Miami’s Chris Bosh, on the pressure the Heat faces: “We know a lot of people are really putting us under the microscope…. We knew it was going to be that way. Dealing with it is another thing. But at the end of the day, it’s not going anywhere. It’s going to be here.”

GOOD LUCK

Denver Coach George Karl, on his mission: “Try to convince Melo [Carmelo Anthony] the place he wants to be is really Denver. He just doesn’t know it yet.”

YOU’RE RIGHT, HE DOESN’T

Anthony to Yahoo’s Marc Spears after the emotional win in the opener: “For me, I feel it’s a time for change. If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay.”

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING

Billionaire New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to the New York Times’ Chip Brown, on the Knicks’ arena, Madison Square Garden: “I am looking at the possibility of buying this building and having it shipped back to Moscow and put up on Red Square.” Copyright © 2010, Los Angeles Times

Until now, Nike has simply bowed down to LeBron James

 

Mark Heisler’s NBA rankings – Los Angeles Times

Heat is only No. 3, but hey, it’s early.

 

October 31, 2010

 

THE HEAT INDEX

1. Lakers (2-0) Kobe at 75%. No Bynum. Maybe they were too ready before. If they can stay healthy and get Andrew Bynum back, Phil Jackson may not stand up the second half of  the season. Hell, he might even coach by iPad.

2. Boston (2-1) Rondo says they’re team to beat in East. So Cavaliers beat them. And then, teammates Delonte West and Von Wafer beat on each other after practice on Thursday.

3. Miami (2-1) By the way, Spoelstra can coach defense. No. 2 last season, No. 1 now. They’re still not big enough up front to win the East.

4. Orlando (1-1) After great preseason and opener, Carter mails in game two. I hate saying this about a Carolina guy, but Vince Carter has future Clipper written all over him.

SO FAR, SO GOOD

5. Oklahoma City (2-0) Sefolosha, whom opponents don’t have to guard, still starting. Hey, I can recall when the Lakers were so good, they got away with starting Kurt Rambis at power forward.

6. San Antonio (1-0) High on list of 2011 free agents, Parker falls off it, re-signing. Mr Eva Longoria is nobody’s half- French, half-black fool. He knows a 4-year, $50 million deal might not be available after the new CBA is signed.

7. Portland (2-0) Przybilla close, Oden isn’t — but 20-7 with Camby. Oden is still alive?

8. Atlanta (2-0) Drew says Josh Smith only snarls “a little” at shot-selection tip. Who is Josh Smith?

SURPRISES/DISAPPOINTMENTS

9. New Orleans (2-0) Panic subsides after 1-7 preseason, or how great is Chris Paul? As great as he wants to be on any given night.

10. Memphis (1-1) Looks like they’re real, winning in Dallas with Randolph out. They keep this up and the Grizzlies may make people in Memphis forget about the UM Tigers this season. Just kidding.

11. Dallas (1-1) Veterans Nowitzki, Kidd, Terry shoot 63%. Young guys at 39%. Mark Cuban will regret the day he traded Devin Harris for Jason “No Longer A” Kidd.

12. Houston (0-2) Defended better when they were anonymous. Just gave up 112-132. Yao! Get it? Never mind.

13. Denver (1-1) Nuggets get fast start they need, for one game. They could go 81-1 and Melo would still want out. It’s Denver, Colorado!

14. New Jersey (2-0) Nets’ 2-0 start under Johnson puts them five weeks ahead of 2009-10 pace. I’ll be stunned if they win 35 this season.

15. Chicago (0-1) Rose looks like young D-Wade but Bulls could still use shooting guard. And a healthy Carlos Boozer.

16. Phoenix (1-2) Nash at usual 17 a game, 50% — but down from 11 assists to 6.7. I’ll be surprised if Nash is still a Sun by the All-Star break.

17. Utah (0-2) Rock-solid no more. Lost by 22 and 16 with four new rotation guys. Is this the final stand of Jerry “Don’t Even Think of Crossing Me” Sloan?

18. Golden State (2-0) Curry-Ellis backcourt no one thinks can work is averaging 51. Quick, name two other Warriors. No fair going to the team’s Website.

19. Charlotte (0-2) In Brown’s third season, Bobcats need good start as much as Nuggets. You realize of course that Larry Brown is almost as old as Jerry Brown.

20. Milwaukee (0-2) Still Brandon Jennings: Shoots nine for 29 in first two. Not exactly en fuego is he.

21. New York (1-1) Stoudemire’s supporting cast: Unknown rookies Mozgov, Fields start. Totie Fields is starting for the Knicks? Oy vey!

22. Sacramento (1-1) Kings haven’t stopped anyone but averaging 109, may outscore some. Perfect team for California’s capitol city.

23. Indiana (1-1) Slow-footed or not, hardworking Hibbert averages 20, 3.5 blocks. Yawn.

24. Toronto (1-1) Jose Calderon, asked if Raptors miss Chris Bosh: “Who?” Just in case you were wondering, Toronto’s in Miami on November 1th.

25. Minnesota (1-1) Rambis still yo-yos supposed cornerstone Love for defense. I wonder if Kurt cried himself to sleep after watching the Lakers latest ring ceremony.

26. Cleveland (1-1) Byron Scott teams play hard, even this totally written-off one. B-Scott probably threatened to kill everyone on the team if they had lost to the Celtics.

WILL THIS SEASON NEVER END?

25. Clippers (0-2) Unless Griffin averages 50, they’ll have to try guarding someone. Blake Griffin, future ex-Clipper.

26. Washington (0-1) Wall, most hyped young point since Magic, is lost walking it up. How does Flip Saunders still have a head coaching job in the NBA?

28. Philadelphia (0-2) Collins sees pieces don’t fit a little bit. Iggy for Melo? It’s LA (Clippers) or NYC for Mr and Mrs LaLa.

30. Detroit (0-2) Apparently not a savior: No. 7 pick Greg Monroe sits out first two. I might care if I actually had even the remotest idea who the hell Greg Monroe is.

 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30, 2010

THE SMARTEST MAN IN AMERICA

Olbermann Tea Party Special Comment Video

Keith Olbermann

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK – “It’s going to entail a discussion with my family [and] a real close look at the lay of the land, and to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, pro-Constitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job, and I’ll get to be their biggest supporter and biggest help-mate, if they will have me. Or whether there’s nobody willing to do it, to make the tough choices and not care what the critics are going to say about you, just going forward according to what I believe the priorities should be. If there’s nobody else to do it, then of course I would believe that we should do this.” – Republican Sarah Palin explaining (threatening – my word) why she would run for the presidency in 2012.

“With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office’. Being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying ‘I want to be the person at the top of the ticket. There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say ‘that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.'”” – Republican strategist Karl Rove criticizing Sarah Palin for appearing on her own reality show about Alaska.

“This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles. To the extent the president wants to work with us, in terms of our goals, we’d welcome his involvement.” – House Minority Leader John Boehner, who will likely be elected House Speaker if Republicans win control.

“Look, the time to go along and get along is over. House Republicans know that. We’ve taken firm and principled stands against their big government plans throughout this Congress, and we’ve got, if the American people will send them, we’ve got a cavalry of men and women headed to Washington, D.C. that are going to stand with us.” – Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), the chairman of the House Republican Conference.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Apparently Meg Whitman’s new Hispanic voter strategy is “Fire ‘Em, F**k ‘Em, Send Their A**es Home” Meg Whitman Says Former Housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan Should Be Deported which, if recent polls are true, is pretty much how most California voters feel about her campaign.

I’m not a paid political pundit, nor do I play one on TV, but me thinks Karl Rove doesn’t think much of Tea Party Queen Sarah Palin Karl Rove Jabs Sarah Palin’s Reality Show: It Doesn’t Help People ‘See You In The Oval Office’, and unlike most Republican operatives, isn’t afraid to publicly criticize her.

I want Sarah Palin to run in 2012 more than I wanted to have one night with Pam Grier in 1975, but I doubt that she’ll actually risk devaluing her “brand” by running in a primary against a possible field of Mitt “Mormon Magic Underpants” Romney, Tim “I’m Not Just The President of the Hair Club for Men” Pawlenty, Newt “F**k ‘Em and Leave ‘Em” Gingrich, Haley “Boss Hogg Jr” Barbour, Rick “Clueless” Santorum and whatever other GOP wacko throws his or her hat into the ring (Mike “Jesus Asked Me To Be With You Tonight” Huckabee).

Even before the Cubs managerial job was filled, did anyone with the sense God gave a seedless grape really believe that Joe Girardi wasn’t going to sign a new deal with the Yankees?

Whatever goodwill and respect John McCain earned with his gracious concession speech on November 4, 2008 is long gone, never to resurface again.

The more things change, the more they remain the same: Clippers open the season 0-2.

Aretha Franklin is the greatest singer I’ve ever heard.

Brett Favre is the biggest drama queen in the history of team sports.

Bill Clinton is like the old boxer who just can’t stay retired.

Just in case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the low ratings you haven’t, Undercovers is still on NBC.

If Charlie Sheen actually killed someone and there were several credible witnesses along with a studio quality videotape of the slaying, would THAT be enough for CBS to finally fire him or would that depend on whom the victim was? I mean, who in their right mind takes a porn star/hooker on a “family vacation” with their kids? By the way, I can’t wait to see how SNL treats this tonight.

Tom Selleck’s range of emotions and facial expressions on his new CBS show, Bluebloods, run the gamut from A to B.

The more David Arquette talks, especially on the Howard Stern Show, the more I understand why Courtney Cox wants a divorce. Maybe she and Jennifer Anniston will get married now. Hey, a man can dream can’t he?

I wonder if Clarence has restored Ginny’s phone privileges yet.

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LET’S CALL THIS SONG EXACTLY WHAT IT IS

October 30, 2010

That’s what the Queen of Soul, the one and only Aretha Franklin, sang in her 1971 hit record Rock Steady and that’s exactly what President Obama, the Democratic Party and the mainstream media should be doing between now and Election Day: calling the so-called Tea Party and “angry Americans” exactly what they are – a bunch of angry WHITE Americans.

Don’t get me wrong, I know not every white person on America hates the president or his policies. But I also know is that whenever I see footage and photographs of Tea Party and GOP events, I see an overwhelming sea of angry white faces. That stands in sharp contrast to those images of the president’s rallies in which I see a cross-section of America in the 21st century. Strip away the current clothing and hairstyles and most Tea Party and GOP gatherings could be Klan meetings from 50-60 years ago.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is the only major political commentator these days who has the guts to call it exactly what it is and for that, I applaud and commend him. Don’t take my word on this: spend a mere 21 minutes out of your day and watch the A-MAY-ZING commentary that he delivered on Wednesday night. Listen not only to what Olbermann says but how he says it. Hear his passion, anger, frustration and utter disbelief that on Tuesday, we may elect to the United States Congress people who are racist, ignorant (and damn proud of it), blithering idiots who couldn’t pass a high-school civics test if it were given open-book.

Just once, I’d like to see Wolf Blitzer, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer or Brian Williams ask John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, “What the f**k is wrong with you people? Have you lost your ‘GD’ minds?. Where was all your anger during the last administration? Why did it come out only after Barack Obama, an African-American, was elected president? And last but not least, why did you, in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, instead of working with the president and your colleagues across the aisle, decide to oppose virtually every piece of legislation the president proposed?”

On Tuesday (or earlier in many states), we have a chance to stand up against the forces of evil that “want our country back” and say with our votes, ”Hell no, we won’t go back to the failed policies that put us in the hole that we’re still trying to climb out of!”

I hope and pray that you’ll join me in voting to retain Democratic control of Congress. Nothing less that the future of our nation is at stake.

God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

20 FUN FACTS ABOUT GOD

October 30, 2010
  1. Has no fingerprints or DNA; can’t be X-rayed or photographed.
  2. Doesn’t know why Mary J. Blige or Tyler Perry are so popular.
  3. Says “I Bless You” whenever someone near him sneezes.
  4. Wears a “WWID” bracelet.
  5. Banned in all casinos for card counting.
  6. Was Larry King’s high school classmate.
  7. Played golf with Satan on seventh day; has regretted it ever since.
  8. His “gators” are live alligators.
  9. Drinks red wine with chicken or fish.
  10. Can’t figure out Oprah and Gayle’s relationship either.
  11. Has attended every Don Rickles performance since 1964.
  12. Is a member of Team Coco.
  13. Member of Alpha and Omega fraternities.
  14. Favorite dessert is Devil’s Food cake.
  15. Had a gut feeling that Eve was going to cause trouble, but created her anyway.
  16. Votes “absentee” in every election in the world.
  17. Never attended seminary.
  18. Has never forgiven Noah for what happened to the unicorns.
  19. Prefers KFC “original spicy” over grilled.
  20. Never watched an episode 24 or Lost.

KEITH OLBERMANN RIPS INTO THE TEA PARTY

October 29, 2010

This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest commentary since Walter Cronkite’s denunciation of the Viet Nam War on February 27, 1968. If you ask me (and no one has), the folks at the Peabody Awards should go ahead and engrave Olbermann’s name on one right now. Olbermann: If The Tea Party Wins, America Loses (VIDEO) And, if these people get control of Congress next week, God help us all!

Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

Brett Favre, Clay Matthews

QUOTE OF THE 2010 ELECTION CYCLE – “The latest tax-cut screed, the Republican party’s Pledge to America, is economically incoherent.  It has no meaningful numbers, proposes no changes in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and defense, and asks no sacrifices of anyone, yet says it can balance the budget.  Good luck with that.” – Allan Sloan and Troy Newmyer in the November 1st, issue of Fortune magazine.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Here’s the good news: the 2010 election cycle ends on November 2nd. Here’s the bad news: the 2012 election cycle begins on November 3rd.

I don’t know about you, but the story in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times that former governor Jerry Brown’s lead over Republican billionaire and political neophyte has doubled in one month stunned me. I knew Whitman had problems with “Nannygate” and the fact that she’s poured over $140 million of her own money, a figure most Californians simply can’t comprehend outside of the Mega Millions Lottery, into the race, but I thought she had a legitimate chance against the recycled 72 year-old Brown.

The newest Barbara Boxer ad featuring former Hewlett Packard employees speaking out against Carly Fiorina is brilliant. Their contempt and hatred is palatable and visceral.

I’m no political advertising expert but, even I know that if you have to open an ad with the statement that “I’m not a witch” as Delaware senatorial candidate Christine “Constitutional Genius” O’Donnell did earlier in this campaign, there’s probably a very good chance that you’re going to scare the living hell out of a lot of potential voters as recent polls are showing.

Why am I NOT surprised to find out that Jimmy “The Rent Is Too Damn High” McMillan is a retired postal worker. Oh, and he doesn’t even pay rent and hasn’t since the ‘80s! He does maintenance work in exchange for it.

MC Michael Steele just pisses me off on GP.

Isn’t the real story about the Juan Williams situation that if you say something bigoted and stupid, NPR will fire you while FOX News will promote you and give you a lucrative multi-year contract?

I wonder if Anita Hill is still in Ginny Thomas’ “Fave Five”. 

Congratulations to the Giants and Rangers. Now, on to what will be the lowest-rated World Series in TV history. If he were still alive, I’m fairly certain that Bud Selig would be freaking the f**k out right about now.

Does a World Series is played in San Francisco and Arlington, Texas count if nobody outside of those cities watches?

Irony is super-agent Scott Bora$’ two highest-paid clients – A-Rod (Yankees) and Barry Zito (Giants) – not being in the Series (Zito hasn’t been on the Giants’ postseason roster).

I’m a life-long Dodger fan which means I hate the Giants which means I can’t root for them in the Series, right? But, I’ve never been an American League fan and one of my best friends from high school, Curtis Mingo, is a life-long Giants fan so I should be happy for him – which I am – and root for his team, right? What’s that you say? The NBA season starts Tuesday? Oh well.

If the Rangers win the Series, Nolan Ryan will become the first in MLB history to win a ring as a player (Mets in 1969) and as an owner, joining Mario Lemieux who won the Stanley Cup as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992 and as the principal owner in 2009.

Considering there wasn’t a single penalty called during Sunday’s games for illegal hits, I guess that, despite several players saying that they wouldn’t be able to play their usual game under the new NFL directives, they adapted to them quite well.

Is this really what Brett Favre came back for? Maybe his reluctance to return to the Vikings until they sent teammates down to the ‘Sip and offered him several more million dollars for the season had more to do with Jenn Sterger and his surgically repaired ankle than anyone knew.

By the way, nobody identified and commiserated more with Favre over Fox’s Jay Glazer reporting yesterday that he’s admitted to NFL officials that he did make several phone calls to Sterger (he denied sending nude pictures of himself) than senior horndog Bill Clinton (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman”).

There are two words that explain the Raiders scoring 59 points against the Broncos and the Browns beating the Saints yesterday: s**t happens.

Song Stevie Wonder will never cover: I Can See Clearly Now.

Will there ever be another great black band like Earth, Wind & Fire in my lifetime? Hell, at this point, I’d take a Lo-Key or Mint Condition!

This season’s constant turnover of #1 ranked teams shows clearer than ever the need for a playoff system in Division 1 football (the only one in the NCAA without one). However, as long as the BCS is cutting multi-million dollar checks, there won’t be one.

Remind me again why Notre Dame fired Tyrone Willingham and UCLA did the same to Karl Dorrell.

Best quote in Sports Illustrated’s NBA season preview: “F**k the Heat…With all due respect.” – Orlando Magic forward Quentin Richardson.

Most surprising items in the same issue – The Atlanta Hawks have hired former Laker Nick Van Exel as an assistant coach with an eye to his mentoring 2nd year point guard Jeff Teague. Yes, the same Nick Van Exel who famously chanted “Cancun, Cancun”, as in the popular Mexican vacation spot, after a Laker practice during the 1998 Western Conference Finals series against the Utah Jazz (the Lakers were swept). And, the Trailblazers new GM, Rich Cho, is the first Asian-American to hold that position in the NBA despite the overwhelming history of tall Chinese in the league. Okay, I made up the last 10 words. Still…

Saturday, October 23, 2010

October 23, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 “I am Lady Liberty, hear me roar!” 

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA AT USC ON FRIDAY

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New This Season on BarelyEntertainingTelevision – “At Home With The Thomases” starring Clarence Thomas as “Clarence” and Virginia Thomas as “The Ginny”. This week, Clarence and Ginny discuss her surprise phone call to Clarence’s 1991 accuser, Anita Hill.

Clarence: “Okay Ginny, explain to me again how you thought calling Anita Hill’s office on a Saturday morning and leaving a voice mail message asking her to consider apologizing for something that happened almost 20 years ago, something that I’ve tried to put behind me, something that I’ve never actually told you or anyone else the truth about, was a good idea. Especially after the recent flap about your new Tea Party-aligned group.”

Ginny: “Well, see, what had happened was…”

Clarence: “Chile please.”

It HAS to bother Juan Williams that after a fairly distinguished career stretching back to 1976, he’s become a nationally known figure because he got fired from NPR, doesn’t it?

On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being “Not Important At All and 10 being “Very Important”, where does the Juan Williams/NPR flap rate in your life?

I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved that Steelers linebacker James Harrison has somehow found the wherewithal to continue playing in the NFL despite the league’s new crackdown on illegal hits. I wonder if the fact that he’d have to give back a substantial portion of his multi-million dollar signing bonus if he did retire. Nahhh, I’m sure Harrison made a principled decision that had absolutely nothing to do with his $51.2 million contract.

Singer Monica used her Twitter account to announce that she’s become engaged to Lakers guard Shannon Brown and then promptly closed the account. Here’s wishing all the best to the ATL songbird and her new boo. Maybe they can become the ‘Melo and La La of Los Angeles.

I was watching Elton John and Leon Russell, who’ve just released a new joint album, perform on GMA and got wondering, what would be the black equivalent of this pairing. Any thoughts?

I get nervous whenever I see Catholics dressed in priest garb, identifying themselves first and foremost, as priests.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, the presumed Speaker of the House in the event that the GOP wins a majority next month, has suddenly disappeared from public view in the last two weeks of the campaign. I wonder how his party and the media will react if Dems retain control of the House.

Big ups to actor/singer Jamie Foxx who emceed Friday’s rally at USC that featured President Obama. Many of the stars and celebrities who were so visible in 2008, have retreated into the shadows this election cycle, but not the man who won an Oscar for his searing portrayal of Ray Charles. And for that, I say Mazel Tov.

Let me get this straight: the cast of The Hangover 2 didn’t want to appear with Mel Gibson but were okay acting with convicted rapist Mike Tyson in the original film?

I sure hope ESPN shows the Miami Heat some love before the NBA season starts next week. I mean, I haven’t heard a peep about them since LeBron took his talents to South Beach.

Two things you can count on in 2011: Derek Jeter WILL be in a Yankees uniform and he will have a great year as he becomes the first career Yankee to join the 3000 hit club (he currently has 2,926).

If he had signed the Chargers’ tender offer before this season, WR Vincent Jackson would have earned $3,268,000. Now, after holding out for a long-term contract – which he didn’t get – he’ll report next week in order to get a full year’s service time, be eligible to play against the Colts on November 28 and earn $240,058 for the season. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that Jackson WASN’T an economics  major at Northern Colorado University.

What the hell happened to Randy Quaid? Dude’s life has fallen completely apart since Brokeback Mountain.

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THE GLARING FAILURE OF THE LAUSD by Charles L. Freeman

October 23, 2010

I’m a 54 year-old man who returned to school in February of this year to prepare myself for a new career in healthcare management. After weeks of careful research which included visiting several of the popular “for profit schools”, I enrolled at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Because I had attended Los Angeles City and West LA colleges in the late 1970s after serving in the Air Force, I felt that I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from my fellow students, particularly those who had recently graduated from high school (June 2009).

Boy, was I wrong!

With few exceptions, and I mean a precious few, these young people simply can’t read and write, do math or comprehend what the instructors are saying above an 8th grade level. And frankly, that’s stretching the truth for some of them. I was absolutely stunned and saddened by their lack of basic educational skills and knowledge of things I took for granted at the same age. Believe me when I tell you that our tax dollars are being wasted by the people running the Los Angeles Unified School District.

I was educated in the public schools of two completely different cities – segregated Memphis, Tennessee for grades 1-3 and San Diego, California for grades 4-12 – and I can say without any doubt whatsoever, the average student was better prepared for life (and college) upon graduating from high school in 1973 than these kids are today.

What good is served by building the most expensive public school in history – the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools for $578 million – if the students attending it aren’t prepared for life when they “graduate” from it? Oh sure, school superintendent Ramon Cortines will proudly and loudly proclaim that “test scores are rising” but, trust me when I tell you that these students are not being EDUCATED and isn’t that the main reason for attending school?

Now before you say, “Wait a minute, there are plenty of kids getting great educations in LAUSD schools”, let me say that I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that those schools are primarily located west of Crenshaw Blvd, are in upper-middle class and above neighborhoods or are charter schools. The fact of the matter is the majority of students attending LAUSD schools are people of color and the sad truth is that our public school system is creating a class of citizens that are undereducated and who, for the most part, will never rise above their current economical level. And, it’s not because these kids are dumb or don’t want to learn – watch them navigate the Internet, work their smart phones or sing/rap the lyrics to their favorite songs – it’s that the system is failing them in a spectacular manner.

And, it’s not just me who sees this. I have friends who have children attending LAUSD schools and they’re frustrated as hell. Many have done whatever it takes to get their children into a charter school and if that’s not possible, transferring them to better schools on the other side of town. Many of my instructors at Trade Tech are frustrated too as they’ve seen the quality of their students fall over the years. Ask them how difficult it is to try and teach college-level courses to students who simply can’t comprehend the textbook for their class.

THE LAUSD must be blown up and rebuilt from the ground up. Get the high-paid administrators out of their offices and back into the schools. Recruit the best and the brightest college graduates and make it worth their while to become educators. Stop wasting money on an inefficient system that doesn’t work for the students. Fund the schools equally across the board and make sure that instead of teaching our children how to pass standardized tests, we are educating them and preparing them for the 21st century world in which they will live and compete in.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 16, 2010

TWO PRESIDENTS 

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Clinton: “Oh, so now you want my help.” Obama: “Bite me.”

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 Thanks to loyal reader and friend Forrest Walker for this next item:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK – [In the past 24 months] “The single best decision that I have made was selecting Joe Biden as my running mate.” – President Barack Obama when he and Biden were campaigning for Delaware Senate nominee Chris Coons (D) in Wilmington, DE on Thursday.

Deficit Report Federal Budget

NEWS

A MUST-READ!

The Education of President Obama – NYTimes.com

At Apollo Theater, Prince Announces New Concert Series with Janelle Monae, Cassandra Wilson, Others  

Video: Brett Favre’s practice ‘whoops’ Well, it’s not like he was getting to use “it/them” at home these days anyway.

Wizards Fine Gilbert Arenas $50,000 for Faking Injury

LeBron James set to unveil Nike ‘LeBron 8 South Beach’ shoe  Granted, I live in Los Angeles but, in all the years that James has been in the NBA, I can count on one hand how many people I’ve seen wearing his shoes. And frankly, that goes for Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant too. The once and still king of basketball shoes is Michael “Air” Jordan and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I’d like to know who decided that male politicians should take off their suit jackets and ties and roll up their sleeves to show that they’re “regular people”? Think about it; how many of us walk around like that? And, what’s the female equivalent – taking off their shoes? Hell, if that’s the case, Pattie LaBelle should have been the first black president!

Reports say that the Oakley sunglasses company received $41 million in free advertising during the Chilean miners rescue. I can’t wait to see the TV commercial.

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Andy Richter didn’t have a gun to his head when deciding to take the sidekick position on the new Conan O’Brien show that debuts on TBS next month. Unless of course, his wife was holding it – “You will take the job offer from Conan. You will bring in a weekly check to this house. That is all. We now return to your regular programming.”

While no one outside baseball’s hierarchy was watching, the Philadelphia Phillies have quietly become the powerhouse of the National League. If they defeat the Giants in the LCS, it will be their third straight World Series appearance.

Speaking of the Phillies, I sure hope Dusty Baker was able to sign his contract extension to manage the Reds before they were swept out of the playoffs by Philadelphia.

Ben Rothlisberger is the biggest beneficiary of the latest Brett Favre controversy in that his return this week from a 4-game suspension has become a back-burner story.  

 

 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October 10, 2010

At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual legislative conference last month, President Obama implores black voters to turn out in force for the midterm elections.

“Just as it is in real estate, the key to meeting your sales goals in bean pies and ‘The Final Call’, is location, location, location!”

MADAME SECRETARY

Mideast Peace Talks

“How many times do I have to say it: I did not have sex with Bill Clinton after we conceived Chelsea.”

Alvin Greene Flirting Pornography

“Damn, that white girl’s got a nice ass! I’m Alvin Greene and I approved of this massage!”

Jerry Brown Meg Whitman Whore

Whitman: “Did you just call me a whore?” Brown: “Yes, but I meant it as a compliment.” Whitman: “How is that a compliment?” Brown: “Well, for a manly looking woman such as yourself, the idea of anyone thinking that you could possibly be a whore, is a compliment.” Whitman: “Hmm, I see. How about this: next time we debate, I just kick your old ass as a way of saying ‘thanks for the compliment’?” Brown: “You promise?”

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

I’m not a political advisor nor do I play one on TV. However, I feel pretty safe in saying that any candidate whose ad opens with them looking into the camera and stating, “I’m not a witch”, is probably going to lose. 

If you want to see Undercovers, you’d better watch Wednesday’s episode because rumblings are growing that this show is on the verge of being canceled despite being created and produced by J. J. Abrams.

Did Eric Benet lead Halle Berry to swear off brothas forever? I’m just asking.

If the policies of Bush 43 that John “Batman” Boehner and Eric “Robin” Cantor want the country to return were so good, why is it that not one single Republican candidate this fall wants ‘Dubya to campaign for/with them? Also, why did “they” ask Bush to delay the publication date of his memoirs and all interviews and appearances for it until after Election Day (he agreed to)?

Why is it that Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long was able to revamp outfielder Curtis Granderson’s swing mid-season along with getting Nick Swisher’s straightened out and revitalizing Derek Jeter’s down the stretch but, Don Mattingly, the choice to replace outgoing manager Joe Torre, couldn’t do the same for the Dodgers, particularly Matt Kemp?

Maybe it’s just me but, Kenan Thompson looked TOO MUCH like Glee’s Amber Riley during last night’s SNL parody that featured show host Jane Lynch in her Sue Sylvester character.

How the NFL handles and ultimately decides the current Brett Favre “situation” is going to reveal a lot about commissioner Roger Goodell’s  policy about behavior and actions, that while not necessarily illegal, have a negative impact on the league’s image, especially if Favre gets Tigerized by more and more women coming out to accuse him of misbehavior. And the media too, especially Favre’s many apologists, especially at ESPN.

Speaking of the self-proclaimed “worldwide leader”, their unprecedented “all-in” approach to covering the Miami Heat this season ESPN’s ‘Heat Index’ is off-the-charts silly is either going to be a total success or a complete disaster. Either way, it should be a fascinating season to watch unfold.

How can I ask this without appearing racist. Did former Mets GM Omar Minaya bring in too many Latin players during his tenure?

Something to keep an eye on: how long the super-talented and uber-ambitious Lea Michele A diva is born sticks around as a part of Glee’s ensemble cast. Think Farah Fawcett and Chevy Chase after their only seasons on Charlie’s Angels and SNL respectively.

The Yankees, much like the Lakers, are built for the playoffs more so than the regular season.

A couple of seasons ago, there was an incident during the NHL playoffs so egregious, the league changed the rule the next day Avery inspires NHL to change face-guarding rule.  In startling contrast, MLB announced that they will convene a panel on December 3rd to discuss the umpiring problems that continue to plague both the regular season and playoffs. I guess they want to make sure they have more bad calls from this year’s postseason to discuss.

If I’m Justin Timberlake’s record label and band members, I wouldn’t be sitting around waiting for him to hit the recording studio anytime in the near future. Dude’s an ACTOR now!

Antonio Cromartie update: Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has nine children with eight women 

You know things are bad when Tom Brokaw is advising college graduates to look outside America for jobs. Tom Brokaw tells jobless college grads to find jobs in Asia

Is Meg Whitman trying to lose her race against Jerry “Hello, It’s Me Again” Brown Giuliani stumps for Whitman or?

If God wrote his autobiography, would he record the audio book himself or tap Morgan Freeman to do it?

Finally, just because my mind works this way: What do you think would happen if tomorrow morning, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr and Minister Louis Farrakhan held a joint press conference in Chicago and endorsed Rahm Emanuel for mayor?