Archive for March, 2011

Random Thoughts – Monday, March 28, 2011

March 28, 2011


The most overused words these days are “Legendary” and “Superstar”. However, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that with the passing this week of two-time Academy Award winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, we have indeed lost a legendary superstar.

1932 – 2011

Can you imagine the media frenzy today that would have surrounded her and Eddie Fisher and her and Richard Burton? I’m “mature enough” to remember the “Burton Years”, especially when he bought her what came to be known as The Taylor-Burton Diamond.


This Newt Gingrich Attempts To Clarify His Position On Libya But, Wow, So Confusing! makes his recent “I cheated of my wives because I was a patriot trying to save the country” position seem almost reasonable. “Almost” being the key word.

“Let me make this perfectly illogical to you.”

I don’t know about you but, when I read or hear Newt “The Toad” Gingrich say he’s not a I’m not a hypocrite  or talk about “values” “If you don’t start with values, the rest of it doesn’t matter”, I get sick to my stomach. Hey, maybe that’s why I was ill this weekend!

“The Paranoid Primary” is what Michelle Bachmann Vs Sarah Palin would be if both of these lunatically (I made that up) oriented women enter the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. It would be a race to the bottom of white American politics between two anti-intellectual wackos who appeal to the fears and conspiracy theories of the truly unhinged. And I’d pay good money to watch it.

Speaking of Palin, the fact that as soon as Representative Mike Pence of Indiana and Senator John Thune of South Dakota announced that they wouldn’t being running for president on the GOP side (Pence in late January and Thune a month later) they virtually disappeared from the national news scene, one can understand better her decision to delay her inevitable babble-thon stating why she’s decided not to run. My money’s on some form of “After careful dribbilation, I won’t let the lamestream media manpitulate my family’s private privacy by running…”

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup


Cain Vows Not To Appoint Muslims If Elected President I love it when people like Herman Cain threaten to do or not do something that they know has absolutely no chance of ever, ever  happening. This is like Stephen Hawking issuing the statement, “If I ever get my hands on Halle Berry, I’m going to give her a night she’ll never forget.”


GOP Hopefuls Begin Long Slog To 2012 In Iowa At Steve King Event


Fox News’ Chris Wallace Slams White House For Blocking Access To Clinton, Gates (VIDEO) This was almost as funny as watching John “How Many Damn Houses Do I Own” McCain deny that he’s ever read the book Game Change – “I know how it turned out” – which made him look like the biggest fool of the entire 2008 campaign. I guess picking a semi-obscure, white-trash, MILFed-up governor of a frontier state will do that to one’s reputation.


The combined ages of Butler’s Matt Stevens and VCU’s Shaka Smart, 34 and 33 respectively, are less than that of UConn’s Jim Calhoun who is 68. In fact, Calhoun has been a NCAA head coach longer than either Stevens or Smart has been alive – 39 years. And yes, this is the first time a coach named “Shaka” has coached a Final Four team. Now, if only a Keisha or LaShonda can coach a team into the women’s Final Four.


Every time I see a photo of teen stars Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez together, I can’t help but think, “You know, maybe if Michael Jackson had ‘got some’ when he was 16, 17 years old, maybe things would have turned out different for him.”

If you didn’t see Michael propose to Holly on The Office or watch The Good Wife last week, get thyself to Hulu or those shows’ Websites sooneth than later.

Stay Classy Kirstie Alley.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20, 2011

Due to school and other pressing obligations last week, I wasn’t able to prepare a proper Flyer or NBA Review so, I’m going to combine the two today.


There’s a potential nuclear catastrophe brewing in Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami of nine days ago, Libya is reeling from air strikes as the U.S. and other allies voted to enforce a “no-fly zone” even as it appears that Kaddafi has managed to quell the uprising in the country he’s ruled for 40 years (frankly, it’s easier to do so when one is willing to kill his own countrymen but I digress), House Speaker John Boehner faces more and more defections from the right-wing and Tea Partiers of his party over spending and budgetary issues John Boehner Navigates Uncharted Territory Between Legislative Pragmatism & Tea Party Zeal, the President continues to take heat from Republicans for practically every single thing he does or doesn’t do Newt Gingrich: Sarkozy Led On Libya Because He Wasn’t Filling Out A Bracket, Sarah Pain took questions from reporters in India Sarah Palin Warns Of China’s Rise While In India, Haley “Boss Hogg Jr” Barbour’s own son wrote that he hoped his father wouldn’t run for president Haley Barbour 2012 Ambitions Have Potential Presidential Contender’s Son Wary (the thought of Barbour actually running ANYWHERE other than to wherever there’s food and booze is hilarious to me), and the cacophony of Republicans trying to be heard as potential 2012 presidential candidates grew louder and stupider by the day Herman Cain Criticizes Obama Over Failure To Mention God In Speeches (I’m not making this s**t up) as the only lucid statements of the week were made by Rudy Giuliani “Time to bury the birthers” and “RomneyCare Is ‘Big Baggage’ For Fellow Republican Mitt Romney”.

Unfortunately, because they were made by Rudy G and not someone with either any real power in the Republican Party or someone with a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the nomination next year, his comments carry little weight with the rank-and-file of the party.

It was the kind of week that even Michelle Bachmann’s misguided (okay, stupidly ignorant) attempts at showing off her knowledge of history – “You’re the state where the shot was heard ‘round the world at Lexington and Concord,” Bachmann said at an event organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire – the shot that started the America’s war for independence was, of course, fired in Massachusetts but hey, you say tomato, I say to-ma-to.

Oh yeah, did I mention that Donald Trump threatened (that’s how I’m taking it) to run for president too?

Mark Heisler’s NBA rankings – Week 21

A look at the contenders, pretenders and losers (including the Eastern Conference playoff race).

March 20, 2011

Rankings, Comments through Saturday – My Comments


1. LAKERS (49-20) So what if they didn’t beat any top teams until March 6? (1) Picky, picky.

2. CHICAGO (49-19) Bulls 18-2 when Bogans scores six. Unfortunately, he averages 4.1. (2) And yet, the Baby Bulls, led by MVP candidate Derrick Rose, are legitimate title contenders in the East. Even Michael Jordan says so and we know what a success he’s been as an NBA executive.

3. MIAMI (48-22) Drying their tears, went 5-1, beating Lakers, walking on Spurs. (6) I think I’ll cry before I start my next project.

4. SAN ANTONIO (56-13) Like Shaq in spring, Duncan awakens to get 22 in win at Dallas. (3) Shaq? TD still has some game left in his legs but Shaq is shot.

5. BOSTON (49-19) Came from 14 down at New Orleans or they’d have lost five of seven. (5) I’m not sure if this happened at the riverboat casino or the arena. Either way, it’s impressive.


6. OKLAHOMA CITY (45-23) Perkins undefeated in West, even if it’s only been three games. (7) Just getting ready for the playoffs.

7. DALLAS (48-21) So much for leading Lakers, closing out season series at home. (4) They’re still the Mavs and until they prove otherwise, I don’t see them winning it all.

8. ORLANDO (44-26) What two years away? Dwight Howard can extend in summer if he wants to. (10) Yeah, but why would he?

9. DENVER (41-29) Nuggets 9-4 since deal. Laughingstock front office up for execs of year. (8) Turns out it WAS Mr La La Vasquez’ fault after all.

10. PORTLAND (40-29) Blazers 20-9 since Jan. 15 when they finally went over .500 for good. (12) Imagine how good they’d be if Greg Oden were still alive. Basketball-wise of course.

11. NEW ORLEANS (40-31) Reports of his death exaggerated: Paul goes for 33-27-26. (14) Oh, CP3’s just auditioning for his next team.

12. MEMPHIS (38-32) Oops: Lost three of four with Gay’s return now “indefinite.” (13) Translation: we won’t be seeing Rudy in uniform anytime soon.

13. PHILADELPHIA (36-34) Breathing life into them is great, doing it with same guys amazing. (9) Hey, if the vote were based on “real” coaching, Doug Collins would win Coach of the Year going away.

14. ATLANTA (39-30) Smith, fantasy monster, real-world hard-head, at 41% this month. (11) Yawn.

15. HOUSTON (36-34) Adelman’s option picked up, for one year, on 10-3 run since break. (17) And this is AFTER trading Shane Battier.

16. PHOENIX (34-33) Twilight: Lost two without Nash, a third in his comeback try. (16) Alvin Gentry’s agent checking the severance clause in his contract as you read this.

17. NEW YORK (35-33) Hip Gotham fans sense issues with team 7-7 since popular trade. (15) And I bet they’re looking forward to those 49% increases in ticket prices next season. Or not.

18. CLIPPERS (27-43) Winning 35 would be OK season but only six more games at home. (18) If they could all ever stay healthy for more than a week at a time…

19. GOLDEN STATE (30-39) San Francisco Chronicle’s Ostler: Smart “dead coach coaching.” (19) Who cares?

20. UTAH (36-33) Ty Corbin has first winning streak, going 2-0 after 3-10 start. (20) Somewhere, Jerry Sloan is grimacing (he can’t smile due to a genetic imbalance) and enjoying the cool of the evening.


21. INDIANA (30-40) In first real starting shot, Hansbrough gets 20-29-30-10-29. (21) And yet, it won’t mean anything at the end of the season.

22. CHARLOTTE (28-41) Jackson in vintage get-me-outta-here mode, shooting 32% in March. (23) Stephen Jackson is the worst human being in the league.

23. MILWAUKEE (27-41) Scary: Skiles’ teams play hard. Imagine if this one didn’t. (22) Because they’re afraid of him and his crazy eyes.

24. DETROIT (25-44) Starting backcourt of 6-8 McGrady, 6-11 Daye beat Knicks. (30) Big whoop. Who doesn’t beat the Knicks these days?

25. NEW JERSEY (22-45) Averaging 17, 5.9 rebounds, Lopez bumps it to 26-9 over five. (24) Look out Brooklyn – Trini Lopez is back! Oh, not that Lopez? Oh well.

26. MINNESOTA (17-53) Despite rumors, Rambis looks good there, for rest of season. (25) Hey, don’t feel sorry for “Superman”; he knew what he was getting into. Especially on the 1st and 15th of every month.

27. TORONTO (19-49) At OKC, Denver, Phoenix, GS, Clippers: Over/under on wins is one. (27) That high?


28. SACRAMENTO (16-51) Let me get this straight: There are two cities that WANT them? (28) This was funny LAST week and it’ll be funny until the end of time. Or the Clippers winning a Larry O’Brien Trophy. Whichever occurs first.

29. CLEVELAND (13-55) Scott questions hearts. Arms, legs, lungs, etc., not much either. (29) Okay, I do feel sorry for “Bee” Scott. He had no idea what he was getting into. Well, except on the 1st and 15th of each month.

30. WASHINGTON (16-51) McGee gets T for rim-hanging after triple-double in 20-point loss. (26) I had no idea that Mike McGee was still in the league.

Random Thoughts – March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011



Tagline: “One doesn’t know anything and the other one’s even dumber!”

What does it say about the Republican Party that the two leading women who may run for their party’s presidential nomination have the combined IQ of a neutered Cocker Spaniel?


Former McCain Campaign Chief: Sarah Palin Made ‘Short List’ Because Of Gender

Palin: “I don’t know s**t about anything.” McCain: “So what? I don’t know s**t about economic policy or how many houses my rich family owns.” Palin: “So what should I do if say, Katie Couric, asks me a tough question?”  McCain: “That’s easy Alaskan Barbie; just smile and wave. Smile and wave.” Palin: “I have to change my name too?”

The worst thing to me about this quote from the article, “As the clock was running out, [campaign manager Rick] Davis says McCain asked to have at least one woman on the short list. His advisers went back to the long list and plucked out Palin’s name” is the fact that McCain had exactly FIVE months from the day he secured the nomination to the day he announced Palin as his running mate and that she was the best he could do.


From POLITICO’S –Playbook facts of life: Sarah Palin has shown no capacity to evolve, grow substantively, or expand her base of support. If she had spent her time studying education reform, like Jeb Bush – or developing a signature issue of any sort – a Palin candidacy would look much more promising. She resigned as governor in July, 2009 — a year and a half that has been squandered, used only to make money rather than to reintroduce herself to the American middle

Lawrence O’Donnell’s Brutal Parody Of Newt Gingrich’s Affair Apology Interview (VIDEO) “Brutal” as in funny as hell!


So far, ABC News’ Cokie Roberts on Sunday’s This Week, has had the best line about “The Toad’s” incredibly stupid attempt at explaining his extra-martial affairs: “I think it’s just a great line: I can see every straying husband coming home and saying to his wife, ‘Honey, I’m just lovin’ my country, and [there’s] nothing I can do about it.”


Delroy Lindo can start working on his Emmy Award acceptance speech now because he’s a shoo-in for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role of Alderman Ronin Gibbons on The Chicago Code. His scenes may be few and brief but, this magnificent and long underrated actor is absolutely riveting in them.

I was flipping through the TV channels over the weekend and came across Bat Masterson. I ask you, was there ever a cooler white man in a show than the late Gene Barry? I mean, dude rolled through the Old West in custom-made suits, a derby hat and he carried a walking stick! And if that wasn’t enough, he cemented his status by playing Amos Burke, a millionaire bachelor police homicide captain, on Burke’s Law where he had the audacity to roll up to crime scenes in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II, dressed in either a fitted Botany 500 suit or a tuxedo! Nobody on television has ever topped those two roles for sheer coolness. NOBODY!

For those of you who doubt exactly who runs the NBA (hint, it’s not Billy Hunter), I give you this tidbit from Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times: “Gee, who could have imagined this? Oh yeah, anyone outside the NBA office.

Dwight Howard was suspended with his 16th technical foul and Amare Stoudemire spared when his was rescinded (a double-T he and Dallas’ Brendan Haywood got for making faces at each other.) That led Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy to compare Moammar, er, David Stern to unnamed tyrants.

“I would just render a guess that we’re not going to be hearing from him for the rest of the season,” cooed Stern to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, predicting “Stan and the team for which he works [will] rein in his abhorrent behavior.” That means they got a call saying, “One more word from Oscar the Grouch and you’re out $1 million.”

Joke that this is, they ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait until Dwight, Amare et al. start disappearing in the playoffs!”

The blatant hypocrisy of the NCAA is fully evident during March Madness. The same organization that swears up-and-down that the “student-athlete comes first” won’t allow a Division 1 football playoff because it would mean too many missed classes is about embark on their annual cross-country tournament to name a national champion in basketball and trust me, that means LOTS of missed classes for the “student-athletes” involved. The tournament – minus the two play-in games on Tuesday – starts on Thursday and those teams are required to be in the game cities on Tuesday (Wednesday if they’re playing Friday). Think anyone’s going to class this week? Oh yeah, they’ll have tutors and study halls in hotel conference rooms but, what do you think will get studied more, chemistry notes or game film?

When Tiger Woods said after Sunday’s round of 66 in the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship, “I hit a lot of good golf shots [today]”, I couldn’t help but wonder what other types of shots could he, or any other golfer for that matter, have hit while playing a round of golf.

For the reader who e-mailed and asked why I haven’t written much about the NFL bargaining sessions and subsequent lockout by the owners, I have these three words: Because it’s March.


NBA REVIEW – WEEK 20 – MARCH 13, 2011

March 13, 2011


The above photograph of Laker superstar Kobe Bryant shooting in an empty American Airlines Arena in Miami on Thursday night is unique only because it was taken after Los Angeles lost to Miami 94-88 in a nationally televised game. Let me write that again because I’m fairly certain that you think I made a mistake: This photograph was taken after the game.

Call me crazy but considering none of the Lakers’ perimeter players were perfect from the field in this game, it seems that once they received word that Kobe was still in the arena, putting in work so to speak, they should have cancelled whatever plans they had for South Beach that night and headed back to the arena and joined their co-captain on the court.

But I guess that’s why he’s the most successful from high school to the pros player in league history, the number six all-time career score in league history (he should pass Shaq for 5th place sometime next season, whenever that is), a 13-time All-Star, a 2-time Finals MVP and is working towards a second three-peat and his sixth ring and they’re not.


Superstar coach Phil Jackson perfect fit for superstar Miami Heat lineup  Could Phil Jackson fool everybody and take over in Miami after his supposedly last season as a NBA coach? Based on the theory that anything is possible, sure, it could happen. But, I’m going to take PJ at his oft-repeated words this season and say that whatever happens this year with the Lakers, he’ll never coach in the league again.


If there’s a NBA owner who gets quoted more than Dallas’ Mark Cuban, especially when it comes to matters not pertaining to his OWN team “They (Nuggets) hit a home run [when they traded Anthony to the Knicks]”, please let me know who it is. Hell, we can go months out here in LA without hearing a peep out of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who by the way, has won 10 Larry O’Brien Trophies during his ownership run while Cuban’s Mavericks have only been to the Finals once (2006) and they blew a 2-0 lead to the Heat then. 


Champion Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan and Co. re-live that first championship season — 1991

1990-91 Bulls honored – Photos


Madison Square Garden ticket prices skyrocket 49 percent for Knicks



“Dagnabbit! At these prices, I won’t be able to dress like a Knicks munchkin much longer!”


Not when the Lakers with Kobe Bryant and native New Yorkers Ron Artest and Lamar Odom and New Jersey born-and-raised Andrew Bynum came to town. Not even when the star-studded Miami Heat rolled in with the playing firm of Bosh, James and Wade on their roster. The woeful New Jersey Nets (yes I know that’s redundant but humor me, okay?) drew only their second sellout crowd of the season (the first was against the Knicks last month) Friday night when they played the, hold on to your seas here, Clippers. And before you say, “Wow, I guess Blake Griffin’s winning the Slam-Dunk Contest this year has made him a big draw on the road”, it appears that the Nets had some help from above. Nets Turns out it was “Gospel Night with the Nets” and that meant a post-game concert by Grammy Award winner, Reverend Hezekiah Walker and his group.

Breaking bread with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

Blake Griffin has an unlimited future  

Any move will cost the Sacramento Kings

For Masai Ujiri, Journey to N.B.A. via England and Nigeria  

Serby’s Sunday Q & A with… Chauncey Billups  


“I’m with [ESPN’s] Bill Simmons on this. We have to take Michael Jordan out of the equation. Stop comparing anyone to Michael Jordan. It’s just not fair. He was remarkable. Kobe’s in his own sphere.

He doesn’t shoot the same percentage [.455] as Michael [.497]. He has the same characteristics as Michael, but he’s not the same player. It takes nothing away from him — he’s a great player in his own right.” – Lakers coach Phil Jackson when asked who is better, Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan.

Guess again

Devin Harris, on his first thought after being traded from New Jersey to Utah: “Playoffs, baby.”

Guess again

San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, to ABC before getting two points and seven rebounds in the Spurs’ loss to the Lakers: “I’m older and slower and not as good as I used to be, so I’m happy to be in a system that works.”

We thought about it, though

Boston Coach Doc Rivers, after losing to the Clippers: “No one cried. We lost the game. We’re good.”

Maybe they can do lunch

Miami president and former Knicks coach Pat Riley on New York General Manager Donnie Walsh, who was in Indiana during the ’90s “Hicks-Knicks” rivalry: “Donnie probably still thinks I’m Hannibal Lecter.”

Peer review

Doc Rivers, on coach of the year candidates, including the Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau, his former assistant: “I love Thibs. I’ve said since the middle of the year, there’s nobody’s team that’s changed more. But my vote: Doug Collins, Nate McMillan, Tom Thibodeau, in that order.”

Like a decade or two

Utah GM Kevin O’Connor to NBA Confidential’s Sam Amick, on the departure of Jerry Sloan: “It happens. Whether it’s Tom Landry or Don Shula or it’s Red Auerbach. Those guys meant so much to the franchise that there’s an adjustment period.”


Mark Heisler’s NBA game of the week: San Antonio at Dallas, Friday  


Mark Heisler, Tribune Newspapers, March 12, 2011






Records and statistics through Friday’s games.

1. Bulls 46-18 (2): On 37-10 run, will be underdogs once before hosting Celtics on April 7. Da Bulls a legitimate title contender? You bet they are.

2. Spurs 53-12 (1): Bad news for Lakers; can’t catch up unless they play a lot more. Age and injuries are the keys to Spurs’ chances of holding their 5th gold ball in June because as Elvis once sang, “It’s Now or Never.”

3. Mavericks 47-18 (3): Went 17-2 before Tyson Chandler sprained ankle, back in time for Lakers. Back just in time for Saturday’s loss. 

4. Lakers 46-20 (5): Who out there wanted to keep Andrew Bynum? Hey, all Lakerdom had your back! I for one, never, ever wanted to trade Big Drew. Now, if he can just remain injury and ink-free for the rest of his career.

5. Celtics (4) 46-17 (4): Latest in line from Bill Russell to Kendrick Perkins: Nenad Krstic 5-2 as Celtic. Excuse me while I go laugh at the sheer absurdity of this sentence…Okay, I’m back now.

6. Heat 44-21 (6): Will get help next season. Problem is staying together now. Wins over the Lakers aside, just not big enough to win a ring this year.

7. Thunder 41-23 (7): Hit wall: 64-32 from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 13, 2011, 14-10 since. Perk is on the way!

8. Nuggets 38-27 (9): Melo who? 7-2 since trade. Assists up five a game over last month. Regret not trading Mr La La sooner?

9. 76ers 34-31 (14): Doug Collins’ Energizer Bunnies stun Celtics, 31-18 since 3-13 start. Okay, I was wrong; he can still coach.

10. Magic 41-25 (8): Tried it without Dwight Howard in home loss to Trail Blazers, didn’t like it. Will like it even less when he’s a Laker or Knick in two years.

11. Trail Blazers 37-28 (12): In surprise, Vulcans who dangled Nate McMillan to this point, extend him. Vulcans are a tricky, uh, exactly what is a Vulcan?

12. Grizzlies 36-30 (13): Last time they made playoffs, Jerry West was GM and Gasol there was Pau. Look, if the U of M men’s team can win the Conference USA tournament on free throws, anything is possible. Well, anything but a “good” Tyler Perry film.

13. Hornets 38-29 (11): With no Chris Paul, came from seven down in last 1:13 to beat Mavs. See # 10.

14. Knicks 34-30 (16): With Chauncey Billups out, Toney Douglas breaks out, averaging 15, shooting 53 percent. Across the board 49% ticket price increases to watch somebody named Toney Douglas? Hey, I wonder if his folks were boxing fans.

15. Hawks 37-28 (10): Roll your eyes if this is familiar: 33-18 on Feb. 5, 4-10 since. Rolling my eyes vigorously.

16. Suns 33-30 (15): Season series with playoff rival Memphis over. Grizzlies won it. This wouldn’t have happened if Steve Nash was still a Sun. What’s that? He still is a Sun? My bad.

17. Rockets 33-33 (17): Chase Budinger crashes starting lineup, averaging 17 since break. This white man can jump!

18. Clippers 25-41 (21): Almost paradise: Beat Celtics, got beaten by Nets. Yeah, well, they are the Clippers.

19. Warriors 29-36 (20): Whatever Andre Biedrins was once, he’s averaging 5-8 last two seasons. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry: your future former Warriors.

20. Jazz 34-32 (19): Still going (down): 3-9 since Sloan era. It’s Obama’s fault!

21. Pacers 27-38 (18): Frank Vogel falls from 7-1 to 10-11 as Chuck Person’s name surfaces. That’s just how fast “The Rifleman’s” coaching stock has risen since he joined the Lakers’ staff last season.

22. Bobcats 27-38 (22): So much for Paul Silas as first to make it work post-Larry Brown. Uh. Well. See, what had happened was…

23. Bucks 25-38 (23): Does he have ID? Brandon Jennings shoots 17-30 over two. It’s the Bucks, no one cares.

24. Nets 21-43 (24): Just went 2-0 starting Bench Mob backcourt, Jordan Farmar-Sasha Vujacic. Laker fans are speechless.

25. Wizards 16-47 (25): Alert Red Cross: 1-29 road team has 11 of last 17 out there. Talk about a horribly misnamed team…

26. Kings 15-48 (26): Let me get this straight: There are two cities that want them? People want to see Tyler Perry movies; go figure.

27. Timberwolves 17-50 (27): En fuego, for them: Just went 4-4 after starting 14-47. Yawn.

28. Raptors 18-47 (28): Still going (south): Started 8-11, 11-36 since. C.O.N.T.R.A.C.T.I.O.N.

29. Cavaliers 12-52 (29): Luckily he’s owed only $28 mill. Coach: Baron Davis’ knee 65-70 percent. Clippers actually came out ahead on a trade for once.

30. Pistons 23-43 (30): Clueless to end: Tracy McGrady ponders staying or going like someone cares. A once-proud franchise quickly sinking to same level as Sarah Palin’s poll numbers.

Hang in there Japan – at least you’re not Haiti.

Random Thoughts – March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011


“No, I’m not Michael Steele. We don’t really all look alike.”

Herman Cain 2012? Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Mulling Presidential RunFormer Godfather’s Pizza CEO Stirring Buzz Ahead Of 2012 Iowa Caucus




Donald Trump Positive Rating Higher Than That Of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty

2012 presidential race: GOP contest begins to warm up

Michelle Bachmann’s campaign slogan could easily be borrowed from Loony Tunes – “That’s All Folks!” Haley Barbour reminds us of Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazard (I’m still absolutely mystified that was once a hit TV show but I digress). Herman Cain apparently wants to step into the role of “GOP Negro” most recently played by Michael Steele. Newt Gingrich’s number of religions practiced during his lifetime – Lutheran, Southern Baptist and now Roman Catholic – are matched by his number of marriages. Mike Huckabee goes from thoughtful and reasonable Christian to outright lunacy – “the president was raised in Kenya” – in the blink of an eye. Sarah Palin is her own best punch line. Mitt Romney flip flops more than a boated trout gasping for air and last but not least, Rick “I Hear Voices Telling Me To Run” Santorum wants to be judged by his record which makes sense until one realizes that the last time the voters of Pennsylvania did just that in 2006, he lost his Senate seat by the largest margin of defeat ever for an incumbent Republican Senator in Pennsylvania, 59%-41%.

Add in a few others too trivial or bizarre to mention at this point (or any other probably) in time and the only question that pops into my mind is, “Is this really the best the Republican Party can do?”

When will the real Mitt Romney Romney addresses health care, not authenticity stand up?

Callista Gingrich moves to spotlight  

 “Good Lord. Am I really married to this old-a** toad?”

I didn’t know how Newt “The Toad” Gingrich would try to explain away his past martial transgressions but, I sure as hell didn’t think he’d get quite this creative ”There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate” in doing so. Let me see if I’ve got this straight: It was the “Toad’s” passion for America and work ethic that led him to having several extra-martial affairs including one with Mrs Toad #3 while still married to Mrs Toad #2 while leading the fight to impeach President Bill Clinton because of his lying about an affair with Monica Lewinsky. WOW! Even for an amoral a**hole like Gingrich, that’s low.

What really bugs me is that many people who are comfortable with the fact that this is The Toad’s THIRD wife, are against people of the same-sex who just want to marry their FIRST spouse.

McCain flunks Made in America 101  Now to be fair, he did admit in late 2007 while running for president that, “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” He’s just showing that we (America) made the right choice on November 4, 2008.

It seems to me that Mike Huckabee is speaking more these days as a TV talk show host and conservative speech maker and author than as a potential presidential candidate.

Michelle Bachmann is America’s Most Stupidly Dangerous Person and here’s the proof Bachmann doubles down on “gangster government” claim  

How does Arianna Huffington sleep at night, or whenever her species sleeps, knowing that AOL is laying off 900 workers, 200 in the USA, in the wake of the company buying the Huffington Post for $315 million in cash and stock just a few weeks ago?

I don’t know about any of you but, I’m getting damn sick and tired of all the public sniping at and criticisms of President Obama by other Democrats. Funny, as bad a president as GWB was,  I don’t seem to recall much public criticism from his fellow Republicans at this point in his first term, do you?

All joking aside, has there ever been a star in Charlie Sheen’s position – the highest paid actor on the #1 comedy on the #1 broadcast network – have such a public and obvious nervous breakdown?

MORAL OF THE CHARLIE SHEEN STORY: You can do drugs, drink to excess, threaten your wife and hold a knife to her throat among other transgressions and as long as you show up on time, hit your marks and your show does well in the ratings, you can keep your job. BUT, say some s**t about “The Chosen People”…By the way, when it comes to dueling lawsuits, Sheen will run out of money long Chuck Lorre, WBTV and CBS do.

I’m starting to like Law & Order: Los Angles. Maybe Regina Hall was the problem after all.

Maybe Erik Spoelstra needs to tell the Heat that they’re playing the Lakers every game. Or have them watch this Chris Webber on Miami Heat’s Woes before every practice.

A lot of people, especially Kobe-bashers” will say this is just another egotistical move by the league’s best player Kobe Bryant hits court for shooting session after Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to Miami Heat but, I’m not one of them. In fact, what I want to know is why every other perimeter player on the team wasn’t out there with him.


“Six Flags Over Tiger Woods”

Tiger Woods moving into swank new home, practice range 


Is Rolanda Watts out of jail yet? Just wondering. Just asking.

Stay classy Japan. We’re praying for you.

Random Thoughts – March 6, 2011

March 6, 2011




How Low Can Mike Huckabee Go?

From the article: Huckabee made his latest odious remarks during an appearance on Bryan Fischer’s radio program. Fischer, who peddles overheated, insane evangelical rhetoric, is a virulent anti-gay member of the Family Research Council, a group that has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Fischer asked Huckabee to comment on the “fundamental anti-Americanism of this president.” Huck was happy to oblige.

HUCKABEE: And I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different worldview and I think it’s in part molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas. And I just do think that there is uh…again I’m not saying he’s not a citizen. I’ve never said that, I’ve said the opposite. I’ve never said he’s a Muslim…Were not the worldviews of John Kennedy, Lyndon Jonson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, just to name the presidents of the last 50 years, molded out of their very different (and widely diverse) experiences?

Here’s the thing: no matter how President Obama’s opponents try to couch or dress it up, one of their main tactics for the 2012 campaign will be to constantly try to paint him as “not as American as you and me (white people).”


Huck likes The Hermanator

By Juana Summers – Politico – 3/2/11  

Mike Huckabee says he could end up in Herman Cain’s corner.

“I like Herman a lot,” Huckabee told a Kansas radio station Wednesday. “He and I are both big believers in the fair tax. Herman is a strong, free market guy, he’s a pro-life guy. I don’t know of any issue on which he and I disagree.”

Huckabee’s comments to Les Dowrey of the Virtues and Values show came during his swing through the heartland to promote his latest book, “A Simple Government.” While Huckabee said he likes Cain’s positions, he also offered a little advice for the Atlanta businessman, so far the only presidential hopeful to launch an official exploratory committee.

“Raise more money than the other people, and that’s the hard part,” Huckabee said, alluding to his 2008 bid for the GOP nomination. “I found I was up against millions of dollars that people would spend money just to attack me. If I didn’t have a good treasury, then I wasn’t able to respond to those charges.”

Asked if Herman Cain would get his vote, Huckabee stopped short of an endorsement.

“Of all the people that are being talked about, Herman Cain is certainly a great guy who I could support,” he said.”

Now that the economy is finally starting to look like it’s headed in a positive direction, look for Republicans to try to shift the credit from the president’s column to their side of the ledger.

If I understood Newt “The Toad” Gingrich correctly this week, he’s thinking about “seriously considering running for president” in 2012. Or some other gobbledy-gook along those lines.


A friend and I recently had the following E-mail exchange about the potential GOP presidential candidates:

Me: Why do I get the feeling that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, whomever it will be, is going to make John McCain look like a true statesman? I mean, the Obama crew has to be looking around and saying, “Is this all you got?”

Him: I agree.  This collection of used car salesmen is really sad.  I absolutely cannot believe the Republican Party looks so raggedy and weak.  And they’ve got to be doubly upset because it’s a brother who helps make them look so bad…..

So with that in mind, here’s a helpful guide to what so far, is shaping up to being the absolute worst Republican presidential pool of the last 40 years. 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates: ABC News Guidebook To show you how bad things are trending right now, some of those included have already either dropped out of the race or denied that they were ever in it.

Am I the only one who caught those “looks” from the other nominees when Sofia Vergara won the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Comedy during Friday night’s broadcast? Also, Darnell Williams should never, ever speak in public without his lines being written for him. 

You’d have to put a gun to my head, cock it and show me live video footage of my loved ones being held hostage by a group made up of the Klan, Neo-Nazis, Republican House members and the Oakland Raiders before I’d go see the new “Madea” movie. And even then, I’d fight you to the death and call you a “Punk-a**, MFing, son of a bi**h before spitting in your face.

I’ve got nothing against James Lesure, a fine actor in his own right, BUT, John Salley or Rick Fox would be so much better in the role of an ex-NBA star on the new ABC show, “Mr Sunshine”, that stars Matthew Perry if only for the reason that at 6’10 and 6’7 respectively, they actually look like someone who played pro basketball. I mean, it’s like on the “Cosby” show – the producers wanted us to believe that Cliff and Clair had two light-skinned children first, Sondra and Denise, then three dark-skinned ones in a row. Yeah, right. See, I always figured that Cliff was married to a light-skinned lady, say a Paula Patton-type first, she died and then when he went to a Hillman College homecoming weekend, he ran into Clair who was coming off a relationship that went bad. They reconnected (read: “hooked-up”) that weekend, found out they both lived in NYC, started seeing each other again and bingo, boffo, got married and had Theo, Vanessa and Rudy. (Yes Monica, I’ve given this a lot of thought and yes, I have too much free time on my hands).

When the authorities side with your ex-wife who’s currently in drug rehab and take your children from your fabulously appointed mansion and return them to her custody (actually her parents but I digress) instead of leaving them with you and the “goddesses”, you might just want to re-think your lifestyle. And by that, I don’t mean running off to Haiti with Sean Penn. Trust me, those people have suffered enough; they don’t need your special brand of craziness too. I’m just saying.

Uh, losing at home to the Magic after being up by 24 points and then getting absolutely crushed by the Spurs, 125-95, the very next night in San Antonio, an a**-whipping so thorough that the normally placid Tim Duncan mouthed “game over” while the Heat sulked to the bench after calling another timeout…in the first quarter, could not have been the plan when Pat Riley signed the “Big Three” last summer.


by Mark Heisler – Los Angeles Times – March 5, 2011

San Antonio remains in the top spot; Lakers move up to No. 5.

Members of the San Antonio Spurs enjoy the view from the bench

late in their 125-95 victory over Miami on Friday.



1. SAN ANTONIO (51-11) Lakers’ hell week starts in Texas today. (1) Spurs by ten or more wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Kobe comes out trying to take over the game from the start.

2. CHICAGO (42-18) Bulls get Heat check in Miami, which just had hell week. (2) Sleep on the Bulls at your own risk. D-Rose is a legit MVP candidate.

3. DALLAS (45-16) Lead Lakers 1-0 with two of season’s three there — No. 2 is Saturday. (4) BIG trip for the Lakers could tell us a lot about the Mavs’ title hopes.

4. BOSTON (45-15) Tad soon to beat swords into ploughshares: Perkins out, Krstic in. (5) Shaq still in his annual funk/too hurt to play mode.

5. LAKERS (44-19) In good news, whatever happens, they can’t be eliminated this week. (6) But if we’re lucky, Charlie Sheen can and will be. Metaphorically speaking of course. Maybe.


6. MIAMI (43-19) Lose today and Erik Spoelstra will be bigger than Charlie Sheen. (3) Lose today and Don Pato Rileyeone may have no choice but to come down from the executive suite.


7. OKLAHOMA CITY (38-22) Oops: Without Krstic, Green, you only have to guard two starters. (8) The Perkins deal is a long-term thing.

8. ORLANDO (40-23) After inspirational win in Miami, flattened by Bulls at home. (7) And their my friends, is the crux of the Magic’s problems as a title contender: they don’t come to play each and every game.

9. DENVER (37-26) Anthony loses what’s left of MVP support: Nuggets 5-1 since trade. (13) So, it WAS ‘Melo’s fault after all?

10. ATLANTA (37-25) Won in Hinrich’s debut at point, beating his old team, the Bulls. (9) Keeping alive the hopes and dreams of hundreds of young white American boys who aren’t Mormon ballers, ladies and gentlemen, how about a nice round of applause for Kirk Hinrich.

11. NEW ORLEANS (36-28) He’s back: After N.Y. debacle, Paul gets 25 as they win in Memphis. (10) I’m getting sick and tired of the Chris Paul “story”.

12. PORTLAND (34-27) Roy gets major points as a gamer but that’s not Brandon Roy. (12) The Portland Blazer Curse is this close to claiming yet another victim.

13. MEMPHIS (34-29) With Gay out, Sam Young, Tony Allen start in defensive lineup. (11) And?

14. PHILADELPHIA (31-30) Not Brand of old but this one averages 15-9 after two lost seasons. (15) This may sound crazy but there was a time in the not-so-distant past when Elton Brand was a top-15 player.

15. PHOENIX (32-28) So much for team option for ’11-12: Carter at 14 a game, 41% there. (16) Vince Carter hasn’t been Vince Carter in years. Years I tell you!

16. HOUSTON (32-32) Lowry, who lacked only a shot, averages 2.5 threes last four weeks. (17) Who?

17. NEW YORK (31-29) Loss to Cavaliers ends party for quote-Hip New York Fans-unquote. (14) But, but, I thought Mr La La Vasquez was going to be the savior.

18. INDIANA (27-35) Southwest reality check: Just lost in OKC, Dallas, Houston. (19) Now, that’s “Clipperesque.”

19. UTAH (33-30) Ty Corbin gets two-year deal and second win in nine games! (18) Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams got out in the nick of time.

20. CLIPPERS (22-40) Baron loses what’s left of MVP support as they start 2-0 with Mo. (23) Baron Hilton has a better chance of being MVP than Baron Davis does.

21. GOLDEN STATE (27-34) Battled back from 15-23 to 26-29 for Smart, but 1-5 since. (21) I’m sure this means something to somebody but damned if I know what or who. And, I don’t care.

22. CHARLOTTE (26-35) Luckily MJ says he’s not out to just be No. 7-8, because he won’t be. (20) Or number one until he truly commits to full-time, hands-on ownership and leadership.

23. MILWAUKEE (23-37) Bogut out. As Jerry West said of Lou Hudson, if he was a horse . . . (22) This team is falling apart quicker than Michael Steele’s support at the RNC.

24. NEW JERSEY (19-43) On bright side for Knicks, whom would they rather steal a star from? (25) Going from Newark to Brooklyn is like going from Compton to Inglewood.

25. WASHINGTON (16-45) Game’s most overpriced at $118 mill, Lewis now part-time starter. (24) Dumbest contract in the history of team sports and that includes whatever the real value of David Beckham’s deal with the LA Galaxy is.

26. SACRAMENTO (15-45) Why exactly didn’t Hornets play him? Thornton averaging 21 as King. (26) It’s easy being good on a turrible team.

27. MINNESOTA (15-49) Who IS this guy? Love just averaged 22-20 in last five. (27) That’s Love, Kevin Love.

28. TORONTO (17-46) No good representing Commonwealth, either: 0-2 vs. Nets in London. (28) New marketing slogan for the Raptors: “We can lose in THREE countries!”

29. CLEVELAND (12-49) Showed ’em after all: Baron hits key three to beat Knicks in debut. (29) Over/under on Baron getting hurt/fat/bored: two weeks from today.


30. DETROIT (22-41) Apparently Daye was innocent; apparently Rip, Ben, Tayshaun weren’t. (30)  Say good night Joe Dumars.


 This is the fabulous house, “Ursa Major”, that the late, great Wilt Chamberlain built in the hills of Bel-Air, California in 1972.

Know that if I ever hit the lottery for $100 million, one of my first moves is to try to buy it from its current owners, whomever that is at the time. I’m not joking even a little bit. I LOVE this house!

Random Thoughts – March 1, 2011

March 1, 2011

Pray for me. I took a pledge to not talk about a certain former governor this week and by God, I intend to stick to it no matter how difficult she may make it for me.

 GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012

“Bring it on bitches.”

From the article: “The people that are sitting around saying, ‘He’s definitely going to be a one-term president. It’s going to be easy to take him out,’ they’re obviously political illiterates – political idiots, let me be blunt.” Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in an interview. And then there’s this fact: Just once since 1896, has a sitting president lost his re-election after taking over from the opposite party four years earlier – Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Damning with faint praise: “The president is one of the greatest politicians in the history of the United States,” Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

This might be the height of chutzpah from a potential GOP presidential candidate Mitch Daniels: Don’t Focus On My Time As Bush’s Budget Director. Apparently, the current Indiana governor wants us to forget that when he served as budget director during George W. Bush’s first term, this country had an annual surplus for the first time in 30 years of $236 billion. and when he left, two and a half years later, the deficit was $400 billion. While I don’t think he will get his wish, frankly, I can see why he wants us to forget all about his time in the Bush administration.

It’s the common-sense, positive things that Mike Huckabee says about the Obamas Mike Huckabee full of love for President Barack Obama that will ultimately bring him down if he runs for the GOP nomination again. 

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick won’t be receiving a thank-you card or email from Mitt Romney after he said, “One of the best things he [Romney] did was to be the co-author of our health care reform, which has been a model for national health care reform” on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

Let me see if I’ve got this straight: It’s not House Speaker John Boehner’s job “to tell the American people what to think,” when asked on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on February 13th of this year about a recent focus group of Iowa voters shown on Fox News during which several said they believe Obama is Muslim but okay for him to say Sunday in a 25-minute speech at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville that “We have a moral responsibility to address the problems we face. That means working together to cut spending and rein in government – not shutting it down.”

Why it’s important to keep an eye on Karl Rove How Karl Rove Is Revving Up for a Comeback — New York Magazine as the 2012 GOP field shapes up.

Why Newt Matters

Good Newt and Bad Newt

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) continues to move ever-closer to a run for president in 2012, a bid that will almost certainly highlight his great gifts and equally large potential flaws.

Party strategists who have long followed Gingrich’s career tend to see two men in the Georgia Republican: Good Newt and the Bad Newt.

Good Newt is, without question, one of the most talented politicians operating in the party today — brilliant, brimming with ideas and charismatic.

Bad Newt uses his rhetorical firepower — and it is considerable — too freely, falling off message and, in so doing, bringing trouble down on himself.

“He always believes he is the smartest guy in the room,” said one Republican consultant who has studied Gingrich’s career closely. “And usually he is. The problem is, he knows it.”

The two sides of Gingrich were on display — in spades — during his rise (and fall) as speaker of the House in the 1990s.

He was, without question, the intellectual force and strategic visionary behind the “Contract with America” that put Republicans back in charge of the House for the first time in 40 years.

But, Gingrich’s willingness to engage in a battle of chicken with then President Bill Clinton over the budget in 1995 badly wounded him and his party, and when his predictions that the GOP would pick up seats in the 1998 election proved off-base, he left Congress with his colleagues threatening mutiny.

More than a decade later, Gingrich is set to re-emerge in the national spotlight with many of those same questions surrounding him.

Can he be the Good Newt? Can he stay on-message amid the daily meat grinder that is a presidential primary in the age of blogs and Twitter?

Early indications are mixed.

Gingrich has drawn rave reviews — and won considerable support — during his trips to Iowa, and his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month was generally well-reviewed.

But, Gingrich seemed put-off — to put it nicely — when he was questioned by a student about his personal life last week during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania.

Gingrich is his own best advocate. He has demonstrated, however, that he can be his own worst enemy too.

Which one will he be in the coming presidential race? The answer to that question will determine whether he is a serious top-tier candidate or an also-ran in a year’s time.


His wife may be a crazy loon but by God, Clarence Thomas isn’t going to be as silent as he has been in Supreme Court proceedings for the last five years and counting, and let people talk about his beloved “Ginny” without saying something in her defense Defiant Clarence Thomas fires back.   


Mike Huckabee and Haley Barbour: A Tale of Two Souths

Congratulations to all the Oscars winners. I turned the show off after the first 30 mind-numbing minutes so I have no idea if Katie Holmes and her dwarf-like husband went ahead with their threatened boycott of co-host Anne Hathaway or if things ever got better after poor Kirk Douglas – whose terrible idea to let him onstage during a live television broadcast was that? – finally got through with whatever the hell he was saying. And yes, I know he’s a “legend” who suffered a horrendous stroke a few years ago; even more reason why he shouldn’t been allowed to embarrass himself in such a public manner.

I sure hope Charlie Sheen’s business managers have done a great job of tucking away his “2 & ½ Men” money because after he’s through napalming every single bridge he’s crossed these last 8 years charlie_sheen_slams_producers_again_on_nbcs_today, he’s never going to work in Hollywood again. 









“I’m high on meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”

Why anyone still watches Jay Leno is beyond me when there’s this kind of real comedy out there on late-night TV Jimmy Kimmel’s Workout Tape: Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Lindsay Lohan.













                              Oscar Gamble in 1975