Archive for July, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31, 2011

Some of you have asked why I haven’t posted much in the past few days and I feel that I owe you an explanation. I’m taking an English class this summer that compresses 16 weeks of study and writing into 6 and I’ve been churning out assignments like a crazy man.

But, that’s not the real or main reason.

July is traditionally a tough month for me because it’s the birth month of two of my favorite people in the whole wide world – my mother Nancy Jane Cunningham Freeman (10th) and my baby sister Carolyn Elaine Freeman (18th) – who both left us far too soon. It will be 29 years in November and 13 in September respectively and I miss them more than words can express. Losing a parent at any time is tough; losing one many years before you expect to is even tougher. And, in no way do I want anyone to think that I miss one more than the other, but losing my baby sister at the age of 32 created a hole in my heart that simply can’t be filled.

Tomorrow starts a new month, one that I’m sure will be filled with new challenges and hopes. I promise to do and be better.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

“You must understand – the other side is populated by a pack of rabid jackals. No offense to rabid jackals intended.”

Sarah Palin Plots Her Next Move

“Look! I’m on the cover of another magazine I’ve never read!”

Romney’s jobs record is a little shaky

The contender for the GOP nomination says he is the man to get Americans back to work. But during his years as governor, Massachusetts ranked among the last in the nation in job creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 “All I know is all five of my sons have good jobs with ‘Mitt Romney Inc’.” Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addresses the media and a small crowd at the former Allentown Metal Works plant in Pennsylvania. He says he can create more jobs in the U.S. (MICHAEL KUBEL, THE MORNING CALL / June 30, 2011)

Romney rejects ‘inappropriate’ marriage pledge

2012 SIREN – OBAMA’S NUMBER: $86 MILLION – The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $86 million between April and June, blowing past the $60 million goal set by both groups at the start of the fundraising quarter. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced the total in a video released before dawn Wednesday, touting the 552,462 donors who contributed and claiming “more grassroots support at this point in the process than any campaign in political history.” “We did this from the bottom up. We didn’t accept one single dollar from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs,” Messina said. “We have reason to be proud of what we’ve built so far … Your job, my job, our job is to bring more people into this campaign.” Of the $86 million raised, Messina said over $47 million went into the coffers of Obama for America and more than $38 million went to the DNC. The average donation was $69.

MORE – SWAMPING THE FIELD – The $86 million raised for Obama’s reelection easily doubles – and nearly triples – all the major GOP candidates to announce so far, combined. While there are a few Republicans who haven’t shared their numbers, including Michele Bachmann, the group that includes Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich has taken in just $33.1 million. But Messina warns in his video message that the fundraising landscape is still challenging for Democrats, since “GOP outside spending for 2012 could be as much as $500 million.” Watch the full announcement here: http://bit.ly/nvwYIF

NEWS

In debt ceiling talks, Obama tries to keep his balance

John Boehner’s ‘grand bargain’ – with House GOP

Cantor in a Box

In the Monday White House meeting, Cantor proposed cuts to Medicare benefits, but nothing that might entice Democrats. Go learn the definition of “shared sacrifice,” Obama scoffed. He assigned Cantor homework: We are short of the $2.4 trillion goal that will get us past the 2012 elections, find some cuts that Republicans don’t particularly like to put on the table, we’ve already offered you a bunch of cuts Democrats don’t like. You must, Obama said, work to meet us in the middle.

Obama: Social Security Checks Threatened If Debt Ceiling Deal Isn’t Reached

House GOP not ready to blink on debt negotiations

“My smugness and arrogance are surpassed only by my boyish charm and striking good looks. If I must say so myself, damn, I am a handsome fella!”

Former Dallas Cowboys player Michael Irvin in gay magazine for equality

Michael Irvin appears on the latest cover of Out Magazine and tells the publication that he would support any athlete who comes out.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

It’s too bad that John Boehner has apparently decided to be the Speaker of the House Republicans and not the entire House. Boehner also doesn’t have the guts to be the Speaker of the House and not just the Republican majority. President Obama is willing to be the President of the United States of America, not just the Democratic Party side of it. If Boehner was a real “patriot” and truly cared about the nation as much as he claims to, a deal could be made.

How many times have I written in The Freeman Flyer, “Watch out for Eric Cantor laying in the ‘cut’”? 10? 15? 20? This is why Cantor ascends as GOP voice I’ve done so and will continue to do so.

When Mitch “Mushmouth” McConnell says, “I want Barack Obama to be a ‘one-term’ president just like I wanted Bill Clinton to be one and Democrats wanted George W. Bush to be one”., I wish a reporter would say, “Looking back, which one of those two-term presidents was better for the country, Clinton or Bush?”

I sure hope Tim Pawlenty trademarked his old tired line, “I’m an old hockey player so I’ve probably been in more fights than ________” because he sure uses it every chance he gets.

Is Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich still running for president?

FINALLY

Michael Irvin is a blessed man. He is a penitent man. Most of all, Michael Irvin is a redeemed man. May Almighty God bless and keep him all the days of his life.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10, 2011

CAPTAIN 3,000!

Appreciating Yankees’ Derek Jeter as he reaches 3,000 hits

Congratulations to Derek Sanderson Jeter, who with a third inning home run to left field at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, July 9, 2011 off Tampa Bay’s David Price, became the 28th major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits in a career. Jeter also became the 11th player to do it with one team and the FIRST in Yankees history.

CAN’T MAKE IT RAIN

 Top Row (L-R) Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich, Tim “Snow Ball’s Chance In Hell” Santorum, Herman “Godfather of Soul Pizza” Cain, Michelle “Kelly” Bachmann. Bottom Row (L-R) Tim “Mr Charisma” Pawlenty, Jon “Puffy” Huntsman, Ron “Crazy Sr” Paul, Mitt “Suge” Romney

An Anti-Porn Pledge.. Cain’s Campaign Hiccup.. Newt’s Curious Plan..
One Candidate Says Legalize Pot.. Another Contender’s Run May Be

2012 FIELD: THE OUTSIDE LAWYERS — Kenneth P. Vogel: “Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann may represent competing visions of the direction of the Republican Party, but both their presidential campaigns are relying on legal advice from partners at Patton Boggs, the Washington power law firm that pioneered innovative fundraising strategies for 2008 GOP White House hopefuls … The moderate Jon Huntsman and the libertarian Ron Paul, meanwhile, have entrusted legal work from their campaigns to lawyers at a white shoe firm with a less aggressive, more bipartisan political law practice – Arent Fox. Then there’s President Barack Obama’ re-election campaign, which will rely again on Bob Bauer, the famously pugnacious Perkins Coie partner who was credited – or blamed, depending on who you’re talking to – with facilitating Obama’s decision to opt out of the public financing system in 2008 and setting a $750-million fundraising record. … [E]lite firms’ legal bills can cost campaigns as much as $50,000 a month during the primaries. And, in the 2012 presidential race, lawyers figure to play a bigger role than ever, thanks to recent court and regulatory decisions that have empowered outside groups to play a perhaps unprecedented role in campaigns …

“It turned some heads when [Bachmann] retained Patton Boggs partner Bill McGinley , a cautious establishment Republican who had served as general counsel to the NRSC and deputy counsel to the RNC. … Craig Engle, an Arent Fox partner and moderate Republican who last year was recognized by the gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans for helping ‘champion the fight for creating a more inclusive Republican Party,’ … is representing the presidential campaign of Huntsman … While Romney has a reputation for cautious and measured campaign rhetoric, he has developed a close working relationship with one of the more aggressive elite political lawyers out there – Patton Boggs partner Ben Ginsberg. … Ginsberg helped Romney … in the run-up to the 2008 campaign implement an innovative strategy in which they set up a network of state-based PACs to raise millions of dollars outside federal limits … Romney again utilized the strategy [this cycle], and it was borrowed by … former FEC chairman Michael Toner, who deployed it on behalf of … Tim Pawlenty.” http://bit.ly/mQ5l0V

ARE REPUBLICANS BEING “UN-AMERICAN” ON THE ECONOMY?

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: “SUNDAY SHOW MEMO … From: Bill Burton, Priorities USA Action … Re: Republicans benefitting politically from hurting America economically? … Republican presidential candidates, politicians and even the chair of the Republican Party have all suggested political benefits to negative economic news. With Republicans’ staunch opposition to even economic growth policies they have previously supported, … are Republicans seeking to benefit politically, even if it hurts America economically? … ‘We all know the statistics. President Obama cannot possibly win re-election with this economy in the ditch,’ said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at a Bloomberg Breakfast on June 8. ‘For our party, it provides us an enormous opportunity to defeat him.'”

Obama adviser[David Axelrod] Tweets on Mitt: “In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”

NEWS

John Boehner Rejects Obama’s Grand Bargain On Debt Ceiling

Partners on the greens, Obama and Boehner are on opposing sides of a debt deal

 

 

 

 

 

 “No, my mother wasn’t the Wicked Witch of the South. This is just how I look. Now, get the ‘f’ out my face before I put a hex on you!”

La La Anthony, the First Lady of the N.B.A

RANDOM THOUGHTS

If you ask me – and granted, no one has – Derek Jeter should receive a standing ovation the first time he comes to bat in any ballpark the Yankees play in for the rest of this season. He has played the game and conducted himself off the field with grace, class and integrity his entire career and deserves all the accolades that have come and will come his way.

I’m just going to put this out here for folks to respond to: Do you think the GOP would be “monkeying” around with the debt ceiling vote if the president was a white man named Barry O’Brien instead of a black man named Barack Obama?

Is it just me or does John Boehner seem a little less “orangey” lately?

The last company (Minnesota) Tim Pawlenty headed is now shut down due, in large part, to the policies and operational procedures he put in place. So why should the company (America) whose top job he’s currently seeking, hire him as its CEO?

What the hell is it with Republicans and pledges these days? GOP Candidates Pledge Allegiance To Kingmakers To Avoid Dealbreakers

I knew it was just a matter of time before Harry Smith left CBS (he’s going to NBC News) after being replaced on the Early Show by the underwhelming Chris Wragge. Going to Smith to Wragge is like going from a Mercedes Benz S550 to a Suzuki Samurai.

I sure hope Montell Jordan still owns the publishing to This Is How We Do It because the Pepsi commercials with Santa Claus and the elves on vacation are running everywhere!

If he hit a landmark equivalent to 3,000 career hits, I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that we wouldn’t see Kobe Bryant’s teammates (except for Derek Fisher) and the opposing team responding like the Yankees and Rays did on Saturday when Derek Jeter his home run.

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!

Derek Jeter being hugged by career-long teammate Jorge Posada on Saturday after Jeter became the first to get 3,000 hits in Yankees team history.

REMEMBERING BETTY FORD – “First lady inspired others with her personal battles: The outspoken, candid wife of President Ford helped lift taboos on addiction and cancer,” by Marlene Cimons: “She was 93. Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage [Calif.] … The cause was not given. As wife of Gerald R. Ford, … she spent a brief, yet remarkable time as the nation’s first lady. But after he left office and even after his death in 2006 at 93, she had considerable influence as founder of the widely emulated Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage for the treatment of chemical dependencies.” http://lat.ms/oa4BCP

–“Statement from President Obama on the Passing of Elizabeth Anne Ford”: “Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, are together once more. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to their children, Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.”

–Vice President Biden: “It is with deep sadness that Jill and I learned of the loss of Betty Ford. Throughout her life, Betty displayed strength, courage and determination that provided hope for millions of Americans seeking a healthier, happier future.”

— “Statement by President and Secretary Clinton”: “As a staunch advocate for women’s and equal rights, Betty paved the way for generations of women to follow.”

–Speaker Boehner: “An inspiration to countless others, Betty Ford’s name is synonymous with perseverance and personal triumph. This spring, when a statue of President Ford was placed in the Capitol, the celebration was as much a tribute to Betty as it was to him.”

–Mrs. Reagan, from Los Angeles: “She has been an inspiration to so many through her efforts to educate women about breast cancer and her wonderful work at the Betty Ford Center. She was Jerry Ford’s strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history, and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.”

–Former President George W. Bush, from Dallas: “Laura and I are deeply saddened … Because of her leadership, many lives were saved.”

–Former President George H.W. Bush, from Kennebunkport: “Barbara and I loved Betty Ford very much. … No one confronted life’s struggles with more fortitude or honesty, and as a result, we all learned from the challenges she faced.”

–Representative, John D. Dingell (D-Mich.): “Respect and love for Betty Ford crossed party lines.”

Never in the history of our country has a First Lady opened up their life for public scrutiny as Betty Ford did. And we are a better nation, society and people for her doing so. May God bless her eternal soul with his everlasting love and grace.

FINALLY

Today is the 78th anniversary of my mother’s birth. She departed this earthly plane on November 2, 1982 and I miss her more than ever before. I hope and pray that she would be proud of how I’ve turned out.

Love you momma.

 

 

 

CAPTAIN 3,000!

July 9, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011

“Sausage or pepperoni? Can’t I have it both ways? After all, I am black and white.”

Mitt Romney again mixes messages about President Obama and the economy

“Heck, ever since Obama took office, I can’t afford a tie. And I’m rich!”

Fourth of July parades are serious business for presidential candidates

One race, two starting points

Michele Bachmann’s Iowa strategy: Mike Huckabee 2.0

Marcus Bachmann, campaign spouse

Former Tim Pawlenty Colleagues, Mentors Don’t Recognize The Man Running For President

Mitt Romney raises $18 million in second quarter

Newt Gingrich raises $2M, reveals significant debt

Gov. Rick Perry Breaks With His Former Patron, George W. Bush

AND – BACK ON MESSAGE – After briefly saying last Thursday that he hadn’t blamed President Obama for making the economy worse, Mitt Romney returned to the regularly scheduled messaging in Amherst: “Speaking at the annual July Fourth parade here on Monday, Mr. Romney told a crowd of supporters and passersby, ‘the recession is deeper because of our president,’ adding, ‘it’s seen an anemic recovery because of our president’ … [T]hen he went ahead and said it, that the president ‘made the recession worse.'” By the way: Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said that when the candidate said he hadn’t claimed the economy was worse, he was “responding to the reporter’s comment about the stock market. If the Democrats are waiting for Mitt Romney to ease up on his criticism of President Obama’s economic record, it’s simply not going to happen.” http://nyti.ms/kHuUOY

–WSJ A1, “Pawlenty’s Homespun Tale,” by Neil King Jr., in South St. Paul, Minn.: “Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brings a biographical peculiarity to his quest for the White House. Were he to win, he’d be the first president who had never lived outside his home state. In fact, Mr. Pawlenty has lived his entire life within a radius of 20 miles, a stark contrast to his more peripatetic Republican rivals and the current president. On the stump, Mr. Pawlenty uses that as a prime selling point. He is the working-class everyman, the son of a truck driver from a hardscrabble town who can win over swing voters in pivotal industrial states. … [But r]ecent polls suggest it would be hard for him to beat Mr. Obama in Minnesota.” No wonder he’s so damn B.O.R.I.N.G.!

 In South Carolina, a GOP proving ground, the terrain shifts

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann campaigns in Lexington, S.C. (Tim Dominick, The State / July 5, 2011)

“So ladies, does this town have a good jewelry store?”

NEWS

Nikki Haley’s rise raises tensions back home

“Sir, I said I’ll give you change when I open the register again.”

 CBS Changing Its Morning Routine

President Obama on CBS with Early Show co-anchor Erica Hill (left) and CBS News correspondent Harry Smith (right). As God is my witness, I had no idea CBS still had a morning news show and I’ll bet dollars to donuts, most of America doesn’t either.

Time in House Could Be Short for Republican Newcomers I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Obama calls the GOP’s bluff

Health care reform ‘repeal and replace’ plans grind to a halt

David Brooks, “The Mother of All No-Brainers: Is the G.O.P. smart enough to seize the obvious”: “If the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment. It is being offered the deal of the century: trillions of dollars in spending cuts in exchange for a few hundred million dollars of revenue increases. If the debt ceiling talks fail, independents voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not. If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern. And they will be right.” http://nyti.ms/k1waqv

BILL CLINTON agreed to a last-minute appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival (he was in town to meet with Clinton Foundation donors), and held forth for just over an hour last evening in an onstage interview with Ron Brownstein, then hung around for 30 minutes to sign programs and kibitz. He didn’t even wait for people to greet him, but lunged for Playbook, who was hanging back to give others a chance. The trim, ruddy former president wore crisp white slacks, a tan jacket and a white golf shirt. The front two rows included Justice Stephen Breyer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Chris and Kathleen Matthews, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Hank and Wendy Paulson, and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Also in the house: Doug Band. Clinton spoke to a tent jammed with 800 people, and an overflow room held another 200 (including Walter Isaacson, who sportingly went over to keep them company). Excerpts:

Handicapping the current GOP 2012 field : “I’m always reluctant to say the strongest candidates, because I’m afraid I’ll kill ’em, and I don’t have the right to do that. [audience chuckles] But, y’know, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romney’s a MUCH better candidate than he was last time, because he’s not apologizing for signing the health-care bill. He’s got another creative way of saying we oughta repeal Obamacare, but that’s prob’ly the price of gettin’ the nomination. Huntsman hasn’t said what he’s for yet, but I just kinda like him. [laughter] He LOOKS authentic – he looks like a real guy. [laughter] I mean, a real human being. I like his family, I like his kind of iconoclastic way. And he was a pretty good governor.

“Bachmann’s been a better candidate than I THOUGHT she’d be, and I don’t agree with her on nearly anything. But she’s got a very compelling personal story which appeals to a lot of people.”

Best argument President Obama can give to the country in 2012 if the economy doesn’t significantly accelerate: “I think that the president will be reelected – I’ve always thought so. [heavy applause] I think, first of all, he can talk about what he DID do. He took steps which avoided a depression. He saved the automobile industry — by not just bailing them out, but by requiring a serious restructuring. … When he took office, we had 2 percent of the global market for the electric batteries that will power the next generation of all-electric cars and hybrid vehicles. And on Jan. 1 of this year, we had 20 percent of the global market. …

“It’s not like he doesn’t have a story to tell. I also think he’s done a good job in trying to harmonize America’s differences, trying to widen the circle of opportunity. I think he’s got a good record on gay rights. I think he’s got a good record on trying to promote diversity in a positive way. … I think that he’s gonna have a lot to say about America’s role in the world. He’s been very tough in fighting terrorists. Long before Mr. bin Laden was dispatched, we had redeployed and had more drone attacks on terrorists, where they were really a problem for us – the Pakistan-Afghanistan almost borderless region, and in Iraq. So I think he’ll have a good record on national security. I think he’ll have a lot of things to point to on the economy. And I think his work in education has been laudable. … He’ll be able to paint quite a [pretty] picture.”

On what President Obama’s posture should be on a debt deal if Republicans hold to their view that no new taxes can be included : “Well, look, there are some spending cuts [Republicans] agree on, … and apparently they run it by a fair number of people in the Democratic caucuses … He could take those, and an extension of the debt ceiling for six or eight months. But if they’re really going to reach a mega-deal, you cannot reach a mega-deal without doing something like what the Bowles-Simpson committee recommended. … I don’t see how you can do this by Aug. 2. I’ll say something I would change: When I was president, we raised the corporate income-tax rates on corporations that made over $10 million [a year]. It made sense when I did it. It doesn’t make sense anymore – we’ve got an uncompetitive rate. We tax at 35 percent of income, although we only take about 23 percent. So, we SHOULD cut the rate to 25 percent, or whatever’s competitive, and eliminate a lot of the deductions so that we still get a FAIR amount, and there’s not so much variance in what the corporations pay. But how can they do that by Aug. 2? That wouldn’t be blinking [in wording of question], if he agreed to do that.

“But I don’t think you can agree to some mega-deal on their terms. … If they get closer, I believe they will agree on a more modest package of cuts. And the Republicans, if I were in their position, I’d say, ‘OK, this only counts for six months’ or eight months, or whatever. ‘But we don’t want to let the American people’s credit go under, let our credit get downgraded, let interest rates get up, and slow down the recovery. That’s not a blinking. But if they insist on the mega-settlement – with no new revenues from any source, not approved in advance by Grover Norquist – You’re laughing, but he was quoted in the paper the other day saying he gave Republican senators PERMISSION … on getting rid of the ethanol subsidies. I thought, ‘My GOD, what has this country come to when one person has to give you permission to do what’s best for the country’.”

Responding to a question from Jane Harman on reducing “toxic partisanship”: “You have to do it in little ways. Believe it or not, I thought the golf game was a good idea. I called Joe Biden, who’s the best golfer in the foursome [Obama and Boehner won], and carded an 89, and I said, ‘Joe, I don’t mind if you go to funerals. I don’t mind if have to do go to budget [talks]. But, you know, no vice president should have to throw a golf game to make America a better place.’ [laughter] And he proceeded to swear to me he didn’t throw it.”

“WHITE HOUSE KIDS STAND TALL ” — ChiTrib (A1 tease, story on p. 6): “Obama daughters are handling spotlight with grace and poise,” by Katherine Skiba: “For the first time in about a decade, the country has a first teen. Malia, who is almost as tall as her 5-foot-11-inch mother, earns high marks for a gaffe-free White House debut. So does little sister Sasha, 10 … [T]he girls are polite [and] poised … They’re being taught compassion with visits to soup kitchens. … The first lady brought the girls, with their grandmother and two first cousins, on a weeklong trip to Africa last month. Cameras recorded almost every step, but behind closed doors, the girls and their cousins met privately in Botswana with children orphaned or left vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. … “Malia will be in eighth grade and Sasha in fifth grade at … Sidwell Friends School … In the coming school year, they’ll be on the same Upper School campus in Washington for the first time; earlier Sasha attended Sidwell’s Lower School in suburban Maryland. ‘Grandma will be happy because there’s one (school) drop-off,’ the first lady told children visiting the East Room this year for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. … Sasha celebrated her birthday, June 10, by heading to Georgetown Cupcake with friends to bake … Anita McBride, who was chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush, commended the Obamas for striking a balance between the public and the private with respect to the girls. … Michelle Obama, appearing on ABC’s ‘The View,’ said she was on the road recently and Malia called and said: ‘Ma, I need to talk to you.’ The two spoke, about makeup, until 10:30 p.m.” http://trib.in/iH7YOR 

FLOTUS AT THE BALLPARK

The first lady took to the infield accompanied by several children from military families at the Nationals-Cubs game in Washington on Tuesday. Though Obama didn’t throw out the first pitch, she congratulated the 15-year-old boy who did, giving him a hug afterwards. The evening game was dedicated to her Joining Forces initiative to increase support for military families. Wearing a black and white printed tank, cropped pants and sneakers, FLOTUS posed for pictures with the kids and Nats second baseman Danny Espinosa.

Penis Size Study: Finger Length Ratio Indicator Of Penis Size

Ann Coulter

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Somewhere, somehow, someone has to come up with a plan that eliminates or at least seriously negates the outsized – my opinion – importance of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary because neither of these relatively small and demographically homogenous states, particularly the virtually all-white New Hampshire, reflect the diverse nation that America is today.

What the hell is a Thaddeus McCotter and why is it running for president?

I received an email from the Hollywood Bowl yesterday reminding me that Gladys Knight, along with special guest James Ingram, will be performing there on the 27th of this month. What really caught my eye was that the ad referred to Knight as the “Empress of Soul”. I guess I missed the coronation. (I’m a big Gladys fan so don’t send me any crazy-a** emails). Yes I’m talking to you MA.

A source tells me that Hugh Hefner was so distraught over the recent cancellation of his wedding to a woman young enough to be his great-granddaughter, that a Playboy Mansion staffer found him sitting on his Rascal scooter in a closed garage with the engine running.

Frank McCourt just doesn’t seem to get it. He has tarnished and devalued the Dodger brand so much that even if he’s able to prevail in bankruptcy court and retain ownership of the team, fans will continue to stay away from Dodger Stadium in droves. I never thought I would see the day that the Los Angeles Dodgers would have to sell discount tickets ($4!) to get a full house on the 4th of July. I mean, this isn’t Kansas City or Pittsburgh!

How to tell when you’ve not burned the proverbial bridge but napalmed it – When Giants quarterback Eli Manning was asked during a recent airing of The Dan Patrick Show about the prospects of having either wide receiver Plaxico Burress or running back Tiki Barber rejoin the club, he responded, “Plaxico would probably be welcomed back a little quicker.”

Neither of them attended teammate Chris Bosh’s recent 4-day bachelor party in Vegas, but it appears that LeBron James and D-Wade, along with their significant others, have no problem spending time together off-court according to this people.com item – Gabrielle Union partied with beau Dwyane Wade at Aura Nightclub at the Bahamas’s Atlantis Paradise Island Resort during a holiday weekend getaway. The two were joined by Wade’s Miami Heat teammate LeBron James and his girlfriend Savannah Brinson, and the group sipped cocktails and enjoyed an intimate night in the club’s VIP room. If I’m Bosh, this would make me go, “Hmmm” after I sobered up. 

MY MORNING TOOLS

Lawn chair, LA Times, yellow hi-liter to mark articles and items that catch my eye, red pen for doing the crossword puzzle and last but surely not least, my Obama Victory 2012 coffee mug.

COACH OF THE YEAR?

IN THE BLEACHERS

FINALLY

Just because you may think that Casey Anthony killed her daughter Caylee and that her mother, father and brother lied on the stand and that the jury “blew” the verdict doesn’t mean that justice wasn’t served. Justice, in and of itself, was served because a person was charged, tried and judged by a jury of her peers. That is the essence of our criminal justice system.

Does that mean we have to be happy with the verdict? Of course not. No one in their right mind thinks that Casey Anthony, at the very least, didn’t have something to do with the death of her child. However, the burden of proof was on the prosecution to prove that she was guilty of the charges she was tried for while all her defense team needed to do was to create a “reasonable doubt” in the jury’s minds. And apparently, the jurors believed the defense’s scenario more than the prosecution’s.

Our legal system is far from perfect, but it is the best in the world. Does a defendant’s race, skin color and financial status make a difference? You bet it does. But, unless and until someone comes up with something better to replace it, it’s all we’ve got.

 

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY 2011!!!!!!!!!!!

July 4, 2011

RANDOM THOUGHTS

As the great Don King likes to say, only in America would you find an elected official refer to something in the Constitution as ‘Crazy Talk’ as Senator John Cornyn of Texas – what is it with crazy-ass Texas Republicans these days? – did on FOX News (Gomer Pyle voice: “Surprise, surprise!”) Sunday in rejecting one solution to the debt limit impasse being floated by Democrats that argues the president has the authority to ignore the ceiling because it is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

I’m not an attorney nor do I play one on TV or online, but, me thinks that if your lawyer finds it necessary to use the words “lying, no-good slut” when referring to you during his summation to the jury as Casey Anthony’s attorney did Sunday, that’s probably NOT a good thing.

I just don’t know which is more fun: watching Mitt “Suge” Romney” pretend to be happy about Michelle “Kelly” Bachmann’s joining the race and forcing him to reconsider his decision to tread (and spend) lightly in Iowa, Jon “Puffy” Huntsman disappear over the holiday weekend, Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich sink lower and lower in each Republican poll, Herman “Godfather of soul Pizza” Cain making MC Michael Steele look like Louis Farrakhan, Tim “Mr Charisma” Pawlenty trying to explain why he’s the right choice to be president even though the state he was governor of until very recently is officially “Closed” during the 4th of July weekend because his last two budgets have resulted in a government shutdown or waiting for Bachmann’s next history lesson.

Speaking of governors – I wasn’t but go with the flow people – I’m looking forward to the next time Chris “Donuts” Christie and New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney run into each other after Sweeney said “I Want To Punch Him In His Head”.

Irony, or karma, thy name is a NY motorcyclist dying on ride protesting helmet law when he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hitting his head on the pavement. But, as I’m sure the so-called Tea Party will point out, it was his right to not wear a helmet that officials say would have probably saved his life. Is this a great country or what?

Surely I can’t be the only one who just doesn’t get the whole media fawning over William and Kate thing, right? I mean, what have either one of them done to warrant such extensive coverage.

Given the chance, I wonder if the Reverends Billy Graham and Robert Schuller would change their decisions to turn their ministries over to their sons instead of their daughters a few years ago.

Honestly, other than Sarah “Beyonce” Palin, is there a bigger media whore among politicians than former President Bill Clinton?

I don’t know why, but food tastes better when eaten outside.

Geez Louise Beyonce, can we get a chance to miss you for at least six minutes or so?

I’m late to the Men of a Certain Age party because I currently don’t have cable, but I’ve been catching up online and what a great show! Kudos to Ray Romano for going completely opposite to Everybody Loves Raymond in returning to series TV and for having the only realistic portrayal of an intact African-American family in a current show (Andre Braugher and LisaGay Hamilton).

While I can’t decide if Friday Night Lights or Glee has the oldest looking high-school students on a current network TV show, neither will ever come close to catching the original 90210 for first place in the category.

I’m as big a Derek Jeter fan as you will find outside of the five boroughs, but he doesn’t deserve being in this year’s American League All-Star Game as a reserve, let alone starting in it.

Matt Kemp is having a first-class season on a last-place team As a lifelong Dodger fan and a HUGE fan of Kemp, I’m ecstatic that he’s the starting centerfielder for the National League in the upcoming All-Star Game. However, I don’t think a Most Valuable Player should come from a last-place (the Dodgers’ current position in the NL West) team. Player of the Year – sure, but not MVP. I mean, they’re in last place with you! What, they’d be in “really, really last place” without you?

Frankly, I’m not a bit surprised that the first time we hear about Kobe Bryant in regards to the current NBA lockout is him looking for a way to make money during it, Kobe Bryant might take part in exhibition tour of China. It’s too bad that he doesn’t use his stature in the game to help improve things for his fellow players, but I guess it’s hard to change a life-long pattern of being concern first and foremost about those people named Kobe Bean Bryant.

I’m not saying this is the dumbest decision by an athlete Shannon Brown terminates final year of contract with Lakers during a lockout ever – that distinction remains firmly in the grip of former major league second baseman Jody Reed who turned down a GUARANTEED $7.8 million dollar contract from the Dodgers after the 1993 season The $7.8-Million Man– Not : Jody Reed, Playing With Brewers for a Guaranteed $350,000 – but it’s pretty damn close. Oh well, I guess he can live off his wife Monica’s album royalties.

Even if Frank McCourt somehow manages to hold on to the Dodgers through his bankruptcy ploy, he has lost the Dodgers’ fan base forever Letters: Their money’s not on Frank McCourt.

Raise your hand if you saw this coming. Nike re-signs Vick to endorsement deal

PAGING RICK “SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN HELL” SANTORUM! YOUR “CAMPAIGN”, SUCH AS IT IS, AND YOUR SUPPORTER, ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!

“Oy vey. I’m too old for this mishigas.”

 FINALLY

Happy 60th Birthday to EWF’s Ralph Johnson!