Sunday, 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.


 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.”


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.”


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


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.


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.”

–“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.


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.





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