Archive for August, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 28, 2011

A “must-read” for everyone!

THE WEAKEST GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE POOL EVER?

Top Row L-R: “Pretty Ricky” Perry, Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich, Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and Herman “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” Cain    Bottom Row L-R: Rick “Snowball’s Chance In Hell” Santorum, Ron “Senior Crazy” Paul, Jon “Puffy” Huntsman, Mitt “Suge” Romney

Tim Scott is the tea party talent scout

“I’ve only been with one black man in my life, but damn, he was good!”

Rick Perry: Social Security A ‘Monstrous Lie’

“It’s not that I’m dumb as a rock as much as it is that I’m flat-out f**king stupid!”

 The problem with Rick Perry

NEWS

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads – A review of the Sunday morning news talk shows.

Colin Powell: Dick Cheney Taking ‘Cheap Shots’ In Book (VIDEO)

Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid are in a battle of egos over the size of their “X Factor” dressing rooms. Simon has insisted he wants two trailers on the show lot, including one for his guests. Reid, who recently joked to Epic staff he doesn’t want any “ugly” people on the team, wants a trailer big enough to hold meetings with artists he’s working with at the label, while he also mentors contestants each week. A show insider told us, “Reid has ordered 6-foot speakers and even an area to store wine. But Simon wants nine TVs and his trailer to be surrounded by plants and palms, so it feels like he’s in a garden. He has also asked for a jacuzzi with a TV in the bathroom, where he relaxes before each live show.” Cowell is known to relax in a bubble bath while penning his producer’s notes for the program. A source said, “Simon is the boss, so he’ll get what he wants, but L.A. has strong opinions about what he is used to. Nicole [Scherzinger] and Paula [Abdul] are joking that the guys are the real divas.” – NY Post 8/28/11

Antonio “L.A.” Reid

THEY SAID IT

“We should be like 1900, we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” said Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul during a Friday stop in New Hampshire in which he stated his belief that the federal government should reduce its role in disaster relief.

“When there’s a disaster there’s an appropriate federal role and we will find the monies,” Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said during a Wednesday news conference in Mineral, Va. “But we’ve had discussions about these things before and those monies will be offset with appropriate savings or cost-cutting elsewhere in order to meet the priority of the federal government’s role in a situation like this.” Cantor’s remarks came in the aftermath of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast and originated in his district, when he said Congress will help those hurt by the earthquake but will require finding offsets for any federal aid.

“It is sinful to require us to cut somewhere … in order to provide emergency disaster assistance for American citizens,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) told The Huffington Post on Friday.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

If not for the current sorry state of the economy, President Obama could look at the current pool of GOP candidates and say, “Really? Is this best you guys can come up with?

All Sarah Palin had to do in ’08 was follow instructions from John McCain’s people and she couldn’t even do that correctly. So why does the media think that someone who has quit every office she’s ever held, including halfway through her first (and only) term as governor, has the will and discipline to run a real campaign for president?

Am I the only one who’s noticed that no one from the “Pretty Ricky” Perry camp has refuted former Republican White House official Bruce Bartlett’s saying “Rick Perry is an idiot, and I don’t think anybody would disagree with that.”?

Glenn Beck is a perfect example of why Planned Parenthood is so important.

If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for another Beyonce video or CD release.

Replacing Holly Robinson Peete on The Talk with Sheryl Underwood is like going from a Bentley to a Yugo. No offense intended to the Yugo automobile company, if there still is one.

Sorry NFL, but I just can’t get excited about meaningless games in August. Call me when the regular season starts next month.

What in the wide world of Rae Carruth is going on with Ex-NBA, Georgia Tech star Javaris Crittenton charged with murder?

Maybe it’s just me – although I bet it’s not – but, when I read the headline, NBA Legend Arrested, Ralph Sampson’s name was nowhere on the list that popped into my  head.

When I heard the news that Bill Walton’s son – the one that “plays” for the Lakers – is going to coach the “bigs” for the University of Memphis during the lockout (he and Tigers coach Josh Pastner were teammates at Arizona), I must have laughed for a good 20 minutes. I can’t wait for the first question from one of his players: “Uh, I have as much or more talent than you, but my dad wasn’t one of the greatest players in college and NBA history. How can I make it in the NBA?”

Only Ron Artest wouldn’t bother clearing up his outstanding warrants before a court hearing to legally change his name to something stupid (Metta World Peace).

There’s a saying in baseball that a manager is hired so that he can be fired someday in the future. That’s also true for any woman who decides to have a relationship with Derek Jeter (or George Clooney) Jeter, actress Minka Kelly split. I’m sure the beautiful Ms Kelly, one of the stars of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the Charlie’s Angels series, received some very lovely “parting gifts” when she joined the distinguished list of former Jeter girlfriends which includes one-time Miss Universe Lara Dutta, singer Mariah Carey, Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima and actresses Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel.

CARTOONS THAT MAKE ME LAUGH

Betty by Gary Delainey

Ballard Street by Jerry Van Amerongen

Wednesday, August 24

 

Friday, August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011

“I have a dream…”

David Axelrod’s Last Campaign

As Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist in 2008, David Axelrod helped craft a winning message of hope and change. Now he’s back for what he says will be his final political campaign. His game plan for 2012 could determine whether Obama gets to finish what he started—or sees it all slip away.

Asking Candidates Tougher Questions About Faith

Five reasons why Sarah Palin will run (and five reasons why she won’t) The number one reason why she won’t run is because while a loss to an incumbent president, especially Barack Obama, wouldn’t significantly hurt Palin’s very valuable “brand”, losing in the GOP primary campaign – a very good possibility – would destroy it. On the flip side, her number one reason for running would be the fact that her ego won’t allow her not to. Either way, it should be interesting. I’ve got my popcorn ready!

Mitt Romney tones down assaults on Obama, tries warmer personal approach in N.H

Romney to quadruple La Jolla home size

It’s the house on the right.

It’s Romney’s money, he made it legally (as far as we know) and he can do whatever he wants with it. But, here’s the thing – at a time when far too many Americans are struggling to keep just one roof over their family’s head, this is yet another “in-your-face” example of just how much better than the average American the wealthiest in our nation are doing these days. For the life of me, I can’t understand how Romney himself or at least someone high up in his campaign didn’t say, “Mitt, this just doesn’t look good right now.” I mean, it’s not like he couldn’t have done this when he bought the house before he became an official candidate for president. After all, I’m fairly sure he had to know that it wasn’t big enough for his extended family when he first looked at the place.

THEY SAID IT

Asked in an NBC interview if he still embraces water boarding, Dick Cheney said, “I would strongly support using it again if circumstances arose where we had a high-value detainee and that was the only way we could get him to talk.” Big talk from a chicken-shit “MF” who, during the Viet Nam War, had the opportunity to volunteer for military service but didn’t, taking 5, count ‘em, 5 deferments.

“The unfortunate thing is, Piers, I’m known by the wrong quarter of the world’s population.” – Jon Huntsman, after speaking in Mandarin to CNN’s Piers Morgan, lamenting that he’s better known by the billion people in China than he is in the United States. No, the “unfortunate thing” is that you’re trying to run a ‘sane’ campaign in a party that craves, even demands, complete and utter insanity from their candidates.

“Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts health care plan that he passed is a huge problem for him,” Texas governor Rick Perry told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “And yeah, it was not almost perfect. I truly believe that you have to have the free market in play with our health care. I think Obamacare, which was modeled after the Massachusetts plan, is an absolute debacle.” Note: Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation.

“I’m mystified. Look, she [Sara Palin] is all upset about this, saying I’m somehow trying to sabotage her — sabotage her in some way and that how dare I speculate on her future. Look, if she doesn’t want to be speculated about as a potential presidential candidate, there’s an easy way to end the speculation. Simply say, ‘I’m not running.'” – Republican strategist Karl Rove on Fox News Wednesday night, saying that Sarah Palin has shown signs of “enormous thin skin” when it comes to ongoing speculation about whether or not she will jump into the race for president in the next election cycle.

David Letterman: “President Obama is still vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, enjoying all the sun and fun there on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s really sad when you SPF factor is higher than your approval rating.”

NEWS

DuPree win historic

Democratic Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Johnny DuPree gives a victory speech with his wife, Johniece, at his side Tuesday evening in Hattiesburg. He will face Republican nominee Phil Bryant in the Nov. 8 general election.

Members of Congress avoid town hall brawls this recessWhen Republicans were loudly opposing “Obamcare” in 2009, it was okay to hold town hall meetings during the summer recess. But now, two years later when constituents may be yelling at them too, they want no part of open town hall meetings. “Can you spell ‘cowards’, boys and girls? I knew you could.”

 Norman Rockwell painting sends rare White House message on race

Musicians Mourn Nick Ashford at His Own Bar

Nick Ashford’s Songs Focused on Staying Power – an Appraisal 

IS THIS THE WEIRDEST COUPLE IN HOLLYWOOD?

“Yes, we’re still together. Or maybe not. Either way, it’s really none of your business. Well, except for the part where we’ve rammed our ‘special relationship’, radical ideas on child-raising and our children down your throats.  But, other than that…”

Team bonding suffers in the modern tech age

Clippers star Blake Griffin begins internship with Funny Or Die

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Former vice-president Dick Cheney says that “There are going to be heads exploding all over Washington” after his memoir is released next Tuesday. Frankly, I’m hoping that it’s Cheney’s heart that does the exploding, the sooner the better.

I’m having a devil of a time trying to decide which is harder to believe: the fact that former New York governor George Pataki was actually thinking about running for president (in a moment of lucidity, he decided not to), that Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum still are or that somebody actually had a crush on Condi “Brown Sugar” Rice Gaddafi’s Condoleezza Rice Photo Album Found At Tripoli Compound. I mean, other than ‘Dubya.

Let’s see, we’ve got Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and a possible candidate for president of France, being accused of rape by Nafissatou Diallo, an immigrant hotel maid from West Africa who admits to having lied about being raped in the past. Hmm, I wonder how this is going to turn out in civil court now that the NYC district attorney has dropped all criminal charges against him.

I think the “i” in iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc, stands for isolation which is exactly the stand of most Americans these days. Don’t believe me? Just take a look around you the next time you go out and see how many people walk around with some sort of ear buds or headphones on, oblivious to the world around them.

I’m guessing there were enough residual drugs in Amy Winehouse’s system to kill her 10 times over without her needing to ingest/inject any new ones prior to her death.

I can’t wait to see Jimmy Kimmel’s tribute to his “Uncle Frank” who passed on Tuesday at the age of 77. If it’s anything like the one he did for Veatrice Rice, the other security guard who passed away from cancer in January 2009, it will be both hilarious and touching.

If I was Emma Stone’s father and saw this Jim Carrey Video, I’d be in jail right now after kicking in Carrey’s door and whipping his ass. And I’m not even halfway joking.

Believe it or not, but Little League baseball has a better replay system in place for its World Series – which actually includes teams from all over the world – than Major League Baseball does for theirs. Go figure.

After reading this story about professional basketball in Turkey, I’m fairly certain that I’ll be having a different meat course this Thanksgiving.

If Cam Newton’s smart, he’ll heed Jerry Richardson’s advice No tattoos, no piercings. It’s like Chris Rock says: “I’m doing good but Ray Romano would look at my house and call it a shack.” Working “clean” pays more and longer. Furthermore, he should try to have a very close relationship with a man who once played in the NFL and turned that into a very successful business career – Hardee’s Restaurants – that allowed him to become the billionaire owner of an NFL franchise.

 JUST FOR THE SHEER HELL OF IT!

 Olympic great Carl Lewis              Justice Clarence Thomas

FINALLY

For those wanting to send cards of support to Pat Summitt, here is the mailing address: Coach Pat Summitt, Lady Vols Basketball, 207E Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN, 37996-4610.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

August 23, 2011

The Deep Aggie Roots Of Would-Be President Rick Perry

Rick Perry as a student and a cadet at Texas A&M University.

Michele Bachmann battles Rick Perry’s shadow

“He’s much crazier than I am!”  “She makes me look almost normal!”

Michele Bachmann Seeks To Broaden Appeal

 Two ways of looking at Jon Huntsman

GOP NAMES

John “Agent Orange” Boehner

Herman “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” Cain

Eric “Eddie Haskell” Cantor

Chris “Bag of Donuts” Christie

Jim “I’m Not Racist, I Just Prefer White People” DeMint

MC Rudy G (Giuliani)

Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich

Jon “Puffy” Huntsman

Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell

Ron “Senior Crazy” Paul

“Pretty Ricky” Perry

Mitt “Suge” Romney

Rick “Snowball’s Chance In Hell” Santorum

Subtle Stupidity (Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and Sarah “Beyonce” Palin)

 NEWS

The reluctant war president

President Obama making a statement Monday on the situation in Libya

Congresswomen hear economic, unemployment woes at Inglewood event

Legislators feel the heat at South L.A. jobs summit

AEG wants no part of Coliseum Commission

David Letterman Responds To Jihadist Death Threat (VIDEO)

Nick Ashford obituary: Half of Ashford & Simpson songwriting team dies at 70

“They had magic, and that’s what creates those wonderful hits, that magic,” Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire said after learning of his friend’s death. “Without those songs, those artists wouldn’t have been able to go to the next level.”

THEY SAID IT

“I think we’re going to have a very robust campaign. And we’re going to have a choice. And it’s going to be based on some very simple values. The question is whether or not we’re going to go back to Wall Street and big corporations writing the rules, or whether we’re going to move forward and make smart investments and put people back to work.” – Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, to Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I’m not afraid of anybody,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) Saturday as she vowed to push Congress to focus on creating more jobs. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell.”

“It’s a racist message. I view it as absolute racism. Take the country back from who? From the Black man sitting in the White House. I think it’s quite clear.” – Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) responding to a reporter who said, ‘There seems to be this overwhelming message from the Republican party that they believe it is their mission to take back America. What are your thoughts?’

[“Because] I play for [coach Bill] Belichick now.” — Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco, when asked why he didn’t celebrate or preen after scoring a touchdown at Tampa Bay last Thursday night.

“I’ve never heard of one that hasn’t.” – New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, asked if Osi Umenyiora’s knee surgery on Friday had gone well. Take it from me, a guy who’s had both hips replaced – whenever you read that “_____________” had successful  ______ surgery”, all that means is that he or she didn’t die during the operation. Nothing more, nothing less.

Thursday, August 18

 Time for players to give a little in sluggish NBA labor talks

Kevin Durant leads Goodman to a 135-134 win over James Harden and Drew

Kevin Durant (right) exploded for a game-high 44 points, including two clutch free throws in the closing seconds.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

When Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi steps down, as it increasingly seems he soon will without U.S. troops having to put “boots on the grounds”, it will be interesting to see how President Obama’s opponents try to spin this into an indictment of his policies. But trust me, they will.

Here’s a tip – free of charge – to young white people looking for a place in the whole wide world to hike: stay the “F” away from countries like Iran and North Korea. Capiche?

IF, Sarah “Beyonce” Palin does run for the GOP presidential nomination, it will be more out of spite – “Na, na, na. You can’t tell me what not to do.” – than a real belief that she can win. And, if she enters the race and fails to win the nomination, her brand will be forever tarnished and devalued which is why I still say she’s not going to run. Frankly, I’m just looking forward to her convoluted, bordering on insane statement on why she’s not going to run.

Michele “Kelly” Bachman’s biggest and toughest task this election cycle is to convince people beyond her most ardent supporters that she’s not a kook like former Delaware senatorial candidate, Christine “I’m Not A Witch, Honest” O’Donnell while “Pretty Ricky” Perry’s is two-fold: 1) He’s not Bush 43 Part Deux and he’s not flat-out bat-s**t crazy. Good luck with that for both of them.

If the folks running ABC News are as smart as I think they are, they’ll replace Christiane Amanpour with Jake Tapper as host of This Week sooner than later. Nothing against Amanpour, who does a standout job on foreign stories, but Tapper is simply much better in this setting than she is.

Call me cynical, jaded or whatever, but whenever I hear a celebrity couple talking about “how much we love each other” or “how special our relationship is”, I start the “Charles Freeman Separation/Divorce Announcement” clock ticking. Oh yeah, and their statement ALWAYS talks about what “great friends we are” and requests “privacy at this time.” Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith Separating: Report

How many chances is Christina Applegate going to get to prove that she’s not an actress who can headline a hit TV show? I mean, she’s quickly becoming the television version of Jennifer Anniston.

If Jim Thome, the newest member of baseball’s exclusive (8 members) 600 home run club, was the Hall of Famer so many in the media are trying to convince us that he is Jim Thome deserves to be in baseball Hall of Fame, they wouldn’t have to use so many words and column inches to do so. As someone, I believe it was Bob Costas, once said, “If you have to ask ‘is __________ a Hall of Famer’, then he probably isn’t.”

You read it here first: current Milwaukee Buck Brandon Jennings is the point guard of the future for the Lakers.

Hey Tiki Barber, how’s that whole NFL “comeback” thing going? It’s got to hurt that Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress had several teams trying to sign them AFTER doing prison time while so far, not one single team seems to believe that you can help them win.

 BREAKING THE COLOR BARRIER IN REVERSE

NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki and fiancee` Jessica Olson at the 2011 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles

WHEN COACHING YOUTH SPORTS GOES BAD

FINALLY

The Flyer extends its prayers to Hall of Fame basketball coach, Pat Summitt, who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The 59 year-old legendary Tennessee women’s coach will attempt to coach one final season with the assistance of medication and other treatments.

FINALLY, FINALLY

The best part about seeing Ashford & Simpson in concert was hearing them sing the songs they wrote for other artists. I remember hearing them do “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and thinking, “Oh, so that’s what it should have sounded like!” Rest in peace Nick – your work here is done.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011

Obama bus tour provides glimpse of reelection strategy

President Obama cheers in a huddle with the Galesburg High School football team while visiting Galesburg, Ill., on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

 Michele Bachmann’s Misleading Talking Point On Federal Pay

 “Oh Lord, why did you give me such a tiny, submissive brain?”

Rick Perry’s strength and weakness: Jobs

Excerpt: But if Texas has created many jobs, it has failed to create good jobs. Many of the jobs created since 2009 pay only minimum wage, and Texas, along with Mississippi, has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the U.S.

Rick Perry’s ‘cowboy image’ and loose lips worry Hill Republicans

“You can’t be calling Bernanke a traitor and you can’t be questioning whether or not Barack Obama loves America, that type of thing,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and veteran Long Island incumbent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hoss, I’m going to let you let you in on a secret that Texans already know. Compared to me, ‘Dubya is a ‘g-d’ Mensa-level genius!”

What In The World Happened to Tim Pawlenty?

GOP Bigs Push Paul Ryan to Run

Top 5 reasons Paul Ryan shouldn’t run for president

POSSIBLE MITT ROMNEY SLOGANS: “He May Be Mormon, But He’s Not Crazy!”, “Compared to Bachmann and Perry, I’ll Take The Mormon!”, “Why Not Mitt?” and last but not least, “Eenie, Meenie, Oh What The Hell, Give Me Mitt!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Now on the other side of sanity, you’ve got Bachmann, Palin, Paul and Perry. Or as I like to call them – ‘3 Stooges and a MILF’.”

THEY SAID IT

“You don’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country,” said former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove in an interview with Fox News Channel. “And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas — you know that is not, again, a presidential statement.”

“Rick Perry’s an idiot, and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that,” Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan, said Friday on CNN’s “American Morning.” Come on Bruce, don’t hold back on how you really feel.

BLITZER: “If you’re reelected, the last time you were elected, you got Sasha and Malia a cute little puppy. … What are you going to get them the next time, if you’re reelected?”

OBAMA: “When I’m reelected, what I’ll be getting them is a continuation of Secret Service so that when boys want to start dating them they are going to be surrounded by men with guns. That’s their gift.”

In Columbia, South Carolina today [Thursday], Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) declared herself the “hombrette” to represent the state. “We need one strong hombre or hombrette, and I’m the hombrette to go and stand for you in Washington DC,” Bachmann said. (The Spanish word for woman is mujer.) And the Spanish word for idiot is idiota.

Newt Gingrich says his campaign may look like it’s floundering, but soon it will be as successful as Wal-Mart. “I actually think this is a little bit like watching Walmart grow,” the presidential candidate said before a speech in Orange County, California. “You watch the way we’re developing new approaches and new ideas and the way we’re using the internet – I think over the next 60 days you will see a campaign that is so fundamentally different from anything you’ve seen.” Actually Newtie, we’ve seen ill-conceived and poorly run campaigns before. Tell us, what’s so “fundamentally different” about yours?

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman tweeted on Thursday afternoon in an obvious dig at “Pretty Ricky” Perry.

NEWS

President Obama’s Unemployment Inaction Puts Approval Among Blacks At Risk

Allen West: I Am The Modern Day Harriet Tubman “I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.” – Florida Rep. Allen West on his plans to convert African-Americans from Democrats into Republicans. Well, except for his high-top fade, he does sort of resemble her.

Air Force discharging sergeant who doubts Obama’s citizenship

Chris Tucker Is Back, With a Stand-Up Tour

‘The Talk’s’ Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini Likely to Depart

The REAL Story Behind Kobe’s Drew League Cameo

 Toni’s Soul Burgers, Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog 

Don Scott, co-owner of Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog restaurant, bags an order to go for a pair of customers. (Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times / August 18, 2011) 

DESSERT — Frank Luntz coaches Stephen Colbert on communication.

LUNTZ: “The key part of communication is to listen to your audience carefully and actually hear what they’re saying and understand the hopes and fears behind …”

COLBERT: “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch some of that, could you go back? I apologize. You have to do what with your audience?” http://bit.ly/qWqb6e

RANDOM THOUGHTS

The one truth no politician has the guts to say out loud: “Folks, most of the jobs lost since 2007 are gone and there’s no chance of them coming back unless we create a new economy that includes a manufacturing base with well-paying, union jobs here in America. Now, this means things made in America will cost you more than the ones made in other countries like China. Are you willing to spend a little more to create? Because if you aren’t, we’re f**ked.”

Is the message that Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are currently pushing – that President Obama needs to pay more direct attention to the economic problems of urban America in general and African-Americans in particular – being undercut by the “messengers”? After all, many if not most of the CBC members in office in 2007 and 2008 originally supported Hillary Clinton for president.

John “Agent Orange” Boehner, Eric “Eddie Haskell” Cantor and Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell have been oddly quiet during the current congressional recess. I wonder what they’re scheming up on.

The more Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and “Pretty Ricky” Perry talk, the more I realize that Tim “Mr Charisma” Pawlenty took a look around after last Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll and decided that it just wasn’t possible for him to get as crazy as these two lunatics and that staying in the race was just a waste of his time, energy and self-respect. I also think that having Bachmann, Paul, Perry aka the “Holy Trinity of Republican Crazies” in the race is the best thing that could happen to Mitt Romney. I mean, after seeing and hearing these loons on any given day Romney shrewdly lays low while rivals say whacked out things, Romney by comparison looks better and better. If he were smart, Romney would send a back-channel message to Sarah “Beyonce” Palin urging, make that begging, her to enter the race too. Hell, he should offer to pay her to run. I’m serious! The more crazies in the field, the better he looks.

Speaking of Republican crazies, anyone still supporting or working for Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich Newt Gingrich’s fundraising approach is no fundraisers, needs their head examined and/or Jesus.

Let’s see: he doesn’t live in the district that he represents, constantly makes controversial statements and gets into fights with his own congressional representative and colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz and I can’t remember a single piece of legislation he’s sponsored or supported. So I can’t help but wonder if his constituents think they’re getting their money’s worth from Allen West of Florida.

Don King is right when he says “Only In America.” Because it’s the only place where you can go from sucking Ray J’s d**k on video to being one of the biggest and highest-earning celebrities in seemingly the blink of an eye. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “America’s Biggest StarSlut”: Kim Kardashian!

One of these days, NBA commissioner David Stern and CBS head honcho Les Moonves are going to wake up and pull the plug on two “turrrible” ideas that they and they alone, have foisted on the American public: the WNBA and “The Talk” television show respectively.

If these allegations Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players turn out to be even 50% true, the NCAA will either have to drop the hammer on the ‘Canes or reverse their punishment of USC without any further delay.

At the risk of being called a “heartless bastard”, when I read that the Texas Rangers will be honoring Shannon Stone, the fan killed last month when he fell from the stands while reaching for a ball, with a statue at Rangers Ballpark, I couldn’t help but wonder why. I mean, sure, it’s a tragedy that the guy fell to his death trying to catch a ball tossed to him by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, but does that really merit a statue at the ballpark? 

I think the recent spate of shark and grizzly bear attacks on people is nature’s way of saying that it’s sick and tired of being pimped for shows like “Shark Week” without getting paid for their participation. Seriously. I’m not even half joking.

How can you tell the difference between a pimp and Kris (Kardashian) Jenner?

Call me cynical, but I can’t help but wonder why this story Lakers donate to help displaced staff members, particularly the part about Kobe Bryant came out the same week reports surfaced about his possible involvement in an alleged assault in a Carmel Valley church.

HOOKER OR CLASSICAL PIANIST? 

 Classical pianist Yuja Wang at the Hollywood Bowl – August 2011

FINALLY 

Unfortunately, it really doesn’t matter what President Obama’s new jobs plan, set to be released early next month, contains unless Republicans are willing to set aside politics – the 2012 elections – for working together with the president and Democrats to do what’s best for the country. I’m betting on politics winning out.

 

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 16, 2011

Obama Reelection Campaign Counteroffensive Launches This Week

“You want a piece of me? Come on down.”

 President Obama blasts Republican presidential field

Top tier emerges in defining phase of GOP nomination race

(L-R) Rick “Pretty Boy” Perry, Michele “Kelly” Bachmann, Mitt “Suge” Romney

Rick Perry schools Michele Bachmann in Waterloo

Rick Perry’s cash dash sparks worries

There’s a HUGE difference between raising campaign funds in Texas (or any other state) and having to follow the very strict rules the Federal Election Commission has for presidential candidates.

THE STAKES – POLITICO’S FIVE QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Perry got rave reviews during his first two days of campaigning, but it still feels like he might be a mere flavor of the month. A full week on the trail could go a long way to assuage suspicions that he’s a latter day John Connolly or Phil Gramm, two swashbuckling Texans who flamed out after arriving in the early states to great fanfare. With that in mind, we have these questions for the week ahead.

(1) Can Rick Perry defy the skeptics and avoid even a medium-sized gaffe in his first week as a national candidate? Probably not. Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision
(2) What kind of fundraising boost is Michele Bachmann getting out of the Ames straw poll? A big one.
(3) Will Romney make news to dampen Perry’s announcement buzz or just try letting it burn itself out? If he’s as shrewd as I think he is, “Suge” will just ignore “Pretty Ricky” and keep his focus on President Obama. But now, he HAS to pay more attention to Iowa.
(4) What do Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour really think about Perry? I wouldn’t try to figure this one out if my life depended on it.
(5) Which member of Pawlenty’s high command will be the first to sign up with another campaign? Why would any candidate want anyone from this loser’s staff? Unless of course, the only other options are someone from Gingrich’s staff or a trained chimp.

HE SAID IT

SHOTS FIRED – OBAMA BEAR HUGS ROMNEYCARE: It is theoretically nonpolitical, but President Obama devoted a good chunk of his highly-political-feeling first stop on the three-day bus tour to defending his health care law and trying to present it as inspired by Romney’s Massachusetts’ individual mandate. “You’ve got a governor who’s running for president right now who instituted the exact same thing in Massachusetts,” Obama said. ‘It’s like they got amnesia. Like, ‘Aww, this is terrible. This is going to take away freedom for Americans all over the world – all over the country.'” The president also embraced the “ObamaCare” label: ‘I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks that don’t care, that’s fine with me.’

NEWS

Gallup: Obama job rating sinks below 40% for first time

Democrats urge President Obama to be more aggressive on jobs 

U.S. economy has young Americans downsizing their dreams

Alicia Thomas, a student at UC San Diego, is worried about her job prospects after graduation. “I’ve changed my major so many times, not knowing which will help guarantee a stable income, health insurance and the ability to put my kids through college,” she said.

Want to talk to Paul Ryan? It’ll cost you

HAPPY 45TH HALLE!

Halle Berry was all smiles soaking in the sun with daughter Nahla on Sunday in Malibu.  

STEVE HARVEY’S WIFE STEPS OUT WEARING A VERY SCANDALOUS DRESS

RANDOM THOUGHTS

It apparently works in Texas and it might even work in the GOP primary race against Bachmann and Romney, but frankly, after what George W. Bush’s eight years did to America, I just can’t see “Pretty Ricky” Perry’s Texas twang and “cowboy” swagger working in a general election.

Speaking of Bush 43 and “Pretty Ricky” Perry, when a Texas friend told me that down there, Perry is seen as “Bush Lite”, I told her, “Hell, I always thought that Bush (43) was ‘Bush Lite’ compared to his father (41).

Sooner or later – my guess is much, much later – Michele “Kelly” Bachmann is going to have to realize that the press is going to check out EVERYTHING she says Bachmann skipped family reunion she cited as long as she’s running for president.

As Almighty God is my witness, I had no idea that Jon “Puffy” Huntsman was still running for president until I saw this Huntsman Sharpens His Romney Rhetoric.

To those idiots out there panning the new film “The Help”, and yes I mean IDIOTS, keep in mind that the women depicted in this film did what they could – legally, mind you – to take care of themselves and their families in a time and place where they had very few options. And, the money they earned helped put plenty of people through college, particularly the HBCUs.

20 years from now – if he’s still among the living – Dennis Rodman is going to regret looking like this at his recent Hall of Fame induction.

Here’s where things stand on the PGA Tour without Tiger Woods playing on the weekend of a “major” tournament – there was a three-hole playoff for the championship at the PGA tournament on Sunday and even with a gun at my head, I couldn’t tell you who the two players were, let alone who won.

The latest AT&T commercial – the one with the parents trying to choose between their two kids – makes laugh every time I watch it.

A “Flyer Thank You!” to the beautiful Kenya Moore who took time to speak with me today when I saw her outside the LA Mart in downtown Los Angeles.

FINALLY

Thank God it’s the summer of 2011 and not 2012 because this gives President Obama enough time to regroup for what is going to be a very, very vicious election campaign next year.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 14, 2011

LET THE CRAZINESS BEGIN!

Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and Rick “Governor Secession” Perry

Ames Win Positions Michele Bachmann As Rick Perry’s Top Obstacle To Be Anti-Romney

“Look Marcus, America’s crying!”

Iowa GOP Debate: Chris Wallace And Newt Gingrich Have Hostile Exchange (VIDEO)

Joe Scarborough Goes Off On Michele Bachmann: ‘She Is A Joke!’ (VIDEO)

Rick Perry for President | Text of Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Announcement Remarks

“And I told reality to ‘get thee away from me’ with all your truths and facts. I’m pushing pure, uncut craziness here, by God, and I’ve got no time for you!”

Tim Pawlenty Quits: Former Governor Drops Out Of Presidential Race (VIDEO)

“I wonder if Tiger’s still looking for a caddy.”

SHE SAID IT

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” David Gregory pressed Bachmann on a question asked during Thursday’s Republican debate in Iowa about the role wives play in a heterosexual marriage. During the debate, moderator Byron York asked Bachmann whether she was a “submissive” wife, citing a 2006 speech in which Bachmann said she decided to study tax law because her husband wanted her to do so, even though she did not like the subject.

At the time, Bachmann said: “My husband said, now you need to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law. Tax law, I hate taxes. Why should I go and do something like that? The Lord says, ‘Be submissive.’ Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.”

Gregory played the sound bite and asked, “Is that your view for women in America? Is that your vision for them?”

“Submission — that word means respect,” Bachmann replied.

Gregory said that in his discussions with his own wife, the two words are not equivalent.

“In our house, it is,” Bachmann said.

Gregory asked: “His word goes?”

“Well, both of our words go,” Bachmann said. “We respect each other. We’re a good team together.”

HE SAID IT

“What I brought forward, I thought was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state,” former GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Sunday morning. “But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.” Translation: “They [voters] want crazy and by God, with Bachmann and now Perry in the race, they’ve got it in spades!”

Massachusetts Mitt will need to cowboy up vs. tough-talkin’ Texan – Boston Herald

Vanilla Ice ‘impressed’ by Herman Cain

 

 

 

 

“Did you know that Ice Cube, Ice-T and I are distant cousins?”

NEWS

The Pragmatic President

 

 

 

 

 

 “Oh f**k. It’s that damn Cornel and Tavis again.”

Lionsgate Is Said to Bet on Tyler Perry for Cable Channel

Box Office: ‘Apes’ reigns again, but ‘The Help’ has solid debut

As Record Sales Shrink, so Does Album Cover Art

Brewers’ Morgan Turns Fake Personality Into a Real Phenomenon

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I guess the old hockey player Tim “Mr Charisma” Pawlenty found a fight he couldn’t see himself winning so he threw in the towel. Or whatever it is that old hockey players throw in when they get their asses handed to them by two certified loons (Bachmann and Ron Paul).

Based on what my Texas family friends tell me, we’re about to bear witness to weirdness on a level seldom seen outside a carnival tent Rick Perry For President. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!  

Am I the only one who wishes President Obama and the Democrats would try turning the GOP’s negative connotation of the Affordable Care Act into a positive by fully embracing “Obamacare”?

Here’s the question I would have asked Newt Gingrich at Thursday night’s debate – “Sir, if you stay in the race until the very end, what are the odds of you weighing 400 pounds by then?”

For me, the worst part of this story Jets’ Plaxico Burress talks shooting, prison in HBO interview is that Burress publicly admits to not knowing who NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was at the time of his incident.

Based on what we now know about the Dodgers’ finances under the McCourts’, I’m guessing that both Joe Torre’s wife and daughter threatened to leave him if he stayed on as the team’s manager. 

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!

“Hmm. Which ‘stick’ do I use on this hole? Hey Stevie, what do you suggest here? The nine-iron or the nine-incher? Stevie? Stevie! Where you at man?

MR 3000!

Yankees captain and newest member of the 3,000 hit club,

Derek Sanderson Jeter!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 7, 2011

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I sure hope President Obama, congressional Democrats, the president’s campaign leaders, staff and supporters have finally gotten the message that the GOP/Tea Party is not f**king around when it comes to wanting to win in 2012.

Is it just me or does it seem like running for president was something Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich needed to check off his “Bucket List”? I mean, has anyone with his name recognition and track record ever run a more pathetic national campaign?

Speaking of pathetic campaigns, Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll is shaping up as Tim “Mr. Charisma” Pawlenty’s Waterloo (it’s a double pun as besides being the place where Napoleon suffered his greatest defeat, it’s also one of Iowa’s biggest cities) as his poll numbers continue to stagnate around 6% in a state practically next door to his home stomping grounds of Minnesota. Considering Pawlenty’s spent more time and money in Iowa than any other GOPer this year, he has to finish in the top 4 to be considered still alive in the race to be defeated by President Obama next year.

Say what you will about her, but Sarah “Beyonce” Palin is not running for president just beautifully while Mitt “Suge” Romney’s hide-and-seek campaign is baffling to anyone still paying attention to him.

Herman “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” can win every straw poll from here until the end of time and there’s still a better chance of Louis Farrakhan being named “Man of the Year” by the B’nai B’rith or Tyler Perry winning a Best Director Oscar than there is of Cain being the GOP nominee for president.

Kudos to Ken Lombard and his partners at Capri Capital for the incredible new RAVE Theaters at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. If you live in the area, there’s absolutely no need to go to Century City or The Grove to see first-run movies in a FIRST-CLASS environment! Trust me – this is a FIVE STAR theater experience. I’m looking forward to seeing The Help there on Wednesday.

The MDA Labor Day telethon without Jerry Lewis is like the Jackson Family without a controversy over how to honor (make money off of) Michael, peanut butter without jelly, Jam without Lewis, Joan Rivers without plastic surgery, a Tyler Perry film without a dark-skinned “bad” husband/boyfriend and the Commodores without Lionel.

Seriously, did anyone really expect Tiger to just show up and win this weekend?

The more I think and read about it, the less I think there will be a NBA season this year.

Is David Beckham still in America and if he is, why?