Tuesday, 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.

 

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