Friday, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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