Archive for October, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 31, 2011

IF I COULD ASK THE GOP CANDIDATES ONE QUESTION EACH….

Michele Bachman: “How do you overcome the feeling of anyone with the sense God gave a grape that you’re clinically insane?”

Herman Cain: “Why do you insist on acting like you once starred on ‘Amos and Andy’?”

Newt Gingrich: “This is a joke, right?”

Jon Huntsman: “Why are you running?”

Ron Paul: “When you wake up in the morning, is your first thought, ‘What’s the craziest thing I can say today?’”

Rick Perry: “Why do you think America would want another semi-literate governor from Texas as its president?”

Rick Santorum: “The people of Pennsylvania didn’t want you as their senator when you ran for re-election in 2006. What makes you think America wants to as its president?”

Tuesday,October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011

PRESIDENT OBAMA AT ROSCOE’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

“Hey Herman Cain, is this ‘black enough’ for ya!”

POTUS STOPS AT ROSCOE’S HOUSE OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES – “OTR” with member of Congressional Black Caucus — Pool report by Jackie Calmes: “Pool had to enter from the rear, to see booths full of early-dining families stretching and craning their necks excitedly to watch POTUS, who already was at the counter ordering for himself and nearby aides, including Valerie Jarrett, Jay Carney, David Plouffe and Marvin Nicholson. With him was Representative Karen Bass, the Democrat who represents the area in the House. Our camera colleagues say POTUS ordered the No. 9, ‘Country Boy’ – 3 wings with choice of waffle, potato salad or French fries … POTUS, coatless and shirt sleeves rolled, then walked to one side of the restaurant and greeted the diners in each vinyl-covered booth. After he’d shaken hands and chatted with a young African-American boy who looked to be about 10, and moved on, the boy turned to the white man he was dining with and said, ‘I’m never going to wash my hand again.’ For minutes afterward he continued to hold his left hand aloft, fingers spread, as his eyes followed POTUS around the room as if in wonder.

“It was a diverse crowd. POTUS moved to a second section, posing for cellphone photos with from one to six diners at a time, and then to a third, larger section to repeat the routine. … One man with a woman and two children said to them, ‘He sounds just like he does on TV!’ Later POTUS made his way to their table and the Latina girl of about 12 jumped up with a tablet for him to autograph. As the man (her father?) took a photo, he said, ‘If you work hard, you can be just like him.’ … The pool was ushered out and onto West Pico Blvd. … At one point we could hear chants of ‘4 more years!’ … Motorcade traveled a short distance by miles, a longer one by socioeconomic standards, to a manse in Hancock Park for the first fundraiser, at the home of James and Mai Lassiter.”

 Herman Cain: “Wah! Karl Rove Is Being Mean To Me! Wah!”

N.H. staff to Michele: “See Ya, Don’t Want To Work For Ya!”

“I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ no campaigns!

THEY SAID IT

“You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself. And I know he went and he’s trying to cultivate — as all of them are — Donald Trump, in order to get his endorsement, but this is not the way to go about doing it, because it starts to marginalize you in the minds of some of the people whom you need in order to get the election.” –  Republican strategist Karl Rove after presidential candidate, Texas governor Rick Perry said, “I don’t know. Have I?” when asked by Parade magazine if he’d seen President Obama’s birth certificate. “There’s a simple answer,” Rove continued. “Yes, he was born in the United States, yes, he is eligible to serve, and don’t associate yourself with sort of this nutty fringe group.”

“By the way, I want to excuse if anybody smells chicken on me. (Laughter.) We stopped at Roscoe’s on the way down. (Laughter.) I think I have a spot on my tie from the hot sauce.” – President Obama, as he began his remarks at James and Mai Lassiter’s house on Monday.

STEPHEN COLBERT, to JON HUNTSMAN: “How can I trust you? You worked for Obama.”

HUNTSMAN: “Let me tell you this. I was raised with the belief in my family that you always put country first. That when your president asks you to stand up and serve, particularly in a time of economic hardship, you do as told.”

COLBERT: “Are we at war with China?”

HUNTSMAN: “Based on this interview, we could end up there.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

While almost nothing happens with the POTUS that hasn’t been planned out and advanced to the nth degree (a buddy of mine who lives in Hancock Park noticed security planning being done last week), spontaneous or not, one has to admit that something like The president at Roscoe’s on Pico is just too cool.

When crazy-ass Pat Robertson is calling your ideas “extreme”, you might want to sit up and take notice. I’m just sayin’.

 

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011

President Obama Announces Iraq Troop Withdrawal

“Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”

This Time, It’s Personal!

Romney: “Now look here, ‘Pretty Ricky’…”  Perry: “Take your illegal immigrant hiring hand off me before I break the muthaf**ker in half!” 

“WHO WANTS TO LOSE TO OBAMA IN 2012?”

Herman Hears A ‘What The Hell Is He Talking About?

Say Goodnight Michele 

10 THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE HERMAN CAIN WINS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION

10) Kim Kardashian “dates” a white non-athlete or musician.

  9) Ted Danson hosts the BET Awards in blackface.

  8) Louis Farrahkahn named senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.

  7) Oprah and Gayle get married.

  6) Tiger Woods dates Laquesha Monet Washington of Compton.

  5) ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC air show starring an African-American family.

  4) John McCain admits “I used my ‘little head’ to select Sarah Palin as my running mate.”

  3) George W. Bush apologizes to America: “I’m sorry I f**ked up the country for eight years.”

  2) Tyler Perry wins Best Actor Oscar.

  1) Clippers win the NBA title!

“People need to know that I’m still the craziest black person to ever run for president and in the days to come, I’ll be proving it almost hourly.”

THEY SAID IT

“One of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.” – President Barack Obama addressing the death of Muammar Gaddafi at a press conference on Thursday.

“Well, look, Sean, you know, it’s very important for us to remember that the goal of this effort is to defeat Barack Obama and get America back on the right track — the goal of this entire project isn’t have one ego or one ambition over another and then go get beaten by the president because we have beaten each other up so much. Once or twice last night, the level of intensity, particularly between Governors Perry and Romney, got to be almost like seventh graders in a school yard.” – GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich Wednesday on FOX News’ The Sean Hannity Show. In a further display of his chronic narcissism, Gingrich went on to say that ‘He said he was running a “substantive campaign” based on ideas different from any other candidate “except maybe Reagan.”

“Having a Republican leader of Governor Palin’s stature and importance is yet again proof of the crucial role Florida will play as the year unfolds. We are so grateful that Governor Palin has accepted our invitation.” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry in a statement announcing that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker at the RPOF’s 2011 Victory Dinner on November 3 in Orlando. Gee Lenny, exactly what is Governor Palin’s “stature and importance” these days?

The New York Times: “For the second time in 10 days, the Senate on Thursday rejected Democratic efforts to take up a jobs bill championed by President Obama. The vote to advance the bill was 50 to 50. Democrats needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

The week’s top quotes in politics…

“Don’t screw around with me.” — Vice President Joe Biden getting heated with a reporter on Wednesday.

“Wow.” — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon learning that Muammar Qadhafi had been killed.

“I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake. I can’t have illegals.” — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talking about his lawn care workers at Tuesday night’s debate.

“I misspoke.” — GOP 2012 candidate Herman Cain backtracking on a comment about prisoner exchanges.

“Bo says hi.” — President Barack Obama passing along a message to a dog in North Carolina, according to a White House pool report.

“I must say again I have never seen an uglier bus than a Canadian one.” — Sen. John McCain dissing President Obama’s wheels.

“He doesn’t like that as much.” — First lady Michelle Obama explaining how the president feels about his daughters watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” according to iVillage.com.

“You’re headed for a one-term presidency.” — Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, as quoted in Walter Isaacson’s upcoming book, advising Obama at meeting last year.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Face it folks: the Republicans in Congress have absolutely no intention of passing anything that they feel would help the president’s reelection chances no matter how many jobs for Americans would be created. They and their corporate masters are more than willing and able to sacrifice the American people to advance their nefarious agenda. It’s really that simple.

I wasn’t there but I can tell you how Moamar Kadafi died: painfully.

We’re this close to “Pretty Ricky” Perry and Mitt “Suge” Perry talking about each other’s mama at the next GOP hate-fest (debate).

Things got so heated during Thursday night’s debate, Herman Cain didn’t get as many chances to say, “I don’t know” and “I’se do not care” as he hoped to.

Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and Newt “3 Wives and Counting” Gingrich, who are apparently running just to be running now, are on the verge of doing something REALLY crazy in order to garner attention for their rapidly fading “campaigns.” Too bad Bachmann’s in her mid-50s, otherwise, Gingrich would probably take her and Ms. Callista on a 3-way shopping spree at Tiffany’s before returning to a local Holiday Inn and offering them a chance to “thank him” for his generosity.

Bradley Cooper – you need to call Ben Affleck ASAP and have a talk with him about the difficulty an “Average White Movie Star” such as yourself is going to have trying to date Jennifer “La Bambita” Lopez before you get hurt, mentally and physically. Dude, if you couldn’t handle mousy Renee Zellweger (although she does have great legs), there’s no way on God’s semi-green earth that you are ready for all that AZZ and the “drama” that goes along with dating “Jenny From The Block.”

That loud sucking sound you heard late Thursday night was the air being let out of the NBA season. By the way, Bryant Gumbel is 1000% correct with his comments about David Stern and I’ll bet you dollars to donuts, many current NBA players agree with him.

Hey, I know the Raiders were pretty much made in the late Al Davis’s image and that he’s one of the forces that shaped the NFL into the juggernaut it is today, but an eternal flame in his honor at the Oakland Coliseum seems just a tad pretentious even for a very pretentious person.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 17, 2011

L-R Rangers manager Ron Washington, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz

Somebody’s Lying

Bachmann May Need To Raise Her Own Debt Ceiling 

Can Herman Cain Sing His Way to the Nomination?

“Take my hand, come with me to ‘Cainland’. I want you to float, float on.”

Do GOP candidates lack the “Common Touch?”

WHAT HE SAID

“I don’t care whether you’re Republican, whether you’re independent, whether you’re Democrat, I want to get your vote. But I’m going to tell you right at the outset, I’m not going to pander. I’m not going to sign meaningless pledges, and I’m not going to journey to New York to meet with Donald Trump.” – GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman told about 100 New Hampshire Rotary Club members one recent day.

WHAT HE DIDN’T SAY

“I’m not going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012.” 

WHO AM I?

WHAT HE SAID

“I am running because I want to win, not because I’m trying to raise my profile or get a TV show.” – Herman Cain, Republican presidential candidate, after speaking during a Faith and Freedom Coalition rally at Ohio Christian University.

WHAT HE DIDN’T SAY

“I’m not going to be the Republican nominee for president unless all of my opponents and everyone else eligible in the party dies first. And even then, it’s not going to happen.”

AND HERE’S WHY IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

Keep in mind, this was an actual exchange between David Gregory and Herman Cain on Sunday’s Meet The Press:

DAVID GREGORY: A few more, just some quick ones here. On immigration, you said at an event in Tennessee that you would build an electrified fence on the border that could kill people if they try to cross illegally.

HERMAN CAIN:
That’s a joke, David.

DAVID GREGORY:
It’s a joke? So that was–

HERMAN CAIN:
It’s a joke. That’s a joke.

DAVID GREGORY:
That’s not a serious plan?

HERMAN CAIN:
That’s not a serious plan, no, it’s not.

DAVID GREGORY:
You got a big laugh out of that–

HERMAN CAIN:
That’s a joke.

DAVID GREGORY:
–but that’s not what you would do?

HERMAN CAIN:
That’s a joke. I’ve also said America needs to get a sense of humor. That was a joke, okay?

THEY SAID IT

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain raised more questions about his knowledge of foreign policy on Sunday, saying he doesn’t know anything about the “neoconservative movement,” which dominated the eight years of the Bush administration. When David Gregory, the host of NBC’s Meet The Press tasked Cain whether he was a “neoconservative,” the presidential hopeful admitted he had no idea what Gregory was talking about. “I’m not sure what you mean by neoconservative,” said Cain. “I am a conservative, yes. Neoconservative — labels sometimes will put you in a box. I’m very conservative.” “But you’re familiar with the neoconservative movement?” asked Gregory.”I’m not familiar with the neoconservative movement,” admitted Cain. “I’m familiar with the conservative movement. Let me define what I mean by the conservative movement — less government, less taxes, more individual responsibility.”

“Trust me; y’all ain’t got no clue of what I’m not familiar with!”

“Rick Perry’s numbers are down because his debate performances have been extremely less than spectacular, and I’m being charitable,” said former Arkansas governor and current FOX News talk show host Mike Huckabee, continuing a fractious relationship with Perry. “Gov. Perry started at the top … but his repeat debate performances and the fact that he has not been able to find his footing on some key issues has just made people start looking elsewhere…It’s not about religion. It’s about the fact that running for president is like sticking your face in the blade of a fan,” Huckabee said. “Don’t try that at home. … It’s not pretty but folks, running for president is not a chess game; it is a full contact sport played without pads.”

POSSIBLE HERMAN CAIN CAMPAIGN SLOGANS

“I’se Do Not Know”, “I’se Do Not Care”, “I’m Not Familiar With That”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Based on the here, there, everywhere, helter, skelter way Herman “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” Cain is running his campaign these days, I’d swear he’s hearing “voices” in his head. That or his campaign’s GPS unit is malfunctioning. Either way…

According to Herman Cain on his “9-9-9” plan: “I’m right and everyone else is wrong!”

Speaking of Cain, I can see why he was such a success in the restaurant business; he knows how to give an audience what they want and right now, his audience wants their African-American candidate to sing and shuck and jive his way to the nomination. You know, the “anti-Obama.”

I’m not a campaign finance expert nor do I play one on TV, but, if your credit line at Tiffany’s – $1 million dollars – is higher than the amount you raised during the latest reporting period – Gingrich raises $807K – you just might want to bow out gracefully now before your campaign becomes a total joke. Oops, too late for that!

Speaking of “finances”, here’s a trailer for a film that I can’t wait to see “Margin Call”.

Three “celebrities” I’m tired of seeing or hearing about for totally different yet similar reasons: Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan. I wish all of them would just go away and disappear from public view. Preferably together at the same time.

To paraphrase David Letterman: I wouldn’t give Conrad Murray’s troubles to a monkey on a rock.

Just my opinion of course, but noted sportswriter Rick Reilly has outdone himself with this objective look at both sides of the recently departed Al Davis.

Speaking of noted sportswriters, Bill “The Sports Guy” Simmons has said it all when it comes the NBA lockout and the Red Sox implosion.

FINALLY

Right now, Lindsay Lohan couldn’t get hired to star in The Lindsay Lohan Story on a third-rate Armenian public-access cable network.

PRESIDENT OBAMA AT KING MEMORIAL DEDICATION

October 17, 2011

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL DEDICATION

The National Mall
Washington, D.C.

11:51 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Please be seated.

An earthquake and a hurricane may have delayed this day, but this is a day that would not be denied.

For this day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s return to the National Mall. In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who fathered this nation and those who defended it; a black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams and our most lasting ideals, a man who stirred our conscience and thereby helped make our union more perfect.

And Dr. King would be the first to remind us that this memorial is not for him alone. The movement of which he was a part depended on an entire generation of leaders. Many are here today, and for their service and their sacrifice, we owe them our everlasting gratitude. This is a monument to your collective achievement. (Applause.)

Some giants of the civil rights movement — like Rosa Parks and Dorothy Height, Benjamin Hooks, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth — they’ve been taken from us these past few years. This monument attests to their strength and their courage, and while we miss them dearly, we know they rest in a better place.

And finally, there are the multitudes of men and women whose names never appear in the history books — those who marched and those who sang, those who sat in and those who stood firm, those who organized and those who mobilized — all those men and women who through countless acts of quiet heroism helped bring about changes few thought were even possible. “By the thousands,” said Dr. King, “faceless, anonymous, relentless young people, black and white…have taken our whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” To those men and women, to those foot soldiers for justice, know that this monument is yours, as well.

Nearly half a century has passed since that historic March on Washington, a day when thousands upon thousands gathered for jobs and for freedom. That is what our schoolchildren remember best when they think of Dr. King — his booming voice across this Mall, calling on America to make freedom a reality for all of God’s children, prophesizing of a day when the jangling discord of our nation would be transformed into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

It is right that we honor that march, that we lift up Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech — for without that shining moment, without Dr. King’s glorious words, we might not have had the courage to come as far as we have. Because of that hopeful vision, because of Dr. King’s moral imagination, barricades began to fall and bigotry began to fade. New doors of opportunity swung open for an entire generation. Yes, laws changed, but hearts and minds changed, as well.

Look at the faces here around you, and you see an America that is more fair and more free and more just than the one Dr. King addressed that day. We are right to savor that slow but certain progress — progress that’s expressed itself in a million ways, large and small, across this nation every single day, as people of all colors and creeds live together, and work together, and fight alongside one another, and learn together, and build together, and love one another.

So it is right for us to celebrate today Dr. King’s dream and his vision of unity. And yet it is also important on this day to remind ourselves that such progress did not come easily; that Dr. King’s faith was hard-won; that it sprung out of a harsh reality and some bitter disappointments.

It is right for us to celebrate Dr. King’s marvelous oratory, but it is worth remembering that progress did not come from words alone. Progress was hard. Progress was purchased through enduring the smack of billy clubs and the blast of fire hoses. It was bought with days in jail cells and nights of bomb threats. For every victory during the height of the civil rights movement, there were setbacks and there were defeats.

We forget now, but during his life, Dr. King wasn’t always considered a unifying figure. Even after rising to prominence, even after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. King was vilified by many, denounced as a rabble rouser and an agitator, a communist and a radical. He was even attacked by his own people, by those who felt he was going too fast or those who felt he was going too slow; by those who felt he shouldn’t meddle in issues like the Vietnam War or the rights of union workers. We know from his own testimony the doubts and the pain this caused him, and that the controversy that would swirl around his actions would last until the fateful day he died.

I raise all this because nearly 50 years after the March on Washington, our work, Dr. King’s work, is not yet complete. We gather here at a moment of great challenge and great change. In the first decade of this new century, we have been tested by war and by tragedy; by an economic crisis and its aftermath that has left millions out of work, and poverty on the rise, and millions more just struggling to get by. Indeed, even before this crisis struck, we had endured a decade of rising inequality and stagnant wages. In too many troubled neighborhoods across the country, the conditions of our poorest citizens appear little changed from what existed 50 years ago — neighborhoods with underfunded schools and broken-down slums, inadequate health care, constant violence, neighborhoods in which too many young people grow up with little hope and few prospects for the future.

Our work is not done. And so on this day, in which we celebrate a man and a movement that did so much for this country, let us draw strength from those earlier struggles. First and foremost, let us remember that change has never been quick. Change has never been simple, or without controversy. Change depends on persistence. Change requires determination. It took a full decade before the moral guidance of Brown v. Board of Education was translated into the enforcement measures of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but those 10 long years did not lead Dr. King to give up. He kept on pushing, he kept on speaking, he kept on marching until change finally came. (Applause.)

And then when, even after the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act passed, African Americans still found themselves trapped in pockets of poverty across the country, Dr. King didn’t say those laws were a failure; he didn’t say this is too hard; he didn’t say, let’s settle for what we got and go home. Instead he said, let’s take those victories and broaden our mission to achieve not just civil and political equality but also economic justice; let’s fight for a living wage and better schools and jobs for all who are willing to work. In other words, when met with hardship, when confronting disappointment, Dr. King refused to accept what he called the “isness” of today. He kept pushing towards the “oughtness” of tomorrow.

And so, as we think about all the work that we must do — rebuilding an economy that can compete on a global stage, and fixing our schools so that every child — not just some, but every child — gets a world-class education, and making sure that our health care system is affordable and accessible to all, and that our economic system is one in which everybody gets a fair shake and everybody does their fair share, let us not be trapped by what is. (Applause.) We can’t be discouraged by what is. We’ve got to keep pushing for what ought to be, the America we ought to leave to our children, mindful that the hardships we face are nothing compared to those Dr. King and his fellow marchers faced 50 years ago, and that if we maintain our faith, in ourselves and in the possibilities of this nation, there is no challenge we cannot surmount.

And just as we draw strength from Dr. King’s struggles, so must we draw inspiration from his constant insistence on the oneness of man; the belief in his words that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” It was that insistence, rooted in his Christian faith, that led him to tell a group of angry young protesters, “I love you as I love my own children,” even as one threw a rock that glanced off his neck.

It was that insistence, that belief that God resides in each of us, from the high to the low, in the oppressor and the oppressed, that convinced him that people and systems could change. It fortified his belief in non-violence. It permitted him to place his faith in a government that had fallen short of its ideals. It led him to see his charge not only as freeing black America from the shackles of discrimination, but also freeing many Americans from their own prejudices, and freeing Americans of every color from the depredations of poverty.

And so at this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, and faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. King’s teachings. He calls on us to stand in the other person’s shoes; to see through their eyes; to understand their pain. He tells us that we have a duty to fight against poverty, even if we are well off; to care about the child in the decrepit school even if our own children are doing fine; to show compassion toward the immigrant family, with the knowledge that most of us are only a few generations removed from similar hardships. (Applause.)

To say that we are bound together as one people, and must constantly strive to see ourselves in one another, is not to argue for a false unity that papers over our differences and ratifies an unjust status quo. As was true 50 years ago, as has been true throughout human history, those with power and privilege will often decry any call for change as “divisive.” They’ll say any challenge to the existing arrangements are unwise and destabilizing. Dr. King understood that peace without justice was no peace at all; that aligning our reality with our ideals often requires the speaking of uncomfortable truths and the creative tension of non-violent protest.

But he also understood that to bring about true and lasting change, there must be the possibility of reconciliation; that any social movement has to channel this tension through the spirit of love and mutuality.

If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company’s union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain. He would want us to know we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other’s love for this country — (applause) — with the knowledge that in this democracy, government is no distant object but is rather an expression of our common commitments to one another. He would call on us to assume the best in each other rather than the worst, and challenge one another in ways that ultimately heal rather than wound.

In the end, that’s what I hope my daughters take away from this monument. I want them to come away from here with a faith in what they can accomplish when they are determined and working for a righteous cause. I want them to come away from here with a faith in other people and a faith in a benevolent God. This sculpture, massive and iconic as it is, will remind them of Dr. King’s strength, but to see him only as larger than life would do a disservice to what he taught us about ourselves. He would want them to know that he had setbacks, because they will have setbacks. He would want them to know that he had doubts, because they will have doubts. He would want them to know that he was flawed, because all of us have flaws.

It is precisely because Dr. King was a man of flesh and blood and not a figure of stone that he inspires us so. His life, his story, tells us that change can come if you don’t give up. He would not give up, no matter how long it took, because in the smallest hamlets and the darkest slums, he had witnessed the highest reaches of the human spirit; because in those moments when the struggle seemed most hopeless, he had seen men and women and children conquer their fear; because he had seen hills and mountains made low and rough places made plain, and the crooked places made straight and God make a way out of no way.

And that is why we honor this man — because he had faith in us. And that is why he belongs on this Mall — because he saw what we might become. That is why Dr. King was so quintessentially American — because for all the hardships we’ve endured, for all our sometimes tragic history, ours is a story of optimism and achievement and constant striving that is unique upon this Earth. And that is why the rest of the world still looks to us to lead. This is a country where ordinary people find in their hearts the courage to do extraordinary things; the courage to stand up in the face of the fiercest resistance and despair and say this is wrong, and this is right; we will not settle for what the cynics tell us we have to accept and we will reach again and again, no matter the odds, for what we know is possible.

That is the conviction we must carry now in our hearts. (Applause.) As tough as times may be, I know we will overcome. I know there are better days ahead. I know this because of the man towering over us. I know this because all he and his generation endured — we are here today in a country that dedicated a monument to that legacy.

And so with our eyes on the horizon and our faith squarely placed in one another, let us keep striving; let us keep struggling; let us keep climbing toward that promised land of a nation and a world that is more fair, and more just, and more equal for every single child of God.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END 12:12 P.M. EDT

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15, 2011

The battle for America’s future starts here.

Can Cain handle success? That’s just one of the many pressing questions facing “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” over the next few days.

“Howdy America. I’se be Herman Cain at yo’ service!”

THEY SAID IT

“It’s been a rough month. We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today,” she said. “We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith. He is the only true conservative – well, there are some true conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose.” – Anita Perry, wife of presidential candidate Texas governor Rick Perry.

“You heathenistic meanies need to leave my hand-picked by God himself husband alone! So there!”

“… I don’t miss my shots in the fourth quarter.” — President Barack Obama on basketball and 2012.

“I’m not a halfway kind of guy.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on his decision to endorse Mitt Romney.

“It’s been heaven. My staff can’t find me, nobody can reach me.” — Sen. Patrick Leahy telling the WSJ why he enjoyed the BlackBerry outage.

“They don’t expect to see me at Starbucks or at Chipotle.”— First Lady Michelle Obama discussing her incognito public outings with NBC’s Al Roker.

“I just try to get up every day and do my job, and debates are not my strong suit.” — Rick Perry acknowledging that he’s not the world’s best debater.

“I believe in tables.” — GOP debate moderator Charlie Rose approving of Tuesday’s set-up onstage.

“And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say you know, I don’t know.” — 2012 hopeful Herman Cain admitting to The Brody File that he doesn’t know everything. “And when they ask me what’s my plan for rebuilding America’s manufacturing base, I’m going to say, ‘I’se do not know’ because I does not know. Hell, I does not know what I had for breakfast this morning.”

“I don’t think he’s [Mitt Romney] a staunch conservative because he’s changed his position on too many things over the years. The other thing is, if you just look at Romneycare in Massachusetts, no matter how much he tries to pretend that it was supposed to be good for Massachusetts, a conservative would never have signed that Romneycare legislation in Massachusetts.” – 2012 hopeful Herman Cain on why he won’t support Romney if he’s the GOP nominee. That loud sound you just heard was Mitt “Suge” Romney taking a huge sigh of relief.

“I think the devil is in the details.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann knocking Cain’s 9-9-9 plan during the presidential debate. When you’re as flat-out bat-s**t crazy as Bachmann, you can find “the devil” anywhere you want.

“If Herman Cain is our nominee against Barack Obama, I think he’ll sweep the South.” – Mississippi governor Haley Barbour on Herman Cain’s chances of winning the presidency. Most Southern GOPers would prefer having Cain actually sweeping the South but I digress.

“We don’t sell black walnut. The sales nationally did not meet our expectations, unfortunately. It did not behoove us to continue with the product.” – Hazel, at the Haagen-Dazs customer service line, explaining why the ice cream flavor Herman Cain has compared himself to no longer exists.

RICK PERRY ON MORNING SHOWS, from Pittsburgh (Friday):

–To Chris Wragge, on CBS’ “The Early Show,” re his drop in polls: “We’ve been in this race for eight weeks. It’s gonna be up, it’s gonna be down. I doubt very seriously if who’s leading in the polls today is going to be our nominee.”

–To Matt Lauer, on “Today,” re Mormon-bashing by a prominent supporter: “If we’re going to spend the time in the campaign defending what someone who has endorsed us has said out there in the public, President Obama’s gonna spent a lot of time talking about defending people who’re saying things about HIM that he probably doesn’t stand by. WTF? So, again, Matt, these are all distractions.”

–To George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” on how badly he wants to be president: “Listen, I wouldn’ta got in this thing if I didn’t think America was in trouble. And I got a great being the governor of the state of Texas. But I love my country, and there’s a point in time when you have to do your duty. And that’s what I’m all about. I want to get this country back working again. I love America. I wore the uniform of this country as a pilot in the United States Air Force. I understand about service and sacrifice. … I hope there’s somebody watching this program today, who’s sitting there in the living room without a job, looking for that person who’s gonna give them hope that they’re going to have a job in the future. I’m that person.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

So, which Perry is actually running for president; “Pretty Ricky” or his wife ”Agonizing Anita”?

Herman Cain is rapidly falling into the trap of being the kind of black man that Republicans find “non-threatening” and he’s going to get a very rude awakening down the line. He’s also clueless in dealing with the press as this item from today’s “Afternoon Fix” (Washington Post) clearly shows Cain-says-he-wont-reveal-more-policy-advisers “I’m not going to tell you!” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said on a campaign stop in Tennessee. “They’re my advisers, not yours. [Reporters] just want to know who my smart people are so they can attack them.” The presidential candidate won’t reveal his foreign policy advisers either.

Granted, we haven’t heard his side of the story yet, but based on what the prosecution has presented in court so far, it’s safe to say that Conrad Murray’s defense team has their work cut out for them.

Attention Hank Williams, Jr: Maybe you’re as ignorant as you seem or maybe you just missed civics class the day the teacher covered the First Amendment; I’m not sure which it is. Nevertheless, while it guarantees that the government can’t restrict one’s speech, it says nothing about what kind of speech one’s employer or business associate must tolerate. That’s why ESPN cut you loose.

After listening to NBA commissioner David Stern on The Dan Patrick Radio Show on Friday, “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” isn’t just the name of one of Deniece Williams’ greatest hits, it’s also what has to happen before the players can win against the owners.

NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter can rant and rave all he wants about  “player unity”, but the truth of the matter is that while owners can “own” for decades if they choose to – Lakers owner Jerry Buss purchased the team in 1979 – players have a very finite time to earn the kind of money available in the NBA and as history sadly shows us, many of them blow through their fortunes and are broke 3-5 years after their playing career ends.

If there’s no season, here are 20 Things to miss about the NBA.  

PURE CLASS

President and Mrs Obama at the State Dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday, October 13, 2011.

COMMENTARY

Go back with me to the spring and summer of 2009. The so-called Tea Party is in full roar, holding rallies where signs with pictures of the president as Hitler, a chimpanzee among other demeaning depictions are being displayed along with epithets and other derogatory statements about him and his family are being made. Now, imagine if you will, Michelle Obama going out and making a statement along the lines of what Anita Perry said earlier this week about the treatment her husband’s been receiving on the campaign trail Anita-perry-says-she-and-rick-have-been-brutalized-by-fellow-republicans. Can you even imagine the uproar in the media, especially from FAUX NOISE and Rush Limbaugh and his ilk?

I don’t know how people like Sarah Palin and Rick Perry become the governor of a state. On the other hand, I live in a state that twice elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as our governor so, it’s not like it’s an isolated occurrence. However, say what you will about the “Governator”, neither he or his soon-to-be ex-wife ever got up in public and “bitched and moaned” about the treatment he received when the going got tough. Unfortunately, this is part of the current political landscape and if you’re not ready to have your policies and proposals attacked by your opponents, even those in your party, then you’re not ready for “prime-time.”

So, my message to “Pretty Ricky” and “Angry Anita” Perry is this: put-up or shut-up. You want to be the GOP’s nominee, then get your s**t together and fight for the nomination like every other candidate (well, except Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich) is doing. If you thought your opponents, especially Mitt “Suge” Romney who’s basically been running for the 2012 nomination since he conceded the ’08 race to John McCain, were just going to roll over and let you “Texas-Two-Step” to running against President Obama next year, you were very sadly mistaken.

FINALLY

The Flyer offers its prayers for the victims of the senseless shootings in Seal Beach, CA this week. There are no words to express our outrage and sadness at the horrific actions of a deranged man.

“The Cain Mutiny” by Michael Crowley

October 15, 2011

Time – October 24, 2011 issue

“Howdy America. I’se be Herman Cain at yo’ service!”

At this point in the republican presidential campaign, the official script calls for a head-to-head matchup between the two candidates with broad support among the party’s elite thinkers and fundraisers: Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. But sometimes the voters throw out the script. And so, at an Oct. 11 debate in New Hampshire, the star was neither of the two Establishment favorites. It was a former pizza mogul who’s never held elected office and who until recently was a punch line for political insiders.

And so now the joke is on the Establishment. Surging in the polls nationally and in key primary states, and lifting voters from their seats with his rousing, sermon-style oratory, Herman Cain is roiling the 2012 presidential race. In New Hampshire, the main topic of conversation wasn’t about Romney’s economic plan or Perry’s Texas record. It was Cain’s catchy–some say gimmicky–“9-9-9” tax-reform plan, which would replace the tax code with a 9% flat tax on business and personal income, plus a national sales tax. “Therein lies the difference between me, the nonpolitician, and all of the politicians,” Cain said. “They want to pass what they think they can get passed rather than what we need, which is a bold solution. 9-9-9 is bold, and the American people want a bold solution.”

Conservative activists seem to want boldness, but they aren’t finding it in either Romney or Perry. So they have turned to the latest candidate offering the promise of a dramatic break from politics as usual. “He’s not a politician,” says Wayne Sommers of Greenwood, Del., after seeing Cain electrify a crowd of conservatives at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington this month. “He’s real.”

Maybe too real to win. Cain, 65, lacks campaign funds, a seasoned campaign team and the support of key party leaders. Some of his aides have quit, saying he is not a serious candidate. He left the campaign this month for a book tour–some say his driving motivation is publicity–and confesses ignorance about Afghanistan and the names of foreign leaders. Other conservative stars, like Michele Bachmann, have ignited and burned out within weeks. Even so, Cain’s rise indicates that Republican voters are not ready to close ranks around the race’s so-called front runners, relative moderates in comparison to Cain’s in-your-face conservatism.

Cain’s rivals are hard pressed to compete, for instance, with the simplicity and superficial appeal of his 9-9-9 plan, even if its details remain highly controversial. Conservative economists applaud the idea, but many others say it dramatically favors the rich, could actually raise taxes on the poor and would require huge spending cuts. Cain also delights social conservatives with his firm views: he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest, calls homosexuality a choice and says he would not be comfortable with a Muslim in his Cabinet. (He even delivers sermons at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.) Republican pollster David Winston says voters love Cain’s bombastic style and have “responded to the way he is offering ideas.”

Plus, in a campaign that can seem like reality television, the Hermanator, as he likes to call himself, simply puts on a great show. He is America’s unlikeliest new star, hitting The Tonight Show and The View, being mocked on Saturday Night Live and beaming from the cover of his new memoir, This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House. And how many other presidential contenders like to sport black hats and sunglasses or have released their own gospel album? “We have a severe deficiency of leadership,” Cain says. The question is whether he’s really the kind of leader Republicans are looking for–or just the latest vessel for their intense anti-Establishment frustration.

Unlikely Hero

When Cain visited TIME’s New York City offices for an interview in early October, he was certainly a man in action. He arrived with campaign staffers and a book publicist, fresh from a meeting with Donald Trump. (“We hit it off right away,” Cain said.) His schedule was packed: Cain paused his interview to dial in to Sean Hannity’s radio show, a conservative publication was waiting for its own interview, and his press aide had to turn down yet another request. Afterward, he was off to meet a group of wealthy Manhattan donors. And that cowboy hat he posed in for Time? We supplied one because black hats are a Cain signature. Cain liked it so much, he took it with him; an aide asked our photo editor to send a bill.

It’s an unpredictable place to find a man who grew up poor in the segregated South. Cain was born in Memphis and raised in Atlanta, where he lives today. His father was a driver for Coca-Cola’s top executive, as well as a janitor and barber, and his mother was a cleaning lady. A graduate of Atlanta’s Morehouse College who completed his master’s at Purdue University, Cain studied missile trajectories as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy before joining the Pillsbury Co. There he turned around a group of some 400 struggling Burger Kings, and in 1986 he took over the company’s foundering Godfather’s Pizza chain. Godfather’s “lacked focus,” Cain says, so he condensed the menu and simplified its marketing. He went on to arrange a leveraged buyout of the company, stayed on as CEO and made millions on its turnaround before stepping down as chief executive in 1996. His story, Cain says, proves that anyone can succeed in America. Creating jobs, he adds, isn’t so different from delivering pepperoni pies. “This President does not understand a fundamental economic principle, which is that the business sector is the engine of economic growth.”

Not that Cain, who survived a severe 2006 bout with colon cancer, is a total newcomer to politics. Republicans first took notice of him in 1994, when Cain forcefully challenged Bill Clinton about the costs of his health care plan during a televised town-hall meeting. (The exchange is now a YouTube hit.) Former GOP Congressman Jack Kemp made him an adviser to the 1996 Dole-Kemp ticket, and Cain tested his own White House bid in 2000. He also mounted a losing U.S. Senate campaign in Georgia four years later. While living in Omaha in the 1990s–Godfather’s is based there–he chaired the Kansas City, Mo., arm of the Federal Reserve. And he spent nearly three years in the late ’90s running the Washington-based National Restaurant Association, in effect serving as the dining industry’s top lobbyist.

Cain strikes some people as an unlikely hero for a Tea Party movement the NAACP and some liberal activists have called racist. But that might work in Cain’s favor, since supporting him allows conservative activists to demonstrate a lack of prejudice. “The Republican Party is not rich, old, fat men who smoke cigars,” says Melonaie Gullick of Conway, Ark., who saw Cain speak in Kansas City on Oct. 1. “To all of those people who say that the Tea Party is a racist organization,” Cain says in one online video, “eat your words!”

In fact, the Tea Party touts multiple black heroes at the moment. In addition to Cain, there are the House freshmen Allen West of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina, both extremely combative partisans. Together they join more familiar names like Alan Keyes and Clarence Thomas in espousing a hard-line brand of conservatism rare among past generations of black politicians. “The black conservatives we are seeing today are kind of a new phenomenon” and are more ideological than their forebears, says Shelby Steele, who studies racial identity at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Cain writes that he was shaped by his father’s admonition not to feel like a victim or resent America because of racism. “I’m not mad at America,” he told Hannity. “I’m proud of this country.”

Although he claims he can win one-third of the black vote, Cain doesn’t dwell on race. But the topic can trip him up. After reports surfaced that Perry had leased a property with a racially offensive name, Cain said the Texan had been “plain insensitive.” Even that mild criticism annoyed conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, and Cain backpedaled. “I in no way believe that was a reflection of Governor Perry in terms of his attitude toward black people,” he says.

What’s in It for Him?

The big question behind the Cain hype is whether it’s just that. Is he after real votes–or just fame and fortune? (He’s had his own radio show for more than a decade and is a motivational speaker who can win five-figure sums on the lecture circuit.) Cain has mostly been off the campaign trail this month for his book tour. His top aides in Iowa and New Hampshire quit this summer, saying he wasn’t making a real effort. “I am a serious candidate,” Cain insists, noting that he is already wealthy. “I don’t do things for self-promotion.”

Still, Cain can seem ill prepared for the presidential stage. He says he won’t offer a plan for Afghanistan until experts brief him in the Oval Office. Asked this spring about Middle East peace, Cain seemed unfamiliar with the crucial concept of a right of return for Palestinian refugees. He has also confessed to having “little knowledge” of Islam and fretted that “many” Muslims “are not totally dedicated to this country.” And being a relative political novice can make for dangerously blunt statements. Asked on Oct. 5 about anti–Wall Street protesters, for instance, Cain declared, “If you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself.”

While pundits may criticize Cain for such talk, his fan base only seems to grow. His friend and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele calls Cain’s surge a testament to the party’s fierce anti-Establishment mood. “He has managed to outwit the smart intelligentsia of the GOP and position himself with the base, the people actually doing the voting,” Steele says. If nothing else, that’s a loud wake-up call for the GOP’s supposed front runners

GOP PRAYER CIRCLE

October 12, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

“Pass this bill, bitches!”

“That’s a tough one. How many black people do I know. Lessee, there’s Eddie the shoeshine guy at the club. Then, there’s…does Herman Cain count?”

“The only thing we’re running for is dinner!”

RANDOM THOUGHTS 

Here’s the situation: Republicans, feeling that they have a real chance of defeating President Obama next year, are willing and ready to sacrifice their constituents and other Americans struggling economically by blocking anything that could help create jobs because that would help Mr. Obama politically. The only thing that will change their position, at least it should, is for him to be re-elected and they’ll be forced to work WITH, not against him and by extension, for the American people and not just their corporate masters aka the Koch Brothers. 

The one undeniable truth that no elected official, including President Obama, will say out loud is that until we re-establish this country’s manufacturing base, unemployment will remain high and possibly go even higher in the next few years.  

Not to say “I told you so”, but I TOLD YOU SO! (Chris “Donuts” Christie and Sarah “Beyonce” Palin not running for president). As for Palin, it was just her being the quintessential “Bait and Switch” tease she’s been since quitting as Alaska’s governor in July 2009.   

Well, it took a little while, but the ”Religion Card” has finally been played in the GOP primary campaign. 

“Pretty Ricky” Perry is in so far over his head running for president that nothing that comes out about him, his family, his cronies or anything he or anyone in his inner circle of advisers and supporters says will surprise me. 

Reality calling Michelle Bachmann! Those of us who have actually served in the service in the last 35-40 years have knowingly worked and fought alongside gays and lesbians without the armed forces being “destroyed.” Based on her archaic and unbelievably ignorant statements on this “I would reinstate the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell policy” and many other issues of the 21st century, I feel fairly confident in saying that Ms. Bachmann would have probably been against the integration of the Major Leagues and the military, along with any other civil and human rights breakthroughs of the last 50 years. I don’t know what God she prays or listens to, but I’m glad it’s not the one most sane “Christians” do.

Funny, but I don’t seem to recall Eric “Eddie Haskell” Cantor being concerned about “the pitting of Americans against Americans” when the so-called “Tea Party” was running rampant against the Affordable Healthcare Act and saying racist things about President Obama during the summer of 2009. 

Hypocrisy is the GOP supporting and in some ways, encouraging the so-called Tea Party in the spring and summer of 2009 when they marching and protesting against President Obama and the Affordable Care Act and this past week, decrying Occupy protests against Wall Street, the big banks and the lack of real jobs in America.

Hey, Hank Williams, Jr: if you really believe your First Amendment Rights were violated – by the way, they weren’t – why don’t you find yourself a good lawyer and sue ESPN for breach of contract or something like that? 

Dallas’ (Rangers) being the biggest TV market left in the baseball playoffs has to have Bud Selig and his minions in NYC along with MLB’s broadcast partners fearing low ratings once again.

The biggest irony, for me at least, of the film Moneyball is that then-Oakland A’s infield coach Ron Washington played by the underrated Brent Jennings – “It’s incredibly hard” – was overlooked each time Billy Beane hired a new manager after firing Art Howe. Last season, Washington led the Texas Rangers to the World Series (they lost to the SF Giants) and has them playing for the American League pennant against the Tigers right now. Meanwhile, Beane and the A’s haven’t made the playoffs in years. 

I’d like to say that this surprised me – Can somebody help me out?” the Baltimore Ravens’ third-year right tackle Michael (“The Blindside”) Oher asked “Who was Steve Jobs!” on his Twitter account – but it didn’t. I’ve been around a lot of pro athletes who, while great at their particular sport and position, are not the most knowledgeable or worldly people you’ll ever run into. Now, ask Oher about the price of say, black diamond earrings, a platinum Rolex presidential watch or a Bentley, he’ll probably give you immediate answers.

AIR JORDAN – 2011

I have no proof whatsoever, but as I told someone this week, based on how long Michael Jordan has been making HUGE money from Nike, Hanes, Ballpark Franks, etc, etc, I’m convinced that he’s more than likely worth at least a billion dollars on paper, if not more.  

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!

Nolan Ryan

 

    Don Rickles

FINALLY

Steve Jobs 

1955-2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 2, 2011

TWO LITTLE AMERICANS MEET THEIR PRESIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 THEY SAID IT

“We don’t believe in a small America. We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders — one of whom could end up being the President of the United States — being silent when an American soldier is booed. (Applause.) We don’t believe in that. We don’t believe in standing silent when that happens. (Applause.) We don’t believe in them being silent since. (Applause.) You want to be Commander-in-Chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient. (Applause.) We don’t believe in a small America. We believe in a big America — a tolerant America, a just America, an equal America — that values the service of every patriot. (Applause.) We believe in an America where we’re all in it together, and we see the good in one another, and we live up to a creed that is as old as our founding: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. And that includes everybody. That’s what we believe. That’s what we’re going to be fighting for.” (Applause.) – President Barack Obama to loud cheers and a standing ovation Saturday night at the annual Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner in Washington, DC.

”They’re nice people [other Republican candidates], but they don’t have the knowledge to do something like this on this scale. The president’s job, you see, ‘is enormously complicated.’ I’m not running against any of my friends, they’re all good people. But if you watch them and watch me, the difference in the depth of knowledge and the difference in the ability to debate Obama, the difference in actually having done it at the national level, I can’t only think if you’re worried about the future of the country and you’re worried about how we get the country fixed, I’m a pretty good mechanic who knows how to fix the car and the other folks are good at selling it.” – Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to a group of journalists in Iowa. I’m simply speechless at the level of arrogance emitting from the narcissistic gasbag known as Newton Leroy Gingrich. 

“We don’t pay a lot of mind to the bottom tier candidates.” – Ron Paul adviser Jesse Benton responding to GOP candidate Rick Santorum’s lashing out at Paul over his comments on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt coming from a candidate so crazy that even other crazy people wouldn’t vote for him. 

“I’m not sharing something I shouldn’t, but China has blinded United States satellites with their lasers,” – Republican representative and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on the Laura Ingraham Show (radio) Friday. 

“I might add some gospel beats to it [“Hail To The Chief”] when I become president.” – GOP candidate Herman Cain to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday saying he’ll update the song when he becomes president. Yea, like that’s going to happen. 

“Newt Gingrich is so pro-marriage, he can’t stop doing it. He is so morally upright, that he’s only had sex after he was married. Just not always to the woman he was married to.” —Stephen Colbert  

“I wouldn’t go back and be 20 again if you paid me a million dollars. I love my grown-up life.” Talk show host/actress/producer Kelly Ripa who celebrated her 41st birthday on Sunday.

“Every time I look in my checkbook, I see Jackie Robinson.” – Baseball Hall of Famer (and arguably the greatest player of all-time) Willie Mays on the Tim McCarver Show.

Who Wants To Be A President?

 The Republican presidential race is settling into a two-man contest between “Pretty Ricky” Perry, left, and Mitt “Suge” Romney, but neither is a prohibitive front-runner. 

Longshot Santorum Stays The Course   

David Letterman’s Campaign Advice For “Pretty Ricky” Perry 

“PRETTY RICKY” PERRY

“Hell, we’ve got a fishing camp called ‘Wetback World’. That doesn’t mean my family hates Mexicans. It just means that we’re racially insensitive people, that’s all. Nothing more, nothing less. Now, if there’s no more questions, I’m headed home to  my estate, ‘Honky Heaven’.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I don’t care how “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” tries to spin it, it can’t be a good thing to lose your director of communications, Ellen Carmichael, coming off your best week of the campaign.

Considering it was Bill Kristol who fought so hard to get Sarah Palin on the 2008 Republican ticket as vice-president, I’m hoping and praying with every ounce of time and energy that I can spare these days that Chris Christie heeds Kristol’s clarion call and enters the race for president.

Am I the only person who wonders why the media hasn’t asked Mitt “Suge” Romney why he was willing to meet with Donald Trump in New York City recently, but snuck in and out of Trump Tower and no photograph of the meeting was released to the public? Can you imagine what the uproar would have been four years ago if a leading Democratic presidential candidate, let’s use the names Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama just for the heck of it, had met with someone as equally as controversial on their side in the same manner?

Possible new Mitt Romney talking points: “I Can Fit In The Same Two-Shot As Barack Obama” or “The Item (Chris Christie) In Your Rearview Mirror Really Is That Big!”

Of the two new TV series set in the 1960s, my vote goes to ABC’s Pan Am over NBC’s The Playboy Club. For one thing, Pan Am just looks better and it’s storylines so far, are more exciting and compelling.

If it was the goal of the NBA and its players last week to make me not really care if they start the season on time, all I can say is: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

I felt this way before seeing Moneyball and I feel it even more now that I’ve seen the movie: Billy Beane didn’t take the Red Sox offer to become their GM after the 2002 season because deep in his heart, he knew that his “act” wouldn’t fly with the fans and media in Boston. BTW, saw the trailer for J. Edgar starring Leonard DiCaprio as the legendary and controversial long-time leader of the FBI (directed by the seemingly ageless Clint Eastwood) and I predict HUGE Oscar buzz for this film.

Glenn Beck is crazy. No, he didn’t do or say anything new. I just like saying that every now and then. There, I feel better now.

 JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT