Archive for November, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011

Herman Cain and Sharon Bialek

Obama’s Big Cash Advantage  

“I’m Barack Obama, bitches”

How Not To Handle A Crisis: The Herman Cain Way

Herman Cain Doesn’t Just Play The ‘Race Card’ – He IS The Race Card!

A Dark Mood Awaits Obama and his GOP Rival

One year out from the 2012 election, President Obama faces the most difficult reelection environment of any White House incumbent in two decades, with economic woes at the center of the public’s concerns, an electorate that is deeply pessimistic and sharply polarized, and growing questions about the president’s capacity to lead. 

The GOP Race is a Strange Campaign

If you think this has been a strange campaign for president, you’re right — and not just because of the accusations of sexual harassment aimed at Herman Cain in recent days or cable chatter about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s caffeinated speech in New Hampshire a week ago. In five big ways that have nothing to do with those developments, the Republican race is breaking with patterns of the past.

“Dear Lord, please don’t let my ‘Magic Mormon Underpants’ bunch up in my butt-crack during this gathering of good, loyal white Americans, even though many of them think I belong to a cult. Amen.”

Homes of the GOP candidates

Candorville by Darrin Bell

THEY SAID IT

“If you all just listen for 30 seconds, I will explain this one time. We are getting back on message. End of story. Back on message.” – GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain telling media Saturday night that he is done answering questions about the sexual harassment flap and is going back on message. Note to Cain: The press will let you know when they’ve decided it’s the ‘end of story’, not the other way around.

“I mean, when there is a question about whether you’re running for the White House, or running for the waffle house, you’ve got a real problem with the American people.” – GOP presidential candidate and former Obama administration official Jon Huntsman echoing White House senior advisor David Plouffe’s recent [Mitt Romney lacks a] “core” line Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about rival and questions his ability to beat President Obama. If I were advising Romney, I’d tell him to call Huntsman the ultimate flip-flopper: “How do you go from working for Obama to running against him? Can Jon Huntsman explain that?”

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER, to CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, on ABC’s “This Week,” asked about “more revenues”: “I believe that if we restructure our tax code, where on the corporate side and the personal side, the target would be a top rate of 25 percent, it would make our economy more competitive with the rest of the world. It would put Americans back to work. We’d have a broader base on the tax rules. And out of that, there would be real economic growth and more revenues for the federal government. . I have tried all year, with every fiber of my being, to try to get members on both sides of the aisle, try to get the president to get serious about dealing with our debt problem.” …

AMANPOUR: “A year now into the new Congress, what is your biggest regret?”

BOEHNER: ” I really thought the president and I could come to an agreement. [The super-committee is] not there yet. But I’m going to do everything I can to continue to encourage them and to help them reach a successful outcome. … I wouldn’t describe it as an impasse. … This is hard … [B]ut it has to work. And I am committed to ensuring that it works. … I’m going to do everything that I can to ensure that the super-committee is successful.”

AMANPOUR: “You look at Occupy Wall Street. … Are they a mob?”

BOEHNER: “… We are not going to engage in class warfare. The president is out there doing it every day. …[T]he president and I have a pretty good relationship. … [I]t’s been a little frosty here the last — the last few weeks. But we’ve got a pretty good relationship. … I’ve told the president, … ‘I’m the most straight up, transparent person in this town,’ that I would never mislead him. My word is my bond. Democrats and Republicans here in Washington understand that. And so we’ve got a pretty good relationship.”

“After all these years, I’ve done well and I’m cool. I feel comfortable in my skin, I’ve saved some paper, everybody’s healthy, my kids are beautiful and smart, doing different things, it’s all good. I’m trying to maintain my shit like this, and do a fun project every now and then.” – Actor Eddie Murphy in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine on where he’s at in life today.

NEWS

House Speaker John Boehner: ”It’s [the relationship between the president and myself] been a little frosty over the last two weeks.”

“I wonder if I could get away with sipping on a glass of ‘gin and juice’ while this ‘N-word’ gives another of his boring-ass speeches.”

The Rolling Stone Interview: Eddie Murphy Speaks

A Unique Look at the Career of Eddie Murphy

20 Years Later with Earvin “Magic” Johnson   

RANDOM THOUGHTS

When Herman “The Godfather of Soul Pizza” says he’ll ‘never answer questions’ about the sexual harassments complaints against him, I can’t help but think, “Hey ‘Cornbread’ (that’s what Cain says he wants as his Secret Service codename if he ever comes under their protection), you forgot to say, “I’ll never be president of the United States.”

Herman Cain doesn’t just play the “Race Card”; he is the race card!

Speaking of white America’s favorite new “Negro”, how in the hell did Saturday Night Live open with a lame, unfunny “Ghost of Gaddafi” sketch instead of a Herman Cain sexual harassment charges piece? Are they afraid of offending an African-American candidate? I mean, they absolutely skewered “Pretty Ricky” Perry over his recent New Hampshire speech that can charitably be described as “f**king weird”.

Memo to Kim Kardashian: You can’t flaunt your big, round, luscious…excuse me, I’m back now – ass on TV and make money only during the good times. You and your entire family are TV whores and whorettes (yes, I made that up) and as such, you are compelled, if not required to put the bad times on there too.

I can’t help but chuckle at all of the reports that say Stanford’s QB Andrew Luck is the “greatest quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning” because a few months ago, many of these same college football pundits were telling us that former Auburn QB, and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner and BCS national champion, Cam Newton wasn’t ready to start in the NFL as a rookie. Yeah well, we know how that’s turning out, don’t we?

UCLA football fans must be tearing their hair out after the Bruins upset #20 Arizona Saturday night because every win makes it harder and harder for the school to fire head coach Rick Neuheisel after the season.

Sad news about Joe Frazier this weekend. The Flyer sends its prayer out to “Smokin’ Joe” and his family as he battles liver cancer.

FINALLY

“Because of the HIV virus that I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers today.”

Thursday, November 7, 1991. I was the VP and Assistant General Manager of M.C. Hammer’s Bust It Records label, in charge of the Los Angeles office. Hammer’s third Capitol Records album, “Too Legit” had been released two days before, we had just signed a joint-venture label agreement with Capitol and he, along with his brother/manager Louis (my boss) and others were in town from the Bay Area for various meetings and press commitments. He had agreed to host (and be the musical guest) Saturday Night Live on December 7th, which would be the 40th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and as a former member of the Navy who had been stationed in Japan, this held significant importance to Hammer. So, we were discussing various ideas for the show and how he could pay tribute to America’s service men and women without being seen in a negative light to the hip-hop community.  

There had been rumors percolating the past few days because Magic had returned to LA from Salt Lake City without playing in a game against the Jazz and hadn’t played in the first three games of the regular season. The official word was that he had the flu, but I’d heard from one the Laker players I was friends with that they’d been told it was shingles.

I didn’t call Earvin’s agent who I’d known for several years because I was very busy with Hammer and Bust It business and at first it just didn’t seem that serious. But on Wednesday, the rumors were hard to ignore – keep in mind, this was pre-Internet and cell phones were not as ubiquitous as they are today – so if you wanted to track down something like this, you really had to know “somebody.” I made several calls from home and all I could learn was that the situation was not good at all.

Finally, late Thursday morning, one of my sources called and said that the Lakers were calling a press conference for that afternoon and that it was “very serious. People are saying cancer or worse.” When I asked this person, “What’s worse than cancer?”, there was a moment of silence and when they spoke again, there was a catch in their voice. “He may have AIDS.”

Needless to say, I was stunned. I looked at the group gathered in my office through the tears that were flowing and whispered, “It’s bad.”

A couple of hours later, we sat in silence and watched one of the greatest basketball players and people any of us had ever known, a man many of knew personally and had spent time with in various settings, both professionally and personally, tell the world that he was HIV positive.

Who can forget hanging out with Magic and other Lakers when the late, great Robin Harris was holding down the stage at the Regency West in Leimert Park? Who can forget running into him at the movies in Westwood or at clubs like Jackie O’s, The Candy Store and others? You’d be eating at M&M’s and here would come MJ and some of his teammates grabbing an after-practice breakfast. It was a different time in LA, a time when Michael Cooper and Norm Nixon lived in View Park and Byron Scott in Ladera Heights. There was more interaction between stars and fans back then and never in the long, rich sports history of Los Angeles, has there been a closer relationship between a superstar and his fans than the one Magic had and still has with us.

The next time I saw Magic in person was after the Barcelona Olympics the next summer. Frankie Beverly and Maze were making a rare club appearance at the now-defunct Strand in Redondo Beach and the woman I was dating back then was a HUGE Maze fan. So I made the call, got us tickets in the VIP section and a few minutes after we were seated, in walks Magic, his wife Cookie and James Worthy and his wife. The crowd went absolutely insane chanting “Magic, Magic, Magic” over and over again until he finally stood, waved and blew kisses to the crowd and signaled for everyone to sit down.

As he sat down, he looked in our direction and said, “Hey Charles Freeman, imagine seeing you here” and laughed. We shook hands and I introduced him to my date who was an even bigger Magic fan than she was a Frankie Beverly and Maze fan. To say she was impressed doesn’t do justice to the word. I’ll just say that one of these days, I’ve got to repay Magic for one of the greatest nights of my life and leave it at that.

Let’s be honest: we never expected to see this day arrive. Based on what we knew about HIV and AIDS 20 years ago, we just assumed that Earvin wouldn’t live past five years. Little did we know that not only would he still be here and doing remarkably well, he’s transformed himself into a passionate and tireless spokesman for AIDS education and prevention along with becoming an incredibly successful and respected businessman and community leader. Charles Barkley went so far as to say that while he believed Magic was one of the top-5 NBA players of all-time, “I think he’s made even more of an impact since he’s stopped playing because of the other things he’s accomplished.” And as crazy as that might seem when talking about one of only 3 players in history to win championships in high school, college, the NBA and the Olympics, a player who, at a time when the NBA was at its most competitive level, won 3 regular season and 3 Finals MVP awards, and one of the league’s 50 Greatest Players, and arguably, the greatest Laker of all-time, Barkley may not be that far off the truth with that statement.

20 years ago today, we thought Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr had been given a death sentence. Little did we know that in actuality, he’d been given a “Life Sentence” and what a life it’s been.

God bless you Magic. We love you more than you’ll ever know.

Advertisements

20 YEARS AGO TODAY

November 7, 2011

November 7, 1991

“Because of the HIV virus that I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers today.” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr 

The Announcement Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSfy4AhDDnw

 

November 08, 1991|MARK HEISLER | LOS ANGELES TIMES STAFF WRITER

In an announcement that rocked the sports world, Earvin (Magic) Johnson retired Thursday, saying he had tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.

Johnson, 32, the marquee name for the Lakers and the National Basketball Assn. for 12 years, learned he had the virus several weeks ago after a test administered by a life insurance company.

Steadfastly upbeat at a somber Forum press conference, flashing his trademark smile readily, Johnson vowed to become a spokesman for AIDS prevention.

“I just want to make clear, first of all, I do not have the AIDS disease,” he said. “My wife is fine. She’s (tested) negative.

“I plan to go on living for a long time.

“I’m going to be a spokesman for the HIV virus. I want young people to realize they can practice safe sex. Sometimes you’re a little naive about it and you think something like that can never happen to you. It has happened but I’m going to deal with it. My life will go on. Life is going to go on and I’ll be a happy man.”

Johnson’s disclosure was praised by public health officials, doctors and activists.

“I hope that Americans everywhere will understand better today that AIDS is not a remote disease that only strikes ‘someone else,’ ” Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “Everyone must be aware that the AIDS epidemic can reach them. I am very heartened by the announcement that in the months and years ahead, Magic Johnson will help carry a lifesaving message to young people across our nation.”

Said Laker physician Michael Mellman: “What we have witnessed is a courageous act by a very special person. He is not compelled by any legal description or legal requirement to disclose what he has disclosed today.

“He is not a person who is invisible. Because of his presence and potential impact on society, with a situation that is not only serious but from which we are all at risk, I think he should not only be commended but held as a modern-day hero.

“This is a very, very special person and a very special admission.”

HIV attacks the body’s defenses against infection. People with full-blown AIDS, which results from the virus, develop some forms of cancer and an array of infections, including a serious form of pneumonia.

Said Mellman: Earvin Johnson has been infected with the HIV virus. He does not have AIDS. . . . There’s no immediate effect on his life other than we have advised him to avoid those activities which can further impair his immune system, which is playing professional basketball.”

Johnson said he had called his best friends in basketball, including Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan and former coach Pat Riley to tell them. He told his current teammates in the Laker dressing room before the press conference.

Johnson had not played in the three games the Lakers have played this season, sidelined by flu. Mellman said that illness was coincidental and not related to the HIV virus.

Thursday’s announcement brought to a sudden end one of the brightest of storybook careers.

The self-described shy youngster from East Lansing, Mich., led Michigan State University to a national championship in 1979, when he was 19.

A year later, he was the point guard on a Laker team in the NBA finals. In the sixth game of that series, at Philadelphia with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar injured, he jumped center, played all three positions, scored 42 points and had 15 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Lakers to a championship and certifying himself a basketball legend at 20.

He was an all-star in 11 of 12 seasons, missing only because of a knee injury.

He played in nine NBA finals and on five championship teams.

He was a three-time most valuable player and three-time MVP of the finals.

He leaves as one of the most popular players in NBA history. His endorsement income–an estimated $9 million–dwarfed his Laker salary of $3.1 million.

He promoted a series of Janet Jackson concerts. His friends included Arsenio Hall and other entertainment stars. He had a kitchen cabinet of advisers that included some of the most powerful men in Hollywood, among them Joe Smith, president of Capitol Records, and Michael Ovitz, the head of Creative Artists Agency. Ovitz set up the deal through which Johnson bought a one-third partnership in a Pepsi-Cola distributing plant.

“To me, he’s the biggest and most recognizable star in this town,” Joe Smith once said.

“I’ve been in Morton’s when Warren Beatty and Clint Eastwood were there with nobody paying any attention to them. Magic comes in and–bang!”

In a city of retiring stars, Johnson seemed omnipresent. He danced onstage at M.C. Hammer concerts. He attended Raider games every Sunday, including the one on Sept. 15 this season–the day after his wedding in East Lansing to childhood sweetheart Cookie Kelly.

There can be no doubt Johnson got the most from his career and enjoyed it.

“Basketball is going to be all I dreamed of,” he said last summer. “I never thought all this would happen

“You find out about the bad things but they don’t compare to the good side: being in the finals . . . playing Boston . . . having that intensity. I mean, there’s nothing that can replace that. Nothing. I mean, I’ve been hurt–fingers, knees. That’s nothing. Because when you watch those films, you go back to Philly, you go back to the (1980) championship.

“It’s scary when your dreams come true.”

Johnson twice broke engagements to Kelly, saying that the press of business made him too moody during the season, vowing to wait until his career was over. He changed his mind and they were married Sept. 14 in East Lansing, with Thomas and another Detroit Piston, Mark Aguirre, among Johnson’s groomsmen.

Two weeks later, he joined the Lakers in an exhibition season that took them to Paris. He said he didn’t like the French cuisine and spent the week eating junk food.

He played in his last two exhibitions Oct. 22 and 23. Two days later, he flew to Salt Lake City but returned home when he felt ill.

Laker officials, including Coach Mike Dunleavy, said as recently as Monday they were hoping for Johnson’s return this weekend.

However, Laker doctors, who cleared Johnson to begin working out, kept his reconditioning regimen light.

Behind the scenes, there was a news blackout. Mellman told Laker officials he didn’t even want to be identified as the attending physician.

Thursday, local television stations broke into programming to show the press conference. NBA Commissioner David Stern attended, with Johnson’s former teammates Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper.

Characteristically, Johnson convened the press conference, personally, and thanked everyone for attending.

“I want to thank Kareem,” Johnson said. “We stood side by side and won a lot of battles.

“I told Coop and Kareem, I’ll be calling them so we can play one on one. We’ll have some fun. I just won’t be part of the Lakers.

“I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss coming in at 5 o’clock (before games), saying hello to the security people, the ushers. Getting to see you guys (reporters) at 6 o’clock: ‘Magic, what about this, what about that?’ I’ll miss that. I’ll miss the battles and the wars but most of all I’ll miss the camaraderie with the guys. . . .

“It’s another challenge, another chapter in my life. My back is against the wall. I think you just have to come out swinging and I’m swinging.

“The only thing I can do is have a bright side. If I slipped, then it might be over. Then I’m down, out. I can’t be like that. I never have been.

“Just like I want everybody to be. This is not my-life-is-over because it’s not.”

Johnson says he will still pursue his oft-stated ambition, to buy an NBA team.

“You might interview me next time in Dr. Buss’ office,” he said, referring to Laker owner Jerry Buss.

“As soon as he moves out, I’ll move in.”

Friday, November 4, 2011

November 4, 2011

“’Run for president’, you said. Got any more bright ideas?”

“All I said was, ‘Damn girl, you got a ass just like my wife’s and I wouldn’t mind having it rest on my chin.’ Now, is that sexual harassment? I’se do not know and frankly, until this week, I did not care. By the way, I do know who the president of five countries are. Would anyone like to ask me to name them or should I just go straight into a song?”

Why Herman Cain is lucky he’s Herman Cain

Say what you want about how Herman Cain and his campaign have handled the response to the growing controversy consuming his campaign.

It hasn’t hurt him in the Republican primary. Not yet, at least.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that seven in 10 Republicans say the controversy has no effect on whether they would vote for him, and he remains in a statistical tie atop the GOP field with Mitt Romney.

And a lot of is because, on paper, Cain is about the perfect vessel for surviving just such a pickle.

To wit:

* He came into the controversy with an enormous amount of goodwill. More than any other candidate in the GOP presidential field, the people that know Cain genuinely like him — always have — and as people have gotten to know Cain, they like him even more. When you’ve got such a reserve of goodwill, people are more apt to believe you when there is reasonable doubt. (Can you imagine Romney or Rick Perry surviving this so unscathed?)

* He’s not a politician and doesn’t rely on traditional donors or political operatives for his support; thus, his financial support has not dried up and, in fact, it has sped up, to the tune of $1.2 million in the past four days. And the traditional measures of what makes a real contender don’t apply to him, so relatively few people are counting him out. Plus, the fact that he’s an outsider makes it much easier for him to play the victim in this ongoing drama. After all, this is just Washington politicians and their helpers trying to bring down the party-crasher, right?

* He’s impervious to his own troubles. We have seen this many times. Cain, perhaps more than any politician in recent memory, is quite content to not answer a question, say he doesn’t know the answer, or change his story without batting an eye. This, it could be argued, is actually an asset, because when Cain isn’t panicking, it means the people around him and his supporters aren’t panicking either. We’ve seen the Cain calm crack once or twice, but on the whole, he has been a cool customer.

* There’s not a ready alternative. Both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have recovered a bit in the polls, but both fell in the race largely by their own doing and saw their personal favorability numbers fall. Thus, Cain’s supporters don’t have a logical place to go and may stick by him longer than they otherwise would have.

No Mrs. Cain tonight: Gloria Cain has canceled a planned appearance tonight on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta van Susteren.” The presidential candidate’s wife reportedly had a change of heart, but she may appear on the network at some point in the future. Cain’s wife of 43 years has been almost entirely absent from the campaign trail.

“You will meet my wife publicly, in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning and anticipating,” he said Monday. “But it’s not her style for her to be with me on every campaign stop.”

He said yesterday that Gloria as “still 200 percent supportive of me in this whole race, 200 percent supportive of me as her husband, because I haven’t done anything.”

NRA decision today: The National Restaurant Association said Thursday that it would decide today whether to release one of Cain’s accusers from her confidentiality agreement.

The woman, though, only wants to release an anonymous statement, so a release doesn’t mean that she would begin publicly making her case against Cain.

It also means that Cain would continue to be spared any accuser who actually has a name or a face, which really seems to be the missing link in the case that is forming against him. – Morning Fix by Chris Cillizza-The Washington Post

  Perry ‘clarifies’ New Hampshire Speech

“For the last g-d time – I wasn’t drunk! I’m just f**king weird!”

NEWS

Soledad O’Brien Comes Back To CNN Mornings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I knew they’d come crawling back to me. Now, if they can just get Roland S. Martin off my tweeter feed, life will be perfect.”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

If I’m Politico, I’d “double-dog dare” Herman Cain to sue in federal court over their reporting. Take it from me, the last thing Cain wants/needs to get involved in right now is discovery and depositions.

Like it or not, you’ve got to admire Conrad Murray’s defense strategy of blaming the dead guy for causing his own death knowing it’s his word against the last few, stranger than strange years of Michael Jackson’s life.

At the very least, Conrad Murray made some very bad decisions and as a medical doctor, he’s got to be found guilty, right?

I may not be a professional political pundit – try saying that fast 3 times – nor do I play one on TV, but I do know that if you have to start a statement about a speech you gave by saying, “I wasn’t drunk” as Rick Perry did earlier this week when asked about his, what can only be described as “weird”, recent speech at a New Hampshire dinner, you’re probably not running a winning campaign.

I’ll believe it Kim Kardashian says “I do want some time to myself” when she cancels her “reality shows.”

I wouldn’t look at Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming spread in Playboy unless there was a loaded and cocked gun at my head and even then, I’d use only one eye and insist on Braille edition.

If Yankee Stadium, probably the most historic stadium in American history, can be torn down and a new one built, so can Dodger Stadium be torn down and replaced.

The NBA players association needs some white faces at its press conferences and fast. Unfortunately, the league’s best white players tend to be foreigners and don’t live here during the off-season.

With all due respect, the Dodgers don’t need former owner Peter O’Malley to return. They don’t need former GM Fred Claire or former Dodger stars Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser fronting any ownership groups either. Claire’s day as a major league executive has come and gone and I’m pretty sure you can write what Garvey and Hershiser know about running a major league franchise on the head of a pin and still have room for the first half of War and Peace. What the Dodgers do need is either one really, really, really rich guy who can 1) afford the team, 2) afford a payroll of top players, 3) rebuild the farm and scouting systems, 4) remodel or rebuild Dodger Stadium (if Yankee Stadium, probably the most historic stadium in America, can be replaced, so can Dodger Stadium) and 5) move Tommy Lasorda into a purely ceremonial role with strict restrictions on what he says publicly on behalf of the team. Absent that happening, an ownership group similar to the one that took over the Red Sox in 2002 – John Henry (billionaire hedge fund owner), Tom Werner (former Padres owner who learned from his mistakes and Larry Lucchino (built Baltimore’s Camden Yards and spearheaded the Padres move into Petco Park) – is the answer.

FINALLY

“Well Herman, this is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into!”

 

“Movember” is Here!

November 1, 2011

For information on supporting me in raising money for “Movember”, please click here http://mobro.co/CharlesLFreeman

Thanks.

Charles

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011

‘I Don’t Recall’.. ‘I Don’t Recollect’.. ‘I Can’t Honestly Remember’

“For goodness sakes, take a look at ‘dem cakes”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

For someone who wants to be president of the United States, Herman Cain sure doesn’t know or remember a lot of things – “I don’t recall by whom the [sexual harassment] charges were found baseless. I don’t remember if it was by attorneys getting together. I don’t remember if we had outside attorneys. I can’t tell you how they were determined by being baseless,” Herman Cain said to PBS’ Judy Woodruff on Monday. I don’t know about you, but I think I’d remember the details of something like this unless of course, they were just one of several cases and I couldn’t keep them straight!

Say you’re the CEO of a business organization and sexual harassment charges are made against you. Years later, while running for public office or even being considered for another high-profile position, stories arise about the incidents and you say that you don’t know how the “case” was settled or if there was a payment/s made to the accuser/s. You’re either incompetent or a bold-faced liar – take your pick.

First, it was “I’se do not know nothing ’bout no settlement payment” (or thereabouts) to now, “Well, now that I rack my brain, I seems to recall ‘somebody’ paying them triflin’ little hussies a few dollars to go away” (or thereabouts). When will politicians learn to tell the whole truth the FIRST time and just get things out of the way? And if you can’t tell the whole truth from ‘jump street’, just shut the f**k up until you’re ready to do so. Capiche?

Last Herman Cain thing: If he were a real pimp, he’d have the balls to play James Brown’s “Sex Machine” as his entrance music at all of his campaign events.

Why do I think Conrad Murray’s heavy accent is going to play a big part in the decision to have him testify in his trial?

Every time I see the ad for the new film Like Crazy, I think to myself, “Whatever happened to black films like Love Jones?”

Am I the only one who cringed at the announcement of a new In Living Color? What’s next, a new Arsenio Hall Show?

I’m not sure who I’m more tired of between Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga but all three are getting on my last MFing nerve!

Question: What does Santa Claus say when Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian walk into the room? Answer: “Ho, ho, ho.” But seriously, why is it okay for Kim Kardashian to marry Kris Humphries a few weeks after they met only to file for divorce 72 days later, but gay people who’ve known and lived with each other for YEARS, can’t? Can anyone explain the fairness of that?

Tony LaRussa looks weird in “civilian clothing.” And what’s with his hair?

I’m this close to writing the Chargers off for this season.

Whatever happened to Javier Colon? 

FINALLY!