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March 31, 2012

March 31, 2012

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Magic Johnson Led Group Agrees To Buy Dodgers

Is This The 2012 GOP Ticket?

Mitt Romney                                                Marco Rubio

Romney or Not, GOP Coming After ‘Obamacare’ 

Gingrich’s Legacy, Such As It Is, At Stake

Rick Santorum 2012 Campaign Missteps Mirror 2006 Loss

RANDOM THOUGHTS

The one thing that I took away from this week’s Supreme Court arguments on the ACA is the Republican Party’s clearly stated intent to deny affordable and accessible medical treatment to as many Americans as possible.

Apparently, Rick Santorum has hit upon what he believes is a winning strategy: trash the memory and legacy of the country’s first Catholic president on a consistent basis. Santorum, who faced blowback earlier this month for criticizing former president John F. Kennedy, defended his position in a 2,600 word essay on the website RealClearReligion.org Friday. He compared Kennedy to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey and founder of the secular Turkish state.

A Mitt Romney/Marco Rubio ticket makes perfect sense for a candidate who conservatives simply don’t like or trust and a party that desperately needs to shake the sense that it’s just for and about white people. However, the question remains if such a ticket, with almost no foreign policy experience whatsoever at a time when geopolitics are increasingly important, is viable against an incumbent president who among other accomplishments, took out Osama bin Laden and ended U.S. combat operations in Iraq.

Out of money and ideas and quite possibly his mind, a desperate and on the ropes Newt “The Toad” Gingrich conjures up his “It’s 2 a.m. in the Club and You Gotta Go Home with Somebody, So It Might As Well Be Me” strategy. In this case, 2 a.m. being a deadlocked National Republican Convention that Newt plans on seducing like it’s a potential wife #4. I hope the Tampa Tiffany store is well-stocked.

Shouldn’t one look a bit more disheveled after fighting for one’s life than George Zimmerman does in the Sanford, Florida police video?

The mortician who prepared Trayvon’s body said his knuckles were in “pristine” condition and that he saw no indication that he’d been in any type of scuffle or fight. He also mentioned a GSW to Trayvon’s chest.

George Zimmerman’s attorney says that his client’s life has been “permanently changed.” Really? More than Trayvon Martin’s?

WHAT I’M NOT ORDERING TODAY AS A MEGA MILLIONS WINNER

FINALLY

Earvin “Magic” Johnson in his Beverly Hills, CA office

I think it’s safe to say that no other athlete has had the lasting impact on a city like the one Earvin “Magic” Johnson has had on Los Angeles since the day he first arrived back in 1979 and no one ever will. He is everything off-the-court that Kobe Bryant, sadly, will never be.

FOR ALL YOU HR TYPES!

March 17, 2012

SALLY FORTH – WEEK OF MARCH 12, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

March 17, 2012

Obama: “And over there, that’s what we call ‘mascot love’.”

Cameron: “Egad mate!  Is that even legal in public?”

 White House Moves into Full Campaign Mode

The Obama White House moved fully into reelection mode this week, leaving aside any pretense of being above the fray and beginning an unabashed political effort to lay the groundwork for what polls suggest could be eight difficult months of campaigning ahead.

FULL 17-minute version of the Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Waiting for Superman”) documentary for the Obama campaign, “The Road We’ve Traveled.” YouTube http://bit.ly/AhvdxY

“Obama strings 5 fundraisers in 2 cities in 1 day” – AP: “Obama is embarking on a concentrated one-day fundraising trip, with a stop in his hometown of Chicago and another in Atlanta for a big-draw event with film producer Tyler Perry and performer Cee Lo Green. … Obama will attend two fundraisers in Chicago and three in Atlanta. In Atlanta, his campaign’s African American Leadership Council is holding a gala at Perry’s studio featuring Green’s performance. General admission tickets are $500. VIP tickets range from $2,500 to $10,000. A dinner later at Perry’s home will raise $35,800 per guest. The money is split between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Obama will be in Chicago just ahead of Tuesday’s Illinois Republican primary.”

Obama Campaign Unleashes Biden in Battle for Blue Collar Voters

Vice President Joe Biden reacts to fans prior to speaking at a union hall in Toledo, Ohio,

Thursday March 15, 2012.  Madalyn Ruggiero / AP Photo

The Unlikely Rise of Rick Santorum

“I’m just f**king with you America. Even I know I’m too crazy to be president.”

 Mitt Goes After Rick

 Gingrich still running for president because “the Bible told me so.” SHOT – NEWT PARAPHRASES PROVERBS 29:18: “I’ll fine-tune my message to say: Without vision, the people perish,” Gingrich said in Illinois yesterday [Thursday], describing it as a central theme of the campaign. The Los Angeles Times’ John Hoeffel: http://lat.ms/yC8AW1. CHASER – NEWT OMITS PROVERBS 29:23: “A man’s pride shall bring him low…”

Why Romney’s Campaign Sometimes Seems Like Groundhog’s Day

White Like Me

Almost all of the people voting in GOP presidential primaries are white. That’s not good for the party—or the nation. It’s wayyy past time that someone in the MSM took note of and wrote about this trend that makes it look like Republicans are running for the presidency of an America that simply doesn’t exist anymore.

NEWS

George Clooney Arrested in DC Protest

“Brad should have won the Oscar this year, that’s all I’m saying.”

The Trayvon Martin Case

Covering Steve Schmidt’s Ass

Steve Schmidt (l) “And when the media asks you, ‘Senator McCain, whose idea was it to select Governor Palin?’, you should say, ‘You know how these things happen in a campaign. No one person makes a decision. And in this particular case, Steve Schmidt had nothing to do with selecting a totally unqualified person to potentially be the nation’s vice-president.’ That’s what you should say.” John McCain (r) “Who the f**k is Governor Palin?” Schmidt: “Even better!”

Meghan McCain in Playboy

“Hey baby, is that a poll in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”

D-Fish Has Left The Building 

Thanks for the memories!

Post & Beam Restaurant in Baldwin Hills

L-R  Chef/co-owner Govind Armstrong and co-owner Brad Johnson

RANDOM THOUGHTS

I don’t know what scares me more; the crazy-ass things that Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum say on a regular basis or the fact that they may actually believe what spews forth from their mouths.

What really makes Mitt Romney’s failure to “seal the deal” in this primary campaign puzzling is the fact that his opponents – current and past – aren’t exactly the top-tier of the GOP. What if Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee  or even Sarah Palin had decided to run? Where would he be now?

What Newt Gingrich seems to ignore or not understand is that it’s not that GOP voters haven’t heard or don’t understand his “grand ideas” and “concepts”, it’s that they have heard and understand them; they’ve just rejected them.

You can call Game Change, the current HBO movie about the 2008 presidential campaign “unimportant” and “false” if you want to as Sarah Palin did, but when one of the campaign’s main advisors, communications guru Nicolle Wallace who worked directly with Palin, says it was ”true enough to make me squirm”, one can draw their own conclusion.

Many of the same people calling radio talk shows in Los Angeles Thursday and Friday bemoaning the trade of longtime Laker Derek Fisher, were the same ones who’ve been bitching and moaning for the last few years about his declining game.

By the way, with the departure of D-Fish, Kobe Bryant is the last Laker to have played in both the Forum and Staples Center.

WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

We learned that:

Bill Walton’s son will now “earn” his nightly DNP-CD (Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision) in Cleveland and not Los Angeles for the rest of this season. That is, unless he’s bought out of the most ridiculous contract the Lakers have ever given a player. E.V.E.R.

Lakers ownership and management simply don’t have any intention of ever talking to Kobe Bryant about any roster moves and/or decisions they make, no matter who they involve, including his longtime teammate and friend, the recently departed Derek Fisher.

March Madness is madder than ever this year!

Mitt Romney will say and do ANYTHING (“I had a biscuit and cheesy grits”) if he thinks it’ll help him win. Unfortunately for him, his attempt at “Southernism” didn’t work out so well as he lost both primaries held in the Deep South this week.

Newt Gingrich apparently has nothing else he can or wants to do between now and the Republican National Convention in August so, he might as well stay in a race he has absolutely has no chance of winning. For his sake, I hope there’s a Tiffany store in Tampa so the current Mrs. Newt has something to do besides standing and smiling.

Republicans are so not into Mitt Romney that one of the craziest candidates in recent party history, Rick Santorum, actually has a chance at being the nominee this fall.

JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!

“Just once. At summer camp when I was 14. But I didn’t like it; it tasted funny.

So I decided to become a priest.” 

FINALLY

As I’ve been saying and writing all along, Dwight Howard wasn’t going anywhere, especially not this season. The good news for the Orlando Magic is that he formally waived his “opt-out” rights and will be with them next season, unless of course, they move him before the trade deadline. The bad news for them is that the premier free agent point guard this summer, Deron Williams of the Nets is from Dallas, lives there in the off-season and is in the process of building a new dream home there. One would have to believe that all things being equal, and they will be as far as what both the Magic and Mavericks can pay him, Williams is more likely to sign with Dallas than Orlando if he doesn’t re-sign with the Nets (as unlikely as Newt Gingrich being the 45th president of these United States).

Looking Back at Tuesday’s Primaries

March 14, 2012

Rick Santorum Wins Again

 “Why don’t y’all people like me? I said I love ‘cheesy grits’, catfish and hushed puppies. What more do you want from me? Want me to drink a Coca-Cola? Bring it on. I’ll drink coffee if that’s what it’ll take to get your votes. I’ll learn how to hunt and kill ‘dem dere varmints you people love so much. Heck, I’ll even hate black people if that’ll help. Just tell me what you want me to be and dadgumit, I’ll either become it or go out and buy it. ”

Live    Results Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich Ron Paul
Alabama Primary 98.3% reporting 29.0% 34.5% 29.3% 5.0%
Mississippi Primary 99.3% reporting 30.3% 32.9% 31.3% 4.4%
Hawaii Caucus 33.3% reporting 32.6% 28.3% 15.7% 23.4%

If nothing else, Tuesday night served to reinforce the growing belief that much like Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side in 2008, Mitt Romney’s “inevitability” has taken yet another hit. The latest signs occurred in a region, the Deep South, where his vast wealth and the accompanying sense that he simply can’t identify with average Americans, moderate past and Mormon religion are liabilities that simply can’t be overcome. Yes, he and his people have studied the 2008 Obama campaign strategy of focusing on strategic states that can be won and the all-important delegate count. Unfortunately, Romney doesn’t have a natural base such as African-Americans who gave Obama crucial wins in states like South Carolina, to fall back on when the going gets tough.

Even more telling for Romney is the fact that he’s losing to a candidate, Rick Santorum, that many just don’t believe can win the general election against Barack Obama. A candidate, who based on many of his statements and proposed policies, seems to have a desire to impose an extremely conservative Christian theocracy upon the country. It was one thing for Hillary Clinton to eventually lose to Barack Obama, another for Romney to be losing to one of the gloomiest, anti-women, looniest candidates the GOP has seen in decades.

Furthermore, something that the mainstream media seems to ignore at best and run away from at worst, is the glaring fact that based on the turnout at their events, no matter where they occur in the country, Republicans seem to be running for the presidency of “White America.” We all know that African-Americans, by and large, vote Democratic and that’s not going to change significantly anytime soon, and surely not as long as Barack Obama is a candidate. But, after making significant inroads with Hispanic and Asian voters under George W. Bush, the party’s strident attitude towards undocumented immigrants along with decidedly anti-gay and women’s rights messages and an increasing call for supporting any Israeli led attacks on Iran, the party looks and seems virtually all-white and evangelically Christian at a time when American society is more racially and culturally diverse than ever before.

While it makes for great Internet conversation and provides fodder for the political media, the very idea of a “brokered” convention is the last thing the Republican Party’s powers-that-be want or even think about. Such a spectacle, broadcast on network and cable television, blogged and tweeted about incessantly, is the absolute last thing any party, particularly one going against an incumbent president, wants or needs.

The one thing that Romney was counting on at the start of the campaign was the sense that, based on his constant network building and campaigning since 2008 on his track record as an uber-successful businessman, he was the only candidate with even the hint of a chance of defeating President Obama. This was at the core of the aura of inevitability that he and his supporters tried to convey to the American people and media. That aura is now not only gone, it’s been shattered into a thousand pieces.

I’ve been writing for months now that Mitt Romney’s biggest weakness isn’t his record as governor of Massachusetts, but his reluctance to run on it. When, and if he ever does, stops pandering to the right-wing of his party, embraces his true personality and runs on his accomplishments in office, not only will he offer voters a clearer contrast between he and the rest of the Republican field, he’ll become a much better candidate.

“To thine own self be true.”

WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

March 10, 2012

We learned that:

Anything less than another NBA title is simply unacceptable to Laker fans.

At the tender age of 86, Dick Van Dyke, is a newlywed again.

Bruce Springsteen has “soul”.

Eddie Murphy’s movie cold streak continues.

Cartoonists are having a field day with Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich.

Even Peyton Manning isn’t immune to the sometimes cold-hearted business ways of the NFL.

Head coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are going all in on Baylor QB and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III aka RG3 in this year’s NFL draft.

House Speaker John Boehner is having a bad time these days trying to control his party.

In the case of Coolio and his son Grtis  (what the hell kind of name is that), the apple remained on the tree.

Michael Jackson remains, no pun intended, a hot ticket even in death.

Mitt Romney will say damn near anything while trying to win the GOP nomination and I mean anything.  

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie really is an out-of-control a**hole.

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are now running out of spite.

No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors.

Pat Robertson says the darndest things when you least expect him to.

President Obama is coming out swinging in his quest for re-election: Pointing at Republicans, Obama said: “They think you have amnesia. They think you’ve forgotten how we got into this [economic] mess.”

Putting pressure on someone’s advertisers, in this case, Rush Limbaugh’s, can make a difference.

Republicans will never, ever give this president any credit when it comes the nation’s improving economy: House Speaker John Boehner: “Today’s report provides some encouragement for millions of families and small businesses who continue to struggle in this economy, but unemployment remains far too high.”; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: “We know that jobs aren’t created by Washington.”; “Three and half years of 8-plus percent unemployment, I mean, that’s not a good position for anybody to be,” Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told CNN’s John King Friday afternoon, “and this is a recovery that has been anemic by any standard.”; “How many months ago was it, 37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. This president has not succeeded, this president has failed – and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.”37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. This president has not succeeded, this president has failed — and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.”37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. This president has not succeeded, this president has failed — and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.”37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. This president has not succeeded, this president has failed — and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.”onths ago was it, 37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. This president has not succeeded, this president has failed — and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.”

Sarah Palin, bless her Alaskan soul, simply won’t go away.

Some people, really, really love the Olive Garden.

NBA RANKINGS

March 4, 2012

The Miami Heat remain in the No. 1 spot.

“Please Lord, don’t let this be the final shot of the game.”

By Ben Bolch

March 3, 2012, 9:40 p.m.

BEN BOLCH’S RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY (My Comments)

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
1. MIAMI (28-8) Kobe Bryant will be a masked man, Dwyane Wade a marked one in showdown. (1) Heat by 10 is my prediction, but I’ve been incorrect (I’m never wrong) before.
2. CHICAGO (30-8) Bulls celebrate being first to turn 30, hope to reach 50 by season’s end. (2) 50 wins in a 66-game season seems impossible, but then again, I never thought Escalade was the best name for a Cadillac truck.
3. OKLA. CITY (29-8) Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook may one day combine to score 100 points. (3) Proof positive that you don’t HAVE to be in LA or NYC to make a mark in today’s digitally-driven media world.
4. SAN ANTONIO (25-11) Didn’t need Manu Ginobili . . . or just about anyone else to beat Bobcats. (4) The Spurs are the NBA’s version of the Rolling Stones; you simply can’t outlive them!
LIVE AND LET DIE
5. CLIPPERS (21-13) Clipper Darrell suddenly feels like half the man he used to be. (5) When your #1 accomplishment in life is being the unofficial mascot for a pro team…
6. ORLANDO (24-14) Soundtrack to Dwight Howard‘s season provided by the Clash. (6) This story got boring WEEKS ago for me.
7. INDIANA (23-12) Danny Granger among the ones who get it done for Pacers. (7) I wish I knew who the hell Danny Granger is.
8. PHILADELPHIA (22-15) Fans treated to free Big Macs on night 76ers pay tribute to Big Dipper. (8) 50 years later, we still remember Wilt Chamberlain.
9. LAKERS (22-14) Hard to climb rankings when you’re 1-7 against teams above you. (9) The key to this season is making the playoffs and the Lakers will do that.
10. DALLAS (22-16) Lamar Odom takes a pass on filming of “My life in the D-League.” (10) There has to be a reasonable explanation for this, right? I mean, besides the “K Kurse.”
11. MEMPHIS (22-15) Last few weeks have been a “W” wonderland for Grizzlies. (13) Grizz are so good, Hubie Brown’s threatening to come back from the dead and coach the team in the playoffs.
12. HOUSTON (21-16) Feeling “Sorry!” after losing board game against Denver. (11) Never a good sign when your coach is tallest one on the team.
13. ATLANTA (22-15) “Space cadet” Vladimir Radmanovic can still occasionally provide liftoff. (12) My hand to God, I thought he was playing in the European D-League.
14. DENVER (20-17) Nuggets mining for usable bodies with starters Nene, Danilo Gallinari out. (15) George Karl this close to asking team to trade for Carmelo Anthony.
15. MINNESOTA (19-19) Michael Beasley could make more than a stopover at Staples Center. (16) Meta World Peace is the max weirdo any team can safely handle at one time.
A VIEW TO A KILL
16. PORTLAND (18-19) Bring back Brandon Roy? At this rate, Blazers could use Bill Walton too. (14) Arvydas Sabonis is still alive, right?
17. NEW YORK (18-18) Knicks win Oscar for Best Waiver Acquisitions in Jeremy Lin, Steve Novak. (17) Even James Dolan can’t screw this up, right?…Of course he can; he’s James Dolan!
18. BOSTON (18-17) Lose five in a row, win three in a row . . . Celtics not too old to go streaking. (18) Somebody’s leaving before March 15; only question is who.
19. UTAH (17-19) Fans congratulate Jeremy Evans on dunk contest win, ask if he’ll ever play. (19) At least they know who he is.
20. PHOENIX (16-20) Could factor in Pacific Division race after all — as a spoiler. (21) Hard to believe both Grant Hill and Steve Nash are wasting the last years of their careers wandering in the desert.
21. GOLDEN STATE (14-19) On 50th anniversary of Wilt’s 100-point game, 11 Warriors muster only 83. (20) I’m stunned they scored that many.
22. MILWAUKEE (14-23) At least the Ryan Braun saga takes some of the focus off fading Bucks. (22) Brandon Jennings to the Lakers?
23. CLEVELAND (13-22) When Kyrie Irving is out, Cavaliers are over and done. (23) I don’t care what owner Dan Gilbert says; he’d carry LeBron on his back from Miami if it meant a return to respectability.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
24. SACRAMETO (12-24) Kings not fit for Monowi, Neb. (pop.: 1), much less Seattle or Anaheim. (24)
25. TORONTO (11-25) Season highlight film won’t include late-game images of Rudy Gay. (25)
26. DETROIT (12-26) Easy victory over Bobcats a reminder that things could be worse. (26)
27. NEW JERSEY (11-26) Nets aren’t even trending inside Prudential Center anymore. (27)
28. NEW ORLEANS (9-28) Chris Kaman tweet: “Well hey @clipperdarrell at least u got a phone call!” (28)
29. WASH. (7-28) Fixing team in his backyard should be Obama’s focus, not Blake Griffin‘s jumper. (29) I don’t care about any of these teams.
DR. NO
30. CHARLOTTE (4-30) Fore! Golfing buddy Charles Barkley takes five-iron to Michael Jordan‘s credibility. (30) Yeah, like His Airness cares what “The Clown of TNT” thinks.

What We Learned This Week

March 3, 2012

We learned that:

A growing digital divide threatens to leave many minorities behind.

At the age of 62, new Red sox manager Bobby Valentine is still the self-absorbed, preening, a**hole that he’s been all his life.

Good things, Andrew Breitbart dies, can happen to bad people.

In a country filled with Republicans who can’t seem to get any lower in their ongoing abasement of human beings in general and women in particular, Rush Limbaugh, has an extra-special room waiting for him in hell.

Newt Gingrich is almost as good of a businessman as he is a faithful husband.

Not even a broken nose and concussion can stop the Lakers Kobe Bryant.

Success in the NBA can come and go in the blink of an eye. Isn’t that right, Lamar Odom?

The New England Patriots’ “Spygate” scandal of a few seasons ago is about to be eclipsed by the New Orleans Saints ”Bountygate”.

There still is a place in politics and public service for class, compassion, dignity, good manners and last, but surely not least, common decency.

UCLA has some serious problems in its men’s basketball program that may be the downfall of head coach Ben Howland.

Finally, that dreams, no matter how big and outrageous they may seem, can and do come true:


Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer