Archive for June, 2012

“Madea’s Witness Protection”

June 30, 2012

Saw “Witness Protection” last night and all I can say is Tyler Perry, you done gone and done it again! I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a movie like this before. Your storylines, plot and character development and continuity are unique among filmmakers on your level. What you do with a script is simply unbelievable. No one, and I mean no one, can say that they can write, produce, act AND direct like Mr Tyler Perry. Even your longtime critic Spike Lee must say, “I can’t do what Tyler Perry can do. I’m simply not on the same level as he is as a filmmaker. No one is or ever will be.” So Mr Perry, hats off to you for never listening to your critics, the haters, and the non-believers. They just don’t get your “gift” and what you’re doing with it. Keep listening to the voice inside your head that tells you to do it your way. Ignore the critics and haters for they simply will never understand your talent and singularly unique way of doing things. You sir, have proven that going to film school and learning the craft of filmmaking is a waste of time.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012

“I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.”

Mitt Romney Looks For Way to Attack Obama on Healthcare Ruling

NEWS

Republicans: “Et tu John Roberts?”

“I thought he [Roberts] was the champion of limited government.” –  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-TX)

Could Republicans Really Repeal Obamacare?

“Attention white people of America! Fear not yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding ‘Obamacare’. Once we get the wire transfer from our corporate masters, we will repeal not only this law, but the Supreme Court, Eric Holder and Kim and Kanye too. Sieg Heil!” 

GOP Governors Refuse to Enact Affordable Care Law

Eric Holder Contempt of Congress Vote

Holder: “Hey arsonist and auto thief, excuse me, alleged arsonist and auto thief, what’s your problem?” Issa: “I don’t like you or your boss because you’re black, good-looking and smart.” Holder: “Yo mama likes me.”

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorcing

Holmes: “I just hope that my next husband likes women.” Cruise: “I hope mine doesn’t.”

Bill “Sports Guy” Simmons NBA Draft Diary

“Mmmm. Which team do I screw over this year?”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Well, at least we know what every morning news show and panel will be talking about this Sunday. That’s right, the inevitable break-up of Katie Holmes and her dwarf husband, Tom Cruise.

Passing Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s wasn’t viewed as the “popular” thing to do either, but thank God that for whatever his reasons, Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Southerner himself, knew it was the RIGHT and JUST thing to do and he pushed for its passage and subsequent signing into law. And thank God for Barack Obama having the conviction and moral standing to do what he knows is the RIGHT and JUST thing to do.

Hardcore Truth: Even if Mitt Romney is elected president and Republicans retain the House and retake the Senate, they won’t have the 60 votes in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Law that was upheld by the Supreme Court on Thursday. But that’s no excuse for not getting out the vote this November!

This was the stupidest thing I heard while flipping through right-wing talk radio Thursday – a caller said, very seriously I might add, that the reason for Chief Justice Roberts’ vote was that it was a payback for his having screwed up the oath of office during President Obama’s swearing-in 3 years ago. The sad thing is that the host, I don’t know his name, said, “Friend, you might be on to something.”

Barack Obama was president the first time the country’s credit rating was downgraded. Eric Holder is the first Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress. Both men are African-American. Coincidence? I think not.

Let me see if I’ve got this right: Republicans nominated for president, Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts campaigned for, crafted and signed into law a healthcare reform bill that the person who drafted the bulk of it used as a template for the Affordable Healthcare Act that Romney today repudiated and promised to “repeal and replace” if elected president, the same law that was found to be found constitutional by the US Supreme Court – a court headed by the conservative movement’s favorite justice John Roberts, who by the way, just happened to write the majority opinion – Thursday in a 5-4 ruling, and who, if given the chance, promises to appoint more justices like Roberts. Did I miss anything in this litany of “Ironically Speaking”?

Here is the list of things that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree on: The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

Try wrapping your mind around this one for a minute: Mitt Romney is pledging to repeal EXACTLY what he campaigned for and signed into law when he was governor of Massachusetts if he’s elected president.

Something to remember when deciding who to vote for on November 6: the first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Meanwhile, earlier today, Republican nominee Mitt Romney said, “On my first day if elected president of the United States…I will act to repeal Obamacare.”

It’s going to be very interesting to see where Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film ranks when this weekend’s box-office totals are announced on Sunday.

You are Michael “Air” Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time. You should be concerned that your stock as an NBA owner/executive has fallen so far that your team taking the second-best player in the draft with the second pick was viewed as stunning by most media observers and fans.

Lamar Odom back to the Clippers is either an inspired move or the stupidest thing in team history and considering this is the team that once drafted Michael Olawakandi – described by his former coach Alvin Gentry as a “pussy” – that’s saying something.

With last night’s loss to the Mets – the 8th in their last 9 games – the Dodgers officially entered the “Hurry Back Matt Kemp” phase of the season.

I still saying signing Albert Pujols at 32 or 35 or whatever his real age is (I lean to 35), to a 10-year contract was a stupid thing for the Angels to do and I’ll believe that even if they win the World Series this year or next.

I wonder if Kim Kardashian’s p***y has a lobby with a sign-in sheet or you just take a number.

CLOSING THOUGHT

While Thursday was a great day for the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare”, the president & White House and whether they realize it or not, the American people, there’s no way Democrats and other supporters of President Obama can rest easy or take it anything for granted. Because, if anything, the forces of evil that have already massed and continue massing against the president’s re-election are more energized and determined than before yesterday’s Supreme Court decision. So, if you support President Obama and want to see him win on November 6, along with as many Democratic incumbents and candidates for both the House and Senate, get up off your butts and do something to make sure it happens.

be constitutional by the US Supreme Court – a court headed by the conservative movement’s favorite chief justice John Roberts who by the way just happened to write the majority opinion – today in a 5-4 ruling, and who, if given the chance, promises to appoint more justices like Roberts.

Did I miss anything in this litany of “Ironically Speaking”? be constitutional by the US Supreme Court – a court headed by the conservative movement’s favorite chief justice John Roberts who by the way just happened to write the majority opinion – today in a 5-4 ruling, and who, if given the chance, promises to appoint more justices like Roberts.

Did I miss anything in this litany of “Ironically Speaking”?

FINALLY

Random Thoughts – Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 24, 2012

I’m old enough to remember when the Summer Olympics, especially track & field, were a BIG deal here in America and I was enough fortunate enough to attend events when the Games were here in Los Angeles in 1984. But, never can I remember a time when there was so little interest in the Olympic Trials – on NBC this weekend – and the upcoming games – they start in London in 6 weeks from now.

Had my own Scandal Season One marathon yesterday afternoon; Shonda Rhimes done gone and done it again! Finally, Kerry Washington is in the role she was born to occupy; uber-fixer Olivia Pope.

I don’t know how she’s doing it without freaking out on air, but Ann Curry has been the epitome of professionalism on Today even as rumors about her being fired/demoted swirl throughout the blogosphere and other media outlets,

If there’s a funnier current sitcom than Modern Family, I don’t know what it is.

Steve Harvey’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year is a perfect example of never giving up on one’s dreams, no matter how large the obstacles in front of you may be.

The Arsenio Hall Show Part Deux is either going to be a spectacular triumph or a spectacular failure. There’s no middle-ground for his second shot at talk-show success.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 6 rings, 6 regular season MVPs, 23 years after he retired he’s still the league’s all-time leading scorer and, you can look this up: he played against more Hall of Famers and great players at his position than anyone else in NBA history – his 20-year playing career fit in between Bill Russell and Shaquille O’Neal – and, he won three NCAA titles and Player of the Year awards at UCLA, but for some reason, his name never seems to come up when the subject of “All-Time Greatest Player” comes up. Now, why is that?

This first Sunday since Christmas without the NBA is going to be tough. Thank God for algebra homework and Dodgers vs Angels this afternoon.

I hate Darrell Issa.

This week’s expected Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare” will affect the November elections no matter which way it comes down.

Mitt Romney’s FIVE sons found time last week to appear on Conan, but not even one of them was able to find time to serve in uniform. What are the odds of that? Say what you will about crazy-ass, grumpy as f**k, bitter to the nth degree John McCain, but he and his sons have and continue serving in the military despite being born and raised in “privilege.”

It’s going to be very interesting to see how this coming opening weekend for the latest Madea film by Tyler Perry compares to that of the recent box-office hit, Think Like A Man. BTW, Think… has hit the $90 million plus mark in box-office receipts and is expected to do quite well when the DVD is released in August.

Trust me on this: 65 students in a classroom built for 42 is no fun.

Whatever happened to The Jonas Brothers?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2012 NBA CHAMPION MIAMI HEAT

Finally, someone is confirming what I’ve been talking and writing about for months; this election is all about race. Nothing more, nothing less.

Mitt Romney Stays Vague on Immigration Reform

“Now wait just a doggone minute there muchacho. I never said I don’t like ‘the Latinos’.  Of course, I never said I like them either.”

Obama Leads Big With Swing State Latinos

Marco Rubio Isn’t Mad at President Obama

“That half black-half white guy stole my idea!”

“All’s fair in war and politics, bitch!”

The Bain story isn’t going away: A day after the Obama campaign seized on a Bloomberg article noting that Romney officials had told Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to stop touting positive economic news in his state, Chicago is pouncing on a new story: Bain Capital, under Romney’s direction, invested in firms that outsourced jobs to China and India. The Washington Post: “During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.” More: “Bain played several roles in helping these outsourcing companies, such as investing venture capital so they could grow and providing management and strategic business advice as they navigated this rapidly developing field.” Folks, this story is a reminder that the Bain story isn’t going away… – NBC’s “First Thoughts”

NEWS

Jerry Sandusky Guilty Verdict

SPORTS

True Team: How LeBron James and The Miami Heat Took The NBA Title

RANDOM THOUGHTS

What struck me the most, and has since the start of this case, is that Jerry Sandusky’s expression never changed. He’s had the same dopey, semi-bemused, “Where am I?” look on his face all along. Even last night, facing the rest of his life in prison, he just looked like, “Oh well” as he was led off to the police car, almost emotionless.

Now it’s time to go after those Penn State officials who KNEW but remained quiet for so many years.

Let’s be clear about this: the only reason why Attorney General Holder is under fire right now is because it’s an election year and for the first 3 & ½ years of the Obama administration, there has been virtually no scandals or situations of questionable behavior for Republicans to bring up. Even the former Secretary of the Commerce Department’s recent auto accidents were caused by a medical condition and not alcohol or drugs.

Every time the Republicans think they’ve boxed President Obama into a corner – this time it was immigration and the long-stalled Dream Act – he punches his way out like Ali in his prime. Not saying he’s perfect, but Barack Obama is a damn good politician and president.

A few months ago, Republicans were blaming President Obama for rising gas prices, so I guess they’re giving him credit now that they’re falling, right?

Rielle Hunter and John Edwards were made for each other.

Uh, not to condone what the “bullies” did to school bus monitor Karen Klein, but as the bus monitor, wasn’t it her job to tell them to “sit down and shut up”? I mean, why did she just sit there and take the abuse without at least trying to stop it?

Congratulations to Steve Harvey who will receive a star next year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Jacksons on tour without Michael is like a grilled cheese sandwich without the cheese.

So, I’m guessing that “LeBron James can’t ‘close’ a game” and “the Heat don’t need Chris Bosh” nonsense is over.

He’s won championships as a player, coach and president/co-owner, had a major impact on three NBA franchises – Lakers, Knicks and Heat – and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame, so my question today is, has anyone in any of the four major professional sports in America had the overall career that Pat Riley’s had?

Laker fans have to be disheartened by Jim Buss’ statements this week that the team won’t be making any major trades or free agent signings and that, more than likely, both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol will be on the team next season.

Dodgers need a healthy and productive Matt Kemp back in the line-up as soon as possible.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I just can’t get excited about the upcoming London Summer Olympics or Madea in Witness Protection.

BETTY WHITE & THE PRESIDENT

June 12, 2012

“Please, make an old lady’s ‘fantasy’ come true?” “Sorry Betty, but I’m married and besides, you remind me of my grandmother.” “Oh okay. What about Reggie Love? He still single?” “Maybe I can get you Herman Cain’s number.”

2012 NBA Finals Preview

June 11, 2012

“They might be young, but they’re reeeadddyy!!”

former NBAer and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose

(L-R Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher, Kendrick Perkins, James Harden and Kevin Durant)

Finally, tomorrow night, the NBA Finals get underway and if I had told you at the start of the lockout shortened season back on Christmas Day that the team representing the Eastern Conference would be the Miami Heat, you would have most likely said something like, “Probably” or “Yeah, I can see that.” But, if I had told you that the West would representative would be the young Oklahoma City Thunder including Derek Fisher AND that they’d have the home court advantage in the Finals, you’d immediately start exploring avenues to have me committed for “observation.” And yet, that’s exactly how one of the weirdest seasons in recent NBA history played out.

“How weird was it?” Well, let’s see, there was no real pre-season training camp or exhibition games, the season was only 66 games and started on Christmas Day and player injuries rocketed. Lamar Odom, the reigning “Sixth Man of the Year” apparently lost his will to play basketball unless he was a Laker (I’m really surprised the Mavericks haven’t filed a grievance against him), Jeremy Lin flashed and crashed in a matter of weeks, the Knicks had a coach resign between a morning shoot-around and that night’s game, the players union tried to remove its president, Derek Fisher, when he demanded an independent audit of the union’s finances which upon the revelation that executive director Billy Hunter’s son and daughter have profited handsomely from some questionable decisions and expenditures seems to have merit, Dwight Howard and the Magic entertained us with one of the funniest, most ridiculously drawn-out “Will he stay or be traded” plays the league has ever seen (for my money, this may have been the best moment of that situation Dwight Howard wants me fired), the Lakers underwent their usual drama and the Clippers made it to the second round of the playoffs. I’ll let that last item sink in for a minute…and we’re back. Oh yeah, did I mention that the commissioner, Herr David Stern, may have changed the course of history when he nullified the trade that would made Chris Paul a Laker instead of his eventually becoming a Clipper and was defiant and defensive when questioned about his decision?

Well, all that and more happened. And yet, the only thing that matters right now is that the youngest team in the league and the most scrutinized, over-hyped one, are about to meet in what has the potential of becoming a rivalry for the next few seasons.

“In the blue corner, formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics, please give a warm round of applause for the up-and-coming at you like a speeding locomotive, Oklahoma City Thunder. And out of the red corner, with basketball Godfather Pat Riley peering down from his seat in ‘Legend Alley’, please, show your love for Bosh, James Wade & Associates aka the Miami Heat!”

The Prairie versus South Beach; the contrasts couldn’t be clearer unless the 2016 presidential campaign comes down to Hillary Clinton vs Sarah Palin.

The prairie in 6.

Last Night’s Decision in Vegas

June 10, 2012
  1. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since Kris Humphries thought it was a good idea to marry Kim Kardashian!
  2. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since Kobe chose in-suite “entertainment” over PPV porn in Eagle, CO.
  3. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since the Raiders said, “JaMarcus Russell, come on down!”
  4. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in a desert since Moses took a right at the fork in the road and missed out on the oil.
  5. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since the Phoenix Suns called “tails” in 1969 and ended up with Neal Walk instead of Lew Alcindor.
  6. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since Holyfield said, “I need a 54,000 sq ft house.”
  7. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since Shaq and Barkley’s agreeing to have a “shirt-off” on TNT.
  8. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since the Blazers concluded that Greg Oden just looked “mature” for his age.
  9. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in sports since Antonio Cromartie skipped Health Class the day they gave out free condoms.
  10. Last night’s decision in Vegas was the worst in boxing since Mike Tyson trusted Don King and Robin Givens with his money.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 4, 2012

GO KINGS!

“What time is it boys and girls?” “It’s time for a ‘Freeman Flyer’!” “Damn right.” “Shut yo mouth.” “But I’m talking ‘bout Chuck.”

“It’s been such a long time.” Wait a minute, that’s from a New Birth song. And yet, it’s totally apropos for today because yes, it has been such a long time since the last Flyer because of school and other duties. But, I’ve got two weeks until summer school starts and well, I’ve punished my faithful readers – all 12 of you – long enough. (Totally tongue in cheek so save your nasty emails for another time). Sooooooo, without any further ado…

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO

“What are you wearing?” “No, what are you wearing?” “I asked first.”

Last week, President Obama called Mitt Romney to congratulate him for clinching the GOP nomination. According to a Romney aide, the rare personal conversation was “brief and cordial.” Daily Intel, which has tapped the Oval Office’s phone lines since 1987, has the exclusive transcript:

[ring ring]

Mitt Romney: Hello, this is Mitt Romney speaking. Please identify yourself.

Barack Obama: Hi Mitt, this is Barack Obama. I just wanted to congratulate you on clinching the nomination. That’s quite the accomplishment.

Mitt Romney: Thank you Barack, that’s kind of you.

Barack Obama: Wasn’t as easy as some people thought it would be, but you did it, eventually.

Mitt Romney: I did, yes.

Barack Obama: Kind of incredible how hard it was to beat some of those guys, when you think about it. I mean, Rick Santorum?

Mitt Romney: Ha, well, I’d rather struggle with Rick Santorum than a redneck prison inmate.

Barack Obama: You mean your base?

Mitt Romney: At least my base was born in America, unlike some people.

Barack Obama: Tell Donald I say hi, and thanks.

Mitt Romney: I’ll see you at the debates, Barry.

Barack Obama: It’s so on. (New York – 5/30/12)

The Intersecting Worlds of Romney and Obama

 Harvard Boys

Mitt Romney’s Secret Weapon

Maureen Dowd: Dreaming of a Superhero

NEWS

Florida voter purge to continue despite federal warning

All 67 Florida election supervisors suspend Governor Rick Scott’s Voter Purge

How One Family Saved $10,000 in One Year

At Wealthy Schools PTAs Help Fill Budget Holes

 

 “I wonder if Kanye is my secret love child from that one night in Chicago.”

SPORTS

 THE “REAL” MVP

Kevin Durant is beating the Spurs with the type of poise and patience he lacked in OKC’s West finals collapse last year.

Dwyane Wade Loves His Jordans and His Body Lotion

Lil Wayne vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

RANDOM THOUGHTS

The America that Mitt Romney seeks to “restore” simply doesn’t exist anymore. Thank God. Pun fully intended.

If I had one wish today, it would be to get inside one of those GOP/right-wing “strategy” meetings when they’re trying to come up with new ways to attack President Barrack Obama – “Let’s see, there’s no dirt on his marriage, he’s not a drunk, his kids love and adore him, no scandals about taking money or gifts under the table. Hell, he and his mother-in-law get along so well, she lives in the White House too. Anybody got any ideas? Yeah, Larry, what you got?” “Well, sir, how’s about we say he’s a Muslim on the ‘down-low’ who likes to play basketball?” “Brilliant idea Larry, absolutely brilliant! Because we know basketball is a ‘black game’ and that’s when he can hang out with all his other secret-Muslim friends and plot to take over America from good, hard-working white people. Yes Jim, you’ve got something to say?” “Well sir, the guy plays a lot of golf too.” Murmurs from around the room. “Excellent point Jim. Anyone have any ideas how we can spin that?” “I know sir, how about we say his playing golf is his way of fooling people into believing that his half-white side is in control of his body and mind while he and his Muslim friends do their dirty work?” “Great, I love it! Everybody gets a bonus today. Now, let’s get out there and tell our people some more lies, excuse me, some more ‘facts’ about Barrack Hussein Obama that will scare them into voting for us in November. WHITE POWER!”

The “How Can We Milk the Memory of Whitney Houston” saga is going to get even sadder and tawdrier before it’s all over.

Should the FLOTUS and challenger’s spouse, in this case Michelle Obama and Ann Romney respectively, debate this fall? I know I’d like to see this.

Has anyone seen MIB3 yet, and if so, do you recommend it?

I think the current “controversy” between rapper/ex-con Lil Wayne and the Oklahoma Thunder over his not being able to attend Thursday night’s game for lack of tickets is hilarious to the nth degree and beyond.

The Dodgers miss Matt Kemp and won’t win their division, weak as it is, without him performing at peak level.

I don’t know how the folks at NBA HQ and ABC/ESPN feel about a possible Finals with either San Antonio or OKC repping the Western Conference, but true basketball fans will be happy with either team, especially the Thunder.

Commentary by Charles L. Freeman

With his win in the Texas primary last week, what I’ve said was a forgone conclusion from the start of the primary season, became reality when Willard “Mitt” Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president. He’ll formally accept the right to run against President Barack Obama at the party’s convention in Tampa later this summer.

For months now, I’ve been saying that the GOP powers-that-be weren’t going to trust what they feel is a very good chance to defeat President Obama on anyone else but Romney, and that’s exactly how things played out. Oh sure, there were the early flirtations with the lunatic fringe of the party – Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Paul, Perry, and Santorum – (no offense intended to real lunatics), but deep down inside, everyone knew how this was going to turn out.

Romney’s next big decision is naming a running mate and much like then-Senator Obama’s selection process in 2008, the theme here seems to be “Run Silent, Run Deep” as nothing from the Romney camp has been forthcoming on the subject. What we do know, or can at least safely assume, is that there won’t be a repeat of the Sarah Palin Experiment this time around. No, the “Alaskan Quitter” ruined it for all unprepared, dumb-as-a-rock VP candidates for the immediate future. Considering he hasn’t held elected office since 2007, has ZERO, as in not a lick of foreign policy experience, and needs to convince women and independent voters that he’s not a tool of Karl Rove and the notorious Koch Brothers, and the glaring lack of experienced Republicans that can counter his weak points, Romney’s running mate is going to be one of the most scrutinized in recent history.

In the end, good or bad, unless there’s an unforeseen foreign event, natural disaster here at home, or God forbid, a terrorist attack similar to 9/11, this election is going to be a referendum on President Obama’s economic policies. And after last Friday’s discouraging jobs report, the president’s job convincing the American public that he’s got the country on the right path got much tougher.

No doubt about it; Mitt Romney knows how to make money for himself and his fellow investors. How that translates into being able to actually create jobs and how he and the president articulate their positions to the American people over the next few months will determine who wins on November 6.

Count on this: the 2012 general election campaign is going to make 2008 look like afternoon tea with Ghandi, Mother Teresa and the Dali Lama.

 “I’m Tiger Woods, bitch!”

FINALLY

President Obama gives 5th grader best absence note ever