Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21, 2010

QUOTES OF THE DAY

“No one spent more time trying to beat President Obama than I did, except maybe Senator McCain. I missed my own election — I voted absentee. But I understood: we lost, President Obama won. The Constitution, in my view, puts a requirement on me not to replace my judgment for his. [Ms. Kagan was not someone I would have chosen], but the person who did choose — President Obama — I think chose wisely.” – Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, broke ranks with his party to support Elena Kagan’s nomination to the US Supreme Court.

“’Inception made $60 million over the weekend. They think it’s going to make even MORE next weekend, when everyone who saw it last weekend has to go back to figure out what the hell was happening.” – Jay Leno

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Why do so many politicians (mostly Republicans), who claim “government is the problem, not the solution, want to become part of the government in Washington DC?

John Boehner in the House and Mitch McConnell in the Senate continue to double-down on the GOP strategy of what Vice-President Joe Biden has accurately dubbed “Repeal and Repeat” in opposing everything the president proposes. While we have a pretty good idea of what Republicans will do if they regain control of either or both chambers, the question I have is what will they do if they don’t? Will they finally realize that being the “Party of No” hasn’t worked and that they need to work with the president and his party to accomplish things for the people they represent or continue on a path of obstructionism heading into the 2012 election cycle?

It was an absolutely brilliant move by the Democratic leadership in the House to give the crazy-as-a loon Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota the okay to form an official Tea Party Caucus. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s simple: now Republicans in the House will be forced to actually make a public choice on where they stand in regards to the Tea Party “movement”. No longer will they be able to reap the benefits of supporting the Tea Partiers without making a formal commitment to them. Bachmann, while probably not meaning to, has handed Democrats a gift heading into the November elections as Tea Partiers will know exactly which Republicans are with or against them. Take a bow House Democratic leaders, you deserve it.

Talk about another brilliant move – the president signed the financial reform bill at the Ronald Reagan Building today.

“Haste Makes Waste” – as the White House and NAACP are learning in the Mary Sherrod situation. And, as for the NAACP saying that they were “snookered”, why didn’t they try to speak with the woman and get her side of the story before they condemned her?

Maybe the Sherrod story will lead to more news organizations, journalists and bloggers taking the time to make sure they’ve got the whole story from all sides BEFORE rushing off to air or post their story in hopes of being the one to “break the news”. LOL Just kidding. We know that ain’t going to happen!

Why do I get the feeling that MC Michael Steele has a sign on his office wall that says “______ days since my last stupid statement.”

Sudden thought – is author Joe McGinniss still “stalking” Sarah Palin and her family? And, can you “stalk” people who insist on living their lives on camera?

Speaking of Palin, I can’t be the only one who’s noticed that she waits until all the heavy lifting has been done in a campaign before she swoops in (usually via Facebook) to “bless” a candidate? I’d be more impressed if she actually endorsed someone early on and we could see what effect she’d have on a campaign that way.

If I were still in the music business, instead of having an artist boycott Arizona, I’d have them play and make a contribution to the campaign to repeal the new immigration law. Why punish your fans for something many of them had nothing to do with? But, that’s just me.

Something tells me that Tuesday morning wasn’t the first time that Lindsey Lohan has been in handcuffs but it’s probably the first time she was wearing clothes while in cuffs. I’m just saying…

I don’t know about you but I love the song that plays during the commercial for the anti-depression medication Pristiq. In case you’re interested, it’s composed and played by Gregg Fine for Hidden Tiger Music.

I don’t know about you but I would have LOVED to hear tapes of Bobby and Whitney’s “conversations”.

Are Oprahs’ low ratings a lingering result of her backing Obama in ’08 as some of her critics insist? It will be interesting to see if they continue when she begins her last season in September.

I don’t know which scares me more: the fact that people actually think that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president or that Jim Belushi has another television series – “The Defenders”-  this fall.

I wonder what Forrest Gump would think about “Jersey Shore” – “Stupid is these people.”

Mel, Mel, Mel. What the hell happened to you?

Mel’s next movie – “The Lunacy of the Gibson”.

Maybe Mel wasn’t acting in “Braveheart” after all.

I’m confused. Didn’t the USA win the world basketball championship at the 2008 Olympics?

I wonder if this will be the year when braids and dreadlocks disappear from the NBA. Yes, I’m talking to you Marquis Daniels, Udonis Haslem, Mikki Moore and Chris Wilcox for starters.

Something to keep an eye on – Heat coach Erik Spoelestra’s father Joe, is vice-chairman of sports marketing for Mandalay Entertainment whose founder, Peter Guber, is part of the group that reached an agreement in principle last week to purchase the Golden State Warriors. Don Nelson has one year left on his contract as coach and so far, there’s no indication that the new owners will give him the extension he’s seeking.

My last statement on LeBron’s move to the Heat: I grew up during the glory days of the American Football League. Long before the merger with the NFL, those of us who grew up in an AFL city – San Diego for me – our teams and the players on them, meant the world to us. We took great pride not only in our individual teams but the league as a whole. That pride ran wild when Joe Namath brashly and loudly guaranteed a NY Jets win over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl and then led his team to the first ever AFL win over an NFL team in the title game. Forty-one years later, that win is still the only championship in Jets history and yet, Namath remains a legend in New York City. I say all of this to say that no matter how many NBA titles LeBron James may eventually win in Miami, none of them will ever compare to what just one with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers would have meant to that city and his legacy.

It’s beginning to look more and more like neither the Angels or Dodgers will be participating in the postseason this year. And yes, three trips to the DL (and counting) for Manny Ramirez was pretty much what I expected when the Dodgers got suckered by Scott Boras into giving him a two-year deal before last season. This is exactly why I was against trading Juan Pierre.

Now that he’s announced that he’s retiring after the season, what’s the point of Cubs’ manager Lou Pinella finishing out the year? Why don’t the Cubs just go ahead and let Ryne Sandberg manage the rest of the season so he can see how the team responds to him and what players they’ll want to keep or let go for next year?

As NFL teams, one by one, say that they have no interest in him, I wonder if Terrell Owens finally realizes that his past poor behavior as a teammate in San Fran, Philly and Dallas negates the one year of “good behavior” in Buffalo?

The purge at USC has begun! Mike Garrett out – Pat Haden in as AD. All Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo photos, jerseys, etc taken down in Heritage Hall, the Coliseum and Galen Center and Bush’s Heisman Trophy (replica) to be returned to the Heisman Trophy Trust in NYC. Meanwhile, OJ Simpson’s trophy is still on display. Maybe Reggie’s mistake was that he didn’t murder two white people. Allegedly of course.

By the way, don’t think for a moment that Reggie Bush was or is the only college star who’s gotten paid over the last few years. You think Alabama, Florida and LSU, just to name a few, are 100% “clean” programs?

THE “CHILE, PLEASE” AWARD GOES TO:

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) who said in a recent C-SPAN interview: “I think President Bush’s stock has gone up a lot since he left office. I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush’s administration, and I think history will treat him well.”

Sorry, I was reminiscing about the “Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Era”.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

April 18, 2010
WHY I DON’T THINK SARAH PALIN WILL RUN IN 2012
“That she refuses to hide away for even a month for a crash course in Republican and conservative ideals, programs and solutions tells me that she’s more interested in being an entertainer than an accountable politician.” –  Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post after Palin’s speech at the recent Republican Leadership Conference.

“Sarcasm rarely plays well in politics. … For Palin to move beyond her comfort zone of Republican base politics and into ground as a serious candidate for president in 2012, she will almost certainly have to significantly scale down the sarcasm in her speeches.  Of course, if Palin has decided (or does decide) not to run for president then her current rhetorical style virtually ensures further commercial success for her books, speech and the rest of the growing Palin Inc. empire.” – Chris Cillizza wrote on “The Fix” in the Washington Post last week.

 
Anyone who thinks that President Obama and the Democratic Party aren’t going to fight tooth and nail for success in November’s mid-term elections is sadly mistaken.
 
Even for this bunch of feckless Senate Republicans, the decision to double down against the president and the Democrats on financial industry reform right after losing the healthcare reform bill is mystifying to me.  But, I guess it’s a result of deciding to oppose the administration on everything.
 
I’m dubbing the current potential pool of 2012 Republican presidential candidates – Palin, Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Barbour – “Loserpalooza”!
 
To paraphrase former senator and McCain advisor Phil Graham, “The GOP has become a party of whiners.”
 
If you had told me before last week that one erupting volcano in Iceland could severely disrupt air travel to and from and in Europe, I’d had called you crazy.
 
After spending 30 minutes using the new iPad at the Apple Store at The Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday, I don’t see why anyone HAS to have it.  I’m leaning towards the Kindle when I finally bite the bullet and buy an E-reader.
 
It appears that Simon Cowell knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to make this season his last on “American Idol” and I’ll bet its drop-off in ratings (it’s come in second to “Dancing With The Stars” the last two weeks) were a major factor in musical director Rickey Minor’s decision to take over from Kevin Eubanks on the “Tonight Show”.
 
Conan O’Brien’s decision to go with TBS instead of FOX makes perfect sense in that his audience could really care less about a broadcast network over a cable one.  They’re already used to finding his brand of comedy on Comedy Central and other cable outlets. 
 
I’m pleasantly amused by author Kitty Kelley’s somewhat aggrieved statements that some talk shows – The View, Letterman, Larry King Live – are refusing to interview her about her new unauthorized biography of Oprah because they fear offending her.  Hey Kitty, if you have the right to write about her without any input from her and reveal things she’d rather not be revealed, people who like and respect her have a right to ignore you.
 
The more that comes out about the Ben Rothlisberger case in Georgia, the more I wonder how charges weren’t filed against him.  Something happened in that club that night with that young woman that just doesn’t seem right.  And with the only cop to interview the woman resigning last week and the fact that the off-duty Pennsylvania police office who was with Rothlisberger that night may be under investigation for failing to carry out his sworn oath to uphold the law and whether or not he violated department rules on off-duty employment, and other incidents coming to light, it makes me think that before this is all said and done, Big Ben will be suspended for at least four games this season.
 
Whoever ends up owning the Dodgers after the McCourts’ divorce is finally settled is going to have to pay Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp a LOT of money is another two years or risk losing them to free agency.
 
I’m not saying that Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia’s uniform pants are a bit baggy but, when I was a kid, they would have been called “feet-in pajamas”.
 
The NBA play-offs are going to be very, very interesting this year.
 
The Clippers’ Baron Davis should wear a ski mask on the 1st and 15th of each month during the season.
 
A Weird Larry Brown Fact – The notoriously nomadic coach was on hand for the New Jersey Nets first and last games at the Meadowlands arena as coach of the Nets in 1981 and coach of the Charlotte Bobcats last week.  In between, he coached six other NBA teams, plus Kansas who won the 1988 national championship. 
 
“For Amy – Inspired by an appearance from his cancer-stricked wife, family man Phil Mickelson was his daring and charming self as he strode to his 3rd victory at the Masters and his biggest triumph ever.”  That’s the title of Sport Illustrated’s cover story on Mickelson’s recent Masters win.  That “family man” line, in my opinion, was a direct shot at Tiger Woods.
 
MY REVIEW OF “WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?”
 
I wanted to like this movie.  I really, really wanted to because I enjoyed the original.  But, I must be honest with you – this is God-awful.
 
The title of this “film” should have been “Why Did We Make This Movie Too?” or “Let’s See How Many Other Films Tyler Perry Stole Ideas From”! 
 
This is the absolute worst waste of time, money and film stock since “Three The Hard Way”.  I feel sorry for Louis Gossett J and Cicely Tyson and I pray that they had the sense not to list this festival of crap on their credits. 
 
Am I the only one who realizes that the whole “Please find my new man a job” scenario came straight from the movie “Soul Food”?  I can’t be the only one because anyone with the sense God gave a grape could see that.  And, even in a “movie”, you can’t just walk into a police department in a city like Atlanta and go out on patrol the VERY NEXT DAY! Hello!  Ever hear of background checks, interviews, talking to his former chief, going through the police academy?  This ain’t going to work at Wal-Mart!  AND, even if you could, how could a lowly patrolman know what the CHIEF OF POLICE is doing in a case like this? 
 
My people, I know it’s sacrilege to criticize the great Tyler Perry for doing it like God told him to do it but, enough is enough!  This is crap and we are just wasting our time and money supporting him.  Oh, and by the way, the car crash scene was inspired by “Defending Your Life” which was written and directed by Albert Brooks.  I am very, very afraid of what Tyler Perry is going to do to “For Colored Girls…” and you should be too!

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