Monthly Archives: February 2008

Is That All You Got?


Three news items caught my eye this week…. 

Here’s a nugget from Rush Limbaugh’s 2/28 radio program…

“…just like when that picture came out with Obama in al-Zarqawi garb”.

What was that what he was wearing, Rush? The clothing of the formerly alive and kicking Jordanian-born head of Al Queda in Iraq? You tryin’ to tell us something, Rush? Oh I get it, you want us to think: Obama = Terrorist.

Just an FYI to el Rushbo, Sen. Obama was wearing traditional nomadic attire from Africa. 

Hmmmm, I checked and nowhere in al-Zarqawi’s profile is “Africa” even mentioned. But that’s a small detail for Rush. They all look the same, right Rush?

Poor Rush just can’t stop grindin’ on that image and on Sen. Obama’s middle name, “Hussein”. He spouts about “freedom of speech!” rights when they are convenient for him. 

Actually he’s confirming his narrow-minded shallowness here. I suppose if Barack Obama isn’t wearing the same style golf shirts and fish ties that the former pain-killer-addict Rush wears he’s some kindo of demonic anti-Christ.

And what exactly was he wearing?


Here’s what the BBC had to say about the outfit….

“These are the normal clothes that nomadic people wear. The head turban is especially used by elderly people as a suggestion of respect. It is something that has no meaning whatsoever in Somalia culture. If you see someone dressed like that in Somalia, you think it is a nomadic person – that is all.”

But some neo-cons just love to insinuate that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama is going to hand over the keys to the White House to Osama bin Laden. Actually, they are simply frozen with fear that their special interests, their old boys club, are being flushed away like the crap they are.

Then there’s the racist talkshow host, Bill Cunningham, howling out, “Barack HUSSEIN Obama” numerous times as an opening act for an Ohio McCain event. I have mixed feelings about this kind of fear-mongering; I feel my intelligence has been grossly insulted AND I feel like grossly throwing up. 

Finally there is the hypocritical criticism about the so-holy, so-politically-correct…LAPEL FLAG PIN!!!….and why, oh lord why, does that Obama charatcter NOT wear one???

True “patriots” cry FOUL!

“Obama is unpatriotic!”

Let’s hear it from U.S. Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA), but, um, wait…what? ole Jack isn’t wearing a pin either?!?!?



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History Repeats Itself


The monumental history we are seeing in the making must have blindsided the Clinton machine. They assumed that Hillary was on an unimpeded path to Pennsylvania Avenue. Instead, Barack Obama has undermined that birthright and halted that coronation.
What is the price of this going to be for him?
I am hoping for a miracle- not that he will win, but that he can stay alive.
Maybe I am being too pessimistic, but I’ll be 50 in a few weeks and I still remember. I was only in Kindergarten at 82nd Street School in Milwaukee on that November day in ’63, but I remember.
During the long, hot summer of ’67, I straddled my banana-seat bike at the end of our driveway, looking down the street to where it disappeared toward Lisbon Avenue-  waiting for whatever it was that a secluded 9 yr old white kid imagines a race riot to look like. 
In April of ’68 and again in June, I saw news reports of tremendous tragedy and sadness in Black and White. 

It was reality TV, way before reality TV. 

JFK, MLK, RFK assassinations. 

Vietnam and southern “hospitality”.

Political conventions and demonstrations. 

A long, hot, summer.

We reached extraordinary heights- a man on the Moon.

We scraped the lowest lows- four dead in Ohio.

The collision of old vs. new that birthed a nascent social order of inclusion.

Its been 4 decades since politics seemed to matter so much; since so much was on the line. The direction of our country, our world, may hinge on Election ’08. We’ve reached a fork in the road…

…is it deja vu all over again?


I don’t care much for conspiracy theories when they cross certain fantasy lines. There’s no single wizard behind the curtain pulling all the levers. 

But if there is some mysterious sect of CEOs, or some mutli-nationalist commission of power brokers, or simply an agency of central intelligence, have they taken notice?

Have they straightened up in their comfy chairs in their dark, smoked-filled board-rooms, and are they taking notice and perhaps a deadly look at what is happening?
How long will they let it go on before they determine that what serves their interests may not be what serves ours?

These last couple of years have been amateur hours… Imus, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Kramer, et al. They were just sitcoms for the cloaked society. I am sure none of those issues raised any concern for the keepers of the status quo.

But the stakes are higher now than they have been for decades. Forget global warming, forget trade agreements, forget abortion. Those issues are just busy-work compared to what is unthinkable for so many…

A Black President. 

So when I think about how that would change this country, I am reminded of how hard it is to change the status quo.

I am reminded of the turmoil of the 60’s.

When the shots rang out- at a motorcade in Dallas, in a hotel ballroom kitchen in California, on a motel balcony in Memphis, and on a college campus in Ohio.

There were vicious attacks by “Law Enforcment” officials on United States citizens in Birmingham and Montgomery and elsewhere.  

I hope this summer is not long and hot, and that we never, ever hear those words, like we heard them once before…
“…my thanks to all of you, now it’s on to Chicago and let’s win there…”


I hope we never forget.

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43 for 43

detect a pattern?


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Today’s Hit List

Some of the interesting news of the day….

1. Is someone checking Ebay?

Paintings by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh and Monet worth $163.2 million were stolen from a Zurich museum, with police calling it a “spectacular art robbery.” The robbers struck right before the private gallery was to close and grabbed the entire row of four bulky, glass-covered, framed masterpieces. Authorities believe it may be the most expensive art heist in European history.

I hope they catch them.


2. Pro-death-penalty supporters, this one’s for you.

Bobby Cutts Jr. takes the stand, weeping crocodile tears, trying to convince a jury not to fry him. The former police officer accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend told jurors on Monday between sobs that he realized she was dead when he couldn’t find her pulse after she suffered a blow to her throat.

“I didn’t mean to hurt her,” Bobby Cutts Jr. said on the witness stand about Jessie Davis, who was nine months pregnant with his child when she died last June.

They could fry him.


3. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

That line, ranked in the top 30 of the best movie lines of all time, was shouted by the great Roy Scheider as Police Chief Brody in “Jaws”. Scheider died yesterday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock. He was 75.

My favorite Scheider role was as Dr. Heywood Floyd in the movie, “2010” made in 1984.

We will miss him.


4. Roger Clemens is digging a Texas sized hole.

The Rocket’s denials get more surly as the evidence gets more tangible. Throw it all at the wall of a congressional hearing and what sticks may become a Perfect Storm- of sleaze. With a seemingly non-stop parade of show-boaters, deal-makers, slime-peddlers, ambulance-chasers, finger-pointers, gavel-bangers and juiced-firebawlers, this thing could waste more time & money than light rail in Phoenix.

I’m sick of him.


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Yes We Can (video)

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Yes We Can

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea —

Yes. We. Can.


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Dear Tom Brady….

I intercepted a top secret email that was headed to Tom Brady last night. It appears to have been sent through Dallas and Green Bay, and was headed here to Ariziona.

It reads as follows…….. 

Dear Tom,

Welcome to the club. We know how you feel.


Tony & Brett



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Phil? Phil Connors?

Rita: What about me, Phil? Do you know me too?
Phil: I know all about you. You like producing, but you hope for more than Channel 9 Pittsburgh.
Rita: Well, everyone knows that!
Phil: You like boats, but not the ocean. You go to a lake in the summer with your family up in the mountains. There’s a long wooden dock and a boathouse with boards missing from the roof, and a place you used to crawl underneath to be alone. You’re a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones. You’re very generous. You’re kind to strangers and children, and when you stand in the snow you look like an angel.
Rita: How are you doing this?
Phil: I told you. I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.


I love a great love story…..Happy Groundhog Day


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