Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Just when I thought it was safe to turn my TV back on...

I can't turn away, hard as I try, from the Michael Jackson funeral. It reminds me of a major mob do.

Six of our Marines were killed in Afghanistan yesterday. There is currently a major offensive in the south of Afghanistan. Major.

Liberty Hall at Forest Lawn Cemetery is the site for the family and friends portion of the funeral this morning. There's an aerial shot of pallbearers hauling out a huge gold casket to a waiting hearse. Good Lord, there must be fifty limos lined up--like Jackson was a president himself! What a strange country we live in.

Iraq is trying to play house now that we're pulling out. Hard to believe, isn't it, that we are actually getting out of there? I think it's a mistake, but my time at war college is limited.

Staples Center, known for Lakers basketball, is the venue for the bigger-than-life memorial for MJ whose contribution to society are those of a dancer and singer! Unfortunately, the city of Los Angeles, which is broke, is paying for the security and police (overtime) and accompanying costs. This unbelievable fact seems irrelevant to the Jackson family, who has enabled him and excused him or were in denial of his unspeakable character defects.

"That girl," Sarah Palin, has flushed her political career down the toilet by quitting her governorship in Alaska, purportedly for the sake of the state. She has decided to maintain the four point chip on her shoulder and alienate the moderates--like me--in the Republican Party who were more than on her side. She's squandered an opportunity with her stubbornness which has taken on an unattractive side. Instead of an interesting, becoming maverick, she's become instead a boor with nothing but a lame excuse and old stories about how she's saved the average Alaskan a bunch of money, you betcha, wink, wink. That is so over, Sarah.

They (the "theys" who know) say that MJ's casket will be on stage. Will it be open or closed? Oh, wait. It's Smokey Robinson. He's reading a letter from Diana Ross. Couldn't she bring herself to go to his funeral? LOL. What strange, selfish people these entertainers are. Gee, it sure is quiet in the Staples Center right now...you'd think the guy was a saint or something. I just don't get it.

VP Biden told everyone on Saturday the Obama Administration "misread" the economy. No one quite explained how the stimulus would thus work.


Good grief, this thing does look like a mob funeral. I hear there are 6500 empty seats. Hmmm.

North Korea is continuing its weirdness. Do you suppose Kim Jong Il just wants to get the bomb off while he's still alive? I wouldn't be surprised.

Everyone who's anyone is at this funeral. Even Magic and Tobey came to talk about his philanthropies. What a guy, huh? Guess they missed all those stories about child molestation. Gosh, I must just have a dirty mind.

Robert McNamara, the ex secy of Defense during Vietnam, died this last weekend. Some of us remember him. For those who don't know, he was about as popular as Donald Rumsfeld.

Does anyone else wonder why all these famous people have shown up now that MJ's dead? Where were they when he was on trial for child molestation? I think it's rather odd.

Barack Obama has Freudian slipped his way into the good graces of Prime Minister Putin by addressing him as "President," and further flatters him by indicating the error was natural mistake considering...Mrs. O looks very odd, I must say, in her choice of fashions. I think they're too casual for the occasion, but then I think SHE's too casual all the way around. I'm just saying, I'd like to see her dress up some...the girls look wonderful, as usual. What cuties they are!

Good Lord, the Jacksons are letting that little girl, Paris, speak. She looks exactly like her mother, Debbie Rowe, sweet child.

It looks like we're not going to get out of this recession any time soon. The unemployment rate where I live is 11.5%. Of the seven people with whom we spent July 4th, five were unemployed. Of those six people, all were upside down on their mortgages, most were at least 100 thousand or more dollars upside down. Of those six people, all were prime borrowers with credit FICO scores of 750 to 825 and 20 years of excellent credit histories. All were over 50 years of age. Two were small business owners; the rest worked for companies. Three had mortgages in jeopardy and one in default, one owned freed and clear and the others not in default yet, but they were worried. The two people working were worried about losing their jobs as they were laying off their subordinates. We are all Repubicans. We just keep looking for jobs and wishing the banks would work with us (which they will not unless you're late).

It is wonderful that Michael Jackson has finally been laid to rest. Now can we finally move on?

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Sarah Palin's idea of advancement

Sarah Palin should probably run for P.T.A. president, because that is about all she's capable of handling.

Her desultory, you-won't-have-me-to-kick-around-anymore press conference on Friday made clear to me that she is completely incapable of handling a major job outside of Alaska.

Prior to that, I was keeping an open mind. However, she now has demonstrated that her prickly skin is so thin, that I'm convinced a national office for her is not in the Republican Party's best interest.

The talk over the weekend at the gathering we attended was one of sympathy for Palin; however, I was the only one who thought she was completely out of her element, get out of kitchen if you can't stand the heat. Once I suggested we were speaking about the presidency, then asking everyone if they have heard ANYTHING new and fresh from her since they've been introduced to her--they hadn't because she's said NOTHING new--a couple of my friends admitted that what I was saying was true.

Now that she's resigned from her job--bad move--she's lost her credibility and shown me she can't go the distance.

Plus, she's become arrogant.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Palin's redux in Vanity Fair

If you read the Vanity Fair piece about Sarah Palin you'll realize it's an awful lot like a recapitulation of Sarah's failures during the presidential campaign--in the eyes of the most vain and ridiculous of the media cultural elite.

There's nothing really new therein--something I was looking for--except maybe the latest dirty laundry statements made by Steve Schmidt, McCain's guy, about Sarah being a total whack job. He suggested she may have been deep in post partum depression (Yeah, that's it.) Other than that, most of the story was a gossipy thing, lazily written by someone who sounds like he'd be a silly type anyway, if one were to decide carry on a conversation with him. In other words, you know he'd never step up and do something serious with you.

And much of it is the usual he said she said.

After the election, I wrote that Governor Palin desperately needed to hit the books, find a subjects committee and work her little fanny off in research and learning, understand and base her beliefs in sound theory...work on the presentation. There were others who agreed that she does possess the "quick study" capability, and with some honing and grooming...well, maybe she could influence or at least hold her own with a hostile media. At least, they couldn't take advantage of her knowledge, or make fun of her lack thereof.

Well, evidently Mrs. Palin has decided against working within such a leveling constraint because here she is--bigger than before: at a ball game, hockey game, shopping, here and there. She's picked a fight with Letterman and sort of won; she's currently picking a fight with Vanity Fair and the McCain advisers (which will do NOTHING to help her); and she's continuing to play in the dirt with the rest of them. I can see her being "difficult." Sorry. She does so at her own risk, I think.

There's still time, maybe, for her to return to Alaska and become a hermit.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sanford: Another Republican man in power bites the dust

You know, as a Repubican woman, I can only say I'm sick of these men in our party who continue to carry us down the river to ignominy. The opposition is entirely correct in calling us hypocrites.

One of the reasons our party is in trouble is precisely due to men like Governor Sanford, whose sickening mea culpa I am now witnessing, cannot somehow find it in themselves to stay faithful to their wives. Currently, he is pontificating about God's law and sin. He also is suggesting that this news conference (the one right now) is his payback.

No it isn't, Gov. You've lost everything--not to mention maybe the White House, Dumbass. Hope it was worth it.

I suggest the cheaters simply do what Rudi did: out and out infidelity--in your face cheating and take the consequences. At least Rudi is not a hypocrite.

Again, a Republican man has cheated and we suffer. I'm sick of them and I want them out of party leadership.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Maybe today isn't a good time to quit smoking, Mr President

Asked about smoking, Obama replies: "First of all, the new law that was put in place is not about me...I think it's fair to say...that you just think it's neat to ask me about my smoking, as opposed to it being relevant" to the law.

Fallen off the wagon? "Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No...I would say I am 95 percent cured, but there are times when I mess up." (1:10 p.m.) Politico. Com 6/22/09

Psst...Sir...Mr. President! Over here.

Little testy, aren't we? I mean, you really need to tone down the pissant number. Snarky is as snarky does, after all. All that passive-aggression on foreign policy must be slipping through.

You know, it's tough to quit smoking, tougher to stay quit. God knows I quit at least a hundred times before I finally stopped. Ask any ex-smoker how tough it is...

But, trying to quit right now, while the entire world is on your shoulders? Do you really think now is a good time to quit smoking, what with North Korea and Iran, Afghanistan, Paki...I don't know, I'm just saying.

Try the patch. That finally worked for me.

Oh! And good luck. It's a bear.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Obama's first major foreign policy failure: Iran

President Obama's basic squishy nature and fear of not being liked has become most obvious as he squanders the opportunity to possible revolution and regime change in Iran at most, or great societal movement and evolution toward change at least, by remaining cool and instead telling off color jokes at a dinner with his media pals.

I expect his numbers to fall concurrent with his delay in acknowledging and giving outright support to the brave Iranian street protesters. It is a supremely un-American that this president is this mum, muted...cool, above it all, uninvolved...disengaged. I don't recall this language and tone since the Carter administration. It is hard to listen to.

In one of his early missives he compares the Iranian situation to the American Civil Rights movement and even quotes Martin Luther King.

I didn't get the correlation (because there isn't any), but I suspect the Obama people were (attempting to) inferring legitimacy on the Iranian Regime--like it was the United States government--thus strengthening the Obama statement so they can "deal" with their nuclear program, which is what he's been talking about since his campaign. Gosh. He's just gotta talk with these Iranians...to show talking works, I guess, to make his point!

What all this is really about is Obama's narcissism and belief that he can take his shining personality into Iran and save the Middle East. He's seeing that go away on a daily basis and his fantasy is fading with each protester's realization that this freedom thing is worth dying for.

Barack Obama is shockingly silent to the point of world wide embarrassment when the very subject about which he should be the vanguard, the subject matter expert, the go-to guy, the ONE, is playing golf. Merkel, Sarkozy and Brown are all on board in strength with Iran's protesters and each had stunning statements.

Whar a huge disappointment it must be for some of the Iranian people to know that the American president is so sheepish when speaking about the greatest American product.

The evolution of a revolution
Last Monday, three-million Iranians (ostensibly) protested over the way the votes were counted in their Presidential election. By Friday, they were protesting that they can't hold hands in public or wear lipstick; or that women receive beatings from their husbands and they don't like that; and they want to go dancing in nightclubs and listen to the music they like, not the stuff the mullahs like.

This is a cultural revolution that initially masqueraded as a political one. Blue jeans and cell phones provide the foundations to the changing of Iran.

Meanwhile, the leader of the free world, Barack Obama, refuses to give them their boost in sending them his support, although he continues a tacit statement or two. It is a shameful display.

His impossible laid back nature and lack of engagement makes me worry about our safety.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cocktails and poetry at the "House"


My Cocktail Party at the White House invite didn't arrive again last week. I guess it was lost in the mail. Instead, I was left to eavesdrop on the A-Lister's conversations and self-conscious banter with one another while the hostess, Mrs. O, must have exclaimed, "Why, this is just sooo French."

If there is one thing I've learned by standing next to Hollywood stars et al (I've been to two Academy Awards shows and have met a fair number of celebs), there is absolutely nothing more tedious than watching these people discuss politics, economics, social science, philosophy--did I miss anything? They usually do not look you in the eye if you happen to be a nobody; they're kind of like the guy you have a dud blind date with--he's always looking over your shoulder at other women. In words most of us understand, they are complete egotists and narcissists, almost to the point of pathology. That's why they do what they do.

Such strange little people these Hwood types are. First of all, most of them I saw are small...in stature. Tiny little folks. I was amazed that they weren 't the statuesque forces of nature we see on the screen. Secondly, as most people in "the industry" know, actors are singularly stupid. No, I mean dumb as a box of rocks.

So, going to the poetry jam, as FLOTUS called it would have been an exercise in not laughing out loud.

Soirees don't belong in the White House.

Sorry. It's undemocratic and small. Does anyone really believe that the Barack is taking in one scintilla of advise from one of these twits? I thought that he was having these things so he could talk up Republicans.

Oh, George Clooney and Tom Hanks, those two Ph.Ds, of course. I forgot. Then there's the great John Stewart and Bill Maher. Now there are brain trusts you can believe in.

The fact of the matter is everyone who is in the drivers' seats currently are so full of themselves, they've feathered and bowed their outsides into preening peacocks fluffed up to be one of the Man's faves. As long as they are in the president's sphere, they have a chance to be important. They're like little children who dress up in Mommy's and Daddy's best clothes and step out so Pop can take a picture. They've arrived. Finally, someone is taking them seriously.

What is this need to idolize their leader? That is a distinctively Democrat Party trait--their idiotic hero worship, as well as their need to be acknowledged by same. (It's a third world, po' me thing.)

We're living in a country where substance has left our political conversation and has been replaced by silliness. There are two wars in which our men and women are losing their lives, people are literally losing their homes and jobs; meanwhile, White House cocktail parties and four-day prom-like events like the White House Correspondents Dinner have become shockingly common. Yet, to mention that these types of displays should be toned down is met with shrugged shoulders and the response that we Republicans are simply showing our usual sour grapes.

No. We're not.

There's a haughtiness about the Obama administration that is off putting to me. It is the raised chin, the very "obvious" superiority of their presence and the inferiority of yours which causes me to think there is a big fall coming.

Nothing lasts forever, even extreme coolness. Meanwhile, the GOP needs to sit and wait to pick up the pieces.

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