Thursday, May 31, 2007


That great role model Michael Lohan is telling people that his estranged daughter, Lindsay Lohan is suffering from multiple addictions, including alcohol and the painkiller OxyContin. Michael Lohan, as you may or may not know was released from a New York state prison in March after almost two years for driving while intoxicated and other offenses.

Lohan's mother is a woman who appears to be someone who enjoys living vicariously through her daughter's fame, etc. In other words, a "sisterly" party girl, if you will.

So who does an addicted person like Lindsay Lohan turn to for advice and or counsel when facing the fact that she's swimming in "troubled waters"?

First of all, she has to want to change her behavior.

And that's not as easy as it sounds.

Addiction is like that lover you (deep down inside) know isn't good for you, but night after night you end up in bed with that person and you wake up the next morning hating yourself.

Until emotionally you hit "rock bottom". And oftentimes the addicted person's "rock bottom" isn't what you and I might think "rock bottom" is. "Rock bottom" for an addicted person is likely to be a "rock bottom" you pray that you never find out what the definition of that is!

Lindsay Lohan experienced success at a very early age. I know. She won't even be 21 until July 2, but her show business success began when she was under the age of 10. A lot of successful people have addictive personalities. That's one of the reasons they became successful. But you have to figure out a way to separate the good from the bad.

And that ain't easy!

I know!

Confession: I have an addictive personality. It's often been pointed out by friends of mine that I tend to trade one addiction for another. We laugh about that, but it's true. In some cases, pathetically true.

I've often said that I never tried cocaine because I was afraid I'd like it too much.

But I did try booze! I used it for relief, to combat shyness, you name it. And I was a good drunk in the sense that most people never knew I was drunk.

Except my late doctor, Beverly Hills' Paul Berns who warned me many times (so many, in fact, that I stopped going to him for a while) that I was (in essence) travelling a highway to nowhere.

I thought he was crazy.

I was very very lucky in the sense that I never had an accident while drinking, because like a lot of drunks, I did drive.

And because I was on television a lot and had done a lot of charity favors for cops, I was given a lot of "passes" after being stopped for weaving or exhibiting some other "tell tale" sign that cops are trained to spot.

I knew I was spiraling downward, but I didn't seek help. In my case, someone (for who knows what reason) decided to speak to me about a problem that seemed to have escalated to a possible dangerous point.

I am now "outing" that person for the first time. The person who took the time to speak to me in language that made sense (to me) was LAPD Sergeant Dennis Zine who is now a Councilman for the city of Los Angeles and might well one day be the Mayor of Los Angeles. When Councilman Zine reads this, it will be the first time that he will learn that I quit drinking because of him. And that was more than 16 years ago.

I believe that Lindsay Lohan has the capability of becoming our next Elizabeth Taylor as an actress. Talent like that shouldn't end up in a box at an early age. She's in rehab now. I hope she finds her Dennis Zine there, because like I was, she is on the highway to nowhere.


Has Kobe said something else in the last few minutes? I mean, somebody get him a sedative or something. In the last 48 hours it's hard to keep up with what he wants, doesn't want, etc.

In the (who knows how many) interviews he's done the last two days, the one thing that remains constant is that he's unhappy. he has something in common with most of the rest of us so we (again) learn that money doesn't buy happiness.

I'm reminded of an old country song sung by the late Tammy Wynette; "Stand By Your Man". When Kobe Bryant had that messy problem in Colorado, a lot of people would have understood if the Lakers had decided to get rid of him. The Lakers didn't. In fact, they bent over backwards for him. In other words, they did the Tammy Wynette thing. To pop off publicly the way Kobe's popping off instead of expressing his concerns behind closed doors, is behavior exhibited by one who is living in a "me, me, me" world.


When NBC's long running "Law & Order" show resumes next season, Fred Thompson won't be playing the role of Arthur Branch. Thompson told Law & Order's executive producer Dick Wolf he is leaving because of "creative and scheduling constraints of the upcoming season".

In other words, even though he hasn't said so publicly, Fred Thompson's going to become a candidate to be President of the United States.

And if he changes his mind? Oh, I imagine Law & Order would find a place for him.


On the back page of the June 4 issue of Newsweek Magazine, George Will's column is titled, "Out of What Shadows".

Sometimes Will writes in a way that is "too smart for the room", but if you care about the illegal immigration problem, this is a very interesting column.

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The illegal immigration problem solved the Ronald Reagan way.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


We'll get to Lindsay Lohan and immigration laws in another country in a minute, but let's address the problem that Republicans, who want to be our next president are having. If you've noticed in the two previous "debates", President Bush has been rarely (if ever) mentioned. Instead, Ronald Reagan is mentioned. A lot! Of course if he were still alive, he'd probably disown most of these guys, but that's another story.
From the first two Republican debates, I came to four conclusions. (1) Two poll leaders are flip-floppers of the first order and I wouldn't trust either of them to tell me the time of day. (2) The candidate who seems to have something original to say is one of these "too smart for the room" guys who's in desperate need of "coaching". (3) The actor, who has yet to announce, might well be their strongest candidate. (4) Newt Gingrich? Puh-leeze!!

Do you know how much money this Iraq war has cost us so far? Something in the neighborhood of 450 billion dollars and counting.
No matter who ends up surviving and becoming the Republican candidate, I call your attention to a situation which leads to a question posed by Time Magazine's Joe Klein who writes, "We invade a country, suspecting weapons of mass destruction, but the WMD aren't there, and we get bogged down in a hopeless sectarian struggle. What do you do?"

Ladies and gentlemen, that's the 450 billion dollar question I want these candidates to answer and the one who gives the answer that makes the most sense, gets my vote. If none of the answers make sense, my response is, we've already got that guy and he's the reason we're asking this question. Solution? Get us different candidates and that's why this question needs to be asked and answered sooner rather than later.

And yeah, let's ask that question to the Democrat wannabes as well.


If you read our Lindsay Lohan item yesterday, you saw a picture of her slumped in a car. I didn't know that picture had been taken at least a day and a half after she had been admitted to a hospital because of the accident and the DUI thing. In other words, she was apparently partying again.

Now she's back in rehab and people are wondering what will happen next? She has a film coming out July 26, in which she plays a stripper and a film she was supposed to begin that stars Shirley MacLaine (among others) has now been pushed back.

This will hopefully be the wake-up call she needs, but it apparently has been a wake-up call for the California Alcohol Beverage Control Board who will now use a lot of undercover officers to try to bust clubs who are selling liquor to minors. It's a shame that it took multiple Lohan incidents to get the attention of this board because these stories involving underage "stars" drinking in these clubs has been reported on all the celebrity television shows and in all the tabloids for a long time.

Like I said in this space yesterday, I'm rootin' for ya, kid.

On a more pleasant note involving celebrities, a new television show debuts on the CW at 8 tonight. It's described as being somewhat like "The O.C." but it features more sex and more fun. People like Gail O'Grady and Sharon Lawrence are involved along with some actors who were in "The O.C.". I'm definitely gonna check it out.

Reader Jon Badeaux is a guy who worked many years with legendary broadcaster, "The Real Don Steele" and he has three music sites including his latest under the "Generations" banner (

After reading yesterday's commentary on illegal immigration, Badeaux offers a question and then gives examples. You, dear readers, are encouraged to read this all the way to the end!

Badeaux writes, "As a native of Southern California, I am keenly aware of the incredible injustices done to foreigners. Yet I'm also sensitive to the issue of the amount of taxes we had to pay to support illegal immigrants in our state. Do you think the following laws, if implemented in our country, would be a bit harsh? Read them over. Be sure you read all the way to the end."

And here are the laws Badeaux listed:

(1) No special bilingual programs in the schools.

(2) No special ballots for elections.

(3) All government business will be conducted in our language.

(4) Foreigners will not have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.

(5) Foreigners will never be able to hold political office.

(6) Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care or other government assistance programs.

(7) Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

(8) If foreigners do come and want to buy land, that will be okay. But options will be restricted. Foreigners would not be allowed waterfront property. That is reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

(9) Foreigners may not protest. No demonstrations, no waving a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our president or his policies. If you do, you will be deported.

(10) If you do come to this country illegally, you will be hunted down and sent straight to jail.

Then Jon Badeaux writes, "So what do you think? Are these concepts too harsh? Then let me explain one little detail. The above items are real laws! IN MEXICO!"

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A surprise!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


First of all, I hope that all of you had a fun and or restful 3-day holiday. Today is the day we begin our 3rd month of doing this little blog. So far, it's been an absolute blast and your reaction expressed in notes written to me at have been fun, informative and as you know, I do write back.

Our Memorial Day thoughts resulted in the most reaction we've gotten in our two months of operation. Not the most "hits", but by far the most reaction. If you missed it, you can read it right after this blog entry ends.

We begin our third month with another observation about the "800 pound gorilla in the room" OUR ROOM! THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA's ROOM!


A lot of well meaning people are trying to figure out a way for 12 million or more people who are here illegally, to become legal. And by the way, let's include a bunch of relatives of these illegals as well. These same well meaning people are trying to sell us on the idea that if we agree to this, that somehow the illegal immigration situation will go away or at least become manageable. To support their argument(s), many of these same well meaning people say that people who oppose this do so because of "hatred".

My response to that is, hatred of what or whom? Mexicans?

How about this? Hatred of laws being broken over and over again. And if we bend over and allow the amnesty for all the lawbreakers who are currently here why are we supposed to believe that more potential lawbreakers, watching what's happening, won't turn that 12 million number to 24 million or more! A lot more!

Folks, I can't speak for everyone, but I can certainly speak for me. It ain't about hating. It's about survival. We are too crowded now and we don't need millions more who take advantage of legal loopholes which is costing us legal taxpayers lots and lots of money we'd rather be spending on something else.

Like, you know, the Iraq war.

Okay, maybe it would be nice if we could solve that little problem as well.

Of course that would take leadership and I'm reminded of something Ronald Reagan once said.
As many people know, Reagan was a Democrat before becoming a Republican. When asked why he left that party, Reagan said, "I didn't leave the Democratic party! It left me! I know how you feel, Mr. President. I'm feeling the same way in reverse. And I want to thank Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster's President Chuck Southcott for reminding me of that quote.


After hitting a curb and some shrubbery with her car early Saturday morning, Lindsay Lohan was tracked to a hospital where she was charged with DUI. Some cocaine was allegedly found in her car, but ownership of that drug has yet to be determined. Lohan was injured (we're told) in her upper chest area. Two other people were in her car, a car we're told that usually sits a total of two.

"Girls just wanna have fun?"

I suppose, but for the life of me, I don't understand why she doesn't hire a driver. I know. Because she plays hard, she figures that a driver might sell her out to the tabloids. I don't know if more money to her driver would solve that problem, but the way she's going now, she's in danger of becoming a statistic. Lindsay Lohan is not some wannabe like some young people we read about. Lindsay Lohan is a good actress who has the capability (in my view) of becoming a great actress. What Lindsay Lohan seems to need most right now is a parent! But when you look at the two she does have, the thought of a foster parent seems to be a more desirable option.

I'm rootin' for ya, kid!


Well, it was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? Those two arguing with each other helped "The View" get ratings the likes of which they've never had and now it's over. After their latest on-air argument, Rosie says she's had enough and most folks think she'd like to come back with her own show that would be on the same time "The View" is.


At 9 on FOX, "House" will air it's final new episode of the season and at 10 on ABC, "Boston Legal" will air it's final new episode. I think these shows provide us with good entertainment week after week after week.

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The million dollar question for Republican presidential candidates and thoughts about $15 pillows, $2 glasses of water and $10 for no middle seats on airlines.

Friday, May 25, 2007


EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm writing this Monday morning, May 28th. This is a birthday for us. We're now two months old!! Our Memorial Day weekend column got and continues to get off the charts tremendous reaction!! So, like the rest of you, I'm going to take the day off and leave Friday's column front and center for anyone who missed it. When we return tomorrow, we'll have a Lindsay Lohan update, thoughts about Rosie O'Donnell and "The View", a memorable quote from Ronald Reagan that I had forgotten about and anything else that gets my attention. As usual, the new blog will be posted tomorrow morning (Tuesday) between 7 and 7:15. Meanwhile, we're going to celebrate our second month's birthday. Thanks for finding us, thanks for your thoughtful and kind reactions that you've written to and I hope we continue to keep you interested. Here comes the Memorial Day weekend column that I'm still responding to responders about.

Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day itself isn't until next Wednesday, but we're always looking for an excuse to have a 3-day weekend, right? Whatever. Most of us won't even think about what Memorial Day represents, but here's what it represents to me. Setting aside a few seconds to think about past missions accomplished by our fighting men and women. Accomplished missions that have helped keep the rest of us safe. From people like Hitler, the leaders in Japan who decided to attack Pearl Harbor, etc. And then there was this thing that happened on the 11th of September in 2001. When planes, commandeered by religious zealots crashed into New York towers. Crashes that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans. A clear act of murder. Murder that was planned and orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, who in a number of statements since those attacks happily claimed responsibility for those murders.

We have the greatest military in the world, right? On this Memorial Day weekend, we should be remembering how we reacted to these murders. And we are remembering. Less than 2 years after those murders, we seemed to say, "To heck with bin Laden! Let's raise some hell in Iraq!"

And we, the people, after rolling over like obedient dogs, woke up one day and said, "Why?!?"

Over and over again, we were told that this Iraq business we were involved in was somehow related to "9/11". Those who protested were referred to as being "unpatriotic" and the Bush administration had enough hired gun propaganda spewers on major radio and television stations who, like the lap dogs they are, willingly shouted to their Kool-Aid drinking followers that this Iraq business was good for all of us. Good for business, maybe, but...

New regulations were instituted involving "freedoms" we take for granted, but we were told to not worry, because like everything else, it had to do with "9/11".

On this Memorial Day weekend I would like everyone to take a few seconds to remember all we need to remember about "9/11". OSAMA bin LADEN!!!!

The greatest military in the world can't find Osama bin Laden?!? After almost SIX YEARS?!?

When I was in the military, there was an elite group of warriors known as LRRP's. Very few people knew about the existence of these guys. Those in the know, referred to them as Lurps, because it was easy to say. Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol is what the letters LRRP meant. The fictitious warrior "Rambo" was really a Lurp, but because most folks had never heard of a Lurp (including maybe even Sly), Rambo was called a Green Beret. Valiant warriors, but Lurp's were considered to be the baddest of the bad.

I don't know if we still have Lurps, but we have SOMETHING. And whether it be Lurps or whatever has replaced Lurps, I refuse to believe people like that couldn't find Osama bin Laden and bring his head back on stick. And that's if there's enough left of his head to PUT on a stick.

Morbid? Crazy? Is the thought too violent for your mind to digest?

Okay. And what happened on "9/11" was, what?


Did you see "So You Think You Can Dance" last night? It's a show produced by the same people who produce "American Idol". I had the whole show on while (for most of it) I was reading a magazine. When "American Idol" is on, I don't do anything except watch. I thought the host was fun, she's definitely easy on the eyes, but other than that, except for rare moments, I was bored.

Speaking of "American Idol"....I can't help but think about all the behind the scenes work these kids are involved with before each week's new show. The commercials they have to perform in is time consuming enough. I know. I've made a lot of television commercials that aired nationally. How about the routines these kids had to learn that were routines that had nothing to do with the song or songs they would have to sing by themselves? Preparation that involves memorization and rehearsal time. Rehearsal time that might be used up while doing the obligatory on-camera taped thing with whatever "coach" the Idol producers hired for that week. Not to mention the sponsor tours, interviews, etc. And when do they have time to sleep?

Bottom line: Whatever success these American Idol kids get from this experience is success they've earned!!! And speaking of "earning"....I don't know the answer to this question, but are any of these kids paid for their performances and all the work they do? I mean, are they paid anything?!?


I read the National Enquirer every week. I'm a subscriber. In the new issue, head gossip guy Mike Walker has a story about Lindsay Lohan that I want to share with you.

Recently, Lohan was driving through Beverly Hills one evening with a galpal (Mike's word) when she saw a young guy crossing the street. A guy that Lindsay Lohan thought enough of (looks-wise) to slam on her brakes and yell at the guy: "Hey, you! What are you doing tonight? Want to go clubbing with us?" The 20-something guy apparently looked, did a double take and then while stammering said, "Are you...Lindsay Lohan?" While giggling, Lohan (reportedly) said, "Yeah, that's me! Hop in, and let's go have some fun."

Wait. There's more.

The young guy looked at his watch and said, "Gee, uh, I'm late for my acting class...but I'd love to meet up with you in about two hours!" Lindsay Lohan's response was (reportedly), "Forget it!!! You snooze, you lose!!! And while burning rubber, Lohan drove away.

I really don't know what to write next. I mean, according to Maxim, Lohan's the hottest babe on the planet. It's an assertion I happen to agree with. All I can say is, I understand dedication to your craft and maybe the young man had a memorized scene in class that would have affected another actor, but....LINDSAY LOHAN?!? I mean, you don't think your instructor (and your scene partner) would have given you a "pass" on THAT excuse?

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Lindsay Lohan's latest "problem", A memorable quote from Ronald Reagan, Rosie O'Donnell's decision to quit "The View" and the brief return of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip".

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Now that was entertainment!!!

Counting the red carpet show hosted by Steve Edwards and his fun female co-hosts, those of us who sat through the "American Idol" season finale, sat for 2 hours and 37 minutes or so, but I think I speak for the majority when I say, this sit was more than worth our time.

Where do I begin?

How about at the very beginning of the main event when finalists Blake and Jordin did a duet of an old Beatles song, "I Saw Her/Him Standing There". Unless those two kids are the best actors on the planet, there was no doubt that these two like each other and when they finished this song, I had a one word reaction. ADORABLE!!!

I'm not going to recap the whole show, but here are what were highlights for me.

Appearances by Gwen Stefani and the first Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson.

Smokey Robinson with the top 6 Idol guys from this season.

Gladys Knight with the top 6 Idol women from this season. The 7 of them doing "Midnight Train To Georgia" brought a big smile to this music lover's face.

Tony Bennett. 80-year old Tony Bennett, who brought the house down with his rendition of a song that seemed to express his feelings about (what we're told) is an upcoming marriage to a woman he's known for 18 years, a woman that is 40 years younger than Tony.

Carrie Underwood. She's already had a career that would make most folks envious.

The Golden Idols awards. Some worked, some didn't.

The African Children's Choir. Another version of adorable.

Sanjaya with legendary guitar player Joe Perry. Like a lot of people, I want to like Sanjaya, but dude, you still can't sing.

Before the winner was announced, we were treated to a few Beatles' songs that were (to me) highlighted by Carrie Underwood and the 6 top Idol women from this season singing, "With A Little Help From My Friends".

Bravo, bravo, bravo!

And then the big announcement was made. Jordin was declared the winner and then had to sing. My first thought was, how do you sing after that?!? Well, at the end of the song, she lost it with a torrent of tears, but that only proved she's human.

Wow, wow, wow! I can hardly wait for the next season of Idol to begin!


The season premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" will be on Fox tonight. And after a very long hiatus, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" will begin showing what will be their final episodes on NBC.


As most of us know, Rosie O'Donnell will soon leave "The View", but after what happened yesterday, her departure might be sooner than we (or she) thought. After a cat fight between liberal Rosie and conservative Elisabeth that made you wonder if we might see the real "Ultimate Fighting Championship", we're told that Rosie will be taking a couple of days off, but a lot of folks wonder if she'll be back.


Because I've delayed doing this for a couple of days, one might think this is a bigger deal than it is. Here's a clue. It isn't, buuuut...

I got this idea after remembering a saying by a former sportscaster in Cincinnati who used to end his broadcasts with the words, "Rounding third and heading for home!"

Those are words that can apply to people who have lived a pretty good life (as I have) and are getting close to the home stretch.

I'm not there yet. A few more years before I reach that age, but when I thought of the "saying" I mentioned, I started thinking about things I haven't done yet and that caused me to remember memorable things I did the first time.

Please, please, please play along with me here.

Do you remember your first kiss? Mine was with Diane Jones, a spin the bottle game, when I was in the 4th or 5th grade. Your first crush? Linda Schantzer, same time frame. I thought she was "the bomb". Your first sexual experience? An Asian girl while wearing a U.S. Army uniform. Guys, do you remember the first time a woman you were involved with told you she was pregnant? I do. Ladies, do you remember the first time you told a guy you were involved with that you were pregnant and the look you saw on his face? Priceless, wasn't it? And I'll bet he has no clue as to what you saw! Good or bad.


I could go on and on, but while thinking about this, I thought of a few (silly?) things I haven't done yet like having a lap dance. That must be fun, because a lot of money is spent on that activity. Here's another one. Visiting a Tarot Card reader. A couple of days ago, I did that. I met with a young woman who calls herself, "Angel Psychic Sara" on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Valley Village, California. For 25 bucks, I watched this very pleasant woman flip over cards and listened to her tell me what the cards represented while asking me a lot of personal questions.

It was quite revealing. She said a lot of things that are true, (things she would have no way of knowing), but she also said some things that either aren't true or haven't happened yet. All in all, it was like a visit to a shrink but not nearly as costly. I'm glad I did it.

Hmmm...Now about that lap dance....

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Why haven't we captured or killed Osama bin Laden?!? The person running for President who convinces me he or she will get Osama bin Laden, dead or alive, will get my vote! On a lighter note, I'll have another LINDSAY LOHAN story. Also some final thoughts on American Idol.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Before getting to the war in Iraq, let's address the war going on at the Kodak Theatre here in Hollywood.

Blake and Jordin are the finalists in this year's "American Idol" competition. A coin was flipped before the singing began and Blake won the coin toss meaning that he could decide if he wanted to sing first or second. He chose to allow Jordin to make the choice and she chose to sing second.

Both of them sang three songs. After the first song, the judges (Randy, Paula and Simon) seemed to think Blake had the edge or it was a tie. That wasn't the case when they sang their next two songs. The feeling expressed was that Jordin had won and if they're right, Jordin will be announced as our new American Idol tonight. But you never know how the people using the phone will vote, do you? Will there be a surprise tonight? One thing there will be is a long show. A half hour red carpet show followed by 2 hours inside the Kodak. What will be done for 2 hours? Who knows, but hopefully it'll be entertaining.

Here's how I voted last night. The numbers next to each name represent a 1-10 vote, in order, of the three songs they sang.

Blake: 7, 7, 6

Jordin: 7, 8, 7

Sudden thought. If any of this year's previous Idol contestants do any singing tonight, I hope that Haley Scarnato, who Simon criticized for her skimpy clothing sings and that she wears an outfit that gives us all something to talk about and to look at.


I received a number of responses at to my "800 pound gorilla in the room" commentary about illegal immigration yesterday. If you missed it, you can read it by simply scrolling down past the end of today's (this) blog. No one disagreed with me, but it's okay if you do. I always like hearing (reading) what you think about something I wrote or anything at all.



9 more soldiers killed yesterday. Vicious attacks by roadside bombs. 3431 soldiers dead as I write this. Many more thousands have suffered injuries the likes of which we wouldn't wish on our worst enemies.

It is long past time to take the blinders off. We are told that what we're doing in Iraq is important. For the sake of argument, let's say that it is important. If so, how could something so important be something that gives new meaning to "idiotic planning" or worse, no real planning at all! From the much smaller than needed amount of troops, to bulletproof vests that didn't work, to ineffective armor on vehicles, to lies about Iraq's connection to 9/11, etc., etc.

This administration talks about our sacrifices and that these sacrifices are necessary to fight the war on terror.

With all due respect, Mr. President, what sacrifices? The only people I see making sacrifices are these poor folks who joined the National Guard to do what they thought would be work involving disasters in the states they were living in. Fires, floods, earthquakes and the like. None of these people thought they'd be used as cannon fodder for a bumbling, fumbling administration the likes of which hasn't been seen in any of our lifetimes.

Buuut...Maybe what we're doing in Iraq is important and we really do need to sacrifice.

Mr. President, please go on national television and tell us what we're trying to accomplish there. I mean, really tell us. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

And then Mr. President, announce the ultimate sacrifice. That you want to reinstate the draft. If that flies, then let's do some real "shock and awe" and win this thing.

If not, let's get the hell out of there.

If neither of the above options is acceptable, let's talk about something else.


I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. For two days I've stated I would do a piece titled, "Do you remember your first time? I'll do it tomorrow. I promise, I promise, I promise.

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American Idol thoughts and "first time" recollections.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


What a difference 24 hours makes. After finishing yesterday's blog, my intention was to write a hoped for "fun" piece that would be titled, "Do You Remember Your First Time?"

Well, I'm still going to do that, but it won't be today. It'll be tomorrow. You see, a number of other stories are just too good to ignore.

Like Paula Abdul's nose.

Did you hear about this? Tonight, Jordin and Blake will try to convince America that they deserve to be the new "American Idol", but all anyone wants to know about is what happened to Paula's nose. Paula says that while trying to avoid stepping on "Tulip", her Chihuahua, Paula fell. A fall that resulted in injuries to her arm, chest, waist all the way down to her hip and a broken nose. We are told that the dog wasn't hurt and that Paula wasn't hurt enough to even think about missing tonight's "American Idol".

WHEW! I don't know about you, but I'm certainly relieved.

Speaking of shows that are usually on Tuesday nights...The season finale of "Boston Legal" was supposed to be on tonight. According to both Los Angeles newspapers, it won't be on. Anybody know WHY?


Did you see last night's season finale of "24" on FOX? Now THAT's the Jack Bauer we've grown to know and love. I mean, he was all over the place while doing his super-hero thing and at the end, he even said goodbye to his beloved Audrey. Did his declaration of love bring a tear to your eye? Me neither, but the heroic stuff was cool. Did Terminator Arnold, Die Hard Bruce or Rambo Sly ever bring a tear to your eye? Case closed.

Did you see the season finale of "Heroes" on NBC? One word synopsis. WHEW!


Paul Brownfield's page one column in today's L.A. Times' Calendar section that's headlined, "Brothers & Sisters, Love and Politics". If you like "Brothers & Sisters", you'll like Paul's column.


We are hearing more and more about Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. He is someone I've had conversations with and he's a man who makes a lot of sense (most of the time), but he's also a guy who doesn't have the camera "look" and at times he shoots himself in the foot because Ron Paul doesn't have the "sound bite" thing down. Having said all that, here's an invitation to check this candidate out while he (hopefully) learns better communication skills.


Illegal immigration!

A few days ago, the United States Senate put together a proposal that neither side of the illegal immigration argument likes and in most cases, that would be considered a "good" proposal because it would figure to represent fair "compromises".

But the complainers on both sides are howling SO much, one of three things is going to happen to this proposal.

(1) The Senate will throw their hands up in the air, promise to come up with something better down the road and more or less go on to other things.

(2) Address all the arguments by implementing some of them from each side and end up with a proposal that will make people (on both sides) scream even louder!

(3) Address what REALLY is the 800-pound gorilla in the room by stating (and somehow try to legislate) what bothers most legal citizens big time. Make that bigger than big time.

The United States of America is simply too crowded. Illegal immigrant supporters howl that people who are against illegal immigrants are racists, because most of the illegal immigrants appear to be Mexicans.

I want this non-stop infusion of illegal immigrants stopped and I will say that about people from Norway, Canada, Russia or wherever.

I absolutely want anyone who wants to be a citizen to have to learn English! Put a time limit on it. Don't learn English within a certain period of time, we'll escort you to the airport. Let's (hopefully) get back to where we were when we didn't have to listen to long messages about language options when we're trying to reach someone to solve a problem. If I were to choose to move to Mexico or Germany, etc., I would consider myself to be an idiot if I didn't learn Spanish or German, etc. Why should we have to tolerate that in America?

And just because you want to be a citizen, we need to allow all your family members to be citizens as well? Wife, husband, children? If you pass all our tests and we have room for you, fine. Anyone else in your family? Stand in line like everyone else.

If you're illegal and you have a child while you're illegal? That child is illegal as well.

Am I being too tough? Unreasonable?

From where I sit, by having everything rammed down our throats because of the way things are now, I find myself (often) remembering Howard Beale from the great film "Network" who yelled, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!"


Speaking of guys who could be like Howard Beale...

I worked with the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Robert W. Morgan three different times. Have you noticed the title of this blog? The Jammer With The Hammer? Robert W. Morgan is the guy who nicknamed me, "The Jammer" and he would often refer to me as "The Jammer with the Hammer!"

Nine years ago today, Robert W. Morgan passed away. If there is a heaven, there's no doubt in my mind that Robert W. has already done his best to straighten out a couple of Angels. We miss and love you, bro!

You can check out the 36-minute Robert W. Morgan Boss-Ography video at:

And you can also hear airchecks of his work at:

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