Monday, August 27, 2007


This blog is written early in the morning here in Los Angeles. By the time you read this, more information than I have here, might be known.

But here's all we need to know. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has submitted his letter of resignation. We're told that an official announcement will be made later today.

Short Commentary: General Gonzales is another one of those "loyal" guys that President Bush gave an important job to. In fact, Bush wanted Gonzales to end up as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Those of us who have been paying attention choose to laugh instead of cry because of the absurdity of it all. Watching Gonzales "testify" recently in congressional investigations about why U.S. Attorneys were fired or about anything else, showed us one constant. General Gonzales had the lousiest memory in the history of mankind or he was a liar. Yeah, that's the kind of guy we need on the U.S. Supreme Court, right? Or for that matter, as our U.S. Attorney General.

Two words: Good riddance!


Okay, I'm dating myself. The above is a line from an old hit record, a line I'm reminded of because of what Michael Vick has to do today. Face a judge, state a plea and hope the judge accepts his plea. Vick is admitting that he helped kill six to eight pit bulls and that he supplied money for gambling on the fights. He said he didn't personally place any bets or share in any winnings.

If I'm Judge Henry Hudson, the question I'm asking after reading Vick's gambling plea is, "If you supplied money for gambling on the fights and didn't share in any winnings, why?!?"

It's obvious that Vick is trying to save his NFL career by staying as far away from the gambling
issues as he can because the gambling thing could get him banned for life from the NFL.

We're told that the only ruling Judge Hudson will make today is on the issue of Vick's plea. To accept or reject it. If Judge Hudson accepts it, he is expected to announce sentencing in the next couple of months or so.

Basically, what Vick and his lawyers have decided to do is admit to having made a mistake and hope that Judge Hudson will show some mercy.

St. Louis reader/listener Lauren Barnes responds to the "mistake" issue with this e-mail: "Michael Vick's 'peeps' are saying he knows he made a mistake. ARE THEY KIDDING ME? I know I've made a mistake when my checkbook doesn't balance. I know I've made a mistake when I bring home lite beer accidentally. What this coward did was NO mistake. What this coward did took an extraordinary amount of resources to keep going and to keep covered up. No, no! NOTHING about this entire endeavor was a mistake. It was all intentionally, and methodically done!"


The film "War" took in $10 million this past weekend. I saw it Friday. When I left the theatre, I found myself wondering what other critics might have thought of "War". When I got home, I realized that there were no reviews, because the film wasn't shown to critics prior to it being released. More than 90% of the time, that's the kiss of death, because usually, the people who made the film think it's lousy. I didn't think it was lousy, lousy. What little dialogue there was, wasn't bad. The acting was pretty much one-note and cheesy. I'm still not sure what was going on story wise, but other than that, it was a fine film.

I did see a couple of films on cable this weekend that I highly recommend.

"Wedding Crashers". What a delightful film this is! It stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher and some terrific supporting actors. Wilson and Vaughn star as professional "wedding crashers" who go to weddings for the free food, booze and a chance to pick up vulnerable women. Their "plans" get interrupted because both guys end up "falling" for two women. Rachel McAdams is one of them and she's so adorable, you want to reach through the screen and hug her. Isla Fisher plays screwy and adorable so well, that guys everywhere figure to be saying, "Oh, if I could only find someone like her! Christopher Walken plays the father of the McAdams character and once again, Walken owns his role. It's no mystery why Christopher Walken is in so many films. This guy can play anything! "Wedding Crashers". Fun film!

"The River King", also on the cable circuit now, is a film that makes you think. And think and think. It stars Edward Burns, Rachelle LeFeure, Jennifer Ehle and Thomas Gibson. This whole film is about whether or not a young boy committed suicide or was murdered and you can't take your eyes off this film. "The River King". Don't turn it on unless you have the time to get "involved".


Be on the lookout for the new Jodie Foster film, "The Brave One" which is due to debut a couple of weeks or so from now. Foster plays a female vigilante and the buzz on this film is good.


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TOMORROW: I'll tell you about an underdog Republican presidential candidate who might be worth a second and third "look", a developing sad (if true) story about actor Owen Wison annnd...Anything else that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"


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