Tuesday, September 18, 2007

IT'S 1995 ALL OVER AGAIN!!! O.J., O.J. AND MORE O.J.!!!

As someone much smarter than me once said, "It's deja vu all over again!"

O.J., O.J., all the time, O.J.!

We have more than 40 million Americans who don't have health insurance, a presidential administration that makes us search for a better word than "incompetent", but when O.J. Simpson makes news, he becomes THE news!

In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder. It's an acquittal that a lot of Americans have had a hard time letting go of. No, Ron Goldman's father ain't the only one. He's just the most pathetic one. Mr. Goldman seems to love the spotlight more than most actors I know and I know a lot of actors.

To me, people have given O.J. Simpson way too much credit for being smart. I mean, many believe he committed the perfect murders. There wasn't any evidence one could sink their teeth into except circumstantial evidence, evidence that was offset by a cop who had provable racist tendencies, an incompetent prosecutor who imagined herself to be a beauty queen and a judge who fell in love. With the camera in the courtroom!!!

No, I don't think O.J. is smart. I think he was cast perfectly as that dumb cop in those Naked Gun films. That cop was dumber than dumb and so was the guy who charged into that room in Vegas demanding stuff he claimed was stolen from him while accompanied by a "posse" who, if possible, might have all been dumber than O.J.

What was O.J. thinking? Was he thinking that he wanted to get caught doing something that is against the law? I mean, if what we've heard is true, he will spend some (perhaps) serious time in jail this time. Is this one of those deals involving a guy who feels he needs to be punished and (he) didn't have a number for a dominatrix?!? But the bigger question is, why do we care? Is it because we're as dumb as he is? And have we finally discovered the real reason so many of us voted for a president who most everyone agrees ain't the brightest bulb on the tree?

Because when all is said and done, it all comes back to why are we so easily distracted while most of our lives are being negatively affected by a leadership void at the top of our political food chain?

AND THEN THERE'S ALAN GREENSPAN:

Have you been paying attention to the "This ain't my bleepin' fault!" bleatings from a guy that so many people admired until this recent "exposing" of himself in a new book and interviews to promote his new book? In essence, Alan Greenspan is saying that he didn't agree with all the Bush tax cuts, the spending and the economic strategy in general. Why didn't Greenspan say this while he was in the position to possibly make a difference? He says he did, but nobody was listening.

Hmmmm....Well, Greenspan does have this habit of mumbling incoherently while giving testimony to congressional leaders, so an argument can be made that he was trying warn us then, instead of what we were really thinking which was that mumbling was his way of "avoiding the question".

Buuuut...What this looks like is that Alan Greenspan is just another guy who was dead wrong when he was signing off on President Bush's spending, spending, spending and tax cuts for the rich and now that we're facing the possibility of a serious recession because of foreclosures and other things bubbling under the surface, he's trying to cover his ass by saying he isn't responsible for any of this.

Conclusion: If what you're saying is the truth now, Mr. Greenspan, then you're just as dumb as O.J. and rest of us who have done the voting recently. For you see, Mr. Greenspan, what you're coming across now as, is just another one of those "Thou doth protest too much" kind of guys.

OTHER STUFF:

Have you read Hillary Clinton's new health care proposal? If you're like me, you're probably still trying to figure out if it's a good proposal or a proposal we're supposed to think is good.

Did you see David Lazarus' column in Sunday's Los Angeles Times about an idea how to raise money that would be used to help insure people who don't have health insurance? He's suggesting that we "Decriminalize pot and tax the heck out of it."

Is this a healthcare (partial) solution that makes some sense? It does to me! Marijuana? Illegal? Why?!? Yes, I know that the people who keep trying to sell the idea that we're in Iraq because of 9/11 will come up with an argument about pot that makes as much sense as the Iraq argument, but in both cases we need an argument that's believable. People who aren't afraid to think for themselves know that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and people who aren't afraid to think for themselves know that pot is nowhere near the "boogieman" that tobacco cigarettes are. I think that David Lazarus has a heck of a good idea and I hope it's an idea that progressive thinking legislators will try to push for passage and implementation.

FINAL EMMY OBSERVATIONS:

Low ratings for Sunday's Emmy Awards on Fox. They beat the Sunday night football game (barely) and that tells us that if they hadn't been up against a football game featuring two good teams and a coach who was very much in the news, the Emmy telecast might have done quite well, ratings wise.

People are certainly talking about Sally Field, aren't they? She plays the family matriarch on what I think is the best show on television, "Brothers & Sisters" and my response to all the conversation about what she said that was bleeped is, "You GO, girl!!!".

RADIO PROGRAM REMINDER:

Tonight, I'll (again) be on with Joe McDonnell and Tim Cates on KLAC's, "The Joe McDonnell Experience" from 9:20 or so until close to ten. KLAC is 570 on the AM dial. The conversation is mostly sports, but we've been known to talk about darn near anything.

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TOMORROW: A frightening experience for a man who encountered an agitated alligator... Some thoughts about a long shot possible pair of president/vice president running mates... And anything else that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?"

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