Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Hi everybody! Due to circumstances beyond my control, I'm hoping that the next blog will be posted late tomorrow night (Thursday, March 26) or early Friday morning.

If I'm still unavoidably "tied up", the next blog would then be written and posted late on April Fool's Day/Night, which would be next Wednesday night.

Sorry, but as we all know, "stuff happens".

Scott St. James

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

AIG, Bernie Madoff, President Bush, President Obama, American Idol, A Psychic Cat and Movies!!!

It is late in the evening on Wednesday, March 18. American Idol ended almost a half hour ago. Earlier today, our (yours and my) loud bitching about bonuses seems to have gotten the attention of all those AIG incompetents and failures who received the bonuses, and as of now, we're told they plan to return some (if not all) of the bonuses.

Again...that's as of now. If these greedy incomptent failures decide to change their minds, we won't be surprised, will we?

I mean folks are sooo pissed off about this bonus business. Off the charts pissed off! Our country might be in a depression and the people who helped put us IN THIS MESS think they're deserving of BONUSES?!?"

And then there's Bernie Madoff! Somebody wanna tell me how this guy is still ALIVE?!?

There were no howls of protest when Iowa Senator Charles Grassley said that AIG executives should consider killing themselves like some people in Japan have done when/after they've done something that's very dishonorable. Personally, I'm not advocating that, but I'm sympathetic to the thought because of what we're all facing during this terrible economic time.

But Bernie Madoff? What a smooth talker this piece of human garbage must be. A lot of smart people gave Madoff a lot of money because they believed he was an honorable man who was very good with money that you wanted to invest. Money that would allow you to live a wonderful life when you decided to retire. turned out to be money that ended up allowing Mr. and Mrs. Madoff a wonderful life before THEY decided to retire. And ya know what? If all the deregulation and complete lack of oversight hadn't joined forces to show us all how stupid we all were by not demanding accountability which resulted in us almost totally collapsing economically, Madoff would probably still be free! WHY? Because no one asked Madoff to "cash out" until the proverbial economic shit "hit the fan".

Because what Madoff did DESTROYED so many people, I can't help but wonder why he's still alive. I know I'm not the only one wondering this and I have to believe that Mr. Madoff might end up being the most protected prisoner in our prison penal history.


Did you hear about the new book President Bush plans to have in the book stores next year? He says it will be a book that will (among other things) deal with 10-12 decisions he made and why he made them. Because of what his former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said on MSNBC's Hardball show recently, I will be very curious to read what President Bush writes about the decision he made to go to war in Iraq. Fleischer is still insisting that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. My first reaction is to get a megaphone and yell, "Earth to Fleischer! Earth to Fleischer!" , but if we read in President Bush's new book that HE believes that?....?


Look, none of our economic problems are President Obama's fault. In fact, he won't begin his 3rd month as President until March 20 and this economic mess was under a full head of steam before he got elected! Buuuut...isn't it time we started asking some serious questions about some of these people he has given high level jobs to? I mean it was bad enough when it seemed like everyone he was nominating or appointing had tax problems of one kind or another. I don't know about you, but if the guy you're picking to be Treasury Secretary has tax problems, the first thing I'M thinking is, "Is THIS the guy who should be responsible for the MONEY in this country?"

I had actually allowed myself to get past that appointment until I read about President Obama's new National Intelligence head honcho, Dennis Blair. He's a retired 4-star Navy Admiral who's also an Oxford guy, which is all good. He made a couple of decisions that raised some eyebrows, but a very recent decision made by Admiral Blair has everyone's attention. He appointed John Deutch, a former CIA director to a sensitive position. Blair's in charge of National Intelligence, Deutch is a former CIA director and at first glance, this looks like a good and sensible decision. UNTIL...we find out why Deutch resigned as CIA director in 1996, that his high level security clearances were stripped from him and that he felt he needed (and got) a Presidential Pardon from Bill Clinton. This new job he has requires an off the charts top-security clearance and Missouri Senator Kit Bond (for one) thinks this is outrageous and that this security clearance Deutch has been given "Should be reversed immediately!"

I won't bore you with the details as to why Deutch had his clearances taken away from him and why he resigned in 1996, but I will say that what he was guilty of had nothing to do with agents losing their lives, Deutch being a traitor or anything like that.

John Deutch simply seems to be a guy who (as the late baseball general manager, Al Campanis once said) "doesn't have the necessities!"

I happen to know Senator Kit Bond. I haven't seen him in a lot of years, I don't agree with him politically on most things, but I DO agree with Senator Bond about THIS! John Deutch should be removed and President Obama needs to figure out a way to quit hiring people who have question marks tattooed on them. When President Obama hires people who are "clean", he also needs to know that these people aren't inclined to hire subordinates who have question marks tattooed on them.



If you saw American Idol, you know that Alexis was eliminated. American Idol has a new rule this year. The four judges can "save" the singer who has the lowest number of votes that week. Last week, two singers were eliminated and then they were required to sing. That's always been a requirement, a requirement that I think is a form of torture.

Tonight (Wednesday, March 18), Alexis was told the judges were thinking about "saving" her and it would depend on how she sang. RIGHT NOW!!!

My first thought is that the American Idol people who are coming up with stuff like this are people who will easily find a new job when American Idol finally goes off the air. And that new job will be in the film business writing new torture ideas for the "Saw" franchise. For those of you not familiar with the "Saw" franchise, there have been 5 or 6 "Saw" films made, they've been big hits and the "Saw" films are classified as torture-porn.

When Alexis sang, you could tell she was "rattled". Maybe she wasn't good enough. But under those conditions, she never had a chance.

One more American Idol observation...Tuesday night when all the A.I. singers sang, it was Country Music night. The great Randy Travis was their "coach". One of the singers decided to sing a Country Classic in a way that Travis didn't agree with at all. Travis was also taken aback by the fact that the male singer was wearing black nail polish.

I'm referring to Adam Lambert. And ya know what? I honestly thought that Lambert would get the lowest number of votes and I also thought that the judges would probably "save" him because of his "stage presence" and the fact that he really can sing.

But what Adam Lambert did to Johnny Cash's Country Classic, "Ring of Fire", was insulting. It was insulting to the memory of Cash and it was insulting to people who love Country Music.

Adam Lambert is a very talented performer and is a serious candidate to be the next American Idol. He is also a serious candidate to do something very stupid that will get his cocky ass eliminated.


Did you happen to see the new episode of "House" on Fox this past Monday night. "House" is on just before "24" on Mondays.

Except for "American Idol", "House" is the highest rated television show on Fox.

Anywayyyy...Monday night's "House" centered around what appeared to be a "psychic cat". I'm not making this up. An adorable, slightly mysterious and uber-cool charcoal cat. Gang, I'm a dog kind of guy. I LOVE dogs! But Monday night, when "House" ended, I was in love with that cat. Terrific, terrific episode!!!


In 1972, I was in St. Louis and I saw a new film directed by a new director named Wes Craven. "Last House On The Left". The only thing I really remember about that film was that it scared the hell out of me and a notice that was attached to the ads for the film which said (I think) "Remember, it's only a MOVIE!"

A new version of Last House On The Left was released last Friday and I saw it a couple of days ago. Wes Craven isn't the director, but he is the producer.

It cost only 11 million dollars to make and it made more than 14 million this past weekend.

I don't think this version is anywhere near as scary as the original version, but there are certainly some terrible things that happen in this film. For what it is, I thought the writing was good, the film moved crisply and I was interested in what the outcome would be. And for me, that's pretty much what I require as a viewer.


For those of you who have read this blog when I'm writing about illegal immigrants, you know that I tend to think that illegal immigration is a bigger problem than most of our public officials do. A much bigger problem. Having said that, I'm always willing to listen to someone else's views on the subject. Yes, there are situations (rare) that I can be sympathetic about, but overall, if the criminal aspect of that behavior isn't acknowledged, I will usually have a problem being sympathetic.

There is a film that's currently being shown on the Starz channels that I highly recommend. It was released last year, but I don't think it was seen by many people. "The Visitor" stars Richard Jenkins and some other actors I'm not familiar with, but all the actors are good and Jenkins is always good. He plays a college professor in Connecticut who has an apartment he rarely uses in New York. He shows up unexpectedly at his apartment and discovers that a friend of his was letting two other people use it. A young man and a young woman. Foreigners. Illegals. But at that point of the film, we don't know that yet. The young man ends up teaching the Jenkins character how to play a tribal drum of some kind, they all like each other, the young man's mother shows up because the young man has been jailed for being an illegal, the Jenkins character tries to help, he ends up also liking the mother, etc., etc. and all of a sudden I'm watching a film I can't take my eyes off of. And yeah, it has a sad ending. Check it out. "The Visitor" on the Starz channels.

"Next". Did you see "Next" when it came out in 2007? I didn't. "Next" is also on the Starz channels now. It stars Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel. Cage plays a guy who can "see the future", but only about 2 minutes or so of the future except when it involves the Biel character. Julianne Moore plays an FBI agent who knows about a terrorist attack that's in the works, but she doesn't the where or the when and she tries to recruit the very reluctant Cage character. "Next" is a fun thrill ride if you don't mind buying into a little science fiction, an area that Nic Cage seems to like to explore. While watching "Next", I was happy to explore it with Nicolas Cage.

"The Dead Girl". Did you see "The Dead Girl" when it came out in 2006? I didn't and "The Dead Girl" is currently on the Showtime channels. "The Dead Girl" was directed by Karen Moncrieff and five stories are told in this film about the murder of "The Dead Girl". The 5th and last story is the story in which we meet "The Dead Girl" just before she is/was murdered.

Nothing dead about the cast of "The Dead Girl". Check this cast list out. Yes, all of these people are in "The Dead Girl" and all of these people are major contributors. Alphabetically they are...Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne (currently one of the stars on "Damages"), Toni Collette (currently the star of "The United States Of Tara"), Bruce Davison, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Beth Hurt, Piper Laurie, Brittany Murphy (as "The Dead Girl") Giovani Ribisi, Nick Searcy, Mary Steenburgen and Kerry Washington. A healthy number of Oscars and Oscar nominations in this group of actors and "The Dead Girl" is a film I think you'll enjoy watching.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Am I The ONLY One Who Is SICK Of "Octomom"?!?

"Octomom"! Nadya Suleman! The idiot who had no husband, no job and 6 young kids when she decided to have 8 more kids!

And now she's a national celebrity?!?

And people are saying because of some "work" she had done, she looks like ANGELINA JOLIE?!?


There is no way I could EVER be drunk enough to walk into a bar, see her and want to pick her up because I thought she looked like Angelina Jolie.

Nadya Suleman is a bow-wow freak show who should probably be in a hospital getting therapy, but instead, when television stations here in Los Angeles (because this is where this freak show lives) get the word that freak show Suleman is passing gas somewhere, ten television trucks show up to measure what she has done to the air and what she ate to cause the gas eruption.

Okay...I made that up. That hasn't happened. YET! But what has happened is ridiculous! I mean, the country is going broke, people are losing their jobs, their homes, we're involved in two stupid wars that are costing a ton of money, we got a city (here) full of illegal immigrants and television stations are spending all their time covering THIS bozo?!? Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi!!!


Have you ever heard of an organization called, "Business Roundtable"? You'll be reading about this organization in all the newspapers tomorrow, Thursday, March 12. CEOs of major U.S companies are "Business Roundtable" and in a new report they tell us that we Americans spend at least two and a half times more per person on health care than any other advanced country. Five of our biggest economic competitors are Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom. They are all ahead of us when it comes to health care. Way ahead of us when you realize that they cover all their citizens, they spend less on health care than we do and their workers are healthier than our workers. Again...This is a new report from "Business Roundtable", an organization consisting of American CEOs. You'd think that some of 'em figure to be Republicans, right? Rich Republicans. The kind of people El Rushbo Limbaugh and Sean "Little Lord Fauntleroy" Hannity are always speaking on behalf of, right?

Or are they?


The headline of the story is, "Why Rush Is Wrong For The Right".

This story was written by David Frum, a man whose conservative bona fides are impeccable and beyond reproach. But he's being attacked by bought and paid for attack dogs like Mark Levin, Little Lord and El Rushbo even though they know better.

A lot of polling has been done on Limbaugh recently because of his "I hope Obama fails" line that has gotten a lot of publicity. More on that in a minute, but back to the polling issue. 46% of those polled recently gave Limbaugh an "unfavorable" rating. President Obama's "unfavorable" rating is 22%. Nancy Pelosi's "unfavorable" rating isn't as good as President Obama's rating is, but even her "unfavorable" rating is better than Limbaugh's.

David Frum is very concerned about Rush Limbaugh being perceived as a "leader" of the Republican Party. He thinks (and so do I) that focusing on Reagan is sooo "yesterday", because the problems then were totally different than the problems now!

Again...All this recent publicity that Limbaugh has gotten is the direct result of Rush saying, "I hope he fails.", when he was talking about (then) President-elect Obama. What you will read next are three paragraphs that David Frum wrote in this new Newsweek cover story about the history of the "I hope he fails" statement.

All of this began even before Obama took office. In his broadcast on January 16, Limbaugh told listeners he had been asked by a major publication for a 400-word statement about his hopes for the new administration: "I'm thinking of replying to the guy, 'Okay, I'll send you a response, but I don't need 400 words. I need four: I hope he fails.' See, here's the point: everybody thinks it's outrageous to say, look even my staff: 'Oh, you can't do that.' Why not? Why is it any different, what's new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what's gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here...I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: 'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.' Somebody's gotta say it!"

Frum then writes: Notice that Limbaugh did not say: "I hope the administration's liberal plans fail." Or (better): "I know the administration's liberal plans will fail." Or (best): "I fear that this administration's liberal plans will fail, as liberal plans usually do." If it had been phrased that way, nobody could have used Limbaugh's words to misrepresent conservatives as clueless, indifferent or gleeful in the face of the most painful economic crisis in a generation. But then, if it had been phrased that way, nobody would have quoted his words at all---and as Limbaugh himself said, being "headlined" was the point of the exercise. If it had been phrased that way, Limbaugh's face would not now be adorning the covers of magazines. He phrased his hope in a way that drew maximum attention to himself, offered maximum benefit to the administration and did maximum harm to the party he claims to support.

Right after the words you just read, Frum writes about Limbaugh's appearance on Sean Hannity's television show five days later when Limbaugh (in essence) played the "race card".

I'm going to give you part of Frum's next to last paragraph in his Newsweek story about Limbaugh and then I encourage you buy or borrow a copy of the new Newsweek and read the whole story.

In his next to last paragraph, Frum writes about emails he has gotten from people who are defending Rush and here are Frum's words:

"Most of these e-mails say some version of the same thing: if you don't agree with Rush, quit calling yourself a conservative and get out of the Republican Party. There's the perfect culmination of the outlook Rush Limbaugh has taught his fans and followers: we want to transform the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan into a party of unanimous dittoheads--and we don't care how much the party has to shrink to do it. That's not the language of politics. It's the language of a cult."

Heck of a commentary, gang. I heartily recommend that you get the new Newsweek and read the whole commentary!


Goodbye Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez. They were eliminated from American Idol tonight. They have made some changes on A.I. this year and I think the changes (so far) have all been good. One thing they didn't change is something that makes ME (as a viewer) cringe! And that's the "torture" element they use. I've written about this before, but when Jasmine (she was the first one eliminated) was told she was "toast", she was then told she had to sing.

I know. They've always done it this way. But I think it's absolute TORTURE! Your dreams have been crushed and Ryan Seacrest is telling you to SING?

I'm tellin' ya gang, I am praying for the day when one person who has been eliminated and gets the order to sing says, "Yo, Ryan! Sing THIS!!!" and walks (or runs) off the stage.


Showtime's "The L Word" ended a very successful 6-year run Sunday night. Prior to the series finale, an hour special about how the show was cast, comments from people about the ground breaking nature of the show and some stories about things that happened behind the scenes was fun to watch. "The L Word" was a show I thought I wouldn't like, but I got hooked and ended up seeing every episode. The final episode left some questions unanswered including a big question about the murder of one of the main characters and which main character committed the murder? Does that mean we'll get that answer (and others) in a "The L Word" film that will be shot for Showtime?


The biggest film out there right now is "Watchmen". It opened on March 6 and I saw it two days ago.

The theatre I saw it in was almost full. The movie is long. 2 hours and 43 minutes long. Because it takes quite a while for this film to get going, I wasn't surprised when I saw people walking out of the theatre. And to tell you the truth, I thought about walking out myself.

Once it finally got going, it had my attention, but when it finally ended, my first thought was, "Is that all there IS?!?"

Strange movie. I'll be surprised if they get back the reported 150+ million it cost to make "Watchmen".

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

If You're Confused, Scared and or Pissed Off (and who isn't?), In This Blog, A Financial Crisis Explanation In SIMPLE Terms!!!

Before I give you the "Explanation", because of some new show business obligations I have that I told you about in the last blog, this blog (except for the "Explanation") figures to be short.

The "Explanation" will be our final item in this blog.


Hello Rush "El Rushbo" Limbaugh and Sean "Little Lord Fauntleroy" Hannity!

I know that you two aren't the only ones guilty of what you do, but you two are the ones with the largest audiences and you're the only two (who do what you do) that I listen to.

Both of you whine, whine, whine about how everything that President Obama is trying to do is wrong, wrong, wrong! Both of you say (in essence) that if we (as a country) go back to the way Ronald Reagan did things, we'd be back on the right track.

The problem with that kind of thinking is that once you take the blinders off and really examine what it was that Reagan proposed and supported economics wise, has now been proven to be what the first President Bush said when he ran against Reagan. Do you remember what Bush 41 said about Reagan's economic proposals before Bush became Reagan's Vice President?

He called those proposals "Voodoo economics" and he was right! And it has taken this long to find out how right he was!

Back to the professional "whiners"...

While El Rushbo (when he's not trying to run the Republican party) and Little Lord (when he doesn't have his lips close to El Rushbo's tush) whine and complain about what President Obama is trying to do, neither one of these guys (or any other professionial complainer) has said what we should do instead of what President Obama is trying to do.

This shouldn't be a newsflash to these guys, but in case it is....We are an eyelash away from Great Depression Two because of "zero regulation" policies that benefitted NO ONE except people who were RICH and these policies made them wealthier than wealthy while everyone else (you and me) GOT SCREWED!!!

Now...Does that mean I believe that what President Obama is trying do will result in the SOLUTIONS we now need? I don't know. But here's what I DO KNOW! We HAVE to try something DIFFERENT from the "voodoo" policies that got us INTO this mess!


Another bailout for AIG?!? Isn't it way past time for every executive in that company to be fired and or jailed? AIG...$62+BILLION dollars lost in the last quarter reported. Largest quarterly loss in history for any kind of business.

IndyMac Bancorp. So-called Federal Regulators knew about problems that outfit was having for at least TWO YEARS before they went belly-up and a lot of innocent people lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Have you ever heard of a guy named Darrel Dochow? People who ended up being financially ruined because of him wish THEY had never heard of Darrel Dochow! After helping Lincoln Savings & Loan go broke, this loser Dochow was given another big job at another bank and (with his leadership) helped THAT bank go broke. As the L.A. Times sarcastically noted, "Did Dochow leave Lincoln OFF his resume? And is this loser part of the so called 'limited talent pool' that the old-boys network would have us believe are the only ones CAPABLE of running major corporations?"

Yes, "old-boys network" guys that El Rushbo and Little Lord tell us should be "left alone".

We've all heard of Citigroup, right? About 2 years or so ago, Citigroup was worth more than 270 billion dollars. As of February 27, Citigroup was worth 8.2 billion or so. That's not a misprint. More than 260 billion dollars lost by Citigroup in what appears to be 2 years or so.

Oh, yeah. What WE need to do is go back to policies that GOT us here! (sarcasm intended)


Paul Harvey...

Never met him. But I feel like I knew him because he was that good. I worked on an ABC station that carried Paul Harvey during the shift I hosted 5 days a week. Probably the most day in and day out BEST radio entertainer I've ever heard. R.I.P., Mr. Harvey!!!


Did you see the 2-hour episode of "Brothers & Sisters" this past Sunday night? I've said it before and I'll say it again...That show, to me, is the BEST show on television and what they did for 2 hours this past Sunday, reinforced my opinion of that show. I mean, during commercials, I was constantly wiping my eyes and blowing my nose.

Did you see the 2-hour episode of "24" this past Monday night? Wow, wow and triple wow! A first rate thrill ride. "24", for me, got off to a shaky start this season, but they have (again) found their "mojo" and have again become "appointment television".

Speaking of "appointment television"...After a slow beginning this season, "American Idol" is BACK!!! They're doing things a little differently this season and these different things (in my view) are positive different things.


Charlie O'Donnell is a long time friend of mine and he's also the long time off stage announcer for "Wheel of Fortune". Earlier this evening, the guy we all call "Charlie O", sent me a written piece titled, "The financial crisis explained in simple terms:"

Word for word, here it is:

Heidi is the proprietor of a bar in Berlin. In order to increase sales, she decides to allow her loyal customers (most of whom are unemployed alcoholics) to drink now but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger, thereby granting the customers loans.

Word gets around and as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Heidi's bar.

Taking advantage of her customers' freedom from immediate payment constraints, Heidi increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Her sales volume increases massively.

A young and dynamic customer service consultant at the local bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and increases Heidi's borrowing limit.

He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts of the alcoholics as collateral.

At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert bankers transform these customer assets into DRINKBONDS, ALKBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then traded on markets worldwide. No one really understands what these abbreviations mean and how the securities are guaranteed. Nevertheless, as their prices continuously climb, the securities become top-selling items.

One day, although the prices are still climbing, a risk manager of the bank(subsequently fired because of his negativity) decides that (finally) the time has come to demand payment of the debts incurred by the drinkers at Heidi's bar.

However, they are unable pay back the debts.

Heidi cannot fulfill her loan obligations and declares bankruptcy.

DRINKBOND and ALKBOND drop in price by 95%. PUKEBOND performs better, stabilizing in price after falling by 80%.

The suppliers of Heidi's bar, having granted her generous payment due dates and having invested in the securities, are faced with a new situation. Her wine supplier claims bankruptcy and her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor.

The bank is saved by the Government following dramatic round-the-clock consultations by leaders from the governing political parties.

The funds required for this purpose are obtained by a tax levied on the NON-drinkers.

The end.

Charlie O'Donnell actually ends this with, "Finally! An explanation I understand."

Gang, I highly recommend that you read this again and send it to your friends.

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Well, this one ended up being longer than I thought it would be, but I do have current show business obligations to attend to. Unless I'm "tied up", the next blog will be posted next Wednesday, March 11, in the early or late evening. Hopefully, we'll have better economic news to report.