Obama's First 100 Days, Sean Hannity Puts His Foot In His Mouth, Executive Pay and Thanks For The Pig Flu, Mexico!!!
I know. There were only 5 contestants left, so somebody had to be eliminated and it turned out to be the poor guy who was "saved" by the judges a couple of weeks ago, but still...
Why do I even care about American Idol and who might win? The same reason the rest of the almost 60-million people who watch it each week do. For those of you who don't watch, I come up with the almost 60-million viewers number because A.I. is on twice a week.
And if you've been watching, you know that these 5 remaining contestants have been delivering their "A" games these last couple of weeks.
And now there are 4! Several weeks ago when Adam Lambert (in my opinion) butchered the Johnny Cash classic country song, "Ring of Fire", I wrote about it and wondered if he might have become too cocky for his own good. But ever since then, the opinion here has been, Adam Lambert has become THE REASON to watch American Idol this season. I mean, you never know what this guy is gonna do! I think he has a future as a film actor, a singer and or a Broadway performer because he's not afraid to take risks. And he's very prepared when he does take risks!
Okay...On to the serious stuff!
Otherwise known as, Swine Flu. A disease that has been imported to us from Mexico.
Hmmmm!!! Illegal immigrants.....Hmmmm!!!
President Obama's First 100 Days!
Did you watch his press conference tonight? He knows how to work a room, doesn't he? And do you know what I really love about this President? He's not afraid to give long answers. Answers that (in most cases) give us a better chance to understand the problems we're facing.
An opinion (from me) regarding his first 100 days? I don't have one other than the fact (to quote a line from a song) "He's workin' HARD for the money!" that we, the citizens are paying him.
Sudden thought: During the previous 8-years, did you ever feel that President Bush was workin' hard for the money? I mean, he used about ONE of those 8 years as vacation time, didn't he?
Bank Of America!
In last week's blog, I told you about new and surprising (to me) high fees that had been attached to accounts I have with Bank of America. I also told you about a conversation I had with a Bank of America official who told me why I (and millions of others) have been hit with these new fees. And he told me this is happening at all the other banks, too. Since then, I've been hit with more fees which caused me to end my relationship with B of A and to put what little money I have into a Credit Union here in the Los Angeles area.
Wellll...Earlier today, (April 29) I learned that B of A Chairman, Kenneth Lewis was ousted by shareholders, but he's been allowed to stay with B of A as a member of their Board of Directors. I'm sure this demotion of Lewis will result in him having very little to do with decision making there, but ALL guys (and gals) like him should be FIRED! I mean, the chairman or chairwoman of EVERY bank or any other kind of company that needs billions on top of billions of our tax dollars to STAY IN BUSINESS, is being LED by a chairman or chairwoman who is obviously INCOMPETENT, so why the hell are they allowed to stay on the premises in ANY kind of capacity?!?
Here's what's really galling about these clowns! They screw up their companies, take OUR billions and billions to get propped back up and then THEY DO THE SAME THING (AGAIN) THAT HELPED CAUSE THEM TO GO BROKE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!
And that's the REWARDING OF HIGHER THAN HIGH PAY ALONG WITH OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGH BONUSES TO THE INCOMPENTENT BOZOS THAT HELPED THESE COMPANIES GO BROKE.
Loudmouth talk show hosts like Limbaugh, Hannity and the guy with the voice that sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard (yes, you, Mark Levin) get on their soap boxes about higher than high Executive Pay being some kind of "right" that shouldn't be messed with which shows us once again something that even their most rabid followers are beginning to figure out and that is....(1) These guys are either bought and paid for or are clueless, annnd (2) No one objects to an executive making lots (and lots) of money as long as it isn't OUR MONEY, money that the company needs to survive, BECAUSE THE GREEDY BASTARDS RUNNING THESE COMPANIES RAPED THEM (financially) to the point when they needed OUR money to avoid going belly-up!
And we're supposed to sit back and watch these MF-ers continue to be paid the kind of money (in a year) that the rest of us will never see IN OUR LIFETIMES?!?
And Speaking Of Sean Hannity!
Or as I like to call him, Sean "Little Lord Fauntleroy" Hannity. He put his foot in his mouth (again) the other day. He was having a discussion with a guest of his about waterboarding. Hannity was taking the position that waterboarding isn't torture. His guest took the position that waterboarding is torture. To prove it, Hannity offered to BE waterboarded for charity. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann decided to find out if Hannity was serious and offered $1,000 to the families of U.S. troops for EVERY SECOND Hannity was waterboarded before he screamed for mercy and then ADMITTED that waterboarding is torture.
Of course it's torture. The only thing(s) Hannity really knows is what happens in ivory towers or when to run like a panting lapdog. And THAT'S whenever he hears the voices of Newt Gingrich or Karl Rove.
Actually...The more I think about it... I've gotta give "Little Lord" a little more credit than that. His "trust me" demeanor plays real well on radio and television and he gets good ratings in both venues. But you know something? There's another guy I'm thinking of who would have gotten good ratings if HE had decided to become a radio and or television host INSTEAD of deciding to do what he DID decide to do. Fellow by the name of Bernie Madoff.
And how topical is THIS! Gordon Gekko is returning to the big screen!
When the film "Wall Street" came out in 1987, the vast majority of us had no idea things that film told us were things that were really happening. 20th Century Fox hopes to have "Wall Street 2" in production early this summer. And yes, Michael Douglas will (again) play Gordon Gekko and Oliver Stone will (again) be the director. They hope to have Shia LaBeouf play an updated version of the character Charlie Sheen played in the first "Wall Street".
There's another film that's currently on the cable circuit I'd like to recommend to you.
A 1999 film titled, "Stir of Echoes" is now playing on The Movie Channel(s). It's a thriller and it stars Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Erbe, Illeana Douglas, the always very good Kevin Dunn and Jennifer Morrison as Samantha Kozac, a dead person who a little boy talks to. Annnd the Kevin Bacon character begins seeing Kozac after being hypnotized by the Illeana Douglas character. If this sounds complicated, let me make it as simple as I can. "Stir of Echoes" is a bit of an I see dead people kind of film that becomes a murder mystery that darn near drives the Kevin Bacon character insane. Good, good film.
And yes, Jennifer Morrison is the same Jennifer Morrison who has (from the beginning) been a regular performer on the very popular Fox television show, "House".
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