Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sarah Palin, Previous VP's and a message from me to President Barack Obama!!!

We really didn't think Sarah Palin was suddenly going to become invisible, did we? In case you hadn't heard, she's now a Fox News commentator of some kind. This is apparently not a regular gig. Yet! Because of a new book, "Game Change" that was written by two highly respected authors (John Heilemann and Mark Halperin), Fox News, if they care, might be interested to know what the McCain people learned about Palin during the last presidential campaign. Among other things, she didn't know the difference between North and South Korea and she apparently didn't know they are two different countries. No big deal if (for example) YOU or I don't know that, but the possible Vice President of the United States SHOULD know that, especially if McCain had won the last election.

There are other things in this book about the former Alaska governor that lend credence to the fact she would have been hands down the most unqualified person to ever be a heartbeat away from the presidency in the history of our country and no, I haven't forgotten about Spiro Agnew or the Robert Redford lookalike who was Bush Senior's VP.

Dick Cheney? No, Cheney wasn't someone who was politically uninformed. In fact, he was VERY informed and served his president well. Bush Senior's VP was a doofus and Agnew, though politically astute, turned out to be common crook.

You put Sarah Palin in the White House as Vice President Palin, you pray that the president she's supposed to be serving has off the charts great health. You put Sarah Palin in the White House AS president, that would figure to be good business for all the churches because a whole lot of us would be wanting to do some SERIOUS PRAYING about the health of our country!!!

AND THEN THERE'S PRESIDENT OBAMA...

I voted for him and it was the first time I have ever voted for a democrat because to me, the current Republican leadership had "lost it's way".

Having said that, like a lot of Americans who switched sides, I now find myself saying, "Hmmm!!!", when someone asks me how I think President Obama did during his first year in office.

I believe that President Obama has often appeared to be walking on egg shells when faced with a serious problem and that to me has been understandable because he's the first African American to hold this office and he would figure to not want to come across as being "uppity".

Now before you start sending the emails to me, THINK about what I just wrote. The word "uppity" might not cross YOUR mind, but if you think for one second that there aren't millions of people in this country ready to use that word loudly because of something he's said or done, you're living in the Twilight Zone.

Someday, having an African American in the White House will be no big deal. Same deal for an Asian, Latino, Woman, Gay Person, etc., etc.

Muslim? No! I most definitely wouldn't go that far!

Back to President Obama. Yes, I thought we were voting for someone "SPECIAL" when we voted for him and maybe by the end of his first term, we will discover that we DID vote for someone "special". But right now, all I know is that like every other politician before him, Barack Obama seems to have said what was necessary to get himself elected. Health Care for everyone is what he has hung his first term on. But even if he gets a Health Care bill passed, it will probably be something that is better than what we have now, but not anywhere near as good as what the people who voted for him hoped it would be.

And these WARS?!? I am simply not convinced that these wars are in our best interests when we have so many other problems to take care of here. Problems that are affecting millions of us because of all the money that is spent on these wars and all the money that was spent on bailing out businesses that should have been forced into bankruptcy.

Eventually, President Obama is going to have to stop being concerned about the "walking on egg shells" thing and become (as I suggested in a previous blog) an out and out ASSHOLE to people in his inner circle or members of Congress who try to talk him out of things he knows in his heart of hearts is the RIGHT THING TO DO!!!

To me, a serious decision needs to be made regarding wars and our economy. The United States Of America's economy. An economy that is in terrible shape. More and more home foreclosures, more and more people filing for bankruptcy. The millions who are unemployed that we know about and millions more who are unemployed who have simply given up. I could go on and on about this mess and point fingers at the banks and insurance companies that have been allowed to rape us, the disastrous deregulation, consolidation and any other word that ends with t-i-o-n and don't even get me started on NAFTA! And no, our problems are not all caused by Republican or Democrat leadership. They are equally at fault. Reagan, Clinton, W. Bush and other high level politicians who seem to have been bought and paid for by the lobbyists representing the people I mention in the 5th, 6th and 7th sentences of this paragraph.

And right now, President Barack Obama appears to be going along with most of what the people who got us into this mess want us to CONTINUE to do.

Mr. President, that is not acceptable! Mr. President, I understand that a lot of compromising has to be done in order to get ANYTHING done, but you have to present something dramatic in order to get something dramatic after the compromising is done.

Okay, Mr. President. You've taken your shot with Health Care and if any of it gets passed, it will be a shadow of what you wanted, but at least it will be something. And you will have gotten it despite having to walk on egg shells to get it.

Mr. President, here is what I would LOVE to hear from you regarding these wars, national security and our (closer than anyone will admit to) dangerous road toward "GREAT DEPRESSION TWO!!!"

I know. This will come across as wishful thinking that doesn't have a chance in the world, but if you don't throw it out there during desperate times....And make no mistake....These are desperate times....

Mr. President, I would like you to (in essence) tell the world and these here citizens of the United States of America that we, here in America, have some serious problems we need to attend to. HERE!!!

We, the United States of America, have been asked to help out country after country after country and we have always responded favorably with money, supplies and our people. Same deal with these wars. World War 2 was unavoidable. Korea, Vietnam, other small wars, Iraq, Afghanistan? Anyone want to tell me how any of those wars benefitted us? Afghanistan was originally about getting Osama bin Laden. No argument here. He was responsible for 9/11. But that mission was never completed. In fact, the mission appeared to be run by incompetents as was that Iraq sham.

And then, Mr. President, I would like you to tell the world that we, the United States of America can no longer be the country to help other countries because we, the United States of America need to focus on HELPING OURSELVES!!!

And to also tell the world to not mistake what we're doing as a sign of weakness when it comes to national security. What we will be doing is trying to get our economic situation back in order and that is something that will take some time. But if any ragtag turban wearing gang of Muslim terrorists comes here and tries to pull another 9/11 on us, that will be a disastrous mistake on their part that will result in the full fury of our military might. And when I say, full fury, I'm referring to nuclear bombing them into the Stone Age if that's what it would take to make these ragtag turban wearing Muslim terrorists have a serious wake-up call that would result in them saying, in unison, "Gee...Nobody ever EXPLAINED it to us THAT way before!!!"

Hey, I can dream, can't I?


ENTERTAINMENT STUFF...

Last Friday would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday. TCM showed films that Elvis had starred in all day and night. Priscilla Presley and a long time friend of Elvis' talked about Elvis in between the showing of some of the films.

In a documentary that was shown, we saw a lot of what happened during Elvis' first six nights of live performances in 1970 at The International (which later became The Hilton) in Las Vegas. I wasn't there opening night, but I was there several nights later and many nights after that.

Wonderful memories for me, but seeing a couple of his old films brought back some wonderful memories and new observations from a guy who hadn't seen those films since the years they were released. Two examples; "Jailhouse Rock", 1957. I was a child when that film came out. 50 years later, I found myself looking at an actor who had great potential, potential that ended up being wasted on a lot of junk films designed to sell tickets (because it was Elvis) and to sell soundtrack albums. I was surprised. "Jailhouse Rock" was actually a pretty good film.

"Viva Las Vegas", 1964. There's a reason that Priscilla Presley said in her autobiography that the one woman she feared Elvis might leave her for, was Ann Margret. Watching Ann Margret and Elvis performing together in "Viva Las Vegas" made me feel sad because those two were sooo good together on screen, it's just a darn shame they didn't work together again. It was fun watching them flirting with each other on screen, but when they sang and danced together on screen, it was cinematic magic. I mean, the chemistry between those two was electric!!!

THREE TELEVISION SHOWS...

Have you had the chance to check out "Mercy" on NBC? Wednesday night at 8 or 7 Central time. I have liked that show from the beginning and I think it gets better and better.

After "Mercy" is a show I hadn't seen in a long time. "Law & Order, SVU". Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay are the two main stars and tonights episode featured a terrific Guest Star performance by Sarah Paulson who played psychopathic poisonous person and was scarily believable. "Law & Order, SVU" is also on NBC, but on Wednesday night at 9, or 8 Central time. Good, good show.

Speaking of NBC...How about that Jay Leno-Conan Obrien mess? Leno came on after the Law & Order show, so I watched Leno for the first time since the first night of his new show that is about to be cancelled. I thought he was pretty funny tonight and I'm sure he'll be funny when he goes back to being on late at night like he used to be. Conan O'Brien? I'm sure he's a nice person, but I'm more of a Letterman guy.

THE FOUR NFL GAMES...

If you read this blog last week, (it's still there, just below this one) you know that I pointed out I did television and radio sports for many years here in Los Angeles and just for fun, I thought I'd make some football predictions. I was wrong with my pick of Texas over Alabama in the BCS championship game, but I was right in my Dallas, Baltimore and Arizona NFL predictions. I didn't make a pick in the Jets-Bengals game.

In the Saturday games, I like Indianapolis over Baltimore and if the Cardinals don't beat the Saints straight up, I think they will cover the point spread.

In the Sunday games, I think the Cowboys will beat the Vikings, but if they don't, I think they'll cover the point spread. Once again, I don't have a prediction for the game involving the Jets. They're playing the Chargers in San Diego, the Chargers have been unbeatable for quite a while, but this Jets team got a break from the Colts a few weeks ago and they've established themselves as a very dangerous team. But so are the Chargers, aren't they?

THOUGHTS AND OR COMMENTS?

Write to me at scottstjames@sbcglobal.net and I will respond to you. If you write to the blog, there's no way for me to know your email address, so I will be unable to respond to you. All "anonymous" emails are ignored.

THE NEXT BLOG?

Barring unforseen circumstances, the next blog will be written and posted late Wednesday night, January 20th.


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