An Irate Louisiana Native Son Tells ME (and you) HIS Feelings About The Way His Home Area Is Being Treated And HAS Been Treated By OIL Companies!!!
Until now, I haven't written one word about the oil spill mess in the Gulf of Mexico. But because one of my very good friends is a guy who was raised in that part of America, a few days ago, I reached out to him and told him if he had some thoughts he'd like to share with my readers, I would be happy to print them.I had no idea what he'd send me or if in fact, he'd send me anything!Well, he did send me something while I was watching tonight's "American Idol".I mean you talk about "opposite emotions!" I had a big smile while watching what was happening on "American Idol" and then during a commercial break, I saw this irate email about the oil spill and I became as angry as the guy who sent me the note. A note that I'll share with you in a minute.Harold Sylvester is a long time friend of mine. Harold Sylvester was raised in Louisiana. He was the first African American to play for Tulane University. And he didn't just play. He was a star player who had classic on the court match-ups with LSU's great player, Pete Maravich, who went on to become a Hall of Fame NBA player.After Sylvester graduated from Tulane, he would eventually move West to pursue an acting career. I met Harold shortly after "An Officer and a Gentleman" was released. Harold played a "goody two-shoes" kind of guy and played it very well. Harold has been in a ton of films and television shows. I've been lucky enough to have been in two projects he was in, but I wasn't lucky enough to do any scenes with him. The two projects were a film, "Trippin'" and a television show you might have heard of, "Murder, She Wrote".Harold was recently on an episode of CSI:Miami, but he devotes most of his time to writing, producing and keeping track of two drinking establishments; "Verdugo", in Glassel Park in the Los Angeles area and "Moonshadow Lounge" in North Hollywood.In the early 90's, Harold and I came "this close" to hosting a morning radio show on a big station here in Los Angeles. The Program Director wanted us to do it, but the General Manager, for reasons he took to the grave with him, got a severe case of "cold feet".Right now, Harold is trying to put together an internet radio station that he and I would broadcast on. What would we talk about? Pretty much the topics you read about in this blog.Okay...You know about my good friend, Harold Sylvester. As I indicated earlier, if he decided to take me up on my offer, I had no idea what he'd write.What you're about to read is what he sent me, word for word. Words written with great passion by a guy who grew up where this horrible oil spill is fouling the Gulf of Mexico and a guy who has experienced problems caused by oil people in the past. Problems that our government, no matter who is in charge, tend to ignore or, at best, offer "lip service" to.This is not a long note, but it is a very passionate note written by an angry Louisiana native son. And here it is:"Back in the 1940's, my great aunt, on my mother's side, signed, probably with an X, a document, that gave an oil company the right to extract product from her land, near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, for the princely sum of eighty dollars a year. That well was still in production when I became aware of it, during my college years, in the late 60's. I remember getting so angry that I threatened, out loud, to find the people responsible and shoot them in the head. It wasn't the first time, and it wouldn't be the last time. I have sublimated the anger over the years, but now, today, I need it back. I need it back as I watch a broken drill hole spitting oil in the the Gulf of Mexico in large enough quantities to change the economy and ultimately the culture of an entire region of the United States of America. Life as we know it is coming to an end. Yet we are unable to do anything effective to prevent it. Even our screams are muffled by the constant babble that we call news, which is nothing more than inconsequential noise designed to obscure our real dilemma, that we have truly become a nation of sheep. Quietly bleating lambs, being led to the slaughter by "Big Brother", big business in government clothing. We are the victims of our own greed, who have been taught to crave the instruments of our own destruction.....My anger is back. Maybe I'll just go find somebody to punch in the face."Powerful, passionate and angry words from my good friend, Harold Sylvester, a native son from where the BP folks have fouled the waters in the Gulf of Mexico.I'd like to add something to what Harold wrote. When he refers to "Big Brother" as being, "big business in government clothing", I can't help but be reminded of something that fans of President Barack Obama won't like to hear or read. BP (British Petroleum) gave a lot of campaign money to the Obama folks. Yes, they also gave a lot of campaign money to the McCain folks, but the point is, no matter who got elected, BP would figure to want "something" for their "investment".I think they got it when President Obama gave them the rights to be the first to do some off-shore drilling on Obama's watch. And BP was given those rights despite an historical record of incompetence and irresponsibility. Dick Cheney's Halliburton people are in bed with British Petroleum and those Halliburton people are supposedly part of the "clean-up, solution crew". HALLIBURTON?!? Yeah, that's who I would want to rely on. Wouldn't YOU? Sarcasm intended.Speaking Of "Big Business in Government Clothing"......ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.....I would like all of you to think about all the hollering that's being done about illegal immigrants recently. People like me and a lot of you readers who are in favor of what Arizona is trying to do. Annnd...People like columnists and editorial writers working for the Los Angeles and New York Times who look upon illegal immigrants the same way environmentalists look at endangered species'.The problem with that hypothesis is that there's nothing "endangered" about these lawbreakers at all. They reproduce like rabbits. And no matter how you try to pose a protective argument on their behalf, one thing you "protectors" can't avoid, is the criminal aspect of illegal immigrants. For you see, when all is said and done, they are criminals and the only argument to that is a jumble of gibberish (bullshit) that begins with the words, "Yeah, but..."Yeah, but what?!?Okay, this is ground we've covered before.Here's some NEW ground!!!Did you ever stop to think about who ISN'T loudly expressing an opinion one way or the other about the subject of illegal immigrants?Well, I HAVE been thinking about that.Rich folks! Wealthy folks! The people with the BIG money!!!Not one loud word from these folks. Is there any one of us who doesn't believe that if the rich folks took a position on this subject that something would happen right now? If they publicly got loud about amnesty, all the illegals would get amnesty. If they publicly got loud about deporting 'em all, every illegal that was found would be deported.Why aren't the rich folks speaking up? Only they know for sure, but here's what I think. 2010 illegal immigrants fill the bill of the "new slaves" for the rich. Oh, these illegals aren't getting horsewhipped by their masters, but they also aren't getting free housing and free food for the "off the books" work they do. The money they get paid is less than what they would get paid if they were "legal" and that's a hell of a good deal for the people who hire them. I learned a long time ago that people who read and write to me about what they've read are people who are "thinkers", so I don't have to write anything more about my "Rich folks and the illegal immigrant folks" theory.All I ask is that you think about it and when you do, you can add your own ideas to my theory.I'll close my (this week's thoughts) about illegal immigrants with words from a cartoon that was-were sent to me by my good friend, Don Barrett, Publisher-Owner of LARadio. com.Make your own mental visual when you read these words:"These people in ARIZONA are trying to make ILLEGAL aliens....Gasp....ILLEGAL!!!"ENTERTAINMENT STUFF...I absolutely loved the final episode of "24"! The 2-hour series-ender this past Monday night was terrific! Jack Bauer didn't die, but he is "on the run" which I'm sure will set the stage for the "24" film that will supposedly be made and released sometime next year. The ending was particularly cool because of the nice things Jack said to Chloe, things that brought tears to Chloe's eyes and to mine as well. Maybe even yours.Did you see the "House" season-ender two Mondays ago? House and Cuddy declaring their love for each other while the beautiful character known as "Thirteen" seems to have a major problem of some kind? More reasons for those of us who are fans of "House" to eagerly await the new season.Did you see Tuesday night's "The Good Wife" season-ender? I think that show is currently the best show on television and I thought Tuesday's show gave us plenty of things to wonder about when next season's "The Good Wife" begins. Like....Who does "The Good Wife" plan to be sleeping with next season?We have a new "American Idol". The guy beat out the girl, but it took us more than two hours to get that information. The show ran for two hours and seven minutes because this was a show that was loaded with entertainment.I mean, we saw a veritable Hall of Fame of singers and musicians performing, including the two living members of the Bee Gees. Janet Jackson closed the entertainment extravanganza. And yes, there was a lot of talk about this being Simon Cowell's final night on "American Idol". All the previous "A.I." winners showed up and sang while paying tribute to Simon....Oh, I could go on and on about this, but I'll close by saying I was really surprised. This has been a relatively mediocre season because of the so-so talent, Ryan's wackiness, etc. that resulted in this arguably being "A.I.'s" worst season ever. There were some good weeks, but too many "bland" or "eyebrow raising" weeks (courtesy of Ryan) and frankly, I quit watching a few weeks ago after the only interesting singer was voted off. And I'm a guy who saw every episode for six seasons until then.I decided to watch the season-ender because of the Simon Cowell's leaving factor. I never imagined that the "A.I." producers would put together the kind of show that we saw for more than two hours. There simply was no stopping the music except when Simon was asked to speak after Paula Abdul had made a surprise appearance. A long time ago, I did a little singing on stage. I was a music playing disc jockey for many years before I became a talk show host. My point? I know a little something about music. And what we saw and listened to on "A.I.'s" season ender, flat falls under the category of, "Now THAT'S entertainment!!!"QUESTIONS AND OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at email@example.com and I will respond to you immediately. Please don't write to the blog because there's no way for me to know your email address and I won't be able to respond to you. Again...Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will enjoy responding to you immediately.THE NEXT BLOG?Hopefully, late Wednesday night, June 2 or early Thursday morning, June 3. I say "hopefully" because I'll be participating in the shooting of a film all next week and depending on the amount of hours I'm needed for, I might need sleep time when I would ordinarily be doing blog writing. If so, I'll miss a week of writing. Translation? Whatever will be, will be.Meanwhile, I hope you think good thoughts about our troops on Memorial Day, which is May 31st.
A Cure For "Gonorrhea Lectim"!!! The Pope Says, "Forgiveness Is Not A Substitute For Justice!" A Claim By Illegal Immigrants Is INSULTING!!!
Whine, whine, whine!!! Here in Los Angeles, we see editorials in the Los Angeles Times about illegal immigrants, the new law in Arizona and how what these poor "lawbreakers" are being subjected to is comparable to what African Americans went through during the days of slavery and in some cases, even now.Give me a bleepin' BREAK!!!I don't think you people at the L.A. Times (and other people who think like you) are stupid, but is it possible I'm wrong? No, not about my views when it comes to lawbreakers, but about you being stupid.African Americans were forced to be here when they were slaves. And when slavery was abolished, they were still forced to endure indignities like separate water fountains, being forced to ride in back of the bus and being refused to be served in restaurants or being allowed to sleep in motels or hotels.Illegal immigrants get free health care, their kids get free schooling, etc., on top of etc., on top of etc. No one tells an illegal immigrant they have to ride in back of the bus, drink from a different water fountain, or are refused food and lodging.African Americans weren't breaking the law when they were here during the slavery days and they aren't breaking the law now. They are American citizens.Illegal immigrants are NOT American citizens and they are here illegally. Illegal immigrants are lawbreakers. Pure and simple. What the people in Arizona want is for all laws to be enforced. And I agree with the people in Arizona.Look...I don't like having to take my shoes off in airports or in some cases to experience an electronic or x-ray type search. And if I don't have some kind of legal identification, I'm going to have a problem with the authorities who are asking for that identification. Same deal if I'm stopped by a traffic cop. After seeing my identification, if it's determined I'm some kind of lawbreaker, I will be given a ride to a police station and be forced to soon face a judge.That's what the people in Arizona voted for. You would think they shouldn't have to vote for something like this, but they did because the federal government law enforcement people were NOT enforcing the laws they were supposed to be enforcing.It's as simple as that, folks. And if some of you readers think that what Arizona is doing and what people like me are saying is something (relatively) new, I am now going to share a quote that was sent to me by WWII decorated veteran and 93/KHJ legendary engineer-production guy, Bill Mouzis. In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt had some thoughts about immigrants and being an American.And here they are: "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room but for one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."Again....This is quote from Theodore Roosevelt. He said these things in 1907. There are exceptions to everything, but with our own naked eyes, we see that people who come here illegally are showing us right now, that they don't care about our laws. Far too many of these lawbreakers feel like they don't need to learn how to speak English and far too many of these lawbreakers swear allegiance to other countries by flags that they wave. And we're supposed to feel sympathy for these people?In today's Los Angeles Times, Tim Rutten has written a column about illegal immigrants, the new Arizona law and the Los Angeles Lakers' basketball team. It is a column that (to me) gives new definition to the word "misguided". Tim Rutten is a very talented writer, I read his stuff all the time, this isn't the first column he's written about illegal immigrants I disagree with, but (to me) he's gone way overboard this time. Check it out. Who knows? Maybe you'll like it.Speaking Of Being Sympathetic To Lawbreakers...First of all, I totally "get" why long time Catholics would want to believe that their church leaders and or priests aren't guilty of what has caused a number of Catholic leaders to authorize hundreds of million dollars in what amounted to "hush money" payments to victims who were abused by priests when they were children.Pope Benedict XVI is now acknowledging the crimes that have taken place in the past and instead of printing everything the Pope said recently about this subject, I'll simply give you one sentence from what he said; "Forgiveness is not a substitute for justice."Your Holiness, that says it all for me! I wish you the best!The Treacherous Arena Known As The POLITICAL Arena!!!Have you been paying attention to the trouble some long time politicians have been having lately? One thing I definitely agree with the Tea Party People on is the pressure they're applying to politicians who say one thing, but do a different thing or things.And that brings me to a brand new medical breakthrough that was provided to me by long time blog reader, Dave Acocks who lives in Roxana, Illinois. Dave tells me there's new information about "Gonorrhea Lectim". I'll tell you what the correct pronunciation of this is, but first, here's the latest "good news" about this disease. The Center for Disease Control has issued the following statement:"The disease is contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior involving putting your cranium up your rectum. Many victims contracted it in 2000, but now most people, after having been infected for the past 10 years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is. It's sad because Gonorrhea Lectim is easily cured with a new drug just coming on the market called, Votemout. You take the first dose in 2010 and the second dose in 2012 and simply don't engage in such behavior again; otherwise, it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we know it.Please pass this important message on to all those bright folk you really care about."Thanks for the heads-up, long time blog reader Dave Acocks. Now I told you I would tell you the correct pronunciation for "Gonorrhea Lectim". It's pronounced, "Gonna re-elect 'em" and the new cure, "Votemout" is pronounced, "Vote 'em out".I am going to be taking this new medicine and I hope you do.And Let's Tie THAT In With Another Quote From Long Ago...But first, let me tell you who sent this to me.Charlie O'Donnell. Everybody calls him, "Charlie O". I first met Charlie O in the early 80's at what was then the legendary tavern, "Martoni's", which was just off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. When I met him, Charlie O was a news anchor at a television station here and before that he had been a very successful Top 40 disc jockey while working with Dick Clark and then some big radio stations here. Sometime in the 80's, Charlie O got a new job and he still has that job. He is the off-stage announcer for Pat and Vanna on that huge television show called, "Wheel of Fortune". He is also a reader of this blog and he sent me a quote that I think ties in with what's going on politically these days. And here is that quote:"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome becomes bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."Who said those words? Cicero. In 55 BC.Charlie O asks, "What have we learned in more than 2,064 years?"And then he answers his own question; "Obviously nothing!!!"Something to think about, folks. And Charlie O, thanks for sending me this.ENTERTAINMENT STUFF...A lot of season ending television shows were on last week, and more season enders are on this week and next week.Last week, it was announced that a show I really liked was being cancelled. "Mercy". I liked that show a lot, but because I taped their season ender, I found out the show had been cancelled before I saw their last show. When I watched it, I could tell that the cast and writers had been "given the word" because this show had a lot sadness attached to it which included main characters going to different places to do different things. The ratings weren't good, but to me, it's just a darn shame that NBC wouldn't take the time to let "Mercy" have the opportunity to "grow".I thought the season enders of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters" were good and interesting. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what happens on "Desperate Housewives" next season, but because of cast changes, I'm not so sure about"Brothers and Sisters", a show that used to be my favorite show."Law & Order: SVU" showed it's season ender tonight. It was the fourth straight episode in which Sharon Stone played a prosecutor and I think she's been terrific. If Dick Wolf could figure out a way to make her a "permanent hire", I think it would be a great hire.The season ender for "Grey's Anatomy" will be tomorrow and it will be a two-hour show.The season ender for "The Good Wife" will be next Tuesday. "The Good Wife" is, in my view, the hands down best show on television.Other shows that I seldom write about but I'm faithful viewers of, are "House", "Flash Forward", "Justified" and "Glee". "American Idol"? I stopped watching that show after their most interesting contestant was voted off which was three shows ago. "American Idol" has a huge decision they need to make between now and next January. The hiring of Simon Cowell's replacement. One thing will be dramatically different next season when the "results show" which airs on Wednesdays will be reduced from being a 1-hour show to being a half-hour show.THOUGHTS AND OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at email@example.com and I will respond to you immediately. If you write to the blog, there's no way for me to know your email address, so I won't be able to respond to you. Again... firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond immediately. All "Anonymous" emails are ignored.THE NEXT BLOG? Barring unforseen circumstances, the next blog will be posted late next Wednesday night, May 26 or very early on May 27.
IN THE LAST ALMOST TEN YEARS, HAVE WE BEEN EXPERIENCING THE TWO WORST PRESIDENTS IN OUR HISTORY?!?
While you ponder the question posed in the headline of this blog....In last week's blog, I said I don't think anyone from Pakistan should be allowed to enter our country. I mentioned this because Pakistan is where Faisal Shahzad was from before he came here and became a U.S. citizen by marrying a woman who was a U.S. citizen. She and he apparently went back to Pakistan where he was trained in the art of bomb making along with who knows what other terrorist tricks of the trade he was taught.There are two major stories about Pakistan in the latest issues of Time Magazine and Newsweek Magazine. Neither of these stories are what would be described as "complimentary" stories.This comes as no surprise to me because since 2004, I've been hollering about this "ally of ours" status that has been bestowed upon Pakistan.But here's something I found out a few days ago that did-DOES surprise me. Since 2001, we have been giving BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN U.S. AID TO THE PAKISTAN ARMY! Every year! Since 2001. Billions of U.S. aid dollars to Pakistan's army. Compliments of the Bush adminstration and the Obama administration.And where's that change we can believe in?!? I mean, look at all the stuff that Bush was doing that Obama is continuing to do! Bad stuff!!! In some cases, really bad stuff!The two stupid wars. Kissing Pakistan's ass while they refuse to help us find Osama bin Laden and they look the other way while terrorists are being trained in Pakistan to hurt and kill Americans. Being in favor of some kind of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Kissing the asses of banks and letting them pretty much do whatever they want to do. If big money interests are in favor of something, they were able to count on the Bush administration and now they seem to be able to count on the Obama administration.Back to the "terrorism" thing for a second. In the new Newsweek, it's pointed out that over the past four decades, much Islamic terrorism has been traced back to two countries: Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. In addition to kissing the asses of Pakistani leaders, President Obama was seen BOWING to some Saudi Arabian potentate! Before he left office, President Bush asked for a few favors from Saudi Arabia, but some King or Prince (in essence) patted Bush on the head, smiled and said, "No!" But when that same Saudi leader asked for some weapons from us, President Bush (in essence) dropped his head to ass level of the potentate, kissed it and promised him the weapons. And this was well after 9/11 when those people in the planes were all Saudi Arabians except (I think) one.Fast forward to the end of President Bush's second term when those of us who were paying attention came to the conclusion that President George W. Bush was the worst President in our lifetimes and might in fact have been the worst President in our history.Barack Obama, the man who promised us "change we can believe in" was elected President. But because almost a year and a half later we see that President Obama seems to be continuing so many of the same policies that had been championed by President Bush, I find myself asking this question; Is it possible that history will show us that the worst two Presidents of the United States served their terms back to back?If so, who cares which one of 'em is worst and next to worst.Gang, our country has a ton of problems right now. Problems that neither of our last two Presidents of the United States have had solutions for."CHANGE we can believe in"?!? I don't know about you, but I'm looking at REALITY I can believe in!REMEMBERING THOMAS JEFFERSON...In the 7th paragraph of this blog, I mentioned something about banks being able to do pretty much what they've felt like doing during (at least) the last ten years.Patrick Emory is retired and living in Florida now, but at one time, he was a big time television news anchor. Places he made a big name for himself include Pittsburgh, St. Louis, here in Los Angeles and for many years on CNN.I first met Patrick Emory more years ago than either of us admits to being old.Patrick Emory sent me a Thomas Jefferson quote about banks that I would like to share with you."I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."Wise words from one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson.And thank you, Patrick Emory.ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS...I don't know about you, but I have never heard so much non-stop WHINING ever since Arizona passed a law that (in essence) states, "You must OBEY the law!"Different cities (including here in Los Angeles) are passing resolutions designed to hurt the state of Arizona because they had the audicity to make the distinction between what is legal and what is illegal.I know. These resolution passers claim they're fighting against "profiling" and people being asked to show some identification documents. Like a driver's license and yes, if you can't speak English, something like a Green Card. No, the Arizona police won't be patrolling sidewalks looking for brown skinned people who look like they might be Latinos. People who will possibly be asked questions about who they are, etc., will be people who have been stopped because they appear to have broken some other law. Like speeding, etc. If any of us are stopped because a cop thought we were speeding, weaving or some other infraction, we will be asked for identification. If we can't speak English, that results in a big, "Hmmmm!" from the officer who stopped you. And the color of your skin won't matter.The state of Arizona is being chastised by people who don't seem to think it matters if you're in this country illegally. And a growing number of people want to punish Arizona in economic ways.In my opinion, we have looked the other way too long! In fact, we should never have looked the other way. But we did, we lived with it and now MOST of us are SICK of it!!!Other states and communities are trying to pass laws similar to the new Arizona law and I hope they're successful.Living in the United States of America IS a PRIVILEGE for people who weren't born here. It is NOT their RIGHT to live here. Because we have looked the other way for so long, things have really gotten out of whack. Illegal immigrants get all sorts of free stuff that is paid for by tax money collected from people who live here legally. Even though they've been treated with kid gloves despite the fact they're criminals, way too many of them don't even TRY to learn how to speak English and that has resulted in organizations led by banks to force us to have to push different buttons on our phones so WE can speak ENGLISH with someone. The reason the banks were big leaders in this irritant is because of all the money banks make from illegal immigrants who want to send money back to the country they came from and continue to serve allegiance to.Tell me again why we should be catering to these illegals?!?ON A LIGHTER NOTE...But still talking about illegals, I call your attention to a little joke sent to me by World War II veteran and very legal U.S. citizen, Bill Mouzis.And here it is...A Mexican, an Arab and an Arizona girl were in the same bar. When the Mexican finished his beer, he threw the glass in the air, pulled out his pistol and shot the glass to pieces. He said, "In Mexico, our glasses are so cheap we don't need to drink with the same one twice."The Arab, obviously impressed by this, finished his non-alcohol beer (because he's a Muslim), then threw his glass into the air, pulled out his AK-47, and shot the glass to pieces. He said, "In the Arab world, we have so much sand that we don't need to drink with the same glass twice, either."The Arizona girl, cool as a cucumber, picked up her beer, downed it in one gulp, threw the glass into the air, whipped out her 45 and shot the Mexican and the Arab.After catching her glass, setting it on the bar and calling for a refill, she said, "In Arizona, we have so MANY illegal aliens that we sure as hell don't have to DRINK with the same ones twice!"Thank you, Bill. Folks, it's just a joke. And that's what illegal aliens think our laws are. A joke.ENTERTAINMENT STUFF...Only 3 more hours of (to me) the best adventure show we've had on television in a very long time. "24"!!! Kiefer Sutherland has been sensational in his role as Jack Bauer, America's best counter terrorism specialist. When these next three episodes have been shown, after 8 years, "24" will end. And it is obvious that Jack Bauer will not be riding off into the sunset peacefully. Jack is going out as a very troubled patriot and you can see it in his eyes. Folks, what Kiefer Sutherland is giving us right now is an "acting clinic" on how to play a well meaning, but very "disturbed" human being. Jack Bauer has always been a no-nonsense government agent, but right now, Jack Bauer has become something new. A murderer. An executioner, if you will. And he's being assisted by some great guest stars in these final episodes. This past Monday night, Michael Madsen was terrific as a guy who gave Jack some serious assistance."24" is seen on Fox, Monday nights at 9, 8 Central. It comes on right after another great show on Fox. "House", which featured a great guest starring performance from Andre Braugher this past Monday.Another great episode of "The Good Wife" last night. This has been a good year for television because there have been a lot of good shows, but I believe the best show has been "The Good Wife". My favorite show has been "Brothers & Sisters", ABC, Sunday nights at 10, 9 Central. But "Brothers & Sisters" will be losing Rob Lowe after this season ends and the "sister" playing Lowe's wife, Kitty will be on the show only occasionally. In case you didn't know, Lowe's fictional wife is in fact Harrison Ford's real life wife.This Sunday on ABC, "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" will be showing season finales.A PREVIEW FOR NEXT WEEK'S BLOG...The headline will be, "IF WHAT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF DEATH IS SUPPOSED TO BE SO FANTASTIC, WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE IN A HURRY TO GET THERE?!?"QUESTIONS AND OR COMMENTS??? Please write to me at email@example.com and I will respond to you immediately. Don't write to the blog because there's no way for me to know your email address and that means I won't be able to respond to you. Again...write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll respond to you right away. All "Anonymous" emails are ignored.THE NEXT BLOG? Barring unforseen circumstances, it'll be posted late Wednesday night, May 19 or very early Thursday morning, May 20.
Three Well Known Radio People Have Thoughts About ABORTION, THE AIRPORT SOLUTION and "FAITH"!!!
But first...Does President Obama know what he's doing?I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a lifetime Republican who voted for Barack Obama. He is the first Democrat I've ever voted for. I believe that George W. Bush was the worst President we've had in my lifetime. In fact, he might have been the worst President this country has ever had! This country's financial mess isn't George W. Bush's fault. The spending and borrowing that has gotten our country into the mess we're in, is a mess that's been developing at least since the Reagan years and maybe before that! We're in two wars that were started by George W. Bush. Wars that George W. Bush put on our credit card. Wars that helped drive our deficit deeper into a ditch. It was also George W. Bush's idea to bail out the banks. Had George W. Bush gotten his way, he would also have allowed amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants and he would have totally screwed up Social Security.So I ask myself, "Self, what has Barack Obama done to help alleviate this mess he inherited?"Hmmmm....Wellll....We're still in Iraq and he has added more troops to the Afghanistan war. How is it being paid for? On our credit card.President Obama continued with the bailing out of banks.President Obama sounds like he's interested in providing amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.He hasn't really addressed Social Security yet, but maybe that's because he just hasn't gotten around to it.Yes, I know he's been in office for less than a year and a half.But in that time, he could have saved us a lot of money by getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan.In that time, he could have begun to save us a lot of money by making it clear that lawbreaking immigrants are NOT people who are ABOVE the law!Bottom line after almost a year and a half?Well, to me, I'm getting the feeling that the vote I cast for Barack Obama because I wanted "change I could believe in", has turned out to be, a vote for a guy who to me, is best described as being, Bush Light!!!I wouldn't have made that vote if that's who President Obama is! I would have voted for Ron Paul.McCain-Palin? I never considered voting for them because McCain's another guy who has "daddy issues" and Palin is simply a charismatic cartoon character.Speaking of all the money we've been putting on our credit card that has caused our deficit to skyrocket, etc...Have you heard about the economic story involving CHINA?!? First of all, are you aware of how much money we (the USA) OWE China because of all the money we've borrowed from them? To make it simple, I'll simply say, a LOT! Experts are predicting that CHINA'S ECONOMY MIGHT CRASH in the next 9-12 months.Okayyyy....And if that happens and China demands that we pay them what we owe them....????A TERRORIST ATTEMPT THAT FAILED!!!Congratulations to the law enforcement folks for getting this guy before he could do any damage. I know you've heard about this. It happened in New York. A vehicle that was loaded up with explosives.And the guy who did the loading is another guy who should never have been in this country. Faisal Shahzad is now the new "poster child" for the reason we should put a BOLT on the immigration door until we get this country's financial affairs straightened out.Faisal Shahzad was born in Pakistan. First of all, no one but no one, born in Pakistan should be allowed to come to this country. Faisal Shahzad was able to become a legal citizen here by marrying a woman who was born in Colorado and whose name is, Huma Mian. Huma Mian and Faisal Shahzad had a couple of kids here, Shahzad got a couple of degrees here and then the family seems to have made living arrangements in Pakistan where U.S. authorities believe Faisal Shahzad was taught how to make bombs.Oh, yeah. Let's leave our borders and doors wide open for these kinds of people. And while we're at it, let's pray at the alter of illegal immigrants and "scum legals" who by gaming our system get legalized so it will be easier to bite us in the ass.Oh, but the great Catholic Cardinal, Roger Mahony welcomes and protects illegal immigrants because they're "wonderful people" who are being characterized unfairly.Cardinal Mahony, I will give you this; You sir, are consistent. You protect illegal immigrants who take more than they give and you have protected pedophile priests who.....Yeah, they're takers, too. Takers of the innocence of children.For you Catholic Church and or Cardinal Mahony enablers who might say, "Scott! You're WRONG!", I respond by saying, "And that 660+ MILLION DOLLARS authorized by Cardinal Mahony was for WHAT?!?"RESPONSES TO TOPICS COMMENTED ON BY ME IN PREVIOUS BLOGS...You are about to read thoughts and or ideas from three people who happen to be big names in the radio business. I spent a lot of time in the radio business and I have communicated with two of these three often and I'm very familiar with the third person.RICK DEESI've known Rick for almost 30 years. Rick is a radio Hall of Famer who, along with Wally Clark was responsible for turning KIIS-FM here in Los Angeles into a radio powerhouse. I met Rick when he asked me to do some work for him. Sometimes it would be a day or two, several days, couple of weeks and when I was asked to be their war reporter for Bush Senior's Iraq war, that was a job that lasted quite a while. He also asked me to help out with a television show he had and has often asked me to do some voice work for him. Above all, Rick Dees has been and is, my friend.Rick is now doing a lot of radio and video related things in what I refer to as "The Rick Dees Building" in Burbank, California. For more on what Rick is up to, you're invited/encouraged to check out www.rick.comRick is also a regular reader of this blog.And he didn't agree with some of what I said about the abortion issue in last week's blog. If you didn't read last week's blog, it's still up there, just below this one. Read it and you'll know what Rick is referring to.In essence, I wrote about politicians in different states who seem to be trying make abortion more difficult and or illegal and I wrote about a personal experience that I ended by stating that I support a "woman's right to choose".Rick Dees is a man of few words and here is the response note he sent to me:"Every one is a master piece!!!"Whether you have to think about it or if you have an immediate reaction to what Rick writes/wrote, it's kind of hard to disagree with that, isn't it?Of course when I look in the mirror, I could make an argument against what Rick wrote and maybe you could too, but I think we all understand where he's coming from.Thanks for your thoughts, my friend.CLAUDE HALLI gave you Claude's background a couple of weeks ago. For a very long time, Claude Hall was America's most widely read radio columnist and whoever was second is someone no one remembers.Claude wrote me a note regarding what I had written about the pedophile priest business, the possible involvement of the Pope and religion in general.And here it is.Scott...When I was doing my Great American Novel, I did a lot of research regarding religion. Everything can be blamed on the Pope. After about 300 AD, anyway. It's terrifying to rationalize the damage to the gene pool because of the so-called children's crusades. Why not a Holy War against England? They deserved it. Could the Pope have stopped Hitler? What about the damages done to natives by the invasion of the Spaniards? It goes on and on. Several years ago, long before this Catholic thing was public, a Morman told me much more that I wanted to know. Essentially the same story as now. Maybe the problem is lack of control. Maybe the problem is having faith.Thanks, Claude. And wow! "Maybe the problem is having faith"? Boy, there's something to chew on, huh?GEORGE WILSONI have met George Wilson. I had drinks with George Wilson at a legendary radio and music tavern known as "Martoni's" just off Sunset Boulevard here in Los Angeles, but I don't pretend to being a good friend of his. We simply never saw each other that often. I think he's pretty much retired now, but for a good length of time, he was a major, major big market radio executive. Before telling you what he wrote about, I want to mention George's son. He was doing the afternoon radio show for his dad on a big station here in Los Angeles when I met him at Martoni's. I believe he was going by the name of G.W. McCoy. If I have that wrong, here's what I don't have wrong. G.W. had a date with him. A young lady who was then doing a lot of milk commercials and was also starring in a cop show that I think William Shatner was also starring in. "T.J. Hooker", perhaps? I'm not sure. This was before she started dating and marrying rock stars. Heather Locklear. I had a chance to talk with her for a few minutes while G.W. was in the men's room. She was (and probably still is) a real guy's girl! A beer drinking, shoot your best shot, girl. I fell in love with her immediately. And haven't been within 50 yards of her since.Back to G.W.'s dad, George Wilson.I have written about airport security, the racial profiling argument, etc., etc.George Wilson has written a piece that's titled, "The Airport Solution" and here it is.Here's a solution to all the controversy over full-body scanners at the airports.Have a booth that you can step into that will not X-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on you.It would be a win-win for everyone, and there would be none of this crap about racial profiling and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial. Justice would be quick and swift. Case closed!This is so simple that it's brilliant. I can see it now:You're in the airport terminal and you hear a muffled explosion.Shortly thereafter an announcement comes over the PA system, "Attention standby passengers! We now have a seat available on flight number..."Thanks, George. Works for me and your friend Claude Hall claims that he always knew you were brilliant and this confirms it.ENTERTAINMENT STUFF!!!Another great episode of "The Good Wife". Tuesday nights at 10, 9 Central on CBS. They've added two more interesting characters and the writing is superb!!!"24" continues to be big time exciting and fun to watch while this series is coming to an end. In case you hadn't heard, a "24" FILM is expected to be made sometime next year, as long as Kiefer Sutherland doesn't drink himself to death."Justified", Tuesday night at 10, 9 Central on FX continues to be a terrific television show. If you're like me and you're watching "The Good Wife" at that time, please know that "Justified" does a repeat at 11, 10 Central that same night.And of course, the best way to watch "Parenthood" on NBC is to check out the repeat episode Saturday nights at 8, 7 Central.Sharon Stone's second of four episodes on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU", will be thisThursday night (tomorrow) at 10, 9 Central.Latest Lindsay Lohan story...I like Lindsay Lohan. I've never met her, but she has a ton of acting talent that she's been wasting because of what appears to be a lot of self-destructive behavior.We're told that the Tarentino people tried to throw her a "lifeline" when they supposedly offered her a very nice role in a new Tarantino film, but the money people allegedly refused to let her be hired because they seriously question her "value".Lindsay Lohan now has a new job. She is on board to star in a low budget film with Bill Pullman that is titled, "Inferno". Pullman will play the role of Hugh Hefner in a true based story about Linda Lovelace that will be played by Lohan. For those of you with short memories, Linda Lovelace became famous for starring in the first Porn film that had major mainstream appeal. A film that was titled, "Deep Throat", which is not to be confused with the Watergate character of the same name.THOUGHTS AND OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at email@example.com and I will respond to you immediately. If you write to the blog, there's no way for me to know your email address so I won't be able to respond to you. Again... firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond to you immediately. All "Anonymous" emails are ignored.THE NEXT BLOG? Barring unforseen circumstances, late Wednesday night, May 12 or very early Thursday morning, May 13.