Mel Gibson, LeBron James, Newt Gingrich, George Steinbrenner, Ronald Reagan, John McCain and KABC!!!
The KABC reference, has to do with the Dodgers and wondering if the McCourt divorce situation which seems to have caused the team to not have money to spend on some good players also might have resulted in the hiring of someone who might be a cheap hire, but not a quality hire to be the current so-called executive producer of Dodger baseball.
I mean, I wrote about the Vin Scully debacle many weeks ago and now something else has gotten my attention. Briefly, the story is this; Just before the All-Star break, the Dodgers played a 4-game series with the Cubs. In one of those games, the Cubs' manager was thrown out of the game in between innings of that game. In other words, if you weren't paying attention, you might not have realized that the Cubs' manager had been thrown out of the game. A couple of innings later, a coach for the Cubs went to the mound to replace a pitcher. That is a task that is always handled by the manager. KABC Dodger play by play guy, Charlie Steiner wondered why a coach was removing a pitcher and not the manager.
Was this Steiner's fault or was it the so-called Executive Producer's fault for not making sure Steiner knew that the manager was kicked out of the game two innings earlier? Or is it possible that neither guy knew that the Cubs' manager had been thrown out of the game because neither guy was paying attention. If the so-called Executive Producer hasn't learned his lesson since he allowed Vin Scully to repeatedly make the same mistake about something Manny Ramirez had done, the people who are responsible for the hiring of the so-called Executive Producer are guilty of not making sure the so-called Executive Producer of Dodger baseball has been given a refresher course regarding the responsibilities the so-called Executive Producer is supposed to be carrying out.
But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe no one associated with the Dodgers or KABC cares what the so-called Executive Producer of Dodger baseball does or doesn't do. And if that's the case, we now have a better understanding about the low ratings that station has.
After THAT shot, these SHORT shots:
Mel Gibson: How can a guy who's been blessed with the talent he's been blessed with, be so bleeping stupid?!?
LeBron James: I don't have a problem with him leaving Cleveland or being a part of that silly special ESPN put together, but I have a SERIOUS problem with the way so-called journalist Jim Gray "sold out" with the lamest questions anyone has ever heard from ANY "reporter" EVER!!!
Newt Gingrich: He says he's seriously considering a run to be President of the United States in 2012. Well, if he does, I wonder how much he'll talk about "family values"? I ask that question because his very public record shows that he seems to have NO "family values" at all!
George Steinbrenner: At the age of 80, he died yesterday. From a distance, a lot of people felt that Steinbrenner was (among other things) a bully. A very rich bully, but a bully, nonetheless. We have now learned, that he was an off the charts charitable guy who refused to allow people to say where millions of charity dollars were coming from. Which were from him!
Steinbrenner was one of those George Patton kind of giants and he will be remembered for a very long time.
In the new (July 19) issue of Newsweek, there are two commentaries I recommend that you read. Jacob Weisberg's column on page 21 that is headlined, "McCain's Burden" and it's subtitled, "He bears the shame of picking Sarah Palin." It's a very good commentary, folks.
As is Andrew Romano's 4-page commentary that's headlined, "What Would Reagan REALLY Do?" The commentary is subtitled, "Some Republicans Want To Impose A Reaganite Purity Test On This Fall's Candidates. Today, Though, The 40th President Himself Wouldn't Pass It."
Gang, this is a GREAT commentary and it begins on page 32 of this week's Newsweek. I knew Ronald Reagan. But Reagan revisionists like Sean Hannity and his ilk tend to ignore facts regarding what he really did so that the fools among their audience believe stuff that simply never happened and they're not told stuff that did happen even though some of that stuff was very beneficial to all of us.
Check it out! Whether you agree or disagree with this commentary, I think you'll find it to be a very good read.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, show business obligations force me to keep this week's blog relatively brief. The final item is a piece sent to me by WWII combat veteran and legendary radio guy, Bill Mouzis. The title of his piece is, "Stimulating".
And here it is:
Sometime this year, we taxpayers may again receive another 'Economic Stimulus' payment.
This is indeed a very exciting program, and I'll explain it by using a Q & A format:
Q: What is an 'Economic Stimulus' payment?
A: It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q: Where will the government get this money?
A: From taxpayers.
Q: So the government is giving me back my own money?
A: Only a smidgen of it.
Q: What is the purpose of this payment?
A: The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q: But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?
A: Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:
If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China or Sri Lanka.
If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs or Hugo Chavez.
If you purchase a computer, it will go to India, Taiwan or China.
If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.
If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea.
If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan.
If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.
Instead, keep the money in America by:
(1) Spending it at yard sales, or
(2) Going to ball games, or
(3) Spending it on prostitutes, or
(4) Beer or
These are the only American businesses still operating in the U.S.
Go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard sale and drink beer all day!
No need to thank me, I'm just glad I could be of help.
Sarcasm noted and thank you, brother military veteran, Bill Mouzis!
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I hope that you all have a GREAT rest of the week!