Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Egypt, Donald Trump, Ricky Gervais, Rupert Murdoch, "A wish to live forever", Oscar thoughts, Super Bowl thoughts ANNND what two divas have in common!

How's THAT for a "headline"?

Dave Acocks, a resident of Illinois, is one of our long time readers and he's also a contributor. Our first two items are going to be things that were sent to me by Dave. The first one is an opinion of Dave's that I like a lot and the second one is a fable about a wish granting fairy who meets up with a very clever "wisher".

Here's Dave's opinion: "I think all members of Congress, men and women, should wear uniforms like NASCAR drivers so we could identify their corporate sponsors!!!"

Ba-da-bing! I see a lot of head nodding, folks! Good idea, huh?

Here's the fable that Dave sent to me, a fable that's titled, "A wish to live forever".

I met a Fairy today who said she would grant me one wish. "I want to live forever", I said. "Sorry", said the Fairy, "I'm not ALLOWED to grant wishes like THAT!"

After thinking for a few seconds, I said, "Okay, then. I want to DIE after Congress gets their heads out of their ASSES!"

"You crafty bastard", said the Fairy.

Thank you, Dave Acocks from Illinois!

EGYPT!!!

That's the big story in the news right now. But if you're honest, I'm guessing that most of you and your friends are talking more about the Super Bowl, your declining paychecks, the Super Bowl, this crazy weather we've been having, the Super Bowl and....Pretty much anything else but Egypt, right?

As you long time readers know, I have a few readers in Egypt and I've told you about a couple of emails I've received from them. I haven't received an email from them ever since the stuff hit the fan over there because I'm sure they're concentrating on surviving right now.

I'm not going to pretend to be some kind know it all regarding what is happening there, why it's happening there and why it is we're supposed to believe this is something Americans should care about.

But I will hit you with a couple of observations to consider.

Egypt. Another one of the Middle East countries that's being run by a dictator and a country that we give (at least) $1.5 billion to every year. And we give them this money because....???

Is it because we think that one day they're going to "change" and be more like US, The United States of America?!?

I agree with Maureen Dowd, the New York Times columnist who (today) said/wrote that President George W. Bush had his heart in the right place when he was talking a lot about wanting freedom for countries in that part of the world because deep down inside, Bush believes everyone wants freedom.

That was very much "top of mind" for President Bush when he ordered the attack on Iraq. Go in there, find and destroy those WMD's, find Saddam Hussein, have a trial, hang his sorry ass, have new "elections", the new Iraq regime will result in freedom for all of their citizens and everyone will live happily ever after while another country in the Middle East will see all the good things that happened in Iraq and they will want to have those good things for their country as well.

POP!!!

The "pop" above represents the "dream bubble" that has burst.

Many, if not most of our troops have left Iraq. All these good things about water, sewage, health things, freedom (as we know it), etc., etc.???

Let me put it this way; It was a nice dream. We now know they have new torture prisons in Iraq. Are people rioting in the streets over that? No. It's a different culture, folks. It's one thing for President Bush to want Iraq to be a "version" of us. But it ain't gonna have a ghost of a chance at happening until the PEOPLE, the people in Iraq, decide THEY want this kind of change.

But here's why I think that you and our politicians should be very concerned about what's happening in Egypt. And it ain't for the same reasons our politicians and talk show babblers, babblers who mostly talk to hear their heads roar claim the "reasons" are!

Did you notice what the number one thing the thousands on top of thousands of protesters were yelling about? I did. They were yelling about the few people in Egypt who seem to have all the money and therefore all the privileges while the rest of the population can barely survive and for the most part, are ignored by the "leaders" of Egypt.

Does that sound familiar, folks? We, as Americans aren't there YET, but am I the ONLY one who thinks we're getting dangerously CLOSE to being there?

Just askin'.

QUICK HITS...

Donald Trump says he's thinking about running for President. As a Republican.

President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara, has endorsed gay marriage. Barbara's mother, Laura, also endorses gay marriage. President Bush does not. Am I the only one who thinks that if Laura and Barbara begin having a conversation about gay marriage inside the Bush family home, that President Bush suddenly has an urge to go outside and chop some wood?

According to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center, 11.2 million illegal immigrants were here in 2010. We are supposed to be happy with that number because it represents no change from 2009 and the number peaked at 12 million in 2007.

Personally, I think the numbers are higher than those presented by the Pew (or is that, P.U.?)
Hispanic Center. But whatever the numbers, the Pew Hispanic Center must know where these illegals are and my question is if they/we know where they are, why aren't we sending the ICE people to pick 'em up and get 'em deported?

Do you know who Rupert Murdoch is? Among other things, he's the owner of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and probably half the world. Anyway, in a conversation with a journalist yesterday, Murdoch was reminded that Keith Olbermann worked for Murdoch a number of years ago and he was asked if he was possibly thinking about Olbermann working for him (Murdoch) again on maybe, Fox News? Murdoch's answers were "No!" because he doesn't believe in firing a guy twice, he expressed the belief that Olbermann is "A nut!" and Murdoch also said that when Olbermann worked for Fox before, he was "Impossible to work with!"

Word puzzle: If I say, "Victimization", put your hand over your eyes and name two famous females who seem to be guilty of hiding behind that word.

Give up?

Dr. Laura and Governor Palin.

Think about it, folks.

ENTERTAINMENT STUFF:

"American Idol". Because of the new judges who are fun, fun, fun and the overall new vibe, I think this is going to be a great season for "A.I.". I can't say enough good things about Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler who seem to have rubbed off on Randy Jackson in a good-good way.

Have you had a chance to watch "Harry's Law", Monday nights on NBC? Ratings wise, it's doing very well and I highly recommend it.

Meanwhile, "The Good Wife", Tuesday nights on CBS continues to (in my view) be the best show on television. If you're not watching Showtime on Sunday nights, you're missing a fun trifecta. Showtime's Sunday night tripleheader of "Shameless" (that show is sooo good!), "Californication" (still a fun show) and "Episodes", a show that stars the guy who played Joey on "Friends" is the surprise of the bunch. Those three are MUST-see shows!

Speaking of tripleheaders....Monday, I saw three films. Two Oscar contenders and a good popcorn film, "The Mechanic". It's a remake of a film that starred Charles Bronson almost 40 years ago.

Both of the Oscar nominated films that I saw were films I thought I wouldn't like. "Black Swan" was the first one.

WOW! Natalie Portman is going to be tough to beat in the lead actress category, gang. And the movie itself is definitely a "contender". There are several other people in this film besides Portman who add to the greatness of "Black Swan" and the best of that group was the "villain", played deliciously by Mila Kunis.

The other Oscar contender I saw was, "The King's Speech". This is a true story about something that happened in England. For me, this film was slow to get going (if you know what I mean), but once it got going, it was easy to see why this film has received 12 nominations. Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are all very deserving of their Oscar nominations and so is Tom Hooper who directed this film.

MY Oscar picks:

Director: David Fincher, "The Social Network"

Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"

Lead Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"

Lead Actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Best Picture: "The Social Network"

The actor in me makes the picks you see above. I would not be at all disappointed if "The Fighter" won for Best Picture, if Colin Firth won for Lead Actor, if Annette Bening won for Lead Actress, if Jeremy Renner won for Supporting Actor, if Amy Adams or Melissa Leo won for Supporting Actress and Darren Aronofsky won for Director.

SUPER BOWL:

I like the Steelers over the Packers, 24-17.

THIS FRIDAY:

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THE NEXT BLOG? Barring something unexpected, next Wednesday night, February 9 or early Thursday morning, February 10.

ENJOY THE GAME (and the commercials) EVERYONE!!!





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