Will Jeb Bush be an 11th hour G.O.P. pick? Will Hillary be an 11th hour VP pick? Sarah Palin is angry and Paul McCartney is happy!!!
Seeing as how Tim Tebow won't be playing, do we care about the two NFL games this Sunday? For those who do care and would like to know what an expert thinks, the closest we can come to that is John Madden's XBox football games. They have been played and the results of those games were/are, Baltimore over New England, 24-7 and the 49ers over the Giants, 17-9.
I met John Madden in January of 1980 when he was here in Los Angeles getting ready for the Super Bowl game between the Steelers and Rams. He was one of the television announcers for that game and I was the halftime and postgame radio guy for that game. I have all the respect in the world for John Madden, but I respectfully disagree with the results his XBox game is predicting. I think that the winners this Sunday will be the Patriots and the Giants.
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I've seen all the G.O.P. presidential debates and I think the last two debates, Monday the 16th and tonight's debate, have been the two best debates. If you watched tonight's debate on CNN, you know that the first question asked by the moderator was directed to Newt Gingrich. And after the question was asked, you could have heard a pin drop. While Gingrich was seething before he opened his mouth, I couldn't help but think of the old Country hit song, "The Fightin' Side of Me". The question had to do with what one of Newt's ex-wives told ABC about Newt saying to her (while they were still married) that he was having an affair and he wanted an "open marriage".
This was something that was on all the newscasts and like it or not, it was a legitimate question to ask because of the evangelical folks (voters) and their "religious views", views that have nothing to do with supporting people who are cheating on their spouses. Even if they're "honest" enough to admit it to their spouses while requesting permission to have "an open marriage". I don't know about you, but doesn't that sound a little like what many of us thought (think?) a lot of Mormons do or have done?
After cooling off, Gingrich performed pretty well during the debate. In fact, all four of the remaining candidates performed well EXCEPT the guy so many people believe will end up being the Republican nominee. Mitt Romney had a tough time declaring when or if he will make his income tax returns available for all to see. No big deal? Actually, it kind of was. Because of the booing Romney got from the audience.
Is Romney hiding something? I don't know the answer to that question. But I DO know the answer to another question which is, "Will the eventual Republican presidential nominee be one of the four guys we saw tonight?" The answer is, probably, more than likely, etc., etc., but because so many Republican big shots think these are four WEAK candidates, two people are being schmoozed to the point where if either would agree to throw their hat in the ring, they're pretty much guaranteed to BE the nominee. One is Jeb Bush and I think I know who the other one is, but I need more verification.
And speaking of 11th hour (possible) decisions...
Would anyone REALLY be surprised if Hillary turns out to be Obama's running mate?
SARAH PALIN LETS US KNOW SHE CAN READ ANNND SHE'S ANGRY!!!
Uh, oh! Mama Grizzly? Angry?
We all remember the interview Sarah Palin had with Katie Couric, right? When Sarah couldn't think of anything that she was a reader of? Apparently, Mama Grizzly read a story in the new Newsweek and that made her mad or maybe she read the headline on the cover of the new Newsweek and THAT made her mad. When we're dealing with brainiacs (did I just now invent a word?) the likes of Mama Grizzly, one can be hard pressed to keep up with her. Or to understand her. Because between all of her "simple me" way of presenting herself, none of us have ever figured out why she really quit her job as Governor of Alaska. Karl Rove is a pretty savvy political guy, but even he recently said, "She has never made it clear about why she quit."
Okay. Back to Mama Grizzly being ticked off at Newsweek. Here's the headline on the cover of the January 23rd issue; "Why are Obama's critics so dumb?"
And who's the only big time public figure who responded to that headline and let it be known how angry she was/is?
I really don't have to write anything else about this, do I?
THE NEXT DEBATES:
Monday, January 23, 6 pm (Pacific Time) on NBC and Thursday, January 26 on CNN with the start time to be determined.
Before getting to my thoughts about a few television shows, I'd like to tell you people here in the Los Angeles area and people who might be here from out of town on February 10th about a big event you might be interested in attending.
Paul McCartney has been named the 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year. This event will take place on the evening of February 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This is a wonderful charity event that will feature a 5:30 pm cocktail reception and silent auction, a 7:30 pm gala dinner and a 9 pm concert and award presentation. Two nights later McCartney will be at the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards where he'll be singing two songs from his brand new CD. Annnd...Coldplay and Rihanna will perform live together for the first time.
But back to the MusiCares Person Of The Year event. If you'd like to attend, call MusiCares for ticket information at 310-392-3777. Who knows? You might meet Sir Paul. Parking? $12, no valet available, you'll be walking distance from the event and when you call MusiCares at 310-392-3777 for tickets, they'll tell you all you need to know about parking, etc.
And hey....If you want to also go to the GRAMMY show, ask those nice MusiCares people if they can tell you who to contact.
Did you see that show last Sunday? I did. Some people didn't like it much, but I laughed a few times and overall found the show to be especially entertaining in a few spots. Like....That cute song that Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy sung. In addition to being great actors, they're husband and wife. The Morgan Freeman tribute. Ricky Gervais until it seemed like he'd been neutered. George Clooney's acceptance speech after he was given the Best Actor award for his performance in "The Descendants". It is my view that Clooney's acceptance speech should be put into textbooks for all actors who ever get nominated for an award in case they're lucky enough to win.
Because of my (still healing) fractured foot, I didn't see any new films this past week, but as usual, I did see some television shows and I have some observations and information about a couple of other things.
If you saw this past Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife", I think you'll be in agreement with me when I tell you that the worst thing that could ever happen to "The Good Wife" would be if the actress who plays the role of Kalinda ever decided to leave that show. DAMN, she's good! And sexy!
On Monday, did you see the 2-hour series opener of the new Fox show, "Alcatraz"? My initial reaction was, "Wow!", "Strange!" and I LOVED it! The stars in this show are the creepy Sam Neill, the cute and sexy Sarah Jones, the calm Robert Forster and the good looking JeffreyPierce who is one of many strange characters in this show. I think this is going to be a big hit, gang. Next Monday, it will be a 1-hour show and it will be on right after "House" on Fox.
A very good night for television this past Tuesday. "Glee" has been struggling, show-wise, but they had a very good episode on Fox. Another outstanding episode of "Parenthood" and two shows presented their first episodes of the season. "Justified", starring Timothy Olyphant along with a terrific cast of supporting players on the FX channel annnnd....Thanks to long time blog reader and political junkie Patrick Gallagher, I was talked into seeing the first episode of the new season of the TNT show, "Southland" , which stars a whole bunch of good actors. Loved it! Thanks Pat!
Wednesday night (last night) the 11th season of "American Idol" began. Two-hour show of which I saw only the first hour (it was good) because during "American Idol's" second hour, I watched a very good episode of "Harry's Law" on NBC. That show won't show another episode until their new night and time. Sunday, March 11, 8 pm, on NBC.
And that wonderful to watch "Revenge" featured another great episode on ABC. Twists and turns on top of twists and turns which resulted in all of us being pleasantly exhausted when the episode ended. We are told that two of our favorite villains will be returning soon and a big time veteran actor will be joining "Revenge" soon. William Devane, an actor who was outstanding all those years he starred on "Knott's Landing".
Were you a Kiefer Sutherland fan all those years he starred as Jack Bauer on "24"? I ask that question because Sutherland will be starring in a new series on Fox beginning next Wednesday, January 25. The show is called, "Touch". And sometime in April, Sutherland will begin shooting a film version of "24" that figures to be in our favorite theatre sometime next year.
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THE NEXT BLOG? Barring unforseen circumstances, the next blog will be written and posted late Thursday night, January 26 or early Friday morning, January 27.
Meanwhile, I hope the NFL teams you're rooting for are winners and don't forget...AMERICA FIRST!!!!!!!!!