Mitt Romney continues to open his MOUTH and insert his FOOT!!! Glenn Beck is back on television!!! Sarah Palin talks about COURAGE but what about HER COURAGE?!? October 3rd can't get here fast enough!!! TIME TO TAKE THE GLOVES OFF!!!
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Headline #1: Mitt Romney continues to open his MOUTH and insert his FOOT!!!
And it isn't just this Libyan business. He knows next to nothing about foreign affairs and it is becoming clearer and clearer to me that once he decided he wanted to really be a presidential candidate, he should have taken the time to learn some things. Sarah Palin didn't take the time and look at what THAT accomplished! The end of John McCain's presidential hopes.
I bring this up because of the bird's eye view I had while watching what a "pro" did while he was the Republican nominee for the first time. Just prior to the election, he held a press conference at the airport here in Los Angeles. That would be 1980, his name was Ronald Reagan and I had been invited to be backstage with him BEFORE the press conference. I got that invitation because he had agreed to participate in a 7-hour radio tribute about Gene Autry that I would eventually produce and narrate. When I arrived backstage, the first thing I saw was all of these big walls that were covered with huge maps and Ronald Reagan "going to school" so he wouldn't embarrass himself once the questions started being asked.
As we all learned, he was a damn good student. What we learned about Sarah Palin was (in essence) that she "didn't want to be bothered" and what we're learning about Mitt Romney appears to be pretty much the same.
Headline #2: Glenn Beck is back on television!!!
Here's what's interesting about Glenn Beck. After getting a huge break by being hired by Fox News and becoming a star, he blew it to such an extent that he was canned by Fox News because of ratings that had gone in the toilet and the thought (by the Fox folks) "He was becoming increasingly extreme in his view-point." Let me tell you something. When you get canned for being too extreme on FOX, you've accomplished something that most people didn't think was possible.
In my view, Glenn Beck is a whack-job who's very similar to the fictional character known as "Lonesome Rhodes". Buuuut....There are a few people who like to watch his zaniness and conspiracy theories, so satellite broadcaster, Dish Network decided to hired him. How long will this relationshop last? I don't think anyone thinks they know the answer to THAT question.
Headline #3: Sarah Palin talks about courage, but what about HER courage?!?
You've probably heard about Palin's public crack about (in her view) President Obama needing to "grow a pair" regarding this Libya business.
In other words, she was challenging Obama's "courage".
By now, we all know she didn't (as usual) know what she was talking about, but most of us have gotten used to that.
Buuuut....As long as you want to talk about "courage", Ms. Palin, let's talk a little about YOUR courage. You are hands down America's number one "quitter". You were elected to a 4-year term as Governor of Alaska. But halfway through your term, you quit. Was something about to become public if you DIDN'T quit? And if so, where was YOUR courage. And by the way, did you ever take the time to think of a "do-over" answer for the question you were asked about "what you read"?
Headline #4: October 3rd can't get here fast enough!!!
In case you didn't know, Wednesday, October 3rd will be the date that we'll all be able to watch the first of three debates between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.....In my heart of hearts, I believe that the candidate who will have appeared to be the best debater will be the candidate who will be elected to be our next president.
Do I think I know WHO that will be? No I don't and here's why; Neither one of these guys has said a damn thing about the issues that the vast majority of us are concerned about EXCEPT.... Once in a while, for a few seconds, when they're catching their breath after spending a bunch of time saying what a bad guy the other guy is.
And let us all hope that the moderators of these debates hold the candidates' feet to the fire by making them answer the questions that are asked as opposed to letting either candidate "change the subject".
Just wishin'. And hopin'.
Headline #5: Time to take the gloves off!!!
If you have read headlines #1, 2, 3, and 4, you know that my gloves were already off!!!
A Couple of Sports items:
How about that performance provided by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in last Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh's Steelers?!? If he does nothing else this season (which is highly unlikely), he has the "Comeback Player of the Year" award pretty much wrapped up. This coming Monday night, you'll be able to watch Manning and his Broncos play at Atlanta. Both teams are 1-0.
And how about this Major League baseball business? A lot of teams have a chance to end up in the playoffs. Here in the Los Angeles area, we're rooting for the Dodgers and Angels. If the playoffs began today, neither team would be playing.
Speaking of the Dodgers....I was the first person to bring this up, more and more people are talking about it and with the new big boss of the Dodgers in town for a few days, there's a lot of speculation about manager Don Mattingly's FUTURE with the Dodgers if they FAIL to make the playoffs.
I'll be surprised if Mattingly's still the manager if the Dodgers don't make the playoffs.
Some new TV shows featured their first episode earlier this week. I saw a couple of them and here are my brief thoughts....
"Go On", starring Matthew Perry and an interesting supporting cast and "The New Normal" which to me wasn't all that good except for the performance turned in by Ellen Barkin. Tuesday nights on NBC.
"Parenthood" displayed their first episode of their 4th season. It comes on right after "The New Normal".
I have LOVED "Parenthood" from the first episode to their last episode. They added a big time "heavy hitter" when they added Ray Romano to the cast this season. I had the pleasure of seeing how Mr. Romano works when I spent a week as a "Guest Star" on an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond".
Tuesday night's episode was good in a lot of ways, but not so good in other ways. I think they tried to cram too much stuff into the show, I could see where edits were probably made (a significant number of them) and here's hoping that next week's episode allows these fine actors to breathe a little.
I watched Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" with new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears last night (Wednesday). These two new judges are big time eye-candy and sharp as nails. The ratings were a little disappointing but I think that before this season ends, Simon Cowell will have another hit on his hands.
I didn't see any films this past week, but I most definitely plan to see two films that will open in theatres tomorrow.
"The Master" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. An argument can be made that Mr. Hoffman is our best male actor but Joaquin Phoenix is certainly no slouch and neither (for that matter) is the very fine actress Amy Adams. A lot of Oscar buzz about this film.
The other film I'll be seeing is "Arbitrage" starring Richard Gere. He plays the role of a Bernie Madoff kind of guy but who's much more interesting. Richard Gere has been the star of many films in which other actresses and actors have gotten Oscars. A lot of people think that Gere figures to (at least) get an Oscar nomination for "Arbitrage". And maybe.....His first Oscar.
Two Fridays from now, I'll be in line to see, "Trouble with the Curve" starring Clint (chair-man) Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. If you've seen the previews, you're probably thinking what I'm thinking which is.....I GOTTA see THIS movie!!!
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Meanwhile, I hope that all of you have a very pleasant weekend and while casting an eye towards Libya, please keep in mind, "AMERICA FIRST!!!!!"