Thursday, September 24, 2015

Why I Detest Athlete Interviews

I saw this cartoon floating around the internet and immediately burst out in laughter.  Why?  Because it makes a point that I've mumbled to myself for many years.  Athlete interviews are predictable and 90% of the time tedious and painful to listen to.  Chances are, the athlete being interviewed is a great athlete but not going to be running for president anytime soon.  The old stereotype about the dense athlete is unfair - as all stereotypes are - but has a certain ring of truth to it.

Here is the typical scene post game that is at best eye rolling and at worst, agonizing.

Studio Announcer: Ok, lets go down to the field with Hottie Lottie and all of her plastic body parts, she's standing by with Lightning Jackson.

Hottie Lottie: Thanks, Jim.  Lightning, impressive win today.  Thoughts?

Lightning: yeah, you know, we  just, play all four quarters/nine innings/three periods of the game/match.  You know, we just give it 110% every day, each man on this team knows his role.  There's a lot of respect for coach in the locker room and guys have a different attitude this year, you know?

Hottie Lottie: Yeah, Lightning.  So what was your impression of the opponent today?

Lightning: You know, they get a lotta respect in the league, you know, they play 110% everyday and you can tell they function as a team, every man on that team knows his role and theres a lot of respect for the coach, you know?

Hottie Lottie: Thanks Lightning

Lightning, having no idea the name of the plastic blonde that just interviewed him: Ok, thanks (runs away)

Hottie Lottie: Ok, back to you guys

Back in the studio, three to five former athletes that can actually form a coherent sentence (which is why they have the studio jobs) say:

Studio guy #1: Wow!  What an impressive young man!

Studio guy #2: Thanks Lottie!

Honestly, even the coaches are 50% of the time as boring and predictable.

Bill Bradley not-withstanding (and even he was a Democrat, chances are his interviews were just as vapid.  Including when he was a player), just let the athletes play, spare me the predictable and cliched interviews.

In the spirit of this type of humor, I give you one of the best scenes from the great 2000 remake of an old Peter Sellers movie, Bedazzled:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mark Steyn Speaks For Me

Battling insomnia (again) last night for a host of personal reasons, I fired up my iPad and cruised over to, noting this zinger.  You'll recall recently that a whack job in New Hampshire approached another whack job, Donald Trump, and spouted out his belief - in a seeming statement of fact - that Barack Obama was a Muslim.  The Ministry of Information thereafter rushed to every Republican Candidate and breathlessly demanded to know if the kook mentioned prior to the one running for President spoke for him/her.  Funny I don't recall a single Useful Idiot in the Ministry of Information asking Barack Obama if Vester Flannigan represented his view points, but that requires a tendency toward objective journalism.  

None the less, every great once in a while Mark Steyn will come unglued and write some of his best pieces.... this one falls in that catagory, addressing the ridiculous "outrage" over Trump not correcting his fellow kook.  Below is the entire piece, bold emphasis mine.

As the week ended, Obama's palace guard in the American media were demanding that every
other Republican candidate distance himself from Donald Trump's failure to correct, among
thousands of attendees at his events, one who apparently is under the reprehensible illusion that
the President is a Muslim.

Any candidate who plays this game with the Obamamedia is a fool. Assuming for the sake of
argument that the questioner is genuine and not a plant (like, say, the 14-year old all-American
schoolboy clockmaker who didn't make a clock at all and is the son of a belligerent Muslim activist and perennial Sudanese presidential candidate whose brother runs a trucking company amusingly called Twin Towers Transportation), putting all of that to one side, there are several entirely reasonable responses one could make to the gentlemen of the press:

1) Unlike Hillary Clinton's under-attended "rallies", a voter doesn't have to undergo a background check or sign a piece of paper pledging to support her in the election before being permitted into a Republican candidate's presence. So at our campaign events there are all kinds of people with all kinds of views - and it goes without saying I won't agree with them all. If you find that odd, maybe you've been covering Hillary too long.
2) Why does one Republican candidate's "scandal" get hung around the neck of every other guy's? I'll answer your question to me about Donald Trump's 'gaffe' after you ask Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Lincoln Chafee and Joe Biden about Hillary Clinton's server and how she handled Benghazi. Till then, get lost.
3) In the normal course of events, the President - who is supposed to serve as president of all the people, not just the half of the country that voted for him - should command a certain respect. But this particular president has compared the members of the loyal opposition to terrorists and to the more hardcore Iranian ayatollahs. And none of you media bigfeet huffing and puffing about lèse-majesté gave a crap about that. So, if you'll forgive me, as someone designated a terrorist and ayatollah by Obama, I'm disinclined to rise to defend the President's amour propre. Go hector someone else.
4) As to respect for the office, the President is so respectful of the papacy that his White House reception for Pope Francis will be filled with gay bishops, transgender activists and pro-abortion nuns. Apparently His Holiness is expected to have a thicker skin about dissenting voices than King Barack. (Jeff: as an aside, Francis is as hostile as Obama is toward Market Economies, why the dissing of the Pontiff by the King?  Strange....)
5) If I understand you shrill little twerps correctly, I'm supposed to point out to this guy in New Hampshire that the President is not a Muslim but a Christian. Well, his father and step-father were both Muslims, which means,as far as Islam is concerned, he was born a Muslim. Has he renounced it? My fellow candidate Ted Cruz entered this world in Calgary, Alberta in 1970, which means that he was born a British subject and a citizen of Canada. I don't suppose the Queen cares about that one way or the other - unlike your average Islamic scholar in Qom or Cairo. Yet you media types made such a big deal out of it that Ted was obliged to write to Ottawa to renounce even any theoretical Canadianness. Have you inquired of your buddy the President whether he's done anything similarly clarifying?
6) As to whether he's a Christian, have you asked him whether he has attended even semi-regularly any church other than that of Jeremiah ("God damn America") Wright? A man is free to attend the Westboro Baptist Church but if he chooses to do so I'm not obligated to defend his Christianity. And frankly, whatever the President's personal faith, there is no dispute that his leadership of the western world has been an utter catastrophe for Christians around the planet. Some of the oldest Christian communities on earth have been entirely extinguished on Obama's watch: in Mosul, Iraq, which was an American protectorate on the day he took office, not a single Christian remains. Every single one of them is dead or fled. So, instead of jumping through your preposterous hoops and speaking up for the most powerful man in the world, I would rather speak up for the powerless - for the Nigerian schoolgirls, for the Yazidi, for the Copts in Egypt, and for all the other beleaguered Christian communities in the world this feckless president has set alight and watched burn.
7) Oh, and one other thing. This kind of super-fake-o lame-ass nothing controversy that you dowager duchesses of the press are having the vapors about is precisely why the political process has fallen into such disrepute and your own industry is bankrupt. No real person cares about this "scandal". So, unless you've got a question about the economy or immigration or something real, screw off outta here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Racial Healing, Thy Name is Obama.....

Best passage of a spot on blogpost.  Bold emphasis mine.

"When the head of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan demanded retaliation against police in late July by calling on '10,000 fearless men' to 'rise up and kill those who kill us; stalk them and kill them and let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling', Obama’s DOJ did not intervene. When members of the New Black Panther Party marched in front of the Waller County jail in Houston, Texas two weeks before Deputy Goforth’s assassination and shouted, 'You’re gonna stop doing what you’re doing, or we will start creeping up on you in the darkness', Obama’s DOJ did not intervene. When members rallying behind the hashtags Black Lives Matter movement called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops on a radio blog show hosted from Texas last Tuesday night, Obama’s DOJ did not intervene. These statements are incitement and are not protected under the first amendment yet no investigations have been made into such organizations as Black Lives Matter, the Nation of Islam, and the New Black Panther Party."

Friday, August 7, 2015

My Quick Take on Donald Trump

I'm going to shoot from the hip here and maybe add links later, but I'll give you my take on Donald Trump in the wake of what I thought was a ridiculous performance in the first Republican Debate last night.

If you take him seriously, well.... I'm going to be polite and just chuckle.

Preamble: I have nothing at all personal against the man.  I am not going to slander him (at least that is not my intention).  The one tip of the cap to him - and he deserves a lot of credit for this - he has built and maintained wealth, a LOT of it.  Props to him for that.

His candidacy?  Its a joke.  And if he makes good on his implied threat of a third party run, the Democrats may be laughing last.

My theory?  He's doing this for attention.  He's bored, he likes the media attention, he knows he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting the nomination, so that frees him up to say whatever gets the cameras and microphones running his way.  Right now he's smart enough to see that flyover country is tired of the horrors Obama's worldview has brought on America and he's going to take a polar opposite and borderline crude stab to the right of every issue.

Last night he looked ridiculous with that scowl on his face.  It was almost as if he was doing some kind of SNL routine up there.

I'm not given to conspiracy theories.  But if I were, I'd be a guy lke Trump with long ties to the Clinton's is setting himself up to be the Perot of 2016.  You're welcome, Hillary.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Heather MacDonald at National Review

Spot on and well written - my favorite excerpt.... is Nicholas Kristoff stupid or devious??  Bold Emphasis Mine.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof anticipated Obama’s speech with his own leap from the shootings into liberal bromides. America’s greatest shame in 2015 is not the persistence of the Confederate flag in the South, Kristof wrote, but the fact that “almost two-thirds of black children grow up in low-income families.” Kristof saw this statistic as a manifestation of racism: “The larger national disgrace,” he said, is that “so many children still don’t have an equal shot at life because of the color of their skin.” (Sigh, here we go again....)

Skin color has nothing to do with it. The overwhelming reason why children grow up in poverty “in 2015” is that they are being raised by single parents. Children with no father at home are between four and five times more likely to be poor as the children of married parents, whether they are black or white. But with 72 percent of black children born to single mothers — nearly three times the white out-of-wedlock birthrate — blacks’ higher poverty level is inevitable. 

The formula for escaping poverty as an adult also has nothing to do with race: Graduate from high school, wait until you are married to have children, and work full-time. Whites who eschew those bourgeois behaviors are as likely to be poor as blacks who eschew them. Only 2 percent of individuals who follow those rules are in poverty, according to Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution; 72 percent of those who follow them earn at least $55,000 a year. The American poverty rate would be cut by 70 percent if the same percentage of Americans engaged in those responsible behaviors as did in 1970, regardless of race.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Obama as he REALLY is...

Victor Davis Hanson nails it here.... point three posted below, the best part.  Bold emphasis mine.  Oh, and by the way, if you go back and read what I said the day before the 2012 election, this will sound familiar.

A third view of Obama is neither so rosy as the first nor so melodramatic as the second. Obama may well have been an unapologetic progressive wolf in centrist clothing, but mostly he was a continuation of what he had been in the past: an unimpressive state legislator, a one-term partisan senator without any accomplishments, a lackadaisical executive who in his own words had to worry most about not appearing lazy and distracted. Obama as president simply pushed the right progressive buttons, all the more easily once his own party lost the Congress and he was freed to sign executive orders that enraged his enemies and moved the country leftward. He cares little about the scandals involving the IRS, VA, AP, NSA, GSA, TSA, EPA, Benghazi, and the Secret Service, other than ensuring that they stay far away from his own godhead.

Mostly, President Obama likes the ceremonial perks of his office — the public spotlight to pick sports winners, the regal access to the links in sporty golf attire, the huge plane and entourage, the video clips of his catlike descent down the stairs of Air Force One, and the captive audiences for his often ahistorical and confused ramblings about America’s past and present shortcomings. Rarely has a president entered office so inexperienced and unprepared, yet with such great hopes and expectations among the public. That he squandered such good will through petty spite and inexperience should not be surprising, given his meager qualifications and thin résumé. Most of Obama’s career in community organizing, academia, and the Illinois legislature was predicated on leveraging his race, name, and unique background with the pretensions of liberal America to land opportunities for which he knew in advance that he would never be held accountable.

Hence his presidency proved entirely predictable: Obama was neither a progressive crusader nor a neo-socialist who wrecked the country, but mostly a sad pretender going through the motions. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thoughts on What's Going on in Ferguson

Its obviously been forever since I have updated this website.

So I've elected to take a few minutes during my lunch today to address what'd going on in Ferguson, MO this morning.  As the entire world knows, to differing degrees, white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot a young Black American male, Michael Brown, during a scuffle in August of this year.  The grand jury, selected from the (70% black)  Ferguson community, elected not to charge Wilson in Brown's death.

Of course, on cue, the riots begin.  I'll leave the nuts and bolts of the story out of this post (Ben Shapiro addresses the issue best, I think) and just comment on what I think the important take aways are.

The riots are a reaction, we are told, to injustice.  Where was the injustice, then?  Brown was high, acting violently on tape.  Wilson, doing his job, confronted Brown.  If you are doped up, threatening a shop keeper and then struggling with a police officer, things are going to go south for you.  The best case scenario is, you are arrested and have to face justice for your actions.  Worst case, you end up like Brown did in this situation.

A Grand Jury from a 70% black community found no cause to indict Wilson.  Let that sink in for a second .... Given the demographic from which this Grand Jury is drawn, its safe to say that they impartially looked at the evidence and came to this decision.

So if you are a minority rioting in Ferguson, you have to be asked, what injustice are you upset about?  Chances are, you are upset about a perception.  Watch Shapiro's presentation above, and you can pretty much concur that the Grand Jury was presented the same evidence.

Why don't you know this, then, if you are a Ferguson minority rioting?  Because you have been given a faultier version of the events from people with a vested interested in keeping you angry.  Darren Wilson, then, and the rest of the "white establishment" are not your problem, they are.

Black Americans born into this country are children of God, given the blessing of living in a free society with the rights to life, liberty and property that everyone else has.  Some start off with very little, but with education, smart choices and honest living can succeed wildly, if they give themselves the opportunity.

Many in minority communities lack a father-figure role model to teach smart choices, honest living and the importance of education.  So, they grow up in poverty, influenced by people who have given them a skewed view of the world they live in.  Its an easy choice to stay pissed off at the world around you when you have never been taught the importance of our Founding Principles, and given the role models of rags to riches success through education, hard work, and honest living.  So, what happened in Ferguson happens.  People trapped in poverty have been pumped full of anger and resentment for years, and at the right opportunity, that anger boils over into civil unrest.

But to what benefit?  If you are a Black American waking up this morning to the buildings you've burnt down, how is your life going to improve?  You're still angry and still poor.

And chances are, its because you don't understand Freedom, you don't understand Wealth and how its created.  You don't know the stories of minorities from all walks of life that have worked hard and succeeded in America over the past 100 years.  You don't understand the special place America has in world history (which many of your grandparents and great grandparents had a huge role in defending and building).  And if you do, your told that those Black Americans who have succeeded are "Uncle Toms" or "House Negros."  So, you suffer.  As long as you allow the grievance industry influence your life choices, you are going to have nothing but misery and poverty.

That's what is at the root of Ferguson, MO on 11/25/14.  Not racism, not racist cops.  Not a system stacked against you, if you are a Black American.

People who purport to have your best interests at heart are your real oppressors.  The longer you allow them to pound the drum that you march to, the more you are going to live in misery and unhappiness.

And its not the fault of "the man."  Its the fault of your "keepers."

Saturday, March 9, 2013

There Is NO Caste System In America

Income inequality is one of the greatest Leftist Strawmen of all time.  In this superb two minute segment, Professor Horwitz nails what should be the a priori understanding when discussing disparity in American Income.

Poverty is, at the end of the day, a choice.  Educating oneself and making smart choices are the keys to upward mobility.  Its just that simple.