A Boner At The Oscars

I didn’t catch the Academy Awards last Sunday night on ABC. The word on the street was that Hollywood was going to spend a lot of time bashing President Trump, and if I really wanted to see something like that, I’d turn on the news. Even Fox News (depending on who hosts a given hour) does a bit of bashing, and I wanted to watch something that could get my mind off of that, not keep it there.

Had I bothered to watch, I wouldn’t have missed one of the biggest mess-ups in the history of the show, perhaps in all of television history.

What happened was that La La Land, who many predicted would win the Best Picture award, was announced as the winner. But when the staff of the film got on stage, it became apparent that they were NOT the winners. Instead, it was announced thru the La La Land producers and some improv comedy from Warren Beatty and Jimmy Kimmel that Moonlight had won in a total surprise.

Somehow, it did make me laugh a bit. All these people in Hollywood telling Mr. Trump to do that right thing, but they can’t seem to get things right themselves.

It was an ironic way to end the night. 

Good Work If You Can Get It

If you’re a Democrar or a Republican, can we agree on one thing?

They don’t seem to put a lot of work in. 

Take last week for instance. There was Presidents Day on Monday, yes. Then Congress took the whole week off, and Republicans had their big CPAC meeting in Maryland late in the week. 

A lot of the Congress people and senators have been meeting their constituents at town hall meetings. As some of you have been seeing, some of these meetings haven’t gone well, especially for Republicans. Funny how no one gives Democrars a similarly hard time. 

I wonder, as no doubt you do as well, why that is. Better organization amongst Democratic organizers despite poor leadership at the top?  That could be. 

It just seems that those who work in DC spend more time bitching about problems than fixing them. Whatever happened to working together to solve problems and compromising?

We set terrible examples for younger generations the way things are now. But I suppose we are to blame, more or less. 

Flashback: “Chase” by Giorgio Moroder

If you’re a late night talk radio buff of a certain age, you’d recognize this tune instantly. Or a wrestling fan of the 1980’s, as there was once a tag team called the Midnight Express.

It was much more of a pop culture hit than it was on the pop charts, peaking at #33 in January of 1979 here in the United States. But, as I said, it got a lot of use in other forms of media.

I always thought it’d be the perfect for the start of an auto race, and I can’t imagine it’s hasn’t been done somewhere out there in the 38 years and change this song has been out.

Until tomorrow, bomp-bomp-bomp-bomp, bump-bump-bump-bump…

 

What’s Out There For Us?

This is not really a political rant, just an analysis of what I’m seeing.

This week, I’ve been avoiding watching the news, even Fox News. I keep up to date with the IPhone and on the Internet at night. I no longer find conventional news sources to be trustworthy. They’re just there to drive us crazy, and to keep us watching.

My point is this: it’s getting more and more obvious that we here in America are heading towards something. The trillion dollar question seems to be what that “something” is. Some sort of government coup? A civil war? Some unforeseen problem, as of now? What?

The people in my life seem to think I’m smart, but I have no clue what the something is, and I’m sorry that I don’t know. It’s just something I sense, and I hope to God I’m wrong thinking this.

But I do think we here in the United States are heading towards something big. I just wanted to document this near midnight on February 23, 2017.

Shots Fired In The News Wars

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Infowars hosts David Knight (left) and Alex Jones (right), February 21, 2017.

I was reading this morning about how Alex Jones and his Infowars news outfit lost a major sponsor yesterday in Adroll, costing them millions in revenue.

A lot of you will no doubt say, “Good! Alex is a nut, anyways.” If you think that way, may I suggest to you that you’re not seeing the big picture on this.

While Adroll is a private business and can do what it wants, what they haven’t done, according to Jones, is give a bona fide reason as to why they’ve cut ties. That led many Infowars fans into believing that this is merely an attempt to quash free speech, and that the move is to punish conservative news organizations that openly support President Trump. (Who else are they going to support?  Hillary?  She lost.)

If organizations such as the “Sleeping Giants” group can go after Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulis, or Breitbart, who’s next? Rush Limbaugh? Or, someone who does satire like a Phil Hendrie?

We’ll have to watch and see if Adroll’s actions were a one-time event or the beginning of a trend. A very dangerous trend.

 

Million Dollar Knee

Wearing a knee brace on February 11, 2017.
Thought I’d give you all an update on my knee. I injured it in late January one morning, though I don’t know exactly how I did it. I probably had injured it slipping in the kitchen getting Harry his breakfast, taking a bit of time for the swelling to grow. 

With above normal temperatures the past few days here in Florida, my left knee feels close to normal again. That leads me to think that I either had tendinitis or arthritis in it, not that I’m a doctor or anything like that. 

Can’t begin to tell you how relived I am that, at least for the time being, it doesn’t appear to have been anything too serious. 

Crossing Lines, Blurred Lines

The ongoing war between President Trump and the media – breathtaking. I heard Chris Wallace on FOX earlier today saying that the President crossed the line when he said the media is the enemy of the American people.

I tend to think that if this is true, the media crossed the line first with their allegations that President Trump is tight with Russia. They want you to forget that so was Hillary Clinton, who gave the Russians all that uranium. Further, the Russians don’t have anything to lose any way they play it: if they support the American left, the American right, or play the double game of playing both sides. Sure, I want the media to do their job, but without harder facts in the whole Russian matter, I can’t say that the job is being done.

I’m also not surprised that, in my opinion, the President has already gotten bored with the D.C. game and is campaigning in spots across the country as if it was still 2016 on the calendar. He plays to his strengths, and he’d be a fool not to play to his strength.

Who knows what happens this week, but so far, it’s been a very interesting ride. Who knows where it goes next.

 

Aircheck: President Trump’s Press Conference, 2/16/2017

Some people loved it.

Others hated it.

In sports terms, it was a instant classic, some might say.

But in case you missed it, here was Trump’s presser from Thursday. Arguably the most talked about press conference ever held by a sitting President.

The Lottery Ticket

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I hope Marcus Paschal, the football head coach at my alma mater of Largo High School in Largo, Florida, doesn’t mind me sharing this photo with you.

He is one of only three players from my school to play in the NFL on a full-time basis. (Leonard Johnson and Dexter McCluster being the other two.) The numbers are probably similar in other sports, whether they be baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, what have you.

Very few make it in the world of sports. As the photo illustrates, a million kids play high school ball across the country, but roughly 150 of those players will be around to see their 4th season in the NFL.

Just as you can’t plan on winning the lottery, athletes have to realize that as much as they dream of winning a Super Bowl, the odds are definitely not with them.

One Of Those Nights

It’s one of those nights in my life. I want to rest, my brain is tired but my body doesn’t want to cooperate. 

It happens two or three nights in the winter. Too warm to be cold, too cold to be warm. My left knee feels as good as it has in nearly a month, but there’s something odd going on tonight. 

What do you do on nights like these?  

What can you do on such a night?