Jan. 20, 2013
Jan. 19, 2013

Floyd Landis rode with Lance Armstrong and took Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDS) with him. Lance Armstrong was friends with many people in the early years who are no longer in the picture. Some of them are in other countries trying to make a living because they wanted Armstrong to come clean about his fradulent doping.

Remember Greg LeMond? He won the Tour De France in 1986, 1989 & 1990 for the United States. He is a footnote because of Lance Armstrong. LeMond has been Armstrong's enemy for 14 years. LeMond insisted there was no way Armstrong could do what he was doing "clean." I wonder how German Erik Zabel feels about Armstrong. Zabel finished 2nd to Armstrong 3 straight times. He should have been the one getting those yellow jerseys.

I don't care about cycling at all, but I am fascinated in how a bike rider could amass over $100 million in personal fortune and help raise half a billion for a cancer organization he founded all based on "LIES." That is the new American way. Lie and build your reputation on these lies.

Look at the kid from Notre Dame with the imaginery girlfriend who passes away from a deadly disease called Leukemia. This maddens me as I had a VERY close relative die from this same illness many years back. Me and a lot of family donated blood platelets to try to save our dear uncle. Manti Te'o is no friend of mine. I will forever harbour a deep resentment when I see him perform professionally on the football field.

Back to Lance Armstrong...Betsy Andreu was an old friend of Lance's along with her husband. Armstrong admitted to doping in 1996 to his doctor and Andreu was in the hospital room. He went after her after she tried to expose the truth, calling her "a crazy bitch." There are MANY other cases of people who tried to tell the truth about his doping. He filed and won lawsuits. These are all about to come crashing down on King Lance. He will have to return a lot of prize money and money obtained in lawsuits.

It will be a full frontal assualt legally by all those whose reputations he damaged. It is ironic he beat cancer and what will really get him in the end is the REAL truth. He was also fired from his own Non-Profit organization "Livestrong."

Maybe Lance Armstrong did help some people survive cancer.

Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Guess what? Robin Hood was still a thief!

Jan. 18, 2013

We live in a time of "Political Crazy."

It has been this way for awhile. Just what sparked the right wing of America to really kick "crazy" into high gear?

Could it be that an African American is leading the way just 100 years since lynching was commonplace in our southernmost states?

LBJ passed the civil rights legislation that started with Lincoln and was mostly spearheaded by JFK near the end of his first term. Johnson took the credit, but Bobby and John Kennedy were the ones who laid the groundwork.

Now we have immigration reform and gun reform staring us in the eye. Obama's legacy is on the line. The politicos know this. They obviously do not want this guy's head on Mount Rushmore. They would rather have it served on a platter. We live in a really sick politically uncivilized time and it makes me sad that a small faction of House Republicans can push the moderate ones around enough to stop stuff from getting done.

The Super Red states have reps who fear getting primaried from the right by Tea Party candidates EVERY two years. There are organizations who have big bucks and can support candidates who lean way to the right. 

I am sorry to say this is not your father's GOP any more. 

I am pretty sure we are about to see Third Party and Independents start to produce viable candidates, because the GOP is being held hostage. This could be a great thing.

What will Obama get done in his 2nd term? I hope everything. He really got a lot done in the first term and he has shown a willingness and ability to get deals done. He is smart enough to know that he has a GREAT asset in Joe Biden to do the dirty work. Obama has insulated himself from the congress and sends people to deal with them. I think this is a smart move in that he understands that these people have a tough time with the fact that he is NOT white.

Good luck in your 2nd term Mr. President. There are people who are grateful and understand the difficulty of your situation.

Jan. 14, 2013

In my opinion  "All The Presidents Men" is the greatest political movie ever made and was not quite the box office favorite (due to the times) that "Lincoln," "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are. I'm just glad that people are into the political movies again.

This (2012-13) has been a year of political movies and portrayals and Hollywood has gone to town to celebrate itself. From "Argo" to "Lincoln" to "Zero Dark Thirty," the public has fed it's insatiable appetite for these biopicks and political docudramas and retelling of stories in a way that drives more people to the box office.

I have seen all three movies and am impressed with each one for different reasons.

Ben Affleck is a very underrated Hollywood star. He was the more-maligned of the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck duo that gave us 1997's "Good Will Hunting." Affleck was often portrayed as the less-talented actor-screenwriter to get that Oscar back in the day. I disaggree with that assesment. I have enjoyed movies like "Chasing Amy" and "The Town" (which he also directed). This cat is meticulous and tells a story in a gripping way. "Argo" has humor, detailed political drama and great acting performances. The story is true and feels totally truthful the whole time. Hats off for a great effort that will long outlive "Zero Dark Thirty."

Katheryn Bigelow is a good director. Her "Zero Dark Thirty" is a great follow-up to "Hurt Locker." It doesn't seem as truthful. The torture scenes are overdone. The politics are too internalised in the confines of the intelligence community. Jessica Chastain is fantastic. To me she IS the movie. Her story is gripping and it is interesting to note that the REAL woman the story is based on is anonymous. This woman is not known to the public and that is a shame. I wish Bigelow would have incorporated the thinking of the White House a little more into her movie, but it is gripping nontheless.

I'm saving "Lincoln" for last. This was my favorite of the three movies and it is about "political Process." Steven Spielberg will likely get Best Director and this will get a bunch of Oscars when all is said and done. Tony Kushner wrote a great screenplay, but do NOT forget Doris Kearns Goodwins book "Team of Rivals," in which the movie comes from. Since we have no recorded film or tape on Lincoln, I believe Daniel Day Lewis's Lincoln will be how he is remembered forevermore. Spielberg's details are amazing and REALLY give the viewer a sense what it was probably like to be alive in 1864-5. Fantastic recreation and dioalogue.

I compare this movie ("Lincoln") to the GREATEST (in my opinion) Political movie ever made, which is also about process: "All The Presidents Men." That movie was produced and starred Robert Redford, who was involved early on with Woodward & Bernstein. He procurred the movie rights for that brilliant book BEFORE it was written. Redford talked the two newspaper writers into focusing that book on their process for following the trail to get Nixon out.

I just watched it again today and was amazed how great Alan Pakula's direction was. Please check out "All The Presidcents Men" again if you haven't recently. It is as good or better than any other political movie ever made.

These three new movies are worthy of mentioning with that movie for different reasons. I believe "Argo" & "Lincoln" will be among the best of all time. "Zero Dark Thirty" is a great thriller, but not quite in the class of  "All The Presidcents Men."

Jan. 10, 2013

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

What does this mean?

To me it means the public needs to be able to protect itself from intruders. To the founders, they got it right, BUT there is no way they could have invisioned weapons that could wipe out a room full of children in 30 seconds. 

Do you think the founders could have had the forsight to remotely believe that ammo clips could be attached to a gun and that U.S. citizens would be able to go into a theatre and kill a huge part of that assembly in a matter of minutes.

I personnaly do not believe we should take away guns, but why do ordinary citizens need to have guns that are used ONLY in war zones with bullets that explode when they hit flesh?

These are legit questions.

I believe everyone has the right to feel safe and if you have a loaded gun (out of children's reach) ready to be used in self defense, great. I just do not believe that the thousands of gun-related deaths should go on without our government trying to do something to limit it from happening. 

I do not consider a mentally-derranged 20-year-old to be a part of "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State." Adam Lanza was NOT a soldier. He most likely would never have been allowed in the military and/or able to shoot a gun in a war zone. Adam Lanza killed his mother and 26 other human beings who were not a threat "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.." Should his 2nd Ammendment rights have been infringed? James Holmes was planning his assualt on Aurora for months...SHould his 2nd Ammendment rights have been infringed?

"Arming a good guy with a gun" is the NRA's answer. WHO are the good guys? How could we know? 

The answer is to make it difficult to kill people uneccessarily. Make it harder for smart people to easily kill innocent children in a school. A sanctuary of learning.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"....Think about what those words really mean.