Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Countdown; Suppose The Far Right Had a Military Coup- Is It Still Treason?



Keith's back! And best wishes for the recovery of his hospitalized Dad.

Have you ever heard of John L. Perry? He's a man who thinks a viable option to "take back America"- and take care of the "Obama problem"- is to do what they used to do in developing nations.

Have a good old fashioned military coup against our democratically elected government.

Here's Keith Olbermann on COUNTDOWN on MSNBC

Montenegro Make It 100!


Show of hands....when I say "Montenegro" you think of.....Hugo Montenegro, the guy who wrote the I DREAM OF JEANNIE theme? Right?


(Son of a gun...she DOES have a belly button!)

Well, there is another Montenegro...its a nation in the Balkans, part of what was Yugoslavia. And tonight Montenegro became the 100th nation to have a a citizen log unto this blog.

I think he/she was a fan of "Flo, the Progressive Lady".

Op-Ed Columnist Thomas Friedman- Where Did "We" Go? - NYTimes.com


An important column from the New York Times Thomas Friedman about the poisonous rhetoric in America and its effect on governance.

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Children In Religious School Praying Before Cardboard Image Of "Dubya"


Lately the usual voices of the the Right (LimbaughBeckHannityBilloETC) have been voicing an opinion that President Obama is creating a cult of personality, like in totalitarian states, and devising a sinister program of "indoctrination" of America's school children.

Its funny...I guess they never saw the documentary film Jesus Camp. Below, a group of children attending an evangelical religious camp are praying before a life sized cardboard cutout of Mr. Obama's predecessor, George Walker Bush.

Not praying TO Bush (where I'll differ with the tagline on the video)....but having his image join them in prayer. Still, it does show the hypocrisy of those who ripped Mr. Obama for his short address to America's children.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Facebook Poll- "Should Obama Be Killed?" Pulled By The Social Network


Facebook acted responsibly and prudently, and pulled a poll that asked "Should Obama Be Killed?" And now the Secret Service is probing the poll and its creators.

This is some very scary and very disturbing stuff.

More from The Huffington Post

"Frankly, Sarah?I Don?t Give A Damn." SHANNYN MOORE: JUST A GIRL FROM HOMER


This is a link to Alaskan blogger and radio personality Shannyn Moore's blog, with an entry reprinting an op-ed piece by former Alaska governor Wally Hickel. Mr.Hickel, now 90 years old, was once a supporter of Sarah Palin....but that was then.

I urge you to read this entry, and please read the comments by Alaskans on Mr. Hickel's words....a cautionary tale for all Americans

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Twitterisms



Was IT Something I Said Coach? Some interesting goings on in the wonderful world of TWITTER. Lately we've heard stories about athletes who end up getting in hot water because of some of the things they've been TWEETING to their followers. According to today's print edition of the STAR-LEDGER (Newark, NJ) one of the latest is New York Jets wide receiver David Clowney who tweeted the following after the Jets 24-17 win over the Patriots in the season's second game-
"1 play in the 1st Half, 4 plays in the second half... a bit disappointed about my playing time but very happy and satisfied about the win"

Then he went on-
"My team always come first so I'ma just keep grinding"

To make a long story short, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was not amused. He called Clowney into his office last week and told him he would be inactive for Sunday's game with the Tennessee Titans. Here's more from the Star Ledger's Dave Hutchinson

Also in the STAR-LEDGER, in the margin under TWEETING- Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach has banned his players from having TWITTER accounts. A player had TWEETED that Leach had been late for a team meeting. What follows is the account of what happened as it appears in the STAR-LEDGER's print edition.

"According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Marlon Williams asked on his Twitter feed why he was still in a meeting room when "the head coach can't even be on time". That tweet has been deleted. Offensive lineman Brandon Carter also had a Twitter account. After the loss to the (Houston) Cougars he tweeted "This is not how I saw our season". Carter was indefinitely suspended on Sunday for violating team rules unrelated to his Twitter page, and his Twitter page was nowhere to be found".

are you talkin' to me? Are You Talkin' To ME??? I've been following the tweets of Newark's mayor Cory Booker for several months now, I've always been interested in his opinions and his goings on as the mayor of New Jersey's largest city. Mayor Booker has more than 778,000 followers, and he follows 14,700 plus on Twitter. Yesterday I saw that he started following my tweets, which was a big surprise. I gave him a direct message telling him how honored I felt that he would take the time to follow my..."stuff".

But yesterday I was knocked out to get a return direct message from the Mayor around lunchtime. "Love your Jersey and Rutgers pride. Thank you! Cory"

Wow! Now that guy is cool.

Bye the way...if you want to join Mayor Booker and some other folks who for seem reason want to follow my tweets, I can be found at Hugh_Jee on Twitter.

He Even Tweets Funny John Cleese has always made me laugh going back to his days with Monty Python's Flying Circus. And like the tag line says, he's funny -even in 140 characters or less. Here's a sample.

"I've been busy preparing my new show. It requires focus, concentration, and what was the other thing again... ?'

"Dear Twittering Twats, and Twattering Twats... I'm now in sunny Norway, eating herring, and Fleskedupp..."

"I'm sorry, I meant to say Twittering Twits, and Twattering Twats... a slip of the pen... I mean keyboard (or whatever this typing thing is)."

"I have decided to kill myself on my 70th birthday. I will donate my vital organs, and lush hair to the Smithsonian, and the British Library."

Click here for more tweets from John Cleese.

Palin finishes memoir, GOING ROGUE- out Nov. 17 | National News | Comcast.net


Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is 45 years old.

Her new memoir, GOING ROGUE, is 400 pages long- that's approximately nine pages for each year of her life.

Ted Kennedy's TRUE COMPASS is 532 pages including the bibliography and the index. Kennedy died in August at age 77. That's about seven pages per year of Kennedy's life.

Kennedy became the head of the First Family of American politics, and served in the United States Senate representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 46 years.

Palin was mayor of Wasila, Alaska for six years and was governor of Alaska for a little more than two and a half years.

I'm sorry.

I guess I'm missing something.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

A Good Time To Be A New York Sports Fan


With the exception of the hardest of the hardcore New York Mets fans, its a pretty good time to be a fan of the New York area's professional sports teams.

Whats not to like? The Yankees clinched the American League East yesterday with a three game sweep over the rival Boston Red Sox, and sealed the best record in the American League and guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs and the World Series berth should they advance that far. One hundred wins and 56 losses (with six to play) for a team that looked lost the first couple of months, with Alex Rodriguez missing from the lineup, injuries to catchers Jorge Posada and Jose Molina, a disaster in the bullpen, the collapse of the comeback by one time ace Chien-Ming Wang from last years injury, and some early ineffective starting pitching woes. But it straightened out. A-Rod returned and had a fine season (.285, 28HR, 93RBI). Free agent signee Mark Texiera was even better than advertised (.294, 38, 120). Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano, and Derek Jeter had stellar season, and Hideki Matsui had a strong comeback year in the DH spot (.280, 28, 90).



And pitcher CC Sabathia came in and won 19 games (and counting) and is an odds on favorite to win this year's Cy Young Award. AJ Burnett went 12-9, Andy Pettite was 14-9, Alfredo Alceves went 10-1 in long relief, and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera had 44 saves and a microscopic 1.82 ERA.

But the biggest key to the Yankee turnaround was when young Phil Hughes moved from starter to reliever, and became the game's best setup man, an eighth inning specialist who went 3-3, three saves, gave up 28 earned runs in 84.1 innings for a 2.99 ERA. But Hughes' biggest stat- his 18 holds in the eighth inning. He took over the game with the lead and turned the game over to Riviera in the ninth to nail the door shut. The combination of Hughes-Rivera might be the best Yankee bullpen duo since the Rivera-John Wetland combo of the 1996 season- the beginning of the most recent Yankee mini-dynasty.



And then...across the river in New Jersey...we may be seeing the birth of new folk hero in JET GREEN in the Meadowlands. Jet Quarterback Mark Sanchez became the first rookie QB to go 3-0 out of the shoot since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. So far he has passed at a 59% rate for 606 yards in three games, with 4 TD's and 2 INT's. Yes, he has turned the ball over with some fumbles after being hit, he can be reckless when he is forced to run, he need to protect the ball better, and has yet to prove that he can play in cold weather. But so far so good- nobody expected the Jets to beat Houston, New England, and Tennessee to open the season. Most fans would have signed on for a 2-1 start. But a strong defense that didn't allow an offensive touchdown in the season's first two games has proven to be one of the NFL's best. And what great additions Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard have been to the Jets, following new head coach Rex Ryan from the Baltimore Ravens. Darelle Revis is becoming a star before our eyes at corner. And there is a lot to love in 6'4" 360 pound tackle Kris Jenkins- man, what a load this guy is. Scary good, scarier BIG.

The Jets need to run the ball better, though Leon Washington makes up for his ordinary 4.0 rushing average with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, and is an incredible kick returner. And Jerricho Cotchery needs a compliment as a wideout.

But all and all, its been a surprising and sweet start for the Jets, and their long suffering fans.


And then there's the New Yawk Football Giants, led by #10, the other Manning, who might be the least appreciated star in the National Football League. Eli is cool and collected under center....and is there quarterback in the league who runs the "hurry up" better than Eli Manning? Maybe Peyton does, or Tom Brady. But after watching Eli week after week, I think he might be the best qb in the league when he doesn't overthink, just reacts, and gets the team down field in a heartbeat. Eli's completed nearly 65% of his passes for 747 yards, 5 TD's 1 INT. And the Giants have gone 3-0 to open the season with division wins over Washington and Dallas. Yesterday the Giants had what was probably the easiest win they've had in years over a Tampa Bay team that was simply awful- a 24-0 blanking that wasn't even that close. How the Bucs went from a team in playoff contention last year to a disaster in 2009 is the subject for another blog entry.

And the two upcoming opponents look like a couple of tomato cans from Palookaville; hapless Kansas City and the inept Oakland Ray-daz. Manning should be able to stretch the field with Mario Manningham and Steve Smith, and the Giants will be pounding the rock with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Antonio Pierce and company will be in control with the stellar Giant D. The next real test for the Giants will be October 18 when they travel to New Orleans. And it won't get any easier for the next three weeks; home to Arizona, at the Eagles, home to Chargers...and then a bye week.

My guess- the Giants will be 7-2 going into that bye week And that should be good enough to keep them in first place in the NFC East.

Jersey Guy Shout Out! If anyone saw the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cincinnati Bengals game with that incredible finish, you'll remember the four yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Andre Caldwell with only 14 seconds on the clock to win the game for the Bengals over the Steelers, who had won in their previous eight visits to Paul Brown Stadium in a streak that lasted nearly a decade. The final was 23-20 Bengals. Below, a portion of the recap from ESPN.com.

"Palmer led the Bengals on a 16-play, 71-yard drive against one of the league's best defenses, repeatedly converting there-or-else throws. His 11-yarder to running back Brian Leonard on fourth-and-10 moved the ball to the 4. After a spike to stop the clock, Palmer found Caldwell open in the middle of the end zone".

The bottom line- there were no more Bengal timeouts; If Brian Leonard doesn't make that catch for the first down at the 4, its GAME OVER. He needed ten, he got 11. But that's the Brian Leonard story- he gets it done. A Rutgers guy who was the face of the program, a player who's stats never told the whole story.

The Bengals have had a history of problem children over the years. Brian Leonard ain't one of them. It was a smart decision for the Bengals to trade for him, an even smarter one to keep him on the active roster.

But then again I'm a Jersey Guy just braggin' on an adopted Jersey guy.

Way to go, BL!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

OMG! Detroit Lions End 19 Game Losing Streak!


Matthew Stafford will now run for governor of Michigan.

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12 Hours Later.....Black and Blue and Red All Over



"12 Hours Later" is my on going review of the 2009 Rutgers football season.

In the interest of full disclosure, I didn't make it down to Maryland to see the game yesterday between Rutgers and Maryland....and I didn't watch the game on ESPN 360, but did listen to it on the radio, and did catch the condensed highlights on SNY's RUTGERS RUSH HOUR about an hour ago. My cop out is in years past I was one of the crazies who went to five road games a year when RU was going 2-9 and 1-11- it was just a little easier for me to go on the road then as opposed to now. And tickets were easier to get.

Anyway....yesterday Rutgers and Maryland played a game in the elements that was straight out of the old NFC CENTRAL, aka "The Black And Blue Division". It was a game Rutgers won with a great defensive performance on the road, and a grind it out on the ground offense that looked stalled until the fourth quarter when Joe Martinek erupted with touchdown runs of 29 and 61 yards in the final 4:53 of the game to propel RU from a 20-13 lead to 34-13 to finish off the Terps. Martinek finished the game with 147 yards on the ground on 19 carries. MU quarterback Chris Turner didn't help his cause with an INT and fumble in the end zone that lead to two defensive TD's for Rutgers, the former on the first play of the game by Antonio Lowery, the second on a strip by Joe Lefeged and recovery for TD by George Johnson. In all Rutgers caused five turnovers (to none for the Knights)- three INT's and 2 fumble recoveries. Turner was sacked three times by the Rutgers D, and Maryland was flagged for 10 penalties for 85 yard. Rutgers held Maryland to 28 yards rushing, while Maryland had to air it out for 271 yards to stay in the game.

Because of the Maryland miscues, Rutgers was able to come away with a three touchdown win despite having only 249 yard s of total offense for the game- Rutgers fifth year senior QB Dom Natale-filling in for the injured Tom Savage- passed for only 42 yards (4 for 13), but manged the game well and did not turn the ball over.

It was about defense, turnovers, and tough fourth quarter running. RU will be off next week, and will face Texas Southern next for Homecoming, on October 12.

More on Rutgers-Maryland here.

In some other games around the Big East- Syracuse won again beating Maine, UCONN smoked an overmatched Rhode Island,and Louisville lost at Utah. West Virginia was off.

Pitt had a nice lead against NC State in Raleigh in the 4th quarter (31-24), but two fourth quarter TD's by the Wolfpack won the game for NC State. Russell Wilson had another great game for the Wolfpack, 4TD's, no INT's and 322 yards passing.

Cincinnati held the ball for only 16:18, but managed to make their possessions count, striking quickly and beating a Fresno State team (that's better than their 1-3 record indicates) at Nippert Stadium 28-20. I'm beginning to think the Bearcats could be a team of destiny.

And then there was this big one. South Florida, despite losing star quarterback Matt Grothe for the year with a torn ACL, went to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee for a first ever meeting with Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles....and Jim Leavitt's USF Bulls upset the #18 "Noles 17-7 behind freshman QB BJ Daniels.

Dad gummitt! Nice work, USF!

A couple of other games of note. I watched Iowa at Penn State last night, and was really impressed at how the Hawkeyes manhandled the Nittany Lion offense, coming back from a 10-0 deficit early on to win with 21 unanswered points, 21-10 in a hostile "white out" in Beaver Stadium. A great game for the Hawkeyes, and a head scratcher for Penn State- they can't turn the ball over 4 times (including 4 INT's) and expect to win.

Virginia Tech 31, Miami 7. Enough talk about "The U' being back, OK? Top Ten- say "goodbye".

And that goes for #6 California too, after getting smoked at Oregon by the Ducks 42-3. Did the defense stay home in Berkeley?

And finally Notre Dame- Purdue. The Boilermakers came back from being down 17-7 in the first half to take a 21-17 lead. With 30 seconds to play, the Irish with no timeouts left and at the Purdue 2 yard line, the Boilermakers called timeout to reset their defense instead of letting the clock run down and going for the stop with the personnel on the field. And they got burned when the Irish scored the winning TD on a pass from Jimmy Clausen to Kyle Rudolph for a 24-21 win.

That's all for now.

Time to watch some NFL

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rutgers Beats Maryland 34-13 With Tough D, Big Second Half


Rutgers Running Back Joe Martinek

After trailing at the half 13-10, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights stormed back to beat Maryland 34-10, scoring 24 unanswered second half points. RU scored two defensive touchdowns in a game for the first time in the Greg Schiano Era, and their stout defense produced five Maryland turnovers. Joe Martinek had two long TD runs for RU to seal the deal in the fourth quarter.

I'll be back with more game analysis tomorrow in my regular 12 Hours Later feature, plus some comments about other activity in the Big East, including the big upset of Florida State by South Florida, and I'll talk about some other national games as well.

I've got more football to watch...see you again in the AM!

Friday, September 25, 2009

5 Things the Corporate Media Don't Want You to Know About Cannabis | | AlterNet


I wanted to make a few comments....but I forgot what I was going to say!

Anybody want to go to WHITE CASTLE?

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NYC terror attack apparently was set for Sept. 11 | General News | Comcast.net


Suspect Najibullah Zazi
Some very scary stuff...and we're not out of the woods yet, ladies and gents. And we will probably never truly ever be again.

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Tamsen Fadal- PIX MORNING NEWS ANCHOR DOES PUSHUPS ON DESK


Tamsen Fadal with husband Matt Titus

I'll bet Diane Sawyer and Meredith Viera never tried this! On The Pix Morning News (Channel 11, New York City) anchor Tamsen Fadal showed how physically fit she was to thousands of viewers by doing push ups on her desk while co-anchor John Muller and meteorologist Linda Church counted them off.

You don't believe me? It happened on September 22.

Here's the video to prove it!



Her next feat of strength is to challenge and defeat the triple tag team of FOX AND FRIENDS (Carlson, Doocey, and Kilmeade) in arm wrestling.

(OK..relax...I made that last bit up!).

More with Tamsen Fadal at tamsenfadal.com,
Tamsen Fadal On Blogger, and tamsenfadal on TWITTER.

Devil in disguise: the demonization of ACORN continues | mycentraljersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com


A terrific column by Rick Malwitz of THE HOME NEWS TRIBUNE (New Brunswick, NJ) on the continued demonization of ACORN by the Far Right.
And don't look now...but Planned Parenthood could be next on their "hit list".

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

College Football Hall of Fame to open in Atlanta in 2012 - ESPN


The College Football Hall of Fame will move from South Bend Indiana in 2012 to Atlanta. Baseball's Hall of Fame is where the game was allegedly invented, Cooperstown, NY. Pro Football has its HOF in the town where the NFL was organized, Canton Ohio. Springfield, Massachusetts is home to basketball's Hall of Fame, in the town where Dr. James Naismith invented the game.

The first college football game was played in 1869 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, between Rutgers and Princeton. New Brunswick is where the game was born....and it seems the Hub City was never even a serious part of the discussion during relocation talks. And as always, the disrespect for New Jersey goes on....and few voices are ever raised in protest.

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U2- The 360 Tour Hits Giants Stadium Tonight!



Enough politics and focusing on a troubled world for a bit....because U2 play Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey tonight.

And sadly, I won't be there.

Check out the home video taken at Gillete Stadium in Foxboro MA four days ago. This stage is AMAZING; it looks like an alien spacecraft, David Bowie is singing SPACE ODDITY over the PA, but instead of little green men you see Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen JR, and Adam Clayton walk out, segueing into BREATHE.

Wow! Wish I could be there!

4 SWAT team officers shot in raid on NJ shore home | National News | Comcast.net


In the town of Lakewood (Monmouth County, New Jersey) 4 members of a SWAT team were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the wee hours of Thursday morning. One officer, Jonathan Wilson, was shot in the face and is in critical but stable condition in an area hospital.

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Former DNC head Kirk tapped to replace Kennedy | General News | Comcast.net


Paul D. Kirk Jr. (left) with Senator John Kerry
Paul D. Kirk Jr., the former chairman of the Democratic Party, has been appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to temporarily fill the United States Senate seat left vacant by the death of Edward M. Kennedy.

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Taking A "Semi-Hiatus" Part 2; OK, I Lied!

Well boys and girls, that was the shortest hiatus in the history of internet bloggerization (I made that word up- don't reach for your Roget's Thesaurus). I think I was experiencing a kind temporary internet/mass media/blogger burnout coupled with a dose of writers block, anxiety, and other forms of neuroses that had me thinking I could never write another word fit for publication for the rest of my life.

So I went to bed early, and got eight hours of SOUND, relaxed sleep.

And I was all better. Miraculously cured. A new man....well, actually the same man. A little older, maybe a little wiser, and not nearly the miserable wretch I was Tuesday evening.

Chalk it up to middle aged anxiety or sleep deprivation.....I could blame it all on Glenn Beck, but I already have rapped him for all crimes real and imagined from the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping to the guy who stole my new leather gloves in the sixth grade.

Even a lefty-commie-pinko-liberal--progressive- Democrat like me can't pin everything on the guy. Its about fair play, the American Way, Mom & apple pie & Fixxed Newz & Springsteen on the cover of AARP Magazine. No, I can't blame "Lonesome Rhodes" (as Olbermann calls that Face In The Crowd) for everything. But its sure fun trying.

I'm back..and you're stuck with me.

Be afraid...be very afraid.

(Where the hell did I put that smiley face?)

"Hugh Jee"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rep. Eric Cantor's World; To Cancer Patient.....Go Broke First, Then Maybe Somebody Can Help You


Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the number two Republican in the United States House of Representatives, finally had a town hall meeting in front of REAL constituents and had to answer Real questions from REAL people.

But some of Cantor's answers were.....UNREAL


AP source: Census worker hanged with 'fed' on body | Politics News | Comcast.net


Last week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi warned of a climate in this country of potential violence, some of which is prompted by rage directed at the federal government.

The Republican response was that Speaker Pelosi's fears were hogwash.

Today in rural Kentucky the decomposing body of a federal census taker was found hanged from with the word "fed" written on his chest.

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The Real Chris Christie


Hey Jersey guys and gals (and everyone else who wants to be)- do you think you really know Republican candidate for governor Chris Christie? Do you know what his economic policy is? Where does he stand on health care? What are his views on education and on workers rights? And what was his relationship with former President GEORGE W. BUSH?

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FBI Reportedly Destroyed Cronkite Records - CBS News


He was "the most trusted man in America". But maybe the FBI didn't trust Walter Cronkite all that much at one time.

Click the link below for more from CBS NEWS..........

FBI Reportedly Destroyed Cronkite Records - CBS News

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Gadhafi slams Security Council in 1st UN visit | General News | Comcast.net



Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gadhafi gave a rambling " ya gotta see it to believe it" speech at the UN today. Click the link below for more.
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Happy Birthday Bruce! The Boss Turns 60





I think my New Jersey driver's license would be revoked and my Rutgers football season tickets would be invalidated if I didn't take a few minutes to salute Bruce Springsteen on this significant birthday.....who knows, maybe "Silvio Dante" would come over to take me to "long term parking" if I didn't show "all due respect".

So rather than show a collection of Springsteen vids of his greatest songs- I'm sure there's a thousand blogs doing that- here's a few videos of Bruce covering some hits made famous by others. A couple of these might be surprising to the casual fan.











Happy birthday Bruce!

More at brucespringsteen.net.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Taking A "Semi-Hiatus"

Readers- to all who have visited this blog you may have noticed that I try to write something everyday, and this is a one man operation. So far, we have gone in excess of 600 posts in little more than a year, about 80% of which is original material.

Lately I've noticed the ideas and the words aren't coming as readily as normal. Not only that, my sentence structure and spelling has been abysmal. And...this is getting to to be like work. I mean, you can only say "Joe Wilson is a boorish loudmouth" or "Glenn Beck is losing it" without repeating yourself like somebody's great uncle after a few belts of Jim Beam after Thanksgiving dinner.

So...I'm going to walk away for a day or so, and just recharge my batteries a little bit. Maybe go for a ride, see a movie, get some air.

I'll be back in a day or so.

Or maybe I won't.

But I probably will.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Quick Hits For September 21 (Last Full Day of Summer Edition)



With a misty eye we say goodbye to summer 2009, or as we say in this bizarre year weather wise in the Northeast "The Summer That Never Really Was" because of its rain, coolness, and brevity. And as I usually do when I have a lot to say about a lot of things, or nothing to say but have a "stream of consciousness" thing going.... I revert to "QUICK HITS"

(1) The EMMY AWARDS- I didn't watch them. There was no way I was pulling myself away from the Giants -Cowboys game that the G-men won 33-31 on Lawrence Tynes FG as the game expired. But a shout-out to Glenn Close for her EMMY win for her role in Damages as the diabolical attorney Patty Huse, my favorite TV villain. Imagine an attorney with enough self control to contain and subdue a personality as volatile as Joe Pesci's Tommy in GOODFELLAS when she needed to, and then unexpectedly unleash absolute fury. You were never sure just how Patty would react to any situation, and that makes Close's portrayal positively electrifying. Though I was disappointed by the final episode of Season Two of DAMAGES (you mean I spent the last 12 weeks of watching this every week for THAT kind of "resolution"?), Glenn Close always delivered. Its amazing how such a nice lady can specialize in and effectively own the roles of such nasty female antagonists, like Alex in FATAL ATTRACTION and Cruella DiVil.

(2) Also, it was great to see Mad Men to win the Best Dramatic Series EMMY. This is the best series on TV. Alan Sepinwall, the critic from the Star-Ledger, compares the shows quality and writing to THE SOPRANOS without the violence and the cursing. To the uninitiated, Mad Men is the saga of Madison Avenue ad men in the 1960's. What makes it interesting is that none of the main characters are quite what they appear to be to the rest of the world. The main character, Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) rose to the top of his profession after assuming the identity of a comrade killed in the Korean War, and ditching a shamed and troubled childhood and life. The story has taken us-to this point- July 4, 1963. A British firm has bought Don's company, and there are shadows gathering of the storm that is about to hit not just the United States, but most of the Western world. In months, President Kennedy would be shot in Dallas. A few weeks later the Beatles invaded America, and pop culture was changed forever. And within the next year there would be the murders of three Civil rights workers in Mississippi and the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. You see, the Fifties really died with Kennedy on that November day in 1963....and Don Draper and company are going to be catapulted into a New World quite different from the one in they are inhabiting in July, 1963. Mad Men is a show about changes and how the characters react to them. Some, like Don's partner Roger, are already anachronisms (he wore blackface at an uppercrust party in the Hamptons with Old Moneyed friends, for example). And in the interest of full disclosure....no, I didn't watch it last night (see above), but did catch it over breakfast ON DEMAND (thanks COMCAST!).

(3) College football- I just saw that quarterback Matt Grothe of the South Florida Bulls blew out his ACL, and is done for the year, and perhaps for his career. He suffered the injury during USF's 59-0 win over Charleston Southern. A sad way to end a career that saw the guy become the Big East's career leader in total offense (10,875), and was pretty much the face of the South Florida program. Sad to see his career end this way, but two years ago I remarked that he was one hit away from disaster. USF ran too many plays through him, in my opinion, and an athlete can take only so many hits. They needed a big time running back to take the load from Grothe. And now with Grothe's loss that need for a running back becomes an absolute MUST HAVE for new QB BJ Daniels. Hopefully for the Bulls that big time RB is Moise Plancher, and every indication says he is.

(4)Rutgers is a three point favorite over Maryland at College Park. They have to play better. The defense bailed RU out last week in a game against FIU they should have won by double digits instead of a 23-15 tally.

(5) Joba Chamberlain and the Joba Rules...I'm tired of the rules, and tired of Joba's excuses- and I'm a big Joba fan. Take the training wheels off, once and for all, and let him grow up without the kid gloves already!

(6) Giants and Jets win....and all is good in the Big Apple. What are the fans on talk radio going to complain about? Hey...they're fans. They'll think of something.

(7) I was watching AMERICAN MORNING on CNN, and Carol Costello did a piece about the anger in America. She went to a small town and Pennsylvania and asked people what they feared. Most said they felt a loss of control over their own lives. One lady said she wanted to go back to the way things were forty years ago. That would be 1969. Let's see- Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated the previous year, and the summer of '68 had the rioting at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. The war in Vietnam was going on, and going badly, and the incidents at Kent State and Jackson State that followed the American invasion of Cambodia were about a year away. Charles Manson's followers slaughtered actress Sharon Tate and friends plus an elderly couple in Los Angeles. Jimi, Janis, and Morrison were in the last years of their collective lives, and college campuses rocked with anti war protests. Racial tensions boiled over unto city streets, killing and injuring scores of our citizens and causing many millions of dollars in property damage.

Oh...I never even mentioned a botched burglary in DC that led to the ruination of a presidency and a divide in the country it expanded, and is still felt to this day, now did I?

Yep, 1969....them wuz da good ole days!

(8) I wonder if Barack is going to do the "Top Ten List" on Letterman tonight?

(9) The Decider was such a good luck charm for the Cowboys last night against the Giants...NOT! I wonder if Jerry Jones will ever invite him back?



(10) And in closing....the beautiful Jenna Elfman (above) returns to network TV tonight (Monday Sept. 21) at 9:00PM Eastern. She's been a favorite since the days of Dharma and Greg and its great to have her back, this time in a sitcom called Accidentally On Purpose......well come on you guys. If you've been to this site before you know QUCK HITS always has to include at least one reference (and picture) of a gorgeous, alluring, and younger (than me) woman....or two.


That's it...I told you this was..."Quick Hits". Or at least, "Semi Quick Hits" And I'm outta here!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

12 Hours Later.....Ugly, But Its a Win- Rutgers Beats FIU 23-15


The Week 3 entry of my view of the Rutgers season from section 104 of RU Stadium.

The "old ball coach" meets up with his protegee, an assistant from years gone by. The former assistant knew what his former boss liked to run on offense and on defense. The former boss's team is a double digit favorite to beat his former assistant's squad.

But odds makers don't play the games, or coach them.

In the end, Pete Carroll's USC Trojans were shocked by the Washington Huskies of Steve Sarkisian, in his first year as UW head coach after serving as USC's offensive co-ordinator, by a 16-13 score.

And in a sense, the Rutgers- FIU had a similar theme. The Golden Panther's head coach, Mario Cristobal served as an assistant under Greg Schiano at Rutgers in the early years of Schiano's tenure at RU. Also, FIU's defensive co-ordinator Phil Galiano coached linebackers and defensive ends at Rutgers from 2003-06, the years when RU broke through as a program, and Schiano also served as defensive co-ordinator. Also added to this mix was Cary Godette, the former Rutgers defensive line coach from 2005-07, now serving in the same capacity at FIU.

So the this "family reunion" of sorts took place on the field on Saturday, September 19 in Piscataway in front of 45,273 fans. And what you got was a Rutgers win, 23-15, that probably won't be stored in anyone's time capsule.

The good news for Rutgers and its fans is that finally the defense that all thought would be a strength of the team began to jell, forcing three turnovers (one for a Ryan D'Imperio pick six), and registered five sacks on FIU quarterbacks. Leading 23-0 with seven minutes to go in the game, FIU scored two TD's, an extra point and a two point conversion to make it a one score game with 31 seconds to play. But defensively, except for the last seven minutes of the game, this was a solid outing. FIU was only able to gain 42 rushing yards on 23 carries, and were one dimensional. They did whatever damage they could through the air, too little, too late.

But the other side of the game was really disappointing- the Rutgers offense, particularly its offensive line, played a less than stellar game. There were too many false starts, too many lapses on blocking assignments, and young qb Tom Savage spent a good deal of the day running for his life. Savage was eventually pulled from the game in the fourth quarter after getting clocked by an FIU defensive lineman. Fifth year senior qb Dom Natale (who scored Rutgers only offensive TD on an option play in the first half) came back in in the fourth quarter to finish the game.

And the rest of the offense saw too many drops by wide receivers, too many penalties in the Red Zone at bad times, including back to back penalties within the the twenty in the first half- a first and goal became a first and twenty, and what looked like a sure TD became a blocked field goal attempt by Rutgers.

At halftime Rutgers lead 13-0. Which wasn't bad, except unforced mental errors by the Rutgers offense kept the game from being 28-0. Thirteen penalties for 88 yards won't make Greg Schiano very happy- and I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the team's meeting room.

Yes, Tim Brown had 4 catches for 131 yards...but he never saw the end zone, and also had two key drops in the game. Tom Savage was 11 for 28, 185 yards, no TD's no INT's, and was sacked four times, and was victimized by drops and the penalties of his teammates. Joe Martinek had a big day and rushed well, 23 carries for 126 yards, but no TD's. And last weeks big man in the back field, Jourdan Brooks, became a non-factor with only 5 carries for ten yards, and a costly personal foul penalty.

San San Te was 3 for five on field goals, with one block and one shank...

Bottom line...the defense picked up a sluggish offense intent on shooting itself in the foot. They have a week to get ready for their next opponent, the 1-2 Maryland Terrapins.

More story at scarletknights.com and click here for game stats.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The GOP/Joe Wilson "YOU LIE!" Conspriracy, As Told By SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!


So you THINK you know what happened on the House floor when Representative Joe Wilson yelled to President Obama, "You lie!".

Just maybe it really went down this way, from the cast of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!


News Anchor Drops F-Bomb Live | Featured Videos | Comcast.net


Whoops! Did Ernie Anastos of FOX 5 (NY) really say that? And check out co-anchor Dari Alexander's reaction!



Also on the video, a look back at WNBC's Sue Simmon's "F-Bomb" from a few years ago.

Click link below for more and the video!

News Anchor Drops F-Bomb Live | Featured Videos | Comcast.net


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Rick Sanchez to Fox News- YOU LIE!



Today on CNN anchor Rick Sanchez called out Fox News, saying that Fox took out a full page ad in the Washington Post asking the question, "How did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?", meaning the 9/12 Teabagger March on Washington.

The problem with this assertion, in Rick Sanchez's eyes, is that CNN DID cover the story- extensively. And the sparks....they did fly!

Hello Alaska! Please Check In!

If you've been a regular visitor to this blog you may have noticed that last week I installed a second FLAG COUNTER  to the site; its right underneath the International FLAG COUNTER. This new counter records which state the visitor is from. I'm just curious to see what states and regions of the United States visit the site the most. So far California, New York, and New Jersey lead the way, and all states -except the District of Columbia- are represented.

Except one.

Alaska....after one week with the new counter we have yet to have an Alaskan check in with us. And there is a certain irony to that. Barack Obama is the most mentioned person in this blog.

Number Two is the former governor of Alaska- you remember her, the lady who used to wink a lot, had a bunch of kids, and could see Russia from her house. (How soon they forget!). And we haven't stopped talking about Ms. Palin either... a week without Sarah is a week without....(insert your own joke).

So Alaskans! Don't be shy, check in....and bring a friend.

Here's winkin'!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect -TEA BAGGERS MAD ABOUT DC METRO!

Tea Partiers from the past weekend's march on Washington are up in arms because of inadequate service on DC's Metro. But it seems one of the group's staunchest supporters, Republican Congressman Kevin Brady, voted AGAINST the funding for the Metro that he was now complaining about.

Click below to read more.........

TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect

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Study: 45,000 Uninsured Die a Year - CBS Evening News - CBS News

A Harvard University study reveals that as many as 45,000 uninsured Americans die per year for reasons directly tied to lack of coverage.

Click below to read more, from CBS news.

Study: 45,000 Uninsured Die a Year - CBS Evening News - CBS News

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House votes to deny all federal funds for ACORN | General News | Comcast.net

In the aftermath of the scandal involving two conservative film makers posing as prostitute and pimp to ACORN workers, who assisted them in an ACORN office, the House of Representatives today voted 345-75 to cut off funding to ACORN.

Click link below for more.

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Earth To Sen Baucus- This is Reform?


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has put together a bill that he thinks will help contain the out of control medical costs. The bill will require all Americans to carry some sort of health insurance, to be purchased by nearly 29 million uninsured through insurance co-ops.

Here's the thing- making health insurance a mandate and requiring all to purchase health insurance under penalty of a fine of $3,800 for a family of four, or $900 for individuals who do not comply would end up hurting those who need the help the most; the poor, the working poor, and the lower middle class.

This from Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat....

"Many middle-class people would pay more than they are paying today and would face the prospects of a penalty if they don't comply,"

More from MSNBC and from The Huffington Post.

My Opinion; This bill is a turkey. It will take more money from the little guy, and the only winner will be the insurance giants of America. If there was ever a bill that has the appearance of one designed to kill the health insurance debate once and for all, this is it.

Senator Baucus, when you come back to earth, let the rest of us know. There's a lot of work to be done.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Olbermann- Racism On the Right Is Not A Stretch

Is the opposition against President Obama racist, and is it getting more so?

Here's Keith Olbermann's take, on the September 16 edition of Countdown on MSNBC.

21% of New Jerseyans Think Barack Obama Is The Anti-Christ (Or Are Not Sure)

I'll give a shoutout to THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW for alerting me to the latest from Public Policy Polling on some of the political trends in my home state of New Jersey.

After seeing the results, all I can say is WOW!!!!

When asked "Do you believe Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ?", 8% of the respondents said YES and 13% were NOT SURE. That's one out of five people, and that's pretty scary!

On the question "Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States?", 21% said NO, and 16% were NOT SURE.

And something ominous and of concern to President Obama....his job performance is at 45% in New Jersey, his negative is at 48%, and NOT SURE at 7%.

Even more problems for the President, this on his healthcare reform...SUPPORT 39%, OPPOSE 50%, NOT SURE 11%

More polls and "fun stuff" here.

"Everyone's Afraid To Use The 'R" Word"- Montel Williams


Here's a brief excerpt from Montel Williams radio show on Air America Radio. Its about the reluctance to call racism for what it is in America.

Former President Jimmy Carter; On Race, Racism, and President Barack Obama


Commentary

Yesterday former President Jimmy Carter set off a firestorm when he told NBC NEWS ""I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man." Below is the video from NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS.



When asked President Obama's position on Mr. Carter's statement, spokesman Robert Gibbs said the following; "The president does not think it is based on the color of his skin". (More on the Obama response can be found here).

I'll preface my words and comments with this; in no way am I saying that all or even the majority of President Obama's critics are racists. Most do have legitimate concerns based on policy and ideology. For one to say that all critics of the president are (or must be) racists is as ignorant as those on the Right who say that all members of ACORN are corrupt and operate a crooked ship.

And President Carter's poor choice of the adjective "overwhelming" in describing the race factor in the attacks on President Obama is unfortunate and not accurate.

But speaking about race in America is the Lord Voldemort, the "He Who Must Not Be Named" of our discourse. It is quicksand for most who venture into it, and I am running the risk of sinking myself. But certain things need to be said, rationally, like adults about the realities of our society and our politics.

UTMR's "Civility" Entry Featured At Jerseyblogs.com !

I was given a pleasant surprise this morning when I opened up the editorial page of the (Newark NJ)Star-Ledger and saw under Kelly Heyboer's Jersey Blogs none other than an excerpt of an entry from this blog from September 14. This was a piece I wrote following up on the antics of Kanye West, Serena Williams, and Joe Wilson, and the lack of civility in our culture.

Seeing my words, unsolicited, on the op-ed pages of New Jersey's largest daily was kind of nice, and unexpected. Especially since I ripped the Star-Ledger to shreds on these pages last December in the aftermath of the firing of former Rutgers athletic Director Bob Mulcahy, citing what I saw as "yellow journalism" on the part of the paper.

So I guess we've made nice, and are friends again (the Ledger and I, that is)....and by the way, I did get a chance to say "hi" to Bob Mulcahy before the RU-Cincinnati game on Labor Day. He's doing well. And that was about the only pleasant thing I take away from that 47-15 loss to the Bearcats.

To see the column, and find what others in The Garden State are saying about the decline and fall of civility in America, go to Jersey Blogs

"Hugh Jee"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Breaking News; House Passes Resolution Criticizing Wilson 240-179

Breaking News From CNN

The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to admonish South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson for his outburst of "you lie" to President Obama on the House floor during a joint session of Congress last week in which the President was speaking of health insurance reform. The House historian has noted that this is the first time in the 220 year history of the House of Representatives that a member was disciplined for speaking out during a Presidential address to a joint session.

More of the story at CNN.com

A Message From THE KENNEDY FAMILY


Below, an email sent from the family of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy

"Hugh Jee",

Teddy touched all of our lives. He taught us to fight for what we believe in, to keep moving past our setbacks, and most of all to never, ever give up.

But as much as Teddy touched our lives, you touched his too. It's clear in every page of his memoir, True Compass, that it was his drive to help people across the country -- to fight injustice and unfairness for millions of people -- that kept him moving forward.

"True compass" is a metaphor Teddy used in his last major speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He said:
"There is a new wave of change all around us, and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination -- not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation."

You probably remember that moment. It was an amazing speech at an amazing time in history. But like countless stories from Teddy's life, the adversity though which he fought to give that speech is a story most people don't know.

Since you're one of Teddy's most loyal supporters, we'd like to let you read that story now. Click here to read his own account of his Denver speech.

http://tedkennedy.org/bookexcerpt

No words could better describe Teddy's life than his own. We're so glad to be able to share them with you today.

Best Wishes,
The Kennedy Family

"Tea Bagger" Leader Called President Obama an "Indonesian Muslim Turned Welfare Thug"

To anybody who thinks race is NOT playing a part in the "Tea Party" movement, well here's some news for you; racism and bigotry is alive and well in the protests geared at the Obama administration. Of course, not all members are racists, but its becoming clearer that some very well may be, including TEA PARTY EXPRESS organizer Mark Williams.

Below, video from CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, with host Anderson Cooper, Williams, Democratic strategist James Carville, and conservative commentator and presidential adviser David Gergen.



There's more to this. On his website Mark Talk.com you can find an "Obama countdown clock"- no big deal there,every President since Nixon has had one of those- but upon reading some of the entries on his website you get the idea that Williams will say anything about anyone and feels no sense of accountability. He lists former President Jimmy Carter as "a 21st Century Nazi". Also in that category is Che Guevara; never mind that Che has been dead for 40 years, and was a lieutenant of Cuba's Fidel Castro, Williams says Che is a 21st Century Nazi, so by God, he has to be.

Listed among his "domestic enemies" is the "Democrat Party".

And in a an entry from 2008 called "Our Country Deserves Better; Mark Williams’ prepared text for the Stop Obama Tour kick off - October 2008" beat the drum of the discredited Bill Ayres/Barack Obama connection, and said that Obama sought to undermine American troops in Iraq as part of (his words) a "Democrat Insurgency".



The bottom line with Mark Williams; this man decided to wrap himself in the flag and undermine the Obama Presidency before the last ballots were counted. Its not about healthcare, taxes, or anything else. Its about Williams decision to help politically cripple the President of the United States....and there are indications that it is no holds barred. And if he says anything to the contrary,  if  I were you....don't believe him.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rob Miller; Candidate for South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District; COLUMN IN THE HUFFINGTON POST


Rob Miller, the former Marine who is running against Joe Wilson for South Carolina's 2nd District Congressional seat, wrote a column that appeared in today's Huffington Post.

Below, an excerpt.....

"When I ran for Congress in 2008, I met a grandmother in Hampton County, South Carolina. She was supposed to be retired, but had to go back to work to support her daughter, who lost her job and health insurance because her son got sick and she had to miss work. Like many Americans, they were just one layoff, illness, or accident away from losing everything.

Maybe it's unreasonable to expect Congressman Wilson to stand up to the big insurance companies who have funded his campaigns. Wilson has received $400,000 from the health care industry and their lobbyists. No wonder he's opposed to making the health insurance companies accountable to us."

South Carolina- and America- needs more men like Rob Miller in The House, and more men like Joe Wilson called "former Congressman". Miller's campaign website can be found here.

Click this link for HUFFINGTON POST's column by Rob Miller.
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