Thursday, May 14, 2009
It has not exactly been a well-kept secret: Ard is set to announce he is making a run at being the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor here in South Carolina. Although its been quietly-out around town for several weeks, it looks like Ard is going to make it official this Friday.
SC6 had a post on Tuesday discussing that the PDR folks were spreading word that there would be "a major announcement coming from Florence on Friday at lunchtime, and again in Columbia later that afternoon." Since he's a loyal Republican, Reino decided against relaying what the announcement was, which I can appreciate. I, however, am beholden to no such loyalty. Several active Republicans have confirmed that Ard is going to run and if the crowd at the Sheheen breakfast was any indication, it's even common knowledge amongst the enemy. It makes sense that Ard would announce Friday and then spend the weekend campaigning amongst the troops in Columbia at the Silver Elephant dinner. (I, of course, reserve the right to be completely wrong. They could simply be announcing that their next tea party will be sponsored by Lipton).
So what are Ard's chances? I have no idea. I really don't know Ken. He seems like a nice enough fella. He comes from a great family out of Pamplico, South Cackilack. His father used to host a kick-ass dove shoot every year and his uncle built my first skateboard ramp, so he's got that going for him. I can respect that he took it upon himself to help lead a charge to change the leadership of the county GOP party. For all intensive purposes, there has really been no local Republican party for years. At least not one that has any real say over who runs or anything of import. From all I have heard, he has been a good county councilman and served diligently. I do wonder what his name-recognition is beyond the Florence County area. If he just told folks to vote for the Double A body-builders guy, that could go a long way in solving any name-rec problems--their trucks are all over.
Right now, I don't know of any other Republican who has announced they are running for this office. As I posted last month, the race could come down to a battle of Florentines. If that was his opposition in a general, I'd like Ard's chances. Then again, if the Democrats in this state actually nominate someone who gave money to both Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush, they have learned absolutely nothing and deserve to lose.
*I say Ard will step down from his chairmanship, because I am assuming he will step down to focus on this campaign, but maybe that's not the case. Hell...his candidacy may mean he has to step down under the rules, once again, I have no idea. Either way, it will be interesting to see how Ard can do in a state-wide race. Regardless of how it shakes out, I feel pretty damn confident his next election will be a little closer than the one he won last month...
**Late Update: Reino reports that Ard went ahead and announced to the faithful at the Florence County meeting last night that he was running and he had resigned his chairmanship of the county party.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Welcome home, Mr. Taylor. Reports have him signing for an incentive-laden deal at $1.5 mil. He left $8.5 mil on the table in Washington. Apparently, you can come home again, if you're willing to take a $7 million dollar hit. As Omar Kelly reports, this gives Miami the most prolific sack duo by far, currently in the league: Taylor and Porter have 230.5 career sacks. That's 100 more than 2nd (DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis).
I think I'll let Donnie Van Zandt and the boys express my true feelings...
As for me, I'm waiting. It's still a long race and I'm waiting to see who is willing to jump in the race (*cough* Senator Gerald Malloy *cough*). But we'll see.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Jesse Ventura: I would prosecute every person who was involved in that
torture. I would prosecute the people that did it, I would prosecute the people
that ordered it, because torture is against the law."
Larry King: You were a Navy S.E.A.L.
Jesse Ventura: Yes, and I was waterboarded [in training] so I know...
It is torture...I'll put it to you this way: You give me a waterboard,
Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate
For their 20th Anniversary issue, Empire magazine snagged Stephen Spielberg as their guest editor. What does getting someone like THE Double S as your guest editor get you? How abouts a reunion of the greatest kids movie cast of all time? The website has a video of the reunion photo shoot, which is worth watching just to see that Andy is still one hot goonie.
Now excuse me while I go glue rubberbands to my cheeks, Captain Lou-style.
Monday, May 11, 2009
What I find amusing, is Brozowitz appeared on the show along with his attorney, John Parrinello. Now, far be it from me to judge the quality of legal advice another attorney gives their client. I would never go there. But, come on, John. Really? You couldn't find a tie for the kid? You really think looking like a Saturday Night Fever reject helps Petey-boy?
As for the mom's whining about a "if you knew that Brittanee was walking that far from one hotel to the other if you’re a gentleman, then why wouldn’t you walk my daughter to her hotel or drive her there knowing it was dark out that night?”--Uh, really...Peter don't exactly come off as the picture of young chivalry, now does he?
Does anyone really doubt this kids story? He "tried to talk her into staying" before she left. I can believe that, he was trying to hook up, she probably thought better of it and he moved on to the drinking game or the next target.
The dad sure sounds like he thinks she just ran off. Who knows? I do know, ain't no client of mine ever going on tv popping a collar like that.
Hey...he isn't even the best CSI guy. Couldn't you hit up Grissom or Horatio before settling on Detective Mac Taylor. In all candor, I thought we would have given up the finding the next Ronald Regan, actor-turned-politician, when Fred Thomson crashed and burned. Perhaps we need to send Rick Pitino to the RNC headquaters. He could paraphrase this famous tirade:
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Joe Robbie Stadium (sorry...I refused to change since it was last named that) is now Landshark Stadium. And Jimmy Buffett is now a minority owner of the team. He's even written a "new" song for the team.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Although I believe it may very well be a sign of end times that we actually have a "task force" for prayer.
And someone please slap Elisabeth Hasselbeck and explain to her that no one is stopping anyone from getting together and praying as they see fit. They just aren't allowing a stupid "task force" in the White House to do it, because it's not the place of Congress or the Executive to do anything that might be misconstrued as the establishment of religion.
To those of you who say that's ridiculous, no one would think letting the task force in to pray was the Government promoting a certain religion, I would point you to the idiots who feel not letting them in is somehow an attack on their faith. Man up and stop trying to generate your own bulletin board material. Take some of that energy and go out and do some of those good works we always hear about. We could use some more of those.
Our friend Captain Stantastic did a good job of explaining their on-screen chemistry.
And now, I leave you with some of the Dom's greatest work: the outtakes to Cannonball I and II.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
But those days are behind us and now wannabe GOP Presidential candidates are starting to snipe at each other, positioning themselves (if it's on Michale Steele's chessboard, please let him know) for 2012. The latest in this positioning is the Republican listening tour being conducted by Former Governors Jeb Bush (FL) and Mitt Romney (MA), and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. Romney dropped a dig at Palin recently on CNN's "State of the Union:"
Romney, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” was replying to a question from
moderator John King on whether Time’s inclusion of Palin and talk show host Rush
Limbaugh on their list of “The World’s Most Influential People” was good or bad
for the Republican Party.Romney, who has not ruled out another White House bid,
said he wanted more influential Republicans on the list before adding pointedly:
“I think there are a lot more influential Republicans than that would
suggest.”“But was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most
influential people?” he continued. “I'm not sure. If it's the most beautiful, I
understand. We're not real cute.”
Unfortunately for Mitt and his testicles, he forgot to check with the Grand Poobah before making his dig. In discussing the three gentlemen listed above, Big Daddy Rush said:
They “hate” and “despise” the Alaska governor, Limbaugh said, and the “listening
tour” is nothing more than “an early campaign event” for the presidential
elections of 2012.
He went on to call Palin “the most prominent and
articulate voice” for American conservatism.
Limbaugh, then, presented himself as Palin’s bodyguard, and attacked her potential rivals for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2012 (or after). Both Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney were blasted by the conservative talk radio hurricane. “They want you to forget about Reagan,” Limbaugh said in response to Bush’s remark that conservatives have to stop hoping for something that once was, and look towards the future instead.
If you've recovered from laughing your ass off at the thought of Palin being the "most prominent and articulate voice" of anything, you may want to check out this video Palin's supporters made. I have to admit it's funny. Then again, I'm a sucka for Benny Hill music.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Peter King briefly paused his nuzzling of Brett Favre's pelvic region and smooching of the Philadelphia Eagles' collective posteriors in this morning's column to drop an interesting anecdote about my favorite writer of all time:
When you take a few days to consider things other than football, it's
interesting the things you learn. Like this, about Kurt Vonnegut: He was an SI
man! This from his son Mark Vonnegut's introduction to "Armageddon in
Retrospect,'' a collection of unpublished pieces by his father: "He was not good
at being an employee. Back in the mid-1950s, he was employed by Sports
Illustrated, briefly. He reported to work, was asked to write a short piece on a
racehorse that had jumped over a fence and tried to run away. Kurt stared at the
blank piece of paper all morning and then typed, 'The horse jumped over the
f------ fence,'' and walked out, self-employed again.' ''
Sunday, May 3, 2009
But I got to see Cook up close on Friday during the Titans' rookie
orientation and I must say I was impressed. What
stood out to me most, however -- Cook looks like a receiver. He's 6-5, 246
pounds and runs especially well. The team's third round pick caught
everything in sight on Friday. Coach Jeff
Fisher said Cook could add 15-20 pounds to his frame, which would help one
of his weaknesses right now -- blocking. But they don't think it will slow him
down much. Cook is just as fast -- if not
faster - than receiver Kenny Britt, the team's first round pick. He's going
to create mismatches all over the field when he gets up to speed in the