Wednesday
Oct222008

Ortiz Divorces Ramirez, Spitzers Hang Tough

$100 MILLION DOLLAR DEALS = SPITZER & RAMIREZ

 

Everyone felt bad for Eliott Spitzer’s wife…… Silda Wall Spitzer..  who stood by her man when he resigned as New York governor after news broke that he had patronized a high-priced prostitution ring.  Silda stood by his side…… The Philanderer........ supposedly humiliated - that’s one interpretation. This writer sees her as a woman meeting her end of the marriage deal.  It was her obligation to support her husband no matter the situation to ensure her end of the $100 million dollar marriage deal - that's what people do when they sign papers. Silda was meeting her end of the bargain. Silda being Silda. 

Now Manny Ramirez signs papers worth millions and millions of dollars to play baseball in deals that make or break baseball teams, embodying their future, challenging their finances. Manny being Manny means Ramirez sabotages the baseball team when money is on the table, he ruins the partnership and ends the relationship. Manny sacrifices the team he played on for his own financial game - he has no team loyalty or commitment. Just ask the Cleveland Indians or Boston Red Sox. Trust, commitment, loyalty - that is the $100 million dollar question facing the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Manny being Manny.

The inverse is true for Eliot Spitzer, who self-destructs and sabotages his own career in an effort to keep the $100 million dollar marriage deal.  Spitzer would not sacrifice the marriage, he would have to end his own game. Spitzer made numerous traceable cell phone calls begging to be caught in tactics he utilized as district attorney, ensuring his own capture. Spitzer being Spitzer.  

Tragic figure, Tough Karma.

When Manny went after Kevin Youkilis in the dugout, then knocked down the older Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick, Ramirez was setting up his farewell.  (Manny later apologized and paid a fine).  Manny sat out critical games against the Yankees going on the disabled list claiming leg injuries that did not exist - then he set flight to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Ramirez never compromised his baseball career nor batting average - he ran like the wind for the Dodgers - hit mesmerizing at bats, one after another - running the bases on those injured legs that ensured the Dodgers a playoff spot. 

Manny being Manny = Tough Baseball Karma.

Eliot Spitzer and his wife just celebrated their 21st anniversary - seven months after the prostitution scandal that forced his resignation as governor.  Reports splashed across the New York newspapers that the couple was seen laughing over breakfast at a fancy Madison Avenue deli near their Fifth Avenue mega apartment.  Trust, commitment, loyalty - held together in a $100 million dollar marriage deal.

David Ortiz could not shake off the shadow of the Red Sox team relationship with Ramirez until too late into the season, it was taking too long for his heart to end the bad marriage between the team and Manny. The emotional scar for Ortiz was palpable............ he was lost in the divorce.  In every divorce there is a giver and a taker ........ it is clear that Ramirez took from the Red Sox the heart of their lead hitter David Ortiz who should learn from this season not to let emotions rule his bat swing.

In this divorce, it is clear that Ramirez taketh and the Red Sox were right to giveth him away.

Wednesday
Oct152008

McCain versus Reality = Palin & McCain Shotgun Wedding

The real contest in the presidential race is Reality versus John McCain with the biggest loser to date being John McCain.

The man who would have been president in 2000 -  John McCain - did not stand up strong enough against the smear tactics of his low brow rival - What Me Worry GW Bush Jr. - when the seamy racial tactics were used to frighten the radical right - swirling rumors that McCain had fathered an inter-racial child. Instead, McCain capitulated to a higher calling to hold the Republican party together and stood like John Kerry in his Swift Boat hour - not answering directly, clearly and forcefully - declaring the truth.

In one of the great ironies of our time, McCain in this campaign capitulated with the low brow tactics of his management team - pandering to the radical right at the cost of alienating everyone else.  Therefore, What Me Worry Bush will defeat John McCain one more time - handing him the worst record on every platform - the wrong war, the failing economy, the  distraught environment -  all mishandled by this Republican administration. Tough Karma.

The pick of Sarah Palin was the Death Knell on McCain's campaign doorstep -- because it revealed the true pursuit of John McCain - claiming the presidency at any cost.  McCain was willing to write off the Hillary Democrats he desperately needed, along with the Jewish vote that is uncomfortable with religious right fanatics (and Jews vote), along with the new young college educated vote that is rightly encouraged by the Obama campaign to voice their distress with the status quo, and of course, the Black vote that will turn out in record numbers this year to claim victory for the first Black president.

Reality reared its ugly head this campaign in many ways - the first Black candidate with serious chops to fight the party in power has appeal to young voters - who are sick of this dysfunctional Republican administration that has sent the country to the wrong war and mishanded the economy - leaving the young generation a future without promise.  Young voters understand that they are getting screwed - my own son reminds me every time he comes home to visit - their distrust and dislike of the older  generation is palpable.

The economy landed the final blow to the McCain campaign - Reality triumphs once again.


 

Friday
Sep262008

BAILOUT BLUES........ THE BUBBLE BURSTS

In an essay written by the late, great comedian George Carlin.............  The Real  Owners of America ..... his comments on the irrelevancy and ineptness of our political leaders strikes quite a note in these bubble bursting times.  Heed his words on The Real Owners of America........

"The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.  Forget the politicians, they're an irrelevancy.  The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners...... They own and control the corporations.....  They've long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls...... They own all the big media companies.... so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear...... and they spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. 

Here's what they don't want...........They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.  They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking.  They're not interested in that...... that doesn't help them. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting f......ed by a system that threw them overboard....... 

And now, they're coming for your Social Security.  They want your f'....ing retirement money.  They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street.  And you know something?  They'll get it all, sooner or later, because they own this f''.....ing place.  It's a big club, and you ain't in it..  You and I are not in the blg club.  This country is finished."

Thursday
Sep182008

THE FINANCIAL WAR BEGINS = HAVES vs. HAVE NOTS

OBAMA V. MCCAIN = OBAMA V. BUSH

The Financial War has begun beween the Haves and the Have Nots that has been brewing beneath the surface of our capitalist system for the last eight years has officially arrived – The War between the Haves versus Have Nots – financial concerns - will drive this presidential race. 

Boom or  Bust for Obama who better take the spotlight off himself and focus on the American workers’ plight or he will be history - the first black candidate to lose his bid for the White House.
Obama became the focus of his campaign by not taking on the Bush agenda.  Obama allowed the discussion to be all about Obama - and not the repercussions of the Bush doctrine, including the failed economy that serves the Haves in America leaving the rest of us plunging as Have Nots.

As pointed out in recent New York Times editorial, "the economy
is stressed to the breaking point by fundamental problems — in housing, finance, credit, employment, health care and the federal budget — that have been at best neglected, at worst exacerbated during the Bush years. And as a result, American workers have taken a beating.”

Obama has wasted lots of time by focusing the spotlight on his life, his mistakes, his Reverend and his race………… it is time for Barack Obama to bring to life the change that he promises and face the issues challenging the electorate - the main issue is clearly financial survival.

Change is needed – Obama needs to change tactics fast or he will be a footnote in history, the first Black candidate to receive the nomination of his party - but he will not become the first black president of the United States of America come November.  Tough Karma for the American working class.

Sunday
Sep072008

SHOTGUN WEDDING = EXCITING TIMES FOR REPUBLICANS

THE PALIN PREGNANCY = Exciting times for the Republicans as they introduce the country to the gun toting Brenda Starr look-a-like governor of the great state of Alaska - Sarah Palin.  Her story?  Busting up politics as usual.  One major problem for the Republicans - the glamorous, adventurous Brenda Starr imitator had to showcase Bristol, her seventeen year old UNDER THE AGE OF CONSENT teenage daughter - five months pregnant on the national stage - Tough Karma.

This UNDER THE AGE OF CONSENT TEENAGE PREGNANCY broadcasts the failure of the message - Abstinence Only.

Even with middle income, two parents married, and an embracing religious community - the daughter of the Alaskan governor in got caught -- Tough Karma for Sarah Palin as she derailed sex education in Moose Countryleaving it to her daughter to discover the consequence of experiential sex education well beyond the textbook classroom sex education.

Tough Karma for hockey player, Levi Johnston - Bristol's red neck boyfriend facing a shotgun wedding after his rants and raves on My Space revealed in profanity laced language and his belief that he is in a relationship but does not want kids.

It is the 21st century – Sarah Palin’s historic vice-presidential run as the first female vice presidential nomination in Republican national politics is mired by her family situation.  Those of us who believe that encouraging young people to abstain from sexual behavior without the benefit of sex education is hypocritical and class warfare.

We cannot tell one community, the lower class segments of our society that we do not want babies having babies.

We do not want to encourage any teenager to have babies because the overwhelming financial difficulties compounded with the demands of parenthood mitigate the welfare of the child. We cannot embrace the anti-sex education politics of Sarah Palin, the mother of this UNDER THE AGE OF CONSENT seventeen year old girl having a baby.

The country cannot afford this stance against sex education; this country cannot be asked to support this radical religious mandate that attacks the basic tenet of our government, separation of church and state.  Young people who partake in sexual activity without protection open the door to pregnancy.  Advocating sex education in the classroom is the best prevention against unplanned pregnancy as these young people may not get the education at their homes.

Here’s the mantra that responsible adults in this country should advocate for our young people ---

NO BABIES, NO DISEASES, NO EXCUSES!