Joe Would Be Proud

October 14th, 2014 No comments

link The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem.

It’s not well known that Susan Rice was not the first pick for her original position at the State department.  Stung by accusations that the administration was staffed with too many inexperienced people, the original intent was to try to hire more seasoned people as spokesmen.   Being placed in the position of explaining events to the public is not always easy, since much of what is uttered is either shameless spin or outright whoppers.

Joe Izuzu was asked to come out of retirement, but he thought the task too challenging and didn’t feel that he could maintain a straight face while performing that role.  Some may remember Joe from his role in the late 80’s as the TV pitchman for Izuzu cars.  Joe Izuzu

So instead, they defaulted to Susan Rice who was the only person in the vetting process that could maintain a straight face while reading some old Izuzu ads.  John Cleese didn’t make it past the first 2 pieces.  Rice’s first big test was to convey with much gravitas and authority that the Benghazi incident was caused by a YouTube video.   Of course as the truth came out in the follow up analysis of that incident, it was obvious that the ill fated compound was not the only thing on fire.  Rice now only wears skirts.

Following up that was her second big test.  This time, she was tasked in portraying Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s military service as ‘distinguished’ and ‘honorable’.  This was the soldier who admitted to deserting his comrades while in Afghanistan, taken captive and then subsequently traded for 5 hard core Taliban commanders held in US captivity.

With such a resume of credibility, Rice today contends that Turkey has joined the coalition of nations supporting US military efforts in combatting the ISIS group in the middle east.  Only someone forgot to tell Turkey.  Given the record of how the U.S. has treated its allies in the Obama era, it’s not really a shock that no one wants to be seen with them in public.  Ask Poland.  Or the Ukraine.  Or Israel.

We find it hard to understand how anyone can listen to anything that Rice says without picturing Joe Izuzu’s face on her body.

Prezzo D’Amore

October 2nd, 2014 No comments

link George Clooney and Amal Alamuddins wedding cost £8m – Telegraph.

Eight million pounds sterling is almost 13 million US dollars based on recent exchange rates.  Think about that.  $13 million dollars…for a wedding.  That’s approaching Rap star money.   In truth, we have no idea how this number was arrived at, since who would actually know?  Of course the ‘lucky’ father of the bride will have bills of some kind, the hotel, the food, maybe the dress and of course the booze bill.  If we take at face value the estimated count of high profile guests at the wedding which apparently hovers at around 100, that means that each person’s attendance cost somewhere in the neighborhood of between $100,000 to $130,000 apiece.

They must be good friends.  But how does that even possibly add up? We’ll assume George sprung for the odd water taxi and picked up the occasional bar tab.  So that leaves a lot of money thrown around for the guests and their comfort on the grand occasion.  Having first hand knowledge of the extortionate prices in Venice for everything involving food and fun, it still stretches credibility that the $13 million tab can be accurate.  It makes good headlines; who wants to say that it was a $50,000 wedding?

But let’s just say the number is accurate and the father of the bride gets stuck with the bill that resembles a telephone number.  That’s a lot of money to pay to get rid of a daughter, even if it is to arguably the world’s most eligible bachelor George Clooney.  Based on what’s known about the bride, Amal Alamuddin, she seems to be more the catch!  She’s young, an accomplished lawyer, attractive and obviously from a wealthy family.  George…well George is an actor… a good and famous one of course, but…to spend $13 million to get the deal done?  Seems molto costoso to us.



NFL May Soon Mean No Foul Language

September 12th, 2014 No comments

link Roger Goodell criticized harshly over handling of Ray Rice mess, but he isn’t the one who threw the punch  – NY Daily News.

It may only be apparent to those not involved in generating ratings, but the media inspired frenzy of outrage over Ray Rice’s intemperate actions looks more and more like the tabloid journalism that now dominates American media.  It’s not in debate that Rice’s actions were ungallant at best and perhaps criminal at worst.  But there are mechanisms to determine that.

I’m not sure how his employer, the NFL and it’s head, Roger Goodell could be held responsible, legally or morally for Rice’s actions.  In this particular instance, both the right and left factions of the media are tripping over each other to determine who gets the prize for being most sanctimonious.

When the Benghazi scandal happened a few years ago, people were actually killed due to incompetence; yet to this day, no one has been held to account, no head of any department has resigned, no one has been fired.  Heck, the person directly involved may become the next President.  But poor Roger Goodell; he is being pressured to resign over the perceived mishandling of Rice’s case.  One minute, he is running a lucrative business and next thing he knows, his head is on the block.

As was the case of former LA Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling, he is being tried in the court of public opinion and held to a standard that is totally fabricated by  the PC media.  At the very least, what this type of arbitrary morality does is to introduce a new layer of bureaucracy to the employment process by way of more boxes to tick off during the hiring of workers–in any job.  We can think of a number of items to tick off in the employment application:

Do you beat your spouse or significant other?

Do you smoke in bed?

Do you recycle?

Do you leave your children in hot cars with windows up? Your dogs?

Have you ever kicked a cat or dog?

Do you text while driving?

Do you make fun of minorities or fat people?

Do you leave the toilet seat up?

I could go on, but could never possibly anticipate the next moral outrage that will be elevated from tsk tsk level to crimes against humanity by the sensationalist media.  If the above standards were the filter for NFL players, you may be lucky to field 4 teams worth of people and the product would be as interesting as girls’ soccer.  In the Rice case, it’s not a stretch to have all other institutions that he may have contact with withdraw their support as well for fear of being seen as endorsing of his conduct.  The state driver’s license can be revoked, his Starbucks card and maybe even his American Express points could be cancelled.  The heads of those corporations should be squirming as we write.



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