WTF/WTH Wednesdays – Charles Rangel, “I am not going away…”

Charles Rangel

 

In the next couple of days I hope Charles Rangel realizes the foolishness of his rant on the floor of the House of Representatives.  According to CBS News the House Ethics Committee have charged Rangel with allegedly inappropriately solicited donations for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York, for errors and omissions on his financial disclosure forms, failing to report and pay taxes on rental income for a beach villa, and inappropriately allowed his campaign committees to use a rent subsided apartment. 

When Democrats took control of the House and Senate back in 2007; they took control of a House that was infested with corruption.  New Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a promise to the American people that she would “Drain the Swamp” of corruption.  When you have a culture of corruption it is difficult to change that culture; especially if that culture has been around for 29 years.  Over time the act of bending rules and looking the other way can become 2nd nature and I believe this is the scenario that Mr. Rangel is caught up in.  In all honesty I don’t believe for a second that Rangel is the only congressman acting inappropriately; I just think he was caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar.  What Rangel has to understand there is no easy transition from a corrupt culture; if you don’t go after all inappropriate activity you will never “Drain the Swamp”

On Tuesday Rangel’s frustration seemed to boil over as he took to the floor of the House and gave a rant defending himself against allegations.  Unfortunately Rangel decided he would use time set aside to discuss the $26.1 Billion State Aid Package that would save the jobs of over 100,000 teachers across the United States; to plead his case.  His rant reeks of desperation as he embarrasses himself; also I have no idea why anyone was clapping during this rant.  Oh yeah this was a 30 minute rant by Rangel 

I have no issue with Charles Rangel wanting to plead his case, but you cannot have an outburst like this during the debate of a bill that will save the jobs of teachers.  There is a time and place for this and on the floor of the House during discussion of legislation is not the time to plead your case for ethics violations.  Pull yourself together sir!! 

 

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – Democrats need to get the RIGHT message out…

It’s time for the Democrats outside of the President to step to the forefront and start conveying the message needed to hold off a Republican takeover. Democrats are caught in a catch-22 right now as there best speaking voice happens to be an unpopular speaking voice; President Obama. Currently Democrats are trying to figure out the best way to use the President on the campaign trail; while the President received a raucous welcome at the University of Texas there was no sign of Democrat Bill White who is running for Governor of Texas. If Democrats want to hold onto control of the House (not likely) and Senate the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, and Barney Frank have to start putting their stamp on the message. Republicans like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are always in front of the cameras; I know this because their foolish comments are always great material for political satire for shows like The Daily Show, Countdown (Keith Olbermann) and The Rachel Maddow Show.

If the Democrats want to generate excitement they have start making their presence felt daily; I feel like the only consistent message I get from Democrats is from the White House, Robert Gibbs specifically. The message should be real simple for Democrats to voters; REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN!!!!!

Well I shouldn’t say they have no plan; they have actually come together and agreed to say NO to anything Democrats want to do.  Even if that means making the less fortunate suffer; for example Republicans decided they could not support extending unemployment rates BUT they could support extending Bush Tax Cuts that only affect the top 2% in America.  And how do Republicans plan on paying for those Bush Tax cuts??? Well at first they said they shouldn’t have to be paid for as the tax cuts will generate growth.  That explanation was quickly dismissed by many economist including Conservative economist, so Republicans decided to ok lets float the idea of raising the retirement age…

WTF, so Republicans want hard-working middle/working class Americans to break their backs until they are 70 so that they could retire and earn social security.  The current early retirement age is now 62 for those wondering. 

Does this make any sense to anyone???

Does it make sense for working/middle class Americans to work longer so that the likes of Bill gates can get a tax cut??

This is what Democrats need to talk about, President Obama wants to continue giving 95% of Americans a tax break while Republicans would rather turn their back on the working/middle class!!

Other Talking Points Democrats need to focus on….

  • Republicans talk about supporting small business but they are blocking legislation that would help small business.  The Small Business Jobs Act would create a $30 billion fund for community banks to lend to small businesses. It would also increase limits on existing Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and give small businesses additional federal tax breaks.
  • Republicans tried to block the passage of $26.1 Billion State-Aid Package that would save the jobs of 161,000 teachers and 158,000 public works employees (cops, fire fighters etc..).  Republicans referred to teachers, cops and fire fighters as special interest groups.  The bill also helps states going broke to fund Medicaid.
  • Republicans wanted to protect BP; the company that caused the oil spill in the Gulf.  While Democrats wanted to raise the cap for damages from $75 million to an amount that would actually cover the cost.  $75 million is not nearly enough, but Republicans wanted to protect the Big Oil Companies.
  •  Republicans who run on the platform of repealing the 14th Amendment are insane, HA!!!!  Constitutional Amendments are very very difficult to pass; a perfect example of this is the Equal Rights Amendment aka ERA.  It was first proposed in 1923 to affirm that women and men have equal rights under the law; it is now 2010 and this is still not an amendment.  Any Republican pushing the idea of changing the constitution is a nutbag.

In my opinion if Democrats talk about these basic Talking Points no sane individual could possible support the current Republican agenda.  In all honesty it’s not like Democrats have it all figured out but at least I can see some kind of a plan.  Now if we can get Republicans (except Paul Ryan) away from just saying no and actually presenting some ideas then maybe we can start making real progress.

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

   

Keith Bulluck making his presence felt at NY Giants Training Camp

On July 24th when it was announced (by yours truly) that Keith Bulluck was signing with the NY Giants, there were some doubts as to what Bulluck had left in the tank. Bulluck all along knew there was more than enough left in the tank and could not wait to show all the doubters they were wrong.

Adam Schefter of ESPN's NFL Live

One of those that reported on the doubters was Adam Schefter of ESPN….

“Teams aren’t sure he can play any more.” RT @espnnfl: New York Giants sign free-agent linebacker Keith Bulluck: http://es.pn/9CgPzq
4:58 PM Jul 24th via UberTwitter – via Adam Schefter Twitter

I found it a bit strange that Adam would be so negative, most reporting on the news of Bulluck signing talked about this being a good pickup by the Giants. Of course there were going to be some questions about Bulluck’s knee but it wasn’t as if he was at the level of seriousness of Wes Welker’s knee injury. As Giants Training Camp has progressed Bulluck has quieted the critics by doing what he has done the past 10 seasons. Even Adam Schefter had to give Bulluck his props after seeing him up close and live….

On the first play of his first day of practice with the Giants in a 9-on-7 drill, linebacker Keith Bulluck made his presence felt immediately. For starters, Bulluck was positioning the defense even though he never had played in it. Then he was the first defender to get to the football once it was snapped.

New York is counting on more of both from Bulluck — leadership and plays. When New York signed him last month, some wondered how much the 33-year-old linebacker had left, which might help to explain why Bulluck ran over to a reporter at the beginning of Saturday’s practice to say, “Got a lot left — and those other teams will see.” – Adam Schefter

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

The Invention of Lying

Barack Obama

On August 4th the President celebrated his 49th birthday, well not everyone believed it was his birthday as Rush Limbaugh found time on his show to question…

“Tomorrow is Obama’s birthday, not that we’ve seen any proof of that… What? We haven’t seen any proof of that! They tell us August 4th is the birthday; we haven’t seen any proof of that! Sorry. It is what it is.”

Of course Rush tried to played it off as just being funny, but there is no joking when 41% of Republicans believe President Obama was “probably” or “definitely” born in another country. Republicans/Birthers/Tea Partiers have pushed this non-issue so much that people are actually believing it. I guess if you tell a lie long enough people will start believeing it; it reminds me of the movie “The Invention of Lying”. A comedy that was set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain (via IMDB).

The extreme Right-Wing of the Republican definitely seized the opportunity for their personal gain with this lie. Where are the sane people? When did people start listening to nutbags?

To squash the foolishness Hawaii has posted Obama’s original birth certificate online. Clearly showing the raised seal for authenticity.

Of course this is still enough as Birthers have petitioned Hawaii to see the original. Hawaii state officials have denied the requests as they see no legitimate reason to fulfill such a request. Hawaii has done enough to show proof; we need to stop feeding the insanity!

Seriously, do the nutbags really think that there was a plot to takeover America that was started in 1960?

I know it all started in a smokey dark room where the Illuminati came together and put together a devious plan. A plan where they would fake the birth of a mixed breed child with a Muslim background. Then this child will grow into a man that will have a meteoric rise to stardom and become the leader of the most powerful nation!

Rigggghhhttttt…..

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Takeover Thursday – Is Darrelle Revis channeling his inner Deion Sanders??

Darrelle Revis (24) celebrating himself

So Darrelle Revis decided he will not be showing up to Jets training camp because his feelings are “hurt” that the NY Jets have not renegotiated his contract so that he can be paid like the top cornerback in the NFL. I understand how the NFL works and I am sympathetic to football players as they unlike other other major sports for the most part play with non-guaranteed contracts; meaning that if they get hurt teams can cut them without honoring the rest of their contracts. So I usually always support players holding out for more upfront guaranteed money, except there is something not right about the Revis situation.

There is no doubt that Revis is the top cornerback in the NFL and he deserves a raise; but should he be a disruption to the team when they are looking to make a run to the Super Bowl?

I say NO!!!!

Revis is acting like a spoiled brat, you know what fuck it; he is acting like a dick! Yes he is the top corner in the league and he is currently the 6th highest paid corner in the NFL, but this is the contract he negotiated with the Jets. As a matter of fact before he played a down in the NFL he held out for money; he wanted more money up front and got it. So what’s the problem? He can’t be afraid of getting hurt and not being paid? If he would have showed up to camp he would have made a guaranteed $20 Million for 2010 and 2011; while he could have still been negotiating a new contract with the Jets. It has been reported that the Jets have offered Revis 2 contracts; it is said one offer would have extended his contract by 6 years while making something like $12 million a year. Not saying he should take that offer but it at least shows the Jets are willing to talk. In my opinion this hold out is a drastic move by Revis that will not only hurt the Jets but I believe the valuable time he is missing in training camp will hurt him this year. Not many players can pull a ‘Favre’ and miss significant time in training camp and perform at a top-level during the season.

So is this all about Revis being “hurt, frustrated and feeling unappreciated” by the Jets? I think Revis just needs to admit what this is all about… Don’t cry about being hurt or not feeling appreciated; keep it real! Revis wants to be like the greatest cornerback Deion Sanders, he just wants to be able to sing that classic jam, “Must Be the Money”

Of course since he is not a camp Revis has more time to run around Dick’s Sporting Goods store yelling Darrelle Reeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiissssssssssssss………………..

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Giants GM Jerry Reese on the addition of Ketih Bulluck

Question: Did you always have your sights set on signing linebacker Keith Bulluck, or was it just waiting for his surgically repaired ACL to heal?

Jerry Reese: Keith was coming off the knee surgery, he said he was ready to work out and he had a really good workout for us, for a guy coming off an ACL in less than eight months. We know he can play; we just got to bring him along slow and don’t take him too fast and have a setback with his knee. If he gets his knee healthy, there is no question that he can play. Whether he is a starter or a backup, he brings a tough mentality. He brings a man’s man to the middle of our defense and he brings that leadership that you like for a veteran player. He is one of those guys that has seen it all and probably one of the most underrated guys in the last 10 years. People don’t really talk about him a lot, but the guy has been a really good football player.

via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

WTF/WTH – Dr. Cornel West and President Obama

This is a delicate subject for me as I want to avoid giving the impression that there is some kind of feud between Dr. Cornel West and President Barack Obama. I am a big fan of Dr West as I have always enjoyed listening to him speak. Over the past couple of days I have listened and watched Dr West be questioned about the article in Playboy where Cornel West talks about some of his disappointments with President Obama so far. I have no issue with the West criticizing the president, I just want to make sure the criticism is legitimate.

In NO WAY is West being a hater of our 1st Black President with his criticisms. Too many times we have seen Black man/woman criticizes President Obama and then that person being criticized for attacking a fellow Black person in power. I have listened to Dr West on several occasions and he is an equal opportunity critic and believes in loving of all people. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. West is the epitome of his beliefs:

“Committed to truth and justice; no matter what color, what culture, what civilization. Just Truth and Justice!!!!

With that said Dr West has criticized the President for not pushing the agenda of taking care of the poor, creating jobs with a living wages, and focusing on what he calls the “New Jim Crow” which is the prison complex where the jail time doesn’t fit the crime. Dr West feels that there is too much focus on taking care of Wall Street and big business when we should be taking care of the poor. West feels if you take care of the poor then you will have your job growth; getting the poor and working class back to work will lower the unemployment rate and improve this economy. Along with the criticism Dr West during an interview on NPR discussed his last encounter with President Obama at a speech in Washington D.C. After the speech West said the President briefly talked to him (West) and sounded “deeply upset”.

“He talked to me like I was a Cub Scout, and he was a pack master, you know what I mean?

I said, well, my mother and father raised me right. I respect my dear brother, but I don’t like to be demeaned and humiliated in that way, and I didn’t get a chance to respond to him. And I hope maybe at some time we can. But it was very, it was a very ugly kind of moment, it seems to me, and that disturbs me because then it raises the question for me: Does he have a double standard for black critics as opposed to white critics?

Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, a whole host of brilliant, courageous critics say all kinds of things, and he treats them with respect. They get invited to the White House. I say the same thing, he talks to me like I’m a Cub Scout.” – Cornel West talking about Pres Obama

With all due respect Dr West, I think your recent assessment of President Obama is off just a bit….

I can fully understand where Dr West is coming from when he talks about the importance of jobs and addressing the poor in our country. I also respect Dr West desire for President Obama to more like Dr Martin Luther King in caring for the underprivileged. Unfortunately that is easier said than done in the world of politics. I know my last statement sounds terrible and in no way am I diminishing the accomplishments of Dr King, I am just saying the 2 worlds are different. For example; everyone can agree that 9/11 1st responders should be taken care of as they sacrificed working in that toxic environment at the WTC. So what happened?? Instead of voting for the legislation Republicans chose politics over the right thing to do. This is what the President is facing as he pushes his agenda; the Republican party refuses to work with the President and Democrats in Congress. The “Party of No” (Republicans) have shown they will not support any initiatives supported by Democrats. While Republicans talk about Job creation and reducing deficit they vote against Jobs Bills and Extending Unemployment Benefits stating they will add to deficit. While in the same breath scream support for extending the Bush Tax Cuts that gives relief to only 2% of Americans and adds to our growing national debt.

Even with a Democrat majority Republicans have made it nearly impossible to pass any substantial legislation. To his credit the President was able to pass Healthcare Reform which will help a lot of poor/working class Americans and he also pushed through tax cuts for the Working/Middle class in an attempt to ease the burden on the backbone of our society. Those were major accomplishment that was done before Financial Reform, but I don’t hear Dr West talking about that. I don’t hear Dr. West talking about how Democrats in Congress have proposed legislation for Jobs Creation and how the President has pushed Congress for a bill for him to sign to help the working class and small businesses.

It takes 2 to tango and right now Republicans are not showing any desire to dance…

Jobs creation will happen, but like Healthcare Reform and Financial Reform it will take work as Republicans will have to come around on this legislation. Republicans can’t afford to say “No” as the people overwhelmingly want this. Instead of criticizing the President, Dr West should join him in pushing this through!

As for Dr. West feeling the President “demeaned and humiliated” him, that is unfortunate and the President will have to work that out with West. In my opinion it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not but it matters that Dr. West felt demeaned. Over the last year or so I have heard about Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow being invited to the White House to discuss various topics; there is no reason why Dr. Cornel West has not been invited to discuss those same topics. His experience is invaluable and should be shared.

As Dr. West said on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” the President cannot take for granted the support of Progressives like himself.

I don’t believe the President is taking Progressives for granted but it’s all about perception; and right now President Obama is learning that Progressives and Liberal Democrats are NEVER happy!!

As always….
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – Once again BRAVO Anthony Weiner…

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Once again my favorite Representative from New York Anthony Weiner challenges Republicans aka ‘Party of No’. Weiner in response to his fellow Representative from New York Peter King (R) went on another tirade calling out Republicans; if you recall Weiner on the same House floor called out Republicans during the Healthcare Reform debates (Takeover Thursdays – Anthony Weiner).

This time around Rep. Peter King (R) has sponsored a bill for 1st responders to 9/11; this bill would set aside $7.4 billion in additional aid to those suffering from health complications as a result of the toxins released after the 9/11 attacks. Of course this a bill that everyone should support; Democrats decided to put the bill through a procedure (Suspension Calendar) that would prevent any unnecessary amendments to be added to the bill. Suspension of the rules is a procedure generally used to quickly pass non-controversial bills in the House of Representatives; the one caveat is that you need 2/3 Majority for passage.

On Friday (July 31st) the 9/11 Responders Bill was brought up for vote; before the vote was taken Rep Peter King (R) (sponsor of the bill) spoke and called out Democrats for using the Suspension procedure. Saying that using this procedure made it impossible for the bill to pass; as he continued not once did Rep. King ever ask his fellow Republicans to vote for this bill.

Maybe I missed something but aren’t the Republicans always talking about never forget 9/11?? Well it seems they have forgotten 9/11 as they decided to choose politics over common sense; Republicans would rather say no to dealing with Democrats instead of choosing to side with the heroes of 9/11!!

The 9/11 Responders Bill would not pass as only 10 Republicans (including Rep King) voted yes; 159 voted against the bill. As Anthony Weiner would go on to say “Shame” on the 159 that voted against this bill. Moments after the bill was voted down Anthony Weiner gave one of his more passionate speeches….

I can’t say enough about Anthony Weiner, he is one of the few Democrats that will stand up and tell like it is. The best thing about Weiner is that even though he has shown much passion during these classic moments he still makes sense; there is no rambling. On Monday (8/2) Weiner defended his speech on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he continued to point the finger to Republicans who fail to look at themselves in the mirror and recognize where the real issue lies.

Republicans are so consumed with the November elections and getting rid of President Obama that they will say ‘No’ to any bill that could be seen as progress for the Obama Administration (Healthcare Reform, Financial Reform, Unemployment Benefits, Jobs Bill etc..).

When will Republicans put the country instead of their party first???

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!