Archive for June, 2008

I KNEW A 15 YEAR OLD GEORGE CARLIN—HE WAS COOL

June 25, 2008

HE COULDN’T PLAY ONE DAMN SPORT WITH US, BUT HE DID JOIN IN THE DOO-WOP SESSIONS AND HE SURE AS HELL MADE US LAUGH A LOT…A LOT! Carlin was born 9 days before me (him May 12, 1937—me May 21, 1937). He got to our neighborhood (Washington Heights, near the George Washington Bridge) through my best friend, Donny Donohue, who went to Cardinal Hayes High School (in the bronx just a few blocks south of the Yankee Stadium)…George Carlin was in his class at Hayes.   One day Donny told us that there was this cool guy in his class, Georgie Carlin.  He said he had the class laughing all day long, and all the teachers hated him and especially a priest name “Jabo”…nick name Father Jablonski.  Jabo used to smack him around, made him attend “jug” almost every day….”jug” was having to stay after school, and sit silently or you got your ass kicked  by Jabo….Carlin got his ass kicked a lot….he often told the stories about him and Jabo and jug in his comedy act years later.  He also made an album called Class Clown, and that was a completely factual exhibition of his days as the class clown in Cardinal Hayes. He literally could not control himself…he had an uncanny way of creating jokes about every thing in creation, especially the steriotypical religious tirades of catholic priest teachers in catholic high schools. Georgie didn’t keep too many commandments, because he didn’t beleive that somebody in the sky was watching us from behind clouds and keeping score of our sins….he never beleived in sin….because he didn’t like the definitions of sin which he was being fed in catholic high school classrooms  He didn’t realize it, I’m sure, but he was kind of an adolescent anti-christ…which not even dean of discipline “Jabo” could convert.

Donny brought him around our neighborhood once or twice until it got to be a habit.  He stayed in our crowd from the Fall of 1951 to the Spring of 1952. He didn’t really fit with us…he was too small, a non-athlete, wasn’t tough, and didn’t have to keep proving himself to himself as we did with our sports and our fist fights.  He was actually way too mature for us…but we didn’t know what mature meant, so we did mind.He used to laugh at our tough street-kid irish athlete bullshit. He mocked us, made fun of our tough guy adolescent routines…but he was so freakin’ funning while doing it, that we  couldn’t get mad at him, and although he mocked us constantly (ranked us out) none of us ever considered kicking his ass, which any one of us could have done..the little freakin’ runt.  He had our imature act down so well, that we were too busy laughing our asses off….we just couldn’t get pissed off at him. I’m told that is how non-tough funny guys, who really didn’t fit it, survived back in those days.

I’m convinced now that Jabo, the polish priest, may have had to answer to God for being so mean to George Carlin; so mean that he caused his religious loss.  As an adult  I heard Carlin do his anti-catholic, and anti-religion in general routine so many  times. It sounded like the adult version of what the adolescent Carlin was thinking and saying back in 1951–1952, when I hung with Georgie.
I’M GONNA MISS GEORGIE….BUT I’LL MISS THE 15 YEAR OLD GEORGIE.  I spoke to him briefly in 2007, when he came to the DuPont Play House. He remember me a little…but I remembered him lot.  
See in Jug Georgie…but I’m sure whether it will be the upstairs jug, of the down in hell jug…..if you get a chance Georgie, can you let me know what it’s like out there?

I KNOW IT’S TOO LATE; BUT IT’S STILL A GOOD IDEA, AND CERTAINLY WORTH CONSIDERING FOR THE FUTURE

June 17, 2008

KAREN PETERSON SHOULD HAVE MADE IT A THREE WAY PRIMARY AGAINST BOTH MARKELL AND CARNEY. SHE WOULD HAVE WON THE DAMN THING.   Yes, I’m convinced of it. THINK ABOUT IT—-who among the three of them has the best reputation?  Who has had the most insightful perspective about the most popular issues we are always talking about?   WHO WOULD BETTER REPRESENT THE KINDS OF DRASTIC CHANGES WE HAVE ALL BEEN CRAVING FOR? When it comes to effectiveness, here is something you probably didnt know:
KAREN PETERSON HAS A 100% SUCCESS RATE WITH ALL HER BILLS WHICH GET TO THE FLOOR. THEY ALL PASS.  ONE HUNDRED PERCENT!

She also has never lost a committee vote with her bills. The only bills she loses, so to speak, is when they bury her bills in a desk, and they never get out for a debate and a vote. That is the highest percent of any other state legislator. THAT’ S IMPORTANT!
If Karen Peterson can be so successful while fighting on
that contentious battlefield of senate caucuses, and at
rancorous committee hearings, and with bipartician squabling,
HOW MUCH MORE SUCCESSFULL WOULD SHE BE AS THE GOV?

She would use the VETO too, make no mistake about that.  She doesn’t yield to party pressure now, even from her own party, so her vetos would succeed.  Her present rate of success is only possible because she has credibility, and successfully cooperates with all factions, both paties, pressure groups, different viewpoints, etc..
IN OTHER WORDS…..WHO HAS ALL THE QUALITIES THAT WOULD BE MOST APPRECIATED, MOST EFFECTIVE AND MOST REFORMING.

I once asked her why she would not run of Lt. Governor. She shot back, “The only thing worse than sitting in that senate room and having only one vote, is to be forced to sit in that senate sit, and have NO vote”. Good response, I had not comeback for her.

DANGER: she is far from old, but let’s face it, one or two more terms and she could retire. MAKE IT A POINT TO LET HER KNOW YOU WOULD NOT WANT HER TO RETIRE. WE NEED HER, AND OTHERS LIKE HER, TO MAKE THIS GOVERNMENT RUN—ACTAULLY RUN FOR THE PEOPLE.
HER’S AN IDEA. We often talk about how the senate leaders actually control what happens and what doesn’t happen…..The position with the REAL power in the senate is the MAJORITY PROTEM JOB. McDowell used to have it…and Tony DeLuca has it now….that kind of says it all, doesn’t it?
KAREN PETERSON WOULD DO ONE HELL OF A JOB AS PROTEM IN THE MAJORITY PARTY. Picture it—no bills locked in the desks/ no committee funerals for bills just becasue legislators don’t like them/ everything decided on its merits, instead of being decided by hidden agendas by slected legislators, lobbyists, pressure groups and the like.
BOTTOM LINE….KAREN PETERSON IS TOO LATE TO ENTER THE PRIMARY FOR GOVERNOR/ SHE HAS NO DESIRE TO LT. GOVERNOR/ BUT I HAVE A GUT FEELING THAT SHE WOULD LOVE TO REFORM THE ENTIRE SENATE BY BEING AN EFFECTIVE SENATE PROTEM….THAT’S WHERE THE
DAY-TO-DAY POWER IS.

MAKE IT A POINT TO ENCOURAGE HER, BY MAIL, EMAIL, or PHONE, AND AFTER THAT, DEMAND THAT YOUR OWN SENATOR VOTES HER INTO THAT OFFICE WHEN THE SENATE OPENS IN 2008. Tell you senator that unless they promise to do that now, you will vote for them in November.
Contact Karen herself:
HOME:999-7522/ADDRESS 1306 W. NEWPART GAP PK. WILM DE 19804
DOVER: PHONE: (302) 744-4163/ EMAIL Karen.Peterson@state.de.us
PLEASE DO IT, FOLKS, IT MAKE SENSE….REALLY GOOD SENSE.

LEGISLATIVE FLASH: Remember when the Democratic Party entered Bruce Ennis to replace Senator Vaughn? Remember when we all, myself included, said to ourselves; “OH CRAP, Bruce Ennis is going to be nothing but a younger, more healthy Jim Vaughn, who needs that”? WE WERE ALL WRONG–MYSELF INCLUDED. According to the good-guys and good-women legislators, BRUCE ENNIS IS REALLY MORE IN STEP WITH THE RIGHT IDEAS, AND MAKING THE RIGHT VOTES ON THE RIGHT ISSUES, than we ever imagined. He’s become one of the good guys….and that means that he probably was a good guy before he got there. Sorry I misjudged you, Senator Ennis. And thanks for your service in the Legislature. By the way, Bruce….be sure to vote for Karen Peterson for the ProTem job, OK?

HILLARY FOR VP? ARE YOU FREAKIN’ NUTS? SHE’S MUCH TOO GOOD FOR THAT JOB

June 5, 2008

I can’t believe that there are actually some people who think that Hillary “deserves” the VP call, just because she came so close to winning, and/or, because we could have two competent people in office together, and/or, because that it would be like having two presidents, so to speak, and/or, because it would be the perfect way for her to position herself to run for president after Obama, etc. etc.. Bull shit!

Any one who thinks that way, knows absolutely nothing about the qualifications required for the VP job. A VP has to be a virtual nobody; has to lack any kind of expertise, can never be competent enough to look too good, and certainly never ever looks like he or she actually might have more ability than the president. We have been comparing Obama and Clinton for two years now…well, if she were the VP, the comparing process would go on, and on, and on, throughtout the entire presidency.

Take a look at the past…Roosevelt taking Truman—a bankrupt haberdasher/ Nixon taking Agnew, a Greek mobster/ Kennedy taking Johnson, a rich hick, surrounded by a good-old-boy network of thugs (who may have killed him, in order to take over/ Clinton taking Gore….a loser, who couldn’t even carry his own state of Tennessee, when he ran for president. By very definition, VP candidates have to be nobodies. Don’t you get it?….competency is the last thing a president wants in a VP. The only thing a vice president can do for a president is to be geographically useful, that is, able to win some territorial votes in the general election. After they fulfill that useful task, you polish them up, dress them nicely, and send them around the world to glad-hand world leaders. The plan is to make sure that the VP won’t get too involved in what is happening back in the president’s country. The Bush administration is an interesting example of what happens when you have a VP who is actually smarter and more talented than the president. Chaney was a hired VP as a Nanny for the “kid”; to see that he didn’t screw up too badly, while the “wise guys”, who put the VP in place, could accomplish their collective personal agendas, without the “kid” getting in the way.

No! I don’t want to hear any “Hillary-for-VP” talk. If she wants to position herself for a presidential run, she should either become Governor of New York, or, quitely be the most productive State Senator she can be, while kissing all the appropriate supportive asses for her next run for president’. Then she should hope and pray that there are no more, young, attractive, clean looking rock stars hiding in the political bushes waiting to appose her next time.

Just think about her as a VP. She would hate it; she’s smarter than he, more politically savy than he, more experienced than he, more respected around the world than he, probably more corrupt than he, etc. etc. etc. It would drive her nuts to have to sit at his feet,and act like he deserves to be the boss.

How can I explain this better?…….oh yeah, here’s a great example. Let’s say you are a radio talk show host, and your counter-point host is also your boss (like your program director, for instance)—he’s not as smart as you, has no experience that compares to yours, is not as humorous, not as insightful, certainly not as entertaining as you; just simply not as good as you at the job. Can you imagine the excruiating daily pain and suffering you would endure having to work under those conditions of a boss, who, if talent mattered, should be working for you; not you working for him? GET THE POINT?

SORRY FOLKS….BUT HILLARY SHOULD BE THE WINNER; HERE’S WHY

June 1, 2008

Can we talk?  Look…several things have developed over the last few months which are very telling when it comes to who has the best chance to beat McCain in the general election.

FACT:  Obama has lost more than 20% of his former popularity with white women, and middle-class blue collar males.  Why?  Who knows, and that’s what makes it scary….if they knew they could  correct it…but because we don’t know, those statistics will probably get worse during the general election  campaign. 

49% of white female voters now say Obama has too many negatives. That has changed drastically from just a few months ago.  Here is a possible explanation.  Obama is was like a new borfriend to many women.  He looked great the night you met him….said all the right things, behavior was perfect…….but women never really knew him then. 

But that has changed because of things which popped up; (Obama’s connection to the dual minister-clown has definitely hurt him).  By the way, was there anything more embarrassing and disgusting than that idiot white Catholic priest trying to do an imitation of a dramatic stage routine black minister?  Those two guys are religious freaks, and they are perfect examples of why Religion should stay the hell of politics. 

I don’t want churches in my bedroom, nor in my voting booth….do YOU?  Getting back to the boyfriend analogy…as women discover more and more about a guy which they were first attracted to, they begin to see the weak spots, and now the guy who looked like a potential “Mr. Right” has become a “Not-So-Sure-Any-More-Just-Another-Nothing-Typical Guy”.  Ask any woman….they’ll tell you how that works. 

THE LESS WE KNOW ABOUT PEOPLE, THE MORE WE LIKE THEM BECAUSE, WE DON’T KNOW THE FULL STORY….ASK ANY DIVORCED PERSON.  We all knew the Hillary baggage…and we looked it over, and there were now surprises.  YOU EITHER ACCEPTED IT OR NOT.

Obama’s dents in the frame were surprises….we don’t like surprises from people we thought were someone special.  The bloom is off the rose folks….the people that Obama lost in the ratings, and will continue to lose, are never coming back. Proof……

FACT:  there are 19 swing states..state’s that could go either way.  Hilary won 16 of the 19 swing states….Obama only won 3.  Most of those swing states comprise majorities of those same white females and same blue collar men who have been deserting Obama.  Some of those swing states have large Hispanic populations….Hilary wins that hands down:  She carried every Hispanic-oriented state in which she and Obama competed.

FACT:  Democrats bitched and cried over winning the popular vote and then losing the election (Bush over Gore)….and yet now democrats want to do to themselves exactly what they hated when the Republicans did it to them.  That’s a little too phony for my taste.  By the way, the only time in history that we ignored the popular vote to select to give the less popular candidate the nomination, was the 1968 McGovern vs Hubert Humphrey race….how did that work out for Democrats? 

I got to know Humphrey pretty well from several  body guarding assignments in New York when he was a candidate…what a terrific guy. He sent me a very gracious “thank you” note for protecting, which I lost over the years. Damn it!

FACT: Both Obama and Hillary are beating McCain in the polls….BUT, HILLARY IS LEADING BY A SIGNIFICANT BIGGER MARGIN THAN OBAMA; AND IN THE MORE IMPORTANT STATES.

SORRY, OBAMA PEOPLE…..DO WHATEVER YOU WANT….BUT I THINK YOU ARE IGNORING THE BIG PICTURE…..HILLARY SHOULD BE YOUR CHOICE…..

FINAL TEST…..Be perfectly honest….no matter what color you are.  ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION….IF OBAMA BEAT HILLARY IN THE POPULAR VOTE….BUT NOT IN THE DELEGATE VOTE, WOULD YOU NOT BE SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER, IF THEY TOOK THE ELECTION AWAY FROM  YOU?—IF YOU HAD WON THE POPULAR VOTE, YOU WOULD BE SAYING: “They stole the election from the more popular candidate just because he’s black”…well, then why can’t Hillary say now; “You are stealing the nomination from me, who won the popular vote, and  giving it to the other candidate, just because I’m a woman”.  

THINK ABOUT IT.