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Friday, January 15, 2010

REAL Help for Haiti

As the video rolls of the destruction in Haiti and the heartbreaking pictures flash across the screen, we,the public, sit glued to our screens, wondering what we can possibly do to help. GIVE MONEY TO THE RED CROSS would be my best advice. THEY ARE the standard when it comes to giving aid to people in the greatest need. Even $1 will help.
Though I find it hard to find fault with any relief effort headed that way in this desperate time, it's my job to point out how things CAN and SHOULD be done better by a nation with the abilities to do so. But I will try to offer some constructive criticism now, and not use this human tragedy to my advantage, as so many are doing. That's another blog - posting Monday.
As evidenced by the poor job our government did in aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina, I can see why some would find it easy to decry efforts outside our own borders. But two wrongs have never made right and now is NOT the time for self-serving naysayers to get free press.
Now is the time for us all to find the compassion in our hearts and do what we can to help that effort.
That Haiti has been targeted by disaster before has nothing to do with vengeance. It's purely a matter of location, economy and bad government. That anyone is trying to pass judgement and seek personal gain as a condition of aid is deplorable. Getting the suffering Haitians help should be the number one priority now for the GLOBAL community and not just the U.S.A.. It really makes me wonder about someone's character when they try to profit from tragedy. When they choose to ignore it, there's no wonder involved.
I believe that we will learn much in our humanitarian efforts at this moment in Haiti. Unfortunately, I also believe it will be at the expense of the Haitians. It is clear, especially with the destruction of the majority of government services in Port-Au-Prince, that no agency participating in this relief is prepared to give what is needed in a timely manner. My prayer is that they save as many as humanly possible, get much needed medical aid to the wounded and suffering and feed the starving children and families.
Now for the tongue lashing. Our foreign aid systems, as well as our national relief services NEED MAJOR OVERHAULS. HUMANITARIAN AID needs to get an updated and relevant definition. When people are hurting and need our help, it SHOULD NOT be reliant on any of the following:
1. payment or reciprocation
2. government or lack thereof
3. religious, cultural or national beliefs
4. location
5. politics
6. economy

I had to ask my son-in-law this question during our conversation on Haiti the other day: 'Doesn't anybody actually READ that book they keep quoting?'. Or are they reading a different version of the Bible now? I know I'm a lapsed Catholic, but it couldn't have changed that much!
Plagues and disasters, war and suffering ARE NOT the Big G's wrath! It is his test to see where our hearts reside. Let's all pitch in now to help Haiti to show our hearts DO live in Big G's house. The Haitian's need to feel our compassion and humanity at this dreadful time. Before a resilient people totally give up and turn against each other.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

PAT & JAY - Take Your Show on the Road!

OH! If not for religious freaks and celebrities who buy their own ink, what would the mags do for copy? Report REAL news? THAT will never happen, will it? I don't know about you, peeps, but once around the toilet bowl is always enough for me!
This week, we have the pleasure of watching and hearing Pat and Jay fawn and fart all over themselves. The stink is really reeking now, and I'm more than ready to leave the incense behind and turn off the TV! WHO CARES! Is anybody really listening to these two blowhards anymore?
First, I'll address the Pat/voodoo/Big G vengeance thingy? What the hell was that all about? THIS GUY is a respected religious figure? (I wouldn't know, I left Pat to the Big G years ago: Big G, you made 'em, you fix 'em). Why doesn't SOMEONE get this man help? It's been obvious for a long time that Pat has lost touch with reality. Maybe all those angels whispering in his ear have finally made him deaf! If you believe a man who believes PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING TERRIBLY DESERVE IT and therefore DO NOT rate the Big G's compassion and help, label yourselves SATANISTS right now!
Then there's dear old Jay! Darlin', I hate to tell you this, BUT YOU'RE THE NEXT ONE HEADED TO EARLY RETIREMENT! It wasn't good enough for you that your buddies at NBC helped you shiv Dave? Now you're helping to slit Conan's throat! And Jay, one more noodge: YOU'RE NOT AS GOOD OR WELL LIKED AS YOU THINK YOU ARE! As I've said before, believing your own press can be deadly. At least Dave and Conan have the brass ones to stand up for themselves! Your big talents are negotiating fat paychecks for gas guzzlers and backroom deals with the likes of Jeff to screw your buddies! Way to go, man!
So, I recommend the two of you team up and take the act on the road where maybe no one's heard of you two yet. You can call it DEAF and DEAFER!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Respect is earned by the example one sets and the respect given to others. This fine country of ours is woefully lacking in both of these areas. Yet, despite this, there are those among us who would further the hypocrisy by denying the Guantanamo detainees a speedy, civil trial. As Beretta liked to say, 'if you can't do the time, don't do the crime!'. This adage applies equally to BOTH sides of Guantanamo's prison bars.
That the Bush administration and his cronies that survived the carnage would like this whole mess to get swept under the Defense Department rug is still painfully blatant. That the detainees have been at Guantanamo far too long and been treated unconstitutionally, regardless of 9/11, is yet another National disgrace!
PEOPLE! How to we expect anyone to have ANY regard for our Constitution and value systems IF WE DON'T LIVE BY THEM OURSELVES? HUH? And I don't even want to go to the illegal torture, humiliation, degradation and religious disregard suffered by these detainees! President Bush made a statement when he allowed this outrageous behavior at Guantanamo. To me, the pictures said this: 'I have never personally served in the Military, therefore, even though I'm President, I don't CARE that my actions may cause FUTURE U.S. SERVICE PERSONNEL detained as p.o.w.'s to suffer the same fate!
Never mind the Geneva Convention! Or the U.S. Constitution! Or morals! What kind of man allows people wearing the U.S. insignia on their uniforms to perform these heinous acts in the name of justice? I'll let you answer that one for yourselves!
But it is a new day, a new President and hopefully, a new era in the interpretation of the Constitution and what it is supposed to represent to ALL OF HUMANITY, not just us 'citizens'.
If we do not correct the errors made at Guantanamo and resolve this issue as speedily and judiciously as possible, the damage might never be undone! AND YET AGAIN, I have to say: NO MORE CLOSED DOORS! Show the rest of the global community WE can adhere to our own laws and be fair! Otherwise, don't scoff if the rest of the world hocks one big luggie on that sacred piece of paper!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Harry: Should He Stay or GO?

The changing of the guard at any institution is usually fraught with missteps and drama. The Democrats, as did the Republicans, have a dilemma to face: How to Get Rid of Harry! In this author's opinion, it is indeed time for Harry to move along.
Change is never, as a rule, accepted well by anyone, especially the good ole boys. Power that has gone to one's head is difficult to relinquish. Believing one's own press can prove deadly. Not knowing when to step aside can prove FATAL. Just take the bullet to the brain, Harry! It will be less painful and easier for us to watch!
For I have always believed it is impossible to hide what is in one's heart. The Freudian slip, the foot in the mouth, the need to hire a public relations expert - ALL stem from one terminal human flaw. The lips will always betray what lies buried beneath. There's ALOT of boats on the bottom of that ocean!
So protest all you like, Harry! Garner as many good graces as The Prez is willing to bestow a doddering, old fool before he soils himself. You're not fooling anyone, at least, you're not fooling ME!
A racist is a racist is a racist. You can try to whitewash it any way you'd like, it still comes up smelling the same: rotten. When you have to qualify an intelligent, patriotic, compassionate Senator by his SKIN TONE and DIALECT, you've hung yourself high either way. A) For making such an insensitive remark for a man in your position. And B) For not doing your homework for a man in your position!
Harry, time and again, you have shown the 'New Wave' Dems the back of your hand. It is now time for us to show YOU the door. Racism, hatred and division are dying dogmas. Take your fleas and leave Harry, before you end up spending your golden years in the doghouse!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion
(The above link is for Pete's NEW BOOK out May '10.)

Thankfully, the news that Papa Pete Carroll was leaving his post as coach at USC to return to the NFL to helm the Seattle Seahawks broke mostly over this past weekend. Word is the official announcement will be made at a press conference sometime tomorrow. At any rate, the timing saved this author tons of begging and unsightly groveling. Thanks for that, Papa Pete!
That his departure saddens the core of the USC football fan base goes without saying. Papa Pete brought us many, many years of excitement and victory. We held our heads high and basked in the glory. We packed the Coliseum and travelled to what games we could.
That every good thing comes to an end is inevitable. Nobody that loves and admires Papa Pete can blame him for leaving now and jumping at this golden opportunity. He has enhanced the USC football program, the surrounding USC community and the nation with his shining example. I wish for him now that he not get splashed when the scandals hit the fan, for he doesn't deserve it. It's time for the college recruiting system to clean house. Anyone who has ever gotten close to a university sports program in anyway can tell you that what has happened with Reggie, Damian, etc. is just business as usual. Business behind closed doors, that is.
But if you just happened to have a kid whose apartment was in the same huge on-campus complex as the football players, and said same child also marched in the band during the Carson Palmer years, your eyes got opened real wide, real fast. When you visit for parent's weekend or just because, and the complex parking lot is filled with Lexus and Cadillac SUV's right along side the dilapidated Honda's and Toyota's you don't have to ask too many students before you find out who the 'rich' kids are: the football team.
But don't be misled here. For alot of the players are just struggling students like many of the rest attending USC. My own daughter attended solely because of her intelligence and drive AND the fact that she received a 50% scholarship! Otherwise, it might have been community college for her, too! And Papa Pete is known for his character and record when it comes to recruiting, and wearing blinders as concerns station and privilege.
Just as in politics though, there's lots of behind the scenes wrangling in college sports. It's almost impossible to LIVE and attend school at a university like USC if you're not well off. The cost of living in L.A., books, tuition, labs, dorms, cafeteria, etc., etc., can eat any budget alive unless you're The Donald! I like to point to my daughter's diploma and tell people: 'that little piece of paper only cost me $200K!'.
A coach must have reasonable expectations of functioning within this system and still retain his dignity, if he is a man of morals; the fine line walked everyday depends on the individual coach. Otherwise, the college coaching system would be manned by lots of lamers. I, personally, don't see that in college sports.
So, to the college sports authority: IT'S TIME TO 'FESS UP & FIX! WE don't care if some running back needs a car to get around! I ride the bus in L.A., not much fun! Why shouldn't we help the qb's family if they need it? They have worked just as hard all their lives to produce that fine young student, football player and man. They deserve it! Should they miss the championship game just because like alot of us, they live paycheck to paycheck? That wouldn't be fair, would it? What if that tailback was YOUR kid and YOU were in that boat?
And finally, to Papa Pete: As a happy USC mom of a daughter who marched with pride, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the thrills and the chills! My daughter's college experience was MORE than a dream come true, it was actually a small miracle she was able to attend such a fine institution. A large part of my own enjoyment of these years (and her's) stemmed from the football games and the outstanding job you did as head coach in leading us from triumphant victory to triumphant victory. These are memories I hold very dear and will forever treasure. BEST OF LUCK to you in your third attempt at the NFL, though I feel very strongly you won't need it. Your warmth, wit and character have come shining through in your stint here at dear old USC. I'm sure you'll only shine brighter in Seattle! Who knows, I might even miss you so much, I'll ditch da Bears! FIGHT ON, PETE & thanks!