Bob's Marbles

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

Mitt says:
"The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion."

Mitch says:
"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president's first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control.
"Now it's time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.

Really Mitch? Somehow, these two notions are at complete odds with each other.  McConnell and the republicans know that Obama already tried this and it got him absolutely nowhere. This is what the republicans were (and are) all about. Not the good of the country. But, defeat Obama.  FAILED!

Don't expect anything different from this government. They are not willing to work together as long as "this President" is in office. This president serves as a stark reminder of an inevitable tide of change that too many Americans just can't deal with.

Four More

My deepest thanks go out to thinking Americans with a memory: who were not fooled and refused Mitt's amnesia pills disguised as candy.  But, the following cast of characters deserves honorable mention for making this election memorable (the order in which they appear does not necessarily correlate to their level of stupidity):

  •  The Birthers
  • Tea (baggers) Party
  • Clint Eastwood and his chair
  • Rudy Guilianni
  • John Sununu
  • Christians for the Defeat of Barack Obama (Yeah, you read right)
  • Donald Trump
  • The Husseiners
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • All the trolls at Fox Noise
  • The Crotch (Koch) Brothers
  • Sarah "Shuck N Jive" Palin
  • The entire cast of clowns running for the Republican Presidential Nomination

If I left you out, I humbly apologize.  I firmly believe this cadre of fools made this victory even sweeter than the first.  Keep it up boys and girls. May your performance in elections to come be equally stellar.

Friday, January 06, 2012

End of an Era

After 58 years, Penn Camera if calling it quits and filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I liked that place. They were a friendly and convenient source for renting photo equipment. They'll be missed

Republicans Just Slay Me

"I will go to the NAACP convention and explain to the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps

Really Newt? You're going to explain to the ENTIRE black community why we should want pay checks instead of food stamps? Really? You, Newt Gingrich, are going to lecture us on the need to earn our keep instead of having it handed to us? Newt, at best, you really need to know what you're talking about and stop pandering to that "element" of the Republican party that's still stuck in the 1950's. At worst you need to just shut you cake hole! It's comments like these that have us running in droves to the Democrats. It'll be worth the price of admission just to watch Obama gut and fillet this tool in national debates.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

In the passing of George Steinbrenner, Principle Owner of the New York Yankees, we witness the end of an era where owning a team meant something a lot more than profits, balance sheets and the bottom line. George Steinbrenner took this to the nth degree. Winning was all that mattered to him. Even if it dug deep into own his pocket book. Love him or hate him. But, you couldn't ignore him. And, it was this simple truth that made baseball (the American League anyway) better. You knew George was going to put a product on the field that was built to win, year in and year out. So, if you didn't want to get run over, you'd better make a move.

RIP Mr. Steinbrenner.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I miss you man...

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Trek Begins

To say that I'm excited about the premiere of this movie would be an understatement. May 8 (rather, May 9) can't come fast enough for me. The revitalization of Star Trek is finally here. And, from what I hear, Mr. Abrams has done a fantastic job!

Friday, February 20, 2009

What the!!!

Clearly the nimrods at the Post (a.k.a, The Rag) didn't vet this cartoon before going to print. Or did they? Maybe I'm being too sensitive. After all, that's very possible. What do you see? I'll leave it up to you.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Epitome Of Cool

"I make this look good!"

Tis a Sad Day: Yankees Deal Melky

With all that's happened since my last post, you're probably wondering why I'd lead off with this story. As a Yankee fan, I'm truly saddened by the transaction that sent Melky Cabrera to the Brewers for Mike Cameron. I still don't see the sense behind this deal. If the Yankees were getting a decent young pitcher in return, maybe. But, if all this was was a tide-us-over-until-whatever (more time for AJax, etc.), keeping Cabrerra, a YOUNG better than decent CF'er, made the most and cheapest sense. I hope this doesn't throw Robinson Cano back or he'll be gone too. Bye, bye Melky. Good luck to you.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Barack Obama: One Less Crutch

It's been quite a while since my last entry. A lot has been happening; garnering my attention. One of which is this years race for the White House. The other is the dismal showing of the New York Yankees. But, that's for another posting.

With the
DNC Convention wrapping up, a thought hit me driving into work this morning. Actually, I won't claim it as my own. We'll qualify it as an extension (of an interview of Maya Angelou by Michelle Marsh). With the nomination of Barack Obama, the first black candidate to lead a major party ticket, I'm left pondering something completely unexpected. The possibility of an Obama presidency gives me a sense of pride and hope I thought I'd never see in my lifetime. It's the sort of anticipation you get when you've had this nagging problem and you've tried every possible solution. And then an idea, so bold, so ingenious, hits you that you don't dare claim it as your own. We've tried it "one way" for centuries and finally, is "this idea" finally stimulating the synapses of the collective American conscience? It makes me wonder if Barack Obama was "sent" for this time? Something we don't dare claim as our own? Who knows. But, one thing his presidency will mean for African Americans is that the one little gripe we've always had against this culture will be gone. That one little barrier, that exclusion in perpetuity will now be removed. But, the question is, what are we as African Americans going to do with this opportunity? One would think that with Obama's possible election to the highest office in the land, we might begin to think more broadly; seeing possibilities we hadn't dared to before. I'd even hope that we can see more for ourselves than that which has been placed on us by us and others. Do we listen to a little less Hip Hop with its misogynistic lyrics and buffoonery? Do we cease the destructive behavior? Do we begin to lift ourselves up at least in our own minds? Do we pass a better sense of self on to our children. Only time will tell. But, with Barack Obama in the White House, there will be one less crutch.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Big Government

I just read an interesting article that pretty much carried my sentiments. In this whole housing bubble/sub-prime mortgage debacle I was wondering about something. People are going to get bailed out by the government. Now, in my mind, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. And, I don't begrudge people getting help. I am, however, annoyed that people and entities who should have known better are getting a bailout as well; i.e., financial institutions and lenders. All they and their officers should be getting is a jail sentence. I also wonder about some of those people in the crowd of home owners who also erred; partly out of ignorance and partly out of greed. I wonder if any of them had a dislike for public assistance and "Big Government". You know the type. The ones that decried federal regulations, Social Security, national health care and public assistance. If you're in this camp, my questions to you are, do you still want a smaller government? Do you still want less regulation? Do you still think the government should be run more like a business?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I Feel Your Pain Mrs. Spitzer

Trust me Mrs. Spitzer when I say, I'd slap him for you if you couldn't bring yourself to do it. What was he thinking? In the position you're in, you've got to be thinking set up. Then again, why would a married man with daughters of his own even need to be thinking about anything except being true to them? I hope they throw away the key on this dolt. I'm even more upset about how this might effect the Democrats in November. "I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my -- or any -- sense of right and wrong. I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family. I apologize to the public whom I promised better," Gosh, you think?!

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Just One Word ...


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

You've Gotta Believe!!!

A picture speaks a thousand words! It was supposed to be impossible. The Patriots, led by Mr. Impeccable, Tom Brady, were supposed to be too good. Well this morning and every morning thereafter for a year, the New York Giants are Super Bowl champions! Good old fashioned smash-mouth football ruled that Super Bowl Sunday!

Go Giants!!!


Monday, February 04, 2008

Not So Perfect

The two weeks prior to Super Bowl Sunday were just plain maddening if you were a Giant's fan. All we heard was how great Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England cast were. They were on the eve of greatness; of immortality. Even Stephen A. Smith, who I find entertaining most of the time, was rooting for the Pats just so Mercury Morris would be silenced:

"I'm telling you, I respect the Patriots if they do that, but right now, they haven't done that. So come to me, like I said, don't call me when you're in my town, call me when you're on my block, and I see you next door moving your furniture in. That's when I'll know you're going to the championship and you're about to play. And if you win it, I'll be dressed up in a tuxedo waiting on my bride."
- Mercury Morris

Well Mr. Morris, you can continue to talk because you're still on that block all by yourself. Well, you and the rest of the '72 Dolphins, LOL. You're still a member of the only team in NFL history to go undefeated! Congratulations Dolphins!! I don't think Tom Brady is laughing this morning.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Star Trek 2008

Oh man, I'm as giddy as a school boy! The next installment of Star Trek is due out Summer 2009. Well, "next installment" is a poor choice of words for what this movie will be. From what I've read, it's really a prequel. It seems to be around the time the original Enterprise (NCC-1701) is being built as you can see from the trailer. And, Kirk and Spock haven't met yet. I'm intrigued by the concept. Yet the main cast gives me pause especially the actor playing Uhura. She seems sort of doll-babyish: not the strong officer portrayed by Nichelle Nichols. But, I'll give any actor a shot at my favorite Sci-Fi genre. After all, I've liked the portrayal of every actor that played a Trek role. So, here's to giving her a shot.