Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chris Wallace BLASTS 'Dicey Politics' Of Netanyahu Sneaking In To Address Congress

"Why can't  we be friends?"
I just had a fall out my chair moment.


Fox news disses GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner for inviting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- on a sly-tip -- to address Congress without following protocol of notifying the White House.

First a lil background info:

 House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting the White House, an apparent challenge to President Obama's policy on negotiations with Iran.

Netanyahu accepted the offer and will address a joint session on Feb. 11, according to a congressional aide who spoke on background because the Israeli Embassy has not yet made a public announcement.

Boehner, R-Ohio, asked Netanyahu to address the threats posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions and the rise of the Islamic State. The invite came a day after the president's State of the Union Address in which Obama warned Congress against enacting new economic sanctions against Iran.

"New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies, and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again," Obama said Tuesday. "It doesn't make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress."

Now watch the Fox News video in which Fox analyst harshly critiques Boehner actions:

Dang, John Boehner, you know you ran afoul when even Fox pulls your card.

On another note: Rob Lowe (you way-out your punching weight class)
stay out of grown folk business until you get some background facts. #thegameisplayedatahighlevel

New England Astericks? Facts don't lie.

Partners in crime?
Football aficionados and even casual fans are asking from East to West and North to South:

Is the epic success of Bill Belichick and the New England organization forever tainted?

The Belichick era track record speaks for itself:

The Patriots were aided by the highly controversial Tuck Rule (one of the worst call in NFL history), Spygate; and now Deflategate.

Just think:

Homerun records by Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire are viewed as illegitimate in the court of public opinion because of alleged steroid abuse -- that unfair competitive advantage thing. Accordingly, these baseball mega-stars are overtly ignored by the baseball Hall of Fame.

Cheating is cheating.

Likewise, the accomplishments of the Belichick/Brady era should have asterisks because of over a decade of blatant cheating by this organization.

As one sports reporter write:

I see no other way to reasonably interpret this other than to conclude that the Patriots, as an organization, have repeatedly cheated their way to victories.  We don't know yet who knew and did what and when -- but come on -- this is ridiculous.  

At a minimum, these scandals have tarnished the legacy of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization.

Some Pat fans and Belichick apologist claim this latest brouhaha is much ado about nothing. They label Pat haters as jealous and poor sports. I fervently disagree because, once again, cheating is cheating and the facts don't lie.

Check out this unreal fact regarding how infrequently NE fumbles -- remember a deflated ball allows for a firmer grip -- compared to the rest of the league.

I immediately noticed something that cannot be overlooked: the issue with ball security and fumbles.  Then I remembered this remarkable fact:

The 2014 Patriots were just the 3rd team in the last 25 years to never have lost a fumble at home!  The biggest difference between the Patriots and the other 2 teams who did it was that New England ran between 150 and 200 MORE plays this year than those teams did in the years they had zero home fumbles, making the Patriots stand alone in this unique statistic.

Based on the desire to incorporate full season data (not just home games, as a team theoretically bring “doctored footballs” with them on the road) I performed the following analysis:

I looked at the last 5 years of data (since 2010) and examined TOTAL FUMBLES in all games (as well as fumbles/game) but more importantly, TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS RUN.  Thus, we can to determine average PLAYS per FUMBLE, a much more valuable statistic.  The results are displayed in the chart below.  Keep in mind, this is for all games since 2010, regardless of indoors, outdoors, weather, site, etc.  EVERYTHING read entire article

The NFL has served as Belichick's co-enabler. For spygate, Belichick received a metaphorical slap on the wrist compared to the severe punishment of New Orleans's Sean Payton and his defensive coordinator Greg Williams for bountygate. Sean Payton was kicked out of the league for one year and Greg Williams received an indefinite ban.

Belichick, the protected one?

To add insult to injury, the league destroyed all of spygate's evidence, essentially protecting Belichick and the Patriot organization from public scrutiny.

If the NFL continues the look-the-other way policy with NE, they will continue to undermine the vaulted stature and integrity of America's favorite and most lucrative pastime. I, for one, am leaning towards boycotting this year's Super Bowl.

Case closed.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Deflationgate who done it: Belicheat or Tommy B.?

At it again?
The NFL found that 11 of the 12 footballs used during Sunday's game were deflated two pounds per inch below the required level. The league is investigating the matter. source

As we begin the coutdown to the biggest sporting event in our country -- The Super Bowl -- the trending topic or pre-Super Bowl storyline is:

Did Bill Belichick or QB Tom Brady illegally authorize the deflation of 11 out of 12 footballs for an unfair advantage?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paris mayor: "I may sue Fox News for reporting lies" Fox: "We legally can lie"

Fox TV News is back in the news. And yes you guessed it: They are in the news for distortion of news (nice way of saying lying) once again.

Fox, infamous for their right-wing agenda propaganda, is facing a law suit from Paris.

That's right, the city of Paris is upset about Fox reporting the fictitious story about no-go zones areas in the city:

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday that she may sue Fox News because the network "insulted" the city with its coverage of "no-go zones" that are supposedly only for Muslim residents.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Ted Koppel: Fox News is bad for America

Yesterday I had the fortunate to bump into former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel -- a very warm, engaging and gracious man (I'm waiting for that new book).

As an fellow journalist, I consider Koppel to be the gold standard of this once honorable profession. Unfortunately -- on a national level -- he is among a dying breed.

With our feed the beast 24/7 news cycle, we have created space for far too many blowhards of all political stripes. These soapbox reporters have muddied the water and stripped away most of the integrity of the industry.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Stuart Scott: Class and Swagger Personified -- RIP

Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor and reporter whose catchphrases became part of the American popular sports vernacular for the past two decades, died Sunday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49

Scott is survived by his two daughters, Taelor, 19,and Sydni, 15, the latter of whom joined him onstage at the end of his ESPYs speech after he asked her to "come up here and give dad a hug because I need one. source

Ask any stand-up comic, comedy is divided into two distinct eras of BR and AR: before Richard Pryor and after Richard Pryor. Pryor is credited with transforming the landscape of comedy.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Obama: A good closer?

There has long been a pattern to Barack Obama’s political career on the national stage. There are moments of soaring moral clarity and inspiration; there are long periods of drift or laziness (not my word) or passivity; and there are often very good fourth quarters.

Read the whole story at The Dish 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Obama: "A new beginning for US and Cuba" and Sen. Marco's run for the highest office

PBO is not finished, no lame duck president here, he is still adding to his ever impressive and growing resume:
  • Economy  humming along and adding 200,000 plus new jobs for several months
  • Unemployment cut to 5.8%
  • Cheap gas -- always a holiday season plus
  • Dow Jones at all time highs
  • Historic climate treaty with China
  • Economic sanctions hitting Russian President Putin where it hurts the most -- the wallet
  • Forbes Magazine naming him the best modern era economic president -- sorry Ronnie, the Forbes index has Obama surpassing you with ease.