“De-commit” is the phrase that has been coined for players who commit to participating in athletics at a given school only to back out of the commitment and pledge their skills to another school. It stands to reason someone would manufacture a word for this phenomenon … we create words for everything else. Increasingly, student-athletes are committing to a school only to change their mind (for whatever the reason) and decide to commit and eventually sign with a different school. I have not stumbled across as many pieces on this subject as I would expect to, but this is one from the NCAA’s Web site that kicks the topic around.
Archive for February 16, 2009
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is taking a break from reporting on missing white women and babies to report on her other favorite topic: Gov. Sarah Palin and her family. Apparently that is the topic this evening for Van Susteren’s Fox News show. It is being billed as an interview with 18-year-old Bristol Palin and her newborn child tonight at 10 p.m.
ThinkProgress Has Story Of Pitiful Defense Of Juan Williams’ Stupid Comments Against First Lady Michelle ObamaPosted: February 16, 2009 in Uncategorized
Think Progress has an intriguing story on a defense of Fox News analyst Juan Williams (who made an uncalled-for verbal attack of First Lady Michelle Obama). The defense is weak and really distorts the reality of what Williams said on Fox News as he verbally attacked the first lady.
Former President Bill Clinton Properly Points Out Stupidity Of Republicans Badmouthing President Barack ObamaPosted: February 16, 2009 in Uncategorized
Former president Bill Clinton, during an interview with CNN, pretty much scoffed at the notion that the current economic crisis is in any way the fault of current president Barack Obama. This of course comes on the heals of harsh criticisms coming from bitter Sen. John McCain who was whipped by Obama – like he stole something – in the presidential election. McCain is clinging to this bitterness and showing that all of his talk about bipartisanship was all that: talk. The Arizona Republican has showed us, since the election, that he was willing to say or do anything it took to be elected. The man who bragged about his efforts to reach across the aisle is not only doing nothing of the kind now, but is playing the obstructionist role effectively.
Said Clinton to CNN:
Well first of all, he has reached across, and it takes two to tango. I find it amazing that the Republicans who doubled the debt of the country in eight years and produced no new jobs doing it, gave us an economic record that was totally bereft of any productive result are now criticizing him for spending money. You know, I’m a fiscal conservative, I balanced the budget, I ran surpluses. If I were in his position today, I would be doing what he’s doing. Why? Because the problem with the economy is the housing decline led to the general decline in values. Assets are going down. This stimulus is our bridge over troubled waters till the bank reforms kick in. He did the right thing, he did everything he could to get Republican support. He took some of their tax-cutting ideas.
But if you look at this bill, it is designed do three things. And it does all three. It puts money in the hands of people who need money to survive — unemployment benefits, food stamp benefits, tax cuts. Second thing it does is to give money to state and local governments so they don’t have to lay a million people off or raise taxes. Either one would be bad for the economy. The third thing is it does is create new jobs. Given the Congress he had and the environment and the speed with which they had to move, I think he did a fine job with this.
It is amazing how all of that Republican talk of bipartisanship went out the window right after the inauguration. Democrats worked together with former president George W. Bush (near the end of his administration) to try and make some positive things happen with the economy. But, it appears that show of bipartisanship was lost on the Republicans. If Republicans are as serious as they say, about improving the country, then they will work with the new president to make some positive things happen. As I am sure Republicans are aware, the American people sent quite a strong mandate with the election of Obama and many other Democrats across this nation to prominent spots in the government. So, if the Republicans are going to start pointing fingers, they might want to wait until they’re standing in front of a mirror and pointing at, as Michael Jackson used to say, “The Man in the Mirror.”
Sen. Roland Burris had the support of a lot of people who felt he was being unfairly denied his rightful spot in the United States Senate. And, from a legal standpoint, he did deserve the spot. But, the honeymoon is over for Burris who now is looking bad with the revelation he was approached by the brother of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. In light of these new allegations, it appears that Sen. Burris has some explaining to do. He came into his U.S. Senate seat under a cloud of suspicion and now it appears that suspicion was not completely unfounded. If the allegations are true, then Roland (the man who opted for the don’t-ask-don’t-tell model of concealment) will need quite a few showers to clean himself off.
Here is an excerpt from the Fox News story:
The senator filed an affidavit with the panel on Feb. 5 noting that Blagojevich’s brother, Rob Blagojevich, solicited him for donations to the governor’s campaign before he was appointed, a point Burris never mentioned during his Jan. 8 testimony.
But does the omission amount to perjury?
Only time will tell if it amounts to perjury, but Burris has to come up with some answers to convince a lot of people he is not as caught up in this mess as he appears to be right now.
I’ve always found Tyler Perry to be ain intriguing figure (because of his life story as well as because of his outstanding works). One of the things that makes Perry so effective, in my opinion, is that he has come to understand that (when you have to make a choice) it is better to appeal to real people than to critics. Real people, the ones willing to spend their hard-earned money, have more of a tendency to want high entertainment value and fun while critics have some special button that has to be tapped for them to be impressed (in an almost snobbish way … many times). These critics, however, simply do not get it. Perry understands people. This is part of the key to Perry’s incredible success. This is all from a man who not all that long ago was homeless, broke and struggling to find himself. People (critics) have a tendency to look at Perry’s movies in a negative fashion, but he has made an incredible success of his blockbuster films and his unforgettable characters. I can watch “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” over and over again (and I do). I feel the same way about many of his other films, too, including “Madea’s Family Reunion.” I know that Tyler Perry has been an inspiration to me and has me working feverishly to perfect my novels. Who knows if I can reach the stars. But, one thing is for sure: I’ll never know unless I try.
What is the world coming to when we still continue to push the myth that there is only one rail-thin body type that is acceptable of certain celebrities. Jessica Simpson has been taking all kinds of criticism in the media for her new curvy figure (to normal people she looks hot). Now, I am not normal because I think she looks even hotter … but, that is just me. Still, I find myself troubled by our continued insistence that women have to be toothpicks to be beautiful and to be above criticism for their physical appearance. While closing out my Web-based e-mail, I ran across a story that talked about Simpson’s “curvier figure” that was on display while she was performing in New York at Madison Square Garden. Honestly, I thought she looked as good as she has ever looked. But, I do understand the expectations that women are supposed to have and maintain a certain body type to keep themselves socially acceptable. Those who have been harsh on her for her figure are the ones who need to check themselves. Beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
I have been sitting here and kind of shaking my head at the jealousy that so many people have toward former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick recently was released from jail (after serving 99 days) for his highly-publicized text messaging/sex/lying-under-oathscandal and now is off the unemployment market. Kilpatrick has been hired by Peter Karmanos, who said, “I think it’s worth a chance. If everything works out, we’ll have a very talented person. If it doesn’t, well … we tried.” Most of the critics you hear of this decision by Karmanos will be haters of Kilpatrick (and there are a lot of them). I was one of many people calling on Kilpatrick to step down as mayor after the scandal blew out of proportion and was crippling the city’s image and his ability to effectively get any of the necessary work done for the citizens of Detroit. Kilpatrick stepped down, served his time in jail and must continue to pay for his sins. But, the man does deserve a job. Lets face it, most of the hatred toward Kilpatrick has less to do with the fact that he has gotten a job and more to do with the fact that he has gotten an outstanding (high-paying) job working for Karmanos. I am pretty sure if Kilpatrick was working some place for minimum wage or somewhere just above minimum wage, no one would care what he was doing. Put the jealousy aside and move on. It appears Kilpatrick has moved on and it’s time for everyone else to let the healing begin. Said Karmanos, who has done great work in the city to help revitalize it, “I brought Compuware downtown because it was a good business decision, which it has proven to be. I am hiring Kwame Kilpatrickbecause it’s a good business decision, and that’s it.” We shall soon see what Kilpatrick does with his second chance.
Sen. John McCain has indeed proven himself to be a true maverick (a tag he and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin wore so proudly during the election of 2008). Currently, he is being a maverick to anything resembling bipartisanship. After being soundly crushed in the general election, McCain has gone into pure bitter mode as he has attacked President Barack Obama relentlessly to prove that all of his talk of bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle was just that: talk.