Kanye West writes a book he won’t read.

Read a book?  Im too COOL to read a book.

Read a book? I'm too COOL to read a book.

I’m a fan of a few Kanye West songs, but most eveything else about the guy annoys me, not the least of which is his mistaken belief that he is a genius.

When he said, “George Bush doesn’t like Black people” I gave him a “right on, brother,” but all that proved was even a blind squirrel can find a nut.

West’s first three albums were titled The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation, but apparently he’s not a fan of reading.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rapper Kanye West does not read books or respect them but nevertheless he has written one that he would like you to buy and read.

The Grammy Award winner, known for his No. 1 albums and outspoken statements on everything from racism in America to the banality of Twitter, is the co-author of “Thank You And You’re Welcome.”

His book is 52 pages — some blank, others with just a few words — and offers his optimistic philosophy on life. One two-page section reads, “Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!” Another page reads “I hate the word hate!”

“This is a collection of thoughts and theories,” West, 31, said in an interview about his spiral-bound volume, which was written with J. Sakiya Sandifer.

Reuters

Woo-hoo!  Kanye West has thoughts.   Dumb thoughts.  Stupid thoughts.  Ignorant as hell thoughts, but he’s got thoughts and he wants your $10 bucks for his bullshit non-book that so weak he needed a CO-WRITER to finish it.

Kanye thinks books like this are the enemy.

Kanye thinks books like this are the enemy.

I’m saddened, but far from surprised.

Kanye West is just a symptom of a bigger disease: the glorification of stupidity and ignorance. It’s bad everywhere and worse in the Black community where speaking proper English and having aspirations beyond being a rapper, basketball player or mommy gets a kid branded as “acting White.”

It doesn’t make the evening news and nobody’s marching about it. The fact there’s a Black man in the White House hasn’t altered the fact that intelligence and accomplishment is being derided and failure and dependency is being lauded.

If you can always blame your shortcomings and setbacks on somebody else you never have to take responsibility for changing your life.

I wonder how Kanye West would respond to this:

On criticism:
“Certain people tell us that we are picking on the poor. Many of those who accuse us are scholars and intellectuals, upset that we are not blaming everything on white people as they do. Well, only blaming the system keeps certain black people in the limelight but it also keeps the black poor wallowing in victimhood.”

On raising children:
“All black parents can do right by their children, and all black children can succeed. There is no reason why not.”
“Use standard English when you have your kids together, not Black English. They’ll hear enough of that in the streets…Watch the movie My Fair Lady. All cultures discriminate against people who have not mastered the standard language, and when race is involved, it is all that much harder for a nonstandard speaker to feel competent or even at home in the culture.”

On the media:
“Some of the most negative images of African Americans on TV and in the movies seem to be the most popular among young people—black and white. With both good and bad media out there, you have to help select media for kids that will support their successes and suppress their urge to give up or drop out.”

On black men:
“Gangsta rap makes our young people tough, but not so tough they can walk through prison walls. It can jazz them about sex, but it can’t begin to make them a good father. No matter how often, or how publicly they grab their crotches, crotch-grabbing isn’t even going to get them a bus ride downtown.”

“When all is said and done, the black child is our future. It’s time for us men to think of the future, to straighten out our acts, to say to ourselves, I am more interested in raising my child than any other issue I had before. I’m going to behave or get help, but it’s about the child. No matter how useless or hopeless a father may think he is, his role is simply to be there. If he makes that commitment, he is a much better man than he thought he was.”

On “victimhood”:
“Sometimes people with a victim mentality feel hopeless and do self-destructive things that make their lives even worse. It is time to redirect that energy. It is time to think positively and act positively. Black communities and families must provide our youth with the love and guidance that keeps them strong and on that positive path. Blaming white people can be a way for some black people to feel better about themselves but it doesn’t pay the electric bills.”

~ Come On People: On the Path From Victims to Victors by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint.

No matter if you voted enthusiastically for Obama or with equal enthusiasm against him or sat it out entirely, the election of an educated, intelligent and articulate Black man was a huge setback for the forces of ignorance, apathy and stupidity that are waging war against African-Americans. But they’re not giving up easily and they aren’t going away anytime soon.

If Kanye were interested in being part of the solution instead of perpetuating the problem he would celebrate, not denigrate reading and the possibilities it opens up for those whom embrace it.

I would hope at some point when he isn’t so immature, self-centered and shallow he would look back at some of the things he has said and done and stop acting like a ignorant child and become a wiser man.

Ever hear of Native Son,  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Color Purple, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, or Invisible Man, Kanye?   No, those aren’t titles of rap songs.  Those are books and if you were so stupidly wallowing in your ignorance, you might know how vital and important great literature is to any society’s culture.

Maybe someone will tell Kanye what Cosby and Poussaint are saying since it’s not likely he’ll ever read it himself.

Kanye doesnt know Prince Harry and Diddy are laughing at his glasses.

Kanye doesn't know Prince Harry and Diddy are laughing at his glasses.

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If you can’t beat her, beat her up.

Relax, Sonia.  Barack's got your back.

Relax, Sonia. Barack's got your back.

First things first.  Unless the Republicans  find a literal dead body in her closet,  Sonia Sotomayor will be the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court when it opens for business this fall.

It’s really a matter of mathematics.  There are 12 Democrats and only seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.   Whenever the mess in Minnesota is sorted out, Al Franken will join the 59-member strong Democratic majority as opposed to 40 Republican senators (though the health of Ted Kennedy and the faltering 91-year-old Robert Byrd bear watching).   Barring a major scandal, meltdown or faux pas, Sotomayor should be confirmed relatively easily.

The liklihood (there are almost no certainties in politics) of Sotomayor’s inevitability is not going to stop Senate Republicans for at least trying to present a show of resistance to her.    In politics, when you know going in the odds are against you, at least look as if you’re putting up a fight.   Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee have to make it look good despite knowing the outcome in advance.

But the Unelected Opposition of conservative pundits and talking heads isn’t interested in lightly tapping Sotomayor with kid gloves.  The have sharpened the daggers and  are looking to draw blood.   They know while they can’t beat  her,  theywill enjoy beating her up.

The opposition has seized upon one sentence uttered by the judge in her 17 years on the bench:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white man who hasn’t lived that life.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor/2001

The gates of hell flung open with the thunder of chest-thumping indignation by Angry White Men (and a few token women and minorities) whom suddenly developed a newfound sensitivity toward racism.  At least when White men are the ones supposedly being discriminated against.

Newt slams Sonia as a racist.

Newt slams Sonia as a "racist."

Imagine a judical nominee  said, ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman’  new racism is no better than old racism. “

“White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw.  Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Twitter.

“So here you have a racist.  You might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse-racist.  And the libs, of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don’t  have the power to implement their racism.  Well, those days are gone, because reverse-racists certainly do have the power to implement their power.  Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse-racist, and now he’s appointed one.”

“She is a hack like he is a hack, in the sense that the court is a place to be used to make policy—not to adjudicate cases, not to adjudicate constitutional law, but to make policy. ”

Which boob is bigger? (Hint: Its not the one youre thinking)

Which boob is bigger? (Hint: It's not the one you're thinking)

“I mean do I want  her to fail?  Yeah.  Do I want her to fail to get on the court?  Yes—she’d be a disaster on the court.”

~ Comedian and drug addict, Rush “the Boss”  Limbaugh

Unfortunately for her and fortunately for us there are plenty of things that we’ve even talked about her already.   I’m telling you, she appears to be a racist.  She said things that are racist in any other context…I would continually bring up this quote of hers, I’d like her to explain that.  It is incredible to me.  There is no one else I can think of who could possibly have said the kind of things she said, if they are reported accurately about the benefits of being a brown woman as opposed to a white man and interpreting the law and nobody can look at that and say that was not a racist, sexist statement that would disqualify anybody else…She is a Hispanic woman and we can’t say anything like this.

~ former Congressman and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo

“I think she is a racist.  I think she decided things based on race.  I think she says that a Hispanic woman, with the experience of being a Hispanic woman can make decisions that a white man can’t make.    I can’t imagine saying that.  That’s like saying Hispanics can’t make money decisions like them Jews.”

— Glenn Beck,  Fox News television host/comedian

If the U.S. Seante rejects race-based justice, Sonia Sotomayor wil never sit on the Supreme Court.

Because that is what Sonia is all about.  As the New York Times reported Saturday, the salient cause of her career has been advancing people of color, over whites, based on race and national origin.

Like Lani Guinier, the Clinton appointee rejected for reverse-racism, Sonia Sotomayor is a quota queen.  She believes in, preaches and practices race-based justice.  How can any Republican senator vote to elevate to the Supreme Court, who, all  her life,  has believe in, preached and practiced race discrimination against white males, without endorsing the Obama-Sotomayor view that diversity trumps equal justice, and race-based justice should  have its own seat on the high court?

I love the taste, but I hate cleaning up afterward, says Bukkake Buchanan.

"I love the taste, but I hate cleaning up afterward," says Bukkake Buchanan.

Down the path Sotomayor would take us lies an America where Hispanic justices rule for Hispanics, black judges rule for blacks and white judges rule for white folks…On principle, Republicans cannot support Sonia Sotomayor.

And polticially, if they do, why should the white working man and woman ever vote Republican again, as it is they who are the designated victims of the race-based justice of Sonia Sotomayor?

Why should white folks vote for anyone who says, “We are against race discrimination,  unless it is discrimination against you?”

MSNBC contributor, failed Republican presidential candidate and occasional  Nazi sympathizer Pat Buchanan

“A few more Senate confirmations of judges like Sonia Sotomayor and America will look like the inside of a Mexican prison.”

— Ann Coulter (10-17-97)

Law professors, former clerks, even respected left-leaning news outlets have all expressed concerns that Sotomayor is not the intellectual heavyweight that Obama would have selected.  What she has is legal experience—as a trial judge, appellate judge, and commerical litigator–she seems to lack in scholarly talent…Sotomayor may have been given preferential treatment because she’s a a Latina woman.  Let’s hope that if she becomes a Justice she doesn’t do the same.”

— Sabrina L. Schaeffer/Townhall.com

“For those who believe in the rule of law, Barack Obama used the words ‘rule of law’ in introducing his nominee.  For those who take his words as gospel even when his own actions are directly the opposite of his words, that may be enough to let him put this dangerous woman on the Supreme Court…The real question is whether the Republican Senators have the guts to alert the public to the dangers of putting this kind of judge on the highest court in the land, so that they will at least have some chance of stopping the next one that comes along.”

“What does it say about her qualifications to be on the Supreme Court when her supporters’ biggest talking points are that she had to struggle to rise in the world? ”

Compares Sotomayor to Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and Hitler.

Compares Sotomayor to Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and Hitler.

“Bonnie and Clyde had to struggle.  Al Capone had to struggle.  The only President of the United States who was forced to resign for his misdeeds—Richard Nixon—had to struggle.  For that matter, Adolf Hitler had to struggle.   There is no evidence that struggle automatically makes you a better person.”

— Thomas Sowell

If you didn’t think the direction of the country could get any worse under the leadership of Barack Obama, you were wrong.

This week, he nominated for the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor – a racist who mocks the notion that judges are merely supposed to interpret the law, not make it, under our constitutional system

Sotomayor is comfortable making such decisions for one reason – she has no respect for the rule of law and the constitutional limits on the judiciary branch of government. In short, she believes it is perfectly appropriate for judges to make policy, legislate from the bench, create new law where none has previously existed.

Need more persuading this woman is an extremist and unfit to be a spectator in the Supreme Court, let alone a justice?

Sotomayor is a member of the National Council of La Raza. What is La Raza?

In reality, La Raza is a racist hate group – a band of “Hispanic supremacists,” if you will, though it is seldom characterized that way…The only real differences between La Raza and the neo-Nazis and the KKK are its wealth, power and level of sophistication.

What does La Raza literally mean? The race. Not surprising that Sotomayor would belong to such a group. Because that’s what she’s all about – race.

Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com

So there you have it.   A vertitable smorgasboard of far-right knee-jerk paranoia and propaganda with little thought and less substance involved.  Gingrich, Limbaugh, Tancredo and Beck all warn that Sotomayor is a mean-spirited, hardcore  racist.   Buchanan claimes Sotomayor is a “quota queen” and “reverse racist” who is waging war from the bench on “white folks.”

As far back as 1997 , Coulter was warning judges like Sotomayor would turn the nation into Mexican prisons.

Townhall.com columnist Sabrina L. Schaeffer suggests the judge isn’t too bright who benefited from being a “Latina woman.”  Schaeffer is joined by her Townhall.com colleague Uncle Thomas Sowell  who calls Sotomayor a “dangerous woman”  and isn’t impressed by her struggle as a young Latina in the Bronx because after all Adolf Hitler and Al Capone had to struggle too.    Proving once again there’s no situation that the shadow of Hitler can’t be pimped to make someone look like a real bastard.

The caliber of many of arguments against Judge Sotomayor are short on substance and  loud on noise.    It appears since they don’t have facts to back them up, race-baiting and distortions will have to suffice.   None of these clowns have a vote, but they hope by rattling their cans they might influence a few Republicans who do.

They can’t win this fight, but they will make a lot of noise before they lose.

Its all smiles now, but Sessions wont make it easy for Sotomayor.

It's all smiles now, but Sessions won't make it easy for Sotomayor.

I’m sick of “celebrities.” Get me out of here!

"Want a date, mister?"

I don’t wanna hurt anyone, but I swear to God, if I have to hear one more damn thing about these “celebrities” that have done little to nothing to celebrate,  somebody’s going to get hurt.

5.   Susan Boyle:   Okay, she can sing.  She really can.  Is that what you want me to admit?   Fine.  NOW GO AWAY!!!  Why in the wide world of sports should I give a hydroelectric damn about some coyote ugly, dumpy, homely, British haufrau who came in second place on a talent show?   YOU LOST!   This is like holding a ticker tape parade for the Arizona Cardinals for the being the second-best team in the Super Bowl.

I’m not hatin’ on Susan Boyle because she’s coyote ugly, dumpy, homely and British.  I’m hatin on Susan Boyle because I cannot turn on the television, log on the net, open a newspaper or draw a breath without someone giving me a Susan Boyle Update I never asked for and do not need.

I wish her all the luck in the world with her future endeavors.   Just get the funk outta my face.   Like forever.

What exactly is so damn cute about overpopulation?

4.    Jon and Kate plus 8:    Okay, so she got preggers, popped out some twins and sextuplets  and now they’re pimping them out for fame, fortune and ratings.   Jon is fooling around.   Kate is being photographed wearing a bikini.    And I’m supposed to care about any of this,  why exactly?

Whenever I see an extended family (which for me is anything more than  two kids) I  smile and think how loving and patient those parents must be and then I go back about my business because as much as I love kids my love is finite.   I’ve got abot enough to spread around to my own two kids and my wife and then I’m tapped out.   I have two children because I never wanted three.

Why would I want to sit down and watch a television show about some morons raising a bunch of cuter-than-hell brats for an eventual movie deal starring  Kate Hudson as Kate and Ryan Reynolds as Jon?

This drek is presently one of the highest-rated shows on TLC or The Learning Channel as it once was known.   What I’ve learned is people love to watch programs featuring other people’s kids.   Maybe it makes them feel better about their own brats.

Not bad for a body thats popped out eight puppies, but not a reason for me to watch the show.

Not bad, but it's no reason to watch the show either.

I understand the standards of being a celebrity aren’t quite as stringent as they once were, but I honestly don’t see what’s to celebrate about the contribution of two twits to global overpopulation.   I’d ask someone to explain it to me, but that would be presuming I actually care.

Jon can go away with his temporary love thang.    Kate can sue for divorce.   That can launch a spin-off show called “Jon Without Kate Paying Child Support for Eight.”

That might work.

3. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt:   I used to want my MTV, but that was when the “M” put the “music” in the “television.”   Now it’s a  just a junk heap of pretty White kids with great bodies,  good hair and higher sex drives than mine.  So of course there’s nothing for me in a show like The Hills.

Everything I know about Heidi and Spencer comes from Wikipedia.   I think they were both on The Hills though it was another nobody, Lauren Conrad that ended up on the cover of an issue of Entertainment Weekly I pitched ten minutes after it came in the mail.   Meh.  I don’t really care enough to find out one way or the other.

Heidi is supposed to be a singer which doesn’t mean a damn thing.   When I’m driving in my car playing “Wherever I May Roam” by Metallica, I’m a singer too except I know I can’t sing.    What Heidi’s  husband does for a living I have no clue besides being blonde, White and pretty like her.

Apparently, they’re both on this season’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here where Spencer recently showed his ass in the figurative, not the literal sense when he knocked a drink out of some other D-lister and huffed, ” Super-celebrities don’t belong in the jungle.   They belong in Hollywood with the paparazzi.”

“Super-celbrities?”

Let that sink in for a minute.

That is definitely a “WTF?” if ever there was one.   Real super-celebrities are known by cute little handles like “Bradangelina” or “Bennifer.”   These  nobodies go by “Speidi.”

I cant do it.  Its too easy.

I can't do it. It's too easy.

There’s scraping the bottom of the barrell and then there’s turning the barrell over and scraping what’s squirming and wiggling under it.   Plus, Heidi says she’s a Republican which proves she’s not even hip enough to be on the winning side of history.

I just realized that I wrote  325 words about Heidi and Spencer and still don’t have a’ clue why they’re celebrities.

2.  Nadya “Octomom” Suleman:   Oh c’mon.  You knew she had to be on any list of celebrities that haven’t done anything worthy of celebrating.    The Octomom is such a pathetic personification of the extremes people will go for their 15 minutes of fame that college students will write their Master thesis on such a relentlessly myopic pursuit of fortune and fame.

The Octomom isn’t a celebrity for a whole boatload of reasons, but I’ve got three why she’s definitely a wrong number.

She’s creepy.   She’s selfish.   She’s greedy.

What makes the Octomom creepy.   When she was just Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Gutierrez she was a normal, blandly attractive woman.

Now she’s the bizzaro clone of Angelina Jolie.

Suleman who says she struggled with mental illness before the birth of her octuplets apparently has had some plastic surgery and lip implants all the better to imitate the pouty-mouthed Jolie.    She recently added a tattoo similiar to one Jolie sports.

She’s selfish because she added to eight babies to the six children she already has.  What she doesn’t have is a job, a husband or any visible means of support.   One child is austic, another has ADHD and a third is developmentally delayed in learning how to speak.   Those three children alone will require considerable time, effort, money, attention and love.    There isn’t enough hours in the day for Suleman to meet the needs of the children she already had let alone eight more.

Oh, and she has the elephant balls to call Kate “plus eight” Gosselin “desperate for attention” and “over-emotional.”

Honey, puh-leeze.

Mommy, you're a hot mess!

How is Nadia Suleman greedy?   Though she hasn’t finished college she apparently has angled her way into a reality TV show.   Her attorney would not confirm how much Octomommy will be cashing in for, but she was seeking $2 million dollars.

Meanwhile, Suleman has taken the initiative and filed two applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the word, “Octomom,”  which she was tagged with by the media.   Whatever she makes from t-shirts,  diapers and other junk with the “Octomom” label should nicely offset the $490 a month she receives in food stamps.

Suleman’s story is both pitiful, disgusting and repellent all at the same time.   People like her used to end up in cheap carnivals as the Bearded Lady or Snake Charmer.   Now they get government assistance and million dollar deals.

Who said the system doesn’t work?  Nadia Suleman seems to be gaming it just fine.   She breeds like a mare and we all get to pay for the privilege of watching.

Get back or my mouth will attack!

"Get back! A baby might pop out!"

1.  Night of  the Living Pop-Tarts:  Britney, Lindsay, Amy, Kim, Paris and of course, Madge:    Remember when your mama told you to wear clean underwear in case you got in an accident?   What she didn’t tell you is if you get in an accident you might lose control of your bowels and kidneys and your clean underwear really wouldn’t make much of a difference.

Well, for the Paris Hiltons, Brittney Spears,  Amy Crackhouses and all the other pop tart celbritards, their solution is to just forget about the undies all together and au naturel.    For the guys who make their beer and pizza money there’s nothing more certain to generate a nice check that a shot of  some ditzy heiress, broke-down starlet,  drugged or drunk singer clumsily climbing out of an Escalade flashing a shot of boob, butt or beaver.

It would take too long to list the various escapades and sexcapades of Paris Hilton, Brittney Spears,  Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson,  Kim Kardashian, Brooke Hogan, Amy Crackhouse, Pamela Anderson, and the grande dame of them all, Madonna,  Suffice it to say one can only bear witness to only so many examples of gratuitous nudity, publicity stunts, alcoholism, drug abuse, anorexia, binging and purging,  faux bisexuality, nip slips, panty-flashes, butt cracks,  infidelity, broken relationships, tell-all books, backstabbing family members, half-assed suicide attempts and just general all-around bad behavior before one either walks away in complete disgust or total boredom.

Ever see a train wreck in slow motion?  Youre looking at one.

Ever see a train wreck in slow motion? You're looking at one.

I’m calling a “time-out” on all the past, present and future celebrities.   Please go home and stay there.  Let me have a  few weeks of peace without  Kim Karadashian’s cartoon ass,  Madonna’s scary man hands,  newest boy toy or Lady GaGa’s coochie all up in my face.

If nature abhors a void, so does the entertainment industry which continually belches and craps out newer and skankier bimbos, bimbettes and himbos ready to titillate and numb us into submission.

Immediately after 9/11 some wondered if people would want trivial and lightweight entertainment again.   How silly of them.   The appetite of the public for junk food for the eyes and ears is limitless and there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of worthless, talentless, and flat out freakish “entertainers” vying for out money and attention.

Eat up.   There’s always plenty and lots more where that came from.

Lady GaGa is one classy broad.

That Lady GaGa sure is one classy broad.

The Blood on Bill O’Reilly’s Hands.

"You mean, I'M the bad guy?"

"You mean, I'M the bad guy?"

The early indications are when anti-abortion fanatic Scott Roeder shot down Dr. George Tiller in the sanctuary of his church it was the act of a lone gunman.   But Roeder had accomplices.   There were others who hated and reviled Dr. Tiller for performing late-term abortions as much as Roeder did. 

“George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.

I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”

~ Randall Terry, Operation Rescue founder

Randall Terry is a nut. He is a radical extremist who does as much harm to the pro-life cause as Osama bin Laden does to Islam.

But Terry’s unhinged ravings are only the most overtly distasteful and disgusting manifestation of anti-abortion extremism.    

Dr. George Tiller: murdered by fanatics.

Dr. George Tiller: murdered by fanatics.

Someone else who needs to be called on the carpet for his reckless fear-mongering is the blustering Bill O’ Reilly who made demonizing Dr. Tiller a personal project of his.    Rupert Murdoch pays O’Reilly $10 million a  year to be his pit bull attack dog against the “liberal” elites in the media and it’s a job O’Reilly pursues with enthusiasm.

Now Murdoch needs to muzzle his dog.

BILL O’REILLY, HOST: In the “Impact” segment tonight, confronting the Kansas doctor known as “Tiller the baby killer.” Dr. George Tiller has performed thousands of late-term abortions for millions of dollars. And some Kansas authorities suspect he is violating the law, because some of the women involved do not have serious medical reasons for the late-term abortions.

O’Reilly loves “ambush” interviews and sent one of “Factor” thugs/producers out to grill Dr. Tiller:

O’REILLY: Remember in Kansas, late-term abortions can only be performed if there’s irreversible damage, physical damage, physical, to the mother. Now because of the seriousness of this situation, we asked Dr. Tiller to comment. He would not. So “Factor” producer Porter Barry went to him.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PORTER BARRY, “FACTOR” PRODUCER: Why are you one of the only doctors who does these kind of abortions?

TILLER: Nice day isn’t it?

BARRY: They call you Tiller, the baby Killer. Is that appropriate? .

TILLER: I’m think I’m going to get in my car and go to work.

BARRY: Dr. Tiller, don’t you think…

TILLER: Hi, is this 911? This is Dr. George Tiller. I am at Edgemoore and Harry at QuickTrip. I’m being accosted by the people from O’Reilly. Yes, and they are preventing me from getting in my car and leaving.

BARRY: You can get in your car and go, Dr. Tiller.

“Tiller the Baby Killer?” Oh yeah, I got your “fair and balanced,” unbiased and objective journalism right here.

O’Reilly and his producers/thugs and experts didn’t shoot and kill Dr. Tiller in his church. Some other asshole can be blamed for that crime. O’Reilly just plays the part of agent provocateur where he stokes the passions and hatreds of physicians that perfomr late-term abortions and then he can sit back, count his millions and claim, “Hey, there’s no blood on my hands. I had nothing to do with it.”

Along with the First Amendment right of free speech comes the responsibility as well. People like O’Reilly love to hide behind the right and totally duck the responsibility.

O’Reilly’s reaction  to Tiller’s murder has been of shock and sorrow—for himself.  He expresses shock that anyone would attribute the   segments his program devoted to demonizing Dr. Tiller for fanning the flames of anti-abortion extremists.   He feels sorry for himself that he is being roundly condemned by responsible journalists and pro-choice groups. 

Of course, I have no idea if the suspect in Dr. Tiller’s murder was a regular viewer of The O’Reilly Factor. Millions of people whom are have O’Reilly trying to set their moral compass and they take him seriously because he has a podium. Never mind if he’s actually making any damn sense or not.

Since 2005, O’Reilly devoted no less than 29 segments on his program slamming Dr. Tiller and invariably it was more rants about “Tiller the Baby Killer” and how he needed to be stopped.    On his radio show he said how he wished he could “get my hands on Tiller.”  Now Billy the Bully is running like a scalded dog from his earlier incidenary rhetoric.   

I am not saying O’Reilly is any way legally accountable for the actions of someone else who decided to kill the doctor O’Reilly branded “Tiller the Baby Killer.”

Morally though, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between them.

O’Reilly didn’t pull the trigger, but  some of Dr. Tiller’s blood is splattered on his thousand dollar suit.

Aw hell, now Ive got ANOTHER reason to pull for The Magic!

Aw hell, now I've got ANOTHER reason to pull for The Magic!

Still the King, not yet a Champ.

“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them.  I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.”

~ Lebron James the day after the Clevand Cavaliers were eliminated in the NBA playoffs by the Orlando Magic

Flex all you want, Lebron.  Even you cant carry 11 other guys forever.

Flex all you want, Lebron. Even you can't carry 11 other guys forever.

  

It’s been a thrill to watch Lebron James do things on a basketball court that most of us couldn’t even in our dreams.   The last second three-pointer he sunk in Game Three was the greatest play  since since Michael Jordan knocked down the last shot in his last game in a Chicago Bulls uniform to win the NBA championship.

It’s too bad he ended his final game of the season looking like a sore loser.

James wears the same number as Jordan and that’s no accident.  He craves both the championship rings of Jordan and his status as the world’s most successful athlete.   Despite his Player of the Year status and carrying the Cavaliers to their best record ever, even King James can’t win playing 1-on-5 over a seven game series.   He got little to no help from his teammates as they had no answer to awesome dominance of Dwight Howard doin’ work inside and the outside shooting of Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Courtney Lee.  

We can’t put it all on him,” Cavs forward Joe Smith said. “He needs some help.”

Jerry West, a Hall of Famer, whose outline graces the NBA’s logo said James is the best player in the league, but without him the Cavaliers would probably be a lottery team.   Looking at their roster it’s hard to argue with West.

Even a king needs a few knights.   Lebron will have to hang the “Help Wanted” sign outside of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland if he ever hopes to hoist a championship trophy. 

We know you have heart Lebron, but wheres your class?

We know you have heart Lebron, but where's your class?

First thing King James might want to do is to learn a little bit about sportsmanship.  

Lebron wanted it all this year.  You could just see it in the way he would almost will his team to wins in Games #3 and 5.   It wasn’t enough and from the way the Magic exposed the deficiencies of the Cavaliers, it probably wouldn’t have been any better going up against Kobe and the Lakers. 

He walked off the floor in Orlando without offering any handshakes or congratulations to Howard and the Magic.   James refused to speak to the media, dressing quickly and boarding the team bus.   It was reminiscent of the same classless act Isiah Thomas pulled in 1991 when he led eight of his Detroit Pistons teammates off the court without congratulating Jordan’s Bulls that had just dethroned them.  

The swagger of the Cavs developed during the regular season was long gone.  In it’s place will come a long summer hoping they can sign James to a contract extension, but knowing he may not as he waits to see if General Manager Danny Ferry brings in some reinforcements via trade or free agency.

We can cut James some slack becaue after carrying 11 other guys for an average of 44 minutes during six grueling games against the Magic, he was probably tired and more than a little royally pissed off. 

In college basketball when the game is over both teams line up and high-five each other.  I don’t know if they are mandated to do so or the coaches think it’s just a good idea.   Either way, it’s a nice way to demonstrate sportsmanship.

But Lebron walked straight out of high school into the pros.  He bypassed the college game and started earning millions while most of his peers were eating out of the vending machine in the dorms.    Along with dorm food he missed out on those little life lessons in losing gracefully.

Humility is not something Lebron has found often he’s had to swallow.  Neither is failure, but after being swept out of the Finals by the ancient Spurs in 2007,  he failed to even get there this year.  So much for a 66-16 season and easy sweeps over the Pistons and Hawks.   The Magic has enjoyed success over the Cavs beating them three out of four times during the season and exerting total domination during over the six-game series.

Lebron will get his championship eventually.  Perhaps in a Cavaliers uniform and perhaps not.   When the time does come that he is hoisting the Lawrence O’Brien trophy over his head, he will truly be the winner he says he already is.  Maybe by then he will have learned how to accept his defeats a bit more gracefully. 

David Sterns wet dream is on hold for another year.

David Stern's wet dream is on hold for another year.