Archive for September, 2009

An amusing company memo about ‘change’

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

One of my sisters sent this to me. I don’t know where it originated, but it sure is funny:


Dear Employees:
As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%. But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead. This has really been bothering me since I believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who would have to go.

So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lots and found sixty ‘Obama’ bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for change…… I gave it to them.

 I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.



Whoopi Goldberg: When celebrities say stupid things

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Ok, I get it: Whoopi Goldberg is paid to say crazy things on The View.

Goldberg on The View spoke about film director Roman Polanski’s arrest and possible extradition to the U.S. to finally face justice after leaving the country to avoid jail time for a 1978 rape of a 13-year-old girl (back when he was 44 years old).

The star of The Color Purple said: “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. I think it was something else, but I don’t believe it was rape-rape.”

She added: “We’re a different kind of society. We see things differently. The world sees 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds in the rest of Europe… not everybody agrees with the way we see things…”

Polanski who was born in France. His father was a Polish Jew while his mother was a Russian with a Jewish father and Catholic mother.

So, it’s ok for a European to come to America, violate our laws and get away with it? Would it be ok for an American to commit a brutal crime in Europe and flee back here since we don’t see things the way Europeans do?

Unbelievable. Nice job of trivializing rape, Whoopi.

One has to wonder what Goldberg’s reaction would’ve been if it had been her 13-year-old daughter or granddaughter who was sexually assaulted.

Furthermore, what’s wrong with all these celebrities defending Polanski? Maybe Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Debra Winger should read the transcripts of what took place.

It amuses me that Woody Allen is also defending Polanski, especially when you consider Allen’s married to his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter.

Kudos to French director Luc Besson for refusing to sign a petition calling for Polanski’s release. Besson knows and likes Polanski but says nobody should be above the law.

Roman Polanski: artist, director, pedophile

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I hear that the now-adult woman who was Roman Polanski’s victim back in the day wants an end to this controversy regarding the filmmaker’s arrest in Switzerland and his possible extradition to the United States to finally face the punishment for the felony conviction he received. Polanski, you’ll remember, was accused in 1977 of reportedly plying his then-13-year-old female victim with champagne and then having both vaginal and anal intercourse with her. (Polanski later pled guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor, which, unlike the rape the victim described in her original testimony, generally covers consenting sex between an adult and a minor).

I give these details because many look at Polanski as the victim rather than as a pedophile.

The woman, I understand, long ago sued Polanski and received a financial settlement. She, and many in Hollywood feel the director should be allowed to move on with his life. Prior to his arrest, Polanski (who has French and Polish citizenship) had been staying in those countries after having fled America three decades ago to avoid extradition. Under French law, French citizens can not be extradited to America.

Polanski is really no different than the other men and women in this country who are convicted of or who plead guilty to sex crimes against children. Except that he had the resources to flee this country and go to another country to avoid prison time. And he had the money to pay off his victim. I’m still trying to understand why he should be given special privileges that other pedophiles aren’t. (If you ever want to hear stories that’ll make you very squeamish, ask a prison guard or a penologist what happens to a child molestor in prison).

Chances are, Polanski won’t do hard time at a place like Folsom State Prison. But I do feel he should have to answer for his crime. Hiding out in Europe and not taking one’s medicine doesn’t sound like the actions of a remorse man.

Yeah, yeah, the judge screwed him over. Please get in line, Mr. Polanski: every convicted felon has an excuse.

At the end of it all, it amazes me how Hollywood so staunchly defends a pedophile who cowardly leaves the country but yet villifies Mel Gibson for his drunken tirade.

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Is it too early to say ‘Wait ’til 2011,’ Houston Astros fans?

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment


Now more than ever, I miss the blue and orange–Houston’s original team colors…

Starting pitching is in disarray, the minor league system’s thinner than a model in a size zero dress and Drayton McLane has no plans to sell the team.

Call me a Woody Allen pessimist, but I don’t see a bright 2010 in store for the Houston Astros.

A slight change to my Bee-Picayune columns

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Space is becoming more and more of an issue in newspapers these days, and I’ve been asked by the good folks at the Beeville Bee-Picayune to trim my columns before sending. So, from now on I will be submitting columns around 700-750 words.

Call it “less is more”.

Funny thing is, I used to freak out when I’d turn in a 1,400-word feature article and would be asked to slice it in half. Sure, I’d end up cutting some segments that I didn’t want to say goodbye to, but I also found myself amazed at how many needless words I’d used.

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Anna Nicole Smith: Yesterday’s News

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

This past Saturday, I went to a tractor and engine show in Clio. You know: lots of mechanical displays and a flea market to boot. I picked up a cross necklace made of horseshoe nails, which was pretty cool. One man who sold t-shirts gave me a t-shirt that read “I Love Torturing Terrorists”.

And many sold countless chotchkies, including an Anna Nicole Smith doll. You know, it’s something they made to promote her reality television series The Anna Nicole Show. I remember watching that show once and seeing her son, her personal assistant, her dog Sugar Pie and her attorney Howard K. Stern.

Smith, born Vickie Lynn Hogan, died a few years ago.

The doll was on sale for something like two dollars.

Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes how a person dies and eventually it gets to where it’s as if they never even existed.

Mini-review of ‘All About Steve’

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment


My wife and I went to a matinee showing today of the Sandra Bullock film All About Steve. You know my feelings: movie critics (and most critics, for that matter) are snobs who are more full of closed opinions rather than what makes for a great movie. So, I’ll tell you what I liked, what I didn’t like and let you, the reader decide for yourself.

We were the only ones in the theater to watch this movie. I’m thankful we ignored the critics who panned it, and I lament the sheep out there who base their movie choices solely on what critics say.

What I liked about All About Steve: Sandra Bullock’s character, a cerebral who has a hard time functioning in the real world, is someone I can relate to. She was very cute and convincing in the role. She was also very endearing. While it comes across somewhat as a romantic comedy, she does not get Steve at the end. But Steve concludes that while he and Mary aren’t compatible, he at least understands her quirks better. It’s encouraging and teaches us that we should be very slow to judge those who are different from us. Thomas Haden Church was also funny in this film, and M.C. Gainey’s brief cameo was nice.

What I didn’t like: It wasn’t as funny as I’d hoped, and the mine scene seemed a little too much of a stretch to create a crisis.

No, there will probably never be an All About Steve 2, but this was a very cute film. Please don’t let the critics ruin your chances of getting a few good laughs.