Football Players Behave Badly and that’s NEWS?

September 16, 2014

By Cole

Earlier this year, the media couldn’t report enough about racism in basketball, as if nothing else in the world mattered. Now it’s off-the-field brutality in football.

Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice clocked his fiancée in an elevator, knocked her out, and dragged her off like some caveman, and it was all caught on tape.

It wasn’t until video of the actual punch leaked out that the NFL’s male brass were shamed into meting out some actual discipline against Rice.

Rice is now unemployed, the woman he socked is now his wife, and she blames everybody for embarrassing and humiliating them. But if Mrs. Rice thinks her husband’s aggression was a one-off and she’s willing to risk getting decked again the next time she pisses him off, who are we to judge?

Rice being exposed as a batterer has sent football’s skeleton’s flying out of the closet. I’ve seen so many reports of NFL players raping and beating women and children, I can’t begin to count or keep them all straight.

These are brawny guys who train every day to be vicious brutes on the field. It’s disingenuous to be shocked when they practice their lethal skills off the field.

It’s like being surprised when a pit bull who’s been raised to win dog-fights chews up a baby.

If anybody should be shocked, it’s the players themselves. The public LOVES watching them be savage. That’s football. Men crashing in to each other to inflict as much pain as possible, while leaving everyone intact enough to stand up and do it again.

For a handsome living, these guys willingly get their brains scrambled and their bodies broken. Why is everyone stunned when they become unable to discern their “enemies” in the game — the pretend war — from their “enemies” in reality? Why do we expect them to be able to switch their inner bully on and off?

All you football fans who claim to be appalled by these abusive players’ behavior have only yourselves to blame. Your ticket purchases finance their lessons in assault, and your cheers and adulation egg them on to commit it.

If you don’t like the result, then find a less bloodthirsty sport to squander your weekends on.


Obama and the ISIS Double Standard

September 11, 2014

By Cole

After two grisly beheadings, President Obama has finally stopped dithering and plans to swat at ISIS with air strikes and squander more money and men to train local troops and rebels who, at any moment, might toss their American-made weapons to ISIS and run like little girls.

It wouldn’t matter if Obama decided to send 300,000 ground troops to rampage through Syria and Iraq (again). Ten years from now, a fresh generation of twisted Muslims will still be committing mayhem.

The only real fix here is for Muslims in the region to decide enough’s enough, unify against their own lunatic fringe, and stamp it out themselves.

But when do Muslims ever do that? Never. Instead, they just follow our lead.

The U.S. has no grounds for complaint about ISIS when we tolerate — legally sanction and even glorify— terrorism just as brutal right here at home.

Reading excerpts from Obama’s speech today, I got a hearty laugh at these priceless gems:

“We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are.”

“This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Buddy Boy, where have you been? Look out the White House windows. Our streets run red, too. Our terrorists are “Defenders of the 2nd Amendment.” Newspapers across America chronicle their atrocities every day. They’re a band of thugs, sane and insane, armed to the teeth, who may randomly mow down adults, children, and pets in their homes and in public places.

NOBODY is safe from being senselessly killed anywhere, any time.

How is this any different from what ISIS does? Are you saying one man cutting off another man’s head is worse than a 9-year-old girl blowing off her shooting instructor’s head with an Uzi?

And here it’s all perfectly legal. Our terrorists only face penalties if they get caught and their attorneys can’t lie well enough to convince a judge and jury they DIDN’T do it.

Why are we in a lather about ISIS when, if they were here, they could get their hands on assault weapons and continue killing, with the added assurance that a good chunk of the population would just shrug it off and defend their right to be armed?

The world is in a sorry state when civilized nations with good reason to fear ISIS look to the United States for leadership in confronting irrational evil.


Jury Didn’t Fall for McDonnells’ Farcical Defense

September 5, 2014

By Adele

Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch said it all.

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Virginia’s previous governor, Bob McDonnell, and his wife, Maureen, got the ultimate smack-down from the people they were chosen to serve, convicted on every felony charge of corruption and obstruction of justice.

In 2009, Virginia voters were subjected to an ad campaign where McDonnell tried to pass his family off as 21st century Cleavers, only to watch him on the witness stand today flaying his wife alive in a futile attempt to save his own neck.

That Maureen sat in court for 5 weeks listening to herself being vilified by her husband and nearly every witness for the prosecution AND defense only reinforced her willing complicity in the sham defense, which was that she hates Bob so much, they couldn’t have possibly conspired in corruption.

What was more disgusting than seeing their unbridled sense of entitlement exposed was their cynical pact to convince the world they’re estranged, even as evidence piled up that Bob reveled in the perks of his wife’s indecent liaison with businessman Jonnie Williams every bit as much as she did.

Yeah, you read that right. No one dared say it during the trial, but what do we look like? Kittens? I don’t believe there’s any way Maureen felt free to milk Jonnie every time she wanted some cream unless she believed she’d earned it. And servicing Maureen was the surest and cheapest thing Jonnie could do to keep her coming back for more until he got what he wanted.

McDonnell’s lawyer keeps insisting, “Jonnie got nothing from Bob.”

Baloney. Perhaps nobody else would touch Jonnie’s dodgy tobacco-based miracle cure, Anatabloc, but Jonnie got plenty — if the devotion of a pathological “nutbag” could be considered a reward.

In the end, Jonnie walks away with immunity from prosecution for anything, and the McDonnells get sentenced in January. They face 30 years in the slammer, but “experts” say they may do 2-5 years tops, or get the whole mess thrown out on appeal.

Bob and Maureen separately sobbed in the courtroom as all their guilty verdicts were read. But it probably wasn’t out of remorse for what they’d done, but for seeing the door of opportunity to continue doing it slammed in their faces.

They’ve dragged Virginia through the mud with their trailer-trash behavior, and insulted Virginia’s intelligence in how they tried to justify it. They deserve the harshest penalty the court can throw at them.


Congratulations to Bourdain, Parts Unknown

August 26, 2014

By Karen

Last weekend, something I was watching on TV had an ad for the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony, and for a split second, I saw Anthony Bourdain on stage accepting an award. It was supposed to air August 24 on FXM, but I scoured Comcast and couldn’t find that channel ANYWHERE.

I HATE Comcast so much…

Anyway, it looks like out of their 7 nominations, Parts Unknown won only for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Admittedly, that was the biggest honor, but they tied with HBO’s Vice for it.

Once again, Bourdain’s writing was passed over, with COSMOS getting that Emmy.

For Outstanding Host (for The Taste), he lost to Jane Lynch of Hollywood Game Night.

Anyway, Cats Working gives Bourdain and the ZPZ team 12 paws up on their well-deserved win!

BONUS: Yesterday I came across a meaty interview Bourdain gave SBNation about his newfound MMA obsession and other wide-ranging topics. It’s classic.

That one led me to a joint interview with Ottavia that’s an oldie, from around Christmas 2013, but a goodie. Ottavia never fails to liven things up.


Shame on ‘CBS This Morning’ RE: Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

By Karen

Thankfully, it’s not often I wake up to news so unexpected it leaves me stunned. My heart can’t take it. But it happened today when I learned that Robin Williams died at age 63 by apparent suicide.

When I turned on the TV, Matt Lauer was already into full sensational video obit mode on the Today Show, so I switched to CBS This Morning.

CBS happens to be the last network Robin Williams worked for. Just last season, he starred in The Crazy Ones, his first foray into TV sitcom since Mork and Mindy.

I watched every episode of The Crazy Ones because it starred — ROBIN WILLIAMS!

OK, it wasn’t the funniest, but Robin had good chemistry with his on-screen daughter, Sarah Michelle Gellar. From the outtakes closing every episode, it seemed they were leaving most of Williams’s improv skills on the cutting room floor.

My sense was that the rest of the much-younger cast kept pinching themselves over the chance to work with ROBIN WILLIAMS, and I believed the show would gel in its second season, after maybe some tweaks.

But CBS didn’t give Robin a chance to fix it. They pulled the plug on ROBIN WILLIAMS after one season, in a mind-blowing lack of faith that he would ever deliver.

After that, we read reports that Williams was depressed and checked himself into rehab. And now he’s dead.

And today Charlie Rose and Nora O’Donnell had the GALL to sit there, running clip after clip of Williams’ career — but not ONE from The Crazy Ones.

At one point late in the show, Nora mentioned The Crazy Ones, but Charlie quickly steered her away before she said too much.

Nora also said Williams was one of her favorite interviewees, and they showed a recent blip of him at the table — obviously there to plug The Crazy Ones — but they never mentioned that part.

NOBODY said a peep about the CBS cancellation, even though the sitcom’s “failure” undoubtedly weighed on Williams’ already-shaky confidence and self-esteem.

Way to go, CBS, you fucking cowards. Wail and moan over the loss of a great talent — whom you kicked to the curb like so much garbage just a few months ago. Go claim your spot in the journalistic sewer with the Today Show.

PS: Buried below a bunch of other stuff, I found that CBS did slip that last Williams CBS interview about The Crazy Ones on their website. Too little, too late.


Maureen McDonnell Learns Karma’s a Bitch

August 11, 2014

By Adele

If you smell toast burning, it’s former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen as their corruption trial begins its third week.

We’ve heard from Jonnie Williams, the businessman at the center of it, who lavished cash and expensive gifts on the whole McDonnell family to buy endorsements for his tobacco-based dietary supplement, Anatabloc. Now Jonnie feels cheap and used.

We’ve also seen a parade of staffers who still seem to like Bob, but have nary a kind word for Virginia’s first lady.

Maureen’s been called a “nutbag” and a “screamer” who sometimes got so out of control, the governor’s security guys would come running to make sure Maureen wasn’t battering anybody.

She’s been accused of “insane ranting” when denied Williams’ gifts.

In pushing untested and unproven Anatabloc, Maureen went so far as to suggest to Ann Romney during the last presidential campaign that Anatabloc might cure her multiple sclerosis.

And Maureen was furious when she wasn’t given a paid directorship on Star Scientific’s board. She saw no conflict of interest.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has been on top of things, compiling a list of the evidence. Pictures of our Governor Gone Wild (some probably taken by Maureen) are worth checking out.

Many testifying who worked closely with the McDonnells say they had no idea to what extent Williams was being bled until they read it in the paper last year. Even the former chairman of Star was stunned when Williams finally ‘fessed up about how he’d been trying to buy off the governor.

Jon Stewart recently did an hilarious, spot-on segment, “The Giving Spree,” that explains it all. You may think it’s over the top, but it’s all true. You can’t make this stuff up.

And in the most bizarre twist yet, Maureen’s defense lies in proving she was totally enamored with Jonnie — who denies an affair, or even that he knew Maureen had the hots for him. They’re claiming Maureen hated her husband Bob SO MUCH, there’s no way she would have conspired with him to milk Jonnie for all he was worth.

She’s already destroyed Bob’s once-promising national political career. Why not throw him under the bus and run him over a few times now?

Bob’s only hope may be a sympathetic jury who recognizes the real criminal. If they’re unable to send Maureen to jail because she wasn’t an elected official, they may let Bob walk because he’s already got time served — as that monster’s husband.

Impossible as it may seem, the McDonnells have made Eric Cantor’s douchebaggery seem bush league when it comes to humiliating Virginia.


As the McDonnells Turn

July 31, 2014

By Adele

Cats Working smelled a rat when Virginia’s former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were indicted on 14 felony counts of corruption, primarily stemming from Maureen’s cozy relationship with Jonnie Williams, Sr., CEO of Star Scientific.

My prediction that skeletons would fall out of the closet has come to pass.

The trial began this week, and in his opening statement to jurors, Maureen’s lawyer said Maureen had a “crush” on Williams and considered him her favorite “playmate.”

It also came out that Maureen thought herself so neglected, she hated her husband, the governor.

During their indictment, the McDonnells held hands and put up a united front, but a judge has since refused to separate their trials. Now they come and go from court separately and sit apart with their own lawyers.

Maureen has refused to testify on Bob’s behalf, which isn’t surprising. Bitter, vindictive shrew seems the role she was born to play.

Jonnie Williams has been among the first witnesses, and he’s singing like a nightingale. He has broad immunity, apparently even from prosecution on unrelated financial crimes he may have committed.

In addition to landing her husband in the soup, Maureen helped Williams out of his job. Star asked him to step down as CEO, packed up and moved HQ from Virginia to Florida, and changed its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals.

Williams is maintaining that he considered his relationship with the McDonnells purely business.

But before that, Williams’ former assistant, Jerri Fulkerson, testified, and the prosecution asked her point-blank if she suspected something more than business between Maureen and Williams. But the defense objected and Fulkerson didn’t have to answer.

That’s really the crux of the matter. Maureen’s reputation is already in shreds. She’s not an elected official. It was no crime for her to take a lover and expect him to lavish gifts on her and her family — if he was idiot enough to do it. Why pussy-foot around?

What may stick in Maureen’s craw now is Williams dispelling any doubt that he exploited her craving for attention to get to the governor.

What’s unclear is why anybody expects us to believe that Williams considered traveling to NYC and elsewhere with another man’s wife and dropping $20K on clothes and jewelry for her “business.” But he totally drew the line at performing a quick little act that would cost him nothing, yet cement their bond and probably make her feel obligated to help him get in good with the governor?

Did we all just fall off the turnip truck?

It appears that Bob McDonnell maxed out, and possibly overstepped, Virginia’s lax laws on accepting gifts, and turned a blind eye when his wife started acting like a cross between Lady Macbeth and a Desperate Housewife.

The sad fact is that Maureen may very well walk out of court a free woman, while Bob McDonnell gets dragged off to jail as the dupe for her execrable conduct.


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