Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A Celebrity Death, An Execution And New Benghazi Emails
British actor Bob Hoskins, who was best known for roles in "The Long Good Friday" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", has died of pneumonia at the age of 71. Hoskins' agent said he died on Tuesday in the hospital, surrounded by family.
The star won a Bafta and was Oscar-nominated in 1987 for crime drama Mona Lisa, in which he starred opposite Sir Michael Caine and Robbie Coltrane. He announced he was retiring from acting in 2012 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
I admired Bob Hoskins greatly and I enjoyed all of his movies. Rest in peace, Mr. Hoskins.
Clayton Lockett, 38, was convicted of the killing of 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman in 1999. She was shot and buried alive. Lockett was also convicted of raping her friend in the violent home invasion that lead to Neiman's death.
Tuesday night, after the failure of a 20-minute attempt to execute him, Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma state penitentiary in McAlester.
Some of the media is up in arms claiming that Lockett suffered unnecessarily in the botched execution procedure. Perhaps so, but I'm quite sure that as Stephanie Neiman gasped her last breath, her pain and suffering far exceeded whatever happened to Lockett. I have no sympathy for Clayton Lockett.
Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances - where she wrongly blamed protests over an Internet video.
More than 100 pages of documents were released to the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Among them was a Sept. 14, 2012, email from Ben Rhodes, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.
The Rhodes email, with the subject line: "Re: PREP Call with Susan: Saturday at 4:00 pm ET," was sent to a dozen members of the administration's inner circle, including key members of the White House communications team such as Press Secretary Jay Carney.
In the email, Rhodes specifically draws attention to the anti-Islam Internet video, without distinguishing whether the Benghazi attack was different from protests elsewhere. The email lists the following two goals, among others:
"To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video and not a broader failure of policy."
"To reinforce the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
The email goes on to state that the U.S. government rejected the message of the Internet video. The email stated, "We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is absolutely no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the documents read like a PR strategy, not an effort to provide the best available intelligence to the American people. He said, "The goal of the White House was to do one thing primarily, which was to make the president look good. Blame it on the video and not [the] president's policies."
Right before the 2012 election. What a coincidence. "Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is on the run." Really? Come on Barry, really?
The News As I See It: NBA fans in Los Angeles know there's a dark cloud hanging over the Staples Center. But enough about the Lakers. There's also the Sterling thing.
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is in trouble for making racist remarks. Sterling says he has a very good record of hiring minorities. For instance, he always has at least one white guy on the team.
Obama's approval rating has dropped once again. Obama's approval rating is so low that today Hillary Clinton said, "I'll take it from here."
Jamaica is reportedly close to passing a measure that would legalize marijuana. Political analysts are calling it a bold move that could change nothing.
Spanish scientists say they have discovered the oldest reproduction of Jesus Christ. It's a selfie he took with Larry King.
George Clooney is engaged to be married. Another success story for eHarmony.com.
A new study shows that teens who mix alcohol and marijuana are more likely to have a bad driving record. Actually, you can take out the word "driving" and replace it with anything.
A Beverly Hills podiatrist makes his living by giving women the "Cinderella Procedure," a surgery that alters the shape of feet so they can fit into designer shoes more comfortably. One day, God willing, technology will advance to where it's easier to alter a shoe than a human foot.
This Date In History: 1803; France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. 1812; Louisiana became the 18th state in the United States. 1939; U.S. commercial television made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair.The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.
1945; Adolf Hitler and his newly married mistress Eva Braun committed suicide. 1948; The Organization of American States held its first meeting in Bogotá, Colombia. 1975; The Vietnam War ended with South Vietnam's surrender to North Vietnam.
1991; Over 131,000 were killed and as many as 9 million left homeless when a cyclone struck Bangladesh. 2003; Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Picture Of The Day: If you liked eight years of Obama, you're going to love eight years of Hillary.....
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) My girlfriend said she wanted to do it missionary style, so I forced her change her religion and gave her smallpox. 2) There's no easy way to steal a watermelon. 3) I asked the my attorney's secretary if she could validate my parking. She said, "Jimmy, you park real good." 4) The worst thing about wearing a turtleneck is not being able to get up off of your back if you fall over. 5) My girlfriend and I are re-enacting "Titanic". We're at the part where Rose is naked on the couch. I can't draw well. I think my pencil may be out of lead.....and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Pisces - May 30th: The rest of the week may be difficult. but it will be very profitable. Your word of the day is exhaustipated: Too tired to give a shit.
Birthdays: Saint John Baptist de la Salle, educator 1651, Franz Lehár, Hungarian composer of operettas 1870, John Crowe Ransom, poet and critic 1888, Eve Arden, actress 1912, Cloris Leachman, actress 1926, Willie Nelson, country singer, songwriter 1933, Isiah Thomas, basketball player 1961.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: The bellboy, after setting out an elaborate dinner for two asked, "Will there be anything else, sir?" The gentleman replied, "No thank you, that will be all."
As the bellboy turned to leave, he noticed a beautiful satin negligee on the bed. He asked, "Anything for your wife?" The man thought, then said, "Yes, that's a good idea. Please bring me up a postcard."
After discovering her young daughter playing doctor with the neighbors boy, the angry mother grabbed the boy by the ear, dragged him to his house and confronted his mother.
The boy's mother said, "It's only natural for young boys and girls to explore their sexuality by playing doctor at their age." The girl's mother yelled, "Sexuality my ass! He took out her appendix!"
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: One dismal rainy night, a taxi driver spotted an arm waving from the shadows of an alley halfway down the block. Even before he rolled to a stop at the curb, a figure leaped into the cab and slammed the door.
Checking his rear view mirror as he pulled away, he was startled to see a dripping wet, naked woman sitting in the back seat. He stammered, "Where to?" The woman answered, "Union Station" The cabbie said, "You got it," and took another long glance in the mirror.
The woman caught him staring at her and asked, "Just what the hell are you looking at, driver?" The driver replies, "Well ma'am, I noticed that you're completely naked and I was just wondering how you'll pay your fare."
The woman spread her legs, put her feet up on the front seat, smiled at the driver and said, "Does this answer your question?" Still looking in the mirror, the cabbie asked, "Got anything smaller?"
A man left work one Friday afternoon. But being payday, instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire paycheck.
When he finally appeared at home Sunday night, he was confronted by a very angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions.
Finally his wife stopped the nagging and simply said to him. "How would you like it if you didn't see me for two or three days?" To which he replied, "That would be fine with me."
Monday went by and he didn't see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. Come Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.
That's it for today, my little ducklings. Remember, the truth will set you free. That is, unless the truth is that you comitted armed robbery holding up a liquor store. In that case, the truth will get you 10 to 25. I'm going to AREA 51 for happy hour.
More on Friday.
Stay Tuned !