To my mother, Rose, who will celebrate the big day on Friday the 10th.
THE SHAME OF THE YANKEES
Coming from Tampa, I understand that I share my hometown with New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. I've come to accept a lot of the quirks that George brings to the game, be it spending millions of dollars on marginal talent to paying a known criminal to spy on Dave Winfield, hoping to get enough dirt on him to make him quit the game. Being a Baltimore Oriole fan, I really don't need another reason to hate the Yankees. But this week I was shocked at the greedy and embarrassing way the team reacted to the situation caused by Hurricane Frances. A scheduled double header with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was changed to only one game when the team was unable to leave Florida due to the weather. Rather than show some compassion, the team demanded that the missed game be awarded to them as a forfeit. Forget the fact that the Yanks hold spring training in Tampa, or that their best player this year, Gary Sheffield, is from there. You would think that the Boss (Steinbrenner, not Springsteen) would have showed some concern for the players and their families. You would think.
WHY EVEN TRY
I've complained many times about filmmakers who go back years later and alter their films, for whatever reason. Be it Greedo now shooting first in "Star Wars" or a band of federal agents who only possess walkie-talkies, not guns, in "ET," the idea of toying with a classic is disgusting. Hell, when Universal released my favorite film, "Jaws," on DVD, they re-recorded the entire soundtrack. And the movie had won the Oscar for Best Sound! If you recall, last week I noted that rumors had young Anakin Skywalker, Hayden Christensen, replacing Sebastian Shaw at the end of "Return of the Jedi." Well, those rumors have been confirmed. Also, the shoot-out between Han Solo and Greedo in the cantina will make it seem like they fired at each other simultaneously. Lucas changed the scene for the 1997 theatrical re-issue because it looked like Han fired first. Duh! He's Han Solo! Of course he fired first! That's what makes him the rogue space pirate. Trust me, good manners and blaster etiquette do not a smuggler make. I wouldn't be surprised that in 50 years a new version will be released, this one showing Han being jumped by Greedo and a gang of ninjas and FINALLY shooting in self-defense, then breaking down in tears because, DAMN IT, they gave him no choice!
IS THAT A GUARANTEE?
While worrying about how much money he stands to lose now that the Army is going to take away Haliburton's military contracts and put the jobs out for bidding, Vice President Dick Cheney warned that America would suffer another terrorist attack if voters make "the wrong choice" on Election Day. So tell me this Dick, if you and President Bush win the election and our country is attacked again, do you promise to resign immediately?
Speaking of President Bush, he was in my neck of the woods earlier this week. While speaking to an adoring hand picked crowd, the President fielded a question about health care. His reply: "We've got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." Poor bastards!
MEET THE BEATLES - PART 33
September 13, 1969 - Varsity Stadium in Toronto hosts the concert debut of the Plastic Ono Band. The event was a rock and roll revival concert, featuring original rockers Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Bo Didley and Gene Vincent along with current acts the Doors, Chicago and Alice Cooper. Announcing to the audience that "This is what we came for, really," John and the band introduce the world to "Give Peace A Chance."
Well, all for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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