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Indian Republican congressman Mike Pence looked all presidential himself as he and his colleagues hosted the President Obama in an unstructured setting in Baltimore yesterday. Unfortunately Pence didn't distance himself from the others in the room and looked more like a patsy reading from campaign-trail talking points.  What a disappointment.

The president, on the other hand, went into the lion's den and left a room full of kittens.  They went after him with more of the same bullshit we've had to listen to since he took office, and he addressed every fallacy they came after him with.  It was absolutely amazing how Obama handled himself.  He is always prepared and willing to give others their due when appropriate.

The Republicans should be thankful — they came out of that 90 minute meeting smarter than when they entered, because the smartest, most articulate man in the room took them to school.

King of the road

Is it just me or do you find that sometime, "the bigger they are, the stupider their driver."  I'm referring, of course, to SUVs.  What is it about some of these moronic SUV drivers that gives them some sense that they're king of the road?  Bigger isn't always better you idiots, don't you read Cosmo? 

Watched this morning as the Escalade in front of me, with the Michigan plate that began with BXD — yeah lady, you know who you are — crept into the cross lane as we sat at a red light.  We were on Ford Road, which is seven lanes wide, and this moron was way beyond the thick white line you're supposed to stop behind and was blocking the cross walk.  (I know, some of you are saying "so that's what that thick white stripe is for!")  Why the surprised look when those high school kids smacked the front end of your pretty, big black Cadillac?  And that was me behind you that left about 30 feet of space so you could back up to where you should've been to begin with. 

No excuses lady.  If you can't get it together, you should take to riding the bus.

Jay the Spin Doctor

Last time I mentioned Jay Leno, it was a post the day after his first prime time show.  I lamented how poor the production was and how disappointed I was in the show's content and flow.  (Recall this was the show where Kanye West appeared the night after his stalking of Taylor Swift and Jay didn't have the balls to really get into the whole matter.)Zucker

Jay looked and sounded like a big puss last night as he put his spin on this whole NBC programming mess.  The blame for this entire debacle lays at the feed of Jeff Zucker, the network president, pictured at right.  Another moronic move that took the number one prime time network to number three — putting a lame-ass prime time show with Leno at the helm and basically killing some of the network gold in those time slots.  Well if folks bail the poor prime time programming, they don't stick around for local news, which pisses of the affiliates.  If they don't watch the local news, then guess what, they don't stick around for Conan and The Tonight Show.

But what Jay said last night in his spin effort was sickening.  His attempt to appeal to the common guy on the street, as though he was an innocent participant in this fiasco.  And instead of bowing out and passing the baton on to Conan,as he said would do back in 2005 when he first announced his decision to retire and pursue other interests, he hoses Conan by agreeing to go back to his former show.  He should have told NBC to Zuck off.

Leno made mention of his number one rated show for 12 years, passing the baton to Conan, making deals on a handshake, blah, blah, blah.  Let's be real Jay — you inherited the number one time slot from Johnny.  Secondly, you weren't number one the entire 12-year run of your show — I recall Letterman's reign at the top for a portion of that time.  You simply are not "the regular guy" you make yourself out to be.

Conan is a different sort of host with a different following.  Jay attracts yesterday's audience; Conan attracts tomorrow's audience.  If NBC had a clue, they'd know this and stick with their original plan to make Conan their host of the future.  I like Conan because his brand of humor is edgier (maybe 'odder' is more appropriate) and Leno is sort of lame as he reads his monologue from the cue cards.

Don't cry for me,  I'm a Letterman fan anyway.  I actually liked when Conan was on later in the evening because I got to catch both he and Letterman.  But now, at 50, I barely make it half way through Dave's show.  Too  bad for NBC as it will take quite a while to fix what it took less than 3 months to screw up.

In 2010 I resolve to …….

So much for turning over a new leaf for a new years resolution.  If you resolve to have a bright attitude about all that you see, how do your make entries to a site called "I Got Issues?"  If you know me, you know that I see the cup half full all the time.  (Versus half empty for those of you having trouble following.  There — I just did it again.)

The earthquake in Haiti this past week brought out the best in most of us as we struggle with the human tragedy — loss of life, human trauma and just total devastation.  Many of us lucky enough to never have suffered such devastation looked for ways to help — donate money, give blood to the red cross, or say a simple prayer.  And then there were some among us who simply looked for ways to profit from this tragedy.

First there was televangelist Pat Robertson who on Wednesday said that this simple, poverty-stricken country made a pact with the devil years ago in order to free itself from French rule.  "They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the
French.' True story," Robertson said. "And so, the devil said, 'OK,
it's a deal.' "  This is a man of God?  What an asshole. 

Asshole is a nice lead-in into the next moron who, like Robertson, used the tragedy in Haiti to make sure he was front and center, so as not to lose any of the media limelight.  No, not talking about Jay Leno, I'm referring to Rush Limbaugh.  Another loud-mouthed mega-rich moron that spews whacked out view to his idiotic flock of followers.  (I know, the irony of that is not lost on me.)  He also came out on Wednesday and suggested that this horrific event would turn into a political opportunity for President Obama to appeal to both light and dark skinned blacks in this country.  Did the chest pains he got in Hawaii last month while on vacation not teach this man anything?  Really Rush, you were on the doorstep of meeting your maker and even He sent you back — stop hating man.

So I am changing my resolution having to do with not finding fault with stupid people who should know better — that's too hard.  Maybe I can resolve to eat better, exercise, and be on time to all my appointments.  Yeah, that should be an easy one to keep.