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Monday, November 17, 2014

Lakers Dynasty: Video: The 1987-88 Los Angeles Laker Back to Back: The Lakers Become the Team of the 1980s


This post was originally posted at FRS Citizen Journal on Blogger

The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s were a great dynasty for several reasons and more reasons because they had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin Johnson and Pat Riley as their head coach and Jerry West as their general manager. They had the best center of all-time, the best point guard of all-time, one of the best head coaches of all-time in Pat Riley, one of the best executives of all-time in Jerry West. And a great chief executive in Jerry Buss, again one of the best ever. All these people are Hall of Famers and in Jerry West a Hall of Famer as one of the best players of all-time as well as one of the best general managers of all-time.

And you add in James Worthy another Hall of Famer and a guy who played both small forward and power forward at 6'9 225 pounds the size to play both positions and you throw in their fast break, I believe the best ever with their ability to defend, rebound, run the floor. Kareem, Magic, Riley and their fast break is what they are known for, but these are just some of the reasons why they were a great dynasty. 

You had Jerry West putting the teams together, Pat Riley leading the teams and then Kareem and Magic, both two of the best players of all-time not just at their positions and you can make a good case for both of them that they are the best basketball players of all-time period as their lead players, with Worthy backing them up, who on most other teams in the NBA would be the best player on the team, but since he played for the Showtime Lakers he was the third best player.

The Showtime Lakers had three of the best players in the league all on the same team with the best head coach in the league at least at the time in Pat Riley with their three franchise players. One or two of them even could have a bad game, not in a championship game, at least not two of them and the Lakers could still win. Because two or just one of them was great enough to pick up the slack for one or two players. The Celtics back then were the only other team in the NBA that had that.

With all that, that's still not enough to be NBA champions, that's most of the pieces, but not all of them. They had great role players as well, Byron Scott great outside shooter and defender, Michael Cooper the same thing and with the ability to play both guard positions and small forward. Kurt Rambis excellent post defender, rebounder and ran the floor very well and a great hustle player. AC Green another excellent rebounder and post defender who ran the floor very well and could score a little as well. Mychal Thompson a great third big man, the ability to play both center and power Forward. Could rebound defend, score and ran the floor very well as well.

The Showtime Lakers are known for their fast break, but what doesn't get mentioned is why they are a great fast break team. Back then the Lakers were also one of the best defensive teams if not the best defensive team as well as a very good rebounding team and the best passing team in the league. Their defense and rebounding led to their fast breaks, with Earvin Johnson the best Point Guard the NBA has ever seen running the Laker show. 

But with Kareem, Magic, Worthy, their outside shooters, they were also a great half court team. The Showtime Lakers were like a great movie or TV show with a great producer, director, great lead actors and great character actors with everyone knowing their roles and playing them up to their best ability. Which is why I believe the Showtime Lakers are the best NBA dynasty of all time. 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Anti-Conformist: Video: CNN's Larry King Live, Bill Maher Remembers George Carlin: The Comedian Who Hit Everyone Who Deserved to be Hit


This post was originally posted at FRS Citizen Journal on Blogger

George Carlin isn't my favorite comedian but he's one of them. I don't consider him to be the best comedian but definitely one of them. But he's my favorite satirist and I consider him to be the best ever at that at least the best I've ever heard of, I guess all comedians are satirists, they all get their material from what they see in life. But Carlin to me is a satirist first, a great political satirist and a fair political satirist. He takes on both sides, that alone doesn't make him fair but the fact that he takes on the weakness's of both sides does because he hits people regardless of party where they deserves to be hit.

I try not to listen to political satirists from the right or left, unless they say something ignorant. And then I'll write something about that, making fun of them. Bill Maher who I don't even consider to be a Liberal, he's so far off on Far Left out there Utopian Land or somewhere he's probably my biggest target when it comes to political satirists right now, especially on the Left. Sarah Palin and yes thats what she is, she's a satirist and pretty funny one. But she's may favorite target on the Right. But I prefer to listen to satirists like George Carlin, Jon Stewart, Dennis Miller a real Conservative, Adam Carolla, a Libertarian Satirist people who take on the establishment but in satiric form.

If you're going to take on the establishment, you shouldn't pick on one side and treat them like the Devil. People who are completely incompetent and treat your side like its a God not capable of making mistakes, you should be able to hit both sides when they mess up. Especially when they are hypocritical, perfect example of this. When someone like Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann, both have a future in comedy if they want it. Rush Limbaugh a big fat target, that a blind person could hit would be another one.

When Sarah, Michelle and Rush go off on Democrats for supporting Big Government, whether the Democrats they targeting support Big Government or not, keep in mind when it comes to partisan attacks, facts aren't the important thing. Its what's believable that counts and they go after Democrats for supporting something they are in favor of. Keep in mind when Rep. Bachmann announced her presidential campaign last summer that lasted almost until 2012, two of her first positions were supporting Constitutional Amendments to ban same-sex-marriage and pornography. She's got Big Government written all over her sweet face.

But what separates George Carlin from everyone, is his honesty, bluntness and credibility. He has all of those things, he goes after everyone he believes deserves to be critiqued. Both Democrats and Republicans, as well as Independents and the voters as well. He doesn't blame politicians for the problems in the country. But the people that voted for those politicians and then voted for their reelection. Which is what separates George Carlin from the pack.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Musical Atmosphere: Video: Joan Rivers Standup in 1984: Annoyances in Life


This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Speaking of annoyances in life, how about Joan Rivers. After listening to that performance, the whole damn thing by the way, I feel like I just got back from a Judas Priest heavy metal concert. And I was not only in the first row, but right in front of the speakers listening for two-hours straight. Looks like I'm going to the ear-doctor tomorrow, because I can't even hear myself think. So if this post sounds strange it is because I might not know what I'm saying, because I can't even hear myself think. Joan was very funny, but her act was loud to put it mildly. That is just sort of how she spoke to people and performed.

As far as what Joan was talking about. Filthy people, who likes filthy people especially if they live right next door to you, or worst even in your home. Wait I think I got it, filthy people like filthy people. Could you imagine a filthy person getting on someone for being filthy. That would be like an alcoholic getting on someone who smokes too much. It would be a little hard to put up with without making fun of a the tiny hypocrisy there. But the part of that is funny, is that she also doesn't like to clean, but with the money she had, she probably had her own cleaning crew. So it worked out for her.

Joan doesn't like cooking, so I guess going to her place for dinner meant bringing your own food. Unless she ordered out for both of you, or perhaps had her cooking staff prepare a meal for you. Aging, you know this is going to sound as obvious as saying when you jump in a lake, you're going to get wet. And perhaps will sound easy coming from a guy, especially a guy who is not an athlete or divorced. But if you want to live a long time and I mean really live and not just be alive and do it for a long time, you're going to age. Speaking about facts of life.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gerard Carrington: Video: NBC's The Richard Pryor Show: Richard Pryor the First African-American President?


This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I've never been to Fantasy Island, but now I think I know what it looks like. An African-American President of the United States, not the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but of America in 1977. Sorry, don't believe it, but hey this is TV where fantasies almost look real. Where the good guy always get's the bad guy and where the underdog in most cases always come through and wins the big game or the big battle. And where little unknown people become the heros and save the day.

Barack Obama was a sophomore in high school when this show came on the air in 1977. That failed after four episodes, but not because it was a bad show, but because it was dealing with subjects that most Americans and I bet regardless of race weren't ready to deal with it. I mean the 1970s when we are talking finally desegregating schools to the point that African-American kids were bused halfway across town so they can go to a mostly Caucasian schools in the name of racial justice.

And where I believe a lot of Caucasian-Americans who weren't racist, but thinking it was no longer the 1960s and the civil rights era was over and that things would go back to normal the way it was in the 1950s. And that because of the civil rights laws of the 1960s and the Great Society and everything else, that African-Americans got what they deserved with that progressive legislation and that nothing else needed to be done. Which even thirty-seven years later that sounds like garbage. And what Pryor and others were trying to do was to show more Americans that more work needed to be done.

I'll give Richard Pryor credit for one thing in this skit. If we could have a peanut brain, I mean peanut farmer as President of the United States in Jimmy Carter, why not an intelligent man with perhaps the quickest and sharpest wit of all-time who just happens to be African-American as President. I mean seriously who would you rather have as President, the peanut brain or the intelligent African-American. I think the choice is clear.


Monday, November 10, 2014

The Ed Sullivan Show: Video: Joan Rivers on Dating in 1967


This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I never got Joan Rivers putting down her physical appearance, especially with the style icon that she has become with her own clothing line that I'm sure is worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Is she Raquel Welch, well does it snow in Houston, Texas in July, same answer to both questions. But most women are not Raquel Welch with that great of a physical appearance where they can make women young enough to Raquel's granddaughter jealous of her looks.

But Joan Rivers is sure as hell not Janet Reno either and if she was, the only thing she would be famous for would be kicking the hell out of NFL players with her butch appearance and presence. Actually Janet Reno is famous for putting away tough guys, but in a more legal fashion. I saw Joan as a cute little Jewish blonde, not to get too ethnic, but from New York. With a damn quick wit that comes from that community and city. And never understood why she was always putting herself down. Other than to get great laughs, which she was great at.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Joy Collector: Video: Angie Dickenson on the Joan Rivers Show in 1983


This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

On a personal note and perhaps just the only one. I could watch and listen to Angie Dickenson until it snowed in Miami, Florida. Sitting in Miami, Florida in July waiting for it to snow and getting so tanned and sunburned that I make John Boehner look like the Snowman. By the way, Snowmen aren't real. I hate to break that to you kids and seriously retarded adults. People just make fake men out of snow. Sort how women see fake men as real men and then act horribly surprised when their man turns into a bastard.

But back to Angie Dickenson before I lose anymore followers. Ha, my followers are back already. I could literally listen to her read off of a phone book and go through the thousands of Joe and Mary Smith's who live on Main Street near Bob's Diner and Gas Station and it would sound fascinating coming from her. She has this adorable and yet sexy vibe from her that everything she says and talks about just grabs you. The women could also look hot in pajamas and an orange baggy prison jumpsuit. She has this quality about her that is incredible that is hard to explain that you simply don't see on a regular basis.


Friday, November 7, 2014

The National Memo: Opinion: Froma Harrop: Progressives Don't Need Washington All That Much

The National Memo: Opinion: Froma Harrop: Progressives Don't Need Washington All That Much

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

There's a tiny little state in New England right next door of New Hampshire which is happens to be the Libertarian Republic of New Hampshire and just south of Maine called Vermont. Or as I and a lot of others like to call the Socialist Republic of Vermont. Of course if you are an American you already know that unless you live somewhere thousands of miles from Vermont with no access to any media. But I say this because Vermonters do what so-called Progressives in Washington especially in Congress and so-called progressive activists say they want to do, but never actually get done, but do it differently.

What I'm getting to is that Vermont is nicknamed the Socialist Republic of Vermont because they have the highest percentage of Socialists or socialist supporters in America at least outside of the San Francisco area. And they have been able to establish the polices and programs in their tiny little state of seven-hundred-thousand people or so, that today's so-called Progressives inside of Washington and their supporters have been talking about doing for decades. But haven't had any real success at it at least since the Great Society in the 1960s.

Vermont has single payer health insurance and affordable health care for everyone. They have a pension system that is for everyone. And they have a boatload of other taxpayer funded state-run social services for their residents for everyone. And haven't asked Congress or the Administration for the funding for them or permission to run federal services in their state. Because they already have them at home. Vermont is the perfect example of why Progressives and Social Democrats should embrace federalism. Because they've shown they can enact progressive policies in their state without Washington.

Now today's so-called Progressives who in a lot of cases are really Social Democrats or Democratic Socialists, would be the last people you would expect to be Federalists. If there's anyone who believes in big centralized government, it would Progressives and Social Democrats. The inventors of the New Deal and Great Society. But people with the same ideological perspectives as they relate to both economic and social policy in Vermont has shown how federalism can be used in a progressive way and make it work for everyone in their state.

The lesson for today's Progressives and Social Democrats when it comes to the 2014 midterm elections, is that they don't need Washington to enact their progressive and socialist policies. Minimum wage increases and marijuana reform happened at  the state level on Tuesday. Not at the federal level and states like Vermont, Massachusetts and California have proven that Progressives know how to govern in their states and give people the public services that they want. And that they know how to pay for them and run them.