It's my MARKet, so I'm gonna share......Considering that major party political conventions are scripted down to the last iota of hairspray, I am still astonished at what occurred in the last hour of the Republican convention just prior to the crowning of Mitt as their candidate. Clint Eastwood came out and gave the most surreal speech maybe ever seen on live TV. I don't know if he was supposed to ad-lib, if the teleprompter broke or if he just plain lost his mind, but his rambling, stammering and at times incoherent presentation, which included comments to an invisible President Obama, had to have leaders of the Republican party aghast. This could not have been the introduction to Mitt Romney they wanted. I am not sure what part of it was more frightening - That Clint was speaking to an empty chair or that the chair was responding. Clint isn't worried about the reaction though, he already has his next few movies lined up: The Good, The Bad and The Ottoman will be followed up by The Benches of Madison County, The Loveseat Josey Wales and High Stool Drifter......Just prior to the Republicans taking over Tampa, I lost count of how many of them shared their complete lack of basic human physiology, most especially as it relates to a woman's body. Some of these leaders, elected officials mind you, actually made up facts that noted, for instance, women can't get pregnant from rape. This is a party of progress? This is a party of the future? They don't even believe in basic science. The general gist of every speech at the Republican Convention - Less government in your life and freedom for all...unless you're a woman who wants to decide what to do with your own body......Every time I hear a politician telling me that their God wants the country ruled one way or another, or this or that law enacted, I am reminded that the Taliban does the same exact thing. Not exactly a role model I want to see followed.....The joke is, both parties have said that they need the independent voters to win. Yet they both go out of their way to court and highlight the most extreme elements of their parties that alienate independent voters. Alice, welcome to Wonderland.....The Democrats, who hold their convention soon (as of the time of this writing), do themselves no favor either with some of their thinking. Allowing illegal immigrants to sue local governments for false arrest? Fighting against requiring government ID being needed to vote? I'm sorry, but if you are not a citizen of this country who doesn't pay taxes to support this country, you don't get to have any say in who leads this country. And if I have to take and pass a drug test to get a job, where taxes will be taken out to support those on welfare, then I damn well expect those who are getting my money to take and pass a drug test too......This portion of the column NOT sponsored by the following: United Airlines, losing your children when they fly alone and letting you sit on hold with customer service in India for an hour. United means bringing people together, not losing them and not caring. Also Not sponsored by Progressive Insurance. How progressive are we? We pay for the lawyers who are defending those fighting lawsuits brought by our own customers because we won't pay off on claims. Now that's taking customer service in a progressive new way. Lastly, NOT sponsored by Dell. Our hardware techs will tell you it's a software issue. Our software techs will tell you it's a hardware issue. We won't stand behind the repairs we do make and if you have a comment or complaint, please find some other computer to use, because you have nothing but blue screen errors, to go online and tell us about it.......Memo to Amanda Bynes: Taking driving lessons from Lindsay Lohan may not have been the best idea........The world lost a true visionary recently. Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon and who modestly avoided the spotlight rightfully his, died from heart problems. I remember seeing the pictures from the moon and still have pictures of the television showing the event. This was not only a true American hero, he was my first hero. Rest in peace Mr. Armstrong.....Kudos to Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularky and the owners of the Jaguars. Tired of the showboating antics that go on after a touchdown, Mularky has pledged $250 to local charities for every touchdown scored that does not include showboating. The organization will match it, meaning every touchdown can potentially benefit those in need $500. Last season, the Jaguars scored 25 touchdowns, meaning if there was no showboating, over $12,500 would have been donated to charity. I only hope other teams follow their lead and do the same thing. The only way this could be any better is if the NFL would make this a league-wide mandate and then fine those that do showboat $250 for each infraction, so the charities win either way.......I recently had cause to travel to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and besides it being a beautiful city, the folks there may have been the most polite, accommodating and courteous anywhere in the country. Visit there and see for yourself........So the rover Curiosity landed on Mars and beamed back photos in about seven minutes. NBC covered the Olympics and beamed back photos of events six hours after they occurred. Pretty sure London is closer than Mars.......OK, I've shared. Now it's your turn. Agree? Disagree? Share the joy with your friends. Share the outrage with your family. Have at it. See you next month.
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