Bob Costasresponded yesterday after taking a ton of flak for his 90-second anti-gun editorial during the halftime ofNBC’s Sunday night football. Costas used the time to say that Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then committed suicide Saturday, would be alive as would Perkins if he hadn’t owned a gun. Most folks slammed Costas for his comments which were mostly paraphrased from a piece by FOX SPORTS columnist Jason Whitlock saying that a football halftime show wasn’t the right place for it. There was even debate on the FOX NEWS CHANNEL about whether Costas should be canned.
Costas addressed the criticism through an NBC spokesperson who said the sportscaster, quote, “feels an unfortunate leap was taken that he was advocating taking away Second Amendment rights. He was not.” Then exactly WHAT WAS Costas advocating? The gun belcher used was purchased legally and he had a permit to carry it. The network went on the back fill for Costas by saying “In a short (on air) time period, he can only cover one aspect of a complicated issue. So he quoted (Whitlock) about the gun culture and an almost Wild West attitude in parts of this country. His is pro-sensible gun reform and pro-attitude adjustment on guns.” Yea, that’s the ticket.
You’re on national TV, Einstein….how about you consider the ramifications of your opinions whether they be in a 90 second OR 90-minute window.
It’s Tolls For Thee
Hundreds turned out for Monday nite’s open meeting in opposition to the proposed toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The overflow crowd at
Portsmouth High School huffed and puffed but it’s unlikely they’ll blow the house down on the decision by the General Assembly to turn the bridge over to the Turnpike and Bridge Authority. The Authority plans to collect tolls to maintain the bridge.
Another meeting’s schedule for Tiverton High tonite at 7.
Irony or Coincidence?
Yesterday morning a seven vehicle crash closed the Sakonnet River Bridge for about two and a half hours. I was asked last nite if that was irony or coincidence. I believe I’m right by saying it was coincidence. Irony would have been if DOT Director Michael Lewis had caused the accident on his way to last nite’s meeting at Portsmouth High.
I hope I got that right.
TWO HANDS ON THE WHEEL, PLEASE
Huron, South Dakota, a garden spot if there ever was one, is the latest city to ban texting while driving…but they’re taking it several steps further. Mayor Dave McGirr says distractions beyond texting will include eating and reading a newspaper.
The ordinance will go into effect at the start of the new year. The fine for texting while driving will be $100 and the fine for distracted driving is $15.
I’ve driven next to motorists who were texting AND eating at the same time here in Lil Rhody. I’ll keep my eye open for the tifecta. It shouldn’t take too long to spot here.
Iron Head Mike
Mike Tyson says he was high on cocaine while filming his scenes for the hit flick THE HANGOVER. He credited his co-stars with helping him thru the scenes and for inviting him back for the sequel despite having to be “carried” through the first one. (To the left: Mike Tyson courtesy of Wikipedia)
Exactly how can you tell if Mike Tyson is stoned?
Coctail Party From Hell
Today’s celebrity birthdays could really produce a hell of a get together.
Model and alleged talk show host Tyra Banks is 39, Rapper Jay-Z is 43, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is 63, actress Marisa Tomei is 48, and Max Baer Jr, that double knot spy Jethro Bodine himself from the Beverly Hillbillies, is 75.
Just Give The Scores
Sportscaster Bob Costasused the halftime of last nite’s NBC Sunday nite football game to lecture the country on ridding us of the 2nd Amendment. Costas quoted extensively from an article by FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock calling for stricter gun control in the wake of Saturday’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. The 90 second segment by the ever sanctimonious Costas ended with him quoting Whitlock saying “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.”
Wonder how the family of Nicole Brown Simpson would feel about that statement?
For the record, the gun Belcher possessed was purchased legally and licensed.
Twitter was ablaze with flabbergasted tweets from viewers most of whom suggested the halftime show shouldn’t be Costas’ private soap box.
Last week it was reported the First Family will take a 3 week Hawaiian vacation costing taxpayers 4-million dollars just as the dreaded fiscal cliff arrives. Now we find out the Obamas have 54 trees adorning the White House. That’s 50% more trees than a year ago.
Last year some 90,000 visitors viewed the White House decorations. This year the main residents of the White House won’t be there for most of the holiday season and the two main holidays.
Atomic Batteries To Power….Turbines To Speed!
The batmobile used on the Batman TV series that aired from 1966 to 1968 will be sold at auction next month. Famed auto customizer George Barris transformed the 19 foot one of its kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the crime fighting machine. It was purchased for one dollar and received a $15,000 makeover in 1965.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
Linc Chafee should have heeded Honest Abe’s advice before returning Bill O’Reilly’s producer’s phone call. Chafee appeared on THE O’REILLY FACTOR Thursday night (taped Wednesday) to defend his decision to once again officially call the tree in the State House and “holiday tree.” The debate was a spirited one with O’Reilly saying “guys like you come in, and previous governors. Come in and say we don’t want the Christmas tree tradition anymore, That’s what tees people off.” Chafee pulled one out of the history books likening his decision to that of the Supreme Court’s ruling 50 years ago that outlawed prayer in public schools. O’Reilly accused Chafee of stirring the controversial cauldron saying “all I’m trying to do is keep the traditions of Christmas that make most Americans happy. You’re imposing your will and making people unhappy in this season of joy. Chafee ended the back and forth by wishing O’Reilly a “Merry Christmas.” I guess what’s ok to say on FOX is taboo at the RI State House.
Chafee just doesn’t know when to let it go, does he?
Bishop Tobin says Chafee’s not with the majority of people on the issue. Well, he did only garner 36% of the vote to get elected. The bishop accuses Chafee of trying to impose his own view on others. He also likens Chafee to The Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately for Rhode Islanders, it’s a tad tough to not pay attention to the man behind THIS curtain.
Shooting The Holiday Bird
No, not the one in the center of the Griswald’s dinner table. The Louisiana ACLU is calling out local police saying they violated a woman’s First Amendment rights by threatening her with sanctions after she erected a Christmas light display depicting an extended middle finger. Sarah Henderson decorated the roof of her home with the illuminated, one gun salute shortly after Thanksgiving. Henderson put up the display after a conflict with her neighbors. I guess it’s easier than teaching a cockatoo to drop the F-bomb.
After neighbors complained, the cops came a callin’ and she soon removed the offending display from her rooftop. The ACLU got involved after an article ran in the Baton Rouge Advocate. The organization then wrote an open letter to the chief of police in Denham Springs.
Coal In Your Stocking
Someone’s not convinced Santa sees you when you’re sleeping. Security cameras have gone up and a locked drop box replaced the old bucket after someone stole cash donations at a Warwick Christmas display to help Make-A-Wish. Frank Picozzi’s been putting up quite an elaborate outdoor display for the past 25 years and when his wife emptied the donation box the other night, a measly 2-bucks fell out. Pocizzi says his display usually generates about 50 bucks in donations nightly and as much as 300 smackers as Christmas draws closer. Now, things are locked up tightly as you’re all snuggled tight in your bed.
Picozzi’s display features 103,000 lights.
Sleep Tight, America
The First Family is reportedly set to take a 21 day vacation in Hawaii on January 2nd. That’s the date billions in spending cuts and untold consequences for the economy will kick in if the “fiscal cliff” isn’t avoided.
According to the Hawaii Reporter, the estimated total cost of the vacation, paid for by taxpayers’ dollars, including funding for travel, staff and security, totals $4 million bucks.
Hopefully Mr. Obama’s time off will help him recharge his batteries giving him the energy he needs as the great fighter for the middle class.
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