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.