Category Archives: News

The Patrick Kane story

The Patrick Kane story keeps changing. Kane — the 20-year old winger for the Chicago Blackhawks — was arrested early Sunday morning in Buffalo, New York on charges of beating and robbing a 62-year old cabdriver. Kane and his 21-year old cousin gave the cabbie $15.00 for a $13.80 fare and, when the cabbie said he did not have $0.20 for change, allegedly hit him and took their money. Both young men were arrested and charged with several infraction including a felony. Kane was immediately chastised by Chicago sports media as another pampered and spoiled athlete who thought he could get away with anything.

I have to admit that I too was critical of Kane.

Beginning Monday, the story began to change. The attorney for the cabdriver came out and said the story was blown out of proportion. Then it came out that the cabdriver was driving on a revoked license due to possible DUI charges in 1999. Kane’s attorney said he client was guilty of nothing implying that it was his cousin who did the physical damage. (Blackhawk fans can understand this angle as Kane tends to shy away from avoid physical contact during a game!) It later turned out that the cabdriver locked the doors to the cab and refused to let the young men out until they paid him. (I think they call this kidnapping or unlawful restraint or something like that!)

My guess is that felony charges will be dropped and perhaps all charges dropped altogether. I have no idea what the legal drinking age is in Buffalo and there is no indication that Kane was drinking (although it’s curious they were in a nightclub area of the city). Since none of us were there that night, the real truth is blurred.

What is clear to me, however, is that Kane was guilty of bad judgement. No professional athlete with money, especially someone so young, should be out in a nightclub district at 4:00 in the morning. Only bad things can come of that. Does he have a right to be out? Unless he falls under local curfew laws, he has that right, but it doesn’t make it smart. There are plenty of men — and plenty of women — looking to take advantage of someone so young and so rich. I’m sure the Blackhawk higher-ups will sit down with young Mr. Kane and explain to him what life in the fishbowl called “Chicago sports” entails. I hope he will listen.

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“It’s time for a reality check”

I received the following e-mail yesterday from David Axelrod, senior advisor to President Obama:

Dear Friend,

Anyone that’s watched the news in the past few days knows that health insurance reform is a hot topic — and that rumors and scare tactics have only increased as more people engage with the issue. Given a lot of the outrageous claims floating around, it’s time to make sure everyone knows the facts about the security and stability you get with health insurance reform.

That’s why we’ve launched a new online resource — WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck — to help you separate fact from fiction and share the truth about health insurance reform. Here’s a few of the reality check videos you can find on the site:

There’s more information and a number of online tools you can use to spread the truth among your family, friends and other social networks. Take a look:

Health Insurance Reform Reality Check

We knew going into this effort that accomplishing comprehensive health insurance reform wasn’t going to be easy. Achieving real change never is. The entrenched interests that benefit from the status quo always use their influence in Washington to try and keep things just as they are.

But don’t be misled. We know the status quo is unsustainable. If we do nothing, millions more Americans will be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, or see their coverage suddenly dropped if they become seriously ill. Out-of-pocket expenses will continue to soar, and more and more families and businesses will be forced to deal with health insurance costs they can’t afford.

That’s the reality.

Americans deserve better. You deserve a health care system that works as well for you as it does for the status quo; one you can depend on — that won’t deny you coverage when you need it most or charge you crippling out-of-pocket co-pays. Health insurance reform means guaranteeing the health care security and stability you deserve.

President Barack Obama promised he’d bring change to Washington and fix our broken, unsustainable health insurance system. You can help deliver that change. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck, get the facts and spread the truth. The stakes are just too high to do nothing.

Thank you,
David

David Axelrod
Senior Advisor to the President

I’m not sure why I received this e-mail, but I assume my e-mail address is freely available.

“Stupidly”

I don’t often blog about politics, but I was taken aback by President Obama’s comments the other night regarding the incident involving a Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer and black scholar Henry Lewis Gates. We all know the background of the story, but the president was asked during his recent health care reform press conference to comment about the arrest. This is what the president said:

But I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And No. 3 — what I think we know separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact.

I was very surprised that the president – who we all agree is a very intelligent man – would say something like that before all of the facts were in place.

For the heck of it, I looked up the definition of “stupidly.” Here is what Merriam-Webster said: “slow of mind; given to unintelligent decisions or acts; acting in an unintelligent or careless manner; lacking intelligence or reason.”

Wow, that’s pretty strong considering that some of the facts are in dispute. Now I see that the president is backing off from his remarks, including calling the police officer involved in the incident. This whole situation is deflecting discussion on health reform which plays into the hands of the Republicans. Nothing wrong with that!

I think this whole incident will eventually blow over but I find it ironic that the same party that belittled President Bush over his missteps and misstatements is now stepping over the fecal waste of their words!

Perfection!

Chicago White Sox pitcher, Mark Buehrle, pitched a perfect game today against Tampa Bay. The final score was 5-0. It was Buehrle’s second no-hitter and just the second perfect game in the White Sox long history.

There was high drama in the ninth inning as DeWayne Wise — who entered the ninth inning as a defensive replacement – made a leaping catch over the fence robbing Gabe Kapler of a home run.

It was fun to watch it on TV and I cannot imagine how it felt for the people who actually attended the game.

Nearly lost in all of the excitement is the fact that Detroit lost to Seattle today and the Sox are now tied with Detroit for first place in the AL Central. The Sox travel to the Motor City for a weekend series.

Let’s go, White Sox!!!

First Thanksgiving

Virginia is now laying claim to being the site of the first Thanksgiving.

Celebrity deaths in 2006

I had forgotten some of the famous (and not-so-famous) people who passed away in 2006. Here’s a list compiled by Fox News through the passing of James Brown. Ironically, Gerald Ford is not on the list (at the time I post this).

Scientists unveil new discoveries from Titanic

The History Channel sponsored an expedition that appears to show the Titanic broke into three pieces — not two as earlier believed. Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreckage in 1985, was quoted as saying:

“They found a fragment, big deal,” Ballard said. “Am I surprised? No. When you go down there, there’s stuff all over the place. It hit an iceberg and it sank. Get over it.”

Scientists unveil new discoveries from Titanic – Science – MSNBC.com