What's crackin' friends and frienemies? It is a busy Thursday, so I'm gonna keep this short, which loosely translated means long.
First, don't forget to read my column tomorrow. Some of you will get it right away. Others won't like it 'cause it touches on a cultural boogeyman - a racial/ethnic issue. Boo! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Don't get tense. It's just my opinion. And trust me, it'll be food for thought. We all know that sometimes the healthiest food doesn't go down smoothly. Anyway, I'll link the column tomorrow. And for once, would some of you please join me in my online chat at 1 p.m. tomorrow at this address - http://www.miamiherald.com/qna/forum/james_burnett/index.html? You're gonna make me develop a complex. Last week, I was left hanging like the wallflower on prom night.
Second, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R - South Carolina) is an idiot - not because he's a Repubican or because he disapproves of Pres. Obama's healthcare reform plans. Wilson's an idiot because he disrespected the office of the presidency last night by shouting over a sitting president, during a live address, and calling the President of the United States a liar. What Wilson did was worse than when American celebrities (you, Gwyneth Paltrow!) talk to foreign media and complain about living in the US. The worst a few moronic Democratic congressmen did during live addresses by former Pres. George W. Bush was hiss. That was disrespectful too, but doesn't rise to the level of interrupting a sitting president to call him a liar. And don't try any partisan crap w/me. I'd say the same if we were talking about Pres. John McCain right now.
Third, take a good look at the mug shot below. It is of Alan Dale Lee, a Pasco County, FL, man, jailed recently for stabbing another man. Not another penny ever needs to be spent on anti-drug use campaigns. Lee's head shot is the best deterrent I've ever seen.
Fourth, Mike Duvall violated the rules of the game and the tenets of The Cowboy Code: He talked publicly about a sexual conquest. A real player wouldn't have done that. If you don't know the story, Duvall was a California state assemblyman...until yesterday, when he resigned after audio/video recordings surfaced of him bragging to a lobbyist in the state assembly chamber about how he - Duvall - had a mistress, had way too much sex with her, and liked to spank her because she's "such a bad girl." Some of you don't think affairs are that big a deal. I strongly disagree with you, but that's another post. For the record, Duvall now says he didn't have an affair. He just made up a story about a mistress to make himself seem cool, or as he described it, he engaged in "inappropriate storytelling." Hmmm, flashback to 8th grade. Sorry, I'm having trouble typing this 'cause I'm constantly drawn to Mr. Lee's mug shot above.
Fifth, it's Thursday. And my only televised guilty pleasure airs tonight: Real Housewives of Atlanta. Yes, I'm sure that if I continue to watch I'll catch something awful like junk rot, which will go nicely with the disease I'm certain I caught watching the first episode of Miami Social. But you can't live forever!
Finally, am I the only person concerned that classic Marvel Comics characters like Spiderman, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and Wolverine, are gonna be integrated into Mickey Mouse cartoons now that Disney has purchased Marvel? Probably.
Till next time, follow me at http://twitter.com/jamesburnett.