In honor of the general “kookiness” too often exhibited by our friends on the Left, on occasion this column will highlight and examine some of the comments they make. There never is a shortage of bizarre statements, but I will try to pick some of the recent best. So, here it goes!
1. Recently on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Mr. Grumbel (my nickname for him because he always seems to inherently unhappy) said this: “(NBA Commissioner David) Stern’s version of what’s been going on behind closed doors has, of course, been disputed. But his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It’s part of Stern’s M.O., like his past self-serving edicts on dress code or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.”
Yes, Bryant, NBA basketball players are like slaves, despite the average salary in excess of $4 million, first class travel and all the perks of being a celebrity like getting seated at the best restaurants, getting the best spot without waiting in line at the best night clubs and whatever else they may desire. These superstars are most certainly treated like “hired hands.” They most certainly are “plantation” workers.
To no one’s surprise, this is not the first time Bryant Grumbel has played the race card (though, doesn’t Bryant know that not all basketball players are black and isn’t it sort of a racist stereotype by Mr. Grumbel to say so?). Despite being wildly successful, being the main host of the Today Show from the 1980s into the 1990s, and getting lots of fame and fortune, Mr. Grumbel has always been an unhappy, nasty sort.
When it comes to the Gumbels, Bryant always has been the prickly brother, unlike his always seemingly cheery and good-tempered brother, Greg. Anyway, it’s way past time for Bryant to walk off the public stage and leave the rest of us alone.
2. The always-entertaining Vice President Joe Biden recently claimed that if President Obama’s “jobs program” is not passed that rapes and murders will increase. “In 2011, you now have only 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it. And God only knows what the number (of rapes and murders) would have been had we not been able to get a little help to you.”
“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn offices on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in the city. In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes, just to pick two categories, climbed to 229.”
Now, there are some discrepancies in Biden’s numbers. According to FBI statistics, Flint reported 32 murders in 2008 and 53 in 2010. Biden put the numbers at 35 and 65. Regarding rapes, the numbers are quite different. The FBI said there were 103 rapes in 2008 and 92 rapes in 2010, a far cry from the 229 rapes he said occurred in 2010.
Additionally, there is nothing in Obama’s so-called jobs bill that would put more police on the streets in Flint. Obama’s “jobs bill,” send additional money to the states, primarily for education. Somehow Biden believes by sending more money to states means local communities will be able to hire more police or at least prevent police layoffs. That is a far stretch, but then we are talking about Joe Biden.
3. Then there is that intellectual “sage” known as Roseanne Barr. Recently, this “comic,” said, “I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount then they should, you know, go to re-education camps and if that doesn’t help, then being beheaded.”
Yes, Roseanne, let’s behead those who make more than $100 million. I wonder if she thinks we should begin with her Hollywood buddies like Oprah, Spielberg, DiCaprio, Geffen, Lucas and the rest?
4. And now the best “They said what?” comment. This moment of sheer intellectualism is one I experienced first hand when the Occupy Chicago folks came into City Hall recently. Of their many chants on Oct. 26 when marching in circles in City Hall, this one epitomizes the “brilliance” of these folks: “What do we want? Purpose! When do we want it? Now!”
Hmmm, they want purpose, huh? Well, purpose can be a good thing. But here is a news flash for these Occupy folks: The only one who can really give you purpose is YOU! I can’t give you purpose. Roseanne Barr can’t give you purpose. And even Barack Obama can’t give you purpose. God can give you purpose, but somehow I doubt most (not all) of the Occupy people are religious and believe in God. And if the Occupy folks haven’t figured out the purpose of what they are doing after weeks of protests, then perhaps it is time for them to go back to mommy’s and daddy’s basement and do whatever it is that they do.