Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Whose Smarter Than A Second Grader?

Sarah Palin is the best thing since sliced bread.

I can hear you all gasping!!!!!

It's true. She provides endless story lines, jokes, etc.....and will continue to do so for years to come. Face it people. NO ONE is easier to make fun of than her. Think about it. She does not even realize people are laughing AT her not WITH her. Something my mother taught me by the 2nd grade. Oh well, maybe she's a late bloomer.

Anyway, I read this little bit on Yahoo news today. It seems Sarah is hosting a special on Fox this week called Real American Stories. One of the people it plans to highlight is LL Cool J. There was only one problem. They plan on using old tapes of their guests.

I'm confused. What is Sarah actually going to be doing? Just commenting between old news clips? I don't get it.

Oh. Wait. A. Minute. Yes I do. They would never trust good ol' Sarah to actually interview anyone with an IQ over a basement apartment number. So they went through the old stuff and thought, here, let her do this. She can't fuck this up too bad. She can just read through the script. Old white guys will love it.

Only one little problem. When asked about it. LL Cool J said he did the interview over two years ago and they are promoting it like its hot off the press. He thinks that is misrepresenting the public.

HELLO Mr. Cool J, who's NCIS LA ratings blows everyone out of the water.........this is FOX.....what the hell did you expect???

Fox's provided the following statement:

"Real American Stories features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria. However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career"

Fledgling acting career???????And they want who to take them seriously???????

LL Cool J's reaction. "Nobody can bring you peace but yourself."

One of the two sounds like a second grader. We won't mention any names!

Did anyone call for "Childish, party of one?"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Won't You Be My Neighbor!

Most of us Burgers either have had a family member who had to leave home way back when or we ourselves have had to leave this great city for greener pastures and employment opportunities elsewhere.
My first brush with this phenomenon came in late December 1970 or 71 when The Madonna packed up her 32 pairs of brown shoes and headed to "our nations capital." Her story was sort of different though. She really didn't have a job like most people, but she listened to that Ruth who wronged her and MADE her move. Hard to believe I know, but true.
Eight or so years later, I followed her......And that was Ruth's fault also. A few years later I came to my senses and moved back to my beloved Pittsburgh. Causing myself to be the butt of many non-Pittsburghers jokes. (That's alright, Harriet just told me to tell them "Jealousy will get you nowhere!")

Anyways.........why I mention all this is because I have just read over at That's Church about a movie Carl Kurlander did about his move back home to Pittsburgh after years in LA. People in the entertainment industry thought he was crazy. Even Oprah replied "Pittsburgh, really?!" when she was interviewing him on her show and he told her he longed to move back home, hmmmph.What does she know anyway? Of course us Pittsburghers know what the rest of the world is just starting to realize.

So if you get a chance, you have to check out this movie.

When the trailer played "Won't you be my neighbor" being sung by Pittsburghers in LA and NY,it got me weepy eyed already.

A few famous Burgers:
Nellie Blye
Andrew Carnegie
Rachel Carson
Mary Cassatt
Roberto Clemente
Annie Dillard
George W. G. Ferris
Stephen Foster
Henry Clay Frick
Martha Graham
Franco Harris
H. J. Heinz
Senator H. J. Heinz III
Henry Hornbostel
Cy Hungerford
Edgar Kaufmann
Michael Keaton
Gene Kelly
Kathryn Kuhlman
Samuel P. Langley
David Lawrence
Danny Marino
Bill Mazeroski
Andrew Mellon
Danny Murtaugh
Fred Rogers
Jonas Salk
Bruno Sammartino
Thomas Starzl
Gertrude Stein
Honus Wagner
Andy Warhol
George Westinghouse
August Wilson and my favorite David Conrad who is pictures with me above. He lives in Pittsburgh when he's not shooting Ghost Wisperer. He really is our neighbor!
Go check out the movie.

* I bet you all thought this post was going to be about health care didn't you??Don't worry it's coming.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Pipes Were Calling.....

This past weekend was the seventh anniversary of my husband Dan's death.
Some days it feels like it was yesterday. Other days, I feel like that life was all a dream. Mostly because my life is dramatically different now.

I didn't go to the parade this year. Don't know why. I missed it for the second time in 35 years. The only other time I missed it was the snow of 1993. I would have went but my mother wouldn't come to my house to watch my kids. I didn't feel like dealing with CYS if I dragged them with me to get drunk in 2 feet of snow.

Anyway.........I feel like I've already written all there is to write about Dan and his death. So here are some past blog posts about my self proclaimed Prince of Ireland.

Here's to ya Dan! Raise of the glass

*How about my glasses!!! They take up my whole face! Would love to have that figure back though.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

And The Sign Says........

So the rest of the world thinks our exit signs are stupid.

According to this article, some in the international community want everyone to use an international sign for exiting.

Here's the thing, if I was going to China, before I went, I would learn all emergency signals that I thought were relevant. If you see the same thing in Chinese over every single door in China....well, lets just say it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out what it means.

So for all of you who think it's stupid, comon' now, it's really not that hard to figure out a big, red sign with the same four letters next to every single public door in the country. My kids knew what EXIT meant at a very early age. But then again, they are genius'!

Now myself, I'm not that smart. I really have a hard time looking at pictures and immediately knowing what they mean.

Take the signs below. WTF are they talking about?

How about this? Beware of pigeons maybe?

I think we could all use our imagination and figure out what this means.

Have no idea here folks. But by the time I figured it out, I'm betting it would be too late.

But here is my fav

Now that is a sign we all can all understand.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

My Irish Eyes Are Smiling!

How about this huh??? Just in time for the start of the "High Holidays!"(officially starting tomorrow in the O'Damico household)

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release March 1, 2010
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From long before American independence to today, countless
individuals have reached our shores, bringing vibrant cultures
and diverse roots, and immeasurably enriching our Nation. This
month, we honor the contributions made by the tens of millions
of Americans who trace their heritage to the Emerald Isle.
Irish Americans fought for our independence, and their
signatures adorn our founding documents. When famine ravaged
Ireland in the 1840s and 1850s, many Irish men and women sought
a new beginning in the United States. Though they faced poverty
and discrimination, these immigrants transformed our cities,
served in our Armed Forces, and settled the frontiers of our
young Nation. Their children, and succeeding generations of
Irish Americans, have preserved their culture's values while
becoming leaders in every facet of American life.
During this year's Irish-American Heritage Month, we also
celebrate an extraordinary Irishman: Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Throughout his career in public service, Senator Kennedy worked
tirelessly to create opportunity for all Americans. His legacy
lives on in the legislation he championed, which will bolster
and protect the health, education, and civil rights of Americans
for generations to come.
Across the Atlantic, the people of Ireland continue to
confront their own challenges with resolve and determination.
In the face of violence perpetuated by some -- testing a
hard-earned peace -- the people of Northern Ireland have
responded heroically. Undaunted, they and their leaders persist
on the road to peace and prosperity enshrined over a decade ago
in the Good Friday Agreement. The United States remains
committed to supporting the political process and the work of
those who have shown leadership in pursuit of a lasting peace.
Today, the sons and daughters of Erin can look back with
pride on their many contributions to the civic and cultural life
of America. Like so many of our Nation's ethnic communities,
Irish Americans are a people whose hard work and resilience have
brought them great opportunity and success, and whose service to
our Nation has left it a better place.
United States of America, by the virtue of the authority vested
in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do
hereby proclaim March 2010 as Irish-American Heritage Month.
I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating
the contributions of Irish American to our Nation with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten,
and of the Independence of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-fourth.
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Gotta love our "Black Irish" President!!!

*for those of you not lucky enough to be Irish, Black Irish is not a derogatory term.

Monday, March 01, 2010

I'm Glad It's You

Right before Tom Hanks shoots Paul Newman in one of my favorite movies, "Road to Perdition" Newman, knowing he's about to be killed turns and looks at Hanks and says "I'm glad it's you."

That's what I feel about Sidney Crosby getting the winning goal to beat the United States in yesterday's Olympic hockey game. If we had to lose, well then I'm glad it was him who beat us.

Sid, I'm glad it's you.

*Just one thought, what was with the Canadian fans booing US team as they were leaving the ice? That wasn't cool. There is no booing at the Olympics.