Monday, September 29, 2008

"CLEARING MY DESK"


That was some vote today in the House of Representatives. As I was waiting to hear the outcome, I said to my son in a matter-of-fact kind of way that, "I wouldn't be surprised if this thing didn't pass."

Not that I have some special ability to touch the pulse of this country, but it certainly occured to me that the phones must be ringing off the hooks in these legislative offices. If any of the conversations I've had with various people are in any way indicative of what people are really feeling about this bailout plan, they're hopping madand ready to get the broom out for a Congress that has only a 12% approval rating.

The Democrats can make fun of George Bush all they want, but their Congress has worse numbers than even he does. Which I think brings us back to why this bill did not pass today: Democrats and Republicans alike are disgusted with the overall state of things in this country. The people have been under such duress for so long that they are now at their breaking point. Many people, if they're lucky, are living week to week. Others aren't so lucky and have already lost their homes. Americans are mad, make that real mad.

For the Democrats and Republicans who voted for this measure, they're either the gutsiest, red-blooded patriots there are, or they're the most out-of-touch morons who ever managed to get themselves elected.

As the news stories came out over the last few weeks involving contributions by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac executives to these same politicians who would now spend a sum of money too large to even contemplate, the thought was constantly going through my mind, "What are these crooks going to get for pushing this thing through? It's unfathomable".

And therein lies the root of the whole problem today. Americans have grown to dislike...make that despise politicians because it's obvious that everything they say or do revolves around,. "What's in it for me?"

What a sad state of affairs. America needs good, honest people to run for office, but who wants to ruin their good name by becoming a politician? Look at the cast of characters we have in Congress now. I'll bet 90% of them are attorneys and that's the first thing that's wrong. We have no diversity of background in our Congress, just a bunch of low-lifes who are out to ruin this country.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad this vote didn't pass today. But it didn't pass for all of the wrong reasons. Wall Street had its' biggest drop in history as a result. Who knows what the overnight markets will bring in the morning. Tomorrow could be one of this country's worst days ever. For everyone who has grown accustomed to the American way of life, get ready for big changes.

Try to enjoy what should be a great Steeler game tonight, because tomorrow should rank up there around 9/11 when it's all said and done. Who wins a Steeler game will be the least of our worries.

THERE'S A RADIO SHOW IN TOWN

                    Fans Begin Lining Up At 3:30 a.m at Bettis' Grill 36


FROM WTAE Pittsburgh: there's a national radio show in town.


A line started forming around 3:30 a.m. outside Jerome Bettis' Grille 36, in anticipation the live "Mike and Mike in the Morning" broadcast on ESPN Radio.

"They're crazy. They're nuts. I don't know why they're here. They could be in bed. I'd be in bed. In fact, I'm thinking of having one of the people out here sit in for me and work with him and find out what it's really like so I can go back to bed," said co-host Mike Golic, who added that when the show goes on tour, it always draws the most fans in Pittsburgh.

"The one thing we have learned over the almost nine years we've been doing this show, and people have been showing up like this, is that people will do anything for a t-shirt," co-host Mike Greenburg said on the show.

The crowd included Gateway High School's nationally ranked football team from Monroeville. Some of the players wore their jerseys and went on the air with Golic and Greenberg.

"In all seriousness, this city, when we come to Pittsburgh, has been the most consistent about filling up any place we come to. It's been great coming here," Golic said.

STEELERS/ MENDENHALL IN BIG DIVISION CLASH

                Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall In Happier Times


Tonight at 8:30 in front of a national audience, Rashard Mendenhall makes his NFL debut as the Steelers starting running back after an injury last week to Steelers starter Willie Parker. Parker sustained a knee injury late in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the Steelers, the Mendenhall start comes at a time when the offense is already struggling with pass protection issues for Ben Rothleisberger. Big Ben was sacked and pressured all over the field in their loss to the Eagles and the Ravens have historically had one of the league's most agressive defenses.

An even bigger potential problem for the Black & Gold could be Mendenhall's propensity to cough up the football. Rest assured, the Ravens will be slapping at the ball all night long.

Not to be overlooked is the other mismatch in this contest: Baltimore's rookie quarterback Joe Flacco against the always-rugged Steelers defense in a particularly-hostile environment: Heinz Field on a Monday Night. The Steelers have won a record 13 straight on Monday Night Football and the matchups should make for compelling football viewing. Prediction: Steelers by 10 as their defense proves to be too much for Flacco. Mendenhall will rush for 65 yards and one score. He will fumble once. Big Ben and the Steelers will enjoy good field position all night. Final score Pittsburgh 20, Ravens 10.