I didn’t watch President Barack Obama’s national address last night concerning the ongoing debt ceiling debate.
I didn’t see Republican Speaker John Boehner’s response, either.
I read summaries of both speeches, though, and one thing is clear: I miss 1998. I was there for it, sure, but at age 13, I could hardly reap the benefits of our economic prosperity. Oh, to exist without a federal budget defecit, to be young, engaged, employed and searching for a house when our country’s biggest concern was whether its president screwed around with an intern.
Obama isn’t without blame, but let’s not pretend President George W. Bush didn’t put us on this path of destruction. Check out this infographic from The New York Times comparing the cost and savings of policy changes under Bush and Obama. Staggering. Just mind-boggling.
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Need proof the NFL is the finest product on domestic soil? The league locks out for 136 days, finally reaches a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement and then commences the most frenetic free agency signing period just days before training camp opens as scheduled. So, to review, both parties got a CBA they like and now the NFL will be the greatest show in sports … and they’re not even playing games yet! Take that, MLB. Take notes, NBA.
Now, if only we could get that new Vikings stadium …
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In the process of getting shalacked 20-6 last night, the Minnesota Twins used All-Star outfielder (and first baseman and second baseman) Michael Cuddyer as a relief pitcher. It was the first time since 1990 that the Twins used a position player to pitch. It wasn’t pretty, but Cuddyer pitched one inning, giving up two hits and a walk. His fastball clocked 88 miles per hour. Most importantly: He got manager Ron Gardenhire to smile after he wiggled out of having the bases loaded with one out.
There was a moment last night I thought Gardenhire might actually murder a few members of his pitching staff. Instead, he used Cuddyer.
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According to Reuters, Amy Winehouse’s cause of death is unknown after an autopsy was inconclusive. The results of her toxicology tests are expected in the next couple weeks.
I’m guessing Vegas closed the books on this one. Even conspiracy theorists are like, “Yeah, she OD’ed.”
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I took Beth to Friends With Benefits on Sunday night — on purpose. The romp is about two friends who agree to have casual sex with no emotional investment. You can probably guess where things go from there.
Let’s talk about Justin Timberlake. Hollywood’s suffering a severe lack of young leading men for its romantic comedies. (Need proof? Check out Steve Carell starring in Crazy, Stupid, Love.) Romantic leads like Richard Gere, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and (to a lesser extent) Tom Hanks have gotten too old, leaving us with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling, Tobey Maguire and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
From a guy who was tortured by a younger sister and her infatuation with Nsync, Timberlake is actually likable as an actor. He’s got Clooney-like swagger, but his comedic timing is much quicker than any of his predocessors (as we’ve witnessed on Saturday Night Live over the years.)
Friends With Benefits is a worthwhile comedy, especially for a date night. Also, great flick if you like flash mobs.