Celebrities and Politics

The video below is priceless.  Why do celebrities think that hard-working Americans care about their choice for US President, especially when they lean towards a life-long liar who deleted 30,000 emails but said she did not for months until evidence mounted against her.  Then, her defense became blame Colin Powell.  Responsibility taken, zero.

Hillary did not protect our citizens in Benghazi and months after their atrocious murder said, “What difference, at this point, does it make,” when being questioned about events leading up to the massacre.  She has never taken any form of responsibility for her inactions that resulted in four deaths.  For doubters, read 13 Hours or watch the movie.  Or speak to Kris Paronto, one of the contracted former Rangers who helped save the day. Again, no thanks to Hillary.

Anyway, I digress.  Please enjoy.

It is my opinion that the Clinton’s and the Obama’s are much more interested in being celebrities and hanging with celebrities than they are in being public servants, and actually serving those who elected them to public office, by ensuring that they will “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Over For Now.

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Goodbye Downton Abbey – It Was A Fabulous Ride

It is difficult to imagine there will be no further adventures of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, their children, other family members and servants set in and around their Yorkshire country estate, Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle).

When it was announced almost a year ago that Series 6 would be the final one for the immensely popular show there was a social media outcry.  Surely, people said, more can be done.  But, alas, the final season did arrive.  It did play out.  And, then … it was gone.

I believe it is truly difficult to produce a final season for a series that is as admired as Downton to satisfy everyone.

Highclere Clastle aka Downton Abbey
Original image by JB + UK Planet CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

That said, I am not sure that I have ever had a final season tie up all the loose ends that occurred during the run of the series to my satisfaction.  Leave it to creator, writer and executive producer Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, to tie it all up with a nice big bow.

I will not go into anything regarding what takes place in these last eight regular episodes plus the Christmas special.  I will say that, as a long-time fan, I was extremely pleased with how everything turned out.  I do not think it could have been any better.

There were, interestingly, ample new twists and turns introduced that even got resolved.

My highest compliments and a huge thank you to all the performers.  It could easily be seen that each and every one of them put their heart and soul into this final year of production.

If you are a fan, you will not be disappointed with Series 6.

Well, other than the fact that there will be no more seasons to look forward to and enjoy. Highly recommended.

Over For Now.

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Lady Gaga Slays Super Bowl 50 Before Broncos Win

Every year before the biggest sports event of the year begins a singer takes center stage and performs the national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, written during the War of 1812 in Baltimore, Maryland, by Francis Scott Key.

This year, multiple award-winning songstress Lady Gaga belted out the nation’s song in what many have said is the best ever rendition.  It truly is a powerful performance.  Hear it and decide for yourself:

And then there was THE game.

Unfortunately for the Carolina Panthers, the Denver Broncos hard-hitting defense came to the party.  The devastating charge was led by eventual SB50 MVP Von Miller, who started early by swatting the ball from Panther QB Cam Newton’s hands during only his sixth snap of the game.

It was at that particular time the Broncos, and the world, knew these Panthers were vulnerable.

Although Broncos QB Peyton Manning was not able to play at his previous NFL MVP and All Pro standards, he provided enough leadership and incentive to his team, both off and on the field, to come away with a 24-10 victory and make history as the only QB to win the Super Bowl playing for two different teams.

In all, MVP Miller had six tackles, 2 ½ sacks and two forced fumbles…both of which set up Denver’s lone two touchdowns.  The mighty Broncos defense tallied seven sacks against what had been the most prominent offense of the NFL season.  When all was said and done, the Denver squad (and many others) took to the field to start their well-deserved celebration.

Additional aspects of any Super Bowl include a generally fabulous half-time show, though this was unfortunately not up to par, and a slew of commercials hawking a wide variety of companies and products.  Personally, I feel the quality of product spots during SB50 was substandard.  Accordingly, I decided to end this post by sharing one promoting the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse movie, which I do plan to see.

Congratulations to Super Bowl 50 Champions – the Denver Broncos.  Well fought … well deserved.

Over For Now.

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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement

On Sunday, November 29, Kobe Bryant formally announced his retirement, to take place at the end of the 2015-2016 season.  This was done via a written poem simply titled “Dear Basketball,” published on The Players’ Tribune website.

As the Los Angeles Lakers were playing that evening, all attendees received a letter from their star titled, “When we first met, I was just a kid.”

Kobe Bryant Fan Letter
Image via Twitter/ArashMarkazi (ESPN Staff Writer)

Regardless of anyone’s personal love or hate opinion, future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant is a bonafide legend.  Many of today’s younger players have looked up to him, as he had looked up to Michael Jordan.

Reaction to his announcement was as it should be.  Following are but a few from the hoops world, which are pretty typical of those found around the web:

“It’s time for u to take it all in… sit back, relax & enjoy all that u have built. Love u lil bro @kobebryant” —  Shaquille O’Neal (@Shaq)

“We have lived incredible moments together on and off the court. Thanks for everything brother! @kobebryant #ThankYouKobe” — Pau Gasol (@paugasol)

“Hard to believe @kobebryant is finally going to hang it up. One of the NBA’s great champions. Enjoy the rest of this season my friend.” — Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen)

“Cherished every second out there with you @kobebryant !” — Paul George (@Yg_Trece)

“You loved the game @kobebryant and the game loved you back! Proud to know you and honored to have represented the #PurpleandGold together!” — Rick Fox (@RickFox)

Kobe Bryant quote
Image via Facebook/LA Lakers

Following three injury-plagued years, The Black Mamba’s numbers this season are definitely off from his 25+ point career average.  But, there is no denying that there are very few players who have amassed the scope of accomplishments he has been able to achieve over his years with the Lakers.  Following are a few of the more significant highlights of his storied career:

* 20 years with the same team (NBA record)
* 17-time All Star (16 as a starter)
* All Star MVP Award four times
* Five-time NBA Champion
* NBA Finals MVP twice
* 3rd on the all-time NBA regular season and post-season scoring lists
* NBA scoring leader twice
* Two-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner

And, in 2006, Bryant set the second highest single-game scoring record by a player with 81 points vs the Toronto Raptors.  Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors still holds on to the #1 spot with 100 points in a 1962 game against the New York Knicks.

Enjoy you farewell tour, Kobe, as we have enjoyed your play and absolute dedication to the sport.

Over For Now.

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