Executive Speech Writing: Corporate, Celebrity, Fundraisers

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Gambling Against the Bulls (Bad move)

One more reason not to gamble. Notice the headline, still up on Google News. Why would anyone trust a story by "Point-Spreads.com" anyway?

Chicago 23, 21, 24, 24 -- 92 (Final)
28, 20, 16, 15 -- 76

Miami Heat favored to win Game-Four vs. Chicago Bulls on Sunday
Point-Spreads.com - 3 hours ago
Ben Gordon scored 27 points ; Luol Deng added 24 points and 11 rebounds and Chicago used a 15-2 fourth-quarter run to seize control of a 104-96 victory over the Heat in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Friday night.

Salary Girls & CareFest's Band of a Thousand

Gotta say I'm toasting nicely in this warm weather. Walking around Millennium Park, looking at the birds and sun bathers, I can't help but enjoy the day, and think about what's beyond the sunlight.

I expect the warm weather will bring the salary girls out in fine form on Monday morning, all posing and frolicking for the policemen and project managers, looking for a raise.

The News
Is this news? It should be. CareFest 2007. Something like over 1,000 people (1,200?) got together and worked out the kinks. They painted and pushed junk and furniture, and fixed broken things. I looked it up in the news and it seems they loaded a lot of time into this, and even had all the equipment and stuff donated.

No Bible-thumping. Just doing the right thing. Not that believing what they believe is bad thing. Ain't this America? When a guy gets beaten down for telling someone what he believes is the day every bar, every church and every nursing home gets shut down. Drunk retired pastors might have all their troubles converge. I say, whatever you believe, believe it without shame, without silence.

Former US Senator Carol Mosley Braun was hurt by a mugger. As a senator, she was good for wasting our money, but no one deserves a mugging.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rosie O'Donnell: Loud mouth buffoon crybaby ranter leaves the View

Coffee and a few drinks with Bill today, soon. Not a moment too soon. Too much of not much at all has caused a need to get out.

The News
The news today is good. Very good. Loud mouth buffoon, Rosie O'Donnell, is leaving the View. While I never bother with the show, her crybaby rants will get less press time. I read papers, all day, all day. A Rosie-free day is a good day. Then, I can read about the Cubs' squandering games, something more upbeat.

Her argument was that she was not pushed off, but could not agree on a contract. Good riddance. She was unwilling to commit to three years, she says, and could not see a future there beyond a year. I suspect

O'Donnell is not a journalist, or a comedian. She's only an entertainer in the way we are entertained by a sour stomach. Not me.

Her jealousy that Donald Trump has better money, better hair and better broads than her became famous, but that's probably ending. Her vitriolic racist and intolerant mouth-offs looked at first to be welcome, but not for long.

Barbara Walters has long defended O'Donnell, but not for any reason I can ascertain. Ratings? O'Donnell brought the Jerry Springer audience into View, and ratings sell ads, and ads make Walter money. At least Springer knows he's a media whore. No pretense on his show.

As she leaves the View, she leaves public sight. Too much light on a roach causes them to scurry. Let the light shine, and keep this one away.

Rosie O'Donnell exits 'The View'

Monday, April 23, 2007

Boris Yeltsin dies, 1931-2007

Spring is good. There's no getting around how nice it is, and I don't want to. This is why baseball is worth playing, frisbees are worth tossing.

I'll be seeing Bill this week. His daughter at Virginia Tech is fine, but the events of the week, even after the murders, must have shaken her up. I have no idea what Billy Graham or Dr. Phil would say, but both would see that there's a better way.

The News
Boris Yeltsin, 1931-2007

That's it. Boris was 76. When he stepped down Putin stepped up. Too bad for Russia.

But Boris. He was a drunk reformer who knew the media better than Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton combined.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Jerry Miller is an Innocent Man

News has a popular tone to it.

Queen, the rock group once fronted by Freddy Mercury, did an album named after a British paper, "News of the World."

The Beatles sang the lyrics, "I heard the news today, oh boy."

Don McLean bleakly sang, "But February made me shiver With every paper I’d deliver. Bad news on the doorstep; I couldn't take one more step."

The News
DNA evidence to free Chicago man
Springfield State Journal Register, IL - 10 hours ago
CHICAGO - Jerry Miller spent 25 years behind bars for a rape he has long maintained he didn't commit. His fight to prove his innocence finally will pay off...

This, to me, is big news. We all know there are two kinds of cops. The other kind is honest. With the jerks thugging around their weight to beat up barkeeps and the various racial charges going on, I can only wonder where the integrity is. I still don't.

What I do know is one man, this time, this day, is, as they say, getting his day in court. An innocent man freed.

Don't get me wrong. A day on the street, seeing what I see, I could go into business as a latter day Huggy Bear and tell the cops all the news for a few five spots and a cuppa joe. No one's asks me, but I'd snitch. Got no problem sending down the guilty: the pushers and addicts, the hookers and the johns. That's what I see.

Get tough on crime? Sure, but, while they are at it, clear out the garbage infesting the police facilities. Let the good cops shine. That's most of them. They aren't the pigheaded racists. They are the good, proud men and women risking their keisters for the betterment of society.

Anyway, this fellow is owed by society, If corruption was the key, fire the bum, and charge the guy for Jerry Miller's loss of time. If it was just incompetence, the dumb cop had better personally apologize and do his best to help him back on his feet. That cop should admit with no "if I did anything to hurt you" weakness and be a man. A man will lend Miller his car, buy him some groceries and a suit, get him into college. In short, Jerry Miller should have someone, somewhere, somehow pay for his life.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sanjaya and Virginia Tech

Thinking about Bill's dilemma with his daughter at VA Tech caused me some distress. What would I do if she were my child? Go there? Get someone to pick her up? Buy her a ticket home? Doesn't matter, she's staying.

The News
"American Idol" Elimination: See Ya, Sanjaya!
BuzzSugar.com - 1 hour ago - Sanjaya - he of the ponyhawk, the creepy smile and the possible deal with the devil - ended his "American Idol"...

When this is news, and sites called "BuzzSugar" are we get our news, what has happened?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virginia Tech Connection, Sammy Sosa

The daily news can cause for distresss. Either we read it passively, like a novel and forget it is news, or, we read it intensely, and forget the goodness around us.

My friend Bill who runs a deli told me his daughter is at Virginia Tech. She is fine. He told me how he was frantic when he called and no one answered. Understandable. Now he knows better, and that she is hoping to remain with her friends and heal.

What is healing in this case? I don't know. I think it has something to do with trust and love, and doing both.

See the goodness around you. Love the one you're with, and be with the one you love.

The News
Sammy Sosa is playing against the White Sox tonight. He hit a homerun. All the homeruns in the world will cause me to respect him. The Sox lost, but the Rangers never won. Not with Sammy playing.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

R Hawk on the Virginia Tech Massacre

What do I say? This is one of those days I wish I didn't sell a lot of papers. I did. The news yesterday of some poor misguided kid, just 23, shooting up the Virginia Tech campus and killing, as of today, 33 people.

I can't say anything. Read the news. Hug your kids. Pray for those impacted.

This wasn't political. It was not a terrorist. It was a kid, barely old enough to be called an adult who lost control of whatever it is that stops us from doing these things.

Motive? Cause? Does it matter?

Almost three dozen are dead, and the school, no matter how things are resolve, spun, explained -- all that, is forever marked. Grades, careers, and other practical matters will be a mess. Tuition, jobs paying for tuition, and all that -- a mess too.

And 33 dead.

And families, friends are mourning.

I'm sorry.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Cubas, Jordan, Chicago in. LA out.

We need Dusty Baker back, not the loser coaching the Cubs now.

Tonight's sunset as I drove down Rt 38, leaving a wedding reception at Epicurean Hungarian Restaurant in Hillside looked beautiful.

Michael Jordan divorced. Too bad he couldn't keep his marriage together. No one looked at him as a man of integrity, with his gambling. The way he quit the Bulls to be with his family, only to join the Washington team looked insincere as well. Either way, MJ's wife cleaned out his wallet.

The News
The news is out. Chicago is in. LA is out. This just means Chicago will be up against big international cities, like Rome, for the Olympic chase. And where did I read this? On a Canadian site.

Chicago picked over Los Angeles to submit US bid for 2016 Olympics

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blind Man Walking and Falling, Olympics in Chicago

On my beat, the corner where a major retail store lives and across from a massive office building, a lot of Chicago passes by. Some buy a paper, and others are merely en route to somewhere important.

The one who might have it hardest on days of slush and snow is a well-dressed blind guy in his 50s. People handle blindness differently. For the person whose seeing is limited, he must navigate from here to there, with everything from buildings and curbs in his way, to loud mouth walkers who deserve the double socking of a two-fisted education, to well-meaning commuters who confuse him by not following expected walking patterns.

The snow yesterday was no help. Everything changes. Sounds, water, traffic.

I saw the blind man slip. He was not hurt, but his overcoat was messy. I don't know what he does for a living, but there's money it. He was dapper, with a smart briefcase. A lawyer? It doesn't matter. He fell.

This is April, not February. God knows this, right?

The News
Chicago, LA race for 2016 Olympics
MSNBC - 33 minutes ago
Pat Ryan, chairman of insurance group Aon, took a long hard look at the T-shirt handed to him amid a crush of reporters in a cramped corner of the Macy's department store in downtown Chicago. Wisely, Mr Ryan did not attempt to pull the limited edition...

Will the Olympics be good for Chicago? If you believe the Chicago leadership, yes. I hope so. I think so. I know just before and during I will sell record amounts of papers. I will not complain.

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