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Rush Bids on Football Team, Exposes Bias

James Hirsen By Tuesday, 13 October 2009 06:07 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Rush Bids on Football Team, Exposes Bias
2. Hollywood Hysteria Over Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize
3. Michael Jackson’s Doctor May Be Arrested Soon
4. ‘Paranormal Activity’: A Model for Budding Filmmakers
5. Roman Polanski's Attorneys Met With Obama Justice Department

1. Rush Bids on Football Team, Exposes Bias

According to ESPN, DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Union, has sent a message in which he, with ugly insinuations, objects to a purchase of the St. Louis Rams by radio talk-show icon Rush Limbaugh.

“I've spoken to the commissioner and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred,” Smith wrote in an e-mail sent to the union executive committee.

Neither the NFL nor the players union has any role in deciding who does or does not get a football franchise.

Rather, the final decision is made by the 32 team owners who vote on the matter after the completion of a background check.

The Ram’s purchase price is reportedly in the neighborhood of $750 million.

Some in the sports media have already launched an attack on the transaction. A columnist for CBS’ Web site wrote a piece titled “NFL's Greatest Nightmare,” in which he penned that his “head exploded after hearing this Limbaugh news.”

A USA Today reporter described Limbaugh as “controversial” and “polarizing.”

The sports media are jumping at the chance to kick around the idea of whether Limbaugh’s potential ownership position would be good thing for the team, fans, and the virtual stability of the planet.

A few NFL players have claimed that as African-Americans they would refuse to play for the St. Louis Rams if the radio personality were one of the owners.

Now a union official has decided to mouth off about something that’s not within the scope of his responsibilities.

Meanwhile when billionaire Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks, the press didn't exactly give him the proverbial exam. In fact, some like-minded sports media pals may have grinned in private when Cuban, as a franchise owner, used his media holdings to distribute “Loose Change,” the independent Internet film that suggests some U.S. government officials may have staged the 9/11 attacks.

If Limbaugh qualifies under the rules and can meet the asking price, he should be able to become owner of the Rams. Period.

An NFL franchise is a property. A prospective buyer shouldn’t have to pass a political litmus test as part of an offer to purchase. That spells discrimination in other contexts.

Maybe it’s time we added “political affiliation” to the list.

2. Hollywood Hysteria over Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Hollywood is in utter confusion.

Venezuela's socialist thug head Hugo Chavez blasted President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win.

“For the first time, we are witnessing an award with the nominee having done nothing to deserve it: rewarding someone for a wish that is very far from becoming reality,” Chavez wrote in a column.

Tinseltown goes crazy over brutal dictators like Chavez just about as much as they go gaga over Obama, so the town is shortcircuiting emotionally.

Some Hollywood celebs are sharing their feelings on Twitter for therapy.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor from the new TV show “Modern Family,” tweeted, "Love it! Congrats Obombs!!!!!"

“Dollhouse” actress Eliza Dushku wrote the single word, “Incredible!”

Chris Brown of Rihanna-abuse fame tweeted, "OBAMA is the greatest."

Kirstie Alley questioned the award, tweeting, “Obama won the nobel peace prize.” She added, “Why? What are his actions that won this? He speaks to peace but have not seen accomplishments yet.”

Michael Moore tweeted in double-minded style, “Congratulations President Obama on winning the Nobel Peace Prize! You have filled the world with hope -- now you must make peace happen.”

But some in Hollywood have already committed to the 16th annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Dec. 11, 2009, one day after the Peace Prize is to be given to the apology prez.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith will co-host the event at the Oslo Spektrum. Scheduled to perform are Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith and Donna Summer, among others.

Maybe one of them can conduct an Obama “I’m Sorry” sing-a-long.

3. Michael Jackson’s Doctor May Be Arrested Soon

The Los Angeles Police Department will deliver the evidence gathered in the investigation of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, to the Los Angeles district attorney this week.

Although Dr. Murray has been at the center of a manslaughter investigation into the King of Pop's death, it could take weeks before charges are brought against him.

Charges may be brought by convening a grand jury or through the filing of a criminal complaint.

Murray may be charged with a crime as serious as second degree murder. However, he may be arrested earlier on another matter. He allegedly owes $13,000 in unpaid child support to a California woman and also allegedly missed a hearing dealing with his tardy support obligation. An arrest warrant could come in less than two weeks.

Murray could find himself stripped of his medical license before any of the more serious Jackson related charges are brought. Even before Jackson's death was ruled a homicide caused by drugs that were allegedly administered by Murray, the physician was in the crosshairs of the police.

The doctor's girlfriend, Nicole Alvarez, the birth mother of his seventh child, was recently summoned before a grand jury.

According to a warrant, police searched Alvarez's Santa Monica home and a car registered to Murray's sister. He reportedly spent his days at the Alvarez home during the period he was working for Jackson.

4. ‘Paranormal Activity’: A Model for Budding Filmmakers

This weekend horror and suspense fans flocked to “Paranormal Activity,” which enabled the movie to fetch $7.1 million while only playing on 160 screens.

Two years ago Oren Peli hired some actors and spent seven days shooting a film in his own home. His budget was about $15,000, a figure that in the past would have seemed woefully inadequate to make movie magic.

But thanks to today’s new technology, filmmakers can now create product without big bucks or huge bankrollers.

“Paranormal Activity” was bought by DreamWorks, and a planned release for 2008 had to be delayed due to a dispute between DreamWorks and Paramount.

The film was initially released selectively at midnight showings. This weekend, though, it expanded to 160 theaters and all hours of the day.

It came in second to the concert flick, “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds,” for the best per screen average for a film at more than 100 theaters.

Focusing on college students, Paramount selected 13 markets and created a massive word of mouth and Internet buzz.

Similarly, in 1999 the success of “The Blair Witch Project” shocked the industry. With no stars and a production budget of $60,000, the movie ended up taking in more than $140 million.

But that was before spectacular digital equipment and viral marketing arrived on the scene.

Calling all conservative filmmakers: Grab the digital tools and get that worthwhile product pumping.

5. Roman Polanski's Attorneys Met With Obama Justice Department

Attorneys for Roman Polanski met with Justice Department officials and presented arguments against extraditing the jailed director from Switzerland, where he is currently being held, to Los Angeles to face sentencing for his 1977 criminal case.

According to court documents filed in L.A., Polanski’s lawyers recently sought help from Obama administration officials in the Justice Department requesting that they not return the filmmaker to the U.S.

Members of the director’s legal team met with a deputy assistant attorney general and other Justice Department officials on Oct. 2, 2009, according to the appellate court filing. Lawyers presented arguments in opposition to moving the director back to the states to face sentencing, as evidenced in a letter attached to the filing by the L.A. district attorney’s office.

The lawyer letter expresses gratitude for the meeting to Bruce Swartz, who oversees the department's Office of International Affairs.

The 10-page document was part of a filing in which prosecutors seek a dismissal of Polanski’s appeal “as moot.”

Polanski’s lawyers had filed the appeal prior to their client’s Switzerland arrest. It contained a summary of allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in the case, laying the groundwork for Polanski’s appeal.

Meanwhile the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is preparing a formal request for Polansky’s extradition, and lobbying the feds will have no impact on that effort.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Rush Bids on Football Team, Exposes Bias 2. Hollywood Hysteria Over Obama s Nobel Peace Prize3. Michael Jackson s Doctor May Be Arrested Soon4. Paranormal Activity : A Model for Budding Filmmakers5. Roman Polanski's Attorneys...
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 06:07 PM
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