When Entertainers Attack! Celebs, Lawmakers Clash!

Pretty exiting title, eh?

There’s recently been a slew of entertainer/politician hostility. We’ve got not one but, three stories about major figures in entertainers clashing with political figures. Let’ break it down.

Tom Petty vs. Michele Bachmann:Minnesota Congresswoman and GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been on a hot streak recently, she’s polling well, making the rounds on cable TV and she’s a very close second right now, to Mitt Romney. She’s been rallying her supporters and after her speeches, like many politicians, she’s got victory song. In her case the Iowa native is blasting “American Girl” by Tom Petty.

and Tom Petty would like her to stop.

It hasn’t stopped her, she keeps playing it during her appearances. This is nothing new, Petty asked W. to stop playing “Won’t Back Down” during his campaigns.

Who’s side to take?
: Petty’s, he’s from Jacksonville and his greatest hit’s CD went around the world with me. Bachmann’s people should know that in a GOP primary, it’s a conservative, country music play list anyways.

Petty wasn't smiling when he found out Bachmann was playing his music at her rallies

Jon Stewart vs. Herman Cain: Stewart is under fire for a bit on his TV show, that mocked a Herman Cain speech criticizing the length of the bills in Washington. Stewart put on a funny voice and flashed a billboard graphic that said “Herman Cain 2012, I don’t like to read”. FOX News had a field day with Stewart’s segment and said that the material was offensive.

Who’s Side to Take?: You decide…

Lindsay Lohan vs. The Fed: Check out this Tweet from Ms. Lohan who, must be cleaning up, if she’s chiming in on economic policy.

“Have you guys seen food and gas prices lately? U.S. $ will soon be worthless if the Fed keeps printing money!”

Who’s side to take?: Lohan’s. Yes, you should be agreeing with frequent acquaintance of the L.A.P.D. You don’t have to be an economist to know how inflation works. It would appear that Ms. Lohan had a moment of clarity on Twitter and perhaps, she’s turned a corner. Who knows? She might have public service in her future…., or community service.

You know the economy is tanking, when Lohan takes time to comment

Overwhelming support for Sunrail at Orange BCC

Which side are you on?

Orange TV on cable wasn’t going to cut it this time. You had to be at the Orange County Board of County Commissioners meeting to see the major players involved, in commuter rail for Central Florida.

There had already been a couple of these meetings in the region today; a tour to spread info and gauge support.

The venue was at already at capacity, and the overflow room was filling quickly as the public presentation from Governor Rick Scott’s, secretary from the FDOT, Ananth Prasad was almost underway. The crowd was growing impatient as the preceding matter lagged on, something about ethics or something, it didn’t matter, half of the people in the room don’t buy into that sort of thing anyways. Finally, it was time to begin.

Secretary Prasad’s thorough presentation covered a lot of numbers and had a cautious tone of approval. It sounded like a parent lecturing their children before buying a dog. “If I let you have him, you’ll have to wash him, feed him, and take him for walks”, except this was a money speech clearly, pointing out the responsibilities of all the levels of government, and even the private companies involved.

There were a lot of big names there. It was a site to see. Here is a rundown.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown, State Sens. Andy Gardiner, Thad Altman, former Sen. Lee Constantine, State Reps. Scott Randolph, Darren Soto, Bryan Nelson and a whole slew of Mayors on Sunrail’s planned route. The big dogs from the Lobbying firms downtown, members of the media and pundits like myself, all with entourage in tow (except me, the only Entourage I get is on HBO).

Mayor Jacobs took a moment before the public comment session to express her support for Sunrail and explained the rules to supporters and opposition. Two minutes per speaker, twenty minutes per side.

The opposition lined up and the list was displayed on the screen. Activists in red shirts that read “Derail Sunrail” were ready. There were no big names on the screen but, the opposition was passionate. One woman drove from Tampa to speak. No reaction from the capacity crowd during their 20 minutes. Several of them took the opportunity to tell Rep. Corrine Brown to her face, that they were not “Stuck on Stupid” as she’s said about commuter rail opposition in the past.

Then came the supporters… the group was twice as long and full of big names. A lot from the list, I just got done typing, Republicans and Democrats, with leadership from major organizations following them. They were all in top form addressing the board and Secretary Prasad. Then the ones that would be personally affected by the addition of Sunrail to Orange County spoke. A disabled woman in a wheel chair conveyed her support and how it could improve her quality of life, then a native Orlando college student, studying nursing in Atlanta explained the benefits of rail in Georgia and how it could help here, in Orlando.

It was time to call the fight…

The most visible support of Sunrail in Orange County didnt’ come until the end of the meeting. It was when Mayor Jacobs was wrapping things up and asked those opposed to Sunrail to stand up and be recognized.

About seven people stood up.

Then she asked those in favor to stand up and be recognized.

Virtually, the rest of the crowd in attendance rose to their feet. There were people that stood up that, I didn’t even know where there to take a side!

I still believe Rick Scott is going to put off this decision. It’s just my gut but, if he kills the train it will send shockwaves across the political landscape in Florida…again.

It’s been a political boxing match with both sides getting some big shots in and it’s going to go to the cards for a decision.

Except, there is just one card and one judge and whoever gets their hand lifted in victory, is still going to hear some boos from the audience.

It looks like this might be a reality but, I gotta hear the Governor say it.

Political Stocks: Who’s up, Who’s down in O-town. Are you a flake edition?

Well, are you? Have a look?

Pair this with the Jon Stewart interview from last week and FOX New Sunday is political “Must See TV”.

Regardless, of whether you think Michele Bachmann is, or is not a flake, she leads off this edition of political stocks.

Who’s Up?:

Rep. Michele Bachmann: Her stock is skyrocketing right now. That CNN debate was a coming out party of sorts for Bachmann as a Presidential candidate and she’s been trending up since. She formally announced her candidacy today, Chris Wallace apologized for that flake question you just watched, and the biggest brow raiser, is the poll from the Des Moines Register that, has Bachmann in a “virtual tie” with former Massachusetts Governor and, front runner Mitt Romney. She’s been on the news all day and if you’re familiar with Mrs. Bachmann she talks that GOP primary talk, and she’s got the track record to back it up.

Watch your back, Mitt

Herman Cain: Up to 10%! Good for you Herman, you’re in third place. Now, has anyone given you any money yet?

Holding Steady:

Mitt Romney: He’s still the man to beat, the money is rolling in and none of his opponents will call him out on “Romneycare” to his face. Is this going to be a two candidate primary?

The Pack:Santorum, Paul, Huntsman and any of the other guys, that probably aren’t going to win.

Who’s down?:

Tim Pawlenty: What happened T-Paw?! You were suppose to be the guy. Granted, this is just one poll but, come on man. I know what happened. You should have called Mitt Romney an Obamacare architect to his face during that CNN debate but, you chickened out and now GOP voters don’t think you have the stones to take on Obama.

Newt Gingrich: Iceberg! You’ve had consultants on your team treating your campaign like the Titanic, the lifeboats are gone and now you’re standing next to the string quartet playing in knee deep water, while your ship sinks.

That’s it for now, talk to you again soon!

Political Stocks: Who's up, Who's down in O-town. Are you a flake edition?

Well, are you? Have a look?

Pair this with the Jon Stewart interview from last week and FOX New Sunday is political “Must See TV”.

Regardless, of whether you think Michele Bachmann is, or is not a flake, she leads off this edition of political stocks.

Who’s Up?:

Rep. Michele Bachmann: Her stock is skyrocketing right now. That CNN debate was a coming out party of sorts for Bachmann as a Presidential candidate and she’s been trending up since. She formally announced her candidacy today, Chris Wallace apologized for that flake question you just watched, and the biggest brow raiser, is the poll from the Des Moines Register that, has Bachmann in a “virtual tie” with former Massachusetts Governor and, front runner Mitt Romney. She’s been on the news all day and if you’re familiar with Mrs. Bachmann she talks that GOP primary talk, and she’s got the track record to back it up.

Watch your back, Mitt

Herman Cain: Up to 10%! Good for you Herman, you’re in third place. Now, has anyone given you any money yet?

Holding Steady:

Mitt Romney: He’s still the man to beat, the money is rolling in and none of his opponents will call him out on “Romneycare” to his face. Is this going to be a two candidate primary?

The Pack:Santorum, Paul, Huntsman and any of the other guys, that probably aren’t going to win.

Who’s down?:

Tim Pawlenty: What happened T-Paw?! You were suppose to be the guy. Granted, this is just one poll but, come on man. I know what happened. You should have called Mitt Romney an Obamacare architect to his face during that CNN debate but, you chickened out and now GOP voters don’t think you have the stones to take on Obama.

Newt Gingrich: Iceberg! You’ve had consultants on your team treating your campaign like the Titanic, the lifeboats are gone and now you’re standing next to the string quartet playing in knee deep water, while your ship sinks.

That’s it for now, talk to you again soon!

The Rock Pink Celebrity Bowl-o-rama

What an awesome event.

This is my favorite non-political event of the year and it raises loads of money for a cause that affects all of us in one way or another.

It’s the Rock Pink Celebrity Bowl-O-Rama and every year they bring together every day folks like you and me and dozens of local celebrities in TV, Radio, Sports and Music for an afternoon of bowling and hanging out.

Every year, it feels like this event is getting bigger and better, this was my second Bowl-a-rama and the Boardwalk Bowl on Colonial was full on a stormy afternoon, absolutely perfect conditions for an event indoors. There were also auctions, food, raffles, and other games if bowling wasn’t your thing.

I was on Dirty Jim’s team, he’s one of the Monster’s in the Morning on Real Radio 104.1, a terrific celeb to bowl with and our squad was a great group of guys.

A great group of guys to bowl with, a first class event. I'm also doing a mean "Where's Waldo?" impression here.

There were some political opinion leaders there too. Scott Maxwell- Orlando Sentinel, Lauren Rowe- WKMG’ Flashpoint, Jim Philips- Real Radio 104.1, and John Morgan- Morgan & Morgan, and CF News 13′s The Agenda.

In the end, it was all about raising money for Rock Pink, an Organization that works, so hard in the fight against breast cancer, and to see the community come together again, is another reminder of how great the people of Central Florida are.

Here is RockPink’s website, if you would like to help.

How many celebs can you spot in this short video?