Charles Barkley: John Mellencamp right, "Conservative means discriminatory"
When John Mellencamp let loose with a rip on the Bush administration in the middle of an celebrity golf tournament event concert, sending ex Vice President Dan Quayle marching for the exit, he may have shot a few shockwaves through the American Century Championship. But one of the biggest celebrities in the Lake Tahoe field - a man who used to be one of America’s biggest Republicans literally - wasn’t shedding any tears for Quayle.
“He’s right,” Charles Barkley said of Mellencamp. “The word conservative means discriminatory practically. It’s a form of political discrimination. What do the Republicans run on? Against gay marriage and for a war that makes no sense. A war that was based on faulty intelligence. That’s all they ever talk about. That and immigration. Another discriminatory argument for political gain.”
In mid show Friday night, Mellencamp introduced a song with “This next one is for all the poor people who’ve been ignored by the current administration,” according to witnesses.
Quayle almost immediately marched towards the exit from his high profile seat at the outdoor venue.
“I didn’t appreciate the comment and besides I didn’t think the show was very good,” Quayle told an observer as he bolted.
Barkley argued that attacking George W. Bush is a waste of energy that frustrates him, but he wasn’t going to dispute the premise.
“The Democrats have done a horrible job,” Barkley said. “A really crappy job. They spend all this time and energy getting on George Bush. They’re going after a guy who’s on the way out in two years no matter what they say anyways. He can’t run again. He can’t get fired. Why are you worrying about him?
“Democrats have wasted the last two years going after this guy and two years from another election, we don’t have a frontrunner or a plan.”
Hearing Barkley saying “we” with the Democrats would be surprise to many. For years, the NBA Hall of Famer was a very public card carrying member of the Republican party.
“I was a Republican until they lost their minds,” Barkley said.
Sir Charles showed plenty of passion, but he wasn’t stalking away from anything a la Quayle. Shortly after answering questions Saturday, he got into a putting contest with Peter Wagner - the 15-year-old son of Jack Wagner, the soap opera actor who ended up winning the tournament.
With a Coors Light can in hand, Barkley traded putts and good natured jabs with the 15-year-old. He waved to every single fan who stopped outside the yellow ropes and called out to him.
Quayle had already left the grounds.
And people thought nothing happened at celebrity golf tournaments?
Think Rush Limbaugh is upset he didn’t decide to play in this celebrity tournament about now?
For complete interviews with both Barkely and Quayle from Lake Tahoe, stay tuned to TravelGolf.com in the coming weeks.
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Mellencamp is the best the celebs could get? Is he 80? Saw him at IU a few years back and he sucked then.
P. Diddy wasn't available?
Charles Barkley . . . a real deep thinker there.
Comment from: Kiel Christianson [Member] · http://www.travelgolf.com/departments/authorarchives/christianson.htm
Barkley joins John Dean, former White House counsel under Nixon, as one of many, many conservatives who have realized that neo-cons aren't conservative in the least. (See Dean's book CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT A CONSCINECE or his editorial in the Boston Globe from July 14.)
Umm, it's been a while since John Dean was a conservative -- if he ever was.
Being in the Nixon White House didn't mean the political operative was a conservative -- especially since President Nixon himself was no conservative.
Pretty much the most conservative thing Nixon ever did was appoint William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court.
Nixon was responsible for what are now fairly leftish programs, including creation of the EPA and OSHA, and several other bits of federal bureaucracy alphabet soup.
Nixon also instituted wage and price controls, which are straight out of the Far Left economic playbook.
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member]
Barkley has seen the light, as I hope young Chris Baldwin has.
So now we're supposed to rely on sports stars to inform our political opinions?
If not Barkley, then why not John Elway? Elway remains a staunch conservative. And the last time I counted, Elway led Barkley in world championships, 2-to-zip. Perhaps we need to better trust the judgement of somebody who actually had the moxie to win a world championship.
In reality, trusting sports stars to tell us how to vote is about as clever as trusting somebody brilliant as Paris Hilton (Vote or Die), Meryl Streep (fake alar scares) or Alec Baldwin (If Bush is re-elected, I am leaving the country).
They should truly "Shut up and Sing." Or in this case, "Shut up and Play Ball."
Then again, Tim, last time any of us checked, you still hadn't gotten off your lazy behind to review check the actual transcript of the Lincicome and Wie interviews from the match play tournament.
Had you exercised yourself, you would have noticed that:
-- there was no basis for your blog about Wie engaging in "tiresome whining," or Lincicome engaging in catty retorts. You just made up the whole thing. The only question is whether you knew ahead of time that it was all a chimera. But you've got plenty of company in deciding the truth is just so damn inconvenient, or in being too incompetent to undertake some basic research. See below.
-- Just like there was no foundation for Mario's spin control -- based on Mario's propoganda or Mario's factless incompetence, she has yet to tell us which it is -- about the five people withdrawing from the John Deere tourney. Mario worded things in such a way as to make the gullible believe a veritable rash of heat-related departures occurred in the hellish conditions. Her trolling easily reeled in several of the Wie Warriors.
-- Just like there is in fact, no rational basis for Baldwin to depend on Charles Barkley as a political pundit.
You lads and lass have been caught trying to play a journalist on the Internet. As you see, just a bit of logic exposes all three of you for the flawed correspondents you are.
In the real world -- that would be the one not inhabited by lefties, the Wie Warriors, or bloggers who pretend to be journalists on the Internet (this means Tim McDonald, Jennifer Mario and Chris Baldwin) -- Lincicome and Wie in fact had not engaged in a catfight about Wie's self-assessement of her loss to Lincicome.
In the real world, the John Deere tournament was not the surface of Venus.
In the real world, Charles Barkley, John Elway, or Joe Montana are not automatically qualified to write a political newsletter just because they all qualify for the Hall of Fame.
Next thing you know, you faux journalists will ask Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks for advice on how to drive.
People make spelling errors when they post comments in blogs, it's an immediate form of internet media, get used to it. If you purchase the TravelGolf.com coffee table book and it's got a misprint we'll send you a new one. No need to waste space bashing a proven, published writer who's written hundreds of error-free articles. I think he knows how to spell "conscience". Challenge him to a spelling bee in your own time.
Who is the proven writer to whom you're referring? I haven't seen any on this site.
You lefties are most amusing. You score the neo-cons (I'm not one) for being conservative whenever they refuse to increase spending more than three times the rate of inflation, but now one of you betrays himself by acknowledging that they aren't really all that conservative at all. Could it be that if you recognized reality, dispensed with your irrational prejudices and accepted that the Bushites agree with you more than they agree with me (and they do), you'd have nothing to complain about and would have to come face to face with your miserable existences?
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member]
George says Nixon wasn't a conservative? Hey, he was a liar and a criminal. That's straight out of the Repubican playbook.
Tim, all your post did is prove you can regurgitate Democrat Underground talking points.
But you must confront a more crucial challenge, one that so far has foiled you.
It still appears you never got off your lazy behind to check the full transcript of the Brittany Lincicome - Michelle Wie interviews following their match.
As is apparent to anyone not as torpid as you, Tim, there actually was no basis to suggest the two women had unleashed a cat fight on each other.
Wie didn't whine and was not making excuses -- she may have been spectacularly self-delusional about the fact that Lincicome mopped her -- but it was not whining. Nor was Lincicome sniping at Wie or dissing Wie.
Tim, you had no basis for your column based on Wie's comments -- and you know it.
The choices are:
-you made it up
-or you need remedial English before you can keep posting.
-or you can split the expenses with Jennifer Mario and Chris Baldwin for a Journalism 101 class.
And being able to hit control "C" and control "V" on your keyboard to paste those far-left talking points into your post doesn't count.
A Ph.D is linguistics? Ha-ha. Yes, I've heard about those linguistics courses. That's where they tell you that language is all arbitrary anyway, so it doesn't matter if you run around disgorging Ebonics. Hey, is you is or is you ain't?
I guess that on your way to your doctorate, you never learned how to spell the word "denigrate."
A liar and a criminal? Do you mean like Slick Willie, Dan Rostenkowski (sp?) -- who, by the way, is in prison -- and Marion Barry, just to name a few?
As for you, TBT, I can't say you're a criminal.
"Brandon recently had a piece in which he gloried in the fact that several private clubs in Michigan were having trouble maintaining their membership rolls. He doesn't seem to grasp the obvious results of an exodus by affluent citizens from an area having fiscal woes"
You are talking about this blog:
To save you the trouble of suffering through the whole blog, the first sentence is:
"The mass-exodus out of Michigan thanks to the auto industry means the hundreds of private clubs are scrambling to fill memberships"
We even use the same word: "exodus". And white collar and blue collar jobs are affected.
Until Michigan diversifies its economy beyond cars and pizza it will definitely struggle. Maybe ethanol can help. Or maybe the Great Lakes hold the key. But usually first sentences in blogs are important, be sure not to skip them Alex.
While I by no means want to see anything in the golf industry fail, look at it this way: one club in Ann Arbor used to have a 10 year waitlist, $40,000 initiation fee. Now, there's no waitlist, and you can spread the $40,000 out over a 30-year period. Guys who just graduated school are able to afford it now, not just accomplished business or old money types. My point in that post is there's a change in the country club demographic.
Of course, the rich need their playgrounds and all, but what's not to like about great facilities becoming more open to more people? Or would you prefer they remain elitest (a good deal of which are born into it)? Shame on me for my excitement that more people in MI have the opportunity to taste the good life.
Alex is right. You were reveling in the travails of these clubs, not just making note of the very different economic climate in these areas.
"The man who is capable of deceiving only other is not nearly as dangerous as the man who is capable of deceiving himself."
Be honest with yourself about who and what you are.
You and the Judge going out tonight?
Conservatives are definitely much more likely to be gay than liberals. The latter are a very unhappy lot.
"Tiny Tim." Man, what an imagination. I've certainly never heard that one.
All I see is ad hominems. No real issues being discussed on the merits. If an issue comes up at all, it's met with personal attacks on the poster or whoever was mentioned in the post.
Childish to the extreme. I'm not staying (and I'm sure some of you people will feel compelled to respond with something mature like "good" or "nobody wants you to stay anyway" - which would only serve to prove my point).
If Barkley's not full of hypocrisies, he's full of at least fairly extreme contradictions.
He's a social conservative who throughout his playing career was a devotee of strip clubs, an anti-authority authoritarian, a rebel reactionary, both truth-teller and scam artist. After a difficult loss, he once said he felt like going home and beating his wife—the same woman who he said made him cry with joy every time they made love. He's a relentless capitalist whose principal shtick is sticking up for the poor and downtrodden.
Quizzed by a reporter as to whether he was a Republican or a Democrat, Barkley said, "I'm not either, to be honest with you. I made a joke with my grandmother one time. I was asking her, 'Why are we Democrats?' She said, 'Republicans are only for rich people.' And I said, 'I'm rich.' And she hasn't given me a viable answer."
If Barkley were ever to run for political office—he's repeatedly threatened to run for governor of his native Alabama as a Republican—he'd be constrained by certain ideologies. But now he can contradict himself every other day or every other game or every other sentence, can recharge the moment with meaning, whether it's a pick-and-roll or a racial incident.
He's mastered the televisual style of controversy sans consequence, of playing both ends against the middle, of the cult of personality.
The truth is that, loosely speaking, Barkley is just a dumb jock. I say "loosely speaking" because I'm sure he possesses adequate intelligence. However, this isn't a man who is a desert mystic, let's face it. He's no font of intellectual understanding or philosophical depth.
Unfortunately, like most other celebrities, he made his money while engaging in a rather frivolous pursuit and now he has a forum in which he can have influence in matters of import.
But, as always, the people are the problem. If we had any brains, we would simply say "Look, you made a lot of money tossing a ball around, God bless you. Now, shut-up, go away, be rich and, if you're really interested in making the world a better place, improve yourself."
Thanks for the belly laughs.
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