Jamesb101.com

commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

Austan Goolsbee wins the 16th Annual 'D.C.' Funniest Celebrity' contest….We go to the video tape……..

Goolsbee…..a White House economic advisor…won with an unconvential look at the place and people he works with…….

Note: there is something also about Joe the Plumber………

Advertisements

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Austan Goolsbee wins the 16th Annual ‘D.C.’ Funniest Celebrity’ contest….We go to the video tape……..

Goolsbee…..a White House economic advisor…won with an unconvential look at the place and people he works with…….

Note: there is something also about Joe the Plumber………

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran………..

The President and the administration has employed the old carrot and stick strategy with the Iranians since Obama has arrived in DC…while some progress seems to have been made in this weeks meetings in Geneva…one should always be wary of the Persian’s who have been around for a long, long, long time…… I am talking about that nation’s political and military apparatus …..

While we all are concerned about Iran’s nuclear weapons…and the threat they would pose….I buy into the theory floating around that the people of Iran might hate their government, but are proud of its pursuit of a nuclear capability………

Along with this fact, I am also weary of the fact that the Iranian’s have been, and are continuing to, stall the West, while working hard at continuing development at any number of nuclear facilities…….I hope the everyone isn’t getting played…..

The stick remains sanctions (which are probably very spotty), inspections and the threat of letting the Israeli’s loose…….The carrot is, sanctions going away, some sort accommodation with the West, and a world wide view that they aren’t so bad……And maybe a supervised civilian nuclear program…..

One thing I can say with certainty…President Obama will do everything he can… to go the extra mile…to turn the other cheek, to get some sort of an agreement…talking to them…not just at them…….

What a welcomed change from the past eight years………..


October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Corzine closes to even in New Jersey……….

The results from a Monmouth University/Gannett Poll released today shows the race could be tied (they did two polls..the smaller one comes out 43/40 Christie , the larger 40/40, and since I was told in college statistics that larger polls are more accurate, I’m quoting the larger)……with the momentum with Corzine, who should pull it out, since New Jersey has come home  to the democrat’s for the past decade……..the three candidates do the first of three debates tonight…..

Here’s the link on the debate………

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Breaking News!………Jon Gosselin wants his name back on the show…and wants his divorce put on hold?

Ah…what’s going on here?……..He’s being squeezed out of the headline, yep…..the moves have be decided on…..but he’s still got to get paid…he’s under contract…but the REAL interesting part is the divorce……

He’s quoted in this piece as admitting that his public behavior hasn’t been ‘G’ rated…and he seems to be trying toat least aprtly make up with his wife….but it seems thta Kate ain’t having this …..and has said that she wants to go full steam ahead with desolving their marrage..and that she knows nothing about his trying to make amends…….is thsi publity?…is this aguy trying to crall back?…is this a guy very confused?….in public?…..with eight kids?……oh, yea where’s the bodyguard?

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment | , , , , | Leave a comment

'Sully' Sullenberger is back flying airplanes……….

The US Air airplane driver returned to the job he loves and is pretty darn good yesterday…flying a A320  (the same type A/C) on the companies flight 1050 from Charlotte NC back to NY’s LaGuardia Airport…… the company had advertised Sullenberger flight back out of LGA as his first flight back …….but he surprised everyone and started one flight earlier ………one happy passenger  on board the first flight related……..”He’s a celebrity now. He could have retired. It’s neat he came back.”

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Other Things | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Sully’ Sullenberger is back flying airplanes……….

The US Air airplane driver returned to the job he loves and is pretty darn good yesterday…flying a A320  (the same type A/C) on the companies flight 1050 from Charlotte NC back to NY’s LaGuardia Airport…… the company had advertised Sullenberger flight back out of LGA as his first flight back …….but he surprised everyone and started one flight earlier ………one happy passenger  on board the first flight related……..”He’s a celebrity now. He could have retired. It’s neat he came back.”

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Other Things | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kenneth D. Lewis, the CEO of the Bank of America, will take early retirement….

After riding thru a very rough period for the bank and its acquisitions…Kenneth D. Lews, the CEO of the United States largest bank, largest retain brokerage, largest credit card holder and largest mortgage holder…..Bank of America is leaving (joining other Wall Street CEO’s gone)…..he will receive pension benefits worth $53.2 million, and other compensation (including stock trading at a low of $16 vs a high of $54 in 2006) worth almost  $81 million…….

I posted earlier that Lewis got a whole lot of people mad at him for buying Merrill Lynch during crunch time last year after he found out the company was just about worthless…his defense was that Paulson and Bermenke forced him to do it….but neither forced him to allocate almost $5 billion in salaries for employees after borrowing billions of dollars from the government to prop up the Bank after the merger ……. something any reasonable person would not do, fearing that the government and stockholders would be pissed …..

And they still are………

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Politics, The Economy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consumers Union will do an ad for passage of a Healthcare Bill……

That’s right….The  consumer organization that rates just about everything (since 1936) will do a two weeks run of a TV ad in the DC market supporting the adoption , Healthcare Bill for Americans……….The organization also has put up a web site explaining its opinions on a democratic based plan……….And supporting a plan that ‘covers everyone’…..

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Healthcare, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

McChrystal doesn't give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment