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The Gosselin's have a peaceful birthday for their two oldest girls……Kate asks Jon to stay for the kid's sake….

Today was the two oldest girls, Mady and Cara’s 9th birthday…and all the tension about the two parents being in the house at the same time, didn\’t happen.…..amen

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Gosselin’s have a peaceful birthday for their two oldest girls……Kate asks Jon to stay for the kid’s sake….

Today was the two oldest girls, Mady and Cara’s 9th birthday…and all the tension about the two parents being in the house at the same time, didn\’t happen.…..amen

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Charles Rangel (D. NY), Chair of the House Ways and Means committee, and the GOP……..

I haven’t commented on the Chairmen of the House’s Ways and Means Committee because I knew from reading periodically about his troubles that something was going on under the surface in his case…..Now that he has had another public outing of his tax, financial and money memory problems by the Republicans, pushing the story to the media…….A few people have now dialed in the background information….

It appears that Mr Rangel has gotten an immunity from the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and will continue to do so for several reasons…….

The First, and biggest, is that if he gets the hook, the Democrats are gonna take a big hit from the GOP, which is of course why some (but all) of the Republicans like to goose the story, from time to time……..the Second reason is that the House is loath to give up senior members …..we all make mistakes, and legislator ‘s are included….the Third is that the last time Pelosi canned someone ( Jefferson), she caught hell for it…even among House members that knew the guy was no good…….the Fourth reason is the Congressional Black Caucus….its members are very protective of the founder of the organization………the Fifth reason is that Charlie Rangel has waited for a very long time to be where he is…and he does weld a bit of power, and respect with Congress, on the whole…..and the last reason is that the Democrats in the House can take the heat…..a large group of them that are behind Rangel, come from virtually GOP proof districts, and don’t have to worry about the GOP reminding their district’s voters about Rangel’s problems…….

So unless the Ethic committee can find something REALY bad…Rangel will be sitting the Chairman’s seat for a good long while……Pelosi isn’t gonna touch him……

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Honduras…..concerned with the US …..plays the American game…it hires Lobbyist's……

Since the Honduran government kicked out its last President Manuel Zelaya ( who counts Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as a close friend ) for trying to give a referendum on his staying in office, against the wishes of the county’s courts and military. The United States, and especially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been pissed at the country…Clinton even went so far as to stop the American foreign aid money to the country…….

The Hondurans…who are trusted allies in the American fight against drugs, have worked quietly to put together a group to lobby the administration to calm down and see things their way……They have enlisted several old timers (from GOP and  Bush admin) including Otto Reich, Roger Noreiga and Daniel Fisk to lobby congress (at a cost of over $400,000)….they have got the attention they sought because, when they organized a meeting in the senate after the ouster, eight senators showed up, an unusual occurrence. Old timers senators, especially Republicans, still look at South America as a danger spot , and are willing to stand behind Honduras, because of its strategic value, and its history of its pro american stance, regardless of an ex-president that keeps friends that have called for the US to get out their region.

The administration has gotten a push back on it stance from Congress which has refused to approve several State Department appointees for the region …..

And Mr Zelaya now, remains….A man without a country…….

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Honduras…..concerned with the US …..plays the American game…it hires Lobbyist’s……

Since the Honduran government kicked out its last President Manuel Zelaya ( who counts Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as a close friend ) for trying to give a referendum on his staying in office, against the wishes of the county’s courts and military. The United States, and especially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been pissed at the country…Clinton even went so far as to stop the American foreign aid money to the country…….

The Hondurans…who are trusted allies in the American fight against drugs, have worked quietly to put together a group to lobby the administration to calm down and see things their way……They have enlisted several old timers (from GOP and  Bush admin) including Otto Reich, Roger Noreiga and Daniel Fisk to lobby congress (at a cost of over $400,000)….they have got the attention they sought because, when they organized a meeting in the senate after the ouster, eight senators showed up, an unusual occurrence. Old timers senators, especially Republicans, still look at South America as a danger spot , and are willing to stand behind Honduras, because of its strategic value, and its history of its pro american stance, regardless of an ex-president that keeps friends that have called for the US to get out their region.

The administration has gotten a push back on it stance from Congress which has refused to approve several State Department appointees for the region …..

And Mr Zelaya now, remains….A man without a country…….

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Gosselins……all over TV…..and not happy…….

I just got finished having dinner, and watching the media circus following the Gosselin’s on TV….Jon buying a birthday cake for his two oldest daughters…Listening to him complain because Kate decided to have two separate cakes, and celebrations, because they wouldn’t have to be together in the same room…..

I posted earlier the Nancy Grace put down  Jon on TV.  To be fair…the guy looks like he’s lost….the camera’s …the looks by people on the street in New York City…..life isn’t easy for him these days……

Kate doesn’t seem much better…sure she did a skit for Jay Leno at the supermarket about the paparazzi…but during the early morning kids drop off for school, she was without her ‘face’ and did not look like a woman having a fun time in her life……

I’ve given this advice before…

…Guys….. get rid of everybody, and have a long, long talk……figure out what’s good for your kids, and figure out how to deal each other, cause those kids are gonna need BOTH of you around for the rest of their lives………

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jon Gosselin gets talked down to … again on TV…

This time it’s Nancy Grace on the’ Insider Show\’….And the guy just gets ran over…what is it with this guy, and assertive women?

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , , | Leave a comment

The Washington Post changes sides…..show cases the fact that McChrystal has backing from the troops……

The Washington Post has for the past week been a vessel carrying administration handlers leaks and whispers crossing Afghanistan Commanding Officer, General Stanley McChrystal’s campaign to get more troops for his theatre of action…they have published articles and opinions to the effect that the general should be a good solider and send in his request, and then go sit in the corner and wait until he’s called…..

That hasn’t worked this time…. ever mindful of the fact that Gen. Eric Shinseki told his bosses what to do up front, and got dissed, and then caned for it…McChrystal has not backed way from expressing his views on what he needs to do the job……he has not challenged the CIC in anyway…he has just given……what his boss asked for…..a plan…

I had to chuckle that the Washington Post would carry this story, about the supprt the general was shown at a convention in Washington DC this week,  given the fact that they have been giving McChrystal nothing but grief  for the past week……

Mindful of

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sanford Speeding story…is no story……just Gov. Stanford not thinking again……

Recently… a South Carolina  State Law Enforcement member got pulled over for doing 85 mph, by a South Carolina State Trooper……What?……well it turns out that the SCLED guy was in a black, unmarked Ford Crown Victoria with Governor of that state in the vehicle…..got that?….so the trooper in the marked car (that has a camera rolling, and the trooper wired for sound) gets out after the stop, and says to thee SCLED guy,’there is no good reason to be driving so fast!’…to which the SCLED guy answers, turning to his passenger ,’tell him that’ ……and with that, the governor introduces himself………..

End of story right?

Well, no ………it seems that a tape somehow surfaces of the stop…..Which shows that the trooper realizing that the driver is another member of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, who is driving their boos…..Shakes Governor Stanford’s hand and sends  them on their way…….No ticket…again….End of story, right?

Well, no…after the tape surfaces…..The media calls trooper headquarters…to which the Office of Public Safety issues a press release saying that there should  have been a citation issued…..

What!…Are you kidding me?

Does anybody remember the Corzine caper?….same thing (only a real bad accident occurred)…the boss (the governor) says I gotta be somewhere fast…step on it…..a cop assigned to make sure the governor of HIS state is safe is forced to defer from his good judgment, and speed , to get the guy in the car, who gives HIS boss HIS marching orders, where he wants to go on time…..

As in the Jersey cases, this guy driving ain’t gonna get a summons folks…neither is the guy who stopped him gonna have a problem (the piece lists several similar incident that have occurred, this ain’t gonna be the last one, this one was just on tape)….

…..these guys are sworn to do their jobs…both were doing their duty…the only person at fault here was the head man in charge,  Governor Mark Stanford…who put the driver in a ‘no win’ situation….he either takes his time driving, getting wherever late, and maybe gets yanked from the detail, and banished to steady midnights in the arm pit of the state, or……. goes fast and gets there on time  , risking an accident, and not going home to his wife and kids…….

What’s that called?….Oh, yea…a ‘no-win situation’……

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Law, Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bloomberg and Guns Sales………..a month before the NYC Mayoral Election?…….

Mayor Mike Bloomberg an Independent…running on the Republican line has waged a campaign against illegal gun sales……not New York City…not even in New York State….But in Tennessee, Ohio and Nevada gun shows…….

The City and its Mayor will release a report with video showing how New York City investigators made gun purchases in which the dealers asked for little or no ID and  went thru with those sales even if the purchaser admitted that they probably couldn’t pass background checks……

The problem is …this is just a before an election that Bloomberg could lose (unlikely but)? …Second of all…this is simply not going to change a thing, in general, since outside of New York the gun issue is toxic, and no smart democrat is gonna get involved in it , since Al Gore lost critical votes because of it…..

Besides, what did they do with the guns they bought?….isn’t it illegal to lie about buying them?…if these poeple where NYC cops…they aren’t cops outside of the city and New York State, right?…..

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Law | , , , , , | Leave a comment