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President Obama endorses New York Controller William Thompson……er, sorta ……

Actually, the President didn’t do any such thing…His press Secretary issued an old fashion geometry corollary…saying, “The President is the leader of the Democratic Party and, as that, would support the Democratic nominee,”  when queried by the Daily News. The President’s Press secretary then went on to Praise Bloomberg………

One would wonder……why wouldn’t the leader of the Democratic Party take two minutes to endorse the democratic nominee for the countries biggest city?….Could it be the polls…or all that  money Bloomberg has in the bank?

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Secretary of State of helps in untangling the Newark Mayor Booker and Conan O'Brian dispute…..

Hillary Clinton does have a sense aof humor…………..watch this and see…….

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The Secretary of State of helps in untangling the Newark Mayor Booker and Conan O’Brian dispute…..

Hillary Clinton does have a sense aof humor…………..watch this and see…….

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Politico's Late Night TV Video review…………

About two minutes of video………

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

Politico’s Late Night TV Video review…………

About two minutes of video………

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Jeremy Piven and a back stage look at Broadway…….

The star actor from the cable hit Entourage, came to Broadway a year ago to do the David Mamet play “Speed the Plow”………six weeks into the show Piven quit …claiming health issues…the went back to the west coast the target of ridicule and late night host jokes as being difficult to work with…….

The case went into arbitration and the New York Times has gotten a hold of the arbitator\’s 1600+ page ruling, which clears the actor of any wrong doing, and paints the picture of a ‘hard driving’ producer who doubts his star, second and third guesses him, yells at doctors , and is just concerned with making a buck……..

Interesting,…….in the end the producer made his money……and Piven won his good name back……. maybe……

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Wall Street Journal presents a leaked outline of the war request by Gen McChrystal…….

The Wall Street Journal has printed a pretty detailed piece today describing the basic points of General McChrystal request and recommendations to the Commander in Chief…….

Among the most interesting information is the fact that there is a request for three different levels of troops…….

A) 40,000

B) 60,000

C) None

McChrystal is reported to want to go with choice A, 40,000 troops……but there is a BIG BUT here….according to a review of the General’s plans ……the Army, and Marines would have significant problems in getting that many troops in-country, as soon as the General has reported they are needed for a ‘surge’……..In, addition, McChrytal’s aim would be to deny  al Qaeda, and the Taliban access to Afghanistan…..the White House may be content with just keeping al Qaeda out of the country, and finding a middle ground with the Taliban……

While McCrystal is a warrior, concerned with his troops, and objective…the CIC has to deal with the political component of the campaign…And since he has publicly said he won’t leave, and he won’t cut the number of troops …he really doesn’t have many options left………McCrystal is emphatic that the current troop level will not hold ground…Units are being overrun in the boonies, and are being cut back …….

Also…while Obama is holding his sessions …Hillary  Clinton, the Secretary of State, is holding hers…Seeking to identify the role for the State Department and civilians…Unlike during the Condi Rice period, in which State Department actions in Iraq consisted of sending staff home, leaving Sec of Defense Gates to fill those spots in with badly needed military assets……..

In the end the Army and the Marines would be able to move between 11,000 to 15,000 troops in country by the end of the year and another 20,000 by next July….…Finally, the movement of troops into the country is accompanied by a serious deficiency in helicopters, and contrary to this piece, a problem with Iraq ‘dialed in’ vehicles that are useless in Afghanistan’s terrible roads…….

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Real Housewives of Atlanta …….moving on from last weeks tragedy……

Another week, another show …..Kandi talks about her future with her fiance'( that is lost, how unreal and sad)……Kim doesn’t show up for Kandi’s the concert…….and Kandi seems hurt…but pushs on….. and folks ….Kandi is the most real of the crew…..house visiting, and other things make the show move on………

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Something to think about…are the Republicans this smart?

Watch this Saturday Night  Live Video and decide for yourself……….he, he, he…..

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment | , , | 6 Comments

President Barack H. Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize ……….

The Nobel Committee has named Obama as it’s 2009 recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize…The Prize and it’s monetary award (at least $1.5 million) will go to the United State 44th President for his …..’.support (in) what he’s trying to do, to achieve….’

A lot of people are currently bent out of shape on this one….Because it seems that the committee is saying that Obama is getting the prize because he isn’t George Bush….Because he has proclaimed to the world that United States is a partner to the world, and will consult with the rest of the sovereign nations out there, and not ride rough shot over them, and their interests. Another quote from the committee…..He won because of  ‘his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between people”…..

Make no mistake the conservatives will view this as an affront…and they will be right…..but you know a whole lot of people around the world had to sit on their hands and complain while Bush and Cheney tried the \’stick\’ method of diplomacy for the last eight years…and they where not happy (and quite a few took to the streets in Europe)……

I think the committee is also patting the American people on their backs for electing the countries first black biracial president……a man with a different name and pedigree rises to become the leader of the world most powerful economic and military powered country……

And finally I think the committee has weighted in Obama’s campaign pledge of ‘change’ …a word that has popped up all over the planet giving a hope to a new day in some very tired places…….

It will be hard for Obama to keep the dream alive…but at least the Nobel Committee in Stockholm has given the man their blessing and hope for the future…….

Update:……Video of Obama’s presser on the announcement of his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize…..and the transcript…..

Note.……President Obama is the third sitting Presiden to receive a Nobel Peace Prize…following Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wiklson…..

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Other Things, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment