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The last miles for a Healthcare Bill…..the GOP is back at the Tea Parties….

Hoping in vain to stop…or least slow down, the democrats quest for new Healthcare reform …the GOP has rallied the troops to Washington, and the Capitol…… (10,000 or so)….…

With the knowledge that the media will play the numbers and the visual’s up …The last fight is being played out on a grand stage……

The republicans are aware that American’s general support some sort of change in the rules*…but never-the-The less will not pass up a chance to steal the spotlight for another day, after capturing two democrat governorships…….

Ah, politics…….

* ….54% say major changes are needed in the health care system. Sixty-one percent (61%) say it’s important for Congress to pass some reform.

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Market climbs back over 10,000 points……

The New York Stock Exchange’s Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 192 points today to close back over 10,000 at 10,005.96……while thew market lost over 250 points in the last week and half …it is staying within a 200 to 3o0 point range these days….…

The reason for todays boost was the release of good news on jobs…and worker productivity….while this news was good for the market…it is a warning that employer’s are getting more out the workers they have, which in turn should mean that some jobs are not going to come back….…in addition, retailers are beginning to make more sales (the second month in a row) and they hope to have a good holiday season….

All in all….This day is an example of the fact that the country’s economy is growing slowly…even though most people don’t really feel it….

 

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Politics, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Despite Governorship wins…the GOP has to still define what it stands for….

The Grand Old Party has the same problems the Democrats do…How do you deal with the left and the right …and how do they get them to row together on their boat?

Solving that issue will be the key for both parties ability to get votes from the independents that are critical factor in winning elections…….

If the GOP turns to a right leaning party only in general elections (all republican go to the right in primaries, that’s given) they run the risk of duplicating the NY-23 outcome where voters track to the moderate inspire of the party registration numbers……right now cooler heads are going to have to look forward within that party…and local races are still more influenced by local issues more than national issues…

The truth is…we are still dealing with the after effects of President Obama’s ground breaking election……

In both parties….…

Democrats thought Obama voters would still rally to their side….they didn’t…

Republican’s are still dealing with the shock of their lackluster presidential campaign, and George Bush’s policy’s……

And both aprties are dealing with the drumbeat of the economy and unemployment, eventhough the econmy may be starting to turn around (people don’t feel that turn)…..

It is a brave new world out there……how does the GOP deal with it?

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Are Dogs really that smart…or just plain observant?

There is an on going debate going on out there about man’s best friend, the canine….…Most of us who have one, or several, love them and swear by them….…I had a Blue Tic Beagle for 13 years….my first ,and only dog…and  I loved that dog…she was just a good soul……

But after spending that time with my dog, and studying up on them, I can see why the debate rages on about their intelligence….In a piece in the New York Times…Sarah Kershaw explores the good uses that dogs are providing these days to people with problems in their lives and goes onto speak about the two major sides in the dog smarts discussions…

The first side believes that dogs are almost as intelligent as we humans and can think and reason like we do……he, he, he…this is where all the dog psychologists earn their money…Dealing with people who firmly exist in this world……

The second group believes that dog are really smart, at knowing their owners…And playing them to their advantage….…

I’m high on group two….……It is my belief that dogs …to their advantage, are good natured con artists that run a good one on us needy humans….those eyes, the looks…the deference ,when needed enable them to work us, to get what they want…and that’s fine with me….but to me no matter what a dog is a dog….no better, no worst…they deserve our love and care……

 

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Animals | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marine One Update……Obama pushes the House to not keep funds for his new 'helo'

House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chair John Murtha (D-PA) is fighting a rear guard action to try to save the already approved  but cancelled AgustaWestland VH-71 helicopter for the Presidential helo fleet….…While Sec of Defense Gates has cancelled the existing program….…A new helicopter program will certainly cost more money a keep the president in the up to 30 year old chopper’s he currently flys……and they already have 9 new chopper’s …but they don’t want them?

The whole thing seems like it has moved from a rational look at an approved system to a ‘I’m the President and I know what’s best thing’……too bad……Cause I think it’s just a buy american thing…even if the product is inferior ( I’ll bet a new bid will go to Sikorsky even if the darn chopper can’t fly and costs fifteen times more)…..

I wonder how the Europeans feel when the American companies come hawking their products and we tell them don’t bother  with theirs?

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marine One Update……Obama pushes the House to not keep funds for his new ‘helo’

House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chair John Murtha (D-PA) is fighting a rear guard action to try to save the already approved  but cancelled AgustaWestland VH-71 helicopter for the Presidential helo fleet….…While Sec of Defense Gates has cancelled the existing program….…A new helicopter program will certainly cost more money a keep the president in the up to 30 year old chopper’s he currently flys……and they already have 9 new chopper’s …but they don’t want them?

The whole thing seems like it has moved from a rational look at an approved system to a ‘I’m the President and I know what’s best thing’……too bad……Cause I think it’s just a buy american thing…even if the product is inferior ( I’ll bet a new bid will go to Sikorsky even if the darn chopper can’t fly and costs fifteen times more)…..

I wonder how the Europeans feel when the American companies come hawking their products and we tell them don’t bother  with theirs?

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mariah Carey on Larry King…..

Children will have to wait for show business, thoughts on Rihanna, abuse and is she a diva?…….

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , , , | Leave a comment

The New York Yankee's Win the World Series of Baseball…..

They are the Champions for the 27th time…and the first since 2000……..

Actually I’m a NY Mets fan……but go New York!……I hate the Phillies…….

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Sports | , , , | Leave a comment

The New York Yankee’s Win the World Series of Baseball…..

They are the Champions for the 27th time…and the first since 2000……..

Actually I’m a NY Mets fan……but go New York!……I hate the Phillies…….

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Sports | , , , | Leave a comment