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Tiger Woods……

I’m not writing about Tiger Woods anymore….

The guy has problems, and I’ve decided it’s not really my business……

For what its worth….this guy needs to get un-married…..something is drastically wrong, in that he has spent time with all these women….. while he’s married…..like I said..it ain’t my business and if something is wrong at home…. sometimes you gotta go other places to find an answer…and what you do your business, and what I do is mine…..

That’s all…good luck Tiger…you need it…..

Do the Derek Jeter thing…people love the guy……

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports | | Leave a comment

Counterpoint:…..In defense of Desiree Rogers…….

Lynn Sweet the Columnist…writes a rebuttal for Desiree Rogers, the current White House Social Secretary who is involved in White House gatecrasher caper……

In her piece Sweet, writes that Rogers has handled over 170 events since January when she took over the office, that yes, her staff where working the room the night of the Indian State Dinner, but no one was at the check point, and that won’t happen again, the names of the Secret Service agents that didn’t follow the rules are not know, but she is, (but they aren’t bosses), and finally, Rogers is being made a scape goat….yes, that’s true…..

The part that Sweet leaves out of course is….Desiree Rogers is on the inside, and has friends….the agents don’t…..

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

The person behind the name Neel Kashkari, who handled $700 Billion for Paul Volker and the United States of America….

The is a behind the scenes piece about Neel Kashkari, the bail-out whiz, appointed to work with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in the waning days of the Bush Administration (he later worked breifly in the Obama administration at  Treasury)….

While we have all trashed the Bush administration’s handling of the economic downfall…Kashkari was there ….deer in the headlights….scared and under huge pressure to produce and thrown in front congress to the heat……

The piece mainly focuses  on Kashari decompressing, back in California after watching a fellow worker experience a heart attack working all nighters to help deal with the financial crisis……

He is portrayed as a real human being who had a job to do and is suffering for it…..along the way he admits…he bad judgements …but it the thanklessness of those days that haunt him…which is why he has tried to get away by living a simple life with his wife back in the boonies in California…

….it hasn’t worked….he still dreams of D.C…..and the pain……

Even though the economy is slowly getting better…….

Note:  He isn’t that detached…while he’s not working now…he is helping Paul Volker write a book…..got to get his fix…anyway he can….

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Politics, The Economy, Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The administration quietly softens its stance on travel to and from Cuba…..

Quietly …the White house has begun  to let the State Department grant travel visa’s to Cuban’s seeking to enter the United State and the House is working on a bill to clear travel between the two counties……..

It is about time…the United States will be able to assert its power on the countries political system by the influx of goods and services…..as in Russia and China….this countries economic wave always is its best weapon……

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Media, Politics, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Democratic Super-Delegates???

The Democratic party will soon have a crack at changing the super – delegate policy in its presidential primary process……remembering the awful memories of a year and a half ago….I hope something is done to make this go away and use a straight vote system….and while they are at it…why don’t they get rid of the stupid caucus system…and go with straight votes……

Oh, yea….. get the state primary schedule straightened out folks…that’s another one that needs to be fixed……

Update:…… from mydd….

Commission members, who range from lawmakers and grassroots activists to President Obama’s campaign manager, are charged with putting forth recommendations to help expand the Democratic base and increase more ethnic and regional diversity in choosing the party’s presidential nominee in 2016 and beyond, assuming Obama seeks a second term.

A commission suggestion would be to allow the first four states that held nominating contests in the January 2008 maintain their early, privileged calendar positions. But these states – Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina – would be directed to delay holding their caucuses and primaries before February 1. All other states would be forbidden from holding their nominating contests until at least the first Tuesday in March.

Another recommendation in the report suggested grouping states by “region or sub-region.”

“This would not be a mandatory obligation upon the state parties,” the commission stated. “The commission recommends that these clusters be staggered throughout the window to allow for a deliberative process that benefits all voters and caucus-goers through the country.”

States parties that abided by the DNC’s calendar would be rewarded by getting special perks at the national nominating convention.

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

Honduran presidential election follow-up…..Porfirio Lobo wins…..

I went back to this story to report that Manuel Zeylaya, and the interim President, Roberto Micheletti, will be replaced by the winner of the countries recent election, Porfirio Lobo.…Lobo has won 56% of the vote, with over 60% of his countrymen, and women casting their vote…..

Zelaya is still hold up in the Brazilian Embassy…..Lobo comes from a center-right opposition party and is back after losing to Zelaya in 2005 for the presidency…..

The United States will recognize the election of Lobo, which should start to put Zelaya’s grab for power behind everybody…..

I for one, am glad that things have worked out this way….I do not understand why the United States backed Manuel Zelaya in way , shape or form…..

If your term is ending, and you’re trying to a “Money Mike’ Bloomberg and change the rules of the voters thru fancy inside football, and you get the boot…to darn bad…..And the U.S. shouldn’t try to make you whole…..

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

How the president came to ordering up the 'surge'…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the ‘surge’…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

For the Holidays….the BEST gadgets!…..

Don’t know what to get someone….Or yourself, he, he, he…for the Holidays?

Well, …..Here’s a list from the people over at  GIZMODO…and boy what a list it is!

Lets see?….I’ll take one of those….And one of those…and gee, I’ve got to have that!……You get the point…….

Note:….I really like this site….here’s the link for road test’s of the stuff on their list of gadgets……

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Computers, Entertainment, Family, Other Things | , , , , , | 2 Comments