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The Federal Reserve thinks the economy is getting better…but has allowed interest rates to hold……

While they are happy with the recovery …and they also have to look over their shoulders at unemployment rates which went up a tick last week (up about 7,000)….

Traditionally more worried about inflation, the Fed is a bit more wary about messing with things with Bernanke still not approved for a new 5 year hitch  yet, and an administration still worried about employment…higher interest rates ( the current key interest-rate has been at the 0 to 0.25% range) would mean less borrowing in housing, business and governmental sectors….Something that would extinguish any upward movement in the economy…..

The question for them will likely be…..how long can the financial markets and other expect those low rates to last?

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December 17, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

UAV siganls have been intercepted by Russia, China and yes, bad guys in Iraq since 2004…..duh????

The Joint Chiefs of staff were warned of the problem early on…but (we understand) where more worried about IED’s being spotted and use of the drones for ‘hunter, killer ‘ missions…..Fortunately there is no unclassified evidence of another power taking control of the unmanned aircraft….And the military is working on encrypting their signal traffic to the aircraft…..

Unbelievable…huh?

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Computers, Military | , , | Leave a comment

In Senate Health Showdown, Round Goes to G.O.P…….

That’s Robert Pear’s title, on a piece in the New York Times…..and he’s right…sorta…..they get half the round…..

The other half goes to those no good black mailing senator’s that wait to the last-minute to squeeze out as much as they can from the Senate Leadership……

But that’s they way the founders designed the system…..power moves back and forth…seperate from the voters…..

and the old guys in the senate have been playing the game for a while……

and they are good at it……

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

I'll bet some Democrats miss George Bush as the President, huh?

A year ago it was so easy for Democrats….just blame George Bush and those Republicans…..ah, how we can miss the past…..

It was so easy then to get everyone focused………

E.J. Dionne Jr. points out in todays Washington Post how the Democrats, having expended all of their energy to get the presidency now find themselves out of breath and fighting to hold things together……I remember the euphoria after the election!…’Change’…’the Democrats are going to rule!……the Repubicans are dead for the next century!

That didn’t happen did it?…..I hate to say it…But…I told you so!

Things never work out that way in the real world…..at least not in the United States Senate….

We have been watching a kabuki dance for the past week where…….

They are at one another’s throats over health-care legislation that should be seen as one of the party’s greatest triumphs. They are being held hostage by political narcissists and narrow slivers of their coalition.

When Democrats make deals, they are accused of selling out. When they fail to make deals, they are accused of not reaching out. Moderates complain that their party has gone too far left. Progressives chortle bitterly at this, asking: What’s left-wing about policies that shore up banks and protect drug companies?

Rural-state centrists insist on more fiscal discipline — as long as it doesn’t affect farmers and small-town hospitals. Progressives ask why debt should be the priority when so much more needs to be done to relieve unemployment.

This is a recipe for political catastrophe. An increasingly bitter and negative Republican Party may not be able to win the midterm elections, but Democrats definitely can lose them.

Several things could stop the dance in its tracks….Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid need s the President’s help…..he probabaly won’t get it…..Obama who I like and support simply does not want be around enough to provide the help…..Reid then needs to to nail down the vote and stop the last minute horse tarding and political blackmail…..Obama needs to stay home for five minutes and help his team work on unemployment which is ever present on the public and media’s mind…..

Dionne closes his piece with a great line…..

Democrats have every right to blame Bush for the fix we’re in. They can’t blame him for the problems they’re creating for themselves.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

I’ll bet some Democrats miss George Bush as the President, huh?

A year ago it was so easy for Democrats….just blame George Bush and those Republicans…..ah, how we can miss the past…..

It was so easy then to get everyone focused………

E.J. Dionne Jr. points out in todays Washington Post how the Democrats, having expended all of their energy to get the presidency now find themselves out of breath and fighting to hold things together……I remember the euphoria after the election!…’Change’…’the Democrats are going to rule!……the Repubicans are dead for the next century!

That didn’t happen did it?…..I hate to say it…But…I told you so!

Things never work out that way in the real world…..at least not in the United States Senate….

We have been watching a kabuki dance for the past week where…….

They are at one another’s throats over health-care legislation that should be seen as one of the party’s greatest triumphs. They are being held hostage by political narcissists and narrow slivers of their coalition.

When Democrats make deals, they are accused of selling out. When they fail to make deals, they are accused of not reaching out. Moderates complain that their party has gone too far left. Progressives chortle bitterly at this, asking: What’s left-wing about policies that shore up banks and protect drug companies?

Rural-state centrists insist on more fiscal discipline — as long as it doesn’t affect farmers and small-town hospitals. Progressives ask why debt should be the priority when so much more needs to be done to relieve unemployment.

This is a recipe for political catastrophe. An increasingly bitter and negative Republican Party may not be able to win the midterm elections, but Democrats definitely can lose them.

Several things could stop the dance in its tracks….Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid need s the President’s help…..he probabaly won’t get it…..Obama who I like and support simply does not want be around enough to provide the help…..Reid then needs to to nail down the vote and stop the last minute horse tarding and political blackmail…..Obama needs to stay home for five minutes and help his team work on unemployment which is ever present on the public and media’s mind…..

Dionne closes his piece with a great line…..

Democrats have every right to blame Bush for the fix we’re in. They can’t blame him for the problems they’re creating for themselves.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

John Edwards IS the father of Rielle Hunter's baby……..

While the former Senator, and Presidential aspirant has never owned up to it….Ms. Hunter is trying to get money out of Edwards for fathering her child….the fact they are in court now points clearly to the fact that Edwards did have a relationship with Ms. Hunter , while his wife was fighting for her life against cancer….it’s their business…but I’m glad this guy never made it to the White House as Vice President, or President……….

Note: Ms. Hunter is asking for $17,000 a month…..wow!

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Family, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

John Edwards IS the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby……..

While the former Senator, and Presidential aspirant has never owned up to it….Ms. Hunter is trying to get money out of Edwards for fathering her child….the fact they are in court now points clearly to the fact that Edwards did have a relationship with Ms. Hunter , while his wife was fighting for her life against cancer….it’s their business…but I’m glad this guy never made it to the White House as Vice President, or President……….

Note: Ms. Hunter is asking for $17,000 a month…..wow!

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Family, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Whites will become the minority in the United States by 2050…….

uh…oh……what’s this country going to do?

…..here’s the story by Sam Roberts  in the New York Times……

Without new immigrants, by the middle of the century the nation’s population would begin to decline, the elderly would account for nearly one in four Americans and non-Hispanic whites would remain a majority, according to new projections by the Census Bureau.

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 4 Comments

Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke is a lock……

The Senate Banking Committee, has approved sending his nomination to the full Senate for a vote,  for another five term, as the chair of the Fed by a vote of 16 to 7……The Time Magazine “Person of Year “ will be keeping his day job….

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Star's and celebrities DO have babies!

They may not take the time off to take care of them ( Nannies, Au Pairs and all) but it is refreshing to see them dealing with the everyday things us mere regular people have to get thru…..

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Other Things | , , , | Leave a comment