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The war comes to Yemen……

Well… what do you know?……Sen. Lieberman mentions Yemen and the New York Times writes the story……

It turns out…. like I said in my earlier post on the senators remarks….. that the CIA IS operating there (and so are the military’s Special Ops people)…..

It used to be quietly to world (the people there… good and bad, of course, know who they are)….but now that they have made the New York Times…I’m sure there will be danger craving reporters going there, to get interviews, and pictures for the “news at 10” programs……

More to come….I’m sure………

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December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , | 4 Comments

The New York Giants suck…..

The team has had no Defense all season.…and today the whole team quit……plain and simple……

They ought throw in the towel…go home ,and start all over for next year…..and trade every member of their defense away…..I mean it…

It’s embarrassing…….

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports | , , | 2 Comments

The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of December 27, 2009…..

The Zeigeist (economic data) for the week of December 27, 2007……the last one of the year……

Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  47.0%

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  53.6%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  34.6% / 57.6%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  25.2%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 5001  126.48 (up 288 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index   88.3 (down 0.9% from October)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index   42 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims4   52,000 (down 133,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage   5.26%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in November   306,672

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  10.0%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.4 in November

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency   9.64%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly  )6.54 million in November (up 7.4% from October)

Note:…..Mortgage rates are starting to head up…and Obama stays above 50% in one poll…below 50% in another…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Polls, The Economy | , | Leave a comment

Hollywood has a banner season…breaking gross box office records…..internet and all!

The estimated take for all the movies out there was $278 million for Friday through Sunday in the U.s. and Canada…proving that even with the internet, bootleg copies  and places like Blockbuster…people still go to the movies on Holiday’s…….

‘Avatar’……($405 million total including international)

‘Sherlock Holmes’……( $26 million total including international)

‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel’…….. ( $26 million total including international )

Here’s the piece ……..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Movies | , , , , | Leave a comment

Women in Politics….attacking the 'highest and hardest' glass ceiling….

Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Jennifer Granholm, Amy Klobucher and others find that being on the national stage as a women isn’t so easy….It involves to knowing your voters and going back and forth between being powerful…but no threating…..Being good looking…but not too good looking…..And sometimes putting your emotions in check…..

Here’s the story by Anne E. Kornblut who covered Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin extensively during the last presidential primaries and general campaign…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, Women | , , | 4 Comments

Women in Politics….attacking the ‘highest and hardest’ glass ceiling….

Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Jennifer Granholm, Amy Klobucher and others find that being on the national stage as a women isn’t so easy….It involves to knowing your voters and going back and forth between being powerful…but no threating…..Being good looking…but not too good looking…..And sometimes putting your emotions in check…..

Here’s the story by Anne E. Kornblut who covered Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin extensively during the last presidential primaries and general campaign…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics, Women | , , | 4 Comments

Five myths about President Obama's first year…

From Chris Cilliza over at the Washington Post……..they are…..

1. Congress is your willing handmaiden……..(they have passed quite a few of his requests)

2. Nothing gets done legislatively after the first year……..(see 1……)

3. Your party’s base abandons you……..( Cilliza is correct….after compalining where do progressives and liberal go?)

4. The first 100 days don’t really matter…….( Obama was busy with the economy which has since improved and he’s never stopped moving)

5.  After the high of winning the election, your approval ratings have nowhere to go but down…….( they always do at first….we’ll have to wait for the future won’t we?)



December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

Five myths about President Obama’s first year…

From Chris Cilliza over at the Washington Post……..they are…..

1. Congress is your willing handmaiden……..(they have passed quite a few of his requests)

2. Nothing gets done legislatively after the first year……..(see 1……)

3. Your party’s base abandons you……..( Cilliza is correct….after compalining where do progressives and liberal go?)

4. The first 100 days don’t really matter…….( Obama was busy with the economy which has since improved and he’s never stopped moving)

5.  After the high of winning the election, your approval ratings have nowhere to go but down…….( they always do at first….we’ll have to wait for the future won’t we?)



December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, The Economy | , , | Leave a comment

Will the final Heathcare Bill be more of the Senate's version?

Probably…..

Since the House had a bigger democratic majority…..the party got more or less what it wanted….the final measure will almost assuredly resemble the Senate\’s version since it was watered down to meet more the centralist  leaning senators……

More to come…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics | , | 2 Comments

Will the final Heathcare Bill be more of the Senate’s version?

Probably…..

Since the House had a bigger democratic majority…..the party got more or less what it wanted….the final measure will almost assuredly resemble the Senate\’s version since it was watered down to meet more the centralist  leaning senators……

More to come…..

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics | , | 2 Comments