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Top Chief D C…..Season 7…….

Top Chief does Washington DC……..

Top Chef has announced its contestants, judges and some details on the seventh season of the series, set in DC, and airing beginning June 16. The most interesting news: Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York joining the longstanding judging panel of Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons.

As always, the winning chef will “receive $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”

See who that might be — More……..

Note from Bravo:…..

The 17 new cheftestants come face to face in the nation’s capitol for the ultimate power play that will determine just who has the chops to become Top Chef.
This season captures the varied tastes of Washington D.C. and features appearances by some of the town’s top names including Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie. The challenges featured will be some of the most creative and inventive yet……..

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Food, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

The White House gate crasher incident is turning into a ‘who done it’?……and things are not good at the WH Social Office…..

It seems that there is whole lot more to the original story of a Secret Service person letting the couple in….

Lets go over some things……

Michaele is trying to get on the Real Housewives of D.C…..A Bravo Channel reality show….Which is why she and her husband had a TV crew follow them to …but not into the White House…..(great audition tape ,huh?)

The White House Social Office usually assigns someone to the gate to assist the Secret Service on the list, they produce……this time wasn’t anyone there…..( and I don’t give any credence to Gibb’s statement about the Service could have called for guidance, not with a long line, and pressure to get the people in on time)

It turns out that the couple tried desperately (remember the camera crew?) to get an invite from a Pentagon staffer, who might have indicated that they could the trick, but went cold on them in the end…..

The couple were denied access at a vehicle entrance , but then got out and walked to a second entrance, where they gained access…..

The couple was screened, and went thru a magnetometer…..Which is at first reassuring…..But  due their proximity ….would not prevent them from causing harm to the President, Vice-President, Indian Prime Minister or any of the guests, WH staff or security staff…..

……and then there is this!

Cathy Hargraves, a George W. Bush administration holdover whose job it was to coordinate guest lists at state dinners, told Newsweek that she quit her post after Obama’s staff made it clear the social office would no longer man the White House gates during formal events.

“The social office is most intimately familiar with the guest list,” McBride said.

“The reason why we had [Hargraves] posted there was that sometimes people are arriving late, and she could be in constant communication to the social secretary or the deputy social secretary,” McBride noted.

Ah, did you just read that?

Did the White Press Secretary deliberately omit that fact?….While throwing the Secret Service under the bus?

Oh yea…..

The White House announced late Tuesday that gate staffing policy would change. The social office will go back to making sure that one of its staff members is at the gates to help the Secret Service, the first lady’s communication director, Camille Johnston, told The Associated Press.
And there is more!….

The couple initially got into a Congressional Black Caucus dinner on September 26 ,where Obama spoke….With At this one they again appeared ….with a camera crew and no invitation…….There, the couple were challenged by CBC staff , and told to leave the event…..and the Bravo crew had the nerve ask to shoot the event  (I wonder why?)  and were denied….

Note:…..I join author Ronald Kessler who did the recent book , “In the President’s Secret Service”…..in suggesting the Service be returned  to it original home in the Treasury Department, the agency is simply too small to stand on its own, and that congress work hard to give the agency the budget deserves and that there be  a top management change and a doubling in man and woman power to assist the agency in being able to do all the duties it is responsible to do……

No less is hurting the men and women who serve…and this country and it’s leaders…..


December 2, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The White House gate crasher incident is turning into a 'who done it'?……and things are not good at the WH Social Office…..

It seems that there is whole lot more to the original story of a Secret Service person letting the couple in….

Lets go over some things……

Michaele is trying to get on the Real Housewives of D.C…..A Bravo Channel reality show….Which is why she and her husband had a TV crew follow them to …but not into the White House…..(great audition tape ,huh?)

The White House Social Office usually assigns someone to the gate to assist the Secret Service on the list, they produce……this time wasn’t anyone there…..( and I don’t give any credence to Gibb’s statement about the Service could have called for guidance, not with a long line, and pressure to get the people in on time)

It turns out that the couple tried desperately (remember the camera crew?) to get an invite from a Pentagon staffer, who might have indicated that they could the trick, but went cold on them in the end…..

The couple were denied access at a vehicle entrance , but then got out and walked to a second entrance, where they gained access…..

The couple was screened, and went thru a magnetometer…..Which is at first reassuring…..But  due their proximity ….would not prevent them from causing harm to the President, Vice-President, Indian Prime Minister or any of the guests, WH staff or security staff…..

……and then there is this!

Cathy Hargraves, a George W. Bush administration holdover whose job it was to coordinate guest lists at state dinners, told Newsweek that she quit her post after Obama’s staff made it clear the social office would no longer man the White House gates during formal events.

“The social office is most intimately familiar with the guest list,” McBride said.

“The reason why we had [Hargraves] posted there was that sometimes people are arriving late, and she could be in constant communication to the social secretary or the deputy social secretary,” McBride noted.

Ah, did you just read that?

Did the White Press Secretary deliberately omit that fact?….While throwing the Secret Service under the bus?

Oh yea…..

The White House announced late Tuesday that gate staffing policy would change. The social office will go back to making sure that one of its staff members is at the gates to help the Secret Service, the first lady’s communication director, Camille Johnston, told The Associated Press.
And there is more!….

The couple initially got into a Congressional Black Caucus dinner on September 26 ,where Obama spoke….With At this one they again appeared ….with a camera crew and no invitation…….There, the couple were challenged by CBC staff , and told to leave the event…..and the Bravo crew had the nerve ask to shoot the event  (I wonder why?)  and were denied….

Note:…..I join author Ronald Kessler who did the recent book , “In the President’s Secret Service”…..in suggesting the Service be returned  to it original home in the Treasury Department, the agency is simply too small to stand on its own, and that congress work hard to give the agency the budget deserves and that there be  a top management change and a doubling in man and woman power to assist the agency in being able to do all the duties it is responsible to do……

No less is hurting the men and women who serve…and this country and it’s leaders…..


December 2, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

White House gate crashers will be questioned……

While the story of Michaele and Tareq Salahi’s gate crashing the White House might seem amusing to some ….it has not been to the Secret Service…as I mentioned when the story broke…some Secret Service people are going get burned….and as I suggested…the couple themselves are going to be speaking to investigators, who will forward their finding to their bosses, who will decide how to proceed with this incident……

Stay tuned…there IS going to be more to come……

Update: Here is a piece from the Washington Post on the attention (reality show ) angle…….

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Entertainment, Government, Media | , , , , | Leave a comment

The White House gate crashers were filmed by Bravo TV……

The whole thing with the uninvited Salhi’s getting into the White House and meeting the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister of India isn’t funny….It appears that the couple deliberately walked into the state dinner and were filmed for the Bravo TV network….

Something needs to be done on two accounts…..First the Secret Service needs to check themselves….someone messed up….Second of all…. someone needs to needs to visit the couple, and Bravo and ask for a formal explanation on why there shouldn’t be a legal follow up on their caper…..

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Entertainment, Government, Law | , , , , | Leave a comment

Remember the Real Housewives of Atlanta?

Here’s the link to the Bravo TV Channel so you can get your fix (including Kandi’s video)……

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , , | Leave a comment

Somemore reviews of the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Reunion Part 2……

Okay….I guess I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get excited about the ladies behavior…..

Here’s Rodney Ho’s call from Radio & TV  Talk…………

Here’s Jackie Kass’s call from Atlanta Reality & Talk Show TV Examiner……..

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , , , , | Leave a comment

Somemore reviews of the Real Housewives of Atlanta's Reunion Part 2……

Okay….I guess I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get excited about the ladies behavior…..

Here’s Rodney Ho’s call from Radio & TV  Talk…………

Here’s Jackie Kass’s call from Atlanta Reality & Talk Show TV Examiner……..

November 9, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rea Housewives of Atlanta Finale….again……..

A review of the season\’s finale from the Bravo Channel (I did another post a few days ago on the bickering finale)….and again…..What’s with NeNe?

Note: There will be a reunion show in November……..

October 26, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Real Houswives of Atlanta on Bravo…….

Here’s the girls and the guys……….

October 19, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media | , | Leave a comment