Open Thread for December 19, 2014…No Drama Obama?…

Not the story anymore , eh?

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Pope Francis disses his Vatican bureaucracy…..

“Those who lose their inner serenity, their vivacity and audacity, to hide behind their papers, becoming like procedural machines rather than men of God. This is dangerous to lose human sensitivity, so necessary in order to cry with those who cry and enjoy with those who enjoy,” the Pope said.

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President Obama and the Economy….

Democrats still have a lot to learn from FDR about politics……

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Rev. AL calls New York City cop shooting ‘Reprehensible’….NYPD Head worried….

Reverend Al Sharpton, a New York civil rights leader, said he and the Garner family were outraged by the officers’ killings and that using Garner’s and Brown’s names as justification was “reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice.”

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Republicans will try to cut Healthcare again with the new Congress….

And while Obama is certain to veto anything that tries to roll back his landmark healthcare law, Republicans increasingly see reconciliation as an important messaging tool to help paint a contrast with Democrats on Obamacare ahead of 2016.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton Holding hands out on a movie Date….

The Clinton’s out on a cold winter night en-route to see a movie…

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Dr OZ only gets it right half the time….

….his work has come under even greater scrutiny in the British Medical Journal, which on Wednesday published a study analyzing Oz’s claims along with those made on another medical talk show. What they found wasn’t reassuring……

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A Penny costs 2 cents to make….

Other coins turn a profit. A dime costs 3.9 cents to make, and a quarter 9 cents….

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President Obama walks back a response to the Sony hacking…

President Obama says in an interview to be broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hacking attack was an act of war by North Korea……

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Ben Carson…That Black Conservative Guy….

Even as Mr. Bush began to quietly line up donors, and the attention of the news media turned last week to policy disputes over Cuba between two other potential high-profile contenders, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, Mr. Carson was riding an under-the-radar groundswell.

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The Oligarch’s of the American Government….

The Oligarch families in American Government….

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Boston Sports Teams vs New York Sports Teams…No Match right now folks…

Wow. After all these years of arguing with our New York friends, most of that thrill is gone. Think kids at Boston University or NYU still argue about Celtics vs. Knicks, Red Sox vs. Mets, or (gulp) Patriots vs. Jets?

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Banks and Sen Elizabeth Warren….Some Worry…..

“The prospect of a Warren presidential candidacy increases the ‘headline risk’ concerns of large financial institutions,” said one banking lobbyist.

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Race Rising as an American Issue…Poll

……the only thing that more people named as a problem was general dissatisfaction with the government, Congress and politicians….

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Breaking…Two New York City Police Officers shot dead in Brooklyn…Suspect takes his own life…

In an apparent targeted killing, two police officers were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon by a man who had shot his girlfriend earlier that day in Baltimore, law enforcement officials said. The man then fled to a nearby subway station and fatally shot himself in the head.

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Bank and Auto bailout’s over…Fed’s make a $15.35 Billion Profit…..

The programs “that helped restart the flow of credit to meet the critical needs of small businesses and consumers are now closed,” declared Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. “And while the goal was always to stabilize the economy, and not to make a profit, it is important to recognize the return we have earned for taxpayers.”

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On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller….Book Review

The author concludes that Rockefeller was,in many ways, a stubborn man, who was never really prepared to do what it took to become President, had a seeming tone deaf attitude toward what was required to do so and ,despite his public persona, often felt insecure in his own candidacies.As the song says though,ultimately his life was a monument to the fact that he lived it “his way”…..

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