254 days into the Obama Presidency…….some behind the scenes looks at his travels……

Courtesy of the New York Daily News, Associated Press and others…Enjoy the trip around the world!………

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The 'Public Option' isn't dead………

While the media’s talking heads, and the front pages of the nations newspapers will scream about today’s Senate Finance Committee votes ( two of them)…… The provision remains there, in the two versions of the bill drawn up by the House…….it isn’t dead folks…far from it……and remember…….

Obama wants a bill…..And a bipartisan one, at that…with, or without, the ‘option’…stay tuned for more…it’s just getting interesting…….

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In light of Roman Polanski…is it fair?

I ask the question…do sports figures, entertainment personalities, rich people and big name politicians get fair treatment when they do wrong?…Or do they get a pass?

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Jon gets demoted at TLC…after Novemeber it will be 'Kate Plus 8'……..

TLC has decided to de-emphasize the Jon part of the show…due to ‘the  recent changes in the family dynamics’…….and the fact that the show has been down 80% in viewer’s watching the show……Jon will probably get something else, since he’s still on contract with the channel ( and has no other job)….I guess Kate will have to actually spend some time with the kids when the filming resumes…….oh, dear…what will the bodyguard do?

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Sen. Ben Nelson wants 65 senate votes for a Healthcare Bill…….

Simple…65 votes provide cover for the democrats and Obama…something I have said from the beginning….I know the democrats could do it alone…but that would be bad politics………

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Judge Sotomayor has been stepping out…bless her!

I told you she threw out the first ball at Saturday’s Yankee’s game…well she stepped out again two weeks ago..and had a good time dancing during the night (in a ruby red dress!) and hob nobbing with the elites in DC…….But just in case you think she doesn’t have the ability to switch gears…when she was asked serious questions…she punted……you go girl!

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Gitmo…a lesson for a new President in what he can…and cannot get done……

President Barack Obama promised during the campaign that he would shut down the  Guantanamo Bay Prison, on the tip of Cuba , by January…a year after he stepped into the presidency……..Yesterday the White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs, all but acknowledged that the government would not be able to keep that promise……..while most old timers will nod at that admission, a lot of people here in this country, and abroad will question….why not?

Well, the simple fact is folks…Presidents don’t have the ability to do what ever they want…to the contrary….. Their power …even over things close to them, is routed in their ability to push, persuade, and out maneuver people and events…….

John Kennedy learned this with the Russian’s back when… after making the deal with them to keep their missile’s out of Cuba, while he would in return, take offensive ballistic missile’s out of Turkey…….a while after he thought things where okay, he learned to his chagrin that his military never up held his order to remove the missile’s from Turkey……the Russian knew it…but he didn’t until they told him………

Well, things are still that way because the President with all his perceived power still can’t find places to put all the detainee’s…..NIMBY problem’s in the United States and adverse publicity abroad are some of the problems he faces, to name a few…..

The whole thing has to be a humbling experience, to say the least…..

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For those of you who watch the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'….here's Kim!…….

Kim Zolclak, from Real Housewives of Atlanta, the one that spend all that time in the limo, after she tripped…..does here bit for the NOHB campaign against the ban on same sex marriages……and to publicize herself……….

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Rapper's and Conservative Talk Show hosts….Two of a kind?

While checking on something in the library today I came  upon a piece by David Segal in the New York Times Weekend Review from September 20……

The piece was on Rappers and Conservative talk show hosts and how they may appear to be 180 degree’s from each other, but seem upon closer inspection to be VERY similar……

Oh, Yea?

As you read the piece you begin smile and shake your head……here’s the author’s main points….

On EGO…..We know that rappers have HUGE ego’s…….cited is Jay-Z\’s lyrics which exult him as a god (one with a wife that at times could light a fire)….then Rush Limbaugh is mentioned……( he isn’t married)…who pushes himself as a ‘weapon of mass instruction’ and the author of the piece reminds us that both guys refer to themselves as ‘living legends’, which is of course in their own minds………

on Haters and Feuds…..Rapper’s thrive on feuds…..well, true that David…..50 Cent/Ja Rule, Lil’ Kim/Foxy Brown……Jay Z/Nas…….yep, and well ALL know this does sell records right?!…..on the other side we have Limbaugh/O’Reilly…….Levin/O’Reilly…..and Oberman/O’Reilly……..and of course Sean Hannity who’ll pick a fight with anybody………and yes ALL of these Haters and Feuders cry all the way to the bank……..

On Verbal Skills.…..All of the above mentioned people can ‘throw the bull’……in a song on stage, or in the studio……in a radio station, or a cable news channel..it doesn’t matter……spontaneously and relentlessly……..he, he,… Segal ‘s line is priceless…’these people share the same DNA’…….

The piece ends on this note from a right leaning rapper named DJClayvis………“The differences between Ludacris and Rush Limbaugh are not that great,” he said. “Both have a huge egos, both bring a lot of bravado, both are sort of playing characters when they perform. And at the end of the day, they’re both entertainers.”

To tell you the truth, I never saw the connection….But in hindsight…..it’s there

And they all get over….

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Is the US military also going 'Green'?……..

A blogger I know, just sent me information on a site about going \’Green\’…….and to my surprise the US military maybe getting into the act…….

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Open Thread……..September 28……..

Comments anyone?

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Jon Gosselin……….finally off the radar…….

Seems that he ‘s dropped out of the news, and has been back watching the kids minus his on and off girlfriend , Hailey Glassman, who has had some plastic surgery…….good deal guy…let it rest!……..

Note:  The TLC  show ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ has had a 84% drop in audiance……..

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The best gas conservation measure's have been technology…..

Think about it……First FAX machines meant that you could send copies of letters and documents, instead of mailing( The Post Office driving them)  them or driving to pick them up……e-mails meant that you could send information and documents (you couldn’t personally sign them) from anywhere on the plant to somewhere else (who needs FEDEX?)……..now you can use a cell phone to go to the store and get the right thing for your wife…and not have to go back to the store and return the wrong thing (saving you countless  trips)…….

All of these handy things have of course caused all sorts of other crazy things to occur …….like texing while driving….having your wife check your phone to see if you have strange females calling you….giving the cops a way to track you, even if you’re not using the phone… giving your kids something to do…instead of giving you a way to keep in touch with them, and have them do their school work…..and sadly enabling bad guys to set off remote bombs………

Saving gas consumption and opening other doors……progress thru technology…….

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Gov. Paterson has decided to run against his President?……..

Okay…it seems that in another twist in the turns of the Governor of the Empire State the following occurred…After getting a nudge from the President of the United States and the titular head of the democratic party to acknowledge that he has  slim to no chance to keep his day job next november …the Governor, following his wife’s lead has turned to fighting the president as his last best hope to elevate his sorry poll numbers on Todays ‘Meet the Press’ show on NBC with David Gregory……..

While the majority of New Yorkers agree that Obama shouldn’t really get involved …Only 17% of those same New Yorkers would vote for Paterson’s re-election…and it just gets worst…Only 24% of minority votes would vote for him, which one would think would be his natural base……..

I think the man is a good man…but that does not change the fact that when its all said and done …when the crowds and reporters are gone…it remains that  Obama is correctGov. Paterson has become a liability to his party\’s future in New York (he’s right …it should be up to voters , but it won’t work out that way)….

…….He has  pride and dignity…but he will not be the next Governor of the state ( and don’t blame Andrew Cuomo, he’s still only the Atty Gen)….enjoy the ride Governor…let go, and go out and do things with the knowledge that you are free from running again………it should be a liberating feeling………

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Let'er rip Justice Sotomayor!………

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor (who as a  federal judge in 1995, ended the Baseball strike) came home to the Bronx to fulfill a dream today…she threw out the first pitch at the New York Yankee’s/Boston Red Sox game ……you go girl! ……….

Update::….The Yankee’s won 9 to 5………

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Joe Wilson rebounds…raises $2 million after his gaffe…….

Will wonders ever cease?………here\’s a link……..attention is attenion…good or bad………

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