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Like Hillary…Barack Obama likes Broadway

(L-R) Malia, Barak, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub pose backstage. Ruffalo plays police officer Victor Franz in The Price 

(L-R) Malia, Barak, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub pose backstage. Ruffalo plays police officer Victor Franz in The Price

…from the NY Times….

Barack Obama has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office last month, and he largely avoided the spotlight on Friday night — at least as much as a former president can when he is attending a Broadway show.

Shortly after the lights went down at the American Airlines Theater on West 42nd Street, there was a blur, and the brief shining of a flashlight. Three people quickly took their seats several rows back from the stage: Mr. Obama; his eldest daughter, Malia; and Valerie Jarrett, who was a senior adviser to the president.

A woman sitting nearby let out a small yelp, but most of the audience at the revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Price’’ did not realize they were watching a Broadway show with someone who was, until recently, the most powerful person in the world. The play, starring Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub, centers on two estranged brothers and their quest to reconnect.

“Well, I actually didn’t know he was sitting in the row,” said Laralyn Mowers, 37, who lives in Astoria, Queens. She was sitting five seats to the right of Mr. Obama and did not realize he was there until a friend told her at intermission. “I had a really bad day and it all just changed.”

Ms. Mowers said she was actually irritated when the trio first came in. “Who is so rude to come in after the show starts with the flashlights and everything?” she said.

Mr. Obama wore glasses during the show….


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Joe Piscopo for Jersey Governor…Really….

As a Trump supporting Republican….

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Mr. Piscopo, 65, still managed to draw giggles from the $50,000-a-table crowd at the gala to help bring pandas to New York City. But his self-discipline is part of an effort to project a more sober image as he weighs his next move: trading in his Sinatra for a run for governor of his home state, New Jersey.

“I’m very serious about it,” he said. “I’ve never been more serious about anything in my life.”

While the daily whiplash out of Washington commands almost all the political attention, New Jersey is one of two states that will elect a new governor this year, as the eight-year reign of Gov. Chris Christie, once a national darling and now with historically low approval in his home state, comes to an end. And Mr. Piscopo is hoping to parlay his Jersey credentials and rising political profile — he campaigned for President Trump, and his radio show focuses on conservative politics — into a long-shot bid for governor as either a Republican or an independent in a state where Democratic voters vastly outnumber Republicans.

A recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University found that the category of “someone else” was within the margin of sampling error of equaling Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the current leading Republican. Mr. Piscopo, who has not made an official announcement, trailed Ms. Guadagno and “someone else.”….



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The Conservative Political Action Conference 2017….

The Conservative Political Action Conference is getting the White House star treatment: Senior adviser Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus will be appearing together at the annual grass-roots gathering.

“A Conversation With Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus,” announced Saturday, will take place Thursday.

Bannon and Priebus have been the subject of palace intrigue amid recent reports of turmoil in the Trump administration. Bannon’s name appears above Priebus’ in the CPAC promotional flier.

Also set to appear at CPAC: Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News host Sean Hannity, former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Controversial author and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos is the keynote speaker for the gathering, hosted by the American Conservative Union. It will run Feb. 22-25 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C…..


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Milo Yiannopoulos…icon of the internet Right

A look at an  off the wall Breitbart guy trolling the American Conservative Right….

(He fits right in with Trump’s alternate Universe  thing)

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Donald Trump Still has his supporters…

Politico does a piece on those who showed up at Trump’s Saturday ‘keep the faith in him ‘ ampaign rpep ally in Melbourne Florida …..

They are happy with their newly elected President….

They don’t care about his making things up….

They don’t see that his surrogates are out around the world reversing the words that their guy used to get their votes…

And they agree with their guy that media reporting anything that isn’t their guys point of view is ‘fake’…..

New President’s always start off on rough ground….

But few American President’s have the ground under them as shaky as Donald J. Trump….

And yet?

The man DOES have his true believers ….

And he’s be reduced to playing to them in pep rallies and hiding from the others Americans out there just like those lawmakers in his adopted party….

Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

But less than one month into Trump’s term, many of his supporters say they once again feel under attack — perhaps even more so than before.

Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal relatives or friends on Facebook. They don’t understand why major media outlets don’t see the same successful administration they have been cheering on. And they’re increasingly frustrated that Democrats — and some Republicans — are too slow to approve some of the president’s nominees and too quick to protest his every utterance.

“They’re stonewalling everything that he’s doing because they’re just being babies about it,” said Patricia Melani, 56, a Jersey native who now lives here and attended her third Trump rally Saturday. “All the loudmouths? They need to let it go. Let it go. Shut their mouths and let the man do what he’s got to do. We all shut our mouths when Obama got in the second time around, okay? So that’s what really needs to be done.”

She blames the media for circulating “fake” stories about the president….


image…Supporters of President Trump cheer at a rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

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President Trump does a pre-election campaign stop in Florida….

The 70 year old did a Campaign stop four weeks AFTER he has become President….

The guy did a retro thing for his friendly crowd….

Sortha like any autocratic leader op[erating in a alternate Universe might, eh?

Trump promised anew to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, reduce regulations and create jobs. He also pledged to ‘‘do something over the next couple of days’’ to address the immigration order that has been blocked in the courts. Said Trump: ‘‘We don’t give up, we never give up.’’


Trump, who held a rally in the same spot in Florida in September, clearly relished being back in front of his supporters, welcoming the cheers and letting one supporter up on stage to offer praise for the president. He also enjoyed reliving his surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The event had the familiar trappings of a Trump campaign rally, including red Trump caps, ‘‘Make America Great Again’’ and ‘‘Trump/Pence’’ signs and at least one sign reading ‘‘Hillary for Prison.’’ Some of the speakers ahead of Trump’s appearance called for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law, criticized the news media or lobbed barbs at Clinton, other constants of last year’s rallies.

The music playlist preceding Trump’s appearance included rally favorites like Free’s ‘‘All Right Now.’’ As Air Force One rolled up to the hangar, the theme to the Harrison Ford movie ‘‘Air Force One’’ signaled its arrival. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, appeared as Lee Greenwood’s ‘‘Proud to be an American’’ played. And his 45-minute remarks were followed by another 2016 campaign favorite, the 1969 hit ‘‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’’ by the Rolling Stones….


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Trump freelances a Press conference….

The word is the guy decidied to day to just go before the camera’s….


Probably to TRY and divert the steady media attention building on the Mike Flynn Russian connection stories….

Seems that the President settled down and actually enjoyed himself as the center of attraction in the room and media….

The problem is that BHIS view of things and most others are mostly VERY DIFFERENT….


President Donald Trump launched a barrage of attacks on the press and leakers in an unsteady, unwieldy 77-minute press conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

With his administration in crisis, Trump also defended the chaotic first month of his presidency, claiming that he had “inherited a mess” from President Barack Obama and that his administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

“I’m making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present … because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect they deserve,” Trump said.

“Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles, in particular, speaks not for the people, but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system,” he said.

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, a tremendous disservice,” said Trump. “We have to talk about it. We have to find out what’s going on because the press, honestly, is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control.”

Trump’s White House is reeling from scandals related to his campaign’s communications with Russian officials, which the president has dismissed as “nonsense” and part of a media conspiracy against him….


President Trump on Thursday aired his grievances against the news media, the intelligence community and his detractors generally in a sprawling, stream-of-consciousness news conference that alternated between claims that he had “inherited a mess” and the assertion that his fledgling administration “is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

“To be honest, I inherited a mess,” Trump said, in a news conference that lasted more than an hour and was at times rambling, combative and pointed. “It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country.”

Yet moments later, the president seemed to acknowledge the widespread reports of turbulence and upheaval emanating out of his West Wing, only to claim that his White House — which so far has been marred by staff infighting, a controversial travel ban, false statements and myriad leaks — was operating seamlessly.

“I turn on the TV, open the newspapers and I see stories of chaos — chaos,” he said. “Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my Cabinet approved.”….


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Hugh Jackman may retire from playing X-Man Wolverine….

He has played the character for almost two decades…..

Quite a difference for a New York stage actor from Australia….

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The last time Hugh Jackman played Wolverine, the comic-book superhero he has portrayed onscreen for 17 years, was not an especially decorous occasion. In the midst of his work on a coming movie musical, he had to return for two days of reshoots on “Logan,” the 10th film in Fox’s X-Men franchise, to inflict some beatings and take some beatings, and he ended up shouting his voice hoarse.

“I yelled and screamed so much, and then I had to go back to the musical the next day,” a more restored Mr. Jackman recalled recently with a laugh. “I actually said to someone, ‘Not with a bang but a whimper.’”

His claw-popping alter ego fares no better in “Logan,” which opens March 3. Set in 2029, it finds the title character weary and weakened, unable to heal as rapidly as he used to. The X-Men are long gone, and he’s reduced to driving a limousine while he tends an aged Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose psychic powers have become a dangerous liability.

From the moment Mr. Jackman became a movie star, with the original “X-Men” in 2000, he has been synonymous with Wolverine, a feral mutant with a metal skeleton and a tormented, decades-long past lived under the name Logan. It is his most visible and successful role, and one that, as recently as late January, he still wasn’t finished with. Because there was always one more dialogue rerecording session or conversation to have with his director, “I’m uncomfortable saying goodbye,” he said.

And surely, it can’t be easy for Mr. Jackman to pull away from a role that he has inhabited longer than almost any other actor has been associated with a comic-book character or fantasy franchise — a span when genre mainstays like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman were each rebooted twice, and even his “X-Men” co-stars had to share custody of their parts with a younger class of actors….


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Sailing 35th America’s Cup: Recapping Land Rover BAR’s Big Week

Afternoon all!
On the 6th of February the British Challenger Land Rover BAR became the 1st Team to launch a brand new ACC 50 Race Boat. Time to recap & reflect the past week….

Monday 6th February (Launch Day)


The Race Boat was christened by Ben Ainslie’s Wife Georgie Ainslie. The Land Rover BAR Base was christened by Bermudas Minister of Economic Development, the honorable Grant Gibbons.




During the 7th to the 10th February various Team Members of the Land Rover BAR’s Programm were introduced….

Tuesday 7th February

Meet Land Rover BAR’s Race Tactician Giles Scott…


Wednesday 8th February

Meet Land Rovers BAR’s Chief Meteorologist Jessica Sweeney….


Thursday 9th February

It’s about being the best of the British says Land Rover BAR Skipper & Team Principal Sir Ben Ainslie…


Friday 10th February

Meet Land Rover BAR’s Head of Engineering Dirk Kramers. He has been building America’s Cup Boats since 1977. It’s just in his bones….


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Note on Upcoming Launches:

Defender Oracle Team USA will unveal their ACC 50 Race Boat on Tuesday February 14th in Bermuda while Challenger Emirates Team New Zealand will unveal their ACC 50 Race Boat on Thursday, February 16th in Auckland, New Zealand. I’ll have Full Reports on their Launches sometime next week.

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2017 Grammy Award Winners….

 This is going to press while the awrds are still being handed out….

The Grammy Awards are underway at Staples Center with host James Corden.

Many winners have been announced at the pre-televised ceremony for the 2017 Grammy Awards. There are already multiple wins by Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, David Bowie, Lalah Hathaway and Sarah Jarosz.

Beyoncé leads the pack of nominees, with a total of nine nominations including album of the year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West all earned eight nominations apiece, while Chance the Rapper picked up seven. The artists competing in the album of the year category are Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake and Sturgill Simpson.

GRAMMYS 2017: Live coverage | Red carpet arrivals | Best and worst fashion 

See the complete list of nominees below:

Album of the year:

  • “25” — Adele | Review
  • “Lemonade” — Beyoncé | Review
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Views” — Drake | Review
  • “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” — Sturgill Simpson | Interview

Record of the year:

  • “Hello” — Adele
  • “Formation” — Beyoncé
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Graham
  • “Work” — Rihanna featuring Drake | Review
  • “Stressed Out” — Twenty One Pilots

MORE: How Beyoncé pulled off that Grammy performance »

Song of the year:

  • “Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • WINNER | “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
  • “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
  • “Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
  • “7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

New artist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • The Chainsmokers | Interview
  • WINNER | Chance the Rapper
  • Maren Morris
  • Anderson .Paak | Interview

MORE: Adele opens the 59th Grammy Awards with a confident take on “Hello” »

Pop vocal album:

  • WINNER | “25” — Adele
  • “Purpose” — Justin Bieber
  • “Dangerous Woman” — Ariana Grande | Review
  • “Confident” — Demi Lovato
  • “This Is Acting” — Sia | Review

More from the LA Times…..

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Verizon Brings Back Unlimited Data Plans….

I for one ……Will welcome not STILL getting held up by the Verizon Data bandit….

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Sprint and T-Mobile have been targeting Verizon’s customer base with unlimited offerings, which they began advertising heavily last fall. In recent Super Bowl commercials, both carriers slammed Verizon for its expensive bills. Sprint’s ad went so far as to show a father faking his own death to get out of a Verizon contract.

But Sprint and T-Mobile’s unlimited plans typically come with some caveats—such as only allowing for lower quality video streaming. Verizon says its unlimited plan allows users to stream high-definition video.

Like other unlimited plans in the industry, Verizon says it might slow data speeds for some users on congested cell towers if they have consumed more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single month. Verizon says two-thirds of customers don’t use more than 5 gigabytes of data a month.

Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the new plan wasn’t a response to competition, rather it was a sign of network quality. “This is not following anybody,” Mr. Nelson said. “This is offering unlimited with great confidence that our network is built for it.”

The new plans will be available to both existing and new customers starting Monday. Verizon will also continue to sell plans with monthly amounts of data….



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Seven-time Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau is gone…

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He had advised that he was retiring yesterday due to being tired…

Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Feb. 12 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

His publicist, Joe Gordon, announced the death, saying the singer had been treated for exhaustion, after announcing his retirement from touring last week. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Mr. Jarreau was loosely classified as a jazz singer, but his eclectic style was entirely his own, polished through years of obscure apprenticeship in lonely nightclubs. He did not release his first album until 1975, when he was 35, but within two years, he had won the first of his seven Grammy Awards and had begun to attract a wide following.

He was dubbed the “acrobat of scat” for the way he adopted the fast, wordless syllables of bebop jazz musicians, but he did not limit himself to the musical backdrop of an earlier generation….



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Will Chelsea Clinton follow in her mothers footsteps to the US Senate from New York?

The NY Daily News is out with a piece speculating that current New York junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gets serious about running for President in 2020?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo COULD pick the Clinton daughter to serve in Gillibrand’s place…..

Gillibrand got into the US Senate replacing Hillary Clinton when she left to become Sec of State….

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At THAT time Caroline Kennedy was thought to be the first in line to replace Clinton, but she mysteriously changed her mind about wanting the job….President Obama after a while sent her to Japan as the US Ambassador…..

She is now back and has to figure out if she eneter politics….

Chelsea Clinton has already indicated she would have no problem doing so….

The 2020 election could put the two biggest names in the Democratic Party on a collision course.

Democratic bigwigs are already rumbling about a Kennedy vs. Clinton showdown, should Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand set her sights on the White House in 2020. Both contenders would be former First Daughters: Chelsea Clinton and Caroline Kennedy.

And we’re told that it’s more than just fantasy football for liberals who have nothing else to look forward to.

“What you’re witnessing is the beginning of Chelsea Clinton’s political career,” says a source who has a longstanding relationship with both the Clinton and Kennedy families…



NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ex-wife was Kerry Kennedy the seventh child of Robert Kennedy , the brother of President John Kennedy…

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NBA Starts a New Pro League Based on Video-Game Basketball

…from Bloomberg  Technology….

Gamers play the NBA 2K17 video game.

Photographer: Chesnot/Getty Images

To go along with its actual, professional basketball league, the NBA is creating a new division for players who excel at video-game basketball.

Based on Take Two Interactive’s NBA 2K series, the new esports league will mimic the structures and conventions of the NBA. Five-person teams will be supported and operated by actual NBA franchises. A first for U.S. professional sports, the NBA 2K eLeague will begin with a player combine, then a draft, with regular-season games and playoffs coming in 2018.

“There’s an untapped audience on both sides of the equation,” said Matt Holt, the NBA’s vice president of global partnerships. “On the NBA side, we have a lot of fans who don’t play the 2K game, and I’m sure there are 2K players who aren’t fans of the NBA. This is another chance to engage them.”

It’s also a chance to reach gamers more broadly. Market research firm Newzoo estimates that competitive video gaming will be a $1 billion industry by 2019, and basketball executives and players have been early adopters. The owners of the Philadelphia 76ers purchased and merged two esports teams in 2016. Sacramento Kings co-owners Mark Mastrov and Andy Miller invested in a team alongside Shaquille O’Neal, and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis and Golden State Warriors part-owner Peter Guber teamed up to acquire another. The Houston Rockets in December became the first major U.S. sports franchise to hire a full-time esports executive….


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People send postcards to ‘President Bannon’ in a bid to annoy Donald Trump…

People move to get under Donald Trump’s skin….

Who’s really calling the shots at the White House – President Trump or chief strategist Steve Bannon?

That’s the question that has been circulating on social media over the past week and a half about the still-fledgling Trump presidency. Now, a new campaign has people sending postcards addressed to President Bannon and sharing them on social media using the hashtag #PostcardstoBannon….

Justin Hendrix then kickstarted the hashtag #PostcardstoBannon:

“People are having fun with it – it’s not the most serious protest. But what is serious is that the former publisher of a hate site that has embraced the alt-right and talked openly of destroying American institutions is pulling the strings in the Oval Office.”

Bannon was executive chair of Breitbart news, which he described as the “platform of the alt-right”. He has also been widely quoted as describing himself as “a Leninist … [he] wanted to destroy the state and that’s my goal too”.

Hendrix said of his postcard campaign: “People are creative – I’ve seen people post photos of handmade cards, for instance. One lady made 30 of them in one night. I think it’s cathartic.”…


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2017 iPhone 8 could cost as much as $1,000….

more money….More Money…..MORE MONEY?

Apple’s 2017 iPhone, which is expected to feature premium parts and radical design changes, could cost “north of $1,000,” reports Fast Company, citing a source with “knowledge of Apple’s plans.”

Rumors suggest the upcoming iPhone, which may be called the iPhone 8, will feature an OLED display that’s more expensive than traditional LED displays. Other improvements, such as an increase in memory and wireless charging functionality may also drive up the price. It’s not hard to imagine the iPhone hitting that price point when the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus is already at $969 in the United States, and previous rumors have also suggested it will be a “premium” device.

Fast Company‘s source also confirms some iPhone 8 design rumors, describing the device as “something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design.” That jibes with rumors indicating Apple design chief Jony Ive has been aiming for an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass with the Home button and Touch ID fingerprint sensor located under the display.

iPhone 8 concept image via Thadeu Brandão

The Home button technology is still “evolving” according to Fast Company‘s source, but Apple’s goal is to get it done in time for inclusion in the iPhone 8. Physical buttons, such as the volume button, power button, and mute switch could also be eliminated, a rumor we haven’t heard before, and the iPhone 8 is said to include a “far bigger battery.”…
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