When exercising…overdoing it will get you you sick……

That’s the conclusion of a report issued by the Journal of Exercise and Sport Sciences Review……….the reasoning goes like this…if you go out and do a moderate amount of excercise every day your immune system actualy beefs up, and is at it’s max…but if you do too much in workouts, you begin to lose that immunity, and have a good chance of getting more severly sick than a person doing little, to moderate amounts of excercise…….the trails conducted on mice and men generally come out the same…

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The Dow Jones closes above 10 grand…….

Today,  the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 10,015.86……..the last time it closed at this level, was in October of last year…….In March of this year, the Dow was at 6,547.05….if it holds…….the historical fact that the market leads the economy out of recession would hold true…..

……..and the old thought that the deeper the fall….. the stronger the recovery, would be nice also……

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A year later….Wall Street, and the Banks, continue record payouts to employee's……

Well,…I just did a post on how the middle class has to do ‘give backs’…None of that applies to the financial crowd. A year after the worst down turn since the depression……Wall Street will pay even more money in salary, bonuses and other compensation…in addition, AIG…which the government bailed out to the tune of billions of dollars, is gonna pay its trader employee’s another 196 million dollars in bonuses, and it appears there is nothing the government can do about it.

Now I believe if you make your company more money (and profits) you should get a piece of that……but some of these companies borrowed a whole of government money to get out of a jam…and are going to use some of that money to give away……to be fair, a most of the big banks have already paid back their loans, with interest to be able to pay the bonuses…..

But not too many middle class people are gonna be happy that a year after the worst happens…they have had cut backs, been laid off or gone into debt…and the money people are just rolling along…….like nothing happened………

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The 'real' battle begins on Healthcare…60 votes in the senate……

With comfortable numbers in the House…the action now moves to the US Senate where Majority Leader Reid (who is up for reelection) must carve out a majority of 60 votes to give the President a Healthcare Bill……..Reid will have to make promises, compromise and give goodies to get enough Democrats, and the few Republicans ( Snowe and Collins?) to approve a bill…….

As I’ve said before, I think the President doesn’t really acre if gets a’ public option’ or something else., as long as he gets at least a few republicans…..But that issue  of the option will be the tipping point for liberal,  blue dog Democrats and the Republican party….Reid, a former boxer…has his work cut out for him……..

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Paycuts instead of layoffs….the new economy…..

In the old days in New York Municipal pay negotiations, they used to call them ‘give backs’. That’s when the employer told you…we’ll keep you, but all that stuff you negotiated  a year ago…well, if you want  your job..you gotta give us back the new raises and benefits’……

Some companies have used this method of cost reduction to keep people working, and to be able to respond faster, if and when, things get better.  The New York Times does a piece on the commuter airline pilot.   The airline business is  known for  it ‘s boom, and bust periods, with cyclical lay-offs and hiring spurts …..

The flip side of the issue is the emotional roller coaster that the decrease in salary causes for families, and the economy……Coping with it, is hard for a spouse, and family members, who have grown accustom to certain things, that simply are no longer affordable….

While one maybe thankful to have a job, at all……the hidden cost of economic down turns tend to be born by the middle class…….Who continually have to find ways to adapt and be resourceful…….

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Marge Simpson on Playboy's cover?…..

Yes people…..the married mother of three, lets her hair down for Hugh Heffer’s iconic men’s magazine cover……and she does a three page spread…..will wonders ever cease?

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Real Houswives of Atlanta Reunion put off…….

Due to the passing of ‘AJ’ Jewell…the planned shoot, and two night airing will be postponed……..

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A serious look at the long term Aftgan and region's stratergy…….

If you’ve been following me here, you know that I believe that the only way the  United States can ‘win’ in that country is to surge now as Gen. McChrystal has requested, and then, under that protection do nation building to preserve any gains……..

Two things have occurred within the last 24 hours for me that have made me think that Obama is taking a longer time then expected,tenets because some basic tenets of my  above argument stand on wobbly legs…..I did an earlier post in which I said Aftghanistan is just too darn backwards to ever have the US declare ‘victory’……and that view should not be discarded….

First of all Yesterday I have a look discussion with a guy who regularly travels to India……he’s an American now but he was born and lived his youth in India…..And he’s been to Afghanistan….

His point to me on the subject was that , in agreement with my feelings, Afghanistan was a hard sell for anybody to ‘win’…he felt that the people of that country simply did not want anybody coming in to change their way of life, and their country…and that the political system of ‘forced democracy’ was flawed and corrupt. He was emphatic…the country was simply not capable of changing due to economic, political and religious constraints ……

In the case of Pakistan…my friend argued correctly that the bad guys in Afghanistan were put there by the Pakistani’s to work against India, their arch enemy…….He pointed out that it was inconceivable for the Pakistani’s to remain in a fight against these forces…why?…because in the end..when the US leaves the area, they, The Pakistani’s, will still have to deal with India….and that was their principal concern……not the United States problem with terrorism….

I also just go finished reading a strategic paper from the Democratic Strategist which is biased in one way, but which clearly lays out the argument my friend gave me yesterday……which is that any counterinsurgency campaign must deal with the three constraints I have laid out above…..

The piece, as does my friend..and my prior post,  repeats, loud and clear, the reason why no  has been able to hold, as their own, that region…..

The Aftgan’s don’t want anybody to, never have, and it seems, never will…..

But we now know this…..the United States and NATO are moving the troop levels above the 68,000 troops they have been saying are in country…..President Obama, the Commander-in -Chief is going to have to decide (take your time, Sir) WHAT HE WANTS?, WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED?……and the DEFINITION of a win, victory or just a get out point…….

This one is a problem  that may not have  solution….. A true Kobarishi Maru…….

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The President takes care of 'his' guardians…….

President Obama, and his family, did the \’right thing\’ for his troops. last week…….They invited the men and women, with their  families, of the Secret Service’s White House details to a South Lawn BBQ dinner . The first family mingled with their guardians and their families in an informal setting that was sure to endear both to each other. As I posted in a review of  Ron Kessler’s book on the Service, \’The Presidents Secret Service \,’ Obama and his family are very highly reguarded by their personal protectors…

…and one can understand why…….

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The weekly Zeitgeist (info) from the Atlantic Magazine……..

For the week of October 13…….

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Obama Average Job Approval 52.6

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Obama Favorability 53.6%

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Right Direction / Wrong Track 38.2% / 52.4%

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Congressional Approval 19.3%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 500 1,077.67 (up 243 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index 88.6 (up 2.4% from July)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index 45 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims 521,000 (down 64,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage 4.97%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in August 358,471

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment 9.8%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index +0.4 in August

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency 9.24%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly) 5.10 million in August (down 2.7% from June)

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More troops are going to Aftghanistan already…….

It seems that the President in ordering 21,000 combat troops for Afghanistan this spring, set in motion the movement of another 13,000+ support troops into the country…..

Whenever the United States military, be it Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines move into an area…they bring along support troops……whether it’s cooks, quartermasters, drivers,  mechanics, or weathermen they go wherever the combat troops go …..but as Iraq has shown, while they are stationed in the rear, out of the action zone…sometimes the non-action zone, doesn’t exist……support troops for all of the services, not just the Marines are being given more basic training, to defend themselves, since the incidents in the beginning of the Iraq war showed that, any soldier (male or Female) may find themselves in a firefight, anywhere in-country…..

The tallying of these extra troops was not announced, but the President,  as the Commander in Chief , was aware of the whole number, before signing off on the request……indeed, General McChrystal’s new request for troops will likely include more support troops also…….which brings up the time table of deploying McChrystal’s new increase of troops, which is straning the Army and Marines to uncomfortable levels……

There are a lot of combat and support soldiers moving into the Afghan campaign …and there will be more……..

From Iraq to Afghanistan…..the war continues moving…….

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Hillary Clinton throws in the towel?……she says she will not run for President again…….

Yep…you heard that right…..while in Zurich………The former First Lady, and New York State Senator makes comments to NBC ‘s Anne Curry on…. the President getting the Nobel Peace Prize, Afghanistan policy formation, and being Secretary of State……and the lady says she will not run for President of the United States…….we’ll check back in few years…when the coast may be clear……

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Ladies and Gentlemen…I give you the Progressive Lady!

Actually, her name is Stephanie Courtney……and she’s from Stoney Point, NY…and she\’s done a bit of work…….

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Men and women's breasts…….

I got beat up today because while I was at a store , a small young female came into the store with a generous bosom. Me and the guy manning the cash register, of course, took a look at her. My wife , of course, took a look at me……….

My wife wasn’t mad…but she did turn the incident into a ‘gotcha’ moment……

She waited until I got into the car then casually mentioned that ‘she had seen me check out the girl,’ and that all men are the same when a female with  a ‘chest’ shows up…….I protested that I had looked at everyone in the area…..But, she kept at me…Okay…I gave in….’yea, I saw her’….

I tried to offer a defense…’Listen’…all men look at females with cleavage, or tight tops’……..I pleaded….’we all do that!’……

She just looked at me and shook her head, reminding me of post I had done here about the surprising number of hits when I posted a link with a female semi-nude from the waist up…….

And then I gave up……..she was right……..

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Michael Jackson's latest song is released….

The iconic pop star ‘s latest song titled “This is it” was found in a box, and it is unknown when the song was recorded……The song will be released by Sony….It will not be released as a single, but will run during the closing credits in the new Jackson film…..\”This is it\”.……which will be a documentary on the singers rehearsals for a comeback tour……producers say that there maybe future  releasing of up to 100 songs that the departed pop star recorded,  during various stages of his career…….

Update…….To hear a sample of the song click on this link……

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Obama takes it on the chin from the late night comics………….

One of the things that happens to you when you become the President of the United States, is attention…..From all sorts of people…including late night hosts, and shows……..

Well, Barack Obama IS the 44th United States President, so he’s right in there…..While everyone….these guys included, went easy (if at all ) on him during his historic run, and election to become president…the wraps have begun to come off now……and he’s become fair game……

Whether its about the Nobel Peace Prize (what did he do? , they joke)….Or his laid back-ness (What has he done?)…he is gonna get taken to task, and made fun of…..

Get used to it Mr. President…it means you have arrived…and you have……

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