New York State Senate votes down Gay Marriage……

The New York State Senate has defeated a bill to approve Gay Marriage in the state by 38 to 24…..Governor Paterson has pushed for the bill to be considered….The democrats are in a majority in the body….not a single republican voted for the bill…and few of the  democrats, also voted against the bill aslo….The governor went into the chamber in Albany to ask for votes for the bill , but that did not work….

New York State joins 31 other states in turning gay marriage down……last year Maine and California repealed approval of state gay marriage policies in place……

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Is President Obama going to have troubles with liberal's in 2012?

In order to get elected, President Obama had to give the liberal ‘s (of the democratic party) the impression that he was with them, in early 2007…Hillary Clinton’s insistence on not standing behind her Iraq vote, gave the liberals all they needed to scorn her….a year later finds the liberal’s back where they were in 2007….without a standardbearer.….the surge has angered a lot of them against Obama….the President’s willingness to live without a hard pro-life option for the Healthcare bill has angered them….the President’s willingness to go with a trigger for the ‘public option’ in that same bill….has angered them…the shelving on ‘Do Ask…Don’T Tell has angered them…..hummmmm?

I’m waiting to see how he gets them back in the fold by 2012….and you know he will.

Note:….My man Daniel is pounding me…and this doesn’t help…….DailyKos has polling data that shows that democrats are fading fast from their excitement from the Obama presidential run…..Daniel thinks this will a bad off year for the democrats and hopes for one the house of congress..I don’t think so…but Obama is gonna have to stay home in the late spring of next year and the fall a work for his buddies in congress so that they can help him in 2012…..

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Nike shows support for World Aids Day with RED shoelaces ……

You can get your sneaker laces here …and show your support for World Aids Day (December 1)…… along with Nike and your favorite NBA Basketbalkl star……

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Top Google, Yahoo and Bing searches so far, for 2009……

ah, Michael Jackson….hands down….

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Tiger Woods apologizes to his family and the public……..

He has finally made a public statement about the incident….which is has become the least of his problems……

This….. from him at his website……

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The Tiger Woods count advances to three…….

The Pro Golfer now has a third woman claiming to have had an affair with him…..Kalika Moquin, a Las Vegas nightclub marketing manager, is being tight-lipped about here relationship with Woods….But indicates that their pairing was no more tan six weeks ago…..

Moquin goes on to say that Woods told him that ‘he wasn’t happy with his marriage’….Was that a come on, or the truth?

And she claims the man said he was gonna ‘wear her out’!

Really?

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Kasim Reed declares victory in the Atlanta Mayoral race…….

Reed has a 620 vote lead out of a total of 84,076…..Mary Norwood has not conceded……a recount could be done, since the lead is under the laws 1% threshold…..

There  are still provisional ballot’s to be counted…..

The loss of a second black candidate (present in the original contest) apparently was just enough for Reed to claim a very narrow victory…..

Stay tuned for more…..

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The other shoe drops…on the White House Social Office and its boss……

Desiree Rogers …the head of the White House Social Office, is indirectly involved in the White House gate crasher caper….and has some explaining to do……she has already had to make some adjustments, due to the gate crasher incident……

Update:…..It appears she won’t be doing it to Congress…..the White House has informed the Congress that Ms. Rogers will not be allowed to tell her story to that body due to the excutive branch’s concern about ‘seperation of powers’……

In addition, The White House Press Secretary has had to back away from his story the Secret Service was solely at fault in the incident, after the White House had to admit that it’s Social Office did not have staff available at the gate in the incident to assist the Secret Service……

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The Charlie Cook read on the 2010 Senate races……

Here’s the current outlook for the United States Senate 2010 races from the Cook Political Repirt….

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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…..


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The Atlanta Mayor race results…very close…but not unexpected…..

Atlanta Mayor Race

Atlanta – Mayor
Candidate  Votes
Kasim Reed  41,901  51%
Mary Norwood  41,143  49%

Updated Dec-02-2009 12:24 AM 100% reporting (170 of 170 precincts)

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Charlie Cook's 2010 House Race chart……

Here’s his current read on the upcoming House of Representives  races for 2010……

I don’t see anyway that the democrats are going to lose their majority……..

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Northrop Grumman knows they are getting setup on the new aerial tanker bid…..

Where have I seen this before?

Oh, yea…the Marine One buy……

First the hold a competition for a new airplane or helicopter…then the American company pitches an inferior product and loses the bid…..Then they throw out the bid…and start all over…throwing away billions of dollars…..Well, here we go again folks….

A few years ago there was contest for who would build new aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force…the current KC-145’s and KC-10’s are old…..Some of the KC-135’s are older than the crew members flying the airplane….In the first contest, The Airbus A-330 derived airplane won….But that didn’t last too long….

Now the Pentagon is rebidding the contract……congressmen from the two prospective states that would get the space to build the planes actually proposed a compromise…take both Boeing and Northrop/Grummna’s Airbus planes, and call it a day…The smaller Boeing plane, build on a B-767 frame, would be for in theatre refueling, and the larger A-330 aircraft, would be for bridge flying (ferrying Aircraft from the U.S. overseas)…. good deal right?….everybody’s happy?…..NOPE!

The Secretary of Defense wants one type of plane……never mind that they currentl have TWO types of planes….And that has been working fine…and they do the same…. in theatre and bridge missions…..

Well Northrop has read the tea leaves and they are seriously thinking of not bidding (they did this the first time when Boeing was getting backroom support) on the contract which would leave the Pentagon just with Boeing bid and a take it or leave situation for the Air Force…..

Listen I ‘m for americans getting a piece of the pie first…but in this case both aircraft will be build in the United States….if you can’t do a split deal then award the contract to the best bidder, and at least try to be fair…..

Incidently…the contract is for $35 billion ……and that is a lot of money…..but I want our country to get the BEST tanker that is out there…..and I don’t think buying two different types …like we already operate…is such a bad idea……

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The Commander-in-Chief takes his case to the country…..more troops….

President Obama spoke to the American people tonight from West Point…explaining, that his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Aftghanistan for a 18 month surge was to deal with the \’cancer\’ of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan…..and to “…” bring this war to a successful conclusion”…

……it remains to be seen if….. he will be successful…but with the more troops being send ‘in country’ (and in a hurry) this war campaign now becomes his……..

As I said yesterday..the ball is now in General Stanley McChrystal’s court and it’s show-time……

Good luck to us all…….

We’ll have more on this in the coming days…….

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No criminal charges for Tiger Woods……but there could be more problems for him with his wife…..

The Florida Highway Patrol has announced that the ProGolfer,  Tiger Woods, will just receive a citation ($164) for ‘careless driving’ …Woods was never questioned by the police, who did talk to his neighbors ( he was not required to do so)…The police also will not pursue any domestic violence charges against the golfers wife, Elin Nordegren….

While the same thing would never happen with regular people (the cops would have brought them in if they didn’t give a reasonable answer at the scene)…the incident appears to be over…..

Tiger Woods still needs to make a statement about the incident….

Update:!….Woods may not be out of trouble with his wife yet….It seems that another female may have been involved with Pro- Golfer…..Jamiee Grubs, 24, a Los Angeles cocktail waitress is now claiming that she had a 31 month affair with Woods…..

Like I said..the guy needs to straighten things out with his wife…then address this stuff straight on in the media…so he can go back to playing gulf…

….in the end …this will be between him and wife……

…..But it just seems to get worst everyday……

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Thoughts on the Afghan Surge…..

I have heard two things this morning on the Presidents up coming surge in Afghanistan…and bothy trouble me…..

One…..The surge is being mentioned as a short-term solution with the pull back date being the selling point…..If Obama sticks with this policy he’s wasting his time…..The bad guys can read….As in Iraq….They will just take a vacation and come back rested when the troops go home…bad policy….

Two…While giving McChrystal the troops he wanted I hear White House Press Secretary Gibbs announcing…’No Nation Building”…huh?

If there is no Nation building…there will be no be no permanent peace…we will be like the old Soviet Union campaign there…Afghanistan as it is today is corrupt, poor undeveloped nation…our concept of the place only exists in a few big cities…..if the country is left to fend for its own a year or two from now it will descend back into a feudal third century country with a few major cities….

I hope I’m wrong..but a quick fix over there is a recipe for failure coming out the gate……

 

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