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Remiss, Bothered and Bewildered May 19, 2010

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Thud.  Okay, I said it. I was REMISS. I totally overlooked my usual obsession with the conclusion of the Bernie ‘THUD’ Kerik scenario as he walked the walk and left for a four year term in prison.  He was kicking and screaming along the way.  See ya’ Bernie.  Sadly, he is not going with some of his cronies who should be locked up along with him.

The oil spill has also BOTHERED me to no end but there is so much guilt to go around I could not focus on a target. Ken Salazar’s appearance before the Senate yesterday was a joke.  Go Bernie Sanders.

–  I have been totally BEWILDERED by a number of things these past few weeks. Perhaps being on the road for almost two weeks allowed my brain to lose some of its synapses.

–  In no particular order – the ‘papers, please’ insanity in Arizona is apparently popular with people over 50 (not me) and curious to younger Americans. That seems clear enough.  Young people are not afraid of people who do not look like them and perhaps, just perhaps, they enjoy the diversity rather than the boring homogeneity.

–  The Tea Party still makes me laugh.  Their unfocused, yet loud rage gets too much attention from the media (just like Sarah Palin).  The targets of their focused rage  seems to be Repugnants who do not fit the bill as Uber-Conservatives.  A few did fine in yesterday’s Primaries, but  the general election in November is far away and much can happen.  Those Independent voters are not as radical as the screaming meemies with tea bags hanging from their hats.  Stay tuned.

–  In a head scratching moment, yesterday’s news included the fact that Bristol Palin is hitting the lecture circuit. Her main topic?  Teen pregnancy. ‘The 19-year-old has signed with a firm called Single Source Speakers and is expected to earn between $15,000 and $30,000 per speaking gig’. Good grief.

Just for fun, check out this armadillo:


#1 to #44 January 14, 2009

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hangonDespite my stuffy nose and other annoying things about having a head cold the excitement of the impending Inauguration cheers me up. Everybody just hang on – change is coming. Hillary Clinton did just fine in front of the Senate Committee yesterday. I am betting that every one of Obama’s picks will sail through confirmation (even Tim Geithner). If you missed Jon Stewart’s advice to Obama on future press conferences, check out this funny clip.

–  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have reached a tentative agreement that would give Democrats a three-seat advantage on most committees during the 111th Congress. Wa-hoo!

–  If you like your daily news in a nice neat concise package check out Talking Points Memo day in 100 seconds.

–  Here is a list of confirmation hearings that are yet to be held and those that have already been held for you c-span junkies out there.
Jan 14, 10 AM – Lisa Jackson, EPA; Nancy Sutley, Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality – Envronment & Public Works
Jan 14, 10 AM – Eric Shinseki – Veteran Affairs – Veteran’s Affairs
Jan 14, 10 AM – Tom Vilsack – Agriculture – Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry
Jan 14, 2 PM – Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget, and Robert L. Nabors II, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Jan 14, 2:30 PM – Ray LaHood  – Transportation – Commerce, Science & Transportation
Jan 15, 9:30 – Eric Holder – Justice – Judiciary
Jan 15, 9:30 – Ken Salazar – Interior – Energy & Natural Resources
Jan 15 – Tim Geithner – Treasury – Finance (tentative)
Jan 15, 10 AM – Janet Napolitano  – Secretary of Homeland Security – Homeland Security & Government Affairs
Jan 15, 9:30 AM – Susan Rice – UN Ambassador – Foreign Relations
Jan 15, 9:30 AM – William Lynn, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Robert Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer; Michèle Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Jeh Charles Johnson, General Counsel, Department of Defense – Armed Services
Jan 15, 10 AM – Honorable Mary Schapiro , Chairma, The Securities and Exchange Commission, Dr. Christina Romer , Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors, Dr. Austan Goolsbee , Member, Council of Economic Advisors, Dr. Cecilia Rouse , Member, Council of Economic Advisors,   Mr. Daniel Tarullo , Member, The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System  – Banking

No hearing needed: Robert Gates – Defense

Jan 8, 10 AM – Tom Daschle – Secretary of Health and Human Services – Health, Education, Labor & Pension (Also Finance)
Jan 9, 9:30 AM – Hilda Solis – Labor – Health, Education, Labor & Pension
Jan 13, 9:30 AM – Hillary Clinton  – Secretary of State – Foreign Relations  (vote planned for Jan 15)
Jan 13, 10 AM – Arne Duncan – Education – Health, Education, Labor & Pension
Jan 13, 10 AM – Steve Chu – Energy – Energy & Natural Resources
Jan 13, 10 AM – Shaun Donovan – Housing and Urban Development –  Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Jan 13,- Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget, and Robert L. Nabors II, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, Budget

–  If you missed the story about James Madison High School’s (my alma mater) Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on the Bush formal portrait for the Smithsonian? He asked the Smithsonian to correct the caption under the official portrait of President Bush so it no longer claims that 9/11 led to the war in Iraq. It is the third story in Keith’s clip.

–  From George Washington To Barack Obama – A Long Way

–  44 US Presidents: Quotes From George Washington To Barack Obama

Jumping Thru Hoops & 10 Foot Polls September 21, 2008

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So many issues to think about so little time to gather one’s thoughts and focus on one blog topic. Therefore, I will jump through hoops (notice I like to tie in my daily photo with a blog title) trying to get to the topic that interests me most this morning – the polls. I am obsessed with a website named fivethirtyeight – electoral projections done right. (538 is the number of electors in the Electoral College).  Why do I like this site so much you may ask? Well, they have very cool, easy to comprehend at a glance, graphics. There is easy to understand explanations (if you read their FAQ’s you will see how they arrive at their conclusions). They also have the oh so important Senate projections (why are we not hearing more about these races?). If you start poking around their site you will find other fascinating stuff like Electoral History Charts and info on other pollsters. This is one site that I like to touch with that proverbial ten foot pole (poll).

– I wanted to write about the never discussed Keating Five Scandal but that issue can hold for another day or two. If that fiasco was pounded home to the electorate I think those poll numbers would change dramatically. I also want to discuss the possibility of two or more Supreme Court nominees in the next administration. Now THAT is a HUGE (or YOOGE, as we say in Brooklyn) topic. Another day for that as well.

Bernie Sanders (Vermont), the first Socialist Senator and graduate of my alma mater, Brooklyn’s James Madison High School (he was in my sister’s class) must be kvelling a bit that our country seems to be teetering on Socialism now, with our economic turmoil. Watch Bernie (and listen to his lovable Brooklyn accent) as he addresses the crisis at hand and the existing ideology with special focus on Phil Gramm (Nation of Whiners), who WILL be the Secretary of the Treasury in a McSame administration. Bernie Sanders spells out the true origins of our Wall Street meltdown, and proposes the right solution. We need a buy-out, not a bail-out – and we need to restore the regulations that served us well for more than 60 years.

– Just in case you forgot who Phil Gramm is –

– And why should we HATE this smug Phil Gramm guy? He was THE Senator who was responsible for overturning the Glass Steagall Act of 1933 that established the FDIC and the banking regulations that controlled speculation. The repeal of this Act enabled commercial lenders, to underwrite and trade instruments such as mortgage backed securities and collateralized debt obligations and establish structured investment vehicles that bought those securities. The HUGE lobby called, Citicorp and other heavy hitters played a major part in the repeal. Fast forward to todays bailout and the fingers can point to Gramm as the #1 culprit. The veto proof Repugnant held Congress forced President Clinton to sign this repeal.

– How this financial crisis happened by NBC News. I call this video, the Crisis for Dummies. It is a great, short, explanation.

–  Watch Brian Williams, Jim and Maria discuss the pros and cons of the bailout. The Great Depression: The Sequel.

– Here is another candidate for Secretary of the Treasury. Watch him count.