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Saturday, November 27, 2010
It appeared as if Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine would absolutely become law. However, even though legislative Democrats supported the legislation without question, term-limited Governor Ed Rendell, in what might be his last major act as chief executive, vetoed the pro-self defense legislation earlier this afternoon.
What is Governor Ed Rendell thinking?
Governor-elect Tom Corbett will only sign the legislation (which both legislative houses are once again bound to pass) when he takes the oath of office next year, and why wouldn't someone (especially a politician) want to leave office with the distinct pride of knowing they helped to expand crucial self defense rights to the citizenry at-large. Obviously, Ed Rendell is without political or common sense.
Hopefully, the new Pennsylvania Legislature and Governor will move quickly to pass and enact the Castle Doctrine legislation when they convene in six weeks.
His glory years are definitely behind him, but could his final years have him back in an Atlanta uniform?
Kevin Markum of Bleacher Report is hoping so. In an article published three days ago, Markum argues that Atlanta's General Manager should bring Jones back into the club, considering he had his best post-Atlanta seasons this year, and that he would be a cheap purchase at about one-to-three million dollars.
However, I'm not too sure bringing back Andruw would be worth the risk. Sure, he would bring the fans to the stands as he approaches 2,000 career hits, and if he is with the team long enough, he could reach 500 career home runs. But, and this is a big but, he cannot play solid defense anymore, and at the most he would hit maybe 20 home runs next year.
I have cheered for the Braves almost every single year of my life, and there was nothing better in pro baseball than the Andruw and Chipper Jones tag team, but spending upwards to three million dollars on a player that just can't perform like he use to - seems like an unnecessary risk to me.
What say you?
On the Joy Behar Show, liberal hacks Joy Behar and Sandra Bernhard discussed Palin's loss on DWTS, while The Daily Beast’s Rebecca Dana occasionally chimed in. For whatever reason, instead of critiquing her dancing, they launched into attack mode and insulted Bristol Palin personally for several minutes. Here is a short transcript:
Joy Behar: After weeks of speculation that the low-scoring Bristol Palin could actually take the Dancing with the Stars win, the nation breathed a sigh of relief last night as Jennifer Grey was crowned the [garbled] champion... So, Sandra, were you ready to shoot the TV last night?
Sandra Bernhard: I twittered for the entire two hours. My eyeballs were falling out of my head...
Behar: I know. What about Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers? They’re dead, you know. They died last night.
Bernhard: Yes. They died and came back and died for the third time.
Behar: What’s her name, Bristol on today`s “View” said something like –
Berhard: How did she do it? How did she get to New York to do the “View”?
Behar: I don’t know.
Rebecca Dana, Senior Correspondent, The Daily Beast: They have their own plane, these people.
Bernhard: She’s such a hooker. She got on a flight after losing last night...
Behar: She said that her mother likes her being in the cage.
Dana: Well, maybe that will prevent her from having another baby!
Here is the video:
These people are disgusting.
Obviously the long paragraph should tell you something: Brotzman missed it wide right. But hey, no big deal right? Now there was overtime for Boise's kicker to make amends and redeem himself. Indeed Boise got the ball back and indeed Botzman was called upon again to kick an easy field goal from 28 out, a field goal that goes through 98% of the time. He missed it wide left.
The only thing that Brotzman drilled was Boise. And now, despite his accomplishments as a kicker, his career is and always will be defined by two epic failures.
So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Facetiousness aside, why would Michelle Obama think that anyone would care whether she said that we could eat food today? Apparently her husband's arrogance is rubbing off on her.
Either way, in Barbara Walters's interview with the Obamas, Michelle felt compelled to let everyone know that it was okay to eat on Thanksgiving:
Michelle Obama said it's fine to eat what you want on Thanksgiving.
"Don't worry about how much you eat. Just enjoy it," she said. "This is the time. Have pie.""This is the time. Have pie." Ugh. I'm sure I don't need to say this, but I believe that individuals should be able to decide what (legal) food they can eat without Big Government or Big Brother (or sister) telling me what to do.
If the first lady wants to spend her time and money to persuade us to eat better, fine. But I fear that she wants to spend our time and our money. In her latest speech, she talks about helping grocery stores “locate in underserved areas…getting healthier food into schools…helping our kids become more active, not just in school but at home.”Hands off my turkey!
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Now go eat some Turkey!
|This guy, not the country|
Best Laptop Deals:
Best Buy has a great deal on a Toshiba laptop:
15.6" Display / 3GB Memory / 320GB Hard Drive for only $189.99. That is an outstanding price.
Wal Mart has a similar deal on an eMachines laptop, but it isn't as good:
15.6" Display / 2GB Memory / 250GB Hard Drive for only $198.99. Very good deal, but not as good as Best Buy.
Best HDTV Deals:
Wal Mart comes out near the top with an outstandingly priced Plasma HDTV:
Sanyo- 50"/ 720p / 600 Hz for only $500. The fact that it is Plasma (as opposed to LCD) and only 720p (instead of the better 1080p) is outweighed by the amazing price.
Target has an excellent deal on an LCD HDTV:
Westinghouse- 40"/ 1080p / 60 Hz for $298. 60Hz is a little low, but last year televisions at 32" were around $300, so this price is great.
Best Buy has a great deal on another Plasma HDTV:
Panasonic - VIERA / 50" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV for $700. The Plasma factor hurts, but Panasonic (an excellent brand) and a 1080p resolution make this television a superb buy.
Best Blu-ray Player Deals:
Target has a low-priced Sony (excellent brand) Blu-ray player for only $99.
Not to be outdone, Best Buy has a great deal on a Toshiba (good brand) Blu-ray player: $59.99.
And don't forget about Amazon.com, they always have good deals on Black Friday. However, the best ones there will come on Monday.
|Eat plenty of Turkey today!|
Now it appears that Owens has changed his mind-- the Democratic leadership must have gotten to him. He's changed his tone to now voting for Pelosi.
"I was blowing off a little steam because I was agitated that neither one of them had responded to me," Owens said.
So much for that.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Boston Globe is asking that question after finding her itinerary for her tour.
“The longer you stay away, the more conspicuous it gets," said Fergus Cullen, former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. “Part of what baffles me is she’s been doing political events in other states. She’s gone to Iowa, and she’s spoken at party committee events in Oklahoma, Florida, and Oregon. It’s not like she’s got a blanket prohibition on these sorts of things."
The article continues to say that Palin has not visited the state in over two years and seems to have no plans to arrive there soon. As a matter of fact, despite the fact that she endorsed successful Senate candidate Kelly Ayotte, Palin did not campaign in the state for her.
“It’s wide open right now,’’ said Dave Carney, a longtime GOP operative from New Hampshire who was the White House political director for President George H.W. Bush. “If she invested the time and the resources in New Hampshire, she has a message that would sell quite well.’’
Furthermore, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has a substantial lead in the state, in part thanks to high name recognition. In order for Palin to win the Republican nomination in 2012 it is more than conceivable to believe that she would want to win in this New England state.
Mr. K has written in the past that he believes that Governor Palin is not running in the 2012 cycle. I'm not sure at this point, but it does appear conceivable.
"This is an abuse of power. It's a miscarriage of justice, and I still maintain that I am innocent. The criminalization of politics undermines our very system and I'm very disappointed in the outcome," DeLay told reporters outside the courtroom. He remains free on bond, and his sentencing was tentatively set to begin on Dec. 20.
Prosecutors said DeLay, who once held the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives and whose heavy-handed style earned him the nickname "the Hammer," used his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.
Of course, this trial is just finishing as New York Congressman Charlie Rangel may be sent to prison but more likely censured over his own financial dealings. These are widely seen as corrupt and relatively similar to those facing DeLay.
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The Lions have played on every Thanksgiving since 1934 (with the exception of 1941-44) and in some cases have actually defeated the visiting team; though the last time that actually occurred was back in 2003 against the Green Bay Packers when quarteback Brett Farve was in his prime. They have lost every game since 2003 by a margin of eleven to thirty-seven points.
So what are the odds of Detroit winning this Thanksgiving?
Slim. The 8-2 New England Patriots are coming to town after beating their rivals on Sunday evening, and to be honest the Detroit Lions only chance of not losing is if President Obama pardons them before they suffer another humilating loss.
Another wasted three hour time slot on Thanksgiving day.
How does this make sense in any way? Obviously it does not, unless you consider appeasement a viable strategy in stopping a belligerent nation. History proves over and over again that appeasement does not work in almost any form, especially not when you give a rogue nation extra money, which they can then use to build weapons.
Yet, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon believes giving North Korea more aid can work:
"Ban, the former foreign minister of South Korea, wants to engage more deeply in confidence-building measures to reassure a skeptical world of the positive impact of engaging North Korea peacefully."Remember, this is the same North Korea that just attacked Ban's own home country. The same country that has ignored the world for years. The same country that is starving its own people. The same country that is building a nuclear arsenal. And Ban and the United Nations wants to give it more money and aid. This is ridiculous.
Here is a picture of the attack that the North unleashed earlier this week:
A new document from the UN explains ideas on how to deal with North Korea:
"'Make a focused effort to re-engage' with North Korea and other countries most closely affected by the crisis even as the security situation worsens as a result of North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and aggressive conventional military actions...
Launch a new public relations campaign with aid-giving countries to rekindle their enthusiasm for giving money to North Korea, including “donor briefings,” “targeted visits” to aid-giving capitals, and sponsorship of an aid-giving “donors tour” of North Korea next year."This is ridiculous.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Even so, we see a steep decline from the President, with approval souring among independents and even some on the Left. His disapproval ratings are even higher than in Rasmussen polls, which usually do not favor Obama.
Of course, part of this could simply be part of the election fallout. But the news appears to be getting worse for the President:
Nearly 7 in 10 likely voters say the country is on the wrong track, rarely a good sign for incumbents.
Ouch. Plus he's behind potential Republican candidates for the office.
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While the 17% is down from a poll taken in late 2008, which showed that 22% were in favor of a ban, the amount of people who want smoking banned is still astounding. If 17% of Americans truly want smoking to be banned, based on the U.S. population, that would mean that over 50 Million people are in favor of such government action.
Despite this number, however, the vast majority of Americans do not want smoking to be banned. 72% believe that the government should not make smoking illegal, while another 11% are not sure.
The article goes deeper, stating:
"Nineteen percent (19%) of non-smokers like the idea of a tobacco ban, compared to just 11% of those who say they currently smoke."
|Should be outlawed?|
"When it comes regulation of the cigarette industry, Americans are divided over how much is enough. Twenty-two percent (22%) think the level of regulation is too high, while 26% believe it's not high enough. Thirty-eight percent (38%) say the current level of regulation is about right.
Smokers feel more strongly than non-smokers that the industry is overregulated."
While millions of Americans are resisting what they see as the over-reach of government in Health Care, gun ownership, and airport pat-downs, it is almost shocking that so many people would be in favor of a forceful ban on smoking. There are currently 303 Million people in the United States, which means that over 50 Million people are in favor of a ban.
It does not look like smoking will be banned in the foreseeable future.
In an interview set to air on Thanksgiving Day, Matt Lauer sat down with El-Gamal and discussed the "Park 51 Project." El-Gamal, who was apparently pleased to be named one of NBC's people of the year, seemed very comfortable answering questions. The excerpt released so far shows that Mr. Lauer gave El-Gamal a decidedly softball interview. Here is a partial transcript of El-Gamal's opening statements:
"There's going to be a facility here that's going to provide aquatics, uh, uh, uh, a gym, just like a Jewish community center or, or a YMCA. It's going to provide, uh, much needed facilities to the residents of Lower Manhattan."Lauer responds that there is "one major exception" to El-Gamal's statement, describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, El-Gamal's quickly responded:
"Not once have I held my faith accountable for the horrific events of 9/11. I am an American. I am an American who has a specific belief system, and my belief system, in order to be a Muslim you have to be a good Jew and a good Christian."After the interview, "Park51," a Twitter page set up in support of the Ground Zero Mosque, believed the interview went well and asked people to watch the entire interview on Thursday:
The controversy surrounding the Mosque has been drawn out and at times heated, but here is a quick summary of the events so far. As we all know, the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001 by Islamic extremists who flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, while another hi-jacked plane crashed after passengers fought back. Nine years later, the Freedom Tower, which will replace the Twin Towers, is slowly being built.
Two blocks away from what is known as Ground Zero, there are now plans to build an Islamic Mosque and community center. Controversy has thus ensued. The vast majority of Americans (over 65%) believe that the Mosque should not be built so close to where over 2,500 Americans were murdered in the name of Islam. Those in favor of the Mosque argue that the Constitution protects freedom of religion, and thus protects the construction of what they call the Park 51 Project.
Monday, November 22, 2010
So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters:
Dodd, who has had a Twitter account for over a year and who has over 700 tweets, apparently forgot what he was doing late last week, as he used the S-word in a tweet. The post was quickly removed, but some quick internet users got a shot of what Dodd wrote before he took it down. Here is a cleaned up version of Dodd's post:
“Due to a technical mistake, a message was inadvertently sent from Senator Dodd’s twitter account. Senator Dodd did not send the message. We have corrected the situation and apologize to his followers for the mistake and inappropriate language used in the message.”However, it has been posited that Dodd did indeed write the actual tweet, as it was sent via text (notice that the message says "via txt" underneath the main writing). Yet, when the staff retracted the tweet, it was from the web, which means that different people posted the tweet and removed it.
|Dodd: Apparently being tortured with feces|
|Collins: Will be fired soon, I'm sure|
Now back to politics...
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This number is up from previous months and is the highest in over a year. Meanwhile, only 60% of Americans see the United States as "fair and decent." Another 13% are undecided.
The poll suggests that many people's faith in the US has faded over the last two years, most markedly since President Obama's election and inauguration:
"When Barack Obama won the presidential election in November 2008, 65% said U.S. society was fair and decent. That number rose to 69% a month after he was inaugurated into the White House.
In February 2009, 55% of African-American voters felt society was fair and decent. Just 26% feel that way now."The poll, done by Rasmussen, continues, saying that the American people now believe in greater numbers that the President himself does not see America as a "fair" place:
"Forty-three percent (43%) of all voters nationwide believe President Obama views American society as fair and decent, but 44% say he sees society as being basically unfair and discriminatory. Another 13% are undecided.
When Obama first took office in January 2009, just 33% thought he viewed society as unfair and discriminatory, while 49% thought he viewed society as fair and decent."
"A plurality of voters nationwide believes America’s best days have come and gone, but that number has remained fairly consistent since the beginning of the year."Personally, I believe that the United States is the best country on earth. Here, anyone can do anything whenever they wish (so long as it's legal, of course). You want to pursue a specific career? Do it. You want to get an education? Go ahead. Start a business, buy a house, follow your dream? You can do it all here in the United States of America.