Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Power of A King...From Paris

The round stage was simple. No props. Just a piano, drums, 3 stools for back up singers and a microphone for James. The lights went out, and I could see the flashlight leading them up the stairs. He in his navy suit, she in her black pants, black high boots and long blue coat.
Their natural affection for each other and their reciprocal love enhanced every song. After intermission, they re-entered true to themselves. Blue jeans, and a stage full of soul.

An Awkward Navy Silk Suit...From Paris

I've seen him many times. He's boyish, confident cute, and always a compelling story teller. Last night, he strode on stage wearing a shocking fashion statement-a fancy Italian silk suit. It was disturbing. James! For 40 years I've depended on you to bring me blue jeans, no comb over and beautiful old 70's tunes. What is the deal with the suit?

I think James must have heard me. Before his first song was done, he threw his jacket off, and rolled up his sleeves. After the intermission, I got him back--black cowboy boots, blue jeans, beige short sleeve shirt and a newsboy cap. He has aged to perfection. Best JT concert I've ever seen.

Some Enchanted Evening ...From Paris

I knew him well. I knew her well. He, baby faced and blue jeaned. She, mop-headed funky blond with a soulful gritty voice. He was an 'aw-shucks' charmer. She? High energy creative.

Together, they brought transcendent magic to vinyl. The year? 1971. It was a good year. They were the perfect pair. Chocolate and peanut butter perfect.

Last night, my husband and I joined a few thousand of our closest friends (including David Axelrod) to find 1971 again.

Stay tuned for details...

Ps No- that's not me in the photograph. For those of you who aren't news junkies, that's Anita Dunn with David Axelrod. Anita wasn't there last night, but David was.

There is an App for that


If Red Dead Redemption Had iPads, It Would Include This Solitaire

I'm not a solitaire fan, but I think that a computing platform is not complete until it has a solid solitaire app. Especially the multitouch iPad. Solitaire Classics HD is the perfect solitaire for iPad. It looks and plays beautifully

This is cool and fast

Say Hello to The World's Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle

Say Hello to The World's Most Advanced Electric MotorcycleThe technology behind the MotoCzysz E1pc isn't just the future for motorcycles, it's the future of electric vehicles. When you have 10x the battery power of a Prius and 2.5x the torque of a Ducati it's easy to see why.

How fast? During practice this week:

[The E1pc] reached a top speed of 140 MPH-besting its closest electric competitor's 102 MPH. The E1pc also clocked a 94.6 MPH lap, tantalizingly close to the 100 MPH goal. Yes, it completed that lap. But that's not the amazing thing; the E1pc ran that time while using, on average, less than 40 percent of its throttle and crossed the finish line with, according to Czysz, with "plenty in reserve."

On this day in 1902

Put a Nickel In, Take Your Food Out

1902: Joe Horn and Frank Hardart open the Automat at 818 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. It’s America’s first coin-operated cafeteria.

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Pregnancy and alcohol: not what you expect

SHOULD PREGNANT WOMEN AVOID ALL ALCOHOL? “Indeed, a study published last year found that boys born to mothers who drank 1 to 2 units per week were less likely to have conduct problems and hyperactivity at the age of 3 than those born to abstainers. Girls of such mothers, meanwhile, were less likely to have emotional symptoms and peer problems. The children of moderate drinkers (consuming 3 to 6 units a week) seemed roughly similar to those of abstainers, but there was an increased risk of behavioural difficulties in the children of women who drank more than 7 units a week.”

The Importance of Words...From Paris

Someone suggested that we shift our language from 'capitalism' to 'economic freedom'. I agree. Let's do that. Now.

Let's accept the fact that the word Capitalism has lost it's golden glow shine. Few people understand capitalism, as evidenced by the current common shrugged non chalant response capitalism routinely receives. Few understand exactly what it takes to run a business and enjoy real personal success. Economic freedom has the glow of every man's wish. Who doesn't want to be economically free?

Moving on to the President stooping to a street 'low' with the "so I'll know whose a#$ to kick" comment", African American pundents rushed to his defense and breathlessly explained that any criticism of the President "gettin' streety wit us" is yet another attempt to introduce racism.

OHHH Phhleeeeese!! Words are important. Words are color blind. We expect our leaders to take the high road, with no exceptions. We expect them to use teleprompters. We don't appreciate the President of the United States threatening physical violence. If he only knew what it took to run a business, he would never have stooped to a reflex swearing reaction.

From Jane. Why we are broke. (Some of these items are disputable, 4 and 5 are redundant, but the general point is well made. Years of this has left us broke.)

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again.  I also have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts...

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

Verify at:

2.  $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify at:

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
Verify at:

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent
on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at:

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

Verify at

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

Verify at:

7.  30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at:

8.  $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at:

9.  $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at:

10.  The illegal aliens in the    United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.  In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

Verify at:

13.  In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

Verify at:

14..  'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States .'

Verify at:
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The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR

Chicago D weighs in on the WSJ piece on O

Bill, that first piece in today's Brisk (Alien in the White House) is very, very good. Helps to explain a lot of behaviors and confusion from Americans who just don't get this guy.

Road to Serfdom is No.1

the #1 book on Amazon is… The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich Hayek.

“He is the alien in the White House”

A great part of America now understands that this president's sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.

One of his first reforms was to rid the White House of the bust of Winston Churchill—a gift from Tony Blair—by packing it back off to 10 Downing Street. A cloudlet of mystery has surrounded the subject ever since, but the central fact stands clear. The new administration had apparently found no place in our national house of many rooms for the British leader who lives on so vividly in the American mind. Churchill, face of our shared wartime struggle, dauntless rallier of his nation who continues, so remarkably, to speak to ours. For a president to whom such associations are alien, ridding the White House of Churchill would, of course, have raised no second thoughts.

Interesting question

Obama Will Talk to Ahmadinejad but Not BP CEO?

Obama Will Talk to Ahmadinejad but Not BP CEO?

More on Tuesday’s Elections

PALIN’S PRIMARIES: “Some of Sarah Palin’s riskiest endorsements scored major victories Tuesday for the former Alaska governor, showing off her power in Republican primaries.”

MICHAEL BARONE: The June 8 elections: A verdict on incumbents, unions, and Democrats. “Blanche Lincoln’s (narrow) victory leaves the unions’ strategy in ruins. They can’t credibly threaten any Democratic incumbent who opposes card check with political defeat.”

O’s people blows it


Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

They’re reconsidering that now. . . .


Dems have a problem in SC

Surprise SC Senate candidate has charge pending

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge.

Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.

Tuesday’s Primary Results

Republican Women Dominate Elections...
Blanche survives [for now]...
*WH official: Labor 'flushed' $10M...
Whitman, Fiorina will challenge Dem icons in CA ...
GOP picks NV tea party candidate in epic Reid battle...
*Palin's backing pays off...


From Marc: IMF to Greece: privatize heath care

ObamaCare, Tried in Greece, Leads to Bankruptcy, Rioting & Bloodshed

Some people learn from others’ mistakes, and some have to “learn the hard way.”  Will America follow the lead of countries who have actually tried their own version of ObamaCare, or could we still learn from their mistakes?  In a remarkable statement, the International Monetary Fund has recommended that, before any bailouts are considered, the Greek government must privatize transportation, energy and health care to rein in costs.  The IMF recognizes that increased government involvement in health care does not save money.  It also does not lead to better health care.