President-elect Barack Obama is enjoying one last vacation in Hawaii, where he grew up, before his inauguration. The Obama family will be staying in a $9 million single-story oceanfront home fronting Kailua Beach. The home sits on a dead-end road with few other homes making it easier for the Secret Service to protect. According to Luxist comparable rentals run $2,500 to $3,500 per night.
Well, Merry Christmas and Mele Kalikimaka, Mr. President-elect and Family.
Hawaiian Video Christmas Card
Tips on Having a Hawaiian Christmas Party
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The Anthony family has decided to donate toys that have been accumulating at a makeshift memorial for Caylee Marie Anthony to the Orlando Union Rescue Mission to help children in need.
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Congress Awards Themselves a Raise
I cannot believe this, I really can’t. What an arrogant bunch of thieves. They are THIEVES. And they should resolve to take NO money during 2009. They should have to give back every dime they got for 2008. They are incompetent! I am to the point that I wish each and every one of them would be removed and we could just start over. This is just an OUTRAGE.
If I had $4,700, I could pay off all my bills and have some left over. And they each receive over $174,000 per year already. I think Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barack Obama kept getting paid and they haven’t darkened the doors for two years probably. I read that Hillary is right now receiving her salary, and Rahm Emanuel has not resigned either. Obama resigned but who knows, he may be receiving a salary right now as well. He resigned, but I am sure it was only because they wanted to get someone appointed in his place before Christmas. And Joe Biden, I forgot about him.
I don’t care if it didn’t take a specific act, just makes it worse. They should specifically turn it down.
“As lawmakers make a big show of forcing auto executives to accept just $1 a year in salary, they are quietly raiding the vault for their own personal gain,” said Daniel O’Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a non-partisan group. “This money would be much better spent helping the millions of seniors who are living below the poverty line and struggling to keep their heat on this winter.”
I’ll have to say that at least Rod Blagojevich put it right out front — he wanted money. Is everybody dishonest? Is everybody greedy? Have they no shame? I hope Blago does not resign and takes it to trial. Let it all come out.
Meter Reader Press Conference 3:30
Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found the remains of Caylee Anthony, said that during the course of his employment he discovered the body. He says that in August he had previously reported that he had spotted a bag in same area where the body was eventually found. “I have been and will continue to cooperate with the investigation.” He declines to say what he saw at the crime scene.
Roy Kronk, the utility worker, at his press conference today.
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His lawyer says: David Adams, attorney — Mr. Kronk says until today he has chosen to remain anonymous. His participation in this matter is as a concerned citizen with a sharp eye, instincts, and perseverance. He has no connection with the case or the Anthonys and those speculating to the contrary could not be more wrong. He pleads for relief to his co-workers who have been the target of intrusive news tactics. Mr. Adams says that Mr. Kronk asks that you leave his co-workers alone without further intrusion. He thanks the management of Orange County Utilities for their support and he thanks his colleagues for their protection of his privacy and that they have sacrificed their own in doing so.
Mr. Adams goes on to say that at the present time Mr. Kronk will not grant interviews about the case. He will continue to cooperate with the authorities. He will not be responding to questions here today. If and when he decides to have an interview, he will make that decision known and select the appropriate interview forum. He asks again that his privacy be respected and do not attempt to contact him. He says, “permit him peace and quiet over the holidays” and that the story of the events will come out in days to come.
Ashley Banfield, CNN, says that Casey Anthony was informed of the news conference 15 minutes prior. (I think she meant the news conference with the sheriff and the ME,) Her pastor came to the jail to be with her and she refused to see him.
Posted: 12.19.08 Updated: 12.19.08 7:15 p.m.
2:00 p.m. press conference
Dr. Garavaglia (Dr. G) announced the remains found are those of missing child, Caylee Anthony. Nuclear DNA was compared to a known profile and that was done by the FBI Lab in Quantico. The remains, except for the tested specimen have been maintained in the District Nine morgue in Orlando.
There is no visible soft tissue remaining and no trauma to the bones.
Manner of Death is homicide. Cause of Death is homicide by undetermined means.
Sheriff Kevin Beary, Orange County Sheriff, says he does not know how the family reacted to the notification because he was not part of that team.
News conference cut to go to Barack Obama announcing appointees.
New development in the Caylee Anthony case…..
And I have to say THIS IS HUGE. The utility worker who disovered the body a week or so ago called in tips about a bag beside the road in the same location on August, 11, 12, and 13. They are now saying that he went back to do his own “investigation,” and found a bag and the skull, which is contrary to what was earlier reported about his going into the woods to relieve himself. They also said that he was not there as part of his work either, because there is no meter there to read. Curious.
The authorities are calling him a responsible citizen at this time. But this puts a whole new perspective on this case and raises many questions. As in is there a connection between the meter reader and the Anthony family or the so-called nanny or the defense team?
Dave has a post and some pictures he took today @ http://marinadedave.wordpress.com/