Monthly Archives: March 2009

Imus puts his Westport, Conn. property up for sale

The 10,000-sq.-ft. white clapboard “Greco-Georgian” Revival mansion features 16 rooms including six bedrooms and six baths, with classic white-painted wooden interiors, a library, and multiple bay windows, the Wall St. Journal reports. The four acre property also has a two-bedroom guest house and a two-bedroom gatehouse with parking for six cars. The estate boasts 215 ft. of sandy beach frontage on Long Island Sound. Imus, 68, bought the property in 1997 for $4.6 million and finished building the house in 2000.

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See Luxist for pictures of the interior. Lovely.

Posted: 03.31.09

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Obama asked GM head to resign, denies them further bailout money

WASHINGTON – The White House says neither General Motors nor Chrysler submitted acceptable plans to receive more bailout money, setting the stage for a crisis in Detroit and putting in motion what could be the final two months of two American auto giants.

President Barack Obama and his top advisers have determined that neither company is viable and that taxpayers will not spend untold billions more to keep the pair of automakers open forever. In a last-ditch effort, the administration gave each company a brief deadline to try one last time to convince Washington it is worth saving, said senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to more bluntly discuss the decision.

Obama’s aides, aware of the outrage the White House faces if thousands more Americans lose their jobs, appointed a former deputy labor secretary, Ed Montgomery, to lead assistance efforts to cities and towns that depend on the auto industry. The move signaled the White House already was looking to a time when assembly plants may need to operate with far smaller staffs or shut down completely.

Aides note that Obama inherited the auto mess from his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

Give. me. a Break.  Another childish “it’s not MY fault” excuse.  That is getting mighty old at this point.  Every president has inherited problems from the previous administration.  Everybody knows that.  If he did not want to do the job, why did he do everything humanly possible to get it with years of campaigning?  Come on.

But, Wow.  What is wrong with this picture?  This is why the government should not be bailing out companies to begin with.  First I read today that the Administration has asked for the resignation of GM CEO Rick Wagoner and he has complied.  Now this.

The United States government is deciding who succeeds and who fails.  Unbelievable!

Stunning.  See the rest of the story Here.

Posted: 03.30.09

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Britain braces for arrival of President Obama

With an entourage of 500 staff, an armour-plated limousine and a fleet of decoy helicopters, America’s new president will arrive for his first visit to Britain amid huge razzmatazz on Tuesday for the G20 summit.

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(U.S. President Barack Obama shown above as he speaks at Attorney General Eric Holder’s ceremonial installation at George Washington University in Washington, on Friday, March 27, 2009.)

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Obama will fly into London for his first visit to the UK as president of the United States on Tuesday to take part in the G20 summit in the capital’s Docklands area. He will not be traveling light.

More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week – along with a mass of high-tech security equipment, including the $300,000 presidential limousine, known as The Beast. Fitted with night-vision camera, reinforced steel plating, tear- gas cannon and oxygen tanks, the vehicle is the ultimate in heavy armoured transport.

In addition, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food. As one official put it: “When the president travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats. America is still the sole superpower and the president must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, any time.”

Michelle Obama will have eight of her own staff, including a secretary, a press officer and bodyguards. And Obama’s personal aide Reggie Love – called by the president “the kid brother I never had” – will be at hand to provide pens, Nicorette gum, throat lozenges, tea or even aspirins.

See more details at The Guardian and my previous post about The Beast.

Question: Is the Beast traveling by air or sea?

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Top 6 slots belong to FOX News – (March 26)

CABLE NEWS RACE
THU., MARCH 26, 2009

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,420,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,987,000
FOXNEWS BECK 2,374,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 2,160,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,940,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,888,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,322,000
CNNHN GRACE 1,300,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,208,000

CNN KING 1,144,000
CNN COOPER 1,118,000

Posted:  03.27.09

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Barney Frank named Porker of the Month

The “Porker of the Month” award could not have gone to a more deserving person than Barney Frank.  He is so much a part of the problem that he should be before his own committee answering questions instead of AIG executives.  Barney has no shame.

In September 2003, Frank told The New York Times that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “are not facing any kind of financial crisis.” Both Fannie and Freddie are now almost entirely owned by the government, and while Freddie Mac got $13.8 billion in bailout money last year, Fannie Mae is estimated to get $15.2 billion in 2009, according to the CAGW.” (Citizens Against Government Waste).

“Even in this global capital of hot air, bait-and-switch politics, and double-talk, Chairman Frank deserves singular recognition,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “It strains credulity to hear him rebuking anyone for rewarding failure after he helped create the disaster in the first place.”

See story here.

Posted:  03.26.09

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TOTUS jilted for a wide-screen tv

Teleprompter of the United States left for newer, bigger, and younger model?  Worse, a wide-screen tv.

“He read that opening statement from one massive TV monitor from the back and middle of the East Room. White House officials removed the normal glass teleprompters that usually are positioned on both sides of the podium. That change likely a reaction to the focus on the President’s heavy use of teleprompters.”

TOTUS is really hurt. After the loyal service through a long and hard campaign, now that the prize is won and only one trip on Air Force One, to be kicked to the curb — or thrown under the bus — is just too much to bear.

Posted:  03.25.09

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Tea Party rally in Orlando draws 5,000

On February 27th, 2009, Orlando, in conjunction with 50 cities across the country, joined in the very first Orlando Tea Party. A crowd of 150 patriots gathered to protest in Orlando, while 30,000 gathered across the country, all furious with the bailouts and out-of-control spending going on in Washington.

On Saturday, March 21st, 2009, Orlando’s second Tea Party took place with over 5,000. Orlando Tea Party.com.

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Join us April 15th – Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party

See more pictures here.

Note:  No connection whatsoever to the ACORN supported rally in Connecticut or any other place, harassing people at their homes.  I read there was more media there than  protesters.  Why did CNN cover the 40 and not the 5,000?

I don’t care how much I oppose the AIG bailouts — and the bailouts in general — including the one done during the Bush Administration, in my opinion, it is wrong to hold protests at their homes and hold a bus tour through the neighborhood.  There’s a big difference between holding a peaceful protest in a public place and going so far as to try to go to the doors of private citizens, and riding through their neighborhoods on a “tour bus,” not even if they are AIG executives.

Posted:  03.23.09

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