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Jindal May Prove To be Republicans’ Version of Obama

Nov 30, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News

Posted By: thetipisthick
Source Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com

GOP Looks to Louisiana’s Governor

By Michael Leahy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 30, 2008; Page A02

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Last weekend, 18 days after Barack Obama decisively defeated their candidate for president, a mostly Republican crowd of self-described conservatives received their first introduction to someone many prominent members of the GOP think could be the party’s own version of Obama.

Like the president-elect, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is young (37), accomplished (a Rhodes scholar) and, as the son of Indian immigrants, someone familiar with breaking racial and cultural barriers. He came to Iowa to deliver a pair of speeches, and his mere presence ignited talk that the 2012 presidential campaign has begun here, if coyly. Already, a fierce fight is looming between him and other Republicans — former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who arrived in Iowa a couple of days before him, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is said to be coming at some point — for the hearts of social conservatives.

“The Republicans really have no choice except to look at some people more youthful if they want to have a better chance of winning,” said Betty E. Johnson, an independent and the wife of a Cedar Rapids pastor, who voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 but who went for Obama over 72-year-old John McCain. “I liked Obama’s energy and hope. I don’t know, but maybe a younger person would give Republicans a feeling of more energy, openness.” (more…)

Good Time For a Brainy President

Nov 27, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Opinions

Source Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com

By David S. Broder
Thursday, November 27, 2008; Page A29

When I started covering the White House more than 50 years ago, I believed that the smarter a president was, the better he would be. That was wrong.

Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan were certainly not intellectuals, but they understood the power of the presidency and they knew how to impose their agendas on their political partners and rivals.

By contrast, Jimmy Carter was a whiz at policy analysis and Bill Clinton grasped the connections among issues almost intuitively. Yet neither of them left the White House with a record of great achievements.

So for several years, I have been arguing that there are traits much more important to the success of a president than brainpower. Self-confidence, curiosity, an eye for talent, the ability to communicate, a temperament that invites collaboration — all these and more rank higher on the list of desirable presidential traits.

I am not ready to abandon that view. But I am struck by how lucky this country is, at the moment, that the president-elect is a super-smart person like Barack Obama.

With each passing day, it becomes more evident that even the smartest and most experienced managers of the American economy are struggling to understand — and fix — what has gone wrong in our markets.

I attempt to follow the discussion in newspapers and on Jim Lehrer’s “NewsHour” and other deeply serious television programs about the latest moves by the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury — and I am stumped. (more…)

Posted By: Blood Seed
Source Link: http://www.desmoinesregister.com

A Carroll woman who was caught having sex in the men’s room at an Iowa Hawkeye football game in Minneapolis last weekend says she’d had so much wine before kickoff that she doesn’t remember walking into the restroom, the man she had sex with in a stall, or when the police opened the door.

What Lois Feldman, 38, will remember is the humiliation afterward.

“It’s ruined my life,” she said through tears today. “Not just the incident but the press.”

Feldman, a married mother of three, has been the target of Internet jokes and prank telephone calls today. She was fired this morning from an assisted living center, where she had been an administrator.

Feldman said her husband, Kelly, has been supportive. She said he faults himself for not going with her when she left her seat to use the restroom before halftime. (more…)

Death toll mounts in Mumbai terrorist attack

Nov 26, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Politics

Source Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com

MUMBAI, India – Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India”s financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 101 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.

On Thursday morning, police and gunmen were exchanging occasional gunfire at the hotels and an unknown number of people still were being held hostage, said A.N. Roy, a top police official.

Later Thursday morning, police loudspeakers declared a curfew around Mumbai”s landmark Taj Mahal hotel, and black-clad commandos ran into the building as fresh gunshots rang out from the area, apparently the beginning of an assault on gunmen who had taken hostages in the hotel.

Ambulances drove up to the entrance to the hotel and journalists were made to move even further back from the area.

The NDTV news channel reported that an explosion had been heard at the Trident hotel and that several Israelis were among hostages being held on the 19th floor. NDTV said commandos were preparing for a counterassault there.

Pradeep Indulkar, a senior official at the Maharashtra state Home Ministry said 101 people were killed and 287 injured. Officials said at least six militants had been killed since the overnight attacks began around 9:30 p.m. (more…)

The Storm isn’t for Hardcore Blackberry users

Nov 26, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News

Posted By: MadSkillz

By DAVID POGUE
Source Link: http://www.nytimes.com
Published: November 26, 2008

Research in Motion (R.I.M.), the company that brought us the BlackBerry, has been on a roll lately. For a couple of years now, it’s delivered a series of gorgeous, functional, supremely reliable smartphones that, to this day, outsell even the much-adored iPhone.

Here’s a great example of the intelligence that drives R.I.M.: The phones all have simple, memorable, logical names instead of incomprehensible model numbers. There’s the BlackBerry Pearl (with a translucent trackball). The BlackBerry Flip (with a folding design). The BlackBerry Bold (with a stunning design and faux-leather back).

Well, there’s a new one, just out ($200 after rebate, with two-year Verizon contract), officially called the BlackBerry Storm.

But I’ve got a better name for it: the BlackBerry Dud.

The first sign of trouble was the concept: a touch-screen BlackBerry. That’s right — in its zeal to cash in on some of that iPhone touch-screen mania, R.I.M. has created a BlackBerry without a physical keyboard.

Hello? Isn’t the thumb keyboard the defining feature of a BlackBerry? A BlackBerry without a keyboard is like an iPod without a scroll wheel. A Prius with terrible mileage. Cracker Jack without a prize inside. (more…)

Dying Kid (Brenden Foster) leaves Lasting Impression

Nov 23, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News

Source Link: http://www.cnn.com

President-elect’s Barack Obamas Weekly Address

Nov 23, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News, Politics

President-elect Barack Obama has directed the Transition’s economic team to develop the details of a bold plan to save or create 2.5 million American jobs by 2011.

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Posted BY: divine

Secret service steps up inauguration security
Posted: 04:55 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) – Law enforcement officials bracing for the largest crowds in inaugural history are preparing far-reaching security — thousands of video cameras, sharpshooters, air patrols — to safeguard President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in.

People attending the ceremony and parade on Jan. 20 can expect to be searched by machines, security personnel or both. Precautions will range from the routine — magnetometers like those used at airports — to countersnipers trained to hit a target the size of a teacup saucer from 1,000 yards away. Plus undercover officers, bomb sniffing dogs and air patrols.

The Secret Service — the agency coordinating the security – also has assigned trained officials to identify and prevent cyber security risks. And, as it does at every inauguration, the service has mapped out escape routes for the 44th president.

In addition Washington’s 5,265 surveillance cameras, spread around the city, are expected to be fed into a multi-agency command center.

“When you have an event like the inauguration, the more eyes we have in and around the city the better off we are,” District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. Streets will be closed within seven-to-eight blocks on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, and two-to-three blocks around each inaugural ball site, she said. (more…)

Comedian Katt Williams hospitalized in Sumter

Nov 16, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, News

By MARY DOLAN
Source Link:
http://www.theitem.com

Actor and comedian Katt Williams, of movies “First Sunday” and “Norbit” fame, apparently has made a stop in Sumter. Unfortunately it was not for one of his stand-up comedy routines but rather a visit with family members that allegedly ended with a psychiatric evaluation at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

The comedian, known for appearances on MTV’s “Wild ‘n Out” and BET’s “Comic View” has made media reports recently for exhibiting erratic behavior, including not showing for an appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in New York on Nov. 4 and being arrested on weapons charges later that week after a traffic stop. On Friday, he turned up in Sumter and allegedly underwent a mental health evaluation for a possible hospital commitment, at the urging of local family members. This was after run-ins with both city and county law enforcement.

The day’s bizarre events began with a call to police early in the morning.

Sumter Police Department Maj. Perry Herod said officers responded to a call in reference to suspicious behavior by Williams, 35, on Friday morning at the Mount Vernon Inn.

“And officers did talk with him, and then my understanding is he went on his own to Tuomey Hospital,” Herod said. (more…)

The Disappearing Car Door??

Nov 16, 2008 Author: VP | Filed under: News

Posted BY: Fiyah Man

I found this on Youtube. I wonder why the video copyright is from 2007 but they chose to use an old car for the demonstration? Anyway, it would be more practical than Lambo doors for fitment, safety and convenience. It would make a good design for a new car. I don’t know if I would go and get it done to my car aftermarket though. – Fiyah Man

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