PardonMyFrench - Perhaps I should have used another allegory besides saying I have everything I need right in my pocket...
PardonMyFrench - Perhaps I should have used another allegory besides saying I have everything I need right in my pocket...
PardonMyFrench - Count me in as one of these people that do believe health care reform will force me to change plans as the "geniuses" in Trenton and DC tell me which plans I can have.
We threw an enormous party last night in our home for our local friends and family. It reminded me of our old New Year's Eve party we used to throw, except last night was just drinks and dessert. The party was over at about 1:30 which was completely crazy, but thankfully it was a good send off for an otherwise uninspiring year.
PardonMyFrench - You're going to need a YouTube video series to keep track of all of Obama's broken campaign promises and then another series for things he said, that people thought they wanted to hear (ex - ending the war).
However, the way Obama thinks and acts, as long as the economy turns around all of these broken campaign promises won't matter.
RAMALLAH, West Bank – Israel announced Monday it is building nearly 700 new apartments for Jews in east Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to set up the capital of a future state. The U.S., Palestinians and the European Union condemned the plan, a fresh setback to American efforts to restart Mideast peace talks.
PardonMyFrench - I support Israel and this was one of my worries about Obama going back to the Primary Season in 2008
President Barack Obama signed into law on Monday new legislation raising the nation's debt ceiling.Obama signed H.R. 4314, a bill to increase the amount of debt legally allowed to be held by the U.S. government, during his vacation in Hawaii.The legislation, which was approved by the House and the Senate in the waning days of their December sessions, increases the ceiling by $290 billion to a total legal limit of $12.394 trillion.
PardonMyFrench - I was wondering if we would get some pretty speech on why this is a good thing, but even Obama's words can't put lipstick on this pig of a bill...
Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), the explosive Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253, is among the most powerful of explosives in the world and was widely used to blow up airplanes in the 1970s and 1980s. The only reason the passengers of Flight 253 are still alive today is because Mr. Abdulmutallab’s syringe detonator failed for still unknown reasons.
PardonMyFrench - I agree. Our system did fail and it was dumb luck the plane wasn't blown up. I am worried that Obama is trying to protect us from terrorists by treating this like a crime - reminds me of Clinton after the original terrorist attacks on World Trade Center.
As is well-known by now, last week there was a suicide bomber attack on a plane from Amsterdam to Detroit. The attack, fortunately, failed, as the explosive device failed to go off. The alleged terrorist is suspected to be connected to at least one terrorist organization. He claimed, initially at least, to be connected to Al Qaeda.
PardonMyFrench - Makes a lot of good points.
LOS ANGELES — The Ronald Reagan U.C.L.A. Medical Center, one of the nation’s most highly regarded academic hospitals, has earned a reputation as a place where doctors will go to virtually any length and expense to try to save a patient’s life.
PardonMyFrench - Palin's Death Panel examples?
PardonMyFrench - read it and weep Democrats and Republicans of New Jersey. Whether you thought health care is a right, your NJ Delegation in Congress led by old man Lautenberg and Bobby Menendez made sure you pay extra for Obama Care while small states like Nebraska made out like bandits.
Biggest issue for you? The federal subsidies you might get to help pay for health care is based on gross income not net income so high taxed states like NJ get screwed even more.
By now you know the Giants were blown out at their last home game in Giants Stadium by the Carolina Panthers 41-9. The Giants were uninspired from the start of the game, so before you think this is a post about how putrid the Giants were today, think again. This post is about how putrid the send off was by the Maras and the Tischs for the long time Giants fan.
Yes, those that know me personally, know that my family has had tickets to the Giants by way of my grandfather going back to the Polo Grounds. I've been lucky enough to sit in the same seats in the current Giants Stadium for the past 33 years. I personally own 1/4 of a row of 6 seats in section 134, row 15 (my family splits the seats with another family and then I split them with my Uncle). We love to tailgate and as usual we tailgated today by the Pegasus Race Track. Everything was going great until we started making our way in, so in order of the lamest, most fan unfriendly, cheapest, send off in the history of fan send offs, I give you the disappointments we experienced along the way...
b) And what does Bob do? He has us turn to the video screens to watch Bruce Springsteen sing Wrecking Ball with photos of great Giants Moments. The biggest problem was, this was a 99 cent iTunes copy of the song (not sure, but it sure felt like this). Could the Giants have been any cheaper? Did you actually think to ask Bruce and family to come as your guests and have him strap on a guitar and harmonica and sing Wrecking Ball live? Heck send him a car and give him great seats or let Bruce stand on the sidelines. Come on. Try something.
c) Then Jason Sehorn comes out representing the greatest play at Giants Stadium but as my wife notices as soon as he is on the sideline he takes off his Giants uniform and puts a coat on (it was in the 40s so he couldn't have been cold).
d) Finally LT comes out, but by the time he arrives on the field there were about 3 minutes left in halftime which is just about the time the teams come back out on the field. He says nothing. We cheer for him and that's it. No greatest hits video on Lawrence Taylor and then the halftime show ended.
That's it. No "Derek Jeter" farewell speech. No cool moments. It was basically the cheapest possible farewell to the fans that The Giants could do and still call it a farewell. We left and went out our usual gate, but sticking with the cheapness of the day, there were no farewell posters for us out our gate.
Thanks Mara and Tisch for the lamest, cheapest farewell in the history of American Sports.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 30% of voters nationwide believe the $787-billion economic stimulus plan has helped the economy. However, 38% believe that the stimulus plan has hurt the economy. This is the first time since the legislation passed that a plurality has held a negative view of its impact.
PardonMyFrench - until unemployment turns around numbers like these will continue to get worse, hurting Obama by getting Dems kicked out of congress in November 2010
The meeting was so comfortable that Obama felt free to express himself bluntly to the small bankers. At one point, a source familiar with the meeting said, the bankers regaled the president with complaints that different government regulators offered different interpretations of the same rules, making it impossible to please all of them.
PardonMyFrench - Again this meeting was all for just political song and dance. The big bankers who got TARP funds blew him off so he turns to Community Bankers that might be more impressed with The One and The White House. Unfortunately, this meeting wont help us either.
Now that the Senate has firmly rejected the public option, President Obama is trying his darnedest to distance himself from the controversial, and failed, proposal. But that may be harder than he thought.
PardonMyFrench - Once again Obama tries to switch his on truth around. Facts are - he did campaign for the public option, liberals thought he was going to do it, and now he is trying to change the truth around once again. Obama ONLY cares about getting himself reelected and watches the polls religiously. This is just more spin by a President who thinks that if he talks enough people will get confused.
PardonMyFrench - hey my interview for eConsultancy made their best of 2009 list. Great
In the winter after the 2007 season, the Yankees could have acquired Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins for Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Jeff Marquez. Two years after turning down that offer, the Yankees are overjoyed with their decision.
PardonMyFrench - gonna miss Milky Power and while Vazquez looks good on paper - this is just another National league pitcher who will see his ERA rise by a run when he comes back. Plus, a lot of us Yankees fans have seen this Vazquez movie before
Some 35 million Facebook users update their status every day, or around ten percent of the service’s 350 million monthly active users. Meanwhile, the service has grown by 200 million new people in the past year; the US alone now has nearly 100 million, including many of the parents and grandparents of the service’s original college users.
PardonMyFrench - love Facebook but just looking at the top status from 2009 and you see they have a long one to go to be more than an online gaming destination
The President made clear early on that part of the way he intended to change the way Washington does business is by looking in every nook and cranny of government both for waste and abuse, and for ideas on how to root it out. Speaking in the Diplomatic room today, he had a chance to highlight both. He was joined by Nancy Fichtner, the Veterans Affairs employee who won the SAVE Award contest for the most popular cost-saving idea from a federal employee. In addition to commending her after meeting with her in the Oval Office, he also announced progress on his order earlier this year for departments and agencies to identify billions in saving through contracting waste and abuse:
PardonMyFrench - Typical Obama. Our federal deficit stands at $1.3 trillion in January. So Obama dusts off his messaging playbook. Bash President Bush and then tout how he has a plan to save UP TO $40 billion a year. Notice UP TO. Also the tiny savings versus the Trillions (and climbing) we are in debt.
Back at AT&T one of my favorite VP Jack McMaster when cutting budget always said "focus on the big items" to get the dollars you need. Obama is focusing on the small items...
Twitter’s international traffic continues to flatten as the microblogging site’s number of unique visitors flattened in November. Twitter saw 60.3 million unique visitors in November compared to 58.3 million unique visitors in October. Though the site saw a rise of 2 million visits globally, this slight uptick in visitors only represents a 3.5 percent increase in traffic. Twitter’s November U.S. traffic has stalled as well; U.S. traffic rose by a little over 100,000 visitors, to 19.37 million unique visitors after seeing a 8 percent decline in traffic in October.
PardonMyFrench - Love Twitter but waiting for enhancements to service. Twitter Lists is nice, but it became another number to ignore...
As he noticed today, Yahoo is apparently buying ad space from Schachter’s current employer, Google, to promote its own jobs when you do a search for “Joshua Schacter.” As he puts it in the tweet, “yahoo’s running recruiting ads against my name. classy.”
PardonMyFrench - there are so many things wrong with this
PardonMyFrench - so he counts TARP as his most important thing? Perhaps it avoided disaster but banks are still not lending and have paid back TARP funds while fixing their balance sheets. We have 3 more years of this rhetoric
Rep. Parker Griffith, an Alabama Democrat, announced today that he is switching parties and joining the ranks of the GOP. It is the latest in a string of bad electoral news for House Democrats following a series of recent retirement announcement by lawmakers in right-leaning districts. The departures have given Republicans greater opportunities to pick up seats in the mid-term elections next year.
PardonMyFrench - huge blow to Obama and Pelosi. I guess Blue Dog Democrats are not welcome in the Leftist Democrat world of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.
President Barack Obama put a money-saving proposal from Nancy Fichtner of Loma, Colo., in the national spotlight Monday, giving the federal employee a SAVE Award for a proposal that would cut costs at veterans hospitals.
PardonMyFrench - this is just Obama Double Talk. While we waste trillions in a stimulus plan that is anything but a stimulus for creating jobs, he touts cutting some other government wasteful spending. Do you get how he does this? Stimulus (and even the two omnibus spending) is loaded with wasteful spending, but good for the economy. The old way of governing is bad and full of waste. Disgusting politics as usual at work with Obama
With Monday morning's 1 a.m. 60-40 vote, the Senate's health care bill took another step towards passage, prompting a fresh round of public celebrations. "I think it's very exciting," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told HuffPost. "It's a big day."
PardonMyFrench - when liberal queen Arianna Huffington rips on Obama care and compares it to No Child Left Behind, you know that this will come back to haunt Obama and the DC Dems in the fall.
Some of you know that I own an office building in Union NJ (BTW - if you want good, cheap office space 20 minutes out of NYC send me an email). Union NJ besides being Artie Lange's hometown is a decent, middle class, blue collar town. If there was a perfect town that Obama's so called Stimulus plan would help it would be Union NJ. It is a very Democratic town - having a Democratic Mayor since 1973. Union is split at the legislative district between Republican Leonard Lance (Lance's district goes way out to my exit off of Route 78 - a long 30 minutes from Union) and a Democrat. Again the perfect town for a stimulus package supposedly targeted at small business, entrepreneurs, and the middle class. And it is my ideal litmus test for Obama's Stimulus package.
A casual ride through town shows the beautiful center of town filled with empty shops. In fact, right across the street on Stuyvesant Avenue from my favorite pork store, Lutz's there is nearly an entire row of vacant stores. These stores have been vacant for most of the past year. Sadly there is always parking in the town lots and this was never the case. The town center is very quiet and while it definitely isn't as fancy as Westfield's center or Red Bank's center, it has good middle class stores, bakeries, book stores, etc. Unfortunately, I can't remember the last time I stood in line for any of them.
My own office building has been about 1/3 vacant for the last year. It is primarily a dental office building, but I have a few other small businesses in there. It is the perfect place to start a business - free public parking, our own parking lot, on Morris Avenue, 1 block from the Center. and cheap rates. My first new renter starts in January and that was someone who was subleasing some space. I also have a very strong lead from another dentist which would be my first real new renter in over 18 months.
And that's why the lack of new jobs created by Obama gets me angry. Yes back to the stimulus which Obama and Biden promised would create jobs. The stimulus which Obama said the do nothing model would result in high unemployment, yet unemployment has continued to skyrocket. Obama's lack of stimulus plan has only resulted in increasing government spending. Sure, some liberals (including Biden and Obama) will tell you that job loss has stopped and while that is true, the Stimulus has failed to create new jobs which is why unemployment remains high.
I typed in Union NJ's main zipcode (07083) into Recovery.org and you know what I found? $12.7 million in Obama Stimulus package money and 7 DAMN JOBS CREATED. 7 FRIGGIN JOBS. That's $1.8 million per job!!!!
How long does the USA have to wait for real job growth? When is this President going to help real businesses hire people instead of throwing on top of us more risky plans like ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, TARP, etc. When will the President and his economic advisers going to realize that by giving big businesses money (TARP), they will fix their balance sheets first so they create wealth for themselves and their stockholders rather than hire more people. When is the President going to understand as one of my tenants said the other day "I've never been hired by a poor person to paint their office" and that instead of taking antagonistic postures to business he should be working harder?
Right now Obama's Stimulus Plan has been anything but a stimulus. In fact, if Viagra stimulated this little, it could have only been marketed by snake oil salesman and late night infomercials.
Axelrod pushed back against criticism from both supporters and opponents of abortion rights over language inserted into the bill to appease Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) that would strengthen restrictions on federal funding of abortion.
PardonMyFrench - read the recap. It shows why the spin from Obama is the most audacious in history.
PardonMyFrench - pretty accurate review
In a much-anticipated United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, the President arrived after nearly two weeks of work with the firm intention of seizing the opportunity to get something solid done. And as he explained in remarks at the end of the day, defying many expectations, the world will not leave empty-handed: Today we've made meaningful and unprecedented -- made a meaningful and unprecedented breakthrough here in Copenhagen. For the first time in history all major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action to confront the threat of climate change
PardonMyFrench - Obama's slumps to a new low in stretching the truth. He sites meaningful and unprecedented as have a good attendance. The depths to which he will try and change reality for his own benefit is incredulous. Copenhagen was a complete waste of time.
PardonMyFrench - I hope the trend continues
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), right, fears the task force's greater role under health-care reform proposals would lead to rationing of care, while Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), left, disputes such assertions. (Linda Davidson/the Washington Post)Buy Photo
PardonMyFrench - yes that panel that issued that ridiculous ruling on mammograms would have more authority for health care rationing under Obamacare.
Shoppers have plenty of gift buying left to do this season according to a survey released by the NRF which found that the average shopper had completed 46.7 percent of their holiday shopping by the second week of December, down 47.1 percent completed by this time last year. With just over two weeks left in the holiday season, consumers continue to start offline shopping trips while online at home. Last week, searches for store locators and printable coupons reached the second highest peak since the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. For the week ending Dec. 12, 2009, searches for a portfolio of terms related to printable coupons and store locators increased 61% and 77%, respectively, year-over-year.
PardonMyFrench - all you need is search
The latest proof of this came this week from a comScore (SCOR) report that showed a decline of 0.5 percent, to 17.5 percent, for Yahoo (YHOO) in November, even as Microsoft (MSFT) saw a gain from 9.9 percent to 10.3 percent, and Google (GOOG) had a slight uptick, from 65.4 percent to 65.6 percent.
PardonMyFrench - Yahoo is sliding away into irrelevance, but hey isnt that what CEO Carol Bartz wanted?
George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have been the only two elected post-war President’s that were defeated in their re-election campaign. Both gentlemen entered their campaigns after they had raised taxes, increased the debt and failed to reduce unemployment.
PardonMyFrench - while a blog analysis going up against the Fed, they bottom line questions is - what will fuel the job growth? Banking? No not under Obama. Internet? No. Housing - definitely no. Other than public jobs, where's the growth coming from?
Progressive standard bearer MoveOn is opposing the Senate bill and asking its millions of members to sign a petition calling on liberal Sens. Bernie Sanders, Roland Burris, and Russ Feingold to block the bill's passage until it can be strengthened.
PardonMyFrench - MoveOn and Obama for America were always working against each other but had a common foe in McCain. Now MoveOn finally breaks away
The outrage among some of America’s most vocal liberals at President Barack Obama’s failure to expand government-run health care caps a year of disappointments for Obama’s allies on the left and raises worrying questions for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.
PardonMyFrench - More bad news for the Obamas
PardonMyFrench - I hope Keith Olbermouth and the rest of the MSNBC losers (except Joe S) have a lousy day today.
By Garance Franke-Ruta In the waning days of 2009, as the Obama administration searches for 60 senators to support its signature legislative push, aides find themselves haunted by the ghosts of Democratic primaries past.
PardonMyFrench - Now Axelrod is taking on Howard Dean. Just like I wrote in that long post, the more Obama fights with the liberals the more it helps us. Now you liberals can see what it likes to argue with them.
Sorry about the lack of posts but between the Jewish Holiday, travelling to DC, and just getting hammered with work, I haven't been able to stay up to date. Anyway, I love the far left screaming at President Obama for two huge issues - The War in Afghanistan and Health Care Reform. Why? Pretty simple actually. Obama won a lot of fickle grips to get elected President. Using stats from the book How Barack Obama Won:
Historically, new voters stick with their initial vote but (just a hunch), the 2008 election was so engaging and so new media focused, that I believe we reached a turning point and you can't assume old models. The youth voters can be very fickle and either stay home because the movement isn't what they thought it was or their information sources now start writing differently. The youth is digitally connected and use Facebook, Google, Blogs, and mobile, so what do you think they'll see when the Left's Digital Warlords start attacking the anointed one?
Those moderates (if you are one, don't take offense) don't have solid digital political homes. What kind of information do you think they'll find online now? Conservatives who won't give Obama any advantage and the Left hammering him on the Afghanistan War and Health Care.
First on Afghanistan. I think Obama did the right thing by boosting troop levels. As Obama said on the campaign trail, the war there is urgent and he believed we took our eye off of it in favor of Iraq. He campaigned on it, gave great speeches and debate answers but now fortunately for the GOP, he is tied directly to the war there. This drives the Left crazy because they supported President Obama under the assumption that he was anti-war (really anti-Iraq war); he telegraphed his desires in the War, but I guess Code Pink and the rest of them ignored it as an empty campaign promise. Now his favorite puppy in Congress Nancy Pelosi says that Obama will have to rally the votes in the House without her help.
Now onto the Health Care debate in the Senate. You probably already know that the Public Option is dead in the Senate and that includes the lowering of the age qualification for Medicare. So this sends the super Loony Left led by Keith Olbermann into a fit because the only way to get a Health Care reform bill passed in the Senate is to do what these nutjobs like Olbermann don't want which is meaningful reform without a Public Option. Olbermouth joins Governor Dean (not someone I agree with, but someone I respect), Daily Kos founder, and Huffington Post (another person I usually dont agree with but respect) as a chorus of Left Leaders who want the current bill killed. Even President Obama's own Obama For America email list is having big trouble with the public option going away. Why? Because they aren't getting what they want, and they believed that Obama the Campaigner was in favor of a Single Payer Option.
When your supporters turn on you on major policy moves in this Digital World, it leaves a nice digital footprint for eternity. Even Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe knows that this in-fighting isn't good because he knows that Obama is losing support from the middle (already lost it for those crazy conservatives that voted for him) and if he can't rely on the Loony Left from increasing support and pushing out content, Obama has problems. The more pragmatic moves that President Obama makes that piss of the Left, is good news for moderates who regret their vote and Republicans.
PardonMyFrench - Democrats have shot themselves on this bill. The Senate version needs to get reworked. With the exception of Obama, a lot of these Senators and Reps are up for reelection and won't want to be on the wrong side in their areas
PardonMyFrench - I listened to Summers and couldn't stand the doubletalk. He said comparing the white house job projections with the white house's "actual" jobs created/save was apples and oranges and instead should compare to other numbers (think it could have been CBO). I don't trust Summers at all. Romer, I don't agree with her policies and tactics, but at least she is consistent in her wrong headed plans.
That said, Breitbart has managed to break into the news cycle from a basement office in his Los Angeles home. Within the first week of launching his site Big Government, its stories about ACORN got lots of attention from Fox's Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, but also received mention on NPR, and in the pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post. Big Government, according to Nielsen, measured just over 3.5 million page views and 785,000 unique visitors for October.
PardonMyFrench - the critical piece of the online media equation that everyone overlooks is that the average America doesn't view Huffington Post as a liberal site, but as a neutral website. That's why there is so much traffic and so much linking. Until conservatives understand how to market their sites, they'll always be behind Huffington Post.
PardonMyFrench - good article that introduces you to some GOP governors you may not know about. My favorites are the governors in northern states
PardonMyFrench - I think working on cutting back emissions is a good thing, I'm just worried about the timing of this. We need jobs, not more regulation at this point. I also smell a middle class tax increase passed on to consumers by these businesses.
Olympia Snowe delivered a very good speech on health care shortly before Thanksgiving, not that the press corps noticed. With Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement this week of a double-secret bargain that Democrats hope will squeeze ObamaCare through the Senate—after nine whole days of debate so far in the world's greatest deliberative body—the Maine Republican's words seem more pertinent than ever.
PardonMyFrench - Very good commentary on how Harry Reid (need to get him out of the Senate so donate to Sue Lowden http://www.suelowden.com/) and President Obama may have overplayed their hand and how moderate Dems and Republicans might win the day and force a rewrite of the bill
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PardonMyFrench - Yes it is Karl Rove, but the numbers don't lie at this point. Democrats are in trouble for 2010.
Now that you can point your cameraphone at an object and get Google search results back about that image, what about photographing a stranger and getting Google results back for his or her name? With facial recognition in Picasa and Picasa Web Albums, that doesn’t seem far-fetched. Today Google confirmed that the search engine could recognize faces based on photos, but they decided not to enable that functionality until they “work through issues of user privacy.” (These quotes may not be exact; pulled from Danny Sullivan’s liveblog of Google’s Web Search “Evolution” Event today.)
PardonMyFrench - leave it to Google to figure this out. Could have some great applications in tracking events
PardonMyFrench - Obama will definitely sign such a bill and paint a rosy picture around. The Democratic leadership of Pelosi, Reid, and Obama are spending money like it's out of control on any and all pet projects, plus some needed ones. Obama talk a good game on being fiscally responsible, but in the end bills like this prove otherwise.
Abstract: The unemployment rate in America jumped from 4.9 percent in late 2007 to 10 percent in November this year. The conventional wisdom that unemployment is rising because more people are losing their jobs is only partly true. Job-loss rates have increased, but the largest force driving unemployment is the sharp drop in private-sector job creation. The massive stimulus bill championed by President Obama did nothing to "create or save" millions of jobs. Heritage Foundation labor-policy expert James Sherk explains why any "jobs bill" that relies on government spending without improving the investment and entrepreneurship climate will fail.
PardonMyFrench - very good detailed analysis by the Heritage Foundation of the jobs problem increased by Obama's Stimulus package. Where are the jobs?
PardonMyFrench - Now for everyone that blames we Republicans for twisting the truth, these are the White House's own numbers of where unemployment would stand with and without the Obama Stimulus Package. This Chart will be how Obama will be judged in 2010 and then in 2012 (though 2012 is a long way away). Funny how facts are stubborn things when published by your own economics team
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