It is funny how four year things change. It was just that long ago we were going into midterms and everyone wanted the juice from President Barack Obama on their campaign trail. This time midterms are not the same for the leader and political landscape is moving away. The senate is what everyone is keying on and he has stayed away by choice or more than likely the phone not ringing. He will jump into the fray on the nation’s tight governor races where his over nationalism politics has not hurt like on the big stage as well as Democratic candidates for governor never can vote along with the president the way senators have rubber stamped everything he jams down our throats. We will see him on the news as he spend the last week going out to campaign in six states. The places are Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the odd thing about the list is no Massachusetts. The president made a stop in Massachusetts for Martha Coakley when she was running against Scott Brown and she lost. We see that Bill Clinton is coming to town for her as she runs for governor this time. The polls show she is behind so maybe the president will not take on lost causes. We will know next Wednesday morning if he stayed away to help her win or stayed away because they knew she was toast.
The hits are coming and when the White House gets them they fold like one ply toilet paper. Clearly they are still annoyed over the negative comments from the Israel defense minister about Secretary of State John Kerry and his Mideast peace efforts including nuclear negotiations with Iran. Circling the wagons the White House has refused requests of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to meet several top national security aides. The White House and State Department rejected Israeli proposals for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, national security adviser Susan Rice and John Kerry on his five-day trip to the United States. Ya’alon did get to meet with Hagel at the Pentagon but you know the bigger news is the refusals and especially amid increasingly strained US-Israel relations. This is payback as well as it was not long ago Ya’alon went rouge on officials in Washington with comments accusing the administration of being weak on Iran as well as questioning the US commitment to the security of Israel over the long term. We had also saw a report where Ya’alon had criticized Kerry for being unrealistic and naive in trying to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. This is not going to get better and for two more years the Israeli government will be twisting in the wind.
We love that no secret is safe in Washington. But we also know that everything that is leaked is leaked for a reason. Why do you think they are letting out that former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has told President Barack Obama she does not want to be nominated for attorney general to succeed Eric Holder. The story is Ruemmler was concerned that her experience as a close adviser to the president would have led to a difficult confirmation process in the current highly charged partisan environment, which sounds like a crock when you think of all the other buddies in his cabinet. There are even more issues with this leak, was she the first choice, there is a short list, who else is on it and is the choice up to President Barack Obama alone. We wonder who will rise to the top now that this has been let out. More than likely this was let out to make sure the top choice still is in the running. There has been a unconfirmed list that includes Solicitor General Don Verrilli, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Loretta Lynch, Preet Bharara, U.S. attorneys, and some other retreads. There is one name Jenny Durkan, who resigned as U.S. attorney in Washington state last month which might be a person in the bullpen waiting for the spot.
When all else fails just give them what they want and the penalty will go away. The IRS legal battles against tea party groups has made the idea to avoid the problem just give in and to get out of it the IRS will give them what they wanted in the first place, tax-exempt status. This is sad it came to this as there was not much of shock when Republican-appointed federal Judge Reggie Walton of the US District Court of the District of Columbia threw out two lawsuits brought by more than forty conservative groups seeking remedies for being singled out in the tea party targeting scandal. We are on the fence but understand the choice. The dismissal on almost all counts brought against the IRS in these two cases, as they ruling states that both were essentially moot now that the IRS granted the groups their tax-exempt status that had been held up for years. There needs to be a penalty because the money they were not able to use against the president in the last election cycle. On that front Walton decided individual IRS officials could not be fined in their individual capacity for allowing such treatment because it could hurt future tax enforcement.
We wanted to let you know about this great music writing software. We are talking about state of the art music creation like you have never seen before. These software packages give you the power to create along with a huge variety of music libraries and strong writing tools. There is a ribbon-style interface makes it so easy for anyone use with the same looks and feel of any office software you have used. It does not matter if you are composing, archiving, or both, music notation and composition software is a big part of the creative flow. You now can test as well as listen to every step along the composition process. The best part is when it ready you can create professional-quality sheet music that will allow musicians to play your songs well into the future.
Do you remember when democrats hated the SuperPacs? There is no moral fiber to these people as now they are saying they have to have them to even the playing field. The Democratic super PACs have outraised the GOP all year long. We have heard that the top conservative groups are thinking September is the month as they will surely match and possibly surpass the democrats leading up to Election Day. When the words got out the Democrats were in the lead in super PAC numbers the Republicans quickly poured million-dollar checks into GOP-allied groups. The three biggest-conservative super PACs are American Crossroads, Ending Spending Action Fund and Freedom Partners Action Fund raised a combined $30.3 million in September. So far in 2014 cycle, the democrat super PAC fundraising has pulled in $134 million to $58 million for the GOP. But the well must be close to dry as the big democrat donor San Francisco hedge fund billionaire has given $41.6 million this year, including $15 million last month alone, how many times can that be done before you see at as throwing good money after bad. This is going to be a dog fight and be prepared as the airwaves will be filled with approved messages that make media channels rich and the voters turned off.
This week we highlight #46 from last year and a two time member of the top 51. Katharine Hope McPhee who was born March 25, 1984 returned to television on a new network as an actress no singing required. The alum from the fifth season of American Idol and went all the way to the final two losing to Taylor Hicks. The show is called Scorpion on CBS and runs Monday nights. Kat plays a waitress who is hired to help ubernerds handle communication with people. She is such an easy pick for woman of the week as we could do it every time with her great body, long legs, dynamite smile and nice persona. She can wear it all from the deep cleavage to the super short skirt and when she walks she just drips sexy. We are glad we can watch her once a week again on television as after Smash was cancelled we did not think we would see her again. The other thing this is a straight acting job but we wonder if there is a karaoke night coming for the scorpion team. The show premiered on September 22, 2014 on CBS at 9pm, earning a 3.2 rating with 13.83 million total viewers. It was also Monday’s top new series in viewers and key demos. The second episode declined a little to a 3.1 rating and 13.36 million total viewers.
We wanted to let you know about alesis i o dock. If you have not seen it you need to check it out. We are talking about a way to integrate your iPod into your practice or live music setup. This magic can let you connect as well as mix in nearly any instrument and send your mix to the stereo outputs and headphone output. Check out the JamDock as this is the first dock for iPod that was designed specifically for musicians. We know everyone has an iPod, JamDock, makes it easy to integrate your iPod into your practice or stage setup.
The fuzzy math continues for the democrats. House Democrats raised close $17 million last month and has $34 million saved for the final weeks of the election. This is good news but when the democrats talk about money there view is warped, let us dig deeper. First Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also said it raised more than $7 million online from 300,000 donors. Of the $163 million the committee has raised since January of 2013, more than $50 million has come from online donors. This is not grass roots and this number is staggering that there are that many people throwing their money away. Being democrat’s money is to be used and they have spent heavily, especially in recent weeks. Of the almost $131 million the committee has spent this cycle, $37 million of that was in September. This is good news as since there is 233 Republicans holding seats and Democrats only have 199 in the current Congress, this money will not being enough to win that many seats. The good news is this not money going to the senate race. The DCCC has hired 815 operatives in 42 districts so the push is on and it is not a bad strategy but the for the GOP this is a $163M that will not be used to hurt them in the big game the senate.
First of all of course this President will name another czar does this make 30 now? We need someone to spearhead the response to Ebola, this might be true but only because he does not have a Surgeon General and he has messed up his and White House responses over and over again. Nothing new lam stream media keep giving him a pass, you will always have a friend in him. So what has he done this time to bring out our ire, President Barack Obama appointed Ron Klain his Ebola czar. It is more than likely a good idea as one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States. We did find it odd that Mr. Klain is not a doctor or any medical background whatsoever. We know that Klain is highly regarded at the White House as a good manager with excellent relationships both in the administration and on Capitol Hill. Remember his work with the allocation of funds in the stimulus act. A former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and also Vice President Al Gore, currently president of Case Holdings and general counsel of Revolution. Klain does know his way around the White House from the campaign trail, but with no ties to the medical community how can he manage a biological emergency?
When you say party of the rich the liberal media bias has lead everyone to believe it is the Republicans. But if you go beyond the numbers and dollars looking at who is representing who the facts do not support this claim. The facts are the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. When you look at the ten richest House districts, only two have Republican congressmen. Democrats claim the top six, of these high end areas that are along the east and west coasts. You do get this right just think of states like New York and California. Want to go deeper the richest is in New York. They have the 12th Congressional District, which includes the Upper East Side of Manhattan, old money in Queens, and new money Brooklyn. We have had Democrat Carolyn Maloney for eleven terms representing that district. The per capita income for that area is $75,479. In case you did not know the per capita numbers includes an average of every man, woman and child. The next highest income district, which runs along the southern California coast, comes in at $61,273. Democrat Henry Waxman holds second place with an average income over $61K serving in his 20th term representing the Los Angeles-area district. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district came in number eight.
CNN is a mess and can no longer find their way. We knew when they recast Crossfire then doubled down when they went with a show from the dirty jobs guy. We find out that it is worse than we thought. Crossfire was cancelled again. We knew it was gone as it had been missing in action for weeks. We also saw co-hosts on the shoe Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones on other shows. There is also a story out there that the hammer is about to fall as they are in the process of slashing about 300 positions. This is across the board as Sanjay Gupta MD appears to have its course as they are moving Gupta to just focus on breaking news. This same fate has been brought to Elizabeth Cohen as the network’s medical unit is restructured. WE have seen the CNN Money With Christine Romans go from being a star on the rise to bottom shelf. She has remained anchor of Early Start and appears to be the network’s chief business correspondent for now. We also are happy to say goodbye to Unguarded With Rachel Nichols she stays on for now as the network’s sole sports anchor, contributing across all platforms and hosting primetime specials. Nichols will also continue her role with Turner sports. This is proving to be a channel headed for a MTV like rebirth after iTunes killed the video channel.
We knew that he was going to punt but for the first time we think he did not get his way. President Barack Obama does not plan to announce his choice for attorney general before the November elections. The word is the president has not yet decided who he wants to replace outgoing attorney general Eric Holder. We cannot wait for the six year nightmare that was the leader the Justice Department cannot end soon enough. The White House may not have gotten their way here but rest assured that the year-end congressional session will make the vote while Democrats still have a 10-seat majority in the Senate. Senate Republicans have already hit the talk circuit wanting to make the president wait until the new Senate is seated in January to make the nomination. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the leading Republican on the Judiciary Committee that will hold hearings on the nominee. The lame duck timetable covers just seven legislative calendar weeks, not accounting time off for holiday recesses. The top contenders include Solicitor General Don Verrilli, former White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, such a surprise they all already worked for President Barack Obama, so it will be more of the same.
This week we picked a singer for the women of the week. Jessica Ellen Cornish who was born March 27, 1988 in London England. We all know her as Jesse J and she has it all, a great voice, smoking body and personality galore. The girl can just plain sing, and does this with an attitude and a presence that you must take notice. She was chosen this week as her third studio album just dropped called Sweet Talker. This is her third album in four years. Jesse co-wrote 5 of the tracks and used a list of who’s who of producers. She has been all over the radio and TV this fall with her smash collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nikki Minaj called Bang. Bang. If you have not seen the video or them perform it live, find it as it is as a whole bunch of sexy. Jesse has all leg and it maybe the reason we saw here but her voice blows us away. The other reason is you can see just how powerful a voice Jesse has with her range and style it surely will make you take notice. Jesse has a great personality if you have heard her interviewed she is down to earth and seems like just a great person to be around.
We want to remind you of one our fav places the Nemours Mansion & Gardens in Delaware. The place is set among the 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. DuPont. You have got to see this place if you are in the neighborhood or stopping through. The mansion contains 102 rooms furnished with fine examples of antique furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art. The mansion and gardens are open for tours from May 1 to November 30 and as always reservations recommended. There are a variety of surfaces and levels in the gardens and grounds. The tour also involves climbing several staircases. Tours last two and a half to three hours and is a great take in the fall. There is really only one drawback that there is no picnic allowed on the facilities of the Nemours Mansion and Gardens. There are two elk at the top of the Vista are the work of Prosper Lecourtier, a specialist in animal figures. There are 157 jets at the center of the one acre pool. But when they are turned off as you walk your reflection can be seen in the pool. This is one to take in as you will remember your visit for years to come.