This week we highlight Nina Dobrev. She is a five time member of the year end list last year #18 highest spot ever. In 2012 she was #24, 2011 rocked the #25 spot, in 2010 #32 and her first year 2009 she was #40. Nina Const Dobreva was born on January 9, 1989 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to Toronto, Ontario Canada at the age of two. Nina has many talents as she is an actress, singer, instrumentalist, and model. We first came to see her as Mia Jones, the single teenage mother on Degrassi: The Next Generation starting in the sixth season. She blew up on American television with her role as Elena Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries. We picked her this week as her movie Lets be Cops came out this weekend and although not a number one it was third and did $17M which is exactly what it cost to make so in Hollywood it is a winner. Nina is a smokeshow and if you have not seen her Ice Bucket Challenge video that is a must see. The fall returns Vampire Diaries and in 2015 another movie as she plays Vicki in the Final Girls. We think she will crack the top 15 this year.
If you are in Vermont then you need to check out the Goodrich’s Maple Farm. It is located on US Route 2 between the villages of Marshfield and West Danville, Vermont. The farm is family owned and operated since 1840. Seven generations of dedication have made award-winning maple products sought by customers from all over the world. In the beautiful post & beam building, visitors enjoy free tours by the Goodrich family, Visiting the sugarhouse in the springtime boiling season brings extra treats – syrup warm from the evaporator and the all-time favorite treat: Sugar on Snow. During boiling hours you can visit the sugarhouse during the day or anytime the steam is rising. See the sap boiling from 33,000 trees in one of the worlds largest and fastest sap evaporators. Sugaring season lasts approximately 4 weeks during the months of March & April. The normal business hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Here is why it is stop on our spring route you can enjoy samples of syrup at the taster’s table or delicious maple spreads and homemade jelly. The gift shop has a full line of maple products as well as other locally produced items. They assemble a gift basket or gift box for you in just a few moments for your special gift giving needs. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
We are blessed here in Massachusetts because every year President Barack Obama takes a vacation on Martha Vinyard. So we get not stop coverage of ice cream trips, golf courses and what are the kids doing on loop. WE also get 25K and 50K rubber chicken fund raising dinners where they give him a pulpit to wax on. One of these night was attended by a local pol and he reported in the morning the president is actually saying that the country is in so much better shape now than when he took over an eternity of five plus years ago. We had to take a double listen as we were not hearing right, could this be, what would he say that, how can he think that, and worse to the rumpswabs think this as well? They do they ate it up, we guess it was better than the rubber chicken. The truth is there cannot be too many people that are better today than they were five years ago. When you add up the bank credit crunch, the hikes in food and gas, the regulation how can you be better off. With all of the people out of the work force who collected unemployment for 132 weeks of his presidency how can they be better off? Russia is running around taking over parts of old Russia with no concern for his words, the Iraq situation was made worse and we are pretty sure it is not as good for Iraq as it was five years ago. Most people have found memory of vacations, this leader just makes them up as goes.
This is a pretty good couple of days on the political talking head shows at least if you are on the right. You never get that from our side and when two people from the lame stream media are leaving you cannot help but be a little happy. We know there will be a replacement from the President Barack Obama School of worship but it will be unsteady. There are always more left leaning in the ranks coming up so it is not like we could hope for a right leaning replacement. Remember who these people work for, who is their boss and their bosses’ boss. We have another one we grew up telling us how bad the big bad republican party was, hitting the bricks which is why it is a good thing. The news came as Ann Compton, the veteran ABC News White House correspondent, will retire next month after more than four decades her last day will be September 10, which is not to have to do 9/11 stories but the same day she started 41 years to the day back in 1973 when she was 27 years old. She has been at the White House for seven presidents. First David Gregory and know Ann Compton this has been a great couple of days.
It has been a long cold six years at Meet the Press. David Gregory took over in December, 2008, after Tim Russert’s death which we thought was a huge mistake. If you in the GOP these morning shows suck but they do put a point of view out there and with Russert people watched. We even watched and thought he seemed fair to let the guest get equal time. This might have been Gregory biggest flaw.MTP was the leader for over a decade, CBS and Face the Nation tops the field these days as MTP struggles to keep 2M viewers as week. Gregory was never the right choice and the ratings prove it. The problem is the replacement might actually be worse. Chuck Todd will not help hopefully he is just keeping the seat warm for Luke Russert who could grow into the job and have a style like his dad. We really thought they would go woman her like Raddatz, Maddow, or even Mitchell. Todd is going to be a problem as he never graduated college and his wife is a democratic political campaign consultant, which means he could be over matched and agenda serving looks like we will stick with music on Sunday morning for a while longer.
We do not want to say that any military action in Iraq is wrong, basing it on President Barack Obama said he would end the war and beat Mitt Romney and some respects John McCain saying it. But when we find out Defense Department officials United States airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the Islamic militants’ siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape. The initial report from about a dozen Marines and Special Operations forces from the northern Iraqi mountain said that the situation is much more manageable than expected. The news could not have been that cheery the President is taking recommendations about how to mount a rescue operation in the next several days that included the use of American ground troops. This is another mistake by the man clearly not capable of running a government. The rush to remove troops created a vacuum and the shouting of an expected removal date only made ISIS grow stronger in biding their time. This was predicted by both Romney and McCain but Americans only wanted to hear troops coming home and we have President Barack Obama and the troops may need to go back. Since we think he will not send troops back he will try to manage for two years and drop the harder choice on the new President, read it here first.
Too big to fail and the more you watch the more you think they were never going to fail. Banks are lending to companies and individuals once at the pace equal to before the financial crisis. This is not a good thing because it also means profits that are near-record levels. US banks posted over $40B in net income during the second quarter, That means that was the second-highest profit total in at least 23 years. This turnaround is good right, the problem is these profits are just below the record $40.36 billion recorded in the first quarter of 2013. This means we did not save the banks we made them stronger and forgive the thing that eats away at their margin bad debt. With a clean slate they can go to town, by spending two years clamping down this run has cemented the banks into another newer higher stronger level of greed at our expense. This is not all Commercial lending although that did rise at an annualized 12.6% rate in the second quarter. The little people are jumping line to sign on the dotted line as consumer lending, in all sectors student, auto loans and credit cards, also has picked up, to about 6% from 3% a year ago.
This we highlight a women of the week from the blue carpet at the Teen Choice Awards. Ashley Victoria Benson who was born December 18, 1989 in Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California. She is every bit a California girl with blonde hair, bronzed body and eyes that make you melt. We saw her on the blue carpet and she looked amazing the best part is she is only 24 and her best years are ahead. We love her work as she has been on both the big and small screen. We know most people know her from Hanna Marin from the ABC family hit show Pretty Little Liars. You might have seen her big screen work as she has been in the 2012 bad girl movie Spring Breakers. She has a couple of movies ready to go Ratter will be out later this year and Pixels will hit the theatres in 2015. We are sure you will see Ashley on these pages again and this was a pretty memorable stroll on the carpet and looking good for making the top 51 of the year. Her body has all the curves and when she walks you have to take notice and we sure did.
Infighting among democrats is fun, when it is the top dogs it is real juicy. We watch as Hillary Clinton starts to move away from President Barack Obama. There is not much to say about the President Barack Obama foreign policy. There is no surprise as the White House has been too slow to respond, too passive instead of proactive. We have seen this especially as crises have unfolded everywhere from Ukraine to the Gaza Strip when the crisis has arisen there is nothing but slow response and usually the wrong response with a first move. Watching Hilary knock around President Barack Obama over his decision against backing Syrian rebels early on as a failure. She has always stood unequivocally with Israel in its current battle with Hamas, which we never have seen a strong stance from this president. We see him going back on his word and being wrong removing the troops to quickly from Iraq which lead to Isis and now the authorization of airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq. We understand the lame streamers try to characterize these Clinton comments as a way to distance from an unpopular president as she looks toward a second presidential campaign. The bottom line is Clinton was always more of a hawk than the president and probably more than once needed to hold her breathe as Secretary of State.
You do not want to get to excited but there could be a hole in Montana that is too big for democrats to fill. Montana Democrats are at a loss for finding a 24th hour candidate for a US Senate seat to battle Republican Representative Steve Daines, after the withdrawal of incumbent Senator and plagiarist John Walsh. We have heard some names thrown out there like Representative Franke Wilmer or Amanda Curtis, State Senator Dave Wanzenried and Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger. The problem is nobody wants the gig and it is very late to start a campaign. This will be huge because Democrat Max Baucus had this seat for six terms before he stepped down this year to become US Ambassador to China. They have had the seat for much longer than that and could this be the year it flips. If it does it could not happen at more important time for the GOP as controlling the senate is paramount to stopping the lame duck era legislation from President Barack Obama. The dark horse here is Zeno Baucus a lawyer and son of Max he said he has work to do in district attorney office but we all know that one call from the White House could change everything.
Once you open the door anyone can walk through. It is clear in a department in Washington delete is the new Fifth Amendment. We have seen the latest abuser from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilynn Tavenner another who does not retain her e-mails. If you are keeping track that means that more than twenty witness in the Obama administration have claimed to have lost or deleted e-mails without notifying Congress. This is not part of the rules and in some cases it was not disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years. This has put House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa on the war path. This is no longer a mistake or dumb luck this is calculated plan to make sure there is no permanent record. During her entire tenure at CMS, Tavenner CMS e-mail address, which is accessible to both colleagues and the public, has been subject to write-in campaigns involving thousands of e-mails from the public. This is the excuse they lumped all the email together like emails from the president were deleted like Joe Citizen asking why the website crashes so much. We know this is not a real smoking gun but someday it will be and they better put more controls in or someone will exploit this sooner than later.
There is a clear line between Democrats and Republicans and it is playing out in this year easier to see than ever. We have two candidates that are not running for reelection for two different reasons. The first, the Republican who lost in the primary, he decided to leave right after the election. This way the new member can have more time served than other winning November elections that would not start until January. Then we have Democrat Senator John Walsh of Montana, who has served in office for just six months, appointed in February after Senator Max Baucus was named ambassador to China. He is dropping out of the race because he was caught plagiarized large sections of the final paper he completed to earn his master’s degree at the Army War College. He will not step down or clear the way because he wants to get to a full year to get to a pension. This is why the democrats breed this kind of people that vote for them and they are them. They cannot walk away from a free lunch, they cannot leave a crumb on the table, and it is all about getting yours and holding on tight no matter the shame. We know it is extreme but it does make you wonder.
This is not the way we thought the game would be played. The GOP in the House was effective at cutting federal spending and reducing deficits. This latest round has proved all those gains seem lost. The House Republicans have passed a series of tax measures and spending bills that are not offset which are adding to the debt. It is not just a couple as more than a dozen bills with costs that are not fully offset elsewhere in the budget have passed the Republican-controlled House and threaten to add nearly $1 trillion to federal debt over the next decade. How did this happen and why did they stray? The measures include a tax breaks like a $155 billion research and development tax credit, a $90 billion expansion of the child tax credit to higher-income families, a $2 billion enhanced tax deduction for businesses that make charitable food donations and $6 billion to restore military pensions. We do need to give some wiggle room here as the deficit has dropped every year the Republicans have been in the majority, so one set back in five years can be understandable. The problem is if one year of spending destroys five years of savings. The truth is it cannot because money we never spent did not add to the debt and it is not like we put it in a shoebox. This is a bad trend and hopefully an anomaly but something to watch out for moving forward.
We are not sure if we are talking delusion of grandeur, buyer’s remorse or hubris. The word is Mitt Romney is quietly setting up a pacing trip to run for president in 2016. We remember he was hurt he lost to President Barack Obama and said he lost twice he would never run again. Then he went on the campaign trail to help other candidates. We know he must have looked and said the field is weak on the GOP side and maybe there is a chance. This is the delusion of grandeur in the need to inflate as well as forget reality. He must hear all the time you know when you said this you were right and we never thought the president was going to be this bad, this is buyer’s remorse. But can you imagine the pride it must take to lose for the biggest job in the country after losing before to the oldest out of touch Senator and thinking maybe the third time is a charm. We are not sure what Mitt is thinking but this running against the Hillary machine might be more than he can be up for. He does not see it because the hubris of being a Romney means you cannot accept losing and you really do not understand it as it happens so rarely.
This week we choose another new comer for the woman of the week but we are stumped she never had a week before. Mikaela Hoover who was born 12 July 1984 in Colbert, Washington. We picked her this week as she is in the new Marval movie Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie killed the office and set an August record. The opening weekend did $94M so it is well on the way of making back the $170M is cost to make. Where do you start with Mikaela she has an awesome body, perfect long legs, amazing great curves, she is one of those that looks great coming toward you and just as good walking away. She has a glowing smile and smoldering eyes. She has had steady work since 2006 and even a couple of pilots just nothing with any longevity. This is her first full length movie feature so hopefully this will set her up. When we saw her on the red carpet she was visually stunning and new we found our women of the week. Next up for Mikaela is a TV movie called Cuz-Bros where she plays Karissa, we will be on the lookout for that when released.