The Inauguration Celebration Location

It seems even Washington DC does not know how to gear up for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama as they expect more than 1.5 million spectators. This compares to the 300,000 who watched George Bush in 2005. The Secret Service will oversee security, including the sharpshooters, air patrols and monitoring of the city’s 5,000 surveillance cameras. The other side of the coin the private sector has already reaped benefits including restaurants throughout the city and hotels as far away as West Virginia are booked. This of course does not come without locals cashing in, residents have been advertising rooms in their homes for $500 a night, parking for a camping vehicle for $80 a night, or even tent space for $100 a night. The transit system is charging $10 for commemorative tickets with Obama’s picture. The Mayor Adrian Fenty has floated the number could be as high as three million spectators. In case you were wondering the most attended inauguration was in 1965 as 1.2 million watched Lyndon B. Johnson on oddly enough January 20 ,1965.


Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 51 days

National Debt 11/27/1998 5,603,956,518,285.54
National Debt 11/26/2008 10,647,917,555,364.39

31 days Until the tea512 51 smokin sasses of 2008

That the news now get out of here

The Minnesota’s U.S. Senate has finished the hand recount between Al Franken and Republican Senator Norm Coleman. Franken entered the recount trailing Coleman by 215 votes out of 2.9 million ballots. The total is now Coleman up by 292 votes; this includes the results from Nov. 4 and recounted ones. They had recounted 86 percent of the ballots. There are about 4,740 ballots that have been challenged by the two campaigns that could be voted on by canvassing board. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie estimated that 12,000 absentee ballots were rejected for various reasons. That represents between 4 percent and 5 percent of all the absentee ballots cast. This of course means the democrats will crank up the path toward the courts and even possibly the Senate. The Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid called the recount a cause for great concern. We are not telling you anything new about how this is going to go. The good news for Republican Senator Norm Coleman is that he is the winner on the fourth, the winner at the end of November so it will be tough for the democrats to pull it away.

Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 52 days

National Debt 11/27/1998 5,603,956,518,285.54
National Debt 11/26/2008 10,647,917,555,364.39


32 days Until the tea512 51 smokin sasses of 2008

Turning $hit into a hit

File this under people will buy anything, or people will try to sell anything. At the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois they were looking for creative ideas for the gift shop. They came up the idea of selling Christmas ornaments that were partly manufactured by reindeer. The zoo staff is make decorations out of excrement from the zoo’s two reindeer. The fresh droppings are gathered up by the zoo maintenance workers then they are dried, clear-coated and either painted or rolled in glitter. The shiny or painted do-do is given the creative name magical reindeer gem ornaments. They are supplied with a label of authenticity. Then sent of to the zoo gift shop where they are being sold for five dollars a pop or poop. There was no report on the state of sales of the project. The Miller Park Zoo offers many exhibits and Zookeeper interaction opportunities. Some highlights include: sun bears, reindeer, Sumatran tiger, sea lions, snow leopard, red panda, lynx, Galapagos tortoise, bald eagles, pallas cats, and red wolves. The Zoo features many large exhibits such as a Wallaby WalkAbout, Zoolab, Children’s Zoo, Animals of Asia, Katthoefer animal building and reinder poop to hang on your Christmas Tree.

Facebook Chew and Screwed

We at Tea512 love a good Facebook stupid story. We have mentioned on several occasions in the past that people from police, to lawyers, to neighbors have been using Facebook and MySpace pages against the author. A story out of Australia is another example. At the Melbourne seafood restaurant Seagrass the owners were left holding a $340 check when diners ate their way through the menu, choosing everything from pairing oysters, trout and red emperor balanced off with some expensive wines. Then when they went outside for a smoke they took off and never returned. Details are not clear but one of the diners asked about a waitress that used to work there remembered the owner. The owner then tracked down her Facebook page and moved from one group of friends to another when the face of the one of dinners appeared. The picture was of him and his girlfriend, one of the other culprits. The Facebook page told them where they worked the owner of Seagrass called the restaurant and explained what had happened. A few hours later the dinners returned paid the bill and gave a generous tip, the owner of the other restaurant then fired them as their services would no longer be needed. Remember when you could not trust anything you read on the Internet, chat rooms full of people pretending to be someone else. These days everybody is laying out their life on an open page, where they are to the minute on twitter, this is all well and good until you try to get back on the down low as it may never be possible again.

Black Friday

Well today is the day the stores open before most people open their eyes. The onslaught of commercials about the time you can start you shopping seems to indicate 5am is the international starting time. Kohl’s a local department store was going to open at 4am. This exercise has begun a while a go and seems to be a lasting tradition. The economy and consumer spending has trended down since September so retailers are holding their breathe it will be shopping as usual. The proof will be if people decide their holiday spending should be cut from last years totals. Some believe that if you spent $2000 last year there is good chance you only spend $1500 to $1750. We believe that everyone will try to cut in places but not in the holiday gift buying. There maybe less of a gift for the mailman, doorman, and parking lot attendant. There maybe less money spent on gifts that are for not immediate family members. We believe that when it comes to giving there will be less skimping done then economists believe. The holiday season will be different for the 240,000 people that lost their jobs last month and they will cut back the most. Retailers are ramping up by deeping discounts on already owned store inventory before over purchasing more, only time will tell but the official start has begun and soon the numbers will tell all.

Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 53 days 

National Debt 11/25/1998 5,596,997,375,067.14
National Debt 11/25/2008 10,658,356,277,853.89

33 days Until the tea512 51 smokin sasses of 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope all reader today will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their friends and family. This holiday is a great one because usually you do not have to work the next day. There is a rivalry high school football game in every town. There is no pressure to buy gifts or attend an over crowded event, you can sit around and eat till you cannot stand and the Dallas Cowboys play football. What a great day. We at Tea512 are thankful for the following, first our families, guns n roses, Chinese democracy released, Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Republican Party Black Crowes, Laptops, Bill of Rights, Pringles, Coors, Absolute, Democracy, nudie bars, horse racing, black jack, newspapers, roulette, and this blog. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 54 days
National Debt 11/25/1998 5,596,997,375,067.14
National Debt 11/24/2008 10,654,259,430,730.17

34 days Until the tea512 51 smokin sasses of 2008

The Billarak Obamalinton Cabinet

We try to take a politician like new president elect Obama at his word. He said he would have a cabinet that would be a mesh of democrats, republicans, male, female and race. From the outside looking in it appears to be whoever was the number the two under Bill Clinton is your new number one. We had hoped and thought this would be an infusion of new blood, new thoughts, and new ideas. We were hopeful for the change Obama spoke of over the last two years and that the nation voted for him to bring. We have a grid below with what we have heard and researched this does not look like change. We understand he has not had day one on the job yet, and are trying to give the man a break. Have the people that voted for change a victim of a bait and switch? The underlying quandary is the voices in the cabinet will have the new presidents ear the most. Does Obama really want to spend four years with people telling him, Clinton did it this way, while his wife (Bill’s) is at the table as well?

Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Wife of President Clinton

Secretary of the Treasury

Timothy Geithner

He was Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (1998–2001) under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers(Clinton Administration)

Attorney General Eric Holder Bill Clinton nominated Eric Holder to be the next Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno (1997-2000).(Clinton Administration)
Secretary of the Interior Robert Kennedy Jr Rumor for position
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Rumor for position
Secretary of Commerce Bill Richardson Bill Clinton Secretary of Energy (1998-2002) (Clinton Administration)
Secretary of Labor Kathleen SebeliusJohn Edwards Rumor for position
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle Rumor for position
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Kathleen Blanco Jesse Jackson Jr. Adrian Fenty Rumor for position
Secretary of Transportation Federico Peña Bill Clinton United States Secretary of Transportation from (1993 – 1997)  United States Secretary of Energy from (1997 -1998) (Clinton Administration)
Secretary of Energy Dan Reicher
Ed Rendell
Jason Grument
Steve Westly

Rumor for position
Secretary of Education Joel Klein
Caroline Kennedy
Rumor for position
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Max Cleland Rumor for position
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Bill Clinton in1993, appointed Janet Napolitano as United States attorney for the District of Arizona
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (least one year) current office holder


Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 55 days 


National Debt 11/24/1998 5,597,306,037,397.16
National Debt 11/24/2008 10,654,259,430,730.17

35 days Until the tea512 51 smokin sasses of 2008

Cruiser Customizing for Motorcycles

Do you need motorcycle customizing for your Honda Cruiser? When you need honda motorcycle parts there is only website where you need to turn, www.cruisercustomizing.com. They have parts for 27 different models of Honda cruising motorcycles. The site is easy to use as after you click on your bike there is over 19 different categories to choose from which include everything from Footpegs to Windshields. There is even a place to look for right part if they do not have it listed. You can sign up for weekly specials via email. There are multiple hot deals that are changing all time so need to keep checking back. There is a search option as well as part for all models. There is another cool feature when you become a member of the site you can create a bike web page to post photos of your ride and how you have tricked it out.

Carrie Underwood Seraphic Melodious

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This week the women of the Week Carrie Marie Underwood who was born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma raised on a rural town of Checotah, Oklahoma. She graduated college magna cum laude with and a member of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She was the season four winner of American Idol as she auditioned in St Louis. She has was nominated four time for Grammy Awards with the first release Some Hearts has sold over seven million copies including 315,000 in the first week. She is only one of eleven country musicians to be a guest singer on SNL. She was voted World Sexiest Vegetarian 2007 by PETA as she stopped eating meat at he age of thirteen. When it comes to awards for Carrie Underwood it is easier to name the ones she has not won. The amount of wins is amazing she has won 3 Teen Choice Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 4 CMT Music Awards, 6 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 CMA, 5 American Music Awards, and 2 Peoples Choice Awards. That is one pretty impressive trophy case for only three years work and two CD’s. She is so strikingly beautiful it is hard to notice anything else. She is the full package looks, talent, and presence. The girl is smoking hot and she keeps it pretty much wrapped up. This makes her even hotter as she can rock the red carpet with letting it all hang out. The reason we know her is because she is an amazing talent, one that we will be watching long into the future.

Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 60 days

Guns N Roses CD Chinese Democracy is OUT

This is a great day, a day we have waited for at least 17 years. Today we have a brand new Guns N Roses CD Chinese Democracy in my hands. Loyal readers know we have been putting GNR song lyrics of interest every day. We have been fans since we saw them in a small club in Boston in 1988. Since that day we had seen them in concert over 15 times, in six different states, in a club, a theatre, an arena, and a stadium. We saw them backup the Rolling Stones and share a double bill with Metallica. We understand most people do not think this is a great moment as the band called Guns n Roses has only one original member. There are others that know Axl Rose is the sound of GNR but the melody provided by Slash will never be captured without him. We will admit the album could have been called The Axl Rose Project and not had dissention amongst fans. The truth is for better or worse all those other members left the band and Axl Rose never did. So first remember to go to drpepper.com and get your free soda. They said they would give out a free soda to everyone in America if Chinese Democracy came out in 2008, so pay up pepper. We will spend the rest of the day listening to the disc and bask in the glow of the greatness that is GNR.

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