This week we highlight last years Number seven Rihanna. She was born on February 20, 1988 her given name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty and she was born in Saint Michael, Barbados. She would probably like to forget 2009 all together but she has funneled herself into her work as has just released Rated R on November 23, 2009 on Def Jam Recordings. She is back with a new look, new sound and a fall release. Rihanna usually releases new music in the summer so it is refreshing and a change of style in her music as well. Whatever she wants to do is fine with us because now that she is 21 she is finding her way but we have seen her shinning talent all along. She is also a stone cold knock out and when she is in the room everyone takes notice. She has an extremely sexy walk one of the best in Hollywood if you have ever seen her walk across a room or a stage when she moves it is as sexy as a honey drip. Last years she blew us away with her Umbrella video and we cannot wait for other videos from the new Rated R CD to be released. We think she will be pretty high in the top 51 for this year as well.
Christmas 2009 25 days
Sherlock Holmes 25 days
Days until 2010 – 31 days
American Idol – 43 days
Calgary Winter Olympics 74 days
Iron Man 2 Movie Debut 160 days
Days until a New President 1151 Days
Days Country Held Hostage Under Hope and Change 312 days
Tomorrow begins another big day in healthcare debate. The senate will roll back into session to begin floor debate. The good news it appears the 60 votes are just not there. This does not mean the Democratic coalition will not be swapping favors for support. This major hurdle has some democrats looking for tighter restrictions on abortion coverage and the government plan to compete with private insurance companies is removed. There is one thing we believe the 40 Republicans are not going to be any help. There was a rally yesterday where they touted the $848 billion over 10 years to plan that would gradually expand coverage to most of those now uninsured, ban denying coverage or charging higher premiums due to poor health. The self-employed and small businesses would be able to buy a policy in a new insurance market and older people would get better prescription coverage. The polls still say 58% want healthcare reform, less and 27% like what Washington has come up with. Because the wheels of the senate move slow Monday will see each side offering one amendment and there are no votes are scheduled. There are more than 40 senators on the two committees that originated the bill, so as we move forward many amendments are expected. Things like malpractice lawsuits, consumer choice, affordability, minority health and drug prices are sure to be amendment discussions. This will shape up as a big struggle either way and hopes to wrap it up by Christmas break are little far fetched.
The handout machine is getting ready to roll out again. The Obama administration wants to curve the foreclosure crisis that shows no signs of stopping. President Barack Obama will step up pressure on mortgage companies to do more to help people remain in their homes. The administration will announce its expanded program on Monday with the goal to increase the rate that troubled home loans were converted into new loans with lower monthly payments. This is a retaliation to mortgage companies and hope to accelerate loan modifications that are seriously lagging behind what was expected. The new plan will wait until the loan modifications are permanent before paying cash incentives to mortgage companies that lower loan payments. The $75 billion Treasury program, allows mortgage companies that lower payments for troubled borrowers collect $1,000, from the government for each loan, followed by $1,000 annually for up to three years. The program has come under heavy criticism for failing to do enough and the foreclosure crisis will more than likely continue deep into next year as high unemployment pushes more people out of their homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association found that 14 percent of homeowners with mortgages were either behind on payments or in foreclosure at the end of September, a record level for the ninth straight quarter. The foreclosure problem, which began with heavy defaults on subprime mortgages, has now expanded to more traditional types of mortgages because of unemployment which has now hit a 26-year high of 10.2 percent. This is another example of this administration giving handout instead of fixing the problem which is creating jobs. To reward these mortgage companies for writing bad paper by having them write more paper is a classic giving the fish instead of teaching to fish.
Christmas 2009 27 days
Sherlock Holmes 27 days
Days until 2010 – 33 days
American Idol – 45 days
Calgary Winter Olympics 76 days
Iron Man 2 Movie Debut 162 days
Days until a New President 1153 Days
Days Country Held Hostage Under Hope and Change 310 days
After you run for President and lose a few times the next action is to set your sight lower. Well that is the plan if you are 75-year-old Consumer activist and Connecticut native Ralph Nader. He is said to be contemplating a possible bid for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut. The challenge he would face is from Democratic Senator Chris Dodd who has come under criticism for his role in the national financial crisis as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. The Connecticut Green Party members see a seat that is ripe for the picking with the right guy. The Green Party knows this one of the best opportunities for the Greens to win a U.S. Senate seat. Vice President Al Gore could not be reached for comment but you know he is saying why this could not have happened in 2000. Green Party candidate Nader got 2.7 percent of the vote. Republican George W. Bush won the electoral vote. We have thought the democrats might even want to Dodd to step out of the way to put a candidate that can hold the seat. The latest polls show that over 50% of Connecticut voters are not happy with his work in Washington. If Ralph Nader is the best the Green Party can do, if Ralph Nader is the best Connecticut can do, they are better off having an empty seat.
President Barack Obama has a newly announced goal of slashing carbon dioxide pollution by one-sixth in the next decade. The scientist say we will notice much in our daily lives except the cost of rising energy bills. Next month in Copenhagen at the U.N. climate change summit the President will obligate the US to cutting carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 to about 17% below 2005 levels. The one thing you can count on President Obama is his liberal need to be like the Europeans so he will also offer up a goal of cutting emissions by 83 percent by 2050, which is what European nations want. They claim this will save millions of lives because of reduced air pollution. The Congressional Budget Office says a $173 a year cost for a family of four that was calculated for the House climate bill, the poorest households would save $40 a year, while those in the highest income ranges would face a jump of $245 a year. The EPA put the overall cost at between $80 and $111 for the average household. A number of studies done at the request of business groups have pegged the cost for the average household at $900 to $1,539 a year by 2020. MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change has conducted a detailed analysis of congressional plans. They say electricity bills could increase by more than 50 percent and a gallon of gas could jump by 26 cents by 2020. Needless to say President Obama just like healthcare is going to sign the US into challenges he will never have to feel repercussions from as he will be long gone unfortunately like healthcare we will all be paying for years to come.
Christmas 2009 28 days
Sherlock Holmes 28 days
Days until 2010 – 34 days
American Idol – 46 days
Calgary Winter Olympics 77 days
Iron Man 2 Movie Debut 163 days
Days until a New President 1154 Days
Days Country Held Hostage Under Hope and Change 309 days
We at the tea512 would like to wish all the readers, passers by, family, coworkers and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for many things mostly to be alive and well in this great country. There are so many things to be thankful for, like family and friends. We are also thankful that no matter who is running the country what we stand for as Americans is the greatest place to be on earth. This year we are wanted to just let everyone know is we appreciate all the readership, comments, emails, tweets and everything that makes being here at the tea512 a funs place to be. Thanksgiving is a great day because the Dallas Cowboys always play; the Detroit Lions will also play so a holiday with football is great to be thankful about. This is one of those holidays that you remember as kid growing up, you remember as a teenager trying to get out hanging with friends. Then in your twenties when you have the uncomfortable first times with new family of your girlfriend, or bringing your girlfriend home for her first holiday with your family. Then when you have your own family bringing your kids in tow as your table expands. Then when you reach that age where you want to stay at your own home, carve your own turkey, stay at the head of your table you realize what you are truly thankful. Whatever stage you are we hope you have a Happy, Healthy and Fun Thanksgiving.
Black Friday Tommorow
Christmas 2009 29 days
Sherlock Holmes 29 days
Days until 2010 – 35 days
Calgary Winter Olympics 78 days
Iron Man 2 Movie Debut 164 days
Days until a New President 1155 Days
Days Country Held Hostage Under Hope and Change 308 days
National Debt 11/24/1999 5,696,176,434,485.80
National Debt 11/24/2009 12,016,320,934,466.71
There is no better winter vacation then Daytona Beach. Any spot in Florida is great when the winter cold is bearing down. We have become big fans of Daytona over the last few years. There are plenty of places to stay and the town is NASCAR crazy. When there is a race going on it is obviously tougher to get a room. Our prefect Daytona vacation starts on a Monday and runs to Thursday we like to stay right on the beach and have a rental car. One of the best things to do in Daytona is to get a pass to drive your car on the beach. Being from the northeast you can go to the beach but Daytona was the first place we had seen cars drive on the beach. Sitting on your balcony you can watch a wide variety of muscle cars and supped up dune buggies roll along the golden sand. Daytona has their own International airport so it is easy to get flight into and Disney, SeaWorld and the Kennedy Space Center are all lee than 75miles away. There are four weekends you want to stay away from the two NASCAR weeks and two motorcycle weeks because the place does get crowded, spring break is another time of year to avoid. Daytona Beach is a great beach getaway in sunny Florida that will give you the fell of summer anytime of the year.
The season seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm Finale has just aired ending the 70th show. Each season the show has been delight, it is hard to say if one season is better than another as well as one show compared to another. We enjoyed this season and the focal point was a Seinfeld Reunion, which meant we could see interaction with Jerry, Julia, Jason, and Michael. This season also included Jeff sex with Funkhouser crazy sister and Larry’s break up with cancer stricken Loretta over a car BJ. Larry tries to hook up with two-handicapped woman and an assistant with a pot belly showing bare midriff around the office. There was a pee splash that landed on a painting of Jesus, which Larry let the owner think was a sign. Larry killed a black swan at his golf club and would not confess as well as having to pretend he wears woman’s panties to help Jeff explain why there were female panties in his glove box. We watched the finale, which contained a Sienfeld reunion show of sorts, and two were laced perfectly. The theme of the season was Larry trying to get Cheryl to love him again as she did when he was EP on Seinfeld. The final scene has his plan despite all his craziness about to come to fruition, and in true LD style he cannot just keep his mouth shut, he cannot let it go and we are left to assume the reconciliation is not going to take place as no one can stand to be with LD.
We know we should not be surprised that New York Times is in the bag for the liberal, climate change freaks. Over the weekend they ran a story about a bunch of hacked emails that were pulled from realclimate.org. We will not bore you with how scientist send emails back and forth saying what stance to take to keep the fake global warming, climate change research grant money train on the track. We are not concerned with any of that we have stated numerous times these people cannot predict weather for the next five days but we are to believe they are going to know what is going to happen in 125 years. What bothers us, is the NYT decided that it was not right to publish these emails because they were received through illegal means. We see, if they were documents for our national security and shed a bad light on President Bush it could be a front page story, but if it makes Al Gore and tree huggers look bad the have moral integrity. This is the same paper that published a picture or a story about torture almost every day of 2008 to bring the Pentagon and DOD under fire. It is unabashed, negligent, shameless, and irresponsible for those folks on Eighth Avenue to put the words on the mast head, “All the news that fits to print.” We understand it is really all the new that is fit to print that puts conservatives in a bad light.
Black Friday 3 days
Christmas 2009 31 days
Sherlock Holmes 31 days
Days until 2010 – 37 days
Calgary Winter Olympics 80 days
Iron Man 2 Movie Debut 166 days
Days until a New President 1157 Days
Days Country Held Hostage Under Hope and Change 306 days
National Debt 11/20/1999 5,694,014,675,228.15
National Debt 11/20/2009 12,010,561,742,215.21
Looking back at another hopeless weekend on the healthcare front, would like to clean up a few empty pieces. It was funny to see people on Twitter complaining about how archaic a system the United States Senate uses to tabulate votes happens to be. It is a little sad we agree to see a desktop role call vote. Something about the pen writing and the reading back the names seems so 1700’s. We watched as they wheeled old man Byrd in so he could make his vote probably the first time he has been on the floor since January. That made us think of how this 60-39 vote could have swung the other way. The first was when we heard Al Franken vote in the affirmative, this election was stolen by Acorn and it was sad an SNL comedian was deciding my healthcare, the joke was on us. Next up was Massachusetts Kirk who was replacing Kennedy and should have had no replacement but there he was another affirmative. Then came crazy Joe Lieberman, who lost as a democrat, backed McCain, said he would block this bill, and then voted to let it hit the floor, what a nightmare. So the only bright light came when they called Snowe from Maine who we thought was an affirmative we heard a no. There were three democrats we had a hope for voting no, they we all yeses those were Nelson-Nebraska, Landrieu-Louisiana and Lincoln-Arkansas. Later when asked they admitted that they have agreed to advance debate on the bill despite having reservations about the legislation and might not support subsequent votes on the bill. Just another hopeless healthcare weekend.