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Nor’easter Could Bring White Christmas to Millions

Great, just what we need another Nor’easter to make our holidays bright. That is of course if, JCP&L can keep the lights on, Governor Christie doesn’t go on vacation and Middletown can plow the streets without crying poverty or saying the storm took them by surprise. Now all of that would make a White Christmas special!


By KEVIN DOLAK | Good Morning America – posted @ Yahoo News

While blizzard conditions may have ended over the U.S. for now, a Nor’easter is now a possibility for December 24 – 25, which might mean a white Christmas for major cities along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Boston and hectic travel conditions for millions.

Over the last 24 hours some 24 inches of snow fell in New Mexico, with winds gusting over 70 mph in the mountains. Up to a foot of snow from was seen from Colorado to Kansas and Oklahoma, and 10-foot drifts were reported in Colorado.

As the storm crawled across the region it shuttered highways and has been blamed for at least two fatal car accidents, according to The Associated Press and at least six deaths Monday, according to authorities.
“It went from rain to sleet to snow. I slid off into the median and was there for several hours waiting for help,” one motorist told ABC News. “It took me three hours to go 30 miles.”
The storm has weakened as it moves east, and it may mostly be a rainmaker, with thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. Some of these storms could produce heavy rain with minor flooding, gusty winds and some hail.
The storm will hit the East Coast Wednesday morning with rain from Atlanta to Boston. Some airport delays are expected as rain and low clouds come into the region. Afterwards, a new storm is predicted to form, which could usher in a white Christmas for millions.
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>Happy Festivus, Everyone!

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Commercialism of Christmas got you down? Not feeling the holiday spirit? Perhaps Festivus (aka “the holiday for the rest of us”) is just what the doctor ordered.

Made famous by a 1997 “Seinfeld” episode in which George’s father explains the alterna-holiday, Festivus has since taken on a life of its own.

Celebrated on December 23, the nondenominational holiday involves a metal pole (instead of a Christmas tree). Instead of exchanging gifts, participants are encouraged to air their grievances. After that come the feats of strength (push-ups, for example). The party continues until the head of the family is wrestled to the floor.

The story of how Festivus came to be famous is almost as hilarious as the holiday itself. According to a 2004 article from The New York Times, it all started with Dan O’Keefe, who invented the holiday back in 1966. His son, Daniel O’Keefe, a writer on “Seinfeld,” told the story of Festivus to his co-workers. Before you can say “Vandelay Industries,” the writers worked up a show about it. The holiday has been in the public consciousness ever since.

Web searches are certainly on the rise. Over the past week, online lookups for “festivus poles” and “festivus activities” have both spiked over 150%. Also getting a seasonal bump: “festivus cards” and “how to celebrate festivus.”

To answer that last question: Just get a pole, hang some tinsel, tell your family what you really think of them, and then wrestle grandma. Boom! Instant Festivus!

Get up to speed on Festivus with this “Seinfeld” clip:

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Iran’s supreme leader dismisses Obama overtures

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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s supreme leader rebuffed President Barack Obama’s latest outreach on Saturday, saying Tehran was still waiting to see concrete changes in U.S. policy.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was responding to a video message Obama released Friday in which he reached out to Iran on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian new year, and expressed hopes for an improvement in nearly 30 years of strained relations.
Khamenei holds the last word on major policy decisions, and how Iran ultimately responds to any concrete U.S. effort to engage the country will depend largely on his say.
In his most direct assessment of Obama and prospects for better ties, Khamenei said there will be no change between the two countries unless the American president puts an end to U.S. hostility toward Iran and brings “real changes” in foreign policy.
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>Obama Wants To Halve Budget Deficit By End Of First Term

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In an article posted on Yahoo News,  President Obama will be working to cut the federal budget deficit in halve by the end of his first term.

How does he plan to do this? Mostly by scaling back Iraq war spending, raising taxes on the wealthiest and streamlining government, an administration official.
According to the article: 
 “Obama hopes to achieve his deficit-reduction goal by generating savings as he follows through on three core campaign promises over the next four years.

He has pledged to wind down the Iraq war by withdrawing most combat troops within 16 months of taking office. He also has said he would let the temporary Bush tax cuts expire in 2011 for people making more than $250,000 a year, effectively raising taxes on those people. And, he has vowed to scale back spending and improve government efficiency by eliminating programs that don’t work.”
To me, it seems like a lofty goal given the current economic climate. He may be relying to much on the hope that the economic climate will change sooner rather than later, which would tend to follow Obama’s  personnal outlook of being an optimist. The President tends to see a glass half full rather than half empty.
I certainly hope that he is right and I wish him well because if the budget deficit is not brought under control soon the Nation will be looking at annual budget deficits of over a trillion dollars annually for many years to come.

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Obama Wants To Halve Budget Deficit By End Of First Term

In an article posted on Yahoo News,  President Obama will be working to cut the federal budget deficit in halve by the end of his first term.

How does he plan to do this? Mostly by scaling back Iraq war spending, raising taxes on the wealthiest and streamlining government, an administration official.
According to the article: 
 “Obama hopes to achieve his deficit-reduction goal by generating savings as he follows through on three core campaign promises over the next four years.

He has pledged to wind down the Iraq war by withdrawing most combat troops within 16 months of taking office. He also has said he would let the temporary Bush tax cuts expire in 2011 for people making more than $250,000 a year, effectively raising taxes on those people. And, he has vowed to scale back spending and improve government efficiency by eliminating programs that don’t work.”
To me, it seems like a lofty goal given the current economic climate. He may be relying to much on the hope that the economic climate will change sooner rather than later, which would tend to follow Obama’s  personnal outlook of being an optimist. The President tends to see a glass half full rather than half empty.
I certainly hope that he is right and I wish him well because if the budget deficit is not brought under control soon the Nation will be looking at annual budget deficits of over a trillion dollars annually for many years to come.

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Obama’s true colors: Black, white … or neither?


Does it really matter what color a person is anymore? According to a story at Yahoo News it seems so.  People are arguing over whether or not Barack Obama is really the first “Black” president.

Is he really half-white or half-black, mixed-raced or multi-racial. Why should we even care? As long as he is not referred to as a “N” word, why should people get all worked up over his ethnicity? 
Why don’t just get use to calling him Mr. President!

“A perplexing new chapter is unfolding in Barack Obama’s racial saga: Many people insist that “the first black president” is actually not black.
Debate over whether to call this son of a white Kansan and a black Kenyan biracial, African-American, mixed-race, half-and-half, multiracial — or, in Obama’s own words, a “mutt” — has reached a crescendo since Obama’s election shattered assumptions about race.
Obama has said, “I identify as African-American — that’s how I’m treated and that’s how I’m viewed. I’m proud of it.” In other words, the world gave Obama no choice but to be black, and he was happy to oblige…”


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Obama’s true colors: Black, white … or neither?


Does it really matter what color a person is anymore? According to a story at Yahoo News it seems so.  People are arguing over whether or not Barack Obama is really the first “Black” president.

Is he really half-white or half-black, mixed-raced or multi-racial. Why should we even care? As long as he is not referred to as a “N” word, why should people get all worked up over his ethnicity? 
Why don’t just get use to calling him Mr. President!

“A perplexing new chapter is unfolding in Barack Obama’s racial saga: Many people insist that “the first black president” is actually not black.
Debate over whether to call this son of a white Kansan and a black Kenyan biracial, African-American, mixed-race, half-and-half, multiracial — or, in Obama’s own words, a “mutt” — has reached a crescendo since Obama’s election shattered assumptions about race.
Obama has said, “I identify as African-American — that’s how I’m treated and that’s how I’m viewed. I’m proud of it.” In other words, the world gave Obama no choice but to be black, and he was happy to oblige…”


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