Mumbai – BrianInNYC



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  1. chefsheila

    Amazing shots of the Mumbai Tragety. God Bless India in its time of need and all the tragic deaths.

  2. dnd

    Why isn’t Condi on a plane to Mumbai or Karachi? This could be a flashpoint. I hope Hillary’s getting her diplomatic passport soon. We need to get these two nations to iron out their difficulties, and subdue those who are trying to encourage divisiveness.

  3. The worst thing that could happen would be for the Pakistani govt. to fall, the country is almost on the edge of chaos as it is now.

  4. Just think, this could be the streets of America. The Republicans don’t know how close they came to Revolution once again in America.

    After decimating Our Military, Our Constitution and Bankrupting not only Our Economy but the Entire Global Economy of the World they should thank God that We The People didn’t take to the streets to get Our Country back.

    Instead we did it through the 2008 Election Process. And if they do screw Our Country again we might see many Republicans being given a Pat Tillman.

    It’s time we got out of other Governments Business and started taking care of Americas People and Our Country before any other Countries.

    God Bless.

  5. Question for my good friend Sheila.

    Sheila, not sure you can answer this or if you can help me at all.

    I’m looking at a flat panel lcd and was wondering what you think a good buying price would be on it.

    It is a 52″ with a SRP of $3299.99 in the store at $2499.20 on sale this past Friday and Saturday marked down to $2299.20.

    I’m pretty confidant that if they don’t sell all of this model by December 20th. that I can still get it for the price it was being sold for this past weekend.

    They were originally selling it for $300 under the SRP plus a extra $200 off for $2799.99 before this past week when it was marked for the $2499.20 in the store.

    For the Thanksgiving weekend sale which they started on Wednesday they knocked off another $200 bringing it down to the $2299.20 figure above.

    I am hoping that it will go down further and I can get a couple of hundred or more knocked off the lower price as of today and save a few more bucks.

    Do you think it will come down anymore and if so by how much? Also since I do feel confidant that I can get it for the lowest price they have put on it what would you say is a good price following your belief that if it goes down to 50% off the SRP and still leave them a 10% to 18% profit would that price be?

    I know that its hard to figure out how bad they need the sales this year, however at a 50% markdown that would put the selling price around $1650 or so.

    How low do you think I would be able to ask for between the current price of $2299.20 and the 50% markdown of $1650.00 they would consider taking on this?

    If your unable to give me an answer I would fully understand, but I do hope with your knowledge of the retail world you may have some idea what I might be able to do for getting the best deal possible.

    Thanks in advance for taking the time to consider this and give me the best guess with the above facts I have stated.

    God Bless you.

  6. Sheila…

    Will check back either later tonight of sometime tomorrow. Going to put a DVD on and watch a Martial Arts movie.

    Take care and God Bless.

  7. Someone is getting them self a fancy present for xmas!

  8. dog's eye view

    A CBob like item; noticed this the other day when leaf-raking; not the usual mass of acorns to clean up (although we had a few, and some were definitely falling on our deck earlier this fall).

    “The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. Naturalists in Arlington County couldn’t find any acorns. None. No hickory nuts, either. Then he went out to look for himself. He came up with nothing. Nothing crunched underfoot. Nothing hit him on the head.

    Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill.

    But Simmons really got spooked when he was teaching a class on identifying oak and hickory trees late last month. For 2 1/2 miles, Simmons and other naturalists hiked through Northern Virginia oak and hickory forests. They sifted through leaves on the ground, dug in the dirt and peered into the tree canopies. Nothing.”

  9. chefsheila


    I think you should wait. I think as with the the mortgage bubble, this one’s going to pop too. This time next year, they’ll be a third the price.

    However, if your intent, at least wait until the first of the year. I got my LCD a couple of years ago, between Jan and March. There are major and deep sales on electronics then. Amazing sales.

  10. chefsheila

    Dog, thats very scary……how strange

  11. Sheila…

    I already went and bought a Blu-Ray Home Theater system and the HDMI Cables as well as a new stand. The set I’m looking at is a Samsung and I have been slowly re organizing my living room for it.

    I have not got my coupons as yet for the converter boxes for my NTSC 34″ Phillips and since I’m not on cable or should I say a subscriber to Cable TV I need to get a new set that’s capable of over the air DTV until I can afford to subscribe to Cable. I prefer that to watching a converted digital to analog signal and my Samsung DVD VR will also be hooked up to the new set.

    I did find a Samsung Digital Receiver that I bought and have it hooked up currently on my set through the component video jacks and the picture is really good.

    My Phillips is a HDTV Monitor, however it does not have a digital tuner so the Receiver I bought will stay with this set when I get a new Digital HDTV as will as my DVD player which is a Phillips will stay with the old set and that is why I bought the Samsung 5.1 Home Theater system.

    The Samsung is a good television and I did a lot of looking over the last six months before deciding on this set so I already got a lot of time and money already invested in it.

    If the economy turns south next year the dollar my well become worth far less than it is now and I more than likely will not be in the position I’m currently in to even be able to buy a new set.

    I’m using money I have set aside for over ten years saving for a good entertainment system for when I retire in the next two to three years unless of course I lose my job and end up in early retirement.

    Also since my van is going to be eighteen years old next year I may need to find another good used auto by retirement time so I want to have at least a good television and dvd player since those are more important to me than going in debt to buy another auto and be making payments on it.

    Losing my job while making auto payments would more than likely mean losing my auto as well, so I’m thinking that I may as well get a good set now and it will be paid for with no debt or monthly payments to worry about.

    Thanks though for taking the time to offer your opinion and I will give it some thought. But I think that for me its definitely now or never as something always comes up and the money would be gone.

    Take care and God Bless.

  12. Brian…

    Sorry for the long dissertation above.

    God Bless.

  13. dog's eye view

    Good morning all. Last day of November. This year has flown.

  14. Good morning all…


    I should have put links to the Samsung set I was referring too in my comments so here they are.

    The first link is to the Samsung site for the LCD and the second link will be to the store which also gives all the spec’s for this television.

    Originally I was looking at the LN52A650 but this set has more to offer. As you read the features and specifications you will see why I chose this set over the other one and other brands.

    I can even use my computer as a server and play music or movies from it as well as pictures. There are other features as well and this is a really good set I like as the picture is superb as well.

    I post another comment showing the stand I bought and the Blu-Ray 5.1 Home Theater system as well.

    Then I’ll put a link for the Samsung Digital Receiver I bought for my Phillips set when I get the pages up on my computer.

    God Bless.

  15. chefsheila

    Good Morning everyone!

    Anon-p, Have fun with it then. Sounds like you are totally sold. Sounds like some system. 😉

  16. Whoops…

    Forgot to say that I know I can buy a 52″ TV for several hundred dollars less than what I would be paying for this one, however I really like what Samsung offers.

    And like I said previously the picture is superb.

    God Bless.

  17. Sheila…

    Check out the links and see what its got. Will be back shortly after pulling the links up for the stand and home theater.

    Also need to check the laundry as I believe its time to put the clothes in the dryer.

    God Bless.

  18. chefsheila

    Hey, I got a 37 inch LCD……I could see it beautifully from most points of my house and even the sound was fantastic. I love it. You’d think a 37 inch is small, but its BIG in this format.

    So I understand.

  19. Sheila…

    Okay, got the laundry in the dryer and here are the two links for the Samsung Home Theater.

    The first is from Samsung and the second is from the store. I got it for $599.99 marked down form $799.99 and if the price goes lower in the next 30 days I get the lower price if I bring in my receipt for it.

    I also got two 6′ HDMI Cables for $74.99 each, they sell for $99.99 and I saved $50 Dollars on them. They gave me the price for the Three Foot Cables on the sale.

    First link Samsung:

    Second link hhgregg:

    Be back with the Stand next.

    God Bless.

  20. Sheila…

    Here is the info on my stand. It is a Tech Craft that says for most 50″ Televisions, however it will support the 52″ Samsung as it supports up to 154 pounds. The LCD with stand weighs a little over 68 pounds.

    I got it for $225 Dollars which I felt was a good deal. Also the other reason I decided on this one was style, looks and price. The other reason was due to having to go up to a 60″ stand which I really didn’t feel was necessary for this Television.

    Here’s the link for the stand from the manufacturers web site. Be sure to check the link on the page for “View Lineart”. This is really a very good looking stand.

    God Bless.

  21. Sheila…

    Can you tell I’m excited? I’m still moving stuff around in my living room to get the area set up for where everything is going.

    God Bless.

  22. dnd


    Looks like a great TV. My advice is: find the manager and negotiate. If they can’t meet your “not to exceed” price, walk. Watching you head for the door sometimes gives them a change of heart 😉

    I don’t know what the inventory carrying costs are on something like that, but it’s got to be significant.

    Also, there are suppose to be some “cyber Monday” deals, so you may want to check online sites tomorrow.

    My final advice is to get a surge protector. A good one. Like the Brick Wall:

  23. Okay everyone, last one I promise.

    Since I don’t have the converter boxes to convert digital to analog signal for over the air broadcasts I researched and found this Digital Receiver from Samsung as well.

    You hook it up through your Component Input on your television and it gives you over the air digital broadcasts instead of converting the signal to analog.

    I now receive 30 Digital over the air channels instead of the usual number available under the analog signal. This will stay with my Phillips when it gets moved to the bedroom.

    Link to Samsung:

    Also one other piece of information. Except for my DVD VR which is a Samsung as well, I downloaded and burned to DVD the firmware update for it and updated the firmware.

    All the other Samsung items can have their firmware updated directly from Samsungs website if they issue a firmware update for them.

    By the way I have a LG LCD monitor and after finding out the LG was involved in price fixing of their monitors I decided to stay away from them for electronic items. There were two other companies as well involved in this though I don’t remember the names.

    Alright, I’m done now and we can resume our scheduled programming.

    God Bless.

  24. dnd…

    I am getting a surge strip, more than likely the Monster Surge or Line Conditioner. That goes for $199.99 and I have not seen them any lower anywhere.

    Also as I posted above I know that I can get it for $2299.20 no matter what. However I’m sure it may come down some more. Also if the price does go lower within thirty days of my purchase they will give me the lower price if I bring my receipt in same on my Home Theater as well.

    I have heard nothing but good things about hhgregg so I feel pretty confidant that I will end up with a good deal.

    As you can see by the links I posted showing the features and spec’s my retirement years will have some good enjoyment in them.

    Though I can get a 50″ LCD cheaper depending on the make and model I decided that Samsung was the way to go as there out front in technology right now. Cheaper that Zenith and Sony for good quality products.

    My first stereo was a combo type Panasonic and right now I guess I’m just into Samsung.

    God Bless.

  25. Good morning Brian…

    Sorry for hijacking your post. I’m just very excited about my new toys I’m buying for myself this Christmas.

    I hope you and everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

    I have to go to the pet store and buy Jasmine a Xmas present today. I’m thinking of a cat bed for her. I don’t believe that Baby would sleep in one so I really don’t know what to get her.

    God Bless.

  26. Again, nothing to apologize for.

  27. chefsheila

    LOL Anon! I’ve never seen you so “Vervey” lol about anything fun!!! Go for it guy!!!

    You deserve it after all these horrible years of the Bushies.

    Just make sure you are reall happy. Thats a lot of money if you aren’t going to get all your money back in enjoyment. 🙂

  28. chefsheila

    Sheila is watching CBS Sunday Morning. one of my favorites dating back to Kuralt and the beginning. I hate to date myself, but it was a family favorite in my teenage world.

  29. Sheila…

    Right now all my enjoyment is the computer and television watching TV and movies on my DVD.

    Now I can enjoy some Blu-Ray DVD’s as well. In fact I told my daughter to get me Kung Fu Panda and Indiana Jones and The Crystal Skull this year.

    I find the Blu-Ray DVD’s a little to expensive right now for me to buy them.

    By the way the Home Theater comes with the first Planet Earth DVD and I’m really going to enjoy watching it when I get everything set up.

    God Bless.

    God Bless.

  30. chefsheila

    David Horsey catches the nuance of this transition….

    What a great cartoonist.

  31. My Sunday morning consists of doing laundry and watching Meet the Press, Chris Mathews, Face the Nation and George Stephenoupolis on ABC at eleven am my time.

    God Bless.

  32. Okay, time to get the laundry out of the dryer. Catch everyone later.

    God Bless.

  33. dnd


    Samsung makes great stuff. Good choice.

    I sure wish an American manufacture could do the same…

  34. dnd

    Reed and Lugar on This Week. They were great. Good round table too.

  35. Nannymm

    Good Morning! Who was on MTP this am? I watched This Week, instead, The roundtable was quite good. Both shows are on at the same time here. So I watch MTP at 6pm or online.

  36. chefsheila

    hmmm….There was time that This Week was limp, during the transition From Mr Brinkly to George. I’m so glad This Week has transitioned back to the strength that Brinkly brought to it.

    I would really like to see nightline do the same.

    Two shows that were the cream of the crop because of the quality their anchors brought to them.

  37. Nannymm

    We’re buying a flat panel, too. Haven’t decided which one yet. Still looking. I finally broke down and agreed to put a TV in the living room. I hope I don’t regret it….

  38. chefsheila

    Good Morning Nanny!!!!! lol

    MTP replays on MSNBC. You should look up what time

  39. chefsheila

    OH oh Nanny. Its a transition for sure.

    Just make sure its an LCD. Plasmas burn some picture elements onto the screen. If you are a watcher of News programs with ticker running across the bottom of the screen. Plasma tends to build a ghost visual on you screen.

    Someone like me, who watches MSNBC as a diet, would be toast.

  40. Nannymm

    I agree with you, Sheila. Nightline used to be my favorite. I began watching when it was “America Held Hostage” (or something like that) back in ’79. Hubby used to call Ted Koppel my boyfriend; told everyone I went to sleep with Koppel every night at 11. 😀

  41. Nannymm

    LOL…me, too, Sheila. Definitely getting an LCD. Probably a Sony. I have a 24″ LCD HD Monitor and I LOVE it! I’m looking for one that will be good for gaming for my grandson. Sony has a few that are highly recommended by gamers. But I’m open to all suggestions.

  42. Nannymm

    BTW…my TV has 3 channels: MSNBC, CNN for weekends, and C-span. If other channels work, I wouldn’t know. LOL

  43. dnd

    If your boyfriend gets the job at MTP, I won’t be upset.

  44. Nannymm

    Neither will I, dnd. But…then I’m going to have to start watching This week online. I’ll never understand why those 2 shows are both on at 9am.

  45. chefsheila

    Nanny, what about the reruns on MSNBC. Look it up.

    I love Kopal and want him in some chair.

  46. Nannymm…

    Check out the Samsungs, there LCD’s are very good and in fact I believe that the one I’m going to get is also good for gaming.

    God Bless.

  47. Nannymm

    It’s all those jail shows I can’t stand, Sheila. That’s when I switch to CNN or read a book. I have no idea why they put that crap on a news channel. But, I won’t watch it.

  48. Now this is sick. Watch this ad by Saxby Chambliss and pay attention to the last few seconds of it and where Saxby’s hand is.

    Even the commenters find this disgusting.

    God Bless.

  49. Nannymm

    Thanks, Anon-p. I will do that. I just found out last night from Canyon that he can go online using his Wii. He’s had that Wii for 2yrs and I didn’t know, Duh! Now, I have visions of surfing the web on the new TV that’s going in the living room. Think I need a lap top….

  50. Well its time to change clothes and get ready to hit PetCo. We are under a Tornado Watch here, or at least we were. Not sure if its over or not but the weather is starting to change and it is getting cloudy.

    There are suppose to be possibly some strong thunderstorms this afternoon so I need to get out and get back.

    Catch you later.

    God Bless.

  51. Nannymm

    Be safe, Anon-p.

  52. chefsheila

    I just have to state something. Hillary CLinton is going to be Brilliant as SecState. She is a team player and she is a brilliant mind who knows how to schmooz….She can backstep and punt with the best of them.

    I like Obama’s pick!

  53. chefsheila

    AND>…….I don’t see Bill Clinton screwing up his wife’s position or the Democratic President. He’s a team player too.

    No, Its Hillary’s time and she’s earned Bill Clinton’s support.

  54. Nannymm…

    Even though it has a network input its basically for some programing it offers from Samsung. Weather, Stocks and some News as well as for updating the firmware.

    The part I like is that I can use my computer as a server and share pictures, music and movies off my computer to the TV without having to put them on a USB thumb drive and having the TV copy them to it’s internal flash memory.

    There are probably other makes and models that would offer this as well, but I like Samsung.

    In fact my ex has a 50″ Samsung floor model they bought from hhgregg in Indianapolis this year. They got a real good deal on the TV as they bought a floor display and they got the HDMI cable as well.

    Well got to really go now.

    Take care and…

    God Bless.

  55. Nannymm

    I so agree! I can’t believe there are still so many Clinton haters out there. It seems like some of them want her to fail. They need to get real here. If Hillary fails, it will reflect poorly on Obama. She is very capable and Barack knows it. I’m even more impressed with him now that I see his cabinet picks.

  56. chefsheila

    Let’s face it Nanny. Hillary Clinton is the brains and the strategy behind Bill Clinton. She put him into the white House by the path she put him on. Bill Clinton didn’t have the drive that she has.

    Not taking away from carville and Begala about campaign. I’m talking about the grooming of the man.

  57. Nannymm

    And as you suggest, Bill and Hillary are both team players. Plus they know the shape this country is in and want to help get us on the right path again. They’re going to work hard WITH Obama to make sure that happens. Despite what people say about them, they do put the country ahead of their own interests.

  58. chefsheila

    Bottom Line. We are soo lucky to have Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

  59. Nannymm

    Well. Sheila, that’s just proof that behind every successful man is a woman. :_D

  60. Nannymm

    oops…that should be 😀

  61. chefsheila

    No one could ever accuately accuse the Clinton’s of putting their own interests ahead of the country. If they did, they’d have to prove it.

    Politics is a great game, but running a government is not. Its reality. Obama this early, is proving his potential in his picks for cabinet.

    My stress level is going down.

  62. chefsheila

    Thinkin the same thing Nanny….always! 😆

  63. dnd

    Hillary ran an awful campaign. My guess is that she won’t run State. She is smart, pragmatic, and by some accounts very charming one-on-one. I can easily think of a half-dozen people who are way more qualified for that position. That said, I think she has the capacity to do a great job at State. I’m rooting for her.

  64. I’m sure Obama will make sure one of the under sects has great management skills!

  65. dnd

    “No one could ever accuately accuse the Clinton’s of putting their own interests ahead of the country. If they did, they’d have to prove it.”

    Two words: Monica Lewinski.

  66. dog's eye view

    What dnd said. Totally understand why Obama did not select her as VP, with that dreadful campaign apparatus still in place. Sievelike and divided loyalties.

    As Sec of State, I’m rooting for her too.

    And rooting for Samantha Power as well!

  67. chefsheila

    There is Susan Powers too. Who is going to give Clinton a interesting and stimulating time. I think they will eventually become great friends.

  68. dog's eye view

    PS: Brian: love the Christmas scene at blog header.

    You are so good with the details, and excellent visual sense.

    Now: go reward the pups with another walk! Is it cold and rainy up there too?

  69. chefsheila

    Secretary’s of State never run the day to day of State. Its just not a reality. The non-political, State employees who have come up in the ranks do. You have to have consistancy with such and important department.

    90% of all positions in the running of the highest offices are run by non-political positions. That is the smartest option

  70. tnx, not too cold, but very rainy.

  71. dog's eye view

    Sheila: saw your post on the Shaheen/Power two-step — will take that up again later, because don’t agree that the situations were comparable. But not going to be a grinchette the day before HRC is named SecState.

  72. Nannymm

    hmmm…monica had nothing to do with the country or Hillary for that matter. Most REASONABLE people don’t care who others fool around with. That whole situation was repugs run wild, trying to take down a very popular and effective president.
    They’d been trying for years and failed. Bill gave them something to talk about, but it was NOT an impeacable offense! A BJ is just that. No crime in it at all. Now what Bush has done!…that is a different story. Lots of impeachable offenses there.

  73. dog's eye view

    WaPost: Top Officers Hopeful that Obama will bring a more realistic view than Bush

    Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went unarmed into his first meeting with the new commander in chief — no aides, no PowerPoint presentation, no briefing books. Summoned nine days ago to President-elect Barack Obama’s Chicago transition office, Mullen showed up with just a pad, a pen and a desire to take the measure of his incoming boss.

    There was little talk of exiting Iraq or beefing up the U.S. force in Afghanistan; the one-on-one, 45-minute conversation ranged from the personal to the philosophical. Mullen came away with what he wanted: a view of the next president as a non-ideological pragmatist who was willing to both listen and lead. After the meeting, the chairman “felt very good, very positive,” according to Mullen spokesman Capt. John Kirby.

  74. dnd

    I didn’t mean to imply that SoS is the COO of State. But the culture flows from the top. Will she set the tone or will that be left to the Deputy?

  75. dog's eye view

    Nanny: agreed, the Monica impeachment turned out to be a great historical tragedy, as it made the Bush administration virtually bullet-proof — too difficult to put the country through successive impeachments, although the GOP administration deserved it. A tragedy, and we’re living with the meltdown now and in the coming years.

    Politico took its usual swipe, calling Bill Clinton a global rock star although regarded as a problem in his home country. (Not. But we don’t write for Politico.)

  76. dnd

    One more thing. When I said that I could easily think of a half-dozen more qualified than Hillary, I didn’t mean operationally. I meant with respect to diplomacy and geo-political awareness.

  77. chefsheila


    Its just an argument on Shaheen and Powers. We weren’t in the background and in the know. I was just illuminating the obvious about campaigns in general.

    My point was that even in 2004, these changes would not have been highlighted. The Tit-for-tat calling someone out would not have been highlighted either..

    In 2004, most of the public didn’t know about these hand to hand combat strategies of a campaign.

    Its chess and its risk. thats what I was talking about. I was not interested in revisiting the wheres and whys of who was right.

    just trying to help you on the broader vision.

  78. chefsheila

    Thanks dnd. I am always thoughtful of your statements. I find them deeper than you actually write sometimes. I find your brain, fun! lol

    I can too, but I also can see the Brilliance for this time. That is why I was so effusive.

  79. chefsheila

    Thoughtful point about Clinton dog.

    He isn’t thought of as a black mark everywhere else in the world for Lewinski. Thats most important.

  80. dog's eye view

    Nanny: on Lewinsky: I always wondered why Clinton didn’t just acknowledge it had happened. He had a reputation for liking women; he was elected despite the Gennifer Flowers disclosures. Lots of people would have said “that hound dog” and it would have been a one week story.

    Then the Eliot Spitzer case.

    Although that was different — Spitzer was known as Mr. Law and Order AND Wall Street resented his interfering with their malfeasance; were happy to see him fall. Plus former atty general and interstate transport….

    But Clinton should not have tried to lie his way out, even though the GOP badly overreached (as they usually do).

  81. dnd

    I too don’t think Monica was anybody’s business. But it gave the Republicans who were gunning for Clinton an opening. Clinton knew they were out to get him with the Whitewater special prosecutor, but he did it anyway. The impeachment was a huge distraction which prevented him from doing the work he should have been doing. That’s why I think he put his own interests ahead of the countries. I’m guessing he regrets that 😉

  82. chefsheila

    Brian, I betcha the Pope doesn’t think that way. 😆

  83. dog's eye view

    again, what dnd said. Clinton was damn lucky Monica was a starstruck intern and not a lobbyist or spy or huge contributor. Bad judgment in his personal life; made him vulnerable and he lost the better part of his second term.

  84. chefsheila

    Good point about Setting the Tone at State. Well, you know I have never been a Clintonite.

    However, in watching her in the Senate and being a New Yorker for that first 3 years. I can’t deny that I was very impressed with her running of her Senate seat.

    She has an never ending loyalty from her employees, even in her New York Office. She had a well known thoughtful and conciderate touch with everyone who worked for her.

    I have to commend her on that. She was also very active in the state. We heard feedback all the time.

    I can’t help but think that Clinton will do a great job at State too.

  85. chefsheila

    Bottom Line for me. As long as Obama puts in some great apointments like Powers to assist her in forwarding the Obama Agenda, then I think we have a winner team in the State Department.

    Clinton has the talent to become one of our best SecStates, now lets see if she squanders it or builds on it.

    I for one can’t wait to watch.

  86. chefsheila

    So what about the nay sayers, that are negative on Geithner? I don’t know him well enough, but from what I have read, I think he’s great.

    The negative voices say he is hasn’t had enough experience to know his !@#$ from a !@#$, in short.

  87. dnd

    Fareed Zakaria’s GPS is focused on Mumbai. He grew up in Mumbai.

  88. chefsheila

    Me Too. 🙂

  89. chefsheila

    ….I’ve been wondering what “Cast” Class he is from.

    A LOT of Indian’s come here to escape their Cast.

  90. chefsheila

    These last few days have highlighted the strong country that India has become. A legacy that Indira Ghandi started as an idea.

  91. dnd

    Zakaria is the best. I wonder why MSNBC punts on having a political talk show on Sunday. “Lockup” is not the “place for politics.”

  92. chefsheila

    And the answer is, Zakaria was born into the the journalism and diplomatic caste in India.

    He’s an American citizen. Interesting. his wife is of northern European decent and his children are Americans. Interesting look at evolution.

  93. dog's eye view

    Thank God we don’t have a caste system.

  94. chefsheila

    I know. Bottom line, all countries have their draw backs

  95. dnd

    We do have a caste system. It’s economic.

  96. chefsheila

    I’m not Dog. 😉

  97. dnd

    It was worth watching MTP just to see Ted Turner sing “Home on the Range.”

    I admire Turner and think he’s got some great ideas, but he’s a major a-hole when it comes to his land holdings in Montana and New Mexico.

  98. dog's eye view

    I was waiting for the first person to say “it’s economic” or social or biological, or whatever.

    But the rigidity and societal order imposed by a formal caste system. We are still struggling with slavery, and are a much younger entity (here, I realize India is many entities in one).

  99. dnd

    I was responding to dog’s 1:30pm post.

  100. chefsheila

    I don’t know. I have tripled my father’s earnings and was able to show my son a way forward. He’s going to be the first Officer in the family.

    My dad showed us all how to become college educated.

    I think that economic thought limitations are valid. But I also think that the world is still any american’s Oyster

  101. chefsheila

    Oh sorry, backing out of this conversation ;0)

  102. dnd

    Is it just me or does Henry Kissinger look about the same as he did when he was Sec. of State? 😉

  103. dog's eye view

    Sheila: you’re right — America is a lot more fluid, in terms of opportunity, and education is the key. That higher ed is becoming so expensive (and in some cases, so irrelevant!) is a real stratifier.

    Obama is an example of where smarts and a good education can take you (so are both Clintons, and Biden, and lots of others…); think keeping post- high school education available to the middle class is going to be important to him. And he’s such a good example, of working years and years and choosing your openings.

  104. he has no blood, it was replaced with formaldehyde decades ago.

  105. dog's eye view

    what was Kissinger saying? (Am blissfully not watching TV.)

  106. chefsheila

    HOLY MOLLY. That last sentance of a “Cold Start” has really scared me now. Escalation is all we need.

  107. chefsheila

    Zakaria has done a great job of feeding all of us better understanding of the Pakistan, India, Afganistan problem

  108. chefsheila

    Dog, if you watch any television selectively. You MUST watch Sundays at 1pm eastern. Fareed Zakaria is can’t miss

  109. dog's eye view

    Do they rebroadcast it? Or on the CNN website or a transcript? 1 on Sunday is not prime TV hour for me.


    Anon P: enjoy the new telly! Think how awesome those cats will look in digital video…


    On the Indian situation: has anyone from the right popped up yet to say this is directed at Obama — his first major test, as promised?

    Actually, it’s reassuring to have him and Biden and Clinton teaming on this kind of stuff — no quick reactions that foreclose other possibilities.

  110. chefsheila

    I’m sure if you look at the CNN website under GPS, you’ll find what your looking for. Fareed Zakeria’s GPS is seen all around the world too. I’m sure its rebroadcast. I bet there are transcripts too..

  111. Nannymm

    Dog’s Eye and dnd,
    Have you ever considered that is wasn’t Clinton who put his needs ahead of the country. Nothing he did,( i.e. get a bj from an intern that he knew was not a spy) was illegal or in any way against the US interests. It was purely a personal mistake. Hillary was not responsible, either. She was a victim. It was the repugs who put POLITICS and VINDICTIVENESS ahead of this country. It is they who had the Star circus in motion for years! Clinton did his job the entire time DESPITE all the obstacles put in his way. For heaven’s sake! When are we going to leave people’s private lives alone???? Unless a public official commits a crime or compromises national interests, it is no one’s business what he or she does in the bedroom or in any other private area. Clinton haters are really the one’s who didn’t put the needs of the country forst when they started their little witch hunt. And it disgusts me to see it continues.

  112. Nannymm

    Zakaria is one of the bright lights on TV these days. His show is excellent. Hopefully, with Obama soon to be in the Oval Office, the powers that be will get the idea that substance is a good thing. And intelligence is admirable. Maybe then we will get more shows like GPS.

  113. dog's eye view

    I agree mostly with you, nanny, and I agree that consensual sexual behavior should be off the radar screen and part of one’s personal life. Also agree the GOP totally abused their power. If not Monica, they would have been looking for something else.

    That said, Clinton aided and abetted the theft of his final 2 years by not exercising more self-control.

    Does anyone think he would have gotten off more easily by coming clean, admitting he’d strayed?

    He would have been ahead morally in that case. And remember: he was a good president and left office with a pretty favorable rating (save from those who could not see beyond the Lewinsky matter or hated him for other reasons).

  114. dog's eye view

    Remember: about 30% of the country still thinks highly of GWBush. Who has kept in his pants. (Apparently.) And ruined a few countries. Tanked our economy. Killed a bunch of fine American kids and uncounted Iraqis and put Canadians in harm’s way too.

    Oh: and ruined Tony Blair’s career too.

    That 30% lives in a world we don’t seem to inhabit.

  115. dog's eye view

    nanny: thinking more on your 2:26 post: Bill Clinton is a policy wonk with sound judgment, incredible intelligence, and a real reckless streak too.

    It was the last quality that made him vulnerable; most of the GOP could not compete with him on the first three.

    He governed from the center, which is where the country is.

    He was wrongly impeached, and neither he nor we deserved that process run amok. And taken out of the arsenal of possible remedies for dealing with Bush-Cheney gone more amok.

    But Bill Clinton knew he was running for president of the US. Not France.

  116. chefsheila

    Just an update for all us regulars.

    247 hits today so far.

  117. dog's eye view

    Shuttle Endeavor coming into Edwards AFB at 4:25 Eastern. Two sonic booms expected.

    I got to hear a shuttle boom once, when visiting California; awakened by the first and heard and registered the second.

    Something else we can’t take for granted for too much longer.,0,166676.story

  118. dog's eye view

    re hits: can you tell how many of those are us refreshing the page? Or cruising websites?

    Can you tell how many discrete (if not discreet) online visitors we had?

  119. chefsheila

    We can acount for returning visiters that link and everytime they use the link.

    and for the tag words and lines that have been used to search and find a subject for a day.

  120. dog's eye view

    Watching NASA TV now. Mach 15, 1400 miles to go; altitude 40 miles.

  121. chefsheila

    Oh and we also get to know which threads are used for info. Like Doot’s “Tear Down These Walls” is queried on average of once a day. So Doots is read alot

  122. dog's eye view

    Sounds like you can find out who’s coming in on what link. But can you tell roughly how many individual computers check in with BC blog? Just a sheer number?

  123. chefsheila

    Just only what we should be interested in, without invading someones privacy

  124. dog's eye view

    Re Doots’ popularity: cannot argue there. Although I preferred his Boxmasters insider blogpost.

    So maybe the trick is spicier headlines? Or Doots’ post gets hits because it’s immigration-related?

  125. chefsheila

    From my IT Bro.

    There’s a message in circulation that claims there was a nuclear explosion “just outside” London two days ago. It looks like this isn’t true, as the nearest plant to London is 77 miles away in Kent. If you get this message, you shouldn’t open the attachment (called as it contains a virus.

    More information here:

    and here:

  126. chefsheila

    My Bet is Immigration and the Fence down south

  127. dog's eye view

    Well, I am interested in how many people we get a day, and hope it’s not 6 of us refreshing our screen 20 times a day! Surprised you cannot come up with that metric.

    Edwards AFB looks beautiful and flat. Miss seeing mountains here!

  128. dog's eye view

    Mach 8 and 27 miles altitude. How cool to be in that vessel (and maybe slightly worrisome, although NASA doesn’t have too many of the Feds in that email….)

  129. dog's eye view

    incidentally, how would it be an invasion of privacy to know how many computers check in daily? Not looking to capture the info there, but surprised there’s not a little meter….

  130. chefsheila

    Privacy Dog, Privacy.

    AND, Brian and Sheila don’t count in the equation. We are not counted.

    Since Brian and I are the major posters, except for a few days a week, I’d feel safe in saying there are quite a few people reading us.

  131. dog's eye view

    AnonP: think how cool it will be to watch a shuttle takeoff or landing with your big screen.

    And how nice not to devote too much screen space to Bush-Cheney. They’re disturbing enough on a modestly sized TV.

  132. chefsheila

    We’re now at 265. Thats a big jump

  133. dog's eye view

    Shuttle looks like a truncated shark in a blue sea.

    Now turning into the sun; looks beautiful.

  134. dog's eye view

    landing gear down

  135. dog's eye view

    wonderful landing; surprised me the landing gear deploys about 10-20 seconds before landing. Not like they can do a go around …

  136. dnd

    Go to to see the show online.

    Endeavor is now down at Edwards.

  137. dog's eye view

    For anyone who’s not had enough of prison life on MSNBC:

    LATimes has interesting looking 3-part series on a female attorney who’s been married for 25 years to an Aryan Brotherhood convict. Sounds like he has some redeeming qualities…

    She met him through her husband — the convict’s brother. She came to realize the guy on the inside was better at listening to her and encouraging her than her freely ranging husband.,0,3725213,full.story

  138. chefsheila

    The Rebirth of Keynes, and the Debate to Come

    The economy has just about come to a standstill – not so much because credit markets are clogged as because there’s not enough demand in the economy to keep it going. Consumer spending has fallen off a cliff. Investment is drying up. And exports are dropping because the recession has now spread around the world.

    So are we about to return to Keynesianism? Hopefully.

  139. Nannymm

    Here is an interesting article in the LA Times by Neal Gabler:

    The GOP’s McCarthy gene
    Think Goldwater is the father of conservatism? Think again.

    Ever since the election, partisans within the Republican Party and observers outside it have been speculating wildly about what direction the GOP will take to revive itself from its disaster. Or, more specifically, which wing of the party will prevail in setting the new Republican course — whether it will be what conservative writer Kathleen Parker has called the “evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy” branch or the more pragmatic, intellectual, centrist branch. To determine the answer, it helps to understand exactly how Republicans arrived at this spot in the first place.,0,635817.story?track=ntothtml

  140. chefsheila

    Nanny! fantastic Opinion from Gabler. Much of it we had all begun to put a name on, but to see it chronologically was super!

  141. chefsheila

    I think we can put Atwater partially to rest, for all the blame.

  142. Nannymm

    It was interesting laid out like that, wasn’t it? I just wish I could understand how they keep getting away with it. I find it hard to accept that so many people out there are motivated by fear and even hatred of that which is different. The idea that Sarah Palin is the next McCarthy heir, and has it in her genes to be such, gives me chills. It also convinces me that we must all work extemely hard to support Obama and ensure that his Presidency is successful. That may be our insurance policy.

  143. dog's eye view

    C Span’s broadcasting the Univ of Virginia program on 2008 election; not panel Craig appeared on, but it’s very good. WashTimes reporter speaking now; Joe Trippi up soon. Wyatt Andrews of CBS moderating.

    Think it’s CSpan 1.

  144. dog's eye view

    yes, thanks. Saw a lot of chatter about the Gabler piece. Looks worth a read.

  145. dnd

    The Gabler link was interesting, but I didn’t get his connection with Goldwater. Goldwater, by any historian’s account, was a true conservative and a true patriot, as exemplified by when he told Nixon to resign. Nothing like what the Republican party is today.

    The link between McCarthy and Palin does make some sense…

  146. Dog…

    Your 4:17pm is absolutely right. Until Him Who Cannot Be Named leaves I won’t have any peace.

    As far as the shuttle goes if the night or day is clear I can see it in the sky. It is really cool watching it from my yard on night launches.

    I watch it lift off on TV and then after about a minute or so go outside and watch the sky light up. Unfortunately I missed this last launch as I had taken a nap and did not wake up in time to see it.

    Today I really didn’t get much done in re arranging the living room to make a place for my new toy. Once I start on the area its going in I lose my computer until I get it reset up.

    That is going to be hard for me to handle going without a computer to get online with. LOL…LOL…LOL…

    God Bless.

  147. Sheila…

    Your 5:16pm comment about the economy is close to the truth, however you must not forget that we pushed 541 Trillion Dollars worth of worthless paper into the Global Economy.

    Until it is just written off you will not stop whats coming. I don’t care how much money we or any other country throws into the financial markets or institutions, it just won’t matter in the long run.

    We are headed for a depression and there is nothing we or anyone can do about it.

    That’s a fact we better start accepting now so were not too surprised when it does hit us and the rest of the world.

    God Bless.

  148. Mr. Obama also will nominate Susan E. Rice, his foreign policy adviser and a former assistant secretary of state, as ambassador to the United Nations, a job that will be given cabinet rank, as it had under President Bill Clinton.

    Yay, i finally got one right!

  149. Nannymm

    I suspect that you are correct, Anon-p. We’re facing a depression and are going to have to accept it. The real questions now are how deep will it be and how long will it last. On the positive side, if public works projects rebuild our infrastructure, especially schools,roads and bridges, that will be a good thing. If we manage to develop new, clean and renewable energy sources, the coming depression will have served a valuable purpose and, hopefully, enable us all to have a better future. It will be a hell of a way to achieve what we need for a better tomorrow. But we seem to always have to learn the hard way. Maybe next time we’ll thing ahead instead of only in the moment. I doubt it but I can dream….

  150. Nannymm

    LOL Way to go, Brian!

  151. Nannymm…

    A lot of what happens will depend on how the Republicans decide to help Obama save our country and turn it around before it becomes a third world nation.

    If they decide to fight the rebuilding of our infrastructure and schools then we may be alright in the long run. However if they do not then we will have a rough road to travel down for a very, very long time.

    God Bless.

  152. Nannymm

    Did you mean, if they decide NOT to fight the rebuilding , we will be alright? If they fight Obama, it’s going to be very rough, I’m afraid. However, I do think Obama will win that fight.

  153. Nannymm…

    The people need to let there congress critters now we won’t take no BS from them and they better not continue to screw the American People because we won’t stand or take it anymore from them.

    The credit bubble will break soon just like the commercial Real Estate Market is going to do starting next year. There are some dark times coming and we all need to be ready for when it comes.

    That’s all I’m really trying to say.

    God Bless.

  154. Well I guess I’ll watch TV for awhile since they have the crocodile hunter movie on channel 18 WKCF here in Florida. Or as some some call it the WB station.

    God Bless.

    PS: Guess what Brian? I lost my key over at Craigs and it looks like TypeKey won’t give it back to me. LOL…LOL…LOL…

    Yes, TypeKey does suck big time.

  155. chefsheila

    Dnd, what I gathered from the gablier piece was just a correction of what most Republicans publically say That Goldwater is the essence of what they see as the true conservative, when what they REALLY mean is what Gablier was pointing out.

    Its not Goldwater at all, its McCarthy and most Republicans won’t admit that they are really practicing McCarthyism, not Goldwater sytle politics.

    Who in fact had more moderate views.

    that is what I got from the OpEd

  156. Hey Sheila how bout that pick of Rice for UN? Cool aye!

  157. chefsheila

    No offense Brian, but you have Sam Nunn. I have Susan Rice.

    Of course, you probably changed your mind in your head and forgot your pick on the site. 😉

  158. chefsheila

    Oh My Bust! I was looking at NSA….I bow to your brilliance. 😆

  159. bust in deed, old woman get new glasses!

  160. Nannymm

    I see it the same way, Sheila. He is clear that Republicanism is McCarthyism; its central tenet in not based on ideology but rather a means to win at any cost. Mostly it means win by fear of “boogey men” that either don’t exist or don’t pose any threat. Rove is a master of the McCarthy method, as was Nixon and George HW Bush. Reagan was not.

  161. chefsheila

    Yes, I found it so enlightening. Especially after Palin charged Obama with clear declarations that stank of McCarthism and NO ONE said a word. NOT EVEN McCain. That only means to me that McCain allowed himself to be spoonfed the Commies List too.

  162. Alaska Notebook: Palin’s Georgia pal

    Gov. Sarah Palin is putting her conservative Republican fame to work in Georgia, stumping for Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is in a tough runoff for re-election.

    I wonder if she knows the true measure of the man she is eagerly helping.

  163. Nannymm

    That’s what the regugs do; it’s the only way they can win. Their positions on most issues are not in line with the majority so they have to make people afraid of the dems. Unfortunately, it has worked for them time and time again. I hope Obama’s win signals an end to that, but I doubt it. Once the country is back on track, people will become complacent again. When they don’t have economic ruin to fear, the repugs will find a way to instill fear of nonsense once again, just as they tried to do this time, albeit unsuccessfully.

  164. chefsheila

    I’m afraid, if we are talking Depression, our children will not stray from voting in the years to come. A hard lesson of History. But our grandchildren may take their eyes of the ball. History repeating itself and all.

    I don’t look forward to these next few years.

    Its amazing that we are doomed to hearing the OTHER citizens griping that we are ruining it by making the deficit worse……

  165. chefsheila

    Saxby Chambliss is of the worst charactor. He is a truely evil man. I’m sorry for Georgia, being that stupid if they vote him in again.

  166. I vote tomorrow for Martin, but I dont think he can overtake Chambliss. The ads Chambliss runs here are awful. Its complete fear mongering.

  167. chefsheila

    Good Morning!


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