January’s Misses And Kisses

What a month,what a month, oh what a month it has been!!

Kisses:

  • Month began with less snow than normal in my city, in fact there were more days when the ground barely had any white on it. Commute was easy, daily chores were so much easier than any of the past nine Januaries I have lived thus far in Canada.
  • My son became more and more independent and what a joy it is to discuss finance, international affairs, natural disasters, volunteering and student exchange programs with him. I am very blessed and proud.
  • Personally, though I am short on actual goals, I did good on attempts and in keeping the activities going.
  • Finally, the man who said that we will not turn away from any fight is ……..back, yeahhhhhhh for President Obama!!

Misses:

  • Haiti’s loss makes no sense whatsoever. However hard I try to put a positive spin on it, there is just nothing positive about pain and suffering…..my heart aches for all those who lost and those who are lost!
  • Last day of the month brought more devastating news from India on  a personal level and again I am bereft of words!. With no explanations, no indications and no fore-warnings, a beautiful, small life which breezed into our lives was snuffed out so early and so suddenly, leaving us without even a face to remember and rejoice…..

…………….just a sweet and short memory in our hearts!!

and from somewhere deep within me, I try to muster courage to tell others that ……..

but, damn it is sooooo hard!!

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Deepest Condolences To My Cousin And Her Husband

…………….sometimes words fail me terribly and today is one such a devastating day!

Just received the terribly shocking news that my cousin’s five days old daughter succumbed to some kind of brain mal-function (full details yet awaited). The new parents barely even got to hold her as she was kept in the nursery under full observation.

My heart goes out to them both, to the grandparents and all dear & near.

Having to say ‘Goodbye’ even before we could  kiss you ‘Hello’, oh baby, sweet baby, ‘Rest In Peace’, you will be dearly missed !!

Real President (Obama) Channelled Reel President (Douglas)..??

Yesterday at Salon, Alex Koppelman notes that the way President Obama came swinging reminded him of Michael Douglas in The American President.

Alex specifically points out to the last White House press-room address by the reel president Douglas, who emphatically ends with “My name is Andrew Shepherd and yes, I am the President”.

I too was reminded of this same scene not yesterday, but the very first day (January-February 2009) President Obama suddenly walked into the White House press-room when Robert Gibbs’s was handling the press-corps. There is something similar in the cool, unperturbed and intelligent character that Douglas portrayed and President Obama personifies.

Here is the video of that scene:

When being the President of this country is entirely about CHARACTER, tell me again how President Obama has NOT demonstrated that time and again these past two years!!

President Obama’s Super Smackdown: Some Reactions..

Steve Benen of The Washington Monthly:

As promised, President Obama appeared this afternoon at the House Republican caucus’ retreat in Baltimore, delivering a short speech, followed by some fascinating Q&A. If you missed it — the appearance was aired live on C-SPAN — you’ll really want to watch it when the video is posted online. It was simply fascinating.
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I’m reasonably certain I’ve never seen anything like it. GOP House members were fairly respectful of the president, but pressed him on a variety of policy matters. The president didn’t just respond effectively, he delivered a rather powerful, masterful performance.

Atrios of Eschaton:

I wonder who the idiot is who thought this format – Republican idiots asking questions of Obama at a podium – was a good idea.

Might do will in November elections after all.

While it was pretty dumb for the GOP, it would be excellent if Obama did more events with lawmakers like that, including separate meetings with various Dem caucuses, GOP senators, etc.

Digby of Hullaballo:

I think his performance was quite good. But I also think that his appearance there, as if he’d been summoned to explain himself, looks like weakness, especailly in a week in which he already gave a major address. The optics look very dicey to me.
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This is a terribly important game they are playing and I don’t think they are getting it right. On the optics, the President should have summoned them to him, not gone to them. As much as I wish it were different, we have no tradition of the Prime Minister question hour in America and the average voter will see his being put on the spot in that setting as a weakness.

Erza Klein of Washington Post:

The line on Obama is that he needs a teleprompter to speak clearly. But his messaging in today’s back-and-forth was far better and far clearer than in any recent speech I’ve seen him give.

Blue Texan of Instaputz :

Obama hands house GOP their asses. (He) was masterful.

Bob Cesca of Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog:

I only caught about 20 minutes of it, but the president just wiped the floor with almost the entire Republican delegation at their retreat in Baltimore.

And damn — do this more often. Do it with the congressional Democrats, too. Very productive, and, of course, the president is very good at making with the talking.

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic:

Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama’s weakness — his penchant for nuance — into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president. (By the way: can we stop with the Obama needs a teleprompter jokes?)

Mike Madden of Salon:

Rarely has his administration done such a good job of bluntly underscoring the differences between what Obama wants to do and what Republicans would prefer if they had power. The president was funny and disarming, but he defended his policies fiercely, and he tiptoed up to the line of calling Republicans liars to their faces.

Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Dish:

Obama is best at this. He is best at defusing conflict; he is superb at engaging civilly with his opponents. It’s part of his legacy – I remember how many conservatives respected him at the Harvard Law Review. But he needs to do more of this, even though he may get nothing in return. Why? Because unless the tone changes, unless the pure obstructionism and left-right ding-dong cycle stops, we are on a fast track to catastrophe.

Matt Yglesias of Think Progress:

It was sort of like Prime Minister’s Questions and it revealed, simply put, that Barack Obama is a lot smarter and better-informed than his antagonists. A lot. He very calmly and coolly dismantled them.

Eric Kleefeld of Talking Points Memo:

This became what could be the first publicly-held President’s Question Time, and Obama was quick on his feet. Will something like this happen again?

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones:

The guy at the mike always has an advantage in these kinds of forums, and in any case Obama is better than most at this kind of thing. For the most part, he’s running rings around them. I don’t know if this will have any long-term effect, but it’s good for Obama and, regardless, a good show. Presidents should do this kind of thing more often.

Jed Lewison of Daily Kos:

The bad news for the GOP is that President Obama not only took their tough questions, but he answered them — and he was tough, forcing the GOP to confront the facts instead of their make-believe Fox News reality. In fact, to get a sense of just how effective President Obama was, Fox “News” cut off the Q&A session before it ended (CNN and MSNBC both carried the full event live).

AKMuckraker of The Mudflats:

Really? They were “itching to quiz the president?” Perhaps they were starting to believe their own propaganda. I think the technical term for this is the “reverse gotcha with a half twist.” Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of this move in the future.

Finally, yours truly of this blog:

HIP HIP HOORAY….yeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh for our fantastic President!! TDPP Salutes you, President Obama!!

President Obama To House Republicans: Hey You No-Masters, Pull Up Your Socks

Best iPad Jokes…

aha……….could not help admiring how quick and witty our public is and how slow and dumb big corporations are.?

Apple releases the much awaited iPAD & the public release the much enjoyed ipad- jokes.

Here are some of my favourites and for more click here:

fauxfruit: If I order this, will my boyfriend and I have to worry if it comes late?

andBegorrah: If you and your friends all buy one, will they sync up?

LilSpitfire: Later in the year they will be releasing the companion tablet pen, the Ipon.

Vesuvius At Home (I believe in peace, bitch): But what if the cute boys see me shopping for one? What if my dad has to take me??

oykatrina: Eh, I prefer the CVS brand. A few bucks less but does the same thing…

vlvtjones: So will iffy Wifi coverage be called iSpotting?

morninggloria: Can I get a scented iPad for when my data feels not-so-fresh?

Lymed: Somebody give the iPad a Red Bull, because it ain’t no good without wings.

andBegorrah: Are you there, God? It’s me, Marketing.

NellMood: iPads are for 8th graders. I’m waiting for the iTampon, because I prefer to do all my interneting from inside my vagina.

BicSharpie: Hopefully it will help people deal with the 24-hour news cycle.

From Twitter (for what it’s worth, #iTampon is apparently the number three trending topic on the site.):

tjakabon: “It surfs the web AND stops the bleeding.”

Gelatobaby: And you can use the giant QWERTY keyboard to get your period on the #iPad!

CarolBlymire: Is #apple making an iPad for light-flow days? Just wondering…

Trish1981: iPad? Really? All I can say is, I’m sticking with Always, bitches.

tremendousnews: So I can say “That chick is on her iPad” and not be called a pig? Thank you Apple.

melissapierce: iPad has changed “the conversation” from how we use tech in context to how we use tech as Kotex. (who named this thing?)

kathycacace: Okay, just one more. The iPad: protecting your data from embarrassing incidents.

Johnpapa: “64 gig iPad will forever be known as the heavy flow model.”