Daily Archives: December 8, 2009

Obama jobs plan: Bailout for Main Street

Key parts of Obama job creation package

Here are the key elements of the job creation package President Barack Obama outlined Tuesday:

Small Business Incentives

-Eliminating capital gains taxes on new investments in small businesses through 2010, if the investments are held for at least five years.

-Extension through 2010 of a law that allows small businesses to take immediate tax write-offs on up to $250,000 of qualified investments.

-An employment tax cut through 2010 to encourage small business hiring.

-Making Small Business Administration loans more readily available, by eliminating fees and increasing federal loan guarantees in 2010.

Roads, Bridges and Other Infrastructure

-Up to $50 billion in new spending on ready-to-go construction projects.

-New merit-based procedures to select infrastructure projects for financing.

Energy Efficiency Investments

-Rebates for homeowners to make energy efficient improvements.

-Expansion of programs that use federal money to leverage private investments in industrial and manufacturing projects that use clean energy.

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Job Creation and Economic Growth

President Obama outlines the steps his Administration has taken to stimulate economic growth and plans to create new American jobs in remarks to the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. December 8, 2009.

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White House unveils open government directive

The Obama administration on Tuesday officially unveiled its Open Government directive (pdf), a document that charges each federal agency with making high value data publicly available and with quickly coming up with formal open government plans.

The announcement follows up on President Obama’s first executive act–the issuing on January 21 of his Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. That document set forth, among other things, that, “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”

The administration’s Chief Information Officer Aneesh Chopra and Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra on Tuesday appeared together in a live Webcast to spell out the new directive and to answer questions from the public:

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Among the major points of the directive it:

• Requires federal agencies to make a minimum of three “high-value” data sets available within 45 days. An example, they said, was data that was released on Data.gov earlier this year by the Federal Aviation Administration about the on-time performance of commercial airline flights, and which was subsequently used by a member of the public to create Flyontime.us.

• Directs that within 60 days, the White House will launch a dashboard on Whitehouse.gov that will be used to hold each agency accountable for the contents of the directive.

• Commits each federal agency to launching its own open government Web site.

• Says that within 90 days, agencies will receive guidance from the federal Office of Management and Budget about creating challenges and contests for how best to use publicly available data.

• And mandates that within 120 days, each agency will create an open government plan geared towards ensuring that the philosophies of openness, transparency, and collaboration are permanently “hardwired.”

In announcing the directive, which was posted Tuesday morning by OMB Director Peter Orszag, Chopra said there were three key themes that everyone involved in putting it together had sought to achieve. First, that the directive reflected Obama’s priorities and put the open government initiative into the hands of the executive branch. Second, that those involved have been and will be working together as a team with stakeholders at the federal level, in state and local governments, and with the public. And third, that the directive is focused on results. In other words, he said, Obama has “called on us” to deliver.

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Tiger’s Validation Complex by Eugene Robinson

Op-Ed by Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Eugene Robinson

Washington Post/Eugene Robinson—Leave Tiger alone. Enough with the puns — we get that he’s really just a “cheetah” in disguise. Enough with the Barbie-of-the-Day revelations — we get that he’s attracted to a certain type. Enough with the whole thing — we have far more important things to worry about.

Yeah, right. Sit down with a friend over lunch and try to have a conversation about health care, climate change, financial regulation or Afghanistan without straying at least once onto the oh-so-unimportant subject of Tiger Woods’s philandering. I’ve given up trying to deny that the unfolding saga is compelling, even if paying attention leaves me feeling a bit disappointed in myself. Prurient interest is rarely something to be proud of.

I’m beginning to fear, actually, that the unfolding may never end. If you’re the richest, most famous athlete on the planet, and you have an eye for cocktail waitresses and nightclub hostesses, the opportunities to cheat are probably limited only by the number of hours in the day. It’s becoming clear why Woods’s initial mea culpa was worded vaguely to cover any and all “transgressions.” Wouldn’t want to leave anybody out.

I’m not going to pronounce judgment on Woods’s moral fiber, except to state that adultery is bad. I’m also not going to judge the women who have reportedly had affairs with him, except to point out how quick they’ve been, as soon as their names have surfaced, to retain high-priced legal counsel. I will suggest that Woods consider this possibility: Random women he meets in restaurants or bars may not be reduced to putty by his good looks or sparkling wit, but may in fact be aware of how wealthy he is.

I was going to critique Woods’s technique of adultery, or at least his apparent selection of playmates, as measured against a theory about philandering developed by my colleague Roxanne Roberts, who has spent years covering the capital’s libidinous social scene for The Post. Roberts postulates that famous, powerful men who stray would be smart to choose women who have just as much to lose if the liaison were exposed. Some ultra-rich tycoon’s young trophy wife, say, would fit that criterion. Cocktail waitresses and nightclub hostesses, not so much.

In fact, Woods seems to have hooked up with the kind of women who save old voice mails and text messages — giving their high-priced legal counsel something to work with.

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Mistress Jaimee Grubb…haven’t I seen you somewhere before?

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Jaimee Grubbs

HerselWIV and I both thought that we recognized Jaimee Grubbs from somewhere. Her face has been plastered all over the news channels, as the woman who had a affair with married golf superstar Tiger Woods, but we recognized her from somewhere else.

Ada and Shawn

We recognized Ms. Grubbs from the first and second episode of the first season of VH1’s reality show hit Tool Academy! She is the chick who brought her boyfriend to the show in hopes of curing him of his toolish ways. Unfortunately for Grubbs, she ended up making a name for herself, but for completely different reasons. She has the honor of being the first girl to come to the Tool Academy, only to find out her boyfriend Shawn, had another steady girlfriend named Ada for the last six years! Needless to say, Grubbs walked out of the show and into obscurity until she resurfaced again a couple of weeks ago in the Tiger Woods debacle, only this time she was the mistress/other woman. It seems like the glare of the TV cameras are just too attractive for her to pass up.

Watch the clip below, as Grubbs finds out the her boyfriend Shawn all ready has a longtime girlfriend named Ada. Don’t get it twisted, Ada is not going anywhere!

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44-D’s Twenty-Five Days of Christmas Music Videos (Dec 8th)

Thank God Its Christmas Performed by Queen

Thank God It’s Christmas” is a Christmas single by British rock band Queen. It was written by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. The single spent six weeks in the UK charts during the Christmas/New Year period and reached number 21.

Though not released on any Queen studio album, the song appears on Queen’s Greatest Hits III, released in 1999. The song was also released as the B-side of the single “A Winter’s Tale” from the 1995 album Made in Heaven.

No promotional video was filmed for the track, hampering its future use on music TV channels. For that reason it is a lesser known Christmas single. It also appears on several Christmas compilation albums. One of them is the original Now That’s What I Call Christmas compilation released in 1985 but deleted in 1989.



Lyrics

Oh my love we’ve had our share of tears
Oh my friend we’ve had our hopes and fears
Oh my friends it’s been a long hard year
But now it’s Christmas
Yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas

The moon and stars seem awful cold and bright
Let’s hope the snow will make this Christmas right
My friend the world will share this special night
Because it’s Christmas
Yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas
For one night

Thank God it’s Christmas yeah
Thank God it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas
Can it be Christmas?
Let it be Christmas
Ev’ry day

Oh my love we’ve lived in troubled days
Oh my friend we have the strangest ways
All my friends on this one day of days
Thank God it’s Christmas
Yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas
For one day

Thank God it’s Christmas
Yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas
Oooh yeah
Thank God it’s Christmas
Yes yes yes yes it’s Christmas
Thank God it’s Christmas
For one day

A very merry Christmas to you all

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