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I am inordinately fond of monkeys. I like to watch them, I like to tease them, I like any commercial that has a monkey and I will buy any product advertised by a monkey, especially if it involves a smoking monkey.

Monkeys are little people in monkey suits.

Stealing a monkey is NOT cool. And somebody stole Banana Sam from the San Francisco zoo. If I found that person I would beat them with a monkey stick. I don't know what a monkey stick is, but it sounds like appropriate punishment.

Thieves Steal Monkey From SF Zoo

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Banana-Sam is a squirrel monkey like the ones in this picture.

By Mike Anderson

"...Someone broke into an exhibit and stole a monkey from the San Francisco Zoo, the zoo discovered Friday morning.

The one-foot-tall squirrel monkey's name is "Banana-Sam." He is 17 years old and weighs about two pounds.

The vandals apparently cut through a zoo gate overnight. Then they got onto the roof of the primate exhibits. The zoo found two holes cut through the mesh net where Banana-Sam was stolen.

Although he appears cute and cuddly, Banana-Sam has very sharp teeth and will not hesitate to bite if provoked, according to Zoo staff. His bites can easily cause infections. The monkey also eats very particular food. 

“This was a criminal act of vandalism and trespassing and we are working with the police to identify the perpetrators,” said Tanya Peterson, President and Executive Director of the San Francisco Zoological Society.

GOVERNMENT: Philly Councilwoman to Retire and Collect $478,000 Pension, Then Start Back To Work On Monday.

Honey, it's really as simple as the story above. Some things in life are unfair, and Republicans have to fix them.

Three days and counting until the Iowa Hawkeye Cauci begins and the national process to ridding ourselves of one of the worst President's in modern history begins.

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Golly! I'll be you are as surprised as I am that an extensive analysis by the Washington Post (yes, the liberal WaPo) has discovered that the "green policies" of the Obama administration, and in particular the Solar energy scam, were ONLY about politics.

Nothing. But. Politics.

  Original Article

by Abby Schacter, New York Post

"...President Obama's got some 'splainin to do. According to The Washington Post the administration entire green energy/clean energy program was about politics not good policy: "Meant to create jobs and cut reliance on foreign oil, Obama’s green-technology program was infused with politics at every level, The Washington Post found in an analysis of thousands of memos, company records and internal ­e-mails. Political considerations were raised repeatedly by company investors, Energy Department bureaucrats and White House officials." The White House of course denies this is the case and claims about Solyndra..."

Just try to pry the cold, hard cash from between his fingers ....

Figures that Friday news dump was just some chump bait after all. Does it really come as an surprise Obama still has his hands out for some of that Corzine cash?

President Obama is trying to put some distance between himself and the wreckage of bankrupt brokerage MF Global. But not too much distance.

After returning more than $70,000 to Jon Corzine, the CEO who led MF Global into bankruptcy, the president’s re-election organizations are still hanging onto nearly $150,000 connected to the firm, The Post has learned.

An Obama campaign official said no MF Global donations besides Corzine’s have been refunded. “Contributions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and if the facts merit it, they will be returned,” the official told The Post.

Late Friday, aides revealed that Obama had given in to Republican pressure and returned to Corzine the money the former New Jersey governor and his wife gave to the re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The move was an effort by the president to distance himself from the scandal that has erupted in the wake of MF Global’s meltdown.

Big Government, by Charles C. Johnson    Original Article


"...Rep. Ron Paul, the presumptive frontrunner of the Iowa caucuses, has come under fire again for racist material that appeared in a series of newsletters, written he says by someone else and published under his name nearly two decades ago. Paul has disavowed the letters’ content repeatedly in numerous interviews.(Snip)Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s ties to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright are a non-issue again this election year. Why? Reverend Wright was named among the Simon Wisenthal Center’s top ten anti-Semites of the year this week."

Is Ron Paul a racist? I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and just say no. But does he blame America for the world's problems. Absolutely. Will he celebrate our greatness and burnish our legacy as all Americans deserve? Decidedly not.


The Paulinistas will blast away ...but facts are facts. Ron Paul blames America for the world's ills. Do not vote for this man.

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by Dorothy Rabinowitz

Ron Paul's supporters are sure of one thing: Their candidate has always been consistent—a point Dr. Paul himself has been making with increasing frequency. It's a thought that comes up with a certain inevitability now in those roundtables on the Republican field. One cable commentator genially instructed us last Friday, "You have to give Paul credit for sticking to his beliefs." He was speaking, it's hardly necessary to say, of a man who holds some noteworthy views in a candidate for the presidency of the United States. One who is the best-known of our homegrown propagandists for our least according to the Mayan Calender.

And the Mexicans are not going to let an economic opportunity pass by, and are promoting tourism to the Quintana Roo and Yucatan area where the ancient Mayan ruins reside.

I can safely assure Norte Americano's that if they visit this region, the end may come sooner than expected - since the area is overrun with Drug Cartel mobsters.

Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
MEXICO CITY- Seize the day. Only 52 weeks and a day are left before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world. Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, plans a yearlong celebration. Mexico's tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.

Gingrich's numbers are slumping, as more Republicans realize what a risky candidacy Gingrich offers.

Now Iowans are shifting gears. Let's hope (for the cuntry's sake) that they figure out that Ron Paul is on the crazy train with foreign policy.

"...The question for Gingrich will be whether he has enough time to rebound in the two weeks left to campaign in Iowa or if he has begun a political free-fall that will be hard to stop.

"The problem is he has probably waited too long," said Craig Robinson, former political director for the Iowa Republican Party. "This is the frantic finish. The clock might run out on him."

Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has seen his national lead in polls over rival Mitt Romney disappear in the last week, with new CNN and Washington Post/ABC polls showing him falling back into a tie with Romney."

When will it stop? The lawlessness that runs through the veins of the Internet ...hackers with petty temper tantrums and  keyboards that bring good men and women to their knees.

Say a prayer that no one is hurt from this latest bout.

Washington Times, by Shaun Waterman    Original Article
Computer hackers are avenging the Occupy movement by exposing the personal information of police officers who evicted protesters and threatening family-values advocates who led a boycott of an American Muslim television show. In three Internet postings last week, hackers from the loose online coalition called Anonymous published the email and physical addresses, phone numbers and, in some cases, salary details of thousands of law enforcement officers all over the country. The hackers said they were retaliating for police violence during evictions of Occupy protest camps in cities around the country, but law enforcement advocates slammed the disclosures as dangerous.

We will NEVER be able to thank our troops enough.  But let's keep trying.

(Courtesy ABC News)

gty troops homecoming nt 111216 wblog Today in Pictures: Dec. 16, 2011

U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas watch a concert by the band Filter, who performed for troops waiting to go home after their deployment in Iraq, Dec. 15, 2011, at Camp Virginia, Kuwait. After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead and 100,000 Iraqi dead, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo)

Please don't forget our troops remaining in Afghanistan. We are continuing to send, with love, care packages until every troop is home.

Donate at Thank-you.

A SURVEY OF Republican Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Higher Education.

A particularly fascinating subject for me as the Mother of an Economics major at USC.

Original Article


WASHINGTON -- Just two weeks before the crucial presidential Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential front-runner, found himself again mired by questions about his ties to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae after federal regulators sued six former executives of the two beleaguered lending giants over charges of securities fraud. The charges came the morning after rivals hammered the former House speaker for his ties to Freddie Mac, the federally backed loan company that, along with Fannie Mae, some conservatives have been blamed for deepening the country’s housing bust. Gingrich has insisted that he was never a lobbyist

 Who knows what will happen in next year's historically demanding election? No one. We all wish we could predict the future, and if I knew that Obama was getting re-elected, I would liquate what few assets I have remaining and head to Roatonga in the Cook Islands where the Maori wear flip flops and sell a few beads to the Kewi tourists.

But since I have no crystal ball, let's examine what the election dynamics are telling us.


"....President Obama’s uphill battle to re-election is getting steeper. A report released today by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008. “The numbers show that Democrats’ path to victory just got harder,” said Lanae Erickson, the report’s co-author. “We are seeing both an increase in independents and a decrease in Democrats and that means the coalition they have to assemble is going to rely even more on independents in 2012 than it did in 2008.”

The White House has classified the Fort Hood massacre as "workplace violence."

I am feeling slightly nauseous at the stupidity of that statement. This administration is putting all of us in jeopardy with  delusional thinking.

"....Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation's Armed Forces at home.

During a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, the Maine Republican referenced a letter from the Defense Department depicting the Fort Hood shootings as workplace violence. She criticized the Obama administration for failing to identify the threat as radical Islam."

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PEARL HARBOR TRIBUTE: Remember that it's our responsibility to keep the memory alive and to pass this history on to the younger generations. Never Forget.

Below you will find videos, photos and many Pearl Harbor links related to that horrible morning 70 years ago. Take your time browsing through this post and feel free to pass it on to others.

Before you continue, though, take a moment to think about how your day is going. Then think of how their day must have been. Never forget them, honor them always, thank them, pay tribute to them.

**Attack scene from the movie PEARL HARBOR:


CBS RADIO NEWS BULLETIN. ("We interrupt this program")



FDR addresses the Nation.



Entire Pearl Harbor casualty list
here. Chronology of events here. All things Pearl Harbor here.

USS Arizona Memorial

Admiral Kimmel removed, testifies before congress--(newsreel)

Bush creates World War II monument for Pacific.

View Pearl Harbor 1941 YouTube Tribute


The Newstalk KGO legacy station is now just half of what it used to be. News, no talk. Kinda.

For those of you who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area listening to Dunbar & Wygant, Ronn Owens, Rosie and Ed, Morgan and Beck, and the rest of the gang - the last few days have been shocking. Beyond words for many of us who worked for a damn fine station that won every award available many times over.

Melanie Morgan, KGO Radio, 1981


Now the aptly named Dickey Bros from Atlanta, Georgia think they can take their Stanford MBA's and do something which most say is impossible...make more money from a declining industry by firing their way to prosperity.

Maybe Lew and John Dickey are right.

Today, we hear that Wall Street likes the numbers and their stock is now at $3.00 a share. I also read that the Dickey's filed papers with the SEC increasding THEIR financial compensation and improving their severance package. God forbid they should be left with two weeks of Cobra insurance and two weeks severance if they belly flop in this venture.

Folks, these are public airwaves that the Dickey's are ruining. The Dickey's are worth several fortunes. So how did these multi-millionaire's handle the dismissal of KGO long-time staffers? According to media columnist Jerry Del Colliano, a Cumulus hatchet man named Bill Bungeroth (who laid off my husband) brought together the air talent and announced the station was going another direction. And then walked out. Meanwhile, Del Colliano reports that there was an apparent sucide by a Cumulus employee who was fired shortly before her death last week.  

KGO is a mishmash of nothingness. KGO is neither fish nor fowl ...neither news nor talk. It is a hybrid. Of NOTHINGNESS.

I'm not saying that Cumulus Broadcasting doesn't have the right to do what they did.  It's called Capitalism, and I'm a big proponent.

But we have a right to protest the loss of some excellent programming by hitting back at those who hit us.

Rich Lieberman, a Bay Area Media critic, writes more about that here.

Look, I am not ignoring the obvious. KGO is a left-leaning radio station. I am a committed conservative. But when selfish interests dominate and destroy the livelihoods of hundreds and hundreds of talented individuals - speak out. If it can happen to them, it WILL happen to us. Is KSFO, KGO's sister station and conservative talker up next? Who knows?

Radio is part of the daily fabric of our lives, from health and fitness (represented by the hugely talented Joanie Greggains) to news and talk (like Gil Gross, Len Tillem and the others) and it just feels unfair. I haven't even started on the loss of the behind-the-scenes producers and administrative people who helped make a great station greater.

It seems to me that there is a perfect opportunity for someone with some bucks to come into the San Francisco radio market and put together a radio station that could kick ass ...liberal AND conservative...if done properly.

I think I know just the right folks for the job.

Newt is now positioned quite well, according to the pundits. But will the exit of Herman Cain make room for someone new?

Here is the latest on the end of Herman's Candidacy from the LA Times.

People wait outside holding signs before Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the scheduled opening of a local campaign headquarters on Saturday in Atlanta.

KGO Newstalk radio in San Francisco is going to call itself KGO 81, the News and Information Station (a rip-off of the old NBC News and Information format slug from 1978.)

For those of you who are not familiar with the San Francisco radio market, this is a shocking development followed by a series of deeply upsetting years long lay-offs that have claimed not only myself (in 2008) but my husband Jack Swanson (former Operations Director, 2011) and so many of our friends.

That's of the most venerated radio stations in the country will no longer be talking about local, state and national news - forget about politics or lifestyle issues.

Talk is gone.

KGO  is going All News - right up against KCBS and KQED - and it's not gonna be pretty.

Gone are Bay Area favorites such as Gill Gross, Gene Burns, John Rothman, Ray Taliaferro, Lloyd Lindsay Young , Bill Wattenburg and Len Tillum. All of their producers were fired today. And more dismissals are likely to follow. UPDATE: My BFF Joanie Greggains, Queen of health and fitness, let go too.

I started my career in San Francisco at KGO TV in 1981 - the same weekend a relatively obscure weatherman by the name of Lloyd Lindsay Young ....he became a local legend, and inspired many laughs and good times on KGO Radio. I worked at KGO Radio from 1982 until 1989, traveling the world as an international hotspot reporter, from Beijing to Beirut. I had the privilege to return to the best damn radio station in the world in the most beautiful city by the Bay.

WOW. I still can't wrap my brain around the vast changes to the lives of so many good people. My good wishes to all of them and their families as they struggle to find new jobs and re-gain their emotional bearings, right before Christmas.

Way to go, Dickey Brothers.

Sometimes things just suck. But then they get better. I can say from personal experience that getting laid off is sometimes the best game changer in the world. But it sure doesn't feel that way for quite some time.


"....A big shakeup is coming to KGO radio: Many of its most recognizable voices are being let go as the station, which can be heard up and down the West Coast, switches to "all-news" format from 2 p.m. to midnight starting Monday.

"What we are doing is adding a tremendous amount of news content to KGO," Paul Hosley, the station's news and program director, told us late Tuesday shortly after staff was notified of the changes.

Among those who will leave the station are talk-show veterans Gene Burns, Gil Gross, Ray Taliaferro and John Rothmann.

Ronn Owens, who reportedly has one of the highest-paying contracts in radio, will continue his popular morning show from 9 a.m. to noon. Brian Copeland will also keep his weekend show.

The switches come amid major turbulence in the Bay Area media market. KGO's one-time dominance in the a.m. Arbitron ratings has taken a big dive in recent years as increasing numbers of listeners have switched to satellite and internet radio. Just two months ago, Citadel Broadcasting sold both KGO (810 a.m.) and its sister station, KSFO (560 a.m.), to rival Cumulus Media, which already owned four other stations in the market, including all-sports KNBR (680 a.m.).

One station insider told us KGO had simply lost its way and hopes to reinvigorate itself with a news-driven format.

Incidentally, it's longtime moniker "Newstalk 810" will also be replaced. The new slug: "KGO-810 - the Bay Area news and information station."


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At least that is the headline over at WaPo and writer Jonathan Bernstein contends that Romney is going to make it to the finish line.

I'm not so sure about that. Your thoughts?

   Original Article
Does the Newt Gingrich polling surge mean that Mitt Romney is finished, or at least in serious trouble? No — in fact, Romney remains a heavy favorite in the race, regardless of what the current headlines lifted from those surveys might say. Gingrich has jumped out in front, sometimes dramatically so, in several polls (see here and here for the latest Florida numbers). One theory of why Romney has fallen behind Gingrich is an oft-repeated myth that there is a “low ceiling” on Romney’s support, with Romney unable to rise above 25% or so. But it’s just a myth.
Taken at 7:22 p.m.Occupy Wall Street protesters were in Times Square on their way to the Sheraton New York where President Obama is staying Wednesday Nov. 30, 2011.Tina Fineberg for The New York TimesOccupy Wall Street demonstrators were in Times Square on Wednesday night to protest an event for President Obama.

10:06 p.m. | Updated More than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to a Midtown hotel on Wednesday night to protest a fund-raising event for President Obama.

Escorted by police vehicles as they helped snarl traffic across the Times Square area, beginning at Bryant Park, the group settled in front of barricades on the southwest corner of 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue, in view of the Sheraton hotel at which Mr. Obama was expected to appear by 9 p.m.

Demonstrators held signs that leveled some of the Occupy protest’s most pointed criticism to date of the president. “Obama is a corporate puppet,” one said. “War crimes must be stopped, no matter who does them,” read another, beside head shots of President George W. Bush and President Obama.

One man, wearing a mask of the president’s face and holding a cigar, carried a sign that read, “I sold out!” 

Ben Campbell, 28, one of the march’s organizers, said he hoped to prove to skeptics of the protests that the demonstrators were political critics of equal opportunity.

“President Obama is coming to town solely to raise money from the richest of the rich,” Mr. Campbell said.

On Nov. 10, 2011, the New York Times (NYT) reports that Reggie Love, Obama’s 30-year-old “personal aide, shadow, caretaker, basketball buddy and roving diplomat” and all-around “body man” made “what friends and colleagues called a painful decision to leave the president’s side” at the end of this year.


But in his exclusive-to-subscribers report of November 14, 2011, investigate reporter Wayne Madsen wrote:

“The fallout from Penn State has universities and colleges across the nation checking their records for indications of child abuse and other sex scandals. The Citadel is now embroiled in a scandal involving child sexual abuse by a summer camp counselor. Past gay-oriented sex parties at Duke and the University of North Carolina involving then Duke basketball and football player Reggie Love reportedly cost him his job as President Obama’s ‘body man.’ De facto White House chief of staff Pete Rouse, upon hearing of potential problems regarding Love at Duke and UNC and on the heels of the scandal at Penn State, forced Love to leave the White House staff immediately, even over the objections of Obama.”

Yesterday evening when I began a draft of this post, I had seen on Wikipedia’s entry on Reggie Love a reference to him “overcoming” an un-named “scandal” when he was at Duke University to secure a job in Obama’s Senate office. This morning, however, that reference has disappeared from Wikipedia.

Booker Rising, a website that describes itself as a “news site for black moderates and black conservatives,” has the dirt on Reggie Love.

(Read it all.  Poor Obama...)