Monday, November 01, 2010

Giants Win World Series

The San Francisco Giants have not won the World Series since 1954.

The World Series MVP was shortstop Edgar Renteria who marched the championship trophy around the Giants' clubhouse.

Giants have come a long way since Barry Bonds' left in 2007, and it's great that they have finally had another victory.

Zach Galifianakis Supports Prop 19

Proposition 19 in California if passed will legalize marijuana within the state of California.

On HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Zach Galifianakis lit up a fake joint in order to show his support.

Nancy Pelosi's Immediate Future

Tomorrow is Tuesday, November 2, 2010, election day in the United States. Tomorrow's election day will prove whether or not the Democrats will stay in control or if there will be a new shift in power.

Current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is getting a lot of attention, because if the Republicans take the House of Representatives she may follow the path of her immediate predecessors Newt Gingrich and Dennis Hastert and resign.

Yahoo News' Politics posts an article called "It's Looking Like Speaker or Nothing for Pelosi." Kathleen Hunter wrote on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 that Pelosi would have little interest in becoming the Minority Leader if the Republicans win the House.

Unemployment News: Armed Guards in Unemployment offices

Unemployment news gets worse every day in America, but did you ever think that things in America would get so bad that we would need to put armed guards into our unemployment offices?

Recently Indiana announced that it will be putting armed guards in all 36 of that state’s unemployment offices, in what state officials said is a step to improve safety and make branch security more consistent.

No specific incidents prompted the action, according to Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter.

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious with the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.

"Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients," said Lotter.

So could things really get out of hand when thousands of unemployed workers in Indiana find out that they aren’t going to get checks any longer? Could we soon see economic riots similar to what we have seen in Greece and France?

Lets face it, the majority of those calling themselves the 99ers have been without unemployment benefits for more than 8 months and no violent out breaks have happened in America, yet - but we shall see what happens if the Congress does not get off it’s collective “butt” when they return mid-November and pass not only a Tier 5 but extend too, the UI filing deadlines.

But it is not just the state of Indiana that could have a problem. In fact, one recent study found that approximately 2 million Americans will lose their unemployment insurance benefits during this upcoming holiday season unless Congress authorizes another emergency extension of benefits by the end of November. At this point, however, that is looking less and less likely.

What if all the states start putting armed security guards in their unemployment offices?  The truth is that frustration among unemployed Americans is growing by the day and the idea of armed guards in unemployment offices has been catching on in many other states where the unemployment is unreasonably high. Most Social Services offices have had armed guards stationed in many cities throughout the USA for years now.

So who is paying for all of this extra security? The Feds of course, which means Tax Payers.

The additional cost of the new security (in Indiana) will be approximately $1 million, and it will be paid for with U.S. government funds designated for the administration of the unemployment system according to Lotter.

Whether or not violence breaks out in American streets over the economic woes of the “have nots” may well be determined by what happens tomorrow at ballot boxes throughout America. If you are hurting now - God help us all if the Republicans take back control of the Congress.

For many more statistics that reveal the economic horror we are now facing as a nation, please see ”30 Reasons Why People Should Be Getting Really Nervous About The State Of The U.S. Economy."

The following is a video news report about the armed guards that are going into Indiana unemployment offices….

World Series 2010: Rangers Nolan Ryan Says "We Can Win Three In A Row"

The Dan Patrick Show had Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan on this morning, who made some interesting comments, including saying the Rangers could win the next three World Series games against the San Francisco Giants. Here's the recap.

Ryan Keeps DP Show Waiting

On the morning of the day of World Series Game 5, Texas Rangers President and Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan was set to talk with with former ESPN Personality and host of The Dan Patrick Show, on radio and DIRECTV, Dan Patrick. From the looks of it, Ryan's keeping Dan and his staff, called "The Danette's ,"waiting. As of this writing, Ryan's a no show.

Given the Rangers sorry performance against The San Francisco Giants in the 2010 World Series, he would have been forgiven for backing out. The Texas Rangers are just one SF Giants victory from being blown out of the World Series by a combined score of 26 to 9. That Giants win could come this evening.

Todd Fritz, Executive Producer of The Dan Patrick Show and called "Fritzy," just explained that the Texas Rangers spokesperson said they haven't seen Ryan in the office and can't find him, but as of this writing, they're trying to.

Wow. Talk about a blow off by Ryan – at least as of this writing.

UPDATE – Ryan's in transit, driving to the Texas Rangers' office.

Ryan's on now. Says' he's been in better moods: "We're going to have pitch well tonight and have some offense." He says he's more surprised by their hitting. The Giants are "by far playing the best baseball."

On Rangers Pitcher Cliff Lee (who's set to start for the Rangers tonight): "No contract discussions," as of this writing and Ryan will not do so until after the season. "I have to believe (Lee and his family) have enjoyed their time here. That may be an advantage for us."

Stating the obvious, Ryan says The Rangers have struggled in the middle of their lineup during the 2010 World Series. On Rangers Outfielder Josh Hamilton's unexpectedly poor World Series play, Ryan said "I think they've seen him in both playoff situations and have a pretty good idea how to pitch him. So they're throwing a lot of off plate pitches."

On the season and The World Series: I think it's a success even with the World Series. You don't like to lose any game." Patrick asked if the Rangers could win the next three World Series games. Ryan: We can win three in a row. We've got our three best pitchers (coming up).

On Tim Lincecum versus Cliff Lee "We want Cliff Lee to be on like he was against the Yankees and Tampa Bay."

On hugging and kissing or hugging and kissing First Lady Laura Bush Ryan said "We were just all excited to get into the win column," after the Rangers win on Saturday.

Madison Bumgarner, Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey: SF Giants World Series 1 Win Away

Thanks to the pitching of Madison Bumgarner, and the bats of Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey, the San Francisco Giants are just one Arlington Stadium win away from its first World Series Championship win in its history. The Giants beat The Rangers 4 to nothing in Arlington, Texas.

In the process of chalking up its third win in the last four games, The San Francisco Giants are defying the experts, who expected the Texas Rangers to display more batting power than the baseball team by the Bay. So, far, with the exception of Saturday's World Series Game 3, it hasn't happened.

As the great SF Giants Fan blog McCovey Chronicles explains, Madison Bumgarner was just "a pitching prospect without a fastball. His velocity wasn’t just down, it was Rueterian." Buster Posey "didn’t have enough of his manager’s trust to play in September" one year ago. And Aubrey Huff was "lucky to get a major league contract after he floundered in Detroit."

Wow, how fast fortunes can change in just a year.

Madison Bumgarner allowed just three Rangers hits in eight innings of play. Aubrey Huff, played the DH role expertly with a two-run home run. Buster Posey's homer was the coup-de-gras, putting the Giants up 4 to 0.

On Monday, the first day of November, and one day before election day, the San Francisco Giants get a chance to make their own statement as World Champions of Baseball and for the first time since 1954.

Stay tuned. The Giants face Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee on the mound.

March Of Dimes, Walgreens CFO, Honor White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford

The good news in politics is often not reported. Such is the case with this news of The March of Dimes Of Chicago and Walgreens CFO, Wade D. Miquelon, who's formal title is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Walgreens as Honorary Chairperson, presenting White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford with the 2010 Chef of the Year award just over a month ago.

According to The March Of Dimes, Wade D. Miquelon was joined in the role of Honorary Chairperson by Denise Wong, Vice President and Division Chief Information Officer of Walgreens. The retailer was presenting sponsor for the event to honor this Chicago legend who serves President Obama in the role of White House Executive Chef.

First Woman As White House Executive Chef

First Lady Laura Bush selected Cristeta Comerford as Executive Chef on August 14th 2005. She became not just the first woman but the first Filipino and minority in the role. When Bush gave way to the tidal wave that was the Obama movement into the White House, Comerford, a Chicagoan, was retained in her role.

In doing so, First Lady Michelle Obama said this "Cristeta Comerford brings such incredible talent to the White House operation and came very highly regarded from the Bush family," Michelle Obama said in a statement released by the transition team. "Also the mom of a young daughter, I appreciate our shared perspective on the importance of healthy eating and healthy families."