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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Just ramblin' a bit

Is Barack getting on TV as much as Billy Mays?
Some recent quotes, facts, and figures.....

From Peter Bronson of the Cincinnati Enquirer referring to President Obama: "He is becoming the Billy Mays TV gadget geek of the White House. He’s everywhere. Just lately he did the "Tonight Show", "60 Minutes" and ESPN to explain his NCAA Tournament bracket."

"It's like — it was like Special Olympics, or something."— Barack Obama, responding to a question from Jay Leno on NBC's Tonight Show about his shoddy bowling game. The president recently shot a 129 game which is bad but better than the 37 he bowled last year. He also apologized to the Special Olympics for his unfortunate remark.

"Somebody said that we’re not in President Obama’s Final Four, and as much as I respect what he’s doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets." Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. (Sorry, Mike. After Duke’s crushing loss to Villanova on Thursday, BO was right about your team. )

"Arizona could be facing a budget deficit equaling 30 percent of the state’s general fund spending, giving the state the largest budget deficit on a percentage basis in the nation, according to Arizona’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee. The committee is projecting Fiscal Year 2010 revenues of about $8.3 billion against a general fund budget of about $11.5 billion, for a deficit of $3.2 billion." Tom Jenney, The Heartland Institute

According to AARP, Arizona has the largest percentage of shortfall (15.9%) in their general fund budget than any state for midyear fiscal 2009. Close behind is Illinois (14.8%) and California (13.6%). Arkansas, Texas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming are the only states in the black.

"Tonight we'll be putting the paper to bed for the last time, but the bloodline will live on." Editor and publisher Roger Oglesby to a silent newsroom at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on March 17.

The Seattle PI will still exist online so I guess the people of that city can mount their computers on their breakfast tables to enjoy the paper with their morning coffee. Somehow, I don’t think it will be the same but with subscriptions down to 117,600, they probably had no choice. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ends 146 years of hard copy publications.

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