Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama Misses on the Economy

Obama Misses on the Economy By Michael Reagan I didn’t watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Instead I sat with my lovely wife, had a glass of wine and played with the dogs. Let me guess how it went. President Obama stood in front of Congress and declared the state of the union is strong — except for a whole bunch of new government freebies and new federal laws he wants to see enacted to make it even stronger. Pandering to his liberal-Democratic base, he promised his usual wish list of unrealistic ideas that not three Republicans in the House and Senate will support: He called for Congress to mandate paid sick leave for workers. He promised to close the gender gap on wages. He called for a hike in the national minimum wage. He didn't promise to make everyone in the middle class a millionaire. But he said he was going to ask Congress to pass this year’s special treat — “a bold new plan” for Congress to make community college free for anyone who wants it. The president is supposed to be so brilliant. So why does he continue to believe that community college, Obamacare, food stamps, subsidized loans, and quality day care — or anything else the federal government gives us — is free? It’s cynical politics, pure and simple. He knows nothing is free, and that someone is paying for those federal goodies. That someone is the hardworking American taxpayer. I’m sure the State of Union was same bad TV show I saw last year and the four years before that. It was all about class warfare, about the rich taking from the poor — and about $320 billion in more taxes. I’m really, really tired of hearing the same stuff all the time. I understand he didn’t even mention the words “al-Qaida.” Guess what’s going on in Yemen right now didn’t come up on his radar screen. I’m also so tired of this president. He is so overdone and partisan. He’s so sure he has saved the economy with his gigantic deficits, and that he’ll save the middle class with his latest giveaways. He’s the president but he still runs around the country like he’s still campaigning for something. On Wednesday he flew into Idaho, one of the reddest of the red states, to push his awful State of the Union themes. Does he ever stop talking? Every time you turn on the TV, he’s talking, talking, talking. It’s like, “O my God, will you please just shut up. Please. Shut up. For two days.” Mr. President, I’ll be so glad when your next two years are over. I’m really tired of seeing your face, hearing your voice, and being bombarded by your progressive New Deal ideas — always giving more money and power to Washington, D.C., when what we need is less. Mr. President, when will you ever stop thinking up new laws which Congress will not pass? We need fewer laws, not more. I’m for passing just one new law in 2015 — a law setting up a part-time Congress. They spend too much time in Washington, D.C. They think because they’re there every day they have to keep passing more laws. Every time they pass one, it hurts everyone’s personal economy, the national economy, and the global economy. Mr. President, you say the state of union is looking good. That’s because you and your media friends are living in a bubble of fantasy. The reality, according to a recent NBC poll, is that nearly 60 percent of the country believes were on the wrong track. Michael Reagan is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the League of American Voters.

Inside the Wells Fargo History Museum, San Francisco, California, USA

Historic gold nuggets stolen from Wells Fargo museum in San Francisco

Historic gold nuggets stolen from Wells Fargo museum in San Francisco Published January 27, 2015 FoxNews.com
Thieves in an SUV smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco early Tuesday and made off with gold nuggets dating back to California’s Gold Rush that were on display. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the 'crash-and-grab' job occurred at 2:30 a.m., and involved a GMC Suburban. The suspects reportedly ditched the SUV and fled in a silver car. Wells Fargo spokesman Ruben Pulido said in a statement that the company is grateful no one was injured and the historic stagecoaches on display weren't damaged. It is not immediately clear how much gold the suspects, who were wearing ski masks, made off with. The museum is at the site where Wells Fargo opened for business in 1852. Commuters stopped to look at the aftermath of the robbery and snap pictures, while police surveyed the damage. Shattered glass crunched underneath the tires of a tow truck pulling the green SUV from the building. ********* I've been in that museum dozens of times since I was a kid. Big plate glass windows facing the street with a revolving door and NOTHING to stop anyone from doing what these thieves did. - TGFP.

Winter Storm Juno: LB's weather report

Blizzard brings heavy snow to Boston, Nantuckett dark.

Blizzard brings heavy snow, strong winds to Mass.
By Evan Allen, Jenna Russell, Laura Crimaldi, Kathy McCabe, Travis Andersen, John R. Ellement and Martin FinucaneGLOBE STAFF JANUARY 27, 2015 Is the end of the blizzard of 2015 in sight? The National Weather Service says residents of Eastern Massachusetts can expect moderate to heavy snow for another few hours before it tapers off to lighter snow by early evening. Snow will gradually diminish and end from west to east tonight, the forecasters said. The historic nor’easter was expected to dump as much as 30 inches in Eastern and Southeastern Massachusetts. But even before noon, Framingham hit that mark, and several communities were approaching it. With 20.8 inches recorded in Boston this afternoon, it appeared the storm was on track to make it into the Top 10 ever recorded in the city.
BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF Water flooded the parking lot and buildings at the Chatham Fish Pier early Tuesday morning Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday afternoon lifted a travel ban in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, where, forecasters said, people only saw a moderate snowstorm. But the travel ban remained in effect all along the Massachusetts Turnpike and in the rest of the state.
Marshfield sea wall collapses.
Scituate flooding.
Logan Int'l airport. Major snowstorm hits Northeast Forecasters said 1 to 2 feet of snow would fall in many places, with some spots seeing as much as 3 feet. Map: Reports from the blizzard For governors in a storm, showing up is half the battle Utilities gear up for outages It’s the end of the world: TV said so Advocates seek shelter for the homeless ahead of ferocious storm Blizzard, travel ban forcing businesses to scramble Snowstorm brings special headaches for small businesses Phoenix-bound fliers from Logan mix guilt with glee Millions in path of fierce storm across Northeast
Baker said the state was experiencing two storms: One west of Worcester that was “relatively minor, manageable and pretty well dealt with,’’ and a second, still powerful one, that continued to dump snow on Worcester and all points east, generating as much as 10 more inches of snow and whiteout conditions. “For now the Eastern Mass. [travel ban] piece needs to stay in place,’’ Baker said.
3 months to baseball season. - TGFP. Baker said state officials have not been alerted to any serious injuries or deaths related to the storm.
“I’m certainly hoping that continues to be the case,’’ he said. Baker said he remained concerned about the high tide this afternoon in coastal communities that have been battered by the nor’easter, requiring the evacuation of some residents. But in a news conference surrounded by top state public safety officials at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Framingham, he said, “I don’t think people feel at this point that it’s much beyond what would typically be the case for this kind of event.” State officials said in a news conference Tuesday morning that evacuations were necessary in Hull, Marshfield, and Scituate as the morning’s high tide pushed the Atlantic Ocean into neighborhoods routinely flooded during storms, but none of the evacuations constituted an emergency. “These were not life-and-death situations,’’ MEMA director Kurt Schwartz said, adding that high-water vehicles were used by state and local governments to rescue people who had chosen to stay in their homes and ignored requests from officials to leave before the tide arrived. Statewide, Schwartz said, “We have not had any catastrophic issues, life safety issues, overnight.’’ Baker said at the morning news conference that only about 200 people statewide had sought shelter, reflecting fewer power outages than authorities once feared. Baker attributed that to cold temperatures resulting in light, fluffy snow — the kind less likely to bring down power lines. By mid-morning, with the snow still coming down hard, the National Weather Service had fielded unofficial reports of 30 inches in Framingham, 28 inches in Littleton, and 27 inches in Tyngsborough. A number of other communities recorded snow depths greater than 2 feet, including Worcester, where the 25 inches recorded appeared likely to place it among the top 5 ever recorded there. The storm forced the shutdown of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth when two transmission lines that carry power from the plant to the power grid were knocked down, said Matthew Beaton, state environmental secretary. He said the plant was “safe and secure” and that the problems had happened on the transmission, rather than generating, side of the plant. Forecasters said at 9 a.m. that they expected another 6 to 10 inches of snow from the storm. But they also said that far western Massachusetts would only see a moderate snowstorm. The city of Boston said at around 10:30 a.m. that it expected another 10 to 14 inches. Forecasters extended a blizzard warning until 8 p.m. The weather service had warned of a massive storm affecting metropolises from Philadelphia to Boston. But the storm didn’t deliver as much of a blow as had been expected in New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Travel bans that had been in effect have now been lifted. And New York’s buses, subways and trains are getting back into service, The Associated Press reported. Baker said he was casting a wary eye toward this afternoon’s high tide. While the tide will not be as high as Tuesday morning’s level, Dunten said there was likely to be a second round of flooding – or coastal erosion – on Nantucket and Plum islands and in Sandwich, Plymouth, and Scituate. Peak wind gusts of 76 miles per hour were recorded on Nantucket, 75 in Chatham, 74 on Martha’s Vineyard, and 74 in Plymouth. In Scituate, after the predawn high tide, residents along Central Avenue and Surfside Road called for help to evacuate their flooded homes. Town officials declared a state of emergency at 4:55 a.m. About a dozen people had sought shelter at Scituate High School. Town officials said a vehicle washed away on Edward Foster Road, and some streets in the Humarock and Brant Rock neighborhoods near the Marshfield-Scituate line were impassable because flood waters four or more feet deep. On Plum Island, waves fueled by howling winds that reached 45 miles per hour crashed over granite sea walls erected in 2013, but homes remained undamaged. Waves reached 16½ feet, according to surf-forecast.com. “This is just basically a typical high tide during a nor’easter,” said Bob Connors, a 39-year resident of Annapolis Way, standing in his living room overlooking the ocean, just after the 4:42 a.m. high tide. At White Horse Beach in the Manomet section of Plymouth, a fierce combination of waves and winds pushed water between the rows of small wooden beach cottages after the 4:33 a.m. high tide. A thick, frigid mixture of ocean water, yellow sand and icy slush filled in around the boarded-up homes, spilling down walkways, filling parking lots and flooding adjacent Taylor Avenue with a foot of foamy storm sludge. In Chatham, where the powerful winds made snowflakes feel like pebbles, fisherman John Small arrived at the Chatham Fish Pier to find it surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean early Tuesday. BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF Water flooded the parking lot and buildings at the Chatham Fish Pier early Tuesday morning. “The tide is higher than I have ever seen it,’’ said Small, who estimated it was four feet higher than in the past. “This storm is doing some damage.’’ Marinas and parking lots along Shore Road in Chatham were flooded early Tuesday. The high winds and steady snowfall were affecting utilities across Massachusetts, although no widespread outages had been reported. By 11 a.m., a total of about 31,000 power outages were reported, up from 5,000 at 6 a.m. The number included 12,000 customers on Nantucket, which was completely without power, and about 5,000 at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, also a near-complete outage. The governor had ordered a state of emergency on Monday, issuing a driving ban and shutting down the MBTA, which hopes to resume operations Wednesday. He also called up 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to help in storm response. Mayor Martin J. Walsh declared a snow emergency in Boston and issued a parking ban on major arteries for Tuesday. “We’re trying to stay ahead of the storm,” Walsh told WCVB-TV (Channel 5). He said the city has 700 pieces of equipment out as part of the response. Generally, he said, the streets have been quiet, with just a few problems, including a hydrant hit by a plow. The fire department also had two fire calls. Walsh urged residents to be careful clearing snow, to keep an eye on neighbors, and to obey travel restrictions in place for the storm “Don’t expect to be going out today,” the mayor said. “You won’t be driving around.” Walsh ordered Boston schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Most Massachusetts school systems are closed Tuesday, with decisions on whether to open Wednesday to be made later in the day. State offices also will be closed Tuesday, and postal service will be suspended for the day in Greater Boston. State and federal courthouses are also closed Tuesday. At Logan International Airport, all flights were halted Monday night and had not resumed Tuesday morning. As of about 10:30 a.m., Michael Verseckes, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation reported, the state had deployed 3,900 pieces of equipment statewide. Beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, tolls were waived until further notice on the Massachusetts Turnpike, Tobin Bridge, and harbor tunnels. 2) Plymouth, Provincetown power outages on the rise By Jay Fitzgerald GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 27, 2015 Plymouth and Provincetown are getting hit with widespread outages tied to today’s brutal blizzard that is dumping record amounts of snow on the region and whipping up damaging ocean waves along coastal areas. About 3,352 customers have now lost electricity in Plymouth, out of a total of 29,342 customers, according to recent data from NStar. Michael Durand, a spokesman for NStar, said the Plymouth outages are “weather related and unrelated” to this morning’s shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the community. A spokesperson at Entergy, owner of the Pilgrim plant, said the facility automatically shut down at about 4 a.m. today as a “safety precaution” after electrical connections that the station uses to transmit electricity to the grid were “interrupted by the severe storm.” “All safety systems worked as designed,” said Lauren Burm, the Entergy spokesperson. “Plant conditions are stable and there is no threat to the safety of plant workers or the public.” View Graphic Power outage totals in Mass. A look at the number of homes without power in the state. Major snowstorm hits Northeast Entergy, which said a similar mishap occurred a few years ago, has indicated that it could take a few days to get the station up and running again. In Provincetown, nearly the entire town has lost electricity, with 5,553 outages reported, out of a total of 5,686 customers, according to data from NStar. “We’re working on weather-related damage to an electrical distribution line that serves Provincetown,” Durand said. Across eastern Massachusetts, about 31,624 NStar and National Grid customers have lost power since the mega-storm hit the region Tuesday evening. The utilities were bracing for far worse, but the snowfall has been lighter and fluffier than predicted, limiting damage. The storm may be easing a bit this afternoon, but utilities are still on high alert for outages tied to continued high winds, coastal flooding, and more snow accumulation. On Nantucket, virtually all of National Grid’s 12,800 electrical customers are still without power. National Grid said the island’s hospital and police and fire stations have their own back-up generators and they have some power. But the utility is still trying to hook up those facilities with larger generators that can provide more electricity, said spokesman Jake Navarro. “We are still working on connecting on-island generation,” Navarro said. “We have to make sure the power lines that would carry the power from the generators are in good shape and undamaged, and there is serious ice accretion on the island at this point.” National Grid has indicated that it may take far longer to get power to the rest of Nantucket.

Weatherpeople apologize for blown forecast.

Weatherpeople apologize for blown forcast. BY RACHELLE BLIDNER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:26 AM
Weatherpersons speak with forked charts. They're going to get it RIGHT * NEXT * time ? Sure they are. - TGFP.
Newtown, Pa.
L.I. golf car lot.
7th Ave NYC
Brooklyn Bridge
Scuitate, Mass.
" Why Me ? " - Somerville, Mass.
Zuccoli Park Manhattan I thought the lights reflecting on the snow look cool. - TGFP.
Boston, Mass.
They can't win 'em all, but give them credit for being honest. Meteorologists across the Northeast were apologizing Tuesday morning after the so-called "Storm of the Century" proved to be less than historic. Blizzard warnings that called for up to 3 feet to fall in New York City led officials to close schools, cancel flights and institute statewide travel. But the snowstorm did not pummel parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the same punch that forecasters had predicted — though it was delivering as advertised in eastern Long Island and in New England. LIVE BLOG: Up-to-the-minute blizzard coverage and photos from the New York Daily News team Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., started the wave of apologies just before 1 a.m. Tuesday. "My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public," he wrote on Twitter
Gary Szatkowski @GarySzatkowski You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn't. Once again, I'm sorry. 9:46 PM - 26 Jan 2015 A number of meteorologists followed suit. John Bolaris, the Philadelphia Inquirer's meteorologist, called the storm "a cakewalk" for the city, with only 1-3 inches expected Tuesday. "From a forecast standpoint, it's been a failure, or better yet, a bust," he wrote. "Whenever you're forecasting six inches or more of snow in the big city and it fails to happen, you disrupted livelihood and ticked off mom, dad, schools, businesses." Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile area, predicting high winds and between 24 and 36 inches of snow in some places. The service later downgraded the warnings for New York City and parts of New Jersey, where accumulations were much lighter than expected. Steven DiMartino @nynjpaweather Well, the forecast for PA and western NJ has pretty much crashed and burned. 12:29 AM - 27 Jan 2015 In New York City, only about 6 inches fell at Central Park by early Tuesday, far less than the record of 26.9 inches from 2006. In New Jersey, snowfall intensity "sharply curtailed" after the storm shifted east and out over the Atlantic Ocean, Szatkowski said. Whiteout conditions and 45 mph winds were still considered possible in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Passaic and Bergen counties. Kate Bilo CBS3 @katebilo Alright, this dunce is headed to bed. Lots more snow chances ahead as the cold gets locked in. We'll get the next one. 10:07 PM - 26 Jan 2015 By mid-morning on Tuesday, the storm was continuing to smack eastern Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The town of Islip, on Long Island, recorded 18.2 inches Tuesday morning. Roughly 24 inches fell in the eastern Long Island village of Mattituck. "I do not criticize forecasters," Gov. Cuomo said at a news conference on Tuesday morning, noting he instituted closures because he would rather be "safe than sorry." Many meteorologists echoed Cuomo's sentiments, saying it is better to be prepared. They said they hoped their botched forecasts would not hurt preparations for future major storms and natural disasters. OccuWeather @Occuweather You know what's the most dangerous Aspect of this whole thing imo? If we get another storm threat of a Dangerous magnitude sometime 1/2 4:43 AM - 27 Jan 2015 OccuWeather @Occuweather soon and people don't take it seriously because of what happened with this storm. This could be a huge problem.... (2/2) 4:43 AM - 27 Jan 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Wife of Alan Ladd, Jr. says Coz drugged & raped her.

Former Hollywood exec: Cosby drugged and raped me By Lindsey KupferJanuary 26, 2015 | 6:04pm
Cindra Ladd (inset) has come forward as the latest alleged victim of Bill Cosby's. Photo: Getty Images/AP
Who didn't Cosby supposedly rape ? - TGFP. Former Hollywood executive Cindra Ladd, the wife of “Braveheart” producer Alan Ladd Jr., alleges that embattled comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969. In a first-person piece for The Huffington Post on Monday, Ladd said she met Cosby when she was a 21-year-old single woman working for the late film producer Ray Stark in New York City. She and Cosby, then 32 and married, became friendly and at first he acted like a “perfect gentleman.” His behavior changed, Ladd alleges, when she met him one night at his friend’s apartment before they were supposed to see a movie. She said she told the TV legend she had a “terrible headache.” “He told me he had a miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache,” Ladd wrote. “He went into another room and came back with a capsule. I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, ‘Don’t you trust me?’ Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby.” Ladd said she woke up naked in bed, while Cosby wore a white terrycloth robe. “It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me,” she said. “I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.” ‘It never occurred to me to go to the police. It was a different time and “date rape” was a concept that didn’t exist. I just kept asking myself over and over in disbelief why this had happened to me. Other than my roommate, I did not discuss that night with anyone for 36 years.’ Over the last several months, more than 15 women have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault, including former models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson. His projects with both NBC and Netflix have been canceled and many of his live shows were also nixed. Ladd wrote in the essay that this is the first and last time she will publicly discuss the alleged incident. She also noted that she does not plan to press charges. Modal Trigger Producer Alan Ladd Jr. and his wife, Cindra Ladd Photo: Getty Images “So why speak out at all and why now?” she said. “The simple answer is that it’s the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known … I have read comments like, ‘What took them so long?’ and ‘What are they after now’? I would ask these people to remember that up until relatively recently, prosecuting rape was a ‘he said/she said’ proposition where the victim was blamed for having worn ‘suggestive clothing’ or questioned as to why she went somewhere with her rapist.” The 77-year-old comedian, who has denied a multitude of allegations through his attorney, continues to travel and perform at venues keeping their doors open, including locations in Colorado and California. Cosby recently released a statement saying his career is “far from finished.” Since that night in 1969, Ladd says she has “crossed paths with Cosby only once, when my husband, a highly successful Oscar-winning film executive and producer, introduced me to him.” “I was shaking, wondering if he would recognize me by my unusual first name,” she continued. “His reaction spoke volumes. To Bill Cosby, I was just another stranger.”