Buy American 2010

BUY AMERICAN PRODUCTS

“We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.  We did it with sweat and effort and innovation.    We did it on the assembly line and at the construction site.

We did it by investing in the people who built this country from the ground up –- the workers, middle-class families, small business owners.  We out-worked folks and we out-educated folks and we out-competed everybody else.  That’s how we built America.

….that’s what we’re going to do again.  That’s been at the heart what we’ve been doing over these last 20 months: building our economy on a new foundation so that our middle class doesn’t just survive this crisis -– I want it to thrive.  I want it to be stronger than it was before.”

President Barack Obama 9/6/10

Outsourcing Message from AllAmericanClothing.com

WE Americans are the only ones who can grow our economy.

Double the value of your dollar this Christmas and help grow the economy when you buy the “Made In The USA” label.

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Companies that make American products:

 

AllAmericanClothing.com products made in the USA *My husband LOVES their durable jeans

AllUSAClothing.com  American and Union Made Clothing.

AmericanMadeProducts.com products made, manufactured or assembled in America.

AmericansWorking.com directory of goods made in the United States.

C.L. Whiting Company unique leather goods

Filson Clothing products made in the USA

K’Nex Toys  brand name of a construction toy systems ( LEGOFischertechnik,  MeccanoTinkertoys and Angry Bird Building Sets)

MadeinAmericaStuff.com products made in the U.S.A.

MadeInUSA.org product search engine and database for those looking for products made in the United States.

MadeInUSAForever.com products made in the United States.

MadeUSAFdn.org a not-for-profit organization that promotes products manufactured and assembled in America.

Munro American Shoes specializing in fit, offering 75 size and width combinations.

RoyalApparel.net clothing apparel Made in the USA

Shinola.com watches, bicycles, and leather goods made in Detroit, Michigan

StillMadeInUSA.com directory of American-made products.

TheMadeInAmericaMovement.com connecting American manufacturers with consumers.

ToysMadeInAmerica.com toy manufacturers in the USA.

UnionMadeGoods.com Union made products

USAonly.US lists companies that make their products here in the United States.

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210 thoughts on “Buy American 2010

  1. WH

    Friday Nov. 26, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    First Lady Michelle Obama is presented with the White House Christmas Tree.
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  2. made_in_america_sml

    Complying with the Made in USA Standard

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is charged with preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace. The FTC Act gives the Commission the power to bring law enforcement actions against false or misleading claims that a product is of U.S. origin. Traditionally, the Commission has required that a product advertised as Made in USA be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S. After a comprehensive review of Made in USA and other U.S. origin claims in product advertising and labeling, the Commission announced in December 1997 that it would retain the “all or virtually all” standard. The Commission also issued an Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims to provide guidance to marketers who want to make an unqualified Made in USA claim under the “all or virtually all” standard and those who want to make a qualified Made in USA claim.

    For the entire article: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/bus03-complying-made-usa-standard

    • NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AND PENDLETON HONOR YOSEMITE WITH BLANKET

      New Yosemite Blanket to Raise Funds for National Park Foundation

      YOSEMITE, Calf./PORTLAND, Ore—One of our country’s oldest national treasures, Yosemite National Park, is the subject of a new addition to the famous Pendleton’s National Park Series Blankets this spring. Developed to honor the park, the new Yosemite Park Blanket also will help support it.

      Pendleton Woolen Mills and the National Park Foundation (NPF) jointly announce today the launch of the Yosemite National Park Blanket. Sales from the blanket will support the National Park Foundation. This blanket is the newest addition to the park series blankets available through NPF, the congressionally chartered and official non-profit partner of the National Park Service.

      “Pendleton, a time-honored and classic company, is an ideal partner of our national parks. The National Park Foundation is honored to partner with Pendleton, whose endearing history and conservation vision symbolize the lasting strength between Americans and their national parks.,” says Jill Nicoll, National Park Foundation acting president. “The program with Pendleton offers us a creative way to earn substantial dollars through the sale of one of our country’s timeless products, the Pendleton wool blanket.”

      Pendleton has offered their National Park Series (a collection of seven blankets, each representing a National Park) since the early 1900s. The historic striped markings and colors date back to the frontier trading posts. Traders would indicate the weight of the blanket offered in exchange for furs by holding up one finger for each pound. The original blankets incorporated three, four or five black stripes in the design, which indicated the value of the blanket.

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      National Park Foundation

      Shop & Support http://www.nationalparks.org/support-parks/shop

    • Last US sneaker manufacturer wants to maintain balance in new trade pact

      3/10/12 By Vicki Needham – TheHill

      The last U.S. manufacturer of athletic shoes is working with a coalition of lawmakers to convince trade officials to preserve footwear duties in an Asia-Pacific agreement that they say will allow them to continue operating on American soil.

      New Balance, which still produces about 25 percent or 7 million pairs of shoes here, and a group of New England lawmakers are insistent that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) maintain about 20 duties they argue will protect five U.S. factories from closing and moving overseas — three in Maine and two in Massachusetts.

      The push comes amid opposition within the footwear industry, which operates largely outside the United States, and wants to see the tariffs on shoes either eliminated or phased-out within the trade agreement.

      “We’re not asking for special treatment,” Matt LeBretton, who heads up the government affairs team at New Balance, told The Hill.

      “We want a carve-out of the tariffs for the products we’re making here, we aren’t asking for special subsidies or tax incentives,” LeBretton said.

      Eliminating or phasing-out the tariffs would “decimate” what is left of the industry, he said.

      LeBretton said the tariffs allow the firm to compete against much cheaper imported shoes, especially from Vietnam, in an already highly competitive industry.

      For the entire article: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/international-taxes/215307-last-us-shoe-manufacturer-wants-to-maintain-balance-in-new-trade-pact

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      New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (NBAS)

      New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (NBAS) , best known as simply New Balance, is an American footwear manufacturer based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. It was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company. Eschewing expensive advertising campaigns, it has, nevertheless, grown to be one of the largest makers of sports footwear in the world.

      New Balance is notable in that it has continued to maintain a manufacturing presence in the United States

    • Made in the USA: Journey behind the label

      6/24/13 By Rick Klein, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps | Power Players – 2 hrs 22 mins ago

      Top Line

      After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore.

      He decided to set out on a 30-day road trip across the United States in search of answers for how to revive American manufacturing – all the while trying to survive on only goods and products stamped with “Made in USA.”

      “I really thought that I could take this opportunity to give the Made in America movement and these folks a voice,” said Miller, who documented his trip in a film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

      Miller told Top Line that the Made in America movement isn’t so much about trying to get people to buy only American-made products that might be more expensive than foreign-made ones, but it’s about finding solutions to lower the prices of American-made products.

      “I think there are a lot of policies that we can push to help allow our businesses here in America to help reduce costs and lower the prices,” Miller said. “We need to put policies in place that allow us to outcompete the world, and that’s what this film was about.”

      While Miller hopes that Congress and the president will act to help American businesses become more competitive, his producer, Ron Newcomb, added that they also want to see less government regulation.

      “They need to also get out of the way, if you will, and let Americans to do what they do best, thrive in a business environment,” Newcomb said, referring to the federal government.

      But perhaps the most effective and immediate solution to create more manufacturing jobs in the United States, Miller and Newcomb said, is for the American consumer to demand it.

      “It’s a business aspect too,” Miller said. “If the consumers create that demand, the businesses will meet that demand. Request it, demand it, and it will come back and jobs will come back.”

      For more of the interview with Miller and Newcomb, and to hear how they say you can live by the principles of the Made in America movement without being a purist, check out this episode of Top Line.

      http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-players-abc-news/made-usa-journey-behind-label-112854639.html

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      “Made in USA” Film OFFICIAL TRAILER HD

      Published on Jul 3, 2012

      DVDs are now available on our website at http://www.usa30days.com

  3. A big day for small business

    November 27, 2010 is the first-ever Small Business SaturdaySM.

    * A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love.
    * The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home.
    * The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.

    For every $100 spent at local small businesses (NOT WALMART!!!), $68 returns to the community – Civic Economics

    Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees – Small Business Administration

    Small businesses represent 99.7% of all employer firms – Small Business Administration

    For every year over the last decade, 60% – 80% of new jobs were generated by small businesses – Small Business Administration

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    Take the pledge to support small business. Join the movement.
    http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday?v=app_165267296827487

  4. May 26, 2010
    Remarks by the President on the Economy

    Solyndra, Inc.
    Fremont, California

    10:07 A.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Everybody please have a seat. (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here and to see all of you here today. And I would be remiss if I did not note the presence of your governor, give him a big round of applause, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Applause.) I’m just going to go ahead and mention our district attorney, Kamala Harris, who’s here. (Applause.)

    It is great to be in Fremont, good to be back in Northern California. I was reminiscing a little bit — Michelle and I took our honeymoon in Napa Valley. That was almost 17 years ago when we drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, and so I was — I was fantasizing about going and renting a car. (Laughter.) But I was told that would cause a stir, so next time.

    But it’s wonderful to be here in Northern California. It is always nice to get out of Washington a little bit. Now, don’t get me wrong, the capital is a beautiful place, nice monuments. I have no commute — (laughter) — which very few people in California can say is true for them.

    But the truth of the matter is, is that when you’re in Washington a lot of times all you’re thinking about or all that’s being talked about is politics — who’s up, who’s down, the contest between the parties, instead of people remembering why it is that they aspired to go into politics in the first place. We end up getting caught up in the moment instead of what is important for the future.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-economy-0

    • whitehouse | May 26, 2010

      President Obama speaks about how clean energy investments can diminish the environmental risks of continued use of fossil fuels and provide new jobs and opportunities after touring the Solyndra solar panel plant in Fremont, CA. May 26, 2010.

  5. Helping High Growth Small Businesses Create Jobs

    Posted by Karen Mills on October 06, 2010

    Small businesses have played a critical role in supporting economic growth and creating jobs. Small firms employ half of all working Americans and create two out of every three net new jobs in the U.S. economy.

    A specific subset of these small businesses, high growth firms, account for a disproportionately high share of job growth and innovation. These high-growth firms have different needs, face different barriers, and require different policies than the traditional “Main Street” small businesses.

    In May 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) brought together a group of practitioners for a High-Growth Conference, to discuss specific ideas for the role of government in supporting high-growth firms. During the Conference the group discussed the barriers facing high-growth small businesses, ways the government can help reduce these barriers and areas in which the government can do more or less to support high-growth firms.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/06/helping-high-growth-small-businesses-create-jobs

  6. Life-Saving Treatments: Made in the U.S.A.
    Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services on November 03, 2010 at 03:23 PM EST

    Every day, millions of Americans benefit from the advances made in the fields of life, biological, and medical science. Breakthroughs in these fields have helped to significantly reduce mortality from many conditions that were once considered fatal. Our support for scientific research is one of our best investments in our future—for the health of Americans and the health of the American economy.

    That’s why, today, we’re happy to announce the firms that have been accepted into the Therapeutic Discovery Project Program, which was created by the Affordable Care Act. This program will advance American competitiveness in the fields of life, biological, and medical science by giving tax credits and grants to small companies conducting cutting-edge biomedical research.

    The program is targeted towards projects that show significant potential to produce new therapies, address unmet medical needs, reduce the long-term growth of health care costs, and advance the goal of curing cancer within the next 30 years.

    So what does this mean? It means that a firm in Oklahoma will continue its attempt to develop therapeutics to prevent the metastatic spread of cancer, and a firm in North Carolina will continue to create a gene therapy-based therapeutic for a lethal inheritable childhood disease—one that currently has no life-sustaining treatment. It means that a firm in New York will continue working on a flu vaccine that can provide protection for a period of several years—with technology that could also be used to develop cancer vaccines.

    The Therapeutic Discovery Project Program also means that these firms, and other companies who have been awarded tax credits or grants, have an incentive to keep growing and create high-paying jobs right in their local communities.

    We are very excited about the possibilities of this program; it is a great example of the way the Affordable Care Act will help advance research to find life-saving treatments and diagnostics and help U.S. companies lead the way in making innovative medical discoveries.

    Visit here to learn more: http://www.treasury.gov/press/releases/tg943.htm

  7. That’s NFTE: Award-Winning Teen Entrepreneurs Visit Oval Office

    Posted by Phil Larson on October 12, 2010

    President Obama is the first to recognize that not all good ideas come from adults, and that’s why for the second year in a row he offered his personal congratulations to the winners of a challenge organized by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

    NFTE organizes the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and has for years helped young individuals from low-income communities unlock their potential for entrepreneurial creativity. In a show of his support for the youthful innovators of our Nation, President Obama—as he did for last year’s NFTE winners—welcomed the five young winners of this year’s competition to the White House for a meeting with him, where he not only congratulated them but also picked their innovative brains. View the full press release from NFTE here (pdf).

    The five winners of the Challenge are:

    * Nia Froome, a 17-year-old student from Valley Stream, NY, who won the grand prize for her business, Mamma Nia’s Vegan Bakery. Inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer, she says she plans to donate a portion of her winnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in addition to investing in her business and education.
    * Bosnian immigrants Zermina Velic and Belma Ahmetovic, from Hartford, CT, who took First Runner-Up for their computer services company, Beta Bytes.
    * Crystal Vo of San Jose, CA, who won Second Runner-Up for her cake ball company, Sweet Tooth Bites,
    * Steven Gordon of Brooklyn, NY, who won NFTE’s first Online Elevator Pitch Challenge for his business, TattooID.

    Since NFTE began in 1987, more than 330,000 people have been part of the program, which has activities going on in 21 states and ten countries.

    Kudos to this year’s winners!

  8. October 29, 2010

    Remarks by the President on the Economy in Beltsville, Maryland
    Stromberg Metal Works, Beltsville, Maryland

    11:42 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. (Applause.) Good to see you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. It is wonderful to be here at Stromberg Metal Works. And I want to thank Bob Gawne and his lovely bride of 58 years, Patricia, for their incredible hospitality.

    I also want to note that you’ve got your great senator from the state of Maryland, Ben Cardin, in the house. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) Your other senator, Barbara Mikulski, couldn’t make it but wanted me to say hello on her behalf, as well as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who couldn’t make it but wants to say hello as well. And I know they are all incredibly proud of this amazing facility.

    I just took a tour with Bob and saw a little bit of what you guys do here, saw the workers turning raw metal into sheets, cutting it into shapes, banging it into finished products. Everybody here is proud of what they do, and it shows in the great work that you do. This is a company with a proud history. Paul Stromberg, a former Navy metalsmith, founded it in 1940. In 1958, a young former Marine — Bob — came on as chief engineer. And nearly 30 years later, Bob bought the company. Today, it is in its 70th year of operation, it is employee-owned, it continues to grow. We’ve got a unionized workforce that — where folks who put in a hard day’s work get a living wage that allows them to support a family. This is a community business where even during downturns in tough times people are looking out for each other.

    So it just describes, I think, what’s best about America and what’s best about American business. And we are very, very proud of you. It’s an all-American success story, and I’m proud to be here. That’s right. (Applause.)

    Now, this morning, we learned that our economy grew at a rate of 2 percent over the last three months. We’ve had nine consecutive months of private sector job growth, after nearly two years of job loss. But as we continue to dig out from the worst recession in 80 years, our mission is to accelerate that recovery and encourage more rapid growth, so that businesses like this one can continue to prosper and we can get the millions of Americans who are still looking for jobs back to work.

    For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/29/remarks-president-economy-beltsville-maryland

    • whitehouse | October 29, 2010

      President Obama discusses the latest GDP numbers and outlines his proposals to allow businesses to expand and hire by allowing them to deduct the cost of most investments during a visit to Stromberg Sheet Metal in Beltsville, MD. October 29, 2010.

  9. Made in America

    Websites that feature American companies that sell American made products

    StillMadeinUSA.com features great manufacturers, retailers, and craftspeople who still produce quality products in America. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/

    USAmade features companies that are giving it their all to still produce goods in the US. http://usamade.wordpress.com/

    BuyAmerica.com
    features organizations and businesses are dedicated to making quality American-made products. http://www.buyamerican.com/



    American companies that sell American products
    from the of CA, CO, D.C., HI, IA, MA, MD, ME, MI, AND MN. In honor of Tigerfists we included the state of Lousiana

  10. Hey guys!

    It’s 4 am here. I just got back from my little adventure in American gluttony and frivolity. Target was opening at 4, and my mother suggested I get in line by midnight. Well, with all the food and wine from Thanksgiving dinner, I was really pooped. I took a “nap” around 10, and woke up at 1:30 am!

    Well, I decided to stop at Wal-Mart (yuck, I know) first, since they were open. Nothing there. Then I went to Target. The line was pretty long, but not crazy long. My friend and I had lawn chairs, I juiced up my iPad so we had internet connection and movies. We had tea and were bundled up. We watched a movie, talked to folks around us, and then all of a sudden, around 3 am, a Target worker approached our part of the line. He was about 10-15 people ahead of me, and I couldn’t hear him. So, I walked up to that area, and saw him giving out vouchers.

    He had a voucher for the tv I wanted.

    I was excited – but nervous. Up went these hands for the voucher. And just like that – he was out of them for the tv. I stood there stunned, then walked back to my place in line where my friend was, and told people around us the news. We all stood there wondering if it was worth it, and decided it probably wasn’t since the Target worker then told us that only people with vouchers were getting the tv. Oh well.

    We swung by Best Buy and that line was ridiculous. People had tents up – so that means they were there for a long time. We didn’t even attempt to stay.

    So, I’m back home now, tired but somewhat wired. Just wanted to share my adventure into the excesses of American consumerism. Not pretty…lol. Won’t be doing that again, either.

  11. whitehouse | November 25, 2010 –

    West Wing Week: 11/26/10 or “The Turkey Behind the Turkey”

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Walk step by step with the President as he attends the NATO Summit in Portugal, visits Kokomo, Indiana, participates in the traditional turkey pardoning and volunteers alongside the First Family at Martha’s Table, a local organization that provides nutrition and other family services to those in need, and more.

  12. From the White House, Nov. 24, 2010;

    Join us for a Youth Webchat on the DREAM Act

    Posted by Kalpen Modi

    The White House Office of Public Engagement invites you to an interactive webchat on the DREAM Act with Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Munoz on Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 3 p.m. EST on WhiteHouse.gov/live.

    The DREAM Act is designed to stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents, by giving them the chance to either obtain legal status by pursuing a higher education, or by serving in the U.S. armed forces for the country they’ve grown up in and love as their own. The DREAM Act has long enjoyed the support of both Democrats and Republicans, and has passed twice out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. The President has been a strong supporter of the DREAM Act, and was a co-sponsor when he was in the Senate.

    Join us in learning more about how the Administration is doing whatever it takes to support Congressional leadership’s efforts to pass the bill and participate in the conversation and Q&A….

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/11/24/join-us-a-youth-webchat-dream-act

  13. Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Blog, Nov. 25, 2010:

    Faith and Community Leaders and members: Join the First Lady to launch Let’s Move Faith and Communities

    Posted by Max Finberg and Alexia Kelley

    On Monday, November 29th at 2:30 PM EST, First Lady Michelle Obama will join faith and community leaders on a conference call to launch Let’s Move Faith and Communities, as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign.

    On the call, the First Lady will highlight the important role that faith-based and community groups can play in ending childhood obesity in their neighborhoods. Several leaders will announce their responses to the Let’s Move! challenges. These community-based efforts are diverse and exciting, ranging from starting community gardens and farmers markets to getting children involved in the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge. The First Lady will also unveil an electronic and print toolkit to support participation….

    Please join us on Monday at 2:30 pm EST to hear about ways you can participate in this new initiative. With your engagement, Let’s Move! can have a lasting impact on children and families in our communities. Here is the invitation:

    A National Conference Call for Faith and Community Leaders with First Lady Michelle Obama

    Date: Monday, November 29th, 2010

    Time: 2:30 PM Eastern, 1:30 PM Central, 12:30 PM Mountain, 11:30 AM Pacific

    Dial-in information: 1-888-790-3160 (no passcode needed)

    You do not need to RSVP for this call.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/11/25/faith-and-community-leaders-and-members-join-first-lady-launch-let-s-move-faith-and-

  14. ABC’s Barbara Walters to Interview President Obama, First Lady for Primetime Thanksgiving Special

    November 16, 2010 10 By Alex Weprin -mediabistro.com

    ABC’s Barbara Walters will interview President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a primetime special to air the day after Thanksgiving.

    The program, “A Barbara Walters Special: A Thanksgiving Visit with President and Mrs. Obama,” will air at 10 PM on Friday, November 26, in “20/20″‘s time period. The interview will be conducted at the White House November 23.

    It is the second joint interview the first couple has given to Walters, the first being in late 2008, shortly after the Presidential election. It will also be the first interview Michelle Obama has given since the midterm elections.

    Excerpts from the interview will also run on “Good Morning America,” “ABC World News,” “Nightline” and “The View.”

  15. Good Morning O’Fam!

    Seems the Tryptophan (a sleep agent) in the Turkey has the family sleeping in this morning.

    I have been catching up and Kat you are doing a phenomenal job on those daily informational diaries. I am so proud of you. BWD’s new site is phenomenal. I spent a few minutes in tears looking at the wonder of this Presidency. CR you are the best with all this information for us to soak up everyday.

    The family (with the exception of my children) will leave later today. As long as the leftovers in in the fridge my sons will not leave this house!

    I watched that video of FLOTUS and POTUS where Barbara Walters asks about any regrets and Mrs O reminding me why I have a girl crush on her. What an awesome First Lady we have.

    Well I hear some stirring upstairs so let the stampeded to the kitchen begin 🙂

    Have a great Day after Thanksgiving!

    Our candle of hope page:http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=pbo

  16. Kat’s Daily Obama Administration Report, 11/26/10

    Happy Leftovers Day, CR, Donna, Vero and all friends! I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday. Today’s report features:

    • West Wing Week, 11/26/10: The White House’s video restrospective on the week just past.

    • DREAM Act: On Nov. 29, take part in a webchat on the DREAM Act at WhiteHouse.gov/live. The President strongly supports passage of the DREAM Act.

    • First Lady launches new Let’s Move! Project: Also on Nov. 29, join a conference call with Mrs. Obama and faith/community leaders discussing efforts to end childhood obesity.

    • Administration blog round-up: The Obama Administration requires reporting of every dollar spent in the Recovery Act, an unprecedented level of federal transparency. The Office of National Drug Control Policy reaches out with drug prevention and treatment resources and health messages. And NASA will give $20 million to support a national program to inspire student interest in science, engineering, and mathematics with a focus on robotic technology.

    See Blackwaterdog’s latest post: http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/im-greatful-2/

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/26/1404/1647

  17. 2010 White House Christmas Tree: A repeat performance for Crystal Spring Tree Farm

    The 2010 Blue Room Christmas tree in our nation’s capitol will once again come from Crystal Spring Tree Farm. Just as in 2006 our journey began at the state level where we took reserve champion in January 20. This took place at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show with an 8′ Douglas fir. Our placement at the farm show gave us another opportunity to compete at the national level. This year’s national convention was held in Winston-Salem, NC which was a little closer to home than in 2006.

    We decided to compete in North Carolina with an 8″ Colorado Blue Spruce. To spare all of the details of the convention we ended up winning grand champion and another trip to Washington, DC. White house officials made the journey late in September to Crystal Spring Tree Farm and chose a 19 ½ Douglas Fir as our 2010 National Christmas tree. This win makes us only the fifth farm in the nation to ever repeat this honor.

    http://www.cstreefarm.com/whitehouse.php

    • This event will be livestreamed at both the WH site and CNN. We’ll get a chance to see FLOTUS and probably the girls receive the tree.

        • Thanks for the reminder Meta. I came back to my computer just in time to log on to CNN and see FLOTUS and the girls walking down the steps. That was a nice little family who presented the tree. The father said that they supplied at least 23 trees for different areas in the White House.

    • Nice! That will be fun to see.

      I like that Douglas firs will be in the Oval Office and private residence — we usually get a Doug. Beautiful dark green.

  18. Good morning, good friends. Although I never really eat that much at Thanksgiving, I always feel like I’m in a food coma the next day. Maybe there really is something to that tryptophan thing! Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday feasts.

    Vero, my sister-in-law tells me that the big stores advertise these outrageously low prices on big ticket items to bring people in when they only have a few of those items in stock to sell. Sorry your early dawn adventure didn’t work out with the goods!

    • Good morning and Happy post Thanksgiving Day. I enjoyed those clips of FLOTUS and POTUS. I am really looking forward to the interview. I am sure Babs will get good ratings tonight.

      CNN has been running a ticker since Wednesday saying that the Dems are split on primaring(sp) PBO. The Dems need to start uniting now and not wait until the last minute like some did for the midterms. In other words they need to stop so much bashing. If we go into 2012 with this attitude, we could end up with winky blinky, as CR calls her.

      • What Dems are they talking about? I wonder what the demographics are of their sample. I think it’s a lot of fringe hysteria, like kos for example. We are seeing better economic news each day and I think that is the key.

    • Hi Sandy! My favorite part of Thanksgiving may be the week of leftovers that follows — cooking becomes so easy!

      • I agree about leftovers. The best! Wish I had some. I especially love turkey soup so I may have to roast a chicken tomorrow and pretend!

        My favorite meal ever day at lunch is a nice beautiful salad but my family looked at me funny because I brought a big salad to dinner along with dessert. But it was nearly all gone at the end of the meal so it was all good. Just looking at so much food on a table has an overwhelming effect of making me sleepy!

          • You know, I just like to take all the bones and carcass and put all of that in a stock pot. Add mire poix – chopped celery, onion and carrots – a bay leaf, some peppercorns, fresh thyme, a clove of garlic and enough water to cover. Simmer on low heat for a good while until all the left over meat falls off the bones and there is a good stock flavor. Then remove the bones and add salt and pepper to taste. Add some good veggies and fresh chopped parsley and simmer until they are tender. Adjust for flavorings. You can also add rice or pasta if you’d like. The soup is especially good if you’ve stuffed the turkey and there is still the flavor and little bits of the stuffing.

      • Mine was very peaceful and simple. My kids were at the in-laws (I get Christmas) this year, so it was just my brother and I. We went to Claim Jumper at noon, and then went to the movies. No “grazing” for me today which I will appreciate when I go to dress for work on Monday.

    • We were raised on leftovers, so that is my favorite. We always had tacos from our leftover roast beef, potatoes, carrots and gravy. Then of course we had the usual turkey and bacon sandwiches, and we also made what we called Mexican turkey and served it over rice. We made a gravy with Santa Cruz chili paste, flour, etc. and then simmered the cubed turkey in it. We used either white or brown rice. Of course the carcass was cooked for soup. I have none of that this year, but that’s okay. I will make up the calories anyway eating junk food.

  19. OH NO, PBO got elbowed at a basketball game and required 14 stitches to that gorgeous mouth of his!!!!!!!

    As I was watching the Christmas tree delivery today I thought I saw him holding an ice bag to his mouth and wondered what happened. CNN zoomed in on a window upstairs where the President was standing and you could see him holding a back to his mouth. I wondered if maybe he had some dental work done or something, but it looks like it was more serious. Twelve stitches on your mouth is a lot. SPEEDY RECOVERY, Mr. President!

    • MSNBC.com

      …. “After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player’s elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the president received 12 stitches today administered by the White House Medical Unit,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, according to NBC News.

      Gibbs did not release the names of the people playing with the president.

      Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office on the ground floor White House after he returned home….

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40384019/ns/politics-white_house/

    • POLITICO44

      11/26/10

      The player who elbowed President Obama in the lip during a basketball game on Friday is Rey Decerega, the director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the White House said.

      “I learned today the president is both a tough competitor and a good sport,” Decerega said in a statement. “I enjoyed playing basketball with him this morning. I’m sure he’ll be back out on the court again soon.”

      Obama’s upper lip was treated with 12 stitches after he was hit in the fifth of five games he was playing with family and friends, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Reggie Love and Obama’s nephew Avery Robinson.

      Decerega “turned into POTUS, who was playing defense, to take a shot when the elbow hit the President in the mouth,” the White House said.

      The pool adds: “The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar. Obama was given a local anesthetic while receiving the stitches.”

      • When I saw his nephew sheepishly smiling and shaking his head, walking to the car with the President, I thought it may have been him!

        Well, the Hispanic Caucus Institute has a lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

        Hope PBO is resting and healing comfortably.

  20. From the White House, Nov. 26, 2010:

    The First Lady Receives the White House Christmas Tree

    The First Lady is presented with the Official White House Christmas Tree.

  21. Just got back from seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I. We went to the first show hoping that everyone was still asleep, shoping or getting their christmas tree and it worked it was not crowded.

    Part I was very good. There was lots that I did not remember from the book; we intentionally did not reread the book as that always interrupts one enjoying the movie to say “hey that was not in the book” or “that is not how it was in the book”.

  22. From ABCNews:

    Good Morning America: The Obamas Reflect on Life in the White House

    Clip from Barbara Walters’s interview with the President and First Lady.

  23. What the heck is going on with this Wikileaks stuff? Apparently there’s going to be another dump. It’ll contain top secret info on US military operations in Yemen, about embarrassing comments US officials have made regarding the Russians, and some other controversial info.

    This is so strange. How are they getting this stuff? Who is the leaker? What is the point of these leaks – I have yet to see them change anything regarding policy, etc. This seems like it’s just going to be good for Wikileaks.

    • I am wondering the same thing Vero. This wiki stuff really concerns me. What can they do to the person who is leaking this stuff? I wonder if this will continue to happen? PBO just can’t get a break. And this is coming out in the midst of trying to get the START Treaty passed with Russia. I hope this North Korea stuff passes without any further incidents. I just heard them say on the local news, that there is nearly 1 million Koreans living here in Los Angeles. They are really concerned.

  24. You know, you’d think the President and First Lady would have some sort of media advantage. But no, it’s the white right-wing woman who insists that she has some sort of kooky theory about God knows what, who continually spews complete and utter nonsense. The media is mesmerized by idiocy. Or, really? – somebody is on the take.

    • I know…it’s really pathetic how crazy and uninformed people are getting so much attention in the media. A shame and a disservice to us as citizens.

  25. I must say that I enjoyed the way Nightly news reported the story of PBO’s injury tonight. It was pretty detailed. They also covered it on my local news. I wish that they would be as good about reporting other things that are positive about the administration.

    The wiki leaks was reported in detail also. They said that there are so many names mentioned of heads of state until they don’t think they will be able to warn everyone before Sunday. They also said that this particular dump can be very, very damaging to national security and may hand the republican ammunitio against the START treaty, since Russia is mentioned in a bad light in the docs.

  26. WH

    Saturday Nov. 27, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing
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  27. THANK GOD FOR THE OBAMA ADMINSTRATION FOR KEEPING US SAFE!!!

    The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city’s annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.

    A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it.

    However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.

    Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    http://bit.ly/giG6ak

  28. GM IPO now world’s biggest

    11/27/10 Clare Baldwin and Jonathan Spicer – Reuters

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N) initial public offering became the world’s biggest at $23.1 billion after underwriters swiftly took up additional shares following last week’s IPO.

    The added shares vaulted GM past Agricultural Bank of China’s (601288.SS) $22.1 billion IPO in July and underscored the strong demand for the taxpayer-rescued automaker’s stock.

    GM said on Friday that underwriters led by Morgan Stanley (MS.N), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC.N) and Citigroup Inc (C.N), exercised their full option on an additional 71.7 million common shares worth $2.37 billion.

    They also exercised an option to purchase 13 million preferred shares for $650 million.

    Underwriters had 30 days from the IPO to exercise the options.

    GM last week had raised $20.1 billion in an IPO of common and preferred shares in what was the biggest U.S. IPO ever. Without the preferred shares, GM’s IPO would have been smaller than China’s AgBank.

    On November 18, their first day of trading, the shares rose 3.6 percent. They closed on Friday up 33 cents at $33.81, or 2.5 percent above the $33 IPO price.

    The U.S. government bailed out GM for $50 billion after the automaker’s 2009 bankruptcy.

    The IPO caps the first stage of a turnaround that has taken the 102-year-old automaker from near-death to an unlikely Wall Street flotation favorite in 2010.

  29. Good morning CR and Donna. My candles are lit.

    My brother lived in Portland until 2001. His children and grandchildren still live there and he is spending Christmas there with them. I am so glad this guy was caught. It is really worrisome that they are now targeting other cities.

    God bless our President and his administration for keeping us safe.

    • Like I was saying the other day when everybody was going nuts about the TSA scanning and patting down stuff, we don’t see or hear what PBO and Janet Napolitano see and hear. We’re not responsible for keeping the entire country safe. They are, so I trust them to do the right thing. It’s terribly frightening to imagine who serious all this stuff is. I trust our team to do their best.

  30. CNN spent exactly 42 seconds on this morning. I watched from 7-8 this morning because my sons are here and I wanted to prove a point about the media.

    Needless to say my point was made.

      • They stopped watching the news last year but they seemed to think that National Security was the one issue that rose above politics and media bias……

        They learned!

  31. BTW – The Gallup Organization phoned my home (it was on my called ID) the day before Thanksgiving. I was running around and missed the call. That would be the first time that they have ever called me. Sorry I missed their call. I had a few things to say to them.

  32. Black Friday Shoppers Eat Up Holiday Deals

    11/27/10 Associated Press

    For one day at least, you could almost imagine the recession never happened. Millions of the nation’s shoppers braved rain and cold to crowd stores while others grabbed online bargains on what could be the busiest Black Friday ever.

    Early signs pointed to bigger crowds at many stores including Best Buy, Sears, Macy’s and Toys R Us, some of which had earlier openings than past years or even round-the-clock hours. Minnesota’s Mall of America and mall operators Taubman Centers Inc. and Macerich Co. also reported more customers than last year.

    But the most encouraging sign for retailing and for the economy was what Americans were throwing in their carts. Shoppers still clutched lists and the buying frenzy was focused on the deals on TVs and toys, but many were treating themselves while they bought gifts for others, adding items like boots, sumptuous sweaters, jewelry and even dresses for special occasions.

    Elayne Breton and her daughter Michelle got to Maryland’s Mall in Columbia around 7 a.m. A few hours later, Michelle had picked out several presents for herself, including a pair of UGG boots, perfume and an iPod Touch. At Nordstrom, she scored a long-sleeved purple shirt that her mother let her wear out of the store.

    “Last year we were careful,” said Elayne, whose husband’s beer distribution business has started to pick up again. “This year we’ll do more.”

    The strong Black Friday builds on retailers’ momentum after a solid start to November. Shoppers who can afford it are buying more nonessentials, like jewelry and luxury goods.

    For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/2010/11/27/131624637/black-friday-shoppers-eat-up-holiday-deals

  33. Newest post by Deaniac83
    .

    So, I’m a Teabagger, Nazi, *and* a Communist?

    Friday, November 26, 2010 | Posted by Deaniac83

    Since I have challenged (here and before that, here) Scott Wooledge’s (“clarknt67” elsewhere on the web) for prematurely pronouncing DADT repeal dead, he and one of his fans/minions have taken a particular interest in going after me, and this blog.

    For the entire post: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2010/11/so-im-teabagger-nazi-and-communist.html

  34. Good morning, OTeam! I hope you are are all continuing to enjoy every moment of your long weekend, nibbling on delicious leftovers.

    I really enjoyed seeing POTUS and FLOTUS last night. So kind, so thoughtful, so generous and loving. Barbara Walters, on the other hand, got on my last nerve. She was pandering so hard to the right-wing, it made me sick. I guess she thinks she’s being a tough journalist or some nonsense, but give me a break. The whole Muslim thing again? I couldn’t believe it. Leave it to ABC. Good thing he was wearing his flag pin, huh? I also hated seeing her put FLOTUS on the defensive about her obesity project. Any knucklehead can see how important this is and how very much hard work there is to do to turn this epidemic around.

    BRAVO to our First Family, who deserve so much better.

  35. Happy Saturday CR, Donna, Meta, Vero, Jackie, Blackwaterdog, COS and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Kat's Daily Obama Administration Report, 11/27/10

    Today's report features:

    • Defense Department round-up: The President thanks the troops; eligible servicemembers now have until Dec. 3 to apply for apply for retroactive stop loss special pay; and deadlines approach for delivering holiday mail to overseas recipients.

    • The State Department and gender violence: State’s support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign that runs from November 25 through December 10, 2010.

    • NIH and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act: Projects that support STEM eduction, advance science and medicine, and create or sustain jobs.

    • It Gets Better: Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry records a video message of encouragement to LGBT youth.

    • It's beginning to look a lot like…: First Lady Michelle Obama accepts delivery of the White House Christmas Tree.

    And a link to Blackwaterdog’s latest post.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/27/923479/-Kats-Daily-Obama-Administration-Report,-11-27-10

    • Wonderful round-up, Kat. There is so much there to be grateful for, so thanks for putting it all together. I totally choked up toward the end of the “It Gets Better” video.

      I hope your diaries don’t start attracting the ugly rhetoric that beset BWD. In any case, keep at it! I’m learning so much every day, thanks to CR, you, BWD and chipsticks.

      • A few sour grapes in the comments so far, but who cares. They only hurt their own ulcerous stomach linings.

        Rec list again?!

        • Yep slinkerwink and nyceve have invaded your diary. They make their living based on controversies surrounding this President. No controversy…no money so they ALWAYS push the negativity.

          I actually smiled to myself when I saw their negative comments because that meant you hit a nerve…Keep on Keeping on Kit Kat…With BWD gone from that site you are filling a void where balance is needed.

          I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work you are doing to promote the Presidents accomplishments and good works in that arena.

        • I agree with Donna. The nasty people sit in front of their computers 24/7 and lie in wait to post negative comments on positive blogs about PBO. I usually read the first couple a words of the comment and skip over if I see that it is negative.

      • Hi COS — and I got it done before 2.am. this time! (There was a night when Thanksgiving cooking used up some blogging hours!)

  36. I was just looking at various news headlines and it is funny how people could not wait to pick a part the statements made by PBO and FLOTUS from the interview last night. I didn’t dare read the articles, especially when I saw the source. Of course one right wing news headline was criticizing him for saying that he prays everynight. These folks are like vultures.

  37. Hello O’Fam

    Well Gallup called back. The poll was about Health Care. They asked about the status of my health and if I had health care. Then they wanted to know how I felt about the economy, my job, my life in general on a scale of 1 to 10. Odd?! Anyway they ended by asking me how I felt about the state of the country and the economy and I rated them both as above average improving. They asked my race and what party I belonged to. Never asked my opinion of the President. I guess I was too Democratic for them…..

  38. Injured Obama still has game

    11/27/10 Abbey Phillip- POLITICO

    Venturing out of the White House for the first time since his headline-grabbing sports accident Friday, President Barack Obama was in the stands at Howard University Saturday for the men’s basketball game against Oregon State University, where brother-in-law Craig Robinson is the head coach.

    Arriving just minutes before the tipoff, the president sat directly behind the Oregon State bench in Howard’s mostly empty Burr Stadium, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, mother-in-law Marian Robinson and daughters Sasha and Malia.

    After sustaining a bloody lip while playing pickup basketball game on Friday morning — a gash that needed a dozen stitches to close — the president’s injury was nearly imperceptible, according to the White House press pool report.

    It happened during the fifth game Obama was playing with friends and family, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, nephew Avery Robinson, and Obama’s personal assistant Reggie Love — a former Duke University basketball player. During the game, opposing player Reynaldo Decerega, the director of programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, had the ball and Obama was defending him; Decerega turned into the president on his way to the basket and inadvertently elbowed him in the mouth.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45625.html

  39. WH

    Sunday Nov. 28, 2010

    All Times Eastern

    Pres Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  40. Here is the newest post by Deaniac83

    Fiscal Commission Analysis: Progressive Cost Savings, Carbon Tax, and Streamlined Government

    27 Nov 2010 ThePeople’s View

    Today’s part will conclude the series on the Fiscal Commission Co-Chair’s proposal. I have already discussed tax reform proposals and their proposed health care and social security changes. Today, I will focus on the cost savings in other parts of the budget proposed by the Co-Chairs. These are reforms being proposed that are among the things that fiscal progressives have been hammering on for a long time, including cutting defense spending, instituting biennial budgeting, and reducing big agribusiness subsidies.

    For the entire article: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2010/11/fiscal-commission-analysis-progressive.html

  41. To be competitive, panel urges immigration and tax reforms

    11/27/10 San Jose Mercury News

    The Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted a panel discussion on “Strengthening America’s Economic Competitiveness” at the annual luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center last month. This is the edited transcript of the conversation.

    Participants:

    Gary Locke, secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Michael Klayko, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems
    David G. DeWalt, president and CEO, McAfee
    Barbara Marshman, editorial page editor, San Jose Mercury News, moderator

    Marshman: Silicon Valley companies and others across America with international sales often don’t bring those profits back to the U.S. because they face a 35 percent tax. Many believe lowering that tax to encourage repatriation of profits would help the economy. Dave DeWalt and Mike Klayko, how important is this is to your companies? Why do you think it would be good for the overall economy? What strings could be attached to help make it happen?

    DeWalt: I had a chance to participate in the repatriation of 2004, and it was a tremendous opportunity for a company like McAfee. We’re a pretty large, global company, in 110 countries, with more than $500 million of net income every year. More than 60 percent of that is sitting in locations outside the U.S. But just simply transferring cash on our balance sheet from one location to another is not enough. So we should think about it a little differently this time to drive investments back into America.

    Klayko: Like Dave, my company generates more revenue offshore than onshore. We are doing exactly what the president asked in terms of exports, and it’s good for America. Right now, there is between $900 billion and $1.2 trillion in foreign income sitting offshore. There’s not a lot of money coming back. And any of that money that we can bring here to invest will generate jobs, so it’s critically important to make a change. Comprehensive tax reform is really critical, too.

    For the entire article: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_16705486?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

  42. Good morning, guys. I hope you’re all having a great looong weekend. 🙂

    BTW, could DK be more depressing right now? Every diary is doom and gloom. Man, it’s Thanksgiving, it’s the holidays, have some hope for crying out loud.

    • Good morning BWD! I am thankful that you have a new wonderful home for your blog! 🙂

      WE have… H 🙂 P E

      • Morning, honey. Love you, you know.

        BTW, i wanted to ask you, do you have troubles reading the text over there? Honestly, i can’t understand the problem, but i want to be attentive to people’s complaints.

        • Howdy, BWD. It’s basically really hard on the eyes to read white text on black for any length of time. But I love the aesthetics of your blog so I hesitate to say anything critical about it. I just leave for awhile and come back!

          • Oh, damn. You think a different text color will be easier? I’d really hate to kill this background. 😦

            Hey, don’t be afraid to be honest with me. We’re friends. That’s why i asked.

            • Well, I think the layout is stunning. It’s very bold and very striking. I love the backsplash. But even the blue on black is hard to read.

              I’m wondering if it’s just hard for people who don’t have 20/20 vision. I’m very nearsighted. Have you gotten a lot of complaints?

              • Not a lot, but enough to make me wonder. I tried to play with the font size, but the next available size is really too big. It’s almost the thread title size.

            • The layout is fine for me.

              I am just so surprised how different the blog looks compared to this one.

              You really have done a good job in making it visually your own BWD! You are a genius!

              My husband helped me with everything on this site and presented it to me to fill with words, photos and video!

              • It’s not me, it’s one of the huge numbers of themes that WordPress offers. I just played with the background and the header. I really like the way it looks. But i don’t want people to leave because it hurts their eyes.

                • BWD, I just Googled, “reading white type on black background”and there is a lot of info there. One thing I read is that it’s hard for people with an astigmatism.

        • BWD, I also want to say that, in addition to the beautiful template and banner for your blog, I also really enjoy your writing. You inject humor when necessary and you express all the emotions and issues beautifully. Total success!

    • I don’t know why people insist on being so morose day in and day out. Seems like it would be debilitating. Hope is a very important element of life.

  43. Beating Stress

    May 2006 by Dr. John Sklare

    In the world we live in today, finding a moment of calm and peacefulness is a blessing and a rarity. For most people, the goal is to just get through the day with minimal damage. The truth is, however, that the more serenity and calmness you can incorporate into your life, the happier and healthier you will become.

    And since this is mental health month, this seems like an ideal time to take a look at what you can do to disarm that rascal we call stress! Your ability to handle stress, for the most part, is dictated by your overall natural disposition or temperament. Balance, however, is the key to lowering your stress level and keeping your life on an even keel. Learning how to inject more calm and peaceful, moments into your day will reduce your stress level, enhance your happiness quotient and improve the overall quality of your life.

    What follows are some suggestions:

    1) Get a good night’s sleep (set a routine).

    2) Learn how to say “NO” before you get too overwhelmed.

    3) Laugh everyday: it lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones & boosts your immune system.

    4) Eat healthier

    5) Learn muscle relaxation— alternatively tense and relax your muscles

    6) Stay Positive: keep a positive attitude by cutting back on negative thoughts

    7) Exercise daily The bottom line is if you can find a way to defuse the stress in your life, you will live a longer, healthier life.

    Dr. John Sklare, eDiets.com

    http://co.livingston.mi.us/HumanResources/pdfs/newsletters/May%2006%20Newsletter.pdf

    • This is always a great reminder, especially around the holidays when we think we have to be perfect in everything we do!

  44. WikiLeaks dox are about to be unleashed. They will allegedly contain sensitive State Department cables and could really affect foreign relations. This is so reprehensible to me. BBC is reporting:

    Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks says it is under attack from a computer-hacking operation, ahead of a release of secret US documents.

    “We are currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack,” it says on its Twitter feed.

    They are also saying that several newspapers will go ahead and publish the documents released to them by Wikileaks even if the site goes down. …

    This is all on top of the crisis in North/South Korea, which is sounding like it might be in the last throes of an assertion of regime change. If it gets out of hand, China and the international community will be in a very serious position of having a massive influx of starving refugees on its hands.

  45. PBO back on the court! From The Hill:

    Obama hits the court again, this time with daughters
    By Elise Viebeck – 11/28/10 12:01 PM ET
    President Obama stepped out of the White House with his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, on Sunday morning to play basketball at the nearby Interior Department building.

    Let’s hope Malia and Sasha take it easy on Dad!

  46. Good Afternoon O’Team

    I have spent the morning reading Zhana’s (from OFA)book “Rise Above The Fear”. What an intriguing journey to success in all aspects of her life.

    We have such talented people associated with the O’Team. You all never cease to amaze me. You are all a gift to my life.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our wonderful President, his family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=pbo

  47. Wow, this leak is a terrible, terrible damage. This will hurt America very much. This is all from PBO administration and some of the stuff will just destroy all the effort that PBO put in the past two years.

    • Makes it appear that the disgruntled Amy intelligence person who allegedly leaked these is a Republican.

  48. Happy Sunday, everybody!

    >^..^<

    Kat's Daily Obama Administration Report, 11/28/10

    Today's report features:

    • Recovery Act projects: Helping people live better in Tennessee; nuclear waste handling in South Carolina; communications for the deaf in Louisiana, and a green-energy police department in California.

    • Recovery and Accountability: Tracking the money; successfully preventing fraud and waste.

    • Two years of improving veterans' benefits: President Obama has provided one of the largest funding increases in decades to help create a 21st century VA that provides our veterans better health care, better services, and better support, including in rural communities.

    • Inside the White House kitchen garden: A tour of the garden and a report on the 70,000 bees that pollinate it.

    And of course a link to Blackwaterdog!

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/11/28/923661/-Kats-Daily-Obama-Administration-Report,-11-28-10-

  49. Good morning/afternoon O family. Hope everyone is having a nice day. On a lighter note, here’s a nice op-ed re FLOTUS. If you have seen it disregard. 🙂

    Op-Ed Contributors
    Dear First Lady Michelle,
    Drawings by D’aira Roberts, age 10 of Washington, and Luna Gonzaga, age 9 of Brooklyn.
    Published: November 27, 2010

    EVER since Barack Obama’s inauguration, the staff members and tutors at our nonprofit writing programs have marveled at how this presidency has percolated through student essays, stories and poems.

    And it’s not just the president who has captured their attention — his wife, Michelle, has, too. From our students’ perspective, Mrs. Obama is glamorous but accessible, maternal but cool. They trust her.

    So, earlier this fall, 826 National hosted a series of workshops inviting students to write to the first lady. The results were collected in the book “I Live Real Close to Where You Used to Live: Kids’ Letters to Michelle Obama (and to Sasha, Malia and Bo).”

    Here is a sampling of what they came up with; some letters have been edited for space. — LAUREN HALL, grants director for 826 National

    Read more here:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/opinion/28letterstomichelle.html

  50. From the White House:

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs just issued the following statement, after the publication of the cables began:

    We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand classified State department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic discussions with foreign governments. By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete information. It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always shape final policy decisions. Nevertheless, these cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world. To be clear — such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government. These documents also may include named individuals who in many cases live and work under oppressive regimes and who are trying to create more open and free societies. President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By releasing stolen and classified documents, Wikileaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals. We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.

    • Here’s what it’s all about:

      “Of course, most of these documents will be made public regardless of what The Times decides.”

      But mom, everybody else is publishing the leaks! I wanna publish them too!

      • In my heart, I can’t understand why even sensationalists would want to jeopardize years of very sensitive diplomatic relations and progress. For what? So someone can write another angry diary at dKos or Bill Maher can whine and Michael Moore can make another documentary ? It just doesn’t make any sense, even in a wide web world.

  51. Foreign Policy puts PBO at the #3 spot –

    The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers: Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2010’s global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them.

    3. Barack Obama
    for charting a course through criticism.
    PRESIDENT | WASHINGTON
    Don’t count Barack Obama out. Sure, the brainy young American president has had a tough sophomore year, with a stubbornly sluggish economy, worsening conditions in Afghanistan, an electoral backlash at home, and the surprise challenge of more than 4 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. His sweeping plans to overhaul immigration and reinvent the way Americans use energy never got off the ground, and he can boast of neither Middle East peace nor mastery over the restive Republicans at home rising up against what they bemoan as the advent of European-style socialism.

    But Obama is still arguably the developed world’s most popular leader, even if the American public judges him more harshly, and he is slowly but surely inventing a new kind of U.S. leadership to go along with his vision of an America that once again projects its power through the force of its ideas. To Obama has fallen a tough task: the hard work that accompanies the building of a new order to succeed America’s unchallenged rule as the lone post-Cold War superpower. But luckily for the world it is a task Obama embraces, if still hesitantly at times. He has put American prestige on the line to speak up for emerging powers still not properly represented in the world’s governing bodies, boldly renewed U.S. ties of friendship with the democracies of Asia, and in his ringing address to the U.N. General Assembly in September declared himself ready to “call out those who suppress ideas” and “serve as a voice for those who are voiceless.”

    Such idealism has not yet come to define Obama’s legacy in the world; for all his Wilsonian rhetoric, he remains a cautious incrementalist on most issues. In many ways, he’s the most realist of recent U.S. presidents, determined to focus on the terrible challenges, from Afghanistan to climate change, that he’s been dealt. The world may yet thank him for it.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/11/29/the_fp_top_100_global_thinkers?page=0,2

  52. Be happy like us, Obamas tell William and Kate

    11/27/10 AP

    Barack and Michelle Obama sent a goodwill message to Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton today during an interview about their own private lives.

    The US first lady told ABC News William and Ms Middleton looked like best friends.

    “Hopefully you will be as happily married as Barack and I,” she said.

    During the interview the president and his wife talked at length about their family life and Mr Obama said of his 12 and nine-year-old daughters Malia and Sasha: “They are not watching cable TV. If they have got an option of watching the news or watching SpongeBob, I think it’s pretty clear the choice that they are going to make.”

    The girls can’t completely avoid all talk about their father, however. For Malia, he has come up in discussions of current events at school.

    “There are issues of the day that come across the conversation. But I have to say that the school is very good about handling it,” Mrs Obama said. “People are very considerate.”

    She said Malia had managed to draw a line between her father’s activities and her own.

    In the interview, the Obamas offered a glimpse into their life in the most famous house in America.

    Their daughters preferred just to be kids, the Obamas said, and avoid listening to the news or reading newspaper headlines. Sasha still wrote letters to Santa Claus and anxiously waited for the Tooth Fairy after she lost a tooth, Mrs Obama said.

    The family prays every night before dinner and Mr Obama says it is interesting to hear what his daughters pray for.

    For the entire article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/be-happy-like-us-obamas-tell-william-and-kate-2145288.html

  53. I’m fairly convinced that the person(s) leaking this info from the State and Defense departments are not sympathetic to this president’s administration. Why now? None of this info was available just 2 years ago? This is being done to complicate things for the president, make no mistake about it.

    • Don’t know if this is right-wing MSM culling so far, but it does seem a bit odd that all the leaks seem to revolve around and support neocon dogma.

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