Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my friends. A celebration of the Irish heard around the world.
May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!
May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
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Here’s a quick video on How to give a K+ on Klout I cut for my Twitter friend @DebraOakland as she wanted to know how to give a K+ on Klout.
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Sign into Klout with your Twitter credentials and click on friends at the top of the page. Klout defaults to your Facebook friends so click the Twitter Icon on the left.
Click “Highest Klout Score” and you can browse for your friend or type their Twitter name into the search bar and click enter. That will pull up your friend. Click on their Icon.
That takes you to their Klout page. On the left side of the page scrolling down are the person’s influencers. Below that you will see the person’s Klout topics. Klout highlights the top three categories they feel you are influential about.
Across from the person’s topics is the see more button. Click that button that brings up all the topics klout thinks you’re influential about.
To give a +K, you place your cursor over the give a + K button and a description pops up saying give a +K to the person if they’ve influenced you about “The Topic” recently.
Klout also tells you how many more +K’s you have to give today. Click on the orange icon that’s highlighted next to the topic you want to give the +K about and Click It.
When successful the icon will turn from orange to grey. You will then be given the opportunity to share it on a social media channel. Click the channel you want to share on and click to share it.
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Terrifying Megastorm Causes Northeast to Button Up. Are You prepared?
“If you don’t evacuate, you are not only endangering your life, you are also endangering the lives of the first responders who are going in to rescue you,” Bloomberg said. “This is a serious and dangerous storm.”
Shelters began opening and tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the Northeast buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 60 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.
As a monstrous Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Atlantic, New York City announced its subways, buses and trains would stop running Sunday night, and its 1.1 million-student school system would be closed on Monday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also ordered the evacuation of part of lower Manhattan and other low-lying neighborhoods.
Tens of thousands of people along the coast in Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and other threatened areas were also under orders to clear out because of the danger of heavy rain, punishing winds and a potentially deadly tidal surge.
Sandy was headed north from the Caribbean, where it left nearly five dozen people dead, and was expected to hook left toward the mid-Atlantic coast and come ashore late Monday or early Tuesday, most likely along in New Jersey, colliding with a wintry storm moving in from the west and cold air streaming down from the Arctic.
Forecasters warned that the resulting megastorm could wreak havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes.
“I’ve been here since 1997, and I never even put my barbecue grill away during a storm,” Russ Linke said shortly before he and his wife left Ship Bottom on Saturday. “But I am taking this one seriously. They say it might hit here. That’s about as serious as it can get.”
He and his wife secured the patio furniture, packed the bicycles into the pickup truck, and headed off the island.
Witlet Maceno, an emergency room nurse working at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, was headed home to Staten Island on Sunday morning after his overnight shift. He said he was going home to check on his parents, visiting from Atlanta, before he returned to work Sunday evening.
“I’m making sure they’re OK, that they have water and food, and that the windows are shut tight,” he said. “And I’m going to remove stuff outside that could go flying into the windows” of his street-level apartment.
The danger was hardly limited to coastal areas, with forecasters worried about inland flooding. They also warned that the rain could saturate the ground, causing trees to topple onto power lines and cause blackouts that could last for several days.
States of emergency were declared from North Carolina, where gusty winds whipped steady rain on Sunday morning, to Connecticut. Delaware ordered 50,000 people in coastal communities to clear out by 8 p.m. Sunday.
Officials in New York City were particularly worried about the possibility of subway flooding. The city closed the subways before Hurricane Irene last year, and a Columbia University study predicted that an Irene surge just 1 foot higher would have paralyzed lower Manhattan.
Sandy was at Category 1 strength, packing 75 mph winds, about 250 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving northeast at 14 mph as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was about 575 miles south of New York City.
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Do You Think Obama and Romney are Pumped for their Dash to the Finish?
Their debates now history, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday open a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets in their neck-and-neck fight to the finish.From here, the candidates will vastly accelerate their travel, ad spending and grass-roots mobilizing in a race that’s likely to cost upward of $2 billion by the time it all ends.
All the focus now is on locking down support in the nine states whose electoral votes are still considered up for grabs: Colorado, Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia. No surprise then, that Obama campaigns Tuesday in Florida and Ohio while Romney heads West to Nevada and Colorado.
Neither candidate scored a knockout punch in their third and last debate Monday, as both men reined in the confrontational sniping that had marked their last testy encounter. And though the stated topic this time was foreign policy, both kept circling back to their plans for strengthening the fragile U.S. economy — Job 1 to American voters.
Closing out their trio of debates, Obama concisely summed up this pivot point in Campaign 2012: “You’ve now heard three debates, months of campaigning and way too many TV commercials. And now you’ve got a choice.”
The president framed it as a choice between his own record of “real progress” and the “wrong and reckless” ideas of Romney.
Romney countered by sketching “two different paths” offered by the candidates, one of decline under Obama and one of brighter promise from himself.
“I know what it takes to get this country back,” he pledged.
With polls showing the race remains incredibly tight, first lady Michelle Obama made a prediction before the candidates left Florida that neither side would dispute: “This election will be closer than the last one — that’s the only guarantee.”
Obama made it look easy in 2008: He won 365 electoral votes to 173 for Republican John McCain. And he got 53 percent of the popular vote, to 46 percent for McCain.
With 270 electoral votes needed for victory, Obama at this point appears on track to win 237 while Romney appears to have 191. The other 110 are in the hotly contested battleground states.
The candidates’ strategies for getting to 270 are implicit in their itineraries for the next two weeks and in their spending on campaign ads.
Obama and his Democratic allies already have placed $47 million in ad spending across battlegrounds in the campaign’s final weeks, while Romney and the independent groups supporting his candidacy have purchased $53 million, significantly upping their buys in Florida, Ohio and Virginia. And both sides are expected to pad their totals.
After Obama and Vice President Joe Biden campaign together in Ohio on Tuesday, the president splits off on what his campaign is describing as a two-day “around-the-clock” blitz to six more battleground states. He’ll be in constant motion — making voter calls and sleeping aboard Air Force One as he flies overnight Wednesday from Nevada to Tampa, Fla.
The vice president is midway through a three-day tour of uber-battleground Ohio, and Obama’s team contends its best way of ensuring victory is a win there. The campaign says internal polling gives Obama a lead in the Midwestern battleground state, in large part because of the popularity of the president’s bailout of the auto industry.
But even if Obama loses Ohio, his campaign sees another pathway to the presidency by nailing New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado.
Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are picking up the pace of their campaigning as well, and their schedule reflects an overarching strategy to drive up GOP vote totals in areas already friendly to the Republican nominee.
The Denver suburbs. Cincinnati. Reno, Nev. They’re places that typically vote Republican, but where McCain fell short of the margins he needed to defeat Obama. To win in all-important Ohio, the GOP nominee must outperform McCain in typically Republican areas.
Romney and Ryan start their two-week dash in Henderson, Nev., then hopscotch to the Denver area for a rally with rocker-rapper Kid Rock and country music’s Rodney Atkins at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Then Romney heads back to Nevada, on to Iowa and then east to Ohio for three overnights in a row. By week’s end, he’s likely to be back in Florida.
The following week brings a significant uptick in Romney’s schedule. Aides say he’ll touch down in two or three states a day, or hold that many daily events in big states like Florida.
Both candidates are done holding fundraisers — no doubt a happy thought for the two of them.
But hold on to your wallets: Supporters will still be out there raising money, and there will be plenty of emails asking for cash right up to the finish.
The president began the month with a little less cash available than Romney, but both have impressive sums to blow through in the home stretch: $150 million for Obama and the Democrats, $183 million for Romney and the Republicans.
Immediately after the final debate, Obama pinged his supporters with an email that said simply: “This is in your hands now. Chip in $5 or more, and let’s go win.”
Republicans are dramatically bumping up ad spending in the biggest battlegrounds: In Florida, their spending this week hit $9.2 million after averaging about $5.8 million over the last four weeks. In Ohio, GOP ad spending jumped to $9.6 million this week from an average of $6.9 million over the last four weeks. Virginia saw a bump up to $7.9 million, compared with about $5.2 million over the last four weeks.
Out on the road, Romney has been demonstrating more confidence than ever. He’s started making more impromptu stops at local establishments near campaign rallies, a departure from his typically buttoned-down schedule through the summer. His crowds are bigger and more energized, too. And some voters who’ve attended his recent rallies say his performance helps them to see Romney as a plausible president — not just a candidate.
Obama, for his part, has been projecting a looser, more easygoing demeanor as he campaigns, using humor to undercut Romney.
He riffs about his rival’s “Romnesia” — a lighthearted way to drive home his opponent’s shifting policy positions.
Both sides are working furiously to lock down every possible early vote, and the results are evident in the 4.4 million people who’ve already cast ballots.
Obama will detour to Chicago on Thursday to make a statement about voting early by becoming the first president to cast his own early ballot.
The country is likely to easily exceed the early voting totals from 2008, when 30 percent of all ballots were cast ahead of Election Day, according to Michael McDonald, a George Mason University professor who tracks early voting closely.
In Ohio, McDonald said, numbers are up across the board — in rural, suburban and urban areas. As many as 45 percent of Ohio voters may cast early ballots, compared with less than 30 percent four years ago, he said. The numbers in North Carolina seem to be shifting in the Republicans’ direction, McDonald says, and those in Iowa “seem to confirm polling showing a slight Obama lead” there.
This year’s quartet of debates — three for the presidential candidates and one for the veeps — started on a friendly note, with Romney wishing Obama and wife Michelle a happy 20th anniversary, but goodwill quickly deteriorated. Both men were at times argumentative and the back-and-forth often shed more heat than light.
Romney came on like gangbusters in the first debate and left a listless Obama reeling as GOP momentum surged. Biden poured it on for the Democrats in his faceoff with Ryan, rolling out a full complement of smirks, eye-rolls and headshakes. Obama himself rebounded in the fractious town-hall debate. Both Obama and Romney were better behaved in their final faceoff, with the president playing up his commander-in-chief credentials to full effect and Romney playing it safe to avoid making mistakes.
From it all — more than 65,000 words of debate rhetoric — there was no signature moment that is likely to be remembered much past Election Day.
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Enough Already. “If I get one more call I’m going to Scream! Stop those %#&”
Are you sick and tired of the political Robo Calls?
People who live in battleground states tend to have a number and a coping strategy.
Virginian Catherine Caughey’s number is four: Her family recently got four political phone calls in the space of five minutes.
Ohioan Charles Montague’s coping mechanism is his TV remote. He pushes the mute button whenever a campaign ad comes on.
All the attention that the presidential campaigns are funneling into a small number of hard-fought states comes at a personal price for many voters.
The phone rings during a favorite TV show. Traffic snarls when a candidate comes to town. A campaign volunteer turns up on the doorstep during dinner. Bills get buried in a stack of campaign fliers. TV ads spew out mostly negative vibes.
“It’s just too much,” says Carmen Medina, of Chester, Va. “It’s becoming a little too overwhelming.”
Medina, it should be noted, is an enthusiastic supporter of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She squealed with joy outside the United Latino Market in Richmond when she learned that Romney had just appeared at a rally across the street.
But she’s starting to block phone numbers to Make. The. Calls. Stop.
Even Ann Romney, the candidate’s wife, has had enough. “I don’t want to get myself upset so I am not watching television for the moment,” she told the women on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday.
“Trust me, the audience members that are in swing states are sick of them,” she said of political ads.
Ditto the president.
“If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me, so am I,” Barack Obama said during the Democratic National Convention.
The parties speak with pride of their massive ground operations—the door knockers, the phone banks, the campaign signs and more. They trumpet the higher level of activity this year than in 2008.
With the campaign now focused on just nine states—Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin—the parties are able to target their resources narrowly.
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Alex Karras at 77-years-old Karras, who managed to be tough, touching and tragic in the span of a lifetime, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras’ attorney.
Karras was one of the NFL’s most ferocious — and best — defensive tackles for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70, bulling past offensive lineman and hounding quarterbacks.
The charismatic bruiser went into acting after his football career, and in his signature scene dropped a horse with a punch as the soft-hearted outlaw Mongo in the 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles.” He also portrayed the father in the 1980s sitcom “Webster,” along with his actress-wife Susan Clark, and was in the “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth along the way.
“Perhaps no player in Lions history attained as much success and notoriety for what he did after his playing days as did Alex,” Lions president Tom Lewand said.
Packers guard Jerry Kramer wrote in his diary of the 1967 season about his trepidation over having to face Karras.
“I’m thinking about him every minute,” Kramer wrote.
“Alex Karras was an outstanding player during a time when the NFL emerged as America’s favorite sport,” the league said in a statement. “He will always be remembered as one of the most colorful characters in NFL history.”
In the 1980s, he played a sheriff in the comedy “Porky’s” and became a hit on TV as Emmanuel Lewis’ adoptive father, George Papadapolis, in the sitcom “Webster.”
“I had a very heavy heart this morning and I did not know why. I understand now,” Lewis said. “Rest in peace, my friend.”
“This physical beating that he took as a football player has impacted his life, and therefore it has impacted his family life,” Clark told the AP earlier this year. “He is interested in making the game of football safer and hoping that other families of retired players will have a healthier and happier retirement.”
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The Obama team is hanging it’s hat on Joe Biden when he joins Paul Ryan for the only vice presidential debate tonight. It may be mission impossible to halt the GOP momentum as the meeting reaches critical mass since Obama’s lackluster showing in his first veep debate with Mitt Romney.
The veep showdown matches up two skilled politicians with strong policy credentials and very different styles. It’s 69-year-old Biden’s folksy appeal and solid vice presidential portfolio vs. 42-year-old Ryan’s intensity and extensive knowledge of the federal budget and economy from 14 years in Congress.
Like the second installment in a miniseries, it will help to shape the campaign narrative until Romney and Obama themselves meet up again Tuesday. Obama is eager to change the vibe after his lackluster performance in the first debate and Romney’s recent gains in the polls. Romney, for his part, is hoping that a strong Ryan performance will help propel Republicans forward on an energetic drive through the campaign’s final weeks.
The 90-minute debate at Centre College, a liberal arts school with just 1,340 students in tiny Danville, is sure to draw a television audience of tens of millions. But it’s unlikely to eclipse the 70 million who tuned in to watch Biden face off with Republican firebrand Sarah Palin four years ago.
That debate was more of a curiosity: It allowed Palin to outdo Biden in folksiness and recover from a series of painfully awkward media interviews but did little to alter the trajectory of the race.
“Normally vice presidential debates are good political theater and sort of interesting from a talent scout standpoint, as you evaluate the up-and-comers on the political stage,” says Alan Schroeder, author of a book on presidential debates. “But this year could be different because of the negative reviews of Obama’s performance. That heightens expectations for this second debate.”
“Joe just needs to be Joe,” Obama said, when asked his advice for the vice president in an interview Wednesday with ABC News.
Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod, appearing Thursday morning on “CBS This Morning,” said he believes “the big challenge for him is to pin Congressman Ryan down.”
“Right now the Romney campaign is running away from some of their positions like unwanted stepchildren,” Axelrod said.
“I think Paul Ryan will do great,” Romney told supporters at a town hall meeting Wednesday in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
The GOP nominee said he’d seen some of the anti-Romney TV ads running in Ohio that morning, and added, “It’s a good thing I don’t do that very often because my blood pressure would be very high.”
Obama, in a radio interview Wednesday with Tom Joyner, said he’d been “too polite” in his debate with Romney.
“We’ve got four weeks left in the election, and we’re going to take it to him,” Obama said.
Later, in an interview with “ABC World News,” Obama minimized the importance of his poor first debate performance, saying: “Gov. Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It’s not the first time I’ve had a bad night.”
He added, “What’s important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven’t changed.”
The president predicted in his radio interview that Biden would be “terrific.”
According to Ryan “I’m not intimidated, I’m actually excited about it,” he said on CNN.
“You have to remember that there is a Romney-Ryan ticket and there’s one presidential candidate – there’s one person at the top of the ticket – so the focus again will be on what Gov. Romney’s plan is for reforming Washington,” Madden said.
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Californians got rocked by record gas prices of over $5 per gallon. Now it looks like it might be New York’s turn when they pony up for heating oil this year. They will likely see prices over $5 a gallon. The Obama administrations new green regulations and low supplies of heating oil almost guarantee another rude shock to New Yorkers. It’s not just the cold that will leave New York gasping.
New environmental regulations require all heating oil users in New York to fill up their heating oil with the same fuel used in vehicles.
East coast refinery closures have cut supplies of fuel in and around New York to levels not seen since 2008. Any cold snap can skyrocket heating oil costs this year. New Yorker’s will likely not see a milder winter like last year.
Even filling up now will cost you 8% above last years level per state officials.
“If we get a real cold spell this winter we’ll see spot heating oil prices go to $5 a gallon,” said Philip K. Verleger, an oil market economist who advised both the Carter and Ford administrations.
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“A rush by northeast heating oil users to react to the cold weather could push prices up,” Adam Sieminski, the head of the EIA, said on Wednesday. “I’m actually a little concerned about that.”
“You’ve got the unhappy situation where demand is increasing and supply is falling,” said Mark Routt senior energy consultant at KBC in Houston.
“If we get a significant cold snap we could really see prices shoot higher, as right now the East Coast diesel market is not balanced.”
“The normal trend of a seasonal build in distillates stocks ahead of the winter months simply hasn’t occurred,” said Gareth Lewis-Davies, an analyst at BNP Paribas bank in London, adding that exports to Latin America were still high.
“Low distillate stocks in the East Coast and Gulf Coast states, which provide over 60 percent of the Northeast’s distillate (diesel and heating oil) supply, and the state of New York’s switchover from higher sulfur heating oil … all contribute to an expected tighter market this winter,” said the EIA in its winter outlook on Wednesday.
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In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie “Seabiscuit.” With his accusers seated behind him in the courtroom, he denied committing “disgusting acts” against children and instead painted himself as the victim.
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So much for Mitt Romney’s plans to compete for Democratic-trending Michigan or Pennsylvania. And what about President Barack Obama’s early hopes of fighting it out for Republican-tilting Arizona, Georgia or Texas? Forget them. The presidential battleground map is as compact as it’s been in decades, with just nine states seeing the bulk of candidate visits, campaign ads and get-out-the-vote efforts in the hunt for the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory. That means just a fraction of Americans will determine the outcome of the race for the White House.
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