Obama dines with Sir Bon of Jovi

Barack Obama dines with donors at Bon Jovi's house - NJ.com

Jon Bon Jovi, an original if there ever was one (I can't say of what, however, as I don't understand his insistent popularity), held a little fund-raiser for Barack Obama at his New Jersey home. I had a lot of fun reading the comments under this article. As for the prospects of wealthy mic jockeys swapping side dishes with Obama, it makes me fear for the country's safety and sanity.
Like John McCain last month, Barack Obama visited New Jersey tonight not to seek votes but to reap cash.

After a public campaign event in Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential nominee slipped into Monmouth County for two private fund-raisers -- including dinner at the home of rock star Jon Bon Jovi.

More than 100 people joined Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, on the lawn of their mansion by the Navesink River in Middletown.

"We're not going to be bullied, we're not going to be smeared, we're not going to be lied about," Obama said. "I don't believe in coming in second."

Obama's visit to New Jersey did not include any public appearances and media coverage of the fund-raisers was limited to a small pool of traveling reporters.

I suppose Obama went swimming in the small pool of reporters in the back yard? Giggling and smiling? Rubbing all over each other and singing newly written hymns about Obama?

The important thing is, the celebrities were all together: Bon Jovi and Obama. I think their names are word jumbles of each other. Jon Bon Jovi, Bajov Oboni,
Obi-Wan Kenobi. Wait! It's Barack Obama and Obi-Wan Kenobi! There's the word jumbles! No, no, that's not it either, but it is darn close!

Sorry -- for a moment there I was trying to distract myself with something less frightening. It is creepy that Obama announced, again, that he refuses to come in second. I hope this doesn't mean he's going to call in some owed favors from the meaner kids on the south side of Chicago, against a certain stiff-shouldered war hero. Or, maybe he's hinting that he'll come in third, and the Green Party's Cynthia McKinney will get second place. Or perhaps McKinney will put some whoop-ass on McCain.

I don't know -- politics are just so difficult to understand unless you listen to the words they say and not just follow the slogans.

I am numb: a rock star with no interesting views -- and imitation as his greatest talent -- hosting a Democratic candidate. Sheesh, what I wouldn't give for the return of Sinatra and Kennedy. There was a real singer and a real speaker!

Bartender! Get me another one! Keep them coming until at least November!
I think I am going to need to drink until January, just to dull the pain until it is over and done with.

- The Popper

When the going gets tough, attack WTC... figuratively

New Orleans Mayor Takes Swipe At NYC, Nagin Cites Failure To Rebuild Ground Zero While Defending Katrina Clean-Up - CBS News

Ahh it was only two years ago that Ray Nagin confirned what many suspected in 2005: he's a jerk. It is hard to believe that one mayor could make such an spectable of his callousness, especially in a national TV interview, but then, Ray Nagin is no ordinary mayor. He's mayor of Chocolate City, as he put it.

In late August 2006, the first anniversary of the destruction of Katrina, Nagin found a reason to deflect questions of logistics and leadership away from himself and onto the Big Apple. Apparently the nearly instant death of almost 4,000 people is not even sacred to this man of the people. The chocolate people. Does that mean he thinks everone is an Oompa Loompa in Nola? For that matter, isn't Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Chocolate City? New Orleans is more like the Bare Breasts for Fake Pearls City, or the Bourbon City. How about the Southern Comfort City? That's where Southern Comfort was created, after all! (OK. I'll stop.)
(CBS) Confronted by accusations that he’s taking too long to clean up his city after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin defended himself by remarking on New York City’s failure to rebuild Ground Zero.

Nagin made the remarks in an interview conducted by CBS News National Correspondent Byron Pitts. (Click here)

Remember, New Orleans reelected him. He has had a chance to do it better, as everyone has, with Gustav, which luckily didn't create the misery that reached Katrina-sizes levels. So far, so good. Fortunately, not just the leaders learned a lesson from Katrina: folks respect nature a bit more after that one.

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