Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The 100 Day Presidential Edition

Posted in Blogroll on April 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Whether or not you ascribe to President Obama’s politics is immaterial, for no one can deny how proactive he’s been over the first 100 days of his term. He is shaking up the infrastructure in ways never before seen and that’s a good thing.

He’s also brought out the worse in some of those on the right…who have blamed him for everything from the current financial climate and “sleeping with the enemy” to the recent outbreak of the very serious swine flu and being “soft”.

The $787 billion stimulus plan is the early mark of his presidency, but Barack has also signed 18 other executive orders and 12 laws.

We won’t know how long before a true impact can be felt regarding the stimulus package. There’s less public pessimism than when the issue was headline news, so we’ll see. How about the child health insurance expansion, shutting down Gitmo, bringing the troops home (initiating a pullout) and pay equity? He’s tried to persuade Republicans to help right the ship…whether he’s successful depends on how long the Republicans pout after getting their asses kicked on November 4th. Other positives: The reversal of a string of anti-union executive orders issued by the Bush Administration. The establishment of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force. His tour of Europe with First Lady Michelle Obama, which raised good will for America abroad during the G-20 economic conference. His trip to Mexico with hopes of stopping violent drug cartels and preventing them from entering the U. S. His reaching out to Cuba for the renewed relationship, supported by the Congressional Black Caucus. A new commitment to pour millions of dollars into the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS in America.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Tuesday, April 28, 2009: The San Antonio Spurs Are Fishermen

Posted in Blogroll on April 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Wednesday, April 29th with the Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks (Game #5) at 8 p.m. ET followed by the New Orleans Hornets @ Denver Nuggets (Game #5).

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“They should just quit playing and start the game in overtime.”

–Barkley on the NBA Playoffs record of three overtimes in the Bulls/Celtics series.

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Sixers/Magic Game 6 Recap: Two Elbows From a Man

Posted in Blogroll on April 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Magic 91, Sixers 78. Yeah, Dwight Howard went off on the Sixers last night. For the first time this series, they were the tougher team. Instead of crying about an elbow that Sammy doesn’t feel anymore, man up and represent at home in Game 6. Losing Game 2 might have doomed the Sixers. We’ll see. Click on the pic to check the piece out on SLAM.