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The Blanche Report: The Race, The Slap & The Swimmer

In case you were wondering how Anthony Weiner is doing in the mayoralty race in New York he’s at 7%.  Could someone please text him and tell him to quit now? Uh, maybe that’s not such a good idea – texting him. Maybe send him a telegram.

Talk about insensitive. The mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino was asked where he would live if not in Boston. He thought for a moment and then said Detroit. When the reporter asked what he would do in Detroit he responded that he would blow up the whole place and start all over again. Needless to say those living in Detroit were not amused.

While Obama is publicly holding a debate on whether he should give Assad a slap, things are happening in Syria. Assad is moving weapons to  schools, hospitals and highly populated areas. Obama is certainly giving him plenty of time to clean things up there. There’s one thing that we can be pretty sure will not happen if and when the United States shoots some missiles at Syria – nothing will change. The waring factions in Syria will continue to kill each other, as they have done in Egypt. 

Could someone please remind Obama that he’s the president of the United States of America and as such is the commander in chief? Maybe it’s time he should start acting like the president. Just make a decision one way or the other. The Charbonneau commission on the corruption in the construction industry in Quebec has risen again. Here are a couple of tidbits you may be interested in:

So far, the commission has cost you about $20 million Salaries for the commission’s staff ($6,912,110) Administrative and other day-to-day expenses ($6,110,692) Honorariums ($5,615,694)

We saved the best for last: The commission’s original two-year mandate was extended by 18 months this spring, meaning the inquiry is now set to wrap up in April 2015. If it continues to spend the same average amount each month as it has to date, the final cost to taxpayers over 42 months will be about $37.4 million.  Yes Blanche, they still have their hands in your pocket. But now they made it look legal.

Guess you heard of 64 year-old Diane Nyad who swam from Cuba to Key West Florida. If nothing else she’s determined. Now she has set her sights on swimming for 48 hours in a New York pool to raise money for hurricane Sandy victims. Wait. She’s doing even more good deeds. They are then going to take that pool and on the anniversary of the Boston marathon and she’s going to swim in the pool again there. She said she was happy swimming in the pool because there are no no waves, no jellyfish, no seasickness. Along with determined, she’s also a tad extreme would you say?

May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a sweet, happy and healthy New Year. May there be peace in Israel and the world over.

We’ll talk…

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