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The Blanche Report: Who Exactly Writes This???

It came to our attention recently that some people did not know where The Blanche Report comes from. Well, the name Blanche comes from Brooklyn. She was the late grandmother of the son-in-law of a very dear friend. The news report comes from Blanche’s (aka Joannie Tansky) computer. Just clarifying things…

On July 5, 2013, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning that cautioned Americans about about “potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya.” Here’s the text of the original warning: 

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya. U.S. citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.

Considering what has transpired there in the past few days, it is probably a good thing to heed the warnings of the State department. What is happening in Nairobi is something the world has not yet seen. In a normal hostage situation, authorities can effectively isolate the location and  can then systematically begin to cut off water, power, air conditioning, and supplies. This is happening at a mall where ALL the stores were open — including a large grocery store — at the time of the shootings. This could mean that the terrorists can continue to resupply themselves. Perhaps even more significantly, the terrorists have insisted there was nothing to negotiate. Now who wants to go to Kenya on a safari vacation? Not too many people.

Ya know those Bixi bikes that take up tons of parking spaces from April until November? The ones that you rent with no helmet? The ones that cost you about $38 million? Seems the city is losing their shirts on those bikes and might not be able to continue operating. Don’t you wish you could go into a business with someone else’s money and if it fails just throw up your hands and walk away? With no accountability? Yes, this is how your government works. After reading this next piece the only thing one can do is shake their head.  Former Vice President (under George W. Bush) Dick Cheney recently entered the One Shot Antelope Hunt competition. What’s that you ask?  Each hunter gets one shot to kill an antelope. The team with the highest success rate wins. Here’s the kicker: He was raising money for a non-profit wildlife organization. Who kills animals for fun? Dizguzting.

Although she has not said if she’s running for President of the United States in 2016, Clinton already has a superPAC named “Ready for Hillary” actively raising money in support of a possible 2016 bid. Don’t look for Hillary to make any trainstops in the usual opening states like Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina anytime soon. Joe Biden has already been there – imagine –  he could be running for president? One thing you can be sure of – she’s doing plenty of polling and will not make this decision on a whim or in the dark. It will be calculated and very well timed. Stay tuned. Imagine – Apple sold a staggering 9 million phones over the weekend while Blackberry is struggling on life-support. It was reported today that Blackberry plans to become a private company in a deal that is worth a measly $4.7 billion. Fairfax Financial, a Canadian Insurance company hopes to buy the smartphone maker for $9 a share. Just to give you a picture of the deal they are getting – a few short years ago, Blackberry – aka RIM – was selling for $45 a share. How the mighty fall. Let’s guess what will happen to CEO Thorsten Heins. What? You already figured it out? He’ll walk away with a very tidy package, probably in the millions and million of dollars.

We’ll talk…

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