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Various polls have also probed Tea Party supporters for their views on a variety of political and controversial issues. A University of Washington poll of 1,695 registered voters in the State of Washington reported that 73% of Tea Party supporters disapprove of Obama’s policy of engaging with Muslim countries, 88% approve of the controversial immigration law recently enacted in Arizona, 82% do not believe that gay and lesbian couples should have the legal right to marry, and that about 52% believed that “lesbians and gays have too much political power.”
On April 29, 2009, Obama commented on the Tea Party protests publicly during a townhall meeting in Arnold, Missouri, saying:
|“||[W]hen you see, you know… those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular — and you see folks waving tea bags around… let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize Social Security. Claire [McCaskill] and I are working diligently to do basically a thorough audit of federal spending. But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the recovery act, because that’s just a fraction of the overall problem that we’ve got. We are going to have to tighten our belts, but we’re going to have to do it in an intelligent way. And we’ve got to make sure that the people who are helped are working American families, and we’re not suddenly saying that the way to do this is to eliminate programs that help ordinary people and give more tax cuts to the wealthy. We tried that formula for eight years. It did not work. And I don’t intend to go back to it.||”|
NEW YORK (CBS) After three seasons “Saving Grace” aired its series finale on Monday night with two back-to-back episodes. The gritty TNT series, starring Oscar-winning actress Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko, portrayed a flawed Oklahoma cop with a dark side and a last-chance angel named Earl, played by Leon Rippy. Pictures: Holly Hunter If you came into the final episode thinking it would be a happy, uneventful send-off, think again. Officer Grace didn’t have the happy ending we had hoped for. Her journey was full circle as the series culiminated, with her finally getting the chance to rid the town of one more evil figure, even if it meant losing her life. Grace, for better or worse, dies in the final episode. Did evil win, then? Not so likely. Grace took the final step and her life’s calling in this world was fulfilled. This was her ultimate battle. She may have died trying to prevent another major terrorist plot or a mass-killing of many people, but maybe her rationale is that if she takes her life ,she can save the lives of many other people. So in the end, the show’s title lived up to the final showdown. Grace, although taking her own life, did in fact become the “Saving Grace” for the people around her. And that’s a pretty divine way to go out.
LONDON – BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward was a “no-show” at an oil industry meeting in London today, but his presence and the fact of the Gulf oil spill was very much present. Filling in for Hayward was BP’s Chief of Staff Steve Westwell. In his comments he called the spill “…a tragic accident with severe financial consequences and a profound impact on BP.” Those comments were interrupted by Greenpeace protestors who held an anti-BP banner declaring the “The age of oil is over!” They were promptly hustled away by security guards. That wasn’t the only sniping at BP. While generally supportive, Jay Pryor, Global Vice President of oil rival Chevron called the spill “preventable.” We asked him, if Chevron was running the rig, could the accident have been avoided. “We, of course, are competitors and our practices ARE different,” he replied, “but a number of things went wrong.” Steven Newman, President and CEO of Transocean, the owners of the Deepwater Horizon rig, was careful with our questions, too. We asked him whether he would share blame with BP for the accident. “I’m not going to apportion ‘blame’ until I see the conclusions of an investigation now being conducted.” He did not hold back, however, regarding the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf. “There are things the administration could implement today,” he told us, “that would allow the industry to go back to work tomorrow without an arbitrary six-month limit.” And as for the White House’s efforts to “piggy-back” clean energy initiatives on top of spill concerns, Newman bluntly retorted : “The Obama administration should focus on fixing the leak!” After the string of public relations blunders by Hayward, including a recent luxury yachting event, we asked BP’s Westwell what his boss was up to. “He’s staying on top of cleaning the spill,” Westwell told us, “but his number one priority is being Chief Executive and he’s busy in London now.” Hayward’s probably happy he “sailed away” from THIS London gathering.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP)
The starting gate sprung open in the Kentucky Derby, with 19 horses scrambling for position. One jockey knew exactly where he was headed.
Calvin Borel deftly tucked Super Saver along the rail Saturday on a track turned into creamy peanut butter by heavy rain. Once again, he was in his favorite spot, getting a clear path all the way through the goo.
That’s why they call him “Bo-rail” and, for the third time in four years, he took the shortest path to the winner’s circle.
Borel found only one horse in his way, and once he steered Super Saver around front-running Conveyance, another Run for the Roses was his.
The most wide-open Derby in years ended with a sure thing – Borel crossing the finish line and punching the air with this right fist, this time raising it toward a leaden sky.
“I knew nothing was going to run him down,” he said, referring to his bay colt.
The jockey’s magic touch on his home track gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first Derby victory after 24 failures with a 2 1/2-length victory over Ice Box.
“Calvin Borel is a great rider anywhere he goes, but at Churchill Downs he’s even five lengths better,” Pletcher said. “He knows how to ride this track and gets along with his colt beautifully.”
Borel’s ride at his home track nearly duplicated the one he turned in last year aboard 50-1 shot Mine That Bird, except he and Super Saver went off at lower odds and were never in last place.
Now the trio heads to Baltimore for the Preakness on May 15.
“Calvin already said he’s going to win the Triple Crown,” Pletcher said, “so I guess we’d better go there.”
The Triple Crown was last won 32 years ago by Affirmed. The last Derby winner to break from Super Saver’s No. 4 post was 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Borel almost pulled off his own personal triple last year. Mine That Bird won the Derby, then Borel switched to filly Rachel Alexandra to win the Preakness before going back to Mine That Bird in the Belmont Stakes. They finished third as the 6-5 favorite.
On Saturday, he was confident enough in his colt and his knowledge of the track to take him off the lead in the early going of the 1 1/4-mile race. In all but one of his six previous races, Super Saver had never been farther back than second in the early stages.
Borel knew that strategy wouldn’t work in a 20-horse Derby field on a tiring, sloppy track that had been pelted by heavy rain early in the day. So they hugged the rail in sixth place, while many of his rivals were well off the fence in the muck.
“We all know what he’s going to do,” said Robby Albarado, who finished 14th aboard Dean’s Kitten. “He just does it anyway.”
Said Borel: “I was just taught it’s the shortest way around.”
Super Saver was timed in 2:04.45 as the 8-1 second-choice behind favorite Lookin At Lucky, whose 6-1 odds tied Harlan’s Holiday in 2002 for the longest priced favorite in 136 runnings. He paid $18, $8.80 and $6.
Pletcher let out a whoop and slapped his hands together after his colt crossed the finish line, snapping a skid the Eclipse Award-winning trainer was eager to end. He watched the race alone on TV in the horseman’s lounge near the paddock.
“It will all soak in in a day or two,” he said. “Now that it’s happened, you just kind of don’t know what to feel or say.”
He seemed to have a lock on his first Derby win until expected favorite Eskendereya was withdrawn last weekend with a swollen leg. That left Pletcher with four horses in the race, but none as highly regarded.
His other finishers were: Mission Impazible, ninth; filly Devil May Care, 10th; and Discreetly Mine, 13th.
Pletcher’s only other Triple Crown race victory was in 2007 at Belmont with the filly Rags to Riches. The lack of a Derby win by the 42-year-old former assistant to D. Wayne Lukas was the most glaring omission on his resume and something he was constantly asked about.
It wasn’t for lack of trying.
In 2007, he saddled five in the Derby, with none finishing higher than sixth.
“It’s the one thing that was important to me,” he said. “The one thing I wanted to do while my parents were still here to see it.”
Borel is the first jockey to win three Derbys in four years; Bill Hartack won three from 1960-64.
“Calvin Borel is amazing. He is fearless,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He takes control of the race, and you have to give him a lot of credit. He’s a great rider.”
Baffert should know. He thought he had his fourth Derby victory in the bag last year until front-running Pioneerof the Nile was overtaken in the stretch by Borel and Mine That Bird.
Baffert’s Lookin At Lucky wound up sixth, clearly compromised by starting on the rail. His other colt, Conveyance, finished 15th after setting the pace for more than three-quarters of a mile.
“I lost all chance at the post position draw when I drew the one,” Baffert said. “I had a bad feeling about it.”
Trained by Nick Zito, Ice Box returned $11.20 and $8. Paddy O’Prado was another neck back in third and paid $7.40 to show.
“I couldn’t get lucky enough to beat Calvin,” said Zito, a two-time winner.
Make Music for Me was fourth, followed by Noble’s Promise, Lookin At Lucky, Dublin, Stately Victor, Mission Impazible, Devil May Care, American Lion and Jackson Bend.
Discreetly Mine was 13th, followed by Dean’s Kitten, Conveyance, Homeboykris, Sidney’s Candy, Line of David, Awesome Act and Backtalk.
The crowd of 155,804 sought shelter early on from the rain, which had stopped by post time, with sun breaking through the clouds.
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Microsoft has announced a new virus is making the rounds.
It pops a box up on your screen and tells you to press F1 for further help when you visit an infected website. Pressing F1 downloads and engages the virus.
Microsoft said a patch for the virus won’t be ready until March 9th, at the earliest, so they’re putting out this warning to tell everyone that if you are prompted to press F1, ignore it, no matter how many times it continues to pop up and remind you.
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