President Barack Obama, three days into an eyebrow-raising summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, already is gearing up for another fundraiser, this one tonight on the island, an affluent summer colony off Cape Cod, notes Grumpy Editor.
With the president in a rented three-story, seven bedroom, 8,100-square-foot home on the island over the next two weeks are wife Michelle, daughter Malia and dogs Bo and Sunny. The vacation comes at a time of mounting crisis in Iraq with U.S. air strikes on terrorists, Hamas threatening major escalation in rocket strikes on Israel and widening problems stemming from illegals crossing the southern border.
Added to all this, a secondary political attraction arrives Wednesday when former First Lady Hillary Clinton is scheduled to arrive on the island for a book-signing event.
Meanwhile, some Martha’s Vineyard merchants --- such as ice cream shops and restaurants --- are excited, feeling that the president’s presence on the island will boost business in a season that has been slow.
They overlook grumbling from others stemming from heightened security activity in the air and on the ground plus road delays and slow traffic as presidential motorcades make their way around the island to a golf course, a restaurant or to other locations such as in the past --- bicycle rides.
Among major growlers: private fliers.
With the president on the island, the Federal Aviation Administration has instituted a 30-nautical mile perimeter temporary flight restriction for Martha’s Vineyard that runs through 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, reveals Sara Brown, Vineyard Gazette reporter.
Obama was off to a golf course within 30 minutes of arrival on Saturday.
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Declaring corporate America has done well under his economic policies, President Barack Obama tells London-based Economist magazine that chief executive officers should stop complaining about regulations and show greater social responsibility…An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system…Okay, so it's "torture" for the bad guys: In changing editorial word usage, The New York Timesno longer will describe interrogation methods on terror suspects as “harsh or brutal” and now will term the procedures “torture”…A University of Southern California study finds Hollywood movies are under-representing non-white ethnic groups in the U.S., with Hispanic actors cast in five percent of speaking parts in last year’s 100 top grossing films despite making up more than 16 percent of the population; black actors appeared in 14 percent of roles while 17 percent of movies had no black speaking parts…Unsettling news for J-students: In another study, the University of Georgia Grady College finds 2013 consumer magazine starting salaries of graduates with bachelor degrees in journalism sank $5,000 a year lower than the prior year…Not much mention in print or broadcast outlets that USASpending.gov, which tracks government spending, can’t locate at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs…More military trimming: Because of “financial restraints,” the U.S. Air Force’s 65th Aggressor Squadron, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, will be deactivated on Sept. 26…Hollis R. Towns, executive editor/vice president news at New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, informs readers the newspaper is “hiring more reporters to help cover the community better” and “establish better relationshipswithyou” while “putting more resources into digital”…Los Angeles radio station KFWB next month switches from its long-time news/talk format to all sports chatter.
In discussing the thousands of young illegals showing up at the southern border, Vice President Joe Biden declares: "These are not somebody else's kids. These are our kids."
Today’s Memorial Day observance means more than backyard barbecues and store sales, reminds Grumpy Editor who is taking the day off.
Originally called Decoration Day, many people observe Memorial Day by visiting memorials and especially Veterans Administration national cemeteries where commemorative events honor American men and women who died in service during wartime periods.
While growing Secret Service and GSA scandals along with Washington political jousting continue to grab chunks of newspaper space, look for some editors to work in sweet stories on jelly beans on Sunday, predicts Grumpy Editor.
April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day. (Yes, it’s also Earth Day, but jelly beans are tastier than sand or soil.)
Behind the tasty celebration is the Jelly Belly candy factory in Fairfield, Calif. which produces more than 150 sweet treats.
Air in that neighborhood is filled with the aroma of chocolate, peach, cinnamon, pineapple, or whatever is being cooked up that day.
Plant visitors can take a 40-minute walking tour where they learn it takes more than a week to make a single bean.
The company boasts that only authentic Jelly Belly jelly beans, with the logo printed on each, is fat free, peanut free, dairy free, vegetarian, gluten free and OU kosher certified.
Aside from munching on individual beans, among ways to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day, Jelly Belly cites:
+ Any pastry from layer cakes to cupcakes can get a makeover with colorful jelly beans.
+ Put jelly beans in a vase as a decorative accent.
+ Place jelly beans around candles on a tray for a splash of color.
+ But most important, Jelly Belly says its beans come with instructions to eat them one at a time. “Each flavor is so true-to-life, savor them one by one,” advises the company.