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Prom

Tuesday, 04.29.08 Posted by: Mebz

Duct-Prom

No, not that kind of Prom. (Although, I applauded their spirit.)  I meant the White House Correspondence’s Dinner.  Can I just say that the WHCD confuses me to no end.  Politicians, Celebrities and Media- parting together?  It just doesn’t seem right, on SO MANY levels.  Nonetheless, here you go:

From Mediabistro:

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From Huffington Post:

WHAT THE.. !?   OH, my head hurts–I’m too confused to continue.  Hopefully, Millie is back from vacation tomorrow and she can make sense of this.  See ya later Gators.

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“And now a man who needs no introduction, so what am I doing out here?”

Friday, 02.01.08  Posted By: Mebz

Words of Wisdom from Kermit the Frog.

Hello everyone! It’s Friday, you know what that means. No! It doesn’t mean you can go to the bar early, come back here! It means that you get me, Mebz, as your weekend jump starter. Let me start by making this promise, that when I blog, Johnthenewsking will be a Macaulay Culkin-free zone! Although, I have been known to pretend to shave my face, put on aftershave and run around the house screaming, but that’s another story.

It’s been a busy week for John and the rest of “The Best Political Team on Television.” (On a side note, I think Wolf Blitzer is legally required to say that at least three times a day.) Monday-SOTU, Tuesday-Florida Primary, Wednesday-CNN Republican Debate, Thursday-CNN Democratic Debate. Hopefully there is a nap involved between now and Super Tuesday.

And now, a little imagery from Wednesday night:

LOVE the tie

Still liking that tie

Action shot!

We’re both handsome

Now, with all this primary-debate-SOTU talk, we have almost forgotten the very special and important holiday soon to be upon us. That’s right, tomorrow is Groundhog Day! Woot! The day when Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals can come together and watch an over-grown rodent attempt to predict the weather. Doesn’t that make you all warm and fuzzy inside?

Who is she calling an over-grown rodent?

Mebz’s Weekly No-Good Irrelevant YouTube Video I have watched this pretty much on a continuous loop for 3 days.

Keeping with the Preschool character theme, I give you our weekend discussion question: Muppets or Fraggle Rock? Discuss!

I love you Kermit!

No Kermit

Enjoy the weekend everybody! Apparently there is some sort of football game on Sunday…

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New Year’s Reflections

Monday, 12.31.07

Happy New Year’s Eve to all!!

Many blogs put together wonderful “year in review” posts… but alas, what does one write about at the end of the year when one has only six month’s worth of material to review and several “best of” (aka top ten) posts have already been written in the past?  Well, today I decided instead to just sit back, relax, and conjure up some reflections on what this experience has been like, then sum up with a few ideas for how I would like to see johnthenewsking grow.

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First of all, wow, today is my last post of the year. Hard to believe! It is also hard for me to believe that johnthenewsking has been around already for half a year! It does not seem too long ago that other John King fans and I were mulling this idea around last summer, back when we weren’t even sure that this project would even kick off the ground or be successful.

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After all, something like this for JK had never been done before, so what would the main theme of the blog be about? How to even start? And would people even find us? As for the last question, I think it is safe to say we are still an obscure little blog. In a way, I like that. Kinda cozy. No spammers, no trollers… just our regular fantastic friends who come around and want to find out information and news about John King.

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As far as a “theme” is concerned, well, I have found out over the last few months that there really is no main theme… the posts and topics have just turned out to be an eclectic mix of news, guest-hosting reviews, funny odds and ends, video slideshows, occasional off the beaten path tidbits and a few surprises thrown in-between. Although, judging by my categories counter to the right, the obvious topic that has been blogged about the most is Election 2008. Umm… no surprise there!!!

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Truth be said, there were days over the last six months when I would be scratching my head over what to blog about, but amazingly whenever I thought there wasn’t a shred of new material to write about, someone would suddenly share an idea, a relevant news story would surface, or some surprises would come around the corner and rescue the day.

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I’ve mentioned before that I feel blogging is often a hit and miss situation. There were many days in 2007 that I was very very proud of my blogging skills, yet other days, well… well I just have to plead innocent due to being a novice at this. Yes, I am a novice and I am not afraid to admit that. However I like to think I am getting better as the days and months go by!! I have never owned or moderated a blog before,  so I had to learn the ropes from scratch and I also had to learn some things the hard way! Thankfully, people like Phebe over at ATA have been helpful in pointing out some of the do’s and don’ts of the blogging world. I’m in good company.

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Someday I’d like to see johnthenewsking expand with regular contributors taking turns writing posts, in a format similar to what ATA and ATC currently use. However, I am of course aware that the kind of growth and progress I am talking about takes time. At the moment the interest for multiple contributors is, admittedly, low… but perhaps that might change. Joan wrote a fantastic guest post in October. The talent is definitely there.

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I am very open to ideas and suggestions for making johnthenewsking grow and expand. I mention at my suggestions page that “It takes a village” to make a great John King blog!! Feel free to provide me with feedback and suggestions… it is always appreciated.  

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As 2007 comes to a close and 2008 looms ahead it is no surprise that additional election coverage will be brewing around here.  But have no fear, I will still continue to look out for things to blog about that might be slightly different or unusual. I’m kinda quirky myself like that, and I can only blog about the election for so much!! lol!

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In closing, I’d love to hear about our readers’ New Year’s thoughts… please feel free to add your end-of-year sentiments to today’s comments section.

See you in 2008!!

Best New Year’s wishes to all,

Millie

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More On Benazir Bhutto’s Death

Friday, 12.28.07

(Note: Sorry that I have no visuals for you today, my photo software and uploading systems have been acting goofy today.)

Of course the main news of the day yesterday and much of today has been the Bhutto assassination. I read somewhere that, to the citizens of Pakistan, her death is equally as tragic as the Kennedy assassination was to the United States.

Today, new information has come out that she was not likely killed by a bullet or shrapnel, as first had been reported, but rather from after-effects of the bomb itself going off. Regardless, she lost her life and her country is left in shock and mourning.

Last night AC360 was more of a “hybrid” hosting situation. As Mebz pointed out, it was AC250 & JK110. Lol! John and Anderson took turns leading the program, with Anderson starting out by providing the headlines and John later picking up during the 360 bulletin as well as moderating a guest panel with Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations President) and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen.

There have been mixed opinions about having all the Presidential candidates immediately comment upon the situation but I for one am of the opinion that it is a good thing. We need to know how the candidates feel, how they react, what they say and what decisions they will make.

These are the kinds of world events our next President will have to deal with, and to make an informed voting situation in November, we need to know how they will handle the international events effecting on our country and other countries around the world. (*ahem* I’ll reserve commenting on who I personally thought addressed this situation the best and the worst yesterday.)

On to something more light-hearted…

Has everyone made their New Year’s Even plans yet? Guess what?? I have to work! Until midnight!! Whoo-hooo! Happy New Year to me!

What are everyone else’s plans? Feel free to share what you’ll be doing at the stroke of midnight next week on New Year’s Eve…

Thanks for visiting johnthenewsking today and see you soon.

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The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Campaign Style


Sunday, 12.23.07

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve everyone!! For what it’s worth, I put together a little something for you. Without futher ado, I present “The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Campaign Style.”

Enjoy!

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On the 1st day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

a campaign spending spree

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On the 2nd day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 3rd day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 4th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 5th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 6th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 7th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

seven campaign staffers a-quitting
six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 8th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

eight reporters a-freezing
seven campaign staffers a-quitting
six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 9th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

nine debaters debating
eight reporters a-freezing
seven campaign staffers a-quitting
six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 10th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

ten emails a-leaking
nine debaters debating
eight reporters a-freezing
seven campaign staffers a-quitting
six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 11th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

eleven months remaining
ten emails a-leaking
nine debaters debating
eight reporters a-freezing
seven campaign staffers a-quitting
six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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On the 12th day of Christmas CNN aired for all to see,

twelve pollsters polling
eleven months remaining
ten emails a-leaking
nine debaters debating
eight reporters a-freezing
seven campaign staffers a-quitting
six senators a-stumping
five de…bate zingers!
four negative ads
three pants suits
two sparring candidates
and a campaign spending spree

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Holiday Greetings

Friday, 12.21.07

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Happy Holidays to everyone! No matter which holiday you are celebrating this year, I hope that you are blessed this season. Not just with the material things, but with the important parts of a rich life: family, friends and good times. Whether those good times include traditional family get-togethers, a suprise gift, caroling, experiencing a baby’s 1st Christmas or a stroll through your neighborhood to view house decorations, I hope that your holiday events and activities are joyous and special!

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I have a few thoughts from some of our readers I would like to share.

From Jeanne K:
I love to cook a large Thanksgiving dinner (and homemade pies, of course!), then afterwards put up the tree and decorate that and the house. This year I’m working Christmas Eve – most of our Public Relations/Marketing staff is off, but I may be able to leave a little early.

Then home to cook dinner and relax until my 15 year old daughter and I attend Midnight Mass at our church (Roman Catholic) – they have a wonderful choir. A half hour before Mass, they play Christmas hymns on the organ (my favorite Christmas music – I also love to hear it played by an orchestra.) – so beautiful and peaceful.
I live in north-central Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania/New York border – so we always have a nice blanket of snow for Christmas. Christmas Day is another relaxing day (I work a lot of 13 hour days) at home with a home cooked dinner, snacks and movie rentals.
Here at work we celebrate by exchanging small gifts or bringing in baked goods (I do a lot of baking – so that’s what I usually bring. My homemade fudge and no bake cookies are a big hit). Then our Administrative Directors have a department Christmas luncheon catered (this time we had Mediterranean) for us. This year we decided to hold a “white elephant exchange” – it was hilarious!!! The rule was not to buy anything, just bring something that you have around the house that you don’t want. We had quite a few laughs!!
Christmas is my favorite holiday next to Easter. For New Years, I really don’t get into celebrating it too much – I usually end up volunteering to work the day of New Years Eve, then go home, eat dinner, have a glass of white wine and watch the ball drop on tv, then go to bed. This year I really don’t want anything, but have been interested in a coffee maker that a co-worker has (Keurig) – it makes individual cups of the best coffee, tea and hot cocoa!!
I have two favorite Christmas memories. One was when we lived in Saudi Arabia. We weren’t allowed to take a Christmas tree over with us, so I took some brown paper and drew a Christmas tree. We then drew ornaments, colored them, taped them to the tree and put our presents under it. I did miss the snow.
The other favorite memory was when we lived in The Netherlands – the beautiful Christmas decorations, friendly people, food, chocolate, etc. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a great New Year!” – Jeanne
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From Sarah J (aka ACAnderfan)
Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope everyone has a great holiday. What I like most about Christmas is spending time with family and friends. It’s a time to let people know you love them and appreciate them.

Millie, I would like to say that I really appreciate all you do for this wonderful bog. I hope you have a great holiday. And to Mebz, I love your sense of humor and it’s great that you remember Red 360. Merry Christmas to you.
And to anyone else who reads this blog, I hope you have a nice holiday season and it’s so nice to be around others who like John King as well. And to John King, thanks for being such a GREAT journalist, and I hope you and your kids have a great Christmas!!!
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From Mary B. (aka Mebz)
My list of Christmas favorites:
Favorite Christmas Cookie: Springerle- traditional German cookie that tastes like licorice.
Favorite Christmas Songs: I like “O” songs (get your mind out of the gutter) O Come O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Favorite Children’s Christmas Special: Garfield’s Christmas-by far the best!
Favorite Christmas Movie: White Christmas (Danny Kaye!) In fact this is my favorite movie, period.
Favorite Christmas activity: Wrapping presents.
Favorite Tree topper, angel, star or bow: Angel
Snowman or Santa: Snowman
Stars or Snowflakes: Stars
Eggnog or Champagne: Eggnog
Ham or Turkey: Ham
Classy Christmas or Tacky Christmas: TACKY christmas!!

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From Joan (aka Kitten)
And last (but not least) a message from Joan, who does not celebrate Christmas but sends her greetings to us all.
Have a wonderful holiday everyone!!

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