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Obama address renews audacity to hope

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama gave America the audacity to hope again.

After describing the U.S. economy in nearly apocalyptic terms for weeks, pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, the president used his address to Congress on Tuesday night to tap the deep well of American optimism — the never-say-die spirit that every president tries to capture in words. And great presidents embody.

“We will rebuild. We will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” Obama said, echoing Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

“The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach,” Obama said. “What is required now is for this country is to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

The themes of responsibility, accountability and, above all, national community rang throughout an address carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Job losses. Home foreclosures. Credit crisis. Rising health care costs. Declining trust in government. Obama touched all those bases.

“The impact of this recession is real, and it is everywhere,” he said.

It seemed that the president might be sticking to the dour talking points of the stimulus debate, when he warned that failure to pass the legislation would lead to a catastrophe “as deep and dire as any since the Great Depression,” one that “we may be unable to reverse.”

Fearing (and hearing) the worst, Americans supported Obama’s package and lawmakers passed it. But his rhetoric carried a risk.

None other than former President Bill Clinton, husband of Obama’s former rival and now the secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, complained that the president’s words were too much of a downer. The president from Hope, Ark., told the author of “The Audacity of Hope” to get back on message.

“I just want the American people to know that he’s confident that we are going to get out of this and he feels good about the long run,” Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” last Friday.

Obama didn’t need Clinton’s advice. While his advisers privately criticized Clinton for second-guessing their strategy, Obama said a president must be both a realist and a cheerleader. “I’m constantly trying to thread the needle between sounding alarmist but also letting the American people know the circumstances that we’re in,” Obama told ABC News on Feb. 10.

Indeed, advisers said at the time that Obama had already written much of his address, and they predicted that it would mark a rhetorical pivot — from selling fear to raising hopes.

And that he did.

“You should also know,” Obama told millions of viewers Tuesday night, “that the money you’ve deposited in banks across the country is safe; your insurance is secure; you can rely on the continued operation of our financial system.”

He sounded like Roosevelt who, after closing banks briefly in the first days of his presidency, stoked the embers of American optimism. “Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan,” Roosevelt said. “Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system. It is up to you to support and make it work. It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama asked Americans to unite against pessimism. “We are a nation that has seen promise amid peril, and claimed opportunity from ordeal,” Obama said. “Now we must be that nation again.”

Like Roosevelt, Obama said his government had already provided the machinery to create jobs, improve access to health care, free up credit and help struggling homeowners.

And, like Roosevelt, he challenged Americans to help fix the nation’s woes. Obama even challenged his fellow citizens to recognize their role in creating the problem. “People bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford,” Obama said, “from banks and lenders who pushed those bad loans anyway.”

He was blunt but bullish on America.

“None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” he said after spelling out his agenda. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

In short, he reminded people that America has always seen itself as a “shining city upon a hill,” as one of its earliest leaders, John Winthrop, put it — a metaphor that Ronald Reagan reintroduced effectively in the 1980s.

When he addressed Congress, Reagan liked to pepper the audience with average people who did extraordinary things and epitomized the American spirit. Obama borrowed that device, inviting Ty’Sheoma Bethea to join first lady Michelle Obama in the crowd.

Bethea is an eighth-grade student who wrote Congress for help in repairing her dilapidated school, telling lawmakers that she and her fellow students will rise above their conditions because, “We are not quitters.”

And that was Obama’s bottom-line message to a shaken nation. We are not quitters.

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REMAIN IN THE GAME IF YOU WANT TO WIN

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 24, 2009

The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding. The law of averages is on your side. Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success. If you don’t take some risks, you won’t get the chance to succeed. While you are trying, you are winning. Never get discouraged. Every wrong attempt is another step forward. People that make no mistakes usually don’t make anything. Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand defeats. Your mistakes are stepping stones to success and your installment payments to victory. You can’t be a winner and be afraid to lose.

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Funny: Wrong Email Address Story

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a
particularly icy winter.  They planned to stay at the same hotel where
they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic
schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules.  So,
the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his
wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the
hotel.  There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an
email to his wife.  However, he accidentally left out one letter in
her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston , a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack.  The widow decided to check her email
expecting messages from relatives and friends.  After reading the
first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into
the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen
which read :

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve Arrived
Date: October 16, 2008

I know you’re surprised to hear from me.
They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to
your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in.
I’ve seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
 Looking forward to seeing you then!!!!
Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is freaking hot down here!!!!

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BELIEF MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

If you want to succeed, you must first believe that you can succeed.

The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life,
is the will to try it and the faith to believe that it’s possible.

The only true limit to your realization of tomorrow will be your doubts of today.
The moment you carry the conviction of belief, in that moment your dream will become reality.

If you think you can, you can.

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Best & Worst of the Oscars: Hugh Jackmania!

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

Oh, man, did you see that moment when that guy did that thing? Don’t worry, we did. Read on and get the full story of Oscar’s best, worst and otherest. Best Performance: Even with the slightly forced “recession Oscars” conceit, host Hugh Jackman delivered a completely winning song and dance to open the show that totally made us forget they didn’t hire a comedian. Showing off both talent and a sly sense of humor, Jackman nailed it.

Best Lyric From the Opening Song: “I would swim a sea of human excrement.” — Jackman crooning sweet(?)ly to Kate Winslet Worst Transition: From the goofily good opener—the techno Reader representation was more entertaining than the movie—the show bogged down with that somber bunch of Best Supporting Actresses intoning like they were going to banish the winner to the Forbidden Zone with General Zod. Best Brangelina Quip: Jackman drew our attention to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie before saying, “I don’t actually have a joke for them, I’m just contractually required to mention them five times during the show.” (Not bad; it’s 25 times for us.)

Best Present: Copresenters Steve Martin and Tina Fey, who’ve been funny together on TV and film, delivered a hilarious tribute to writers that made us want to see them make another movie together. Or, you know, read something. Best Reaction: Jolie looking totally charmed by her Kung Fu Panda costar Jack Black, who was onstage presenting with that actress from Friends.

Best Twilight Crossover: Rob Pattinson brought that undead charm of his to the Oscars, where it was familiar to Twihards and everyone who’s ever had lunch with a Hollywood agent. Best On-Air Design: Whoever thought to put Daniel Craig and Sarah Jessica Parker on stage together. Best Reaction: Seth Rogen and James Franco’s half-baked response to the comedies of 2008. Dude, cinematographer Jadocs Kaminsky was so high! Joke Least Likely to Reach the Billion People Around the World: Ben Stiller’s crazy, bearded Joaquin Phoenix impersonation was funny, but a little inside considering how few people recognize Stiller anyway. Assault With a Medley Weapon: The top-hat-and-tails number with Beyoncé, Zac Efron and the rest totally summed up the year in movies. And that year was 1936.

Most Likely to Spawn a “Who’s in Your Five?” Commercial: The Best Supporting actor nomination five-way was like a presidential debate without all the humor. Most Heartbreaking: Heath Ledger’s family accepting his award. Biggest Showstopper: Wirewalker Philippe Petit, the absolutely entertaining subject of documentary Man on Wire, balancing an Oscar on his chin while a billion people watched and wondered if it would fall. But for a man who once spent 45 minutes walking between the Twin Towers, well, that’s probably no big deal.

Best Commercial: Coming in just ahead of the one for the website that helps you earn $5K a month working at home, the Tom Cruise-Jimmy Kimmel bit was funny like a house on fire. Best Make-Good Decision: The loud and fast medley crammed full of action and comic book movies, because let’s be honest: These were the best things that Hollywood had to offer last year, and The Dark Knight (not to mention Iron Man) got robbed. Take that, Reader. Worst Make-Good Decision: After that whole medley thing, the movie about the wrinkly old baby beat Dark Knight and Iron Man. Obviously, there is no justice…except that meted out by costumed heroes.

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THE POWER TO SUCCEED IS YOURS ALONE

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 23, 2009

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The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start moving down the road to success. No one else can do it for you. Only you can make it happen. You’re the only one that has to live your life. Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. It’s up to you to choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you to success. Your life will be what you make of it. Nothing will ever happen by itself. Success will come your way once you realize that you have to make it come your way by your own actions. You have the power to live your dreams.

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See beaten Up Rihanna Photo!

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 20, 2009

A photo that appears to be Rihanna’s face with bruises, scratches and swelling from an attack allegedly at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown was posted Thursday night by the celebrity Web site TMZ.

The close-up image shows a welt above each of the woman’s eyebrows, marks on her cheek and around her lips, and general swelling. TMZ did not say how it obtained the photo, when it was taken or by whom.

Hours after the photo was posted, the Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation and asked for the public’s help in finding the person who leaked it. A police news release said the image “has the appearance” of one taken during a domestic violence investigation, and classified its release as a case of serious misconduct that could result in termination.

Asked earlier Thursday whether he could confirm the photo’s origin, LAPD Officer Jason Lee said only that the department had not released images of the woman who accused Brown, and would not release evidence photos. A spokeswoman for the district attorney said all evidence related to the case was still with police.

Brown was arrested Feb. 8 and booked on suspicion of making felony criminal threats to a woman that authorities have not publicly identified. A person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, confirmed that the woman was Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty.

The person said some of the injuries shown in the photo — specifically the marks on the woman’s forehead — were consistent with the injuries Rihanna sustained.

Prosecutors have asked police to provide more information before deciding what charges, if any, to pursue against Brown. Police have said the 19-year-old singer could face domestic violence charges if prosecutors think they are appropriate.

An Associated Press photo of Rihanna, taken before the party on the night of the incident, shows her with a tattoo of Roman numerals on her left shoulder; the TMZ photo shows the same numerals on the same shoulder. TMZ had previously used its site to debunk a manipulated image that depicted Rihanna with a black eye.

No public statement has been issued on behalf of Rihanna, who turns 21 on Friday. Email and telephone messages left late Thursday with representatives for both Brown and Rihanna were not immediately returned.

Brown released a statement on Sunday, which read in part, “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired.” The statement, which did not mention Rihanna, said Brown was consulting with loved ones, his mother and pastor.

Brown’s arrest came roughly 18 hours after he and Rihanna left a pre-Grammy party honoring music mogul Clive Davis. According to police, Brown and a woman were involved in an altercation in a car traveling through the upscale Hancock Park neighborhood shortly after midnight. Police have said the woman had visible injuries, and that Brown was gone from the scene when they arrived.

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Creative Changes Daily Astrology Forecast Fri 2/20/09

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 20, 2009

We will probably be ready to make some rather creative changes in our lives today, and there is a good chance we will focus this creativity into our businesses. Even if our business is just running a home, we are going to be ready to roll up our sleeves and make it more beautiful and productive.

There could be a few family or money problems this morning (early morning west coast), but the rest of the day should proceed uninhibited.
Major Planetary Events Today: None

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High Quality Prospects For Your Business: Without Spending a Dime on Leads, Marketing or Advertising!

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 20, 2009

Today I wanted to share with you another secret to building a
successful and income producing business.
 
You see, I have met and talked with hundred of frustrated
marketers who are on the verge of calling it quits.
 
They are disenchanted by:
 
     – Their lack of income!
     – Stagnant business growth
     – The never ending attrition of their business!
 
Or worse, all of the above…
 
If this sounds like you – let me ask you this:
 
Are you building a business like a house of cards?
 
You know what I mean, an organization with little or no “real”
substance.
 
Here’s the secret I want to share with you today:
 
Build your business like you would your dream home.
 
What I mean by that is build your business with a solid foundation,
build from the finest materials you can find… and be extremely selective
when choosing who you bring into your business.
 
Now, this might sound challenging, especially if you’re new to the
business. But don’t worry, I tell you precisely how to do this – and
fast.
 
First of all, don’t simply recruit just anyone into your business!
 
Now, this is going to sound contrary to everything that you have heard
before, and goes against the “everyone is a prospect” mantra that has been
drilled into your subconscious.
 
But hear me out here, as this is an extremely important tip.
 
Most marketers will go to just about any length to recruit “suspects”
into their business, occasionally using “pressure” tactics to do so.
 
The result of this is building a business full of low quality recruits,
who will:
     – Complain the most!
     – Struggle the most!
     – Drain your time the most!
     – Quit the most!
 
And, most importantly – produce the least!
 
Instead, recruit only “high quality” people into your business.
 
Look for people who already have:
     – Existing Business savvy
     – A burning desire to succeed
     – A drive to achieve more
     – A willingness to learn
 
And, if they also have a built in “warm” market – that’s a bonus!
 
So where do you find such people?
 
Believe it or not, that’s a whole lot easier than you think –
BUT ONLY if you know where to look.
 
This is why I have taken all the knowledge that I have obtained in the
last 12 years, and compiled it into a simple to learn, surefire system,
that will show you in step-by-step detail how to target the highest
quality prospects for your business – without spending a dime on leads,
marketing or advertising!
 
And, it’s all waiting for you in my NEW “104Inc.com FREE TRIAL”.
 
And, here’s some great news for you:
 
As I mentioned yesterday, you have the chance to purchase it for the
Pre-Launch price of $99 before it goes on sale to the masses for $199.
I would encourage you to do so now.

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YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES

Posted by 104Inc.com on February 20, 2009

Success doesn’t come to you.
You must go to it.
You don’t need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity.
What you need is to use what you have.
 
The golden opportunity you’re seeking is in yourself.
It’s not in your environment.
It’s not in luck or chance or the help of others.
It’s in you.
 
There will always be a new opportunity
where there is an open mind and a willing hand.
 
Open your own door to opportunity.

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