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This is a video of my just completed (as of this writing) trip to the CNN Roland Martin Show and the CNN iReporters, Kevin Negenberger, Maggie Dowline, and Katy Brown, I met. ...

It’s one thing to have people out of work and drawing unemployment, but it’s more terrible to be in a position where that unemployment insurance fund is running out of money. According to the San Francisco Chronicle today the California unemployment insurance fund is running out of money and will have to borrow from the Federal Government for the first time since the 1930s.  The projected deficit for 2009 is $1.6 billion.   To make matters worse, not just California but 18 other states may find their unemployment...

BRETT FARVE TO THE NEW YORK JETS – PACKERS SCREWED UP You can find over at NFL Business Blog, too, but it’s important. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Farve is now former Packers QB Farve as of today. Marshall Fauk on the trade deal. My personal feeling is that the Green Bay Packers and Head Coach Mike McCarthy in general, really screwed up. I’ll get into that in more detail later. ...

I met with Oakland’s elected City Attorney and my friend John Russo the day after election day to talk about his unopposed win for a third term, how Oakland has changed, Oakland Politics and the District Three Council race, who Senator Obama should pick as his VP, what Russo’s is proudest of with the evolution of his office, and the talks between the City of Oakland and the Oakland Raiders. Russo explains that the talks are between the Raiders and the Oakland / Alameda County Joint Powers Authority and that they’re...

Dr. Bill Chackhes, SBS Personality, and Managing Partner of Football Writers Online.com took time to talk with me about the 2008 NFL Draft. Bill is a 34 year NFL Draft veteran; 22 years as a credentialed media member. More about Bill here: http://www.sportsbusinesssims.com/bill-chachkes.htm ...

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Now Regular Anchor On CNN Morning After what seemed to be fits and starts, Brianna Keilar, who I met at the 2005 NFL Draft and was then with MTV-U, then after an agent contacted me in late 2005 — well, pestered me, really — about seeing her here online at this account I wrote about Brianna Keilar at the 2005 NFL Draft, I informed her and after she responded with an approval, I gave him her then current contact information. The result, in 2006, was that Brianna Keilar was hired by CNN, and after she...

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Stephanie Agresta at BlogHaus at SXSW, originally uploaded by Robert Scoble. Wow, now here’s a picture you would not expect to see from a “tech” event, but it’s here. Stephanie Agresta, whom I met last year, was at SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, when blogger Robert Scobble took this photo. But Stephanie’s more than this. She’s...

Mike Cherico – Glamour Blogger Pissed Off “JE” Englebert and A Lot Of People Ok.So I get a press release on some guy named Mike Cherico and wonder what the hell’s going on with a dude I’ve never even heard of? This is what I was sent: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 19TH 2008NEW YORK, NEW YORK GLAMOUR BLOGGER HAS MORE SCAMS Glamour Magazine execs weren’t the only ones duped by newly unemployed dating blogger Mike Cherico. Nightlife Kingpin and Co owner of Manhattan hot spots Suzie Wong’s and Prime,...

NFL Draft Order Round-By-Round – As Of Feb 29 This is the NFL Draft selection order, which could change as we get closer to the draft itself and with trades. Tentative 2008 Round-By-Round NFL Draft Order (As of February 29, 2008)03/03/2008ROUND ONE 1- 1- 1 Miami 1- 2- 2 St. Louis 1- 3- 3 Atlanta1- 4- 4 Oakland1- 5- 5 Kansas City1- 6- 6 New York Jets 1- 7- 7 New England from San Francisco1- 8- 8 Baltimore 1- 9- 9 Cincinnati1-10-10 New Orleans1-11-11 Buffalo1-12-12 Denver1-13-13 Carolina1-14-14...

This is Governor David Patterson’s rousing and historic speech given today after he was sworn in as the new Governor of New York. Patterson takes over for the resigned Eliot Spitzer; he’s the first African American and Blind Governor in New York history. In the speech, he sited the problem of the meltdown of Bear Sterns as an economic challenge for New York. ...

This terrible disaster happened Saturday as a massive construction crane just collapsed, crashing into a smaller building below and ultimately killing four people. According to CNN, the crane company had faced 13 safety violations prior to the accident. More on this later. ...

UPDATE: Spitzer’s Call Girl Emperor’s Club VIP, the escort service that was to have played host to Eliot Spitzer’s extramarital prostitution affairs, has a website which until this week probably saw very little traffic. Not anymore. Even though it does not come up on an Alexa search, it was reported when I Googled the site that it’s “disabled” due to traffic. Wow. But it’s interesting that Alexa can’t list it for ranking, but perhaps Alexa’s overrated anyway! UPDATE: Ashley Dupre...

Ok. I had to try one of those NY Post-style headlines. What a riot! But less funny is the unfolding story of New Yok Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his reported fooling around with an escort service called Emperors Club VIP , (and for which its website has been “disabled”). Now the Post reports that Spitzer may have paid as much as $80,000 for call-girl service over a 10-year period. That’s more than many people make in a year! Stay tuned. ...

Give Ben Smith credit for digging up this bit of history on Geraldine Ferraro’s love of racist comments from 1988 using a Lexis search: “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” she said. Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis. Here’s the full context: Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan...

UPDATE: Video: This is the classic “Big Story”. According to The New York Times, but the NY Post has better and more detailed information, reporting that Fix News has stated that Spitzer’s set to resign: Feds last week busted a diamond-studded international call-girl ring that offered well-heeled johns “fashion models, pageant winners and exquisite students” for up to $5,500 an hour – after one of the prostitutes turned on her pimp. The Times reported that it was unclear whether this was the ring...

The NY Post reports that a person on a bike acting suspiciously was seen just before a bomb went off at 4 AM EST today and wrecked a U.S. Military Recruiting Station there. No one was hurt and the person who did this is still at large. ...

Christine Smith Interior Design Blessed By NY Post’s Cindy Adams Taking a break from politics, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Mcain, we look at Cindy Adams who “brings you the juiciest celeb gossip and celebrity news” according to the New York Post, her employer. Well, if that’s the case, then Cindy’s just blessed Christine Smith as a celebrity. Cindy took note of the growing presence of Smith’s workers around the Upper East Side, and gushed .. “GUYS are around hauling demolition,...

Big Head DC is a respectable publication on politics in DC. I enjoy reading it. But I did not like one of Big Head DC’s blog articles where he — the “he” is Rob Capriccioso (pictured) who’s the editor of Big Head DC — accused ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson of being a client of a DC madam named Deborah Jeane Palfrey and basically just because his name happened to be in her phone book and even though Deborah Jeane Palfrey who’s the escort, explained to Rob that she had just called him to explain...

Ok. After months that seemed like years of anticipation and speculation, all caused by a terrific Alternative Reality Game marketing strategy, the pet movie J.J. Abrams has produced through his “Bad Robot” production company, Cloverfield has been seen and under tight security, by Harry Knowles of “Ain’t It Cool News.” Now Harry seldom gives a bad review, but in this case he wrote a review that makes me think this flick’s going to be an instant classic. I’m not going to give away Harry’s...

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s reported to be “exploring” a run for president, simply lacks enough experience to be President of The Unted States in my view. Bloomberg may have built a company in his name and ran for Mayor of New York and won, but he’s never had to deal with the complex politics of Congress and getting a bill through the process in Washington. I don’t know what’s going on, but what’s it with these New York mayors who think they can run the freaking country? Look,...