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Jeff Brailey
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Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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I can't believe anyone would consider Paul presidential material. He is full of lies, beginning with Monica Lewinsly's age. He was off by two years. Regarding Clinton's impeachment, Paul would be wise to remember the impeachment and trial was broadly unpopular with the public and Clinton, even after the embarrassment of impeachment is still far more popular than Paul ever will be. 

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Obama and Obamacare caused it! Oh, and Benghazi, the IRS and the NSA.
This seems to happen far too often. Why?

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Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM=2nd) sent this statement out in an email newsletter today: 
"New Mexicans want answers about Obamacare.  The President has spent a lot of time trying to convince Americans that his new law is working, but has kept key details on the rollout secret.  I voted earlier this month for a bill to require transparency and accountability in healthcare, but it shouldn't take an act of Congress to get honest answers.  I've heard from countless New Mexicans who have lost insurance or seen their premiums go through the roof--and many who are still struggling to even sign up.  I want to know how the president is going to make this right."

According to the New Mexico Capitol Report: " The number of people in New Mexico signing up for individual policies under the Affordable Care Act increased more than seven-fold in December, but the percentage of young people enrolling is running well below expectations.

“We’re glad that (the numbers) are higher, but we hope to get more,” New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange interim CEO Mike Nuñez told New Mexico Watchdog on Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the overall number of people signing up for individual policies in New Mexico increased from 934 at the end of November to 7,688 by the end of December. That means 6,754 people enrolled in December, a 723 percent spike.

“The increase there is really extreme,” Nuñez said. “We’re happy about that.”"

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New Mexico can boast having 13 4-Diamond hotels in the state.  Even a conservative can feel comfortable spending his vacation here.

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Morning Positive Affirmation for January 26, 2014.
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I was a big Peggy Lee fan in the 60s. I think this is the best song she ever sang.

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One of my favorite male singers is Roger Whitaker. Here are two of  his signature songs.
Roger Whittaker - Love Lasts Forever

The Last Farewell ~ Roger Whittaker
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In 1971, I was back home in Connecticut from Vietnam for a 30 day extension leave. I volunteered to do a second back-to-back tour for the opportunity to spend Christmas with Mom and Dad. Mom gave me tickets to two Broadway shows and when I arrived at Grand Central Station, I went upstairs to the Commodore Hotel and then walked to 42nd St. and Broadway to check out the USO.

I found out I could get tickets to any show for free from the USO. I called my Mom and told her I was spending my last eight days of leave going to shows. The shows Mom gave me were "Two by Two" with Danny Kaye and "Bob and Ray the Two and Only." I also saw Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, Pippin, and a couple more shows while there.

But the best show I saw was "Purlie" starring a very cute girl named Melba Moore. I had two more nights in New York then it was back to Vietnam. I had been a week in New York and spent the majority of my time there going to shows by myself.

Walking back to the Commodore Hotel after spending the evening of December 31, 1971 watching "Hair" from a front row center seat, I was passing two working girls standing in the doorway of a closed business. "Hey, you wanna party?" one girl said. The country rube I was didn't realize I was being propositioned by a hooker. "No thanks," I innocently replied, "I'm going back to my room. I just saw 'Hair.'"

The second girl, an exotic-looking Hispanic gal who had been silent up to this point, said, "Take me to your room, we'll have some fun." To make a long story short, I had some fun. Maria lived in Brooklyn. In the morning,  I offered to accompany her home in a taxi. She said that would cost a lot of money she could catch the subway. I wouldn't hear of it and as we drove to Brooklyn, I asked if she wanted to go to a Broadway show tonight. She thought I was crazy but agreed to go. I wanted to pick her up, but she said she'd meet me at the USO.

The way the USO allotted tickets was to pass out a number at 3 PM and then at 5 PM to call the numbers out and dole out the tickets. If you had a date, you got two tickets. I didn't recognize Maria when she showed up a few minutes before 5. We got two tickets to "Purlie" then went to supper before the show.

After the show, we stopped at bar. I offered to take her home and she said, "I want to spend the night with you tonight." I offered to pay her and she seemed offended. But the next morning I did give her some money, for her daughter I said, and left her in Brooklyn. I never saw her again.

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I can't recall exactly which birthday it was, but my brother Ed bought tickets to Donna Summer in concert at Foxwood's Casino in Mystic, CT. Not only did we have the best seats in the house, at a table that touched the apron of the stage, Ms. Summer would often be close enough for me to touch her shoe. Thankfully, I was able to control my foot fetish, LOL.

Just before singing this my favorite Donna Summer song, she announced  my birthday. A stage hand put a chair  center stage and a pretty waitress walked me to the chair. Donna Summer sang Happy Birthday and made my millennium!
Donna Summer - Last Dance (Nobel Peace Prize Concert '09) HD
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