Geraldo the Yenta

Marriage and relationship expert Geraldo Rivera…..wait….what???

Geraldo searches everywhere to find 2 brain cells to rub together. Nope, not in Al Capone’s vault.

In a segment on what 20-somethings really want in a marriage, the talk turned to the concept of “beta marriages,” in which the union can be formalized or dissolved after a two-year trial period with no paperwork or hassle, allowing partners to see if they want to continue beyond a short-term commitment.

Rivera, after noting that his current marriage is almost 11 years strong, acknowledged that he has been divorced four times, essentially having had his share of beta marriages himself.

Mentioning his three daughters, he went on to explain that he is against the idea of beta marriages, arguing that while men bring money to a marriage, women bring their youth, and that a woman’s youth is precious.

“I know this may provoke a Stephen Smith-like reaction, but I think essentially — although there’s an increase in two-income marriages — generally speaking, the man is the breadwinner, more often than not, although now increasingly women do work. But what I think a woman brings to a marriage more than anything else, to a relationship, is her youth. Her youth is a fragile and diminishing resource. So if a woman were to invest two years in one of these marriages, and then to be rejected by the man, I think that she has given up a valuable asset that is unequal — in other words, the man gets everything and the woman gets nothing from this arrangement.”

Hey Geraldo……your uh….um…your resource appears to have been diminished.

Told Ya

Buyers remorse?

If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would win the popular vote over President Barack Obama, a new CNN/ORC International poll finds.

Romney, who lost the popular vote by 3.9 percentage points in the 2012 election, would beat Obama 53 percent to 44 percent, the poll conducted July 18-20 and released Sunday found. A similar survey of registered voters conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post in November found the Republican nominee would have beaten Obama 49 percent to 45 percent, had the 2012 election been held in 2013.

But for those thinking the flip in favor of Romney is cause for GOP celebration, consider that the same CNN/ORC survey found Romney would lose by 13 points (55 percent to 42 percent) against Hillary Clinton, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, in that hypothetical 2016 matchup.

Bloomberg image.

Hillary 2016

Just sayin’.

Barack Who?

Hillary Clinton continues to distance herself from Barack Obama and his presidency. She has been asked in recent interviews about the United States’ relationship with Valdimir Putin.

In the interview, she made clear that she communicated her later reservations about Putin to Obama.
“I, you know, certainly made my views known in, you know, in meetings, as well as in memos to the president,” she said. Regarding the long-term viability of the “reset,” she said that “I think that what may have happened, is that both the United States and Europe were really hoping for the best from Putin as a returned president. And I think we’ve been quickly, unfortunately, disabused of those hopes.”
She reiterated the references to the memos in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, part of which was posted online Friday evening. A full interview is slated to air next Tuesday.
“I warned everybody,” she said regarding Putin, who returned to the presidency — after a period out of the office — while she served at the State Department. “I sent a memo to the president, I sent another memo on my way out, that I believed Putin was coming back in a much more aggressive way.”

I can’t wait for the full interviews. The CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria will air Sunday night.

FLOTUS Weighs In on 2016

Michelle Obama attended a fundraiser July 10th at the home of Evercore Partners financier, Charles Myers. Shocking isn’t it? The Obamas….hangin’ with rich Wall Street folks??!?

No word on what was served at this round table lunch, but there were unconfirmed reports that there was a bit of a “creme feud” over dessert….

Mrs. Obama also had something to say about who might replace her husband at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue….

The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.

~SNIP~

When she was asked if she had any aspirations to run for office, Obama said “no” because her children need some time being out of the spotlight. Without mentioning Hillary Clinton’s name, she then added: “I don’t believe one family should be in the White House or running for office constantly,” according to the recollection of one person at the event

Now I know, in fairness to Michelle, she didn’t say she wouldn’t support a Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016……however, can we ever forget this from 2008?

The Mourning Begins

BBC image

CNN) — A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell “Last Post” marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
The grieving nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.
In a ceremony rich with martial symbolism — from saluting soldiers to the haunting tune used to send war dead to their rest — 40 bodies borne in simple wooden caskets were solemnly unloaded from two military planes. Soldiers then walked them to waiting hearses and lowered them inside before rendering a final salute.
The only sounds: the hushed orders of soldiers and a whipping wind.

A civilized society responds to a barbaric act.

This photo is from a memorial service in Australia honoring the victims from that country. Photo credit: The Guardian