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Amy Fisher will strip for Haitian Relief Funds….

The Long Island Lolita is giving what she can?……

Every little bit helps…..but this?….I mean how much?……ok….shut up Dog…it’s the effort that counts…right….ruff…ruff….

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Haiti, Media, Men, Updates, Women | , , | 4 Comments

Harold Ford Jr. writes his piece in the New York Daily News……

He’s pushing that he’s his own man……

Here’s his words…..

N.Y. needs independence in Washington: Harold Ford weighs in on Martha Coakley’s defeat

BY HAROLD FORD, JR.

Thursday, January 21st 2010, 4:00 AM

The defeat of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts represents the latest rejection of a governing style that takes the taxpayers for granted and puts partisan, insider politics ahead of everything else.

Put simply, the defining moment in the Massachusetts Senate campaign was during the final debate when David Gergen asked Scott Brown whether he would be willing to “sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat” and block the passage of health care reform for another 15 years.

Brown responded, rightly, that “it’s not the Kennedys’ seat . . . it’s the people’s seat.”

And while I disagree with Brown about most issues of public policy, I absolutely agree that a United States senator has to put the people first when making decisions.

I have made it very clear that if I run for the U.S. Senate, and if I am fortunate enough to be elected, I will be an independent Democrat who puts the people of New York before the politicians in Albany and Washington.

All the time. Every time.

To be sure, there are many issues where the interests of the people collide with what the professional politicians want. And frequently, our politicians end up sticking together – forming a narrow, insulated, self-reinforcing elite.

That’s not me. And that makes them worried.

New Yorkers know that if I run, I will be on their side.

Always.

Let me be specific:

On health care, I have made it very clear that I will stand with New Yorkers against any efforts that would cost us an additional billion dollars in Medicaid payments and impose unfair financial burdens on our state in the form of extra fees or taxes. New York already sends far too much money to Washington, getting back far too little in return.

Health reform remains important. But in the wake of this week’s election, the legislation should be narrowed to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions, enact responsible tort reform and provide health coverage to all children. And states must have more input into how health coverage is expanded.

Make no mistake, I will take a backseat to no one in supporting health care reform. But not at the expense of New York State. Not now. Not ever.

And while I understand why the President is putting the onus on banks and other financial institutions to pay back the money they borrowed, let’s not forget that the financial services industry is critical to New York State’s economic well-being – to creating jobs, to stimulating the economy and to providing needed tax revenue.

Congress should pass financial regulatory reform that compels greater transparency in how risk is managed, protects consumers from excessive banking and mortgage fees and expands shareholder say about compensation, among other priorities. But it must also take great care not to harm the great engine of New York’s economy.

With renewed concerns about terrorism and national security emerging, New York needs a senator who will put our state first.

That’s why I’m thinking, very seriously, about running for United States Senate.

Ford represented Tennessee in Congress from 1997 to 2007. He lives in Manhattan and is a vice chairman of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

Hey Harold Ford Jr…….That sounded pretty good to me…..Run…Run …and beat her…before she loses badly to one of the retread Republicans out there……

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

You can buy the USAir plane that Sully landed in the Hudson….it's for sale…on line…..

The Airbus A-320….won’t be flying for US Air…so I think the Insurance company wants to sell it…..

Here’s the story link...and the site to put in your bid…if you can affort it…that is.…..

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

You can buy the USAir plane that Sully landed in the Hudson….it’s for sale…on line…..

The Airbus A-320….won’t be flying for US Air…so I think the Insurance company wants to sell it…..

Here’s the story link...and the site to put in your bid…if you can affort it…that is.…..

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Google is doing fine….Thank You…..

The Mega search engine keeps rolling along…..making a money…and has put its conscience in check…

Google Inc. reported its strongest revenue growth in a year and issued its firmest public statement saying it would like to continue doing business in China, a week after it said it may pull out of the country due to a sweeping cyber attack.

The Mountain View, Calif., company said its revenue rose 17% in the fourth quarter to $6.67 billion from a year earlier, up from only 7% revenue growth in the third quarter and 3% growth in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Google’s profit more than quintupled in the fourth quarter to $1.97 billion, or $6.13 a share, from $382 million, or $1.21 a share, a year ago. During the 2008 quarter, Google took a charge related to investments in AOL Inc. and wireless service provider Clearwire Corp.

The results indicate that Google’s online ad business is growing about as fast as it was at the end of 2008 after a several-quarter slump. In particular, Google said it benefited from marketers continuing to shift spending online during the strong online Christmas shopping season. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt called the results a strong end to “a rollercoaster year by any measure.”

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Paul Volcker…the 'Big Guy' is back with the 'Vocker Rule'…..

I saw him standing next to President Obama today…..

And so did a lot of other people…..

For much of last year, Paul Volcker wandered the country arguing for tougher restraints on big banks while the Obama administration pursued a more moderate regulatory agenda driven by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

Thursday morning at the White House, it seemed as if the two men had swapped places. A beaming Volcker stood at Obama’s right as the president endorsed his proposal and branded it the “Volcker Rule.” Geithner stood farther away, compelled to accommodate a stance he once considered less effective than his own.

The moment was the product of Volcker’s persistence and a desire by the White House to impose sharper checks on the financial industry than Geithner had been advocating, according to some government sources and political analysts. It was Obama’s most visible break yet from the reform philosophy that Geithner and his allies had been promoting earlier.

The Dog also thinks that the President has fallen back on an ‘Old Hand’ for several reasons…..

Number One being that Geithner and Bernanke are on the outs with Congress right now…..Number Two is that Volcker’s anti- financial business slate is good for  political business…..Number Three is Scott Brown’s win sucking all the air out the political room for the last few days…..

Lets see if the Big Guy stays around this time……

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Paul Volcker…the ‘Big Guy’ is back with the ‘Vocker Rule’…..

I saw him standing next to President Obama today…..

And so did a lot of other people…..

For much of last year, Paul Volcker wandered the country arguing for tougher restraints on big banks while the Obama administration pursued a more moderate regulatory agenda driven by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

Thursday morning at the White House, it seemed as if the two men had swapped places. A beaming Volcker stood at Obama’s right as the president endorsed his proposal and branded it the “Volcker Rule.” Geithner stood farther away, compelled to accommodate a stance he once considered less effective than his own.

The moment was the product of Volcker’s persistence and a desire by the White House to impose sharper checks on the financial industry than Geithner had been advocating, according to some government sources and political analysts. It was Obama’s most visible break yet from the reform philosophy that Geithner and his allies had been promoting earlier.

The Dog also thinks that the President has fallen back on an ‘Old Hand’ for several reasons…..

Number One being that Geithner and Bernanke are on the outs with Congress right now…..Number Two is that Volcker’s anti- financial business slate is good for  political business…..Number Three is Scott Brown’s win sucking all the air out the political room for the last few days…..

Lets see if the Big Guy stays around this time……

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Program to bring in immigrants with special skills stalls due to Ft. Hood shootings?….

A highly successful program by the armed forces to recruit skilled immigrants who live in this country temporarily has run into a roadblock, leaving thousands of potential recruits in limbo.

The Army stopped accepting applications for the program last week, officials said Thursday, because the Pentagon had not completed a review required to keep the recruitment going.

The program, which started as a pilot in February, allowed recruiters to enlist immigrants, most of them in the Army, with special language or medical skills who are in this country on temporary visas. Successful recruits are offered the chance to become United States citizens within a few months.

More than 1,000 immigrants have been enlisted through the program, and hundreds more, at least, are in the final stages of approval, Army officials said. More than 14,000 immigrants have contacted Army recruiters to see if they qualified for the program and have passed a first level of vetting, the officials said.

The program has surprised the Army…which has already expanded it……

Set up to run through the end of 2009, and to accept 1,000 recruits, with 890 coming from the Army, the program was extended after the Army filled its slots. The Pentagon extended the program through February by adding 120 new positions, but the Army filled those by Jan. 14, according to a notice posted on the Web site for the program, known in the military by the acronym Mavni (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest).

The program has high standards…..

The immigrants who have joined the Army through the program scored, on average, about 20 points higher (on a scale of 100) than other recruits on basic armed forces entry tests, and they had three to five years more education, Colonel Badoian said. One-third of the recruits have a master’s degree or higher.

And enlisties are screened by the military…..

Officials familiar with the immigrant program said that in order to obtain visas, temporary immigrants must pass several criminal and terrorism background checks. An additional security questionnaire has been part of the enlistment process, the officials said.

One would hope that Defense Secretary Gates would ok the continuance of the program and increase the number of slots allowed, so that the military can receive more extra-qualified people, to assist the war effort…..

Citizenship is a small price to pay for these volunteer’s expertise and services….

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Women | | Leave a comment

SE on the New Hamsphire Races……

From SE……

Here’s a rundown of how I think the NH races will go:

Governor: Incumbent Democratic Governor John Lynch is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Lynch. On the GOP side, Businessman Jack Kimball and Religious Right Activist and Author Karen Testerman are in the running. I expect Kimball to prevail 63-37 and lose by a lesser than expected margin(59-41) to Lynch. DEM HOLD.

US Senate: Incumbent GOP US Senator Judd Gregg is retiring. On the GOP side, former State Representative Tom Alciere, former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, Businessmen Jim Bender and Bill Binnie, and former State Board of Education Chair Ovide LaMontage are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind US Representative Paul Hodes. The Libertarians have unified behind Realtor Ken Blevens. I expect LaMontage to teabag Ayotte to death in the Primary and defeat Hodes 51-47. GOP HOLD.

NH-01: Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Shea-Porter. On the GOP side, Defense Contractor Rich Ashooh, Businessman and Economist Peter Bearce, International Banking Executive Bob Bestani, Cook Mike Castaldo, Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, and Kevin Rondeau are in the running. I expect Guinta to handily defeat the rest of the field and prevail over Shea-Porter 53-47. GOP GAIN.

NH-02: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes is running for US Senate. On the Democratic side, State Representative John DeJoie, Attorney Ann McLane Kuster, and Political Consultant Katrina Swett are in the running. On the GOP side, former Congressman Charlie Bass, former State Representative Bob Giuda, Bristol Town Budget Committee Chairman Andrew Hemingway, Radio Talk Show Host Jennifer Horn, and Milford School Board Member Len Mannino are in the running. The Libertarians have unified behind Howie Wilson. I expect DeJoie and Bass to emerge from their Primaries. I predict Bass over DeJoie 50-48. GOP GAIN.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Michael Steele is costing the RNC money……

This from the Washington Times….

Some wealthy contributors are shunning the Republican National Committee and donating instead to the other GOP campaign committees or directly to candidates – in many cases because of discontent with the leadership of Michael S. Steele, the party’s national chairman.

“I don’t plan to give to the Republican National Committee this cycle, and no other major donor I know is planning to either,” Christine Toretti, a Pennsylvania RNC member and a longtime major donor to the RNC and other GOP campaign committees and causes, told The Washington Times.

Mrs. Toretti said that she and other major donors have never received a telephone call from Mr. Steele soliciting money for the RNC, the GOP’s chief campaign fundraising committee.

Lawrence Bathgate, who served a record three times as RNC finance chairman during and after the Reagan era, told The Times, “No, I haven’t given to the RNC this cycle.”

“I will help the Republican Governors Association and the National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee this year. I’ve made commitments,” Mr. Bathgate said.

Are they trying to get rid of their Chair?

It wouldn’t be color thing….. would it?

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment