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Sometimes it just comes back on ya'……Accorn filmaker guy gets arrested….

From Politco….

Federal authorities have arrested four men on felony charges for attempting to infiltrate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office, including one filmmaker who targeted the community group ACORN last year in damaging undercover videos.

Among those arrested was 25-year-old James O’Keefe, the conservative filmmaker, along with Joseph Basel, Robert Flanagan and Stan Dai, all 24. They were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses and attempting to gain access to the Democrat’s office by posing as telephone repairmen, according to a copy of an FBI affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

Here’s the link.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Sometimes it just comes back on ya’……Accorn filmaker guy gets arrested….

From Politco….

Federal authorities have arrested four men on felony charges for attempting to infiltrate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office, including one filmmaker who targeted the community group ACORN last year in damaging undercover videos.

Among those arrested was 25-year-old James O’Keefe, the conservative filmmaker, along with Joseph Basel, Robert Flanagan and Stan Dai, all 24. They were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses and attempting to gain access to the Democrat’s office by posing as telephone repairmen, according to a copy of an FBI affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

Here’s the link.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

AVATAR, District 9 and Star Trek……..and a 'Oscar'?

Sci -Fi is big this year…..We all need to get away from our troubles of today……

But could it be big enough for an “OSCAR”?

Slasher films, pot comedies, anything starring The Rock — there are some movies that no one expects to win Academy Awards. And traditionally, Oscar’s no-fly list has included science fiction. Academy Award-winning films are supposed to be serious, weighty, historical — if your movie takes place in a galaxy far, far away, well, you can leave your tuxedo in the closet until it’s time to accept a somewhat less prestigious prize shaped like a rocket ship.

This year, however, is looking like a breakthrough year for sci-fi, as the alien vehicles “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” have earned critical praise and accolades from the industry groups that tend to foreshadow Oscar nominations. Thanks to a convergence of factors, including the expansion of the best picture category from five movies to 10, the ascendance of the post-“Star Wars” generation in Hollywood and the imposing box office success of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this Rodney Dangerfield of movie genres looks like it may finally win some respect come Oscar time.

“The academy has always thought of sci-fi as a secondary type of exploitation film,” says Roger Corman, who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in November, in large part for his role in producing the low-budget sci-fi films that gave directors like Cameron their start. “They’re only beginning to realize that there is seriousness and depth within the genre.”

A sci-fi film has never won best picture, and to a certain generation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members the genre is still the ignoble territory of the drive-in, the rubber suit, the B actor. In 1968, influential film critic Pauline Kael called Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” “a monumentally unimaginative movie. . . . If big film directors are to get credit for doing badly what others have been doing brilliantly for years with no money, just because they’ve put it on the big screen, then businessmen are greater than poets and theft is art.” It seems many in the academy agreed with Kael’s dismissal of “2001,” because Kubrick’s now iconic film earned only one Oscar, for its special effects, and was not nominated for best picture.

For the rest of the piece…….Link…....

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Travel, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

AVATAR, District 9 and Star Trek……..and a ‘Oscar’?

Sci -Fi is big this year…..We all need to get away from our troubles of today……

But could it be big enough for an “OSCAR”?

Slasher films, pot comedies, anything starring The Rock — there are some movies that no one expects to win Academy Awards. And traditionally, Oscar’s no-fly list has included science fiction. Academy Award-winning films are supposed to be serious, weighty, historical — if your movie takes place in a galaxy far, far away, well, you can leave your tuxedo in the closet until it’s time to accept a somewhat less prestigious prize shaped like a rocket ship.

This year, however, is looking like a breakthrough year for sci-fi, as the alien vehicles “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” have earned critical praise and accolades from the industry groups that tend to foreshadow Oscar nominations. Thanks to a convergence of factors, including the expansion of the best picture category from five movies to 10, the ascendance of the post-“Star Wars” generation in Hollywood and the imposing box office success of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this Rodney Dangerfield of movie genres looks like it may finally win some respect come Oscar time.

“The academy has always thought of sci-fi as a secondary type of exploitation film,” says Roger Corman, who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in November, in large part for his role in producing the low-budget sci-fi films that gave directors like Cameron their start. “They’re only beginning to realize that there is seriousness and depth within the genre.”

A sci-fi film has never won best picture, and to a certain generation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members the genre is still the ignoble territory of the drive-in, the rubber suit, the B actor. In 1968, influential film critic Pauline Kael called Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” “a monumentally unimaginative movie. . . . If big film directors are to get credit for doing badly what others have been doing brilliantly for years with no money, just because they’ve put it on the big screen, then businessmen are greater than poets and theft is art.” It seems many in the academy agreed with Kael’s dismissal of “2001,” because Kubrick’s now iconic film earned only one Oscar, for its special effects, and was not nominated for best picture.

For the rest of the piece…….Link…....

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Travel, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Inside the Edwards Trainwreck……the book 'The Politician'….

I had to post that headline from PoliticalWire…..He, he, he…..

Here’s the piece…..

The Wall Street Journal gets an early copy of Andrew Young’s tell-all  book about working as an aide to John Edwards for nearly a decade.

A few choice highlights from The Politician:

The locals: Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?”

The hair: “Naturally thick and lustrous, his hair was a fixation with him. He insisted on using just one kind of shampoo — HairTec Thick & Strong Shampoo for Fine, Fragile Hair.”

The confrontation: Elizabeth Edwards answered a cell phone call to hear Rielle Hunter who “launched into a romantic monologue.” Elizabeth confronted her husband who “confessed to having had a one-night stand but didn’t say with whom.” He called Hunter in front of his wife to end it, but later called her back to say he didn’t mean it.

The video: Young describes his discovery of a compromising videotape of Edwards and a naked, pregnant lover: “It was like watching a traffic pileup occur in slow motion — it was repelling but also transfixing.”

I was for him for VP with Kerry…But after that things went downward….The guy was just too slick…..

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Inside the Edwards Trainwreck……the book ‘The Politician’….

I had to post that headline from PoliticalWire…..He, he, he…..

Here’s the piece…..

The Wall Street Journal gets an early copy of Andrew Young’s tell-all  book about working as an aide to John Edwards for nearly a decade.

A few choice highlights from The Politician:

The locals: Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?”

The hair: “Naturally thick and lustrous, his hair was a fixation with him. He insisted on using just one kind of shampoo — HairTec Thick & Strong Shampoo for Fine, Fragile Hair.”

The confrontation: Elizabeth Edwards answered a cell phone call to hear Rielle Hunter who “launched into a romantic monologue.” Elizabeth confronted her husband who “confessed to having had a one-night stand but didn’t say with whom.” He called Hunter in front of his wife to end it, but later called her back to say he didn’t mean it.

The video: Young describes his discovery of a compromising videotape of Edwards and a naked, pregnant lover: “It was like watching a traffic pileup occur in slow motion — it was repelling but also transfixing.”

I was for him for VP with Kerry…But after that things went downward….The guy was just too slick…..

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

If they are going to do Healthcare …trim the Bill…..and get it done and move forward….

The Dog believes that contrary to the hype…there is a Healthcare Bill that can get done…..if the politicians in the House , Senate and the White House sit down and trim the Bill down to something doable…vote it in and the President signs it soon…the problem will go away…..

Even if people are a bit pissed….the passage of the Bill will defuse the media and the Republicans…..

And the President has to go on the road for a week to generate press coverage, and a counter to the GOP’s ‘tax and spend’ label on the….


This whole thing is a festering wound..the longer untreated….. the worst it will get……

And the more the GOP smiles……

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Obama to freeze top Administration salaries…..

This from The Washington Post\’s Federal Eye.….

President Obama will freeze the salaries of senior White House officials and other top political appointees and eliminate bonuses for all political appointees, the White House said Tuesday. The payroll decision will likely get a mention in Wednesday’s State of the Union address, officials said.

Obama last year froze the salaries of top White House officials earning more than $100,000, and this year’s freeze will once again impact them and other top Executive Branch appointees, politically appointed ambassadors and political appointees serving in the Senior Executive Service — roughly 1,200 people.

This is also the second year that Obama has declined to pay bonuses. It’s unclear how much a government official would earn from a bonus or who would earn one, but the decision theoretically would affect more than 3,000 officials across the government.

“We all appreciate how hard all of these people work,” White House Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients said Tuesday. “At the same time, everyone across the board has been making tough choices, streamlining what works, cutting what doesn’t. Families are doing this, and now the president is asking political appointees to do the same.”

The financial impact on the president’s proposed budget is minimal, but will likely send a powerful message to Americans wary of government spending. The White House has already said that Obama will propose a three-year freeze on discretionary spending unrelated to national security, a decision that would save as much as $250 billion over the next decade.

Lead by example …..huh?

Working for the Federal Government is not gonna make you rich… while you are there……

But afterwards…….Yea Boy!

(Take the hit…it’s worth it!)

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Tiger Woods is getting visits from his wife……

Who know’s…… maybe they will stay together?……

Tiger Woods’ wife reportedly has been hanging at the crib of another high-profile athlete who is in the dumps – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Elin Nordegren has been staying at Favre\’s 460-acre spread in Hattiesburg, Miss., while Woods undergoes sex addiction therapy at a nearby clinic, Us Weekly reported Tuesday.

“She definitely stands out,” a local shopkeeper told the mag. “She was beautiful. She was walking around alone and trying to keep to herself.”

Woods checked himself into the clinic earlier this month under orders from his management team and his wife.

“He didn’t want to go to rehab,” a source told Us Weekly.

Woods has discovered the hardest thing about this kind of rehab is not the “celibacy contract,” which bans all sexual contact while in treatment.

It’s not being allowed to play golf.

“He’s used to going in this robot mode of hitting a ball over and over as a way to escape,” another source told the magazine.
“His dad taught him that at age 2. But he can’t do that now.”
The Dog always thought this caper was not about sex…but about Tiger dealing with lot of other issues….

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Toyota stops selling Camry and seven other of its car's for gas pedal repairs….

Toyota suspended U.S. sales of some of its most popular vehicles — including the best-selling car in America, the Camry — to fix sticking gas pedals that could make the cars accelerate without warning.

In another blow to the world’s No. 1 automaker, Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it would halt some production at six assembly plants beginning the week of Feb. 1 “to assess and coordinate activities.”

The company said it would stop selling eight models of cars and trucks, a significant portion of its fleet. The suspension comes after a recall of the same models last week involving 2.3 million vehicles.

Toyota has said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries due to the pedal problems associated with the recall, but could not rule them out for sure.

“This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized,” said Bob Carter, Toyota’s group vice president and general manager.

The Japanese automaker said the sales suspension includes the following models: the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.

Some dealers suggested taking vehicles to dealerships for inspections if people have safety concerns.

Aaron Bragman, an auto analyst for the consulting firm IHS Global Insight in Troy, Mich., said Toyota typically sells about 65,000 Camrys and Corollas a month, and the frozen sales could strike at the company’s bottom line and reputation for quality.

Here’s the rest of the piece….link..….

The Dog commends Toyota for ‘doing the right thing’ even if it hurts the bottom line…..Bravo!

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | Leave a comment