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Apple introduces the iPad tablet computer……

Leading up to the long-speculated launch of Apple’s iPad tablet computer, the publishing industry — newspapers, magazines and books — seemed to be the target. At least, those execs were at the forefront of the leaks (thanks, McGraw-Hill!).

Could the iPad instantly succeed — like the iPod did for digital music before it — where Amazon’s Kindle had been slowly gaining steam?

It should come as no surprise that a publisher — the New York Times — was the first partner that was shown during the Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco today. The app is well-designed and looks to be a mix between NYTimes.com and its already-existent iPhone app.

“Why did we come out three weeks ago to develop an app for the iPad?” said Martin Nisenholtz, the N.Y. Times senior vice president for digital operations, during the announcement. “We think that we’ve captured the essence of reading a newspaper… all in a native app.”

We’ve been down this road before with like type computer hardware…let’s see what happens……

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January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls | , | Leave a comment

Long Island's Newsday is on the ropes…….

And the message to The New York Times is…do you really want to charge for Internet access?

In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?

So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to newsday.com?

The answer: 35 people. As in fewer than three dozen. As in a decent-sized elementary-school class.

That astoundingly low figure was revealed in a newsroom-wide meeting last week by publisher Terry Jimenez when a reporter asked how many people had signed up for the site. Mr. Jimenez didn’t know the number off the top of his head, so he asked a deputy sitting near him. He replied 35.

While I feel for the employee’s there who are sitting on paper disappearing beneath their feet…I happy to see The Dolans lose more money……After their caper with Scripps and HGTV and the Food Channel and The Knicks….I’m waiting to see what else they’ll mess up….

Stay tuned…..I’m sure there will be more……

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Long Island’s Newsday is on the ropes…….

And the message to The New York Times is…do you really want to charge for Internet access?

In late October, Newsday, the Long Island daily that the Dolans bought for $650 million, put its web site, newsday.com, behind a pay wall. The paper was one of the first non-business newspapers to take the plunge by putting up a pay wall, so in media circles it has been followed with interest. Could its fate be a sign of what others, including The New York Times, might expect?

So, three months later, how many people have signed up to pay $5 a week, or $260 a year, to get unfettered access to newsday.com?

The answer: 35 people. As in fewer than three dozen. As in a decent-sized elementary-school class.

That astoundingly low figure was revealed in a newsroom-wide meeting last week by publisher Terry Jimenez when a reporter asked how many people had signed up for the site. Mr. Jimenez didn’t know the number off the top of his head, so he asked a deputy sitting near him. He replied 35.

While I feel for the employee’s there who are sitting on paper disappearing beneath their feet…I happy to see The Dolans lose more money……After their caper with Scripps and HGTV and the Food Channel and The Knicks….I’m waiting to see what else they’ll mess up….

Stay tuned…..I’m sure there will be more……

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Merlin with more 2010 general number of Senate/House…… seat's won/lost predictions…..and Governor's….

Hello Dog!

Scott Elliott over at http://www.electionprojection.com right now predicts this:

Democrats to lose 5 Senate Seats

Democrats to lose 16 House Seats

Republicans will have a net gain of 2 Governorships

Senate Projections:

http://www.electionprojection.com/2010elections/senate10.php

House Projections

http://www.electionprojection.com/2010elections/house10.php

Governor Projections

http://www.electionprojection.com/2010elections/governors10.php

Check it all out

Merlin

Update…..


He just changed Pennsylvania from “WEAK DEM Hold” into “WEAK GOP GAIN” so it’s now + 6 for the GOP in the Senate which means he’s giving the GOP:

North Dakota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Colorado and Nevada.

In the House he predicts this:

From Dem to GOP:

Alabama – 2 (Bobby Bright)
Arkansas – 1 (Open)
Arkansas – 2 (Open)
Colorado – 4 (Betsy Markey)
Florida – 8 (Alan Grayson)
Idaho – 1 (Walter Minnick)
Kansas – 3 (Open)
Louisiana – 3 (Open)
Maryland – 1 (Frank Kratochvil)
Michigan – 7 (Mark Schauer)
Mississippi – 1 (Travis Childers)
New Mexico – 2 (Harry Teague)
Ohio – 1 (Steve Driehaus)
Ohio – 15 (Mary Jo Kilroy)
Pennsylvania – 7 (Open)
Tennessee – 6 (Open)
Tennessee – 8 (Open)
Virginia – 5 (Tom Perriello)
Washington State – 3 (Open)

From GOP to Dem:

Delaware At-Large (Open)
Illinois – 10 (Open)
Louisiana – 2 (Ahn Cao)

For Governors……

From Dem to GOP

Pennsylvania (Open)
Michigan (Open)
Wisconsin (Open)
Tennessee (Open)
Oklahomas (Open)
Kansas (Open)
Colorado (Open)
Wyoming (Open IF Freudenthal doesn’t challenge the States Term-Limits)

From GOP to Dem:

Hawaii (Open)
California (Open)
Minnesota (Open)
Vermont (Open)
Connecticut (Open)

Still in the Democratic Column are Ohio & Iowa which seems odd for me as both Incumbents trailing badly especially Culver in Iowa.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Merlin with more 2010 general number of Senate/House…… seat’s won/lost predictions…..and Governor’s….

Hello Dog!

Scott Elliott over at http://www.electionprojection.com right now predicts this:

Democrats to lose 5 Senate Seats

Democrats to lose 16 House Seats

Republicans will have a net gain of 2 Governorships

Senate Projections:

http://www.electionprojection.com/2010elections/senate10.php

House Projections

http://www.electionprojection.com/2010elections/house10.php

Governor Projections

http://www.electionprojection.com/2010elections/governors10.php

Check it all out

Merlin

Update…..


He just changed Pennsylvania from “WEAK DEM Hold” into “WEAK GOP GAIN” so it’s now + 6 for the GOP in the Senate which means he’s giving the GOP:

North Dakota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Colorado and Nevada.

In the House he predicts this:

From Dem to GOP:

Alabama – 2 (Bobby Bright)
Arkansas – 1 (Open)
Arkansas – 2 (Open)
Colorado – 4 (Betsy Markey)
Florida – 8 (Alan Grayson)
Idaho – 1 (Walter Minnick)
Kansas – 3 (Open)
Louisiana – 3 (Open)
Maryland – 1 (Frank Kratochvil)
Michigan – 7 (Mark Schauer)
Mississippi – 1 (Travis Childers)
New Mexico – 2 (Harry Teague)
Ohio – 1 (Steve Driehaus)
Ohio – 15 (Mary Jo Kilroy)
Pennsylvania – 7 (Open)
Tennessee – 6 (Open)
Tennessee – 8 (Open)
Virginia – 5 (Tom Perriello)
Washington State – 3 (Open)

From GOP to Dem:

Delaware At-Large (Open)
Illinois – 10 (Open)
Louisiana – 2 (Ahn Cao)

For Governors……

From Dem to GOP

Pennsylvania (Open)
Michigan (Open)
Wisconsin (Open)
Tennessee (Open)
Oklahomas (Open)
Kansas (Open)
Colorado (Open)
Wyoming (Open IF Freudenthal doesn’t challenge the States Term-Limits)

From GOP to Dem:

Hawaii (Open)
California (Open)
Minnesota (Open)
Vermont (Open)
Connecticut (Open)

Still in the Democratic Column are Ohio & Iowa which seems odd for me as both Incumbents trailing badly especially Culver in Iowa.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

The Catholic Church wants a Healthcare Bill…….

Will wonders ever cease?

This from  David Gibson over @ Politics Daily.…..

In a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of the United States have told Congress to put politics aside and focus on the “moral imperative” of passing universal health care.

“The health care debate, with all its political and ideological conflict, seems to have lost its central moral focus and policy priority, which is to ensure that affordable, quality, life-giving care is available to all,” the three bishops who are leading the lobbying effort for the Catholic hierarchy write in a letter sent Tuesday to all 535 senators and representatives. “Now is not the time to abandon this task, but rather to set aside partisan divisions and special interest pressures to find ways to enact genuine reform.”

Passing legislation to provide universal, affordable health has been a longtime goal of the Catholic bishops, and in their letter to Congress (pdf version here) they reiterate that they consider health care “a basic human right.” They have even called health care reform a “pro-life issue,” although their own line in the sand against any hint of federal funding of abortion coverage and for strong conscience protections for hospitals and health care workers arguably delayed the negotiations until Brown’s victory seemed to seal the reform’s fate.

Besides abortion funding, the Catholic hierarchy is also concerned that health care reform be affordable for everyone, especially poor and working class Americans, and that it allow immigrants to buy insurance even if reform does not cover all immigrants regardless of status, as the bishops would prefer. The authors of the letter reflect that three-fold concern. They are Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, head of pro-life efforts for the hierarchy; Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, their chief spokesman on domestic issues; and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, their spokesman on behalf of immigrants.

Amen………

The highlights added by the Dog……

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Updates | , | 2 Comments

New York's Sen Gillibrand gets critical looks…and is found wanting…..

It is starting to happen….Once the media and politico’s in New York find it safe to speak out against Chuck Schumer’s Kirsten Gillibrand…the flood gates are going to open…..here’s the first on many pieces on the junior New York Senator appointed ….not elected…to her job…..

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In the 12 months since Governor David Paterson made Kirsten Gillibrand a senator, her poll numbers have done something rather remarkable: that is, nothing.

There are several explanations for why Ms. Gillibrand’s statewide approval ratings have spent a year mired in the mid-20s, despite her superior title and elevated profile: Her appointment process was publicly bungled; her stance on issues like guns and gay rights evolved in disarmingly short order; and, since she’s never had to run a statewide campaign, many voters still don’t know who she is, or, for that matter, what she’s doing down in Washington.

But the junior senator may also be battling something more fundamental: her voice.

“Kirsten Gillibrand has what I would call a non-regional American young female’s accent,” wrote Dr. Bert Vaux, a sociolinguistics scholar at the University of Cambridge, who was asked by The Observer to analyze Ms. Gillibrand’s public speaking. “Though I lack the phonetic expertise to put my finger on what exactly is involved in this, her voice quality is of the sort that is typically associated with pre-workforce-age white American females. Judging by the case of this woman, this speech pattern has now extended into higher age ranges.”

Though Dr. Vaux stressed we should all avoid our “pre-programmed” tendency to form biases based solely on someone’s speech, he noted that Ms. Gillibrand often employs a “rising intonation pattern at the end of declarative clauses that lay people tend to associate with teenage girls,” a tendency that gives way to a “classic trigger of linguistic profiling.”

Translation: She sounds more like the cheerleader than the class president.

Ms. Gillibrand offered one concrete example of this amid a scrum of reporters in Harlem earlier this week. “Martha’s gonna wiin!” she squeaked, referring to Martha Coakley, the Democrats’ embattled Senate candidate in Massachusetts. “Martha’s gonna wiiiin!” she said, her voice rising even higher. “Just be positive!”

“In general, she speaks in a much less formal register than one expects from a senator,” Dr. Vaux wrote.

What exactly one expects from a senator has become a subject of growing debate, as Ms. Gillibrand increasingly tries to beat back a potential primary challenger, former congressman Harold Ford Jr.—a smooth-talking scion of Tennessee’s back-slapping political establishment, whose chief qualification seems to be that he presents better than she does.

A Poor Contrast

Take, for example, a joint appearance by the senator and her would-be challenger on Jan. 18 at Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in East Harlem.

Mr. Ford was in his element. Speaking without notes, he leaned on the lectern and spun stories, effortlessly, about the years he spent growing up around his grandmother’s house in Memphis. (He made sure to include the anecdote that spawned his forthcoming book—More Davids Than Goliaths, slated for publication one week before New York’s primary.) His cadences were relaxed and familiar. When he delivered his laugh lines, the audience laughed. When Mr. Ford began a Bible verse, the audience piped up to help him finish it.

“I felt like he knew how the audience would respond,” said Dina Mathis, a 43-year-old from Co-op City who was in the audience.

“He’s great,” one reporter gushed to another.

Ms. Gillibrand’s delivery was somewhat less inspiring.

“At this time of immense hope and possibility, that is best symbolized with Barack Obama as our president, there is still inequity, injustice and inaction that persist,” she said.

The speech received occasional bursts of polite applause.

“It was a well-written speech, but unfortunately, she read it,” said Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin. “It didn’t come from her emotions. Be passionate. I like what she said, but it didn’t come across that way because she was reading it.”

With grim, almost systematic regularity since her appointment as senator, Ms. Gillibrand has underwhelmed audiences at precisely the times at which the most eyes were on her. At her initial press conference on Jan. 23, standing beside Al D’Amato, she named a long list of relatives and mentors, and touched on a hodgepodge of policy issues, without any discernible narrative arc or even basic structure. In the process, she missed a congratulatory call from the president.

And then on July 13, when she was given five minutes to introduce Supreme Court nominee, and fellow New Yorker, Sonia Sotomayor—a national coming-out party engineered in part by Ms. Gillibrand’s mentor, Senator Chuck Schumer—Ms. Gillibrand delivered a deliberate set of remarks that came painfully close to sounding like a biographical report presented to the class. As she stretched past the six-minute mark, the Senate Judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, had heard enough.

“Senator, we’re going to have to put your full statement in the record so that Judge Sotomayor can be heard,” Mr. Leahy said.

“May I conclude my remarks?” Ms. Gillibrand asked with a smile

“If it can be done in the next few seconds, Senator.”

“Yep, one minute,” she said.

He grumbled. She skipped to her last line.

You see?

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

New York’s Sen Gillibrand gets critical looks…and is found wanting…..

It is starting to happen….Once the media and politico’s in New York find it safe to speak out against Chuck Schumer’s Kirsten Gillibrand…the flood gates are going to open…..here’s the first on many pieces on the junior New York Senator appointed ….not elected…to her job…..

<br /> (Getty Images)

In the 12 months since Governor David Paterson made Kirsten Gillibrand a senator, her poll numbers have done something rather remarkable: that is, nothing.

There are several explanations for why Ms. Gillibrand’s statewide approval ratings have spent a year mired in the mid-20s, despite her superior title and elevated profile: Her appointment process was publicly bungled; her stance on issues like guns and gay rights evolved in disarmingly short order; and, since she’s never had to run a statewide campaign, many voters still don’t know who she is, or, for that matter, what she’s doing down in Washington.

But the junior senator may also be battling something more fundamental: her voice.

“Kirsten Gillibrand has what I would call a non-regional American young female’s accent,” wrote Dr. Bert Vaux, a sociolinguistics scholar at the University of Cambridge, who was asked by The Observer to analyze Ms. Gillibrand’s public speaking. “Though I lack the phonetic expertise to put my finger on what exactly is involved in this, her voice quality is of the sort that is typically associated with pre-workforce-age white American females. Judging by the case of this woman, this speech pattern has now extended into higher age ranges.”

Though Dr. Vaux stressed we should all avoid our “pre-programmed” tendency to form biases based solely on someone’s speech, he noted that Ms. Gillibrand often employs a “rising intonation pattern at the end of declarative clauses that lay people tend to associate with teenage girls,” a tendency that gives way to a “classic trigger of linguistic profiling.”

Translation: She sounds more like the cheerleader than the class president.

Ms. Gillibrand offered one concrete example of this amid a scrum of reporters in Harlem earlier this week. “Martha’s gonna wiin!” she squeaked, referring to Martha Coakley, the Democrats’ embattled Senate candidate in Massachusetts. “Martha’s gonna wiiiin!” she said, her voice rising even higher. “Just be positive!”

“In general, she speaks in a much less formal register than one expects from a senator,” Dr. Vaux wrote.

What exactly one expects from a senator has become a subject of growing debate, as Ms. Gillibrand increasingly tries to beat back a potential primary challenger, former congressman Harold Ford Jr.—a smooth-talking scion of Tennessee’s back-slapping political establishment, whose chief qualification seems to be that he presents better than she does.

A Poor Contrast

Take, for example, a joint appearance by the senator and her would-be challenger on Jan. 18 at Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in East Harlem.

Mr. Ford was in his element. Speaking without notes, he leaned on the lectern and spun stories, effortlessly, about the years he spent growing up around his grandmother’s house in Memphis. (He made sure to include the anecdote that spawned his forthcoming book—More Davids Than Goliaths, slated for publication one week before New York’s primary.) His cadences were relaxed and familiar. When he delivered his laugh lines, the audience laughed. When Mr. Ford began a Bible verse, the audience piped up to help him finish it.

“I felt like he knew how the audience would respond,” said Dina Mathis, a 43-year-old from Co-op City who was in the audience.

“He’s great,” one reporter gushed to another.

Ms. Gillibrand’s delivery was somewhat less inspiring.

“At this time of immense hope and possibility, that is best symbolized with Barack Obama as our president, there is still inequity, injustice and inaction that persist,” she said.

The speech received occasional bursts of polite applause.

“It was a well-written speech, but unfortunately, she read it,” said Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin. “It didn’t come from her emotions. Be passionate. I like what she said, but it didn’t come across that way because she was reading it.”

With grim, almost systematic regularity since her appointment as senator, Ms. Gillibrand has underwhelmed audiences at precisely the times at which the most eyes were on her. At her initial press conference on Jan. 23, standing beside Al D’Amato, she named a long list of relatives and mentors, and touched on a hodgepodge of policy issues, without any discernible narrative arc or even basic structure. In the process, she missed a congratulatory call from the president.

And then on July 13, when she was given five minutes to introduce Supreme Court nominee, and fellow New Yorker, Sonia Sotomayor—a national coming-out party engineered in part by Ms. Gillibrand’s mentor, Senator Chuck Schumer—Ms. Gillibrand delivered a deliberate set of remarks that came painfully close to sounding like a biographical report presented to the class. As she stretched past the six-minute mark, the Senate Judiciary chairman, Patrick Leahy, had heard enough.

“Senator, we’re going to have to put your full statement in the record so that Judge Sotomayor can be heard,” Mr. Leahy said.

“May I conclude my remarks?” Ms. Gillibrand asked with a smile

“If it can be done in the next few seconds, Senator.”

“Yep, one minute,” she said.

He grumbled. She skipped to her last line.

You see?

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

Merlin on Ole' Arlen Spector in the Senate Race in Pennsylvania…….

Hello Dog!

Franklin & Marshall College has polled their Home State Pennsylvania and the News ain’t good for Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter. He trails former Rep. Pat Toomey by 14 Points. Toomey also leads Rep. Joe Sestak by 22 Points.

The Keystone Poll is usually the most trusted in the State.

Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formely Keystone Poll)

Pennsylvania Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter  30 %
Rep. Joseph A. Sestak  13 %
Undecided 50 %

General Election

Former Rep. Patrick J. “Pat” Toomey (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D)  31 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  20 %

Former Rep. Patrick J.. “Pat” Toomey (R)  41 %
Rep. Joseph A. Sestak (D)  19 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  37 %

Full Results can be found here:

http://images.lancasteronline.com/local_old/247935/FMPollJanuary2010.pdf

Merlin’s Thoughts:

It ain’t looking good for Spacter because only 30 % say he deserves to be reelected. President Obamas Favorables have reached a new low with 44 % view him Favorable and 44 % view him Unvaforable.

Merlin

The Dog saw that….yea…it looks like Arlen would beat Sestak right now only to lose to Toomey……what do they do down there?

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

Merlin on Ole’ Arlen Spector in the Senate Race in Pennsylvania…….

Hello Dog!

Franklin & Marshall College has polled their Home State Pennsylvania and the News ain’t good for Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter. He trails former Rep. Pat Toomey by 14 Points. Toomey also leads Rep. Joe Sestak by 22 Points.

The Keystone Poll is usually the most trusted in the State.

Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formely Keystone Poll)

Pennsylvania Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter  30 %
Rep. Joseph A. Sestak  13 %
Undecided 50 %

General Election

Former Rep. Patrick J. “Pat” Toomey (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Arlen Specter (D)  31 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  20 %

Former Rep. Patrick J.. “Pat” Toomey (R)  41 %
Rep. Joseph A. Sestak (D)  19 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  37 %

Full Results can be found here:

http://images.lancasteronline.com/local_old/247935/FMPollJanuary2010.pdf

Merlin’s Thoughts:

It ain’t looking good for Spacter because only 30 % say he deserves to be reelected. President Obamas Favorables have reached a new low with 44 % view him Favorable and 44 % view him Unvaforable.

Merlin

The Dog saw that….yea…it looks like Arlen would beat Sestak right now only to lose to Toomey……what do they do down there?

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 9 Comments