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Michael Jackson's kids will accept a Grammy for their Father…….

Michael Jackon is receiving a posthumous lifetime achievement award at the Grammys on Sunday.

Michael Jackson might be gone but the awards keep trickling in.

The King of Pop’s two eldest children will take the stage Saturday at the Special Merit Awards ceremony to accept a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their father, according to CNN.

His daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson, 11, and two sons Prince Michael Jackson II, 7, (also known as Blanket) and Prince Michael Jackson I, 12, (r.) at a memorial service for the singer.

Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, are scheduled to make their first public appearance since the memorial service 12 days after Jackson’s death, according to CNN, which quoted unnamed Jackson family sources.

Jackson’s youngest son, seven-year-old Blanket, is not expected to appear at the awards show.

A video of the presentation will then be shown during Sunday night’s musical tribute to Jackson during the Grammy telecast, according to CNN.

However, not everyone in the Jackson family is happy with the planned presentation.

Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, will attend the ceremony, but Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, will not be present due to anger that he was not consulted about having his grandchildren accept the award, according to the report.

Grammy producers and the Jackson estate’s special administrators decided who would take part in the tribute, which doesn’t sit well with all members of the performer’s family, according to CNN.

Despite being left out of his son’s will, Joe Jackson has requested a monthly allowance from his son’s estate, claiming that he depends on his son’s financial support to live.

I still find it hard to believe he’s gone…….What a waste…..

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January 29, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Updates | , , , , | 7 Comments

Michael Jackson’s kids will accept a Grammy for their Father…….

Michael Jackon is receiving a posthumous lifetime achievement award at the Grammys on Sunday.

Michael Jackson might be gone but the awards keep trickling in.

The King of Pop’s two eldest children will take the stage Saturday at the Special Merit Awards ceremony to accept a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their father, according to CNN.

His daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson, 11, and two sons Prince Michael Jackson II, 7, (also known as Blanket) and Prince Michael Jackson I, 12, (r.) at a memorial service for the singer.

Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11, are scheduled to make their first public appearance since the memorial service 12 days after Jackson’s death, according to CNN, which quoted unnamed Jackson family sources.

Jackson’s youngest son, seven-year-old Blanket, is not expected to appear at the awards show.

A video of the presentation will then be shown during Sunday night’s musical tribute to Jackson during the Grammy telecast, according to CNN.

However, not everyone in the Jackson family is happy with the planned presentation.

Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, will attend the ceremony, but Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, will not be present due to anger that he was not consulted about having his grandchildren accept the award, according to the report.

Grammy producers and the Jackson estate’s special administrators decided who would take part in the tribute, which doesn’t sit well with all members of the performer’s family, according to CNN.

Despite being left out of his son’s will, Joe Jackson has requested a monthly allowance from his son’s estate, claiming that he depends on his son’s financial support to live.

I still find it hard to believe he’s gone…….What a waste…..

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Updates | , , , , | 7 Comments

Congress wants the Justice Department to get involved in the College Football BCS Championship System….

The Department of Justice is contemplating a wide variety of actions intended to reform the current college football championship system, according to a letter made public Friday.

The letter, sent in response to a request by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), says that the Justice department is still determining whether or not to open a formal investigation into the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

“The Department of Justice is reviewing your letter as well as other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into the legality of the current system under the antitrust laws,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich. “Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football post-season.”

Hatch is a long-time opponent of the BCS and requested that the Justice department open an investigation into the BCS last October. The Utah senator’s office released the letter Friday evening.

Weich did not say if an investigation will be opened, rather he layed out a variety of options the administration and Congress could take to reform or break apart the BCS.

Opponents of the BCS, a group that includes several members of Congress, say that the system is unfair to the five smaller BCS conferences that receive less bowl revenue and automatic bids to the four BCS bowls.

They say that because of this, it is almost impossible for “mid-major” colleges to play for the national championship (a group that has included several undefeated teams over the past several years, including Hatch’s home state Utah Utes in 2008). Thus, opponents contend that the BCS is a oligopoly intended to benefit large athletic conferences.

Note:…..This is the second warning to College Football to change the sytem…The Dog did a post on the first warning, which the BCS didn’t understand …or failed to accept as serious….The current Bowl system is going be changed…..sooner of later…the best thing is get ahead of the ball and start moving so that teh Justice Departmenet doesn’t end up written the new system with a judge……

Stay tuned…… this is going to get REALY INTERESTING…….

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Entertainment, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

On the Presidents walk into the Lion's den with GOP in Baltimore….

It seems someone believe ‘s the ex- Law Professor turned President did fine with the opposition…..Now if he can deal with the country and Congress……

This from Charles Lemos over @ MyDD.com…..

The President today attended the GOP House Caucus’ Annual Retreat in Baltimore. The President’s remarks and the subsequent question and answer were live on the national cable channels though Fox News cut away mid-stream. It was riveting and perhaps will prove a pivotal point in American politics. It is to the credit of the GOP leadership that they opened the event to the media. It served the national interest.

Some had characterized the event as Daniel walking into the lion’s den. If so, Daniel mauled himself some lions, off teleprompter no less. Perhaps declawed is a better word. It was a feast for Democrats and hopefully the nation to behold the President, armed with only his wits, in total and complete command but today’s event need not be necessarily famine for the GOP either. Clearly, today’s event demonstrate that a frank and candid exchange of views is possible.

Furthermore, if they were not awed by the President’s talents and penchant for detail, then simply they are not political animals. At its core, it was the most clear and poignant call to leave behind the slash and burn politics of the past and instead engage in a constructive dialogue in the interests of governance.

The event ran a little more than an hour with the President taking questions from Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Representative Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Representative Dr. Tom Price of Georgia, Representative Tom Roskan of Illinois (who served with the President in the state legislature in Springfield), and Representative Jeb Hensarling or Texas. It is really must watch television, underscoring the fact that whatever the failings of leadership over the past year, Barack Obama possesses talents that few others do.

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic writes:

Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama’s weakness — his penchant for nuance — into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president.

Arguments may have been demolished but the edifice of state was constructed or perhaps at the very least a foundation was laid to move forward in the national interest. I’d daresay this was Barack Obama’s finest hour yet. Let’s hope that there is more of this to come.

There’s more…

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

On the Presidents walk into the Lion’s den with GOP in Baltimore….

It seems someone believe ‘s the ex- Law Professor turned President did fine with the opposition…..Now if he can deal with the country and Congress……

This from Charles Lemos over @ MyDD.com…..

The President today attended the GOP House Caucus’ Annual Retreat in Baltimore. The President’s remarks and the subsequent question and answer were live on the national cable channels though Fox News cut away mid-stream. It was riveting and perhaps will prove a pivotal point in American politics. It is to the credit of the GOP leadership that they opened the event to the media. It served the national interest.

Some had characterized the event as Daniel walking into the lion’s den. If so, Daniel mauled himself some lions, off teleprompter no less. Perhaps declawed is a better word. It was a feast for Democrats and hopefully the nation to behold the President, armed with only his wits, in total and complete command but today’s event need not be necessarily famine for the GOP either. Clearly, today’s event demonstrate that a frank and candid exchange of views is possible.

Furthermore, if they were not awed by the President’s talents and penchant for detail, then simply they are not political animals. At its core, it was the most clear and poignant call to leave behind the slash and burn politics of the past and instead engage in a constructive dialogue in the interests of governance.

The event ran a little more than an hour with the President taking questions from Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Representative Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Representative Dr. Tom Price of Georgia, Representative Tom Roskan of Illinois (who served with the President in the state legislature in Springfield), and Representative Jeb Hensarling or Texas. It is really must watch television, underscoring the fact that whatever the failings of leadership over the past year, Barack Obama possesses talents that few others do.

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic writes:

Accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may turn out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in months. Debating a law professor is kind of foolish: the Republican House Caucus has managed to turn Obama’s weakness — his penchant for nuance — into a strength. Plenty of Republicans asked good and probing questions, but Mike Pence, among others, found their arguments simply demolished by the president.

Arguments may have been demolished but the edifice of state was constructed or perhaps at the very least a foundation was laid to move forward in the national interest. I’d daresay this was Barack Obama’s finest hour yet. Let’s hope that there is more of this to come.

There’s more…

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Tests for the iPad…..a video from The LA Times……

The ‘Beach’ test and the ‘Couch’ test from David Lazarus over @ The LA Times……..

Here’s the Link to the video…….

Ah…just so you know he did the video without actually having a iPad….just wanted to let you know……..

Update……if you want to be ‘with it’ and get this new gadget…bring your wallet, check book, or gold card….with you…..it’s gonna cost…

While it remains to be seen whether Apple’s new iPad tablet will ultimately change the publishing business the way the iPod has changed the landscape of the music industry, the fact that it’s essentially an outsize iTouch (which itself is basically an iPhone sans the phone), brings a more immediate and pressing question to light, where, exactly, do you stick it?

Ipad_accessories_ipad_clothingI mean, technically speaking it’s portable (but then again, so’s a bone-in ham). But where, are you going to stash that 71.4-square-inch, pound-and-a half gleaming slab of multimedia ambrosia when it’s time to put down your e-version of “Catcher in the Rye” and catch your commuter flight straight home to Nerdvana?

Not to worry. It seems the folks at Scottevest, maker of those 22-pocket travel vests you’ve seen advertised in the Sky Mall catalogs, have been on the case, and shortly after Steve Jobs announced the tablet and its specifications were revealed, the Sun Valley, Idaho, company threw the above graphic up on its website.

Personally I think a cool lather case is the right way to go…wait they’ll be available soon……

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Entertainment, Media, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Surprise…..Laws banning cellphone use while driving apparently haven’t reduced accidents…….

Laws banning cellphone use while driving apparently haven’t reduced crashes, according to a study released on Friday that compared the number of total crashes before the ban with the number after. The study found virtually no difference in the numbers, a finding that had the researchers scratching their heads.

“We were very surprised,” said Adrian Lund, the president of the Highway Loss Data Institute that conducted the study and an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The thought was, of course that if law were passed that decreased cellphone use, then there should be fewer crashes. But that was not the case.

“You know that there should be fewer,” he said. “We were looking for that, and we aren’t seeing that pattern,” said Mr. Lund, who is also the insurance institute’s president.

This is the first look at crashes in California, New York, Connecticut and Washington since they passed bans on hand-held cellphone use while driving. One reason Mr. Lund was so surprised was that the institute had previously conducted research that showed that drivers talking on cellphones seemed to be four times as likely to crash.

The new study, which was completed in December, looked at crashes (and not just at those involving cellphones) in those four places and found no decrease in accidents, despite the bans’ having reduced the use of hand-held cellphones 41 to 76 percent. The researchers obtained those numbers by going out to street corners and exit ramps to observe how many people had cellphones up to their ears before the bans compared with after the bans.

“We can’t even see a blip in the data for crashes,” said Mr. Lund. Furthermore, there was no indication that increased cellphone use was resulting in more crashes nationwide, despite what studies and common sense would indicate.

The Dog thinks several things are happeneing…..First of all…when people know they can’t drive and talk….then simply pull over and talk……Second……People have gotten better are talking and driving……Third one’s that constantly talk and drive but a handless system……Fourth…some people don’t say this but they drive and text……but they won’t do so in a research situation because they know to do so is stupid…but in private they do so anyway…..

Note:……The next time you are on the road and you see a police car…look to see if the cop is driving and using the phone……

Update.…..A little while back…..accidents turned into crashes…..I still call them accidents…..

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Government, Law, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Travel, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Jon Stewart….on the State of the Union…….and other things with Doris Kearns Goodwin…..

I love this guy…..

Thanks talkandpolitics……..

Here’s the link………..

Note..….The link is for the whole show…there are ads in the piece….

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

Funnii Friday’s 1.29.10 from Up 4 Discussion………

From our friend JSin……..

It’s Friday!

Enjoy the Funnii’s & don’t forget the Funnii Friday’s process:

1)If YOU find anything that you think is ‘funnii’ & would like to share it with me and your fellow readers e-mail it to me

2)The ‘funnii’s’ can be video, pictures, jokes or whatever

3)If it will provide a good laugh send it to me via e-mail at up4dsn@yahoo.com anytime during the day & throughout the week!

4)Anything I receive during the day on Friday’s I will upload to the post & everything received after Friday’s will be posted the following Friday

The Funnii’s……

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Up 4 Discussion, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

The Washington Post's 'The Fix' on 10 Senate races to watch……..

10. Pennsylvania (Democratic-controlled): Democrats barely talk about this race, believing that no matter what happens in the May primary fight — and we do mean fight — between party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. Joe Sestak they will hold the seat in November. And yet, polls continue to show former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) running very competitively against either Democrat, not to mention the fact that Toomey’s citizen legislator profile — he left Congress after three terms due to a self imposed term limit — could play very nicely in this sort of outsider environment. Toomey’s voting record, however, will be mined by Democrats to cast him as more conservative than the state’s average voter. (Previous ranking: 10)

9. Illinois (D): The two parties will pick their nominees to replace retiring Sen. Roland Burris (D) on Tuesday. Rep. Mark Kirk is the strong favorite on the Republican side while state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is favored to claim the Democratic nod although his family’s bank remains in the news (and not in a good way) and could hand some momentum to his opponents — particularly former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman — in the final days of the race. Republicans are salivating about the prospect of Giannoulias in a general election but he will benefit from the Democratic lean of the state. (Previous ranking: 9)

8. Ohio (Republican-controlled): Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher’s (D) campaign has been something short of impressive. The latest disappointment? Fisher collected just $780,000 in the final three months of 2009, a sum almost half that of former Rep. Rob Portman’s (R) $1.4 million raised over the same time period. Fisher’s campaign did not release his cash-on-hand number — never a good sign — but at the end of September he had $1.6 million in the bank; Portman showed a whopping $6 million in his campaign warchest at the end of the year. Portman’s ties to the Bush Administration — particularly his stint as U.S. Trade Representative — will not play well in Ohio but the political climate in the state has turned against Democrats of late as evidenced by the erosion of Gov. Ted Strickland’s (D) numbers. (Previous ranking: 6)

7. Missouri (R): Neither Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) nor Rep. Roy Blunt (R) has the right resume for this sort of election. While Carnahan has never worked held office in Washington — a major plus — she is part of the first family of Missouri politics, a fact that voters wary of dynastic politics may not like. Blunt, for his part, spent years in House Republican leadership during the Bush years, which won’t play well at all with voters looking to shake up the status quo. Polling suggests the race is close and everything we hear anecdotally agrees with that sentiment. Carnahan is the better natural candidate but Blunt looks likely to benefit from a wind at his back. (Previous ranking: 4)

6. Colorado (D): Of the five appointed Senators on the Democratic side, Michael Bennet (D) clearly has the best profile to win in this sort of anti-incumbent election. Prior to being picked for the office by retiring Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Bennet had never held elected office before and was an unknown statewide. Since his selection, Bennet has done an admirable job of moving around the state and, as importantly, raising money. He raised nearly $1.2 million in the final three months of last year, more than doubling the total of former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, the Republican favorite. But, Bennet still has a tough path to victory in November. Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff looks like he is staying in the primary against Bennet and a recent poll showed Norton and Bennet in a dead heat. (Previous ranking: Eight)

5. New Hampshire (R): It’s now clear that former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte has a real fight on her hands for the Republican nomination. Businessman Bill Binnie has already given himself more than $1 million for the campaign and 1996 gubernatorial nominee Ovide Lamontagne is lining up endorsements from national conservatives like Steve Forbes. Ayotte, meanwhile, posted a less-than-overwhelming fourth quarter of fundraising even as her campaign released a survey showing her far ahead in the primary. Rep. Paul Hodes (D) continues to collect cash — $1.4 million on hand at the end of the year — and enjoy his lack of a primary. (Previous ranking: 5)

4. Arkansas (D): While the rumors that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) would step aside this week weren’t true, the very fact that they weren’t dismissed out of hand by the political smart set suggests the dire straits facing the Arkansas Democrat. Recent polling shows her losing to two little known state Senators — Gilbert Baker and Jim Holt — and it seem almost certain that 3rd district Rep. John Boozman, sensing opportunity, is going to get into the race as well. Lincoln insiders insist she is ready for a fight but her best hope is that the Republican field stays crowded and forces the eventual nominee to take his eye off of Lincoln. (Previous ranking: 7)

3. Nevada (D): Another month and another set of polls that suggest that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in deep trouble in his re-election bid. While the Republican field against Reid is no great shakes — Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) is now considering a bid — it probably won’t matter given that voters appear to have decided they want anyone other than the Nevada Democrat representing them. Reid, who ended 2009 with nearly $9 million in the bank, will have near-limitless resources to make his case to the state’s voters but what case can he make? His early ads have attempted to reinforce his position of power in Washington but haven’t moved numbers — perhaps because the state’s voters know he is powerful but still don’t want to vote for him. (Previous ranking: 2)

2. Delaware (D): Beau Biden’s surprising decision not to run makes this a very hard hold for Democrats. Castle has been in statewide elected office in the First State since 1980(!) and has long had a reputation as the sort of moderate that the Democratic-leaning state is comfortable voting for. While Democrats plan to use Castle’s long tenure and voting record against him — a smart strategy in this environment — there is likely going to be a significant stature gap between Castle and Newcastle County Executive Chris Coons, the likely Democratic nominee. (Previous ranking: 3)

1. North Dakota (D): Dorgan’s retirement coupled with Gov. John Hoeven’s (R) decision to run makes this seat as close to a sure-thing pickup for Republicans as you will see at the Senate level. Democrats seem to like former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp and, if she runs, she will give them a credible alternative to Hoeven. But, make no mistake: This is Hoeven’s race to lose. (Previous ranking: N/A)

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January 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 6 Comments