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25 of the Most Promising New Products for 2010…….

This is Number 15……

15. Panasonic 50-inch 3D 1080p Plasma TV

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Image: Slashgear

Have you noticed the slew of new movies coming out in 3D? This new kind of TV could be the reason. Once you spring for specialized glasses, a new Blu-ray player, and a bunch of 3-D DVDs, you’ll be ready for this TV.

Here’s the link for the rest…….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates, Women | | Leave a comment

Illinois Election night thread…….

Ok…. Merlin…..Here goes…I hope Brandon is around also…

Update!

The Dog gets it right..…….

Aexi Giannoulias (D) vs Mark Kirk (R) for the Junior Illinois Senate Seat….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Men, Open thread, Other Things, Politics, Updates | | 66 Comments

MTV's 'Turn the Beat Around'……….

Turn The Beat Around

MTV will “Turn The Beat Around” this month. The network that seems to air everything exceptmusic videos has announced the premiere of a new original movie, featuring “stunning dance sequences that combine cutting edge hip hop dance moves with stylized classic disco.”

MTV is cashing in on the craze of hit reality shows like Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and burning up the floor with the debut of Turn The Beat Around, premiering Friday, Feb. 26 @ 10 PM ET/PT.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, Music, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

MTV’s ‘Turn the Beat Around’……….

Turn The Beat Around

MTV will “Turn The Beat Around” this month. The network that seems to air everything exceptmusic videos has announced the premiere of a new original movie, featuring “stunning dance sequences that combine cutting edge hip hop dance moves with stylized classic disco.”

MTV is cashing in on the craze of hit reality shows like Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and burning up the floor with the debut of Turn The Beat Around, premiering Friday, Feb. 26 @ 10 PM ET/PT.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, Music, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Fight for Senate Majority Leader Reid's spot has begun…….

Merlin advised the Dog that he though that if Senator Reid packed it in (he say’s he isn’t right now)…..Senator Durbin (IlL – D) would be the natural choice to succeed Reid…….The Dog coached Merlin that he should not be surprised to see Sen Chuck Schumer aceing for the spot……

Well what do you know?!……

The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, has been the biggest giver to Democratic Senate candidates, contributing $210,000 to colleagues and candidates.

During the same span, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has given $110,000 to Senate candidates.

The leaders gave money to newcomers and candidates facing tough races. But they also contributed to those whose reelection prospects seem solid, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who last won in liberal Vermont with 71 percent of the vote. While Leahy probably does not need the money for reelection, Durbin and Schumer may feel they need to contribute to his campaign to cement his loyalty.

Both lawmakers gave the money through their leadership political action committees (PACs), which allies say is a sign that they are preparing for a possible leadership battle if Reid (D-Nev.) loses reelection, a prospect that is looking more likely.

Spokesmen for Durbin and Schumer declined requests for comment.

Why…you ask?

“You have a leadership PAC for a reason: You give to people that you want to support you at some point in the future,” said a former aide to one of the Democratic leaders. “Is a future leadership race part of the calculation when you give? Yes, it is.”

Who wants it more?

A Durbin ally said the possibility of replacing Reid is “far more in the mind of Chuck Schumer than anyone else” but acknowledged that Durbin has by no means ignored the possibility.

“Chuck’s level of activity of giving to his colleagues has been pretty consistent and Chuck wants to be the first to help out just generally,” said the source. “It’s part of the reason he led the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)] for two election cycles.

“Essentially, 14 Senate Democrats owe their seats to him and he wants to continue to protect that majority that he helped to build,” the source added.

Nuff said……

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , , | 11 Comments

The Fight for Senate Majority Leader Reid’s spot has begun…….

Merlin advised the Dog that he though that if Senator Reid packed it in (he say’s he isn’t right now)…..Senator Durbin (IlL – D) would be the natural choice to succeed Reid…….The Dog coached Merlin that he should not be surprised to see Sen Chuck Schumer aceing for the spot……

Well what do you know?!……

The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, has been the biggest giver to Democratic Senate candidates, contributing $210,000 to colleagues and candidates.

During the same span, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has given $110,000 to Senate candidates.

The leaders gave money to newcomers and candidates facing tough races. But they also contributed to those whose reelection prospects seem solid, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who last won in liberal Vermont with 71 percent of the vote. While Leahy probably does not need the money for reelection, Durbin and Schumer may feel they need to contribute to his campaign to cement his loyalty.

Both lawmakers gave the money through their leadership political action committees (PACs), which allies say is a sign that they are preparing for a possible leadership battle if Reid (D-Nev.) loses reelection, a prospect that is looking more likely.

Spokesmen for Durbin and Schumer declined requests for comment.

Why…you ask?

“You have a leadership PAC for a reason: You give to people that you want to support you at some point in the future,” said a former aide to one of the Democratic leaders. “Is a future leadership race part of the calculation when you give? Yes, it is.”

Who wants it more?

A Durbin ally said the possibility of replacing Reid is “far more in the mind of Chuck Schumer than anyone else” but acknowledged that Durbin has by no means ignored the possibility.

“Chuck’s level of activity of giving to his colleagues has been pretty consistent and Chuck wants to be the first to help out just generally,” said the source. “It’s part of the reason he led the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)] for two election cycles.

“Essentially, 14 Senate Democrats owe their seats to him and he wants to continue to protect that majority that he helped to build,” the source added.

Nuff said……

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , , | 11 Comments

Merlin…..PPP Arkansas Senate Poll………

Hi Dog!

I think you just lost the Arkansas Senate Seat of Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).

During my Posts yesterday I said very often Game Over for Charlie Crist.

Today I’m going to say: Game Over for Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).

She is TOAST. The only one who runs competitive is Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D-AR). Republican Frontrunners, Rep. John N. Boozman (R-AR) as well as State Senator Gilbert Baker have massive leads. Boozman is also well over the 50 % margin.

Public Policy Polling Survey
Arkansas Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  38 %
Disapprove  58 %
Not Sure  5 %

Governor Mike Beebe (D)

Approve  59 %
Disapprove  22 %
Not Sure  19 %

Senator Mark Pryor (D)

Approve  29 %
Disapprove  46 %
Not Sure  26 %

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D)

Approve  27 %
Disapprove  62 %
Not Sure  11 %

Arkansas Senate 2010

General Election

U. S. Rep. John N. Boozman (R)  56 %
Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D)  33 %
Undecided  11 %

U. S. Rep. John N. Boozeman (R)  48 %
U. S. Rep. Mike Ross (D)  37 %
Undecided  15 %

U. S. Rep. John N. Boozeman (R)  44 %
Incumbent Governor Mike Beebe (D)  43 %
Undecided  13 %

U. S. Rep. John N. Boozeman (R)  51 %
Former NATO General Wesley Clark (D)  36 %
Undecided  13 %

U. S. Rep. John N. Boozeman (R)  53 %
Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D)  30 %
Undecided  17 %

State Senator Gilbert Baker (R)  50 %
Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D)  35 %
Undecided  15 %

State Senator Gilbert Baker (R)  39 %
U. S. Rep. Mike Ross (D)  39 %
Undecided  22 %

Incumbent Governor Mike Beebe (D)  46 %
State Senator Gilbert Baker (R)  38 %
Undecided  15 %

State Senator Gilbert Baker (R)  45 %
Former NATO General Wesley Clark (D)  39 %
Undecided  16 %

State Senator Gilbert Baker (R)  45 %
Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D)  34 %
Undecided  21 %

More strikingly Respondents are saying by a 57-33 margin Senator Blanche Lincoln shouldn’t run for Reelection.

Some Thoughts:

1. Mike Ross on the same Day News leaked that Boozman would run announced that he would seek Reelection.

2. Doesn’t matter currently how you slice it: Voters in Arkansas don’t like Democrats.

3. There could be an “Earthquake” coming in Arkansas this November: Looking at this Poll I seriously doubt Halter or Clark would run in either the Senate Race or the AR – 2 House Race.

4. If nearly two-thirds of Voters doesn’t approve of the Job you’re doing you’re likely not gonna win Reelection.

5. Only Chance for Democrats: Push Lincoln out and convince Governor Mike Beebe to run otherwise you’re the LOSER.

Merlin

Sorry this post is getting long……

Update………
Update # 1:

Rasmussen confirms PPP Poll in Arkansas

Boozman (R) 54 %
Lincoln (D) 35 %

Baker (R) 52 %
Lincoln (D) 33 %

Hendren (R) 51 %
Lincoln (D) 35 %

Coleman (R) 50 %
Lincoln (D) 35 %

Cox (R) 50 %
Lincoln (D) 36 %

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/arkansas/toplines/toplines_arkansas_senate_february_1_2010

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 17 Comments

'Don't Ask….Don't Tell' is being watered down while under study by the Pentagon……

The Dog has to admit this one caught him by surprise…..When it was reported that the Seante would hold a hearing about the almost 20 year old Clinton policy of the Miliary’s action on gays among their troops ….I though forget about it……Ike Sheldon got up and complianed the next day…..

But The Obama Adminstraion…not the Pentagaon…has pushed the Defense Scetratary and Chair of the Joint Chiefs to move a few inches and lay low while the policy is studied…..at the Pentagon………

Defense Secretary Gates (l.) and Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen testify Tuesday on Capital Hill about the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that bans openly gay people from service.

Don’t ask, don’t tell. Don’t worry.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says military brass will take a lenient stance toward gays while the Pentagon takes a year to study revising its policy against homosexuals in the service.

The study, expected to be announced Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a step in the slow march toward President Obama‘s goal of eliminating the military’s policy banning gays from military service.

The study will be led by an “active-duty four-star general” and a “senior-level” civilian Pentagon official, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

It will recommend the best way to lift the ban without harming the capabilities or cohesion of the military force, officials said.

While the study is being hailed as a good start by gay rights activists, high-ranking military officers have been reluctant to support a change while troops are stretched thin on two battle fronts.

Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to outline a more lenient standard for enforcing the current ban while the study takes place, sources familiar with the stragegy said.

The interim policy would make it harder for a third party to turn in a gay service member and would raise the standard of evidence for dismissing a gay service member.

The Dog still believes that getting rid of the policy is fight the White House doesn’t want to have until January 21st, 2012……

For this reason…….

Few in the audience at today’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” hearingbefore the Senate Armed Services Committee were surprised when Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled long-term plans to get rid of the ban on gays in the military.

But many were shocked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen’s strong endorsement of those plans, and his decision to tell skeptical lawmakers that he believes the change can only make the military stronger.

For months gay rights advocates have speculated whether Mullen could be their top ally or worst foe in the fight to allow openly homosexual servicemembers to stay in the military. Last year an essay on the merits of letting gays serve appeared in the chairman’s own in-house magazine. Just last month, word leaked that Mullen’s own legal staff was telling him to delay any massive social changes in the ranks until after fighting in Afghanistan is completed.

So, when Mullen read this statement at Tuesday’s hearing, there were audible gasps of excitement from many of those same repeal supporters:

Mr. Chairman: Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.

No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity: theirs as individuals, and ours as an institution.

I also believe that the great young men and women of our military can and would accommodate such a change. I never underestimate their ability to adapt.

Mullen was careful to point out that he wants to see results from the year-long study proposed by Gates before making a final decision, admitting that such a dramatic policy change may have adverse consequences he hasn’t anticipated. And he encouraged lawmakers to grill the service chiefs and other top military leaders, saying their opinions should be heard as well.

This from …….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

‘Don’t Ask….Don’t Tell’ is being watered down while under study by the Pentagon……

The Dog has to admit this one caught him by surprise…..When it was reported that the Seante would hold a hearing about the almost 20 year old Clinton policy of the Miliary’s action on gays among their troops ….I though forget about it……Ike Sheldon got up and complianed the next day…..

But The Obama Adminstraion…not the Pentagaon…has pushed the Defense Scetratary and Chair of the Joint Chiefs to move a few inches and lay low while the policy is studied…..at the Pentagon………

Defense Secretary Gates (l.) and Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen testify Tuesday on Capital Hill about the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that bans openly gay people from service.

Don’t ask, don’t tell. Don’t worry.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says military brass will take a lenient stance toward gays while the Pentagon takes a year to study revising its policy against homosexuals in the service.

The study, expected to be announced Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a step in the slow march toward President Obama‘s goal of eliminating the military’s policy banning gays from military service.

The study will be led by an “active-duty four-star general” and a “senior-level” civilian Pentagon official, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

It will recommend the best way to lift the ban without harming the capabilities or cohesion of the military force, officials said.

While the study is being hailed as a good start by gay rights activists, high-ranking military officers have been reluctant to support a change while troops are stretched thin on two battle fronts.

Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to outline a more lenient standard for enforcing the current ban while the study takes place, sources familiar with the stragegy said.

The interim policy would make it harder for a third party to turn in a gay service member and would raise the standard of evidence for dismissing a gay service member.

The Dog still believes that getting rid of the policy is fight the White House doesn’t want to have until January 21st, 2012……

For this reason…….

Few in the audience at today’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” hearingbefore the Senate Armed Services Committee were surprised when Defense Secretary Robert Gates unveiled long-term plans to get rid of the ban on gays in the military.

But many were shocked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen’s strong endorsement of those plans, and his decision to tell skeptical lawmakers that he believes the change can only make the military stronger.

For months gay rights advocates have speculated whether Mullen could be their top ally or worst foe in the fight to allow openly homosexual servicemembers to stay in the military. Last year an essay on the merits of letting gays serve appeared in the chairman’s own in-house magazine. Just last month, word leaked that Mullen’s own legal staff was telling him to delay any massive social changes in the ranks until after fighting in Afghanistan is completed.

So, when Mullen read this statement at Tuesday’s hearing, there were audible gasps of excitement from many of those same repeal supporters:

Mr. Chairman: Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do.

No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity: theirs as individuals, and ours as an institution.

I also believe that the great young men and women of our military can and would accommodate such a change. I never underestimate their ability to adapt.

Mullen was careful to point out that he wants to see results from the year-long study proposed by Gates before making a final decision, admitting that such a dramatic policy change may have adverse consequences he hasn’t anticipated. And he encouraged lawmakers to grill the service chiefs and other top military leaders, saying their opinions should be heard as well.

This from …….

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Thoughts on the Healthcare Bill……….

From  Jonathan Singer, over @ MyDD.Com……

Adding 15 Million to the Rolls of Medicaid, CHIP…..

Ezra Klein is getting pessimistic about the chances healthcare reform will pass based on comments by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and I don’t think he’s wrong to be.

But at the risk of beating a dead horse, I really think it’s worth considering what is being given up by giving up on healthcare reform: The prospect of advancing the cause of universal healthcare.

The Senate bill is not a perfect bill — but it is a bill that does a lot of good. Looking at just the toplines, the bill will ensure that 30 million more people have health insurance than currently do today. In doing so, the bill would also decrease the deficit by more than a trillion dollars over the next two decades.

Many have chided the Senate bill for not including a public option. This of course overlooks the fact that the House was unable to round up even a simple majority for the type of robust public option — one with rates tied to Medicare — that could actually help reduce costs. Nevertheless, this is a fair criticism.

That said, this criticism does miss a key aspect of the Senate healthcare bill: Half of those 30 million newly covered under the legislation would be enrolled in a government program. Here’s the relevant portion of the CBO score (.pdf):

By 2019, CBO and JCT estimate, the number of nonelderly people who are uninsured would be reduced by about 31 million, leaving about 23 million nonelderly residents uninsured (about one-third of whom would be unauthorized immigrants). Under the legislation, the share of legal nonelderly residents with insurance coverage would rise from about 83 percent currently to about 94 percent. Approximately 26 million people would purchase their own coverage through the new insurance exchanges, and there would be roughly 15 million more enrollees in Medicaid and CHIP than is projected under current law. [Emphasis added]

Enrolling 15 million more Americans in a government healthcare program, as well as enabling an additional net 16 million to access health insurance — in the process increasing “the share of legal nonelderly residence with insurance coverage from about 83 percent currently to about 84 percent,” while also reducing the deficit by more than $1 trillion — still seems like a worthwhile achievement, even if not a perfect one. And considering that the alternative appears to be doing nothing, or close to it, I’m not sure that it doesn’t make sense for the House to pass the Senate bill.

The Dog agrees……..

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | 5 Comments