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Payton Manning throws the Pick!!!!!!!!!!!!……The Saints win 31-17…….Who DAT!

The Saints just took the Super Bowl on Payton Manning Pick!!!!!!…..

Ok….It’s not over yet…..Final

The Dog successfully calls all the Championship Games!…….

The Saints win this season with one loss ….and capture the Supper Bowl with more Heart!


Tracy Porter

[ Payton Manning #18….. sits after throwing an interception that led to the Colts loss….]

WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!!

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Men, Sports, Updates | 4 Comments

Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu will be the next New Orleans Mayor……

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu (D) won the New Orleans mayoral race in a landslide and will avoid a runoff.

New Orleans Times-Picayune: “When he takes office May 6, Landrieu will become the city’s first white chief executive since his father, Moon Landrieu, left the job in 1978. Early analysis shows that Mitch Landrieu’s victory owed to widespread crossover voting by African-Americans, who make up two-thirds of the city’s residents… His victory cements the Landrieu clan’s status as Louisiana’s preeminent political dynasty.”

We congratulate him and wish him good luck!….He’s gonna need it!…..

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

More on Harold Ford Jr……..

In his days at the University of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford won the Spoon Award for his leadership on campus.

[In his days at the University of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford won the Spoon Award for his leadership on campus.]

Harold Ford may be pondering a run for Senate today, but 19 years ago he mulled just about everything – in his “Say It Loud” newspaper column at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clarence Thomas‘ Supreme Court hearings? “Possibly, the only person, or legend, that benefited from the hearings was Long Dong Silver,” Ford wrote, referring to the porn star Thomas supposedly enthused over with a female aide.

On giving condoms to teens to combat AIDS: “Hell, if we’re going to distribute condoms, why not also just have a class on how … to actually use them and then how to properly remove them without causing pain?”

Even the lackluster 1991 New York Giants, a team Ford has lately professed to favor, drew his ire in The Daily Pennsylvanian. “Even with your beloved [quarterback] Phil [Simms] at the helm, you guys couldn’t even beat the Bengals,” wrote Ford, then an avowed Redskins fan.

These long-ago ruminations by Ford – then just 21 – can hardly be considered part of his official political record as he mulls a New York primary run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Who needs to be held accountable, after all, for everything they said in college?

Taken together, the columns offer an unfiltered picture of the young Ford, now 39, and the political cross-currents in which he came of age.

Ford’s smarts and savvy were recognized early at Penn. He co-founded a publication called The Vision, focused on African-American life. As a senior he was awarded The Spoon, the top honor for campus leadership. In his columns, Ford always held true to his Democratic roots – his father, Harold Sr., was then a congressman from Tennessee.

But the younger Ford, who later succeeded his father, wrestled often with the larger issue of black empowerment, even wondering once whether African-Americans might be better off in the GOP. “We must remove the hood of political predictability that has stunted the growth of the black politic. We must venture into the Republican Party,” he wrote in September 1991.

Today, Ford’s aides bristle at talk of his old columns, although many pols – from Rudy Giuliani to Barack Obama – have had their college musings analyzed.

Ford spokesman Davidson Goldin fired off a statement: “Based on his work at Penn as a columnist for The Daily Pennsylvanian, as a co-founder of the campus black student newspaper The Vision and as an overall student leader, Harold’s classmates awarded him the Spoon Award – the top male honor given to a graduating senior. No serious newspaper would recycle out-of-context quotes from 20-year-old college students to make a political point.”

Yet on the campaign trail last week, Ford seemed happy to talk about his old column. “When I was in college,” he said, “I thought I might [go into journalism].”

Finally…… a story that doesn’t diss the guy……..

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Education, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Tiger Woods will re-enter Golf at the Tavinstock Cup in Florida…….

Tiger Woods is planning to play around again – at a golf tournament near his Florida home in March, TMZ.com reported Sunday.

The ladies-loving links man will enter the Tavinstock Cup, which pits pro golfers from the posh Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere against the neighboring Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, the Web site reported, citing a source who works for the Woods family.

The tournament doesn’t appear on the PGA Tour calendar but often draws top golfers and carries a purse of over $3.5 million.

The event would be Woods’ first golf appearance since a bizarre Thanksgiving car accident exposed his secret life as a serial cheater. He’s been linked to more than a dozen women since.

The Tavinstock Cup takes place March 22 and 23 at Isleworth. After he plays there, Tiger will head to Georgia to prepare for the Masters, according to TMZ.

Woods reportedly checked out of a Mississippi sex addiction clinic on Friday after six weeks of therapy.

He’ll be returning to the Windermere home he shares with his wife Elin – who appears ready to give the disgraced golfer a second chance – next week, TMZ reported. Cleaning crews have been spotted outside the home.
It will be good to see him back……

I’m sure he’ll be happy to be back……

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

From TalkandPolitics……Fixing the U.S. Economy…….

From TalkandPolitcs…..

Fixing the U.S. Economy simple – and Unthinkable…..

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Fareed Zakaria breaks it down simple at CNN this week. The thinking goes like this: there was a small surplus on the budget after the Clinton years, which then turned into huge deficits in the eighties because of three main things:

  • Massive tax-cuts
  • Prescription drugs for the elderly entitlement program
  • Two wars without funding

A few simple solutions to turn things around in his view would be

  • Remove $250bn employer tax deduction for health care
  • Remove $100bn deduction for mortgage interests
  • Moderate value added taxes of $200bn

The unthinkable in all of this is then the current congress climate and the shoot-down-everything political culture.

Because we have a political structure in Washington today, that if one side proposes any solution to these problems, the other side does not ask itself: How can we have a compromise that solves this problem?

Instead they think: How can we demagogue this issue to fundraise, to win votes, to scare people, to polarize the political climate and gain advantage from it? It’s almost that the entire strategy now is how can we take any proposal that anyone makes and turn it into a fundraising opportunity for our extreme wing. And if you do that, you’re never going to actually solve the problems of the country because every proposal can be demagogued.

More details here.

Yep Fareed…..That’s definitely unthinkable…..Things are never that simple……But Good looking out……

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Merlin on The 33rd America's Cup Sailing Preview…….

Hello Dog!

Tomorrow the long wait is finally over. Swiss Alinghi and American BMW Oracle Racing going Head-to-Head.

Two different Innovations: Catermaran versus Trimaran

I never was so nervous before a Cup Match. I hope the Swiss will win again. They sound pretty confident.

Make no mistake: This time not the better Sailors will win BUT the faster Boat will win.

Should Alinghi defend the Cup I hope the legal wranglings and Litigations on the American Side of the Aisle will hopefully end.

Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup will start at 4am ET US Time which is 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Serving Time.

I’ll cover everything LIVE from the first Start Gun to the Finish Gun.

Our Readers can join me at the Dog as well as watch LIVE Coverage at http://www.americascup.com

And on CNN……http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/more/02/05/americas.cup.ap/index.html

Let’s Regatta.

Merlin

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Merlin on The 33rd America’s Cup Sailing Preview…….

Hello Dog!

Tomorrow the long wait is finally over. Swiss Alinghi and American BMW Oracle Racing going Head-to-Head.

Two different Innovations: Catermaran versus Trimaran

I never was so nervous before a Cup Match. I hope the Swiss will win again. They sound pretty confident.

Make no mistake: This time not the better Sailors will win BUT the faster Boat will win.

Should Alinghi defend the Cup I hope the legal wranglings and Litigations on the American Side of the Aisle will hopefully end.

Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup will start at 4am ET US Time which is 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight Serving Time.

I’ll cover everything LIVE from the first Start Gun to the Finish Gun.

Our Readers can join me at the Dog as well as watch LIVE Coverage at http://www.americascup.com

And on CNN……http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/more/02/05/americas.cup.ap/index.html

Let’s Regatta.

Merlin

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

The wave starts against Sen. Richard Shelby (AL-R) on his 'Blanket Holds'…….

From desmoinesdem over @ Mydd.Com…..

Whether you call it hostage-taking or shark-jumping, we can all agree that Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama is abusing Senate conventions by putting a blanket hold on all Obama administration nominees. Roxanne Conlin, one of three Democrats running against five-term incumbent Chuck Grassley of Iowa, may be the first Democratic candidate to organize against Shelby’s power play. From an e-mail blast the Conlin campaign sent out today:

We will no longer tolerate business as usual in Washington. One Republican senator from Alabama is holding 70 important presidential nominations for ransom, because he wants sweetheart deals for a foreign airplane manufacturer that’s given him more than $100,000 in political donations.This seems like blackmail. Please click here to help me stop them.

Incumbent senators like Richard Shelby and Charles Grassley should look no further than their own actions if they are wondering why Americans are so angry. When they put holds on dozens of nominations, it means the Senate can’t vote to confirm any nominees without 60 votes. But we can fight this — by convincing just ONE Republican to break ranks.

Join me in my fight to fix Washington. I’ve created an easy tool at FightTheHold.com for you to join the fight because we must break this logjam. Sign up at FightTheHold.com and I’ll send you an email with the contact info of a different Republican senator every single day until one of them has the courage to fight the hold and stop the gridlock. This way, we’ll focus the attention of thousands of activists — and the press — completely on one senator instead of spreading ourselves too thin.

I’m running against Senator Grassley because he refuses to fix this mess. We can’t repair our broken financial system because Assistant Secretaries of Commerce and the Treasury are being held up so the Senate can’t vote to confirm them — and their critical work goes undone. We are fighting two wars and the threat of Al Qaeda while crucial positions at the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are being blocked.

I’m going to make our fight a national one. It will take just one Republican senator to step up and put people over party. And we’re starting by sending messages to Chuck Grassley. Then we will choose another senator standing in the way and send him or her emails every day until we prevail.

Sign up at FightTheHold.com, because together we can get the politicians in Washington to start working for the American people again.

Please forward this message to everyone you know because the more people we get to join FightTheHold.com, the more likely we can end this political extortion.

A cynic might say this is just a list-building tactic for Conlin, but it’s smart for Democrats to tie Shelby’s blackmail to every Senate Republican. The public doesn’t like hostage-takers, and it’s a safe bet they don’t respect people who enable hostage-takers. Focusing the media’s attention on Shelby’s abuse of power may prompt one or more Republicans to break ranks. Challengers like Conlin won’t be able to do this alone. As Paul Waldman wrote here, Senate Democrats should force Republicans to pay a political price for Shelby’s actions:

[T]hey’d have to have everyone go out and say, over and over so it would take over the news, that Richard Shelby and his Republican friends are despicable extortionists who will sabotage the operation of the United States government for the sake of some pork-barrel earmarks. They could also fit it into a larger narrative about nihilistic Republicans who care so little about the country’s fate that they will do virtually anything to subvert the administration, no matter what the cost, if they think it will gain them some advantage or some pork. If Democrats made enough noise about it, Shelby would back down, and it might even convince Republicans to think twice the next time one of them considers undertaking this kind of extortion.

Republicans howled about Ben Nelson’s “kickback” to Nebraska, which secured his vote for the health insurance reform bill. Make them explain why they are going along with Shelby now.

There’s more…

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , | 4 Comments

The wave starts against Sen. Richard Shelby (AL-R) on his ‘Blanket Holds’…….

From desmoinesdem over @ Mydd.Com…..

Whether you call it hostage-taking or shark-jumping, we can all agree that Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama is abusing Senate conventions by putting a blanket hold on all Obama administration nominees. Roxanne Conlin, one of three Democrats running against five-term incumbent Chuck Grassley of Iowa, may be the first Democratic candidate to organize against Shelby’s power play. From an e-mail blast the Conlin campaign sent out today:

We will no longer tolerate business as usual in Washington. One Republican senator from Alabama is holding 70 important presidential nominations for ransom, because he wants sweetheart deals for a foreign airplane manufacturer that’s given him more than $100,000 in political donations.This seems like blackmail. Please click here to help me stop them.

Incumbent senators like Richard Shelby and Charles Grassley should look no further than their own actions if they are wondering why Americans are so angry. When they put holds on dozens of nominations, it means the Senate can’t vote to confirm any nominees without 60 votes. But we can fight this — by convincing just ONE Republican to break ranks.

Join me in my fight to fix Washington. I’ve created an easy tool at FightTheHold.com for you to join the fight because we must break this logjam. Sign up at FightTheHold.com and I’ll send you an email with the contact info of a different Republican senator every single day until one of them has the courage to fight the hold and stop the gridlock. This way, we’ll focus the attention of thousands of activists — and the press — completely on one senator instead of spreading ourselves too thin.

I’m running against Senator Grassley because he refuses to fix this mess. We can’t repair our broken financial system because Assistant Secretaries of Commerce and the Treasury are being held up so the Senate can’t vote to confirm them — and their critical work goes undone. We are fighting two wars and the threat of Al Qaeda while crucial positions at the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are being blocked.

I’m going to make our fight a national one. It will take just one Republican senator to step up and put people over party. And we’re starting by sending messages to Chuck Grassley. Then we will choose another senator standing in the way and send him or her emails every day until we prevail.

Sign up at FightTheHold.com, because together we can get the politicians in Washington to start working for the American people again.

Please forward this message to everyone you know because the more people we get to join FightTheHold.com, the more likely we can end this political extortion.

A cynic might say this is just a list-building tactic for Conlin, but it’s smart for Democrats to tie Shelby’s blackmail to every Senate Republican. The public doesn’t like hostage-takers, and it’s a safe bet they don’t respect people who enable hostage-takers. Focusing the media’s attention on Shelby’s abuse of power may prompt one or more Republicans to break ranks. Challengers like Conlin won’t be able to do this alone. As Paul Waldman wrote here, Senate Democrats should force Republicans to pay a political price for Shelby’s actions:

[T]hey’d have to have everyone go out and say, over and over so it would take over the news, that Richard Shelby and his Republican friends are despicable extortionists who will sabotage the operation of the United States government for the sake of some pork-barrel earmarks. They could also fit it into a larger narrative about nihilistic Republicans who care so little about the country’s fate that they will do virtually anything to subvert the administration, no matter what the cost, if they think it will gain them some advantage or some pork. If Democrats made enough noise about it, Shelby would back down, and it might even convince Republicans to think twice the next time one of them considers undertaking this kind of extortion.

Republicans howled about Ben Nelson’s “kickback” to Nebraska, which secured his vote for the health insurance reform bill. Make them explain why they are going along with Shelby now.

There’s more…

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , | 4 Comments

Counterpoint……Why are liberals so condescending?

This from Gerard Alexander @ Washington Post…..

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension.

It’s an odd time for liberals to feel smug. But even with Democratic fortunes on the wane, leading liberals insist that they have almost nothing to learn from conservatives. Many Democrats describe their troubles simply as a PR challenge, a combination of conservative misinformation — as when Obama charges that critics of health-care reform are peddling fake fears of a “Bolshevik plot” — and the country’s failure to grasp great liberal accomplishments. “We were so busy just getting stuff done . . . that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are,” the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in a recent interview. The benighted public is either uncomprehending or deliberately misinformed (by conservatives).

This condescension is part of a liberal tradition that for generations has impoverished American debates over the economy, society and the functions of government — and threatens to do so again today, when dialogue would be more valuable than ever.

Well Gerard….They better start talikng..because to tell you the truth… nobodies listening to them..…The President….. for whom they voted for….screws them every chance he gets…lately leaving them dangling in wind on Healthcare….and moving ahead with the Afghan War……

And the Republican’s have been using their talking points to win elections around the country…even in Democratic states!….

They have no friends……..

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 2 Comments