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Kobe Bryant to skip the NBA ALL-Star Game……

On the mend

All the will-he-or-won’t-he chatter was rendered moot Thursday when the NBA announced that Kobe Bryant would not play in the All-Star game because of a sprained left ankle.

The Lakers guard will be replaced by Dallas veteran Jason Kidd, further diminishing the appeal of a weekend in which Southern California fans had hoped that Bryant would lead the West All-Stars to victory and Blake Griffin would dunk on some second-year player’s head.

Well, there’s always Lakers guard Shannon Brown competing in the dunk contest.

Bryant has missed the Lakers’ last three games because of his injury and did not speak with reporters about his All-Star status after sitting out a 96-81 victory over Utah on Wednesday. The upside is that Bryant will have had 10 days’ rest by the time the Lakers play Tuesday against Golden State.

It will be the first All-Star game Bryant has missed since the 1999 lockout and the first time he has not participated in a game that has been played since his rookie season in 1997. Bryant was co-most valuable player of the game last season along with Shaquille O’Neal.

More……..

Oh, Well…no buzzer beater from the Lakers Star, huh?

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , | 2 Comments

The new reality in the Congress…Bipartisanship…..

The Dog advised for this from the jump on Healthcare….get a few Republicans…the liberal’s and progressive wanted to go it alone……

That didn’t work…..Now we are back to basic’s…….

With their 60-vote Senate majority officially kaput and their health care reform efforts stuck in limbo, Democrats in Congress will complete a pivot away from health reform Tuesday to begin work on a bill designed to chip away at the nation’s stubbornly high unemployment rate.

But instead of going it alone, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in the process of working with senior Republicans, including Orin Hatch and Chuck Grassley, to craft the measure to win GOP support for it early on. Without a filibuster-proof majority, he doesn’t have much choice.
“We want to work with the Republicans. And it appears to me on the jobs programs they want to work with us,” Reid said last Thursday when he announced his plans to take up a jobs bill.

Reid had scant details then about the plan, but he did give the broad outlines of what Senate negotiators, including Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, have been working on.

“It’s a plan that will create the right conditions for the private sector to hire more people,” Reid said. “It’s a plan for both our short-term recovery and our long-term prosperity. We believe we will do it in the right places.”

More specifically, other senators said last week they want the bill to include tax credits for small businesses that expand their workforces, an additional extension of unemployment benefits and COBRA subsidies, a lending program to generate capital for small businesses and a plan to help cash-strapped states dealing with severe budget shortfalls.

In addition to jobs, the House and Senate will take up half a dozen items in committees or behind closed doors on issues that, in some cases, fell by the wayside as health care dominated the agenda last year. The week’s* hot topics include:

More……..

And this from the Dog……

In the end this helps the Democrats and Reid…bouyed by Obama’s win …Democrats wrongly thought they go it alone…..The Dogs biggest worry about Obama’s win was that Democrats would lose the natural brake of a oppostion to make them relevant…That occured for the last year…The socalled Scott Brown effect has brought them down to earth….The Dog always argued that having a few Republican’s signing up on Healthcare was desireable….and when that didn’t happen no amount of democratic dancing would work….in addtion, having things that way gave the President no cover and he’s not really one to go before the American public without covering his butt…Barack Obama is not a natural-born fighter……

And so the Congress goes back to bargaining with both parties…which provides cover and makes life a lot easier in Blue Dog and voter angry districts…..

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Nike Air Max LeBron VII “Dunkman” Releases in Europe…….

Nike Air Max LeBron VII - Dunkman

From NiceKicks……

Of course, we have shown you this Nike Air Max Lebron VII “Dunkman” on a couple of occasions, and many of you have inquired about release information. While some sources have stated that the “Dunkman” Lebron VIIs will surface in the states during March, we have learned that they have just released in Europe at Nike’s online store.

Nike Air Max LeBron VII - Dunkman

Of Course Could this be the best Air Max Lebron VII seen thus far? We have seen the ‘Dunkman’ colorway on previous LeBron sneakers; however, this may be the best one yet. Its primarily black base ives way to the plethora of mean green hints such as the  outsole, air max unit, flywire, and branding. The outsole also possesses ever-so-popular Dunkman logo in mean green. Its finishing touches include black nylon laces and 3M. Click here to view additional photos.

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Could this be the best Air Max Lebron VII seen thus far? We have seen the ‘Dunkman’ colorway on previous LeBron sneakers; however, this may be the best one yet. Its primarily black base ives way to the plethora of mean green hints such as the  outsole, air max unit, flywire, and branding. The outsole also possesses ever-so-popular Dunkman logo in mean green. Its finishing touches include black nylon laces and 3M. Click here to view additional photos.

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Appetite….from Up 4 Discussion………

From JSin…..

Not too long ago I was in my car and decided to listen to Usher’s album Here I Stand. It had been months since the last time I listened to the album. As I made my way through each of the tracks I finally came to a song that I definitely remembered, but hadn’t heard in what seemed like forever. It was a song that was by far one of my favorites on the album. As I listened to the song the words began to speak to me and I instantly knew that I wanted to do a post on Appetite.

This song essentially is about the appetite that men have for women, especially when they are currently involved in a relationship. For the majority of men fighting their appetite is not an easy task. As a result, some men are able to curb their appetites while others find themselves indulging it. In this post I am going to touch on several aspects of the appetite; and I will be using the lyrics of Usher’s song to assist in my analysis.

.::Stay struggling with the part of me that wants to run the streets::.

Now it’s no surprise that nearly every man has an appetite for women. This alone isn’t an issue. The issue arises when a man is involved in a relationship and still feels the need to indulge his appetite for women. If his appetite grows too strong he can find himself struggling to remain faithful to his partner. At times this struggle can be overwhelming.

.:: You’d think I’d be satisfied and truthfully yes I am::.

Yet as hard as the struggle may be, more than likely the man understands that he has a good woman at home and he really doesn’t want to jeopardize their relationship. In some cases the man may truly be satisfied with the woman he is in a relationship with, but his appetite can make things complex. In such situations the man must balance love and temptation.

.:: Ever since I put that band on my hand, more and more chicks trying to get at me. Then I don’t know what to do::.

Many men who have been in relationships can attest to the fact that women seem to become more interested in them once they are in committed relationships. For whatever reason men have more women showing interest in them when they are in relationships than when they were single. Some men are able to deal with this added attention, but some allow their ego and their appetites to get the best of them. One thing that usually is consistent in this situation is that the man finds himself, at some point or another, at a crossroad. He finds himself not know what he should do. Should he remain faithful to his woman or feed his appetite.

.:: Lately I been slippin up, fantasies bout dimes on the side::.

More often than not, the man will start to gradually feed his appetite by entertaining the thoughts of hooking up with another woman. Whether the man decides to creep or not, he will likely contemplate the thought or even fantasize about how things would play out if he were to indulge his appetite.

.:: Got a girl I don’t want to lose, I don’t want to lose. Break her heart, I do want to do. I don’t want to be that fool::.

More…….………including the Usher Video from which the italics are lyrics……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

President is talking about taxes for the under $250,000 crowd?

One way to not get re-elected is to piss the middle class off….Republicans and  Democrats…….

If this Daily New Story is true..

President Obama is walking into a minefield …..with a blindfold…. in clown shoes…….

President Barack Obama now says he's 'agnostic' about possibily hiking taxes beyond his campaign pledge.

– President Obama says he is now “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making under $250,000 a year to help cut budget deficits, signaling a possible retreat from a campaign pledge.

In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek on newsstands tomorrow, Obama said a presidential budget commission needs to look at all options for deficit reduction – including tax increases and cuts in spending on such programs as Social Security and Medicare.

“The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table,” Obama said. “So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions.”

Obama repeatedly vowed during the 2008 campaign to spare households earning less than $250,000 a year from tax increases.

When top economic officials last August suggested going back on the pledge, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly reiterated the promise.

Note:…..At the time of this post….this was not mentioned anywhere else in the media……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments

From CD…..Debra Medina on the '9/11 truth movement' on the Glenn Beck Show…..

CD …who visits the Dog just about everyday is a Governor Perry fan….’Big Time’…..He send me this link concerning a Debra Medina visit to the the Gleen Beck radio show where she was asked if she beluved that the Us. Governmenet had anything to do with the actions on 9/11 2001……

Glenn Beck

Her answer was remarkable for it’s waffling…something that was curious……

Remember……. Medina has done very well recently in the polling and could force Governor Perry into a three way run off in the GOP primary…..Oh, yea Beck goes on about French kissing Perry…..what’s that about?

[Perry, Medina and KBH ]

Here’s the video link of the incident…..

Here’s the story from Texas Monthly……(Read the comments…..very interesting )

Beck’s question was whether she is a 9/11 “truther”–that is, does she believe that the United States Government blew up the World Trade Center. “I don’t have all of the evidence,” was the best she could do. After Beck cut short the conversation and Medina was off the line, he said, “I think I can write her off the list. Let me take another look at Kay Bailey Hutchison if I have to.”

This is the Medina campaign’s effort at damage control:

I was asked a question on the Glenn Beck show today regarding my thoughts on the so-called 9/11 truth movement. I have never been involved with the 9-11 truth movement, and there is no doubt in my mind that Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings on 9/11. I have not seen any evidence nor have I ever believed that our government was involved or directed those individuals in any way. No one can deny that the events on 9-11 were a tragedy for all Americans and especially those families who lost loved ones.

The question surprised me because it’s not relevant to this race or the issues facing Texans. This campaign has always been about private property rights and state sovereignty. It is focused on the issues facing Texans. It is not a vehicle for the 9-11 truth movement or any other group.

The real underlying question here, though, is whether or not people have the right to question our government. I think the fact that people are even asking questions on this level gets to the incredible distrust career politicians have fostered by so clearly taking their direction from special interests instead of the people, whether it’s Rick Perry and the his HPV mandate or Kay Hutchison and voting for the bank bailout. It is absolutely the right and duty of a free people to question their government. Texas does not need another politician who tells you what you want to hear, then violates your liberties and steals your property anyway. I fully expect to be questioned and to be held accountable as Governor, and that’s the underlying issue here: should people be questioning their government. And the answer is yes, they should be.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 13 Comments

From CD…..Debra Medina on the ‘9/11 truth movement’ on the Glenn Beck Show…..

CD …who visits the Dog just about everyday is a Governor Perry fan….’Big Time’…..He send me this link concerning a Debra Medina visit to the the Gleen Beck radio show where she was asked if she beluved that the Us. Governmenet had anything to do with the actions on 9/11 2001……

Glenn Beck

Her answer was remarkable for it’s waffling…something that was curious……

Remember……. Medina has done very well recently in the polling and could force Governor Perry into a three way run off in the GOP primary…..Oh, yea Beck goes on about French kissing Perry…..what’s that about?

[Perry, Medina and KBH ]

Here’s the video link of the incident…..

Here’s the story from Texas Monthly……(Read the comments…..very interesting )

Beck’s question was whether she is a 9/11 “truther”–that is, does she believe that the United States Government blew up the World Trade Center. “I don’t have all of the evidence,” was the best she could do. After Beck cut short the conversation and Medina was off the line, he said, “I think I can write her off the list. Let me take another look at Kay Bailey Hutchison if I have to.”

This is the Medina campaign’s effort at damage control:

I was asked a question on the Glenn Beck show today regarding my thoughts on the so-called 9/11 truth movement. I have never been involved with the 9-11 truth movement, and there is no doubt in my mind that Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings on 9/11. I have not seen any evidence nor have I ever believed that our government was involved or directed those individuals in any way. No one can deny that the events on 9-11 were a tragedy for all Americans and especially those families who lost loved ones.

The question surprised me because it’s not relevant to this race or the issues facing Texans. This campaign has always been about private property rights and state sovereignty. It is focused on the issues facing Texans. It is not a vehicle for the 9-11 truth movement or any other group.

The real underlying question here, though, is whether or not people have the right to question our government. I think the fact that people are even asking questions on this level gets to the incredible distrust career politicians have fostered by so clearly taking their direction from special interests instead of the people, whether it’s Rick Perry and the his HPV mandate or Kay Hutchison and voting for the bank bailout. It is absolutely the right and duty of a free people to question their government. Texas does not need another politician who tells you what you want to hear, then violates your liberties and steals your property anyway. I fully expect to be questioned and to be held accountable as Governor, and that’s the underlying issue here: should people be questioning their government. And the answer is yes, they should be.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 13 Comments

Merlin on the Pennsylvania Governor race…..

Hello Dog again!

This could be possible the last Poll of Day. After having a Poll out for the Pennsylvania Senate Race yesterday Rasmussen looks at the Open Governor Race and finds State Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) running far ahead of his Democratic Opposition.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Pennsylvania voters are angry with the current policies of the federal government, including 46% who are very angry. Most (58%) also agree with the idea that neither Democratic nor Republican leaders in Congress know what is needed today. Those results are similar with those found on the national level.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters in Pennsylvania believe it would be better for the country if most congressional incumbents up for reelection this year were defeated, while only 16% say it would be better if most were reelected.

Rasmussen Survey …..

Pennsylvania Governor 2010

General Election

State Attorney General Tom Corbett (R)  49 %
State Auditor Jack Wagner (D)  28 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  17 %

State Attorney General Tom Corbett (R)  51 %
former U. S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D)  29 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  15 %

State Attorney General Tom Corbett (R)  52 %
Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (D)  26 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  17 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Could Corbett pull Toomey over the Finish Line in the Senate Race?

Merlin

From the Dog
The Rasmussen Poll has this caveat……

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Corbett leading former Congressman Joe Hoeffel 51% to 29%. Against Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, he leads 52% to 26%. When State Auditor Jack Wagner is his Democratic opponent, Corbett is ahead 49% to 28%.

However, in all three match-ups, at least 15% of voters remain undecided at this point.

and  This…..

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Pennsylvania voters are angry with the current policies of the federal government, including 46% who are very angry. Most (58%) also agree with the idea that neither Democratic nor Republican leaders in Congress know what is needed today. Those results are similar with those found on the national level.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters in Pennsylvania believe it would be better for the country if most congressional incumbents up for reelection this year were defeated, while only 16% say it would be better if most were reelected.

Analysis……The voters of this state are mad at their outgoing Governor……very mad….thet are also very mad at incumbents in general…..This is big trouble for this traditionally democratic state…..only time will tell if they stay mad…..

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

SE on the 2010 New Mexico races……

From SE………….

Here’s a rundown of how I think the NM races will go:

Governor: Incumbent Democratic Governor Bill Richardson is term-limited. The Democrats have unified behind Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish. On the GOP side, State Representative Janice Arnold-Jones, Attorney Pete Domeneci Jr., Doña Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez, Public Relations Firm Owner Doug Turner, and former State GOP Chairman Allen Weh are in the running. The GOP Primary is a tossup. Denish will defeat whoever the GOP nominates. DEM HOLD.

Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent Democratic Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish is running for Governor. On the Democratic side, State Representative Joe Campos, former State Democratic Party Chairman Brian Colón, State Senators Linda Lopez and Jerry Ortiz y Pino, former Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer Lawrence Rael, and Sante Fe County Sheriff Greg Solano are in the running. On the GOP side, Cardiologist JR Damron and former State Representative Brian Moore are in the running. The Democratic Primary is a tossup. I expect Moore to defeat Damron 69-31, and lose to whoever the Democrats nominate. DEM HOLD.

Secretary of State: Incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Marty Herrera is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Herrera. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

State Auditor: Incumbent Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Balderas. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

State Treasurer: Incumbent Democratic State Treasurer James Lewis is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Lewis. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

Attorney General: Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Gary King is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind King. The GOP has no announced or potential candidates. DEM HOLD.

State Commissioner of Public Lands: Incumbent GOP State Commissioner of Public Lands Pat Lyons is retiring. On the GOP side, retired Law Enforcement Officer Errol Chavez and State Public Regulation Commission Employee Bob Cornelius are in the running. On the Democratic side, Santa Fe County Commissioner Mike Anaya and Harry Montoya, State Public Regulation Commission Chairwoman Sandy Jones, and former State Land Commissioner Ray Powell are in the running. I expect Cornelius to prevail 77-23 over Chavez. The Democratic Primary is a tossup. I expect Whoever the Democrats nominate to defeat Cornelius. DEM GAIN.

NM-01: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Heinrich. The GOP has unified behind former State GOP Vice Chair Jon Barela. The Constitution Party has unified behind Religious Right Activist Jerry Scott. The Libertarians have unified behind Attorney Alan Woodruff. I expect Heinrich to defeat Barela 57-42. DEM HOLD.

NM-02: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Harry Teague is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Teague. The GOP has unified behind former Congressman Steve Pearce. I expect Pearce to prevail 52-48. GOP GAIN.

NM-03: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan is running for re-election. The Democrats have unified behind Lujan. On the GOP side, Iraq War Veteran Adam Kokesh and Businessman Tom Mullins are in the running. The GOP Primary is a tossup. Lujan will defeat whoever the GOP nominates. DEM HOLD.

SE – 779

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Bill Clinton get's heart work done……

President Barack Obama held a press conference with former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush regarding disaster relief and fundraising for Haiti in the White House Rose Garden Saturday, January 16, 2010 in Washington.

Updated from the New York Times.…..Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a New York hospital today after experiencing chest pains, and underwent heart surgery, his office said.

Doctors inserted two stents into his native coronary artery after one of the bypass grafts from an operation five years ago became obstructed.

Last month, former President Clinton appeared at the White House with President Obama and former President George W. Bush to discuss aid relief for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

“President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” his counselor, Douglas J. Band, said in a statement released by the former president’s office.

Mr. Clinton, who serves as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, has been spending much of his time in recent weeks trying to coordinate relief and recovery efforts for the Caribbean island after a devastating earthquake claimed more than 200,000 lives. Mr. Clinton just returned a few days ago from his second trip there since the earthquake.

Mr. Clinton, 63, has a history of heart trouble. He had quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery in 2004 and later developed rare complications affecting his lungs that required another operation six months later. He was taken Thursday to the Columbia campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital, the same facility where he was treated six years ago.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton learned of her husband’s condition after she concluded a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.

An associate of Mrs. Clinton’s said she was in Washington, but making plans to head to New York City late this afternoon.

Mr. Clinton’s health has been a concern ever since the 2004 heart operation. By his own account, he had never been entirely the same. “It changed me,” he told The New York Times last year. “One of the things I noticed is that on normal days ever since I had that heart surgery, I’m a lot more laid back and a lot more relaxed and a lot more healthy.

“But I also noticed since I had the surgery – and this is what you picked up in the campaign – that if I’m really tired, it’s more difficult for me than it was when I was back in politics before I had the heart problem. I have no explanation for why that is. I’m just observing it. It’s neither an excuse for any mistake I made or anything else. I’m just explaining. It’s something I’ve noticed. My life has changed.”

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Health, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 22 Comments