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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

Merlin Quickie……on Nevada….

BREAKING:

Are Senate Republicans close to land yet another Top Senate Recruit?

Congressional Quarterly as well as numerous News Outlets in Nevada claiming Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki (R) has scheduled a 3pm Conference Call where he will say if he runs for Reelection or Senate.

http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/02/krolicki-set-to-announce-2010.html

Update:……He’s not running……

http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/krolicki-won_t-run-for-u_s_-senate-84163572.html

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates | , | 13 Comments

Merlin on the New Hampshire Senate polling again…..

Hello Dog!

It’s pretty rare that two different Pollsters showing the exact same Numbers for the leading Candidates. Here we are and Rasmussen showing the same 46-39 spilt then WMUR/UNH in New Hampshire.

[Kelly Ayotte and Paul Hodes ]

The Job Approval for President Obama in the RAS Poll though is pegged at 49 %, a little bit higher than the WMUR Poll.

Rasmussen Survey

New Hampshire Senate 2010

General Election

Fomer Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (R)  46 %
U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  39 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  13 %

U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  44 %
Ovide Marc Lamontagne (R)  38 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  13 %

Businessman William H. “Bill” Binnie (R)  42 %
U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  41 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  13 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  49 %
Disapprove  51 %

Governor John Lynch (D)

Approve  60 %
Disapprove  39 %

Merlin’s Observation:

This Race hinges entirely whom the Republicans nominate….AND…..a little bit on Governor John Lynch (D). Will he have enough coattails to pull Hodes over the Finish Line?

Maybe yet again because those Repüublican State knuckleheads chosen again to put only a sacraficial Lamp in his way. Dumb nuts.

Merlin

Now Merlin???? )

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Iran rides herd on protests During Celebration of the Iranian Revolution…

An image made from video provided by Iranian State TV, pro-government demonstrators gather in the central square of Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution Thursday Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/IRIB via APTN)

While everyone was afraid of violent demstrations…..they seem to not have occurred due to the government strong presence, seperation of the media and large dissent strategy….

Hundreds of thousands of government supporters massed Thursday in central Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution, while a heavy deployment of security forces largely prevented protesters from using the occasion to stage opposition rallies.

The protesters were met by unusually large security forces, which closed off streets and cut access to groups of opposition supporters to the central avenue and square where the anniversary was celebrated. Witnesses reported clashes in the Sadeghiyeh neighborhood, where opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi tried to join the rallies.

He was forced to leave when security forces affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps used tear gas to disperse crowds. The windows of his car were smashed by plainclothes members of a paramilitary unit, witnesses said.

Revolutionary Guard special forces, clad in olive uniforms and black ski masks, carried assault rifles as they directed groups of soldiers, and there were unconfirmed reports of shootings. A spokesman for Karroubi said that a tear gas grenade exploded in front of the former speaker of parliament and that his eyesight was damaged.

International media representatives were prevented from freely covering the rally and were placed in a special area surrounded by government supporters holding up posters showing Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

More…….

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 11 Comments

The New York Times rolls out Harold Ford Jr.'s wife……

In the carefully scripted Harold Ford, Jr. possible run for the New York  junior  U.S. Senate seat….. this was to be expected……

The New York Times meets and does a story on the ex-Tennnese’s House member’s wife……showing her to a good human being, who love’s her husband and  is behind him …..The piece also get’s her face out to the public (what else, also?)…..and finally, lets everyone know that her family is gung-ho for her husband and all right with him……

Good deal…….

This is the beginning of the piece ….

Since early January, when Harold E. Ford, Jr. announced he was considering a bid for a Senate seat from New York, his wife, Emily Ford, has been hounded. Her friends call almost daily to ask if she has read the latest gossip about the couple. Mr. Ford can’t seem to stop talking about his wife, either, recently telling a columnist that he walks her favorite Chihuahua, Fabby.

So it is no wonder that last week, the normally publicity-shy Ms. Ford tucked into a corner table of a cafe near Gramercy Park and expressed surprise that there is so much interest in her. “I have no skeletons in my closet,” Ms. Ford, 29, said while picking at a muffin.

She is keenly aware of how cruelly the political game can be played. What some people may best remember about her derives from an advertisement directed at Mr. Ford during his failed Senate campaign in Tennessee in 2006, when he was derided for dating white women.

The N.A.A.C.P. and others immediately protested, saying the ad, featuring a seductive blonde asking Mr. Ford to call her, played to racist fears. “Everyone knew he had a white girlfriend,” said Ms. Ford, who was dating Mr. Ford at the time. Asked later if she thought Mr. Ford’s foes were taking aim at her (the ad was paid for by the Republican National Committee ), she said, “Kind of.”

“People will say things that are untrue and harsh,” she added. “That’s part of it.”

Ms. Ford, dressed in a powder blue J. Crew sweater, jeans and a mottled Nina Ricci scarf, looked less like a possible senator’s wife than an eager legislative aide, someone she said she was once mistaken for at a political event with her husband. She supports Mr. Ford’s ambitions, but she has interests of her own. Now working at home as a marketing consultant, she recently held one of the fashion industry’s glamour jobs, dressing celebrities for the red carpet on behalf of the designer  Carolina Herrera..

Despite gilded-class assumptions raised by Ms. Ford’s fashion pedigree and her mother’s wealthy third husband, Anson Beard, Jr., a former Morgan Stanley senior executive, Ms. Ford quickly points out that she grew up in Naples, Fla., playing paddleball as a teenager and perfecting her tan.

“I am not an Upper East Side heiress,” she said emphatically.

She is circumspect about the role of political wife, knowing she will have to steel herself for the scrutiny to follow if Mr. Ford decides to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 14. “I didn’t desire it, that’s for sure,” Ms. Ford said of the recent attention. “I’m going to have to define this as I go along. Everything is all coming so fast right now. There is this momentum. It’s press, press, press.”

more……

Oh, yea…do not be surprised to see a Kirsten Gillibrand family piece pop up somewhere shortly……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

The New York Times rolls out Harold Ford Jr.’s wife……

In the carefully scripted Harold Ford, Jr. possible run for the New York  junior  U.S. Senate seat….. this was to be expected……

The New York Times meets and does a story on the ex-Tennnese’s House member’s wife……showing her to a good human being, who love’s her husband and  is behind him …..The piece also get’s her face out to the public (what else, also?)…..and finally, lets everyone know that her family is gung-ho for her husband and all right with him……

Good deal…….

This is the beginning of the piece ….

Since early January, when Harold E. Ford, Jr. announced he was considering a bid for a Senate seat from New York, his wife, Emily Ford, has been hounded. Her friends call almost daily to ask if she has read the latest gossip about the couple. Mr. Ford can’t seem to stop talking about his wife, either, recently telling a columnist that he walks her favorite Chihuahua, Fabby.

So it is no wonder that last week, the normally publicity-shy Ms. Ford tucked into a corner table of a cafe near Gramercy Park and expressed surprise that there is so much interest in her. “I have no skeletons in my closet,” Ms. Ford, 29, said while picking at a muffin.

She is keenly aware of how cruelly the political game can be played. What some people may best remember about her derives from an advertisement directed at Mr. Ford during his failed Senate campaign in Tennessee in 2006, when he was derided for dating white women.

The N.A.A.C.P. and others immediately protested, saying the ad, featuring a seductive blonde asking Mr. Ford to call her, played to racist fears. “Everyone knew he had a white girlfriend,” said Ms. Ford, who was dating Mr. Ford at the time. Asked later if she thought Mr. Ford’s foes were taking aim at her (the ad was paid for by the Republican National Committee ), she said, “Kind of.”

“People will say things that are untrue and harsh,” she added. “That’s part of it.”

Ms. Ford, dressed in a powder blue J. Crew sweater, jeans and a mottled Nina Ricci scarf, looked less like a possible senator’s wife than an eager legislative aide, someone she said she was once mistaken for at a political event with her husband. She supports Mr. Ford’s ambitions, but she has interests of her own. Now working at home as a marketing consultant, she recently held one of the fashion industry’s glamour jobs, dressing celebrities for the red carpet on behalf of the designer  Carolina Herrera..

Despite gilded-class assumptions raised by Ms. Ford’s fashion pedigree and her mother’s wealthy third husband, Anson Beard, Jr., a former Morgan Stanley senior executive, Ms. Ford quickly points out that she grew up in Naples, Fla., playing paddleball as a teenager and perfecting her tan.

“I am not an Upper East Side heiress,” she said emphatically.

She is circumspect about the role of political wife, knowing she will have to steel herself for the scrutiny to follow if Mr. Ford decides to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in New York’s Democratic primary on Sept. 14. “I didn’t desire it, that’s for sure,” Ms. Ford said of the recent attention. “I’m going to have to define this as I go along. Everything is all coming so fast right now. There is this momentum. It’s press, press, press.”

more……

Oh, yea…do not be surprised to see a Kirsten Gillibrand family piece pop up somewhere shortly……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 12 Comments

From Merlin……Tommy Thompson …..will he run?

Hi Dog!

Here is a quick Update on the Wisconsin Senate Race:

After speaking at a Conference in Madison former Governor & HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson (R) doesn’t rule out Senate Race but adds it may take some time before he makes up his mind.
http://www.waow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11970272

http://wcco.com/wireapnewswi/Former.Wisconsin.governor.2.1487067.html

http://www.wrn.com/2010/02/no-decision-yet-on-senate-run-for-thompson/
Merlin

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

The American's jailed in Haitian will be freed……

As the Dog thought here last week…the 10 Americans held by Haiti officials for trying to take children to Costa Rica for their own orphanage have been notifir=ed that a Haitian Judge has decided that they should be freed….but that they have some sort of representation left in country to answer and questions about their case…..

Judge orders 10 Americans in Haiti to be released; prosecutors have 5 days to appeal

The Dog suggested that this would happen and they will have done “time served” for their stupidly in not having the proper paperwork for their actions of removing children from the country….

Here’s the piece from the New York Times …………

A judge investigating 10 Americans charged with child abduction in earthquake-ravaged Haiti recommended Thursday that they be released from jail and allowed to leave the country but keep a representative in Haiti to answer any further questions in the case.

The Americans must now wait for Haitian prosecutors to decide whether to accept the recommendation. It was not immediately clear when that decision would be made.

It remained unclear when the judge, Bernard Saint-Vil, would make a broader ruling on the merits of the charges against the Americans.

Earlier, one of the lawyers involved in the case, Louis Gary Lissade, urged their unconditional release.

“All 10 Americans need to be freed,” he said in an interview. “They came to help and there was a misunderstanding. They need to go home.”

The Americans, most of them members of a Baptist congregation in Idaho, flew here in the chaotic aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake, saying they wanted to rescue children orphaned by the destruction. They were arrested two weeks ago as they tried to take 33 Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and have been held in jail cells in the Haitian capital since.

Following the arrests, it emerged that several of the children had at least one living parent. In interviews, some of the parents said they had not given their children up for adoption, but had given them to the Americans because they had promised the parents educational opportunities for their sons and daughters.

Haitian prosecutors charged the Americans with child abduction and criminal association, which carry prison terms of up to 15 years. Haitian officials criticized the group as “kidnappers” who “knew what they were doing was wrong,” and called for them to face Haitian justice — calls that resonated with larger worries about encroachments on Haiti’s sovereignty following the earthquake.

The Americans acknowledged failing to obtain proper approvals to take children across the border, but said that they were innocent of any wrongdoing and that the case was a misunderstanding.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The American’s jailed in Haitian will be freed……

As the Dog thought here last week…the 10 Americans held by Haiti officials for trying to take children to Costa Rica for their own orphanage have been notifir=ed that a Haitian Judge has decided that they should be freed….but that they have some sort of representation left in country to answer and questions about their case…..

Judge orders 10 Americans in Haiti to be released; prosecutors have 5 days to appeal

The Dog suggested that this would happen and they will have done “time served” for their stupidly in not having the proper paperwork for their actions of removing children from the country….

Here’s the piece from the New York Times …………

A judge investigating 10 Americans charged with child abduction in earthquake-ravaged Haiti recommended Thursday that they be released from jail and allowed to leave the country but keep a representative in Haiti to answer any further questions in the case.

The Americans must now wait for Haitian prosecutors to decide whether to accept the recommendation. It was not immediately clear when that decision would be made.

It remained unclear when the judge, Bernard Saint-Vil, would make a broader ruling on the merits of the charges against the Americans.

Earlier, one of the lawyers involved in the case, Louis Gary Lissade, urged their unconditional release.

“All 10 Americans need to be freed,” he said in an interview. “They came to help and there was a misunderstanding. They need to go home.”

The Americans, most of them members of a Baptist congregation in Idaho, flew here in the chaotic aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake, saying they wanted to rescue children orphaned by the destruction. They were arrested two weeks ago as they tried to take 33 Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and have been held in jail cells in the Haitian capital since.

Following the arrests, it emerged that several of the children had at least one living parent. In interviews, some of the parents said they had not given their children up for adoption, but had given them to the Americans because they had promised the parents educational opportunities for their sons and daughters.

Haitian prosecutors charged the Americans with child abduction and criminal association, which carry prison terms of up to 15 years. Haitian officials criticized the group as “kidnappers” who “knew what they were doing was wrong,” and called for them to face Haitian justice — calls that resonated with larger worries about encroachments on Haiti’s sovereignty following the earthquake.

The Americans acknowledged failing to obtain proper approvals to take children across the border, but said that they were innocent of any wrongdoing and that the case was a misunderstanding.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on the Missouri Senate race…..

Hi Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Show-Me State which is the swingest of “Swing States” shows U. S. Rep. Roy Blunt (R) maintaining a 7-Point lead over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D).

Rasmussen Survey

Missouri Senate 2010



General Election

U. S. Rep. Roy Blunt (R)  49 %
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D)  42 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  6 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  40 %
Disapprove  59 %

Note: Huh?….Obama has really sunk in Missouri. Remember: He fell only about 5,000 Votes short of capturing the State in 2008.

Governor Jay Nixon (D)

Approve  56 %
Disapprove  41 %

Full Results at Rasmussen Reports.com

Merlin’s Observation:

This Race will be tight as always in Senate Races in Missouri. Obamas Job Measure in MO is disastrous, the lowest in any of the Competitive States.

Merlin

The lead in the poll switched parties two months a ago….you’re right Merlin…. this is close!…..

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 5 Comments