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Open Thread for February 13……

The Weekend is here….The Olympics are also…….

The Democrats are on hold

And the Republicans are losing bodies in the House

And the Dog is Tired and Cold….

Oh, well…..

Spring is around the Corner….right????

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Open thread, Other Things, Politics, Updates | | 45 Comments

Megan McCain disses the Tea Party Crowd……and her Dad?…..

McCain’s daughter, Meghan, God love her, has entered into the Tea Party fray, too. Sure, Tancredo dissed her daddy, but given her history as “Miss Independent,” far from being her father’s political puppet, I wouldn’t be too quick to assume her latest comments are mere posturing.

As a guest-host on ABC’s “The View” on Monday, Meghan had some choice words for Tancredo and the Tea Party movement. As Salon.com’s Tracy Clark-Flory reports, she referenced Tancredo’s suggestion to bring back literacy tests and said it was no different from the literacy tests that prevented some African-Americans from voting up until the 1960s. Meghan continued:

“It’s innate racism and I think it’s why young people are turned off by this movement. And I’m sorry, but revolutions start with young people, not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can’t say the word ‘vote’ in English.”

Check this out.…..

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The man’s daughter has never been afraid to go her own way …..or speak her mind…just like her father…...

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 10 Comments

Gov. Pat Quinn leads in Illinois…….

This from PolitcalWire…..…..

Quinn Leads for Illinois Governor

A new Victory Research poll in Illinois — the first since the primary — shows Gov. Pat Quinn (D) leading both of his likely challengers.

Quinn leads Bill Brady (R), 42% to 31%, and tops Kirk Dillard (R), 41% to 35%.

Swing State Project: “As you probably know, the GOP primary has yet to be decided, and probably won’t be for several months, which is why they poll two GOPers despite the primary being two weeks old. State Sen. Bill Brady has a 406-vote edge for now, and Quinn should root for Brady to prevail, based on the disparity between Brady and Dillard’s performances.”

The Dog is sure Merlin will have more on this …….

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 4 Comments

The Marines and Afghan Army begin a major push against the Taliban at Marja……

Thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers traveling in helicopters and mine-resistant vehicles began punching into a key Taliban stronghold in southernAfghanistan early Saturday, as the largest military operation since 2001 to assert government control over this country got underway.

The first wave of Marines and Afghan soldiers swooped into the farming community of Marja about 2 a.m. Saturday local time (4:30 p.m. Eastern), their CH-53 Super Stallion transport helicopters landing amid clouds of dust on fallow fields. As the troops, weighed down with ammunition and supplies, lumbered out and set up defensive positions, AV-8B Harrier fighter jets and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters circled overhead in the moonless sky.

Two more waves of troops touched down over the following 90 minutes near other strategic locations in Marja. Like the earlier contingent, they did not meet with immediate resistance.

Map shows location of U.S. offensive against the Taliban in Marja, Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

At sunrise, hundreds more Marines and Afghan soldiers plan to enter the area by land, using mobile bridges to ford irrigation canals —built by U.S. engineers more than 50 years ago — that have served as defensive moats for the Taliban. Heavily armored mine-sweeping trucks and specially outfitted tanks will work to carve a path through a belt of makeshift bombs buried around the town.

The Marines entering Marja are with some of the first new military units to arrive in Afghanistan as a result of President Obama’s decision in December to authorize the deployment of 30,000 additional troops to combat a growing insurgency. The operation is intended to deprive the Taliban of a haven in Helmand province, which military intelligence officials say is home to numerous bombmaking facilities and drug-processing labs.

“We’re going to take Marja away from the Taliban,” said Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Doing so, he said, could result in “a fundamental change in Helmand and, by extension, the entire nation of Afghanistan.”

The question will be ….like in Iraq…can they hold the ground after taking it….and can they get the locals to feel secure enough to resist the Taliban…..

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

The 2010 Winter Olympics open in Vancouver, Canada……

The delegation from Georgia entered with black scarves and a black band around their right bicep to honor their luge athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died earlier in the day.

The opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics is scheduled to begin tonight at 9 p.m. ET at the downtown Vancouver arena B.C. Place, which is otherwise the home of a Canadian Football League team. It will be the first indoor opening ceremony in Olympic history.

Update | 10:06 p.m. As San Marino’s four team members enter, the oversized Canadian flag that was raised at the start of the opening ceremonies by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police color guard is in trouble. There is a fan that is supposed to make it unfurl as if in a heavy breeze. But the flag has become entangled in a rope. — Ian Austen

Update | 10:02 p.m. While Vancouver’s mild temperatures and lack of snow make the host city less than wintry, it also avoids one potential problem. In 2007, the Teflon-coasted roof of B.C. Place collapsed following a snow storm. A tear developed in the fabric, releasing the air from 16 fans which support it. — Ian Austen

Update | 9:52 p.m. I continue to be amazed at the energy of the people involved in the opening ceremony. The people of the First Nations who are dancing in the middle of the stage haven’t stopped moving for at least 30 minutes. And we’re only on the 42nd of 82 countries to enter the stadium. They appear to have incredible endurance and enthusiasm. Bravo!

On another note, the woman who is announcing the countries as they enter the stadium may lose her voice by the end of the night. She is yelling at the top of her lungs.

I also noticed that the delegations are all clad in cold-weather gear. Nice-looking, but not climate appropriate. Inside this indoor stadium with 60,600 people, it is starting to get a little steamy. — Juliet Macur

More……..……

Dancers perform around four totems during the Opening Ceremony.

Man….. it’s cold enough where I am now……..and we have to have more snow…..for real!

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Weather, Women | , | 18 Comments

CD looks out from 2010 to 2020…….

2010: GOP takes back the House and 50-50 on the Senate.

2012: Obama loses re-election to Romney or Huckabee.

2013: Democrats take back VA and NJ governorships for good.

2014: Midterm elections see Democratic revenge.

2016: GOPer re-elected President due to weak Democratic field.

2018: Senate goes back to Democratic control.

2020: GOP keeps the White House for another 4 years.

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Merlin with another House Democrat retiring……

Hi Dog!

Breaking Rumor out of Massachusetts: Is Rep. William “Bill” Delahunt (D-MA 12) next to retire?

Merlin with another House Democrat retiring……

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Kirsten Gillibrand..or whoever….. may have a very rich opponent this fall…….

Mortimer B. Zuckerman, real estate tycoon and publisher of The Daily News, is considering a run for the Senate seat now held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, according to two people told of the discussions. Mr. Zuckerman regards Ms. Gillibrand as vulnerable to a challenge and is convinced that, at a time of economic tumult and political unrest, his background as an outsider to government, and his record as a businessman, will appeal to the state’s electorate, these people said.

He would be the latest boldface name to weigh a run for the seat this fall; the former Tennessee congressman, Harold E. Ford Jr., is mulling a primary run against Ms. Gillibrand, a fellow Democrat, and will make a decision in the next few weeks.

The discussions were preliminary, the two people cautioned, with many details of a possible candidacy yet to be worked out. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were meant to be private and Mr. Zuckerman has not made up his mind.

Mr. Zuckerman is considering commissioning a poll to test the viability of a candidacy, one of the people said.

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The Dog see’s this another example of what is wrong with Kirsten Gillbrand….she is perceived as a weak candidate….people are lining up to run against her…..

Note: Zuckerman who is the Owner of the New York Daily News strikes the Dog as Mike Bloomberg (money and all) all over……

If I remember correctly…he has a very nasal voice…….

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments

Merlin with the America 's Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments

Merlin with the America ‘s Cup Update……

Hi Dog!

Back to Sports again.

Here are the Quotes from both Teams after the 1st Race:
Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle: “I always thought if we were able to fly a hull we’d be faster upwind, but I was genuinely surprised downwind”

Dirk de Ridder, Wingsail Trimmer, BMW Oracle: “Over probably 9-10 k breeze it’s more efficient without the headsail, and the wing is working at maximum efficiency at that windspeed, and there was no surprise we were better upwind against Alinghi with the wing only….Once we get to over over 10k we’re at our absolute best and probably more wind we’d even be better. So good to see in the lighter wind up the first beat we were actually going quite well — we were very very pleased”

Larry Ellison, Owner, BMW Oracle: “I would have sailed today if they weren’t about to call a race in three-and-a-half knots. If it’s very very light, we’ll sail with minimum crew again.  I had intended to sail today and I intend to sail Sunday but not if the breeze is three knots of breeze.”

Ernesto Bertarelli, Owner, Alinghi: “The wing seems to be quite a weapon.”

Brad Butterworth, Alinghi Skipper: “What do you want me to say, they sailed from behind us to in front of us.”

Jimmy Spithill, Skipper, BMW Oracle, on the pre-start: “I was approaching it pretty aggressively because the wind was quite light — we did a great job on the entry. We were able to get a piece of ‘em and a force a penalty which was good, but then pretty soon after, we’re sort of learning all the time,  we had a hard time sorta stopping the boat.  We ended up rolling forwards and getting overlapped to windward….

“We sorta had a hard time to try and  stay out of irons. We got stuck in irons.  We had an issue with one of the winches, we couldn’t get the sail on ‘em, and obviously we couldn’t get the bow down. So it was a bit frustrating, you know, as we really had him on the back foot there.”

Question: As you came across the line, how did you feel when you started chasing Alinghi down?
Spithill: “Pretty fired up, we pushed the boat harder than I’ve ever pushed it before –- I mean right on the edge…..the boat really took off.”

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Sports, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | 4 Comments