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'We Are the World' 25th Anniversary Video……..

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking charity single “We Are the World,” original producers Quincy Jones & Lionel Richie have given the song a makeover — with the help of 80 entertainers — to raise money for earthquake survivors in Haiti. You can help relief efforts in the poverty-stricken nation by downloading the contemporary take on this classic at World25.org, on iTunes, or on YouTube.

Here’s the link…… to the YouTube Video……..

Note :…….You can donate at the YouTube Site…….

The Video was done February 1, 2010 in the same place as the original ……..

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Movies, Music, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | | 2 Comments

‘We Are the World’ 25th Anniversary Video……..

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking charity single “We Are the World,” original producers Quincy Jones & Lionel Richie have given the song a makeover — with the help of 80 entertainers — to raise money for earthquake survivors in Haiti. You can help relief efforts in the poverty-stricken nation by downloading the contemporary take on this classic at World25.org, on iTunes, or on YouTube.

Here’s the link…… to the YouTube Video……..

Note :…….You can donate at the YouTube Site…….

The Video was done February 1, 2010 in the same place as the original ……..

February 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Movies, Music, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | | 2 Comments

LPGA Golf Rankings…….

Pos. Player Value
1 Tiger Woods 13.1
2 Steve Stricker 7.9
3 Phil Mickelson 7.6
4 Lee Westwood 7
5 Jim Furyk 5.4
6 Martin Kaymer 5.4
7 Rory McIlroy 5.1
8 Paul Casey 5.1
9 Henrik Stenson 5.1
10 Padraig Harrington 5
11 Ian Poulter 5
12 Geoff Ogilvy 4.9
13 Kenny Perry 4.5
14 Robert Allenby 4.2
15 Sergio Garcia 4.2
16 Sean O’Hair 4.1
17 Ernie Els 4
18 Robert Karlsson 4
19 Ross Fisher 4
20 Retief Goosen 3.9

Nuff said.……..

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The GOP will take their case home to their Districts…….

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[Rank-and-file Republicans have been encouraged by their leaders, such as House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), to spend their district work period next week hammering Democrats on health care reform, jobs, spending and national security.]

The GOP plans to use some of the President’s old ‘community style organizing’ to advance their policies, and to take back the direction of the congress during the Holiday recess……… even though the Democrats control the Executive and Legislative branches of the government…….

“We’re going to be talking about a need to move forward and address health care, energy, security and the economy in a step-by-step manner that makes people on Main Street comfortable,” one GOP aide said of the messaging strategy for the Presidents Day recess.

Fresh off now-Sen. Scott P. Brown ’s (R) stunning victory in Massachusetts, Republicans will urge Democrats to heed President Barack Obama ’s call for bipartisanship and will criticize Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for shuttering the GOP out of talks on a jobs proposal this week.

“Republicans have 41 votes, so the Democrats are in the position now that they have two options: They can continue what they did all last year, which is craft their own bills with no Republican input and try to pick off one vote to get to 60. Or they can come to the table and reach consensus,” the aide said.

Still, Republicans will also criticize Obama, who over the recess is scheduled to appear at a campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas for Reid.

For months, Senate Republicans have repeated a message of taking a step-by-step approach to health care, climate change and the economy, rather than pushing a comprehensive approach favored by Obama and Congressional Democrats. That will continue this week when Republicans return to their respective states.

Republicans will also focus on homeland security, painting Obama’s decision not to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, in New York City as a major GOP victory and will continue voicing opposition to closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

In the weekly Republican address Saturday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) ripped the Obama administration for its handling of the KSM trial and Guantánamo Bay, charging that each “was a major mistake in the war on terror.”

House Republicans were also planning to criticize the administration and Congressional Democrats on national security issues, pinpointing the KSM trial and the decision to read alleged Christmas day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his Miranda rights as particularly dangerous strategies.

“The American people deserve a federal government that puts national security before party politics,” House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) wrote in a messaging memo. “This administration is doing the opposite.”

Like GOP Senators, the House Republican rank and file were encouraged to spend their district work period hammering Democrats on health care reform, jobs, spending and national security.

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Immigration?…..does it have any chance in Democratic Senate without 60 votes?

In a conference call with reporters this week, representatives of a range of religious groups were joined by two members of Congress to unveil a month-long campaign that will begin by delivering thousands of postcards to Capitol Hill offices, continue with some 100 events across the country during the President’s Day recess and into early March, and culminate with a large immigration reform rally in Washington on Sunday, March 21.

The goal is to use both moral suasion and practical arguments — that immigrants bring value to the American economy and are not competition for scarce jobs — to change a legislative dynamic that seems even more daunting than in 2007, when a promising bill co-sponsored by John McCain and Ted Kennedy and supported by President Bush died in the Senate in the face of Republican opposition. 

Now Kennedy is dead, McCain is tacking right to save his political life, and the economy has tanked while Tea Party rage is on the rise. So what makes faith leaders think they can move the mountain now? They are taking a two-pronged approach: to change hearts and minds by framing the debate as a “moral imperative,” and to deploy some old-fashioned political organizing and lobbying. 

“What’s different about this campaign is that we are really reaching out to voters and to non-immigrant communities and forming coalitions on the ground with people who are not our traditional allies,” said Father Jon Pedigo, pastor of a Catholic parish in San Jose, California. “We feel that through very targeted local work we will be able to go about this” — campaigning for immigration reform — “in a much more determined way.” 

“We should not be wasting time with friends who don’t need to be converted,” echoed Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat who represents California’s Silicon Valley. 

The interfaith coalition, which represents mainline and evangelical Protestants, Jewish groups, and the Catholic hierarchy, knows it has an uphill battle. For religious leaders, the Judeo-Christian ethic, as based in scripture, is clear: welcome the stranger, strengthen families, care for the needy, do justice to one’s neighbor. And in legislative terms, that means supporting immigration reform that allows both legal and undocumented people a path to citizenship, that focuses on keeping immigrant families united, and that brings security and consistency to border enforcement. 

But polls consistently show immigration reform is a relatively low priority for most Americans, and according to a survey from the Pew Hispanic Center last year, just 31 percent of Latinos said it was an “extremely important” issue for President Obama to resolve.

Jobs, education and, yes, health care reform, are higher priorities, and immigrants — especially the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States — are increasingly seen as threats to the economic well-being of native-born Americans, even while the number of illegal immigrants has fallen significantly in the last year.

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The Dog is not sure that Immigration is going to get to the table this spring…..With the pipeline clogged as is with Healthcare, Jobs and the Economy…ther isn’t much room for Immigration…also the fact that the Republicans will surely put up a fight on the issue means that President Obama will not have the stomach to push the issue…..Like Healthcare…this issue needs to be addressed…but will in all likelihood be put on the shelf……..Like it or not the GOP now is a factor…..

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

Is Love…… or Money….. more important?

[Valentine]

When you think about it, couples don’t fight over love. They fight over money. They fight because one person didn’t balance the checkbook or made a bone-headed investment without consulting the other. They fight because one partner exerts dictatorial control over the money, or because one has secretly amassed thousands of dollars in debt on a credit card, imperiling the couple’s finances.

Whether the issues are big or small, money will prove a powerful force impacting your marriage — sometimes overtly in the form of routine arguments; sometimes quietly as animosities seethe beneath the surface for years, only to explode into a potentially marriage-ending supernova.

What couples don’t always grasp is that money is rarely the real culprit. It’s the lack of communication, often stemming from a lack of knowledge about each other’s personal financial quirks and beliefs.

So, some time between “Yes, I will marry you,” and “I do,” you and your partner need to have The Money Talk — the key questions all couples should ask of one another.

Here are four of the more important questions to ask each other, since they provide insight and information on how money will flow through your marriage.

And these are the questions…….

And while love is grand….. money has a seat at that table……

And Love is always more in important…..always

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The GOP…… the party of NO????

Well that’s what most American’s think……

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted earlier this month, 58 percent of the 1,004 respondents said Republicans have not reached out enough to Obama.

Other data in that poll indicated the Republican Party has made gains on Democrats over the past year. But it still hasn’t been able to shake the “party of no” label.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) said he is not losing sleep over the polling data.

The Peach State lawmaker contended in an interview with The Hill that GOP supporters, including the independents that elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) don’t want Republican lawmakers “compromising” with Obama.

“Our constituents are overwhelmingly telling us do not compromise on legislation that is just increasing the size of government and the deficit. At this point Obama, [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Majority Leader Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] are well-defined as big-government, big spenders and people don’t want us to reach out to that,” Kingston said.

Like Kingston, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, “I’m not worried about this poll number.”

Other Republicans have a different view.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) recently said the GOP cannot simply be the party of no and must work with Democrats to offer remedies to the nation’s problems.

Graham acknowledged “there a few [Republicans] who just want to say, ‘We’re not going to do anything his year.’”

A Few?……

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Danica Patrick does not finish….neither does her car…….

Making her NASCAR debut, Patrick ran outside the top 20 for most of Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway before getting caught up in a 12-car wreck just past the race’s halfway point’

Patrick was hoping to learn as much as she could about a new style of racing. She ended up going to the school of hard knocks.

“It’s important to have realistic expectations,” Patrick said. “There’s going to be spikes in performance, I don’t doubt that. But there’s also going to be tough days. And today, I would say, was more of a tough day.”

Tony Stewart went on to win the race for the fifth time in six years.

Patrick took center stage before the race, receiving warm applause during prerace driver introductions and attracting a swarm of fans with cell phone cameras around her car on pit road.

Michael Waltrip cut through the crowd to speak briefly with Patrick just before the race started, then posted a photo of the horde on his Twitter account.

“I could not believe all the attention,” Earnhardt said. “It’s just amazing. But it’s great for the sport. It’s good for our company. But I’m really pleased. I think she’s attacking this opportunity.”

Sorry about the start…but she needs to hang in there and do her thing…..Driver Danica Patrick, right, slides down the front stretch after crashing with Colin Braun, center, and Josh Wise, left, during the NASCAR DRIVE4COPD 300 Nationwide series race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/David Graham)

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The President will resort to 'Executive Power' to move ahead on certain issues and policies…..

President Obama like all of his preecessors in the office, has run against the first year brick wall….All President do……It’s one thing to have all those people working the White House somewhat follow your orders…It is another to have all the  700 or memebers of Congress do the same…….

And so all president’s resort to other powers given and evoved into their office as the nation\’s chief Executive….these are called  ‘ Excecutive Powers’……These powers to get certain things done….. do not need the legislative branch to be executed…..sercveral do require the leegislative branchs final approval, though……

Here’s the beginniing of a piece in the New York Times….

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress,President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” saidRahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare. The White House heavily promoted an export initiative announced by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week and nearly $1 billion in health care technology grants announced on Friday by Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, and Hilda L. Solis, the labor secretary.

White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.

“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”

The use of executive authority during times of legislative inertia is hardly new; former PresidentsBill Clinton and George W. Bush turned to such powers at various moments in their presidencies, and Mr. Emanuel was in the thick of carrying out the strategy during his days as a top official in the Clinton White House.

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Note:…..All candidates running for the Office of the Presidency routinely criticize the use of Presidential Executive power in their campaigns only to resort to that power after getting in office and realizing how difficuit it is to affect changes in the nation’s policies…..

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The President will resort to ‘Executive Power’ to move ahead on certain issues and policies…..

President Obama like all of his preecessors in the office, has run against the first year brick wall….All President do……It’s one thing to have all those people working the White House somewhat follow your orders…It is another to have all the  700 or memebers of Congress do the same…….

And so all president’s resort to other powers given and evoved into their office as the nation\’s chief Executive….these are called  ‘ Excecutive Powers’……These powers to get certain things done….. do not need the legislative branch to be executed…..sercveral do require the leegislative branchs final approval, though……

Here’s the beginniing of a piece in the New York Times….

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress,President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” saidRahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare. The White House heavily promoted an export initiative announced by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week and nearly $1 billion in health care technology grants announced on Friday by Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, and Hilda L. Solis, the labor secretary.

White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.

“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”

The use of executive authority during times of legislative inertia is hardly new; former PresidentsBill Clinton and George W. Bush turned to such powers at various moments in their presidencies, and Mr. Emanuel was in the thick of carrying out the strategy during his days as a top official in the Clinton White House.

More……..

Note:…..All candidates running for the Office of the Presidency routinely criticize the use of Presidential Executive power in their campaigns only to resort to that power after getting in office and realizing how difficuit it is to affect changes in the nation’s policies…..

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