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Off the shore of Haiti on board the U.S. Hospital Ship USS Comfort…..

This is the link for the story with Dr. Gupta of CNN…….USNS Comfort (T-AH-20)

USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is the third United States Navy ship to bear the name Comfort, and the second Mercy Class Hospital Ship to join the navy fleet. The USNS prefix identifies the Comfort as a non-commissioned ship owned by the U.S. Navy and crewed by civilians. In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, USNS Comfort and her crew do not carry any ordnance and firing upon the Comfort is considered a war crime.

Like her sister ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)Comfort was built as an oil tanker in 1976 by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. Her original name was SS Rose City and she was launched from San Diego, California.

Her career as an oil tanker ended when she was delivered to the Navy on December 1, 1987. Now, as a hospital shipComfort‘s new duties include providing emergency, on-site care for U.S. combatant forces deployed in war or other operations. Operated by the Military Sealift CommandComfort provides rapid, flexible, and mobile medical and surgical services to support Marine Corps Air/Ground Task Forces deployed ashore, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task forces and battle forces afloat. Secondarily, she provides mobile surgical hospital service for use by appropriate US Government agencies in disaster or humanitarian relief or limited humanitarian care incident to these missions or peacetime military operations. Comfort is more advanced than a field hospital but less capable than a traditional hospital on land.[1]

When not actively deployed, Comfort is kept in a state of reduced operations in Baltimore harbor. She has been used many times over the years and has been ready to ship out of Baltimore with 5 days’ notice.

More from Wikipedia…..

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February 15, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Government, Haiti, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin…….What does she want to be?

From PoliticalWire…….. …..

Quote of the Day

“Sarah Palin will have to choose to be either the leader of a movement or the leader of a nation. She can’t be both. Right now, she is a figure like McGovern or Goldwater, two candidates who led the most intense movements in our country’s political history, but who couldn’t win the middle.”

— Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, quoted by the Washington Post.

Humm?……And that’s from a Republican talking head ?

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Hollywood and 3-D Movies…the next frontier……

[STAMPEDE]

[A scene from the film “How to Train Your Dragon,” which is scheduled to open next month.]

Hollywood studios, juiced by the success of “Avatar,” are tripping over each other to release movies in 3-D. In the process, they risk overloading multiplexes, which are equipped to handle only a portion of the 3-D pack at a time.

More than 20 3-D releases are scheduled already for this year, and additional titles are expected to be announced. Costly productions could wind up cannibalizing each other as they jostle for screens. As of the beginning of the year, less than 10% of the U.S.’s roughly 40,000 screens were 3-D enabled, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners.

“It’s an unfortunate situation to have more 3-D films coming out than the market can currently accommodate,” says Patrick Corcoran, director of media and research for the National Association of Theatre Owners. “It puts theaters and studios in a really difficult position.”

“There’s clearly a bottleneck,” says Frank Rash, senior vice president for strategic partnerships for AMC, one of the country’s largest theater chains. “The hope, however, is that the supply of 3-D screens matches the audience demand.”

Early next month, Walt Disney Co.’s “Alice in Wonderland” will hit theaters at a time when “Avatar” is still running and hoping to capitalize on the Academy Awards, where it was nominated in nine categories. Some theater owners worry they will not have enough screens to play both films. “Avatar” has grossed $2.4 billion so far.

More serious traffic jams follow. In early April, Warner Bros.’ “Clash of the Titans,” which is undergoing an 11th-hour conversion into 3-D, is set to open just a week after DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.’s “How to Train Your Dragon.” Some 3-D screens will still belong to Disney’s “Alice” at that time.

Some exhibitors say they even got the impression from Warner Bros. that the studio was prepared to withhold its other films from theaters that wouldn’t agree to make way for “Clash,” according to people familiar with the matter.

Warner Bros. denies that. “That’s absolutely not true,” says Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “It would never happen; we don’t operate like that.”

In July, Universal Pictures’ “Despicable Me” is set to open three weeks after Disney’s “Toy Story 3.” November ushers in another pileup: Warner’s seventh “Harry Potter” movie is to open two weeks after “Megamind,” another DreamWorks release, along with Disney’s ”

More………

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Movies, Music, Other Things, Updates | Leave a comment

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind-D) will consider running for Evan Bayh's Senate seat in Indiana……

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said today he will consider running to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

In a statement released shortly after Bayh announced his decision, Ellsworth said he will discuss the matter with his family before making a decision.

“I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh’s seat,” Ellsworth said. ”

“The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state. In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track.”

Ellsworth will almost certainly not be able to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by tomorrow’s noon deadline, but he could be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party after the deadline has passed.

Ellsworth, a former sherriff, is a centrist, pro-life Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with 64% of the vote.

This from Merlin…..

Hi Dog!

It seems Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is the early Frontrunner to be picked as Democratic Nominee for the November Election CNN & MSNBC reporting though an Official Statement hasn’t been made.

Indiana Democrats have until June 30th to pick their Candidate.

Merlin

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (Ind-D) will consider running for Evan Bayh’s Senate seat in Indiana……

This from The Hill.…..

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) said today he will consider running to replace retiring Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

In a statement released shortly after Bayh announced his decision, Ellsworth said he will discuss the matter with his family before making a decision.

“I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh’s seat,” Ellsworth said. ”

“The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state. In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track.”

Ellsworth will almost certainly not be able to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot by tomorrow’s noon deadline, but he could be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party after the deadline has passed.

Ellsworth, a former sherriff, is a centrist, pro-life Democrat who was first elected to Congress in 2006. He was re-elected in 2008 with 64% of the vote.

This from Merlin…..

Hi Dog!

It seems Congressman Brad Ellsworth (D-IN Eigth) is the early Frontrunner to be picked as Democratic Nominee for the November Election CNN & MSNBC reporting though an Official Statement hasn’t been made.

Indiana Democrats have until June 30th to pick their Candidate.

Merlin

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Why being attractive isn't worth it…….

Winston Rowntree is the author of Subnormality, the popular webcomic which he describes as containing “weird characters, endless opinions and occasionally huge walls of text.”

In this installment of his Cracked comic Abnormality, Mr. Rowntree shows us the downside of being an attractive woman, and being a typical man.

comments link from the original piece……

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Why being attractive isn’t worth it…….

Winston Rowntree is the author of Subnormality, the popular webcomic which he describes as containing “weird characters, endless opinions and occasionally huge walls of text.”

In this installment of his Cracked comic Abnormality, Mr. Rowntree shows us the downside of being an attractive woman, and being a typical man.

comments link from the original piece……

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SE on RedState…again…..Part 5…..

From SE…………
RedState’s Erick Erickson Opens His Big Mouth…AGAIN-Part 5

Not one day goes by where Erickson doesn’t show us his false-Conservatism. This time, through the most idiotic post I’ve seen yet:

Another day another story about Oxedine that should give voters pause.

Last May, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that two Rome, Ga. insurance companies – State Mutual Insurance Co. and Admiral Life Insurance Co. – sent checks to the 10 PACS. The insurance companies are both headed by the same CEO, Delos “Dee” Yancey III. The PACs are administered by the son of Donald V. Watkins, the head of the bank who also sits on the board of both insurance companies. The bank also once was co-owned by Yancey’s father.

Most of the PACs had little or no money in their accounts before the infusion of cash.

Once the payments were made from the insurance companies, the PACs each sent $12,000 – a total of $120,000 — to Oxendine’s campaign. The money was all sent in the same amounts and on the same dates from all the PACs.

The banks that handled the accounts have been subpoenaed by the State Ethics Commission, but as they are in Alabama, they are refusing to honor the subpoenas. Now the Attorney General will probably get involved and ask a court in Alabama to have the banks honor the subpoena request.

This will just keep this story alive to keep clubbing the Ox.

I get that Georgia Primary voters know Ox more than most of the other candidates because he’s been kissing their butts since 1994. It’s not them I’m worried about. It’s the non-primary voters who can quickly see through the pandering veneer into what a reckless politician he is.

Hopefully primary voters will be smart enough to see the danger and reject Oxendine. The best thing that could happen to the Georgia GOP is to see the end of Oxendine’s political career.

Unless a subpoena comes from the same state as the Insurance Companies are in, they don’t have to turn over any information. And I don’t see the problem in Businesses giving money to the PAC’s of their choice. This is just nonsense manufactured by the radical left and neo-cons like Erickson. I am comforted that Georgia Primary voters know Ox more than most of the other candidates because of his selfless public service since 1994. It’s not them I’m worried about. It’s the non-primary voters who can quickly be influenced by Lefties and Neo-Cons that they don’t see what an honorable politician he is. Hopefully, primary voters will be smart enough to see the BS the progressives are manufacturing and vote Oxendine. The best thing that could happen to the Georgia GOP is to see Oxendine’s election to the Governorship.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on Barbara Boxer's California Senate race……

Hi Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Goden State shows Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D) may very well have the Race of her Political Life in 2010. She is well under 50 % and barely leads her Republican Challengers.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

Boxer, Fiorina and Campbell……..

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  45 %
former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  46 %
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R)  42 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  47 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  42 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  27 %
Disapprove  72 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Despite a horrible JA from the “Governator” and decent Numbers from the President Senator Boxer’s Numbers are pretty underwhelming. That should be concerning.

Merlin

This from Rasmussen on the race…….

The Democratic-leaning political gravity of California will certainly give Senator Boxer a boost in that effort.”

Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 46% to 42%, virtually unchanged from January. Another seven percent (7%) would vote for some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. Boxer led Fiorina by nine points in November and 10 points in September.

The incumbent also holds a four-point lead over former Congressman Tom Campbell, 45% to 41%. Four percent (4%) like another candidate, and 10% are undecided. Boxer held the same lead over Campbell, just after he joined the race in January.

The fact that Boxer’s support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Merlin on Barbara Boxer’s California Senate race……

Hi Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Goden State shows Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D) may very well have the Race of her Political Life in 2010. She is well under 50 % and barely leads her Republican Challengers.

Rasmussen Survey

California Senate 2010

Boxer, Fiorina and Campbell……..

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  45 %
former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R)  41 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  46 %
Businesswoman Carly Fiorina (R)  42 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  5 %

Incumbent Senator Barbara Levy Boxer (D)  47 %
State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R)  42 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Job Approvals

President Obama

Approve  58 %
Disapprove  41 %

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)

Approve  27 %
Disapprove  72 %

Merlin’s Observation:

Despite a horrible JA from the “Governator” and decent Numbers from the President Senator Boxer’s Numbers are pretty underwhelming. That should be concerning.

Merlin

This from Rasmussen on the race…….

The Democratic-leaning political gravity of California will certainly give Senator Boxer a boost in that effort.”

Boxer leads former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 46% to 42%, virtually unchanged from January. Another seven percent (7%) would vote for some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. Boxer led Fiorina by nine points in November and 10 points in September.

The incumbent also holds a four-point lead over former Congressman Tom Campbell, 45% to 41%. Four percent (4%) like another candidate, and 10% are undecided. Boxer held the same lead over Campbell, just after he joined the race in January.

The fact that Boxer’s support has been stuck in the mid-40s for several surveys no matter which Republican she is matched against continues to suggest that the race for now is about her rather than about those who are running against her.

February 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment