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8 of the 10 Missionaries held in Haiti are released and leave the Country….

Eight American missionaries were freed from a Haitian jail and left for Miami Wednesday, nearly three weeks after being arrested trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-stricken country.

Reporters watched the U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane carrying the group take off from the capital’s U.S. military-controlled airport, whose main terminal in shambles.

The Baptists, most from Idaho, had been sequestered in a tent on the tarmac protected by Air Force troops after U.S. diplomats escorted them out of the nearby police station where they’d been held in muggy, grimy cells.

The group’s swift departure began earlier Wednesday when Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said eight of the 10 missionaries were free to leave without bail because parents of the children had testified they voluntarily gave their children to the missionaries believing the Americans would give them a better life.

“The parents gave their kids away voluntarily,” Saint-Vil said in explaining his decision.

He said, however, that he still wanted to question the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, and her former nanny, Charisa Coulter, because they had visited Haiti prior to the quake to inquire about obtaining orphans.

Hours later, just after dusk, the bedraggled, sweat-stained group of eight walked out of the Haitian jail escorted by U.S. diplomats. They waited until they were safely inside a white embassy van before some flashed smiles and gave a thumbs up to reporters.

Silas Thompson, 19, of Twin Falls, Idaho, plopped into the back seat, breathing heavily and beaming with relief. He’d accompanied his father Paul, a pastor, on the mission not knowing that Silsby had not obtained the proper papers, said his U.S.-based lawyer, Caleb Stegall.

The missionaries were charged with child kidnapping for trying to take 33 Haitian children to the Dominican Republic on Jan. 29 without Haitian adoption certificates.

Their detentions came just as aid officials were urging a halt to short-cut adoptions in the wake of the earthquake and, before their release, Haiti’s No. 2 justice official, Claudy Gassent, informed them of the judge’s decision but said he also gave them a lecture.

“They know they broke the law,” he said.

More………

As the Dog thought……..Time served……..

With the hope that everyone has the message……..

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February 17, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Health, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Religion, Updates, Women | , | 1 Comment

Someone in South Carolina doesn't want paper money as legal tender……

Representative Michael A. Pitts

Is this guy for real?

Here’s the PolitcalWire piece…….

South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Ban U.S. Currency

A bill introduced in the South Carolina legislature would disallow U.S. currency as legal tender in the state, reports the Palmetto Scoop.

The bill introduced by State Rep. Mike Pitts (R) would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.

“If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State.”

He, he, he……

This from the Palmetto Scoop piece……

“I’m not one to cry ‘chicken little,’ but if our federal government keeps spending at the rate we’re spending I don’t see any other outcome than the collapse of the economic system,” Pitts said.

But one legal expert told The Palmetto Scoop that, even if it were passed, Pitts’ bill would quickly be ruled unconstitutional.

It violates a perfectly legal and Constitutional federal law, enacted pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, that federal reserve notes are legal tender for all debts public and private,” the expert said. “We settled this debate in the early 1800s. I appreciate the political sentiment but the law is blatantly unconstitutional

and this…..

But Pitts admits it is unlikely the bill will be passed.

Ok…he’s just making a point…..

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Someone in South Carolina doesn’t want paper money as legal tender……

Representative Michael A. Pitts

Is this guy for real?

Here’s the PolitcalWire piece…….

South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Ban U.S. Currency

A bill introduced in the South Carolina legislature would disallow U.S. currency as legal tender in the state, reports the Palmetto Scoop.

The bill introduced by State Rep. Mike Pitts (R) would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.

“If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State.”

He, he, he……

This from the Palmetto Scoop piece……

“I’m not one to cry ‘chicken little,’ but if our federal government keeps spending at the rate we’re spending I don’t see any other outcome than the collapse of the economic system,” Pitts said.

But one legal expert told The Palmetto Scoop that, even if it were passed, Pitts’ bill would quickly be ruled unconstitutional.

It violates a perfectly legal and Constitutional federal law, enacted pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, that federal reserve notes are legal tender for all debts public and private,” the expert said. “We settled this debate in the early 1800s. I appreciate the political sentiment but the law is blatantly unconstitutional

and this…..

But Pitts admits it is unlikely the bill will be passed.

Ok…he’s just making a point…..

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Senator Burr is still the choice in North Carolina……

From PoliticalWire………

Burr Stays Ahead in North Carolina

Even though North Carolina voters are evenly divided on Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) — with 35% approving and 35% unhappy with his performance — a new Public Policy Polling survey shows he still leads all three of his possible opponents by substantial margins.

Burr leads Elaine Marshall (D), 43% to 33%, tops Cal Cunningham (D), 44% to 32%, and beats Kenneth Lewis (D), 44% to 31%.

I guess they want to go with what they got down there…bearly……

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Is Scott Brown 'reachable ' for the Democrats?…..

Harry Reid speaks at an event.

My son spend last weekend in Bostan……

One of the first thinks he pointed out to me when he got back was that place seemed to smell Democratic…….and Sports….

We here at the Dog reminded people out there that where doing backflips over Scott Brown’s el;ection that the guy is the only Republican for miles around the state….That means he gotta live with his tate being deomcratic….so he can’t run too much with the GOP guys…..It won’t play to good for him…especially since he’s gotta run again in two years…..

So why am I not surprised that The Senate Majority Leader is already calling Senator Brown for his feeling about voting for a Jobs Bill?

Here’s some of the piece …….

Lacking votes on a jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reaching out to the man who cost Democrats their 60-vote supermajority: Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

Reid has been making calls to Republicans throughout this recess week in hopes of building bipartisan support for a seriously scaled-back jobs bill, and even though the GOP has heralded Brown as “Mr. 41” — the key to blocking the Democratic agenda — Reid clearly believes Brown is gettable on this issue.

Reid has been “making some phone calls to Republicans trying to see if they’ll support it,” spokesman Jim Manley said in a Wednesday afternoon interview.

“Putting Americans back to work is Senator Brown’s main legislative priority,” said Brown spokesman Colin Reed. “He looks forward to working with members of both political parties to craft bi-partisan legislation that will create jobs, help the state of Massachusetts and get our economy back on track.”

Manley confirmed that Brown is among the handful of Republicans Reid has called, but he wouldn’t name others.

The wooing of Brown is rife with irony. His election devastated Democrats, and many saw his upset of Democrat Martha Coakley as the death knell for health care reform. Brown has already helped kill an Obama labor nominee, angering labor unions.

But Reid believes Brown may be open to bipartisan negotiations on jobs legislation.

“We need Republican votes,” Manley said. “In the end, it’s up to the Republicans. I don’t know how they’ll vote.”

More………

The Dog is happy that the Democrats have gotten a reality check and now are working to include Republicans in legislation which is good cover and common sense in getting things done…..This is the way to govern……

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Is Scott Brown ‘reachable ‘ for the Democrats?…..

Harry Reid speaks at an event.

My son spend last weekend in Bostan……

One of the first thinks he pointed out to me when he got back was that place seemed to smell Democratic…….and Sports….

We here at the Dog reminded people out there that where doing backflips over Scott Brown’s el;ection that the guy is the only Republican for miles around the state….That means he gotta live with his tate being deomcratic….so he can’t run too much with the GOP guys…..It won’t play to good for him…especially since he’s gotta run again in two years…..

So why am I not surprised that The Senate Majority Leader is already calling Senator Brown for his feeling about voting for a Jobs Bill?

Here’s some of the piece …….

Lacking votes on a jobs bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is reaching out to the man who cost Democrats their 60-vote supermajority: Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

Reid has been making calls to Republicans throughout this recess week in hopes of building bipartisan support for a seriously scaled-back jobs bill, and even though the GOP has heralded Brown as “Mr. 41” — the key to blocking the Democratic agenda — Reid clearly believes Brown is gettable on this issue.

Reid has been “making some phone calls to Republicans trying to see if they’ll support it,” spokesman Jim Manley said in a Wednesday afternoon interview.

“Putting Americans back to work is Senator Brown’s main legislative priority,” said Brown spokesman Colin Reed. “He looks forward to working with members of both political parties to craft bi-partisan legislation that will create jobs, help the state of Massachusetts and get our economy back on track.”

Manley confirmed that Brown is among the handful of Republicans Reid has called, but he wouldn’t name others.

The wooing of Brown is rife with irony. His election devastated Democrats, and many saw his upset of Democrat Martha Coakley as the death knell for health care reform. Brown has already helped kill an Obama labor nominee, angering labor unions.

But Reid believes Brown may be open to bipartisan negotiations on jobs legislation.

“We need Republican votes,” Manley said. “In the end, it’s up to the Republicans. I don’t know how they’ll vote.”

More………

The Dog is happy that the Democrats have gotten a reality check and now are working to include Republicans in legislation which is good cover and common sense in getting things done…..This is the way to govern……

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

From CD…..Sparring at the Alabama Governor debate…..

Artur Davis.jpgRon Sparks.jpg

[Congressman Artur Davis…..Agriculture Comissioner Ron Sparks…..]

During Saturday’s gubernatorial forum in downtown Huntsville, the sparring among the Democrats kept up long enough that a Republican candidate, Bradley Byrne, picked up his chair and shuffled to the other side of the dais.

That won a round of laughs from the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association.

But Ron Sparks, the state agriculture commissioner and Democratic candidate for governor, didn’t smile as he accused his opponent of telling one thing to farmers, and saying another at the last five forums.

Sparks charged that U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, had told groups that it isn’t fair for a poor mother in Alabama to pay tax on milk or formula, while cattlemen don’t pay tax on some of their fields.

Davis, also a Democratic candidate for governor, said he didn’t want to increase taxes for anyone, only repeal the state’s grocery tax.

“I would love to hear Commissioner Sparks explain why he supports the (federal) health care bill,” countered Davis at the Von Braun Center.

Davis, who referred to Sparks as his good friend without ever turning to face him, said that Sparks surely misspoke. Sparks, who accused Davis of rudely interrupting him at one point, snapped: “No, congressman, I didn’t misspeak.”

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This race is going to be interesting……The unspeakable thing in this race is ????……in Alamaba?

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment

The Oregon Senate Race Rasmuseen Poll…..and some comments on the Rasmussen Polls leanings….

From Rasmussen Polling……

The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of likely voters in Oregon finds incumbent Democratic Senator Ron Wyden with a 49% to 35% lead over law professor Jim Huffman, the most prominent Republican reportedly considering running against him.

Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.

Given Oregon’s political leanings, it’s a tough struggle for any Republican candidate against a popular Democrat like Wyden. Still, an incumbent who polls less than 50% at this stage of the campaign is viewed as potentially vulnerable, and this week’s surprise announcement by Indiana Senator Evan Bayh that he will not seek reelection has sent shock waves through Democratic ranks.

It’s interesting to note, too, that Huffman, a political newcomer, is an unknown quantity to 43% of the voters in Oregon, while just nine percent (9%) don’t know enough about Wyden to have an opinion of him. This suggests Huffman may be getting some support just because he isn’t the Democrat.

Oregon Survey of 500 Likely Voters
February 16, 2010

Jim Huffman (R)              35%
Ron Wyden (D)                 49%
Some Other Candidate      7%
Not Sure                               9%

Note:……Folks something I gotta say here…I know Merlin swore by these guys ……but something is cheesy here…..the poll boy right above this has the Republican who is 10% down on the as the top listing…..second the narrative has the Democrat ahead but alludes to Rasmussen mystery 50% rule…….WTF????…a candidate has to be ahead and jump over these guys 50% threshold to get a ‘atta boy’ from these people?


February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 18 Comments

For Mike Bloomberg…it just gets worst……

The New York City Mayor got around the voter’s… to get a third term…..now he’s paying for it….His poll numbers are steadily dropping…..

Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating has fallen to its lowest point in the last 4-1/2 years - just one of the elected officials to feel the wrath of New York voters.

We Feel for you…….Well, Not really!…….

This from the New York Daily News……

Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest point in the last 4-1/2 years – just one of the elected officials to feel the wrath of New York voters.

Voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, support Bloomberg’s plan to balance the budget by freezing city workers’ wages, but are mixed on his push to trim city services instead of raising taxes.

Just 43% of voters would raise taxes to balance the budget, down 10 points from a year ago.

About 45% would cut services, up 6 points from a year earlier. While 63% of voters would support a wage freeze, 63% are also opposed to laying off city workers.

Bloomberg’s proposed budget eliminates raises for most city workers, and lays off 834 of them.

Just 61% of New Yorkers surveyed approve of the job Bloomberg is doing, down from 67% in September and 75% in October 2008.

The last time he was at that level was July 2005, when he had a 60% approval rating heading into his first re-election bid.

Bloomberg won re-election last fall by a 4.4-point margin, and said he was hurt by the same anti-incumbent sentiment that has tossed pols from office around the country.

Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll said the voter dissatisfaction is real – and Bloomberg has suffered from it.

“For Mayor Mike, 60 is the new 70,” Carroll said. “The man who cruised through his second term with 70 percent approval ratings should be happy if he can stay above 60 percent in his third term.”

The survey of 1,195 registered New York voters has a 2.8-point margin of error.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

John Deere does good……

The farm machinery maker posted higher-than-expected earnings, sending its shares up more than 8 percent, as wider margins at its farm equipment and finance units helped it overcome weak economic conditions.

Deere [DE  56.339   2.559  (+4.76%)   ] Wednesday also raised its outlook for fiscal 2010 machinery sales growth to a range of 6 percent to 8 percent, from a previous estimate that sales would fall 1 percent.

Profitability in the unit that makes Deere’s green tractors and harvesters was especially impressive, reporting margins of nearly 10 percent — three times what investors had expected, according to Eli Lustgarten, an analyst at Longbow Securities.

“It looks like brilliant profitability in ag in a relatively weak market,” Lustgarten said. “It’s a combination of restructuring, it’s a combination of operating efficiency, it’s execution, and brilliant ag margins.”

Deere, the world’s largest maker of agricultural equipment, reported a fiscal first-quarter net profit of $243.2 million, or 57 cents a share, up from $203.9 million, or 48 cents a share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell 6 percent to $4.84 billion.

People gotta eat…right?

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Media, Men, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , , | 5 Comments