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How to cheat and cover your butt….suggestions from women…..

Tiger Woods, Mark “the Luv Guv” Sanford, Jon Gosselin…All three of these geniuses were busted last year with their three wood in the wrong bunker. While the fact that they had affairs wasn’t shocking, the stupidity with which they conducted them was: Woods tried to bed every fame-whore he laid eyes on; Sanford barely covered his tracks when he went AWOL from South Carolina to join his lady love in Argentina; and Gosselin cavorted with a bevy of bimbos in front of the reality TV cameras that follow him everywhere.

But famous men aren’t the only cheaters. According to a recent MSNBC poll, one in five people in a monogamous relationship has a side piece—and that figure includes women. Yet you almost never read about female betrayal in newspapers and tabloids. Why? Because we’re better at hiding it. Sure, it may be a stereotype to say women are naturally sneakier or more cautious than men. But both of those things just may be true.

So if you’re itching for a fling, you should take a few tips from the ladies. To help your cause, we contacted the most adulterous women we know—most of whom have never been called on their indiscretions—and pumped them for their best advice on stepping out on a mate. Study up!

The Dog doesn’t have this problem…and he doesn’t want to get in trouble….it would cost too much money….but for those who do….well……

Here’s the link……He, he, he…….

Of course she could be doing the same thing to you….right?

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR GIRLFRIEND IS RIGHT NOW?

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March 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The New Credit Card Rules……..

Not that they are matter too much to most people out there…….

Here’s a piece on some of the rules..which The Dog is sure Credit Card companies have figured out ways to get around……

Credit card reform affects nearly all American families. Some 78 percent of households have a credit card and there are more than 631 million credit cards in circulation. Consumers charged more than $2.1 trillion on 26.5 billion transactions in 2008. With this much credit capacity — the 181 million credit cardholders have an average of 5.4 cards each — it’s no surprise that consumers do not pay off their cards each month. The typical cardholder had $10,679 in debt outstanding at the end of 2008, according to the Nilson Report.

The Credit CARD Act has many good and well-intentioned provisions. For example, it requires credit card companies to make their practices more transparent so that customers can tell exactly how much they are paying in interest and fees when they do not pay off their balance each month. It imposes broad restrictions on companies’ ability to increase the interest rate on outstanding balances and to levy penalties for going over the credit limit.

Credit card issuers must also mail consumers their statements three weeks, rather than two weeks, before the payment is due. Companies must apply payments that exceed the minimum to the outstanding balances with the highest interest rate first. Credit card issuers must allow consumers to opt out of their card if they do not agree to changes in their credit terms. It also requires card companies to post details of their standard credit agreement on the Internet so that consumers can more easily do comparison shopping.

The act creates a Web site HelpWithMyBank.gov, which is run by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where consumers can go to find answers to their most common questions. The new law also prohibits a bank from assuming that because you are late with one credit card payment that you will be late on all payments and, in reaction, raise the interest rate on all of your accounts.

Finally, the credit card company must tell you how long it will take to pay off your outstanding balance. Thus, if you have $3,000 on a card, you’ll learn that it will take 11 years to pay off that balance if you make the minimum $90 monthly payment on a card with a 14.4 percent interest rate.

For the typical American, these changes have a certain feel-good aspect to them.
But, just like the hangover that comes the morning after the party, the CARD act contains some significant downsides.

More…….

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Update on Kim Zolciak of the Real House Wives of Atlanta……

[ She’s straight…and Big Poppa isn’t divorced yet…..]

After her sexuality was questioned in the media, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak wants to set the record straight, telling PEOPLE she’s “in a great place” with her as-yet-unnamed, still-not-divorced boyfriend, Big Poppa. Rumors that Zolciak was involved romantically with deejay Tracy Young kicked into high gear after Zolciak’s performance of her single, “Tardy for the Party,” at Atlanta club Gold Room Feb. 26. Throughout the evening, there was visible tension between her and Young, who was repeatedly rebuffed trying to enter the bathroom where Zolciak was preparing to take the stage. Was it a lovers’ quarrel? No, says Zolciak, who explains that she and Young had a disagreement over the performance: Young wanted her to sing a remix of the song, but Zolciak, who was sick that week, hadn’t properly rehearsed that version. As for a romantic relationship between the two, “All I’m going to say is that she is a great friend of mine, I adore her, and she’s so talented,” Zolciak tells PEOPLE.

Here, the Housewives star and mother of two daughters — Brielle, 13, and Ariana, 8 — talks about her relationship, a brand new song and wig line. –Blane Bachelor

So you’re officially with Big Poppa?
We’re doing great. He’s fantastic. It’s been so on and off in the last two years, but the entertainment industry is really difficult and takes a toll on relationships. People are so fascinated with any part that has to do with my personal life. And it’s just that. You want to talk about my kids, I’ll do it all day long. You want to talk about my wig line, I’ll do it all day long. But this stuff … it just really makes me laugh.

Is he divorced yet?
He’s not legally divorced yet, and I haven’t told anybody that, so there you have it. He doesn’t live with his family like people think.

More…….

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GM settles on returning 661 dealership back into the fold……

[ Larry Noga working last May at the Balzekas Chrysler dealership in Chicago. The dealership was slated to lose its franchise.]

It’s always better to settle…….

Ask any lawyer……

That is more than half of the roughly 1,100 dealers who filed to challenge G.M.’s terminations through an arbitration process established by Congress.

G.M. said that it was calling and sending letters to the dealers being allowed to stay open and that they would receive notification by Monday.

“By doing this, we save a lot of time, energy and dollars, saving us and dealers from going through what could be a very long arbitration process,” Jim Bunnell, G.M.’s general director of dealer network support, said in a conference call with reporters.

Mark L. Reuss, the president of G.M. North America, said the dealers to be reinstated were chosen based on business criteria, not because they were likely to win in arbitration or to put up a costly fight.

“We’re trying to do the right thing for our dealerships, for G.M. and for the taxpayer, quite frankly,” Mr. Reuss said.

The arbitration process was established by Congress after its members were inundated by complaints from G.M. dealers in their districts.

But as its sales fell last year by about 50 percent, the company said it needed to thin out its dealership network so it and the remaining dealers could be more profitable.

Congress has made no similar demands that G.M. revive its factories.

The dealers that G.M. is allowing to stay open will have 10 days to review and sign the letter of intent they will receive from the company, then 60 days to fulfill new requirements, including maintaining adequate capitalization and financing.

G.M. had been concentrating on consolidating its operations to match its diminished market share, but Mr. Whitacre has pushed people at all levels of G.M. to focus primarily on selling more vehicles. Having more dealerships could help him accomplish that goal.

Many of the terminated G.M. dealers never announced their status publicly and continued to operate much like other dealers except that they were not allowed to order new vehicles from factories. Still, their inability to sell the most popular models since last May undoubtedly cost them customers and hurt G.M.’s overall sales.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Japanese women try to get skinnier…why?

japanese fashion wear

The trend is most pronounced among women in their 20s. A quarter-century ago, they were twice as likely to be thin as overweight; now they are four times more likely to be thin. For U.S. women of all ages, obesity rates have about doubled since 1980, rising from 17 percent to 35 percent.

Social pressure — women looking critically at other women — is the most important reason female skinniness is ascendant in Japan, according to Hisako Watanabe, a child psychiatrist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo.

“Japanese women are outstandingly tense and critical of each other,” said Watanabe, who has been treating women with eating disorders for 34 years. “There is a pervasive habit among women to monitor each other with a serious sharp eye to see what kind of slimness they have.”

Public health experts say that younger Japanese women, as a group, have probably become too skinny for their own good. Restricted calorie consumption is slowing down their metabolisms, the average birth weight of their babies is declining, and their risk of death in case of serious illness is rising.

“I would advise these women to eat when they are hungry,” said Satoshi Sasaki, a professor of preventive epidemiology at the University of Tokyo School of Public Health. “They should be satisfied with a normal body.”

That makes sense to me……

But could this be the real reason?

As in the United States and elsewhere, Japanese women are bombarded by media images of gorgeous, very thin women — and public health experts say they believe those images have played a substantial role in increasing pressure on Japanese women to be skinny.

The American response to such media images puzzles many people in Japan.

“In the United States, you see all these beautiful skinny people on television, and yet Americans keep getting fatter anyway,” said Sasaki, the public health expert at Tokyo University. “Why is that?”

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Food, Health, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

The Dogs mother talks about Gambling in Alabama……and the race for Governor goes silent…..

A state trooper stands inside VictoryLand in Shorter, Ala., in January. The gaming complex, which employed 1,600, closed to avert a raid by the state task force.

[ A state trooper stands inside VictoryLand in Shorter, Ala., in January. The gaming complex, which employed 1,600, closed to avert a raid by the state task force. ]

My mother …who’s in her eighties …lives in Mobile, Alamaba….and while I was talking to here this afternoon…I asked here if there was anything going on down there  that I could write about on the Dog……

She got quiet for a moment…she said she had stopped looking at the news because she wanted to stop yelling at the TV….we both laughed…..

They she remarked…..Gambling….she went on to say people in that city where hot about the crack down on gambling……I asked her about what kind of gambling…..and she told me Casino’s……

Well …the Dog has done some sniffing around and found this……..

The VictoryLand gambling complex in this town of 375 is Macon County’s largest employer and biggest taxpayer. It has helped pay for police cars and raises for county employees.

In Alabama, slot machines are illegal — but thousands of people for years have played machines that seem identical to slots. The state long ignored it. “That’s one of the things that’s puzzling to a lot of people,” says Bradley Moody, associate professor of political science at Auburn University-Montgomery. “If this is a moral issue for Gov. Riley, why wasn’t it morally unacceptable in, say, February 2003?” Riley was elected in 2002.

Chickasaw, a city of 6,000, opened a bingo casino in February. The task force raided it the same day. Mayor Byron Pittman says plans called for 500 machines generating $4 million a year for the city, more than doubling its annual budget. He says the city wanted to spend the money on a 50% increase of the police force and other improvements.

Things may get ugly down there before this is over…..

The fight over gambling in Alabama has a rich, layered story: the governor and his wife being shouted down by gambling supporters in Montgomery; the first head of the gambling task force resigning in January after acknowledging that he won $2,300 at a Mississippi casino; the specter of an armed confrontation between one defiant county sheriff and his deputies and the task force.

Now, in the worst recession in generations, VictoryLand is shuttered. Its 1,600 employees are trying to get unemployment checks and planning to protest Saturday against the actions that cost them their jobs, says Marlin King, 31, of nearby Tuskegee, out of work for just over a month. “We don’t know what this is all about, what’s legal and what’s not,” he says. “We’re just hoping it’ll reopen.”

VictoryLand is embroiled in an intense battle over gambling in Alabama. The state’s lame-duck governor,Republican Bob Riley, began a crackdown on illegal gambling 15 months ago. He declared that thousands of gambling devices — electronic bingo machines — in 16 of the state’s 67 counties are actually slot machines, which are illegal in Alabama.

His Task Force on Illegal Gambling launched raids on casinos. VictoryLand closed to avert one. Local elected officials such as Macon County Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell, whose budgets rely on gambling, say their machines are legal.

Attorney General Troy King, a Republican, says the task force should stop the raids and get court rulings declaring electronic bingo illegal in each county instead of risking “harm to law enforcement or the public with further warrantless raids.”

Nonsense, says John Tyson, head of the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling and Mobile County district attorney. “These are slot machines, and slot machines are illegal,” says Tyson, a Democrat.

Only one of Alabama’s four largest non-Indian casinos, Greentrack in Greene County, remains open. Greene County Sheriff Ison Thomas has said that bingo machines there are legal and that he won’t allow a raid by the task force.

Tyson says Thomas “does raise the specter” of an armed confrontation. “I hope it doesn’t get to the point where we have to arrest another law enforcement officer,” he says.

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley speaks over the jeers of a crowd in favor of bingo on the Statehouse steps in Montgomery on Feb. 23.

[ Alabama Gov. Bob Riley speaks over the jeers of a crowd in favor of bingo on the Statehouse steps in Montgomery on Feb. 23. ]

All of this plays against the states Governor’s race…..which is entering its last months….

From Steve Flowers @ atmoreadvance…..

With all the furor created by our outgoing governor over electronic bingo, the fact that we have a governor’s race has flown completely under the media’s radar screen.

However, this is a premier governor’s race because it is the first gubernatorial contest without an incumbent governor on the ballot in over two decades. The contest has now been ongoing for close to a year.

As early as seven months ago I foolhardily predicted the winners and losers in the 2010 Governor’s Race. With just three months until the June 1 primary, I stand by my prognostications.

If you recall, in early August of 2009 I told you that Bradley Byrne and Tim James would be the top contenders in the Republican primary and that they would eventually be pitted in a GOP runoff to face Democrat Artur Davis in November. I stand solidly behind that scenario. My prediction at that time was based on intuition. Today’s confirmation prognosis is based on fact.

Tim James is the comer in this contest. Byrne was pegged as the early favorite but it is going to be a horserace between these two conservatives. James, the son of former Governor Fob James, is personable and telegenic.

On the Democratic side, Congressman Artur Davis transferred $1 million from his congressional war chest and raised another $1 million. His challenger in the Democratic primary, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, only raised about $165,000. Whether Sparks has any money or not may be irrelevant. This race may be closer than expected. Sparks will benefit from the George Wallace admonition that more folks vote against someone than for someone.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Entertainment, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Arkanasas Governor race will be Mike Beebe vs State Senator Jim Keet……Daniel G…..

[ Mike Beebe  and Jim Keet ]
There are no Polls available yet for this race…..
Mike Beebe. (D )…..
Jim Keet (R)……….

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U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29)'s statement……

Statement from Massa:

Two days ago as I sat reading my new annual CAT scan, having been told that the anomalies in the films may or may not be scar tissue, I decided to finally take the advice that my doctors have repeatedly given me, and that is to take care of my family and myself before my profession. After I decided not to run again I was told, for the first time, that a member of my staff believed I had made statements that made him feel ‘uncomfortable’ I was told that a report had been filed with the Congressional Ethics Committee. At no point prior to this had any member of the Ethics Committee communicated with me directly — if fact I first read it on the internet.

“I own this reality. There is no doubt in my mind that I did in fact, use language in the privacy of my own home and in my inner office that, after 24 years in the Navy, might make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable. In fact, there is no doubt that this Ethics issue is my fault and mine alone. But in the incredibly toxic atmosphere that is Washington D.C., with the destruction of our elected leaders having become a blood sport, especially in talk radio and on the internet, there is also no doubt that an Ethics investigation would tear my family and my staff apart. Some would say that this is what happens when you stand apart from political parties, which I have done. Others will say that this is what happens to a non politician when they go to Washington DC. I want to make something perfectly clear. My difficulties are of my own making. Period. I am also aware that blogs and radio will have a field day with this in today’s destructive and unforgiving political environment. In
that investigators would be free to ask anything about me going back to my birth, I simply cannot rise to that level of perfection. God knows that I am a deeply flawed and imperfect person.

“During long car rides, in the early hours of the evening, late at night and always in private, I know that my own language failed to meet the standards that I set for all around me and myself. I fell short and I believe now, as I have always believed, that it is not enough to simply talk the talk, but rather I must take action to hold myself accountable.

“Therefore, effective at 5 PM on Monday the 8th of March I will resign my position as the Federal Representative of New York’s 29th Congressional District in the 111th Congress. I do so with a profound sense of failure and a deep apology to all those whom, for the past year, I tried to represent as our Nation struggles with problems far greater than anyone can possibly imagine. I hope that my family, constituents, and fellow Members of Congress can accept this apology as being both genuine and heartfelt and I wish for them and all Americans only the best. I will take all actions possible to ensure that my personal health is secured in that I know that mine is a far more fragile lifeline than most. For the millions of fellow cancer survivors with whom I share this experience, they, more than anyone else, will understand the honesty and openness in this statement.

“I ask that members of the press respect the privacy of my family, my staff, and me at this time.

“-Congressman Eric Massa”

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U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29)’s statement……

Statement from Massa:

Two days ago as I sat reading my new annual CAT scan, having been told that the anomalies in the films may or may not be scar tissue, I decided to finally take the advice that my doctors have repeatedly given me, and that is to take care of my family and myself before my profession. After I decided not to run again I was told, for the first time, that a member of my staff believed I had made statements that made him feel ‘uncomfortable’ I was told that a report had been filed with the Congressional Ethics Committee. At no point prior to this had any member of the Ethics Committee communicated with me directly — if fact I first read it on the internet.

“I own this reality. There is no doubt in my mind that I did in fact, use language in the privacy of my own home and in my inner office that, after 24 years in the Navy, might make a Chief Petty Officer feel uncomfortable. In fact, there is no doubt that this Ethics issue is my fault and mine alone. But in the incredibly toxic atmosphere that is Washington D.C., with the destruction of our elected leaders having become a blood sport, especially in talk radio and on the internet, there is also no doubt that an Ethics investigation would tear my family and my staff apart. Some would say that this is what happens when you stand apart from political parties, which I have done. Others will say that this is what happens to a non politician when they go to Washington DC. I want to make something perfectly clear. My difficulties are of my own making. Period. I am also aware that blogs and radio will have a field day with this in today’s destructive and unforgiving political environment. In
that investigators would be free to ask anything about me going back to my birth, I simply cannot rise to that level of perfection. God knows that I am a deeply flawed and imperfect person.

“During long car rides, in the early hours of the evening, late at night and always in private, I know that my own language failed to meet the standards that I set for all around me and myself. I fell short and I believe now, as I have always believed, that it is not enough to simply talk the talk, but rather I must take action to hold myself accountable.

“Therefore, effective at 5 PM on Monday the 8th of March I will resign my position as the Federal Representative of New York’s 29th Congressional District in the 111th Congress. I do so with a profound sense of failure and a deep apology to all those whom, for the past year, I tried to represent as our Nation struggles with problems far greater than anyone can possibly imagine. I hope that my family, constituents, and fellow Members of Congress can accept this apology as being both genuine and heartfelt and I wish for them and all Americans only the best. I will take all actions possible to ensure that my personal health is secured in that I know that mine is a far more fragile lifeline than most. For the millions of fellow cancer survivors with whom I share this experience, they, more than anyone else, will understand the honesty and openness in this statement.

“I ask that members of the press respect the privacy of my family, my staff, and me at this time.

“-Congressman Eric Massa”

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From Daniel G….. U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29) to RESIGN Monday…..

Hello Dog!

The Road for you Party got a whole lot more tougher moments ago. U. S. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY 29) who announced his Retirement on Wednesday will RESIGN on Monday Hotline On Call & POLITICO reporting.

http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2010/03/massa_to_resign.php

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34001.html

Embattled Governor David A. Paterson (D-NY) has to call a Special Election after Massa’s Resignation, a Special Election Democrats will CERTAINLY lose.

Daniel G.

The Dog wonders what is the real deal on this move?…..and Daniel you are calling the seat before anyone declares?…..Come on!?

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 28 Comments