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Paterson goes thru another New York State Police Chief in a record seven days……

State Police First Deputy Superintendent and interim boss Pedro Perez suddenly announced his retirement Tuesday.

[ State Police First Deputy Superintendent and interim boss Pedro Perez suddenly announced his retirement Tuesday. ]

This is getting crazy!

Turns out this guy had a bad enough history that he was asked to leave…….

The state’s top cop is out after just seven days on the job, the fourth victim to succumb to the scandals swirling around Gov. Paterson.

State Police First Deputy Superintendent and interim boss Pedro Perez abrubtly announced his retirement Tuesday, a week after former chief Harry Corbitt quit March 3 to flee the mushrooming firestorm.

“My retirement is not premised on the current invesitgation by the attorney general, as I know my decisions were honest and rightly motivated,” Perez wrote in a letter to Paterson. His last day will be Friday.

Perez’s departure thrusts the state police into further disarray, Cop No. 3 – Field Commander John Melville — takes charge of the troubled agency.

Sources told The News that Perez was forced out by Team Paterson as two state police unions readied to vote no confidence in him Wednesday.

The vote comes amid dissatisfaction over his handling of previous supensions and disciplinary matters that are not directly linked to the Paterson scandal.

“He was given the call,” one source said.

Paterson refused to talk about Perez Tuesday night, but he was quick to praise Melville.

“I know him as a man of character, someone who believes in state police. I think he will lead us through this period very effectively,” the guv said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/03/09/2010-03-09_paterson_accepts_resignation_of_police_chief_pedro_perez_4th_victim_to_succumb_t.html#ixzz0hkGDjB9Z

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March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Scott Brown is the Senator from Massachusetts and he's got a lot of Democrats at home….

And so the Dog pointed out a montha ago….. don’t expect him to follow the party line all the time….

That would make him a visitor to the old Kennedy seat…..

He’s making that point clear already with this from PoliticalWire……

Brown Bucks Party on Filibuster

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) “is putting some muscle behind his independent image by twice voting against his own party and questioning the use of the filibuster,” CNN reports.

Brown took to the Senate floor “to announce he would vote for cloture, or to end a Republican filibuster, on a bill extending unemployment benefits and tax credits. This, despite the fact he opposes the bill and technically the filibuster helped his cause.”

Said Brown: “I have very serious concerns about the overall cost of the bill, but my vote for cloture signals that I believe we need to keep the process moving.”

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Scott Brown is the Senator from Massachusetts and he’s got a lot of Democrats at home….

And so the Dog pointed out a montha ago….. don’t expect him to follow the party line all the time….

That would make him a visitor to the old Kennedy seat…..

He’s making that point clear already with this from PoliticalWire……

Brown Bucks Party on Filibuster

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) “is putting some muscle behind his independent image by twice voting against his own party and questioning the use of the filibuster,” CNN reports.

Brown took to the Senate floor “to announce he would vote for cloture, or to end a Republican filibuster, on a bill extending unemployment benefits and tax credits. This, despite the fact he opposes the bill and technically the filibuster helped his cause.”

Said Brown: “I have very serious concerns about the overall cost of the bill, but my vote for cloture signals that I believe we need to keep the process moving.”

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , | 2 Comments

Census hiring will bring a temporary spike downward in the unemployment numbers…

Yes it will…..

……the United States Governmenet…….

……through the US Census Bureau will hire about 750,000 people to count the 130 million people or so people in this country….

But it will be for about three to four months…….

The U.S. Census Bureau expects to add up to 750,000 workers to its payroll by May, a hiring binge that could knock the unemployment rate down by as much as a half-point.

The once-a-decade census is coming at the best possible time for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, who have taken political lumps for more than a year over a jobless rate that stands at 9.7 percent.

Some think the administration will get good news as soon as the next monthly labor report, which will be released the first Friday in April.

“This is the best-timed census you could ever dream of,” said Heidi Shierholz, who tracks the labor market at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. She believes the March unemployment report will show the economy added jobs instead of subtracting them.

If it happens, it will be only the second positive-numbers jobs report in more than a year. But in this case, it could lead to further positive job numbers in the months ahead.

Census officials warn that politicians shouldn’t get too excited.

Hires for the 2010 census are temporary and part-time; the average employee works 19 hours a week for six weeks, according to Wendy Button, chief of the decennial recruiting branch of the Census Bureau.

Almost all of those hired will be doing “non-response follow-up work” that involves going door to door to collect information from people who did not return their census forms.

How long employees are on the payroll depends on how long it takes to collect the information, but the bureau expects its payroll to peak in May and to begin winding down in June.

That means hundreds of thousands of people who find work through the census will need to find new jobs later this summer.

Oh, well!??

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, The Economy, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

From CD….. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush endorses Bradley Byrne for Alabama governor?

Bradley Byrne

[ Alabama GOP gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne has received an endorsement from Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who Byrne says will make a campaign appearance with him in Birmingham in April. ]

Republican candidate for governor Bradley Byrne has picked up an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush released a statement Tuesday calling Byrne “the conservative reformer in the race for governor of Alabama.”

Byrne says Bush will appear at a fundraising event for him in Birmingham in early April.

Bush served as Florida’s governor from 1999 to 2007. He is now chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Ok….CD wanted me to post this.….

He, he, he…you gotta read the comments….Whew!

They trash the guy and Jeb Bush for sticking his nose in Alabama’s business…the comments are solid against this guy…for real…..

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson will wait to decide what she's going to do…..

Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks with reporters March 2, 2010.

Come on people!…….She just lost on the Governor sweepstakes …why in world would she walk away from her Senate Seat?

That WOULD BE stupid!

So she said she would in Novemeber…give us a brake!

From Politico….

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Tuesday she won’t make any announcements about her political future “for a while,” intensifying speculation within Senate GOP circles that she won’t abandon her seat in the middle of a competitive election year.

Fresh off her resounding loss in Texas’ Republican gubernatorial primary last week, Hutchison remained mum about her political plans – and seemed intent on avoiding contact with reporters by taking circuitous routes in and out of the Senate chamber.

“I have nothing to say, and I won’t for a while,” Hutchison told POLITICO in a brief interview near the Senate’s subway. Asked if it was fair to interpret her indecision as a sign she might stay, Hutchison laughed and said, “No. I have nothing to say.”

National Republicans are eager to keep Hutchison in her seat to avoid worrying about either a May or November special election, the scheduling of which would be determined by Hutchison’s retirement date. An interim senator would be appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry until the special election.

Sen. John Cornyn, Hutchison’s junior Texas colleague who runs the Senate GOP’s campaign committee, said Tuesday he was “encouraging her to stay.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34149.html#ixzz0hk6hfVqR

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson will wait to decide what she’s going to do…..

Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks with reporters March 2, 2010.

Come on people!…….She just lost on the Governor sweepstakes …why in world would she walk away from her Senate Seat?

That WOULD BE stupid!

So she said she would in Novemeber…give us a brake!

From Politico….

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Tuesday she won’t make any announcements about her political future “for a while,” intensifying speculation within Senate GOP circles that she won’t abandon her seat in the middle of a competitive election year.

Fresh off her resounding loss in Texas’ Republican gubernatorial primary last week, Hutchison remained mum about her political plans – and seemed intent on avoiding contact with reporters by taking circuitous routes in and out of the Senate chamber.

“I have nothing to say, and I won’t for a while,” Hutchison told POLITICO in a brief interview near the Senate’s subway. Asked if it was fair to interpret her indecision as a sign she might stay, Hutchison laughed and said, “No. I have nothing to say.”

National Republicans are eager to keep Hutchison in her seat to avoid worrying about either a May or November special election, the scheduling of which would be determined by Hutchison’s retirement date. An interim senator would be appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry until the special election.

Sen. John Cornyn, Hutchison’s junior Texas colleague who runs the Senate GOP’s campaign committee, said Tuesday he was “encouraging her to stay.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34149.html#ixzz0hk6hfVqR

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Tiger Woods begins his trip back to Golf……..

Tiger Woods is hooking up with an old pal - swing coach Hank Haney - which could signal a comeback for scandal-tainted golfer in time for Masters.

Woods has been working with swing coach Hank Haney on the driving range at Isleworth since Sunday, the Daily News has confirmed through several sources, which would indicate that the embattled golfer is on course to play the Masters, a major he has won four times, April 8-11.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill two weeks earlier could serve as a possible tuneup.

Haney is scheduled to remain with Woods for a few days while he misses the biggest tournament so far of 2010, this week’s CA Championship at Doral.

In the past, Woods has brought in Haney just before a major. Despite Woods saying during his Feb. 19 apology that he wasn’t “ruling out” a return this year, Haney most likely wouldn’t be fine-tuning Woods’ swing now for tournaments in August.

Woods could also pull an end-around by stepping back on the tee March 22-23 at the Tavistock Cup matches, an annual exhibition between PGA Tour residents of Isleworth and Lake Nona. In that way, Woods’ agents, the International Management Group, can limit media access and keep the circus atmosphere to a minimum – credential requests are being carefully screened. (The Dog posted this a month a ago )

The argument against returning at Tavistock is that if Woods also plays Bay Hill later that week, it would entail six rounds of golf in seven days after a lot of inactivity. Woods could blow off Bay Hill, but the best preparation for a major is real tournament conditions. He has won the Bay Hill event six times, including the last two years.

It has been reported that Haney has rented a home in Augusta the week of the Masters, although that would not in itself be a guarantee that Woods is playing. Haney might be there in any event because the entire golfing world tends to congregate under the oak tree outside the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, there is speculation that Woods’ caddie, Steve Williams, could be fired. Williams recently appeared on New Zealand television discussing his boss’ indiscretions. Williams said on the telecast that he was angry at Woods over the scandal and would have spoken up had he been privy to Woods’ extramarital transgressions.

Woods has never approved of his inner circle getting too chatty – his first caddie, Mike (Fluff) Cowan, was fired when he began to get too much media attention. But it would be hard to see Woods making a comeback with someone other than Williams on the bag, as the two have grown extremely close over the years.

The Dog is happy about this and again hopes Tiger can get on the golf course…keep his ‘Johnson’ in his pants and keep his wife happy with him….

The Dog also hopes that his wife will manage to spend more time with her husband…..who seems to need that very much so…..
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/03/09/2010-03-09_tiger_on_prowl.html#ixzz0hhevbnVy

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | | Leave a comment

In College Basketball…big teams..even in the Big East….. have to spend time..and money to star….

It simply doesn’t work any other way…..

[ St. John’s and Rutgers, playing last month, are among the Big East’s most thrifty teams, and their coaches are on the hot seat. ]

The Big East is sensitive to the notion that the football-playing universities, with their hefty television revenue from that sport, are pulling away from the non-football universities. Part of that is justified, with seemingly annual murmuring about splitting the 16-team league at some point.

Despite that, Big East officials point to the programs that play outside college football’s top division that are seemingly annual N.C.A.A. tournament contenders — Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette — as examples of how non-Football Bowl Subdivision universities can thrive in the league.

Perhaps not coincidentally, those three also spend the most on basketball among the non-F.B.S. universities. (Marquette’s expense listing in the latest available data from the United States Department of Education reveals that it spends more money — $10.3 million — than any other men’s basketball team in the league.)

“I think there’s no mystery to why Georgetown, Villanova and Marquette have had success,” said Dan Gavitt, the Big East associate commissioner for basketball. “Part is investment. The other part is an institutionwide commitment to being good in men’s basketball.”

That said, it would be naïve to think there was not a difference between a place like DePaul, which reported to the Department of Education that it spent $3.2 million on basketball, and Louisville, which spent $8.6 million.

The teams with coaches on the hottest seats are among the most thrifty teams in the league; St. John’s spent $4.7 million and Rutgers $3.8 million. Perhaps surprisingly, South Florida, which has the benefit of football revenue, was the lowest in the league with $2.9 million.

For the universities in the lower financial sectors, there is a danger of falling into a cycle. Rutgers would reportedly have to pay Hill $1.8 million if it fired him — nearly half a year’s expenses.

It also means another coach would have to learn the culture of the university and the ways of New Jersey high school recruiting. Once that all happens, there is still no guarantee of success.

“You keep changing the driver, that doesn’t mean you’re not going to hit the wall,” said the former DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright, who was let go midway through this season.

One of the reasons Syracuse ($7.7 million) and Connecticut ($6.7 million) can spend so much is that their brand names and tradition are such that they are selling fistfuls of tickets and Nike gear by the closet, and can show recruits recent national championship trophies.

Boeheim points to another factor.

“I think wherever you are and whoever you are, you have to have facilities,” he said. “I think that’s something that’s important. Obviously Louisville is investing and Marquette has and we have. Obviously Pitt has. New facilities help.”

Not surprisingly, none of the teams with the shiny new facilities that Boeheim mentioned are among the bottom eight in the league playing on Tuesday. For those universities pondering a coaching change, they have to ponder whether the cost of making a move will bring value in the long run.

“Money is really important, but it’s time,” Wainwright said. “You have to hang in there over a period of time and have some degree of continuity.”


March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Your local and state government need you to return your completed census form…

Head counts mean more money…..

Head counts mean House seats……less…or more….

The 2010 Census will determine how more than $500 billion in federal funds is divvied up each year, according to a new study that adds urgency to cash-strapped jurisdictions pushing residents to mail in their census questionnaires later this month.

The calculation by Andrew D. Reamer, a policy analyst with the Brookings Institution, is significantly higher than the $447 billion the federal government distributed in 2008 based on census counts. That’s in part because Reamer included the impact of federal stimulus funds that are being sent out in response to the recession.

“Counting more people means more money,” said Reamer, who figured that one-tenth of a percentage-point increase in the population count can bring an increase in federal funds ranging from 0.06 percent to 0.12 percent. “That’s real money.”

The Census Bureau has estimated that “more than $400 billion” in federal funds is at stake every year, and mailing in the census form is one small way residents can bring more money to their communities for such things as schools, roads, housing and parks.

But every jurisdiction does not get the same amount of federal funds per person. That’s because of the nature of the programs that use census statistics in allocating money.

Reamer identified 215 federal programs that rely on census data to formulate how much money they send to states, cities and counties. But one program alone, Medicaid, which provides health care to the poor, accounts for 58 percent of the money. The next three largest sources of funds — highway construction, housing vouchers and education grants — make up 14 percent.

More…….

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