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Rush Limbaugh disses New York State Governor Paterson……

Rush Limbaugh made a racial comment over outgoing Rep. Eric Massa.

Why not make fun of a person when they are down?

Why not revert back to a Southern racist terms in this day and age?

Anything for laugh isn’t always funny…or right…..

There was an eyebrow-raising exchange Tuesday between radio host Rush Limbaugh and a caller in which Limbaugh makes a racist comment about Gov. Paterson.

Leaving aside the appropriateness issue for a moment, the caller’s premise that sparked Limbaugh’s comment is flat-out wrong.

Paterson does NOT have the power to appoint a replacement for former Rep. Eric Massa. His power is limited to calling a special election to fill the seat Massa vacated in NY-29 after ticklegate.

Here’s the transcription:

CALLER: Yeah. Hey, listen. Interesting sidebar to that Eric Massa mess for Democrats. You know, our besieged governor, David Paterson, will be charged with naming a replacement for Massa. And I’m wondering if there’s any chance, do you think that Paterson…

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Wait a minute.

CALLER: …will exact some revenge on Obama, Emanuel, Cuomo, the whole Democratic gulag, by appointing a Republican or, at the very least, a DINO – a Democrat in name only?

LIMBAUGH: Are you sure that Paterson appoints or is there a special election?

CALLER: I am reasonably sure that Paterson will be appointing the replacement, assuming that he, you know, doesn’t resign in the next 60 or 90 days.

LIMBAUGH: Let’s assume you’re right. So, David Paterson will become the massa…

CALLER: Yes.

LIMBAUGH: …who gets to appoint whoever gets to take Massa’s place. So, for the first time in his life, Paterson’s gonna be a massa. Interesting, interesting.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/03/10/2010-03-10_rush_limbaugh_races_to_inject_racial_joke_about_paterson_into_massa_mess.html#ixzz0hqBa8399

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March 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Political Satire, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Senate Passes a $140 billion unemployment, taxes and benefits extension……A 'Jobs' Bill….

This one has bipartisan support…..Remember when the Republicans complained about anymore spending bills?

So much for that…elections are coming up…….

Where was Senator Jim Bunning?

The Senate approved $140 billion in extended tax breaks and unemployment benefits on Wednesday in a largely partisan vote.

The bill was approved on a 62-36 vote, with six Republicans joining most Democrats in backing it.

Senate Democrats are calling the measure a jobs bill, though it includes tax breaks extended by Congress on a near-annual basis as well as a fix to Medicare payments for doctors that lawmakers also have previously extended.

It’s the second package of legislation that Senate Democrats have labeled as a jobs bill this year, joining a $15 billion measure approved by the Senate last week.

GOP Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), David Vitter (La.) and George Voinovich (Ohio) voted for the bill.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) voted against the bill after voting for cloture to allow the legislation to move forward a day earlier. Brown supported the procedural vote Tuesday, saying he “wanted the process to move forward” despite his opposition to it. Brown had concerns over the measure because it wasn’t paid for, his office said Wednesday.

Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote against the bill.

Liberals in the House argue the two measures approved by the Senate are too heavy on tax cuts, and are frustrated the Senate hasn’t picked up a jobs bill the House approved last year.

In December, House lawmakers approved a $154 billion bill that included infrastructure spending, unemployment benefits and fiscal aid for state and local governments trying to avoid layoffs to government employees.

House Democrats suggested they may make changes to the Senate bill when they take it up.

More…….

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

Senate Passes a $140 billion unemployment, taxes and benefits extension……A ‘Jobs’ Bill….

This one has bipartisan support…..Remember when the Republicans complained about anymore spending bills?

So much for that…elections are coming up…….

Where was Senator Jim Bunning?

The Senate approved $140 billion in extended tax breaks and unemployment benefits on Wednesday in a largely partisan vote.

The bill was approved on a 62-36 vote, with six Republicans joining most Democrats in backing it.

Senate Democrats are calling the measure a jobs bill, though it includes tax breaks extended by Congress on a near-annual basis as well as a fix to Medicare payments for doctors that lawmakers also have previously extended.

It’s the second package of legislation that Senate Democrats have labeled as a jobs bill this year, joining a $15 billion measure approved by the Senate last week.

GOP Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), David Vitter (La.) and George Voinovich (Ohio) voted for the bill.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) voted against the bill after voting for cloture to allow the legislation to move forward a day earlier. Brown supported the procedural vote Tuesday, saying he “wanted the process to move forward” despite his opposition to it. Brown had concerns over the measure because it wasn’t paid for, his office said Wednesday.

Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.) was the only Democrat to vote against the bill.

Liberals in the House argue the two measures approved by the Senate are too heavy on tax cuts, and are frustrated the Senate hasn’t picked up a jobs bill the House approved last year.

In December, House lawmakers approved a $154 billion bill that included infrastructure spending, unemployment benefits and fiscal aid for state and local governments trying to avoid layoffs to government employees.

House Democrats suggested they may make changes to the Senate bill when they take it up.

More…….

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

Open Thread for March 11…….

Hello People!!!

I hope everyone likes the new look for the site

The new theme makes much easier for the Dog to do his business with Photo’s

And offers a better thread history

The Healthcare campaign is in full swing and the Scott Brown effects seems to be on the wane

Well for next several days there looks like a lot on activity will be going on with posts!

We welcome the new visitors and applaud the ones that actually jump in…

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All is good at the Dog…Ruff, Ruff

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | | 62 Comments

Daniel….Illinois Senate: Giannoulias leads Kirk by 3 Points……

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in Illinois polling the Race for President Barack Obama’s old Senate Seat shows State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D-IL) clinging to 3-Point lead. Polling seems a little bit weird these Days but I’ll come to that later.

Rasmussen Survey

Illinois Senate 2010

[ Kirk and Giannoulias ]

General Election

State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D)  44 %
U. S. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R)  41 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  10 %

Job Approval

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  56 %
Disapprove  44 %

Analysis:

Honestly, I don’t what to make out of Rasmussen Polls these Days. I’m going to say this: Scott Rasmussen should give us an Explanation why he has Giannoulias + 3 and at the same time IN THE VERY SAME POLL has the Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Bill Brady (R-IL) at + 10. Something is OUT of CONTEXT here. ENOUGH SAID.

I WANT AN EXPLANATION MR. RASMUSSEN

Daniel G.

Oh, oh?

This from Rasmussen……

The two candidates are running for the Senate seat once held by President Obama, and, given Illinois’ tendency toward Democrats in statewide races, Kirk has a tough battle ahead. Women give a slight edge to Giannoulias at this point, while male voters and voters not affiliated with either major party break nearly even.

The race between the two men has seesawed for months. Following last month’s party primaries, Kirk held a 46% to 40% lead over Giannoulias. In December, Giannoulias was up by three points over Kirk. In October,the two men were tied at 41% each. In mid-August, Kirk held a narrow 41% to 38% lead.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……Nate Silver's 2010 Senate Ratings…..

Hello Dog!

I LOVE THIS.

For the 2008 Election Cycle Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight was the “Golden Standard”. It’ll be again for me in 2010.

Silver has published his latest Senate Race Ratings:

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/03/senate-race-rankings-update-310.html

Silver gives

100 % Chance GOP will take North Dakota, 93 % they’ll take Delaware, 87 % they’ll take Arkansas, 77 % they’ll take Indiana and 69 % they’ll take out Harry Reid.

From the Piece…….
Since we last ranked the Senate races, there have been two trends that have been operating somewhat in contrast to one another. On the one hand, Democrats have continued to have major problems with candidate selection — as evidenced by Evan Bayh’s retirement in Indiana, Beau Biden’s failure to run in Delaware, and John Boozman’s running on the GOP ticket in Arkansas. On the other hand, the polling itself has somewhat stabilized for Democrats and perhaps even slightly improved. Recent polls indicate improving situations for Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois, for instance. Nor have any of the Republicans’ remaining “big three” recruits — George Pataki in New York, Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, and Dino Rossi in Washington — yet signed up for a piece of the action.

Overall, we have Democrats projected to lose an additional 4.1 seats in November, which would take their number down to 54.9. This is essentially unchanged from January’s forecast, when we had the Democrats retaining 54.7 seats. Republicans’ chances of picking up the 10 seats they’d need to control an outright majority of the Senate remain somewhat remote for the time being, on the order of 5-10 percent according to our model. They will almost certainly need one more recruiting coup — Wisconsin may be the most likely — and then will have to run the table everywhere else, including some states like Missouri and Ohio where they’re defending seats themselves.

Daniel G

Ah…..Didn’t the Dog give similar figures?

With the dem’s keeping the Seanate and the House bearly?

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments

Daniel……Nate Silver’s 2010 Senate Ratings…..

Hello Dog!

I LOVE THIS.

For the 2008 Election Cycle Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight was the “Golden Standard”. It’ll be again for me in 2010.

Silver has published his latest Senate Race Ratings:

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/03/senate-race-rankings-update-310.html

Silver gives

100 % Chance GOP will take North Dakota, 93 % they’ll take Delaware, 87 % they’ll take Arkansas, 77 % they’ll take Indiana and 69 % they’ll take out Harry Reid.

From the Piece…….
Since we last ranked the Senate races, there have been two trends that have been operating somewhat in contrast to one another. On the one hand, Democrats have continued to have major problems with candidate selection — as evidenced by Evan Bayh’s retirement in Indiana, Beau Biden’s failure to run in Delaware, and John Boozman’s running on the GOP ticket in Arkansas. On the other hand, the polling itself has somewhat stabilized for Democrats and perhaps even slightly improved. Recent polls indicate improving situations for Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois, for instance. Nor have any of the Republicans’ remaining “big three” recruits — George Pataki in New York, Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin, and Dino Rossi in Washington — yet signed up for a piece of the action.

Overall, we have Democrats projected to lose an additional 4.1 seats in November, which would take their number down to 54.9. This is essentially unchanged from January’s forecast, when we had the Democrats retaining 54.7 seats. Republicans’ chances of picking up the 10 seats they’d need to control an outright majority of the Senate remain somewhat remote for the time being, on the order of 5-10 percent according to our model. They will almost certainly need one more recruiting coup — Wisconsin may be the most likely — and then will have to run the table everywhere else, including some states like Missouri and Ohio where they’re defending seats themselves.

Daniel G

Ah…..Didn’t the Dog give similar figures?

With the dem’s keeping the Seanate and the House bearly?

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments

Daniel…..Washington Senate: Murray leads all Republican Challengers except Dino Rossi (R-WA)….

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the Evergreen State show Incumbent Democratic Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) although under 50 % in somewhat good shape for Reelection with one Caveat. She leads all Challengers except for ’04 & ’08 Republican Governor Nominee Dino Rossi (R-WA).

After staying mostly quiet during 2009 the buzz picked up in recent Days that Rossi under urging from NRSC Chair John Cornyn (R-TX) is considering the Race.

Rasmussen Survey

Washington Senate 2010

General Election


’04 & ’08 GOP Governor Nominee Dino Rossi (R)  49 %
Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  46 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  2 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  48 %
State Senator Don Benton (R)  37 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  12 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  49 %
Ex Professional Football Player Clint Didier (R)  30 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  15 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  47 %
Businessman Chris Widener (R)  32 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  16 %

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  50 %
Disapprove  49 %

Governor Christine Gregiore (D)

Approve  40 %
Disapprove  60 %

Analysis:

Looking at Obama’s Approvals here which is only at 50 % (in a State he carried easily 2008) this Poll doesn’t seem too much surprising.
Also, a recent SUSA Poll pegged the Approval for Murray at 43 / 50 so there maybe indeed an opening for Republicans REGARDLESS if Rossi gets in or stays out.

Kyle over at Politics 1 is rooting for Benton AND he’s only down 11 Points.

Daniel G.

He, he….let me see only @ 50%?

Only down 11%?

Hasn’t Rossi said he isn’t running?

…..You guys are really hoping, huh?

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 9 Comments

Daniel…..NY-29: After Massa Resignation Republicans DEMAND Special Election…..

Hi Dog!

After Eric Massa’s (D-NY 29) Resignation on Monday the leading Candidate for Republicans, Corning Mayor Tom Reed (R-NY) has demanded a Special Election to be held to fill the Seat POLITICO reports.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34200.html

More Important: Governor Paterson to a Special Election Question yesterday responded saying he’ll call a Special Election as soon as possibly. He also said the Seat wouldn’t stay VACANT until November.

http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/03/09/982287_paterson-wont-commit-to-special.html

Daniel G.

From the Dog…..See what happens when you have weak governor?…..He demands, huh?

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

The Economy may not feel like it…but it IS gaining…Slowly…

This from the Wall Street Journal…..

Wholesale Inventories Drop

U.S. wholesalers’ inventories unexpectedly fell 0.2% in January, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, as surging demand pulled goods off shelves in the first month of the year.

Wall Street analysts had expected inventories to rise by 0.2% in January. The unexpected decline followed a downward revision in December’s inventory level showing December inventories contracted by 1.0%, rather than the 0.8% drop originally reported.

Sales by U.S. wholesalers in the first month of 2010 were up 1.3% to a seasonally adjusted $346.7 billion, the latest data showed. It was the tenth straight monthly increase in sales, according to the Commerce Department. Sales were particularly strong for cars and groceries.

The decline in inventories appears to be good news for the U.S. economy. A pileup in inventories doesn’t always bode well for future production or for future economic growth, and a decline may indicate that demand is outpacing supply.

The amount of wholesale goods on hand relative to sales was 1.10 in January, a record low. The inventory-to-sales ratio measures how many months it would take for a firm to deplete its current inventory. The ratio in December was 1.12.

Wholesalers’ inventories of durable goods, those meant to last three or more years fell 0.5% in January, and automotive stocks dropped 0.2%.

Durable goods sales rose 0.3% in January, as auto sales jumped 2.6%.

Nondurable goods inventories climbed 0.3% as petroleum inventories soared 4.7%.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | Leave a comment