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Eliot Spitzer wants back in……..

The Dog has posted this up before…….

Eliot Spitzer wants back in the political world…..while he might be bidding his time right now ( This piece shows his human side…… something absent before his fall from grace )…but…..make no mistake about it….

He wants to run, and get elected to a statewide post……he’s itching to get back….he’s taking his lumps now…but……

The Dog thinks he’ll be back…..one way..or another…..

Here’s the start of a Time Magazine piece……

His prospects for a full-fledged comeback may be slim, considering the transgressions that led him to resign as governor in 2008. After becoming chief executive of New York and swearing to enforce its laws, Spitzer was found to be a perpetrator, a patron of an illegal prostitution ring who was wiring money to shell corporations to pay for his habit. It was hypocrisy on a scale that was hard to fathom, as if Eliot Ness had been busted for peddling gin from his apartment.

At his wife Silda’s insistence, he has undergone marriage counseling and therapy. But so far, Spitzer’s attempted rehabilitation has largely been a media phenomenon. He’s a favorite guest on cable news shows, where he opines about Wall Street and regulatory reform. As he struggles to redefine his legacy, he is helped by the plunging standards for public figures; we seem to live in the midst of an endless race to the bottom, where it is nearly impossible to become permanently discredited. The ineptitude of his successor in the governor’s office, David Paterson, who is embroiled in scandals of his own and is facing calls for his resignation, has fueled nostalgia for Spitzer’s onetime image of official competence. Still, it’s hard to imagine that most voters could stomach having him back.

After a year and a half of hibernation, which he spent trying to repair his fractured family, Spitzer seems to have decided that he has done his penance. He has burst back into public view, eager to chime in on everything from the Treasury Secretary to the significance of the Democrats’ loss of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Meanwhile, his friends are busy fanning rumors that he may again run for office, hinting in the press that he is “considering” entering the race for Senator, state comptroller or even mayor of New York City. (“You Can’t Keep a Bad Man Down: Spitzer Is Eyeing a Comeback,” read a headline in the New York Post, one of his main antagonists.) “Politics gets my heart pounding faster than buying a building and raising rents,” Spitzer says. But on the question of his trying to return to office: “You have to understand what my family would go through,” he says. “It would be unbearable. I just couldn’t do that to them. It would be day after day of the ugly stuff.”

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March 14, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Crime, Family, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 13 Comments

Open Thread for March 15…….

Well as you can see

The Dog was sniffing all over the place this evening

With Posts on everything from Police Cars to Obama’s Inauguration speech

We are a political Blog

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t feature other stuff…like we say at the top of the page…..

We’re glad to have SE back with the pak…and are happy with Terry Green checking in …

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March 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Open thread, Other Things, Politics, Updates | | 60 Comments

From SE…..President Obama's Inauguration speech……

From Senate Guru……

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

More…….

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics | , , , | 4 Comments

From SE…..President Obama’s Inauguration speech……

From Senate Guru……

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

More…….

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics | , , , | 4 Comments

March 12 to 14, 2010 …..Movie Box Office Numbers….

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count /Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Alice in Wonderland (2010) BV $62,000,000 -46.6% 3,728 $16,631 $208,625,000 $200 2
2 N Green Zone Uni. $14,535,000 3,003 $4,840 $14,535,000 $100 1
3 N She’s Out of My League Par. $9,600,000 2,956 $3,248 $9,600,000 $20 1
4 N Remember Me Sum. $8,300,000 2,212 $3,752 $8,300,000 $16 1
5 3 Shutter Island Par. $8,140,000 -38.5% 3,356 +178 $2,426 $108,008,000 $80 4
6 N Our Family Wedding FoxS $7,600,000 1,605 $4,735 $7,600,000 1
7 5 Avatar Fox $6,600,000 -18.7% 1,718 -445 $3,842 $730,344,000 13
8 2 Brooklyn’s Finest Over. $4,290,000 -67.9% 1,939 +3 $2,212 $21,351,000 $17 2
9 4 Cop Out WB $4,230,000 -54.5% 2,882 -268 $1,468 $39,442,000 $30 3
10 6 The Crazies Over. $3,650,000 -48.4% 2,359 -120 $1,547 $33,358,000 $20 3
12 9 Crazy Heart FoxS $3,125,000 -5.7% 1,361 +87 $2,296 $34,203,000 $7 13
11 7 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Fox $3,125,000 -39.0% 2,175 -819 $1,437 $82,318,000

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, Updates, Women | , | 2 Comments

The iconic Ford Crown Vic Police Car has one more year……

Ford

The Ford Crown Victoria police car, which for nearly three decades has been the star of high-speed chases and an unwelcome sight in rear-view mirrors, is being phased out.

Ford unveiled its new patrol car, the Police Interceptor, at an event Friday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway attended by fleet buyers and law enforcement officials.

The new car was designed to be faster, safer and stronger, and will come packed with advanced technology.

But for some at the unveiling, it was a nostalgic occasion.

“I’m sad to see the Crown Vic go,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Robinson, who has been on the force for 27 years.

For the last 10 years he’s been a driving instructor for the department.

“Everybody knows that car, how to drive it and how to work on it. And the new car is, in a lot of ways, superior, and I’m excited about it.

“But it’s also just new.”

The Crown Victoria police car, which debuted in 1983, will not be going away any time soon. Ford will be making them until late next year — about the same time that Police Interceptors will start coming off the production line.

And it’s uncertain when police departments, feeling budget constraints, will be able to place orders for the new cars.

Ford didn’t disclose prices at the event. The Crown Victoria police car has a base price of about $27,000.

Ford also makes a Crown Victoria model for consumers — it’s also being phased out next year.

The Police Interceptor will be built on the same platform as Ford’s 2010 Taurus.

More…….

A souped up Taurus….huh?

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 5 Comments

American Idol's top 12!

Here they are…….link..

American Idol

And then there were 12 on “American Idol.”

After the audience voted, the singing contest said goodbye Thursday to Alex Lambert of North Richland Hills, Texas; Todrick Hall ofArlington, Texas; Lilly Scott of Littleton, Colo. and Katelyn Epperly ofWest Des Moines, Iowa.

It was no surprise that the judge’s favorite from previous weeks, Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, made the cut.

Lynche dazzled the judges with his performance of “This Woman’s Work” and made judge Kara DioGuardi dissolve into tears.

Lambert, who had trouble overcoming his shyness on stage, looked downcast when he learned his fate.

“There’s a lot of things America hasn’t seen me do yet,” he said, adding, “I wish could just have broken out of my shell.”

Judge Ellen DeGeneres gave him a verbal pat on the back.

“You’re so good. Don’t ever stop believing in yourself,” she told him.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the audience’s rejection of Scott. Before the decision was announced, host Ryan Seacrest stood with Scott and Katie Stevens on stage and asked the judges to weigh in on the fact that one of them would be heading home.

DioGuardi, who had championed both singers, said she found it striking that it came down to these two. She said Scott was someone who understood herself as an artist and Stevens was struggling to do that, but had the advantage of being more contemporary.

“I thought I did really well. I put my heart into every performance,” Scott said. “I just know there’s an audience out there for me.”

Judge Randy Jackson liked Hall’s performance of “Somebody to Love,” while Cowell said it was a mixed performance.

“This has been an awesome experience. I came here to prove that I’m not just a dancer, I can also sing. I think that I’ve done that,” said the 24-year-old Hall.

He got some encouragement from Jackson, who said, “Fantastic, dude.”

Now comes the hard part…….

I’m sorry ….

I miss Paula and Simon arguing……..

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

American Idol’s top 12!

Here they are…….link..

American Idol

And then there were 12 on “American Idol.”

After the audience voted, the singing contest said goodbye Thursday to Alex Lambert of North Richland Hills, Texas; Todrick Hall ofArlington, Texas; Lilly Scott of Littleton, Colo. and Katelyn Epperly ofWest Des Moines, Iowa.

It was no surprise that the judge’s favorite from previous weeks, Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, made the cut.

Lynche dazzled the judges with his performance of “This Woman’s Work” and made judge Kara DioGuardi dissolve into tears.

Lambert, who had trouble overcoming his shyness on stage, looked downcast when he learned his fate.

“There’s a lot of things America hasn’t seen me do yet,” he said, adding, “I wish could just have broken out of my shell.”

Judge Ellen DeGeneres gave him a verbal pat on the back.

“You’re so good. Don’t ever stop believing in yourself,” she told him.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the audience’s rejection of Scott. Before the decision was announced, host Ryan Seacrest stood with Scott and Katie Stevens on stage and asked the judges to weigh in on the fact that one of them would be heading home.

DioGuardi, who had championed both singers, said she found it striking that it came down to these two. She said Scott was someone who understood herself as an artist and Stevens was struggling to do that, but had the advantage of being more contemporary.

“I thought I did really well. I put my heart into every performance,” Scott said. “I just know there’s an audience out there for me.”

Judge Randy Jackson liked Hall’s performance of “Somebody to Love,” while Cowell said it was a mixed performance.

“This has been an awesome experience. I came here to prove that I’m not just a dancer, I can also sing. I think that I’ve done that,” said the 24-year-old Hall.

He got some encouragement from Jackson, who said, “Fantastic, dude.”

Now comes the hard part…….

I’m sorry ….

I miss Paula and Simon arguing……..

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Boxing…..Pacquiao punches out an easy win over Clottey…….

Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Joshua Clottey during their WBO boxing welterweight title fight in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.

[ Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Joshua Clottey during their WBO boxing welterweight title fight in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday ]

With the biggest fight crowd in the U.S. in 17 years cheering him on at Cowboys Stadium, Pacquiao dominated a strangely passive Joshua Clottey from the opening bell Saturday night to retain his welterweight title and cement his status as the best pound-for pound fighter in the world.

The fight wasn’t close, and it was never in doubt. It was so one-sided that those in the cheap seats among the crowd of 50,994 could tell without even looking at the giant video screens over the ring that Pacquiao was in total command.

One ringside judge gave Pacquiao every round, while the two others gave him all but one. The Associated Press scored it a shutout for the Filipino sensation.

It wasn’t as flashy as his knockout of Ricky Hatton or as savage as the beating he gave Oscar De La Hoya, but there was no doubt Pacquiao was in command the entire way against a fighter who kept his gloves up high in front of his face and chose to engage him only in spurts.

Clottey’s strategy worked to keep him upright, but he was never competitive in the biggest fight of his career.

“He’s a very tough opponent,” Pacquiao said. “He was looking for a big shot.”

Ok folks that yesterdays story….

Todays story is this…….Will  ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao ever fight Maywither?

The real story could go like this…..

Will Pacman agree  to Olympic style drug testing?

Saturdays fight was supposed to be Pacquiao vs Mayweather…..but Pacman refused to take a drug test after Mayweather accused him of taking a certain ‘drug’?…..

Then there is this..

……the Pacman went from 109 pounds to 145 pounds  just eating White Rice, Chicken Adobo, and Tinola (fish soup)?????


March 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 7 Comments

Michele Obama will travel to Mexico without her husband…….

First Lady Michelle Obama –‘ Primera Dama ‘ in Spanish — makes her first solo official international visit next month, when she travels to Mexico City.

The White House, in a release said, “Mrs. Obama’s international agenda will amplify the President’s commitment to advancing mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual responsibility between nations and peoples around the world. During this visit, Mrs. Obama will have the opportunity to engage the citizens of Mexico, particularly young people, and build on her recent conversation with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon on the issues of education and economic advancement in both countries.”
On Friday, the White House announced that Mrs. Obama and daughters Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8 would not be going — as had been planned — with Obama to Indonesia, Guam, and Australia because the departure date was changed to March 21 from March 18. Obama delayed the trip to remain in Washington and keep pressure on Congress to pass health care reform. The Obama girls were going because the trip was timed to their Spring vacation. The revised dates won’t give the girls enough time to recover for school.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at the Friday briefing “the way now the trip sits in the week, it’s not as conducive for them to go.”

Asked if the travel experience was worth missing some school, Gibbs said that’s above his pay grade to answer.

I hope she has a good advance for the trip……

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments