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Virginia Thomas….Supreme Court Justice Clarence's wife….starts a Conservative non-profit group…..

Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, Virginia, a longtime activist, started Liberty Central in January.

[ Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia, a longtime activist, started Liberty Central in January. ]

Well the Dog believes in free speech ….

and you know this I agree with…..

Sue Hamblen, Liberty Central’s national coordinator, said Virginia Thomas met with ethics officials for the federal courts and was told her work “was in no way a conflict of interest.”

“She did not give up her First Amendment rights when her husband became a Supreme Court judge,” Hamblen said.

Besides ….no one would think she was gonna start a liberal group….would they?

While a lot of blacks have been disappointed at Judge Thomas from the jump….his wifes actions are her own……

Thomas’s group was founded in January and she promoted it at the CPAC convention. But it was not until this past weekend, after a story in the Los Angeles Times, that awareness of the new organization prompted a debate about the involvement of a justice’s spouse in a political movement.

“We are very seriously not Republican or Democrat; we are conservative,” Hamblen said. “Our intent is to remain nonpolitical except in terms of furthering the core principles of the founding fathers.”

Liberty Central, which is organized as a nonprofit, is free to raise unlimited amounts of money and is generally not required to disclose its donors. Hamblen said the group has “received a lot of donations over the last couple days,” mostly from small donors.

Hamblen said the group is not formally affiliated with the conservative “tea party” groups that have sprouted across the nation over the past year to protest the Obama administration’s fiscal policies. The group conducted a joint online poll in January with one of the largest such groups, Tea Party Patriots, whose leaders also issued a statement of support for Thomas’s new venture.

The LibertyCentral.org Web site also lists an endorsement from former defense secretary Donald M. Rumsfeld, who says that “Ginni can help channel the frustration felt by millions across America at the current course of our country.”

Virginia Thomas’s biography on the site says she “is a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham and other talk radio hosts,” and that she is “is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully.”

Endorsement from Rummy???…That’s it….. they ain’t getting my money….He, he, he…..

More…….

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Virginia Thomas….Supreme Court Justice Clarence’s wife….starts a Conservative non-profit group…..

Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, Virginia, a longtime activist, started Liberty Central in January.

[ Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, Virginia, a longtime activist, started Liberty Central in January. ]

Well the Dog believes in free speech ….

and you know this I agree with…..

Sue Hamblen, Liberty Central’s national coordinator, said Virginia Thomas met with ethics officials for the federal courts and was told her work “was in no way a conflict of interest.”

“She did not give up her First Amendment rights when her husband became a Supreme Court judge,” Hamblen said.

Besides ….no one would think she was gonna start a liberal group….would they?

While a lot of blacks have been disappointed at Judge Thomas from the jump….his wifes actions are her own……

Thomas’s group was founded in January and she promoted it at the CPAC convention. But it was not until this past weekend, after a story in the Los Angeles Times, that awareness of the new organization prompted a debate about the involvement of a justice’s spouse in a political movement.

“We are very seriously not Republican or Democrat; we are conservative,” Hamblen said. “Our intent is to remain nonpolitical except in terms of furthering the core principles of the founding fathers.”

Liberty Central, which is organized as a nonprofit, is free to raise unlimited amounts of money and is generally not required to disclose its donors. Hamblen said the group has “received a lot of donations over the last couple days,” mostly from small donors.

Hamblen said the group is not formally affiliated with the conservative “tea party” groups that have sprouted across the nation over the past year to protest the Obama administration’s fiscal policies. The group conducted a joint online poll in January with one of the largest such groups, Tea Party Patriots, whose leaders also issued a statement of support for Thomas’s new venture.

The LibertyCentral.org Web site also lists an endorsement from former defense secretary Donald M. Rumsfeld, who says that “Ginni can help channel the frustration felt by millions across America at the current course of our country.”

Virginia Thomas’s biography on the site says she “is a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham and other talk radio hosts,” and that she is “is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully.”

Endorsement from Rummy???…That’s it….. they ain’t getting my money….He, he, he…..

More…….

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The United States sends the FBI, DEA, and ATFE to help find out who shot the American consulate official and her husband….

The couple's one-year-old daughter,

[ The couple’s one-year-old daughter, now orphaned, is cradled by a policewoman in the wake of the shootings which killed her parents ]
Dozens of officials from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other U.S. agencies joined an investigation Monday into the killings of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in the Mexican city of Juarez, scrambling to determine whether the slayings marked an escalation in the region’s drug war or were simply cases of mistaken identity, officials said.

Lesley Enriquez, 35, who worked in the consulate’s citizens services section, was believed to be the first American consulate employee to have been killed in apparent Mexican drug violence since 1985, when DEA agent Enrique Camarena was tortured and murdered.

Enriquez and her American husband were gunned down near the Santa Fe bridge into the United States about 2 p.m. Saturday, as their infant daughter cried in the back seat, unharmed but terrified. About the same time, assailants in a different part of the city killed the husband of a Mexican who works at the consulate.

That victim, identified in Mexican media as Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, 37, had been at the same children’s birthday party as Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs. The American couple and the Mexican victim had been traveling in white vehicles.

FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons in El Paso, across the border from Juarez, said investigators had not determined the motive for the shootings.

But, she said, “at this point we don’t have any indication the victims were targeted because of their employment at the consulate.”

In a sign of how seriously the Mexican government regards the case, Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez traveled to Juarez on Monday to oversee the investigation, according to El Diario, a newspaper in the city. Mexican President Felipe Calderón and President Obamaexpressed indignation at the murders.

U.S. agencies, including the FBI, DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are assisting Mexican authorities by providing intelligence and interviewing witnesses in the United States, Simmons said.

A Mexican official familiar with the cases said there were two main lines of investigation: whether the shootings were “a direct message to the U.S.” or whether they were instances of mistaken identity. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is continuing.

More…….

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 1 Comment

How about jumping out of a ballon 120,000 feet up?

[ TUNNEL VISION Felix Baumgartner on a dry run in a wind tunnel in Perris, Calif., for the jump he plans to make from a balloon in the stratosphere. ]

Not me!…..

But Felix Baumgartner is gonna try it…..

Fearless Felix, as his fans call him, has something more difficult on the agenda: jumping from a helium balloon in the stratosphere at least 120,000 feet above Earth. Within about half a minute, he figures, he would be going 690 miles per hour and become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound. After a free fall lasting five and a half minutes, his parachute would open and land him about 23 miles below the balloon.

More than three dozen veterans of NASA, the Air Force and the aerospace industry have been working for three years to plan the jump, build a balloon and pressurized capsule, and customize an astronaut’s suit for Mr. Baumgartner. Besides aiming at records, they’re doing physiological research and developing procedures for future astronauts to survive a loss of cabin pressure or an emergency bailout in the stratosphere.

There is this question to answer……

“We just don’t know what will happen to Felix and the suit when he goes supersonic,” said another Stratos engineer, Mike Todd, who worked on high-altitude suits for the Air Force’s spy-plane pilots with the renowned Skunk Works research division of Lockheed. “Felix could slip right through it, but if half the suit’s supersonic and the other half isn’t, there could be turbulence that knocks him out of control.”

Such risks are one reason why Mr. Kittinger’s record has stood for half a century. Air Force and NASA officials have become understandably reluctant to explain potential mishaps to Congressional committees. (To debate the risks and benefits of this project, go tonytimes.com/tierneylab.)

But private adventurers have more freedom to take their own risks. The Stratos medical director, Dr. Jonathan Clark, who formerly oversaw the health of space shuttle crews at NASA, says that the spirit of this project reminds him of stories from the first days of the space age.

“This is really risky stuff, putting someone up there in that extreme environment and breaking the sound barrier,” Dr. Clark said. “It’s going to be a major technical feat. It’s like early NASA, this heady feeling that we don’t know what we’re up against but we’re going to do everything we can to overcome it.”

Crazy people are all around us!…..

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The irony of command…Gen. McChrystal…a 'Snake Eater' has joined the regular Army and is reigning in Special Forces Operators……

It’s one thing to be an operator…it’s another to be the boss…..

This piece in the New York Times caught my eye and made chuckle…..(it’s not funny, just ironic)

General Stanley McChrsytal is the in country boss for ALL American and NATO troops in Afghanistan…..

He came from a Special Operations commad…….and he now finds it necessary to issue orders unifying Special Forces Operators under his command…..something he would have  not been happy about before assuming this command…..a lot of  regular Army bosses are going to be smiling……

McChystal is pursuing a policy of antiseptic war fighting…trying to get rid of collateral civilian death’s…..while this admirable….it is the antithesis of war it self…which,is brutal, randon….and uncertain…..

But in this age of instant communication’s and embeded reporters and asymmetrical war…civilian deaths have become a huge factor for an emeny to use against a larger foe…..

War is hell…and shit happens…..

But now McChrstal is the boss so he has been forced to deal with the aftermath of mistakes in the field …..instead of just getting a mission done….

Life is full of changes……

McChrstal see’s them everyday……

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control for the first time, out of concern over continued civilian casualties and disorganization among units in the field.

“What happens is, sometimes at cross-purposes, you got one hand doing one thing and one hand doing the other, both trying to do the right thing but working without a good outcome,” General McChrystal said in an interview.

Critics, including Afghan officials, human rights workers and some field commanders of conventional American forces, say that Special Operations forces have been responsible for a large number of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan and operate by their own rules.

Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi, the chief spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said that General McChrystal had told Afghan officials he was taking the action because of concern that some American units were not following his orders to make limiting civilian casualties a paramount objective.

“These special forces were not accountable to anyone in the country, but General McChrystal and we carried the burden of the guilt for the mistakes they committed,” he said. “Whenever there was some problem with the special forces we didn’t know who to go to, it was muddled and unclear who was in charge.”

General McChrystal has made reducing civilian casualties a cornerstone of his new counterinsurgency strategy, and his campaign has had some success: last year, civilian deaths attributed to the United States military were cut by 28 percent, although there were 596 civilian deaths attributed to coalition forces, according to United Nations figures. Afghan and United Nations officials blame Special Operations troops for most of those deaths.

“In most of the cases of civilian casualties, special forces are involved,” said Mohammed Iqbal Safi, head of the defense committee in the Afghan Parliament, who participated in joint United States-Afghan investigations of civilian casualties last year. “We’re always finding out they are not obeying the rules that other forces have to in Afghanistan.”

The Special Operational Forces units have traditionally be under the command of their superiors back in the states…not the regular Army command structure in the theatre of operations…..The Dog reported on the same problem of unified command with the Marines in afatgahanistan…..and the top special operators ….Navy SEALS and Army Delta’s will still work outside the in-country chain of command…..

He [ Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, General McChrystal’s deputy chief of staff for communications ] depicted General McChrystal’s new policy as a natural outgrowth of the general’s plans all along to unify his command; when he first took charge, he brought together under his controlwhat had been separate NATO and American command structures in Afghanistan.

The NATO official said that the unified command initiative would be obeyed, though it was not universally popular. “They may not like it, they may not want to follow it, but they are going to follow it,” the official said.

Aides to General McChrystal say he has been deeply troubled by the continuing episodes of civilian casualties, including the three major ones still under investigation. “You won’t believe how focused on these issues this command is, almost more than anything else,” the NATO official said.

Mr. Safi, the Parliament member, expressed concern that with the continued exemption of some Special Operations units from the directive, the problem of civilian casualties would continue. “If they are excluded, naturally it means the same thing will happen,” he said. “If there are individuals who do not obey McChrystal, then what are they doing in this country?”

General McChrystal addressed that concern in the interview. “There are no operators in this country that I am not absolutely comfortable do exactly what I want them to do,” he said. “So I don’t have any complaints about that, particularly after the latest change.”

Tension between Special Operations and conventional commanders has often surfaced in the American military, but General McChrystal himself has a great deal of credibility in the black operations world. Before he became the top commander in Afghanistan, he was in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and Afghanistan, which ran elite, secretive counterterrorism units, believed to include Delta Force and the Seals, hunting high-value targets.

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The irony of command…Gen. McChrystal…a ‘Snake Eater’ has joined the regular Army and is reigning in Special Forces Operators……

It’s one thing to be an operator…it’s another to be the boss…..

This piece in the New York Times caught my eye and made chuckle…..(it’s not funny, just ironic)

General Stanley McChrsytal is the in country boss for ALL American and NATO troops in Afghanistan…..

He came from a Special Operations commad…….and he now finds it necessary to issue orders unifying Special Forces Operators under his command…..something he would have  not been happy about before assuming this command…..a lot of  regular Army bosses are going to be smiling……

McChystal is pursuing a policy of antiseptic war fighting…trying to get rid of collateral civilian death’s…..while this admirable….it is the antithesis of war it self…which,is brutal, randon….and uncertain…..

But in this age of instant communication’s and embeded reporters and asymmetrical war…civilian deaths have become a huge factor for an emeny to use against a larger foe…..

War is hell…and shit happens…..

But now McChrstal is the boss so he has been forced to deal with the aftermath of mistakes in the field …..instead of just getting a mission done….

Life is full of changes……

McChrstal see’s them everyday……

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control for the first time, out of concern over continued civilian casualties and disorganization among units in the field.

“What happens is, sometimes at cross-purposes, you got one hand doing one thing and one hand doing the other, both trying to do the right thing but working without a good outcome,” General McChrystal said in an interview.

Critics, including Afghan officials, human rights workers and some field commanders of conventional American forces, say that Special Operations forces have been responsible for a large number of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan and operate by their own rules.

Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi, the chief spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, said that General McChrystal had told Afghan officials he was taking the action because of concern that some American units were not following his orders to make limiting civilian casualties a paramount objective.

“These special forces were not accountable to anyone in the country, but General McChrystal and we carried the burden of the guilt for the mistakes they committed,” he said. “Whenever there was some problem with the special forces we didn’t know who to go to, it was muddled and unclear who was in charge.”

General McChrystal has made reducing civilian casualties a cornerstone of his new counterinsurgency strategy, and his campaign has had some success: last year, civilian deaths attributed to the United States military were cut by 28 percent, although there were 596 civilian deaths attributed to coalition forces, according to United Nations figures. Afghan and United Nations officials blame Special Operations troops for most of those deaths.

“In most of the cases of civilian casualties, special forces are involved,” said Mohammed Iqbal Safi, head of the defense committee in the Afghan Parliament, who participated in joint United States-Afghan investigations of civilian casualties last year. “We’re always finding out they are not obeying the rules that other forces have to in Afghanistan.”

The Special Operational Forces units have traditionally be under the command of their superiors back in the states…not the regular Army command structure in the theatre of operations…..The Dog reported on the same problem of unified command with the Marines in afatgahanistan…..and the top special operators ….Navy SEALS and Army Delta’s will still work outside the in-country chain of command…..

He [ Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, General McChrystal’s deputy chief of staff for communications ] depicted General McChrystal’s new policy as a natural outgrowth of the general’s plans all along to unify his command; when he first took charge, he brought together under his controlwhat had been separate NATO and American command structures in Afghanistan.

The NATO official said that the unified command initiative would be obeyed, though it was not universally popular. “They may not like it, they may not want to follow it, but they are going to follow it,” the official said.

Aides to General McChrystal say he has been deeply troubled by the continuing episodes of civilian casualties, including the three major ones still under investigation. “You won’t believe how focused on these issues this command is, almost more than anything else,” the NATO official said.

Mr. Safi, the Parliament member, expressed concern that with the continued exemption of some Special Operations units from the directive, the problem of civilian casualties would continue. “If they are excluded, naturally it means the same thing will happen,” he said. “If there are individuals who do not obey McChrystal, then what are they doing in this country?”

General McChrystal addressed that concern in the interview. “There are no operators in this country that I am not absolutely comfortable do exactly what I want them to do,” he said. “So I don’t have any complaints about that, particularly after the latest change.”

Tension between Special Operations and conventional commanders has often surfaced in the American military, but General McChrystal himself has a great deal of credibility in the black operations world. Before he became the top commander in Afghanistan, he was in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and Afghanistan, which ran elite, secretive counterterrorism units, believed to include Delta Force and the Seals, hunting high-value targets.

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Daniel…..Colorado Primaries: Bennet leads Romanoff by ONLY 6 Points in first Poll of Democratic Primary; Norton leads Republican……

Hello Dog and good morning!

Big surprise: In a first look of the Colorado Senate Primaries Incumbent Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) leads former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D-CO) by ONLY 6 Points. This is in fact very surprising indeed as I thought Bennet would be further ahead. Meanwhile former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (R-CO) leads among Republicans.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Colorado Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

Incumbent Senator Michael Bennet  40 %
Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff  34 %
Undecided  26 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://bennetforcolorado.com/
http://www.andrewromanoff.com/

Republican Primary

Former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton  34 %
Weld County District Attorney Kenneth R. Buck  17 %
State Senate Thomas J. “Tom” Wiens  7 %
Other Candidates (6 People)  9 %
Undecided  32 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://janenortonforcolorado.com
http://buckforcolorado.com/
http://www.tomwiens2010.com/

Colorado Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Former U. S. Rep. Scott McInnis  58 %
GOP Party Activist Dan Maes  8 %
Others (2 Candidates)  3 %
Undecided  31 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.mcinnisforcolorado.com/
http://www.danmaes.com/

Full Results including Candidates Favorables can be found here:

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/

Analysis:

I’m quite surprised Romanoff is that close early on. Well, we’ll how that develops.

Daniel G.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , | 30 Comments

Ok this IS funny…but don't try it in any major American City……

From Digg…..

Here’s the link for the picture………

I don’t think the cops are gonna laugh when they get the call…….maybe afterwards……

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Ok this IS funny…but don’t try it in any major American City……

From Digg…..

Here’s the link for the picture………

I don’t think the cops are gonna laugh when they get the call…….maybe afterwards……

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Entertainment, Media, Other Things | , | 2 Comments

Doug Hoffman will run for his old job…The NY-23rd House District…..

We all remember Doug Hoffman…right?

New York 23rd House District…..Upstate……

He lost ….he conseeded….then un-conseeded……

He was a mess……

Well he’s back again…….

This from Politico……

Republican Assemblyman Will Barclay isn’t running for the House this year, he said Sunday. Barclay’s decision leaves former Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman as the heavyweight among the Republicans hoping to challenge Democratic Rep. Bill Owens. Barclay said his duties in Albany would prevent him from spending time campaigning, and while he considered resigning from the state Assembly, he said that ” fate has it that this is not a good time for someone who thinks his sort of common sense and sound judgment are badly needed right where he is to just walk away.”

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