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Women's NCAA March College Basketball Championship Connecticut beats Florida…Oklahoma beats Kentucky…..

[ Connecticut’s Maya Moore celebrated in the second half of the NCAA Dayton Regional final college basketball game against Florida State. ]

Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead Connecticut past Florida State 90-50 on Tuesday night, sending the defending champions back to the Final Four and stretching their unprecedented win streak to 76 games.

Tina Charles controlled the paint with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (37-0), who advance to their eighth Final Four since 2000 where they will meet Baylor in the semifinals.

The 40-point victory was the largest margin ever in a regional final.

Jacinta Monroe had 15 points for the Seminoles (29-6), who set a school record for victories while going deeper in the NCAA tournament than any FSU team before.

Moore had 11 points early then watched from the bench in foul trouble as Charles and her supporting cast stretched the lead. Moore then returned with eight quick points after the break as the Huskies sealed the deal.

Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman, #45, was congratulated by guard Danielle Robinson after a play during the second half against Kentucky.

OKLAHOMA 88, KENTUCKY 68

Sooners Top Kentucky to Reach Final Four

Oklahoma blew past fourth-seeded Kentucky on Tuesday night to earn its second straight trip to the Final Four.

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard

Dayton Regional – Round 4
Final 1 2 T
#3 Florida State 28 22 50
#1 Connecticut 42 48 90
BoxscoreRecap
Leaders Florida State Connecticut
Points J. Monroe 15 M. Moore 22
Rebounds J. Monroe 8 T. Charles 14
Assists C. Ward 6 T. Hayes 7
Kansas City Regional – Round 4
Final 1 2 T
#4 Kentucky 39 29 68
#3 Oklahoma 43 45 88
BoxscoreRecap
Leaders Kentucky Oklahoma
Points V. Dunlap 31 N. Stevenson 31
Rebounds V. Dunlap 13 A. Thompson 14
Assists V. Dunlap 3 D. Robinson 6
© 2010 by STATS LLC.
From the WashingtonPost….

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Women’s NCAA March College Basketball Championship Connecticut beats Florida…Oklahoma beats Kentucky…..

[ Connecticut’s Maya Moore celebrated in the second half of the NCAA Dayton Regional final college basketball game against Florida State. ]

Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead Connecticut past Florida State 90-50 on Tuesday night, sending the defending champions back to the Final Four and stretching their unprecedented win streak to 76 games.

Tina Charles controlled the paint with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (37-0), who advance to their eighth Final Four since 2000 where they will meet Baylor in the semifinals.

The 40-point victory was the largest margin ever in a regional final.

Jacinta Monroe had 15 points for the Seminoles (29-6), who set a school record for victories while going deeper in the NCAA tournament than any FSU team before.

Moore had 11 points early then watched from the bench in foul trouble as Charles and her supporting cast stretched the lead. Moore then returned with eight quick points after the break as the Huskies sealed the deal.

Oklahoma guard Jasmine Hartman, #45, was congratulated by guard Danielle Robinson after a play during the second half against Kentucky.

OKLAHOMA 88, KENTUCKY 68

Sooners Top Kentucky to Reach Final Four

Oklahoma blew past fourth-seeded Kentucky on Tuesday night to earn its second straight trip to the Final Four.

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard

Dayton Regional – Round 4
Final 1 2 T
#3 Florida State 28 22 50
#1 Connecticut 42 48 90
BoxscoreRecap
Leaders Florida State Connecticut
Points J. Monroe 15 M. Moore 22
Rebounds J. Monroe 8 T. Charles 14
Assists C. Ward 6 T. Hayes 7
Kansas City Regional – Round 4
Final 1 2 T
#4 Kentucky 39 29 68
#3 Oklahoma 43 45 88
BoxscoreRecap
Leaders Kentucky Oklahoma
Points V. Dunlap 31 N. Stevenson 31
Rebounds V. Dunlap 13 A. Thompson 14
Assists V. Dunlap 3 D. Robinson 6
© 2010 by STATS LLC.
From the WashingtonPost….

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

5 Reasons why Romney's Political Career isn't Dead…….

From Marc Ambinder @ TheAtlantic……

In politics, it’s very easy to predict the future.

Doing it accurately is near impossible.

The entire political establishment suffers from anchor-bias illness: we place way too much importance on the last major event in a series when trying to figure out whether it will bear on the future. Health reform that looks like Mitt Romney’s version in Massachusetts passes Congress? Romney’s political career is over because Republicans are united in opposition to that health care legislation. That’s anchor bias — the same type of bias that consigned the Democratic majority to history the day after Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts — the same type of cognitive error that Barney Frank made on the night of Brown’s victory when he said, well, maybe we ought to slow down again.  Human beings are very bad at figuring out how long an effect will last, and very bad at predicting how events they cannot anticipate will influence future probabilities. On this reason alone, we should be wary of assuming that the former Massachusetts governor’s political over is over. Here are four more:

Amen……

Contrary to Ambinder…Romney ‘s future will be decided by his party and the right…..who will have to decide if they can stomach a past moderate leaning Massachusetts Governor……

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 7 Comments

5 Reasons why Romney’s Political Career isn’t Dead…….

From Marc Ambinder @ TheAtlantic……

In politics, it’s very easy to predict the future.

Doing it accurately is near impossible.

The entire political establishment suffers from anchor-bias illness: we place way too much importance on the last major event in a series when trying to figure out whether it will bear on the future. Health reform that looks like Mitt Romney’s version in Massachusetts passes Congress? Romney’s political career is over because Republicans are united in opposition to that health care legislation. That’s anchor bias — the same type of bias that consigned the Democratic majority to history the day after Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts — the same type of cognitive error that Barney Frank made on the night of Brown’s victory when he said, well, maybe we ought to slow down again.  Human beings are very bad at figuring out how long an effect will last, and very bad at predicting how events they cannot anticipate will influence future probabilities. On this reason alone, we should be wary of assuming that the former Massachusetts governor’s political over is over. Here are four more:

Amen……

Contrary to Ambinder…Romney ‘s future will be decided by his party and the right…..who will have to decide if they can stomach a past moderate leaning Massachusetts Governor……

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 7 Comments

Reids Tea Party Challenger has legal problems that may land him in jail…..

Just when Reid and the Democrats thought they had someone who draw votes from the GOP candidates this happens….In Nevada you can go to jail for writing bad checks….and that is the problem facing Scott Ashjian, the Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada…..according to PoliticalWire which quotes a KTNV-TV report……

Tea Party Candidate May Be Headed for Jail

Scott Ashjian, the Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, has been accused of writing bad checks for his asphalt business and faces up to 14 years in prison, KTNV-TV reports.
A judge is expected to sign an arrest warrant tomorrow.

Ashjian’s entry into the race was seen as big break for Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as polls showed him pulling votes from Republican challengers.

Read more: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2010/03/30/tea_party_candidate_may_be_headed_for_jail.html#ixzz0jidRcVNf

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

Australia to filter its web?

Is this story for REAL?

Australia?????

The US State Department is asking Australia the same thing………

The State Department has reportedly approached the Australian government about its plans to begin filtering its citizens’ access to objectionable Web content.

While a spokesman for the agency told a local reporter this weekend he could not comment on “the details of specific diplomatic exchanges” with Australian officials, he did note that the State Department has “raised our concerns” with the state’s new Web restrictions.

Ultimately, the discussions center around the Australian government’s announcement last month that it would begin restricting access to webpages involving “child sexual abuse imagery, bestiality, sexual violence, detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use and/or material that advocates the doing of a terrorist act,” according to one official.

( Check the comments, folks…they ARE interesting! )

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 8 Comments

Daniel…..Missouri Senate: Blunt leads Carnahan for the first time in an Public Policy Polling Survey; The margin is 4 Points….

Hello Dog!

Things have gotten from bad to worse for the Democratic Senate Candidate in Missouri, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D-MO). Carnahan trails Republican Roy Blunt (R-MO) by 4 Points in a Public Policy Polling Survey released today. (That no surprise considering the bad Political Climate Democrats are in)

However it is a VERY BIG SURPRISE that she now only leads little known State Senator Chuck Purgason (R-MO) by only 4 Points. That’s really unexpected. This DOESN’T bode well for her Election Chances come November.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Missouri Senate 2010

U. S. Rep. Representative Roy Blunt (R)  45 %

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D)  41 %
Undecided  13 %

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D)  42 %
State Senator Chuck Purgason (R)  38 %
Undecided  19 %

Job Approval

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  43 %
Disapprove  52 %
Not Sure  4 %

Repeal Health Care

Yes  51 %
No  42 %
Not Sure  8 %

Health Care Bill

Support  37 %
Oppose  54 %
Not Sure  9 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.royblunt.com/
http://www.keepyourchange2010.org/
http://www.robincarnahan.com/

Full Results of the Poll can be found here:

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/

Analysis:

I know “The Dog” has put up a Quickie from an CNN / Opinion Research Corporation Poll that shows Americans won’t back to Repeal Health Care.

Folks that doesn’t mean much.
You have to look into Individual States.
For example here in Missouri as you can see a slim Majority WOULD BACK to repeal the Bill.
That’s why I don’t trust National Polls on this Issue a lot.
Needless to say also that only 37 % are supporting the Bill that passed the House last week.
Obama is also very much UNDERWATER here in a State he lost narrowly.
With those kind of National Numbers it’ll be difficult for Carnahan to win.

Daniel G.

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 8 Comments

The New York Times does the Tiger Bubble……

This Sunday the New york Times JONATHAN MAHLER will do do a piece on Tiger Woods…

The Dog having read the piece is happy to say that Mahler has pulled together some the basic things that have laid below the surface in the Pro Golfer ‘s journey over over the last few months……

Woods,  a Mega Star of Huge proportions came face to face with his demons and secrets when his wife caugth him texting one of his ‘step offs’  and chased out of his house with a golf club….which she used to take out the rear window of their Escalade…and subsequently crashed into a few things……

And with tahat the onion began to peel…and Golf lost it’s biggest money and marketing star……

If he can come back remains to be seen…..

The Dog has said here numerous times that Tiger was not dealing with who he was……but in this piece Mahler points other who we though he was…..

Tiger Woods from the time he became pro was a ……”The athlete who dominated a sport of discipline, focus and self-control — his father, an ex-military man, once compared him to Gandhi…but also was….” a sex junkie.”…..Now that normally would not a big deal….he’s man after all…and he’s got plenty of company these days in that departmenet…

But the story was a direct contradiction of his image……..can he come back?

Woods’s return to competitive golf will, of course, be huge. The questions are endless and irresistible. Will his wife, Elin, be there? What about his mom? What will happen when Woods is standing over his first big putt? Will his legendary ability to focus, honed from an early age by his father’s Green Beret mind tricks, block out the knowledge that the tens of millions of people watching think he’s a cheater and a cad? Will we even want him to sink that putt?

But for Golf…this was disaster…..say what they want……This guy was their saviour…..

And they are in trouble….

As far as professional golf is concerned, Woods cannot come back fast enough. The PGA Tour is at a critical juncture. Next year it will begin negotiating new TV contracts with CBS and NBC. In the meantime, the tour is trying to secure sponsors for 10 events in 2011 while economic conditions are not exactly favorable. Two of the hardest-hit industries, financial services and car manufacturing, are responsible for underwriting a third of the PGA Tour’s sponsored events. More to the point, the entire economic model of a golf tournament is looking a bit suspect.

And he is needed…..

The same scandal that has battered professional golf for the past several months will now drive new levels of interest in it. Even before Woods announced that he was coming back, Sean McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, which holds the broadcast rights to the Masters and numerous other PGA Tour events, was quoted as saying, “I think the first tournament Tiger Woods plays again, wherever it is, will be the biggest media event other than the Obama inauguration in the past 10 or 15 years.”

More……..

The piece is good and it’s about time someone took a overall view of the Man……Who I think has finally had to deal with who he REALLY is…not who the media and wife thought he was….and while we’re at it…I  still think the man’s wife was of little help to him….what he did was wrong…no doubt…but how in the world did she not have ANY Idea of what was going on?

Is she taking him back?

And now is she going travel more with him?

Or stay home and let him work this out with out her help?

And get in trouble again?

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

PolitcalWire Quickies…….Sex and Healthcare…….

From PolitcalWire…..

Which Party Has More Sex Scandals?

The Daily Beast looks at 58 scandals over the past 20 years involving politicians and concludes Republicans have more scandals (32 to 26), but Democrats have bigger ones, based on their methodology (13 out of the top 20).

Democrats tend to have more problems with harassment, staffers and underage girls while Republicans tend to have more problems with prostitutes, hypocrisy and underage boys.

RNC Fires Staffer Over Sex Club Expense

The Hotline reports that Allison Meyers, director of the RNC’s “Young Eagles” program, was fired yesterday after reports that the RNC reimbursed a GOP operative nearly $2000 for an after party at a topless, bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood.

Quote of the Day

“I don’t think we would have ever gotten health care if we stayed on that 60-vote strategy. I really believe that that was a blessing in disguise.”

— House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), quoted by the AP, on Democrats losing the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts in January.

Americans Don’t Back Repeal

While a new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds 56% of Americans disapprove of the new health care reform law, just 47% agree with the Republican strategy to repeal major provisions in the bill and replace them with new ones.

Pollster Keating Holland explains: “That’s because opposition to the new law comes in many different forms and not all of them benefit the GOP. Some Americans continue to say that they disapprove of the bill because they want even more government involvement in health care than the bill created. Only a quarter are against the entire bill; one in three support at least a few proposals in the new law. And a handful of Americans appear to dislike the bill but don’t want Congress t


March 30, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | | 5 Comments

St. John's University looking to sign ex-UCLA basketball coach for next season…..

EX-UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin might be the Red Storm's next coach.

[ EX-UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin might be the Red Storm’s next coach. ]

Please do something for that team!

The Dog loved when his neighbor point guard Derrick Brown played on the team last…Which was thew last year the team was decient….They nedd some serious coaching help to get back into the national spot light…..

An interview between St. John’s and former UCLA coach Steve Lavin appears to have morphed into a negotiation and a deal should be struck Tuesday, the Daily News has learned.

Lavin came to New York and met with St. John’s AD Chris Monasch well into the night over dinner at a restaurant in Tribeca. According to a source with knowledge of the search, the sides had “a very productive and positive dialogue.

“Discussions will be continued (today),” the source added. “Stay tuned.”

Lavin could be the “home run” coach the Johnnies were looking for. He may not have city roots, but everything else about him matches the “ideal” candidate that Monasch described on March 19 after he dismissed Norm Roberts.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/2010/03/29/2010-03-29_source_exucla_coach_steve_lavin_and_st_johns_red_storm_close_to_deal.html#ixzz0jfzS9ZFm

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | | 2 Comments