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Chelsea Handler…again……

91. Chelsea Handler

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | Leave a comment

Newark has a murder free month…….Kudo's to the Cops and Cory Booker!

The Cops get the bigger photo cause they are out there doing the grunt work…….But Corey Booker, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey get props also…….He has made it his business to bring in a Police Chief from New York City to take over the Department that he found dispirited and overwhelemed…he has sought to inject himself into the lives of his city when most had given it up ………

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Here’s a piece from the Atlantic Magazine on the Newark Crime decline……

When no one is murdered in Newark, New Jersey that’s big news. When it stays that way for an entire month, it’s a milestone. The city just achieved its first homicide-free month in over 40 years. Newark has a murder rate that’s 3.8 times the national average, and the city has previously been dubbed “The Most Dangerous City in America.” But recent efforts by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the police department seem to be making a difference. Today, the blogosphere has been giving the city’s affable young mayor high praise.

  • This Is Cory Booker Success Story, applauds Matt Kelley at Change.org: “Newark Mayor Cory Booker deserves a big piece of the credit. Booker, who last night was celebrating the achievement by quoting Nelson Mandela on Twitter (“It always seems impossible until it’s done”), has made crime reduction a central piece of his administration. He’s launched regular citizen night patrols, and usually walks the streets along with residents. He’s the kind of sleeve-rolling mayor our embattled cities need. If you haven’t seen the fantastic documentary Street Fight, you may not know the depth of this guy’s resolve. Watch it this weekend — I guarantee you’ll come away with a dose of respect for Newark’s tough, innovative young mayor.”

More Blogging stories on the drop in crime and Corey Booker……

and Here…….….

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 10 Comments

Newark has a murder free month…….Kudo’s to the Cops and Cory Booker!

The Cops get the bigger photo cause they are out there doing the grunt work…….But Corey Booker, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey get props also…….He has made it his business to bring in a Police Chief from New York City to take over the Department that he found dispirited and overwhelemed…he has sought to inject himself into the lives of his city when most had given it up ………

See full size image

Here’s a piece from the Atlantic Magazine on the Newark Crime decline……

When no one is murdered in Newark, New Jersey that’s big news. When it stays that way for an entire month, it’s a milestone. The city just achieved its first homicide-free month in over 40 years. Newark has a murder rate that’s 3.8 times the national average, and the city has previously been dubbed “The Most Dangerous City in America.” But recent efforts by Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the police department seem to be making a difference. Today, the blogosphere has been giving the city’s affable young mayor high praise.

  • This Is Cory Booker Success Story, applauds Matt Kelley at Change.org: “Newark Mayor Cory Booker deserves a big piece of the credit. Booker, who last night was celebrating the achievement by quoting Nelson Mandela on Twitter (“It always seems impossible until it’s done”), has made crime reduction a central piece of his administration. He’s launched regular citizen night patrols, and usually walks the streets along with residents. He’s the kind of sleeve-rolling mayor our embattled cities need. If you haven’t seen the fantastic documentary Street Fight, you may not know the depth of this guy’s resolve. Watch it this weekend — I guarantee you’ll come away with a dose of respect for Newark’s tough, innovative young mayor.”

More Blogging stories on the drop in crime and Corey Booker……

and Here…….….

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Home, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , | 10 Comments

In Defense of Duke…….

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I’m going out in few hours to watch the Duke University Basketball team try to get to be one  of the NCAA March Madness College Championship tournament two teams viewing for the title….

I am happy to see the team get this far…..

And I have suffered being a fan of the team for the last ten years….

But despite the team being kinda light, and coach K bitching about calls……

They are my team……

And they win…..

More so than just about another college basketball team…

Here’s a piece on why others can love the team also….
We all need villains.

If it isn’t Iago or Lex Luthor or Ivan Drago, it’s somebody else. It’s your neighbor. It’s your boss. It’s an entity you set yourself against, because in doing so, in making that decision and relishing that impulse, one makes an articulated stand about what is true and right of the world and its injustices. It becomes the New York Yankees, or the Detroit Red Wings, or it’s Notre Dame.

Or it’s the Duke University men’s basketball team, and its leader, the progenitor of Duke’s modern era of success, Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K.

It is a known fact that Duke is the most hated college basketball program in the country. If you tell someone you’re a Duke fan, you could get a mean look, or you could get some profanity. I know, because I am a Duke fan myself. I own two Duke sweatshirts, and I don’t wear them around too often, for fear of getting beaten up by a pack of club-wielding Maryland fans, or anyone from the state of Kentucky.

Duke hatred is a fact of college basketball, just as hatred of Notre Dame is of college football and hatred of the New York Yankees is of baseball. It’s not quite as widespread, but yes, it is there. If you are in the state of North Carolina, and you tell someone you’re a Duke fan, there is a 15% chance (slight exaggeration) he or she will say to you, to your face, “Fuck Duke.” Literally. Out loud. There aren’t a lot of other things in life that’s true for.

There are many reasons to hate Duke, and I am familiar with all of them. I went there for four years, and I got my taste.

More from The Atlantic piece by Chris Good……

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Ahmadinejad gets it right…..Sanctions strengthen his hand domestically….

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2010 file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with media during a press conference at the presidency in Tehran, Iran. Faced with the prospect of new sanctions because of Iran's nuclear defiance, President Ahmadinejad said Saturday, April 3, 2010 that new penalties would only strengthen the country's technological progress by encouraging it to become more self-sufficient. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

The guy’s right……

The West…The US in particular is in a box…..

They know the guy is pushing for checkmate in the region by being the first to have bomb besides India and Pakistan….

They also know that Obama and for matter Bush…don’t really want a military strike on their nuclear efforts….

Since that might succeed …but would surely reflaming the population  in the Middle East again such a strike (while those countries leaders secretly very happy, indeed)

And so we are here…..

The futile sanction policy is just Bullshit…..Ahmadinejad knows it….and so does the West….

The Israeli’s in a family fight with the West …I would think are in no position to make the strike at this time…..

And someday Iran will have the bomb…and a delivery system…..

Who knows what happens then?

In a speech, Ahmadinejad also rejected President Barack Obama’s offers of engagement, saying “three or four beautiful words” don’t mean U.S. policies have changed under his administration.

“They say they have extended a hand to Iran, but the Iranian government and nation declined to welcome that,” he said. “What kind of hand did you extend towards the Iranian nation? What has changed? Did you lift sanctions? Did you stop propaganda? Did you reduce the pressure?”

White House spokesman Bill Burton said Saturday the U.S. administration would have no comment on the Iranian president’s remarks.

Obama said Thursday that six world powers dealing with Iran’s nuclear program will develop a package of serious new punitive measures over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment in coming weeks.

China has not confirmed U.S. reports that it has dropped its opposition to possible new U.N. sanctions against Iran. China has veto power in the U.N. Security Council and its support would be key to passing a resolution against Iran.

More……..

Note….I’m sure the West’s intel organizations..with help from a select few Middle Eastern countries are working overtime to penetrate and disrupt the Iranian work…..It is unknown if they have been effective…..

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Travel, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of April 3……

From the Atlantic Magazine……

Pollster.comObama Average Job Approval
47.2%
Pollster.comObama Favorability
51.5%
Pollster.comRight Direction / Wrong Track
36.7% / 57.1%
Pollster.comCongressional Approval
13.0%
National Federation of Independent BusinessesSmall Business Optimism Index
88.0 (down 1.5% from January)
ABC News/Washington PostConsumer Comfort Index
45 points below zero
U.S. Department of LaborInitial Weekly Jobless Claims
439,000 (down 143,000 since 1/20/09)
RealtyTracNewly foreclosed properties in February
308,524
U.S. Department of LaborUnemployment
9.7%

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Government, Media, Other Things, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Daniel…..The Midterms 2010: THE SENATE……

Hello Dog Readers!

Welcome to my Installment “The Midterms 2010 THE SENATE”

Like the House…. I’ll update this throughout the next months.

After accessing our Chances for the House this year lets go to the Senate.

Here are the Seats we’re most likely to win in November (Chronologically after

Indiana (Poll Closing 6pm ET & 7pm ET)

Delaware (Poll Closing 8pm ET)

Arkansas (Poll Closing 8.30pm ET)

North Dakota (Poll Closing 10pm ET)

Those 4 Seats we should easily pick up. That would bring the Democratic Majority down to 55 Seats.

Then it gets iffy:

I hope we’ll win 2 out 4 of these Seats:

Illinois (Poll Closing 8pm ET)

Pennsylvania (Poll Closing 8pm ET)

Colorado (Poll Closing 9pm ET)

Nevada (Poll Closing 10pm ET)

If we win 2 out of 4…… the Democratic Majority would be reduced to 53. That for me would be a reasonable Success on Election Night.

Wild Card

California (Poll Closing 11pm ET)

This Race will determine how big the Wave really is.

The Uncertain Things:

Wisconsin (Poll Closing 8pm ET)

My hunch is that Thompson will announce something next week one way or the other.

Washington (Poll Closing 11pm ET)

IF Rossi announces something it’ll be close to the Filling Deadline so we’ll have to wait at least 3 more months…..

I would think.

Daniel G.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 27 Comments

Tiger Woods is still a Dad…….

Tiger Woods if caught by a TMZ photographer as he picks up his daughter, Sam, from her daycare class Friday.

Yes that’s him….picking up his kid from DayCare…in an Escalade……

If you didn’t know any better, you’d say Tiger Woods looked like a family man.

The scandal-ravaged golfer emerged on Friday to pick up one of his cubs from daycare.

The photo of Woods with his daughter Sam, 2, near his home in IsleworthFla., is the first photo of the golfer with one of his children since the massive sex scandal broke late last year.

Woods arrived to pick up little Sam Woods from Premier Academy in the afternoon. He arrived in a black Cadillac Escalade – the same make and model he famously crashed outside his home in November when the scandal began.

It was unclear if it was the same car or simply a lookalike.

Us Magazine reported that Woods and wife Elin wrote an apology letter to the other parents at Premier Academy in February.

More……..

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Romanoff is not welcome by the Dem's in Colorado……

Why am I not surprised?

I told Daniel awhile back that Andrew Romanaoff was a media creation……

I also told Daniel that the party and the White House was rock solid behind senator Michael Bennnet…..

I wasn’t fooling around……

Now this……

[ Bennet and Romanoff ]

Romanoff finds himself in the role of the uninvited guest because he has chosen to challenge Sen. Michael Bennet in the Democrats’ Senate primary. In a year in which the party is on the defensive, officials are not enthusiastic about challenges to vulnerable incumbents, which Bennet is.

But this is a primary campaign in which the world seems turned upside down. Bennet is a political newcomer. He had no prior elective experience until he was appointed to the Senate after the 2008 elections. Now he has the blessing of virtually every party leader from President Obama on down. Romanoff, the onetime insider, is contesting Bennet’s right to claim the Senate nomination without a contest. He now casts himself as an outsider who would go to Washington and truly shake up the system.

There is little love lost in this contest, as is often the case in party primaries. Republicans have drawn much attention this spring for their intraparty battles — Sen. John McCain versus J.D. Hayworth in Arizona and Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio in Florida — but Democrats have a few of their own. In Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter, who switched parties in 2009, has been challenged by Rep. Joe Sestak. In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who has been running away from the national party, faces a contest against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is running to her left…..

More…..

Romanoff’s challenge to Bennet has little to do with ideology. They agree on many major issues. Instead, Romanoff asserts that Bennet has become part of a broken system in Washington that has turned its back on ordinary people in favor of big money and special interests.

This is turning out to be primary politcs…..something the White House frowns on ( Remember New York’s Senate manuevering with Gillibrand? )

The real contest will be the August primary. Romanoff claims he is building “a head of steam” that will carry him to victory in that primary. “If I’m the Democratic nominee, I hold the seat — or at least I’m in a stronger position” than Bennet, he said.

But Bennet’s financial advantages will be ever more valuable as the two candidates head toward the primary. Through the end of 2009, Romanoff had raised only $630,000 and he concedes that Bennet will be able to heavily outspend him.

Bennet has begun airing television ads, which Romanoff cannot afford yet.

More……..

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 7 Comments

Romanoff is not welcome by the Dem’s in Colorado……

Why am I not surprised?

I told Daniel awhile back that Andrew Romanaoff was a media creation……

I also told Daniel that the party and the White House was rock solid behind senator Michael Bennnet…..

I wasn’t fooling around……

Now this……

[ Bennet and Romanoff ]

Romanoff finds himself in the role of the uninvited guest because he has chosen to challenge Sen. Michael Bennet in the Democrats’ Senate primary. In a year in which the party is on the defensive, officials are not enthusiastic about challenges to vulnerable incumbents, which Bennet is.

But this is a primary campaign in which the world seems turned upside down. Bennet is a political newcomer. He had no prior elective experience until he was appointed to the Senate after the 2008 elections. Now he has the blessing of virtually every party leader from President Obama on down. Romanoff, the onetime insider, is contesting Bennet’s right to claim the Senate nomination without a contest. He now casts himself as an outsider who would go to Washington and truly shake up the system.

There is little love lost in this contest, as is often the case in party primaries. Republicans have drawn much attention this spring for their intraparty battles — Sen. John McCain versus J.D. Hayworth in Arizona and Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio in Florida — but Democrats have a few of their own. In Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter, who switched parties in 2009, has been challenged by Rep. Joe Sestak. In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who has been running away from the national party, faces a contest against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is running to her left…..

More…..

Romanoff’s challenge to Bennet has little to do with ideology. They agree on many major issues. Instead, Romanoff asserts that Bennet has become part of a broken system in Washington that has turned its back on ordinary people in favor of big money and special interests.

This is turning out to be primary politcs…..something the White House frowns on ( Remember New York’s Senate manuevering with Gillibrand? )

The real contest will be the August primary. Romanoff claims he is building “a head of steam” that will carry him to victory in that primary. “If I’m the Democratic nominee, I hold the seat — or at least I’m in a stronger position” than Bennet, he said.

But Bennet’s financial advantages will be ever more valuable as the two candidates head toward the primary. Through the end of 2009, Romanoff had raised only $630,000 and he concedes that Bennet will be able to heavily outspend him.

Bennet has begun airing television ads, which Romanoff cannot afford yet.

More……..

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 7 Comments