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Duke beats Baylor…..61 to 59!…For their 4th NCAA March Madness Mens College Basketball Championship!

I wasn’t pretty…..

It wasn’t a blow out…..

But it was a win for the Blue Devils…..Who used thie poise, patience, good shooting and above all height ……..to clinch their 10th Championship……

Both of my two son’s….. who care about basketball …..have given their compliments to the team!….

Coach K….should be a happy man!

And one of his teams does it again!

From the New York Times….The Quad……Blogging….

11:40 P.M. And Just Like That, It’s Over

I thought Hayward’s fallaway was good and that half-court shot looked good, too. What a way to finish this tournament. I’m just as stunned as most of the Butler fans in here. Not because Butler lost, but because the game ended in such a quick manner. I can only imagine what would have happened in this building had Hayward hit that shot to win it. — ZH

11:35 P.M. Duke Is the National Champion

Gordon Hayward missed a fallaway jumper from the baseline with less than 4 seconds. Brian Zoubek made 1 of 2 foul shots and than Hayward’s desperation half-court heave hit the rim as time expired. The Blue Devils win, 61-59. — CE

11:33 P.M. It All Comes Down to This

My heart is beating through my chest. I can’t even imagine what’s happening to the guys out on the court. This next play could be the moment that defines Brad Stevens forever. What does he have up his sleeve? I hope this one ends cleanly (no foul, and at least a clean shot attempt). — ZH

11:31 P.M. Cue the “Hoosiers” Theme

Timeout on the floor. Butler has the ball with 13 seconds left and trailing, 60-59. Has anyone seen Dennis Hopper? Will Duke get caught watching the paint dry? — CE

11:30 P.M. Crunch Time

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Note…. the original post was incorrect…It had the win as the Tenth Championship…..that is incorrect…This is Duke’s tenth trip to the Championship game and they are 4 and 6 for the games overall……..

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Tiger's back at Golf …..and It's going to be alright……

[From left, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples skipped shots on a pond before the 16th green Monday at Augusta National. ]

He made his first fairly ‘normal’ appearance…..

As a introduction the Masters Course he’ll play ar sharply

And the crowds where happy to see him…..

During an 18-hole round that began just after 8 a.m. with former Masters champion Fred Couples and concluded with former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk — who joined the group for the last five holes — Woods was received cordially, if not enthusiastically, fitting for any old Monday at Augusta National, with the first round of the Masters still three days away. Security guards walked with the group, and there was nothing approaching an ugly incident.

Fans clapped for Woods’s good shots, yelled encouragement — “You’re still the man, Tiger!” was followed by “Welcome back, Tiger!” — and filled an area around the 11th green and 12th tee as if it were Sunday’s final round.

“I expected it to be positive,” Furyk said. “It was probably even better.”

In some ways, though, the news conference was a more important element of the day. Since his single-car accident in the early hours of Nov. 27 jarred loose a torrent of information about his apparently serial infidelity, Woods had spoken publicly twice — once in February, when he addressed an international television audiencebut did not take questions, and again in March, when he granted a pair of five-minute television interviews. Because of Monday’s format — the content of questions wasn’t limited in any way — Woods addressed topics he hadn’t since the accident.

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April 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Tiger’s back at Golf …..and It’s going to be alright……

[From left, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples skipped shots on a pond before the 16th green Monday at Augusta National. ]

He made his first fairly ‘normal’ appearance…..

As a introduction the Masters Course he’ll play ar sharply

And the crowds where happy to see him…..

During an 18-hole round that began just after 8 a.m. with former Masters champion Fred Couples and concluded with former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk — who joined the group for the last five holes — Woods was received cordially, if not enthusiastically, fitting for any old Monday at Augusta National, with the first round of the Masters still three days away. Security guards walked with the group, and there was nothing approaching an ugly incident.

Fans clapped for Woods’s good shots, yelled encouragement — “You’re still the man, Tiger!” was followed by “Welcome back, Tiger!” — and filled an area around the 11th green and 12th tee as if it were Sunday’s final round.

“I expected it to be positive,” Furyk said. “It was probably even better.”

In some ways, though, the news conference was a more important element of the day. Since his single-car accident in the early hours of Nov. 27 jarred loose a torrent of information about his apparently serial infidelity, Woods had spoken publicly twice — once in February, when he addressed an international television audiencebut did not take questions, and again in March, when he granted a pair of five-minute television interviews. Because of Monday’s format — the content of questions wasn’t limited in any way — Woods addressed topics he hadn’t since the accident.

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April 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , | Leave a comment

From Digg…..This Happens To Me Every F***ing Single Day!

From Digg……

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Daniel…..Nevada Senate: Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) still trails badly in his Re-Election Bid…..

Hello Dog!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is still trailing badly against his Main Republican Rivals according to a new Statewide Survey in the Silver State.

Rasmussen Survey
Nevada Senate 2010

General Election


Former State GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden (R)  54 %
Senate Majority Leader Harry Mason Reid (D)  39 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  2 %

Former State Senator Sharron Angle (R)  51 %
Senate Majority Leader Harry Mason Reid (D)  40 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  3 %

Businessman Danny Tarkanian (R)  49 %
Senate Majority Leader Harry Mason Reid (D)  42 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  2 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.harryreid.com/
http://www.suelowden.com/
http://www.sharronangle.com/
http://www.tark2010.org/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  41 %
Disapprove  58 %

Governor Jim Gibbons (R)

Approve  42 %
Disapprove  57 %

Analysis:

This has gone from bad to worse for Reid. He now trails Lowden by 15 Points. Also very bad for him is that the Undecideds have dropped significantly to single digits. Obama also is incredibly “Underwater” which 41 % of Nevadans only approve of the Job he’s doing. Keep in mind Obama carried Nevada in 2008 Presidential Race by nearly 15 Points. Unless the President gets his Approvals to the high 40ties Reid is “DAMAGED GOODS”

Daniel G.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , , , , | 2 Comments

Update…..Apple sells 300,000 iPads…..not 700,000…..

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The Dog wishes to correct quotes on iPad sales from an earlier post that gave incorrect sales information……

Apple Inc. said it sold more than 300,000 iPads in the U.S., including preorders, on the first day the device was available, hitting all but the highest estimates for the product.

Media attention and early crowds across the country at Apple retail stores had some expecting a bigger figure, with one analyst predicting as many as 700,000 iPad sales the first day. Compared with other Apple product launches, however, analysts said the results were still impressive.

“It looks like initial sales are starting solid,” ThinkEquity analyst Vijay Rakesh said.

Apple also said users downloaded more than one million applications and 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore during the first day.

Apple hadn’t offered iPad sales forecasts, but over the weekend, swarms of buyers flocked to stores after weeks of publicity about the tablet-style computer. Despite long early lines, crowds thinned throughout the day, and few stores sold out of the device.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Home Sales are up…….

The Economy is gaining steam…..

Even though the state’s are now in trouble with their budgets….

And Home Sales are starting back up for the spring…..House prices will follow…..

The National Association of Realtors’ index for pending sales of existing homes rose by 8.2% in February, surprising economists, who were expecting a 0.5% decline. The increase suggested the extended tax credit for homebuyers, which is set to expire at the end of April, is helping to spur home sales.

John Chisholm, chief investment officer at Acadian Asset Management, said that while the stock market had one of its fastest, strongest rallies last year, the gains in stocks so far this year have come in “a more normal environment.” He added, “it’s definitely been moving in a positive direction on average but it hasn’t been the same kind of sharp rally we saw last spring.”

Mr. Miller said the smaller gains in recent months have come amid concerns over valuations, which investors are thinking could already be pricing in strong first-quarter earnings. The reporting season unofficially kicks off next week.

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April 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , | 12 Comments

CD…..the likely candidates for KBH’s Senate seat in the 2012 Texas Senate race ….

Republicans:
Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams (R): has served on the Texas Railroad Commission since 1999 (appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush (R), upon the resignation of Carole Keeton Strayhorn (R), who was elected Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in 1998; elected easily for the unexpired term in 2000 with 77 percent and easily re-elected to full terms in 2002 with 55 percent and 2008 with 52 percent; and is overall the 4th African American elected to statewide office in Texas history following Wallace Jefferson, Dale Wainwright, and Morris Overstreet.

Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones (R): appointed to the TX Railroad Commission by Governor Perry in 2005 following the resignation of Charles Matthews (R); elected to a full six-year term in 2006.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst (R): 41st Lieutenant Governor of Texas since January 21, 2003 (elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, currently seeking 3rd term this year) and previously served as the Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office from 1999-2003.

Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams (R).

Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (R)-possible Senate candidate.

Democrats:
Former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts John Sharp (D): served as the 35th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts under Governors Ann Willis Richards (D) and George W. Bush (R) from 1991-1999 (elected with 62 percent in 1990 and re-elected in 1994 with 55 percent) and served on the Texas Railroad Commission from 1987-1991 (elected with 55 percent in 1986); also served in the Texas State Senate, District 18 from 1982-1987 and in the Texas House of Representatives, District 40 from 1979-1982. Sharp also served in the United States Army Reserve as a second lieutenant.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , , | 8 Comments

Daniel……California: Third straight Poll puts Whitman ahead of Brown; Whitman, Campbell lead Republican Primaries….

Hello Dog!

Third straight Poll finds Whitman edging Brown. A new Statewide Survey in the Golden State commissioned by the Los Angeles Times and conducted by Pollsters from Greeberg Quinlan Rosner (D) as well as American Viewpoint (R) finds former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman (R-CA) edging out Attorney General & former Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA). Whitman also leads the Republican Primary over State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R-CA) by a whopping 40-Point margin.

In the Senate Race Republican Primary former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) has a slim lead over former HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R-CA).

Los Angeles Times / University of South California Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (D)/American Viewpoint (R) Survey

California Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman  60 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner  20 %
Undecided  15 %

General Election

Former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman (R)  44 %

Former CA Governor Jerry Brown (D)  41 %
Undecided  13 %

Former California Governor Jerry Brown (D)  53 %
State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner (R)  22 %
Undecided  18 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.megwhitman.com/
http://www.stevepoizner.com/
http://www.jerrybrown.org/

California Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Former U. S. Rep. Tom Campbell  29 %
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina  25 %
State Senator Chuck DeVore  9 %
Undecided  31 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.campbell.org/
http://www.carlyforcalifornia.com/
http://www.chuckdevore.com/

Daniel G.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 8 Comments

Rand Paul Answers question at the New York Times on why he's running…..

Ron Paul’s son Rand aswers why a 47 year old ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., would want to run for the US Congess…..

And be ahead in the polls…….

Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary, to be held May 18, is one of those elections that is being treated as some sort of defining event, a measure of general antipathy toward Washington and the federal government, mainly because you’re ahead in the polls. Do you credit Tea Party activists for your success?
Absolutely. I think there’s a Tea Party tidal wave coming. I think it’s going to sweep a lot of incumbents from office.

Did you consider running for local office? Isn’t it a big leap to go from being a 47-year-old ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky., with no experience serving in government, to being a United States senator?
I tell people that my biggest attribute is having not held public office, which is a great attribute to possess. I think people are looking for regular citizens. I don’t think it’s a prerequisite that you be in office for 10 or 15 years.

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April 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | 3 Comments