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Woods comes off the layoff strong…..

Tiger Woods is happy to be a the 2010 Masters at Augusta, shooting a 68 and getting favorable applause from the galleries.

Horay for Tiger!…….

Now that he’s just spending his energy on his Golf game…..

Look at this!

He’s playing his best Golf ever in the first round of a Master’s Tournament….

And the guy looks alright……

Lets see if his wife shows her face to support him?

Back in his own heaven of verdant fairways and velvet greens, Woods played the first round of the Masters Thursday as if the last five months have been a dream.

It wasn’t just a good first step. The round of 68 was Woods’ best start ever in the Masters.

For the first time, Woods broke 70, the score he opened with in three of his four Masters victories. For the first time at Augusta National, Woods made two eagles in one round. For the first time since Thanksgiving, he was back inside the ropes.

“Actually, it felt normal,” he said. “I just went about my business.”

When one questioner asked what the day meant, looking for something deeper, Woods said, “It meant I’m two shots off the lead. That’s what it means. I’m here to play a golf tournament.”

He will start the second round tied for seventh place, trailing leader Fred Couples, his Monday practice partner, by two shots.
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April 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , | 2 Comments

The Dow is coming back…..bounces above 11,000 briefly……..

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Happy days are coming to market again…which means that investors are beginning to put their money back there…..

And that means companies will be getting capital…….

And that means projects…..capital inprovements and construction….

Which means…..

Jobs

Which means people are spending their money!

The market’s rebound has been a surprisingly broad and powerful one that has come to the dismay of many a bear. Market observers have been calling for major pullbacks throughout, but none of the dips along the way have been that big and the market’s upward momentum has often seemed unstoppable.

“The magnitude of this rally is directly correlated to the magnitude of the crash that preceded it,” said Dan Wantrobski, director of technical research at Janney Capital Markets. “It’s almost like reverse gravity.”

The Dow broke 11000 briefly in the last minutes of trade Friday, climbing to 11000.98, before ending at 10997.35. The move extends a rally that’s lifted the Dow 4.11% in the first quarter and 5.15% in March. It comes as investors grow increasingly confident about the economic outlook ahead of the start of the first quarter earnings season, which kicks off Monday with Alcoa Inc.

The Nasdaq Composite climbed 17.24, or 0.71%, to 2454.05, its highest close since June 19, 2008. The Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 7.93, or 0.67%, to 1194.37, its highest close since Sept. 26, 2008.

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April 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

When there are less civilian's…… that means less cops……and more money…..

LAPD union: Fewer civilian workers means fewer officers on the streets

The City of Los Angles is not covering civilian Police Department positions they say…. to save money…….

That should  work…right?

But what happens when those civilians are performing essential tasks…..That HAVE TO BE DONE?

The obvious solution is pull police officers off their beats…or from their cars to do those functions…..

Thus having higher paid officers filling those spots and in turn turning out less officers on the street….

Wonderful!

Everyone get screwed…..

The civilian’s…. who lost their job, the cop who is taken off the street, and the taxpayer who plays for less police coverage….

Hummmm?

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers says the number of civilian vacancies in the LAPD means officers are increasingly being diverted from the streets to perform administrative duties.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League said the department was authorized last June to employ nearly 4,000 civilians but now has fewer than 3,000, and that the figure is expected to drop below 2,900 by July 1.

League President Paul Weber said that every 100 officers pulled from field work to back-fill vacant civilian positions equates to removing about 30 police cars citywide. He said line officers are reporting daily that they are spending increasing amounts of time in police stations performing administrative tasks, rather than patrolling the streets.

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April 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

When there are less civilian’s…… that means less cops……and more money…..

LAPD union: Fewer civilian workers means fewer officers on the streets

The City of Los Angles is not covering civilian Police Department positions they say…. to save money…….

That should  work…right?

But what happens when those civilians are performing essential tasks…..That HAVE TO BE DONE?

The obvious solution is pull police officers off their beats…or from their cars to do those functions…..

Thus having higher paid officers filling those spots and in turn turning out less officers on the street….

Wonderful!

Everyone get screwed…..

The civilian’s…. who lost their job, the cop who is taken off the street, and the taxpayer who plays for less police coverage….

Hummmm?

The union that represents Los Angeles police officers says the number of civilian vacancies in the LAPD means officers are increasingly being diverted from the streets to perform administrative duties.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League said the department was authorized last June to employ nearly 4,000 civilians but now has fewer than 3,000, and that the figure is expected to drop below 2,900 by July 1.

League President Paul Weber said that every 100 officers pulled from field work to back-fill vacant civilian positions equates to removing about 30 police cars citywide. He said line officers are reporting daily that they are spending increasing amounts of time in police stations performing administrative tasks, rather than patrolling the streets.

More……..

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Taxes, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

Possible Supreme Court choices……..

Well…… with Stevens signaling that he’s gone after the last day of the court’s spring session…. the White House will intensify it search for a suitable person for the bench….and someone that can get thru the White House vetting and the Congressional interview political circus …..

This from Nate Silver over @ FiveThirtyEight.……

The National Review’s Daniel Foster has an ordered list of what he considers to be the four most likely Supreme Court nominees, sorted “from left to lefter”. In that order, he lists Merrick Garland, Elena Kagan, Diane Wood, and Pamela Karlan.

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[ Garland, Kagan and Wood the top three on most of the lists*…..]
Most other people that I’ve read today seem to agree with that ordering — although many of them seem to consider Karlan less likely and not a part of the short-short list. I don’t know whether their characterizations of each candidate’s judicial philosophy is accurate or inaccurate — but it does seem to be the conventional wisdom.

Certainly, there are a few legal scholars and Supreme Court correspondents out there who are qualified to know in something approaching an absolutesense each of these people might preside. For the rest of us, however — and by “us”, I mean other people who cover politics for a living — we’re really just kind of winging it and our impressions of each candidate’s ideology will be formulated only in a relative sense.

Say that Obama wants to nominate Kagan, for instance. It would seem to do him a lot of good if the Beltway’s impression of the short list were…

Garland (moderate)
Kagan
Wood
Karlan
Sullivan
Koh (liberal)
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Note…….Settle back and enjoy the ride folks…this will become the major story ONCE the president makes his choice known…..

The Dog is happy to remember making the Sotomayor choice early before the pick came out…..

Maybe I can get lucky again?

*…For the first short Bio’s from the Washington Post….. which has a bigger list……See here……

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Daniel….Washington Senate: Murray leads announced Challengers between 8-10 Point; However with Rossi is she leads only barely….

Hello Dog!

Will he or won’t he – this time it’s Dino Rossi (R-WA) I’m speaking of. According to a new Statewide Survey in the Evergreen State Incumbent Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) leads her announced Challengers in the 8-10 Point Range. However if Dino Rossi makes the Race she only leads him barely.

Rasmussen Survey

Washington Senate

General Election

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  48 %
Former State Senator Dino Rossi (R)  46 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  4 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  48 %
State Senator Don Benton (R)  40 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  8 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  47 %
Former Pro-Football Player Clint Didier (R)  37 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  11 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  46 %
Businessman Chris Widener (R)  37 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  12 %

Incumbent Senator Patricia Lynn Murray (D)  45 %
Businessman Paul Akers (R)  37 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  13 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.pattymurray.com/home
http://www.bentonforsenate.com/
http://www.clintdidier.org/home.html
http://www.chriswidener.org/
http://www.akersforussenate.com/

Analysis:

This Race will become a true Toss-Up should Rossi pull the trigger. However with Murray’s mediocre Numbers……. particularly against the 2 Business Candidates Widener & Akers……. something seems possible here even if Rossi doesn’t run.

Daniel G.

The Question is Daniel…….Will Rossi run?

Keep wishing……

The guy don’t seem to be in hurry…Maybe he STILL doesn’t want to run?

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel….Mason-Dixon to release new Nevada Survey for Governor, Senate and the 3rd Congressional District…..

Hello Dog Folks!

My Favourite Pollster Mason-Dixon Polling & Research from Washington D.C. is releasing new Numbers in the State of Nevada for Governor, Senate and the 3rd Congressional District over the weekend so stay tuned with the Dog.

Daniel G.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……New Hampshire Senate: Voters don't like Health Care; Conclusion: Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) ahead by 15 over Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)……

Hello Dog!

Yet another State where now it’s clear that the Health Care Reform Bill has hurt Democratic Chances is New Hampshire. According to a new Statewide Survey in the Granite State all 3 Republican Challengers are now leading U. S. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) INCLUDING Conservatives William “Bill” Binnie (R-NH) and Ovide Lamontagne (R-NH). Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) runs strongest leading Hodes now by 15 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

New Hampshire Senate 2010

General Election

Former NH State Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (R)  50 %
United States Representative Paul W. Hodes (D)  35 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  11 %

Businessman William “Bill” Binnie (R)  49 %
U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  37 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Attorney & `1996 Governor Nominee Ovide Lamontagne (R)  44 %
United States Representative Paul W. Hodes (D)  39 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  11 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.ayotteforsenate.com/
http://www.binnie2010.com/
http://ovide2010.com/
http://paulhodesforsenate.com/


Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  49 %
Disapprove  50 %

Governor John Lynch (D)

Approve  59 %
Disapprove  39 %

Analysis:

Like Missouri Granite State Voters are mad at the Health Care Reform Bill with 58 % want to repeal it. This Race once considered a good Pick-Up Chance to cut their losses is slipping away from Democrats.

Daniel G.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel……New Hampshire Senate: Voters don’t like Health Care; Conclusion: Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) ahead by 15 over Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH)……

Hello Dog!

Yet another State where now it’s clear that the Health Care Reform Bill has hurt Democratic Chances is New Hampshire. According to a new Statewide Survey in the Granite State all 3 Republican Challengers are now leading U. S. Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) INCLUDING Conservatives William “Bill” Binnie (R-NH) and Ovide Lamontagne (R-NH). Former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) runs strongest leading Hodes now by 15 Points.

Rasmussen Survey

New Hampshire Senate 2010

General Election

Former NH State Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (R)  50 %
United States Representative Paul W. Hodes (D)  35 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  11 %

Businessman William “Bill” Binnie (R)  49 %
U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  37 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  10 %

Attorney & `1996 Governor Nominee Ovide Lamontagne (R)  44 %
United States Representative Paul W. Hodes (D)  39 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  11 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.ayotteforsenate.com/
http://www.binnie2010.com/
http://ovide2010.com/
http://paulhodesforsenate.com/


Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  49 %
Disapprove  50 %

Governor John Lynch (D)

Approve  59 %
Disapprove  39 %

Analysis:

Like Missouri Granite State Voters are mad at the Health Care Reform Bill with 58 % want to repeal it. This Race once considered a good Pick-Up Chance to cut their losses is slipping away from Democrats.

Daniel G.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel…..Illinois Senate: RAS confirms PPP Poll from earlier this week; Kirk is leading Giannoulias by 4 Points…..

Hello Dog!

A new Rasmussen Reports Survey confirms the earlier Survey this week from Public Policy Polling (PPP). U. S. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL) has taken the lead from State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D-IL)

Rasmussen Survey

Illinois Senate

General Election



United States Representative Mark Steven Kirk (R)  41 %
State Treasurer Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias (D)  37 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  13 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.kirkforsenate.com/
http://www.alexiforillinois.com/

Notes: Job Approvals were posted in the IL Governor Post yesterday. PPP had Kirk up 37-33.

Analysis:

It’s all going downhill for Democrats now. The Health Bill was the Final “Nail in the Coffin” see Stupak’s Retirement Announcement.

Daniel G.

Daniel….We can live with a 3% deficit in the senate race…that’s within the MOE…as long as Alexi is ahead or close..that’s fine……

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments