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Where was the President?…….

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This from PolitcalWire……

Obama Ditches Press Corps

President Obama “quietly breached years of protocol on Saturday morning ( April 12 ) by leaving the White House without the press with him,” the AP reports.

“About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds of the White House. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his daughter’s soccer games in northwest Washington, D.C.”

“The White House press corps traditionally travels with the president anywhere he goes, inside and outside the country, to report on the president’s activities for the benefit of informing the public and for historical record.”

According to Politico, the president later mocked the resulting brouhaha: “They were very upset about it. It was big news today.
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Was Obama Really at a Soccer Game?

American Thinker doesn’t buy the story that President Obama ditched the press corps to attend his daughter’s soccer game on Saturday.

The reason? There wasn’t a soccer game scheduled………

What gives?

Is this the media being pissed…or a story?


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April 13, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Toyota will stop selling the Lexus460…….

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They couldn’t do anything else here………

While Consumer’s Union isn’t Superman…They ARE Consumer’s Union…..

Like I said yesterday…I made my final decision on my new vehicle by checking in with CU……

Toyota (Lexus ) just did the right thing…

They stopped…..

Temporarily…. for now…..

They’ll go after Consumer Union for sure…but for now they have to do something…..

Just when it seems that they turned a corner……

It’s tough being on the top in the Auto sales business……

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will temporarily halt the sale of a Lexus sport-utility vehicle after Consumer Reports magazine raised safety concerns about it.

The move was another blow for the Japanese car maker, which is trying to repair its image after a series of safety recalls. Consumer Reports issued a rare “don’t buy” recommendation for the Lexus GX 460, saying the SUV could roll over in certain situations.

The influential nonprofit magazine already had suspended its recommendations for eight Toyota models recalled in January for sticky-accelerator concerns. In certain conditions, the gas pedal in those models is slow to return to idle.

Recently, four of the magazine’s auto engineers found a safety risk in the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV during their standard emergency-handling tests.

“On this vehicle, the tail will slide out quite abruptly,” said Jake Fisher, a senior automotive engineer on the magazine’s testing staff, in an interview. “During our testing it was basically perpendicular to the track and you’re completely sideways.”

Whew!……More…….

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pataki will not run for the Senate……

I’ve got to be good here……

George Pataki…..will not run for the US Senate from New York State…..

But I have badgered Daniel….mercelessly about this……..

Just yesterday…..I was on his case…..

Pataki never made any move to even acknowledge he would want to do this…..

I pointed out that he would have to run on his record as Governor of New York where he left the state with a budget deficit that remains…..

Finally, folks I’ll repeat this…..WTF has Kirsten Gillibrand got?….No Shit!…….No One…I mean No one of any substance will challenge her!

Be they Democrat …or Republican……..

I don’t get it?

Here’s the Pataki piece……

Former New York Republican Gov. George E. Pataki has decided not to mount an election challenge against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.

Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed at building support to repeal the recently enacted health-care overhaul.

Mr. Pataki’s decision to bypass the Senate race marks another major coup for Ms. Gillibrand, who has been enormously successful in knocking out competition on both sides of the aisle despite appearing to be vulnerable politically. Were he to enter the race, Mr. Pataki would be leading Ms. Gillibrand by 45% to 40%, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

Mr. Pataki, 64 years old, said he believed his plan to form the organization, called Revere America, would be the ideal way to play a role on the national political stage.

“When you look at what is happening in Washington, it’s just a disaster for our future,” said Mr. Pataki, who served three terms as New York’s chief executive from 1995 through 2006. “It’s just more government spending, more government borrowing, government control over our health-care system.”

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April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 6 Comments

State Senator Ted Deutch wins the Florida 19th Congressional Special Election…….

Daniel gets another one!

He sent in a post which he clearly expecting that Deutch would win…Deutch has ……

As the Dog has said…..Healthcare would have absolutely NO EFFECT here….(Daniel thinks it will in November )

To be fair…Lynch had almost no money in this heavy Democratic Congressional District…….

State Sen. Ted Deutch (D) handily won tonight’s FL-19 special election over ’08 nominee Ed Lynch (R), and the AP called the race with Deutch leading, 62-36%. A conservative-leaning third-party candidate Jim McCormick (D) took 3%.

The race was never expected to be close, but some were watching to see if the health care debate would have an impact in this heavily-Dem CD. If appeared to have a negligible effect, as Deutch won with margins just slightly under the norm for Dems in the CD.

Deutch entered the contest with tons of advantages, including the fact that he outraised Lynch by a $1.4M-$100K margin, and was helped by a 2-1 Dem registration advantage. Need more evidence of the CD’s Dem bona fides: Pres. Obama took 66% of the vote here, and ex-Rep. Robert Wexler (D) — whom Deutch will replace — never took less than 66% in any of his bids.

But while Lynch operated on a shoe-string budget, he believed that the large bloc of seniors in his CD — 40% — would give him a chance, especially considering polls show that group is strongly opposed to the newly enacted health care law. Indeed, he found support among the Tea Party crowd, and he appeared on Fox News Channel and conservative radio programs to rally conservatives to his bid.

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April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | | 6 Comments

Daniel…….Election 2012: Huckabee surges into the lead in the Republican Primary; Obama leads all Republicans according to a new CNN / Opinion Research Corporation Survey …..

Hello Dog!

Well, something different tonight.

According to a new National CNN / Opinion Research Corporation Survey former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has surged into lead after the Southern Republican Political Leadership Conference.
However …….President Barack Obama (D-IL) leads all potential Republican Challengers in his quest for a Second Term.

CNN / Opinion Research Corporation Survey

Election 2012

Republican Primary

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee  24 %
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney  20 %
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin  15 %
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich  14 %
Texas Congressman Ron Paul  8 %
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum  3 %
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty  2 %
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence  2 %
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour  1 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  6 %

General Election

President of the United States Barack Obama (D)  53 %
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R)  45 %
Undecided  1 %

President of the United States Barack Obama (D)  54 %
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R)  45 %
Undecided  1 %

President of the United States Barack Obama (D)  55 %
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R)  42 %
Undecided  1 %

President of the United States Barack Obama (D)  55 %
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R)  43 %
Undecided  1 %

Analysis:

This is for me the first REAL Poll for 2012 and we’ve to make up a lot of Ground…… if we want to defeat him.

Daniel G.

Ya damn real!……Daniel

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……New York Governor & Senate: Cuomo leads General Election, Lazio the Republican Primary for Governor; Pataki would still beat Gillibrand IF he after all decides to run according to a new Quinnipiac University Survey

Hello Dog!

Still undeclared Candidate, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) would CRUSH Republicans in November according to a new Quinnipiac University Survey.

Meanwhile IF after all former Governor George Pataki (R-NY) decides to run he would beat the States Junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) by 5 Points; Otherwise Gillibrand is heavily favored to win the Senate Special Election this year.

Quinnipiac University Survey

New York Governor 2010

Republican Primary

Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio  34 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy  11 %
Real Estate Developer Carl Paladino  11 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  40 %

General Election

[ Cuomo and Lazio ]

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  55 %
Former U. S. Rep. Rick Lazio (R)  26 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  15 %

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  57 %
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (R)  24 %
Others  2 %
Undecided  15 %

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D)  60 %
Real Estate Developer Carl Paladino (R)  24 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  14 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://lazio.com/
http://www.levyforgovernor.com/
http://paladinoforthepeople.com/

New York Senate Special Election 2010

Republican Primary

Former New York Governor George Pataki  64 %
Former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman  15 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  19 %

General Election

Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)  45 %
Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  40 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  13 %

Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  47 %
Former Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman (R)  25 %
Others  1 %
Undecided  18 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/
http://blakeman2010.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  62 %
Disapprove  33 %

Governor David A. Paterson (D)

Approve  25 %
Disapprove  65 %

Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer (D)

Approve  61 %
Disapprove  26 %

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

Approve  47 %
Disapprove  25 %

Analysis:

“The Dog” keeps arguing with me over “Undeclared Candidates” like Thompson, Rossi or Pataki. May I ask him why Cuomo hasn’t declared yet? Maybe Cuomo doesn’t want to be Governor?

Daniel G.

Ha, ha, ha…That’s funny Daniel…..

Meanwhile…… what is Pataki gonna do?………..

I’m not a Gillibrand fan..but she’s got something going on…maybe its politician repellant…nobody….. from both parties….. wants to go at her?

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 9 Comments

American Jews have President Obama's back…..

In answering my friend Brandon’s question I am not surprised to find these numbers for Obama from American’s of the Jewish faith…..

73% see the Us and Israel getting along fine……

As I have said in a couple of post’s…The Prrsident and the Secretary of State have a problem with Benjamin Netayahu…not Isreal…..

Despite claims that that Israelis are wary of U.S. President Barack Obama, a new poll released on Tuesday shows that most American Jews view their leader and his dealings with Israel in a positive light.

According to the 2010 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the American Jewish Committee, 73 percent of American Jews characterize relations between Israel and the U.S. today as “very positive” or “positive.”

In addition to this, 55 percent of American Jews approve of the way the Obama administration is handling U.S.-Israel relations.

In polls quoted in a New York Times article by former American Jewish Congress national director Henry Siegman from a few months prior, Obama is supported by only between 6 to ten percent of the Israeli public.

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American Jews have President Obama’s back…..

In answering my friend Brandon’s question I am not surprised to find these numbers for Obama from American’s of the Jewish faith…..

73% see the Us and Israel getting along fine……

As I have said in a couple of post’s…The Prrsident and the Secretary of State have a problem with Benjamin Netayahu…not Isreal…..

Despite claims that that Israelis are wary of U.S. President Barack Obama, a new poll released on Tuesday shows that most American Jews view their leader and his dealings with Israel in a positive light.

According to the 2010 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the American Jewish Committee, 73 percent of American Jews characterize relations between Israel and the U.S. today as “very positive” or “positive.”

In addition to this, 55 percent of American Jews approve of the way the Obama administration is handling U.S.-Israel relations.

In polls quoted in a New York Times article by former American Jewish Congress national director Henry Siegman from a few months prior, Obama is supported by only between 6 to ten percent of the Israeli public.

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April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Religion, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……Gallup Poll: Republicans opening up 4-Point on Generic Congressional Ballot…..

Hello Dog Folks!

Things are looking ominous if one of the leading National Pollsters in the Nation shows you behind on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

According to a new Gallup Survey Republicans lead Democrats on the Generic Ballot 48-44.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/127319/Republicans-Lead-Congressional-Ballot.aspx

Daniel G.

The Dog doesn’t put much stock in ‘Generic Congressional ‘ polling since all House and senate races…especially the House races are really local races…While the media tend to try to link those races to national issues…they really are not about that……

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

Congress puts the Healthcare Bill behind them ………

The Dog is happy to see Congress moving on after the near complete fixation on the Healthcare Bill….

The vote on unemployment benefits which saw both parties join is a good indication that the Congress is doing its work and has stopped politicking  to the exclusion of the countries citizens…..

Good!….it’s about time……

House leaders from both parties appear content to move on from the name-calling and uncivil behavior of the healthcare vote.

When House members return to Washington on Tuesday, they won’t convene any hearings on the subject, nor will they find themselves subject to new rules or guidelines governing their own behavior.

“You could say we’re just moving on,” said one senior Democratic aide. “A lot of this stuff is very in-the-moment.”

Republican leadership aides also said they don’t expect to have to deal with the issue of decorum or take any new steps to reduce threats made to members of Congress.

Just a few weeks ago, the conduct of individual House member, threats to lawmakers and verbal and physical altercations between members and protesters appeared to be taking on crisis proportions.

The final week of the House debate on the healthcare bill brought with it a rash of member-on-member insinuations and accusations, and the bill’s passage provided little immediate relief.

The week after the vote, members received new threats — many of which have resulted in police investigations and arrests — and House leaders traded accusations about which side was responsible for an increase in dangerous behavior.

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