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North Dakota has plenty of jobs…but not enough places to live……

That state has a 4% unemployment rate….

The Economic downturn never stopped in the state….

But the state has hundreds of people living in make shift quarters….. their vehicles, motels and even at work…..

The state has oil fields…..and alot of oil and the need for people to help get that oil out of the ground….

With a lot of workers following the money and work from other states……and….

Nowhere to live……

Larger view

“It’s hard to know where this might end,” said E. Ward Koeser, the mayor of Williston, who met this month with the governor of North Dakota to plead for state help with the housing crisis. “It’s the one thing that sometimes wakes me up in the morning and doesn’t let me go to sleep,” he said, acknowledging that most mayors can only dream of having such a riddle.

Still, where will all these happily employed newcomers live?

“I don’t know,” said Mr. Koeser, whose city had about 12,000 people at last count, but may now be closer to 15,000. “We literally have no place.”

Cranes dot the city, proof that a building boom is under way, but not fast enough.

While the rest of the country was sinking into recession, North Dakota never did. Other states nursed budget deficits, but North Dakota, even now, has a surplus. The state has a wealth of other jobs. A rise in oil production here, especially, served as an antidote to any whiff of what the rest of the nation was witnessing.

Beneath an enormous expanse of land here, workers have pumped an ever-growing amount of crude oil from a formation called the Bakken, thanks in part to new horizontal drilling technology. Government estimates put the potential recoverable oil from the Bakken, which stretches into Montana, at 4.3 billion barrels.

Now, 109 oil rigs — with scores of workers for each — are drilling in North Dakota, and some officials say that figure could reach 150 this year.

In one of the least populated states in the nation, this sudden overcrowding has upended some axioms of ordinary life.

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More on the movement of people to the state to fill jobs……

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Ecology, Family, Government, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Dog fight video's are protected by the First Amendment…..Supremes…..

If you believe in the First Amenedment…you gotta go with this…even if hurts……

Cruelty to Animals is still illegal…….

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority in the 8-to-1 decision, said that the law had created “a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth” and that the government’s aggressive defense of the law was “startling and dangerous.”

Tuesday’s decision arose from the prosecution of Robert J. Stevens, an author and small-time film producer who presented himself as an authority on pit bulls. He did not participate in dogfights, but he did compile and sell videotapes showing the fights, and he received a 37-month sentence under a 1999 federal law that banned trafficking in “depictions of animal cruelty.”

Dogfighting and other forms of animal cruelty have long been illegal in all 50 states. The 1999 law addressed not the underlying activity but rather trafficking in recordings of “conduct in which a living animal is intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.”

It did not matter whether the conduct was legal when and where it occurred so long as it would have been illegal where the recording was sold. Some of Mr. Stevens’s videos, for instance, showed dogfighting in Japan, where the practice is legal.

The government argued that depictions showing harm to animals were of such minimal social worth that they should receive no First Amendment protection at all. Chief Justice Roberts roundly rejected that assertion. “The First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter or its content,” he wrote.

The chief justice acknowledged that some kinds of speech — including obscenity, defamation, fraud, incitement and speech integral to criminal conduct — have historically been granted no constitutional protection. But he said the Supreme Court had no “freewheeling authority to declare new categories of speech outside the scope of the First Amendment.”

Chief Justice Roberts rejected the government’s analogy to a more recent category of unprotected speech, child pornography, which the court in 1982 said deserved no First Amendment protection. Child pornography, the chief justice said, is “a special case” because the market for it is “intrinsically related to the underlying abuse.”

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Dog fight video’s are protected by the First Amendment…..Supremes…..

If you believe in the First Amenedment…you gotta go with this…even if hurts……

Cruelty to Animals is still illegal…….

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority in the 8-to-1 decision, said that the law had created “a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth” and that the government’s aggressive defense of the law was “startling and dangerous.”

Tuesday’s decision arose from the prosecution of Robert J. Stevens, an author and small-time film producer who presented himself as an authority on pit bulls. He did not participate in dogfights, but he did compile and sell videotapes showing the fights, and he received a 37-month sentence under a 1999 federal law that banned trafficking in “depictions of animal cruelty.”

Dogfighting and other forms of animal cruelty have long been illegal in all 50 states. The 1999 law addressed not the underlying activity but rather trafficking in recordings of “conduct in which a living animal is intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.”

It did not matter whether the conduct was legal when and where it occurred so long as it would have been illegal where the recording was sold. Some of Mr. Stevens’s videos, for instance, showed dogfighting in Japan, where the practice is legal.

The government argued that depictions showing harm to animals were of such minimal social worth that they should receive no First Amendment protection at all. Chief Justice Roberts roundly rejected that assertion. “The First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter or its content,” he wrote.

The chief justice acknowledged that some kinds of speech — including obscenity, defamation, fraud, incitement and speech integral to criminal conduct — have historically been granted no constitutional protection. But he said the Supreme Court had no “freewheeling authority to declare new categories of speech outside the scope of the First Amendment.”

Chief Justice Roberts rejected the government’s analogy to a more recent category of unprotected speech, child pornography, which the court in 1982 said deserved no First Amendment protection. Child pornography, the chief justice said, is “a special case” because the market for it is “intrinsically related to the underlying abuse.”

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Dorothy Height is gone…….

Dorothy I. Height, 98, a founding matriarch of the American civil rights movement whose crusade for racial justice and gender equality spanned more than six decades, died Tuesday at Howard University Hospital. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed civil rights to the center of the American political stage after World War II, and she was a key figure in the struggles for school desegregation, voting rights, employment opportunities and public accommodations in the 1950s and 1960s.

As president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years, Ms. Height was arguably the most influential woman at the top levels of civil rights leadership.

Although she never drew the media attention that conferred celebrity and instant recognition on some of the other civil rights leaders of her time, Ms. Height was often described as the “glue” that held the family of black civil rights leaders together. She did much of her work out of the public spotlight, in quiet meetings and conversations, and she was widely connected at the top levels of power and influence in government and business.

As a civil rights activist, Ms. Height participated in protests in Harlem during the 1930s. In the 1940s, she lobbied first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on behalf of civil rights causes. And in the 1950s, she prodded President Dwight D. Eisenhower to move more aggressively on school desegregation issues. In 1994, Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Updates, Women | | Leave a comment

Apple's earnings blow the predictions away!

I’m a Mac man …..

I’ve been one for about 16 years…..starting off with the Apple ‘Pizza box ‘ LC II computer…..

This Blog come to you from a iMac….

A big….big …jump from one to the other….although I’ve had a few other Macs along the way…..

So It makes me smile to see that Apple….. after all the death announcements ten years ago…..is doing real damn good!


Apple turned in a quarter that blew past analyst forecasts as sales of iPods, iPhones and Macs each exceeded expectations.

The company’s shares were up more than 5 percent in extended trading. Get after-hour quotes for Apple here.

Apple said it earned $3.07 billion, or $3.33 a share, in its fiscal second quarter, up from $1.33 a share last year.

Sales for the most recent period rose to $13.5 billion, up from $8.163 billion last year.

The results blew past forecasts. Wall Street analysts who follow Apple expected on average that the company would earn $2.45 a share on revenue of $12.036 billion, according to numbers compiled by Thomson Reuters.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Brothers. “They totally crushed the quarter. It seems really strong across the board. The iPhone numbers nearly match the Christmas sales numbers. You have to ask whether Christmas has come again for Apple in March.”

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | | 4 Comments

Apple’s earnings blow the predictions away!

I’m a Mac man …..

I’ve been one for about 16 years…..starting off with the Apple ‘Pizza box ‘ LC II computer…..

This Blog come to you from a iMac….

A big….big …jump from one to the other….although I’ve had a few other Macs along the way…..

So It makes me smile to see that Apple….. after all the death announcements ten years ago…..is doing real damn good!


Apple turned in a quarter that blew past analyst forecasts as sales of iPods, iPhones and Macs each exceeded expectations.

The company’s shares were up more than 5 percent in extended trading. Get after-hour quotes for Apple here.

Apple said it earned $3.07 billion, or $3.33 a share, in its fiscal second quarter, up from $1.33 a share last year.

Sales for the most recent period rose to $13.5 billion, up from $8.163 billion last year.

The results blew past forecasts. Wall Street analysts who follow Apple expected on average that the company would earn $2.45 a share on revenue of $12.036 billion, according to numbers compiled by Thomson Reuters.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Brothers. “They totally crushed the quarter. It seems really strong across the board. The iPhone numbers nearly match the Christmas sales numbers. You have to ask whether Christmas has come again for Apple in March.”

More……..

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | | 4 Comments

Daniel……New Hampshire Senate: Ayotte, Binnie lead presumtive Democratic Nominee U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D-NH) by 7 and 6 Points

Hello Dog Folks!

Former State Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (R-NH) and Businessman William “Bill” Binnie (R-NH) continue to lead U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D-NH) to replace retiring Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) according to a new Survey Public Policy Polling. Ayotte leads Hodes by 7 Points while Binnie leads him by 6.

Public Policy Polling Survey

New Hampshire Senate 2010

[ Ayotte, Hodes, Binnie and Lamontagne ]

Former State Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte (R)  47 %
U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  40 %
Undecided  13 %

Businessman William H. “Bill” Binnie (R)  46 %
U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  41 %
Undecided  13 %

U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  43 %
`1996 GOP Governor Nominee Ovide Marc Lamontagne (R)  38 %
Undecided  19 %

U. S. Rep. Paul W. Hodes (D)  43 %
Businessman Jim Bender (R)  40 %
Undecided  18 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

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

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  47 %
Disapprove  48 %
Not Sure  5 %

Senator Judd Gregg (R)

Approve  44 %
Disapprove  37 %
Not Sure  18 %

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D)

Approve  42 %
Disapprove  48 %
Not Sure  10 %

Note for tomorrow: PPP is set to release Numbers on the Republican Senate Primary on Wednesday although they’ve teased that Ayotte is the clear Frontrunner.

Daniel G.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel……IF the Southern Political Report (Usually a pretty reliable Source) is to be believed Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) will continue his Senate Run as Independent…..

Hello Dog!

Here is a new Article on Crist.

From the Southern Political Report:
SPR exclusive bulletin: Crist to run for Florida Senate as an independent

By Matt Towery
April 20, 2010

It may be the worst-kept secret in American politics today, and it’s apparently about to become a reality. Reliable sources informed me today that embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, whose early lead in his US Senate Republican primary race against former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio has essentially reversed itself in the polls, is preparing to announce sooner rather than later that he will leave the GOP and continue his run for Senate as an independent. Sources add that the speech Crist will use in his announcement is now being drafted.

Of course Crist is known from time to time for running political misdirections that surprise even political experts at the last minute. But the tea leaves Crist has left trailing behind him in recent weeks – particularly his about-face in vetoing an education reform bill dear to Florida Republicans – certainly seem to portend an abandonment of the party. Throw in, too, that he has recently been losing support from national and Florida GOP honchos – such as Mitt Romney and Crist’s now ex-campaign chair, former US Sen. Connie Mack, among other various Florida Republican luminaries.

Plus, Crist has mostly positioned himself as a moderate, and is largely perceived that way by Florida voters. Thus he likely sees an independent candidacy as his best and only hope of winning the Senate race. The most recent polls of a three-way general election race among Crist, Republican Rubio and presumed Democratic nominee Kendrick Meeks show that Crist is at least even with Rubio, and ahead of Meeks.

It’s unclear the effect an independent run by Crist would have on other Republican candidates in Florida this year, particularly with the added ingredient of the loose network of activists and candidates known in media as Tea Partiers. But if Crist follows through with what my sources tell me is a done deal, things will go one of two ways: It’s possible voters from the conservative wing of the GOP will overwhelm the polls in November and lift candidates such as Rubio in major elections both in Florida and across the nation. It’s also possible that liberal, independent and centrist-minded voters may react to the increasingly polarizing political atmosphere in the nation by embracing avowedly moderate candidates like Crist.

It’s always been puzzling to me why Gov. Crist decided to forego a relatively safe shot at a second term as Florida governor to instead make a go at becoming a part of the minority Republican conference in the US Senate.

In any event, the April 30 qualifying deadline for a Crist decision is drawing near. Again, based on what my sources are telling me, and in line with much speculation, Charlie Crist will soon become an independent candidate for Senate. Among whatever else that may bring about, it will almost certainly mean – once again – that Florida will provide America with some of the most entertaining politics of the season.

Daniel G.

Ok Daniel a few things…..First…..this is just another rumor piece…..the guy writes IF…..

Second….Crist ran because early on before the Rubio out the woods right turn…he was ASKED to run by the party……

He, he, he…I’ll bet they don’t remember that part….since Rubio is now the golden boy……

Third……. the author of the piece clearly says this piece IS speculation……

Last….NOBODY Knows what’s going on except Charlie Crist…..period!

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Daniel…..House Takeover? National Republican Congressional (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) WANTS Republican House Majority come 2011

Hello Dog Folks!

Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) who is the Head of the NRCC seems CONFIDENT of a House Majority.

From Politico:

NO ROOM FOR SECOND PLACE: In a briefing with reporters Tuesday, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said anything short of a GOP takeover of the House would be unacceptable.

“Anything less, I did not fulfill my mission statement,” Sessions declared. “I’m not the least bit interested in coming in second place. Not the least bit interested.”

While lauding the Republican candidates in the upcoming Pennsylvania and Hawaii special elections, Sessions sought to lower expectations. “I think it’s really important that these are Democratic seats and drawn for Democrats,” Sessions said.

Sessions acknowledged that the NRCC was not yet fully on par with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but he highlighted the fundraising successes of candidates and said the NRCC was closing the gap. “Clearly, the trend lines are in the right direction,” chimed in Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who is chairing the committee’s fundraising effort this cycle.

According to a committee count, 121 GOP challengers and open seat candidates have over $200,000 on hand and 23 candidates have over $500,000 on hand. Sessions also pointed out that there were 16 races where GOP challengers had out-raised Democratic incumbents.

Sessions said he expected the GOP’s forthcoming contract to emerge after Labor Day, but said he would not insist on his candidates signing on. “This is a free country.” –Alex Isenstadt

Daniel G.

Hey Daniel….. it’s free country…he can wish for whatever he wants…

That don’t mean he’s gonna get it!

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | Leave a comment

Air Jordan Fushion 5 Grape………

From NiceKicks…..……

Though the Air Jordan Fusion 5 first released some time ago, a new colorway has surfaced for later this year. Donning the colorway of the historic “Grape” Air Jordan Vs, this Fusion will drop mid-October.

The midsole is wrapped in purple leather, which shows off a teal jagged design in the middle, taking an obvious cue from the Air Jordan V. The upper is entire white, using leather all over with bits of plastic in the quarter panel and on the ankle strap. The tongue is also purple and teal while the liner is black, matching the embroidery near the heel. An icy outsole finishes this Fushion……

Air Jordan Fusion 5 "Grape"

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment