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Sometimes…. you may reach too far….

Joe Klein makes a good argument in Time Magazine about when are the Democrats going to stop the legislative train to catch their breath…

While moving on to Wall Street Financial Bill, Immigration and maybe Climate Change might be admirable…

Klein makes a good point that too much more in the pipeline..( they have to deal with a bruising Supreme Court nomination also )….

Will only hurt Democrats politically at home….

He could have a point…..

This from PoliticalWire

The Case for Slowing Down

Joe Klein argues that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did Democrats a favor by pulling the plug on a comprehensive climate change and energy bill set to be unveiled Monday.

“Why? Because the public has had quite enough, thank you, of government activism this year…and, after Wall Street reform is passed, any further attempts to pass major legislation will add to legitimate conservative arguments that the federal government is attempting to do much to do any of it well.”

What about pushing immigration?: “For Democrats, however, an immigration push that comes as the white working class is suffering major job losses and anxieties, is a recipe for disaster… don’t be surprised if Republicans are thrilled to see Democrats make a big deal of it this election year.”

More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | | 1 Comment

Louis Gates on Black reparations and a secret about slavery……

Louis Gates is a complex man…..

We know that from watching his past specials on geneology and history….

And from his run in with  the Police Sergeant in Cambridge, Mass.

So with that in mind …

I was not surprised after reading something Professor Henry Louis Gates wrote in the New York Times…a few days ago

The piece was about President Obama and the issue of reparations for blacks due servitude into slavery……

But the more I read the piece…..

It became apparent that the Harvard Professor was giving  fellow blacks a history lesson…..

You see the story that everyone has about slavery is that white’s…

From the trade countries of the 1500’s to 1800’s captured blacks in Africa and shipped them off to the New World as a commodity….

Mr. Gates through extensive research reports …..

That simply isn’t the correct story…….

While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played. And that role, it turns out, was a considerable one, especially for the slave-trading kingdoms of western and central Africa. These included the Akan of the kingdom of Asante in what is now Ghana, the Fon of Dahomey (now Benin), the Mbundu of Ndongo in modern Angola and the Kongo of today’s Congo, among several others.

For centuries, Europeans in Africa kept close to their military and trading posts on the coast. Exploration of the interior, home to the bulk of Africans sold into bondage at the height of the slave trade, came only during the colonial conquests, which is why Henry Morton Stanley’s pursuit of Dr. David Livingstone in 1871 made for such compelling press: he was going where no (white) man had gone before.

How did slaves make it to these coastal forts? The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.

Advocates of reparations for the descendants of those slaves generally ignore this untidy problem of the significant role that Africans played in the trade, choosing to believe the romanticized version that our ancestors were all kidnapped unawares by evil white men, like Kunta Kinte was in “Roots.” The truth, however, is much more complex: slavery was a business, highly organized and lucrative for European buyers and African sellers alike.

The African role in the slave trade was fully understood and openly acknowledged by many African-Americans even before the Civil War. For Frederick Douglass, it was an argument against repatriation schemes for the freed slaves. “The savage chiefs of the western coasts of Africa, who for ages have been accustomed to selling their captives into bondage and pocketing the ready cash for them, will not more readily accept our moral and economical ideas than the slave traders of Maryland and Virginia,” he warned. “We are, therefore, less inclined to go to Africa to work against the slave trade than to stay here to work against it.”

More……

Gates, who is black….seems to be arguing against reparations because the reason blacks arrived in this country as slaves was because they where sold to white human trade merchants by OTHER MORE FORTUNATE BLACKS!…….

He uses the figure of 90% derived from historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University as the percentage of blacks shipped to the New World before the 1800’s by OTHER blacks…….

This reading of history isn’t going to go down to good with the majority of today’s American black population……

But Gates has done a lot of work on the subject……

In this case I think he knows he’s sitting on a stick of dynamite…..

President Obama does also….

Don’t look for either to mount a campaign to bring this subject up in a big way….

Obama will have Secret Service protection for 10 years after he leaves office (he’ll get it extended for the rest of his life… no doubt )..

Gates doesn’t…

And there will be lot of mad ‘brothers’ out there looking to talk to him….

No doubt…..

Not just about reparations, either….

But history IS history……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

'In the year of our lord' is still around on US documents…….

Here’s a little piece on the use of that phrase in all sort of Federal and State doucuments..in the past..and currently….

The Dog doesn’t think it’s a big deal….

And down South you could have a whole lot of trouble even bringing up the issue…..

This from  Jeffrey Weiss @ PolitcsDaily…..

A few days ago, I got curious about the wording of those proclamations issued by several state governors announcing Confederate History Month. (Mostly, I wondered why a patriotic current citizen of the United States of America would want to celebrate what were unarguably the deadliest traitors in our nation’s history.)

As I found examples of the proclamations online, I was struck by some of what I’d consider the “boilerplate,” the way the date of issuance is described. Here’s how the governor of Georgia did it:

“In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 1st day of December in the year of our Lord two thousand nine.”

I found the same wording, basically, for Mississippi. What struck me? Whose Lord, exactly, are they referring to? In 2010, there’s a 100 percent chance that there is no state where every citizen would answer “Jesus Christ.”

This language wasn’t a peculiarity associated with the Confederate history proclamations for those two states. When I rooted around to find other proclamations in Georgia and Mississippi, I found the same wording.

Was this a Southern thing? Not so much. I looked at proclamations from Texas, South Carolina and Alabama and the dates did not have the religious appendage.

I realize this wording was once widely, if sporadically, used in America.

The Declaration of Independence does not include the religious language, going simply with: “In Congress, July 4, 1776.”

But there’s that reference in Article VII of the U.S. Constitution: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.” (Interesting that this includes both the religiously linked dating and the utterly secular age of the nation itself.)

Some four score and seven years later, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is dated “on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three.”

And just a couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama ended his proclamation for National Park Week with: “IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.”

Even today, people who may not know it are making reference to that same phrase any time they add “AD” to a date. After all, the Latin “anno domini” means nothing but “year of the Lord.” (Which is why some people replace AD with CE for “common era.”)

More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Religion, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

‘In the year of our lord’ is still around on US documents…….

Here’s a little piece on the use of that phrase in all sort of Federal and State doucuments..in the past..and currently….

The Dog doesn’t think it’s a big deal….

And down South you could have a whole lot of trouble even bringing up the issue…..

This from  Jeffrey Weiss @ PolitcsDaily…..

A few days ago, I got curious about the wording of those proclamations issued by several state governors announcing Confederate History Month. (Mostly, I wondered why a patriotic current citizen of the United States of America would want to celebrate what were unarguably the deadliest traitors in our nation’s history.)

As I found examples of the proclamations online, I was struck by some of what I’d consider the “boilerplate,” the way the date of issuance is described. Here’s how the governor of Georgia did it:

“In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 1st day of December in the year of our Lord two thousand nine.”

I found the same wording, basically, for Mississippi. What struck me? Whose Lord, exactly, are they referring to? In 2010, there’s a 100 percent chance that there is no state where every citizen would answer “Jesus Christ.”

This language wasn’t a peculiarity associated with the Confederate history proclamations for those two states. When I rooted around to find other proclamations in Georgia and Mississippi, I found the same wording.

Was this a Southern thing? Not so much. I looked at proclamations from Texas, South Carolina and Alabama and the dates did not have the religious appendage.

I realize this wording was once widely, if sporadically, used in America.

The Declaration of Independence does not include the religious language, going simply with: “In Congress, July 4, 1776.”

But there’s that reference in Article VII of the U.S. Constitution: “Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.” (Interesting that this includes both the religiously linked dating and the utterly secular age of the nation itself.)

Some four score and seven years later, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is dated “on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three.”

And just a couple of weeks ago, Barack Obama ended his proclamation for National Park Week with: “IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.”

Even today, people who may not know it are making reference to that same phrase any time they add “AD” to a date. After all, the Latin “anno domini” means nothing but “year of the Lord.” (Which is why some people replace AD with CE for “common era.”)

More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Religion, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Talkandpolitcs on a Congressional Hearing on Fraud and Ratings…..

From Talkandpolitcs….……

Live on Cspan. The stottering is unbelievable.

Seems like it’s falling apart. Twenty minutes on blaming “lack of resources”, then on internal disputes with “who, she? me? i said? to whom?”. This hurts to watch.

More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

They are finally waking up to the fact that Halter doesn't really fit in Arkansas……

Help from national progressives is shaping Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's challenge to state establishment-backed Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

[ Help from national progressives is shaping Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s challenge to state establishment-backed Sen. Blanche Lincoln. ]
The Dog has been reminding Daniel that Bill Halter , who is running against Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas for the Senate doesn’t real;ly belong in that state…

Halter is running very well in the democratic primary polls…but he is running on a pro-labor somewhat liberal agenda….

Yea…you got heard that right….

This is going on in Arkansas…..

Daniel’s happy because he knows this….

Though Lincoln is touble…Halter would be the easier person to run against by the Republicans….(he’s already trying to move to the right on immigration in the second debate between the two )

Here’s a piece in Politico that follow’s my logic……

In her corner is the traditional Arkansas Democratic establishment — socially conservative, business-friendly, pragmatic and loyal. On his side is the progressive movement — pro-labor, anxious for change and eager for bolder strokes, even at the risk of costing the party a precious Senate seat in the South.

It’s a party fault line that was exposed by the fierce battle over the public option in health care reform and over the Employee Free Choice Act, one of organized labor’s top priorities.

Lincoln opposed both measures. Halter, as a result, has been the beneficiary of support and millions of dollars in financial backing from the big labor unions and national liberal groups like MoveOn.org.

It’s the reason he’s even competitive in the polls with Lincoln, who was first elected to the House in 1992 and the Senate in 1998. National progressive support has helped neutralize the enormous fundraising advantage she began with and enabled Halter to take advantage of long-standing frustration among Arkansas liberals.

“He’s got some pretty sharp elbows, and his decision to challenge her is greatly influenced by the amount of support from organized labor, who got in this in sort of a payback for Sen. Lincoln,” said Randy Zook, president of the state Chamber of Commerce, who supports the senator.

But while Halter came out of the gate framing himself as the more progressive candidate, lambasting Lincoln for flip-flopping on a public option and abandoning labor, there are signs even he’s beginning to recognize the limits of what Arkansas, which gave President Barack Obama just 39 percent of the vote in 2008, will tolerate among its Democratic statewide officials.

“There are areas of policy that I’ve worked on in my life, in fact worked very hard on, that some people would characterize as conservative. On fiscal policy, I would say I’m far more conservative,” Halter told POLITICO, referring to his work on balancing the budget as an Office of Management and Budget official during the Clinton administration.

In a second debate Saturday, Halter appeared to tack to the right of Lincoln on immigration — stressing a secure border over a path to legalization — and earmarks, of which he said he would not support targeted spending projects for corporations.

More……..

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 9 Comments

They are finally waking up to the fact that Halter doesn’t really fit in Arkansas……

Help from national progressives is shaping Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's challenge to state establishment-backed Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

[ Help from national progressives is shaping Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s challenge to state establishment-backed Sen. Blanche Lincoln. ]
The Dog has been reminding Daniel that Bill Halter , who is running against Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas for the Senate doesn’t real;ly belong in that state…

Halter is running very well in the democratic primary polls…but he is running on a pro-labor somewhat liberal agenda….

Yea…you got heard that right….

This is going on in Arkansas…..

Daniel’s happy because he knows this….

Though Lincoln is touble…Halter would be the easier person to run against by the Republicans….(he’s already trying to move to the right on immigration in the second debate between the two )

Here’s a piece in Politico that follow’s my logic……

In her corner is the traditional Arkansas Democratic establishment — socially conservative, business-friendly, pragmatic and loyal. On his side is the progressive movement — pro-labor, anxious for change and eager for bolder strokes, even at the risk of costing the party a precious Senate seat in the South.

It’s a party fault line that was exposed by the fierce battle over the public option in health care reform and over the Employee Free Choice Act, one of organized labor’s top priorities.

Lincoln opposed both measures. Halter, as a result, has been the beneficiary of support and millions of dollars in financial backing from the big labor unions and national liberal groups like MoveOn.org.

It’s the reason he’s even competitive in the polls with Lincoln, who was first elected to the House in 1992 and the Senate in 1998. National progressive support has helped neutralize the enormous fundraising advantage she began with and enabled Halter to take advantage of long-standing frustration among Arkansas liberals.

“He’s got some pretty sharp elbows, and his decision to challenge her is greatly influenced by the amount of support from organized labor, who got in this in sort of a payback for Sen. Lincoln,” said Randy Zook, president of the state Chamber of Commerce, who supports the senator.

But while Halter came out of the gate framing himself as the more progressive candidate, lambasting Lincoln for flip-flopping on a public option and abandoning labor, there are signs even he’s beginning to recognize the limits of what Arkansas, which gave President Barack Obama just 39 percent of the vote in 2008, will tolerate among its Democratic statewide officials.

“There are areas of policy that I’ve worked on in my life, in fact worked very hard on, that some people would characterize as conservative. On fiscal policy, I would say I’m far more conservative,” Halter told POLITICO, referring to his work on balancing the budget as an Office of Management and Budget official during the Clinton administration.

In a second debate Saturday, Halter appeared to tack to the right of Lincoln on immigration — stressing a secure border over a path to legalization — and earmarks, of which he said he would not support targeted spending projects for corporations.

More……..

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 9 Comments

Sometimes you you can meet the President of the United States while taking a hike…..

It’s good to see these regular people stories…

I love them…..

And the President and the Secret Service gets props for handling somethings without too much fanfair….

In this photo, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza and relased to the Citizen-Times, Karen Russell, a tourist from Westerville, Ohio, talks with the president and first lady during a chance encounter while hiking off the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday.
[ In this photo, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza and relased to the Citizen-Times, Karen Russell, a tourist from Westerville, Ohio, talks with the president and first lady during a chance encounter while hiking off the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday. (White House/Special to the Citizen-Ttimes) ]

Howard Dusenbery was sitting downstairs in the inn he owns with his wife, Kristen, in Weaverville, the Dry Ridge Inn, when a quiet, 65-year-old guest came downstairs for breakfast Saturday morning.

The couple, who bought the inn 10 years ago, asked her what she did the previous day.

“And she says, ‘Well, I met the president,’” Howard Dusenbery said. “And I went, ‘What? Really? Where was that?’ And she said, ‘When I was hiking on the parkway.’”

On Friday, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hopped onto the Blue Ridge Parkway in the presidential motorcade a few hours after they landed in Asheville for a brief vacation.

After a 15-minute drive, the motorcade stopped, and the first couple stepped out for an hour-long hike. During the hike, according to a White House spokeswoman, the Obamas ran into an “elderly” hiker.

That hiker, Karen Russell, a tourist visiting from Westerville, Ohio, said she was stunned to see the first couple coming down the path, on a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

“It was just a little nondescript trail that I was on, and I didn’t expect to find anybody there really, let alone the president,” she said.

Russell had been hiking on the trail for about an hour, when she saw the motorcade pass below on the parkway. She thought Obama was on his way to Mount Mitchell.

“And then I saw two men with little pins and ear pieces, and I thought, ‘Oh, they’re just checking out the hill to make sure no one’s going to snipe or something like that,’” she said.

More……

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Ecology, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Women | , , , , | 4 Comments

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of April 25……

From the Atlantic Magazine……

Pollster.com Obama Average Job Approval
47.1%
Pollster.com Obama Favorability
53.1%
Pollster.com Right Direction / Wrong Track
37.1% / 57.4%
Pollster.com Congressional Approval
20.0%
National Federation of Independent Businesses Small Business Optimism Index
86.8 (down 1.4% from February)
ABC News/Washington Post Consumer Comfort Index
50 points below zero
U.S. Department of Labor Initial Weekly Jobless Claims
456,000 (down 129,000 since 1/20/09)
RealtyTrac Newly foreclosed properties in March
367,056
U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment
9.7%

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Government, Media, Other Things, Polls, The Economy, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Daniel…… Looks at the 2012 Election Cycle and puts up the Senate Fundraising Numbers…..

Hello Dog Folks!

Here is the Reason why I’m so optimistic regarding the 2012 Senate Races:

Enjoy!.

Daniel G.

AMERICA VOTES 2012

Senate Fundraising

State Candidate Actual Fundraising Quarter $ Money Spent Quarter $ Cash On Hand $
Arizona Jon Kyl 69.780,00 $ 44.194,02 $ 518.812,79 $
California Diane Feinstein (D) 255.218,00 $ 31.451,75 $ 3.337.232,93 $
Connecticut Joseph I. Lieberman (I) 4.605,00 $ 52.294,92 $ 1.271.081,05 $
Delaware Thomas R. Carper (D) 64.926,00 $ 58.426,02 $ 940.757,25 $
Florida Bill Nelson (D) 367.865,00 $ 107.772,06 $ 2.400.035,43 $
Hawaii Daniel K. Akaka (D) 0 $ 4.500,85 $ 80.638,49 $
Indiana Richard G. Lugar (R) 40.536,00 $ 33.856,54 $ 2.329.551,12 $
Maine Olympia Snowe (R) 75.600,00 $ 30.300,18 $ 1.057.371,96 $
Maryland Benjamin L. Cardin (D) 71.790,00 $ 41.221,10 $ 332.586,52 $
Massachusetts Scott P. Brown (R) 256.224,16 $ 528.061,92 $ 5.763.040,88 $
Michigan Debbie Stabenow (D) 226.068,30 $ 96.385,96 $ 1.219.365,78 $
Minnesota Amy J. Klobuchar (D) 0 $ 53,25 $ 9.448,09 $
Mississippi Roger F. Wicker (R) 61.832,99 $ 67.884,42 $ 341.983,67 $
Missouri Claire McCaskill (D) Not Available Not Available Not Available
Montana Jon Tester (D) 107.929,31 $ 109.427,56 $ 441.916,60 $
Nebraska Ben Nelson (D) 77.750,00 $ 65.267,40 $ 1.080.534,65 $
Nevada John Ensign (R) 50,00 $ 42.122,34 $ 980.498,38 $
New Jersey Robert Menendez (D) 205.775,00 $ 66.626,49 $ 1.443.711,50 $
New Mexico Jeff Bingaman (D) 21.000,00 $ 29.547,78 $ 417.955,40 $
New York Kirsten Gillibrand (D) Not Available Not Available Not Available
North Dakota Kent G. Conrad (D) 16.500,00 $ 36.857,75 $ 1.873.618,42 $
Ohio Sherrod Brown (D) 164.940,41 $ 138.191,29 $ 1.257.083,74 $
Pennsylvania Robert P. “Bob” Casey Jr. (D) Not Available Not Available Not Available
Rhode Island Sheldon Whithouse (D) 43.500,00 $ 50.113,15 $ 466.773,80 $
Tennessee Robert P. „Bob“ Corker Jr. (R) Not Available Not Available Not Available
Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) 0 $ 10.313,71 $ 62.245,89 $
Utah Orrin G. Hatch (R) 174.995,00 $ 103.232,75 $ 2.225.385,11 $
Vermont Bernard Sanders (I) 23.560,01 $ 17.995,27 $ 127.884,71


AMERICA VOTES 2012

Senate Fundraising

State Candidate Actual Fundraising Quarter $ Money Spent Quarter $ Cash On Hand $
Virginia James H. Webb Jr. (D) 222.017,30 $ 93.096,10 $ 452.012,98 $
Washington Maria Cantwell (D) 136.120,79 $ 92.715,52 $ 204.963,32 $
West Virginia Robert C. Byrd (D) 0 $ 1.800,00 $ 8.109,84 $
Wisconsin Herbert “Herb” Kohl (D) Not Available Not Available Not Available
Wyoming John Barrasso (R) 57.503,00 $ 73.598,27 $ 558.266,58 $

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | | 15 Comments