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CD…….NBA 2010 Current Playoff standings……

Western Conf. 1st Round
Los Angeles Lakers-111
OKC Thunder-87: Game 5 Lakers lead 3-2

Dallas-103
San Antonio-81: Game 5 Spurs lead 3-2 (Daniel G., must be happy, but the Spurs will finally end the Mavs misery tomorrow night).

Utah at Denver (9:30 pm tonight) Game 5 with the Jazz leading 3-1.

Phoenix at Portland: Game 6 Thur at 9:30 pm with the Suns leading 3-2.

Eastern Conf. 1st Round
Cleveland-96
Chicago-94 (Cavs wins series 4-1).

Orlando-99
Charlotte-90 (Magic win series 4-0).

Boston-96
Miami-86 (Celtics wins series 4-1), rumors are Dwayne Wade might go to either Chicago (his home turf) or NY.

Atlanta at Milwaukee: Game 5 tonight at 7 with the series tied 2-2.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Congressman Anthony Weiner will marry Uma Abedin this summer……

The Congressman from New York will marry his long time girlfriend, Huma Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton’s personal assistant at the State Department, a month after Chelsea Clinton’s marriage to Marc Mezvisky on July 31st…….

Bill and Hillary are gonna be real busy…and shedding a lot of tear’s……..

It’s going to be a busy summer in Clintonland, with Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea set to marry her childhood friend and Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to the secretary of state, expected to wed Rep. Anthony Weiner within weeks of each other.

Chelsea Clinton’s wedding is reportedly on July 31, and sources said the Weiner-Abedin wedding is taking place within a month of it on Long Island.

Weiner has declined to discuss his life with his fiance, to whom he proposed last year around Memorial Day, but several sources said detailed planning has been in the works for months.

Abedin, who’s also fiercely private, has been a fixture for over a decade at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s side.

More……

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 5 Comments

Daniel……NY Post (From Fox ) reporting Crist will turn Indie in his Florida Indie Run…..

Hello Folks!

We’ve BREAKING NEWS out of the Sunshine State (Florida). The New York Post (One of “The Dogs” Home Papers) just reported moments ago that Florida Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) WILL INDEED LEAVE the Republican Candidate and run as “Independent Candidate” for the Senate Seat in Florida.

Stay tuned on this Developing Story.

Daniel G.

Update from the NY Post…..

APGov. Charlie Crist

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will leave the Republican party and run as an Independent in the Florida Senate race, Fox News reported Wednesday.

Crist is set to make an official announcement at 5 pm ET tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Florida governor has said that under no circumstances would he drop out of the race, saying he will do what is best for the voters of Florida.

Crist said that Republicans in Washington want him to stay in the Republican party but voters in Florida have told him they want him to run as an Independent., Fox News reported.

APGov. Charlie Crist

Speculation that the more moderate Crist would leave the Republican party had mounted in recent weeks as his Republican challenger, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio took a commanding lead in polls and received the endorsement of Republican heavyweights such as 2008 presidential hopefuls Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Crist was trailing Rubio 54 percent to 32 percent Wednesday, according to an average of polls by Realclearpolitics.com.

Crist’s decision to leave his party and run as an independent is not without precedent. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) lost his Democratic primary in 2006 to Ned Lamont before running as an Independent and winning in the general election.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/fla_gov_charlie_crist_will_run_senate_x0J36X88QDBNNhGXwC6RfP#ixzz0mPqzy1V1

Update…..

From the St. Petersburg Times Political Blog:

Crist’s declaration of independence coming in St Pete

So the word is out: Crist is telling key financial backers that he’s running for senate with no party affiliation. The announcement is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Straub Park in downtown St Petersburg. They’re expecting a small army of media, and it looks like Crist may have no Republican press staffers with him, and will rely on folks like local supporter Greg Truax and finance director Dane Eagle to deal with press inquiries.

His kick-off fundraiser is tentatively scheduled Fisher Island off Miami Beach, where his wife owns a a home.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | | 15 Comments

Sen. Reid slows his roll on Immigration…….and US AG Holder may go after the new Arizona Illegal Alien stop law…..

After realizing that he had stirred up a hornet’s nest in both parties in the Senate with his declaration that he would put the Immigration ahead of all legislation in the Senate….he has relented and will  allow other legislation to move….

Reid found himself standing alone last night as his fellow democrats voiced reservations about a bruising fight on the highly partisan Immigration issue just months before the mid-term elections…..

Republican’s…even those getting ready to sign off on climate and financial reform objected to the speakers actions….

And the White House mindfully of November has not wanted a fight on the issue….

Especially since the President has other issues to persue..including a Supreme Court nomination….

The feels that Reid is aware that the Immigration would be good thing for Reid in his fight to keep his seat…

With Immigration being taken off the table he must feel like things are slipping away from him…..

The Democrats will keep the senate…but Reid’s chances of remaining in office are probably gone…..

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid backed off Tuesday from his pledge to fast-track an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, after fellow Democrats voiced skepticism and a key Republican supporter abandoned the effort.

Reid (D), who is facing a tough reelection battle in his home state of Nevada, surprised the White House and many of his Capitol Hill colleagues April 10 when he said that a broad immigration bill “cannot wait.” He told a cheering crowd in Las Vegas, “We’re going to have comprehensive immigration reform now.”

That angered Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), the chief GOPnegotiator on immigration, who accused Reid of engaging in a “cynical political ploy” to win Hispanic votes, given that the House has not even called up an immigration bill. Graham withdrew his support from a separate climate-change proposal that he had been prepared to endorse, and on Tuesday, he announced that he would oppose any immigration measure until U.S. border security had been improved.

With the fate of two Democratic priorities suddenly thrown into question, Reid said Tuesday that he would not dictate the sequencing of the two measures. He added that both remained on the horizon after the Senate concludes its current debate on financial regulations.

“If you have a bill that’s ready to go, that’s the one I’m going to go to” after the Senate concludes its current debate on financial regulations, Reid said. But he added, “Immigration and energy are equally vital to our economic and national security, and we’ve ignored both of them for far too long. I’m committed to doing both this session of Congress.”

On Holder……

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Justice Department may sue Arizona over a new state law that authorizes police to question the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. “I’m very concerned about the wedge it could draw between communities that law enforcement is supposed to serve and those of us in law enforcement,” Holder said.

More on both stories…..

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Daniel……North Carolina Primaries: PPP confirms Survey USA Poll; Marshall and Cunningham headed for a Run-Off …..

Hello Folks!

We’ve confirmed Numbers from Public Policy Polling that the North Carolina Democratic Primary is likely headed into a Run-Off between Marshall and Cunningham.

Public Policy Polling Survey

North Carolina Senate 2010

Democratic Primary

Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall  26 %
Former State Senator J. Calvin “Cal” Cunningham  23 %
Attorney Kenneth R. Lewis  7 %
Attorney Marcus Williams  4 %
Accountant Susan Harris  3 %
Minister W. Ann Worthy  3 %
Undecided  34 %

Note: If you want to see the Republican Primary Numbers also just click on the Survey Link at the end of the Post.

Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.elainemarshall.com/
http://www.calfornc.com/home
http://kenlewisforsenate.com/

Survey Link:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_NC_427.pdf

Daniel G.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……Arizona Senate: McCain leads Glassman, Hayworth trails him according to a new Survey from Public Policy Polling

Hello Folks!

2008 Presidential Candidate John McCain (R-AZ) has taken a BIG hit in his Approvals according to a new Survey from Public Policy Polling.

He still though leads Democrat Rodney Britz Glassman (D-AZ) by 13 Points in a General Election Match-Up.

What will certainly create more buzz around Democratic Circles is that Glassman leads McCain’s Chief Republican Rival J. D. Hayworth (R-AZ) by 3 Points.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Arizona Senate 2010

General Election

Incumbent Senator John McCain (R)  49 %
Tuscon City Councilman Rodney Britz Glassman (D)  33 %
Undecided  18 %

Tuscon City Councilman Rodney Britz Glassman (D)  42 %
Former U. S. Rep. J. D. Hayworth (R)  39 %
Undecided  19 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.johnmccain.com/
http://www.jdforsenate.com/
http://www.rodneyglassman.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  45 %
Disapprove  51 %
Not Sure  4 %

Senator John McCain (R)

Approve  34 %
Disapprove  55 %
Not Sure  11 %

Senator Jon Kyl (R)

Approve  35 %
Disapprove  39 %
Not Sure  25 %

Poll Link:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_AZ_428.pdf

Note to Readers: PPP is set to release Numbers for the Republican Primary in the Senate Race tomorrow.

Analysis:

Okay, we know McCain wouldn’t be in trouble against a Democrat.

Crunching out these Numbers I REALLY REALLY wonder how close Hayworth is in the GOP Primary.
McCain MUST be in BIG TROUBLE there. See, McCain could be facing the same fate as Utah Senator Robert “Bob” Bennett (R-UT). That would be CURIOUS if McCain would lose giving Democrats a shot at his Senate Seats.

More: HAD Obama not chosen former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) as his Homeland Sec. McCain could be heading into a very competitive TOSS-UP Race or EVEN DEFEAT. I’m anxiously waiting on these Primary Numbers.

Bottom Line:

With McCain Dems have ZERO Chance, without him it’s a TOSS-UP.

Daniel G.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 7 Comments

New York and New England get 2 feet of Spring Snow…..

Tom Lawson, right, and his daughter, Holly, 7, make a snowman while waiting for the school bus in East Montpelier, Vt., Wednesday, April 28, 2010. A spring snowstorm dumped 12-to-18 inches of snow in some areas of Vermont according to the National Weather Service. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

[ Tom Lawson, right, and his daughter, Holly, 7, make a snowman while waiting for the school bus in East Montpelier, Vt., Wednesday, April 28, 2010. A spring snowstorm dumped 12-to-18 inches of snow in some areas of Vermont according to the National Weather Service ]

A late-season snowstorm dumped up to 2 feet of heavy, wet snow on northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire by Wednesday morning, cutting off power to thousands, closing some schools and leaving roads slippery.

”It definitely caught people off guard, considering we had 80 degrees back in March. It’s a problem because some people swapped their (snow) tires out already,” said Vermont highway dispatcher Greg Fox.

About 30,000 customers were without power in Vermont, New Hampshire and northern New York at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Utility officials said it could be Thursday before power is fully restored.

”We’ve been hammered all night,” said New York State Police Trooper Eric LaValley of the Ray Brook barracks, in the Adirondack Mountains.

Large storms so late in the season are rare. On April 23, 1993, 22 inches of snow was reported in Malone, N.Y., and on April 27, 1874, 24 inches of snow was reported in Bellows Falls, Vt., said Mark Breen, the senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

”You really do have to stretch to find events like this,” Breen said.

More……

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Other Things, Updates, Weather | , , , , | 1 Comment

Texas Governor Perry goes jogging with a gun and takes out a Coyote…..

My first question is why does the Governor have to carry a gun?

My second question is where is his protective detail?

My third is why is he jogging where he could get attacked by wild animals?

Ok…..enough…..

The picture of him with the gun is pricless…even in Texas…..

"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," Texas Governor Rick Perry told reporters after taking down a coyote that attacked his Labrador.

[ Don’t attack my dog or you might get shot … if you’re a coyote,” Texas Governor Rick Perry told reporters after taking down a coyote that attacked his Labrador.]
Pistol-packing Republican Rick Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.

Perry said he carries a .380 Ruger — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He’d also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.

“I knew there were a lot of predators out there. You’ll hear a pack of coyotes. People are losing small cats and dogs all the time out there in that community,” Perry said.

“They’re very wily creatures,” Perry said of coyotes.

When one came out of the brush toward his daughter’s Labrador retriever, Perry charged.

“Don’t attack my dog or you might get shot … if you’re a coyote,” he said Tuesday.

A concealed handgun permit holder, he carries the pistol in a belt.  Perry said the laser-pointer helped make a quick, clean kill.

More……

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

The New York Mets Take a Doubleheader and keep winning….. putting themselves in First Place!

New York Mets third baseman David Wright drives in the go-ahead run in the fifth and Ike Davis (below) follows with a two-run double to put the Mets up, 6-3.

[ David Wright…The ‘Franchise’ along with Jose Reyes for the Mets….]

They started off like garbage…..

But have won 8 of their last 9 games….

Including yesterdays double-header against Joe Torre’s Dodgers ( A former Met coach )….. in the cool spring weather….

Now if they can stay health after the ALL-Star game……

David Wright and Jason Bay had hoped for more April moments like this. For Bay, it was a long-awaited home run, the ball clearing the fence, a standing ovation, and teammates surrounding him in the dugout. Wright yearned to drive in more runs, and probably – though he would never say it – .silence the booing at Citi Field.

The Mets somehow managed to stay relevant for nearly a month with minimal contributions from the middle of their lineup. With the team now, shockingly, in first place after Philadelphia‘s loss in San Francisco Tuesday night, its missing stars arrived at the party – and rookie Ike Davis remained a central part of it.

Bay’s first home run as a Met keyed a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles in the first game of a doubleheader, and Wright’s run-scoring single broke a tie in the fifth inning of a 10-5 Game 2 win. Davis followed that with a two-run double.

Wright’s hit made him the eighth Met to achieve 1,000 hits for the team, but he was not finished; a three-run triple in the sixth turned a modest lead into a romp. It also led the Mets to their sixth consecutive victory, and lifted them to 8-1 on the home stand. Now, with a suddenly buzz-worthy series looming this weekend in Philadelphia, the Mets sluggers are beginning to emerge.

“I’m just glad I could finally contribute to a win,” Wright said.
More……

Note….Did the Yankee’s drop a bit?

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Daniel….. Georgia Governor: Former Governor Roy Barnes (D-GA) in a TOSS-UP Race against Oxendine, Handel; Surprisingly former U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) leads Barnes by 7 Points …..

Hello Folks!

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D-GA) is in a competitive TOSS-UP Race against State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R-GA) and former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R-GA) according to a new Survey in the Peach State. However (and this is surprising) former U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) who resigned in Mid-March to run full time for Governor leads Barnes by 7 Points.

Rasmussen Reports Survey

Georgia Governor 2010

[ Barnes and Deal ]

Former U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R)  46 %
Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  39 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  8 %

State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R)  45 %
Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  43 %
Others  6 %
Undecided  6 %

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R)  42 %
Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  41 %
Others  7 %
Undecided  10 %

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (D)  42 %
State Senate President Eric Johnson (R)  37 %
Others  8 %
Undecided  13 %

Former U. S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R)  47 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  31 %
Others  9 %
Undecided  13 %

State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R)  44 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  34 %
Others  9 %
Undecided  13 %

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R)  44 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  36 %
Others  5 %
Undecided  15 %

State Senate President Eric Johnson (R)  38 %
State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D)  35 %
Others  9 %
Undecided  18 %

Major Candidates Campaign Websites:

http://www.nathandeal.org/
http://www.johnoxendine.com/
http://www.harenhandel.com
http://www.johnsonforgeorgians.com/
http://www.roy2010.com/
http://www.thurbertbaker.com/

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  41 %
Disapprove  57 %

Governor Sonny Perdue (R)

Approve  55 %
Disapprove  44 %

Analysis:

I’m not entirely surprised about these Results.

Barnes is a former Governor in this State and has very strong Name ID.
Barnes could win this under the right circumstances EVEN in a bad Democratic Year.

Daniel G.

Well, Well, Well….. Daniel……..

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments