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Aaron Kelly sent home from the 'American Idol'……..

Aaron Kelly on "American Idol" Wednesday

My wife watched the show at my son’s place….

When she came in…..

Her comment was…

‘Nice kid…..

But he needed to go’……..

Still, despite coming so close to winning it all, Kelly was all smiles when host Ryan Seacrest told him his time was up, saying, “I’ve had a great time; I’ve had a blast,” before taking one more run at “Moon” (and, to be honest, this version was much better than Tuesday night’s).

And while Kelly’s exit wasn’t exactly shocking, it was who joined him in the bottom two that raised more than a few eyebrows: Michael Lynche, the big-bodied crooner who won praise for his jazzy version of “The Way You Look Tonight,” a performance Cowell and fellow judge Ellen DeGeneres particularly liked.

In the end, Lynche survived, and joined Lee Dewyze — a lock to advance after his swinging, swaggering take on “That’s Life” — Crystal Bowersox and, somewhat surprisingly, Casey James, in the top four.

James had been most “Idol” experts’ pick to get the boot on Wednesday, following an awkward version of “Blue Skies.” And yet, he avoided elimination yet again (maybe it had something to do with his scruffy, sorta-beard).

Earlier in the show, Lady Gaga — who wore black (lace) in keeping with the classy, Sinatra vibe of the show — strutted through a performance of her current single “Alejandro,”

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments

Aaron Kelly sent home from the ‘American Idol’……..

Aaron Kelly on "American Idol" Wednesday

My wife watched the show at my son’s place….

When she came in…..

Her comment was…

‘Nice kid…..

But he needed to go’……..

Still, despite coming so close to winning it all, Kelly was all smiles when host Ryan Seacrest told him his time was up, saying, “I’ve had a great time; I’ve had a blast,” before taking one more run at “Moon” (and, to be honest, this version was much better than Tuesday night’s).

And while Kelly’s exit wasn’t exactly shocking, it was who joined him in the bottom two that raised more than a few eyebrows: Michael Lynche, the big-bodied crooner who won praise for his jazzy version of “The Way You Look Tonight,” a performance Cowell and fellow judge Ellen DeGeneres particularly liked.

In the end, Lynche survived, and joined Lee Dewyze — a lock to advance after his swinging, swaggering take on “That’s Life” — Crystal Bowersox and, somewhat surprisingly, Casey James, in the top four.

James had been most “Idol” experts’ pick to get the boot on Wednesday, following an awkward version of “Blue Skies.” And yet, he avoided elimination yet again (maybe it had something to do with his scruffy, sorta-beard).

Earlier in the show, Lady Gaga — who wore black (lace) in keeping with the classy, Sinatra vibe of the show — strutted through a performance of her current single “Alejandro,”

More……..

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 5 Comments

Nassau County DA Rice runs for AG….and may have trouble with the left side of the Democratic Party….

The Dog came upon this today in the Albany Project Blog….

That Blog came down hard on Harold Ford Jr.’s attempt to enter the race against Kirsten Gillibrand……

NY-AG: Why is RWDSU Endorsing Kathleen Rice?

by: BingChester

Tue May 04, 2010 at 13:10:13 PM EDT

I’m not sure I really understand this move by the progressive union RWDSU.  After endorsing a respectable slate of progressive challengers in all sorts of races, they’ve decided to endorse Republican-turned-Demnocrat “law and order” candidate Kathleen Rice for Attorney General.

Stu Applebaum, the president of the RWDSU, is set to endorse Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice — an interesting endorsement because Applebaum was an early, vocal supporter of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s bid for governor, and helped push Governor David Paterson to drop his bid for a first full term.Rice’s law enforcement credentials are seen as valuable in a campaign that’s likely to be as much about reforming Albany as about Wall Street.

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Well it’s clearly a mix of gender and region considering that Eric Dinallo has more bona-fide progressive credentials and happens to represent a more suburban/upstate interest.  But how does this make sense when you look at a guy like Eric Schneiderman, who has been one of the most persistent and vocal voices for reform inside the State Senate?  Is the theory here that Schneiderman will be so tainted by the State Senate that he’s a toxic candidate?

The fact is that Kathleen Rice is probably the worst candidate in the Democratic field.  Take a look at her waffling on what should be a homerun subject, the issue of Wal-Mart attempting to locate a store in the five boroughs……….

Apparently she stands with working families!  And living wages!  And working families!

That’s right folks.  Kathleen Rice is going to single-handedly whip Wal-Mart into shape and fix their notorious employment practices.  Forget the fact that there’s a national campaign to do just that over the past few years with few tangible results.  Forget the fact that the power of the Attorney General to actually force Wal-Mart into a variety of voluntary compliance is questionable (and likely more in the hands of City Council and the Mayor).

All of this comes after a lot of talk after the DRC of Jay Jacobs twisting arms to garner up support for Rice from a less than natural constituency.  And Jacobs’ support is seen by some as a proxy for Cuomo himself, who is rumored to support Rice for similar reasons as Stuart Applebaum.  It is extremely disconcerting that in New York State, with a race filled with progressive reformers, there is a push from the top to pick a former Republican focused on things like drunk driving and traffic safety as the Attorney General candidate on the Cuomo ticket.

This is going to be a difficult primary with all sorts of qualified and progressive candidates.  Those of us on this blog will probably have different preferred candidates.  But I think there’s one thing we can all agree on; Anyone But Kathleen Rice.

More……..…..Please read the whole post and the comments…..

Note….It appears that Progressives are waiting for Liz Holzman to jump in……

[ Holtzman ]

Man….. is there going to be a race for this job!


Note.….The Albany Project is a good Blog for New York State goings on……

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Marines battle IED's in Aftganistan…..

They are menace to the troops…

And can inflict a lot of injuries…..

And a psychological toll on troops….

The Army and Marines have spent a lot of time trying to deal with them in Afghanistan….

Here’s a piece on the Marines EOD efforts…..

A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant jumped from a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle last summer to inspect a suspicious clump in the dirt along the side of the highway linking his operating base and the combat outpost the convoy was headed to. He inched his way to the patch of ground with a metal detector. The marine had good reason for caution. Helmand Province is infested with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), found along roadways and footpaths that Marines and Afghan security forces use during dismounted patrols.

To understand how prevalent IEDs have become, one only needed to look at a watch. The 10-mi. drive between posts was taking more than 2 hr.

The sergeant’s countermeasure might not be as useful as expected—camp scuttlebutt after the death of a marine by an IED days earlier claimed the explosive was packed in a rubber cylinder so it could not be detected by metal detectors.

IEDs in Afghanistan have doubled in the last year, USMC Lt. Gen. Michael Oates, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, told Congress on March 17. According to a Defense Department tally, more than 8,000 IED incidents were reported in Afghanistan in 2009, compared with almost 4,000 in 2008.

Insurgents, moreover, are turning to “low- or non-metallic-content, fertilizer-based explosives, which frustrate detection,” Oates said (DTI April, p. 34).

The effects are potent. According to the Brookings Institution, IEDs were responsible for almost half of the 312 U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan in 2009. The average has stayed steady this year, with IEDs claiming 39 of the 79 U.S. troops killed as of late March.

“One of the striking things about Afghanistan is the IED threat is particularly brutal,” says Brookings military analyst Michael O’Hanlon. The labyrinth of dirt roads in southern Afghanistan makes planting bombs easy. The agrarian nature of much of Afghan society means ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which cranks up the potency of IEDs, is readily available despite a ban by the Afghan government.

Recent operations in southern Afghanistan have pushed troops into new territory, and insurgents fight back with IEDs, says Dakota Wood, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments of Washington. The use of plastics or fiberglass components “shows an advance in devices that are less detectable,” he adds, and indicates insurgents are learning and adapting……..

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Marines battle IED’s in Aftganistan…..

They are menace to the troops…

And can inflict a lot of injuries…..

And a psychological toll on troops….

The Army and Marines have spent a lot of time trying to deal with them in Afghanistan….

Here’s a piece on the Marines EOD efforts…..

A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant jumped from a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle last summer to inspect a suspicious clump in the dirt along the side of the highway linking his operating base and the combat outpost the convoy was headed to. He inched his way to the patch of ground with a metal detector. The marine had good reason for caution. Helmand Province is infested with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), found along roadways and footpaths that Marines and Afghan security forces use during dismounted patrols.

To understand how prevalent IEDs have become, one only needed to look at a watch. The 10-mi. drive between posts was taking more than 2 hr.

The sergeant’s countermeasure might not be as useful as expected—camp scuttlebutt after the death of a marine by an IED days earlier claimed the explosive was packed in a rubber cylinder so it could not be detected by metal detectors.

IEDs in Afghanistan have doubled in the last year, USMC Lt. Gen. Michael Oates, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, told Congress on March 17. According to a Defense Department tally, more than 8,000 IED incidents were reported in Afghanistan in 2009, compared with almost 4,000 in 2008.

Insurgents, moreover, are turning to “low- or non-metallic-content, fertilizer-based explosives, which frustrate detection,” Oates said (DTI April, p. 34).

The effects are potent. According to the Brookings Institution, IEDs were responsible for almost half of the 312 U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan in 2009. The average has stayed steady this year, with IEDs claiming 39 of the 79 U.S. troops killed as of late March.

“One of the striking things about Afghanistan is the IED threat is particularly brutal,” says Brookings military analyst Michael O’Hanlon. The labyrinth of dirt roads in southern Afghanistan makes planting bombs easy. The agrarian nature of much of Afghan society means ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which cranks up the potency of IEDs, is readily available despite a ban by the Afghan government.

Recent operations in southern Afghanistan have pushed troops into new territory, and insurgents fight back with IEDs, says Dakota Wood, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments of Washington. The use of plastics or fiberglass components “shows an advance in devices that are less detectable,” he adds, and indicates insurgents are learning and adapting……..

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

SE…..GA-GOV: Woman Admits Affair with McBerry…..

From My Fox Atlanta:

ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) – In her first television interview Tuesday, a 24-year-old woman said as a teenager she had a romantic relationship with Ray McBerry, who is now a Republican candidate for governor. McBerry denied any misconduct with the young woman.

Rachel Gandee’s story first appeared on the internet and in newspaper accounts. Gandee addressed the allegations publicly Tuesday, in an effort she said to put the difficult time behind her.

“I mean, I trusted him so I went to him and he was the youth minister at the time,” Gandee said.

Gandee said her relationship with McBerry took place eight years ago, over a period of several months. At the time, Gandee was 16 years old.

“I guess it was like any relationship when you first start off you know, [kind of] kissing, a little bit of this, a little bit of that. It just [kind of] grew from there to what eventually happens,” Gandee recalled.

Gandee said she and McBerry had sex one time.

Gandee, who is now 24 years old, works in Fayette County as a medical assistant and her husband, Chris, is an emergency medical technician.

“At the time, I was too ashamed and scared and didn’t know what to think to say anything about it,” Gandee said.

Gandee is now speaking publicly about the relationship, just as the race for governor heats up.

McBerry has been running for governor under a conservative states’ rights banner and he has denied any misconduct.

“It’s not true. There was no romantic relationship on my end,” McBerry said. “The charge of any kind of sexual relationship came out of nowhere last week.”

OMG, my head is going to explode due to the sheer sleaziness shown by the sheer sleaziness that is having a sexual relationship with an underage girl. McBerry should be ashamed of himself, and I am re-endorsing John Oxendine for Governor.

Your thoughts.

UPDATE: Here’s McBerry’s e-mail to the GA Young Republicans on his disclusion from the debates:

From: RayMcBerry@aol.com [mailto:RayMcBerry@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 5:03 PM
To: (redacted)
Cc: scheduling@georgiafirst.org; RayMcBerry@aol.com
Subject: Saturday’s Columbia County YR Gubernatorial Debate

Megan,

I have now contacted you twice regarding your violation of the Georgia YR’s rules in not inviting all qualified Republican candidates for the gubernatorial debate in Evans this Saturday. I expressed to you yesterday that I was calling for the purpose of trying to remedy the matter and make sure that you were aware that you are in violation of both the YR and GOP rules and principles; and you acted both unprofessional and discourteous by hanging up on me both times. Your assistant reported to my staff that you were not inviting me because of Ms. Handel’s decision to not appear at your debate if I did so.

Since you have heretofore not contacted my Campaign to let us know that you are extending an invitation to my Campaign to participate, as you are required to do per the Georgia YR constitution cited below, I am sending this email to you to instruct you what you are to do to remedy this problem immediately……….

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 9 Comments

Rangel wants his Ways and Means Chair back…….

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I don’t know?

Is it too late for him?

Too much water under the bridge?

“As soon as the ethics committee completes its work, I will be back sitting in the seat,” Rangel said on Fox Business Network of the chairmanship.

Rangel characterized his decision as one to help Democrats to pass healthcare reform, trying to shield colleagues from having to deal with Republican pressure on him to step down.

The Ethics Committee admonished Rangel for having accepted corporate sponsored trips. The committee is also looking at the veteran lawmaker’s tax and real estate records.

“It’s been 18 long months. One thing is clear, there is no charges there by anybody,” Rangel said of the charges, adding that he’s actively been working with the committee.

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) has been acting as chairman of the tax-writing committee in Rangel’s absence, having leapfrogged Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), who had been next in line for the chairmanship.

Republicans, Rangel said, have been far from helpful.

“Many of my Republican colleagues say they wish they could be more helpful but have been forced by the Republican leadership not to be friendly,”….

Charlie I won’t trust the Repbulican whaen the bus stops…..

You could be throw under it……Again…..

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The 1st Battalion……..101st Airborne Division is deploying to Kandahar…..

They have been in every war the United States has fought since World War II…..

It was first activated in 1921…….

They are the ‘Screaming Eagles’…..

And they can hold their own….

The are on their way to Kandahar, Afghanistan to start the push for the that area..

…….the second largest city in that country and the heart of the Taliban insurgency……

Hundreds of soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team—a unit that parachuted into Normandy on D-Day—are en route to bases just north of Kandahar, the Taliban’s home.

The rest of the brigade’s roughly 3,200 soldiers will deploy in waves over the summer, suggesting that a large-scale offensive once thought to kick off this month won’t start until June at the earliest.

U.S. military commanders say they want thousands of Afghan soldiers to join the push, but the Afghan brigade that has been earmarked for Kandahar is still being trained and equipped, contributing to the delay.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top allied commander in Afghanistan, has said protecting the residents of Kandahar is the coalition’s top battlefield priority this year.

Kandahar is Southern Afghanistan’s most populous city and was the Taliban’s seat of power until it was displaced from the country by the U.S. in 2001. In recent years, the armed group’s fighters infiltrated the city, and set up networks of shadow courts and local-government institutions.

U.S. commanders see the coming offensive as a chance to test their new strategy for the war, which calls for protecting the Afghan people from Taliban intimidation, in an effort to diminish popular support for the group.

Current plans call for U.S. and Afghan troops to work on flushing Taliban fighters from villages and towns surrounding Kandahar and gaining control of the main routes in and out of the city.

Most Western forces will be housed in bases on the city’s outskirts, according to officers familiar with the planning. But U.S. forces also plan to build small outposts in many of Kandahar’s neighborhoods—a tactic first used in Iraq.

“The plan is to live in the population centers in each district,” said Col. Arthur Kandarian, the brigade commander. “It’s not a bumper sticker. The mission is to secure the people of Kandahar.”………

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Drake “Thank You Later” Album ……….

Drake’s debut disc Thank Me Later has been pushed back again.

Dude’s going to have gray hair by the time he gets around to releasing this album! The original release date was May 25, but now Universal Motown has confirmed that the disc will be instead drop on June 15, giving Drake more time to put “finishing touches” on the project.

For all the time this LP is taking to get out, it better be epic!

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The Album Cover……

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

From BDog……The upcoming Superhero movies/Sci-fi list is just craziness………

Who said the Movie Theatres where going to go out of business?

Not with all of this fine stuff coming at us!……

I’m waiting for the Avengers, Star Trek, Thor, Captain America and Transformers……

Whew…..and I’m going to see Iron Man this weekend…….

The Dog

BDog sends us this piece he found out there surfing the net’……..

It was announced last week that Warner Bros. Pictures had signed a new deal with IMAX to release 20 upcoming films over the next three years in the giant-sized format. That’s big news on its own, but that wasn’t the real bombshell: included on the lists of titles was “Batman 3,” with a release date set for July 20, 2012.

Christopher Nolan, director of “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” stated this past March that he was planning to finish his Bat-trilogy with a final movie. But this is the first time a release date has been established. After the last movie brought in just over $1 billion worldwide, anticipation for another movie has been sky high. Still, there are some other giant movies coming in the summer of 2012 to be plenty excited about as well.

More Comic Book Action
The summer ’12 movie season will kick off with “The Avengers,” the movie that will bring together Marvel Comics’ biggest heroes. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk will team up in a massive movie opening the first weekend of May. Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson are definitely on board for the flick, which will reportedly be directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon.

If that’s not enough comic book action for you, the Fourth of July weekend will bring Spider-Man back to the big screen. Directed by the appropriately named Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer“), the movie will be a franchise restart, sending Peter Parker back to high school. No casting announcements have been made for that movie yet, but it will be in 3D.

Of course, there will be sequels that summer, and leading the pack will be the next installment of “Star Trek.” With J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot having earned 2 1/2 times more money than any previous “Trek” movie, it was inevitable that his young Enterprise crew would return for another mission. Abrams hasn’t committed to directing yet, but the script is currently being written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who wrote the first movie — and “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof.

Next Year’s Blockbusters
None of this is to say that the summer of 2011 won’t have giant movies as well. It was just announced that the prequel “X-Men: First Class” will bring Marvel’s mutants back to theaters. Thor and Captain America will get their own solo movies before joining “The Avengers.” Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” A third “Transformers” movie is planned for the July 4th holiday. Animation can’t avoid sequels either, with Pixar’s “Cars” and DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” getting second movies. And the last half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will mark the boy wizard’s final big-screen adventure.

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | BDog @ PolitcalDog 101, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments