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DSD…Election results for Scotland…….

Results in Scotland after 54 out of 59 declarations:

39 Labour
_8 Liberal Democratic
_6 Scottish National Party
_1 Conservative

No net change so far for any party in number of seats held.

Tiny swing to 0.2% to Labour from the SNP, who are the governing party in the Scottish Executive and Parliament in Holyrood (Edinburgh).

For Scottish updates and details, see

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/election2010/results/region/7.stm

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 5 Comments

DSD…..Election results for Wales……

Final seats in Wales (40 out of 40):

26 (–4) Labour
_8 (+5) Conservative
_3 (–1) Liberal Dem.
_3 (+1) Plaid Cymru (Welsh Party)
_0 (–1) others (I don’t know which label)

Labour to Conservative swing since 2005: 5.6%

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

Adopting a child of a different race than you?

Post image for Sandra Bullock Adoption Graces People Magazine Cover

Everyone has seen the People Magazine cover with Sandra Bullock’s new little adopted son

When my youngest son sat down at the kitchen table last week he made the comment that maybe it wasn’t so good that Bullock’s daughter would be different color than her …

My wife and I both jumped on him….

As long she loved the child…who cared?

(CNN) — “White people adopt black kids to make themselves feel good… A black child needs black parents to raise it.” “Maybe she adopted one because the blacks in the community wouldn’t step forward and adopt?” “What’s the big deal? If no white person ever adopted a black child, they’d be saying why don’t white people adopt black children.” “Who cares what race they are? A woman got a child, a child got a mother…it’s BEAUTIFUL!!! And yes I am black…if it matters.”

These impassioned comments and thousands more poured in earlier this week when CNN published a story on the stirred-up debate surrounding Sandra Bullock’s recent adoption. A People magazine cover photo of the actress beaming at her newly adopted black infant son, and the discussions that have followed, clearly hit a nerve.

So when it comes to transracial adoptions in this country, where are we?

Forty percent of children adopted domestically and internationally by Americans are a different race or culture from their adoptive parents, according to a 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents, the most recent study of its kind conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Legislation passed by Congress in 1994 and 1996 prohibits agencies getting federal help from discriminating against would-be parents based on race or national origin.

How adoptive parents have approached transracial adoptions has changed with time, says Chuck Johnson, acting chief executive of the National Council for Adoption.

“In the old days, meaning the ’70s and ’80s, there was this notion that these parents need to be colorblind. This sounds wonderful, but by being colorblind you’re denying they’re of a different race and culture,” Johnson says. “Families that are successful are those that acknowledge race. … It’s not a curse. It’s not an impossible feat. They just need to work harder to give a child a sense of self-identity.”

More……..

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Home, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

Pataki tells Republican Governors Association…..'Lazio can't win'

Whew!……

I told ya things where going to get hot for the New York State race for Governor on the GOP side….

Pataki throws his party’s nominee …so far…Rick Lazio…..under the bus…..

Steve Levy is working hard to line up support from the party since coming over from the Democratic party a few months ago….

Right now it’s also the battle of the press releases…..

Stay tuned…..

[ Lazio and Levy ]


Per Haberman, another RGA-related dispatch from the Empire State:

A source reports that in a chat this week with RGA head Haley Barbour, former Gov. George Pataki expressed lukewarm sentiments about his preferred gubernatorial candidate, Rick Lazio, who’s battling an attempt by Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy to get on the primary ballot.

The source said the former New York governor, who served three terms through 2006, told Barbour he knows Lazio can’t win, but that he’ll be a “party uniter” as a candidate – an apparent distinction made with Levy, who has set the party at odds with itself.
Pataki’s spokesman denied the comments.

“Governor Pataki has been unequivocal in his private and public conversations that Rick Lazio can win,” said Pataki spokesman Dave Catalfamo.. “Further, he knows the only way Republicans can win in November is to unite the Conservative and Republican lines and the only candidate who can do that is Rick Lazio.”

Pataki helped recruit Lazio to run for Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000, and was an early endorser of Lazio this time. Many former Pataki-ites are on Team Lazio.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Pataki tells Republican Governors Association…..’Lazio can’t win’

Whew!……

I told ya things where going to get hot for the New York State race for Governor on the GOP side….

Pataki throws his party’s nominee …so far…Rick Lazio…..under the bus…..

Steve Levy is working hard to line up support from the party since coming over from the Democratic party a few months ago….

Right now it’s also the battle of the press releases…..

Stay tuned…..

[ Lazio and Levy ]


Per Haberman, another RGA-related dispatch from the Empire State:

A source reports that in a chat this week with RGA head Haley Barbour, former Gov. George Pataki expressed lukewarm sentiments about his preferred gubernatorial candidate, Rick Lazio, who’s battling an attempt by Democrat-turned-Republican Steve Levy to get on the primary ballot.

The source said the former New York governor, who served three terms through 2006, told Barbour he knows Lazio can’t win, but that he’ll be a “party uniter” as a candidate – an apparent distinction made with Levy, who has set the party at odds with itself.
Pataki’s spokesman denied the comments.

“Governor Pataki has been unequivocal in his private and public conversations that Rick Lazio can win,” said Pataki spokesman Dave Catalfamo.. “Further, he knows the only way Republicans can win in November is to unite the Conservative and Republican lines and the only candidate who can do that is Rick Lazio.”

Pataki helped recruit Lazio to run for Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000, and was an early endorser of Lazio this time. Many former Pataki-ites are on Team Lazio.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 3 Comments

Except for The Super- Bowl…..New Orleans can't catch a break…..

Not even a New Mayor has helped……

Katrina…..

Mass exodus of people….

Flooding….

Craziness….

Now this?

[ Shannon Powell, a percussionist, prays for New Orleans, performs his gigs and expresses a frustration that other New Orleans residents feel. “It was a good winter, with the Saints and the rebuilding and the new mayor,” Mr. Powell said. “First time I felt that way since Katrina, for sure.” ]


New Orleans, with an economy based on tourism and seafood, and dependent on fragile coastal wetlands for hurricane protection, has watched in horror as the oil, orange as rust, has snaked toward the coast — more slowly than at first expected, but in quantities much larger than originally estimated. On Thursday the Coast Guard confirmed that oil had hit the Chandeleur Islands miles off Louisiana’s southeast tip.

“It’s hard to wrap your head around it,” said Geoff Douville, a video production manager and bar owner who lives in Mid-City. “Does anybody have any idea what’s going to be the ultimate result of this?”

The timing is a devastating blow to the city’s psyche. Since the Saints won the Super Bowl upon the backdrop of Mardi Gras, followed by the landslide election of a popular new mayor, Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans had been, by all accounts, getting its groove back. Five years removed from Hurricane Katrina, the tangible signs of a real recovery are everywhere: in rebuilt homes and refurbished parks, in old restaurants come back to life and in new businesses thriving. With hurricane season still weeks away, people were feeling optimistic for the first time in a long time.

“It was a good winter, with the Saints and the rebuilding and the new mayor,” Mr. Powell said. “First time I felt that way since Katrina, for sure.”

The echoes of the hurricane are everywhere now: from the map of the gulf showing something ominous moving closer, to the anxiety in the nervous waiting. Another man-made disaster, people say, akin to the levee failures. Residents also complain about a lack of good information, and about how the reports from the gulf keep changing: one day things look better, the next day, the situation looks worse.

The local news media’s attention has been split by Mr. Landrieu’s inauguration on Monday, business developments within the city’s N.B.A. franchise, the Hornets, and the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, which ended last weekend after 10 days of celebrating music and food.

In the time of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanians felt frustrated by a lack of trustworthy information about what was happening to the city while they were evacuated out of it. These days, in a reversal, people in the city are relying on people outside it — friends and family who work in the oil and gas or fishing industries, particularly people who live and work near the coast.

“The best and most reliable information is coming from the ground up, just like in Katrina,” Mr. Douville said.

More……..

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Home, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Except for The Super- Bowl…..New Orleans can’t catch a break…..

Not even a New Mayor has helped……

Katrina…..

Mass exodus of people….

Flooding….

Craziness….

Now this?

[ Shannon Powell, a percussionist, prays for New Orleans, performs his gigs and expresses a frustration that other New Orleans residents feel. “It was a good winter, with the Saints and the rebuilding and the new mayor,” Mr. Powell said. “First time I felt that way since Katrina, for sure.” ]


New Orleans, with an economy based on tourism and seafood, and dependent on fragile coastal wetlands for hurricane protection, has watched in horror as the oil, orange as rust, has snaked toward the coast — more slowly than at first expected, but in quantities much larger than originally estimated. On Thursday the Coast Guard confirmed that oil had hit the Chandeleur Islands miles off Louisiana’s southeast tip.

“It’s hard to wrap your head around it,” said Geoff Douville, a video production manager and bar owner who lives in Mid-City. “Does anybody have any idea what’s going to be the ultimate result of this?”

The timing is a devastating blow to the city’s psyche. Since the Saints won the Super Bowl upon the backdrop of Mardi Gras, followed by the landslide election of a popular new mayor, Mitchell J. Landrieu, New Orleans had been, by all accounts, getting its groove back. Five years removed from Hurricane Katrina, the tangible signs of a real recovery are everywhere: in rebuilt homes and refurbished parks, in old restaurants come back to life and in new businesses thriving. With hurricane season still weeks away, people were feeling optimistic for the first time in a long time.

“It was a good winter, with the Saints and the rebuilding and the new mayor,” Mr. Powell said. “First time I felt that way since Katrina, for sure.”

The echoes of the hurricane are everywhere now: from the map of the gulf showing something ominous moving closer, to the anxiety in the nervous waiting. Another man-made disaster, people say, akin to the levee failures. Residents also complain about a lack of good information, and about how the reports from the gulf keep changing: one day things look better, the next day, the situation looks worse.

The local news media’s attention has been split by Mr. Landrieu’s inauguration on Monday, business developments within the city’s N.B.A. franchise, the Hornets, and the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, which ended last weekend after 10 days of celebrating music and food.

In the time of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleanians felt frustrated by a lack of trustworthy information about what was happening to the city while they were evacuated out of it. These days, in a reversal, people in the city are relying on people outside it — friends and family who work in the oil and gas or fishing industries, particularly people who live and work near the coast.

“The best and most reliable information is coming from the ground up, just like in Katrina,” Mr. Douville said.

More……..

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Home, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Today's stock drop was partially triggered by a technical mistake…Not the market…..

A trader talks on his mobile phone outside the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

[ A trader works the phone OUTSIDE the Market  ]

Sometimes a mistake is magnified by a little panic….

This time the situation in Greece  was the underlining one….

But a mistake that showed the market that several stocks where down to pennies added to the selling dive that caused the market to halt trading…..

The market ended up only down 300 points instead of the 1,000 points it was for a while during the day…..

From the New York Times…..

The height of panic on Thursday was reached shortly after lunchtime in the United States. First some currencies began to fall rapidly, with the euro suffering especially against the Japanese yen.

That could have been an indication that some large traders were unwinding positions. It has been popular to borrow yen at low interest rates and then use the money to speculate in higher yielding assets denominated in other currencies. Anyone unwinding such a trade would buy yen to repay the loan.

Then, within a few minutes, the United States stock market appeared to be collapsing. Some of the decline was real, but another part of it was simply trading gone awry.

Temporary plunges in the price of Procter & Gamble and 3M, the former Minnesota Mining, cost the Dow about 300 points, and appeared to be the result of errors, not intentional sell orders. Similarly, Accenture, a large consulting firm, fell from more than $40 a share to one penny.

From the Wall Street Journal.….

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said they were working with other regulators to review “unusual trading activity.” The major U.S. stock exchanges said they were looking for trading glitches and examining potentially erroneous trades in multiple stocks. Major exchanges said they will cancel erroneous trades that occurred during the selloff.

Multiple stocks, ranging from Accenture PLC to Boston Beer Co., momentarily lost nearly 100% of their value, changing hands for just one penny. Exchange-traded funds, which are index funds that trade like stocks on exchanges, were also temporarily vaporized. The $9.5 billion iShares Russell 1000 Value Index Fund went from $59 to around 8 cents in the blink of an eye.

“It happened so quickly, it was like a torpedo,” said Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3 Capital Management, a hedge fund. “It was mayhem.”

Unnerved traders frantically searched for an explanation, scouring the trade blotters for clues to the cause. Many pinned the blame on an erroneous trade for a basket of stocks which caused shares for companies such as Procter & Gamble Co., one of the market’s most stable blue-chip stocks, to fall 35% in two minutes.

The market was already down some 500 points when the selloff began. Televisions showed images of standoffs between Greek police and protesters, and the European Central Bank declined to step up its effort to stabilize government debt markets.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Government, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Today’s stock drop was partially triggered by a technical mistake…Not the market…..

A trader talks on his mobile phone outside the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

[ A trader works the phone OUTSIDE the Market  ]

Sometimes a mistake is magnified by a little panic….

This time the situation in Greece  was the underlining one….

But a mistake that showed the market that several stocks where down to pennies added to the selling dive that caused the market to halt trading…..

The market ended up only down 300 points instead of the 1,000 points it was for a while during the day…..

From the New York Times…..

The height of panic on Thursday was reached shortly after lunchtime in the United States. First some currencies began to fall rapidly, with the euro suffering especially against the Japanese yen.

That could have been an indication that some large traders were unwinding positions. It has been popular to borrow yen at low interest rates and then use the money to speculate in higher yielding assets denominated in other currencies. Anyone unwinding such a trade would buy yen to repay the loan.

Then, within a few minutes, the United States stock market appeared to be collapsing. Some of the decline was real, but another part of it was simply trading gone awry.

Temporary plunges in the price of Procter & Gamble and 3M, the former Minnesota Mining, cost the Dow about 300 points, and appeared to be the result of errors, not intentional sell orders. Similarly, Accenture, a large consulting firm, fell from more than $40 a share to one penny.

From the Wall Street Journal.….

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said they were working with other regulators to review “unusual trading activity.” The major U.S. stock exchanges said they were looking for trading glitches and examining potentially erroneous trades in multiple stocks. Major exchanges said they will cancel erroneous trades that occurred during the selloff.

Multiple stocks, ranging from Accenture PLC to Boston Beer Co., momentarily lost nearly 100% of their value, changing hands for just one penny. Exchange-traded funds, which are index funds that trade like stocks on exchanges, were also temporarily vaporized. The $9.5 billion iShares Russell 1000 Value Index Fund went from $59 to around 8 cents in the blink of an eye.

“It happened so quickly, it was like a torpedo,” said Scott Redler, chief strategic officer at T3 Capital Management, a hedge fund. “It was mayhem.”

Unnerved traders frantically searched for an explanation, scouring the trade blotters for clues to the cause. Many pinned the blame on an erroneous trade for a basket of stocks which caused shares for companies such as Procter & Gamble Co., one of the market’s most stable blue-chip stocks, to fall 35% in two minutes.

The market was already down some 500 points when the selloff began. Televisions showed images of standoffs between Greek police and protesters, and the European Central Bank declined to step up its effort to stabilize government debt markets.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Government, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

U4D Giveaway + Music……@ Up 4 Discussion…..

From JSin.…..

It’s official!

We have decided to do a summer giveaway.  Please visit the U4D Giveaway page for details.

By the way, the newest discussion is underway and will be posted no later than Saturday.

Thank you for your continued support!

Since we didn’t do a Mood Music Monday this week I have a special treat for all of you.

Check it out!

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Music, Other Things, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , | 1 Comment