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Go see Iron Man II!

My wife and I just came from watching Iron Man II at the movies……

Go watch the MOVIE folks!

Maybe you’ll even clap and shout out (  The whole Damn place was also ) like I did during certain parts of the movie……

We think it was actually BETTER than the orignal…..

And wait for the credits to finish……..


There’s another scene……Iron Man 2 wallpaper Wallpapers

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Happy Mother's Day…….

Mother's Day

The Dog wishes to say Happy Mother’s Day to my Wife……

My Mother…..

My Sister….

And to all the other fine women out there who have brought fine children into the world……

We may not say it…but we know that all of you women have done a great job!

And we all thank you for that thankless job …Well Done!


May 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | | 11 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day…….

Mother's Day

The Dog wishes to say Happy Mother’s Day to my Wife……

My Mother…..

My Sister….

And to all the other fine women out there who have brought fine children into the world……

We may not say it…but we know that all of you women have done a great job!

And we all thank you for that thankless job …Well Done!


May 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | | 11 Comments

The Goethe-Institut Washington…….A global German cultural institute

From time to time the Dog gets people interested in getting exposure to their organization….

The Dog will share that basic information with the Dog pound…….

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Education, Entertainment, Government, Media, Other Things, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Last Thursday's stock fall could have been the 'Machines'…….

See what happens when you take humans out of the equation?

Computers….The ‘Machines’ just do their thing…..

Traders parsing the mystery of Thursday’s stomach-churning stock-market plunge are focusing on whether rapid-fire computer trading, coupled with the market’s complex trading systems, triggered a free fall that appears to have begun with an order to sell a single stock.

A big order to sell Procter & Gamble Co. shares came a little after 2:40 p.m., when the stock market was already jittery over turmoil in Greece. Minutes later, the market plunged, ultimately declining nearly 1000 points before rebounding rapidly.

The sell order was sent to the New York Stock Exchange, where it caused a log-jam in trading. Suddenly, P&G shares, among the market’s most stable, fell about 35%.

It’s not clear precisely how the P&G trade affected other securities. But the tumbling blue-chip stock helped drag down the Dow Jones index. Traders believe the big drop in P&G was picked up by computer models, which set off a chain reaction of selling in other stocks.

The violent fall has prompted an examination of the limitations of existing market “circuit breakers” and exposed weaknesses brought about by the changes in the character of modern stock markets, where most trading takes place at high speed between computers, rather than directly between human brokers.

At a minimum, traders said, the selloff shows that regulatory oversight of stock trading has not kept up with the changing nature of trading.

“There’s no mechanism in the current system to stop an error from crushing a stock,” said Dan Mathisson, head of electronic trading at Credit Suisse. “The regulators will need to explore restricting the use of market orders, or adding some type of circuit breakers.”

Human ones, guys…

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , | 4 Comments

Last Thursday’s stock fall could have been the ‘Machines’…….

See what happens when you take humans out of the equation?

Computers….The ‘Machines’ just do their thing…..

Traders parsing the mystery of Thursday’s stomach-churning stock-market plunge are focusing on whether rapid-fire computer trading, coupled with the market’s complex trading systems, triggered a free fall that appears to have begun with an order to sell a single stock.

A big order to sell Procter & Gamble Co. shares came a little after 2:40 p.m., when the stock market was already jittery over turmoil in Greece. Minutes later, the market plunged, ultimately declining nearly 1000 points before rebounding rapidly.

The sell order was sent to the New York Stock Exchange, where it caused a log-jam in trading. Suddenly, P&G shares, among the market’s most stable, fell about 35%.

It’s not clear precisely how the P&G trade affected other securities. But the tumbling blue-chip stock helped drag down the Dow Jones index. Traders believe the big drop in P&G was picked up by computer models, which set off a chain reaction of selling in other stocks.

The violent fall has prompted an examination of the limitations of existing market “circuit breakers” and exposed weaknesses brought about by the changes in the character of modern stock markets, where most trading takes place at high speed between computers, rather than directly between human brokers.

At a minimum, traders said, the selloff shows that regulatory oversight of stock trading has not kept up with the changing nature of trading.

“There’s no mechanism in the current system to stop an error from crushing a stock,” said Dan Mathisson, head of electronic trading at Credit Suisse. “The regulators will need to explore restricting the use of market orders, or adding some type of circuit breakers.”

Human ones, guys…

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , | 4 Comments

Republican House memebers are warned to tone it down……

Illustration by Matt Wuerker

Some of them think that they will win 40, 50 or even 60 seats….

I read some people mention 100!

The Dog thinks no more that 30…….

But quietly ….House GOP member’s are being told to slow down the talk about such high numbers……

all the talk of “Speaker Boehner” and winning 40, 50 or even 60 House seats has many GOP rank and file wishing their leaders would tone it down a bit.

“I agree [that Republicans could win the House], but I don’t know I’d say that,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). “I don’t think you say that publicly.”

Republicans can’t get “fat, sassy and cocky,” warned a junior House Republican, who cautioned party leaders and his colleagues against assuming a huge victory just because pundits and the polls are on their side six months before the elections.

“My message every time I travel around the country is, it’s halftime in the locker room. We’re ahead on the scoreboard, but there’s a lot of time left on the clock,” said Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference.

But it may be hard to tamp down the irrational exuberance of Republican leaders in coming weeks. The GOP could pick up two symbolically important seats in upcoming special elections — a traditionally Democratic district in Hawaii and the late John Murtha’s seat in Pennsylvania, lowering the number of seats needed to claim majority control from 41 to 39.

“I don’t think you want to count your chickens before they hatch, but having seen numbers from around the country, there’s good reason for substantial optimism,” said Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio).
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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

Sarah Palin……on Carly Fiorina……

From MyDD……

Palin writes this on Facebook……

The title of her comment was….”Lets shake up California…..”

I’d like to tell you about a Commonsense Conservative running for office in California this year. She grew up in a modest home with a school teacher dad, worked her way through several colleges, and then entered an arena where few women had tread. Through a combination of hard work, perseverance, and common sense, she proved the naysayers wrong to reach the top of her field, where she led with distinction – facing hard truths, making tough decisions, and showing real leadership through a rocky transition period. Where others had failed, her company had weathered the storm and settled on a stronger new foundation.

Her name is Carly Fiorina, and I’m proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.

Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country could sure use in these trying times. Most importantly, she’s running for the right reasons. She has an understanding that is sorely lacking in D.C. She’s not a career politician. She’s a businesswoman who has run a major corporation. She knows how to really incentivize (sic) job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience. She knows that when government grows, the private sector shrinks under the burden of debt and deficits. We can trust Carly to do the right thing for America’s economy and to make the principled decisions she has throughout her professional career……

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

Both political parties work together to get the Wall Street Reform Bill done…..

The Dog reported that both parties would get along to get a bill done….

This issue is just too good for every congressmen to keep fighting each other…

Of course the market drop……and the mystery of the bogus trade info makes it even more important politically…

For Congress to appear to be spanking Wall Street and the Big Financial institutions…..

Almost as the founders planned it, senators are considering amendments to a massive financial regulatory bill without any of the usual procedural obstructions that eat up time and force 60-vote thresholds before anything can happen. Democrats are co-sponsoring Republican amendments and vice versa, and some measures are winning unanimous or near-unanimous majorities.

Lawmakers in both parties have embraced the freewheeling environment as a break from the bitter partisanship that marred the health-care debate. That acrimony still lingers over the Senate. Bipartisan talks on immigration and climate change collapsed last week, and Republicans are refusing to release “holds” on scores of executive branch nominees.

But the seamless Republican opposition that had been the hallmark of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s tenure has frayed in recent weeks. GOP senators are forging alliances with Democrats and voting against measures offered by fellow Republicans. They are trying to reshape a bill they don’t like the old-fashioned way — in an open process on the Senate floor.

“It is my hope that this bill will not only produce a good product at the end but also have the healing quality that this institution needs,” Senate banking committee ChairmanChristopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) said this week. “We’ve been through a lot this Congress, and we need to get back to acting like colleagues.”

There are no signs that Republicans have lost confidence in McConnell, acknowledged as a savvy inside operator even by his Democratic opponents. But the shift does signal that the just-say-no approach he employed until recently has its limits, particularly in an election year when voters are angry at both parties and appear to be gravitating to outsiders.

How long this reasonable phase will last is an open question. Republicans are predicting smooth passage for President Obama‘s Supreme Court pick. A food-safety bill headed to the Senate floor later this month has picked up GOP co-sponsors. Senate Republican leadership aides said upcoming debates over unemployment and war funding could prove anticlimactic, provided Democrats refrain from attaching unrelated provisions.

Or the goodwill could vanish quickly…….

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

ALL of the GOP contenders for the California Senate seat aim at Boxer..not each other….

GOP Senate primary

[ Tom Campbell, left, and Carly Fiorina, with Chuck Devore, have been overshadowed by Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman in governor’s race ]

California Senator Barbara Boxer is not one of my favorite persons….

I don’t know her….. really…..

Never met her…

But I can’t get past a scene that played out last year in which she dressed down a US Army General for not addressing her

the way she wanted to be addressed…..

…….’ Senator  Boxer…..Sir!….’

The Democrats really can’t afford to lose the seat……

But I wouldn’t mind seeing she go back to private life……

The leading Republicans competing for their party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate moved into the final phase of their campaign Friday, largely seeking to ignore each other and focus, instead, on the incumbent they hope to unseat, Democrat Barbara Boxer.

The most recent polls have shown two of the candidates, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell, locked in a tight race for the June 8 primary, with Orange County Assemblyman Chuck DeVore trailing in a distant third.

That dynamic ordinarily might lead the two top contenders to spend the remaining 3½ weeks shredding one another’s records. But, instead, as the three finished their last debate of the campaign Thursday night in Los Angeles, Fiorina launched two new television spots that made no mention of her GOP opponents. Instead, they cast her as a “battle-tested conservative Republican” who would hold Boxer accountable for a “huge expansion of federal government.”

Campbell has his own spot that features unflattering footage of Boxer waving papers in the air and accuses her of profligate spending, arrogance and isolation from average Americans.

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 3 Comments