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iPad stories…….

I found this post at theAtalantic about the iPad and netbooks…..

The author of the piece gets beat-up in the comments……

Netbook sale growth has plunged in the months after the the iPad hit stores. Why?

The Apple iPad is the quintessential entertainment slab, a computer made of screen that makes the perfect travel companion and Internet browser — but only for one app at a time. The netbook is basically a small computer. It runs Microsoft Office. It multitasks between Word and the Internet and a music player and Twitter applications. My Acer has an eleven-inch screen (the bigger brother of the netbook family), a nearly normal-sized keyboard, and a battery life around 7 hours. It’s everything I need.

The netbook is a work machine on which you can procrastinate. The iPad is a procrastination machine on which you can work, especially if work mostly involves catching up on email.

That’s why it seemed unlikely that the iPad would actually “kill” the netbook a few months ago. They’re for different audiences. I need something small to access the Internet and put together documents. I’m a netbook. My friend leaves work and wants to relax with a flat-screen that lets him check email between catching up with his favorite shows on Hulu. He’s an iPad. The Venn diagrams overlap, naturally, but one shouldn’t eclipse the other (not yet, at least).

As Dan Indiviglio wrote, the slowdown in netbook sales earlier this year might have been buyer fatigue. In the first three months of 2009, netbook sales grew by almost 900%. You can’t keep up 900% growth forever……

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PLEASE CHECK THE COMMENTS TO THE PIECE!

Note…..

Apple is currently winning the marketing game……

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May 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Daniel……Kentucky Governor 2011: Incumbent Steve Beshear (D-KY) leads State Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer (R-KY) by 7 Points in first look at the Governor Race 2011; Beshear 27-Point in Democratic Primary over potential Challenger Greg Stumbo (D-KY)

Hello Folks!

I know it’s very, very, very early but the Lexington Herald-Leader who also put up Kentucky Primary Numbers for the 2010 Senate Race had a first look at the Kentucky Governor Race in 2011 and finds Incumbent Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY) holding a 7-Point lead over State Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer (R-KY).

Beshear also holds a 27-Point lead over State Senator Greg Stumbo (D-KY) who could challenge him in a Primary.

Kentucky (The Bluegrass State) is among three States who are holding Governor Races next year. The others are Mississippi (Open, Barbour is Term-Limited) and Louisiana (Jindal likely running for Re-Election)

Lexington Herald-Leader / WKYT-TV / WAVE-TV Research 2000 Survey

Kentucky Governor 2011

Democratic Primary

[ Beshear and Farmer ]

Incumbent Governor Steve Beshear  55 %
State Senator Gregory “Greg” Stumbo  28 %
Undecided  17 %

General Election

Incumbent Governor Steve Beshear (D)  44 %
State Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer (R)  37 %
Undecided  19 %

Links:

http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/09/1257699/kentucky-poll-richie-farmer-a.html

http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2010/05/07/17/Beshear.source.prod_affiliate.79.pdf
Analysis:

I think now “The Dog” should know why I want Grayson to lose against Paul come May 18th.

Grayson would be a much, much stronger Candidate than Farmer and could beat Beshear.
One other Candidate who is also looking at this Race is U. S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY 1).

Daniel G.

He, he, he…..I kinda figure that one out Daniel!

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Daniel… This Tuesday May 11th: West Virginia and Nebraska Primaries; Will U. S. Allan Mollohan (D-WV 1) survive a Primary Challenge. Tune into "The Dog" on Tuesday Evening for Special Coverage! ….

Primaries on May 11th.

There is one Race in particular which should tell us whether Democratic Voters are ready to oust Members of their own Party.

The West Virginia 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary where longtime U. S. Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV 1) faces a stiff Challenge from State Senator & ’00 as well as ’04 SoS Candidate Mike Oliverio (D-WV)

Can Mollohan survive this? Recent Internal Polling showed this Race as a TOSS-UP. Tune in on Tuesday Evening to find out.

We will have an “Special Election Night Results Thread” starting at 7pm ET 30 Minutes before Polls close.

As the we did the last time….Daniel carriers the ball from opening at 7:00 PM DST……and the Dog comes on board at 9:30 PM DST…..

We hope SE can help us out with the georgia Special…..
May 11th Primaries:

West Virginia (Mountain State) Polls close at 7.30pm ET:

WV-1

Democratic Primary

Oliverio

Mollohan

U. S. Rep. Allan Mollohan (D)
State Senator Mike Oliverio (D)

Republican Primary

Cindy Hall (R)
Patty VanGilder-Levenson (R)
David McKinley (R)
Sarah Minear (R)
Tom Stark (R)
Mac Warner (R)

Note: I expect McKinley to prevail over his 5 Opponents.

November Match-Up for WV-2

U. S. Rep. Shelley Moore-Capito (R)
Virginia Lynch Graf (D)

WV-3

Democratic Primary

U. S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D)
Bruce Barilla (D)
Lee Bias (R)
Marty Gearheart (R)
Conrad Lucas (R)
Elliott “Spike” Maynard (R)

Note: I expect Meynard to prevail here.


Nebraska (Cornhusker State) Polls close at 9pm ET:

Nebraska Governor

Republican Primary

Incumbent Governor Dave Heineman (R)
Paul Anderson (R)
Christopher Geary (R)

Democratic Primary

No Primary here as Democrat Mark Lakers (D) running Unopposed

NE-1

Republican Primary

U. S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R)
Ralph Bodie (R)
Dave Hunt (R)

Democratic Primary

Ivy Harper (D)
Stanley Krauter (D)
Jessica Lynn Turek (D)
Sherman Yates (D)

NE-2

Republican Primary

U. S. Rep Lee Terry (R)
Steven Laird (R)
Matt Sakalosky (R)

Democratic Primary

No Primary as State Senator Tom White (D) is running Unopposed.

NE-3

Republican Primary

U. S. Rep. Adrian Smith (R)
Dennis Parker (R)

Democratic Primary

No Primary as Chaplain Rebekah Davis (R) is running Unopposed.

I hope you enjoyed this little Guide. That’s all for today. See you on Tuesday.

Daniel G.

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | 18 Comments

Daniel… This Tuesday May 11th: West Virginia and Nebraska Primaries; Will U. S. Allan Mollohan (D-WV 1) survive a Primary Challenge. Tune into “The Dog” on Tuesday Evening for Special Coverage! ….

Primaries on May 11th.

There is one Race in particular which should tell us whether Democratic Voters are ready to oust Members of their own Party.

The West Virginia 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary where longtime U. S. Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV 1) faces a stiff Challenge from State Senator & ’00 as well as ’04 SoS Candidate Mike Oliverio (D-WV)

Can Mollohan survive this? Recent Internal Polling showed this Race as a TOSS-UP. Tune in on Tuesday Evening to find out.

We will have an “Special Election Night Results Thread” starting at 7pm ET 30 Minutes before Polls close.

As the we did the last time….Daniel carriers the ball from opening at 7:00 PM DST……and the Dog comes on board at 9:30 PM DST…..

We hope SE can help us out with the georgia Special…..
May 11th Primaries:

West Virginia (Mountain State) Polls close at 7.30pm ET:

WV-1

Democratic Primary

Oliverio

Mollohan

U. S. Rep. Allan Mollohan (D)
State Senator Mike Oliverio (D)

Republican Primary

Cindy Hall (R)
Patty VanGilder-Levenson (R)
David McKinley (R)
Sarah Minear (R)
Tom Stark (R)
Mac Warner (R)

Note: I expect McKinley to prevail over his 5 Opponents.

November Match-Up for WV-2

U. S. Rep. Shelley Moore-Capito (R)
Virginia Lynch Graf (D)

WV-3

Democratic Primary

U. S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D)
Bruce Barilla (D)
Lee Bias (R)
Marty Gearheart (R)
Conrad Lucas (R)
Elliott “Spike” Maynard (R)

Note: I expect Meynard to prevail here.


Nebraska (Cornhusker State) Polls close at 9pm ET:

Nebraska Governor

Republican Primary

Incumbent Governor Dave Heineman (R)
Paul Anderson (R)
Christopher Geary (R)

Democratic Primary

No Primary here as Democrat Mark Lakers (D) running Unopposed

NE-1

Republican Primary

U. S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R)
Ralph Bodie (R)
Dave Hunt (R)

Democratic Primary

Ivy Harper (D)
Stanley Krauter (D)
Jessica Lynn Turek (D)
Sherman Yates (D)

NE-2

Republican Primary

U. S. Rep Lee Terry (R)
Steven Laird (R)
Matt Sakalosky (R)

Democratic Primary

No Primary as State Senator Tom White (D) is running Unopposed.

NE-3

Republican Primary

U. S. Rep. Adrian Smith (R)
Dennis Parker (R)

Democratic Primary

No Primary as Chaplain Rebekah Davis (R) is running Unopposed.

I hope you enjoyed this little Guide. That’s all for today. See you on Tuesday.

Daniel G.

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | 18 Comments

Keep your personal secrets off the net'…..

Some people like to put EVERYTHING on Facebook , MySpace or other Social Media……

Why?

The conventional wisdom suggests that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of their lives online, from their favorite pizza to most frequent sexual partners. But many members of the tell-all generation are rethinking what it means to live out loud.

While participation in social networks is still strong, a survey released last month by the University of California, Berkeley, found that more than half the young adults questioned had become more concerned about privacy than they were five years ago — mirroring the number of people their parent’s age or older with that worry.

They are more diligent than older adults, however, in trying to protect themselves. In a new study to be released this month, the Pew Internet Project has found that people in their 20s exert more control over their digital reputations than older adults, more vigorously deleting unwanted posts and limiting information about themselves. “Social networking requires vigilance, not only in what you post, but what your friends post about you,” said Mary Madden, a senior research specialist who oversaw the study by Pew, which examines online behavior. “Now you are responsible for everything.”

The erosion of privacy has become a pressing issue among active users of social networks. Last week, Facebook scrambled to fix a security breach that allowed users to see their friends’ supposedly private information, including personal chats.

Sam Jackson, a junior at Yale who started a blog when he was 15 and who has been an intern atGoogle, said he had learned not to trust any social network to keep his information private. “If I go back and look, there are things four years ago I would not say today,” he said. “I am much more self-censoring. I’ll try to be honest and forthright, but I am conscious now who I am talking to.”

He has learned to live out loud mostly by trial and error and has come up with his own theory: concentric layers of sharing.

His Facebook account, which he has had since 2005, is strictly personal. “I don’t want people to know what my movie rentals are,” he said. “If I am sharing something, I want to know what’s being shared with others.”

Mistrust of the intentions of social sites appears to be pervasive. In its telephone survey of 1,000 people, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California found that 88 percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds it surveyed last July said there should be a law that requires Web sites to delete stored information. And 62 percent said they wanted a law that gave people the right to know everything a Web site knows about them.

That mistrust is translating into action. In the Pew study, to be released shortly, researchers interviewed 2,253 adults late last summer and found that people ages 18 to 29 were more apt to monitor privacy settings than older adults are, and they more often delete comments or remove their names from photos so they cannot be identified. Younger teenagers were not included in these studies, and they may not have the same privacy concerns. But anecdotal evidence suggests that many of them have not had enough experience to understand the downside to oversharing.

More……..

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Keep your personal secrets off the net’…..

Some people like to put EVERYTHING on Facebook , MySpace or other Social Media……

Why?

The conventional wisdom suggests that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of their lives online, from their favorite pizza to most frequent sexual partners. But many members of the tell-all generation are rethinking what it means to live out loud.

While participation in social networks is still strong, a survey released last month by the University of California, Berkeley, found that more than half the young adults questioned had become more concerned about privacy than they were five years ago — mirroring the number of people their parent’s age or older with that worry.

They are more diligent than older adults, however, in trying to protect themselves. In a new study to be released this month, the Pew Internet Project has found that people in their 20s exert more control over their digital reputations than older adults, more vigorously deleting unwanted posts and limiting information about themselves. “Social networking requires vigilance, not only in what you post, but what your friends post about you,” said Mary Madden, a senior research specialist who oversaw the study by Pew, which examines online behavior. “Now you are responsible for everything.”

The erosion of privacy has become a pressing issue among active users of social networks. Last week, Facebook scrambled to fix a security breach that allowed users to see their friends’ supposedly private information, including personal chats.

Sam Jackson, a junior at Yale who started a blog when he was 15 and who has been an intern atGoogle, said he had learned not to trust any social network to keep his information private. “If I go back and look, there are things four years ago I would not say today,” he said. “I am much more self-censoring. I’ll try to be honest and forthright, but I am conscious now who I am talking to.”

He has learned to live out loud mostly by trial and error and has come up with his own theory: concentric layers of sharing.

His Facebook account, which he has had since 2005, is strictly personal. “I don’t want people to know what my movie rentals are,” he said. “If I am sharing something, I want to know what’s being shared with others.”

Mistrust of the intentions of social sites appears to be pervasive. In its telephone survey of 1,000 people, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California found that 88 percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds it surveyed last July said there should be a law that requires Web sites to delete stored information. And 62 percent said they wanted a law that gave people the right to know everything a Web site knows about them.

That mistrust is translating into action. In the Pew study, to be released shortly, researchers interviewed 2,253 adults late last summer and found that people ages 18 to 29 were more apt to monitor privacy settings than older adults are, and they more often delete comments or remove their names from photos so they cannot be identified. Younger teenagers were not included in these studies, and they may not have the same privacy concerns. But anecdotal evidence suggests that many of them have not had enough experience to understand the downside to oversharing.

More……..

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Did the Times Square guy have the Pakistan Taliban PLAN his actions???

I don’t know……

And to tell you the truth……

I ‘ve got to question AG Holders trying to sell it all today…..


Listen………

We all know Faisal Shahzad came to the United States and tried to get a ‘piece of the rock’…..

We all know that his plans and life began to fall apart about two years ago…..

When that began to happen…he went back to pakistan and got some training their from Palestinian Taliban people….

No one has produced one shred  of evidence that the people in Pakistan……PLANNED the Times Square action….

Even the people in Pakistan are of two minds….

There are reports they backed the plan..there are reports they didn’t…..

Holders accusations raise more questions than they solve….

And while the media loves a good story…..

Not all of them are true….

He’s gonna have to do better than todays pronouncements……..

Facts are in order……not Guesses…..

For now the Dog is of the opinion that this was a hard luck opportunist that is actually going to give the US and  the Pakistani’s some good hard Intelliegence….and is gonna spend the next 10 years in jail..before losing his citizenship and being sent packing….

That’s all……

“We’ve now developed evidence that shows the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Attorney General Eric Holdersaid in an interview on ABC television’s news program “This Week.”

Later, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said the Taliban in Pakistan “directed this plot” and may have also financed it. The Pakistani Taliban, he said, was “intimately involved” in the attempt on May 1 by Faisal Shahzad, an American citizen of Pakistani descent, to blow up gasoline and propane tanks secreted inside a Nissan Pathfinder parked on West 45th Street just yards from the heart of Times Square.

John Brennan, President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, echoed Mr. Holder’s statements Sunday morning, saying that it appeared that Mr. Shahzad, a resident of Bridgeport, Conn., who spent five months in Pakistan until February, was working for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP. The TTP is believed by some military intelligence officials to have joined forces with Al Qaeda and may be hiding some of its senior leaders, including Osama bin Laden, who was the motivating force behind the 9/11 attack.

“He was trained by them,” Mr. Brennan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “He received funding from them. He was basically directed here to the United States to carry out this attack.”

Until now, American officials have speculated that the Pakistan Taliban may have trained Mr. Shahzad during his visit to Pakistan, but Sunday’s statements were their most definitive about the Taliban’s role.

The conclusion that the Pakistani Taliban is behind the attempted bombing “underscores the serious threat that we face from a very determined enemy,” Mr. Brennan said on CNN’s ”State of the Union.”

But this also…..

The Pakistani Taliban itself has sent mixed signals on whether it oversaw or sponsored the bungled Times Square bombing. In a video released last Sunday, it claimed responsibility, but on Thursday a spokesman for the group denied it played any role, though it did say it was placing suicide bombers in the United States.

“The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has had no links with Faisal Shahzad whatsoever,” the spokesman, Azam Tariq, said in a phone call to reporters in Peshawar. “We never imparted training to him, nor had he ever come to us.”

??????

More……..

More info on Shahzad from Wikipedia…..

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , | 2 Comments

Editorial……Getting used to a Nuclear Iran….

It’s time to get the point…….

Nobody is going to stop Iran from getting a Nuclear weapon…….

There I’ve said it….

The Dog believe that in the end its going to happen…

While the United States keeps carrying on about sanctions…..

The Iranian’s plod on…..

While the State Department trys to get coöperation from Russia and China on sanctions….

The Iranian’s plod on….

While Israeli’s and other countries intelligence services try to sabotage the effort Iranians efforts….

The Iranian’s plod on….

Statements have been made quietly in the open media that an attack by the Israeli’s …or United States will set the effort back…..

But will not stop it….


With all that in mind….

It comes to this…

What will the world…and the Middle East due to cope or counter Iran…

With a nuclear bomb?

That’s where the discussion should be going……..

 

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 5 Comments

Guess Post from the Oligarch Kings……Bob Bennet……

The Dog is happy to feature a new post from another site……

Let me know what you think……

The latest shock story regarding the up coming mid-term elections is that three term veteran Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has been bounced off the listing at the primaries stage.  It was known that the Senator had been fingered as the target of Tea Party activists intent of stripping out the more liberal Republicans from the elections.

At 76 Bob wasn’t exactly in the first flush of youth, so you had to wonder how long the old chap intended to remain as Senator. Also, his giving Wall Street a bail out and his cross-party support of health care did rather make him a marked man.

So why am I, and why is this blog, interested in the tribulations of old Bobby Bennett?  Well, Bennett is an oligarch, a member of old established elite families in his area of the Mid West.  Most people might remember his father, Senator Wallace Foster Bennett, also Senator for Utah.

Some might even have heard that grandpappy was Heber J Grant, one time member of the Legislature and long-time (1918-1945) President of the Mormon church.

But it’s through his great- grandfather that we find the real interest.  David Hanmer Wells was the Mayor of Salt Lake City and in good Mormon fashion married six wives.  One, Louisa Ira, had also married John D Lee and we met Mr Lee before in my posting “Oodles of Udalls” on 24th May.

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May 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Family, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Daily Manila on Bennet's lost……

Throw the bums out?

Bennett got the boot in Utah. It will be interesting to see if Keith my old nemesis at P 1 will be right about the Tea Baggers kicking out establishment Republicans only to be foiled in the final. A form of this did happen here in MA in the early 1990′s but the GOP here was so weak that a duck could have taken it over.

Utah is a state where the Dem’s are weak enough so that a Tea Bagger could go to the Senate. Their Congressman Matheson (D) was forced into a primary yesterday. He got 55% to bis opponent Claudia Wright’s 45% and now says that he “Gets it!”

http://www.standard.net/topics/politics/2010/05/08/utahs-matheson-forced-his-first-ever-democratic-primary

Ah, Manila…… I’m with Keith……

Go Tea Baggers!

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Manila @ PoliticalDog, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , | 1 Comment