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President Obama visits NYPD Headquarters to thank the troops and get a briefing….

Barack Obama is presented with a jacket by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (R) as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg looks on during a visit to the Real Time Crime Center at One Police Plaza.

Barack Obama would never have though he would be visiting New York City under the circumstances he has been in the last year and a half….

The President went to school in the ‘Big Apple’…..

Columbia Law School….

And never would have dreamed that he would be visiting Police Headquarters instead of keeping eye on

the Transit cops while he rode the subway…..

Anyways…as expected…..

He told Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that the city will get it’s fair share of Homeland Security money

Answering public complaints about the $55 Million  cut in this years allocation for the New York City area security money……

He stayed in the city to do more fundraising for the DCCC……

President Obama visited Police Headquarters today to personally congratulate the NYPD for its efforts in fighting terrorism and reassure New York’s Finest of his commitment to providing them with resources to protect the Big Apple.

“I just wanted to stop by say,” Thank you,” Obama began during a 10-minute visit to the NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center. “The country is proud of you. . . the president is proud of you.

“I don’t think I need to tell you that given the potential for attack everywhere in the country, we’ve got a lot to learn from what is taking place here,” Obama said as he lauded the NYPD’s role in tracking down suspected car bomber terrorist Faisal Shahzad after he tried to detonate explosives in crowded Times Square.

“I know you folks are busy, but I just wanted to come by and say thank you. I was telling the mayor and the commissioner that the work that the NYPD does in coordination with state, local, and federal officials when it comes to counterterrorism is a model for the country.”

Faced with criticism his administration is not providing the city with enough terror-fighting federal dollars, Obama made a point to say he wants to “make sure you’re getting what you need to protect this great city.”

“It makes me proud for the country, proud of the fact that I lived in New York for a while,” he said referring to his years attending Columbia University.

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 4 Comments

“Spoken From The Heart” by Laura Bush: A Book Review…from the Oligarchkings…….

From The Oligarchkings……

From I was struck by this volume in my local bookseller if, for no other reason than the slightly boss-eyed look of its author.  “Spoken from the Heart” by Laura Bush, the former First Lady should be a vivid insiders eye view of life within one of the most controversial White Houses of recent years.  It should be pulsing with tension, loaded with insight, and dotted about with little gems of indiscretion.

It is written, after all, by a woman passionate about reading.  Laura Bush, we were told, is avid for the cause of literacy and is herself a professional librarian.  So it was astonishing to find it “helped” by writer Lyric Winik.  A ghost!  Ye gods and little fish!

Oh dear, oh dear.

Still, between them, we are given a lyrical enough vision of growing up in small town Texas during the 50’s.  We get the life etched in wind and sand, we feel for the personal loneliness of this sensitive soul and empathised with her grief over that fatal car crash.  So far, so ok.

It’s once ol’ Gee Dubya hoves up on the scene that it all goes flat.  We don’t get what the attraction is.  So Laura what was it that attracted you to millionaire George Walker Bush?

Laura’s relations with the rest of the Bush clan are elided over.  Nowhere do we get her oft quoted nickname for Barbara Bush of “Don Corlione”.  The booze is whitewashed, and we just see the domestic routine of dull, boring people.  She seems not to get the strength of the feelings that GW roused in people, and only gives us platitudes about it all working out for the best.

Even the anecdotes are feeble.  The best (and boy did I have to look hard) is that on a trip to Germany for a G7 conference, GW got food poisoning and had to have a lie down.  A lie down?  Dear grief woman is that it?

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

…..Ole' Arlen Ad is playing the Obama card…..Talkandpolitcs……

Pennsylvania Dem Primary is just six days away – and Arlen Specter playing the Obama card after defecting GOP and giving Dems a super-majority in the Senate last year.

Link……..Specter’s Ad featuring President Obama

Latest polls for today May 12th is showing a dead heat:

Pennsylvania Senate – Democratic Primary Morning Call Tracking Sestak 45, Specter 45 Tie
Pennsylvania Senate – Democratic Primary Quinnipiac Sestak 42, Specter 44 Specter +2
Pennsylvania Senate – Democratic Primary Franklin & Marshall Sestak 38, Specter 36 Sestak +2

More polls.

More Talkandpolitcs….…..

Note ….Obama will NOT be going to Pennsylvania…….

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, Updates | , | 3 Comments

…..Ole’ Arlen Ad is playing the Obama card…..Talkandpolitcs……

Pennsylvania Dem Primary is just six days away – and Arlen Specter playing the Obama card after defecting GOP and giving Dems a super-majority in the Senate last year.

Link……..Specter’s Ad featuring President Obama

Latest polls for today May 12th is showing a dead heat:

Pennsylvania Senate – Democratic Primary Morning Call Tracking Sestak 45, Specter 45 Tie
Pennsylvania Senate – Democratic Primary Quinnipiac Sestak 42, Specter 44 Specter +2
Pennsylvania Senate – Democratic Primary Franklin & Marshall Sestak 38, Specter 36 Sestak +2

More polls.

More Talkandpolitcs….…..

Note ….Obama will NOT be going to Pennsylvania…….

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, Updates | , | 3 Comments

Congress continues to fund Defense programs ignoring Secertary Gates…..

The Dog predicted this would occur…..

While he WILL get a few bucks cut here and there…..

Congress is simply not going to let Defense Secretary Gates turn off the tap of money for the nations military…

I have listed three examples of Congress going ahead with funding for projects Gates insists that he doesn’t want …or need…..

His problem is Congress signs the checks……he doesn’t…….

And programs produce jobs..which produce votes….


Despite the Pentagon’s continued resistance to developing a second engine for the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee’ seapower panel subcommittee markup of the 2011 defense authorization legislation again authorizes the Pentagon to move ahead.

The move “reaffirms the subcommittee’s commitment to the alternate engine program as the best insurance against spiraling development costs and contractor responsiveness for the primary engine,” said subcommittee chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., during the subcommittee’s May 13 mark up of the bill on Capitol Hill. Taylor said the continued development of the F136 will not reduce the Pentagon’s requested budget for the F-35…….

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U.S. House Armed Services seapower panel chairman Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., will work to insert language into the 2011 defense authorization bill requiring the U.S. Navy to replace every two warships it retires in the coming years with three brand-new ships. It’s a move designed to get to a 313-ship fleet.

“There have now been at least three [Chiefs of Naval Operations] who tell us that they need a minimum of 313 ships and yet they submit budget requests that don’t get them anywhere near that – in fact, this request would actually take us backward by about four ships if enacted,” Taylor told reporters May 13 after his subcommittee’s mark of the bill.

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The U.S. House subcommittee that oversees missile defense programs voted May 12 to boost spending on them in 2011, disregarding the president’s February budget request and more recent warnings from the defense secretary that defense spending must be restrained.

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee added $361.6 million to next year’s defense budget to beef up ballistic missile defense programs. That includes $50 million for the Airborne Laser, a 15-year-old program so plagued by problems and delays that Defense Secretary Robert Gates all but canceled it last year.

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Transformers 3 gets ready to shoot…….

Transformers 3

Ok…there is very little substantive out there about the upcoming Transformers 3 movie…

But everyone is running with the story provided by Shia LeBouf…that the 3rd movie of the series will be better….

Shia LaBeouf says the second “Transformers” movie got too big for its own good – but the third one brings the heart back to the franchise.

LaBeouf, who starts work on the next “Transformers” sequel Tuesday, said the third installment will be the best one yet. The new script restores a human element that got lost in the second movie, LaBeouf said.

“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did,” LaBeouf said in an interview Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where his finance drama “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is premiering. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone.”

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a runaway commercial success but was drubbed by critics.

Michael Bay returns for the third time as director of the science-fiction franchise, which centers on dueling races of giant robots that bring their war to Earth. The next movie will have what the last one lacked – a sense of human consequences, LaBeouf said.

On the second movie, “we got lost. We tried to get bigger. It’s what happens to sequels. It’s like, how do you top the first one? You’ve got to go bigger,” LaBeouf said. “Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. … You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”

With “Transformers 3,” the toll of the robot war will be grave for our planet, LaBeouf said……….

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Updates, Women | , | 1 Comment

Top Chief D C…..Season 7…….

Top Chief does Washington DC……..

Top Chef has announced its contestants, judges and some details on the seventh season of the series, set in DC, and airing beginning June 16. The most interesting news: Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York joining the longstanding judging panel of Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons.

As always, the winning chef will “receive $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”

See who that might be — More……..

Note from Bravo:…..

The 17 new cheftestants come face to face in the nation’s capitol for the ultimate power play that will determine just who has the chops to become Top Chef.
This season captures the varied tastes of Washington D.C. and features appearances by some of the town’s top names including Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie. The challenges featured will be some of the most creative and inventive yet……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Food, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Daniel…..Polling Summary for Thursday 13th, May 2010

Hello Folks!

Here is my Polling Summary for today:

Pennsylvania Senate:

Toomey (R)  42 %  ,  Sestak (D)  40 %  (Quinnipiac University)
Toomey (R)  47 %  ,  Specter (D)  40 %  (Quinnipiac University)

Pennsylvania Governor:
Corbett (R)  43 %  ,  Onorato (D)  37 %  (Quinnipiac University)
Corbett (R)  47 %  ,  Wagner (D)  28 %  (Quinnipiac University)
Corbett (R)  49 %  ,  Hoeffel (D)  26 %  (Quinnipiac University)

To “The Dog”: Didn’t I tell ya that Sestak on the Ballot would help PA Democrats in the Governor Race?

Yes, I DID TOLD YOU SO.
( To be honest Daniel…You’ve kinda been all over the place on the Specter/Sestak race…..He, he, he )

Nevada Senate GOP Primary:
Lowden  30 %  ,  Angle  25 %  ,  Tarkanian  22 %  (Las Vegas Review Journal / Mason-Dixon)

Kansas Senate:

Moran (R) 59 %  ,  Schollenberger (D)  25 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Moran (R)  60 %  ,  Haley (D)  25 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Moran (R)  61 %  ,  Johnston (D)  25 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Tiahrt (R)  55 %  ,  Schollenberger (D)  30 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Tiahrt (R)  57 %  ,  Johnston (D)  29 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Tiahrt (R)  58 %  ,  Haley (D)  27 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Kansas Governor:

Brownback (R)  58 %  ,  Holland (D)  27 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

New Hampshire Senate:

Ayotte (R)  50 %  ,  Hodes (D)  38 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Binnie (R)  49 %  ,  Hodes (D)  37 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Hodes (D)  43 %  ,  Lamontagne (R)  43 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Hodes (D)  41 %  ,  Bender (R)  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Arkansas Senate:

Boozman (R)  54 %  ,  Lincoln (D)  40 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Boozman (R)  50 %  ,  Halter (D)  41 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Holt (R)  44 %  ,  Lincoln (D)  41 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Holt (R)  43 %  ,  Halter (D)  42 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Hendren (R)  46 %  ,  Lincoln (D)  40 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Hendren (R)  42 %  ,  Halter (D)  42 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Baker (R)  45 %  ,  Lincoln (D)  39 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Baker (R)  42 %  ,  Halter (D)  42 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)

Kentucky Senate:

Grayson (R)  42 %  ,  Mongiardo (D)  36 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Grayson (R)  43 %  ,  Conway (D)  35 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)
Paul (R)  43 %  ,  Mongiardo (D)  38 %  (DailyKos /  Research 2000)
Paul (R)  42 %  ,  Conway (D)  39 %  (DailyKos / Research 2000)

Note: KOS said on his Twitter the PA-SEN (D) Primary is TIED but hasn’t released Results just yet.

Daniel G.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | | 2 Comments

'Joan Rivers: A piece of Work'……A Sun Dance Documentary…..

Joan Rivers….

Plastic surgery…..(A lot of it )

Good and Bad jokes…..

She’ll do anything……

And a Sun Dance documentary……


Check out the trailer for the upcoming documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, opening in select theaters June 11. The documentary — which debuted to solid reviews at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan — offers an insightful look at one of the oldest, most daring comics of our age.

Link……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Movies, Updates, Women | , , , , | 7 Comments

‘Joan Rivers: A piece of Work’……A Sun Dance Documentary…..

Joan Rivers….

Plastic surgery…..(A lot of it )

Good and Bad jokes…..

She’ll do anything……

And a Sun Dance documentary……


Check out the trailer for the upcoming documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, opening in select theaters June 11. The documentary — which debuted to solid reviews at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan — offers an insightful look at one of the oldest, most daring comics of our age.

Link……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Health, Media, Movies, Updates, Women | , , , , | 7 Comments