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Russian arms sales to Syria worry the US and Isreal…..

The Russian’s are working on supplying Syria with fighter aircraft,  armoured vehicles and air defense missile systems…..

These action’s ……

Which will provide the Russian’s with cash…..

Will cause headaches for the UNited Sates and Israel which do not want Middle East countries arming themselves..

While the US has supplied the same level equipment to other Middle East countries…

Syria is seen as a Iranian proxy state….Than helps support terrorism

With Iran bent on obtaining a nuclear weapon…and the Israeli’s and the United States basically unable to stop them…

A rearmed of Syria is not what they want to see……

Russia is supplying Syria with warplanes, armored vehicles and air defense systems under existing contracts, ITAR-Tass News Agency quoted the head of the country’s state military agency as saying.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Russia was selling Syria MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsir short-range air defense systems and armored vehicles.

No further details were provided.

President Dmitry Medvedev this week paid the first-ever visit by a head of state from Moscow to Damascus, where he said the use of nuclear energy “may get a second wind” in Syria – a remark that prompted concern from Washington.

Russia’s arms sales and possible nuclear cooperation with Syria, which has close ties to Iran, is unnerving for Israel and the U.S., which earlier this month renewed sanctions on Syria for another year, accusing it of supporting “terrorist” groups……

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Trenton, New Jersey issues ID cards to help immigrants……

While some Republicans want a national ID card….and Arizona has passed law that goes into effect in July that mandates Police Officers to check for ID on any person they stop …..

The city of Trenton,  New Jersey has joined several other US Cities and  stepped up to HELP immigrants obtain a photo ID that can help them to ID themselves and obtain services….

The actions put conservatives and liberal in the same place …but for vastly different reasons….

The matter of practicality seems to have met the way of enforcement….with practicallity winning the day….

Having ID IS very important for several reasons…..

Even though the cards are issued by local law enforcement…..

One of reasons for having them… doesn’t have to be to snoop…..

“When you don’t have a proper ID, they can humiliate you,” said Herlinda, 43, as she waited in the offices of a church where the cards were being issued. “I feel I belong in Trenton.”

As a new law in Arizona makes the failure to carry immigrationdocuments a crime and spurs similar proposals in other states, Trenton is one of a small but growing number of municipalities that have moved in the opposite direction — making sure that illegal immigrants have documents to make their lives easier.

At least six city governments, including San Francisco and New Haven, now endorse or issue photo identification cards to residents. The latest is Princeton, N.J., where advocates for immigrants, with the consent of both the borough and the township, will begin issuing cards on May 22; other New Jersey communities have also expressed interest. Oakland, Calif., has approved a program but has not yet started issuing cards.

In one sense, these liberal cities and Arizona’s conservative lawmakers are working toward the same thing, said Maria Juega, treasurer of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, an advocacy group that spearheaded the ID programs in Trenton and Princeton. Both camps, she said, are trying to fill the void created by Congress’s failure to fix a flawed immigration system.

“These are reactions,” Ms. Juega said. “We’ve had these gaping holes that everybody’s been talking about for two decades and done nothing about. Everybody’s scrambling.”

Calls for a nationally mandated identification card have been made for decades, particularly after 9/11, but they received a push late last month when a group of Democratic senators unveiled a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform. The plan includes a proposal to require all workers, including citizens, to show potential employers a card with biometric data, like fingerprints — a measure meant to prevent illegal immigrants from working.

The local identity cards do not grant legal residency or the right to work. They are intended to fold illegal immigrants into the fabric of the community by giving them entree to services and places that require some sort of recognized identification. In Trenton, immigrants can use their cards to access libraries, medical centers and doctors’ offices; seek help from charitable organizations and private social service agencies; and use the city’s public recreation centers and pools.

In addition, law enforcement officials say, the cards give illegal immigrants who fear detection and deportation more confidence about reporting crimes, and allow officials to help immigrants who are crime victims……

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Crime, Family, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 3 Comments

Last of the Missionaries from Haiti is sent home….'Time served'…

Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served.

[ Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served. ]

In a story largely forgotten by the American media and public….

The last of the group of missionaries that sought to take 33 children from Haiti  for adoption without the required legal documentation  was released from prison in Haiti…

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the action was the last to leave the country for Florida……

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport.

“I’m praising God,” Silsby told The Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti. She declined to answer further questions before clearing immigration and heading through a gate to catch a plane to Florida.

The Idaho businesswoman had been in custody since Jan. 29. She was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal association, but those charges were dropped for her and the nine other Americans who were previously released. Silsby she was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a 1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti signed by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Prosecutor Jean-Serge Joseph said she was convicted and sentenced to the 3 months and 8 days she spent behind bars. Last week, the prosecution had recommended a six-month sentence and she faced a maximum of three years on the charge.

“She is free,” Joseph said.

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Last of the Missionaries from Haiti is sent home….’Time served’…

Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served.

[ Laura Silsby, detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake, goes free after being convicted and sentenced to time already served. ]

In a story largely forgotten by the American media and public….

The last of the group of missionaries that sought to take 33 children from Haiti  for adoption without the required legal documentation  was released from prison in Haiti…

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the action was the last to leave the country for Florida……

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was freed Monday when a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Laura Silsby, the organizer of the ill-fated effort to take the children to an orphanage being set up in the neighboring Dominican Republic, returned to her cell briefly to retrieve belongings before quickly heading to the Port-au-Prince airport.

“I’m praising God,” Silsby told The Associated Press as she waited for a flight out of Haiti. She declined to answer further questions before clearing immigration and heading through a gate to catch a plane to Florida.

The Idaho businesswoman had been in custody since Jan. 29. She was originally charged with kidnapping and criminal association, but those charges were dropped for her and the nine other Americans who were previously released. Silsby she was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a 1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti signed by then-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Prosecutor Jean-Serge Joseph said she was convicted and sentenced to the 3 months and 8 days she spent behind bars. Last week, the prosecution had recommended a six-month sentence and she faced a maximum of three years on the charge.

“She is free,” Joseph said.

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Haiti, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

PoliticalWire Quickies…..Blumenthal, Spitzer, Whitman, Sestak and Giannoulias…..

Pieces from PoliticalWire…please click on thr headline for the link…..

Blumenthal Invents a War Record

At a ceremony honoring military veterans, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who is running for U.S. Senate, recalled his own service, the New York Times reports.

Said Blumenthal: “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

“There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal… never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.”

Ben Smith: “That Connecticut Senate seat just got less safe for Democrats.”

Blumenthal is expected to be nominated at the Connecticut Democratic convention on Friday.

Spitzer Not Making Comeback This Year

In an interview with WPIX-TV, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) said he “is not returning to the political arena, at least not this year.”

Said Spitzer: “I don’t have any thoughts about running for political office right now. It is not what I am doing… People have been encouraging me to run for office. I am flattered, and I’m thankful. It feels nice, but it’s not happening.”

Poll Finds Whitman with Big Lead

A new M4 Strategies poll in California finds Meg Whitman (R) holds a 17 point lead over Steve Poizner (R) in the Republican primary for governor, 49% to 32% with 20% still undecided.

This finding conflicts with a poll last week that showed Whitman’s lead disappearing.

Bad Weather Helps Sestak?

The weather forecast tomorrow in PhiladelphiaPittsburgh and most of the rest of Pennsylvania is for rain during voting hours.

Conventional wisdom suggests this may dampen turnout for all but the most enthusiastic voters and will give an edge to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) in his effort to defeat Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Nate Silver notes that other intangibles seem to favor Sestak as well.

Giannoulias Claims He’s Back in the Race

An internal poll in Illinois released by Alexi Giannoulias (D) shows him even with Republican U.S. Senate rival Mark Kirk (R), 44% to 44%, “making up for ground lost after the failure of the Giannoulias family-owned Broadway Bank.”

Two weeks ago, the campaign’s internal numbers found Kirk leading by six points, 43% to 37%.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

CD……Rasmussen……Perry 51%…White 38%..in Texas Governor race…..

I need more than one poll on this….

After all this is Rasmussen…..

Texas Governor Rick Perry earns himself a little more breathing room this month, crossing the 50% mark for the first time in his bid for reelection against Democrat Bill White.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Texas shows the Republican incumbent with 51% support, while White earns 38%, his poorest showing to date. A month ago, Perry held a modest 48% to 44% advantage…….

Election…..2010 Texas Governor….

Rick Perry (R)                     51%
Bill White (D)                      38%
Some other candidate       4%
Not sure                                  6%

Rasmussen: Perry 51, White 38

posted by paulburka at 9:36 AM

The numbers speak for themselves. We are seeing an instant replay of the Republican primary. Another Perry opponent has been unable to find a theme that resonates with the voters. Meanwhile, Perry has found a strange political bedfellow–Anise Parker, White’s successor as mayor–who delivered Perry manna from heaven: the devastating criticism that the city, in “unbusinesslike” fashion, had been spending more than it has taken in “for years.” What a gift for Perry! This is going to stick. There’s no way White can recover from Parker’s throwing him under the bus on a central issue of the campaign: fiscal stewardship.

You might as well pencil in four more years of the last ten years. There is only one thing that the Democrats can do to change the current political dynamic in Texas. They are going to have to win an election, something they haven’t done since 1994. Until the Republicans lose a major race–and the only major race that matters is governor–nothing is going to change in Texas politics. And it doesn’t look as if the D’s can win this one.

included is this comment……

Anonymous says:This poll looks like an outlier to me. Your ultimate conclusions may be right, Paul, but there hasn’t been enough going on to justify the dramatic numbers shift. Texas Tribune says they’ve got a new poll upcoming. Let’s see what it says.
paulburka Reply:
May 17th, 2010 at 10:09 am

It’s always a matter of concern when a poll shows a four-point difference one month and two months later it turns into thirteen points. On the other hand, White has done nothing in these two months while Perry has had Anise Parker running interference for him. Do not forget that for twenty years Parker worked for Robert Mosbacher, one of the most stalwart Republicans in Texas. As I said in my post, what Parker said is going to stick……..

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

New Balance Personalized Military 993's Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

Each branch, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, is represented by their respective color scheme. Specifically, the color scheme on each sneaker draws inspiration from the respective branch’s recognizable seal. Also, this Heritage Collection was made in the USA; therefore, a United States flag is visible on the heel panel overlayed with the letters, USA. Who else is applauding New Balance for this collection? The entire collection is now available NBWebExpressClick here to view this collection in its entirety.

Also….. check out New Balance Direct……

New Balance 993 Military

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Balance Personalized Military 993’s Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

Each branch, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, is represented by their respective color scheme. Specifically, the color scheme on each sneaker draws inspiration from the respective branch’s recognizable seal. Also, this Heritage Collection was made in the USA; therefore, a United States flag is visible on the heel panel overlayed with the letters, USA. Who else is applauding New Balance for this collection? The entire collection is now available NBWebExpressClick here to view this collection in its entirety.

Also….. check out New Balance Direct……

New Balance 993 Military

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Open Thread for May 18th…….

Today is the Gigantic Special Primary Day in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Oregon…..

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last few Primary Coverage Special’s…..

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The next Primary Special will be June 1st when Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico go to the Polls.

Our Hawaii Coverage of the Special Election starts tomorrow Night at 11pm ET. Votes in Hawaii will be counted just after Midnight.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Media, Open thread, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | | 93 Comments

SE…..With Predictions on tomorrow's Primary voting…….

May 18 Primary Predictions

Here are my predictions for the upcoming Primaries on May 18:

KY-SEN GOP Primary:

Paul 53%
Grayson 44%
Stephenson 2%
Martin and Scribner poll either at or below 1%.

KY-SEN DEM Primary:

Mongiardo 51%
Conway 45%
Price 3%
Buckmaster and Farmer poll either at or under 1%.

Paul beats Mongiardo 51-49 in the General.

KY-03 GOP Primary:

Lally 50%
Reetz 41%
Hausman 4%
Durbin 3%
Wicker 2%

Lally loses to Incumbent Democrat Yarmuth 53-47 in the General.

KY-05 DEM Primary:

Prince 59%
Holbert 35%
Stepp 6%

Prince loses to Incumbent Republican Rogers 69-31 in the General.

KY-06 GOP Primary:

Barr 48%
Kemper III 39%
Lockett 8%
Barnes 4%
Pendergrass 1%

Barr loses to Incumbent Democrat Chandler 55-45 in the General.

AR-SEN DEM Primary:

Halter 47%
Lincoln 44%
Morrison 9%

AR-SEN GOP Primary:

Boozman 47%
Baker 24%
Holt 19%
Hendren 7%
Coleman 2%
Alexander, Ramey, and Reynolds will poll either at or below 1%.

I see Boozman beating Halter 55-45 in the General.

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment