Jamesb101.com

commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

The Andrew Cuomo watch……

Now that he just about to announce his run for New York State Governor…….( May 25 )

Things are going to get interesting….

We got a few Cuomo stories brewing a few days out from the announcment…Two Politcal…Two Economic policy stuff……

Andrew Cuomo will punish and pick off legislators who oppose his agenda. He “won’t support any candidate who does not support charter schools.”

Cuomo tried clearing the AG field by attempting to block two unions from endorsing Eric Schneiderman, and asking Sean Coffey to run for comptroller.

Cuomo would limit state spending to the rate of inflation.

Cuomo wants to replace Empire Zones with a “corporate tax-credit” program. Critics say it’ll only benefit companies already planning to expand.

Cuomo wants lawmakers to literally sign onto his agenda.

The list is brought to you by PolitickerNY……The by-line on the piece is the Cuomo Takeover……Sure looks like that to me……..

Advertisements

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Eliot Spitzer will try working for CNN….Not the voters of the State of New York…..

Eliot Spitzer, former New York Governor

We reported that maybe the ex-Attorney General and ex-Governor might be planning a political come back…..

But…….

First there is this from Politicalwire……

It turns out former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) made a good choice by staying on the sidelines this year and not attempting a political comeback.

A new Marist Poll finds that nearly two-thirds of registered New York State voters — 66% — do not want him to run for statewide office this year while just 28% want him to throw his hat into the political ring.

Said pollster Lee Miringoff: “Eliot Spitzer’s attempt to reconnect with New York voters is not paying off in the short-run. He has become more visible lately but not more electable.”

Then this from PolitcsDaily.…….Which makes sense after the Politicalwire thing…..

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governor of New York, is on the comeback trail, but his re-emergence isn’t about running for public office. Rather, Spitzer has surfaced as a cable news political pundit.

The New York Times reports that Spitzer has held informal conversations with CNN about becoming a regular contributor to the news channel. Anything but shy, he is already a budding political analyst who has made frequent appearances on rival MSNBC, even filling in as an anchor. CNN has an anchor spot open weeknights at 8, but there is no indication that Spitzer is under consideration for that position, the Times said.

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Entertainment, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | 3 Comments

TPL……President Obama to meet with GOP weekly policy lunch?….

barack-obama-mitch-mcconnell-john-boehner-022510.jpg

Peters

“President Obama has asked to join Senate Republicans Tuesday for their weekly policy lunch Tuesday, May 25. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Policy Chairman John Thune agreed to host the President, and the Republican Conference welcomes his visit where they will have a wide-ranging discussion on the year ahead.

“Sen. McConnell and his leadership team will hold their regular press avail following the lunch in the Ohio Clock Corridor……..

From TPL….

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Food, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Obama 16 months in…with a Democratic Congress…Major legislation has been done…..

Stimulus, Healthcare and Financal Reform……in 16 months…

This has to be a modern day record for a President and a Congress……

This Demovratic President and  This Democratic Congress…

And while the Republican’s are screaming….

Things are getting done…..

And the GOP wants us to go back…….


If there is a theme to all this, it has been to try to lift economic growth while also reducing income inequality. Growth in the decade that just ended was the slowest in the post-World War II era, while inequality has been rising for most of the last 35 years.

It is far too early to know if these efforts will work. Their success depends enormously on execution and, in the case of financial regulation, specifically on the Federal Reserve, which did not distinguish itself during the housing bubble.

Already, though, one downside to the legislative spurt does seem clear. By focusing on long-term problems, Mr. Obama and the Democrats have given less than their full attention to the economy’s current weakness and turned off a good number of voters.

After months of discussion, and with the unemployment rate hovering near a 27-year high, Democratic leaders said Thursday they had finally reached agreement on a bill that would send aid to states and take other steps to increase job growth. Congress plans to vote on the bill next week. But some of the money will not be spent for months and may not be enough to affect voters’ attitudes before November’s midterm elections.

Still, the turnabout since Jan. 20 — the first anniversary of Mr. Obama’s inauguration and the day after Scott Brown, a Republican, won a Senate seat in liberal Massachusetts — has been remarkable. Then, commentators pronounced the Obama presidency nearly dead. Today, he looks more like a liberal answer to Ronald Reagan.

“If you’d asked me about this administration after Scott Brown was elected, I’d have told you it was going to fizzle into virtually nothing,” said Theda Skocpol, the Harvard political scientist. “Now it could easily be one of the pivotal periods in domestic policy.” But, Ms. Skocpol added, “It will depend on what happens in the next two elections.”

The recent period surely will not match the impact of the New Deal. Nothing is likely to, notesDavid Kennedy,Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, because the New Deal created much of the modern American government. “These are not as dramatic as the foundational moments,” Mr. Kennedy said, “but they’re significant changes.”

Alan Brinkley, a historian of the Depression, added: “This is not the New Deal, but it’s a significant series of achievements. And given the difficulty of getting anything done under the gridlock of Congress, it’s pretty surprising.”

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments

Will 'Shrek' lead at the Boxoffice this weekend?

Weekend Briefing: 'Shrek' Shoots for Happily Ever After

Enough of the Green guy already!

He, he, he……

This weekend, the fourth and presumably final Shreklumbers into 4,359 theaters, surpassing Shrek 2 as the broadest release ever for an animated movie. Included in that sum are 2,373 3D sites, topping Alice in Wonderland (2010) as the biggest release yet for the format. Also opening is Saturday Night Live-based action comedy MacGruber at 2,551 theaters.

Shrek is one of the few franchises to gross over $1 billion, and it did it with only three movies. Shrek Forever After follows the series’ pattern of opening on the weekend before Memorial Day and arriving three years after the last movie. Whether it continues the series’ tradition of breaking the animation opening weekend record with each release is another matter, but it will have an uphill battle following audiences’ mixed reaction to Shrek the Third and Box Office Mojo reader polling that indicates far less interest thanShrek the Third had. In the “When will you see it?” polling, Shrek Forever After has landed closer toKung Fu Panda and other lower-grossing-but-still-popular titles.

The first Shrek kicked off the franchise with a tremendous $42.3 million on its first weekend in 2001, or the equivalent of nearly $60 million adjusted for ticket price inflation. It went on to gross $267.7 million (or over $375 million adjusted).

Good will from the first movie plus the shrewd addition of Puss in Boots took Shrek 2 to the next level in 2004: it raked in $108 million its first weekend (over $138 million adjusted), despite opening on a Wednesday, and went on to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time with over $440 million (around $565 million adjusted).

The party cooled with Shrek the Third in 2007, but it would have been unrealistic for it to maintain the franchise’s pace, even if it was deemed up-to-snuff in terms of quality. It debuted to $121.6 million (over $140 million adjusted) and burnt out quickly, closing with $322.7 million (around $373 million adjusted)…….

Boxoffice numbers for May 21……

May 21
Updated Thursday afternoons

<< Prev. Week < Last Year View Index Next Year > Next Week >>
Rank LW Title Distributor Theater Count Change % Change Week #
> NEW RELEASES
1 Shrek Forever After Paramount (DreamWorks) 4,359 1
5 MacGruber Universal 2,551 1
29 Racing Dreams Hannover House 33 1
38 Solitary Man Anchor Bay Films 4 1
41 After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United Variance Films 1 1
43 Father of My Children IFC 1 1
45 Perrier’s Bounty IFC 1 1
> EXPANDING
3 2 Robin Hood Universal 3,505 +2 +0.1% 2
4 4 Letters to Juliet Summit Entertainment 2,975 +7 +0.2% 2
15 19 Alice in Wonderland (2010) Buena Vista 411 +8 +2.0% 12
27 46 Princess Kaiulani Roadside Attractions 47 +14 +42.4% 2
31 53 Human Centipede IFC 19 +1 +5.6% 4
32 57 Vincere IFC 19 +2 +11.8% 10

More……..…….

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Will ‘Shrek’ lead at the Boxoffice this weekend?

Weekend Briefing: 'Shrek' Shoots for Happily Ever After

Enough of the Green guy already!

He, he, he……

This weekend, the fourth and presumably final Shreklumbers into 4,359 theaters, surpassing Shrek 2 as the broadest release ever for an animated movie. Included in that sum are 2,373 3D sites, topping Alice in Wonderland (2010) as the biggest release yet for the format. Also opening is Saturday Night Live-based action comedy MacGruber at 2,551 theaters.

Shrek is one of the few franchises to gross over $1 billion, and it did it with only three movies. Shrek Forever After follows the series’ pattern of opening on the weekend before Memorial Day and arriving three years after the last movie. Whether it continues the series’ tradition of breaking the animation opening weekend record with each release is another matter, but it will have an uphill battle following audiences’ mixed reaction to Shrek the Third and Box Office Mojo reader polling that indicates far less interest thanShrek the Third had. In the “When will you see it?” polling, Shrek Forever After has landed closer toKung Fu Panda and other lower-grossing-but-still-popular titles.

The first Shrek kicked off the franchise with a tremendous $42.3 million on its first weekend in 2001, or the equivalent of nearly $60 million adjusted for ticket price inflation. It went on to gross $267.7 million (or over $375 million adjusted).

Good will from the first movie plus the shrewd addition of Puss in Boots took Shrek 2 to the next level in 2004: it raked in $108 million its first weekend (over $138 million adjusted), despite opening on a Wednesday, and went on to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time with over $440 million (around $565 million adjusted).

The party cooled with Shrek the Third in 2007, but it would have been unrealistic for it to maintain the franchise’s pace, even if it was deemed up-to-snuff in terms of quality. It debuted to $121.6 million (over $140 million adjusted) and burnt out quickly, closing with $322.7 million (around $373 million adjusted)…….

Boxoffice numbers for May 21……

May 21
Updated Thursday afternoons

<< Prev. Week < Last Year View Index Next Year > Next Week >>
Rank LW Title Distributor Theater Count Change % Change Week #
> NEW RELEASES
1 Shrek Forever After Paramount (DreamWorks) 4,359 1
5 MacGruber Universal 2,551 1
29 Racing Dreams Hannover House 33 1
38 Solitary Man Anchor Bay Films 4 1
41 After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United Variance Films 1 1
43 Father of My Children IFC 1 1
45 Perrier’s Bounty IFC 1 1
> EXPANDING
3 2 Robin Hood Universal 3,505 +2 +0.1% 2
4 4 Letters to Juliet Summit Entertainment 2,975 +7 +0.2% 2
15 19 Alice in Wonderland (2010) Buena Vista 411 +8 +2.0% 12
27 46 Princess Kaiulani Roadside Attractions 47 +14 +42.4% 2
31 53 Human Centipede IFC 19 +1 +5.6% 4
32 57 Vincere IFC 19 +2 +11.8% 10

More……..…….

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Daniel…..After Hawaii tomorrow there will be a Primary Election in Idaho this Tuesday…..

Hello Dog Pound!

Although we here at the PoliticalDog WON’T HAVE another Special Election Results Thread until June 1st there will be a Primary on May 25th in Idaho.

Here are the Races:

Idaho Governor

Republican Primary

Incumbent Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter
Walt Bayes
Ron Peterson
Rex Rammel
Sharon Ullman
Tamara Wells

Democratic Primary

Keith Allred
Lee Chaney

Idaho United States Senate

Republican Primary

Incumbent Senator Michael Dean Crapo
Claude Davis

Democratic Primary

William Bryk
P. Tom Sullivan

ID 1st Congressional District

Democratic Primary

Incumbent U. S. Rep. Walt Minnick (D) is running Unopposed

Republican Primary

Harley Brown
Michael Chadwick
Raul Labrador
Allan Salzberg
Vaughn Ward

Note: Ward was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

ID 2nd Congressional District

Republican Primary

Incumbent U. S. Rep. Mike Simpson
Katherine Burton
Chick Heileson
Russ Mathews

Democratic Primary

Mike Crawford (D) is running Unopposed

P.S.

I’m sure POLITICO will have Results Pages and I’ll post the Results then some time on Wednesday. For those who want to follow it LIVE Polls in Idaho close at 10pm ET.

Daniel G.

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , | 7 Comments

Hillary Clinton talks tough and tries to defuse the two Korea's brinkmanship

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship. Clinton said there could no longer be “business as usual” in dealing with the matter. ]

The United States Secretary of State is traveling in the Asia region and while she though she would be dealing with other issues…she finds herself trying to take the South Korea’s anger to heart in warning North Korea that the sinking of the South Korea Patrol boat was provocative…..

She must also be carefull not have a shooting war break out between the two Korea’s….

American troops are based in South Korea and any military action could spiral out of control in the region…..

And would quickly pull the United States into it….

Which is not what the US military needs ..right now…..

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday vowed that the United States would not allow North Korea’s apparent deadly attack on a South Korean warship to go “unanswered” in an indication that the increasingly tense standoff on the Korean peninsula is threatening to overshadow her plans to spend the week focusing on U.S. relations with China.

In a blunt statement following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Clinton said that the United States “strongly condemns” the attack and that both countries would push for not simply a regional response to the attack but an international one as well.

“Let me be clear,” Clinton said in her first public comments on the March 26 attack. “This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international — not just a regional — response.

“I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Clinton added. “We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community.”

Clinton’s comments — made on her fifth trip to Asia as secretary of state — came two days after the South Korean government formally accused North Korea of launching a torpedo at one its warships March 26, sparking an explosion that killed 46 sailors and sank the 1,200-ton vessel, the Cheonan. An investigation by South Korean experts assisted by officials from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden concluded that the weapon that destroyed the ship was a North Korean-made torpedo in part because fragments of the weapon “perfectly match” schematics of a product that North Korea has been offering to sell abroad…..

……………………………………..

The challenge for the United States and its partners is to craft a response to the apparent attack that while tough would also not spark a violent response from North Korea. “It’s like the three bears. It has to be strong enough to deter but not too strong to start a war,” said Victor Cha, a former Bush administration official now at Georgetown University. “It has to be just right.”

Although Clinton declined to say exactly what the next steps could be, South Korea has indicated it wants to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action. Both the United States and Japan have said they would back such a move.

However, it is unclear whether China — where Clinton is scheduled to spend five days before heading to South Korea — supports that idea. Beijing’s reaction to the attack was slow; it took China almost a month to express condolences for the loss of life. And Chinese officials have basically demanded incontrovertible proof of North Korean involvement before they would commit to tough action against their old ally…..

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton talks tough and tries to defuse the two Korea’s brinkmanship

[ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says North Korea must face international consequences for the sinking of a South Korean warship. Clinton said there could no longer be “business as usual” in dealing with the matter. ]

The United States Secretary of State is traveling in the Asia region and while she though she would be dealing with other issues…she finds herself trying to take the South Korea’s anger to heart in warning North Korea that the sinking of the South Korea Patrol boat was provocative…..

She must also be carefull not have a shooting war break out between the two Korea’s….

American troops are based in South Korea and any military action could spiral out of control in the region…..

And would quickly pull the United States into it….

Which is not what the US military needs ..right now…..

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday vowed that the United States would not allow North Korea’s apparent deadly attack on a South Korean warship to go “unanswered” in an indication that the increasingly tense standoff on the Korean peninsula is threatening to overshadow her plans to spend the week focusing on U.S. relations with China.

In a blunt statement following a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Clinton said that the United States “strongly condemns” the attack and that both countries would push for not simply a regional response to the attack but an international one as well.

“Let me be clear,” Clinton said in her first public comments on the March 26 attack. “This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international — not just a regional — response.

“I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Clinton added. “We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community.”

Clinton’s comments — made on her fifth trip to Asia as secretary of state — came two days after the South Korean government formally accused North Korea of launching a torpedo at one its warships March 26, sparking an explosion that killed 46 sailors and sank the 1,200-ton vessel, the Cheonan. An investigation by South Korean experts assisted by officials from the United States, Australia, Britain and Sweden concluded that the weapon that destroyed the ship was a North Korean-made torpedo in part because fragments of the weapon “perfectly match” schematics of a product that North Korea has been offering to sell abroad…..

……………………………………..

The challenge for the United States and its partners is to craft a response to the apparent attack that while tough would also not spark a violent response from North Korea. “It’s like the three bears. It has to be strong enough to deter but not too strong to start a war,” said Victor Cha, a former Bush administration official now at Georgetown University. “It has to be just right.”

Although Clinton declined to say exactly what the next steps could be, South Korea has indicated it wants to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action. Both the United States and Japan have said they would back such a move.

However, it is unclear whether China — where Clinton is scheduled to spend five days before heading to South Korea — supports that idea. Beijing’s reaction to the attack was slow; it took China almost a month to express condolences for the loss of life. And Chinese officials have basically demanded incontrovertible proof of North Korean involvement before they would commit to tough action against their old ally…..

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Response to the New York Times on the May 15 HS Female Flag football piece……

The Dog is always quick to acknowledge when he gets something wrong….

And the Dog IS NOT PERFECT….

He makes mistakes…

We have just received an email about the New York Times Female Flag Football post from May 15…..

We are reproducing Nancy Hogshead-Makar’s letter  back to the New York Times…..

She is not happy about how the author did the piece…….
To the Editor:
Your article, “No Tackling, but a Girls’ Sport Takes Some Hits” took my comments out of context when they pitted myself, a gender equity advocate, against the sport of flag football and the girls playing the sport. How absurd. The real story was a harsh critique of the Florida High School Athletic Association and their failure to provide girls with equal educational opportunities, the test for Title IX compliance. Any sports association starting a regional sport that does not enjoy an existing infrastructure like soccer did in the 1980s is obligated to work cooperatively to provide girls with similar opportunities it provides its male athletes.  For over 10 years, flag football players alone have lost out on the $1.5 billion annually in college scholarships and the abundant educational and economic benefits that research confirms flows from the competitive nature of varsity sports. Meanwhile, the FHSAA has yet to sponsor other popular girls’ sports, such as field
hockey, crew, water polo, and archery.
Of course Florida high school girls are enthusiastic about their sport; they’re  starved for sports opportunities. Nationally, 50% of all high school students are provided with sports opportunities; Florida provides just 30% of which only 41% of this small pie goes to girls.
No gender equity advocates are “hitting” flag football; its the FHSAA who should get tackled.

This from  Donna Lopiano Ph.D…..President Sprots Management Resources who was quoted in the piece…and disagree’s with way her quote was presented in the New York Times piece……

I was accurately quoted as recommending that high school add flag football for girls but my remark was incorrectly juxtaposed to comments of others who maintained that flag football would not fulfill an institution’s Title IX obligations.  My point was that the missing piece of the Title IX puzzle has been the lack of commitment by state and national governance associations, conferences and institutions to work together to expand opportunities for girls.  If flag football for girls was added with these agencies acting in concert to solve the problem of simultaneously offering regular season and post season competition against other institutions offering these sports, such action would be consistent with Title IX requirements.   Conferences and national governance associations consisting of member institutions that are recipients of federal funds, have the same Title IX obligations, to support member institution efforts to remedy historical discrimination and they should do so.
Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D.
President
Sports Management Resources

The windup…….

Donna Lopiano and I are saying the same thing — the sports governing bodies (high school athletic associations, college conferences) must work cooperatively in order for new girls’ sports like flag football to grow.  We have a suspicion that a few sports organizations do just the opposite — they work cooperatively to limit sports opportunities for girls.  Under the law, if there is no “reasonable expectation of competition” for a particular sport, a school is not obligated to start that sport, even if they have 1000 girls with lots of former experience in the sport, and lots of interest and enthusiasm for playing.  If no school within the a college conference started flag football (or lacrosse or field hockey or crew — take your pick), any one particular member school would not be required to add that sport.
The FHSAA is not doing so for the sport of flag football.

I hope this clarifies.  Regards, NHM

The Dog is only happy to present this here….

Here’s our post……..link…..with the link to the original New York Times piece…..

Keep at it ladies!

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Sports, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment