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New York State Progressives and Upstater's don't like Cuomo's pick for Attorney General…..What to do?

First It was Kirsten Gillibrand that the they decided they DID like…

After her transformation from a ‘Blue Dog” Democrat from Upstate New York..to the New York City Liberal????

Second It was Harold Ford, Jr. That they didn’t like…

They now have decided the Kathleen Rice the DA  from Nassau County…..

Isn’t good enough for them……

Here we go folks…….

A few weeks ago Rice and Eric Dinallo, a former New York State Insurance Supernatent came out 1 and 2 in a straw poll…

Dinallo being first….

The Dog mentioned that this WAS significant..because Rice came out second…..The first piece I did on this race had 4 people in the running on the Democratic side….

They are really down to two……

In the days after the straw poll upstate….It has become clear that Cuomo is heavily involved in Rice’s campaign…..

Below I have posted up a piece on how the New York State Democratic party ( The Upstater’s and Progressives) is dealing with Cuomo…..who at this moment is now the leader of the state’s democratic party…..

Those members, while thinking of backing Dinallo..must deal with the fact that to do so..

Could risk the ire of a new Governor riding a strong vote margin…

Why would the newly minted leader of the NY Democrats, a guy who is already pretty much expected to win by at least a two thirds majority, interfere in the party process to pick a former Republican to run for his old job? Particularly one who treated her former gig as Nassau County DA as a chance for political grandstanding, pontificating about drunk drivers and sex offenders, which I’m sure are the most pressing sorts of crimes in the second richest county in America.

Short answer? Rice is apparently counting on Cuomo’s coattails to get her into office. Cuomo reportedly favors her, and the convention delegates are afraid to cross him over the issue. Moreover, if you look into the records, Cuomo has been fundraising for Rice since October of 2009, which may help to account for the couple million dollars in cash which vaulted her into the top tier candidates past people like Eric Schneiderman. That leaves you with an AG who completely owes their job to the new Governor, which is not the way that elections are supposed to work.

The “why” of the thing doesn’t really matter at that point. What does matter is that with half the state’s county chairs already backing Dinallo, and Rice having fallen flat with both the public and the party faithful outside of the New York City area, a convention that crowns Rice with the nomination is going to meet with a great deal of skepticism–skepticism at best–from the Democratic base if the process isn’t unquestionably fair and impartial. A secret ballot would be a good start on that; so would guaranteeing the state committee members from NYC the right to vote as they choose, rather than as the party machine dictates.

Last but not least, speaking from my own perspective. Having a handful of people from downstate select the next AG candidate through internal arm-twisting–including running roughshod over the only candidate to make a serious appeal to rural New Yorkers in, well ever–is an absolute disaster for those of us still trying to build the party out here in the red parts of the state, since it confirms all the worst cliches about state government being run solely of by and for New York City.

I know, Andrew Cuomo doesn’t need to care about that–he’s still going to win by ten or twenty points even if he never sets foot on a farm or a state park……

More……..

NoteMy moneys on Rice…..

Remember…There are more poeple  in NYC and the surrounding subaurbs (68.4%) than upstate…..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

New York State Progressives and Upstater’s don’t like Cuomo’s pick for Attorney General…..What to do?

First It was Kirsten Gillibrand that the they decided they DID like…

After her transformation from a ‘Blue Dog” Democrat from Upstate New York..to the New York City Liberal????

Second It was Harold Ford, Jr. That they didn’t like…

They now have decided the Kathleen Rice the DA  from Nassau County…..

Isn’t good enough for them……

Here we go folks…….

A few weeks ago Rice and Eric Dinallo, a former New York State Insurance Supernatent came out 1 and 2 in a straw poll…

Dinallo being first….

The Dog mentioned that this WAS significant..because Rice came out second…..The first piece I did on this race had 4 people in the running on the Democratic side….

They are really down to two……

In the days after the straw poll upstate….It has become clear that Cuomo is heavily involved in Rice’s campaign…..

Below I have posted up a piece on how the New York State Democratic party ( The Upstater’s and Progressives) is dealing with Cuomo…..who at this moment is now the leader of the state’s democratic party…..

Those members, while thinking of backing Dinallo..must deal with the fact that to do so..

Could risk the ire of a new Governor riding a strong vote margin…

Why would the newly minted leader of the NY Democrats, a guy who is already pretty much expected to win by at least a two thirds majority, interfere in the party process to pick a former Republican to run for his old job? Particularly one who treated her former gig as Nassau County DA as a chance for political grandstanding, pontificating about drunk drivers and sex offenders, which I’m sure are the most pressing sorts of crimes in the second richest county in America.

Short answer? Rice is apparently counting on Cuomo’s coattails to get her into office. Cuomo reportedly favors her, and the convention delegates are afraid to cross him over the issue. Moreover, if you look into the records, Cuomo has been fundraising for Rice since October of 2009, which may help to account for the couple million dollars in cash which vaulted her into the top tier candidates past people like Eric Schneiderman. That leaves you with an AG who completely owes their job to the new Governor, which is not the way that elections are supposed to work.

The “why” of the thing doesn’t really matter at that point. What does matter is that with half the state’s county chairs already backing Dinallo, and Rice having fallen flat with both the public and the party faithful outside of the New York City area, a convention that crowns Rice with the nomination is going to meet with a great deal of skepticism–skepticism at best–from the Democratic base if the process isn’t unquestionably fair and impartial. A secret ballot would be a good start on that; so would guaranteeing the state committee members from NYC the right to vote as they choose, rather than as the party machine dictates.

Last but not least, speaking from my own perspective. Having a handful of people from downstate select the next AG candidate through internal arm-twisting–including running roughshod over the only candidate to make a serious appeal to rural New Yorkers in, well ever–is an absolute disaster for those of us still trying to build the party out here in the red parts of the state, since it confirms all the worst cliches about state government being run solely of by and for New York City.

I know, Andrew Cuomo doesn’t need to care about that–he’s still going to win by ten or twenty points even if he never sets foot on a farm or a state park……

More……..

NoteMy moneys on Rice…..

Remember…There are more poeple  in NYC and the surrounding subaurbs (68.4%) than upstate…..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of May 23rd……

Pollster.com
Obama Average Job Approval
48.3%
Pollster.com
Obama Favorability
54.3%
Pollster.com
Right Direction / Wrong Track
36.0% / 56.9%
Pollster.com
Congressional Approval
19.6%
National Federation of Independent Businesses
Small Business Optimism Index
86.8 (up 4.4% from March)
ABC News/Washington Post
Consumer Comfort Index
44 points below zero
U.S. Department of Labor
Initial Weekly Jobless Claims
471,000 (down 114,000 since 1/20/09)
RealtyTrac
Newly foreclosed properties in April
333,837
U.S. Department of Labor
Unemployment
9.9%

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Government, Media, The Economy, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Seven of Nine……and Barack Obama in Illinois…….

You know……. I’ve know this story for a long time……

But I never connected the dots……

Damn!

How soon we forget!…..and…..

What a small world it is….

And the Borg DO win in the end!…….

Seven of Nine Human Version


Some people look at actress Jeri Ryan and see the former cover girl for Maxim andFHM. Some recall her days in a latex catsuit as Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager. Show biz junkies call her a show killer because she’s appeared in so many doomed series, from Dark Skies to Shark. But for me she will always be the woman who made Barack Obama’s career possible.

She ought to have been appointed as Illinois’s senator; no one deserved it more.

Jeri is not an attorney, although she’s often played one on TV.  None of her roles matched the part she played in the “sex scandal” that ruined her ex-husband’s career.  That’s “sex scandal” in quotes because, as the Washington Post noted in the aftermath, this was a sex scandal without sex.

Here’s what happened:  The Ryans met in 1990 and married the following year. The former Jeri Lynn Zimmerman had been Miss Illinois 1989, and third runner up in the Miss American pageant. (She sang “On My Own” from Le Miz.)  She had just graduated from Northwestern. Jack Ryan was a Dartmouth man, with Harvard law and business degrees, who left Goldman Sachs with a $95 million fortune, and chose to teach in a boys school on Chicago’s rough South Side. The Ryans settled in Chicago, while Jeri pursued her acting career, making her debut in a TV movie, Nightmare in Columbia County, as the teenage target of a serial killer. The Ryans’ son was born in 1994, but as Jeri’s career heated up, especially after she was cast in Star Trek: Voyager, she spent more and more time on the West Coast.  Her name was linked to Brannon Braga, executive producer of Star Trek Voyager.  (He’s currently a writer-producer on 24.)
In 1999 Jeri filed for divorce. It was civilized and quiet, Jeri got a third of the Ryan fortune and the couple agreed to share custody of their son with Jeri holding physical custody. All records were sealed. A year later, Jack Ryan tried to revisit the custody agreement. Jeri responded with a 24-page Declaration filed with the Los Angeles Court.  In it she described the last days of a doomed marriage.  For her the marriage was over in the spring of 1998, but Jack Ryan went ahead and arranged surprise trips to New Orleans, New York, and Paris. He remembered them as “romantic weekends.” She remembered them as visits to sex clubs. He hated to go out to dinner, Jeri said, but he took her out in New York, then said the least she could do in return was go to one such club with him.  She went to the clubs, but as far as any activity went, she resorted to the most empowering phrase any woman can use—“No.”
Besides, she was by now in love with another man, had been since spring, and the Ryans finally separated in fall 1998, divorcing the following year. Divorce and custody papers were sealed.

[ Jerry and Jack Ryan and Barack Obama in the Illinois State Senate ]
Jeri’s recollections lay buried in the 2000 Declaration like an Internet worm until Jack Ryan won the 2004 Illinois Republican primary, defeating seven other candidates to become the Republican candidate for United States Senator from Illinois. Ryan’s Democratic opponent would be Barack Obama, a virtual nonentity who had served three undistinguished terms in the Illinois state senate and had already lost one Democratic primary fight for a chance to run for Congress.
Almost immediately, Obama supporters began an e-mail campaign calling for Jack Ryan’s sealed records. He released his tax records and his divorce records, but in the tradition of Woodward and Bernstein, the Chicago Tribune investigative team refused to let go. The Tribune made history when it went to court to have the custody files opened, over the objections of both Jack and Jeri Ryan who were concerned about the effect on their nine-year-old son. The public’s right to know overruled that and Judge Robert T. Schnider of the Los Angeles Superior Court released 360 pages of sworn testimony. Diligent investigative reportage unearthed Jeri Ryan’s 2000 Declaration containing her description of their visits to sex clubs. Forget that this was a married couple and that nothing actually happened in the clubs.  This kind of thing still doesn’t play in the Midwest.
The Republican leadership quickly bailed on Jack Ryan……..

More……..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Space, Updates, Women | , , , | 9 Comments

The Destructionist…….Some negatives in the future?

In the next four weeks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will drop at least 300 points upon growing fears of the ongoing economic crisis looming in the United States and abroad as instability in Greece and other European countries suffer the devaluation of the Euro as it tumbles into “no man’s land.”

BP’s latest attempt to cap the oil pipeline 5,000 feet underwater (a.k.a. “Top Kill”) using robots will fail. They will then come up with a “new plan” out of thin-air in an effort to seal the pipe and to instill confidence in the public. The Obama Administration will finally step in to take control of the operation, adding much needed resources in an effort to assuage the outrage being felt by Americans everywhere over this environmental catastrophe. A team of engineers and scientists will be sent down to the ocean floor, via bathyscaphe, in order to view the damage head-on and to make assessments as to how to repair the damage.

Is this a future foretold, or just simple deductive reasoning?

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Media, Updates | | Leave a comment

A Good and True Illegal Immigrant Story……And the Dream Act…..

I found this story out there about a woman who found out that she was an illegal immigrant when she was 13, went on tp get herself legal and moved on to graduate school…go to college and graduate school and get a chance to let us know her story of how she became one of the 300 million american’s that we are proud of…..

This is something people should not be afraid of…..

Immigration has a personal face……

This piece includes a push for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also known as The Dream Act…..This bill proposes to offer full citizenship to children of illegal immigrants who have been on America for a certain time and can demonstrate good character and eduction…..the bill would apply to people in the US military that meet the same criteria….

Countless demonstrations have taken place in a national effort to bring attention to theDevelopment, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, also known as The Dream Act. In solidarity with the Dream Act, and the countless students who would benefit from this legislation, I share with you my own journey from a small country in Central America to the vast urban jungle of Los Angeles.

2010-05-21-dreamactbutton.jpgFrom 1980 – 1992, my country of origin, El Salvador, was deeply entangled in a civil war. Financially supported by the U.S. government under President Carter and President Reagan, the Salvadoran government was able to wage war against its citizens in the final stages of the Cold War.

I lost my father because of this war. He died trying to protect the basic human rights of farmers, mothers and children.

In 1983, when I was just three years old, my mother, just in her early 20’s, made a decision that would change our destiny. She would go to the U.S., work and to find a way to send money back home so that I could join her. The irony of relocating to a

country that enabled the Salvadoran government to propel thousands of its citizens to leave doesn’t escape me.

Within a few years, working as a nanny despite having a bachelor’s degree, my mother had saved enough money and sent for me. I was five years old. She had remarried and I had a new family. Life was wonderful and the American dream was within reach. I was the oldest of five daughters, and went on to be the first in my family to graduate from an American high school. I received my undergraduate degree from Cal State Los Angeles and just last year, a Masters from the University of Southern California, where I was the student speaker at the Chicano/Latino graduation ceremony. I took out loans and worked countless jobs from selling TV’s at Circuit City to walking dogs to answering phones – my parents had taught me to value of hard work and setting goals.

A few weeks ago, my state senator, Gloria Romero, recognized me as “Woman of the Year” for my work as a broadcaster and for my community service.

As I read the headlines of students risking deportation in acts that are nothing short of true American patriotism in efforts to increase the dialogue on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, I cant help but wonder about my own journey.

You see, I was thirteen years old when I learned I was undocumented – that I was “illegal.” I had crossed the Mexico and U.S. border with a Mickey Mouse shirt in the backseat of a coyote. Me, the girl who played violin, loved the Dodgers, received straight A’s and always sat in front of the class. How could I be illegal?

Turns out that despite living in a country where people were being murdered, women raped and children going missing, the U.S. government refused us political asylum. We were faced with the option of 1) risking death through war or 2) being in the U.S. without proper paperwork.

The choice was a simple one of survival.

For most teenagers, turning 13 is a right of passage, high school looms ahead with dreams of prom, boys and football rallies. For me, I learned the truth of my status and began to see the world through a different lens. We didn’t leave El Salvador because we wanted to; we left because we had to.

The choices that followed that decision have been a trickle-down effect that occurred the moment President Reagan agreed to increase funding for the Salvadoran civil war.

More……..


May 23, 2010 Posted by | Other Things | , , , , | 7 Comments

Politicalwire Polling reports…….. Campbell (Ca), Whitman (Ca) and Brewer (Az)…….

From PoliticalWire…..

Campbell Keeps Lead Over Fiorina in Primary

A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll in California finds Tom Campbell (R) leading the Republican U.S. Senate race with 37%, followed by Carly Fiorina (R) at 22% and Chuck DeVore (R) at 14%.

These results conflict with a poll earlier this week that showed Fiorina moving into the lead.

The primary is on June 8.

In general election match ups, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) leads Campbell, 47% to 40%, tops Fiorina, 48% to 39%, and beats DeVore, 47% to 38%.

Whitman Maintains Lead Over Poizner in Primary

A new DailyKos/Research 2000 poll in California finds Meg Whitman (R) leads Steve Poizner (R) in the Republican primary for governor, 46% to 36%, with another 18% still undecided.

The primary is on June 8.

In general election match ups, Jerry Brown (D) leads Whitman, 46% to 42%, and beats Poizner, 47% to 36%.

Brewer Gets Boost from Immigration Law

A new Rasmussen survey in Arizona finds Gov. Jan Brewer (R) leading Terry Goddard (D) by double digits for the first time, 52% to 39%.

Key finding: The new immigration law has gained support among Arizona voters, who now approve of it by 71% to 24%. Meanwhile, 69% of those who support the law prefer Brewer, while 91% who oppose the law prefer Goddard.

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

This Week in Sneaks…….

From Nicekicks………….

This week, we learned that the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” Pack will officially hit Stateside retailers on June 19th, 2010 for $310. Who else excited to finally hear a solid confirmation on potentially one of the better sneaker packs ever?

Rappers Drake and Wale were spotted wearing the Air Jordan 8 Ray Allen PE and the “Air Attack” Nike Air Total Max Uptempo, respectively. While many of you have your opinions on who spits the toughest bars, we would like you to voice your opinion on who rocked the better sneaker. Participate in our Footwear Faceoff by placing your opinion in our new voting poll.

The Nike Air Max 24/7 “Neon” released this past week at select retailers including Shoe Gallery.

This past weekend, Nike Training held a media summit to showcase upcoming models and directions for the training category. What are your thoughts regarding the newly-revamped Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer? In addition, take a look at Wale’s new Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer.

There are so many green/white or green/black sneakers that coincide perfectly with the Boston Celtics jerseys. So, why would Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis wear this Nike Air Max Hyperize? Check out our Kicks On Court to view more basketball sneakers in the playoffs.

More……..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

'Jack' on Sarah Palin and BP……..

Based on what Sarah Palin said today on FoxNews

About BP

She is obviously

“UnAmerican”

And will be shortly condemned by Rand Paul

What?

You dont believe he will?

Hey he is

“Principled”

Right?

Note…..From TPL……And Wiki….

I am surprised Sarah would talk about BP considering

For eighteen years, TODD PALIN worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. In 2007, in order to avoid a conflict of interest relating to his wife’s position as governor, he took a leave[10] from his job as production supervisor when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife’s administration.[3] Seven months later, because the family needed more income, Todd returned to BP. In order to avoid potential conflict of interest, this time he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.[1][10] He resigned from his job on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason of spending more time with his family.[1

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Family, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

‘Jack’ on Sarah Palin and BP……..

Based on what Sarah Palin said today on FoxNews

About BP

She is obviously

“UnAmerican”

And will be shortly condemned by Rand Paul

What?

You dont believe he will?

Hey he is

“Principled”

Right?

Note…..From TPL……And Wiki….

I am surprised Sarah would talk about BP considering

For eighteen years, TODD PALIN worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. In 2007, in order to avoid a conflict of interest relating to his wife’s position as governor, he took a leave[10] from his job as production supervisor when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife’s administration.[3] Seven months later, because the family needed more income, Todd returned to BP. In order to avoid potential conflict of interest, this time he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.[1][10] He resigned from his job on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason of spending more time with his family.[1

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Family, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments