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The Full House and the Senate Armed Service Committee vote for the Defense Authorization Bill with the modified DADT repeal language

In a relief valve move to defuse the issue….

The full House ( 234-194 ) and Senate Armed Services  (16 to 12) committee voted for the Defense Authorization Bill that contained several things including the repeal of the Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell policy….

NOTE

The repeal cannot go in effect until Defense Secretary Gates, Joint Chief Mullen and the President sign off on the study being done by the pentagon on the issue….due around December 1st.….

This provides cover for everyone and time for Gates…..

To get the troops ready ..of fight the bill….

The House left money in for TWO engine manufactures for the F-35 fighter..something Secretary Gates wanted his boss to veto….We’ll see how strongly he wants to mess with Congress on that….

The House may not have ordered more C-17 Cargo planes for now…But don’t be surprised if the money for them finds its way back into the budget…..


Supporters of the repeal hailed it as a matter of basic fairness and civil rights, while opponents charged that Democrats and President Obama were destabilizing the military to advance a liberal social agenda.

“On Memorial Day, America will come together and honor all who served our nation in uniform,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a floor speech, noting the symbolic timing of the debate. “I urge my colleagues to vote for the repeal of this discriminatory policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and make America, more American.”

Separately on Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a similar measure allowing the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The vote, in a closed session, was 16 to 12, with one Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, in favor of the repeal, and one Democrat, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, in opposition.

Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of the committee, said he believed that the full Senate would support permitting the repeal.

Like the House amendment, the Senate measure would allow Pentagon leaders to revoke the ban 60 days after the military study group completes its report and Mr. Obama, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, certify that it will not hamper military readiness and effectiveness or “unit cohesion.”

Mr. Obama and Mr. Gates favor repealing the ban, as does Admiral Mullen, who, in testimony before the Armed Services Committee in February, called for a repeal.

But chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have objected. In letters solicited by Senator John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee, they urged Congress to delay voting on the issue until after the Defense Department completed its report.

After the committee vote, Mr. McCain said he would continue to fight a repeal when the bill reached the Senate floor. “I think it’s really going to be really harmful to the morale and battle effectiveness of our military,” he said.

More……..

NoteI will be posting more in the future on other things in the bill


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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 4 Comments

Alicia Keys is pregnant……

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Are Engaged – and Expecting! | Alicia Keys

[ That is one pretty woman who can sing! ]

Alicia Keys is in a motherhood state of mind: She’s pregnant with her first child.

The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating producer Swizz Beatz, who has written hits for Beyonce, Jay-Z and others. They’re engaged to be married at a private ceremony later this year.

Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night.

Keys last year teamed up with Jay-Z for a hit song about New York called “Empire State of Mind.” She’s among a string of international artists slated to perform at a June 10 concert to mark the start of the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.

Beatz has been married before and has two sons.

More……..

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Emergency responders still lack cross band communications….

Actually……. the whole idea kinda will never work……

Police Officers talk on their radio’s…

Fire Fighters talk on their radio’s

Ambulance crews talk on their radios’…

The concept of them talking to each other at a emergency scene is alien….


Most people have never been to a real mass causality incident…

It’s crazy…..

The key to the communication issue is good dispatchers that LISTEN to their frequency’s transmissions…

To expect different service providers to use the same codes and try to babble over each other is ridiculous..

And one of the reasons the policy will never be wide spread…

I n addition, in medium to large cites, towns and counties different agncies are very territorial and the sharing of assets’ tightly guarded…

The simple answer is to have dispatchers relocated to center building and have dedicated systems that have each agency monitor other frequencies in emergencies…..

With that cost-effective policy…everybody does their own thing…but dispatchers have the ability to talk on different radio frequencies and thus save time and lives…..

Nine years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, first responders such as police and firefighters are still imperiled by substandard communications technology.

Witnesses testifying to the House Science Committee’s technology panel on Thursday said technological problems continue to put first responders in danger.

Mobile radio devices sometimes cannot communicate with other devices — even ones made by the same manufacturer — despite interoperability standards intended to guarantee just that, according to David Boyd, a director at the Homeland Security Department.

Boyd and Chris Orr, a program manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said the need for action is “extremely urgent” and called for tests so to ensure technology operates across vendors, townships and agencies.

“The threshold has to be that we can look a fireman or a policeman in the eye and say that we’ve given them a program that when they hit the button” the device will work as promised, Orr said, noting that confidence is “lacking” among responders in the field.

The prevailing interoperability standard, Project 25, is issued by manufacturers rather than a third-party body, panelists said, and this means some devices pass certification even though they don’t work.

In contrast, consumer electronics devices are generally certified by external industry-created bodies. But no such entity exists for the smaller market of first responder equipment.

With government witnesses pushing for formal tests, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), the subcommittee’s ranking member, warned against a “government mandate that will shut down innovation.” Any new test, whether industry-created or federally mandated, must be “Congress-proof,” he said.

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 2 Comments

DSD……British Citizenship Test numbers….

British citizenship test: One in three immigrants fails

Nearly a third of foreigners wanting to make Britain their home failed their citizenship test in 2009, figures show.

Of the 906,464 people who took it, 263,641 failed – meaning the pass rate was 70.9%, Home Office figures show.

The 45-minute test on British society, history and culture is a crucial step on the road to being allowed to settle permanently or full citizenship.

Nationalities with a pass rate below 50% included Iraq, Bangladesh and Turkey – all major sources of migrants.

More at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8707152.stm

On the other hand, over 96% of immigrants from Canada, Australia and the USA passed.

Democratic Socialist Dave

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Travel, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Daniel….. Previewing the Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico Primaries…..Today

Hello Folks!

There are  Multiple States Primaries TODAY.
We’ll have a “Special Election Night Results Thread” starting at 7pm ET. That will be 1 Hour before Polls close in Alabama and Mississippi. Polls in New Mexico will close one hour after AL & MS.

Here is a little Election Viewers Guide on the Races that are highly competitive and you should look out for: ENJOY THE GUIDE

Continue reading

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 49 Comments

Jesse James deals with the breakup…..

[ Nearly 7 million people tuned in to watch the “Most Hated Man In America” explain what he was thinking when he stepped out on one of Hollywood’s most gorgeous women with a tattooed chick who calls herself Bombshell. ]

I  always like Sandra Bullock….

She always seems to have a vulurabity come thru……

I never understood why she hooked up Jesse James who never seemed ‘right’ to me….

Two down …and and the guy still hasn’t got marriage right…..

I wish better for her and new child……

According to TVByTheNumbers.com,, Jesse James’ Tuesday night interview with Nightline ABC’s Vicki Mabrey — filled with tales of alleged child abuse — attracted 6.817 million total viewers, the show’s highest ratings since the newsmagazine returned to the tube in 2005.

More……..


May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Movies, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Daniel…..Polling Summary for Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Hello Folks!

Here is my Polling Summary for today:

Wisconsin Senate:

Feingold (D)  46 %  ,  Johnson (R)  44 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Feingold (D)  47 %  ,  Wall (R)  41 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Feingold (D)  47 %  ,  Westlake (R)  38 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Wisconsin Governor:

Walker (R)  48 %  ,  Barrett (D)  41 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Neumann (R)  42 %  ,  Barrett (D)  40 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

New Mexico Governor:

Denish (D)  43 %  ,  Martinez (R)  42 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Denish (D)  45 %  ,  Weh (R)  39 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Denish (D)  45 %  ,  Arnold-Jones (R)  31 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Denish (D)  47 %  ,  Doug Turner (R)  31 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)
Denish (D)  47 %  ,  Domenici Jr. (R)  30 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Alabama Senate:

Shelby (R)  58 %  ,  Barnes (D)  31 %  (Rasmussen Reports Survey)

Connecticut Senate:  Blumenthal (D)  56 %  ,  McMahon (R)  31 %  (Quinnipiac University)
Blumenthal (D)  55 %  ,  Simmons (R)  28 %  (Quinnipiac University)
Blumenthal (D)  59 %  ,  Schiff (R)  25 %  (Quinnipiac University)

CT-SEN GOP Primary:

McMahon  49 %  ,  Simmons  23 %  ,  Schiff  11 %  (Quinnipiac University)

CT-GOV DEM Primary:

Lamont  41 %  ,  Malloy  24 %  (Quinnipiac University)

CT-GOV GOP Primary:

Foley  37 %  ,  Fedele  11 %  ,  Griebel  5 %  (Quinnipiac University)

South Carolina Senate:

DeMint (R)  49 %  ,  Rawl (D)  30 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

California Governor:

Brown (D)  48 %  ,  Whitman (R)  36 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)
Brown (D)  48 %  ,  Poizner (R)  32 %  (Public Policy Polling Survey)

AR-SEN DEM Run-Off:

Halter  47 %  ,  Lincoln  44 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)

Arkansas Senate:

Boozman (R)  58 %  ,  Lincoln (D)  38 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)
Boozman (R)  53 %  ,  Halter (D)  42 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)

Note: The Arkansas Poll just in case you missed it is already posted on a seperate Post at “The Dog”

Kentucky Senate:  Paul (R)  44 %  ,  Conway (D)  41 %  (Research 2000 / Daily Kos)

Daniel G.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 8 Comments

Aishwarya Rai……..

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is famous for her stuning blue eyes and winning Miss World in 1994. After her Miss World reign, she got into modeling and acting as has been gracing us with her natural beauty in more than 40 films.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Entertainment, Media, Movies, Updates, Women | , , | 7 Comments

Nate Silver goes after Rasmussen Polling again…..

Man…Nate goes after Rasmussen Polling again!

…Like every two months …This happens……These two either don’t like each other….

……..Or have a secret pack to promote each other with bad recviews…..He, he, he

Have to be briefer than I’d like here, but I’m in the midst of putting together a new set of pollster ratings. In addition to populating the database with 2008 General Election results (as well as contests held in 2009 and 2010), I’m also doing a fair amount of backfilling to try to make the database, which goes back to 2000, more comprehensive. Previously, for instance, we did not have Rasmussen’s polling in place for 2000, which can be hard to come by. But thanks to the magic of The Internet (as well as a tip from Chris Bowers) I was able to track it down.

Here are the results of statewide polling in the 2000 Presidential Election. Although the pollster ratings will eventually involve some fancier math, the numbers you see below are as simple as it gets: I’ve simply looked at the average error of the last poll issued by each pollster in each state in terms of projecting the margin between Bush and Gore. (A cut-off is established 21 days prior to the election.)

While 2000 was generally a fairly rough year for pollsters, who had to deal with an unenthusiastic electorate, some third-party challengers, and some late-breaking developments like Bush’s DUI charge, Rasmussen was the worst of the lot, missing by an average of 5.7 points. They also called 7 states wrong.** Some of this was the result of bias, as they were 3.5 points too high on Bush’s margin in the states they surveyed, on average.

There’s More…

Note….Why does Rasmussen always put the GOP person on top in the poll results?

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

DSD on who is SUPPOSED TO BE in Charge?

Where is Lisa Jackson? Where is Nobel laureate Dr Stephen Chu?
As someone asked on Meet the Press last Sunday, have they gone into the Federal Witness Protection Program?

If you’d dropped into this catastrophe after staying incommunicado on Mars for 20 years, you’d have expected the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of EPA to be in the lead on this issue. Janet Napolitano (secretary of history’s most dysfunctional department, which unfortunately runs the Coast Guard and FEMA, as well as immigration and TSA) and Ken Salazar have not been impressive. And when Dr Bobby Jindal looks more effective and decisive than the President, the latter has a problem no matter how high or low you look: P.R., partisan ambitions (especially in the South), political effectiveness, effective government or advancing his long-range dreams.

Obama should probably toss all his political and publicity advisors to one side (or over the side) to let his experts manage this properly (and pitilessly). Attacking BP and firing the head of the Interior Dept’s Minerals Management Service are certainly amply and fully justified, but they’re also completely insufficient.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Ecology, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Military, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments