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Open Thread for May 29nd…….

It is Memorial Day weekend…..

We here at the Dog would like to Salute all the Brave Warriors that went in harm’s way for our country…

Whether they believed in the cause they where fighting for is not the point..

They served…

And we….. As a country …….Should never forget their sacrifices…….

I Hope this weekend finds you with happiness and joy…

And we all hope the mud can do its trick!…..

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  1. From Politico via the TwinCities.com (St Paul Pioneer-Press) political e-mail newsletter:

    ‘I voted for you…I’m gonna kill you’: FBI report outlines surge in threats against members of Congress

    By Erika Lovely
    POLITICO

    Updated: 05/25/2010 04:09:34 PM CDT

    “I voted for you,” the caller said in a voice mail to Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler’s district office. “If you vote for that stimulus package, I’m gonna kill you. Simple as that.”

    The FBI says the caller was a 70-year-old resident of Shuler’s North Carolina district with a history of mental illness and a cache of guns. In the weeks before calling Shuler’s office, the FBI says, the caller beat and choked his wife. She told the FBI that she’d tried to clear her home of guns — and that she went to bed at night with a can of mace tucked under her pillow.

    When agents showed up at the man’s door, they asked him why he’d threatened to kill Shuler.

    “I was trying to work the political scene,” he said.

    The threat against Shuler is one of several detailed in 2009 FBI documents provided to POLITICO pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were threatened with assassination. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas, were threatened with bodily harm. Someone told Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., that her throat would be cut. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., was told someone would physically “f—- her up” if she held a town hall meeting in her district, according to the FBI files.

    There may have been more threats — the FBI won’t release information on investigations that are still open — and there will likely be more this year; Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer says threats against members of Congress were up 300 percent in the first few months of 2010.

    … more at http://www.twincities.com/newsletter-politics/ci_15158184

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • I read this story a few days ago….

      People ARE crazy out there…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. Dozens of Republican candidates file and plan for retaking Minnesota Legislature

    Dozens of candidates file, plan for retaking Legislature

    By Bill Salisbury
    ”Saint Paul Pioneer-Press”
    bsalisbury@pioneerpress.com

    Updated: 05/25/2010 10:14:51 PM CDT

    Minnesota Republican leaders plan to craft a state version of the “Contract with America” that led to the GOP’s sweep of Congress in 1994, hoping it will thrust them to control of state government next fall.

    After a mass candidate filing at the secretary of state’s office Tuesday led by GOP-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, nearly 100 Republican hopefuls packed into a hot State Office Building news conference room to show their unity.

    “This feels and smells like a locker room,” said Emmer, a former college hockey player.

    State Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton proclaimed: “I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen in November. Not only is Tom Emmer going to be governor, but we’re going to take control of the House and the Senate.”

    Party leaders always say stuff like that, but this group seemed to believe it.

    “The last time I saw something with this kind of energy, this kind of enthusiasm, was 1994,” said House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, referring to the year Republicans, behind Newt Gingrich, took control of the U.S. House for the first time in 40 years. In Minnesota that year, the GOP won an open U.S. Senate seat, retained the governor’s office and picked up 13 state House seats.

    Republicans face a steep climb this year. DFLers hold large majorities in both houses of the Legislature and all the constitutional offices except those of departing Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau.

    … continued (with DFL news as well) at:

    http://www.twincities.com/newsletter-politics/ci_15158310

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’ll be in and out people all day….Saturday is spend money day in the Dogs family…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. GUIDE

    some one has made threats down here against Attorney General McMaster and so he now has security protection

    I suspect it is DIRTY politics meant to affect McMaster’s campaign

    A LOT of OUTSIDE influence in the SC race

    http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010305280033

    You can HELP law enforcement if you have any Information about this person

    http://cmsimg.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=BS&Date=20100528&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=305280033&Ref=AR&MaxW=180&Border=0

    1-888-CRIME-SC

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • Unfortunately..all this stuff is job security for police Departments around the country…

      How sad…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  5. I suspect it is DIRTY politics meant to affect McMaster’s campaign

    WE here in SC have run-offs so being SECOND PLACE is a real fight

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. Daniel G

    you had written things were going to get personal as WE approach November

    please remember SE-779 TRULY is a young teenager SO PLEASE be gentle

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  7. RIP

    Dennis Hopper you supplied COCAINE to so many

    you will be missed

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  8. Drive by:

    If celebrities die go in three’s, you have to wonder who is next.

    RIP Art Linkletter, age 97.

    RIP Dennis Hopper, age 74.

    And the oil keeps gushing.

    Ta, ta!

    Comment by Manila Calling! | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  9. Yikes!

    RIP Gary Coleman, age 42.

    I guess it is true that celebrities die in threes.

    Oh well!

    Adiós!

    Comment by Manila Calling! | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  10. RIP Dennis Hopper, at age 72.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • I should read up the thread occasionally; sorry for the duplication.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 29, 2010 | Reply

      • DSD…you’re doing fine…….

        Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010

    • He was 74, not 72!

      Comment by SE-779 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  11. From The Wall Street Journal this week:

    BP Decisions Made Well Vulnerable

    There Was ‘Nobody in Charge’

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  12. Glad to follow dem-soc dave with the news that BP failed at its latest attempt: Obama has some serious trouble. I see BP as actually better able to bring him down then health care because the oil spill is very visible and tangible, the healthcare bill is extremely convoluted and know one really knows what is going on.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=top-kill-fails-to-top-flow-of-oil-2010-05-29

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 29, 2010 | Reply

    • I disagree….Obama DID NOT Cause this spill……

      Obama and the Federal Government can’t fix it……IT IS THAT SIMPLE….

      He can take the blame…But he really has no control over it……

      No matter how much the media BULLSHITS it!

      BP will fix the leak eventually….The Government will end up footing a good part of the bill…

      That is the reality……

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 29, 2010 | Reply

      • For a really (and unusually for her) wrong-headed Wall Street Journal comment by Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, see:

        He Was Supposed to Be Competent

        Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 30, 2010

      • I know Obama and his administration didn’t cause the spill, but the perception is that he has not done enough…It is all about politcial prception, never about reality. Just like the economy isn’t really a presidents fault, but if the economy goes bad and you are in office you take the heat. He is taking political hits right now, beause honestly he should have made it more of perception that he was doing more whether or not he could realistically doing anything.

        Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 30, 2010

  13. I wonder how this eco-catastrophe is affecting the Green Party presidential candidate’s chances in Colombia this weekend.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  14. Good God what have we here?

    The damn Socialist International?

    Where is Rand paul when we need him?

    According to our Republican friends the federal government should have NO role to play in this oil spill

    I mean it was caused by the negligence of BP right?

    And it is BP who should fix it right?

    Where is all the pallaver about the great “Free enterprise system?”

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  15. “According to our Republican friends the federal government should have NO role to play in this oil spill”

    We need to bail out BP!

    This is really societies fault!

    “Where is all the pallaver about the great “Free enterprise system?”

    I would simply invent a home oil refining kit. They could simply adapt all those unsold home brewing kits. This would motivate people to go out and collect the spill. so they could heat their homes or run their car.

    And everyone uses WD 40!

    Comment by Manila Calling! | May 30, 2010 | Reply

    • They say whatever they want…..BP and the government are now married on this one…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  16. afternoon all…

    the Dog is out being garden and lawn guy….

    be back in hour or so….

    I’ll be around all evening today…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  17. Ok…I’m back here for a few…

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  18. BDog on 12….I couldn’t agree more…Well said!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  19. See unlike you james

    I take Republicans SERIOUSLY

    They have said over and over that we should LET “free enterprise” take care of their own messes(see their opposition to government bailouts of financial firms)

    You on the contrary seem to be saying

    “Look we all know that Republicans dont REALLY believe that stuff”

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  20. Yo Jack…..I believe that private enterprise does a good job on numerous things….

    Pumping Oil is one of them…

    BUT…..Someone has to keep an eye them….

    That does not mean being all over their case….

    But like in this situation..when it’s warranted they step in and become part of the team…

    In the end in this one they are going to helping on the money part…so they deserve a seat at the table…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  21. james,

    Do you got my California Post? I was right Campbell being a better Candidate for the GOP than Fiorina.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  22. Yea….I ‘ll do it and stop commenting……He, he, he

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  23. Theyre getting off WAY WAY too easy

    And you are being unresponsive

    Republicans CLAIM that the government has NO business “interfering” in the business of private companies

    Obviously BP caused this problem

    The government should leave it to them to get themselves out of it

    Right?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 30, 2010 | Reply

    • How many hundred times did we hear Republicans and business interests call for “real regulatory reform”?

      I hope they get it in spades, now, because the straitjacket obviously hasn’t been buckled nearly tightly enough. Animal Spirits and Irrational Exuberance, with all their all-too-tangible consequences, are what have ruled, not the supposed Rationality of the Market.

      And if the law makes maximizing wealth and profit for the owners of capital (“enhancing shareholder value”) the legal duty of all private economic organizations, their directors and their officers, is it any wonder that the values of Enron, BP, AIG, Massey Energy and Lehnman Bros. have prevailed over all other trivia like health, safety, the environment, national security and indeed the overall economy?

      This is why capitalists time after time remind me in the most shocking and dramatic fashion why I’m still some kind of socialist.

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  24. Okay….

    Let me restate my position so I’m clear….

    BP finds, digs and pumps oil…..

    The US Federal Government issues permits to do that ….

    Along with the permit…The Fed Government issue safety standards for doing those things….

    The US Coast Guard enforces the Maritime part of the standards and other agencies check the Oil stuff….

    With this in mind you can understand where I’m coming from…

    If BP is doing it’s thing…They are supposed to met each agencies standards….
    But…..

    They are doing the finding, drilling and pumping……

    If something goes wrong….It is clearly BP’s responsibility to make it right…
    NOT THE GOVERNMENT which has no expertise in the field….

    But as they are doing now…They will make sure that THEIR RULES are followed…

    At No time is Chad Allen telling BP do this first …
    He only chimes in when BP decides to do something…

    Allen is not stupid…..He works for the Coast Guard…and last time I looked they they didn’t drill for Oil…

    So again…Obama really has shit to do what happened in the first place…
    The people who blame him are idiots…

    But once the government JOINED the process…they became duty bound to follow what ever rules, regulations and policies they have in place…..
    And they have veto power over anything they feel is unsafe due to the fact that the President has declared this a National Emergency….

    Allen is smart enough to not get ahead of the curve….

    By doing so he maintains deniability on his part on things he’s not qualified to say yes or no on…..

    Finally…..I have heard Allen say he’s fine with BP on several occasions….

    The guy is damn good!…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  25. All that being said…..

    BP is gonna be liable for at least the the threshold $75 Million…..

    And I’m sure the government is going to figure out a way to get more money out of them…..

    I’m not defending BP…I’m defending the Process…..Which is what is going to drive the technical part of this irregardless of the media hype…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  26. True libertarians, of course, don’t believe in the limited liability corporation, meaning that every owner of BP stock should be suable to the limit of his or her ability to pay compensation (like an underwriter in Lloyds of London insurance syndicate). Why should the government protect BP or Halliburton or TransOcean with a corporate shield? Time to pierce the veil!

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Yea…….DSD…hold stockholder responsible for the liability ……. And there would be NO Stock market…..

      It is why we incorporate companies and they have Liability Insurance so that DOES NOT HAPPEN…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

      • So you admit that “libertarians” like Rand Paul are full of it?

        Comment by My Name Is jack | May 30, 2010

  27. This IS a capitalist country……

    It always has been even more so up to the 1930s….

    The fact is Shit Happens…

    We DO have to deal with that……..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  28. james

    Apparently you are missing where Im coming from

    Im not arguing the reality of the situation I am arguing POLITICS

    Democrats and Republicans

    In some odd way you seem to feel the need to defend the Republicans on this

    Let em speak for themselves

    And they are

    Jindal and crew are whining that the federal government ought to

    DO SOMETHING

    My question to THEM not you is

    WHY?

    Do they believe their own BS or not?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  29. People you gotta understand the basic’s on how companies work…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  30. You still dont get it

    Im not arguing THAT

    Im showing how lying and hypocritical REPUBLICANS are

    With this

    “Anti Government” garbage of theirs

    Jindal is showing himself to be the biggest Hypocrite around

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  31. I’m not defending the GOP…..

    My feeling is line with yours on the politcs of things…

    The GOP does tend to not want ANY rules…You are right…

    They do tend to not care one bit about the little guy …or anyone that’s not one of them…

    I just am very annoyed about the peple who blame Obama for this caper…
    I addition, BP and Allen are working the problem….

    BP is and should be holding the bag…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  32. He, he, he……

    Rand Paul has simple Bull Shit answers for complex subjects….i.e. ‘he’s full of shit!’…

    Ya

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  33. jack

    I hope your posts are without sarcasm because I REALLY like what you have written about the BP spill

    As someone that LOVES mother EARTH I would have never ISSUED permits to drill in the first place

    but NOW the spill has happened I would like to see the PRIVATE sector step in and utilize all the unemployed of the Gulf

    If they are TOO LAZY as Andre Bauer(SC-2) has stated about workers in this nation then by ALL MEANS use the Mexicans

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  34. Agreed..read my comment #31……

    To that I agree with you Jundal and some Democrats are riding the political wave against Wash….which is just trying to solve a problem they don’t the technical means to do….

    You are ON POINT!

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  35. GUIDE

    I liked your #12 post

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  36. Well I’m happy to hear that but I just realized that I left a word out….

    It might make your change your mind…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  37. james b

    you are the best fortune teller of anyone I know

    Do you think the mainstream media will ever turn against Obama

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  38. I’ll take that with a grain of salt…..

    Right now they are with him…..

    Come re-election time…..It could get rough……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  39. Ex-Minister Juan Manuel Santos leads Colombia vote

    Former Colombian Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos has won the first round of the country’s presidential election.

    With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Santos – who is supported by popular incumbent Alvaro Uribe – is credited with about 47% of the vote.

    His main rival, Antanas Mockus of the Green Party, achieved 21%.

    Although Mr Santos failed to win outright, he is expected to get the support of some defeated candidates and to win the 20 June run-off.

    Mr Santos, of the Social National Unity Party, has promised to continue the tough security policies of Mr Uribe – who cannot run after having served two consecutive terms.

    Mr Mockus, a former mayor of Bogota, has put more emphasis on education and fighting corruption.

    Mr Santo’s first-round victory is seen as a surprise, as many opinion polls had placed the two main contenders neck and neck.

    …continued at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/latin_america/10195622.stm

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 30, 2010 | Reply

  40. Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship (BBC)

    The Israeli navy has stormed at least one of a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip, amid reports of casualties on board.

    Israeli TV says that up to 14 people have been killed. Israel has declined to comment.

    The exact location of the interception is unclear. Israel had warned the ships not to enter its territorial waters.

    The ships are carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip in an effort to break an Israeli blockade.

    Turkish TV pictures taken on board the Turkish ship leading the flotilla show Israeli soldiers fighting to control passengers.

    The footage showed a number of people, apparently injured, lying on the ground. The sound of gunshots could be heard. It is not clear whether the fighting is ongoing.

    Al-Jazeera TV reported from the same ship that Israeli navy forces had fired and boarded the vessel, wounding the captain….

    continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10195838.stm

    From the BBC, two weeks ago (May 17):

    Hamas wrecks ‘illegal’ Gaza homes

    Hamas, the Palestinian movement which controls the Gaza Strip, has forced residents of a southern town from their homes and demolished their houses.

    The radical Islamist group says people living at the edge of the town of Rafah had built their homes illegally on government land.

    Witnesses said dozens of people were pushed out of their homes but Hamas says the number has been exaggerated.

    Palestinians in Gaza have been angered by the demolitions.

    Palestinians are more used to seeing homes destroyed in areas occupied by Israeli military or police for being built without the correct permits, correspondents say.

    Club-wielding Hamas policemen – and some female police officers wearing face-covering veils – forced people from their homes and then brought in bulldozers…

    continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8687974.stm

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  41. Sorry; let me fix that so James can delete the previous version:

    Israeli forces storm Gaza aid ship

    The Israeli navy has stormed at least one of a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip, amid reports of casualties on board.

    Israeli TV says that up to 14 people have been killed. Israel has declined to comment.

    The exact location of the interception is unclear. Israel had warned the ships not to enter its territorial waters.

    The ships are carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip in an effort to break an Israeli blockade.

    Turkish TV pictures taken on board the Turkish ship leading the flotilla show Israeli soldiers fighting to control passengers.

    The footage showed a number of people, apparently injured, lying on the ground. The sound of gunshots could be heard. It is not clear whether the fighting is ongoing.

    Al-Jazeera TV reported from the same ship that Israeli navy forces had fired and boarded the vessel, wounding the captain …

    continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10195838.stm

    From the BBC, two weeks ago (May 17):

    Hamas wrecks ‘illegal’ Gaza homes

    Hamas, the Palestinian movement which controls the Gaza Strip, has forced residents of a southern town from their homes and demolished their houses.

    The radical Islamist group says people living at the edge of the town of Rafah had built their homes illegally on government land.

    Witnesses said dozens of people were pushed out of their homes but Hamas says the number has been exaggerated.

    Palestinians in Gaza have been angered by the demolitions.

    Palestinians are more used to seeing homes destroyed in areas occupied by Israeli military or police for being built without the correct permits, correspondents say.

    Club-wielding Hamas policemen – and some female police officers wearing face-covering veils – forced people from their homes and then brought in bulldozers…

    continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8687974.stm

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  42. Insider Advantage/State House Report, an independent polling firm, released polling numbers May 28th that indicate André moved up in the polls by 8 percentage points while every other candidate running for governor has dropped considerably. Haley 31.3%, Bauer 20.7%, Barrett 14.1%, McMaster 13.8%

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  43. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2010/05/27/rare-peek-behind-closed-doors-of-secret-gay-donor-confab/

    Rare peek behind closed doors of secret gay donor confab

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  44. Daniel G

    Good Job.

    Down at 47%

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  45. Polling Alert:

    New California Field Poll likely to be released tonight.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 31, 2010 | Reply

    • There has been movement in those races, huh?

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

      • james,

        The Field Poll is probably the “Golden Standard Poll” for California. They usually get things right.

        Fiorina is leading the CA-SEN GOP Primary but I’ve still some seriously doubts that she’s leading by 23 (SUSA), 20 (PPP) or 15 (LA Times)

        I still think it’s a single digit Race.

        Comment by Daniel G. | May 31, 2010

  46. Interesting how things settle down as the primaries close in….

    Boxer still leads by about 6 in most of the polls?
    Brown still leads by about 10%?

    And I see Whitman is coming back a bit…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

    • By any means I don’t how Fiorina who has way too much to the right can beat Boxer. That’s why I pleaded for Campbell time and time again.

      The GOP thinks they can beat Boxer with a staunchly Conservative Candidate in a staunchly blue State like CA. They are NUTS.

      As soon as Fiorina is declared the Winner on June 8th this Race should have the Rating “Likely Dem”

      Comment by Daniel G. | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  47. Agreed….As you know……. Boxer isn’t one of my favorite people….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  48. The GOP thinks they can beat Boxer with a staunchly Conservative Candidate in a staunchly blue State like CA. They are NUTS.
    ———-

    CA is a TOSS_UP

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-2008election-california-results,0,1293859.htmlstory?view=8&tab=0&fnum=0

    Check out a Map

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  49. the future of presidential politics

    past candidates-http://www.enquirer.com/columns/crowley/2000/01/25/pcr_bauers_hard_work_may.html

    Obama era candidates–http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100530/ap_on_re_us/us_odd_robot_rodeo_2

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  50. Dexterity Anyone?

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  51. the never ending war

    CNN poll: Instability in Iraq could hurt support for U.S. withdrawal

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/31/cnn-poll-instability-in-iraq-could-hurt-support-for-u-s-withdrawal/?fbid=Ep-Tme8zfOQ

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m not even doing a post on this…..

      Anyone who things that ALL the US troops are going to be gone from Iraq in 2011 is a moron!

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  52. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said this week that he has no plans to try to make the state’s recently passed medical marijuana law more restrictive—as he had suggested he might do while on the campaign trail—but that he wants to delay implementation of the law by at least six months.

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  53. Let the right get a chance to fight it, huh?

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  54. Corey Gross

    Whitewater 2010 time

    I am glad WE got to witness this unfold together

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/corruption/

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  55. Illinois Politics issssss???…….I guess Illinois politics……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  56. Happy Memorial Day everyone. While BBQs and swimming pools are a lot of fun, remember those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy those things in peace and freedom.

    Reading Jack’s posts over the weekend I have to say he is right. The so called “liberal media” is NOT holding these free market enterprisers to task when it comes to their criticism of the federal government’s handling of the BP spill.

    It needs to be pointed out loudly and strongly that the kind of hands off federal government these folks like Rand Paul, Rush Limbaugh, Jim DeMint, Glenn Beck, etc. all want would be POWERLESS to force a private company to clean up their mess.

    I used to have an old man neighbor who thought all doctors were quacks and bragged about ignoring their advice to exercise and watch his diet. Then after a massive heart attack he claimed medical science wasn’t doing enough to save him and others in his predicament.

    The Republicans are like that crazy old neighbor, claiming no one should interfere on the rights of BP and others to “drill baby drill” but once there is a massive spill they suddenly blame the government for not doing enough to stop it.

    Americans need to ask themselves, is “crazy old man neighbor” really a model of leadership?

    Comment by Scott P | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  57. Scott P

    The Surprise about BP is from the Democrats

    President Obama has set himself as more lax about offshore drilling than Bush

    Obama had the drilling BROUGHT IN closer to land

    talked to a person today from Louisiana said fishing industry is ALREADY hurting

    Obama spill is just another notch in the REIGN of terror of Obama as President

    and WE still have another TERM to go

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  58. Yep….another one to go…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  59. The citizens of Reykjavik vote for the Best Party; (BBC)

    A party that calls itself “the Best” has won local elections in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.

    The Best Party, founded by comedian Jon Gnarr, secured 34.7% of the vote, ahead of the Independence Party’s 33.6%.

    Its campaign video featured candidates singing to the tune of Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best”.

    Key pledges included “sustainable transparency”, free towels at all swimming pools and a new polar bear for the city zoo.

    The party also called for a Disneyland at the airport and a “drug-free parliament” by 2020.

    As well as specific pledges, its video promised change, a “bright future” and suggested that it was time for a “clean out”.

    The Best Party was only established six months ago. Its victory means it will hold six seats on the 15-member city council.

    Commentators suggest it has benefited from voters’ loss of trust in government and the establishment in the wake of the country’s banking collapse in 2008.

    According to Iceland Review Online, several local races saw parties that were in power ousted in the polls.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10194757.stm

    Iceland Review online reports on negotiations between the Social Democrats and Best Party in Reykjavik, and between several parties and the Second-Best Party in Kópavogur:

    Talks between Best Party and Social Democrats Continue

    Representatives of the Best Party and the Social Democrats in Reykjavík met yesterday and agreed upon a series of “secret” meetings this week, which will be announced accordingly. They will discuss which topics to emphasize as the new majority in the Reykjavík City Council….

    In Hafnarfjördur the Social Democrats and Left-Greens are in negotiations. According to Fréttabladid’s sources, both the current mayor, Lúdvík Geirsson of the Social Democrats, and chairwoman of the Left-Greens Gudrún Ágústa Gudmundsdóttir are making demands for the mayoral office.

    In Kópavogur, the Social Democrats, Left-Greens, the Second-Best Party and the Kópavogur Party are in negotiations, which seem to be going smoothly. “We are sticking to the schedule and plan to finish talks on Wednesday,” said Gudrún Arnardóttir, the leader of the Social Democrats.

    In Akureyri, chairwoman of the Independence Party Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir resigned from her position within the party and will not take a seat on the town council due to how poorly her party performed in the election on Saturday.

    Click here to read more about the election in Akureyri, here to read more about the Best Party in Reykjavík and here to read more about the municipal elections in Iceland in general.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  60. Will the Czech Republic follow the UK in replacing social democrats with a coalition of more conservative parties?

    This is a hard story to find all in one place (unless you, unlike me, have been following it all along), but here are some snippets:

    From (of all places) al-Jazeera

    Czech parties hold coalition talks”

    Czech centre-right parties say they have reached broad agreement on priorities for the next government following a strong election win.

    But they have cautioned that building a coalition would require tough negotiations.

    Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president, said on Monday that he would refrain from immediately designating a new prime minister, but that a coalition seemed the only option after Saturday’s election.

    The leftist Social Democrats (CSSD) won the most votes in the election, but combined gains by three centre-right parties, including two new ones, made it all but impossible for the left to take power. …

    continued in much more detail at http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/05/2010531155019929513.html

    From the BBC:

    Czech voters move to the right in general election

    Results from the Czech Republic’s general election suggest centre-right parties will form the next government.

    Left-wing Social Democrats won most votes in the election, with 22%, but did far worse than opinion polls had been suggesting.

    Jiri Paroubek quickly quit as leader of the party, saying the country was “on track for a right-wing coalition”.

    The conservative Civic Democrats have 20.2%, but potential allies could boost that towards a majority.

    One of them, TOP09, has 16.7%, while the centrist Public Affairs party has 10.9%.

    It is still unclear who will become prime minister.

    The big campaign issues included cutting the deficit, pension reform and stamping out corruption.

    The country has had an interim administration since the centre-right government was toppled halfway through the country’s European Union presidency in March 2009.

    continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10180591.stm

    And from “All Headline News” (whatever that is):

    Center-right Parties To Form Czech Coalition Government

    Danilo Gagelonia – AHN News

    Prague, Czech Republic (AHN) – Czech Republic general election final results Saturday point to center-right parties forming the next government.

    The Czech Statistical Office reported the centre-left Social Democrats (CSSD) placed first with 22.1 percent of the vote, the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS), came second with 20.2 percent, the rightist TOP 09, 16.7 percent, and centrist Public Affairs 10.9 percent.

    Former prime minister Jiri Paroubek stepped down as CSSD leader, saying the country was “on track for a right-wing coalition”.

    Meanwhile, ODS leader Petr Necas and CSSD first deputy chairman Bohuslav Sobotka are waiting for right-wing President Vaclav Klaus’ call to request the formation of a new government.

    It is still unclear who will become prime minister.

    The center-right parties plan big budget saving measures to save the republic from financial distress.

    ODS election leader Petr Necas said of the election result: “It is great news that will allow the Czech Republic to avoid a repeat of the Greek scenario.”

    Read more:

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • So you can vote for the Best Party and Second-Best Party in Iceland, and for the TOP09 Party in the Czech Republic.

      I guess Americans (and Britons) just have to settle for the mundane and mediocre parties, or else set up their own branches of the Superior International. 🙂

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  61. From Liberal Democrat Voice (UK):

    Clegg demands end to Gaza blockade #flotilla

    By The Voice | Published 1st June 2010 – 3:07 pm
    Clegg speaks out on Gaza flotilla crisis

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called on Israel to lift its “unjustifiable and untenable” blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    Mr Clegg said that the storming by Israeli commandos of a ship carrying aid to the Palestinian territory underlined the need for the blockade to end.

    The United Nations Security Council called for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent” investigation into the raid, which left at least nine civilians dead and more than 30 people injured, including one Briton, according to the Foreign Office.

    Mr Clegg said the situation in Gaza had become a “humanitarian catastrophe”. He said: “Whilst, of course, Israel has every right to defend itself and its citizens from any attack, it must now move towards lifting the blockade in Gaza as soon as possible.”

    Find the full press release here.

    http://www.libdemvoice.org/clegg-demands-end-to-gaza-blockade-flotilla-19787.html

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Things have changed for the Israeli’s …for sure…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  62. Joe McGinnis has written a few good books(i e Fatal Vision The Selling Of the President)

    And some bad ones(the one on the Kennedys comes to mind)

    So I dont know how his Sarah Palin bio will turn out

    But the response to his moving up to Wasilla Alaska to research it is well

    Just plain Republican

    Sarah is bellyaching about it to anyone who will listen

    And today the local paper in typical Republican fashion brought out the heavy artillery reminding McGinnis he could be shot(Republicans have an unnatural fascination with shooting people and guns in general)

    Maybe Sarah can head on down to Louisiana and foil McGinnis

    Im sure theres a market down there for

    “DRILL BABY DRILL!”

    Yiheee!!!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  63. He, he, he…morning Jack……

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Hey Im on a roll today!

      Comment by My Name Is jack | June 1, 2010 | Reply

      • Yes you are….stand by for your post…….

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010

  64. The Supreme Court ruling today that criminal suspects must invoke their right to remain silent
    is sure to stir up the Left

    Witness Sonia Sotomayors vigorous dissent

    I dont have a problem with it myself

    And I dont see where it violates anyones rights to require them to simply say

    “I dont wish to talk” or similiar words

    Seems commonsensical to me

    John Roberts,Sam Alito,Claerence Thomas.Antonin Scalia,
    Tony Kennedy

    And me!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Is that the real Jack? Or the imposter who sometimes uses his handle?

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

      • Its me DSD

        I really dont see the big deal here

        Comment by My Name Is jack | June 1, 2010

      • I haven’t read the whole opinion and dissent, but you should see this thing in context. Thompkins was interrogated for three hours, during which he occasionally mumbled a response. After two and three-quarters hours, when asked if he asked God for forgiveness for committing the crime, he teared up and said yes. I don’t see some unambiguous waiver of his Miranda rights here; and the warning as now phrased doesn’t make it clear that a suspect has to explicitly invoke his right to silence (as opposed to asking for a lawyer). The opinion’s just not close to the real world.

        Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010

  65. Have to admit I was shocked about this–Politico is reporting Al and Tipper Gore are separating after 40 yrs. of marriage.

    Best of wishes to them both.

    Comment by Scott P | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  66. I’ll find that and put it up….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  67. Ok….I’m here…but I ‘m gonna do some posts…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  68. DSD…It’s a bad situation all around…

    If you lawyer up from the jump…..And you have money to get a decent lawyer your chances of beating the rap go dramatically up…..

    Lets face it…… most people that commit crimes and get caught are poor and dumb…

    In the beginning of their careers they will give up whatever they did willingly…

    People who have been in the system will deal something to make the Cops or DA’s leave them alone….Or Lawyer up if they have nothing…..

    White collar criminals are smart and have good lawyers…..

    They end up making deals…………

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Of course, as a good jurist (and one who tries to get as many of her colleagues as possible to agree with, support and later defer to her point of view), Sonia Sotomayor tries to marry her opinion with the existing precedents, but in this case, I think they make some kind of sense in a station room setting.

      From the Miranda warning as now given, when told that you have the right to counsel, and a lawyer will be provided if you can’t afford to pay one yourself, it would make sense to the average (and even sub-average) Joe who wanted a lawyer to ask for one.

      But when told you have a right to remain silent, it’s much less clear because it’s a negative right. If you’re told that you do not have to jump over a table unless you agree, you could waive that right explicitly (“Yes, I’ll jump over the table”) or implicitly, by jumping over it. What if you sit still, or respond to hours of prompting by occasionally standing up and making a tentative hop in the table’s direction?

      Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  69. Okay guys I’m out enjoy …..I’ll be back after 9:00 pm……

    Carry On!

    I sneak in from work after 7:00 Pm to clear up things for the Special…..

    New Thread tonight!

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  70. balls

    this is REAL cool

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/interactives/campaign08/election/uscounties.html

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  71. Folks,

    Check out or Primary Results Thread for the Hot Button Races.

    Comment by Daniel G. | June 1, 2010 | Reply

  72. A big test for the privatization of low orbit space flight.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127237460

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | June 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks….. I’ll get to this later…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 1, 2010 | Reply


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