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Nassau County NY DA Rice is throwing punches back at rival Schneiderman….

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Kathleen Rice is the candidate to beat going into the September New York State Democratic Attorney general Primary…

While Andrew Cuomo…

The Democratic front runner and probably next Governor  has pushed Rice…

During a straw poll last month she came in first place among five candidates….

When Cuomo tried to get the other guys out of the picture …..

Other democrats complained….

So the other guys are still in the game…

Eric Sneiderman, a New York State Senator,  has been Rice’s most vocal foe…..

And Rice knows that she must answer his attacks and not let him define her as a reformed Republican from Nassau  County Long Island……(She WAS a Republican back in the day )….

Rice is the only DA in the race….

She gained the job in her first run by being tough on drunk drivers..

She has mellowed in office….

And has on occasion explained to crowds the Dog has been at that ‘locking up everyone …isn’t the answer to every problem’….

The Dog believes she’ll be a fine Attorney General for the State of New York…..

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the lone woman in the five-way Democratic field for Attorney General, swung hard at rival Eric Schneiderman for saying she fought against key portions of the Rockefeller Drug Law reforms.

Rice also accused the state Senator of political folly as the legislature gets set to vote up or down on a budget extender bill that, if shot down, would prompt New York’s first-ever government shutdown.

Her pushback via letter came a day after Schneiderman, who’s running with the progressive mantle, challenged her to a debate over the laws that many activists feel are draconian. Schneiderman said Rice had lobbied against moving sentencing for non-violent first-time felony drug offenders away from prosecutors to judges.

Her answer yesterday to him said she “looked forward” to debating the issues and said she supported the reforms.

But today, her team accused him of taking her words on the sentencing reforms out of context.

“While your decision to engage in political attacks in the hours before state government, at least, imposes sweeping cuts to families and neighborhoods across the state, remains the most troubling portion of your actions, the factual inaccuracy of your attack also raises serious questions regarding the integrity of your campaign,” her team wrote, accusing him of “egregious distortion” of the facts.

“District Attorney Rice has always supported reforming the Rockefeller-era drug laws. In fact, as the top law enforcement official in Nassau County, District Attorney Rice implemented the key principles of the reforms long before the legislature chose to take action,” the letter said.

She also included a separate letter from 2006 to back up her statement.

More…..

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

US and England play to a 1-1 Tie in South Africa World Cup game…..

[ England goalkeeper Robert Green lies on the pitch after mishandling the ball for the U.S.’s only goal. ]

The Journal provides minute-by-minute analysis of the U.S.’s 1-1 draw with England in today’s World Cup Group C match in Rustenburg. Journal staffer Neil McIntosh offers commentary on the match and the telecast, with other contributions from around the world.

For more World Cup coverage from the Journal, click here.


From the Wall Street Journal Live Blog…….

Sometimes you win…

Sometimes you lose….

Sometimes you draw….


Both sides will feel they could have done better; they had the chances to do so. But, also, both will know this result isn’t terminal to their chances of progression.

That said, the U.S. must be the happier group of players and supporters. Their superstars — Donovan, Dempsey, Altidore — turned up and played well. We knew that defense would struggle with England’s pace. But, in reality, they managed to restrict England to a lot of long-range efforts and one or two nearer things which were scrambled away. Tim Howard was just as good as we knew he was.

How England must wish they had a keeper of Howard’s stature. It was hugely cruel that Robert Green’s calamity should deny England a win, and he — and his family — will feel the full force of the English tabloids’ mockery and ire tomorrow morning. As the Journal’s London bureau chief, Bruce Orwall, correctly noted earlier: “This is gonna be ugly.”

The nation is going to be consumed with his failure, and the debate about who to have in goal next time. Add in to that a further debate about Ledley King — if he can’t last more than 45 minutes against the USA, why was he put in the squad? — and a more minor discussion of England’s midfield options after James Milner was hauled off in the first half. At least Emile Heskey, the main pre-match talking point, played well.

For the U.S., it’s on to Johannesburg and the Slovenia game next week with individual and collective reputations intact, even enhanced. England may face Algeria, in Cape Town, with more furrowed brows

Editor’s note: Kyle Beckerman is a midfielder with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer and has 12 appearances with the U.S. national team since 2007.

Fun game to watch. Howard is an absolute beast. It could of really gone either way. We both had some chances to snatch it at the end…We’ll take this nice point, and it’s on to the next one.

Editor’s note: Gary Smith is a former soccer player in England and currently coach of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids.

Very disapointing result for all English men.

To take the lead and start so well but ultimately lack ideas and serious quality, especially at big times was worrying, not only today but as we move forward.

The positives were difficult to mention on the day, but the result would lend [itself] to both teams progressing

Game over but chaos ensues as hordes of people fight to get on a bus back to the lot. A U.S. fan says “we can take a tie” while smushed into a seat.

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President Obama quote on the Oil Spill…….

From Politcalwire…..
“Even though I’m president of the United States, my power is not limitless. So I can’t dive down there and plug the hole. I can’t suck it up with a straw.”

— President Obama, quoted by the Washington Post, on the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

( Ain’t that the truth!….The Dog)

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DSD….Adobe Flash vulnerabilities…..

Adobe’s Flash software has become a favourite among hi-tech criminals……



Adobe has fixed a “critical” security flaw that had the potential to allow hackers to take control of affected computer systems.

The bug was first spotted in early June week following a small number of targeted attacks.

The security update is one in a bumper update package that fixes a total of 32 documented vulnerabilities.

Adobe’s Flash and Reader software have emerged as prime targets for hi-tech criminals in the past year.

Users running Windows, Macintosh or Linux were all thought to be vulnerable to attack.

Security firm Websense said the flaw was being exploited via e-mails that prompted recipients to open booby-trapped websites seeded with malware.

Users visiting the websites would have their computers infected with trojans and other malicious programs that opened a backdoor into the machine.

Adobe urged users to apply the update as soon as possible.

Adobe said it would release an update at the end of June for its Reader and Acrobat programs which addresses a similar bug that makes it possible to booby-trap PDFs.

Adobe is reportedly considering patching its applications more frequently after a quarterly update cycle for its Acrobat and Reader programmes last year.

In 2009, Adobe announced an aggressive programme to beef up security after hackers increasingly focused on finding holes in its products.

‘Huge release’

The security update came in the release of version 10.1 of the Flash player.

“Don’t let the version number fool you! Flash Player 10.1 is more than a ‘dot upgrade’,” said Paul Betlem of Adobe’s Flash Player engineering team.

Mr Betlem said the update was a “monumental undertaking” that made significant changes to the architecture of the software.

Adobe estimates that more than 95% of computers worldwide have Flash Player installed. Many sites use it to show off multimedia content such as videos and games.

Wired called the latest release “significant” and said the underlying code has been largely re-written to address the platform’s key shortcomings, most notably battery problems and security issues….

…continued at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8734465.stm

I disabled that annoying Adobe Updater (anyone know how to do the same for the Apple Updater ?) because its scans would slow my startups (reboots) to a crawl for non-urgent reasons, but apparently Flash 10.1 is something we all need ASAP. I’ll check the specific update, but you can always go to http://www.adobe.com

Weren’t things so much easier when Flash was still owned by Macromedia?
is something we all need ASAP.

Here’s one link: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Note..Steve Jobs has banned Adobe from the new  Apple iPad……The Software ‘s days are numbered….

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Daily Manila…..Singing about Alvin Greene……

Richard Greene?Richard Greene?

I had not thought of him for years!

What a great TV Show opening!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_MDQRlfzac&feature=related

And what a great theme song!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vFL-lcxkYk

Maybe Al could adapt it.

Sing with me!

“Alvin Greene, Alvin Greene

He’s a site to see!

Alvin Greene, Alvin Greene

The next Senator from SC

He’ll give to the poor

and to himself even more!

Alvin Greene!

Alvin Greene!

Alvin Greene!

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Entertainment, Manila @ PoliticalDog, Media, Men, Political Satire, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Dogs take on Alvin Greene getting elected……

Ok…Its been few days now and after checking some stuff over at Fivethirtyeight and other media stories…I think I can GUESS on how the thing went down…..

Alvin Greene ran for the Senate from South Carolina ……we know that….

Why …or how he got the $10,400 filling check…we don’t know….

How he got elected seems to be like this…

Vic Rawl doesn’t have many friends….

From reports he isn’t really popular (18% negative numbers ) in the state…..

Alvin Geene was/is an unknown….

He says he went around the state informally campaigning…but most people doubt that….

And Greene’s name comes FIRST on the ballot.….

Now the good part….

Evidently in South Carolina …or down South…Everybody….Black and White knowns that if you spell your name Browne or Greene with an ‘e’ on the end……You’re black….

Greene took almost all the black  vote in the state….But also held his own in GOP counties also….

Most of the people analysing the race have no reason for why Green did alright in GOP area’s except to say that most people already think DeMint has the seat on lockdown….

The reviewers DO NOT think there was a deliberate vote for Greeene by Republicans…..


To Sum up….

Greene thru the circimstances in play……first name on the ballot….. the base black vote….. done, it appears on his name…since virtually no one had heard,  or seen him before the vote…Rawl wasn’t popular…..so he didn’t even garner enough votes in the white area’s..those people stayed home…..

And lastly …….Greene seemed to get votes in the white area’s also…..even though people had no idea who he was….

No matter what…..Not a good case for Rawl….I’d think…..

Check the last sentence below on DeMint…..

Could there be another upset down the road?


From FivethirtyEight.…..

That leaves what I think are now two scenarios:

A. The first is a combination of the first and second possibilities of my initial post: Greene was a nobody, but Rawl was darn near close to a nobody, and thus Greene’s alphabetical ballot position, coupled with whatever signal the spelling of his surname sent to some African Americans that he might be (and in fact is) an African American, with a dash of Rawl’s high disapproval among the 18 percent of survey respondents who had heard of him, combined to take what in theory might otherwise have been a 50/50 split among two broadly unknown candidates and turned it instead into a 59/41 race.

B. Somebody with access to software and machines engineered a very devious manipulation of the vote returns–but not so devious that he/she/they were unable to cover the tracks of the digit patterns in those results.

UPDATE: The second commenter to this post, along with a variety of commenters to the previous post and several analysts, have all posed this question about vote-tinkering: Why would the GOP or DeMint or conservatives bother to do so in this race? The assumption is that DeMint will cruise. And he probably will. But given that he was expected to run against a virtual unknown in Rawl, DeMint’s head-to-head numbers were pretty dismal in this (presumably internal) poll, and put him not entirely out of reach even in this PPP poll taken a week or so before the primary. So I’m not entirely sure DeMint, though very safe, was a lock to win re-election.

…see also 


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Sometimes you have to say what they want to hear…..Even if ain't true….Secretary of State Hillary in Ecaudor on an Immigration Bill passage this year….

Hillary Clinton pushed the passage of an immigration bill in a presser in Ecaudor this week…..

The Secretary of State knows that a bill has virtually no chance of passage this year….or….

Anytime in the future….

But she gave her remarks anyways……

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week told an Ecuador television reporter that President Barack Obama is courting lawmakers’ support for immigration reform and wants it to happen this year.

“He’s working very hard to get that support and I know he wants to do it in the next months,” Clinton told NTN24 reporter Gabriella Baer. “I can’t tell you exactly when, but fairly soon.”

More….

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Sometimes you have to say what they want to hear…..Even if ain’t true….Secretary of State Hillary in Ecaudor on an Immigration Bill passage this year….

Hillary Clinton pushed the passage of an immigration bill in a presser in Ecaudor this week…..

The Secretary of State knows that a bill has virtually no chance of passage this year….or….

Anytime in the future….

But she gave her remarks anyways……

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton this week told an Ecuador television reporter that President Barack Obama is courting lawmakers’ support for immigration reform and wants it to happen this year.

“He’s working very hard to get that support and I know he wants to do it in the next months,” Clinton told NTN24 reporter Gabriella Baer. “I can’t tell you exactly when, but fairly soon.”

More….

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Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea's he won't like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


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Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea’s he won’t like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


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