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July 26, 2012 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Media, Political Satire, Politics, Sports, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama will try to ‘Jawbone’ BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Obama will try to 'Jawbone' BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Political Fallout begins in Louisiana over the Oil Spill……

In these days of instant gratification and communication……Things are getting tight for Lusitania’s Politicians….

Tired of getting asked over and over when and how the Gulf Oil mess is going to get cleaned up….

They have decided to go public with their displeasure…and to position themselves AGAINST BP and the Government….

The Dog listen to Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen* yesterday…and I have to admit…the guy sounds’ top-shelf’….

He is now the National Incident commander for the situation that is marrying BP, The Feds and The Louisana, Florida and Mississippi in a unusual  relationship….

The Fed’s have this dumped in their lap…….BP is the people doing the technical work…it’s their pipes in the Gulf’s floor, The Fed’s have veto power on their actions…but will wisely not wage into that area……The State are responsible for their property…and following Katrina……The Feds will ASK them for what they need and supply it…..

But this thing is gonna take time…

And Money…..Lots of it……

And with the media hype…..

No one wants to wait for it to be over………

But they will……

Thirty-four days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana officials have lost patience with BP, the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” said Craig Taffaro, St. Bernard Parish president. “But if I were a betting man, I would be betting that [BP’s] plan is to let us die, then come back and do $75 million of cleanup, then close the book.”
More……..
That sum — $75 million — is the federally mandated cap for oil-spill clean-up expenditure. BP has promised to address the long-term needs of everyone affected by the spill, especially commercial fishermen. The potential expense involved is incalculable, far beyond $75 million, and many people in south Louisiana do not believe such whatever-it-takes pronouncements of full responsibility.

At a press conference Monday in Galliano, La., Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) assured the public: “If you made $50,000 last year and you can’t work this year, BP is going to write you a check for $50,000. If your business made a million dollars last year and you can’t make that million dollars this year, BP is going to make your business whole.

There is no question . . . who will pay these bills to the individuals, to businesses, to the parishes, state government and to [the] federal government. Those bills will be paid in full.”

Serious doubts remain, however, spurred in part by BP’s current legal maneuvering to have all spill-related cases litigated in Houston, instead of Louisiana.

Also in attendance at the press conference were Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The presence of these out-of-state solons is an apt indicator of growing national concern.

Jindal, disgusted with the lack of progress and organization, said, “In Terrebonne Parish, [where] oil is moving through their waters, boom and workers sat for days waiting for their orders to be deployed.” Jindal went on to state that on May 3, he asked the federal government for supplies including “3 million feet of absorbent boom and 5 million feet of hard boom.”

To date, only 815,569 feet of hard boom has arrived, and 135,320 feet of that hasn’t been deployed, he said.

In addition to such practicalities, Jindal noted a more heart-wrenching problem. “On Cat Island . . . I saw pelicans that were oiled so bad they couldn’t fly,…….

More……..

* On Thad Allen from the Washington Post.……

The BP oil spill that continues unabated in the Gulf of Mexico is more like the crisis our nation faced with Apollo 13 than with the Exxon Valdeez catastrophe. Whatever solution is finally able to stop this disaster will only come from a leader who is both creative in his thinking and trustworthy in his character. Fortunately for us, Admiral Thad Allen is such a man.

Although he will be retiring as commandant of the Coast Guard later today, Allen will remain the federal government’s point man for the BP oil spill for the foreseeable future. No one is better prepared for the job.

The Tucson native learned a great deal about the Gulf Coast when he was handpicked by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as the principal official tocoordinate Hurricane Katrina response after the embarrassing performance of FEMA Administrator Michael Brown.

A few years earlier, Allen had led the team that smoothly transitioned the Coast Guard into the newly formed Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Prior to that, Allen had organized the U.S. government’s sea response on September 11, 2001. His creativity and resourcefulness had led him to move large Coast Guard cutters (normally reserved for high-sea patrols) to block the mouths of the Potomac River and every major port on the Atlantic coast.

Allen not only has the right experience; he also has the right disposition. Earlier this year, I spent time with the man who has spent 38 years in the Coast Guard and lived in 47 different residences. I interviewed the commandant and researched his life as part of a major study I am conducting on America’s top leaders (the first part of which focused onthe White House Fellowship).

Described by colleagues as cool and unassuming……click the Washington Post link for more

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Offshore Oil drilling continues……

[ BP has stationed one oil rig above the mile-deep wellhead to siphon the leaking oil and two other rigs to drill relief wells.* ]

Least you think this country has forgotten for one moment……. what it uses to fuel its millions of cars, trucks, boats , airplanes and even lawn mowers…….

It hasn’t…..

As my friend Manila would say…..

Drill…Drill….Drill…….

There really isn’t any choice…..

In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records.

The records also indicate that since the April 20 explosion on the rig, federal regulators have granted at least 19 environmental waivers for gulf drilling projects and at least 17 drilling permits, most of which were for types of work like that on the Deepwater Horizon shortly before it exploded, pouring a ceaseless current of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Asked about the permits and waivers, officials at theDepartment of the Interior and the Minerals Management Service, which regulates drilling, pointed to public statements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, reiterating that the agency had no intention of stopping all new oil and gas production in the gulf.

Department of the Interior officials said in a statement that the moratorium was meant only to halt permits for the drilling of new wells. It was not meant to stop permits for new work on existing drilling projects like the Deepwater Horizon.

But critics say the moratorium has been violated or too narrowly defined to prevent another disaster.

With crude oil still pouring into the gulf and washing up on beaches and in wetlands, President Obama is sending Mr. Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanoback to the region on Monday……

More……..

* While the media keeps it dog and pony show going on with the Feds…BP and its hired contractors will go on until they finally cap the pipes spewing the oil into the Gulf…..

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Lookin Lucky and Super Saver will skip The Belmont Stakes…..

Lookin Lucky is the Preakness Stakes winner horse….

Super Saver  is the Kentucky  Derby winner horse….

The first horse could run Belmont but will not….The second horse is tired and will not……

The will be no Triple Crown Winner…..

Horse racing is a tough game, and those in it know that no matter how fast and talented a horse is, luck is more often than not going to determine who gets to the winners’ circle. From 1997 to 2002, Baffert won eight Triple Crown races. He did not win another until Saturday.

Lookin at Lucky was as snakebitten as they come. Last year, he won five of six races and was named the 2-year-old champion. This year, Lookin at Lucky and his regular rider, Garrett Gomez, endured three brutal trips, including a bumper-car mash-up on the rail of the Derby to lose all chance at victory in the opening eighth of a mile.

Baffert decided to give the Preakness mount to the hot jockey Martin Garcia to “change his luck,” and the 25-year-old Garcia gave the colt a perfect ride. Voilà, the tandem crossed the wire first.

Those in the sport may not start to adopt the attitude that the result of a race is out of their control, but you can tell by listening to Nick Zito that they try to master their emotions. Zito is a Hall of Fame trainer who has won the Derby and the Belmont twice and the Preakness once. Still, at least 10 times a week, he mutters: “This is a game that humbles kings.”

In the Derby, Zito watched his colt Ice Box stop three times in traffic but still manage to rocket past a herd of horses in the stretch to nearly catch Super Saver. In the Preakness, another of his colts, Jackson Bend, was bottled up in the stretch before escaping to finish less than a length behind Lookin at Lucky and a head behind the second-place finisher, First Dude.

In the course of a mini-monologue, Zito can sound like a railbird who was one unlucky break from cashing a big ticket.

“I hate making excuses,” he said. “But a little break here and there, it might have been a little closer or a lot closer. We could have won the thing.”

He can also sound like a philosopher and poet……

More……..

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Texas Governor Perry goes jogging with a gun and takes out a Coyote…..

My first question is why does the Governor have to carry a gun?

My second question is where is his protective detail?

My third is why is he jogging where he could get attacked by wild animals?

Ok…..enough…..

The picture of him with the gun is pricless…even in Texas…..

"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," Texas Governor Rick Perry told reporters after taking down a coyote that attacked his Labrador.

[ Don’t attack my dog or you might get shot … if you’re a coyote,” Texas Governor Rick Perry told reporters after taking down a coyote that attacked his Labrador.]
Pistol-packing Republican Rick Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy during a February run near Austin.

Perry said he carries a .380 Ruger — loaded with hollow-point bullets — when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes. He’d also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.

“I knew there were a lot of predators out there. You’ll hear a pack of coyotes. People are losing small cats and dogs all the time out there in that community,” Perry said.

“They’re very wily creatures,” Perry said of coyotes.

When one came out of the brush toward his daughter’s Labrador retriever, Perry charged.

“Don’t attack my dog or you might get shot … if you’re a coyote,” he said Tuesday.

A concealed handgun permit holder, he carries the pistol in a belt.  Perry said the laser-pointer helped make a quick, clean kill.

More……

April 28, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 9 Comments

Cesar Millan Lit 500 Candles in Dog Daddy's Honor……

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cesar Millan Lit 500 Candles in Dog Daddy's Honor

The Dog loves Cesar Millan…and is is sad to hear of the loss of Cesar’s #1 Dog….’Daddy.’….

Cesar Millan stopped by the PEOPLEPets.com offices yesterday, and while the Dog Whisperer star was bubbly as could be, he came with a heavy heart, still grieving the loss of his beloved pit bull Daddy. “I know that God needed him so he could help somebody over there,” Millan told us of his pup, who died last Friday. “He really embodied what it is to be there for somebody.”

Fighting tears, Millan told PEOPLEPets.com that he and his family chose to honor Daddy with happy memories. “Before my grandfather died, he said, ‘Please don’t cry when I’ve passed, because I’m going to be in a better place’,” Millan shared. “You can cry, or be joyful about that new experience.”

Millan revealed that he plans to build a temple celebrating Daddy on the highest point of his California ranch. He also lit 500 white candles in the pup’s honor — a Mexican tradition — and kept the 16-year-old’s ashes.

Though Daddy’s death certainly affected Millan’s 10 remaining pups, he said that he wants to do “what’s best for the pack,” and move on. “Animals grieve,” he shared, “but the pack has to stay balanced. That’s what Daddy would want.”

As for adding to his four-legged family, Millan said that there “will never be another Daddy.” But he does plan to rescue another dog — when the time is right. “We are going to bring another member to the pack,” he says, “a dog that needs our help, a dog that would be euthanized because nobody understands him.”

Link……….

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Breaking News, Education, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Cesar Millan Lit 500 Candles in Dog Daddy’s Honor……

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cesar Millan Lit 500 Candles in Dog Daddy's Honor

The Dog loves Cesar Millan…and is is sad to hear of the loss of Cesar’s #1 Dog….’Daddy.’….

Cesar Millan stopped by the PEOPLEPets.com offices yesterday, and while the Dog Whisperer star was bubbly as could be, he came with a heavy heart, still grieving the loss of his beloved pit bull Daddy. “I know that God needed him so he could help somebody over there,” Millan told us of his pup, who died last Friday. “He really embodied what it is to be there for somebody.”

Fighting tears, Millan told PEOPLEPets.com that he and his family chose to honor Daddy with happy memories. “Before my grandfather died, he said, ‘Please don’t cry when I’ve passed, because I’m going to be in a better place’,” Millan shared. “You can cry, or be joyful about that new experience.”

Millan revealed that he plans to build a temple celebrating Daddy on the highest point of his California ranch. He also lit 500 white candles in the pup’s honor — a Mexican tradition — and kept the 16-year-old’s ashes.

Though Daddy’s death certainly affected Millan’s 10 remaining pups, he said that he wants to do “what’s best for the pack,” and move on. “Animals grieve,” he shared, “but the pack has to stay balanced. That’s what Daddy would want.”

As for adding to his four-legged family, Millan said that there “will never be another Daddy.” But he does plan to rescue another dog — when the time is right. “We are going to bring another member to the pack,” he says, “a dog that needs our help, a dog that would be euthanized because nobody understands him.”

Link……….

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Breaking News, Education, Entertainment, Family, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , | 1 Comment

Saving a Dog can make you a hero……..

L.A. River dog rescue a life-changer

The men who work Los Angeles Fire Department Air Operations have plucked construction workers off cranes, horses out of ravines and dogs out of washes — all with news helicopters hovering.

But rarely does their work cast such a public spell as did their recent river rescue of a dog.

On computer screens in offices and TVs in airport terminals, people all over the country watched live on the stormy afternoon of Jan. 22 as paramedic Joe St. Georges was lowered by cable from a helicopter to save the frantic animal from the fast-moving L.A. River in Vernon. And they kept watching, transfixed, as dog and man were hoisted up, spinning horizontally over the gray water.

St. Georges, who got a badly bitten thumb for his efforts, became an instant celebrity, appearing on the “Today” show and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and accepting the accolades of the animal-loving world.

For saving the dog, now identified as Spikey from Maywood, the 50-year-old firefighter paramedic has been barraged with hundreds of cards from well-wishers and lauded on a Facebook page set up by his admirers.

“You are proof that there are angels walking among us!” gushes one of the 5,353 fans of the page (as of press time) established to “thank LA’s dog-saving fire-fighter Joe St. Georges!”

“I’m humbled, I’m amazed,” said St. Georges of all the attention. “I don’t know what to make of it. It’s what we do.”

The Dog thanks Rescuer Joe St. Georges for saving a fellow Dog ‘Spikey’ when he was in need……

And hopes he finds a mate and enjoys the fame….he deservees it……..

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Government, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Travel, Updates | , , | Leave a comment